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Baseball, BBQ's, & Beaches: A Week of Summer Fun!

What a whirlwind of a week! Even though I had work all week (minus July 4), I've had an amazing week full of fun. Anthony (my fiancé) started off our July 4th celebration by going to the Mets game. I took the subway there from work and was very excited!


 






When I arrived at Citi Field, my first thought was, ok now what am I going to have for dinner? Anthony, ever my knight in shining armor, brought me sauteed veggies and cultured veggies to eat before we went in. I remembered hearing that Shake Shack was very accommodating to allergies (not to mention uses hormone/antibiotic free beef) so I decided that would be my best option. When we got up to the counter to order, our server was more than happy to make me a plain burger gluten free, sauce free, and tomato free with extra lettuce. She even apologized for us having to wait a few minutes extra for the order (unnecessary since I was ECSTATIC that they were so nice and accommodating). Ordering out for me can be stressful at times and I have to commend Shake Shack for amazing customer service and doing it all with a smile. I was so excited to be eating a burger!


We had a great time at the game despite a 2-hour rain delay. I had a relaxing, stress-free evening with my guy, saw my favorite pitcher Matt Harvey, and enjoyed a great game of baseball.














On July 4th we joined my bother Jon & sister in law Theresa for her family's annual BBQ. What an awesome day of relaxing by the pool, enjoying great food, and great conversation. I've been friends with Theresa since High School and felt right at home with her family as we've all been hanging out for years. I came prepared with my cooler packed full of essentials and sipped homemade ginger ale. While I did wish I had Friday off as well, I had such a great time I didn't care. Nothing beats a great day full of friends.

This morning Anthony and I decided to go to the beach. We like to go early when the beach is still empty and enjoy ourselves before it gets too crowded and too hot. Since NY and NJ are in the middle of a heat wave we made sure to leave no later than 8am as we knew it would be boiling by noon. When we arrived this was my view:

How do you beat that? As soon as I sat down I was instantly smiling, relaxed and so grateful for this moment. I feel blessed that I live so close to the beach. The water, sunshine and waves are music for my soul. I believe Mother Nature has given us a natural remedy for nerves, stress, and grumpiness in the ocean. I spent my morning on the beach listening to some great music and coming up with new choreography. I can't wait to get in the studio and try it out.

How did you spend this holiday week? Enjoy the rest of this holiday weekend!

Happiness is the greatest luxury we can have. ~Yogi Tea

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