24 Hours in Washington DC

I’ve walked the streets of London, climbed the Eiffel Tower, and tried Belgian chocolate from the shops of Bruges, but I never visited the capital of the United States – Washington D.C. – until now.

The opportunity for a quick visit arose when we decided to road trip it down to Virginia to see my sister graduate from A.I.T army training, and I was determined to see D.C. while the chance was within reach.

But I learned a lot about the capital city that I didn’t know before. Basically, you have to see it to understand just how huge and overwhelming it is. But I loved it.

We were short on time, but here’s what I saw in the two days I visited Washington D.C., and what you should consider seeing on your trip there, too.

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The view from The Washington Monument on the National Mall 

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Happy(ier) hour summer-y cocktail recipes

Its mid-July in Massachusetts: Which means that the temperature outside has (finally) reached sizzling levels. I find that there’s nothing better than cooling off near the pool with a refreshing cocktail and some friends to beat the heat.

But what to make? Sure, there’s lemonade and iced tea, but for those at the right age, something with a slightly extra kick is sometimes appreciated, and helps you relax and enjoy your time not in an office or behind a counter.

There are so many summer cocktail recipes, it’s virtually impossible to try them all in one season. So here are some of my favorites to get you started.

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Summer in Massachusetts: Cape Cod Lavender Farm

If there’s one time a year that gets everyone in Massachusetts excited – it’s summer. And if there’s one place that gets everyone in Massachusetts excited – it’s Cape Cod (or the Cape, as it’s known locally).

Put those two together and you’re golden.

But aside from the incredible beaches, seafood and shopping offered down the Cape during the on-months, there’s even more, if you know where to look.

I’ve been pretty obsessed with lavender for awhile – I have a few plants growing in my own garden at home. The smell during the peak season is to-die-for; it has that gorgeous balance of sweet and strong that entices. I use it in my tea (hello, lavender-chamomile my old friend), and as a natural perfume and sleep aid. Drying bunches and keeping them on-hand keeps the air clean in the house, and makes every breath feel like summertime.

So when I heard about Cape Cod Lavender Farm, I had no choice but to see what it was all about.

And it certainly didn’t disappoint.

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You’ve gotta be avoca-kidding me!

Summer is one of my favorite seasons.  I’m up early and home late – enjoying the long days and warm sun.

But a major plus (besides the weather, of course) of this season has GOT to be the food. Between BBQs with fresh corn on the cob, lobsters, oysters and steamers, and seasonal faves like watermelon and mangoes, I transport to food heaven for 3 months out of the year.

And as a millennial, I feel like I’m required to enjoy the food of my generation – the avocado.

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Behold: The avocado.

But what’s not to love? They’re relatively inexpensive, filling, healthy and versatile.

So without further ado, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite avocado recipes with you (millennial or no millennial)!

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5 Massachusetts Waterfalls Worth Visiting

A few years ago, I and a couple of my close friends went on a day trip to check out a waterfall in the Western part of Massachusetts. It was a trip that was 2 ½ hours’ worth of driving, but entirely worth it.

We went to Glendale Falls, a huge, all-natural waterfall that stole our breath away (and #3 on this list). Since summer is nearly upon us, I figured it would be nice to recommend other gorgeous Massachusetts waterfalls for you to check out too!

Just please remember to always use caution when exploring waterfalls, as they can be dangerous, and obey any posted rules at the site:

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Rocking Chair Reads: My Favorite Summer Night Books

Can you smell it in the air? It’s the smell of sand castles, sparklers and cookouts. Yes, summer is nearly upon us, and I cannot wait for long days and cool nights.

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One of my absolute favorite things to do after a long day of hanging out in the sun is to come home, pour a glass of iced tea, and curl up with a good book while listening to the crickets chirping nearby. Nothing is more relaxing.

But there are so many choices of books to go with (it’s actually overwhelming) – and I’d like to offer you some of mine to narrow the field.

Here are my top rocking chair reads:

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