#2,482 Holiday Special.

We spent the day with our director Jim from season 1 putting together the super fun Home Town holiday special that’s coming in a few weeks! I’ll keep y’all posted on air times as soon as we know. Now I hope we will see you at The Market Beautiful tomorrow (today, if you’re reading on Saturday) when we speak at noon and have a meet and greet inside the Mercantile from 2-3 pm. 


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We spent the day with our director Jim from season 1 putting together the super fun Home Town holiday special that’s coming in a few weeks! I’ll keep y’all posted on air times as soon as we know. Now I hope we will see you at The Market Beautiful tomorrow (today, if you’re reading on Saturday) when we speak at noon and have a meet and greet inside the Mercantile from 2-3 pm. 


Erin

Friday, November 17th, 2017

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#2,476 Birthday Day + Mimmo’s.

Today was magical, beginning to end.  I’m so tired from having fun from sun up to sun down whilst growing a baby girl, so I will let the pictures tell you the story of the day we went to Sam’s 3rd birthday party at Josh and Em’s when it was brisk and smelled like logs on the fire : Then Walker’s Star Wars 4th birthday party at my brother’s house where mama and I happened to be accidental twins (and I will NOT stop wearing this perfect comfy sweater, like, every day): Then we dropped by the store and it […]


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Today was magical, beginning to end.  I’m so tired from having fun from sun up to sun down whilst growing a baby girl, so I will let the pictures tell you the story of the day we went to Sam’s 3rd birthday party at Josh and Em’s when it was brisk and smelled like logs on the fire : Then Walker’s Star Wars 4th birthday party at my brother’s house where mama and I happened to be accidental twins (and I will NOT stop wearing this perfect comfy sweater, like, every day): Then we dropped by the store and it […]


Erin

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

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#2,475 Pearl’s.

Our friend Josh (Ben’s college roommate and 1/3rd partner in the Mercantile whom y’all have gotten to know on Home Town) has invested so much of himself in downtown Laurel and today we got to enjoy the fruits of it. I can’t believe we have a place like The Pearl Diner for lunch with the best mac and cheese on the planet! And I can’t believe there is a toy store and a men’s store right across the street from us while we eat. Tomorrow, we’ll have another  celebration eating at the next new eatery in town. What a time […]


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Our friend Josh (Ben’s college roommate and 1/3rd partner in the Mercantile whom y’all have gotten to know on Home Town) has invested so much of himself in downtown Laurel and today we got to enjoy the fruits of it. I can’t believe we have a place like The Pearl Diner for lunch with the best mac and cheese on the planet! And I can’t believe there is a toy store and a men’s store right across the street from us while we eat. Tomorrow, we’ll have another  celebration eating at the next new eatery in town. What a time […]


Erin

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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#2,472 Me and Baker.

After filming wrapped, Ben went to the gym to lift weights but all I wanted to do was take a long walk to make my heart beat fast. He worries about me and Helen going alone anywhere these days. Then we remembered he’s not the only protective man in my life, and my 150 lb. pup escorted me on an adventure while Chevy stuck around the house–not much on walking for long like his brother. I talked to him in hushed tones about everything that’s opened recently. I swear he listened to every word intently, being careful not to pull […]


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After filming wrapped, Ben went to the gym to lift weights but all I wanted to do was take a long walk to make my heart beat fast. He worries about me and Helen going alone anywhere these days. Then we remembered he’s not the only protective man in my life, and my 150 lb. pup escorted me on an adventure while Chevy stuck around the house–not much on walking for long like his brother. I talked to him in hushed tones about everything that’s opened recently. I swear he listened to every word intently, being careful not to pull […]


Erin

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

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#2,447 When the Smoke Clears.

This afternoon at 1:00, I stood in shock with our friends and neighbors watching as Cafe La Fleur–one of Laurel’s most beloved longtime downtown restaurants, along with our friends’ upstairs apartment was burning, smoke billowing from the windows. I never felt so helpless in my life. Watching Landon and Matt, hands over their mouths each staring at something different–one his home and the other his business, as fire fighters rushed in and out working frantically to stop it. I cried walking back to the car, feeling so heartbroken for them as they watched their losses happening in an instant, without […]


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This afternoon at 1:00, I stood in shock with our friends and neighbors watching as Cafe La Fleur–one of Laurel’s most beloved longtime downtown restaurants, along with our friends’ upstairs apartment was burning, smoke billowing from the windows. I never felt so helpless in my life. Watching Landon and Matt, hands over their mouths each staring at something different–one his home and the other his business, as fire fighters rushed in and out working frantically to stop it. I cried walking back to the car, feeling so heartbroken for them as they watched their losses happening in an instant, without […]


Erin

Friday, October 13th, 2017

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#2,445 Lee’s for Supper.

For years Lee’s Coffee and Tea has been the center of the universe for downtown Laurel at lunch but they always closed at 4:30 which meant it was never a supper option… Until now. And all I wanted in this whole great big world for supper tonight was Lee’s chicken salad on a croissant. I was at the studio getting a little work done when Ben decided he wanted to grab coffee, so we walked downstairs and around the corner just as easily as if we were in New York City.  And I had the best little dinner. Right here […]


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For years Lee’s Coffee and Tea has been the center of the universe for downtown Laurel at lunch but they always closed at 4:30 which meant it was never a supper option… Until now. And all I wanted in this whole great big world for supper tonight was Lee’s chicken salad on a croissant. I was at the studio getting a little work done when Ben decided he wanted to grab coffee, so we walked downstairs and around the corner just as easily as if we were in New York City.  And I had the best little dinner. Right here […]


Erin

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

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#2,451 Loblolly 2017.

Even with a hurricane bearing down on us, nothing could stop the Loblolly Festival. For the first time ever, we filmed a scene there! Ben was dressed as the lumberjack, as he is ever year, but this time y’all will all get to be there for it. How fun is that?


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Even with a hurricane bearing down on us, nothing could stop the Loblolly Festival. For the first time ever, we filmed a scene there! Ben was dressed as the lumberjack, as he is ever year, but this time y’all will all get to be there for it. How fun is that?


Erin

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

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#2,443 Country Living.

So do y’all remember last November when I wrote about the Friendsgiving supper we had downtown? We had some very special guests in attendance that I couldn’t share at the time. Country Living magazine! I can’t believe the 10-page spread about our little corner of the world and am so grateful for it. Y’all pick up a copy of the November issue and it’ll be just like coming home to Laurel!


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So do y’all remember last November when I wrote about the Friendsgiving supper we had downtown? We had some very special guests in attendance that I couldn’t share at the time. Country Living magazine! I can’t believe the 10-page spread about our little corner of the world and am so grateful for it. Y’all pick up a copy of the November issue and it’ll be just like coming home to Laurel!


Erin

Friday, September 29th, 2017

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#2,432 Shug’s and Throwbacks.

Shug’s had their grand opening tonight and it was packed with people celebrating cookie dough and candy, because why wouldn’t you? And anytime I see a Vote Big Ben t-shirt from 2013 in the wild, it makes my day. Especially on the camera crew!


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Shug’s had their grand opening tonight and it was packed with people celebrating cookie dough and candy, because why wouldn’t you? And anytime I see a Vote Big Ben t-shirt from 2013 in the wild, it makes my day. Especially on the camera crew!


Erin

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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#2,424 Up With the Sun.

The hardest part about waking up early is getting ourselves in bed early. But the best thing about it is waking up with the sun when I’m taking my walks in the morning. Before it gets hot and before the cars and lawnmowers and saws fill the neighborhood with noise, it’s just me and the quiet padding of my footsteps and the sun so dim and new, you can look right at it.


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The hardest part about waking up early is getting ourselves in bed early. But the best thing about it is waking up with the sun when I’m taking my walks in the morning. Before it gets hot and before the cars and lawnmowers and saws fill the neighborhood with noise, it’s just me and the quiet padding of my footsteps and the sun so dim and new, you can look right at it.


Erin

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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