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Mini-Weekender: Portland, Maine

I love going away for the weekend and I really love when it’s a spontaneous trip! Well this past weekend I headed up to Portland, Maine for a little beer and some good eats. (ok a lot of beer) Portland is one of those cities that I’ve been to so many times yet find something new to do everytime I am there. If you love to eat and drink, Portland is the place for you.

So where should you stay? I was fortunate enough to stay at The Westin Portland Harborview hotel. Gorgeous views and mouth-watering food is what keeps this place at the top of my list for future places to stay.  A small room with a king size bed is just what was needed to get my min-vacation off to a good start. A view of the harbor on the 7th floor was just what I needed after a long week of work.

Not only does The Westin have spectacular views but it also houses TWO bars, one of them being rooftop. Upstairs you will find a fantastic drink menu, an awesome bartender Diana, and appetizers for that late night snacking. Downstairs in C2 is home to a great drink menu, but an even better cuisine across the board. I was lucky enough to enjoy an amazing breakfast, complete with a mimosa and stuffed french toast!

Stuffed blueberry french toast

Stuffed blueberry french toast

Blueberry mojito

Blueberry mojito

Lets talk about food! My favorite!! There are some great places to eat and drink in Portland. One of them being The Great Lost Bear. I’ve been there before, many years ago, this time was a tad different, I only drank there BUT their food is out of this world. This bar features a great bar food selection and also 69 taps with over 50 craft beers! This girl LOVES craft beer.

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Seadog Blueberry

 

Another place to eat, which wasn’t one of my favorites BUT they did have something on the menu I thoroughly enjoyed, Buck’s Naked BBQ. If you like poutine then stopping here is a must. The other items on the menu were subpar at best but drinks and poutine, you’ll be alright.

Poutine!

Poutine!

Another restaurant that I visited was DiMillio’s on the Water. If you like great views and good seafood, I would recommend it. There were two other restaurants that I wanted to try but desperately needed reservations for were Street & Co. and Fore Street. If you plan on visiting Portland I highly recommend making reservations.

Overall it was a really great mini-vacation in Portland, Maine. I always have such a great time, eating, drinking and exploring the city. I hope your weekend was great too!

My face sums it all up

My face sums it all up

 

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Must have Summer reading list

Hi guys!! Sorry things have been cray around here lately but I PROMISE to stop forgetting you!!

So I started reading a new book and it dawned on me that I haven’t done a book list in a while. Over the past few months I’ve been reading a lot of really awesome book and I decided to share some of them with you. If you’re like me, then finding a good book can often be hard. I tend to read a lot of series but lately I have been reading one-off type books and that’s ok.

Ok so here we go:

1. The Rosie Project

I think I probably talked about this book on my personal Facebook page for a while, when I was reading it and then also when I was finished. It’s about a man who meets a girl who is trying to find her biological father. What makes this book great, is that, the man in the story has what I determined to be Autism. It is the pairing of this unlikely duo that really makes you root for both parties. I seriously couldn’t put this book down. If you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory then you will love this.

2. Soy Sauce for Beginners

Another one-off type of novel but with a great story to tell. This book is about a woman, who travels back to her families soy sauce factory in hopes to eventually take over and run it. She leaves a life behind in San Fransisco and also a potential divorce. This story really makes you stop and think about which direction your life is headed in.

3. How to Eat a Cupcake

While this story makes you hungry it also makes you feel a connection to both parties involved. A story about two girls from two different worlds, who put their differences aside and open up a cupcakery. I can’t give too much away but there is some mouth-watering cupcakes described as well as some mouth-watering men described. It’s definitely a must for the beach.

4. The Selection

I will warn you that this book has not been finished yet BUT I feel so strongly that I’m adding it to the list. You will find this book in the Teen Fiction/Fantasy section (don’t judge me) and even though it was literally just purchased last night I’ve read so much and can’t wait to read the second book. This book is a combination of the television show The Bachelor and the movie The Hunger Games. I know it sounds like an odd combination but trust me when I tell you how remarkable story and the writing really are. Set in a different time and country this book really sucks you in from the first chapter.

I swear by all of these books and really think they are fantastic reads! If you’ve read something great lately please leave a comment below, we would love to hear about it!

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Review: Olay Total Effects Daily Moisturizer

I have been dying to write a review for y’all for quite some time! I have never been more excited for a new product than I was when I discovered Super Skinny. I was of course of skeptical self when I first bought this product but it received amazing reviews online so I figured why not. It also occurred to me that, now might be a good time to start using anti-aging lotions (not that we’ve seen any signs) but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

So the bottom line is, this moisturizer is AWESOME and let me tell you why:

-NO BREAKOUTS! This is huge for me, I almost always have to throw away products because they are too heavy for my skin.

-It actually moisturizes! I put it on when I get out of the shower and even after blow drying my hair, my face still feels great! I can’t even tell you how many face lotions I’ve been through.

-Even’s my skin tone! This is so true that I actually don’t need as much BB cream as I did before. It took about a week and a half for me to notice that but it really does work. I’m using less and less BB cream each time, its great!

I don’t think I have one bad thing to say about this moisturizer, except why did it take me so long to notice it! Basically this is my new go-to product and you can bet I’ll be buying more when I run out. I’m even more inclined to try out some more products from Olay just to experience the results. Let us know products that you’ve been using in the comments below!

 


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Review: KMS California Hot Flex Spray

As you know I love reviewing products from my Birchbox. In my August box I received Hot Flex Spray by KMS California. I wasn’t really sure what to do with it. At first glance it looks like hairspray and as some of you know my hair is too short for that. Well after doing some inspecting on the back of the bottle I figured out what it is used for!

So that being said, Hot Flex Spray does two things. The first being it protects hair from heat and styling damage, so your hair dryers and flat irons. The second thing it does is act as a hair spray in the fact that it holds style. So for example, my hair is a “bob” cut, so each and every morning I work on making my hair “go under”. Well with this spray all I have to do is spray the sections and use my brush when blow drying my hair. The result is FANTASTIC.  In fact I seem to be blowing through this sample size and I will have to buy more very soon.

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After I fell in love with this product I did some digging around and discovered a whole line of products from KMS that I NEED to try next. They make everything from color protecting, anti-frizz, shine products, and much more.

Each month in my Birchbox I am supplied with a card that tells me how much I can purchase the full-sized product for, well I’ll let you in on a little secret, Amazon has this product for only $12! I don’t work for Birchbox so I don’t feel compelled to purchase from them when it is cheaper elsewhere. I really hope you will try out this product and let me know what you think, I love it!

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5 Weekend Worthy Trips

It’s about that time when summer is coming to an end and you start realizing that you haven’t done much in the form of a vacation or if your feeling British, a holiday. Over the summer I tend to take mini-vacations. I like driving somewhere for a few hours and just getting away from it all without all of the hassle of buying plane tickets and booking week-long accommodations. Getting away for a few days, especially when it is spontaneous is exciting!

Traveling with my significant other is the best! I love getting away from it all and just having “alone” time. Not having to worry about grocery shopping is a huge plus in my book. So what types of weekend getaways are you looking for?  If your still looking for a min-vacation here are a five of my must have holidays for couples:

1.  Cape Cod

Any New Englanders in the house? If so then you know how fantastic a weekend on Cape Cod really is. Most places in Cape Cod get snatched up quick and even hotel prices start to sky-rocket once August hits. Plan early and you will be all set.

2. Napa Valley

If your living in the area this is a great place for weekend getaway. Take the Sideways (movie) tour and visit Napa and Sonoma Valley. Ideally renting a convertible for the weekend would make the most sense but either way wine tasting in this gorgeous scenic town is highly romantic and on my must-do list.

Vineyards in Napa Valley

Vineyards in Napa Valley

3. Portland, Maine

If you’re an avid reader which I’m assuming you are, you would have just read about my latest trip to Portland. It’s really such a great city for a weekend getaway. Plenty to do and see and enough to keep you coming back for more.

4. New York City

We all know I have this love hate relationship with New York City. I want to love it but I just can’t. Spending a weekend there is the absolute maximum amount of time I care to spend. However it is great for a weekend. So many thing to do, eat, and see make it a perfect place to drive or take the train in.

5. Newport, Rhode Island

So you’ve never been to Rhode Island? Well Newport is a great place to start, especially in the summer. A weekend is usually enough time to see and do most of the fun stuff. Between the mansions, beaches, and restaurants, you probably won’t want to leave. My favorite place in Newport is Castle Hill. This Inn is open to the public for drinks on the lawn, not many tourists know this so it makes the spot not overly crowded. It is a tad pricey but the view is well worth it.

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Castle Hill

 

Going away for the weekend is fantastic and like I’ve said before I almost prefer it to large trips. Don’t get me wrong I’d kill to be traveling Europe with my brother at the moment but spending a weekend in another city closer to home is still ok in my book.  Many of the cities that I’ve mentioned are great for a three-day weekend (holiday weekends). When visiting the coast make sure to book far in advance for the best price. Stay tuned for some weekend getaways once the weather turns colder.