Greek Island Dreaming

As I’m sure everyone is well aware, Greece is having a major financial crash right now. Which means property is quickly becoming more and more affordable. P & I spent a week of our honeymoon on a Greek Island cruise, hopping from island to island, each stop more breathtaking than the last. It was one of the best weeks of my life.

That said, my bestie and I are trying to decide if it would be worth the investment to buy an adorable Greek Island home. Maybe rent it out to tourists for the bulk of the time to cover the mortgage when we aren’t at the house (and then cleaning and upkeep between visitors) and then have the most picturesque vacation home when we are there. The only question is, which house do we buy?!

Found in Santorini: (House 1|House 2)

Found in Mykonos: (House 1|House 2)

Found in the lesser known Cyclades: (Naxos House|Paros House)

Doesn’t look like it would be such a bad life, and certainly not a vacation to be frowned upon. That said, we would only have to each sell off all of our investments, cash out our retirement plans and drain our savings to make it happen in the ideal house and setting if we go in on it together. Totally doable, right??

So in all seriousness though, it’s not going to happen. But hey… a gal can dream. And just looking at all of these stunners, I can’t help but reminisce about our honeymoon… I really should go through all of our pictures from the trip and categorize them and do a little recap post to share on the whole trip. I cannot wait to go back.

Most images are watermarked with original source information, and the links next to the island location will link you back to the sale listing for each place, just in case you can’t live without a Greek Island getaway in your lifetime. Send me a postcard!

A Weekend in Belmar

As I mentioned, last weekend we went down to the Jersey Shore, if you followed along on Instagram (#SurprisePTurns30) you likely saw a lot of our adventures. If not, get ready for photo overload, because we had a blast!

As you can see, we explored all around town, enjoyed fun and games in the sand and on the boardwalk, took full advantage of all the local seafood and the ability to grill. We walked around a TON, relaxed a ton and explored the town.

In general we just had a much needed getaway that was chock full of goodness. I hope your MDW was as good as ours or better!

This weekend, we are heading up to Connecticut to witness the marriage of two beautiful people whom we love very much. I can’t wait to celebrate their love! What are you all up to this weekend?

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It’s official! We made it through all the snow and the indecisive weather of the spring to the unofficial start of summer-and I for one couldn’t be happier! This early summer period is better than the peak of summer if you ask me. The temperatures are perfect Goldilocks temps and people are excited for the season.

Beach Cottage

What are your holiday weekend plans? We are hitting the beach! P is turning the big 3-0 next weekend so I rented us a little beach cottage on the Jersey Shore for this weekend as a little surprise for him, I already told him we are going, but I don’t think it has hit him that we are going to be 1 blocks from sand between our toes and wading in the waves.

Our plans are that simple… drive to the shore, unload the car and commence relaxing.

Seafood Inspo from Bon Appetit!

For our meals, I have worked out a simple menu and packed only fruits, veggies, burgers, dogs and snacks. We will be hitting up the local seafood market to pick up the fresh catch for our daily dinners and I’m salivating just thinking about it. There is a grill at the cottage that will be heavily utilized.

Boardwalk

For our fun, there will be walks on the boardwalk, lounging in the sand, possible lawn games and potentially even some bike riding if I can convince P.

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Our bags are packed, the car is loaded and I just have to make it through 5 more hours of work before we hit the road! I’m not excited for the traffic, but I am excited for what awaits us on the end!

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What plans do you have this weekend? Follow DBK on social media to see all the fun details of our adventures!

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Elevating the Bed

If you follow DBK on social media, you know that my parents were in town visiting this past week. They were here for the whole week, and we had a great visit with them. We had good food, played tourist, spent some time with P’s parents and my parents all together and made some great memories.

Liberty House Dinner May 2015

While they were here, I made a little “daddy-do” list as my mom started calling it, for my stepdad. As I mentioned in the last post, I have all these plans for our bedroom space, but it’s more about making the time and getting things done. I think the biggest thing he helped with was elevating the bed.

P & I still worked our normal schedules while they were here, which made for some good chunks of time for P and Mr. Jay to work on a few things together. Good quality bonding time, and I LOVED coming home to finished projects, or even just progress made in some areas.

My in-laws are moving from their 35-plus-year family home into a beautiful new home in a senior community at the shore, that to be honest, has the kind of amenities that makes you wish you were 50-plus so you could live there too. However, in the process of their move, we are gaining a lot of old crap amazing childhood memories, as well as the things that we keep in their basement for lack of storage here at the tiniest condo ever.

So, where will all of this go in our tiny condo? But of course, we need to raise the bed up. We have a platform bed, with 2″ legs and an upholstered box-spring base, and while chatting with a friend we brainstormed that under the bed was the only good solution and that we needed to swap out the legs of the bed for taller ones. So before my parents arrived, we started planning, purchased some 8″ legs and some stain, and some under bed bins.

Once the legs were stained, we attempted to attach the legs. I say attempted, because after multiple tries and no success, we were sleeping on a bed propped up by books. #DIYFail! The problem was, I had assumed any furniture legs would likely be attached the same way, and that we could simply lift up the bed, un-screw the old legs, re-screw in the new legs and voila, new taller bed! But unfortunately for us, our old bed legs were attached with two screws and the legs drilled into place, and the new legs, as you can see in the images, have the one larger bolt coming from the end to just screw into place.

But worry not, because my parents were flying in the next day and Mr. Jay was sure to have a solution! Sure enough when I came home from work that night, my bed was taller and stable enough to hold the weight of at least two humans and a dog. But most importantly when my in-laws arrived that night, we were able to very easily transfer things to the under-bed bins and slide them into storage. Nice and neat and out of sight, it ended up working out perfectly!

The next project is to get the lighting ordered so we can get it installed before my personal deadline for this room (June 1). More on that tomorrow!

Motivation Monday {The Lovers, The Dreamers and You}

As we’ve spent the last few days at Disney World for my birthday, I thought it was only fitting to use a quote from Walt.

Having dreams is only the beginning. Persuing them takes planning, dedication and most of all courage.

If you recently set some New Year’s resolutions, maybe now is the time to go back and add some dreams to that list. Sit down and think about what it will take to get them accomplished…maybe it takes more than a year, but you have to start somewhere!