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Happy Monday and Happy February!! Apologies for the silence on the blog at the end of last week, but you probably realized I made it out of Boston and to sunny Florida for a weekend trip with my sister, nieces and nephew to visit our family!!
 Leaving the sun for the snow is never fun and having to cut my trip a day short because of another snow storm we're getting today is even worse, but let's be real no one wants to read about weather so let's share the highlights! 
We got in on Thursday and spent some time catching up with my grandmas and my parents. I also managed to play a little tennis with the kids, which was so much fun and I also realized I need to find a club to play at here in Boston!! 
Friday morning we hit the beach with the kids and funny enough were the only ones there! That was until my niece and I were scoured out to be interviewed for the local news!! 
Sorry the photo is grainy, but I screen grabbed it from my dad's video! Won't bore you with the link since the story was a rather bleak one about pelicans being intentionally killed at the beach...my niece was the real star of the show and ended the clip that was aired by pleading "please stop hurting them" - cutest thing ever!! 
That night my friends and I went to Moxie, a relatively new restaurants that recently opened in Jacksonville! The menu was a little on the eclectic side, but with built in southern comfort dishes!! The wedge salad was hands down the best one I've ever had!! 
After dinner we made our way to Ovinte Wine Bar and even though it was a chilly night for Jacksonville, we couldn't help but sit outside and enjoy the weather! Especially since 2 of the 4 girls were escaping the snow!! 
Lunch on Saturday was a little different than normal since I got to share it with three of the cutest little girls ever!! Renee (mother of twins!!), Abbey (cutie on the right is hers) and I all went to high school together and we were busy reminiscing about the good ol' days, while the girls were all babbling on about their days!! It was pretty surreal to be with girls I've known for over 10 years and then to see them as wonderful moms!! 
Before dinner on Saturday - we stopped by my aunt and uncles house and of course my mom will never pass up an opportunity to play with a cute pup!! You can't really tell in the photo, but Teddy is a golden doodle and is just the most rambunctious pup!! 
My cousin and her husband treated me to dinner at Seasons 52 and the lobster flatbread was the perfect pairing to my Moscow Mule - and finally in the proper cup! All three of us were pleasantly surprised to get a little serenading at the bar with their in house entertainment! We may or may not have asked for him to sing "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt... at least he tried! With individual servings of freshly prepared desserts, I'll definitely be visiting our Boston location
It was the perfect end to a wonderful, but short trip! A few things not pictured...
+shopping and picking up this cute Loft Peplum Top at 40% off 
+ lots of family down time and seeing the grandmas, even though all the good photos are on my sister's camera
+taking photos for my first pseudo fashion shoot
+all the kids and my sister coming down with a nasty cold as we left on Sunday...here's hoping I've been taking enough vitamin C to combat it!! 
Both Gary and I were flying back on Sunday from different locations and made it back in time to plop down on the couch and watch the Patriots in the SuperBowl!! 
Highlights include:
+Cutest commercial:  Budweiser and the puppy! Every single year they get me!! 
+Tie for the funniest commercial goes to Mindy Kaling and the Doritos guy on the flight - love, 
+ Got me misty eyed: Dove "Daddy" commercial!! 
+Missy Elliott looking incredible at the half time show 
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And THE PATRIOTS WINNING THE SUPER BOWL!!! Even if you're not a fan, if you watched the last 2 minutes they were not only entertaining, it was just outrageous!! 


Hope you guys have a great start to your week and feel free to link-up below to share it with us!! 
xo,
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  1. Woohoo, so glad you made it down to sunny Flrodia. Sorry for all the hassle, that's no fun, but you're so positive I know you didn't let it stress you or bring you down :)!

    All of the food looks amazing, lobster flatbread is one of my all time favorites, yum! Isn't it fun when you stay close to high school friends and times change from bars and shopping to hang in out at home with kids? I love it, especially since I get to give the kids back ;)!

    That's awesome you were able to get back in time for the game, I know how stoked you and Gary were to have your team win. This game was kind of a snoozefest until the last quarter then it was, wow, wow, wow! I agree on your commercial picks, Mindy's was hilarious and the puppy one had me crying.

    Have a great Monday, lovely friend!

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  2. I love Seasons 52!! Glad you got back in time to see the Pats wins! Woo hoo!!!!!!

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  3. Looks like you had an amazing trip, and what a perfect escape out of the snowy cold weather, too! My mouth is watering looking at that yummy dessert that you got! Yum!
    I hope your Vitamin C works so that you don't get sick!!

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  4. What a fun trip! I'm sure the Florida weather was incredible. Goldendoodles are the best dogs everrrr and those little girls are too cute. Happy Monday... time to get back to the grind.

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  5. So glad you had a good trip! For once the game was better than the commercials, very dramatic!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  6. I really should have come up to Jax and kidnapped you down to FL and then you could have stayed here until the wedding! How amazing was that last play????? Mark and I were dancing around like crazy people! Glad you had a great weekend love!

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  7. Sad I missed the Super Bowl but I'll definitely have to check out those commercials. Glad you had a great weekend in sunny FL!! xo

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  8. Looks like you had a great trip, and getting out of the cold is always nice. The wedge salad looks yummy! The Budweiser commercials get me every year. So good. The end to the end was amazing!!! Go Pats!

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  9. So nice to have the beach to yourselves! Super jealous of your time in the warm weather. All those meals look fantastic! Good thing you made it home for that exciting ending to the game.

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  10. Glad you had a great trip!! Looks like an absolute blast :D

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  11. What a wonderful time with so much family!

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  12. yahh! im so glad you made it to florida and enjoyed your trip :) :) hooooray for sunshine! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  13. Glad you had a great weekend here in FL girl! And that your Pats won! The weather was so great this weekend, I'm glad you got to enjoy it even though you had to cut your vacation short. Darn snow storms! Happy Monday love!

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  14. Glad you had such a great weekend here even if it was cut a little short. The weather was perfect this weekend, and the nighttime was perfect for sitting outside and star gazing :)

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  15. So glad you had a good time, even if your time was cut short. I do love seeing my good friends that I've known for years as great moms!! I loved the Dove daddy commercial and thought the Doritos was the funniest one I saw.

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  16. What a beautiful place, sounds like an amazing time! Glad you enjoyed your time away :)

    http://floralsandsmiles.blogspot.ca/
    twitter.com/floralandsmiles

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  17. Looks like you had a wonderful trip! And hating that you had to cut it short but hoping you stay safe in this second storm! I was cheering for the Seahawks, but those last few minutes were absolutely insane!
    xo

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  18. So meal of your warm weather getaway! It looks like y’all had so much fun and had some delicious food. I couldn’t believe the last few minutes of the SuperBowl. Worst.call.ever Seattle!

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  19. Glad you made it to Florida even if it was short! We have both a snow and a rain warning today so we'll see what happens! Your niece is just the cutest haha future animal rights warrior! I didn't watch the Super Bowl, but I must track down that Mindy Kaling commercial on youtube. I love her!

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  20. What a fun trip, I hope you avoid your sister's cold! Sorry to hear you're getting even more snow, you're really getting buried up there!!

    Stay Warm!
    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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  21. So glad to hear you had a great weekend in Florida! Family time is the best! The salad at moxie looks amazing! I can't believe you're getting more snow! We are getting a cold front tonight too! Stay warm!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  22. Glad you made it down and back safely! looks like you had a great visit! The food looks amazing- we'll have to try Season 52 the next time we're over that way!

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  23. Congratulations on your win last night. That last few minutes was crazy!! I'm happy that you had a fun trip and that you made it back safely. That food looks delicious, especially that s'mores thing. Yay for sunshine!! Oh and I agree with you on Missy Elliott, she is awesome!! :-)

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  24. What a lovely weekend!! I'm sure the break from the freezing cold was totally needed!

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  25. Sheesh, y'all can't catch a break with that weather! I'm glad you got some time away and in the sun though. And omgoshhhhhh, your family is just as gorgeous as you!

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  26. So glad you were able to escape the snow/cold/winter for the weekend!! Even if it is back now, ha! All of the food looks ahhhmazing and what I would give to be on the beach right now! And as for the Super Bowl, totally agree, the Budweiser puppy commercial gets me every.single.year. Can't wait for your fashion post!!

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  27. What a fabulous trip to Florida! Lucky you that you got to escape the cold and snow for a few days. It looks like you had a great time surrounded by lots of family and friends. I was thinking of you last night when the Patriots won - I knew you'd be thrilled! The Budweiser and Mindy Kaling commercials were my fave, too!

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  28. Sounds like such a fun trip to FL! So glad you were able to get out of that cold weather, I'm sure it felt amazing!!

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  29. So jealous you got to escape the cold/snow for the weekend!! Although you've had it much worse than we have, so I can't complain too much. :) Looks like a fun weekend! I loved the puppy Budweiser commercial - my fav- and what was with all the dad commercials?! I was definitely teary eyed as well! I also thought Missy Elliot stole the halftime show. I expected more from Katy Perry. Have a great day girl!

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  30. So sorry your trip was cut short at both ends. I'm glad you got to spend quality time with your people AND sit on a beach without a parka. That's wonderful!

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  31. Sounds like such a fun trip! And yes, although I don't know much about football, those last two minutes were fun and intense - I know so because my husband was yelling and jumping around lol.

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  32. i love tennis! it's such a good workout without really trying to get in a workout. and teddy. i love that name for a dog!

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  33. Sounds like you had an amazing time! But it does suck you had to come back to the snow a day early. That's so cool you got interviewed on the news, and to sit outside at a restaurant, boy do I miss those days right about now. - prosecco in the park

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  34. Your trip looks like it was so much fun! That goldendoodle sounds just like my Pixie! They're crazy!!
    Ally - Life as I know it

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  35. Looks like a great time with family! And now I need to go to Seasons 52 - haven't been in a while.

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  36. Yes! The puppy commercial! Ahh! Go PATS!

    Xo

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  37. That lobster flatbread looks amazing! Sounds you had an amazing trip to Florida.

    Jessica xo
    the way to my Hart

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  38. Looks like you had an amazing trip! We just got plummeted with a blizzard so I'm living vicariously through your summery photos!

    Sed Bona

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  39. I'm so happy you made out of the winter into sunshine! It looks like you had a great time!! Seasons 52 is the best! That game last night was completely nuts!!! Hope you have a great week! xo

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  40. Super jealy that your team won the Super Bowl - that last quarter was amazing. Definitely worth watching all of the super depressing commercials.

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  41. Your trip to Florida looked like a blast, I am so glad that you were able to get out of Boston for the weekend. I will have to try Seasons 52 location in Boston (if I can get there this week), it looks delicious! Xo, Stephanie

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  42. What a super fun weekend!! Isn't this weather crazy!! The snow this morning is crazy. I cannot get over how bad it is outside. Getting into work was terrible. Walking the streets is just dangerous. I'm not into football so I didn't watch the game nor the last two minutes but I hear it was crazy. How on earth are we gonna have a parade with all this snow??

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  43. jealous of all that sunshine! hope you kick that cold! stay warm sista :)

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  44. Omg, sounds like you has a great time in Florida! Wish I can visit it somedays)
    And congrats on Super Bowl!

    Tanya
    www.stripesnvibes.com
    BlogLovin

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  45. What a fun and eventful weekend! I'm sure it was wonderful to get out of the cold and the snow =)

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  46. I could really go for some Florida beaches right now! Looked so nice! And I'm a Seattle fan - what heartbreak for us! But, agree with your commercial choices, loved the Mindy one, sniffing Matt Damon at the end, lol!!!

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  47. So glad you enjoyed your time in FL! :) Congrats on the Super Bowl win, that was a great game, the last few minutes were crazy!!

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  48. They are so stinking adorable I cannot bear it! Seeing your photos from sunny Florida was mildly depressing (just being honest) but I am SO glad you had such a blast and got home safely. To your home OF CHAMPIONS! Hahaha sorry not sorry about the all caps.

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  49. what a fabulous, busy weekend! sorry it was cut short due to the weather, but glad you got to fit so much in anyway! people are killing pelicans?! thats so sad and ridiculous :( all the food looks so good though, i'm so hungry now :)

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  50. Looks like you had an amazing trip!! I bet it was difficult heading back to the snow!!

    xx,

    La Joie de Vivre

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  51. "Please stop hurting them." Awwww! That is so stinking adorable!!!!!!!! And sad. :(
    Dude. STAY THERE. lol

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  52. So glad you had a great time in Florida with your family! Your niece is just too adorable! XO

    Anna
    alilyloveaffair.com

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  53. Looks like such a fun trip. Now I'm jealous :)

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  54. What a fantastic weekend! I'm sorry you had to cut your trip short and hope you aren't getting too much snow today!

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  55. What fun trip and it's great to catch up with your family and girl friends! The beach looks pretty but you were probably the only ones there because it's way too cold for Floridians at this time of y ear although I'm sure it felt warm enough for you ;-)

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  56. That Mindy commercial was fantastic!!!
    So glad you got out of the cold & so enjoyed your warmth & family & friends!

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  57. It looks like you had a great trip!

    Xo Miss Erin
    See what I have to say at:
    www.misserinsays.com

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  58. What a fun weekend!! I could use some time away in Sunny Florida right about now! HA! Have a great week!!

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  59. Ahhhh I am so jealous of the break from this weather! Looks like you had a wonderful weekend getaway :)

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  60. Glad you had a fun trip, I can imagine your nieces plee was precious. Mindy's commercial cracked me up!

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  61. Sounds like a pretty fabulous getaway! It's too bad you had to cut the trip a bit short, but...I guess that's what can happen at this time of year.

    Also, it's pretty cool you were on the local news. Did you get to see the segment?

    Jackie
    Something About That

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  62. Congrats on getting out of the snow -- I know it was a long time coming. That so random that you -- an out of towner-- got asked about pelicans. Right place, right time, I guess. Lol!

    Audrey
    www.lululinden.com

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  63. You always eat the best food! Looks delicious! Glad you had such a good time in Florida!

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  64. What an awesome trip-- the beach looks so nice right now, and so cool you guys got to be on the news :) I love the seasons desserts- I always get the coffee flavored one (the name is escaping me) but that one looks so good! That Doritos commercial was definitely one of the funniest. I really liked the one for Jeep with the this land is your land song.

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  65. All of your food looks amazing!!! We got a Seasons 52 here in Birmingham last year and I haven't been to it yet. I have been meaning to go but there are so many places around here that I didn't make it a priority. Maybe I need to!

    That Loft top is adorable and the Budweiser commercial was my favorite as well!! Have a great week!

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  66. The Budweiser commercial totally made me tear up too! I'm glad the Patriots won, even though I'm still boycotting football until Aaron Hernandez comes back. haha I'm too stubborn to admit he's guilty.

    Glad that you had a nice vacation and that you escaped one snow storm. Hopefully the next one isn't too bad!

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  67. Looks like you had a blast! That salad looks soo good and I love that peplum top. Glad you're back! xo

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  68. What a fun trip you had! I love the beach even when its a little cooler. That super was awesome! Missy was my favorite part of half time, she looks amazing. I couldn't get past Katy Perry's wardrobe choices... not a fan.

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  69. I need a lobster flatbread in my life. This tv interview is just the start for you, I predict. Remember us little people when I told ya so ;)

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  70. Looks like an amazing trip! Thanks for doing the link up
    Dresses & Denim

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  71. It looks like you have a fabulous trip to Florida!! I am so jealous!

    XO,
    Emily
    Www.idodeclareblog.com

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  72. Welcome back! Sounds and looks like you had a great time in FL! Glad you were able to make it back ok. We are getting another storm today and this one for us seems worse than the last one. Moscow mules are so delicious and a drink of choice :) Stay warm xo Winks and Eyerolls

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  73. Ugh, that Dove Daddy commercial had me and DG in tears! I am so jealous of your weekend! That wedge salad looks amazing! Hope you are getting back in the swing of things today! xo

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  74. ah what a great trip!! so glad you made it out of the cold even if just for a weekend. looks like a much needed break full of love :) now just come back and make it a little farther to orlando, mmmk? :)

    cheshirekatblog.com

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  75. Wow! It sounds like you were able to pack in a lot in just a few days!! It stinks your trip got cut short but at least you were able to escape the frigid temps for a few days and spend time with your fam! Love all your pics :)

    www.taffetaandtulips.com

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  76. What a great little getaway! I can't imagine how cute your niece was. Aren't goldendoodles just precious? They just look like fluffy teddy bears!

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  77. What an awesome getaway! So glad you had a good time, even though you had to cut it short. And yes, Missy at the Super Bowl was awesome. She looked amazing! Congrats on the win. :)

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  78. wow! Looks like a great trip and it is always great to get out of the cold. I could use a break from ice skating on the side walks myself!!

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  79. Sounds like an amazing trip you had! All the kiddos are so precious! I definitely agree with the cutest commercial being the Budweiser one! And yes, the last 2 minutes of the game were pretty intense! :) Welcome back from your sunny vacation to the snow! haha! :)

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