Sunday, October 1, 2017

My top MUST-DO Activites this October

AHH..HELLO OCTOBER

Good morning, happy Sunday, and happy October! 
There's so much I love about fall, and majority of it happens during October. It's a beautiful time to witness mother natures transition and take advantage of all that her beauty has to offer! I thought it'd be fun to share a few of my personal MUST-DO activities that are on my list this month. 


#1) Take a Hike..LITERALLY

I'm so not one for hiking..BUT there are a few exceptions I cave for, fall foliage being one of them. There are too many beautiful trails around the NJ/NY area not to take advantage of ESPECIALLY during the fall. With the air a bit crisper, and the beauty of the changing leaves surrounding you, there's such a peacefulness to getting out there to experience it all!  




#2) Enjoy a Scenic Weekend Getaway:

Nothing feels more like fall to me than enjoying a weekend getaway surrounded by the cozy charm of a historic town. Cities like Philadelphia PA, Newport RI, & Boston MA are not too far away and have tons to offer during the fall season. This year my top getaway destination is New Hope, PA..I've been wanting to go for the past 5+ years! New Hope is nestled right on the Delaware river and is packed with tons of character. From hiking trails, antique shops, and restaurants galore, there is always something to do. I'm hoping to book an airbnb for one night this month stat!






#3) Take a Local Day Trip:

Can't get away for a whole weekend? Take a day trip! Places like NYC are just a hop away and yet I often overlook them for fall activities. I've been dying to go for a gondola ride in Central Park Lake followed by dinner at the Loeb Boathouse. Why not see the beauty of the park in Autumn while someone else does all the rowing?! The Boathouse will stop serving dinner at the end of the month so it only makes sense to enjoy it before it's too late! 

Other great day-trip ideas on my list: A local October Festival/ Apple Festival,  Hike/Spa Day at Mohonk Mountain House (New Paltz NY), Fall Foliage Cruise (from NYC to Cold Spring NY & back) 


Central Park Lake

Mohonk Mountain House Hotel & Spa

Fall Foliage Cruise 


#4) Experience some Halloween-Related Fun: 

October would't be complete without good ol' Halloween. This year we opted to skip the whole haunted house route and got tickets to a pumpkin show instead. The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze is a spectacular showcase of over 7,000 carved pumpkins arranged in all various shapes & forms. Everyone should experience the magic of Halloween, no matter how young/old you are :)






Where: Sleepy Hallow NY



TICKETSHurry this event sells out super fast (every weekend in Oct is already sold out!) 


Thanks for stopping by & I hope you have the best OCTOBER yet!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Life UPDATE!

So of course I have to start this off with an explanation for my lack of posts the past few months. A lot has changed in my personal life..all for the better :) My husband and I found out in June that we are expecting our first child in March 2018!! We are completely ecstatic and overjoyed at the growth of our family. It has been such a huge dream of mine to become a mother..and I always knew it would happen at the perfect time. 



So what makes this the "perfect time"?? 

Well, for my husband and I, there had been a lot of unanswered questions as to what our next move would be for quite some time.  

We've known since before we got engaged that we want to buy our dream home in a warm tropical location..and not stay in NJ. So once we realized that our hearts were set on Florida, we scoped out places, picked out our favorite area (Fort Lauderdale) had a date set to move out, and then..life got crazy! My husbands career took off and he was going to be traveling so much when we would need to be packing/making this huge life-changing move. So we decided to stay in Jersey a bit longer. While on a trip to the Bahamas this past April, we had a serious conversation about our next steps..was it was finally time to move to Florida?? orrr MAYBE it was time to start a family instead?? All signs were pointing to EITHER!; Yahya's career was transitioning and he was going to be working from home more, our lease for our tiny 1 bedroom apartment was ending in August..nothing was in our way! So we made a deal; we would try for a family in the summer and if it was meant to be we would stay in Jersey a bit longer to be close to my family (and my mom who's a baby nurse :) On the flip-side, if it didn't happen right away..we'd be moving to Florida for September 1st!
 Well..it's clear what the universe wanted for us b/c in no time at all we found out our little miracle was on his/her way! :)

Now on to Baby Bakkar! OMG still so surreal to write that!!

I had tons of pregnancy tests anxiously waiting for the first day the internet said it would be ok to take them! (lol) On June 26th I snuck to the bathroom while my husband was busy on his computer and took a First Response test! My heart was pounding out of my chest, I laid the test on the counter and sat on the floor for the longest 3 minutes of my life..I couldn't bare to watch the screen blink as it loaded the results. When I finally got the courage to peak..I saw "YES" on the screen! I immediately started crying and stared at myself in the mirror, I just remember thinking.."I'm going to be a mommy!" I have never felt so nervous and excited all at once..I think I cried a good 5 minutes before pulling it together. I always knew I wanted to film Yahya's reaction so I set my phone up on the ledge of our bathroom medicine cabinet, opened the camera app and hit record. I called him in to show him what I had done..his reaction was amazing..shock and joy..this was our next chapter<3 


Check out my horoscope from that day!! (crazy) v



I took about 4 more tests over the next few days & weeks just to confirm..and all were positive. We decided to tell my parents and sister a few weeks later while on vacation in Cape Cod. We were out to dinner and we texted them this pic that we had secretly taken on the beach that day: 


They were in shock! When my parents realized they were going to become grandparents for the first time..they got teary eyed..and my sister balled hysterically :)

Pic we took on the way to dinner.."we have a secret!"


When we got home from vacation my mom referred me of one of her favorite doctors from her hospital and I set up an appointment for my 10 week scan. However, I ended up going in for an emergency visit at 6 weeks because I was experiencing sharp cramping on my right side. Everything turned out normal and the best part was I got to see my baby and hear the heartbeat that soon!! 

1st ultrasound pics from 6 week visit<3



On to our Gender Reveal Party:

Since I'm a self proclaimed "super-planner" I always knew I would want to find out the sex of the baby ASAP. I had non-invasive prenatal testing done (NIPT) at 12 weeks which checks for a few different abnormalities and also reveals the sex. Thank god all was normal and I could pick up the results and plan the party! I kept the envelope sealed and dropped it off at a local party store. They are the ones who look at the results and fill a giant black balloon with the appropriate colored confetti to stuff inside. All that we had to do was pop it!

My husband was certain we'd be having a boy (as were 90% of my family members) and I had absolutely no clue! I loved that we were all so surprised to find out that baby Bakkar is a GIRL!! 







 Sweet baby girl, we have known your name for so long! Even though you only weigh a few ounces, you are so loved and cherished already! Mommy and Daddy promise to do our absolute best to give you an amazing life and all that you deserve. You are the best thing that has ever happened to us, we can't wait to meet you in March!!






 *THANK YOU to everyone who stops by my blog and reads these posts..it means the world to me to be able to share a deeper part of myself with you<3




Wednesday, June 28, 2017

4th of July Favs

The 4th of July is less than a week away! I thought I'd put together this post with some adorable favorites to look fabulous this 4th!
Enjoy :)
4th of July Favs!

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