ENTERTAINING AL FRESCO!

We had some good friends over for dinner last night and I made Ancho and Oregano Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Slaw and Grilled Corn Salad.  I’m going to be so sad when corn season is over because I’ve loved making corn salads this summer.  This menu is perfect for summer entertaining.

 The humidity was much lower than it has been and it was such a pleasant night that we decided to eat outside.  I made everything ahead except for the chicken and I grilled that at the last minute.  It was an easy meal to prepare and came together quickly.  I made extra so we could have leftovers for lunch today!  Keep scrolling for all the recipes!

I decided to keep my outfit simple and wore a white tee from Feel The Piece, cropped skinny Rag and Bone Jeans and Twine and Twig necklaces.  The necklaces from are definitely statement pieces from my favorite boutique, Mynt, and I think they made the outfit.

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I mixed several kinds of nuts and snack mixes, sprinkled them with tequila lime seasoning and olive oil and roasted them in the oven for about 15 minutes.  I served them in a bowl made by my daughter Rebecca!  They were delicious!

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My Twine and Twig necklaces and the Grilled Corn Salad

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Spicy Pineapple Slaw and Grilled Corn Salad

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The Grilled Ancho Oregano Chicken was served with soft corn tortillas.

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I hope you’ll try this menu and let me know what you think!   

My outfit details:  Rag and Bone Jeans, Feel the Piece white tee and Twine and Twig necklaces via Mynt Boutique in Durham

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ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO!

Happy Monday!  I’m sharing a few pictures from our day moving Sarah into her apartment.  Of course, we had to take pictures on the porch before we left because it has become a tradition! It was such a bittersweet day for me!  Sarah has a sweet, wonderful roommate, Kiely, that she roomed with last year and just knowing that she is happy with her living situation is a big deal!  She’s growing up too fast and I know that I’ll blink and she’ll be graduating!  

We had a great day even though it was hot and it poured rain at one point!  We moved all of her things in, got her bed made and made a list of all the things she still needs!  For some reason, we didn’t even think about pots and pans and they have a cute little kitchen.  They did have the essentials though…a baking sheet and cookie dough!

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Always the clown!

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Sarah loves Biscuitville and luckily there is one right down the street from HPU!

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I didn’t take many pictures because we were so busy, but I did snap these two on campus.

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Sarah and Kiely on their back patio!

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At PF Chang having dinner!

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Now that Sarah is moved in, I can concentrate on getting Rebecca packed and ready to move to Boston.  It’s a Crazy Blonde Life right now! 

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MY SWEET SARAH!

Later today we are moving Sarah into her apartment at High Point University to start her sophomore year of college.  I’ve been feeling a little sentimental and wanted to share some sweet pictures of Sarah just being Sarah.  She has a personality like no other and it comes through in these pictures.  I’m so grateful that she’s only going to be an hour away and I’ll be able to see her often.  We’ve had a great summer and I’ll miss not having her here every day!

Sarah’s first day of kindergarten!  She is wearing the lucky bunny necklace that all of the girls have worn…they would just rub it if they were feeling anxious or scared.

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Sarah playing polocrosse

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Prom with Will

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Sarah Smith and Sarah McQueen

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Sarah’s 18th Birthday

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Sarah and Baby Hudson

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Two beautiful friends!

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Sarah is wearing Lilly in almost all of these pictures!

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At Lauren’s wedding

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The car is packed and we’re almost ready to go!

I’m so very proud of you Sarah Smith!

SKINNY, SKINNY!

I started this week with my toes in the sand but now that I’m home from the beach I am slowly starting to feel ready for the fall season.  I’m still savoring what is left of the summer, but I know it is coming to an end and that makes me think of crisp weather, fires, football games and all of the things that I love about fall.  It’s really hard to beat skinny jeans and a tee shirt, and this is a slightly dressed up version of that!  The jeans are by Blank New York…I love this brand of jeans because they have a great fit and are so affordable. The shirt and necklace are from Loft, also very affordable, the booties are Chinese Laundry and my bag is Gigi New York.  This is a very versatile outfit that can be changed up by adding a different necklace or a jacket when the weather gets cooler.   I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far!

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Outfit details:  Blank NYC Jeans via Island Passage BHI, Loft peplum top and necklace (similar here), Chinese Laundry booties via Uniquities, Gigi New York Bag, Ray Ban Sunglasses

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THIS BLONDE IS CRAZY TODAY

Good Morning!  The girls and I got home from the beach yesterday evening and my house looks like a tornado came through!  I am taking today to do some much needed catching up and to make birthday dinner for Rebecca!  She turns 23 on September 14, but will be in Boston so we’re celebrating tonight!  Leaving you with this thought!  Have a great day!

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FASHION ON THE PORCH

I’m sad to say that this is my last blog post from Bald Head Island for a little while.  Hopefully I’ll be back in September with Mr. Crazy for a long weekend!  The girls and I are packing up and leaving today and then the fun begins!  Sarah goes back to High Point University on Sunday and we have so much packing and organizing to do for her move when we get home.  In the meantime, we are also getting organized and packing Rebecca up to move to Boston AND all the while, Hudson will be staying with us in the mornings…this should be interesting.  It’s been great to have this time at the beach to relax before the craziness begins!

You may have noticed that many of the pictures we’ve taken of outfits have been taken on the porch!  It has been so hot and humid that by the time we get in the golf cart and go somewhere else to take pictures, we are so hot and sweaty that it’s more trouble than it’s worth.  Also, the light is usually really good on the porch!

I bought this dress while Sarah and I were in Nashville, it’s Lou and Grey from Loft and it’s such a great, inexpensive summer dress!

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Rebecca is wearing a romper from Free People.

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I found these great boyfriend jeans at Island Passage on sale for half price!  The top is Ulla Johnson  from last season (very similar here) and my sandals are Joie from Mynt in Durham.  I probably brought 10 pairs of shoes with me, but I’ve only worn the Joie sandals, my Chloe espadrilles and my Tory Burch Miller sandals!  I am a chronic over packer!

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Wow, we’ve been on the porch a lot!  Here’s a recap of the looks from the past two weeks!

My favorite denim shorts (similar here), Loft black tee

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Favorite Draper James hat, Misa Los Angeles dress (similar long sleeve version here) via Rebecca & Co. in Greensboro, Joie Sandals

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Joie top via Mynt Boutique in Durham, Mother Denim Jeans (similar here), Chloe espadrille wedges

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Dress by Cupcakes and Cashmere via Island Passage at Bald Head Island

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Tory Burch Tunic…love the new Tory Tunics for fall!

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Beautiful sunset!  We’ll miss Bald Head but we have so many wonderful memories and I’m so grateful for the time here!

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I’m off for my last walk here and then we’ll be on our way home!  Have a great day everyone, thanks for stopping by the blog!  Follow along with me on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog!

 

FUN ON THE WATER!

Four years ago, a friend recommended we call Kevin Hennessey to take us on a boat ride for the afternoon.  Kevin has a business called North Carolina Boat Rentals in Southport.  We called him and had a fabulous afternoon finding sand dollars, tubing and riding around in his Boston Whaler taking in the sights.  We have called him every year since and it’s something we always look forward to!  Kevin picked us up in the harbor yesterday and we rode off for an afternoon of fun!

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Sweet sisters finding shells and sand dollars on the sand bar!

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The sky was amazing!

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The USS North Carolina Battleship

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The waterfront in Wilmington

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Tubing was so much fun and we are very sore today!

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When we got back to the island, we needed a little snack at Mojo’s!

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Beautiful girl after a day of fun!

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Rebecca’s romper is Free People (similar here)

I cannot even believe that this is our last full day on the island!  It seems like summer has flown by and it’s back to reality tomorrow!  Hope you all have a great day!  Follow me on Instagram @crazyblondelifeblog and please leave any comments or suggestions in the box below!

 

STRIPES BY THE POOL

This season, I have loved wearing Mara Hoffman swim suits!  The prints are colorful and original and I always get compliments when wearing them!  This oversize shirtdress serves as a matching cover-up for the cute striped one-piece swim suit that I’m wearing.  I’ll also wear it as a casual dress with a pair of wedges before the summer is over.  I rarely wear one piece suits, but this one is an exception.  The cut is so flattering and I love the halter top!  It was soooo hot when we took these pictures that I was dying to take the shirtdress and the hat off!  I’m definitely ready for some less humid weather!

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Outfit details:  Mara Hoffman shirtdress cover-up, Mara Hoffman swimsuit, Anthropologie hat (similar here) Tory Burch sandals, Jimmy Choo sunglasses

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THE BEST GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH YOU’LL EVER MAKE PLUS MORE FROM BHI!

We’re down to three people here at Bald Head Island.  Mr. Crazy had to leave yesterday, but we had a great afternoon on the beach before taking him to the ferry.  We wanted something really easy for dinner and decided to try these grilled cheese sandwiches that I had seen on the Food 52 Blog.  After a trip to the grocery the sandwiches came together in no time.  This recipe is very rich, but totally worth every calorie!  Keep scrolling for the recipe!

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We had a simple salad with avocado, chickpeas and a vinaigrette and of course, a bottle of Rose.

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Another beautiful day at the beach wearing a Mara Hoffman swim suit!  I’ve had the Helen Kaminski hat forever, but it’s still a favorite!

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The clouds were so beautiful yesterday!

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These Coola sunscreens are my favorites.  They are organic, eco conscious, free of parabens, paba, petroleum and phthalates.  They smell heavenly and really protect your skin.  The lip balm is great at the beach for dry lips.

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MAKING GREAT MEMORIES…

I try to blog everyday but yesterday was a little hectic and I just couldn’t get it done so today’s post is a long one.  We have tried to make the most of every moment since we’ve been here and make great memories of this first summer of Hudson’s life!  These past couple of weeks here at Bald Head have been just what a vacation should be…a time to regroup, relax and refresh!  We have focused on being together, eating great food and having fun!  I have said it before, but this blog has become a journal of my life and I enjoy sharing good times, recipes, fashion and things and places that I love and that inspire me!  I hope you enjoy too!

I was so sad that Lauren, Chris and Hudson had to leave yesterday and this morning seems really quiet after all of the activity over the past week!  

Here we are at the Sandpiper Ice Cream shop getting ice cream with Hudson for the first time.  It was a little messy, but very tasty!  It’s so special to be able to watch him have all of his “firsts”!

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Very very messy hair and the sweetest, softest baby in the world!

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Rebecca and I were indulging too!

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We’ve spent a lot of time on the porch reading, watching the birds and talking!  I’m wearing a fun little dress by Misa Los Angeles (similar here and great for fall) that I purchased at Rebecca & Co. in Greensboro in these pictures and my favorite Draper James hat.  The sandals are Joie from Mynt Boutique.

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Everyone drives a golf cart on Bald Head Island which to me is part of the charm of the Island.

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Rebecca’s dress is Free People from two seasons ago, but this one is similar.

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Sarah’s dress is from Loft, similar here!

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We had more margaritas and a Moscow Mule at Mojo’s…the margaritas there are made with freshly squeezed juice are sooo good!

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Last night Mr. Crazy and I took the ferry over to Southport and had dinner at Live Oak Cafe with friends.  Live Oak Cafe is a charming little restaurant in a turn of the century house with only 12 tables. They also have a wine garden and a screened in porch.  Our food was delicious!!  I wore this fun and flirty little dress from Anthropologie, I love the vibrant tangerine color and the the flattering halter.  I didn’t take my camera to dinner, but we had such a fun night.  We started out at Old American Fish Company which is a bar right on the water in Southport with beautiful views.  It has such an odd name because they don’t serve any food!  Next time we’re in Southport, I want to go there and watch the sun set, I’m sure it will be spectacular!

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On the ferry…

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