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5 Ways That Tailgating Looks Different Now That I'm A Mom

(our very first game together, what feels like decades ago)

 Here in the South, Tailgating is a way of life. When it comes to college football, we really roll out the Crazy Wagon complete with color coordinated table clothes, multiple crock pots filled with pre-determined dips to provide variety and professionally made tailgate banners to mark our territory. Back in my day, I spent all week planning the perfect outfit, whipping up Game Day confections from scratch and buying back up lids to my monogrammed Turvis Tumbler. Today, I am many years older, the mother of a toddler who has more energy than Britney in 2007 and my body isn't quite as Tailgate Prime as it once was. Needless to say, while we love spending the day with friends and family in our favorite parking spot, things look a little different in the shadows of the stadium that they once did. Let's discuss sha'll we?

5 Ways That Tailgating Looks Different Now That I'm A Mom

1. Stamina. 

Once, many years ago, I was able to take on a 12 hour tailgate without batting an eye. With food, beverages and chairs to sit in, what more could I need to sustain a 12 hour marathon of being on my feet? Last year I attended one tailgate for a night game - and took a nap for two hours in my car half way through the day. And you wanna know a secret? As a mom to a then one-year-old who was being cared for elsewhere by his grandparents, that nap was the best that had happened to me in months. 

(me, napping in the car)

 2. Scratch No More

Ever make pumpkin whoopee pies (with cream cheese icing) from scratch? I have, at midnight on a Friday night, for a noon game the next day. They were good...but not that good and this mom does not have that kind of free time these days. These days I outsource - and am thankful for the talented maker who whips up my weekly sausage dip. Hey, it's homemade, just not by me!

3, Buns In The Oven

Let's just say that the options of non-alcoholic beverages are a lot more substantial than they were back in my early 20's. These days we stock three flavors of La Croix, liters of filtered H2O and enough Diet Coke's to float a boat. Now that we're in our thirties, someone is always pregnant, someone is always nursing and all of us need to hydrate the living daylights out of our pores. Also, a tailgate without watermelon La Croix is not a tailgate I want to attend, am I right ladies?!

4. Booze

All I'll say about this category is that I now tailgate with wine. 
And carry a wine corkscrew in my purse.  
The days of Jello shots are looooooong gone.

5. The Aftermath

In my prime, all I needed to bounce back from a long day of day imbibing in the sun was a solid started breakfast from McDonalds and potentially a follow up Brunch with friends. Today, my feet hurt 72 hours after returning home from campus, I can consume a gallon of water and still not pry my rings off and he bags under my eyes are no match for even the strongest Sephora mask. Concealer, coffee and carbs are my friends (and sexy blister band-aids because, you know, I'm old).

So take heart, other moms who try to hang, we had a good run but today we need to snag those two hour car naps when we can.
Stephanie [Olive and Tate]
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  1. Amen sister! All- morning mimosas before a mid-day game are a thing of the past.

    1. And the all morning mimosas used to be my favorite part! ;-)

  2. hahahah omg yes. Day drinking for 8 hours before a UNC game was heaven. Now I'm donezo if I have two drinks before a game.

    1. It's so hard getting old! Hope your feeling well - can't wait to hear the gender news! xo

  3. We just moved to Fort Mill last week from Philly, and my husband declared us Clemson fans with a return trip from Target with a hat for him and tee for me. My next door neighbor from childhood went to Clemson which is as close connection I have, but made me think of you. I proudly wore orange last Saturday and fit right in our new neighborhood ;)

    1. Welcome to the crazy! You know it's serious around here when you can find fan gear at Old Navy! Enjoy Fort Mill, that's a great are!

  4. Hey girl, I swear I remember seeing on one of your outlets (Snapchat, Insta?), a photo of a prepared meal service in Greenville, who I am suspecting makes that sausage dip you mention above, and I was wondering if you could share the name of that with me? One of my best friends is expecting her first baby in about 5 weeks and I thought it'd be great to have a few meals sent to her and her husband since I can't personally deliver any from CA! Thanks :)


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