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“Knee deep in the water somewhere…”

I absolutely love Zac Brown Band. My honey proposed after one of their concerts, and we played the song “Toes” as the last one at our wedding as a little send-off for our honeymoon in Mexico.

And now, one of their newer songs “Knee Deep” will serve as this year’s send-off song as we are headed to Mexico for the week!!!

That’s where my honey and I will spending the next week 🙂

Last year, our friends who got married came back from their honeymoon and said they bought a timeshare. They asked if we wanted to vacation with them next year somewhere, and of course we said yes! So technically, this trip has been a year in the making. We are so damn excited to go relax and not worry about anything for a little while (except if the tide is going to reach our chair…).

We are heading up to Baltimore tonight because we are flying out of BWI tomorrow morning. I haven’t started packing yet and am sort of dreading it. I’m only taking a carry-on, so we’ll see how I’m able to fit everything in there. I think my honey is going to have to give up some of his suitcase space for my shoes!

While I’m away, I’ve actually set up a few posts for the week (shocking, I know), so check back in on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday (maybe another day too if my brother gets me a new recipe in the next few hours!).

I’m hoping/praying/crossing my fingers that we will have wireless (for free) at the resort so I can stay connected on my phone and share some photos via Instagram (@eathealthybehappy). We’ll see.

I plan to take oodles of pictures while we’re there so look for a big recap post on the 22nd or 23rd. So far we’ve planned on touring some ruins, swimming in some underground rivers and just laying around the resort. It’s going to be pretty amazing, no matter what we end up doing though 🙂

Have a great week!!

Have you been to Mexico? What part?

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3 years and still going strong

A few weeks ago, my honey and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. As cliche as it is to say it, where did the time go?

I feel like it was just yesterday we danced our first dance to the most beautiful song (which my honey picked as our song about a month into us dating :)).

Photo courtesy Jodi Miller Photography

Alas, it has indeed been three years filled with lots of wonderful memories.

One of our newest memories comes from our little vacation we took for our anniversary. We booked a two night stay at a local timeshare resort back in January through Bass Pro Shops.

The resort is located in Gordonsville, which is a very tiny town, but offered a lot surprisingly. On the way there, we made a few stops. First up was a New Holland dealership…because there is never a bad time to look at tractors.

Next up was a cute outdoor furniture place where we tried out almost every type of chair (and playground equipment!) that they had. We’re trying to decide on which gliders we want for our front porch…and we still haven’t made a decision.

Gordonsville is also home to some fabulous restaurants! The first being the Barbecue Exchange. We stopped for lunch on our way to the resort and it was really good! The service could have been a little better, but the food, and the 6 choices of sauce on each table, were excellent.

After we toured the resort for our timeshare spiel (we of course said no), we got all dolled up and headed over to a French restaurant called Pomme which I found online. It was seriously the best meal I have ever had. Ever. Both my honey and I could not get over how fabulous everything was. I started out with a simple salad of greens with walnuts and sauteed apples with goat cheese. For dinner, I got the chicken- Poulet Veronique- and even talked to the chef about how he made the sauce. Who knew grapes and chicken made such a great pairing? My honey ordered the veal and said it was out of this world! We followed up dinner with creme brulee pour moi and the cheesecake for him.

The next day, we started the day with a nice breakfast at the resort, followed by a pedal boat ride around the small lake. Guess who actually did all of the pedaling??

He wanted to sleep there on the lake all day, but I really wanted to get on to the important part of our trip: wine tasting!!

But first, we needed some lunch.

Enter in another fabulous restaurant on the outskirts of Gordonsville: Stonefire Kitchen. I had an awesome veggie soup with a wonderfully refreshing cobb salad, and my honey had a sandwich and chips with a root beer, which he said was excellent.

We traveled to two different wineries and sampled over 30 wines that day. The first one we went to was Barboursville. Surprisingly, I actually found a red wine that I enjoyed, and several whites. After tasting, we stopped by the historic ruins which was mind-blowing. Both my honey and I enjoy looking at historic architecture and just marveling at what it must have been like to build a house back then.

After I got good and tipsy at Barboursville, we headed over to Horton’s Cellars. I was most excited to visit this place because I picked up a bottle of their peach wine a few weeks ago at the grocery store. It was the best wine I’ve ever had. When I found out it was near the resort, I squealed! They had 12 different fruit wines to try, but were sadly all sold out of the peach. We ended up with a bottle of the cranberry wine, which was almost as good as the peach.

Dinner that night was back at the resort and then we had to get up early to get back home the next morning.

Overall, it was such a fun little getaway and we were pleasantly surprised by the awesome dining options in such a small town. I know we will definitely be going back sometime in the near future; maybe not to the resort, but definitely to Gordonsville, even if it is just to eat 🙂

New Year’s Eve in New York City

Happy 2012 everyone!

What an incredibly fun and crazy night we had in Times Square!!

Before I tell you all about our evening, let me tell you about the fun we had throughout the day.

We left my brother’s place around 11am and went into the city. We knew we wanted to go to Central Park, so we headed there first. We walked through most of it and saw lots of the famous landmarks like the Zoo, the Bethesda Terrace, the Boathouse and a lot of the arches throughout the park.

We also stopped at the Belvedere Castle, which was really neat. It had a great view from up top.

My brother and his girlfriend wanted to go to Crumbs to get a cupcake, so we headed there after lunch at a little corner diner.

They had such a huge selection! They even have Colossal ones (on the bottom shelf) that cost $35! They apparently serve 8 people and you slice it up like a cake. With at least 400 calories per serving, they were each over 3,000 calories!!! My brother dared me to eat a whole one, but I said only if he wanted me to be a tired, bitchy and cranky monster for the rest of the day!

Since they didn’t have GF ones (I looked it up on my phone before we left lunch), I said that I wanted to go to Babycakes to get me a GF one after we got theirs. The two shops were seriously on the complete opposite ends of town, so we did a lot of walking to get me mine.

Babycakes is mostly a vegan and refined sugar-free place, but they also have lots of GF options. It really is in such a remote part of town, but I’m glad we went all the way over there. We got to walk through Chinatown and see parts of Little Italy.

I went with the Strawberry Sprinkle, which was excellent! It had hints of lemon in the frosting and I could tell the cake had banana in it. It wasn’t nearly as big as the Crumbs ones, but that’s probably better, right?

After enjoying our cupcakes, we ventured over near the 9/11 memorial. We didn’t realize that you needed visitor passes to see the memorial, so we just got to see a picture of it where they are doing construction on the new towers.

My brother and his girlfriend left us at about 5pm so they could go get ready for their party. My honey and I made our way towards Times Square after going into Macy’s (which really is nothing special on the inside…the best part is what you can see from the street!).

We had already decided that if we couldn’t get close to Times Square, it was okay. We wanted the experience of being in NYC and as long as we had that we were fine with it.

We started walking towards 42nd street, but everything was closed off. We got a back view of the ball at one point, but if we had stayed there, we wouldn’t have gotten to watch the performances on the screens or meet the really cool people we did!

All of the streets were blocked off so you couldn’t even get over to 7th ave, unless you had a reservation at a restaurant, which we did not. However, my honey saw an opportunity for us to get in because there was a cop manning a barricade near a Chipotle on 55th St. He just pointed to the restaurant and the cop let us through! We were finally going to get closer! We made our way over to 7th and settled in for a long evening. We got there at 7:15pm and it was 51 degrees! It was going to be a long wait, but at least it wasn’t going to be a cold wait.

We were squished in around lots of people and noticed a small group next to us about to start a game of Catchphrase. My honey said something to them about what a great idea it was to bring a game and they asked us to join in! Then another small group next to us asked to join in, so we spent the next four hours with all of them playing Catchphrase and standing our ground to keep our spot. It was awesome!

I’m not sure how long I would have lasted had we not met them because playing the game and talking to new people really made the time fly!

This was the screen we watched for the evening because we were so far back from all of the action. I was a little bummed because instead of showing the ball drop at midnight, it just counted down from 60…oh well! I could technically see the ball drop from where we were, but it was just a sliver of it. At least I got to see it, right?

I’m so glad we finally did it! We’ve been talking about spending New Year’s Eve in New York for years! Now we can cross it off our bucket list 🙂

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The entire trip was awesome! I’m so glad we got to see my roommate in CT and my brother and his girlfriend in NYC! Hard to believe we were only in NYC for less than 40 hours with all of the things we did and saw.

I gained a newfound respect and admiration for the city through this trip. I’ve been a few times before and never truly took the time to appreciate it as much as I did this time. Maybe it’s because I’m older or maybe because I’ve been trying to slow down and really be more in the moment, but either way the trip was so much more than I was expecting.

Having our Smartphones was a huge help! We looked up places to eat, and used Google Maps to help us navigate. I’m not saying we didn’t get lost a time or two, but at least the map helped us get back on track! Plus, they took great pictures that we were able to text to people and post on Facebook while we were there.

Taking the subway was an interesting experience for me and my honey. My brother kept saying it was so simple, but really it’s not until you learn it. I really feel like we learned the system pretty quickly and we rode a ton of the different trains to all parts of the city. Most of the trains and the stations look alike so you really have to be on the lookout for your stop (we missed ours to my brother’s last night and had to get off and get back on another train!). It’s such a great way to travel, but also incredibly dirty! My honey’s germaphobia came out big time when we were on the subway! He was scared to touch anything, while my brother and his girlfriend hung onto the poles and didn’t think twice.

I liked that we didn’t spend a lot of time there, but got to see so much. We were getting tired of the crowds and are excited to get back to our quiet house with our puppy dog, so I don’t think we would have wanted to spend much more time up there. But since the bus is so cheap, maybe we’ll take another trip up there before my brother and his girlfriend move away from the city!

Strollin around NYC

We made it! And so did all of our stuff!! We each had two things to carry the entire way up here…me with my two Vera bags and him with his suitcase and an air mattress (which he declared he would never carry again and it would be staying here in NYC!).

First stop after finally finding my roommate at the train station was Stew Leonard’s!

As the sign says, it is the world’s largest dairy store. I had been to this place once, but was definitely excited to come back. It is really just a HUGE grocery store with lots of fresh dairy products, like more than I have ever seen anywhere else!

Not only does it have regular grocery items, it also has lots of singing cows and other fun entertainment things on top of the shelves.

In perusing the store, I found a treat that I just couldn’t pass up!

You might remember me talking about these when I reviewed my Lollihop box. They are super delicious and I was so excited to find them! They were on sale 2/$4, so obviously I bought two! The first bag is practically gone already and I’m pretty much the only one who ate them 🙂

Stew’s has a little outdoor farm, but it was closed for the winter, so we only got a picture next to the cow.

After leaving Stew’s, my roommate drove us around CT and we even got to see Michael Bolton’s house!! We ended up going back to her house and waited on her boyfriend to get there. Then, we went out to a cute little Mexican place called Bodega before heading into NYC.

I know this is a horrible pic, but it is the only one we got of the two of us!

After taking the train from CT to Grand Central, we hopped onto the subway…on the wrong train! We called my little brother and told him we were almost there and then I told him the stops we were seeing and he didn’t recognize any of them. Oops! Luckily, we just got on the express train, which passed by his stop, instead of the local one. It was an easy switch to the other train once some nice gentlemen helped us out! Who says New Yorkers aren’t friendly?!

We dropped our stuff at my brother’s place and decided to head back into the city. I really wanted to go ice skating, but after researching it a bit more decided that it was incredibly expensive to do it at Rockefeller Center. My brother told me about skating at Bryant Park, which is cheaper and less crowded, so we headed there. Unfortunately, the line was a mile long and it just wasn’t worth the wait. Maybe we’ll go this morning or tomorrow morning before we leave…

We ended up just walking all over the city seeing all of the tourist hot spots and taking lots of touristy pictures! Most of them are really dark and grainy, but at least we captured the moment, right?!

My honey and I in Times Square!

We dressed really warmly, but actually didn’t need the extra stuff at all. It was in the mid-forties and absolutely gorgeous!!!! And it is supposed to be just as warm tonight 🙂

The ball is going to be dropped from the very tippy top where it says Toshiba! We could see the 2012, but it wasn’t lit up yet. We figured that if we don’t end up seeing the ball drop tonight, we can at least say we saw where it would be.

We of course had to walk by Radio City Music Hall. I’m jealous because my brother and his girlfriend just saw the Rockettes show there the other day! I would love to go see the show, but we just don’t have enough time.

Here we are in front of the Rockefeller tree!

This place was packed too, so I’m glad we didn’t waste time waiting in line to ice skate. We ended being able to see so much of the city by just walking around instead.

It was getting close to midnight, so we started heading back towards Grand Central to take the subway back to Queens. We had to get a few shots of inside the terminal because it is truly spectacular.

We finally made it back and just hung out for awhile watching reruns of Roseanne on Netflix. We pumped up the air mattress and settled in close to 1am….way later than I have stayed up in quite awhile! The air mattress wasn’t too bad actually and I think I got about 6 or 7 hours of sleep.

Now we are trying to plan out our day today and figure out where exactly we are going to be at midnight to ring in the new year!

Come on ride the train…

The choo choo train!

I hope you just sang that to yourself like I did!

My honey and I are onboard the Vermonter headed for Stamford,CT! We are loving the train so far…very spacious and comfy.

The only bad thing is that the internet isn’t working like it is supposed to. Luckily we have our phones and I just downloaded the WordPress app the other day. So this is my first post using it!

We still have about two and a half hours until we get there and my honey is starving! Unfortunately I left his deer jerky at my parents house and he isn’t interested in my granola bars…oh well! More for me 🙂

I think we remembered everything else for the trip…hats, gloves, scarves, under armor, and all electronics with chargers!

I’d say we’re ready as we’ll ever be for NYC! We just need to make it there…

The views have been interesting from the train…we passed through a really rundown part of Baltimore and then we just passed over this. 

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My honey is using Google maps to see where we are (and has been the entire time) and apparently we are in Delaware.

In looking for places to visit in NYC, we decided we definitely need to go to Central Park at some point. In all the times I’ve been to NYC I’ve never gone there.

Any other suggestions for where we should visit?

Hopefully the rest of our ride will be just as smooth as it has been so far. Can’t wait to keep you updated on where we visit!

PS- definitely download the WordPress app if you have a smartphone! It’s awesome!

Prepping for NYC!

I’m just about to start packing for our trip to NYC! We are staying the night with my parents tonight because they live a little closer to the train station in DC and they are so graciously taking us in there so we don’t have to pay for parking. We have to get up at about 5am in order to get there by 7:30am.

We are headed to the chiropractor this afternoon before we leave though. I want both of us to be adjusted before we set out on our travels. I know it will help with all of the sitting we’ll be doing, plus being properly aligned will help our immune systems as well. Also, I’m treating my honey to a massage at the chiropractor because he definitely needs one!

I stayed up a little late last night making a batch of Honey Vanilla Peanut Butter (and I added a 1/4 cup of cashews too :)) to put in my Granola Bars. These are going to be the best snack for us to take on the train and then to have when we are out in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. They are packed with protein already, but I actually added a heaping tablespoon of coconut flour along with half a scoop of chocolate protein powder just to give them an extra boost!

I’m also planning on taking some oatmeal baggies with 1/4 cup oatmeal, 1 tbsp flax seed, 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, and a little cinnamon. Just add some hot water for a quick and healthy snack/breakfast!

I looked online and found out that we will have wi-fi on the train, so I plan to do a post from there tomorrow! Plus, I’ll be able to catch up on my blog reading since that hasn’t happened in awhile.

I also plan to bring a few other things to read and do on the train (since we have over 4 hours on it!):

  • I am rereading Real Food by Nina Planck. I just feel like I’ve gotten a little off track with my eating and I want to be reminded why I need to get back to eating more real and traditional foods.
  • I have the newest Oxygen Magazine to finish reading.
  • I have some posts saved from other blogs that I intend to finally read.
  • I want to clean out some photos on my computer and also create a photo book of our house.
  • My honey and I are going to plan a few sights to see while we’re up there since he has never been!
  • I have Angry Birds on my phone…enough said!

Because my brother lives in a studio apartment, we are lugging our air mattress up there. Luckily, each passenger on the train gets two carry on bags, so we can definitely squeeze it on. I’m hoping to pack a light bag with only a few items of clothing. I’m not going up there trying to impress anyone, so I don’t care about what clothes I take with me, just as long as they will keep me warm!

The main things that will take up space are our electronics! I’m taking my big camera, my MacBook, and my phone, plus chargers for all three. My honey will be bringing the video camera and his phone, plus chargers. We intend to capture our trip in many different formats 🙂

Well, now that I’ve figured out what all I need to pack, I better get to it!

It’s official!

My honey and I are going to NYC for New Year’s Eve!! He has always wanted to go to Times Square to ring in the new year and we figured this year was the year to do it!

My little brother lives up in Queens, so we have a place to stay which has been the biggest hurdle for going up there because I’m sure hotels are outrageous that night.

We’re taking the train up to Connecticut and seeing my roommate from college for the afternoon of the 30th. I’m super excited to see her because I haven’t seen her since our wedding in June 2009!

She and I lived together all four years of college, but now we live so far away from each other that we can’t get together very often. We’ll go out to lunch and hang out for awhile before my honey and I head into the city.

Right now, the plan is to go to my little brother’s and drop off our stuff, then head to Rockefeller Center and go ice skating and see the tree! I think I’m most excited about doing that actually 🙂

We still haven’t done enough research on exactly where or when we need to be for the ball drop, but we’ll do that this week. My honey has found a club close by where we can hang out for the evening, but I’m not sure yet if we’re going to do that. It is $95, but includes drinks, not sure about food though. At least it would be a warm place to stay until midnight.

To make the trip cheaper, we decided to not take the train back to DC, but instead take a bus. For $20 a person, it’s quite the deal! And we’ll probably sleep most the way home on the 1st, so it doesn’t really matter what we’re on for that. I can’t wait to share pictures and hopefully some video footage! We bought a video camera for an early Christmas present and are excited to use it up there.

Have any of you been up there for New Year’s Eve? Anyone know of a good place to park ourselves outside for the evening? I would love to hear if any of you have had the experience!