Nashville to Asheville

Hello all!

I’m just checking in to say “Happy December!”

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend last week. We opted to take a mini-vacation in Asheville, NC instead of traveling to see family. Nate and I try to make a “just us” getaway at least once a year if possible. This year it worked out that we saw Nate’s family in August and we will see mine in December, so that left Thanksgiving as a vacation opportunity.

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We headed out on Thanksgiving Day and traffic was beautifully clear. We stayed at a lady’s apartment that she advertised on Airbnb, which was perfect for our little stay. It even came with a cat! 😉

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On Friday we took the day to be out on the town. We had some delicious burritos at Mamacita’s Taqueria.

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We walked around the city and found some pretty interesting characters. This folksy duo was pretty awesome and was making a ton of tips!

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We stumbled across this amazing display of desserts, but refrained from buying any…now I’m kicking myself. 🙂

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Next it was onto the Moog Music Store & Factory to tour and test out #allthesynthesizers. Nate was in synthesizer heaven! The tour was free and it you are into electronic music at all, it was totally fun. I’m don’t know anything about analog synths, but I still had a great time learning about Bob Moog & his music-changing inventions.

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That night it was Thai & sushi for dinner then we headed out to see a movie (Mockingjay, Part 2….great ending to The Hunger Games saga!). Saturday we stayed at our apartment because I had a head cold (boo). But that night I was feeling well enough that we got to have some lattes and fancy food at a cool little shop called Filo Pastries. It was delicious!

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That night I got to watch Rocky for the first time ever. I must say, it was pretty good. And I think I have a newfound respect for Sylvester Stallone. I had no idea he wrote & directed Rocky and I didn’t know that it won the Academy Award for Best Picture that year. It’s a great story. Since that night we’ve been working our way through the Rocky movies. Number 4 happened last night. Heartbreaker!

Aside from getting sick, our trip was great. We got to experience a little bit of the city, but I’d love to go back and see more.

Now we are only 3.5 weeks away from Christmas! I’ve got some shopping to finish up. How about you?

See you back here next week!

Precious Hearts

Hi friends! I hope your week is off to a great start. It’s been rainy and muggy here in Nashville and I’m ready for the rain to go away! 

Last week was packed with stuff for Nate and I, including a CPR class for me! I now know how to save a life using CPR. I feel like I could be confident in an emergency situation and I want to encourage all of you to take a CPR class, especially if you have young children. 

I was required to learn and be certified for my new nanny job (per the parents’ request) but now that I’ve taken the class, I’ve found it’s important for anyone to know. It’s not difficult to learn and classes are reasonably priced. 

  

I used Precious Hearts here in Nashville to get certified in infant/child & adult CPR and I would recommend them to anyone. Grace is the RN who teaches the class. She was young, spunky, very knowledgable, and put the nerves I had at ease. There were moments when you have to practice and it’s easy to feel dumb, but she totally made that disappear. It was great! 

  

The class only took an hour and at the end I took a test and was certified. I learned what to do in an emergency choking situation, a situation where a person is non-responsive and heart has stopped, and a situation where an AED is needed. 

If you live in the Nashville area and would like to take a CPR class, please visit http://www.preciousheartscpr.com to see the schedule of classes that are offered. Grace did a fantastic job teaching me the basics of heart-saving and I believe anyone can benefit from learning this skill. 

Grace will also let you come back to any class to refresh your skills, free of charge. How great is that!? When you pay for your class you also get Grace’s free ebook that contains all of the information you learn in the class. Some great bonus tools! Sign up today!

**I was not paid to review this class. I’m giving my honest personal opinion of my experience and am not receiving benefits of any sort to give a positive review.  

An Update!

Hi friends! I know, I know. You’re probably thinking, “I thought she gave up posting on this blog.” Well to be honest, I kind of did for a time. I was feeling uninspired and stressed at work most of the time. But Nate and I have had some significant changes happen over the time that has passed since my last post in February which I would love to share with you now. 

For starters, I quit my insurance job and am now working as a full time nanny! I realized I was no longer enjoying my work and dreaded going in each day, sitting at a desk, and performing the same old tasks. I needed something more flexible, more fun, and ever-changing. So I started looking for a job I though would fit my personality perfectly…nannying! 

I know some of you think I’m crazy. Why would I want to take care of other people’s kids? Most of you know I am eager to be a mom one day soon, and eventually I may become a Pre-K teacher. Children are my passion. I love seeing the world through their eyes and teaching them new things. I love the simple things they find to be so much fun…like playing “Hungry Hungry Hippos” 5 million times in a row, or doing an underdog on the swing set. I find children to be an endless source of fun. And if you pay close enough attention, they can teach you things, too. 

I was extremely blessed and found the PERFECT family to nanny for here in Nashville. They are the kindest, most caring, most involved parents and they are wonderful to work for. My schedule is extremely flexible while the two kids are in school which means I have more time to make this blog a priority. Yay! 

Another proud announcement to make…we now own our Mazda3! I literally just made the final payment on it about 10 minutes ago. What a great feeling! And we paid it off 2 years early. Now THAT is pretty neat! 

We would be 100% debt free right now, but in February we decided to “buy” a new car to replace Nathan’s 1993 Geo Metro which is slowly falling apart. It was given to us as a free gift and it served us wonderfully for five years, but it was time to start thinking about the future and what we would need to buy. So on Valentine’s Day, we bought a Mazda CX-7 which we are now paying on. We are going to do our best to get it paid off early so we can save for a house!  

 

Have you ever taken a risk and quit a secure job because you needed to do something you enjoyed? Life is too short! Do what you love.   

Iced In!

Hello friends! Well….this week has been interesting. I experienced my first major southern winter storm. And it came in the form of ice, sleet, and snow.

It came Sunday night and kept going all day Monday. Work got called off on Monday and Tuesday (yay!) so Nate and I stayed in and stayed warm. Today I went in late and got off a half hour early. It was a nice mini-vacation from the job, but I’ve got a lot of work to do and catch up.

Here are a few sights from the week so far…

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Anniversary Weekend!

As most of you may know, Nate & I celebrated our fifth year of marriage this past Thursday. The night of our anniversary we had two little cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes. They were so delicious! If you have a store nearby, you should definitely try them. I had Chocolate Chocolate Chip and Nate had White Chocolate Raspberry. (Shout out to Jenna for driving me to pick them up since my car died that day!)

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This weekend we went for a celebratory outing. We started off the weekend by sleeping in (much needed since I’d not been feeling well). In the afternoon we headed out to Opry Mills and did some fun shopping. We were quite successful…as you can see. 😊

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That night we headed out to a local restaurant called PM. They have some of the most delicious sushi I’ve ever tasted. Granted, I haven’t tasted too many, but from what I have tried, it’s pretty delicious.

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I enjoyed a glass of wine along with dinner. It was a wonderful evening out!

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Special occasions call for special spending. It’s easy to let yourself feel guilty for spending money on yourself. Birthdays and anniversaries deserve to be celebrated, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Special occasions are another category you can put a little money away for each month so when the time comes, you aren’t straining your budget. If you have something special coming up, maybe now is a good time to start setting a little money aside.

Have a fantastic Monday!

Happy New Year & Some Pics

Hello again, friends! I hope your holidays have been relaxing and this post finds you excited about the upcoming year. Nate and I got home late on New Year’s Eve and neither of us were feeling well, so we were bums and stayed home alone on the couch to celebrate.

We had a wonderful time with Nate’s family over Christmas. We have a lot of nieces and nephews running around on that side of the family so there is never a dull moment. As you can see, the Christmas tree drowns in gifts for all of them. I love it!

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We got some amazing pictures of the Northwest as we flew overhead, both on our way and on our return. Here you can see Mount Rainier (background) and Mount Adams.

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Mount Saint Helens was in view as well. Here you can see it by the wing.

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Isn’t it amazing what you can see from your plane window? I’m always fascinated every time we fly. Here is a great view of Chicago at sunset.

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All in all we had a great trip but we are not quite ready to get back to the daily grind. I have a few more days until I am back at work so I’m trying to soak up every minute. Vacation is never long enough!

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