Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Blogger Babe Tees with Custom Ink

This post is sponsored by Custom Ink and all opinions and experiences are mine and mine alone.

"The DMV Blogger Brunch!"

I’m so excited to be putting this post together, as most of you know we love putting together fun blogger events, that way I can hang out with some other ladies in the area so we can bounce ideas off of one another. This helps me to be the best blogger I can be, as well as getting to know my peers. We recently had a little DMV Blogger Babes Brunch in DC this past weekend and I thought what could be more fun then to make DMV Blogger Babe Tee’s. So I started my search for a good spot, that’s when I came across Custom Ink in Bethesda. They are fantastic because they make the process so easy and their employees couldn’t be more helpful. All I had to do was go online to their website and make and appointment to stop in. 

They have the coolest atmosphere where you sit down and work with your designer to create a cute logo or design. They have amazing in depth programs on their computers that include every niche’ you can think of and in every color. It doesn’t take long and if you aren’t quite sure what you want no worries, they can more than help you with ideas to create something that puts a smile on your face. Then they deliver it right to your front door for an unbeatable price. I was surprised at how patient they were because you know I take Piper everywhere with me and this particular day she was being more than obnoxious. Add Rob running around with the camera taking pictures, then moving things about and you have a real circus. 

They have much more than t-shirts too, Custom Ink can put your fab new personalized design on just above anything. Jackets, cell phone cases, water bottles, bags, hats and much much more. The t-shirts I got were an absolute hit because they were so soft and luxe feeling, not to mention the fantastic logo we came up with made everyone make that cute ahhhhh sound when they saw them. I was definitely going for something I knew everyone would want to wear on a regular basis, something that would match just about anything. I realized that you can’t go wrong with light pink and a v-neck when you have a group of female bloggers. In fact Custom Ink made the process so enjoyable that I’m already thinking up ideas for the next Blogger Babe get together. I can say I more then recommend them for all of your customizing needs. 

I think for the next meeting I may have some phone cases and zip up hoodies made for the cold season. They had some amazing Under Armour and Nike hoodies that looked and felt super soft and warm, I know the girls would absolutely love those. Sound off below and tell me what you would make if you could, and give your girl some good ideas. With all the different choices they have, I just don’t know if I can decide. I was thinking perhaps a brunch picture, like a little mimosa or Bloody Mary design/logo, that may be super cute and fun.

Well Piper and I have to get packed, we will be staying in Washington DC for the next 3 days so I better get going. In the meantime definitely keep Custom Ink in your memory for your future needs, you definitely won’t find better. Just check out their website to find a location near you, because there are many stores. 

Have a wonderful day luvs! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Our Stay in Ocean City with Aloft & A GIVEAWAY!!

(This post is sponsored by Aloft Ocean City, all opinions and experiences are mine and mine alone.)

"Our Aloft Weekend Getaway!!"

There’s nothing like a good weekend getaway to refresh you and make you feel like new again. I’ve had some craziness the last couple months and Our little weekend getaway was just what the doctor ordered. There is nothing like fresh ocean air, sand under your feet, hanging out poolside and just enjoying the sun on your skin. Everyone knows that your trip is just as good as the hotel you stay at which is why we’re more than happy we stayed at Aloft Ocean City. Because the staff greet you like family the atmosphere is fantastic and we felt  super comfortable, plus they’re very pet friendly which is a big think with us because Piper always joins us. The rooms were beautiful with a sleek modern decor, I really loved the colorful rugs and wall hangings. You guys know how I love a good splash of
color, plus they even provided a bed and bag of goodies for Piper. It had cookies and toys, which automatically made her feel right at home as well. The rooms have little refrigerators, a safe, WiFi, smart TV’s, boy I could go on and on. Our balcony looked over the back of the property which was a stunning view, especially in the evening when the sun set you could see the beautiful colors over the water. There was also a view of the bay and swimming pool area, as well as their private beach where you could do some paddle boarding and kayaking from.

After we settled into the room and unpacked we then put on out swimsuits and headed for the pool, there’s a great little bar out back where you can order food and drinks, as well as swim and lay out. They also have live music at different points during the day and it was great!! I definitely recommend the Bavarian soft pretzels, omg so so good. There is also a little food counter in the hotel where you can order breakfast lunch or dinner, along with some great snacks and drinks. Everything Rob and I ordered we enjoyed so I’m gathering it probably all was. I saw this yummy corned beef hash selection on the breakfast menu, but due to my recent stomach issues wasn’t able to get it but Rob did and wow did he love it. After we ate dinner we took a walk to the beach and checked out a few stores, then after a long day of driving we retreated back to the hotel and turned in early to rest up for the next day. 

We woke up at 7am and started showering and getting dressed, we ate breakfast and headed out to the Boardwalk for a little early morning walk with the dog. Then we hopped in the car and headed to Rohoboth Beach so I could check out Mug & Spoon, a fantastic little freakshake spot. We had thee funnest shoot, the shakes were so colorful and absolutely amazing. They had 4 or 5 different shake choices and all types of amazing and unique icecream flavors, coffees and cookies. If you are ever on Rohoboth definitely stop in, your tastebuds will thank you. After lunch, milkshakes, alot of boardwalk and beach walking we retreated back to the Aloft hotel for some poolside rest and relaxation. Piper sat on the sun chair with me while I ordered some soft pretzels and together we enjoyed them and the amazing weather. To be honest this is what we did most of the trip, the hotel was so relaxing we really didn’t want to leave, at least I know I didn’t. There are so many amazing amenities and comfy common areas, they also have pool and game tables for adults and kids alike. 

By the time the day came to an end I had a nice tan and was more than recharged, sometimes you just need to get away for a couple days. The daily stresses of life in general can be exhausting, so I was more than sad we had to go home the next afternoon. We did get up early so we wouldn’t miss a single minute, and we were also meeting my mom for breakfast. She lives about 20 minutes outside of Ocean City, so every time we go to the beach we have this little thing where we always meet up for breakfast. I always love seeing my mom, I sure wish she still lived right down the street from me. It’s tough with her living 3 hours away because I don’t get to see her much any more. 

You guys know no matter where I go that I always find you the best of the best when it comes to icecream and shakes, so after breakfast I wanted to make sure I got a shoot in with my all time Ocean City favorite... Kohr Brothers, they have thee most amazing frozen custard. Their cones are covered in chocolate and sprinkles, then to add an extra pop of color I added a delish Boardwalk lollipop 🍭and wow was it cute. After our little photo shoot we had a little lunch and Doughroller and started back for the hotel to pack up and check out. I was sad to leave Aloft, it was so nice and will definitely be the only place we stay from now on when we go to the beach. I for sure recommend it to all, you will more than love your time there.

All in all our beach trip was amazing, all three of us had an amazing time. It’s something that we do every year because like I said above it really helps to just get away for a few days and refresh yourself. I definitely think we will more than love Paris, I’m more than excited to be going in September. I also think we will be taking a little DC staycation between now and then, something fun to mix it up!! Well here’s to a wonderful weekend, enjoy the weather and stay cool. 

Before you go don't forget the GIVEAWAY!!

Time For A Giveaway!



~Yes it’s time for another out of this world 🌎 giveaway!~ 
I have teamed up with a handful of other amazing bloggers to give one person the choice of a Iphone7 or $500 in PayPal Cash!!

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Our Live! Staycation!!

This post is sponsored by Live! Casino & Hotel, all views and experiences are mine and mine alone.

Nothing Like a Little Spa Get Away!!

Last weekend we spent the night at Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover, we needed a little recharge getaway and there's no better place to do so then 15 minutes from home. The Friday afternoon we checked in we caught the Family Feud Live show at the Live! Event Center, it was beyond funny and so much fun. They had some celebrity family members and they also gave aways some serious cash and prizes to the audience members. I always told Rob while we are watching the show at home that I would do so well, when in all actuality I would probably freeze realizing the world was watching! After the show we stopped into the casino for some Super 4 Progressive Blackjack and some slots. The Super 4 is fantastic and it gives you more chances to hit big, featuring top jackpots starting at $50,000 that could hit on a single $5 bet. Both games also offer an exclusive additional “Must-Hit” progressive guaranteed to hit by $500. Believe it or not your girl had some beginners luck and won some serious cash...I got #LuckyAtLive!! 

After we played for a few we headed off to the mall to grab a few things, I love that Arundle Mills Mall is just steps away from the hotel and casino. I was able to find some great items I scored on sale. Around 6:30pm we at dinner at Prime Rib, from start to finish the meal was amazing. Our server Flower was super helpful and she explained the menu from start to finish, as well as giving us recommendations on the best thing to order. We started off with a house salad (extra tomatoes), fresh rolls (mind you the pretzel rolls were absolutely amazing) and a french onion soup. For our entrees I got the Peruvian chicken, and Rob the salmon. The sides are all ala carte and definitely more than enough for two so we ordered the mashed potatoes and asparagus to share. 

Everything was more than tasty and cooked to perfection, I sure wish I could cook chicken like that at home. The mashed potatoes had a cheesy hint to them that went just right with everything on the table. Once we were stuffed to the gills we headed back up to the room to unwind and get some shut eye. Now let's talk about the super comfy bed shall we, the room was beautiful fresh and super clean. The decor is modern and welcoming, I fell in love with the bathroom, the shower is huge and the vanity was all in beautiful black marble. We got the best night of rest and were more than ready for our couples massage at the 
Live! Spa.  Since we wouldn't be eating brunch until after I ordered up a little something to the room, nothing like fresh fruit for breakfast right?

Around 11am we headed off to the Spa on the 2nd floor, it was thee most relaxing atmosphere. You change into beautiful thick robes, and chill on comfy sofas, with the sound of rain, fruit infused water or hot tea until the massage therapists come to get you for your session. I have to say it was the single most amazing massage I have EVER had, especially since I have never gotten one professionally. Rob has serious back issues and even he was overly-thrilled. I was honestly surprised because he's very hard to please when it comes to a back massage. I definitely wish I could get one a week, it's got to be good for stress and tension for sure. 

In our more than relaxed state plus a little champagne, we showered, got dressed and headed off to David's for Brunch. What a good move that was. To start off I ordered the caesar salad and onion soup, which sure didn't disappoint since it actually came in an onion. Yes I said an onion, it was hollowed out into a bowl and topped with warm crusty bread. For our entrees I ordered the parmesan crusted chicken and Rob the chicken sandwich. 

Another amazing meal for sure, so much so that I barely had room for a delish cupcake gelato sundae from Luckies. You know I had to get creative where dessert is concerned. They had so much to choose from, I just couldn't help myself. All in all we were bummed to have to head home but we were excited to get back home to Piper and as I always say 'There's No Place Like Home!" which might I add was only 15-20 minutes away. We had such a good time and everyone was so nice and helpful, we'll definitely be doing this again soon. 

Everything from A to Z in the casino and hotel is overdone with class, right down to the artwork and floral decor. It's all around amazing and on my recommendation list. If you haven't been yet try it, something tells me after that massage you'll be thanking!! Have a wonderful week dolls and please sound off below with your favorite Staycation spot!? I'm curious what you guys love!!

(The view from our room)

(Fresh fruit plate I ordered from room service)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Sunday at the Farmer's Market with Tillamook!

Thank you Tillamook for sponsoring this post. Visit your local Costco today to bring Tillamook Ice Cream Sandwiches home to your family this summer!

Enjoying life's sweet and simple summer pleasures!

This past Sunday was one for the books because it was jam packed with so many of my summer faves. When late spring hits the Baltimore Farmer's Market & Bazaar starts back up, it's located underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holiday & Saratoga, every Sunday from April to late December. The entire underpass lines up with vendors of all kinds selling thee freshest of Maryland fruits, veggies, flowers, dairy items, meats, bread, nick knacks, handmade clothing and much much more. It opens at 7am and runs until 12 noon, and wow is it packed with tons of people from open to close. 

 It was literally elbow to elbow the majority of the time I was there, which was around 11am. The weather was perfect, it was breezy and about 70 degrees which I wish it was every day. I made sure to take some Tillamook Ice Cream Sandwiches with me, they always make any summer activity that much better. I particularly love the Chocolate Mudslide flavor, it's two yummy, baked golden brown cookies, made of butter and brown sugar, then dipped in the best chocolate. centered with rich and creamy ice cream. If you haven't tried them yet I really recommend you do, they're conveinently located in the freezer section of your local Costco. 

 They're delicious from start to end, the cookies are the perfect bite and they go splendidly with the ice-cream. I love that they come 12 to a box and are the perfect size. That way I can fit two in my mini cooler with some ice and drinks, which means I can take them with me anywhere because nothing puts a summer smile on my face like ice-cream. You guys know just how much I love it! Especially when you're shopping.....I was really enjoying strolling through the farmer's market enjoying my Mudslide Ice Cream Sandwich.  There were so many flower stands, ones where you could select the flowers and create your own bouquet. 

Then there were the flower trays and hanging basket stands, and wow were they all full of so many different beautiful colors and blooms. Then came the herbs, there were soon many different kinds and wow did they all look and smell delish. There's nothing like the taste of fresh cilantro in your salad or basil on your pasta. It's always so much better than the dried spices you buy in the store, the taste is so much more vibrant and plain fresh. 

There's nothing like using high quality ingredients, just like Tillamook ..the milk they use for their ice cream is only the best, from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones, no high fructose corn syrup along with extra cream for a rich, smooth creamy texture. You can't beat it in my opinion, it's special just like the fresh local veggies I get from the Farmer's Market. Big juicy red tomatoes and strawberry, fresh snap peas, the list goes on and on. 

For dinner that night I picked up some fresh asparagus, it's great pan seared with a little  butter, onions and a bit of fresh diced garlic. I also got some carrots, onions, fresh bread and mixed greens, potatoes, and apples . All in all I was able to put together a meal unlike any other, a house salad, and chicken breast with roasted veggies, pan seared asparagus, with a strawberry and apple cobbler, over ice-cream with a dollop of whipped cream. Sounds amazing right? Wow was it a great trip, I can't wait for next Sunday so I can do it all again. 

I'll definitely make sure I have more Tillamook Ice Cream Sandwiches, next time I'll try the mint chocolate chip flavor. I bet it's just as amazing as the Mudslide. It makes any summer activity that much sweeter to enjoy. I would love to hear what your favorite summer activities are, please sound off below by leaving a comment. I'm always looking for fun new ideas of things to try, I definitely think we will be going to the beach the end of June but that's as cliche' as it gets when it comes to summer trips, so I'm really looking forward to reading your comments. 

Here's to the start of an amazing summer with Tillamook Ice Cream Sandwiches!!