Travel Guide | Eating Your Way Through Portland Maine

September 30, 2019
Happy Monday, friends! We are coming off such a fun weekend getaway with our friends + babies! When the summer started, we talked about taking a quick trip somewhere and all decided that Portland, Maine was the place to go! It’s a little under two hours from Boston and basically a foodies paradise! We had only visited once before for a quick day trip and a lot of day drinking, which Portland is also known for! Linda is the true MVP of this trip because she researched and planned out all the food stops! We found this incredible Airbnb downtown with parking, a ton of space for everyone and basically what I want my house to look like! Sophia loved the morning views outside! It was pretty central to everything and most places took between 5-30 minutes to walk to! We also really lucked out with the weather, so the weekend was made even better by that! 
Now onto the food! There is no shortage of great restaurants and fun cuisine to try out! You almost want an extra long weekend to #eatallthefood, but two days is also plenty! We ate all our dinners at 5 pm as you do with kids, but it helped getting into restaurants and we didn’t feel like we were disruptive to any other diners! 
Our first stop was Duckfat for lunch! They don’t take reservations and it’s a pretty small restaurant but worth the wait if you have time! We split some of their famous duck poutine, fries and a panini. It didn’t look like they would be able to accommodate two kids, but they have lobster chairs and we all dined together!

Mid afternoon coffee break! We popped into Tandem Coffee - the scones are a must! 
For dinner the first night we went to Union Restaurant located within the Press hotel. Walking in you definitely don’t think it would be a family friendly restaurant but it was anything but! They were prepared with activity boxes for both girls to keep them occupied and the food was so good! The charcuterie board had a great array of cheeses. Gary and I split the butternut squash and goat cheese bisque along with the truffled pot roast- holy yum!! It was so good and I would highly recommend going!! 

Holy donut is basically a must visit stop in Portland! There are three locations and well worth the calories of a donut, even though these are potato donuts so you can feel a little less guilty eating them! 
For lunch on Saturday we all wanted seafood and the Highroller Lobster Co. was the perfect spot. You order at the counter, choosing the sauces was half the fun and your food is brought to the table. We got both a lobster and crab roll, but have to say that the lobster roll was way better in my opinion! 
Another afternoon coffee pick me up at Bard Coffee followed by a few hours of strolling and shopping.

I loved all local shops and picked up some random tidbits from a store called Little and Blanche & Mimi! We walked around Old Port, stopped into some stores and enjoyed some handmade ice cream from Mt. Dessert Ice Cream

We walked over 9 miles on Saturday and were famished for dinner at Flood's which recently opened! The calamari was spicy but delicious and their known for the juicy cheeseburger which we devoured. This was another family friendly, albeit small restaurant. The owners have small kids so they were very accommodating, but we also had the entire restaurant to ourselves dining at 5pm!
That night the guys let us head out for a few hours and we stopped into Bar of Chocolate which had rave reviews! Even though I’m not a fan of martinis, I tried the chocolate martini which they’re known for and was really into it! We can’t hang like we used to, so we called it a night after one drink! 
Our final meal was breakfast at Hot Suppa which is another super small restaurant. They don’t take reservations and get busy super fast. We waited about 15 minutes at 7:50 in the morning if that tells you anything. The salmon eggs Benedict were delicious but to be honest I couldn’t fully enjoy myself because of the tight quarters and Sophia just wanting to be held. It was the first time I’ve ever left a restaurant before I was done eating, but such is life with a 13 month old!

If it seems like all we did was eat in Portland, that's pretty accurate! We had the best time traveling together and are already plotting our next adventure! I'm in need of a serious food detox!

Fun Fall Dresses

September 25, 2019
I am a creature of habit - I stick to the same outfits pretty regularly, very rarely stepping out of my comfort zone. When I spotted this Michael Kors ruffled mini dress last week, I knew I was going to be wearing it all the time! I've already thought of 3 different occasions that I know it will be warn, so fair warning it will be in a lot of my Instagram photos over the next few months! It feels like a dress for all seasons, but especially for Fall paired with booties or even over the knee boots! 

Dress  c/o (also here & here
Shout out to my mom for snapping these photos in about 7 minutes flat and you can see that I didn't make it into the sun at all this summer by how pale my  legs are!

Here are a few other Fun Fall Dresses I have my eyes on!

What do you reach for the most as the transition to fall wardrobe takes place?

Weekending | That Last of Summer

September 23, 2019
Happy Monday friends! What a weekend to cap of summer for us! We lucked out with the most gorgeous weather and are ready for a fun filled fall <-- say that 3 times fast!

Saturday morning I met up with a friend for a little business brainstorming at Tatte in Harvard Square. It's actually my favorite one to visit because of the size - you can easily find a table and don't have to deal with people staring you down wondering when you'll finish! We're cooking up something pretty exciting and hopefully it'll be ready for launch in early 2020!
After our meeting, I booked it over to Lincoln Tavern in South Boston for lunch with my friend Vivian and a little more planning for our girls trip to New York! First time there, but the burger was insanely good!

Most of the time you can find me at the playground with Sophia. We have a ton near us and I love the look she get's when she's exploring! Also the iPhone 11 Pro Max camera is insanely good! And yes, she's wearing an adorable Gator's dress that I wish I also had in my size!
I picked up some fall goodies at Target - some of which I mentioned in this post!

Full post coming later this week on this dress...but I'm fully prepared to be wearing it all Fall long!
Check out that determination on Miss Sophia's face...may we all tackle this week with the same intensity!

A Touch of Fall

September 18, 2019
Now that the crisp weather has made it's way to New England, it's time to start adding fall touches around the house. I like to keep things seasonal rather than decorating for the holiday's. Less about skeletons for Halloween and more about pumpkins and acorns that can last through Thanksgiving! 
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  • This gold wreath would look so pretty on an island with a big vase / candle in the middle!
  • Without having to commit to the storage of actual pillows, these pillow covers are perfect to get you through the whole season
  • Cozy throw blanket is a must - I really love the unexpected muted fall colors here 
  • I've tried to steer clear of burning candles this last year because I didn't want any scents to be too overwhelming for Sophia, but I'm ready to start burning some fall candles - starting with amber and spiced orange ones
  • These fabric pumpkins are too cute and I know that Sophia would have fun playing with them too! They would look great placed around a mantle or in our case on the media console!
  • Adding a few of these branches to our fig tree isn't something I've done in the past, but I like that it would give the plant some color!
  • We have these string twinkle lights and I put them in small vases - it's a little touch, but I love the look of the copper lights
  • I have a little succulent in our entry way, but this would be a fun addition to the kitchen
  • My favorite way to add a touch of fall is with a new doormat for the season. Target always has such fun ones and I love this Happy Fall one!

Do you decorate for the season or the particular holiday? Have you started adding fall touches to your house yet?

Weekending || Soccer Games & Bridal Showers

September 16, 2019
Happy Monday, friends! I have been living for the weather we have been having recently and we are trying to spend as much time outside as possible before the dreaded "W" word comes back...that's winter for anyone not following!

It was my youngest niece's birthday on Saturday so Sophia and I went to cheer her on at a morning soccer game! I may have a budding soccer start on my hands - she was all about the kids playing and kicking the soccer balls! There was tons of playground time and now that she's walking - the swings just wont cut it anymore and she's all over the place!

Sunday I attended my good friend Tess's bridal shower and she honestly looked like a model bride!!  I also got one more wear out of the best dress I bought this summer! All the guests were able to cut their own bouquet and take home beautiful flowers to enjoy after the shower! Can't wait to celebrate all over again in November! 
We rounded out the weekend with my first ever block party - an end of summer bash! It was a jam packed weekend and I'm definitely ready for the next one as I head into my busy season at work! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!