Sweet Summertime

Summertime is always the best of what might be. – Charles Bowden

I love summertime. I know it’s getting close when I book my first “blonde highlights” appointment with my hairdresser. The days are longer, there’s more sunlight, and a general feeling of contentment begins to fill my days.

A couple of weekends ago, was the perfect summer weekend for us. It was exhausting and will be hard to live up to, but we will do our best to try in the weeks we have left.

On Friday after work, I took Boo over to Oak Ridge for the Secret City Festival. I was specifically going to see one of my favorite bands, The Black Lillies, perform. I’d seen on the event schedule that there were some children’s activities so I knew we’d want to check those out, too.

This was our first visit to the festival, now in it’s 35th year. It’s my understanding that the programming was a little different than in previous years – but we still had a blast!

The Cattywampus Puppet Council kept us entertained after dinner followed by Dave Eggar and his friends.

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Husband was in the process of flying home after a week of work travel, so we were thrilled that he ended up being able to join us for the fun.

After some playtime at their amazing area park, I tore Boo away from the fun to check out the reason I’d come to the festival – The Black Lillies performance. It was fabulous. We can’t wait for the 2018 schedule of events to be released, and hopefully will be able to attend at least one day.

On Saturday, we visited Dollywood with friends. We recently bought our first-ever family season passes and were anxious to put them to use. We had a wonderful day playing, eating, and enjoying great company. We are already planning our return trip!

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On Sunday, we ventured over to the pool near our new house where I’ve purchased a summer membership. Our first visit was on Memorial Day and it was just a bit too chilly in the water for my liking. At this visit, with temps over 80 degrees, the weather was just right, perfect for an afternoon of swimming.

We left hot, tired, and hungry so we called it quits early. All 3 of us love spending time together at the pool, and Boo is getting more adventurous and confident. We look forward to a summer spent snacking and swimming as much as possible!

What have you been up to this summer? What’s your favorite way to enjoy this time of year? Tell me about it in the comments!

Until next time,

LHB

The Big Move

Now that we’ve been in our new house for about 2 months, I think I’m finally at a place where I can share the story of The Big Move.

As mentioned in this post, we closed on our house on April 7. Due to a scheduling conflict, our movers had to change our scheduled move out date to Sunday, April 9 instead of Monday. I was initially quite upset about this, but it turned out to be the biggest blessing. At 9:00 pm when the last box was unloaded from the truck on Sunday night, we were able to head to bed and get an early start on Monday, instead of losing the whole day.

We are about 90% complete on moving in and have been since Wednesday, April 12. All that’s left are Husband’s office, the garage, and our storage unit. As we are hoping to live in this house “forever”, there’s not a lot of pressure to complete the last 3 tasks – but we know we need to get them done sooner rather than later (or else I will REALLY get grumpy!)

Settling in has proved harder than any of us thought. Our dogs, Oliver and Jillian, had a lot of trouble adjusting to the new space. Oliver’s separation anxiety ramped up and Jillian let her frustration be known multiple times on my new wool rug in the living room.

Our 4 year old Boo has the entire upstairs to herself, since the master bedroom is on the main floor. We thought this would be a perfect plan, until she expressed nervousness about it 2 weeks before we moved in. She has now begun waking up every night, usually in the middle of the night, with any number of concerns. Boo has always been an excellent sleeper, so this new habit has been a surprise for us all. When I take time to really think about it – I don’t blame her. I think it would be tough to move out of the only house you’ve ever known, into a new house where you are now sleeping upstairs by yourself. We are working on helping her with the transition, little by little. We know it will all resolve itself in time.

All that to say we are madly in love with the location of our new home, and we know that it was the best decision for our family. We are now only a 10 minute drive from her preschool (it used to be 25 minutes in good traffic) and a half mile’s walk from her future elementary school. We are much closer to many of the friends she’s made in preschool and also love being in a space we are proud to invite friends and family to see.

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We are so excited to learn more about our new neighborhood and hope to make at least half as many wonderful memories here, as we did in our first home.

Until next time,

LHB

Likes, Loves, & Needs: May

We are nearly through with the month of May already…looks like it’s time to publish my Likes, Loves, & Needs for the month!

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LIKES

  • Anyone who knows me knows about my coffee and travel mug addiction. I have an entire cabinet in the kitchen of our new house devoted to my collection. After a second stop at my new favorite coffeehouse Honeybee, I had to pick up one of their logo KeepCup mugs. It has now become my go-to for taking small hot or iced drinks with me. I had been reading about KeepCups for a while, as they are a favorite of one of my favorite bloggers, Lindsay Ingalls a.k.a. Running with Tongs. The shape of the lid is perfect, it feels great in your hand, and the glass version that I have really ups the “coffee drinking experience” that I like to have. Check them out!

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  • Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square is an event that makes it on our family’s calendar every year. The festival is a great showcase of regional artisans, makers, local food, and other treats.  I got a custom bronze “namaste” bangle made by an amazing jewelry maker from Savannah! Bring some cash and take the whole family downtown for a day of fun.

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LOVES

  • I get to move the previously mentioned Tieks into this category. Right after I wrote last month’s Likes, Loves, & Needs post I decided to take the plunge. I bought 2 pairs, matte black & taupe. I am in love with these incredibly well-made ballet flats. I wear them with everything – work clothes, shorts, dresses. I can’t recommend them enough!

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  • Honeybee Coffee is my new hangout. They serve gourmet coffee, craft beer, and yummy snacks. I often visit the West location during the work week, and the South location is great during weekend visits downtown. I highly recommend a stop at this shop – it’s sure to be a real treat!

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NEEDS

  • I’m beginning to clue into the fact that my beloved cell phone is GROSS. I take it with me everywhere…Boo loves to put her sticky fingers all over it… so I am going to investigate Wireless Wipes. Who has used them? What’s the story? Are they the best thing ever, or a complete waste?
  • This was my first year to watch the Kentucky Derby. Feel free to reference this post for a brief review of my newest after work enjoyment, bourbon. I even impressed myself by making my first ever Mint Julep. It was delightful. What else do I need to throw an amazing Derby Party for 144 next year? C’mon horse race loving friends…let me know!

I hope you enjoyed this edition of Likes, Loves, & Needs on Lindsay Overshares. Have an idea for a product I might love? Tell me about it in the comments!

Until next time,

LHB

Not Simply Passenger(s): Our Weekend in Nashville

After we signed the contract on our new house around Labor Day 2016, I found out that my favorite performer, Passenger, would be coming to Nashville to do a show at The Ryman in April.

Having seen Passenger perform in Nashville previously (Summer 2014 at Marathon Music Works) I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see him again live, especially at such a famous venue that I had never gotten to see before. Husband and I don’t exactly agree on music, but he’s always up for a kid-free weekend away. So I feverishly hopped online to buy tickets.

Conveniently, April is the month of our wedding anniversary (the 18th, to be exact), so I’m always looking for something fun and special to do during the month.

Fast forward to April… we closed on the new house on April 7, packed our bags, and headed to Nashville for the night of April 8.

Our first stop was my absolute favorite brewery, Black Abbey. We split a flight of their delicious beers and then headed to our hotel to check-in.

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We wandered around downtown for a while, then headed over to The Ryman for the show. I had heard about the cutest cafe right next door that I had to check out. Cafe Lula did not disappoint. They have a kitchen with a pretty impressive menu for such a small space, a full cocktail bar that includes craft beer, and a good wine selection. We each enjoyed a cocktail and a cookie, then headed inside.

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Our seats were in the balcony. I had been nervous that they might not be that good, since it was hard to find tickets, even when purchasing the morning they went on sale. I ended up being really happy with our seats. What a beautiful space!

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The concert was absolutely amazing! Unfortunately I missed the opening act since I spent the whole time in the merchandise line (couldn’t pass up that feathers shirt in the pic below!) But the rest of the night was fabulous. Passenger was hilarious, thoughtful, and perfect.

The following morning we found our way to Frothy Monkey. A yummy coffee shop I had found on a previous trip. Turns out they make a killer breakfast, too!

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All in all, it was a wonderful whirlwind weekend getaway and we can’t wait to go back. We may even bring Boo along next time.

What kind of fun vacation/stay-cation spots have you found? Leave me some tips in the comments!

Until next time,

LHB

Meet Fiona the Fiat

After we closed on our new house, but before The Big Move (photos to come soon), I drove my beloved Nissan Murano over to wait on furniture delivery. After attempting to pull into the garage on the left bay (my agreed-upon side since Husband’s Nissan Pathfinder would occupy the larger right bay), I realized my car wouldn’t fit. Per new construction inspection code, a pole has been placed in front of the water heater to ensure folks don’t drive into it. The pole is about 3 inches shy of allowing my Murano to fit into the garage. After a bit of frantic hysterics, I calmed down and called Husband to explain the situation. Then the Builder. Then my Dad.

After discussing the predicament with the Builder, we determined Husband & I could either:

(A) attempt to remove/move the pole ourselves and possibly do damage to the floor, or

(B) I might need to look into getting a smaller vehicle (my idea).

Husband thought I shouldn’t rush to call my Dad to discuss. But I did, because who listens to older, wiser Husband? Not this gal!

I had been looking at Fiats for fun, because my dear friend H has one and absolutely loves it. Fast forward to Saturday, when I found myself at the dealership about to go on a short test drive with H’s preferred salesman, Nick. Needless to say, I fell in love instantly.

Nick immediately got to work finding the exact vehicle I wanted (500x), since it wasn’t available on their lot  – the perfect interior and exterior colors, trim level, and features. He quickly found it and proceeded to have it brought in from a dealer in New Jersey.

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I’m so excited!

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Husband trying to squeeze Boo’s carseat into the new tiny car!

With a bit of sadness, we traded in Husband’s Pathfinder and I am now the proud owner of a Fiat (Husband kept my Murano.) I can’t wait to see where the road takes me with Fiona.

What impulse buy have you made lately? Are you happy with your decision or did you have buyer’s remorse? Tell me about it in the comments!

Until next time,

LHB

 

 

 

It’s My Buti-Versary, Y’all!

For those I have not already attempted to convert, here’s a little background:

Buti (pronounced booty) is a “dynamic yoga practice, that includes cardio-intensive bursts of tribal dance, primal movement, and conditioning.” The practice was founded by Bizzie Gold. One of the many goals in Buti is to “sweat with intention.” It brings focus to the importance of listening to your body, challenging it, and healing yourself from the inside out. Not to mention gathering like-minded folks and bonding as part of the Buttisatva community, commonly known as the “tribe.”

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All of this in a yoga class, you say? YES. At least for me. I have been doing Buti (along with a few other types of yoga) at least weekly for the past year.

The studio I belong to is Barre Belle in Downtown Knoxville. I can walk there from work on my lunch break, so when I found out about Buti Yoga, and the fact that your first class at the studio is free, I knew I had to check it out. I’ve been hooked ever since. Part of it is due to the amazing instructors I’ve taken class from, Carrie & Gabriella. But I will also give credit to my dedication. Finding something I love to do, and sticking with it, has made a huge impact on my life.

After only a few days of doing Buti, I took myself down to our local REI and bought a Manduka yoga mat. I can’t stress enough the importance of a good mat for regular practice. It has made a huge difference for me, so even though spending $82 on a mat sounds ridiculous, the cost pays for itself in the long run.

After a year’s worth of work, I can tell how much stronger I’ve become. Whether it’s picking up a rapidly-growing 4 year old, or my ability to do poses and binds I would have previously never thought to try, my hard work is paying off. If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be doing yoga weekly, I would have laughed. Yoga is only for flexible people who don’t have back injuries. For the uninitiated, I’ve been dealing with a back injury since 2005. I thought I would never solve the puzzle, but have made great strides in the last 12-18 months in healing myself.

So, cheers to my Buti-versary! I look forward to celebrating many more in the years to come!

Have you discovered any new passions lately? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

LHB

Likes, Loves, & Needs: April

Now that I’m settling into my new role of blogger, I find myself thinking of possible content ideas all the time.

It occurred to me that now might be a good time to debut what I hope to become a monthly feature, Likes, Loves, & Needs.

I will use this space to talk about things I have found that I like and absolutely love, along with items I have decided I “need” and am likely already discussing with Husband. I hope we can get a fun discussion going about these products, and know that I am always open to recommendations and reviews. Away we go…

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LIKES

  • Teavana: I love having fresh tea at home to brew hot or cold, any time that I want. It’s expensive, but to me it’s a luxury I will definitely include in the budget! The mall nearest me has a Teavana store, and while I went a time having forgotten about it, I have rediscovered this store and it is now included often on my errands list.
  • This milk frother: I have a terrible habit of breaking milk frothers (don’t ask…), so I usually make myself wait before buying a new one. When I saw I could snatch this one up on Amazon for $26.99 with Prime delivery, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. I use it at least once a day, if not more. If you’re someone who enjoys coffeehouse-style drinks at a fraction of the price, I would definitely recommend checking these out!
  • Passion Planner: a long-time friend turned me onto these planners. I had been using my iPhone exclusively since graduating college, but I secretly longed for the days when I could write all of my appointments down in a book again. Enter Passion Planner…it helps you hone in on your daily, weekly, and lifetime goals all while reminding you of current to-do’s and appointments. I should really move this into the love category, as I swear it has changed my life!

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  • My Apple Watch: I bought it right after Christmas, thanks to some money I was given. I had been resisting purchasing one, since I thought it was a waste of money. However, when Husband declared he would be visiting our local Apple Store with the intention of buying an Apple Watch, I couldn’t sit idly by. I ended up purchasing the Nike version (thanks to a dear friend’s recommendation), and I couldn’t be happier. I track exercise, water intake, receive text messages, and so much more with it. I am firmly entrenched in the club and am not embarrassed to admit it.
  • Alliance Brewing: As mentioned previously, we know how much I enjoy a good bourbon cocktail. The same can be said for a delicious craft beer. Alliance has become one of my favorite spots in town. It’s near my office, they offer discounts on crowler purchases (unsure about a crowler – find out more here), and I’m not ashamed to take Boo there on a sunny weekend afternoon. Not to mention, their ever-changing selection is fantastic and the staff is really nice as well. If you’re out and about near Downtown Knoxville sometime, check them out.

NEEDS

  • Tieks: These expensive ballet flats are supposed to have unbeatable comfort and quality. Who has some? Tell me how great they are, so I can convince Husband the price isn’t completely ridiculous.
  • I actually fulfilled this “need” yesterday afternoon. I just couldn’t wait! This Nespresso espresso machine has been on my brain since I visited a friend a few weeks ago. She made me a most wonderful espresso, and when I realized I could never afford a fancy  machine like hers, I set out to find one of my own. After some research and recommendations, I ended up selecting this one. I just ordered a variety of capsules as well, so I can’t wait to try it when it arrives after The Big Move. Not to mention, I was able to add 2 recycle bags to my order for free, so when they’re full of used capsules, I can drop them off at a local UPS location and they will be sent off for recycling. How neat is that?!

I hope you enjoyed the first edition of Likes, Loves, & Needs on Lindsay Overshares. Have an idea for a product I might love? Tell me about it in the comments!

Until next time,

LHB

The Final Countdown

Countdown to The Big Move… 7 Days

As previously promised, it’s time to discuss The Big Move. In September of last year, Husband and I signed a contract to build a new construction house in a one-street development. It was a dream come true. We had been looking at moving to help put Boo (our 4 year old) in a school district that was more desirable to us, but had gotten “sticker shock” when we saw the home prices on Zillow.

We took a step back, and decided to wait. For a little background – in August, Husband took a new position at his company. He’d worked at this place for years and we were beyond thrilled when he got this offer. The new job requires travel, often as much as 2-3 weeks out of the month. It’s definitely been an adjustment these past few months, and I’m sure there will be a lengthy blog post to discuss it at another time.

On a Sunday evening, when Husband had just left to travel to North Carolina, I was getting Boo ready to meet my Dad for dinner, when I couldn’t get out of the house. Literally. The door from the house to our garage, where my car was parked, was jammed and the battery in the keypad to open the garage door from the outside was dead. I called my Dad, frantic, and he came over to help. He couldn’t get the door to budge, either. I then called Husband, even more frantic, and he called his friend, J. J came over, worked steadily on the door for nearly an hour, and got it fixed. I thanked him profusely, and still consider his work monumental in the next phase of this story.

On my way out the door with Dad and Boo, Dad suggested we use this as a sign to start looking for a new house again. That week, the new construction opportunity became apparent. We jumped on it!

The house was due to be finished in around 7 months, which is about average for our area. We have been patiently waiting, and can’t wait to close next week.

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We hope this will be our Forever Home, but if not, we will love being in a bigger space, that is truly ours, down to every last detail. Husband spent many years of college in the Architecture program and has always wanted to build a house. Though he ultimately went down another career path, his love of design and creativity have always been at the forefront of his mind. I can’t say I was ecstatic about building a house, just from the logistical aspect (even in a development), but it has turned out to be so much fun!

I will admit however, as excited as we are, I think Boo is looking forward to this new house most of all. She chose to paint her room the most beautiful shade of purple, and recently we surprised her with a new playset.

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I can’t wait for us to start making memories here. I believe our new home will make for a most wonderful segue into the next chapter of our little family’s life.

Until next time,

LHB

I Found Love in an Instant

On a whim recently, after only a bit of discussion, Husband decided to purchase an Instant Pot. What is this contraption? In short, it’s a modern day combination pressure cooker/slow cooker. You can brown meats in it, cook meals in record time, and it’s the ultimate one-pot solution for short-on-time weeknights. For a more in-depth review, check out this article on Kitchn.

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I will admit, I was a bit apprehensive when the box was delivered. I’m not a very good cook, and new kitchen gadgets are usually left to Husband’s domain.

However, once I started looking up recipes on the beloved Pinterest, I got a little brave and wanted to try it out. There’s always Pizza Hut if it doesn’t work out, right?

We decided to tackle the first dinner as a team, on a Sunday night. We made pulled pork and macaroni and cheese. The pulled pork was good, but all 3 of us loved the macaroni!

On average, including prep time, meals in the Instant Pot are taking around 45 minutes to 1 hour to cook. That may seem like a while, but compared to an all-day slow cooker meal, or having to spend extra money (not to mention calories) eating dinner out when you hadn’t planned on it – it’s a great deal.

We’ve made several other meals in the past few weeks and I can highly recommend all of them. Check out my Under Pressure board to find a few favorites along with some inspiration. Last night I made my lunch for the week, unstuffed peppersin around an hour including browning 2 pounds of meat. I can’t wait to heat them up later today.

Have you tried out an Instant Pot? What are your favorite recipes? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time,

LHB

 

Hear Me Out

Music calms the chaos in my soul. -lindsayovershares

I love music, as many of my closest friends can attest. As a child, my preferred style was country music which later progressed to favorites like Nirvana and my newest obsession, Passenger.

When one of my favorite groups, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, released their newest album, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to discuss it here!

Drew Holcomb is a Memphis native and attended college at the University of Tennessee here in Knoxville. While attending UT, Drew met his future wife as well as the folks who would become his band mates. They began touring extensively and put out several albums, the most notable of which was 2013’s Good Light.

They saw another hit with Medicine in 2015. That brings us to today’s release of Souvenir.

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I love this band’s sound. It’s described as Americana, relying heavily on guitar, harmonica, and drums…not to mention the smooth and soulful vocals of Mr. Holcomb and occasionally his wife, Ellie.

Here’s the track list:

  1. The Morning Song
  2. California
  3. Fight for Love
  4. Rowdy Heart, Broken Wing
  5. New Year
  6. Sometimes
  7. Mama’s Sunshine, Daddy’s Rain
  8. Black and Blue
  9. Postcard Memories
  10. Yellow Rose of Santa Fe
  11. Wild World

Upon first listen, my favorite song is definitely “New Year.” Substream Magazine describes the song as a “lovely and upbeat mid-tempo song about the endless possibilities found in the arrival of a new year.”

Husband surprised me with a record player for Christmas. When I found out this album was available on vinyl, I made sure to snatch up a copy. I can’t wait to break the record player out after The Big Move (more on that later, I promise) and start spinning this one!

Do you have any recommendations for new music I should try? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time,

LHB