I literally cannot believe that it’s been 2 years! I can close my eyes and go back to our wedding day and think of the music, the laughter, the feeling, the smell, everything about that day was perfect to us. I have such mixed emotions writing this blog post because on one hand I’m like “Dang, look how far we’ve come and how much closer we are now! 2 years is looking good on us!” but then the other part of me feels like “Can we please rewind and be in a plane on our way to Costa Rica again??”Read More
The title of this post says it all. We put our house on airbnb and it's been a crazy ride ever since. The original plan was to do this so Chandler (my husband) could stop working a nine to five job, get his home builders license (which he did!!), and start up his home building company by building our next home! It's funny how our plan and God's plan can be along the same lines but have very different outcomes and a few bumps along the way that we often don't plan for. So long story short, we had a few finance goals by putting our home on airbnb and we have exceeded those for now (huge blessing) so we are wrapping up renting out our home and slowly transitioning back into it. We have missed it so much and will be back and forth in-between renters until they are done this fall. Fall is our favorite time of year together and we can't wait to get back home and decorate, make yummy fall food, and hangout with the windows open in the afternoons.Read More
A few weeks ago my husband Chandler and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary exploring South Carolina. Neither of us had been to SC before and after doing a ton of research and reading nothing but amazing things we decided to go there for our week-long adventure. Our plan was to visit Greenville for a few nights and then head down to Charleston for the last half of the trip.
We were really feeling adventurous while planning this trip and decided to book a tiny home out in the woods to stay in for our first few nights in Greenville. We have always been so intrigued by tiny house life so we figured now would be the perfect time to see what it's like! Not to mention booking a tiny home is extremely affordable! I'll have the one we stayed in linked below. The actual house was 20 minutes north of the city in a small town called Travelers Rest. It was right in between the city of Greenville and all the hiking we wanted to do so it ended up being perfect! The tiny home was so dreamy and romantic and looked like it was straight out of a novel. There was a rope stairway that led down into the woods to the front door which was so cool. Once you're down at the front door you're surrounded by nothing but woods. If you are needing a place to unwind, unplug and connect with someone you love, this is definitely the place for you. Our stay in Travelers Rest/Greenville was the perfect combination of adventurous mountain life mixed with fun and relaxing city life.
Hiking was probably one of our favorite parts of the whole trip. We hiked Ceaser's Head and Raven Falls all in one day. Other than the view at Ceaser's Head lookout point I would definitely say Raven Falls was our favorite! If you are feeling super adventurous, go the extra 4 hours to the waterfall on this hike! We definitely would've done so if we had known about it beforehand. You can still get a great hike in and see the waterfall from a lookout without going an extra 4 hours on top of the hour or so that it already takes. After our day of hiking, we drove an hour up to Asheville to visit some breweries that Chandler had been wanting to see. We ended up liking Greenman Brewery a lot and met some amazing locals there. After our full day of hiking, we decided to relax in the city the day after and really take in more of Greenville. We actually ended up loving this city so much that we extended our Greenville stay and booked a hotel right in the heart of the city for one more night and shortened our Charleston stay! It's that good. You have to go check it out if you've never been! Listed below will be some of our favorite spots and restaurants. :)
After spending as much time as we possibly could in Greenville, we packed up and headed to Charleston. That little town is an absolute gem. We left Greenville thinking that it would be really hard to top it but the charm and history of Charleston are what really got us. We told ourselves that the last part of the trip was where most of our budget would go. We would get all of our hiking and adventuring out and then come to Charleston to relax and unwind and that is exactly what we did. We booked two nights at The Restoration Hotel and it was magical. This little boutique hotel is in an incredible location, has such a beautiful aesthetic, and an amazing spa. I knew when I walked in and saw that they were using doTERRA products throughout the hotel we had found a winner! Ha. But seriously, if you are looking for the perfect relaxing getaway for a few nights, this place was amazing and walking distance from almost anything you would want to do or see in Charleston. Other than our incredible trip to The Amethyst Spa at the hotel, one of my favorite memories of Charleston was walking down the streets of the city with Chandler, hand in hand late at night after everything had closed. We walked from our hotel all the way down to the water at The Battery. It was a lot of fun!
I won't go on too much longer because we actually recorded a ton of our trip and compiled all of our favorite moments into a video! I hope you enjoy!
Keep scrolling to find our favorite restaurants, stores, and things to do!
Where we stayed and our favorite spots:
The tiny home Airbnb that we stayed at: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/15233421?s=51
Hiking: Ceaser's Head & Raven Falls. Both very close to each other and perfect intermediate hikes.
Delicious breakfast place on our way to hike: Cedar Mountain Cafe in NC. They were very accommodating to our plant-based diet which was a pleasant surprise!
Brewery & vegan dinner spot in Asheville: Greenman Brewery was great and had a quieter/classier vibe than most breweries. The staff was very friendly and recommended Rosetta's kitchen to us for dinner. We got the vegan pad thai and it was amazing! I'm still trying to re-create it.
Coffee Underground in Greenville
Methodical Coffee in Greenville - Some of the best coffee we've ever had!
Biscuit Head in Greenville - The vegan biscuits and gravy were SO good.
Tupelo Honey in Greenville - We had a great brunch here.
The Lazy Goat - Not very many plant-based options but it was a really pretty romantic setting with an awesome view.
Poppington's Gourmet Popcorn in Greenville has really yummy popcorn. We went back here twice.
If you love to see shows, ballets, etc. The Peace Center is right in the city of Greenville and had a show going on the entire weekend that we were there. They sell out fast so make sure to book tickets ahead of time. :)
And last but not least, if you end up LOVING Greenville as much as we did, you can get really unique and non-touristy Greenville shirts, sweatshirts, hats, etc. as Billiam Jeans.
In Charleston, SC we stayed at The Restoration Hotel: http://www.therestorationhotel.com
The restaurant at the hotel called "The Watch" was incredible for dinner. Highly recommend!
Charleston in and of itself is unique and beautiful and definitely worth taking a trip to see. We loved just walking along the streets and checking out the local restaurants and shops. :)
These were just a few of our favorites but there were honestly so many other spots that we didn't have time to try out during our visit. We will definitely go back one day with more time to spend exploring and enjoying this beautiful state.
Any recommendations for where we should go next? Leave them in the comments below!
Thank you so much for reading,
Life has been so exciting lately. My husband Chandler and I are nearing our 1 year anniversary (6 more days, woo hoo!!) and couldn't be more excited to celebrate that together. We leave at the end of the week for South Carolina. We're going to be staying in an adorable little Airbnb in Greenville for a couple nights and then heading down to Charleston for the last half of the trip. So much has been happening in our lives lately and it will be nice to getaway and just be together and breathe. One year has gone by so fast and we are realizing how important it is to really take full advantage of any quality time we can get. I'm so looking forward to unplugging and adventuring with my sweet husband for a week to celebrate our first year of marriage! Your first year is quite a big deal and I guess that's why I've really felt the need to write an update lately! Marriage is so incredible. It's something so intricately and perfectly designed by our creator. The first few months are definitely an adjustment period but I truly feel like the Lord has had his hand on us and has continued to have his hand on us and is daily molding us. We definitely fail each other, but it's the constant fight to get better for each other and glorify God with our relationship that has kept our love stronger than ever.
As we are nearing our one year mark I've just been looking back through the months and admiring the work that the Lord has done. We have made some big changes and decisions including me going back to school, Chandler starting a new job, and making some very exciting plans for our future. We both have entrepreneurial spirits and have big dreams and goals ahead of us that we have been spending a lot of time in prayer about. As you may or may not know, I have owned an online jewelry shop for over 6 years now and have more recently added on a design side to my business creating stationery and designing wedding florals. While I love my job and I need these things in my life to feed my creative side, I really felt like something was missing. A few months ago I prayed the prayer "Lord, is this it?" and what I meant by that is, is this what I'll be doing for the rest of my life, Is this what I was created to do, etc. And in that moment I felt his presence and heard a faint "this isn't it." I was honestly really surprised as the response and began to question further, ok then what is it? And there was no answer. Later on the exact same day without him knowing anything about how I was feeling or the prayer I had prayed yet, my husband asked while we were getting ready for bed, "What if you became a naturopathic doctor or a chiropractor?" It was so random but so perfectly timed. I immediately started crying and felt my soul sigh in relief, if that's even possible. Ha
It felt like the Lord used my husbands question to say, "Yes. That's it."
Now I know reading that may seem like this was super out of the blue but health and fitness have always been a HUGE part of my life and a strong passion of mine but more specifically the natural side of health care and medicine. It's always been a dream of mine to own a spa and now looking back at that dream, it lines up perfectly with where God is calling me. This is honestly something I've been passionate about for so long. Ever since I was old enough to do research I was looking up natural remedies and different methods of healing, the different teas to drink for whatever's going on in your body, why our bodies shouldn't be pumped full of antibiotics and other drugs, what the best foods are to eat for certain things, etc. I was amazed. The fact that the Lord was pointing me in this direction made such perfect sense. I couldn't believe the accuracy but I shouldn't have been surprised. He knows me better than anyone else and has planted dreams an passions in my heart all throughout my life to lead me to the next thing, the next piece in the puzzle.
Another thing I should probably mention is that I have always hated school. Always. I was in college for 2 years pursuing a degree in graphic design and even though thats what I thought I should be doing and really the only degree that fit any of my passions, it just wasn't right and I felt that in almost every class I was in. I felt out of place. I couldn't handle that for too long so I finally decided to take a break. During that break Chandler and I got married, I continued with my small businesses, which I love doing, and never once thought about going back to school. Now looking back at it, I know I would've been very drawn towards naturopathic medicine or anything of that sort if it had been an option but it never was at the schools around me. I never even considered that it could be because it is still an up and coming field. Which is ok because obviously that wasn't God's timing. Fast forward a bit and now a Bachelor of Science degree in Alternative Medicine is something that's offered online at a few different schools and that's what I felt God was calling me to. He has used this passion that he ignited inside me way early on in life to change my perspective into one that is now ecstatic about going back to school, and guess what? Yesterday was my first day! I am in a nutrition class and learning about things that I am actually passionate about. It feels really good.
I was actually laughing with my husband and my mom the other day because whilst in one of my graphic design classes a few years ago, we were told to make a linear color wheel out of anything we wanted. I chose herbal tea leaves. (pictured below.) I spent endless amounts of time researching different teas and herbs and of course their different colors. I thought it was pretty funny that even in an art class, this passion towards herbal medicine and natural healing was showing. It's so funny how God works.
If someone was to ask me what I'm going to do with this degree, my short answer would be that I would open up a spa/wellness center. Now whether I'll go into that as a naturopathic doctor, chiropractor, massage therapist, etc. I am not entirely sure yet. I am starting with this and seeing where God leads me through it. I am currently doing a 40 day prayer challenge and have been continuing to pray about what happens next and where this degree will take me.
As for my two babies, Kristina&Co jewelry and Faith Kristina Designs, they will definitely remain open. I still love my businesses and will continue to pour my heart into them while in school. I'm looking forward to continuing these blog posts and keeping anyone posted who wants to be kept posted. I will also be sharing a few more health, fitness, and lifestyle related posts on here as well. Thanks so much for reading!
Quick little back story.. My now husband Chandler, and I had been together for almost 8 years when we got married. Tomorrow marks 1 month! (woo-hoo!)
We knew at a very young age that we wanted to get married. We were each other's best friend, first real relationship, first love, first kiss. Fast forward 7 years and I'm engaged to the most amazing man in the world and we are diving into wedding planning & marriage planning!
My goal with my business and this blog is to give you all the wedding planning tips and tricks I learned along the way, fun details and experiences but to also encourage you to plan for not only your wedding day, but for your marriage! The truth is your wedding day is one day that goes by oh so fast but marriage is meant to last a lifetime and it needs just as much attention if not more, than your wedding day. In a season that can be so overwhelming, I encourage you to take a few deep breaths with your fiancé and remember why you're getting married. Talk about what you want your marriage to look like, discuss you faith, how you want to run your household together, how you hope to handle arguments when they arise, what kind of parents you want to be, etc. Chandler & I went through pre-marital counseling with our pastor and it was such a positive experience for us. We had grown up together and had known been together for 7 years at the time so there wasn't anything we hadn't talked about, but we definitely learned more about each other and had some important conversations opened up by going to pre-marital counseling. I would highly suggest it to everyone! Even if you feel like you know your soon to be spouse inside and out, there is always more to discover and talk about! You might learn something new about yourself!
I am editing this post with some more photos on 5.28 and I still get so excited when I see these captured moments and can still feel the butterflies, the love we felt on that day between each other and from everyone around us, the romantic lighting at our reception, the sweet dances that were shared, leaving for our amazing honeymoon to Costa Rica the next morning... It feels like it was yesterday even though it's already been almost 8 months. Time goes by so fast!
I hope you enjoy these sweet memories, fun details, and beautiful florals.