5 Years | The Butternut Farms B&B

Sunday marked 5 years with P, and that is something worth celebrating! A lot of people have speculated that you can’t or shouldn’t celebrate your dating anniversary once you are married, but I say the more time you dedicate to your partner and the more reasons you have to celebrate you should!! Of course quality time is key, so we decided to plan a little overnight away for just the two of us.

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It was so necessary to have time one on one together. We had a wonderful dinner at the Chelsea in Fairfield, CT., and then made our way up to the Butternut Farms Bed & Breakfast in Glastonbury. Oh my was it just the most charming place we have ever stayed!

Because life is so hectic we only got to stay for one night, but we are now determined to go back again when we can! We stayed in part of the barn which has been converted to a guest suite complete with a kitchen and loft bedroom. There is enough room in this space to even bring kids someday–who would get a kick out of the farm animals on the other side of the wall. Not to worry, when you are in the suite, you can’t hear a peep and the gardens surrounding the barn are filled with mature trees for privacy and seasonal blooms (which we hope to experience next time around), it really is a private space. I really love all of the original barn wood that has been incorporated throughout the home too–on the stairs, the moldings and trims, beams, and even left exposed in the corners of the main room. It made for a special touch.

The inn-keeper, Don, was as charming as ever, and so accommodating! He went out of his way to find a gluten free English muffin to accompany my breakfast for Sunday morning. The food was delicious on top of the whole charm of the space and it’s host, I don’t know that I’ve tasted eggs better than the ones we had that morning.

After breakfast we took a little tour of the main house, being built in 1720, still with much of the existing charm, it was quite the treat to see all of the fireplaces and wood work throughout the home. I didn’t get any images of the interior of the main house, but I tried to take a decent few of the guest suite in the barn… as you can tell I was quite taken with the space.

The farm animals were a fabulous extra benefit if you ask me. I’m sort of like a 5 year old when it comes to things like this, but I must’ve run back to the goats three times after we loaded up the car to pet them just one more time before actually heading out.

We slowly made our way home, first driving out to the ocean in Old Saybrook to soak up the scenery and have a seafood lunch. Also, as part of our wedding cake arrangement, Dee’s One Smart Cookie makes you a fresh cake on your anniversary, we hadn’t had time to get back up around the fall, so we ordered our cake for this special getaway and Dee delivered it to the B&B for us. We took it with us and got extra forks with our lunch, then parked up at the leaf dump and had some cake by the ocean to celebrate.

All in all, my heart is so full of love for P and our little life together. I cherish these special weekends that we get to spend in each others company, they are the perfect way to not just celebrate the time we have spent together, but really reconnect and dream about our future.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too and would highly recommend the Butternut Farms B&B if you are ever in need of a place to stay in Connecticut. We really did love it and we really do plan to go back! What places have you been to that you were just enamored with? Any good b&b’s or vacation spots we need to add to our list? We are always looking for a good recommendation for a getaway!!

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First Anniversary Gift Guide | Paper

Hmmm… The first year of your marriage, one of the most bliss-filled, starry-eyed years of your life and all you get to celebrate is paper… okay…

I have a few theories on this; No. 1- There is a good chance that after a year, you just dug yourself out from paying for your wedding and honeymoon, so all you have money for is a card (or some other paper gift). 2., You are still so googly eyed and mushy in love with each other that you could write a book of love poems. So go ahead, break out that pen and get to writing; your anniversary is coming up!!

Okay so actually my anniversary is coming up! In 10 days, P and I will celebrate one year of marriage. I do think that we are pretty deep in love, and we can be pretty mushy with our expressions towards each other, but if this is the most bliss-filled year we have, I will be disappointed. There are many milestones to go that I think will just continue to expand our love for each other. (Go ahead and puke if you need to.)

Although we finished paying for our wedding and honeymoon a while back, it never hurts to save a few bucks. But we also thought it would be sweet to follow the traditional annual gifts for the wedding anniversaries and then do something to celebrate. That said, I am having the hardest time figuring out what to get for P, I have plenty of suggestions for you myself, but he seems to have that figured out.

Here’s my brainstorm for the best gift options for your love on your first anniversary:

first anniversary gift guide for him

For Him: (Clockwise from top right) Frame a ticket stub from a memorable event (This one is from P’s personal collection, find something similar for your guy on eBay); If you can’t afford a ticket to fly away on an adventure, this fun airline ticket tray is a great way to keep your wanderlust dreams in flight while holding your mans keys, wallet, etc., at the end of a long day; P is a writer, so a customizable leather-bound notebook seems like a good option as a sophisticated book to carry around and jot down interview notes or keep track of characters;  A custom coordinates print is a great way to commemorate the place where you tied the knot or the address of your first home together; and a Kindle Paperwhite serves as a great way to keep your reading on hand at all times.

1st anniversary gift guide for her

For Her: (Clockwise from top left) If the Kindle Paperwhite is good enough for him, it’s good enough for her, I know I would enjoy this gift just as much, if not more than my hubby, so put it on the list; This brass cuff is molded after the look of folded paper, and every time it adorns her wrist she will remember your wedding day and anniversary; I am a big fan of the handwritten note and I love gold foil details right now. This Etsy shop does custom stationary in addition to their standards, so why not treat your wife to a little custom gold-foil stationary with her new last name; this paper airplane necklace is simple and light, the perfect complement for every ensemble your wife puts together, and like the cuff, each time she wears it she will remember the sweet details of your first year.

Last but not least, I love a good notebook. I jot down all my notes from client meetings in notebooks along with blog ideas and daily sketches and I keep them cateloged for reference, this Little Gold Book by Kate Spade is sweet little way to honor the wife that loves to put pen to paper.

What do you think? What would you do if it were your anniversary? Would you stick with something that is actually paper, or do you think my modern interpretation works out okay? I’ll let you all in on what we end up exchanging for our anniversary in 11 days!