Small Town Indiana

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About a week ago, my boyfriend Chris and I visited Indiana to see part of my family and attend the annual Strassenfest. My dad’s side of the family comes from a small town in southern Indiana called Jasper. It’s a big farming community that is very in touch with its German roots. Almost everyone in that town has a German last name! Every year around the town square they hold a street festival called Strassenfest. I’ve been a couple times, but this was Chris’s first time! He was pretty excited. We’re both of German descent so it was pretty cool eating German food and attending German-themed events. My favorites were the log sawing competition and the Dachshund Dash, a wiener dog race!

We also visited a nearby town called French Lick. The main resort features beautiful gardens that slightly resemble Versailles. It made for a nice walk around the property. Definitely IG worthy.


Girls’ Night Out at Pinot’s Palette


My Pinot’s Palette Experience

I had a wonderful time at this wine and art studio in downtown St. Pete this past weekend. My co-worker Katie and I were trying to find something to do on a rainy Saturday night and I suggested we try one of those painting studios where they have a wine bar. We registered about an hour before the class was about to start. The theme was an abstract floral bouquet, perfect to gift our moms for Mother’s Day!

As soon as I walked in I was greeted and introduced to the concept. I was offered a drink and shown to my workstation. When you register online, they give you a chance to say who you want to sit next to or what group you’re part of. My class was $35 but the prices range according to the theme or event they’re having. Alcohol is extra but was very reasonably priced.

The studio really felt like a local business even though it’s a national chain. The staff was so friendly and helpful. It was my first time going to one of these studios. I’m not very arty but they were very accommodating and went at a good pace. A local artist was our teacher and really explained each step in common terms. I know nothing about painting! In the beginning I was a little worried that it wasn’t going to turn out well, but by the end it all came together. I ended up giving the finished painting to my grandma for Mother’s Day and she loved it!

This place is perfect for a girls’ night out or even a first date. You can still talk to your friends or date during the class since it’s 2 hours long and there’s a dry break, where you have to wait for the acrylic paint to dry. There’s also a wide selection of drinks at the bar. I got the white sangria and it was delicious. I highly recommend Pinot’s Palette!