Italy Travel Guide

It has been a dream of mine since I was in middle school to take a trip to Italy. I could never put my finger on why I loved it so much, but between the food, the history and the views, I knew it had to be wonderful. My husband knew about this dream, so when I graduated college and started working full time, he told me that we would always find a reason not to go or put it off, so lets do it now. And we did! We started planning in December for a travel date in May.  Even though I was thrilled, the planning was a little stressful. Neither of us had been to Europe before and we had no idea what we were doing. We spent hours reading and putting together an itinerary (I have a type A personality), which were great memories and times I got to spend learning with Ian. So I decided to share the little bit of knowledge we gained on traveling to Italy for anyone who was clueless, like us, or just…

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Tybee Island and Savannah – The Beauty of Love as it Ages

This past year was an unbelievably beautiful reminder of what love looks like as it ages. My parents and in-laws celebrated 25 years of marriage and my grandparents celebrated 60 years! If that is not a expression that love can last longer than the statistics show, then I don’t know what is. To celebrate my grandparents and their love, my family decided to rent a house in Tybee Island to visit the beach and Savannah, GA for the weekend. Having three generations of love all under one roof for the weekend was such a great reminder of God’s love for us and his plan for marriage.   (photo credit to my beautiful sister, Brianna Westland, for capturing this shot) It was better than any fairytale to watch my grandparents hold hands and walk to the edge of the water. One of the days we were there, we visited downtown Savannah. It is such a quaint and historic town. Every street has some gorgeous building or elegant fountain. We ate lunch at Paula Deen’s restaurant Lady and Sons, per my grandmothers request.…

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Nashville, TN

For a quick weekend getaway, Ian and I and our friends Jimmy and Jen decided to go to Nashville, Tennessee. Even though all four of us had lived in the south our entire lives, we had never been before. In my opinion, Tennessee is one of the most beautiful states and Nashville is a city you cannot miss! Here are a few pictures from our trip as well as some recommendations if you decide to take a trip yourself. For lunch the first day we stopped at The Pharmacy which has some incredible burgers and handcrafted sodas. Of course we had to be touristy so we stopped by the Pantheon in Centennial Park to relive some memories from Italy. And as you may know from our previous trips, we always do jumping pictures somewhere in the city… For an afternoon pick-me-up we went to the Frothy Monkey on 12th ave for some incredible coffee and lattes. The Frothy Monkey is known to have several country celebrities stop in, but unfortunately none were there when we went. 12th ave. was fun…

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Washington D.C.

I had the pleasure of going to a marketing conference in D.C. for work, and as a bonus Ian got to tag along for a mini vacation. I had visited D.C. with my parents when I was younger, but I was excited to go back and see the city with Ian who had never been before. We started the trip by seeing the White House and the National Mall. Since the weather was so nice, we walked mostly everywhere and bought Metro passes for the day if it was more than a few blocks. After the end of the conference we took the Metro to Georgetown, which I instantly fell in love with. It is very much like visiting Charleston in the North. All of the shops are built into old buildings and the atmosphere and vibe of the town is very quaint. After doing a little shopping, we walked along the Washington Harbor and had a delicious lobster dinner at Clyde’s downtown. Here are a few pictures from the trip: Ian caught me taking selfies at the Washington monument,…

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