Photo Diary: Scenes from the Shore

Vacation has come and gone & we are now on our way back to good ol’ O-H-I-O. We beached, we dined, we crabbed, and so much more. This vacation has been planned for quite some time, and due to recent events we weren’t sure if we’d still be able to go, but in the end I’m glad we came. Life doesn’t stop when bad things happen, so it really is important to enjoy the good times while you can. I was recently reminded of this & of how short life can be and it’s a humble reminder to not take anything for granted. Plus, since Mike’s parents live 6 hours away, it is nice for Mike to be able to visit his parents when he gets the chance.

Here’s my photo diary of our Jersey Shore vacation:

Attempted a wet top knot & accessorized with my new Bandin’ headband!

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Β Mike & I on Lavallette Beach.

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Reading a book (Eating Mindfully by Dr. Susan Albers) on the beach!

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Mike & I looking fresh before going out to dinner! Loving my hair when it’s straight πŸ™‚

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Β We ate at this restaurant called Theresa’s South and it was SO YUMMY!

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The Barnegat Lighthouse

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Mike & I in front of the Barnegat Lighthouse.

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Loving this tea fortune:

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Mike & I reppin’ our CLE teams – Indians, Cavaliers, and Browns!

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We ate at this amazing place called Chef Mike’s Atlantic Bar & Grill – I had some of the best lobster I’ve ever had! Also, how pretty is the steak with the rosemary garnish? We ate al fresco on the patio, which was right on the beach with a view of the ocean. Amazing!

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We indulged on dessert, too. Mike, his mom, and I split this cheesecake canoli and it was DIVINE. #noregrets

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We took a bunch of photos by the water of Mike & I, him and his parents, and my outfit for a future blog post πŸ˜‰

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We also went to this gazebo right on the bay which had this amazing view of one of the most beautiful sunsets any of us had ever seen. This photo doesn’t even do it justice.

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Being safe in the sun with my SPF! Learn more about why sunscreen is so important in this previous post.

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We ate lunch on our last beach day at Surf Taco, and boy was it good! I wish we had gone there sooner so we would’ve had time to go back a second time. Or that they had these in Ohio.

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After lunch, Mike, his dad, and I went to the bay to go crabbing! It was just for fun, so we put all the crabs back, but it was interesting! We used a trap with a bunker fish, and also a hand line with a piece of fish attached. I even caught one myself off the hand trap using this net!

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Our last dinner out was at Ohana Grill, where I had the Spring Risotto (with spinach & asparagus) and I added some grilled shrimp. Yum!

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Saturday morning, we made the trek back to Mike’s parents’ house for our last night in the Jers. We took Mike’s mom’s puppy (Sandy) up to the local dog park twice! It was a lot of fun, I got to meet some cute new fuzzy friends, and we let Sandy run around and let off some steam. She’s such a silly pup! Also, I’m kind of obsessed with my outfit. I may need to do an outfit post on this haha…

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We had one final splurge on our last night – Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream – which for the record, was just rated the best ice cream in New Jersey. How could we pass that up? (Life is all about balance!)

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I, of course, had to try the best flavor (according to the article linked above), which was Double Dark Chocolate Fudge Crunch. It was chocolatey but awesome!

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The final splurge! (Note: I definitely did not eat this entire cup! haha) Starting today, we’re back to our healthy routine (which is MUCH needed).

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We’re sad that vacation is over (Mike especially since he’s leaving his parents), but at the same time we’re glad to be back home with our kitties & to get back into our routine! We’re getting back into our clean eating, our fitness routines, etc. I’ve also got some exciting things on the horizon & a crazy busy August to look forward to. Life is good!

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