Quality Over Quantity

Quality Over Quantity: This is my motto for the summer

Quality over Quantity

I keep telling myself, “Don’t do a lot of everything. Do a little of what really means something.” And it applies to lots of areas of my life this summer. It’s all about simplifying so that I can invest more wholeheartedly in the things I see around me that are valuable.

So far, here’s what I’m learning:

  • Etsy Business: A Year of Words has been really great, but now I’m to the point where I’m picking up more clients, working on custom orders, and fine-tuning the image of my business. So “a doodle a day” isn’t necessarily happening. I mean it is… but there’s also other things going on, like designing my business cards (which I got from MOO and I would 1000% recommend you doing the same) and perfecting my calligraphy so that I can make some brides super happy! It’s not about quantity (aka. new material everyday). It’s really about quality… Making sure I’m putting out my very best for people that are also investing in me. Whew. No pressure. 😉
  • Friendships: I’m not the best at keeping in touch. That probably surprises some people about me, but probably not the people closest to me. I love quality time with my friends, but phone dates… only a little. I’d rather be right next to my friends when having heart to hearts. But you know what?? I have friends all over the country, so I need to get over it! In this first week of summer, I’ve tried to be really purposeful about 1. seeing people that are in Atlanta that I normally don’t get to see, and 2. calling/ texting people that are elsewhere just to check in. Again, it’s not about how many friends I can reach out to, but the quality of interactions. And duh! I have so much time now! So I’m all in for investing in my people before I can use “being busy” as a (really lame) excuse. 🙂
  • Clothes: This one’s silly, so I’ll keep it short. But for real. When you move from your home into a slightly smaller home for 2 months, you can only bring so many clothes. So I decided to do a capsule wardrobe of sorts. Only the staple pieces that I’m bound to appreciate and wear again and again were packed. I may post some shots of my capsule wardrobe because while I’m not convinced that I could make it work during the school year, I am sooooo about downsizing my closet to contain really great pieces and eliminate the clutter. But we shall see what I say in August… 🙂

I know that in one week of summer I have not learned all I have to learn on this subject. But I’m excited for this to be a summer of growth, and boy am I already enjoying it!

Valentine’s Day Recap

Will & I had THE BEST Valentine’s Day adventure.

It was simple. It was chill. And it was so much fun to just have a day spent with each other and no distractions! Plus, I got to be the mastermind behind the plans this year (it’s always been him), so I think I had the most fun of all dragging him around to places that I knew he would love!

Stop #1: The Silver Skillet – An ATL classic since the 1950’s, this diner-esque restaurant is filled with charm and delicious food. We had a solid brunch (of course we did, brunch lovers) and were not even the slightest bit hungry until dinner time. The grits, hashbrowns & eggs were served to perfection. And Will was adventurous and got pork chops… Great choice! My omelette was superb with the tastiest sausage and gooiest cheese. And then there were the biscuits… Holy cow. A spot that’s definitely worth the wait (and definitely best suited for small parties).

Silver Skillet

Stop #2: The Warhorse Coffee Joint – This super secret spot can be found behind the new West Midtown developments and is a spot that you’ll want to keep a secret. (Not sure why I’m even telling you about it 🙂 ) It was the perfect place for a cup of tea and an hour or so of rest and reading books together. If you do find it, please take cash. It’s donation only for coffee & tea, and I hope it can remain that way!

Warhorse

Stop #3: College Football Hall of Fame – I knew that this would be the perfect surprise outing for my man, and it did not disappoint! From the time you step foot into the CFBHall you are 100% in the game. From running around kicking field goals to announcing College GameDay, it is a blast! And great for all ages of college football fans! My personal favorite part was the ginormous Penley mural that hangs in the main lobby and highlights great players, coaches, and college football moments!

CFBHall

Stop #4: Yeah! Burger – Can’t mess up a great day with a lousy dinner haha. So we went to our ol’ reliable spot Yeah! Burger for a scrumptious meal. The Yeah! sauce is where it’s at (especially if you’re using it for the dipping sauce for your sweet potato fries. Mmmm.) Without a doubt, after a full day in the city it hit the spot!

Day of Love

We had a wonderful Valentine’s Day together! Nothing fancy. Nothing crazy. Just a bunch of fun exploring new places with each other! Hope you and yours had a fantastic day of love as well… But honestly, what day isn’t about love??

Let’s Talk About Brunch…

Nothing says “Saturday morning” like a mid-morning brunch with your favorite people. We’ve had some perfect Saturdays so far in 2015, and they all had one thing in common… BRUNCH!

Check out these local restaurants for some fantastic grub to start off your weekend right!

H&H's Supreme Chicken Biscuit with pimento cheese and bacon jam

The Supreme Chicken Biscuit with pimento cheese and bacon jam from H&H Restaurant

  • H&H Restaurant – Known as Georgia’s “most iconic restaurant”, H&H has a ton of character. It was a frequented spot by hometown heros, the Allman Brothers, and has a southern breakfast that you won’t believe. Now owned by the same restaurant group as The Rookery (another Macon favorite), H&H delivers an old-south feel with creative new dishes. My personal fave was the Supreme Fried Chicken Biscuit complete with pimento cheese and bacon jam… Yum! You have to forfeit your sleeping in for this one, though… They’re only open until 10:30 Monday through Saturday!
  • West Egg Cafe – If you’re ok with a little drive, West Egg is well worth it. All of our ATL friends raved about West Egg for months and months, and once we tried it for ourselves, it became our ATL brunch go-to. Be prepared to wait (because it’s just that good), but feel free to have a fancy coffee drink while you wait from their coffee bar. As far as what you should try… The banana bread french toast is insane, the pimento cheese & pecan smoked bacon is my ultimate fave (apparently I really like pimento cheese for breakfast), and you can’t go wrong with the Peachtree Plate.
  • The Casserole Shop – If you need something quick and inexpensive, you can’t do any better than The Casserole Shop. All of their specialty donuts are fabulous. Will & I were actually lucky enough the weekend we moved in to walk into the making of the most delicious breakfast sandwich in Macon… The sausage, egg, and cheese DONUT. Yep. I said it. And they serve it warm and fresh! The quickest way for Will to get me out of bed on a Saturday is to promise me one of these… and then we have to go on a run later that day… haha. While you’re at The Casserole Shop, you can also pick up a pan of Chicken Divan, Poppy Seed Chicken, or Lasagna to have for the week. It’s like brunch and weekly grocery shopping all in one!
  • Finally, nothing beats brunch at home 🙂 This morning, Will woke up early and made a spread complete with scrambled eggs, pancakes, and coffee. It made a lazy Saturday morning feel fancy and special. You can never beat home-cooking, especially when hubby is cooking!

What’s your favorite Saturday morning breakfast/ brunch spot? We’re always down to try something new!!!

ATL Getaway!

You know those rainy days where you feel like being a bum (i.e., yesterday…)?? Those are the perfect days for a day trip! We made our way to Atlanta today to see friends and be tourist-y in the big city.

The Atlanta Streetcar just opened last Tuesday, so we wanted to see what it was all about. The vision of the Streetcar is to connect Atlanta unconnected neighborhoods, a bold yet necessary endeavor to unite the city. For now, it’s only circulating 2.7 miles, but you better believe we rode the whole darn route! It was cool to see that travels to Centennial Olympic Park may already be more convenient. I can’t wait to see future phases linking the BeltLine! Atlanta is getting cooler and cooler. Oh… and for the first 3 months, it’s FREE!

Streetcar Selfie

And yes, we took selfies on the Streetcar…

Following our fun ride, we made our stop at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market (one of the stops along the Streetcar’s route). Lets talk. about. some. FOOD!!! Oh my gosh. If we lived in the city, I would beg to go to the Curb Market not only for all produce and meats, but for every stinking meal. There’s Sweet Auburn’s BBQ, Venezuelan food from Arepa Mia, amazing jerk chicken from AfroDish Restaurant, Bell Street Burritos, and so much more. Will & I grabbed coffee from the Sweet Auburn Bakery… divine. And then Mary bought our group a whole sweet potato pie… That girl…

Sweet Auburn Curb Market

It was an A+ day in the A. (See what I did there?) I just adore exploring cities and getting to know their unique characters. Until next time, Atlanta!

Judah Press Entertainment

If you’re looking for an amazing DJ in the Southeast, I’d like for you to meet my friend Jesse.

He is the founder of Judah Press Entertainment, the DJ of our wedding (and many, many, many others), and a wonderful man of God! He has the most electric personality and truly gets the party going anytime he enters the room!

Ginger+Will-786

We hired Jesse as our wedding DJ and he was absolutely phenomenal! He chose all the right tunes, worked with us for hours upon hours to help personalize our reception, and even came to visit me before the wedding ceremony to reassure me that all details were taken care of… and that we were about to have the best party ever!

Jesse is based in Athens, GA, but he can travel for weddings, social events, and camps too! Check him out on Facebook!