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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! 

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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

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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. Andrew & I FaceTimed Chris through it while he was on a work trip in Nashville (I was not missing out on this beauty) and soon thereafter it was all ours. 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 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. Always inspired by 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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Please note: Parabo Press did not sponsor or compensate me for this review and all opinions are 100% my own as always. But I totally recommend them AND they are offering my followers 25 free 4″ square prints with free shipping for one month, that means it’s totally FREE. Use code OURSQ before 6/12/2017 to start your own IRL Instagram feed!

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

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A Look Back on 2016 in Photos

Art, At Home, Baltimore, City Adventures, Destinations, Engagements, Food & Drink, Lifestyle, On The Road, Outdoor Adventures, Photography, Travel, Weddings By January 23, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

It may have taken me a little longer to put this post together for many reasons, but mainly because I got a little lost in reminiscing through it all. 2016 was a big year. It was filled with travels, decisions, friends, milestones, and lots of memories. I’ve heard that the only time to look back is to see how far you’ve come and before I fully kick it into 2017 (yes, I know it is already the 22nd of January), let’s take a look back on 2016 together.

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The year kicked off with a trip to Austin, Texas – where I immediately felt at home with all of the delicious food and funky street art. Ironically, I took a picture of the weather sign while there was nearly 2 ft of snow falling at home in Maryland.

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Despite the snowstorm threat, my brother and sister-in-law had their second child once it all calmed down. Needless to say, we all fell in love.

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I had the opportunity to join my husband in Nashville, which is basically his second home with work travels. I was cool with Nashville becoming my second home for a bit too.

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Especially with all of the cool murals and delicious food in East Nashville. My mouth is now watering for some Hot Chicken and biscuits.

Key-West

We headed to the southernmost city in the US to celebrate a good friend’s 30th birthday. Not much can compare to a friendship that has lasted for over 20 years. Something like that deserves a trip to Key West! Pineapple drinks for all. Even the roosters in the streets were ready to celebrate.

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We had the chance to go to Puerto Rico to visit our friend’s amazing home in Vieques with a quick stop in Old San Juan. I. Need. To. Go. Back. If you want in on the good times and laid back vibes, look up the Oreanda!

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2016 was the first year of Light City, a festival of light, music & innovation in Baltimore. From the light installations to the energy on the streets to the official Light City cocktail, it was a very special time for this city. I am honored to be involved with making 2017 bigger, bolder & brighter.

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Our endless adventure then took us to Denver, Colorado – the mile high city. The food, the music, the beer, everything, Denver rocks, especially the Red Rocks. (hey oh)

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A good friend recently moved to Chicago, Illinois and she gave us the best tour of all the best spots in just under 48 hours. Must return for more deep dish.

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What better way to celebrate a friend getting married than to discover a new city together? Savannah was full of beautiful sights, ghosts, and coffee. Thanks for having us, Georgia!

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Then said friend had a perfectly intimate and loved filled wedding in Rehoboth Beach, which I had the honor of capturing. I can’t wait to capture more intimate weddings in 2017.

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As the maid-of-honor AND engagement photographer, I was super excited when my good friend and her fiance had no issue taking an adventure into the woods of Loch Raven Reservoir and then to the piers of Fells Point. Can’t wait for June 2017!

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When I visited Austin earlier in the year, I knew I had to come back. At the very least, for the tacos. Torchy’s Tacos does not mess around.

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I also wanted some of my closest ladies to experience Austin with me. From kayaking to mural hunting to getting down on Rainey Street, a huge thanks to them and the city of Austin for making my 30th birthday one that I will not forget.

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We couldn’t forget to celebrate Chris and his birthday. San Diego seemed like a good choice. While the sunshine, beers, and tacos were amazing, it was even more wonderful to catch up with high school and college friends. Thanks for living in paradise so we can visit often.

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In between trips, there is always more to explore in Baltimore. 2016 was a big year for @thebmorecreatives. It feels like their event at the National Aquarium was ages ago. Chris and I also fully enjoyed heading back to our old ‘hood to enjoy the lights.

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As if 2016 didn’t have enough fun packed in, one of my dearest friends, who I have know since I was about… 6 months old, decided to get married on New Year’s Eve in Madeira, a tiny Portuguese island off the coast of Africa. We couldn’t say no.

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It was a truly a magical island and a magical night. I’d like to find other words to describe it, but magical is really nailing it.

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But at the end of every trip, there is nothing like snuggling up with my little family at our home in Baltimore. Not pictured: our spotted pup that I was cuddling.

Looking forward to 2017 and all that it will bring.

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Cheers to 30 Years and Birthday Goals

At Home, On The Road By November 14, 2016 Tags: , , 2 Comments

Yesterday, on the eve of the my 30th birthday, I sat in a yoga class 1,344 miles away from home, learning how to do handstands with some of my closest and dearest people. The night prior, while a bit tipsy from some local Texas beer, there were a few failed handstands, followed by many giggles. Then yesterday morning, with proper focus towards being light, many drills, and always a sense of humor, we were able to push ourselves up into the air with blind faith and calm minds. The title of the class, Bittersweet Yoga, couldn’t have been more accurate for life right now.

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Our yoga instructor, Jerry, was explaining the idea of the return of Saturn. How it can lead to big life changes right around 29.5 years, sometimes lasting up to 32 or 33 years. You may often feel like you are a basketball that is being dribbled, but you are quickly figuring out what you want and don’t want in your life, sometimes by the process of elimination. You may quit your job (check), you may take on a new adventure (check), there will be highs, and there will be lows (check), but you will go into your 30s being like “ohhhh yea,” which I couldn’t be more excited about.

As I reflect on the changes in my life over the past few months, sometimes I question myself, sometimes I wonder what the fuck I am doing, but often there are peaks of wild excitement about how I can spend my time and energy. I try to remember to harness those highs to help push me through, to rise up through the murkiness, a bit like a lotus flower, and to help create the life I want to live. With that, I want to continue to focus and use this as a time to set some goals as I enter my 30th year on this planet.

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First and foremost, I want to continue to push myself outside of my comfort zone, knowing that the experiences I gain will quickly outweigh the fear and anxiety often associated with doing new things. Perhaps over time, it will help contribute to less fear and anxiety overall, one can only hope. As I do this, I want to capture the beauty and experiences I discover around this city, country, and world and share them with you. While being alone is always great for this introvert, there is nothing like sharing experiences, whether it be with friends or complete strangers.

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Secondly, I want what I share to help inspire and encourage others to get out there themselves. I’d love to hear more about what would help inspire you – more photos, guides, or travel tips? You tell me in the comments!

Thirdly, I believe that travel often opens your eyes to new perspectives and what I love most about that, is the ability to bring those ideas with you, back home. Through all travels, there is nothing like coming home and for me, Baltimore is home. While I have had many random business ideas over the years, I am hoping to discover that next idea elsewhere and that it is just what Baltimore needs.

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And the last goal, one just for me, I want to be able to do a handstand. A real one, no wall behind me, not wild nor out of control, but a strong and focused escape into the sky, followed by a light return to the earth. In order to do this, I must remove any heaviness, at least as much as I can control, whether it be within me or the people or ideas that surround me. As Jerry at Wanderlust Yoga told us, life need not be heavy, but I also know that I can’t just literally jump right into this or I will hurt myself. It will take some work and some practice, as with most things in life. You may have noticed this is about more than just a handstand, but actually a reflection on how I want to live my life, but still, I want to do an actual handstand before I turn 31.

As I get distracted, as we all do, throughout this next year I am going to remind myself of these goals and bring myself back to them. Although, I must also remember to be open to any ideas or opportunities that arise, unplanned as they may be, they could be magical surprises. May the next few months be a time of magnificent transformation. If you would like to join along for the adventure, you can sign up for my email newsletters or follow on Instagram.

Also, a kind soul has nominated me for a couple Baltimore Sun Mobbies. I would absolutely love if you would take the time to vote for me for Best Use of Photo and Best Newcomer. Consider it your birthday present to me! You can vote once a day per category.

Namaste Y’all,

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