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A Weekend in Ithaca


A couple of weekends ago my parents and I went to Ithaca, New York, for my sisters swim meet. My friend, Jaclyn, decided to come along  with us, which added even more fun to the party.   Ithaca is only about a three and a half hour drive from our house, but it was just so nice to get away for the weekend.  We started off the weekend by heading over to the swim meet, then to Kilpatrick’s Publick House for some lunch where we had their fish and chips, sheppard’s pie, and burgers. Yum.

After we absolutely stuffed ourselves on some lunch, we set out for some local sight seeing around Ithaca before the second session of the swim meet started. We happened to stumble upon Buttermilk Falls State Park, which was such a fun time!  It actually happened to be the first time I saw a waterfall and was super excited despite that fact that it was almost frozen over.

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{Buttermilk Falls State Park}

Next, we headed over to a local food store to pick up some groceries for dinner.   As we were checking out, I asked the cashier how to get to Cayuga Lake- one of New York’s Finger Lakes.  After a little bit of navigating we made it, and let me just tell you, it was  perfect.   When we got there, the sun was setting and the reflection off the frozen lake was breathtaking.

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{Cayuga Lake}

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{Jaclyn and Dad standing on frozen Cayuga Lake}


{Jaclyn and me venturing out onto the lake}

Until next year, Ithaca.


* I do not recommend standing on frozen Cayuga Lake unless stated otherwise 
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Hidden Gems

It is almost December and I cannot believe how this month is flying by!  It has been such a great fall so far and I am trying my hardest to appreciate the little gems as the month continues to zip past me.  This month’s hidden gems are a true hodgepodge of my month’s adventures: sipping on delicious cappuccinos in Mexico with Brian, cooking up some sweet potato fries with a brown sugar glaze (because every other minute I’m cooking up something), and a little bit of retail shopping.   What are some of your hidden gems this month?


{Our delicious cappuccinos in Mexico}


{Homemade sweet potato fries with a brown sugar glaze}


{Cute little Kate Spade bag}


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Hidden Gems

DSC_1171{My Breakfast: Yogurt with strawberries, blueberries, and granola}

60497_10150278136575381_687525_n{Beautiful fountain at Trump National Golf Club}

30667_10150195751350381_5428812_n{Clovers from St. Patrick’s Day which are now growing in our yard}

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Hidden Gems

“Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

– Ernest Hemingway

Today I am appreciating,  living deeply, and sharing the hidden gems within the adventures of my everyday life.


{A very silent Carnegie Hall}


{Tulips on side table}


{About to be devoured birthday cake}


{Road trip to Philly earlier in the season}

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