Feeling Like Fall

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Top: J. Crew Factory – sold out but other colors here / Hat: J. Crew Factory / Denim: AG Jeans / Booties: Target / Lip: MAC Rebel

Friday night post whoooo! Maybe some of you are as lame as me and able to read this tonight…maybe not ūüėČ Either way, hopefully you get a chance to check it out at some point over the weekend haha.

I took these photos last weekend when it was truly starting to feel like fall and then we had a week of 80 degree weather!!!! LOL! Go figure! I scored this J. Crew top and hat over at the Factory outlet on summer vacation, and was excited to finally bust them out.

You may have gotten a glimpse of my crazy week over on Facebook, but things are looking up and trying to focus on the positive. Last weekend we had good friends in town and took them up to Bear Mountain for an awesome fall hike. We made it to the top, and I was incredibly impressed that my 3 year old did 95% of the hike himself! I carried the baby on my back which was an extra workout, and we had a great time catching up while enjoying the great outdoors. Tomorrow we are on the road to Maryland to reunite and celebrate a dear friend who has a baby on the way.

In other news, I have the BIGGEST popcorn and pandas giveaway of the YEAR coming up which I will announce here on MONDAY!!!! So make sure you come on back to see what it’s all about! ūüôā

Happy Weekend!

XO,

Gina

P.S. I need a haircut. Any good ideas? Throw them my way! ūüėČ

Finger Lake Adventures

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Wanted to share some of my insta-photos from our time at the Finger Lakes over the 4th of July weekend. We went with the best of friends and this was an area that none of had explored before. We like to check out a new lake spot each year, so this was the next one on the list!

The first pic is our first night on Seneca Lake. So serene!

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Cheers to our first night on the lake! (with sparkling cider for the pregos)

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Because my workouts come with me wherever I go ūüėČ Hooray for Beachbody on Demand!

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Hiking at Watkins Glen State Park. We honestly did not even know this was minutes away from our lake house. We stumbled upon it, and couldn’t have gotten luckier. This is seriously a MUST see place to visit. It was absolutely stunning!

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Hiking with our friend Rai Rai in the woods.

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Just breathtaking.

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Boys trip out on the lake.

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All dressed up for a dinner date with the crew. Heading to Hazelnut Kitchen, which was SUPERB farm to table freshness, by the way.

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My 4th of July morning breakfast.

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Gettin’ down on that watermelon. That’s my boy!

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Spent the holiday at the Americana Vineyards (on the Cayuga Wine Trail) for their 4th of July Celebration complete with wine and beer (for those who could partake), BBQ, ice cream, 6 live bands, a dance floor, and an awesome firework show.

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Last day on the lake.

Overall, it was¬†a trip full of both adventure and relaxation. We love our annual lake trip, and next year we will actually have THREE kids joining us at the lake, which is crazy to believe! (My bff Erin is pregnant too!) Nothing better than being pregnant with your best friend ūüôā

Hope you are all having a great week so far. Guess where I am going tomorrow? NASHVILLE! Whoo hoo! I cannot wait!

XO,

Gina

Bright & Sunny {With Stella & Dot Part 2}

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This past weekend, our little family of three (almost four) decided to escape the city for a little fresh air in Upstate NY. We explored the town of Beacon and settled down at a nice little spot on the Hudson that we found on Airbnb in the town of Rosendale. It was a lot of fun to tour around some unfamiliar places, try new restaurants, window shop, and hike new trails. The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail was a perfect hike for a prego mama and a newly hiking toddler. Nice and flat! We had a gorgeous view of the trestle bridge right across from our place, and the town of Rosendale was only steps away. It was a lovely get-a-way and it was so nice to spend some time in the great outdoors.

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Dress: Old Navy / Sun Hat: Snagged on my trip to Mexico Рsimilar here / Shoes: Cynthia Vincent / Sunnies: Vintage / Watch: Michael Kors (now on sale) / Lip: Revlon Hydrangea / City Slim Clutch, Rebel Pendant & Ring, Bianca Earrings (can be worn multiple ways!), Wanderer Cuff, Pave Triangle Cuff, & Eden Bangle: All on loan from Stella & Dot

This is Part 2 of my Spring/Summer photo shoot with Stella & Dot. I have had my eye on this Rebel Pendant for almost a year now, and now there is also an amazing Rebel Ring to match. ¬†I am also in love with this City Slim Clutch in the metallic color. It’s super chic, and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Shop the shoot here at my online trunk show, and keep in mind that today is the LAST day to guarantee shipping for Mother’s Day! The rest of this collection is fabulous, so you will definitely want to check it out. Trust me, mom will approve! Shoppers will be entered to win free jewelry and pieces¬†at 50% off.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and I hope you get a chance to get outside today and enjoy this sunshine!

XO,

Gina

{25} Lately…

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Lately I’ve been…

reading #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Nasty Gal.  Incredible story and extremely inspirational.  Would recommend to anyone, not just the ladies.

writing ¬†In Nico’s baby book. ¬†I have a few months of catching up to do with all his new milestones! ¬†

listening ¬†“Talk Dirty” by Jason DeRulo. ¬†As a former sax player, I had to give a shout out to the awesome solo work in this song.

thinking ¬†It’s been a bit of a crazy few weeks for me and my family. ¬†We lost my beloved Granny recently, and although she was 93 years old, it was ¬†sudden and a bit of a shock for all of us. ¬†After losing my Uncle earlier this year, it’s been rough for everyone, especially my Mom. ¬†I cannot imagine losing my own mother, and I know this has got to be incredibly difficult for her. ¬†My Granny was the sweetest lady, and I miss her dearly. ¬†I am comforted in the fact that I was able to be by her side in her last week along with the rest of our family, and that she was comfortable and knew we were all with her at the end. ¬†I truly¬†appreciate all of the love, prayers, cards, and support that people have given us during this time.

smelling¬†¬†The great outdoors. ¬†Spent Zack’s 1st Father’s Day Weekend hiking Bear Mountain¬†on Saturday, and Sunday was spent smelling the sweet salt air at Rockaway Beach. ¬†I would definitely recommend the Perkins Memorial 3.9 mile trail loop. ¬†Amazing views and a challenging, fun hike. ¬†I impressed myself by doing a few rock scrambles with a baby on my back as well, and we were able to introduce Nico to his first ride‚Ķthe carousel! ¬†Onto the beach…if my fellow New Yorkers¬†make it to Rockaway this summer, you must go to 106th street for arepas at Caracas. ¬†I insist! ¬†P.S. Nico LOVED the beach. ¬†That’s my boy!

watching¬†¬†Watched the throwback movie Big for the first time with one of my favorite actors of all time, Tom Hanks. ¬†Although the method of getting “bigger” was a tad cheesy, I really enjoyed the movie and would recommend it.

wishing ¬†For the weekend to get here! ¬†We are heading to Cape May for the first time for a family vacation with the hubby’s side. ¬†Looking forward to snuggling that little nephew of ours, and spending time with the entire fam. ¬†Have any of you been to Cape May before? ¬†Would love some suggestions on what to do/where to eat/where to shop, etc.!

hoping  That Nico feels less pain when the rest of his teeth come in…yes, you heard right…Nico got his first tooth this weekend!  My boy is getting big.  

wearing  This new vintage style bathing suit I purchased from Grey Dog Boutique.  Discovered this shop from Bonnie over at Flashes of Style.  Go say hi!

loving ¬†The¬†the line-up of summer travel we have on the horizon. ¬†While driving long distances can sometimes be draining, Zack and I are always up for an adventure, and this summer will be no different even with a little one in tow. ¬†We started off the summer in¬†New Hampshire with good friends, enjoyed upstate NY last weekend, and have Cape May to round out the month of June. ¬†July we will be heading to Rehobeth Beach (DE), North Fork (Long Island), Deep Creek Lake (MD), and celebrating my 30th (eek!). ¬†Ending the summer will be a trip to the Outer Banks (NC) and celebrating Nico’s 1st birthday. ¬†Some may call us crazy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

laughing ¬†I’m not a cat person, but this kitten jam had me rolling! ¬†

wanting  This shocking coral lip color for the season.

needing ¬†Some more time with girlfriends. ¬†I’ve been loving the family life without a doubt, and I love my boys to death, but sometimes a girl needs some quality time with her girlfriends too! ¬†Hoping to set up a few “girl-dates” while the weather is nice and warm.¬†

feeling ¬†A second needle injection into my thumb this morning. ¬†OUCH. ¬†My thumb has definitely gotten a lot better since the first shot, but it’s still not completely back to normal, and as the doc said “I am too young to have this problem!” ¬†Not to mention how impossible it is to “rest your thumb.” ¬†I really do hope this one will curb me from having to undergo surgery, but worst case scenario, I have heard it’s a fairly simple procedure.

craving ¬†More time to work on this blog and other personal endeavors/passion projects. ¬†My creativity is bursting at the seams with very little time to act! ¬†I’ve always been¬†great with time management, but juggling work, caring for a baby, and our social/travel calendar have made things a bit more tricky. ¬†I know it’s tough to “have it all,” but I’m determined to come up with a way to make things work without sacrificing my family time.

clicking ¬†Nico is pulling himself up to a standing position, and I think it’s time for some functional shoes for summer. ¬†I’ve been searching around online, but does anyone have any favorites they love for their little one?

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What have you been up to lately?

Happy Hump Day!

Love,

Gina

***I was inspired by Tina of Like Ordinary Life to create this post, and she was inspired by Lauren of siddathornton, who started The Sunday Currently.

Insta-Snaps from New Hampshire

We spent Memorial Day Weekend up in New Hampshire near the Wolfeboro area and Lake Winniepesaukee.  While it was rainy and cold a lot of the time, we did manage to get some sunshine and some great hikes in.  We stayed on Lower Beech Pond overlooking the water in a fantastic lake house with good friends.  We drank wine, cooked delicious meals together, played games, explored the town of Wolfeboro, and took in some stunning views.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen a lot of these, but here are a few snaps from our trip.

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 Nico reading a story at the lake house with my bestie, Erin

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 Penny Candy Shop in Wolfeboro, NH

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 Yes, I think I will have some wine this vacation! Oops!

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Snuggling my baby at Camp Beech in Tuftonboro, NH

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¬†Taking a break for lunch on the Italian Trail on Mt. Shaw‚Ķthat one’s for you Pops!

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 My two happy guys!

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 Mountain Selfie on the top of Mt. Shaw

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 So proud of Nico on his 1st hike ever! He was a champ in his Beco Gemini Carrier.

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 Cairn aka Rock Tower

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 On the top of the White Ledge Loop Trail in the White Mountain National Forest

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 Standing on the top!

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 Continuing on the trail loop

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Such a stunning view!

Some other places we visited that aren’t photographed here:

1. El Centenario: Delicious Mexican fare РWe loved the fresh homemade chips and salsa, chile relleno, and chicken enchiladas they had to offer.  The staff was very friendly, and we would definitely go back here.

2.  Downtown Grille:  We came here for coffee and enjoyed their lattes so much, we came back again on the way to drop our friends off at the airport!  I enjoyed both the Blueberry Cobbler latte and the Milky Way. Yum!  If we go back, I would like to try their breakfast as well.

3. Sandy Martin Art Gallery: We had a lovely conversation with owner and artist, Sandy. ¬†She is an extremely talented artist in¬†multiple mediums¬†including oil paints, watercolors, photography, & more. ¬†She loves music and hosts parties within the gallery featuring¬†local musicians on the in-house piano and guitar. ¬†She also knows all the town gossip and Jimmy’s Fallon’s whereabouts when he comes to town. ¬†Definitely a nice stop in!

4. ¬†Sprout’s: Featuring lots of children’s toys, clothing, and gifts.

5. Details: Great little boutique stop for gifts and accessories.  Also have an adorable dress selection.  I walked away with a dainty little flower crown that I love!

6. ¬†Jake’s Seafood: Enjoyed steamers, haddock, chowder, and lots of other yummy seafood here! ¬†Outdoor seating is nice as well.

7. ¬†Castle in the Clouds: A beautiful stop with a beautiful view. ¬†It was rainy and we were hungry, so we didn’t end up doing the tour, but we did have some lunch (I had a lobster roll‚Ķdrool!) at the Carriage House.

We had such a great time on our trip, despite the inclement weather. ¬†I’m glad we were able to get two great days of hiking in, but I think next summer if we go back to New England, we will try for the 4th of July weekend again so it will be warm enough to jump in that lake!

Hope you are all having a great week!

XO,

Gina

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Acadia and Bar Harbor Adventures

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Happy Monday everyone!  Just wanted to share some more photos from our Maine adventures.  The first is from a hike we did in Acadia, followed by photos from Sand Beach, the top of Cadillac Mountain, and 4th of July fireworks in downtown Bar Harbor.  It was such an amazing trip, and I cannot wait to go back there again sometime.

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This past weekend we had an awesome trip to Maryland celebrating my bff, Teri’s bridal shower, taking maternity photos with Misa*Me Photography¬†(hope to have those to share soon!), and celebrating the pending arrival of our Little Monkey! ¬†It was amazing, and I am completely exhausted! ¬†We are now back in NY, and it’s go-time for getting this nursery put together. ¬†I am so grateful to my family and friends for making the event so wonderful, especially to my Mom, Sister, and Aunt for putting so much time, work, and effort into making everything so great. ¬†Little Monkey is a lucky little guy! ¬†And he is either going to LOVE or HATE monkeys when he gets here. ¬†Haha.

Hope you all are off to a great start this week!

XO,

Gina

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Desert Florals

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Here are some images from our second day enjoying Sedona, Arizona. ¬†Oh, how I love those red rocks! ¬†The views were absolutely stunning, and it’s tough to really capture it in a photo alone. ¬†I hadn’t been feeling that great in the middle of our trip, but this day, I was feeling much better and able to explore. ¬†We drove around making stops at different locations for photos, and then walked a little on the West Fork at Oak Creek trail which was a lot of fun. ¬†I really hope to go back to Sedona when I’m back to my athletic self and can really take it all in!

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Floral Pants: Motherhood Рsimilar here, here, and here (in non-maternity) / Chambray Top: GAP Рsimilar (runs big FYI!) / Tank: American Eagle / Shoes: Nordstrom Rack / Shades: c/o Waveborn / Earrings: Baublebar Рsimilar / Ring: Banana Republic / Necklace: Family Heirloom / Watch: Michael Kors / Beaded Skull Bracelets: c/o Guilty Jean / Spike Bracelet: ASOS / Bow Bracelet: Baublebar / Lip: MAC Impassioned

Tonight I’m headed out with the girls for a little mani/pedi action. ¬†I usually do my own nails, but the belly is starting to get in the way making it impossible to paint my toes these days. ¬†Oh darn, I guess I have to pamper myself! ¬†Looking forward to hanging with the ladies.

Tomorrow I am participating in the Wall Street Heart Walk with my Alpha Phi sorority Alums in NYC. ¬†Did you know that heart disease is the leading killer in America? ¬†There’s one more day to donate, so if you are able to contribute, I would really appreciate it!

Hope you all have a great day!

XO,

Gina

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Red Rock Country

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Sedona, beautiful Sedona. ¬†This was one of my favorite parts of our Arizona trip. ¬†I had never seen such stunning red rock mountains like these before, and they were absolutely breathtaking. ¬†We spent two days in this area. ¬†The first of which we mostly drove around the area with Zack’s aunt and uncle, taking in the beautiful scenery. ¬†We had a delicious cheap lunch at Tortas de Fuego, with the best churros I have ever tasted for dessert. ¬†The second day, we explored a little more checking out the West Fork at Oak Creek. ¬†Unfortunately, we could only walk a little bit of it, because my prego body was pretty averse ¬†to the Arizona desert heat at this point. ¬†Next time we go back, I would love to do this whole trail. ¬†I would also love to do the overnight hike to Havasu Falls, which I hear is amazing. ¬†But, we did what we (or I) could do, and we had a great time doing it! ¬†What a beautiful place to visit.

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Can’t believe it’s already Thursday. ¬†I’ve been enjoying my low key week, and I’m looking forward to Memorial Day Weekend!

Who has fun plans?  Would love to hear about them!

XO,

Gina

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Phoenix From My Phone

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Mystery Castle

For one reason or another, it proved easier for me to take photos on my phone while in Phoenix.  This first photo is from my DSLR, but the rest were snapped from my iPhone.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen some of these, but here is a little more description about our travels.

We arrived first to the Tempe area and stopped at the Mystery Castle. ¬†It is a house that was built out of recycled and found materials of the area. ¬†It was constructed in the 1930’s ¬†by a father for his daughter who didn’t want her “sand castle to wash away.” ¬†It was an interesting stop off with a cool backstory, and the house was unique with tons of art and crafts produced by the family, mostly the daughter.

We then headed to Mill Avenue, home of Arizona State University. ¬†We drove around the campus exploring, walked around the town to the different shops, and then stopped off for lunch at Caffe Boa, which was absolutely delicious. ¬†Being Cinco de Mayo, I expected it to be a little more crazy than it was considering ASU is supposedly ¬†the “#1 Party School in America,” but I think students were graduating and finishing up their finals…and it was also a Sunday.

We later arrived at our hotel, Hilton Tipatio Cliffs Resort, which was absolutely stunning. ¬†The views were gorgeous, and I couldn’t wait to jump in the fabulous pools. ¬†However, we were zonked, so we crashed for the night.

The next morning we woke up and decided to hike the short but steep climb, the North Mountain Trail, which was surprisingly connected right to our hotel (as well as at least three or more other trails).  It was pretty great, and we got some nice views of downtown Phoenix as well.  After the hike, we suited up and headed to the pool for the day.  A (virgin) pina colada, sunshine, swimming, and a good book was just my idea of vacation that day!

That night, we met up with some cousins of mine who moved to Phoenix about 10 years ago, and went to dinner at a great Mediterranean place called Fez.  It was so wonderful to catch up with them and share stories after not seeing each other for so many years.

We were also able to meet a family friend in Phoenix before we went on to our next destination, so we were happy to be able to make our rounds and see everyone we had planned on!  That about sums up our time in Phoenix until the end of the trip.  Stay tuned for my next post of Arizona adventures!

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Mill Avenue

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Room service on the balcony ūüôā

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View from the North Mountain Trail

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I did it!

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Chillin’…toes – Essie Avenue Maintain

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FYI…my bathing suit is my first maternity one from Target. ¬†The book I’m reading is Bringing up Bebe – an American mother discovers the wisdom of French parenting. ¬†I would definitely recommend this to all expecting mommies!

It’s supposed to be sunny and warm here today in NYC, but I’m still waiting for the clouds to part. ¬†Hubby returns from ATL tonight, and I am definitely looking forward to it!

Happy Thursday!

XO,

Gina

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French Creek

Living in the concrete jungle, it can be tough sometimes to get out into nature and enjoy the great outdoors.  Most public transportation only takes you so far.  Getting to another major city is no problem, but to get to a campsite or a hiking trail can be a bit of a task.  Luckily, with the purchase of our new car a few months ago, we now have the luxury of going and coming as we please in any direction we choose.  My nature loving husband is especially appreciative, and to be honest I may or may not have used that in part of my selling pitch to convince him we needed a car  (along with the fact that we now live in Brooklyn, travel an insane amount, and have a driveway to park.)

We headed to French Creek State Park in Chester County, Pennsylvania for the weekend, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather! ¬†It was warm during the day, not too cold at night, and no rain. ¬†Perfect conditions in my opinion. ¬†When we arrived at the campsite, we put together our tents and set up shop. ¬†We got a new tent (thanks in-laws!), and this was our first chance to use it. ¬†We were extremely happy with how easy it was to put up, and I was extremely happy that it stayed bug-free the whole time. ūüôā

After setting up camp, our group of four set out on a three hour hike.  We got a great work out while taking in the colorful views on the trails.  The foliage was just so beautiful; I love being outside at this time of year.  After working up an appetite, we came back to camp and cooked up a delicious meal.  We sat around the campfire until way after dark telling stories and catching up with our friends.

My only gripe with the trip was that it ended too soon.  What a wonderful weekend with wonderful friends.

(Last photo by Erin Pollard.  All other photos my own.)

What are some of your favorite places to visit in the great outdoors?  We decided we want to try a new campsite every year, so we are looking for recommendations.  Let me know!

XO,

Gina