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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My Summer Bucket List


It's the week before Memorial Day Weekend! Doesn't that just screams "Summer is coming! Summer is coming!"?! 

A few years back Emily over at cupcakes and cashmere (one of my all time favorite blogs) had a summer to do list that really stuck with me. (This particular one is from 2013.) While I think summer should be filled with spontaneity as well as slow, relaxed weekends I want to be sure to get as much out of the warm weather and sunshine as I can. (Crossing my fingers Mother Nature gives us here in New Jersey warm weather and sunshine.) 

Here is my summer bucket list: 



Enjoy a free movie under the stars


Hit up a free outdoor concert

Go strawberry picking 

Climb inside Lucy @ Margate (and enjoy a few drinks at Ventura's Greenhouse after)

Day trip to Hoboken

Explore Asbury Park

Visit the zoo

Mini golf

Visit a state parks 

Get to the beach early on a Sunday morning and spend the entire day 

See the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Enjoy the local farmers markets (like Burlington County's)

Have drinks and dinner outside as much as possible

Enjoy a night at a rooftop bar

Find new spots with awesome patios for people watching



And I can already cross off strawberry picking from my list! What are your plans for the summer?

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend In Washington, DC



I often proudly exclaim to anyone who will listen that I love, love, LOVE patriotic holidays. Memorial Day, 4th of July, Veterans Day; give me a reason to wear red, white, and blue, and I am all over it. And what better way to celebrate a long Memorial Day weekend than in our nations capital. That's exactly what I did last Memorial Day Weekend.

 Now I'm only about a three hour drive from DC so this is an easy weekend getaway that requires taking no vacation time. Here is how I did DC over a long weekend:

Saturday


Ford's Theatre
We hit the road around 5:30-6 AM. Not always something one wants to do over a three day weekend but there will be plenty of time to sleep in the rest of the weekend. The reason we left so early was to get to Ford's Theatre where we had 9:00 AM tickets for a tour. Ford's Theatre is the theater where Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. Tours of the theater are self-guided but there is a park ranger in the theater to answer questions. Your ticket includes entrance into the museum, the actual theater, the Peterson House (where President Lincoln was taken after being shot and later died), and the Center for Education and Leadership. The theatre is still a working theater so check out to see if there are any shows during your visit. Website: www.fords.org

National Mall
The National Mall is a little less than a mile from Ford's Theatre. We walked towards the White House and checked out a few of the monuments until around noon when we had lunch reservations at Old Ebbitt Grill. 



Old Ebbitt Grill
Old Ebbitt Grill is one of DC's oldest and historic bars, though it's changed hands a few times and is not in it's original location. It is very close to the White House and the decor is a nod to it's historic past with gas lamps over the bar and animal heads supposedly bagged by President Teddy Roosevelt. It's a big tourist attraction so I would suggest making reservations, whether for lunch or dinner. The food was great and a glass of wine is perfect before heading out for the rest of the day. 
Website: www.ebbitt.com

The Smithsonian Museum of American History
After lunch head back to the National Mall and towards the Smithsonian Museums. You can take your pick but last year we checked out the Museum of American History. By this time it's rather crowded so there was a bit of a line to get in but don't forget, these museums are also free! You could make an entire trip out of visiting all of the Smithsonian Museums alone. I had a few favorite spots here...Julia Child's kitchen, the inaugural dresses of the First Women, and the ORIGINAL Star Spangled Banner. They really have it all here. Website: americanhistory.si.edu

By this time it's late enough to check in to your hotel which is perfect for a little nap and relaxing before heading out for dinner. There is a lot of walking involved in DC so bring some comfy shoes!

Sunday


Nationals Park
It's summer in America so get your butt to a baseball game. Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, is located in DC's Navy Yard neighborhood. It's a great ballpark and reminded me a lot of Citizens Bank Park in Philly. Grab some grub, take in the game, and enjoy The Presidents Race. 

After an afternoon game head back to the National Mall and take in a few of the monuments you probably missed the day before. 

Monday

Ok, so if you are in town Memorial Day Weekend and plan on heading down to the National Mall area, keep in mind that there will be a parade and traffic may end up being crazier than normal. Lesson learned the hard way for me.



Newseum
If there is ONE thing I think anyone should do when in DC, it is to visit the Newseum. You can spend a whole day here and there may still be more to see. I loved it, I'm obsessed, and can't wait to go back. It is dedicated to freedom of expression and the freedoms of the first amendment (religion, speech, press, assembly and petition...you're welcome!) There are so many exhibits and so many are interactive that it is a fantastic place for any age. Go. You will not be disappointed. And the view of the Capitol and Pennsylvania Avenue from the observation deck are fantastic. Website: www.newseum.org


If you do happen to head to DC during Memorial Day Weekend there are plenty of other things to check out as well. Rolling Thunder will be in town honoring the nation's POW/MIA. You'll hear the roar of bikes all weekend long.



There's a concert on the Capitol lawn Sunday evening and it's free but get there early! Take in a parade or pay your respect to our nation's fallen at Arlington National Cemetery because after all Memorial Day isn't about having Monday off or BBQs or weekend getaways, it's about those who have given their lives to protect the United States of America and its citizens. 

Enjoy everything the nations capital has to offer because it certainly is a lot!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

It's The Weekend! Here Are My Favorites



TGIF! How did the week treat you? And what exciting plans do you have going on for the weekend?

Being that it's Friday I'm sharing a few of my favorite things this week:

Earn Your Happy Podcast


I love podcasts (here are a few of my favorites) and I just discovered this one THIS WEEK. I've been listening to it on my commutes and I love it. Check it out here.

This sangria


So good. I think there may have to be some sangria in my future. Check out my post for the recipe.

Travel sized tolietries


I don't know what it is but when I have to buy toiletries for traveling I go crazy. Is it the cute little mini packaging? The cheap prices? I don't know but I need to have them ALL!


Weekend Getaways


Which is what I'm doing this weekend! I'm off to Florida to visit a college friend.

Have a great weekend all!


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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Let's Get Real!



I have a lot to say this week and no time to waste. Let's jump right in to Let's Get Real!

Southern Charm


I didn't watch much TV last week but I did watch Southern Charm so these are my combined thoughts from last week's episode and this week. 

I need to know when it'll come out that Landon and Thomas hooked up/are hooking up? They clearly are/have.

Did Landon think she wasn't going to get called out for being a mean girl?

It's effed up that Landon screwed Kathryn over in not inviting her to Shep's party BUT Craig should not concern himself with whether Cameran declines a lunch invitation with Kathryn. I don't blame her, I wouldn't want to bother with her either.


Also, Landon...jealousy is not a good look, girl.

Seriously Landon showed a new side to herself last week. There really is nothing wrong with Cameran turning down a lunch invitation wit Kathryn but for Landon to not invite Kathryn to Shep's birthday when he's made it clear he wants her to be included is nasty.

"Classic Craig" - I'm going to start saying this whenever anyone does something stupid. Even if their name isn't Craig. And Craig really showed his immaturity this week thinking that JD would just hand him a business to run. I feel like he's never had to work hard for anything in his life which is why when he actually had to, he ended up back in Delaware. I also couldn't tell if Naomi was trying to be supportive of Craig or straight up embarrassed by him. 

Also Craig, being smart doesn't mean anything compared to experience! It's not all about being SMART. 

I really thought maybe they put too much drama into the beginning of the season but seeing the previews for the rest of the season I'm glad to see more drama to come.

I actually have a lot to say about some things on Southern Charm so look out for a Southern Charm/real life inspired post later on. 


Real Housewives of Dallas


I'm not sure ya'll. What do you think? I'm not sure I can get into it but I think I'm going to keep tuning in because I need to know what's going on with Brandi and her husband. I said this from the first episode (read my thoughts here) but I thought they had some issues in their marriage and this week's episode made it very clear. I tweeted this and someone replied that "He's insecure. She's hot." Eh. Not so much person...I think she is very high maintenance and expects a lot as she made clear when she talked about the gift he got her that was 30 of her favorite things and she wanted to know if that was it. (I personally thought that was cute) AND I don't think he wanted to be on this show and was forced to do it by her.  

Also I don't think these girls realize they've graduated high school. Geez oh man.


Real Housewives of NYC


Um, Jules? Seriously? You don't know what an iPod is? Or how to brew tea? Who are you?

And finally...what is with the Housewives and psychics?




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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It's Wine Wednesday! Celebrate With Sangria



One of my favorite things about blogging is coming up with themed posts, especially when thy're cocktails. I was all set to share some for Cinco de Mayo but then I never did so I've decided to carry Cinco de Mayo fiesta's throughout the month of May!

Since today is Wine Wednesday and it is practically law that one must observe this sacred weekly occurrence I'm sharing a classic Sangria that is perfect for Cinco de Mayo, Wine Wednesday, Monday breakfast...

But you didn't hear that from me.

I love sangria and all it's different variations but you can't beat a good ol' red sangria. It's fruity but not too sweet and very easy to make. And its not expensive to make!

Citrus fruit, cheap red wine, a splash of vodka, and topped off with ginger ale and you are good to go.


Slice up the fruit, put it in a pitcher, pour the wine over it and let the fruit do it's job for at least 4 hours. (I just made that up....you want to let the wine and fruit flavors to blend and four hours sounds like a good time. I personally let the fruit and wine mixture sit over night.) I also added a tablespoon of sugar.



When you're ready to serve, add the vodka and ginger ale and enjoy!



Traditional Sangria
1 orange
1 lemon
1 lime
1 cup strawberries, sliced and diced
1 bottle of dry red wine (I used Cabernet Sauvignon)
2 oz of vodka
1 can of ginger ale



Slice the fruit, pour the wine over the fruit and let it soak. Before serving add vodka and ginger ale. Enjoy!

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Monday, May 9, 2016

It's Gonna Be May

And it's gonna rain. And it's gonna make me lazy.

Seriously, if you live in the NJ/Philly area did you survive the rainy weather last week? I'm not one to complain about the weather but I don't know how I managed to live. All I wanted to do was sleep, hence the lack of posts last week.

Luckily the past two weekends have been lovely though. Last weekend, two of my friends and I had a girls day at one of the local wineries for Bacon Fest. But because the weather was supposed to be crappy on Sunday it was so crowded Saturday we ended up leaving.

I spent this past Saturday in bed watching Netflix, finishing my book, and mustering the strength to get my butt to Target for a few Mother's Day cards.


With yesterday being Mother's Day, we had a family brunch at a local farm. Fernbrook Farm's hosts a fundraiser brunch for Mother's Day that benefits their educational center. They have a beautiful bed and breakfast where they host a multitude of events throughout the year from weddings to dinners to cooking classes and more.




The food was delicious and some of the food was made with the fruits and veggies grown on the farm. I'm pretty sure I had everything and as I'm typing this wish I had more of it.



And because I'm an awesome godmother, I let m godson hang out in mud puddles while we waited for brunch.



I'd like to take a second to say how lucky I am that I have not only my mother but aunts and neighbors who have been amazing mother figures in my life.



It's back to reality today so let's hope this week treats us all a little better than last week did.


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Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Favorites - April 29th, 2016



TGIF ya'll! I am exhausted and ready for 5 o'clock. But I'm here to share a few of my favorite things this week:

This blog post.



Thanks to Sarah over at Venus Trapped In Mars for a wonderful NFL Draft Drinking Game. Also follow the hashtag #GirlsGoneDraft on Twitter for a good time. However I'd advise against taking two drinks everytime Roger Goodell is booed or you won't make it out alive.

This app.


Yep. Still obsessed. Read why here. And download here. You get your first month of Skimm'Ahead free. It's the first thing I check on my phone in the AM.

This Pandora station.



I went into Starbucks this week and they were having a Lady Gaga dance party so naturally I've been listening to Lady Gaga radio non-stop ever since. I could listen to The Fame Monster over and over and over. 

This meme.


Will it ever get old? Probably not and for that I am forever grateful.

Also this meme.


Because it is my truth.

Happy Friday ya'll! We made it.

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