Travel | FL, TN & WI oh my!


I’d love another cup of coffee right now to help me through writing this post, but I’m pretty sure that grinding the beans will wake my napping boy, so, there’s that.  We all fight imaginary battles…

With an impending nation-wide film release, we’ve been traveling A TON.  Josh’s job requires him to travel often and while I have my really hard days, I’m slowing learning how to make the best of it.  When the opportunities arise for me to travel (as a family or just with the baby) I try to take them.  I do much better when I’m busy and travel keeps me on my toes.



Josh was scheduled to be away on Valentine’s Day and I was a little heartbroken at the thought.  I mentioned to my mom that I may fly up to Wisconsin for a visit since his trip was supposed to be extra-long and she said “Too bad, we’ll be in Florida that week, you’ll just have to join us there!”.  I did not argue with her!  It meant a shorter flight for us and since my family had already rented a home for the week there was plenty of room for us, we booked it to Marco Island for a relaxing week.  The best part was that Josh had a break and flew down for Valentines Day.  It was a truly magical dinner and we 100% took advantage of the free babysitting by my little sisters!



Our Nashville stay for a few days due to the premiere of “I Can Only Imagine”, but ended up staying a week at the Gaylord Opryland.  My mom flew down for a few days to watch Hugo so that I could attend and not have to worry about him.  Once the event was over, we were able to explore the city and eat some amazing food!  Hugo loved being with his “Sugar”!

I know they’re disgusting, but letting the munchkin get his wiggles out is 100% worth the risk.
Five Daughter’s Bakery in Nashville.  Oh my gosh!  Their 100-Layer donuts are to die for!
Turns out that Hugo loves a room service breakfast just as much as mama does.
BOX Bakery in Nashville for a beautiful, yummy and healthy breakfast.


Release week happened last week and Josh was off to OKC and Dallas, there was no way Hugo and I were going to be able to keep up with his schedule and were going to stay put in Birmingham.  Over the weekend, as we were discussing Easter plans, I got word from my family that both my grandfather and my mimi were having some health complications and things fell quickly into place that we would fly to Wisconsin to support and just be together.

Another day, another germy airport playground…
Every morning, he would wake up and greet the kitty cats at the back door.  That bed head!



So there’s a little recap of our travels.  I’m happy to be home for a bit,  I spent yesterday cleaning and catching up on laundry, today I ran a million errands and put a pot roast in the oven.  These are the little things that make my homebody heart squeeze with happiness.


Travel | Our little visit to 30A!


There is a silver lining to having a husband who travels for work, sometimes he has to work weekends and sometimes the location is the beach and SOMETIMES you get to tag along!


We spent a long weekend in Seacrest Beach, which is along Florida’s highway 30A and sandwiched between the most perfect Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach.  These beautiful little beach towns are wonderfully walkable and you feel as if you stepped into a movie.




Seaside, Florida was just a few miles away and we spent an afternoon walking through the shops and little side streets.


This is the beautiful Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach.  We rented a little studio for this trip but we’d love to stay here next time!  They supposedly have a rooftop bar that is to die for (not necessarily baby-friendly.)


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Travel | Easy-Peasy, No-Traffic, With Infant, 6-ish Hour, Atlanta Travel Guide!

A few weekends ago we planned a little day trip to the ATL.  While we love all of the fun things to do in Birmingham, we also love the fact that it is such a short drive to other great cities like Nashville, New Orleans, Orange Beach and Atlanta.

And because I’m not too familiar with the city and I know that traffic is always a nightmare (always great conversation starter. Atlanta traffic!), I spent a few hours going plotting out and mapping our day.  It paid off because our day was really well-paced, and that’s not always easy with a nursing baby.  When we made it home at a decent hour and had experience ZERO traffic, I basked in my success!


We left around 9am and drove right to the Atlanta History Center, it’s on the north side of the city and the main road will take you through some gorgeous old neighborhoods full of beautiful southern homes.  Our first destination was Swan House!  It’s a little confusing at first, but you begin at the history center, there’s great parking, stroller accessible with a fun gift shop and cafe attached.  Your ticket includes a Swan House, the grounds and gardens, Margaret Mitchell House (located off site, we didn’t visit this time), a historic farmhouse with animals and very well-designed museum exhibits back at the air-conditioned history center.


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Swan House was the filming site for several of the Hunger Games movies.  They had set up a special exhibit in one of the upstairs bedrooms with leftover props and the docents were willing to answer tons of questions.  It was a fun bit of trivia!


I’m an old house nut.  I think they’re just full of mystery and romance and I never get enough.  Before moving to the south, I spent 3 summers volunteering at a historic home in Wisconsin, that place became so special to me.  Josh proposed in the tower that overlooks the lake and we went back after our wedding ceremony to have our portraits done.  ALL THE LOVE!!!

The only thing better than a BIG old house are two little houses!  These playhouses were a dream, with bedrooms, kitchens, a wraparound porch and real windows.  How amazing would it be to build one of these someday?!?


The luxurious Buckhead Village is only a few miles from the houses and they just opened a Shake Shack.  OH MY YES!  I love fancy things, but do you know what I really love?  Not-fancy things.  There is nothing better than a simple cheeseburger and fries.  The cheese fries from Shake Shack are so good!  Josh was suspicious the I’d planned our entire trip around this stop, I wouldn’t say “entire” trip, not exactly…

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All good day-trips need a bit of purpose, so we stopped by IKEA to pick up one of these little highchairs that I’ve been hearing rave reviews about.  Best $20 purchase!  HMW loves sitting in it while I’m cooking and throw toys at me.  Haha!  Little boys!


Our final stop was Star Provisions for some coffee and a delicious gluten-free brownie.  I can’t wait to visit again and eat at one of their other restaurants.  I was so impressed with their merchandising and selection of Southern Made products.


And there you have it!  My “Easy-Peasy, No-Traffic, With Infant, 6-ish Hour, Atlanta Travel Guide!” Is it ambitious?  No, not at all.  But it’s doable and laid-back and was perfect for us and little Hugo.


Eats    |    Shake Shack Buckhead, Star Provisions 

Stops    |    Swan House, IKEA Atlanta

Sounds    |    The audiobook version of Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon by Greg Laurie   (Shameless plug: Josh is producing the movie for this book and so by default we’ve both learned tons about the life of SMq. The movie trailer is HERE!