Jardin du Luxembourg

One of the most beautiful spaces we visited in Paris was the Jardin du Luxembourg. The garden is located in the 6th arrondissement and was created in 1612 by Marie de'Medici. Today the French Senate meets in the Luxembourg Palace, which is located in the garden space. My mom and I loved the tree-lined promenades, flowerbeds, and fountains. I cannot wait to return to this space during my next adventure in Paris! 


Florida Birthdays

My niece's birthday is the day after mine, so every year we try to celebrate together over the long weekend in January. This year we had a blast at Busch Gardens, painted pottery for hours at You Do the Dishes, and fed the fish at sunset at the dock in their neighborhood. I cherish each and every minute with my girls and cannot believe Reese is already nine years old!

See past birthday weekends here:
2013, 2013
2011, 2011


The Big 3-0.

After a week of surprises, celebration, and cake my thirtieth birthday is finally here. I experienced a variety of emotions leading up to this day, ranging from excitement to pure panic. But today more than anything I feel so incredibly grateful. I am fortunate enough to have the most loving and supportive friends and family. I cannot wait to enter what I have heard is the best decade with them all by my side. Bring it on 30's, I am so excited to see what you have in store! 

On a fun note, my friend Allison sent me this a few days before my birthday. I especially loved the graph comparing my consumption of Hot Pockets and my facility with a corkscrew. 


Marché d’Aligre

My mom and I spent our Saturday morning in Paris walking through the Marché d’Aligre. The market offers a variety of fresh food stands and small flea market. After admiring the brightly colored produce we searched through boxes of antique watercolor postcards. We found four to take home, as well as a little spoon that my mom was able to clean and polish once back in the states.



We had quite the heatwave while we were in Paris last July. Temperatures soared into the high nineties and my dreams of eating endless amounts of decadent pastries and cheese were quickly crushed by the sweltering heat. My mom and I ended up eating gelato several times in place of larger meals. After visiting the flower market one afternoon we crossed the Pont-Marie to Île Saint-Louis. We loved the gelato at Berthillon. The pear and rhubarb flavors were absolutely amazing!



The Panthéon was one of the many historic buildings my mom and I visited while in Paris last July. We climbed to the top balcony inside to admire the space from above and also toured the crypts in the lower level. The Panthéon was under construction while we were there, but we were pleasantly surprised by the art installation used to cover the spaces being worked on. I have admired JR's art in New York City and was excited to see his Au Panthéon photo installation both inside and outside the Panthéon.
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