Easter 2017

The girls were up bright & early this year, they came jumping into our bed before seven squealing about the Easter bunny. We ate a quick breakfast, and then they dove right into their Easter baskets. They each got a book & a doll (or in Claire’s case, a stuffed rainbow pillow) and eggs filled with little goodies like glitter play doh, dress up jewelry, Trolls band-aids & some candy. We usually do our egg hunt after church, but they just couldn’t wait. Claire stopped to open each egg individually in hopes of finding chocolate, Eloise & Harper on the other hand just wanted to collect as many as possible.

There was no chance Claire was standing still enough for a picture, she loves to run and do her own thing & her current favorite word is “nope!” I was just happy to get them all three in the same shot! 😉 After church, we had our family over for brunch. We had a breakfast casserole, fruit, toast & coconut cupcakes. The girls frosted cupcakes, painted the rest of their eggs & then decided they wanted to slip-n-slide because somehow it turned into Summer overnight.

We spent the rest of the night at my parents house for dinner & another egg hunt, I am convinced those never get old and we will be hiding eggs around here for weeks to come.

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter with your family & friends! XO

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Nashville for the Weekend

It’s been a crazy week over here & I am just now finishing up our weekend recap in Nashville. I loved reading all of your suggestions & recommendations, thank you all so much for sending them, we had the best time visiting this beautiful city!!!

Our first night there, we went straight to the Midtown area to go to my husband’s favorite spot, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. He has been raving about this place since he went on a guys trip last summer and we all couldn’t wait to try it. The line was around the block, and for good reason! It was HOT, but seriously delicious. We walked around to a few of the local bars, had drinks at Tavern and then ended the night with live music at Loser’s (total dive bar but way fun & amazing popcorn).

Just writing about it already has me wishing we could go back, it is the cutest, small town feel but with such an eclectic mix of people & things. We stayed in 12 South and loved being just minutes away from all of the fun, I highly recommend this area for a place to stay! You could easily spend a full day here, and we basically did, it is all walkable & full of cute places that make you just want to stay forever. We had breakfast at the Frothy Monkey (highly recommend the pancakes & toasted coconut iced coffee) but made a stop at the Five Daughters Bakery after for a pastry to-go and another coffee to sip while walking around. The best thing about this neighborhood is that you feel at home, everyone is so friendly and you really can’t tell who lives there & who is a tourist. We started at White’s Mercantile, I wanted just about everything inside, I ended up picking up a Nashville shirt for myself (because one can never have too many white t-shirts) and a Nashville coloring book for the girls. Parked out front we found a custard food truck, a camper making homemade s’mores & Amelia’s Flower Truck.

We went to BarTaco for their famous fresh squeezed margaritas & sat out on the patio, it was definitely one of our favorite spots in the area & we ended up coming back at the end of the night for tacos! 😉 A few other things in this area that we loved included Imogene + Willie (quick shopping spot with a great story), Flip Side (for a bloody mary!) and finding all of the murals (amazing photo opps if the lines weren’t so long + the sun wasn’t so bright).

We took an Uber to East Nashville in the afternoon (we had already stopped here once on our way into town for a margarita + chips & guac at Rosepepper) which has tons of amazing food options. We ate at one of our favorite places, The Pharmacy, highly recommended for amazing burgers and fries, and the best beer garden patio area!

Our first two trips to Nashville, we had the kids with us, so we didn’t go Downtown/Broadway. So this time it was high on our list & it did not disappoint! The pedestrian bridge nearby is a beautiful spot to see the city & watch the sun set. I think the key to having a fun time at the bars here is taking the time to walk around, take it all in & get a feel for what bars are your vibe. We actually loved how low key Crazytown was, it wasn’t smokey like a lot of the others & not as crowded. The live music was a mix of country + rock and roll (think lots of George Straight, Eric Church & Tom Petty), and we had a seat right at the end of the bar. It was SO fun, we did not want to leave! We also loved Acme Feed & Seed, per lots of your recommendations! It was a little more trendy but the same vibe, super laid back & amazing music. They also had tons of great craft beers & specialty cocktails. There are a ton of rooftop bars in this area & it is definitely a must-see while in the city!

Biscuit Love is also a must visit, we have gone for breakfast (bonuts!) each of the times we have been in Nashville & it is a forever favorite!

There are still so many spots we want to visit next time (like Arrington Vineyards and Pinewood Social) and I think we need to spend more than 48 hours there so we can do it all, because we will definitely be going back for more hot chicken! 😉 I hope this is helpful for all of you who plan to visit Nashville, you will love it there!! XO


Cozy Nashville Bungalow

We are home from our quick weekend getaway to Nashville, totally exhausted & already planning our next trip back. It’s safe to say it is my favorite city in the south (so far) and I can’t wait to go again! I will definitely share more about our trip, with a round up of all of your suggestions & all of our favorite spots, but first! The airbnb we stayed at was SO cute, I just have to share! We went with another couple, and my girlfriend actually found this adorable place, as soon as I saw the pictures I was in love!!! So much character & design inspiration, I am majorly obsessed with the blush pink doors and vintage door knobs!!

The kitchen open shelving was also so beautiful, and I’m pretty sure my kids would love having a giant jar of lollipops on the counter! 😉 Not only was this house beyond cute inside, but it was in the most perfect location in 12 South. We loved being able to wake up & walk right down the street to breakfast and shopping!

Can’t wait to share more soon. Hope you all have a happy week!! XO