Tag: summer

Hello, and welcome to my second installment of experiences and photos from our recent Vermont summer trip! For a more proper introduction to this mini-series, be sure to check out East Coast Excursions РPart 1: Woodstock, VT.

If you arrived at this post via the link at the end of the aforementioned, thanks for reading!

‘All work and no play…’ Well, I’m sure you could finish that age-old adage. Besides ‘making Jack a dull boy’, a lack of appropriately-balanced recreation is linked to elevated stress levels, which may, in turn, present other negative effects as well… (why do I feel like I am typing out the thesis for a high-school term paper?!)

My point? Ah yes, my point: though our purpose of the trip was to volunteer, we were able to take some time off to enjoy the hidden gems that a Vermont summer has to offer.

While many people view the Green Mountain State as one primarily oriented around winter sports, if you happen upon the option to visit Vermont in the summer, here are some activities that you don’t want to miss! Continue Reading … East Coast Excursions – Part 2: Summer Things To Do In VT


“Traveling: it leaves you speechless, and then turns you into a storyteller.” Or, blogger. ūüôā

As alluded to in previous posts, my husband and I, along with his family, voyaged East last month to spend some time volunteering. We stayed in a remote city of Vermont, called Ludlow, which has a population of approximately 800.

This required a drive anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half in order to find residents.

Some of these homes were nestled so deeply into the side of a mountain that, even in a versatile SUV with 4-wheel drive, we almost could not reach them! It was not a good commute for the faint-of-heart, though, it was extremely beautiful, serene, and rewarding.

At the start and conclusion of our volunteering week, we scheduled some time to do a bit of sightseeing. For the first installment of this East Coast Excursions series, I wanted to share some highlights from our first day, which was spent in a quaint village named Woodstock, Vermont.

Continue Reading … East Coast Excursions – Part 1: Woodstock, Vermont


Burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, corn on the cob, fruit… you know it all: staples of a good ‘ol¬†cookout. It’s everything to make even the most hard-hearted cynics shed a tear at a beautifully stocked picnic table. Even though we are nearing the end of August (gasp!), I do believe we have a few more good barbeque days left.

Speaking of which, is anyone going away for the lo-o-ong weekend next week? My husband and I are heading to the Poconos to spend some time with friends! Hopefully, the weather will be cooperative for everyone planning to squeeze out a few, final bits of summer.

If you do happen to be cooking out within the next few weeks, I have THE recipe for you idea of the century! Okay, so¬†that may be a small exaggeration, BUT I do hesitate to list this post as a “recipe”, for reasons that will soon become apparent.

Honestly, it’s somewhat of a food-DIY, a crafty-kitchen-concoction, if you will. Nevertheless, if you want to win impress everyone at your next get-together, continue reading. Also, if I have piqued your interest and you’re curious… keep reading! And, if you want me to quit rambling, well… you know it: keep reading.*

Continue Reading … Watermelon Bowl – So You Think You Have The Best Cookout Dish?

Food & Drinks

The beginning of each new summer always seems to usher in a trendy new style craze. From backpacks to button-downs to bookshelf decor, it just seems as if you cannot escape the madness! Walk into any Target, Forever 21, or similar store and, likely, the featured items will have been tainted by the year’s newest fad. If you are having a difficult time remembering some of our past¬†obsessions, let’s take a moment to walk down memory lane.

Remember when every sort of item just HAD to be covered in an Aztec print?


Continue Reading … 2016 Summer Trend (& Six Pieces You NEED)