20 Summer Road Trip Essentials for Kids

Who else is planning a summer road trip with kids?  Summer is nearly over, which means you better hit the road quick if you want to avoid those unexcused absences. If you want to try to kick it old school style and have a technology-free road trip then you are gonna need to get creative. Kids today are not as easily distracted as those of us who grew up counting the roadside power poles from the back of a station wagon in the 80s. That means you need to make a plan and be prepared. Here are … [Read more...]

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Share Your Great Southern Road Trip!

Well, it has certainly been fun road tripping with all of you this past week! If you missed any of the posts this week they are all below so grab your favorite road trip snacks and get ready to be inspired as we wind our way through the South: Southern State of Mind {Atlanta, GA} | Restless Arrow {Belton, SC} Southern Hospitality {Marietta, GA}| Our Southern Home {Caswell Beach, NC} Unskinny Boppy {Birmingham, AL} | Maison de Pax {Austin, TX} Atta Girl Says {Greensboro, NC} | 3 Little … [Read more...]

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Best Things to Do in Birmingham, Alabama

Hey friends! This week I'm virtually road-tripping around the South with a whole bunch of great bloggers for The Great Southern Road Trip.  We will be linking up all sorts of fun southern inspired posts for y'all to enjoy, sip and savor. So, grab your mason jar of sweet tea and let me take you on a tour of my hometown, Birmingham, Alabama. I've drawn you a fun little map to help you get your bearings around town.  To the south is Red Mountain, to the West sits Legion Field (home of … [Read more...]

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FINDING SOUTHERN ROMANCE; The Rest Of The Story

I believe that every home has a story to tell, but especially the Old Ones.  Those 100+ year old homes that have seen multiple generations of folks pass through the halls and swing on the front porch. Imagine if those walls could talk.  What would they say? Mobile, Alabama has it’s fair share of these matriarchal mansions, standing proudly under the dappled shade of the tall live oak trees. Over the decades, some of these beauties have been neglected and fallen into disrepair.  But then there … [Read more...]

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City Farmhouse Popup Show, 2015

Hey everybody! It’s Caroline here with my very first blog post! I got my first taste of the vendor booth lifestyle at the City Farmhouse Pop Up show in Franklin, TN yesterday.  I was raring to go with tickets provided by Kim from City Farmhouse. Thanks so much, Kim! But, once we got to the Fair all I could think to myself was HOLY GUACAMOLE IT’S COLD OUT HERE! “Mama, I’m freezing!” Yes, it was super cold!  I woke up to a frost warning notification on my mom’s phone, so she bundled … [Read more...]

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Finding Southern Romance in Mobile, Alabama

When Esther de Wolde decided to checkmark her dream of renovating an old southern home off her bucket list, I bet the idea of sharing her porch railings with a bunch of bloggers from across the continent wasn’t even a blip on her radar. But, that is exactly what happened last week at Esther’s turn-of-the-century home in Mobile, Alabama. Do you like how those of us on the left harnessed our inner Susanne Sugarbakers and lounged right on that railing like we owned it? I had the honor of … [Read more...]

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That month we Celebrated our 10th Anniversary Pt. 2

Even though we had celebrated our anniversary in the woods of Wisconsin earlier in October, that didn’t stop us from planning another getaway to Franklin,Tennessee for anniversary getaway part deux.  This trip was spent at The Granary at Peacock Hill, which was a converted grain mill turned into a cute little cottage on a farm in the middle of nowhere, Tennessee.  Actually when you get to the middle of nowhere, you turn left and go just a little bit further before you get there.  Oh and here's a … [Read more...]

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Ideas for a Fun Girl’s Trip to Nashville

Last weekend a group of my friends and I got together in Nashville for a weekend getaway with our friends at Forest Home Media.  Dana and Nancy are super well connected Nashville PR ladies who also happen to be total BFF material.  Seriously, I love these two women.  I first met them at the HGTV Smart Home in April, and then again when they came to Birmingham to tour the offices at Southern Living.  We kicked off the weekend by meeting up for lunch at Pinewood Social, a unique restaurant with a … [Read more...]

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Dream Vacation Giveaway to Anna Maria Island, Florida

As a child from Alabama I grew up vacationing in Panama City Beach (aka the Redneck Riviera), where the high-rise condos line the Miracle Strip like Wall Street, completely blocking your view of the water with 18 stories of concrete and metal railings.  In college we started going to Destin and Fort Walton Beach, which still had high rise condos interspersed with cute beach houses and plenty of sugar sand beaches.  These days my family makes the Spring Break drive to the 30-A towns of Seaside, … [Read more...]

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Top Ten Things to do in Tybee Island, Georgia

After spending a glorious long weekend in beautiful Tybee Island, Georgia with some of my favorite people last week, I’m here to report back on the top ten things you should do while vacationing in Tybee Island.  Trust me, after you see these pictures, you’re going to want to book a vacation at this gorgeous slice of heaven called Tybee.  Here is the backstory: Twenty bloggers were invited to stay in six different Mermaid Cottages scattered across the tiny three mile wide island.  The homes … [Read more...]

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