Read on to hear their answers to our short introductory interview!
First up, tell us about yourself!
LP: I made my way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. I relish the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale. After 18 years in software development, I bailed on the corporate scene. I now serve as the Family Travel Ambassador for Georgia, freelance for several publications and manage 365AtlantaFamily, a blog about traveling with kids and not for them. When I’m not traveling, I’m hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene.
LH: I’m a foodie at heart with a laid-back, practical attitude towards life. I consider myself an introverted word nerd who happens to love the hustle-bustle of NYC as much as a quiet night curled up on the couch—surprising, right? My husband and kids keep me on my toes, and yet I still find time to read obsessively, watch movies (and binge TV shows), catch up with friends, and also to travel. Warning: I’m super geeky about social media, content marketing, and copywriting.
Funny tidbit not everyone knows about you…but will now!
LP: I love to make cheese. I’ve made 35+ different kinds of hard and soft cheese- the best was a Gouda that we cold-smoked.
LH: In my early 20s, I had my eyebrow pierced!
What’s the most amazing experience you’ve had in your life:
LP: I’ve visited 35 states and 13 countries so far, but one of the most amazing experiences I had was not when on vacation, but while living in Japan. Almost on impulse, I agreed to climb Mt. Fuji with friends. I had no money, no coat, no pack…and the trail 25 years ago was not as friendly as it is today. I felt extremely accomplished when I reached the summit, and I hope to take my own kids back there soon.
LH: In 2013 and 2014 I was asked to audition for a new Food Network show that was being produced about home cooks. Even though it was totally outside my comfort zone (TV – ahhhh!), I still made the trek to NYC to try out. And even though I didn’t make the cut, I made sure to enjoy every minute of the experience.
Favorite movie of all time?
LP: Joyeux Noel. A Christmas story from WWII, based on real events, that shows we all want the same thing. Love, family, our health…not war. Not hate.
LH: Of all time? SO. DIFFICULT. I’ll go with Julie & Julia (but have a healthy obsession with The Holiday, and also the Harry Potter movies, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, too).
Favorite Instagrammer or Pinner?
LP: @ExploreGeorgia is who I love to watch on Instagram; it depicts my beautiful adopted state.
LH: @abrowntable on Instagram. Nik’s food (and regular) photography is unique and stunning.
Thanks for sharing ladies!