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48 Hours in Boston

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Shane celebrated his 30th birthday at the beginning of October and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate such a milestone than a trip to Beantown to catch a Red Sox game and explore the history of this beautiful city.  We spent two full days in Boston and fit in as much as possible.  If you find yourself in Boston and short on time, these are the things in our opinion you have to do!

1. The Hahvard Tour - seriously, one of the favorite parts of our trip.  We explored the Harvard's beautiful campus, checked out some of the dorms that once housed famous historical people and learned a lot of interesting information about the University from one of its own students. This tour is well worth your time! While you're in Cambridge stop in at one of the many restaurants that litter Harvard Square and check out the Harvard Student Bookstore. I could have spent hours wandering this place. 

2. The Freedom Trail - the iconic 2.5 mile "trail" that is outlined by brick pavers throughout the streets of downtown Boston is a must when visiting the historic city. Accessible by a paid tour or a free, self-guided stroll, The Freedom Trail was a pretty awesome experience.  It took us the better part of a day to complete the whole journey (including stops for food and drinks a couple of times!)but it was well worth it.  Aside from the historical aspects that you see while on the trail it is a really neat way to see all the parts of the city on foot.  Grab a $3 map at the start of the trail and you are on your way! 

On your way through the trail stop at the famous Acorn Street and experience walking on original cobblestone streets. Also, stop by the beautiful Boston Public Garden and take in the gorgeous gardens and lake on site. Seriously, pictures don't do it justice. All the more reason for you to experience it yourself. :) 

While you are on the trail, step out to experience Boston's Public Library.  It is one of the most beautiful places I have every seen.  I could have spent hours inside just admiring it beautiful architecture. Absolutely stunning.

3. Boston Red Sox Game - the whole reason we went to Boston in the first place was to celebrate Shane's 30 birthday by seeing the Red Sox play.  We try to stop in at a baseball game when traveling to experience different parks in the nation.  Boston was by far one of the best overall baseball park experiences we have ever had.  Reason 1: FAN LOYALTY! We went to a Tuesday night game and it was sold out! Coming from Atlanta where fans can be fair weather this was epic!  We got to the game early and explored the festivities around the perimeter of the stadium and grabbed dinner before heading inside.  If you have a chance, stop in at the Boston Bleacher Bar to see the game from field level. You don't need a ticket but you do need to arrive early if you hope to grab a seat in view of the live game. We spent some time touring the park once inside and enjoyed the game from the outfield.  Such a great time!  

Where to eat:

If you have some time to chow down definitely make some time for The Sail Loft in the North End on the water.  It is a pretty basic restaurant but they have some of the most amazing clam chowder in Boston.

The Friendly Toast - Back Bay - Boston - Ummmm.... it's delicious. I had the Smoked Salmon Benny and Shane had the Babe Benny which was a version of Benedict made with BBQ and cornbread.  The portion sizes are huge and the food is absolutely amazing.  Service is great too!

Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co. - If you can't get into Bleecher Bar, the Cheeky Monkey is a good option.  They have amazing noodle bowls and good beer.  It's a little pricey but it was decent.  There is a huge game area in the back of the bar.  It's open til two so I imagine after games it would be really fun to hang out - especially with a large group.  Definitely worth a visit!

Tatte Bakery & Cafe - Cambridge - this was not exactly what I thought it would be but never-less, the food we had was delicious and the coffee was amazing!  Don't go if you're starving though.  It's more of a snack place with some sandwiches and baked goods.  It was fun to rub shoulders with Harvard scholars and pretend we were the same before hitting up the Hahvard Tour.  Stop in for a coffee and pastry!

Harry's Bar and Grill - Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, MA - Close to our AirBnB, Harry's was our last stop while in Boston and we loved it.  A great selection of beer, cheap wings and Boston Red Sox fans all gathered here on a Wednesday to relax mid week and spend time with friends.  They had an Oatmeal - Pumpkin brew on tap while we were visiting that was served with a cinnamon and sugar dipped glass. Seriously, amazing.

Ahh, Boston.  We can't wait to go back and explore more of you.  New England is giving my beloved PNW a run for its' money.

The Best Sources for Affordable Pillows

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Spring | Summer Edition 

I tend to spend a lot of time searching for beautiful textiles. My favorite form of textiles? Pillows of course! We keep the decor in our house neutral so that we can make changes to our decor as our style changes or if the budget allows, seasonal changes.  Pillows, aside from paint, are in my opinion the quickest way to change up the look of a room.  For a family like ours, saving money is important without sacrificing style.  I have scoured the internet to find some of the best sources for affordable pillows to share with you today.  Much like wardrobe capsules, I have broken down these beautiful pillow finds into themed capsules that fit different decor personalities.  Many of these pillows I own myself but through this process I have found a few more I might have to add to the collection!

Blushing Paradise

The Jungalow

Bohemian Vibes

Happy Pillow Shopping Friends!

Master Bedroom Progress - One Room Challenge

Monday, May 8, 2017

If you have been following along with us you know that I had planned to do a One Room Challenge with our master bedroom a while back.  I bought a new throw and moved a few things around but I didn't do anything major and was left feeling bored with our room very soon again after.


The before of our bedroom just felt unfinished.  There was no wow factor.  The bed naturally being the focal point of the room felt boring and got lost in the sea of beige around it.  Although I loved the lamps I bought for the nightstands, I felt that they were too small for the size of the table and the wall they were on.  The pictures above our bed faded into the wall because of the color.. it just didn't work.

I knew if I wanted to create a space that we would love for a long time I would have to actually put some effort in and make some drastic changes.  But as I began to look around and really take inventory of what we had, I realized I didn't need to buy anything new - I could shop the items we already had in our home. The solution to creating our new beautiful master bedroom was paint.  I had worked so hard to avoid it because it was a huge undertaking as both the walls and the ceiling would have to be painted.. BUT, in the end the result far outweighed the doom of the job.


We painted the walls Valspar Madison White and the ceiling Valspar Swiss Coffee.  It was the perfect contrast and dramatically brightened the space.  I brought back in some lamps I had in storage and per Shane's request used the original quilt we got when we were first married.

I only wish now I would have painted sooner!  We still have a few things we plan to do to this space including adding crown molding.  I also plan to get a few more simple pieces for the walls and a natural rug to put under the bed to warm up the space and add texture.  I am in love with the simplicity of this space though!  We are so close to having our master retreat.  Stay tuned for the final reveal!

Athens Style Engagement

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I traveled to Athens a couple of weekends back to take the sweetest engagement photos for one of the sweetest couples I have the pleasure to work with.  I can't wait to travel back to the Bulldog city this July to shoot their wedding.  Their photos turned out so good!  Here are a few of my favorites...

Happy Tuesday Friends!

Be Deeply Rooted

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I remember a time in my life about five years ago when all I wanted to do was pack up with Shane and the dogs and move out west.  I had fallen head over heels in love with Wyoming and life here in Georgia wasn't going just as I had planned at that time.  I hated my job and felt stuck in trying to determine what was to come next.  Running away seemed like the only reasonable solution to the problem. Little did I know, staying ended up yielding me getting a job back in the school system and moving into a season of life that was fruitful and full of love.

Droughts make it difficult to plant the seeds needed to grow roots and without roots it's difficult to sustain a recurring bloom.  Even the most beautiful of plants will wither without roots to feed them and keep them alive.

My life, then, was in a drought.  Together, over the past couple of years, Shane and I walked through a season that reminded me of that time.  I never thought that a drought in life could last that long but it can.  Infertility, dissatisfaction at work, the constant search for more.. we let it run our lives.

About six months ago we began to made a choice to stop wallowing and start living.  We chose to accept what was given to us, to live in the present and make the most of the here and now - not of the what if.  We are sewing the seeds for our future.  When we decided to let go of our expectations, of what we thought we deserved, we were able to walk freely into the possibilities of what our life could be, not what it wasn't.

I was talking to a good friend yesterday about all the changes that had occurred for us just within the month of January.  One of our hopes for 2017 was to really get plugged into our church and root into our community.  We have since then found ourselves small group leaders and volunteers in other parts of our church. My friend remarked to me on our new ventures saying, "Isn't it funny how life takes off when you put yourself out there?  Put in a little effort and then it all comes together".  I hadn't thought of it like that, but there was so much truth in what she said.  When we allow ourselves to be open to change and to be used for something bigger, Jesus steps in and guides us towards our destination.

We believe it because we are living it.

The sewing season is not always easy but I figure it can't be any worse than a drought.  There is hope in planting seeds - hope that new life forms from what was once a dry land.  Each opportunity we are granted to invest and apply ourselves is a step in the right direction.  We are rooting ourselves here in our life and our community.  This is where we can love and allow Jesus to work and move in our life and the lives of others.

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