Merry & Bright – The perfect holiday party booth

Every year since we have been married, Ian and I have enjoyed hosting a small Christmas party at our house. We usually require for everyone to dress up some how and this year we thought we would bring back the Tacky Christmas Sweaters. Since we don’t do a white elephant or ornament exchange we create a small area upstairs to do a photo booth. In the two years we’ve done it, it has not failed to bring lots of laughs and holiday cheer out of everyone. This year. We took two hideously awesome green chairs from the Goodwill as our seating. Since we didn’t want to spend a lot of money, we bought rolls of brown packaging paper from the Dollar Store and hung it in strips all across the back wall. Ian hung old vintage lights from my Grandma’s Christmas tree across the paper and we had the perfect vintage set up. The props were all random items we either had in our house or things we borrowed from my mother-in-laws drama prop closet. We also added a Shake…

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A Very Merry Christmas

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Between all the parties, family, and cheer I also get to transform my home into miniature winter wonderland. When we started our family two years ago, I was really excited about decorating for Christmas. But when I actually started putting the decorations up, I realized it was more than just making your home look beautiful. It was about the memories and traditions that come along with it. I love to see how other people transform their home through the holidays. Each ornament or decoration has a special meaning or memory behind it. As Ian and I decorate, I think about the items that people have given us, that we got from an ornament exchange, or just the fun in putting it all up together while listening to Frank Sinatra and Big Band Music. With that being said, here is a small tour of our home at Christmas. Every year, Ian and I go through the back yard and trim our trees and tie the branches together for the garland inside. As messy…

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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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