it’s the most wonderful time of the year…

IMG_1204… does it get any cozier than a fire with pretty christmas decorations all around it? love! …

TREE… our first family hayride to a tree farm to cut down the perfect tree followed by smores by the fire!  aside from getting stuck in the field, it was a great experience  …

prettytree… even lola has been enjoying the christmas tree! …

peddlersvillage…fun little adventure’s with babe (to peddler’s village – beautiful!)

christmasmorning… christmas morning with my little bunny…

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gigis… family time at gigi & poppies… love them so so much, i can’t find the words to express just how much …

gun… danny & maeve may or may not enjoy nick’s bb gun more than he does! …

withsanta… and of course, the season could not pass without a visit to santa…

christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year… even with the crazy long lines, ridiculous traffic, questionable songs (grandma got run over by a reindeer, really?!) there is just something so special about it!  all of the pretty lights, it being totally acceptable to have cookies with your coffee for breakfast…. watching the movie elf almost every night and of course… a christmas story on repeat christmas day… amazing!  it’s hard to believe that it’s already come and gone… and that in a few short days it will be 2016!! how did that even happen??!

i wish there was a way to just slooowwww everything down… to be able to actually enjoy moments without them flying by so quickly… but, that is life… go, go, go!!

but let me just add one thing, the temperature decided to hover around 70 degrees for the weeks surrounding christmas and i have to say that i am totally okay with it!  we didn’t have a white christmas… and i know some will argue that it didn’t feel like christmas because we were in short sleeves and flip flops (danny) …. but! i was a fan.  they say blizzards are coming in february… so you won’t catch me complaining about some current unseasonable weather!

oh christmas of 2015, you were a good one!

apple picking!

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apple picking  crossed off of our fall bucket list!

adriana has been begging to pick apples for weeks now and we finally made it happen today with some of our favorite girls!  we went to hills creek farms, my first time ever going to this particular orchard and it was adorable!

we did festive things like… pick apples (duh), purchase [more] pumpkins, took a “hay” ride (that had no itchy hay on the wagon…my kind of ride!), played on a playground, bought apple cider donuts (obviously), and had a cute little lunch date.  needless to say, we are living fall to the fullest around here!

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now it’s time to start baking with all of these apples we picked today!

happy fall xo

weekending and birthday celebrating

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popcorn movie date on a chilly, rainy friday with my favorite little mini… tinker bell and winnie the pooh movies all day… love! // saturday morning beverages while netflix binging with that husband of mine // couch cuddles with our new blankets that were a must purchase because i was fah-reezing all day long (good idea, babe!) // even lola joined in on the couch cuddle action… and there may or may not have been a nap squeezed in during said cuddle time // two of my most favorite humans on this planet doing their normal adorable thing each time we are there visiting // sister pic with the little nana nugget // partial family pic with the birthday boy // complete heart meltage after taking a gander at this pic and seeing the love that is shared between my poppie and nana, ah… too sweet for words.

happy, happy birthday [yesterday] to my sweet, adorable poppie!  we sure do love you!!

it’s beginning to taste a latte like fall! [a recipe for pumpkin spice syrup!]

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don’t get me wrong, i love a delicious starbucks PSL more than most people… they are just ah-maz-ing!!  with that being said, my wallet isn’t in total agreement with me.  can you believe how much they charge?! ugh, it is just rude.  so! after doing some research i decided to make my own batch of pumpkiny goodness!  granted, i can’t steam the milk or make it quite as fancy as my love starbucks can… but i can at least say that mine is a much cheaper [and healthier!!]  version of one of my fav drinks!

ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 heaping tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice (homemade recipe can be found here)
  • 1/2 tsp additional cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

directions

heat it all up in a pot over medium heat stirring here and there until it’s all melted and has a syrup consistency! the pour it through a strainer into an air tight container and store in your refrigerator. and more importantly, pour it in your coffee and bask in the season!!

this recipe made about 8 oz for me… next time i will probably double the batch!

now all that i need to do is convince my husband to let me purchase this baby… then i can be a fancy barista right in our very own kitchen!  hey babe, christmas is coming… wink wink! xo

this time of year…

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oh fall, it’s a kooky time of the year – isn’t it?

to some it means fashion week… to some it means the return of hockey [miss you already, husband!] … to others it means all things pumpkin spice and really all things pumpkin, pronto! … and of course the return of dreaded allergies – the worst.

but in my little world, it means…

…my fav wardrobe ensamble – jeans, long sleeves and flip flops! i also do not discriminate on the shorts and long sleeve look…. also a favorite.

…but, once it starts to get just a liiiiitle too nippy for flips, the boots return and that is a look i love.  i’m a little late to the party but, boot socks may just be my jam this year.

…each night saying in horror “it’s only 6:30?! and it’s already DARK out!!” ew, this may be my least favorite thing. november 1st… not looking forward to you.

…but, oh the smell of apple cinnamon all throughout our house snaps me right out of my seasonal affective disorder! (can you believe that’s a real thing?)

…trips to linvilla orchards.. gosh, i love that place!  however i will say it’s best to go early in the season… because the longer you wait, the crazier ‘pumpkinland’ becomes!

…and of course it means figuring out each new day and season with my precious peeps. i love them a ridiculously huge amount and each new season brings such fun things for them to experience and even for us to enjoy as their parents.  watching them search for the perfect pumpkin, or hop into a pile of crunchy leaves makes my heart so happy!  [i could do without watching them eat candy apples though… it’s not a pretty sight!]

…hmm, what else… oh! fires in the fire pit in our backyard on a cool night, pretty fall flowers, how gorgeous the trees look before the leaves fall, annual new hope trip [possibly], football!, and of course… thanksgiving!

xoxo

weekending as newlyweds…

weekends always seem to go by so fast, don’t they?  they start out and before i know it, they’re over.  this weekend danny & i celebrated our one week anniversary! ok, so we didn’t actually have a real 1 week anniversary celebration, because that would be slightly obsessive (even for me!).  but babe did plan a special friday date night for us!  it consisted of some of my favorite things… indian food at our favorite indian restaurant, followed by martini night caps! and not just any martini, but the limoncello martini which can be found at one of our other favorite places, and is ah-mazing. ah! still thinking about it and it’s deliciousness!

saturday was equally as fabulous…. we ran errands, booked our honeymoon and did some wine tasting at penns woods winery.  this winery was so unexpectedly relaxing and fun!  after our tasting we sat outside overlooking the vineyard and a wedding that was setting up in the distance, there was a live band, food trucks… it was so nice.  it didn’t hurt that the weather was perfection…. just like my date!  we will definitely be doing that again (soon!).

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oh weekends… can’t you last just a little longer?!!

farewell, summer…

sad but true… it is time to say adios to my favorite season. sure, it may be filled with days of insanely high humidity, mosquito’s and sunburns… but the good things still out weigh the bad. such as, the beach!! ah! sandy toes and salty air – love x’s 1,000,000!!! it’s light outside until almost 9pm, flip flops, no heavy jackets and shivering… sun tans! everyone looks better with a tan, it’s just the way it is.  i could really go on and on but then i will just depress myself further!

i will say there are some things about fall that i adore… apple smelling candles, the crisp [but not frigid!!] air, football, hockey!, introducing boots back into the fashion rotation, and of course thanksgiving. the problem is, we typically never get a real fall around here anymore it seems… it goes from 89 degrees down to 40 without any in between… prettyyyy annoying if you ask me!

here is a look back at our summer of 2015 – memorial day through labor day … we managed to fit so much into a [too] short amount of time!

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oh summer, you will so be missed!!!!

my most favorite day, and weekend…

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we did it!! danny & i tied the knot this past saturday on the beach in cape may, nj!  i had been having slight panic attacks leading up to the day thanks to the weather reports saying it was going to rain all day long… (just what a beach weeding needs) but! it ended up being gorgeous… well, the first part of the day anyway.  our ceremony began at 12:30 pm and the rain started 5 minutes after it ended (they say that’s good luck, right?! – or maybe they just say that to bride’s to help with their emotional state, who knows… either way, it was perfect!).

it was everything we had envisioned the weekend [and day] to be… surrounded by all of our family and closest friends, spending the entire weekend together celebrating… it was great.  barefoot on the beach with an acoustic guitar playing some of our favorite songs surrounded by the people we love most, my two favorite girls at the last minute walking me down the aisle, and danny writing the most beautiful vows… it was very, very special.  we had our reception at the seasalt restaurant and they really did the most fabulous job!  the food was ah-mazing, the ambience and location was just what we had wanted.

i found myself reflecting on the ride home as the kids were passed out in the backseat at just how lucky i am and how much i didn’t want the weekend to end.  from pool days, to walks on the beach, sleepovers with the girls practically assaulting me in their sleep, all the love that our family and friends made us feel by their generosity and kindness all throughout the weekend, to marrying my very best friend… does it get any better than that? so, i will count every rain drop as luck and be thankful every day for this wonderful family of mine and for my danny… the love of my life.

at the reception my sister handed me my cell phone, i was confused because i had purposely left it in the hotel room.  she explained that adriana insisted she bring it because i would want to take pictures… (i swear that little nugget knows me best!!) … so after an hour or so i whipped out the phone and seemed to go on a selfie mission!  so thank you, my little nana (and seesha!) for bringing my phone and allowing me to capture moments of the day… dan’s dad flew in from tucson, arizona for the wedding and was also our photographer… so me being able to take a few shots of my own bought my new father in law a little extra time without my harassing him for the pictures!

here is a glimpse of our perfect wedding weekend… i feel so so blessed and thankful to be married to the most wonderful man.  i love you danny, and i love love our beautiful family. xo

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“Well the sun is surely sinking down, but the moon is slowly rising.
So this old world must still be spinning round and I still love you.”

a weekend in the poconos

plp14we spent this past weekend in the poconos with danny’s family and it was so nice.  his aunt and uncle own a beautiful piece of property nestled in the woods of the pocono lake preserve.  i have never been much of an outdoorsy person… i tend to prefer sandy beaches to mossy woods… but what i learned this weekend is that even the girliest of girls (me!) can appreciate the beauty of nature.  it doesn’t hurt that where we were staying is far from “roughing it” … their camp is beautiful and not quite like any place i have ever seen!  the kids had the best time… there was so much for them to do!  we could barely get them out of the lake, they really loved it.  we also had an early birthday celebration for danny, made smores, had quite the ping pong game going…. it was a lot of fun.

our weekend was spent doing exactly what i love most… making memories with my most favorite people & i can’t wait to do it again and again.

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weekending!

let me just say that weekends around here always seem to go by waaayy too fast… before i know it they are over.  i don’t think that i am alone in that feeling.  there just is never enough time to fit in all of the things that we want to do… and when we do find the time to do all of those things…. there isn’t enough down time to just relax and enjoy “doing nothing” … i shouldn’t complain though, busy or relaxing i wouldn’t trade the people i am doing it with for anything!

saturday morning we had the amazing idea to have a beach day!  we set off on our journey to the jersey shore at 8 am only to find traffic every single way we turned… it was a horrific experience.  after 2 hours of solid traffic we turned around and met my mom & linda in atlantic city.  this is not our typical destination with kids, however, we were pleasantly surprised at how “kid friendly” it actually was! (please note that we stayed in the resort and did not venture out onto the streets… we aren’t that crazy!) the kids enjoyed a “rooftop pool” which they thought was pretty spectacular, not to mention my new found fishy adriana would not get out of the water!!! followed by dinner at jimmy buffet’s restaurant, landshark  (if you ever find yourself there, you must order the fish tacos…. they were perfection, seriously!!) we sat outside on the deck right next to the live band which the girls took full advantage of… they danced so much that the band referred to them as the “landshark dancers” … it was so cute! the girls loved it, of course! … we ended our impromptu trip with rides on the boardwalk and hermit crabs.  the start of the day was stressful, and the thought of driving to the beach again gives me heart populations…. but with that aside, it was a perfect little day and something we want to do again, this time traffic free, hopefully!

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how cute are these little people?! ah… they make my heart so happy!