Tuesday, September 30, 2014

100th Post + One Year Blogiversary + Celebrations!

Of course the one week I have a few things to post about I want to purposely hold off on posting. Last week when I was working on a post I realized I was SO close to my 100th Post I just had to hold off until today because...
It's kind of strange to thing I have been doing this for the last year - except when I see blogs I've been reading and think wow it really has been that long! I am so blessed to have this little space to document my life and share my thoughts with everyone. In light of this special day, I decided to complete a little questionnaire I found from a blogger friend Jessica. For those that have been around for a while and those who haven't here is a little tribute to this fine lady, Business Suits & riding boots.
Name: Business Suits & riding boots.
Fiction or nonfiction? Nonfiction - although some posts are just silly!
What genres do you write? This blog is all about life, struggles, adventures and memories. I guess it sounds a little fiction-ish but this is how we roll. REAL DEAL stuff here!
Are you published? No
Do you do anything in addition to writing?
Yes, I work, cook, clean, workout - kidding - I love taking pictures and my boyfriend is especially into photography and videography.
**If you ever need pictures taken or a Kickstarter video he's your guy!! Email me for details!
Tell us a little about yourself.
For lots of details you can check me out here. Long story short, I enjoy working in New York City and playing in Jersey. I love all things Mexican food, my family is my life, my puppy is my one true lover and if I could live in a different place every month I would. I love to travel!
What are you reading right now?
Right now I am on book #3 of Game of Thrones. So long -- yet SOO addicting. Just take the plunge and do it!
Which authors influenced you the most?
I'm not sure if a specific author has influenced me 'the most' but I do read a lot of books (the whole commuting thing). I guess one really influential book I have read was Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. I just may have to do a book review on that one!
Where can people connect with you?

Do you have a newsletter?
Nope - but should I start?!
Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
Basically, I love to blog. This past year was my first year as part of this new adventure. It feel off, I jumped back on and I don't plan on leaving it behind any time soon. It was so much fun capturing the fun of our lives and reading about all of yours. I hope that I can continue to document my life here and hopefully post a lot more now that I have the hang of this whole thing.
Thank you for reading and sticking around for the last year!! It has meant the world to me and I can't wait to keep on, keepin' on!

Friday, September 26, 2014


I have been a sports fan my entire life. As I have explained many-a-times. Like most sports fans you have your favorites, and in New York we LIVE for our favorite teams. Eat.Sleep.Breathe. our favorites. When it comes to baseball, the Yankees are my boys. They just scream All American good old baseball team and the history is through the roof. Like myself, if you are a baseball fan you are very aware that this season was Derek Jeter's final season as a professional baseball player. After 20 seasons he has decided to hang up his pinstripes and retire. Sad. Sad is a very understated word to describe the feelings of New York Yankees fans. Let me explain.
Mr. Jeter was not only a great ball player, we was a legend, a champion, a kind hearted class act guy. If only the world had more of him. I bet all the ladies of the world wouldn't mind that right?!!! Seriously, he was one of those athletes that never caused a ruckus, never had a bar fight or a dirty scandal - nothing. He was a great guy, and still is. I say it is sad because he was such a role model to many young people, in NY and in the country. I remember growing up and all the guys would compare themselves to Derek Jeter "I want to play like Derek Jeter!" or "Did you see that catch/jump/hit/slide/double play by Jeets last night?!!". He is exactly what a parent hopes their son will grow up to be.
He will be very missed on that field and I hope he doesn't completely disappear from the world completely. I understand he needs his privacy and wants to settle down and all that, but we all love him too!!
And if he had to end his season last night any better, I'd say it was fixed. Derek Jeter ended with a walk off single to WIN the game. Amazing. I am happy to be a Yankee fan and happy to have had Derek Jeter on our team for the last 20 years.
Farewell Captain. You had a good run.
Oh wait ....... Then this happened.
Derek Jeter's nephew salutes him - precious.
Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MS: Multiple Sclerosis

It was important to me to break down my weekend in two. For those who don't know, Multiple Sclerosis or MS is one of the most common diseases that affects about 2.3 million people worldwide. Defined - Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves (source). It is not a contagious disease, or an inherited disease but like many others that affect our world there is still no cure.
On Sunday the boy and I decided to volunteer to help support MS during their Bike MS Country Challege! It was so amazing to see so many riders, so much money raised and so many supporters to help raise money for a cure! Photography was his thing and I awarded medals and checked in as riders finished their challenge. Seeing how many people from so many different walks of life complete this challenge was so empowering. It truly makes you see the good in people. I was even inspired to start training for the Bike MS Challenge in the Spring! It is on my bucket list and being a part of this event just gave me the motivation I needed to get it on! 
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is such an amazing group. As I mentioned there is no cure for this disease and it affects so many people in our world today. If you are able please make any donations here to Multiple Sclerosis to help find a cure!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Festival of the Sea

 As I mentioned before, a common theme of my fall posts will be based on tradition. And even though this isn't the only time of year where we fall habit to the same routine of celebrations and events, we do it all year long, but for some reason, this time of year seems to deem the most which will be documented.  
So this weekend, we headed down to the Jersey shore for one of the many Seafood Festivals. This has become a family tradition, although some of our family that is supposed to come up and hang out ...didn't. Oh well! My aunt and uncle live down there and my cousin actually lives right down the street from the Point Pleasant festival. This makes it extremely convenient with parking as well as having no excuse to miss it! We love coming down for this event for a few reasons.
1. It's after summer so it has started to slow down with weekenders coming down and causing a backup on the highways.
2. It's after summer and it gives us an reason to hit up the shore even after Labor Day weekend to get one more last feel of the ocean breeze before we really have to face reality.
3. Seafood!! Oh goodness if I could eat every last thing they have there I would! Oh how I would. Unfortunately, my pants would disagree with me.
Most favorite snack ever! I only treat myself to it on this special day!
As you can see I was stuffing my face most of the time and didn't focus on taking many pictures - except when we were leaving I snapped those two above as I remembered I had zero. I really wish I would have taken some because there is so much to see there. In addition to all the amazing food, they have live music and a whole bunch of craft vendors and little shops set up along the street. I love craft vendors! They always have the best handmade stuff. Everything is so unique and special, it just makes the products that much more desirable - well to me at least!
Overall, we had the best time! The weather was great and the food - okay I'll stop. And, just to give you a little tradition perspective .....
The boy - 2012
(notice the kettle corn)
Us - 2013
The boy - 2014 
Ahhhhh memories!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Huzzah! Huzzah!

It's funny writing this post for the first time. As I am coming up on my one year blogiversary, I thought about how I just missed blogging about this last year. If you have been here for awhile you might know I am your typical lover of all things fall. As much as I love all four seasons and their festivities, for some reason it seems like during fall we have some fun adventure planned every weekend, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
To start, this past weekend we headed up to the New York Renaissance Faire! This has been one of our fall traditions for the last three years and every year I get more excited to go. Especially this year, since I have been ankles deep in reading Game of Thrones, I couldn't wait to be around Lords and Ladies and all that comes with it. As always we had a great time! My cousin and her friend came with us, she is just as obsessed with medival times as me, and we laughed the entire time! We did get caught in the rain, which put a little damper on the day, but nothing a little beer and a poncho can't fix!  
This year, for the first time ever we decided to ride the camel. Normally, not my thing, but peer pressure and all we went for it. It was hyterical and quite interesting all the same. Scratch that off the bucketlist. I love bringing new people with us every year and having them be a part of our little weekend time travel.
We didn't get to see as much as we wanted, because of the weather, but I am still glad we got the chance to go again this year and keeping this tradition alive!
^ Don't mind my "having so much fun in the rain" face!
Anyone else ever been to the faire?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Laughing Cow

Today is Friday! The best day. Actually, that may be Saturday, but Friday is pretty great as well. In light of this fabulous day that has arrived I wanted to kick start the weekend with some funny videos that got me giggling. It is always nice to have a good laugh and after the last week crazy weeks I enjoyed this and though you might too! Happy Friday!! :)



Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Well that was a sweet sweet hiatus! Summer was the most fun and probably the fastest thus far. But I plan...plan not promise... on being here a little more often. 8am's and 8pm's use to be my 'me' time to blog and read blogs but between my hectic, crazy, insane work schedule that just hasn't been possible.  Complaining - I am not although it seems that way a bunch lately. I swear I'm not but for some strange reason I feel a tiny need to justify my absence. Or maybe something to look back on when I have a brood of mini's, my job and  pack of wild animals, I can laugh at my former self and say you have no idea what crazy is my friend! 
Back to present day - last week was my birthday! WooHooo!! As I mentioned, for the first time ever I had a whole bunch of nothing planned for my big day. When I say this is the first time I ever, I do not lie friends. I am a H.U.G.E. HUGE advocate of celebrating birthdays and I never fail to have something epic planned for mine. Tons of friends, family new and old are always invited to the event and it is always a great time. But this year - nada. Until, we started the weekend off with a birthday dinner with our bestest friends. 
We tried a new place call Park West Tavern which was the cutest little place ever with the best food and of course the best drinks! We had such an amazing time together as always but it was so special to start my birthday off with these amazing friends. To top it off, in the middle of conversation our friends Chris realized he had a comp room in Atlantic City and asked if we wanted to go to continue our celebrations. Do you even have to ask?! No plans turned into the best plans ever!! I have been dying to get down to Atlantic City, especially since a few of the hotels were shutting down and it happened perfectly. Sunday morning of Labor Day Weekend we packed up and headed down. 

Us girls enjoyed a fabulous massage during the day, courtesy of our boys, mostly because they wanted us away for them to gamble but I was not going to argue with that. Well played boys...well played. After our spa trip we found the boys napping so what else were we supposed to do - drank! Several, more than we should have, jello shots later and some fun flavored drinks with no dinner we were felling the vibe. We headed up to the room to get all dolled up snapped a few pictures and headed out to Revel for their last night evaaaaa. 

And that's all I can share with you ;) 

Once we came home we had a fabulous dinner with my family and you can never forget the birthday cake. EVERYONE MUST have birthday cake on their birthday.