Leaves with Levi

It’s official. Brooks has his first school BFF!! 🙊👬 Y’all…just y’all…try to scroll through these pictures without some sort of sweetness coursing through yo’body. I dare you. It’s just almost all too much. From their cheesy grins to the little munchkin’s gummy mouth chewing on leaves – I honestly almost #canteven.

A few weeks ago we went over to our new sweet friends’ house from B’s pre-school for an after school playdate. They have the dreamiest backyard full of beautiful fall colors and leaves meant for rolling in. The boys LOVED IT! They’re so funny too…they love each other as if they’ve been friends their whole life and bicker like it too. 😏 Each morning they see each other at school they run to embrace in the most genuine hug you’ve ever seen. Their friendship is pure and I want to be in on it, like yesterday.💙💙

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It recently snowed in the South (but not here, jealous), and I’m still dreaming of childhood days of Fall with friends. 🍂🍁

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

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Birthday in Chattanooga

From a busy summer to a busy fall, The Cott house has been on a roll y’all!! We’ve had so many fun visitors and outings I feel like I haven’t even had a chance to get into a real swing of blogging since moving to TN. So, while B naps I have Elf (SANTA!!) in the background and the fire lit so I can sit and get caught up on life here in middle Tennessee.

Geoff jokes and always says I like to celebrate a birthday month…don’t be ridiculous. ** It’s no more than a few weeks – tops. But there’s always next year! #goals This year for my (actual) birthday I channeled my PNW-self and set out on an impromptu visit to Chattanooga with my partner in crime. I used to frequent the adventure lane in Washington…on a random week day I’d pack a few day trip essentials and B and I would be off to visit somewhere we’d never been. I’d heard so much about the charming city of Chattanooga so off we went!

I didn’t have much of a plan, other than getting there and checking off a few touristy spots I’d read about. First stop was the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway…I mean something resembling a train?? #yesforB! It was a cute, cheap thrill up a steep mountain where you could get off at the top and walk around to enjoy the views of Chattanooga. In all honesty, after about 10 minutes the thrill began to fade ** but it was cute to take the railway with Brooks and do something different.

Still going by the seat of my bday pants, I googled ‘trains in Chattanooga’ and the old train station came up. It was just a short drive from the Incline Railway so off we went to explore this historic town. B loved the old train station. I know he would’ve be happy to just walk up and down the corridor for hours, but momma was hungry and our departure was nearing. 😉 Inside the train station was a Frothy Monkey so we headed in and had a sweet little lunch date!

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Alllll aboard!

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With so many things to explore in our new city I was so thankful to have this day with my B. Life can get so busy and distracting with all the adulating going on #overrated, sometimes I have to force myself to stop and do something outside the norm. I hope I never let life get too busy to keep me from making adventurous memories with my fam…it’s the in-between moments that make life that sweet, sweet lemonade. **

Have a great weekend y’all!

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Mural hoppin’ in Nashville

Nashville has so many cool things about it – I mean, they don’t call it Nashvegas for nothing! Aside from the shopping, food scene, honky tonk bars and southern charm (did I mention food scene)…people love finding all the cool murals throughout downtown. And by ‘people’ I clearly mean mayyy, this girl right here. 🙋🏼‍♀️ Fun art with bright colors and designs? Sure, sign me up.

Y’all might remember when I took B mural hoppin’in downtown Nashville to snap some pics for his bday. So, there may or may not be some repeats below but #sorrynotsorry. Pics so nice, I might post ’em twice. 😉

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If y’all are ever in Nashville you should definitely swing by 12th Ave. It’s a darling little area with good eats and a few cute shops. I’m a pretttyyy big advocate for Bar Taco – their tuna poke, guac, spicy chorizo and pork belly tacos are *begins to drool.

If you have any cool tips and places to see comment below! Thanks for reading y’all!

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Machine Falls Hike

It happened, our first Tennessee hike! YAY! I’ve been dying to go since moving from the Pacific Northwest, and if y’all have been following along my LtL adventures for a while y’all know I found a sweet love affair with hiking out there. You can see some of my favorites here and here. Soon after we moved here I started in on my research of places to go and see. Machine Falls came up in my new criteria of travel and hiking – less than 2 hour drive and less than 4 miles round trip. (Those 2+ hour drives and 4-6 miles hikes are long behind us, for now. 😉 Momma’s not toting that 40 lbs of active toddlering no’mo.)

So G had the day off for Veteran’s Day, which gave us the perfect excuse to make this hike happen! It was less than 2 hours south of us with an easy trail access. There was perfect terrain for fast little feet and sunny Fall weather leading us to the falls. It was strange at first with all the leaves on the ground covering the trail. I quickly realized we’d only hiked through trails of evergreen forests…AKA no leaves! Kind of a weird concept at first, especially being from the South! While the views were different and lacking the panoramic mountain top drama we were used to from Washington, it was still a beautiful day and the falls were totally worth the efforts.

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Tomorrow we are headed to Auburn for the Iron Bowl #wde We would usually head home for Thanksgiving, but this year we’re going to have a Friendsgiving then head down to the prettiest Plains on Earth.

From our family to yours, have a very Happy Thanksgiving! …and War Eagle!

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Pumpkin Patch

What a year a difference makes…about this time last year we were galavanting around the pumpkin patches of the Pacific Northwest. Now, just one (short) year later how so many things have changed.

On a whim one day our way home from preschool I decided we would stop by this local pumpkin patch I’d seen signs for in passing. We got there right as they opened, so the VIP parking was flowing. We walked through the pre-picked pumpkins to unveil the cutest little farm. It was so dang cute y’all! A little hidden gem, tucked away down a sweet country road *emoji heart eyes. This place was a perfect spot for kids B’s age to run, see, do! There were farm animals to feed, corn mazes to explore, and tractor trains to ride.

We’ve had a lot of luck lately with our impromptu adventures in our new home of middle Tennessee…I can’t wait to see what the holidays will continue to bring!

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Happy Fall y’all!! I’ve got lots more fun adventures to share…if I can only find the time to post and share! #blessedbusybee

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Lemons to Love Print Shop

It’s (a)LIVE! …Y’all. I have been tirelessly working on this passion project of mine for months now and can officially have a virtual sip and see for my online ‘baby’! *huge sigh of nervous relief and cheering myself The Lemons to Love Print Shop is my new love language. This online print shop is a curated website carefully pieced together from all our adventures over the years and now made available to decorate your walls! Over the years I’ve been blessed to experience some highs and lows (both emotionally and in altitude) 😉 that I feel have brought me to this moment of sharing my printed photography.

Each print is only $15 and there’s no hassle of shipping. Once purchased, a link is sent directly to your inbox where you can download the file and print in any size, framing, or style your creative heart desires! I wanted to give creative freedom to the eye of the beholder and carryout the vision you see in the print.

So, without further ado, may I now introduce you to my new love – Lemons to Love Print Shop. 🙂 I’ll be adding new prints, having sales and blogging about printing and framing tips – so don’t forget to sign up to receive the newsletter when you visit the shop! PLUS you get a nice little BOGO coupon to use on your next purchase. 😉

Here are a few of the prints available now in the shop…and stay tuned for more prints in the FALL collection! After all, today is the first official day of my very favorite season! 🍂🍁

Happy printing, y’all!

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Thank you LtL readers for your continued love and support!! Head on over to the shop and let me know your favorites or what you’d like to see more of in the comments below!

Happy Friday! ❤

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Arrington Vineyards

Last weekend was our first in a while for some free time in our new-to-us home in middle Tennessee. We’ve had such a fun and busy summer traveling and visiting with friends and family that we didn’t have much time here to explore. #noregrets And with Fall creeping upon us comes football beautiful weather and a new season in the South. I.can’t.wait! *quietly shouts to self during nap time

So, in said spare time the three of us headed out on Saturday morning to soak in the sunny skies and farms lands. Unfortunately, the farm was closed for Fall festivities prepping which led us to an impromptu visit to a local vineyard I’d seen in passing. And y’all did our spontaneity deliver! This place was so beautiful – set up on a hillside overlooking the vineyards and rolling hills, but you can kinda expect that from a vineyard…right?? This place was a vineyard made for parents in a major way – judgement free zone! There were groups of friends setting up picnics with the vineyard’s ‘picnic flight’ option and families set up shop at picnic tables with children of all ages running about while parents sipped and socialized. IT WAS GLORIOUS! *choir of angels sing (I even saw a family setting up their 1 year old’s birthday party…well done parents, well done. 👏🏼

Beautiful ✅

Tasty ✅

Family-friendly sipping ✅✅

Needless to say, this place was awesome and Geoff and I will be frequenting their establishment in the near future. *cheers🍷

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If you’re in the area you should definitely pay them a visit!

Have a great week y’all!💛

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Happy Birthday Brooks

Today you turn 3 my dear Brooks, this is no news to me or you

You’ve brought more joy to my life than I even know what to do

Your spirit is like no other, uniquely created by our Heavenly Father

Some days seem long, but the years are short –

But even on the long days you could never be a bother

You see my sweet, each night I pray –

For all your hopes and dreams to come true

Because your daddy and I prayed for a child just like you

I don’t always get things right, but this much I know

To me, my little nugget, I will always love you so

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Likes:

*Trains

*Trucks

*ALL rescue vehicles (emphatically!)

*Trains

*Swimming

*Wrestling

*Singing/dancing (favorites: Chainsmokers, Paris & Something Just Like This and Ed Sheeran, Shape of You) – don’t judge us

*Going on adventures

*Did I mention trains?

Dislikes:

*When mommy sings (why can’t I just live my life?!)😫

*Eating anything other than pasta, Nutrigrain bars, apple sauce, and pizza

*When something spills😐

. . . .

Happy 3rd birthday to my Brooks!🎈🎈🎈

Momma loves you!

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Auburn University

Some of y’all may have seen my new business venture, GameDay Sitters, on Facebook or Instagram. 😄  Some of y’all may also know our love of Auburn and how deep the orange and blue runs in my family. A few weekends ago we took an overnight family trip to Auburn for a perfect mix of business and pleasure. But before I share with y’all my new ‘baby’ let me back in up to where it all began.

About this time last year as Geoff and I were driving home from our usual weekend hike in the PNW and we started talking about our soon-to-be days back in the South — which meant soon-to-be days back on The Plains! …And that got me thinking ‘if my family (aka babysitters) are going to be at the game, who’s gonna be our babysitter??’ 🤷🏼‍♀️😅 Ha! And then I thought ‘well wouldn’t it be nice if there was a service who connected families with sitters for game days?’ After some unsuccessful (or was it) 😉 research I came up empty on such service…and so I thought ‘well why can’t be that service for the Auburn community??!’ And GameDay Sitters was born.

Since being back in the South I’ve felt a more tangible reality of this dream coming to life. With the help and support of Geoff, my family and friends to help spread the word through social media we’ve had some success leading into the 2017 football season! War Eagle #amiright Going to Auburn a few weeks ago made me feel at home, at peace, alive and beyond excited to continue pounding the pavement (both metaphorically and physically) to spread the word around Auburn and combine both my professional and educational experiences with my genuine love for Auburn. I love meeting new people and making connections, so why not do that as part of my business (bonus!).

It’s been a dream of mine to one day take Brooks to Auburn and show him a place that his daddy and I love so much. That combined with my dream of one day owning my own business (if you’ve been following me since the beginning you’ve seen a number of my small business ideas flop and stay as a fun personal hobby😉), working from home, and making Brooks proud of his momma are slowly coming to light. This is just the beginning of something special, even if that just means sharing a place I love with those I love most.

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Our trip to Auburn was just the momentum I needed to get the ball rolling for the 2017 Auburn football season. I loved being able to share new memories with my family and add another (working) dynamic into my marriage. From the people that I met and the new connections I get to make, I’m so thankful I get to stretch myself more out of my comfort zone and take a chance on the unknown.  I’ve placed this all in God’s hands and am excited to see what is in store for the future!

To check out more about GameDay Sitters find us on Facebook and Instagram!

Thank ya’ll for reading and War Eagle, y’all! 🐯🐾💙

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Cheekwood Gardens

Mom and Dad finally made it! 🙌🏼 But first, let me back it up a bit. Back in April when Geoff and I had just moved to middle Tennessee, mom and dad had a flight out of Jax to come see us. Ya see, they’re the type of parents that will always be parents – there for you – and I’m so grateful for that part of their hearts. They’ve always done what they could, when they could, and they’ve always tried to help each of us in (all) our moves…this time was no different. Well, in theory, but Mother Nature had a different plan. Long story short, there was a terrible wave of storms that came through the South, and Atlanta being the hub of Delta all.flights.were…screwed. 😅 So, after HOURS of sitting in the Jax airport, they finally decided to call it and make a trip out another weekend.

THEY MADE IT! We hung out, stay low key, tour the Cheekwood Gardens, ate at Prince’s Hot Chicken (mmm, yes please!), showed them our new church home, and played games. It was the perfect blend of touring and quality time together. Although Cheekwood was a bit…underwhelming (sorry locals, I know I may be the minority in that one), I’m willing to give it another try when the beauty of the season changes arrive. 😄🌻🍁 Until then, I still enjoyed my time with my parents and my lil fam of three. 💜

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Thank you mom and dad for always going out of your way to be there, do the thing, go the extra mile. We love you and enjoyed our time!

Until next time! ❤️

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

Visiting the Florida Caverns

For as long as I lived in Florida (hint: it’s long enough) I never even knew there were caverns to explore! And to paint more of a picture, I’ve passed them every summer since I was a little girl (no need to do the math😉) and never blinked an eye — here’s where having little ones makes life a little sweeter. 💜 Exploring has been something I’ve always loved, my mom calls it ‘plundering’, I like to call it ‘intentional exploring’. 😉 It’s like letting my ADD roam free without a care in the world…*something shiny✨

Living out in the PNW, Brooks allowed for my exploration bug to be set free! We loved all our family hikes, waterfall visits, and panoramic mountain views! Being back in the South we’ve found new places to visit and BONUS – with family and friends! The Florida Caverns were no different. 😊

Disclaimer: These aren’t my best quality pics I’ve ever posted…wouldn’t you know it, the lighting isn’t great in caverns?! 🤷🏼‍♀️

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That’s all for now! Just a small travel tip if you ever plan to visit the caverns: get there as early as you can, and expect to wait. The tickets for a guided tour are first come first serve, so bring some snacks and water while you wait for the tour to start. Their gift shop is cute with a fun little museum and trails to walk in the meantime!

Thanks for reading, y’all! Have a great week!❤️

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

 

Happy 4th of July!

Remember how I said here that I wouldn’t be making any apologies for over blogging about our trips to the lake this summer? Well, saddle up y’all here’s another post (and not the last for summer 2017. 😉 For as long as I can remember the lake has been a place of solitude, fun, escape, and memories. I’m beyond thankful that we are back in a place where we can drive there and make new memories as a family with Brooks. It’s really something special and gets me right in the feels.

This long holiday weekend also extended to about a week 😬 and we got to explore the Florida Caverns! More on that later, but for now…y’all know the deal. Here come those #lakelife feels, from my lens to your home. 💙

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Can’t wait to share the Florida Cavern pics! Have y’all ever been to a cavern before? I didn’t even know they existed in Florida #themoreyouknow! 💫

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay