Jun 192014
 

So in my daily hopping around the blogging world via BlogLovin’, I have discovered so many new and amazing bloggers.  I saw this great post a few were doing and thought “why not”.  So here I am taking stock of what’s going on around me and in me currently!

Making :  a grocery list.  I wish this could be something amazingly fantastic with my craftiness, but its not.
Cooking :   fresh corn, zucchini and squash tonight with maybe burgers
Drinking :  about to drink some coffee, as soon as our office brewer finishes
Reading:  The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks, although I just finished “Lowcountry Summer” by Dorothea Benton Frank
Wanting:  date night with Patrick, trip to Charleston, a clean house
Looking:  forward to B’s next baseball tournament
Playing:  Bingo Blitz on my phone
Wasting:   time doing the above game playing

Wishing:  for a lot of things, but right now I’ll be content with what I have.
Enjoying:  the peace of a new book
Waiting:  for Patrick to come home from PA
Wondering:   what to make for dinner with the fresh corn, squash & zucchini
Loving:   the beautiful SC sunshine
Hoping:  for a date night soon (although this is the same thing as “wanting” for me)

Wearing:  black pants, black cammie, black & white sweater. Very monochromatic today
Following:    You’re Meaghan me Crazy
Thinking:  about the blog posts I need/want to write over the next 2 weeks
Feeling:  refreshed – quiet evening last night while the kids were at their dads, a good book & conversation with one of my besties
Giggling:   over the odd requests we get here in the history dept – like “how do I make something historical”

Have you taken stock lately?

Jun 102014
 

So the blog has been a little slow lately.  I’m OK with that.  I started a new job, its summer break, we are busy, life is busy.  But I have some confessions.

I am addicted to “Orange is the New Black” (#OITNB for short).  Its funny, on point, raunchy, and all around a show that makes you want to watch the next episode.  Raunchy as in, I would never let my mother, brother, dad or possibly even Patrick watch it in the same room as me (and note to mom, don’t watch it – you would NOT like it).  Martha Stewart did not make prison life look like that – although I once read she made tea out of dandelion leaves, and well the main character on #OITNB gets called Dandelion all the time.  Either way, its only on Netflix, and they just released the ENTIRE second season (brand new) all at once.  Bravo to you Netflix, for putting seemingly normal people into binge mode last weekend.   Meet “crazy eyes” and “dandelion” below:

 

I also confess that I got so pissed at baseball last weekend over a freaking cooler.  It was stupid, and petty but I was pissed.  Here I am lugging this giant cooler around with lunch for 4 people (2 adults and 2 kids), and not once did someone offer to help me.  Like I said, it was petty and I’m sorry for being so angry.  I am still adjusting to “the new normal”, and well – it ain’t easy.  Apparently I just need to buck up buttercup.  And don’t worry if you don’t understand what any of this little paragraph means, its just something I had the need to type out to get it off my chest.

As a new pedestrian on campus; I routinely have to cross the road on my travels around campus, and to and from my parking garage daily. I also confess that I used to be a not good driver when it came to pedestrians.  If your car covers the entire sidewalk when you stop at a stoplight, you are an asshole.  Also, if you continuously creep up as the light is red and people are crossing in front of you to gain an inch or two – you are also an asshole.  And one of these days someone is going to get a little too close to me, and I am going to ceremoniously collapse on the ground in front of you like you hit me.   For now, you just get this look….

 

and lastly…..I must confess that I am loving the fact we have a coffee maker in our office.  And by coffee maker I mean, I make coffee every morning, and people drink it.  It is nice, and it even has caffeine (take that non-caffeine allowing athletics training table!).  However, the next person who leaves the pot empty on the hot burner will be subjected to random torture, as determined by the European Medieval history professor.

 

 

*gifs courtesy of giphy.com*

 

Jun 052014
 

We got home and got dressed to go to what was possibly the last Carolina home game of the season.  Didn’t think a thing about what I was wearing, or Patrick was wearing.  We both have so many Carolina shirts (and some of his I wear on a regular basis too!)  A few minutes later I got in the car and started laughing to myself.  

It was the last game of the regionals – June 2, 2013…I wore what was at the time my only Carolina shirt.  Patrick wore his “game shirt” – a garnet polo he wears to most every Carolina sporting event we go to.   Fast forward one year to June 1st, 2014 and we are wearing the same clothes, going to the same regional game.  

 So I thought it appropriate to take a similar photo, and being the sweetie that he is, he let me (either that or he knew I’d pester him enough for a photo he might as well just let me).  =)

 

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Turns out it was the last home Carolina baseball game of the season.  We went home a little sad to see our boys lose so badly to Maryland, but it is what it is.  Looking forward to the next season of Carolina sports though – Carolina vs. Texas A&M.  So damn excited I could dance (and well, I might!)

May 262014
 

Memorial Day in our home this year will be spent quietly, I have to work (yes, thank you University of South Carolina) and the kids don’t have school.   However, very close to my heart and in my thoughts will be two special people I had the honor and privilege to know.   While I do not discount the countless other families who were affected by conflict and war, by the loss of a child, a husband, a father, brother, sister, mother, wife – these two individuals are close to my heart.

Frank (Capt. “Puj” Hooks) – a pilot in our squadron in South Carolina that made the ultimate sacrifice in June 2004.   I have a hard time this year grasping that it has been almost 10 years.  His loss deeply impacted all the Marines of 115.   My best memory of Frank was the DVD we unexpectedly got in the mail one day during the first deployment Matt went on.  They had made us a “we are halfway home” DVD full of photos of all the guys from the squadron.  It was a silly DVD, but so special to all the spouses.  Frank was married to my sweet friend Cindy – whom I admire for her beautiful spirit.

   Second is Clarence Adams.  Clarence was 3 years ahead of me in school (me a freshman, he a senior) when I decided to run indoor track.  He then decided to take me under his wing and teach me to throw shot put.  So, he taught me and I did it.  I wasn’t that good, and didn’t stick with it, but he was always encouraging.    He always had a smile on his face, and was loved by so many at Varina.   Clarence died in Baghdad, Iraq in September 2004.  He was the father of six, and devoted husband.  

 

 

While for many it’s a day of picnics, BBQ’s and the unofficial start of summer, it is also a VERY real holiday to remember those who have fought and died for us to have the ability to go to the river or beach, watch a parade in peace and have a picnic.   Please take a moment today and remember them, their families and their sacrifice.

 

Note – photo of Frank courtesy of Cindy Morrison, and photo of Clarence courtesy of  Iraqwarheros.org.  This post was originally posted on 5-28-2012.

 

May 232014
 

You have seen them, and they are adorable!  State necklaces are so popular right now.  These are brushed silver, with a brushed gold heart shaped charm.  They all have a 18″ brushed silver chain with a 3″ extender.   

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 Right now, you can get your choice of state for $11.95 & FREE SHIPPING with the coupon code HOME, over 50% off our retail price.   The deal is valid tomorrow only, 5/23/14, or while supplies last.

Would make a great gift for a college bound student going to another state for college – or really for anyone!

 

 

 

 

May 062014
 

Patrick and I love Charleston…the food…the sights – everything.  We have been once as a family, and before we got together – dozens of other times.  When I lived in Beaufort, we would routinely travel to Charleston to shop at the mall, or to pick up friends/family from the airport.  

Awhile ago, Patrick and I agreed that we needed a weekend getaway for just the 2 of us.  I joked that if I got a new job – we would plan one.

Well…the new job came (more about that another day!) and we are heading to Charleston in a couple of months for a weekend getaway.  Just the 2 of us.  No kids, no baseball, no responsibilities except to one another.  Our lives are so consumed with work, business trips, baseball, kids schedule – that our time together is usually spent doing the above. Don’t get me wrong – we love the time we have with our kids, we love weekends full of baseball – BUT…for the health of our relationship, we need the time together.

Of course, I am the queen of planning, and Patrick well – is the king of “lets wing it”.  I like to have a written out plan, he likes to just get in the car and go. Well, this time we will do a little of both.  I have some places in mind that I want to stay, and some places I’d like to eat.  Then we can just wing the rest!  Right now I have been researching places to stay and below are the ones I have found!

26608_371444420459_8265984_nTopping my list of places that I would love to stay is Seaside Inn.  Its on the Isle of Palms, just a short drive from Charleston, and right on the beach.  Literally, STEPS away from the beach.   The Seaside Inn just underwent a 6 month renovation, improving the exterior AND the interior.   I have been stalking their facebook page for weeks looking at all the updates they have done.    They even have several packages available for couples weekends (hint hint!).  Isle of Palms was recently rated one of the Top 10 Beaches in the South by Southern Living Magazine.

 We shall see if I get this wish for a night at the Seaside Inn!  Right now they are having a construction special, since they are still undergoing some exterior renovations, you just have to call to see what the current special is!  

 

"VFMLID=51196034"Another on the top of my list is Tides in Folly Beach.   It seems like it’s a world away, but its a short 9 miles into historic Charleston.  Patrick and I  took the kids to Folly Beach last Labor Day weekend for one last summer beach day.  It was so beautiful there, a wide flat beach with minimal wave action (good for little kiddos), and warm water!  The Tides has a cool thing going this May with movies on the beach!   This May they are showing The Princess Bride, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Lone Ranger and Robin Hood: Men In Tights.  Right on the beach at dusk!    They also have an on site restaurant, Blu which is a favorite of Folly Beach guests and residents!

Where are some places you have stayed in Charleston?  I would love to hear them, and any ideas you have for our weekend getaway!   

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

May 012014
 

I am so excited to partner with some of the best bloggers I know to bring you this wonderful giveaway from Gold Canyon Candles just in time for mothers day. Being a single mom, my mothers day are often different than most.  I always have my kids, because they are the reason I’m a mom.  I don’t get the whole breakfast in bed, flowers, etc thing.  I try to just relax and watch TV and let the kids “be” for the day.  One of my must needed “mom time” things I do is a bubble bath once or twice a week.  I fill the tub up, add bubbles, light some candles & grab my book – and I escape (for the most part) from everything after the kids go to bed.

Because of this weekly ritual, one gift I am always happy to receive is candles – I love all the amazing scents that are available!   I received two yummy candles from Shaneen Scott, a Gold Canyon Candles consultant to review and we also get to giveaway some!   

gcc2I was sent the Heritage collection medium candle in Pomegrante, which I lit last night while I was taking a bubble bath (guilty pleasure!).  It gave the bathroom a warm & tropical smell.   The Heritage collection comes in over 25 scents ranging from Blueberry Tangerine to Strawberry Lemonade, and in a variety of sizes from Mini to Large.

I was also sent a mini Brown Sugar Cookie candle that smells like my mama’s kitchen on cookie baking day!   The burn time on the mini is 30 hours, and retails for $7.98. 

Gold Canyon Candles, like many direct sales companies was founded by a husband & wife team, who wanted more for their families. For Karen and Curt Waisath, it was a way for Karen to stay home with their children.   Their core values have always been to Give Back, do the right thing and continually improve.

There are so many items to choose from with Gold Canyon Candles!   Want a candle?  Now here’s what you have to do to enter our  giveaway. We want you to create a virtual Mother’s Day WISH LIST! 

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  1. Go to THIS PAGE  and tell me which Gold Canyon Candle product you love most and would love to have for Mother’s Day!
  2. LEAVE A COMMENT stating which Mother’s Day Gift candle you’d love to have AND one lucky person will also be GIFTED with their Mother’s Day Gold Canyon WISH!
  3. Remember leaving a comment is mandatory.
  4. And your entry through Rafflecopter is mandatory
  5. The more entries, the better your chances to win! Contest ends May 8th! US/18+ only.

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*Disclosure;  I received 2 candles in exchange for this review & giveaway.  All opinions are my own.*

 

Apr 302014
 

This is a sponsored post. I am a Shop Your Way blogger and all opinions are my own.

I have been getting emails from the  Shop Your Way program (for Kmart & Sears stores) for over a year now.  I have bought things in store multiple times, but never used many of the online features.  Last week I used a Kmart’s “Click and Pull” type program called “My Gofer” to order some pillows.  It was great, I walked in and to the customer service desk, they pulled my order from the large My Gofer lockers, and I was out the door within 5 minutes.  No wandering the store to find what I was looking for, it was so-so easy.

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Well Kmart & Sears have taken “making it easy” it one step further with the Get Advice program now through ShopYourWay.com.   The Get Advice feature taps into the online and mobile shopping channels members already use, to virtually open the doors to Sears stores across the country, and access the knowledge and expertise of thousands of associates.  From advice on the best baby cribs to replacing refrigerator water filters, through Get Advice you can access product and category expertise from thousands of in-store Sears associates while at home or out on-the-go, plus recommendations and insights from the millions-strong Shop Your Way member community.

Any Shop Your Way member can post any product-related question to the Shop Your Way community, and store associates from around the country will post a reply simply by leveraging the same knowledge and expertise they use to help members in the store.   I quickly looked up information about tents, and found lots of helpful advice including instruction manuals, and what tents were the best for what size families.

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Any member can post a question or an answer and vote on the most helpful responses.  Here are the steps for how to ask a question on the Get Advice feature.
o Members can go to ShopYourWay.com and tap “Ask a Question” in the Get Advice section or directly from a shopyourway.com product page.
o They can then type their question and see if an answer pops up while they type.
o If not, they can simply follow the prompts to post their question.
o Once the question is submitted, the answers start flowing in from store associates across the country.

 

 

Try it out and let me know what questions you asked and if you got a great response!