On Savoring Summer and A Giveaway

BeachVolleyball Happy hump day, my dear friends. I hope your weeks have been beautiful and you’re savoring each day. Summer is moving along at the speed of light over here, and as boiling hot as it is today, I know I’m going to miss it. So Zooey and I are soaking it up today, and tonight, I’m joining some friends for a fab night of some beach volleyball down by the ocean. Pretty summery activity, right? Oh, and last night we caught a Braves/Mets baseball game, a birthday present to my Atlanta-loving man. So I guess it’s been a summery few days ’round these parts. Not complaining! I’m totally looking forward to autumn and the crisp coziness it brings, but oh summer. You always steal a piece of my heart.

Now for the stuff I know you’re all here for! Kidding, of course. I’m happy to announce that I’ve teamed up to bring you something awesome! Maru of the blog Fashiony Fab just turned 25 this week (happy birthday, lady!), so of course, a giveaway is in order! Enter below for a chance to win a $270 gift card to Etsy, Amazon or Sephora – the choice is yours! You have until September 7th to enter, and this one is open to international readers, too!

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Blackberry Festival

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Happy Monday, my dear friends! I hope your weekends were wonderful and your weeks are off to a great start. This is a busy one for Hobson and I, and one we’ve been waiting for awhile now. So while we dove into the chaos of the week early this morning, yesterday was the perfect time to take it slow, relax and gear up for the craze of the week.

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with my mom, sister and her boyfriend at a Blackberry Festival at our local winery, White Silo Farm. It was a perfect, quiet afternoon activity. We sat in adirondack chairs in the sun, with a view overlooking the farm and the hills of western Connecticut. We enjoyed live music from a local duo and ate savory, blackberry-filled snacks (grilled fontina sandwiches with blackberry jam, blackberry honey creme, blackberry galettes, blackberry crumb pies, and fruit wines… Is your mouth watering yet? I don’t blame you. And there was more too! Our bellies were just too full.)

White Silo actually has these festivals all the time, depending on the time of year. Rhubarb festivals, asparagus festivals, raspberry festivals… oh boy! And we’ve never even been to one! But I can promise you that will change. Nothing quite like a slow, summertime afternoon at a festival. Am I right? I’m right. Anyway, here’s to a fab summer week!

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A New England Summer Day

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Last weekend, Hobson and I had to venture up to the sweet little town of¬†Lee, Massachusetts because, well, we won a cruise! Or at least that’s what we were told. Back in July when we attended the Connecticut Wine Festival, we stopped by this booth just for fun and because my sister did the same last year and won. Even though we weren’t too sure of the catch and how much the added fees would be, we thought we’d make a day of it and venture up to Lee to claim our prize. And venture we did, right after a morning breakfast stop at J.P. Gifford Market… yum.

After driving through a jam-packed but adorable-looking art festival in downtown Lee, we arrived and got down to business. The catch of this whole cruise thing? We had to sit through a much too long presentation in hopes of persuading us to buy into ownership (or something like that – I’m still confused by the whole idea) of Silverleaf Resorts. Well,¬†persuading they were, but we managed to keep our wallets in our pockets and our pens away from any signature lines. Success!

After we left, in need of some laid-back fun, we drove down scenic Route 7, stopping where we pleased. Many antique shops, the Upper Sheffield Covered Bridge, and eventually found ourselves back down in Kent, CT to pick up some groceries and drop off more copies of Men Cook Too at the House of Books. Below, some pictures I (okay, we) snapped along the way… Enjoy!

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I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of crow and apple art. I like to consider myself an open-minded person, especially when it comes to people’s creations, but this whole idea just throws me off. I lived in an apartment a few years back, and when my landlord decided to install one of these babies in the backyard, I think that’s when I knew it was time to move on… Anyone else with me on this one? DSC_1897 DSC_1893 DSC_1896 DSC_1898

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