charlottesville, va. part I + a GIVEAWAY! (closed)

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here are a few more photos from our weekend in charlottesville! ps. that bodo’s bagels? they aren’t messing around! josh and i both agreed those were the best bagels we’ve had… and we’ve had a lot of new york bagels over the years from our time living there. ;)
also, our new sponsor,, kindly gifted us 2 free hotel nights this spring which we chose to use for our weekend getaway to charlottesville. is also offering one lucky reader a free hotel night worth up to $250 (10 of their welcome rewards credits)! just comment below to enter! winner will be drawn at random and announced monday!

UPDATE: 4/30 :: congrats to our winner below!
please email me your contact info, rockstardiaries {at}
  1. Lena

    Naomi, you're the most beautiful woman in the world!!!

    I would love to win, Leena

  2. i could REALLY use a vacation! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Allison

    Free hotel stay would be wonderful for my upcoming trip to san francisco!!!

  4. Marae

    how i love staying in hotels!

  5. Erin

    Loved the picture of E with the map, ha! She is adorable!

  6. Unknown

    Crossing my fingers!

  7. Yay – I would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity :)

  8. Hope I'm not too late to enter! Beautiful post and what a lovely treat! xo

  9. what a dreamy trip! excited about the giveaway…we could use a nice family vacation. :)

  10. Tara

    I would love to win! :)

  11. Traveling and bagels…best way to vacation. I would love to win the giveaway!!

  12. Nicole

    Looks pretty! I could use a night at a hotel for free – I have a lot of travel comeing up!

  13. Oh Eleanor! So cute!! And those bagels look delish! You are all so blessed! Thanks for sharing (and for the giveaway!) have fun in Florida! :)

  14. It looks like you had such a fun trip with your little family! I'm about to graduate and would love a fun little getaway trip with the hubby! Thanks!

  15. Charlottesville looks absolutely charming! The Virginias and the Carolinas is definitely a region of the states I hope to be able to explore sometime soon.

  16. giveaway please. Need a mini vacation after graduation

  17. omg, i pretty much want to be just like you when i grow up. thanks for such a rad giveaway. pretty please pick me, a sweet little hotel getaway is always what the doctor ordered.

  18. love how you gusy are always having an adventure! life is just happier with doing fun things as a famiy!!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!! :)

  19. Zoe

    me! pick me!

  20. Rachy

    how picturesque. we will have to check it out there, we only live a couple states away! <3


  22. Love Charlottesville soo pretty. Looks like y'all had fun thanks for the giveaway xx :))

  23. Hilary

    I would Love to win! Darling family!

  24. Laney

    What a great giveaway! Thanks!

  25. Dejah

    Oh, our 10 year anniversary is this year, this would be a great way to celebrate!

  26. Hey! I just wanted to say how much a truly love your blog! It's so inspirational! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!

    Check out my page for details!

  27. hannah

    you are always so stinkin' gorgeous, naomi!


  28. Jess

    I know exactly who I'd give the free hotel stay to :]

  29. Hannah

    I'd love to win a free hotel night – thanks for the giveaway!

  30. Rae

    I have a six month old and i'd love to be able to take him on a little trip somewhere.

    btw – you look beautiful & the photos are just lovely!


  31. Oh please! My husband and I are going to Nauvoo for our anniversary next month and would love to have someone else pay for it : )

  32. Unknown

    Those bagels do look good *currently drooling* Hooray to giveaways! =)

  33. Unknown

    the pic of E with the map just made my day–so adorable! thanks for always having such great giveaways :)

  34. Working so much has definitely left me wanting/needing a vacation! This would be ideal! :]

  35. I love Charlottesville! So hoping for a chance at a hotel stay- hopefully without the kiddos. :)

  36. Very quaint and inviting compared to my home town:) Thank you for the give away!

  37. Fantastic- I've never been to Charlottesville and was trying to plan American getaways with my husband- he's French and wants to explore the US- so the giveaway would be great! Thanks for such a fun, well-written blog.

  38. Of course you look adorable in your picture. I'm so happy that you had such a wonderful family time. And what could be better than getting away together without paying for a hotel? Sign me up for this giveaway!

  39. great pictures :) Those bagels look yummy!


  40. Beautiful family and what a fun weekend!! Love your blog :)

  41. This is a great giveaway!

  42. gorgeous pics and beautiful family :)

  43. Meghan

    This is your best giveaway yet I think. I would love to win.

  44. I'd love to enter this giveaway – and great photos!

  45. Ericka

    Looks lovely!

  46. Hanna

    This is an amazing giveaway! I would love to use it for my honeymoon!

  47. I need to make a trip down to Charlottesville this summer. Maybe this giveaway would be just the push I need.

  48. PLEASE pick me!

    My fiance is in the military so i have to travel a lot to see him, it would really be helpful!

    p.s your family is so adorable, ive been reading for years.

  49. awesome giveaway, fingers crossed i'm a winner :)

  50. Oooo vacations are so fun! :)


  51. Sarah

    We'd love to get a free night for our five year anniversary trip!

  52. I would love a free night at a hotel with my sweetie!

  53. Helloo from the land down under…. We are heading up to the U.S in October and being so addicted to your blog we have made a detour to come visit the lovely DC. We would love some accommodation if it's up for grabs :) Oh and maybe some tips on must see of DC…

    (That was an accidental rhyme haha)

  54. Drae

    I love charlottesville. And free hotel stays. :)

  55. Ger

    looks like fun! thanks for the giveaway.

  56. I would love to win that one free hotel night! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  57. I'd love a free night's stay! I want to be able to visit my boyfriend at his ridiculously-far-away internship this summer in Chicago.

  58. Virginia looks beautiful.

    Crossing my fingers for an excuse for an overnight vacation :)

  59. Winnie

    so cute!! Charlottesville is such a great town.

  60. Your family is beautiful. I always say your husband is the splitting image of my fiancee. I would love to enter the giveaway. We are getting married in a month and this would give us an opportunity to honeymoon somewhere other than dingy hostels. Thank you for the opportunity!

  61. teeny

    heres hoping…and if i don't win, can you give me your umbrella? :)


  62. You are too cute with your preggo belly. Can't wait to see baby boy soon! Hope I win!

  63. Kat

    getaways are always great! thanks for the chance to win

  64. looks like you had a great trip! what a precious family :)

  65. love giveaways and travel! kinda perfect!

  66. I love your blog and your adorable family! XoXO

  67. Love your blog and would love to be the winner of a free hotel room! thanks! :)

  68. MoPanek

    Love Bodos!! Yum!

  69. Sarah

    I could definitely use a night away with the mister, thanks!

  70. What a fun way to have a mini vacation!!!!!!!!!!!

  71. Starr

    We would love a night away with our girls in Orlando. This would be the perfect excuse! Fingers crossed.

  72. Jessica

    I could definitely use a hotel night! What a great giveaway!

  73. Mo

    Oh gosh! My cousin and her husband need this so bad! I've been dying to send them on a good night out while I take care of their babe, and this is just the ticket.

  74. We NEED a get away! We haven't had a date since Hux was born…and he's 15 months old now!


  75. New reader and love your blog!

  76. great photos, my husband and I could definitely use a vacation, thanks!

  77. I adore your cute family & your blog.

    I would love to be included in the giveaway.

  78. I'm following both of you guys on instagram now. Gotta love technology! Both you and your blog are so cute, thanks for sharing a little of your lives with all of us!!

  79. Lindsay

    Oh, I would LOVE a free hotel night for my husband and I! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  80. ls

    i'd love to win! thanks for the chance!

  81. Loving your pictures from your vacation. Thanks for the great giveaway! *K

  82. Kami

    Always love an excuse to getaway…

  83. Bri

    Please share how you are traveling with a little one while being pregnant! I admire you :) I'm 34 weeks, and can barely catch my breath with the 3 kitties I have hah.

  84. Lindsay

    Would love to win! Also, I want bagels. Like, now. :)

  85. your little vacation is precious. i loved seeing all of the pictures!

  86. I would looove to win this!
    Charolettesville looks like the cutest little town!

  87. Grace

    Oh my goodness, I would LOVE LOVE to win this giveaway.

  88. Briana

    Darling family!!

  89. Briana

    Darling family!!