Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween costumes. This Year. That Year.

Our family loves being creative and making people laugh. What better holiday then Halloween to be over the top and fun!? Our son's first Halloween was a hit and everyone had a good laugh. Last year, hurricane Sandy completely drowned all Holiday spirit and our son didn't get to celebrate or wear his costumes. Luckily he was only 1 and we knew that this year would be way more exciting and fun for him. Enjoy some of our Halloween memories and feel free to get some ideas from us! Happy Happy Costume fun!!

Yes-- our son had two costumes this year ;-)

We couldn't leave out Brooklyn of course ..  =-)

 Such a wonderful successful Halloween!! Thank Goodness!!!!!! Enjoy your candy everyone! Eat up!

Costumes / 1 Lobster Cooking , 2 Deviled Egg, 3 Kenny Powers from Season Three- Myrtle Beach Mermen, 4 Mermaid, 5 Hulk Hogan, 6 Hooters Dog.
*Deviled Egg, Mermaid, and Hulk Hogan were all handmade =-) 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Walking Dead DIY Adventure in Georgia with Map, Tips, and Pics!

What could be better on a warm, beautiful fall day then crossing things off of your FALL BUCKET-LIST and getting into the Halloween spirit with family and friends? As much as we miss NYC, we have come to realize that Atlanta is HUGE on filming great movies and TV shows. One of our favorite shows as a couple is The Walking Dead on AMC.  We thought a great way to explore our new state was to hop in our Wrangler and go exploring to find as many film locations as we could. We had some help from an app on my husband's Android phone called GA Dead Tours (sadly, this app is not available on the iPhone) and some research online.  After spending the day exploring some great little towns and even getting chased out of some for being on private property, we decided to create a google map with some tips so that other fans can go out with their families for some Halloween fun. 
Check out my Walking Dead Adventure Map ! Click on the link and Enjoy! 
You may be wondering how parents could pick such a gruesome and scary show for their toddler to be involved in? While we haven't ever let him watch the show, we still thought he would enjoy the scenic drives through Georgia's countryside and the historic charm of the small towns where filming took place. 

Our First stop was Episode 1 from Season 1 when Rick enters into Atlanta. The Atlanta skyline was stunning and just getting a picture of it is worth the drive alone.

Season 1- Episode 1

Next we left Atlanta and skipped to Season 3 and went on an adventure to find the fictitious town of Woodbury ran by The Governor.

Woodbury is actually the downtown area of Senoia, Georgia. Once you arrive, it's like stepping into the show and you completely forget where you really are. 

Senoia is very enthusiastic about the show being filmed in their town. Be careful, you may run into a Zombie or two!   ;) 

(No children were eaten in the making of this adventure)

After walking around downtown Senoia, visting The Woodbury Shoppe (which is full of Walking Dead merchandise and ocassionally hosts cast appearances), and grabbing a sandwich and coffee at
 Senoia Coffee and Cafe, we took off for our next destination.

The Prison- This is actually the location of Raleigh Studios and the Prison is on a closed set that you cannot access. The closest you will get is outside the fence. There were several scenes filmed near the fence .. so it's still a cool spot to visit.

Up the road is the Southern Country Steak House that is called Big Jake's in Season 3 / Episode 15.  Stop in for a nice cold beer and hot wings to fuel up for the rest of your drive. 

From there we travelled down the road to Haralson, GA where you'll find quite a bit of action on Line Creek Road. You may run into some trouble if you show up after 4 PM when locals start doing paid tours. We didn't see the sign for the tours until after we were ran off by an angry tour guide claiming to own the private property. We were lucky to get to hang out and take some awesome shots of the attractions before anyone showed up. ;)

Ricks meets the Govenor- Season 3/ Episode 13

Case General Store

The Feed Mill

We got back on the road for the half-hour drive to Grantville, GA where we saw filming locations from Season 3 /Episode 12.

The King County Cafe

Morgan's Hideout

Weapon Run - King County Medical Office

This little town is super cute, so stay for a while and visit their Zombie stores for the show, if you didn't eat before there are a few nice restaurants and food spots here too.

Our last Stop is Newnan, GA where they filmed several episodes from Season 3 in the Woodbury Arena, where the Governor held Zombie fights to entertain the residents of Woodbury.

Tonight is the Season 4 premiere on AMC and we're very excited after taking our tour.  I hope you get a chance to come down to Georgia and check out these spots as well.  If there's anything we missed, please let us know and maybe we'll go back out for Round 2!

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Vintage NYC Love Story ~

My post today is inspired by my incredible homesick heart for New York City.  I have had many homes... Virginia, Tennessee, California, New York, and Georgia, but NY is where I truly found myself.  The struggle that you face every day to pay your rent, to make friends, to figure out that insane Subway system, to keep your job, and to find love is why most people run away as fast as they can from NYC; it's the same reason that I stayed there for 6 years.  I basically spent my 20's cursing, loving, and trying to find a way out of NY, only to run right back as soon as I left.  NYC and I didn't have the healthiest of relationships, but ultimately I become a strong, honest, ambitious person who is in love with life.  NY whipped me into shaped and stripped away all of my masks, making me completely open and vulnerable to the world around me.  I became a person that said no to people and things that I didn't like, a person that admitted to  mistakes that I wasn't proud of, a person who said YES to new experiences, a person who doesn't take crap from anyone anymore, a person that allows people to love me... and I am at peace with the ones who don't love me as well. ;-) 

NYC you are the tough love that I needed and I thank you for everything you taught me.  I miss you... I miss your taxis, your yummy pizza, your crazy residents filling the streets and entertaining us every second of the day.  I miss the strong connection that everyone has with each other... we may be yelling and flipping each other off in the streets, but when you need help or just a nice cold beer after a rough day, we are more then happy to offer our compassion because we understand.  We get it.  That's the beauty of NYC. My husband is born and raised in NY and I couldn't be happier to have a soul mate that just like NYC... completely gets me.  We met in Brooklyn and when we decided to get married, we wanted to bring that old New York charm to our engagement pics and our Save the Dates.  I went on a hunt to find the perfect vintage taxi.  The owner only allowed it to be used in movies, but I sweet talked him into letting us borrow it for an hour.  If there is a will... there is a way!  Once again...Little New York Photography is responsible for the greatness of how our pics turned out.  I hope you love them too!  I hope they inspire you to get out there and do something wild and different for your engagement pics.  There are too many of the same pics floating around out there.  Do something that is YOU!!

After we had lots and lots of great shots, we decided to use this picture as our Save The Date and we turned it into a Postcard. I couldn't have been happier with the final product. 


Photographer: Little New York Photography
Taxi: FilmCars NYC
Dress: ASOS
Hat: Jessica Simpson
Men's Jacket- Thrift store in Brooklyn NY
Styling: Strut Your Stroller