CHATTANOOGA WEEKEND ITINERARY

CHATTANOOGA WEEKEND ITINERARY

Even though there are far too many things to do in Chattanooga for one weekend, 3 days is a great place to start. After living there for 2 years I certainly have a short list of favorites. The best part is that I was a college student while I lived in “Chatt” so I know how to pinch pennies while I’m there. Stick with me, kid. I’ll show you where to go! Continue reading “CHATTANOOGA WEEKEND ITINERARY”

COLUMBIA RESTAURANT

COLUMBIA RESTAURANT

We were fortunate enough to find ourselves in sunny Florida for Thanksgiving visiting family. As I’m writing this snow is falling on the ground outside in Tennessee which has me wishing I was back on the beach! While we were there we discovered yet another reason to be grateful that Tampa is just a short plane ride away. Columbia Restaurant is the oldest restaurant in the state of Florida and one of many reasons to add a detour through Ybor City to your next trip. If you happen to miss the incredible tile work on the outside of the building the sheer size of this place is remarkable taking up an entire city block. You can’t miss it! Continue reading “COLUMBIA RESTAURANT”

BUFFALO MOUNTAIN HIKE

BUFFALO MOUNTAIN HIKE

Buffalo Mountain sticks out in my mind not only for the gorgeous views but because this is the first trail Joe hiked without a leash. I was originally very anxious about the whole thing but then again I’m never not anxious so I decided to try it “just this once”. As usual I was worried for nothing and he did beautifully. The only downside is that now it has me wishing we could take him with us every time we go. Continue reading “BUFFALO MOUNTAIN HIKE”

MEET MY NEPHEW ARLOW

MEET MY NEPHEW ARLOW

I officially became “Aunt Carly” on Wednesday and I couldn’t be happier! I won’t share too many details because it’s my sister’s birth story and not my own. I will say that he’s cuddly and likes to be held. Music to my ears! I hope y’all enjoy these snapshots I took at the hospital. I’m thrilled that my sister allowed me to be there for the birth of her son and to share these moments with you. Continue reading “MEET MY NEPHEW ARLOW”

KATIE’S MATERNITY SESSION

KATIE’S MATERNITY SESSION

First I would like to apologize for being away so long. For those who don’t know, I started my master’s at Vanderbilt 2 months ago. The program is accelerated and I’ve barely had time to catch my breath with all the work so I’ll try and post as often as I can but the timing will be sporadic to say the least. These photos, however, are an exception. I would be devastated if they ended up in purgatory and didn’t make it to the blog before my nephew is born.  We slipped away to Greenbrier yesterday to snap these and I’m thrilled at how well they turned out. Please enjoy my stunning sister who (much to my dismay) is still perfectly thin and looks like she swallowed a beach ball. Arlow, my love, I can’t wait to meet you. Continue reading “KATIE’S MATERNITY SESSION”

LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD

LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD

I didn’t know if I should write a blog post about the Shania Twain concert because I was nervous my pictures weren’t “good enough”. Then I realized that this trip with my sister was too special not to share regardless of low quality cell phone snaps. Shania Twain puts on a hell of a show! If you get a chance you should definitely go see her.  Continue reading “LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD”

TEABLOOM FLOWERING TEAS

TEABLOOM FLOWERING TEAS

I’m bringing something a little different to the blog today. While you can usually find me with a cold glass of sweet tea, I also enjoy a cup of hot tea with honey. Teabloom sent over some of their flowering green teas and I have to say I’ve never had tea like this. Inside the canister, there are 12 green tea flower pods shaped like hearts. When you pour boiling water over the top of the pod and let it steep for 5-10 minutes, the pod opens up and blooms. It’s a truly beautiful site! Continue reading “TEABLOOM FLOWERING TEAS”