Friday Favorites!

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Its Friday and I made it through my first full season at work. While it felt long, looking back at it, it went by so quickly. We head into the Holiday weekend and while it’s still technically summer, I can’t believe school starts back up next week and Fall is right around the corner. This weekend is going to be full of family time, relaxing and catching up on some things on my “to-do” list.

Have a great weekend!

-B

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{ Like Buffalo has Buffalo statues, Saratoga has Horses and Ballet Slippers. Here’s one of the pictures from my weekend in Albany }

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{ Capitol Building, Albany, New York }

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{ I love my gifts from Annette and Chris! They know me so well. Elephant Orchid plant, Elephant bracelets and an original Just a Blonde in Buffalo envelope. Thank you guys! xo }

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{ Taking a walk down Main St. in downtown Buffalo earlier this week. I love my hometown! #Buffalove }

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{ An elephant and monkey. Zooperstars Night at the ballpark }

 

#BuffaloLinks

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Today stop by the North Buffalo Farmer’s Market and pick up fresh and local produce and vegetables and meet with local farmers and vendors.

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This sounds like a great social activity to participate in; The Allentown Mob Tour, learn more about Buffalo’s History and enjoy a drink and food at Café 59.

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Who said Field Day’s are just for kids. Join in the fun of biking, running and yoga at the Delaware Park Field Day.

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It would be just wrong if I didn’t post about the National Chicken Wing Festival, taking place this weekend at Coca Cola Field. People from all over the nation come to enjoy the best chicken wings Western New York has.

 

Sun, Sand, Summertime

Below are a list of the other beaches around Western New York and Southern Ontario that I feel are worthwhile to go to. What makes them worthwhile to me is the cleanliness, the friendly atmosphere, the ability to rent cottages, water activities available and the scenery.

-B

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{ I always went here with my family when I was little and still love Crystal Beach (located in Canada)}

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{ Sherkston Beach located in Ontario Canada }

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{ Beaver Island State Park is not only a beach, but offers a park, golf course and other amenities to make for a relaxing and fun day }

 

Angola, NY

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 {Check out their line up for Labor Day weekend here. }

To keep with the beach continuation, my second favorite beach in Western New York is Mickey Rats. Just down the road from Bennett Beach in Angola, Mickey Rats has been around since the 1980′s and is a great place to go for some sun, swimming and sand during the day and live music and drinks by the water at night.

-B

 

Beachin’ It In Buffalo

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With it being the last week of summer vacation I thought I would do a re-cap on my favorite beaches in the area. Its one last time to put those feet in the sand before school starts next week and we make our way to the “unofficial” end of summer with Labor Day next week.

A few weeks ago I took a 40 minute drive out to Angola for a little relaxation. It was the first time I’d ever been to Bennett Beach and it is now my favorite beach in Western New York. Arriving in the late morning, it was clean, quiet and pretty. Staying only for a few hours, lots of families came to enjoy the sun, sand and water in the early afternoon.

The beach has picnic tables, a park, lifeguards on duty and plenty of parking. You’re allowed to bring your own coolers onto the beach {excludes alcoholic beverages} making it nice for lunch/picnics. It was nice to get away from the noise and craziness of “life” and relax on a quiet beach without loud music and crowds of people all around.

If you’re looking for a place to take the kids or just a place to relax and read a magazine or good book definitely check Bennett Beach out.

-B

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{ Bridge to walk over to get from the park to the beach }

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{ Soaking up some sun }

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{ A water shot from the bridge }

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Friday Favorites!

For a week that I thought would feel long, it has surprisingly went by quickly. I’m lucky to be able to attend the wedding of two of the most thoughtful, gracious, amazing friends as they celebrate the beginning of their lives together. Kate and Brian, tomorrow is going to be magical and I can not wait to celebrate with the two of you! Xo

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

-B

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{ A beautiful couple that I am happy and lucky to call my friends }

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{ Finally getting to meet Mr. Sharknado and visit Shanna in Albany was one of the biggest highlights from this past week }

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{ The last 3 pictures are me being able to celebrate with some of my closest friends, my family and boss. You guys are awesome! }

 

 

A Heartfelt Thank You & Reflection

What makes me “me” are the people I surround myself with. I wouldn’t be who I am with out a great support system which is my wonderful family and the friends I’ve been blessed with. I think of a lot of random ideas and dreams and most of them are crazy or out of the box, but I have family and friends who support me and encourage me and are there for me even when they may not believe in it all the way.

My drive comes from the feelings I get when I see something good happen from not giving up. I truly believe great things can happen if you put your mind to it. They may not happen exactly when you want them to, but if you keep at it and really believe in it then you have succeeded.

I wouldn’t trade the life experiences I’ve had for anything, the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between because all of those experiences have shaped me into who I am today. I am by far a “perfect” person. I have my faults, I have my worries and fears and failures, but I keep going and I don’t give up because when I give up – then I give up on myself.

I believe we should always be our number one fans. Life is a crazy journey and we only get one so I make sure to LIVE it as much as I can and I’m happy to do that with my wonderful family and friends in my life.

So to everyone who has sent me congratulatory messages and been there for me through my “adventures” thank you, the gift of love and friendship is the best gift anyone can receive. I celebrate this #30underthirty award with you.

Xoxo

-B

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