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Beach Birthday & Jumping Shots

After my big birthday breakfast, fiancé and I headed down to the beach for some fun in the sun.

It was pretty much the perfect temperature. Not too hot with a nice summer breeze! The sun was shining and the waves were breaking. It was a pretty awesome way to spend my birthday afternoon.

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Before we headed down to the beach a few of my friends arrived to spend the weekend with us! Here are the girls enjoying the sunshine – Aileen, me,  Jill and Kate! Ow Ow!

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We all enjoyed some lovely beers on the beach.

Love me some red solo cups.

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We all relaxed

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And got our suntan on.

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Ladies, this is Spicer and he is available! Ow Ow!

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Spicer, Fiancé, Noodles and Joe all played football on the beach.

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I took some pictures of Kate and Noodles in love

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And then began our obsession with the Jumping Shot

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We wanted to do a picture of the girls jumping.

We got ready…

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We got set… bday 073

But the timing was still off.

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Aileen had to help Noodles with the picture taking.

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But we all got closer and closer to getting off the ground.

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VICTORY!

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People thought we were slightly insane jumping up and down for 20 minutes in the sand, but it was fun taking pictures!

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Happy Birthday to ME!

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Then we were off to enjoy the rest of our afternoon in the sun!

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Beach Birthday & Jumping Shots

After my big birthday breakfast, fiancé and I headed down to the beach for some fun in the sun.

It was pretty much the perfect temperature. Not too hot with a nice summer breeze! The sun was shining and the waves were breaking. It was a pretty awesome way to spend my birthday afternoon.

bday 061

Before we headed down to the beach a few of my friends arrived to spend the weekend with us! Here are the girls enjoying the sunshine – Aileen, me,  Jill and Kate! Ow Ow!

bday 089

We all enjoyed some lovely beers on the beach.

Love me some red solo cups.

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We all relaxed

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And got our suntan on.

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Ladies, this is Spicer and he is available! Ow Ow!

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Spicer, Fiancé, Noodles and Joe all played football on the beach.

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I took some pictures of Kate and Noodles in love

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And then began our obsession with the Jumping Shot

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We wanted to do a picture of the girls jumping.

We got ready…

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We got set… bday 073

But the timing was still off.

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Aileen had to help Noodles with the picture taking.

  bday 082 

But we all got closer and closer to getting off the ground.

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VICTORY!

 bday 085

People thought we were slightly insane jumping up and down for 20 minutes in the sand, but it was fun taking pictures!

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Happy Birthday to ME!

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Then we were off to enjoy the rest of our afternoon in the sun!

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Video: Road Trip – 8 Hours in the Lake Placid Area with Kids – High Falls Gorge, Whiteface Mountain Summit, Mirror Lake and More!

Today I’ve got a really special video to share with you from our recent Lake George vacation. This might have been my favorite day of the entire trip, filled with so much beauty, so I hope you enjoy it!

One of the days of our trip my parents, my husband and my brother had plans to go golfing. So that left my sister-in-law, Joan and I with the boys to fill up a day. We randomly decided it would be fun to make take a road trip and go the hour and a half drive north to check out the Lake Placid area. A quick google search later and we had a loose itinerary for the trip.

My boys are typically early risers and on this day did I didn’t mind. We packed up the car and hit the road at 7:30am and decided to stop when and where we wanted along the way to take in the sights.

At 9:00 along the way we randomly stopped at my favorite surprise location of the day.

Chapel Pond.

I put the rest of our 8 hour day in the Lake Placid area on my YouTube Channel {Please Subscribe!} – Check out this video for a better look at all the amazing sights and views that we enjoyed on our road trip – but just for fun, I’ll be sharing our trip via blogging + photos below too.

So back to Chapel Pond..

We randomly pulled over on the side of this road to find this treasure. It’s 100% on my bucket list to come back here one day to swim in this beautiful water.

Next up was a planned stop – High Falls Gorge.

This we had read about and researched because we knew we wanted to do the Waterfall Walk – a 1/2 mile trek along the gorge to see the waterfalls. It was all enclosed and perfect for the kids to run around and enjoy the sights.

It was beyond beautiful and an amazing way to spend a few hours. There are additional trails you can also do, but we stuck to the planned walk. It was fabulous.

If you are in the area this summer – or anytime, they are open all year – definitely be sure to make a point to stop here. It was a treat!

Next up, we made our way over to Whiteface – One of the highest peaks in the Adirondack Mountain range. The summit offers a 360-degree view of the Adirondacks and clear-day glimpses of Vermont and even Canada, where the skyscrapers of Montreal, 80 miles away, can be seen on a very clear day. The mountain’s east slope is home to a major ski area which hosted the alpine skiing competitions of the 1980 Winter Olympics. 

You can hike up this mountain, which I’m pretty sure would take an eternity. Or you could drive up the Veterans Memorial Highway, pay a small toll and make your way up to just below the summit in a few minutes.

Along the way we took in some incredible views.

At the end of the highway there is a Castle Cafe – which is home to a restaurant, gift shop and restrooms. There you can decide if you want to hike up the rest of the way to the summit OR if you want to take an elevator 400ft inside the mountain, up 27 stories to the top.

The trail looked pretty treacherous for small kids, so we opted for the express route and I wasn’t mad about it.

The summit of Whiteface was insane.

And I was so impressed they made it so accessible to everyone. Bravo!

We took in some incredible views – see Lake Placid in the distance? She’s a beauty.

Side note – how fun are these yellow shorts? They are my new favorite from Target!

Jumping shots occurred.

It was a beautiful and I will never forget our time there. Seriously, I don’t even know what more to say about it, these photos clearly don’t do it justice – if you have the opportunity to see Whiteface – GO!

Next up – Lake Placid Brewery.

You know how much I love to check out local breweries, and this was right in the heart of Lake Placid so it was the perfect place to stop. They had games for the kids and we got to take in some amazing views – and this was a nice area because we got to see more of the Village of Lake Placid, which was really special.

Right across from the Lake Placid Brewery was our next stop – Mirror Lake! This is where the kids went for a swim for a few hours. The lake was so perfect and beautiful – and this lake is special because it doesn’t allow any motorized boats.

While the boys and I were at Mirror Lake, my sister-in-law, Joan hit up the Olympic Center. I figured the boys would have more fun in the water, so that’s where we stayed, but Joan loved what she got to see. We also drove around and got to check out the Olympic Jumping Complex – home to the ski jump site – as well as the Olympic Sports Complex – home to the combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track–the only one east of the Rockies–as well as 50 km of groomed cross country ski trails and a biathlon shooting range.

It was really cool to be able to see these massive sports complex area where so much history has been made.

And finally we made our way over to Lake Placid, where we got to put our feet in that special water before making the trip home.

It was an incredible 8 hours we spent in the Lake Placid Area. We got to see and do so much in what felt like such a short amount of time. I would love to go back to explore even more and see some of my favorite spots again, the whole day was filled with so much beauty.

The Adirondacks sure are a special place.

If you’ve been – what is your favorite part of the Adirondacks area? If you haven’t been – where do you want to go first? Please share!

Thanks so much for following along and I hope you check out my video! Let me know what you think of our latest travels!

Babysitters Club + Butcher Bar Philly

Over the weekend, Charles and I got a surprise night out! We do a ‘babysitters club’ with our neighbors on our block. We all have young kids who go to sleep about the same time and {knock on wood} sleep through the night. So we decided a while back to each take turns sitting for the other so we could all get a night out every once in a while without having to pay a sitter!

Genius right?

Outfit Details: Jacket {similar / similar – on sale!} / Ponte Pants {obsessed with these} / Booties {on sale!} / Arabesque Earrings {50% off} / Blu-Red LipSense 

This is one main reason why I never want to leave the city. It’s so amazing! We’ve made a calendar of sorts and we all usually get a extra ‘date night’ once a month. The ladies pick a weekend that we all have free and then one couple gets Friday night, another gets Saturday and another gets Sunday night. 

And we are all on the same block so it is as easy as walking out the door and taking 5 steps to the neighbors house.

So last night, Charles and I got a little night on the town. We initially weren’t sure where we wanted to make reservations for, but decided to try out Butcher Bar at our neighbors suggestion. It just opened in September, so it was still pretty new – I was excited for all.the.meat!

The atmosphere in this place is really cool. I was digging the vibe the second I stepped in the door.

And as you can guess, by the name of the restaurant and the decor – meat was going to be on the menu tonight! I enjoy their tagline:

Artisanal Butchers of Quality Meats and Purveyors of Slow-Smoked BBQ

The second you walk in you can smell the smokiness from the BBQ and it’s kind of amazing.

If I’m being honest, I have to say that I definitely could have bellied up to the bar and enjoyed my evening. It’s right there when you first walk in the door and it’s super inviting. Not to mention that their Old Fashioned cocktails {my favorite} came highly recommended to me, so I was excited to give one a try!

But I’m glad we got actual seats because I got to see more of the restaurant, which is actually really sizable. They have two different seats area upstairs, and I was told they are going to be opening up a covered outside seating area as well, very soon. Lots of space in a restaurant in the city, I dig it.

We got to our table and immediately ordered cocktails – Old Fashioned for me, Manhattan for the hubs. It did not disappoint.

They had some really good looking drinks on their featured cocktail menu, which I would love to try another time, but I like to go with my go-to!

Next, we started our meal! First up is the Pretzel Monkey Bread – complete with spicy beer mustard, cheddar cheese sauce, sea salt.

This was delicious. Amazing way to start the meal and SO.GOOD.

Next we had the Roasted Cauliflower + Brussels sprouts {because I figured it would be a good idea to squeeze a vegetable or two in the mix} – this was a classic mix of parmesan, lemon, balsamic reduction. Yum!

And then we started on the meatballs. Any restaurant that has an entire meatball section on their menu is definitely a place I want to be eating at.

There were a few different meatball options to choose from but we picked two to try out. First we tried The American – buffalo chicken, creamy blue cheese hot sauce, buttermilk ranch, scallions.

This was insanely delicious! It was moist and full of flavor and had that little buffalo kick. Love.
 Next we tried The Italian – pork, veal, beef, fontina stuffed, slow roasted pork gravy, pecorino romano, basil. So good – I actually got really full at this point and couldn’t finish it, took the it home and it was awesome for lunch the next day. This meatball did not mess around!

And then finally we shared the Smoked Wild Boar Ribs – chipotle-peach BBQ sauce, cheesy cornbread. Again, at this point of the meal, I was stuffed – I had a bite and it was delicious, really spicy! Charles ate most of it but it got a thumbs up from me!


So all in all, it was a delicious meal, full of all.the.meats – at first I didn’t think we ordered enough, I really wanted to try a few other apps and their house made pasta, but that would have been way too much! We got a great variety of tastes, all of which were super yum!

Jumping Shot for a Sunday Date Night!

And for all my Stella & Dot ladies, there is a pretty killer sale happening today and tomorrow AND how gorgeous are these earrings?! They are 50% off when using this link to shop!  Check it out and let me know what you think!

And for my LipSense ladies, here is my Blu-Red LipSense after our dinner date. I had drinks, ate ribs and it’s still looking fresh at the end of the night! You seriously have to give this stuff a try. Check out my in stock colors here – and if you mention you saw this on the blog, I’ll give you a special discount!



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