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Farewell Florence! XO

Welp, it’s here. The last post of my Italy trip. Le sigh. 🙁

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I’d love for the posts continue forever [Lord knows I have enough photos to do so], but it’s time to wrap them up + get back to reality. Boo. Today, I’m sharing some pictures from the last week of our trip! 🙂

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The Land Of My People!

Both sides of my family are Italian; my Mother’s family is from Ischia — a small Island off the coast of Naples, and my Father’s family is from Calabria, the Southern most point of the country + just a hop skip and a jump away from Sicily. We’ve been to Ischia before [it’s stunning] + actually took a quick day trip so my Dad could see this time around, but we were really excited to spend a little time in Calabria + explore our roots!

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Time For Some Healthy Eats!

I am coming off of a month (or so)-long food bender. I don’t know how or why, but I’ve been a total savage. I haven’t made an actual grocery store run in weeks and I’ve spent far too much time going through drive-thru’s and ordering take out. I had a little “get yourself together” moment over the weekend and have spent the last couple of days working to get myself back into a good, healthy zone!

Get back to the healthy carts!
Time to start eating the rainbow (and Yasso bars 😉 ) again.

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Quick & Easy Late Night Meal

Do you ever have one of those nights where you have a million errands to run after work, you finally get home, and before you know it it’s 9:00pm and have yet to eat dinner? That was me last night.

Of course the last thing I wanted to do is cook,  or settle for something totally unhealthy, so I scoured the fridge for ideas…

I wanted something to bite (you know what I mean? Sometimes a salad just doesn’t cut it); so I created this amazing pizza-esque concoction…

1 mini bagel (2 halves), toasted

1 Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb cheese spread

2-3 Cherry tomatoes, sliced

3-4 Arugula or spinach leaves

Salt & Pepper

This tasty, mini late-night meal…paired with some fresh cherries hit the spot!

Do you have any quick & easy use-what-you have recipes? I’d love to hear them! 🙂

Memorial Day Weekend!

Over Memorial Day weekend my boyfriend and I took a trip to Cape Cod to spend some time with friends. I cannot tell you how relaxing, stress-free, and fun of a weekend it was! I wish I did a better job documenting everything, but I’ll share what I do have 🙂

Enjoy!

Still on my eating-well kick, I picked up some health-concious snacks at the gas station while we filled up…

Luckily, we didn’t hit any super crazy traffic, but it was still a long ride. Mike asked me an interesting question and I HAD to get it on camera…

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Only fair to share a shot of the guys too 😉

Mike, Evan, Danny, Zack, Greg & Mike

We had another yummy dinner that night- steak tips, creamed spinach, and mac & cheese made from the Boston Market recipe (I think ours turned out better!)

Shenanigans ensued all evening, I wish I could share pictures from our charades game, but this is a group of employed professionals 😉 we’ll keep those memories personal!

The next day we just hung out & enjoyed the day. We took so many pictures, here are a few of my faves 🙂

Of course dinner was delish- more steak tips, grilled chicken, kielbasa, lobster, mac & cheese, spinach. SO yummm!

I was craving ice cream all day, and we ended up taking a trip after dinner 🙂 I splurged for a fancy cone with 2 scoops of Oreo Crunch! …What diet..?

Can you tell how excited I was?! lol

We got back that night, and Antonella decided to put her hair extensions on Zack. He looked so funny! All weekend he would randomly sing as if he were a priest, I got a quick video of him singing with his long hair, it’s hysterical!

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The next morning we had breakfast together, we took a little ride into town and picked up some sweats. I am in love with my new teal and yellow zip up hoodie!

We all had lunch at this amazing little seafood spot. I wish I took pictures! Lobster rolls and fried clam strips for all. So good!

We started heading back home in the early evening, we hit some traffic but nothing too crazy! Take a peek into our drive home; can’t you tell Mike loves it when I put a camera in his face? LOL 😉

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Memorial Day weekend was amazing! Good company, good food, good fun. It was so nice to just relax. I think 3 day weekends should be mandatory once a month! 😉

How did you spend your Memorial Day Weekend? Did you get away or do anything fun?

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