Friday, May 11, 2018

Our Little Getaway!!

Our Staycation at Getaway House!!


Hello all it’s so good to be back with you again on this lovely Friday, I went to a really spectacular spot this past week, and I can't wait to share it with you guys. I had an amazing time little overnight trip, or clamping as they call it. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stay in a tiny house? I have, and many times over especially after I started watching that show on HGTV called Tiny House Hunters, and another one called: Going Tiny. I have seen them all hooked up and decorated in so many fantastic ways, and due to all of the unique and interesting little space saving ideas, they're full of so much character. I’m one of those people that is down to try anything new and fun, I guess I'm what you call very outgoing  Exploring something new is fun to me, so when I got my chance to spend the night in a Tiny House, best believe I took it. We went to a place called Getaway House in Stanardsville Virginia. Home to a family campground for over 2 decades, the site covers 80 acres of beautiful lush wooded landscape. They also have a location in Boston and New York. The Virginia location is about a 2.5 hour drive from my house in Randallstown MD, which is Baltimore County. I was really excited about going, Rob on the other hand wasn't so receptive. He has issues with his back which makes long drives tough for him, so as you can imagine I got a lot of complaints. As always I am the glass is half full, he is the glass is half empty, we're polar opposites on a lot of things. I guess this is why we make such a good couple, he evens me out in certain situations, and vise versa. I'm so glad to be able to say that once we arrived and he got a good look around his mind quickly changed. On the drive up we saw a lot of cool places that we made plans to hit up on the way back. It just wouldn’t be a travel post if I didn’t give you guys a taste of the immediate area. The whole property was tucked up in the woods making private and not to mention gorgeous. Each tiny house has 140 to 200 square foot of space inside and a name, yes I said each Tiny House has a name. I have to say I thought that was really interesting and quite cute, it adds a more personal experience when your cabin has a name, our's was named Cyris. 





They're also equipped with a little driveway, as well as a separate picnic area with two chairs, a fire pit, a picnic table and a waterproof container that includes everything you need to start a fire with ease, like fire starters, bonfire starters, and dry bundles of wood. This is where we set up Piper's line so she could explore the clearing and hangout by the fire with us. Yes they allow your dogs to come with you, for a small fee of $25 they can enjoy Getaway as well. You guys know i don't go anywhere without Piper, I think she had just as much a good time as Rob and I did.There’s also just enough trees, foliage and space, so that you have privacy from the other cabins, but you’re close enough that you know you’re not alone. My first impressions were oh my goodness it’s so tiny, until I walked into the door and got my first glimpse of the inside. When you walk in you come to an adorable little kitchen, where there is a double burner flat top, then a cute little stainless steel sink, along with some shelving on the right-hand side that holds plates, pans and cups. Just under the flat top is a fun red mini fridge, and off to the right is the bathroom. Yes it’s an actual bathroom with a flushing toilet and a hot shower, granted it’s tiny but everything in a tiny house is tiny. Then off to the left is a table and chair, perfect to use as a desk, to eat or to play cards. A little further to the left there is the super comfy bed, then further off to the left, next to the bed the far end wall is one big window. As you can see in the image below the window placement is perfect, that way you can lay in the bed and just look at and enjoy nature, it’s a genius idea. 







Now keep in mind these tiny houses are set back in the woods to give you a peaceful and quiet way to recharge, so no televisions are included, but there is a really nice radio. They also stock the cabinet next to the sink with all kinds of goodies, they also have a shelf of fun books to read. I spotted a S’mores kit on the table, along with a cell phone box to put your phones in until you leave. I have to say Rob and I thoroughly enjoyed the s’mores after settling in and getting unpacked.Then Rob went outside and started a fire where we sat and enjoyed the surroundings for a few hours, it was such a relaxing experience. We also took some walks through the area to get a look at all the other tiny houses.






I had no idea there were so many. I saw lots of beautiful Irises all over the property, along with trees being flowered due to the spring season. It was around 3 pm when we arrived so it’s wasn’t long before night fell. With the hectic morning and long drive I was more than exhausted, so I fell asleep quite early. I slept so soundly all night because is was so quiet, peaceful, and dark. Wow up there every star shows itself in the sky, it’s absolutely amazing. I woke up early and refreshed the next morning, ready to take on the day. We had a long drive home and some fun spots to stop at so we packed up and regretfully said goodbye to Cyris, then headed out to find a good breakfast spot. On our way out of Virginia we spotted a place called Jacks (located on Spotswood Trail in Ruckersville VA) and we stopped in to eat. I have to say it was a great find, because we really enjoyed the food and service, everyone what so friendly, along with the restaurant being nice and super clean, as I’m sure you can see in the images below. Rob had the eggs Benedict and I had the Mexican breakfast. Both meals where aesthetically pleasing and delish, I sure wish there was a Jacks in Baltimore because I would be there on the regular. 





After filling our bellies we headed out to one of two spots we noticed on the drive up. First stop was a petting zoo, you guys know I had to stop in, I took a live feed video on Instagram, I wish I could post it here for you guys to see because it was so much fun. They had little gum ball machines full of feed to give the animals such as Billy goats, llamas, ostrich like birds, beautiful colorful pheasants, huge pot belly pig’s, and even a big beautiful peacock. The animals were so sweet and ate the feed right out of your hand. If you’re ever in the area stop in and give it a go, it’s fun and free. (It’s located on S. Seminole Trail, in Madison VA). 



Then not much further down the road towards home we stopped at the Prince Michel Winery, talk about a beautiful spot and some amazing yummies. When it comes to wine I’m a sweet gal, I definitely don’t like dry. I usually go for the red, and I’m glad to say they had some amazing choices. We also checked out the vineyard which was so green and gorgeous, and the wine was amazing. As you can see below they both photographed beautifully and you know Piper had to get in on the action. After spending a couple hours tasting wines and schmying around, we got in the car and headed home. 




All in all it was a great trip, and I definitely was able to prove to myself that there are never ending fun things to do in the Maryland, DC, Virginia area. I’m going to be going out of my way to find all of those interesting and fun things to share them with you guys, so if you have any great ideas or things you’d like to see in these areas definitely let me know, you never know I may go. 
Have a wonderful weekend Dolls!!💋 


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Getting the yard ready for spring & A GIVEAWAY!!

Welcome Spring!!



We started to beautify the yard for the summer, we decided to get as much color as possible to make it stand out. I love lots of pinks, yellows and purples. I also wanted to get plants that flower all summer. I have bought some that literally bloom once or twice then for the rest of the summer they’re just green leaves, which is very blah. So this time I did a little research (by asking the sales person 🤣) what will remain colorful and bloom the whole summer season. I planted about 25 hibiscus plants last summer, and even though it says they would come back they still haven’t. I have been watching them and still I see no signs of life which is disappointing. They are an amazing plant and they bloom huge beautiful flowers all summer. As annoyed as I am they didn’t come back, I will still be buying them again for the season, I was so impressed by their beauty and how easy they we’re to care for. I have a heavy deer population in my area and they destroy everything, it’s quite apparent that they love Hibiscus as much as I do.





So in my quest for flowers to put in the front and back yard I asked are there any that are colorful that they will not eat? Turns out there is really no flower they won’t eat, but there are some they don’t like that much. Marigold, Begonia and Zinnia are just a couple, they’re also pretty and full of color. I think being paired with some well rotated deer repellant that we should do much better this summer with keeping them at bay. Nothing is more heartbreaking than working your butt off all spring to nurture and grow gorgeous flowers, which in turn make your home look beautiful, then coming out one morning to see it all gone and destroyed by a dam deer. Last summer they hit all of the Hibiscus bushes by the patio and there was nothing left but broken branches almost to the root. They even ate the green on the walnut trees where they could reach, they literally destroyed all of our hard work. They’re a common problem that a lot of homeowners have to deal with, and mine is 10x worse since there is a deer reserve 6 blocks from my house.



Sometimes I feel like I should just give up, but then I realize I can’t. I am proud of my home so I want to make it beautiful by taking care of it and my yard. I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone in feeling this way. Now granted I was so mad when they ate everything last summer that for a couple days I did nothing but research ways to keep the deer away, I even thought about getting a privacy fence, but that would just close the yard in and ruin the open and free feel to it. I found out that there are companies you can pay that will come out once a week or every two weeks and spray a deer repellant, then the next time they switch it up a bit, so on and so on, it seems they get used to one spray, so they keep altering it to keep it effective. In combination with the flowers they don’t like, I think my yard will stand a chance. So that’s my game plan, I’ll definitely update you guys on how it goes, and how it looks once it’s all in and in full bloom
I’m the meantime I have a great another giveaway for you guys, all details are below.






GIVEAWAY DETAILS!!
~Yes it’s time for another out of this world 🌎 giveaway!~ 
I have teamed up with 12 other amazing bloggers to give one person the choice of 1 out of 4 amazing prizes. 
1. A Iphone 8
2. A $600 Nordstrom Gift Card & Canon Camera
3. Or a $800 PayPal Cash Option
The giveaway will run from 5/1/18 12 noon est to 6//18 at midnight est. 
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The winner will be announced on the below rafflecopter form within 24hrs of the giveaway closing.
Thanks so much for following and Good Luck 🍀 Luvs!


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Almost 1 with Milk-bone!


This blog post is sponsored, but all experiences and opinions are 100% mine and mine alone. Enjoy and please feel free to comment on what you think.

I'm a "BIG GIRL" Now!



I can’t believe that Piper is almost 1 year old, it’s just amazing to think we have only had her for a matter of months compared to the feeling like we have had her for years. I have been thinking up ideas for a birthday party to celebrate our amazing and short time together so far, plus it's National Pet Month and you know I have to spoil my baby girl! I got the idea to throw here a little party to celebrate it together just her and I, that way I can spoil her all by myself….lol!! I only buy her the best when it comes to treats, as you guys know I’m super picky about what I feed her. It has to be something she loves that I feel good about feeding her. That’s why we love to get her Milk-Bone® dog treats from Target, it's a brand name that has been in my household since Iwas a kid.


We always love going to Target it’s our one stop shop for Piper’s pets supplies, and just about anything else you can think of. The Target staff is always super helpful, I couldn’t find the item I was looking for, so an employee named Pamela glady went into the back to find it for me. While I was eating for her Ilooked over the shelf of Milk-Bone products, do you know how big their selection is? I had no idea, they have a little bit of everything, in all sizes for all dogs in all flavors. It’s amazing how much care they put into making sure our dogs are happy and healthy. In my search to spoil Piper I saw the coolest item, it’s called the Milk-Bone® Happy Birthday Canister. Boy oh boy is it an enormous treat for your dog, I now Piper absolutely loves it. 






It includes an assortment of 5 yummy flavors such as bacon, beef, chicken, sausage, and turkey flavors. I think bacon is Piper’s favorite, because it seems to be the one she goes for most…. granted it’s not the only one…lol! They’re wholesome treats that come from the heart, and they’re Made in the USA. Did you know that Milk-Bone dog treats help clean teeth and freshen breath? They also include 12 vitamins and minerals. Me either! Until I did a little research on their website. I just love the tin container because everything stays fresh, and it also keeps the crumbs from escaping all over my pantry shelves. To put together the entire adorable birthday theme I got some gold balloons, one was a number 1 because Piper will be 1 of course. Then I grabbed some matching plates and the tiniest little birthday hat you’ve ever seen, I’m super surprised she didn’t go crazy to try and get it off. She’s not that great with wearing stuff on her head, but I have to say she’s getting much much better. I remember Nunah would let me put anything on her, and she would just let me pose her. She just didn't care as long as she was pleasing Mama. What an angel, I definitely miss the heck out of her. The one good thing is if Piper knows I have a cookie for her she’ll do whatever I ask, so as you can imagine quite a few Milk-Bones were eaten during the production of this shoot. To create the perfect little set I took her favorite spot on my faux fur blanket where she just loves to snooze, and stacked the gold balloons, then I stood the #1 upright. My husband and I just giggled, she sat there all adorable with her teeny tiny birthday hat on one ear.



She does a deep head tilt whenever I say the word cookie, that’s what we call dog treats in our house. There are a couple words that get a head tilt out of Piper, words like walkies, bye-byes, cookie, go for a ride, and let me tell you it’s the cutest little thing in the world. No matter where we go there’s always someone that approaches us to say hello, as they start to talk she gives this super inquisitive look ,and just tilts her head back and forth. She always makes it seem like she’s paying attention with 110% of her brain power, I’ll have to share the video with you guys on Instagram, you are going to love it. There are so many things about Piper that I love, she makes me smile all day. One of the ways I show her my appreciation and love for all the happiness she brings me, is to get her the treats she truly loves. Milk-Bone® Mini Dog treats and the fun and festive Milk-Bone®Happy Birthday Canister. The Minis are only 5 calories per bone, so that means you can treat your little cutie more, and there are over 200 treats per box.




Yeah as you can see she is pretty smitten with her Milk-Bone dog treats, and as long as she loves them I'll keep buying them. Do you buy Milk-Bones for your pup? If not you should, you definitely can't go wrong with them, it’s a brand we trust and recommend 100%. Give them a go, your dog will love you for it, and so will his or her tummy. Then again so will your wallet because the price point is perfection, not to mention the savings you get when you pick them up at Target. Plus check out these awesome Cartwheel deals! 


Have a Wonderful Week Everyone!!

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Perfect Mother's Day Gift!!

(This post is #sponsored by: Mila & Such, all opinions and experiences are 100% mine and mine alone!)


Pink Perfection for Mother's Day!

I've been wondering what to get my mom for Mother’s Day for a couple months now. I love sending her flowers but they die, and candy she loves but I always hear how she regrets eating it later. So I though and though ....what do you buy for one of the most important women in your life!? I don’t want to spend to much, she’s gets upset when I do that, so I did a little searching online and asked some of my friends what they where getting for the moms. Then whilst peeking on Instagram I found it....The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift!! My friend Mila makes the most beautiful scarves, and when I say makes the scarves I mean it..she is part of making every bit of each one. She even hand creates/paints the designs on the scarves, they’re her actual art work. Super impressive right? She’s super talented! As I took a further peek at her page I noticed she makes the coolest Mother’s Day boxes, and OMG they’re so so cute inside and out. You guys know how much I love pink so I’m a bit partial, so my mother will for sure know it came from me. Long story short I ordered one to take to her in Delaware when we go to see her for Mother's Day. 





 (As you can see even @PiperthePin liked it!)



The box includes 2 stunning scarves, one is a blanket size with and the other is a smaller hanky size. They’re both adorned with the cutest kissy rose design, on a bright magenta backdrop. There’s a candle with the same logo, and adorned with little sparklies  There's also a second piece of artwork. I just love how she comes up with these stunning little pieces of art, and let me tell you the packaging is just as gorgeous as the contents. It’s so well decorated and wrapped that you can have it sent directly to mom, that’s the genius of the whole thing. You don't even need to add a card because the inner flap of the box has thee cutest card already included. (Check out my unboxing video on IG) There are several different box combinations you can choose from, and then Mila will sent to your mom no matter where she lives. Plus they’re priced to perfection, so it won't be too hard on your wallet. It's a fantastic way to make your mom feel special, for more info on what the boxes include and how to get one for your mom, just go to @MilaSuchNyc on Instagram, or head on over to her website Mila-such.com. Note if you're not a pink person like me she has many different designs in many different colors, so there's something for everyone. There are even matching throw pillows, ugh it's so much cuteness!
Don’t forget to tell her I sent you, just let her know you’re a friend of mine and she’ll take good care of you, she's an absolute doll!


NOW WHO'S READY FOR A GIVEAWAY!?




GIVEAWAY DETAILS!!
~Yes it’s time for another out of this world 🌎 giveaway!~ 
I have teamed up with 12 other amazing bloggers to give one person the choice of 1 out of 4 amazing prizes. 
1. A 65" 4K Vizio Big Screen Smart TV
2. A $900 Nordstrom or Amazon Gift Card 
3. Or a $800 PayPal Cash Option
The giveaway will run from 4/16/18 12 noon est to 5/19/18 at midnight est. 
To enter just click on the below rafflecopter form and complete the many different tasks to double and triple your chances of winning many times over. 
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The winner will be announced on the below rafflecopter form within 24hrs of the giveaway closing.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

My Ocean City MD Trip!

Our Trip to Ocean City, Maryland

Hey guys I want to share some of the beautiful image from our little Ocean City trip this past weekend. It's a little Ocean side town in Maryland that I spent many summer weekends at as a kid. It's only a 3hr drive from my house and this time of year it's half closed because it's off season, which always means we have the whole beach and boardwalk to ourselves. I really loved the morning sunrises over the water, with the seagulls flying around. It really is more than stunning view with such a relaxing soundtrack of the waves crashing in on the beach all day and night. 

(The 6:15 am sunrise off the balcony of our hotel room.)

We stayed at the Dunes Manor Hotel as we always do, the rooms are clean and roomy with an ocean view, not to mention the staff is always amazing. The one thing I love about the Dunes is every time I walk into the lobby/hotel no matter when it always smells so good. Then have a huge room where you can hang out and relax, have a few drinks and listen to some music being played on the piano. They also have an in-house restaurant, and a huge back deck that faces the ocean. All the times we stayed there I have never had an problem, and they've never given issues about brining a service dog. As you can see there s a bright fresh vibe all throughout the hotel, which is just what I'm looking for because I'm one of those people that hates sleeping anywhere but my own bed. I guess it's the idea that other people slept there before me, so it helps when they're on top of the whole cleaning situation.








After we checked in to the hotel and got settled, we went out and ventured around to see what was going on, but like I said it's off season so only a few all year round spots where still open. We walked the beach, checked out a few stores and grabbed some caramel popcorn from Dolle's. It's an amazing little candy spot that's been there as long as I can remember, they have the most amazing caramel popcorn. We had some boardwalk pizza and Rob retreated back to the room for a nap, seems the 3.5 hour drive left him tad sleepy, so I took the time to get in some me time. I pulled out my beach blanket and enjoyed some Natty Bo, Crab Shack Shandy on the beach just enjoying the waves, it was so relaxing!! 




The first night we ate at a restaurant called Touch Of Italy, it's a little Italian joint that turned out to be pretty darn good. I had ravioli and Rob got the salmon. They had cases of all kinds of yummy stuff, but you know it was the sweet that caught my eye...lol...because everything was so colorful and beautiful. As you can see Piper more than helped me make my selection, she's always front and center when food is involved. 






The 2nd day was much like the 1st, a lot of walking around and just relaxing. We stopped into BJ's On The Beach to meet my mom for lunch, she lives just outside of Ocean City so she drove up for a bit so we could get together. All in all it was just a quick 2 night stay to escape the everyday grind and recharge, I think these little trips are super important and definitely a must. Otherwise I fear I would go koockoo...lol! Have you ever been to Ocean City MD? If so whats your favorite thing to do while you're there or favorite place to eat? We plan to go back soon once the season starts and everything opens up, so I would love to hear your ideas and faves!!