Halo Top Taste Test

About 2 months ago I took up Macro Counting. Don't get me wrong, I like to indulge once in a while and feed my sweet tooth. I finally decided to see what all the buzz was about on the Halo Top Ice Cream. 
I had assumed that the number listed on the front were the calories per serving . . . but when I found out it was per PINT. . .oh happy day! I finally found something sweet and I wouldn't feel guilty after eating. Plus its a great source of protein so I was on board!
I have listed a few flavors I tested, so grab your spoons and lets get crackin!
 
Oatmeal Cookie Crunch
Oatmeal, Yes. Cookie? NO.
 
I actually find oatmeal  to be very comforting.
 Oatmeal Raisin? HELL NAW, but Oatmeal Cookie, YAS!
The Ice cream had a nice hint of cinnamon in it and the Oatmeal 'Cookie" swirl. . . I wouldn't call it a cookie per say. But more of just a raw Oatmeal, it was Ok, but I probably wouldn't order it again. . . It has sat in my freezer for 2months now. . . the longest ANY ice cream has lasted in my freezer. . .
 
Mint Chip
Refreshing and Mint to be :)
 
My favorite flavor of all time is Mint Chip, some people are iffy about mint and chocolate but this has always been my go to flavor. I tired not to get my hopes up but OMG, this one is by far my favorite and just as good as the real thing!
 
Chocolate Covered Banana
Chocolate Covered Nothing . .
 
I was really excited by this flavor and it was a total let down. It was a VERY overpowering, generic banana flavor, with a 'chocolate' swirl ice cream. . .I didn't pick up on any chocolate taste. Plus I was super bummed there were no chunks of any chocolate OR banana in it. You know how in the movies when the girl thinks their boyfriend may have hide a ring in their dessert, so they are digging through it like a wild animal looking for something that isn't there? THATS what it was like eating this ice cream.


82 Queen: Fit For A Queen

Living in Charleston we have unlimited restaurants to choose from, John and I always like to try something different each week. Usually he's the food connoisseur and picks the place, but when I found out he's never been to 82 Queen, I knew he had to try it!
Usually when we go out for dinner downtown we always go on a random week night since Charleston is so crazy busy on the weekends. So getting a Thursday night reservation was easy peasy. The whole atmosphere of this place is amazinggggg, they provide indoor seating but John and I decided to brace the August heat and sit outside in their beautiful courtyard to admire the gazebos and the twinkle lights.

With the summer heat I was just going to stick with water but the Berry Mojito sounded so refreshing. . . and it was!!! John ordered his usual Jameson and ginger but caved and got a berry mojito too!
 We started with their complimentary chive biscuits and for apps ordered their famous BBQ Shrimp and Grits and also the Crispy Shrimp Crab Rolls.

For my entrรฉe I ordered the Fish and Grits. Yall I am a massive grits snob. . .most of the time I am let down with bland or runny grits. . . .but not 82 Queen. Best Grits. Hands. Down. The stone ground yellow grits had a thick consistency with a hint of sweetness that wasn't too overpowering. The flounder, crispy fried green tomatoes and bacon were the perfect blend and the sauce was a snazzy addition for a nice spice kick. Also, the fried green tomatoes were so perfectly seasoned that the next day heating up my leftovers, It didn't need a dipping sauce!



Its was so good that John and I went back for brunch and of course I had to order their Crab Cake Grits with a fried green tomato and poached egg. . . yurrrrm!




AR Workshop


 
Yasssssss!
I have found my tribe!
About a month ago, the amazing, Gillian Ellis of Coastal Bride sent me an invite to come check out the new DIY Workshop in Mount Pleasant, AR Workshop. Right when I walked in, I knew I was in heaven.
 

 
They had a retail station that consisted of jewelry, and candles; perfect for a quick gift grab. Also, an apron section, paint bar, and power tool station. They had all these different completed projects to choose from, including DIYs of their own! My personal favorite was the front reception area with the DIY Chalkboard Calendar Clipboards!!! #inlove
 
 
 
 
 
They had a group of us set up at one table and even had our own little station ready for the project we chose ahead of time. We had wood stain and paint options set up for us to choose from as well.
I love that we each chose something different from one another. I decided to go with Carolina in My Mind lyrics board. As far back as I can remember, my momma would always play James Taylor in the car; now if I ever feel homesick, I just put on James Taylor and I'm home :) I knew for a fact this project would be a great tribute to that.
 
 
 
 

 
1. We were first instructed to sand our pieces using a wood block with sandpaper wrapped around it.
 
 
 
 


2. After sanding, I put my 3 boards down as close together and used the nail gun to secure the brackets, hooks, and wire for hanging purposes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Now for Staining, I decided to go with a brownish/grey and used the rag method to give that aged look.

 

 

 
4. As I waited for my board to dry, I picked out the precut letters of my stencil.
 
 
 

 
5. Once the letters were picked out, I used little strips of paper tape to cover the letters. Then, flipped it over and used a wooden block to rub over it so the tape and stencil would bind together. After that, I was able to pull off the stencil and attach it to the board.
 
 
 
 

 
6. We dabbed modge podge as primer to keep the letters sticking down so that the paint wouldn't run under the stencil.
:( Sorry y'all, after this step I was using Snapchat and forgot to save the photos :(
But after the modge podge, I just dabbed the paint, I decided to go with a nice yellow for the Carolina part and the popular sea foam blue (that everyone used haha) for the James Taylor part.
 

 
 The perfect piece to tie my gallery wall together! Yay!!!
Plus the Hello sign is a DIY from Dollar General for only $8 I spray-painted orange for that perfect POP of color ;)
 
 
 
 
Needless to say, this is probably one of my favorite projects; especially working with such amazingly, talented women :)
Here’s a group shot of finished projects.  Be sure to check out the other bloggers that DIYed with me: Coastal Bride | Fashion and Fishing | A Lowcountry Wedding Coastal Kelder
Not pictured: Me :) and Pie Crust & Pixie Dust,
 
 
 
 
 
 

Haint Blue Bar Stools



So I have been dying to do something with these chairs.
They were actually from a friend of a friend and were used for outdoor chairs for a bar top table. But John and I realized they go better inside at our kitchen island.
With so many different pops of color in our apartment I was indecisive about what color to paint the stools.  . . but finally made a decision.

 I LOVE this color becauase it reminds me of a nice haint blue. Notorious for usage here in the Lowcountry, haint blue is believed to protect a home from evil spirits (AKA haints). Typically painted on porch ceilings, the blue symbolizes water which spirits are unable to cross. I know whenever we buy our first home I will definitely have to continue this custom. But since we are currently in an apartment and can't paint every porch ceiling above us. . . bar stools it is!

Materials
2 Bar Stools
Spray Paint
Gloss Spray Paint
Electric Drill
1. First, I unscrewed the seats using my electric drill.
*Once I find the perfect fabric I will recover the seats*


2. I made sure I had my "spray-paint station" setup.
I typically use cardboard boxes from packages received.

3. Start Spraying!
Always make sure you are standing upwind when spray painting. . . I cannot stress this enough.
I used about 3 coats and then finished off with a nice gloss spray.

Taco Tuesday Bike Crate

๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒฎHappy Taco Tuesday!!๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

One of my favorite things about Charleston is there are ENDLESS options for Taco Tuesday ๐ŸŒฎ AND that we are very bicycle friendly ๐Ÿšฒ
So I decided to recreate this cool bike crate with supplies I already had on hand.

Materials
wooden crate
foam paint brush 
paint
letter decals

Step 1: Paint the entire crate with 2-3 coats of paint and let dry.

Step 2: Once the crate is dry pull out your handy dandy measuring tape to figure out even placement of your decals. Once you figure that out, stick on the letters and spray with clear spray paint to set and that's it!!


Step 3: OPTIONAL
So I didn't have the black stick on letters I wanted; just white and gold. SO I went the long route instead because I was too lazy to battle traffic on the bridge. ๐Ÿ˜
If you don't have the color letters you like just use the sticky background and then use a foam paint brush to paint the letters on.

I put my crate out on our patio for a pop of color, plus it holds all of our plants.
If you DO decide to use this for your bicycle; make sure that it's the right size and not too heavy or large!!!




Floral Ice Bucket


Well guys we have officially made it to July!
Smack dab in the middle of this heat wave.
I swear, this heat and humidity is gonna get the best of me;
So I decided to do a post that is appealing to the eye AND something that would cool me off๐Ÿ˜Ž
 While this project may cost you a bit of time, it is Dollar Tree friendly!
I really wanted to use real flowers but honestly no one could tell the difference and it was much cheaper! 

Supplies
2 PLASTIC buckets
 (one large and one small that can fit in the large)
Fake Flowers ๐ŸŒบ 
Scissors ✂️ 
Water ๐Ÿ’ฆ




⚠️make sure to measure the height of your freezer so you'll know the buckets will fit, and only use plastic⚠️

Directions

Step 1: Fill the large bucket with about 3 inches of water and freeze.

Step 2: Place the smaller bucket (mine was a sand bucket and worked perfectly)in the large bucket. Next, I TOTALLY forgot to buy rocks to weigh down the small bucket, 2 small ramekins worked though from my kitchen. The water will float if you don't weigh it down.



Step 3: Pour water in the space between the two buckets, about 3 or 4 inches and start to tuck flowers down in the water. Freeze. Repeat once more and freeze overnight
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Step 4: To remove your ice creation, remove rocks (or whatever you used ๐Ÿ˜) run warm water down the small bucket and it should pop out. Then, run warm water around the bottom of the large bucket and it will pop out!









✨When serving, make sure to place it on a tray or washcloth to absorb the water, I used the bottom of my Beverage dispenser (you know, where you keep ice to keep the water cool) and put ice in it and it worked like a charm!!!!✨

๐Ÿฅ’๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‹Also, add fruit to jazz it up!๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‰

Lace House Wedding


๐ŸพWedding Season is here!๐Ÿพ
About a month ago I had the pleasure of decorating a full fledge wedding venue ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
My manager brought me on the decorate her daughter, Alicia's  wedding at the gorgeous and historic Lace House in Columbia, SC.
Needless to say, we did not disappoint!
The color combo was pale pink, sparkley gold, and a hint of green. With a grand total of 8 fireplace mantles, they were seriously my favorite!

Arriving in Columbia, I headed straight to our blank canvas the day prior to the wedding. Not a blank canvas at all, with such southern elegance and lush green, gardens . . . the Lace House was like a true Southern Woman; naturally and effortlessly beautiful but gets "gussied up" for a big event!
The next morning we headed over to the Lace House and worked from 8:30-4. Let me tell ya, time goes by SO fast when you're doing what ya love in a hurry!
It was so awesome to see Alicia's family and friends all there helping set up her fairytale wedding and I don't think we had one thing go wrong!
Even Govenor McMaster popped over with his wife, Peggy, to admire the decor!!
#heresmycard ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿค—