Downtown Family Photoshoot: In Full

Warning: The following post contains many pics of my family…if this isn’t the type of post you normally like to see here, then by all means skip it, but I hope you’ll be back…and if this is something you like to see, I hope you enjoy! 

We got all of our family pictures back from the photographer. I have since created our Christmas card  – waiting for it to arrive so I can send it – I think due to shipping time it will be just in the nick of time…and I also ordered a bunch of prints to fill the white photo frames I’ve been collecting…so I can finally fill some blank walls ’round here!

Without further adieu, here they are {please let me know what you think in the comments!}:

Overall, I’m happy with the turnout and I love the colors I chose for our clothes…can’t go wrong with blues and browns. Can’t wait to have these on display…and also to get more done in the spring!

I know this isn’t the norm for post around here, but I thank you for taking the time to look through. xoxo

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Downtown Charleston: 2012 Family Photoshoot {Sneak Peek}

Last Sunday, I got my family together for a heinously overdue family portrait session. I chose downtown Charleston for the location because I thought the brick buildings and cobblestone streets would provide a fall/winter feel as well as a beautiful backdrop. I am still waiting to see the rest – the photographer should have them all to me by early next week {and I will of course share my faves with you}, but here is a sneak peek she sent me the other day…I’m excited about them, though a little nervous to see the rest, as my boys were not so cooperative for the majority of the shoot. {Ugh, boys. What are you gonna do?}
I found our photographer on Craigslist…she is new to the Charleston area and was looking to gain clientele, so she offered a great deal…I know that’s taking a risk, but from what I see so far, I think she did a great job. And she was a sweetheart to work with. Her name is Hannah Hamilton, and her business is Once Upon A Time Portraits. If you’re in the Charleston area, give her a shout, she’s got a good price!
Anyway, here you go:

The first thing I thought when I saw these was “damn, I have a GOOD-looking husband.” LOL. I’m sorry, I may be bias, but I don’t think so. He’s one attractive man, and he’s all mine. I love seeing all of my beautiful guys looking their best together. Poor Breckin must have had allergies because his eyes were watering and nose was running throughout the shoot. Thank God for PhotoShop.
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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am likely off running in our local Turkey Day 5K as you’re reading this. I look forward to this 5K every year. It is one of my favorites. The weather is usually ideal for running and it’s just a fun event afterward with the free beer in the park and all. {Hey, I can be a little bad, right?} Is there a Thanksgiving race in your town?

I’d like to take a moment to be thankful for my health. Not everyone out there is able to even run a race. The fact that I can breathe easy, complete tasks without ailment and am disease-free is a very big blessing. I thank God for the ability to do the things I want to do…that my body is strong and able…I try never to take that for granted…that is why fitness is very important to me.

I have a favorite quote that I use at the bottom of my work email signature…and I believe it is very fitting for today…

Steve Prefontaine was a great American runner that lost his life in a car accident at the young age of 24 – in his prime. He never once wasted his God-given ability in the years he had. My advice to you always with fitness is to take today and take it now. Do your absolute best with the time you have.

We’ve not a lot planned today as far as Thanksgiving dinner goes – my family is 3,000 miles away and Jake’s family left town to visit his dad’s side in Illinois. It is actually also our 5th wedding anniversary today, so we plan on cooking up a few smaller portions of our favorite Thanksgiving foods and having a picnic at Breach Inlet, Sullivan’s Island where we were married. The boys in tow too, of course. {And hey, less Thanksgiving calories for me this year!}

Hope you are enjoying this holiday with loved ones. xoxo.

Color Me Rad 5K

I am super-duper excited right now.

I just found out the my local city – Charleston, SC – is finally getting a Color Me Rad 5K!


I have been dying to participate in one of these races. I mean, how insanely fun and awesome does this look?


The race is going to be on 3.23.13. Consider me registered.


Check out their website to see if they have one near you! Another race option that is the exact same as this is The Color Run. Check out their website too.

Race for the Cure

I’ve got my first 5K since, OMG, I think since I ran the Cooper River Bridge 10K Run in the spring, tomorrow. Wow, it’s been too long since I’ve participated in a race event! There’s been a lot going on and a lot of weekends I’ve had to work…but I’ve got plenty of these race events planned over the next few months!

So tomorrow is the big Race for the Cure event on Daniel Island. I love this race and participate every year. Who doesn’t love pink?

Is there a Race for the Cure event in your locale? Do you participate?

This year I am running for my aunt, who found out she had breast cancer early last year. She almost immediately went in for a mastectomy. They scanned her afterward and found no cancer, but suggested she do chemotherapy anyway just to be sure that it was all gone. She lost her hair…I saw her for the first time since 2007 in August and she was doing her last treatment. She’s been doing well…and has returned to work for the FBI. I pray that she stays well and never battles cancer again.

From Left: My Grandma, My Mom, Me, My Aunt Diane {August 2012}

I will be posting my race stats soon…my goal is a 30 min 5K…and I know I can push through without walking any of it because I ran that entire 10K for my first ever one last spring. xoxo

{Charleston Artist Series} Betty Anglin Smith

Charleston, SC is home to many fine art galleries. As an artist myself, I am so happy to live in such a creative little city. I especially enjoy attending the French Quarter Art Walks that are held four times a year. Local art galleries open their doors and offer wine and hors d’eouvres to the many art admirers as they walk throughout as many of the 30 or 40 art galleries in Downtown Charleston’s French Quarter that they can.

One of my favorite local artists of recent is Betty Anglin Smith.


Her work just speaks to me…her works are expressionist, dramatic and full of lively color…and most of them are beach or other Lowcountry scenes. They are just breathtaking.

October Sunset

Low Tide

Island Lagoon
You can see more like these at their local Charleston gallery, Smith Killian Fine Art. I hope to own one of her pieces someday.

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Charleston Fashion Week: Economic Booster

As tourist-y as Charleston, SC can be – causing downtown traffic jams, parking issues, crowded beaches and an overload of pedestrians – we local folk mustn’t forget that it’s our tourism dollars that keep this economy up and running. So let’s remember our good ol’ Southern hospitality and welcome them with open arms.

One event that has only been around for three years now, Charleston Fashion Week, is no exception to that economic boost.


Charleston Fashion Week takes place yearly in March, taking over Marion Square downtown. It’s a fabulous event that brings in fashion-lovers and designers alike from all over the country (I suspect from all over the world as well). Charleston City Paper reported that this year’s event brought in a whopping $2.4 million dollars to our local economy, with guests spending an average of $700 (residents) and $2,000 (visitors) over the course of the event. It’s amazing what a little fashion can do, right?

So Charleston Fashion Week – keep on coming and keep this economy rolling. You will definitely see me there next year!