Birthday Getaway

As most of you may know we had planned a little kid free getaway in December for our anniversary that didn't exactly go as planned. So when our birthdays rolled around.. happened to fall on a weekend.. and my mom was visiting an impromptu getaway seemed perfect. Not wanting to venture too far away from home we picked a cute little bed and breakfast about an hour away.

We started my birthday on Saturday with breakfast at home with the family and then headed to the mall for some shopping. We hardly ever get a chance to go to the mall.. and it is even rarer to get an opportunity to go without the kids. We have become online shoppers.. So in a mall.. we hardly knew what to do.. and so instinct took over and we ended up shopping for the boys.. Boy do we suck at this pampering ourselves business. Without the filters of online shopping it seemed a bit mind boggling to scan the racks.. but we didn't not give up till we both bought at least one item for ourselves. The word LOSERS! comes to mind.

And then we were back on the road headed towards our destination.. we stopped at a dinner a few blocks away from the bed and breakfast. The area was a bit questionable.. but the diner had good reviews and we were hungry.. so we crossed our fingers and hoped to God we weren't entering the murder dinner. Thank God once inside it was all good.. we shared a delicious Ruben between the two of us.

and then made our way to The Lily Inn

Here we met Murray the inn keeper and more famously known as the 'hugger'.. in our less than 24 hours there we received three hugs each and two hugs to take home to share with the boys. We were given a tour of the beautiful property and learnt of all the history surrounding us. Unknown to us the city of Burlington, New Jersey was home to Benjamin Franklin and Ulysses S Grant, the underground railroad was once accessible from the basement of the Inn, two doors down stood a building where the first colonial currency was printed and so on.. after the history lesson we made our way up the three flights of steps.. on the way admiring all the other beautifully done rooms till be got to ours.. the Lydia Richie

We spent of the rest of the day holed up in the pretty pink room..

We had dinner reservations at Maggiano's Little Italy were we had a divine meal.

and finished off with the most amazing chocolate hazelnut cheesecake ever! 

The next morning, M's birthday, we woke up to the 'Huggers' special french toast and an interesting conversation with both the hosts and another couple spending the night. This was our first bed and breakfast experience and while hesitant at first it was interesting.. and may even be repeated. 

Soon after we started on our way home.. and since we hadn't had enough dessert in the past few days we took a little detour to pick up the famous Broad Street Dough Co donuts

and then came home to celebrate the rest of our day with the boys.. in their new clothes. D had picked out the card.. he found the idea of his dad butt falling off hilarious.. upon seeing the card H ran around the house convinced he had to cut everyone's butts off with his play saw! 

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Friday Photography

Golden Gates - When you go the the Palace of Versailles just outside of Paris gold will be found in abundance. Gold wallpaper, gold architectural accents, gold tassels, gold statues, gold is to be found everywhere. It all begins by greeting you at its grand golden gates.

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Love this print but don't think your wall is ready just yet.. how about this print on other things?! Check these beauties out.

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Happy Birthday H!

Boy am I late on this post! So late we've left his birthday month behind us and wondered into the end of M and my birthday month.. For now let's just pretend it's still January for a moment, shall we?

What a way to start a year right? It was two years ago.. sitting in a Thai restaurant with our friends on New Year's night with the contractions began.. and 35 hours.. yes 35 hours later and 11 days early we welcomed H into the world..

We thought we'd celebrate with D and I getting together and baking him a cake..the last time D and I had baked a cake was when D turned 16 months. I would have enlisted H's help... but H is less predictable in the kitchen.. eek! I didn't want to make a giant cake for just the few of us. So instead I bought a cake mix and halved it.. and both store frosting as well.. I felt a bit bad not doing it from scratch.. but I sprained my ankle and I needed an easy solution..

yum yum!

and then with the leftover cake mix and frosting I baked again.. this time threw in some chocolate ice cream.. 

and more yum!
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GIVEAWAY: Outtake Prints

I am very excited to have the pleasure of introducing to you another amazing Etsy find.. Outtake Prints Their shop is stunning.. I am in awe of their brilliant collection and finds..vintage art prints, art nouveau posters, art deco illustrations, antique maps and more. But don't take my word for it.. go ahead check it out.. and if their one shop didn't contain enough awesomeness they have two more..

Outtake Illustrations features beautiful botanical and anatomic prints as well as something for bird and animal lovers..

Their third shop Outtake Canvas features more beautiful vintage prints and antique maps on hand crafted canvases perfect for your home..

Behind this beautiful shop are five creative individuals. The Outtake Prints workshop is based in Riga, Latvia next to the river Daugava. Over the river there are five important and strong bridges crossing it and each of the Outtakers tend to associate themselves with one of the bridges The Shroud Bridge, The Stone Bridge, The Railway Bridge, The Island Bridge and The Southern Bridge.. each bridge playing it's part taking people from one side to another in their everyday ways, same as The Outtakers are developing different ideas and driving them to reality. Working with passion to deliver their customers the best products.

The Outtakers continue to outdo themselves.. they are now introducing in their shop framed push pin travel maps for people who love to travel and love to plan their travels (like me). They have neutral travel maps, family travel map, couple travel map as well as travel maps for your office.

Lucky for you Outtake Prints is giving away one print of your choice.. Good luck narrowing it down and picking a favorite :) And a 10% OFF for all my readers with code THDSC10 valid till April 1st 2016

NOTE: Please do not forget to leave a link of your favorite in the comments below!

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GIVEAWAY: Lylicraft Throw Pillow Covers

I recently had the pleasure of discovering the lovely shop Lylicraft and her pretty pillows and wallets. Lyli grew up with her grandmother watching her sew and learned to sew from her at a very young age. Lyli uses beautiful Malaysian fabrics to create her pillows, wallets and cosmetic bags.

Lyli is so generously giving away two of her beautiful batik print pillows to one of my awesome readers. Plus February just so happens to be her birthday month just like M and I! Happy Birthday Lyli! 
The lucky winner will win these two pillows

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GIVEAWAY: Valentine Wreath from Dilly Dally Designs Co

Hello February.. let's hope a great deal better than January. M and I celebrate birthdays; and with Valentine's Day, Super Bowl the Oscars and a great 29 days.. February really is quite a month. A I hope to celebrate the month with all you wonderful people with a giveaway or two.. well three actually..

Starting out the month with a brand new shop Dilly Dally Designs Co. Valerie of Dilly Dally Designs Co has always loved to craft and create, especially her burlap wreaths. But what she loves the most is that her wreaths may help play a small part in making someones house a home.

At present Valerie has filled her shop with beautiful Valentine themed wreaths and soon hopes to create more festive, seasonal and everyday wreathes. Dilly Dally Designs Co is so generously offering one of lucky readers one of the beautiful Valentine's Day wreaths below

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