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Archive for January 2015

DeSoto Falls/Little River Canyon

Monday, January 19, 2015

Back in November, Sam, Finn, and I along with my sister Stephanie went for a day trip to DeSoto State Park, Little River Canyon, Mentone AL and went for a scenic drive. We started off the trip in Mentone, AL and ate at the Wildflower Cafe. Mentone is a super cute town with lots of artsy stores. I've been a couple times and I love eating at Wildflower Cafe whenever I'm in Mentone.
Wildflower Cafe Mentone AL

DeSoto State Park AL
DeSoto State Park and Falls were beautiful in the fall! DeSoto State Park was named at Hernando de Soto who visited Alabama in 1540.

Finn was not having a good photo day. Too many distractions.

DeSoto State Park Falls AL
I played around with the shutter speed of my camera to get different images of the Falls. I'm not sure which one I like best. What do you think?


DeSoto State Park Falls AL

Little River Canyon Falls AL
After leaving DeSoto State Park, we drove to Little River Canyon. Little River Canyon is said to be the Grand Canyon of the South because it's the deepest canyon east of the Mississippi.

Little River Canyon Falls AL
Little River Falls

Little River Canyon AL
After we saw the main falls of Little River Canyon, we drove along the entire canyon that had numerous scenic spots to pull off the road.

Little River Canyon AL mushroom rock
This was one of my favorite spots: Mushroom Rock.

Little River Canyon AL wolf creek overlook
View from the Wolf Creek Overlook

little river canyon scenic drive with irish terrier
He might not look like it from this photo, but Finn loves his Aunt Stephanie!

Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel Mentone AL
We ended our trip at Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel, which is a church built into a huge boulder. I've lived in Alabama my whole life and I didn't even know this place existed until I saw it on Pinterest!

Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel Mentone AL

Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel Mentone AL
This was Finn's time in church


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Currently Vol 9 (house hunting edition)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Reading// I started reading The Fortune Hunter because I loved the author's previous book, American Heiress. The book is historical fiction about Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Some of the (true parts) of the book sounded familiar, and then I realized that we went to the Empress' palace in Corfu, Greece on our honeymoon!

The Fortune Hunter

Achilleion Palace Empress Elisabeth
Achilleion Palace: Empress Elisabeth barely spent any time at this palace in Greece

Doing// House Hunting! We started last week! Our realtor sent us about 25 houses and we narrowed that list down to about 12 houses that we wanted to see in person. Sam fell in love with a brick traditional house just based on the photos. I think he was dreaming about moving in before we even saw it in person!

On Wednesday we toured the first batch of houses and saw 5 houses in the afternoon.I really liked a foreclosure that we looked at, but Sam went on and on about all the things he didn't like about it. I told him that if he felt that strongly against that house, then it obviously wasn't The One. The last house we looked at was Sam's dream house, and I really loved it too after walking through. Our realtor told us it was overpriced for the neighborhood, and I agree. It needs a lot of work. All the floors need to be replaced and we think the roof and HVAC are old. I asked our realtor to find out how old everything is and we'll go from there.
I just love the big South facing windows in the living room! Our current apartment faces North (Sam prefers that direction) and it's dark ALL THE TIME!

Right now// We're in St Louis visiting with Sam's family. We weren't able to see them at Christmas because we went to Rochester, NY to see my mom's family. Since we both have Monday off work, it seemed like a good time to visit family and friends.

Anticipating// Sometime this week or maybe next week, I'm supposed to go to Boston for work. I'm not exactly looking forward to the weather, but it will be nice to get out of the office. The last time I was in Boston was in 2009.
This is where I'll be - the USS Constitution. I'm working on the barracks renovations and window treatments.

Dreaming// About buying a house! We're going to see the house again on Tuesday, so I should have more updates soon!

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Our wedding in print!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Our wedding is in the current issue of Southern Bride!
Southern Bride magazine

Southern Bride magazine

Finn is in the current issue of Southern Weddings!
dogs in Southern Wedding magazine

There he is - top left photo
dogs in Southern Wedding magazine

dogs in Southern Wedding magazine
Finn loves admiring his photo

Linking Up:
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Anthropologie Outlet Store Final Cut

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


At the beginning of December, my sister Stephanie and I drove to August, GA, to Final Cut. Final Cut is the final clearance center for Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Free People and BHLDN. I first heard about the store from my friend Megan's blog. She took a trip there earlier in the summer.

Ever since I mentioned the store to my sister, she has been dying to go. She would check Final Cut's Facebook page practically everyday. The first weekend in December, Final Cut had a sidewalk sale where they were selling damage or broken furniture. Of course that's the day we went.
Anthropologie outlet Final Cut sidewalk sale

Anthropologie outlet Final Cut Urban Outfitters sofa
I bought this green sofa for $50. The legs are broken, but other than that it's in perfect condition. At the time I bought it, the sofa was listed on Urban Outfitter's website for $700 brand new. 

Anthropologie outlet Final Cut clothes
The inside of the store is a mess! Half of the store is clothing and the other half is home decor. I wasn't very impressed with the clothing prices. Sweaters, dresses and pants were $20. Skirts, shorts and tops were $15. They also have wedding dresses from BHLDN for around $100-300, but they were all hideous.

Anthropologie outlet Final Cut clothes
 Considering that I would have to spend hours digging through boxes for clothes, those prices didn't seem worth it to me. I made two passes through the clothing to see if anything caught my eye. I tried on about 5 items and ended up buying a sweater.

Anthropologie outlet Final Cut rugs
I spent most of my time in the home section of the store.  5x7 rugs were $200. 8x10 rugs were $300. Door mat size rugs were $50.

Anthropologie outlet Final Cut home section
The prices were all over the place with the furniture. Some of the sofas were $2000 and some were $150.

Anthropologie outlet Final Cut furniture

Anthropologie outlet Final Cut furniture
A couple bloggers mentioned that there were signs posted saying that photos weren't allowed, but that wasn't the case when I went.

Anthropologie outlet Final Cut furniture

Anthropologie warehouse clearance store
My sister ended up buying a chair, two rugs, two duvet covers and some clothes. I think she spent around $250. I just bought the sofa and a sweater. 

Anthropologie warehouse clearance store
On our way back home, we stopped at Ikea in Atlanta and bought more stuff. Somehow everything fit in my car! Final Cut is definitely worth a stop, but it's a good idea to check out the Facebook page before going. I would love to go back in a couple months after we buy a house!
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Giveaway!

Monday, January 5, 2015

I have a great giveaway starting today and running through January 11th.
 
I am teaming up with a bunch of lovely ladies to bring two lucky people some GREAT prints. The first place winner will receive an 18x12 Matt Boness Photography metal landscape print of their choice (normally valued at $100) and the second place winner will receive a wood block + bundle of 12 pre-selected Matt Boness Photography landscape prints from Artifact Uprising (normally valued at $35).


A HUGE thank you goes out to all of the wonderful bloggers who made this giveaway possible! We couldn't have done it without them! All entries will be verified.

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