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Our Non-Ski Ski Weekend

We go on an annual ski trip to Wisp Resort at Deep Creek Lake in Northern Maryland with our great friends the Magees.  There were certain members of both families that were in a bit of depression the week before due to the warm weather.  But we made the best of it!!  And had the best Non-Ski Ski Weekend ever!! Instead of skiing, there was roller coaster riding, ice skating, ATV riding, hot tubbing, putt putt golfing bowling and wine and cheese pairing.  Pretty solid weekend, huh!!

We went a day earlier this year because in the years past, we always felt too rushed.  This year, it was perfect.  Both families had babes that were a bit under the weather, so having mornings we didn’t have to rush around was just what the doctor ordered!!

So, on Thursday afternoon, when we headed to the mountain roller coaster, this is how we handled it

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Classy, right!!  When you are using the kids medicine cups for shot glasses, you know you’re making the best of a bad situation.

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Then we headed to the bottom of the mountain and did some ice skating.  It was actually the first time ice skating for me and all of my kids.  Peter was the only vet in our family and he was helpful with the kids all evening.  We ended it around the bonfire.

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On Friday, we chilled in the AM again…can’t even tell you how enjoyable that way!!  Then we did a quick round of putt putt golfing since it was 70 degrees outside and then headed to Western Trails to do ATV Riding.  This is my second favorite part of the trip!!  First favorite with the kids 😉

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This picture of those two golfing just melts my heart!!

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Oh my gosh…poor Shay…he HATED the helmet.  It was just heavy 🙁  But, he was a happy little camper shortly though…he LOVED riding in the ATVs!!

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Chandler decided it was a little too boring for her (as we weren’t going very fast) so she kept pulling her helmet down and I think sleeping…hahaha

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Mike and Liam had to stop mid ride to wipe off their windshield from all the mud!

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We headed home and the kids hopped into the hot tub immediately.  I wasn’t too long behind them!!

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We made a great steak and potatoes dinner at the house that night.  We drank wine and played board games once the kids went down.

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Saturday was rainy…all day long.  We had planned on this because of the forecast but there really weren’t many options.  The local movie theatre didn’t play matinees so we found a BOWLING ALLEY!!  It was fun and it passed the time!!

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Now, knowing that we weren’t going skiing all weekend, the Saturday afternoon activity was what I was looking forward to all weekend (my first favorite)!!  Nicole and I did some research on local wineries and found a creamery that does wine and cheese pairings.  Eeeeekkkkk…I was so excited.  I called a week in advance and choose the 4 cheese and 4 wine pairing for the 4 of us.  I am not going to show all the pictures in this post because, it was honestly so much fun, I am going to give it it’s own post next Tuesday!!  Here are a couple shots though

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Nicole says I am saying “Cheese” here because of all of the cheese behind me 😉

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And FINALLY on our last night, we got a teeny tiny bit of snow.  Lilly, Liam and Matti Jane were so excited!!

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So, there you have it!!  If anyone is interested in particular details about our trip because you are heading up North yourself, let me know and I will fill you in!!

For Love And Lemons White Dress

White Lace Dress

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Have you guys heard of the “nude trend”.  It’s not nearly as sexual as it sounds 😉  Basically, it’s a lot of light beiges, light neutrals and clothes that are the color of your skin.  I personally love it because it accentuates our natural beauty.  I mean, what did we do before nude heels?!?!  Not only do they go with everything, but they also help your legs look longer (I’ll take that!!)

I purchased this dress before Peter and I went to Vegas a couple weeks ago.  I wanted something sexy and sophisticated.  He and I get so few of these weekends away where it’s just he and I so I always want to feel and look my best.  We had a GREAT time that weekend!!

// For Love & Lemon San Marcos Dress (40% off!!) // Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong Heels // Similar Heels // YSL Clutch // Similar Clutch (40% off!!) //

Photography by Tom Turk

5 Party Planning Tips

5 Party Planning Tips

I absolutely LOVE planning parties!!  It doesn’t matter what kind of party…a 1 year old farm-themed birthday party, a baby shower, a bridal shower, wine tasting party…you name it!!

There are five things that I think each party needs and details that make your party stand out –

  1. Invitations
  2. Flowers
  3. Cookies
  4. Balloons
  5. Food


I showed you the invitations I made for my sister’s engagement party last Friday, but here is my all-time favorite that I made

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I made this for a Wine Tasting Party Peter and I hosted at our house a couple of years in a row always on Valentine’s Day.  I do believe that this sets the tone and formality of the party…most importantly for guests planning purposes.  (Don’t get me wrong, Evite and Paperless Post still used sometimes)


Flowers are a natural element of beauty.  I will say, these does tend to be the most expensive decoration but more often than not, I usually buy them from the grocery store and arrange them myself.  That’s the easiest way to say money.

Gorgeous arrangements are perfect as centerpieces but also in smaller groups, like 2-3 stems that sit beside the favors or throughout your food table.


I tend to do cookies as the favor at all of my parties.  One thing I have noticed over the years, when you give an ‘object’ as a favor (i.e. a cow bell for a farm themed party) things that are edible tend to be more favorable.  I personally eat any edible favor on my way home from a party.  Clearly Shay enjoyed his cookie!!


I think balloons are an inexpensive way to add decorations to a party.  If it’s a birthday party, I usually get the 40 inch number balloons because those are just FUN and then add regular sized balloons throughout, whether it’s at the birthday persons chair or used as centerpieces with them balloon string reaching about guests head height so they don’t interfere with conversation.


Whether it’s heavy hors d’ oeuvres or a full meal, people love to eat!!  (I know I do!)  So, I don’t think it matters whether it’s catered or you slaved in your kitchen making everything, just make sure you have enough!!  Especially if you are serving alcohol as well!!

The picture on the left is called the Crab Tower from The Lighthouse Restaurant in Solomon’s, MD.  It was AMAZING!!  I had it as an appetizer but could have had a second one as my dinner and would have been perfectly content.  The bottom layer is avocado, then a mango salsa and then a heavy dose of crab meat.

Let me know your thoughts on this post and whether you want more in regards to party planning!