Friday, December 15, 2017

Deck the Halls

I wanted to share some photos from around our home this season! Christmas here in Italy has been fun to far. Everything is so festive and most streets are lined with lights even overhead, it is magical. Decorating this house has also been fun. There is so much more space and shelves and window sills to put things on unlike our little apartment in North Carolina. This is my first year decorating our villa in Italy because if you remember last year, I broke my leg in November and ended up going home to Washington State for 3 months.
I have been making Christmas candy and cookies. Clark and I have been watching Christmas movies. So far I have watched Elf, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Santa Clause is Coming to Town (the 1970s stop motion one), A Year Without Santa (also 1970s stop motion), and A Christmas Prince. I kept seeing people mention A Christmas Prince on twitter which is a Netflix original, it is super cheesy but alright. People are saying it is so bad its good and I might have to agree. We have also watched a few of the Christmas episodes of the Office. I still need to watch The Grinch and Christmas with the Kranks and Santa Clause with Tim Allen. Those three for sure. Oh and The Holiday and The Family Stone. 
I love our pink walls. Especially in these photos. I love the way the Christmas tree looks against them. When we first painted them, I thought I like them but I probably won't do them in our next place but now I might have to do them in every place haha. I hope everyone's holiday season is going wonderfully so far. It feels like it is going to fast. 
love, Carlee

Monday, December 11, 2017

Saturnia Hot Springs

This is one of my all time favorite places I have ever been! It is about 4 hours north from where we live. We left Thursday night after work and stayed close to the hot springs so we could get up and go first thing in the morning before they got too busy. We got to the hot springs around 8 am and there was just one other couple there. We stayed for about 1.5 hours and by the time we left there was probably 30+ people. Friday was also a holiday for Italians so a lot of people had the day off and these hot springs are free and gorgeous and like 85-90+ degrees! It felt so nice in the middle of December.
I first saw a picture of these hot springs on Pinterest and it said they were in Tuscany italy. I was a little skeptical cause sometimes on Pinterest it’ll be like “look at this awesome island in the middle of this pink lake with a kangaroo sculpture on top” but turns out it’s all just photoshop. But these springs are real and like I said free!!! Since we went so early (to beat the crowds) there was a lot of steam coming off the water because the air was still so cold. It made for really cool photos though. The very last photo is of the entire hot springs from the opposite hillside when we were leaving the area around noon. No steam and a ton of more people.
This is definitely one of the places I recommend visiting most in Italy. You will need to have a car to get to it as it is kind of in the middle of nowhere Tuscany. A car gives you so much freedom and it is definitely the way I prefer to travel. 
love, Carlee
Swimsuit: Old Navy
Sweater: Target
Leggings: NEX
Shoes: Nike

Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday shopping: Little Sloth

Don't forget I have a greeting card and gift shop Little Sloth! We have really cute mugs right now that make the perfect Christmas gift. They ship from Washington State and will arrive in time for Christmas if you order within the next week. We also have tea towels and enamel pins! At checkout use code: YOUROCK20 to get 20% off your order!
love, Carlee