Monday, October 31, 2016

Weekend | October 29 and 30

This weekend was all about being outdoors because the weather was quite perfect. It was in the 80's and breezy, which is a nice reprieve from the typical Florida heat.

Saturday


Saturday morning, I decided to get my cardio outside instead of going to the gym. After a failed attempt at putting air in my bike tires, I went for a walk/jog. This is usually what I do at the gym on the treadmill when I am not doing the elliptical. Boy, is walk/jog outside totally different from the treadmill. I thought I was going to die half way. But I made it and got to enjoy views like the one above.


After washing up, the Mr. and I went to a carnival near by to look at vendors and scope out the food. Yeah, there food game was week. We did one lap around and went back home for food.


In the evening, we went to visit my parents and go see my brother at his soccer game. Again, just took in those views.

Sunday


Sunday was a low key day for us. We had a little fun dressing up the babies in Halloween costumes. We found the angel wings at HomeGoods on clearance and brought it with us. The hotdog costume we got years ago for Gracie. Didn't fit her too well, this time. She's a little more fluffy

The costumes didn't last to long. Gracie was busting out of her costume and Addie was trying rip it apart. 


The Mr. got a little artsy and painted this skull that he got at Michaels weeks ago. I was near by providing moral support while painting my nails. I mean... look at that concentration. LOL.

Also, not pictured above is all the time I've spent watching the World Series! I've been rooting for my home team, Cleveland Indians. It's been a great series so far.

Hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!

XO

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Currently | October 2016

This weekend, the husband surprised me with hydrangeas. When we were in Portsmouth, we saw so many hydrangea bushes blooming and they were beautiful. Just a little reminder of the best trip ever!


Love coming home to see these beauties.

Alright, on to the purpose of this post. Being that the last time I did a post like this was back in JANUARY, I am clearly overdue for another one.

LISTENING | Inspiring Your True Performance - The Zig Ziglar show. I discovered this podcast earlier this year and listen to it during my commute to work. Great way to start off a work day listening to positive and motivational speakers and discussions.

READING | A Fall of Marigold by Susan Meissner. I am about three quarters through this book and it's just as good as the previous book I read, Secrets of a Charming Life. Read my post here

WATCHING | This Is Us. Is anybody else watching this? I am probably one of the few that are Mandy Moore fans (loved her in A Walk to Remember and Because I Said So), that when I saw that she was going to be in this show, I wanted to watch it. So far so good. 

WANTING | Personalized gold bar necklace. I have been wanting a gold bar necklace for some time now. I would like to get one like this Stella & Dot one and engrave the coordinates for where the Mr. and I got married. 

EATING | Dark Chocolate Almond and Coconut Kind Bars. All my Almond Joy fans, this is a must try. It is delicious! I will eat one of these in the afternoons when I need a little sweet pick me up at work.

DRINKING | Pumpkin Spice Vanilla Latte. Of course, we are in the PSL season so this would be my drink of choice at the moment. I find PSL alone to be a little much for me, so I ask for two pumps pumpkin, one pump vanilla to be the perfect pairing for me. 

DOING | Lately, I have really been to get more involved in extra curricular activities. Being more active in the community, at church, and in professional organizations. I attended a women's bible study at my church last night which was refreshing. It's been a while since I've really done anything at church, outside of the Sunday morning routine. Life is to short to be lazy and let time slip by our fingers.

XO

Monday, October 24, 2016

Weekend | October 22 and 23

Hello Monday and hello friends. This weekend was the first time in FL that it kinda felt like Fall (Florida Fall that is). It was definitely weather to take advantage of and be outdoors or drive with the windows down, sunroof open. I am really hoping that we get some more of that beautiful weather in the next few months.

Saturday


I have been trying to make it to Magic Kingdom these past few weeks to go see the Fall decor and we finally had a chance to yesterday. We finally have some decent weather down here in FL so it was perfect for a day at Disney. Which, everyone in the state of FL must have thought the same because it was packed! We got there around 3:30 and the wait into the parking was unusually long. We only stayed maybe an hour because we wanted to head over to Epcot for the Food and Wine Festival. We got into our cars and reached Epcot and the line to get through parking entrance was ridiculous. By the time we finally pulled up to the attendant, she notified us that the parking full and everyone is being redirected to Magic Kingdom for parking. Where we just came from.

So, we scratched Epcot and went over to Disney Springs instead. We had dinner at one of the new restaurants there, Chef Art Smith's Homecoming Florida Kitchen, a southern country type food. The restaurant itself is so nice and the food was really good. Definitely a must if you are ever in the area.

Sunday

Photo cred thanks to the bestie
On Sunday I finally got to meet this little cutie! The bestie had him earlier this month and due to work commitments and my vacation, I haven't been able to see him. He is to precious for words. I just wanted to cuddle with him and stare at him. His first impression of me is probably that I am a creeper. LOL.

Now, it's back to the work grind. This week, my goal is a little more Jesus and a little more exercise. Last week was a very challenging week for me. Partially because it was my first week back after an amazing vacation, but a huge part is just work related. To not lose my mind and have a breakdown, I need to do some more stuff after work instead of just going home and doing nothing. I plan on going to the women's meet at my church tonight and try to make it to the gym at least three times this week. Let's see how this goes...

Happy Monday y'all!

XO

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Travel | Newport, Rhode Island

This is my last post from our Fall vacation. Sigh.

We drove down to Newport, Rhode Island to tour the mansions. A friend of mine recommended this place to me because she knows our love of the Biltmore Mansion and the history of it. I am so happy that she brought this place to my attention because it was one of my favorite days!


We purchased the five house pass and were able to visit four: Rosecliff, Marble House, Breakers and Chateaus-Sur-Mer.

Rosecliff
At the Rosecliff, Marble House and Breakers, they provided audio tours which I love being able to hear the stories of these homes. I know, I'm a nerd. I mean, look at us. We were made for each other. <3


The inner feminist in me appreciated these "Votes for Women" souvenirs. I loved the quote "Well behaved women rarely make history".


This was the beautiful view behind the majority of the mansions as they were off the water. I am not a big water person, but I would not mind waking up to this view in the mornings.


Marble House
 After touring the Marble House, we headed over to the area that had a lot of shops and restaurants for lunch.


Of course, I had to have a cup of clam chowder soup, because that is a must when in New England.


After lunch we continued our mansion tour...

The Breakers
Guys. The Breakers. WOW. Just wow. Them Vanderbilts certainly new home to build elaborate homes. Which we should have known considering that the Biltmore was from the Vanderbilt lineage. It was so grand on the inside.
Chateau-Sur-Mer
After having tour the first three homes, seeing the Chateau was just ehh. Which from the outside it looks awesome and probably had we seen this house first, it would have looked more impressive. So, if you ever take a trip to visit these places, start with the Chateau first.

Again, that wraps up the posts from my Fall vacation. Seriously, the best trip! If you missed any of the previous posts, here are the links:

Portsmouth
Lake Winnipesaukee and Flume Gorge
Salem
Boston

XO

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Five | No. 15

Hello Friday. Seriously, images, like the one below, have been my saving grace this week at work. It's been a very challenging week for me and I've had to remind myself "eye of the prize". Just a few more years and I will be moving to a place where I can have views like this one.


Those years could not fly by fast enough!!

Okay, let's get to this week's top five.

ONE | Hallmark Channel 2016 Christmas Schedule

I saw a Hershey's Christmas commercial, the one with the kisses playing "We wish you a Merry Christmas" like bells, and not gonna lie, I got pretty excited. But not as excited as when I saw this article on Facebook!

TWO | Magnolia Journal

I picked up the Magnolia Journal this weekend and finally had a chance to read it. Love it! It did not disappoint. The magazine is full of recipes, home decor, and some thoughtful articles from both. It's shame that it will only be quarterly!

THREE | 73 Questions with Emma Stone

I love watching these videos and I think Emma Stone is just fun! I appreciated this one because I felt like her life was a little more normal. She doesn't live in the mansion like the other people they have interviewed. I laughed out loud with her putting her dog in the raincoat!

FOUR | Victoria Beckham for Target

I was super excited to see this announced!In my cool high school days, I was a huge fan of the Spice Girls and Posh was my fave. #aintnoshameinmygame I'm excited to see what this line will look like. This will probably be the closest I will ever get to a Victoria Beckham item because her real fashion line is worth more than my life. J/k No but really.

FIVE | Gilmore Girl Funko Pop Collection

We all know my obsession with Gilmore Girls (34 more days til the Revival!!), so when I saw this pop on my FB feed I immediately share the news with my husband. I expect to have all three of these cuties wrapped under the Christmas tree for me!!

XO

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Travel | Boston, Massachusetts

For the second half of our New England trip, we stayed in Boston. We rented a room through a private rental located in the Southeast End.


Right down the corner of where we were staying, there was a Buttery Bakery & Cafe where we grabbed coffee and breakfast a couple times. This avocado toast was delicious! We purchased all these ingredients (bread, avocado, lemon, and pumpkin seeds) while grocery shopping to make it at home.


The first full day in Boston, we hopped on a subway train to go to the city and do the Freedom Trail. Lordy. Thank goodness for the husband and being able to navigate through all the different train lines. Had it not been for him, I would have ended up in some other state.


Faneuil Hall
We ended our walk at the USS Constitution site and took a ferry back to the city. Which was perfect because my poor feet were killing by the end of the trail.



The second full day in Boston, we hopped on the train and headed over to the Harvard University Campus. We read and heard that this campus was a must see in Boston. It really a beautiful campus. I loved the gates at each entrance of the campus.



Harvard Square
We grabbed brunch at Tatte Bakery and Cafe which is off the main street next to the university. This place is seriously all the rave. Food was so good!



Our next stop was the Boston Public Library. Guys. This place is beautiful. Makes me *sigh* thinking that we don't have beautiful libraries like this in Tampa. Such a shame.



Courtyard area in the library


Seriously, this room made me want to go back to school and study here.


While we waited for our tea reservation time, we walked over the Boston Gardens.


After some shopping for souvenirs, we went back to the Library to have our afternoon tea.


Boston was great. Loved the history and beautiful architecture of the old buildings. Would I want to live there? No. A little to busy for this girl. But a great place to visit for sure.

One more post coming about our New England trip. Stay tuned!

XO

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Travel | Salem, Massachusetts

After checking out of Hotel Portsmouth, we got in the rental car and made our way towards Boston but stopped by Salem.

I am not really a fan of the whole witch history of this place, but we still wanted to stop by and take a look around. There definitely was a lot of "witch" type activities going on, perhaps a little too gimmicky, but it was still a nice place to walk around.


They had several lamp posts with these figures of women painted differently.


We grabbed a bite to eat at The Ugly Mug Diner, which we found it on Trip Advisor. The waitress was a little slow with getting our order and bringing me coffee... but the food made up for the not so great service.


The Mr. got the Elvis Presley Waffle - a waffle topped with Reese's PB cup, Bacon, Bananas, and Whipped Cream. Cue the mouthwatering. The husband got the waffle and I got the french toast which was just as delicious.


After brunch, we went to the House of Seven Gables and took a tour. There were some spaces that we had to walk through that had my claustrophobia on high alert. How those people lived in this place on the daily is beyond me.



Before getting back to the car, we walked across the street to this little candy shop for some treats for the road.



There are a lot of museums and things to do in Salem but our stop was short and sweet. We were Boston bound!

XO

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Travel | Lake Winnipesaukee and Flume Gorge

While in New Hampshire, we knew we wanted to do some outdoor activities and enjoy the Fall weather and foliage. Our plan was to take one day to visit Lake Winnipesaukee and another day to do a little hiking in the White Mountain.

On the day we were going to Lake Winnipesaukee, it pretty much rained all day, which put a bump in our original plans. We had made horseback riding reservations at Castle in the Clouds and ended up canceling because I wasn't prepared for that type of weather. Plus, I didn't want to risk the chance of getting sick on my second day of vacation. Instead, we took a train ride that rode around the Lake. As you can see by the pictures, it was very gloomy!



Fortunately for us, the weather on the next day was perfect for hiking in the mountains at Flume Gorge. It was about an hour and a half drive, maybe two, but the views were gorgeous! All the hills of the mountains in all the shades of reds, oranges, yellows and greens. There was a lot of "oohs" and "ahhs" during that drive.

When we were waiting in line to purchase our tickets, it was quite chilly. I was concerned that it would be too cold to be outdoors for us Florida folks, but once we got started and got the blood flowing, the weather was perfect.

Here are some pics from the trail.






Below is the view at the top of the trail. So pretty!! Unfortunately, I did not take my good camera and only had the iPhone camera to use. It does not give this view justice.




On our way back, we took the Kancamagus Highway, which is a more scenic route. There were a few scenic stops but the traffic was a little crazy at each stop. We were able to stop at one that wasn't too crazy at that moment, so we pulled over for some picture taking.


Take me back!! Those mountains are everything. I wish I could have been able to zoom better. Lesson learned. Take the good camera on any trips. 

XO