Fun in the Bahamas Pt. 2

Picking up where we left off on my recent trip to the Bahamas!

Day 4: We went snorkeling!

We swam all the way out to those rocks to snorkel! I must admit, we were kind of chicken- it’s creepy being alone that far out. We spotted some beautiful fish and coral; some other snorkelers spotted eels and sea turtles- thank God we didn’t, I would have died!

On the way back to our hotel we had to pull over and check out all of these conch shells! It was unreal how many were jsut laying there..

That night we took a little trip to a private beach for a dinner/bon fire type thing. We arrived and were literally force fed Bahama Mama’s! LOL

 I got suckered into the DJ’s game…. basically musical chairs with people, you dance…when the music stops, you grab the person closest to you. This chef wasn’t even playing, but he swooped in, completely startled me, and helped me make it to the final! 5 😉 I was dying!

They had a huge buffet set up…chicken, ribs, rice, beans, corn bread, cole slaw, corn on the cob…so YUM!

After dinner they had a bon fire set up on the beach. After a few too many Bahama Mama’s Kath and I had a photo shoot …

Then came a fire dancer! She was dancing, eating fire, and rubbing it all over her skin! I don’t know how she did it! So crazy…

Day 5: Back to the beach! I couldn’t wait to just lay out. Books, tanning, and pina coladas all day 🙂

We went to lunch with my parents 🙂

I kept joking that my Mom was like Tamara from the Real Housewives of OC with her cowboy hat and the be-jewled tunic! My Dad bought that shirt at the beginning of the week, and I swore he wore it every day! Very typical of him 😉

I LOVE floppy hats! But I was rocking my baseball hat most of the week for minimal facial shade 😉 However, Katherine looked SO adorable & totally pulled hers off!

After the beach, we went to this mediterranean spot for dinner. If you know me, you know how much I love bread! It’s one of my weaknesses. (Side story- When my boyfriend and I started dating a couple years ago, he’d always take me to dinner at restaurants that he KNEW would bring out a bread basket ! That’s love, encouraging unnecessary carb consumption 😉 )

The restaurant brought out this amazing warm, sliced, baguette with garlic butter and a hummus spread. I swear, it was so so yummy!

For dinner I basically got a caprese salad with feta subbing for mozz lol. It was alright, I definitely had better dinners that week…

A picture of my Mama and I at dinner 🙂

Still sifting through my pictures! I think the next post will wrap up my trip 🙂

Happy 100th Birthday to the Oreo!

In honor of the 100th Birthday of the OREO- I wanted to share a recipe that I made last week in honor of National Pancake Day! (This was inspired by my amazing foodie friend, Kathleen)

Oreo Pancakes! They’re quite simple…

1) Start by mixing your pancake batter…

If you perfer to use a homemade batter- more power to you! "Just Add Water" is my jam...

 2) Crush up your favorite Oreos (I used minis 😉 )…

 

3) Mix into batter…

4) Spray pan or griddle with cooking spray/pad of butter, then pour your pancakes!

5) Flip when the bubbles on the top have popped (I’m SURE you all know how to make pancakes ;))…

6) Add butter, syrup, confectioners sugar and serve!

These were SO tasty!

How could you not LOVE Oreos? I must say, I make a pretty mean Dirt Pudding as well!

What is your favorite Oreo recipe?

Update on My New Years Resolutions! (2 Months Down)

Happy March everyone! Can you believe how quickly February flew by!?

Like I did at the beginning of last month, I’m going to go through my New Years Resolutions to see that I’m staying on track. 😉

Here we go!

1: Stop Cursing. Better, but overall… Fail.

2: Exercise regularly. Starting to slack, but still making the effort.

3: Eat healthier. This has definitely been my best resolution! Complete success!

(Although I did put quite a dent in a box of Valentines Day chocolates …)

4: Stop spending so much money and start saving more. Done, and done. My only credit card was completely paid off, and I’ve been able to save quiet a bit of money this month.

5: Make an effort to spend more time with friends: A little tricky this month with my out of town friends, being in the Bahamas threw me off a bit, but plans are in the works for the near future 🙂

6: Spend more time reading. Being on vacation was the perfect kick in the butt! I finished The Hunger Games, and The Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me. When I got home, I couldn’t wait to start Catching Fire!

7: No more soda.  Although I had some moments of weakness, and would have given my left leg for a diet coke, I am still 100% clean 😉

8: Eat out less and cook more. Yes, and yes!

Overall, I’ve been pretty successful with my resolutions, and it’s amazing. I feel so productive with my time, much healthier with food choices, and far smarter with my money. I’m really proud of myself and have started to indulge here and there, taking stabs at my growing want list, and planning some vacations 🙂

How are your resolutions coming along?

My Latest Obsession…

Here’s a little Spring color to brighten up the dreary Winter day we are having on the East Coast. I had a dream the other night that I bought a pair of fuchsia skinny jeans, and I haven’t stopped thinking about them since!

I have red, pink, grey, and blue skinny jeans that I adore, but I’m ready to expand to my collection for the Spring/Summer months. I’m officially on a hunt for pairs of fuchsia, peach, yellow, and greens!

Gap, Express, J. Crew, and Pac Sun have all been recommended to me by some lovely twitter followers.

Where have you found the comfiest pair?

Beating the Winter Blues…in Blue (OOTD)

I must admit, I am so grateful for the beautiful New England weather that we’ve had this Winter, I’m not as seasonly depressed as I usually am! However, today we are having a mini snow storm, and I must admit- I am slightly excited about it (not to mention, I got to head home from work a bit early! Who doesn’t LOVE that?!)

I wanted to share my work OOTD (outfit of the day) because I felt that it was totally appropriate with today’s forecast.

I wore this top (Marshalls $15)  with my blue skinny jeans (Marshalls $12) for a night out a few weeks ago, and was dying to repeat.

I had on my favorite black suede pumps (which I probably wear more often then I should- but they just go with everything!)

Simple diamond studs, and a couple of my Tiffany & Co. bracelets…

Nothing too crazy, but I was still feeling fresh and fun today! A little color definitely goes a long way.

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