Tillamook's Melty Fest at The Food Market

This week, I had the chance to attend the menu takeover at The Food Market to celebrate Tillamook coming to Baltimore. Tillamook is a farmer owned cooperative from Oregon that has been making naturally aged cheddars for over 100 years (wowza!) with absolutely no artificial ingredients. Where are my cheese lovers at? I just know y'all will fall in love with Tillamook just like I did. Tillamook also makes the creamiest, premium ice cream that the whole family is OBSESSED with. We recently finished off the rest of the ice cream we had at home, and I’m going buy some today because I’ve been eating it every night since Tillamook has come to Baltimore, and I am hooked. haha.


Fave Pink Walls in Baltimore

Hi friends! I often get asked where the pink walls that I take a lot of pictures at are located in Baltimore, so I wanted to share my favorite pink spots around town. :) There are two main pink walls that I go to.

#1 This wall is a pink house in Charles Village. The cross streets are Maryland Avenue and 23rd Street. It is on the alley street called Morton St. It's the perfect shade of light pink, and I just adore it!


Not so Happy Holidays

Let me just say it: the holidays can be f*cking hard. Really really hard. A lot harder than many people want to talk about. 

The holidays are supposed to be a time filled with celebration, glee, and cheerful memories being made and shared with family. But if you have strained relationships with relatives, or can’t travel for varying reasons, or are if you’re still grieving the absence of a loved one, then the holidays can bring feelings of loneliness and sadness. 

Over the past three years, our family has spent most of the holiday season inpatient at Hopkins due to Sansa’s treatments. We haven’t been able to travel to family for a long while. But even though Sansa’s health is in a good place, we’re dealing with other problems and more "normal" life type issues, which is great, but also brings a different kind of stress during the holidays. 

Since Nikki has come out as transgender, we haven’t been completely welcomed by our families as we used to be. I’m still grieving the loss of many broken relationships, and coincidentally all of them have been church related. (That is another blog post for another day if I ever feel brave enough to go there). We’ve both have been burned pretty badly, and many of those old wounds seem to resurface every holiday season. The idea of ever going back “home” for the holidays brings up a lot of worries, insecurities, and stress. 

Also, with Nikki’s graduate funding being cut in half, as well as our depleted savings and the high credit card debt we’ve racked up from our many hospital stays, travelling down for Christmas isn’t even a feasible option. 

We will be spending the holidays in Baltimore for another year, which will be fine. But when I see my family post pictures on Facebook sharing about their Christmas celebrations, I’m sad that Sansa, Nikki, and I aren’t there. It feels like we are missing out on so much, and I don't know if we will ever get that back. 

Since we are spending our first Christmas at home in forever, I want to be able to start new holiday traditions with Sansa that she can look forward to, and this will be the year we test some of those out. If you want to share your favorite Christmas and New Years traditions, please do so! I want to know. :) This year we’re learning to let go of so much, and also (hopefully) moving toward something better. 

I wanted to share all of this, because maybe the holidays are tough for you too. It’s hard to allow room for the tough feelings when it feels like they are not allowed, especially so close to Christmas. It’s okay to not be okay, even during the holidays. 

For those of you who are not experiencing a hard time this holiday season, please remember to check in on your friends/family/loved ones. Spread light and kindness as much as you can, because you never know how someone else is feeling or what they could be going through. 

Thanks for reading this different kind of blog post! I hope you all find ways to enjoy your holidays. Make sure to spend time taking care of yourself during this time of year. 



Staycation at The Hilton Baltimore

We had the pleasure of staying at The Hilton Baltimore a few weekends ago, and we had THE best time! Sansa has talked about the stay non-stop and keeps asking to go back to "the Hilton hotel with the Orioles." It's sooooo cute. One of my favorite things about the room besides all the cute decor was the view! We had a balcony overlooking Campden Yards and could watch the Orioles games from the outside our suite.


Favorite Sweaters for Fall

I have been all about fall lately, so I wanted to share this super cozy sweater that I love and few other awesome fall sweaters that look so so cozy and cute because y'all asked for it! When I wear this one from Brightside Boutique (you can get it online here) Sansa always says "I love your sweater momma." and then she pets it because its sooo soft and she rubs her face on it too. haha. She melts my heart!


How I Met the Love of My Life

 Hi everyone!! It has been fooooorever since I have posted on here, and since today is our wedding anniversary, I figured this would be the perfect time to share these AMAZING pictures from Brooke Michelle Photography we took quite a few months ago (as you can tell by our coats. hehe). She is so talented that it was very hard to just pick a few because all of them were sooo good! Nikki and I have been married 9 YEARS as of today (eeeeek! we are getting old!). It is crazy to think that I met the love of my life when I was 13. We did not start dating until I was 16, but the story is too good not to share. :)


Bye 2017!

I wanted to shared some of my favorite photos from my phone that were taken last year that I haven't shared at all yet. It was so hard to just pick a select few, so I might be oversharing but oh weelll. I did my best to put these in chronological order, so I hope you enjoy!