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A Week at the Beach in Cape San Blas, Florida

September 11, 2013
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For Kevin’s birthday this year we took a little getaway to Cape San Blas, Florida. It was our first time to visit that part of Florida and we absolutely fell in love! Not only were the beaches gorgeous and secluded, but it was also PET-FRIENDLY!!! Miley and Howie could go!! And they could run on […]

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Exploring the Caverns at Limrock Blowing Cave

August 8, 2013
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When Kevin and I were at school in Auburn, we had two awesome friends, Melanie and Walker. In fact, Melanie plays a big role in how Kevin and I got together. She’d drag me to Auburn baseball games (in which I had no interest in anything other than the hot dogs) and somehow we’d always […]

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Weekend in Chicago, BlogHer 2013 — Part 2

August 2, 2013
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Check out Part 1 of my Weekend in Chicago, BlogHer 2013 recap if you missed it! :) Welcome back!! :) So when I last left off, I was telling you how Friday night in Chicago was one of the highlights of the trip. We had dinner in the private upstairs kitchen of Little Goat Diner, […]

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Weekend in Chicago, BlogHer 2013

August 1, 2013
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What a seriously fun-filled whirlwind this past weekend in Chicago was! I was there with some sweet foodie friends for the annual BlogHer conference. I was also speaking at the conference teaching a DSLR photography class! I’ve been going to the BlogHer conference every year since 2010 (In New York 2010, San Diego 2011, and […]

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BlogHer Food Conference, Austin, Texas — Part 2

June 12, 2013
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Welcome to Part 2 of the BlogHer Food 2013 recap from Austin, TX! :) Here’s Part 1 if you missed it. So after lunch with Michael Angelo’s on Saturday, Maria, Jenny, and I stopped by the conference and they were making freshly spun cherry-flavored cotton candy! Fun! I haven’t had cotton candy in years, lol! That […]

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Weekend in Austin

June 11, 2013
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What a blast this past weekend in Austin was! The annual BlogHer Food blogging conference was in Austin, Texas, this year, and this weekend fabulous foodies from all over were in attendance. It’s in a different city every year, and when they announced Austin as the destination for 2013 I was so excited for the […]

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Weekend at Disney and the Food Blog Forum Conference

May 24, 2013
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Left to right: Rachel, Gina, Megan, Meagan, Carla, Erin, Julie, Me, Jenny, Katrina, Tina and Sommer. Last weekend was such a wonderful whirlwind of friends, blogging, food, and fun at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando Florida. I had not been to Disney since 5th grade, so it was so fun experiencing the magic all […]

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Cottages of Seaside

May 17, 2013
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One of the things we loved about Seaside that made us feel so immediately at home was where we stayed. Seaside is not like other commercialized beach towns. There are no skyscraper hotels or giant condominiums. An escape to Seaside will simply find a quiet cluster of cobblestone streets, pastel-colored homes, and white picket-fenced cottages. […]

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Seaside, Florida

May 15, 2013
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The iconic Seaside beach community in South Walton, Florida has always been a place I’ve dreamed of visiting. I was so excited to get the chance to go for the first time last weekend. I love the idea of living in a small neighborhood and walking to everything. We got a taste of that in […]

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Girls Week in California with Jenny

May 10, 2013
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As it turns out, Kevin happened to be traveling for work the week after The Big Traveling Potluck conference. And since I was already in California anyway… ;) I decided to stay and play an extra week while he was out of town too! :) If you follow me on Instagram, you saw some of […]

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My Weekend at The Big Traveling Potluck Blogging Conference

May 7, 2013
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A few weekends ago I attended The Big Traveling Potluck blogging conference in southern California. I really, really love attending blogging events and try to make it to as many as I reasonably can. I love catching up with my sweet blogging friends — it’s like seeing everyone I feel like I talk to everyday […]

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Asheville Waterfalls

April 24, 2013
Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest, near Asheville, NC. One of the filming locations for the Hunger Games!

Eight years ago, on our third anniversary, Kevin and I spent four days vacationing in Brevard, North Carolina. Brevard is a gorgeous, lusciously green, quiet town just outside of Asheville, located right in the heart of Dupont State Forest and Pisgah National Forest. We love hiking, woods, trails, being outdoors, picnic lunches, and especially waterfalls, […]

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Utah Things

March 26, 2013
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Maria, Abby, me, Heidi When I was in Utah I spoke on a panel about blogging at the Build Your Blog Conference. I loved having the chance to help and encourage fellow bloggers, and wish I had the opportunity to do it more. Of course I felt like a huge dork up there! :) Everyone […]

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La Bonne Vie Bakery at The Grand America

March 14, 2013
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Hello Muffin ;) Are you ready for your daily dose of sweet? ;) Never fear, I am here to help. ;) Today’s sugar rush is brought to you by the perfectly cute La Bonne Vie Bakery located in the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Maria and I had so much fun here! Loved […]

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Les Madeleines Bakery

March 11, 2013
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The next culinary adventure on our nonstop bakery tour through Salt Lake City was the gorgeous Les Madeleines bakery. How sinfully decadent does this table look?? :) Can’t believe I was sitting here just a few weeks ago, lol! I wish I could just warp back here right now. :) I loved the pure, traditional […]

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The Sweet Tooth Fairy Bakery

March 5, 2013
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Maria and I met through our blogs almost three years ago at the BlogHer Food blogging conference. We instantly hit it off (perhaps it’s our shared love of all things sweet!) and have kept in touch ever since. We talk almost every day now whether it’s about blogging, husbands, life, or cookies. :) Ever since […]

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Sweets and Treats at Deer Valley

March 1, 2013
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If you’re looking for where to eat at Deer Valley, you’ve come to the right place! :) Or if you just want to see photos of some seriously decadent desserts, you’re still in the right place. ;) Warning, this post will make you HUNGRY!! :) Of course Deer Valley known for their fabulous skiing facilities, […]

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Skiing at Deer Valley

February 27, 2013
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Photo via Josh We were so fortunate to have such beautiful ski weather at Deer Valley. We were expecting it to snow, but each day when we woke up the sky was vibrant and deep cerulean blue, the sun was deliciously toasty and warm, and the temperatures were luscious at a high of 35 degrees. […]

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The Black Diamond Lodge at Deer Valley

February 25, 2013
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We are back from gorgeous Salt Lake City! Oh my goodness, from the moment we landed I was so stunned at how breathtaking the views from this beautiful city were. We loved every minute there! For my dad’s birthday (which is also Valentine’s Day) our wonderful friends Maria and Josh helped us surprise him and […]

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What My Dad Got for Christmas

February 11, 2013
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I always agonize over what to get my parents for Christmas, but this year I was able to surprise my dad (and mom :)) with a fun gift. I had Kevin help me, since he did such an amazing and creative job surprising me a few years ago… :) Skiing is like, my dad’s favorite […]

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