pink sky

before 5am, i woke up to this:

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i wish this picture could do it justice– but it can’t.

around 5am (between my tossing and turning) i opened my eyes and saw the most beautiful sky i have ever was pink. bright pink with hints of blues and clouds that made you believe in silver linings. it was one of the most beautiful morning skies that i have ever seen. and at this very moment, i needed that.

i closed my eyes and curled back up under my favorite duvet along side my two favorite things : ian + clem. and i had a few seconds of ‘thought’ before i drifted off to sleep.

i am so damn grateful. and sometimes i need (and maybe even you) to take a few seconds away from each day and be grateful. this past weekend was filled with so much love and i am forever (again) grateful for everyone who took time away from their day to make mine a little better.

to meghan and dave, i love you. thank you for spending your long weekend with me and making me smile. you always, always, always make me smile. to my family, aunts and cousins, thank you for the wonderful dinner and roof top dance. to the kirby girls for a scrumptious burger and beer. and to my grandparents who always seem to make my sunday afternoons a little brighter. and to ian + clem, for making everyday matter. without you there is no me.

25 is my year. there, i said it. i am making every day count and being grateful for every single thing that happens.

happy (almost) birthday to myself.

i can say that, right?


second grade

this morning hadley hopped on that big yellow school bus and jet stetted off to the second grade. it’s so crazy to think that she is in the SECOND grade– but at the same time, i can’t think what life was like before her.

hadley thankfully got into mrs. kings class– she was my second grade teacher, too! life just goes by too fast– too darn fast.

(note: pictures are via snap chat– don’t hate on the quality)


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good luck this year, little bean. we love you!


weekend catch ups

happy, happy monday!

on friday (around 7:00) i heard a knock on the door. and guess who it was?! nicole marie dubois.

one of my very best friends flew up from south carolina to visit me for the weekend. it was the sweetest gesture and something i will treasure forever. we indulged– wine, cheese and a benjamin’s late night salad. but, in all honesty: friday nights are down right hard for me. after a long week of work the last thing i want to do it be in the midst of 1,000 tourist. so, we ventured back to my kitchen table and chatted into the wee hours of the morning.

thank you so much nicole, i love you with every ounce that i have.

saturday i found myself behind a few different arcade machines. post lunch– ian, ali, hadley and i walked across the street to ryans family amusement. and much to our surprise, i think the ‘adults’ had just as much fun as little hadley.

then boom. migraine land. saturday night was spent with the ac on high and episode after episode of orange is the new black.

photo 2^^^sunday brunch with my parents–^^^

photo 3^^^her favorite way of transportation^^^photo 1this morning we were sleepy. oh so sleepy. but, that face. actually– those faces. i love them.


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 (13)^^^massa family^^^

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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,┬ámonday 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.┬árest 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:


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

happy thursday!