The 3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Happy Wednesday!

I’m back with the travel series to spill the beans on my favorite places to eat in Greeneville, South Carolina. This summer Mr. M and I went to Greeneville for an extended Memorial Day Weekend getaway. It was our first time in Greeneville together and it was our first Air BnB experience! Mr. M was a little hesitant about actually staying in someone’s house, so he said if this didn’t go well, we wouldn’t be doing it again.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Our First Air BnB Experience

Luckily, our first Air BnB experience was absolutely amazing. We stayed at a little place close to downtown Greeneville called The Studio. The host was phenomenal in touching base with us, and even stopped by to say hello one morning. Because I shout “we’re newlyweds!” from the rooftops, she even left a baby orchid for us and a sweet note welcoming us to their home. The Studio was the perfect mix of modern and cozy. It had a stove and oven where we could cook breakfast, organic and ethically produced coffee beans, and – most importantly, a comfy bed. She even left little chocolates on our pillows for us!

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

10/10 would Recommend

(If you’ve never signed up for airbnb before but would like to try it, you can do so here! By booking through this referral link, you’re giving Mr.M and I the opportunity to get travel credit so we can tell you about more adventures!)

Our stay in Greeneville was so short, but we made sure to spend a lot of time outside and most importantly, eating great food.

Jamaica Mi Irie

Our first stop for lunch was at this amazing Jamaican restaurant in downtown. We sat outside and each picked out a lunch special. Mr. M had jerk chicken and I tried the curry chicken. They gave us SO much food for only $6 each, and they even topped our meals off with the most delicious tropical tea I’ve ever had. I came back to work and raved about it to my Jamaican co-worker.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Fall at Reedy Park

If you need to take a break between all the eating you do on vacation, I recommend going for a stroll around Fall Park on the Reedy. This park is behind Furman University and is a favorite for wedding and prom photos. There is a beautiful, massive waterfall and a gorgeous walking trail around the park. My favorite landmark is this tree with exposed roots. (You may recognize this tree from Monday’s post.)

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Spill the Beans

Greeneville in the summer time is basically a heat bath of humidity, so it was absolutely necessary that we avoid a heatstroke with ice cream. We checked out this cute little ice cream shop, Spill the Beans, right beside Fall Park. Our bellies and our souls were satisfied.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Tandem Creperie 

OK, y’all. I saved the best for last. TANDEM. CREPERIE. This little gem of a creperie is located outside of Greeneville in this precious little spot called “Traveler’s Rest.” It will be a mandatory stop along the way any and every time I pass through this adorable little town. But y’all. These were the best crepes I’ve ever had. Mr. M with the savory and I went with the sweet this time, and then we split it in half. (This is really the way to go, my friends.) But I almost didn’t want to share my sweet crepe because it was mainly blueberry yogurt and whipped cream.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC 3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

If I had more time, I would have taken a thousand photos of and around this little place because it was just too adorable. We need an Indie film to come shoot a movie here.

We had a great time in Greeneville, and we definitely did not get to uncover as many of this city’s littl gems as we wanted. Greeneville is a perfect little short weekend getaway. and if you have a hankering to watch Clemson play, they’re pretty close, too. ūüôā (Let it be noted, though, I know nothing about football. I don’t even know if Clemson is good. I just think somehow they pull off orange and purple quite nicely.)

Have you been to Greeneville before? What are your favorite things to do on your weekend getaways?

To check out our other adventures, see here and here.

The Best Meals to Prep When You’re Busy

The Best Meals to Prep When You're Busy

Hello!

Comin’ at ya real late on a Wednesday afternoon because my computer wasn’t working last night. Whomp.

If there’s one thing I love to do to destress, it’s cook. If you followed along with my Instastories this summer, you noticed that I cooked a lot but most importantly, I tried my hand at baking. I tried to bake bread and that was . . . well. . . a disaster. Maybe this fall I’ll be brave and try it again.

Cooking is somewhat of a love language to me. I love to put on an episode of Gilmore Girls and try my hand at a new recipe. The only thing that is even better is when my husband offers to clean up afterwards. ūüėČ

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As a college recruiter, I stay pretty busy in the fall season. There are a lot of days when I don’t come home until late in the evening or I have to stay overnight somewhere else for an event. While I’m 100% confident Mr.M knows how to cook (he’s an excellent cook, he just doesn’t¬†like to do it necessarily. . . ) and I know he wouldn’t starve, I still like to be prepared – just in case I come home in the evening with a hankering for something homemade.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite go-to recipes, and some recipes I can’t wait to try.

The Best Meals to Prep When You're Busy

 

Oven Baked Taquitos

I am down always for Mexican food. If my husband would let me, I would eat tacos and chips and salsa for every meal. For some reason that’s not “healthy.” But these oven baked taquitos are a fantastic late night snack. I like to make mine with a little bit of cream cheese which is not AT ALL healthy, but oh so good for my soul. The nice thing is, the prep time is relatively short and you can freeze ’em and pop them in the toaster oven when you want one!

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Ok so I may or may not have an unhealthy obsession with any and all potato items. So this loaded potato soup is a for sure winner in our home. I dump everything in the crockpot before I go to work, let it simmer all day, and go to bed with a massive food belly afterwards. Loaded Baked Potato Soup is like a little hug for your soul and I will anyone who says otherwise is a liar.

Chili

Chili is also the perfect crock pot dump. I don’t really adhere to any recipe, I just throw a bunch of beans and tomato based items into a crock pot, load it up with a bunch of spices and pair it with a buttery cornbread for dinner. My secret ingredient to my chili is using breakfast sausage instead of ground beef. The extra spice is the perfect kick to keep you warm on those chilly fall evenings.

Cilantro Lime Tacos

Remember when I said I could eat Mexican all day every day? Here we are again. This delicious bad boy is currently simmering in my crock pot and I pumped for dinner tonight. When I’m tired, I like for my meals to be minimum to no effort. (And then when I host people, they’re all like, “Whoa you cooked an amazing spread!” And I’m like #crockpot.)

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I’ve done this one with regular potatoes, and it’s a perfect way to diversify your bbq chicken meals. And if you’re a Southern girl like me, you know we need our barbecue!

And if all else fails. . . 

There’s pizza.

The Best Meals to Prep When You're Busy

What are your favorite easy go-to meals?
Do you do all the cooking or all the eating in your home?

 

August Adventures

August Adventures

August felt like the longest month of my life. With a lot of things going down at work and personally, I was ready to see the calendar turn over into September.

During August I participated in The New Wifestyle’s 31 Days of Kindness. While I unwittingly tapered off at the end, the intentionality of doing something kind every day of the month was such a great reminder to not only see good in the world, but be good in the world.

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Mr. M’s birthday was at the beginning of August, so I spent a Saturday afternoon baking a homemade cheesecake. I’ve tried twice before to make a homemade cheesecake and it never turned out. This month, the Good Lord must have been smiling upon me because 3 hours of baking and two hours of setting later and voila, the perfect cheesecake appeared on our plates. And we ate cheeescake every day for the next week. Yumm.

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Perhaps the coolest event of August was of course, the solar eclipse. Mr. M and I took our little¬†much needed¬† mini vacation the week of the eclipse and we visited friends and family in North Carolina before we ended up on Wrightsville Beach. I was so obsessed with the solar eclipse and I didn’t think I would be. Naturally, I dedicated a whole post¬†to that experience. Mr. M and I spent the few days at the beach unplugged, enjoying our books and each other. It was like a little mini moon, which I highly encourage every married couple to go on if they can. ūüôā

august adventures

This month’s book of the month book club was¬†One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which was quite the experience. We picked book titles based on the book Tequila Mockingbird¬†so we could have the literary cocktail book club of our dreams, but¬†One Flew Over the *Cosmo’s* Nest¬†maybe was a bit of a stretch for all of us. ¬†Either way, we ate lots of good snacks, watched Jack Nicholson’s stellar performance (because if you read the book, you have to watch the movie, right?) and had a great time discussing mental health.

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August Favorites:

This post from the New Wifestyle concerning white privilege and the Charlottesville Riots. (note: there is some strong language.)

Some seriously girl boss inspo from Apron Strings & Sticky Fingers.

When Taylor Swift drops a dope(y) new single, When Life Gives You Rubi brings it to millennial perspective.

This Instagram Hashtag Hack from The Confused Millennial because I’ve been doing it all wrong.

And speaking of Instagram, I discovered In Search of Sheila this month and her blog has been MAJOR insight into the blogging world. I love her post on authentic strategies to grow your engagement on Instagram.

What was the highlight of your August?

Finding Your Place of Rest

Finding Your Place of Rest

Hello! Got some Monday motivation comin’ at you on a Tuesday because after a Labor Day Weekend, Tuesdays are Mondays. Mr. M and I spent 18 hours in a car this weekend which meant we got in some major quality time. I only snapped once towards the end when I was tired, grumpy, and craving some flamin’ hot cheetos. It was great, though, because I got to listen to the entire album of Hamitlon, Wicked, and Something Rotten and he only complained once. . . about Hamilton because it’s 48,000 tracks long. We also got to ask each other some roadtrip questions¬†and learned some new things about each other! My personal favorite question was “What song could you listen to on repeat for 8 hours straight?”

After spending an amazing weekend with Erica and her husband Jamie, exploring Philly and eating the best food, I’m gearing up for a full week. Even 3 day weekends still require some recovery time, so I’m pushing for a 4 day weekend. Who’s with me?

Finding Your Place of Rest

When I get really stressed out and overwhelmed, I find myself saying anytime I break down, “I’m just so tired. I’m so exhausted.”

It’s not exactly that I need a nap, but I am mentally and emotionally exhausted. What I need is¬†rest.

Anyone who knows me can tell you I’m not the best at rest. I’m the type of person who struggles to relax when there are things that need to be done. Mom, if you’re reading this, I’m sure this sounds a lot different from the girl who you grounded because I spent my time reading instead of doing my chores. Look! You raised me well!

The caveat to this “not being able to rest” thing is Netflix. I can Netflix binge surrounded by mountains of laundry, not because I’m resting but because I’m pacifying myself and avoiding my responsibilities.

The busier I get, the more I realize how vital rest is.

I’m entering into my busiest work season where I will be on the go and traveling quite a bit. At the end of October I usually crumble onto the couch in tears with a pint of ice cream. It’s during this season where I¬†most¬†need rest but I don’t always get the type of rest that I need. So I have to find rest on the go.

Resting on the go is a matter of finding the mental space to rest and reset. While ¬†I would much rather have time to actually rest, we don’t always get what we want, so we have to work with what we got.

Finding Your Place of Rest

Surround Yourself with Encouragement

On my desk at work I have a sticky note that I put up 2 years ago. It’s a Scripture note that says “My Presence will go with you and I will give you REST.” (Exodus 33:14) It’s the perfect reminder that first of all, I am not alone. Secondly, I don’t have to strive by myself. When I find myself dependent and resting on God, I find that I can carry rest with ¬†me throughout my day.

Finding  Your Place of Rest

Make the Most of Your Morning

Since I got back from our amazing mini vacation last month, I’ve made some lifestyle changes. I don’t wait until the last minute to get up anymore. On a good day, I wake up early, sit on the couch in my robe with my coffee and read my Bible and journal. On a late day, I wake up earlier than I used to and spend time getting ready for the day. I can’t believe it’s taken me 2 years in the working world to realize what a precious commodity slow mornings are.

Stay Blue

OK don’t actually¬†stay blue in your mood, but surround yourself with blue things. As an adult, my favorite color has switched from purple to blue. I love the blue walls in our house, my blue planner, my blue pens – you get the picture. I found out a couple months ago that blue is a relaxing color. It all makes sense. I used to keep a picture of Santorini, Greece that I found on Pinterest as my desktop background in college because it was so soothing. Go figure, it’s blue.

Take Care of Your Body

When we hear “take care of your body,” we often think, “eat right and work out.” We need to do both, but we also need to take care of our skin. As soon as I got home last night, I loaded the bathtub with bubbles, lit my candle, carried with me a bowl of watermelon, and enjoyed a nice soak with my good friend, Jane the Virgin. (You guys, the screenwriting for this show. . . but that’s a tale for another day.) After my bubble bath, I lit candles in our bedroom, put on a face mask, and proceeded to put away laundry. Even though I was doing a chore, I felt completely relaxed because I had taken care of my body for the evening. New rule for myself? Once a week bubble bath and face mask.

Take a Nap

I am SO bad at this one. If I take a nap, it’s usually accidental and it’s because I am truly exhausted. But you should do as I say and not as I do. There are studies that show napping is actually pretty good for you, as long as you stay within the 30-40 minute range. When I was in college I would take deep naps and wake up with a nap hangover, proving myself to be completely unproductive and useless the rest of the day.

Do Something for YOU

We women are so bad at doing things for ourselves, especially those of us who are married and those of you who have kids. Our minds are constantly running with to-do lists and errands and everyone else’s problems. At the end of the day, we realize we haven’t taken one moment for ourselves.

Things to Do for YOU:

Work out
Read a book
Go on a walk
Journal
Take a bubble bath
Sign up for a Zumba class

Do whatever it is that makes YOU happy – even for just 20-30 minutes a day. When you find that you’ve taken time to be still and rest even when your life is running in circles around you, you will find that you are a lot happier and nicer of a person. I know that I am.

What are some things you like to do to find rest on the go?

 

Photo Diary of the Solar Eclipse 2017

Photo Diary of the Solar Eclipse 2017

For the first time in a long time, I’m feeling refreshed, positive, and full of hope and joy – and that is all without my morning coffee.

Friends, the beach does wonders for your body, mind and soul. Over a long weekend, Mr. M and I enjoyed a wonderful few days visiting friends and family, and then we spent a few days by ourselves at a little beach house, unplugged, enjoying each other, the fresh ocean air, and of course, the eclipse.

Photo Diary of the Solar Eclipse 2017

I had been pretty laissez faire concerning the eclipse because I didn’t think we would see much of it in Wilmington, North Carolina, so I didn’t give it much thought. The Thursday that we left, however, I checked the map and saw that we would see 96% of the eclipse, which is still an A, so then I became frantic and disappointed because we didn’t order eclipse glasses in time.

No worries, they were selling on Amazon for like $86. For 2 hours of a cosmic wonder. So I spent the remainder of the weekend looking up DIY pinhole cameras. Monday morning – ever the procrastinators we are – Mr. M found a garden nearby that was giving out free eclipse glasses at their eclipse party (for only $9 a person, so was it really free?)

We packed our bags with picnic food and beach chairs and hoped for the best. We arrived to Airlie Gardens, checked in, and got our free eclipse glasses and found our picnic spot. They had several different stations and events to learn more about our solar system, why and how eclipses happen, and of course, my favorite spot: the Kona ice truck. Mr. M and I strolled the gardens (which is incredibly breathtaking; 10/10 would recommend) while we waited for the eclipse to start. We started looking up at the sky around 2pm and saw the moon had taken a bite out of the sun.

Photo Diary of the Solar Eclipse 2017

I was mesmerized, and maybe I did steal a glance or two without my eclipse glasses and without looking directly at the sun. So of course I freaked out for the next 12 hours because did I just blind myself?

As the moon covered the sun, it started to get darker around us. I was expecting a night time darkness, but it was more like I was looking out of a sepia tinted window at the people surrounding me. It was an eerie thing, but the coolness that accompanied the darkness was much appreciated as I had already sweat through my white dress.

Photo Diary of the Solar Eclipse 2017

While we didn’t get to see the eclipse in totality, seeing it cross the sun was an awe-inspiring event I will remember forever. I couldn’t stop staring at the sun as I watched the moon cover it and scoot away. Despite all the end time prophecies and events of apocalyptic nature that sprinkled my Facebook here and there, I couldn’t help but sit back with a settled peace in wonder of the universe and our God who created it.

Photo Diary of the Solar Eclipse 2017

One thing I love about the Eclipse is that it brought people together. Strangers sat on a lawn together, marvelling over the Universe. There was an older lady who had a cereal box pinhole camera and was passing the box around to show people a different perspective. She wanted to share how she saw the eclipses as a child.

Photo Diary of the Solar Eclipse 2017

Surrounding us were people of several different nationalities and languages. It was like Mr. M and I were in the International Triangle with a Spanish family and an Arabic family flanking us on either side. It was such a lovely moment to sit back and revel in the melting pot that America is. That is one thing I truly love about our country: the diversity and the friendliness we have towards each other. Despite the media, the racism, and the heated political ideology, when we put aside our differences and stand in wonder at the universe, we see each other for who we really are: souls coming together under the awe of creation.

Did you see the Solar Eclipse? How much of the eclipse could you see?