Hey everyone!
This has been a long time coming, but I’m finally getting to sharing my photo journal from my family vacation back in June. I have been wanting to write this up from the moment I got home, but somehow it got put on the back burner.

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We arrive in Surry on a Saturday afternoon, about four, explored our rental house, and figured out which rooms would be whose.
The house was so pretty, and couldn’t have been in a more excellent location, right on Union River Bay with its own little stone beach. There were thirteen of us taking up the house for the week, and we were fairly comfortably divided between six bedrooms and five bathrooms.DSC_0006

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Sunday was a very carefree day, with no real plans, just to enjoy each others company and the serene surroundings. We tried to go out on the paddleboard and kayaks, but the wind was too strong so we ended just paddling in place until arms were too tired to do it anymore. So we spent the rest of the day playing ping-pong and reading. Later going out to PugNuts Ice Cream in before dinner.IMG_3570DSC_0029IMG_3567

Monday was less windy so we headed out in on our various flotation devices, (I choose a kayak) and slowly paddled our way up the river into Surry. When we arrived, we docked our boats, and walked up to the street to PugNuts, for round two. Then it was back the house for a relaxing afternoon.

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We took it slow Tuesday morning, some of us when out paddling, and others just hang out at the house reading. later in the afternoon, the whole gang headed out and hiked Blue Hill Mountain, then out to dinner for lobster rolls and fried chicken.

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Wednesday was a peaceful day, we played Monopoly and Toss Up, and just relaxed. Later in the afternoon, we took a tour of Woodlawn House( post coming soon) and went into Elseworth to check out Rooster Bothers. That night my brother and I made dinner for everyone which was very fun! We have never cooked together before and I think we make a great team.

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Thursday was our last full day, so we drove to Deer Isle, and wondered Stoning ton, which may be one of my new favorite coastal towns. We visited Nervous Nellies Jams and Jellies which was definitely an experience.

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We spent must of Friday morning packing up and getting ready to head our separate ways. We meandered our way through Blue Hill, and found some lunch, then made a fairly direct trip towards home.
Our trip went out with a bang, as we ended it with a Gaelic Storm concert.

It was so wonderful to spend some quality time with the family, and I didn’t think I could love Maine anymore, but sure enough, I love even more than before. Getting to meet Gaelic Storm again was so nice, they are the greatest group, they care so much about their fans, and took the time to sign our stuff, and take pictures with us.

I’m not much of a hiker, I will usually try my best to avoid a mountain whenever faced with one, but on my recent family vacation to Surry, we got to wander several of the surrounding towns and sights. One of which was Blue Hill, and Blue Hill Mountain, which of course you have to see.

 

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On the way down we came into the most beautiful lupine field. With a view of the mountains and the bay, it was a breathtaking sight. I could have happily stayed there forever but the clouds were starting to threaten rain.

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Yes, I hiked a mountain!

I was very pleased with myself, but honestly, I only did it because I wanted pictures for the blog, shocking I know. I was talking to someone about this and we agreed that if it wasn’t for our blogs and Instagram we would probably never go outside. Hey, I guess social media is good for something after all!

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Self-care, maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s super on-trend right now, but what exactly is it? If you are anything like me you are probably picturing something involving baths, face masks, candles, and a fancy bath bomb, or maybe that’s just me. For the sake of this post, I actually Googled the technical definition so I could sound like I know what I’m talking about.

Self-Care: “The practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.

We all have demands on our time, whether it’s work, kids,  family, or pets, there is always someone or something that we need to care for and that takes precedence over ourselves. Okay, so maybe an at-home spa day isn’t very practical, and honestly, I usually only take baths when I’m not feeling well. That being said, I’m a firm believer that everyone needs to make a little time for “self-care” in their everyday lives. Today I wanted to share some of the simple little things that I do regularly that add a little extra happiness, with taking up more them a few minutes.DSC_0039

Skincare.

Be as simple or as complicated as you want! Whether it’s just cleansing and moisturizing, or a seven-step routine, take good care of your face because you’ve only got the one.

Pillow Spray.

I keep a calming pillow spray on my nightstand, and use it every night, about ten minutes before I go to bet. Eucalyptus is my scent of choice, but I also love lavender and mint. Sleep Sounds kinda silly, but the majority of people don’t get enough sleep, or the quality of sleep isn’t what it could be. As with everything, there are times when you can’t manage how much sleep you are getting, but whenever you can, make sure you get a good nights sleep.

Clean Sleep Space.

The rest of the world could be falling apart and I would be fairly unbothered, but if I wake up to a pile of clothes in the corner, and makeup, and camera gear all over my dresser, then it stresses me out.
A big part of my evening routine is making sure things are fairly tidy, I have been having a little trouble with it for the last couple of weeks and I’ve noticed the difference in my morning mood.

Water.

Here is another no brainer, but it’s so important! For the most part, I only drink the amount of water I need to survive, not the amount I need to function on full capacity.

I would highly recommend trying to get as much water as you possibly can. My rule is to have two glasses of water for every cup of coffee, plus one in the morning before I even think about coffee. Then whatever I can get after that is a victory.

Nail Care. 

Whether I’m painting them or not, taking care of my nails is very important to me. My nails are fairly brittle, so I keep them short so they don’t break, but I try to keep them well-shaped, clean and buffed.

Exercise.

I never thought I would see the day when I would be an advocate for exercise, but here I am.
As someone who has dealt with chronic pain for a number of years, exercise has always been a very unpleasant experience, but for the last couple of months I have been trying out lower impact things like yoga, weights, and general strength improving stuff and I have definitely noticed a difference.
So, find something that works for you, it can be as much or as little as you want.

 

What do you regularly to treat yourself?

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Laudholm Farm! One of the prettiest saltwater farms in Maine. With the wide-open sky, rolling fields, and a short walk to a gorgeous, peaceful beach, it really couldn’t be more ideally situated.

In the early 1900s Laudholm Farms was the largest and most progressive saltwater farm in York County, maintaining a long-held prominence in the area.  Laudholm farmed milk, cream, butter, eggs, broilers, and roasting chickens were sold to locals and shipped weekly to Boston.

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The site was originally occupied in 1643 by Henrey Boade, one of the founders of the town of Wells. Boade soon sold the land to William Symond.
The original farm was destroyed by a fire during King Phillips War in 1676.
The property was not occupied again until 1717 when it was taken over by Nathaniel Clark Jr. The Clark family ran a highly successful agricultural operation for 150 years.

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In 1881 the estate was sold to the president of the Boston & Maine Railroad George Clement Lord, he purchased the estate known as Farm Hill and planned on transforming it into a summer retreat and a gentleman’s farm. He named the farm, “The Elms,” and built his personal railroad station nearby. His son Robert had a strong interest in agriculture and imported purebred Guernsey cattle. DSC_0121DSC_0119Robert took over the farm after his father’s death in 1893, and he and his brother Charles renamed the estate “Laudholm Farms”. They increased the herd of cows and transformed the farm into a successful dairy operation. Under Robert’s management, the farm was transformed. A new Jamesway 120 Ton Barn was constructed, as well as the ice house and the water tower.
Charles took over the management in 1908 when his brother Robert died. He added poultry operations. The years 1910 through 1929 were the golden age for Laudholm.
In 1920 with the Depression taking hold, the Lord family decided to welcome borders to bring in some extra income.DSC_0115DSC_0213
Charles deeded the farm to his three children in 1931. His son George managed the farm until 1952 when he sold his Guernsey herd. The land was farmed and hayed by local farmers until George’s death in 1977.DSC_0095DSC_0153DSC_0225DSC_0219DSC_0221DSC_0126DSC_0139

Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Laudholm Farm was preserved for a purpose. Now Wells Reserve is a center for education, conservation, and research. Laudholm Trust remains a force, providing support for Wells Reserve programs, operations, and capital improvements.

 

Wandering Maine: Kennebunkport

 

 

 

I spent a few pleasant hours in Kennebunkport a few days after Christmas, and I fell in love! I know at once I wanted to come back in the summer when more of the shops would be open, so I added it to my list of things to do over the summer.
There were a couple of places, in particular, I wanted to stop in, Rococo handcrafted Ice Cream, Satellite Doughnuts, and Minka, but other than that, I just wanted to wander.

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My sister and I headed out fairly early to get iced coffee and mini doughnuts for breakfast. Then we wandered, we visited Abacus, the book store, the sweetest little toy store, the Irish goods shop. Then had lunch on The Spirit, which is a restaurant on a sailboat in the harbor, and wow was the food amazing! I had one of the best lobster stews I think I’ve ever had, and the burger sliders were wonderful.
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When it comes to history, Kennebunkport is a fishing and shipbuilding village, it has been a popular summer destination for well over a century.
Kennebunkport was originally incorporated in 1663 as Cape Porpus, as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The town was depopulated by 1689, and not resettled again until the early 18th century.

The town was renamed Arundel, and in 1821 the town was finally renamed Kennebunkport as its economy had become one of shipbuilding and trade along the Kennebunk River. By the 1870s the town had become a popular summer destination, with hotels and homes constructed along the coastline.

In 1947, The Great Fire devastated much of York County, including Kennebunkport. Many of the homes near Goose Rocks Beach were destroyed by the fire but the area has since recovered and been rebuilt. While retaining its identity as a fishing harbor, it has a very small village area with several restaurants, galleries, a church, grocery store, coffee shop, small library, and a dozen or so adorable little shops.DSC_0085DSC_0084DSC_0072DSC_0093

Kennebunkport has a reputation as a summer haven for the upper class and is one of the wealthiest communities in the state of Maine. You can also find the Bush compound, Walkers Point, just a little way outside of town.

After a late lunch, we brought a close to a lovely afternoon by getting ice cream at Rococo. I had to try their famous Goat Cheese & Blackberry Chambord ice cream, and as odd as it sounds it was incredible!

Time to check this off my summer bucket list!