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Friday Things

This week seems to have gone by in a blur and that's all thanks to it being a shorter work week! Since last weekend was pretty jam packed, I'm looking forward to a bit of relaxing. I wanted to share a few things that had me smiling this week! It's a bit of a hodge podge, with some book recommendations at the end as well!
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Beautiful Weather ||

We were blessed with two absolutely gorgeous days here in the city! 70's, sunny and perfect! Of course it was just a tease because following the "heat" we got snow! Perfect reminder that it's still February and still winter! Has me looking forward to our trip to Florida in April even more now! 

New Primer ||

I spotted this primer in Sephora a couple weeks ago and I had never heard of the brand before. I'm a sucker for packaging and really liked the price so I asked for a sample and used it for a couple of days. After seeing how much smoother my makeup looked, I picked up the full version from Amazon! I'll have a full review in a couple of weeks, but based on all the other reviews I've read I don't think I'll be disappointed! 

A few recent reads ||

Now That You Mention It || Kristan Higgans normally writes more lighthearted romantic comedy like books and this was a bit of a departure from her norm. With that being said, I really enjoyed all of the characters, especially Nora the main character and doctor from Boston. After having a brush with death, she decides to head back home to Maine to recuperate in more ways than one. There's plenty of backstory given to explain the strained relationship with her sister and mom & most of all the author still gives me the the romance that I crave! I definitely recommend this book!
69 Million Things I Hate About You || Based on Nadine's recommendation I decided to read the two book series by Kira Archer. Personal assistant Kiersten wins the lottery, but instead of just quitting her job for her sometimes overbearing, but incredibly good looking boss, she decides to see how far she can push her luck before he fires her! There's more than a bit of chemistry between the two and there was just enough passion without being raunchy or dirty! I definitely enjoyed reading the book and thought the banter between Kiersten and Cole was fresh, but not unrealistic! 
The Billionaire's Unexpected Baby || The second book in the Billionaire series and I actually liked this one more than the previous book. Brooks is the playboy who is never ready to settle down, but he meets Leah who is pregnant and of all things a teacher at a catholic school! They make an arrangement to get married so that she can keep her job and of course what neither of them was expecting was to actually like being married to each other. Of course there is the issue of the baby daddy and what will happen if he comes back in the picture! I really liked that the characters from the previous book also made a lot of appearances in this book so you got more of an epilogue from the first book than you were expecting! Fun, flirty and easy read! Perfect if you're headed on a vacation!
Hope you have a great weekend friends! 

Weekend Birthday Fun

What a whirlwind of a weekend full of family time and celebrations. With my parents flying up from Florida to celebrate my mom's birthday and having the day off yesterday to fully celebrate Gary's birthday - I'm ready for another long weekend! One of the best things about having my parents in town and staying with us is that they feed us all the time and we don't have to go out to eat! They make all my favorites & it's the best!! So that's pretty much what Friday and Saturday were filled with! We watched a couple of movies - 13 hours (so good) and The Edge of Darkness (Good, but a little disturbing, gory & scary). Gary & I also got hooked on another show on Netflix - Altered Carbon. It's very futuristic and not normally anything I'd like, but it has elements that you could see being possible in the future and that makes it really interesting. 
The only picture from Saturday shopping at the Wrentham outlets with the whole family, but I busted out my beret and LOVE it!

On Sunday we celebrated my mom's birthday at Abe & Louie's. They have a delicious brunch menu and totally surprised to find out they have a jazz band playing on Sunday's! There were lots of toasts & laughs! 

^A little sampling of some of the food we had^

It had snowed the night before and that made the courtyard in the Boston Public Library even prettier! 
Gary requested a very low key birthday so that's exactly what he got! We started with brunch at State Street Provisions - our first time there and oh my gosh was it good!  
We shared the lobster bisque - delicious! The waffles had ham and cheddar baked into them - the perfect mix of sweet and savory!
Needing to walk brunch off, we made our way to the Seaport where the had a super fun seasaw exhibit - letting your inner kid out on your birthday - nothing better! And only because it was Gary's birthday did I agree to go to the ICA - museum lover I am not! But, apparently since it was a Monday and President's Day admission was free, so win,win! Let's just say I don't understand contemporary art!

Needless to say, this was a perfect weekend! Loved being able to celebrate my sweet mama & amazing husband and even better that everyone was in one place!

Weekending Still Going Strong

Happy Monday friends! I have the day off from work and it just so happens to be Gary's birthday, so we're keeping the weekend going! I'll be back tomorrow with a fun weekend recap!

Ireland Packing List

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!! I hope this day is filled with love & candy for everyone! Next month Gary and I are headed to Ireland for an anniversary trip that has been on his travel bucket list for years. Since we drove the Pacific Coast Highway last year, I've wanted to do a similar trip where we would get to explore a lot of a country and Ireland was the perfect destination. While I wont be detailing where we're stopping yet, I did want to share what I am packing for a little over a week away! 

Ireland's spring is very similar to the weather here in Boston - it can range between high 40's to mid 50's - so pretty chilly! It can be cold and rainy or beautiful and sunny so preparing for everything along the way is going to be my challenge! 
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Outerwear ||

I was planning on bringing my winter coat, but that's just too much coat for the weather they'll have. I think layering will be the best option. I have one rain jacket that I absolutely love and have gotten so much wear out of the last 7 years. My quilted jacket bit the dust after a lot of wear over the last 6 years, so I have my eye on this Calvin Klein one. I'll also bring along this vest to wear with sweaters and lighter shirts. I have it in olive, but it comes in 4 different colors. 

Clothes ||

I'm not buying anything new "clothes" wise for the trip - just my standard layering long sleeved tee's and some sweaters. I'll travel in one pair of jeans and then bring one more pair of colored jeans or corduroy pants. I'll also add a couple sweater dresses that I think are pretty versatile with the boots I'm packing. 

Accessories ||

I'm definitely bringing a scarf and possibly this beret that just came in the mail since it's light and wont take up most room. My purse is usually the hardest for me to decide on because I like it to be cross body so that my hands are free, but it also needs to be big enough to carry snacks, our little guide book, the selfie stick & all my other things. I'm thinking my pochette metis is up for the challenge! I'll probably change my mind a few more times, before settling on the purse. 

Shoes || 

I tend to over pack in the shoe department always! I'm going to try very hard to limit myself to smarter shoe choices this time around. Comfortable sneakers that are incredibly light and durable - bonus since they actually don't take up much space. My new short rain boots, since my hunter rain boots are so bulky, I didn't want to bother with them. I'm more than likely going to wear the rain boots on the plane so they don't take up space in luggage! We are going to be celebrating our anniversary, so we'll have at least one dressy dinner to attend and I want those shoes to have a heel that's comfortable walking on the city streets - read they should be wedges! Since it'll be somewhat cold outside, I'm going to pack my riding boots that have a small wedge heel that can be dressed up or down. 

Tech ||

Our tech stuff is normally with us in our carry-on - the world adapter and selfie stick are definitely on the list. One big thing we forgot when we went to California was our GPS - we could have rented it through the car company, but since we were in the US we just used our phones. This time we're getting an international data plan because the last thing I want is to be lost driving around the Irish countryside at night! Gary found this app when we went to Iceland and we'll be using it as a guide for our drives as well. 

Anything else you would suggest I bring? If you've been to Ireland I'd love to know what you packed? 

Weekending around Boston

Happy Monday friends!! Hope the weather was better where you guys were because it was quite dreary here in Boston, but we didn't let that stop us from enjoying the 50 degree weather!! Between a little spa time, birthday celebrations, brunch & spending time with my nieces & sister - it was packed full of the good stuff weekends should be packed with! 
Bright and early Saturday morning, Jackie and I made our way to Bella Sante Day Spa on Newbury Street. Since we were celebrating her birthday a little later on that day, I wanted to treat her to a pampering session. We tried out their pedicure of the month which was an hour well spent getting the tootsies in good shape & a nice relaxing foot massage for an hour didn't hurt! 
They have a really nice lounge area where you can wait before and after your services and we waited there while our toes dried - maybe even had more than our fair share of chocolates! 
For dinner we all went out to one of our favorites in Somerville - Painted Burro! We all failed at getting any group photos, but the all important food photo wasn't missed! 
Baha Style tacos - delish!
Since brunch on Sunday is always a good idea and Gary was away at a conference, I met up with a friend for an early brunch. I've been to Hops & Scotch a few times, but this was the first time I asked for most of their brunch sides - it's hard to tell from the photo, but the omelet was so tiny. It was only two eggs with a little cheddar cheese in the middle, not a lot of food when you think about it, but so filling! And who can say no to tots?! 
My sister scooped me up after brunch and we headed to the mall with my nieces! They are at such a fun age right now and I'm happy they think of me as their fun aunt, let's hope that lasts! As always, weekends go by way too fast, but I'm looking forward to a fun week ahead! 

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