Fun, Travel

Labor Day Festivities

Labor DAY!

Do you know why we have the first Monday off in September?

“Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.” (history.com)

It’s important to always remind ourselves why things happen today. It’s also the last ditch effort to embrace summer before fall sweaters, boots and pumpkin everything happens.

How are you celebrating? I go to SC every year to visit family and have a long weekend of fun in the southern sun. There are always parades on the water and land and it’s usually beautiful at 80 degrees. We end up having tons of seafood and fun .

Are you thinking of a picnic? Having a party? Or going away for the long weekend? Whatever you decide I’m sure it will be great and dazzles with red, white and blue everywhere.

Here is a cute recipe for the holiday:

Labor Day Popcorn
Popcorn Themed Ingredients:
Plain popped popcorn (no butter)
Wilton royal blue candy melts
Wilton bright white candy melts
Wilton red candy melts
Red M&Ms
Patriotic nonpareils
Patriotic star confetti sprinkles

How To Make Red, White and Blue Popcorn:

Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper. (This is not going in the oven, so you can use either.) Spread the popped popcorn in a single layer on the lined cookie sheet. You can use pre-packaged plain popcorn or you can pop your own. Read how to make Instant Pot Popcorn.
In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the blue candy melts for 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until completely melted and smooth. Using a spoon, drizzle on top of the popcorn. Immediately sprinkle the patriotic nonpareils on top of the melted blue chocolate.

Add the white candy melts to a separate microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 45 seconds. Stir until melted and smooth. Drizzle on top of the popcorn. Before the white chocolate hardens, sprinkle patriotic star confetti sprinkles on top of the melted chocolate.

In a third microwave safe bowl, microwave the red candy melts and drizzle all over the popcorn. Immediately place the red M&M candies on top of the melted red chocolate.
Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator and chill for 1 hour to allow the chocolate to completely harden. Once hardened, break the popcorn into bite-size pieces.

 

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New Hampshire Adventures

NH Adventures

Have you ever wanted to visit the beautiful state of NH? Last summer I had the opportunity to live there for two months while my husband renovated a log cabin. We stayed in a little cabin that was secluded out in White Mountains and it was gorgeous. There is so much to do especially if you love the outdoors and have adventurous little ones. I would highly recommend  visiting. There are so many campgrounds, hotels, and quaint towns to visit. 

Even if you do more winter sport activities- NH is still a great place to visit. While we were there we hiked Mt. Moosilauke and Camel’s hump (VT) both were challenging, fun, and stunning aerial views. We also spent time hiking remote areas with our metal detector, went snorkeling and swimming in the swimming holes. They are everywhere and glorious. We even spent time gold panning in some of the river beds. The sound of the water flowing, nature chirping in the background and the pure silence of the hustle and bustle was just what the doctor ordered. 

If you want to go into town, the food is so good and affordable. Great local spots for ice cream- we visited Moose Scoops more than I care to admit. There are zip lining and rope courses downtown, the polar caves, and Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves that I would definitely recommend checking out for some education and fun. 

We went mini golfing one day, visited a local winery and brewery, and scavenged for covered bridges- there are over 50 in NH. Storyland is also a great spot for kids to visit. You can surely find fun for everyone when visiting. They have beautiful lakes and great pull offs for photo opportunities of the great mountain landscapes.

Another unique experience that I got to do was to pick daisies, boil them down, and dye my own yarn. I learned how to knit and I even made a hat. It was such an amazing experience. I read a book in I don’t know how long, lounged in a hammock, and really got to do some great soul searching and self care. It’s so important to take time to listen to what your body needs. 

If you are looking to get away and find some tranquil, fun and low key family fun- I would say you have found a great place to go.

 

Beauty

Summer Nail Colors

Need nail color suggestions for this summer? Look no further- I’m here to deep dive into the best color choices for 2021 summer that are trending right now venturing from classic style to bold new looks.

Here are the top 10 colors right now that will add some flare and style to your already cute outfits this season:

1- Cajun Shrimp
A vibrant and summery red nail polish that is classic and goes with everything.
2- Minty Green
A beautiful color that screams summer to me. You can dress it up or down and it’s a bright and warm hue of green!
3- Lavender
Who doesn’t love lavender. It’s relaxing and gives you that zen feeling. The pastel palette is sure to add a nice pop of color.
4- Yellow
Yellow is such a vibrant and happy color whether it’s neon or pastel. It’s a great summer vibe and sure to bring a smile to your face, even when it’s raining.
5- Blue
Sky blue and navy are both popular this season whether you’re traveling or going to a wedding. These colors are sure to compliment your look.
6-Orange
Who doesn’t like to go bold and be different. A bright and neon orange is a popular summer choice this season and will give your look a pop of color.
7-White
Classic white is a staple color. You can do a french manicure or fresh white manicure that will make you feel grounded and ready for any adventure.
8-Pink
There are so many shades of pink out there. I personally love a pastel pink that can match any outfit or event and give you a more natural feel.
9-Gray
This color can match any mood, outfit and adventure you are embarking on this summer!
10-Taupe
Something about a warm light brown color that brings you the sense of self awareness, comfort and the attitude that you can do anything.

I hope you enjoyed this summer nail color run down. I think pastel yellow is my next manicure!

 

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Get to Know the Author Part 2

The second set of questions to get to know me as an author! Can you relate to my answers?

 

What’s your hardest thing about being an author?

Critics- Sometimes its hard being on the other end of that review – when people seem to forget that their is a human on the other end. Everyone does their best and I for one always try to give my readers the best.

If you could give any new up and becoming author any advice what would it be?

Write it, publish it, do it- There is no better time than the present to go for your goals and do the scary thing.

What novel of your own is your most favorite and why?

The book that is coming out this Christmas is my favorite so far…. SPOILER- Mistletoe Mountain – comes out November 2021. It is a feel good holiday book about a winery that is failing and the woman, Abby, finds a man who got lost in the mountains behind her winery. He’s lost his memory, but knows a lot about business and marketing. Their love story just gives me all the feels and the suspense twist is great lol I think!

If you had to choose one drink for the rest of your life what would it be?

Seltzer!

If you could write about any location what would it be?

Greece- Its on my travel list and then I’ll be sure writing a book about it!

What’s one thing you hate the most about writing?

Editing process and of course when I hit a block.

Do you collect anything?

Yes, I do. I collect Delft blue collectibles and smashed pennies from everywhere I go!

What age did you start writing/reading?

Seriously writing- college. I’ve always loved creative writing when I was younger.

If you have any questions you want answered by me, leave them in the comments!

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Get to Know the Author Part 1

I realized that I don’t really post much about myself, so I thought this would be a great start to show my supporters who I am!

 

What kind of stories do you write? What made you start writing them?

My first book was Paw Elementary: Roxy’s Adventure to the School Dentist. It’s a children’s book. My dog Roxy just passed away and I decided, while reflecting on how short life seems sometimes, that I was going to go for it and publish my first book with Roxy as the main character. I then decided to write my first romance novel- Bottle of Uncertainty. I love a good romance with a twist and one day I just started writing.

What are your Favorite things about writing?

The escape that it provides the readers and myself when creating. It’s a place that I can fall into a creative being and just be myself.

What is your favorite color?

Blue

What is your favorite candy?

Candies that are peppermint and toffee for hard candies

If you had to choose one, what character in your stories would you like to be like and why?

Amelia from Bottle of Uncertainty – There are so many great qualities to Amelia, especially when you’ve read all that she’s been through. I would love to be able to channel her bravery and strength. She also is a huge advocate for animals and so am I.

How many books to date have you written that’s including ones that are in the process of being written?

11- a few aren’t published yet

What is your holiday of choice that you like or love and why?

Christmas. I absolutely love this time of year- I love to donate, sponsor, and give. I think it’s a time that usually people are less selfish and more loving, kind, and giving. It makes me super happy and yes all my Christmas decorations are blue and white, haha.

What’s one of your fears?

Being a failure. Not being good enough. Letting people down.

What are other questions that you would like me to answer? Put them in the comments!