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When in Hershey, PA – A visit to Tröegs Independent Brewing is a MUST!

I am working on all the fun recaps + videos + hotel tour posts coming your way from our getaway to Hershey, PA last weekend, but before I get into all things chocolate, I HAD to pop on and share with you the spot we hit up before EVERY visit to the Sweetest Place on Earth – Tröegs Independent Brewing.

outfit details: headband /  dress  {similar on sale!}  / sandals  {on sale!}

If you are familiar with Hersheypark, you will know how close Tröegs is to the park. It’s address is on Hersheypark Drive and it’s right down the way from the Lighting Racer rollercoaster on one end of the park {with the Tanger Outlets in between!} So needless to say, it’s super close!

They have recently redone the space and it’s ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. There is a massive tour room where you can see the bottling and brewing process. There is also a massive tasting room, complete with a snack bar. The tasting room has an indoor + outdoor option – both of which are absolutely beautiful. The space is large + open which makes it completely kid friendly.

Here’s a look at the outdoor area:

To go along with the great space {and beers, duh} the food here is fantastic. Something for everyone, but not boring bar food – they’ve definitely stepped it up while keeping good options for everyone, including the littles.

Here’s a look at some of our easts over our visits:

French Bread Pizza {above} / Oktoberfest Pretzel {below – a Kid FAVORITE!}

Chicken + Waffles {this was incredible}

Braised Brisket Sandwich {this will blow your mind – always my go-to}

And now onto the beer:

When we first started going to Troegs, we would always sample the different beers available. Now we are in Hershey fairly regularly {thanks #sweetestmoms } we know what we like, love and what’s new we HAVE to try. Troeg’s releases new “Scratch Beers” every week – they try new flavors and combinations that they are testing out to see what is good enough to make the regular rotation of their brews.

I am in LOVE with their Gose beers, Sour Ales + their Nitro Chocolate Stout is always a fan favorite. It’s always a treat with the different Scratch Beers being released to see what is up next whenever we are there for a visit!

If you are in the Hershey area, or even just a beer lover in Pennsylvania – be sure to make Troegs a stop on your list. Great space, great food, great beers and a fantastic vibe! You will have a blast – we do every time!

If you are a beer lover, tell me your favorite brewery you’ve ever been!

I’d love to hear about it!

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A Day in Cape May, NJ – On the Cape May Whale + Dolphin Cruise, Up the Cape May Lighthouse & a visit to the Cape May Brewing Co.

My birthday may have been a month ago, but it’s still worth sharing the crazy fun day we had to celebrate it. Since my birthday was mid week, my husband put together a fun little family day that weekend so we could all celebrate together – he planned a fun day in Cape May, NJ for me {including things the boys would enjoy too!} and we had an absolute blast.

We started off the day on a in search of dolphins on the Cape May Whale + Dolphin Watch and Research Center. It was a 2 hour tour along the beaches in Cape May, up past the Lighthouse and down the inlet. I was hopeful to see a Whale, but I don’t believe it was the right season. But it was DEFINITELY the right season for dolphins – we saw SO MANY! It was really cool because they were everywhere – we saw them breech the water, mating behavior and even a baby that was only a day or two old. And the boys had a great time too – the even got to enjoy the “touch tank” on the boat where they got to see + touch some marine life – check out the video to see Brooks’ greatest ocean fear! Ha!

After that we made our way into Cape May – we walked around, had lunch, checked out some shops and enjoyed the beautiful day. Then we went to the Cape May Lighthouse – where we climbed up to the top – all 199 steps up. I’m not one for heights, {but I do appreciate beautiful views} so I didn’t go out on the balcony, but everyone else did! #brave

Next we headed over to the Cape May Brewery – which was really cool. It’s a great space with lots of great beers, is super kid friendly and just a sweet spot to chill. If you are in the area and are thirsty for some good brews, be sure to check it out!

After being down the shore so long this summer I’ve had lots of questions about things we’ve done and places we’ve been – so  I wanted to put together this video sharing our day in Cape May and all the fun we had! If you are in the area this summer looking for something fun, be sure to add these three activities to the top of your list!

For a little more fun, check out my YouTube channel to see our other adventures!

Here are some snaps from our day in Cape May:

//outfit details: romper / shoes {on sale!} / hat  {similar, on sale!}

Have you been to Cape May, NJ? I’d love to hear your favorite spots!

Please share!

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That Romper Though – Flutter Sleeve, Knot Front + Under $20

Seriously.

That Romper.

// flutter sleeve knot front romper

The flutter sleeve, knot front and amazing color + geometric print are all sorts of amazing. But I am in love with the fact that its under $20 {on sale!}

It’s an amazing cover up for the beach or perfect for any vacation look. If you are looking for something fun to spruce up your summer wardrobe – this is totally it! I will be wearing this all season long!

Do you have a go-to summer look you reach for again and again in your closet?

Please share!

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VIDEO: Down the Shore Fun in the Aqua Park at Island Water Sports with Kids – Stone Harbor, NJ

Last week the boys and I set out for another adventure down the shore – we were invited to check out the Aqua Park at Island Water Sports in Stone Harbor, NJ.

I was excited to be able to check this out – I’d seen it from afar many times, but I wasn’t sure if the boys would be able to handle it on their own, so it was nice I was able to go along with them. The Aqua Park is a big space on the Bay in Stone Harbor with a BUNCH of fun blow up features which are great for climbing, sliding, jumping, racing and falling into the water!

Brook is almost 4.5 and Graham will be 3 in 3 months – so they are a little on the young side for this kind of activity – but the staff at the park tell me they have 2 year olds come frequently! So I suited the boys up in their {mandatory} life vests and we jumped right in!

I took my GoPro along for the ride – which was slightly challenging with two boys sliding around, but we had lots of fun! I put together this video sharing with you our adventure. If you are looking to take your kids to a water park like this this summer, I’d definitely recommend it! We had a great time and the boys are already asking to go back!

Check out our video and let me know what you think!

We ended up going first thing in the morning and had the place more or less to ourselves, which was great for the kids to get used to the scene and have some space. Much of the activities were for a slightly older crowd, but as my boys got more and more comfortable, they did more things. Brooks was working his way to doing the slides and climbing up the walls – its the sort of summer fun that you do every year and see how your littles have grown and learned by seeing what new things they can conquer!

// swimsuit  – on sale!

And Island Water Sports is adding more and more upgrades to the Aqua Park – and they are constantly changing what they have up and running each day, which I think is super cool! If you are down the Jersey Shore this summer, be sure to check them out for some fun, and let me know what you think!

And before I go, I’d love to know ->

How old would your kids have to be or have been to do this sort of thing? Please share!

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