Weekend Recap: Ogunquit, Maine

by agirlandhermutt on August 17, 2015

Earlier this summer I decided that this year would be the “Summer of New England”. I have lived in Boston for almost 10 years now and there are still so many local things that I have yet to do. I tell myself each year that I’m going to try to do x,y and z, but things come up and I never get around to doing them. Not this year!

This weekend I finally did a little more exploring in Maine. The focus of this trip was Ogunquit, a little beachy town with fun shops and plenty of restaurants.

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We left pretty early in the morning so we managed to get to Ogunquit a little before 10am. It was already in the 80s so I knew it was going to be a hot one.

The night before we left I read about something called the Marginal Way, a 1.5 mile walk near the water. The views were gorgeous with little places to stop and just enjoy.
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Pitstop to get a juice at the Loveshack!
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When we got to the beach we quickly realized that every.single.person in Ogunquit was at the beach. Seriously. It kind of looked like a pool or bathtub of people.
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We decided to just keep walking until we could find a little spot for our towels to fit. No lie. We had two towels and had a hard time finding a spot for them to be fully laid out and not in the way.

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Perfect spot FOUND!

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Despite the heat and massive amounts of people, the beach was just gorgeous! I loved the sand, the water and the massive amounts of people watching. There were so many speedos my neck started to hurt from staring.
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Once we were done at the beach we changed back into our regular clothes. I would have paid big money to not have had to put on my gross sweaty tank and undies from earlier in the day. Ugh. Planning fail.

No trip to Maine is complete without some lobster and a gorgeous view. We had sandwiches from Chowders Cafe and tried not to die from the heat.
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To make the day as wholesome as possible, there were a few brewery stops.

Hidden Cove in Wells, Maine. A favorite of mine because of their Jali beer, a jalapeno apricot beer. Untitled

Some Brewing Company, which just so happens to be in South Maine but they pronounce as “some”. They had great beer and this is very much a family run business. The Whoopie Pie Stout was a favorite!
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Exploring New England this summer has been a lot of fun. I have a few more weekends to go before I hit a really point in the year so I’m on the prowl for more adventures!

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Friday Faves: Etsy Shops

by agirlandhermutt on August 14, 2015

I’m addicted to Etsy. I know I’m not alone.

Seriously. It used to be that everything in my house came from IKEA. Now it looks like the Etsy website blew up in my living room. I can’t get enough of people’s homemade goods.

I happen to know that many of you fine folks also enjoy a good Etsy find so I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite stores right now. If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (you should!), then you know that I a am addicted to sticker stores.

*Because I have tons to talk about regarding the whole planner world, including stickers, I’m going to be doing a planner week next week. A review of my Erin Condren and Day Designer planners, a run down of the sticker shops I have bought from (both good AND bad!), and a bit about planning resources. Today I wanted to just focus on cool shops with great owners!*

Burlap Blooms
I love a good door wreath. There is something fun about coming up to someone’s door and instantly getting a vibe of what their home is going to be about. Our beach wedding had touches of burlap to give it that whole chic boho vibe. I loved it. I found this store specializing in burlap wreaths but none were the *exact* color scheme I was looking for. I sent a quick email asking if she could do some custom colors and a few emails later I had a wreath on its way to me. Literally. I ordered Monday morning and by Monday afternoon I had a shipping notification. It arrived on Wednesday afternoon.

The wreath was well made and arrived with no issues. Great packaging for shipping!
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The Paper Chick
Next up is a shop that is owned by a childhood friend of mine. I’m a pouch person. I have little bags for everything. Ashley, better known as The Paper Chick, was showing her bags on Facebook and I had to have a few. I ordered the two bags shown below and was blown away by the quality of the fabric, zipper and workmanship. I ended up purchasing 3 more from her recently as gifts. I should note, I bought every single one of my bags. No freebies to get mentioned. Just pure love for her craft from me!

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Blue Green Blue Design
I LOVE personalized items. Not necessarily monograms, but things that are customized to be just for you. While I was searching around for a unique wedding gift I came across the Blue Green Blue Designs shop. I love her graphic prints and decided to give her a try.

I bought a print that included the coordinates of where the couple got married. I emailed the specifics to her, but let her know that the only part that I wasn’t sure about was the color choices. Kaitlyn emailed me back quickly with a proof that included some great options, but also asked that I send her a photo from the wedding day. I did and she responded again with an even cooler design that made the print so personal to the couple I was getting the gift for. It was so easy to communicate with her!

It shipped the next day and when it arrived I was pleasantly surprised to find it in a reinforced envelope (no bending!) and the print quality was excellent. A few days later I ended up ordering from her again for my own personal print! I would show you those, but they are coordinates to my house. Uh no. So here are some examples. And this is exactly how great mine look in person! Seriously. I can’t tell you how much I love my prints. il_570xN.537190229_k4c0
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Happy Fox Design
This shop is a printable art store. I have to tell you…I’m not typically a huge fan of printables. I never really understand how to get them printed and it seems like such a hassle. However, I had been on the hunt for a specific octopus print and wasn’t able to find EXACTLY what I was looking for until I came across Happy Fox Design. The only problem was the art was all printables. It was only $10 to purchase the 3 part art piece so I figured I would give it a shot.

I was surprised to find that the prints downloaded easily from Etsy and then I just uploaded them to Snapfish and had them printed on matte paper. The result?! Really high quality prints that cost me about $12 total! I’ve since tried to do this with a few other shops and haven’t had as much success. Most of the times the colors are off from what was on my screen or the quality isn’t nearly as nice (pixelated) when I print them out. This shop has a variety of pieces at resonable prices.

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The Mod Mobile
Every cute car deserves cute accessories. The Mod Mobile offers accessories for mobile living including car trash cans, on-the-go lids and tissue holders. I got this cute matching trash can and tissue holder set. The trash can has a plastic interior that holds a dog poo sized plastic bag perfectly. They even sent a roll of bags with the trash can! I also got the matching tissues holder that just slides right onto the visor. Super convenient!

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Super cute customized cards! All of my wedding thank you cards came from here and I just loved them. Hand stamped and adorable. These cards obviously run a little more than picking up a pack of cards at Target, but the quality of both the card and the stamping make it worth the few extra bucks for those special occasions that you actually send a real card.

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Let me know if you have any shop recommendations or if you even have a shop of your own!

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Health & Fitness Update!

August 12, 2015

Hello there! It has been a few minutes since we did a Health & Fitness Update so I figured today was a great time to talk about what I’ve been doing (or not doing!), what my plan is going forward and how I want to get there. Where am I now? About the same as […]

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