Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, April 2014

As part of the New Year, I have promised myself to not only write more but to also share more of the pictures I am constantly taking. I am very lucky to have the chance to go on many types of adventures and love to document them with my camera. I just need to work on organizing my memories which will involve a bit of back tracking! So here we go…

I will start with last April. My boyfriend and I decided to head to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico to take some time off from our busy schedules. (He also wanted to escape for his 30th birthday!) We stayed at an all inclusive resort, The Royal, and had an ocean view room where we could watch the pelicans dive into the water. (Amazing!) We spent the days in the sun, swam in the pool and the Caribbean, drank tropical drinks, ate amazing food, read books, and just relaxed. It was just what we needed.

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My Dad is a Mix Between Ron Swanson & Pinterest

I know I normally post about work I have done, but it is time to give a guest post to my dad! As the title of this entry states, he is a mixture between Ron Swanson and Pinterest. I think he can make just about anything out of wood. He has even made his own tools to make anything out of wood.

His latest project was something I got to benefit from and I couldn’t be any happier! He turned an old chest that was use to hold tools, into the most amazing cedar lined table with blanket storage. I love it! I didn’t have a coffee table for my living room and this is just absolutely perfect for my space.

Check out all the pictures below; click on the images to view them larger. Piper decided to get in a few too! He loves it just as much as I do and appreciates the smell of cedar.

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Sunflower Fields Forever

 

Last weekend while I was visited home, I checked out the sunflower field at Buttonwood’s Farm in Griswold, CT. Myself (and my mom) could not get over just how beautiful this natural display is! It is definitely a hidden gem of the quiet corner.

I made a few panoramas- created them using Photoshop and a somewhat steady hand- and took plenty of other pictures as well.

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Photo Credit to my mom for taking the top middle picture. She’s always taking candids!

 

 

Newport Folk Festival

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So this was my first year at the Newport Folk Festival and all I can say is next year I will be back. I went Sunday (the last day) and got to see a few of my favorites: Lord Huron, The Lumineers, and Beck. I also saw some new musicians I had yet to discover and some everyday people just jamming out on their instruments. Not only were the bands amazing, but the people were too. I have never seen so many people who appreciate life and just love music.

Overall it was an amazing first experience. Ford Adams is an awesome spot to have a concert and when the sun went down during Beck’s set, it couldn’t have gotten any better than that. So here are some pictures and some videos; I am just so glad I finally got to experience this. Next year I might have to go for all three days.

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Folk on!

“The Battle We Didn’t Chose”

A Facebook friend recently shared this link and I felt compelled to share it. A loving husband photographed his wife’s painful struggle with breast cancer. The images show the challenges of cancer, the joy that can be found while dealing with the illness, and ultimately the end: “I loved it all.”

This website really touched me and I love the amazing, yet extremely sad photography. The emotions caught in each image express the fight of cancer that not everyone experiences. It is a different view on cancer and these are some of the most genuine photographs I have ever seen.

 

Handmade With Love

In my opinion, sea glass is the best thing to come out of the ocean. I have a rather large collection and head down to the beach at least once a week to find more.

My mother is the one who first introduced me to this treasure, so for her birthday I decided to make her a sea glass necklace. I simply used wire and pliers to create this piece. She loved it and now I want to make more!

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