gift guide for the dog mom

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Last year for this prompt I focused on the foodie. This year because i’m a crazy dog mom I thought I would put together a gift guide for us dog moms! And because I love supporting small businesses almost all of the choices are from my favorite place – Easy. Also had to include my fur baby in this post, because I mean just look at her!

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Working Hard So My Dog Can Have A Good Life Sweatshirt

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World’s Best Dog Mom Mug

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The Wild One Friendship Collar

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I’m Not Like A Regular Mom I’m A Dog Mom – Funny Dog Mom Shirt

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Personalized Dog Ornament

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No Need to Knock

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Sleeps with Dogs

 

This was such a fun gift guide to create. Pretty much all of these things are on my favorites list and I need them in my life.

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And that wraps up the first week of the link up with Victoria & Sarah as well as their cohosts! I love linking up with these ladies during the holidays as it makes it so much fun with my blogging. Come back next week to see all the fun prompts they have come up with!

 

 

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Thanksgiving 2017 in NYC

I planned to have this recap up Monday – but after the long holiday weekend, work was busy and life got in the way so that just didn’t happen. If you read my previous posts you know that we did something different this year and headed to NYC for Thanksgiving.

Our weekend started early Wednesday morning as we had to drop Lola off at the dog sitters before heading to meet up with everyone at my Aunts. We were heading into the city early because we heard that it was fun to see the parade balloons get blown up – well let me tell you something that all of the other articles online don’t – its not worth it. We walked from the Hilton in Midtown all the way to the area where the balloons get blown up and it was packed like sardines. It took me literally two minutes to decide that I was not even going to attempt to get to the actual balloons. What I was mostly looking forward to this day anyway was our dinner at Serendipity 3.

While Serendipity 3 is all over social media, I fell in love with the place when I watched the movie Serendipity years ago and it has been on my list of places to go to since. When we got there there was such a large line I am so glad we made reservations months ago! The one thing I will say though is if you have a large group of people, you should skip eating here. The atmosphere is so beautiful but it was really hard for them to make a table for 13 people and I think I was the only one of my family who thought it was worth going here. The food was mediocre but the dessert was to die for. Food Recommendation: Frrrozen Hot Chocolate (DUH)

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Thursday morning was an even earlier start as we wanted to get great seats for the parade. We lucked out that my Gram stayed on the parade route – so only guests of the hotel got to sit where we did. It was a LONG day fueled by Starbucks. Once the parade was over we went for our Thanksgiving dinner, at Ellen’s Stardust Diner which was a fun experience. The only issue I had was that it was SO loud – which is expected because all of the waitstaff are upcoming broadway stars. I give them props though because they are non stop singing while you eat.

 

Friday we finally got to sleep in! It was nice to not have to set an alarm to wake us up at the crack of dawn, and it was even better because we were able to eat breakfast at the hotel – complementary waffles! We didn’t really have a set plan for this day which was nice because it was a day for each family to do their own thing. The whole family decided to go ice skating (just a few of us actually skated) and then Bobby & I broke out on our own to do some shopping & check out the window displays at the department stores. This year Saks Fifth Ave had a Snow White theme which was amazing and also a friend of mine that worked at disney advised that the displays are actually a dismantled ride from disneyworld!

 

We were able to pick up a few gifts and some goodies for ourselves. We grabbed lunch together and then met back up with some of the group to go to Magnolia Bakery! This was another place on my list, and it was well worth the wait to get in – because their Banana Pudding is the bomb. Then we got some NY pizza and headed back to the hotel to rest for the night which was much needed. Walking around NYC is no joke.

 

Saturday it was finally time to head home, but not before we stopped by Carlos Bakery! Thankfully because it was thanksgiving weekend there was no line when we go there and we were able to walk in and out. It definitely lived up to what I was expecting. The apple turnover is amazing and Bobby said the cannoli’s were great as well.

And the concludes our Thanksgiving in NYC! It was a great weekend, but Bobby & I were ready to be back home with our Lola girl. Next time we go to NYC we would love to be there for when they light the Rockefeller tree, and would like to be able to catch a few shows and go to the 911 memorial.

Hope you all are having a fantastic week and had an amazing holiday! 

Weekend Recap

Happy Tuesday Friends!

This weekend was a great start to my October! Now that I am at my new job, I am fortunate to start my weekend on Fridays at 3:30pm – the earliest i’ve ever gotten out of work. I was so excited for the weekend to start, because I knew fun things were happening!

Friday: I went home to play a bit with Lola girl since Bobby is outta town for the weekend. I had plans to go out to eat for dinner with my mom & dad at our favorite Fish & Chips place Ye Olde English – so getting some of Lola’s energy out before I had to leave again was necessary. My gram, cousin and aunt ended up joining us for dinner! I love family time and to make things better Nichole came back to spend the night with me so I wasn’t lonely!

Saturday: THE DAY I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO SINCE I GOT ENGAGED. Some of the most important ladies in my life came with me to find my wedding dress! It was something that I was so excited to do, but also dreading because I have not lost as much weight as I wanted to before the appointment.

As soon as we got to the store I immediately felt special. They had a sign out front that had my name on it, welcoming me to my appointment. How freaking cute is that?!? I had heard such great things about Ve’Lace Bridal and I am so glad I chose to go there first.

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Once I got into the store I checked in, and advised what style I liked and showed them a few pictures of what I liked. Well it’s true what they say that you may not actually like the things you see in the magazines. I had such a strong opinion on what I wanted to try on – but thankfully I had the most amazing bridal associate helping me. Big Shoutout to Shadia for helping me feel the most beautiful I have EVER felt.

 

Shadia was unbelievable in really opening my eyes to different style dresses that I thought I didn’t want. I told her what I liked but was also open to try on anything since this was my first time ever trying on bridal gowns! Little did I know I’d fall completely in love with I think the 10th dress I tried on. I had loved it so much – but there were still some things that I wanted to change, so I tried on other dresses but I couldn’t stop comparing everyone to that one. I spoke with Shadia in the dressing room about my thoughts and she assured me that the few changes I wanted could easily be made. Thats when I stepped back out in that dress and let the ladies know it was the one.

Once she matched the veil to my dress, the tears could not stop! I knew I had found my dream dress and I could not be happier!! I’m so excited to bring my girls back to shop for their bridesmaids dresses there and hope they have the same great experience that I did (I have no doubt that they will!)

After a wonderful appointment we headed to lunch. It was so nice to talk about all things wedding related, further kids names, and just have a fun girls morning and afternoon.

Sunday: It was such a crappy day – legit overcast and rain ALL day. But I went sunflower picking with my mom and finished getting our engagement picture outfits complete. We have them a week from Sunday! I am so excited!

Monday: Happy Columbus Day! We spent the day doing one of our bucket list items. Visiting Clyde’s Cider Mill. We had heard great things about their hard cider & wine so we ventured to Mystic CT with the family. It was a fun day. After hanging around for a bit at the cider mill watching their process of making the cider we headed to Mystic Pizza.

 

 

I had the absolute best weekend and hope you did too! Hopefully this week flies by since its only a 4 day work week.

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday Friends!

We started off our monday with Lola girl getting out of the house and having to chase her 😐 thankfully the day got better from there! Sharing with you the fun stuff that happened this weekend.

Friday we had the day off to head into Boston for THE BEST CONCERT EVER. If you we’re born in the 90’s, like country music, and don’t live under a rock you would have enjoyed this show…Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys, Nelly & Chris Lane. I have been to a lot of concerts and I can easily say it was the best I have been too.

Saturday morning we slept in since we didn’t get home until 1am and my aunt had Lola so we actually could sleep! I had to babysit too so it was nice to get some rest before handling the two munchkins.

Sunday we had a relaxing day too and my parents came over for dinner and to help Bobby put up the railings on our back deck. After dinner we went to our favorite ice cream spot the Ice Cream Machine with both parents and Lola girl. She even got to try their homemade puppy ice cream! And no surprise she loved it.

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It was a complete low key weekend, but it was what we needed after the running around we’ve been doing lately. I hope you all had a great weekend!

Three Things Survey!

Last week one of my favorite bloggers Sarah posted a fun little survey and I thought it would be fun to share about myself. Have fun learning a few things about me!

Three things I’d never give up
Wine
Books
Coffee

Three favorite vegetables
Asparagus
Summer Squash
Red Pepper

Three shows I watched faithfully from beginning to end
One Tree Hill
7th Heaven
Pretty Little Liars

Three places I want to visit inside the US
Texas – would love to do a road trip
Atlanta
Chicago

Three place I want to visit outside the US
Paris
Greece
Iceland

Three things I always have with me
My phone
My planner
Lip Gloss

Three things that are always in my car
Sunglasses
Phone charger
Chapstick

Three most recent calls were from / to
My mom
My aunt
Bobby

Three most often used makeup products
Eye liner – this one
Mascara – this one
Lip gloss – this one

Three things that make me laugh
Bobby
My nephew & cousins
Lola

Three things that make me cry
Romance movies/books
Military coming home videos
Dog adoption stories

If you do take the time to do this too, I’d love to read your answers so tag me! 🙂

2016 Year in Review

Well friends, 2016 is almost officially behind us and I can’t help but reflect on so many amazing things that we have done. It is always so bittersweet to go into a new year with so many great memories knowing that you get a whole year to make more! I am extremely grateful for how our 2016 turned out and can’t wait to see what this next year holds!

Last year I did a post that allowed me to reflect on the year and it was definitely one of my favorites. So without further ado, here is my 2016 in review.

JANUARY
– Got Snowed in by Winter Storm Jonas
– Got hooked on Making A Murder!

FEBRUARY
– Started the PopSugar Reading Challenge

MARCH
– Easter Dinner with Bobby’s Family
– Sleepover with our Nephews

APRIL
– Made our first herb garden
– Saw the Sound of Music on Broadway
– We brought our Lola Girl home ❤
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MAY
– Our Annual Memorial Day Party
– I turned 26!
– Went with my gal pals to see swan lake at the Boston Ballet
– Business trip to Nashville
– Tulip Farm adventure with friends!
– Foxwoods to see Kevin James
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JUNE
– Brantley Gilbert Concert
– Showered the Bride to be Izzy at her Bridal Shower
– Dixie Chicks Concert
– Matilda on Broadway
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JULY
– We attended on of my cousins weddings
– Bobby turned 29!
– Our wonderful Nephew Austin turned 4
– We celebrated our friends Izzy & Nate wedding
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AUGUST
– We spent a wonderful week up in Maine
– We celebrated our 4 years
– Country Fest
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SEPTEMBER
– Patriots game
– Nicholes 13th birthday bowl
– Did a major upgrade to our house
– Attended a family friends Pig Roast
– grams birthday in boston

OCTOBER
– Our first pumpkin carving party
– Salem trip
– Annual Mylod Halloween party
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NOVEMBER
– Took our family photos
– Celebrated Thanksgiving with Bobby’s family
– Picked out our Christmas tree
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DECEMBER
– Helped my cousin get ready for her first school dance
– Participated in the It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year link up
– New Hampshire to go to the Annalee store
– Mylod Yankee Swap
– Took Lola to visit Santa for the first time

That wraps up my pretty awesome year that I am sad to see go, but I know next year will bring so many fun and exciting things!

How did 2016 treat you?!

 

Weekend Recap

Holy Crap…its the week before Christmas already! This weekend was such a fun one that I thought I’d share a few photos 🙂

Saturday we woke up to our first snow! It was Lola’s first time playing in it and can I just say how cute my pup is playing in the snow!

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We also had our family friends annual yankee swap. As always it was such a fun night with!

 

Sunday we went to see Santa! we had tried 2 other times before this and the wait was so long, I guess its true third times a charm. Lola loved Santa – she kept giving him kisses.

 

This week is going to be a busy one. I have to finish my shopping ( I hoped to be done by now), bake goodies, my company holiday dinner, lasalette lights, and a few others.

How did you spend your weekend before Christmas?!