Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Winery Visit

While I was attending the wedding in Dawson, PA I wanted to find something to do the morning after. It isn't any fun to just go home after a mini vacation. Haha! So I found a winery that was 10 minutes away from Linden Hall in the town of Mount Pleasant.

From this moment on, Greendance Winery will be what I compare all other wineries too. It is just the cutest place! Its formal name, Greendance Winery|The Winery at Sandhill is such a hidden treasure! Literally! After making a "sharp left turn" (according to my GPS!) We found this gem. Tucked back in a grove of trees stands the winery and all of the cabins.

Inside one cabin is a Farm Store. Here, they sell their homemade pies and cookies. Plus jellies, spreads, local honey, and of course, the many berries. The owners provided berries to the White House for not one, but two State dinners! How cool!

There is a whole cabin dedicated to desserts. My parents and I shared the cheesecake with raspberries, and can I tell you it was fantastic! The portions were huge, and the price was reasonable. They had pie and ice cream available for sale as well.

Down a little stone path was the food cabin. They had salads, sandwiches, and homemade chips available for purchase. The food looked delicious!

In a bigger building, was the winery. In one room is a bar that you can sample six wines for free. I'm recommending the Isabella. Trust me. They also have a little cooler section where you can create your own picnic. They have over 40 wines that you can purchase, some are chilled in case you want to pour yourself a glass while on the property, and enjoy that delicious food from the cabins!

Speaking of the property. there are little tables scattered all around the winery. There are numerous trees to keep you shaded, and a nice breeze flows to cool  you down. They have a cutting and nectar garden, and you can pick a table and sit near there as well.

The day that I was there, they had a band performing. There are numerous events going on at the winery, so check out their events page!

I've already picked out another date to go to this winery with my parents and aunt and uncle. If you are in area, be sure to take that "sharp left turn" and stop at Greendance!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Wedding Weekending

Phillip G Cochran Church
I'm not entirely sure when I've had a summer this busy. Honestly, I swear there has been something going every weekend. I'm not complaining. Okay, maybe a little bit. How in the world is it almost AUGUST? SLOW DOWN Summer! For reals! One of the highlights this summer has been all of the weddings I've been to. I'm a sucker for a wedding. I went to a beautiful one, and want to share it with you!

First of all, the wedding was in the Phillip G. Cochran Memorial Methodist Church. This is located in the little town of Dawson, PA. Can I just tell you it was absolutely stunning! This church is listed on the National Register of Historic places. The bride's father officiated, and they had a traditional ceremony which I love. So heartfelt and meaningful!

The reception was at Linden Hall. My parents had visited there on their honeymoon. Remember when they went here too? Again, this place is just beautiful. The food was outstanding, and the servers were just lovely. We spent the night at the motel on the property and the room was clean, the staff was nice, and breakfast was delicious!

Linden Hall Mansion

Inside of the church

The property is 785 acres and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built for Sarah Cochran, the widow of Phillip Cochran who was into the coke and coal business. It was built for 2 million dollars. The mansion has 4 stories. The mansion is 8,720 sq feet. The United Steel Workers of America bought Linden Hall, and it now serves as a training center for Steelworkers.

Courtyard area with gazebo
I got picture happy, (these are only a fraction!) and I am just going to let you enjoy this beautiful place! Enjoy!

For more information on Linden Hall click here!

Stop back tomorrow, and I'll show you about a new discovery that I found while on this little weekend getaway!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What's In My Overnight Bag

I recently went on a quick overnight trip, and wanted to show you what was in my overnight bag. The photo I have doesn't show everything, but you can get the general idea.

I took a workout/lounge outfit. Just so I don't have to wear my pj's all the time. Next, I took a pair of Skechers, because they are the most comfortable pair of shoes. They also go with the lounge outfit! Then I brought a low pair of moccasins and a pair of wedges. You never know when your feet are going to start hurting! As far as the outfit goes, you will have to check back and see "what I wore!"

I packed my favorite Equate cleansing cloths, a mini hairspray, and paper mask. I made sure to pack my contacts and glasses, which I almost forgot! I also have my trusty toiletry bag, which I always keep full of the essentials: deodorant, toothbrush, bodywash etc. Believe me, this little purchase has came in handy on more than one occasion. I was only gone one night, so I didn't need to take a lot, just the essentials.

I want to let you know about my bag. I absolutely love this bag! I ordered it off of Etsy, and the shop's name is Simply Embroidered. I bought this with the intention that since I am in these weddings, I'm going to need a good tote bag to lug all of my stuff around. It is a less expensive version of the LL Bean Boat Tote, but the quality is superb! I an trying to not monogram anything until I get married, (whenever that may be!) because I LOVE a monogram! Be forewarned, when I get married, I will be a walking monogram! Haha!

What do you take on an overnighter? I'd love to know! Leave me a comment and tell me!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Stranded Series: 3 Famous People

Shay and Erika created this series, and while I missed the link up, I'd still love to share with you who I'd love to be stuck on a stranded island with! Two people came to mind very quickly, but I struggled with the third one.

First of all, I would choose the Duchess of Cambridge. She will always be Kate Middleton to me, so forgive me. I think she is the epitome of grace and elegance. She can wear a tiara, and then hike up a mountain looking as fresh as a daisy. How does she do it? I would be a sweaty, disgusting mess if I did that. I'd love to talk about the Royal family, and those beautiful clothes she wears. I'd also like to see if she can get Jenny Packham to make me the green Aspen gown she made the Duchess.

Next, I'd love to be stranded with Reese Witherspoon. I just love her southern charm. She has great style. If I was independently wealthy, I'd buy one of everything from Draper James. I'm sure she'd probably get annoyed from me quoting movie scenes from Sweet Home Alabama. Plus, just for good measure I'd have her teach me the "Bend and Snap." (How has it been FIFTEEN YEARS since Legally Blonde came out?) I definitely feel like we'd laugh alot.

I mean, can you stand it?!
The last person I'd love to get stranded with is JJ Watt. Listen, if I'm stuck on an island I'm going to need someone strong to crack coconuts, okay?! A girl's got to stay hydrated! You readers know how much I adore JJ. He is just amazingly humble and family oriented. I'm sure we'd talk about our families, and he could tell me all about Wisconsin, and Texas. He's a superstar without being a "superstar." I feel like JJ and I could create a leadership course to make more famous people to be more like him. I just hope our island has a lot of food sources because the dude eats like a house! Hey JJ, at least the food would be organic!!

How do you feel about my picks? Who would your top three be? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Favorites

Ah, Friday. A welcome sight. I mean, I guess I'm glad it is Friday, but that just means August is just that much closer. Womp, womp. Anyway, here is what I'm loving this week!

First, I have been loving the show Greatest Hits on ABC. I'm a music lover from all genres, so hearing songs that I love being sung by the original artists, and modern artists is just so cool. Plus, I *might* have fangirled a little bit when Hanson, and Backstreet Boys were on. ;)

Something that wasn't a favorite was waking up with a strained muscle in my neck. I woke up with it last Saturday, and it still isn't 100% better yet. I took lots of Advil, had my Tens unit on, and ice.

My parent's and I had cocktail hour outside last week. It was so nice, and you can't beat a fuzzy navel.

Thanks Andrea for the link up!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Who's in my Tribe

Andrea did this link up a week or so ago, and I thought it was a great idea. I figured I would tell you about who is in my tribe.

Now, I happen to root for another Tribe (Whoo! Go Indians!) so they had to make the list!


When I was in high school, I'd like to think that I got along with everyone. However, I can't really say that I met my best friends while in high school. Some of you can, and that's great! College was where I've met my friends for life! I don't know what I would do without these ladies! We still text, email, and chat to this day!

My first college roommate E'Shell whom I call E, was a saint to put up with me. I'm being one hundred percent serious. College was the first time I left home to stay anywhere. I had NO CLUE what I was doing. We met in an unusual way (which we can get into in a later post!), but I didn't realize how much I was going to depend on here that first year! The first two weeks of school, you might have called me E's shadow. I went NO WHERE without her. I'm pretty sure she even came with me to the bathroom a few times, because Mandii had never experienced a community bathroom before. She didn't (and still doesn't) take any crap, and was so confident unlike me. She was a city gal, and I country, but we clicked. The memories I have with her are hilariously funny. Now, I get to spoil her son, my nephew! (I'm still sorry my dad killed your fish, E!!)       ;)

My friend Courtney is just me, in another body. It never fails that we tend to have bad days the same day, or the same things happen to us at different times. We just get each other. I've shown her the Amish, and she tries to get me to give Harry Potter another chance. (Maybe one day, girl!) We've discovered the cutest tea store, and always get the same booth at our favorite Mexican restaurant. She and I still use AOL Instant Messaging, and set time in our schedules to spend a few hours getting caught up with each other. We'll send cards to each other for no reason at all because we both love getting mail, and hate talking on the phone. She loves to dance and one day I'm going to have her teach me her skills. #Mandiihasnorhythm.

My friend Chelsi, is the old married gal in my group. Just kidding, she's been married a whopping 24 days. We met freshman year in college. (So, so long ago!) We had several classes together, and I loved that she was from the country like I was! She didn't have her drivers license like me. It was so nice to have a few classes with her, because I was always in her group, and we always complained about our college writing 1 class to each other. (Chelsi, if you're reading this, can I get an amen?!) She was there on Thursday nights when a big group of us got together and watched Grey's Anatomy, and ate pizza. Again, we just clicked. I ended up living with her for two years, and I've probably never laughed harder than when I lived with her. I loved being able to tease her when she met her favorite Steeler, Brett Kiesel. Her now husband and I joked that we were going to write him a letter and tell her how obsessed with the Steelers/him she was. I was honored when she asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding.

I honestly love these ladies like they were my sister. I'm thankful that they are in my tribe, and that I do still have them in my life. While I have many other friends, these are my girls. I would do anything for them, and I know they would do the same for me.

Monday, July 11, 2016

4th of July Recap

I really didn't take many pictures from the 4th. I guess that's what happens when you host. I was busy helping my parents set up, tear down, and do the dishes.

Earlier in the day, I had to run to the store because we were out of ketchup and mustard. Those are major staples for a picnic! Surprisingly, the store was quite busy. As I was driving home, I drove along one of my favorite roads. I call this an "enchanted forest" road. I love when the trees line both sides, and you feel like you are in some type of Disney princess movie.

We had a "smaller" picnic. Meaning there were less side dishes. By the looks of my plate, it doesn't look like it, but we usually have so much more food. My Bubba made rhubarb and strawberry pies, which were delicious! My mom also made lemon filled cupcakes which were also very good!

It started to sprinkle just as we were sitting down to eat, but we prayed it would hold off for an hour and a half, and it did! Right when we were serving dessert, the sprinkles turned into drizzle, and we enjoyed our sweets on our porch.

We could hear fireworks from the house, but couldn't see any. My town is having a fireworks festival later this month, so I'll see some there.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that it is July 11th already. #slowdownsummer

How did you celebrate the 4th of July? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Favorites

I really don't feel right posting about my Friday Favorites, in spite of what happened in Dallas. I heard that one of the officers that got killed had only been married two weeks. Two weeks. These officers left behind family and friends who are in shock, and grieving. Our country needs Jesus, now more than ever before. 

Whew, one successful week of blog posts down! I think I can, I think I can! I'm linking up with Andrea today for some Friday Favorites!

My family and I dog sat this weekend. Lacy is my Cashew's sister. They had a great time together, and they were so good. They are seriously so cute, and I can't stand it!

I was listening to my Music Choice channel, and these two songs popped up. Feels So Good was a song that we played in jazz band, so I was remembering playing that in high school. Always by Atlantic Starr, was played at my aunt's wedding. I was 9 months old when she got married, but I was OBSESSED with her wedding video growing up. So this brought back many memories.

I have been really enjoying Netflix lately. I've been watching it while I've been on the treadmill. I've watched everything from sports documentaries, to Fuller House, to movies. It makes the time pass faster, that's for sure!

I have another busy weekend planned, which I'm sure you will read about at some point in the near future! Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

What I Wore: Work Edition

It has been a long while since I have done a What I wore post! This dress needs mentioning though. This was taken while I was still working, so that is why the picture is in a bathroom. Haha!

Would you believe me if I told you this dress came from Costco? Would you believe me if I told you it was $10? Well believe both of those! It is a t-shirt material, super comfy, and I also bought one in black. I mean, how cute is this dress?

I can dress it up or down depending on the accessories I wear. The black I can pair with boots and a cute cardigan for Fall/Winter.

I'd check your Costco out and see if they still have some!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Where I've Been Part 2

So if you saw yesterday's post, I recapped a little bit of February and March. Now I can get you caught up from then until now!

I was able to go to a Pittsburgh Penguins game! I always love going to the last game of the season. Even thought I didn't get a shirt off the players back! However, it was neat to see the Stanley Cup winning team before they hoisted the trophy. Plus, when you have seats 6 rows behind the glass, you don't say no!

The school I work at (still subbing!) had a local meteorologist come and give a presentation. It was a great assembly, and the kids really enjoyed it! I know I did!

In the mail one day, I got something from one of my
I mean, could JJ and I be any cuter?!
many celebrity boyfriends. (LOL!) I got this magazine full of pictures of JJ Watt. Listen, any time he comes in my mailbox, I'm not going to complain. ;)

Unfortunately, June was a crazy, and sad month. To start it off, my dad had a kidney stone, and he also got bit by a spider and ended up getting cellulitis because the bite got infected. Then, my aunt and grandpa passed away within 23 hours of one another. So those were a rough 2 weeks. I'm doing ok. I know that they are both in a better place, and they don't have to suffer anymore.

The one highlight of the month, was being a bridesmaid in my best friend's wedding! I was so thrilled to be a part of her special day. It is crazy to me to think that I've known both the bride and groom for 10 years! I am so happy for them, and can't wait to see what the future has in store for them!

That's what I've been up too! I have more weddings, and graduation parties to go to, and I'm in a wedding in September, so be on the lookout for many what I wore posts, and recaps of all these events!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Hello, and a "Where I've Been!"

Remember me and this little 'ol blog? Yeah, you probably don't. It has been a LONG while. To that, I'm sorry. I promise I'm going to get better. Bear with me as I get back on track. I've missed you! So these next few days I am going to fill you in on what has been happening in my neck of the woods.

Let's start with February-March-ish.

Well, I got a car. It is an 2002 Toyota Corolla. I really do love it. I thought I was more of an SUV person, but I am enjoying the car. I'd like to get a CD player for it, so this is my summer project.

Dunkin Donuts has their $.99 iced coffee back, and I have taken advantage. I've tried making it at home, and it just isn't the same. So Dunkin, you are the best.

Can we take a second and appreciate the National score?!
YOU GUYS AND GALS! March Madness came and the first weekend, I ROCKED my bracket. Like, better than I've done in a long time. However, the rest of the tournament happened, and I fell, HARD. I guess there is always next year!

Easter was great, and I wore my LuLaRoe Ana dress in this fabulous print.

So that was the early part of this year. Stay tuned tomorrow for more of What I've Been Up To!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July


I want to wish all of you a very Happy 4th of July. Stay safe, enjoy your family and friends, food, and fireworks! 

Stay tuned for new posts coming your way TOMORROW!!
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