Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Favorites (August 17, 2017)



So...here we are....my favorite day of the week is here again AND it is still Summah' in these parts...woohoo!  I have a whole lotta of random loves comin' to you this week...so buckle up...it is a healthy list! ;)

Linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci HERE to share some of my faves from this week....





Fave memes of the week....




and one for Lea ;) (you know I am summer all the way but some of my peeps be like....)





13 Year Anniversary!

Rob and I celebrated 13 years of marriage on Monday so we enjoyed a romantic little lunch together.  We hopped on over to Tuscan Market in the next town over and I got one of my faves there, the Baby Kale and Rucola Salad with Grilled Salmon and 2 Cappellaci...to die for!






Wine Group at BA's

So our wine group is usually on Thursday evenings but this month, Beth Ann hosted by her pool and we enjoyed the gathering last Sunday afternoon.  It was so much fun and so so delicious- my favorite dish was her Gluten Free Sweet Corn and Goat Cheese Pasta- to die for!  As always, we had laughs, caught up and tasted some incredible wines!






Flower Love


LOVE our white hydrangeas


BUT I love our one blue hydrangea even more :)





Jimmy


Our trainer Jimmy just left the gym.  We got to work with him for about 6 weeks.  He started to change my life.  He was tough but had such a laid back personality- we are all really going to miss him.  He is moving to be with his love (in NY) and to continue training for the Olympics.  (bobsledding)  Maybe we will get to be at the Olympics someday to cheer him on?!  We snapped a pic together so we can remember him forever





My Girls

They just want to remind you that they keep me laughing every day AND keep up with the "Summer Snack Brigade"  ugh! ;)





Diana's Birthday Cake

We picked out and ordered Diana's birthday cake yesterday.  We are going with the unicorn theme and can't wait to post pics of it here.  We had fun looking around the bakery and of course had to bring cupcakes home for her and Pidge....I'm just grateful she still likes to hang out with me :)





Diana's All American Cheerleader Tryout

I kept forgetting to post the video that was sent to me so I am finally doing it here- she is far left- so proud of her- she works so hard and she has learned from a young age that you achieve goals and get you want many times from focusing and working hard.  She is my biggest inspiration :)





When Your Water Bottle Matches Your Dress (or vice versa)

You know I treasure my Starbucks Lilly S'Well Water Bottle.  The print is called "Pool Blue Pink Lemonade"...I mean as I have said before....the names are half the fun right??!!  Anyway, I snagged a Marlowe Tee Dress in the same print on Ebay and I had to snap some silly pics...would you expect anything else?  Ha ha!!!







"Team Will" and The Spirit of Boston

We had our summer outing last night and our owner wanted to do it up right- he gave us a terrific evening on the boat, The Spirit of Boston.  We enjoyed dinner and cocktails and SO MUCH DANCING...my feet are soo sooo sore and it makes me smile!  What a great night in Beantown!




That's a wrap!  Getting ready for another fun-filled summer weekend with besties, a wedding and some beach time!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ladies Who Link: Back to School Tips Edition



Once a month, I join my friends Allie, Tara, Lisa, Trina and Sara for our fun linkup called "Ladies Who Link."  This month, we are talking Back To School Tips.

If you wrote about your tips, please link up with us!  Would love to get your suggestions and you will find the linkup at the bottom of this post!

So...here are a few tips....






Clothing Sales


I do most of our shopping online as always and I keep an eye out for the sales, even as early as July.  I don't want to be stressed out with tons of shopping to do in August.  So, I make a practice of shopping the sales, doing a little at a time and slowly preparing.  We do love the outlets and have already made a stop this year to the Old Navy outlet. We hope to hit up the outlets in Merrimack which are only about 20 minutes away.  I would like to get into Gap and Gymboree to finish out our shopping.

  





School Supplies

So this year, I followed my gut and ordered the 4th grade supply kit through our PTA.  I am so glad I did.  I ended up saving money and now we just have to pick it up during "Meet The Teacher Day".  It saved us from making the trip to Target in our combat attire ;)






Meal Planning

This one was a big one last year.  Meal Planning helped me to stay organized for most of the school year last year.  I say most because I got lazy about it during the last two months of school.  I will tell you though that when I was meal planning, we all stayed more organized, we saved more on groceries and we eliminated the guessing game and fast-food stops.
Once school starts, I am going back to the calendar I had set up last year:

Monday- Meatless Monday
Tuesday- Taco Tuesday
Wednesday- Pasta Worthy Wednesday
Thursday- Anything Thursday
Friday- Friday Night Pizza Night

We also have a chalkboard on our kitchen wall where we write out our meals for the week :)
(Exhibit A)

That's a wrap!  Again, can't wait to get your tips!  You will find the linkup below :)
Thanks for stopping by! 


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gratitude



This summer, I am grateful for....



The Ocean


The Lake


The Sun


The Hydrangeas


The Gym Time


The Girls and all of the Fun


My besties....and all the QT


The company


 The Binge Watching


My One True Love....

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Our 2017 Trip to Santa's Village and Story Land

So...we just got back from our 2nd Annual Trip to Santa's Village and Story Land with the Grahams.

I thought today was the perfect day to re-cap our trip for you.  It is Tuesday Talk day with Erika and Ashley.  It the day we chat about anything we want and participate in the linkup.  So here goes nothing!  Linking up HERE

This year's trip was even better than last year's for many reasons!

Buckle up...going to take you on our weekend ride....brace yourself for many details and an obnoxious amount of pictures! (Would you expect anything less?)


Thursday

We drove straight up to Santa's Village this year.  Our plan was to spend Thursday there and that is what we did.  It was sunny and hot...but not too hot this year.  The weather really cooperated!

Driving up...I couldn't help but snap a few pics of the beautiful White Mountains.....

 (Pictures don't do them justice)

Once we got there, we went into the main entrance and met up with the Graham Fam.  We took some obligatory family photos...or tried to anyway! ;)




and then we were off!  The kids picked up their punch cards so they could find the elves across the park and punch a hole for every elf.  At the end of your day, you can turn your card in for a prize.

We hit several rides including some of our faves like the polar roller coaster, the sky ride, the kids whip the antique cars and of course the flume....and more....picture overload coming right at ya....


 We fed the reindeer!


















































Look who made Santa's NICE list?!



 We got measured!



Took a few more obligatory pics!



and then the kiddos turned in their cards for their prizes, which were certificates and pencils!


After that, it was time for dinner.  We drove the 45 minutes to get to the area where we would be staying (and near Storyland AND to our favorite restaurant up there!)  We headed back to The Red Fox and it did not disappoint!
There is a separate playroom for the kids- it has games, crafts and they play movies- FTW!  The adults sat down and decompressed and then we all enjoyed an awesome meal (and yummy drinks).  I certainly went all out with my food and drinks and such this weekend but I let myself have the break for vacation purposes and I really enjoyed!  (Exhibit A)






If you are ever in the area, you need to check out the Red Fox.  See them  HERE


After dinner, it was time to head to our hotel which was 10 minutes down the road.  We stayed at The Attitash Grand Summit Hotel.  Friends, I cannot say enough good things about this place.  It was so family friendly and kid friendly and friendly all around.  Our breakfasts were included and the pool and hot tubs were incredible.  We definitely want to go back here.  We highly highly recommend this place.  It is so close to Storyland too...as well as some outstanding restaurants!  Once we checked in, we all called it a day and crashed!  We loved our little suite that we got too.  Check out the hotel HERE


Friday


On Friday morning, we all met downstairs for breakfast and then we headed outside to the pool and hot tubs.  It ended up being another beautiful day!  We swam our hearts out and relaxed outside and then we got our lunch and ate by the pool as well.  It was such a fun day!






 After lunch, we headed back to our rooms to rest and freshen up and then we hit Story Land at 3pm.  That is the magic time.  If you check in after 3pm, you can come back the next day for free- FTW!

We spent a solid three hours seeing all of the fairy tale sites and enjoying some rides!

(Captured the same pic from last year- hope to make this an annual tradition!)






The Ball Dome was a BIG HIT with Eva!
















(Might I add that we received the emails from our school district that would let us find out who the kids got for teachers- Jill and I were maniacs trying to answer all of the questions online from our phones and figure it out- the girls were getting us stressed and the guys were looking at us like we were crazy...I will never forget how we were making our way up to Cinderella's Castle while finding out teachers!) ;)

Once the park closed at 6, we headed out to dinner.  We ended up at a little place called The Margarita Grill- not far from our hotel!  It was an hour wait.  After going back and forth, we decided to wait it out and the kids did really well.  We were so glad we did.  It was AWESOME- authentic and delicious Mexican food, terrific margaritas and lots of fun.  Check them out HERE

Jill and I got one of their specials, "Blackened Scallop Street Tacos".  One word?  Outstanding!
We also loved the guac that we started with :)



Saturday

We were up bright and early and met downstairs for breakfast and then it was straight to the park.  It looked like it was going to rain so we did not mess around- we got down to business early and spent a good three hours seeing everything we didn't get to the night before!





Someday we will laugh right? ;)
















and we ended with a water ride- of course I covered the hair- would you expect anything else?  ha ha!!!  I laughed so hard...we had so much fun....




 Until next year....I am already excited! 
  
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