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Journey Jots #15

By Rachel

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Welcome to Journey Jots #15!

In each weekly recap, I’ll share some of my most recent posts, favorite finds or things I’m currently shopping for, and an assemblage of home decor tips and encouraging content from other creators. Settle in and join me for Journey Jots #15!

Journey Jots #15

Journey Jots #15

Hello, guys! I am back from sunny Florida and it’s so good to be home.

We had such an amazing time playing and basking in the warmth. It thawed us out!

I had my first go at saltwater fly fishing and I’m hooked. I caught some beautiful ocean-dwelling fish and can’t wait to go back for more!

fishing in Florida

Life Lately

Since we’ve been away, I don’t have much to share from the home front. We are getting back into the swing of things post-vacation and Tilly is SO happy to have her humans back.

So, I’ll share a few more snippets from Florida!

Our uncle took us to the new St. Petersburg Pier for a spectacular sunset over Tampa Bay.

St. Petersburg Pier in Florida

Fishing was the highlight of our trip, for sure. We were at the ocean everyday, trying our luck at catching a Snook or a Redfish. We didn’t catch either of those but managed to hook into some smaller fish.

On one of the days, as I was standing in the water, a small shark came swimming RIGHT by my feet! It was super cool but I was also a bit spooked for a few minutes.

saltwater fishing in Florida

The Florida coast is just stunning and full of the most beautiful wildlife. We saw probably a dozen dolphins… one even came within 10 feet of me while we were fishing!

From flora and fauna to starfish in the sand, there is nothing about the ocean that I don’t absolutely love. Even though it feels great to be home, I can’t wait to get back…this time not waiting another 4 years!

Journey Jots #15

Favorite Weekly Shopping Finds- Heart Shaped Valentine’s Decor

On the Blog- Journey Jots #15

Last week I shared a post about 5 minimal and neutral decor ideas for Valentine’s Day. If you are into subdued colors for this holiday, I’ve got you covered!

4 easy and neutral Valentine's day decor ideas


I also wrote a post on 6 of the best backpacks to take thrifting! This is one of my favorite thrift shopping hacks that I always use.

best backpacks for thrifting

Lastly, if you are in need of super simple table decor for Valentine’s Day, vintage and thrifted decor are your best friend. Come see how to get the look!

vintage dishes used on a Valentine's day table

Coming Up on The Antiqued Journey

This coming week I’ll be sharing some ideas for styling a mantel with rustic Winter touches.

Then, I’ll be creating a simple cloche display for Valentine’s day as well as my top 10 thrifting tips!

Lots of super fun content coming your way! Be sure you are subscribed to my e-mail so you are the first to know about new posts and merchandise updates!

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Closing Tidbits for Journey Jots #15

Thank you so much for being here and joining me for journey jots #15! I love sharing a little bit of my daily life with you.

Mindful Tip of the Week: Notice what you are giving your attention to and give yourself grace to adjust accordingly.

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6 Comments. Leave new

  • Maryjo Materazo
    February 4, 2024 10:50 am

    Florida looks like it was good for the soul Rachel. All the wildlife sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing your fun trip. XO- MJ

  • So glad you had a wonderful vacation! You need to come back next year and plan to go to Renninger’s Antique Extravaganza while you’re here! That would be so much fun!!

  • So glad you guys had an amazing time, Rachel! The weather in Florida has been chilly but also really beautiful these past few weeks. Plus I think off season trips are better because the restaurants and stores aren’t as crowded so you can find some fabulous goodies. So cool you saw a shark and a dolphin too! I swear I’ve lived her a good part of my life and it never gets old to see how many wonderful sea creatures we’re blessed to share space with. Big hugs, CoCo

    • Rachel Granholm
      February 9, 2024 10:30 am

      Thank you!! Yes… I think we got very lucky with temps in the 80’s while we were there!! Our uncles said, before we were there, it was super chilly and windy for weeks!! we LOVE it down there…we’re hoping to get back in the Fall again to do some more fishing because we weren’t done!! It’s such a beautiful place!


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