SHOP SCENTSY

Hi y’all and welcome back to Alex in Asheville! It’s been a while since you’ve been a while since you’ve seen me on the blog, but I haven’t gone anywhere!

Without further ado, let me introduce to you my favorite thing ever – Scentsy! Are you looking at a loss as to what to get those hard to shop for people in your life? Look no further! I have you covered! Scentsy is your answer!

WHAT IS SCENTSY?

Scentsy is a direct selling company and international leader in home and personal fragrance, offering stylish, innovative and customizable products designed to Warm the Heart, Enliven the Senses and Inspire the Soul. Scentsy products are sold by a network of Scentsy Consultants in 11 countries.

WHAT DOES SCENTSY SELL?

The Scentsy Diffuser instantly fills the air with world-class fragrant all-natural and essential Scentsy Oils, while Scentsy’s flagship product line of scented, wax Scentsy Bars heated in handcrafted warmers provides a safe, personal alternative to traditional candles. Additional product lines include on-the-go fragrances, laundry care, inventive cleaning solutions and luxurious personal care products for women, men and kids — all featuring exclusive Scentsy fragrance.

WHAT ARE WICKLESS CANDLES?

A wickless candle is a highly fragrant wax bar that is warmed to release fragrance into the air. Because the wax is gently warmed rather than burned, it can hold more fragrance oil than a traditional candle. And because there is no flame, there is no smoke or soot. Scentsy wickless candles — Scentsy Bars — are a safer alternative to traditional candles.

HOW CAN I BUY SCENTSY PRODUCTS?

To place an order or host a party, contact your Scentsy Consultant. If you don’t have a Consultant, click the “Find a Consultant” link at the top of the page to locate one near you! The best way to shop Scentsy products is by hosting a party. Your Consultant brings fragrance testers, display products and everything else you need. You just invite your friends over to experience Scentsy and have some fun! The best part? As the Host, you can earn Host Rewards — free and half-price products — for the sales placed at your party.

Scentsy has so much more than wax warmers and melts, which are all amazing, btw. There are essential oils and diffusers, Scentsy Go & Pods, a Scentsy Body line, Scentsy Buddies, Scentsy Clean and Scentsy Laundry. These gifts make the BEST hostess gifts, teacher gifts or a just-because for yourself! Check out my website below and see for yourself! Also, you get the option to shop from your couch and to beat the mall crowds. It’s a win-win for me!

SHOP WITH ME TODAY: http://alexbridges.scentsy.us

XO,

THE EPISTLE PROJECT

With COVID’s end nowhere in sight, we all know what toll guaranteeing has done on people’s mental health, physical well-being and general livelihood.

STORY

The word ‘epistle’ comes from the Greek word epistole, meaning letter or message. Epistles were primarily written communications during the time of the New Testament. For example, Paul, Peter, and John wrote epistles or letters to churches or individuals (Timothy, Titus, Philemon).

Jesus has given His people His love letter, which is His revealed Word. The apostles sent letters to churches to instruct the people there.

With the premise of loving the Lord and loving handwritten letters, the idea of The Epistle Project came about.

For those of who know me, I LOVE receiving mail from family or friends that’s something other than bills. Letters are a great way to allow the elderly to feel included and loved on during this pandemic.

COVID-19 UPDATE

COVID-19 UPDATE (accurate to-date): I am still accepting letters amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now is a better time than ever, I feel like, to support those are often times forgotten.

The CDC, World Health Organization, and Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail. hehe

Thank you for supporting our elders during this critical effort to fight loneliness. Physical isolation is important for public health right now, but our elders deserve to feel supported, too.

I’d love it if you’d write a handwritten letter today to support what I am hoping to do – bring joy who need it the most.

HOW IT WORKS:

LETTERS THEY LOVE:

In anticipation of Letter to An Elder Day on February 26th, I are collecting cards and mailing these to elders in a local Asheville senior community.

Take a few minutes, sit down and write a letter to an elder (a stranger). Tell them about yourself, tell a joke or a riddle and include a picture if that’s something you feel comfortable with. The biggest thing is to let them know how loved they are.

If might feel difficult at first to be writing to someone you don’t know. My advice: pretend like it’s a normal conversation. What kinds of things would you want to talk about with a stranger?

GUIDELINES:

  • Letters must be legible (large print) and handwritten. Don’t fret if you are not artistic – make your card as what you’d like to receive.
  • Exclude the date (date/month/year).
  • Embrace creativity! Recipients love it when the letters are personal. We encourage you make your letters colorful an fun – photos, crosswords and drawings are great!
  • Be kind and thoughtful. This is a one-way letter exchange, so you will not receive a letter back. Receiving nothing in return is part of the beauty of your act of kindness, and recipients aren’t burdened by feeling obligated or unable to respond.
  • Envelope your letters if you can! It’s so much nicer to receive an enveloped card. If you’re sending more than one letter, leave your enveloping letters unsealed and unstamped to send them in a larger envelope or box.
  • Share your act of kindness! Tag us @theepistleproject, #theepistleproject and #lettertoanelderday.
  • Send as may cards as you’d like! We accept letters year-round, so there’s no deadline for when you must send them by. If you’re cards are holiday-themed or seasonal, send them a month before that holiday or the end of that season. (If your letters are late, we’ll definitely say them for next year)
  • Ready to mail? Yay! Send to:

    The Epistle Project

    8 Timber Court
    Apt. D

    Asheville, NC 28803

If you have any questions at all, PLEASE feel free to message me. I would love nothing more to include your cards with mine and to enandate them with hundreds of letters to read. Help me to jumpstart this “idea” of mine and join me in this journey to see where it goes and how it grows.

SHARE:

If you aren’t ready to write a card just yet, help me in getting the word out. Share this blog or the Epistle Project’s Instagram below.

XO,

2021 GOALS AND STEWARDSHIP

Y’all. We are less than two months from a new year. Let that sink in. Two months… I think one thing we can all agree on is that this year has been difficult. 2020 has brought pain, grief, loss and has thrown us headfirst into charting the unknown in dealing with a global pandemic. Life has been hard.

On the flip side, however, 2020 also has brought much joy and has also taught me more about myself. This year has taught me to more aware of others needs before my own. It has taught me to reflect more on what’s going on in the world and around me, to be more accountable for my own actions and to not be afraid of praying boldly before the Lord.

It has also brought me a move to Asheville, our one year wedding anniversary, adopting a kitten and new friendships.

As we enter into the last month of 2020, I have pondered and prayed upon what the next year will look like for me personally and for my marriage. I want this to be a year a year of exponential growth personally, spiritually and socially.

In order to take tangible steps in the right direction, I have often found myself writing out lists or drawing pictures. In order to incorporate both, I decided to try something new in bullet journaling my goals for the new year. I’ve also posted previously on creating a vision board, which is another great way to visualize your dreams.

Personal

Blogging

Blogging has quickly become a passion of mine and has been a safe place for me to process what is going on in the world around me, while providing me a place thousands of thoughts running through my own head. Above the likes and follows, I want my blog to be a place of inspiration for others and as a way to keep my many ramblings together in one place. With that being said, I do want to set goals for my blog for the new year.

GOAL: First of all, I want to be more cognisant of supporting fellow bloggers as there are thousands of bloggers who share incredible content and spend hours of time and effort in doing so. They deserve every follow, like and view they receive and then some. As more of a tangible goal for myself, however, I would like to grow my own following to >100 by the end of 2021 without sacrificing the integrity of my own content or the enjoyment of why I started blogging in the first place.

Reading

From the moment I learned how to pick up a book, reading has always been something I enjoyed. As life has progressed and “adulting” happened, reading hasn’t been a priority like it was in the past.

GOAL: Read 20 books. I want to also challenge myself in reading different genres than the normal fiction I tend to pick up at the book store.

*If you have any book recommendations, drop them in the comments below! I would love to hear some of your favorites!

Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

This will more of a “challenge” for me than the others in that I have never been really conscious of what I eat, which has caught up with me in my late twenties and also having a slow metabolism. It’s not that I don’t enjoy eating healthy, but more about being conscious about not eating “mindlessly.” I also work full time at Chick-fil-A, which does not help AT ALL with having a balanced diet. We all know those nugs and waffle fries with Polynesian sauce hit a little differently. However, today is a new day to create new habits!

GOAL: Plan out meals for the week and be better about cooking ahead of time. A majority of weight gain for me comes from eating out of boredom and not having healthy snacks readily available, so this will definitely be a challenge for me. On the flip side, meal prepping will also help in saving me money by not eating out as much!

Travel

My husband and I have been fortunate enough to travel quite a bit in our dating life and well into our marriage. With the global pandemic putting most of our travel plans on hold, this year hasn’t been the greatest for checking places off of our list. With that being said, it has allowed us to dream for the future and has kept our bucket list growing.

GOAL: Travel to five new places in new year. I also want to travel internationally with Chandler at least once before we have kids.

**Bonus: We already have a weekend getaway trip to Dahlonega, GA booked for January, so that is a plus.
We are also hoping to get tickets to the Kentucky Derby in May. Fingers crossed!


Spiritual

Get plugged in to a local church.

Growing up in the church, I have understood from an early age the importance of being surrounded by a solid body of believers. A christian community is so important, especially in this day and age. Pre-Covid days, my husband and I visited a local church and really enjoyed the setup of its service. Once the virus hit and churches were quickly shut down, we weren’t able to really find that our niche. I am very thankful for technology in that we were still able watch sermons from the comfort of our home and still be connected to weekly scripture teaching. Now that churches are opening up again, we have made it a goal to get plugged in.

GOAL: Find a church that aims to teach scripture in its truest form and keeps the Lord at the forefront, always. We honestly haven’t done the best in making church together a priority in the past, so I want 2021 to be a spiritual awakening for my husband and I, allowing us to grow together in the Word as a married couple and also individually. I want to join a small group that keeps us accountable in our sin and to do life with weekly.


Social

Join a service group.

Now that I have been in Asheville for almost a full year, I feel like its the right time to invest more of myself into a group who aims to meet the needs of those who are less fortunate. Since my mom joined the Junior League of Spartanburg two years ago, I have watched her enjoy all aspects of the JL in grant writing, organizing food drives and so much more.

GOAL: Be invested into a group that invests its time and resources back into the local community. As someone who has has grown up with food on the table, a roof over my head and given countless ways to succeed, I want to help do the same for those who might not have the same opportunities readily available.

Above all else, 2020 has taught me to not take the small moments or the ones you love for granted. Difficult times affect everyone. Life doesn’t discriminate against social class, race or gender. Life is tough and can be relentless. Covet those who you love and make it a priority to let them know how much you care, as the smallest acts of kindness often mean the most. People appreciate being “seen” and knowing that they matter. Be intentional in all things and love your neighbor. This year has also taught me that in each day you wake up, you were placed on this Earth for a reason. Make every minute count and aim to make an impact for good. Do not waste the precious time the Lord has given you. More so than anything else, I aim to be more vulnerable. I aim to be a safe space for those who are hurting or need to talk. I aim to not put off for tomorrow what I can do today. We are not guaranteed the next moment, so why wait? Life is too short to simply go through the motions.


Stewardship

At the beginning of each new year, I typically find a word to claim as my mantra. Stewardship was what came to mind randomly during a busy day at work. By definition, stewardship means “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.”

My previous operator at Chick-fil-A was really the first one I heard use this word regularly. I honestly cringed every time he mentioned it. I subconsciously knew I was not doing a good job with what I was being freely given.

In the last few months, however, I have caught myself pondering what it truly means to be a good steward. For me, being a good steward means a lot of different things. Personally, I want to be a better steward of my money by better investing in various aspects of my future and saving. I want to be a better steward of my tongue by speaking uplifting truth and not speaking in haste. I want to be a better steward in my walk with Christ and allowing him to //. The Lord has entrusted me with much and there is no reason I should take that lightly.

QOTD: Have you thought of any goals for the new year? If so, what are they? I’d love to hear what you’ve set for yourself and how you plan to keep yourself accountable.

TOP SECRET SANTA GIFTS

For those of you who have participated in Secret Santa, White Elephant or Dirty Santa in the past, you know how fun they can be! For those of you who haven’t, below is a little explanation of both games. They are a fun, alternative way to do a gift exchange with family and/or coworkers. My family has done both in years past and loved every minute of it.

Dirty Santa

Dirty Santa is a family-friendly gift exchange game that has been a staple of holiday traditions for many years. The phrase was coined in the Southern states and is called “dirty” because the game involves “stealing” more desirable gifts while scheming to avoid the gag gifts that nobody wants. Rules vary depending on who you are playing with, but the general gist is the same. Each person begins with drawing a number. From there, the person with number one starts by opening a gift. The second person can either steal that gift or open one from the pile. My family has always allowed the #1 player to be the last one the to swap and/or steal after the last person has gone.

Secret Santa

Secret Santa is a game often used for office staffs or as a game for bigger families. Depending on your budget, I have listed gift ideas below that around $20! Good luck shopping and remember to have fun with it. Be intentional with your gifts, but remember not to break the bank.

☆ Wine Tumbler

For those wine connoisseurs in your life, a tumbler paired with a bottle of wine will a sight after gift. Personally, I would go down fighting for this gift if this was in the running for Dirty Santa. You can’t go wrong with a red or white wine, or you could go more bold with a rose. You could also fill the tumbler with some chocolates and you’ve just put out the best gift in the game. Preppy Pineapple Shop has customizable tumblers that are durable and also come with a straw.

☆ Blue Light Glasses

Know anybody that is consistanly on their computer or phone for business? Our constant connection to our smartphones, tablets, and laptops may contribute to headaches, sore eyes, and stiff necks — all symptoms of digital eyestrain. With the majority of our waking hours spent in front of a screen, paired with harmful blue-violet light from devices, it’s no surprise that our eyes are working harder than ever. Blue light glasses are helpful in that they help with protecting your eyes against those harmful lasting effects. Glasses have also made a comeback in the fashion world, so here is your answer. Urban Vogue Shop offers an oversized clear pair of blue light glasses that are unisex in my book.

☆ Fleece Blanket

Now is the time of year to cuddle up with a fleece blanket and a book by the fire. Fleece blankets are an inexpensive, yet practical gift for those homebodies in your life. Target, Kohl’s, and Walmart all have a great selection of fleece that are inexpensive, yet durable. Depending on the price of the blanket, you could also throw in a $5 or $10 gift card of choice to pair with the fleece.

☆ Soap/Body Care Package

Who doesn’t need body care products? Nourish is a soap company based out of Savannah, GA, but has a location in Greenville, SC and Hilton Head, SC that offers a wide array of soaps and handmade cosmetic products. Lush is another body care company that offers bath bombs, shampoo, and body gels that are amazing. Like I said before, check out other shops in your area or check online to see what else you can find.

☆ Whistling Tea Kettle

A tea kettle is great idea in that it suitable for many different uses. You can make tea, coffee, hot chocolate or boil water for your soup with a tea kettle. They have stood the test of time and can also be left out on your stovetop as a decoration. Think about throwing in a set of tea bags or hot chocolate to make it a complete set. World Market makes nicely made, but more budget friendly tea kettles.

☆ Coffee Mug & Grounds

Who doesn’t love coffee and mugs? I have a slight obsession to both – just ask my husband. My kitchen cabinet is spilling over with a lifetime supply of both. Most of us adults rely heavily on coffee to get through the day and would greatly appreciate this gift. Stop by any local coffee shop and check out their selection of coffee for sale. In terms of coffee mugs, Apparent Project sells my favorite mugs of all time. I found AP in Port-au-Prince, Haiti when I visited a few summers ago and stocked up on Christmas gifts for the entire family.

☆ Airpods Case

If you’re doing a more of Secret Santa type game and know who you’re buying for has a set of Airpods, a carrying case would be a great gift. As someone who just splurged on a pair for myself, I have been eyeing a few cases, but haven’t bought the bullet. This is definitely the cheaper alternative and would be greatly appreciated by all Airpod wearers. Check out April and Kiwi and Topgogo who both offer real cool, diverse options.

☆ Keychain

Since we have keys to just about everything of importance in our lives nowadays, a nicer keychain would be a great option for either game. This gift is very practical and could last many, many years. LoomChoi has over twenty different colored macrame keychains available and Unus Leather highlights more of the rustic, leather look.

☆ Candles & Lotion

We all know how delightful a good smelling house can be. Head to Bath & Body Works or find a local artist to pick out a few of the holiday scents. Now is the time that they are in full swing with Christmas scents, so there are hundreds of options to choose from in terms of login and candles. If you’re feeling really bold, you could make your own candle as well. If not, Sweet Water Decor and Zen Body Creations both have some of the best smelling candles and are some of the coolest I’ve seen. This gift will always be a big hit among family or coworkers.


Be mindful in your shopping this Christmas season, folks. We all know how hard 2020 has been mentally, financially and physically on everybody. As shopping for the holiday only gets ramped up, be cognizant of the many talented artists and creators around you. There are so many deserving “small” shops who often get overshadowed by the Fortune 500 companies, but deserve so much credit. As you do your shopping this year, check out Etsy, Facebook Marketplace or other small businesses in your area first. They pour hours of their time and talent into one-of-a-kind products. That is a win-win situation for me, folks.

Be the change you wish to see.

CHARLESTON HOPE

As we head into the Christmas season, there are so many opportunities to pay it forward. We all know 2020 has been hard enough without adding the added stresses of adding Christmas shopping to our list.

Charleston Hope is a non-profit based out of Charleston, South Carolina that works to enhance school culture and climate in high poverty, Title 1 schools by building on the strengths of both the students and teachers.

This non-profit is also near to my husband’s heart. He spent many hours behind the scenes packing gifts into the U-Haul to distribute to the elementary schools every Christmas and master grilling during summer events. He met Emily (Executive Director & Founder) early on in her journey with Charleston Hope and was involved as a board member for some time.

Charleston Hope also has two distinct programs that they implement throughout the year for children in their schools: Mitchell Elementary and Sanders-Clyde Elementary.

  • Step-In Girls Empowerment Program
    Step-In Girls program that empowers 4th and 5th grade girls to step-in to themselves, their community, and their future.
  • Classroom Mentor Program
    The Classroom Mentor Program is an academic mentoring program that pairs community members with students. Often times, community members will come in for lunch to sit with students or stay after school for homework assistance.

If you feel lead to give in a tangible way to Charleston Hope’s mission, I have listed some ways below.

Adopt a Classroom

Adopt a Classroom is Charleston Hope’s fundraiser that spreads love and joy during the holiday season students and teachers in their partnered schools and raises money for their year-round program. Check out the many ways to help with Adopt a Classroom here. One night before Christmas, thousands of volunteers come together in CofC’s TD Arena to wrap gifts for hundreds of students. It’s a great time of fellowship and a way to get into the Christmas spirit. Many people wear Santa hats and are decked out in green and red. They often times have food available and is a great time for the family.

Become a Monthly Donor

Monthly donors are the backbone of Charleston Hope’s organization. They allow us to focus more on programming and less on fundraising. You can become a monthly donor in just a few simple steps!

Host a Supply Drive

Teachers need some loving this holiday season too, y’all! They are pouring their souls into each and every one of their students everyday. Help Charleston Hope collect teacher’s most needed items for their Teacher’s Hope Closet! View how here!


If you feel lead to donate otherwise or to another organization closer to your heart, that is totally okay! If 2020 has taught me anything, it is that we must look out for each other. Everyone, and especially kids, are deserving of love. Many of these students in this area come from hard upbringings and are not expecting to get much this holiday season. For those of us who have the means to do so, think about giving back to the community in some way this season. You won’t regret it.

Donate here!

Young Living Essential Oils

I signed up for Young Living just a months ago, but I have been researching essential oils for some time now. YL has been such a game changer and I have loved every minute of it.

Why did I join, you might ask?

Young Living vows to provide a safe, holistic product providing major health benefits to their people. It is a company that has been around since 1993 and has truly stood the test of time.

Living a healthy lifestyle has always been important to me, but it’s not until I sat down and start going through all the products in our home and their ingredients that I realized how important it is to have clean, safe products in our home. The products that you are constantly using to clean your floors, your table, the kids toys, etc. are all the things I would think about and then say.

Young Living Essential Oils

Why essential oils?

I wanted a natural way to support our immune system, a natural way to relief pain and aches, like when we have a headache or feel sluggish. I wanted a healthy gut and an energized body. I wanted a natural way for our family to stay healthy and I saw it all in the essential oils.

As we are quickly approaching cold and flu season, it can be hard to find products that do the job adequately but aren’t full of addictives and extra gunk.

My husband will get a headache and reach for his over the counter medicine without a second thought. I’m not that all medicines are bad and some are very much needed (don’t get me wrong on that), but we don’t always realize how many other ingredients go into our bodies that we’re not aware of! I know friends with kids who want safer ingredients for when they get a runny nose, start to cough, feel congested, aren’t able to sleep due to air quality in our home, and so many other things are why I wanted to incorporate essential oils into our lives.

Why did I pick Young Living?

I picked Young Living because I support their mission as a company, their transparency to the community and for their promise of seed to seal guarantee. Their oils are pure (seed to seal) and not altered like so many others you find in stores. I told myself that if I am going to give essential oils a try, they have to be pure and it has to be natural. I pride myself in my choices, and I am happy to share everything with you as well but I always urge everyone to do their own research too. My friend, Katie, was the one that gave me the push that I needed in terms of diving in head first. She held a class to really introduce the oils and allow us to see them in their //.

What Young Living Essential Oils kit did I get?

I got the Premium Starter Kit (PSK) with the Desert Mist diffuser. Since then, I have added a plethora of other essential oils to my collection that smell amazing and provide a safe environment with many medical benefits. YL also offers the Thieves cleaning line, a KidsScent line, CBD items and so many other beauty products, including makeup!

You get twelve essential oils and a diffuser to start with if you go with the PSK (Premium Starter Kit), which is over $265 in value that you get for $125. You can’t get much better than that!

You will receive a:

  • Dewdrop Diffuser w/ a power adapter
  • Lavender 5-ml
  • Peppermint 5-ml
  • Lemon 5-ml
  • Cedarwood 5-ml
  • AromaEase 5-ml
  • Thieves 5-ml
  • Valor 5-ml
  • R.C. 5-ml
  • Citrus Fresh 5-ml
  • PanAway 5-ml
  • Purification 5-ml
  • Deep Relief 5-ml
  • Thieves Hand Sanitizer
  • 2 AromaGlide Roller Fitments
  • 2 Ningxia Sachets
  • Essential Oils at a Glance brochure
  • Product Guide
  • Essential Oils Magazine

You can read about each of these oils and how to use them through this Young Living guide as well. I plan on sharing how we use them at home. My friend, Katie, also gave me a pocket guide for lots of diffuser blends and references for uses on the go, which has been so resourceful!

Thieves Cleaner

Young Living also has a Thieves line, which is among the best cleaner in the game. I have been using mine for a little over a week now and it has become my go-to cleaner. I have only been using it for a little while but cannot tell you enough good things about it. I cannot believe that one bottle can clean just about everything so well — glass, tables, countertops, etc.

Ningxia Red

Infused with Lemon, Orange, Yuzu, and Tangerine essential oils, NingXia Red® is a delicious daily supplement that includes juices and extracts from superfruits such as aronia, plum, blueberry, pomegranate, and best of all — exotic Ningxia wolfberries.

This powerful little berry gets its name from the Ningxia region of China, where Young Living Founder and Chairman of the Board D. Gary Young first learned of its unparalleled nutritional profile. There it’s known by locals as the wolfberry. In the West, however, many know it as the goji berry.

This delicious supplement packs a big punch, offering benefits that include support for normal eye health, cellular function, and energy levels. I have made popsicles, cocktails (yes, you read that right) and smoothies all with my Ningxia Red! It tastes amazing and you will reap the benefits.

Young Living Essential Rewards

I also signed up for the Essential Rewards, which isn’t a must, but is worth it in the long run if you plan to invest in new oils and products every month. You get 10-25% credit back on your purchases to use towards a future purchase. It’s something you can cancel anytime, but is a no-brainer in my book. ☺️

Become a Wholesale Member

Essential oils are more expensive than over the counter, but keep in mind that you pay for what you get. Everything that’s natural and organic is more expensive and that’s just how it is. You can also become a wholesale member to save a lot of money, which I highly recommend.

By signing up as a wholesale member, you get 24% off retailer prices. Do yourself a favor and save yourself some money.

You can enroll with me! Make sure the member number 24184286 appears in both the “Enroller” and “Sponsor ID” fields.

Become a Wholesale Member


All in all, I am pleased in giving essential oils a try and incorporating them into my every day life. The reason I didn’t try them before is because I felt overwhelmed with so many oils! The starter kit gives you the most popular oils and you cannot go wrong with those twelve. I pin diffuser blends and roller blends to my oily board on Pinterest to keep up with what I want to try.

Are you and your family already using essential oils? I would love to hear some of your favorite blends or diffuser recipes!

Are you interested in essential oils? Please feel free to let me know and I can ask any other questions you might have!

Follow me at Alex in Asheville on Instagram to keep up with my daily routines and other oily tips & tricks.

A WEEKEND IN ASHEVILLE, NC

Chandler and I have officially lived in “The Land of the Sky” for almost nine months now, y’all! We have loved every second of our time in Asheville and are constantly finding new hidden gems around our new home.

Now that the leaves are changing and the fall breeze is quickly approaching, it is making me fall more in love with this city.

I’ve listed some of our favorite spots below so you can check them out if you ever stop in the 828. There are hundreds more I could’ve listed, but these are just a few!

Coffee Shops

Farewell Coffee
If you are ever wondering where I am on my day off, there is 99% I am at Farewell Coffee working on my blog and sipping on an iced coffee. Farewell is located on the South Slope of Asheville and has the most eclectic and cheerful vibe. You get lots of natural light and are surrounded by lots of potted plants, all of which are for sale. There is outdoor seating available and a few tables inside. They also serve wine and have pastries available.

PennyCup Coffee Co.
I just discovered PennyCup a few weeks ago and wish it had been sooner. Their Merrimon location has plenty of seating and window seat that is absolutely dreamy. They have a wall-sized mural that runs along the back wall and the most breathtaking woodwork. Their bathroom floor is also epoxyed with actual pennies which brings in a nice touch to their namesake. Their white chocolate iced coffee and lox bagel sandwich are to die for.

Breweries
Lovingly named the “beer city capital,” Asheville has over thirty-three breweries and forty-eight in the greater AVL area as of 2019. We also have second highest number of breweries per capita in the country only after Portland, ME. Chandler and I have often gone on date nights to local breweries around town and not been to one we didn’t like.

Hillman Beer
Hillman is located on the outskirts of Biltmore Village. Hillman Beer is a small, family-owned business that was started by the Hillman brothers who came together to bring the pub style back to the brewery experience.

Catawba Brewing
Catawba Brewing is personally of my favorites! The roots for Catawba Brewing Company are strongly held in the mountains of western North Carolina, and more specifically, the Catawba River for which they are named. They have the best peanut butter & jelly beer that runs through the spring and summer time. Every Saturday, they have live music and local food trucks available on site. There are always lots of dogs running around, so it is a perfect place to bring your pet if you’re looking for a place to bring them.

Breakfast Spots

Green Sage Cafe
Green Sage is committed to serving food that promotes health and supports a vibrant community. Their food is nutrient-rich, chemical-free, organic, and thoughtfully-sourced. Luckily for me, Green Sage is only a five minute walk from apartment. I’ve been able to take friends when they’ve visited and it’s a fan favorite all around.

FOOD FAVORITE: Pura Vida Bowl

Biscuit Head
Biscuit Head is my favorite brunch place in all of the world. They pride themselves on their biscuits the size of cat’s heads and have the most delightful jam bar, all of which are made in house. They are huge portions, so expect to be full well into the afternoon.

FOOD FAVORITE: Mimosa Fried Chicken Biscuit

Dessert

French Broad Chocolate Lounge
The French Broad Chocolate Lounge sits on a downtown Asheville corner and specializes in using carefully sourced beans to create truffles, bars & other sweets. They offer homemade cakes, cookies and bon bons.

Restaurants

White Duck Taco Shop
White Duck also have three locations around the AVL area. We first tried WDTS before COVID and it was such a great find. You can’t go wrong with anything from this eclectic taco shop, but their Bangkok Shrimp Taco and Peanut Thai Chicken Taco are my personal favorites. They also serve local beer and an out-of-this-world queso dip. This is always a go-to for anytime we have any friends and/or first-time guests in town.

Hemmingway’s
If you consider yourself a foodie, Hemmingway’s is your restaurant! Located on the fourth floor of the Cambria Hotel, they have the best Cuban sandwich and Yucca Frita in the area. I first took Chandler here on the second stop of our Valentine’s Day progressive dinner and he instantly fell in love. They offer patio seating with a nice view that overlooks downtown’s streets and also offers a great daiquiri selection.

✩ Sunny Point Cafe
Years before we ever thought about moving to the Asheville area, my in-laws would rave about Sunny Point. At this cafe, they serve solid comfort food (perfect for a weekend brunch) and always have a VERY serious line out the door. If you’re planning a visit, go early to beat the crowds!

Sights and Sounds

Tubing the French Broad
I’ve tubed down the French Broad twice with friends and it is such a great time! It has a steady current, but is relaxing and makes for great conversations down the river. If you are considering factoring this into your trip, it takes roughly two hours from start to finish. We planned our trip through Zen Tubing but I know there are plenty of other companies to tube with.

Hiking Trails / Blue Ridge Parkway
North Carolina has hundreds of trails to choose from. On Labor Day weekend, my friends and I went to Sliding Rock and Looking Glass Falls and they were both so much fun! If you are ever needing a new place to hike, check out this list from the Asheville Trails page.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is part of the National Park Service and is known as America’s favorite scenic drive. The 469-mile ribbon of road weaves around the peaks of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains connecting Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and Great Smoky Mountains. National Park in North Carolina. You can drive, hike or bike the Parkway, all of which are great options. There are also many breathtaking lookouts that make a great spot for a picnic or to just sit and reflect.

Asheville Tourists Game
We weren’t able to experience a Tourist game this season due to COVID, but I am excited to see what the 2021 season holds. I interned at a Minor League Stadium during college (Go Drive) and have always been a big fan of baseball, so I am ready for games to start back up in the Spring. The Tourists are a Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockie and the ballpark sits on a section of level ground partway up one of the city’s hills, providing a picturesque atmosphere.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY INTRO

As an idea that came to me randomly today at work, I have a new “series” that I’ll be starting this upcoming weekend!

Every Saturday leading up to the week of Thanksgiving, I will be highlighting a “small business” that has meant something to me as well as ones that I have recently stumbled upon.

I can’t wait to see where this series goes and to bring light to all of the amazing talent we have around us in the Asheville (and Spartanburg) area.

If you have anyone that you would like to nominate for consideration, please send me a message and/or comment below!

Until next time,
Alex in Asheville