Thursday, October 30, 2014

Atlanta: Restaurants

Living in the ATL, we are lucky to have hundreds of great restaurants to enjoy. Having a new little one, leaves me pining for a nice meal out again. While my restaurant bucket list still has several places left to try, here are a few of our favorite joints:

South City Kitchen - This place is by far our favorite restaurant in Atlanta. There are two locations but we prefer the less crowded Vinings location (bonus: no valet to pay). The fried green tomatoes are an appetizer must with a main course choice of the fried chicken, catfish or veggie plate. Their NYE menu is one of the best around, in my opinion.

Buckhead Diner - When my mom and I used to come to Atlanta to shop several years ago, we also fit Buckhead Diner into the agenda. The blue cheese chips are famous but the calamari is also amazing as well. I have always ordered their crab cakes because whatever they put in the mustard sauce makes them the best around. Bonus - you can take home your bottle of wine if you don't finish it (most Atlanta restaurants allow this)

Tin Lizzy's - There are tons of locations now but we love this trendy Mexican spot for the cheap, good food and atmosphere. Their margaritas will knock you on your feet so only allow for 1-2 :) Favorites are any taco, make-your-own quesadilla and the queso.

Yeah Burger - Could be the H&F bread or fresh meat patties, but Yeah Burger is our favorite burger joint (the Hubs also likes their PBR pitchers). Order their truffle fries in addition to a pimento cheese burger and you will be super pleased with yourself.

Horseradish Grill - This quaint spot is perfect for brunch or dinner and located in my favorite spot in the city, Chastain Park. The fried chicken, omelettes and fried green tomatoes are all great as is anything on the menu. Beware of crowded amphitheater concert nights but you can park for free if you are doing dinner and a show.

JCT Kitchen - Fried chicken is a reoccurring theme and theirs is great as well. I got hooked on truffle fries here as well as their great shrimp and grits. The location is on the hip Westside and led by my favorite restauranturer, Ford Fry.

The Optimist - Also a Ford Fry spot, this seafood place is superb. The warehouse feel and open kitchen are really cool as well as the mini putt-putt course outside. Each time we visited, my dinner has been great but I highly recommend the fish & chips. The hushpuppies and the accompanying sweet sauce are also a must order. 

Canoe - Canoe has great food but their scenery is the best part. Located on the river, several events are hosted here each weekend because it is so dang pretty. I recommend brunch so you can take it all in as we did this past birthday weekend. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The meaning behind the cross

Throughout the past few years, a very important cross has been incorporated in several milestones in our lives.

The first Christmas Aaron and I celebrated together while dating, he gave me a cross necklace. It is a gorgeous estate piece that I still love to this day. I am a sucker for meaningful details so we have included it in several ways throughout the years.

Our wedding program designed by my dad / The ring bearer pillow made by my mother-in-law / Mary Tilman's stationery designed by me / Painting in MT's room done by my dad

I have a feeling this cross will continue to pop up in several ways for years to come.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Online Shopping - Literally

All these fall temps mean my wardrobe needs to kick it into high gear. Luckily for this stellar mom pouch I am now rocking, the trends seem to be slouchy sweaters and legging jeans.

Much to the husband's dismay, I am introducing little girl to all the best shopping areas our great town has to offer. But... I am loving all these online boutiques and their great prices. Here are a few web favorites:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Scary Soiree

I am not a huge fan of Halloween but I know that will change in the future with the addition of our little one. While skeletons, witches and goblins are authentic Halloween decor staples, I think you can put a spin on your traditional fall decorations for any upcoming spooky event. Consider hosting a pre-trick or treat get together or a pumpkin carving party and both can be adult/kid friendly.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mary Tilman: One Month Update

Sweet Mary Tilman is one month old (or was this past weekend). Since I spared you weekly pregnancy updates I decided to document monthly baby updates. This is really just for me and my memories if we are being honest here.

Weight: 9 lbs, 6 oz (Little one has put on over 2 lbs since our last pediatrician visit).

Height: 22 inches long

Sleep: We are still working on this but I can proudly say you have gone a few nights with just one nighttime feeding. I think I am at fault on this because I have not been following the MOC recommendations as much as I should, but your doctor gave me some good suggestions on making sleep a priority for both of us.

Clothes/Diapers: You are still in newborn diapers but will need to move up here in the near future. You are also still in 0-3 months clothes, but luckily your grandmothers saved plenty of gowns from our childhoods so your closet is stocked.

Diet: Milk... enough said

Favorite Gear: Stroller, swaddle blankets, Wubbanub

Milestones/Firsts: You have had several outings around town and a trip to the pumpkin farm. You also have started smiling and found your voice. You have also been nicknamed "Stinker" because you have mastered the perfect cry enough to send your dad or I running... only to be fooled and find no tears and a perfectly happy baby.

Likes: Eating, your Daddy, snuggling

Dislikes: Bathtime, dirty diapers, "the witching hour" before bed

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

This past weekend, we made our usual trek up to the pumpkin patch. The weather was perfect and little Miss Mary Tilman did amazing. So good, in fact, that we could squeeze in a quick stop at the outlets.

If you are in the Atlanta area, you must visit Burt's Farm in Dawsonville. It is crazy packed but the selection is amazing!

Side note: I am wearing the J. Crew swing sweater that was part of their sale last week. I may buy like 12 more because they truly do live up to the hype.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Newborn Must-Haves

I swear this will not become a baby blog but my life is currently all things baby. Leading up to baby and still to this day, I love reading what other moms have shared about their new motherhood experiences. Having posted my pregnancy essentials, I wanted to share our lifesavers over the last month.

Moms on Call - Mary Tilman has been on the Moms on Call schedule for the last two weeks and we have seen some definite improvements in the sleep situation. While still not too terribly consistent, it is nice to have some structure in our days for both baby and Mom. The book also has some great tips on everything from feeding to common illnesses.

Boppy - This thing makes feeding times so easy. The cute covers make it a lot more enjoyable as well. A must have!

Aden and Anais Swaddles - We use these for everything... swaddling, neighborhood walks, car seat blankets and covering for public outings. I love the breathable muslin material and the prints are precious.

Baby Nursing App - This app is my everything right now. I use it to track feedings and diapers but it is so much more. You can customize it to use as much or as little as you want but I just love the ease of it, especially in the wee hours of the morning.

Gerber diaper shirts - These side snap shirts are perfect for nighttime wear. I don't like to bundle her up too much with the added warmth of the swaddle but these shirts make the middle of the night diaper changes great! We have picked up more over the past few weeks because we use them so much.

Brica ComforTemp Bath - I researched several bath tubs and liked this one the best. We bathe Mary Tilman in the big tub (as opposed to the sink) and this bath holds water so she stays warm throughout the entire bath. I definitely recommend to anyone looking around for bath suggestions.