Up in the Clouds {+ a Tieks Giveaway!}

Better late than never right? Let me slide today, guys — I've been enjoying my first Monday off from work in... actually, I don't think in the entire 2+ years that I've been with my company I've taken a Monday off from work. I didn't have any big plans today, but I knew I'd enjoy and really need the personal day to sleep late, catch up on some tasks, and lounge a little bit after the non-stop movement from this weekend. Speaking of which, a picture's worth a thousand words, so here are a couple from the last few days...
On Saturday, my friend B and I made our annual pilgrimage to the NJ Festival of Hot Air Ballooning. We happened into tickets a couple of years ago, and have gone ever since. Aside from the musicians {Meatloaf, REO Speedwagon, and 3 Doors Down — heh} we return to see, and of course the incredible sight of the balloons, the shop tents set up by vendors from all over are always fun to check out and keep us returning. 
Last year I picked up a dreamcatcher; this year I came home with three new charms {middle} for the Origami Owl necklace my cousin got me for Christmas last year. To join my previous three {"I love you" in sign language which my cousin and I speak, an elephant for good luck, and a purple ribbon for Alzheimer's which we lost our grandmother to last year}, I added the tree of life {an important symbol to me and an upcoming project of another sort}, an anchor {to keep me grounded and signify my love for the ocean & boating}, and an evil eye {B and I have taken turns gifting each other many evil eye bracelets over the years}.
And then, finally, it was time to send up the balloons.
The happiest balloon that we ever did see!

On Sunday, a couple of pals and I headed up to Raymondskill Falls, a gorgeous hiking area in Pennsylvania that I frequented as a {nature-ambivalent} kid but haven't seen in about 15 or so years.
We paused for a peanut butter break at the top of the falls. Hard to tell from this picture but there's a good 30-40 foot drop beneath my feet. Eeep! 
Little baby mini falls near the middle falls.

Post-hike, the girls and I grabbed a delightful late lunch in sweet Milford, PA before heading home. I wrapped up my weekend with the new boo {who is currently working on coming up with a nickname he's comfortable with me using here. He's already — inexplicably — suggested Archibald, but we haven't come to a conclusion yet. Stay tuned!} It was another amazing summer weekend, and I have not one single little complaint.


Oh and in other news that you're really going to love, some fabulous ladies and I are working together to give YOU a pair of Tieks ballet flats! Check out the talented bloggers below for your chances to win. And know in your heart that I wish I was you so that I could also enter to win, because these flats are so on my wish list and SO not in the pre-move budget! Anyway, make sure you're following me on Bloglovin & Twitter for your chance to win!

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What was the highlight of your weekend?

{ Linking up with Biana for another issue of Weekending!}


  1. That hike with the waterfall is so beautiful. I wish we weren't in a drought out here so that I could go on a hike to a waterfall. #californiaproblems. Looks like a great long weekend!

  2. What a perfect weekend and a Monday off is even better!! Those pictures of the hike are beautiful!!!

  3. sounds like a fantastic weekend! i sooo want to hike by a mountain/place where there are waterfalls :(

    Vodka and Soda

    the balloons look so fun! i love the smiley face one. the pictures from your hike are gorgeous! scary heights, but fun! Archibald! haha. love it.

  5. We inadvertently used the same opening line (ish). And to avoid working, I'm entering the giveaway because who DOESN'T want a pair of Tieks ?!

  6. That hot air balloon festival?! Breathtaking! And we saw REO at a concert last year. They definitely surprised me. Have a great day!

  7. Those hot balloon pics were so gorgeous on Insta girl! Looks like you had a fabulous weekend!

  8. oh man! i would never be able to take that pic on the ledge of the water fall. nope. not gonna happen

  9. You win for best weekend. I want an invite next year! Good for you for taking a personal day! Hope you had a great one!

  10. Loved your weekend. Clearly I suck at blogging as court wraps up and work is a plenty but thankfully after Friday a huge dumbbell will be lifted off my shoulder. Im happy for you though your blog posts are making my heart smile these days.... and yay for all my faves being in this giveaway! I need to post the link on my blog ... the next time I show up ... which wont be tomorrow since I just got home and Im still cathcing up on Monday's haha

    1. *typos brought to you by exhaustion ...


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