Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October : Month @ a Glance

Happy October Friends

Happy Wednesday and Hump Day everyone! I hope your week has been going swimmingly so far and things have not been too stressful.  It's been a bit crazy coming back to work after being off for a week, but I am glad to get back into the swing of things.

October is possibly my favorite month {besides December obviously} because of the weather, the smells and the exciting things that happen throughout the month! Now that we have officially hit fall, things are going to be busy {and super fun} for Justin and myself.

In Chronological Order:
  • Birthday Party 
  • 2nd Annual Apple Picking with my Friends 
  • My Niece's Birthday
  • Up North with Danielle
  • JP's soccer game
  • Sewing and Baking Classes at Joanne Fabrics
  • Niagara Falls Trip
  • Our 3rd Anniversary
  • Halloween

Other happenings in October! 

On top of all of those exciting things we have going on, I'm also going to try and tackle a few of my 2014 goals too!
  • 30 Day Booty Challenge
  • Read Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Read some three new books and post reviews - I've been working on a collaborationwith some authors!
  • To do #jackabeedaily2014 every day
Be looking for a few crafting posts coming up! I'm getting ready to decorate for Halloween around our apartment and I found some exciting tutorials on Pinterest.

Also, I'm starting my very own October 2014 Photo a Day Challenge! If you'd like to participate, come check out my Instagram and share your fun pictures with your friends! 

Question of the Day: What exciting things do YOU have planned in October? 
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Breakers in Newport

Happy Tuesday Readers! I hope your week is going well so far and you did not have too horrible a case of "the Mondays" yesterday. 

The rest of our vacation was very nice and very relaxing.  We spent some time in Cape Cod playing putt putt golf with my dad, we relaxed and were lazy for an entire day, then we made our way out to Newport, Rhode Island to visit the mansions out there.

I had never heard about the Newport Mansions until my dad mentioned them right before we came out for our visit and when I asked around, everyone was excited that we were thinking about making a trip out there to visit them.  If you are like me and had never heard of them, check out this website:  

All together, there are 10 places that you can visit out in Newport.  Because we were limited on time, we were only able to visit on place but I honestly think it was the best place to pay a visit to.

^This is The Breakers.  The Breakers was previously owned by the Vanderbilt family before it was turned into a museum for the public to visit.  The house is 163,000 sq ft, has 70 rooms and 20 bathrooms.  

During the tour, you are not allowed to take any pictures of the inside of the house, so I can only share pictures of the outside of the house and the grounds with you.  The structure really is impressive though.

After our tour of the mansion, we made our way into the town and grabbed lunch at a local pub - I had the burger while the guys had clam chowder and sandwiches.

Overall, the weather was perfect and it was so nice to be right near the ocean hearing the waves and smelling the salty air.

How many of you are Downton Abbey fans like I am? Well, the Vanderbilts had servants much like Mr. Carson and the gang.  During our tour, I was really hoping to get to see the servants quarters to see how accurate Downton Abbey is, but The Breakers tour does not include the servants quarters. *sigh* But, after some inquisition, I was able to find out that another one of the mansions, The Elms, does a servants quarters tour.  Had we had enough time, I would have really liked to make my way there to do that particular tour.  Oh well, maybe next time! 

Question of the Day: What is your favorite historical building?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hello from Massachusetts

Hello Readers! Happy Tuesday.  I trust you have had a nice week so far!

Justin and I made our way to Massachusetts on Saturday making our way through Canada.  We left {somewhat} early on Saturday morning and ventured on then long 12+ hour drive to Massachusetts.  

Since we arrived later on Saturday evening, we basically crashed for the night as soon we arrived at Justin's cousins house. 

 Sunday morning we got up and enjoyed some time with our godson before heading out for breakfast at a Iocal diner.  His cousin loves diners so I was not surprised when we arrived at this diner.  For breakfast I got the Elvis pancakes (bananas, chocolate chips and peanut butter) and it was very delicious.

After breakfast, we made our way to the Roger Williams Zoo to see the animals.

Isn't the kangaroo hilarious!? It's like it is posing for the camera in a lingerie magazine.  I have to say I laughed when I saw it laying there.

The best of the evening was spent relaxing and spending time with Justin's family.  

Question of the Day: What is your favorite animal to see at the zoo?

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

#jackabeedaily2014 Week 38

Happy Thursday Everyone! I hope you are having a great week and have something fun planned for the weekend! 

Day 254: Danielle and I made our very own infinity scarves at JoAnn Fabrics! So much fun! 

Day 255: After a long day of doctor visits and feeling like crap, it's nice to have this sweet face cuddle up to me

Day 256: So excited Justin picked up this game! I played the beta and have been anxiously awaiting it's arrival ever since! 

Day 257: Does anyone know what I'm working on? Be looking for a tutorial shortly! 

Day 258: Saw this man's car stuck in freshly poured cement... Someone really misread those big orange cones!

Day 259: Had the first session of Fall 2014 Bible Study! I'm so excited to do this study with a group of amazing girls

Day 260: stole this from @starbucks because it really does represent how I feel right now. I love cooler weather with scarves and boots

What exciting things have happened for you in the past week! I'd love to hear from you all! 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blog Topic Series IX

Happy Tuesday Readers! I am going to try and pick this series back up because it seems to generate a  bunch of interest from you all.  Did you enjoy the Fall Decorations ideas? Has anyone tried the tutorials for themselves? I'd love to see what yours look like!

Let's get started with Part Nine of the Blog Topics Series!

+ Do a Collaborative Post with a Fellow Blogger.  Found at A BLOG ABOUT LOVE.  The idea is to take something that you and a fellow blogger are passionate about and talk about it.  Sometimes these also take the feeling of an interview post.  Either way works nicely.

+ Share a "Things I Wish I did Differently Post".  Found at Go Overseas.  The idea is to share with readers things you wish you would have changed.  The good thing about this post is that you can cover almost any topic.  For example: Things I wish I did differently in college, things I wish I did differently when planning my wedding, or things I wish I did differently at my last position.

+ Share a "How Not To" Post".  Idea found at Bold and Determined.  Again, the idea is to share ideas on how NOT to be something.  It is pretty straightforward.  However, it has endless possibilities of topics you can cover 

+ Top 10 Guilty Pleasures.  Idea found on Driftwood-Gardens.  Share you top 10 guilty pleasures with your readers.  Again, this topic can be covered in several different areas.  You can do a broader top 10 guilty pleasures or you can hone it in to specific areas like: TV, games, makeup, blogs, etc.

+ My Day Job vs My Passion.  Idea found at Dixie Brown.  The idea here is to share with your readers about your day job and how that compares to your passion - do they overlap or are they polar opposites? Something to think about.

So what do you think? Do any of these pique your interest? I sure hope so! If you decide to try any of these ideas, please be sure to share with me! 

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