A Weekend Escape to Beaufort, SC

This past weekend Ryan and I escaped for some relaxing time in the Lowcountry. The weather was a little chilly especially since when I was in Savannah just a week and a few days before it was a balmy 80 degrees. Since Ryan’s foot is still in a boot, we did not do anything major. Just relaxed, ate good food, spent some time driving around to different areas, and chased the sunsets.

My usual beach days start with beach sunrise walks. It really was colder than I expected this week so I did not walk much. Usually, I grab breakfast from Palm and Moon bagel to enjoy by the waterfront. It was closed this week for some constructions. I grabbed a biscuit at Common Grounds. The next mornings I just made my way back to bed for a nap before Ryan (the habitual late sleeper) woke up.

We grabbed lunch and then drove around, spent sometime on the beach or at the waterfront before dinner.  We tried a few new places while we were in town. Sea Eagle, Boundary Street Cafe, Bella Luna, The Upper Crust and Blackstone’s.

Sea Eagle was your generic seafood but the smell of the seafood market in the same building was too much. I prefer Shrimp Basket

Boundary Street Cafe was delicious and we will definitely go back. Ryan had the french toast. I had a panini with pimento cheese and bacon and a side of tomato soup. It reminded me of the tomato soup at Joe’s in Alabaster if you have ever been there. We split a She Crab Soup which has come closest to being similar to our favorite soup which from Panini’s on the Waterfront.

We also just ordered soup from Bella Luna. It was different. We couldn’t quite figure out how maybe added veggies?

The Upper Crust is a local pizza joint. We ordered it to go and enjoyed it at the park at sunset. We will eat there again. The upper crust pizza has an upper crust as well. It reminded me of a calzone. I want to try their Frogmore special which has shrimp and sausage on it.

Blackstone’s is located on a side street a few steps from Bay Street. They have breakfast and sandwiches. Ryan ordered the shrimp and grits, I had the crab cakes Benedict, and we shared a walnut cinnamon roll. The cinnamon roll was sweet and soft. I particularly like the different nautical and school flags they used to decorate.

We also tried out Stellar Ice Cream on Lady’s Island. Yummy with interesting flavors such as ricotta honey.

We also saw a double feature at the HWY 21 Drive In Friday night. The line up could have not been more perfect. A Wrinkle in Time and Black Panther. Both phenomenal. We caught a little of Peter Rabbit before our movies started and it’s on my too watch list. We usually go to the cheaper theater in BHM that shows movies on a later timeline. Normally this is cost effective and perfectly fine with me. So this felt like a real treat.

We left later than we really planned on Sunday because Daylight Savings (oh how I loathe thee) and brunch at Blackstone’s took longer than anticipated.  The drive home which is about 6 hours and 20 minutes seemed to take forever! I had real re-entry dread/anxiety Sunday afternoon and evening. I took some time on the drive home to look at my calendar and intentionally plan some workouts and to do list time. I also made myself completely unpack which I have a bad habit of drawing it out. All that to say I am looking for some tips and tricks to make travel and the subsequent transition back into everyday life smoother. As much as we travel you think I would have this down but I do not. Any suggestions or tips?

A Weekend Away in Savannah, GA

We recently had a girls only weekend in Savannah for my cousin’s birthday. Ryan convinced me to leave Thursday night so I could spend some time Friday in Beaufort. My aunt, two cousins and their friend also spent some time Friday in Beaufort. My mom and sister joined us in Savannah later Friday night. My sister’s name twin friend lives in Savannah so she joined us on some adventures as well. I am so glad we all were able to go. The older we get the harder it proves to be to have everyone together at the same time.

You can check out my previous Beaufort post for more information on what to do in the Beaufort area. We savored some favorites, The Shrimp Shack, the beach, grabbed some peach mint tea and The Chocolate Tree, before heading to Savannah.

We settled into our lovely Air B&B in the historic district. It was a beautiful house full of history within walking distance to Forsyth Park.  For dinner we inhaled some guac and tacos at Bull Street Taco. I loved the street corn here, well basically I love street corn in general. We grabbed some drinks and snacks from a near by Kroger. Then chatted most of the night away.

Saturday morning my sister and I walked down to the Famer’s Market in Forsyth Park. We grabbed some cheese, bread, strawberries and carrots for breakfast. Afterwards we headed out for some shopping and walking before lunch.

We stopped at many Savannah favorites including, Salacia Salts, Shop SCAD here I purchased a leather tassel and a bracelt that reads, Fortune Favors the Brave (oh hose I needs some braveness within my soul) and One Fish Two Fish where I fell in love with a furniture piece there. It took everything I had not to bring it home with me.  We admired the beautiful houses and squares as we meandered down to The Olde Pink House for lunch. We loved the cheese straws and shrimp and grits.

After a scrumptious meal we decided to cancel our dinner reservations at Local Ten 11 in favor of locating some good seafood. We continued to wander about and shop at local favorites The Paris Market, Savannah Bee Company, as well as Kendra Scott and Lulu Lemon. I grabbed a chai tea latte and macaron at The Paris Market and some honey and hand soap at Savannah Bee.

Half of the group took a Lyft home. The other half waited around then prices surged so we had the birthday girl come pick us up on a corner. We enjoyed Savage’s bakery birthday cake on the porch.

After a small respite and changing clothes we headed out via Lyft to the Riverwalk for our ghost tour. We went on the Old Towne Trolley Tour. Now I must say ghost tours are not my thing. I honestly was a bit disappointed this did not involve a little more history. River Street Sweets pralines were next on our list and close to the end of the trolley tour. We grabbed dinner at the Savannah Seafood Shack. Fried shrimp cones, Lowcountry Boil and Diet Coke for everyone.

I went back to the house with Mama and Aunt Amy, I mean somebody had to make sure they were safe aka I am lame and like bed and quiet time. The girls made it home shortly after a few drinks and dances out on the town.

Sunday morning we packed up, mama and sister when to visit her friend and the rest of us went to brunch. We attempted to go to Collins Quarter but the wait was long and we were anxious to get on the road home. So we opted for a picnic brunch from Gallery Expresso in Chippewa Square. We said our good byes and parted ways for now.

I can not wait to see where our next adventure takes us. Alyssa votes for Bora Bora with a new tradition that we rotate traveling for birthdays and who ever we are celebrating everyone else pays for their trip.

Loving Lately: Spring Break Essentials

Spring Break is almost here. Summer wont be too far behind. Here are some of my favorite essentials for fun times in the sun.

Hayden Reis tote. I have had one for a few years. We use it as our pool or beach bag. I love that its wipe-able and waterproof.

A safer sunscreen that’s easy to apply to little ones? Beautycounter’s sunscreen stick.

Lilly Pulitzer Swim. Yes, please.

Swell Bottles keep your water or other drinks cold for 24 hours.

Mermaid Beach Towel.

Wave Ring. If I had a tattoo it would look like this.

What are your must haves?

A Year and a Day

A year and a day we have survived and lived through the most painful year of our lives. This post has been sitting in my draft box for a long time. It took even longer to write it. Just over a year exactly.  One may wonder why I wanted to write it, well because tucked inside the darkest, hardest days of our lives are little treasures that I never want to forget. And in order to truly remember the treasures that they are you have to remember the dark days that they came packaged within. In addition, writing it down and out of my head reduces the demon powers. I also truly believe you can find an entirely new level of joy and light only after your experience the hardest, lowest, most painful level of darkness. This is a forever long post mini novel long and there is definitely more heart ache than good. But here it is.  Continue reading “A Year and a Day”

Better Beauty Bag: Vital Proteins Collagen


Collagen is known to help support beauty and fitness. Vital Proteins is a very popular brand in the Whole 30 and Paleo world. I do use them but I need to use them more regularly. I add them to my tea. Most people do coffee but as you know I do not like coffee. Sometimes I can taste it. I prefer it in a minty tea with a bit of honey and lemon juice. Have you tried collagen? What is your favorite brand and way to ingest it?

I thought I would try something new this week. Click the picture to be taken to the website. I nearly made my head explode trying to figure out how to make a gallery with embedded links, as I think they look nicer. I tired the plugins and everything but could not figure it out. Picture credit to the websites that I linked, except of course the picture of me.

This month I am challenging everyone to a little self love. The challenge is to pick one beauty or household product and replace it with a safer version. For make up and beauty needs you can check out my Beautycounter page. But it does not have to be a Beautycounter product, just pick one thing start small, start somewhere. If you are interested in Beautycounter products I would love to send you some samples.
Brooklinen Luxe Sheets. We just ordered these sheets this past week. I’ll update when we have used them a few times.












My new favorite kombucha. Big Easy Bucha.
Pizzeria GM just opened in West Homewood and it is everything you dreamed.












One of my favorite podcast per a friend’s recommendation. I go through cycles of listening to podcast, books or music when driving around town.
Amika Dry Shampoo. I have tried them all just about and this one, hands down every time is the one I come back to.













One of my goals is to meditate and the Calm app helps me do that.


Aerial Yoga. I tired this with a friend mainly just because she asked. But now I am in love.

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