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Farm To Table At Stock & Barrel

Farm to Table has become a catch phrase used by many businesses these days. During a visit to Market Square, in Knoxville, Tennessee, we had an opportunity to taste what that phrase is designed to represent. Market Square is a fun destination, filled with eclectic shops and delicious eateries. We had scoped out the area before our arrival, and determined that Stock & Barrel was one of the restaurants that we had to sample. Farm to Table at Stock & Barrel The principle behind the farm to table approach is fairly simple. Restaurants will source ingredients from local or regional [...]

By |January 23rd, 2019|Eastern US, Knoxville, Tennessee|0 Comments

Downtown Little Rock – Our Top Stops

2018 was a capital year for us, as it relates to traveling. We were able to visit four state capitals, including Little Rock, Arkansas. In each of these cities, we spent the majority of our time in the downtown areas. Each one offered a different experience, but we found a common thread between all of them. In each city, they are seeing a resurgence of interest in their urban cores. This has led to an increase in commerce, which gives visitors plenty of options for food, shopping, and entertainment. The Clinton Presidential Library sits downtown Little Rock, and draws thousands [...]

By |January 21st, 2019|Arkansas, Central US, Little Rock|6 Comments

Classic Pies At 1889 Pizza Napoletana

There are few dishes that can represent an entire cuisine. Pizza is one of those meals that can easily stand on its own. In KCK, there are a variety of pizza shops, but 1889 Pizza Napoletana stands out from the crowd by delivering classic pies to its customers. We've had the chance to visit previously, but with eats this good, we were happy to make a return. It was a cold day, and we couldn't wait to get inside, since we knew it would be nice and toasty. You may wonder how the restaurant got its name, because we certainly did. [...]

By |January 18th, 2019|Decent Dining - $$, KC Dining|1 Comment

James White’s Fort – Exploring Knoxville’s Roots

Having an opportunity to learn more about the founding of a city makes our visit that much more special. James White Fort is the birthplace of Knoxville, Tennessee and was located close to our hotel in downtown. While the original arrival of White occurred in the early 1780's, this site wasn't restored until almost 200 years later. Once we arrived in Knoxville, this made a good first stop, since it sits just a couple blocks from our downtown lodging. We were excited for a chance to explore Knoxville's roots, before striking off into the downtown district. We would like to [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Eastern US, Knoxville, Tennessee|2 Comments

Sampling The Flavors Of Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas offers visitors many ways to sample the flavors of the city. While the restaurant scene is flourishing, we found that there are some other unique options where you can discover amazing tastes. Our visit only covered about three days, but you will see that during that period we uncovered a wide variety of eats. We want to thank the Little Rock CVB and its businesses for their hospitality. Rest assured that all opinions are our own. The Root Cafe One of the key restaurants that we planned to visit was The Root Cafe. This locally owned and operated eatery is making [...]

By |January 14th, 2019|Arkansas, Central US, Little Rock|0 Comments

Our TOP 10 Stops Of 2018

Our second year of travel blogging offered us more opportunities for adventure and exploration. There were so many great places we visited that it is really difficult to narrow it down to just our Top 10 stops. This grouping represents some of the best sites we visited in 2018, and each hold a special place in our memories. One common thread between all of these places is the educational opportunities that they each offer. Of course, a few of the places also allowed us to act like kids again, so that was just an added bonus. Saint Louis Zoo By [...]

By |January 11th, 2019|Crystal's Corner, Our Top Picks|12 Comments

Tupelo Honey – A Taste of Southern Style

Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee has a wide range of delicious eateries like Tupelo Honey Cafe. We found this place during our first visit to the Market Square, which was easy walking distance from our hotel. Since the mid-1800's, this neighborhood has been filled with businesses that attract workers and visitors alike. These days it is a vibrant destination district filled with fun shops, outdoor art, and interesting restaurants. Southern style exudes from these spaces, that are frequented by residents and tourists daily. Our First Taste of Knoxville Our visit to Knoxville was short, but we filled it with lots of sites. [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|Eastern US, Knoxville, Tennessee|0 Comments

Historic Arkansas Museum – Where History Comes To Life

Little Rock is a city filled with history and we love to learn about the beginnings of the destinations we visit. A stop at the Historic Arkansas Museum was sure to provide a good backdrop for us to find out about the start of the river town. Little did we realize that here we would see history come to life. Located in the heart of the downtown River Market section of the city made it a perfect fit for us, since our lodging was only a couple of blocks away. (Read more about the River Walk area here.) Start at [...]

By |January 7th, 2019|Arkansas, Central US, Little Rock|0 Comments

Our TOP 10 Eats Of 2018

It's hard to believe we've completed our second year of travel blogging. The time passes so quickly, but fortunately we were able to make a lot of memories. In 2018, we continued to focus primarily on the Central U.S. While many will consider these the "fly-over states", those in the know realize that they are chocked full of interesting sites just waiting to be explored. To fuel all of our discoveries, we visited a ton of locally owned restaurants, diners, coffee shops, and dessert bars. Paring down to just our Top 10 is quite a chore, since there are so [...]

By |January 4th, 2019|Crystal's Corner, Our Top Picks|16 Comments

Lucas, Kansas – Journey To Grassroots Art Central

One of the key goals of Our Changing Lives is to showcase places that are often overlooked as potential destinations. Some are sites that are hidden gems inside of major cities. Others, like Lucas, Kansas, are smaller towns that hold some unique sights that are less known. While many people have never heard of this destination, we are hoping we can help spread the word about the "Grassroots Art Capital of Kansas". We would like to thank the Lucas Chamber of Commerce and all of the local businesses for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our own. First Impressions of Lucas, Kansas [...]

By |January 2nd, 2019|Central US, Kansas, Lucas|4 Comments


We are Jeff and Crystal, a Baby Boomer couple who love exploring this big blue marble we all call home. After spending the first portion of our lives together raising a family, the empty-nest syndrome finally caught up with us. This has given us the opportunity to spend more time traveling, and seeking out new destinations. We developed this travel blog with the goal of showing how we “Visit Like A Local”.

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