Words cannot express how much fun Ryan, my mom and I had the last three days.
Oh my gosh I wish I could re-cap it all in one post, but throughout the week, I will be giving you some highlites on our experiences, meetings, NEW FANTASTICALLY AMAZING DELICIOUS PRODUCTS (this could be a very exciting What I Ate Wednesday 🙂 ) and overall incredible time we had in three, very short days.
I will spare you the details from our shopping trip Friday, aside from saying you MUST visit Woodbury Commons if you are ever around the Mid-Atlantic States.
I have pretty much been obsessed with Lulu Lemon clothes ever since I bought my first pair of pants when I was in ED inpatient at Princeton hospital (stretch pants are essential when your waist is expanding pretty much every day) and I still tend to live in their Groove variety every day when I come home from school.
The problem is, their product is wicked expensive!!!
There is no doubt that it lasts, meaning the quality is superb, BUT I still have a hard time shelling out around $100 per pant every time I want a new pair. So I was ecstatic when I saw they had an outlet store, only an hour away from my mom….hence our trip to Woodbury Commons.
There were also other high-end retailers that I never even thought would have discount sales centers, but trust me, it is totally worth a trip if you are in the vicinity.
I am now the proud owner of 1 new pair of pants, 2 new capris, an awesome jacket and a sporty little top that I will definitely be wearing to Zumba this week. Bright Purple 🙂
Friday we kept the evening pretty low-key and cooked at my mom’s house since we knew the next day would be LONG and full of tasty treats…
I will let you be the judge 🙂
There were a ton of booths, featuring local restaurants, vineyards from all over the world, companies that are private but ship nationally (look for a few of those later this week!!! omg sea salt cookies!) and international vendors that we all know and love but were either promoting new products or introducing creative ways to incorporate their stuff in yummy meals or snacks.
And you see that green bag in the center a few rows up….
Yup, that baby (plus my mom and Ryan’s) were FULL of free samples I cannot wait to dig into! I even grabbed some extra stuff to share at school this week!
But aside from the food, it was awesome to spend time with my mom and Ryan, just the three of us.
Ry and I lived at my mom’s old house (where I currently reside now) with her and my sister when we were hunting for a residence and finishing up school. In that time we traveled together, played games, watched movies, and genuinely just enjoyed each other’s company.
I am really blessed that my husband and mom get along so well, and this weekend was no exception. Between shopping, cooking at home, the Grand Tasting, him getting harassed by Rocco Dispirito, again (Oh, yes, that requires a post all on its own!) and my favorite Top Chef, Fabio, the parties with Morimoto and Debie Mazar, and dinner at Craft, it really was a blast to be with my two favorite people.
It actually felt like the old me was starting to emerge at times, when I wasn’t concerned and consumed by negative self-talk, horrific body image, and the desire to avoid all social situations.
It truly was a weekend full of family, food and fun!
More to come later 🙂
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!!! ❤