life lately under the oaks

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Under the Oaks : life lately under the oaks

Last weekend when I went to pick up Frankie, I downloaded Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller (via for the long ride. It wasn’t necessarily on my reading list, but I was looking for something that could keep me interested, make the drive seem shorter, and had lots of twists and turns. Picoult is great if you’re looking for that genre of a story, as she typically covers at least half a dozen controversial topics into a single read. I haven’t finished listening yet, but will be reviewing it for February’s book review. The plot? Twenty-something [Jewish] girl, dealing with the loss of everyone closest to her, meets an older gentlemen who later admits to having been a Nazi … oh yeah, and her grandmother was a survivor of Auschwitz.  Continue reading

Valentine’s Date Night Faves

Under the Oaks blog: Valentine's Date Night Faves #fashion #beauty #jewelry #KateSpade #JCrew #Forever21 #Smashbox #Essie #LOFT

I’m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day since I believe every date night should be special and an opportunity to reconnect with each other. Plus, you shouldn’t have to wait for special occasions to tell those you love that you love them! However, I am a big fan of the traditional Valentine’s Day colors, red & every shade of red. So here are my picks on adding a bit of traditional color to your Valentine’s Day celebration, in a sophisticated way.

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Welcoming Frankie to the UtO Family


He’s here, Sir Franklin has arrived! Frankie, a black and silver miniature schnauzer, officially turns 8 weeks today and weighs in at about 4 pounds. On Sunday I made the 3 hour drive down to Charlotte to pick him up, and he happily slept on the 3 hour drive home (minimal whining in the beginning). Blessed by a wonderful employer, I’ve been able to work from home the entire week so that I can establish a routine right away with our new addition.

On our first night together he only whined (in his stylish crate) at 1:30 am and 6 am which I considered to be not so bad! For the rest of our day the routine consisted of the following on repeat: Continue reading