Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fall Bucket List


Yay for Fall, my favorite season! Every year I write a fall bucket list, and while it always contains the same basic activities (plus or minus a few), I don't care it makes me so excited for the season!

Here's what's on my list for this year:

+ Weekend getaway to Vermont - this is booked for the middle of October and I can't wait!

+ Apple Picking

+ Go to a corn maze - this has literally been on every fall bucket list I've ever written and yet I've still never gone. This is the year!

+ Visit the Cider Mill - what's a trip to Vermont without stopping at Cold Hollow?

+ Bake at least one delicious fall treat, I'm thinking these - they look so delicious!

+ Make apple cider sangria

+ Kayak the Charles - this didn't happen this summer, but there's still time!

+ Decorate pumpkins - still loving these white pumpkins & calligraphy

+ Go on a hike and take in the beautiful fall foliage

Bring it on, fall! 
Linking up with Jenn & Jessi today!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekending



Happy Monday! This weekend was one of the best kinds where we managed to relax, have fun, and check a few things off the to-do list. Linking up with Biana to share!

Friday night my friend had a 90s theme house warming party! She went all out with decorations, cootie catchers & scrunchies, capri suns, pizza rolls, and a spread of junk food I was never allowed to eat as a child. Everyone dressed up and we had such a fun time!


Saturday I sorted through and organized all my clothes, switched out my summer and fall clothes, and organized the hall closet. I rewarded my hard work by doing a little shopping at Marshalls & Target - I picked up a couple new pieces of fall decor, but I did have to force myself to resist allll the fall things they had on display!

Saturday night we tried out a new to use bar/restaurant, Hopewell, for dinner. I got the artichoke salad and while it was pretty good, it was on the pricier side for what you get so we probably won't be back to eat. It was a fun spot with pool & shuffleboard though, so I'd definitely go back to hang out and get a drink.



And Sunday was the usual - sleeping in & relaxing in the morning, a grocery run, and then football for the afternoon. I'm in a fantasy league this year which has made football way more interesting, but unfortunately my team did terrible this week. Aside from that it was a great weekend, and as always went by way too fast. Hope you all have a great Monday!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Favorites

Hello and happy Friday! This week was so busy and I'm thrilled to see the weekend! On the agenda is a friend's housewarming party, a date night, and doing the seasonal clothes switch - time to break out all the sweaters and booties. But first it's time to link up for Friday Favorites!

+It's officially fall which means it's officially pumpkin time! I scooped up a couple white ones at Whole Foods the other night and have been spending way too much time browsing Pinterest for some cute decorating ideas.

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+The return of fall TV - check out this article of what to watch and what to skip. I have my eye on This Is Us, The Good Place, and Designated Survivor! Any reviews?

+When I was in DC this weekend I wore my friend's shirt out one night (oh how I miss living with girls in college and having access to multiple closets!) and loved it so much I ordered one for myself from Nordstrom the next morning. Bonus - it's on sale!

+And a few fall looks I've been loving...

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

DC Weekending

Happy Wednesday! I'm really trying to get back into the blogging routine, but after a fun-filled weekend in DC and a 6am flight home on Monday morning I needed a couple extra days this week. It was all worth it though, I had so much fun and am already looking forward to my next trip down, whenever it may be!


One of my best friends from college just moved to DC to start law school, so I flew down to visit her. My flight got in Friday night and we immediately opened a bottle of wine and went up to her building's roofdeck. I had serious apartment envy all weekend! After a couple roofdeck drinks we met up with some of her friends and went out to a bar in Capitol Hill. I had a great time meeting her friends and going out someplace new!


Saturday we went to H Street Festival, which was several streets long and brought in so. many. people. We were able to meet up with two of my high school friends who live there as well, and we spent a while browsing the different vendors before deciding to ditch the crowds and grab lunch. Tacos and a frozen margarita hit the spot, and then it was back to the apartment to relax for a little while.


Saturday night we grabbed dinner and met up with more friends for drinks. We went out on U street, and once again had a great time. The food places in DC all seem to stay open late (unlike Boston where everything is closed before the bars do) so we ended up grabbing late night slices both nights. &Pizza was my favorite, you go through the line choosing your toppings and end up with a customized pizza. So good, they need to open one in Boston!


Sunday was a relaxing day. We slept in, grabbed coffee and sandwiches at A Baked Joint, and then relaxed around the apartment. Becka had some studying to do so I walked around a little bit and did some shopping. In the evening we headed over to Georgetown and enjoyed dinner and live music at an Irish pub and spent some time walking around the neighborhoods. There are some beautiful old houses in the area. After that it was back to the apartment to get ready for my early morning flight. I had so much fun and I can't wait to be back!

Linking up with Jenn for what's hap-pinning!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Life Lately || Summer Wrap Up

Hello and Happy Thursday! It's been awhile since my last post, and while I did not intend to take such a long break it really was much needed. Life's been even busier than usual lately, but I've really missed this space and connecting with everyone so I am definitely going to try and settle back into a blogging routine this fall. Linking up with Annie today to share what I've been up to the past few weeks!


I went to Michigan for a long weekend at the end of July to see my dad's side of the family. We rented a house for everyone for the weekend and it was so nice to visit with family and just relax for a few days!


1. Morning coffee with a view
2. Family photos with my nana and aunt
3. Perfect summer evenings spent playing croquet and enjoying a couple cocktails
4. Lake sunsets

I was home for three days after Michigan before packing back up and heading to the Jersey Shore for the next weekend! Our friends host a shore weekend at their parents' house every year, and it is definitely one of our favorite weekends of the summer!


1. Quick stop in New York to switch trains while traveling from Boston to New Jersey
2. Ready to romp around Seaside for a night out
3. Night out in Boston for a friend's going away
4. My favorite reservoir runs + sunset

At the end of August I took my first full week off from work ever and headed home to California! It was so so so nice to have a break from everything and spend some quality time with my mom and friends. It's hard living across the country from some of my favorite people, but it definitely makes for some fun times when we do get together!


1. The best eggs benedict I've ever had (includes bacon and avocado) at Bill's Cafe in Palo Alto
2. Bruschetta + wine with mom
3. Dinner in San Francisco with my best friend
4. My last meal in California - knew I had to get my Mexican fix before I left!


1. Cheese, fruit + moscow mules (high school friends not pictured)
2. Hours before we accidentally crashed James' Franco's high school reunion by showing up at the same bar
3. Mama and me after getting our hair done
4. I went up to Hampton Beach with a few friends over Labor Day weekend for one last summer send off - and one last ice cream cone, of course!

So that's life lately, at least the fun parts! It doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon, but I am looking forward to squeezing in more time for the blog, and catching up on what everyone else has been up to!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Confessions

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I confess that....

This July has been the least busy month I've had in over a year. I honestly cannot remember the last time we had an entire month with barely any scheduled plans. And while it has definitely been nice to have lots of time to relax, I have realized I thrive off the energy of other people and am happiest when my schedule is full (not too full, but full) and I have lots going on. I've been in a slump all month, just feeling so lethargic and uninspired and it has been so hard to snap out of it.

On a happier note, August is jam packed with three trips plus other fun plans. I'm off to Michigan tonight for four days to visit my dad's side of the family and packing and planning has already got me feeling more energetic and excited. I'm hoping to get my blog act together soon too and post more frequently :)

Now onto some lighter confessions...

+ I was definitely Team Luke for Jojo, but now it seems highly likely that he'll be the next Bachelor and I just feel like he'll be such a bore to watch. He seems like a genuinely nice person, but that doesn't really make for entertaining television haha.

+ I am actually excited for Bachelor in Paradise. It is so ridiculous and I love the drama.

+ On another TV related note (since that's all I've been up to lately) I spent the entire day last Sunday binge watching the first season of Unreal. Has anyone else been watching it? Now just need to figure out where I can watch season two.

+ Something else I can't stop doing is shopping the Nordstrom sale. I know everyone has posted about it so I'll skip over sharing what I bought, but I just keep adding things to my cart. It doesn't help that their ads are now all over any website I visit. Needless to say this had better hold me over until spring.

+ I've checked only three things off my summer bucket list and it's already the end of July! Getting ice cream has been done numerous times though, so that counts for something :)

I need to finish up packing so that's all I've got today. Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday, and I'll try to show up here more next week!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Easy Summer Dinners

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Happy Monday! Hope you're all starting off the week after a great weekend. Ours was low-key but fun, the highlight being meeting up with a friend I haven't seen in awhile for brunch and checking out The Beehive for the first time! The food was delicious and it had such a great atmosphere. We ate outside but I'll definitely be back in the fall/winter to check out their jazz brunch!

Since I don't have much to report on from this weekend I figured I'd share my dinners for the week! I meal plan almost every week, and it seriously makes life so much easier. On the agenda for this week are easy, healthy meals that are quick to throw together and perfect for a summer evening!

SUNDAY || Turkey Burgers & Zucchini Fries


I picked up both the burgers and fries from Trader Joe's, but next time I'd definitely make the fries from scratch since they didn't hold up the best from being frozen. Add in some grilled peppers and onions and you're good to go!

MONDAY || Pesto Zoodles with Chicken Sausage

I plan on sharing the full recipe for this next week since it's the best - all the indulgence of pesto pasta without the guilt.

TUESDAY || Grilled Chicken Stuffed with Sundried Tomatoes, Spinach & Goat Cheese (+ side of asparagus)


I've definitely shared this recipe before because it is delicious and so easy to throw together, and always in rotation, no matter what time of year. Goat cheese is my favorite though, so I always go with that instead of mozzarella.

WEDNESDAY || Mango Tilapia Tacos

These are so good! I made them for the first time last week and am already craving them again. Original recipe here - I just swapped grapefruit for mango.


And that's it! I leave one week day free in case plans come up, there's leftovers, or I'm just feeling a night off of cooking and turn to the always trusty breakfast for dinner :). And on the weekends we're usually out and about or picking up takeout so all meal planning goes out the window then.