First Halloween Part II | Baby Shark

I was so excited when I realized we would be celebrating Cove’s first Halloween in Laguna Beach! I am all about homemade costumes, which you can see from my previous post and Cove’s other Halloween costume, but I found this shark outfit and knew we had to let him be a little shark flapping around on the beach. When we tried it on at the store he was grinning from ear to ear. When we took him to the beach this time, he was so afraid of the sand. It was crazy because in Charleston he loved it. But hey – what shark isn’t afraid of being stranded on the sand?! Haha! After a while he got used to it and was giggling and throwing it up in the air. It was such a great memory for his first Halloween. I hope you guys have a great day dressing up and eating lots of candy. Happy Halloween!

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Franklin | Pilgrimage Music Festival

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…

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Franklin, TN | Travel Guide

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…

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Mini Road Trips and Our Top Car Seat Picks

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…

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San Diego Guys Trip

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…

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Atlanta Staycation Part III | Fernbank

On the last day of our staycation we headed to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. It is such a beautiful gem in Atlanta. When you walk in the museums great hall, you are surrounded by a recreation of the world’s largest dinosaurs which is stunning. The rest of the museum has a variation of different exhibits as well as a permanent exhibit on  Georgia’s History. One of the main attractions is the museums IMAX theatre, where it shows a variation of films on the planet and its beauty.

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Atlanta Staycation Part II | Georgia Aquarium

I think this had to be my favorite day of our staycation! Days with a baby under one are pretty unpredictable, so I have learned to not have very many expectations when we go out to do something. Some days can go insanely smooth, and others can end in massive blowouts, meltdowns and who knows what else. But in this case, Cove’s reaction to the aquarium far surpassed the small expectations I had. He was absolutely mesmerized. We could have sat at each exhibit forever letting him watch the creatures and fish swim around. The Georgia Aquarium is one of the best aquariums I’ve ever visited, and my family has been to some all across the country and even in Canada. They do such a great job at really capturing every audience and have such a beautiful space. You could spend anywhere from two hours to an entire day soaking it all in.

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Atlanta Staycation Part I | Zoo Atlanta

We were so excited to take a few days off for a little staycation in the place we call home. CityPASS hooked us up with some amazing passes to Atlanta’s greatest attractions. I was so excited to take Cove to some of the places I hadn’t been since I was a child. First on our list was Zoo Atlanta. Ian and I had both not been in about a decade. We had the best time going through and looking at all the animals. Ian joked that I was just as excited as some of the kids, and I really was! I loved seeing all the animals play and do their thing. Cove really loved the flamingos, gorillas and the pandas. We had a super close encounter with a panda, and Cove did not break eye contact with him until we wheeled him away in the stroller.

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Beach Baby Essentials

It’s sweet summertime and everyone is headed to the beach! I had a few people reach out to me about how we managed a baby at the beach. (Cove was just four months old when we took him to meet the ocean – which you can see here) So I thought I would share just a few of the things that made taking Cove to the beach so much easier.

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Charleston | Isle of Palms | Spring Vacation

I was so excited to escape for a little getaway with our family. I was even more excited to take Cove to the beach for the first time. If you didn’t already know, our family loves the beach. We were really hoping Cove would too, and he did! He loved watching the waves and feeling the sand between his toes. It was such a relaxing time for us, and was much needed alone time. There is something so rejuvenating about being near the water. For me, its the sense of how vast and big it is. It reminds you that your problems are so small compared to the greatness of God and His will for our lives. It also is a reminder to me of faith, of Peter walking on water, and how sometimes we can get caught up in the waves of life instead of really focusing on God and his promises. It’s breathtaking to think about. We spent our days walking along the beach and our evenings in downtown Charleston walking around. Wild Dunes was one of locations…

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Salty Air Memories

This past week, we were able to get away for some much needed family time. It was such an amazing experience to be able to bring him to one of our favorite places – the beach! He absolutely loved the water and was so mesmerized by the ocean. We had wonderful weather, and the salty air was good for our spirits. Cove has just hit four months, and has started some major drooling/teething. It has been a little bit rough for him, but I came across Martina’s and have been sold every since. These baltic amber teething necklaces and bracelets have been such a life saver, and not only that, they are so freaking adorable. Our waitress at the Vietnamese restaurant kept going on about how cute they looked on him.

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A Night Under The Sea

I was so excited when the Georgia Aquarium asked Ian and I to preview its new exhibits and celebrate its 10th Anniversary. When Ian and I first started dating around 7 years ago, we went to the aquarium for a date day. I hadn’t been back since. It was such a fun date night and exactly what we needed to break up our busy week. The new Sea Lion show (opening March 31st) was incredibly entertaining and a lot of fun. It brought back many memories of our trip to San Fransisco where we sat staring at the Sea Lions at Pier 225 for about a half hour, listening to them scream and wallow around. It was also incredible to hear that all of the Georgia Aquarium sea lions at the exhibit were rescues! After the show was complete, we ate some delicious food and made our way to the new AT&T Dolphin Presentation. It was a pretty impressive show. The night ended so perfectly with gorgeous cheese, meat and dessert trays as we strolled through an empty aquarium and saw the other exhibits. Ian said I…

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Seacrest Beach | Baby Moon | 28-29 Week Update

Earlier this year, we decided we would go to the beach in September to celebrate and be together during the time our baby we lost was due. It just so happens, that the Lord blessed us with another child due in December of this year, so we decided to celebrate our baby moon at the same time. Usually during vacations we are moving a lot and trying to experience everything each city has to offer, so we knew a beach trip would help us stop moving and really relax and spend time alone together. And it was exactly what we needed. After some really long work days for Ian, and lots of busy nights and weekends, we got to spend alone time together in a beautiful place.

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Tote All – What’s in my carry on

Traveling near or far, it’s always a battle to pack the least amount of stuff, but still have everything you need. The good news is…I’ve found the most perfect tote. The transport tote from Madewell is the perfect size and shape for traveling. It comes in a few different shades of solid leather and holds up really well over time. Here are a few of my essentials for traveling, and what you would find in my tote. 1. An iPad and iPhone. They are the easiest technology to travel with and are always good for sitting in an airport or car for long amounts of time. And of course, I had to have the gold shell, because everything is better in gold. 2. A leather cord storage case. There is nothing more annoying than reaching into your bag to find a wad of cords and earphones. Ian and I purchased these a few years ago and they are so great for traveling and everyday use. We bought ours from Apple, but you can get similar ones on Etsy here.

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Seattle, Washington and Victoria, British Colombia

Ian and I were able to take a trip to Seattle last week for business and pleasure. Seattle was a great city. Laid back, lots to do and I love cities that are next water, so that was an added bonus. Our first night there we ate at an amazing restaurant in one of the second stories of an old building in Pike Place Market, Radiator Whiskey. The atmosphere was great and we made it for happy hour. We tried the tator tots appetizer with house made gravy and an over easy egg. Both of our meals were delicious. After dinner, we strolled through the market watching the vendors throw fish and lusting over the peonies and other fresh flowers. We stopped by the infamous Gum Wall and of course, added to it so that we would ‘always stick together.’ I was pretty grossed out and excited at the same time. Then we stopped at the original Starbucks in Pike Place for some souvenirs and the Pike’s Place Reserve Roast.

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