Yard Sailing & Girls Weekend


This weekend was not as successfull as I had hoped, but I got an amazing girls weekend out of it and a TON of packing done.

I said goodbye to DJ at the airport bright and early on Saturday morning…and by bright and early I mean that I may have uttered the words “I hate you” as he woke me up to drive his @ss at 4AM….alas, I had to get up anyways to prep for the day’s yard sale.


Oh the yard sale….the yard sale that took over an hour to set up….4 hours to sit looking like a homeless bum with puppy dog eyes begging people to stop, and another hour to tear it all down. What did I get out of it??? $0….not one person stopped by. UGHHHHHHH!!!!

What do you do in this situation? We have soooo much furniture,  tons of clothes and an assortment of randomness that CANNOT and WILL NOT be on the moving truck come 10/7.

I know Salvation Army will pick up donations…has anyone done that before? I’ve only walked in with clothing…Suggestions are welcome.

After the yard sale bust, my best gf from Boston, Tiffany, came down to help with the pack and get our QT on. Arriving around 8pm, we headed out to the nearby Whole Foods for some snacks. This is where we found the most amazing adult beverage!!! Enter: Spiked Seltzer


As an avid seltzer (lime) drinker, to find an alcoholic version with low cals and sugar was a gift from the Heaven’s…after 2 sips, Tif and I knew there would be no packing tonight. It was refreshing and flavorful without the sickeningly sweet after taste that some “clear” beverages have. They currently come in 3 flavors: West Indies Lime, Valencia Orange and Indian River Grapefruit


Sadly, they only seem to have it in the New England/NY area…so, I naturally emailed the company and begged them to sell in Atlanta and that I’d do anything in my power to make that happen. Spread the word people! And look at that rockin’ logo??!!! A mermaid? Hell ya!

Check them out and beg them to come to a city near you!

Sunday, Tif and I woke up around 8:30 and headed to Brunch…my most favorite meal of the week. An adult excuse to get a little sauced while still acting cool and sophisticated and getting your grub on.

We went to Tisane in downtown Hartford, a local favorite known for it’s coffee and tea boozy beverages. I had the Lil Havana, 3 poached eggs over spicy sweet potato and shredded pork hash with a chive hollandaise sauce. It was amazing!!


2 Bloody Mary’s and a coffee drink later it was time to turn on the tunes and get packin’.

Tif is great because she really allows me to let go of all the treasures that I can’t seem to get rid of. I managed to say adios to 4 bags of stuff! So refreshing! After saying bye to Tif, I headed out to the pool for some R&R aka a nap and tan.

Despite the lame yard sale, it was a great weekend that I’ll miss when I’m in ATL….10 days kiddos

Peace, love & spanks

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Apartment Hunting in the ATL

What a whirlwind of a weekend! We flew in to ATL on Friday night and were lucky enough to get 1st Class on the second leg of our flight so we enjoyed a little imbibing while discussing our Saturday agenda.


We stayed at the Marriott Glen Autograph Collection and it was AMAZING! It was totally artsy and I loved the decor!

IMG_4373Bright and early Saturday morning we met up with Susan, our Realtor to start the apt hunt. We had 6 properties to see by 11:30am so we had our running shoes on!

The first place we saw was only a 1 bedroom so we were outta there in literally 3 minutes…See ya!

The second place completely blew us away. Located downtown, this 27th floor apt had 2 bedrooms with floor to ceiling windows, a balcony, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors. It was breathtaking! One of my favorite amenities was the rooftop pool…painfully beautiful!

IMG_4361We went to a few more places with Susan and then headed off on our own. We went to the AMLI apartment complex which I had found through a Google search. We loved it! Located in the Old 4th Ward area, it boasts an entrance to the Beltline which is a combo of rail, trail and greenspace that is in the works. Ultimately, when the project is completed it will connect 45 neighborhoods in town and run approximately 26 miles. I can’t wait to get out there for a jog or bike ride!

We knew AMLI was definitely the place for us almost immediately, the toughest choice was deciding which unit we wanted. More space? Better view? Cheaper price? We had soooo many options that we decided to sleep on it. Sunday morning after brunch in Midtown we headed over to AMLI to sign the lease. We had the hysterical leasing agent, Lisa, walk us through the options once again and we finally choose our place! I can’t wait to show ya’ll once we’re moved in and settled!

We headed off to the airport for our flight around 4pm and upon checking in we stumbled upon a jackpot. Apparently Southwest Airlines decided that we were the lucky winners and spit out 4 beverage coupons for our flights home. Cheers!!!

**Please note the guy in the corner laughing at our excitement**


As an added surprise, a few months ago, at a wedding in Chicago, I noticed that one of my charms on my Pandora bracelet was missing. It was actually the Bunny charm that DJ got me after one of his long business trips. I was devastated! DJ, knowing this, surprised me by bringing me in to the Pandora store in the terminal moments before boarding our flight. Now, the bunny has returned with an additional sparkly friend which now live happily surrounding the charm I got in St. Maarten. IMG_4382

Peace, love & spanks

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High Five for Friday #3


TGIF!!! I am linking up with Lauren @ The Lauren Elizabeth site for her weekly, High Five for Friday fun. Check out some awesome bloggers!

Yesterday, DJ and I just received some very Life Upgrading news…no babies people. I am a lady…ahem 🙂


I just wanna rub that belly!!!

I am so excited that I could burst! Anywhoooo…I’ll post all of the exciting tidbits once everything is finalized, but in the meantime….High Five for Friday!!!!!!

Seriously, hand me the bottle o’Bourbon after these last few weeks. The end of my lease is upon me and that means the dreaded packing shall commence. I loathe packing. Doesn’t everyone?

The only thing I’m excited about it to sell and donate some of my stuff.

minimalI’m trying to really minimize my things. I have a lot of clothes that would benefit other people and I’m hoping my Life Upgrade can help others upgrade as well. The pastor at my church said they are always in need of clothes for the homeless shelters in the area. Please consider donating to your local church or shelter before selling your clothes. Give others the chance to Life Upgrade 🙂

No big plans this weekend other than packing, packing and more packing. Have a great weekend and remember….pants

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