Mold is Bold

So, one thing I do try to do on here is keep it as real as possible with you all. And that’s why today I want to talk about the serious importance of mold testing.

I recently had a horrible experience that I’d like to share in short. And I hope it inspires some of you to take action and put your health in your own hands before you’re left without a choice… Seriously.

Well, let’s start with I never even had mold on my radar. It wasn’t one of those things I ever really thought to look for or screen for. I’ve always lived a rather, mold-free life… So I thought.

Over the last year, I’ve noticed that I was having an increased number of headaches. I’ve always had a history of headaches and these weren’t severe, so I didn’t really think much of it. You know, to me it seemed almost normal. It’s just a part of life to live with a dull ache in your cranium, right? I mean, it’s not like that area of your body is that serious anyways. LOL

So then within just the last couple of months, I’ve picked up on a cough. Again, it started off as pretty mild so I didn’t think much of it. And sadly I didn’t think much of it when it had stuck around for almost a month. Finally after a month of having this consistent cough, I realized that it was also getting consistently worse! Like… It went form a little cough to full-blown hacking. But it wasn’t like anything was coming up.

I visited the doctor and they couldn’t find anything wrong. The first time. Eventually, after two months it had gotten so worse I went back to the doctor. (And for anyone who knows me, you know that seeing a doctor even once a year is unheard of).

The second time around, the doctor found a microbial infection in my lungs. He told me to find a company who does mold testing in Greenville SC and to have my home tested.


I found a company, who turned out to be amazing, called Steamatic and they came and did the mold testing for me. Turns out, there was black mold growing in the ceiling and in some of the inner walls. (I’d had some water damage from a fallen tree in that area of the house, so they attested the initial problem to that).

Fortunately, Steamtics also does an amazing job at mold-clean up so they were able to go in and clean out my air ducts and all the mold they could find. It’s now been a week since they did their big sweep through and while I’m still in recovery mode, I can already tell a significant improvement in air quality and breathability in my house. I guess I’ve lived here so long I’d gotten used to the poor air quality.

So with all of this being said, I urge any of you who haven’t had any mold testing done, (or at least not in a while), to do so. I promise you’d rather hit the problem early than have to go through all the rest as I did. Learn from me! I promise you’ll be far better off.

Groovy Venue

So, the 70’s were all about free love. But of course, both then and now, there are still plenty of us who want the traditional wedding and monogamous relationship. And that includes my best friend in this entire world, Jasmine.

As is the duty of being “best friend in this entire world,” I’ve been going around with her to different venues to check out the best spot for her taste. Now, Jasmine is much more… Conservative than I am. So she didn’t really take me seriously when I suggested that she get married at the Dead and Co. show that’s coming up. (I understand… She just needs more time to plan).

But really, while we were looking for venues, we had a tough time finding one that was eloquent without being rigid. Classy without being snobbish. Not too sophisticated and not too casual. In other words, she likes her porridge juuust right. So over the last few months, we’ve been to at least five venues a day. Who knew there even were that many in the area?! And just when I thought there couldn’t possibly be any more wedding venues in Greenville, SC, we stumbled across THE ONE.

She’d already found her perfect man. Now she had found her perfect venue.

This place is called Twigs Tempietto and is a pretty stunning venue, if I do say so myself, that’s pretty centrally located in the Greenville area. The venue is outdoors but the reception and ceremony areas are completely covered by some pretty swift awnings. My favorite part of it all is the vine covered patio where the wedding ceremonies are held. It had just enough of the earthy flavor for my 70’s taste and was just classically rustic enough for her slightly more sophisticated palate.


I already know after seeing this, it’s going to be perfect! And I couldn’t be anymore excited for my best friend.

I don’t know if I’ll be joining in on the traditional band wagon, as I prefer my VW. But if I ever do, this would be a good spot!

Shall we shag now?

For those of you who actually caught the Austin Powers reference that is the title of this post, you may be disappointed to discover that this article is completely unrelated. I’m not talking about… that kind of shagging. I’m talking about shag carpet! Which I just got!!!
If you’ve never had the delight of experiencing the wonders of shag carpet, you’re missing out on all this:


Yeah… that’s right.

In case you can’t tell from the picture, shag carpet is basically the long haired dog of the carpet world. And it feels marvelous! When I told my mom this is what I was going for, she couldn’t help but laugh because, of course, it’s a wonderful product of the 70’s. One of their best in my own opinion.

I wasn’t entirely sure how difficult it would be to find shag carpeting but I went ahead and called the experts of carpet Greer, SC to find out. To my delight, it wasn’t hard at all. As it turns out, shag carpet is making a comeback. And if you ever step foot on one of these bad boys, you’ll quickly know why.

These guys I called, Floor Guru, (shout out for making my home that much more amazing!) actually came to my house to show me samples of the different kinds of carpet they had! And of course, within minutes, I found the shag carpet of my dreams. (I’m not embarrassed to say my face has rubbed up against the floor several times since the transition).

Seriously… if you’re in the market for new flooring, give the shag a shot.


Music festivals are back

Dancing, music, freedom. That’s what any of the current music festivals are all about. And where do you think the inspiration came from? The 70’s of course!

Of course, one of the most famous music festivals of all time was Woodstock (which was really in 1969, but close enough). This festival was the real inspiration to the many festivals you’ve seen since.


Kids (18 and up) and adults alike are now all trying to relive those days. And when you’ve experienced one of these festivals, you understand exactly why. The sense of freedom and unity are like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.

At many of these shows, such as TomorrowWorld in Georgia and Burning Man in Nevada, festival goers will stay on the festival grounds in a tent. These turn into large communities for the weekend where campers can meet people from all over the world. Yes, WORLD. People will fly all the way from may parts of Europe and South America just to enjoy these festivals.

burnign man

Depending on which festival you attend, there will also be opportunities for those attending to partake in many arts and cultural activities. You may see things from a range of energy healing and yoga to pottery classes and jewelry design studios.

The whole point of the festivals is to allow those there to let go, live in the moment and feel the freedom of the 70’s. Next time you hear about one of these festivals, go ahead and check them out. After all, tis the season!

Here we go- Timber!

I tell you what, guys… Only me.

This morning, I was running a bit late, as usual, for an interview out on the East Coast. (But this time it was the rain’s fault!) No… Actually, it was a tree. Seriously though. A tree made me late for my interview.

When I woke up, it was a pretty average day. There was a little bit of drizzle, nothing too crazy, (though enough to make me whip out my anti-frizz cream — although, just being in South Carolina will do that).

But when I was ready to leave, finally having gotten myself together with likely just enough time to spare, the wind picked up out of nowhere! Seriously, the trees were swaying so hard I though they were all going to snap. And then… One did. Yup. A a tree fell in the driveway of the house I was airBnBing at. (Is airBnBing an official word…?)

I called the person whom I was renting the space from and they were very good about getting me a phone number for someone who does tree removal in Greenville, SC.

Knowing I would be late, I went ahead and contacted the office where I was interviewing. I was told I would still be able to make the interview if I made it within an hour and a half.

Fortunately, the tree company was able to get to our location pretty quickly. They assessed the problem with ease and within 45 minutes, I was out of there and on my way.

I got to the interview with time to spare and… well, what can I say? I GOT THE JOB!!! Hats off to my lovely friends at Tree Service Greenville. I owe you one.

Why 76?

Some of you may be wondering why this is the “Spirit of 76” of all times. Well, as you could have guessed, I am indeed referring to the year 1976 when I say 76. The reason being…

It was a time of freedom! At least from a mental stand point. People were open to different ways of thinking and living; open to a wide variety of interests and opportunities. Unlikely people were coming together with a meeting of the minds. It was a beautiful time.


Of course, it was a difficult time in many ways as well, as you can’t always separate the good from the bad completely. But I’m here to focus on the good.

I think that at this particular time in our lives, and on a global scale timeline, people are beginning to adopt a very similar mindset to that time. People all over the place are becoming increasingly interested in a myriad of hobbies, music styles and other cultures. Travel is becoming one of everyone’s top interests, with very different destinations such as India, China and many parts of Africa being prime locations.

This shift is what has started my desire to begin blogging in the first place. As I continue on my own personal reenactment of 76, I invite anyone else to join along for the ride.