Kitchen inspiration for our new home

Hi!!!!!

Happy Thursday:) Geesh I know they say April showers bring May flowers, but for real I AM SO over cold, rainy, snowy weather. Living in New England takes a toll on you this time of year because you are just like ummm Spring where are you??? Anyways, today I wanted to share with you what my kitchen inspiration has been for the new space. I know I shared some inspirational images with you on our moving post, but I wanted to dive into more of the details that we are going to  replicate within our space. For each category I wanted to show you what we plan on doing within that part of the kitchen space.

Kitchen Hood: I think the white built-in vented hood look is so sleek, and wonderful in any kitchen space. The carpentry work is so unique looking and the vented hood turns into more of a focal point rather than an eye soar. We are working with our kitchen company to accomplish something very similar to the below.

via Hendel Homes - a white kitchen with a classic white subway tile backsplash and a sleek Thermador range cooktop. Please check out the blog for more innovations from the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando 2017.
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Open Shelving: I LOVE open shelving anywhere in a space especially in a kitchen! I want to put some in our kitchen by the wet bar. These pictures are what I am thinking for inspiration. I plan on stacking the shelves with our colorful dishes, and glasses that we have. They have awesome options on Etsy and they are reasonanably priced as well. I like the concept of open shelving SO much because you can see what dishes and plates you have, I know often times we are all guilty of not even knowing what we own so this is a good solution.

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The open shelving trend in kitchens are stunning and functional. Take a look at these Looks to Love Open Shelving in the Kitchen - 15 Inspirational Kitchens
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Farmhouse Sink: Who doesn’t love farmhouse sinks? They are not only gorgeous, but they are big enough to hold plenty of dishes, and really are so practical. Here is one that I LOVEE. We want to have a white one in the new kitchen. The look is so simple yet such a statement piece. They also are a lot deeper than a typical sink so floral arranging will become a lot easier for me..haha these are the things I think about.

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Glass Cabinetry: One of the other must haves I wanted to make sure was incorporated into our kitchen design were a few glass doors on our cabinetry. Similar to open shelving glass doors on your cabinetry allow you to showcase your pretty china, and colorful pieces you own. I am so excited to see how these turn out!

Wet Bar: We have never had an area designated to mixin’ up cocktails so designing this part of our kitchen has been super exciting for us! I mean what is more fun then an area to store all of your fancy cocktail glasses? We are even going to have a wine/beverage cooler similar to the one shown below. We will have a built in wine rack + wine glass holder above the counter top to make sure we have plenty of room for all the wines we love.

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Runners: In this kitchen we will have a lot more space to place a pretty runner by the kitchen sink, so I have been loving some of these runners designs below.  They are neutral and go with everything!

Today we are finalizing the tile and Friday we are finishing up the kitchen layout. We are so close to getting all of the larger details complete it is kind of surreal. The little details are what seem to be the most tedious, but we will cross the finish line soon enough! EEEK!

Have a great rest of your week my friends:)

xx

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Kitchen inspiration+ some of my must have kitchen accessories!

Happy Friday!

If you have been following me along on instastories you know that I have been taking you along with us as we pick out the different elements and accessories we will be including in our new kitchen layout as well as our house. I am drooling over the fact that we are getting a navy blue island. I think it is going to be quite the show stopper! The great thing about islands that are created for kitchens now is that they end up looking more like a furniture piece than a regular kitchen island. I think of them as an accent piece for your space. Here are some of the inspirational images that I used when creating our new kitchen layout:

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Our island is going to shaped similar to something to this picture below but the circular part is going to be larger and wider. We have some dead space by the slider going on to our deck that you could place a breakfast nook table, but we wanted to just extend our island and utilize this space as much we could with stools and not have another table.

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We are going to be doing quartz counter tops for our kitchen space and our bathrooms as well. The great thing about the fact that we are making our island a lot larger in this home is that the storage for pots and pans will be endless. You never can have enough storage! All of the hardware in the kitchen is going to look similar to the pictures shown below. I have never done bronze hardware ever before and to be honest I never thought I would, but something about it really pops in a space and it is hard to resist. Here are some images that I swooned over:

I think either aged brass or gold really pop and it will be hard to make the final selection! Now on to the kitchen accessories that I can’t live without:)

Last weekend we stopped into Williams Sonoma which always has the best selection for baking, cooking, and hosting! I picked up the below wooden utensils and new additions for our wet bar and it got me thinking about how amazing their selection really is for everything! The wooden utensils were so reasonable and lately that is allll I cook with. Below are some of the ones I picked up that I LOVE.

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Andy also loves to drink liquor so I got him these cool stainless steel icecube spheres that you put in your whiskey.

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I know we all probably have so many utensils already, but I noticed a lot of the ones I had already weren’t exactly the ones I needed so I cleaned them out and went out to get utensils that were actually necessary for the way we cook in our home:)

Tomorrow we are going to the new house to meet with the builder so I will be sure to take some photos to share with you all on the progress!

xx

Jordan

We are MOVING!

Happy FRIDAY!

I have been anxiously waiting to post this for about three months now. It really has been KILLING me that I haven’t shared every step of the way with you all, but don’t worry all the fun has just begun! We are in the process of building a new home:) If you have stuck with me on Instagram this far I REALLY love and appreciate every single one of you. I will be honest my content has NOT been anywhere near what it was last year at this time but with half of our current house in storage it has been hard to keep creativity flowing within our space. When you put your house up for sale in the city realtors want it to look larger by taking out the bigger furniture pieces you have around the house. Sounds great when they tell you initially but it really is a HUGE pain in the you know what. It ended up paying off, but it has been quite a few busy months for us if you can image.

Why are you moving? I know you are all probably like WHAT? You are moving? WHY?! Well the truth is after all of the blood, sweat and tears (literally) that we have put into our home it is time to move on and grow together as a family into a larger house. When Andy and I bought this house a little over three years ago we lucked out and purchased when the market in Boston was no where near as high as it is today. Sofia at the time didn’t live with us permanently but was moving in with us that following summer so we wanted her to begin her adjustment to moving to Boston at a good school in a nice neighborhood near our house. Also, the location we picked worked good for our jobs which were closer to the city at the time so it made sense. Fast forward to now both of our jobs have changed and we don’t need to be located in the city anymore.  Andy’s commute is getting to be even longer for him each day so that isn’t fun for him. Most importantly Sofia is going into middle school next year so she would be entering a new school anyway. In the city once you hit seventh grade you either go to a public school, or you go into a private school so she didn’t get too upset about the change. She is so resilient and has moved so much in her life already that this is a piece of cake for her. Around Christmas the conversation began between Andy and I about moving. Eventually, when our family does grow we knew that staying in our current house would be difficult in terms of space, and practicality for all of us. We have already put so much work into our current home and we knew that if we wanted to stay we would be really only be adding another room downstairs, but we did the math and knew that we would have to add a few more bedrooms to make it work for everyone and it really didn’t seem worth it to us in the long run.  SO our house hunt began.

Why I waited to tell you all: Their really was no particular reasoning other than the fact that moving can be very stressful, lots of moving parts are going on all at once (no pun intended) and to be honest I didn’t want to jinx us (I know that sounds crazy, but I wanted to keep all of the positive vibes out in the universe as much as possible so everything ended up working out for us the way we wanted). Their is nothing worse that looking for your dream home, getting your hopes up and something falling through. I know any of you who have dealt with putting your house on the market and then purchase a new one after know what I am talking about. So far we have had very good luck and everything has worked out very well for us. We sold our house in less than a month and we are very happy with who the new homeowners are. They are a very cute younger family who have told us how excited they are to make our house their forever home. They wrote us the sweetest letter with their offer that actually made me tear up. I am totally going to keep it.

Where to? We are staying in Massachusetts which is great because we really do love living here. We are just moving outside of the city which trust me was very bittersweet for me when we began looking. Then I realized as you get older all of the decisions you make are no longer just for you. They are for your husband and kids + pets:) We landed on a town 30 mins outside the city and we are very happy with it. What attracted us to the town initially was all of the new construction that is being built their currently. The one thing I wanted to make sure was still a possibility on my wish list when we moved was to still be able to walk to get coffee and grab a bite to eat somewhere. I am so happy that our new town offers just that. They have the cutest little deli, dry cleaners and coffee shop right up the road from our house. The schools are great, the town charm is adorable, and everyone that we have run into so far has been so sweet. Moving is always nerve racking but I plan on getting involved in different things at Sofia’s new school so we can meet other couples, and set up play dates!

Next Steps: When we bought our new house the physical structure of it was already built, and the outside just had the siding and the shutters in place. It is a colonial. The inside layout is what we really fell in love with because it is a blank canvas with just the studs in place to identify what room was what. As you know this part was heaven to me so Pinterest became my best friend all over again. This was a huge selling point to Andy and I because we knew if we wanted to build a house we wanted it to be the way we had always envisioned our space to be. It has a huge great room and then a smaller family room which will most likely be a kids playroom. One of my favorite parts of this house is the third floor walk up attic. I cannot even begin to explain the potential of this space:) I included some photos below for you to see the space before hand. I think it will be really cool for you all to see the before and after transformation.

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View from our kitchen looking into the great room!
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Sneak peak of the outside!

This is the first of many posts about the new house. Tonight we picked our Sherman Williams room colors, but have three rooms left to pick. Do you know how many darn gray color shades their are?!!!! hahah. We are finalizing our kitchen layout this weekend as well as picking out the tile for the bathrooms so I will take you all along on that road trip. I AM so excited to be able to take you on this adventure with us, and thank you so much for being patient WITH ME! It is going to be crazy, challenging, and exciting for all of us:)

Love you all and have a wonderful weekend,

Jordan xxoo

 

 

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New Year, a blank slate

Hi All!

I know everyone loves to start a new year with resolutions, but I feel like that word tends to put too much pressure on yourself so I am a big fan of New Year, NEW goals! Goal is a great comprimise because it lets you prepare yourself mentally to get you to the goal you have in mind. Some of the few I have in mind for the New Year are below, I think this is fun to do because writing it down keeps you accountable and motivates me even more to do it-here we go!

*Organize and get rid of clutter in our kitchen space as well as other spaces within our house. I don’t know about you but their really is nothing better to me than opening a cabinet that has organization and controlled chaos. Right now I am definitely in the market for buying more organizational storage bins, baskets, and even spice racks. YOU name it. I am a very organized person by nature BUT I think getting more bins for snacks, and clear glass jars for cooking essentials will only make my life easier in the kitchen. The great thing about the ones below are that you can grab these at Target, TJ MAXX, or even the container store. How mean can we all just take a moment to look at how pretty this looks??

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*The boxes that food comes in can take up too much room (has anyone else noticed this?) and finding things on the fly can be challenging if you are in a rush. Another great thing about having clear bins is that kids are able to navigate their way through your kitchen in an easier manner too.

*Go through items you have lying on countertops, and even your dining room table. I feel like we are all so busy and places in our house especially the dining room table tend to be the hot spot for all of our clutter and paperwork. I am in the market for finding an organizational way to store all of our paperwork and bills without some of our surfaces looking like a hot mess.

*Who else is sick of walking into chaos in their basement? This girl is! This year my mission is to tackle our basement which could use various different organizational elements to help make it more manageable for the whole family. Below is such an easy and amazing way to keep all of your holiday decor, party supplies, kids toys etc. in one area. Clear bins with labels is such an easy way to make this happen too. Also, the metal shelving that these bins are on is not too pricey either.

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*Another goal I have is to continue to create more me time for myself. This really is so important especially to promise yourself to do as you get older and life gets crazier. This can mean going to meet a girlfriend for drinks, getting a mani-pedi and also getting a workout in. I am usually such a go go go type person so sitting in one place for a while can be challenging, but so important. Reading is also one of my favorite things to do in my spare time especially the winter when it is unbearable in New England to go outside

I hope this also helps motivate you to tackle some of the projects you have been wanting to make happen around your house I can’t wait to share mine with you!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Jordan

Gallery Wall Inspiration

Happy Monday!

Lately, I have been getting a ton of questions on how to create a gallery wall in your home and space, and what to put up on your walls? Great questions! I am here to help:)

The great thing about gallery walls is that you really can combine all of your favorite items into one space and their is no right or wrong way of what elements you choose to place on the wall. Some people choose all of the same types of frames for their photos-I on the other hand chose all different types of frame sizes and colors to add a different element to our wall space. Again, it really is totally up to what you prefer. Don’t think you are doing this wrong their really is no right or wrong way I promise.

One other item I will mention is that before you begin nailing in the frames into the wall map out the gallery wall on your floor before you place on the wall.                                                               Like this:

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That way you can gauge the space you need in between each frame. I LOVE this idea below I found and I kinda wanna switch our gallery wall up by doing this….

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Here are some other ideas that I love and think look great in a space, and it is also a great example of what it looks like to have all of the same color frames but with different dimensions on your wall. untitled.png

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Here is a photo of a wall with the same color frames and dimensions:

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This shows different elements of frames, and pieces that can be used.

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Happy gallery wall hunting:)

xx

J

Wedding PREP for all of YOU beautiful BRIDES to be

Hello gorgeous:)

This post was REALLY fun for me to write! First of all CONGRATULATIONS to all of you that just got engaged, and have been engaged:) SO EXCITING!

Before I begin I want you to take a DEEP breathe, because promise me when I tell you that everything will be JUST fine. I am going to begin this post with a laugh that you will enjoy. One of my bridesmaids looked at me recently and was like “Jordan you have literally been the calmest bride I thought for sure you were going to be a bridezilla.” hahah I laughed so hard, and I took that as a major compliment because the last thing I ever wanted to be is considered a crazy bride who loses sleep over planning.

Let’s face it we ALL have our different preferences, opinions, and styles when doing anything in life so I think when it comes to YOUR wedding day the most important thing to do is do what YOU love, and what makes YOU happy. If you can take one bit of my wedding day advice post that would be it.

What is going to make YOU smile at the end of your special day? What are the little details that will make you look back on your day and say “I am so happy I did that?” Remember your wedding is your day to shine, smile, laugh, and be around all of those special people in your life.

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Family Opinions: Weddings can bring out opinions and thoughts from people in your family that you may not have even thought about. This is not a bad thing at all. I think you just need to keep in mind that with anything in life opinions will be thrown your way so taking each thought as more of a suggestion than an opinion will not only save your sanity, but whoever is giving you the idea will greatly appreciate the fact that you are at least listening to the idea they have.

Vendor Selection: I was very open to different vendors when selecting them for our wedding. Being a new bride the key for me was to ask other friends and family members who they used when they got married. Don’t be afraid to do that! I think it is just a lot easier to go off of someones opinion that has already had a first hand experience with a vendor you are interested in getting for day of the wedding. This way you know what you are getting and know what to expect. The knot.com also has great vendors to choose from as well if you are looking to expand your horizons on what vendor to work with.

Pinterest: Pinterest is great for wedding inspiration, themes you would like to follow, or different creative ideas. In my opinion I wouldn’t obsess over getting everything from Pinterest only because their are so many different options that you could go down a rabbit hole and find yourself coming out on the other end with 748377348 ideas and then begin feeling even more overwhelmed. I looked on Pinterest for a few ideas and then google imaged some others and other than that I kept things very simple. As soon as you start crafting several different items at once it can begin feeling overwhelming especially with all of the other wedding essentials that need to be complete.

Do something to keep you calm: Keeping calm during wedding planning is key because it does feel like a lot to take on at times especially if you are working full time and have life itself to take care of at the same time as planning. I suggest to keep going to that yoga class, boxing class, or even outings with friends because it will keep you grounded and it will be a great outlet for you to release any stress you are feeling during the process of planning. Your fiance will thank you too;)

Don’t sweat the small stuff: Remember at the end of the day and the wedding no one will remember the little things that you spent so much energy on worrying about. What they will remember is the food, the music, and the drinks. So if you are ever feeling down or defeated during the planning process just keep reminding yourself of that.

I am excited to hear if any of this advice helped you at all in your wedding planning processes! I hope you all have a great day:)

 

I get married one week away!

 

xx J

Ottomans in your space

Hello my friends:)

Last night while I was in our bedroom looking around I noticed our beige ottoman and I thought to myself I LOVE this thing AND I need to tell my followers all about it. I think ottomans look so great in any space. They really do add such a fun touch. They are also a great place to store different items you have.

The great thing about ottomans is that they can really go in any room within your space. Bathroom, bedroom, living room you name it. Ours is great in our bedroom because I put all of our decorative pillows on it at night while we are sleeping. The one in our bedroom I got at Homegoods, BUT you can really get them anywhere and they are not too expensive. They also can provide a great source of color for any room. If you had a neutral space and wanted to add a pop of color this would be a great way to do so.

To give you an idea of what they look in different spaces I have compiled a few photos below:

 

Several of the above are from both overstock.com as well as jossandmain.com they are very inexpensive and I think you would agree they are SO gorgeous! You can also get long and narrow ottomans that are great to go in back of your couch to separate any space.

Here is what that look and feel looks like to give you an idea:) I am telling you these babies do make a great DIFFERENCE!

 

I hope you all have an amazing Thursday:) I will chat with you later this week.

All the best!

xx

Jordan

How I turned into a Greenthumb

Hi:)

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. The weather in New England has been just gorgeous! I wanted to chat today about my love for plants, and the green thumb I recently discovered within myself this year. Let me begin by saying I have killed my share of plants by accident, lets face it I think we all have, BUT for the past two years I have noticed how much I enjoy watering the plants around are house and watching them bloom. SO I wanted to share with you all some of my tips and tricks on having success when gardening, and keeping plants around your house alive. With that being said I AM NOT some plat expert by any means, but I have learned a few things along the way.

Planting, and watering different types of plants, for me is relaxing yet satisfying. To be able to see something continue to stay green and then one day bloom is so rewarding!!

Luckily, because Andy is as you know so handy and great with carpentry he offered to build me a potting table which I have wanted for quite some time now. This can I tell YOU I WAS SO excited for! It came out stunning, and it is so useful and helpful when I need to re pot a plant or create a new plant arrangement. YOU GUYS he built this is 2 days! TWO! SO lucky! I can’t wait to plant with Sofia when she gets home:)

**Whenever we build anything around the house, we google carpentry plans online, and the great thing about the web today is everything is so easy to navigate through the plans they give are very descriptive and they show step by step how to create and build what you want in your own space:)**

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{Planting is s all about consistency, and learning what type of plants flourish in your yard + home}

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Pictured above our the window boxes I chatted about earlier this summer, that I stained red-they turned out great and I am so happy with the IVY it looks so good against our house.

Below are some of the tips I have lived by when it comes to keeping plants alive around our home:

WATER, WATER, WATER: The key to success in allowing any plant to live long is water. I usually water all my outdoor plants twice a day. Once in the morning, and once in the evening. I have read that watering your plants in the morning is very effective because they are saturated all day long. With that being said I think it is also important to figure out a schedule that works best for you and your family when it comes to watering plants.

TRIM: Any plant indoor or outdoor needs to be trimmed every once in a while. What do I mean by that? Lots of plants over time become overgrown, or the leaves can die, so all you have to do is clip them off with scissors, so a new leaf can grow in it’s place. You will know when a plant has a leaf that needs to be removed because it will no longer have a green pigment to it. If you do this every so often then the plants will live longer and will end up growing larger. It is a minor bit of maintenance, but nothing too crazy!

Plant Nutrients:  This is very simple, and I know it may sound complicated BUT it really isn’t. Any Home Depot, or gardening depot near you should have potting soil that comes with plant food/fertilizer within. This takes a lot of the pressure off of you in terms of making sure all the plants you have are getting all of the nutrients they need. I know it sounds nuts BUT plants are living things too so they need all of the love and help they can get!

Figuring out what type of yard you have for planting + sunlight: Whenever you buy a plant at a gardening center or even a Home Depot they come with a small tag that identifies that type of light, when the plant blooms, as well as how much water the plant will need. I suggest you take a look at all of these type of details before buying plants for your space. That way you know what maintenance you are working with and whether or not they will survive in the direct sun ETC.

How to plant: This was one of the hardest parts of learning to plant believe it or not. When you are planting different plants or shrubs you need to make sure the depth of the hole you dig is large enough for the plant to fit inside. The label that each plant comes with will tell you the depth of how large the hole it needs to go into should be.

Some of my GO TO plants to have around our home are: Orchids, Christmas Cactus, ferns, and bamboo. I want a fig leaf tree and a lemon tree so bad! Both are on my list as plants I would love to have around the house.

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I hope this post helps any of you who are hesitant to get into a little planting on your own, or helps answer any questions you have on what to do around your home with different types of plants! Have a great day!

xx

J

 

All Things Chatham, Cape Cod

Happy Friday!

I hope you all had a great fourth of July! We were at the Cape for part of the week, and it was gorgeous.

Today, I am sharing with you all things Chatham, Cape Cod. I have been going to the Cape for four summers now so in my travels over the years I have been to a lot of the great restaurants, shops, and done a lot of the fun activities that are around to do. Not to mention the views of the ocean, the stunning colorful hydrangeas, and the smell of the ocean always lingering around you.

Just to give you an idea of the pretty sights and sounds:) Can you handle the amount of character on each of these houses below?

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Let’s begin with where to stay when you are on the Cape. Luckily, my future in-laws have a home about 10 mins from the center of Chatham so it is very close to all of the main attractions, and restaurants. For those of you looking for somewhere to stay their are so many options. I do suggest you book well in advance if you are looking to stay for a week plus, only because rooms and vacancies book very quick.

Below, are a list of places to stay while you are visiting. The great thing about Chatham and East Harwich is that they are both located mid Cape, so the beaches are great and the food is delicious.

  • Chatham Motel ($Inexpensive, and centralized location)
  • Pleasant Bay Village ($$Mid Range)
  • Captain’s House Inn ($$$Mid Range)
  • Chatham Bars Inn ($$$$Pricier side)

Let’s move on to my personal favorites eating/drinking & shopping. I compiled a list of some of the stores I like to frequent each time I visit. Some of my personal favorites I have starred for you. All of them truly are worth checking out. The great thing about Cape Cod is it has such quaint charm, timeless beauty, and character.

Restaurants:

Impudent Oyster: This restaurant is great, the food is delicious and the menu selection has quite the variety. The neat thing about this restaurant is it was a former church! The menu is on the higher side, but I promise it is worth every bite.

Chatham Squire: If you are looking for a fun bar to hang out with friends, this is the place to be. From the different license plates on the ceiling, and walls, to the game room they have toward the back this is the place for you. They have a full menu and they also have a bar side as well as a restaurant side to choose from, this surely is where all of the local Chatham peeps hang:)

Blue Fins Sushi & Sake Bar: Sushi is great here and so is the atmosphere. They also, have a great drink selection to choose from!

Chatham Raw Bar (Bistro on Main): Andy and I LOVE it here! From the amazing wait staff, to the to DIE for oysters you have to check it out here. The oysters they have are so fresh, and they get them fresh each day locally. They have a wide variety of seafood, and other selections to choose from on the menu. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Captains Table: This restaurant is so yummy. It is small and quaint with an outdoor patio, but the food is so darn good. They have awesome sandwiches, and I am obsessed with the tuna melt:)

Buffy’s Icecream: Amazing ice cream & smoothies for all! Also, the door is painted hot pink so you can’t miss it.

Chatham Bars Inn: Want a stunning view of the ocean paired with a delicious cocktail and a yummy bite to eat? THIS is the place to be my friends! Stunning views of the ocean, in a gorgeous setting.

Shopping: Plenty of parking, and pictured upper right is tourist center to get information for what to do in town.

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Below are a few of the coffee shops, and stores I LOVE going to while I am on the Cape:

Mayflower Shop, Soft as a Grape, Mahi Gold, Jack Wills, Fatface, Mahigold, Chatham Candy Manor, Chatham Clothing Bar, Jackies, Bella of Cape Cod Monomoy Coffee.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this blog as much as I did writing it! Cape Cod is truly a beauty and whether you are going for a day trip or a week I promise it will not dissapoint!

Have a blast this weekend, summer in the sun is the best time of year!

xx,
J

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Hi!!!

I cannot believe I have been MIA for over a month. Today is already my birthday! I know we all say this but really where does THE time go?! It is absolutely crazy how fast life flies by, I especially have recognized this more and more as I have gotten older.

I won’t lie 27 flewww it REALLY FLEW! I mean I was in South Carolina last year at this time with my whole family and it seems as if we were all still there! I really enjoyed 27. I learned a lot about myself and EVEN more about how to be a better bonus mama to Sofia. I became even more aware of who I am as a person, such as what I excel in and even what I can begin to work on more.meeeeeeeeeeeeI have lived in Boston for FOUR years this January! One of the best decisions I have made in my life was leaving my small hometown in Connecticut to come here and begin a new chapter of life. I continue to grow so much as a person, and with each passing year I learn more and more. I think it is so important to step out of your comfort zone and scare yourself in life. If you don’t scare yourself in my opinion then your dreams aren’t big enough.

Reflecting back on this year has me really feeling so grateful! This year I began blogging more and opening up our our home to you all! Also, I changed the entire look and feel to my Instagram account. BEST decision I EVER made. Not only did I change the look and feel of my instagram, BUT i happily discovered even more so of what a handy future HUB I have. I mean you guys he made us a farm table, a fence, and now he is on to a potting table. Who would have thought how amazing of a carpenter he is. #solucky.

That brings me to my next thought. I truly think following your gut, and listening to your intuition about things that mean the most to you is so important. I have always been a positive, happy person and being able to be on apart of a platform that can continually pass this along to all of you is so amazing:) SO THANK YOU, THANK YOU ALL for the messages, LOVE, support, and humor it truly means more than you will ever know. Remember, you get back what you give. I promise!

Another few highlights in my personal life that I am proud of is MY COOKING improvements. I know some of you are probably laughing, BUT I have made some great milestones in the kitchen. Baby steps, BUT I can happily say I can cook five different meals for my family without burning the house down. YAYY!!!

THE gym always has been and always will be my instant stress reliever, and thank GOD I finally found a great trainer to help me along the way. I have never felt so in shape in my life. PROTEIN + STAIRMASTER I tell ya…my new BFFS. YOU CAN DO IT!

I am so excited to begin 28, I mean you I AM GETTING MARRIED! I know I am only 28, but I feel like an old soul deep within, and I am finally accepting that. Nothing wrong with the fact that I can’t take shots, or mix drinks anymore:) I am so excited to see what Sofia continues to do academically, and personally. She is my number one and I couldn’t be more proud to be her bonus Mom.

LOVE YOU ALL! Thank you for letting me be me all the time.

Can’t wait to continue this adventure with you all–xx

 

J