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chocolate croissant and cappuccino breakfast | splash pad fun | a 10 year reunion for MK's college friends | summery lunch - BLT with avocado and peaches | the cutest cookies | pretty baby shower tablescape | mantle decorated for a baby boy | baked ricotta, roasted tomatoes and fresh basil | 

Good morning and happy Monday guys. This weekend was a good one. Andy and I had a really low key weekend with lots of packing. We cleaned out our pantry, made pesto with our own basil, BLT lunches, fresh and baked ricotta and snuck out for breakfast at my favorite spot too. It was equal part relaxing and productive! 

MK went to Nashville for a quick visit with her college friends to shower a sweet mama and baby boy. They had a big group together to celebrate a good friends new arrival. How cute are those cookies and that table runner?!

Andy and I met JD and Virginia at the park splash pad too. She loves the water but isn't quite sure about walking through the splash pad alone, it's way more fun with dad! Overall it was a great summer weekend!

Hope everyone has a good week. 

- Heath 

Happy Friday

Good morning and happy Friday guys! We had no intention of letting the blog go but the past few weeks have been crazy in the best way possible. A few weeks ago MK mentioned Andy and I had some very exciting personal news... we didn't want to share until everything was final but on Wednesday of this week we closed on a house! We're so excited! We aren't moving in quite yet but my head is already spinning with all sorts of decorating, painting, and maybe some minor renovations too. Now that it's ours I'm sure you'll be seeing more about everything shortly and I'll of course be asking for advice throughout the process. Thanks for being patient with us as we navigate the next few busy weeks.

Andy and I are going to whip up a yummy dinner this weekend to properly celebrate and this delicious pasta looks perfect with some rose don't you think?!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

- Heath

LaRoque Mini Fall Collection Trunk Show!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!  We're sticking around here this weekend with nothing but chores on the agenda, and it feels so nice to have a lazy weekend! 

Save the Date for LaRoque Mini's upcoming Trunk Show on Sunday, August 2nd!  The trunk show will include new Fall 2015 (adorable!) introductions as well as the classics!  For the location address, please email me at southlandave(at) or feel free to leave a comment with your email address.  It will be a fun, casual afternoon with champagne, cupcakes and adorable childrens' clothes.  Feel free to invite friends to come along too!

See more of the line here, or at @shoplaroque & #laroquemini

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

~Mary Keller

Photo Diary | Portland, Maine

I spent time in Northeast Harbor, Maine almost ten years ago now, one summer in college, and fell completely in love with the area. I had actually never been to Portland though so when it was thrown out as a location for our girls trip I jumped on it and luckily the rest of the group agreed. It is the perfect long weekend spot. A super easy flight from most of the east coast and just enough to do around the city to fully relax while seeing/doing a lot around town.

I arrived in Portland late Thursday night and was able to squeeze in some champagne and dinner right next to our rental at Otto pizza with one of my friends. It was the perfect casual spot to start the weekend.

The remainder of our crew arrived late Thursday and early Friday morning(after a flight mishap ;) so we grabbed breakfast at Rosemont Market, bagels croissants and a few cookies too and made our way to the boat docks.

Our boat ride could not have been more amazing. We debated on doing a morning or sunset boat ride but really the morning turned out perfect. We had breakfast and mimosas on the boat– it was the perfect start to our trip!

The views along the water just can’t be beat. If you’re able to get out on a boat, or even the ferry, I highly recommend it. We past lobster boats, kids sailing camps, seals and got to see some really gorgeous homes on the harbor! The company we used actually rents the boat on AirBnB too and does overnight sailing trips which I’m sure would be amazing on some of the smaller islands.

After our sailing adventure we went back into town and had locals beers at East Ender and a late lunch at Duckfat. I cannot recommend the duckfat fries and original milkshake enough. So simple but so delicious! Duckfat is a sister restaurant to Hugo’s, a local  farm to table staple, if you’re looking for a nice dinner - we didn’t try it but I’ve heard great things.

From here we walked around town, did a little window shopping and ended our evening at Eventide Oyster Co. for dinner. It’s a must if you’re in the area. Order some raw oysters (or fried if raw isn’t your thing) and do not miss the brown butter lobster roll in a steamed bun – amazing! Not too buttery to overshadow the lobster, just enough flavor to knock your socks off. We debated ordering a second round J Instead of we opted for a homemade coconut choco taco and ice cream sandwich and were not disappointed.

Saturday morning we grabbed coffee and potato donuts at Holy Donut. It was our first experience with Maine potato donuts, made from mashed potatoes not potato flour, and they were amazing! Some of my favorite donuts I’ve ever had. Don’t miss the Maine blueberry, fresh lemon, chocolate sea salt and Maine coffee brandy. We tried a few more(big eaters here!), but those were our favorites.

After donuts we made our way down to Cape Elizabeth to work off our breakfast. We walked along the rocky shore stopping what seemed like every 5 steps for photos and eventually made our way to the Portland Head light. It was a gorgeous morning and a quintessential Maine walk!

On our way home we stopped at the Lobster Shack (waited in the forever long line) and grabbed fresh lobster rolls, local beers and sat by the rocks and enjoyed one of my favorite meals of the trip. While this place is definitely crowded it’s worth it for a good fresh roll and the atmosphere sitting right along the water.

A must on my Maine list is ice cream from Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream. It was a small spot only in Bar Harbor when I lived in Maine and it was my absolute favorite. So when I saw they expanded to have a shop in Portland I knew it was a must. I highly recommend the Jack Daniels, Toasted Coconut and Madagascar Vanilla!

Saturday evening we ventured to Central Provisions. I read a lot about this small spot before our trip and a friend actually had what she described as “the best burger of her life” there on Thursday before the rest of us arrived so I was excited to say the least. We all shared small plates including, fresh halibut, an amazing cobb salad with candied bacon, steamed clams, fresh bread and butter with a poached egg and a few other delicious treats. Overall each plate was simple, fresh and delicious. We finished our night with champagne at the bar and it was perfect!

On Sunday before we left we grabbed breakfast from Standard Baking Co. ate on the ferry and made our way to Peaks Island.

We attempted to rent two tandem bikes and failed miserably (there’s a great video of our attempt though!) before deciding single bikes were best for our group! We rode the four mile loop around the island stopping at every turn to take pictures and take in the scenery.

We made a pit stop for a glass of 50 cent pink lemonade from the cutest roadside stand. They snapped a picture of the four of us too!

It was gorgeous, a highlight of our weekend! I would definitely recommend bringing a great picnic next time and finding a good spot on the rocks to sit and enjoy.

We grabbed one more lobster roll, a blueberry beer and I was off to the airport. As I write this I’m realizing how much we fit into our weekend, yet it still felt very relaxing. I’m always sad to leave these trips but it also makes me even more excited for next year! Moral of the story – go to Maine, it’s amazing!

- Heath

Brand Love | The Horse

MK just introduced me to the most gorgeous Australian line of watches, The Horse. They are simple and classic and everything I love in a watch. The company's background is in shoemaking and while I really like their black booties that are of course sold out, I really fell in love with the simplicity in the watches. 

The company's founders, Scott and Amy, followed in Scott's great grandfather's footsteps in bootmaking. To them, "It's not about another shoe for market. Both Scott & Amy want a leather shoe that shows craftsmanship and not tricked-up trends." They have truly set out to design a beautiful functional shoe and succeeded in all ways. 

I'm just about dying to own the polished rose gold and blush leather original.  It's crazy gorgeous, don't you think?! 

- Heath 

all images via the_horse instagram

Latest Cookbook Love

I've been finding my way back to the kitchen lately, and it's made the biggest difference.  I feel so much better, healthier and more organized when I'm cooking nightly and my little family has their meals planned.  (Sounds dorky I know, but we're seriously in a better grove when I have time to cook real dinners nightly!  For a while there, things were getting a little crazy around here :)

We shared a few of these cookbooks around the holidays.  I was gifted a few and a few I've had for years, but these seem to be my "go-tos" lately and I'm loving this fresh inspiration.

Around Here

Heath and her besties | beautiful coastal Maine | the rocky shoreline | my Virginia on a pajama morning stroll | our farmers market loot | bike riding | relaxing on a Sunday | pretty lighthouse view
Happy Monday guys!  This weekend was a good one and I needed it!  Virginia and I pretty much did nothing but relaxed.  It was truly what I needed.  Friday night we walked to get pizza before J.D. left for a friend's wedding Saturday morning.  Virginia was (surprisingly!) so well behaved and it was just one of those nice evenings - pizza, beer and early to bed!  Saturday J.D. took off and Virginia and I went to the farmers market, got tacos for lunch, napped, played in her little baby pool, had peanut butter and jelly dinners and were in bed when it was still light outside. :)  just perfect!
Heath had her annual girls weekend with her best friends from college.  They pick a new city every year and meet.  I think it's so fun that they've kept this up and I cannot wait to hear all about Portland, Maine.  From the little I've seen, it looked amazing!  She'll be sharing a recap soon!
Hope everyone has a good week! 
~Mary Keller