Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Goodwill Tray Revamp

Quite a few months back, maybe even close to a year ago {geez I'm lazy}, I found this awesome, brand new tray by Target Home sitting in our Goodwill store - for $8.98. The original Target price tag was $24.99. It is solid wood and very large - it was a perfect fit for our monstrous coffee table that my husband built.

Originally seeing the glass and picture frames in it, I knew I wanted to find a great coordinating fabric to put under the glass instead of pictures. I searched and searched, but never really found anything, and then just sort of let the project idea sit on the wayside.

Then, I saw Courtney's makeover of her daughter's room with the closet office and instantly fell in love with the pattern she used on the wall. When she said it was wrapping paper from Target, I was floored. I knew this was what I wanted to use, as the colors would fit perfectly in my living room scheme.


I went off to Target in hopes of finding the same paper and I most certainly did. I began the project by taking out the bottom of the tray, and found that I would actually have to unscrew the main frame to remove the picture frame piece and get to the glass.

I then cut some wrapping paper to fit the size of the glass and laid it in. Breckin was happy to help me screw the tray back together.

Here is the finished product, before styling of course:

And here it is styled:

What do you think?

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday Musings

Welcome to yet another fabulous week! Hope y'all had a nice weekend.

We kept ours low-key...on Friday night we grilled out and roasted some 'mallows around the fire pit. On Saturday, we pretty much just hung out. I had some cleaning to catch up on - so the boys stayed busy rotating between Play-Doh, painting and running around outside. We went out to dinner that night at Los Arcos for a much-needed margarita {and I guess for dinner too}.

Buuuut...I think that's going to be my last drink for a while. No, I'm not an alcoholic or anything, but I do usually have a glass of wine almost every night before bed...and it's starting to affect me in the mornings. As early as I get up on mornings I have to open the gym and then the other days being up before everyone else so I can get things ready to take the boys to school...I just hate the groggy feeling. I used to be a real morning person. Plus, I think it gets in the way of my workout results - OK, I know it does. So I need to take a little break from it, and bring it back in very moderately...no need to have that glass every night.

Speaking of workout results...I am seeing some good results with barre and Spin classes. I feel like they are a perfect complement to each other for sculpting a long and lean body. I've been doing barre twice a week and Spin twice a week. I still do 1-2 strength-training days as well, with some cardio on the elliptical those days. It's definitely making my derriere seem much more toned and lifted {and that's a hard area to tone after two kiddos!} and my legs are definitely starting to look leaner {though not sure if I'll ever be 100% happy with them, ugh!} And for the sake of motivation...I'm going to post this pic again:

In other news, I started trying grapeseed extract on my face this weekend after reading about its benefits on Lauryn's blog.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, & diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.

I couldn't find one that said organic at my grocery store, but I got one that said 100% {that's the same, right?} So far, I'm actually pretty pleased...I use it to remove my makeup at night, then slather on my night cream over it. In the mornings, I wash my face, then using a cotton ball, I apply a light coat of the grapeseed oil. I let that sit a couple minutes to soak in and then I apply my daytime moistuirizer with SPF over it. I've already noticed a smoother, brighter appearance in just a couple of days. But it's great, it is a relatively light oil, so I don't feel greasy, and from reading reviews from people that use it for their skin, it actually keeps pimples away, so I'm hoping I won't experience any breakouts either.

I did also find time this weekend to get a small DIY project done that has been long overdue. It will be on the blog tomorrow, so be sure to check it out!

Anywho - that's all I really have for this Monday. Hope y'all have a great kick-off to the week! xoxo

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Hello, Pink & Yellow

Let me begin by saying I heart the combo of pink and yellow. Like immensely. And y'all remember my living room re-do, yes?

I am just sooooooooo happy walking into this space every day. It feels crisp, clean and well, HAPPY. Don't get me wrong, there's still some slight changes to be made here and there, but truly, I am lovin' it.

So I'm now beginning to see a lot of pink and yellow floating around the blogosphere...I am so inspired and in love with the spaces, I simply had to share. If pink and yellow ain't yo' thing, it's understandable, but you will probably still love these spaces too.

Hi Sugarplum | Cheery Outdoor Patio

Cassie's outdoor patio redesign for the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge simply blew me a way. {Like I-pinned-it-within-two-seconds-good.} I want nothing more than to sit there and sip on wine with a couple of good girlfriends. I am so inspired. My patio is due for a change...so I think this may be the direction it's going to head. What better place to use fun brights than the great outdoors?


Is this not the desk area you dreamed of as a little girl? Forget as a little girl, I'd take it now! Courtney's big girl room makeover included this beautiful little closet desk space and it just makes me want to sit in there and write in my diary...er, blog.

coral wall gray credenza
Kate's credenza area in her new design and sewing studio is nothing short of awesome. {Note: That yellow lamp is the same as the ones in my living room!} The credenza redo alone is spectacular, but I just love her use of colors here.

What are your fave color combos?

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Link Love

These links pretty much rocked my world this week. That's all.

  1. Lauryn at The Skinny Confidential has introduced me to this all-natural skincare product as a way to remove makeup, moisturize and prevent wrinkles. I doubt I will be looking back.
  2. This list about friends couldn't be more true.
  3. To my happy surprise, I clicked on this link at Delightfully Chic and found out she featured me as one of her fave blogs as of late. She also has some links to some other great blogs that I read as well...suggest you go and check them out!
  4. A DIY leg scrub to de-winterize your gams and get them ready for showing off at the beach/pool/anywhere.
  5. A Healthy Blog roundup at Huffington Post, featuring one about barre classes - my favorite fitness class of late.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Our Weekend {Dad's Visit}

I sort of neglected the blog last Friday and yesterday. My dad and his wife, Teresa, came into town for a couple of days and we definitely packed a lot of punch into those couple of days.

We met them out after they got in on Friday evening for dinner at one of Jake's favorite Mexican restaurants - La Nortena's. It was nice catching up over a couple pitchers of margaritas, of course, anything you do over a couple of pitchers of margaritas is nice.

Teresa is allergic to dogs, so they opted to stay in a hotel then met us over at our house in the morning for breakfast. We decided to hit up the local fun park - Blackbeard's Cove - for some miniature golf and games.

Teresa and I joked that as the women, we never get to be in any of the pictures. Our men just don't take them for us. Clueless.

After all that, we took them to our spot on the beach - the Windjammer on Isle of Palms - for some drinks and nice outdoor air.

 On Sunday, we went to The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation.


Tanner was actually super-brave and rode this big pendulum thing that not only swings you like a pendulum but spins you at the same time...fast and high. He looked completely freaked out the entire time and I remember feeling like I had to hold one of his legs down on his seat to keep him from flying out of it since he was just barely tall enough to ride the ride. Once he got off, he was all stoked on doing more rides though...he's way braver than I was at 7...I only learned to love rollercoasters and such as an adult!

Again, that's Jake catching all the camera action above.

We went home after that long, busy day and had a low-key BBQ and chatted over wine and beer. Then we said our goodbyes to my Dad and Teresa since they had to catch an early flight on Monday. The visits from my family always seem too short, but I'm so glad they could make it, we don't get to see them often, and I'd say we all had a good time and kept busy!

Hope y'all had a great weekend too!
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Liebster Award


I am honored to announce that I have been nominated for a Liebster Award - not once, not twice, but THREE times! What is a Liebster Award? It is an award given out to bloggers by other bloggers. To qualify for the award, you have to be a blogging newbie (blogging less than 6 months or have less than 200 followers) and since I restarted my blogging venture with Style Oyster last June and have been working to regain following, I qualify.  The idea is to help little blogs such as mine get discovered. Sorta gives you the warm fuzzies when someone you don't even know finds pleasure in your blog and what you have to say.

    The point is to get to know other bloggers and help small, just-starting-off bloggers get more exposure. It's also an awesome way to say "Hey, I think you are doing an awesome job blogging. Keep it up!"
    Your acceptance post must also include a link back to the person who nominated you.

      11 Random Facts about Me
      1. My favorite colors are pink and teal...especially together.
      2. I am the only girl...middle child between two brothers, mother of two sons and wife to one handsome guy.
      3. I was hit by a car when I was 8, while riding a bike. The Suburban was going 33mph...I came out unscathed with just some bumps and bruises. God was with me that day.
      4. I won two spelling bees, one in 3rd grade and one in 4th. Above-mentioned car-hitting kept me from going to the City Finals my 3rd grade year.
      5. I hang my wardrobe in order of the rainbow. {OCD much?}
      6. I started blogging in 2006 before I knew what niche blogging was and have changed my blog name seven times since then...settled on Style Oyster last year and know that it's the one I will stick with. 
      7. I have a degree in Graphic Design.
      8. Due to my maiden name being Cox, I always jokingly swear I would marry a Smith for the sake of having a normal last name no one would make fun of, especially for my future kids, and it just so happened, I got me one.
      9. I love big trucks and used to drive one. I vow to own one again, other than my hubby's.
      10. I started dancing at the age of 2 and competed until I graduated high school.
      11. I am passionate about fitness and would someday love to become a personal trainer.

        A Mouse In My Kitchen's Questions:

        1. What is your biggest fear in life? Honestly, other than cockroaches and other creepy-crawlies, it would have to be ever losing one of my sons. I don't ever want to know what that is like.
        2. What is your biggest goal? At this point in life, I've accepted that I might never have a great career though I've been exceptionally intelligent my entire life. Choices I've made have brought me to where I am and all I can hope for is to have a happy life, happy kids, and be surrounded by good people. My goal is simply to enjoy the life I have to the fullest extent.
        3. Who has inspired you to be more awesome? My kids...totally. Sometimes they need to remind me to get down and dirty with them and just forget about all of my worries, have fun and enjoy the moments we have.
        4. Would you rather read a book or climb a mountain? Climb a mountain...I love hiking and the outdoors.
        5. What mountain would you climb? Or what book would you read? Probably not Everest, but just a good hiking trail anywhere is fine by me.
        6. What has been your biggest challenge blogging? Gaining followers I suppose...I feel like I've got the content, but I am always in awe of those that gain followers so quickly - need to know the secret!
        7. If you could tell the whole world one thing, what would it be? The things about myself that I'm most insecure about.
        8. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you have? Why? A tiger. So many reasons.
        9. Who is your favorite blogger? I have many that I read daily. I really enjoy Jen at IHeart Organizing and of course Young House Love.
        10. What's your favorite joke? No faves...just make me laugh.
        11. What would be your ideal date? One where we don't have to worry about picking up the kids at a certain time and can just really be in the moment. I'd love for once not to end up at a restaurant that has TVs...if it does, the focus is on whatever sport is on.

        Hot Toddies of Washington's Questions:
        1. Why do you blog? I blog because I love to write, I love reading other blogs and staring at pretty things all day, it feeds my graphic design talent and I just enjoy the blogging community, the more bloggers I get to know. It has also introduced me to a lot of great products, interior design ideas and fashion inspiration.
        2. If The Doctor showed up with the T.A.R.D.I.S. in your life right now, would you drop everything you have and everything you know (this includes your loved ones) to go with him? I'm actually quite confused by this question.
        3. Which fictional character are you in love with?
        4. What is your favourite food to cook? To eat? I've started loving making tilapia dishes. We love healthy meals and I like playing with this so it can be new and interesting. My favorite thing to eat though is sweets...that needs to stop.
        5. If you were a super hero what would your power be? Mind control.
        6. Winter, spring, summer, or fall? Well, used to be summer, but now that I'm in Charleston, I really love the fall...it's got perfect temps without all the humidity that July and August bring. Though, I will always love summer.
        7. What's your favourite word? It's a bad one. Four letters. Begins with "F". I shouldn't say it's my favorite, but I probably say it the most. #workingonit #newyearsresolutions
        8. Toilet paper, over or under? Over. Seriously...why would anyone think it looks better under?
        9. Favourite time to pick your nose? When there's something to get out that simply blowing won't do. LOL.
        10. If you could live in any era, other than today, when would you choose? I think the 50s as a kid would have been fun {think Sandlot}...or the 60s/70s as a teen/young adult.
        11. Once you have read a book do you usually agree with the title or do you think it was badly titled? I guess that would depend on the book, but most are appropriately titled I find.
        Maybe I Will's Questions

        1. What Inspired you to start blogging? I started blogging in 2006 after I had my first son in late 2005 as a way of journaling our life so my family and friends far away could keep up with us. I was very sparatic with it until around 2009-2010 when I started reading more blogs and really finding out what blogging could be. I went through some identity crises {name changes} and last year settled on one I am very happy with.
        2. What is your favorite go to accessory? I love a great statement necklace that brings a pop of color.
        3. What is your favorite workout song? OMG, so cliche, but I could run/elliptical to old-school Britney stuff all day long. I also love alternative guy music, i.e. Green Day, Daughtry, Trapt, etc.
        4.  Favorite book of all time? I'm not a book-type, so I have to say I really more enjoy books to look at, like home design, style books.
        5. If you won the lottery what would be your first purchase? A new house in our dream location, a beautiful beach.
        6. What one word would describe you best? Depends who you ask. Hubby would say "stubborn". I would say "honest".
        7. Favorite TV Show? Of all time? FRIENDS.
        8. If you could be any celebrity who would you be and why? Jenna Dewan, she's a beautiful dancer married to Channing Tatum!
        9. Who is your biggest celebrity crush? Adam Levine. Mmmmm.
        10. What is your favorite time of day? During the week, I like the evenings...time to relax and reconnect with hubby after long days. During the weekend, it's mid-morning, the time I usually take my boys to the beach or play park to have some fun.
        11. Early Riser or Night Owl? By default, I'm an early-riser. I work at 4:30am at my gym on M,W,F and other than that, on T, TH, I take my boys to school, and the weekends, well, they don't let us sleep in!

        Here are my 11 award nominations {No particular order}:
        1.  Darcy at Corporate Girl Style
        2. Annette at I Heart Vintage Couture
        3. Jennifer at A Little Bit Sassy
        4. Jade at Coffee & Cashmere
        5. Elvy at Pigtails & Pearls
        6. Lattes & Juice
        7. Michelle at You're My Favorite Today.
        8. Lala at Delightful Ideas
        9. Angela at A Typical English Home
        10. Lili at Satin & Scotch
        11. Ashley at Turquoise & Teale
        My 11 Questions for my Nominees:
        1. Left-handed or right-handed?
        2. What is your biggest accomplishment?
        3. What is your best blogging tip?
        4. What is your signature cocktail?
        5. Do you have any pets? Names, breeds?
        6. What is your favorite color scheme for decorating the home?
        7. Best fashion advice?
        8. What is your most embarassing moment?
        9. What kind of student were you?
        10. What is your favorite hobby, other than blogging?
        11. One thing you would change about yourself if you could?
        Be sure to stop by and check out the blogs I nominated!

        Thanks again to the bloggers that nominated me - please don't forget to also stop by, check out their blogs and show them some love!
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        Wednesday, April 17, 2013

        Link Love

        Here are some great things I saw this week that I think you should check out! xoxo

        1. This video by Dove for a "You Are More Beautiful Than You Think" campaign might just bring tears to your eyes. Powerful message, truly.

        2. This stylish entryway by Emily at Recently has me wanting to paint my octagon-shaped faux bamboo mirror {yes, I actually have one} gold too!

        3. These great organizational ideas from Courtney at A Thoughtful Place make a lot of every day activities all the easier.

        4. We're headed to Florida in June for Disney World and Legoland - loved these Disney tips from eighteen25.

        5. Great post by Erin at Elements of Style in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. You can read my take on the tragedy here.

        6. The end of the school year is fast-approaching. This Teacher Appreciation Series at Skip to My Lou has so many great teacher gift ideas!
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        Tuesday, April 16, 2013

        I Hate Posts Like This {Boston Marathon Tragedy}

        When something so horrible happens, that it seems contrite to post here about things that really don't matter, it breaks my heart. This blog is meant to be a light-hearted, happy place full of delight and inspiration, but I would feel simply shameful to go on as normal and not shed a light on what happened in our country yesterday. Just as with the Sandy Hook shooting; it is something that needs to be discussed, felt by all, and prayed about.

        I don't know much what to say about what has happened, so I'm writing this as I go along - {forgive any run-on sentences as I tend to think in fragments and long-winded thought patterns}. I suppose I could go on and on about the absolute horror that exists in this world. I'm only just now 30 years old...and having lived through events such as 9/11, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, the Colorado movie theater shooting, so much more and now this...it is hard to have much faith left in the good in this world. Our media tends to over-highlight the evil and terror that exists...but I know in my heart there is a God, there is real goodness in people and one day justice will be served to those that caused this.

        It's almost a different kind of remorse for what I felt when Sandy Hook happened...at the time, all I could think about was those precious, innocent lives that had barely just begun to be lived. Life was stolen from them.The joy that they would have continued to bring to their parents and those around them was just ceased. Now with the Boston Marathon, I think about all of those runners that have worked their whole lives to qualify for this race...how much they have run in their lives to prepare...what they have put their bodies through physically...and how they just LOVED TO RUN. For many of them, running was their escape, their relaxation, their favorite thing in the world to do. For some, it was their first marathon ever - a personal challenge they gave themselves to prove what they are made of. And now, undoubtedly, many of those injured may never run again. Many of them will be asking "why...why did I have to do this race...why did this have to happen?" And then there are those few that WILL NEVER run again...because instead of doing what they planned...running the marathon, or watching a friend or family member, then celebrating...their lives were taken in an instant...out of nowhere. No one saw this coming. All I can hope is that they actually are still running...happily in the Kingdom of Heaven...where no terror exists...where they can no longer suffer...where they run with angels. My heart especially goes out to the father who was running the race, who had a wife, son and daughter waiting for him at the finish line...the son he will never see again...and his wife and daughter critically injured. Words cannot describe the angst and pain he is going through right now.

        To everyone affected by this unspeakable tragedy...please don't lose faith in God and the good in this world. In the end, God and good WILL prevail. My prayers and heart go out to all of you as you heal emotionally and physically from the events that took place yesterday.

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        Monday, April 15, 2013

        Monday Musings {Birthday Weekend Recap}

        Y'all, my 30th birthday weekend was an amazing weekend. ♥

        I hit the beach with my boys on Saturday and my friends Bill & Suz were there with their kids that are pretty much the same ages as mine.

        After that, I went home to get ready for the special evening Jake had planned. I really didn't know much what to expect except that were going somewhere and people were going to be there. So imagine my surprise when he did this:

        Some of you might be confused because yes, we are already married.  But we got married without an engagement ring. For the last 5 years, I've worn a blue topaz ring that he had gotten me the month before we got married, before we were even engaged.

        When we decided to get married, we already had a two year old. So when we got engaged, we married a week later. We had a very small ceremony with just a few members of Jake's family at Breach Inlet on Sullivan's Island.

        The girl in me always wished I had gotten to plan a wedding, or at the very least have my family and some friends there. So I was so elated and completely taken aback when Jake put this scheme together, to get me back at our wedding site where friends were waiting as he gave probably the sweetest speech I'd ever heard...I can't say I remember every word because it all happened so fast and I was in shock, but things like "Every love song is still about you..." and "Every day as I'm driving home I am always thinking about you and am just so happy..."and then he re-proposed, with a beautiful diamond ring.

        He had apparently been planning this for months and even little detective ol' me had no clue!

        Photo: After 5 years of marriage #heputaringonit #birthday #30thbirthday

        After the proposal, we went across the street to The Boathouse for cocktails and a nice dinner...here we are at dinner:

        The day of my actual birthday, Jake had to do USCG duty, so I went to Suz's house and we had a play date with the kids...and she is the sweetest person ever...she made a wonderful dinner, which Jake came and attended after work, and she even had a cake as a surprise. What a sweet friend. Overall, I have to say I had a wonderful weekend.

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        Sunday, April 14, 2013

        Goodbye, 20s // Hello, Best Decade of My Life?

        It's official, as of 4:31am this morning, I am a 30-year old. In my 30s. Entering a new decade. Perhaps a new era?


        Everyone tells me that your 30s are actually typically a lot better than your 20s. Some say the best decade of your life will be your 30s. All I can say is that I hope they're right. And I'm entering into this new chapter in my life with that in mind...I want to look at being in my 30s as a positive thing. And know that I'm not old, just wiser. Maybe that's what makes this decade the best - you're still relatively young enough to really enjoy life, are typically in good health...but you know a lot more now than you did in your 20s...your lessons and experiences in your 20s have given you wisdom to take on this new decade with confidence and a good head on your shoulders.

        I definitely I feel I learned a lot in my 20s...heck, even in my teens.

        I learned who were my true friends, and unfortunately found some that weren't.

        I bent over backward, sometimes for the right people, but more often than not, for the wrong.

        Some people come into your life as blessings. Others come into your life as lessons.

        I spent money carelessly instead of saving. I wish I had started planning for the future earlier. 

        I didn't always speak my mind in certain situations, only to find myself replaying the moment in my head over and over with regret, thinking about "what I should've said".


        I cared much too much about what others thought.


        This list could go on and on...and on. But I think you get the idea. Now that I've lived through some bad decisions...and hey, there were some good ones in there too...I like to think that I've got a better grasp on who I am, what I want, and the type of people I want in my life. I think I can speak more freely the thoughts on my mind with conviction...and confidence. I've learned not to waste my time with those that wouldn't spend any of their time on me.

        I'm thirty...and I've evolved. I know I'm not done learning and growing, but I think this decade might hopefully have less painful lessons and experiences...and more quality memories with quality people.

        I've made some promises to myself for this decade...

        1. Keep a good career, move forward in it and save for retirement.
        2. To be officially done with Diet Rockstars {and put that money in savings each month, adds up to about $60-75 per month!}
        3. Have a good skincare regimen and be OK with spending a fair amount of money on decent products, rather than always buying the cheaper stuff.
        4. Keep up the fitness routine and find a way to take it up a notch. {I think barre classes and running have helped with that!}
        5. Eat cleaner, for life.
        6. Drink 64 oz of water daily - for body and skin.
        7. Travel more.
        8. Relax a little more and enjoy life.

        So, here's to turning 30!

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        Friday, April 12, 2013

        30 For My 30th

        I'm taking a cue from Chassity, Natalie, Alex, Meg and Emily and doing a different type of post today. I read a good bit of blogs and I have to say that I love a personal get-to-know-the-girl-behind-the-blog type of post every now and then. So, in honor of my 30th birthday this weekend, here are 30 non-important issues I have details about the woman I call me:


        Two. My hair used to be Gwen Stefani blonde...until I realized I made a much better brunette.

        Three. I can't go out without makeup. Ever. {But for reasons other than one might think.}

        Four. I have abnormal strength in my hands - I can open jars even my husband can't and I can bring him to his knees when we play the game Mercy.

        Five. I was hit by a car at 33mph when I was 8 while riding a friend's bike.

        Six. I've never broken a bone.

        Seven. I've been known to consume a couple bags of Conversation Hearts over Valentine's Day season.

        Eight. I have four tattoos, three of which I'd like removed or changed.

        Nine. I'm really great at starting things...not always so great at finishing... {Thanks, ADD.}

        Ten. I am awesome at spelling and grammar {also one of those whom is highly annoyed by incorrect spellings and grammar}. I won two spelling bees in elementary school.

        Eleven. I've met the following celebrities: Tim Allen, Kristen Davis, Kelly Slater, Bruce & Andy Irons {RIP}, Hakeem Olajuwon, Pete Rose {we share a birthday and were both celebrating in Vegas at the same time}, The Band Perry, Tito Ortiz and Colbie Caillat.


        Twelve. My husband and I had a week-long engagement and married privately on Thanksgiving Day on the beach at Breach Inlet on Sullivan's Island. His father was our pastor.

        Thirteen. I moved to Charleston, SC from Huntington Beach, CA when I was 22, and 4 months pregnant with my first child and did not know anyone, except Jake. Now I can hardly go anywhere without seeing someone I know.

        Fourteen. I am told often I look like Megan Fox. My maiden name is Morgan Cox and I also have thumbs that are different sizes. It's a strange coincidence, though I maintain I think she is MUCH more beautiful, and I am always extremely flattered when told I resemble her.

        Fifteen. Back in my day, I could hang with the boys when I played basketball.

        Sixteen. God has done nothing but surround me with boys in life - two brothers {one older; one younger}, no sisters, two sons, no daughters. Maybe He will redeem Himself when I have grandchildren?

        Seventeen. I am petrified of cockroaches. {I won't even post a picture of one here because just looking at one will give me the heebie-jeebies.}

        Eighteen. My first ever apartment was a Melrose-Place-esque complex in Long Beach, CA, except it was across the street from Snoop Dogg's old high school. There were cop sirens on a daily basis and my car was broken into three times before it was finally stolen.

        Nineteen. My first car was a gold 1988 Honda Accord. I bought leopard steering wheel and seat covers along with matching dice in the mirror. Yeah, I was that girl. {Hey, it looked really good with the gold!}

        Twenty. The first time I fell in love, I was 14. The love was not returned until seven years later when it was too late.

        Twenty-One. My first real relationship started when I was 17. He was a freshman at our local college. 

        Twenty-Two. My closet is organized in order by colors of the rainbow.

        Twenty-Three. I can actually sorta sing well. But not in front of people. {You should hear my car concerts.}

        Twenty-Four. When I first met Jake, a very strange feeling came over me and I knew I had met my future husband.

        Twenty-Five. I prefer to be the driver when in the car. I have an irrational fear that I will die in a car crash, so I don't trust others driving.

        Twenty-Six. The first concert I went to was Blink 182. I was 17.

        Twenty-Seven. I've had my ears, tongue, nose and belly button pierced. The only ones I can still get jewelry into are my ears and nose.

        Twenty-Eight. My Sophomore year in high school, the last month of school, three kids died in three separate incidents. One was my friends' brother who was only 13, one was a guy in my class and the third was supposed to be a Valedictorian for his graduating class that year. It was the most solemn, sad month our school had ever experienced.

        Twenty-Nine. I used to forge notes from my mom to get out of biology class and go to lunch with my then best friend. We had two different lunch times at our school, so it was the only way we could have lunch together. I eventually got caught, but my mom wasn't mad because she understood. She also realized then how scarily good I was at forgery.

        Thirty. I was the mascot during the first half of my Senior year. Go, Bruins!

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