Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Caroline Bowman Art.

Today I wanted to feature a co-worker of mine, Caroline Bowman. Not only is she gorgeous and super sweet, but she is also insanely talented! Check out some of my favorite pieces below. 

Visit her website to check out the rest of her art or contact her if you'd like her to create a commission for you!
You can also follow her on Instagram @caroline_bowman

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Monday, December 15, 2014

I Love Weekends.

Remember when I used to work nothing but nights and weekends? I do not miss that at all. Because if I was still doing that, I would have missed out on so much fun this weekend!

Friday night, as I mentioned, we went to our supper club's 2nd Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater party. I kind of cheated and did not wear a tacky sweater, but I did wear a tree skirt as an actual skirt! And I wasn't the only one!

Saturday was a gorgeous day in Charleston, so Cameron and I, along with our friends Jen and Joe, grabbed an awesome lunch at The Southern General on Johns Island, then went for a boat ride! For lunch, I had the Cu-Banh Mi and it exceeded expectations, but I definitely want to go back and try the Sesame Shrimp sandwich. 

We rode from Johns Island to the harbor, turned around and picked up some margaritas from the Crab Shack for our ride home. It was the perfect day for a quick booze cruise. 

After we got off the boat, we met my parents and sister at a place called Craft Conundrum in West Ashley. It is a store/bar that sells hundreds of types of bottled craft beer, has 27 different types on tap, and also sells growlers for you to take home with you. Last night they had a food truck outside and a 2-man bluegrass band playing inside, as well.  It was everyone's first time (except for my sister, she's a beer nerd) and we'll definitely be back! 

You can see my favorite beer, Holy City's Pluff Mud Porter, peaking out from behind the Jenga
Sunday was spent on King Street for Second Sunday with Emily, Caroline, and Lane. I love Second Sunday because they block off the streets to cars and there's much more room to walk around and browse the shops. Restaurants even set up tables on the street, which is awesome for people/dog watching. 
I don't know why my hair looks so red in this picture...
Then Cameron finished off the weekend with dinner at his parents house. It's always nice when I don't have to cook! :)

Hope everyone's weekend was just the way they liked it! Whether that be busy of fun events, or nice and relaxed! So tell me, what did you do??

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Five. {Playing Catch Up}

Good morning! I noticed that I haven't posted about what's been going on in my life lately, so this Friday Five will be about focused on just that. 

Let's go.

We changed up Thanksgiving a little bit this year. Usually we drive out to the country to hang with Cameron's extended family, scarf down some food, then high tail it to Summerville to eat another meal with my family. This year, we drove to Summerville about 2 hours before we actually ate so we could spend some quality time with my family, rather than being rushed. 

The weekend after Thanksgiving, Brady turned 9! I posted this picture to Instagram and I'd be lying if I said I didn't cry right after. I just don't want my baby to get any older!! 

The same day that Brady turned 9, the Gamecocks ended their five game winning streak against the Tigers. I decided to watch the game with all Gamecock fans, so I made Cameron snap this selfie with me before we parted ways. Oh well, there's always next year, right?!?

This year we hit up Michael's the day after Thanksgiving because all of their trees were 50% off. We've mentioned the past year or two that we need a tree for all of our miscellaneous ornaments. Our big Christmas tree is filled with gold and white ornaments so the misfits always got hidden in the back. Now they have their own tree to shine one and I love it! Those are the ornaments with the most meaning to them. 

Tonight is our 2nd Annual Tacky Sweater Christmas Party and it just so happens that today is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day! Last year's party was hilariously awesome and I can't wait for tonight! 

Have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ultimate Comfort Meal - Spaghetti + Meatballs.

If you're ever looking to put a little extra love in to your spaghetti, how about making your own marinara and meatballs?? It will be so worth it!

How to make your own marinara sauce -

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 TBSP Tuttorosso tomato paste
1 (35 ounce) Tuttorosso peeled plum Italian style tomatoes
1/4 tsp sugar
5 whole basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in skillet, add garlic and cook over medium heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring for one minute.

Add the plum tomatoes, sugar, and basil. Stir to combine and then add salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Simmer the sauce over low heat, stirring occasionally until thickened and reduced, about 30 minutes. Season again with salt and pepper. Discard basil and garlic.

Serve over your favorite spaghetti noodles (our favorite is Dreamfields, a lower carb pasta) with these yummy turkey meatballs and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top! 


Special thanks to Tuttorosso for providing me with some of the yummy ingredients for this recipe!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Minted :: Not Just Cards Anymore.

Minted is known for their high-quality, super stylish invitations and stationery, but did you know that they also carry gorgeous (not to mention affordable) art? I purchased two pieces last year and was super impressed. They also offer 10 different types of frames for your art, at an additional fee. 

By using this link, you will receive $25 off your first order of $50 or more! You can use the credit on your Christmas cards (check our their new envelope addressing service), art, personalized notebooks, and the list goes on! 

Below are just a few examples of the lovely art that they offer:

Morning Blooms / Artist is from South Carolina!

Oyster Blues / Artist from Mt. Pleasant, SC!

This post was not sponsored, I just love Minted a lot. It does, however, contain affiliate links. 

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Linking Up: Gifts Under $100

Back again this morning for the final Favorite Things link up with AprilZelleElise, and Katie. Today we're sharing our gift picks that all come in under $100! The items that I have picked I would be confident in giving, knowing that the recipient would love! I also wouldn't mind receiving any of them. :)
Gifts Under $100

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Sales!

Baublebar - 20% off with code CYBER20
Minted - 25% off of Art & Gifts with code 25CM
J. Crew - Free Shipping, 30% off full price items, extra 40% off sale items with code MONDAY
J. Crew Factory - Entire website is 50% off, plus get an extra 10% off and free shipping with code YOUVEGOTSALE
West Elm - Up to 25% off and free shipping with code SUPERDUPERSALE
World Market - 20% off with code SUPERCYBER
Gilt - 30% off with code CYBER30 and free shipping with code GOLDSTANDARD
Tervis - 20% off and free shipping with code CYBER
Tory Burch - Spend $300, receive 20% off - spend $500, receive 25% off - spend $750, receive 30% off - with code LUCKY
Kate Spade - 30% off with code CYBER30
Gap, Banana Republic, & Old Navy - 40% off with code CYBER
Anthropologie - Free shipping on all orders + 20% off of sale items with code EXTRAJOLLY
Tuckernuck - 15% off entire site with code SHOP15, 20% off purchase of $150 with code SHOP20, 25% off purchase of $500 with code SHOP25, 30% off purchase of $1000 with code SHOP30
Asos - 30% off with code ILOVEMONDAYS
Target - Extra 10% off home items, which are already reduced, with code CYBER10

But first! Don't forget to go through Ebates first to earn that cash back! 

Full disclosure: This post contains affiliate links and some restrictions apply.

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