Sunday, October 18, 2020

Sunday Round Up, 7

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Happy Sunday friends!! It's October! The gateway to Christmas month! My favorite month! Again with the exclamation points Jennifer...knock it off!! Sorry...

No but seriously, it's really my number 2 favorite month of the year. No, make that #3. First is March cause it's my birthday month, then December cause....duh...then October. Living in VA can make the month of October kinda frustrating for those of us that are waiting for the cooler weather, but it's still pretty darn nice. There is something about cool mornings that turn warm in the afternoon and then cool again at night. Ahhhh.....

I have SO much content to share with you....it's been a busy two months over here with a lot of wanderlust happening! For that reason, I've been a little absent in this space. Catching up this weekend and next...so look for some posts about my recent adventures. Meanwhile, here's what I've found on the internet lately that I find interesting....maybe you will too :)

  • Ahhhh, those Gilmore boys. Were you team Dean, Jess or Logan? Personally, I was rooting for Logan the entire series:) -- via The Medium
  • Did you know TAB was still a thing? Was it really ever a thing? I'm trying to remember if I ever tasted it? Anyway...it's gone. Peace out! -- via Jezebel
  • Twitter is both a blessing and a curse in my opinion. But sometimes it's really, really funny and we could all use funny right now, right? Go here for some giggles :) -- via BuzzFeed
  • Chris Stapleton is so talented. His voice isn't for everyone, but I love it. His newest song is top notch in my book, you can hear it here. -- via VEVO YouTube
  • Are you spending the holidays with family this year? Are you unsure if you should? This article is encouraging, as long as we follow common sense rules. -- via The Atlantic

That's all I've got this fin Sunday friends. Anything interesting that you've come across this past week? Drop me a line and let me know about it!

Have a fantastic week... 
Also....FOURTEEN DAYS until the election. Have you made a plan to VOTE yet? Don't wait till the last moment...this election is so, so very important.

Jenn xoxo

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Sunday Roundup, 6

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Happy Sunday friends! It's September! It's finally cooler! I can smell Fall! I hear my boots calling my name! Can you tell I'm excited?! Are my exclamation points stressing you out?!!!


Anywho. How are you? I am good. All things considered....life could be much worse, so I count myself rather blessed at the moment:) Without further ado, let's dive into todays roundup since it's been a hot minute....
  • My last post was about a local teahouse and I've been investigating the health benefits of tea. I'm a confirmed coffee addict, but I'd like to cut back. If interested, this article is good for learning how tea can help you. -- via Eat Right Org
  • As if the pandemic isn't enough, poor California (and most of the west coast in general) is having to deal with these awful fires. Prayers for everyone affected. -- via HuffPost
  • Are you watching Yellowstone? Holy smokes! Talk about disfunctional!!! WOW! -- via IMDb
  • There are so many talented artists out there...but sometimes you stumble upon something that kinda stops you dead in your tracks and you're all "I kinda love this!". For me it was Pascal Campion. Go look for yourself! -- via Facebook
  • I swear, Carin makes me want to sell all my belongings and move to Paris:) So dreamy... -- via Paris in Four Months
  • When you say Japan you might also say "cats". Hello Kitty, the first cat cafes...but apparently there is also a deep seated fear of cats in Japanese culture. Who knew? Read more about it here. -- via The Smithsonian
  • I'm not one to get political in this space. But can we all agree that there is something seriously wrong with this man? -- via The Slate
  • I'm going to attempt a pavlova soon! No, it's not some Russian ice skating move. Check out Linda's blog to see some beautiful, sweet, swirly yumminess! -- via Call Me Cupcake

Ok friends. That's all I've got for you this fine Sunday evening. I hope this week is everything you want it to be. I visited Fort Monroe last night with a friend and took some great photographs! Look for a post on that sometime this coming week:)

Be happy!

Jenn xoxo

Friday, September 11, 2020

Dream A Little Dream of Tea....

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Are you a tea person or a coffee person?

I'm absolutely team coffee but after last Sunday, I have to say I have a newfound love for tea!

This isn't going to be a large post today, as I'm going to direct you to my friend's blog for the full details on our lovely venture to Stillwater Tea House. Courtney wrote up a lovely and detail oriented post on this gem in the city of Suffolk, VA. Please take a moment to go find out more and give her some love, I promise you will walk away with a desire to grab your girlfriends and discover all things pink and frilly and tea oriented!

No really...go here and enjoy some tea for three :)

Have a great weekend friends!

Jenn xoxo

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Take Me Back....Please!

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A few weeks ago...I packed up my blow-up bed, beach chair, umbrella, bathing suit, coffee (priorities, right?!) and not much else and headed to the OBX to spend time with my friends. They invited me to join them on the backend of their vacation in Kitty Hawk and it was much needed.

Life the past 3 months has been....interesting. I've dealt with some heartbreak, then COVID hit full force and work has been a challenge to say the least. I needed to get away and just put my feet in the sand and have the hot sun on my body. I needed to leave my worries and sadness behind and just BE. I needed salt air and friends who are like family...and that's exactly what I got.

We stayed at The Outer Banks Motor Lodge and it was perfect. This place is not a 5-Star joint...at all! And ya know what? Those usually make the best places to stay. I've travelled all over Europe and the quaint, back-alley inns with the bathroom down the hall always ended up being the best experience. So, while I love the idea of 1000+ count sheets and crystal chandeliers...this was much better suited for that end of the summer, weekend getaway. 

We laughed, ate steamed shrimp + Caprese salad, drank Bold Rock hard ciders, watched the sun set and then rise the next morning. I woke up extra early (5:45am!) and padded down the sand to sit in God's glory and watch a new day begin. I had a mixture of sadness and happiness in that moment as the sun cracked through the cloud cover and I just let it all wash over me. Being still and in your emotions is hard sometimes, but it's like an exhale and ya girl needed that exhale desperately:)

Then, for two days we sat on the beach under umbrellas watching the kids play in the surf, dogs run up and down the shoreline, eating cheez-its, cookies and pimento cheese sandwiches...all washed down with cold water. I actually read a little - which if you know me is something -- I'm a little distracted and it usually takes me 6 months to read a book!!

I also took this weekend as an opportunity to really get a test-run on my new camera. In June I made the decision to upgrade my camera gear and I was able to purchase a used Canon 5D MarkII for an amazing price. I had reached the limit of learning on my old Canon Rebel and it was beyond time to move forward. I've wanted a full-frame camera for years but the price-tag just wasn't feasible....at all! But sometimes, serendipity intervenes and you just have to go for it. I'm so glad I went for it too! I have much to learn and I can't wait to take it on some adventures this fall! I hope you enjoy the images I've shared here today.....

As Summer 2020 closes out in the coming weeks, I really hope that I'm able to get back to the beach at least one more time. I feel at home by the water. It comforts me and brings me back to center when I'm near it. I hope YOU have had a great summer, even with all that has occurred with this virus. We cannot stop living our lives, but we do have to make some adjustments. Yet, with those adjustments...we can still spend time with those that matter the most to us in a place that brings a smile to your face...guaranteed :)

Take care and have a great first week of September friends!

Jenn xoxo

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Sunshine On A Rainy Day

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“Everybody was feeling happy now. The sun was shining brightly out of a soft blue sky and the day was calm. The giant peach, with the sunlight glinting on its side, was like a massive golden ball sailing upon a silver sea.” 
― Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

Monday, June 15, 2020

Cherries + Peaches OH MY!

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See what I did there?! Who remembers that game as a kid? All those little cherries in a bucket...am I the only one? Not gonna lie, this game was on my mind all day Saturday when I finally...for the first time....went to pick cherries!!

Now, I should mention...prior to this trip I wasn't a huge fresh cherry kinda gal. I honestly just wanted to go on this adventure to get out of town and take my mind off of other things that have been occupying space for a bit. So, when my girlfriend last minute suggested a jaunt to Charlottesville...I immediately said "YES!"

I think my lack of enthusiasm for the red fruit stems back to the one time I had a sampling and it was sour. Sorry....Jenn doesn't like sour...at all. Now, cherry pie at Christmas time with the fruit coming straight outta the can? That's my jam! It's actually one of my favorite parts of Christmas:)

So, back to our little adventure. We got up unusually early for a Saturday morning and hit the road at 7am. It's about a 2.5 hour ride to the orchards near Charlottesville, VA. A lovely time to catch up on life's happenings and enjoy some beautiful scenery on the way. Our first stop was at Spring Valley Orchard. What a great experience!

Upon arrival we were met by this fantastic guy...kinda hippy and extremely friendly! He directed us on where to park and then where to go to get our baskets. We were asked to wash our hands at a communal sink before embarking onto the actual orchard and touching the fruit. A much appreciated request in these uncertain times of COVID-19. 

The orchards were immaculate....you would never know that just the day before there were humans trampling around picking before you! Because we arrived early, there weren't a lot of people and we had a good 1.5 hours to just wander and take pictures, pick fruit and steal a taste or two;)

Next up, we headed to the Bold Rock Brewery for lunch and to pick up a few six-packs;) I'm not a big drinker....especially beer. I was introduced to Not Your Father's Root Beer this past year and I love that....and hard cider. Bold Rock is a great brand and their flavors are subtle...they don't smack you upside the head which I appreciate. Lunch was delicious and we each enjoyed the new pineapple flavor:)

After lunch, our final destination of the day were the Chiles Peach Orchards...about a 30 minute ride in Crozet, VA. Another top notch establishment with beautiful orchards and even though it was later in the day... the crowds weren't bad at all. The longest line of the day was the line to get ice cream!! Once the afternoon heat hit us, we both decided the wait was worth it and boy oh boy was it! Vanilla and Peach swirl was just what we needed to end this great day. 

Hope you enjoyed our Saturday adventure as much as we did! It was the first time I broke out the big camera and it was refreshing to use it again. Expect to see a lot more images from my Canon in the near future:)

Have a great week friends!

Jenn xo

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sunday Roundup, 5

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Happy Sunday my friends!!!!
Tomorrow is June 1st!
Tomorrow is my sister's wedding anniversary!
Congratulations Katie and Tim on SEVEN years:) So very happy for you <3

Today's roundup is dedicated to LOVE. The world needs more of it. I need more of it. You need more of it. We ALL need more love. The amount of hate and pain in our country alone is devastating. As a country, we are on fire. And there doesn't appear to be anything coming to douse the flames anytime soon....and that concerns me.

Then there's the continuation of the COVID virus. It's taking it's toll on all of us in so many ways. It's making us crave connection and at the same time causing fear of gathering together. The masks are stifling. The social distancing is not something that comes naturally. Tempers are flaring. Stress is abounding. Love is getting lost in the midst of all of this. Disagreements are becoming against each other and not the issue....because we are so out of our element on so many levels. We are literally screaming for help and to be seen and heard.

I don't know what the answer is to solve all of this. I think it will take time, patience and above everything....LOVE. I know for me, it's something I'm working hard on and I'm optimistic that in the end....as you'll see in the move Love Actually....we'll discover that LOVE is actually....all around us :)

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu

Without further ado....here's this week's roundup:

  • Men! Listen Up! Romance is not dead...or it shouldn't be;) -- via The Medium

  • Ladies! Stop sucking so much. Seriously. It's a harsh, blunt statement....but we really need to check ourselves sometimes. -- Via Amy Young Coaching

  • Significant relationships aren't always of the romantic variety. Here...10 people talk about their connections with family, friends, partners and even pets. -- via The New York Times

  • It's almost the official start to summer. The beaches in VA are opening back up and I know I plan to spend some time in my beach chair with my toes in the sand and surf. One of my favorite things to do every summer is catch up on romance novels:) Here's a list of 28 that are worth reading this summer! -- via The Buzzfeed

  • This account. Good gracious are they hilarious! And real. I like real couples...because as we all know...relationships take work and it's not always rainbows and unicorns. Go follow them for a good dose of laughter:) -- via Instagram

I hope this week is good to you. I hope this week brings you some peace, clarity and love. We will be okay....but at what cost?

Jenn xo

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wednesday Wisdom

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Sunday Roundup, 4

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Greetings friends. This is a day late....what can I say....whew....what a week. And not in a good way unfortunately:/ Was it insane for you too? I'm really starting to hate this quarantine life and am honestly ready to go back to work in my office. I've appreciated that I've been able to work remotely, but the absence of human contact has taken it's toll on me. Tempers have flared and emotions have been very high this past week. Adulting....not always a walk in the park is it?!

I did get to spend some quality time with my friends last Saturday....we had a little BBQ and tried to social distance on the back porch...we weren't always successful tho;) Again...lack of human contact for the girl who lives alone...I got a little handsy!! I also got to see my parents this past Saturday for  a very brief period as I tagged along with my sister to meet up and get her dog back from them. They were watching Watson while my sister and bro-in-law moved into their new, amazing home!!!

As it's been a busy week, my roundup might seem a little sparse again, but that's okay. No rules in this space. One week may be abundant and the others not so much. It's about balance. Kind of like eating a cheeseburger but having a Diet Coke with it ;)

Go forth and enjoy friends....

  • I suppose if we have to wear a mask....we should really enjoy the heck out of it! Right?! This young lady is a fellow muggle after my own heart :) -- via Huffington Post

  • Speaking of quarantine times....this family....WOW! They took quarantining to the next level and it's super cute and creative! -- via Facebook 

  • What is your relationship with writing? That's the question this writing counselor asked her students first. I struggle sometimes with my writing. My friends says she struggles with her writing too. This article is very insightful and I enjoyed it immensely. -- Via Medium

  • I dated a guy who wanted to "homestead" and part of that was having chickens in the backyard. I kinda was on-board cause who wouldn't love to go out and get fresh eggs every morning? But then...the clucking and mess. Yeah, no thanks. (Plus...I kinda broke up with him) But, apparently it's become a big thing during COVID. -- Via The Hustle

  • I would totally do this...but my office is 8 miles away from my home. Plus, my hair would be a disaster once I got there! -- via The Hustle

Have a beautiful Memorial Day and thank you to all those who have sacrificed so that we may be free. Your service is so appreciated <3

Jenn xo

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday Roundup, 3

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Greetings friends! Has this been the most glorious week, weather-wise for the 757?! Gosh, it's like May took pity on us and decided to show us some real springtime weather. I'm thankful, that is for sure.

This fella above is thankful too. Open windows = Happy Finn <3 He's never met a window he doesn't love. And I get it...what's not to love about a sunny perch, the breeze going through your hair and food just out of reach on the floor? Thankful indeed....

Well here is what I have cultivated for you this past week my lovelies. Go forth and enjoy!

  • Speaking of cats. This article was pretty awesome and proves that these little monsters have been entertaining humans for a very, very long time! -- via The Smithsonian Magazine

  • Like we didn't have enough to deal with with COVID-19...we've got MURDER HORNETS now? I just....cannot. -- via The NY Times

  • "this "farm" you think of doesn't exist. I am the farm. I am the cows the horses the pigs" -- a tweet from Chrissy Teigen. What a shit storm Alison Roman has gotten herself into...stay in your lane Alison. -- via Jezebel

  • Do you love bourbon? I love bourbon. This is an interesting article...go forth and learn:) -- via The Smithsonian Magazine

Well friends, it's a short list this Sunday....been a little busy! This coming week is going to be rather rainy due to Tropical Storm Arthur so hoping to get some good content put down on paper!

Have a fantastic evening:)

Jenn xo