Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Favorites #38

Happy Friday, friends!

On Wednesday, the first official day of summer I headed to the beach right after work! The week is flying by otherwise. I am working this weekend and hoping to spend the rest outdoors!

As always be sure to share in the comments what you are loving this week or what is making you smile. You can always leave a comment on Instagram.

Asbury Park Boardwalk
I purchased this colorful beach tote earlier this week and am looking forward to taking on the many beach days this summer!

My wish for a partner is someone who loves to travel as much, if not more then I do. This article was quite interesting.

Do you travel on a budget?

I believe kindness should come naturally to everyone. We should spread it everyday. Grace's post really hit home for me.

Could you imagine having dinner with Prince Harry? A cool article written from a girl I went to high school with.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, instead this is a list of some of my favorite things. You may find affiliate links via ShopStyle as it takes time and money to maintain a blog, therefore thank you for your support. 

Who would you invite for a dinner party you were hosting?

XoXo,
Tracy 





Monday, June 19, 2017

NJ Small Town, Cranbury

One of the things that makes New Jersey so special is our diverse mix of cities and towns. Our small towns are beautiful and filled with history and charm. Cranbury's roots date all the way back to the 17th Century. One of the oldest establishments, the Cranbury Inn was built in 1780 and still exists today. Today, the rich history is beautifully preserved while all of the architectural building are in tact and Brainerd Lake is home to some amazing summer concerts.

A short drive from Princeton, you can visit Cranbury in one day. I highly recommend parking at one end and walking through the entire town before heading back.



The character and charm of the house above stopped me in my tracks. A woman with two young children walked by and said, "You have to sneak a look at the garden in the back," however there were landscapers on the property and I didn't want to get in trouble for trespassing. What a magical home I imagine it would be to live in.

Brainerd Lake

View from South Main Street

Water Fountain

Brainerd Dam

Bench overlooking the Lake

As you walk along South Main Street each house will have a plaque that looks similar to the one below. Take a walking tour of the town to learn about the history of Cranbury.



After walking around and working up an appetite be sure to stop for Pizza and Ice Cream. Cranbury Pizza is the perfect quaint Italian restaurant with outside patio seating. Some have ranked their pizza as the best in the state. I will have to get back to you, as I have a few places left on my list to try.


After you've had your pizza the next stop across the street is ice cream from Gil & Bert's Hand Dipped Ice Cream. Sure I had it at 11am, because let's be real it's never to early for ice cream. Flying Fish Fudge is nothing you would imagine, yet the best mixture I've had in a while. Vanilla ice cream with chocolate fudge, cookie dough, and m&m's.


I had a wonderful day exploring Cranbury and as I said, if you're in the Princeton area be sure to check it out! 

What is your favorite flavor ice cream?

XoXo,
Tracy 


Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Favorites #37

Happy Friday, friends!

We are already half way through June. I can't believe July 4th will be here shortly. This week was filled with work, writing, and some exploring. Yesterday I visited Cranbury, New Jersey and will have a post up next week! What a cute little town, filled with so much history.



This weekend I am working and celebrating Father's Day. My dad is one amazing father, who has always been there and I am so grateful.

As always be sure to share in the comments what you are loving this week or what is making you smile!

You know what constantly brings a smile to my face, Street Art. My friends, Madhatters NYC shared this amazing post!

I am a strong believer in you should always try something new. When it comes to food, explore a new neighborhood, try a new hobby, anything. Now it may make your weekend last longer.

Looks like it is time to restock the kitchen thanks to the Parisians.

Anyone else for Shutoff Sundays?

Have you ever traveled by train? I have been seeing different trips in the US, but these through Europe, they take the cake!

What is making you smile this week?

XoXo,
Tracy






Thursday, June 15, 2017

Summer Bucket List

Who doesn't love a good bucket list? With no plans of travel this summer, it's perfect to knock off some items, especially local ones to New Jersey and New York!




1. Have a glass or two of wine on a rooftop in New York City 
(Check, did it last week with my friend Megan)

2. Visit The Met and one other museum. 

3.Visit Reading Market in Philadelphia

4. Learn to fly a kite

5. Eat at 5 new Ice Cream Establishments in New Jersey. 
(1 down, 4 to go)

6. BBQ on the Grill once.

7. Travel to Upstate New York

8. Make a cocktail from scratch at home.

9. Have a picnic on the beach at sunset.

10. Go on a hike in New Jersey.

11. Visit Icarus Brewery

What's on your summer bucket list?

XoXo,
Tracy 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Photo Memories

If you are anything like me, you are snapping photos with your iPhone and camera hoping to get the "winning" shot. What is the winning shot, though? Why is that photo so important to take on both pieces of equipment?

Visiting our Nation's Capital ( Myself, Mom, & Sister)

For me it started at a very young age. My father has worked in the photography industry for the past 35 years. Every family celebration, vacation and other event has been captured thanks to my mom, nagging him to always bring the camera. This was way before the iPhone, even way before cell phones that had cameras. With my mother no longer here, all the photos hold an even more special meaning as when I look back I am flooded with the memories.

All of the photos may be in photo boxes and some albums, but that's what makes them special. I have no desire to download them to discs. I want to show those photos in 50 years in their original state. I want to pull them out of the box or open the album and be flooded with the most amazing memories.

College Graduation. Less then a year later my mom passed away.

Whether it's travel photos, family photos, or just random photos they each tell a story. A story that we can share with others or keep to ourselves. What would the fun be in keeping those stories to ourselves?

Here are some photos with memories that transport me back to that moment. Stories I can tell you for hours about that trip, wedding, or street art I came across.

Israel

Western Wall
I remember being at the Western Wall in January 2010, praying that my mother would get better. She would lose her battle to cancer June 2010. That moment is one I will never forget. I called home right after our visit to the wall. She was sick again in the hospital.

Disney with my friend.
I had a work conference that was putting my up in Orlando for a few days and decided to make a weekend trip with one of my closest friends who is a Disney Fanatic. I even rode a roller coaster with her that trip. It was my first experience with Harry Potter World as well.


Golden Gate Bridge

Lombard Street
My cousin was getting married in San Francisco in 2011. Luck would have it the San Francisco Marathon & Half Marathon was the same weekend. My dad knocked out a half marathon went back to rest up and danced the night away at the wedding that night. I on the other hand took to the streets of San Francisco to explore. It soon became my favorite city and I have since been back to visit a few times. I even talked about moving there. That is still an option. Who knows.

Do you have a favorite photo with a memory attached?

XoXo,
Tracy