Flourless Almond Butter Cookies

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Hello friends!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful Super-Bowl weekend filled with all of your favorite yummy foods– I know we did for sure.  That’s why I was so glad to get my butt to the grocery store today to buy all the healthy foods I could find. The recipe I’m sharing with you is one that will cure your sweet tooth, and you don’t have to be guilty about it!  I have tried sooo many “healthy” cookie recipes, and this by far is the best I have tasted.  My friends have made theses cookies and love them too!

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The recipe came from Emily Didonato, and I’ll link her video here.  She is such an adorable person to follow, so if you’ve never checked out her youtube channel, I recommend that you do!

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Anyways, here is the wonderful recipe 🙂

  •  1 cup all natural creamy almond butter
  •  1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  •  1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  •  1 egg
  •  1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  •  1/2 tsp baking soda
  •  1/2 tsp sea salt     ( this is super important IMO, do not skip!)
  •  1 bar of dark chocolate chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all together in a mixing bowl. No need to refrigerate, I scooped the batter right onto the cookie sheet (My cookies were larger, and it made about 10).  Cook for 10 minutes! Enjoy!

 

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I hope that y’all enjoy this recipe.  Let me know if you are interested in other healthy recipes that I use every day, and also if you try this one! I’d love to hear from you.  Cheers y’all. 🙂

 -Olivia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 (very) Random Things About Me

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  1. The first thing I ever learned how to drive was a tractor! (I grew up on a farm).
  2. I eat cereal every single morning for breakfast–It’s my fav.
  3. I met my husband in high school.  (10 years together now.)
  4. The first time I flew on a plane was when I was 22, and I was absolutely terrified! Now, I have flown so many different places, and I love to travel!
  5. I’m a terrible sleeper. I take melatonin and sometimes wear ear plugs (until recently b/c ear infection, yikes).
  6. My favorite food is Mexican food. My favorite Mexican restaurant in the area is Mi Cancun! $5 Margs on Saturdays, you’re welcome.
  7. I cannot stand ketchup–It’s the worst.
  8. My favorite show is F.R.I.E.N.D.S. I’m embarrassed at how many times I have seen every single episode.
  9. There are streets all over my hometown named after my family–My maiden name is Carpenter! We have so much family history here in Cary.
  10. I love to bake.
  11. I do not watch The Bachelor lol.
  12. I have never lived outside of NC.
  13. Country music is my favorite (Particularly, Alan Jackson and older stuff)
  14. I have a doberman named Josie, whom I am obsessed with. Clearly.
  15. Coffee of choice: Iced almond milk latte or cold brew no matter what the season is.
  16. Wine of choice: Sauvignon Blanc or Cabernet!
  17. Coke > Pepsi
  18. My favorite city to visit is Charleston.
  19. I’m going to Europe for the first time in just a couple months! (Switzerland and Germany.)
  20. I dyed my hair brown one time in high school, and it turned orange–FAIL.
  21. I didn’t know how to pronounce “acai” bowl until about 3 months ago. Also, Ive never had one until today!
  22. Favorite season: Fall
  23. I didn’t have braces as a kid, but I got invisalign when I was 20–best decision ever!
  24. I’ve never been in a tanning bed.
  25. A quote that I love: “Experience is the teacher of all things.” I can’t wait to see what experiences and knowledge year 25 brings!

As always, thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed learning some very random things about me! Maybe let me know in a comment below something random about yourself lol. 🙂 I love to hear from y’all!

Cheers,

Olivia

Charleston Recommendations

Alright y’all, this will be a longer post.  Grab a snack, and stay a while. 🙂 I know that there are so many wonderful options of where to eat and what to do in Charleston, so I hope you enjoy reading about my personal favs! I had the pleasure of bringing my Meme to Charleston for her 70th bday, and showing her around–She absolutely adored it!  This is my favorite blog post yet, mainly because I am so in love with this wonderful place. I hope you enjoy my recommendations!

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Where to stay:

We stayed at the Francis Marion, the oldest hotel in Charleston, located on King Street. This was such an elegant, vintage hotel. You can feel that you are in a historic building the moment you walk in.  The grand lobby with crystal chandeliers, marble floors, and antique blue carpet was decorated in the classiest Christmas decor. (We enjoyed hanging out in the lobby in the mornings drinking coffee before our adventures!) Our hotel room had the same antique-feel as the lobby–It was lovely. 🙂

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Another really great historic hotel is the Mills House–My mom and dad love to stay here when they come to Charleston. This is a smaller hotel than Francis Marion with a beautiful lobby as well.  It is pink on the outside with a gorgeous wrought iron balcony!

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We also got a tour of The Vendue, a more modern hotel. I am for sure staying here when I come back to Charleston with Jordan.  It is so chic and classy.  The rooms have exposed brick and lots of windows, which I love!  Also– There is live music in the “drawing room” at night.   The staff is also so wonderful, and we were treated like queens while we hung out there!

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What to See:

Rainbow Row:  This is pretty much a given when coming to Charleston.  It is the most iconic and colorful street to walk down. The whole street of houses is just so charming to look at.

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The Battery: If you are going to walk down Rainbow Row, you may as well walk down the battery too–it is very close by! The Battery is a defensive sea wall, and also a landmark that stretches along the lower shores of Charleston.  Also a gorgeous scene with grande antebellum homes to view along the way.

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King Street: The ultimate street for shopping! Tons of high end shops, and simply another  very pleasant street to walk down.  There really is no avoiding King Street when going to Charleston.

The Historic City Market: Make sure to walk through the city market as well! (Another historic building of course).  Mostly open on the weekends–not sure about during the week.  So many local vendors come to the city market to sell their goods (paintings, historic tiles, snacks, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, etc). Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, it’s a neat part of Charleston to see.

Rooftop bars:  For sure go to a rooftop around sunset to get a view of the city!  My two favorite rooftop bars are the rooftop at the Market Pavilion Hotel (you can still go to this rooftop if you aren’t a guest at the hotel) and The Vendue Rooftop!

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Plantation home:  I loveeee plantation homes, and I highly recommend going to see one if you have time while you are visiting.  My favorite one to visit is Boone Hall–The oak trees are so incredible to look at, and its a lovely spot for pictures! (It’s actually America’s most photographed plantation and featured as the backdrop in several movies).

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Okay, finally, where to eat!!

Breakfast/Lunch:

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit: You’ll eat a lot of biscuits in Charleston, but these are unique and a must.  It’s the cutest little shop on King Street, and always has a line out the door.  Since the place is so small, there is pretty much only standing room during peak season. I recommend grabbing some biscuits, and then walking down King Street to shop!

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Poogan’s Porch: Located in an old historic home. As classic as a southern breakfast gets. Biscuits, whipped honey butter, eggs, home fries (fried in duck fat), bacon, sausage, grits, and mimosas :).

Dinner:

Magnolias:  Very southern, charming upscale restaurant.  It’s a calm and quiet place to dine.  Order the down south egg roll and brussel sprout salad!

82 Queen: Lowcountry cuisine. This place felt the most private of any place that we ate at–wonderful for a special date night. Also the best filet I have ever had (a very bold statement, I know). You will not regret ordering it.

Revival: This place is only 5 months old!! It used to be a coffee shop, but now is a very modern restaurant (but still southern).  The only place that did not feed us biscuits before the meal lol! They serve an “edible terrarium” instead (olive paste base with an assortment of veggies to dip), which was delicious! See picture below. Order the lowcountry pirlou.  The service here is wonderful–We were served complimentary champagne and a custom dessert from the chef for Meme’s bday.

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Husk Bar:  This bar also serves food, and it is such a cool place to have a few drinks after dinner as well–Go upstairs! Super cozy-feel, brick barn-looking building.  We walked over here from 82 queen to have a few drinks after dinner.

 

I hope that y’all try some of these places when you visit Charleston next! Let me know what you think of them! 🙂

Cheers,

Olivia

 

 

 

Local Date Night Spots

Hey there! I love talking about my favorite local spots, so here are a few of my favorite places for date night or for those nights that you simply want to get dressed up and grab a glass of wine and a great meal with the girls! I’ll be honest, Jordan and I don’t get dressed up for “date night” often, but we do enjoy the places below when we are wanting to escape to something a little more romantic and elegant.

 

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The Verandah

I’ll start with The Verandah, since that is where this first photo was taken!  This is located inside of the Mayton Inn in downtown Cary. First of all, The Mayton Inn is gorgeous, so of course the restaurant inside is also just as elegant.  Plus, it has a wonderful outdoor brick patio for those cool evenings that we are all waiting for here in the south lol.  The bar is also calm and classy if you want to pop in just for a drink. Order the truffle fries!

 

Peak City Grill

I personally love this place because of the history.  My family owns and runs a feed store that has been in business since 1885, so historic buildings are so special to me.  The building Peak City Grill is in has been all sorts of things in the past like a hardware and feed store as well.  This is a wonderful spot for a quiet, relaxed evening in downtown Apex.  I just love the interior brick walls and antique lighting.  It is for sure my kind of atmosphere.

 

Daniels

This is absolutely a local Italian favorite. Fun Fact: this building actually used to be a BBQ joint manyyy years ago! It has certainly changed, and they are booked up every single night pretty much. So, be sure to make a reservation! My favorite item on the menu is penne a la casa with shrimp, but honestly, I could eat the bread and marinara for my whole meal–it’s that good.

 

The Angus Barn

Okay, I HAD to include this (I did get married there after all).  There is honestly nothing that beats the atmosphere, service, experience, and food in my opinion.  There is simply no place else like The Angus Barn.  My family has always celebrated our most special events in life there.  This will always be my most favorite place to go.  If you have never been around Christmas time, make sure you go–They have the most incredible Christmas decor!

 

I could talk on and on about these places, but I prefer to keep my posts short and sweet! If you haven’t tried these places, I hope you are now inspired to do so!

As always, thanks for reading,

Olivia

 

Lulu’s Red Lace Dress (also comes in blue!)

5 Things I’ve Learned in My First Few Months Being a REALTOR

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Hey there! I have put together a small list of things I have learned throughout the way so far being a realtor. However, I believe that this list can be applied to anyone’s career! I really enjoyed writing this post, and I hope that some of you find it helpful!

  1.  Keep yourself disciplined, and set goals for yourself.  It is so easy to slack off and stay on the couch an extra 30 minutes when you don’t have to be at a meeting at 9am.  This isn’t your typical 9-5 job that most people pursue after college.  It is so nice working for yourself, but you have to stay focused.  That means you have to schedule everyyyything.  Working out, going out to lunch, making calls, listing appointments, anything!
  2. Networking.  Every event is an opportunity to build your business. Talk to people!  Now, I don’t recommend passing out business cards at a wedding lol, but DO always keep business cards on you, and be aware of appropriate situations to chat about your business (tailgating, running to Starbucks, going shopping, eating out, etc).
  3. Find things that keep you motivated.  I listen to podcasts about time blocking, organization, etc. when I’m driving to a listing that is far away. I’ll leave a link down below of the podcasts I find to be helpful–even if you are not a real estate agent!
  4. Keep in touch with people.  Tell your friends and family what you are doing! No one will know that you are a real estate agent if you are quiet about it.  Ask your friends and family if they know anyone that you could help. Referrals are the best!
  5. Teach people how to treat you.  It’s a terrible stereotype that real estate agents work around everyone else’s schedules and don’t have a schedule of their own–This gives me anxiety! You can’t expect to build a business without having a true schedule with guidelines. Set aside appropriate times for appointments for the week. People will respect working with an organized professional.

The One Thing Podcast

^^This is the podcast that I was introduced to, and I really enjoy listening to. My favorite episodes so far are, Episode 2, 134, and 140.

Here are some quotes from this series that really stand out to me:

“People don’t decide their futures. They decide their habits that decide their future.”

“Sometimes you’re failing so slowly that you think you’re succeeding.”

“You are free. Limitations are in your mind.”

 

That is all I have for now! Thanks so much for reading! 🙂

 

Cheers,

Olivia

My First Post!

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Thank y’all for stopping by!  I really appreciate the support (I know there are millions of blogs out there).  So, I appreciate you following along.  For my first post, I want to take the time to talk a little bit about why I started this blog in the first place and what kind of content I plan to put out!

Back in February, I had the wonderful opportunity to join the Pink Magnolia team modeling for their site.  At the time, I was working at a job that I was unsatisfied with, and photo-shoots were something I was able to look forward to each week. I have had the most fun and have learned so much about photography throughout the past several months working with Allison, Pink Magnolia’s photographer, and now a good friend of mine!  I quickly became inspired to produce my own content!

For a few more months, I continued to work my regular job in addition to the weekly photo-shoots for Pink Magnolia.  Then, in May, I came across another opportunity to work for myself as a real estate agent with Keller Williams.  I quit my job and dove right into a month full of training and networking.  I learned more in one month with my current job than I did in 11 months of my previous job. Needless to say, it has been an incredible and challenging experience so far!  I really enjoy working for myself, making my own schedule and staying busy.

You can expect anything from fashion to real estate posts from me in the future! I plan to keep my posts short and sweet, while sharing what I learn along the way.  Thank y’all so much for reading!

 

Talk to you soon 🙂

Olivia