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!

 

 

Monday’s Menu: Blue Apron Delivery

“Yay! It’s here!”

I cheered with excitement as Adam and I returned home yesterday from lunch in the city with our friend and my sorority sister, Ann Marie. We both had anxiously been waiting for our Sunday delivery from Blue Apron and it had arrived!

On the Menu this week:

Bhindi Masala

Fresh Basil Fettuccine

Corn & Green Bean Empanadas

Tonight’s choice? Fresh Basil Fettuccine

Ingredients: 

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Recipe:

Wash the veggies. Fill a medium pot with water, season with salt and bring to a boil. Cut off the ends of the zucchini, quarter length wise and thinly cut crosswise. Peel the garlic and mince. (We have an awesome kitchen gadget that minces garlic- stay tuned for our Friday Favorite on that!) The original recipe says to cut the tomatoes in half, however, we quartered them.

In a large pan, heat 2 TSP of Olive Oil. Add the zucchini, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes (to taste) season with salt and pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes until slightly soften. Add tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and cook 3-4 minutes until soften. Remove from heat.

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While the tomatoes cook, add the pasta to the water. Cook 2-3 minutes until al dente. Drain. Reserve 1/2 cup of water.

Add the cook pasta, butter and half of the reserved water to the veggie mixture. Season with salt and pepper and cook on medium-high for 2 minutes. Stir and throughly combine.

Plate. Garnish with cheese and ENJOY!

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This meal was WONDERFUL! It made just enough for Adam and I to both have plenty and be comfortably full. Highly recommend trying to make it at home or order from Blue Apron yourself! We will definitely be making it again!

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

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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The wind was wild on our Wedding Day. I didn’t know at the time, but family friends were running to Home Depot to buy bags of sand to hold down our Alter and were tying down decorations. View More: http://tulleandgrace.pass.us/airport

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!

Our Day: The Planning Process

Our Wedding Weekend was everything I could have imagined and more. It was full of family, friends, laughter and love. The BEST weekend ever!

After an exciting Christmas Eve Proposal, we set the date! October 18, 2014! Michigan’s Football Bye Week– priorities people, priorities.

We had about 7 months of {somewhat stressful} wedding planning. Typically 7 months is probably enough time to get organized, plan and execute the perfect wedding, but our day was all DIY. Did we mention we invited over 400 guests? Yikes! Now you know why it was stressful!

Note: DIY- Do It Yourself

I had a love-hate relationship with Pinterest– so many ideas! In the beginning I wanted everything, but finally focused on a “Rustic Southern Chic” look. I couldn’t wait to delete my wedding planning Pinterest boards post wedding- ha! Thankfully I had the wonderful Melissa, my Wedding Planning Sidekick, around to help me stay on-track with one design plan and not go “Bridezilla” on everyone! Adam and I could not have pulled off our vision without her and her amazing team!

View More: http://tulleandgrace.pass.us/airportI grew up in Peachtree City, Georgia. It’s home to over 90 miles of Golf Cart Paths and we’re know for enjoying life at 15 miles per hour. When we were discussing a location Peachtree City was a must! Our town is unlike any other and having Golf Carts incorporated into our Wedding Day was something we had to have. Since we wanted a “Rustic Southern Chic” wedding, we looked at old barns and open fields, but none were golf cart accessible and I did not like the idea of having to take a chance on the weather with an outdoor wedding/reception. After getting location ideas from family and friends we found the Peachtree City Airport– it was the perfect location!

Adam works in aviation with Helicopters and I used to be a flight attendant, the airport tied in perfectly with our backgrounds. The airport has a huge open hanger that with a little bit of creativity we turned into the rustic southern chic location I had hoped for. We hung hundreds of lights. Wrapped pillars with burlap. Built bars out of pallet wood. Painted 400 Mason Jars with Chalk Paint. Adam and I went on countless Junk Yard Adventures to find antique windows, doors, whatever we could find! Oh the details!

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 Later that evening, after setting up wedding day playlists and preparing for Saturday, we all met up for our rehearsal. It went quickly and smoothly and was exactly Adam and I’s personalities. Have you participated in a rehearsal that had Adult Beverages? Pretty sure everyone loved us for making an awkward situation {most of our friends met for the first time at the rehearsal} not so uncomfortable!

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The Bridal Party, Family and Friends had such a great time at Mellow Mushroom for a very casual Rehearsal Supper hosted by Adam’s Parents. There were lots of “Toasts” and it wouldn’t have been a celebration without a Bride/Groom Shot!

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With one last “Cheers” we went our separate ways to {try} get some sleep before our BIG DAY!

We hope you’re enjoying your newly or nearly newlywed moments!

Cheers,

Holly & Adam

PS: Remember, we’re newlyweds not experts.

She Said Yes!

Adam and I are so excited to finally share our Wedding Moments and pictures with y’all! Most of y’all have probably already heard our Engagement Story, but for those that haven’t, lets start there……

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Christmas Eve 2013:

The day started with me being mad at Adam for wanting to make me get dressed at 10:00am on Christmas Eve morning for Breakfast. I normally would stick to my traditions of staying in PJs most of the day, cooking and wrapping last minutes gifts. He did some of his fine negotiating skills and talked me into changing my plans for Breakfast with him since he was off for the day. This was the first time a non-family member was invited over for Christmas Eve/Day with my family- it’s kind of a big deal. We wanted Adam to feel comfortable and invited him to bring some of his family’s traditions to our Christmas celebration. He planned to bring the infamous SLUSH for Christmas Eve.  This was the ONE thing he was in charge of for our evening gathering.

     Adam showed up at my parents house at exactly 10:00am-I was expecting to go to Breakfast in Peachtree City, finish some of my wrapping and do some cooking before we were heading to Church that evening. I was dressed in workout clothes and a Zeta Tau Alpha sweatshirt….obviously I had no idea what was coming. Y’all know me I would have dressed up!

    Poor Adam….I  made it extremely difficult for him to get me out of the house that morning by inviting my family to breakfast with us. Thankfully for him both my Dad and brother declined the invitation.

     We got in Adam’s car and drove aimlessly around for a place to eat. Adam just knew he saw a little breakfast spot heading towards the interstate. Of course I knew there were no restaurants beside Waffle House in that direction, but instead of arguing with him I  gave in and said…”ok” assuming he was taking me there.

     While we were on our way Adam decided to tell me he forgot the slush! The slush! The ONE thing he was in charge of bringing for our Christmas Eve gathering! He forgot the slush in Atlanta.Ugh! I was so mad and gave him the hardest time about forgetting it. {If only I knew what he had been up to} We opted for skipping breakfast, headed to Adam’s to pick up the slush and grab lunch on the way back down to Peachtree City. On our way to the city, Adam got a call from work and had to make a delivery to one of his clients. This is so typical I didn’t think anything of it. He gets calls almost every weekend and always on holidays, so I really didn’t question the call. We pulled up to the hanger, Adam ran inside with a large box and returned to the car about 15 minutes later.He was all excited and told me the mechanic got the part installed and they have to take the helicopter on a test run, since he was working on Christmas Eve the pilot asked if WE wanted to go up on the flight. I was so excited, but was extremely nervous- hello! “Test Flight????” After much reassurance from Adam and the pilot I said “yes!”

     We flew over Stone Mountain, around downtown Atlanta and our cute little pilot told me  the helicopter we were in was being used for the filming of The Fast and the Furious. How cool!!! Of course I believed everything the pilot and Adam were saying. We went over Georgia Tech- y’all know me I  was so excited to take pictures of the football field and the Zeta Tau Alpha House from above. Being the sports fan that I am is one way I hooked Adam! Ha!

     We were approaching Turner Field and I COULD NOT WAIT to take a picture of the field!  As the helicopter got over the field, Adam turned to me and y’all I just started shaking! I knew then what was going on. He reached in his pocket and started asking me to marry him! All I remember is I kept saying “Oh My Gosh! Oh My Gosh!” and immediately put the ring on my finger! Adam then asked me …”Well are you going to answer me? Is that a yes?” ha ha! Of course I said “YES!” and promptly started complaining for not letting me get my picture of The Ted! Thankfully Adam had the whole thing planned for weeks and the helicopter was wired with audio and video so we could share our moment with everyone!

     We will post the video on a another Throw Back Thursday! Hope you are enjoying your newly or nearly newlywed moments!

Cheers!

Holly & Adam

PS: Remember we’re newlyweds not experts.

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Practically Perfect in Every Way

I {Holly} just got back from a long weekend trip to Orlando with my best friend and her family. It was so different seeing  Disney thru the eyes of her little girl. Even though I visit Disney frequently, there is so much I haven’t done that I was able to experience with a Little Cinderella. We met Mickey, Tinkerbell, did Story Time with Belle and stood a line for an hour to meet THE Princess Anna and Queen Elsa of Arendelle. The line was long, but we just had to “Let It Go.”

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Adam and I are enjoying the Married Bliss. Everything is practically perfect in every way.

Except when…Adam forgets to take the trash out or doesn’t finish one of his “projects” or when I leave the lights on all day or do a little too much planning/organizing.

Needless to say we are learning more about each other by being married. New habits that we didn’t realize the other had before getting married and living together. As frustrated as we {occasionally} get with each other, finding out these new habits is rewarding. I love knowing that as much as I think I know my husband, there is a chance I can learn something new to love about him daily. What a great way to spend the next 60 or so years together. I’m blessed to be apart of his world.

We’re taking each debacle with a spoon full of sugar and enjoying our whole new “married” world!

We hope you are enjoying your newly or nearly newlywed moments as much as we are! Remember, we’re newlyweds not experts.

Cheers y’all,

Holly & Adam