Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye must have been the hardest part!

OH! I hated it so much.

So many awesome friends had been made. So many interesting people met. So many of us going completely different directions. Flying out across the blue sky.

Some to Massachusetts others to Pennsylvania, Texas, Nebraska while we lonesomely made our way back to Tennessee.

I wont lie, I shed a few tears over the course of the day.

But wow! I just thought that I should make my last ‘East Coast Trip’ post about the ‘goodbyes’.

It was awesome while it lasted!!!

{thisgreeneyedgirl} Castille Wedding


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Birthday Stop @ Friendly’s

On our way to New Hampshire we stopped at Friendly’s in New Jersey at Friendly’s to celebrate Rachel, Christina’s, and Luke’s birthdays.

Talk about some serious ice cream!!!! The food was great fun food. Perfect for a laid back birthday celebration. The music and atmosphere was charmed… 1950s diner feel.

Here’s a few pics just to convey a little vibe!

{ThisGreenEyedGirl} Friendly's

{Thisgreeneyedgirl} Mr & Mrs C at Friendly's

{ThisGreenEyedGirl} Real Ice Cream any Flavor

{Thisgreeneyedgirl} Friendly's menu

{ThisGreenEyedGirl} Friendly's ice cream

{ThisGreenEyedGirl} World's Best Shake at Friendly's

{ThisGreenEyedGirl} Friendly's burger stand

{Thisgreeneyedgirl} Rachel at  Friendly's

Wedding Decor & Some Good Frugal Ideas

At Sean & Beka’s wedding Beka’s family and those helping out at the wedding took advantage of what I thought were some great ideas for decorating on a budget.

wedding reception decor from ThisGreenEyedGIrl

Everything was still coordinated and nice even though it was done on a budget and by unprofessional hands.

As I worked I tried to collect a few tips a long the way. Here’s what I want to share:


1.) Plan ahead & make a list. It’s hard once you’re in the moment. There’s so much to do. So many people. And someone asking ‘Is there anything I can do to help?’ is just completely overwhelming. When things are quiet. When you have access to your planner (binder, book) Pinterest, and the venue jot down a list to have ready. For example

1.) Decorate tables. (Table cloth, burlap runners, flower vases, silverware, favors…?)

2.) Do Guestbook table.

3.) Prepare Sanctuary.


2.) Check Hobby Lobby for useful & great decorating items. Good prices, great statement pieces.

3.) Have one or two “managers”. From what I saw, this step is crucial if you’re doing a wedding yourself without hired help. Choose one or two skilled people that have a. A talent for organizing people. & B. An eye for what needs to be done and what looks good. Designate these people to keep everything running smoothly and coordinated so that instead of 20 people asking you ‘what should I do?’ you have two people saying ‘Do you approve of what we did? Anything you’d like to change…?’


1.) A few of us gals made a quick run to Walmart the day before the wedding to pick up items that would smooth over rough edges.

We bought a $5 Value pack of paper in coordinating colors, black cardstock & a silver sharpie (to give the effect of chalkboard) and made signs. The signs had the fruits of the spirit written on them & the names of bride and groom.

Also, a single bouquet of roses that mixed with ferns harvested from the woods and a small amount of cut flowers went a really long way.

2.) We draped white sheets to cover unsightly wall space around bathrooms and reception hall.

3.) Burlap Burlap Burlap!!! The wedding having somewhat of an elegant-country feel burlap rocked! We used it on so many different things. That was a great choice on their part!

4.) We used broken down old hymnals on some of the tables as part of the centerpiece. I had scene the idea with antique books and loved the feel especially with the hymnals because of the Christian message in the celebration.

5.) They bought grey striped straws which really spruced up mason jars and gave them personality. The grey in the jam jar favors, straws, and bridemaid’s dresses really tied together well.

That’s most of what I could think of that I found helpful for how to decorate on a budget!


The Desires of Your Heart {The Wedding Affair}


wedding decorThis sign was painfully tucked away in a box in danger of going unused for lack of a purpose and location. I couldn’t bare it. I had a purpose! So, I enlisted help of hammer, nails, wire, tree trunk, and groundskeeper and hung it behind the drink station which so many loving hands me to create. Thanks y’all!!! After all…. isn’t that why we were gathered together? Gathered to celebrate? What spurred me on to try to bless the hearts of the two families coming together?

wedding Miss Patsy and Sean

Delight yourself in the Lord and he shall give you the desires of your heart.

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wedding sean and beka..

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wedding dancing

wedding dancing me and josh

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Octopus Legs & Taboo

Well Hey Y’all!!!!

I’m back!

Yup, back in the South where the term ‘ y’all ‘ is nothing more than the most sensible means of communicating salutations to multiple people. Nothing strange. In fact…. simple. I’m back to the South where things are simple…. well… as simple as things can ever really be in a flawed world, on a funny farm, with a bunch of transplant Floridians living the sweaty dream.

My trip went absolutely awesome, thanks for asking! We all enjoyed ourselves immensely, I think, and formed even stronger, truer, lasting bonds with friends as we spent a wonderfully harrowing 44 hours or so in the car together.

I bought Mrs. Castille (my awesome friend & adopted aunt – or something of the sort-) a chocolate bar from Cracker Barrel (one of our ritualistic traveling stops) that had a station wagon on the front and read

‘to get you there in peace, one piece at a time’

We wove our way through Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts,  and New Hampshire.

Many hilarious and incredible experiences along the way. And a lot… A LOT… of the game taboo. Amazingly, this kept us fairly well entertained.

We stopped along the coast in Connecticut and a few of us picked up a few seashells, let our hair get that beachy wind-whipped feeling that leaves it coarse like dread-locks, and then headed to the Blue Goose Seafood restaurant.

Roadtripping: the atlantic ocean

 by the atlantic ocean

I, being from Florida, have had a good deal of seafood but I wanted to try East Coast seafood which is entirely new to me.


Clam Chowder coming up!

A few of the boys ordered steaks…. they didn’t have the stomach for the octopus legs which us braver souls dropped (almost)  unreluctantly into our mouths.

There was stuffed sole, sea bass, Manhattan clam chowder, lobster bisque, clams casino, scallops, seafood marinara, & more.

Dinner Plate from Blue Goose in Connecticut

food = smiles = milkshakes = love.

wedding trip me and kayden

OH! Speaking of love….. that’s pretty much why we went. Sean and Beka are now married. Yup…. that’s right. That shaggy, some-what awkward, fun-loving, artistic, paintball obsessed, quarter back I met when he was 14 is now married. I have to call him Mr. Castille. Well, not really. But they are now happily married and returned from their honeymoon. He’s moved his bride from Massachusetts into their sweet humble abode in middle Tennessee and thus begins the process of assimilation to southern culture, a new family, and a new life.

SO… in my next post I will tell you about the wedding! And show you a ton of pictures. There’s just so many details of the trip that I want to share that I just didn’t know where to start. So I started with the simplest approach….

Hello…….. this is what we ate!

until next time,