So Guys…I Turned 25! Birthday Shenanigans and Exploring Key West!

Hey guys! I’m back, do you notice something different about me…oh you do? Well, that’s because I am %100, bonafide, grown ass WOMAN! Lol…no really I turned 25 on April 20th. In the small scope of my world this year has been tough, which made it all the more beautiful and immensely important I made it to this milestone in life. I know some people believe age is just a number, and to some degree that is true. But, for many, it signifies the growth, fight and hardship we endured to reach that next age. I find that I become so aware of how my spirit, body and heart perseveres, through all of my changes. This year I got another medical diagnosis (that would bring about an additional layer of medical issues, endless doctor visits, treatment therapy that feels like it will go on forever and BIG surgery coming up), I lost my dear friend Devin Cook and I had to take time away from my bakery. Those things alone were enough to bruise my spirit, but I refuse to let things steal the threads of beauty, immense gratitude and inherent optimism that are so deeply ingrained within my soul and weaves throughout every aspect of my life.

Since I turned the big 25, I was lucky enough to take a little trip with the madré! We headed to florida, it was amazing, as florida always is. But, this time we went somewhere different, and different was…KEY WEST! I could have been more surprised, excited and complete thrilled! After a couple of days hoping around florida, I anxiously awaited “the day”. The following morning, we took a small charter plane and landed on the island for 2 days and 1 night of shear awesomeness! Once, I found out, I became strategic, I looked up what to-do, talked to locals and just walked around and explored with my mama! We found a local stop called El Siboney, a favorite cuban restaurant of visitors and locals. And as you know “we” LOVE CUBAN FOOD! We walked along Duvall St., we bought gifts for the fam and found lovely little shops, that shape the beautiful and unique culture, community and way of life that you experience down in the “keys”! So, here is our trip at a glance…
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We had lunch at The Bohemian Hotel, in Celebration, FL. It sits on the edge of the town, with a lovely view of the town lake.
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For lunch I had a delish Pan Seared Salmon over a Tossed Green Salad, with Sparkling water (I kept the bottle and I plan to turn it into a candle holder)
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The decor of the hotel is that of its namesake, bohemian! It’s beautiful, with warm tones that are quite inviting, the staff exhibit wonerdful hospitality and the space also is home to a eclectic art gallery.
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After one of the best lunches of my life. The madre and I walked around town, got coffee, bought some gifts and headed back to the hotel for one last night before we flew to Key West in the morning.
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The view from our balcony, our last night there. Now, off to KEY WEST!
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We have arrived…
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Some of the sights, but firt thing first…FOOD! We walked from our hotel to the glorious, acclaimed and completely authentic Cuban restaurant El Siboney!
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IMG_2088 We got arroz y frijoles, yuca fritas, mojo, tostones, platanos maduros, and pargo rojo pescado con arroz…and it was AMAZING!!! Do yourself a favor and if you are ever in Key West, stop by El Siboney! After lunch we headed into town and saw alot of the natural beauty that makes up Key West.
DSC_0205DSC_0211DSC_0214DSC_0215DSC_0216 Oh, and of course we hit the beach!
IMG_2092IMG_2091DSC_0219DSC_0226IMG_2095 Once the time in the water came to and end, we headed back to the room the shower and change for dinner! We ate at A&B Lobster House, which sits looking out at the gorgeous harbor. And as you will see below, I still get carded at 25.
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And our wonderful waiter surprised me with this…
IMG_2121 It was be far the best key lime pie I had ever had! It is entirely unique and no one can do it like Key West can! After a lovely and memorable dinner, we went back to the hotel to pack, relax and enjoy the view of Key West at night. But before I go…
DSC_0244DSC_0245 The Ernest Hemingway Museum was so interesting, I think I need to see it again, but next time I won’t be runnign around like a mad woman, trying to see it all before we head to the airport.
IMG_2148 Bye, bye, Key West…until next time!
Thank you to all who wished me a happy birthday, I look forward to many, many, many more! I will se you guys tomorrow for “Wednesday’s with WinniE’s”! So be well and thanks for allowing me to share my experiences with you all!
An info list of local shops and restuarants:
1. The Bohemian Hotel: http://www.celebrationhotel.com/
2.El Siboney: http://www.elsiboneyrestaurant.com/
3. A&B Lobster House: http://aandblobsterhouse.com/
4. The Green Pineapple: http://www.greenpineapplekw.com/ This place was amazing! It’s a yoga studio, cafe/bakery and boutique. They have delicious gluten-free baked goods and the vibe is great! I had a wonderful talk with the manager Karen!
5. The Ernest Hemingway Museum: http://www.hemingwayhome.com/
P E A C E + L O V E + B A K I N G !
P.S.: Peak in on Saturday, I have a special post for you guys!

My Day About Town: The “Spring Festival” with my friend Taylor

Hey guys, happy Friday!

I have been blessed, fortunate, lucky…whatever you want to call it. All I know is I am BEYOND grateful, for the many lovely and exceptionally ordinary things that create this beautiful thing I call my life. I wanted to take this time to share with you what I did this last weekend. For those of you who don’t know, my birthday was this past Sunday, April 20th. Now normally my birthday doesn’t fall on Easter, which caused a small hiccup in my original plans. My family does celebrates Easter, but normally we are able to celebrate my birthday on what ever day it falls on or the closest weekend. But, as I get older I find that my family and I live such independent lives. This year I really did strive to have us all together, for a celebration sepreate of Easter. But I found that we were all on different wavelengths, with different obligations. Although, it bummed me out we couldn’t all come together as I planned, I knew and felt their love! My immediate family consist of my Mom, Dad, my 2 brothers David (his + 2 | Heidi-my sister-in-law ‘snl’ and Mia their daughter and Corey and his + 1 | Juel his son) Since my brother David’s birthday is on the 30th of April, we have decided since there is so many of us and it’s a serious task to get us all in one place, we will all get together for dinner in-between our birthdays! I love them all, so much it overwhelms my mind!
Now refocusing and to lighten the mood. I decided to celebrate my birthday, in whatever capacity that occurred…GO WITH THE FLOW. Originally, planned to have a “Fairy Feast” (as I like to call it) with my close friends. A “Fairy Feast” consist of wearing a flower crown, lace or eyelet clothing, eating fresh, organic, farm-to-table food, good vibe music, a nature surrounding, a little alcohol and great company! Did I ever tell you guys I am a bit of a bohemian…? Alas, it was kind of last-minute when I decided on this as normally I’m not big on celebrations of my birthday, although I do LOVE a good dinner party for any occasion! Sadly, the majority of my friends were unable to take off of work during the day on Saturday. But, I was lucky enough to still be able to hangout with my friend TAYLOR! Taylor and I decided to attend a local “Spring Festival”. It was laid-back, eclectic, but most importantly it was a lot of fun! We walked around, shopped and tried on clothes in boutiques, had some good food and of course…COFFEE!
Here is a look at our day…
Old Mill Bakery Cafe:
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That’s Liz-Ann, she was so friendly and seemed very kind. She made our coffee!
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And this Taylor, she is loading her Pentax ‘vintage’ camera with FILM…film people (complements of her bf)
Boutiques: Zebop & Sweet Elizabeth Jane
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I thought this little floral sun dress was cute.
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Now onto Sweet Elizabeth Jane…it’s safe to say I just about lost my mind inside of the boutique!
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There was so much home decor stuff, that I was mentally decorating my future home!
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I bought those, as a birthday gift to myself!
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Taylor taking a photo of me, taking a photo of her.
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I fell in LOVE with both of these dress, but alas, I did not buy them.
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Taylor fell in love too.
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Thses are two of the lovely employees who helped myself and Taylor. Their names were Rachel and Fiona.
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Town:
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Some local sound.
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And this gentleman was quite the character, he kept giving me the “peace” sign from across the courtyard.
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Hidden Party:
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We went in through this “hidden” alley way.
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It was an interesting crowd…it was kinda cool.
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That is the band, “Goblinbold”
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That’s Nick, he worked the soundboard.
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Off to one of our last stops…
Bean Hollow Roastery + Espresso:
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Customer art and other artistic expressions.
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That’s Sean…who I found very familiar, but I couldn’t place him and didn’t think to ask if we might have known one another.
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yes…more COFFEE…I know, I have a problem!
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Going Home:

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I made it HOME! And the sunset is gorgeous and welcome!

Dinner:

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For dinner, I took a little trip to College Park. I have a passion for the food of SweetGreen! This is Gloria, she was nervous for me to take her picture, but it turned out great…don’t you think?!

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I got a “Spict Sabzi” with chickpeas instead of tofu and a “Misoba” with chicken (for Easter dinner). They were both DELICIOUS!!! I continued my night, after much convincing and went to the ‘club’ with my friends. But, most importantly I went with 4/20 twin, one of my oldest friends Shanay.

I really hope you guys enjoyed taking a look at how I spent my birthday! See you tomorrow!