Florida-bred saltwater belle. Writer & Editor. A tongue-in-cheek peek at my love affairs with country music, college football, and life in The South.

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Let’s Do DC: Georgetown’s Crumbs & Whiskers Cafe

Well hey there. Meow you doing? Several months back, my Yankee Beau surprised me with a visit to the most adorable little spot in The District: Crumbs & Whiskers Cafe. Since then, I’ve been keeping up with them on Instagram, and I

January 2018 Favorites

Click the photos above to shop! How is January winding down already?! I can’t believe the first month of 2018 is almost over, but here’s some of my can’t-live-withouts of the new year. If you want to get more up close

Grilled Lemon Drop Cocktails

  Happy Fri-YAY! What are you up to this weekend? Pool time? Beach time? Grill time? It’s officially summer now, so hopefully all three. Whatever you’re doing, the subtitle missing from your weekend itinerary is most definitely: “Doing ___, while sipping a sweet,

Dear P.: A Letter To My Niece On Her 5th Birthday

My niece turned the very precocious age of five today. She’s sweet and funny and delightfully overrun with chaotic kinetic energy, as most little girls are. One year ago, on her fourth birthday, I wrote this letter to her and thought

Gods promises, living on faith

On Broken Hearts and Sharp Lead Pencils

It’s been ages since I was a student, but I still distinctly remember taking tests. I remember the linen feel of a scantron sheet in my fingers, the scratch-scratch whisper of pencil against paper. Trace the outer edges of the bubble;

last-minute valentine's day gifts

5 Last-Minute V-Day Gifts Every Southern Belle Will Love

  My Dear Procrastinators: If you’ve been stalling on that Valentine’s Day shopping spree for your sweetie, it’s time for a Hail Mary. No really, it is. In fact, in a survey released yesterday by Hallmark and Wallethub, 53% of women

Family, Football, and Chasing Career Happiness – An Interview With ESPN’s Samantha Ponder

This week I got the chance to join a small panel and interview ESPN’s Samantha Ponder. As the female face of College Gameday, it’s her unique combination of girl-next-door likability and a steely grasp of x’s and o’s that has quickly plucked

Storyteller: Carrie Underwood Gets Out of Her Comfort Zone

It’s hard not to love a Friday. It’s even harder not to love a payday-Friday with perfect October weather. It’s impossible not to love an October payday-Friday that drops a new Carrie Underwood album in your lap. I’ve been dying

Football Friday: Gators, Noles and Tigers, Oh My!

A roundup of my pieces for Football.com this week. Who are your picks to win in Week 5? 5 Things the Florida Gators Will Have to Do to Beat #3 Ole Miss The #3-ranked Ole Miss Rebels and the #35-ranked

Sunday Supper: Roasted Honey-Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Garlic, Apples and Bacon

Well, hello friends. Can you believe we’re basically halfway through the month of September? Can someone please explain to me when the heck that happened? My local grocery story is amped up for fall. There’s a full display of pumpkin