Tuesday Travels: Ciao Italia

A little over a month ago Adam had the grand idea for a Newly Newlywed Adventure. We began our search of where the road- or friendly skies- would take us. Originally, our plan was to return to Hawaii. IMG_1426.JPG

The Big Island and Kauai were still on our Wish List, but with the recent volcano eruption (and taking a helitour over the volcano was a “must do”) we opted to save that vacation for another time.

We spend days researching. Toyed with Iceland, Africa and Australia. It wasn’t until I put my Key To The World Travel Travel Planner skills to the test and happened to find a fantastic deal to Italy, we just couldn’t pass up.

So, with three weeks until take-off the planning began! Once we decided on Italy, we were both craving Italian food. Naturally, we had to have our “planning meetings” at Antico Pizza Napoletana. (AKA: The BEST pizza in Atlanta!) IMG_0394.JPG

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Unlike most of our vacations, this trip was very unplanned. Besides knowing where we were staying, we had no other set plans.  [I’ll just go ahead and put it out there…Being the planner that I am, I did a really good job with being flexible. Just ask Adam.}

July 3, 2018 our bags were packed and we said arrivederci to the USA onboard a Delta PINK RIBBON Plane. IMG_1054.JPG

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We flew in style- Delta One -for our first 8 hour leg of the trip to Amsterdam. Such fun cheers-ing to vacation and our time away! Our cabin mates just happened to be The Mingos and their entourage. After a 4 hour layer over in Amsterdam, a short 1.5 hour KLM flight and two landing attempts later (the Florence runway is quite small) we arrived in Italy about noon local time on July 4th. IMG_2244.JPG

We grabbed our luggage and headed to the Rental Car Center…that’s right, you read that correctly. We decided to rent a car and drive in Italy! That was an adventure in itself!

{Travel Tip: BE CAREFUL if you decide to rent a car internationally. Even though we used Enterprise and booked the car in advance, they tried to over charge us and cut our days on the rental. Thankfully Adam had copies of the agreement stored in his E-Mail and I had printed copies with me.  Slightly stressful, but we survived and so glad we ended up having a vehicle to get around. Also, keep in mind the rental car center is made up primarily of trailers all on gravel roads. It can be a bit of a work out pulling your luggage to and from your car.}

Two bags full of clothes, two over sized wine suitcases and 4 carry on bags later the Newly Newlyweds were ready to hit the road and head to our first stop, Borgo Argenina. A truly magical Bed & Breakfast we cannot wait to tell you all about!

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Follow along our Italian Adventure over the next days and weeks to come. We’re so looking forward to reminiscing to our time in Italy as we share it with y’all! We can’t wait to return to the beauty of Tuscany someday.

Until next time, we hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers Y’all!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re newlyweds, not experts!

Throwback Thursday: Travels with Thelma & Louise Finale

Mom and I have traveled 12+ hours, over four and half states to the GREAT State. Up to Oklahoma and now we’re on the final leg of our Throwback Thursday Thelma & Louise Summer shenanigans!

After taking in all that Pawhuska, OK had to offer Mert, Louise and I took the road back to Tulsa for the night. For the short amount of time we spent in the city, we had a fantastic time and would love to go back! I was so surprised at all the unique shopping and little restaurants.

We spent the night at the Hard Rock Tulsa to do a little gambling! Before we tried to hit it big, we explored downtown Tulsa for supper. We found a great little Mexican/Taco spot called El Guapo’s. IMG_7517.jpeg

Y’all their Margaritas are spot on! So delicious! They have one named “The Horny Toad,” you know the three of us TCU Frog Fans just had to give it a try! IMG_7520.jpegWe had great service at the bar and the food was great! We started with stuffed jalapeños  with a homemade ranch dipping sauce. Y’all they were to-die-for! I would go back for those alone! I had some sort of semi-healthy grilled pork dish with grilled mexican corn. Ah! My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Guess we have to go back! IMG_7523.jpegIMG_7524.jpeg

Sadly, we didn’t win BIG money or any money that is at the Hard Rock Tulsa Casino, so we packed our bags and headed back to the GREAT STATE. The next day Mom and I said goodbye to our travel partner, Big Mert and hit the road for Waco.

{Ok, I know what all of our TCU friends are thinking right now. You know the only reason we would go to Waco is to 1) See TCU beat Baylor or 2) To get our DIY Fixer Upper on and check out the Magnolia Market at the Silos!}

Waco is just a few hours from the Big MP and since we were in no rush to get back to Georgia Mom and I decided to add a little adventure to our Thelma & Louise trip. We would visit Waco, maybe head to Houston to catch up with friends, maybe stay the night and eventually start our trip back to the Peach State. If you’re heading to Waco from Dallas a stop at Slovacek’s, a Czech bakery and gift shop is a MUST! They are known for their Czech kolaches. Best things ever! They are yeast-risen rounds of dough topped with fruit filling or in this case savory sausages. Is your tummy rumbling like mine right now? IMG_7573.jpeg

After stopping for a snack and a little shopping we finally made it to the Magnolia Market!!! IMG_7582.jpeg

No signs of Chip or Jo and it was packed of course! We didn’t take into consideration that it was July 4th weekend and everyone was off work- whoops! Poor planning on our part, but we had a great time anyways! We snapped a few photos, met new friends, toured the grounds, tried a few food trucks and did a little {more} shopping! IMG_7594.jpeg

Just like that we were back in car {imagine that} and on the road to Houston! No trip to the GREAT STATE would be complete without a stop at Buc-ee’s! IMG_7595.jpeg

We may or may not have planned our drive around stopping at a location or two. What’s Buc-ee’s? Think glamorized gas station. What? Is that even possible? How about, the Walmart of gas stations? Ok, ok more like the Target of gas stations.

It probably sounds ridiculous, but unless you have stopped and shopped at a Buc-ee’s you have no idea! They have it all- literally! From branded Buc-ee products that everyone loves (get the Buc-ee Beaver Nuggets- just trust me) to brands like Mud Pie and Kamado Joe, you’ll find it at Buc-ee’s, not to mention all the super cute Texas stuff!

After a stop or two at Buc-ee’s we decided to pass over Houston and head towards Georgia and stopped in Baton Rouge for the night! (TG & I both love a good hotel.) Shout out to my @helihubby for being quick on his toes and scoring us a room at the Watermark Hotel. In LOVE! It was a great location and such a trendy hotel. We got in late, ordered room service and hit the bed! IMG_7609.jpeg

Before hitting the road and rolling out of BR we did a quick swing by the Campus of LSU and the ZTA House. Of course I just had to get a picture! IMG_7655.JPG

We made a few stops along the way since we took a different route home and not our usual I-20, but opted to forgo the grand adventure to get back to Atlanta in time for the Braves July 4th Game! IMG_7642.JPG

Lordy! Are you exhausted? I am just thinking about all that driving and what a jam packed day it was! Just like that my Throwback Thursday Thelma & Louise stories have come to a close, for now anyways! It’ll be hard to top last year and all of our shenanigans, but I have no doubt whatever Mom and I get into this Summer it’ll be just as fun! I’m so lucky to have a Mom that is not only my Mom, but my best friend. We may drive each other crazy sometimes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way and I am so thankful for our summers and time we get to spend together. Love you TG!

Do you have an Annual Mother-Daughter trip? I’d love to hear your stories! We’re always looking for new places to go and things to do – brownie points if they are in Texas! Thanks for coming along on our adventures! Stay tuned for more heading your way this Summer!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

(Mostly Holly & Mom this time)

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!

 

 

Football Friday Favorite

FOOTBALL IS BACK! 

Are you doing a little dance like @HeliHubby and I am? Seriously y’all, it’s our MOST favorite time of the year. Maybe it is because I grew up in the South or that there is so much history to Adam’s team of choice, but our passion for the game might be more of an obsession. (We did plan our wedding around Football after all.)

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Our wedding Cakes by the oh so talented Cherry On Top Delights 

GAMEDAY officially kicks off tomorrow morning here in Atlanta for the Alabama vs FSU Game. How could today’s post not be about Football? It is one. of. our. MOST. favorite. things.

I’m sitting in the Atlanta Airport (of course next to the crying kid-but hey-there is free wine in the Sky Club) waiting for a plane to the GREAT state of Texas. For the first time in who knows how long BOTH Adam and I’s teams will not only be playing in the SAME State, but the SAME city! Our bags are packed and we are anxiously waiting to board our flight to DFW.

Tomorrow morning we will start our Football Saturday (yay) like any other. We will wake up, have coffee in bed, start our morning with our favorite five men of College Gameday, and do our ESPN College Pick’ems. Really y’all this is our Saturday morning routine in the Fall. Is it really Fall when it is 96 degrees outside?

We will both don our favorite Gameday outfits and head (for my first time) to the Jerry Dome, home of my Dallas Cowboys, to cheer on the Michigan Wolverines against Florida.

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Last year’s Orange Bowl Game with Adam’s Cousin Erik. GO BLUE!

Then, life gets even better! After the Michigan Game, we’ll hop in the car, change into our PURPLE and head to Fort Worth to cheer on my TCU Horny Toads!

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Is it Christmas? Somebody pinch me! Two. Yes, TWO college games in one day!

As excited as I am about the return of football and heading to the GREAT STATE to cheer on my two favorite teams, I can not post about my home state without acknowledging the devastation my hometown of Houston has experienced the last week. Thankfully our family and friends are all ok and have little to no flooding in their homes. The photos are horrific and I can not fathom the devastation the people of Houston are experiencing.

My heart truly breaks for my fellow Houstonians and I want to make a difference. I want to help bring hope to Houston. I want to see Houston thrive again.

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As most of you know, I am a Stylist with Stella&Dot and while my efforts may not be much, I truly believe every little bit helps. I have set up a Hurricane Harvey TEXAS Sized Stella&Dot Trunk Show.

What does that mean?

100% of my Commission will be donated to JJ Watt’s Crowd Funding Campaign and I have a donor willing to MATCH my donation up to $1,000! Not only that, but ALL the Hostess rewards earned during the Trunk Show will be converted into Jewelry and Accessories that I will be sending to the Women of Houston that have lost everything due to the storm. I want to add sparkle and joy into their lives and I can not do this without YOUR help.

All you have to do is shop my Trunk Show. Specifically these 5 items – the Net Proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated by Stella&Dot to The Red Cross, but you can shop our entire line!

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I’ll be doing Facebook and Instagram updates, so find me and follow me. Shop and SHARE my videos and Trunk Show links so we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of Houstonians.

SHOP HERE to Support Hurricane Harvey 

Are you doing something to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts? SHARE your stories with us! Do you love college football as much as we do? What’s your favorite thing about College Football Season? We’d love to know!

Thank you in advance to everyone that shops and supports my Hurricane Harvey Stella& Dot Trunk Show. You’re kindness is appreciated more than you know.

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts.

Football Friday Favorite

FOOTBALL IS BACK! 

Are you doing a little dance like @HeliHubby and I am? Seriously y’all, it’s our MOST favorite time of the year. Maybe it is because I grew up in the South or that there is so much history to Adam’s team of choice, but our passion for the game might be more of an obsession. (We did plan our wedding around Football after all.)

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Our wedding Cakes by the oh so talented Cherry On Top Delights 

GAMEDAY officially kicks off tomorrow morning here in Atlanta for the Alabama vs FSU Game. How could today’s post not be about Football? It is one. of. our. MOST. favorite. things.

I’m sitting in the Atlanta Airport (of course next to the crying kid-but hey-there is free wine in the Sky Club) waiting for a plane to the GREAT state of Texas. For the first time in who knows how long BOTH Adam and I’s teams will not only be playing in the SAME State, but the SAME city! Our bags are packed and we are anxiously waiting to board our flight to DFW.

Tomorrow morning we will start our Football Saturday (yay) like any other. We will wake up, have coffee in bed, start our morning with our favorite five men of College Gameday, and do our ESPN College Pick’ems. Really y’all this is our Saturday morning routine in the Fall. Is it really Fall when it is 96 degrees outside?

We will both don our favorite Gameday outfits and head (for my first time) to the Jerry Dome, home of my Dallas Cowboys, to cheer on the Michigan Wolverines against Florida.

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Last year’s Orange Bowl Game with Adam’s Cousin Erik. GO BLUE! 

Then, life gets even better! After the Michigan Game, we’ll hop in the car, change into our PURPLE and head to Fort Worth to cheer on my TCU Horny Toads!

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Is it Christmas? Somebody pinch me! Two. Yes, TWO college games in one day!

As excited as I am about the return of football and heading to the GREAT STATE to cheer on my two favorite teams, I can not post about my home state without acknowledging the devastation my hometown of Houston has experienced the last week. Thankfully our family and friends are all ok and have little to no flooding in their homes. The photos are horrific and I can not fathom the devastation the people of Houston are experiencing.

My heart truly breaks for my fellow Houstonians and I want to make a difference. I want to help bring hope to Houston. I want to see Houston thrive again.

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As most of you know, I am a Stylist with Stella&Dot and while my efforts may not be much, I truly believe every little bit helps. I have set up a Hurricane Harvey TEXAS Sized Stella&Dot Trunk Show.

What does that mean?

100% of my Commission will be donated to JJ Watt’s Crowd Funding Campaign and I have a donor willing to MATCH my donation up to $1,000! Not only that, but ALL the Hostess rewards earned during the Trunk Show will be converted into Jewelry and Accessories that I will be sending to the Women of Houston that have lost everything due to the storm. I want to add sparkle and joy into their lives and I can not do this without YOUR help.

All you have to do is shop my Trunk Show. Specifically these 5 items – the Net Proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated by Stella&Dot to The Red Cross, but you can shop our entire line!

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I’ll be doing Facebook and Instagram updates, so find me and follow me. Shop and SHARE my videos and Trunk Show links so we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of Houstonians.

SHOP HERE to Support Hurricane Harvey 

Are you doing something to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts? SHARE your stories with us! Do you love college football as much as we do? What’s your favorite thing about College Football Season? We’d love to know!

Thank you in advance to everyone that shops and supports my Hurricane Harvey Stella& Dot Trunk Show. You’re kindness is appreciated more than you know.

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts.

Our Story: I do….Me too!

Saturday, October 18th was a picture perfect day. There was a slight chill in the air and clear blue skies.

The girls got ready at a family friends house. Cute Anna Dobbs made us look beautiful with her make-up skills. Hair Stylist and family friend, Cherri King did my hair while the girls used some of their favorite local stylists. We hung out, watched football, shared stories with Michelle, a wedding story writer that was there to capture our day, snacked on Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuits, and sipped on Mimosas.

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While we got ready for the BIG DAY, the guys helped Melissa and crew finish setting up the Hanger and got ready. Adam and I decided not to talk to each other or see each other prior to our ceremony, so I had no idea all that went on, before I walked down the isle. Instead of having a Unity Candle at our Ceremony, Adam and I chose to make a 1 Year Anniversary Box. We each wrote a letter to the other and sealed the box with a special bottle of wine. On our first anniversary we plan to share the wine, read the letters and remember all the memories and emotions we felt on our wedding day. Little did I know, giving Adam the duty to find the box for our ceremony meant sending our entire Bridal Party on a scavenger hunt throughout Peachtree City. Somehow the guys ended their hunt at Taco Mac to take in a little liquid courage before Adam had to say “I Do.”

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Other than the wind, everything was perfect. We could not have asked for better timing for our ceremony, the Sunset was stunning. Our Bridal Party looked great. Dad and I kept it together as I walked down the isle to, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. I was so nervous about crying. The only thing I remember about that 2 minute walk was just watching Adam. He started to cry and I knew, if I looked away from him, saw our family and friends, I too would cry.   {I’m not the most emotional girl, but I’m tearing up as I write our story.}View More: http://tulleandgrace.pass.us/airport

Adam and I both did out best to keep it together and not cry! We did more of the awkward, nervous laugh apparently! I don’t remember a thing from those few short moments, but Pastor, Chris Patton, from North Point Ministries, keep us together and on track. We said traditional vows and with our “I Do’s” we were husband and wife!

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We surprised our guests and arrived at our reception in the same Helicopter Express Helicopter that Adam proposed in. Helicopter

We served Dicky’s BBQ (which is AMAZING by the way. Tasted great and they were the easiest vendor to work with! Call your local location rather than contacting corporate.) We said cheers to toasts from my Dad, Aunt Tina and the Best Man, Darin. Adam and his mom did their Mother/Son Dance and Dad and I followed with a dance to a collection of songs from the Twist to Gingham Style!

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Hailey Monette, from Cherry on Top Delights, designed both our traditional Wedding Cake and Michigan Stadium Groom’s Cake. (Hailey is amazing. Makes the most creative, tastiest treats and delivers!) We danced the night away to tunes from the Band, The Remedies– best choice we could have made. {Yes Adam, I admit it…it was a good idea.} If you are considering getting a band- do it! Our Band is from Nashville and will travel, they are awesome!

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Our TCU Fans said “Riff Ram Bah Zoo” and our Michigan Friends yelled, “Let’s Go BLUE!”

View More: http://tulleandgrace.pass.us/airportFor those that don’t know, I have always wanted a fall wedding. October in Georgia is beautiful, but smack in the middle of College Football Season! We chose our day, October 18th, Michigan Football’s bye week. Although we were in the clear on the football schedule, we share our day with my brother, Joey’s birthday. We had a special cake made for him and had the band sing “Happy Birthday!” Thanks Joey for sharing YOUR day with us!

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My ZTA Sorority sisters sang {a little off pitch} our special ZTA Wedding Song and it was time to say goodnight! Our party ended about Midnight. Adam and I left in the helicopter and headed to Atlanta to officially begin our life as husband and wife!

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Adam and I can not thank our family and friends enough for all they invested into our day. From the planning, set-up, take-down and celebrating, thank you for  making our day so perfect in absolutely every way.

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We hope you are enjoying your Newly or Nearly Newlywed moments!

Cheers Y’all!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re newlyweds not experts!

Better Late Than Never!

Well….we are behind. VERY  behind on our blog postings, but it’s better late than never, right? Our first Christmas Season as Husband and Wife was wonderful!

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Mr&Mrs TOO Tacky

Adam and I hosted our first “Tacky Sweater” Christmas Party- now an annual event! 40+ of our closets friends got glitzy and gawdy with us, played corn hole and Cards Against Humanity. We snacked on “Texas Trash” and sipped on Adam’s infamous “Slush.”{ Think back to college “Hunch Punch” only better! Can’t share the recipe, it’s a family secret.}

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We continued family traditions and started new ones. Christmas Eve was spent visiting “Morris Beach” and having a fine Italian Feast with my family. We opened gifts Christmas Day with  The G’s, facetimed with Adam’s family and visited with his family that lives locally. We did alot of traveling between Atlanta and Peachtree City Christmas Day and ended up missing supper with our relatives. Adam and I started a new tradition- dinning on a delicious FROZEN cheese pizza…on Christmas Day! Thank you Trader Joes! What a fun, new tradition for us to share for years to come!

New Years Eve could not have been better. MY TCU Horn Frogs were in Atlanta participating in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl! What a great way to celebrate my birthday and ring in 2015! We were invited to the FCA Team Breakfast (Thank you Mr. Potter!) and got to meet the Main Man, GP!

photo 2 - Copy (3)Adam, my brother Joey, my best friend Laurie and myself started the gameday tailgate at 8am in 30 degree temperatures! Talk about FROG Fanatics! Adam made us breakfast on some of our camping gear we got from our wedding and poured up some Mimosas in our super cute football helmet drink dispenser from Pottery Barn.Don’t you just LOVE our TCU Tablescape?

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After a great tailgate Brunch and game of Cornhole, we were ready to cheer the Frogs onto a 42-3 VICTORY over Ole Miss at the Georgia Dome! GO FROGS!

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Our Holiday Season sure did fly by! We’ve only got 325 days until Christmas 2015, better start shopping!

We hope you are enjoying your newly or nearly newlywed moments too!

Cheers!

Holly & Adam

PS: Remember, we’re newlyweds not experts!

Go Blue! (And TCU!)

The honeymoon has begun!

Greetings from freezing cold Michigan! Literally, it’s 25 degrees as I type!
To begin our 10 day vacation Adam surprised me with a weekend trip to The Big House. Woo! Go Blue!

We tailgated with some of Adams family and one of our groomsmen. Adams Uncle was apart of the 1974 Big 10 Championship Team and introduced us to his former teammates at a tailgate. Talk about an unforgettable first game experience! (Thanks Uncle Derk!) Of course no trip to a university would be complete without a visit to the ZTA house!

I could have never prepared myself for the extreme winter weather we experienced at my first Michigan game! Jacket- check, hat- check, gloves- check, freezing- check! The University made a killing off of our hot chocolate and blanket purchases. This southern belle just can not handle the cold!

Despite the crisp temperatures the game was AWESOME! Michigan pulled out with a big win- and we all know what kind of season the poor wolverines are having. I will say I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a game to be over as much as I wanted yesterday’s game to end. My feet were so cold it hurt to walk. Can you even imagine that?

We’re now holding down the fort at DTW to board our flight to Cancun! Warm, sunny days and girly drinks with little umbrellas are calling my name! Viva a Mexico!

We’re enjoying our newly newlywed moments- hope y’all are too!

Remember, were Newlyweds not experts.

Cheers y’all!

PS: TCU beat West Virginia too! Go Frogs!

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