Vacation: Photo Dump

My heart breaks a little bit that summer is almost over and I still haven’t gone golfing or kayaking yet. Really hitting that summer bucket list hard! I can at least cross off “go to the beach” and “eat soft-serve ice cream” off of the list, thanks to vacation last week.

I had full intentions of blogging all last week, but with no wifi at our vacation house, there was no way I could blog. With that, here’s a little photo dump of vacation!

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Post-dinner walks with the family were my favorite.

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5 days on the beach, 5 hours each day. 10% stress all week.

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Post-morning run ritual= protein shake, oatmeal & sudoku.image

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imageChristmas in July was going on at the Nubble, and if you look closely into the window, you can see a Christmas tree!

image  Waiting in line at Dunne’s for late night ice cream.imageGo big or go home is Ryan’s philosophy. imageMy first ice cream of the summer. The only way to go: vanilla soft-serve with rainbow jimmies.

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You can’t go to downtown Short Sands without stopping at Goldenrod for their taffy.

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I’m not a fan of taffy, but watching the process of taffy being made never gets old, no matter how many times you’ve seen it.

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Thursday night we had our last vacation dinner over in downtown Portsmouth, NH.

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We ventured over to Old Ferry Landing for a seafood dinner.image

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Chelsey’s parents came down for 2 1/2 days since they are semi-local. We went originally from a family of 4, to 5, and now to 7.

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Vacation was great, and while I’ll miss seeing sunrises like this outside of my bedroom window, it’s nice to be back into my daily routine!

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Did you go on vacation this year? If so, where?!

Favorite kind of ice cream?

 

Nikki Gets Hitched & Vacation!

Greetings from vacation! I’m officially off from work for the rest of July with my family, and I couldn’t be happier.

Vacation started early Friday afternoon, where we watched my beautiful cousin Nikki, marry the man of her dreams. I bought a selfie stick for the wedding/vacation, and thankfully it was well-received. In fact, people loved it!

imageThe venue was beautiful, as was the bride. Nikki was so determined that she was never going to get married or meet a great guy, and it even got to the point where she made a bet with Lindsay and I that if she ever got married, she owed us dinner. Not only did Nikki get married, but she found such an incredible husband.

imageAntoine fits into our crazy family perfectly, and he not only treats Nikki like his queen, but he’s so caring and welcoming to all of us. Lucas and his uncle Tony. <3

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imageFun fact: This guy right here stole my name. We are one month apart, almost exactly, and since I didn’t turn out to be a boy, my godmother decided to use the name. Hi Jay!

image Chels and I lit up the dance floor, completely sober, completely crazy and reckless. I think it was one of my favorite moments that I’ve ever had with her.

imageSaturday morning started good. No drinking = no hangover, so off to the gym it was! After lifting back and a 30 minute HIIT run, it was back home to pack. Or attempt to pack. Sweet little Nesssie knew something was up and didn’t want us to go. At one point, she even sprawled out in my suitcase, and I felt so awful having to take her out of it.

imageAll of those bikinis mean one thing… my parents, Ryan, Chelsey, and I are at our family’s beach house in York, ME for the week! The house is on Long Sands, and sits right in front of the beach, so my brother has a prime creeping location on the front porch.  imageSaturday afternoon consisted of unpacking and grocery shopping, before heading into Kittery, ME for dinner at When Pigs Fly.

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During dinner, we got hit with an incredible storm. Downpour, thunder, lighting, intense wind, and on our drive back to the house, we spotted a double rainbow.

imageWhich meant a photo-shoot occurred back at the house. Ryan and Chelsey nailed their picture!imageStill figuring out this selfie stick thing, hence the lack of sky and rainbows, but it’s still a cute shot!

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Again, rainbow fail, but just look at how intense the sky is behind us. The rays of light shooting out from the ocean was a sight to see.

imageVacation find #1, this sweet mug that Ryan and I gave our Pepere one year. Those outfits, just wow. I look like I was rescued from being lost in the woods!

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What did you do this weekend?

Did your parents ever dress you in crazy outfits?

 

On Fire In Dallas: Getting A # At Baggage Claim & Getting Pulled On Stage

What a week it has been, but we made it to Friday, and there’s happiness in that!

My week has been a busy blur of airplanes, buses, and finding myself in awkward situations with men.

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On Monday I flew out to Dallas with Megan to meet up with the rest of our team for a 3 day work trip.

imageUpon arriving in Dallas, Megan and I headed to baggage claim, and while we were waiting for our bags, she got to telling me a story about her parent’s and their suitcases. I pointed to a man walking from baggage claim and pointed to his suitcase, asking Megan if the suitcase she was referencing in her story was like the man’s in front of us. Well, the man saw me point to his bag, and immediately asked if he had my bag. I was quick to tell him no, and that I think he had his bag.

I blame the next event on his friend giving him crap for using a pick-up line on me. At this point, suitcase man asked me where I was from, what I was doing in Dallas, what I do for work, and then he smoothly asked me if we were going to dinner that night. I said no, and then he asked about breakfast the next morning. I entertained him by telling him yes, and then what do you know, I had his phone number. Megan would not let me live this down, and over the next few days I was asked if I had texted suitcase Harry. No, you guys, no I did not. Mostly because he lives in D.C., and I have a date tonight that I am incredibly excited about.

The next incident happened the next night at a work event. We had a dinner and a show with our members, and it was extremely fun. Here I am with my work friends!

imageAnd then during one of the songs from the dualing piano show, one of the guys asked for a volunteer, to which he looked at me and said something along the lines of, “I’m looking at my blonde friend. Blondie, I want you. Come up here.” WHY?! So, I was brought on stage and he handed me a handful of torn up paper, to which he informed me to throw over our heads when he sang the words, “let it go.” Well, I missed my queue, and in the photo below, this is where he yelled at me for missing the moment. Mortified. Absolutely mortified.imageI will admit that I felt on fire after two nights in a row of having the men love me. Ha! The rest of the week flew by. Wednesday night we celebrated a successful work trip at Hulu Hut, where we enjoyed food and drinks on a deck overlooking the water. image4 days on the road, and I actually only worked out twice, giving myself two rest days, which my body loved. I’m so happy to be back home in my routine of things. This weekend will be low key, but fun, starting with a date tonight, which for the first time in a long time, I’m actually looking forward to.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend — it’s supposed to be sunny and 90 all weekend long, so I will be enjoying the sunshine!

What do you have planned this weekend?

If you live in D.C and want suitcase Harry’s number, just let me know. He was very tall and cute! 😉

A Weekend In Vermont for the NPC VT Championship

Happy Monday my friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. It was absolutely gorgeous in my area, or both areas that I was in this weekend, so if you had beautiful spring weather as well, I certainly hope you made the best of it!

My weekend started early Friday afternoon with a road trip to Burlington, VT with my girl Nicole. Our best friend Lindsay was competing in her first bikini competition, so we went to support her, and celebrate her birthday, which just so happened to be on Sunday. Perfect timing!

Our 2 1/2 drive to Vermont was full of girl talk. I’m almost positive we talked about dating for the full 2 1/2 hours. With a pit stop in the smallest, most hick-town ever.

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We made it to Lindsay’s hotel, and almost immediately went down with her to the lobby to get registered and have her height taken. Her show was the NPC Vermont Championships, and for an NPC show, at least in the bikini division, they break you up into groups by height. image

After getting Lindsay into her group, we went back to the room and cleaned her feet. If you’ve ever had a spray tan before, you will know that your feet can get very dark from stepping on the tan that lands on the floor/towel. After that, we hung out, talked, and had the lights out by 9 pm!image

We woke up bright and early at 6 am. Lindsay got up to have her hair and make-up done, and I hit the hotel gym for a workout.

imageBombshell <3 This girl right here. She worked her butt off for about 18 weeks, and her determination and drive were just remarkable. Lindsay will be the first person to tell you that prep was not easy, but dang, she gave it her all, and the package she brought to the stage was amazing.

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After dropping Lindsay off at the the hotel for the competitor meeting around 10:30, Nicole and I made a pit stop for fuel. 24 oz was necessary.image

We found the biggest Party City ever, where we bought balloons and streamers to decorate the room with. It was a congrats you competed and a pre-happy birthday theme. Nicole and I had way too much fun blowing up the balloons, and I’m pretty sure our workout of the day was laughing so hard and so much. It was really nice having all of that quality time with Nicole this weekend, especially since I don’t get to see her that often.

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A pit stop for flowers, and then it was on to the show!image

Pre-judging went from about 12:30 until 2:40, and since finals didn’t start until 12, we took the girl out for a burger, per her coach’s orders.

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With time to kill, we had our cards read and relaxed for a bit, before heading back to the school.image

Anddddd after 3 hours of finals, our girl placed fifth in her first ever NPC show!! Yeah girl,way to kill it! There she is on the far right.imageAnd finally, our long overdue dinner at 10 pm at the Outback!  We were all extremely hangry at this point, so the food tasted like a little slice of heaven.

imageOn Sunday, we were all pretty famished, so we hit up Ihop for a big breakfast. That stack of cupcake pancakes stole the show. The icing tasted just like funfetti, and we were all in heaven sharing that stack.

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Food for four girls. Totally normal. Please look at all of the food in front of Lindsay, haha.image

After breakfast, Nicole and I hit a local gift shop for a little bit of shopping. I spent a whopping 81 cents on a cow pencil haha. It’s the little things in life, I tell ya!image

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I used to live right next to Burlington for 6 years growing up, so I felt right at home. This is the one place that I could wake up one morning and just decide to move to.

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My Sunday afternoon ended with a bit of time in the sun reading, along with lots of meal prep.

imageIt was a wonderful weekend celebrating Lindsay’s big accomplishment and birthday with great friends, and I couldn’t be more proud of this girl!

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Ever been to an NPC show before?

 

A Long Weekend Visiting Ryan & Chels

It’s Monday, and a happy Monday at that as I have today off from work. Don’t get too excited, as I’ll be driving for about 8 hours today! I spent Friday night to Monday morning outside of Harrisburg, PA, visiting my brother and sister-in-law.

I took a half day at work on Friday, and hit the road, arriving to their house a little after 8. Let me tell you, driving 8.5 hours while on the Whole30 sure was something. It was easy eating wise, as I had my cooler all packed with plenty of meals, but man, the fluctuation of moods sure was something! I would be energetic, then exhausted, happy, then really annoyed. Luckily this only last on Friday, and by the weekend I kicked the mood swings.

We spent Friday night just relaxing, eating and playing a board games.

My energy wasn’t as low as I had expected it to be, but this was one of the times that I was thankful for Ryan and Chelsey’s love of sleeping in! You know I was all about getting as much sleep as possible! We slept until a little after 9 am, and ate breakfast while watching House Hunters.

whole30-breakfastAfter breakfast, we headed around the corner to the West Shore Farmer’s Market, which made me feel like a little kid in heaven! The market has everything you could imagine; produce, donuts, pizza, baked goods, & meat.west-shore-farmers-marketWe were there for the produce, and I stocked up on an awesome deal on sweet potatoes. 69 cents a pound! Not only were the sweet potatoes locally grown, but they were so vibrantly orange and tasted better than any I have ever bought in the store.west-shore-farmers-marketFrom there, it was on to the gym, and gosh, their women’s gym is oodles better than mine is back home!imageAfter our workout, we went home, ate, showered, relaxed, and then Chelsey and I went out shopping while Ryan did grad school work. Around 7, we headed into downtown Harrisburg for their friend’s birthday celebration. We ate dinner at Firehouse Restaurant, before bar hoping until midnight. The night was a lot of fun and their friends are such a funny group!firehouse-restaurantParis <3harrisburg10 hours of sleep on Sunday. It. Was. Glorious! We all woke up a little after 10, and after a big breakfast, we headed to Hawk Rock for a 3.1 mile hike! Loved making it an active rest day in the great outdoors. It was even 60 degrees out, which is crazy for mid-November! Aunt Mare – they say hi! 🙂

hawk-rockTurns out that we actually missed the trail entrance because Ryan parked in front of it, so we ended up hiking a completely random trail, haha!hawk-rockThe views were mostly of the woods, but we did happen upon a stream at one point, and yes, Ryan brought his walking stick from home.

hawk-rockThe rest of our Sunday was spent eating & watching football. It was the perfect weekend full of quality time and relaxation with Ryan & Chelsey!

What did you do this weekend?

Work Outing & Lauren’s Wedding!

You guys. This weekend. So much fun! It was a nonstop party from 11 am Friday until I don’t even know when! We had our company outing on Friday, so after 3 hours of work, we headed down the street to Granite State Escape.

We had 3 groups of probably 10ish people, and we all had a different room that we were locked in.

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There were clues leading to different clues, and we only had 60 minutes to solve the case and get out of the locked door. Our group was in their hardest room, which has a 20% success rate. Well, we are all pretty awesome and got out in 49 minutes, putting us on the leaderboard. Go team The CCA Way!

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After we all finished, we headed over to our President’s house for food, drinks and a bunch of weirdness.

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I’ve said it before and I will say it again; the company I work for and the people I work for are absolutely amazing.

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I love going to work every single day and love having coworkers who are also my friends.

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Or friends who are my coworkers?

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The rest of my Friday night was spent running a few errands and getting my bags packed for wedding weekend! I woke up early on Saturday to hit the gym for a shoulder workout, before I hit the road to head to the White Mountains for Lauren’s wedding at Bishop Farm in Lisbon, NH.

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It was a chilly, fall day, roughly high 30s when we arrived to the beautiful farm.

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The first barn of the evening was where the ceremony took place.

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It was absolutely gorgeous inside the barn, and I truly felt like I was in a Lifetime movie. By the time the wedding started, it was close to 35 degrees, and we were freezing in our dresses. I would have killed to have had a pair of socks on haha.

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After the ceremony, we enjoyed cocktail hour in a “heated” tent. If it hadn’t been so cold it would have been fun to sit around this fire before the reception started!

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The second barn was where the reception was, and the decor left me absolutely speechless. I always have wanted a barn wedding, and this just sealed the deal for me.

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Lauren & Joel!
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With the gorgeous bride! We spent 3 years living together in college. Love this girl! Lo is the first of the college girls to get married, and we joked that she certainly set the bar high for weddings!
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And then we danced the night away until 11:30, where we crashed into bed! I cannot wait to share more of the pictures once the photographer has them edited!
Bishop-Farm-Laurens-weddingThe morning after Lindsay, Michelle, Nicole and Bobby headed to Polly’s Pancake Parlor for brunch before we all hit the road. Polly’s Pancakes, which I believe was voted as having the best pancakes in NH, was an adorable little breakfast spot.

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The maple butter intrigued all of us, but sadly it was a bit sweet and extremely thick, making it difficult to spread. It was worth the try though!
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I had been craving a veggie & cheese omelette incredibly bad, so I went that route, but the girls all raved about the pancakes they had!pollys-pancakes

With a full belly, I made the hour and 45 minute drive home, before an afternoon of grocery shopping, meal prepping, cleaning and relaxing!

What is your favorite brunch meal?

Have you ever been to a barn wedding?

What did you do this weekend?

Time To Set New Goals & Back In The Routine

Ahhhhh I am just so happy to finally be home from all of this crazy travel! Last night was my first night to relax on my couch since Thursday, September 10th. Yes, that long ago. I traveled to the Bahamas, and then recently spent Saturday – Tuesday evening in Tampa for a work trip.

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This is the view that I got to enjoy for 4 days. Sadly, most of it was spent looking out through the window, but I did have moments of freedom!
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My boss hosted a social media conference, so Saturday and Sunday was spent getting bags ready for both attendees and presenters.
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Team lunch on Sunday!

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Sunday night this girl worked door security at our cocktail party. Not bad just standing around when this is your view.
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Thankful for Courtney for keeping me company while I worked security. Love her! We sit right next to each other in the office. She makes me laugh more than anyone that I have ever met.

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Monday lunch cruising around with my work wife Lyndsay. She is my soul-sister.

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Not only did I have a hotel room to myself, but I also had a balcony with this morning view.

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While traveling for work with coworkers who are more importantly your friends, is fun, I am so happy to be back home. After 12 days of travel, 2 countries, 4 airports and very long days, it feels SO good to be back home.

I’m looking forward to setting new goals at work, in the gym, and in my personal life. For the past few months my focus has been on my vacation, and now it’s as if I have a new slate to start my goals on.

Meal prepping and workouts will hopefully be even better, but before that, I need to get healthy. I came home with an ugly cold. My head is tight, my throat burns, and I’m just exhausted. My college roommate has her bachelorette party this weekend, so fingers crossed that this cold gets better and not worse by Saturday!

Do you set mini or long-term goals?

What are some of your favorite mini, short-term goals?

Bahamas Days 2 & 3

I’m back with another recap of my vacation in the Bahamas! Since Monday and Tuesday consisted of pretty much the same thing during the day, with different activities in the evening, I’ll recap both of those days in this post!

Both mornings started off with a workout upon rising at 6. Since the entire resort was literally still sleeping off their previous day of drinking, I had the gym to myself every day that I was there. The resort apparently didn’t like turning the AC on that early in the morning since I found it to be a sauna in the gym every day. I went through 3 towels during every workout, ha! My workouts included 15 minutes of HIIT running, followed by a strength workout, and ending with about a 15 minute cool-down walk.

Breakfast was the same for me. We would meet at 8 am, reserve our chairs on the beach and go inside to eat. I packed protein pancakes, so I ate those with 1 tbsp of peanut butter, fresh fruit, & a little bit of maple syrup to dip each bite in.

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After breakfast, we headed to the beach to start our days.

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Reading.

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Playing in the water.

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Taking pictures.

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Feeling fabulous!

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You name it, we did it.

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To cool off, we would hang out in the pool for a good chunk of time. The girls liked it because there was a swim up bar, so we spent a lot of time around the bar. I didn’t have a single drink the entire vacation. Some might call me weird, but seeing the mixtures in jugs just looked so unappealing. I don’t like mixed drinks either, so it was just more enjoyable for me to stick to bottled water.

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On Monday evening we went to dinner at the steakhouse, and then headed over to the outdoor stage to watch that nights entertainment. It was a mix of dancing. It was cool but we were so exhausted that after the show we went to bed.

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Tuesday night we enjoyed dinner at Bella Restaurant. We had dinner here on Sunday night as well. This restaurant had the best seating views!
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This was my favorite spot simply because they had a really great buffet. From fish, chicken and pork, to endless salads, veggies and desserts. I piled my plate high with veggies. So good!
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Tuesday night after dinner we headed over to watch another show, which really bored the heck out of me!

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I was so hungry that I just wanted it to end so that we could go get ice cream. The dining hall had THE best strawberry ice cream, and I had no problem whatsoever eating 3 scoops with the works, 3 nights in a row. No shame. I figured if I ate healthy for all of my meals, got my workouts in and didn’t drink, then ALL THE ICE CREAM was my way of treating myself on vacation. 🙂

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And that’s Monday & Tuesday’s recap. I’ll be back tomorrow with Wednesday & Thursday for ya!

Bahamas Day 1

Day 1 of the Bahamas (Sunday) started at 4:45 am, where we got ready and hit the road to the Newark Airport. On Saturday, Lindsay, Nicole and I headed to CT to spend the evening at Michelle’s so that we only had an hour drive in the morning.

We were on the road at 6 am, and to the airport at 7. Selfies in the parking lot while we waited for the shuttle to bring us to the airport.

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First time traveling outside of the country! I felt like a virgin when I got my book stamped!

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Ahhhhhh!!!

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We were off on our 3 hour flight, and before we knew it, we were in the Bahamas!

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An hour after getting off the plane we were already in our hotel rooms and throwing our bikinis on at 1 pm.

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We immediately found 4 chairs on the beach and sat our butts down!

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Just a few Bahama mamas!

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We spent from 1-5 laying in our chairs, swimming in the ocean, and frolicking in the pool! We headed back to our rooms to get ready and headed out to dinner for 7 pm. I actually started writing this from bed while waiting for the girl’s to get ready. Multi-tasking!!!

And that was our first full day last week in the Bahamas!

Hello From The Bahamas!

Greetings from the Bahamas!!! 🙂 I just wanted to pop in very quickly and say hi to you guys! I hope you had a fabulous September weekend, doing whatever it is that you did!

I am currently in the Bahamas for the week, and while I have a post scheduled for tomorrow and Thursday, I took a total vacation from work and hobbies (blog) to just spend time with my girls. I left my laptop at home, so it’s a total detox from everything!

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Hope you all have a great week, and if you comment, I will respond to any comments with the hotel wifi. Make sure to check out my Instagram to follow along on my vacation! 🙂 alewis19