Summer Series: Mahtha’s Vineyahd – Holla back!

Get’s me every time!

Growing up I would go to the Vineyard with my family for a week or two every summer and it was always the trip I looked forward to most.  My mom grew up spending her whole summer out there in her family’s house in Oak Bluffs (which they sadly sold years ago).  So it’s cool to think about how long my mom’s been going out there and how much change she has seen over her lifetime of Vineyard summers.  If you are human, you have seen Jaws, which was filmed in Martha’s Vineyard and is barely recognizable compared to what it looks like now.  So much land has been developed since the movie was filmed there, but it still has that New England island charm.  This summer, with the purchase of my new bike (!), Bry and I decided to do a cool 45 mile excursion around the island, which is something I have never done before.  Not sure how we imagined it being easy, but that’s a story for another day.  I honestly felt the same way I did after finishing a marathon.  Cramping and shaky.  But totally worth it, I swear!  And of course we rode directly to the Black Dog for breakfast, which tasted better than ever.  Check out some of the photos from the weekend!

I’m such a dork.

My cute neighbor.

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We did it! And that little orange speck in the distance is Bry.

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Gay Head Lighthouse

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Contemplating life or trying to catch his breath from the bike? (Note the mismatched socks.)

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Clay cliffs at Gay Head. A must see!

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A well deserved cocktail…

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Happy not to be biking anymore.

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…and the view from our rocking chairs. Ahhh.

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Just another cute house in Edgartown.

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Moody day in Menemsha.

Such fun times!  And if you want my opinion on an ideal weekend in the Vineyard, read on…

Pick up an iced coffee at Mocha Motts,

Get brunch at The Black Dog,

Ride a wave and read a book at South Beach,

Take a ride out to Menemsha and eat a lobster roll,

or BYO at Homeport,

Jump “the bridge”,

Get a post beach (or dinner) rum punch at Seafood Shanty,

Eat dinner at Chesca’s,

Order black raspberry icecream from Mad Martha’s,

And last but not least…

Sip a cocktail, porch-side, at the Harbor View.

More summer adventure montages to come!

XO

Oh HEY!

Did you think I forgot about you?

NEVAH!  But I am very sorry for being MIA for the past MONTH (gulp).  I have been on a whirlwind of work, weddings, and more weddings…and this poor little blog has been suffering because of it.  So I apologize.  To both of you.

Somehow the summer seems to fill up before I even realize it’s started.  And with that, I give you a summer to do list that I will likely accomplish 50% of…

1. Go to Nantucket

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One of my favorite places on the planet. I spent my college summers here waitressing at Slip14 and have such amazing memories.  My girlfriends and I now have an annual tradition to go for a week every summer (see beach babes above).  Some favorite spots: here, here, here & here.  (Nantucket guide to come later in the summer!)

2. Go to Martha’s Vineyard

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Most people are one or the other, but why have one when you can have both?  My mom grew up spending her summers in the Vineyard, so I went every summer for a week or two with my family.  It makes me so nostalgic every time I go, and it’s so funny how certain neighborhoods or smells bring back such vivid memories.  Ahhhh vacation.

3. Eat ice cream

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Err’day…although this is somewhat of a year round to-do for me.  Life is too short.

4. Mini golf on Pier 25

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I mean this is footsteps from my apartment and I still haven’t done it… FOOTSTEPS.

5. Picnic on Hudson River Park

IMG_1856View from my future picnic.  Complete with red solo cups and a paper bag.

6. Complete a Triathlon

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This is one of those cheater to-dos you write down just so you can check it off…because I am signed up for one in two.short.weeks.  (sidenote: this photo makes my stomach drop)

7. Get good at tennis

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And look like this on the court…

Tennis lessons as a youngster have only partially paid off… and there’s a lot of work to be done.  I’m telling you A LOT.  Anyone want to “play” with me?

8. Shop in my own closet

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Because I always seem to find things every year when I break out the summer clothes that I forgot about.  (No, this is not my closet and yes, I would like it to be.)

9. Buy a cute new swimsuit

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Since all of mine seem to be on their last leg and/or not fit me correctly anymore.  Do bodies change that much from age 26 to 27?  SCARE-REEE.

10. Apply & reapply SPF

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I’m paying for my SPF 4 summers in Nantucket…should’ve listened to my mom.

11. Dine alfresco in the West Village

This is so random but I always imagine a perfect summer night of strolling through the West Village after getting out early from work, coming across the perfect alfresco restaurant and sitting down on a whim for a yummy dinner and a crisp glass of rosé‎.

12. Rooftop cocktails

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There are so many rooftop spots opening up in the city and I am dying to try this one at the famous Standard Hotel.

13.  Dance in the rain… in the MoMA

…and pray it stops raining outside. (I can’t take it anymore!)

I mean this is just so cool.  And it’s about time I take advantage of living in NYC (If the fact that I didn’t see the David until the last week I was living in Florence isn’t telling I don’t know what is.).

Oh the joys of SUMMER!  So much to look forward to!

XOXO

(pics 1, 2 & 5 – my own, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)

Easy healthy dinner: Salmon and Crispy Kale

Ok, so I am just as guilty as anyone in the fact that I get takeout way too often and have definitely been in hibernation mode lately. (It’s just winter weight, right?…)  But when I promise myself [on a weekly basis] that I will cook more to save money and eat healthier, I usually muster up the energy to actually make a healthy meal.  One easy solution for anyone facing these same hardships is this super easy, simple and healthy dinner below…

Salmon with Crispy Kale and Quinoa

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Ingredients (for one):

4 oz fresh salmon filet

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 bunch of kale

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

salt & pepper

1/2 cup quinoa

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.  Marinate salmon in mustard, soy sauce and maple syrup and put to the side.  Depending on the quinoa used [follow box instructions], pour 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup quinoa in a pot and boil for 10-15 minutes until water is absorbed.  Wash and dry kale and cut out stems and rip into large pieces.  Place kale in large mixing bowl and rub with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Once kale is “marinated” spread out on cookie sheet (if not a non-stick, cover pan in tinfoil) and place in oven.  Cook until browning and crisping occurs – about 10 minutes, flip kale and then cook another 10 minutes on the other side.  Once kale is done, place salmon in oven and cook for 15 minutes.  Once salmon is cooked through, quinoa is ready and kale is crisped, season with salt and pepper (if preferred) and serve! See? Easy!

What are your go-to recipes during the work week (or otherwise)?  I would love more ideas on quick, easy and healthy dinners!

XOXO
Meg

PS – Crispy kale is a great alternative to salty foods like potato chips or french fries… for anyone else out there with a salt problem.

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BK Does it Again

It’s Sunday morning with NOTHING on the agenda.  So what’s a gal to do?  Go to Brooklyn of course!  Walking across the Brooklyn bridge might be one of my favorite things to do in the city.  Now once you get over that bridge figuring out what to do and where to go can be trying…unlessssss you are lucky enough to have a boyfriend who has lived across the pond river.  On this particular little excursion we ventured to Brooklyn Heights.  Has anyone been?  Because I.FELL.IN.LOVE.  I’m telling you, it’s a little slice of heaven hidden in the large foreign borough!  The tree-lined streets with colonial style town homes made me feel like I was in Beacon Hill rather than two miles from the concrete jungle.  And the stylin’ boutiques and hip restaurants could give the West Village a run for it’s money!  Look out Manhattan!  Check out some of the sites (pardon the iPhone photos…man, I need a camera)…

First we strolled across the bridge…

And we’ve arrived!  Here was the view from Brooklyn Heights looking at lower Manhattan…

How adorable is this tiny little house?!  I would like to move in now please.

Next we cruised along “the promenade” (that’s Brooklyn jargon guys, write it down).

Then we got a bloody mary (for old times sake) at this local watering hole (FYI: there is a bocce court INSIDE the bar) which were sitting on these friendly coasters.  We subsequently made note that people seem to be nicer in Brooklyn…

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Then we continued on our way and I think I commented on every street/apartment we passed (I’m sure it wasn’t annoying at all)…

The WINDOWS!  The TOPIARIES!

What did I tell you people?  Now walk over that beautiful bridge and take a right and you’re there!  It’s not that far.  And to make you even more convinced… the 2/3/4/5 trains all go directly to the heart of the ‘hood!

XOXO
Meg

Blizzard Bash Ideas

Aaaaaannnnnndddd we’re back people!  I apologize for the hiatus, as I mentioned, I was in a bit of a transitional period, as I just wrapped up my last job and got a new job!  Hooray!  But because I virtually had no time in between, my last week was a bit chaotic so I didn’t have much time to post… I hope you all didn’t lose too much sleep over it!  Also, after thinking about how I can better manage the blog, I have decided to keep A Day in the Life to a monthly post, to make sure I am keeping the quality up to par and be realistic with myself, when trying to manage a full time job and a blog (my second full time job).

Anywho, how about this storm huh?!  I don’t know about you all but winter snow storms are my absolute fave!  It creates a sense of coziness and serenity and gives everyone an excuse to sloooowww dowwnnn…even in the big crazy city of New York.  It also makes for a great excuse to host a house party [read: apartment party].  Here are some fun ideas to host a blizzard bash in lieu of trekking to a bar…

Fondue Party

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I’m thinking turtlenecks, red wine, 70s music and lottsss of laughs.  One of my favorite memories is snow shoeing up the Sun Valley ski mountain with Bry and eating fondue with an ice cold beer and rosy cheeks at the Round House.  There’s nothing better in the winter!  Let’s bring the fondue party back!

Ugly Sweater Party

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The ugly sweater party. It’s been done time and time again yet never gets old.  Show up with an ugly sweater and take lots of pictures.  If you would like to make an ugly sweater investment, check out this site.  Hilarious.

80s Ski Party

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Neon… so hot right now.  This one would be easy to conjure up even when half of the stores might be snowed in.  Neon spandex?  Check.  Heavy knit headband?  Uhuh.  Extremely boxy obnoxious jacket?  Heck yeah.

Turtleneck Party

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You can get creative with this one people.  Mock turtlenecks, sweaters, classic stripes, you name it.  Everyone looks funny in a turtleneck.  Doesn’t stop me from wearing them on the reg.

Ski Snob Party

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Think Lloyd’s boots in Dumb and Dumber.  There’s nothing like a good snob on the slopes.  Most of the time they can’t ski, but damn do they look good!  Get your [faux] fur and your metallic puffers out party peops.  And make sure to complain about at least one thing.

Don’t forget: plenty of hotty toddies, drinking games and quality playlists.  Have fun and stay warm!

XOXO
Meg

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

Just a little cold weather inspiration here for you on this frigid Friday!

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I thought I was a tough Massachusetts girl who could handle this type of weather, but apparently not!  When it’s this chilly out, the only way to make the best of it is to mix up a nice hotty toddy, throw on a cute sweaterwarm boots, cashmere socks (no I don’t own these…yet) and cuddle up by a fire.  And pretend you’re in the French Alps and it’s après ski.  Which makes me think… fondue.  So make fondue too!  That’s what I’ll be doing this weekend,  pretending I’m in the French Alps and eating fondue.

Have a wonderful weekend everybody and STAY WARM!  Can it just snow already?

XOXO
Meg

(PS – corduroys, jacket, mittens, cashmere wrap, hat)

A Day in the Life: Mary Kate

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Current City: Manhasset, New York
Job: Pediatric Nurse, “Currently not working while waiting for baby Miller to arrive, hopefully I will go back in the fall but we will see!”
Fave Food: Pizza “Especially pregnant, apparently I have been eating too much of it because when I went to pay over the phone at Pottery Barn for the babies glider I said “I’d like to pay with my pizza!” I meant Visa…MORTIFYING!  I was always more of a salt over sugar girl but this pregnancy I am definitely more of a sugar girl.  I NEED to have something sweet after I eat, I hope that craving stops after the baby arrives I always loved that I didn’t like dessert now I can’t live without it!”
Favorite TV Show: Homeland, Dateline and 48 Hour Mystery, Bachelor/Bachelorette, Housewives and Modern Family
Drink of Choice: “When I am pregnant I like Seltzer with a splash of cranberry or a non alcoholic beer if I am out so I feel like I am drinking- I also just love the taste of beer!  Not pregnant I enjoy Diet Coke with a lemon! Mojito or Red wine!! CANNOT wait for a few Mojitos this summer – watch out!!!!!”
Ideal Date: Dinner and a movie, “Ryan’s (MK’s hubby) not a huge movie goer so we like to get take out and rent a movie on TV too!”
Favorite NYC Spots: “Columbus Circle where we got married, especially around Christmas I love the shops they set up – this year we went for our anniversary (12/17) and we got hot chocolate and shopped around it was perfect!  There are hundreds of favs though – the entire city is cool!  I lived there for 5 years out of college, sometimes I miss it, but I am definitely more a suburbs gal!  I mostly just miss my girlfriends being so close.  We go to visit quite a bit and that’s perfect for me!”
Favorite Department Store: Bloomies!
Favorite Scent: Kiehl’s Musk – the spray and the oil!
Favorite breakfast food: eggs or a bagel with cream cheese “bagels give me massive heartburn pregnant though…along with EVERYTHING else!”
Current Nail Polish: Topless and Barefoot “I do not recommend…makes my nails look dirty like the ink on my jeans has rubbed off on them or something!”

 

A DAY IN MARY KATE’S LIFE

8:00am – Wake up…

8:00am-8:25am – “Get out of bed, sometimes it takes a while with this big ol’ belly!”; Products: “I am a product freak!! I love creams, I take after my Mom!  Guinot is my favorite brand.  I love the face wash it’s smells good and makes your skin so smooth- I follow it with Guinot toner and then Guinot bioxygene moisturizer – simply fantastic!”  CeraVe moisturizer for my body (“they make an am/pm cream for the face too”), Vaseline aloe fresh moisturizing body gel,  Neutrogena oil-free eye makeup remover, Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner, NARS tinted moisturizer, Pantene Pro-V “for shampoo and conditioner but I change it up every time”, Dove body wash “right now but again I change my body wash up every time I go to the store too – much more fun that way new bottles and new scents they all seem to do the same for my hair and skin”, Venus razors

8:30am-9:30am – Go downstairs, “Ryan will usually make me breakfast unless I make cereal, I am going to miss that when he deploys :( We discuss what task is on the agenda for the day.  We are currently dealing with heat issues.  We are getting a whole new system Feb 7th they have to tear up the ceiling in the basement that we just redid!”

9:30am-10:30am – “I used to go to SoulCycle every Tuesday/Thursday at this time but at 36 weeks I had to stop – SoulCycle ROCKS but the ab work out part was getting too difficult with my bump – I’m proud I made it so far…so I try to walk or do something physical during this time – Wednesday/Friday I go to my trainer at this point I just go to get my blood flowing and see if I can squat this baby out!  I tried to keep in shape this pregnancy – they say it’s good for the baby, it makes labor easier and it helps you take the weight off quicker after you give birth- we shall see!”

11:00am-12:00pm – “Shower after my workout or run errands for whatever it is we are doing for the day.  Lately it has just been organizing the house (who knew how long this would take?), getting our paperwork squared away, washing the baby clothes, setting up baby things and trying to get our life squared away before Ryan leaves and we have our sweet baby!  We have furniture delivered almost everyday, it’s so fun and exciting.  Since we just moved and unpacked (mostly) we move things around ALL the time still – it’s like a game figuring out where everything should go!”

12:30pm – Lunch “It’s so nice to have Ryan home to share this time before he deploys we have really been able to enjoy each others company before the baby arrives!”

1:00pm-6:30pm – Finish up work for the day and run errands, “My Mom and I are always out buying something for the house while Ryan is home doing the handyman work! Sometimes I sneak in a nap – not as often as I should be at this point – there is just so much I can be doing!  Being pregnant is funny it’s the kind of tired that you physically CANNOT keep your eyes open even if you try, at least not me!”

7:00pm – “Plan on what to do for dinner!  I feel bad I haven’t cooked in the new house yet.  I’m getting used to Ryan cooking for me…going to be a hard habit to break!”

8:00pm –  Watch TV with Ryan; check bills and e-mails and do the dishes or laundry

9:30pm/10:00pm – Bed; “I take my prenatal vitamins, I bring up two bottles of water for my bedside – I am so thirsty at night! I use my Guinot products or Neutrogena towelettes (if it’s a lazy night) and brush my teeth!  I usually do not fall asleep until 11 or 12 baby Miller just sits on my bladder so I am up almost every hour at night, not as easy to sleep anymore – turning from side to side is a project! ”

Thanks Mary Kate!  Again, so many new products I haven’t heard of!   It is such an exciting time and so amazing to hear about all of the prep that goes into having a baby.  MK is one of an incredible family of 5 kids with more extended family than I can keep track of!  Baby Miller will be loved by so many and we can’t wait to see if it’s a boy or a girl!  In fact, MK has agreed to do another day in the life post-baby!  It will be so fun to compare schedules pre and post baby!

XOXO
Meg