My name is Morgan and I am addicted to Amazon Prime.
Now that that’s out in the open, I wanted to share a cool new page that I found when poking around Amazon the other day. The Hot Finds page is a collection of unique, inexpensive nick nacks and small items that I think would make excellent gifts.
I love that this page holds unique gifts that look like they came from a modern boutique but that you can order online from the comfort of your home with all of the benefits and services of Amazon.
This post was not sponsored by Amazon, I wish! I just discovered the page and thought that you might find it helpful. However, some links used are affiliate links, meaning that if you click through and make a purchase, we receive a very small percentage of the sale. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Charleston Crafted possible!
“Meal prep” is a funny phrase. People tend to associate it with dieters and healthy eaters. Well, as someone who takes their lunch to work daily, I do a lot of meal prep. But, not all of it is salads.
One night this week I made a couple of these bomb grilled cheese sandwiches, let them cool, sliced them, and packed them in tupperwares for Sean & I to take to work. And they kept so well! They might not be the healthiest (umm hello, blueberries have antioxidants!) but paired with a side of fruit or veg and they totally acceptable.
This past weekend I headed up to Montreal, Canada, for a bachelor party for the guy who was my best man. He’s my oldest friend, dating back to when we met at the ripe old age of two. I know more about this guy than most anyone else, so I was there to support him. He lives in Buffalo, NY, and everyone that was going on the trip was coming from all over different parts of the country. We had to fly somewhere, so we settled on Montreal.
Now, obviously I can’t break the code and tell you everything that went down, but here are some of the highlights of activities and how we spent our time!
Jet Boating- we went jet boating with Saute Moutons where we went out on the St. Lawrence River and go DRENCHED. I had the vision that this would be a long string of rapids and we would cruise through and kind of just get sprayed. Very wrong. The set of rapids was all in one small place, but the jet boat did circles around the area and dunked us in water. The driver dunked each side of the boat in huge rapids many times and we were entirely underwater. It was $67 (in Canadian money) and was totally worth it. It was our best activity.
Casino- Montreal has a casino on the outskirts of town that we had heard mixed reviews about. Some people said it was old retirees blowing their social security. Others said it was a good time. We checked it out and it was great. There was lots of video poker and slot machines on the first floor and card tables on the second floor. We spent several good hours there. The different between here and casinos in the USA is that they do not bring you free drinks while you’re playing. You have to order them from a waiter.
Wandering around- Montreal is a great city for wandering. Lots of outdoor bars, a cool river walk, markets, etc. Much of the downtown looks very European so it was like being in a different country.
Laser Quest- we tried to play laser tag, but when we showed up, it was all little kids. I mean, like 5-6 years old. We decided to leave because we didn’t want to be creepy. Keep it in mind if you’re interested.
New City Gas- this is a club. Yeah, I went to a club. It actually turned out to be more fun than I expected. The DJ was good and the place had a cool look too it, but I still don’t plan to go to a club ever again.
Les Trois Brasseurs– we had a great meal the fist night at this brewery. Lots of burgers, poutine, nachos and other foods. Great house made beer that you can buy by the tower.
Bier Markt– Another great place for burgers, Bier Markt was over near Laser Quest. They had hundreds of beers on draft and bottled so there were choices for everyone.
Bistro Brasserie Les Soeurs Grises– This place was about 200 yards from our AirBnB. They had so much great meat. BBQ, ribs, duck wings, foie gras, poutine and so much more. Everything was melt in your mouth. This was my favorite meal of the trip.
T-Shirts- I made t-shirts for everyone to wear one day that had a bunch of inside jokes all over it. No one will understand but us…
Trailer Park Boys- TPB is a show that is set in, you guessed it, a Canadian trailer park. Therefore the guys wanted to dress up and act like the characters one night. It didn’t go over as well as everyone thought. Turns out, TPB is not as famous as The Office is here, much to the dismay of several people.
Fancy night- we dressed up one night in blazers and nice clothes when we went to New City Gas and Bistro Brasserie. It was fun and we looked darn good.
We rented an AirBnb from a guy named Jerome. This was an excellent place for a big group and he was super accommodating. It was in a good location near the Old Port and was a great place to crash. He made us a huge breakfast every morning and put up with our shenanigans. I would recommend this place to any group of guys going to Montreal.
That was the trip in a nutshell. It was a lot of fun hanging out with a bunch of my oldest friends as we prepare for yet another big life change in the group. Montreal was a cool city to explore and would be a fun place for any of you to go. There are lots more activities, but we only had three days. Montreal definitely seemed like a big city with lots going on!
Looking for a beach read? Look no further. The Rosie Project & it’s sequel The Rosie Effect, both by Graeme Simsion, are lighthearted books that are perfect to read under the sun, or to listen to on audiobook on a summer road trip (bonus- they are Australian and I love Australian audiobooks).
They tell the story of Don, a quirky professor of genetics who sees life as a series of experiments, and his decision to find a wife via a very specific survey. When he meets Rosie, he quickly disqualifies her because of her many traits that don’t align with his written requirements. But, they hit it off and have quite a few entertaining adventures.
If you are looking for a good summer read – pick these up at your local library!
We are so very excited to announce that we are under contract to buy a house! We close on the 30th and now that we have finished the inspection and appraisal, we feel comfortable enough that this is really happening and are excited to share it with you!
As you might know, we have been seriously house hunting since January 1st, and we made offers on 2 other houses before this one! This house hit the market on a Wednesday morning, we went in saw it with our realtor over lunch, and had our offer in before the end of the business day. It sounds crazy but that’s how the market is in Charleston right now!
We will share a full home tour once we move in, but here is a little sneak peek:
What does this mean for the blog? We are SO excited for all of the projects coming your way. We will be scraping ceilings, painting, peeling wallpaper, landscaping, and oh yeah fully gutting a kitchen! Get ready for loads of DIY and home-themed posts coming your way starting in July!
PS – our condo listing is going live this week! If you know anyone looking for a 2 bedroom condo on James Island, please send them our way!