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!

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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. 
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**CLOSED** Travel Style + Bag Giveaway!

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I haven’t traveled this pregnant in a long time, but it was a must for me to go see one of my oldest and dearest friends get married back in my home state of OH. I needed a comfortable outfit (no waist circulation problems please) for the plane ride, that I could wear straight to dinner that night. I was also hoping to find luggage that I could either roll around or wear on my back. I totally lucked out with these pieces. So here is the scoop (and a big GIVEAWAY at the end!):

Sweatshirt dress – This super soft sweatshirt dress from Isabella Oliver is form fitting which was a welcome change from the usual frump sacks I find. It is casual and I wore it with flat sandals, and was able to dress it up when I got there with some platform sandals.

Platform wedges – I was convinced these would be hazardous to my toppling weight at this state of pregnancy, but shockingly enough, they are super comfortable. Leave it to anthropologie to make a neutral combination that goes with everything and can be worn for more than an hour without blisters or ankle breakage;) 

Steamline Luggage – Hello love at first sight. I was lucky enough to try one of these out after a recent post on this line of luggage. Hard case, retractable roller, water resistant lining and additional cosmetics pouch, optional lock and key, leather finishes, vintage look….I mean I couldn’t dream up a better piece. (They are still offering 10% off to readers with code IHOD10 by the way!)

Lily Jade Bag – This is a company I have used since Max was a baby. They are genuine leather diaper bags with a million pockets inside with a removable insert. It can work as a tote bag or backpack and fits it all. I use it when I am traveling with or without my little ones. 

Good news for you all, they are GIVING ONE AWAY to a lucky reader! I really love having an opportunity to give away something great to one of you. 

TO ENTER, leave a comment answering this question:
1, If you could travel anywhere to have a morning with someone who would it be??
2. For a second entry, you can head over to instagram and tag a friend on the giveaway post!

I will be drawing a winner on Memorial Day. Best of luck!
X, Anna

What’s on your summer bucket list?

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I am a list maker. Usually the pen and ink kind. Mainly because a visual list is a much better reminder for me than a mental one, so with summer vacation starting this week, it was time to make a good one. A summer bucket list for things to do on my own, with Gabe, or with my little ones. But see I make lists malleable. They can be changed and adjusted as needed;) A flexible, open ended, continuous strand of ways to make the most of the summer ahead….

SUMMER BUCKET LIST 2015:

Bring the little ones to the beach for the first time

Grow a small garden

End the search for the perfect pair of sunglasses

Collect a few good stories from an older generation

Farmers markets

Taste Atlanta’s best ice cream shops

Be penpals with my grandmother

Catch a thunderstorm

Read a hardcover book from front to back

Bonfires and s’mores

Hike a new mountain

Outdoor movie nights

Take a ride in an open top car

Cotton candy

Host a few backyard shindigs

Listen to an outdoor concert

Snap a few polaroids

Experiment with drink and popsicle recipes 

Have a baby

Hold that baby and do nothing else for weeks after

 

I am sure my ambitious summer loving heart will be adding to this list.
What is on your summer bucket list? We’d love some more ideas!