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A Southern Twenty-Five on Friday!

Took last Friday off... next Friday is a Holiday... I could get used to only working every other Friday! Linking up again this week with  AprilDarciNatasha, and Christina for a little Five on Friday.



Wednesday night I went on a bit of a spending spree and in addition to my sweet new running shoes, I also did some online Christmas shopping. I can now officially mark three people off of my Christmas list! I'm really excited about each of these three presents but since these three people all read this blog... I can't share :( My Christmas tree will be anxiously awaiting the presents to arrive though so it doesn't look so bare underneath once I put it up next weekend!


It doesn't matter to me that stores start putting up their Christmas decorations on Halloween, or that Thanksgiving gets completely left out of the picture in the retail industry, Christmas does not happen in my apartment until after Thanksgiving. Christmas shopping doesn't count! My tree doesn't get put up. The stockings don't get hung on my bookshelf {side note: I'm extremely jealous of each and every one of you with a mantle}. There is no holiday cheer in my little apartment until the Sunday after Thanksgiving... which is thankfully a week and a half away because I cannot wait to get some Christmas cheer into my apartment!


Hey look at that, just like everyone else, I've completely bypassed Thanksgiving! I'm looking forward to a totally jam packed five days next weekend. Just thinking about everything that I'm going to try to squeeze in to a three day time period is exhausting. There will be family, friends, Black Friday shopping, an engagement to celebrate, a football game to tailgate for, a football game to attend, a 5K to run, and on, and on. You would think that eventually I would learn not to try to do everything possible but nope, haven't quite received that message yet...


Last week, on my wonderful Friday off, my mom and I stopped by one of our favorite stores in Greenville: Swoozies. Have you ever been? I found a zillion things to buy in there and walked out with one. Seriously? They have great gifts and awesome holiday things so if you need a gift for someone {um, it is almost Christmas} or want something monogrammed, this is the place to go! Don't live in Greenville? Check them out online & if you shop before Thanksgiving, you can use the code THANKFUL20 to get 20% off {win!}


Hey, so you know how I went out and bought running shoes for the first time ever this week?

Holy Cow Bells.

Had I known how much better running would be with a proper pair of running shoes, I would have bought them a long time ago. I hopped on the treadmill last night and immediately felt the difference... so much that I didn't stop to walk like I normally do.
Nope. No way.

I ran 3.1 miles without stopping once.


I ran a 5K without stopping! For the first time ever!

Happy Solid PURPLE Friday! Clemson is celebrating Military Appreciation Day tomorrow during the Citadel game and it's our first "purple out". It's also the last time I will ever see Tajh Boyd in a Clemson uniform in Death Valley and I'm not sure I can handle it :(


  1. I love Swoozies!! There use to be a store near my home but they closed it :(
    I hope you have a great weekend!
    Stopping in from the link-up.

  2. Stopping by from the link up- hi from another Clemson girl! "See you" at the game!

  3. I want a Swoozies. Looks like that store is FULL of stuff I'd buy. Totally not fair... but I'll check them out online :)

    Happy Friday!!!!

  4. agreed on waiting until after Thanksgiving- hubs and I are both off the Friday after so you better believe we'll be decorating like crazy that day!! haha

  5. Congrats on reaching the 5K mark. I was finally able to start back running this week after a foot issue and I am so excited to get back into a routine. Stopping by from the link-up. Happy Friday!

    Forever Young

  6. Everytime I visit my family in greenville I hit up swoozies! Such a fun store! Stopping by from the link-up!! Happy Friday!!!

  7. So being from Florida and not having a Swoozies (at least one that i've found) in Boston is tough!! Love all their stuff! Also, congrats on running as far as you did...you'll be running a 10K before you know it!! Just out of curiosity what was the major difference you noticed in the running?

    1. Hi! The major difference was the level of impact I felt in my feet/knees/lower body - I didn't realize that I was feeling anything when I ran before but now that it is wayyyy less/nonexistent, I can definitely tell that it used to be there.

  8. Visiting from the 5 on Friday linkup! That store looks amazing! I've never heard of it and will have to check out their website. And congrats on your running - I'm glad you found shoes that you love and that make you feel good! :)


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