Let Birds Fly

First and foremost, I am a Christian. I am fully content in the fact that this world is merely my temporary housing until I go home. But while I'm here, I will strive my best to love the way Jesus does--without hesitance, with compassion, without condemning, and to my best.

I am the wife of a wonderful husband, Mark, who is the best singer and DJ in the world. :) I have two sons, and they are wonderful big great danes named Quinn and Mozart. I am a photographer and graphic designer. I'm a lover of adventure, travel, the outdoors, cooking, health, and simplicity. I have multiple health conditions, and unfortunately, those conditions determine much of my life lately. Check out my blog to learn more!

FRENCH QUARTER | NEW ORLEANS, LA

Even though New Orleans isn't totally my kind of city, no one can deny the beauty of the architecture and the uniqueness of the culture here, especially in the French Quarter.Since the French Quarter Festival was that weekend, and started at 11:00 am, we decided to go explore the area early in the morning (and when I say early, I mean 8:30). There were barely any people out at that time. It was nice walking the streets with a camera in my hands and Mark by my side.We loved Jackson Square, which is right across the street from the river front, and has a backdrop of the gorgeous St ....more

CAFE DU MONDE | NEW ORLEANS, LA

Everyone says that eating beignets at Cafe du Monde is a must when in New Orleans. Well, it might be, but being gluten-free, I can't eat there. That didn't stop Mark from wanting to eat there, though!I happily went with him and ordered a coffee while in the famous cafe ....more

RIOMAGGIORE | CINQUE TERRE, ITALY

Riomaggiore was the last village we visited in Cinque Terre.Cinque Terre, which means "five lands", is comprised of 5 villages located on the western coast of Italy. Each village has many similarities, like their colorful buildings and walkable streets. But there are many differences, as well.Like...more

MANAROLA | CINQUE TERRE, ITALY

Manarola was the fourth village we visited in Cinque Terre.Cinque Terre, which means "five lands", is comprised of 5 villages located on the western coast of Italy. Each village has many similarities, like their colorful buildings and walkable streets. But there are many differences, as well.Like Monterosso, we took the train to Manarola instead of hiking, like we did from Corniglia to Vernazza ....more

SUCRE BAKERY | NEW ORLEANS, LA

French macarons.For me, they're a life saver because I can actually eat them. Everywhere I go it's waffles this, crepes that, doughnuts this, cakeballs that. Well, I can't eat ANY of that, you guys! ...more

ST. CHARLES AVENUE | NEW ORLEANS, LA

St. Charles Avenue is an old street that runs through some of the older neighborhoods of New Orleans. It is famous for the St ....more

MONTEROSSO | CINQUE TERRE, ITALY

Monterosso was the third village we visited in Cinque Terre.Cinque Terre, which means "five lands", is comprised of 5 villages located on the western coast of Italy. Each village has many similarities, like their colorful buildings and walkable streets. But there are many differences, as well.Instead of hiking to Monterosso like we did from Corniglia to Vernazza, we took the train, which is super easy to do, and is no more than a 10 minute trip ....more

THE PEACEBAKER | NEW ORLEANS, LA

When you visit a place such as New Orleans, you expect to eat some amazing food. But, being gluten-free and (mostly) vegan, I'm always worried about not being able to eat a particular culture's traditional cuisine. Therefore, I research like crazy about food I can eat while I travel ....more

VERNAZZA | CINQUE TERRE, ITALY

Cinque Terre, which means "five lands", is comprised of 5 villages located on the western coast of Italy. Each village has many similarities, like their colorful buildings and walkable streets. But there are many differences, as well, which you'll learn of in this Cinque Terre series.We stayed in Corniglia, and from there we hiked the trail to Vernazza ....more

SEED RESTAURANT | NEW ORLEANS, LA

When researching stuff to do and places to eat in New Orleans, I serendipitously happened upon an article about a new healthy vegan restaurant opening up in NOLA. Seed literally opened their doors the week before we came into town. What luck!Seed is a vegan restaurant that believes in providing diners with incredible dishes made from organic, local, and sustainably-sourced ingredients ....more