Saturday, September 24, 2016

Thank You Notes: Sweet Progress, CHEF'D, and New Beginnings

Fall officially began last week, but with the southern heat of Charleston, it still feels like summer.  It's been a long time since I've written about things that I'm thankful for, so I thought I'd share my week with you today.
Thank you Dean and Ashley for hosting the Sweet Progress Box Swap! After reading your post, I started getting in the mood for fall.  There's still time to sign up if you're interested.

Thank you Amazon Music for allowing me to create a great playlist of songs to sleep by.

Thank you Chelsea for showcasing such delicious meals on your Instagram account, and offering a wonderful giveaway to Chef'd.  If you are looking for new recipes to try in your own kitchen, check out her page for an endless amount of delectable inspiration.  Interested in having meals delivered to your doorstep with all the ingredients needed to create your own masterpiece at home, then you should give Chef'd a try.  What I like most about Chef'd is that it is not a subscription service.  You can order meals when you want and not have to worry about hitting that "suspend this week" button that you see on so many other services similar to them.  Get $10 off your first order just by clicking this link,

Thank you fall shows for bringing joy back into my life. You have blown me away with the sounds on The Voice, and Shonda Rhimes...well I can't even express how grateful I am for Grey's Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder to be back on.  You're teasing me by making me wait for Scandal, but I'll forgive you.  I had my popcorn and wine ready and you just decided to make me wait for Ms. Olivia Pope and her gladiators just a little bit longer. 

This new series, Pitch, looks very uplifting and promising.  It's great to see women shining in the spotlight.  Okay, so she may have choked on the day she made history, but welcome to the big leagues Jennie, we've been waiting for you!  Oh, and we can't forget Survivor... Wow, you opened with a bang!  First time in the show's history, the contestants had to be evacuated because you decide to shoot in Fuji during monsoon season. Black-ish is comedy that never disappoints.  My Wednesday date night with Shemar Moore ended when he decided to leave Criminal Minds last season, so we'll have to see if new comer, Adam Rodriguez of CSI Miami fame, can fit the bill.  If you are not watching this round up of shows, its time to catch up.


Thank you unknown blogger for closing your account and allowing me to be the possessor of Sunshine and Elephants on Wordpress!  If you have been following me here, I ask that you join me over at my new soon as I get it up and running. I'm excited about the changes to come and looking forward to new beginnings!

What do you give thanks to in your life?  Share with me below.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Popcorn + Wine: A Pairing That Pops

Popcorn and wine?  No stranger to me.  See the funny thing is, when the season premiere of Scandal came on in February 2016, I made sure to have the two readily available just as Olivia Pope has in several episodes.

Would I have tried popcorn and wine together prior to this?  Probably not, but ever since Shonda Rhimes created this lustful, drama-filled thriller of a series, everything that Olivia Pope does  becomes a trend.  Hence, the popcorn and wine pairings.

Just recently, I was contacted by the makers of Skinny Pop. When they suggested that I write a post about a pairing, I was instantly intrigued!  Like a true Gladiator, I obliged.


See I'm a lover of popcorn.   I mean who isn't?  And, as my followers, you know how much I love wine!  I'm sure you can remember me posting about it here, here, and oh here!  :)

Skinny Pop allows me to snack without compromising. Under 40 calories a cup.  They have no artificial ingredients, no artificial flavors, it’s a good source of fiber and its simple delicious!  Simple ingredients for purity of tasty!  Speaking of taste, they have 6 delicious flavors to choose from so everyone's taste palate is satisfied.  

A photo posted by SkinnyPop Popcorn (@theskinnypop) on


So grab your favorite wine, and a bag of Skinny Pop; the combination is sure to get things POPPING!  Whether you are planning a night in with the girls or a relaxing evening of binge-watching your favorite TV show.  This duo is sure to please. 

To help you out a bit, here's a Skinny Pop infographic, showing which of their flavors pairs best with various flavors of wine.

I was surprised there wasn't a pairing for Rose' and my all-time favorite, Cabernet.   If you're not sure about the pairings, start off with Skinny Pop Original.  I'm sure it will pair well with everything!  Cheers!

Which popcorn and wine pairing would you like to try?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

August Via Instagram

Is it September already?  I can't believe how fast August flew by.  August was a good month for me and I thought it would be great to share!

I was hoping August would bring me joy, and she didn't disappoint!  I wasn't sure what to expect, so I simply asked that she surprise me.

This summer I had an opportunity to try out some Mayfield Ice Cream and what a treat it was.  Influenster sent me 2 coupons to use towards 2 FREE cartons!  My boys and I enjoyed the treat! Are you an Influenster?  If not, you are missing out!  Want to join and get free stuff?  Join here :)

How many of you have a YouTube page and still haven't created your own videos? I was guilty of this until recently.  I decided to record a wine box unveiling and I'm pretty proud of myself.  What do you think? Click this link to view video.

Interested in some free wine?   Join me and you can have fine wine delivered to your doorstep in days!

Happy Birthday to Me!  Happy Birthday to Me! :) :) :)

Mickey Mouse and some ice cream sprinkles helped to make my evening, after a long, HOT day at work, more enjoyable!  Who doesn't love receiving #happymail!  I can't think of anything better than a friend spreading some love and kindness!

Well of course summer couldn't end without a few thunderstorms.  I snapped this picture right as the storm clouds were rolling in to show the split in the sky.  For a slight second, it was clear and sunny in my neighbors' front yard while it was pouring in their back.

Some back to school #goodies I scored at Marshall's. I love the unique items they sell.
I know my student's will be happy to use these!

Sometimes you just need a little wine to take the edge off.
 Wine down Wednesday is always a good time.

I ended the month by celebrating my 2nd Blogiversary!  What an amazing 
24 months it has been. My last post speaks all about it.  Cheers to 2 Years!!! :)

How did you spend your last month of summer?  Was August good to you, as well? 

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