2014: In Review

I’ve been struggling on whether to come back to blogging or just stay on blog vacation. I guess for now I will come back!

We found this great idea on Pinterest that we started this year. We grabbed an old spaghetti jar and throughout 2014 we would put pieces of paper of into the jar of the good things that happened to us. Things worth remembering and celebrating. This was a great way for us to look back and remember everything we did this year!

So here we have 2014 in review!

First and foremost we had the craziest winter in possibly a decade in the Lehigh Valley. It was the 5th snowiest winter ever recorded.

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Vernon Mid-week Getaway: Food

The hardest thing on getaway was not only to find food, but to find GOOD food. We took to Yelp to find places in the area to eat at. The first night there we stayed wanted to eat Italian food. I always see Italian as a safe meal! Clearly, I really need to stop having that idea because that keeps getting me into trouble. To be polite I will not state the restaurant we stayed at, just know I wouldn’t send my worst enemy to eat there. 🙂 

Let me state that Vernon, New Jersey is a very small tourist town. It really reminded me a lot of Tannersville in the Poconos when we first moved there in the mid-90’s. What I learned at this restaurant is that everyone knows everyone, which can be cute and home-y…except for when it’s not. I’m talking a girl running into the restaurant to confront a girl working at the restaurant and trying to start a confrontation right there at the restaurant. Awkward…

Besides that free show, it reminded me a lot of the small town restaurants in Tannersville and quickly reminded Adam of a restaurant in his home town, Mama Cillies. We immediately felt at home until… 
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Vernon Mid-Week Getaway: Minerals Resort & Spa

Adam has been “planning” a surprise weekend getaway for us ever since I got my job. The first job that is, back in May. Clearly he’s a few months behind, but who’s keeping track? Now, we aren’t one of those celebratory couples. We never celebrated monthly anniversaries, raises, promotions, new jobs, milestones, etc. We were never that couple, but we are trying to make a conscious effort to become that couple. It’s the little stuff that ultimately become the big stuff or lead into the big stuff. Changes are happening so often that sometimes in order to see them you need to celebrate them when they come around! You all with me?

Anyway, he’s been so busy at work the plans didn’t exactly happen as soon as he wanted. He is also not very good at keeping secrets. I am the hint machine. The conversation usually goes as followed:
Me: Give me one hint
Adam: Okay here it is….
Me: Really? That was your hint? That wasn’t even a good one! Give me another.

Eventually I coax him into enough hints that I “figure” it out. Being in between jobs means a big luxurious vacation was out of the question. Plus a little thing called debt. (Oh hey there credit card bills!) So he scoured Groupon and Living Social for getaways within a few hours from home.

Then he found a Minerals Resort & Spa deal on Groupon. It was a two night minimum stay at a fairly good price. He booked it, we packed, relaxed, and enjoyed the gorgeous weather thunderstorms.

The first day we got there unpacked, walked around the grounds, swam a little bit and then went out to eat dinner.

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Looking for the Best Beach in St. Martin?

Look no further than Orient Bay!

If there is anything that St Martin in the Caribbean is known for (besides the nightlife, of course) is it’s beautiful beaches! I did not plan on spending this much of our vacation beach-side, but I cannot complain. We did our research before we arrived on St. Martin, but we wanted a local’s opinion.

During our flight to St. Martin we sat next to a resident of the island, who had immigrated to and lived on the island for the past six years. I asked her advice on best places to eat, best beaches, best places to go shopping, and anything else you could think of. She could not stop raving about one beach in St. Martin, Orient Bay: 
Orient Bay is located near the French/Dutch border of St. Martin in the Caribbean. The beach has everything you could want: lounge chairs with umbrellas, bars (hello, beach side service!), restaurants, a bikini shop (you know, in case you forgot to bring one and show up naked), parasailing, jet skis, a nudest area and…peddlers. Okay, so maybe you don’t want the last part. But really, what more could you want?