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March 30, 2011

The life of a Clemson baseball bat girl...

Today's post is guest written by Clemson sophomore Hannah Burleson, who is one of five Clemson girls helping out the Clemson baseball team as a bat girl. Continue reading to get insight into what it's like to be a bat girl at Clemson...
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The Life of a Bat girl - written by: Hannah Burleson

Being an avid baseball fan and lifelong softball player, I couldn’t pass up the amazing chance to interview for a position as a Clemson bat girl. Unfortunately, Clemson doesn’t have a softball team, so this was the closest chance I would have to still being close to the game, besides sitting in the outfield stands with the rest of the Clemson student body. With over 75 girls showing up for interviews and only 5 spots available, I wasn’t optimistic, but I was confident that my knowledge of the sport would automatically move me in front of some other girls who may have been there for the wrong reason. I mean, can you blame them? Have you seen boys in baseball pants before? :) I was pleased when the interview questions were strictly baseball related! Luckily, I knew all the answers and felt the interview was successful. Later in the day, I found out I was one of the 5 selected!
The season started February 18th and I have loved every minute of it! The job is relatively easy and tons of fun. We are responsible for getting foul balls that stay in play, picking up the bats near the plate after a player’s at bat is over, and taking the umpires more balls and water. The whole game we sit at the very edge of each dug out, right near the on deck circle. I never realized what I was missing out on until I traded in my outfield student seat for an amazing view from the dugout. Not only is the view of the game amazing, but it’s awesome to hear the banter and encouragement amongst the players and see their emotions change at different points of the game. It’s really cool to see the camaraderie and how close the guys are. Hearing their nicknames and the stories behind them are pretty hilarious too. :) I actually get to see them as people and not just jock-y athletes, which I love. We are allowed to interact with the players a little, but we usually don’t talk to them during the game. As the season has progressed, most of the bat girls have learned their names, positions, hometowns, majors etc and vice versa. However, bat girls are NOT allowed to date the players, which I think a lot of people don’t know.

The guys are all very nice and fun to be around. Many games after working some innings in the visitor’s dugout I gain a greater appreciation for the kindness and gratitude of our players. They all appreciate our time, hard work, and dedication, as we are NOT paid to be bat girls. Our work is strictly volunteer and a big commitment for us. There are 10 girls and only about 4-6 needed each game, so we all signed up for games we knew we could work around our school schedules, going home, etc. I work as many as I can because I love doing it. Also, it’s been so awesome meeting other girls who share the same appreciation for the game as I do. We all get along great and have a lot of fun together.

I’m so pleased with my decision to be a bat girl and grateful for the opportunity. Even after only a month, I can’t imagine my life without me being at Doug Kingsmore Stadium a few times a week! We always have amazing, supportive crowds. Jack Leggett is one of the sweetest guys I know, and thanks us every game for coming out to help. There aren’t many feelings like the one I get at a baseball field! It’s easy for me to relax and let go at the game, which is great for me. I recommend being a bat girl to anyone who is serious about the job, knowledgeable about baseball, and is in it for the right reasons! It really is a blast. :)

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March 29, 2011

Marley Lilly monogrammed tumbler giveaway winner!

Good afternoon... it's that time again to announce another Clemson Girl giveaway winner. Today's winner will receive an adorable acrylic monogrammed cup from the oh-so-lovely Marley Lilly. The winner picks the cup color and monogram of her choice!

Thanks to all of you for participating in the giveaway. If you didn't win, no worries... you can still snag one of these great cups of your own (they make great gifts too!) by visiting Marley Lilly's website.

After compiling all of your entries (great participation!) and randomly drawing...the winner of the Marley Lilly giveaway today is...

Jessie G. from Birmingham, AL

Congrats Jessie!! Please contact us (clemsongirlblog@gmail.com) to claim your prize!

And a big, big thanks to Marley Lilly for sponsoring yet another fantastic giveaway on Clemson Girl! Loving all of their monogrammed goodies...

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March 28, 2011

Marley Lilly monogrammed tumbler giveaway

We're really starting to like this trend of beginning the week with a giveaway - definitely makes the week start off a little bit better, don't you think?

We have no doubts that today's giveaway will be just as popular as the rest, especially since it's from our favorite all things monogrammed store... Marley Lilly!

Marley Lilly is now selling adorable 16 oz. monogrammed acrylic cups and would like to give one away to a very lucky ClemsonGirl.com reader!

The winner can pick any color and any monogram font and color they want -- there are so many options to choose from!

These are perfect for taking to work, to the pool, for a long car ride... or how about as your official Clemson tailgate cup in purple and orange?

How to Enter
  1. Post a comment on this blog with your first name, last initial, and where you are from for one entry.
  2. Share this post on Facebook, post another comment to the blog letting us know you shared on Facebook, and get another entry.
  3. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter - copy @marleylilly and @clemsongirl - to get another entry.
  4. Mention this giveaway in your Facebook status today (tag Marley Lilly or Clemson Girl's Facebook pages), then post another comment to the blog letting us know you updated your status and receive another entry.
  5. Email two friends a link to this giveaway (copy clemsongirlblog@gmail.com) to get another entry.
Deadline for all entries is NOON EST tomorrow, Tuesday, March 29th. We will compile all the entries, randomly draw a winner, and announce the winner's name on the blog tomorrow afternoon. Make sure you come back to the blog tomorrow to see if you've won... the winner has 48 hours to contact us or we will draw a new winner.

So what are you waiting for? Get those entries started! Happy Monday!!

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March 25, 2011

Clemson Spring Game set for April 9, 2011 - Music & Sports

Happy Friday ladies!

Clemson recently announced the details for the Spring Game weekend, and if you are a Clemson sports lover AND a music lover, then you don't want to miss out this year.

Clemson has coined the weekend up April 8-10, 2011 as 'Solid Orange Weekend' packed full of Clemson sporting events.

The Orange and White Spring football game will be Saturday, April 9th at 4:00 PM in Death Vally stadium. Prior to the game, you can also enjoy the Clemson Son's Bowl at 2:00PM - a football game featuring former Clemson Tiger players. Both the Orange and White game and the Clemson Son's Bowl are free to the public.

Clemson Spring Game 2010

View our photos from last year's Orange and White game.

Here is the full schedule below from clemsontigers.com - the men's tennis matches, men's soccer games and volleyball matches are also free to the public. You can purchase tickets to the baseball game on clemsontigers.com or by calling 1-800-CLEMSON.

Clemson Solid Orange Weekend Events 2011
April 8
2:30 PM - Men's Tennis vs. North Carolina, Hoke Sloan Tennis Center
4:00 PM - Men's Soccer Spring Exhibition Game vs. Clayton State, Historic Riggs Field
6:30 PM - Baseball vs. Maryland, Kingsmore Stadium
7:30 PM - Men's Soccer Spring Exhibition Game vs. Georgia State, Historic Riggs Field

April 9
9:30 AM - Volleyball Spring Exhibition Match vs. Furman, Jervey Gym
11:00 AM-3:00 PM - Be a T.I.G.E.R! Field Day, Lawn of Littlejohn Coliseum
12:30 PM - Volleyball Spring Exhibition Match vs. Georgia State, Jervey Gym
1:00 PM - IPTAY Annual Meeting, IPTAY Center
2:00 PM - Clemson Son's Bowl, Memorial Stadium
4:00 PM - Football Orange & White Spring Game, Memorial Stadium
7:00 PM - Baseball vs. Maryland, Kingsmore Stadium

April 10
10:00 AM - Men's Soccer Alumni Game, Historic Riggs Field
12:00 PM - Men's Tennis vs. Duke, Hoke Sloan Tennis Center
1:00 PM - Baseball vs. Maryland, Kingsmore Stadium

In addition to all of the Clemson athletic events, a new event will also take place that will surely draw larger crowds to Clemson that weekend... the Zac Brown Band will be holding its first ever Southern Ground Music and Food Festival in Clemson! And yes, this includes multiple performances by the Zac Brown Band!


Source: countryuniverse.net
From clemsontigers.com:
"Zac Brown Band will headline its first-ever Southern Ground Music and Food Festival -- a three-day event also featuring folk-pop jazz singer Amos Lee and other acts -- at Clemson University April 8-10.

The event will feature live music, a variety of food prepared in Zac Brown's traveling kitchen and merchandise vendors. Zac Brown Band will headline Friday and Saturday nights, with Amos Lee headlining on Sunday.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, March 4, and will be available at the Hendrix Student Center, Littlejohn Coliseum and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $35 per day or $75 for the weekend, and Clemson students receive a $10 discount. A limited number of "Zamily" gold circle passes will be available for $50. Tickets just for Amos Lee's show on Sunday are $25 for the general public and $10 for Clemson students.

The festival will be held on the upper intramural fields, located behind the north stands of Memorial Stadium. Gates will open at 4 p.m. Friday, at 6 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

'Festival-goers should expect the full Zac Brown Band experience throughout the weekend,' said Saine.

Two-time Grammy winners and 2010 Country Music Association-nominated "Entertainer of the Year," the band will put its authentic Southern stamp on every facet of the festival, from the food to the eclectic musical lineup. The concert will showcase a brand new state-of-the-art mobile stage designed for the tour featuring skyboxes, video and a light show.

Each night will feature performances by several artists signed to Brown's label, Southern Ground Artists Inc., including Sonia Leigh, Levi Lowrey, Nic Cowan, The Wood Brothers, The Wheeler Boys and Blackberry Smoke. Secret Sisters will open the show Sunday. Concessions at the festival will offer Southern-cuisine specialties created by Brown himself, along with the band's trusted chef Rusty Hamlin, including items prepared with Brown's famous Southern Ground Grub GA Clay Spice Rub and his own Brown Sauce."

Will you be attending Solid Orange weekend this year? Sounds like a fun weekend of Clemson sports, tailgating and music!

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March 22, 2011

Lulu's Pick a Dress, Any Dress Giveaway Winner

First we want to give a BIG thank you {and virtual hug} to Lulus.com for sponsoring such a fun giveaway. We Clemson Girls love our dresses, so this giveaway was perfect! Please take some time to visit their awesome website and do some shopping -- I guarantee you can find you entire Easter outfit on their site...dress, shoes, bag, jewelry...they have it all!

Thanks to all of you for your entries -- it was fun to read what your favorite Lulus.com dresses were.

We compiled all of your entries and randomly drew a winner.... so without further ado, the winner of a free dress of her choice from Lulus.com is...

Heather G. from Charleston, SC

Congrats Heather!! Please email us (clemsongirlblog@gmail.com) to claim your prize! You have 48 hours to contact us or we will draw a new winner.

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone and hooray for Spring weather!

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March 21, 2011

Lulu's Pick a Dress, Any Dress Giveaway

Spring has officially started (as of yesterday) and the weather is (finally) getting warmer. With Spring comes a lot of fun events and holidays that call for wearing a pretty dress...Carolina Cup, Easter, Clemson Spring Game, etc.

That's why today's giveaway could not have come at a better time. We were so excited (major understatement) when Lulus.com contacted us and wanted to sponsor a giveaway on Clemson Girl. Hmm..yes please!! Lulus.com is one of our favorite websites for buying dresses and we often feature their clothes on this blog.

Lulus.com would like to offer one very lucky Clemson Girl reader a free dress (winner's choice!) off of their website... which is amazing! Picking just one dress shouldn't be too difficult...since they have only 565 dresses to choose from! :) And each one is cuter than the next.

While of course the winner won't have to stick to Clemson colors, we still want to share a few of our favorite Lulus.com dresses in our favorite colors...

And while you're browsing the dresses, check out their other categories for more unique finds...these taupe shorts are definitely Clemson gameday worthy because they are cute, functional, super comfy and would be perfect to pair with an orange top.
Or add a pop of color to any outfit with these super sexy purple heels...

How to Enter to win a free dress from Lulus.com

  1. Comment on this post with your first name, last initial, where you're from and then tell us which Lulus.com dress is your favorite (doesn't have to be the one you pick when you win).
  2. Become a fan of Lulu's on Facebook, add another comment on this post letting us know you're a fan and get an additional entry.
  3. Follow Lulu's on Twitter, add another comment on this post letting us know you follow them on Twitter and get an additional entry.
  4. Share this giveaway on Facebook, add another comment on this post letting us know you shared the link and get another entry.
  5. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter, include a link to the giveaway and copy @lulusdotcom and @clemsongirl to get another entry.
  6. Email this giveaway link to two of your friends, copy us on the email (clemsongirlblog@gmail.com) and get another entry.
That's a total of six possible entries! Deadline for all entries will be NOON EST tomorrow, Tuesday, March 22nd. We will compile all of the entries and randomly draw a winner and announce the winner tomorrow afternoon on the blog. The winner will have 48 hours to contact us or we will draw a new winner.

Good luck ladies! What a great way to start off the week... Happy Monday!

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March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!



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March 15, 2011

Razzberry Fizz monogrammed cooler tote giveaway winner

Happy Tuesday!

We are super excited to announce the winner of today's Razzberry Fizz insulated cooler giveaway. The lucky winner will get to pick a pattern and monogram of their very own insulated cooler tote... perfect for Spring and Summer activities.

Thanks to everyone for all of your entries and for spreading the word about the giveaway.

After compiling all of your entries together and randomly drawing a winner, the Razzberry Fizz cooler tote goes to...

Brandi G. from Fairplay, SC

Congrats Brandi! Please email us (clemsongirlblog@gmail.com) to claim your prize! The winner must contact us within 48 hours or we will draw a new winner.

If you didn't win today's giveaway, but must have one of these adorable totes, take advantage of Razzberry Fizz's FREE SHIPPING offer for orders over $50 - visit their website and use coupon code march madness or visit them on Facebook.

Thanks Razzberry Fizz for sponsoring such a great giveaway!

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March 14, 2011

Razzberry Fizz Cooler Tote Giveaway

The weather this past weekend was beautiful and according to the weatherman, it's sticking around for the week. Who else is ready (and excited) for warm Spring weather??

Today's giveaway from Razzberry Fizz fits right in with the 'Spring is in the air' motto this week. Razzberry Fizz would like to give one lucky Clemson Girl reader a monogrammed cooler tote in one of their many fun patterns.

These fully insulated and lined bucket shaped cooler totes are great for the beach, poolside, or tailgaiting. The laminated woven cotton exterior easily wipes clean with a damp cloth.

These totes from Razzberry Fizz are so cute - I am SO ready for warmer weather!

How to Enter
1) Post a comment on this blog post with your first name, last initial and where you are from -- one entry.
2) Become a fan of Razzberry Fizz on Facebook and post another comment on this post and mention that you are a fan -- one entry.
3) Share this giveaway with your friends on Facebook, then post another comment on this post letting us know you did -- one entry.
4) Email a link to this giveaway to two of your friends and copy us (clemsongirlblog@gmail.com) -- one entry.

That's a total of four possible entries! Deadline for all entries is NOON tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15th. We will compile all of the entries, randomly draw a winner, and announce the winner on the blog tomorrow afternoon.

Good luck!!

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March 8, 2011

Happy Fat Tuesday

They don't call it "Fat Tuesday" for nothing....cookies anyone?

Source: Laurie Lu's


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March 7, 2011

Clemson Gameday Look: Going Tribal

Get the look:


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March 1, 2011

Tailgate Recipe: Tiger Cupcake Treats

Here's a fun way to dress up any flavor cupcake. How adorable are these Tiger faces?? A great decorating activity to do with the kids!


What You'll Need

1 cupcake
Icing tinted orange
Cheerios
Mini marshmallows
Chocolate chips
Brown mini M&Ms
Black gel icing
Scissors

Decorating Directions:
Frost cupcake. Cut marshmallow in half and position both, sticky side down, to form tiger muzzle (cheeks). Add chocolate chip nose and mini M&M eyes. Stick 2 Cheerios in icing for ears. Use black writing icing or gel to make stripes as shown.

{source: easycupcakes.com}

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