Charleston Mornings


I’m SO glad we didn’t go out late last night because I love waking up and feeling great in the morning. Makes me wonder how in the world I survived all those weekends in college where I thought it was “normal” to wake up and feel totally out of it, bloated from a few too many cocktails and searching for a bagel sandwich to cure my hangover.

This morning I had the same breakfast as yesterday—-two packets of Kashi Go Lean hot cereal with a banana and a scoop of Mighty Maple pb before we left to go to the Farmer’s Market


I can’t wait to have a Green Monster once I get home…..I’m missing them like crazy! Its weird, since I started having more and more Green Monsters for breakfast, meals like hot oatmeal almost seem too heavy for me and just sit in my tummy like a rock! A few of you have asked if GMs keep me full and the answer is YES.….when I make them with protein powder. They keep me full and energized all morning long. They never used to at first but then when I was more consistent with drinking them my body got more used to them and now having anything else doesn’t make me feel as good. Crazy!

After breakfast we walked for about an hour down by the market and around King Street. Everything was so pretty!




A gorgeous blue sky = perfect beach day!

I had a lovely piece of dark chocolate while we wandered:


And then we made our way to Kudu, an African coffee shop near Christie’s house that I used to frequent in college for some tea.




We are just waiting on Alissa to get here (she’s driving in from Charlotte for the day) and then we are heading out to soak up some rays all day. I’m trying to pack like crazy right now because, get this, I have to be OUT the door tomorrow morning at 6 am! I need to be home by 1:00 because tomorrow is my brother’s graduation day and the school asked my dad if he would accept the diploma for John. My family is going and sitting with the faculty and while I’m sure the service will be beautiful, it is going to be very, very, very difficult. I’m sort of mentally  preparing myself right now for it actually.

We are probably going to grab lunch somewhere near the pier and then come back later this afternoon and have an early dinner.

Also, if you have emailed me in the past two days and I haven’t responded its because, for some reason, my server is down here. I can recieve emails but can’t send them…..I have no idea why and haven’t had time to make the call and fix it because we’ve been so busy. I promise to get back to you asap either tomorrow or Monday; sorry for the inconvenience!

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  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    May 30, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Charleston just looks more beautiful every time you share more photos! Have a great day with your ladies today!

  • Sarah
    May 30, 2009 at 9:10 am

    I love farmer’s markets! I hear you about having the green monsters vs. oats, I had oat bran yesterday and it was way too filling, I’m used to GM’s!

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your day and I will keep you guys in my prayers tomorrow.

  • Moran (The Running Addict)
    May 30, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Wow it looks so pretty!
    Enjoy the rest of your day!

  • michelle
    May 30, 2009 at 9:21 am


    I had a green smoothie for breakfast this morning w/o protein powder and it kept me full. I think it’s mentally letting go of having to ‘eat’ something. Funny how that happens.

    Have fun and safe travels.

  • Matt
    May 30, 2009 at 9:31 am

    That’s awesome your dad gets to accept your brother’s diploma. I would want the same thing!

  • Leila
    May 30, 2009 at 9:39 am

    it’s so true, I still can’t understand how I got up after nights out during university! Love the nail color, so fun.

    Looks like such a beautiful city!

  • Becky@I Heart Running & Food
    May 30, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I love farmer’s markets…I’m heading out to one here soon! I totally am with you on waking up and feeling good…even if I just have a couple drinks now, the next morning don’t have my A-game. In college, for some reason I was a champ at recuperating….I would wake up and be able to do anything. Our bodies are definitely not the same in our mid-20’s I guess! 🙂

  • K
    May 30, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Charleston looks like such a great city! It may need to be moved to the top of my “To Visit” list! Enjoy the day!!

  • Abby
    May 30, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Don’t you love waking up and not feeling like you got hit by a Tequila truck? I suppose there’s something to be said for maturity 🙂 Anyway, do you just use a normal blender for your GMs or do you have a special smoothie maker? I have neither, but would like to get one to start trying the GMs and would love to know what everyone recommends.

  • Help Meghan Run
    May 30, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Love the farmers’ market! I’m super jealous. Enjoy the beach!

  • Tracy
    May 30, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I’m so jealous of your no-hangover morning – I am still recovering from last night…oops! The less you party, the worse the hangover. Have a great day!

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health
    May 30, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Have a great day at the beach! Love Farmer’s Markets!

  • Sarah (LovIN My Tummy)
    May 30, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I totally agree on the GMs. Especially now that the weather is warmer, I’m just happier with a big frosty fruity glassful instead of that brick in the belly. I’m also hungrier for lunch and a little peppier, if I do say so myself!

    Enjoy your beautiful day!

  • Run Sarah
    May 30, 2009 at 11:19 am

    That is so great that your dad will be accepting your brothers diploma. Prayers for you guys tomorrow – that sounds like it may be tough. Enjoy your day in Charleston.

  • *Andrea*
    May 30, 2009 at 11:27 am

    ok if i ever travel south soon i am definitely visiting charleston!!! this place seems so gorgeous – i love the quaint feel it has with the beautiful trees, cute coffee shops and your gorgeous alma mater!

  • Christina MINDFUL LIVING
    May 30, 2009 at 11:40 am

    i love that type of tea! your campus is gorgeous!!! i hope all goes well at the graduation tomorrow— ill be thinking of you. stay strong 🙂

  • Bree
    May 30, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Love the Lake Champlain chocolates – every time I am on Church Street I have to stop in & buy something (usually a dark chocolate dipped apricot!). Thanks to you I tried my first Green Monster this morning, it was really good & i am already looking forward to one tomorrow! Have fun today! I know tomorrow will be tough, you are in my thoughts.

  • Stacey
    May 30, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    That farmers market looks so great!
    I just had my first Green Monster and I feel as if I am already addicted! It’s much more fun to drink spinach rather than eat it!
    Have a great rest of the day in Charleston!

  • Tania
    May 30, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Mmmmm…the Paris tea is one of my very favourites from Harney & Sons!! Sooo flavourful!

  • andrenna
    May 30, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Jenna, I totally agree with you about the GMs. I never would have thought I’d be so addicted to them, and that they would actually fill me up. I’ve lost my cravings for oatmeal altogether, although that could just be a product of the summer heat here in California! We’ll see if I still crave the GMs when winter rolls around again!

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    May 30, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    jenna, you sound so energized and refreshed! i’m glad you’re enjoying the trip. tomorrow will be tough, but i think it will also be super meaningful — i hope all the modes of transportation do their part to get you there on time!

  • sammy
    May 30, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    What achievements your brother accomplished and how sweet to know you will all be accepting his diploma with pride even through your grief.I am moved by seeing the elephant he created,the kitty he saved and to now get to hear of his graduating.
    Wishing you and your parents and each one of John’s buddies strength and courage tomorrow.
    May you feel John’s presence and his own pride in each of you,especially his treasured sister and mom and dad.Blessings.

  • KatieTX
    May 30, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    At my college graduation, a father and younger brother accepted a posthumous aerospace engineering degree for his son who was murdered in March. It was incredibly sad and we gave him a standing ovation. I am sure everyone will show the same respect and acknowledgment for your brother. Your family is in my prayers.

  • Recipes for Creativity
    May 30, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I hope you’re enjoying soaking up the sun – which beach did you go to?

  • brandi
    May 30, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    enjoy the rest of your day – looks like you two are having a fun weekend!

  • Michelle Hisae
    May 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I just discovered Harney & Sons tea – have you ever tried Hot Cinnamon Spice? It’s AMAZING.

  • Ashley
    May 30, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    That dress is adorable! I love the top part. Where did you find it??

  • Emily L.
    May 30, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I live for good farmer’s markets, and chocolate before noon.

  • Sarah
    May 30, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I have never been to Charleston and seeing your pictures makes me want to go. I will keep both you and your family in my prayers. Safe travels

  • Samantha
    May 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I miss Charleston…we were stationed there for a year. Seeing all your pictures brings back fond memories. Glad you’re enjoying your stay! I love my GM’s too…what an awesome thing they are!

  • Jenn
    May 31, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Wow! That farmer’s market looks amazing! Here in Fort Wayne, IN, the downtown started one but not until July. It’s artsy with vendors and music, too…oh and coffee:) Love it! I will say a prayer for you and your family to have some peace at the graduation. I can’t imagine how difficult that will be for you. Hopefully your girls weekend was a big lift to your spirit!

  • Katherine
    May 31, 2009 at 7:54 am

    I agree that eating something besides a Green Monster now seems too filling for me in the morning! I actually just made one and added protein powder (EAS myoplex b/c it’s all we had in the house) and I could only drink half of the smoothie. It was delicious that and thanks for the protein suggestion!

  • Lo
    May 31, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    What is this green monster?? I’m hoping it’s a smoothies with veggies since I’ve been looking for a good one. Do you have the recipe??