Monday, August 31, 2015

Weekending

My weekend started early with a Charleston Blog Society event on Thursday at Bob Ellis Shoes with Amanda and Meg


With Meg
 and Amanda (who was visiting from MA - check out her and Meg's adventures on Meg's blog!)
 Cupcake Down South provided some amazing mini cupcakes and cake pops. We pretty much hung out around the food counter and scarfed down goodies all evening.
 Bob Ellis has a pretty large collection of shoes but they also have jewelry from Hermes and Chanel, as well as handbags from YSL and more.
My mom recently had surgery so she's been hanging out at our house while she recovers. We made a stop on Friday to Charleston Burger Co. in West Ashley.
I got the All American. It was yummy. I especially love the seasoning on their fries.
I posted this on Instagram Saturday. Has anyone else tried the new Pecan Pie M&Ms? I think they smell like pecan pie but don't really taste like them. They're not bad though. I like that they are bigger than normal M&Ms.


Photo cred: Meg

On Sunday, my kids and I met Meg, Amanda and Meg's husband for brunch at Poogan's Porch.
 This was my first time doing brunch at Poogan's and it did not disappoint. I had the french toast with strawberries and pecans. It was delicious. My favorite thing about Poogan's though is the biscuits they bring out. They are ahhhmazing.

After brunch, my kids and I walked up King Street to check out some stores. It started raining but we walked through my favorite cemetery at Unitarian Church. You can enter down the pathway at 161 1/2 King Street. 




Pretty amazing, right?! 
What were y'all up to this weekend? 

Linking up with Biana - you should too! :)
 
 






Monday, July 13, 2015

Exploring Charleston: Boxcar Betty's

A couple of weeks ago, I finallllly talked my husband into going to Boxcar Betty's.
He is pretty much a creature of habit and only wants to go to Taco Boy or Mex 1. I love both of those but I really enjoy trying new places and new food items.

Boxcar Betty's is easy to find as it is right on Savannah Highway. They have a good size parking lot for the area and it wasn't crowded at all. Of course, we were going during that in-between meals time and on a weekday, so I have no idea what it's like during peak lunch/dinner times.


The inside of Boxcar Betty's is really cute. The wall we were sitting next to was all reclaimed wood, which was super cool.

The menu isn't extensive but, honestly, that didn't keep me from having trouble ordering. Everything sounded so delicious.
I finally ordered the Boxcar which is a fried chicken sandwich with Pimiento Cheese, Peach Slaw, Spicy Mayo, Housemade Pickles. It was soooo good. Watch your first bite though because the chicken is coming to you straight from the fryer and it is HOT!
After finishing off the sandwich, we decided to order some dessert.
My husband and son went with a root beer float and my daughter and I got the Pecan Pie in a Cup.

A simple yet delicious dessert!
We all, husband included, enjoyed our meals and will definitely be adding Boxcar Betty's to our restaurant rotation!
Have you ever been to Boxcar Betty's?


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Beautycounter Makeup & Skincare

A few weeks ago, I attended a Beautycounter event at The Park Cafe where I met Director Ashley Flores. Ashley was down from Georgia to share with us the mission of this two year old company: "To get safe products into the hands of everyone".






Isn't the packaging pretty?!

Here are some more interesting facts from the Beautycounter website:


Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data.

 What's worse is the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics) allows companies to use chemicals known to be extremely harmful (lead, formaldehyde, and phthalates) in the products we put on our bodies and on our kids every single day, day after day.

The United States has not passed a federal law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.

The European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients, the US has only banned 11 to date.

[Beautycounter has} banned more than 1,500 ingredients setting a new health and safety standard

So now you're probably wondering if the make-up, lotion or cleansers you are putting on your face or your kids' faces are safe, right? Ashley also shared with us a website where you can find out: EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. Just type in the products you use and, if information is available, it will give you a hazard level. You want to be in the 0-2 range. My current cleanser is a 6. Yikes.

Beautycounter is also cruelty-free (no animal testing!!) and most products are vegan.

Some of the items I tried out and loved were:

Have you ever tried Beautycounter products?
If you want to know more, check out Ashley's website or e-mail her at  ashleyfloreshealth@gmail.com



*I was not asked to write this post nor am I being compensated for writing this post. I just wanted to share an up and coming brand that cares about what is in their products.*

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jacksonville Trip Part 2

Check out part one here!

After we celebrated our kickball win, I spent a day running errands with the husband before heading back to Jacksonville for the weekend.

Our first stop was a Jacksonville Suns minor league baseball game.
This was our first time and it was great!
We had awesome seats that only cost $13 each.
 Friday night games end with fireworks

 While the Suns did not win, it was still a great game. The stadium is really nice and I'd definitely go again when I'm in town.

The next day we headed downtown to Hemming Park.

 We then walked over to Sweet Pete's candy shop which is on the outskirts of the park.

This place was huge. It had tons of candy, a restaurant and a whole level for events/birthday parties. My kids enjoyed running around looking at all the goodies and the decorations.

Have you ever been to Jacksonville, FL? What are some of your favorite places to go?

 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Jax, FL (Part 1) and Kickball

I've spent the last week traveling back and forth between SC and FL. My mom always takes a week off during the summer so my kids can come down and hang out with her. Since my husband was working, I spent the first part of the week with them.

My mom had a list of restaurants she wanted to check out that she found via Southern Living magazine so our first stop was Tres Leches Eatery.
I ordered the Quinoa Salad.
 I had never had quinoa before. It was not bad. The salad tasted very olive-y which would be great for someone who loved olives (me, not so much).
We shared a couple of cakes after our meals. They were fantastic.
 We also took a tour of the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Jacksonville.
You can take paid guided tours or take a free self-guided one. We opted for the free.
It starts off in this room...it was so incredibly hot in there!
 After learning about the history of the company, we eventually made our way into the area where you could watch the bottles being filled, labeled and put into cartons. Machines are amazing!

  The next day we headed out to the beach to walk around.
 It was National Wear Your Lilly day so my daughter and I were representing :)

 We then headed over to St Johns Town Center to shop.
 We come here at least once every trip down to Jacksonville. It is such a great shopping center. I wish we had this in Charleston!

On Monday, we headed down to a part of Jacksonville called Avondale.
It has a cute little row of shops and restaurants.
We ate at Biscottis.
 I ordered the Goat Cheese Salad. My friend described the pumpkin seed crusted goat cheese as "moldy biscuits" but I promise it didn't taste like that - it was quite good!
The next day, I headed back to Charleston for our last kickball game of the season. My husband and I really enjoyed playing in the league for the first time. Thanks to Meg and her husband for letting us play!
We won 10-6 and celebrated after at Charleston Sports Pub.
 Our awesome team
 Me and and my husband
They have an amazing menu. I tried the beer battered grilled cheese (minus the bacon) and it was so freaking good.

Part two coming tomorrow :)

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Linking up with Biana :)


Friday, May 29, 2015

Five Loaves Cafe - Summerville

Last weekend, my mother was in town so we decided to try out Five Loaves Cafe
in Summerville. The restaurant is in a refurbished home. It is soooo adorable!!
It is hard to tell but the smaller lights hanging down from the boards are mason jars. They are sooo cute in person. Someone make me one of these fixtures for my porch!!

The inside of the restaurant is airy and bright. I am so obsessed with the tables and chairs. Where are they from, Five Loaves?! Want! Need!!
They post the specials for the day in a cool way:
 We ordered some drinks and I got the half Arugula Salad for lunch. It was much bigger than I anticipated!!
My husband and I shared a Ricotta Cheesecake with Raspberry Puree after lunch.
It was delicious. The thing I like best about Five Loaves are the menu options. The sandwiches and salads all come in half or whole sizes so it's really easy to mix and match without breaking the bank. I think my half salad was just under $5!

Have you been to Five Loaves? What is your favorite item on the menu?