Monday, January 18, 2016

Lately

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  I hope everyone takes a few moments to remember the achievements and importance of this amazing leader today.
I'm lucky enough to have the day off, and I look forward to spending it outside on the golf course.  Here's what else has been happening in this neck of the woods recently...

Celebrating - The Panthers won this weekend and are onto the NFC Championship next weekend - helloooo to another glorious Sunday spent on the couch!
Training - Oh boy, only 33 days until the Princess Half Marathon.  I'm not where I want to be, but I have been loving all of the motivation in the form of timehop posts recently from my first couple runDisney races (Walt Disney Half and Tinker Bell Half)!

Scheming - Mike's 30th birthday is in less than 2 months.  It's a big one, so I thought I'd start planning nice and early.  I've had some fun with party themes in the past (pirates, St. Patrick's Day), but this one is going to top them all!

Eating - Gillian invited me over for a delicious healthy dinner last Thursday - so good!  I need to cook salmon more often.  Last week was also Restaurant Week in Charleston, but instead of the typical 3 courses for $30-40 somewhere, we opted for 2 courses of takeout (from 2 different places) for $30: pizza from DeSano and the Ultimate Coconut Cake from Peninsula Grill I've been dying to try forever - it definitely lived up to the hype!
and Drinking - One of my employee's birthdays was last week, so you know Taco Boy was a must (and margaritas)!

Reading - My most recent Blogging for Books read was The Whole Coconut, and to be honest, this was the first book I've reviewed that actually disappointed me.  I know that the explantation described "dairy-free, vegan-free recipes," but I was still hoping to find a few delicious desserts and coconut-flavored entrees.  Unfortunately, many of the recipes were not intended to come out being coconut-flavored but simply used coconut products like coconut vinegar, coconut aminos, coconut meat, and coconut flour.  On the bright side, all of the photos throughout the cookbook were beautiful, and I bet many of the recipes would taste delicious.  However, I have to be honest that I have not yet made anything from this book because each of the ingredient lists were extensive and definitely expensive.  If you enjoy natural and alternative cooking, this book is for you, but if you are a lover of all things coconut-flavored, I would keep looking.

Collaborating - I've partnered with a few of my favorite bloggers as well as a couple fantastic Etsy shops for some exciting posts in the coming weeks that I cannot wait to share!

Joining in - I just signed up to participate in this fun Valentine's Day swap!  I always love ways to meet new bloggers.

Praying - Lastly, if you are one for quiet thoughts or prayers or anything like that, please say one for an adorable little boy from my hometown.  Dorian's story has taken over social media after his last wish to be famous in China brought people together all over the world.  You can follow along with his courageous cancer battle through his Facebook page here.  This weekend, 3,000 people from my tiny town joined together on the beach to show that they're #D-Strong.

Linking up with Biana for Weekending!

24 comments:

kerri @ cheshire kat said...

yay for coming to florida! that race is so fun i hear. enjoy your day off girly!

xoxo cheshire kat

Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre said...

That Panthers game was so awesome! So much good food here!

Emily said...

Just a weekly update letting you know I live vicariously through your Desano eatings. Carry on ;)

Enjoy your day off! Hopefully the weather is beautiful.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

MFD's cousins live in Dorian's town. So happy to see this on your blog!

Pink and Green Mom said...

I saw that pic but didn't realize it was the coconut cake from Peninsula. Glad you got to try it and it was good.

Carly Messmer said...

I am such a bad Charlestonian, I still haven't had the coconut cake. Putting it on the list!

Christina Lea Loves said...

Enjoy your day off - and spending it outside - perfect!! (I'll be bundled inside as it's 20 degrees here) haha!

Kari said...

I have a friend that did one of those Disney marathons. When she told me about it, I was like, "I'll forget the run, but still go to Disney!" ha! Obviously, I should put some fitness goals in place.

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

So jealous you have the day off! Have fun golfing! That pizza and cake look sooo good. I always love restaurant week deals.

Meg Cain-Moss said...

Excited to see what is coming up with your partnerships! I was also excited the Panthers won because that means they knocked out the Seahawks who beat my Vikings last week ;)

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Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Ohh yay for Restaurant Week! Love getting to try new places! Ugh, Taco Boy. So yummy! Definitely craving their queso right now! And you should let me know when you're down here so I can come cheer you on! :) <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

Darcy said...

Enjoy your day off! I'll be cheering on the panthers now that the chiefs lost!!
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Melissa said...

Yay for half marathon training!!! I can't wait to pop this baby out so I can start running again...better...longer distances haha

Rebecca Jo said...

I'm jealous of your day off.
WOW - that is so cool all those people formed that... I love when communities come together for little ones fighting the battle of their life.

Julie said...

I have to pick a new football team now that the Rams kissed STL goodbye. So at the moment it was the Chiefs, and now I guess Broncos - but oh well, cheers to a great superbowl party no matter what!

Chesson {A Southern Twenty-Five} said...

Yay for the Panthers win, your upcoming race, & for that awesome picture at the end of your post. Love when people come together to make pictures like that. Hope you enjoy your day off!

Emily said...

I love cooking salmon at home and the bonus is that it only take like 15 minutes to bake so it's an easy weeknight dinner. Sorry to read about Dorian.

Dara @ The Southern Thing said...

I'm excited to see your Etsy shop collabs! Can't say the same about the Panther's win though lol!

Macy V said...

I can't wait to hear about your marathon and trip to disney, so jealous! I need to get my butt in gear and sign up for a race, maybe that will help.

Jen said...

Yay 33 days, that's so exciting!!! :)

Nikki @ makeupHER said...

Hope you are enjoying your day off girl!! I'm excited to hear more about your princess run, sounds like so much fun! I just signed up for the v-day swap, love me a good gift swap :)!

Amanda {Kids and Cabernet} said...

Excited about your future posts and can't wait to hear about your Disney run! Sounds like so much fun!

BLovedBoston said...

I hope you had a great day off yesterday girl! I can't wait to see what you come up with for his 30th birthday surprise! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Nikki said...

Ok so I will admit I am wayyyyyyyy behind on reading your blog and for that I am sorry! Please forgive me?

Good luck on the race coming up! I just said to Mr. Big Truck the other day I wanna start running again! Kill it! Have fun planning the 30th birthday!

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