North Carolina Grown

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Road Trippin with Juicy Fruit!

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This past weekend Dallin and I went on a mini getaway to celebrate our two year anniversary. It was perfect. It's always nice to get away and take a break from the norm. We didn't go too far, but it was far enough to relax and get our minds off things. Again, even though we didn't have to drive too far, we always like to have some "good distractions" to keep us both awake and focused on the road. Whether that be music, snacks, or car games. To be honest, the biggest help is chewing gum!

The gum Juicy Fruit has been around for a long time. I remember just knowing it as the gum in the yellow package. Now Juicy Fruit has new flavors and new packaging! They now have Juicy Fruit Bubble Gum! In the original flavor and a sweet strawberry(my favorite). Definitely Dallin's favorite as well, if you couldn't tell! Bubbles are always fun! Then they also have Juicy Fruit Fruity Chews that come in a big container, which makes it really easy to take on a trip. On our way out of town we went to Walmart to pick up some snacks and found these items right at the cash register. Juicy Fruit has made some fun changes and they will also be holding demos at Walmart's all over! The demo dates are:
-July 25-27 (11:00 am-4:00 pm)
-August 1-3, (11:00 am-4:00 pm on Friday/Saturday)(1:00 pm-6:00 pm on Sunday)

Road trips are the best and I believe they are good for the soul! Do you guys have favorite remedies for staying focused while driving/just favorite road trip snacks in general??

Monday, July 21, 2014

Beauty Products with Walgreens Paperless Coupons

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One of my favorite things to shop for is beauty items. Whether that be make up, hair products, or this season's nail color. I probably have 5 different lotions right now because I like to try all of them! They start to make my drawers become very full. Does that ever happen to anyone? Shampoo and conditioner is another problem as well. I can never stick to one brand. I always have to change up what I'm using. These are some of the products I saved money on! I can't tell how excited I am for this new app that Walgreen's has come out with. Paperless coupons right on your phone! It definitely makes my beauty product shopping a lot simpler.

To be able to receive these kinds of deals download the Walgreens app to your phone and sign up to get a Balance Rewards account. No cost to you at all. You then can start 'clipping' coupons to your card. It made it so easy at the register. I showed them my phone and they scanned the coupon, rather than rummaging through my purse to find a coupon :). I found the coupon for Revlon lipsticks and I knew I couldn't pass this one up. It was already on sale at Walgreens, but then I had my coupon 'clipped' and it dropped the price down even more. In total I saved $3.00.

When you have your favorites, it gives you all the details you need to know with buying the product. Again, the shampoo....I love this brand so far! If you're an avid Walgreens shopper like me you will love this. It gets addicting checking the weekly deals ;)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

$350 CASH & Beach Bundle Giveaway!

There's nothing like going to the beach on a beautiful, hot summer day! 
It's the perfect place to cool off, get a tan, and have endless amounts of fun! Everyone needs a little ocean therapy to clear your mind and get into summer mode.

However, you can't go to the beach without some beach essentials, right?
Lucky for you, today I'm teaming up with a group of lovely bloggers and shops to bring you a Beach Essentials GIVEAWAY! We're giving away $350 cash to help you purchase your favorite beach accessories, as well as some items from our favorite shops that will kick start your beach bundle!
Look right below to see what those items are!

Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.
Make sure to complete as many entries as you can so you have a higher chance of winning!
Also, don't forget to check out each of these awesome blogs and shops below!

Oh, Sweet Joy!  |  The Red Closet Diary  |  Kameleonz  |  Raspberry Glow

Good luck and hope you're having an amazing summer!
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

North Cackalacky!

Many of you know that I'm from North Carolina and I rave about it all of the time! Which is ok because I absolutely love my home and I'm proud of it. If you are from NC then you have probably heard it called north cackalacky before. Yes it's pronounced exactly like it looks. It sounds even better when you add a little southern twang with it. 

I love this shirt. It shows my home roots and it is one the most comfortable shirts that I own. Cassie from Gravel Road Tees makes all of her shirts by hand. She is also from NC! She has the cutest tees and she is also adding other merchandise to her shop soon. So if you like southern things (anchors, ducks, and deer) definitely check out her site. She also offers free shipping!

Today she is offering one lucky winner a $15 credit to her store. The giveaway is down below and make sure you do as many entries as possible for a greater chance at winning. This giveaway will last for a week and is for U.S. residents only. Good luck!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2 Years!

Yesterday was Dallin and I's second anniversary. It seems crazy to me! So much has already changed. 

We've moved from North Carolina to Utah. 
We have lived in two places since we have been in Utah.
Dallin has taken the MCAT.
Now waiting to find out where we will be going next.

I have loved being able to spend these past two years with my best friend. We've learned so much about each other and have fallen even more in love. He supports me in everything that I do and has always been there for me when I needed him. I can't wait to see what this next year brings. I love you Dallin.

Here are some of my favorite moments from the past 2 years.

P.S.-Happy anniversary to my parents TODAY!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

DIY Table Decor

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Summer is all about being outside. Soaking in the sun, playing in the water, and eating delicious food. Speaking of all of those! This past weekend we celebrated Summer with the family by having a little backyard bashWe headed to Walmart for a quick and easy pick up of everything we needed. Some Cheez-Its to snack on while waiting for the burgers and some Dr Pepper to throw into our Coleman cooler to keep ice cold. Being able to grab everything in one trip is so nice and convenient. 

I want to share some of my DIY decorations for the table. I love the appearance of a party table. It can bring the whole party together!

#1-Balloons-My first piece of decor is the balloons. Sure, balloons are at parties all of the time. I added a little extra by having them tied to random bottles. It adds a little something different to the table rather than tying them to a chair.

#2-Banner-If you have some string and paper laying around, this is very simple to do. I cut out triangle pieces and wrote the word Summer and then hung it on the front of the table.

#3-Platter- I made my own platter for the table. It was very easy and added a little extra for the way the food was presented. You can find a flat platter and a martini glass at the dollar store and then hot glue them together. It made a great tray for the hamburger buns.

#4-Flowers-At Walmart they have a variety of fake flowers. I bought a few of the sunflowers and took the stems off. I think the sunflowers look so cute spread around the table!

We had such a great day spending time together as a family. We will definitely be getting in some more backyard parties while we can!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


As some of you have noticed I have been MIA from my blog. Last week I lost my grandpa. I've never lost anyone close to me so it has been really hard. A little break is what I needed. I will be back full time soon.

 My grandpa was such a wonderful person. So selfless and giving and full of love to everyone around him. He is one of the hardest working people I have ever known and his passion for work was incredible. He is the one who taught me how to fish, how to hammer my first nail, and how to probably de-head a shrimp while shrimping. He lived such a fulfilling life. Him and my grandma just celebrated their 69th anniversary, with 8 children, 28 grandchildren, and 44 great-grandchildren. The Spencer family is his legacy and I will forever be grateful for his example while he was here on this Earth. I don't know how I would have gotten through this without the comfort from my Heavenly Father knowing that I will see him one day again. I know he is in a better place where he won't be in anymore pain and where he can look down and see the great work he has left behind. I love you so much grandpa. Missing you always.

Ira DeSoto Spencer, Jr.
October 25,1927-July 2, 2014