a slice of heaven

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i’m referring to the wonderful community of serenbe, located just miles outside of atlanta. for those of you who haven’t been, here’s a small explanation of what it is: a 1,000 acre community that focuses on land preservation, agriculture, energy efficiency, etc. there are lots of houses on the huge property, along with stables, restaurants, a general store, a theater, an inn, and even farm animals. the baby goats were definitely one of our favorite parts of the whole place. the whole property is centered on its’ walkability, which we loved. 

so now that you have an idea of what serenbe is, here’s how we ended up there. ike and i were housesitting/dogsitting for a couple at church who lives in newnan, and ike randomly mentioned one day that serenbe was close by and that we should go there sometime soon. i had no idea exactly how close serenbe was to where we were staying— it was about a 20 minute drive through beautiful back roads and small towns. we went in the morning for a breakfast date, and stopped at blue eyed daisy because they had ike’s favorite: bagels and lox. 

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after breakfast, we met a sweet man who happened to live in serenbe, so he gave us all the information we needed on where to go within the community if we didn’t have much time— which we didn’t. we left the cafe and within 5 minutes of walking, we were immersed in a gigantic wildflower meadow. it was absolutely gorgeous.

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that meadow led us to a short walk through the woods, which led us to the farm animals! they had goats, sheep, and chickens. ike always talks about wanting goats when we have land, so i think he especially loved hanging out with them for a bit.

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a few other things we enjoyed seeing were the inn and the garden, the random but awesome treehouse in the woods, the general store, and the incredible houses that i couldn’t help but take too many pictures of…

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the general store was celebrating its’ one year anniversary that night with live music, free food and drinks, and lots of socializing. my favorite thing about the store… it sold sweetgrass dairy cheese! home sweet home.

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i hope by the end of this post that you’re convinced you need to visit this place. we decided to make it a reoccurring date because it was peaceful, relaxing, and honestly felt like we were in a different state. it’s crazy to think that all of this is just 30 miles from the atlanta airport. if you get a chance to go explore, let me know because i want to tag along!

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five things

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i’m absolutely convinced that she’s the most precious dog that has ever existed. this photo is proof.

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if you ever need a restaurant recommendation while in athens, i highly suggest you hit up cali ‘n tito’s. i ate there many times as a student, and on thursday i finally got the chance to take ike. needless to say, they’re now his favorite fish tacos.

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one of our new favorite breakfast places! located in serenbe, aka the most perfect place i’ve ever been. i’ll be doing a whole post on our trip to this incredible community.

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a walk with my man through the blooming wildflower meadow in serenbe. it was a beautiful surprise that we thoroughly enjoyed.

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and finally, i got to watch ike ride today! i loved watching him do something he is so passionate about.

our first party

we’ve been married for a little over five months now, and until this past friday, we had yet to throw our first party! ike and i started discussing the need to have one back in april, and decided that we should celebrate his birthday and my graduation (which fell on the exact same day). since that particular weekend was already guaranteed to be 100% full— parents coming into town, graduation, birthday, a wedding gig in alabama, AND a church service led by our youth— i marked may 17th on my calendar as the day to throw our party. 

i worried that not many of our friends would be able to make a friday party because lots of them happen to be local musicians, who play pretty much every weekend. once i found out that almost all of them could make it, i went into full on party planning mode. i made a bunch of lists and mental notes on what food we needed, drinks, decorations, what needed to be done around the house, and even what the food + beverage table would look like. i kept telling ike that i wanted our first house party to not only be a ton of fun, but also feel more like a grown up party than a college one (even though lots of beer pong was played!). 

after i settled on a snack menu that included homemade buffalo chicken dip and cream cheese icing + bacon topped cupcakes, i went with the lovely EB to the most incredible TJMaxx HomeGoods on earth and found the last few things i needed for the table. friday morning consisted of deep cleaning the bedroom and bathroom, plus vacuuming and picking up lots of junk that we had lying around. i’ve got to give a shout out to my incredibly hard-working husband who tirelessly helped me accomplish everything that i wanted inside and outside the house— he mowed the whole lawn (which is huge), weed-eated (weed-eatered? weed-ate?) everything, and vacuumed, among many other things.

—ike took a cleaning break and scout was thrilled—

fast forward to friday afternoon and some of our best friends from thomasville arrived to the apartment! it was so special to us that they came because friday also happened to be their FIVE YEAR wedding anniversary. love them.

okay enough talk, here are some pictures of the party decor!

i used as many things of my own that i could, and only bought things if i knew i’d reuse them. 

things i already had: the paper straws, the wooden slabs, the BAR letters, the flower vases, the cupcake tray— which has a pig on it and says “bacon is my favorite flavor”—, and a few of the bowls.

things i bought: the plastic chip bowls, the woven basket— i’ve been wanting one anyways—, the lantern, the flowers, and the citronella candles.

ike and i had the best time because we were surrounded by many people that we so rarely get to see. people drove from thomasville, savannah, woodstock, marietta, etc. what great friends… our first party was definitely a success!

five things

i’m starting what will hopefully be a weekly post, where i show you 5 highlights from my week. my first highlight comes in a package about 6’3″ tall, painfully handsome, and impeccably dressed. i had the opportunity to tag along with the band last weekend while they played a wedding in auburn, alabama. ike’s ensemble is made up of an alfani red suit + jcpenney gingham shirt + calvin klein tie= one good looking drummer. 

i had the pleasure of witnessing these incredible siblings declare their faith and be baptized into the Kingdom. definitely one of the happiest moments of my time working with the youth. 

thursday night, my sweet friend EB and i had a dinner date in the marietta square. our restaurant was farm-to-table, and their delicious cheese plate included cheese from my hometown! sweetgrass thomasville tomme (top). 

i finally got around to hanging some frames! this was a super quick project because i was itching to get something on the wall. the frames are from crate and barrel!

and here’s a sneak peek at the tablescape from the party ike and i threw last night! i’ll eventually get around to doing a whole post about it, promise.

and that’s my week!

a mini diy project

for some reason, since we got married we’ve had a shortage of lamps. ike only had two small bedroom lamps that had definitely seen better days, and i only had a huge brass lamp that my parents had given me and a small bedroom lamp. thankfully, ike’s mom had a leftover floor lamp (which we desperately needed) that she was going to get rid of, and i decided that we should take it home even though it was a terrible shade of green. ike immediately hated it and didn’t think we should take it, but i knew that with our lamp shortage, we couldn’t afford to say no to freebies. well that lamp sat in our living room in its original state for over four months until i finally decided it was time to spruce it up. here’s how it looked before (minus the fact that i had begun spray-painting it before i realized i hadn’t taken a picture):

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see what i mean about the color? the shape of the legs definitely isn’t the best, and the green color just emphasized how old the lamp was. i had to clean it pretty well, and then i grabbed a grey (shocking, i know) can of spray paint at lowe’s and went to town. it was an extremely easy and quick makeover, so i’m kicking myself that i didn’t do it sooner.

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i would show you how it looks inside the house now, but that would require me to showcase the lampshade we’re having to currently use, and that’s just embarrassing! sidenote: target lampshades are not always the best option.