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2014 Summer Bucket List Recap

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I sat down just now to write out my 2015 Summer Bucket List and it occurred to me that while I shared my list last year I never followed up with a post about which ones I was able to complete.  This was a super fun idea and we got through quite a few of the activities I listed.

 Some of my favorites were:

Go to a Baseball Game:  We managed to cross two things off the list with this one.  We went to go watch the Yankees play in Toronto, so we traveled to another Country and went to a game.  It was a great weekend.  Here is my a link to my recap.  

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Go to a Drive-In Movie:  This may have been my favorite activity on the list.  My hubby did all the research, found the theater and planned a “family date” as a surprise because he knows how much I have always wanted to go to a drive-in!  We went to the Warwick Theater.  It was about an hour and a half from our house but the trip totally worth it.  We got there early, got our spot and set up.  Taylor immediately befriended a whole group of kids and starting playing ball with them.  It was a warm night and we sat with the windows open.  Some people set up chairs and watched the movie outside.  This experience FELT like Summer.  It was so casual and outdoorsy and fun.  It will DEFINITELY be on my bucket list again for this year.  I wish it were closer because I would go all the time.

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Ride the Cyclone.  We go to Coney Island every year but 2014 was a milestone because Taylor was finally tall enough to ride the Cyclone!  The Cyclone is a roller coaster that has been around since 1927.  It is on a rickety, wooden track and while I am sure it is safe, it feels like it is going to break at any moment.  That is part of the fun though.  Usually, my hubby and I take turns going on it while the other one stays with T.  She was excited about being able to finally experience it herself…until it came to ride it and then she tried to chicken out.  She is a trooper though and she overcame her fear to go on it TWICE (and she only looked mildly terrified both times).  

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Make Homemade Ice Cream.  I first read about making ice cream in a Ziplock bag on the internet.  I thought there was no way that it would work but one rainy day my girlfriend and I were trying to think of ways to entertain the kids (who were bored and on the verge of a revolt) and I figured we should give it a shot.  Wouldn’t you know?  IT WORKED!  The kids were so impressed and the ice cream was actually good.

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Spend a Day at the Beach.  We met my Aunt, Uncle and Cousins out at Lido Beach on Long Island one day in August and it was bliss.  Hopefully we can do that again this year.

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Go Fishing.  We went out on a charter boat for my husband’s birthday and did a lot better than one would anticipate (considering Taylor and I are quite the girly girls and fishing isnt really our thang).  We may not have baited our hooks or touched any fish but we definitely caught a few and had a great time.  Go us!

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Not everything went according to plan.  Here are some fails and some of the activities we were not able to accomplish:

Release Chinese Wishing Lanterns.  Oh boy.  I bought these from Living Social.  We got a pack of 5 for like $10 and they were colored and pretty and seemed like a great idea.  We went to the beach the night of the Supermoon to set them off.  One thing I never considered was that we live in a very populated area and even though it was cool to watch them float away, I was beyond terrified that they were going to fly back towards houses and set someone’s property on fire.  Thankfully, that didn’t happen but I would not set these off again unless we were somewhere VERY remote.  

Catch Fireflies.  We didn’t do this and I don’t even know why it was on the list.  It sounds Summery but I don’t mess with bugs (light up or not.)

Have a Picnic, Watch a Sunset, Make Smores, Fly a Kite, Have a Water-balloon Fight, Camp in the Backyard, See a Play, Go Strawberry Picking.  We did not get around to these last year.  I definitely intend to add some of them to this year’s list though.

What is on your 2015 Summer Bucket List?

Ankit Giveaway!

Good morning loves!  Happy Tuesday!  I hope you all had a relaxing and fun weekend!  Sorry for my lack of posting yesterday but it took me a minute to get caught up on my weekday responsibilities and I would rather share nothing than put something up that is half-assed.

 To set this week off the right way I am hosting a really fun giveaway from Ankit.  Even if you are unfamiliar with the name, you have probably seen some of their products as they are sold in PacSun and (my fav) Forever21.  They make adorable ear buds, tech accessories and novelty items.  They recently sent me a few products to review and I have been fighting with Taylor over them ever since they arrived.  

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This change jar is so hilarious and useful!  I loathe having coins floating around. It is a pet peeve of mine.  (Ask my husband.  He is forever getting in trouble for chucking change in the center console of my car.  Who does that?)  Now, at the end of the day we put our coins in this bad boy and I swear it is filling up really quickly.  Plus, I really love the saying.  Totally my style!

Taylor has been trying to gain ownership of the gorgeous rose and gold headphones and charger they sent me.  So far she has been unsuccessful because they are adorable and I am keeping them.  I may buy her her own pair though since Antik has so many cute designs.  How amazing are these?

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Today, the lovely team at Ankit is giving one lucky reader the opportunity to win a change jar, earbuds and a charger of their very own!  You can enter below using the Rafflecopter widget.

 Good luck!  xx

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Happy Friday!

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Happy Friday ladies and gents!  I had to choose the above image for today’s post because one of the things I am most excited about from this week is that I got a bicycle for Mother’s Day!  I have been wanting one for a long time and I cant wait to ride it this weekend!  

Today I am linking up with AprilAmanda and Della for Friday Faves.  Here they are:

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1.  Schwinn Carrington Bike.  Isn’t she a beaut?  I just ordered the cutest basket for the handlebars, too.  Yay!

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2.  I Regret Nothing by Jennifer Lancaster.  Its no secret that I have not loved Jennifer Lancaster’s last few books but this one is getting great reviews and I am hoping it is as good as Bright Lights Big Ass or Pretty in Plaid.  I am pretty excited to start it this weekend.
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3.  Lupita Nyong’o.  Her green Gucci dress KILLED the red carpet in Cannes.  I want this dress so bad!  I also have to give props to her makeup team because I am obsessed with the way her hair and pink lipstick go so well with her outfit.  

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4.  Hudson Krista Jeans.  I know these are a bit pricey but I refuse to be jean-shamed about them.  I was having a major fat day and I tried these on in Bloomingdales and they made my butt look fantastic.  They could have costed $2455676434 and I still would have bought them because that feeling is priceless.  (I probably would have had to return them when I regained control of myself later though.)    

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5.  Secrets of a No-Guilt Mom.  My blogger friend, Elle, put together a hilarious list for Buzzfeed this week and I had to share.  I am so proud of her and she cracks me up!  Check it out here.

Alright loves, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by my little slice of the internet!  xo

Momtrends Traveltrends 2015

Momtrends Travel TrendsJust in time for Summer vacations, the fabulous team over at Momtrends hosted an event at We Work in NYC where they showcased some of the items that are trending in travel for this season. 

Nicole Feliciano began the night by telling the group about her love of travel.  One of the stories that really stuck with me was how she and her husband spent a whole year backpacking through Europe.  They quit their jobs, sold their New York City apartment and went to explore the World.  I found it so inspiring!  She is definitely an authority on travel!  

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 Afterwards, we got to socialize and learn about some fabulous products all while sipping on delicious wine from Giuliana Rancic’s XO, by G!  I have been DYING to try this wine since I am a Giuliana fan and also very keen on the new trend of portable, one-cup servings of wine.  My hubby and I are not big drinkers and sometimes I want to enjoy a single glass with dinner without the commitment of opening (and most likely wasting) a whole bottle.  Xo, by G is definitely something that I see in my fridge in the near future.

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I also got to check out some bathing suits from Miraclesuit.  I was blown away by how hot and stylish their swimwear is!  In my head I have always pictured one pieces as frumpy but these were totally fashionable with details like fringe, studs and gorgeous patterns.  It also doesn’t hurt that these suits have built in support systems (similar to Spanx) that suck everything in and make you look ten pounds lighter!  Who WOULDN’T want to appear sleeker and smoother? 

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Another product that I am now OBSESSED with is barkTHINS.  I had not heard of them prior to this event but I ate the entire package from my swag bag in the car on the way home.  The Dark Chocolate, Toasted Coconut and Almond flavor is my favorite!  Picture super thin slivers of rich, fair trade dark chocolate loaded with toasted coconut and almonds!  So yummy!  These would be perfect for a road trip! 

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I also got to meet some of the girls from GLAMSQUAD and watch them beautify a few of the other bloggers.  (I was too busy stuffing my face with barkTHINS and Xo, G wine to participate.)  Their concept is fabulous.  You book the beauty service of your choice (hair, nails, etc.) either online or through their app and they will come to you!  It is perfect for the busy gal on the go.

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Another item that I think would be very handy for travel (and even just Summer in general) is Guardian Insect Repellent.  I hate to use most bug sprays because they are heavy, smelly and greasy.  They gross me out.  This product is plant-based and DEET-free (yet still effective).  I will definitely be using this on myself and Taylor.

17042650597_9afc84426c_o Thanks again to Momtrends for a fabulous night!

Fri-Yay!

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Good morning loves and happy FRIDAY!  It is OFFICIALLY Spring in New York.  Things are beautiful.  There are gorgeous flower blooms everywhere, colorful fashion from women that have finally gotten to set aside their parkas and SUNSHINE!  May in NYC is very inspiring.  My happiness level is at an all-time high.  

Today I am linking up with AprilAmanda and Della for Friday Faves.  Here they are:

1.  The Gym.  I am not a gym person by nature.  I actually really hate it but I love to look good in my clothes (and a bathing suit) so I am giving it another shot.  This time I signed up at a really inexpensive, no-frills gym that offers cheap personal training sessions.  I think having an appointment to work out with someone will make me more accountable.  So far so good.  If I keep going for the next few weeks I am definitely investing in some new sneakers as a reward and to motivate myself to continue.  I am loving these:

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2.  The Met Gala.  I love the Met Gala!  It is on my bucket list to attend some day.  Since my girl, Blake Lively, was not there to own the red carpet, I have to give the honor of best dressed to:  BEYONCE!  I know not everyone will agree with this choice and I acknowledge that she was damn near naked but I don’t care.  I think she looked gorgeous and her look (while not something I would necessarily wear) was perfect on her.  #getitgirl

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3.  Blackened Fish Tacos.  I saw this recipe on Skinnytaste the other day and it immediately made me think of our vacation to Turks & Caicos.  We had the BEST fish tacos there and I have been meaning to try to replicate them.

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4.  Aqua Shirt.  I just went to Bloomingdales on lunch (it is both a blessing and a curse that it is one subway stop from my job and after almost walking out with nothing I stumbled upon the MOST ADORABLE TOP.  It was on sale, too!  Yay!  (Obvi, I didn’t also buy the matching shorts or the Keds the model paired with it in some of the pictures.  I don’t get fashion sometimes.)

5.  Mother’s Day.  I am pretty excited to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend!  Being Taylor’s Mom is the best thing I will ever be.  I love all the adventures we have shared thus far and look forward to a lifetime more.

alittleglitter.comHave a fabulous weekend and thanks for visiting!  xo