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A Christmasy weekend

Happy Monday morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I know that I did as mine felt very Christmasy.

I finished up the majority of my Christmas shopping on Friday night and started wrapping presents while watching the Kentucky game. I love the way our tree looks when presents start appearing beneath!


On Saturday, my friend Janie and I went to local antique and vintage stores to look for furniture and other home goods. If you’re ever in Bowling Green, Ky., Rummage 300, Rubye & Ola, LuLu’s and Digs On The River have some great finds. We also traveled a few miles north to Smith’s Grove, which is a quaint little town that has a row of antique shops on Main Street. There were some great pieces of furniture in some of the shops, but nothing I could commit to right away.

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New York – part 2

If you missed the first part of my New York recap, you can catch up here!

After dinner Wednesday night, Zach and I walked a few short steps to a bar that was at the top of my list of places to visit while in New York. Pete’s Tavern very quickly became my all-time favorite place I’ve ever been to ever. Basically.


Pete’s is supposedly the oldest continuously operating bar in New York, opening in 1864. Pete’s was completely decked out in Christmas decorations and is one of the most festive places I’ve been. The entire ceiling was covered in Christmas lights and a Christmas village lined the top of the bar. Adding to the charm, O. Henry was a regular of the bar, allegedly penning “Gift of the Magi” in the second booth. That story has always been a holiday favorite of mine.

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New York – part 1

This time last week, Zach and I were making our way back home after an amazing three-day trip to New York. Zach was there for work and I tagged along for play. The trip was without a doubt my favorite trip I’ve made so far, and I already can’t wait to return. There’s so much to share that I’m making this a two-parter!

When we touched down on Tuesday, Nov. 25, Zach picked up a rental car and headed to Long Island’s Stony Brook University to cover the WKU men’s basketball game and I hopped on a shuttle to our Midtown Manhattan hotel. Once I was dropped at The New Yorker at around 12:30 p.m., I dropped my bags at the front desk and headed out to get “Lost in New York” in search of sites and a quick lunch. I grabbed a sliced chicken salad from the quaint, French Macaron Café, located in the Fashion District. I’m a little bummed I didn’t try any of their famous macarons, but the salad filled me up perfectly and spending $2.50 on something I could easily down in one bite is a little disheartening.

After I finished up my salad, I set out on foot to explore Midtown and the famed Christmas windows on Fifth Avenue. I stepped inside Macy’s for just a few minutes, only making it to the first and second floors. While I’m not the biggest fan of shopping in the world, I could definitely get used to shopping in a department store like that!

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