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Y'all! Alan and I are having a baby! After 14 years together and almost 10 years of marriage, we are so so happy to be able to say that :) 

Over the years, I've had a gazillion people ask me- when? When?! WHEN?!?! Some even touching my belly (what?!), many repetitively, and I would always try to politely answer, "We'll see! Maybe in a few years!" But to be completely honest our family furniture factories have seen better days. The recession hit our local NC community really hard, it was the heart of furniture manufacturing for decades, after all. Although I hardly knew a thing about the furniture business, and even if there wasn't someone clearly at the helm, I couldn't let that happen. I had to try and I knew if I didn't focus 100% there was a chance we would lose it all- a bevy of jobs and 30 years of my parents' dreams and hard work. 
 
Lord knows the past 6 years have not been easy (shoo y'all have no idea!), but through my own little biz Society Social, which I launched in the midst of this all, we've been able to keep two factories afloat. It has meant so much to me to be able to help provide for my family and for the families that have worked with us for years!

I fully realize life is a series of up's and down's, but with business doing much better than before (phew, 2016 was a doozy!), I'm just so grateful and it is beyond wonderful to be able to finally take some time for my little family with Alan Dale! Even if it wasn't 100% planned out and officially on my Google calendar ;)

In the recent pic above we're almost half way there!
Yep! Totally 
pregs here (clueless!),
 here (took a test about 30 mins before this because I was so sick!),
and here (petite bebe's been workin 2 jobs already!)

Stay tuned for December 2017, sweet friends!

With so much Love,
Alan, Roxy, Oscar, and Baby O <3

p.s. In between filming weeks for HGTV, San San Te took the time to do the most fun gender reveal for Alan and I! And mom and dad were straight up hilarious when we told them the news! I'll be writing about that soon if you would like to know! 

Nothing says summer like sangria! In a recent interview with Chandon I was asked to share some tips on how to host a summer party. Here are some of my favorites! 
What does the quintessential American Summer mean to you?

Effortless entertaining, breezy bright style, and long sunny days filled with friends and family!

What's the most important thing to consider when styling the perfect bar cart?

Yourself! Don’t feel pressured to stock every last fancy schmancy liqueur or bitter. All you need are your favorites, a few quality spirits to make the classics, a good set of cocktail tools, and some interesting glassware! You'll always be ready to party!

What are some things to keep in mind when it comes to serving/ presenting food and drinks?

I find casual entertaining to be the most fun which means finger foods for all! Nobody wants to sit down to a formal multi-course meal on easy breezy summer nights. Serve small hearty bites that are filling and easy to serve and put that bubbly on ice or better yet, style out a do it yourself Summer Sangria bar cart. You won't be stuck playing bartender and your guests can help themselves, as often as they like!

What advice do you have for first-time entertainers who want to host their own Summer Soiree (related to people/friends/catching up)?

The power is in the prep! Your duty as the hostess is not only to provide the refreshments but also the energy! If you're running around frantically taking care of last minute tasks, your guests will most likely feel uneasy. If you're mixing, mingling, and having a ball, your party will too!

For more fun visit Chandon

1. Transform the traditional

Our salad is on point! The 'chef salad on a stick' is an effortless staple to any picnic. Roll up some cold cuts and cheese, add your favorite veggies, and arrange them onto a long skewer for a quick bite that is perfect for a hot summer’s day sans fork!

 

2. Cut the cutlery

Add bite-sized foods from sandwiches to desserts to your picnic basket;  finger foods are easy to serve and fun for everyone! 

3. Make snacking more accessible

Who knew that you can even make a bag of chips look pretty? For easy access snackage, fold the chip bag half-way into the remaining bag to make a functional container. 

4. It's your picnic- you're in charge!   

Pack some chargers along with some stylish plates to make the setting look intentional. I love the look of natural braided charger against gorgeous picnic blues! 

For more head over to Chandon!

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