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Our First Thanksgiving

Our Menu:

Ham 

Green Beans

Sweet Potatoes

Brussel Sprouts

Mac n Cheese 

Apple Pie

Ginger Bread Cake 

Happy belated Thanksgiving, everyone!  I hope you all had a lovely day celebrating with friends and family. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to take a moment to remember what you’re thankful for every year. 

Graham and I have been together for quite some time, but this was our first Thanksgiving just us – away from our family and friends. Moving across the country and starting a new life basically is hard in general, but it is even more challenging around the holidays.

I’ll be honest we suck at planning and because of that, we have adopted a laissez-faire approach to life, which most of the time works in our favor, but when you’re planning for a feast not so much. Also, we both aren’t the best chefs in the world, so we weren’t sure what to cook – especially last minute. 

We knew we would fail miserably if we tried to cook a turkey, so we went with pre-cooked ham instead. We got our ham from Trader Joes, which I’ve got to say, we’ve been shopping there for all our groceries since we moved to L.A. and have been very impressed with their prices and the quality of all their products. I highly recommend that if you have a Trader Joes close by that you shop your groceries there. 

The ham was extremely easy to cook and came with a delicious honey glaze topping. For our sides, we made sweet potatoes topped with butter and brown sugar, mac n cheese, brussel sprouts and green beans that we baked with olive oil, salt, and pepper a recipe we learned from watching the Netflix show, Salt Fat Acid Heat (highly recommend). For dessert (my favorite part), we ate apple pie and gingerbread cake. 

Overall, we managed not to burn our apartment down so I can say we had a successful Thanksgiving!

How did you celebrate?

And what was your favorite part of your feast?

xx,  


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From Atlanta to Los Angeles

If you follow me on Instagram, you most likely saw my post that my fiancé and I moved to Los Angeles, California in September! Woooo!

This was a huge decision for us to move cross-country away from our families and the East Coast where we lived since we were kids. However, we knew that this was going to be an exciting adventure in a new chapter of our lives.

Our plan was to move from Atlanta soon, but then the craziest thing happened… Graham was offered a new job in Los Angeles! This solidified our decision that California was exactly where we were meant to be.

So, we packed our entire apartment in a 10-foot U-haul and drove 2200 miles from Atlanta to Los Angeles.


After two months, I can say that LA is finally starting to feel like home.  I plan to share a post with more details on our recent move and give you a home tour soon!

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Valentine’s Day: Tiffany for Him

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When it comes to Valentine’s day Graham and I like to keep it simple and it usually goes something like this…

Graham: “Hey what do you want to do for Valentine’s day this year?”

Ashley: “Uhm, I don’t know what do you want to do?”

Graham: “I don’t know what do you want to do?”

Graham & Ashley: “Let’s just make dinner, drink wine, and watch a movie!”

Graham: “Yass!”

Ashley: “Yass!”

Long story short, you don’t need to get anyone a gift to express how much you love and cherish them this V-day. However, if you want to and need a last minute idea to point you in the right direction, Tiffany’s for men SPORT Cologne is a gift he’ll use every day.

They don’t see it online anymore, but you can find it at any Tiffany & Co. store!

Happy Valentine’s Day guys! Have fun sharing the love!


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NYC: What I Did and Yes, I’m Engaged!

As many of you know, I was on vacation in NYC in December for six days! It was my first time in the city and of course, I immediately fell in love. The buildings, the lights, the people — I was addicted.

For this trip, we stayed at The Kimberly Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. It was a perfect location just a few blocks away from Grand Central Station and Central Park. The Kimberly has a swanky vibe with an elegant European flair. It felt like home away from home for the week.

We visited so many tourist spots in the city, walking about eight miles every day (no joke). Let’s just say I got the full NYC experience! Although it was a little chilly, we broke out our winter coats and got in the mood for the holiday season. I was thrilled we were able to make the trip this time of year because of how the city is decorated. All of the Christmas lights and the elaborate store window displays made the city feel magical.

Oh.. and I got engaged. And, yes, I am still floating! 🙂

Check out everything we did day by day below:

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