Boat Dayyy

Boat Dayyy - offbeat + inspired

I NEEDED to share this little 15-sec video Kappel shot of our boat day with friends + Mike’s Hard Strawberry Lemonade last week. It was SO much fun and I posted about it on Instagram this morning…SO HAPPY THE WARMER DAYS ARE FINALLY HERE!!

My caption on Insta!: “BOAT DAYYYY!!! This is just one of the many things I love about Nashville..an impromptu cookout on the water with swims and friends IN SPRINGTIME. ☀ I got to partner with @mikeshardlemonade again to show how we’re having fun outside this season and I would love to hear about what you’re doing too!!! :D After all the traveling lately, this was MUCH needed. <3 #mikessummer #whyweadventure #partner #SPRINGTIME [COMPLETELY obsessed with this little video @kappeljamescloninger made!! <3]“

See you at The Vintage Round Top for TRIBE with Where Women Cook!!

See you at Vintage Round Top for TRIBE with Where Women Cook!! - offbeat + inspired

First of all, I am beside myself about the fact that the Spring Issue of Where Women Cook is on shelves now, and I’m in it!!

This is such a dream. That publication is absolutely stunning and has been a favorite of mine for a while now. So when The Vintage Round Top reached out a few months ago about having me attend their TRIBE event in collaboration with Where Women Cook, AND that WWC wanted to feature a few of my recipes in their next issue, I was THRILLED.

So let me tell you more about the actual event. It’s a free admission “Meet the Makers” gathering on Tuesday, March 29 at Zapp Hall in Warrenton, TX with various creatives and entrepreneurs who have been featured in the 2016 issues of WWC. The lineup is incredible…I cannot wait to meet these wonderful humans myself! So we’ll be hanging out between 3-5PM, chatting, listening to live music, inspiring and being inspired! It would be SO amazing if you could make it out! It’s going to be so much fun.

You can find all the details on the images below! Do you think you’ll be able to make it out?? I hope I see you!!

See you at Vintage Round Top for TRIBE with Where Women Cook!! - offbeat + inspired

See you at Vintage Round Top for TRIBE with Where Women Cook!! - offbeat + inspired

 

A Subscription Box for Foodies + Adventurers THAT I LOVE!

A Subscription Box for Foodies + Adventurers THAT I LOVE! - offbeat + inspired

I posted last month on Instagram about THE COOLEST foodie subscription box I’ve ever tried. It’s called Hole In Wall Box and here’s why it’s my new favorite:

1. (literally my number 1 reason..) Each box is like an edible/sniffable city guide. The contents are sourced entirely from the featured city, and when you’re done tearing through the box, it feels like you’ve actually been there. I absolutely LOVE this and it’s why this subscription is so unique! I got to try the “San Diego” box. A city I’ve never visited, but now I really feel like I know it better. And when I DO visit, I know exactly where to explore first!

2. The items in the box are well curated and very high quality. Jeremy and William (co-founders) are avid travelers themselves, and have a passion for exploring the little-known, often overlooked “holes in the wall” in cities all over the world. These are the ones that are celebrated in each box.

3. There’s a new city every other month, and your input is SUPER valuable. If there’s a city you’d like them to feature, TELL THEM! They’ll probably end up doing it!

A Subscription Box for Foodies + Adventurers THAT I LOVE! - offbeat + inspired

A Subscription Box for Foodies + Adventurers THAT I LOVE! - offbeat + inspired

A Subscription Box for Foodies + Adventurers THAT I LOVE! - offbeat + inspired

A Subscription Box for Foodies + Adventurers THAT I LOVE! - offbeat + inspired

A Subscription Box for Foodies + Adventurers THAT I LOVE! - offbeat + inspired

The stuff inside was so good, I ate half of it before I got a chance to snap a photo. THAT’S A GOOD SIGN.

So if you need more of this kinda thing in your life, subscribe and check out the current/upcoming cities!

You can also follow Hole In Wall Box on Instagram and Facebook!

Tell me what you think!! Which city would you like to see them box up and deliver to your doorstep next??

Nashville Exploring + the Warmest Winter EVER with Brooklyn Bicycle Co.

Nashville Exploring + the Warmest Winter EVER with Brooklyn Bicycle Co. - offbeat + inspired

Back home, I always considered “the north” to be EXTREME north. Basically the Canadian border. It’s lake-effect snow, sub-zero winters, local skiing, maple syrup fresh from the tree and basically any scene from Fargo. Living in Nashville, I’m learning that “the north” means anything upwards of Tennessee, where it’s not uncommon to cut down your Christmas tree in a t-shirt. And I’m kinda torn.

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Campfires, Cocoa + Minnetonkas

Campfires, Cocoa + Minnetonkas - offbeat + inspired

This is definitely one of my favorite combinations in the world…campfires, the outdoors, hot chocolate, cozy clothes, sunsets and good friends. Simple, magical, and getting to feel adventurous right in the backyard. This was such a welcome retreat from the craziness that is November/December. The holidays seriously snuck up on me this year! I’ve been so busy settling into Nashville that when I finally came up for air, it was Thanksgiving week! And now Christmas is right around the corner. It’s ok though, campfires like this one will be my reality check - all is right with the world when you’ve got sweet ones to share life with and a good pair of shoes.

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Salted Bourbon Brownies + Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream! #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

I happen to love the fact that Christmas season starts at 12:01 AM on November 1st. I love that I went to the mall the other day to get my shattered phone screen fixed (again), and was met with the comforting warble of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and a jolly See’s Candies employee handing out free chocolate lollipops. I love that as abruptly as the holiday magic begins, my kitchen turns into a buttery, chocolatey, flour-y wonderland where I retreat regularly to create and let the inspiration (and sugar) fly.

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A Weekday Brunch, Vintage Inspiration & Mini Quiche Lorraine + Pancake Skewers with Warm Maple Butter

A Weekday Brunch, Vintage Inspiration & Mini Quiche Lorraine + Pancake Skewers with Warm Maple Butter - offbeat + inspired #VintageCharm

Thrifting for kitchen stuff is my favorite. I love that I can give myself a $10-$15 budget and an afternoon at the flea market, and walk away with a pile of treasures. I’ll go straight to the section with tables full of vintage dishes as far as the eye can see, and daydream about swimming through a sea of them cartoon-style — remember the duck in the vault with the gold coins? Yeah, that.

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RiSE Festival + Letting Go

RiSE Festival + Letting Go - offbeat + inspired

I woke up before sunrise to catch an early flight out of Nashville with Kappel. I couldn’t believe we were only hours away from the Mojave Desert and only a day away from RiSE. I took a big (for me) leap a little over a month ago and shared on Free People’s blog about the struggle to find my identity through anxiety issues, miscarriage, divorce and eventually freedom and healing. I had a lot to release, and what I ended up experiencing was beyond anything I could have imagined.

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Hard Lemonade Bonfire Chicken

Hard Lemonade Bonfire Chicken - offbeat + inspired

The house I’m renting in Nashville is amazing. It’s a little 2-bedroom cottage in a charming neighborhood and the backyard is HUGE. There are big old trees, lots of shade, even a little lattice & ivy covered swing! But my FAVORITE thing about the yard is how perfect it is for bonfires.

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Brokenness, Hope + a Journey to RiSE with Free People

Brokenness, Hope + a Journey to RiSE with Free People - offbeat + inspired

I believe that the most beautiful things happen when our walls come down. It’s scary and painful, but it lets us breathe and live. It leaves us vulnerable to all kinds of hurt, but those hurts can strengthen us and grow our roots deep and strong if we let them.

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