connecticut living

as previously mentioned– meghan and dave flew the coop on june 1st to start a new life in connecticut.

and boy do i miss them.

but this past weekend ian, mike and i ventured to connecticut to see what their new life was all about. don’t get me wrong– i am SO happy for these kiddos (their house is darling, they’ve got full time jobs and megs family is literally right around the corner) but, in a selfish way– i wish they would move back. good friends are hard to find– and we struck gold with this duo. but nonetheless, we find it charming to be in a ‘long distance relationship’.

i can’t wait to see you soon! (and i’ll post more pictures from our trip soon)

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unnamed (1)^^^keeping the bugs away– citronella & wine^^^


sea life

this summer we have been ‘boat hopping’. unfortunately we don”t own a boat of our own– but we definitely take advantage of any opportunity we have to sail away (even if it’s just for the afternoon). a few weekends back we went to boat beach in westport, ma. we jet skied, grilled up some burgers, listened to some country tunes and took a nap on the bow of the boat. this day was wonderful:


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unnamed (9)^^^this is what life is all about, my friends^^^

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it’s a sweet, sweet life living by the salty sea.

here’s hoping we have a few more weekends left in the sun. although– i am craving fall, i wouldn’t mind another day of swimming off the islander.

things to look forward to: my 25th birthday (and meghan coming to visit for it!!), the start of school and hopefully blogging a hell of a lot more. i try, i swear.


picture post

my camera has finally been plugged in… and it seems as though (while folking) that the pictures came out a lot better than they appeared on my computer last night. but you can still see the love:







just a quick thursday post!


pizza for me — pizza for you

last sunday we were invited over to our dear friends hilary and zachs house. and to our surprise– they served pizza! now, ian and i have been on a pizza kick for quite a few months now. i just don’t know what it is– but if someone says pizza, my ears perk up. why yes, i would love some!

and so it got me thinking… what would be better than a homemade pizza? kelsey was coming over for dinner and i didn’t even have to think twice about what to cook. duh, pizza.

here’s what you’ll need:

pizza crust, fig + balsamic glaze, 1 onion, 10 cherry tomatoes, summer squash, cheese (goat + mozz) and arugula.

saute the onions and squash with a dash of olive oil and balsamic for 25 minutes. then you’ve got your first layer:


then add your cheeses, diced tomatoes, fig glaze and pepper. stick that baby in the oven (at 375*) for 15 minutes


once it comes out of the oven let it cool for 3-4 minutes before putting the arugula on. the arugula really makes the dish, i promise! and your final (amazingly, awesome) product is delightful. kelsey and i devoured it within seconds. also, paired with a bottle of red wine: the ultimate girls night. amen to that.




these weekends just go by way too fast.

i need to make more of an effort to blog- but it’s been summer (and our computer is still broken) so, we’re making the best of it over here. and, i should really take a class on how to use my camera because it has so many functions that i just don’t even use. do they even have those kind of classes?!

canon cameras for dummy’s– party of one.

i spent the majority of the weekend with my side kicks: hadley, elsa and clementine. and i must say that the hardest task of all is —> driving with them:


now that hadley is a little bit older she is able to mediate… but let me tell you, driving with 2 puppies and a 7 year old is a CHORE. BUT, monday morning flip backs (flip back: scrolling through my pictures that i took over the weekend) make me laugh hysterically.

this week is going to be another crazy one. i’ve got an empty fridge, a full laundry basket and one too many samples in my queue. rest assure, things will get done. deep breaths. deep breaths.

things to look forward to this weekend: we are off to connecticut to see meghan and dave (!!!)

until then we’re just truckin’ away at this week. also, clementine has a little cold– and potentially allergies? we’ve written a prescription with some good ole fashion ‘tlc’. and if that doesn’t work, we’ll trot on over to the vet. but fingers (or paws) crossed that our little pup is feeling herself later this week.



folking x3

to many of us, newport folk fest is comparable to christmas in july. it’s the one weekend a year where we all request off of work, hop on a boat and just enjoy. we enjoy the mimosas, the quality friendships we’ve made and the music that fills the harbor. i don’t think there is a better weekend to describe love than the one we just had. and this my friends is the third year in a row that our little gang has been there– together and enjoying.

i hope we continue this tradition for years to come. because, it’s my favorite.







it’s monday and i am feeling over-whelmed and tired. work has never been busier– and although at times i love a busy lab– this week just isn’t one of them. hang in there if you’re feeling the same. friday is almost here, almost.


puppy love

yesterday hadley & ali came over for an hour or so to (in all honesty) steal my clothes.

hadleys personality is one of a kind. she is the funniest, kindest most adorable girl i’ve ever seen. as ali was rummaging through my closet for an ‘outfit for work tomorrow’ hadley was spending quality time with little miss clementine. thankfully i had my phone in hand because this is what i saw:


10567332_10202621353283521_1795024543_n^^^but first, let me take a selfie^^^

i couldn’t keep it together– check out clementines face

happy thursday!


block island rewind

if everyone woke up on block island, the world would be a better place.

i needed that. 24 hours of relaxation, genuine laughter and unhealthy (fried) food. that was my first trip to ‘the block’ and i can confidently say that i will return again. and, i hope that again is soon–like, really, really soon. wednesday was foggy– we couldn’t even see the ocean it was so foggy. but, the rain turned out to be so romantic, who would have thought?! i wouldn’t trade that bike ride to the bluffs for anything.

thursday was sunny, thankfully! because if i didn’t come home with a little bit of a tan line, this girl would have been bummed. we sipped mojito’s by the ocean and caught fish in the northern part of the island. i had a permanent smile on my face for 24 hours, i swear.

i think it’s safe to say that i fell in love with block island–and a little bit more with ian ((if that’s even possible)).






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10531095_10202590391269490_1735330774_n^^^we couldn’t leave without a few ‘selfies’^^^


block island bound

today at 3:00 ian and i are ‘ferry-ing’ over to block island!

now, if only this rain would magically go away– but still, i’m excited and gitty and more than ready for a romantic sleep over under the stars. positive news: tomorrows weather forecast is calling for sunshine & mid-seventies. it’s safe to say that we are praying to the rain gods above and all of our limbs are crossed for good weather.

the bikes, flip flops and beach bags are all packed– t-minus 3 hours until our little (mini, mini, mini) vacation begins! i’ll be sure to re-cap our adventures on friday morning, stay tuned.

oh! and a special thank you to miss molly kirby– she’s having a ‘girls night’ with clem. we love you!10536474_10202579612800035_592682103_n^^^ last weekend: sandy point beach– portsmouth, ri^^^



saturday afternoon was spent aboard the ‘sea cat’. with the help of newport harbor and a nice cold glass of wine– i have finally felt summer. but of course- last night as we lay down and watch the bachelorette a warning appears: flash floods until wednesday. we just can’t win this summer.

and so our thoughts of block island appeared. we deserve to feel the sun and share some quality time together. ians work is venturing to BI for the day on thursday to catch some fish… so, why not make it a mini vacation?! thursday has been taken off of work and this duo is sailing away on the block island ferry. (it’s my first time!) any places we should check out? local eateries? beaches? the more the merrier!


10559037_10202572591664511_1814223658_n^^^yachts and yachts of fun^^^

10531215_10202572591944518_605949989_n^^^that smile^^^


10543119_10202572592304527_554910478_n 10555223_10202572591504507_1583315435_n^^^saturday evening was spent next to this girl: my little angel face^^^


i hope this summer slows down (just for a minute).