I haven't blogged in an embarrassingly long time - my excuse was we've been so busy with work and our renovation project that I haven't been anywhere pretty. But then I realized that's a very sad excuse.
So I challenged myself...
I was also inspired by my beautiful bff who happens to own a gardening company...she finds beauty EVERYWHERE (and seriously...check out her work because it's amazing) and posts photos all the time....so I decided to try and take her perspective a little more.
Her company is called Solid Roots Garden Services, and they do beautiful work in the Downeast/Acadia region of Maine.
Since we've been too busy with work to really spend any 'leisure' time exploring I decided I'd just have to take my camera along on one of our work trips....so I told my husband to make room for it in the car. (Long story there...I'll get to it)
Here was my challenge:
Take at least ONE photo I can stand (listen....I'm not in love with any of these, they're very different from my 'usual') at each stop I had time to pull the camera out.
These stops are abandoned houses in VERY assorted places. Some are way out in the country, others are in some pretty seedy areas of the city. So this was a pretty broad challenge.
Here's what I got:
Now, I hardly know what any of these plants are...but I'm gonna learn! I am determined to become familiar with the southern plants - at least enough to identify the common ones.
One of the last houses we went to is in the middle of NOWHERE....but it is awesome. It's actually nothing special, but the tree-lined drive could be gorgeous, there is a huge porch, and a pool!
The last stop was a mobile home on an unkept dirt road....it was not pretty. I walked around for a few minutes to attempt and find SOMETHING pretty....but then I opened my eyes. Here's what was at the ugly house.
Life is beautiful, people, look around. :-)
So far this summer has been C-R-A-Z-Y!!
Our in-laws were in town visiting this past week, so we got to show them around to all of our favorite parts of Charleston. Our favorite stops were food...obviously..who can say no to some amazing grub? These are our current favorites, and the places we took our fam!
Hominy Grill - AMAZING breakfast, try the Charleston Nasty Biscuit
Sesame Burger - Literally the best nachos we've ever had, plus a burger of the week
Liberty Taproom - Monday every draft beer is $4! Plus their pretzel app is to die for
The Shelter Bar & Grill - Spicy chicken dip anyone?! And if you're craving brunch, this is your stop
Ali Baba - Mediterranean like you've never had before. Fresh and authentic
Taco Boy - Street tacos and the best margaritas you've ever had? This is your place
Fratello's Italian Tavern - Authentic Italian cuisine
Amen Street - Oysters and raw bar. The local oysters? To die for.
The Vendue - Rooftop views and fantastic drinks. Don't worry about the heat, up here you've got an amazing breeze.
The only problem we've had in Charleston so far is that we can't choose a favorite! I didn't bring my camera with us on this trip (shame...I know) so I only have a few (bad) photos from Taco Boy, but seriously, every single one of these places is worth a try! They are on our FOR SURE list.
Check these places out and PLEASE let me know what you think....and obviously I want your suggestions for other places to try!
Until next time,
The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.
I've always wanted to live at the beach....now that I do I still have a hard time believing that this is real life. Last night we took a sunset walk down the beach on Sullivan's Island, SC. Here is a little bit of the beauty we saw.
And (of course) the silliness that happened....because it wouldn't be a trip with us without it.
Until next time...
When Dave and I got married we decided that every year on our anniversary we were going to go away - not always somewhere exotic, but away. Who knows what our next years will bring, but for our first anniversary we were able to sneak away to Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
We invited everyone from our wedding group to come with us....honestly as much as we love spending alone time together we think it's way more fun to have our family and closest friends with us!
We didn't take very many photos this trip....we were way too distracted by the beautiful beach to bring our cameras, and the GoPro was (mostly) busy in making a video!
Thankfully at least a couple of us had phones out and grabbed some quick shots during the fun.
I don't think anything could ever top our wedding trip....it was literally the best time of my life....but our first anniversary was certainly a great tribute to an amazing time.
On our actual anniversary we went on a catamaran party-boat cruise to Dunn's River Falls and snorkeling on a reef. Aside from seeing ridiculously ginormous banana spiders we had a great time. I can't lie, the spiders were terrifying. I definitely sprinted past them to get back to the boat.
Jamaica is gorgeous...and Jamaica is a reality check for Americans. The resorts are like resorts in every tropical place:
3. Nowhere near what actual life on the island is like.
Driving from the airport to the resort was an experience in itself, and as usually happens when we travel we were reminded how good it is to be an American...regardless of the issues our country is facing.
Okay - enough serious stuff...back to the photos and fun of the trip!
If you have the opportunity to stay at a Sandals Resort I would DEFINITELY recommend going on the party cruise! The crew is amazing, and the boat is fantastic.
Sandals Ochi Beach - Around the Resort
The resort was beautiful. Nowhere near as amazing as where we got married (Secrets Silversands, Riviera Maya, Mexico), but still gorgeous. The beach, however, was MUCH more impressive than Mexico.
The reason we didn't have too many photos from our trip is right here....we decided to make a video instead!
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