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On the Road with The Bellaire's: Fava's Restaurant Georgetown, KY

 

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Georgetown is a small township in the heart of central Kentucky.  This quiet and down to earth community is definitely comfortable and inviting. While taking in the small town feel, classic style architecture, and beautiful natural setting, our visit was like a trip back in time - calming and reflective. Our choice of lunch location was not exclusive to the wonderful feeling of walking the streets of a town plentiful with history. Fava’s diner directly on main street is a retro eatery right out of the 1950s.

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With many pictures, articles, and a full wall mural depicting how little Fava’s has changed in the past 40 - 50 years, it was a remarkable and nostalgic to sit and eat in such a simple yet intriguing venue. The history of the diner is around you as you eat. From counter tops to wall decorations and even a vintage Disney collection with Mickey Mouse memorabilia dating back more than 40 years. And after enjoying the food choices we made, it is no wonder they are still in business. Just delicious home cooked meals tat make you feel warm, welcome, and full. And the price was still years old. 3 lunches and dessert with quality and taste, Fava’s is still a value at a time where it is much needed.

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I chose the shrimp po boy whole my wife had the patty melt. Both meals were delicious and full of flavor. And our little one, well he had the cheeseburger and fries and he was happy and felt at home. So much so that my family was desperate to try a dessert. And within minutes the butterscotch pie was on the table with only several bites left. Fava’s is a simply fascinating small diner that serves delicious food in a quiet little town with comfort and appeal to the peaceful at heart. 

 

Featurebutton_06Husband and wife team, Prescott and Lynne Bellaire are parents to two grown daughters and one son at home. Lynne home educates, and loves teaching on the road. Both enjoy traveling and have been to a total of 43 states. They spend their spare time involved in educational activities with their son, visiting local museums, participating in Cub Scout activities and various community events. They hope to bring some good eats, and special stops to Vintage Indie while they're on the road. 


On the Road with The Bellaire's: Gus's Famous Fried Chicken, Memphis TN Review

 

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Memphis, TN 38103

Are you near or in Memphis Tennessee? Do you have a craving for just plain good food? I am talking that “age old” give me a burger and some fries major craving – well Gus’ famous fried chicken will give you something to taste and talk about. Spices, chicken, and taste… that’s all I can say. Busy and bustling with flavor and down to earth food Gus’ is a local favorite that has apparently made the world notice.

 

Gus’ tastes like good home cooked but this is not your momma’s chicken – unless she taught Gus to make his delicious recipe chicken. Almost addicting in 30 min or less  - even my 8 yr old finished 2-3 pieces. It has the perfect juice, heat, and tenderness that will beg you to finish all the chicken you order. A family meal fit for a family ready for great eating was such a value, it tasted even better than any first impressions. An order of sweet tea to accompany the meal will provide the perfect sweet coolant for your pallet. And don’t forget the amazing fresh slaw and baked beans that will melt in your mouth. 

 

World famous chicken is not a cliché statement here. Gus’ serves food you will never forget. So throw away the “sweet tooth”, “health food”, or “grilled” thoughts. You only live once and this is what its for – dig in to Gus’ world famous chicken and remember you did.  

 

 

Featurebutton_06 Lynne Bellaire, mom  to two grown daughters and one son at home. Lynne home educates, and loves teaching on the road. Her and her son (only one left at home) enjoy traveling and have been to a total of 43 states. They spend their spare time involved in educational activities, visiting local museums, participating in Cub Scout activities and various community events. They hope to bring some good eats, and special stops to Vintage Indie while they're on the road. 


Vintage Fashion Forward Special Guest: Two Ways To Wear It: Vintage Blouse

 Please help me in welcoming our special guest Christina of Cookie Louise Pleaze! 

ChristinaLogoHello, my name is Christina and I run the blog Cookie Louise Pleaze. I began thrifting early on during high school in an attempt to carve out a style all my own. After spending much of my childhood living with my grandparents I developed an affinity for all things classic. I have recently begun a home based vintage boutique catering to women’s fashions. I believe every woman should have the opportunity to feel beautiful and unique!

 

I reside in Corpus Christi, Texas with my husband and four pets Cookie Louse, Roxi Bear, Henrietta and Lucille.

 

Two Ways to Wear it: 

This 1950s blouse was a part of that massive estate that I scored a couple of months ago. After a good washing I wanted to give it a try since wearing vintage blouses isn’t something I normally do. I thought that styling this top would be especially difficult because of its length and size but I was wrong. This is something that can easily become a vintage staple in your closet with enough imagination!

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First, I decided to go with a 70’s menswear vibe. I paired the blouse with some high waisted bootcut jeans, a rust colored blazer, lots of jewelry and peep toe oxfords. This look was easily worn to the office and I felt fancy all day.

 

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Earrings: Gift

Necklace: c/o InPink giveaway via Adored Austin

Vintage Brooches: Vintage Estate Sale/ Grandmother’s Cameo

Blouse: Vintage/ Estate Giveaway

Blazer: F21

Belt: F21

Jeans: Gap

Shoes: Lucky via Macy’s

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For the second look I went a little dressier but still office appropriate. I think it’s important to be able to showcase your own personal style even in an office environment. I like to dress a little outside the box without sacrificing professionalism and you can too.

 

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Glasses: Derek Cardigan via Coastal Contacts

Cashmere Sweater: Victoria’s Secret via Ebay

Blouse: Vintage/ Estate Giveaway

Dress: Vintage/ Thrifted

Tights: Target

Shoes: MIA via Dillards

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 A special thanks to Christina for sharing her vintage fashion forward ides with us. Please take a moment to visit her Etsy shop and follow her on Facebook or Twitter if you'd like! 

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/cookielouisepleaze

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cookie-Louise-Pleaze/107991869253503

Twitter: http://twitter.com/cookie_louise

 

 


Deck the Halls 2011: Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendars Day 3

If you've visited the "deck the halls" archives here at Vintage Indie, you know that I love Christmas and celebrating. I know we haven't made it to Thanksgiving yet, and I have a lot to be thankful for, but I don't want you to miss out on getting the most perfect advent calendar to do with your children this year.

 

Le Petit Pot Advent Calendar!

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"It's made with 24 recycled paper bags, perfect for putting whatever you want inside them (a chocolate, a gummy bear, a little toy or just a message) and the packaging make it perfect for keeping it for another year if you want. - Le Petit Pot

 


Through the Lens: Wild Horses & Paris

{ Through the Lens } { Independent Photography }

 { Beauty in the Natural & Man Made }

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Want to get them in time for Christmas? 

For gifts that need to arrive by December 25, please place your order by:

INTERNATIONAL: November 22
USA: December 5
CANADA: December 8

See shop for details. 


Thanks so much to our Facebook Friends!

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Photograph © TheLightFantastic, shop for prints here

 

What a great day, we're only 1 friend away from a thousand on our Facebook page

Thanks to everyone who has befriended us there, we truly are thankful for you! We have some really exciting things planned for all of our friends over at Facebook in 2012. Specials, gifts, parties and so much more! Be sure you're apart of all the fun. 

psst. There is a little button top left of  Vintage Indie, you can easily just click that too! 

Have a great day everyone! 

xoxoxo Gabreial

(maybe we'll hit 1,000 today) 


Deck the Halls 2011: Acorn Love

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Above: Green Baboon Designs 

 

 

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Above: Kate's Natural Crafts

 

 

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Above: Angel Dog Designs

 

 

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Above: Helena Crafts

 

 

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Above: The Bakers Daughter


House & Home: Thankful Wreaths

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and what a beautiful way to adorn your door and show your thankfulness with one of these handmade wreaths. 

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I have so much to be thankful for this year, I'd love to share those with you in bits and pieces this week and next. What about you are up for sharing? 

xoxo Gabreial


On the Road with The Bellaires: Saul Good, Lexington, KY Restaurant Review

 

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Traveling through Lexington? Take a short trip off Man O War Blvd to Saul Good and you will definitely believe just that when you taste the food and beverages served at this comfortable and cool restaurant. The dining experience, overall restaurant appeal, and welcome feeling will delight you. 

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From the dining area to the restrooms – the focus and attention to cleanliness and detail is readily apparent. The décor and surroundings are soft, quiet, and comfortable, with room to spare. A patio with fireplace is also available for larger groups of those who desire a more natural or private setting. And the food menu – well – the prices are very reasonable for meals, drinks, and dessert and the selection was varied for any taste without being burdensome or overwhelming.  

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Our first order was the flank steak and beer cheese nachos. This dish was UNBELIEVABLE .  There was a delicious cheese and garlic combination and a taste unlike any other. I suggest you share with a friend. It is not only a kind and amiable gesture, but it will also help you to make room for dessert which should not be passed. Our second order was the chicken lettuce wraps served with delicious (spicy) peanut, szechwan, and/or sweet chili sauce and this was a family favorite. If you can’t decide on a sauce - try all three. Throw in a tri-tini sampler or miniature martinis of pixi stix, candy bar, and pomegranate flavors and you are set for a casual small but “Saul Good” dinner.

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For dessert we decided on fondue for three. Pretzels, strawberries, rice crispy treat squares, and bananas ready to dip in a dark chocolate sauce. A perfect choice. The fruit was fresh, the pretzels crisp, and the rice crispy treats provided a playful way to enjoy the delicious dark chocolate. In trying to find the description of this sweet delight, my son summed it up perfectly when he stated…….. “this is heaven.”

 

Do not miss the chance to enjoy good food, great hospitality, and some unique conversation if you are traveling through Lexington Kentucky. Only 5-10 minutes from any highway, and at very reasonable cost, Soul Good restaurant will be a welcome visit. 

 

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Teach Me: Vocabulary Spelling City, a review.

 

 

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See that right there? That is my little love, showing off his 100% Spelling & Vocabulary tests that he took on-line using Vocabulary Spelling City

A bit ago I was given the opportunity to review Vocabulary Spelling City within our home school. I have to say it was a wonderful opportunity, as we all really like the program. The program has everything you need for teaching spelling and vocabulary to your student. The format is easy to follow, and great for the visual learner.  The teachers section is great for keeping track of records, grades and progress on assignments that I've assigned at my leisure. Each child has a favorite game that they like to play and will often just ask to get on line to play their favorite spelling game. How cool is that! 

While having fun learning their weekly spelling words, each one of them is learning vocabulary, sentence structure, pronunciation, and parts of speech. That part is a secret though, they hardly know they're doing school work. Both of them have done very well with this program and we continue to use it each week. 

Just a couple of my favorite parts of Vocabulary Spelling City;

1. You can input your own spelling words, or use one of the many lists already created by other users for  most of the popular curriculum. 

2. You can set assignments and due dates for assignments. 

3. Keep track of progress, and grades through easy printable forms. 

4. Print out weekly handwriting worksheets (cursive for us) that help them practice their writing while spelling their words. 

5. Let your kids play on the computer in a safe environment for learning spelling! 

 

Vocabulary Spelling City is recommend by not only this mom and teacher, but by the students as well. 

 

Truth in Review: Vocabulary Spelling City did provide me with a full membership to their site free of charge.  I was not paid for the review or require any certain context within my review. All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, Editor Visit ourDisclaimer/Disclosure  for more info. 

 


Handmade Enamel Goods by Bullfinch & Barbury

I don't think drooling over jewelry is appropriate, but Bullfinch & Barbury is absolutely stunning.

This is why I support handmade folks! 

 

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Deck the Halls 2011: Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendars Day 1

If you've visited the "deck the halls" archives here at Vintage Indie, you know that I love Christmas and celebrating. I know we haven't made it to Thanksgiving yet, and I have a lot to be thankful for, but I don't want you to miss out on getting the most perfect advent calendar to do with your children this year. I plan to feature a few throughout the next couple of weeks! 

 

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This advent calendar is a simle "clothesline" and numbers set. I'm loving the chevron clothespins! Find this kit at HeartandHandmade2


Art & Photography: Danny Phillips Art

I'm always dreaming of warm weather and being on the road with my family. Today's Art & Photography features the artwork of Danny Phillips. Danny says, "My desire in art focuses on authenticity, age, and the historical relevance of objects in places and how they trigger our memories and emotions." Vintage Indie art in its finest. 

Check out some of my favorites from Danny's shop which include using recycled magazines, papers and reusable paints.

 

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Shop Danny Phillips Art for prints and originals.   


Off the Shelf Book Review: Raising Real Men by Hal and Melanie Young



Raising Real Men Book CoverHal and Melanie Young are the proud parents of boys, and lots of them. Six, as a matter of fact. They've added a couple of girls along the way, but they surly have enough experience with boys to write and entire book on raising them. With a loving presence and the will to reach the heart of their boys, they've devoted a whole book for "Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys". 

I had to pause for a moment and check my eyes when I read the subtitle of the book. Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys. That's exactly what I needed. You see, I'm a momma of two sweet boys and I often times wonder how exactly will I survive. OK, so it isn't as bad as it sounds truthfully, but boys well, they're just different. I know because I'm not one of the male kind. My eyes, my heart, and my womanly feelings often know what my boys need, but not exactly understand why they need what they need. 

Hal and Melanie, helped me to get into the heart of manhood. When I look at my boys, I don't see them yet as men. I see them as children before the Lord, but not men of the Lord. There were so many view points in this book that hit the nail on the head for me. For one, ignoring society's view of boys and a burden to parents. This broke my heart, but it also made me realize that Hal and Melanie were right. Society does point a bad view of boys at times. With their extra energy and the sometimes rough way of doing things. Truth is, boys are challenging but God made man in His own image and that includes my boys. 

They also tugged at the heart with this simple statement, convenience isn't part of the job description of parenting. No kidding, right!  How about every time you arrive at your next shopping destination on errand day, and every child must see use the bathroom. It is truly amazing how much time we've spent in the restroom at the grocery store.  

Digging further in the book, we haven't even touched the surface of Chapter One. My favorite parts include; 

1. Boys are built to be manly. They need training leading and discipleship. 

2. Boys need heroes. Do your sons have more worthy role models? That would mean defining what a hero is. Warriors, scholars, men we can point out to our sons who are worthy of the title hero.  "First and ultimately, dad!" He should point the way to Christ, and ultimate example of a man.

All of these examples are just a tip of the iceberg for why I recommend this book for those of you who have boys or for anyone wanting to try to understand them and not put them in a "box". I truly enjoyed this book and I was able to understand a little bit more into the hearts of my boys. 

A special thank you for Timberdoodle Co. for providing Raising Real Men for the review for other topics on parenting helps or for other topics for boys like boy-friendly outdoor learning visit Timeberdoodle Co. 

Truth in Review: Timberdoodle Co. did provide me with a copy of Raising Real Men free of charge.  I was not paid for the review or require any certain context within my review. All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, Editor Visit ourDisclaimer/Disclosure  for more info.   

 


Vintage Indie Featured in Parents 100 Days of Holidays

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Vintage Indie is excited to be apart of Parents Magazine's 100 Days of Holidays as a Crafty Contributor.

I can't take credit for the project though, as Vintage Indie's former contributing editor Elizabeth Holcombe is the creator of the Recycled Paper Posy Wreath Project. Find it at Parents 100 Days of Holidays #15

 

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Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog