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Pack your bags! We’re going on vacation!!

Well, not actually — at least not together — but admit it. The idea of dashing off to a dreamy destination makes your heart beat a little bit faster, doesn’t it?

This hint is pretty easy to put into action. Hop on a plane, gas up the car or close the blinds and declare your very own staycation. Regardless of your method of transportation or ultimate destination, Hint #7 dives into why it is so important to “Get Away.”

Getting away is not easy, but lawd have mercy, it’s important. There are few things that are better for my soul than a few days away with Kyle. I like to call this hint the “secret sauce to my sassy marriage.” :)

Keep in mind that planning is important for this hint, but not required. We try to proactively build in time to Get Away when we’re setting our calendars and budget for the year, but definitely count on an occasional impromptu weekend away, too.

Kyle and I try to plan a weekend away at least four times a year, but we are by no means world travelers. For us, getting away sometimes means a weekend to visit family. Other times, it’s a long weekend away at the beach. And yes, we do save our pennies to take adventures that require planes, because we strongly believe in being purposeful and making memories. How else would I be able to touch the Eiffel Tower after years of practicing my French accent and dreaming of crepes? I’ve read studies that have shown that the greatest joy from taking a trip actually comes when you’re planning for it — which is great, because it means the effects of travel and new experiences expand far beyond just the few days you have off work!

While planning isn’t required, I do think that there is one important ground rule: you must be intentional about the away part. If you spend the weekend at home on a staycation, you must pretend like you are on vacation –– be adventurous, sleep in, watch movies all day – do whatever “vacation” means for you. If you visit family, make sure you fill your time with things that rejuvenate you. Put some of those past hints in action: laugh out loud, put down your cellphone, go on a date. The WHOLE point of this hint is to recharge your batteries and to take time AWAY from the daily grind.

The good news? When you’re refreshed, you’re energized and prepared to tackle the everyday battles. Getting away also lets you spend some quality time with the one that makes your heart beat a little faster. It is a purposeful and heartfelt investment into your marriage. It’s hard to not catch yourself smiling when you think about the last getaway you took with your beau, right? See, this really is the secret sauce to a strong marriage.

Where are your favorite places to get away? How are you deliberate about getting away? Share your travel secrets below. Let’s make 2014 the year we all “Get Away!”

This lovely engagement session is by Jen Dillender! See the whole thing on Facebook!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    Living in North Carolina, John and I like to get away to both the mountains and the beach. We’ve had a tradition for the last four years of spending a weekend in Asheville in the fall, and we try to go to the coast, even if just for the day, at least once a summer. Charleston is always a favorite long weekend destination, but it’s a bit farther away and requires a bit more planning. I could not agree with you more about the importance of mini adventures and overnights — definitely something I consider very important for keeping our marriage strong and happy!!

  2. avatar Lara reply

    Oh I love this! At this new point in our lives with a toddler, we have found that even just getting in the car with her and talking a drive to see te fall leaves while she naps in the back makes us feel like we got away. Time for just the two of us by ourselves rarely happens, so getting away in small ways is a priority and always makes us feel more refreshed. Love this post!

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Happy Wednesday, friends! Are y’all feeling the holidays in the air? Sure, it’s getting mighty cold around here, but that’s a sign that the fun is coming! My favorite part about this time of year is the gathering of family and friends. It’s what we love about weddings, and it’s why we love this feature. Y’all know nothing gathers people to one spot quite like good Southern food. We’ve done biscuit bars, biscuit favors and even a biscuit cake in another V6 feature. This one, however, is a good ole spin on traditional recipes handed down from our grandmas and the food staples of the South. Might it inspire some last-minute Thanksgiving menu changes?

This feature was truly an in-office collaboration. These three spreads contain the illustrations of Lara and our intern, Morgan, the hand-lettering of our own Emily (who has hand-lettered quite a few of our features now!) and some Photoshop magic from Adobe and myself. It was truly meant to be viewed as a whole, so we love that we can share these spreads directly from V6 with you!

You didn’t think I’d tease you with those tiny photos, did you? Our photographer Eric Kelley did an amazing job capturing the delectable ingredients that Chef Crawford and Chef Benjamin from The Umstead Hotel created and styled. Here’s a closer view. (Be warned: you will become very hungry!)

Aren’t those kissing fishies the cutest?

We are glad that our chefs were well-prepared and had plenty of leftovers. The whole team kept sneaking back to the kitchen to nibble on extra biscuits. The sweet potato and herb biscuits were my favorite!

Are y’all’s mouths watering yet? Look at those berries, below!! Gorgeous!

Now if that doesn’t call for the addition of a biscuit bar to tomorrow proceedings, I don’t know what will! We love each of these for incorporating our favorite Southern flavors. Which one is your favorite?

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Plum Pretty Sugar reply

    Such lovely paper! We love the artistry behind them!

    xo

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