Friday Favorites

Its the Holiday weekend and probably one of the last times to enjoy a BBQ with family and friends, take a boat ride on the lake and do anything else summer related. I’m looking forward to a few days off. I hope you enjoy these last couple “unofficial” days of summer.



{A recap of some of my favorite memories from the 2015 baseball season}


{An old Am & A’s sign downtown}

quest bar

{I finally found a protein bar that doesn’t taste like cardboard}

buffalo pallet art

{Michele and Lindsay from Buffalo Pallet Art are amazingly talented! I couldn’t be happier with the pallet of art they did for me}


{A Saturday adventure with this pretty friend and her husband to Niagara County made for a day to remember}


To me Labor Day weekend is one last time to spend time with the family and friends barbecuing and enjoying those last few days of the summer. Here are a couple things going on this weekend that you most likely already know about, but may want to check out their links before heading to the event.

zoo bucks

These Zoo Bucks will come in handy if you’re headed to the Buffalo Zoo on Labor Day. they are $5 for a pack of 6 and can be used on almost anything in the Zoo

chicken wing prep

Tents are up and chicken wings are in full prep for the Chicken Wing Festival this coming weekend. Its going to be a hot not only in the temperature department, but all around the ballpark


Looking for something relaxing to do, check out the Succulents event kicking off on Saturday and running through Oct. 4 at the Botanical Gardens

A Hidden Gem in Newfane

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Part of my adventure on Saturday with Kate and Brian was a stop to Gordie Harper’s Bazaar. A place I came across on social media and it landed on my bucket list of places to go. A restaurant {serving breakfast until 2pm}, lunch and dinner. With an added touch of shopping antiques and flea market finds, making it a fun place to visit. On a beautiful day you can sit outside on the patio and enjoy the pretty flowers, fresh air and good conversation.

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The food we had was delicious – I had the Chicken in the Grass sandwich, Kate had a Veggie Burger and Brian had the Sirloin Steak Sandwich.  Gordie’s seems to be a favorite with the locals in Newfane and if you’re coming in from the City of Buffalo you can’t find anything like this {at least I haven’t yet} “back home.”


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{Patio seating}

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{A classic record player}

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{Flea Market Finds}

A day trip to Olcott, NY

FullSizeRenderOver the weekend one of the places I paid a visit to was Olcott, NY. Having never been there before I didn’t know much other than it holds a beautiful place to take in a sunrise or sunset.

Even though the last I heard you couldn’t swim at the beach because of the water, the area hosts beautiful small town shops, ice cream stands, a pier to fish off of, and an awesome Carousel/kids area where you can take the little ones to ride rides and play skee-ball, making it a perfect afternoon with the family. On Sunday’s you can visit the Van Horn Mansion for free. Looking to explore? You can hike the Burt Dam trail and walk inside the Olcott Beach Lighthouse.

Looking for something to do this weekend – they are hosting a Classic Car Show all day. While Olcott, is only about a 40 minute drive from the City of Buffalo, the small town feel makes you feel like you’re on a mini-vacation.



My Friday Favorites

Its the last weekend of August and for some that means summer is over {even though we still have a few more weeks of it}. Labor Day is right around the corner and school will be beginning soon for those little ones. This weekend is full of fun activities to do between the Lewiston Jazz Festival, a baseball game or hitting up the Elmwood Arts Festival. Enjoy whatever it is that you will be doing.


thank you note

{I am a big thank you note sender, so when I received a thank you in the mail this week it put a smile on my face. Call me old school but receiving “snail mail” will never be out of date in my book!}

country market

{A walk thru the Country Market on Main St this past week}

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{A place I came across during one of my lunch break walks. When I start to feel like I know a lot of the buildings surrounded by my work, one always pops up that I never knew about before}


{Spoiled Rotten came out with a great wedding gift just in time for one of my friends bridal showers. This is the perfect gift for anyone who has a little Buffalove in them. Thank you Spoiled Rotten for always having the best Buffalo gifts.}

ice cream

{Because you can never go wrong with ice cream in the summer}

Happy National Park Service Birthday

In honor of the National Park Service Birthday today I thought I would share my post on Letchworth State Park, voted USA TODAY Readers’ Choice Award for Best State Park in the United States in 2015!


A beautiful place to go in the summer is Letchworth State Park. I’ve only been once in the past couple of years and it’s absolutely beautiful. If you love the outdoors and want a place to go for camping, hiking or to picnic this is a park to check out. Between the waterfalls, trails and kayaking there is so much to do.



#BuffaloLinks – Distillery Edition


Clayton Distillery down the 90 to Clayton, NY their slushies {for adults} are delicious! And strong. They are right next door to miniature golf making it a fun afternoon of activities if you’re visiting the 1,000 Islands


Buffalo Distilling Company– offering Apple Brandy and One Foot Cock Bourbon you can find their product in local liquor stores and at Larkinville.


Tommy Rotter Distillery on Seneca St. is a NYS farm distillery – their vodka is smooth yet tasty making it one of the only liquor I could drink on the rocks. They also offer Gin as well.


{Niagara Distilling photo from Facebook}

The only product I haven’t tried out of the list – Niagara Distilling Co. located on Ellicott St. uses organic grain for the distilled process. With a 1,500 square foot tasting and retail space they are on my list of places to visit.

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