Caribbean Travel: Excellence Riviera Cancun

Happy Labor Day! It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of the summer. It seems like it has been just a blink of an eye since it was Memorial Day and I was on my way to Mexico for a little fun and relaxation. It has clearly been a busy summer since I am just getting around to writing about the trip! Continue reading

Anniversary Cupcakes

One Year of Blogging!

It’s my one year blogging anniversary! To celebrate I decided that I deserved to treat myself with a cupcake (or maybe two or three) from Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakery. They are delicious and you should definitely indulge in one if you live in Cincinnati.

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Summer Shrimp Quinoa Salad

Summer Shrimp & Quinoa Salad

After spending the last two weekends traveling – first to Miami for a friend’s wedding and then to Lake Norris in Tennessee for a long weekend with friends – it was nice to spend a weekend at home with no real plans or commitments. On Saturday we had a leisurely morning drinking coffee and doing a few things around the house. Then we headed to Indiana to spend some time with Chris’s family and his nephew who we hadn’t seen since his first birthday a few months ago. These two are pretty cute together :). Continue reading

Miami Weekend Trip

Weekend Trip: Coral Gables & Miami

Two weeks ago I was in Miami to celebrate a friend’s wedding. I asked for some advice on what to see and do and got some great tips. The weekend was great, but like every weekend, it went by way too fast. I was also in the wedding so a lot of my time was spent hanging out with the bride and preparing for the wedding. I wouldn’t have it any other way though – there’s nothing better than catching up with friends you don’t get to see very often! Continue reading

Tennessee Sunday Morning

This is what I saw when I woke up and went outside on Sunday morning…

Foggy Tennessee Morning


It was a gorgeous, quiet, foggy Sunday morning at Lake Norris in Tennessee. I love to travel and it’s weekends like these that are some of the best. It’s great to disconnect from life for a few days and spend some quality time with friends relaxing, drinking wine and laughing. It’s a little too easy at home to get caught up in the never ending to-do list or to get sucked into hours of perusing the internet. My new goal to make all Sunday mornings a little more like this one.

Miami Travel Help

Heading to Miami – Recommendations Needed!

In just a short time I’ll be traveling to Miami for the wedding of a great friend. I’m so excited to be her maid of honor and to spend the weekend helping her celebrate. I’ve only been to Miami once before and it was for a conference so I didn’t really have a chance to do much exploring. The wedding festivities will take up most of my time, but I will have one full day to explore Miami and I need some help deciding what to do. Life has been a little busy lately and I haven’t been able to do a lot of research. I’m hoping that my awesome blogging friends can give me some suggestions on a few of the things that I can’t miss in Miami. Here’s a general rundown of some of the things that I need some help with… Continue reading


4th of July Weekend: Cincinnati Staycation

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays because the focus is on just relaxing and spending time with friends and family. It’s even better when the 4th falls on a Friday like it did this year and creates a three day weekend.  Rather than trying to fit in an out of town trip we decided to turn the long weekend into a mini staycation. We had a great time taking advantage of the great sights, activities and restaurants that Cincinnati offers. Continue reading