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When Alaska Friends Come To Town

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We’ve gotten incredibly lucky with visitors lately. A few weeks ago, a large group of our friends from when we lived in Greenville, South Carolina came up to visit; and since my bff Megan has moved back to the Carolinas, I’ve been forcing her to come visit often.

But, I’ve been getting even more spoiled with friends we made in Alaska making their way to Charlotte! Stephanie, who now lives in Houston, Texas came for a weekend before a work training session in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Bart, who still lives in Anchorage, was here for a full week for a work conference! Two more – Jodie & Alex – are coming mid-June as well!

Naturally, I wanted them to enjoy Charlotte, and to introduce them to places and activities that we enjoy doing – which can be hard considering our lives in Alaska were much more mountains much less city.

So I’ve decided to share how I spent time with my visitors, and to hopefully give you ideas of how to spend time in the Queen City. Continue reading “When Alaska Friends Come To Town” »

Cocktails at The Cotton Room

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My friend Bart is in town from Anchorage all week for a public bus conference. (He’s a city planner back in Anchorage, it’s really cool.) This means that, not only do I get to hear about Alaska and what everyone has been doing, but I get to show off Charlotte through a “welcome to my new city” perspective. I’ve been working hard over the past 8 (!!!) months to find loveable parts of the city to make the longing of the mountains and the insanely hot humidity seem not so bad.

Last night, we met for dinner at Brevard Court, while is probably my favourite place in all of Uptown. The narrow alley feel, the multi-cultural food, the languages I hear, the soccer fans I see celebrating: it all gives me a happy feeling and makes me like the city a little more each time I’m there.

We had delicious pizza from ZABlong, and noticed the sign for The Cotton Room hanging above Belfast Mill. I’d heard about The Cotton Room’s  recent opening, and other than a reputation for craft cocktails I hadn’t heard anything else.

So Bart, being an awesome up-for-anything kind of guy agreed to grab a drink with me.

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Tour de Trees : Bike Charlotte

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Bike Charlotte is a 17-day event filled with bicycle-related events focused on empowering Charlotte citizens to incorporate cycling into their lives. Obviously, you know how much I love riding my bike, so I was all for the celebration!

One event that sounded so cool to me when I was looking up the event schedule was Tour de Trees: a history of the arbors in the city. I’m a bit of a history nerd, especially local history. I love hearing the stories that provide the backstory to what I experience now. I knew a little bit about the fact that the trees lining certain roads were chosen with care; but I wanted to learn more. Continue reading “Tour de Trees : Bike Charlotte” »

DIY: Anthropologie-Inspired Wall Hanging

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Have you ever seen something really cool at Anthro and been like “I need this” but then your wallet goes “nah, you’re good”?

Happens to me all the time.

Most recently, I’ve been struggling to figure out what to put above our bed. I didn’t want to hang a picture, but I was having trouble finding something that fit our style and the style of our home. I wanted something that looked cool and unique and artsy, without costing a lot of money.

So I decided to make something that looks like it would come from Anthropologie without costing me Anthro prices. I searched around on pinterest and found ideal inspiration.

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