Second Amendment Firearms Training, Basic Pistol Lesson

Well, today was the day. Today I faced a fear. Today I spent close to 10 hours learning the basic lessons in pistols and shooting. A few weeks ago, I met David Vidler at a networking event. David is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and the owner of Second Amendment Firearms Training, LLC. I invited him to participate in a lunch & learn at work that our Human Resource manager was organizing. We named it Tacos & Guns. The people at my place of employment are huge gun enthusiasts. So … [Read more...]

Honeymooners, Part III Where We Go To Pompeii and Sorrento, Italy

I’m still trying to figure out a schedule for my editorial calendar. I have the categories figured out I just need a schedule. So in the meantime I’ll bring you another installment of my honeymoon, from 2008. I have a notebook where I have everything written down from all of the places we visited. I’m so glad I took the time to write down my feelings, experiences, and everything I saw and tasted and smelled and touched while out on our excursions. The notebook has been helpful in recalling … [Read more...]

Interview with Sara Rosso of Ms. Adventures in Italy

I am so excited! Today I bring you an email interview I did with Sara Rosso. If you remember, a few weeks back I did a blog post about bloggers who inspire me. Sara Rosso is definitely a blogger who I admire and who also inspires me. Image pulled from When I sent that particular blog post out (linked above) into the social media world, I tagged Ms. Rosso with the link. I didn’t think she would see it or do anything with it because I know she’s a busy … [Read more...]

Rocket City Bloggers Meet & Greet

Big news! Big news! The Rocket City Bloggers are having a big ole bloggers bash. Well, the official title of our event is called Rocket City Bloggers Meet & Greet and the purpose of this event it is to build relationships with other local bloggers and hopefully introduce our local bloggers to Huntsville businesses as well. It’s all about building those relationships people! So, we have put our heads together to come up with this social/mixer Meet & Greet. The Huntsville/Madison … [Read more...]

Product Review: Cooling Eye Mask and Night Time Sleeping Masks

Part of the April Blog Challenge is to do a product review. I am trying to keep all of the April blogging challenges travel related in some way. Here is my product review. The first product I am reviewing today was a gift. I believe it was a given to me as part of a pampering basket right after becoming a new mother, nearly 18 years ago. I know for sure that the eye mask was a gift and it was part of a bigger gift basket. I just can’t remember what is was for but it makes sense that it was a … [Read more...]


Fridays are my ‘Round Town series and I’d like to start with Point Mallard Water Park, because really, everyone needs a cool place to go to in these dog days of summer. Point Mallard is in Decatur and it has several recreational parks that include not only the water park but also a camp ground, golf course, ice complex, and batting cages. For this blog entry though we are going to talk about the water park. The water park is open daily starting in May and goes through August with hours of … [Read more...]


This is my second installment of the Fellow Travelers series I have started on the blog; a day late but nonetheless it is here. Please enjoy this blog entry brought to you by Angie  who blogs regularly over at the Tennessee Valley Moms Network. So without further ado, here is Angie’s Wisconsin… On My Way to Wisconsin About eight years ago, my then boyfriend and now husband, and I planned a trip to Yellowstone. We’d drive there from Arlington, Va., where we both worked at the time, and take … [Read more...]


Welcome to my new (and first) installment of Fellow Travelers. This is a new series I am starting on my blog where I ask fellow travelers to share their favorite places and travel destinations and/or their vacations with you. I put the call out to some of my blogging friends first and they jumped on board to help me out and I greatly appreciate it too. So today’s entry is from Heather and she blogs over at Calluna. Heather is a Rocket City Blogger and I have met her in person, she’s a … [Read more...]

On a hot June Summer I traveled to Franklin, Tennessee. I was on a mission. Books. Landmark Booksellers to be specific. A while back I started stalking following them on Facebook. Last year I had the privilege of visiting historical Franklin, Tennessee. More specifically, Landmark Booksellers. What a great little treat. I met Joel and Carol Tomlin, owners of Landmark Booksellers. I had been communicating with Landmark Booksellers via Facebook for a few weeks and when they had a special … [Read more...]

Girl Gadabout

Hey there, welcome to my little blog. My name is Carol Marks and for 15+ years I’ve been blogging and writing. Carol Marks MISSION STATEMENT - THE BLOG – Carol Marks is the Girl Gadabout. My blog is aboutlocal flavor in the 256 area code of Alabama. I cover events and happenings in the 256 area code. You will also find travel product reviews, editorials on current news and events of the travel industry,  as well as interviews of the locals. The Girl Gadabout … [Read more...]