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Beddy’s Bedding With Zipper Review

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A huge THANKS to Beddy’s for sponsoring today’s Beddy’s bedding with zipper review post!

Growing up, did your parents make you make your bed every day? I definitely had to growing up but now as a parent, I admit that I’ve done a horrible job of making this a daily chore with my children. #facepalm

I’ve tried to be better about doing it to my own bed but most days, it just doesn’t get done.

My cousin Angela introduced me to Betsy Mikesell and her bedding company Beddy’s a few months ago and I knew we need to try them.

Cal’s bedroom is mainly gray so she ended up going with the Tweed About It Luxe with the Minky lining. Not only is this style is available in the minky blanket-lined style but it also comes in a classic all-cotton version so you can choose between the warm or cooler bedding. It was awesome having that option.

Interested? Keep reading!

The bedding comes all together in one piece and the top blanket zips off from the fitted part that goes around your mattress. It makes it very easy to wash that way. In fact, if you want to see how easy it is to make a bed using Beddy’s, just watch THIS VIDEO.

The bedding came with the mattress covering, blanket/comforter, and 4 pillow cases. The pink accent pillow was not included.

Another reason to love Beddy’s is that they have many incredible styles to choose from; everything from classic colors and patterns to fun, bright designs.

Also, be sure to check out all the fun accessories they have to match!

Overall, we are THRILLED with how the bed turned out. Walking into her room every day and the bed being made makes my heart sing. At least one part of her bedroom looks neat and tidy. HA!

Looking for more bedroom inspiration? Check out these posts:

Bedroom Electric Fireplace

A Quick And Easy Master Bedroom Makeover

Girl’s Bedroom Makeover

What To Grow in a Vertical Garden

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What To Grow in a Vertical Garden

What to grow in a vertical garden

Hello Love!
Gardening has become Cal’s absolute favorite hobby. We planted a big vegetable garden in the backyard about a month ago and we got her this amazing vertical garden for her to plant whatever she wanted. We’re keeping it on our front porch, right outside her bedroom window and away from all the critters.  We teamed up with GreenStalk Garden for this project so she could plant her own food and watch it grow step by step.  Here’s what to grow in a vertical garden.
 We went to Lowe’s as soon as the kit arrived to pick out different seeds to plant. GreenStalk suggested we do a mix of both flowers and veggies so we grabbed a couple varieties of flowers along with lettuce, spinach, strawberries, and her favorite, broccoli. We also grabbed some marigolds because we heard they help keep insects away.
 You can grab a kit with 3 layers up to 5 but since she’s not too tall, we went with the 4 tier so she would be able to reach the water basin on top. We loaded up each section with lots of potting soil and started seeding.
TIP: Make sure to fill each pocket at least 1″ or less from the top to keep plants from breaking as they grow. We had ours too low and had to go back and fill in after sprouts started appearing.
What To Grow in a Vertical Garden
To water the flowers, all you need to do is fill up the water basin at the very top. Instead of flooding each pod with water, this is a drip system and waters each pocket at the same time.
What To Grow in a Vertical Garden
3 days later…
SPROUTS!
 
If you’re interested in trying one of these incredibly easy gardens, all you need to do is CLICK HERE and use my code SHAWAVENUE to save $10 off!
 
We hope you enjoyed our what to grow in a vertical garden blog post!

What To Grow in a Vertical Garden

 

Poshmark Tips

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For a limited time, use my code JENNPENNELL306 to save $10 when you sign up to sell on Poshmark!

Today I wanted to chat with you about my new favorite website, Poshmark. I have always been a bargain hunter and love finding deals at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, eBay, and all my local thrift shops. eBay has been a love of mine since it started and it’s been my go-to place to grab great deals on all my favorite designer clothes, but when my cousin Angela Lanter introduced me to Poshmark, I was hooked! I’ve been finding INCREDIBLE deals on everything from my beloved Lilly Pulitzer to Dooney & Bourke purses. Let me share my Poshmark tips with you!

I’ve been able to snag some amazing deals through Poshmark (and sell some things to help my bank account out) so today I thought I would share some of my favorite tips and tricks to finding the best deals on the site!

1.Using the app makes finding and purchasing 100 times easier than using the desktop.

2. If you’re on a budget, use filters when searching. It’s nice to narrow down price limits so you can make sure to not overspend. I always love to search for items under $25.

3. Always “like” an item that you want to keep your eye on, not only to save it so you can keep checking it, BUT sellers also see that you’ve liked it and may offer you an additional discount on both the item and shipping! It doesn’t hurt to go ahead and hit that “bundle” button while you’re at it. 😉
4. Always negotiate! You’re allowed to put in an offer on any item that you’re interested in, which is GREAT! Just be kind though. A seller is more likely to work with you if you’re not trying to take advantage.

5. Be patient. This is a hard one for me because I have a real fear of missing a good deal. If the item you’ve got your eye on doesn’t have a lot of likes or comments, the seller may drop the price, and then you can negotiate it a little further!

If you have any other tips and tricks you use to score great deals on Poshmark, I would love to know them! Drop them in the comments below!

If you’d like to follow my closet on Poshmark, just CLICK HERE

For a limited time, use my code JENNPENNELL306 to save $10 when you sign up to sell on Poshmark!

Things To Do In Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Thank you Visit Gatlinburg for sponsoring this post. 
The mountains are calling! Plan your own Gatlinburg adventure today.

Growing up in southeast Tennessee, Gatlinburg was one of those places we would go to just get away for a day or two, without spending the whole day in the car driving. We make a trip up there about once a year to take in the scenery, eat amazing food, and my favorite, people watch!
Gatlinburg is a beautiful, scenic mountain town nestled in the heart of The Great Smoky Mountains. We love taking trips up there because it is filled with activities for all ages and interests.

Why are they called “smoky” mountains? Read below 👇🏻

A few weeks ago we were blessed with a fun campaign to take a day trip to Gatlinburg to visit fun attractions and highlight all the goodness for you!
If you’ve never visited, or plan to go soon, read along for our favorite activities!

Where We Stayed

We drove up late on a Saturday evening and spent the night at The Greystone Lodge On The River. Located alongside the Little Pigeon River, it was the perfect location to walk to all the attractions we wanted to hit the next day.  We honestly couldn’t have stayed at a better spot.  We nestled ourselves into the big, cozy family suite, which included a master bedroom, bunks for the kiddos, spacious living room, 2 baths, and kitchen/dining area. The kids were in HEAVEN! The suite also had two outside balconies that opened to a view of the mountains and the Gatlinburg strip. The girls loved watching the wildlife alongside the river.

MY FAVORITE TRAVEL ITEMS

VISITING TENNESSEE? CHECK OUT MY LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN (ROCK CITY/RUBY FALLS) TRAVEL GUIDE HERE!

To our surprise Sunday morning, we woke up to SNOW on the mountains!!
We’d had some warm days in the Tennessee Valley weeks before our trip, but to our luck, it turned frigid the day before our travels.  We were bummed that it had cooled down and we couldn’t take advantage of their amazing swimming pool.  The snow sure was a beautiful sight on those mountain tops though!

What We Did

After a delicious, complimentary breakfast at the lodge, we headed across the street to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Voted “Best U.S. Aquarium” in 2017, this is definitely a must-see when visiting Gatlinburg. Jason and I came here many years ago when I was pregnant with Brayden and it’s just as amazing now as it was then. From many species of shark to penguins and jellyfish, it definitely a fun place for the whole family.

We also had a lot of fun perfecting our photography skills. 😉


Next stop on our list was the Hollywood Star Cars Museum.  I originally thought this would just be something for the boys but us girls LOVED it!  From seeing one of the trucks from the movie Twister to seeing one of Dolly Parton’s personal cars, we had so much fun!
Brayden was in heaven because he FINALLY got to see his dream car, a Lambo.

 
Before heading up to Ober Gatlinburg, we stopped into Blaine’s Grill, located right on the strip. We’d never been there before but we will definitely be going back.  It wasn’t crowded at all, our server was incredibly kind (and was a Boston fan ❤️)  and the food was soooo tasty! I think the girls’ nachos and cheese were the best I’ve ever eaten! Y U M !
I’ve been to Gatlinburg countless times but I’d never been up to Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park & Ski Area. I had always assumed that it was just skiing, but they’ve got so much more up there and I’m so glad we decided to go on this trip. We rode the Aerial Tram all the way to the top and it was the coolest thing ever! I even saw a live bear running down the mountainside! It was so fast that I couldn’t get my camera in time.

Aren’t the trees so pretty?! It almost looks like fall foliage!

When you step off the tram and into the main center, the sweet, decadent smell of fudge SMACKS you in the face and summons you over to buy a tasty treat. Man, that smell gets me EVERY TIME!
We grabbed our wristbands and made a beeline to the Wilderness Encounter to see the bears!
Cal was dying to get on the ice skating rink but they were closing it down 10 minutes after we got there to smooth the surface. Maybe next time, Cal.

After a quick ride at their amusement park, we went back inside and cozied up by the fire.
It was definitely a cold day for sightseeing and adventuring!

We shimmied back down the mountain and stopped by the Ripley’s Moving Theater and World of Illusions, before heading to The Space Needle. We LOVED the Santa movie at the moving theater and all the brain teasers at the World of Illusions. It was dark and a bit spooky in there though, so it may not be suitable for those with younger children.

The Space Needle was another “new to me” attraction. I’ve always wanted to do it but just never did.
The views were AMAZING! If it would have been a warmer day, we would have stayed up there longer! Definitely worth the trip to the top!

And you know I did a little shopping while I was there! When you go on vacation or little getaways, do you gift yourself a little treat? I usually pick up a “You Are Here” mug from Starbucks but since Gatlinburg doesn’t have its own, I picked up a new monogrammed Charles River Apparel pullover from a little shop called U Name It. Aaannnndddd, I had to sneak by my favorite pastry shop, the Donut Friar for a coke and cinnamon/sugar donut, my fav!

MY FAVORITE TRAVEL ITEMS

No trip to Gatlinburg is complete without a trip to Fannie Farkles, the best arcade in Gatlinburg! From fun games to ginormous corn dogs, it’s a MUST!

Our last stop for the day was a brand new attraction, Anakeesta. Located right across the street from The Greystone Lodge and Ripley’s Aquarium, this amazing outdoor theme park was the perfect way to end our day. After riding the Chondola up to the top of Anakeesta Mountain, we entered Firefly Village, with quaint places to shop, eat, and play! You’ve GOT to check out Pearl’s Pie in the Sky!
The kids loved playing hide-and-seek in the Treehouse Village Playground but my favorite was the Tree Canopy Walk! Even on a cool, brisk day, it was perfect to see all the amazing sights of our beautiful state.

VACATIONING IN TENNESSEE? VISIT MY LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN 101 TRAVEL GUIDE HERE!

Where We Ate

We ended our trip at Calhoun’s, our favorite East Tennessee restaurant. The closest one to us is in Knoxville so we don’t get to dine here very often.  Jason ALWAYS gets Calhoun’s trio with baby back ribs, chicken tenders, and hickory smoked pork, with a side of onion rings. I usually snack on a little bit of his and get myself a bowl of their amazing white chicken chili. I could eat 3 bowls of this at one sitting! It’s so good!

The mountains are calling! Answer the call by visiting Visit Gatlinburg today!

Attraction/Lodging links:
The Greystone Lodge On The River
Ripley’s Aquarium
Hollywood Star Cars Museum
Blaine’s Grill
Gatlinburg Aerial Tram
Ober Gatlinburg
Ripley’s Moving Theater
Gatlinburg Space Needle
World of Illusion
Fannie Farkle
Anakeesta
Calhoun’s

Gatlinburg, TN

Outfit deets:
White Jacket – Charles River Apparel c/o // Pink pullover – Charles River Apparel c/o // Chambray button-down – JCrew factory // Backpack – Lily Jade c/o // Jeans – Levis 710 // Sneakers – Nike (similar here and here) // Jenn’s pajamas – Royal Highnies TOP/BOTTOM c/o (BEST PJs EVER!!)

A huge thank you to GCVB for sending us on this wonderful trip! We are very thankful for you! 💕
Another big thank you to my girl RJ for helping me take all these photos! ✨ She’s a superstar! ✨

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
How to Host A Shower in A restaurant

How to host a shower at a restaurant

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How to host a shower in a restaurant 

When my dear friend Kim, who live in Knoxville, got pregnant with her little critter, we knew her shower had to be at her favorite restaurant in downtown Chattanooga, Tony’s Pasta.  I didn’t know how complicated it would be to throw it at a restaurant, but I knew it wasn’t anything my friend Jennifer and I couldn’t handle. We kept decorations to a minimum since we knew the food would be on us, but with a few coupons from Hobby Lobby and some DIY crafts, it was pretty perfect.

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I found a fabulous cake on Pinterest and my go-to cake designer made it absolutely perfect! It was too pretty to eat!
My aqua mason jars were the inspiration for our color scheme because I have a ton of them and come on, they’re incredible.   We knew colored chargers would add a perfect pop of color to the dark tables and originally we going to go with burlap ones for $4 each.  After a little more roaming around Hobby Lobby, we found these beautiful aqua ones for $2 each! Such a great deal!
Here’s some great pieces that you can use to get this look!

For flowers, I went with my personal favorite, hydrangeas. 
They looked perfect in the blue jars.
 We had a great time celebrating Kim & sweet baby Cora!
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