Meet Me in Barbados

Barbados has always been a place that I have been dying to go. I don’t know anyone who has been there and I knew I had to check it out. One of my travel dreams is to visit every island in the Caribbean.We just returned from our ah-may-zing trip and I can finally check this off of my list! Here are a few pictures from my vacation. I’m looking forward to sharing my snorkeling pictures!

The Sand: As I’m sure you can tell by now, I am beach and sand obsessed. The sand in Barbados was completely unique to any I have ever seen or felt. It was so soft in-between my toes, I could have laid on that beach forever. The sand was very white, although had a more yellow-ish tint when it was wet. My favorite part, was if you look very closely you could see little pieces of pink sand.  Love it.

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The City is Spring-ing

There is something amazing about Spring in New York. Maybe it’s that no matter how much of a concrete jungle it is, there is still nature around every bend. Every year they line the streets with gorgeous bright-colored flowers that can’t help but put a smile on your face. I found myself wandering today enjoying the streets of Manhattan, the blooming trees, and the colorful flowers at every corner.

The Hunger Games Craze

So, like everyone else in the world, I just read The Hunger Games in anticipation for the movie that is coming out tomorrow. I love comparing the books I read to the movies they become. Although, one thing I hate is when they change the original cover of the book to a “movie inspired” cover. It’s so interesting to see the interpretation of what you could have only imagined in your head while reading the book. I just downloaded the other two books of the trilogy on my KindleCatching Fire and Mockingjay, for the plane ride =)

[Hunger Games Book Cover]

I can’t believe they made a nail polish collection… but I’m pretty sure I’m going to get at least 4 of these… and I’m going to secretly wear one of them to the movie whenever I go. [shhh]

[Hunger Games Nail Polish // I’m liking “Stone Cold”, “Hook & Line”, “Fast Track”, and “Smoke & Ashes”]

Is this a Joke?

I’m no environmentalist, but really? I was browsing for shoes on Zappos and somehow stumbled upon the Essie color “Barbados Blue” – I knew I had to have it, being that my trip to Barbados is only days away. So I ordered and had it rushed to my apartment so I could get it in time, and to my surprise I received this enormous box. There had to be some mistake – did they accidentally send me these Guiseppe Zanotti’s? But no, I open the box and it is filled with bubble wrap, and scruntched up paper and a little teeny tiny nail polish on the bottom. What were they thinking!?

Whale Watching in Ecuador

Last summer I had the pleasure of taking a trip down to Ecuador with BaDing* and his family. His uncle thought it would be an amazing experience to go whale watching. I couldn’t agree more, but as for the rest of the family, they weren’t too sure. I was the definition of  “ignorance is bliss,” because I had no idea what I was in store for or why the rest of the family was so nervous. When we arrived at the beach (not at all trying to sound high maintenance,) I was expecting a long dock leading out to a yacht. I don’t know what I was thinking. Lets just say this was no yacht. Once walking into the ocean to load ourselves into the boat (that had pulled up to shallow waters), we took off hitting the waves and flying high. It was a fairly overcast day, and the water was rough to say the least. Our lovely tour guides were telling us all the safety precautions, what to expect once we arrive at the viewing site, and what we should or shouldn’t be doing. Luckily for me, this entire speech was in spanish, which I know about 2 words of.  After an extremely rocky boat ride we arrive. Unfortunately, multiple passengers got sea sick, and others were crying… it was a mess. I felt so awful for them, but I still needed to see these whales!

Next thing you know the whales are leaping out of the water so close they seem to be in arms reach! There were so many of them. It was literally one of the most amazing things I have every seen. It is unreal to think there is an entire world under the ocean that I know so little about, and that an animal so big and strong could be swimming around right beneath my boat! BaDing* translated that the tour guide/boat driver was asking if anyone wanted to get a closer look at the front of the boat, and I obviously jumped up, but I didn’t understand anything he was saying about how to balance myself by holding a rope, and I almost went flying off the edge (no big deal.) The view was worth it though. We only had a short time before they took us to go take a dip in the water and see a few more sites, but this was undoubtably one of my favorite parts of the trip.

None of these pictures do justice to what we saw that day. The rocking of the boat and the time the camera took to flash made it almost impossible to get a good shot, but I still think these pictures are worth 1000 words. I will spare you the pictures of the throwing up and crying!

Mac & Cheese Muffins

I found this recipe on Cupcakes & Cashmere and Oh. My. God. I have never made homemade mac and cheese before, let alone in this amazing little personalized piece of perfection… but wow. My only regret is I only put about 1/4 of the breadcrumbs that were directed.. and after trying them, the breadcrumbs were my favorite part. Next time, they will be drowning in it. Please try this!

 

St. Patricks Day Sweets

I love St. Patrick’s Day. I’m heading to a friends tomorrow morning for Kegs & Eggs and decided to make a few tasty green treats for later in the day. Sugar cookies and a vanilla cake with electric green frosting. This was my first time ever making cookies with a cookie cutter – I can’t wait to go and buy these seasonal cookie cutters so I can be prepared for every holiday. Happy St. Patrick’s Day – be safe!

 

Spring

[my favorite part of Spring // A Magnolia tree last season]

I can not wait to see my favorite Magnolia tree this Spring. These trees are so beautiful, they go from scarce and naked looking, to being covered in gorgeous pink and white flowers – but they only last a few weeks (tops) until all the flowers fall off and they grow regular leaves. Every time I see one of these trees, it reminds me of my mom, she has always loved the Magnolia’s in our neighborhood, and she clearly passed it on to me. It’s the little things in life…

The Best of Friends

What I love about Friends. What is not to love? This is the only show that I have ever come across that I can watch over and over and over again. In my opinion this show is absolutely brilliant. The sitcom is based on 6 Friends living in Manhattan and their daily lives, relationships, and ups and downs. You grow such an attachment to these 6 characters who mesh so perfectly together. I laugh during every single episode. The show is so relatable, and I can’t tell you how often I say things like “oh, it’s just like that Friends episode …”

Why do they not make TV like this anymore?

The best of the best [the top 10, in my eyes]:

1. The One Where Everyone Finds Out

The one where everyone finds out: so Chandler and Monica first hook up in London and decide that they are going to keep this a secret because the relationship is going so well. Joey has the pleasure of finding out before everyone else and is forced to keep the secret from the rest of the gang (no matter how inconvenient it becomes,)  while they each find out in their own ways.

“They don’t know we know they know we know”

2. The One With The Embryos

This one should have been called “The One With the Bet.” Phoebe goes to get invetro to help her brother and sister-in-law conceive a child, which is basically the worst part of this episode. While the rest of them are at Monica’s apartment, they begin to make bets on whether the girls know the guys better or vice versa.

Ross: “What is Chandler Bing’s Job?” // Rachel: “He’s a Transpon-Transponster!” // Monica: “That’s not even a word!”

3. The One Where No One’s Ready

This is the only episode that the entire thing takes place in Monica’s Apartment… I can not stop laughing every time I see this episode – Monica is frantic over a message left on her machine by Richard (“is it old or new?!”), Phoebe, the only one who IS ready, spills humus on her dress and decides to wear a Christmas to cover the stain (“I’ll be political”), Chandler and Joey are fighting over a chair and who’s seat it is, and Rachel can’t pick out an outfit. Ross is freaking out.

“Hi, I’m chandler, could I BE wearing anymore clothes”

4. The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break

I love Ross and Rachel. They start going through a rough patch when the infamous Mark comes into the story, and Rachel starts working more hours then she used to. It all goes over the edge when she has to work late on their anniversary. Ross shows up at her job with a picnic and then Rachel “throws” him out of her office. The fight continues on later that night. Rachel says she wants to take a break and mere hours later Ross sleeps with Chloe,  the “girl from the Xerox place”

5. The One With the Prom Video

Ross loves Rachel, Rachel doesn’t love Ross. Ross goes to China, Ross loves Julie. Chandler tells Rachel about Ross, Rachel loves Ross. Ross finds out about Rachel. Ross breaks up with Julie. Right when they are about to get together, Rachel finds the list of Rachel and Julie’s “pros and cons.” Now that we are up to speed, Ross continues to try to make it up to Rachel “his lobster.” Jack and Judy bring over some old boxes of Monica’s because they are turning her room into a gym. They find a video of Monica and Rachel getting ready for the prom, where Rachel’s date Chip, seems to be standing her up. Ross steps in and plans to take her to the prom, but Chip shows up and Ross is left behind before Rachel even knew about the Ross’s plan. It cuts out with Ross looking heartbroken. Monica and Rachel are both shocked when they see this, and Rachel kisses Ross and she finally forgives him. Yay!

“He’s her lobster”

6. The One With the Jellyfish

The gang takes a trip to Montauk to find out more about Phoebe’s estranged family. Rachel and Ross are getting back together as long as Ross reads the letter Rachel wrote to him expressing concerns about their previous dating issues and agrees to take blame for the reason their relationship failed. He falls asleep while reading the letter, and agrees. Monica gets stung by a jellyfish on the beach and Joey and Chandler both try to pee on her to get rid of the pain. They are all traumatized by the “incident.” Ross can’t take the heat and spills the beans that he didn’t know what he was agreeing to because he fell asleep while reading the letter, him and rachel break up again.

“You fell a-SLEEP”

7. The One in Vegas 

I think I just love any episodes where they are drunk. Joey is in Vegas to film a movie that Chandler said would not be his “big break” which causes a huge fight between Joey and Chandler.  Since Joey refuses to talk to him, Monica decides to buy 2 tickets to fly to Vegas for their anniversary, with the added bonus that Chandler can make up with Joey. Phoebe hears the news and invites herself along (“you can’t ditch me again like London”), and then invites along Rachel and Ross who will fly in the following day. Chandler gets mad at Monica when he finds out she had lunch with Richard. Rachel decides for the night that she has her apartment to herself, she is going to walk around naked, which Ross sees through the window and thinks of it as an “invitation.” Rachel and Ross prank each other until Ross pulls the ultimate prank and writes all over Rachel’s face when she falls asleep on the plane. When they arrive in Vegas and Rachel sees Ross’s “face art” she refuses to leave the room and they get completely wasted. When Monica and Chandler finally make up, they begin to gamble and on their last game they say if they win they will get married in Vegas that night. They do win, and they head to the Chapel to get married, only to find Ross and Rachel leaving the chapel as newlyweds. The episode ends – the following episode is one of my favorites too!!

” Yes, we would like some more alcohol, and you know, we would like some more beers too… hello? Oh wait… I forgot to dial”

8. The One With the Holiday Armadillo

Ben stays with Ross for the holidays and he attempts to teach him about his Jewish heritage. Ross attempts to rent a Santa costume but they are all out, so he takes the only thing they have left, a armadillo costume. He finally gets Ben interested in learning about Hanukah, when Chandler comes in dressed as Santa and steals Ross’s thunder.

“Okay Ben, why don’t you come open some more presents, while Santa, the Armadillo, I have a little talk in the kitchen? – There’s a sentence, I never thought I’d say”

9. The One With All of the Thanksgivings

I have always been a fan of the Thanksgiving episodes. This one in particular they have just eaten a huge Thanksgiving dinner, cooked by Monica, of course, and Ross is complaining about his eviction and divorce, saying that his is the worst Thanksgiving ever, they all begin reminiscing about their bad holiday memories. We get to see the classic of why Chandler hates the holiday and they continue to tell stories about Joey wearing a turkey on his head, Chandler calling Monica fat, and her accidentally cutting off Chandlers toe. Chandler gets upset when he finds out the reason he actually lost his toe and storms out. Monica wears a turkey and dances to make him laugh and they say they love each other for the first time.

10. The Last One

The perfect conclusion to the perfect series. Chandler and Monica have their twin babies, and move out of their apartment to move the suburbs. As a housewarming gift, Joey buys Chandler a new chick and duck (Chick Jr. and Duck Jr.) Rachel is about to leave for Paris, and realizes her love for Ross and decides not to go so they can work on being together.  I love how they end by heading to Central Perk to get one last coffee.

Rachel: “Should we get some coffee?” // Chandler: “Sure, where?”

I’m so sad its over… Serious props to Nick at Nite for adding this show to its line up 🙂

 

all images via Warner Bros.