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Omni Louisville

A few weeks back I had the chance to recharge my batteries at the new Omni Louisville. After a few weeks on the road and lots of travel over the last couple of months it was the perfect place for a quick staycation. Proving that you really can check in and check out for a few days even in your hometown. The Omni is the first of its kind here in town, and I couldn’t be happier to welcome it with open arms. Sure we have a lot of hotel properties in the city and more are opening every week, but this one reminds me of hotels in bigger cities. The kind of hotel we need in Louisville, and the kind of hotel that’s going to make an excellent home base for those ready to experience everything the city has to offer. Not to mention all that it offers locals as well. From Falls City Market, where I’ve already found myself returning to several times since my stay, to amazing restaurants like Neighborhood Services. Another spot perfect for locals and tourists alike is the Pin + Proof. It’s a speakeasy style bar that also doubles as bowling alley. Making it…

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Hurstbourne Grand Apartments

Disclosure: NTS Development is sponsoring this post, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Time really does fly as you get older y’all. Your parents weren’t lying to you. So if you’re younger than I am and reading this enjoy your summers spent by the pool and most of all enjoy not paying rent. I can’t believe that this weekend marks a year of living in my current apartment. It seriously feels like yesterday that I moved in, and truth be told, there’s still things left to unpack. But so is life, right? While I love where I live currently I was torn on what to do once my lease was up. One option, which I want to do soon but may not be fully ready, is to buy a house. Buying my first home though is a big decision, and I want to take my time to find the perfect home for me. With a lot of life changes going on currently I didn’t think it was the best decision to make that huge leap, yet. Stay tuned though – cause that may be unfolding in a different way than I originally thought. Of course I…

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KDF Beer Fest 2018

This post is being sponsored to you by Kroger, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. No better way to start off my Derby weekend than with a visit to Fest-A-Ville down on the Waterfront! Especially with a cold beer, or two, in hand. The city really does come alive in the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby, and there’s an event for just about everyone. Like last night’s Beer Fest for instance. It was a perfectly sunny day down by the water making it the perfect backdrop for the evening. There were two separate areas at the fest focusing on craft breweries as well as Kentucky breweries. Always love a chance to enjoy some of my go-to beers while also trying out new brews as well – such as Kroger’s Iron Line. Iron Line has something for every palate out there. My personal favorites were the Belgian White Ale and the Porter. They brew their Belgian White with orange peel and coriander making it the perfect light beer for the warmer months ahead, especially for those nights where I’ll be grilling out. While the brewing process for their Porter infuses the beer with flavors of…

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Jim Beam Cocktail Class

 I’ve had the chance to visit the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse on 4th Street a few times now and love it more and more each time. If you’re not familiar, it’s a new addition to the Jim Beam® family. The Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse visitor center delivers the distillery experience in the heart of Louisville. Making it the perfect stop for friends and family that may be visiting over the holidays! Or even those old friends that moved away and are back home visiting. A few friends and I had the chance to check out their latest offering at the Urban Stillhouse, Tableside Cocktails, last week, and it was a fun divergence from our normal routine. Plus, we ended up getting to drink the drinks we made. A win, win, right? Which is why I’m excited to have partnered with them today for this post. Also to get the chance to recreate the cocktail they shared with us at home. Why? So I can show y’all how easy it is. Plus, if you’re hosting a big party this is the perfect cocktail to batch make, and then allow your guest to customize with their favorite jam(s). In other words, it’s almost…

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Waterfront Wednesday

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bota Box, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that keep this blog up and running!   One of my favorite things about the warmer months here in Louisville is hands down Waterfront Wednesday. For you non-Louisville folks, it’s a free monthly concert that a local radio station puts on from April until September. It’s an incredible time to come together with friends and the rest of the city and celebrate all the things that make Louisville what it is.  For me and my crew we usually meet up before heading down at our friend Mo’s place. She lives a few blocks from Waterfront Park and has a gorgeous outdoor space to boot. It’s the perfect spot to meet up and indulge in a few glasses of wine before we head out. Our latest obsessions? Bota Box.  With Bota Box‘s compact packaging they’re the perfect wine to help you enjoy a night in the great outdoors. Especially since there’s no glass bottle or corkscrew to fuss with. Which means they’re a fool-proof way to enjoy your favorite beverage without making a mess, no matter where the night takes you. …

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