Saturday, May 13, 2017

When It Rains...We Shop For Sunglasses







Happy Weekend!

Is the rain making you feel as lazy as I am feeling today?

Well, when it gets rainy and you're on a self-imposed staycation, there is only one thing to do...shop for sunglasses!

One of my favorite new-to-me brand is Warby Parker!  The company has a really cool history, starting with a very relatable story (I cracked up when I read about the founders squinting during grad school because sunglasses were too expensive!  Totally relatable to this girl! Raise your plastic fork full of Ramen Noodles if you've been the poor grad student!) and I'm super excited about the new spring collection!  The other amazing thing about this company is that they donate a pair of glasses to someone in need when you buy a pair.  How awesome is that?  As a teacher, I know how important access to glasses is to education.

The spring collection features tons of cool modern shaped sunglasses with both vintage and modern patterns and colors.  Everything is bright (YAY) but also looks sun kissed!  They offer both casual and dressy versions of every style!

First of all, the website is the coolest!  They let you sort your style search by color, shape, material, and fit.  THANK YOU!  Now I don't have to search through countless pages to find ones I like.

The shapes are awesome because they are modern, but still bring back the chic retro styles of the '60s which I LOVE!   You know I'm obsessed with Jackie Kennedy (forever my style crush) and these look like cool, modern, chic upgrades of the traditional Jackie O-made famous sunglasses.  The colors are gorgeous and I can't wait to order a pair!  I'm thinking of the Piper...or the Nancy...or the Margot...or maybe all of them :)

The glasses are awesome because they have different lenses (mirrors, colors, traditional), materials (acetate, metals, mixed materials), shapes (cat eye, round, rectangle, and square) fit (both width and nose bridge are taken into consideration) and colors (think the rainbow...then double it!)

Here's a sneak peek!







Since I'm going to Italy I decided to play stylist and create a few outfits of my own using Warby Parker sunglasses!

Margot

crochet dress

wedges

Outfit 2

Exploring in Italy

Clementine


Can't Wait To Explore

Wine Tasting

Romper


sophie

I hope you all enjoy these sunglasses as much as I do!  How are you going to style your sunnies this year?

Stay dry!

xoxo,

e


Monday, April 24, 2017

Springtime Snackage

Hi All,

Happy Tuesday!  How is everyone doing?  My week has been...interesting.  I have my new supercute Air Cast #tobeseensoonontherunwaysofmilanparislondonandnyc!  More on that to come!

Today we're talking about the deliciousness that is Springtime Snackage! I was inspired to put some fun ideas together by SkinnyPop, since one of my favorite snacks is popcorn!  I love it all!  Maybe it's my not so secret desire to be Olivia Pope, but I could eat that everyday/all day/any time!  One of my favorite things about popcorn is that it is so versatile.   Also, it's easy to carry around with me when I know I'm gonna be out all day!  I'm partial to a salty, sweet, crunchy person.  Here are a few of my favorite popcorn snacks!  Feel free to give them a try and let me know what you think!  Also, I'd love to hear some of your favorites!

**I use organic air popped popcorn**

1.) Popcorn and coconut oil!  I know coconut oil is super trendy right now, but trust me on this!
melt the coconut oil (as much as your taste dictates...I'm a 2 tsp coconut oil:1 bowl of popcorn kinda girl) and pour it on top of your popcorn.  To add a little extra fun, squeeze a tiny bit of lime on top!  It's like your on an island...not your couch!

2.) Popcorn and M&Ms! The classic!  This might be the best thing I learned in college!  There's no shame in my game, I ate this snack at LEAST 3 times a week.  The key is to put the M&Ms (I'm a more the merrier kinda girl when it comes to M&Ms) on right after the popcorn comes out of the microwave to ensure the M&Ms get all melty and gooey!  For an extra dash of savory, add a sprinkle of cinnamon!

3.) Popcorn and Cinnamon!  When I want something savory and fall like, I put cinnamon on top!  Easy peasy!

4.) Popcorn with Cocoa powder!  Similar to the Popcorn and Cinnamon scenario, I just sprinkle cacao or cocoa powder on top of my popcorn for a sweet, but calorie conscious snack!

5.) Popcorn and Sriracha!  So delicious!

6.)  Popcorn and Cholula!  Similar to the above popcorn, but a little spicier.

7.) The Holy Grail!  This is for one of those nights where you just know you're going full force on the snack attack bandwagon.  Like you are so far gone, and you just don't care!  Are you ready for this?  Are you sure?  Ok...

popcorn+melted peanut butter+melted chocolate chips+melted caramel+melted marshmallow!

Just go for it!  No need to measure :)


What are your favorite popcorn recipes??

xoxo,

e

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Good Morning Baltimore

....y'all know I couldn't resist that <3


How are you?? I'm bueno!  I can't believe Spring Break went by as quickly as it did.

Raise your hand if you need one more day week!

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The good news is that only 8 more weeks until Summer Vacation!  

Anyway, back to the break.  This break was everything I needed.  Equal parts relaxing, hanging with friends, traveling, and chocolate.

A few weeks ago, one of my friends and I decided that we needed to get away over spring break.  Nothing crazy or far, just away.  We decided on Baltimore because it's far enough but can still be done in a day.  We found a hotel on Groupon (best.ever.) and headed down on Wednesday morning.  We didn't really have a plan (shocking for Little Miss Type A) but we knew we wanted ice cream, crab cakes, and brunch.  Not necessarily in that order, but that's what we wanted :)

First came crab cakes.  Can you really qualify it as a trip to Baltimore without crab cakes?  I don't think so.  We headed to Luna Del Sea for crab cakes.  They were $20 a cake (kinda expensive) but they were 98% crab!  Seriously, I cut into the crab cake and it fell apart because it was all crab.  The restaurant was empty...we were the only ones in it...and it kinda had a speakeasy vibe to it. The seats were black leather and the walls were a maroon red.  A little Fifty Shades meets HGTV, but you know...


Crabby cakes as big as our heads

  

I did my research (and we're back as a Type A-er) on the best ice cream in the city and found a place called The Charmery.  It is in the Hampdon neighborhood of Baltimore and a 3.5 mile trek from our hotel.  We came *this close* to walking there, but realized it crossed a major highway.  High fives for us participating in the ancient art of reading a map!  We drove over there and after 9 attempts to back in a spot (in my defense, it was a slanted and curved spot) we were on our way to get ice cream!  This place is really cool!  They make unique flavors, like buttered popcorn, and offer a vegan option every day.  


I rolled with 1 scoop of the Brown Butter Peanut Butter Cup and one scoop of the  Maryland Mud Pie with homemade hot fudge.  

Still drooling
Twas a great decision.  These scoops weren't wimpy little 120 calorie scoops either.  No no.  These were Erin sized ice cream scoops!  About the size of a softball.  Aly got a scoop of Green Apple Tequila ice cream.  I sampled it and it was delicious!  You could taste the tequila, but it wasn't overpowering.  

Yes the spoons change colors

After ice cream heaven, we went back to the hotel to get ready to go out.  We took a power nap and watched Friends, before heading out.  The hotel had really good lighting aka Silly Photo Shoot happened.

We don't do normal photos

Baltimore gets an A++++ for food, but a C- for Nightlife.  We realize it was a Wednesday, but there were no people out! I'm talking ZERO!  We went to happy hour and only passed 4 people on our 8 block stroll!  FOUR PEOPLE between 5-6 pm?  We chalked it up to being from NJ and the high concentration of people...but really?  There were 11 people at the first place we walked into.  Mind you, the Orioles game was starting in 5 minutes.  In NJ or Philly, places are packed and they have drink specials that go along with the games.  NADA.  We walked over to a place like Xfinity Live and guess what?  IT wasn't even open!  It's only open Thurs-Sunday!  WHAT?  We walked over to a place behind Camden Yards called Pickles Pub.  We were pleasantly surprised to find life.  We started watching the baseball game, but it was quickly changed to ALL HOCKEY!  All 7 TVs were now playing the same hockey game.  BUZZKILL.  The Orioles were in Cincy, but really?  Every TV has to be on hockey?  

The redeeming factor?  



Crabby Fries the MD way

We're still true to our Philly roots, but these crabby fries were face rocking!  Picture fries, covered in crab dip, covered in cheese, covered in Old Bay seasoning.  Now add a side of ranch dressing for dipping.  Plus, a few hidden pickles!  What?  DELISH!  

After this masterpiece of deliciousness, we headed back to the hotel.  We had plans to go karaokeing, but alas, we fell asleep.  

When we woke up the next morning, we knew what we wanted...BRUNCH!

We headed out to Miss Shirley's.  It was about a 20 minute wait on a Thursday at 11 am.  I decided to continue eating like a Frat Boy and ordered Buckwheat banana chocolate chip pancakes and a strawberry lemonade.



As good as they look...I ate 3.5 pancakes
Puply perfection
Aly got the strawberry pancakes.  We high fives over out good decision making skills.

After the food coma that was brunch, we headed to the aquarium to see the fishies.  

We saw a really cool shark that looks like bathroom tile.  He just hangs around until other fish try to eat his "coral" camouflage and then he eats them up.  

We came across a fish with RBF!  

RBF fish

We then came across the tropical rainforest.  I saw this sign...
Cacao...Food of the Gods
aka Chocolate gives you super powers

After the aquarium, we headed home.  It was a great trip and definitely what we needed.  

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend and enjoying what is left of Spring Break 2017!

xoxo,

e


 



Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Weekend 2017

Happy Monday!!!

It's oxymoron day over here...or is it?  It's Spring Break Central, so I guess that qualifies as a Happy Monday!  Also, waking up at 10:45, eating some Gertrude Hawk Baseball Smidgens, and catching up on Designated Survivor (so.GOOD.) and then running to the gym to teach HIIT and do some upper body and Zumba does actually qualify as a Happy Monday!

How was everyone's Easter?



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This was our second Easter in NJ.  We used to go to PA to visit my Grammy for Easter, but after she died, we had one Easter in NJ.  After that, Dylan went to JMU and we went to visit him in VA.  Easter dinner was often had in Buffalo Wild Wings or Texas Roadhouse!   For our second NJ Easter, we headed to Cafe Madison for dinner.  So so so yummy!  We all had lobster bisque for an appetizer.  I had salmon with pureed tomatoes and fennel.  For dessert I had a flourless chocolate cake and half of Deb's cheesecake.  Can you tell I missed dessert for 40 days?

Key Lime Martini for me, grapefruit martini for Deb, coke for dad, and Mexican martini for Dylan
Cheesecake...I only ate 1/2 :)


 I had a friend filled weekend and that is exactly how I like it.  FriYAY started out earrrrrly.  I taught Spin from 5:30-6:15 am then I stayed to do some upper body work.  I came home, showered, ate the best breakfast ever and then headed to tutor.  The library was closed for Good Friday (bad Catholic over here didn't even think it would be closed) so I took my student to Starbucks where we sipped apple juices and crushed fractions.  After that I got my mani and then Deb and I headed to King of Prussia Mall for some Lilly Pulitzer and sneaker needs.

2 traffic filled hours later, we arrived.  After we got our Lilly and sneaker spoils, we headed to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner.  They have a SANGRIA FLIGHT!  THIS IS NOT A DRILL!  IT'S REAL LIFE!

3 oz each of Beehive Sangria, Red-Berry Sangria, and Orchard Sangria

Can we just make this a world wide thing?  Like the kale or quinoa movement of 2017?

After a long day of shopping (I think I'm getting old because I needed a nap after that mall trip), I came home and fell asleep.  Like at 8:30.  

Saturday was spent gymming it up.  Deb took my spin class!!  Then we did weights and Pilates.  I went food shopping and then got ready for dinner.  The best dinner.  OF.ALL.SUSHI.TIME.

Cait and I went to Oishii Poke in Philly for dinner.  A few weeks ago, Dylan went to this place for lunch.  When he got home he was raving about it and I snuck a sample.  It rocked my face off.  

This place is like a Pancheros but for sushi.  Everything is very fresh and clean.  You can get a sushi salad bowl, sushi burrito (basically uncut sushi) or a sushi bowl.  I opted for the bowl.  I got brown rice, raw salmon, boiled shrimp, lettuce, seaweed salad, spicy aioli, broccoli, cucumber, corn, mango, carrots, seaweed salad, crab salad, tobiko, and sesame seeds.  It was amazing!  The portions are generous, but not overwhelming.  It was also $9!  You can't get a sushi roll for $9!  I capped it off with a bottle of Watermelon Bai.  Insanely good!


Demolished in 3 minutes!

I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed your egg hunts, egg rolls, egg dyeing, and chocolate!  This Spring Break is shaping up to be a good one and it's only Monday!

XOXO,

e





Friday, December 30, 2016

A Letter to My College Self

Happy Oxymoron Day!


How was everyone's Christmas?!  Ours was fabulous, low-key, full of jammies, and love.  All of my favorite things!

Today's post is going to be a letter to my college-self.  I've recently learned about Earnest a company that offers personal loans and student loan refinancing. They inspired me to write a letter to my college aged self offering advice/things I wish I did/knew. College was one of my favorite times in my life.  I met some of my best friends there, prepared for my job, and learned how to be a grown up.  For the first time ever, I didn't have anyone making sure I ate my vegetables, woke up on time, and did my homework.  Being super Type-A, these were easy accommodations, but still...college was different.  It was a huge learning curve, adjustment, and lifestyle change.  It was eye opening to say the least

Dear 18 Year Old Erin,

Hi!  How are you?  I am basing this letter on the Brad Paisley song, Letter To Me.  So...how are you enjoying your winter break?  Don't get used to it, because it will be a rude awakening come the real world.  Also, I know you're an anxious crazy person, so don't worry, you will get your dream job.  Everything career-wise will work out beautifully.  So keep up the good work and work that hustle!  You will eventually end up working 4 jobs and hold down a 3.8 GPA.  Money will be tight, but you will always be fine.  How will you be fine?  Here's how!


  • BALLIN' ON A BUDGET!  Make a budget at the beginning of the month.  When I was in college I made about $250 a month working at the dance studio, about $400 a month working at the day care center teaching dance and about $100 a month babysitting.  I would make a spreadsheet with the $650.  (Babysitting was too unreliable to actually add it to my monthly spreadsheet.  Babysitting became my "Fun Money")  I'd make a list of my expenses for the month:
    • $100 for gas
    • $300 groceries 
    • $100 supplies for work/school/personal hygiene products
Then I'd say okay, I have $150 left.  I regrettably didn't save a lot of money in college.  Something I changed as soon as I got my big girl job!  That meant I had $150 a month to play with.  That usually went to friend dinners, birthday presents, movies, shopping.  I still keep my spreadsheet to this day.  The funny thing is that now, even though I have 3 jobs, I still don't have $150 to play with!  



  • DON'T GET A CREDIT CARD!  Even though they seem like a good idea, don't bite!  Yes at one time your debit card will get declined at Walmart and you won't be able to buy that US Weekly.  It will be okay.  Better to be declined at Walmart, than have a car loan declined.  Credit cards seem like they will erase all of your financial problems and allow you to get the 16 oz. margarita at Applebee's as opposed to the 12 oz., but that's ok!  You don't need those extra 4 oz. that badly.  I've seen so many of my friends go on shopping sprees thinking that Oh, by the end of the month, I'll have the money.  And guess what?  They don't.  You won't.  Be a cash only girl for as long as possible.  Believe me, at 24.5 you got your first credit card and it is too easy to rationalize buying things when you have a credit card.  
  • PAY CASH FOR GAS!  I can't stress this enough.  The gas stations by TCNJ run a notorious gas hike game with the students.  The 3 of them on the corner of Pennington will assume you don't pay attention and will overcharge you if you use your debit card.  They will continually say they "thought you said $20" when in reality everyone knows you said $10.  Cash will keep you out of this situation.  
  • PAY ATTENTION!  Like with the aforementioned gas incidents, paying attention will save you $$$$.  When you go to the grocery store, make sure you scan your own groceries whenever possible.  If you go to a check out aisle, make sure you pay attention to the scanner.  Most times this is an accident, but sometimes you will get overscanned.  Speak up for yourself and ask them about the errors.  This happens at the mall, too.  Make sure you read the sale's fine print and always look for email coupons!  
  • ASK FOR DEALS!  Don't be afraid to ask stores for student discounts.  J.Crew, Loft, Regal Cinemas, local restaurants ALL offer deals for students.  Most are 15% off minimum.  
  • HAPPY HOUR-If you've read my blog long enough, you know that I love eating out!  It's one of my favorite things to do.  I grab my girlfriends, we pick a cool new-to-us place, and mangia!  College was no different.  The girls in my cohort and I would end up at a different restaurant every Wednesday night after class. We would go during happy hour and score great food for a fraction of the price.  We usually ended up in Princeton and would pop into a local eatery that would be waaaaayyyy too expensive for dinner.  We got the best of both worlds-yummy food at a huge discount!  We also got some cute IG pics at a trendy locale!  What could be better? 
  • COUPON LIKE IT'S YOUR JOB!  Life is expensive, y'all!  I would go online and find direct from the manufacturer coupons, I'd go to newspapers and check the circulars, download the apps for my favorite stores, and check my emails diligently.  All of these little things added up to major savings
  • SAVE YOUR PENNIES!  Since I usually paid cash for most things in college, I acquired some seriously heavy coinage!  I put it all in a piggy bank (yes a legit pink piggy bank) and when it filled up I would take it to the bank and cash it in.  I usually ended up with $60.  Not bad for a little junk change!  
Another tip for college finances involves a sticky situation.  We all know that going out for group dinners is a big part of the college culture and we all know that awkwardly trying to split the bill is another big part of college culture.  There is always that ONE person who refuses to pay their rightful amount.  Venmo!  Download that app now!  I wish we had this when I went to college (okay that makes me sound old!) because you always get stiffed!  Before we had Venmo, I always asked for separate checks.  It might sound like you're being petty, but seriously it's not fair!  It's okay to stand up for yourself and ask the waitress (at the beginning of the meal) for a separate check.  

To sum up this letter, always say yes to Pizza Friday (the bonding and laughs are totally worth the $.82 balance in your bank account), always say yes to Girls' Nights...as long as you have the cash to back it up!  Also...M&Ms are cheaper in bulk :) 

Enjoy the rest of your college career!  You'll love every minute of it.  Don't worry, you'll pass your Comp Exam!  Besides financial advice, I'd tell myself to have more fun!  Go to a freaking college party!  You should have started subbing earlier!  That was a great job and paid more than the day care, plus they treat you way better!  Better hours and a better job with more money?  What was wrong with you!?  In the love faction of life, let's just say you learn the hard way.  You still do.  Your 26 and still take being hit and dragged by a bus to learn a damn thing.  Maybe 2017 you'll figure it out?  

XOXO,

26 year old Erin

I'm off to the ballet and a Girls Night!  I'll post a weekend recap Monday!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful

...but the Netflix is so delightful.  So since there's no place to go, let us view, let us view, let us view!


How is everyone's pre-holiday week going?!

If you answered, "Awesome!" or "I'm all finished my shopping!"  My answer to you is...

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I'm over here like...

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I have a few last minute gifts to pick up, I have to bake brownies and cookies, get a Christmas outfit...Okay, pass the chocolate martini now!

Well, not only has the week been crazy schedule-wise, but it's been crazy weather-wise!  This past weekend was our first snow *yay* and it was about 17 degrees!  

No no no!  I'm not built to withstand 17 degrees!  So when the weather gets this bad, I only have one solution:  

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Netflix, baby! I love staying in and watching Netflix when it gets to be like...oh -13532 degrees out!Those days are made for snuggling up on the couch, hot cocoa in hand, and sweatpants.Netflix has been my go to since college for snowy day activities. I've been inspired by Luma, the creators of a surround wifi network for you home, to make up my ideal Winter Netflix Viewing Party. So...gather up your girls, make a cup of hot cocoa (recipe below) and chill!  Or if you are in one of those adorable things we call a loving and committed relationship (what are those? lol)  enjoy with your love!


1. So I am craving a Snow Day so I can watch Viola Davis slay as Annalise Keating!  
2. Friends the old go to!  Perfect show for any occasion.  I'm pretty sure I've seen each episode about 6,5363 times and it never gets old!
3. Olivia Pope=Girl Crush 
4. I binge watched How I Met Your Mother  in 1 month during college!  That might be one of my most exciting accomplishments in life
5. The most underrated ABCFamily Christmas movie!  12 Dates of Christmas has Zach Morris and Jamie Pallamino!  What more could you want in life?  Also, can we get on Freeform to bring back the original Christmas movies?!  Every year I looked forward to them!  
6. Just Friends!  You need to see this movie.  It's hilarious and makes me laugh every time! Zach and I actually became friends because one of us quoted this movie to the other and we were like did we just become best friends?  So. So. So. Good!  A perfect holiday film...love, laughs, and Christmas!  What else do you want in life?  

Okay, so here's my favorite hot cocoa recipe!

1 C Wegman's Vanilla Almond Milk
5 TBSP (or more to taste) Double Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa from Williams Sonoma (the best!  It doesn't taste fake like those instant packets) 
1 TBPS Wegman's organic creamy peanut butter

Put all ingredients into your Vitamix and press the soup button.  Once it's done pour it into your favorite Christmas mug and chill!  I always add pb (for protein purposes...or because it's my favorite food) after I had it at brunch when I went to  Max Brenner last year.  Amazing!  Life changing!  


I will leave you with this cute little gif that is 100% me!  Dude, I want to watch the show.  I need to focus when I watch Breaking Bad!  

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Enjoy your snowy weather!  

Love, love, love,

E



Sunday, November 13, 2016

GOMO

Happy Monday!!

Or in the land of Serindipity...Happy Oxymoron Day!

I'm fresh off the plane from New Orleans and I already want to go back!  I'll post a recap tomorrow.

Today we're focusing on GOMO!  What is GOMO?

In the Netflix and Chill world we live in, GOMO (Go Out More Often) is, sadly, a novel concept!   Eventbrite, an event planning and management software company asked me to list some GOMO ideas!  Eventbrite is awesome because it lets you plan events, send out digital invites, track RSVPs, sell your tickets online and track ticket sales in real time.  This sounds like an awesome way to keep track of all of your holiday parties!

I know that with winter coming, most people prefer to stay inside and hibernate, but I LOVE this time of year!  There are so many exciting things to do outdoors this time of year.  I may be am totally 100% biased because of my December birthday, but I just have to celebrate the season by going to ALL.THE.HOLIDAY.AND.WINTER.THINGS!  I've created a list of holiday/winter things that are must do's in the Philadelphia/Souther NJ area.

1.)  Turkey Trots!

I LOVE this Thanksgiving tradition.  Most are 5ks and can be found in multiple towns around the area.  I usually run the Moorestown Turkey Trot.  I always feel less guilty pigging out once I've completed the pre-dinner race.  A little fresh air also cuts the family togetherness tension :)  Here are a list of local Turkey Trots near me!

Last Year's Moorestown Turkey Trot


2.) Dickens' Village

Macy's in Philadelphia, located in the old Wanamaker Building, puts on a recreation of Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol, every year.  Visitors walk through an impeccably decorated story walk.  Visitors wind through the 3rd floor or Macy's and view animatronic dolls that depict the major scenes from the book.  We've been going forever and it's something I look forward to every year.  It starts the day of Thanksgiving!  Macy's also does a light show set to Christmas music and features many classic Christmas stories including The Nutcracker, Frosty, and Rudolph.  My family used to go every year, but now my girlfriends and I have turned it into a fun prelude for festive cocktails and dessert at The Melting Pot or Max Brenner's.

3.) Santa Runs/Holiday Runs

After Turkey Trots, these have to be my favorite holiday races.  Racers dress up in holiday garb and run around different neighborhoods.  One cool thing about these races is that they tend to mix up the distance.  Most Turkey Trots are 5ks, where Santa Runs vary from one mile runs to marathons.  You can join a Running of the Santas, or an ugly sweater run, a hot cocoa run, and a reindeer run.  All of these are an awesome way to GOMO and get some exercise in!

4.) Christmas Village

Philadelphia holds an annual Christmas Village complete with a German Christmas Market featuring local vendors.  Every day there is something new for visitors to experience.  Buy some hot cocoa and walk around with a Bavarian pretzel and take in all of the holiday goodies.  Most events are free and family oriented.  Plus, it's Center City locale makes it a great way to start or end your Dickens' Village trip.

5.) Peddler's Village Gingerbread House Contest

On December 3rd and 4th, Peddler's Village hosts a Christmas Weekend complete with shopping, Santa parades, and a Gingerbread House Decorating Contest.  Peddler's Village is cute the other 363 days a year, but this weekend they go above and beyond.  You can purchase cookies and hot cocoa and walk around.  PLUS parking and admission is free!

6.) Living Nativities

As kids there was nothing I loved more than hearing the story of Jesus' birth. We would visit multiple local churches and see their recreation of the story of Jesus' birth.  Each church put their own spin on it, including importing livestock, music, stunts, and special effects.  Such a great way to remember the Reason for the Season.

8.) Craft Shows

Most local high schools and churches feature Christmas Craft Shows.  These are great places to go to pick up gifts for co-workers, neighbors, and hostesses.  Most feature locally made products (think homemade jams/honeys/baking mixes) at reasonable prices.  Plus, I always feel better buying from local artisans.  Most of these also feature a Cookie Walk...not that I ever visit those :)

9.) Ice skating at the RiverRink

Philly has a really awesome outdoor RiverRink where skaters can go to enjoy some exercise, treats, and family time.  I'm a horrible ice skater so you probably would only get a visual of me falling to the ground multiple times.  The rink opens November 25th!

10.) Xfinity Live!

We're really luck in Philly because right next to our sports' arenas is a really cool multi-bar hangout called Xfinity Live.  It features Philly favorites (Geno's and Chickie and Pete's) and other fun bars.  My friends and I like to go and watch basketball, hockey, and football games.  It's a great (and cheap) way to view the games!

11.) Hockey games

My friends and I love Philly sports!  We try to see a Flyers game live every season.  This year, we're going to see Carrie Underwood's husband, Mike Fisher's Nashville Predators take on the Flyers!

12.) Light Displays both local and independent

Many towns feature The Best of Light Displays and list homes that really go over the top with their decorations.  My friends and I like to do a Christmas Dinner Party.  We wear our jammies, bring a course, and eat a nice Christmas meal before we head out on a self-directed lights' tour.  We bring hot cocoa and homemade cookies and turn the Christmas jams up loud!

Last year's lights and dinner tour


If you want a more formal Christmas Lights' Display event you can usually find them at  local farms.  Johnson's Farm does a great one in South Jersey.

13.) Sixers Games

Just like hockey games, we try and visit a Sixers game every year.  Tickets are super cheap and can be found on Groupon!  I'm Cait, her brother, Dylan, and I may all join up and go see a game.

14.) The Nutcracker

My.Favorite. Tradition.  Deb and I usually go see The Nutcracker  every year because I love the ballet!  We usually see the Pennsylvania Ballet's performance, but tickets can be expensive.  Groupon currently has the NJ Ballet's performance for $12!  Local ballet companies also perform this show.

Deb and I before the ballet last year


15.) House Tours

Many older towns feature House Tours.  Moorestown, Haddonfield, and Riverton all host Christmas House Tours.  Visitors can pay a one time fee (usually $25) and get to tour houses decorated for Christmas.  The towns' historical societies usually put on these events.  They're super fun to explore and see all of the old, beautiful mansions' decorations.  We usually turn it into a family affair and bring my aunts, cousin, Cait, and her mom.  We do dinner before and turn it into a fun Girls' Night Out!

16.) Longwood Gardens 

If you are from this area, you know Longwood Gardens is a holiday couple's day out fave.  Everyone and I mean everyone takes their significant other to visit the Gardens and take a Christmas picture in front of the giant Christmas tree.  If you're rolling solo this holiday season (like me!) you and your friends can visit it and then grab a good dinner on the way home.

I hope you all enjoyed this list of holiday fun activities!  Remember, use Eventbrite to help you plan your holiday events!  It gives you total control over your event and keeps you in charge of your event with painless event guides and services!   


Can't wait to tell y'all about my trip to visit Zach!

XOXO,

E