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{Travel} Historic Tennessee Tour

What to do on a hot summer day, you ask? Well, how about a driving tour of historic Tennessee? Considering I’ve lived here for almost 4 years, its about time I saw what life was like in the “olden days.” Last week, Grant and I both had a free day, so we decided there really wasn’t anything better to do! We’re completely movied out, and with temps near or over 100, staying inside is really the only option, especially for a Wisconsinite like myself. I found the sights to see online, and we drove at our own pace on beautiful back country roads for a good 6 hours… bonding at its finest!

1) Donut Den. No, not on the “historic site” list, but its been in business since 1940-something, so that’s historic enough. I drive past it on my way to the gym, and am always tempted, but have never stopped. Good thing, because I’m now addicted!



2) Historic Franklin. I just love the little town square and main street of shops- it definitely reminds me of Cedarburg, where I grew up!

3) Lieper’s Fork. Supposedly a historic town, with really good almond butter from Joe’s!

4) Attempted to stop at the Rattle & Snap House. Unfortunately, its now a private home, and you need advance reservations. Otherwise the guard dogs will chase you out…

5) James K. Polk Home. The pictures speak for itself!

6) We passed a few civil war battlefields on the way to stop #7

7) Carnton Plantation. By this time, it was 4pm and still over 100 degrees. We decided to save this for a cooler day, but it looks beautiful and is sure to be another great adventure!




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{Travel} Quick Trip to Chattanooga

Over Memorial Day Weekend, Grant and I decided to head to Chattanooga for a little fun. I had only ever driven through, and had been wanting to spend a little more time there, than just at a gas station. I didn’t know much about it before going, only that it was a 2 hour drive from my house. Its definitely still an “up and coming” city, but there were so many unique things to do, that we can’t do in Nashville. It was so hot out, that we definitely had to take advantage of all the touristy things the city offers. Some highlights of the weekend:

Tennessee Aquarium

Pedestrian Bridge

Ruby Falls

Lookout Mountain (the sign said you can see 7 states from the top. I’m not so sure about that…)

Good Eats

Let’s eat!

If you have a free day or two, I definitely recommend going- a quick weekend trip worth taking in my opinion. I loved every second of our trip, and am already excited for our next adventure!


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Paint + Canvas

Guess Who?

Last week, my friends and I headed to Paint + Canvas, a drink wine while painting your own art studio. There was a sample painting that we each copied to take home with us. What a fun and relaxing way to spend an evening! It only took about 2 hours, and was a perfect way to spend a Wednesday night… Make time, and go paint!

My Masterpiece!


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Nashville Birthday Box

As you know, Grant’s birthday was last week and I made this cheesecake for dessert… I love ANYTHING birthday related and I’m a big believer that everyone needs a present to open on their birthday, so I wanted to think of something fun, creative, and not so “typical birthday.” The question was, what to do? I decided to put together a “Nashville Birthday Box” full of all sorts of things for us to do together! So, what’s in this box?

  • Bottle of Arrington wine from Arrington Vineyards, not too far out of the city. Its a perfect thing to take on a picnic there, considering the weather has been so beautiful!
  • Volunteer Traditions Tennessee t-shirt… they have great things representing all of the southern states!
  • Giftcard to the Country Music Hall of Fame for 2 tour tickets
  • Giftcard to theĀ  Yazoo Brewery for 2 tour tickets- a small, local Nashville brewery
  • Taco Mamacita giftcard, one of of my favorite Nashville restaurants
  • Frothy Monkey giftcard, a great local brunch spot within walking distance from my house
  • Of course, nothing is complete without some of mom’s chocolate from her store!

We’ve already gone to the Country Music Hall of Fame and it was fantastic! Such a cool place, a definite Nashville must.


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Miles and Music for Kids

When Mom was in town a few weekends ago, we stumbled upon this FANTASTIC outdoor concert benefiting the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, called Miles and Music for Kids. Why had it taken me so long to come across this great event?? I’m hoping to now make it an annual tradition. It was a picture perfect Sunday afternoon at Riverfront Park, warm and sunny without a cloud in the sky.

Riverfront Park

Nashville on a wonderful late October day

Dierks Bentley puts this show on each year, with an assortment of featured artists. Highlights of this year’s concert included the Eli Young Band, Charles Kelley from Lady A, Josh Thompson, and so many more!

Dierks Bentley

Just one of the many reasons why Nashville is such a great place to live!

Love when Mom comes to visit!


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