Summer Bucket List 7/15: Dinner Theatre

Hi Everyone! My Summer reading list has been working out wonderfully! I have also been adding quite a few other items to my list – one that is now completed is going to a dinner theatre!


13 mystery dinner theatreIn memory of my first date, at the most romantic restaurant in Philadelphia (really – it won awards!), I surprised my boyfriend with a Mystery Dinner Theatre production at Bistro Romano. I have ALWAYS wanted to experience a dinner theatre/a murder mystery theatre! This killed two birds with one stone! Little did I know- I would be selected to participate… as “Bambi”… the sex addict. With my luck, of course, I would get this role!!! The murder mystery *dun dun dun* took place at a meeting for those with behavioral disorders. Now, my role doesn’t seem so out of place does it?! hahaha! It was like playing Clue, in real-life – but just with actors, no actual murderers. My beau and I had an absolute blast and laughed quite a bit at the characters, especially the stereotypical Jewish mother who, with Manischewitz in hand, served us an Italian dinner. LOVED IT! Great food, great spirits, and great fun!

I highly recommend this experience! Those near the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia), please check out If you guess the killer correctly (like my smart self and my boyfriend did), your name will be drawn to win a gift card!

To playing Clue


Summer Bucket List 7/11: Read Yourself to Another Place

Good Evening! I put up a post with a Summer reading list last year, and it is that time again!


I love laying on a lounger with some iced tea and reading a book – just letting it take me to another place!

13 summer bookieThe books on my list to finish by the end of Summer are Big Girl Pants by Stephanie Evanovich – because every girl loves a “sassy and sexy” story!! I started Dear Girls Above Me by Charlie McDowell which so far, has totally like made me LOL… like so many times! Don’t judge me! That is just a taste of what the girls in this book sound like! I have a habit of dog earing pages that I like. Let’s just say this book already has a lot of folded down pages!! I finally got my hands on a 30% off copy of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn at Target. I am very excited to start reading this – I have heard nothing but awesome reviews. Lastly, I am rereading the Hunger Games books before Catching Fire comes out in November.

Please join me in doing some Summer reading. If you have recommendations, I read about 3 at once (one for bedtime, one for outside time, and one for stationary bicycle time), so bring it on!!

To a good read and exploring new places ❤


Summer Bucket List 7/9: Have a Meal Outdoors

Hey everybody! I hope your 4th of July celebration was filled with family, friends, sunshine, fireworks, great food, and a cocktail…or two….


This is a fairly simple item on my bucket list this Summer. I don’t know about you, but if I do not get outside, I feel like the day has been wasted! I’m drawn to sunshine, fresh air, and I like my Vitamin Deeeeeeee! Today, I had a late lunch of leftovers on my balcony while responding to emails. (Praise The Lord for the gift of the iPhone) It was not as relaxing as I had hoped, but it still put a smile on my face and on my food baby’s face too! hahaha

13 summer lunch

Some things I should warn “the indoor” breed of girls about before attempting, this “outdoor eating idea”:

1) A fly may or may not land on you, near you, or in your food. A swatting motion will solve your problems. If your throat burns or you hear a strange buzzing inside of your ear, honey, it’s too late.

2) If you live by the shore, a crazed seagull could, quite possibly steal food from you. The Jersey shore birds, I think, were cross-bred with the honey badger because they don’t care, they will scoop an entire weenie right off of a flame-filled grill, then fly backwards….

3) If it is really hot, and sweat wasn’t invited to the party, make yourself a frozen margarita. However, if you are a working girl, make sure the alcoholic beverages are kept for after work hours. 😉

4) And on a serious note, if grilling or throwing a bash for a group, keep perishable foods below 40 degrees. Food covers and nets are always a must to keep bugs out! Also, use separate dishes and utensils when cooking meats and fish. Food can go bad, become cross-contaminated, or worse…bacteria can fester and it’s only downhill from there!

To the great outdoors and food babies ❤

Summer Bucket List 7/2: Visit a Museum

Hello Again! I hope you are attempting to enjoy this seemingly apocalyptic weather we are having! It was abnormally hot in Roma while I was checking things off of my bucket list. One thing is for sure, despite the heat, cover your shoulders and knees if you expect to visit religious places. Take it from the girl who was denied access because she was wearing a very sad excuse for shorts….. that girl isn’t me, of course….. 😉


Your museum trip doesn’t have to be as extravagant as the Vatican Museum with its maze of sites that end at the Sistine Chapel. You should take any chance you can get to visit a museum that revolves around a subject of interest to you! I love historic art pieces and when I am in a hopeless DIY’er mood thinking about painting a room in the house, I can think of the ceiling in the picture below…… puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?!

13 summer museum

So join me in checking this fun activity off of your list, even if you don’t get to see the Loacoon Group or chillax with an ancient Egyptian monkey god sculpture…

To museum goers everywhere!!

Summer Bucket List 7/1: Mani Pedi

Hello!!!! I have missed all of my blogging friends and it has been far too long! I can’t believe I started this Bucket List idea last summer and here we are in the Summer of 2013! I missed doing this sooooo much 🙂

13 summer mani pedi


I would say there are two preparatory regimens that a woman must do before her first Summer get away. 1) is getting in shape for dreaded bikini shopping and 2) is getting a mani/pedi. Since I was going to the Mediterranean, I grabbed several exciting Victoria’s Secret bathing suites, which of course gave me the most interesting of tan lines and did it up with “Cajun Shrimp” by OPI on my fingernails and my toenails. Getting manicures and pedicures are so relaxing and always put a smile on my face…Plus, if your Vietnamese pedicurist laughing as hard as you do when they tickle your feet during the exfoliation process doesn’t make your day, I don’t know what would! Long story short,  I was ready for flip flops in Capri and seashell rings. * By the way, feeling like Ariel while wearing my seashell ring with coral colored nails was a priceless experience! *

So knock this off your bucket list, if you haven’t already!!

To ticklish feet and manicured nails



Summer Checklist : Day 1

Heavens to Betsy – tomorrow is the first day of FALL!  So, here it is, my last post of Summer –

ITEM 28 : Pull an all-nighter and enjoy the last Friday of Summer 2012!

I don’t think I have pulled an all-nighter since I was in college (and I remember doing a heck of a lot of those)! Now that it has been 2 years since I stopped being a studious college designer dweeb, I’d say I’m due for another. As Rebecca Black would say, “It’s Friday, Friday…” I only have about 2 more hours of daylight before some nighttime festivities begin, and I am as ready as I’ll ever be! I feel like this summer flew by! After dealing with some rough times in the winter and spring – having off for Summer 2012 has been glorious. I spent time with friends & family, crossed something off of my bucket list, went to the shore, started this blog, and had time to sit back and relax!

I am making sure this summer goes out with a boom! So let’s party on this Fall’s Eve like it’s 1999. We will need a lot of caffeinated beverages from WAWA, a Netflix account, party tunes, & games! *A lil factoid about Kelly – I love board games, Apples to Apples, and card games – you know what? I just love party games, period!*

Cheers to you all. I hope your summer went in with a bang and goes out with a boom!

Summer Checklist : Day 3

Can you believe we only have 3 more days to complete our Summer Bucket Lists?


Forget the suit and put your wild side to the test! Jump into the water – buck nakey! “O. M. G.”, I say with gasps in between the letters and a super-crazy-fun look on my face!

I had never done this before until this summer and it was so exhilarating and refreshingly naughty of me! Perhaps it was the full moon, or perhaps it was the wine…? Either way, it was liberating and turned into one of the best nights of my life and a very interesting story (maybe I will share it with you all one day)! Sometimes, adding a little crazy into your everyday routine maybe just what the doctor ordered!

Free your soul and lose your suit! *New rules to live by??*

Summer Checklist : Day 4

ITEM 26 : Take a visit to the FAIR!

This week is the infamous Oley Valley Community Fair and I cannot wait to indulge in the good ‘ol “Pennsylvania Dutch-y” specialties. Essentially, it will be my fried food intake for the remainder of 2012. Funnel Cake, Burgers, BBQ, fries with vinegar, milkshakes, homemade soups, and my favorite novelty – the chipwitch! OMG I am ashamed to say that I think I might drool from just picturing all of that delicious goodness! The Oley Fair features a tractor pull contest, sheep shearing, a dairy barn, a produce barn, a beautiful bunny contest, rides, petting zoo, vendor stands with giveaways, the highschool marching band, pie eating contest, face painting, and live performances.

Let me tell you – it is just a hoot! If you have not gone to a fair or festival yet this summer – scrounge up a group of friends and head out to one! It’s good country fun in the sun!

“Country Fried”

Summer Checklist : Day 5

ITEM 25 : Get a good sweat going in neon/funky workout clothes!

Brightly colored clothes have been all the rage this summer. For some reason, I only decided to go along with this fashion trend when it came to my workout clothes. –> This could have something to do with my family being nervous wrecks about me being hit by oncoming traffic when I disappear for an hour+ long run. There is a safety feature in brightly colored clothes!

Whatever the case may be, I double down dog dare you to wear something crazy to workout in this week! Rock purple animal print pants to Zumba. Sport a fantastically bright orange shirt on your morning run! Wear a safety hazard yellow sports bra under a top to your Body Combat class. (take note that bright colors, especially corals, make skin tones pop and look tanner *body image booster*) Be proud of what you are doing to better your body, mind, and spirit – and don’t be afraid to work up a sweat in style!

Staying fit and funky

Summer Checklist : Day 6

Hello All! I apologize for not blogging about our countdown to fall – things have been nutty! I have been all over the place, but the good news is that I got a job offer and will be employed as of October 8th!!

ITEM 24 : Rock out at a concert!

Ok, so, I have only ever seen Nick Lachey (yes, I know…) and Rascal Flatts live before. So, as you can imagine, a rock concert was definitely a must for me! Believe it or not, I head banged last night and wore really cute leopard print jeans! I was there early enough to stand in the second row at an outdoor concert (which was free I might add) for The Ready Set, Boys Like Girls, and All American Rejects. With a drink in one hand, my iPhone snapping shots in the other, I was in one crazy, rockin’ paradise! I even sang along – and apparently took a video in which you can hear me singing like a tone-deaf twelve-year-old boy! *good times*

You can check local listings, listen to your favorite radio stations, follow fan sites and Twitter accounts to find out when and where free concerts are in your area!

Rockin’ it