Chandler Chicks in the Big City

The Chandler Chicks (my grandmother, aunt and I) decided it was time for a girls trip!

My dear friend Joe moved to NYC a year ago, so we figured it was time to visit him. We picked a weekend, packed our bags and headed north.

We saw a show, walked in Central Park and, of course, met strangers that are now friends — many thanks to Mema.

Here are a few snapshots of our trip 🙂





This is one of my ALL time favorite photos of Mema below. She sat on the subway and was laughing about something and then we all realized the sign behind her — how perfect?!








Florida State vs. Clemson

In honor of the victorious Seminole win, I thought I would post a few photos of that wonderful day. >>—->>



New Game Day Sign

Tomahawk Choppin’

The only thing missing was Mema dancing on tables and playing beer pong! Go ‘Noles!
I would also like to take the time to pay homage to my iPhone4, a FSU/Clemson Gameday Casualty.  What was your gameday casualty?


Feels So Close

Football Season… only 50 days away.

Photo courtesy of FSU Heritage Protocol

This is also Mema and I’s favorite season.  I can already hear the warchant, feel the energy of Doak Campbell stadium and smell the mixture of delicious food and whiskey drinks.

Cheering for the ‘Noles @ Georgia Tech

What are your favorite football traditions? Beerpong? Tailgating? Cornhole?

DIY Hanging Flower Cans

Mema and I saw this idea and we decided we just had to try it out.  The hanging flower cans are made out of old coffee tins — perfect for a little Mema and Jill Do It Yourself project.

All you need is the cans, rope, spray paint and the ability to work a drill to make the holes.  I’ll be honest — we had help on the drilling 🙂

We decided to put potato plant in the hanging flower cans because we like the lime green and bright blue together.

Mema was a great creative director:

We only had a few mishaps… like accidentally spray painting my hands. Oops!

The paint was extremely hard to get off. We tried ammonia and nail polish remover.  After those didn’t work, Mema ran off to find her cure all — Turpentine.  I am now a believer. It took of the paint immediately! Gotta love the old fashioned remedies.

Next Top Chef

It’s about time that I redeem myself from the ironing burn and miscellaneous other horrible dinners I have made my friends endure over the past few years.

Tonight one of my best and most marketable friends came over for dinner. I’m on a healthy eating kick as my office is doing a Biggest Loser competition and I can’t stray from a competition.

For dinner: spaghetti squash, asparagus and salad.



Alli brought me these pretty flowers from her garden and I stuck them in this mason jar– I think they look perfect!



I am super proud of this meal and Alli even said it was marketable and kick ass! Mission accomplished!

I just put olive oil on the squash and cooked it on 350 for 45 minutes– talk about easy!



I’m making some progress! What is your favorite way to make spaghetti squash?

Play Time

What a wonderful weekend with family for Memorial Day Weekend!

I am the oldest of seven cousins and five of them are under the age of 7! They are kind of confused if I’m their Aunt or Cousin– but whatever, it’s fun!

Playing with them brings me back to my childhood. We played a game of baseball in the neighborhood and I laughed so hard watching them hit and run around the fake bases.


Gabriel thought his way to carry the bat was pretty clever 😉






I can’t get over how cute they are and I’m a little jealous of their tans!

The rest of the weekend was filled with sand castles and swimming. My arms about to fall off from throwing them in the water but it never gets old.

What is your favorite childhood beach activity?

I painted their names on the sand buckets and they were all wearing them as hats, how creative?!




10 Things I have learned from my Grandmother

In honor of Mother’s Day, and all the Mom’s out there, I figured I would write a list of the top ten things I have learned from my Mema:

  1. It’s not always 50/50. Sometimes you have to give more when your partner can’t and vice versa. It’s all about the give and take.
  2. Make your own fun. This is something she always tells me. Whether we are going on a road trip or just out to dinner, we make our own fun and make the best out of even the worst situations.
  3. Treat everyone with kindness. You are no better than any one else, and you never know what someone is going through. Offer a smile and a hello – you never know how it can affect their day.
  4. Don’t take yourself too seriously. The party animal herself has made this one clear. If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can?
  5. Love comes in all forms. It’s in family, adoption, friends that have turned into family. Love one another.
  6. Remember your last name. Mema always tells me when I go out of town, or out for the night to remember my last name because your reputation always follows and preceeds you.
  7. Nobody is the boss of me. Now that she is in her mature years, Mema likes to say why not? Why can’t I do this or that? No one is the boss of me!
  8. Be true to your school. You get what you give and Mema has dedicated much of her life giving back to the Florida State University. It has taught me the importance of philanthropy and how thousands of people can come together for a common greater good of the University.
  9. If it doesn’t work out, God has something better planned. When he closes one door, he opens another. You just have to be patient.
  10. Family is the most important. Friends come and go through life, but family will stick with you through it all.