My New Favorite App

As much as I love getting out and trying new things in Raleigh, I have to admit, I end up at my favorite go-to spots all too often. Googling things to do, looking up restaurant reviews, and researching events can be kind of overwhelming to me, and I’d much rather do something off of a friend’s recommendation than something I find myself–which is great, but not very conducive to regular adventures! That’s why I was SO excited when a friend recently showed me the Offline app, and it has quickly become one of my new favorite things. I could hardly wait to tell y’all about it!

Offline is a curated collection of activities and events,  and it is currently available for Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, and Nashville, with Atlanta, DC, and hopefully lots more coming soon. You can search by headline categories like “Must-Dos in August” or “This Weekend” to find out what’s right around the corner, or check out their main categories–a few of my favorites are Cheap Dates, Best Brunch Spots, and Coffee. If you find an activity you want to do, you can bookmark it, and even add it to your iCal or text it to a friend. Once you do that activity, you can check it off and upload a photo that other users will be able to see when they’re looking into that spot. It’s a little bit addictive, and I’ve already bookmarked tons of places and activities I want to try! If you’re in any of the cities I mentioned, sign up here and let me know what you think :)

Offline led Dave and I to the Slingshot Coffee HQ this weekend, where they host a pop-up coffee shop every weekend during the summer. It was totally unassuming and I don’t think we ever would have found out about it otherwise, but we loved everything about it–the cold brew coffee, the pimento cheese pop tarts (as good as they sound!), and the all-outdoor seating. It reminded me so much of Austin, and we will definitely be back before fall comes around!

weekend-at-slingshotslingshot-coffee-hqgingham-shirtslingshot-cold-brew-coffeeShirt | dress (similar) | shoes | bracelet | nail polish

Brantingham 2015

Hi friends! Dave and I are back home from a blissful long weekend in the Adirondacks–we keep saying that we completely forgot about our real lives while we were there, and if that’s not a sign of a good vacation, I don’t know what is! Dave’s parents rented a big lake house just a few blocks away from the house where Dave’s grandparents used to live, and we gathered there along with Dave’s two older brothers and their families (yay for cute nieces!). We missed his sister and brother-in-law, but it was still so much fun to be with everyone else for one of the first times since the wedding. A few highlights from our trip: lots of boat rides, games on the dock, water skiing (Dave and his brothers are amazing, and I am a beginner who has had pretty good luck thus far ;)), big family dinners, the best jelly doughnuts in the world, a run in the woods, and tubing with my niece. I have to admit, I completely forgot to take my camera out the entire weekend, but luckily for me, my father-in-law loves taking pictures, so I borrowed most of these from his camera :) We’re already counting down till next year’s trip here!

brantinghambrantingham 2015maddy fishinglisa and dave at brantinghambrantingham lakedave waterskiinglisa waterskiinglisa and dave

Packing for The Adirondacks

One of my favorite things about being married is seeing how the places and traditions that Dave values most have become special to me as well. The Adirondacks is one of the biggest examples so far–Dave grew up visiting the mountains of upstate New York a few times a year, camping in the summer, spending holidays at his grandparents’ lake house, water skiing, and hiking, and it’s his favorite place on earth. We’re headed to New York tonight for a long weekend on the lake with Dave’s whole family, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting it for weeks. It’ll be my third time there, and it has been really sweet to see the Adirondacks find a place in my heart. I especially love knowing that we’ll bring our kids there someday too, and the tradition can be carried on in our own family.

On another note! While I love packing for most trips, this one is always a little tricky for me, because we spend all day outside on the lake, but then the nights get pretty chilly. Casual layers with a few cute accessories are my go-to–here’s some of my packing list inspiration:

packing-for-a-lake-tripClockwise from top left: pullover sweater, baseball cap, rose gold earrings, water tumbler, nail polish, striped tote, jelly sandals, monogrammed swimsuit top and bottoms, Turkish towel, sunglasses

I’m also toting along my camera in the hopes of capturing some special moments to share with y’all next Thursday! Have a good weekend! :)

August Goals

As far as goals go, July was not my best month ever, but in other ways, it was pretty great. I got to catch up with a few long-distance friends via FaceTime, my baby sister turned 19 (hi Kristen!), Dave and I explored some fun new places in the Triangle, and I’m finally getting back into a good groove with running. I’m also trying to be a little more intentional with blog post planning (I love Emily Ley’s printable for this), and am excited about some posts I have coming up this month!


July Goals

1.  Drink a glass of water every morning before work. 
2. Work through the 28-day challenge in the Tone It Up book. – I’m feeling a little iffy about this book. I like the concept, but since it goes day by day, I’ve found myself unsure of what to do if I miss a day because of a long work day or other obligations. So far, I’ve just started over twice and am plugging along :P 
3. Finish writing our wedding thank you notes. – I am kind of mortified that I haven’t finished this yet. It’s going to happen this week!!
4. Invite someone I don’t know very well out for coffee. 
5. Choose (and start) three books to read this summer. (Find my list here!)

August Goals

1. Finish writing wedding thank you notes. Seriously.
2. Train for and run the Run for Life 5K (and hopefully beat my time from last year).
3. Host our first guests in our apartment. I am really nervous about being a good hostess when we don’t even have a guest room–advice, please!
4. Unplug for vacation with Dave’s family in the Adirondacks. More about this trip on Thursday!

Stay the Path

When I was working out a lot before the wedding, I really didn’t have in my head that I was “working out for the wedding.” I made a lot of lifestyle changes that made me feel good in general, and I had no doubts that I’d be able to keep them up post-honeymoon. Honestly, it’s been a little easier said than done over the last few months–Dave and I have been busy this summer, and hard workouts (more than just our morning walks) and healthy, home-cooked meals have been the first things to slide. In an effort to get our motivation back up, we signed up for a 5K in August, and are planning to sign up for a 5-mile race in October–having that looming on the calendar is scary, but I think it’ll be a great challenge. I also treated myself to a few cute new pieces of workout gear, because that’s always pretty good motivation for me ;) I’m a big Carrie Underwood fan, and I love everything from her new activewear line, Calia–the colors and patterns are so pretty, and everything I tried on was super comfortable! I also love the mission of the line: “…Because we can be the strongest versions of ourselves in every facet of our lives. We can look as beautiful as we feel. We can Stay the Path.”

calia-studio-workout-gearcalia-studio-topside-braidcalia-studio-shortsworkout-gearstay-the-pathTank top, shorts, sneakers, nail polish

How do you stay motivated to work out? Tell me all your tricks so I can try them!

P.S. This post is not sponsored by Calia–I just love the brand! :)