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Cabot Creamery Keeps It Real + Your Chance To Win LOTS of Cheese

At Home, Companies I Love By July 10, 2017 Tags: , , 1 Comment

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One morning I received an email about attending a lunch in DC with Cabot Creamery and I knew I had somehow ended up on the right path. This may sound ridiculous, but if you know me, you know how much I love cheese. So much so, that in high school, I had a patch sewn on my mustard yellow Jansport backpack that had a drawing of a block of cheese and it simply said “CHEESE.” Probably purchased from Hot Topic. At the time, as an awkward high schooler who had not embraced her introvertedness yet, I thought this was the best authentic representation of myself. If I look at who I am still friends with from high school, I like to think this is how they knew they wanted to be friends with me. I wish I had a photo to share with you. 

Back to the matter at hand though, CHEESE. Yes, prior to this lunch, I had heard of and tasted Cabot Creamery. I knew they made some good cheese, but I really didn’t know to what extent. After many tastes, in sandwich form, biscuit form, in build-your-own-mac-n-cheeses form, I learned they have won almost every major award for taste including the “World’s Best Cheddar.” Yep, that is an award and they have won it. They have also won “Our Endless Adventure’s Favorite Cheese,” you might not have heard of these awards yet, but trust me, it’ll be a thing… just wait, you’ll see.

Did You Know?

Beyond that, one of the most interesting things I learned is that Cabot Creamery is actually a co-operative made of over 1,100 farm families in the New England and New York area. If you are not familiar with what a co-operative is, the US Small Business Administration defines it as “a business or organization owned by and operated for the benefit of those using its services. Profits and earnings generated by the cooperative are distributed among the members, also known as user-owners.” Basically, when you buy and eat cheese from Cabot Creamery, you are directly supporting the farm families that make your beloved cheese. They get paid to do what they love, you get to eat what you love. Win-win. I would love to go on an adventure to see some of these farms soon! 

Jenni Tilton-Flood of Flood Brothers Farm

I had the pleasure of meeting one of the Cabot Creamery farmers as well, Jenni Tilton-Flood of the Flood Brothers Farm. Jenni is the daughter of a John Deere salesman and while she followed her dream of adventuring out of her hometown, she had the urge to return home to farm, where she then fell in love with a local farmer’s son. I can’t make this adorable story up.

“I’m not just another corner of the earth, I’m where your food comes from.” – Jenni Tilton-Flood, Flood Brothers Farm.

Her family’s farm now makes delicious cheese and she captures little ordinary bits of her day that become extraordinary moments. You should totally follow her on Instagram for those. I love her cow photos. I also love that Jenni said there are farmers that literally know the name and history of every single cow on their farm off the top of their head, which is often hundreds of cows. That is some cow love.

“As any dairy cow would tell you if she could, she who is most productive is she who is most contented.” Photos Taken By Jenni Tilton-Flood

Your Turn For a Cabot Cheese Party

To me, the fact they are a co-operative also adds a certain level of legitimacy, these families are inspired to bring you the best product with the best taste that will carry on their legacy. They literally have a Legacy Collection. In fact, Cabot Creamery and I have teamed up to bring that collection to you! We are giving away one Cabot gift box, including:

  • 2- 6oz. Legacy Collection Alpine Cheddar
  • 2- 6oz. Legacy Collection Farmhouse Reserve Cheddar
  • 2- 6oz. Legacy Collection White Oak Cheddar
  • 1- 6oz. Legacy Collection NY Vintage
  • 1- 8oz. Seriously Sharp Cheddar
  • 1 Legacy Cheese Knife
  • 1 Legacy Wine opener
  • 1 Cabot Cookbook

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Enter to Win Today

Yep, that’s a lot of cheese. The best of their best, all of the cheddars that honor and celebrate Cabot’s cheesemaking legacy in the most mouthwatering way imaginable. Get ready to practice your cheeseboard skills and have a cheese party! I’d highly recommend some wine, charcuterie, and good friends to share it with. For the chance to win, use the widget below to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. You can even tag a cheese loving friend for another chance to win! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Each action is an additional entry for you. No purchase is necessary. You may enter through Sunday, July 16th. One winner will be chosen at random, announced, and notified on Monday, July 17th. Cabot Creamery will mail the prize directly to the winner. The winner can then do a little happy dance, keep all the cheese for themselves (I totally get it), or invite some friends over for a cheese party! Either way, I want to see some cheese photos on Instagram tagged #ourendlessadventure and #cabotcheese.  

 

Stay Cheesy,

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DIY Instagram Wall | Travel Decor with Parabo Press

At Home, Lifestyle, Photography By May 12, 2017 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Updated September 2018: This is not sponsored by Parabo Press and all opinions are 100% my own as always. But I do recommend them AND they are offering my followers $10 off their first purchase of any prints or display by using the code BECKY. The order must be over $10 and does not include shipping. This DIY uses the 4″ square prints, but you could also upgrade to the 5.5″ squares or any of the washi tape to hit the minimum order. Offer expires 11/18/18.

You can also get 5 free 4″ square prints with free shipping, that means it’s totally free. Use code OURSQ before 10/31/2018 to start your own IRL Instagram feed!

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Hello everyone! As some of you might know, Chris and I moved into a new house about two years ago. We were considering rehabbing a row home in Baltimore, but all of the row home shells were getting swiped up before they even hit the market. While frustrating, we took that as a good sign for the neighborhood and expanded our search to partial fixer-uppers and turn-key properties. Our realtor was great and was ready to jump on any home we found (shout out to Andrew with the SURE Sales Group!). We ended up finding a newly gutted and rehabbed home in our ideal area, complete with a historic tax credit, parking and a rooftop deck, all of the Baltimore must-haves for us. While I couldn’t live out my own Chip & Jojo Fixer Upper dream, with the house being recently rehabbed, all we needed to concentrate on was decor!

Now How to Decorate Our New Home?

If you haven’t noticed yet, I LOVE taking photos, especially while traveling. For me, it is tough to decide what to hang on our walls because I want to display and remember it all! I love gallery walls because you can hang many pieces in one area, but I was quickly finding I was running out of wall space… welcome to living in a row home. Then the idea came to me, an Instagram wall! 

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Our guest room, pre-Instagram wall, Sydney the dog thinks it needs just a little more love.

Our guest room was one of the last spaces we decorated. It’s not that I don’t love hosting guests and making them feel comfortable, I just changed my plans with the space as we were trying to use our extra bedroom as a guest room/gym/storage/eventual office when there might be little Stavelys running around and we cannot have a dedicated office (not yet, y’all). City living at its finest. We ended up purchasing two twin beds and putting them in an L shape to give it a living room/loungey feel, while still accommodating 2 guests AND leaving enough space for Chris to jump around with P90X AND room for my bike on a trainer. Inspired by the always fabulous DesignSponge.

Since we went the direction of two twin beds, we had this extra pallet headboard that Chris had created for our last home. While he was ready to give it up, I really liked it and figured we could repurpose it into wall art. A quick chop chop with a circular saw and we had the perfect size to hang over the dresser in the guest room. I had seen a ton of ways to display your Instagram photos on Pinterest and a friend had recommended Parabo Press, so we were well on our way to have our own IRL Instagram feed.

How to Print Your Photos

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The Parabo Press app is super user friendly.

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The prints get shipped with cardboard in a plastic sleeve to protect your prints from all that happens in transit.

It was my first time using Parabo Press and they could not have made it easier. You can use their app or their website to connect your Instagram feed and quickly choose the 25 prints you want. You can also upload from your camera roll, Dropbox, Google photos, or Facebook if you want different photos. Our guest room colors are slightly muted, vintage reds, whites, and blues, so I chose photos based on those colors.

The photos arrived in a package that protected the prints from bending and rain to ensure they looked their best. There were even some adorable surprise prints that could be used as “coupons” for Mother’s Day. I love a company that goes the extra mile.

How to Create the Instagram Wall

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Then I got to work on my IRL Instagram feed. I wanted them to be a grid format (like IG), so I measured out the space I had and how many 4″ prints I wanted going across and down, opting for 4 across and 5 down. I decided to use mini-clothespins from Michaels to hang the photos because I thought it looked cute and they easily give me the flexibility to swap out the prints whenever I want.

I used a ruler and marker to measure and mark where to glue the clothespins. I ended up doing 2″ between each print, which meant 6″ from clothespin to clothespin (both across and down). I left a little extra space on the bottom because typically I have a lamp and clock on the dresser and I didn’t want the prints to be completely blocked.

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Now two years later, it’s safe to say are ALMOST done decorating… but let’s be real, decorating your home is never done. I like to think it’s a constant work in progress as you find different ways to make a house feel like your home. Plus, I love bringing back art and printing photos like these from our travels so that we can constantly be reminded of our adventures together. Travel is great in the sense that you ultimately get 3 different experiences, from the anticipation and planning to the experiencing and exploring to the memories and taking what you learned into the rest of your life.

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Looking for more home inspiration? Check out my Pinterest board for our home!

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