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Roswell Mill Adventures

Over the last month, we’ve been able to explore some of the cities near us and it’s been a lot of fun just to be tourists in our own backyard. I love that we live somewhere with so much history and respect for the things of the past. I absolutely love Roswell and its charming downtown area. They also have some amazing restaurants, shops and outdoor activities. This weekend, we went to the Old Roswell Mill on Vickery Creek. Roswell was founded as a mill town, so the remains of the mill have been converted into a really cool trail. Also, this weekend was so beautiful and I can just feel spring coming our way soon. Hope you enjoy a few photos! :)

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A Friendscation in our city

It’s become a tradition to have our friends Ashley and Nathan stay with us for New Year’s and a weekend in the summer. For this “Friendscation,” we ate our favorite pizza, worked on adult things (like home loan paperwork, grad school papers & PA school applications), explored Ponce City market, walked the greenway and watched movies. Also, I had a baby shower to go to for another sweet friend. Side note, we have SO many baby friends being born this year. I’m quite happy to say I’m excited we are leaving the “wedding season” stage of life and heading into the “baby shower” stage. :)

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Swan House Exploring

We’ve been trying to do a lot more exploring of Atlanta over the last few months and this weekend, Matt’s family came for a visit. So, we decided it was the perfect chance to see the Atlanta History Center and Swan House. It was a really cold weekend, so having something to do indoors was nice. I’d been dying to see Swan House for a while now, because after all, I love all things old, Downton Abbey-esque and charming. The house was really well maintained and decorated like the kind of house I’d actually want to live in if it were 1935 (well, actually, I’d totally live in it now…haha). The colors are incredible and definitely would’ve matched our wedding colors perfectly. Also, the wallpaper is the prettiest. I wish it wasn’t so hard to take that stuff down when you get tired of looking at it everyday. Swan House was even used in a couple movies recently. Anyway, if you’re in the Atlanta area, check this place out! Tickets aren’t expensive at all and you even get a free ticket to the Margaret Mitchell House. :) Which is definitely the next place on our list…

Happy Thursday, friends!

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I’m glad we’ve come a long way with our cars. :)

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ATL Family Weekend

The best time is always the time that’s well spent with the ones you love most. A few weekends ago, some of our siblings and niece came for a visit. Watching my niece grow up is one of the sweetest things and it’s true what they say about kids growing up too fast. I feel like Baby G was born yesterday. It’s also been really cool to see my sister and brother-in-law become such amazing parents to their little one. We know how important it is to make the most of the time we have together and document our little adventures. We took Gracyn on her first big Atlanta weekend tour. We went antique shopping, ate lots of good food, visited the Zoo Atlanta (a really great zoo as far as zoos are concerned), walked Piedmont Park and went down a million slides. 😉 Hope you enjoy this sweet video (and a few pictures too)!

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Suburban Atlanta Guide

Okay, so I know “the suburbs” can get a really bad rep, mainly because a lot of college kids or young twenties get really freaked out by the idea of everything that suburbia entails. But, let me say, the suburbs of Atlanta are the place to be (or at least in my humble opinion). Honestly, as much as I’m a city girl, I love the suburbs of Atlanta more than the downtown city part of Atlanta. There are still tons of growing companies, awesome restaurants, things to do, shows to see, outdoor space and maybe a little less traffic (but, lets be real, Atlanta will stop having traffic problems when pigs fly). So, if you’re coming to the Atlanta area, maybe consider a visit to the suburbs! For this post, I’ll be talking about my favorite places in the Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek areas, as well as day trips further north. I hope you enjoy!

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Big Creek Greenway: This is a big green-way with walking trails and bike trails that spans over Roswell, Alpharetta and Forsyth County, GA. It’s an incredible space to go and just enjoy the great outdoors with family or friends.

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Atlanta City Guide

I’m becoming more and more proud to call the Atlanta area my new home. Okay, so the city gets a bad rep at times (traffic…), but it’s such a great place for young professionals and growing families. So much is being done to help the city grow and improve. There are incredible restaurants, unique museums, cool shows, a city feel, a quiet suburban feel, a variety of housing options, outdoor space, shopping and more. I love the city part of Atlanta, the suburbs of Atlanta and the easy day trips to the mountains. Since we’re still learning all about our new city, I thought I’d take some time to compile a list of our favorite activities for anyone traveling to the Atlanta area and wanting to do some touristy Atlanta things. There’s a lot to do, so I narrowed down the ones I thought were really worth it. My list quickly became way too large to put in one post (thanks to the massiveness of this area), so I’ll be sharing my Atlanta City Guide today. I’ll be posting my Suburban Atlanta Guide soon. Enjoy!

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Last summer in Piedmont. :)

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Plantation & Stone Mountain Exploring

This past weekend, some of Matt’s family came for a visit to Atlanta. A lot of our weekend was spent eating delicious food, touring old plantations, exploring Stone Mountain and enjoying the incredible fall weather. I’m talking about 60 degree weather! I don’t know about you, but I live for colder weather, wearing scarves and boots. I am so beyond ready to shed this Atlanta heat. If you ever get a chance to visit the Atlanta area, you should definitely check out the two places we toured this weekend! The first was the Archibald Smith Plantation in Roswell, Georgia. The second was the plantation at Stone Mountain, as well as Stone Mountain’s famous rock just on the outskirts of Atlanta. I love getting to explore our new city and I like it even better when family tags along! :) Continue reading

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1 Year Atlanta Anniversary

One year ago this month, I packed up my things and headed north to Atlanta for what would be one of the sweetest (uh, maybe I should say “peachiest”) chapters of my life so far. I hesitated to write this post for a while now, because it’s such a daunting topic for me. I’m not even sure how to begin to explain the ways moving has changed me and what it’s taught me. Honestly, I would encourage almost every young couple or young twenty-something person to try moving to a new place. Yeah, you do that in college, but moving as an adult who is solely responsible for themselves and maybe even their spouse is a huge bonding experience. In fact, I’m convinced that Matt and I have a better relationship because we were both moved away from everything that was familiar to us for over twenty years and had to figure things out on our own. Moving to a new state changes your daily life in one fell swoop and leaves you trying to decide how to get your feet back on solid ground. It leaves you having to decide what’s important, what relationships you’ll pursue, how you’ll portray yourself and where you’ll find your source of joy. And that is often where the real learning begins… Continue reading