Best spots in Chattanooga, TN – Part 1

In April we had the chance to get away with the little ones for a weekend getaway in Chattanooga, TN. It is a short two hour drive from Atlanta, so it was an easy trip there and back. Gabe and I always talk about focusing on culture and experiences with our kids over material things. For their birthdays this year we knew this would be the best kind of gift to give them….uninterrupted time and adventure!

Lovers Leap

We arrived in time to grab a late dinner downtown at Big River Grille (Oh the burgers are soooo good). It was lit up with lights and right off the river, so it was a fun way to start the weekend. We checked into our hotel at the Springhill Suites which had a huge outdoor area with a bonfire pit and yard games overlooking the river. The rooms were updated, clean, and very spacious which I was relieved to see since we would all be sleeping in the same room. 

Rock City HikeRock City Mountain TN

Little Rock ClimberMax and PopHiking crew

We got up early Saturday morning to make the most of the day. Grabbed a hot breakfast at our hotel, checked out the vacation guide for ideas and attractions, and then headed for Rock City. The rain had cleared, and the fog was lifting. We got there early enough where there were no wait times, and not very many people. I wasn’t sure we’d make it all the way up and back without a few pitstops, but it was a fairly easy route. Some narrow tunnels and a few bridges, but it didn’t take us long to get to Lovers Peak. The photo speaks for itself. It was breathtaking. The air was so fresh and cool, and I just wanted to sit for the rest of the afternoon there. Gabriel and Veronica were so into the adventure at this point they were ready to see what was next after a quick bathroom break. I could barely keep up with them;) Thankfully Gabe held Max the entire time. The teamwork comes in handy in moments like these. 

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via IHODWe had some hungry hikers so we ventured over to The Farmers Daughter for lunch where they offer a beautiful back patio area to dine, and farm to table ingredients. It is a really simple menu, and everything is extremely delicious. Highly recommend a visit just for their sweet tea.

The city isn’t too big, so it doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to get places. Most everything we did was within a couple miles of each other which made it so easy to get around. We could park and walk around for the day or hop on the city’s free shuttle service as well as bike rental options!

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We headed to the TN aquarium after lunch because my eager little ones couldn’t wait to see some penguins and sting ray:) Gabe and I couldn’t get over how family friendly this aquarium was. (More about that next week!) Each of my kids were mesmerized the entire time, and we barely heard a peep out of them which is a rare thing. We kept our visits to each place 1-2 hours which is about the time span my children have before needing a rest or shift, so I loved that we were able to walk through easily (thanks to the way they have the location set up), and see all of the key exhibits. There were some fun interactive elements as well like touching sting rays, catching butterflies, and going through the view tubes to get a closer look at those giant crabs!

We are already planning our next TN vacation because we had such a good experience in Chattanooga. Will share about the last few spots we visited next week! (Too much for one post:))

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Our Favorite Kids Clothing Shops

After my last #consciousclosets post, some of you asked about where I shop for my little ones. I buy most of my kids clothes at 2nd hand apps or stores, but when I can, I like to support small business clothing shops. Some of my favorite kids clothing sites are made here in America, and many of them hand stitched or sewn! I love that they are supporting our economy, but also super kid friendly. So here is a start of our American Made, Ethically made, and irresistibly cute kids clothing shops for you to reference when you need!

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Veronica and Max are wearing Winter Water Factory, Zuzii Shoes, and Freshly Picked Moccs

List of best Kids Clothing Shops via IHODMini Miochemini miochesaltwatersvia In Honor of Design
Both wearing Mini Mioche

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Wearing Swim Zip Suits

Baby and Kids Clothing:
Winter Water Factory 
House of Mia
Mini Mioche
Little Hip Squeaks
Duchess and Lion Co.
Dream Catcher Baby
Native Wilds
Rylee and Cru
Swim Zip
Darling Clementine

(handmade leather shoes that have lasted the longest for my kids!)
Zuzii Footwear
Freshly Picked

These are all shops I have personally tried and loved. What about you? I would love to hear your favorites!
P.S. Winter Water Factory is giving away $100 gift card on IHOD’s instagram today! Get on over there:)


Easter Sunday.

Happy Easter to all of you!
I have never been more thankful for hope.
We are often surrounded by brokenness, pain, and suffering in our world, but I also see so much good.
I am sometimes grow timid and doubtful thinking about raising my children in today’s state, but Easter always reminds me of the incredible HOPE there is in the Resurrection. God will always triumph over death, and “make all things new” (1 Peter:22). His boundless love and mercy washed away sin and opened up the hope of heaven…

Easter Sunday 2015
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