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Good Morning!

Today I have part three of my four part Christmas break round-up for you. (Findย part one: here and two: here)!

So, I’ve had my (recently engaged!!) best friend since I was born! Literally, our Mom’s met in the hospital. My Mom was in labor with me, and herย Mom (pregnant with her), was my NICU nurse. Theyย became friends, and after that we became friends, our brothers became friends, and our sisters became friends – all the same age.

We all used to spend nearly every day together growing up, but due to life (sigh), we don’t get to spend as much time together anymore.ย Over the holiday we miraculously all had time off & decided to have a girls day (missed you, bro’s)!

It was such a wonderful afternoon of tea, treats, makeup, shopping, and plenty of laughs. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The day started with my best friend asking me to be her maid of honor! I am so excited to co-moh her wedding with her little sister. It's going to be amazing :)
The day started with such a high! We all met at my friend’s house before we left and she asked me to be her maid of honor! I was so honored that she wanted me to play such an important role in her big day and I am so excited to co-moh the wedding with her little sister next Summer. It’s going to be amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy Birthday LilyMama! XOXO

My beautiful Mom turned 50 over theย weekend! She is the most wonderful woman you’d ever meet, I’m so lucky to have such a special lady in my life. She’s always putting everyone else before herself, she has theย most positive outlook on life, and lives everyday with such a full heart. She is simply beautiful from the inside out & just radiates with joy & love. I hope that I can become half the woman that she is one day. ๐Ÿ™‚

To honor her big day, weย planned a clambake at our home & were SO happy to have so many friends & family members come out to celebrate! Thank you to everyone who attended, and to my wonderful family for helping my Dad, siblings & I pull this together! It was such a fun night ๐Ÿ™‚

Below is a slideshow of pictures from the party.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I love you.

#LilyMamas50 ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy! XO

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[[FYI – We hired Capt’n Johns Clambakes out of Norwalk, CT to cater the event – they did SUCH a wonderful job. I can’t stop raving about how excellent their staffย & food was.]]

A Surprise 60th!

My family is incredible. Honestly, like beyond amazing. Anytime I get to spend with them is so special. They’re funny, warm, inviting, and the most generous, loving people you’d ever meet. Each one of them!

Everyone at Thanksgiving last year :)
Everyone at Thanksgiving last year ๐Ÿ™‚

We get together more than most, and love to celebrate everything. Recently, my Aunt Noel turned 60, and all of my Aunts & Mom threw her a surprise luncheon with all of the ladies in her life! It was such a perfect afternoon & she was so, so happy to see all of the friends and family that came out just for her.

We all met at Harbor Lights in Norwalk. It was a really cute restaurant, right on the water.

Source.
Source.

The sun was shining – even two beautiful swans showed up for the occasion!

They floated right outside our window all afternoon :)
They floated right outside our window all afternoon ๐Ÿ™‚

My Aunts put a lot of effort into making everything just right, I snapped some of the table details:

Custom M&M's with her face on them! I had never seen them with images before.
Custom M&M’s with her face on them! I had never seen them with images before.
My Mom made the centerpieces! She was calling/face-timing/texting/e-mailing me all week with her ideas & finds. I think they came out perfect!
My Mom made the centerpieces! She was calling/face-timing/texting/e-mailing me all week with her ideas & finds. I think they came out perfect!

We were all mingling & catching up when we got word that she had arrived! We grabbed our cameras and stood there as she walked in with her family. She was SO surprised, it was the cutest thing ever. Obviously, tears were involved ๐Ÿ™‚

Ahhh! So sweet :)
Ahhh! So sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

So surprised! Hugs for everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

Stole these pictures from my cousin, Kelley :)
Stole these pictures from my cousin, Kelley ๐Ÿ™‚

After some teary hellos, we all settled in and enjoyed some tasty apps!

Crab cakes
Crab cakes. I don’t really care for seafood in general, but these were really delicious!
Fancy oysters
Fancy Oyster Rockefeller. I ate everything but the actual oyster lol!

It was so sunny, I had to snap a pic of my celebrity Mama, wearing her Tom Ford’s at the table.

I think she's the cutest
I think she’s the cutest

Forgot to snap a pic of actual lunch! Whoops!

Toasts for the birthday girl!
Toasts for the birthday girl! (The people tuning in in the back were actually celebrating a surprise birthday as well!)
Miss KBell hosting a little trivia game that we may or may not have totally botched.
Miss KBell hosting a little trivia game that we may or may not have totally botched.
Best chocolate mousse dessert EVER!
Best chocolate mousse dessert EVER!

Always have to squeeze in time for group photos…

All of the sisters :)
All of the sisters ๐Ÿ™‚
All the girls with my Aunt
All the girls with my Aunt
Aunts & girls :)
Aunts & girls ๐Ÿ™‚
KBell & Mom
KBell & Mom
Can always count on Kath to ham it up!
Can always count on Kath to ham it up!

It was such a special afternoon & I’m so glad I was able to make it! In the words of Teresa Giudice, I love, love, love this family ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy 60th Aunt Noel! XOXO

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

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