What I’m Loving Today! #5

I just worked on planning out my summer calendar, both personal and professional…I love to maximize vacation days. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I’m always excited at summer time. ¬†Even though I’m not a kid anymore and I’m not a K-12 teacher anymore with summers off, I still feel like this is when I’m supposed to (and want to) take most of my vacation. ¬†It just feels right.

On to what I’m loving today…

1. Beach Season!

I am such a beach bum and have always been a water baby. ¬†We spend a lot of time in Bethany Beach, Delaware. ¬†My in-laws have a house there, Tim and I fell in love there, we got married there, part of the reason we moved back north is to spend more time there. ¬†It’s a special place to us. ¬†Super family friendly, very safe, cute and active little downtown. ¬†We were there over Memorial Weekend and had a great time as usual. ¬†Memorial Weekend tends to be a time we have a lot of chores to do to get the house ready for the season. ¬†We plant flowers, put the screened in porch together, etc. ¬†I like this little antique shop a few blocks away and snapped this photo of a piece of art someone did…pretty much sums up the town.


2. Rhino Fries

There is a little local place in Elizabethtown, PA that we’ve been wanting to try called T.J. Rockwell’s. ¬†Last Friday, before Memorial Weekend, we only had a half day of work so some co-workers and I decided to go there for lunch and drinks. ¬†They had been before but this was my first time there. ¬†It’s a HUGE place with most of the seating being in this cool outdoor tiki like area. ¬†Doesn’t look like much from the road but it’s pretty massive once inside. ¬†We ordered an appetizer called ‘Rhino Fries’ for us to share. ¬†First of all it’s also huge! ¬†Second thing, my co-workers are awesome and ordered it with the bacon on the side because they know that wouldn’t fly with me. ¬†It looks like normal cheese fries with a ranch dipping sauce but it’s so good! ¬†Fries are crispy and cooked perfectly, the cheese is melted just right and wait what was that…cheese wiz under the normal cheese…heaven. ūüôā ¬†I also ordered the veggie burger, which was tasty, but had to take most of it home…Rhino fries did me in.

Yesterday, Tim had a school field trip to Hershey Park so we decided to go there for dinner because it is out in that direction and because I kept talking about this place.  We met there around 5:30 and ordered drinks and Rhino fries and had no problem finishing it, just the two of us.  We both also ordered entrees, mine a crab Caesar salad, which was also great but again I had to take most of it home.   Tim is now also in love with the fries but the fries might not love him back since he complained about how full he was the rest of the night.


3. Arbonne Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads & Solution

If you are familiar with Arbonne, this is a new product line called Genius. ¬†My best friend in NC sells Arbonne and I decided to try the Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads & Solution. ¬†I’ve used different products from them a few times before and I never really notice much difference and they ARE expensive. ¬†What I guess might be worth the price is that these products are much better for you in terms of quality, being natural and chemical free. ¬†This product feels different to me though. ¬†I’ve been using the pads now for a few weeks and I am starting to see a difference! ¬†I think my freckles (which are really probably age spots and sun damage) are starting to fade and my naturally oily skin seems to be more balanced. ¬†The packaging is a bit odd because the pads come dry with a bottle of the solution and you are just supposed to pour the entire bottle of solution over the pads anyway. ¬†The pads are a normal size and I, after the recommendation of my friend, cut them in half to make the expensive product last longer. ¬†Half a pad is all I need to go over my face a few time and I usually hit my neck and chest as well.



So what are you loving today?

Race for the Cure…Ocean City Style

IMG_0116.JPGA few weekends ago we were able to spend our first weekend of the season at the beach. ¬†April is a tad early for beach time but when one of my best friends in Maryland, Alisa, said we should do the Race for the Cure in Ocean City…we couldn’t pass that up.¬† Alisa and I ¬†worked together and became fast friends and she was actually diagnosed with breast cancer a few days before I started. ¬†We decided to make it a couples weekend and at the last minute tacked on her two girls, which is great!

It was a great weekend because of company and weather. ¬†Friday after work we left for Bethany Beach, DE, which is where we spend our beach time since my in-laws have a house there. ¬†It’s about 3.5 hours away from where we live in Lancaster, PA. ¬†We got in town at about 9:30 and walked downtown to grab some dinner. ¬†In the ‘off season’ the pickings are slim and we ended up at Mango’s and were only able to sit at the bar and get drinks and bar food…fine by us. ¬†I enjoyed nachos and the hubs had chicken wings. ¬†Our friends arrived later that night after soccer practice.

The next morning we woke and headed to Ocean City to pick up our race packets and head to one of favorite places…The Seaside Country Store in Fenwick, DE for their cheese spread. ¬†It was a beautiful day we were eager to get back to the house, grab lunch and get on the beach. ¬†We all agreed lunch should be take out at Casapulla’s and the boys went to grab the grub. ¬†Once they got back we ate and walked to the beach. ¬†Earlier in the day were weren’t sure if it would be a good beach day if it wasn’t warm enough or windy but it was PERFECT!!! ¬†Blankets and chairs in tow we ended up being able to wear swimsuits and cover ups and all got a healthy glow from the sun.

The great thing about the off season is that dogs are allowed on the beach and Penny loves it. ¬†She isn’t much for the water but loves to warm in the sun. ¬†My friends daughters are both really good photographers so we did a Penny photo shoot.¬† As you see our usually unphotogenic dog took a pretty good ‘selfie’.¬†

That night we were feeling our fill of sun and sand and decided to walk downtown for dinner.  We all agreed Grotto pizza would satisfy everyone.  Early to bed, we had an early morning ahead.

Sunday was the Ocean City Race for the Cure. ¬† ¬†We were up early so we could make it on time for the survivor activities since Alisa is a survivor of two years. ¬†We made it to the boardwalk of Ocean City in record time. ¬†During the summer it could take almost an hour with all the lights and people but it took us about 20 minutes and parking was a breeze. ¬†At the Race for the Cure there was a survivor’s tent with raffles and food and survivors walk. ¬†We took part and then had about an hour still until the 5K. ¬†We were all freezing and the wind was blowing pretty good so we decided to go warm up in the car for a little while. ¬†About 20 minutes before the start of the race we emerged and were ready to go.


It was a great run…flat on the boardwalk and next to the ocean. ¬†What could be better. ¬†We all said the we’ve done other Race for the Cures and this one was by far the best because of location and because it was comfortable not overcrowded.

Once back to the beach house the four girls walked downtown to visit some of the shops that were open and the boys started laundry and probably took naps.  We lunched on leftovers, cleaned up a bit and soon our great weekend together was over.


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