21 November 2017

What's In My 6-Pack {of Craft Beers!}

Truth: I love craft beer.

Y'all know that I think a perfect day involves a stop at a brewery. To me, a brewery hop is the best way to celebrate any occasion from birthdays to bachelorette parties. I love to cross a new brewery off of our list and I'm always, always, always game to stop by one.

I also love to shop for craft beer. Some girls love to go shoe shopping and look at makeup for hours... I love to browse the aisles at my favorite bottle shops. To each their own, right? Well, I was browsing an aisle last week and shared a few of my favorites on my Instagram story and y'all had all of the questions about what other craft beers would make the list.

If I had to put together the perfect make-your-own 6 pack right now, here's what it would look like:

New Belgian Fat Tire Special Release Belgian White Ale

I may actually cry the day I can no longer find this special release. It is hands down my number one craft beer right now. It's delicious, and as a bonus, it comes from an incredible employee-owned brewery up the road in Asheville. There is potentially a small stockpile of it in our house #noshame

Wicked Weed Lunatic Blonde

Say what you want about Wicked Weed selling out and no longer being considered "craft beer" but I don't care. Wicked Weed is still one of my favorite breweries and until they sold out, I was never able to find their beer in SC. Now I am able to find Lunatic Blonde every where I go! There is only one blonde beer that I love more {Southern Belle Blonde from Twisted Spur in Columbia} but since they don't distribute, this one wins.

Revelry Gullah Cream Ale

I had this craft beer for the very first time last summer when Patrick and I did a quick brewery hop in Charleston to cross a few off our list / pick up growlers for our wedding reception decoration. It was great, but I was pretty sad that the only chance I'd be able to have this one was in their brewery. You can find it in Columbia now if you know where to look... and it's one that's really hard to not buy when I see it.

Coast 32/50 Kölsch

This is the one craft beer on the list that comes from a brewery that we haven't visited, despite it being just down the road in Charleston. 

OMB Hornet's Nest Hefeweizen

This craft beer started off as a seasonal brew that was only available on tap at their brewery and around Charlotte... which meant that it was always my first choice when visiting Charlotte in late spring/summer. Now, not only can I find it in bottles in Columbia, but it made OMB's year round list!

River Rat American Kölsch Story

The one hometown beer on the list, but the one that I can't leave out. There is always an American Kölsch Story in our house and there is always one in the cooler when we pack one for a tailgate or the beach or wherever. Partly because it comes in a really cool can, but mostly because it's a good beer.

So there you have it: all of the craft beers that you can currently find in my house somewhere and the ones that I am most likely to pick up at the store or choose in the brewery if we're there. If you come across any of these beers and you're a big wheat/wit/blonde/hefeweizen fan like I am, go ahead and pick up a six pack. You won't regret it!

20 November 2017

Weekending in Kiawah

Some people only enjoy spending time at the beach in the summer.

Sure, summertime at the beach is great. Warm weather, plenty of sunshine, vacation days... all of the good things and all things that I like. But spending time on Kiawah in the fall? Y'all, it might be my very favorite time to be at Kiawah.

I started out Saturday morning with a nice, easy run to the tune of Taylor Swift & reputation. I might be slightly hooked on her latest album and it's been playing on my phone on repeat since the day it came out #sorrynotsorry

My mom and I took our bikes out for a spin up to Freshfields to check out the new Cantina 76 that just opened up there, and my dad met us there.

Cantina 76 isn't a new restaurant to me. We have two of them in Columbia and I absolutely adore dining there. They have the best salsa, thanks in part to the copious amounts of cilantro that they add to it.

We made it an early lunch so that we could get back in time to watch Clemson take on The Citadel {& win!} before heading back out for another bike ride before sunset.

For the first time in the history of ever... or at least since they were still in high school and living at home, my dad and his brother not only live in the same state, but they live on the same island. Both of them closed on their original houses houses and moved to the low country the same weekend.

Since all my dad's side of the family currently lives in the Charleston area, I decided it would be a great idea for all of us to go out to dinner Saturday night. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at The Loophole on Johns Island... which happens to be right next door to Low Tide Brewing. Between The Southern General, The Tattooed Moose, and now The Loophole, there are plenty of good restaurants to check out before or after our next trip to Low Tide.

Sunday was more of the same from Saturday: a lot of biking & exploring around the island, to the tune of 16.5 miles.

It was a great weekend on Kiawah, but now it's time to kick off one of my very favorite week's of the year. We're hosting Thanksgiving at our house again, then we'll be cutting down our Christmas tree and putting up decorations, and of course, it's RIVALRY WEEK!

Happy Monday, y'all.

15 November 2017

Orange Britches Are For Championships

It doesn't get much better than a fall Saturday in Clemson.

I love to tailgate.

I love being surrounded by football, catching up with friends, spending time with my favorite tailgating partners in crime, people watching, and snacking on all of the fun food that comes with a tailgate. Patrick and I throw out the idea sometimes of what our life would look like if we didn't care about college football.

It would be really different. I'm just glad that we both love it as much as we do and it's something that we always enjoy together {with the exception of next weekend's game... Rivalry Week is almost here!}

I'm glad that most of our friends like football and tailgating, too. Even when it's super cold outside.

When it's cold enough to have on multiple layers, but you feel the need to not button or zip up any of said layers.

One of the other things I love about tailgates? You never know who you're going to run into. Running into your sorority little sister that you haven't seen in years? The best.

It was a weird football season for the two of us. We had a lot of girls only tailgates, we missed the game against Georgia Tech, and we decided to sell our tickets to the game this coming weekend. It's not often {ever?} that we miss two games in one season or have so many tailgates without the guys.

Clemson has this tradition to wear their orange pants {orange britches!} whenever they're playing in a championship game. Saturday night's game against FSU was for the ACC Atlantic Division Title, so the orange britches came out!

& this is what I like to call the "guess who isn't happy that we're attending the ACC Championship Game in December" picture.

But you know what?

Clemson is 9-1, ranked #2 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, and they're headed to Charlotte in December for the ACC Championship Game! Go Tigers!

30 October 2017

The Tailgate Without a Football Game

Saturday was... weird.

Good, but weird.

It started out when they announced that the Clemson vs GA Tech game would be at 8pm. Then, they started predicting a cold, rainy day in Tiger Town. The final straw? My mom spent the majority of last week under the weather. Going to Clemson for the game this past Saturday just wasn't going to happen for us.

I improvised, embraced the un-planned {unlike last weekend}, and had an awesome fall Saturday in Columbia.

First up: Saturday mornings are for long distance half marathon training runs. Woke up early, waited for the sun to come up, and knocked out 6.5 miles.

From there, we headed downtown to Main Street for Soda City Market. Two of our friends and their super cute kid were in town and we wanted to catch up with them for a bit. Better yet? Two more friends were in town for the day and met us at the market, too!

Russell is the most chill kid I've ever met. I've been stealing this kid away from his mama every time I see him since the day I met him and I don't see that changing anytime soon. I'm pretty sure I treated his mom the same way when she was the same age... guess things don't change??

From the market, we headed out to the fairgrounds for a little tailgating before the USC vs Vandy homecoming game. I didn't have a ticket to this game, but I wasn't about to miss out on an opportunity to tailgate. In the 15 years that I've been going to college football games, I can only think of one other time that I've tailgated without going into the game {and both were USC game tailgates!}

Don't be surprised if you see me with a clear fanny pack like Katie's at the next Clemson game. I didn't even know such a thing existed!

It was a beautiful day for tailgating. Sunny, a little bit of wind, and just cool enough to get away with wearing jeans. It's hard to believe that a couple hours up the road in Clemson it was about 20 degrees cooler and pouring down rain for most of the day. We definitely lucked out with the weather in Columbia.

Hands down, the best part of the day was leaving the tailgate at 3:41pm, walking back to my car, driving back to the house, and getting inside the house in time for the 4pm kickoff. Living so close to USC's football stadium occasionally has it's perks! This Saturday was one of those days.

It was really weird to watch a home Clemson game from my house, but I totally didn't regret my decision to miss it AT ALL. It looked like it was absolutely miserable. Cold and rainy. The players would make a tackle on the field and slide an extra ten feet at the end of the play. We had friends who didn't make it the whole game and who spent hours sitting in traffic trying to get home. Nope. Nope. Nope. I enjoyed watching that win from my warm, dry house.

Here's hoping their game against FSU in two weeks is a slightly warmer and sunnier game!

Happy Monday, y'all!

23 October 2017

The Weekend of No Football

So, what exactly does one do when both Clemson and Carolina have a bye week on the same weekend?

You totally check out of college football.

We didn't watch a single game all weekend, and to be honest, had no idea what happened in any of the games until we caught up with the college football recap on Sunday morning on ESPN. Not going to lie - it was kind of nice having a completely football free weekend. Not that I have any intentions of doing that again until football season is over... but it was still a nice change!

I think I've finally reached "regular" status at my favorite watering hole, Craft and Draft, recently. They've got a great, low-key vibe there... part bar, part brewery, part bottle shop, part awesome. It's been my first choice of places to meet people after work lately and my first choice of places to grab a drink with Patrick if we're out and about.

This weekend started out there for drinks with my friend Camlin before we grabbed dinner across the street. I tried out a new-to-me wheat beer from Revelry Brewing {Charleston, SC}: Hotel Rendezvous.

It was good, but I'll still go for their Gullah Cream Ale first over this one.

Saturday morning, we scrapped our original plan of a day trip up to Greenville, SC to explore the Swamp Rabbit Trail by bike, and stuck to Columbia for the day. We headed out to the other side of Columbia and enjoyed a late breakfast at Trenholm Plaza at The Original Pancake House.

How I have never been here is a mystery to me... but we will absolutely be going again soon! Their pancakes were amazing.

After doing a little shopping, spending time with our friends' and their sweet new baby boy, and some yard work, we celebrated my friend Katie's 30th birthday.

Sunday was a little bit of a lost day. There was a fair amount of laying around and napping. We did manage to get our grocery shopping for the week done and made an incredibly delicious version of our Halloween Chili.

I'm assuming that every once in awhile you need an unplanned weekend like this, but to be honest, it was a struggle for me. I like going into the weekend with a plan to optimize every minute of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It was super weird not to plan. The planning-side of me is thrilled that this entire week and upcoming weekend are already planned out :)

Happy Monday, y'all!

17 October 2017

Life Lately

Hello, fall!

Around here, fall is three things:
College Football {specifically Clemson} & Tailgates

Pumpkins {but not pumpkin flavored anything}

& being outside as much as possible.

The weather hasn't exactly cooperated with the last one, but y'all, it was in the 60s tonight when I was cooking supper on the grill outside. We still had highs in the 90s last week so this sudden cool weather is much appreciated.

Much appreciated.

Fall also means spending as much time with this guy as possible before tax season rolls around after the holidays. We're taking it easy after all of the traveling we did this summer and we're not planning any big trips this fall. Instead, we're taking advantage of the fun things going on in our own city, like Soda City Oktoberfest and Brookland Brunch.

But, fingers crossed, there is a day trip in our very near future. Or a trip to the South Carolina State Fair. Either one will work for me!

05 October 2017

Running for a Cause in the Super Tiny Town of Columbia

Columbia is a really, really, really small town.

I've always thought so. I used to think it was a small town in the sense that there was never anything to do here {which is completely untrue these days}, but now I think it's a small town in the sense that everybody is connected to everybody.

Dig deep enough, you're going to find a connection. More often than not, you don't actually have to dig that deep through the layers of friends and acquaintances to find someone that you've got in common. This weirdly small world thing comes in to play frequently where I work, and it recently brought me back in touch with someone that I grew up with.

How's this for a #throwbackthursday picture?

That tiny little girl in the back of the picture, eagerly unwrapping a present, is yours truly at her third birthday party way back when. In the picture with me you've got my brother and a few of our neighbors... who I'm pretty sure had better things to do that day than be at a third birthday party. Anyway. The point of that picture today is it's the only one that I {ok, my mom did the digging through old pictures for me} could find that has Emily and me.

A couple months ago at work, I was assigned to write a piece for the fall Fig Columbia magazine about Palmetto Health Foundation, the Walk for Life / Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, and a breast cancer survivor. As it turned out, the breast cancer survivor that was to be featured was none other than Emily.


We grew up in houses that backed up to one another. Emily babysat both me and my brother. Her dad helped me hone my soccer skills in the backyard. Her parents attend church these days at the same church as my parents. Her aunt, uncle, and two cousins have been friends of my family since I was 18 months old. We run into her oldest brother and his family here and there on Kiawah. We run into her younger brother and his wife down on Kiawah, too. Emily's sister-in-law's sister {did you follow that?} is the interior designer that helped my parents with their house in Columbia and down at the beach and is helping me with my house.


It was so nice to be able to meet with Emily to interview her for the story, and to catch up. The time flew by and at the end, I was a little annoyed with myself for scheduling it before work instead of after work when we would have had more time to talk. We chatted about her history with breast cancer {she's a survivor - yay!} and the Palmetto Health Foundation Walk for Life and Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 5K + 10K.

Running either the 5K or the 10K race was already on my list of races this year since it fell on a Saturday where Clemson didn't have a game and where USC's game was away. Plus, y'all know how much I love when a race ends on a sports field of some type and how much I love the Fireflies. This race ends right in the middle of the Fireflies stadium! But after talking with Emily, it became my top priority for races in October. I am so excited for this race and to come together with this community to raise money for the Palmetto Health Breast Center. All funds raised by this race stay right here in Columbia. That's right. All of the funds.

I've signed up to run the 10K on Emily's team, Emily's Breast Friends, and I've got a goal of raising $250 before the race date on October 14. Want to help a girl help her community out? You can donate here.

You can read the final piece that I wrote for Fig here and you can see it in the magazine here. Seriously, take a look at it in the magazine because that particular spread might have been one of my favorites of this past issue {I might be a tiny bit biased...}

Happy Thursday, y'all!

26 September 2017

Just Keep Running

I had all of the excuses lined up this past Sunday morning.

It was a really long, really hot day yesterday. I just want to lay in bed.
I definitely didn't drink enough water yesterday.
I need to do laundry, vacuum, go to the grocery store, and clean up around the house.
I want to lay on the couch and watch recaps of all of Saturday's games.
I want to hang out with my husband who I barely saw more than two minutes yesterday.
Breakfast? Pancakes & sausage sound so much better.
We've got errands to run and I don't have time for this.

Y'all, I did not want to run.

But I eventually laced up my running shoes, put on my GPS watch, picked a playlist to run to, and hit the road. Every minute of the run was slow, sluggish, and just as plain ugh as I thought it would be.

I was determined to get the 4 mile run in regardless of how much I was hating every step of it.

I get it. Not every run is going to be easy or enjoyable or energetic. There are going to be days when running is the worst. Running never gets easier but some days I feel better at it than other days. Last Saturday? My run felt awesome. I made the jump from 3 miles to 4 miles with no problems and ran a good time despite the heat, humidity, and general lack of training lately.

I just have to remind myself that for every bad run, there's a good run. The good runs seem to outnumber the bad ones but those good runs usually happen when it's not 90 degrees at 9 o'clock in the morning.

However, I'm embracing the final three days of this summer-like weather. We'll be hitting near record highs today, tomorrow, and Thursday with forecasts in the mid-90s, but then it's all fall from there. Lows in the 50s, highs barely touching 80... bring on fall and the better running weather!

Bring on the fall TV shows, too. This Is Us comes back on tonight and I'm counting down the hours.

25 September 2017

Week 4: Clemson vs Boston College

4th Saturday in September, 4th Saturday in a row that I've been basking in all things tailgating and college football. This weekend, my mom and I headed up to Clemson to watch the Tigers play Boston College.

We kicked off the tailgate with another fun Clemson glass {this one was a bridal party gift from my wedding last summer} and Bellinis. It was a clear blue, gorgeous kind of morning that was perfect for tailgating.

I'm starting to really love our new tailgating spot, too. That view of Bowman Field and Tillman Hall behind us never gets old.

We spent the rest of the day trying to avoid the sunshine. It was miserably hot to the point that my mom and I retreated into the car for about 20 minutes and basked in full-blast A/C before heading to the stadium.

The game was a little less than inspiring for the first three quarters. 7-0 Clemson lead at halftime over a team that they were 33 point favorites? 7-7 tie heading into the 4th quarter? Um, excuse me, but where's my high-powered Clemson?

We were getting a little worried.

... until Etienne got the ball in his hands and got our offense in gear! Y'all, this kid is special. I'm excited to see him develop and get better and take on bigger roles in this offense.

In the meantime, I just hope that this sluggish game was a wake up call to Clemson to get their act together before the head to Blacksburg, VA this weekend to play Virginia Tech. The games against Virginia Tech always make me nervous. Night game, Lane Stadium, College Game Day in town... that's going to be one incredible atmosphere come game time.

For the first time this season, I won't be at a college football game. Instead, we've got big plans to attend the Soda City Oktoberfest Saturday with a group of friends before winding down at the house for an evening of football.

Happy Monday!


20 September 2017

Week 3: USC vs Kentucky

Football Saturdays are the best.

Football Saturdays in Clemson are THE best, but the ones spent in Columbia tailgating with our friends here before USC aren't half bad either. Our tailgate before the game this weekend was no exception.

I don't have any fun drink ware for Carolina games like I do Clemson games. Sorry, but even I have my limits when it comes to Carolina related accessories. My mom and I scooped up these fun coozies a couple of seasons ago at Swoozies, and it's my favorite one to bring to a Carolina tailgate.

By the time dusk fell, we were ready for the big game! I'd say 99.9% of the people in the stadium were ready for the game that was about to happen on the field in front of them...

... the other 0.1% of the people in the stadium were more concerned about a game happening several hundred miles away in Louisville, Kentucky. You can count me among the latter group.

You can take a girl to a Carolina game, but you can't actually make her watch the game on the field. Cell reception was spotty for most of the game though, so I was relying on scoreboard updates and text message updates from a friend to keep me up with what was going on. There were a few lucky times where I'd get great reception and was able to watch some of my game on Patrick's phone.

We got back to our tailgate after the game in time to see a good chunk of the 4th quarter of Clemson's game. If I can't be at Clemson's game, at least I can bask in the glow of Williams-Brice stadium while I watch Clemson throttle what was supposed to be one of their biggest threats in the ACC Atlantic this year.

Three weeks, three tailgates & games, and Clemson is currently sitting at #2 in the country with a 3-0 record. I won't get into how ridiculous it is that the undefeated defending National Champion {who is the only school that has already beaten two top-15 teams this season} isn't the #1 team in the country... but it's only the 3rd week of the season. I'll give the rest of y'all a couple more weeks to realize that even though Deshaun Watson {& a bunch of other really good players} left for the NFL, Clemson is still Clemson.

Up next: Clemson vs Boston College in Clemson!

The beginning of the football season is always a little hectic for us with the number of games in a row we end up attending. It hasn't been too bad this season, but I am excited for next weekend because it's a weekend at home, there are fun events happening all over Columbia, and Clemson has a night game. Win, win, win.

15 September 2017

Five on Friday

It's Friday? Already? Seriously? Someone please tell me where in the world this week went... you know, in addition to answering where in the world January - August went and where the first half of September disappeared to.

Just kidding. We all know where this week went: Hurricane Irma, 1. Chesson, 0.

Want to know who else is 1-0 other than Irma? Deshaun Watson. Clemson fans have known for years that he was a once-in-a-generation type of quarterback and that he's exciting to watch. Alabama fans begrudgingly will say the same thing about him. Now the Houston Texans and the NFL world have the chance to see how awesome he is and I LOVE it.

Anyway. Let's get down to another Five on Friday...

Things I learned this week: I don't do power outages and I'm slightly overdramatic when it comes to not having power.

Thank goodness for Instagram stories, right? Y'all got to be there with me throughout the entire power outage and y'all got to count down the # of outages in our county until we finally had our power restored. I'm so thankful that we didn't have to evacuate our home, that a tree didn't fall on our house, that we had no flood damage, and that the worst we dealt with was 2+ days of no power. People had it much, much worse than we did. But you know what? Being the only street in our neighborhood without power is beyond frustrating.

That being said, y'all were all just as excited as I was about the fact that our power was restored after 53 hours without.

Quite a few of y'all sent me a fun link yesterday to a post on The Everygirl. Y'all saw a picture from Clemson's Death Valley and then saw a photo credit below it to Magnolia & Main... and probably got just as excited as I did to see it!

{original post Magnolia & Main here, and on The Everygirl here}

That actually wasn't the first time someone sent me a message this week about stumbling across me and my blog online. I might blog a few times about Clemson football, tailgates, and wine and if you google "Clemson wine tailgating"... uh, you might recognize a few of the pictures. What can I say? I like Clemson football, tailgating, wine, and cute wine glasses.

Three things signal fall in Columbia:
1. Football Season
2. Columbia's Annual Greek Festival
3. South Carolina State Fair

We're 2 for 3 so far! Football season has begun, and we ventured out to Columbia's Annual Greek Festival last night with our favorite Greek. My mom came along for the fun, and let's be real: we were just there for the fries {and pizza}.

Y'all, football season is in full swing around here. It's Week 3 and we're off to our third football game of the year: USC vs Kentucky.

Clemson is playing on the road against Louisville and all I can think about is our awesome trip there two seasons ago. We were newly engaged and y'all, that was one of the most fun road trips that I've ever been on. The game was excellent, too, even if it was incredibly stressful up to the final seconds.

Here's hoping that Clemson can escape Louisville with another win and improve to 3-0 on the season.


GO TIGERS! Beat Louisville!

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