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?



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bailey's 1st (and then 2nd) Beach Trip

My husband had the day off on Tuesday so we decided to take our dog, Bailey, to the beach for the first time. We usually go to Sullivan's Island so we headed there.
We got there around 10:30 and,unlike the last time we were there, there were not any dogs around. Weird.
Then two women walking by were like, "Do you have a tag for your dog?" I was like, "Uhhh..what kind of tag?"
They said you had to register for one and to watch out because a cop was coming. 
As a former law enforcement officer, this made me laugh. I am not scared of police officers.
My husband and I walked right over to the officer who was coming down the beach in a golfcart.
I said, "Those ladies said I need to watch out for you because I don't know about having tags on my dog?!"
The officer laughed and said they had a new law that went into effect May 1st that all dogs on Sullivan's Island - even visiting dogs - have to be registered ($35 plus you have to show proof of rabies vaccination and home insurance should your dog attack someone while on Sullivan's). Furthermore, no dogs are allowed on the beaches from 10am to 6pm. Fines for all that? Around a grand.
They are currently handing out little flyers with the new laws so we didn't get fined. The officer was nice and told us that Isle of Palms, just down the road, allowed dogs all the time.
So...Bailey's first beach trip lasted about 5 minutes....
We made the short drive over to Isle of Palms (IOP).
There is such a big difference in the two. Sullivan's has the big fancy houses on the beach and IOP is more touristy, with condos and restaurants (and bathrooms nearby!!). 
We easily found a parking spot ($6 for the day in a lot)
and headed to the beach.



Overall, Bailey was really good and had fun. She didn't like the crashing of the waves sound and would throw her head back and try to run away. We kept her on a leash the whole time (I believe during the hours we were there, it was leash only) and would have even if they were able to run around. I don't trust her walking from the car to the house off a leash yet! #PuppyProblems

Do you have a dog that you take to the beach?

Hope you're having a great Thursday!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Day Date: Sullivan's Island

Yesterday my husband and I took a little trip out to Sullivan's Island while the kids were at school.
 It is so nice to be close to the ocean. We didn't go out to the beach nearly enough last year so we have decided to make it more of a priority this year. I could sit and watch the ocean all day.
 There is a storm brewing off the coast so it was VERY windy. Check out our towels after we stood up!!
 We hung out near Station 18 1/2. Love this shot I got with the lighthouse in the background!
After some beach time, we headed over to Poe's Tavern for a burger (husband) and some mahi mahi tacos (me).
 This was our second time eating at Poe's. The good was great. I was really impressed with the huge chunks of mahi. I get mahi tacos at another place downtown and there is usually not much fish in it.

After lunch, we made a quick stop at Trader Joe's.
They had so many pretty flowers. I wanted all of the tulips but I ended up getting some gerbera daisies because they tend to last a lot longer.

Have you been on any day dates lately?? Where'd you go?

Hope you're having a great Thursday!
 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Weekending: Exploring Charleston #5

This was all last weekend (and one day in the past week) because this past weekend, I didn't do much but take my son to his soccer game and hang out in our backyard!

We started out our weekend by going to Sullivan's Island and Fort Moultrie as soon as my son got out of school. We had never been to the Fort before. It is super easy to find and very inexpensive ($5 for a family).




 The Fort sits right on the water so we walked down to the beach. We saw lots of jellyfish!

 Down the road from the Fort, in either direction, there are two churches that are so pretty. One looks like it might be a house now (first pic below), not really sure... anyone know?!

On Saturday, we headed down to Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant to see the Budweiser Clydesdales.

I remember seeing them as a kid and they used to let you pet them. Not anymore though but they are still cool to see.
We then headed to lunch at one of Meg's favorite spots, Desano Pizza.


 This was our first trip to Desano so we tried the Margherita D.O.P. My son was a little unsure of the pizza at first because it is cooked in a woodburning oven. After his first bite, he said, "Why does the pizza taste like this?". He ended up eating several pieces though so you get use to the different taste.

After pizza, we relaxed for a little bit and then I took my kids and my daughter's friend to the Charleston RiverDogs baseball game. It was Bill Murray Tune Squad Jersey night so we got there early to make sure we got one.




 We had so much fun at the game. I forgot how much I love going to baseball games. We will definitely be going more. If you haven't been, go!! Ticket prices are very inexpensive and they have lots of great promotions. Tuesdays they have date night which is $20 for two tickets, 2 tacos, 2 drinks and nachos. How great is that?!

We didn't do much on Sunday and had a pretty quiet week. My husband was off on Wednesday while the kids were in school so we decided to head to Wannamaker County Park and go pedal boating.



 This was so much fun. We saw lots of baby turtles and one cute baby alligator. We did the hour rental and went around the lagoon about 3 times. Very inexpensive date - $1/each to get into the park, $5 deposit for rental (which you get back) and $6 for the hour. 

What were you up to this weekend?! Leave me a link if you blogged about it so I can check it out :)
Linking up with Ashley and Biana :)