we recently made the move to the midwest and have enjoyed our time getting to know the area. we felt most fortunate to have some familiar faces here which has helped make this move less daunting.

during the month of october, my sweet friend amanda hosted ten of us in her beautiful home for our second weekend get-together. half of us live in the surrounding kansas city area so it was the perfect place to meet up for a few days. 

most of us arrived friday afternoon. we sipped on champagne, snacked on chocolate chip pumpkin bread, and gave bear hugs all around. we decided to spend the evening downtown. our first stop was thou mayest coffee roasters. after a quick latte and more sweets, we wandered through the first friday crowds. we made our way to lulu's where we grabbed dinner and drinks. the rest of the evening was spent sharing stories, watching youtube videos, drinking wine, dancing around the kitchen, making ridiculous videos, and catching up into the early hours of the morning. 

saturday started slowly and was just what we all needed. we made coffee and gathered in the kitchen to watch shannon prepare her incredible doughnuts. we spent the first few hours of the day together around the dining room table. we finally made it back into town around noon where we stopped into several thrift stores. afterwards, we made our way to quay coffee shop near the river market. the next hour was spent in front of a white washed wall where there was singing, dancing, picture taking, and a few awkward handstands. we grabbed dinner at oklahoma joe's [which i'm convinced is the greatest barbecue ever] before heading home for the night. we grabbed blankets, a little more wine, and started the fire. britt told us ghost stories, we shannon and jordie sang opera per usual, and we got all got pretty sappy watching wedding videos.

on sunday, we enjoyed one last meal and a build your own bloody mary bar together at port fonda before everyone went their seperate ways. the time spent with these women is so special to me. each one so different with a heart of gold. these friendships and memories are truly cherished.


currently we are learning to adjust to life in the midwest. after seven weeks in a hotel, we found a home to settle into for the next year while working here in missouri. we are taking each day as it comes. enjoying waking up in our own bed, making meals together, and slowly relearning how to live in an actual home. we've spent most days off discovering new places to eat and explore around town. recently we found the sweetest orchard where we spent an afternoon savoring the beautiful fall weather. we picked apples, raced each other through the orchard, and bought caramel corn for the long car ride home. i'm looking forward to coming back each season for pumpkins, a christmas tree, and fresh fruit during the warmer months. 

if you know of any great places to check out within the kansas city area, please let me know!


okay. so technically, franklin is a cozy town in the outskirts of nashville. about fifteen miles south to be exact. it's where the three of us "nashvillians" live so we knew we wanted to show our friends around. we woke up saturday morning and stopped by the franklin farmer's market. we enjoyed crepes, fresh yogurt with granola, hot chicken and the best orangeade i've ever had. we picked up a variety of cheeses, rosemary bread and strawberries for a picnic later in the afternoon. and then we made a quick stop by the abandoned silo to take a few photos which turned into jumping fails and straight up, laughing so hard you cry, silliness. we listened to music, let the babies nap and planned our afternoon. on sunday morning, we came back to franklin to eat a delicious brunch at gray's pharmacy on main street before saying goodbye. while nashville will always be the place i grew up, franklin is where i currently come home to and i've loved these last seven years here. 

places to eat, drink + enjoy something sweet:

meridee's cafe + bakery
puckett's grocery
gray's pharmacy
the coffeehouse
frothy monkey


the next stop on our weekend in nashville was the twelve south neighborhood. i grew up around this area and have watched it evolve over the last ten years. unfortunately, our visit here was cut short but we managed to stop by a few favorite spots first. we shopped around white's mercantile and imogene + willie. and couldn't leave before grabbing a few popsicles at las paletas! if you're ever visiting nashville, make sure to spend an afternoon here. we didn't have a chance to enjoy the all of the incredible food, so we will just have to save that for next time! 

places to eat, drink + enjoy something sweet:

+ burger up
+ edly's bbq
+ 12 south taproom
+ the filling station
+ las paletas
+ jeni's ice cream