A White Thanksgiving

If you follow me on Instagram you already know that I went to Maine again this Thanksgiving. It was a White Thanksgiving in more ways than one. It was Zander’s family, The White’s and it was super snowy! (I’m just realizing this, but next Thanksgiving I’ll officially be a White too since we are getting married in October, whoa!) The snow was actually so heavy that it caused the power to go out for two days while we were there! Luckily the house is set up with a generator because I guess it happens a lot. Although we had some power from that, we had to be careful and couldn’t run too many things at one time. We attempted to cook a few things in a makeshift oven over the fire but luckily the normal oven didn’t fail us, we somehow managed a perfect Thanksgiving dinner, even on generator power. We did turn it off at night and curled up to sleep by the fire to stay warm! Of course we had to take advantage of the snow as it was falling, then came right back in the stay warm!

Snowy Maine Woodpile
Snowy Maine Banks and Sailboat
Snowy Tree Maine
Family Maine Home Covered in Snow
Sun shinning through snowy trees in Maine
Snowy Maine Outhouse
Sheepscot River Banks Covered in Snow
Playing in Maine Snow
baking biscuits over the fire
Sun Setting Over Sheepscot River Banks Covered in Snow
Snowy Maine Dock Light
Snowy Maine Dock and Sailboat
Snowy Tree in Maine

P.S. I tag all photos on Instagram from Zander’s Grandma’s house with #GramsHouseMaine and have tons of Maine posts if you want to check them out!

Free and Affordable Stock Photo Sites That Don’t Suck

Free and Affordable Stock Photo Sites Great For Bloggers

I think by now we all know the importance of using great imagery, whether it be for blog posts, design projects, social media or anything else where you are trying to look professional as well as capture your audience’s attention.

While I’m a huge fan of completely custom imagery, we don’t always have the skill set, time or budget to do that. But that shouldn’t stop us from having great photographs. For me, those classic cheesy stock photos are not an option, I like stock photos that don’t really feel like stock photos! While I’ve been searching for the perfect, affordable image time and time again, I’ve also been bookmarking those image source sites, and today I’m sharing my favorites!

Free Options

Affordable Options

Any other ones that I missed out there? I’d love to hear about them!

Please check the licenses before using photos from any of these sites.

Barcelona Spain


Continuing the sprancing recaps with Barcelona! We stayed at this apartment in the historic El Barri Gòtic area. The streets were tiny alleyways and our building looked like it was going to collapse at any moment, but it was an amazing location and experience. The last photo is a view from our window, the one morning we woke up earlier enough to see the street cleaning patrol. I really didn’t know what to expect from Barcelona but it ended up being one of my favorite cities! There are so many different areas, the mountains, the port, the beach, the parks, the old squares and gothic quarter and I loved it all! Use this link for $25 off your first Airbnb booking!


Food + Drink in Barcelona

La Deliciosa (on the beach)
Kiosko BurgerInstagrammed
Rosa del Raval
Restaurant Elche for paella • Instagrammed

Things to do in Barcelona

Playa Sant Sebastia – Barceloneta
Santa Maria del Mar Church • Instagrammed
Barcelona Cathedral • Instagrammed 1 • Instagrammed 2
Plaça Reial
Casa Batlló • Instagrammed
Montjuïc Mountain (gondola ride, Montjuïc Castle, Piscina olimpica)
La Sagrada Familia
Picasso Museum
Port Vell
Arco de Triunfo de Barcelona
La Rambla
Gothic Quarter























Travel Memorabilia

Memorabilia from Marseille France

Today is the day that I head home from seven weeks of travel. I don’t really know how to feel. I’m totally ready for my own bed, washing machine, comfort food, friends and family, but I’m going to miss getting to explore something new everyday. I’m going to miss Zander (who is still traveling for work through November) and my best friend (who lives in NYC).

Memorabilia from Paris France

I didn’t really know what to expect when I left for these adventures. I had a flight scheduled home for about three weeks in but decided to ride the trip out with my friends and THEN meet up with Zander since we hadn’t seen each other for the two months after our engagement. This spontaneity is NOT like me at all. A million things ran through my mind, I should be saving up for the wedding, my clients will hate my weird schedule, I really want to renovate the bathroom, what are you thinking?! But in my heart, I felt like it was something I couldn’t pass up.

Memorabilia from Barcelona Spain

Before we left on our trip, Megan and I knew we wanted to collaborate on an ongoing creative project while we traveled together. We decided to photograph mementos from each of the main cities we traveled to, Marseille, Paris, Barcelona, Nice and Madrid.

Memorabilia from Nice France

I am SO glad we did it, it was sort of like a meditation at the end of each city to remember what was important during our time there. It also meant we could capture these items in a photo and didn’t have to be weighed down by them for the rest of our journey (of course we still kept a few favorites). These photos will help me to remember this amazing trip forever! Much better than a bathroom renovation, eh?

Memorabilia from Madrid Spain

I’ve already shared a travel guide for Madrid and some photos from Segovia, would you guys be interested in seeing recaps from each city in a separate post? Or would that be travel overload?

Segovia Spain

While in Madrid we decided to take a day trip to Segovia which is just a short train ride away. Once we got there we basically just wandered the small streets and followed the signs around the city to the Aqueduct, Alcázar (rumored to have inspired the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty), Cathedral and Casa de los Picos House. It’s an amazing little town with the most charming paths and views of the country side. If you are ever in Madrid and have an extra day, I would definitely take the trip!

Segovia Spain Madrid Day Trip 1 Segovia Spain Madrid Day Trip 2 Segovia Spain Madrid Day Trip 3 Segovia Spain Madrid Day Trip 4 Segovia Spain Madrid Day Trip 5 Segovia Spain Madrid Day Trip 6 Segovia Spain Madrid Day Trip 7 Segovia Spain Madrid Day Trip 8 Segovia Spain Madrid Day Trip 9 Segovia Spain Madrid Day Trip 10Segovia Spain Madrid Day Trip 11 Segovia Spain Madrid Day Trip 12 Segovia Spain Madrid Day Trip 13

Use this link for $25 off your first Airbnb booking!

Madrid Spain

Madrid Spain Travel Guide

Today I met up with Zander who I have not seen since the day after we got engaged two months ago! I have been traveling for almost 5 weeks now, whoa, this is such a strange and exciting time in my life! I just had two days alone in London after my travel mates Megan and Betsy headed back to Madrid for their flight home. So I’m finally feeling a little caught up and had some time to start editing my photos! I took over 400 in Madrid alone so it was super hard to narrow it down! At the beginning of the trip, we made up the word sprancing to use for our hashtag on Intagram, it loosely translates to jumping around Spain and France. So let’s start the sprancing recaps with Madrid! We stayed at this apartment near Plaza de Mayor in Puerta del Sol. The photo above is the view from our window. Use this link for $25 off your first Airbnb booking!


Food + Drink in Madrid

Mercado de San MiguelInstagrammed
Toro Tapas (near the Royal Palace) • Instagrammed
Sidrería El TigreInstagrammed
Chocolatería San GinésInstagrammed + Blogged
Taberna La Fontanilla • Instagrammed
Restaurant Botin • Instagrammed
La Chata Restaurante
La Bahía de Extremadura • Instagrammed
Restaurante Apolo • Instagrammed
La Gloria de Montera


Things to do in Madrid

Royal Palace of MadridInstagrammed
Almudena CathedralInstagrammed
La Latina Neighborhood
El campo de Cebada
Calle De AlcaláInstagrammed
Parque Del Retiro • Instagrammed
Temple of Debod • Instagrammed
Day Trip to Segovia • Instagrammed + Blogged

Calle de Alcalá Street Madrid Spain Madrid Spain Bou Cafe Coffee Mercado de San Miguel Madrid Spain Door Texture Madrid Spain Downtime in Park Madrid Spain El Campo de Cebada Basketball Madrid Spain Looking At Map Madrid Spain Mercado de San Miguel Ceiling

Madrid Spain Parque Del Retiro Madrid Spain Mercado de San Miguel Vendor Madrid Spain Organ Almudena Cathedral Madrid Spain Taberna La Fontanilla Bar Madrid Spain Tomatoes Mercado de San Miguel Royal Palace of Madrid Spain PassagewayMadrid Spain Toro Tapas Accordian Player Royal Palace of Madrid Spain

P.S. Have you seen my travel memorabilia and other travel guides? Barcelona | Segovia | Marseille