Monday, August 18, 2014

Easy Canvas Prints Winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered my very first giveaway!

The winner of the 16 x 20 canvas print from Easy Canvas Prints is:
Alison T!


Alison, please check your email for the code to order your print.

Thanks again for entering!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Last Chance!

Time is running out...

For a chance to WIN a free canvas print!

One lucky reader can win a free 16 x 20 customized canvas
print from Easy Canvas Prints!

To enter, just click the red link below:

U.S readers can enter now through August 17th at 11:59 p.m.  
The winner will be announced on August 18th.

Good luck!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Long Beach Island Attractions (and a Giveaway!)

Back in June, my sister rented a house in LBI for a week.  LBI (Long Beach Island) is a very popular vacation destination along the New Jersey Shore.  When we were kids, our family would rent a house there for a week every July.  So many fond memories from my childhood!  This year, my sister invited the boys and I to stay at their rental house in the town of Beach Haven for a couple days.  My husband stayed home and caught up with some of the golf he missed while coaching baseball all spring!

In the short time we were there, we hit many of the must-do-kid attractions:

Like the awesome water-slide!

As you can see, it wasn't even crowded that day.
As I said, it was still June
and some schools hadn't let out for summer yet.

We practically had the place to ourselves!

Even the "Crazy-Lazy River" was pretty empty!

And miniature golf was fun as always!

The beaches were as beautiful as I remember.

And the boys did some serious boogie boarding while there!

We spent an evening at the Fantasy Island Amusement Park and arcade.
Even that was pretty empty...and clean...very clean.

I forgot how neat the island is kept.  We have become so used to the not-as-clean Seaside area of the Jersey Shore.  Seaside could learn a few lessons from this sweet family resort town!

We made sure we had breakfast at the famous
Chicken or the Egg!  And yes it lives up to its fabulous reputation!

Here is the view from our table at The Ketch Restaurant for dinner one night.
So nice having an outside table when you are dining with kids!

And speaking of kids...
We made sure we stopped at the Skipper Dipper for ice cream,
just like when my sister and I were kids!
I was glad to see it was still there!

I wish I took more pictures that weekend, 
but I guess we were having too much fun!

And speaking of pictures, 
please be sure to enter my giveaway for a chance to
(just click the red link above)

Here are some links to the places mentioned above:
Thundering Surf Waterpark
Thundering Surf -Adventure Golf
Fantasy Island Amusement Park
The Chicken or the Egg
The Ketch Restaurant
Skipper Dipper Ice Cream

So much to see...and we didn't even make it to the other end of the island to visit the iconic Barnegat Lighthouse ...I guess there's always next time...

Have you been to any great beach towns this summer?

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Easy Canvas Prints Giveaway!

What are your plans for all those summer photographs?

Are you going to let them just sit in a pile
or hide on your computer where no one gets to see them?

How about creating canvas prints from your favorite summer memories?

How about a chance to WIN a free canvas print?

I was recently contacted by Easy Canvas Prints to host a giveaway where one lucky reader can win a free 16 x 20 customized canvas print!  How great is that?

Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to enter.  
U.S readers can enter now through August 17th at 11:59 p.m.  
The winner will be announced on August 18th.

Good luck!

What summer memory would you choose to print?

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Summer Fun

It may be August, but Summer is not over yet!
I hope you are enjoying every moment!

What are you up to this weekend?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Designer Showhouse Favorite

Way back in May I visited Blairsden, a Mansion in May designer showhouse located in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ.  I took so many pictures on my iphone and then never got around to sharing them with you.  Today, I am going to share one of my favorite rooms in the mansion...

The Grey Gardens Great Room 

Starting with this side of the room.
I love the blue backings of the shelves...

 And of course the shelf styling!

The room had so much natural light.
The colors and textures make it such an inviting space!

And I love all the blue and white accents.

Oh...and the corner sofa.  
A great place to sit and have a glass of wine.

Beautiful gallery wall too.

And who doesn't love a topiary or two?

I could sit at this lovely table all day!

That lantern is perfection!

I hope you enjoyed one of my favorite spaces from the tour.
I promise to organize the rest of my pictures
 and show you more of this amazing house in the near future!
(It's only been 3 months...)

Even though the house is no longer open for tours,
please check out the Mansion in May website
and of course the designer's website - Linda Benson Interiors.

Have you been to any designer showhouses lately?

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sand Sculpture Museum

We took advantage of the cloudy weather at the beach this past weekend 
and visited a new Jersey Shore attraction:
The Sand Museum in Seaside Park, NJ!

The 5,000+ square foot museum is located inside a large tent along Ocean Avenue and N Street.  The museum features sand sculptures by artist, Ed Jarrett who currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world's largest handmade sand castle.  Last year he constructed "The Sandy Castle" in Point Pleasant Beach to raise money for victims of Superstorm Sandy.  His new project, known as "Boardwalk Journey" displays his sand sculptures of iconic Jersey Shore landmarks - from the past and present.

His attention to detail is amazing!

How Jersey Shore is this?

We see the real version of this sign every time we arrive in town.

 A classic Jersey Shore establishment - The Stone Pony in Asbury Park.
Springsteen has been known to show up and play there over the years.

This may look familiar to you.  This section of the famous Funtown Pier on Seaside's boardwalk survived Superstorm Sandy only to burn down in a massive fire last year!

Here is a picture after the storm...
(but obviously before the fire!)
Still surreal to me...

The back wall of the museum (tent) displayed photos
of the shore towns devastated by Superstorm Sandy. 
So sad to look back and remember what the area went through.

Make a wish we never see another storm like that!
If you have spent any time at the Jersey Shore, 
this is one exhibit you will not want to miss!

The kids and I were very impressed with the museum.
Not only were the sculptures amazing
but the staff was helpful and very friendly.
Definitely a must see if you are in the area!

The admission which is donated to the nonprofit organization, Hometown Heroes is only $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children, seniors and military.

"Hometown Heroes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose main purpose is to foster an environment of goodwill, generosity and encouragement by supporting local communities in times of crisis."  source -

To learn more you can visit:
USA Hometown Heroes Boardwalk Journey
And the website for artist Ed Jarrett -

See...the Jersey Shore is not just what you see on reality shows...

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