Rome, GA: Ryan and Whitney

No one really warned us about Atlanta…so we weren’t expecting the craziness that we encountered on the roadways surrounding it! Oh my. Those drivers drive faster and more sporadic than anywhere we’ve seen. And they’re an angry bunch too :) . So as we approached the Atlanta area on a Friday afternoon, we were a little frazzled! Luckily, we were early enough to avoid the true rush hour, and we headed north to Rome to the home of Ryan, Whitney, and Jackson.

Bella and Jackson were quick friends and were soon busy jumping on the trampoline and playing trains…although Bella was sure to remind us that she was OLDER than him (he’s 2) :) . They live on a really quiet cul-de-sac (with really smooth roads!), and Bella was able to ride her bike…which made her very happy! I even broke out the roller blades for the first time on our tour. Weeeeee!

If you want to know anything about Rome or Berry College, just ask Whitney. She’s a plethora of information and I received the grand tour as we drove around town! Berry College has quite an interesting history and the campus is spectacularly beautiful and sprawling … it boasts the largest number of acres of any college campus in the U.S (26,000 acres!). We took their photos at several locations there and enjoyed the scenery, wildlife, and beautiful old buildings.

Whitney borrowed some of my raw cookbooks while we were there, and decided to start doing green smoothies and a partially raw diet…I just heard from her, and the effects are already amazing! She is a baker, so she gets up super early…and says that now she can wake up at 2:45am and be wide awake! Yay! This is just one of the many cool things that happens when you eat raw. You don’t need as much sleep and you have more energy because your body doesn’t have to digest food (instead it just uses it to heal and give energy). On a cooked diet, 70% of the body’s energy goes towards digestion of foods…on raw, there is nothing to digest because the digestive enzymes are still intact (heating kills the enzymes). There’s a mini-raw lesson for you :) While we were there, I showed her how to make a green smoothie and some other raw goodies as well. There is nothing like hands on training :)

We had a great time in Rome! Next stop, Decatur, GA…back to the busy traffic!

Photo album here.


  1. Hi Sara! I love reading your blog…so inspiring and interesting! Can you tell me how to make Almond milk? I want to switch my kiddos from dairy and I heard almond is the way to go!

    Comment by Emily — April 8, 2008 @ 2:13 pm

  2. Sara,
    I grew up in Atlanta (in Denver now), and the #1 comment I’ve always heard from out-of-towners is “You guys have crazy traffic!” Sorry about that! I’m glad you got to spend some time around Berry…it is beautiful there. I can’t wait to hear about your time in Decatur, as I grew up 10 minutes from there. It is a fun, eclectic town.

    Comment by Rebecca — April 9, 2008 @ 9:11 am

  3. Emily…almond milk directions are on my blog:
    You’ll love it! It’s so yummy. You can add flax oil or hemp seed oil to add more fats to it for kids.

    Comment by livelightly2 — April 9, 2008 @ 7:55 pm

  4. Sara,
    how would I go about booking a demo? I think you’ll be in our area this summer!


    Comment by Heather — April 10, 2008 @ 8:35 am

  5. Hey, Sara! I’ve been having fun catching up with the goings-on of the happy janssens. You guys continue to inspire us! I just noticed on apartment therapy that they have a new off-shoot called re-nest about sustainable living. They SO need you guys! You should check it out!
    Keep inspiring!

    Comment by Leah Barber — April 11, 2008 @ 5:50 am

  6. Hey Sara! Carrie from San Antonio here! Just coming by to check on how you guys are doing and I’m happy that you’re doing well!

    Anyway, good to know about raw foods. Talking with Kari and seeing her enthusiasm really has got me interested in doing more raw in our diets. I’ll be stalking your blog and reviewing your recipes. Beware. ;)

    Comment by Carrie — April 26, 2008 @ 9:33 pm

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