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Cape May 2013

So, for gosh, like 15 years, my family has been vacationing in Cape May, NJ for a week each Summer. It is one of my all time favorite places to visit, it is so charming & relaxing, I truly look forward to the trip each year. I wanted to chronicle our vaca this year, so here are some photos that I snapped while away last week!

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First up - my vaca mani! Gelish "Carnival Hangover" with the yellow accent "Don't Be Such a Sourpuss"
First up – my vaca mani! Gelish “Carnival Hangover” with the yellow accent “Don’t Be Such a Sourpuss”
Up not-so-bright and early & on our way :)
Up not-so-bright and early & on our way πŸ™‚
I spy exit 0!
I spy exit 0!
First stop: breakfast at Uncle Bills :)
First stop: breakfast at Uncle Bills πŸ™‚
This little rag tag band of elderly people plays in the gazebo on the weekend - they're so cute!
This little rag tag band of elderly people plays in the gazebo on the weekend – they’re so cute!
Here marks the beginning of a week of delicious, but crummy eating.
Here marks the beginning of a week of delicious, but crummy eating.
First beach day :)
First beach day with the PG’s πŸ™‚
Annual funnel cake :)
Annual funnel cake πŸ™‚
Out to dinner for my Uncles 60th! Mom & my Aunts :)
Out to dinner for my Uncles 60th! Mom & my Aunts πŸ™‚
As if we don't take enough photos - it was National Sister Day!
As if we don’t take enough photos – it was National Sister Day!
A mac & cheese, carbonara-ish dinner!
A mac & cheese, carbonara-ish for dinner!
Kath and Peyton being weird at dinner. lol
Kath and Peyton being weird at dinner. lol
Walking to the beach, eating cold pizza for breakfast. Don't hate it.
Walking to the beach, eating cold pizza for breakfast. Don’t hate it.
AJ (Aunt Julie) parasailing!
AJ (Aunt Julie) parasailing!
If you didn't know, I was the Bravoholic last week ;)
If you didn’t know, I was the Bravoholic last week – stay tuned for another post to come about that experience! πŸ˜‰
And I spent a few nights drinking & tweeting, a la Brandi Glanville.
And I spent a few nights drinking & tweeting, a la Brandi Glanville.
We had a little RHOC finale twitter party !
We had a little RHOC finale twitter party !
A not-so-nice beach day :(
A not-so-nice beach day πŸ™
We were freezing..
We were freezing..
Like, really cold.
Like, really cold.
Lunch at Stewarts. Chicken/bacon cheesesteaks? Ok.
Lunch at Stewarts. Chicken/bacon cheesesteaks + cheese fries? Ok.
Mini-golf!
Mini-golf!
The boys..
The boys..
The girls :)
The girls πŸ™‚
...and Katherine caught with her pants down.
…and Katherine caught with her pants down.
...twice.
…twice.
Salted caramel, chocolate covered pretzel cone. Dead.
Salted caramel, chocolate covered pretzel cone. Amazing.
This shirt kills me every time I wear it lol
This shirt kills me every time I wear it lol
Dinner at the Ugly Mug. Idk how these mugs don't ever fall on people!!
Dinner at the Ugly Mug. Idk how these mugs never fall on people!!
Ladies tea for AJ's birthday!
Ladies tea for AJ’s birthday!
My pot! I ordered a mango green tea. Really yummy!
My pot! I ordered a mango green tea. Really yummy!
Faaancy.
Faaancy.
Boas all around lol.
Peyton & I with our boas!
Girlies <3
Girlies <3
...and their Mama's
…and our Mama’s
Tea treats!
Tea treats!
Arm candy :)
Arm candy πŸ™‚
Making dessert for everyone...
Making dessert for everyone…
...the finished product! A frozen ice cream sandwich, cool whip, chocolate & caramel sauce cake.
…the finished product! A frozen ice cream sandwich, cool whip, chocolate & caramel sauce cake.
Katherine likes to snap pictures at every and any opportunity.
Katherine likes to snap pictures at every and any opportunity.
...all...the....time...
…all…the….time…
How cute is my little fishy? <3
How cute is my little fishy? <3
Hitting up Hot Dog Tommys!
Hitting up Hot Dog Tommys!
Chili cheese leaner wiener for the sis lol
Chili cheese leaner wiener for the sis lol
Scooby dog leaner wiener for me :)
Scooby dog leaner wiener for me πŸ™‚
...& a loaded mashed potato bowl to share.
…& a loaded mashed potato bowl to share.
Movie on the beach!
Movie on the beach!
Out to dinner & these clowns popped up in the window & scared the beejeezies out of us!
Out to dinner & these clowns popped up in the window & scared the beejeezies out of us!

There was a cover band at dinner who was a ton of fun! I got a clip of the girls being silly …

Tour of the Haunted Southern Mansion! Tour of the Haunted Southern Mansion![/caption]
Spy any ghosts?
Spy any ghosts?
...anyone?
…anyone?
...anyone?
…anyone??? …..Do you recognize this guy from Ghost Hunters?! I didn’t either, but he’s on the show!
We sat in a bark basement and tried to get in touch with the spirits. No such luck that night.
We sat in a dark basement and tried to get in touch with “Ester” and all the other spirits. No such luck that night.
I get a DQ brownie earthquake once a year!
However, we did luck out and made it to DQ to get our once a year brownie earthquake before they closed.
Yummy breakfast before we left!
Yummy breakfast before we left!
Mmm - snacking in the car :)
Mmm – snacking in the car πŸ™‚
We had to pick up our little Lily when we got home -  she's so excited when we pick her up after vaca :)
We had to pick up our little Lily when we got home – she’s so excited when we pick her up after vaca πŸ™‚

Just some random snapshots from my cell! Overall, a great week away with my family. I wish it hadn’t gone by so quickly πŸ™

Do you vacation at the same place each summer? Let me know where!

Can You Hear Me? … Loud & Clear!

I don’t know what it is about Spring/Summer, but it is nearly impossible for me to sit down and blog!Β I hope to start getting back into a posting routine, because I truly do love sharing things on here & it kind of serves as a diary. It’s really fun to be able to look back on certain memories & experiences.

With that said, yesterday was a HUGE day for my boyfriend, Michael Minelli! Many of you know that he is a singer/songwriter/dancer/all-around-everything-I’m-not. If you don’t, you’re about to learn today! He just released his first official single & music video, Can You Hear Me and it is a.m.a.z.i.n.g!

I was lucky enough to kind of see it all come together, and WOW, did it come together! I love to be included in his projects – whether I’m doing makeup, live-tweeting for him, pressing play, promoting, or just being an extra pair of hands, it’s fun to be part of a project and see it come to life. Before posting the official video, I wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures that I took from the shoot.. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Pre-shoot:

Mike had 6 dancers who worked so hard to help make this video a success. They practiced for a couple months prior to get the choreo & everything just perfect!

The dancers at practice
Sitting in on dance practice

Day 1 of the shoot:

I got to play makeup artist to all of the guys for the weekend!
I got to play makeup artist to all of the guys for the weekend! I’m a makeup junkie, and do Mike’s for his videos once in a while, so when he asked if I could do all of his dancers too, I was happy to help. They were troopers, even with me chasing them around with blotting sheets and powder all the live long day.
Setting up the first shoot in the back of a dumpster
Setting up the first shoot in the back of a dump truck.
Rolling!
Rolling! His super talented friends from Namebreaker, shot the entire video!
Another spot. The entire video was filmed in a warehouse/wood factory.
Another spot. The whole video was filmed in this huge warehouse/wood factory.
All of these guys were such amazing dancers. They worked so hard!
All of these guys were such amazing dancers. They worked so hard!
This window ledge was probably 4"-5" wide. It was funny watching them try not to fall. True stunt men ;)
This window ledge was probably 4″-5″ wide. It was funny watching them try not to fall. True stunt men! πŸ˜‰
Shooting outside in this little pathway.
Shooting outside in this little pathway. I think this may have been my favorite spot.

There were a couple more locations on day 1, but I was all over the place & didn’t get to snap them all!

After a hard days work! We were exhausted!
After a hard days work! We were exhausted, but I had to get a picture. It was an exciting day for both of us – I was just so happy for him & couldn’t wait for round 2!

Day 2 of shoot:

Messing around with wardrobe. Cee Lo Green, no?
Messing around with wardrobe. Cee Lo Green, no?
All of the guys getting ready to shoot the breakdown scene in the white room!
All black everythanng. All of the guys dressed & ready to shoot the breakdown scene in the white room.
This whole scene was amazing!
This whole scene was amazing! When it looks this good in person, it’s sure to look incredible on film.

Here’s a little peek that I filmed on my phone! (PS – no idea why it uploaded with such crummy quality)

These boys, I swear! These boys, I swear![/caption]
That's a wrap! Popping bottles to celebrate an AMAZING weekend!
That’s a wrap! Popping bottles to celebrate an AMAZING weekend!
Cheers :)
Cheers to an A+ team.
Mike & his very talented, dancer, producer, musician, friend, Ron. Ron aka ItsTheRhythym, produced the entire track!
Mike & his very talented, dancer, musician, producer, lifelong friend, Ron! Ron aka ItsTheRhythym, produced the entire track!
My #1 :)
No matter how tired or sweaty, I’ve always gotta snag the last pic. These are the things we’ll look back at one day and say “remember when” πŸ˜‰

Months of preparation, two full days of filming, a week+ of editing & here it’s finally here! Michael Minelli’s first single & music video: Can You Hear Me?

PLAY IT. ENJOY IT. SHARE IT XOXO

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7tEOdpHqig&w=560&h=315%5D

Two Thousand Thirteen

It’s been a long while, and I have missed this. The last time I posted was the day before the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The tragedy hit so close to home, literally…and I was so emotionally distraught afterwards that I felt I had nothing relevant, important or worthy to write about… so I decided to take a little break from blogging. Then came the holidays, and we all know how crazy that time of the year is. So here we are, January 2nd, and in a new year. I don’t know about you, but it feels really good to me.

2012 was a learning year for this girl – personally and professionally. I did a lot of thinking, changing and growing, and I am really pleased with where I am in this very moment. I feel more driven, confident, and inspired than ever before, and plan to carry that positive energy with me through 2013.

One of my 2012 New Years Resolutions was to start this blog. I must say it was one of the only resolutions that I saw through, and I am so proud of myself for doing so. My little blog has become a very special part of my life and somewhat of a therapeutic outlet. Aside from the joy it’s brought to me, I love that it has brought joy to others. This hobby of mine has allowed me to meet some incredible people, and get to know others on a more personal level. Whether they are old acquaintances, or classmates, new readers, or fellow bloggers – this little webpage right here has helped me connect with them all, and I am so grateful for that!

I wanted to take some time to share a few of my 2013 Resolutions with you. Sharing my goals with others holds me accountable, and who knows, maybe some of you have similar resolutions this year. Here we go:

1) Cut out the negative. People are always saying to cut the negative out of your life, but not many actually do so. This is something that has become first priority for me in the past few months, and I already feel like a new person. I cannot stress how important it is. Do not give anyone or anything the ability to bring you down. Don’t waste your time worrying about what others are doing, or thinking, or saying. Don’t compare yourself to somebody else. Don’t tell yourself that you’re not good enough, or that you can’t do something. Cut out negative people, influences, and thoughts. Let go! Be positive. All of the time.

2) Save money. This is always a goal of mine, but this year I have some bigger financial commitments looming and I want to stay on track. I am grateful to have not a dollar of debt, but it’s not easy. I pay cash for everything, and there are weeks where my bank account sees single digits, but it is worth it in the end. I’ve lived on a budget before and plan to set up a new budget over the next couple of weeks. (I think that might be a good post) πŸ™‚

3) Give more time. To my family, to my friends, to strangers, to anyone who needs it. I feel that I made a good effort over the last year to spend more time with my loved ones, but there is always room for improvement. My entire life I’ve done a lot of volunteer work, I’m still technically a Girl Scout and have volunteered through council as recent as last year, my Β sorority in college was very involved on a local and national level, and Β my current job allows me to be involved in a number of organizations, but I want to make an effort to give more. Especially in light of recent tragedies, natural disasters, etc – there has been a lot of loss. I have so much, and it’s only right to give to those who don’t.

4) Pursue my passions. I started taking classes in September for something that I am extremely passionate about. I don’t want to share it just yet, but it is something that I plan to learn inside and out, master, and incorporate into my future. I’ve been itching to post about it, but I think I’m going to hold off a little while longer! Stay tuned – I’m really proud of this one πŸ™‚

I am looking forward to 2013, a fresh year makes for a fresh start. Overrated or not, I think that it’s important to make some resolutions for yourself. There’s no time like the present.

Balloons

Happy New Year everyone! XOXO

What I’m Watching…

I would say that I have a slight addicition to YouTube. I find myself going on binges for hours watching the most random things. Sometimes, you come across some really moving people who put out videos that you can’t help but share – which brings me to this post! Below are some of my personal favorite YouTube videos from this week. I encourage you to watch them all, each is unique and special in it’s own way. Enjoy! XO

1) First up: My boyfriend, Michael Minelli. You may have seen me post some of his videos before, but he just released a new cover this week and it is truly phenomenal. I know that many people are loving Bruno Mars current single, Locked Out of Heaven, but give this one a shot- it has a fun twist to it! πŸ™‚

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbFOKz0krZg%5D

2) This video is brought to you by the beautiful Noor Tagouri. I began following her on Twitter a while ago because I was intrigued by her intellect and ever-present drive. She is only 19 years old and one of the most inspiring individuals I’ve ever come across. I give Noor so much credit for putting herself out there in every way possible to achieve her dreams. I have a feeling we will all be seeing her on our television sets in the very near future! #LetNoorShine.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaThDiXoVSQ%5D

3) Google released this video yesterday Β –Β Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review. What an incredibly moving piece! 2012 was a huge year for everyone, and I love the way that they were able to capture it all in a respectful & appropriate manner. There are so many featured highs and lows, but the overall message shines through and nearly brought me to tears (I’m a total sap to begin with, but still!)… it’s a must watch!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY_MUB8adEQ%5D

What have you been watching on YouTube lately? Let me know!

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