July 29, 2014

Southport, NC Day Trippin’

Last Monday I took a day off work and went on a day trip with my sister to Southport, NC. Southport is a cute little historic coastal town in NC, a lot of movies have been filmed there including Weekend at Bernie’s, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Safe Haven.

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First stop the Christmas and Candy store located in an old house, I don’t care about the Christmas crap but I love looking at the inside of the house.

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All of the historic houses have been restored each with a plaque detailing the year built and the owner’s names or house name.


We walked the block but failed to find anything Safe Haven related, we did find out how far it was to certain locations throughout the US though.


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Part of the historic Southport waterfront including the Fishy Fishy Café which was a filming location for Safe Haven.

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From South port you can see the Oak Island Lighthouse as well as Old Baldy.

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We shopped the downtown stores, checked out the old cemetery which included graves from Civil War soldiers, and walked by the old jail which unfortunately was open for touring that day.

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“May Peace Prevail On Earth” was writing in a different language on each side of this pole.

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The oldest Standing House in Southport, built in 1800 this house has stood a LOT of storms.

We ate lunch at a Thai restaurant that my sister had heard some great reviews about, I was unimpressed and didn’t take a single picture of our less than stellar lunches. We had a lot of fun and avoided the storms that day, if you’re ever in the area I highly recommend a visit to Southport.

Now that my sister’s gone I’m looking for volunteers to go on day trips with me to local places, who’s coming?


July 28, 2014

Picture Practice: Abstract

Hello there! I hope everyone had a great weekend, today we’re showing off our version of abstract. I’ll admit this was tough even for me and I tried several things that didn’t work before remember I accidently shot “abstract” earlier this month. Behold I give you….the worst shot of fireworks ever.


You’ll notice I haven’t announced additional Picture Practice subjects and were at the end of the last list. Picture Practice is not going away forever, I’ve just been enjoying summer and haven’t taken the time to come up with some new subjects (suggestions welcome). It’s on my to do list and when I have the new subject list ready you’ll be the first to know!

Now show me your interpretation of abstract!

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July 21, 2014

Picture Practice: Favorite Color

It’s time for Picture Practice again, this week we are sharing our favorite colors. My favorite color is black, if wearing all black everyday were acceptable I’d be doing it. Since I’m not Johnny Cash it wouldn’t be as cool so I reluctantly add color to my wardrobe.

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Here is one of my favorite black things in the world, her name is Seven and those ice blue eyes get me every time.

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My other favorite black thing is Salem of course, he’s cute and funny. His little doggy personality shows itself more every day.

What’s your favorite color?

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July 18, 2014

Seashell Chronicles 7/7

Every week when I write the Seashell Chronicles I struggle with the intro paragraph so today you get to make up your own….moving on.

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Beach Happenings

// We had a family beach day last weekend! It doesn’t happen often since Tyson works most weekends but when it does we have fun. Little K was there too but you know I’m not showing you the whole family selfie, so you’ll have to settle for Tyson and I (and the photo bomber behind my head).

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// Little K and I went to Sonic for  milkshakes the other night and in the process of buckling her into her car seat I got 7 or 8 fire ant bites on my right foot. Needless to say my foot is swollen and gross, I’m sure people look at it and wonder when it’s going to fall off because that’s what I wonder when I look at it. I’ll spare you the close up.

// Monday I’m going on another day trip with my sister before she leaves for Belgium on August 1st. This time we are heading to Southport, NC. It’s a cute little coastal town where they have filmed a ton of movies and TV shows including Safe Haven!

Favorite Links

In case you’re planning a trip to Six Flags here are 8 Things That Will Get You Banned From Six Flags, I don’t want you to waste a trip. I love words, so I couldn’t resist 16 Twitter Accounts for Word Nerds. As writer’s bloggers we might need Useful Online Resources All Writers Should Know About right? I like a good Epsom salt bath when my muscles are sore but I had no idea about these 11 Benefits of Epsom Salt Bath You Didn’t Know, makes me want to take a few more baths.  Last because I’m a Potterhead here are 12 Post Potter Revelations J.K. Rowling Has Shared, if you’re a fellow Potterhead you can appreciate the story behind the story.

Now just because I can’t get this song out of my head and I’ve proclaimed it my summer song for this year I’m putting it my post, because I can yo.

American Kids by Kenny Chesney on Grooveshark


Have a great weekend and even though I’m day tripping Monday we’ll still be doing Picture Practice so come link up!


July 16, 2014

What Gives Me the Happy’s

Everyone has things that make them happy, not big things like Christmas and Birthday’s but weird little things that wouldn’t necessarily make everyone’s heart sing with joy. So is a list of the things that make my heart sing and get me feelin’ Just Beachy!

// A book that hooks you by the first chapter and has you so enthralled you can’t put it down until you finish it.

// A candle that smells good burning on my desk while I work.

// A dog sleeping at my feet.

// A day on the beach that’s not to hot, not to cold, with very few people around.


// Finding the latest edition of HGTV Magazine or Better Homes and Gardens when I do my weekly shopping.

// Finding shorts/pants that fit both my waist and my ass, hello Lucky Brand I heart you.

// Hearing the waves crash on the shore when I leave my house early in the morning before the world wakes up.

// Having the house to myself, no kid, no man just me and my big comfy reading chair.

// Pretty new office supplies like pens, notebooks, post-it notes, and even paperclips.

// A refreshing shower after spending all day at the beach then coming home covered in salt and sand.

// Steamed oysters dipped in melted butter on top of a saltine cracker.

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// Sleeping on freshly dried sheets.

// Looking through hundreds of pictures I just took to find the one or two that turned out perfectly.

// Cuddling first thing in the morning with Little K, you know before she really gets going and you can’t stop her.

What are some things that give you the happy’s?


July 15, 2014

Things I Googled

The great thing about Google is we can find out anything we want to know any time any place, I use Google a LOT especially on my phone if Tyson and I are sitting around talking. There’s always something that comes up in a conversation that requires a Google search of one kind or another, ALWAYS. Here are some of my recent Google searches:

// Frying Pan Bed and Breakfast – Someone bought the Frying Pan Shoals Lighthouse off the coast and is turning it into a B&B, of course I wanted to know all about it.

// Puppies Sleeping Habits – OMG now I remember what it was like to have a new born, I’m so glad puppy night crying is a much short experience than baby night crying. I need all the sleep, just gimme all the damn sleep now and no one gets hurt.

// Rodeo Girls – A short lived A&E reality series that Tyson and I liked, so far it has not been renewed. Boo I want my trash TV.

// Michelin Star Chefs Myrtle Beach/Charleston – The result of another Tyson/Kelli conversation while watching Hell’s Kitchen.

// States with the best and worst school scores – For a conversation between Tyson and his family.

// Indian food in my area – Ummm this is a no brainer, Indian food is delicious and I want some!

// Can I change my Snapchat user name – answer NO. Bite me Snapchat.

// Hurricane Hazel – Because when a hurricane is coming your way you check to see what the worst hurricane in the history of the area did damage wise.

What do you Google? Grab a button and link up!

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July 14, 2014

Picture Practice: Cold

It’s hot outside but today we’re cooling down with our cold pictures!

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My favorite summertime way to cool down is with a glass of lemonade!

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Little K’s favorite way to cool down, homemade lemonade pops!

What’s your favorite way to cool down? Grab a button and link up for Picture Practice.

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