Monday, August 3, 2015

{Travel} Aruba - The Happy Island Part 1

It's been over a month since we returned from our trip to Aruba but I've been putting off the trip report so I could catch up with my other posts.  I also have so many photos from our trip, that narrowing them down is going to be tough.
My hubby's cousin (and family) invited us to vacation with them at their time share in Aruba and we just couldn't pass up the opportunity. #notcrazy
All ready to fly out! Coffee, check!
 The flight to Aruba from Philly was a little over 4 hours and we took a taxi to the resort.   
Our rooms weren't ready yet so we had lunch and cocktails by the pool.
This was my Mango Tango Margarita.
We stayed at the Marriott Surf Club.
 We had some pretty sweet views from our room.  The resort was gorgeous and very family friendly.
{Lazy river and swim up bar}
 {Adult "quiet" pool}
 The downtown area was a short walk from our resort.
 We had dinner at Gianni's our first night.  This dish was a pasta with cheese sauce made in a huge wheel of cheese.
 I had the mushroom risotto.
 The next day we were up early (which was good because you had to "tag" your chairs at the pool/beach each morning.  
 We took a walk on the beach....
and saw the fishermen bringing in their catch.

More walking...

We had breakfast at this cute little spot.

A close up of their sign.
View from breakfast.
 Coffee!

We shared a few different items from the menu but this fruit was my favorite.
After breakfast we explored the adjoining resorts. Wouldn't this be the perfect spot for a nap?
We had to check it out!
 The rest of the day we hung out by the pool and enjoyed the resort's lazy river.  I was obsessed with my cover up from Old Navy.
Cocktails were encouraged.
Getting ready to head out to dinner at Madame Jeanette's.
to be continued...
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Friday, July 31, 2015

{Link Party} Friday Favorites #118 & Features

Hi everyone! Thank you to everyone who linked up last week to Friday Favorites?!!! There were some great links this week! As we try to grow this party we would love, love, love if you Tweet, , G+, Facebook or Share our Friday Favorites party on your blogs! Please check out a blog or two and leave a comment. We all love comments!!!
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My Husband Has TOO Many Hobbies shows off some fun arrow artwork.
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Don't these Roasted Summer Vegetables from Little Miss Dexterous look delish? The added sage really kicks them up a notch!
Cathy from Vintage Paint and More shared a whole bunch of Beach Inspired Decor ideas put together with thrifted or Dollar store items.
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Farmhouse 40 created this beautiful Bird Bath Planter. This is a surprisingly inexpensive project to make & she gives a step by step tutorial so you can make one too!
These DIY Tagalongs submitted by Little Miss Dexterous look delicious & surprisingly easy!
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Home Made Interest linked up a collection of spiralizer recipes. I am obsessed with the Spiralizer!
My new gadget has become a kitchen staple. No need for pasta when you have a spiralizer to turn those vegetables into noodle shapes. Turn zucchini into zoodles and enjoy a low carb dish. Much healthier too!Little Miss Dextrous made DIY toilet cleaning fizzies
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I love the chair makeover from Redo it Yourself Inspirations. The blue and yellow toile looks amazing.
Yummy! The ladies at Home.Made.Interest have done it again. They share this delicious twix milkshake.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

{The Abode} Deck Makeover (again)

Our deck has been through a few changes over the years.
   This is a photo from our Deck Refresh last year when we added some new accessories like an umbrella with solar lights and a fancy new floor mat (both are holding up well!).  We also got my beloved Garden Stool in a previous year.
There's even a post about getting the cushions recovered.  It's a wonderful outdoor space for us but it requires maintenance.
This time we hired professionals for the job.
We also got deck paint instead of stain and it took a little getting used to the lighter color.
You can see the difference on the supporting posts in this photo.
The deck really stands out now and draws your eye outside.  
It sure looks and feels and lot fresher.
We finally got to enjoy it and have a few get togethers out there (my Ikea solar lanterns have been working like a charm!).
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