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Cheers to Summer Break with The Salty Dog Cocktail

Why I'm taking the summer off from blogging
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With Memorial Day weekend behind us, summer is officially here.  Break out the white jeans, beach drinks, and long leisurely summer nights.  I mean is there any time of year more nostalgic than summer? When I think of summer I have specific smells and feelings that coming rushing in.  There’s no season that truly makes me long to be a kid again, or in a kind of a sad way makes me feel how far I am from those carefree days, than summer.

That’s why I’ve decided to take a break from blogging this summer.  I’ve never actually taken a break from blogging.  I’ve plowed through every holiday, every date, every season, all the time.  But lately I’ve been feeling very unbalanced and a bit uninspired.  I’ve felt very disconnected from why I started blogging in the first place. It’s almost felt forced.  And forced is the opposite of what I want this space to be about.

So that’s why I’m pressing pause and soaking in every magnificent moment of summer I can.  I plan on taking bike rides, walking barefoot, eating food on a stick at all the local carnivals, playing put-put golf, taking spontaneous road trips, jumping into the lake, and maybe even being a bit lazy.  Yes I am drinking that summer kool-aid (both literally and figuratively as Kool-aid was a major part of my summers in Michigan).

Don’t worry I won’t be totally MIA. I’ll still be sharing all of my adventures over on Instagram and let’s not forget I have a shop that won’t run itself. I hope while I’m on a break you’ll still utilize WOM as a resource for all things home, food, beauty, and entertaining. As I’ve been doing this for five years I’ve built up quite the library of information that still feels rather inspired. And of course don’t forget about the recipe index! So many good recipes to try out!

Which brings me to today’s Salty Dog recipe.  This is the easiest, and perfect cocktail for those lazy days of summer.  Get the recipe below, and whip up a batch sooner rather than later.

So that’s it. I’m signing off until Labor Day.  Here’s to hoping I might just get a glimpse of that inner kid again. Truly, MKR

The Salty Dog
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  2. 3 oz. grapefruit juice
  3. coarse sea salt for the rim
  4. club soda
  5. ice
  6. grapefruit wedges for garnish
Instructions
  1. rim a glass with coarse sea salt or spicy sea salt for a little extra kick
  2. fill a glass and shaker with ice. to the shaker add grapefruit juice and vodka, shake shake shake.
  3. pour over ice into the glass and top with a splash of club soda and garnish with a grapefruit slice or wedge. enjoy.
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Pet Hair, Don’t Care

Cleaning up after your furry friend just got a whole lot easier thanks to the Bissell Crosswave
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No this is not another vacuum.  A vacuum is way too limited of a description for what this beautiful, purple machine is.  This my friends is BISSELL’s Crosswave Pet Pro.  Vacuum, mop, magical-pet-hair-removing-machine all in one.

When BISSELL reached out about working together they asked me one simple question. “Do you find it easy to clean up after Addison?” I answered honestly, “No.” To which they replied, “well you will now.” I was intrigued.

As I alluded to above CrossWave Pet Pro is not just a vacuum. It’s a multi-faceted, multi-service machine designed to tackle a variety of pet and non-pet messes on sealed hard surfaces and area rugs, which is what I have in my home. The Multi-Surface Pet Brush Roll makes pet hair cleanup fast and easy, while the solution inside freshens and removes pet odors as it cleans.

When I began using my CrossWave Pet Pro I was shocked at how light it was, and easy to use. Plus its self cleaning mode was a game changer.  After I had to clean up a rather large mess all I had to do was place the CrossWave in its tray and let it clean itself. Yes, it can clean itself.  I mean does it get any easier than that?

And before you ask, yes the solution is safe for BOTH pets and kids alike. The cleaning solution is Earth Friendly, contains no heavy metals, phosphates or dyes, and only uses biodegradable detergents. Which means we can clean with a clear conscience.

Speaking of clear conscience.  Something I didn’t know about and fell in love with is BISSELL is committed to not only cleaning up after our furry friends but also helping pets in need.  That’s why they created BISSELL Pet Foundation, which works with animal welfare organizations all over the country, helping to reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues, and finding permanent homes for pets. The foundation promotes adoption, spaying/neutering, microchipping, foster care, educational training programs and more. For each BISSELL pet product purchased, and then activated on Bissell.com, they’ll make a donation (up to $1,000,000 per year) to help pets in need. I love a company that gives back, don’t you?

All I can say is since BISSELL’s Crosswave Pet Pro has come into our life, cleaning up after my favorite human…I mean dog…has become 100% easier.  So much so I’m thinking of adding another cavalier to the mix.  I mean cleaning up after two dogs can’t be much more work than one. Right? Truly, MKR

Photography, Kathryn McCrary. This post is sponsored by Bissell, a brand I love and adore. All opinions and images are 100% my own.

Yeah That Greenville

A Trip To South Carolina with Garden & Gun Magazine
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Recently I had the opportunity to head back to one of my favorite cities, Greenville, with one of my favorite magazines, Garden and Gun. On our agenda; eat, drink, and see my way through the city in two short days.  Which proved to be harder than I had anticipated.

If you’ve never been to Greenville, South Carolina you’re missing out.  Located a short drive from Atlanta; Greenville is a small but mighty city.  Mighty in the sense of activities, culture, shopping, food and drinks.  While Greenville is a place I escape to a few times each year I’m always shocked by how it’s constantly changing and evolving.  I swear I was just there a few months ago and half of the restaurants that I went to this go-round weren’t even there last time.  Case in point, Husk.

I’d been to Husk in Charleston and loved it, so I couldn’t wait to see what spin Husk brought to Greenville. And Husk did not disappoint. Led by James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock, Husk’s Greenville location reinterprets the bounty of the surrounding area, exploring an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to cook and eat in Greenville. The menu was completely unique and true to it’s location and I foresee it having a long life in this highly food-driven city.

I also had an opportunity to hit up other parts of town that I hadn’t seen last time. I spent an entire day in West Greenville where I checked out The Village Grind, Anchorage, GBD, and Kuka.  All three are places I highly recommend next time you’re in town.  At the Village Grind try a Methodical coffee with lavender. At GB&D you must get the flat iron steak and mac and cheese. The entire menu is order worthy at Anchorage. And definitely pick up a few juices at Kuka. I loved the Cocoa Loca and the Green with Envy. 

I also spent some time over in Traveler’s Rest where I devoured crepes for breakfast at Tandem Creperie & Coffeehouse and pizza from Sidewall Pizza for lunch.

Lastly, I spent some quality time downtown taking advantage of the views with drinks at Up On The Roof, and grabbed a great cheese plate, salad and a few bottles of wine at Caviar & Bananas.

All in all, Greenville did not disappoint, as it never does. And I’m already planning a trip back there this summer.  Make sure to check out the story over on Garden & Gun Magazine, and let me know in the comments what you love about Greenville!  Truly, MKR

Photography, Kathryn McCrary | This post is sponsored by Garden & Gun Magazine and the city of Greenville.  Opinions and images are 100% my own.

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