• #experience

    Podcast Recap: Samantha Ponder on the Refined Collective

    Up until 2015, Samantha Ponder, to me, was just a reporter on ESPN. The female empowerment, ” go girl” side of me thought it was neat that a female reporter was commentating on football, but that was about it.  When I started following her on Instagram, I became inspired by her authentic self and how real she was on social media. She laughs at her “mom fails”, isn’t afraid to lounge around in sweats for 95% of the time, and is open about her beliefs. Here was someone who was easy to relate to, and kind of inspiring. Earlier this month she was interviewed by the Refined Collective Podcast, and…

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    Brain Dump: Blog Cleanse

    Happy July! Can you believe we are already half way through 2018? I know I can’t, and it seems like each time I blink, we’re already in a new month. And this past month, the blog has been neglected. I think some of it has to do with busy schedules, but I’ve also been in a slump when it comes to content. To be honest, reading over the past few posts, the content is not the best and I’m not satisfied. It sounds rushed, like I am just trying to produce a post, and it’s not fair to my readers. I felt like I needed something multiple times a week,…

  • Food Finds

    Food Find: Summer Shrimp Orzo Salad

    This past weekend Phil and I traveled to Virginia for my cousin’s wedding, and what a beautiful one it was! We loved getting to catch up with family, and dance the night away celebrating Turner and Ginna. Ginna looked gorgeous, and the wedding could not have been more perfect! It was a quick trip, and we had to hurry back to Columbia on Sunday to get ready for the week. The heat we’ve recently had has been tough, and we both wanted something light for supper that night. We each tossed out ideas, and finally decided on some kind of salad. To make the “perfect summer salad”, I picked up…

  • Fashion Find

    Fashion Find: Aerie Bathing Suits

    I feel like summer was official after a couple of weekends ago at my friend’s, Shannon, house where she hosted a pool party and low country boil. It was so much fun to hang out with friends sipping on rose in the pool, and then sitting around eating crab and shrimp while catching up. Us girls had fun talking bathing suits, especially how much we missed the Victoria Secret ones, can usually find one at Target last minute, and are pretty excited Aerie now sales them. When getting ready for my honeymoon last fall, I found a couple from there and fell in love with their brand. I especially love…

  • Food Finds

    Food Finds: Quick Grocery Store Tips and Finds

    This is the season of weekend travel, and busy schedules and if you’re like us, you feel like your weekends are “go go go”. Come Sunday when it’s time to go grocery store shopping, meal planning for the week seems like a daunting task leading to the overwhelming question what to buy. This makes you either a) not buy enough and end up with frequent trips to the store or b) buy too much and things end up going bad. But I think I’ve been able to figure out how to “grocery shop” without excessive meal planning. This makes stopping at a grocery store easier when coming back into town,…

  • For the Home

    Home Find: Our New Screen Porch

    We learned quickly when buying a home that it trying to decorate the whole house can become costly and time consuming. So, after we purchased a few things we needed (and wanted), we started our house fund! This fund covers any repairs, updates, fees, and decorating we wanted to do around the house, and each month we put a little away to make sure we have a safety net. Since Memorial Day came with some sales for outdoor furniture and decor, we decided to spruce up our side porch with some of the money we had saved so we could enjoy it this summer. We already had this chair set…