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pleasant valley lavender

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I am so excited to share these photos. After church we stopped by Pleasant Valley Lavender Farm and it did not disappoint. I’ve been wanting to go for awhile but missed the season last year. Today they told us the peak was really around July 4th but I truly couldn’t tell because the fields smelled amazing. They were so kind and took us around briefly and told us how different lavender smelled differently and you could rub it between your fingers and tell some were more earthy and others sweet smelling. _MG_2913They give you scissors and a basket and you are set free to roam. The are fields all around their house with a little tent shop set up out front. They even had baked lavender cookies that they let us sample! IMG_2895

The bees and butterflies were everywhere but none of them seemed to care about humans traipsing through they just buzzed around us. IMG_2935IMG_2937IMG_2978IMG_2938IMG_2939IMG_2941IMG_2946IMG_2981IMG_2986IMG_2992

This is the perfect escape in New Jersey to fool yourself into thinking you are in France for an hour or two!

 

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we’re going to nantucket!

We booked our hotel and are read to head to Nantucket to celebrate our five year wedding anniversary–how can that be?!

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Meanwhile scoping out everyone of the NYTimes 36 hours, Mackenzie, Julia and Carly’s recommendations.

Have you been to Nantucket? Any must see/do/eats?

 

 

 


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Kennebunkport, Maine

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We had the best weekend exploring Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kennebunkport Maine!  As we were driving into town we were already plotting our way to come back. The town is SO charming and the shops people are kind and the other tourists are polite and clean! HAve you ever been where they are not? It’s truly a thing to note! I did some research on things to do before we went (see how I do it here) and it couldn’t have been a better day.
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Creating your travel itinerary from your phone!

Since I started my full-time career in summer ’11 I’ve been able to travel to sooo many places. Places I had never been too and really didn’t know anything about; often traveling alone for work. These are my tried and true steps on finding out the must-see’s at literally no cost, all from your phone.travel itinerary

  1. Google day trips to x.
    Usually you don’t have a lot of time on a work trip to explore, but even if you do, I think its smart to look for what people recommend if you only have a day or 36 hours. They always tell you the high points so you can base your schedule around some of these stops. I follow this blogger on instagram but was so excited to see her post on Kennebunkport!
  2. Yelp restaurants for lunch, restaurants for dinner.
    I can’t tell you how many times I pick a place and find out they don’t open until 5p and I was needing to sneak in a bite between afternoon meetings. Also, so many places are known for their lunch or dinner its fun to pick places based on WHEN you’ll be stopping by, not just an overall rating.
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  3. Ask a local!
    I’ll never forget when I travelled to Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan we asked someone where they recommended and they really stumbled and said The Italian Oven which my co-worker and I were like umm okay..thinking it was olive garden-esque. We were exhausted and decided to go. It was so packed and was actually really amazing. Even though it might not be fancy the locals know where to go, whether for food or another adventure.
  4. Search the city/town on instagram.
    See what other people are seeing. It’s so easy to search by location or hashtag and learn more about where you are going and figure out what you want to see.IMG_9407
  5. Search/ask bloggers who have been there or live nearby.
    I just reached out to Lemon Stripes because she was just in Kennebunkport and I’m dying for her to post her spots. I love following her on snapchat and I can’t wait to see her picks (and pics!) in town.
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  6. Create a list.
    It might be silly but you need everything in one spot to help you when you arrive. a quick glance at your list is a million times better than having to rack your brain and scroll through your browser history to see the name of the best coffee shop! 😉

I’m having so much fun building my Portsmouth, New Hampshire + Kennebunkport lists, send me any reccs if you have them!


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kentucky derby at home

One of my bucket list item is to make it to the Kentucky Derby. I love the hats and the dresses and Kentucky (it’s where my mom and grandparents are from!). Until my year comes, I love these items to bring the derby to me.
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Table Runner / Ole Kentucky Home raglan  / Jockey Silk Tote / Mint Julep cup

I love the jockey silks and I love that they are so different from everything else you see. What a way to stand out. Mint Juleps are not my drink, I’ll save the mint for my iced tea, but I love the idea of flowers in mint julep cups instead.

Don’t forget to place your bets for May 7. I’m liking this one’s name.

 

 


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nautical party snack bar

This week we are in the Outerbanks for vacation and our first day of vacation happened to land on JPS’ birthday. Unfortunately most of his actual birthday was spent in the car from NJ to NC but we had a birthday breakfast and a nautical themed snack bar!
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It was really fun to think about some snacks that everyone would like and that we could have a nautical spin on…nautical party snacks

fish & chips – potato chips
fishing bait – gummy worms
crab legs – pretzel sticks
seaweed – sour punch straws
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