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April 30, 2013

Gamecock Gameday Look - Royal Graduate Glam

Graduation is right around the corner, and so begins the 'what do I wear under my gown?' question. Graduation is a life milestone and why not treat it with a royal attitude and take fashion sense from the always well put together Princess Kate Middleton. She looks lovely in garnet and black doesn't she?

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Gamecock Gameday Look - Royal Graduate Glam


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April 24, 2013

Wedding Wednesday - Call for entries!

Happy Wednesday Gamecock Girls!! Starting next week, we are going to begin doing Gamecock Wedding Wednesday posts every Wednesday through May and June.

We will be highlighting different Gamecock wedding traditions, d├ęcor, etc. We also will share Gamecock engagement stories and photo shoots.

We are looking for entries and contributions from YOU!

Did you have a Gamecock-themed engagement photo shoot? Were your photos taken on campus? Did your love for USC show up somehow in your wedding? Are you a business that provides a wedding related service you would like to share or highlight (think giveaways!)? Are you a photographer who has amazing photos from engagement sessions or weddings you would like to share with our readers?

If you're interested, please email us at gamecockgirlblog@gmail.com and let us know who you are and what you'd like to share for a future Wedding Wednesday post. We look forward to hearing from you!

Garnet & Black Feather Bridal Bouquet
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April 17, 2013

Tailgate Recipe - Tailgate Snacks for On the Go

You're not always the host of the tailgate, or for some games, you just don't feel like packing the grill and spending a lot of time on food preparation for your Gamecock tailgate.

Sure, it's easy enough to swing by Zaxby's and get a giant chicken finger party plate...or snag a tray of subs, cheeses, or vegetables and dip from a local grocery store.

But here are some quick, easy, and foolproof recipes that you can whip up in minutes at home or at the tailgate itself. Some of these are so easy, you can get your kids to help! These recipes make preparing a spread for your tailgate (or to take to another tailgate) a stress free venture.

Creamy Cinnamon Celery

1 large celery stalk, cut into smaller sticks (most grocery stores carry pre-cut, pre-washed celery sticks)
1 Tbsp Laughing Cow Cream Cheese
1 packet Splenda
Ground Cinnamon

Directions: Mix together Cream Cheese and Sweetener. Spread on celery sticks and sprinkle with cinnamon on top. {via}

"Ants on a Log" celery snack

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Directions: This is an easy classic snack you probably grew up with... Spread peanut butter into celery crevices and top with raisins.

Snack Mix Bar

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Directions: Instead of buying prepackaged trail mix, purchase several different bite sized items (look for items on sale or buy in bulk from Sam's or Costco). Here are some ideas: Various dried fruit, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, teddy grahams, pretzel sticks, Chex cereal, sunflower seeds, different kinds of nuts... Then purchase a box of sandwich-size Ziploc bags.

Set out each individual bite sized snack in its own bowl in a buffet-like line with plastic spoons in each bowl. Then let your tailgate guests grab a plastic bag (or bowl) and create their own snack mix. The Ziploc bag makes it easy to tote around and snack while at the tailgate -- and it makes it even easier to seal and stick in your purse to enjoy later during the game for a third quarter snack!

Mini Pimento Cheese & Egg Salad Sandwiches

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Directions: We are willing to bet that a lot of you already serve these sandwiches at your tailgates and this easy snack might be a little obvious, but it's always a crowd pleaser and so easy to make in a time crunch. Most grocery stores carry (we recommend Publix!) pre-made packages of fresh pimento cheese and fresh egg salad.

Buy a bag (or two!) of dinner rolls (Yum!). Using a plastic knife, slice open a roll and spread a good amount of Pimento Cheese inside. Repeat with more rolls until you have the desired amount of pimento cheese sandwiches, then repeat the same process with the rest of the rolls using egg salad. In no time you'll have a full plate of mini pimento cheese sandwiches and mini egg salad sandwiches.

Fiesta Ranch Dip

1 16 oz (or 24 oz - depending on how much you need) container of sour cream
1 packet of Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch mix

Directions: Open sour cream container and empty contents of Fiesta Ranch mix packet into sour cream; stir with a spoon until well mixed. Voila! That's it...a great dip to serve with a bag of regular potato chips or vegetables.

Itty Bitty Turkey Sandwiches

1 box of whole grain reduced fat crackers
1 package of hearts of romaine lettuce
1 to 2 tomatoes
1 package of Turkey deli meat

Directions: Here's a spin on the traditional sub sandwiches you serve at your tailgate. These bite-size cracker sandwiches are as cute as they are delicious. With two crackers as your 'bread', create mini turkey sandwiches. Mix it up and get a variety of meat in addition to the turkey. Feel free to add slices of cheese or avocado. {via}

Bite-sized snack balls

Finally, add a little sweetness to your tailgate with these easy, no-cook bite-sized snack balls. Your kids will love helping you make these. Click the links below to visit the websites with the recipes!

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These quick and simple snacks would be a great addition to any of your future Gamecock tailgates, or for any 'quick snacks on the go' type event.

Now it's your time to share - what are your favorite on-the-go and on-the-road snack recipes? Share them in the comments!


April 16, 2013

Moment of thought...

In lieu of yesterday's sad events, we take a break from regular Gamecock Girl posting to keep victims affected by yesterday's tragedy in our thoughts and prayers.

We know this quote has been posted by a lot of people already, but we think it's pretty powerful.



April 15, 2013

April 10, 2013

Win a Gamecock polo romper onesie from Tailgate Tots!

Good morning Gamecock Girls!

The Garnet and Black Spring game is this weekend, which officially starts the countdown to football season.

One of the great aspects of the Spring game is that you can take your entire family, tailgate in beautiful Spring weather, and enjoy Carolina traditions without the massive, typical gameday crowds. The Garnet and Black game is great for your kids!

Your little Gamecocks fans deserve to be decked out in their gameday finest when tailgating. Check out Tailgate Tots - the online gameday boutique for the mini-Gamecock fans.

In celebration of their Spring opening, Tailgate Tots would like to give Gamecock Girls a special 10% off of their order using coupon code USCTOT.


Tailgate Tots has also generously offered to give one very lucky Gamecock Girl one of their adorable Gamecocks polo rompers - the perfect prep look for your little Gamecock man. How cute is this??


To enter, use the widget below. Your email will not be shared or used for any reason other than to contact you if you have won.

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Deadline for all entries is Midnight EST Sunday, April 14. We will draw a winner at random Monday, April 15 and contact the winner by email. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to our email or we will draw a new winner.

Special thanks to Tailgate Tots for sponsoring this giveaway!!

Good luck ladies! We can't wait to see photos of your little Carolina fans wearing the adorable Tailgate Tots gameday threads.


April 5, 2013

Dreaming of Summer with Marley Lilly (+ a giveaway)

TGIF Gamecock Girls!!

While it might not quite feel like Spring temps in most places yet, we are already sick with Spring Fever and cannot wait to slip on a bathing suit and get our toes in the sand. Maybe we have Summer Fever already?? :)

One of our fab sponsors and monogram goddess, Marley Lilly, is ready for warmer temps too and has a great selection of monogrammed must-haves for your upcoming beach trips and poolside visits. Heck, Marley Lilly is a must-have even if you're just laying out in your backyard. From monogrammed bathing suit tops to beach bags to towels -- Marley Lilly has it all!

Check out these super cute and comfy monogrammed tanks with matching monogrammed hair bows! These are perfect for throwing on with shorts to run errands, wearing for a summer run, or great as a coverup to wear to the pool or beach. And the bow will be super cute while keeping your hair up and your neck cool. You could even attach the bow to the back straps of your tank to add a cute accent to the top.


We also want to highlight one of our fave new Marley Lilly monogrammed items - the Sand Buddy. This bright colored cup sticks securely in the sand (or grass), right next to your beach chair, and can hold your drink, your phone, sunglasses, chapstick, etc. Such a simple item, but definitely a new must-have. I could even see myself using this at my Carolina tailgate next to my tailgate chair! At only $13.99, you better believe I'll be buying these for me and all of my girlfriends.


Marley Lilly Monogrammed Tank and Monogrammed Bow Giveaway
Marley Lilly has generously offered to help us usher in Spring with a great giveaway. One very lucky Gamecock Girl will win one of these monogrammed tanks and matching monogrammed bow in the color and monogram of their choice!


Use the widget below to enter. Your email will never be shared and will only be used to contact your if you are a winner.

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Deadline for all entries is Sunday, April 7th at Midnight EST. You have all weekend to enter! We will draw a winner at random on Monday, April 8th, and contact the winner by email. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to the email or we will draw a new winner.

Big, big Gamecock Girl thanks to Marley Lilly for sponsoring such a fabulous giveaway! Good luck ladies!!