Travel

Franklin | Pilgrimage Music Festival

September 30, 2016
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You may have read about out recent weekend getaway to Franklin, TN. While we were there, the city was hosting the second annual Pilgrimage Festival, showcasing amazing artists and local vendors. It was one of the nicest festivals we have ever been to. You could even ride your canoe or horse to the festival. How cool is that?! I think one of the biggest and most helpful features of the festival for us was that it was very family friendly. There were tons of families there and lots of options for people with kids. They even have a Little Pilgrims stage that has artists and fun activities for kids all day with a pirate playground. There were tons of people with wagons and strollers.

Since we were traveling, we only brought our stroller and a blanket for us to sit on. It was perfect for Cove to play on and listen to the bands. (Also, because some of you may be concerned, we did not have baby headphones for Cove to prevent ear damage, so we made sure to sit far away from the speakers so it wasn’t too loud for him.)  There were also places to cool off and still listen to great music like the ‘Shady Grove’, which had hammocks and big trees around a smaller stage.

The line-up this year included some of my favorite artists like Beck, Grace Potter, Kaleo, Cake, The Struts, Kacey Musgraves and more.  There is such great energy at festivals, and you could tell the artists were feeding off the good vibes. You can check out more on the festival here. And be sure to keep an eye out next year for the new line-up.  Continue Reading…

Life, Photos, Travel

Franklin, TN | Travel Guide

September 28, 2016
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It’s really hard to put into words how much we loved this city right outside of Nashville. I had a pretty good idea that Ian and I would enjoy our stay, but we didn’t realize just how much we would fall in love with the town and people.

We headed up through the beautiful mountains of Tennessee on a Thursday morning, on the first day of fall. It was a perfect way to kick off the season. Tennessee’s rolling hills are unlike any other state. When we made it to our B&B, the Tin Roof Cottage, we instantly felt at home. Every single detail of this place was thought out and had a creative touch. Less than a mile down the road was the quaint town of Leiper’s Fork. We walked from our cottage through the downtown area full of antique and boutique shops. Each of the businesses is required to have a place for the community to sit and relax, so outside of every shop or restaurant you will see fire-pits, benches, and tables with locals gathered around chatting and enjoying each others’ company. It was so welcoming. Cove made so many friends and I told Ian that I felt like we didn’t meet a single stranger. Downtown Franklin was just as welcoming. Full of history and fun places to visit. We spent half our day just walking around exploring and enjoying all the shops and restaurants. Continue Reading…

Home, Style

Must Haves Mail Day

September 21, 2016
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I love a good mail day. I’ve taken to online shopping so much more now that I have a little one, so when the boxes land on our doorstep, it’s like a good shopping day. This week is extra special because Pop Sugar sent me the September Must Have’s in a bright pink box. Pop Sugar curates all the “must have” products for the month and mails them to you in beautiful packaging. Every month there are new surprises. It’s a great idea for anyone out there that may not know what to get that gal in your life that’s so hard to shop for, or just a great “treat yo self” gift.

This month’s box contained the cutest wide brimmed hat from Jack & Lucy, a Mani-ER tool kit from NCLA, a Deep Conditioning Mask for your hair from Briogeo, a lint roller from Flint, a Smith & Cult Lip Laquer (super great color), and Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites from The Gluten Free Bites. You can shop the next Must Have Box here. And be sure to use the code SHOP5 to get $5 off your first Must Have Box. Continue Reading…

Thoughts on Things

Thoughts on Things | iOS 10, Joy and Enchilada Soup

September 19, 2016
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Although I am not sold on needing the new iPhone, I do like the new software update. All the updates to iMessages have been really fun. I guess that’s the total nerd in me. Ian and I spent like an hour after Cove went to sleep just texting each other back and forth, sending gifs, heart beats, drawings, etc. I am also totally grateful for the updates to Maps. Well, to be honest, I never used Maps before because of all the glitches, so now I probably will. Continue Reading…

Photos

Kerr Family

September 15, 2016
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I love this family so much. Sherry has such a special place in my heart and has been with me through so many seasons. I was so excited to capture their family. You may also notice the Orphan Aid Liberia canvas Sherry and Noelle are holding in some of the pictures. It’s for their trip to Liberia this Christmas to help in the orphanages. To hear more about the group’s mission you can check out their website here. Hope you enjoy their photos! Continue Reading…

Baby, Life, Travel

Mini Road Trips and Our Top Car Seat Picks

September 14, 2016
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I honestly believe that fresh air and being outside can change your entire mood. Now that the weather is cooling down, we will be outside a lot more than just the evenings. This past weekend, we packed up the car and headed just north of our house to visit the lake. We didn’t have a lot of time since we had obligations that night, but just sitting by the water really calmed all three of us. One of the quickest ways to calm Cove when he is fussy is to strap him in the stroller and just take him outside for a bit. He gets so quiet and just soaks up every little detail the great outdoors has to offer. Visiting bodies of water mesmerizes him even mmore. We popped the trunk of the Volvo and just sat in the back seat sippin’ on coffee and watching the boats in the water. It’s so good for the soul sometimes to just pull off on the side of the road and take a minute to be still with one another. Life can be such a blur and it’s good to soak up all the beautiful creation before us.

A few of you have asked me about car seats and which works best for infants and kids. When we first had Cove, we started with the 2016 B-AGILE 3 / B-SAFE 35 ELITE TRAVEL SYSTEM. It was great because we could move Cove from the car to the stroller without waking him up from his nap. The travel system is top rated across the board and provides a great deal of safety to your infant. As he continued to grow (which was fast) we noticed he became really uncomfortable in his seat. Although he was still under the weight limit, his shoulders were too broad for the infant seat. We did some research and found that Britax still had the safest options with the most flexibility for rear facing and forward facing seats. The Boulevard Clicktight ARB with anti-rebound bar was a perfect option for us. This seat is really simple to install, has great crash protection and its a comfortable and cushy ride for our little guy. Studies show that 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly, so this seat really helps parents ensure that their child is strapped in securely. The anti-rebound bar helps keep the car seat stable in case of an accident. It’s the perfect fit for our family.

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Life, Photos, Travel

San Diego Guys Trip

September 12, 2016
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Some of my favorite trips are the last minute, spontaneous ones because we have to buckle down and get all the logistics planned quickly, then we’re off while still on the high / excitement of planning the trip. Now I love planned trips too (we typically have two trips a year that are planned months out), but there’s just something about jumping on a plane a few days later and throwing yourself into the flow of whatever happens, happens.

It was just Jimmy and I for this trip though. You’ve seen him, Jen and their little guy on this blog a lot. Obviously their our best friends and we’re very close with them, so when Jimmy called me a week and a half ago and said he was flying to San Diego for 4 days on business and to pack my bags, I vetted it quickly with Victoria and 3 days later, we landed in the beautiful city of San Diego in my favorite state, California.

We worked. We played. We drove around for hours in a Jeep Wrangler with the doors and top off. That pretty much sums up our trip. Check out some of the shots below. Side Note: We’re working on publishing some new things here in TST, including some large prints for purchase. You’ll be seeing some of the coastal images below again soon and we’d love to see them in your homes!

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Baby, Home, Life

Dinner Time with Gerber

September 8, 2016
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Ian and I love to eat. Not just because we love food (which we totally do), but there is something about gathering around the dinner table breaking bread that is special to us. We really hoped our kids would feel the same way one day. It was also really important to me that our kids like and try all kinds of foods. When we originally introduced Cove to food around six months, we started with really mild flavors. I made his baby food with a baby food maker and fresh produce. Things like pureed apples, pears and sweet potatoes were his top picks with of course good grains like oatmeal and rice. As he started to crawl and become mobile, I knew it was time to introduce finger foods and bigger chunks of food besides just puree. But what I didn’t realize, is that it is a gradual process for babies. Cove was never really sure about the thicker substances we gave him, and would often gag because he hadn’t learned to chew on the food to break it down first. When we tried Gerber 3rd Foods, everything changed. It had the perfect amount of bits in it to get Cove in the practice of chewing before swallowing. Continue Reading…