I love the open road.   I love exploring the city and all it has to offer.  But ever since I was a young girl I’ve loved venturing out into the country where there’s beautiful scenery, winding roads and always new discoveries. Fall is the perfect time for that. *Today’s post and dope ride is sponsored by Mazda USA. Extra goodies were provided by Gigi’s Cupcakes USA.

Fall Break with Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring | Naturally Stellar

I guess that adventurous spirit has rubbed off on my kids too.  Fall break was supposed to be all about having fun at the pumpkin farm and perusing the auto museum in Nashville. But those were mama’s ideas.  The kids weren’t down with what I had planned.  So, instead of the normal routine of going where mama wanted to take them, I let my kids dictate our week and decided to just go with the flow.  I started by asking them what they wanted. 

My son told me he didn’t want to do the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville because the cars looked “too old” LOL!!  I should have realized that antique cars weren’t his thing.  He’d rather wait until we can go to another Nascar Raceway like Talladega or the Kentucky Speedway, so he can check out the race cars.

My babies reminded me that some of our best family moments happen when we just keep it spontaneous.  So our first stop was off to the Adventure Science Center in downtown Nashville for some play time.

Adventure Science Center – Downtown Nashville

We were able to meet up with a blogger friend of mine and her grandkids and they all had a ball!  Of course, the grown ups were tired from running after them for a few hours, but it was great watching the kids explore the museum and get excited over the exhibits.

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Westhaven Community – Franklin, TN

Me and my son love scoping out new developments in Nashville. We have been known to go on recon missions at night together lol.  Seriously, we’re nosey about new stuff.  While out cruising one day we spotted this fire house off in the distance.  My son said, “let’s go see it!” So I turned into the area and discovered it was part of a newly developed self-contained community called West haven.   I was floored when I saw that this community has its own high-end Kroger grocery store and schools built right in the center of it!

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Almost everything you can think of, as far as daily needs, is right there.  There are restaurants, pools, a fitness center, doctor’s office, dentist, resident’s club, playgrounds, a church and more.  You basically don’t need to leave for anything, except to gas up your car or leave for work.  Kind of creepy when you think about it, but the houses in here are gorgeous. Plus, they have their own lake where you can fish.

 

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Gigi’s Cupcakes – Cool Springs

So for those of you who don’t know, my hubby works a full-time job as an IT Specialist, which has allowed me to be able give up my corporate career to stay at home with our kids for the last 6 years. It’s a HUGE blessing but it also puts a lot of strain on him at times.  Not that being a full-time blogger and SAHM isn’t just as hard, because it is.  But some days he comes home wiped out and so exhausted. Plus, he runs a business in addition to his job. 

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Well, we decided to ambush him after work one day during break and took him for a ride.  He was reluctant at first but the kids were so excited.  He played along.  Normally, during the school week we mellow out after work hours. Instead of a night filled with homework, pajamas and cooking dinner, we ventured out for some cupcakes at Gigi’s!  Yeah baby!

Look at these and tell me you don’t want to eat through your screen right now. Yum!

Gigis Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcake | Naturally Stellar

Gigi’s Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcake

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Gigi’s cupcake assortment. – Gigi’s of Franklin, TN

Natchez Trace Parkway

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive that stretches through parts of Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. It roughly follows the “Old Natchez Trace” a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, “Kaintucks,” European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents.National Parks Service website

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The kids and I had no idea this even existed right in our own backyard.  The parkway begins in Natchez, MS and ends in Nashville.  Let me tell you, the scenery is gorgeous right now!  The leaves are changing colors and the wildlife we saw while driving was awesome.  The roadways are very well maintained and you really would not believe how beautiful the views are along the parkway.

Natchez Trace Double Arch Bridge - Williamson County, TN | Naturally Stellar

My son fell in love with the double arch bridge at mile marker 438.  This is located in Williamson County off of highway 96. We couldn’t believe how massive it is.   It really is a sight to see.

Natchez Trace Double Arch Bridge - Williamson County, TN | Naturally Stellar

The cool thing about this parkway is you can hike trails along the route. You can camp at various spots along the trail and there are all types of places to stop in each state to sight see, like waterfalls, historical buildings and more. At the beginning of the parkway in Natchez, MS you can learn about the Natchez Native Americans and see what’s left of their “Grand Village.” 

There are also maps and various websites to help you navigate your way to a unique experience. 

The Playground – Nashville

Any week just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the playground.  My kids live for the parks! After a quick trip to Sonic for happy hour drinks we headed out to H.G. Hill Park in the Nashville West Shopping Center. If you ever venture here, be sure to check out the big guitar statues all over the park and shopping areas. 

 

Fall Break with Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring | Naturally Stellar

Fall Break with Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring | Naturally Stellar

Fall Break with Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring | Naturally Stellar

Fall Break with Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring | Naturally Stellar

We took this pic last year, but I wanted to show you the guitar. My baby liked this one.

 

About the Mazda CX-5

This was the perfect vehicle to spend this Fall break in.  Everyone in the family enjoyed the smooth ride, spaciousness and all of the tech features that made it possible to charge our devices.  I especially loved the storage compartment in the arm rest because it was large enough to hold my big DSLR camera.

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2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring | Naturally Stellar

 

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring is loaded with amenities! From heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel (Yes, a heated steering wheel!), 4 USB ports, a power outlet in the rear (perfect for tailgating) and sunroof.  The CX-5 has everything you could possibly need for a tech savvy adventurous family.  Oh and shouts out to my kids for not wanting to do what I wanted and for saving mama and daddy some Fall Break coins 😀 

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Do you have fall break plans or headed somewhere interesting this season?

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Founder, Editor-in-Chief of Women's Lifestyle Blog, Naturally Stellar | Beauty Contributor for Hype Hair Magazine | Freelance Writer and Content Creator| Candice is a passionate Nashville-based writer with a love for beauty, urban lifestyle, songwriting, travel, food and business. When she's not busy being Wonder Woman to her family, out exploring or catching up on her British dramas, you can find her sharing something interesting on her blog. Which more than likely she probably wrote at Noon, while eating a bowl of Captain Crunch.

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14 Responses

  1. Katherine G

    Looks like you all had an amazing break! I loved reading about it. Loved the guitars in the park. My kids would love to see those.

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  2. Aija

    What a cute ride. More importantly who knew Franklin, TN had so much to offer. My family is from TN but I don’t get back too often

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  3. Kiwi

    Looks like you and the fam was riding around and getting it. The Mazda was the perfect SUV for the fall break activities.

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  4. Mimi Green

    Oh you guys went on a nice adventure. I like the idea of letting the sits pick the plans. The lake and its view are beautiful. We don’t have a Gigi’s here but my gosh those cupcakes look delicious.

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  5. Daria

    Of course the cupcakes caught my attention. lol… The Mazda CX-5 looks like a comfortable ride. Glad to see you all enjoyed it. Perfect for hitting the highway.

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  6. Kita

    This Mazda CX-5 is so sweet. You definitely got out and about in it. I’ll be getting one to travel for the Christmas holiday. I can’t wait.

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  7. xocrystalnicole

    Looks like you all had an amazing time! Those cupcakes look divine, and nice ride!

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  8. ConcretePalace

    This isn’t so cool, I love how you pay so much attention to you right kids. I enjoy traveling with family myself! It just changes your outlook on life in general. Ive never been out west because I always thought they didn’t have much to do out there, well you just confirmed it!

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  9. Sheena Steward

    What an amazing fall break! I’m gonna have to check out Natchez Trace and the Westhaven Community. I love going to the Adventure Science and their adult nights. The vehicle was great for a fall break outing.

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