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Wednesday, July 31, 2013


I'm really big on birthdays. Really big. This birthday was extra special because our friend Jordan, was coming home from Afghanistan. Joseph planned a fun day, starting at the beach. He knows me so well. As the day went on I got curious and asked, "am I getting a gift from you today". He kinda laughed and didn't want to tell me, which made me nervous. Finally he said "I guess I have to tell you. I've made an appointment at a tattoo shop, you've been wanting one forever. Today is the perfect day" I immediately freaked out. I've been wanting one for years and had it picked out, but it was something about it being on me forever that made me nervous. After talking it over with Joe and our friend Kara, I went from nervous to pumped. Yolo, right? 
The outlining was definitely the worst part. I have no idea how people get arm/leg sleeves, you guys are tough!

Filling in...

Getting the first look...

Me and my tattoo artist Jamee. She was the BEST and made sure it was perfect and exactly what I wanted.

And here it is...Happy 25th to me!

I am so happy with it, it's perfect. People ask if it has any meaning and I've started saying, you know I'm from an Island right? :)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Spending my birthday...

On Topsail Island Beach in North Carolina... 

Being touristy..

The best way for me to spend my 25th!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Recipe Wins!

First of all let me say, I hate cooking. I'm more of a baker, I love it and wish I had more time to create yummy baked goodness. Joseph is definitely more of the dinner person in this family and he's good at it. He isn't afraid to try new recipes. We don't experiment a lot during the week, so the weekend is our time to try new concoctions. Which leads me to our first weekend win -- Giada's Cheesy Muffin Pizzas. We used sausage as our meat but you can use anything. Or skip the meat and just fill it with different kinds of cheese. We did add a little bit of pizza sauce to the top of the baked muffins because we like things saucy (no pun intended HA!)...But in all seriousness we really do love extra. 

The second win was a Rustic Blackberry Tart that I found on Pinterest. We hit a crazy good deal at the Farmer's Market -- buy 3 pints of blackberries, get the 4th free. Then the lady added in a 5th because "it was a hot day"-- score! This tart was so simple and I had all the ingredients on hand, I love when that happens!

The picture below is with a two slices gone. I was so excited to try it, I forgot to take a picture of the whole tart, oops!

{recipe here -- don't forget to try it a la mode}

From my kitchen to yours, enjoy!

I Think I'll go to Boston.

Well said Augustana, well said. Boston was amazing. Super friendly people, great food, very historic and everyone thinks Dunkin' Donuts is the shiz. I finally caved and got an iced coffee instead of my typical Starbucks.

One of the first things we did was walk the Freedom Trail. I'm not a lover of history and I still thought it was so cool. I will warn you, wear good shoes...you do a lot of walking (again still worth it).


As you know the donkey symbolizes the Democratic Party. In front of the donkey was two footprints and it said "stand in opposition". He wanted Dunkin' too.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace. It is visited more than Disney World, it was hard for me to believe that but they say it's a fact.


Paul Revere's tomb. The pennies were there to pay tribute to his contribution in the copper industry.

His house...


Old North Church

Boston Public Garden. Look closely, yes George is a Bruins fan.

Beautiful park!

Fenway for some baseball!

They are DIE hard fans. It was a very cool experience. 

John Hancock Building

We went on a 'Duck Tour' which took us all around Boston. It even went in the Harbor, or should I say the "Habah". 

The site near the Boston bombing. The memorial had just been removed because Mayor Menino wanted everyone to look to the future. The ribbons were the only thing remaining, along with the finish line in the road.

One of our last nights we went to the North End because we had heard about the amazing Italian food. And if you know Joe at all, you know we had to go there. "The closest thing to Italy" is what we heard over and over. Well they were right! We ate at La Famiglia's and when they sat Joseph's plate in front of him he thought it was a joke. So much food!!

Yes, that's a piece of chicken on top of the pasta!!

But of course we saved room for dessert. We HAD to stop at a Boston staple, Mike's Pastry. And again, amazing.


Holi cannoli 

Beautiful Boston skyline at night.

This was our hotel, The Liberty Hotel. It was an old prison that they turned into a hotel. It was just as beautiful on the inside and everyone kept saying it was the best hotel in Boston. Don't worry, we didn't pay full price. We got a crazy good deal because it was a Monday and Tuesday night, plus we used hotels.com. Stealllll!

Our room was huge! it had a whole other side to the left and a bathroom big enough for a stand up glass shower and a huge soak tub.

Needless to say we had a great time in Boston, go if you ever have the chance! And it's so historic which makes it so different from your typical city.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Portland Maine

Portland was kind of a shocker. We didn't do a lot of research, we just knew it was famous for its beautiful Portland Headlight. So we drive in and it's a city, we were not expecting that. 

Lobster's everywhere!

Old streets...

The Portland Headlight

We seriously stood there in awe, it was beautiful.

The Portland Observatory -- the last surviving maritime signal tower in the U.S.

Maine was beautiful with its rocky coast line and beautiful blue ocean views all around. I would've loved to have had more time to explore Acadia National Park but it was 3-4 hours away. Maybe another year ;)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Martha's Vineyard

When planning our vacation we had several places that we had planned to visit and others just happened on a whim. Martha's Vineyard was on a whim. We drove to Cape Cod and jumped on a ferry. 

Jaws was filmed here, so it was fun seeing sights.

We had a great lunch at Nancy's.

MV is known for their gingerbread cottages, they were all over. The one below was my favorite!

Fun boutiques, souvenir shops, restaurant, and ice cream shops lined the streets. 

Oak Bluffs was the happening area, so to get away from the hustle and bustle we rented bikes. 


More scenes from Jaws...

It was fun exploring the Island in the 6 hours that we were there. The only negative was the overcast weather, I wanted some sun!