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Irish Weekend in Wildwood

30 Oct

Last month, Nathan and I were in Wildwood, NJ with family and friends for Irish weekend. This is one of the biggest Irish festivals in the country and a quick weekend getaway if you are on the East Coast.  The festival has something for everyone from crafts, boxing matches, music, and of course great food and beverages.  Starting on Thursday night, the festival runs all weekend, and concludes on Sunday.

Nathan and I at the Wildwood Boardwalk

In Jersey we actually go to the shirt store to buy clothing with fun sayings pressed on them.

Our friend Leeihnae found a great place two blocks from the beach for us to rent for the weekend and since it is off-season everything is cheaper!  One of the wonderful things about the festival is the trolley that stops at multiple locations in town to pick you up and drop you off at the festivities.  Once we arrived in town, we parked the car and didn’t have to worry about driving all weekend.

Getting dressed up for Irish Weekend is a must! Leeihnae rocked her green wig all weekend.

Glow sticks are fun for any celebration. My brother, Phil, prefers them as shoe laces.

The streets are closed to traffic, making it an easy stroll to check out the craft vendors, food tents, and of course find your favorite Irish beverage.

So many food options, but my cousin Jen went with the roasted corn.

The establishments and streets are pretty crowded, but you might get lucky enough to snag a spot in the corner like Jen and I did.  We set up our area overlooking the street so everyone in our group would know where to go in case they were separated from us.

Jen and I were able to find a spot overlooking the streets

On our way back, Mother Nature decided to unleash a storm upon us, so we made a mad dash to all get on the same trolley.  Unfortunately, the trolley we rode back on did not have any windows.  As you can see from Nathan’s picture below, we were all freezing as the rain came in from the side.  Luckily, no one came home with pneumonia, just funny stories about the entire weekend.

Trying to keep warm on the trolley in our Jameson hats

If you have the opportunity to go next year, I suggest you go for a fun weekend at the shore before the winter months hit.  Irish Festival

Cheers, T

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Vacationing in Mexico

23 Sep

Finally!!  Yes, I know I said I would do this post a few weeks ago but life happens and as my Mom always says-better late than never!  So, here are the pictures from our anniversary trip to the Riviera Maya, Mexico.  Enjoy!

Our home for a week….

Happy Anniversary to US!

Welcome!

Beautiful Room

Swim up suite

Our own hammock and loungers

During the day we lounged on the beach, laid at the pool, and toured the resort:

Paradise!

Shooting Range

Champagne every day? Yes please!

We vacationed at the Excellence Adults-Only, All-Inclusive Resort.  In case you didn’t know, all-inclusive resorts include room service AND in case you didn’t know-Nathan LOVES ordering room service.  He would order at least 4 meals at a time, and sometimes that was before we went to dinner:)

His favorite part of the day-ordering many meals

Look how happy he is!

At night, we enjoyed the shows after dinner or playing chess on the largest chess board we have ever seen.

Michael Jackson Show

The only time I have ever taken more than 5 of Nate’s chess pieces!

Elvis Show

One of the days, we ventured off the resort to visit the ancient Mayan city of Tulum.  As you will see from the pictures, this city is amazing and it is hard to believe this was built before modern technology.

Tulum

Giant lizards were everywhere

On our actual anniversary, we celebrated by going to the spa for the day.  Of course, this was my FAVORITE DAY….. hydrotherapy circuit, couples massages, followed by champagne and chocolate covered strawberries! HECK YES:)

That evening we dined at the French restaurant and of course I was thrilled to see that they decorated our table with rose petals:)

Overall we had a wonderful vacation and cannot wait to plan our next trip!  We have plenty more pics of us, but you know what we look like so I will leave you with the ones above:)

As our emcee in Mexico would say every night:

That’s all for now. Ciao-Ciao, Bye-Bye.

Cheers, T

Falling For Fall

17 Sep

Fall is by far my most favorite time of the year! Don’t get me wrong, I love summer and everything that comes along with it; the beach, pool, cookouts, outdoor games, sun dresses and sandals but to me none of that even competes with fall! The fresh smell in the air, cool breezes, sleeping with the windows open, leaves changing color, the return of Football and of course, Starbucks, Pumpkin Spice Latte! Fall is so colorful, cool and fun and holds an even bigger special meaning to me now; since Joe and I’s anniversary is September 24. This year the first official day of fall is September 22, but fall has been in the air the last couple of weeks. I always look forward to fall not only because it means the end of summer humidity and bug bits (was it just me or were the mosquitos worse than ever this year?), but because Halloween, my birthday and Thanksgiving aren’t far away!

With the beginning of cooler weather comes the changing out of your wardrobe. I have been waiting probably since the beginning of August for the weather to cool, so I could break out my favorite boots, scarves and sweaters.

The cooler fall weather gets me excited for a visit to the pumpkin patch, apple picking, apple cider and Halloween activities.

Another fall activity MUST is camping. I have always L.O.V.E.D camping, if you have read this blog before you know I L.O.V.E a lot of things and camping is just another one of those things. There is just something about camping and being in nature that eases me. My parents used to take my sisters and I camping when we were little. Each morning my dad would heat a little tea pot of punch over the camp fire. Before he handed us our little mugs he would put a cinnamon stick in it. The smell and taste of the punch was comforting and warming. I would sit by the campfire and drink my little cup of cinnamon-y goodness. I haven’t had it since I was little, but I want to make it this year when we go on our family camping trip with my aunts, uncles, cousins and sisters. For the last couple years we have gone camping at Point Lookout State Park in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. The park is gorgeous! If you live in Maryland or if Southern Maryland is close enough to you to travel I highly recommend this campground! So many trails to explore and you are right on the water. Last year our camp site backed to the Chesapeake bay, so at night we crabbed off the pier and my cousins, sisters and I took tons of sunset pictures. I can’t wait for our camping trip this year, cool crisp nights sitting around a campfire with family, playing games, talking, laughing and eating s’mores until we feel sick. It’s those simple pleasures that make fall so special to me. The pictures below are from our camping trip last year.

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This last one is of my sisters, cousin and I.
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One last reason I am so glad that fall is here is because I can start running outside again without the presence of stifling humidity! Yey!

In honor of fall here are a few of the fall things that have caught my eye:

I can’t wait to try this Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate recipe! It looks so easy to make and delicious!

This Martha Stewart Chicken Pot Pie recipe will be perfect for a cool fall night.

I.Want.This.Outfit! Perfect for fall!

I’m loving these green accessories.

I am thinking about turning attempting to turn one of my old sweaters into these adorable mittens.

Last year I made the fall wreath below that I found here. I was really happy with how it turned out and am still searching for an idea for my wreath this year.

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I hope all of you are enjoying the cooler weather as much as I am! Are you trying any new fall recipes? Have you already brought out your fall wardrobe? I wore my favorite boots for the first time last week. Oh how I missed them! 🙂

Cheers!
Elise

Budget Tip of the Week: The 2 Best Days for Cheap Airfare Are…

4 Sep

Welcome back to work and school for all of those who were on vacation.

Nate and I just returned from a week in Mexico ( a post with pics will be later in the week) but I am already thinking about our next destination.  If you are trying to fit one more trip in before the winter blues kick in-read on for cheap airfare.

Budget Tip of the Week: The 2 Best Days for Cheap Airfare Are….

Cheers, T

How to Celebrate the Big 3-0!

13 Aug

This past weekend we celebrated Nate’s 30th birthday.  Now, technically his birthday is not for a couple more weeks, but we will be out of town on his actual birthday to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary.  ( Yes, a whole year! More to come on that topic 🙂 )

After much back and forth, I decided to surprise him with dinner and gambling at the Charles Town Races and Slots Casino.  For those of you not familiar with this venue, it is conveniently located about an hour from DC and Baltimore.  Now, I know what my friends from NJ are thinking-why didn’t you just go to Atlantic City?  Yes, Atlantic City is much bigger and has tons of options for dinner, dancing and of course more roulette tables.   However, I must say I was pleasantly surprised with Charles Town and love that I didn’t have to pay any toll money to get there (Sorry NJ).

The Hotel

Make some Money!

For starters I booked a hotel room on the premises and everything from the patio breakfast with the  beautiful West Virginia mountain views, to the comfortable room surpassed my expectations.  The casino also provided a shuttle to take you back and forth to the hotel so you can park your car for the evening and not have to worry about calling a cab!

Breakfast on the patio

Everyone met in the sports bar, where they were having happy hour prices, even on Saturday!  Drinks under $2 is not a bad way to start the evening!   Originally, I tried to make reservations for the steakhouse, and if anyone knows Nate, they know he could eat steak for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Unfortunately, the steakhouse was booked and it actually worked out for the best because there is another restaurant on premise, called the Skyline Terrace which overlooks the horse track. Not only can you eat and drink at the table, but relax for a few hours while watching the races–something that everyone seemed to enjoy!

Becky is the only one who seemed to have luck with the horses, and didn’t mind smiling for the camera:)

After dinner, we had plenty of time to celebrate into the wee hours of the morning.  Now, for those of you that aren’t fans of gambling, they did have a bar/lounge with a band.  Lucky for us, it was the 80’s cover band, The Reflex, that played that night; so while the guys placed their bets, we were able to belt out the classic, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Nate makes multiple build your own sandwiches

And we all know that a trip to WV is not complete without stopping at Sheetz on the way home!

A great birthday and many more to celebrate! Thanks to everyone for coming out-T

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