Archive | August, 2016

Random Thoughts, Weekend Recap & House Update!

22 Aug

Happy Monday! This past weekend flew by way too quickly as I was away for the majority of the weekend which was incredible. Today I’m sharing a few random thoughts, some moments from this past weekend, and a house update.

  • Since we were in the process of completing some kitchen renovations this weekend, we decided it would be a good idea to go out for sushi on Friday evening with some friends. I felt like we hadn’t had sushi in forever and it definitely hit the spot.

Friday night sushi

  • I was so lucky to be able to spend the majority of Saturday and Sunday in Rhode Island at the beach for Melissa’s birthday. It was so relaxing and there was endless amounts of laughter and fun. We were also treated to an incredible dinner of all different kinds of grilled pizza & margaritas for dinner on Saturday evening. It was such a special weekend.

ladies golf cart

Beach Melissa's Bday

margs melissas bday

grilled pizza melissa's bday

  • I had my first Acai bowl from Liquid Nirvana for breakfast on Friday and I’m officially hooked! It was so refreshing after a pretty intense boot camp workout. It is definitely something I can replicate easily at home but it was Friday and our kitchen was a disaster zone so there you have it.

Acai Bowl

  • Operation New Kitchen Floor is officially complete! While I was away, Dan, my aunt’s fiancee Jorge, my Dad, and my cousin Daniel all worked around the clock and put down our new tile floor in the kitchen. It looks absolutely amazing and makes such a big difference.

Kitchen in progress

before and after floor

  • This week will be a short work week for me as we have a wedding Friday afternoon/evening. It should be a blast and I splurged and ordered a Rent the Runway dress to be delivered so I have something new and fancy to wear. I will be sure to share some pics with you guys next week.

That’s all for today and I hope you guys have a great Monday!

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Summer Fun: The Shoppes at Farmington Valley

12 Aug

There has been no shortage of fun activities going on this summer and one thing I love is visiting a new-to-us place and being able to experience something different. We were able to do just that a few weeks ago at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton, CT. The always wonderful Kat from Bird Social Media invited us to eat and shop the night away!

We started the evening off at Feng Asian Bistro where we enjoyed several unique dishes, from tuna wontons to scallops that just melted in your mouth. We also enjoyed some cocktails and my personal favorite was definitely the white sangria which was most refreshing on that warm summer evening.

Feng Tuna Wonton

Tuna Wontons

Feng tuna on spoon

Bonnie in action

Love blogger action shots! Bonnie from Home Place Blog

Feng sushi roll

Feng scallops

The presentation was incredible!

feng summer sangria

Once we were stuffed to the brim with food and drinks, we headed out to do some shopping! We visited Loft, J.Crew, Olive A Little, and Simply Mac. My favorite was definitely Olive A Little as that is actually where we regularly buy our olive oil and vinegar, at their South Windsor location. They gave us an incredible swag bag filled with so many different kinds of olive oil, vinegar, cheese, and pasta.

olive a little

Olive a little swag

All of the goodies! Ignore my middle of renovations kitchen please 😉

simply mac

So many cases to choose from at Simply Mac!

I ended up purchasing an adorable open back top from Loft as well as a pretty statement necklace from J.Crew. Both stores were having such great deals that I had to treat myself!

jcrew necklace

shirt loft

The Shoppes at Farmington Valley are located at 110 Albany Turnpike in Canton, Connecticut, right on Route 44. There are over 40 shops and businesses to visit, including a Kohls and a Dick’s Sporting Goods. I can’t wait until we are able to visit again and do some more eating and shopping!

(Disclaimer: Food, drink, and merchandise were provided to me in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are my own).