5.28.2015

Nashville: Travel Recap


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I'm still trying to figure out how I can travel weekly, be a mom, have a job, and keep my sanity year round. Let me know if anyone can help in this area because I would be all over it. Just like the rest of America, right?

In the mean time until that's figured out...I will "extend" our weekend get away by recapping our recent trip to Nashville here with all of you! 

STAY

We had one of the best hotel experiences we've ever had this past weekend in Nashville. The only other hotel that could top it was this one, but that should tell you just how great our experience was since I'm comparing it to that hotel. When we booked this trip we kind of had to book at Springwood Suites/Residence Inn by Marriott (it's two hotels in one building-in the Vanderbilt area) because we were late, it was pet friendly (Rocky tagged along and got a lil' vacation too!), and well...all the other hotels downtown were either sold out or really expensive. We are so happy they were! The hotel and the customer service was so great (both sides), and it was only a mile away from downtown and they had a shuttle offering to take us to/from anything within a 2 mile radius (which included downtown and many other areas-you could also take a cab and that was only $5 to downtown!).


We originally had both our rooms (me and Billy in one room, my friends in another) on the Springwood Suites side, but we found out when we checked in that it wasn't actually pet friendly (thanks Expedia) but the Residence Inn side WAS, so they immediately upgraded our room to a king suite and put us on the same floor as our friends (we were literally a few rooms down from each other still.) Both Springwood/Residence Inn had modern decor and such beautiful rooms! Our room (our friends too) were amazing...and HUGE! 

Our room was like the size of an apartment, as it had a full kitchen (in the pic below the kitchen was to the left), desk, eating area, sectional (with a pull out bed), king bed, and a great view on top of it all. I could've stayed here for two weeks! Could not recommend both of these hotels enough if you are traveling to Nashville! I actually preferred that it wasn't smack in the middle of downtown because they were so many cute areas around it to explore and you didn't have to deal with any traffic. PS: Nothing was sponsored on this trip, I just genuinely loved this hotel. 


EAT

Nom nom nom! Nashville's food scene is just okay. JUST KIDDING... 
It is AMAZING. 

Fried chicken, BBQ beef brisket, deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles, bisquits and gravy, "white trash hash"....just to name a few of my favorites (lol). I actually did have each of those this trip and am suddenly realizing why my pants are tight right now (#worthitmmmkay?) 

Instead of going through each place we visited in depth, I'm just going to share my recommendations because each place we visited I would say the same thing, something along the lines of delicious, for each one. 

 
+Merchants (dinner, on Broadway in the heart of it all)
my picks: chicken fried chicken, deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes
+Tavern (THE BEST BRUNCH EVER, in Midtown (SO close to our hotel)) 
my picks: cheddar bisquits and gravy, white trash hash, heuvos rancheros, sangria (2-4-1!)
 
+Hattie B's (also right by our hotel, they serve the best fried chicken here-the line wrapped around the building seconds that)
+Tin Roof (this was just for a quick, casual lunch and some beers. Perfect place for that! They have a location by our hotel with other cute shops and restaurants around, and also one on Broadway)
my picks: the cheese dip & quesadillas!
+Frothy Monkey Coffee Shop (coffee and food as well)
+Acme Feed & Seed (dinner, on Broadway, they serve food on the first two floors and have an awesome rooftop next to the river for drinks. I hear they have a good brunch too)
my picks: the ike & mike nachos (HUGE and drool worthy with their pulled pork, beans, and bbq sauce!), rule the roost (hot chicken)
 {view from Acme rooftop}
+Jacks Bar-B-Que (quick lunch, on Broadway)
+Las Paletas (I am soooo sad we never had the time to go here, but I'm still adding it so I remember for next time and so you guys can-was featured on food network for their frozen ice pops made with fresh fruits and vegetables)
+Juice Nashville (to make you feel better after all those drinks!)
my picks: berry nice or the green detox one (can't remember the name but it has spinach, kale, apple, lemon)
 

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Honestly, most of our weekend was spent on Broadway listening to the live music but me and Billy did venture to Hillsboro Village on Saturday afternoon. They have some really cute clothing shops, restaurants (Pancake Pantry is here-I ate here on my previous trip otherwise would have gone!), and dessert places. Rumor on the street is Taylor Swift can be found here often!

 

Another area we got to explore a bit was The Gulch. Read more about it here.
 

As for places on Broadway-I really like Tootsies, Rippy's (upstairs), and The Stage.
 
If we had more time, we would've made the drive to Franklin because I hear it's really charming and pretty, and drank some wine at Arrington Vineyards. Next time! 

OH...and guess what?! I got to meet my blogger friend, Sarah, right when we got into town! We parked our car for lunch and she just so happened to be eating lunch with some girlfriends and we recognized each other right away! It was so awesome! I had been wanting to meet her for years! And she was just as sweet and pretty in person :)

Even though we didn't stay long, we still fit in a good amount of things. Mainly revolving around food, which I'm totally cool with. :) On our last trip, I toured the Country Music Hall of Fame, visited Bluebird, etc. Read that recap here.


Thank you music city for another great visit and as always thank you to those who always send me the best rec's! 

5.26.2015

Another Year






Hey ya'll! I've made it back from Nashville in one piece and yesterday I turned the big 3-0!

And yes, I feel sooo much older. ;) Actually...no, in all seriousness, I really loved my twenties (who doesn't?!) but I'm not dreading my 30's or think they will be a big snoozefest, by any means! I'm really not one of those people who believe it all goes downhill from here, or that all the fun has to stop! That's silly...I love my life and how can this year be bad when I have my baby Cam with me now? It's just not possible. Life and the years ahead are about to get a whole lot BETTER!

However, Nashville definitely got the best of me (we didn't even make it out past 11pm one night-HA!) because I'm all kinds of exhausted today. Our trip was so much fun...I'm working on a recap post that I will hopefully have up soon, but for now I'm spending one more day snuggling my little man who I missed so incredibly much!! My parents spoiled him rotten (how cute is the pic of him "reading the sports section" with my dad?) while we were gone and sent me texts/pics all the time, but it was still hard to be without him. On the plus side, I'm happy that he did so well at my parents house-makes me feel so good and eases my mind for the future! But he's definitely coming with us for our next trips this year!

Anyway...all this to say I'll be back (in the Arnold S. voice) with a trip recap! Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day and thank you to those who have served/are serving-the real reason for celebrating the weekend. Also a big THANK YOU to those who wished me a happy birthday, xo! 

5.21.2015

Five Things: Memorial Day Weekend Edition


{ONE}

How perfect is this pom pom top?

 It's a shame I didn't find it early enough so that I could have it in time for our trip this weekend, but I'm pretty positive it will get plenty of use this summer. Would be cute as a cover up, with shorts or white jeans, and for the 4th!

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{TWO}

I came across this article, 92 Days of Summer: Something To Do From June to August in Columbus, and had to share for all my Columbus girls! What a great list! We are always wanting to find new fun things to do, or to take Cam to, so I saved this article to my home screen on my phone so I can pull it up whenever. :)  

and if you haven't tried the macarons from Pistacia Vera, make that on the top of your list!

{THREE}

It's true...I'm loving this age. He is SO much fun.



{FOUR}

New product obsession below. It's a finishing spray that is liquid-to-powder that I spray on my hair after I style it for added volume and texture. Sometimes I use it in my place of dry shampoo on day 2 dirty hair because it keeps it looking clean!


 {FIVE}

Today is my Friday because bright and early tomorrow morning we're heading to Nashville!! It's bittersweet because we are obviously really excited, but at the same time will miss our little man so much. I know I mentioned this the other day, but gah. It pulls at my heart strings. Good thing it's only for 2 days and he's in good hands! I think I can do it, I think I can do it. 



It's also my birthday on Monday (and we will be back then) so I will get to celebrate with my boys! Best of both worlds!  

Follow me on instagram or snapchat (@katiewkrysh) to see a glimpse of our trip! I promise I'll be back next week with more to blog about! Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! xo


5.20.2015

30th Birthday Wish List


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Initial Disc Bracelet
Personalized Striped Canvas Tote (perfect for the beach!)
Kate Spade Water Bottle
Mug
Kendra Scott Pendant Necklace
Sport-Brella
David Yurman Ring
Tory Burch Logo Earrings

 Would you guys believe me if I said it took me a long time to figure out anything I would want for my birthday? My husband was shocked and pretty sure my parents were as well, ha. Making this list wasn't easy because honestly I would rather have an experience (like our weekend trip or a fun filled day planned with my boys) than any of these items. BUT, what kind of girl would I be to not have my eye on a few things?! I just can't let that happen.

Also, I realize how fitting it is to have a damn umbrella on my wish list when turning the old age of 30, but I really want one to sit under outside with Cam this summer! I remember the days of rolling my eyes at my parents for wanting "lame" gifts and well, now here I am...

Happy hump day!

5.18.2015

CURRENTLY...

Hey hey hey!

How was your weekend? Per usual ours seemed to go super fast, but was great! We went out to dinner Friday night with Cam and he was SO interested in our food. It was so funny! I plan to wait until 6 months (or very close to it) to introduce foods with him, but I'm already really looking forward to it so much. Is that weird, or probably normal for FTM's? ha!

Saturday we ran a bunch of errands and I managed to get a ton of flowers planted in our yard. Happy to have it done because I won't have time this weekend and many weekends after that will be spent at the lake!

Speaking of the lake/water...

Can anyone recommend some awesome baby toys/products that are good for water/the beach? We plan to get one of the sport umbrella's with the flaps on the sides so that I can sit outside with him, but what are some other must have items?! I can't wait to take him to the pool for the first time!

Anyway, the point of this post-to ramble on and on about all my life happenings. So thrilling, I know.

Currently...

IN SHOCK THAT: ONE week from today is my 30th birthday. I actually semi forgot about it until the other day. It's funny how things change when you have a baby. Before I would be talking about my birthday for weeks ahead of time (all my confessions are coming out right now) and now, I've barely thought about it. But really though, THIRTY?! How can this be? I guess it's good I kind of forgot about it! At least I'm still a year younger than my husband. ;)

LOOKING FORWARD TO: To celebrate, we are going to NASHVILLE on Friday with my 3 best girlfriends and our spouses! Oh, and Rocky is coming too. He is the easiest dog to travel with! When we planned this, I thought that I would be ok with leaving Cam since it's just 2 nights (I mean as much as I can be), but now I am getting real nervous. I know that he will be just fine, but I will miss him so much and I hope I don't worry so much when we're gone so I can actually enjoy myself. I'm trying to focus on the positive-that we will have so much fun, that it'll be nice to have time with Billy, and to give us a little break! I plan to repeat these things to myself daily this week...

EATING: We made this copycat Bonefish Grill Shrimp recipe on Saturday and gave it our stamp of approval. Absolutely DELISH!


THINKING: How freaking adorable Cam is in this picture. That tongue obviously shows how much he's concentrating on learning how to sit. And those toesies...the cuteness is too much.


LOVING: This mason jar "one hot momma" glass I found when shopping with Cam last Friday. How cute is this?! Would be an adorable gift for a momma! Cam seems to like it as well...


WANTING: All of the following...

 striped romper (also comes in black)

What's currently on your mind? Any Memorial Day plans?

PS: What the heck was that Kanye performance last night? Tell me someone else also thought that was a complete waste? K, enough from me! Have a good day!
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