Vacation – Part 1


Our vacation started on thursday! We’ve been doing so many things and it’s only been 4 days! We started off our vacation by picking up my new car! I got a 2015 RAV4, it is such a nice car. I can’t wait to get home and actually drive it, since I picked it up and it has to sit in the driveway for a week while we are in Seattle. Once we picked up the car we headed to the Joe Nichols concert (my birthday gift from Bobby) and it was so amazing! We didn’t end up getting home until after 12am so Bobby and I didn’t even bother to sleep since we had to be up at 4am for our flight on Friday morning.


We got to Seattle at 10am so we luckily had all day to relax and get use to the time difference.  We hung around the house for most of the day because we knew we had a bunch of stuff planned for the next few days. We also got my favorite meal here on the west coast – Teriyaki! See the amazingness below. We also went to Sonic – we don’t have any back home so it was Bobby’s first Sonic experience!


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Yesterday we went to my favorite event and Bobby’s favorite store, the Taste of Tacoma & Bass Pro Shop. I didn’t get any photos of the food but we got fried Alligator, fried PB&J, wine slushies, a pastrami slider w/ Mac & Cheese. #nomnomnom


We have so many more fun things planned for this vacation Strawberry Festival, Seattle, Tubing, etc. I can’t wait!




Good Reads: My Summer 2015 Reading List!

There is nothing I enjoy better then sitting outside catching some rays of sun and reading a good book.  I think I read mostly during the summer, although I’m not quite sure why, maybe its because I can lounge outside rather then in front of the TV.   I have made a list of the books I want to read this summer and if you have any suggestions i’d happily take them!

1. The Rumor

The Rumor

2. The Vacationers

The Vacationers

3. Hugo & Rose

Hugo & Rose

4. Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

5. Summer Secrets

Summer Secrets

6. Saint Anything

Saint Anything

7. Someday, Someday, Maybe

Someday, Someday, Maybe

8. Not That Kind of Girl

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's

9. In the Unlikely Event

In the Unlikely Event



Summer 2015

I’ve seen a few other cute blogs that I follow doing this, and decided to join in on making my summer bucket list! Here are the 10 things I would like to accomplish this summer:

1. Take a day trip to the cape – Some of my favorite days are the ones were Bobby and I take off to the cape, so this is a must

2. Do a wine tasting (or a few) – There are 2 winery’s that I wanna check out this summer: Nashoba Valley Winery & Sakonnet Vineyards. My parents also mentioned trying Diamond Hill Vineyards

3. Go to a farmer’s market – Sharon/Crescent Ridge Farmers Market in particular

4. Complete some DIY projects – There are so many projects I want to tackle that I have on my pinterest

5. Bike ride the whole Cape Cod Canal – it will be a killer workout

6. Camp – It’s been a few years since I have been, and i’m getting the itch to go escape for a few days

7. Have dinner at BLU On The Water

8. Go to Six Flags

9. Go to the Washington County Fair – more specifically – Friday Aug. 14th

10. Go to the drive in

Does anyone else have a list of things they wanna do this summer?!



Vacation Countdown!!

14 Days!

Two weeks until Bobby and I leave for our trip to Seattle and I can’t contain my excitement!  This will be our second trip traveling together (first on a plane) and I am so ready to show Bobby how beautiful the Pacific Northwest is.  My aunt has lived out on the west coast multiple times and I have been traveling to see her since I was a little girl.

Seattle by far is one of my favorite cities to go too, and there are so many things to do in that great city that although I have been a handful of times, I still haven’t seen all there is to see.  Seattle is a destination for anyone families, couples, and groups of friends. There are so many different activities and spots in Seattle and even a short drive out of the city to see, and I have listed 5 of my favorites.

The Space Needle

This iconic structure that is ultimately the symbol of Seattle was built in 1962. Every time I travel to Washington I take time to go to the top and see the beauty that Seattle has to offer from the observation deck.  This trip it is on my list to have a meal SkyCity Restaurant – while you are dining the restaurant spins, allowing you to see a panorama of the city throughout your meal.

Top Pot Donuts

I know that most people when traveling to Seattle think Starbucks, but not me. Starbucks is available to me at home, when traveling I am seeking new adventures. Top Pot Donuts has the most amazing donuts that you will ever have.  My recommendation when you visit this place – Raspberry Bismark Donut! and what ever floats your boat for coffee.

Pikes Place Market


Pikes Place is the biggest public market that I have been to.  There are so many creative vendors in the market that you need to give at least a half a day dedicated to walking around because of how big it is, that and the crowds. My favorite spot to be is up on the top floor where you can find so many beautiful flowers, I am always so disappointed because I can’t bring them home with me. Also, another place in here that will rock your socks off is City Fish located on the top floor as well. The employees there have some great fish throwing skills!

Seattle Great Wheel


This is a fairly new attraction that opened in 2012. You can find this giant Ferris wheel on Pier 57 near waterfront park and the Seattle Aquarium. Now I am not a fan of heights but you have to see the view from the top of this ride, because its worth it (see picture above).

Taste of Tacoma (not an attraction but an event)


I LOVE FOOD.  And when i’m visiting my family in Seattle, I try my hardest to plan it around the Taste of Tacoma. Tacoma is just south of Seattle about 40 minutes. But its free admission and you just have to pay for the food you want to try (one of the many things I tried was a fried PB&J), also one of my favorite artist usually has prints for sale there. (Tim Winstrom – his work is seriously so amazing)



No Bake Banana Split Pie

It is unofficially summer here in Massachusetts and that means beautiful weather, longer days, vacations, girls beach trips, cape trips with Bobby, and endless amounts of cookouts.  If you know me, you know that I do not like to go to a get together empty handed.  A few weeks ago for Mother’s Day we got together at my grandma’s for a little dinner and I made dessert.

When searching my pinterest Sweets board or looking for a new pin to try I work my hardest to find the easiest thing to make.  That’s when I stumbled upon this gem….No Bake Banana Split Pie!


  • 1 1/2 cup Milk
  • 16 oz Cool Whip
  • 2 sliced Bananas
  • 1 cup Pineapple Tidbits, drained
  • 1 cup diced Strawberries
  • 1 prepared Chocolate Pie Crust
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Crushed Nuts
  • 1 package Vanilla Instant Pudding


1. Place a layer of sliced bananas on pie crust.

2. Mix pudding mix and milk in a medium bowl. Stir until it begins to thicken.

3. Whisk in 8 oz Cool Whip to incorporate and then add diced strawberries and pineapples.

4. Spoon mixture into crust and refrigerate for at least several hours.

5. Top with remaining Cool Whip and drizzle with desired toppings. (this could be any variety of nuts, cherries, etc.)

6. Let pie chill in fridge for a few hours, this needs to be done so that the cool whip & pudding mixture can firm up a bit to serve the dessert.




I have been guilty of neglecting this blog. I have many excuses, but they are just that, excuses. From today going forward I promise to keep up with this blog.

Here are a few things you’ve missed since I’ve been MIA

1. I lost one of the most important men in my life. It’s been a rough few weeks around our family after the loss of my Gramps. It has been a little over a month and there are days I am still trying to find the strength not to curl up in my bed an cry. I now realize how many times I took visiting him for granted knowing that I would see him again soon or get to kiss his bald spot on the top of his head.  I had the honor of speaking at my Gramps funeral and although it was one of the hardest things I have had to do, it gave me some closure and I hope it helped all of those who were able to hear it.

2. I went on my first business trip… the one place I’ve been really wanting to see…..NASHVILLE. Its was also a plus that one of my besties lives there now so I got to see her. I learned so much in the few days that I was there that I came back to to office running at full speed.

3. We FINALLY booked our trip for Seattle. I can’t tell you how excited I am to go on a vacation.  I haven’t been to Seattle in 3 years, the last time I went was for my aunties retirement. If i didn’t love the east coast so much, I would make Seattle my home.  I can’t wait for Bobby to see the beauty of the Pacific Northwest!

4. My Birthday!  I turned the big 25 on Saturday. I spent the morning with my girlfriends getting breakfast and catching up and then got to go out for a wonderful dinner with Bobby.  For my birthday we will be going to see Joe Nichols at the Cape Cod Melody Tent! (SOOOO EXCITED)

Besides those crazy things we have finally had time to start working on the outside of the house. Our roof was finished over memorial day weekend and we are planting some flowers in our front flower beds this week. Ill be sure to put some before, during and after pics on here once we are done. We had a family cookout on Memorial Day weekend, which was our first large get together at the house, and I can’t wait to do it again. Bobby’s sister has been home with our niece for a few weeks and its been fun spending time with them. And we get to hang out with our awesome nephew every tuesday.

So as you can see the excuses, they do exist but I love this blog and I want to make it into something that is worth reading.

I am going to leave you guys with some pictures that I’ve taken the past few weeks.