Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I have teamed up with Kristyn at Chits & Giggles to bring you guys some date ideas for Valentine’s Day. These are all date ideas in and around Atlanta, but you can apply these ideas anywhere. Just because the title says Atlanta, it doesn’t mean these only apply to Atlanta!

Valentine's Day Date Ideas

Kristyn is up first:

1) Have dinner at Bacchanalia. I have yet to have dinner here (it’s expensive and romantic) but it is on our list of places to have an anniversary dinner. We will be heading to Cape Cod for our first anniversary, but we will be eating here soon. What makes this place special? It has a prix fixe menu for a set price.

2) Go to a show at The Fox Theatre. We have been to a few things at The Fox and it is just magical. I absolutely love The Fox. There are tons of shows that come to the Fox, including musical acts or comedians. We have seen George Lopez and are seeing Jerry Seinfeld there.

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3) Take a day trip up to the mountains. I know I have mentioned the mountains before, but you can go visit the mountains anytime you want if you live in Atlanta. It’s only about an hour away from the city. The mountains hold such a special place in my heart, and I absolutely love that I can see them anytime I want.

Valentine's Day Date Ideas

4) Go to Piedmont Park or Centennial Park and walk around. There is something so special about being in the center of the city and both of these parks are great places to go walk around or go for a picnic. Piedmont Park is huge, and you can go multiple times and always go somewhere different. I just love that about our city. Centennial Park also has the Skyview Ferris Wheel for great views of the city and downtown.

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Now, it’s Rebekah’s turn:

1| Go to the wineries in Dahlonega. David and I love them and go up as often as possible. The two wineries I would recommend are Monteluce and Wolf Mountain. They are about an hour and 15 minutes outside the city, but totally worth the drive. The views and grounds are beautiful, the wine is really very good, and the flights are very affordable ranging from $12-$20. It’s the perfect little romantic getaway. Plus all the wineries have great restaurants so you can have a romantic meal and sober up for your drive home!

Valentine's Day Date Ideas Valentine's Day Date Ideas 2. Hike Stone Mountain. It is the perfect way to get in some exercise together on Valentine’s Day. Plus, if you time it right, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset and views of the city when you get to the top. David and I once did it with a small bottle of champagne and some Godiva chocolates in a backpack to enjoy when we got to the top while watching the sunset. While we weren’t the only ones up there, it was still a wonderful and romantic date.

Valentine's Day Date Ideas 3| Go to Holeman & Finch for dinner. I’m a big fan of H&F, not only for their famous burgers (which are worthy of all the hype in my humble opinion), but also because of their fantastic cocktails. The bartenders are truly artists and their goal is to bring the art back into cocktails. I’m not making this up, I actually took one of their bartending classes and they take this stuff seriously. Their cocktails are unique and bold with interesting combinations of flavors that won’t leave you disappointed. Plus they serve the burger all the time now, so no need to wait in the craziness that was the 10pm burger.

Valentine's Day Date Ideas Valentine's Day Date Ideas 4| Go to Decatur for dinner and drinks. Decatur is my favorite place to spend a night out. The bars and restaurants are all great and conveniently all within walking distance of one another. Plus they are all small and quaint enough to give you the intimate feel while on your date unlike larger establishments in town. Like Holeman & Finch, most of the bars in Decatur take bartending seriously and make wonderful cocktails. Places I would recommend for drinks: Leons, Paper Plane, No. 246, Cakes & Ale. I also highly recommend No 246 for dinner, but really you can’t go wrong with any of the previously listed places.

Valentine's Day Date Ideas5| Have dessert at Cafe Intermezzo. With several locations around the city, famous desserts, and an intimate atmosphere, Cafe Intermezzo is the perfect date spot for Valentine’s day. Cozy up over some decadent coffee or dessert and simply enjoy one another’s company.

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Meet Kati from Kati Rose

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Today I’d like  to introduce you to Kati from Kati-Rose. Kati has many passions and interest, all of which come through on her blog. Be sure to check out her post on Minnesota’s oldest landmark – an abandoned asylum, what Almost Famous taught her about life, and her hilarious letter to Lana Del Rey.

I asked Kati some questions so you could get to know her a little better:

What made you start blogging?
After graduating I was left clueless about what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t want to give up my passions, but I knew making a career out of them would be difficult. So I turned to blogging on a whim. For a long time I just used it as an occasional tool, I didn’t really have an aim. I recently had an ah-ha moment where I realized I could really use it to share my passions with others and vice versa. For the people who love music, travel, fashion, photography, art, entertainment, and more.​ It was after that I started to hunker down, get focused, and roll out Kati Rose Constantly Seeking Wonder in the format it is now.

What quote or motto do you try to live by?
I’ll admit, I’m a big sucker for inspirational quotes. That being said, it changes depending on my current status in life. Recently I’ve really loved “The dream is free, the hustle is sold separately.”

What is your idea of relaxing?
My idea of relaxing often something connected to music. Whether it’s attending a concert, browsing a record store, jamming out to my favorite tunes, or practicing the guitar. I also have recently embarked on doing my own concert photography and going through and editing my pictures after a show is weirdly cathartic.

If you could drop everything tomorrow and do anything, what would it be?
I’d travel the world. Is that too predictable? My first stop would be England because I’ve always fancied that country way too much. I’d explore everything from London to the countryside for weeks if I could.

What is your most embarrassing moment?
It was really hard to come up with my most embarrassing moment. I’m someone who doesn’t get embarrassed easily, I just laugh it off. I find it easier that way. If I had to choose one I’d say when I accidentally set off my new car’s alarm going to my great uncle’s funeral in a small town I wasn’t from – oh and it took me around five minutes to figure out how to turn the damned thing off. There is no wrath like an embarrassed grandmother and that made me a little rosy cheeked. ​

Sophie Is On Vacation

After viewing the house with David and I this past weekend, my parents headed home on Monday and took Sophie with them. She’s due to be spayed and since I am basically living at work the next two weeks (which is making my preparation for David’s move in a bit difficult) they offered to take her and have the surgery done where they live. I was concerned about having the surgery done here and then having to leave her for hours at a time to go to work while she is recovering. I know it is a routine surgery, but she has to spend the night at the animal hospital, which made me worry even more, and I’d rather have someone home with her afterward in the event something goes wrong.

On Monday morning I packed her up and sent her off with my parents. I was so sad to see her go and my place is so quite without her. I miss her so much Meanwhile, Sophie is having a blast on her vacation. She had a fun car ride, gets to run around a big house and back yard, and gets to play with the neighbor’s little doggie next door every day.  Plus I have no doubt my mom is spoiling her rotten and turning her into a high maintenance dog. I’m pretty sure they are trying to steal her.

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Sophie is serious about car rides.

She even gets to have fun trying to thwart my dad’s attempts to protect the hardwood floors from her accidents. The furniture barrier he made didn’t deter her at all.

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Yesterday my mom went to get her groomed before the surgery. She doesn’t like the scruffy look on Sophie that I love so much, but I knew with the stitches and incision it would be better if she had shorter hair. Since she is basically bald now, I have to keep reminding my mom to be sure to put the sweater on her before taking her out.

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The haircut.

The surgery is today and I wish I was there. I know if I was there, there is nothing I could do, especially since she has to spend the night, but I hate the thought of being so far away if something were to go wrong. I cannot wait to go pick her up as soon as she is fully recovered and as soon as work slows down in a week or so.

I’m Getting A Roommate

David’s lease ends this month and he is moving in with me while we look for a house to buy. As you know, I’m a bit of a loner, so having someone living with me is a bit overwhelming. That doesn’t mean I’m not incredibly excited to have David move in and to take this step, because I truly am. I just need to be able to get away every now and then and have my own space. I once let an SO move into my 420 sq ft studio apartment in law school so hopefully this should be a cake walk since my condo actually has doors and more than one room.

I have spent the last few days frantically trying to make room for him and my place looks like it was hit by a natural disaster. I have a knack for expanding to fit my living space and have basically taken over every nook and cranny in my condo. It’s an art really. You should have seen the amount of crap I was able to fit into my tiny dorm freshman year of college. I have somehow managed to fill every single of my 4 closets to capacity, and not just with clothes. They are full of my suitcases, all my crafting supplies, holiday decorations, sewing machine, etc.

Luckily, I was able to send a ton of summer clothes and my suits from my days of being a litigator home with my parents, which freed up a ton of space. I also made a trip to IKEA and bought a second, huge dresser. I’m ashamed to admit it took me TWO damn days to build, and I’m pretty handy. Hopefully it should help me to empty out most of my closets and make more room for David.

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I haven’t even thought about how I’m going to organize the master bath and make room for David. He has just as much stuff as I do, so it will definitely be a challenge.

This move definitely going to be harder for David since most of his stuff is going to be in storage until we are able to find a house. I want to be sure he has his own space that feels like his, instead of feeling like he is living in my condo. Hopefully the whole arrangement will be only last a few months and we will get a house sooner than later so that he can be reunited with all his belongings.

Speaking of homes, if you could use a beautiful metal or wood print, be sure to enter the giveaway below that was organized by Cassie from Sage The Blog. Her husband makes AMAZING pieces!


Today I am teaming up with a bunch of lovely ladies including Cassie from Sage the Blog and her husband to bring two lucky people some GREAT prints. The first place winner will receive an 18×12 Matt Boness Photography metal landscape print of their choice (normally valued at $100) and the second place winner will receive a wood block + bundle of 12 pre-selected Matt Boness Photography landscape prints from Artifact Uprising (normally valued at $35).

I’m A Loner

I am a loner. Don’t get me wrong, I love the time I spend with my family and friends, but I also need time to myself to stay sane.

I have friends who cannot stand to be alone for one night if their roommate or significant other goes out of town. Meanwhile, the day I moved into an apartment by myself without roommates was a dream come true for me. The time to myself is my time to decompress and recharge. It’s relaxing. I don’t have to worry about anyone else. I can do whatever, whenever I want. The uncompromising freedom of it is something I revel in.

On the other hand, I do crave and enjoy time spent with my loved ones and friends. I don’t think it’s healthy to be alone all the time, nor would I ever want to be alone all the time. So much of the joy in life for me are the relationships I share with others. This means I am often trying to balance the time I spend with those I care about and the time I’d like to have to myself. The
balance becomes more of a juggling act when I am extremely stressed out and desperately in need of more time to myself. Additionally, David doesn’t need the time to himself that I do and I think he often takes it personally when I want time alone.

I know I can be selfish with my time, and that you need to make sacrifices when building a life with someone. So that’s my resolution this year. ‘I’d like to work to be less selfish for my time and to give more of it to my family and friends. I want to find a healthy balance.


 

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