Friday, April 17, 2015

Bee City in Cottageville, SC

Yesterday my son's class took a trip out to Bee City in Cottageville, SC.
Bee City is a honeybee farm, petting zoo and nature center.

It was cold for April (55) and a little rainy but that didn't stop us from having lots of fun checking out and feeding all the animals.

For $1-3 you can pick up different foods for the monkeys, birds or large animals (llamas, horses, cows, etc.).


 They have a cool aviary where you can go feed the birds. My son loves doing this, having done it at the Miami Zoo a couple of times. I don't mind being in there but I am not a fan of the birds flying all around my head. Feels like I'm in a Hitchcock movie!





 Aaahh, the llamas.
First they spit a little bit on my son and then spit food all over the other kid I was watching. I did what any good chaperone would do: laughed until I cried (the food was all over his face, y'all)...and then helped him clean-up with the wipes I brought along. 

All in all, it was a fun time and we will definitely go back since my husband didn't get to go.

Have you ever been to Bee City?!

Hope y'all have a great weekend!
 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Weekending: Botany Bay

Good Morning:)

I am so excited to share a bunch of pictures from our trip yesterday to Botany Bay on Edisto Island, just outside of Charleston. Botany Bay is a preserve and you are not allowed to take any shells from the beach ($475 fine, if you do) so there were millions of shells. It was unreal. People have lined up big ones they've found along tree trunks and hung them on tree branches. It was a lot of fun for the whole fam to walk around and look at everything.

 The road to Botany Bay








Have you ever been to a beach like this? Where? I want to go!

Linking up for Monday Madness, Weekending 
 

Bella And The City

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Weekend: Savannah

Happy Monday!!

Yesterday was, obviously, Easter but it was also the last day of Spring Break here.
My kids spent a week in Florida with my mom so we met her in Savannah on Saturday to hang out for a couple of hours before heading back to Charleston.

 Heading over the Talmadge Bridge into downtown Savannah
 Next time I need to go check out the front of this. Just striking to see a house attached to a big building like that.

Johnson Square
The old Savannah Cotton Exchange. I believe it's now a restaurant. I lived in Savannah for two years but there are so many things to see and do, that this is one I missed!
 We picked up some macarons from Marche de Macarons for my mom as a thank you gift for having the kids. I should have gotten myself a box...she said they were really good.

Tonight is the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.
 I lived in Durham twice and my mom worked at Duke so I will definitely be cheering for Coach K and the Blue Devils tonight. I can't say I'll be upset though if Wisconsin wins. Their last championship win was in 1941...so it'd be cool to see them take home the trophy. And I love their fight song... my high school had/has the same one so I've always had some love for the Badgers.

If you're not down with some basketball, episode 4 of Charleston's own Southern Charm is on tonight at 10 pm ET on Bravo.
If you don't watch, above is Cameran (she was on the 1st Real World: San Diego), Shep and Craig. I'm dying for the episode where Shep and Craig go hang with the local ice hockey team, the SC Stingrays. 
If you aren't interested in the drama, watch for the pretty shots of Charleston and restaurant ideas. Last week they were at Fuel, which has been on my list of places to go since we moved here. 
Doesn't that outside area look so cute?!
One of these days!!

Can't wait to read about your weekend!

Linking up for Monday Madness, Weekending and Weekend Recap!
Bella And The City

Monday, March 30, 2015

Exploring Charleston #4 / Weekend Update

It seems as though I am always a week behind when I'm trying to blog! 
Ugh.

Last Tuesday was the Charleston Blog Society's Blogger's Night Out at Open Door Shop. 
This was kind of an embarrassing outing for me. I was ten minutes early and walked around the building...it was all dark with the exception of an artist working in her studio. The doors were all locked too. I waited until a few minutes after 6 and thought maybe I'm not in the right spot so I drove the other way on Meeting Street where the addresses all got smaller (of course!).  So I drove back to the original location and lo and behold, the doors were now wide open and people were mingling downstairs. Ha. If it's going to happen to someone, it's going to happen to me!!

Open Door Shop's owners were very sweet and understanding though. They have so many fun goodies and specialize in wedding registries online so if you're getting married, go check them out!!

After I left the BNO, I stopped by the newly renovated in-line hockey rink in North Charleston.
 It looks so good, y'all. I cannot wait to get out there and play.  All the guys I play with did double takes when I showed up since I was in a dress AND make-up. They're used to me being make-up free, smelly and in full goalie gear.  

On Wednesday night, my husband and I met up with Meg and her husband at The Alley downtown for bowling. I am totally kicking myself for not getting a picture of the four of us but I did get a picture of the yummy food!
 Husband went the healthy route with a turkey and avocado sandwich...
...while I ate Fried Oreos (in my defense, I had already had dinner so this was dessert)!

We had a great time with Meg and Mike and hope to hang out with them again soon!!

On Thursday, we finally tried out Philly's in Summerville.
 This is the "small" 8 inch cheese steak. It was soooo big. My stomach nearly exploded but it was delicious.

On Saturday, I met my mom down in Savannah to give her the kids for Spring Break.  I was originally going to go to Florida too but my husband is in a week-long school and we didn't want to board the dog.  So I've got lots of fun (not) projects planned for the week.  Like re-caulking the shower. I know you're jealous.

 After I got back from Savannah, my husband and I headed to one of our favorite restaurants, Taco Boy.
The wait for inside was 45 minutes so we made the brilliant decision to eat outside. In the wind. There are heat lamps but all the tables near those were full.  But it's Taco Boy and you will suffer for their yummy food.

Sunday we decided to take our dog downtown for the first time. We were a little hesitant to go to busy parts since this was her first outing so we headed to The Citadel since I'd never been to the campus before.


The campus is nice and quiet on a Sunday afternoon. Bailey did good and didn't pull too much on the leash. 
We then decided to go check out Brittlebank Park which is about 2 minutes away from The Citadel.


Another nice spot to walk the dog. Bailey met another dog up close and got a little hyper but not too bad.

Overall, it was a really nice weekend. My husband and I definitely don't spend enough time together (minus the kids) so it was really fun!

What were you up to this weekend? Anything fun? :)

Bella And The City

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Exploring Charleston #3

As I mentioned in my last post, my in-laws were here last week so when it wasn't raining, we were able to get out and do a couple of touristy things.

Our first stop was the Charleston Tea Plantation. I had heard about the plantation but kept forgetting about it until Meg wrote about it back in February.
We took the 15 minute factory tour and learned quite a bit about how tea is made. It was actually pretty interesting.
My in-laws and husband love tea so they enjoyed all the free samples available in the gift shop.
I tried some tea (I don't like tea so everyone was super proud of me) but spent most of my time walking around looking at all the cute stuff to buy.
Loving all this nautical stuff:

 We also got a pic with the frog out front:
 We ended up not taking the trolley tour around the plantation and instead headed to Angel Oak since my husband had never been (took in-laws on previous trip).
 Angel Oak is amazing and a picture definitely does not do it justice. You just have to see it in person to appreciate it!

On a side note, that jacket I'm wearing above is sooo cute. 
 I think it might be sold out now but I snagged it on sale last week for $15.

My son's birthday was on Saturday. All of his grandparents were in town so we loaded up three cars and headed paintballing at Paintball Charleston.

 We did the low impact paintballs because it was recommended for younger kids... Those suckers sting so I can only imagine how the bigger paintballs feel coming at you faster.  We all had a blast though. If you ever go, I highly recommend doing a private party and taking 10 or so people.  The recreational paintballing was so packed! And if you're going with guys, tell them to wear a cup! HA!

The rest of the weekend, we took it easy.
 Played some cards with the family (and cat).
 Ate at Newk's
 Sunday's rainy OOTD
Visited Charleston Bakery and munched on danishes and this new muffin they had :)

Hope y'all had a great weekend and are enjoying your week so far!