We celebrated B's 5th birthday (for the fourth time in 3 weeks) on Saturday afternoon. Kelly from Bear Bus offered to let the kids in my neighborhood experience the Bear Bus for B's special day and it was a total HIT. The kids absolutely loved it - WAY more than I expected. They started with un-stuffed animals of their choice, then stuffed them, gave them a wishing star, picked out an outfit, and then named their new pals. B and his buddy picked out cheetahs, dressed them in karate and camouflage outfits, and named them after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Most of the girls picked out white fluffy animals and named them Princess ________ (fill in the blank with Tiara, Rainbow, Sunshine, etc). Check out the pics below from our party! Huge THANK YOU to Kelly for making B's day so very special!
*Bear Bus provided complimentary product in this post.
We recently spent a weekend in beautiful Shenandoah County, Virginia. It also just happened to be my birthday weekend. I was looking forward to experiencing the falling leaves, green pastures, and the quiet pace of life that can be found just about an hour west of Northern Virginia.
We left Fairfax at 2pm on a Friday and headed towards the mountains. With no traffic on 66, it only took us about an hour to land at our first destination: the Shenandoah County Tourism Office. We met with the Director, Natalie, who had our whole weekend planned for us. To top it off, she had a swag bag packed with Shenandoah-style goodies! We snagged a copy of our itinerary and headed into the mountains towards our first stop.
We arrived at Bryce Resort just before dinner and were greeted by Rob, the General Manager. Rob gave us a walking tour of the beautiful resort and newly fitted ski lift for the 2012 season. Bryce Resort offers skiing, tubing, ski-wee (think pee-wee ski camp for the little ones) and more for the winter season.
We came inside for dinner and a drink - I was totally caught off guard. The food was amazing - so good that we wanted to come back later in the weekend for seconds! I never, ever, ever eat ribs. but Rob kept encouraging us to try them... and for a good reason. Delish! If you make it out this season and are looking for something lighter - try the chicken drumsticks with homemade ranch paired with a spicy bloody mary. #lush!
On the second night, we stayed at the AC Stickley Bed and Breakfast in the heart of old town Strasburg. AC Stickley is a beautifully restored home within walking distance to the downtown scene. Donna, the inn keeper, was so welcoming even though we arrived a little after schedule. We were invited to a gorgeous suite with two fire places, beer in the mini fridge, and a delicious breakfast the next morning. Donna loves to cook - and she is always changing up the menu and snacks. Our fruit in the morning was a warm apple crisp with a spoonful of vanilla bean gelato. It didn't stop there... Check out her southern trifle made with layers of grits, sausage, cheese, hard boiled egg, garden tomatoes - topped with cheese, sour cream, and chives. Served with baked bacon.
I told Donna to start pinning her recipes so that I could follow!
a few other stops we made along the way --
We had a fabulous time - special thank you to Natalie Wills @ Shenandoah County Tourism for putting together our itinerary and inviting us with opportunity to experience everything Shenandoah Valley has to offer.
If you're planning a trip out, here are a few other recommendations:
Thank you so very much to everyone who came out last week to make my blogiversary (and my birthday!) a night to remember! Huge shout out to AT&T for sponsoring the event and supporting Mission Sleep.
If you missed it - you can check out photos of the event thanks to Valerie Bey Photography.
I can barely believe it - but we're about to turn ONE! WOO! Grab your girlfriends and join us to celebrate a night out with drinks, apps, and giveaways! Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door. All ticket proceeds will go to MISSION SLEEP.
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