Category Archives: beach

My Maui Trip

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Matt and I recently returned from a week in Maui with Matt’s family. The week went by way too quickly, as all vacations tend to do, and now it’s back to our jobs/lives/errands in Jersey. Maui is absolutely beautiful. You MUST go. Add it to your bucket list. I have been to Oahu and Kauai as well, and Kauai is probably my favorite because of the untouched beaches and the natural feel of the island. However, Maui was a close second. We snorkeled, jumped off cliffs (eek!), read on the beach, hiked to a waterfall, and of course, ate some pretty amazing food. Here are some highlights and favorite moments from my trip:
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Punta Cana Paradise

If your ideal vacation consists of staying in a five star resort, relaxing on a white sand beach sipping a fruity cocktail with the crystal clear turqoise water of the Caribbean lapping at your feet, then Punta Cana is your destination. Although there are many beautiful islands throughout the Caribbean, Punta Cana is THE place for all inclusive five star resorts. Not only are they a dime a dozen, but the prices are usually the best in the Caribbean. This was my second visit to Punta Cana, and you can be sure I will be back. Continue reading

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A day at the doggie beach

I love the beach. And I love Maggie (my puppy). So I jumped at the chance to bring her to the beach. Since it’s off season right now, I planned to bring her to the regular beach and walk her on-leash. It’s a good thing I didn’t do this, because we found out that dogs are not allowed on the beach/boardwalk after April (at least in Manasquan. I haven’t checked with other beaches). Before we left our apartment, Matt decided to look online and see if there were any off-leash beaches for dogs. So, using trusty google search, we came across this website, http://www.bringfido.com/, and found a dog beach in Manasquan that looked promising. We decided to give it a whirl. Continue reading

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Personalizing My Wedding

I was engaged for 2 years. During that time, I put so much effort into the wedding planning process. I wanted to incorporate as many unique and personalized details as possible. Now that the whole ordeal is over, I find myself day dreaming about all those details I stressed over for so long and I wonder if anyone else remembers them but me. So, I figured what better way to remember the details of the day than to write a blog about it. It will be a cathartic experience for me, and maybe give some other brides out there some inspiration. Win win.

* PICTURES TAKEN BY SAMANTHA SHAY PHOTOGRAPHY (First photograph is a still taken by my videographer, Kevin Ikeda, but the rest of the pictures were taken by Samantha Shay Photography – samanthashayphotography.com)

something old…

The glittering pin on my bouquet is an old broach I borrowed from my Grandmother

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Unique Eats on the Jersey Shore

My family and I venture to Wildwood, NJ almost every summer for a little bit of sun, fun, relaxation, and of course, some great food. Since I have been to Wildwood oh, about 20 times, I thought I had exhausted all the food possibilities in the area. However, there are 2 special restaurants that stick out in my mind. Continue reading

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The Food of Greece (and my Honeymoon)!

If you know me, you know how much I love to eat. Food is an integral part of almost everything I do. This is one of the reasons my fiance (now husband – ah!!!) and I picked Greece as our honeymoon destination. Throughout the wedding planning process, my wedding freak outs, and dieting to fit into the dress,  the thought of myself sitting on a Grecian beach with the Mediterranean breezes blowing through my hair, eating fresh bread, juicy olives, and grilled lean meat kept me sane! I knew I was in for some good food, as long as I could just get through the wedding. However, when we arrived in Greece, the food turned out to be even better than the pictures my imagination could conjure up.

Whether it was the fact that we were in such a beautiful country, or the fact that I had just made it through one of the most stressful events in my life (the wedding) OR the fact that the food really is just that good, by the end of the trip I concluded that the Greek’s knew how to do food right, that they had some hidden secret for making everything taste so good. Feast your eyes on some of the best food I’ve had the pleasure of eating: Continue reading

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A place that looks just like the pictures

There are few things in life that are as fantastic as advertisers make them seem and usually everything looks better in the magazines than it does in real life. The clothes look better on the model, the food looks more fresh in the advertisment, and the vacation spot looks nothing like it did in the commercial.

So when I planned my vacation to the Dominican Republic I braced myself for that feeling of slight disappointment when you realize it doesn’t exaclty look like it did on their website. I’ve had experience with this feeling numerous times before, so it has almost become the norm for when I’m booking a trip. I know that not everything will be as perfect as it seems. How wrong I was. Continue reading

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Jamaican Me Crazy!

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I’m having a moment of nostalgia as I sit in bed at 10:00 at night, dreading my early morning commute to work tomorrow. I’m thinking back to a time where there was nothing on my schedule except lounging on a chair on a white sandy beach with the crystal clear water of the caribbean lapping around my feet. Continue reading

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