24 Hours on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula: Beaches, Ancient Ruins, and Lots of Coffee

In June, I traveled with a group of five to Ireland and Scotland for two weeks. I’ve written all about my travels, including tips on what to do, where to stay, and how to get there, in a series of blog posts

24 hours on Dingle Peninsula what to see and do

Visiting Dingle Peninsula was at the top of our list for places to see in Ireland. National Geographic Travel deemed it “the most beautiful place on earth.” Often described as a less-touristy alternative to the Ring of Kerry, Dingle is known for its unspoiled coastline, friendly locals, and ancient sites. Continue reading

Prepping for a Hurricane

List of item for hurricane

This week we’ve been consumed with watching Hurricane Irma and the National Weather Service’s predictions of if the storm will hit Charleston. Irma has already left a path of destruction in the eastern Caribbean and the state of Florida is bracing for the worst.

Hurricane Irma has been difficult to predict, but as of this morning the storm continues to shift west and away from Charleston. Of course, the storm’s path could change again. There has been no official evacuation orders, although those may come tomorrow morning. As for now (Friday morning), we don’t know if we will be staying or leaving and we are preparing for both scenarios.

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Backyard Project: Turning our Shed into a Tiny House

We lived in our house for a little over a year when we began dreaming of the idea of renovating the shed in our backyard. The 200-square foot custom-built shed definitely had some wear but was solidly built. We had been using it for storage, cramming everything in there that would not fit in our house.

We lived in our house for a little over a year when we began dreaming of the idea of renovating the shed in our backyard. The 200-square foot custom-built shed definitely had some wear but was solidly built. We had been using it for storage, cramming everything in there that would not fit in our house.

Our friends have two successful short-term rentals that they used to pay their mortgage bills. Any money they had leftover went towards traveling to destinations like Spain, France, and Costa Rica. They inspired us to see our shed as more than just storage space, but rather a money-making opportunity. Continue reading

Our First Trip to Scotland: 48 Hours of Being Constantly Amazed in Edinburgh

In June, I traveled with a group of five to Ireland and Scotland for two weeks. I’ve written all about my travels, including tips on what to do, where to stay, and how to get there, in a series of blog posts. 

Our First Trip to Scotland: 48 Hours of Being Constantly Amazed in Edinburgh

We were pleasantly surprised by Scotland’s capital. We had two days to explore the city but definitely could’ve stayed longer. We flew into Edinburgh Airport from Cork, Ireland. Taxis were plentiful and easy to find, even for the five of us plus all of our luggage.

We rented a flat not far from Edinburgh Castle. We traveled by foot and walked on average for 7 miles a day around the “old town” section of the city. We kept saying to one another “I could totally see us living here!” Continue reading

Puffin Therapy in the Scottish Highlands

In June, I traveled with a group of five to Ireland and Scotland for two weeks. I’ve written all about my travels, including tips on what to do, where to stay, and how to get there, in a series of blog posts

Spending the Day with Puffins in Scotland

Puffins are delightful sea birds that live in the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Part of our trip to Scotland included a day-long tour off the western coast to the remote Treshnish Isles. We book the “Puffin Therapy” tour with Turus Mara. Our ferry departed from the seaside town of Oban at 9 a.m. After an hour long ride, we landed on the Isle of Mull. Then when we took a rough van ride across the rural island (all one-lane roads and lots of sheep) to the next part of our journey: a converted fishing boat. Another hour on the sea brought us to the Treshnish Isles: a group of small islands that are part of the Inner Hebrides. Along the way we spotted seals and dolphins. Continue reading

Moving to Charleston? Here’s what you need to know

Moving to Charleston? Here's what you need to know about the weather, traffic, cost of living, finding a job, and more.

Moving to Charleston is one of the best decisions my husband and I have ever made. We moved here from our home state of Kentucky over 5 years ago. Since then we’ve met lots of people, bought a house, changed jobs a couple of times, and started our own business.

Every day 34 people move to the Charleston metro area. With staggering numbers like these, Charleston is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. With that number in mind, I wanted to write an accurate picture of what living in Charleston is really like. People who are thinking about moving here already know a lot of the pros, especially if they’ve visited before: great beaches, friendly locals, renowned restaurants, beautiful landscapes, and more. Below I give practical advice about what daily life is like in Charleston, including cost of living, daily commute, the weather, and more. Continue reading

3 Perfect Days in Charleston

3 Perfect Days in Charleston

Day 1 Explore Downtown

Start your day with a walk along the Battery. Bonus points if you’re watching the sunrise on the Atlantic. Have a coffee and pastry for breakfast at Normandy Farms on Broad Street. Then walk over to see Rainbow Row on East Bay. Head to Waterfront Park for nice views of the harbor and the pineapple fountain (prime spot to take photos!). Continue your walk to Chalmers Street, the city’s longest cobblestone street. Rest and people watch at Washington Park. Go into St. Michael’s Church–Charleston’s oldest church building dating from 1761. Make sure to see the cemetery, where two signers of the Constitution are buried. Walk or drive to the Aquarium Wharf area. Eat lunch at East Bay Deli or Fleet Landing. Then take the afternoon ferry to Fort Sumter National Park–where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. After your harbor cruise, go for coffee at Kudu and browse Blue Bicycle Books. Make dinner reservations at Poogan’s Porch or Hominy Grill (order shrimp & grits!). Finish the evening with dessert and coffee at Kaminsky’s on Market Street. Continue reading

5 Favorite Budget-Friendly Lunch Spots in Charleston

5 Favorite Budget-Friendly Lunch Spots in Charleston

Dining out can be very expensive in Charleston. For lunch, visitors usually don’t want to spend a ton of money, yet they don’t want to go to a chain restaurant either.

Here are my top 5 favorite places to go for lunch in downtown Charleston:

Fast and French

Centrally located on Broad Street, this quaint cafe serves French classics at low prices. Dining is European, meaning the space is crowded and most likely you will be sitting at a bar top knocking elbows with a stranger. But the food is so delicious. I’ve ordered the ham croq’ monsieur on sourdough with melted cheese ($6) and an Earl Grey iced tea ($3). Vegetarian and vegan options are available.

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