A Fall Weekend in the Green Mountain State

Sorry to be gone for so long, my friends!  The hubs and I spent last weekend in the beautiful state of Vermont…it was such a fun, fun weekend!

My husband plays guitar, and was invited by our good friends who make up the band Lefty Lucy to play at a wedding last weekend.  (hey, Lucy!!  🙂 )  I had never met the bride, groom, or anyone in the wedding party before last weekend, but they were sweethearts and invited me to come along as a wedding guest.  How nice, right?

We stayed at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, Vermont.  Here’s a photo I borrowed from the Equinox website – the town of Manchester is truly picturesque!

The leaves are just now beginning to change here in PA, but in Vermont, fall has hit full-force.  Even though it was pretty rainy and foggy and chilly all weekend, it was still stunningly beautiful there.  These are some pics I took around the wedding reception area:

The reception was inside this boat house on the water:

The setting of the wedding was really rustic, but the decor was so elegant, and the flowers were gorgeous

(can you spot my hubby in the background with his guitar?)

All in all, it was a great weekend with super nice, fun people, and the wedding was so sweet.  If you’re a follower on my blog, you might be wondering, “how did you do with your 30 Day No Alcohol challenge?”  Well, glad you asked 😉

I did….pretty darn good, all things considered.  You see, the groom of this wedding happens to be an awesome chef, and he happens to be friends with some of the best winemakers in California.  And I happen to LOVE a good glass of wine.  Are you following where I’m going here??

One of the guests of the wedding is the winemaker for a winery that has a 12 MONTH WAITING LIST.  Meaning, you can sign up for their mailing list, and in 12 months, you just might possibly have the opportunity to buy a bottle of their wine if you’re lucky, but there’s no guarantee.  And this winemaker happened to give the very generous gift of several cases of his Pinot Noir to the bride and groom.  Which happened to be served at a party the day before their wedding.  Which I couldn’t pass up.  It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for some amazing pinot.  And I went for it – in moderation 😉

In addition, the best man at this wedding happened to be a certain celebrity chef, who we happened to have dinner with the night before the wedding, and who happened to order some really delicious wine for us to enjoy with dinner.  Um, couldn’t pass that up either!  So I enjoyed – again, in moderation 😉

I’m not going to beat myself up about it – for me, it was a lesson in enjoying the good things in life in moderation. The weekend wasn’t about drinking…it was more about being with great friends, making new friends, and just enjoying the heck out of being in the beautiful state of Vermont.  And I’ll toast to that 🙂

I hope you have a fabulous weekend, wherever you are!  What makes a great weekend for you?  Spending time with friends, enjoying some delicious eats, physical activities – please share!

Mexico Vacation – Part dos!

Hope you enjoyed the first barrage of photos from our vacay, because I’m about to post about a million more!  On our last day in Mexico, we visited Chichen Itza and it was quite an experience.

Our guide, Irving, was not only so funny, but he was incredibly polite, knowledgeable, and helpful throughout the trip:

At the entrance to Chichen Itza:

The pathways are lined with dozens of vendors.  It was a bit disconcerting, really, because everywhere you turn, someone is asking you for “one dollar, ten pesos!!”  But it was interesting to see their wares:


I never knew before this trip, but the Chichen Itza area is more than just the famous pyramid – there are dozens of ruins around this ancient Mayan city:

The architectural details are really fascinating:

…and then, of course, there is the pyramid, which is absolutely massive!


Unreal, right?  It was a once in a lifetime experience, for sure.  The only drawback was that it was SO incredibly hot.  Fortunately, our next stop was to a “cenote,” or natural swimming hole:

And then we headed to a really cool restaurant that served traditional foods of the Yucatan in a buffet style.  I was obsessed with the assortment of masks on the walls:


And check out this gorgeous fountain behind the restaurant:

Finally, we had time for a quick walk around Valladolid to see the town square and church:

My new obsession – day of the dead figurines!

The vendors at this shop were calling Trever “Mister Muscles” and “Arnold Schwarzenegger,” haha 😉

What a fantastic way to end our trip.  We’re already plotting the next one!!

Mexico Vacation – Part uno!

Hola amigos!!  We’re back from our vacation in Mexico and had such a blasssty!

I have a ton of pics from the trip so I thought it would be fun to share a few.

We headed from Philly to Cancun on a nonstop flight, which was so easy (even though I’m a nervous flyer).  Obligatory plane pic:

We arrived at our resort, Secrets Capri, just a few short hours later!  Our room wasn’t ready for us yet, so we headed straight to the outdoor bar (obvi, haha):

It was a little bit rainy and cloudy on our first day, which worried me – I wanted SUN!  But shortly after we arrived, it started to clear up.

We quickly discovered how much we loved being at an all-inclusive resort, and spent a ton of time by the pool and at the pool bar.

The staff at Secrets was so SUPER friendly and accommodating.  The food was great – they have 5 different restaurants to choose from, and they were all delicious!  I think my favorite meal was at the Italian restaurant called Portofino.  We asked the waiter to take a pic of us there:

Every night, there were different shows around the resort for entertainment.  One night was a hip hop show, one night was a “rock” show, and one night we saw a mariachi trio – they were so talented!

We also took a sushi class – so fun!  Here is my creation (after we ate half the roll):

And Trever making his roll with the sushi chef:

The resort is beatiful – here are a couple of shots I took around the property:


One of my favorite parts of this trip was our visit to Xplor.  Such a blast!  You can ride ziplines, drive through caves and jungles on amphibious vehicles, and swim through underground caves.  We had SO much fun there!

We also visited the spa at the resort, which was beautiful.  They have a “hydrotherapy” spa, which is a series of showers and steam rooms that are meant to relax and detoxify you…it.was.glorious.  And we also enjoyed a couples massage and a facial.  Hopefully my skin was glowing after the facial!

 I know my hubby’s was – well, maybe it was due to the tequila shot too 😉

…and now it’s back to reality.  We’re spending the day relaxing, tackling a mountain of laundry, cuddling with the furkids, and cutting our grass which grew about 12 feet in 1 week!

I’ll be back tomorrow with part two of our vacation – see ya soon!

Vacay outfits

I.MUST.start.packing for our vacation.  I’m never this last-minute!  But alas, life has been a little bit crazy lately…and I’ve just plum run out of time.  Timing couldn’t be better to go on vacation and get away from it all!!!!

Fortunately, I have the whole packing list in my head 😉  Kidding – but I did put together some visuals.

Cancun vacation - beachside

So, obviously I plan on spending a LOT of time by the pool and/or beach! Give me a big floppy hat, my sunscreen, and my Kindle, and I am set. I’ve already downloaded the Fifty Shades of Gray trilogy for some poolside reading material 😉

Cancun vacation - day trips

We are going to be doing some sightseeing during the day around the Cancun area, including a visit to ancient Mayan pyramids. I’ll bring along our camera, my hiking shoes, and a baseball cap!

Cancun Vacation - Night

Cancun Vacation – Night by missmenden featuring gold jewelry

I’m excited for this trip because it’s going to be super casual and relaxed. And the clothes should be the same way! I plan to wear comfy dresses or shorts to dinner at the resort, with strappy sandles and wedges.

I’m also planning on packing light…we’ll see how that goes! 😉