Friday Five: Travel Apps

February 28, 2014

Whether you’re trekking to the mountains, cruising to the beach, or sightseeing in the city this spring, these apps will make the journey a little more fun.

5. Bring Fido

Lab Puppies

If you follow me on instagram, you’ll see lots of pics of my two black lab pups, Junebug and Lula( blondie is their friend Buddy). Junebug and Lula travel with Ryan and I a lot and the Bring Fido app has been so helpful when it comes to planning our route. Bring Fido is a world-wide pet friendly hotel and travel directory with info on dog-friendly hotels, vacation rentals, restaurants, off-leash parks, reviews, and more. If you like to travel with pets- this app is a must.

4. Afar – Mobile App

Afar Travel Magazine

This app is perfect when visiting an unfamiliar city because it offers unique places of interest provided by locals and seasoned travelers for that area. Last fall I visited San Francisco for the first time, and with the Afar app I shopped and ate my way through San Fran’s different neighborhoods with ease.

3. Roaming Hunger

Roaming Hunger

Scribble Food Truck: Indianapolis, Indiana 

Download Roaming Hunger for free to find a food trucks near you. It’s great to have a sit down meal when traveling but sometimes you just want to grab a tasty quick bite and keep exploring.  I found the Scribble Food Truck using Roaming Hunger while visiting Indianapolis. Local farm to table food for under $10 in about 10 minutes- hard to beat.

2. Spotify


The digital mix cd… I’m sure most everyone has discovered Spotify by now but it is too awesome not to share. Check out my latest road trip playlist here. You simply can’t go on a road trip without tunes.

1. Roadtrippers

roadtrippers app

The ultimate digi road trip planner. For someone who tries to stay away from chain stores and restaurants the Roadtripper app is perfect. I will absolutely be using their trip planner this spring and summer! Their description says it all…

“Driving down long stretches of asphalt, pulling over at a local diner for some grub, and discovering the most incredible roadside wonders. Co-founders James Fisher and Tatiana Parent suffer from an incurable case of wanderlust. So, they decided to design a web and mobile platform that streamlines discovery, planning, booking and navigation into one engaging road trip planner. Powered by a fleet of local experts and travel writers Roadtrippers features a seemingly infinite database of amazing places (actually 100,000+ to be slightly more exact). We do the hard part, so you can have the adventure of a lifetime. At its core, Roadtrippers aims to inspire and promote awareness for local, offbeat and culturally stimulating experiences. After all, as Emerson’s taught us, it’s all about the journey.”

Technology is awesome but don’t forget to pack the trusty Atlas… just in case.

Maxwell Hall

February 23, 2014

Maxwell Hall

First known as Library Hall, Maxwell Hall was designed by George W. Bunting in the fashionable Romanesque Revival style. Constructed in 1890, it was the second location for the Indiana University library housing 60,000 volumes in the main reading room. In 1896, electricity was added to the building so the library could offer evening hours. By 1907, enrollment had increased enough to force the library to move to Franklin Hall.  READ MORE

Hinkle-Garton Farmstead

February 16, 2014

Hinkle-Garton Farmstead

The Hinkle-Garton Farmstead is a nineteenth century farm that was donated in 2003 to Bloomington Restoration Inc.(local preservation non-profit) by Daisy Garton, a long-time resident of Bloomington. I’ve been told by some locals that Ms. Garton was a staunch preservationist in town and was responsible for saving many of the cities most impressive landmarks. Hinkle-Garton Farmstead now serves as the BRI headquarters and as a museum for the community.  READ MORE

Olive & Sinclair

February 12, 2014

Once home to HG Hills Food Store in the early 1900s, an Archway Cookies factory, and a woodworking factory, 1628 Fatherland Street, Nashville, Tennessee is now home to one of my favorite chocolatiers, Olive & Sinclair. 

Olive & Sinclair

via Olive & Sinclair

Nashville-based DAAD Architects under Nick Dryden were brought on this project to ensure the circa-1890 building’s historic bones would be preserved, while creating a functional factory. The updated space features elements such as glass deco-lighting from a 1930’s schoolhouse, a gothic communion table from the early 1900‘s serving as the factory’s retail counter, factory pendant lighting was repurposed from an army barracks outside Atlanta , even repurposed wood floors sourced from a neighboring house in Lockeland Springs.  READ MORE

Friday Five: Valentine’s Day

February 7, 2014

Friday Five: Valentine’s Day gifts perfect for friends, your love, or just you.

5. Unlimited budget: Valentine’s Getaway to Paris

Valentine Paris
via Pinterest

One day I will make this happen.  READ MORE

Ideal Bagel: Athens, Georgia

February 6, 2014

Ideal Bagel

Photo: Ryan Hines

There is always a new spot to try in Athens, Georgia. The past few visits to the Classic City,  several local friends raved about a new bagel shop that opened up on Broad Street. One morning over the holiday break, in need of big breakfast sandwiches, Ryan and I decided to give Ideal Bagel a shot.  READ MORE

Treat Yo Self

February 2, 2014

treat yo self Regardless of relationship status, the month of February has always been my splurge month. It’s hard not to with chocolate and other goodies literally everywhere you turn. So this month, “treat yo self.” You deserve it.

Pictured (from top left): Cacao Atlanta macrons, champagne, Chocolate South truffles, tea roses, love birds (rug), champagne advertisement, hearts, Sea Salt Chocolate Bar by Olive & Sinclair. For details on products click here.


Friday Five: Food Blog South Takeaways

January 31, 2014

Five takeaways from Food Blog South 2014.

Food Blog South

5. ”The difference between someone who is a writer and someone who isn’t, is writing. Write everyday.”   - Verna Gates

4. ”Don’t confuse productivity and creativity.” -Susannah Felts on Cultivating Creativity

3. ”Do Your Homework. Pick a favorite blogger or writer and study them. Study not Steal. -Javacia Bowser on Blogging Head to Toe a la Tyra Banks

2. ”Let your work speak for itself.” -Molly Wizenburg of Orangette

1. “Stay curious.” Susannah Felts on Cultivating Creativity

Bonus takeaway: Caught up with some old friends and ate myself silly with tasty Southern food.

Food Blog South




January 30, 2014

White fluffy clouds of sugary goodness… I had no idea that marshmallows could get any better. Turns out, they can. Thanks to my #tscsummit friend and native Hoosier Jill, I was introduced to 240sweet in Columbus, Indiana. I finally made it their sweet shop and was invited to participate in a marshmallow making class!


240sweet is the brainchild of Chef Alexa Lemley and Samantha Aulick. Caterers by trade the pair started making marshmallows for their catering clients and the response was so positive they decided to have a go at the craft marshmallow biz.  READ MORE

Travel Tuesday: Snow Day Down South

January 28, 2014

Birmingham Snow Day No traveling today…enjoying a quiet snow day in Birmingham, Alabama. Stay warm y’all!

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