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”

EASY PUMPKIN PUP-SICLES

EASY PUMPKIN PUP-SICLES

Hello, lovely people! Today I wanted to share a super easy summer treat that you can make for your dog using only 3 ingredients- pumpkin, yogurt, and honey. As some people may know, pumpkin helps to correct constipation and diarrhea in dogs which can come in handy when the summer heat starts messing with their bellies. This simple recipe for frozen pumpkin pup-sicles is sure to please your favorite four-legged friend.

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ROAN MOUNTAIN RHODODENDRONS

ROAN MOUNTAIN RHODODENDRONS

I missed the official Rhododendron Festival that was held at Roan Mountain on Father’s Day weekend so we went to see them yesterday.  The rainy weather was less than ideal but it didn’t stop us from enjoying these gorgeous purple blooms. Honestly, the mist created by the rain made it feel like we were walking through a fairy garden.  Continue reading “ROAN MOUNTAIN RHODODENDRONS”