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Saturday, August 20, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: ASPEN, COLORADO - MY NIECE NUGGET'S 1ST BIRTHDAY


Happy Monday, Everyone!

We celebrated my little Niece Nugget's 1st Birthday with the entire family at our home rental in Aspen, which was very special.  

My younger sister, her mother, really did a beautiful job hand making and putting everything together.  All to complete the theme for the birthday girl, which was ONE-derland, a creative take on "Alice in Wonderland," which kept it all super affordable...music to my ears! ;)

Below are pictures of all the details, tasty treats and fun we had celebrating before ending a successful day with yet another incredible sunset, which some of us watched from the hot tub in the backyard. 
My sister with the birthday girl at her ONE-derland themed 1st birthday.
Homemade topiary and butterfly accent details on the lovely tables cape.
Flamingos are just too cute!
A variety of yummy homemade tea sandwiches.
Fresh homemade watermelon squeezed lemonade and homemade plain and raisin scones
with jams and homemade clotted cream.
Loved the flamingo and striped straws!
The adults added champagne to the watermelon lemonade, so refreshing!
None of our family gatherings or cocktail times would ever be complete without
a selection of yummy cheeses, we LOVE cheese!
Birthday presents beautifully arranged under a homemade Happy Birthday and a picture
from each month of the birthday girl's first year.
Homemade "Thank You" goodie bags.
A closer look, I had fun making the little signs to help her out.
Both of my nephews, my older sister's eldest son and my younger sister's eldest son, matched
and it wasn't even planned, too cute!
Aspen trees have quickly become one of my favorite trees, and the way the light glowed off them at sunset from the backyard was magical.
Sunset from our backyard, the view every single night was a sight to see,
love it when you can see the rays reflecting.
Sunset through the trees and view from the hot tub in the backyard,
which was there perfect way to end the day.
Goodnight, Aspen...for tonight.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: ASPEN, COLORADO - LADIES LUNCH AND SUNSETS


Happy Thursday, Everyone!

While in Aspen, my mother, sisters and I had a ladies day in town. 

We had brunch at Main Street Bakery & Cafe where we sat outside and enjoyed a variety of eggs benedicts and smoked salmon before walking around town and the local, charming shops.

Plenty of wildlife will cross your path and deer and chipmunks like to visit almost daily.  We enjoyed them and much more on another gorgeous day.

That evening, my brother-in-law made his famous margaritas on the rocks and we had make-your-own homemade steak, pork and chicken fajitas with all the fixings and yummy sides.

Finally, we took in more of Aspen's magical evening light and sunsets and relaxed outdoors before playing games as a family. Picture time! :)
My younger sister, moi, my older sister and my mother. 
Magical lighting before sunset in Aspen every night.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY: ASPEN, COLORADO - ASPEN MOUNTAIN AND SUNDECK RESTAURANT


Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

It was time to explore Aspen Mountain, which we did on a couple different days, so, you'll see me in 2 separate outfits and some pictures with bluer skies.

We walked into town and took the 15 - 20 minute gondola ride up to the top of it.  I'm afraid of heights, so, I'll admit while facing towards the bottom of the mountain as we went up was the wrong direction to choose...but family got a good laugh out of it all! ;)

Once at the top, they had a number of games and activities you could play. Including badminton, life size chess and checkers, bocce ball, croquet, frisbee, corn hole and more. Plus, there are a number of paths and hiking trails to explore and take in the beautiful views.

We had lunch at Sundeck, the restaurant located on the top of Aspen Mountain. It is cafeteria style, but I have to say, it has some of the freshest and best salads and food selections I've ever had or seen. 

Almost everything is made to order.  Therefore, it is hot and fresh and the flavors are much higher quality that you will get in almost any cafeteria style dining. Even the salmon was cooked rare inside, if you ordered it that way, and most fine dining restaurants in New York City don't get that right when I order it rare. 

Needless to say, I was impressed, highly recommend it, and, once again, everyone was so friendly and hospitable with no lack of smiles! :)

We had a lovely time and ended up going back up to explore and eat there again while we were there. Below are the pictures from a fun and yummy day. 
Just a little afraid of heights and being silly...hehe...with my awesome brother-in-law,
he is a true example of an incredible man, love him!
Keeping calm with my eldest nephew, he's so big now, but such an wonderful teenager,
and his dad, my brother-in-law.
I made it to the top of Aspen Mountain!

Flower Dress: Forever 21 = $28.90  /  Camel Hobo Bag: Charming Charlie = Gift ($39)  /  Sunglasses: Francesca's = $19.99 (buy 1 get 1 half off sale)  /  Gold Vertical Bars Necklace: Illusy on Etsy = $28
View at the overlook on the top of Aspen Mountain.
Cute Bird's Nest that kids can climb and go inside at the top.
Family et moi posing in the nests because that's how we roll! ;)
Black Maxi Dress: Forever 21 = $21.90  /  Black Strappy Bralette: Forever 21 = $4.80
Loved the red gondola's that would go overhead, quintessential Aspen, especially, during ski season.
Having so much fun playing a variety of games, like corn hole, badminton and batchie ball.

Exploring the different paths, trails and views.
There is something so lovely about clean air, beautiful trees and surroundings.
Had lunch at Sundeck Restaurant located on the top of Aspen Mountain.
Shared this divine seared ahi tuna atop an Asian salad lunch.
Also shared their fresh grilled and seasoned chicken on top of a Cesar salad and it was truly delish, too!
View heading back gown the mountain from the gondola.
These beautiful huskies lived near the house we rented and were truly adorable always sticking together.
My nephew had picked this on our adventures, and I think it added a lovely,
natural touch to the dining table.
Another pretty sunset over the mountains from the balcony. 


by Liesl Ehardt