Our trip to Helen in the Rav4


For the Fourth of July weekend, we were given the privilege to partner with Local Toyota Dealers and take a spontaneous weekend trip to Helen, Georgia in the new 2019 Toyota RAV4. I’m not a big car guy but I will say there was a lot I really liked about this one.


First and foremost the seating is very spacious and comfortable. We were able to fit everything we needed for the three of us and Copper. Not to mention we packed enough food for 6 people (Mallory’s mom and my parents joined) and we still had plenty of room to spare.


I did most of the driving and while it wasn’t a very long trip to begin with it felt like it flew by. The lane departure alert with steering assist was incredibly accurate. It kinda freaked me out at first because I’ve never been in a vehicle with it, let alone driven one, or rather been driven by one. The RAV4 stayed completely in the lane at all times. There is also a feature that allows you to set how many car lengths you want to stay from the vehicle in front of you. And I loved that it warns you when there is a car coming up into your blind spot. I felt extremely safe on the highway with these settings.


Apple CarPlay. I can’t believe I’ve never had this. It was by far my favorite feature of the RAV4. The Apple CarPlay integrates only the car safe/relevant apps like, Podcast, which are my go-to for any amount of commuting or travel. I can’t say enough about the benefits of having Apple CarPlay on a large touch screen, again, my favorite part. Not to mention the 8-inch touch screen works extremely well. I loved having the map on the dash. I’m really bad at having someone give me directions so being able to keep an eye on it at all times was a lifesaver.


Other features that we liked about the new 2019 Toyota RAV4. We loved the leather seating. Anyone with toddlers or pets should have this, we currently do not. The automatic hands-free power liftgate is so convenient when you have full hands, which with a toddler is always. The smart key system with push-button start, which I do currently have and will never go back. Back-up camera, again, a wonderful luxury. Last but not least, the have heated AND cooled seats. Yea, you’re welcome, Atlanta.


This weekend get away was exactly what we needed. Mallory and I were able to sneak out to go see the new Spiderman movie. We never have childcare so getting out on our own little date night is rare and much needed. The cabin had a hot tub which was wonderful and I definitely relaxed in it several times. We went swimming, grilled out, and took Randy to play mini golf for the first time. We were lucky to have the whole family with us, it really hit the spot. We are extremely thankful for the opportunity and are looking forward to the next time we can take a Toyota out.


Here’s a little video recapping a glimpse of our time. Enjoy! Shout out to Abe PArker for writing the music for it!


A hopeful creative.

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This feels weird. A few years ago, Andrew and I started this blog. We weren’t really sure what we wanted to do with it or where it would go but essentially we wanted a creative outlet of sorts. Clearly, we stuck with it..*insert “ha, ha.” The end of our short lived blog was mostly due to our little one, Randy, arriving and all the life shifts that created. I switched job locations and we ended up moving out of our little studio loft in Midtown to a house in Doraville slightly OTP (outside the perimeter of ATL).

Many of you may be wondering then, “okay, so what are you doing on this blog now?” Honestly, I’m not sure. But I have felt a desire to learn and rediscover some level of creativity within myself. Andrew recently picked up a book for me to learn more about art, I normally doodle but again, I wanted to learn more. My mother also recently picked up a book for me regarding the art of calligraphy which has been so differently creative and relaxing. The point is, I am searching. For what? I’m honestly not sure.

I DO know that I have felt pulled in many directions with my heart wanting to explore MORE of life but not really knowing how to begin this process. The negative self-talk also doesn’t help: “I don’t really know how to draw things, so why even try,” or, “I like to write stories but I’m not great at it so I don’t think that’s for me either…” that kind of thing. But this is a new year and I’m edging my way to 30. I am tired of waiting for that moment in my life when someone will just hand me a permission slip that allows me to finally start exploring my creative side and stop comparing myself to people via social media. I realized it is up to me to allow myself to explore different avenues of life and what it has to offer. So I will create, even if it isn’t for the masses. I will write, even if people don’t think it’s great or even grammatically correct (it’s been a REALLY long time since high school English, y’all).

So, here we are, a hopeful creative. I have given myself permission with the reminder that it is okay if I don’t “stick to a schedule” with this and to take this journey one step at a time.

So I guess that’s where I will leave this first little entry. If you wonder what you’ll most likely find here, it’ll be things that make me happy or what I am working towards including: environmentally friendly things, photographs, my new goal to be a vegan, Disney, 2nd hand shopping, art, calligraphy, writing, and so on~I’m sure Andrew will pop back in as well.

I hope to be here as often as I can. Thanks for being here y’all.

ps. Changes to the blog in the near future are probable.

Book of the Month Club – Him

Sometimes half of the struggle for me with reading is selecting a book. With how fast paced our lives get, it becomes really hard to just slow down and not only enjoy some reading time but to take the first step of looking through the huge selection of books available and choosing just one.

The Book of the Month Club has taken one of the things that deters me most from reading and made it really simple, they pick the books for you. After registering they have a group of judges who select the reading for the month. Those judges choose five different books that they feel deserve to be read and have been “missed” by a majority of readers. You pick one of the five you want and they will ship it to your door!  If you use the promo code SPRING1 you can receive 50% off you 3-month membership. So it will be only $22.49 for 3 months which is essentially $7.50/month!

We are so looking forward to reading from the selection of book we received on our upcoming cruise! It’s crazy we are only a week away! Stay tuned for upcoming posts. Be sure to sign up for our email updates to see amazing pictures from our trip to the Caribbean! Carnival Freedom, here we come!



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California – Him

I recently signed with the talent agency Salt in Atlanta. That same day, I booked a flight to California for the premier of my short film Still Moon and a Salt agency meet up. It was a whirlwind of a trip and I loved every second of it. Scroll down for a few shots of what I did.

Manhattan Beach Pier


I was able to catch up with my good friend Booboo Stewart. It’s aways a good day when I can catch up with him and his sisters. 
My friend Taylor showed me around the Fox Studios lot and it was so inspiring. Here is a shot of my doppelgänger. 
Manhattan Beach Pier

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Finally met a long time Instagram friend, Tony Scott. He’s doing some awesome things for the Kingdom.
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This Star Wars mural at Fox studios was pretty amazing.
This was the view from where Still Moon premiered in downtown LA.
I was able to grab breakfast with Connor Weil. I can’t wait to see what he does next!


Santa Monica Pier


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And of course I grabbed some In-N-Out. So glad I ran into Raleigh and two of the Carlstedt’s. I miss my Wilmore friends so much! This trip was super last minute but I loved getting to see everyone. It was so fun meeting up with people I haven’t seen in a while and yes, the beach was a plus.

Weekly Obsessions – Her

Phew! These last few weeks have been crazy for the both of us! Andrew signed with a local talent agent and flew off to California! (Blog post coming soon about the travels). I had my mama and cousin visit me in Atlanta and it was so wonderful! Any who, sorry it’s been so quiet here recently. I thought I would kick off our, “welcome back to the blog world” with a weekly obsession post! Hope you enjoy!

  1. This David Bowie print from Society6 is EVERYTHING.
  2. I seriously cannot stop watching this Disney Love Medley , what’s better is they are dating and are literally singing a Disney Love Medley to each other. COUPLE GOALS.
  3. Eating at home. I know that may sound boring, but Andrew and I made a pact that we were going to find more joy in eating at home. We break this pact every so often for wing night and Taco Tuesday, duh.
  4. I have previously listened to the podcast Magic Lessons but recently have been delving back into what Liz Gilbert has to say about creativity. When I have a particular day of questioning/judging myself, I have been turning this podcast up and reminding myself that it is okay to explore my creative side and enjoy doing it. If you haven’t checked this podcast out yet, you really should!
  5. I subscribed to the magazine, Real Simple awhile ago! It is such a fun little treat getting this magazine in the mail and I look forward to it every month!
  6. I recently updated my mat at LuLuLemon and I am IN LOVE with it. The quality of the mat is insane and has made my practice so enjoyable.
  7. King of Pops salted caramel popsicle dipped in chocolate. Enough said.
  8. Another Society6 reference, but Giulio Rossi painting. I can’t even. It’s so pretty.
  9. The trees are starting to bloom in ATL and it makes me so happy!



Men’s Style Lab – Him

Who doesn’t love mail? Especially when it’s a box filled with clothes styled specifically towards your survey answers and Instagram aesthetic. With Atlanta’s weather getting nicer each day and the future trips Mallory and I have planned, these clothes have been a perfect addition to my wardrobe. The classic pieces are easily mixed and matched and the quality of products are amazing. So, if you like mail and clothes, please check out the Men’s Style Lab! You won’t be disappointed. And thank you to Leonard and Church and EyeBuyDirect for sending me the watch and glasses, I love them! Now commences my “modeling” shoot. Hope you enjoy.












What I’m wearing: Shoes: Florsheim  , Shirt: Original Penguin , Jeans: Mavi, Watch: Leonard and church , Glasses: EyeBuyDirect

Atlanta – Her

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It’s strange waking up in a new place and slowly realizing, “this is my home now.” Springfield, Missouri will always be my home, but for the present moment, Atlanta, Georgia is now where Andrew and I reside.

Before meeting Andrew, Atlanta wasn’t even on my mind as an option for future residence (my heart belongs to Colorado). This did not come from a negative opinion about the city or state but simply that I have never stepped foot inside the city with exception of the airport. When Andrew approached me with the different possibilities of potential places to move for his acting career, I was not expecting Atlanta to be on the list. To be honest, I had my heart set on New York City, but the story behind the reason why is for another time. After a few weeks, it was obvious that Atlanta would be the best decision for us to try and take steps forward in both our careers and lives.

The process of moving was not nearly as easy as the words above make it sound. Tears (on my part) have been a routine process through this transition. My heart aches for home the majority of my day; for my family and friends. But I am so thankful that in the few weeks of being here we have met lovely people who have accepted us with open arms. This alone has made the transition process so much easier.

Post move: We have slowly been settling into the vibe that Atlanta has for both of us. Andrew has been auditioning for local theaters and films while working part time at Edgar Allen and running West Elm – Ponce City Market’s Instagram. (Follow it!) I have been doing injections during most days and am looking into other avenues to continue to further my dreams. We love the opportunities that have been presented to us career wise and what will continue to grow there, but by far, my favorite moments are exploring the city with Andrew by my side. With the help of our lovely friends, we are starting to discover places that make Atlanta feel more like home.


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The sucker that I am for a good movie scene with particularly good music to complement the feeling that the scene wants to achieve; I would have to compare our recent move to a scene in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. David Bowie singing, “We can be heroes!” as the three friends drive out of the tunnel towards a city filled with lights, feelings, and all that comes with it.

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I feel alive, I guess that is the best way to put it. Although, I am a fan of comfort and routine, I feel alive here. Even if it’s the act of sitting on my couch and watching the sun set behind the city skyline while Bon Iver plays softly in the background. I feel alive.


A Little Valentine’s Trip – Us


This weekend we decided to pack our bags and head south to a quaint little farm called White Oak Pastures, that promised of dinner and a nights stay. As we walked into the pavilion where dinner would be served, we were greeted by the owner himself who was both charming and hospitable. Throughout dinner he walked around, greeting and introducing himself while answering any questions we had about the food and his farm.

We sat down to begin our four course meal as a man took to the guitar to croon us through dinner. The pavilion was strung up with twinkle lights as though to resemble the blinking stars in the night sky. The wonderful food was paired with even better conversation. With tummies full, we ventured back to our quiet little cabin under a sky full of stars to settle in for the night.



Upon waking up, we started the coffee and found 6 fresh eggs and a quiche in our refrigerator ready for us to enjoy! Andrew opened our kitchen shades and yelled with excitement to hurry and look outside, a herd of sheep was running behind our cabin! Our lives are now complete.





We set out to explore the little farm which is filled with free range chickens, cows, sheep, and greenhouses.


Post first adventure, we set our course for the near-by Providence Canyon State Park.


“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’” -Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


Ten Things – Him


  1. I am the ENFP! What does this mean? Well, it would take a lot of explaining, but basically I’m almost the exact opposite of Mallory. I’m really scatterbrained and a lot more extroverted then she is. Anyway, research Myers Briggs, it is all very fascinating.
  2. I am an actor and have been since the fourth grade. Our class went on a field trip to see The Fiddler on the Roof and I fell in love with the stage. Recently I have switched to more film acting which is why we decided to move to Atlanta. (more on this in future posts)
  3. I studied film directing in college and still dream about making movies every day. I love telling stories. Sometimes I think “real life” is too complex; telling stories just makes more sense to me.
  4. I have lived in 6 different states and have moved over 20 times.
  5. I have one pectoral muscle. Yup. Those of you that have been following me on Instagram for quite some time might know that it used to be my username: @onepec. I changed my username to @rewhunter because of all the questions the previous one generated. Basically, it’s a long story that involves me and a shark. It’s really interesting. I’ll write about it sometime.
  6. I’ve traveled to three countries so far but my goal is to see all of them. Shout out to our readers in England, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Sweden, France, Belgium, and Australia! I’m positive you’re the coolest and we would love to come stay with you.
  7. My favorite movie of all time is The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I think the script is brilliant and I love the acting. “I can’t see anything I don’t like about you.”
  8. I spent two years acting at Sight and Sound theaters playing Jonah in the show “Jonah”. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done and I still have nightmares about messing up on stage. In the two years I was there almost 800,000 people saw the show. Thankfully I was the understudy, so of the 690 performances I was only Jonah 200 and something of them. Rodney and Tom, I don’t know how you did it! Miss you guys.
  9. I come from a family of 7 and I love that. I think I draw from each of them in my acting choices.
  10. I still have about 200 TY Beanie Babies and I’m having a hard time getting rid of them. Mostly because I spent a lot of time as a child saving/ working to buy them and I feel like I’m doing a disservice to my younger self by throwing them out even though my wife dislikes that I’m kind of a packrat.

I hope these made you laugh because I really try not to take myself too seriously and hopefully that will be evident in this post and posts to come. Also, this is really scary and we don’t really know what we are doing but we felt like this would be a huge creative outlet for us! So if you are even a little bit interested, sign up on the right for email updates. We love having you here!  -Andrew



Ten Things – Her


  1. I am the ISFP of the pair! Although most of the concepts that come with this personality are true for me, I don’t believe in completely boxing someone into a category. I choose to believe that all life is fluid and that personalities can be too!
  2. I am a nurse currently working in the aesthetic field, in short, I inject filler and botox!
  3. I fell in love with yoga a few years ago, thanks to a lovely friend who started encouraging me to at least try it! Since then, it has become my favorite form of physical activity/restoration.
  4. This is the FIRST time I have ever moved away from my hometown, Springfield, MO. I know it is cliche to say, but it is both exciting and scary! I am proud of myself for taking that initial step and am excited to watch my introverted self push those comfortable boundaries a bit.
  5. I have been working on my green thumb and have been doing so much better at keeping my plant babies alive! Hallelujah!
  6. Harry Potter, Labyrinth, and all things Disney are SO close to my heart. I have tattoos representing all but one of them so far. Probably 90% of my day is thinking about going to Disney world and Harry Potter world again. I may even make a Labyrinth world for fellow Jareth lovers out there.
  7. I grew up playing piano for a total of 12 years. Suffering from stage fright the entirety of my life, I could never bring myself to play in front of people (at least when I was old enough to say so). Although I’m not able to play currently due to the fact that we can’t fit a piano in our 655 square foot apartment, I still have a love for the piano and hope to continue one day.
  8. Movie and TV soundtracks usually make me more emotional than the acting or storyline.
  9. I love coffee. My go to cup is black but I’ll occasionally splurge on a latte here or there. Recently, the lavender latte my husband makes for me melts my heart and has been my taste buds first choice.
  10. I hope one day to travel the world and see the places that have been set on my heart, ie. Hobbitown.


I hope you enjoyed 10 things about me! I’m sure this will be a recurring post in the future for the both of us, Happy day! -Mal