Sweet January

January has always been one of my favorite months because it’s a combination of the new year + birthdays in my family. Between celebrating birthdays and weekend adventures, it’s been the sweetest start to 2020.

Here’s a few of my favorite January moments:

Celebrating mom’s birthday at Cobb’s Landing with our favorites + this amazing Ramen-inspired cake by Britt!

Weekend trip to Orlando so we could see Kev… and eat lots of food!

 

Frozen Breakfast at the school complete with Anna, Olaf + Elsa

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Ended January w. the absolute sweetest birthday celebrations

Just the best time celebrating with a few of my favorite people!




Quick Orlando Getaway 


As a Floridian, my summers are usually filled with beaches, traveling and adventures. Since Kev and I have been in Gainesville taking classes and working, we haven’t been able to do the usual family vacation. So a couple of weekends ago we decided to do a quick getaway to Orlando. This trip’s focus was on SeaWorld and Disney Springs. Oh and of course, my mom’s favorite dim sum Restaurant. If you don’t know what dim sum is, I’m about to change your life.

One of the perks of being a teacher is that my mom is able to get free/reduced tickets to SeaWorld. I know there’s a lot of controversy surrounding the park, but my family has always loved learning about our world’s oceans and animals. If you’re a teacher and interested in discount tickets, check this out.

I cannot remember the last time I had been to SeaWorld, let alone an amusement park.  Needless to say, we had a great time. Our favorite part was hands down the penguins’  exhibit. They are the cutest little guys. Sadly, we weren’t able to get a photo – no flash photography was allowed.

Kev was upset – no penguin pictures

After a day checking out the dolphins, we headed over to Disney Springs for shopping and dinner! The area has really changed in recent years. Tip: choose hotels that are in walking distance to Disney Springs. It’s the perfect decision – no worries about traffic or parking. Our night consisted of delicious food, shopping and catching up with my sweetest friend – basically the best day.


We ended the weekend grabbing dim sum from my mom’s favorite restaurant, Ming’s Bistro. If you’ve never had dim sum before, I compare it to ordering multiple mini-plate appetizers of delicious Asian food. My absolute favorites include the pork belly, duck, leafy greens, sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves, turnip cakes, shrimp dumplings – I could keep going. We eat until we literally can’t move; it’s the best! If you’re ever wanting to try the dim sum experience, let my mom know. She’ll act as your interpreter… for a fee of dumplings.

 

 


Mt. Dora Lovin’

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If I had to describe my favorite decor style, it would have to be shabby chic! I love everything about it – from the faded pastels to the vintage undertones; it’s the perfect blend of traditional and modern. And if you’re looking for shabby chic decor, then Mount Dora is the town for you!

On a typical day Mt. Dora is home to antiques, historical landmarks and delicious restaurants. However, twice a year Renninger’s Mt. Dora Flea Market and Antique Center turns into an antique-lovers destination.  Hundreds of vendors come with their antique spoons, vintage cars, yummy funnel cakes and more! And yes, I had to include the funnel cakes because I never pass up the chance to talk about fried dough covered in sugar… and now I want one!

There were so many different treasures to be found that I had a hard time keeping track of all that I was seeing. There are a couple of tips I wanted to share to make the next trip to Mt. Dora a success.

  1. Wear comfy clothes and shoes – you’ll do a lot of walking/hauling loot
  2. Stay hydrated – make sure to bring water … or other forms of libations
  3. Bring cash – many of the vendors only take paper, so come prepared and avoid ATM fees
  4. Make a list – if you’re looking for a certain item, write it down! It’s SO easy to get distracted and forget (I speak from experience)
  5. Don’t forget to enjoy – It’s easy to get caught up in all the different goodies, so soak it up!

But the Lowe Family fun didn’t end in Mt. Dora; we all headed down to Orlando to stay near Disney Springs (aka Downtown, Disney). Our hotel was a five-minute walk from the downtown area – perfect for adventuring! The area has really transformed since the last time I have been there. We especially enjoyed the Raglan Road restaurant with their Irish step dancers and their kahlua milkshakes.

But my favorite part of the weekend was spending it with my favorite people!

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