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Hey! We’re Ryan and Melissa! Husband and wife and new parents living in Nashville, Tennessee! We're all about building a foundation. The foundation is love. Whether it's learning how to communicate together about feelings or what to do with your money, the foundation is love. We’re nowhere near perfect, but we’re committed to expressing love.


There is nothing better than the morning time of every day. Especially on a relaxing sunday. Life just feels slower. The sun rises, the birds chirp, the air feels fresh and cool, and life slowly awakens. My favorite routine lately is not setting an alarm to wake up. This is how I know my body […]

Melissa’s birthday is a special day to her. We realized this year that she likes to feel spoiled and appreciated on her birthday. It’s also a special day because she shares the day with her 2 brothers. All 3 of them were born on June 24 just 3 years apart! How crazy is that! I […]

After last week’s adventures pulling our existing Christmas decor out of the attic, we realized one thing. We need to go shopping for Christmas decor! If we were smart, we’d wait till after the Christmas season to find some steals as stores get rid of their existing inventory. But we’re not. Join us as we […]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! Time to decorate the house for Christmas. Christmas memories When I was a teenager, I always loved going on the ladder and the roof to hang the lights. My mom always decorated the inside of the house so beautifully. It’s weird being the one responsible for all […]

WE GOT A HOUSE!!! The long, arduous process of house hunting in 2022 is over! It honestly felt like dating, but worse. A home would hit the market on a Friday with an open house scheduled for Sunday. The houses would sell before the open house even took place! On top of all of that, […]

Fall was never really a thing for me until I moved to Tennessee. Here’s a perfect fall day in Tennessee. I never really noticed trees changing colors in California (although when I go back now I appreciate the foliage). The only difference is the trees in California are put there by man, not a wild […]

Transitioning from an apartment to a house has been difficult from a Christmas holiday decor perspective. When we had the apartment, it was so easy to create a holiday feeling throughout the whole apartment. Now that we have the house, our existing decor makes one half of a room feel the holiday spirit. It’s one […]

Everyone says Chattanooga Tennessee is beautiful so we HAD to explore for ourselves! When we lived in Arizona, we had Flagstaff right about 2 hours away from us. The drive to Chattanooga is about the same distance from us now in Tennessee.  So we had to get familiar with our new spot…it’s just a bummer […]

When we think of how to save to move out of state, it’s overwhelming!! Do I pay bills? I don’t have the cash and can’t save, so where do I start? The first place to start when learning how to save to move out of state is creating your net worth! Here is the template […]

30A. Rosemary Beach. Alys Beach. Ever since we moved to Tennessee we’ve heard these places thrown around and had to go check them out for ourselves. What better time to explore than on our first wedding anniversary trip! After packing, the trip started rather emotional for us. We’ve never left Lucia before so we started […]