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Isle of Palms Getaway

June 20, 2017

Hello all! It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog lately because I’ve been on vacation (like real honest to goodness vacation) with A’s family. We ditched the real world for a few days just outside of Charleston on Isle of Palms and oh my word, was it pretty!

We had quite a few action packed days, but I will just hit the highlights for you and let the pictured do the talking.

Favorite tourist trap: horse-drawn carriage tours of Charleston. Our tour guides John and Dakota did a fantastic job showing us around Charleston in style. The route was beautiful and the commentary was both informative and entertaining. I know it’s totally cliche, but I so recommend doing one if you haven’t already! Honorable mention goes to the sunset dolphin tour from Barrier Island Eco Tours.

Favorite restaurant: High Thyme Cuisine on Sullivan’s Island. We stumbled upon this place after our first choice was closed, but oh my gosh am I glad we did! Everything was phenomenal, but the special appetizer of crab risotto was beyond good. If it had just been A and I, I likely would have licked the plate.

Favorite nature views: This is a tough one because we had such gorgeous views throughout our trip, but the beach on Caper’s Island was breathtaking, especially the boneyard of giant dead trees.  We were there at sunset and everything had the most beautiful glow to it. I could have stayed there for hours photographing everything.

Favorite activity: While we did the beach and other resort-living activities, my favorite was definitely our inshore fishing trip with Capt. Chuck of Charleston Sport Fishing. A and his brother purchased the trip as a Father’s Day present for their dad and I got to tag along! It was so much fun: I’d never been on a boat like this one and had never seen fish that big in person. Of course it didn’t hurt that I caught a giant fish! The winner of the day was definitely A who caught a 20-pound red drum as well as a huge black tip reef shark (although the shark got away before A got him to the boat).

And some more photos, because I just can’t resist! We had such a great time that none of us wanted to come home.  We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled blog posts tomorrow so make sure to come back then!

Lifestyle

Easy Summer Date Ideas

June 13, 2017
Easy Summer Date Ideas

Alright, ladies and gentlemen: it’s summertime! Schools are out, the temperatures are high and the days are long. And you know what that means, don’t you? It’s time to fill that extra time with lots of fun summer dates! I’ve shared a few ideas previously, but am back with even more easy summer date ideas. The best part of these summer date ideas is that they are easily adjusted to accommodate other couples, pets or little ones for a full family experience.

Summer Date Ideas

Eat ice cream in the park. 

It’s hot. Ice cream is cold. If you eat it while walking through the park, it negates the calories. Right?

Backyard puppy pool party. 

I know what you’re thinking: a pool party for dogs doesn’t necessarily sound like the perfect summer date. Trust me though, there is nothing more entertaining than watching your four-legged family members have the time of their lives in a $5 kiddie pool. It’s even more entertaining if you mix in an adult beverage or two.

Spend a day at the lake. 

Nothing sounds more refreshing in the summer than a swim so make a whole day (and date) out of it! Bring some pool floats, some snacks and drinks and spend the day floating and relaxing.

Go for an early morning walk (or run)

Beat the heat by getting your outdoor exercise done early in the day. I really enjoy running with my husband in the morning before the day gets crazy and we get pulled in opposite directions.  You get the fun of a date while doing something good for your body. If you’d like to add a little reward at the end of it, plan your route to end at a coffee shop or your favorite breakfast spot.

Living room campout. 

The heat of summer can make traditional camping a little more uncomfortable than fun, so add an indoor twist to it. Move the furniture out of the living room and pull all of the pillows and blankets onto the floor. Spend the night watching movies 0r binging on your new favorite Netflix show. Make popcorn or s’mores and sleep in your living room.

Put on your own fireworks show! 

What says summer better than fireworks? Leading up to July 4th, you can get them almost anywhere for relatively low prices. Put on a small fireworks show for your family and friends. Disclaimer: you need to check your town’s rules on fireworks-they are illegal in many spots! Always follow the law and be safe!

What are your favorite summer date ideas?

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R

I’m A Working Dog Now

June 9, 2017

Happy Friday, everyone! Ruger has had quite the exciting week and would like to share it with you! I’ll be back on Monday with a new care package in my shop! 

TGIF, am I right? Fridays are especially important to me now because I have a job! I know, I’m very excited too. You see, Rachel takes me to her office a whole bunch now and boy, does she keep me busy.  I thought it would be fun if I told you a little bit about my days at work!

We get there really early. Normally right at the time that I would take my post-breakfast nap, but the early Roogie gets the bird! When we first get there, Rachel unpacks all of my stuff and gets me some water from the kitchen. I don’t like the kitchen at this place; it has a funny-sounding floor and I’m afraid to walk on it.

I work on my brainstorming session while Rachel answers emails. I don’t know what those are, but she gets A LOT of them every single day. Sometimes she even yells “stop sending me emails!” at her shiny toy. I don’t know what that means, but maybe it’s like when I bring her all the shoes in the house. She only needs some shoes.

I know that picture makes it look like I’m sleeping, but really I just prefer to brainstorm laying down. With my eyes shut. And preferably on my blanket. Ahem. After my brainstorming session, people come visit us for “a meetings”. Lots of people want to come talk to me. Luckily, they sit on the floor and rub my belly while they talk. I don’t really understand what they’re saying, but we speak the universal language of belly rubs.  Sometimes I try to be a part of the “a meetings” and crawl in Rachel’s lap so I can see everyone.

After people leave, I have to get down to business. My main job involves watching out the window and alerting Rachel each time I see something. I see lots of somethings.  Birds. Squirrels. And sometimes people! I like watching out the window.

Before I know it, Rachel says it’s time to eat another breakfast. But I don’t get one! I don’t know why I don’t get another breakfast; I worked hard too. All I get is a trip outside and maybe a little piece of Rachel’s cheese stick. I like cheese sticks.

Then we have more “a meetings”, only now we go to other people’s rooms and have them in there! And then I help around the office: I’m especially good at helping people carry stuff. And making people use their happy voice! I can’t go anywhere without them using their happy voice. Rachel says I’m a real good boy.

After such a busy day, you can totally understand why I need to come home and take a nap until dinner time. Thank goodness it’s Friday and I can relax this weekend.

Books

Books I Love Re-Reading

June 6, 2017

Happy Tuesday, all! I am officially counting down the days until A and I take off for the beach for a little R&R. I plan to sleep late, eat more than I probably should and do a whole lot of reading.  I’ve got a pile of new books waiting to be read, but may take an old favorite or two with me as well.

I think we all have a few go-to reads on our bookshelf. No matter how many new books we buy or take home from the library, there’s nothing like the tried and true favorites. They make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, plus you get the joy of discovering new details. I rounded up a few of my favorite re-reads for you to add to your list.

The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey

Fun fact: I’m a big hockey fan. In fact, the Disney movie Miracle is one of my favorite movies of all time. So it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’ve read The Boys of Winter at least ten times. There’s just something about Coffey’s writing style that gets me, plus it’s the ultimate underdog story.  My favorite quote?

“Mostly he thanked Herb Brooks for a night in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York when snow fell and the Olympic Field House throbbed and whether you were in goal or on the ice or in the seats or at home, you came away feeling that greatness wasn’t a realm strictly for the superhuman, remote and unattainable, but rather something much closer, real, and reachable, something within every one of us.”

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

If you’re an animal lover in any way, you need to read these books. Herriot’s tales from his time as a rural veterinarian are heartwarming and hilarious. This is the first book in a very good series, but it’s definitely my favorite and one I’ve read multiple times.

 

The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

Forget The Notebook or Walk to Remember, The Wedding is definitely the best Nicholas Sparks book. It’s sort of a sequel to The Notebook in that it focuses on Allie and Noah’s daughter, although the narrator is actually her husband. It reminds me to never take my husband for granted and continue to work on ways to show him how much he means to me.

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I know this one is technically a children’s book, but it’s one of my absolute favorites. The entire series is a must-read and one that got a lot of love when I was younger. I can’t wait to re-read them with my future children.

What are some books you’ve read over and over again?

Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix Recap #32

June 2, 2017

Happy first Friday in June! Today marks the start of the largest event of the year for my day job, so we’re keeping it short and sweet. Let’s get right to my latest Stitch Fix!

Item #1: Q&A Tarria Pleating Detail Blouse. This top was perfect in every way, until I put it on. I’m all for loose fitting blouses, but this one took it a bit too far. I oped to send it back.

Item #2: Coffeeshop Casidia Cargo Jacket. This was such a cute jacket and had a really pretty eyelet insert in the back that was so different. But jackets aren’t really my thing, especially once winter is over. I knew it would never get worn so I sent it back.

Item #3: 41Hawthorn Prinsloo Ruffle Neck Blouse. This was such a pretty top! The feminine color and tiny polka dots were right up my alley, but like quite a few tops, the armholes were cut too deep. I know what you’re thinking: if I have such strict requirements about armholes, how do I ever buy sleeveless tops? The answer is petite sizes: they are cut smaller, so the torso is a better fit for me.

Item #4 Lila Ryan Dorianna Skinny Jean: These pants were a really pretty color, but the fit was not right and the cost was way too high. Plus once summer rolls around, pants don’t ever leave the back of my closet. #toodanghot

Item #5: Pixley Millie Textured Knit Dress. This was the only item I kept and I’m so glad I did! The dress fits perfectly and is just right for the office in the summer. I can get away without a sweater, but have worn it with one the past two times. It’s a bit short, so if you’re tall, you may find it’s not quite office appropriate, but it works on me because I am the opposite of short.

Would you have kept anything else? Have a great weekend!