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Florida Stay-cation!

As I mentioned before, our dear friends Carrie and Ganer recently visited us in Miami. We had an absolute blast! Since Carrie is a professional photographer who travels with camera in tow, I thought I’d share some of her fabulous snaps from their time here. I love all the sweet moments she captured. It was the perfect Florida stay-cation for Chet and I (with the HUGE added bonus of two of our favorite people). Take a look!

We spent a day lounging by the water at our favorite beach…


beach umbrella

carrie and ganer lifeguard

carrie and beth

explored Pinecrest Gardens with all it’s larger-than-life plants and teeny-tiny lizards…

pinecrest gardens


carrie pinecrest gardens





ganer and beth


and took advantage of our apartment’s stones-throw distance from a swimming pool (with cabanas!).

headed to the pool


carrie pool

ganer pool

After a few days in Miami our pals headed to Delray Beach for Part 2 of their vacay. We couldn’t resist following suit and drove up after work one evening for margaritas and tacos followed by the whole next day spent on the beach (complete with a couples photo-shoot!).


miami weiss

Thanks for swinging through Florida, Ganer and Carrie. We loved having y’all stay with us and had so much fun in Delray. Can’t wait for our next beach vacay with you two!

All photos courtesy of Sur La Lune Photography

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Photo Diary: Biscayne National Park


Chet and I live in the most South-West edge of Miami which is super convenient for taking day-trips out of the city and reaching the beach in record time. Our favorite beach is actually in Homestead, FL which, for us, is faster to get to than any of the beaches in Miami (and with tolls and parking fees–way cheaper too!). Nestled next door to our favorite weekend relaxation haunt is Biscayne National Park. While we’ve only scratched the surface of what this park has to offer, I’m already impressed! The views across the bay, all the way out to the Miami skyline, are breathtaking. There’s also a convenient trail which takes you along the waterline, past a marina, over a bridge, and down a peninsula. But 95% of this park’s 172,000 acres are covered by water so there’s still so much to explore.  Here are a few photos of what we’ve seen so far…













“However orderly your excursions or aimless, again and again amid the calmest, stillest scenery you will be brought to a standstill, hushed and awe-stricken, before phenomena wholly new to you.” – John Muir, Our National Parks

A Very Beach-y Birthday!


Hope you had a great weekend! Here are a few pictures from when we celebrated my birthday (LAST weekend), if you’re interested. Above is the view out to sea from Homestead Bayfront Park, my new favorite place on the planet!


We drove down to this little gem first thing on my birthday celebration day. (I was sipping on a tumbler of hot coffee when we first set up camp on the little beach.) The park features a marina, tons of fishing spots, picnic places galore, and an atoll pool with a sandy beach. We spent the morning and early afternoon soaking up some sun and floating in the restorative salt water.


I love the park’s quirky features, like this colorful sign (It’s all so close!!) and the decorated lifeguard huts.

bayfront view

It’s the perfect place to spend a whole day–I can’t wait to go back again and again! (Maybe with a penny board or some fishing poles…) And you can’t argue with views like this one.

la playa grill menu

After we had our fill of beach lounging, we dusted off our sandy limbs and headed up to La Playa Grill, which overlooks the atoll pool and the ocean beyond. We ordered up a couple coronas…

fish and chips

and I munched on this AMAZING order of Fish and Chips (with tropical cole slaw!). Chet had a Playa Burger which he said was one of the best burgers he’s ever had! Full and happy we left Homestead and headed back to Miami to run a few errands and prepare for the next fantastic meal my birthday had in store for us!

crawfish potato

A few weeks prior, I jokingly requested Crawfish Etouffee Potatoes for my birthday meal knowing full well we wouldn’t be able to find crawfish in Miami. But lo and behold! Crawfish showed up at our front door just in time! Chet had them shipped (in a styrofoam cooler packed with dry ice) from Louisiana. You might remember my love affair with this particular dish began on my birthday last year! It is the thing that dreams are made of.

birthday cake

We rounded out the celebrations with Nutella birthday cake and a glass of Pinot Grigio. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day or a better way to ring in my 30th year.

P.S. I can’t resist giving you a peak at the WONDERFUL presents I received! Aren’t they glorious?! I am the luckiest! (The book “When We Were Romans” and the docu “Surfwise” were presents to myself because #treatyoself.)


P.S. 50 facts on my birthday and Chet’s birthday (when HE surprised ME!).