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Weekend Fun

Good morning and good Monday! This weekend was packed with fun and a perfect mix of end of summer activities and fall activities. I don’t think it gets any better than that! Thursday evening my good friend, Liz, came up to visit for a few days from Boston. We kicked off the weekend with a happy hour drink (or two) at the Corner Room and then did some grilling at home and had a fire.

On Friday I had some classes to teach in the morning and then Liz and I headed to the beach! I still can not believe that we were swimming in the ocean this late in September. The water definitely wasn’t warm but then again it never is in Maine!

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After the beach we came home and showered and then headed out to get some pizza at Otto’s. We also managed to get our own little (GENEROUS) wine tasting because we didn’t know which one we would like to order. Sometimes being indecisive is a very good thing. We were not indecisive on the pulled pork and mango pizza. That was easy.

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On Saturday we started the day off by getting donuts from the Holy Donut and then we went over to the farmer’s market. I love the mix of things at the farmers market right now: pumpkins, apples, watermelons… they have it all! After the market we went home to get bikes and then went for a nice ride downtown to do some shopping. Liz headed back to Boston later in the afternoon and then I went up to Bradbury Mountain to check out a mountain bike race that Angus was doing.

Sunday began with a delicious breakfast at the Bayou Kitchen (we had never been there before yesterday!) with our friend Neil who stayed with us Saturday night. After breakfast was some grocery shopping and then apple picking! We went to Orchard Hill in Cumberland and enjoyed a cider donut, some apple cider, and some pretty fine apple picking.

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After apple picking I went for a mountain bike ride on the trails in Portland. I always forget how much I enjoy mountain biking until fall hits. Then I am all about it! Angus has a cold so opted to stay home which was disappointing but I had a good hour-long ride anyway.

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After my ride I decided to put some of those apples to good use and make an apple crisp. So good! Sunday was a lazy evening hanging out on the couch watching the Age of Adaline. It was a good movie but I think that the previews made it look better. 

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Friday Favorites

Good morning and happy Friday! Looks like a beautiful sunny weekend here in Maine. While Angus is spending his weekend on a plane flying across the country to go to a bachelor party I will be soaking the sun and enjoying this late summer weekend. Plans include iced coffee, farmers market, a workout with my friend Sarah, and most definitely the beach. This morning I’m sharing with you some things that I have been loving this week! 

Indian Wedding Clothes

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I received this beautiful sari in the mail last weekend to wear at an Indian wedding we’re gong to next weekend. Thank you so much to my wonderful aunt Debbie and cousin Maeliosa who are living in India and were able to send me this great outfit! (Angus has one too… pictures to come) I have no clue how to put it on so here it is all folded up. Stay tuned for pictures of me wearing it!

1 Dollar Iced Coffee

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This week was awesome because I learned that the coffee shop by my house (The Crooked Mile) does 1$ iced coffee if you bring your own cup. So the very next day I went out and purchased this cool cup and I’ve been saving money ever since. 

Peanut Butter Protein Bites

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I made up a batch of these protein bites this week to keep me energized on the days I taught a lot of classes. It’s such a yummy recipe and much healthier than purchasing pre packaged granola bars. Oh, and they take about 5 minutes to make… can’t beat it! 

Polar Seltzer

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I sort of forgot about seltzer water. I don’t normally drink it but this flavor caught my eye at the grocery store the other day and I wanted to try it. I love anything guava and it did not disappoint! I think it will be finding its way into my cart more often now. 

Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook

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I don’t follow the Paleo diet but sometimes I will search the internet for Paleo recipes because a lot of them them tend to be on the healthier side. Anyway, I’ve been reading the blog Paleomg for some time now and Juli just came out with a new cookbook and I couldn’t resist purchasing it. I haven’t had the chance to cook anything yet but the recipes look fabulous and are all accompanied by beautiful pictures. Yum. 

Weekend & Playlist

I think that this is the only weekend in a while and for a while that there was NOTHING on the schedule. I love the feeling of waking up and being able to do whatever you want with your day! Portland is such a fun city to live in and I’m perfectly happy spending a weekend at home. Saturday included a visit from the cutest boston terrier ever, the sidewalk art festival, shopping and gelato in the old port, and some patio time. Sunday was a little rainier but we made the most out of it by shopping in Freeport (early before the crowds arrived), some lounging, and a yoga class at Greener Postures. 

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Now it’s Tuesday and I’m spending some quality time making up new workouts and playlists for the week! Here’s some new tunes that I’m going to use for lunchtime cycle at IDEXX yesterday! Enjoy 🙂 

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Wedding Weekend Fun

This past weekend was pack full of fun. We had visitors and spent lots of time bopping around Portland- going to restaurants, enjoying the farmers market, the beach…my favorite summertime activities!

We also had a great wedding to attend up in the Orono area on Saturday. Congratulations Travis and Mary! I had never been to a backyard wedding before and I loved it! There was so much thought and love that Mary put into making all of the decorations for the wedding. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the evening! 

We made a quick trip to the Orono Brewing Company before the wedding and I was totally impressed. Tasty beers and only 7 bucks for these little 5 oz tasters! Highly recommend this place if you’re in the area. 

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Enjoying the lakeside wedding and a beautiful sunset!

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The “bar”.  A canoe full of home brew beers! Pretty much the coolest thing ever.

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Thai food at a wedding. A first and totally awesome. 

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The happy couple! 

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Cape Cod Fun

Happy Friday! We just got back from Cape Cod late Wednesday night and had the best time ever! The weather was mostly fabulous and there was lots of biking, beaching, and eating. Three things that I love. 

IMG_2553The first full day we were there the weather was a little cooler and cloudy so it was a great day to take the bikes to the cape cod rail trail. We began in Wellfleet and rode the whole trail up to dennis. There was also a sandwich stop about half way. The whole ride was 44 miles and awesome!

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On Monday we took a kayak from Truro out to a lighthouse off of Provincetown. I forget the name. It was about a half hour kayak to get out there and half hour back. Spent some time lounging and swimming and exploring on the beach before heading back! That afternoon we did some shopping and eating in Provincetown.

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photo 2 copy 12Tuesday was the great beach tour of Cape Cod. Biked around to many beaches taking a look, got an ice cream from the ice cream truck at one of them, and had lunch in Wellfleet at Mac’s Seafood before heading back to Truro. Another long ride! In the afternoon we took a swim in the icy waters at Race Point Beach.

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Wednesday was our last day and it was spent at my FAVORITE beach ever: Cahoon Hollow. Now, it is a hike to get down there but once you do, it’s well worth it. Beautiful sand, big waves for boogie boarding. I wished we didn’t have to leave because I would have stayed there all day. There is also a nice restaurant to eat or have drinks at called the Beachcomber. I’m already looking forward to going back next year! <3

 

Spin Saturday Playlist

Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend. This was my weekend to teach at Quest cycle so I have a playlist to share with you this morning. After teaching Saturday morning it was finally time to relax after teaching a boatload (14!!!) of classes this week. I was able to watch the parade of tall ships on Saturday afternoon at my parents place on the water which was excellent! I Also got to spend some time with my grandparents who were in town for the weekend hanging out, eating good food, drinking good drinks, and petting the cutest dog in the entire world.
 

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And here is your playlist! Have a great week!! 😀 

Key West Seaplane Adventures-Dry Tortugas National Park

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Okay, I know I promised this post about a week ago. The wait is over! Here is an overview of our favorite activity that we did in Florida: Taking a sea plane to the Dry Tortugas National Park.

We knew that we wanted to visit the Dry Tortugas National Park when we were visiting the Keys but couldn’t decide if we wanted to take the boat or the seaplane to get out there. We ended up deciding on Key West Seaplane Adventures simply because the total time of the trip was much less. With the boat you will spend much of your day on a boat in the middle of the ocean. Meh. Taking the seaplane is about a 4 hour trip which left us plenty of time for exploring Key West that day. 

The trip starts at the Key West Airport. The seaplane also has wheels so it takes off and lands at the airport in Key West. On the island since there’s no airport the plane lands in the water. I think if you blindfolded me I never would have known we landed in the water! The flight to the island is about 35 minutes and the pilot does a fabulous job explaining what you are seeing when you fly over it. There is also a soundtrack to go along with the flight so you get to listen to music. Since the plane flies at a low altitude (about 500 ft) you are able to see a lot. We saw lots of turtles, shipwrecks, and even a boat full of cuban refugees. photo 1 copy 14

One we got to the island we spent some time exploring Fort Jefferson and then we went snorkeling. I loved walking around the fort- especially along the edge of the moat! I heard there is a crocodile that is sometimes there but we did not see him. The snorkeling was nice too and we saw lots of colorful fish and corals. 

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photo 2On the trip back I got to sit in the copilot’s seat! SO COOL! This is definitely the best seat in the plane. If you’re first in line or no one else wants it, you will be the lucky one to sit shotgun. This was a fabulous trip and even though the tickets cost us more than the tickets from Portland down to Fort Lauderdale I was really happy that we took the trip and it was well worth the money! 🙂 17915_10101563710812901_8224500114760575690_n

Taking a trip to Fort Jefferson? Here’s what you need to know!

– I’m really happy that we took the sea plane over the boat. It is a little more expensive but I think it was totally worth it. It’s a great experience and I’m glad we didn’t spend all day on a boat.

-Take the 8 am or the 2 pm trip on the seaplane. This way you will not have all the boat passengers on the island at that time! It felt like a private island. We went at 2 pm.

– When you check in at the airport they will give you a cooler with water or sodas that you can take with you! So don’t worry about bringing your own.

-There are places to change either at the check in at Key West Airport or at the Dry Tortugas.

– If i was going to do one thing differently I would have snorkeled first and explored the fort afterwards. I think this would have been a better use of time as we walked around the fort, then snorkeled, and then had an awkward amount of time left where we didn’t have time to snorkel at another beach so we just walked around again. 

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What Was in My Stitch Fix Box?

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Good afternoon! So some of you know that I recently decided to give “Stitch Fix” a try. I’ve already had so many questions about what it’s like so I thought I would write a blog post on it! Let’s get down to business.

How does it work?

First, you start by going to stitchfix.com. From there you will fill out a very detailed questionnaire that covers everything from sizes, colors you like/dislike, styles you might want to try, age, etc. After you fill out a questionnaire you can choose when you would like your package to arrive. Cool!

Sounds good, but how much is this going to cost me?

They charge a 20.00 “styling fee”. This is all you will have to pay to try the service, even if you want to send all of the clothes back. If you send everything back, you can say good bye to your 20.00 and move on with life. If you decide that you would like to purchase something, the 20.00 fee can be used towards the purchase and then you can send the rest back!

What if I love everything?

If you love everything you’re actually in luck. If you purchase all 5 items you will receive a 25% discount plus you can still deduct the 20.00 styling fee from your purchase.

I didn’t like anything! Now what?

They give you a prepaid envelope that you can send the things back in. No cost for you! You have three days to decide what you would like to keep and what you would like to send back.

What was in my box?

1. Teal tank top. $44.00

 

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2. Airy Knit Sweater. $48.00

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3. Striped Maxi Skirt. $48.00

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4. Knit Dress $78.00

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 5. Infinity Gold Earrings $28.00

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Thoughts?

I thought this was really fun. I loved the element of surprise when my package showed up at my door and I had no clue what would be in it. It’s just like christmas! That’s almost worth the 20.00 in itself. I loved most of the items that were in my box and they surprisingly fit really well. I liked that the clothes just showed up on my doorstep and they were things that I wouldn’t necessarily pick out if I went shopping. The downside? I thought the price of the clothes was expensive. The quality is probably on par with tj maxx but they’re much more pricey. Since I hate trying to weed through clothes to find something I might like, paying the premium price doesn’t seem that bad to me. It also gets me away from wearing black spandex all of the time. Win! I won’t be doing this every month but will definitely be trying it again when I need some new clothes. Overall it’s definitely worth giving it a try. 🙂 

Comment below with what piece of clothing you think I should keep! 

Vermont Ski Weekend

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I was really excited when I got an e-mail yesterday from my boss saying that we could wear green to work today instead of the usual black. I thought this would be really fun until I realized that I don’t have a single piece of green activewear. So I’ll be wearing black, just like every day. 

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This weekend was spent up in Vermont visiting some family friends for a ski weekend. Friday night we enjoyed homemade pizzas in Bob’s brick oven. THE BEST! On Saturday the rain held off enough to get a great day of skiing in. The conditions were pretty good but man the slopes were crowded. At one point the trails were like a tsunami of skiers. We skied at Stowe and I couldn’t believe that ticket prices were 108.00! We didn’t pay that price but I’m sure lots of people on the slopes did. Unbelievable! After skiing on Saturday we visited a friend of Angus and went to see his new house that he built before coming back and relaxing by the fire with some wine. We also enjoyed this treat from Laughing Moon Chocolates in Stowe. A GIANT CARAMEL APPLE! I was in heaven.

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On Sunday we went back to the mountain for another day of skiing. It snowed a few inches overnight so the conditions were awesome! Visibility was another story though. You couldn’t see ANYTHING at the top of the mountain! And it was windy. Very windy. We skied a half day before getting ready to head back to Maine. On our way out of town we stopped at the Laughing Moon Chocolate store that was recommended to us and got a few treats. Definitely stop there if you’re ever in the area! It is fabulous. Then we stopped at the Ben and Jerry’s factory. Just because. 🙂 We took a little detour through Portsmouth on the way home and had dinner at the Portsmouth Brewery to break up the drive. Luckily we arrived home just in time to squeeze the last episode of House of Cards season 3 before bed. Why is the best episode always the last in the season?!? I can’t wait for more 🙂 

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Urban Ski Adventure

Today was the first major snow storm (or really first snow storm in general) this year. The gym was closed which meant snow day for me and Angus didn’t go to work either. Spent the morning eating pancakes and lounging around before heading out on this awesome snow day ski adventure. I have never skied downtown during a snow storm so today seemed like the perfect day to make a big loop. We were hoping that a bar might be open that we could stop in but EVERYTHING was closed. I think Subway was open but that was it.

Here’s a map of the route:

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The first stop was at my parent’s house to see this adorable pooch. He loves to eat snow so I fed him a bowl of snow before we headed out on our loop.

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Heading downtown via Back Cove:

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Made it to Monument Square! Blizzard in full force.

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Exploring the streets of the Old Port. Looking for a bar or somewhere cool to stop. No luck.

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Heading back home via Congress Street and the giant hill on Deering Ave. No traffic!!!!

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Yup, that’s a snowmobile you see in the picture below.

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Adventure complete! Home sweet home 🙂

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