Thursday, February 11, 2016

The QB {a Review}

I just finished The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks by Bruce Feldman. I received the complimentary book to review through the Blogging for Books program. 

I have always been a fan of football. I went to high school in Texas where football is pretty much life and I have a family member who coaches the sport. This book grabbed my attention because it's about the "high-stakes private quarterback-coach business". The book mainly focuses on Trent Dilfer and his Elite 11 program, among others. It also follows the private QB coach of Johnny Manziel (George Whitfield), who has been all over the media lately for domestic violence accusations and his problems during the season with the Cleveland Browns. I've honestly never been a fan of Johnny Football despite ties to Texas A&M. I was super curious to see if getting an insider look into his training and his coach would make me like him just a little bit. He pops up throughout the book and, quite honestly, it was just more red flags after red flags.

But this books isn't all about Manziel. It's about so many other prospects who are now in the NFL or are playing NCAA football. I found myself stopping to Google different names to see if they were still playing (the book follow peoples in 2013-14 with some updates in 2015 in the afterword). I loved learning about all the different ways these kids are being trained, physically and mentally. It's amazing how a tweak to one little thing can change the way someone throws and  can, in turn, get them on the college football recruiting radar. I was also shocked at the number of kids whose parents start them with high dollar coaches when they are 8 or 9 years old.

I found this book incredibly informative and was always reading something aloud to my husband or texting him things from it... to which he responded, 'I want to read it when you're done...stop texting me stuff!!" Haha! Bruce Feldman did a really great job with this subject matter. I thought it flowed and captured this world of private quarterback-coaches and elite quarterbacks amazingly well.


Friday, February 5, 2016


Last weekend I met up with professional and amateur photographers from around Charleston for a fun Instagram meet-up. We were treated to a walking tour around parts of the city that I'd never explored before so it was really cool. 
Here are some of the pics I snapped using my cellphone:

Have you ever been on an Instagram meet-up? Where? 


Friday, January 8, 2016

{Book Review}: salsas and moles

photo by me

I'm originally from California and my husband is from Texas so we love our Mexican and Tex-Mex foods.  When I saw that salsas and moles: Fresh and Authentic Recipes for Pico de Gallo, Mole Poblano, Chimichurri, Guacamole, and More by Deborah Schneider was available for review on Blogging for Books, I jumped at the chance to check it out.

The first thing I look at when it comes to cookbooks are the pictures. Maren Caruso's photographs are really pretty, though I still don't understand the trend in leaving crumbs and stuff in pictures. (I noticed this in my last cookbook review of Citrus).
I love the guide to chiles at the front of the book because I do not have a ton of knowledge of chiles, especially the dried ones. I also enjoyed reading the section, "Working with Chiles" because it explained how to choose dried chiles and how to clean them (the author suggests that you always wear disposable gloves).

I enjoyed Chapter 4 the most since it was all about taco salsas. Chapter 5 was were I finally found some fruit salsas. I was honestly hoping for some more of these as I've had some strawberry salsas and others before that have been spectacular. I am really looking forward to trying the pineapple-cucumber salsa though!

I thought this was a neat cookbook overall. It would be a great addition to a gift basket for someone who loves salsas- just add some fresh ingredients, tortilla chips and cute dip bowls!

Do you have any favorite salsa recipes?! Have you checked out this cookbook?



Monday, December 7, 2015

Hilton Head, Beaufort and Yemassee: Weekending

Good Morning!

It has been raining all night but, thankfully, we had amazing weather this weekend for our trip down to Hilton Head. My Dad and stepmom had a week at a condo and invited us down for the tail end of their time. My husband had to work, so my son, daughter, her friend and I headed out Friday after school for a fun weekend.

We enjoyed a walk on the beach Saturday morning.
 Played some shuffleboard...
 The kids had fun in one of two heated pools while I enjoyed sitting in the sun.
 At night, we headed over to the Dove Street Festival of Lights at Shelter Cove Town Centre.
We swung by the Hilton Head Fire Department's drive-thru light display. I was driving so I could only grab a picture at the end.
We then headed back to the resort and roasted some marshmallows at the fire pit.
I loved all the lights and decorations the resort had around the main office.
 Yesterday we had to be out by 10 so we got up and headed to Beaufort. It was our first time going so we decided to head for Waterfront Park.

 We grabbed smoothies inside Common Ground, a cute coffee shop on the edge of the park. There were lots of other restaurants there too but since it was early Sunday, they were all closed.
 After letting the kids play on the large playground, we got back in the car and headed about 30 minutes north to the Old Sheldon Church ruins.

 The church was burned by the British Army in 1779, rebuilt and then burned by the Federal Army in 1865. The ruins are often photographed and painted (there was an artist painting when we arrived) and if you are a member of the Parish Church of St. Helena in Beaufort you can be married there! Isn't it stunning? 

Have you been to Beaufort? Any suggestions for my next trip? I definitely want to go back when all the little shops are open.

Linking up with the fabulous Biana today. You should too!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Where's Karl? {Review}

I recently received a copy of Where's Karl?: A Fashion-Forward Parody by Stacey Caldwell and Ajiri A. Aki from Blogging for Books to review. All opinions are my own.

 I grew up with Where's Waldo? books and always loved hunting for Waldo in the dizzying pictures. So when I saw Where's Karl? and that it is centered around Karl Lagerfeld and includes many other famous fashion and pop-culture faces, I knew I had to check it out.

The book's introduction is written by a fictional blogger (how appropriate?!) named Florence de la Sabine (aka Fleur). Fleur is pretty much obsessed with Karl and is going to travel around the world looking for him from Milan to Paris and so on.

Each place Fleur travels to is two pages of illustrations by Michelle Baron. There are so many recognizable faces within each illustration. Toward the back of the book, there is a checklist of people other than Karl to look for too.

I loved seeing the girl with the TCU shirt in this illustration. I lived in the Fort Worth area for years and have several friends who went to school there (the authors both attended as well).

 This book was a big hit with everyone in my family, including my husband and son. We all enjoyed the friendly competition of finding Karl first. My mom picked it up while she was over for Thanksgiving and spent her entire breakfast looking for Karl.

If you're a fan of fashion or celebrities, this is a fun book to have. It would also make a great gift for a fashion loving friend!

Have you see this book before? Do you own it? What do you think about it?

Monday, November 30, 2015


Happy belated Thanksgiving!
Hope everyone had a great weekend with family and friends.

My mom came up and we did some exploring with the kids since the weather was gorgeous.

We went to the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site in Mount Pleasant on Friday.

Grabbed some lunch at Zoes Kitchen...
 and then went shopping at Mount Pleasant Town Center
After shopping, we accidently found Daniel Island Waterfront Park
 It was a nice little park with swings right on the Wando River. There was also a fishing pier and trails. I loved this turtle fountain!

On Saturday, we headed to one of my favorite parks, Riverfront Park in North Charleston.

It was a perfect day to walk along the Cooper River!

 After the park, we headed downtown for lunch at Black Bean Co. on King Street.

We then did some shopping on King Street and walked through the campus of the College of Charleston.  I have lived here for THREE years and I had never walked the block over from shopping to see the campus!! Ugh!! It is just so pretty!

 The pictures really don't do it justice. I've been on a lot of college campuses and this was definitely one of my favorites of all time. I recommend going on a Saturday when there aren't many people around so you can take pictures :)

How was your weekend? Do anything fun?

Linking up with Biana! You should too!


Monday, November 23, 2015


We had a pretty relaxing weekend.
On Saturday morning, my mom came into town and we spent a lot of time walking some land she is thinking about putting an offer in on.

 We also spent some time researching plants that keep mosquitoes away because they were everywhere. I didn't get bit but my poor mom had like 5 bites on her face! 

After our walk in the woods, we headed to Perfectly Frank's for lunch.
I attended the Charleston Food Film Festival recently  and was in the mood for another yummy Frank Cuda dog.

After eating, we headed over to look at some model homes so my mom could get some ideas for the house she is going have built.

Sunday was spent making pumpkin pancakes, baking cookies and staying in my pjs all day watching football.
How was your weekend? Anything fun planned for this week?

Linking up with Biana and Meghan. You should too!