Top 7 Instagram Spots in Quebec City๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

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Quebec City, Canada.๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

It is such a beautiful place, full of French style architecture, cobblestone streets and gorgeous buildings and views around every corner!

Also, Quebec is where I went on my most recent trip, surprise!

Since I got so many pictures on this trip, I thought I would share, in my opinion, the Top 7 Instagram Spots in Quebec City!

1. Gare du Palais

Address: 450 Rue de la Gare du Palais

This train station is, simply put, beautiful. Whether on the inside, outside or in the garden surrounding it, you are sure to find a photo opportunity worthy of gramming!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป The lobby is open even to nonticket holders who aren’t taking the train, so explore to your heart’s content! There is even an adorable little cafe you can enjoy. Also, don’t forget to check out the ceilings inside!

2. J.A. Moisan

Address: 699 Rue Saint Jean

When you’re in Quebec and you’re staying in Quebec for an extended period of time, you’re going to need groceries, and what cooler place to get them than at the oldest grocery store in North America?

This old timey store has a general store feel to it with its dark polished woods, nice displays and not to mention, all the delicious jams, cheeses, breads and desserts you could ever want! Stop here not only for your staples, but snap a few pictures as well!

3. Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Address: 1 Rue des Carrieres

If you walk through the walls that surround Old Quebec, you can’t miss this hotel! It is a 5 star hotel perched up on a hill in the historic section of Quebec and is, coincidentally, the most photographed hotel in the world!

You will see many people snapping pictures with this castle like hotel looming in the background, but I’ll share another location from which you can get the perfect view of it for your pictures!

4. Pierre Dugua De Mons Terrace

Address: Parc de Champs de Bataille Avenue

This is one of the most stunning pictures we got on this trip! This terrace is really part of a park, which has terrific views of Quebec and Chateau Frontenac, without all the tourists and buses crowding into your pictures!

We just managed to catch this before the sunset. A lot of people were taking pictures on the grassy knoll above this, but I thought this bench not only looked like a more natural place to sit, but it just drew me in and looked like a great location for a photo!

5. Rue du Petit Champlain

Address: 61 Rue du Petit Champlain

This is a street that is not short on views! To access it, you actually come through a square where a lot of the cruise ships dock and let off passengers, so depending on when you go, there may be tons of tourists, or none at all. Around a few corners, you will find these stairs, where you can capture many buildings and an atmosphere at once.

You will also see the Furnicular, or small train that goes sideways up the mountain, which is very cool, and several touristy shops and restaurants. When taking pictures at this location though, be courteous. Don’t block the middle of the stairs, step off to the side, like I did in this picture. You still get the view, but don’t cause an obnoxious traffic jam!

6. Montmorency Falls

Address: 5300 Boulevard Saint Anne

Now for this one, you will have to have a car or take the bus, but I can help you out! After a week, we pretty much nailed the Canadian transit system, so here goes! (Honestly, the bus is a better bet, but if you insist on going to the falls by car, there is a $12 parking fee.) I would get a 1 day RTC bus pass, which can be purchased at the pharmacy chain called Brunet for around $17.20.

Directions to the Falls:

1. Get on the 800 green bus going to Beauport.

2. Ride until the very end. Literally, the end. The bus should just stop, but push the button if needed to signal that you want to get off. You will know you are there when you see a gas station called Couche Tard. No, I’m not kidding. ๐Ÿ˜‚ After much curiosity, we looked it up and it means “night owl”, not someone who watches way too much Netflix.

3. You can cut through the woods, or walk until you pass a red schoolhouse on the left, and then you should see the way to the falls.

Montmorency is great because it is FREE!๐ŸŽ‰ It is also 100 feet taller than Niagara. You can get some great pictures from the viewing platforms or the suspension bridge that hangs right over the falls! For the brave souls, you can also stand at the bottom and get sprayed like we did. ๐Ÿ˜‚

7. Rue d’Aigullion OR Rue Richeliu

Now please don’t hate me, but I don’t have the exact address for these colorful houses because they were so close to the VRBO apartment we rented(more on that later!๐Ÿ˜‰), but I believe it was one of the above streets. It runs parallel with Rue Saint Jean, where we were staying, and we just happened to find them!

They were beautiful and pretty much anyone’s dream. At the time I had this picture taken, there was a dumpster, but with some careful body placement and photoshop, I was able to remove it!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with taking pictures anywhere in Quebec! It is a beautiful place and these were just a few of my favorites! If you come here, you have to stay in the Old Quebec area or mainly, Upper Quebec.(The town is split into two levels with many stairs you can take to get to either level.) It has such an amazing charm and not to mention, places to eat! Look for that list soon!๐Ÿ‘€

If you are a couple going on a romantic trip, I would highly recommend this loft we stayed in around Old Quebec! It was perfect for just my husband and I and had a bathroom, little kitchen and breakfast nook, and bed! All the essentials in a little studio floor plan and easy walking distance to everything!

Above are a few of my own pictures of the space! It was easily accessed, the host was excellent at communicating and not to mention, it is such a cute little place and honestly very Instagrammable itself!โค๏ธ

We loved exploring Quebec! If you haven’t gone, you should make it your next fall trip destination! If you have been, I want to know, what were some of your favorite sites and things to do around the city?

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Yellow Overalls OOTD

being thrifty, thrifting

These overalls are retro, from the late 1980’s/early 1990’s, polyester and AWESOME!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿปโšก๏ธ

When I first saw them, I loved the look of them: the pockets, the unique straps, the zipper in the back, everything!

Overalls have been a big trend this year and I had never seen any yellow ones before! I decided to list these on our Etsy, Edison’s Place! Disclaimer though, I edited these pics with my Lightroom Preset, so they are way more of a bright yellow than this, but I mean, how cute are they???

https://www.etsy.com/shop/EdisonsPlace

*These overalls have sold out in just 24 hours!*๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Someone else also pointed out to me that they look a lot like Ronald McDonald’s outfit!๐Ÿ˜‚ TOO TRUE. How great of a costume would that be?!

Anyways, just had to inform you all that yellow overalls exist and they are the coolest.

Do you all like the overalls trend? I’m gonna be honest, my 7th grade self is rejoicing, because I had about 5 pairs, including denim, khaki and even some purple ones!๐Ÿ˜‚ So I love them! What about you?

Itโ€™s All in the Details

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ย  You know how you get excited when your favorite team wins? When they make it to the Final Fourโ€”thatโ€™s a thing right? Forgive me here because I donโ€™t speak sportsโ€”but your team makes it and you just want to scream and cheer?

Or that feeling you get when someone higher up at work realizes all the work youโ€™ve been doing? Or when youโ€™re all about Pumpkin Spice Lattes or, in my case, Peppermint Milkshakes from Chicfila, and when that season rolls around and you can get them again, you are just filled with ecstasy and youโ€™re like, โ€œYEAHHHH! This is the LIFE!!!โ€

Well, thatโ€™s the feeling I get when I find super good deals, specifically on clothes, while Iโ€™m out thrifting or at estate sales. ๐Ÿ˜ I think Iโ€™m going to have to do a roundup blog on some of the best deals Iโ€™ve gotten and my favorite thrifted pieces! ๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘˜

For now though, I just want to highlight some cool things I found the other day. I know it must seem like I buy clothes all the time ๐Ÿ˜‚, but I really donโ€™t. A lot of the time, my outfits incorporate stuff Iโ€™ve had forever, or Iโ€™m getting stuff for like $1. ๐Ÿค—


Anyways, this green top(which looks blue-ish here) was a STEAL. Long story short, I returned some shoes like a year ago and had credit at this store and it turns out, they have clothes now! This top was on clearance for $6. I looooove the ring detailing on the sleeves and itโ€™s a longer tunic top, so itโ€™s amazing with leggings! Also not pictured(but Iโ€™ll post about it for my Fall Blog/Vlog at the Pumpkin Patch ๐ŸŽƒ) a button up skirt I got for $3!!!


I love finding tops like this for fall. ๐Ÿ˜ They make it so simple to pull together an outfit!


I also yanked out this H&M sweater Iโ€™ve featured before. It was found at a local Goodwill for between $3.99-$4.99!


I am embracing the layered looks, long tops and boots! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Anyways, hope you all have a great night! This weekend will be a busy one, but Iโ€™ll post about our adventures at the corn maze+reveal my Halloween costume! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

| P i c k i n g in C l i n t o n |

Life, thrifting

ย  Today was a fun day. Iโ€™ve been a little emotional amidst all the #metoo stories showing up on social media today, plus sharing my own personal stories of abuse.

It was nice to getaway for a few hours and hang out with my husband, Tim. โค๏ธ


We went to Clinton, Tennessee to look through all the antique stores and also eat at The Apple Blossom Cafe there, which has great food. ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ—


Clinton is such a pretty place. ๐ŸŒน

Tim and I wore our matching leather jackets today. Weโ€™re that couple. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค— #sorrynotsorry



Iโ€™m going back to petsitting and business mode now, but it was nice to go have some fun for a little while! Iโ€™m looking forward to getting a break this weekend. Weโ€™re also having a cool, Financial Peace Class reunion at our church.

Tim and I took the class back earlier this year, itโ€™s Dave Ramseyโ€™s famous class. I am so excited to share our story with everyone there! That class helped us to save up for our upcoming trip to Italy! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

When it gets closer to the time that we leave, I will definitely do a post on packing for a European trip. I need to research what the weather is going to be like there in March. ๐Ÿค”

Iโ€™m also excited because we have some video gadgets we got for this trip so we can try our hand at some vlogging in conjunction to blogging! ๐Ÿ“ฝ๐ŸŽ‰

I love editing video. Itโ€™s been something Iโ€™ve liked doing since I was a kid and my dad gave me his huge, old, shoulder mounting JVC Camera. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I used to run around the front yard with that thing, making skits with other kids in our neighborhood! Makes me crack up now!

So, I may start practing making some vlogs. If I make any, you all will be the first to know! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

{nautical striped dress+chain sandals & sunglasses} OOTD

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ย Hey, guys! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

I’ve been a little covered up with petsitting, but I actually wore a comfortable/semi stylish outfit today, so I thought I’d post!


I have this thing with the color blue. I also like stripes for a simple pattern, so when I found this dress for $7.99 at TJMAXX, I was like, “HAVE TO GET IT!” ๐Ÿ˜œ

I also love when dresses have that flowy detail up top, I think it looks super flattering and adds some interest. I paired this dress with a belt I already had, but it also looks good without it. I decided on wearing my chained, brown sandals because they sort of give off a nautical vibe to me and I’m trying to embrace these last days of summer while I can! โ˜€๏ธ

However, I maaaaay have to wear this with my white tennis shoes at some point. This dress is cute, but casual, so I thought they would definitely go well with it! Probably will pack this on our repeat trip to Savannah next month for a quick and easy outfit! ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป


Also, I wanted to share some cool news—I’ve applied for a passport finally! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now as I’ve been working towards saving for a trip to Italy and I can now proudly say that it’s happening! I’m still saving up and am planning on trying to finalize some stuff for this next year, but I can’t wait to get my hands on my passport! I’m so ready to travel and see the world. ๐ŸŒŽ Hope everyone’s been doing great!

Also, do any of you have your passports? I don’t know why, but I was so intimidated and everyone told me it would be so hard. ๐Ÿ˜‚

If you don’t, here’s a basic cheat sheet for what you’ll need:

1) A passport form. It can be printed off the internet, just make sure you use black ink only. {Passport renewals are an option too if you’ve previously had a passport, but get it renewed before it expires! They’re good for 10 years usually.)

2) Hard copy of your birth certificate, which must have a state stamp and seal on it.

3) Photo copy of your driver’s lisence, front and back.

4) A picture of yourself. The specifications are really, well, specific, so I just had mine done at the post office and did it all in one place!

Chattanooga Adventures ๐Ÿšƒ

Food, Life, Travel

ย  This weekend, we went to Chattanooga for my mom’s birthday. ๐ŸŽ‰ Chattanooga or Chatt Town is one of those places that is so close, you forget about it if you’re a Knoxvillian like me. I’ve been there on field trips, passed through there on the way to other places, or stopped there just for a pit stop on the way home sometimes.


I had a lot of fun going there yesterday though, mostly because I got to go with my family.

We ate at Urban Stack, known for their burgers ๐Ÿ”, at lunch.


ย  We also did The Big Tour—and I’m calling it that because you need the whole day to do it and it is worth it! We saw Rock City, Ruby Falls and rode The Incline Railroad.

Ruby Falls was something I have never seen in person, just on magnets or lisence plates that other people have bought over the years. It’s 145 feet tall and they still have no idea where it is coming from. You see, it’s under and inside Lookout Mountain, which is a huge mountain overlooking Chattanooga. In fact, you can see 7 states from the top of Lookout: Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama.


They say the man that found Ruby Falls in the 1920’s heard the waterfall before he could see it—he was traipsing around in the cave with only a lantern! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ It is one ofย the largest underground commercial waterfalls in the world, so it’s definitely worth a visit!

We also walked all around Rock City, where they have cool rock formations, including Fatman Squeeze, which really has to be experienced to be believed! ๐Ÿ˜‚


The Incline Railroad at Lookout Mountain is another thing you have to do! It is the steepest inclined railroad in the world.

I rode it for the first time ever yesterday and it made me nervous! It has a 72.7% grade at the top. When you climb in, you are going into a rail car at an angle, so instead of a flat floor, you have steps going down to the seats.


You slide down past people’s homes, under a bridge and down to the bottom. This was looking back up when it was almost starting to level out, but we were still halfway to the bottom!

The Incline was started in 1895, but the cars were last updated in the 1980’s. I can see why they probably started it—there were mostly dirt roads back then and I don’t picture horses making the trek to the top of Lookout easily. Back then, The Incline was all about necessity, but now it is all about fun!

If you’re looking for a fun day trip to Tennessee, definitely check out Chattanooga! There are a lot of other attractions, including the famous Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel, worth checking out!