The Craziness Continues

I’m back!

As usual, Aruba was amazing.

We visited the island for our friends wedding on the Renaissance Hotel’s private island, and it was one of the most beautiful ceremony’s and crazy receptions I’ve ever been to.

SO MUCH FUN!

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We stayed for 9 days, and I can’t wait to book another trip. Aruba is my favorite place to vacation.

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Once Matt and I arrived home, the craziness continued.

We immediately closed on new our house, and are now officially the owners of a two family house in a lovely nearby town.

My favorite part of our house..the adorable farmers porch!

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As for the rest of this busy weekend, it’s all about celebrating the Fourth with friends and family, getting ready to move by the end of the month, and living life one day at a time!

Enjoy yourselves! xoxo

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A Quick Trip North

York Beach, Maine. My home away from home.

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 Daily Grind Cafe for our morning coffee.

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Breakfast in my beach chair

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Greek yogurt with blueberries, sliced banana and almonds

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cooler full of fruit, baby carrots,cukes, almonds, low salt turkey, provolone cheese, organic blue corn chips and water

INN on the Blues for dinner

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Sauvignon Blanc, seared tuna steak with steamed veggies

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Fun-O-Rama for games

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Salt Water Taffy getting stretched in the window of The Goldenrod

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moose tracks frozen yogurt AND black raspberry chocolate chip frozen yogurt.

I couldn’t decide between the two flavors, so the only way to solve the problem was to order bothSmile.

Robert’s Maine Grill and Market.

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grilled pesto salmon with grilled vegetables and mango salsa.

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A Taste of Maine, all beers that were available on draft.

So cool!

Sweet Josie’s Candy Store, stalking up on chocolate covered EVERYTHING.

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pretzels, various nuts, malt balls, and my favorite…gummy bears!

Chocolate covered gummy bears = amazing.

If you have yet to try them, please do!

The Goldenrod for breakfast, a must when in York

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scrambled egg whites, dry wheat toast with peanut butter on the side, and a bowl of fresh blueberries.

Pit stop on the way home, The Kittery Outlets!

Yankee Candle <3

My obsession was at an all time high as soon as we walked in

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I’d say 50 new sampler votives should last me a while Smile

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A fresh scented end to a relaxing weekend away.

Aruba part IV {scenery and love}

Ok, this is the last of the Aruba pics!

I promise to return to my originally scheduled blogging Smile.

I saved the best for last in terms of breathtaking scenery, romantic sunsets, and very curious lizards…iguanas? whatever

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Matt even took the time to become a foster parent to one of them.

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If these pictures had sound, you would hear me screaming/swearing while he fed Iggy a piece of bread with a knife.

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Luckily Matt’s son was gone before a beautiful beach wedding took place on Saturday night

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Love my zoom lens Smile.

This was taken from our room’s balcony on the 17th floor, and the sunset was beyond gorgeous.

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There is nothing more beautiful than an opal evening sky.

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And a girl’s favorite place to shop Winking smile

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But it can’t beat spending a relaxing vacation surrounded by the people you love the most.

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I am truly blessed.

Aruba part III {playtime}

Travel tip for toddlers…

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Bring playdough on the plane. It works like a charm

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And always eat ice cream when the sun is the hottest.

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Isn’t that cool?

A rainbow halo appears around the sun when temperature gets really hot.

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Hit up happy hour every. single.day

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Matt representing Boston by singing “Sweet Caroline”,

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Me with my Venezuelan friends, learning to shake my hips

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And enjoy your ice cream while you get ready for the nightSmile

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Coconut ice cream topped with orange sherbet.

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Heading out on the Kukoo Kunukoo Pub Crawl!

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This party bus is a must-do when you visit Aruba. It takes vacationers from various hotels to 3 (we did 4) bars throughout the island, where you receive a free shot upon entrance.

Oh yes, it’s classy

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Bar # 1

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Bar #2

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Matt performing the YMCA on the bar. This is why I love him

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Bar #3

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And ending the night at Senor Frogs, which is located right in town, across from the hotels. 

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The morning after..

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What’s a vacation without letting loose a little? 

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or a lot.

Aruba part II {the food}

Knowing that we would be dining out at night and snacking during the day, my father decided to do “All Inclusive” breakfast only, which worked out perfectly.

The buffet was stocked with an abundance of super fruits, an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon, and every other breakfast staple imaginable.

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Every morning I ordered scrambled eggs with spinach, and built a bowl of fresh fruit with cottage cheese and walnuts

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We often ate lunch on the beach, where food always tastes ten times better

Grilled chicken salad

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Tuna steak burger.

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Along with some mid-day drinks under the sun

citron vodka, soda water, lemon

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mojito

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Our first night in Aruba was spent at Smokey Joes, which is known for their ribs and delicious burgers

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I chose grilled Mahi-Mahi atop a tropical salad with sliced almonds. I also ate some of Matt’s ribs, which were smothered in a unique bbq sauce.

Still keeping it casual on Wednesday night, my family and I ventured off to La Vista, an all you can eat buffet inside the Marriot Hotel.

At $54.00 per person, you will definitely eat your money’s worth of perfectly prepared meats, pastas, vegetables, sushi and desserts. .

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Definitely try it out the next time you visit.

After dinner, we caught the end of the Bruins game at Champions, and then walked the beach to help our overly stuffed selves digest.

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Thursday night was spent at Madame Janette, where both the décor and cuisine were colorful and exotic.

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Chilean Sea bass with mixed garden salad

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On Friday night, Matt and I, as well as my brother and sister-n-law, ate a quick dinner in our hotel before heading out on the Kukoo Kunukoo Pub crawl.

(pictures of that on the next post)

We chose Blossoms, a Japanese and Chinese eatery that offered both Hibachi and table dining. Since we were short on time, we chose to sit in a beautifully decorated room surrounded by the Great Wall of China.

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Being from Boston, we have our share of fantastic Asian restaurants, so we weren’t too impressed with the food presented to us.

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The portions were too small, and it seemed very commercial instead of freshly prepared.

I wouldn’t go again.

My favorite meal of the trip was eaten on Saturday night at Chalet Swiss.

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crab cakes

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calamari

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garden salad

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almond crusted Grouper. AMAZING!

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Matt’s Filet Mignon

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It is one the best restaurants on the island

On Sunday, we ate at an Italian restaurant called Sole Mare

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For apps: polenta, pappardelle pasta with Italian mushrooms in a creamy tomato sauce, broccoli rabe, caprese salad, and minestrone soup.

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For my main course (as if this wasn’t enough food already) I got grilled salmon with grilled vegetables

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My sister-n-law’s chose a combination of assorted
grilled fish, shrimp, squid and mussels, which was delicious as well.

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Matt however, chose the best meal of all..

Spaghetti Formaggio Parmigiano

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That my friends, is a wheel of parmesan cheese that is lit on fire with whiskey at your table, and mixed with cooked spaghetti.

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Dessert time!

warm brownie sundae, and cool cream puffs served with ice cream and chocolate sauce.

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Even while away, Sunday’s are still all about food.

For our last night Aruba, we had planned on having a casual dinner at a place called The Mediterranean. However, once we arrived, we learned that it had closed for good.

Searching for a plan B, we chose the restaurant Gianni’s.

The one thing that I disliked about this place was their unwillingness to change anything about the menu. With my 1-1/2 year old niece, and my mother who has food allergies, this made ordering a bit more complicated.

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Antipasto

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This restaurant had a lot of potential, but the atmosphere was far better than both the service and food combined.

My brother and I both chose the salmon, but were brought grouper instead. My mother said that her linguine with garlic and oil was rather dry, and my father’s bolognese was way too salty. Not to mention our waiter who disappeared multiple times throughout the night.

Luckily, the night ended with a shot of Lemoncello and a cup of coconut Gelato.

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The perfect way to end our vacation.

My pants definitely feel a bit tighter, but every bite was worth it.

next up..the fun photos and beautiful scenic shots.

Aruba {part 1}

My family and I had an unbelievable time on our vacation.This was my third time visiting Aruba, and having my family there with me made it my favorite trip yet.

It felt great to leave the laptop and iPhone behind, allowing myself to become completely engulfed by the beauty of this tropical island. I laid on the beach, sipped mojitos at happy hour, ate at some delicious restaurants, and got to see two beautiful beach weddings at sunset.

I returned home relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for the summer ahead.

With so many pictures to share, I will be breaking them up into separate posts, starting with the hotel and a few beach shots.

Enjoy!

The Westin

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Honey Dew Infused water in the lobby

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Matt and I’s Room

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complimentary red wine

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Our balcony view

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view from my bed every morning

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Gym. used ONCE

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I focused on fitting in squats, push ups and some abs throughout the week. We did a lot of walking, so I counted that as my cardio.

Sometimes “vacation”  means giving your body a rest too.

Tambu bar

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The Pool

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Corn hole

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Our Hut on the Beach

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Matt and my Dad

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Oh, how I miss it already.

Up next…the food.

What I Ate While Ice Fishing.

Here are more pictures from my Ice Fishing Trip, along with some of my eats!

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Heading onto the ice

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Yes, that would be a crack

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Our little set up, accompanied by a heated tent, bob house, and fire pit

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My saving grace

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Making orange peel potpourri on the wood burning stove in the bob house.

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Beautiful.

OK, now onto the food!

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Our cooking station on the ice.

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Scrambled egg, vegetables, and sausage breakfast burritos

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 Chocolate protein oatmeal with cocoa covered almonds (mine,obvi)

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Piping hot Pasta Fagioli

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With some Vodka Citron and Sprite Zero

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The pasta felt SO good to eat in the frigid air. Just holding the warm plate was heavenly.

Our body uses a lot of energy to stay warm, making our appetite’s much more ravenous than normal. Thank goodness we had a whole pot to go around,  we all had 2 servings each!

Restaurant Food

Giuseppe’s: Located in the Marketplace of our Inn.

“The Ernest Vegan”

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I swapped the eggplant for grilled chicken, and a kale salad in place of the pasta.

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“Camp”: Located at the “Chase House”, one of the sister hotels next door to our Inn.

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Cutest menu ever!

The décor was set up to resemble an intimate cabin with a fireplace, small bar and wooden furniture.

I ordered the Pan Seared Salmon atop a spinach salad with brown sugared pecans and a side of butternut squash.

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All of this glorious candy was located right in Marketplace of our Inn.

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Buckets of love <3

Good weekend on the food front.

Along with plenty of walking, sliding and shivering,  I was able to fit some fitness into my day. I did not use the hotel gym during my trip, however I sporadically performed push ups,bath tub tricep dips, squats,lunges, planks, and other bodyweight exercises throughout the weekend.

See, you can work out anywhere! You just have to be creative Smile

I definitely recommend staying at “The Mills Falls Inn” in Meredith, NH.

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It was cozy, quaint, and right in the middle of everything.

Click the link to check out the other 6 hotels connected to the “Inn’s & Spa at Mills Falls”