Monday, August 14, 2017

Farm animals and some outdoor photography

I've made so many to-do lists over the past few weeks. Checking off the items one by one ( OK so I added items already completed just to check them off, sue me). As the day went on I found myself lacking inspiration. The creative drive just wasn't there and I was feeling like I needed to change my scenery. I got in my car with absolutely no plan and just drove. I found myself driving to a local park, Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel, NJ. The farm sits on Holmdel Park, a 566 acre site. The park offers hiking trails, tennis courts, two playgrounds and so much more all year round!

Entrance 

Once I parked my car I put in my headphones, blasted some Backstreet Boys and just started to walk. My camera, a Canon Rebel xTi came out and I am so glad I brought it. There is something about being outdoors that inspires me, motivates me, and excites me while breathing in the fresh air! Too often we sit behind our computer, hours on end letting the days pass us by.

Here are some of my favorite shots from today. Professional photographer I am not, but behind the lens I can show off my own creativity. I get the shots I want. The ones that excite me, and maybe you, but if they don't that's OK because they are for me!


















The colors, the animals, and being outdoors was exactly what my soul needed today to recharge.

What do you do to recharge? 

XoXo,
Tracy 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Favorites #43

Happy Friday, friends!

Really, August I am not ready for you. You are flying by and that means the last few weeks of summer and beach days. I haven't even spent that much time down, my beloved Jersey Shore. This week has been a mix of feelings. Big things in the pipeline and plenty of uncertainty down the road.

I am working this weekend and I have my cousin's birthday party! Any fun plans on your calendar this weekend?

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

SeaChangeAP 
I tried a new shampoo last weekend and was surprised how healthy my hair felt after. You can see the product here. Looking for samples?

Dinner with one of my closest friends turned into Dating 101 for me, since she is married. This article was about questions on the first date are perfect!

You need to listen to some of the 50 podcasts listed. I can't tell you the last time I logged into Pandora now that I am constantly listening to podcasts!

Let me tell you, NEW JERSEY isn't Boring! Check them out on Instagram or Twitter!

Are you an adventurous traveler? These are exciting!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, yet has some links of my favorite things. With that said there are a few affiliate links as it takes time and money to maintain a blog. Thank you for your support. 



XoXo,
Tracy 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

California Dreamin

I'll never forget one of my first solo trips. I was leaving a work convention in Las Vegas and heading to San Francisco for a few days. I would be staying with family in Oakland, however would be on my own during the day. I spent time studying the Bart, which is there metro. I used google to find areas that I would be interested in visiting. I was sure I wanted to hit some of the major sites as well.

Post that trip I returned just a few more times and each time drew me in more and more that I even contemplated moving there a few years back. It's not off the table completely, so who knows, there still could be a chance one day!

Here are just some of my favorite photos from different trips out to California! 

China Town
Every major city from New York, to Chicago and San Francisco have a China Town. Each one is home to different restaurants, shops, and people. I try to visit each when I am visiting a new city.


Golden Gate Bridge
You can't visit San Francisco and not check out the Golden Gate Bridge. Every time I have visited I would take a shot from a different place or angle. I love this photo with the fog in the background as it is true San Francisco.


The Ferry Building on The Embarcadero at Market Street
My cousin was married on the rooftop of Hotel Vitale a few years back. The shot above was from right before the ceremony started. It was a hot afternoon but the surrounding views and the love from the couple made for a special afternoon and evening of partying!


How can I yacht like you?
 While visiting for my cousins wedding we spent one afternoon on Sausalito. A small city in Marin County, across the Golden Gate Strait from San Francisco lies this very cute town. Filled with charm and character you surely don't want to miss it!
Trolley, anyone?
 Well that is one way to see a city. Another is walking close to 13 miles in a day! Which would you prefer?
Can I move in?
Lombard Street, the iconic steep street with 8 hairpin turns is one of my top sites for San Francisco and not for the street but for the gorgeous houses and flowers! I mean can the photo get any more colorful? The whole city if you ask me is colorful, filled with amazingly creative people! It's a city I can only hope to one day maybe call home for a while. 

I will continue to California Dream.....What about you? Where is one place you have been and would love to live?

XoXo,
Tracy 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Favorites #42

Happy Friday, friends!

First, how are we in August and second holy moly back to school sales already. Working in the retail world, uniforms and backpacks are flying off the shelves. Oh summer, you always go way to quick. Anyway this weekend we are having a family dinner and I am working Sunday.

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

Big Kid Chipwich on #NationalIceCreamSandwichDay! 
Can eating lettuce really be a new lifestyle? Hope to check this place out!

I have been on the search for the perfect Trench Coat and new that JCrew would come through like they have in the past!

Have you ever quit sugar for a week or extended period of time? I am thinking I may take this challenge on at the end of August. Thoughts?

Career advice from the top women in food!

It's time you embrace solo travel. I loved Hallie's post and I hope you will!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, yet has some links of my favorite things. With that said there are a few affiliate links as it takes time and money to maintain a blog. Thank you for your support. 

What are you loving this week?

XoXo,
Tracy 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sunday's Sunset

Sunday was a great day!

Sunday started off with family and ended with a gorgeous sunset on the beach! In between all of that I did some writing, a big summer cleaning and enjoyed a slice of Oreo Cheesecake in honor of #NatioalCheesecakeDay.

Let's get back to the sunset though. This may sound crazy and even as the words came out of my mouth and as I write this it seems silly. I live maybe 30 minutes from the beach, yet have never seen a sunrise or sunset. Am I too lazy to get up early or drive down there at night? It was during the conversation with a friend that I realized I wasn't taking full advantage of my surroundings and life in general. I love the beach. Give me a good book, some great playlists and I can be content for hours. However, I had never once been there for a sunrise or sunset.

That changed Sunday and I am so glad we took out the convertible, which by the way was my first time in one, at age 30. Roof down, blasting country tunes and taking in the fresh air just made me happy and smile!

We parked the car, took out the camera and decided to spend the last few minutes of the sunset on the beach! Thankful for a mini photography teaching as well since I got some amazing shots! See them below!

Miles away from the water

Hello friends, no I don't have any food for you!

Waves goodbye to seagulls


The colors

Cotton Candy Sky


The house across the road.

Lifeguard OFF DUTY
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Where is your favorite place to watch the sunset? 

XoXo,
Tracy