a list of blogs you should definitely read

So right when I was starting this blog, switching from Blogger to WordPress, I also had this idea for a blog that would be a sort of daily showcase of the top blog posts that I found on the web every day. I put it on hold because I wanted to be a legit blogger for a while so people wouldn’t think I was just trying to take advantage of other people’s blog posts, but I still have the website name and hope to someday get it started.

So in that vein, I was thinking today I would just tell you a bit about some of my favorite blogs. I go through phases of keeping up with them and not keeping up with them, but they’re pretty solid, as evidenced by their large readerships. So here goes!

Food Loves Writing – this is my friend Shanna’s blog, she lives in Nashville and we were in a small group together for a while. She posts awesome recipes and writes wise words along with them. I’m never disappointed when I hop over there.

Kath Eats Real Food – a blog my friend Laura Lea told me about (she has a blog too!), apparently she was one of the first bloggers to record all of her meals online. She has great photography of yummy food, and now she has a baby so she’s started a Baby Kerf blog, which I know will be helpful for me once I get closer to my little one’s arrival! It’s even helpful now, as she started the blog during her own pregnancy. Another food/fitness blogger is my friend Sara, you should check her out too.

Apartment Therapy – duh. This is just a great blog for home owners/renters/design lovers, and they post several times a day which is nice. Always feeding the addiction. It’s nice too because they aren’t always posting about huge expensive houses with outrageous accessories, it’s a lot of real homes (and apartments–surprise!) that are designed by their owners, on their own dime, by gathering beloved pieces over the years, expensive, inexpensive, or free. Basically, it’s about real people and where they live. Also Design Sponge is great.

Joy The Baker and Shutterbean – back when I had a job that allowed me to have headphones in 8 hours a day, I listened to these ladies on their podcast, and they are hilarious. They also both happen to have amazing food blogs with great photography. They are fun to read.

Young House Love – I have to say I haven’t read this blog in a while, but I remembered it just a second ago and read back through some of the most recent posts and have already found some great DIY ideas that I pinned.

Style Me Pretty – I mean, why should I have to stop looking at pretty weddings once I’m already married? It’s too hard to stop, so I’m not gonna.

I’m sure there are more that I’m missing, but that’s all I’ll tell you about for more. Hey, do you have any blogs you think I should add to my list? Particularly baby blogs! I really need a good baby design blog to give me awesome nursery ideas. K thanks!


Oh also, this:


look at nashville go!

I can’t help but notice that Nashville has been popular lately. One more article in the New York Times and they’ll have to start a Nashville section. Have y’all seen these? They are pretty cool. Bad time to be leaving the city, I guess. I’ll still always call it home.

Remember my post about Barista Parlor? Well, the Times must have gotten ahold of it because they decided to copy me! I hate it when that happens.

This was after last month’s article about the “East Nashville Food Scene,” which is really the all of Nashville food scene, but we’ll let it slide, because they’re not from around here.

And around the same time, GQ decided to re-name our city to “Nowville,” which is quite clever, and apparently appropriate!

Of course Catbird Seat is getting press, they’re all over the place these days. It’s only a mention, but as it says, they’re “buzzed about.”

And yet again, my butcher friends get some love from Garden and Gun. They’re going places, these guys. Hopefully not away from Nashville.

People love us!

And we love people, too! Enough to open a coffee shop that gives away its profits to help people in need. Remember my post about Blood:Water Mission? Well, this coffee shop (accurately named The Well) is giving some of its profits to that organization, which makes me love it even more. I can’t wait to see it. It will take some pep talking to get me into that Green Hills traffic, but I’m determined to make it.

I’m proud of you, Nashville.




We got our everyday china in from our wedding this week 🙂

Well, I should say got my everyday china in. Marshall couldn’t give a wink. But me? I’m winking! I’m winking!

Ahhh. I never knew there could be such a difference in the way plates feel! I feel like I could never break these.

Well, my friend Emily did break a piece of hers one time and cried. I’d probably do the same.

And as you can see, they’re beautiful.

I think I’m in love.

And yes, there is a monkey.

It’s so nice to finally have a full, matching set of china! I feel like an adult now. Except for the monkey.

Look mom, I’m all grown up!

Juliska. If you want to fall in love, look at their collection.

Happy Friday!



tips from around the web

Today I thought I’d send you some love by grabbing a bunch of tips from the web for you. There is so much information out there that it can be quite difficult to navigate, so hopefully this will provide you with some helpful hints without having to scan the internet for them. Anything else you need tips on? Let me know and perhaps I can help. I’ve got mad search skills. Have something to add? Bring it on.

Would you like to know how to save on groceries? Thought so. They are so expensive these days. Back in my day…….

Do you sit at a desk all day? Well, here’s some bad news, and some tips on how to prevent this apparently imminent death we are facing.

What about some tips on food photography? Take a look at this guy’s photos while you’re at it, and the photos on the blogs he recommends, as well. They are pretty legit, eh?

Advice on collecting and investing in art on a budget. Art is so dang expensive, but it’s so dang pretty! Hopefully these tips will help. A home is not a home without some art. I got lucky. (wanna see more?)

Gluten-free, anyone? Check out some of Design Sponge’s fave gluten-free snacks. P.S., tried gluten-free this week, I lasted until Wednesday. Oh well.

My lovely friend Laura Lea’s suggestion for healthy snacks. Who doesn’t need more snack options? I could live off of snacks. Agreed?? Oh p.s., she’s doing a giveaway for some yummy yet rare snack bars, so hop on.

Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake has some great posts about blogging, if you’re into that sorta thing.

Moving? Try these packing tips, and these.

Did you forget that it’s Father’s Day on Sunday? Me neither. All hail overnight shipping from Amazon.com.

Have you ever used parchment paper in the kitchen before? I haven’t, but this post makes me want to! I’ll take easy clean-up any day.

Need some tips or inspiration for designing your home and keeping it green? Or just some pretty pictures to look at? Go right ahead.

Wanna make more money? Start exercising. Not sure if that’s how it really works, but it’s worth a shot.

So, that’s that. Enjoy your knowledge and let me know if this was helpful! I love feedback. Aka comments. Tell me anything.