The Local Dish – 10 Great Restaurants Around Atlanta

I love living in Atlanta! There’s always something to do and somewhere yummy to eat. Before kids, Josh and I loved trying out new restaurants all over town. Now, we tend to stick with places closer to home that are kid friendly. But when the rare date night pops up, you better believe we head out to one of our favorite places, or pick somewhere new to try!

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There are so many amazing restaurants around Atlanta, and it would be hard to pick a top 10. But here’s a list of a few of my favorites that you should try.

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5 Ways to Make a Disney World Trip More Romantic

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Back in 2007, Josh and I took an 8-day trip to Disney World for our honeymoon. It was such a fun and magical vacation! We rode tons of rides, ate amazing food, met lots of the characters, relaxed at the hotel pool, and drank our way around the World Showcase. 

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Look at those babies! We were 23 when we got married. Youngins!

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Sometimes people look at me like I’m crazy when they hear we went to Disney for our honeymoon. They usually ask why we’d choose Disney over an all-inclusive resort somewhere on the beach. But Disney can be such a romantic place! Yes, you’ll be much more active at Disney (there’s a ton of walking involved on a Disney trip) but there are also tons of ways to relax and unwind. And if you’re like my husband and I, Disney provides the entertainment aspect that we crave on vacations. I usually get bored of laying around at the beach after a day or two. Give me rides! Give me shows! Give me magic!

That all being said, I wanted to share 5 great ways to make a Disney World Trip more romantic.

5 Ways to Make a Disney World Trip More Romantic

1. Go to Tony’s and recreate the Lady and the Tramp spaghetti scene.

We did this on our honeymoon! And this was back before the days of Instagram, when people didn’t take a million silly pictures of themselves all day long. So I was really embarrassed to ask the waiter to take our picture. But I’m SO glad I did. It’s a wonderful memory.

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2. Book a fireworks cruise.

I mean, what can be more romantic that sailing around in a boat watching fireworks? I always get chills watching the Disney fireworks. That Disney magic runs through my veins. Ha!

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3. Splurge on one of the Deluxe hotels, even if it’s just for one night.

We still haven’t been able to stay at one of the Deluxe hotels, but it’s on my bucket list! We couldn’t afford it for our honeymoon, and when we take the kids, we’d rather stay at one of the more affordable hotels. But next time we’re able to go to Disney sans kids, we’re totally splurging!

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For our honeymoon, we stayed at the Coronado Springs resorts. It’s one of Disney’s moderate resorts and it was beautiful! We really loved relaxing by the pool.

4. Make sure to factor in some down time during your planning.

This was key for our honeymoon trip. We had lots of mornings or afternoons where we’d just relax at the hotel or lay by the pool.

5. Wear matching shirts and ears.

You’re at Disney – this isn’t the time to be embarrassed about matching your significant other. This is the time to go all out! Purchase matching ears, grab a honeymoon or anniversary button, and wear matching shirts. It adds an extra element of fun to an already fantastic trip!

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So if you’re looking to book a memorable trip with the one you love, look into going to Disney World. Because the most magical place on earth can also be the most romantic!

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Adorable Matching Disney World T-Shirts for Couples

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I’m a huge Disney World fan. Seriously. I think there’s pixie dust in my blood stream. After working in the theme park industry for years, it’s hard NOT to love Disney. It truly is a magical place! We even chose to honeymoon at Disney World. We spent 8 days and loved every minute of it!

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Side note, you’d be surprised how many people look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them we did Disney World for our honeymoon. Some people love laying on a beach all day, and some people love riding roller coasters, watching shows, meeting characters, and immersing themselves in Disney magic. To each their own!

I really wanted to go back this year for our 10 year anniversary, but we ended up just taking a quick weekend trip to Asheville.  (We LOVED The Grove Park Inn!) We do have a trip to Disney planned for February with the kids, but Disney is a ton of fun without kids too. Maybe next year we’ll try again for an anniversary trip. If we are able to make that happen, I’m definitely getting us a couple of cute matching shirts to wear. (Luckily my husband is a good sport and loves Disney almost as much as I do!)

Here are a few of my favorite matching Disney shirts. They’re perfect for an anniversary trip, a Disney honeymoon, or just a couple that still loves each other as much as Mickey and Minnie!

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5 Reasons to Stay at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville

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10 years! I still can’t believe we’ve been married that long.

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Josh and I went back and forth about what we wanted to do for our anniversary. Years ago we decided we’d go back to Italy to celebrate, but with two young children, that was out of the question. We also talked about going to Disney World. (We’re both big Disney nerds and we honeymooned at Disney.) But Disney is best when you have at least 4 or 5 days to explore, and again, with the kids being so little, we knew childcare wouldn’t work out for us to be gone that long.

So we narrowed it down to places we could visit that were driving distance from our house. Asheville came up in conversation, and we both agreed it would be beautiful this time of year. I remembered reading about The Grove Park Inn a while ago in a Southern Living magazine, so I checked out the website. It looked gorgeous and after I saw pictures of the spa, I was sold!

We booked a two night stay, but I wish we’d been able to stay longer. The hotel was absolutely beautiful. From the huge fireplaces in the great hall, to the breathtaking views of the mountains from the restaurants and from our room, to the spa that was basically my personal version of paradise, everywhere we turned in the historic resort was another area of opulence.

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I just love all the stonework of the hotel. So grand and stately. And that red roof looks amazing against the fall-colored terrain!

Planning a romantic getaway or an anniversary trip? Here are 5 reasons to stay at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

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Tips for Traveling with Your Baby

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There are some parents who completely avoid traveling with a baby. When our kids were tiny, we tried to stick to places close by and that we’d been to before. We’re just now starting to venture out with the kids and travel further to new places. Because traveling with a baby is hard! Especially traveling by plane. These days, it seems like most people aren’t sensitive to babies on planes and tend to judge the parents when they can’t calm their crying baby. And changing a diaper in that tiny bathroom on the plane is quite a feat! But with some preparation, you can still have a successful trip. Here are some tips for traveling with your baby.

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