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Enchanted Airlie Gardens

Airlie Gardens is a Wilmington trademark, featuring a 467 year old live oak, walking trails, wildlife, over 100,000 Azaleas and lakes all overlooking the North Carolina Coast. Every weekend from Thanksgiving till Christmas they host, Enchanted Airlie, one of their Christmas traditions and a huge attraction in Wilmington.They covered the gardens in beautiful and colorful Christmas lights and of course hosted Santa for kids to visit. After going there tonight with my parents and our closest family friends I now know why Enchanted Airlie is sold now for the rest of 2013. I give all the credit to my Dad for planning this and buying the tickets. Hopefully this will be a new family tradition. My Dad’s friend that was with us said, “Jack, you have made 2 good decisions in your life, marrying Beth (my mom) and coming to Enchanted Airlie.”






what have you guys been up to?? Happy Holidays! — HayUp


Jannell’s Hidden Gems Around Charleston, SC

Meet Jannell! She is a twenty-something wife, dog lover, champagne drinker, ice cream carton eater, recent marathon runner and most importantly MY SISTER. After many family vacations growing up, a 4 month summer internship and a year and a half living in Charleston, SC,  my sister knows her way around the Holy City. I went and spent the night with her and her husband on my way home from Boone. While I was hard at work baking cookies in the kitchen I let her commandeer my blog to talk about some of her Charleston favorites, some of which you might not find in your local visitor’s guide. Here are some of Jannell’s favorite {hidden} Gems around Charleston, South Carolina.


1. Dell’z Deli: Dell moved to Charleston from the Caribbean and when she did she brought a little piece of culinary heaven with her. When I met my friend, Robyn, the first month I lived in Charleston we decided to meet for lunch one day at this “little hole in the wall spot” she knew about. We have all heard the “little hole in the wall” expression before but this is like, FOR REAL, a hole in the wall. The entire restaurant is smaller than most people’s second bedroom and there is no seating, everything is to-go. Dell is only open for a few hours in the middle of the day for lunch and then again 10pm-2am for late night. BRILLIANT. Her fresh wraps, caribbean pizzas and healthy spin on traditional southern guilt food stole my heart. And then it stole my husband’s heart, then every single one of my friends’ hearts and now my parents are obsessed with it, too. We like to take it down to Battery Park for picnics, it is sort of our cute tradition. The price is just right, too ringing in at under $12 for pretty much everything made fresh to order. Basically, YOU’RE WELCOME!

2. The bar menu at Cypress: $4 glasses of wine during happy hour, a meatball plate for $12 and the most amazing charcuterie plate in Charleston for a good-looking $12, too. The scene is super urban… like a southern version of Buddakan (Buddakan is in NYC and where Carrie and Big had their rehearsal dinner in the movie.)  Social + Wine Bar is also on-point with their Happy Hour Specials with $3 glasses of delicious wines, champagne and Gin concoctions. Plus, they have a $3 flatbread pizza and a blue cheese/homemade chips dish that don’t hold out on the delicious.

3. This one isn’t really a “gem” per se because everyone knows about it, but Market Pavilion Rooftop Bar: It’s expensive and Ritzy BUT it’s one-of-a-kind amazing with a 360 degree rooftop view of downtown Charleston, a pool and high top tables with umbrellas to shield the hot southern sun. This isn’t a place you stay all night, but do yourself and favor and either wrap your day up or start your evening there.

4. Taco Boy: Say hello to the most delicious guacamole and you’ve ever had in a rural, garden setup. It’s not your average spot to load up on refried beans and cheesy rice. Their dishes are fresh, their bar is fun and it’s spot-on place to day drink. Just sayin’…

5. The Shrimp and Grits at 82 Queen: Just do it.


If you ever find yourself exploring the beautiful and historical city of Charleston with an empty stomach, keep us sisters in mind!

Just for fun here is an old photograph from a Christmas card photo shoot we had in Charleston circa 2003.

jannell and hayley

Thanks for reading friends.

Peace Out–HayUp

Things I’m Looking Forward To

As the end of the semester approaches and i feel myself getting trapped in a never ending cycle of school work and sleep and then more school work (and some blogging). The thing that is motivating me through these dull times are the EXCITING things that I have coming up in the next few weeks and months. In no particular order here are some things that you can look forward to reading about in the near future.



I go to school in the Mountains of North Carolina so snowboarding is pretty popular, not as popular as up North or out West but popular none the less. My freshman year in college I even got to take snowboarding as a PE credit. Unreal I know. Last year I got a snowboard for my Birthday and spent the majority of my winter hitting the slopes every chance I got. The mountain opens any day now and I cannot wait to be back in action and snowboarding with my bestfriends. Another added excitement to this is to finally get to wear my early Christmas present, a new snowboarding Jacket. Having my old pink one since the 7th grade I finally decided to ask for a new one this Christmas. I found this beautiful blue Dakine jacket for 50% off at a local sale.


Getting to see my Family

Ever since I have left for college I spend very little time back at home in Wilmington. I go to school across the state and have spent my past 2 summers in Maine so my time at home is limited to holidays and extended school breaks. I haven’t even seen my brother-in-law since May so I am looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas with the ENTIRE family.

Getting to see my Friends

Like I said, I spend very little time at home and when I do it usually doesn’t correspond to when my friends that attend other colleges are home. Christmas break is the one-time throughout the school year that almost all my friends I grew up with are home at the same time! This year I will be hosting my 3rd annual Christmas cookie party and will get to see all of my closest friends from highschool. Which brings me to my next exciting thing…


When I was younger, okay to this day, I love to bake. I always love a good excuse to bring out the apron and my kitchenaid mixer (that was my christmas gift when i was 14) and whip up a batch of cookies. Because I am in college, have a very tiny kitchen and frankly can’t afford to buy ingredients I only get a chance to bake again around the Holidays. I can’t wait (and neither can my friends) to get back in the kitchen to whip up some of my favorite recipes. Definitely recipes and pictures to come.


Yes, I said it, COSTA RICA!! I just made my last payment so it couldn’t be more official! I am leaving on January 2nd for a 9 day trip through Costa Rica where I will be touring and learning about eco and sustainable tourism efforts in Costa Rica while having TONS of fun along the way. I am so excited not only to travel somewhere new but also to learn about an industry that I would love to work in one day!

Leave a comment and let me know what you are excited this upcoming holiday season and Winter!

Peace Out–HAYUP