10 ways to make your Summer guests feel at home!

Saturday, June 17, 2017



any time we have family or friends stay over, i always get so excited to host and tie in little details together to make them feel at home. now that it's Summer, i'm sure a lot of you will have guests over throughout the season so i thought i'd share the little things i like to do with the guest room! if you have any more tips and tricks to making guests feel special, share them with me in the comments below! 😊
1. add fresh blooms! this one is a no brainer. flowers instantly brighten up a room and make your space happy! happy! happy! i personally think they add extra thought too. it goes to show that you went out of your way to pick or buy fresh flowers to make this special someone feel like they are in their own personal oasis. 💙 my go to's are roses, tulips, peonies, ranunculus (depending on the season)...but sometimes i have to stick with affordable/every day options which include hydrangeas, sunflowers, daisies, and lilies.
2. chalkboard welcome sign. i love typography so obviously have to have a little personalized chalkboard in the guestroom that welcomes my guest. 
3. speaking of signs, a sign with the wifi password is tremendously helpful because 21st century.
4. ooo this one's another favorite: diffuser oils!!! i sleep so good with my lavender diffuser oil. usually our family has traveled long distances to come see us, so i try to make this a relaxing, calm environment for them. what says relaxation more than this? naaaada.
5. put up photos. we usually have photos up of people coming to visit us, it's just an extra way to make your visitors feel at home.
6. a welcome bucket with snacks and water bottles. this little gesture makes me so giddy when i walk into an airbnb and theres a little note and box of goodies for us, so i imagine it would make anyone happy!
7. accent pillows for added fluff and decor.
8. towel and robe hooks in bedroom for easy peasy hanging/drying purposes and to keep your bed dry......ehhh, a huge pet peeve of mine!!!
9. local hand made soaps in bathroom. just because i love good smelling things and these are great conversation starters to tell your visitors about your local goods!
10. pillow mist. (diy aromatherapy pillow mist here) for good zzzz's. :)

greece travel guide!

Monday, May 29, 2017

amoudi bay
kastros restaurant 
 

i'm still in la la land y'all. this trip was the most fairytale- like dreamy vacation ever.  i keep telling everyone, if you're even considering visiting, do not think twice. just go!!! it is so worth it. you will not regret it!
i was originally going to split this post into three posts - Athens, Santorini, Mykonos. but i decided to just lay it all out there. 
i'll start with Santorini and work my way down to Athens.

paraga beach in mykonos

ok. picture this:
white & pastel clay homes, countless floral vines,  an infinite amount of deep blue sea that almost looks unreal because of how calm and blue it is...you walking around barefoot on the warm pavement admiring the clay homes and the bright airy light all around with the perfect blue backdrop that makes this place oh so picture perfect.
that is how it feels to be in Santorini. it's so hard to put into words. it's every girl's or traceur's dream, lol. 💗
we took a short 40 min flight from Athens to Santorini and then a cab (25 euros) to our hotel- Sophia Luxury Suites. from our hotel we rented an ATV (70 euros for two days) and it was probably the best and the easiest way to get around.
our room at Sophia Suites was a dream (the aurora cave) book here.
not only did the infiniti pool start at the foot of your bedroom but at night the cave had little twilights on the roof that would twinkle and change colors. did i mention, such a fairytale?!!!
this hotel was in the town called Imerovigli. it was a 15 min ATV ride to the main town Oia (pronounced Ia). this worked out perfect for us because Imerovigli was much more quiet and peaceful but not too far from the main attractions. for this reason, it was also a little cheaper than the comparable ones in Oia which worked in our favor ;)

beautiful flatbreads

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

a birthday reflection

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

 

a whimsical baby shower

Monday, March 6, 2017



       
      




cabbagetown, atlanta

Sunday, January 29, 2017



   

 

blue ridge mountains

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


twenty seventeen

Monday, January 2, 2017

looking back at 2016 and just thinking about how much happened that year makes it no wonder it seemed like the longest year ever! not necessarily in a bad way, but for us it was a year of anticipation, waiting, eagerness, & in a constant state of limbo and uncertainty. i transitioned from two different jobs in two different states...we moved from a house to an apartment and then finally to our own house! i could not be more grateful for what this year brought us and where we are now. we are so blessed. i am just so relieved that we are finally in a place we can call home! this weekend i read/wrote pages filled with resolutions but all i really took away from it all is that this year i will smile more, worry less. :)
i pray this year brings us more beautiful, adventurous surprises <3
cheers to 2017!



diy gallery wall

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

bali travel guide

Saturday, July 2, 2016








bali was such an incredible experience for us! everything from the culture, food, lifestyle, scenery, weather, was so up our alley. we just felt at home. it was bizarre how we were so far away from home and unfamiliar with any of our surroundings yet so comfortable and at ease. we were so lucky to have met some of the most hospitable and kind hearted people ever. 
this trip taught me so much about M and i. about our tolerances, our strengths, weaknesses, and mostly about how much we can support each other and balance out the crazy in us.
bali was perfect because it was a blend between peaceful and wild, which in two words defines us as a couple, lol. 

 








we flew into denpassar and spent the first four days on bali (which wasn't nearly enough time). we stayed in seminyak the first night, and then ubud days 2-4. i fell in love with ubud as it was clearly the more cultural, artsy, & serene village. if you want more of a party scene i would recommend staying in seminyak or kuta or even uluwatu. uluwatu was beautiful and had a bunch of those infinity pools your instagram needs! we were only able to spend a day at uluwatu during which we visited the famous uluwatu temple and ate lunch at single fin bar...they had the most breathtaking, panoramic views, fun vibe, and yummiest burgers. also, there's a nalu bowls attached to single fin if you have room for dessert or want the views & just a healthy snack :)




waterfall Tibumana Bangli
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