South Florida Coffee

Since working in a coffee shop I have obtained a taste for delicious quality coffee. (Though no coffee will ever compare to Thanksalatte for me) Once I discovered that south florida has SO many places to try I went on a bit of a coffee binge, oops! Luckily my sister Kelly was in town and she enjoys coffee AND adventure so off we went! I will continue to add as I try more but I love to share my local findings with you! So here we go!

Sip Java Co.,  Fort Lauderdale

Try the Serendipity (mocha and cinnamon) or an Angeleno (milk, espresso, agave, ice shaken)! They are delicious!

The Alchemist,  Wilton Manors

Try the bulletproof coffee (syphon coffee, organic coconut oil, grass fed ghee, blended) and the food truck next doors crepes! (nutella obviously)

Roasting Buddies,  Pembroke Pines

A shop that roasts their coffee beans daily and right in the store! Try the breakfast Brio’s (chicken caprese is my favorite!) and pair it with a Bombon glass (sweetened condensed milk, espresso, whip and chocolate)!

Brew Urban Cafe,  Fort Lauderdale

This is more of a “hipster” hangout place thats great if you want a low key spot to grade papers, read, or enjoy some time with just you and your coffee. They use local Beans from Wells Coffee Co. The cinnamon vanilla latte is to die for!




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Red Henn Photography

We are so excited to share with you our photos we had done in North Carolina. We are also SO excited to share a glowing review of the photographer that we worked with in Holly Springs. (You can find her on her website, Facebook, and Instagram all links at the bottom of the post!)

Rachel Hennessy of Red Henn Photography truly blew us away. You can tell this is such a natural talent of hers. She is professional, fun, and made us feel so comfortable. It was really a pleasure to see her do something she is so passionate about and so excellent at. We are so excited to have photos of Dean with his new title on his uniform. We HIGHLY recommend her and will most likely fly her to us wherever we are located whenever we have a family milestone we want captured.

So to Rachel (and her assistant James!) THANK YOU for capturing such an exciting time for our family. We are so grateful for your talent.


Holly Springs, NC


I have had the privilege of working at this incredibly unique coffee and gift shop and I will be the first to tell you that this is one of the best hidden treasures in North Carolina. The coffee is sensational and the selection of gifts and home decor is what gives this shop its southern charm. Family owned, this shop grows every day by making their customers feel like just that, Family. Tell them the Burtons sent you and I promise you will receive a warm welcome.

Kathleens Picks: Coffee- The Charleston ,and if your lucky enough to go during the fall a Dirty Pumpkin Chai Latte. Home Decor- Chewbeads (for all you mommas out there) Mugs, and Monograms on almost anything in the store.

Deans Picks: Lavendar Lemonade

The Mason Jar Tavern

Another local gem is actually owned by our great friends Johnny and Maggie Pierce. The Mason Jar strives to be the place “Where your jar is always full”, and I gotta tell you guys our Jars are overflowing every time we visit. We tell them every time but we are constantly impressed at how they make us feel right at home. The servers are friendly, the live music is entertaining and everything comes in a mason jar which is SO cute. Not only is their food great but owner Johnny Pierce has a passion for craft beer and it truly shows with the wide selection behind the bar.

Kathleens Picks: Start with a Strawberry Mint Moonshine.  Appetizer- Buffalo chicken eggrolls. Entree- Turkey Delicious Melt (on a GF bun) or the Pesto Chicken Pasta (with GF noodles).

Deans Picks: Start with a Blood orange margarita. Appetizer- Asian Lettuce Wraps. Entree- Pork Tenderloin or the Brisket Sliders. Dessert- Smore in a Jar****

( Blood Orange Margarita )


Vintage Church (Downtown Raleigh)

Every time we have visited our friends in North Carolina we have come to Vintage. When we moved here we jumped right back in and it fit like a glove. Incredible worship, great messages, and friendly people in church every sunday. If you need a home church then this is an amazing place to dive in to.

Cohasset, MA

Burtons Grille

Ironically our favorite spot by far when we were stationed in Massachusetts was a Grille with our last name in the title. I won’t lie when I say this made us feel a bit at home as soon as we got there. I think the funniest part was how much Dean enjoyed calling and making a reservation “two for Burton please”. This just never got old for him. We really enjoyed the atmosphere at this local spot and were always impressed with the service. Great food and even better cocktails made this our top pick for date night.

Deans Picks: Ceasar salad, Steak Frites, and any seasonal Drinks (Harvest Sangria was our favorite)

Kathleens Picks: Ceasar salad followed by the Farmers market rigatoni

The Snug

This Irish pub was by far one of our favorite places to eat any night of the week. We discovered this place at a local food festival and discovered they had the most AMAZING steak tips we have ever had. The woman who came up with the steak tip sauce is the only person with the recipe and makes the sauce herself every day! Its a very big secret and we know why, because they are delicious! We highly recommend you stopping in the next time you find yourself on the south shore of boston.

Deans Picks: Chicken Pot Pie, Snug Basket

Kathleen Picks: Snug steak tips, Cranberry chicken salad wrap