The Berger Bungalow

Our Italy Itinerary
Posted on:4.25.2017

Over the past few months, I have been insanely busy. Thankfully, everything that has been taking up our time has been (mostly) fun, including planning our trip to Italy! We are leaving in EIGHT weeks and we are thrilled. I have been on blogs, Trip Advisor and Instagram non-stop lately searching for restaurants, tours and other places. 

Before we leave, I want to give you all our rough itinerary. I am going to post travel guides of each city after we go and that is when I will post more in depth about where we stayed, what we ate, etc. but this one will be short and quick just to show y’all where we will be headed! 


Our Summer 2017 Italy Trip:

Day 1: Travel
Day 2: Venice
Day 3: Venice to Bologna
Day 4: Bologna
Day 5: Bologna to Rome
Day 6: Rome
Day 7: Rome
Day 8: Rome to Florence
Day 9: Florence 
Day 10: Montalcino + Tuscan Countryside
Day 11: Florence
Day 12: Cinque Terre
Day 13: Open day - Florence or day trip?
Day 14: Travel


We are thrilled to head on our dream trip to Italy! If you have any recommendations on restaurants, places to go, or things to do, please let me know!!!!

Ps: Does anyone know what the best way to bring home wine is?!?!? #Important
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Cod Rice Bowl Topped With Fresh Corn Salsa
Posted on:4.23.2017

This post was sponsored by Fresh from Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Cooking with Ian is one of my all time favorite things to do. Over the past few months, because of busy season, that has unfortunately been put on the back burner, but I am so excited to announce that busy season is officially over and we have started cooking together again! 

This past weekend was the first time we have been able to go to the farmers market this year in order to cook with fresh ingredients and it was amazing! Living in Georgia (and having parents that live in Florida) is extremely nice when it comes to farmers market shopping, and purchasing fresh food in general! A lot of our seafood and fresh produce comes Fresh from Florida - I see the Florida signs everywhere, even when I am shopping in Costco and I am so happy about that because I know the food is high quality. Florida farmers definitely make it easy to eat fresh produce (that tastes amazing) year-round!

This weekend at the farmers market and grocery store, we picked up ingredients to make a cod rice bowl topped with a fresh corn salsa. It was so amazing that I just had to share it! I think all of you will love this recipe because it is not only a healthy and pretty dish to serve, but it is also really easy to cook! Check it out below and let me know what you think:


Ingredients:

1 pound of cod
1 cup of brown rice
2 tomatoes
1 onion
5 ears of corn
1 jalapeno
2 limes (or more if you wish - I used more, but Ian didn’t)
cilantro
a few sprinkles of paprika
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of butter
1 quarter of a red onion



Steps:

Fresh corn salsa:
Step 1: Shuck and clean your corn. Roast it on the grill until charred and soft.
Step 2: Dice your tomatoes, 1/2 jalapeƱo and onions and set aside in a bowl. 
Step 3: Cut your corn off of the cob and put it in the same bowl with the tomatoes and onions.
Step 4: Chop up your cilantro and mix in the salsa. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Brown rice:
Step 1: Before you start your salsa, put your rice on the stove. Cook it according to the packaging. I did 1 cup of rice and 3 cups of water.
Step 2: Once the rice is finished, fluff it with a fork, add the juice of 1 lime and salt to taste.

Cod:
Step 1: Portion out your cod and pat it dry.
Step 2: Season with the salt, pepper and paprika on both sides.
Step 3: Melt your butter in a skillet.
Step 4: Add your cod to the hot skilled and cook three minutes per side over medium heat.
Step 5: Take your cod out and plate

Plating instructions:
Add your rice to the bottom of your dish. On top of the rice, place your cod and top with the fresh corn salsa. Sprinkle your red onion around the dish and serve with sliced lime wedges. Enjoy!! 







This recipe is an extremely easy way to make a healthy and fresh meal for dinner on any night. Don’t forget to shop for Fresh From Florida products and you can also follow the Fresh on social media to see their Fresh! recipe videos.


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5 Things You Might Forget To Do When Buying A New Home
Posted on:4.14.2017

When you dream about the house that you will start your family in, you think about all of the fun activities and milestones that will happen in that home. From birthday parties, home improvement projects and everything in between, your dreams slowly come alive once you move in. 

When Ian and I moved into this house in the suburbs of Atlanta, we had no idea what we were doing. Thankfully, we had an awesome support system that helped us out along the way and we slowly learned how to get things done and I wanted to share the knowledge that we learned with you all!



5 Things You Might Forget To Do When Buying A New Home

1. Do a deep cleaning yourself
I know what you’re thinking. Deep clean yourself? Wouldn’t a house cleaner do a better job? Honestly, I think deep cleaning my house ourselves was one of our best decisions. We learned so much about our house by cleaning it ourselves. For example, our kitchen island lifts up from the ground and we have a weird piece of cardboard pinned under and in between our cabinets. We would have never known some of the stuff that we now know without really “getting to know” our house. 

2. Have your air ducts cleaned
You see the dirt on your floors, but you do not see the air that fills your home, or the dust and dirt filled in your air ducts. Out of sight out of mind, right? Not for me, at least. I know that the air we breathe in has a huge effect on our lives and I wanted to make sure it was 100% clean. 

When we moved in to our home, we had the popcorn ceilings removed and all of that dust ended up in our air ducts. Sears Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning came to our house the other day and before I even told them that we had our popcorn ceilings removed, they brought it up to me! Apparently, all of the debris was throughout our entire system and our furnace filters were completely clogged. 

Getting an air duct cleaning is so important and it has honestly been the best decision we have made since moving in our home - I highly recommend getting a cleaning before you move in, after you do any construction and every few years, as needed. I have noticed a huge difference in our air quality and the best perk of all is that there is less dust sitting on our furniture compared to how it was before we had the cleaning done. If you are in the Atlanta area, make sure you check out Sears Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning. They were amazing to work with - they had so much information that was helpful, they were kind and personable and you could tell that they are hard workers. They also offer carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and tile + grout cleaning, as well. You better believe that I will be using them for my tile cleaning soon! 




3. Schedule a pest control appointment
When you move into a new house, you have no idea what kind of bugs come with it and I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of creepy crawly things that can crawl on me while I’m sleeping. No thank you! Hiring pest control was the first thing on my to do list when we bought our house and I do not regret it for one second! Get rid of those bugs before you move in and you will be so much happier! 

4. Check your privacy fence
This is probably something that your home inspector will do, but if they don’t, make sure you do it! When Dakota was a puppy, she somehow fit through a tiny hole in our fence and escaped. Luckily, she was so small that she couldn’t get far and we found her in the front yard playing, but we learned an extremely valuable lesson - always get your fence checked before you move in, especially if you have animals that can escape.

5. Take it slow
This might be the biggest and best thing that you are forgetting - take it slow! Sometimes it is so easy just to wish that everything was finished and that you house looked picture perfect, but it is fine to take your time! I have finally realized that the joy in owning a home is the PROCESS of making it your own. It takes time and it is stressful, but it is always worth it in the end, and now that I look back on some of the most stressful times, the times that I’ve wanted more, I also realize that they are some of my best memories. One of my best memory in this house, so far is when we first bought the house. Ian and I did not have anything moved in, so we would work on the house all day and then eat our lunches and dinners in the back of his pick up truck bed. Take it slow and soak in all the amazing memories - you will get there in time!

There are hundreds of things that you need to do when you buy a home, but if you start with these five things, you are right on track!! 


This Post was sponsored by Sears Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning, but of course, all opinions are my own (and they really were amazing!).

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Travel // The Astor Crowne Plaza - New Orleans
Posted on:4.07.2017



The Astor Crowne Plaza is in the perfect place if you are wanting to be in immersed in the city life of New Orleans. For us, it was perfect since we spent most of our time on Bourbon Street - we didn’t have to walk far to get anywhere! 

The ‘common areas’ of the hotel were in great shape. The bar was the perfect size and they made a mean lemon drop shot. ;) Everything looked very well maintained and clean, which really shocked me since it is pretty much directly on Bourbon Street.

We all shared a room with two beds and it was a fine fit. It would be perfect for a family of four, or a couples trip. The beds were comfortable and there were plenty of pillows and blankets/sheets. In my opinion, the bathroom wasn’t as luxurious as it should have been, but we were on a bachelorette trip, so that didn’t matter much to us at the time. 

I have read a few reviews on bad service in the hotel, and honestly, we were not in the hotel long enough to actually get a good reading on how the service is, but I will say that we only had one slight issue: our room was not ready when they said it would be. In fact, the room was ready hours and hours after they told us it would be ready. We arrived in the morning and it should have been ready by 11am, but it wasn’t available until a little after 5pm. The hotel did make up for this by giving us a food and beverage credit to use at the bar, which I thought was a very nice gesture!

Overall, if you are looking for a convenient (to downtown New Orleans/Bourbon Street), well-maintained hotel to stay at for a reasonable price, this is your place! It was so nice to be able to walk everywhere once we got to the hotel instead of having to take a taxi to Bourbon street each night.


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How to pack a hiking backpack for you and your dogs
Posted on:4.04.2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #PedigreeMoments #CollectiveBias


The best feeling in the world is coming home to two fuzzy tails wagging at you as you walk in the door after a long day at work. When I do work out of the house, I am usually gone for 10-11+ hours, which is a long time for my dogs to be alone. Each day, I always assume that they are going to be mad at me for leaving them for that long, but as soon as I do enter that door, their tails go wild and they are smiling from ear to ear. They are the most selfless pups in the world and I am so thankful.

When I am not working, I try to spoil them rotten! I try to feed them great food and lots of treats, we play ball constantly, snuggle in bed and now that I have been working out more, we also go on hikes at a mountain just a few minutes from my house! Getting out of the house has to be their favorite activity - they love socializing and exploring the area. 

This past weekend, my sister came into town from Athens, so we decided to make a day out of our hiking trip, which is the best way to do it! We packed a backpack, grabbed the dogs and headed out the door. It was the perfect day. We  walked all around the Kennesaw Mountain area and we even had a small picnic while there. Today, I want to share with you all some pictures of our day and also show you how you can pack a backpack for yourself and your dogs!


How to Pack a Hiking Backpack for You & Your Dogs


Step 1: Find a backpack that works for you.
The backpack I chose was one that I have had since college. It is not anything fancy, but I love that it has two compartments and also side pockets and a front pocket! 

Step 2: Pack your hiking essentials!

This includes:

- leashes

- water bottles

- a fitness tracker (if you use one)

- your phone

- any snacks that you might need if it is a long hike


Step 3: Pack your picnic essentials!

This includes:

- a big blanket that will fit yourselves and your dogs

- a lunch for yourself. I love to pack a big bottle of sparkling wine, cheese and crackers and a treat. Another good option if you want something a little more casual is a sandwich, some chips and a cookie! This trip, we just packed sandwiches and popcorn, which was extremely easy.

- a lunch (or snack) and treat for the pups! They have worked hard too and you need to treat them! I love bringing a little container to fill with water and when they are done with that, I fill the bowl with some PEDIGREE® Dry Complete Nutrition Chicken Large Breed and mix in a PEDIGREE® POUCH 8ct Beef, Bacon, & Cheese/Hearty Chicken! I found these at Walmart in the pet section and the girls go crazy for them - anytime I put it in their food, they gobble it up right away. It really is just like a treat on top of the dry food. I’ve always struggled with feeding them on the go and thankfully, it is so much easier now with PEDIGREE® POUCH 8ct Beef, Bacon, & Cheese/Hearty Chicken. It is an easy to tear pouch and I use the entire thing, so there are no messy leftovers in the backpack - I just toss the pouch and I’m good to go!



Step 4: Pack any extras.
This depends on you, but for me, this includes:

- allergy medicine

- sunscreen and bug spray

Step 5: Head out the door and have an amazing day!!










Next time you are shopping for your dog, look for PEDIGREE® POUCH 8ct Beef, Bacon, & Cheese/Hearty Chicken at Walmart in the pet food section and let me know what you think!! How do you spoil your pup?

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The Top Five Master Bathroom Trends of 2017
Posted on:3.24.2017



source: www.premiersurfaces.com

Having a healthier and more positive outlook on life starts with small steps. Increasing one’s water intake each day helps cleanse the body. Adding a 20-minute walk to a daily routine helps burn calories and increase endorphins. These small changes have the ability to reinvigorate a person. Updating a house can be approached in a very similar manner. A small space can have a significant impact on the overall look and feel of a home. Take, for example, a bathroom. A complete overhaul is not needed to positively affect the ease of use and design of these practical spaces. Instead, small changes can improve the overall aesthetic. 

Each morning and evening start in the bathroom so keeping the space beautiful and functional can make all the difference in a person’s day. Since bathrooms are typically more confined spaces, it is the perfect room to test out trends and different design techniques. Update older styles with minimal, contemporary touches, meld the past and present with antique accents - changes to a bathroom are perfect for any design aesthetic. They rejuvenate the space, increase a home’s value, and give the bathroom longevity. 

1. Optimized Storage
Tuck away towels and toiletries in convenient and functional storage areas. Modern twists on cabinetry allow styling accessories to plug into the back of cabinets, keeping cords hidden and clutter off of countertops. Open shelving is a trend for those desiring a more contemporary, hotel-style bathroom. Learn to maximize space and create unique, storage compartments in spaces once considered unpractical or void areas. 

2. Bath In Good Vibes
Add a touch of whimsy to a bathroom by updating to a free-standing tub. An antique footed tub is a great accompaniment to a classic bathroom with a vintage feel. Soaking tubs without feet add clean lines to contemporary bathrooms. A free-standing tub will be a showstopper and instant focal point for any master bathroom.

3. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Vintage or modern, antique or fashion-forward, mirrors are a must have for any bathroom. One of the simplest and most inexpensive upgrades, swapping out a mirror can alter the look of a bathroom dramatically. Gone are the days of the large, contractor-grade, wall-mounted mirrors. Now, oversize round mirrors are all the rage. The unexpected shape accommodates any design style.


source: www.brit.co

4. Warm Up The Space
Before the first cup of coffee in the morning, there is a trek from the bed to the bathroom. Toes hit the icy bathroom tile and recoil in fright - it is freezing. What if this did not have to happen? What if when foot hit the tile, there was no recoil because the tile was room temperature, or even warm? One of the biggest trends in master bathroom design is a change which adds no aesthetic value - heated floors. Adding heated floors provides an instant feeling of comfort and will make mornings a happy time for frozen feet. 

5. On the Edge 
One of the most noticeable features of a bathroom is the countertop. Making any design change to a bathroom will force a designer to reevaluate the countertop situation. Updating to a natural stone countertop is an easy change, adding luxury and charm to any space. Marble, granite, quartz, or semi-precious stone are just some of the natural stone countertop options available. Once a countertop is selected, one must choose the type of countertop edge; this is a one small, but very significant choice. 

The shape and edge of a countertop give a space a unique, customized feel. When picking a suitable edge for a bathroom, there are several different options, including:
Bullnose - a soft, rounded corner. There are different variations of a bullnose edge, like a demi-bullnose or a 1 ½” bullnose. 
Bevel - a diagonal, sloped edge which is a great touch for contemporary spaces.
Ogee - an “S-shaped” design gives countertops a high-end feel with a bit of customized style.
Square - these edges actually have a semi-soft appearance to ensure they aren’t too sharp and are not prone to chipping. 
Mitered - two pieces fitted together gives the illusion of a thicker countertop without adding extra weight. It is suitable for almost any type of design contemporary or classic. 

When updating a bathroom, consult the countertop experts at Premier Surfaces. Premier Surfaces is the leading natural stone countertop company in Atlanta. The experts at Premier Surface help design, fabricate, and install one-of-a-kind natural stone countertops for any space, including a dream bathroom. Visit one of the four showrooms throughout the Southeast or visit them online at www.premiersurfaces.com where the well-equipped designers can help make decisions leading to the perfect countertop, shape, and edge for almost any bathroom remodel. 



Eric Tryon is the President and CEO of Premier Surfaces, and it was his vision to create a relationship-based company that offers industry-leading craftsmanship and service. Each employee works toward demonstrating integrity, family values, a positive attitude, teamwork, and of course, a high-level of customer satisfaction. The installers for Premier Services are all full-time, fully-trained employees of the company, which cuts out the need for contractors and middlemen, allowing them to deliver the best possible customer experience throughout every point of the buying, designing, and installation process. 

No matter how you plan to change a bathroom remember, small changes can make huge impacts. 

 This post is sponsored by Premier Services. As always, opinions are my own! Thanks for supporting brands that support The Berger Bungalow! 
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Spring Restaurant Review
Posted on:3.22.2017

Tucked quietly away right off of the main street, Spring Restaurant is a fantastic addition to The Marietta Square. This farm-to-table restaurant currently sits at number 25 in Atlanta Magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants, so I definitely had high hopes when first trying their food and they did not disappoint!

Since they use seasonal and sustainable ingredients, their menu changes frequently, but they keep it updated on their website and Facebook page daily. I also overheard them telling a customer that you can always call to find out what’s on the menu.

From the first course to our last bite, we were in awe - it was absolute perfection. Our food was perfectly seasoned, which in itself is a hard task, all of the ingredients and flavors were so incredibly well-paired, the meat and fish was cooked flawlessly and the desserts were heaven. 

I truly believe that everyone needs to try Spring. I wish I could eat there everyday - I am positive that I would never get tired of it.




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