A Weekend in Portland, Maine

by agirlandhermutt on May 29, 2015

Heeeeyyy there. Today I am preparing for an epic beer weekend after coming off of an epic getaway weekend. I’m going to need a break from all things beer and cheese related…starting Sunday! 😉

My traveling schedule has been a little sad this year because of my illness and surgery and I was feeling the itch to get out of town. Because I can’t really take too many vacation days right now, I have deemed this the Discovering New England year. I’m going to explore what my neck of the US has to offer.

First stop was Portland, Maine. I’ve actually been a few times but but for *very* short times. We are talking a few hours at most. This time we went for the weekend!

There isn’t much to tell you about the weekend other than it was perfect weather, Portland is perfect for beer lovers and foodies and that AirBnB is a fun way to find places to stay!

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Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth.

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Bissel Brothers– Go early! The line starts forming about 30-40 minutes before they open. It is a small brewery so they sell out quickly of the cans of their popular beer. We saw MANY people walking out with cases (~$75/each) of beer. We had a few samples and bought a 4-pack. Losers. 😉

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UntitledUntitledIn the same neighborhood are several other breweries, Allagash, Austin Street and Foundation. Allagash was our original destination. We had to reserve tickets (free) for a tour several weeks in advance. Totally worth it!

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We stopped at a few other breweries in the area, but one that really stood out was Oxbow. I didn’t fall in love with any of their beers, although they were all good, but the space was AMAZING. Entrance. Not creepy at all, right?! Untitled

But inside?! So cool! I want to throw some fat party and have all my really cool hipster friends come and drink with me. Now I just need more than my 4 girlfriends of friends and for them to suddenly change into hipsters. UntitledUntitledUntitledUntitled

There is SO MUCH FOOD in Portland! Our host at the AirBnB we stayed at gave us several suggestions on places to eat, including Street & Co for dinner, DuckFat for milkshakes, Flatbread for pizza, and The Front Room for brunch. Perfect suggestions! I should note, try to get reservations at the places you are interested in eating at for dinner. Every place we went was packed and required a two hour wait. That isn’t to say that the food wasn’t worth it, but we were starving by the time we sat down.

Grilled Lobster at Street & Co.
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And I can never say no to stuffed dates. Seriously. If you have a party and want me to come, tell there will be stuffed dates. Wrap them in bacon to make me arrive early!
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I should note right about here that I’m sorry for some weird coloring in the photos. I exclusively am an iPhone photographer now. 😉

Potato Gnocchi for brunch at The Front Room. Gnocchi for brunch? Uh…yes.
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No trip to Maine is complete without lobster. Honestly, lobster isn’t my favorite seafood item, but I do enjoy the novelty of having lobster in Maine.

We managed to sneak some in during almost every meal. I had a lobster poutine and of course, the traditional lobster roll at 3 Buoys Seafood Shanty Grill.
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In addition to touring around Portland, we also ventured out into the water to visit Peaks Island. The island is about 3 miles from Portland and accessible via ferry. Most people tour around on bicycles or golf carts on the island, but I like to get the steps in so we walked. It was a total of 4.5 miles to go around the perimeter of the island.
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No trip to Peaks Island is complete without a trip to the Umbrella Cover Museum. Yep. You read that right. The museum curator, Nancy 3. Hoffman, was a small hilarious woman that played the accordion. She was fantastic in every way. And yes, her middle name is the number “3”. The museum’s mission statement sums up this quirky spot perfectly.

The Umbrella Cover Museum is dedicated to the appreciated of the mundane in everyday life. It is about finding wonder and beauty in the simplest of things, and about knowing there is always a story behind the cover.

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And the most entertaining things to watch that day was the line of people going into a bar right near the ferry drop-off. Apparently, Bud Light was hosting some party and people were showing up in packs to attend this party. The line kept getting longer and longer and longer. It was nuts! There was a lot of plaid, Sperry shoes, rompers with really, really high wedges and pants with anchors or lobsters on them. I loved all of it.
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In addition to some great beer, food and sightseeing, we also stayed at an awesome AirBnB. We stayed with a woman, Denise, who had a HUGE house that we pretty much had to ourselves. One afternoon we came home to a little cheese plate and some wine to enjoy. Pure Portland perfection.
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Oh, and did I mention we went to Freeport to see the huge LL Bean factory?! I was obsessed with seeing the giant boot. Done.

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Enjoy your weekend and see you soon!

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TIU Bikini Series Breakdown: Week 7

by agirlandhermutt on May 26, 2015

Hello! This little Bikini Series is a little late because I was out of town for the long weekend. While I didn’t “workout” I did get in about 20,000 steps each day. WOOT.

We are winding down the series with just two more weeks to go! They announced on their website that they plan to redo the bikini series starting on June 8th so check over there to get more info! I need to do a little thinking for the next week on what I want to do next. I’m LOVING the Bikini Series, but I’m also missing some of my regular workouts.

Week 7!

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Monday
Cardio & Buns/Thighs

Cardio: Stars & Stripes Cardio

Toning: Bikini Buns & Thighs

Tuesday (When I am really starting this week!)
Cardio, Arms, Abs & Yoga

Cardio: The schedule suggests a lunchtime cardio session. I don’t know about you, but sweating in the middle of the day is not only impossible, but really, really gross. Instead I will be adding this cardio routine to my afternoon workout.

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Toning: Bikini Arms Routine. This is really a great one. Honestly, sometimes I don’t want to crawl on the ground to do my arms. This one is done all standing an it starts to burn almost immediately. LOVE!

They also released this new Bikini Abs workout video!

PM Challenge: Yoga! Try out the yoga video from this series, Bikini Yoga Flow.

Wednesday
Cardio & Total Body (and they do mean TOTAL BODY!)
Cardio: 30 minutes of whatever you want! I will be just bebopping on the elliptical.

Toning: Total Body!
Two total body workouts to start: Bikini Kettlebell Workout (remember you can use dumbbells if you don’t have a kettlebell!) & Under the Sea workout. Finish it off with the Lift & Tone Booty Routine.

PM Challenge: Really enjoy your dinner. Set the table, use the good plates and take your time.

Thursday
Cardio & Arms
Cardio:
45 minutes of INTENSE CARDIO. A spin class would be great, but you could also check out this Making Waves workout.

Toning: Arms, arms, arms.
Bikini Arms, Slim & Toned Arms and 3 moves for a Sexy Upper Back. Also, because I love this oldie but goodie so much, I will be adding in the Summer Arms workout.

PM Challenge: Earlier in the series we did a list of 10 things we liked about ourselves and this time we are making a list of 10 thing that you are happy about. I love lists!

Friday
Barre & Total Body

Barre: Try to get to a barre class! I’ve tried a few different kinds and my favorite is still Pure Barre. The extra bit of instruction is so great when you are first learning. If you can’t get to a class try this TIU Beach Barre Workout.

Toning: Total Body
End the week with this total body duo: Island Bikini Ready & Bikini Booty Workout.

PM Challenge: Make some sweet sips! They suggest lemonade, but I won’t lie…I’ll be spending the evening at a big ol’ beer fest. 😉

Saturday
THIGHS! Saturday is focused on those thighs. Just what I need!
Toning:
Bikini Series Inner & Outer Thighs. I also just bought a little ball that they use in another thigh video so I will be adding in the Bikini Series Tone It Up Thighs workout.

PM Challenge: Rock a cat eye! The TIU girls posted a tutorial a few days ago, but I also plan on trying out this method from Jaclyn Hill (Youtube Makeup Guru).

I can’t lie. Eyeliner is not my best makeup talent so I’m going to give it a try!

Sunday
Sunday Runday!

Bump it up a little…Run a 10K! That is 6.2 miles! If you aren’t a runner, you can bike (3 miles biking=1 mile running), walk, or elliptical. I’ll be getting on my bike outside if the weather is good!

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Have a great week everyone! I will be back tomorrow with a fun look at what I did for Memorial Day weekend! Spoiler: It was not the healthiest weekend in the world. 😉

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What I Ate Wednesday: Getting Back on Track

May 20, 2015

During the week my diet doesn’t really fluctuate too much. On the weekend? Ugh. Totally my issue. With Weight Watchers (and even BEFORE WW), I have always tracked my food. Both the good and the bad. There are times when I get lazy and things like the occasional soda, chunks of cheese, more beer or […]

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