September 28, 2016

10 Things I will Miss About Atlanta

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Atlanta has been good to us. I’d only visited once when we decided to move here. I came to tour the law school in March, we looked at apartments in June, and moved in July. But the last three years have been wonderful and we so enjoyed it.

My list is half tourist, half sentimental. Our move to Chicago is exciting, but there will always be a warm spot in my heart for the city we got married in. This is the first place we lived together. Its where we first planned our life together. And thats special.

|1| Piedmont Park

We live right in Midtown Atlanta, and the park is one of our favorite things. We go there for walks, runs, picnics, events, and the weekly farmers market. We visit several times a week and its a great way to get away from the city.

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|2| The Beltline.

The Atlanta Beltline is a project that really hadn’t started when we got here. The city is taking old train tracks and turning them into running paths, that will eventually go around the entire city. Some day they will place a high speed rail along the path, but for now it is the wonderful trail. The city art councils have placed art along the path as well, which makes for a fun walk. We connect up with the trail at Piedmont Park and run a few miles on the weekend.

|3| Walking by our Wedding Venue

We got married at the Biltmore Ballrooms in Midtown. We had walked by the building so many times, and I loved having all of our family right in our neighborhood. Its also been fun to reminisce about our day over the last year when we walk by the Biltmore, and I will miss seeing the constant reminder of our wedding day.

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|4| The restaurant scene

Atlanta’s food scene is awesome. While we have lived here, Midtown and West Midtown have just blossomed into such great food places (and yes, those are two different neighborhoods). I’m working on a full post of favorites, but the ones that immediately come to mind are Ecco, No. 246, and Antico. So many favorite spots.

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|5| Emory University

I love living in the city as an Emory alum. I see other alumni everywhere I go, and its a fun connection. I feel like the legal community in Atlanta is really small, and having the Emory connection makes it feel even closer.

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|6| The Junior League

I plan to transfer my Junior League membership, but the Chicago Junior League will have to work hard in comparison to the Atlanta league! I’ve been a member 3 years and I absolutely love it. Sometimes the time commitment is a lot, but I’ve enjoyed the friends and connections I’ve made. If you live in a city with a Junior League, I cannot recommend joining enough! Its really given me a sense of community and some great friendships.

|7| The Peachtree Road Race

Atlanta doesn’t have a Fourth of July Parade – It has the Peachtree, which is the world’s largest 10k. It is probably the best race I have ever run, just because there are so many spectators. The course isn’t out and back, or even a loop – you take the train to the start line, and run 6.2 miles from Buckhead down to Midtown, ending at Piedmont Park. People cheer the entire way, some passing out beers or snacks, some signing songs or chant. Its hysterical. Many people run in costume and it is just a wonderful event.

I think we will probably fly back for it next summer 🙂

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|8| Spring in Atlanta

Atlanta’s spring is everything, y’all. The trees are just gorgeous. AR says it rains too much, but I have Hunter rain boots, so #dontcare 😉 In March, when its still disgusting in Chicago, I will miss the pretty trees of Atlanta big time.

|9| The Holiday Lights at the Botanical Gardens

We live within walking distance of the Botanical Gardens, and seeing the holiday lights each Christmas has become a tradition. We smuggle in hot chocolate from the near by Caribou Coffee and have the best time looking at the lights in the park. If you live in Atlanta, add this to your holiday season!

We also love the High Museum and the Fernbank (we are members of both!) and plan to join the museums in Chicago. Both the High and Fernbank stay open late for adults on Friday nights, and we love going as a relaxing Friday night activity.

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|10| Our friends

Its funny. When you move to a new city, you feel like you know no one. Its lonely and overwhelming. And then one day, you realize you actually have a group of friends that somehow developed along the way. As we say good bye to our friends here, we have been overwhelmed by how great our network is. 

We are going to miss them. 


Whats the hardest part about moving?
How do you stay in contact with long distance friends? 
September 26, 2016

Weekending {big news for our family}

Happy Monday friends! I’m linking up with Biana to usher in the first full weekend of fall. The fact that October starts next weekend leaves me speechless.

Our weekend was filled with football (please don’t mention the LSU game), outdoor walks, time with friends, and packing boxes, because…

we are moving to Chicago!!!

Several things happened, including a great job opportunity for me in Chicago, and we decided now was the time to move. Chicago is where I went to college, and only an hour from my family. Its also where I grew up and somewhere AR & I have always loved.

On past trips to Chicago, AR would always say “I could live here,” and I can’t tell you how often I have missed it. So when an opportunity to move back presented itself, we decided to go.

We start the move this weekend, and will continue the transition throughout October. It happened fast, but we are running with it.

Y’all, I have so many emotions. I love Atlanta. I love my friends here, I love our life here. Leaving this is going to be hard. Atlanta was good to us. But I’m also ridiculously excited about being back in Chicago. I love our new home there (hello, third-floor brick walkup right in the city), and I’m looking forward to the changes Chicago will bring to our life.

But on to the weekend

|We packed boxes| Over the weekend, we packed a TON of boxes and took 4 trips to the Goodwill donation center. Note to the world: your first move post-wedding is really overwhelming because you have a lot of stuff. Its been a fun walk down memory lane, and I’ve gotten so good about throwing things out. We are starting to emerge from the my-home-is-a-disaster stage, which is a relief.

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|BBQ| We went to a BBQ/football party with friends on Saturday night. I made chocolate fudge brownies with icing – and saved extra icing for my refrigerator. #packingsnack

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|Coat shopping| Our current wardrobes are no where near ready for the winters in Chicago… I haven’t lived up north in over 5 years, and AR’s never lived north of the mason-dixon line (my sweet southern man). We made a trip to the mall on Friday night after dinner and found a beautiful dress coat for AR. Now we only need about a million more other things. Suggestions welcomed. 

|Walks in the park| I took several walks through our neighborhood over the weekend and tried to soak in the last warm days. And I promise I only cried once! I will miss living so close to Atlanta’s most beautiful park, but I am happy our new home has access to lots of green space.

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Thanks for reading, and please, if you have any advice for the move, let me know! I’ll be sharing pictures of our journey on instagram throughout the week if you want to follow along 🙂

Have a happy Monday!
September 23, 2016

Fri-yay! {Confessions}

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Hello all & Happy Fall!! Popping in today to share some good ol’ confessions for the weekend and linking up with April. Feel free to confess away in the comments section!

I confess….

I drove a total of 10 miles yesterday and spent 3.5 HOURS in the car. This is Atlanta traffic and it is a nightmare. I picked AR up from work and it took us 68 minutes to go the 2 miles home. 🙁

I have no fall decorations up yet. I’ve agreed to wait for October 1st this year, so next week my entire home may be orange. I keep seeing people buying pumpkins already, but I’m not sure mine would make it to Thanksgiving if I purchased them now.

I had a panic attack in the Target shopping line on Wednesday night. I went to purchase 3 things: 1) a pumpkin candle, 2) wine, and 3) paper napkins. I mistakenly got in the self-checkout lane, which doesn’t allow alcohol purchases (why????? I don’t know). When I realized I couldn’t scan the wine, I nearly lost it. I ended up leaving sans wine because AR wouldn’t let me get back in another line. It was depressing.

Last night we picked up greek food takeout. Technically it was leftover night on our meal plan, and we did have leftovers in the refrigerator…. but after the traffic debacle, a walk to the greek restaurant seemed better. Sometimes the meal plan is followed, and sometimes not.

I record the t.v. show Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the team every Thursday night, and watch it on Friday before AR comes home from work.

I have some BIG news to share about AR & I… I’m finalizing a few things and I will be back to share on Monday 🙂 Until then, have a good weekend!

Anything you want to confess?? 
September 20, 2016

My 4 Favorite ATL Workout Studios (and classes!)

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I am a fitness class lover… but I wasn’t always this way. I joined ClassPass about 2 years ago, when I was in a major fitness rut and needed motivation to do something besides running. I find the accountability of a group fitness class to be really motivating, and I like being able to workout with friends. I also feel like having the ability to switch up workouts a lot really helped my physical fitness.

While using ClassPass, I usually went to 4 classes a week. I tried over 50 fitness studios in Atlanta (and some in other cities that I visited!). Below are my top workouts – ones I am still using while off ClassPass. If you have a favorite workout or studio, please let me know!

download|1|Core Power Yoga – nationwide

This is my number one workout studio in Atlanta. I am huge believer in the benefits of yoga – and these studios offer such a great mix. But if you are picturing burning intense and natural sounds, this is not it. Most of the classes are heated, the music is contemporary and upbeat, and each class incorporates core strengthening moves.

I usually go to C2 or Hot Power Fusion – both are classes with added heat and humidity. I love C2 because it is a flow class, and HPF has been great for my balance and focus. When I am not injured, I also love Sculpt, which incorporates weights into the yoga practice, as well as an awesome cardio session.

Core Power has studios all across the country (4 of them here in Atlanta!) and tons of class offerings. I cannot recommend them enough.

|2| FORME Studios – atlanta

FORME studios offer barre and cardio classes, but the workouts resemble more of a throw-back aerobics workout to me. They are hard and the instructors are so awesome (my favorite instructors in Atlanta). I really enjoy the dance moves incorporated into the class, and I find the classes really intense. BootyBarre is my absolute favorite!

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|3|Barre3 – nationwide

Barre was sooooo popular in Atlanta last summer (is it like this in your area?). I’ve tried Pure Barre, Pink Barre, Core Fusion Barre, Fly Barre,…. SO many barre classes! Barre3 is my favorite though. The classes are high energy, and leave me sweaty and sore. I think I get the best workout here compared to any other barre class. It is a bit faster passed than some others, but that is part of the appeal for me. I highly recommend Barre3 classes!

|4| BLAST – georgia & dc

BLAST is a super-intense class, with cardio and strength segments – similar to Orange Theory. The pros? The 60 minute go by incredibly fast because you are constantly jumping from treadmill to weight lifting. The con? I think I become so exhausted at times that I may not be doing the moves correctly. The major difference between BLAST and Orange Theory (which my husband does) is the time allocations. BLAST does a few minutes on treadmills, then moves to the floor for a few minutes of strength training, and then repeats. Orange Theory does half cardio, and then half strength training.

BLAST is such a killer workout, and I love that it incorporates cardio segments through running. It is a workout that I only like to do in the morning though… post-work, I just don’t have the type of energy required for this class.

Note: I paused my ClassPass account in May because I was training for the Chicago Marathon. After getting a stress fracture, I’ve had to modify my workouts significantly. But I am still a huge fan of ClassPass 🙂 

Do you like to take group fitness classes?