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?



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!