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Petty Harbour

Last week was super busy, and this week promises to be just as action packed!

We have a bunch of family visiting and a group of the cousins spent some quality time in Petty Harbour.

The town of Petty Harbour is beautiful!  The roads are narrow, the scent of the sea is everywhere, and there are great places to eat.  We certainly love our food here on the island.

We all met at Chafe's Landing for great food, toe-tapping music and much needed catching up. It was a great time!  I was the last to arrive because I was waiting for a shuttle from work to the car dealership, so that I could pick up my SUV from a service appointment.  But, that was ok, I arrived in typical family fashion - late (LOL).

Next stop was Hooked for ice cream.  I went way into the dark side of bad (but delicious!) eating this evening. Ha ha!  Hooked has a menu listing of a variety of ice cream options, one being "Freak Milkshakes" (I think that's the term) - and it does not disappoint!  I have a Pean…

What to Expect when standing in a Bridal Party

As Summer starts to fade into Fall, peak wedding season is wrapping up here for the year. Just this weekend past I stood as the Maid of Honor (well...the correct term is Matron of Honor because I'm already married, but the term "Matron" makes me feel old - lol) for my sister's wedding. This is the 3rd wedding that I've had the honor of standing in, and I thought that it would be a good idea to pass on my gained knowledge from these experiences. The titles that I've had are: Junior Bridesmaid, Bridesmaid, and Maid of Honor.  And, as a side note, I have also co-MC'ed my friends wedding with 2 of my best friends.

Without further delay...Here is what you can expect by agreeing to stand in a wedding:

Leading up to the Wedding:

- Attending bridal shows with the bride and speaking with vendors.  This involves taste-testing samples, holding bags, and a small entrance fee for the bridal show itself. Wear comfy shoes, pants with stretch, and have two free hands for …

Trip Planing - Florida

We have traveled from Canada to Florida a few times now, and each trip has been a little different.  We have found what works for us, and we use this information when planning future trips. If you're looking to travel to Florida and you are on a budget, then these tips may work out well for you.

Set a realistic budget.

Travel is expensive. So, plan ahead - research where you want to go, what you can expect to pay to get there and how much you will need to do the activities that you want to do while on vacation.  Start putting away funds ahead of time to cover the costs of the trip. When planing for Florida we add the price that we anticipate for flights, park tickets, food and shopping.

Choose your traveling time wisely.

The price of flights fluctuate quite frequently. When planning we have seen flights pop up with hundreds of dollars in the difference.  So, do your research, fly during the low (or off) season when possible, and set up flight price monitoring so that you will receiv…

Hello Sunny Florida! Part 2: Universal Studios

Like most Harry Potter fans, I'm still waiting for my letter to Hogwarts to arrive via an owl.  But, until then, I've settled for visiting the Harry Potter sections of Universal Studios.

Most of this post will be Harry Potter related because that is were I take most of my Universal park pic's, and, during this visit, we experienced rain while we were visiting.  So, the photo ops didn't happen because we were running from cover to cover in our neon ponchos.

We visited the two sections over two days.  If you want to do both sections in the one day you do need a park hopper pass.  We didn't bother seeing it all in the one visit because we wanted to revisit the area on day two to spread out the fun.  If you do have a park hopper ticket, take the Hogwarts Express when traveling from side to side because it is a different experience each way.

On one of these days in Universal we ate lunch at the Three Broomsticks. Why?  Because we haven't eaten here before and you ca…

Hello Sunny Florida! Part 1: Disney Parks

Back in May myself, my hubby and a friend took a trip to Florida to see the parks (again!).  I love going to the Disney and Universal Studios theme parks.  The combination of the warm sun, sights, thrill rides, food and shopping does it for me every time.

There is a lot of planning that goes into a 10 day trip like this. First, we visit during off season.  So, we miss the intense heat and long ride wait lines.  I'll post all the details on how we plan our Florida trips a little later because this post is just going to be gushing about the amazing time we had.

At Epcot we experienced the Flower and Garden Festival. This festival is filled with beautiful sprawling flower displays, amazing character topiary (see the Stitch topiary behind me?), and featured menu items throughout. We've been to Epcot for the Food and Wine Festival, and I'm allergic to certain plants, but I think that this is my favorite time of year to be at Epcot.  I loved walking around trying to see all the …

Brigus Blueberry Festival

One of the events that I love, that happen in the Summer, is the Blueberry Festival. I've been there many times, growing up with family, and later on with my husband.  This year I ventured out with THREE of my work friends - all of which never been to the Blueberry Festival before!

(Pic stolen from Andy - blog linked below) 
These are a great bunch of ladies - they love to get out and see the sights, they are awesome to work with, and they are fantastic lunch buddies!  In fact, Andy (second from far right) already has her blog post up about the festival and you should check it out!  Here is the link to the Blueberry Festival post: Just Being Andie.  I'm tots slow at getting this post up.

It irked me a little that I didn't have any clear pictures of The Brigus Tunnel for my last feature on Brigus - so I fixed that with this trip.  I'm sure that I had pictures but they were lost when my computer crashed and needed to be brought back to factory settings back in February.


Did someone say board games? Ticket to Ride Europe

Myself and my husband love breaking out a board game on quiet evenings at home.  Sometimes the weather is bad, while other times we are looking for something different to break up the mundane. Either way, we always have a blast and we have built up quite the collection over the years.  This post will focus on the newest game to our collection.

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For my birthday this year hubby bought me my favorite game to date - Ticket to Ride Europe!  We started playing this game, and a few others, at a local gaming hangout called Doughnuts & Dragons (now closed). They had a wide assortment of games ranging from 2-6 (or 8?) players and the game boxes were color coded with stickers so you could easily pick out a game to play based on how many people were in your party.  This was the second of this type of hangout in the city, the first being Mochanopoly wh…

Victoria Park Lantern Festival

We did it!  We attended the Lantern Festival - finally!  Over the past few years I really wanted to get out to the festival and have take in this experience. We did not attend previous years due to the weather.  There is no way in July that I want to go stand in the cold (like single digit temps) and sometimes wet weather to see some lights.  But this year - this year they moved the festival from the usual last Saturday in July to the next weekend due to bad weather and I'm really glad that they did.  It was fantastic to get out and actually enjoy this event.

The lantern display, which was up on the hill, was amazing and very well done.  There were a variety of lanterns on display - some large, small, and at various levels of detail.  I imagined that there would be more lanterns throughout the park, but they were all focused in this area.  And, we almost missed it!  Thankfully, I asked a friend if they knew where they would be and - to my luck - they gave us directions.

Aside from t…

Beautiful Brigus

I love Summer.  I love the sun. I love the warmth. And I love the exploring!

This post is about historic Brigus. This (mostly) quiet little town is fantastic to explore.  In the main section of town you have narrow roads, a mix of older and newer homes, historic sites, a walking trail to the lighthouse (which I have yet to do), and places to shop and eat. During the Summer months Brigus comes alive with tourists, and it is a site to take in for the Blueberry festival (omfg the food!)

This pic above is from the other side of the town. It's really quite on this side as it is away from the tourist sites. On a trail, opposite of the water, are a few really old, abandoned homes.  They've been pretty trashed over the years.  Below is the house that is still standing.  I love how tucked away it is - you would never know it is there if you didn't' venture down the pathway.

We don't luck into finding places like this.  We found this gem while Geocaching!  Have you looked i…

Did someone say board games? Carcassone

This game is fantastic!  Build your castles, extend your roads and claim farm land by placing your meeples on the board.  This is a point building game. Through picking up and placing random tiles the point of this game is to build up the most points.  There are a set number of points per connected road tile, per castle tile, for the number of castles that connect to your farmer meeple, and there are shields
on some castle tiles to add more points to the completed castle point count.  This can either be a fun game among family/friends, or an all out war if you intrude on the points that a team member is building for themselves.

We typically try to play a nice and fair game, but sometimes one of us makes a menacing move just to mess with the other persons plans (just for giggles lol).

Since you build the game board by picking up tiles at random, this is a game that is never the same twice.  And, there are so many expansions to the original game that you really can have a lot of fun with…

Did someone say board games? Tiny Epic's

So, we have established that myself and my hubby watch TableTop on YouTube, and that we love playing board games.  Well, have you heard of the Tiny Epic games?  No, then you are missing out! The Tiny Epic series are great for short play times and for small spaces (easy to travel).  These are dice rolling games and the dice are tossed into the cover of the game box.

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Tiny Epic Galaxies is the first of this gaming line that we picked up. It was a birthday gift for my hubby because he was really interested in playing this game after seeing it explained by Wil Wheaton on TableTop in SE4. You gain and spend energy & culture to gain more spaceships & gain planets to gather points to win the game.  Seems a little complicated, but once you have one run through your able to grasp how the game plays out.

The second Tiny Epic game that we picked u…

The 200th Royal St. John's Regatta

The races were 'A Go!' for the 200th Royal St. John's Regatta - and we weren't going to miss the action.

(from @StJohnsRegatta on Twitter)
Although, truth be told, we are not going with the intention to watch many of the races.  We go for the food, the games of chance, and the time spent with friends and family. This year, like the year before it, and the year before that, hubby checked out the Hindu Temple tent for his lunch - and he was not disappointed. I had a feed of chicken pierogi (not pictured because I ate most of the dish before thinking of getting a pic for my blog).

I did, however, remember to get a pic of us before the heat of the day sunk in.

I don't think that I have even been to the St. John's Regatta on a day like this before.  It was hot!  Like, reapply the sun screen and still get sun burned hot. Usually, on Regatta day we have mild temps, and sometimes a little rain.  Some years it is far too windy for the races and the event is rescheduled. …

The Tea Garden - Holyrood

There is a little restaurant tucked away behind a wall of greenery in Holyrood, and it's called The Tea Garden.  I have been here a few times - celebrating our anniversary, for my husband's sister's wedding, for a Pink Days in Bloom event, and most recently for my Mom's birthday.

It is recommended that reservations are made as they do be quite busy during their open season.  And, they are only open a few days a week.  But - it is so worth getting to dine here!

On Sunday's they serve the traditional Newfoundland turkey dinner as their special.  If that is not your style, then they do have other options, like chicken, lamp, ribs, etc. All of the menu items that I have had are delicious!

After dining there is a deck that you can explore and many photo opportunities either with the amazing ocean in the background, or in the garden with the lush greenery creating a great backdrop.

 We will definitely be back for future events.  Not only for the food and the view, but bec…