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Whoa, it’s been a minute! I took a break from blogging but I’m back to tell you we have some big news…

We’re expecting!

That’s right, Baby D is arriving in June and we couldn’t be more excited.

We found out I was pregnant while we were overseas in London and ever since that day, time has been escaping us. The first trimester was incredibly rough on me physically. I spent a lot of time throwing up, stuck in bed, or incredibly nauseas if we did finally get out of the house. There wasn’t a whole lot of excitement for the first three months and it was difficult to not share our news and explain why I was so off-the-grid for a while.

Once the 2nd trimester came, I was so relieved. My nausea subsided, my energy came back, and I finally started to feel like myself again. I’m feeling better than I even remember being before pregnancy. It’s true what they say about the 2nd trimester… it is the honeymoon phase of pregnancy.

19 weeks pregnant

Yesterday was my 20 week ultrasound and anatomy scan. We are keeping baby’s gender a surprise and won’t know anything until he/she makes an entrance into the world! The past two weeks have been incredible as I can finally feel the baby moving around in my belly. Those little taps and kicks completely changed everything for me. I didn’t start to feel emotional until baby starting reminding me that he/she is in there and wants to say hello. It’s wild!

I think that about covers the big updates since I’ve been MIA from the blog world. I’ll be back with more pregnancy updates and finally sharing more about our trip to London, Nottingham, and Edinburgh soon!

Here’s a photo from me in London just a couple days after I found out about our little peanut.

london bridge

Thanks for sticking with me and respecting my need for Internet silence while I was experiencing some crazy life changes! I’m so happy to be back.

nashville blogger

 

After several busy months of jam-packed weekends and travel, we finally had a free weekend to get back into our brunch routine. Our most recent visit was to Geist, a charming and recently renovated restaurant in Germantown. We try our best to make it to a newly opened (within the year) restaurant for brunch at least one weekend out of the month. I’m so glad we made the choice to visit Geist because it was undoubtably the best brunch I’ve had in Nashville in quite a while.

geist nashville

geist nashville

The building is beautiful and takes the place of a 118-year-old blacksmith shop. The interior boasts modern bar decor and southern charm surrounded by exposed brick and giant leather seats. I wish I would have snapped more photos of the interior, but as soon as our table was ready all I could think about was getting my hands on some food. I promise to do better next time, but for now here’s a photo courtesy of Nashville Guru:

geist nashville

I ordered a mimosa and the egg sandwich, which was served open face (just the way I like it) topped with caramelized onions and the most perfectly soft-scrambled egg next to a side of American-style potatoes. Steve and I split a side order of the maple bacon, which was the thickest cut of bacon I’ve ever had. I jokingly referred to it as bacon steak. Steve ordered the Dutch Baby with roasted mushroom, spinach, goat cheese, and egg.

geist nashville

geist nashville

geist nashville

geist nashville

geist nashville

Mark my word, we will be back very, very soon. We loved everything about Geist Nashville. Even if you just want to pop in for a craft-made cocktail, it’s the perfect place for a conversation at the bar. I highly recommended paying them a visit. You can check out their menu here.

 

 

I’m officially back in west Michigan and I’m so excited to be here for an entire week. I’m working from my parents house and hanging with my dog, Syrus for a couple days. On Wednesday morning, we’re heading up to White River Campground with my family for a few nights of camping. Then, we’re heading up to Traverse City for the weekend to watch to friends tie the knot. I’m PUMPED to be here and get some relaxation time.utilityutilityAfter I shut my laptop tomorrow night, I’m planning to stick my nose in a book, eat an unhealthy amount of s’mores, swim with my niece, drink Yuengling around a fire, and embark on some nature walks with my dog and my husband. I haven’t been camping in YEARS so I’m planning to take full advantage of these next few days.
utilityutilityI bought this jumper the last time I was at Forever 21 because I loved the utility vibes. I’ve always had a thing for jumpsuits and rompers and this one immediately caught my eye because of the sleek zipper front and belted waist.  It’s perfect for hot summer days.
utility utilityLinen-Blend Zip Front Romper– Forever 21 // Universal Thread Slides– Target // Bag- Hush Puppies
utilityutilityCheers and hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July!

nashville blogger

It feels so good to be back sharing my personal style and musings around town again. Now that it’s summer and Nashville gets up in the 100-degree-days, my husband and I searched for some new ice cream places around town that would help us cool off and satisfy our sweet tooth. I typed ‘ice cream’ into my GPS and began my search for a new place to try.

rainbow styleWe set out to visit a place near Opry Mills off Briley Parkway called Cotton & Snow, which is primarily a Hawaiian shaved ice stand with tons of different flavor options. Which was ideal for me, since I’m basically now avoiding dairy at all costs (except for the rare indulgence in Jeni’s peanut butter ice cream). It’s so great that we’ve been here for 3 years and are still discovering so many places around town. I love exploring this city.

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