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Weekending in Westfield

18 Feb

Happy Tuesday! Did everyone have a nice Valentine’s/Presidents Day weekend? I had such a lovely weekend getaway. After work on Friday, I drove to Westfield, NY, to meet up with family and friends at my cousin’s vacation home. I initially had plans of skiing, but we had so much fun just hanging out instead.

We slept in, played games, went sledding (in a canoe), hiked in the snow, cooked delicious meals, read books, drank wine, drank more wine, walked on frozen Lake Erie, made hot chocolate and just had the best time together.

Weekend getaway in Westfield, NY  | www.the-wild-child.com

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Sleepy dog  | www.the-wild-child.com

Snowboarding  | www.the-wild-child.com

Winter hike in the snow | www.the-wild-child.com

Hiking in snow  | www.the-wild-child.com

Winter landscape  | www.the-wild-child.com

Winter hike | www.the-wild-child.com

Winter berries | www.the-wild-child.com

Sledding | www.the-wild-child.com

Canoe sledding | www.the-wild-child.com

Crashing the canoe sled | www.the-wild-child.com

Frozen Lake Erie | www.the-wild-child.com

Lake Erie Frozen | www.the-wild-child.com

Prime rib | www.the-wild-child.com

Ice castle on Lake Chautauqua | www.the-wild-child.com

My parents | www.the-wild-child.com

I feel so lucky to have such wonderful people in my life. And even though I wasn’t able to spend Valentine’s Day with Sebastian, I couldn’t have asked for better company.

P.S. Everyone keep your fingers crossed that the bf’s schedule works out. He’s supposed to visit this weekend, but there’s a chance he might need to stay in Germany. Positive thoughts people!

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Fall is gone

13 Nov

We had a fairly mild fall season for northeast Ohio. Most days were filled with colorful leaves, sunshine and warmer-than-usual weather. But winter has officially arrived, and I already miss the longer hours of sunlight. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some snow, but this autumn was extra enjoyable. Here are a couple of things I’ll miss for a while:

{hiking in the woods}

the wild child hiking

the wild child waterfall hike

the wild child hiking waterfall{afternoon boat rides}

the wild child water

the wild child boats

the wild child boat ride{hanging out in parks}

the wild child chess park

the wild child afternoon park{evening campfires}

the wild child camp fireI won’t miss fall for too long. Winter means pretty snowflakes, hot chocolate, warm sweaters and Christmas.

Cheers to a new season!

Adventures in Arkansas

10 May

It’s definitely on my bucket list to visit all 50 states at least once. I crossed off many of them as a kid during family travels, and this past week I was able to cross off another one. I found myself in the heart of Arkansas for a work trip with one of my clients. I’m not exactly sure what I envisioned it would be like, but I’m happy to say it was not at all what I expected.

Although we were staying in Little Rock, we spent the majority of our time in Roland at the Moss Mountain Farm. This was one of the most beautiful farms I’ve ever visited. From the rolling hills, to the view of the Arkansas River, to all the incredible landscapes, it might just be the most beautiful place in the state.

The Moss Mountain Farm is home to P. Allen Smith, a designer and gardening expert. It was really great meeting Allen and touring a place he is so passionate about. He had a story for everything, and you could really see how much thought was put into designing and rebuilding the farm. It was so fun exploring the different gardens, visiting with various animals and taking in the natural scenery.

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I would definitely love to visit Arkansas again, although next time I’d like to further explore Little Rock. There just wasn’t enough time this trip.

Have you ever been to Arkansas? What did you think?

Nothing like a little vitamin D

21 Mar

The weather these past few weeks has been off. Living in Northeast Ohio, I’m no stranger to weird weather –but 80 degrees in March? Normally I’m bundled up in sweaters, and this week I broke out sandals and shorts.

You won’t find this girl complaining. Bike rides in the evening and walks during lunch hour are making for a great start to spring. The birds are out, the flowers are blooming and the once gloomy landscape is starting to come alive again. My spirits are also picking up, and I know it has something to do with the extra sunshine.

During winter, it’s much harder to produce vitamin D due to the lack of sunlight. When the sun’s ultraviolet-B rays hit the skin, a reaction takes place that enables skin cells to manufacture vitamin D. Vitamin D helps us release endorphins, and endorphins make you feel happy.

Even with a busy work schedule and life’s other stresses, I can’t help but feel happy and energized. It really is true what my parents used to say: a little sun will do you some good.

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