Milk & Honey 

Hi beautiful!

Today I finally have the pleasure to share with you my wonderful experience at Milk and Honey Facial and Wax Parlor, owned by the amazing Lisa Shearer.


I am not one to get facials often so when I got the opportunity to collaborate with her, I was so excited!

Located right off of West End Avenue, this place is quiet, unique and so peaceful. Out from the serene waiting room came the most bubbly person I’ve ever met. Lisa did a phenomenal job and welcomed me in with such a happy spirit! I received a 30 minute M&H Custom Facial as she describes it as,

“Customized to address your skin’s needs. Each facial includes a deep cleanse, exfoliation, mask, aromatherapy, and massage.”

She swaddled me in a heated blanket which I was thrilled about because I’m always cold. We talked about my skin and she told me my skin had nearly no sun damage! What do I do? I wear good sunscreen, moisturize daily, don’t use tanning beds, and wear limited amounts of makeup. (My details for how I protect my skin will be up soon!)


From scrubs, massages, to learning about various pressure points on my face, I’ve decided to get these regularly. My skin still feels like its glowing days later. I was so relaxed and that’s how we should strive to feel a little every day.


Now, the best part wasn’t the massage itself, but getting to learn the story and heart of Lisa. God placed it on her heart to separate from her busy and overworked schedule and invest her passion and past struggles into her clients she calls family. We talked about our life journey and trusting that gut feeling of following your heart.

Through knowing some mutual people and sharing similar past and passions, we both want to make people feel beautiful. It was such a God thing getting to meet with her and I hope you all do to!


You have the opportunity to do so TODAY! You have a chance to win our facial giveaway! Check out my Instagram account for details on your chance to receive one free facial by Lisa!

Check out this post featured on As Told By Meredith blog by blogger Meredith Wellborn.

L I V E • B E A U T I F U L L Y

Pursuit


Pursuit is defined as to follow or chase something. This is a word I hear often but I’ve never quite thought about the underlying message. Whether you are watching the iconic Pursuit of Happiness movie or talking about a gentleman pursuing you, we are all chasing something or someone. Our hearts were created to be pulled towards something else.

In a lot of my alone time, I like to spend it looking at past pictures because I always end up smiling. In all my different stages of life, I love seeing how each year, my heart is pursuing or is being pursued by different people or things.

Last summer I was pursuing relationships with other people, but this summer I have been trying to pursue a relationship with myself. Sometimes the relationship with yourself is the one that you need to work on and it can be quite difficult but I know that if my heart wants something bad enough, I can achieve it and you can too.

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These past two months being home have been frustrating at times as I try to change my routined schedule from barre and walking on campus to figuring out what works best for my body in Nashville. Being active is a huge part of feeling my best; however I have pursued everything from barre, yoga, intense training at Orange Theory, hiking, elliptical sessions at Boost Fit Club, walking, or to do absolutely nothing. Sound like you also?

I have loved each and every one but sometimes I can’t afford barre, it rains so I can’t walk or hike, my knees hurt so bad after intense training, or I just don’t want to enter a gym…this happens to me every day. Conflict is a part of anything we try to pursue; however, amazing things can come from it.

When I tested out Orange Theory, which was so lively and fun, I got to meet a girl who works there that is from Bowling Green and went to WKU! Small world, right?! If you are looking for a workout that tracks your heart rate and calorie burn then definitely try this out! My body just can’t handle the impact right now, but it’s worth going if you haven’t.

As you can see, having a healthy lifestyle can have it’s bumps, but those bumps are paving my way to finding exactly what I want to pursue for myself.

As I was walking one afternoon, I saw the tiles above that read “Pursue Sweat.” I paused and captured a photo because I loved it. We are all pursuing something and it got me excited for life! Certain things might not work for me, but they could work wonders for you!

Never stop wondering or pursuing because you never know what’s in store. For example, I have recently started a job at White Dresses Boutique in Germantown here in Nashville and love it! This bridal boutique is a dream and they pursued me. They reached out to me and through this I have met my coworkers, where one was from Bowling Green and the other is a Nashville local as well…God is crazy when He brings people together.


If your knees hurt like mine, try something new that your body will love. If you are being pursued by someone, trust your gut and see what could come from it. Let pursuit take control sometimes and go for it! One day you will be having alone time, looking back at pictures, and smile.

xo Hannah

Dairy Free, No Bake, 5- Ingredient Granola Bars


Hi beautiful!

My mom and I were having a girls night over salmon caesar salads and wine and decided to make homemade, granola bars! We both are trying  a new workout class early in the morning before work, so we wanted a quick, healthy and affordable way to do that.

From the website, I Heart Naptime, I found this recipe and LOVE it. My mom and I made a few changes like buying the dairy and nut free chocolate chips (linked below), which I believe taste better than regular, and adding some flaxseed.

Follow these steps, share, and savor every bite!

Step 1: Ingredients 

  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips- I buy the dairy, nut and soy free dark chocolate chips made by Enjoy Life.
  • 1/4 cup organic honey made by Simple Truth 
  • 1 ts flax seed

Step 2: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together until smooth 

Step 3:

  • Get a pan 8×8 and fill with parchment paper
  • Flatten mix until smooth 
  • Place in freezer for 45 minutes to 1 hour


Step 4: 

  • Take out, cut in slices, place in refrigerator and ENJOY!

My Coffee Crawl

Rise and shine! For those who follow me regularly, you can see that I love to travel to different and new coffee shops. I call this my personal coffee crawl, where I go and often blog or meet up with people at places to photograph and share their story.

I love the comfortable atmosphere and with a coffee craze filling up Nashville, these shops are everywhere! Join me today as I share some of my new spots I have found that you should try out and a check out my blog featured on their accounts. Lets get started!

| BOX Bongo + Bakery

Location: 10th Avenue South 

This new addition to the Bongo family was awesome. It was a rainy afternoon and this is where I ended up- no better place. The light colors and airy atmosphere makes you just smile when you walk through the doors.

I sipped on my usual almond milk latte and also got a homemade, multigrain,  muffin made of beets and chocolate chips! This tasty treat was heated and brought out to me. So yummy! It is also their speciality and I had no idea of that when I ordered it.

“Featured in Southern Living magazine, our Pink Radio cake has proven a perennial Nashville favorite for birthdays and weddings, and many of our regular guests have adopted the Vegan Beet-It muffin as their breakfast staple.”

Now i’m going to get “Kerrageous” for a moment because I couldn’t finish or not even eat half of the muffin and for all of the wrong reasons. The reason isn’t because it wasn’t good, because it was freaking amazing. I mean they used beets! What?!

My mind suddenly shut off and tears weld up in my eyes staring at a carb filled treat, mid day, with chocolate. My mindset has been in a really good place lately, but sometimes the mind can instantly take over all the emotions in your body. I had to pause and realize that a few days ago, I didn’t remember what I had for lunch, so in a few days, I probably wouldn’t have remembered my midday snack.

Nick joined me on this rainy day and ordered a chocolate chip, pumpkin muffin and the smells filled the room in the best way possible. I couldn’t enjoy a muffin with him because I was afraid of the food that I believed defined how I looked for the day.

I’m being completely honest with you because I don’t want to feel the way I felt or have another girl feel that way. We all have tendencies to hide certain qualities about ourselves that might overpower the other. Your weakness can be your greatest strength. That muffin was a small portion of the day and there are nutrients in that muffin to fuel my mind. I was hungry and ordered a snack for a reason so why keep my body from feeling its best?

I plan on returning to BOX and can’t wait to order from their menu where their avocado toast looks to die for! Check out their menu and follow @boxnashville for my blog feature!

| The Jam Coffeehouse | 

Location: Wedgwood Avenue 

Changing gears to a new location, located right by Belmont University is the unique Jam Coffeehouse! This place is secretly tucked away where if you passed it, it might be hard to see; nevertheless, you must go inside!

The atmosphere brought me back in time to a different era and it was such a great change of scenery. The music was on point with Head and The Heart playing. I ordered my latte and had the pleasure of some company from one of my sweet friends from high school.

Maddy Newton reached out to me and introduced me to this new coffeehouse. She is a musician here in Nashville. You must go check her out on Spotify. Her album is awesome!

Seeing her was such a breath of fresh air and it was great catching up. We talked about everything from life, food, boys, to aspirations in our life. She ordered this coffeehouse’s signature “Good Morning Tacos” along with their “Coco Truffle” coffee. I can’t wait to go back and try these two popular menu items!

You can check out my featured photography for this shop on the Jam’s Instagram account, @thejamcoffeehouse, and on the account @nashbrews. Capture and share today! Itching to try a new place or message someone you haven’t seen in years? Go for it! Invite them or heck go relax by yourself in the corner of what could be your favorite new place.

| The Perch |

Next on my list today is the Perch! There are several locations. I always went to the original one in Brentwood when I was in high school, but this week I went to the Greenhills location. This place has it’s own distinctive design and there is nothing else like it. The crepes and coffee are to die for and cure any craving.

I usually order the banana and peanut butter crepe, but this time around I decided to order their ham, egg and cheese crepe. I was craving eggs, my body needed some protein, so it hit the spot.

They are huge so I can never finish them and there is a lot of ham and cheese, which I only eat very little of, so I picked a little. I always say- the messiest foods are the best foods!

I bought a regular coffee, but decided to trade mine in for an almond milk latte with one pump of vanilla! That one pump was just what I needed. The coffee was so good and didn’t hurt my stomach at all. It’s crazy how taste buds can change as you get older. I used to eat so much cheese and sweet drinks. Now, I can barely do either!

I learned that as you grow older, your body stops producing the same amount of lactase (enzyme that breaks down lactose) that you had when you were a baby. When I treated my body very harsh and became malnourished in certain areas, I think I got rid of that enzyme all together! Ha probably not, but order the cheese if you can, get those chewable enzymes, and you will be good to go!

Nick ordered a strawberry and nutella crepe, one of their specialties. I love ordering food I can’t make at home and crepes are one of them so definitely go and try the coffee and crepes! They are fast and filling so the perfect combo.

| Barista Parlor | 

“Barista Parlor was established in 2011. We seek the betterment of coffee for all mankind, sourcing with an emphasis on clarity, roasting with an emphasis on sweetness, and brewing with a focus on framing both of these qualities in a beautiful cup, in a physical space where commerce and art intersect. We work with local Nashville artists, farms, businesses, and bakeries.” – { Read more on site linked above }

Last on my list is the upcoming Barista Parlor. With three different locations in the Gulch, Germantown and the original on Gallatin Ave, this parlor lives up to it’s word. I went to the one in the Gulch called Golden Sound and there is one right by my new job coming up in Germantown!

All of their music was playing on record players in contrast to the rain falling on the tall windows. Right in the middle of the shop is an open bar where you can watch them brew their fresh coffee.

In the midst of watching,  I got to catch up my friend and frequent photographer of mine for the first time this summer. If you haven’t already, go and check out his photography at Baker Exposures.

On this afternoon, I traded my warm coffee for a cold brew and they brought out my almond milk in a little shot glass. This place was wide open so if you need a place to work, this is the area to do it. A lot of people in there weren’t just socializing, but had their headphones on working away.

This building was surrounded by beautiful wall murals that will catch your eye. I was itching to start photographing everyone I saw but with the rain, I will just have to go back so get ready to go and check out my upcoming post on some wall murals that everyone in Nashville needs to explore…

Thank you for catching up with me today! My passions might be different from yours or they might be the same. No matter where you passions are, they will touch someone one day and make a difference. My passion for talking to people, exploring my city and photographing cozy places might change, but for right now I am going to live it to the fullest every day. You can too.

xo Hannah

 

 

 

 

Charming Small Towns

Thanks for reading with me today! I’ve hopped from Nashville night outs, to waking up early to drive two hours to my grandparents’ house, and ending a road trip dining in my sister’s college town. From glasses of wine on rooftops to cups of tea in new coffee shops, I can’t wait to share some of my cherished small town moments.

On Friday night, my weekend started having dinner with my sister at Jonathan’s Bar and Grill. It’s one of our favorites in Nashville because it’s casual with amazing food! Make note that on Tuesdays and Fridays they have 2 for 1 wine and beer.  I always get my salmon caesar salad and she got a southwestern salad with grilled chicken.

We both loved it and sat on the porch after a late afternoon by the pool. Eating out can be expensive, but sometimes you have to treat yourself and have a night to remember, and that we did.

My night ended with a surprise treat to the Thompson Hotel rooftop bar with Nick and some of our friends. I have been once before during Christmas, but now that it’s warm, I loved being up there even more!

I ordered my white wine because I try not to mix drinks. I’ve had my stomach pain ruin fun nights so if I am ever treating myself I always bring my digestive enzymes that you see below and I am not afraid to stop and order water even if people around me don’t.

 

I picked up these awesome chewable enzymes at Whole Body. They are on sale right now (34% off) on Thrive.com! They were a good price and I got the last one. A trick of mine is that if I can’t decide what to get, I look to see what has been purchased the most. If a lot of people have tried it then it must do the trick and I love them!

 

Saturday began with me waking up early and taking a road trip with my sister to my grandparent’s house in Crossville, Tennessee. There is nothing like the serenity of being in your grandparent’s house. We talked, napped, and ate all day until it was time for their second round of naps. We opened old scrapbooks and ate homemade apple pie with coffee.

There is something about small towns where every self perception disappears. People often appreciate the little things more. I stepped away from Nashville and didn’t leave the couch the entire day. I ate multiple bites of that apple pie because not only did it taste good, but my grandma laid it all out with so much joy because when was the last time I took time to drive down and sit with her and my grandpa.

He has lung cancer, but had a lively day. He got all dressed up for us and cracked jokes like it was nobody’s business. Those are the little things that matter. They never cared how much I ate or that I didn’t exercise that day. That didn’t cross their mind, although it crossed mine. If I could have days like that more often, I would.

Our day ended with stopping by a new local coffee shop called Grinder House. I was shocked to find this cozy new shop in this old town that has only a few stores. I ordered a hot tea and took a moment to sit and look at all their antique murals and decorative lounging. It began raining so that made the moment even more relaxing.

We hopped from one small town to the next. We decided to stop in Rachel’s college town, Cookeville, Tennessee. She attended Tennessee Tech University and it reminds me a lot of Bowling Green. Rachel and I loved that we found two college towns outside the huge and growing Nashville. We have learned to appreciate the small, tight nit communities we were both blessed to experience.

We stopped at her favorite restaurant, Crawdaddy’s West Side Grill. I ordered a grilled chicken salad with their homemade parmesan dressing. SO GOOD! We also got a shrimp dip with sweet potato chips for an appetizer. I could have eaten the entire bowl…The waitress was such a happy spirit because she paused and asked for our names before serving us. Those little things are often not seen in big cities. Another smile to appreciate that day.

As you can see, we ate a lot and sat a lot but between those road trips, beautiful countryside views, and conversations, I would do it again in a heartbeat. I felt so rested and my body felt full. That’s exactly the way it should be. My grandparents loved seeing me healthy. People saw what I was doing when I would bring my own snacks to my grandparent’s house. That’s unheard of right? I’ve learned a lot and although every day is a journey I make sure to appreciate the little small town moments that I might not get back.

I often catch myself not finishing my food in front of me because seeing an empty plate makes me nervous for some reason like I ate too much. I had this look several times this weekend, but my sister always can see through my eyes when I stare at my food and get scared to eat it. She always encourages me to eat a full meal with her, reflect on our memories for the day and rest my body to do it again the next day.

Find those people to help, look around you more and not just at the plate in front of you. Make small moments that count.

Origins: Journey from Plant to Formula

Hi beautiful!

Feeling our best doesn’t always come with what we eat or how active we are. We are girls, aren’t we? We love makeup, fashion and products and everything in between. When it comes to food, I do a pretty good job at staying consistent; however, when it comes to face products and makeup, I just buy what’s convenient or cheap. What can I say, I am a college student who doesn’t splurge on everything.

Today, I am sharing with you some products i’ve received from Origins, a skincare line that I have started to use over and over. I absolutely love it! I have blogged about other facial products I have liked, but as I try to get my routine together, this has been my recent go-to!

I encourage you to go and read their story or watch their video.You can check my favorite products so far and items I have received on my Instagram story, so hurry and watch and join in on their 4th of July online sale!

We are all figuring out how to feel our best so let’s get started!

 

 

TJ’s Banana Pancakes

Hi gorgeous! I am a definite Trader Joe’s enthusiast and LOVE their products because they are yummy, healthy and convenient.

Take a look at these dairy and gluten free pancakes. All I had to do was heat them up…yes you heard me. Sometimes, we don’t have time to cook or don’t have the proper gluten or dairy free ingredients, so these are my new go-to!

I sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzled honey with maple syrup and no butter. If you want butter, go for it! Linked here is their page with other items they offer. Time for you to pick up your own batch! Fuel your body and enjoy those early morning banana pancakes.

Xo. Hannah

New Logo!

Good morning! Today I am excited to launch my new logo! I am so thankful and blessed to have such a talented and dear friend, Vanessa Price, help create my new logo, which I am incredibly in love with. Check out her website to see her full portfolio.

My first logo was created right when I opened my blog a little over one year ago. The vines and flowers represented the phase of life I was in, but now I feel as though I’m entering a new stage. I have a vision that I want to share because my motto is to love, create, inspire, share.

The coffee rings that are stained show an imprint similar to one I want to portray. I love to share about coffee shops, cafes and conversations i’ve had with those who want to share like me. We all leave a mark one way or the other so as I try to continue my blogging journey, I hope that when you see a coffee ring left on a table, you can smile at the thought that you’ve left a mark. You matter and are remarkably beautiful inside and out.

Splash some creativity in your life today and leave your mark.

xo Hannah Kerr

Travel Tips: Don’t Moderate Moments

Hi beautiful! As this week comes to a close and I visit one of my favorite coffee shops, Dose, I am excited to finally sit down and gather all the photos, memories, tips, and more to share with you! Today I wanted to tell you some of the things that I strive to do when I travel. I was back in South Carolina for over a week and needed to start a routine that my body and mind would both enjoy.

First and foremost, car rides can be magnificent. Recently, I have started to try to listen to podcasts, read more, listen to music, or just look out the window instead of my phone screen. Not going to lie, it can be a struggle. Car rides are some of my favorite moments when it comes to traveling. Nick and I had to drive over seven hours, but no worries I packed snacks and was ready to go.

I remember when my mind set was so one sided. I used to tell myself I would not eat that much on long car rides because I wouldn’t burn it off. I would juice, have coffee, some fruit, and maybe some crackers…I still freak out sometimes and had a good cry on the way back to Nashville because eating and not moving can be one of my hardest mind battles.

This time around I have learned to eat so I can be fueled to talk to the person next to me, stay vigilant to my new, beautiful surroundings and be energetic enough to run around when the car ride is over.

We need food to think, converse with others and to enjoy. On my way down to South Carolina, I had a bagel with peanut butter and banana, I would snack then we stopped to have a large salad with fresh fish and ended with a home cooked meal! I slept like a baby that night. When I woke up the next morning, I didn’t regret eating on that long car ride, nope, instead I woke up and made a large breakfast with an english muffin, avocado and eggs!

My legs were ready to move so when I realized how little I had moved the day before, my mind went turning in the wrong direction. I looked up workout routines on Pinterest and told myself I would complete them everyday plus some. Don’t do this. I did a workout, went on another walk and biked all in the same day. I was too worn out to enjoy my morning walk the next day, so I found a local Pure Barre studio that gave me a first week class free for being new to the city!

Always check Groupon or their local website for any special deals you can get when traveling. The rest of the trip I alternated between barre and hiking new places because since I can do barre at home, I wanted to spend some of my time in new places.

I found the most beautiful place to hike along the Congaree River in Columbia. I loved it so much I went back twice with Nick and even tubed down! That was an experience I will never forget.

There were a lot of unforgettable moments and a lot of them consisted of cooking meals, going new places to eat and not putting my workout routine before those memories.

On our way home, we packed some cookies that you can’t get in Nashville from Insomnia. You can order these from anywhere online and have them delivered in all hours of the night. Nashville needs this. I won’t lie to you, I didn’t eat the entire cookie and I can’t give you a really good reason why. A specific moment I won’t forget is Nick looking at me and saying, “I look forward to the day when we can eat an entire cookie together…”

Moments trump moderation any day. I’m not advocating eating jumbo cookies with every meal because if you want a healthy lifestyle, that’s not the answer, but if you are going to eat something, try not to be timid with it. I’m working on being confident in saying. “I want that entire dessert.”

On the outside, I am healthy, but on the inside, my mind might not be all the time . If that is you as you prepare for your day or an upcoming trip, don’t worry. Make moments, not moderate them. This could be the trip or day of a lifetime so don’t let food determine the outcome. We got this!

Ashley Gilbert: What Makes Your Heart Beat?

“Ever had one of those moments, sitting in a coffee shop, just you and the Holy Spirit , and all of a sudden you have 3 people starring at the mascara running down your face because out of nowhere Jesus hits you with a “wow God is really cool” moment?” … “I believe in you, girl and I am SO proud of the woman you are becoming in Jesus’ perfect name <3 You’re loved.”

xoxo

-Ash

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