To Do In Baltimore: The Bengie’s Drive-In Theatre

I am so happy for this warm Maryland weather. It seemed like winter was holding on for dear life, but she is gone! Warm weather means sundress season, beaches, and amusement parks. For our family, it also means drive-in season!  Continue reading “To Do In Baltimore: The Bengie’s Drive-In Theatre”

Five Weekend Trips for DMV Residents on a budget

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I love to travel! Time, budget, and my infant don’t always make room for jet-setting, but all isn’t lost. The advantage of living in Maryland is its close proximity to some pretty great places. This summer, why not explore a few of these. Here are a few of my favorites: Continue reading “Five Weekend Trips for DMV Residents on a budget”

Eat This: Potbelly Sandwich Shop

via Seamless.com
via Seamless.com

What can be said about this AWESOME sandwich shop? The food is delicious, the atmosphere is one of a kind, and the shop itself is a hybrid of Subway, a swanky coffee house, and Soda Jerks on the Santa Monica Pier. Magically, this hybrid works!

Jon and I...boo-luvin' during our last Potbelly visit.
Jon and I…boo-luvin’ during our last Potbelly visit.

 

Jon and I have loved Potbelly for as long as we have loved each other. Side story: Jon and I are foodies, but moreso when we were dating and not eating as healthy as we do now. My mom, sister and friend all had a game where they would guess restaurants/eateries Jon and I hadn’t visited. One of those places was Potbelly’s. So during an Ikea trip (I was still in college at the time), Jon and I decided to have lunch at the Potbelly next door. It was love at first bite! Since a location has opened closer to our home, we have been frequent visitors.

Here’s what I love so much about Potbelly:

  • The simplicity of it all– The sandwiches on the menu have set recipes, which the employees know well (unlike Subway’s, but that’s another story). While there is a rumored secret menu, everything is pretty basic. Make no mistake, though. The sandwiches are not basic in the flavor department. There are also vegan/vegetarian options that I have never tried! Someone would have to let me know about those.
  • The simplicity of it all- Yes, this is here again. The way the line works is pretty cool and easy. Everything is in reach as you walk through the line. Since there’s no glass to see which condiments are available, Potbelly has lists throughout the line.
  • Live music– I’ve heard about this since my first Potbelly experience, but I experienced it just recently. There was a guy who did an awesome cover of Maroon 5’s Songs About Jane (aka the soundtrack of my high school years…no, really). Artists sign up for a spot and can perform for tips.
  • You can figure out calories…at home– I’ve done this so many times! It allows me to eat what I want–without going over my daily calorie allowance. Everyone knows bad decisions are made when there was no preparation for them. You can avoid in-line decision making with this cool feature.
  • You can order and/or eat at home– Potbelly makes it easy to place orders from home–and even get your food delivered (at participating locations).

 

I would highly suggest Potbelly for your occasional sandwich! I usually order a turkey breast sandwich on multigrain bread with mustard, lettuce and tomato. If you have a Potbelly favorite, let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

What I’m Wearing This Spring!

Spring is here, even if winter won’t go away! With that, I decided to go through my closet and pull some looks together to share with you. While these pictures aren’t exactly what I own, they are very close! Everything featured below is based on something that is actually in my wardrobe. Let me know what look is your favorite and where you would wear it!

 

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Here’s a look I’ve already shared. This is a fun look for a sporting event. Since basketball season will be completely donezo in a little while, swap the Wizard’s shirt for a Nationals shirt.
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With my first wedding anniversary just weeks away, I know wedding season is around the corner. Here’s a simple wedding look I pulled together. I kept all of my accessories simple because it’s not my day 🙂
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This look is good for a cookout or any day, really. You can go with just the tank, but the denim jacket will help beat A.C. chills.
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Although this won’t be needed until the end of spring, it’s never too early to think of a beach day!
I pulled this look together for a spring date night.
Mr. NichofTAIme and I love going on dates in the spring. There are so many foods to be tasted, free concerts to be heard, and scenery to enjoy. You can do them all with a look like this.  
This may look like the tackiest outfit on Earth, but it's what you wear to the happiest place on Earth. When I visit amusement parks, it's less about fashion and more about function--especially at Disney. You're going to get wet. You're going to sit in something that may not come out of your clothes...so I keep it simple. P.S. Those Croc sandals are LOVE! All of the comfort of a walking shoe, minus the cramped foot-prison feeling.
This may look like the tackiest outfit on Earth, but it’s what you wear to the happiest place on Earth. When I visit amusement parks, it’s less about fashion and more about function–especially at Disney. You’re going to get wet. You’re going to sit in something that may not come out of your clothes…so I keep it simple. P.S. Those Croc sandals are LOVE! All of the comfort of a walking shoe, minus the cramped foot-prison feeling.

Get Ready With Me: Wizards Game [Video]

I’ve already shared my weekend with you, but here re the details of what I wore and how I pulled the look together.

I didn’t get any full body shots of my outfit, so I created the following image to give you an idea of what I wore. I couldn’t find an online image of my shirt online, so I picked one that looks similar:

Date Night Look Book

I’ll be posting a spring look book as soon as Maryland can maintain some spring weather! Until then, stay tuned!

Weekend Recap: Date Night + MS Walk

This weekend was AMAZING! Although I live in the DC/MD/VA area, my husband and I were not a part of Cherry Bossomageddon. There’s no reason why I’d pay almost $10 (via DC Metro) and battle massive crowds…just to see the same trees that are in my own neighborhood. Are they beautiful? Yes. Is it worth it to me? Nah. So instead of doing that, my husband and I went to a Wizards game on Saturday night and had a ball. Before attending the actual game, we stopped for a bite at a cool pizzeria, Fuel.

Credit: Popville
Credit: Popville

Being a New York native, I am a bit critical when it comes to which pizzerias make “good” pizza. Fuel makes awesome pizza that tastes just like New York pizza. The price of the combos were a slightly expensive compared to their NYC counterparts, but you’re going to pay a little buck for location and atmosphere. Speaking of atmosphere, the restaurant is decorated like a gas station you’d see on a cross-country trip–including graffiti on the wall. The restaurant operates in a manner similar to Noodles & Company. You order your food at the register, take a table marker, and sit anywhere you want. The waiter will bring your food to you. I think that’s pretty cool. I also like the red paint in their bathroom.

Shameless bathroom selfie in Fuel.
Shameless bathroom selfie in Fuel.

After eating more than enough pizza, we headed across the street to the Verizon Center for a great Wizards game. The Wizards are in the playoffs, contrary to what bandwagon Heat heat fans said when we beat the beans out of them. See, true Wizards fans knew this season would play out like this. I won’t bore you girly girls with a bunch of basketball mumbo jumbo, but I truly enjoy Wizards basketball. Saturday’s game against the Bucks was a great time for my husband and I, as the Wizards won the game  104-91.

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It was fan appreciation week, so we got neat little things like Wizards coolers, pens and tumblers. We also got 50% off of Papa John’s Pizza and free Chik Fil A sandwiches. How awesome? Pretty awesome, but not the best part of that game.

Amaris Jackson, a 10 year-old who signed a one day contract with the Washington Wizards (via Make A Wish), with John Wall. Credit; Monumental Network
Amaris Jackson, a 10 year-old who signed a one day contract with the Washington Wizards (via Make A Wish), with John Wall. Credit; Monumental Network

After the game, we waited a while before rushing to the Metro station. As I’ve already said, I don’t like dealing with crowds (unless they’re Disney World crowds). If you’ve never been to that side of DC at night, you’re missing out on good, free music. When we finally exited the Verizon Center, I saw big tuba and heard the chorus of Chaka Khan’s Ain’t Nobody playing through a crowd of people. It was a band called the Brass Connection Band! They ended their street show with their own rendition of Pharell’s Happy. After which, we pushed our way onto the first train back to Montgomery County.

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Shameless train selfie
Shameless train selfie attempt...photobombed by my husband, Jon.
Shameless train selfie attempt…photobombed by my husband, Jon.

The next morning (I know, sounds like suicide) we went to Towson for Walk MS 2014. This 5k is one in which my family has participated for 13 years, in support of my aunt Joan. Although it was a very early morning (Jon and I were up at 6:00 to get to Baltimore in time), it was a day well spent. With our dogs in tow, we completed the 5k! Phoebe loved every minute of it. However, our 15 week-old baby dog became dead weight after the first lap. I think he still enjoyed it, though. He received a lot of attention.

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Our baby dog, Big EZ, passed out after the race. Credit: Husbeau
L to R: My sister, Me, and my cousin. Credit: Aunt Joan
L to R: My sister, Me, and my cousin. Credit: Aunt Joan

We finished the weekend with a lot of rest. By the time we reached our apartment, everyone (including the dogs) was a blink away from REM sleep. I’m happy I was able to get that rest. Today, I will take on the challenge of planning a girl’s getaway trip for June! Stay tuned for more details about that and the release of  my posting schedule!

The Best Disney April Fool’s Pranks (Not Produced by Disney)

April Fools day is one that I want to go by as quickly as possible. I am slightly annoyed by the dozens of cliche “I’m expecting” Facebook statuses. If you’re going to participate in the day’s festivities, at least get creative with it. That’s just what a few Disney-loving bloggers did today. If you ever wondered how cruel a Disney lover could be, you’re in for a treat. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites to share with you. Click the images below to read the full post (prank).

1. Walt Disney World Announces a Fifth Park

 

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2. Disney Vacation Club Owner to File Lawsuit Demanding More FastPass+ Experiences

 

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3. Disney World Visitor Tricks Cast Members With Disneyland Map

 

 

4. Le Cellier Steakhouse is now a Disney-fied Outback Steakhouse

 

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5. “Switched at Birth” is Done-zo

 

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6. The Good Old Beverly Prank