Hey guys, I have Rebecca visiting with us today and sharing some of her favorite parts of Nashville. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Rebecca through her posts and about her adorable newlywed life, I know you’ll love her too. Check out more of Rebecca’s posts here


Visit Nahsville


While Nashville isn’t my native city, I’ve been a resident so many years now that it feels like home. Often, when family or friends from out of town visit, they want to see the usual sites. They want to bar-hop through the honky-tonks downtown and listen to bands playing all kinds of music from classic country to hard rock. They want to take a tour at the Country Music Hall Of Fame or the Ryman Auditorium to see Hank Williams old guitar and the spot on the stage where Johnny Cash and June Carter stood. They want to see songwriters play at the Bluebird or see a show at The Grand Ole Opry. But every once and a while, someone visits who has seen all those sites before, and their visit becomes less like an episode of the TV show Nashville and more like a glimpse of the way Nashvillians really live. That’s when I show them what the tourists miss when they visit Nashville.


1. Centennial Park
A beautiful park located just a few miles from Downtown complete with a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Greece. It’s a great place to run, bike, walk, or even play a Frisbee game around the man-made lake in the center. During the later parts of the summer, the park hosts The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s “Shakespeare In The Park,” productions which are always a fun night out.


2. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Jeni’s quite possibly will be the greatest ice cream you’ll ever have, even if the wait to get a cone is often out the door and wrapped around the building on a summer’s evening. Located in the very hipster-esque neighborhood of East Nashville, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is one of the cutest ice cream shops I’ve seen with its chalkboard menus, string lights, and church-pew type seating. On second thought, skip visiting here so I can eat all the ice-cream!


Cheekwood


3. Cheekwood Botanical Garden
This sprawling acre former estate is now an art museum and garden. It often features extended exhibits that include indoor and outdoor art. This summer the grounds are covered in giant bug sculptures and Andy Warhol’s Flowers Collection.


4. Zanies
A fun, little comedy club that boasts shows from some of the biggest comedians around. There are shows most nights of the week at several different times, and they serve drinks as well as food.


Arrington Vineyards


5. Arrington Vineyards
Co-owned by Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn, Arrington Vineyard feels like a little slice of California Wine Country just south of Nashville. Parking is free and you can bring a picnic and just enjoy the beautiful grounds by setting up at one of the many picnic tables or bring a blanket to set in the grass. Their wine is fabulous and you can do a tasting, buy a bottle to enjoy while you’re there, or get a bottle to take home.


6. The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden
When you’re in the mood for a really great (and huge) burger, this is the place to go. I personally LOVE the Rootbeer that they have on tap and the beer garden atmosphere is so fun on a warm night with a group of friends.


Radnor Lake


7. Radnor Lake
A beautiful nature preserve and lake with several unpaved trails great for hiking. The views are phenomenal and it’s a wonderfully peaceful place to walk. They don’t allow running because it disturbs the natural setting but I personally am not likely to be seen running anywhere unless I’m being chased by a bear.


8. A Plethora Of Food Trucks
There are so many food trucks in Nashville that they have their own association. From trucks that serve ice-cream, to crepes, fancy grilled cheeses, and even Thai food, there is a food truck for every taste. Thai food from a truck sounds terrifying to me, but hey, I won’t judge if you want some!


If you ever think of visiting Nashville and you’re trying to plan out all the sites you want to see, mix some of these local-favorites in with the more touristy destinations and I promise that you will be blown away by all Nashville has to offer. If nothing else, you’ll be full of good food! Just promise you’ll save some ice-cream for me!

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I know I’ve been a little MIA lately. Work has caught up to me and there has been a lot of changes going on. ACB in August is having a large surprise coming and I’ve been putting most of my efforts towards that. I’m a bit nervous to show you guys and I hope you like the direction it is going in. 


Lately, I’ve also been focusing on 9-5(ish) and taking a bit of a break after work. I’ve been focusing on enjoying the weekends and working on some other side projects. It was nice taking a much-needed break but I’m ready to get back to writing and enjoying blogging once again. I know that letting ACB sit idle for a while could be brutal in losing you guys and I hope I did not because I really appreciate all of you. 


I did learn a lot from my small break and the main point is writing breaks are essential. Most bloggers are thinking of new content 24/7. We’re taking pictures, thinking of new posts, reaching out to companies, designing, editing photos and doing all kinds of social media. This is all going on while most of us have our main job. I come home from work, sit down and blog. It can be hard to strike a work-life balance at times. What goes into a blog is much more than most think and I find myself working almost 20 hours a week on the blog. Blogging has become a passion for me but without resting, your efficiency goes down. And naturally, your work suffers.


I don’t want to and never have thought of giving up my blog for good but taking a break rejuvenates you and helps much more than you might think. Sometimes you need to take a step back, relax and look at it in a new perspective and that’s what it has done for me. I know some say that you should post anything to at least have content but I’d much rather not post than post content that is sub par. 


Over the next couple weeks I am going to open up my blog if anyone may be interested in guest posting while ACB is undergoing changes. I would really love to share my blog. I will be posting more content myself but as I am working on this project I’d love to have some new fresh faces on here. Send me an email at tia@acaffeinatedbrunette.com. I hope you all understand and stay with me. 


xx Tia

 

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Peanut Butter Muffins A Caffeinated Brunette


Mmmm muffins in the morning are one of my favorite breakfast meals. Unfortunately, they aren’t too healthy for you. BUT these peanut butter banana muffins are both good and tasty (and whole wheat)!


Peanut Butter Muffins A Caffeinated Brunette


These muffins have the perfect mixture of sweet peanut butter and tangy bananas. You’re going to love them, I guarantee it.


Peanut Butter Muffins A Caffeinated Brunette


Peanut Butter Muffins A Caffeinated Brunette

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

:: 1/2 cup butter, softened 

:: 3/4 cup chunky peanut butter

:: 1 cup sugar

:: 2 eggs

:: 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium, you can add a half extra if you like it extra banana-y)

:: 2 cups whole wheat flour

:: 1 teaspoon salt

:: 1 teaspoon baking soda

:: 1 tablespoon flax seed

 

1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

2. Beat in bananas. Add to the mixture.

3. Combine the flour, salt, flax seed and baking soda; add to creamed mixture.

4. Pour into a greased muffin tins. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from muffin tins.

5. Enjoy!




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Getting to know these girls (and guys) on my sidebar each month is a joy. I always have fun meeting new bloggers and having old friends come back! This month was a ton of fun and I enjoyed reading all of their blogs immensely. I get to see what life is like in California (which I dearly miss), to Louisiana and all around the country. If you fancy yourself a new read, check out their delightful blogs! Oh, and don’t forget to enter the Anthropologie Giveaway at the bottom of the page!

Straight Up Z


Z is all about french fries, underground basement shows, and slugging out the last of college. Over on her blog, you’ll find anything from a trip to the zoo to reaching her summer goals. As far as her being caffeinated – She lives off of iced mochas (which gives her brownie points in my book). She loves to meet new people so head over and say hi!


Favorite post :: Behind the Blog 


Guten Blog Ya’ll


Anytime I head over to her blog my mouth waters and I get a huge case of the travel bug. If you want to go to Europe but aren’t sure where, check out Margo’s helpful list of when and where to go. It’s broken down by month and her posts give a great breakdown on the best sights and events to see and when to do it.”


Favorite post :: Europe When & Where to Go

The Skinny on Health


The Skinny on Health is a health and lifestyle blog that uses real science to mythbust diet and fitness fads, share healthy recipes, fun workouts, and teach you anything and everything about nutrition. Lisa is a masters in nutrition science and public health student, and soon-to-be registered dietitian, so she is super passionate about health and great at explaining how your body works!


Favorite post :: How to Date a Fitness Blogger


Jonathan Grado Photography


Jonathan has a huge love of burritos and if that hasn’t sold you I don’t know what else will. He was recently featured on MASHABLE , has been loving his Fuji XT-1 recently. I’ll be featuring that camera soon, but for now you can check out the camera at work in his latest post.


Favorite post :: Grado SR80e Shoot


Northern Ambitions


Northern Ambitions is a healthy lifestyle blog where Ursula shares a bit of everything, including triathlon training, DIY projects and her favourite go-to recipes. She believes living a healthy and happy life is all about balance and at the end of the day, it’s all about being surrounded by good friends and good desserts. So if you are like me and trying to live the good life, check it out!


Favorite post :: Skinny Does Not Mean Healthy


Because I Said So


Allison has pictures of puppies on her blog. Enough said. Allison makes me want to move down to the South and I love reading about her charming life and days spent on the boat. Whenever I go to her blog she makes me think about taking a break from city life and head off to Louisiana.


Favorite post :: Five Ways to Relax After Work


The Married Writer


Rebecca is a songwriter in Nashville. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Rebecca through her posts and about her adorable newlywed life. She says she has a bit too many stuffed penguins but I don’t think that can ever happen, now she just has a colony! 


Favorite post :: Rebecca Chapman Creations




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Farmgirl Writes :: A Caffeinated Brunette :: Jonathan Grado :: Northern Ambitions :: The Skinny On Health :: Guten Blog Ya’ll :: Keep Calm Blog On :: Buttons & Birdcages :: The Preppy Mag








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