Our 2013 Family Holiday Card

With Christmas just a couple of weeks away, I wanted to share my holiday photo card with you. This year, we got a little creative and did an 'ugly Christmas sweater' themed card!

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A few days before Halloween, we drove to Fayetteville, Georgia to do a quick mini session with the amazing Nicole Bolinger of Dorothy Nicole Photography. With a nice chill in the air and the sun close to setting, Nicole snapped away for 20 minutes straight while Ruben and I acted couple-y and Snack Pack acted like he was a little spoiled baby. (He kind of is though!) The poor little guy was so tired from the long car ride that he refused to walk and had to be carried everywhere! At least he cooperated and we were told that he "shoots better than a two year old"! Great, now we know he's photogenic. :)

Now, I know it's not exactly Kardashian-family-holiday-card-esque, but I am beyond excited and pleased with our final product. Having professional pictures taken truly makes the world of difference in terms of quality, with a more polished outcome. Besides, a lot of professional photographers will do holiday specials for a lot less than their regular portrait sessions, so why not?

I also wanted to share a few more pictures from our photo shoot that didn't quite make the cut, but love just as much...

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Even Snack Pack was on board with the ugly Christmas sweater idea!

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Where do you buy ugly Christmas sweaters, you ask? Well, there are a handful of websites that sell them, such as Tipsy Elves, Ultimate Ugly Christmas, and even Etsy, but (because I didn't want to spend a lot on something we would probably only wear once,) I just bought ours off of eBay. I didn't spend more than a dollar for my sweater, and Ruben's sweater was only $20. (Plus it lights up too!) Snack Pack's sweater was from PetSmart and cost a little over $10.

As for the rest of my outfit? Because my sweater is a statement piece all on its own (as well as the focal point of the photo), I kept everything else simple and understated with a Zara silk blouse, Club Monaco 'Tasha' leggings, and L.A.M.B. 'Oxley II' Pumps.

Happy Holidays from Caroline, Ruben, and Snack Pack!

Anniversary at Canoe

For our anniversary this year, Ruben and I decided stick to the traditional route and went out for a nice romantic dinner at Canoe, one of the top fine dining restaurants in the city. As much as I wanted to do something completely out of the box, you know, like skydiving or swimming with whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium, (I figured between Valentine's Day and our anniversary, we could celebrate one of the two occasions a little unconventionally), I quickly realized that I all I really wanted to do was doll up! I suppose we'll just have to save the 'unconventional' for Valentine's Day.

Cheers! 

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Did you know that oysters as an aphrodisiac is a myth? Alcohol, on the other hand, is.

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Ruben and I also indulged in some slow roasted Carolina rabbit with Swiss chard and sea scallops, asparagus, and crispy potato salad. Now I'm not quite sure if that qualifies as 'romantic'/aphrodisiac-like food, but it was definitely romantic enough for my belly! I was in heaven!

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Canoe has definitely become one of my favorite Atlanta restaurants to date and was the perfect place for a romantic night out!

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