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Benkadi Garden with The Wash Project in Mali

Amazing Community Garden Update

I don't know if I've ever been so excited to write a blog post and share it with all of you. ♡

Teo in his high chair


A long (long, long, long) overdue hello from Barcelona!

Baby Teo

Meet Teo!

Hi friends! Just wanted to pop in briefly from maternity leave to share an update today, because there’s someone very special I’d love for you to meet… …our sweet Teo! Our son, Teo (pronounced the Spanish way, “tay-oh”) Elliott Martin, was born on March 16. And for those of...

Ali Martin Third Trimester Pregnancy


Bon dia from the home stretch of our third trimester here in Barcelona! I can hardly believe it, but we’re now less than two weeks away from getting to meet our baby boy, which has us feeling all the feels right about now. Timehop actually just reminded me that...

Ali Martin in Barcelona Kitchen

Day In The Life

A photo journal of my day yesterday here in Barcelona. ♡ 7:45am: Buenos días from Barcelona. ♡ Getting a late start to the day today, after not sleeping so well this week.  Our lil’ babe has been setting records lately with how many times he wakes me up during the...

Baking linzer cookies for our neighbors


Warm greetings from Barcelona! ♡ I have to admit that I had really (really) been hoping to write this month’s update cozied up in front of a fireplace back in Kansas, where we had planned to spend the month of December home with our families.  But, like so many of you,...

Ladies gardening with The Wash Project

A Very Special Project

Update: Here is the latest from this community garden project in October 2021. I have a very special project that I’ve so been looking forward to sharing with you. ♡ Many of you may know that my husband, Barclay, and I also work behind the scenes (him = full...

Ali Martin Pregnant In Barcelona

Hey, Bebé!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve looked forward to finally having this news to share. We’re pregnant, you guys! ♡♡♡ Those of you who have been following our story for awhile know that it has been a long road for Barclay and I as we...

El Gotico Barcelona


Hey, friends. ♡ How are you doing today?  Hangin’ in there?  Finding a moment when you need it to recharge? I realize that the last update I posted here was back in March, just a few weeks into what ended up being a very-long and very-strict period of quarantine...

Day In The Life

Buenos días from Barcelona, friends! I’ve been getting so many emails, comments and messages these past few weeks from many of you, kindly been checking in on us with the situation here in Spain.  (Thank you. ♡)   So today I thought I would pop in today with a little...

Barclay and Ali Martin


Hey friends ♡ I hope that this finds you well and warm today, wherever life may have you this January.  We have been snuggled up inside here in Barcelona this past week, while Storm Gloria has slowly been making its way across the country.  And while the weather outside...

Ali’s Guide To Istanbul

All of my best travel tips for where to eat, stay and visit in Istanbul, Turkey. Is Istanbul on your travel bucket list yet?  If not — ohhh friends — it needs to be. ♡ We booked our trip there this past fall on a whim, thanks to some...