Archive for the ‘Weekends’ Category

I just can’t get enough…

Posted: August 5, 2012 in Weekends

of Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ!!

My favorite posts are lookback posts and lawd does time fly. Here’s the BBQ post from last year.

This year we I enjoyed the BBQ Fest with our friends The Cooks. Vince had a ticket, but he decided to ditch us at the last minute for VIP access to Redskins training camp. BBQ Fest comes every year, RGIII…not so much. He got a pass this time.

He had this fair share of pork however hanging with the Hogettes. When I post the updated house pics (next week), you may understand this obsession more.


The fest was a lot of fun, but in my opinion completely over saturated with vendors. They were even selling lanyards this year for $7.00 (major BOO). I recognize that marketing, advertising, and sponsorships are necessary, but the replacement of bourbon vendors with weight loss and hardwood floor booths is a major womp. Who in their right mind wants to even hear the word diet on this day?! Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ, if you’re listening…go back to the basics. If you can’t remember those, please reference the title.

Regardless,we braved the 93 degree heat, Ally hopped right along with her repairing ankle and we had a great time! Archie, our photographer, was not pictured. It’s great to have them back in the States and another of our favorite couples is on the way!!

My goal for next year is to rally together a HUGE group and make this an annual event. So get ready!!!!!



Grilling & Chilling

Posted: May 23, 2012 in Family, Flowers, Weekends

When I created this blog, I truly thought I would be updating more often because our lives are soooooooo busy and interesting. INCORRECT

Welp, this is what I’ve got. Warning: this post will mainly be for my entertainment …a literal brain dump.

      • Finished the semester with an A and a B+. No class until June 28th and I am loving every minute of it.
      • The never-ending shoulder: Vince injured his shoulder playing flag football and has been pretty much out of commission since. Thus, no home repairs have been completed 😦
      • Flowers: I’ve finally become the daughter my mom always wanted. I developed a green thumb and I’m pretty much obsessed

    • Vacation: AWESOME and relaxing Birthday getaway for Vince to Miami

    • Parental units: Ironically, we both scheduled parent days on the same day. Vince, Mr. Q, and Angie went to an Orioles game and me and madre headed to a Wine and Design clas

  • Workout: I bit the bullet and signed a gym contract. Kinda, sorta locked into this baby for 12 months, so hopefully a healthy, happy body will result out of this. I’m struggling to tackle the eating side of things, but hey it’s progress!
  • Finances: wowza! We have been beaten over the head from every angle financially. Tighter budgets are ahead
  • DiscoveringHair: put on hold. See above bullet 😦

That should about do it.

Hello Spring!!

Posted: April 1, 2012 in Flowers, Weekends

My First Flower Pot!

I am beyond shocked at how excited this makes me.

This post must start with a huge CONGRATS to Mr. & Mrs. Samuel & Angela Hughes!

*yell at Pam for this picture..she revealed on Facebook, not me*

Be sure to check out my new nephew grinning from ear to ear…ironically named Trey and the exact same age as my other Trey!

Quick shout-out to Mr Trey Brown!

Back to the Hughes – the blending of families, the venue, the view, the food, the Skins fight song, the welcome bags, the open bar and the VOWS..Beautiful.

*Skins fight song story: Angie the true Skins fan, just so happened to have her wedding on a BYE week. Did that stop us? NO. You got it! We sang the Skins fight song right there in the midst of the reception

You two are the best reminder that true love is worth waiting for!

I have hereby inherited the crown of last Quarles woman standing. YIKES..wait..whoa!
The Quarles women that came before me!

Big Ma & Aunt Pat. I pray I age this gracefully!

Obsessed with Aunt Pat rocking the natural grey, sassy cut! And uhh…Strong genes much?!

Beautiful Song from my Mother-In-Law

The beautiful bride and proud papa!

The First Dance! Check out Kamisha in the back. She did a GREAT job!!!

Double-Fisted..see why I love this guy?!

Surprise, Surprise after these drinks were delivered, the pics ended….I think – yea it was that kinda fun!

Confession 1: We have a new affirmation on the fridge. I can’t quite tell you what it is yet, but stay tuned!
Confession 2: I have NOTHING left to plan or host.
Depression: See Confession 2

Little Miss ME!

Posted: September 15, 2011 in Newlyweds, Positive Thinking, Weekends

WOW.. it’s been 3 weeks since my last post. Life has been busy and lazy all bundled into one amazing package.

I thought about doing a recap of the past 3 weeks, but hey I just don’t feel like it! I’ll let Little Miss do the job for me. Random fun fact – these were my favorites and I still have my whole collection!

A special shout-out to the special Mr. in my life!

My Mr. V landed a new position at work starting in October. It will be a challenge but he’s up to it!

And as always, he’s my Mr. Perfect. I mean look at that hair for Pete’s sake!

AAAAANNND one more shout-out to my two favorite Virgos!

Happy Birthday to my fantastic Mom and another for my wonderful sister-in-law, Angie!

Take it home Stevie….


Posted: August 29, 2011 in DIY, Inspiration, Weekends

This weekend was as D.I.O (do-it-ourselves) kinda weekend. My wonderful sister-in-law, Angie, was here and she gets a gold star for enduring all of my Pinterest showings, impulsive trips to Jo-Ann’s, indecisiveness, and lost (then found) receipts.

More on the weekend in another post, I want to dedicate this one to our most impressive DIO – my fabric wall art.

It all started with this Pinterest vision

Then began with a trip to JoAnn’s. This ended up being way more simple than I could have ever imagined.

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The supplies included:

  • a hot glue gun – $2.99
  • glue sticks – $2.99
  • 3 foam boards – $14.99/each
  • 3 – 1.5 yards of fabric – ~8.00/yard, 4.99/yard, 2.50/yard (you don’t really need 1.5 yards of fabric, as you’ll see I was able to make two boards with 1.5 yards)
  • Grand total with tax ~$75.00

As I read that total, it seems a bit high, but considering the glue gun and glue sticks are reusable, I guess it’s not so bad. A funny fabric story – I was deadset on copying the Pinterest pic, so I started describing to Angie, I need something bold in color with a big flower pattern. She goes “like this” and hands me my dream fabric!! That is the  8.00/yard fabric, which was was really 19.99. Thankfully they had an in-store coupon. Although, it was probably was way too much to spend on fabric, once Angie found it, I wasn’t leaving it in the store. *gimme gimme*

Round One – HATED IT! That blue and white fabric looked like grandma’s bed sheets! No symmetry here at all.

Round Two – We have to make this work! I was determined to have it finished that day. Eh, close, but no cigar.

Round Three – could it be?! This fabric was so nice, it deserved to be used twice!

The finished product! I couldn’t be happier (except when they are actually on the wall) !!

I plan to use “grandma’s bed sheet” and make some pillow cases out of it or maybe laundry bags.

hmmmm – I’ll check Pinterest!
It won’t be discarded, that’s for sure!


  • Buy supplies
  • Cut the fabric to cover the foam boards. Be sure to leave enough to cover your edges, so you have a smooth view from all angles
  • Glue that bad baby down
  • VIOLA!

Yes, I’m going to leave my steps that simple, because it’s just that easy. If you’ve ever covered a book for school..this will be a cinch!

I found one seller on Etsy that sells a set of 3 for $66.00+$27.50 for shipping to the US. Am I bummed? NO! I truly cherish the labor and personalization that went into my wall art!

Crate and Barrel has one for $120 -Holy Homemaking Batman!

More from the shoe graveyard

Posted: August 23, 2011 in DIY, Weekends

Life has been ….BUSY to say the least. Last week meant back to the books for me and I’m revamping Discoveringhair, so my free time is pretty much non-existent.

As for the house, we finally have all of the major furniture pieces, internet, and satellite *pause* Yes, you read that right – as of yesterday we have ALL major furniture pieces, internet AND Satellite.

I did find the time to make the changes I wanted to the shoe graveyard.
Take a look at the phase 2 pics. I decided to go with the words “Kick off your Shoes”, because it’s more welcoming and suits our personality. To me, kick off your shoes sounds like fun is awaiting and shoes would just be in the way!

I purchased the sign on Etsy. The seller takes custom orders as well.

I’m SO happy with this piece so far. I still think we need a bench somewhere to sit and actually take off your shoes and I spent more on the Phase 2 revisions (pillows & baskets) that I originally planned, but I still stayed within budget.

Coming up – Football Fantasy Draft Party, Angie’s visit, Cary’s Lazy Days Festival aaaaaannd by 30th Bday BBQ BLOWOUT!