Vanessa Warren x GM/Buick


Recently, Kelli & I were approached by GM/Buick to take part in an all expense paid "Buick Bucket List" trip - awesome! Sadly, Kelli couldn't make the trip ... so I asked my husband to come along for the little adventure. So, off we flew to Cincinnati, Ohio not really knowing what all to expect. We decided to embrace the unknown & relish in the fact that we were kid free for the first time in ... oh, six years!

Fun story ... on the flight to Ohio, I recognized a mom that had been featured on our My Everyday series ... the lovely

Emily Anderson

! How crazy that we had to meet in an airplane when we both live in the same city! Well, I adore her & am so happy we got to spend time with her & her husband Keith on the trip.

So, we arrived at the

21c Museum Hotel

in Cincinnati ... & oh my heavens that place!

Unreal

. The boutique hotel is contemporary & so chic. The first two floors of the hotel is a museum that is open to the public 24 hours a day. It's filled with such incredible art ... we seriously loved all the details & enjoyed our stay there immensely.

On Friday soon after all the bloggers had checked into 21c, the entire crew was whisked away to the

American Sign Museum

. The museum was rented out by Buick to host us & it was

awesome

. Countless classic signs greeted us the moment we walked in. I was stunned at what great lengths Buick went to ensure the dinner ... wait, make that the entire trip ... was branded Buick. So much HARD WORK was put into every detail - most definitely this did not go unnoticed ... they have an INCREDIBLE team that I grew to love!

Saturday morning was a new day & oh was it just beginning! After a lovely breakfast, we all walk outside the hotel to see rows of the NEW

2014 Buick Regal

lined up in an alley way in downtown Cincinnati. So cool! Mark & I instantly looked at each other & said ... this feels like the Amazing Race - HA! Although this wasn't a race, we were handed a super nice book of what our day entailed as we drove off into the city. Our first pit stop - Louisville, KY!

Driving the Regal to Louisville was a blast! First off, it's so nice to drive in a fancy new car. The exterior of the car is very sleek & elegant. The

Regal

is their luxury sports sedan & truly is luxurious! They describe the Regal as the athlete in their Buick family. The car is extremely comfortable, rides smooth [& fast] and the technology inside the car was mind blowing! The white diamond exterior color was my FAVORITE. Would select that one in a heart beat. We *loved* cruising the road in the Regal!

When we arrived in Louisville, our first stop was at the

Flame Run

to create our own glass ornament. We actually got to blow the glass ourselves ... so cool! I created a red ornament & Mark a dark purple one. Because they had to cool down, we couldn't take them with us so they mailed them to our homes. So nice! It was a memorable experience for sure ... really, really fun!

After creating the ornaments, we headed to lunch in the rain. We dined at a really great place called Harvest ... where everything is farm to table. SO delicious!

We then headed to

Hound Dog Press

to learn the history of letter pressing. I absolutely love anything letter pressed, so it was really neat to learn the art behind it, plus we were given the chance to create our own little piece to take home w/ us!

After an amazing time in Louisville, we hopped back into the Regal to make our way back to Cincinnati. That evening we had THE MOST incredible dinner of our lives. Seriously. I was staring at all the food thinking how can I go back to eating spaghetti & chicken sandwiches - NO! Ugh, I can't think of a dinner that I've loved more. If you ever find yourself in Cincinnati, do yourself an incredible favor & dine at

Metropole

. Everything is cooked on an open fire & it is just INSANELY good. GO!  

Overall, I want to give a HUGE, BIG

thank you

to Katie, Lauren & Patrick and the entire Buick team for asking us to be a part of such an incredible weekend. Kelli & I appreciate you reaching out to us ... truly an honor, it was lovely ... so thank you!

You can find my new friends at the places listed below. Thanks for following along on our little adventure - it was a blast!

Vanessa

XO

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My Everyday Featuring ... Alli Shillito


[#1] Share with us a snippet of your story.

Hi! My name is Alli, I live in Ohio with my sweet little family. I grew up only about ten minutes from where we live now. I met my husband, Bryant, right after high school, we fell quickly & after some adventures we found ourselves expecting a baby. Before we knew it we were 6 years in, two houses & three daughters later. Here we are. Our oldest daughter, Madeleine (Maddie) is 5, Josephine (Josie) is 4 & our baby Violet Ann is 21 months. I pinch myself everyday when I wake up to my family. I always knew that I wanted three daughters. I am a part time photographer, always inspired by my girls the most. I shoot anything from babies, families, and weddings. I am big on smiling, I love to make people laugh. I love the escape my pretty little IG squares bring me.. when I should be doing the laundry that is piling up or after a long day of babies screaming, you can find my scrolling through my own feed looking through those magic moments in my feed.

[#2] What is your favorite part of the day with your little one[s]?

A great thing I think about having three daughters is the unique specialness each one brings to my life.. I have individual favorite moments with each of them during the day. Since Maddie is in kindergarden and gone at school most of the day-- my favorite part of the day with her would have to be at 3:00pm sharp when I am picking her up, everyday with a huge smile on her face, I'm always greeted with a big, running hug-- it still brings tears to my eyes. I love the alone time my middle & youngest girls get together too.. my favorite time of day with Josie is when she is home playing with Violet. Josie is my little "mommy" of the three-- it is so amazing to see how gentle and compassionate she already is to her baby sister.. she truly has the purest, biggest heart! & my favorite time of the day with Violet is when I am nursing her down to nap. Most of the time we can close the door and escape to some peace & stillness for a few moments together. She is a spitfire so I really try to take in those quiet moments with her.. keeping her my baby as long as I can :)

[#3] Name Three Instagram MOMS who inspire you.

Three instagram moms that inspire me .. this is a hard one because I am so inspired by every IG mom I follow. I'm going to pick moms that have daughter(s) like myself..  I am always inspired by these moms, the beautiful smiles they have & their warm hearts you can feel through their images. @nicklepickle / @jenotchy / @golden_applesauce

[#4] What challenges have you faced in balancing motherhood and your passion for creativity?

I am still learning every day what it means and takes to balance motherhood & my passion. I definitely have those days where I am feeling overwhelmed, guilty, thinking that I should just drop it all to focus on my children, but then I am reminded how very much I love & need this outlet for myself. I hope that one day my daughters can be inspired by my creativity & hard work. I have big dreams of having it all figured out one day, until then you will find me pulling all nighters to edit pictures because I spent a few great days with my kids & did no work at all.

[#5] What is a family tradition that you love sharing with your kids?

Family is so important to us. One thing that I loved so much about my husband was the fact that his family is so amazing & close. We lost my father in law before my daughters were born, but remembering him & having him be a part of our girls lives is very important to us. The traditions & stories we have to honor & celebrate his life are ones close to my heart. My father in law was very involved in giving back to his community & I hope that my daughters will carry on that "tradition" & legacy of his proudly.

[#6] If you could give us a peek inside your home - what image would you share and why?

I love our little home! We moved here last year shortly after our third little one was born. We are slowly but surely putting our own finishing touches around the house.. having three kids has been keeping us busy. :) We seem to find ourselves mostly in the same room together.. lately our best family time has been spent at the dinner table. From homework right after school to intentional meals all together. I'm not going to lie, sitting down together every night is something still new to us, as the girls were younger we would just focus on feeding them, and then ourselves when they went to bed. Now that we are all on same schedules and better routines these family dinners together come much easier.. and with non stop chit chat about anything and everything that is running through their minds.

[#7] Share a photo you wouldn't typically post on Instagram but depicts real life happenings. A picture I wouldn't typically share.. I usually find myself posting all kinds of different moments in my feed.. I may not be posting big piles of laundry, a sink full of dishes, bickering with my husband about the laundry & dishes.. its all there, like most of you. I like to keep my feed positive and full of light moments for myself to escape to when all of those other things are piling up. I do save a lot of those fleeting moments for myself & don't even post them.. thats right, for how much I feel like I do post-- there are so many that I don't! just going through my phone I found this one, I took it a couple weeks ago while I was working on my computer and then all of sudden my babies were all on my lap, I had to take a picture with them :) 

Be sure and follow @alliroses on Instagram! You can also keep up with the series by following @kelliandvanessa or #myeverydaymoms