Jersey Beaches

Friday, October 24, 2014

Work is still killin' me this week. Guess it must be fall! Oh so busy. Luckily I have accomplished most of my weekly goals, and have been taking time for myself each day to stretch and sweat with a Barre workout. Work, workout, sleep - work, workout, sleep - that's been my schedule. Sometimes it is nice to just be focused...but I'm looking forward to a weekend with a bit more variety. Maybe some wine, fresh air and friends. 

For now I'll go down memory lane for a moment with these shots from our trip back East in September. Did you know how beautiful the Jersey Shore is? I didn't. As a Cape Codder by heart I've always been very content to stay up on the shores of New England, but I'm so glad that I had the chance to explore the shores of Jersey a bit more during my time there. There is a whole lot more to it than this. The beaches are wide, the waves are huge, the sand is soft, and there is usually a funnel cake and mini golf within you just can't go wrong. We had such a good time there catching up with friends and family. 

Enjoy the weekend, friends! 

Weekly Wishes :: 1

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Monday! Today is my first Weekly Wishes.  Goals, lists and wishes make my world go 'round, so when I came across this Weekly Wishes link-up on one of my new favorite blogs, I just had to join in. This is especially good timing for me because last week felt very tired/blah/unproductive. I didn't get much sleep and I felt like I was falling behind every day (not really the me-time week that I imagined!). But I had a recharging weekend up in beautiful Truckee which left me pumped up for a productive week. It's a good week for wish making, wouldn't ya say?

:: This week's wishes ::

  1. Do at least four Barre classes. Have you tried Barre? I just got a groupon for one month of classes and I'm hoping to start off strong this week! 
  2. Meditate every day. I've been getting back into mindfulness and it feels oh so good. I hope to take time to be mindful every day this week, even if just for a few minutes.
  3. Fix my pants. I have a small hole in a pair of my favorite pants and all I need to do is sew it up...but I can't seem to get around to it, it has been on my to-do list forever.  
  4. Read for pleasure. I have 3 wonderful books waiting for me patiently but I haven't gotten around to cracking them open yet. I hope to read a bit before bed  this week!

PHEW I feel better already!! I look forward to checking in on these goals next week. What are you hoping to accomplish this week??

The Nectar Collective

Me Time + Links

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A visit to Vinalhaven, ME in 2011. 
Another busy week has begun!

Jimmy is actually gone all week for work, and although I miss him lots, it's kind of fun to have a whole week of me time in the evenings. Here are some things I do with my time when Jimbo isn't around:
  • Stay up way too late
  • Watch ridiculous things. Seriously....last night I watched part of Annie and the entirety of Wish Upon a Star (for a much welcomed 90s flashback)
  • Face masks, mani pedis, self tanner, etc.
  • Eat weird dinners (last night: raisins, turkey meatballs and an avocado)
  • Random projects that I don't usually get around to (i.e. organizing my photos - I finally got around to that!)
  • Have the girls over

One of other my favorite "me time" activities is browsing around my favorite blogs and storing things away for reading at a later date. Here are some great ones I've come across lately:

     Simple, practical steps towards sharing and embracing your goals.

     How would you describe yourself in five words?

     Here are some facts about bedding that you didn't know you wanted to know.

     Great collection of easy, fresh squash recipes.

     I don't need to read these books quite yet, but it seems like a great list for down the road.

     Interesting article about how Finland is marketing silence.

     Tips for merging mindfulness into the workplace (plus, check out my tips if you're interested!).

Do you do anything funny or unique with your me-time?

Local artist: Alicia von der Lieth

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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I ran into Alicia von der Lieth at local expo recently, and fell in love with her prints. Her photography is the type that I tend to love...natural, thoughtful, and magical.

You can find Alicia at or at her Etsy shop.

Have you come across any great new photographers or artists lately? Would you like your photography or art featured here? Give me a shout at alliewhitney {at} gmail {dot} com!

Cape Cod // Traditions

Monday, October 6, 2014

Every summer growing up, my family and I would pack our lives into the car for two weeks on Cape Cod. It was a tradition, and within that tradition we had an infinite number of other traditions; a list of food to eat, games to play, places to visit, and other things we just had to make sure to do during our time there. Traditions like these are something my family has always valued enormously, and it's something I've never taken for granted. Having something to depend on and get excited about year after year instilled great comfort and gratitude in me from a very young age.

I hadn't been back to the Cape for a couple of years, so when Jim and I returned a couple weeks ago as part of our East Coast whirlwind, I was flooded with excitement, comfort and gratitude once again. 

Post-Labor Day Cape Cod is delightfully quiet, cool, and moody. Don't you just love off-season beaches? It was sunny enough during the days to bask at the beach, cool enough at night to snuggle with blankets by the fire, and quiet enough to enjoy restaurants and shopping in Provincetown (and to feel like we had beaches to ourselves). 


Here are some shots of my first few days back East. Low tide walks, oyster farming, deck sunsets, beach hangouts and blue skies. That sunset was one of the most spectacular ones I've ever seen (and I didn't even include the most fiery ones because the photos just didn't do it justice. Anyone out there have tips on sunset photography? It's hard).

Some of my favorite Cape traditions and memories:
  • Fried seafood and onion rings at Liam's - Nauset Beach
  • V+T's on the deck with an ocean view after a long day in the sun
  • Outdoor showers - 'nuff said
  • Shopping and walking around Provincetown
  • Dunk in the frigid Atlantic til numb, then thaw out on a towel in the sun
  • Dirt bombs from the Cottage Street Bakery (if you've never had the doughnut/muffin delight known as a dirt bomb, get on it)
  • Mini golfing then a cone from the Sundae School 
  • Catching sunsets whenever possible
  • Freshly shucked corn + Fancy's squash rolls + lobstah

What were your family traditions growing up?

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