Miami Getaway

Miami Getaway

Sometimes you just need a vacation to free your mind…so that’s what I did! I spent a few days in Miami and although surrounded by some Spring Breakers, it was one of the most relaxing trips I’ve ever taken there. The main agenda for this trip was to relax. I spent my time at the rooftop pool, a day in a cabana bed on the beach, and hit a few restaurants. Here’s a recap of where I stayed and a few restaurants I visited.

President Hotel

When I researched a hotel for my getaway, I wanted a convenient location, a good price, and a rooftop pool, and President Hotel delivered. The hotel is located on Collins Ave, one block from the beach (Ocean Drive), and close to nearby restaurants. The room was clean, and the staff was amazing. Henry at the front desk was great and helped with stowing bags when I checked out, and Elliott the pool guy, was hospitable and kind. From laying out your towel on the chair, setting up the umbrella, and checking in periodically to see if there was anything I needed.

Little Hen Midtown Miami

A college classmate shared the cutest reel on Instagram of Little Hen and after watching it, I added brunch to the top of my agenda. I was so proactive with my reservation that I tried to book my reservation the week I booked my hotel, but they only post reservations about a month in advance. Everything from the accent pillows, framed menu card, floral details everywhere, and the food and cocktails (I had the cotton candy cocktail and rose-infused sangria, and chicken and waffles for my entree). I can’t wait to go back again and try the rose petal pancakes.

Limonada Bar + Brunch

My best friend found Limonada Bar+Brunch and she found a South Beach gem! They’re located on Washington Ave, just a block from my hotel, and I loved the decor. We originally planned to check out Limonada for happy hour and small bites, and I’m so glad we stayed for dinner. We had the wings, coconut shrimp, Caesar salad and Penne alla Vodka with shrimp. And we couldn’t pass up on bottomless mimosas!

Thanks Miami for the relaxing getaway…until next time. Now where to next?

Thanks for reading along!

Xo, Taren

And Just Like That, Hello 2022

And Just Like That, Hello 2022

Happy New Year

And just like that…it’s a new year! We’re still living through this pandemic, but I’m grateful to make it to another year blessed and healthy. I’ve never been big on resolutions, typically because I don’t always follow them, and they’re a lot of pressure. (Am I right?) But I always thought, why only make January 1 a “brand new start”? Every day is a brand new start. So let’s not put the resolution pressure on ourselves, we’ve been through enough the past couple of years. Let’s just focus on today, and let tomorrow worry about itself. Here are a couple of my favorite Bible verses I always circle back to when it’s a new year, new month, or even new week.

My Go-To Verses

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34

So, let’s embrace this new day, forgetting the former things, no longer dwelling on the past, and not worrying about tomorrow.

Wishing you a blessed 2022!! Here’s to a new year of blessings and opportunities.

Xo, Taren

Photography SarahLu Photography

Meet Willow Pumpkin My Mini Goldendoodle

Meet Willow Pumpkin My Mini Goldendoodle

So I got a Puppy! Meet Willow Pumpkin! She’s a mini goldendoodle and has been one of my best pandemic purchases. I’ve wanted a puppy for years, and now that I’m working from home (for the near future), I thought the timing was just right. She’s small but sassy, cute, and lots of fun.

I got her from Just Puppies in Towson when she was 8 weeks old. It all started with a search on their site when I saw there were 4 mini goldendoodles available. I made an appointment to meet her, paid a deposit, and the next day I met her and took her home! As of today, she’s 6 months old and a little under 9 lbs.

I’ve heard horror stories about the first night home with Puppy, but my Willow did great. Slept in her crate all night, no crying, and no accidents in her bed. Only a few nights my sleep was interrupted, but overall she’s crate trained and about 98% housebroken now. She doesn’t love when I leave the house, but only because she’s used to me being home all the time.

Willow’s Favorites

Shockingly I’ve listed only one toy in her list of favorites, she has grown quite the toy collection.

Puppy Mom Favorites

As a first time Puppy Mom I also have some favorites. After some research and lots of purchases, here are my faves:

Stay tuned for more to come about little Miss Willow.

Birthday Blessings

Birthday Blessings

On February 19 I was blessed to celebrate another birthday! Happy 36th to me! I know there are so many who have celebrated a pandemic birthday but this was my first (and hopefully the only). At first, I was apprehensive about making any plans but I said you know what…make the best of it. So I did!

I scheduled a few days off work, which was one of the best things I could do. It was nice to spend a few days with no set schedule and or plans. I planned a spa day and did my annual hair color (check out my cute Instagram reel), had carryout dinner and ice cream cake with the family, and made last-minute brunch plans with my closest girlfriends. And of course, I did a little online shopping to treat myself to a few new things. My friends and family came through and showered me with sweets, treats, gifts, and lots of love. I felt so special!

New Year New Goals

It’s not January 1, but a birthday is a new year of life. I don’t always set New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to set goals on my birthday.

Here are a few of my goals for 36:

  1. Limit my procrastination – I’ve been a procrastinator forever, so I can’t change myself, but to help limit my procrastination I’m spending more time planning so I’m not putting things off to the last minute
  2. Strengthen my relationship with God – I have a great relationship with God, but this year I’m going to step it up and I’ve already put this goal to work with Virtual Bible Study.
  3. Get out of debt – this year I’m focusing on not accruing any additional debt or using credit cards. Time to cut up the cards!

So here’s to 36! Let’s see what’s in store!

A Visit to Boordy

A Visit to Boordy

One of my last social outings was to Boordy Vineyards. When it comes to safe socially -distant activities during the pandemic, besides driveway dates and shopping in masks, one of the best ones I’ve come up with so far is a day at Boordy. My close friend and I planned a fall day at the winery weeks in advance, but the weather kept getting in the way. It all worked out because we finally got a beautiful fall Sunday and the weather, charcuterie, and wine were perfect.

Socially-Distanced Lawn Area

The lawn area is set up with tables properly distanced and with a maximum of 6 people per table. Masks are required when interacting with Boordy staff and when away from the table. Boordy opened at noon for lawn tables and the first wine flight reservation (there is a second at 2 p.m.). We got there at 11:30 a.m. since lawn tables are first-come, first-serve, I wanted to snag a table for after our tasting. We placed our charcuterie snacks and a blanket on a table, then headed to the tent for our 12 p.m. wine flight reservation.

Wine Flights

One thing I really liked about Boordy is that you had to make a reservation for a wine flight tasting. That way they can control how many people are under the tent and have adequate time to sanitize before the next tasting. We scanned a QR code to view the wine flight options, and the wine was delivered to our table contact-less in a wine flight carrier. After our tasting, which was self-guided, we had the opportunity to order wine from our table during our 90-minute reservation.

Another Sunday at Boordy

I ended up going back the following weekend with some girlfriends. We were craving some face to face time, and an outdoor tasting met all of our comfort levels. The only hiccup this time was the weather. It was a chillier Fall day with the chance of afternoon rain. Unlike the week before, we didn’t grab a lawn table to hang out after. But, we were able to hang out under the heated tented. Our 90-minute reservation opened up to the opportunity of 4 hours since there weren’t any tasting reservations at 2 p.m.

So we nibbled on some snacks, sipped wine, and had a round table discussion about our 2020 blessings. This year has been like no other, but there are so many things to be grateful for…and I’m grateful for my amazing girl gang (and their appreciation for wine)!

Thanks for reading along!

Xo,

* COVID-19 Disclosure – Myself and the parties photographed take necessary precautions and wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.