Sponsor Spotlight: Meet Becca from Becoming Adorrable

Today I am really excited to introduce you to Becca from Becoming Adorrable. Not only has Becca become a real blogging friend, we are also basically neighbors. Her posts are truly genuine and down to earth, which is why I love her blog so much. Plus we have both battled anxiety, amongst other struggles, and have a huge place in our heart for rescue animals. It’s safe to say we have a lot in common and that I really admire Becca and her strength. Be sure to check out her post on why she rescues, why we shouldn’t hurry through life, and 30 extremely helpful blogging prompts for when you’re fighting writers block.

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What made you start blogging?
I started blogging shortly after Tim and I got engaged to keep a record of our engagement and wedding planning. It turned out that wedding planning was stressful, and eventually, blogging ended up becoming much more than about my wedding.

What quote or motto do you try to live by?
“It’s okay if everyone doesn’t like you.” I think it’s really hard for us (or at least me) to accept it when we find out that someone isn’t a fan of us, whether that’s in real life or in blogging. It’s important to remember that it’s okay if you don’t like someone and it’s okay if someone doesn’t like you. We don’t all agree and we don’t all have things in common.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
To worry about myself first. I tend to want to try to fix my close friends’ problems to the point that it stresses me out, even if I have way too much going on myself. I learned that if I’m not paying attention to my own problems first, I’m no help to anyone else.

If you could drop everything tomorrow and do anything, what would it be?
I would go back to the Sandals resort in the Bahamas where we spent our honeymoon. Doing nothing and having someone bring you drinks and chips and salsa all day every day was awesome.

What is your most embarrassing moment?
The entirety of middle school. My mom would not let me wear flared jeans (which were the ONLY jeans to wear at the time) and I was trying desperately to grow out my bangs. On top of that, I was too shy to speak up and people who I’d sat next to all year wrote in my yearbook “Hey quiet girl” and “Hey smart girl”. I mean, now I see “smart girl” as a compliment, but when you’re twelve years old, that’s really embarrassing!

Dekalb Farmers Market – Atlanta Adventures #6

It’s been a few weeks since I have done an Atlanta Adventures post so I thought it was about time I did a post on the Dekalb Farmers Market.

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Photo Courtesy of Your Dekalb Farmers Market

What’s so special about a farmers market you may ask. Well let me tell you this farmers market is unlike anything you have seen. Located just outside Downtown Decatur, this indoor market is about the size of a Costco, if not larger.

About 3/4 of the entire space is devoted solely to produce, and most of it is organic. They have the largest selection of organic produce of any other market I have ever been too. Even more importantly, it is also significantly cheaper than any other market I have ever been to. This is my go-to place for all my juicing ingredients, and honestly, I can walk out with 4 bags full of fresh, organic produce and spend half of what I would spend at Whole Foods. Plus, they have far more selection than conventional supermarkets. They have an incredible selection of produce from all over the world. I’ve wanted to take pictures of some of the bizarre fruits and vegetables I’ve seen there, but photography is not allowed inside, and while I’m ok with breaking some rules, they are dead serious about this one.

Not only does this market have tons of fantastic produce, they also have a wall of fresh spices, a lot of food from all over the world, a great floral section, a mouth-watering bakery, and a WALL of cheese. Yes, an entire WALL of cheese. Also, the meat is so fresh, I almost think they kill the animals in the back room.

There is a comparable farmers market up on Buford Highway, but I far prefer the Dekalb market over the Buford Highway one because it is cheaper and has a larger selection of produce, especially organic produce. The Buford Highway Farmers Market does have more food items from around the world, but I think that is the only thing it has to offer over the Dekalb market.

If you get a chance to make it to the Dekalb Farmers Market (I promise it is worth the drive), I have a few recommendations:

  1. Bring a jacket, it is freezing inside
  2. It is insanely crowded on the weekends and the aisle can get tight. Use one of the wheel hand carts instead of a shopping cart – much easier to maneuver through the crowd.
  3. You have to try one of the strawberry croissants. You can buy them packaged or at the bakery. I like to buy them packaged and warm them a in the oven. Delish!
  4. The chicken sausage is really good. I recommend the apple cinnamon variety.

 

Dresses & Pastries

This weekend I got to go bridesmaid dress shopping with all my girlfriends for my friend Allie’s wedding. I guess technically my dress is an officiant dress since I am marrying them and not actually a bridesmaid, but we are all wearing dresses. It was great to have an excuse to all get together because things have been so hectic for all of us lately. I don’t even remember the last time we had all been together before this weekend.

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We started out at Bridal by Lori (yes the place on Say Yes To The Dress). We had been before when my friend Lindsay was picking out her wedding dress, and I was just as unimpressed this time as I was last time. If you’re not willing to spend a fortune, you find the customer service severely lacking, at least when it comes to wedding dresses. The girl helping us with bridesmaid dresses this time was much nicer than those that had helped with the wedding dresses the last time we had been there, but frankly, their selection for anything under $350 was greatly lacking, not to mention, they didn’t have many options in the color the bride wanted for our dresses. We still had fun trying on dresses though. We ended up going to two more bridal salons, and at the 3rd one we hit the jackpot. We all found a dress we loved, and in the exact color the bride wanted.

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My Dress

It was so nice being able to go through the process with fun, laid-back bridesmaids, instead of the type of bridesmaids that might cause drama. II was actually a really fun process (and you know how miserable bridesmaid dress shopping can be) filled with laughter and trying on beautiful dresses. What girl wouldn’t love that? We got to go out to eat after and just catch up, which was sorely needed after all our time apart. It was a great day and I’m glad I got to be a part of it. I’m so thankful for my amazing friends.

On Sunday, David and I decided to go a Grand Pastry Tour of all the Korean Bakeries since we love Paris Baguette so much. Obviously stuffing my face with pastries made tons of sense after trying on many too-small dresses the day before. We had such great hopes for this tour and had a list of places to try ready to go after doing some Yelp research. We started at Paris Baguette and I am glad I got two pastries instead of just one.

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Paris Baguette: my selection up top, David’s below.

The next place on the list was Sweet Hut. It’s really well known and has great reviews on Yelp, so we had high expectations. We walked in and walked right out. They didn’t have anything that was remotely appealing to us.

Next was Milano Bakery, a place we had really been wanting to try for a while. Unfortunately it was closed. Just our luck.

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We had to reassess our list for the Grand Tour, and decided to try The White Windmill. Their inventory was greatly lacking, like they had just sold out of everything and hadn’t had a chance to cook new pastries. There wasn’t much to choose from. But what we did try wasn’t nearly as good as what we had gotten at Paris Baguette.

So the Grand Pastry Tour was not a great success (my waistline was glad), but we do plan on going back to Milano Bakery one day because it really does look delicious.

All in all, it was a great weekend.


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