October sales

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I've noticed a bunch of sales popping up lately, at some of my local favorites and USA made brands. I usually wait until Black Friday for (mostly online) Christmas shopping, but I've already started now. Here's a quick list to get you started -- let me know if there are others I should add.

Charlotte's yearly 25% off sale is going on until Sunday, October 26.

Moon and Lola has 15% off sitewide until Sunday with code HAPPY15. Now is the time to order personalized pieces for Christmas.

Furbish has 30% off all sale items with code SALE30.

Collared Greens has 30% off sale items with code FTT.

Zinke swimwear has 50% off the entire site for 24 hours with code ZINKEFRIENDS.

Merry Stockings has an extra 10% off already reduced prices with code CLEARANCE. I just discovered these personalized, made in USA stockings, in plenty of time to order for Christmas.

fall garden transition

Friday, October 17, 2014

A few weeks ago, I transitioned my garden for fall weather. 

I pulled up my Hillbilly tomato vine (that never produced fruit) and cucumber vines. After a few weeks of high yield in August, the cucumbers dwindled. 

I pulled weeds, tilled the soil, and made rows for seeds. 

The snow peas are already sprouting, and spinach should be next. 

I kept okra and Better Boy tomatoes at least for a few more weeks, rosemary, and thyme.

What should I plant next for the winter months? 

Southern Frock wrap dress

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I found this dress when I visited Southern Frock's flagship store in Beaufort in July, and I love how it fits. My mom was a big fan of DVF dresses when she was my age; as beautiful as DVF prints are, those dresses aren't made for my body type or budget. I will stick with the local brand, and I will definitely buy more of these Southern Frock dresses when new prints come out! 

I have been using my new GiGi clutch from Charlotte's and loving it! It's the perfect pouch to take with me out to dinner and on the weekend. It was absolutely the right choice for spending my winnings

I'm so thankful that I got to pick up this boy at the airport on Saturday and that he is willing to take my picture. He is the sweetest! 

Southern Frock dress // HMD earrings and necklace from Mom // GiGi New York All in One Bag // Lilly Pulitzer bangles - gift from Elise // Cole Haan pumps, purchased at Revolver

Elise and Caleb's wedding

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My friends Elise and Caleb got married last weekend at Rose Hill Plantation. The rehearsal dinner was there as well, and everything was wonderful! The scenery was beautiful and the food was outstanding. 

Everything was lime green and purple. Elise's mother thinks of every single detail and makes everything personalized and perfect. 

I loved Caleb's Skully groom's cake. 

These two are such a sweet couple! I have known Elise since fourth grade and Caleb since college. I admire Caleb for his persistence over the years, and I'm so glad that it finally paid off. These two are an excellent match, and I wish them the best! 

Elise's bridesmaids were friends from middle school, high school, and college. I enjoyed our mini high school reunion. I'm impressed with how everyone has grown up so good looking and well rounded!

This is Elise's precious friend Leanne. I complimented her necklace, and she said she borrowed it from her mother. Of course I had to take a photo! 

Elise's "something old" and "something borrowed" was her late grandmother's bracelet. I have memories of Elise's sweet grandparents, who lived with her family when we first met. 

I wish I had taken more pictures, but I was too busy having a great time. I am thankful for these friends and feel honored to have been included in the wedding. Best wishes, Elise and Caleb! 

red pepper and patience

Thursday, September 4, 2014

This red pepper is what I have waited for all summer. It took a while to grow into a big green pepper. "Go ahead and pick it," they said. "The deer will eat it," they said. "It's so big!," they said. 

No. I want to wait until it turns red. 

They were shocked when it finally started turning red. The turning itself took several days. 

It happened in the garden in the background of this picture. 

I need to plant more okra next year, as this year's harvest has happened one or two pods at a time. Mema showed me her Our State magazine, where I read about okra and the writer's suggestion to try a pod raw. That makes sense when you only have one, and I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. 

Mema gave me the idea to take a picture from above. It is almost a heart. A. labor. of. love! 

Everything I do is hand me down style. Besides learning the how-tos from friends and family, I followed my great grandmother's model of planting, working, then leaving town. During the most productive days, especially with the cucumbers, I headed to the beach and left my mom in charge. Apparently my great grandmother used to do the same to my grandmother, her daughter-in-law, who lived next door. 

Papa snapped this one. I handed him my DSLR as my dad, grilling beside us, laughed. My papa took only one picture, and I think he did very well. 

I cut up the pepper and ate it in a salad that I shared with my small group. Honestly, the taste was nothing special. But I will try peppers again next year! 

bridal shower for Katherine

Monday, September 1, 2014

My longtime friend Katherine is getting married next month, so her sister, Caroline, and I hosted a tea themed bridal shower for her. I have known their family since they moved here when Katherine and I were in fourth grade. Our parents became friends and we were in Sunday school together. One of my earliest memories of Katherine and Caroline is from one night when their family had us over for supper. Caroline and Katherine told my brother and me about the pumpkins they had decorated and entered into the State Fair. They won something like $200 for them, and we were extremely impressed! 

We hosted the shower at Caroline's house. She had this incredible set up ready when I got there! The china, crystal, and silver was borrowed from the bride's mother. The tables were beautiful! All I did was help assemble tiered servers and set out the food. Caroline is organized and dependable, so I shouldn't have expected any less than perfection, but she really blew me away, especially since this was the FIRST bridal shower she has ever hosted! 

My sister in law made vanilla cupcakes and chocolate covered strawberries. Debbie, Katherine's mother, made cheese straws and cucumber sandwiches. I made sausage balls (recipe here and the paleo substitution I make for Bisquick here). Caroline made black currant tea, which was quite a chore for such a crowd! 

Of course, once people got there, I stopped taking photos, but I did catch this one of Katherine going to greet her guests. She is a lovely bride, and she received many wonderful gifts at her shower, including a Kitchen Aid mixer from her aunt! 

We had a great time catching up with friends, and I'm looking forward to Katherine and Nate's wedding! 

four months with Dan

Monday, August 25, 2014

Once upon a time, Dan came to live with me as a foster dog. He was underweight and sick and going through treatments. He was also recovering from being neutered. His coat was light brown. 

Dan followed me everywhere I went, and we became best buds. He learned to stay in his invisible fence. After another round of treatments, I finally got to adopt Dan. He still had to be inactive for another month. 

Dan loved attention and often jumped on people, counters, doors, etc. He got plenty of Busy Buddys full of peanut butter to keep him occupied while he wasn't allowed to run, which also helped him put on weight. He ate everything everywhere, including on the counters. He shed his light brown coat and turned a darker brown, but his fur was still soft, so Mom continued to pet him. 

Dan began a home manners class and leash walking class. When the vet said his inactive time was over, he and I started going on walks every day. She also told me that I needed to feed him more, and he started gaining more weight. Dan's behavior improved when he had exercise. He learned to "heel" and only to pee on everything when I give him the "release" command. Amazing! Dan sits and waits for his food now. He sits and waits to go through doorways. He even sits and waits to get in the car, and he LOVES to get in the car. He can lay down and "leave it" on the ground. Dan is eager to please. 

My grandmother says that Dan looks like he is somebody now. 

He still steals cucumbers. The other night, he gently carried a possum to me on the front porch. It gave me hope for a future of hunting. 

Dan graduated from his home manners class this weekend. I only signed him up for the first set of classes because I honestly couldn't imagine him even getting to where he is now. He has learned and improved so much! 

I am so pleased with Dan's behavior and so happy that he is healthy. Look at him watching his person even while I'm not paying him attention. 

My dog is awesome. 

I am thankful for my family helping me out tremendously with him. Having Dan has taught me about commitment, (letting go of) control, and accepting help. He is a handful, but he is a sweet, soft, lovable handful. 

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