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4 Holiday Gift Ideas for children in Virginia Beach

December 10, 2016

If your house is like my house, it’s JAM packed with everything kid related – from the toys, games, puzzles, 50 assorted balls in all shapes and sizes, to every single item of sports equipment there is on the planet, stuffed animals, a billion tiny legos pieces, dress up costumes and enough super hero masks to start a small army. STUFF.

So after thinking about all the stuff we have in our pocession, I gave the suggestion of gifting activities that the children could got do. It certainly doesn’t take up much space!

Here are the 4 Holiday Gift Ideas for Children in Virginia Beach:

  1. 1. A Gift Card of Games at Pinboys.


2. A Season’s Pass to Ocean Breeze Water Park.

I can't resist a good sunset! Especially when it includes inner tubes. @oceanbreezewaterpark #nofilter #virginiabeach #stillsummer

3. A family membership at Virginia Aquarium.

Our budding photographer getting the perfect shot. @vaaquarium #visitvabeach #stillsummer #virginiabeach

4. A Gift Card for rounds at Jungle Golf.

Checked another item off our summer bucket list! @jungle_golf_vb #virginiabeach #stillsummer #crunchtime

My family has tried all of these activities over the past year, and all four are a lot of fun for kids & parents alike!

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Burlington, VT Brewery Tour

July 8, 2016

My friend Anna, knows good beer. As a resident of Burlington, her speciality is of course Vermont beer. So when she asked what I wanted for my upcoming birthday, I immediately responded with “Plan a brewery tour!” Anna quickly accepted the challenge, and whipped up a carefully crafted afternoon of walking through the city of Burlington, tasting delicious beer and enjoying the picturesque scenery.

Tessa's Birthday Brewery Tour

When the day of the tour arrived, the weather in Burlington couldn’t have been better. The sun was out in full force, and there was just the right amount of puffy clouds dotting the blue sky. As my three friends laced up our sneakers (crucial for the upcoming 5 mile walk), we discussed our route and generously applied sunscreen to our arms & face.
Citizen Cider Flight croppedCitizen's Cider

Citizen Cider was our first stop at around 12:30 p.m. We sat inside at a long wooden table with a cool checkerboard (where were the checkers?). Service was quick, lunch (what’s better than a corndogs!) and flights were ordered and we settled in to catch up on each other’s lives. The ciders were crisp and refreshing, and the corndog & poutine hit the spot!

Pine Street

From Citizen’s, we walked down Pine Street, passing cool shops, restaurants and office buildings. Finding a gift card to Lunaroma in my purse, we veered off course for about 15 minutes. As Zero Gravity came into sight, we were greeted by a friendly sea of colorful flowers and umbrellas. The sun was now out in full force, so we positioned ourselves under an umbrella on their deck. Flights and IPAs were in order, service was again quick and efficient (place your order at their bar inside). We watched as the deck began to fill up with people also enjoying the beautiful weather. *Zero Gravity also have a cooler full of their cans if you need a to-go order and we voted that their outside seating was the best ambiance of the tour.

Zero Gravity Brewery

Umbrellas at Zero Gravity Brewing

Lucky for us, Queen City Brewery is directly across the street. We had to wait a few minutes inside at the bar to order, and then headed back outside into the sunshine. The contrast of their outdoor seating area was on point. Between their orange chairs, black umbrellas and the purple flowers (which I think are lavender?), it was extremely inviting and comfortable. We googled the Burlington Bike to scope out where exactly we’d be jumping onto it.

Purple flowers at Queen City

Queen City Brewery Beer

After finishing up at Queen City, we followed Lakeside Ave down towards Lake Champlain and hopped onto the Burlington Bike Path. This is the part of the walk that we had all been looking forward to. You cannot ask for a more spectacular view of mountains, lake and the wonderful city of Burlington. Champ was a no-show, and talk of eating creemees quickly began. In the middle of our walk down the bike path, Anna’s parents scooted by on a tandem bike, which was a nice unexpected surprise!

Champ Lake Monster Sculpture

Friends trains on Burlington Bike PathFlower on bike pathPanorama of Lake Champlain on Burlington Bike Path Lake Champlain

We slipped off the Bike Path to slip into the recently opened Foam Brewers. Because of the nearby Wine & Food Festival, it was packed. Even so, we didn’t wait long and snagged a beer and an umbrella covered table out in the yard. After finishing our beer, we found ourselves at Burlington Bay, happily eating maple creemees with chocolate sprinkles (yes, “sprinkles” not “jimmies”).

Maple Creamee w chocolate sprinkles

From creemees, we detoured once again and sauntered down Church Market Place (people watching galore!) to swing into lululemon to spend another one of my gift cards. From there, it was to Vermont Pub & Brewery for our last beer and dinner. As always, their burgers were delicious, and the Grand Slam Baseball Beer was at the top of the list for best beer of the tour.

Saint Paul Street Building

Brewery tour re-cap:

The milage for the walk was about 3.4 miles. We took our time, so it took us about 6 hours, but if we had stayed on track without any detours, the hours could’ve been cut down to around 4. We also had originally wanted to walk down to Switchback Brewing Co., but decided that it was a bit out of the way and would tack on too much time.

You can buy a growler to-go at each Brewery, and most do offer flights. The general consensus was that flights were the way to go. You can easily sample ones you wouldn’t usually have, since you’re only having 3 – 5 ounces of it.  You don’t have to fully commit.  If you don’t like the beer, another will surely be better. As I mentioned earlier, my friends and I liked the deck at Zero Gravity the best, but sitting outside and people watching at Vermont Pub & Brewery took a close second.

Our favorite beers of the tour included: Lone Wolf, a pale ale at Zero Gravity, the Grand Slam Baseball Beer, an American pale ale, at Vermont Pub & Brewery. Most of the IPAs from each place were delicious as well. All in all, between the four of us we probably tasted about 20 different types of beers and ciders.

I personally couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon. It was nice to “unplug” from normal life, and reconnect with good friends who I don’t see often. The beautiful weather certainly made the afternoon even better.

Cheers to Burlington’s Breweries!

*And, I may have already asked Anna to start planning next summer’s Brewery Tour..

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A Review: HIT & Run, Fitness Boutique

May 12, 2016

HIT & Run - 2 week free trial

If you follow me over on Instagram (or know me personally), you’ve probably scratched your head and wondered aloud “Why the hell is Tessa up at 5:00 a.m. to WORKOUT?! That’s crazy talk!” I couldn’t agree with you more on that last part. Setting an legit alarm (NOT a hungry baby alarm) for 4:25 a.m. is totally nuts.

So what sparked this bizarre out-of-character behavior for me? Well, it was mix of two things. The first being of how I currently feel about my body image, not good. The second, was meeting Riya and Tara of HIT & Run, at the Creative Union Dinner last month. Immediately after the dinner, Tara emailed to invite me to come check out their studio for a FREE two week trial. What did I have to lose? Nothing. This was the exact push I needed to box jump my way out of my comfort zone and start my path to getting fit and feeling good again about my body. Tara’s “Mom’s to Muscles” guest post on my blog also helped to throw a little extra motivation my way.

On the spot, I sat down with my calendar to schedule out HIT classes for (almost) everyday over the two week period. Their Mind Body was extremely easy to use, and I was locked into my new fitness regimen in no time at all. My husband was even on board to stay home a few mornings a week a bit later so I could attend a few 5:00 a.m. classes, imagine that?!

I wasn’t nervous about trying something new, I just didn’t know what to expect or how my body was going to perform or hold up. My only experience with legit “working out”, was about 9 years ago when I was chasing down my future husband. After succeeding in snagging him (which is a whole other story!), I moved on to other forms of exercise that were more comfortable to my dance background like Zumba and eventually Barre Fitness, which I currently teach.

Start with a bang, right? My first HIT class was at 5:00 a.m. on a Monday. Doesn’t everyone start something new and scary on a Monday? Thankfully, two friends in my neighborhood were planning on attending the class, so we all carpooled which made the inevitable workout not seem so terrifying. The first classes wasn’t as awful as I had assumed it would be. The exercises were easy to understand, and not super hard to execute. I quickly felt my body’s muscle memory kick in as I instinctively tucked my belly button to my spine and flattened my back throughout the workouts. I was surprised at my strength and endurance, and how much I was sweating. It felt good, dare I say it.

By day four, my body felt really run down. Remember how you felt at those pre-season tryouts in High School? That’s exactly how I felt. Everything hurt. Badly. I couldn’t get up and down the stairs, I couldn’t lift my arms to wash my hair, I couldn’t even pick up my 25 pound baby! But as weird as it may sound, the muscle soreness felt amazing. By day six, after mixing in several barre fitness classes my body kicked into gear, and I started to feel strong and capable. I had gotten over the hump and I was on the road to accomplish something that I truly wanted for myself.

Over the course of two weeks, I attended 9 classes at HIT & Run. A few 5:00 a.m. ones, a lot at 9:15 a.m., and two on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. All with the various HIT instructors; Jon, Tara, Jocelyn, & Scott.

All the people I met couldn’t have been nicer or more supportive. I really liked the small group classes, it didn’t feel crowded or overwhelming with bodies. I never once felt uncomfortable or scared during a class or doing an exercise. I never once felt bad about about myself for being a little behind on a rep or using a lighter weight. The instructors demonstrated and explained each exercise to a perfect “t”, and they answered questions and corrected posture throughout the class. From the motivating and uplifting music, to the positive people who were working out alongside me, and to the energy in the room, it was all worth it to step out of my comfort zone and to make an impact.

What I learned over the past two weeks:

  1.  Daily workouts means doing laundry every day (I usually do everyone else’s first).
  2.  I totally need new work-out clothes because I’m working out more (See above).
  3.  Wearing sneakers that are five years old don’t make your feet happy… My Nike Frees arrived last week (I literally cannot stop wearing them).
  4.  I despise burpees & pull-ups with a PASSION. And, don’t get me started on 1-legged burpees!
  5.  I am much stronger and have more endurance than I thought I did.
  6.  I need to give myself more credit as to what I can accomplish fitness wise.
  7.  Set a goal & stick with it!
  8.  Scheduling the workouts ahead of time helped me to hold myself accountable.

THANK YOU to everyone at HIT & Run for helping me see my potential, and to gently push me in the direction of getting fit. I will definitely be back!

(Just got a little teary writing this!)

P.s. The 2 week FREE trial they are offering expires on May 13th, use the PromoCode: THANKS. I highly recommend giving HIT & Run a whirl!

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The Uninterrupted Mother’s Day Wish List

May 5, 2016

Orchard Cove Photography Mother's Day

Photo courtesy of Amanda, Orchard Cove Photography

Mother’s Day has become more significant for me ever since I became a mother. Having three boys has been a dream come true, as cheesy as it may sound. My days and nights may often seem long and weary, but the months and years are zooming by right in front of my eyes. In the past five years, I have sang the same three bedtime songs more times than I can count. I can give you quite a soothing rendition of “On Top of Spaghetti” if you like! I have wiped tears, cleaned “boo boos” armed with superhero bandaids while sneaking Neosporin onto it, and have comforted those upset and tired bodies tucked neatly into my arms. I have taught myself to draw trains, Power Rangers, Paw Patrol pups, and Ninja’s (thank you art classes in college). I have spent A LOT of time in the kitchen preparing healthy meals, some of which get eaten. And to my surprise, I’ve turned into somewhat of a decent cook and actually enjoy cooking! There is nothing better than hearing my children tell me “mom this is a good dinner!”, or “wow mom, good drawing!”, or the best yet “I love you mom”. Having these little humans look up with wide eyes full of love makes me so proud and happy that they are mine. My favorite part of being a mother is watching them grow, learn, and experience the world around them, especially those big milestones like walking, talking, reading, writing, riding a bike or swimming! My three sweet blond boys complete me.

Mother's Day hands

I had about a whole 5 minutes of uninterrupted time to hash out what I’d like for Mother’s Day, beside that gigantic steaming cup of coffee (cream & sugar please!).

On Sunday, in no particular order I’d like:

  1.  Someone else to wash ALL the day’s dishes. I’m not kidding, I don’t want to pick up that sponge once.
  2.  Stacking rings from Lisa Leonard. (I’ve been oogling over these for years)
  3.  An uninterrupted night of sleep, preferably in a hotel/inn or even at my in-law’s house down the street. By myself.
  4.  Good food all day, that doesn’t involve me preparing it. Esoteric, Tautog’s, Commune, Zeke’s, Three Ships Coffee, Gringo’s, Java Surf, The Green CatCroc’s to name a few nearby.
  5.  Stuff picked up off the floor and put away, NOT by me. Guessing the baby gets out of this one…
  6.  BEER. Preferably “heady” IPA’s. I’ll take anything chilled, while sitting on my porch or at the beach. (Local brews are preferred; O’Connor’s, Back Bay, Smartmouth, Commonwealth, YVBC)
  7.  A month of membership to local fitness boutique: HIT & Run so I can continue to get FIT and STRONG! (I will need this especially from drinking all that heady beer)
  8.  Handmade cards and artwork from the kiddos – my favorite is when they draw our stick figure family.
  9.  The bathroom cleaned, but not by me. Spotless please!
  10.  Relaxing family time. Can be at the beach, at home, in the park, in the garden, preferably accompanied by beautiful weather and sunshine.

Not too much to ask, right?! RIGHT.

I also polled my local mom friends to see what was something that they wanted for Mother’s Day. The responses were honest and to the point! Some practical (some a little pricy). But all wonderful ideas on how to celebrate the mothers in your life.

“A Bloody Mary and a babysitter.” – G

“Uninterrupted sleep for 12 hours.” – A

“A chocolate donut from Crispy Cream.” – L

“A day without an agenda or expectations.” – D

“A night stay at a hotel so I can sleep as much as I want, order room service and read all the magazines I’ve been collecting that I never have the chance to read. Accompanied by a bottle of champagne!” – M

“Coming home to an empty dishwasher and a clean kitchen.” – T

“Work in my garden and have someone else cook dinner for me.” – M

“I want my husband to clean the damn toilet!”- H

Need more ideas? Check out these ideas from my Virginia Beach mom friends.

A plant to put in the garden to enjoy all year round, especially one that blooms around Mother’s Day (iris or lilac)
A Wind Chime from Wild Birds Unlimited
An Orchid (Orchid Station or Whole Foods)
A Flower Arrangement or succulent plants from Roost Flowers
New gardening tools
Gift card to a nursery to pick a few plants to dig in the dirt together on Mother’s Day

Gold disc necklace with kids initials monogrammed on it
A charm with son’s thumbprint on it
23451 keychain or earrings from 
The Lemon Cabana
Anything from The Beach Nut
Addison Weeks “Bendall” Cuff Bracelets
Be Brave Necklace

From/with the kiddos
Handmade cards from kids
Tea with mommy
Professional Photographs done of Mother & Kids
Mother’s Day Brunch with the husband and kids
A picnic basket for a lunch (and a hike) on the beach at First Landing State Park
Paint your own pottery – Mug with foot and hand prints

Mani, Pedi, Hair, Massage at Massage Luxe, with Misty Smith
10 pack classes to your favorite fitness/yoga studio (Wareing’s Gym, Hot House Yoga, HIT & Run, Fushion Fitness)
Spa Day at Dupre’s
Lunch at Eurasia, with wine!
Brunch at Bay Local

An afternoon alone to wander around Prince Books with a cup of coffee
A whole day of shopping at MacArthur Center
New athletic gear (Anything from Lululemon, LA BL & Athletica)
Any household goods from West Elm

Let’s end with a video that will probably make you (good) cry.

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A Review: The Stockpot

October 28, 2015

The Stock Pot Round MirrorThe Begger & CoffeeThe BeggerThe Stock Pot Burrito
Cookies & Cream & baby booties

Ever since The Stockpot opened their brick and mortar location at 700 19th Street in Virginia Beach, I’ve been looking forward to trying their “healthy comfort food”. Today, a friend and I stopped in for a spur of the moment breakfast. Having perused their menu earlier in the day, I immediately ordered the “Begger”, along with a cup of dark coffee. We settled into a spot near the large windows and waited for our meal. We instantly admired the large frames of lush green succulents decorating the long wall of the cafe. When I asked who had built the frames, the owner shared with us that they had and that he also mentioned that he was surprised at how many succulents it took to complete the project. I almost asked him if he could build me a frame of succulents! Our food was in front of us in no time, piping hot. And oh my goodness was it delicious! Everything about my breakfast sandwich was perfect, from the runny egg, to the size of the sausage, to the toasted biscuit. More customers began filtering in as the cafe became busier, and the staff bustled around. My friend and I decided to split a piece of their mouth watering Cookies & Cream cake, because hey why not. The chocolate was gooey yet firm, melt in your mouth in seconds. We went back and forth on what extra flavors we were tasting, and one of the gals said it was probably the cayenne flakes.

The Stockpot is most definitely kid friendly, a warm atmosphere with great lighting, friendly and welcoming staff (even a familar face from the Fresh Fare Cafe days!), a reasonably priced menu of healthy comfort food, and a great location. I’ll definitely be back, especially to try their soups! They are open Monday thru Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and are closed on Sundays.

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Picking Perfect Pumpkins in Pungo

October 13, 2015

Pick your own Pumpkins

Wagon Ride

Cullipher Farm Market Pumpkin Patch

Sunflower Maze & Cinderlla Pumpkin

One of my favorite Fall traditions to do with my family is to head out into the Pungo farmland, and pick pumpkins.Nothing screams “Fall” more than the fresh cool air, vast green fields filled to the brim with pumpkins and gourds of assorted colors, shapes, and sizes. Not to mention the thrill of tugging a metal wagon to pile high with festive decor, and you get to use extra large clipper shears to slice through the vines. Round it out with mazes winding through sunflowers, cotton and corn, and you’ve got yourself quite a nice Autumn activity!

Our “go-to” farm to hunt for the perfect pumpkin is at Cullipher Farm Market‘s pumpkin patch. We scooped up their Groupon (it expires November 1st), and headed out on a Friday afternoon. The 23 mile car ride to Cullipher’s patch didn’t phase my boys, the excitement of the impending adventure kept them entertained, and they loved to point out the horses in pastures or guess what was planted in various fields as we drove closer to our destination. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, as white puffs of clouds dotted blue skies with a sunny yet crisp breeze. As it was a weekday afternoon, we shared the “pumpkin town” with only a handful of other families. As we trekked through the 8 acres of fields, my four year old son wanted every single pumpkin he came across. Hard to choose from so many well shaped “perfect” pumpkins! After a bit of negotiations from my part on how many we could take with us, we settled on three orange pumpkins (one with cool “spikes”), and a green cinderella pumpkin. Saving the mazes for last, we navigated our way through a field of friendly sunflowers, while listening to the happy honeybees buzz in the blooms. The kids enjoyed the cotton and corn maze, and the main topic of discussion the entire ride home was about how our clothes were made of cotton. As usual, Mr. Cullipher ended up making an appearance at the patch. Always fun to catch up with him and hear how his family is doing! On our way home, we also made sure to hit up the Farm Market for seasonal treats and locally grown produce, located just a few miles North of the pumpkin patch.

It was so much fun, it makes me want to go back and do it all again this week!

Cullipher’s Pumpkin Patch is open Wednesdays – Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Their hayrides run on the weekends only.

Happy Fall ya’ll!

Looking for pumpkin patches located throughout Hampton Roads? I recommend checking out’s 2015 BIG LIST of Pumpkin Patches.


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Shop local: last minute ideas for a memorable Holiday gift

December 24, 2014

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably procrastinated on picking up a few special gifts for the important loved ones in your life. Do not fret! There are so many local shops that have great gifts, so you don’t have to worry about shipping.

Below, you’ll find a wonderful list of mine and my friends’ favorites places to shop locally.

(Most shops close TODAY between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m., I’d recommend calling them directly to confirm if you cannot see a closing time printed on their Facebook pages that I’ve linked below)

OceanfrontCheck out A Dodsons’ wonderful assortment of Holiday decorations, oyster shell votive candles, Catstudio handmade glasses & pillows, and a melting snowman that the kids will love! Swing into Zeke’s Beans & Bowls for a gift certificate or a Three Ships Coffee bundle for the coffee lover in your life. Always a hit are “date night” gift certificates to Tautogs, Waterman’s & Eat. A Gurgle Pot from The Beach Nut is always a hit, as well as their wide selection of jewelry, clothes, and home decor. You can make your own gift basket at Taste Unlimited, don’t forget their House Dressing! WRV has a wide selection of anything your surfer/skater can dream of. Or grab a growler of your favorite beer from Back Bay Brewing. Don’t forget about that special lady in your life, Addison Weeks has a stunning assortment of jewelry and purses that will certainly make the holidays bright. Pick up an Elton John candle over at Chartreuse, and look through the beautiful art work for every different taste as well as the fabulous furniture.


Sprout Children’s Boutique & Consignment is the place to snag a pair of Zutano Cozie Fleece Booties, to keep baby & toddler toes warm and toasty. The Aromatherpy Shoppe’s all-natural handcrafted Sun Recovery Spray for those folks who love the sun and the beach. Gift certificates from Aldo’s Ristorante & Eurasia for a special night out are always welcomed. Nectar has a wide range of popular goodies, from their Volcano candles in “Capri Blue”, picture frames, baby gifts, or funny hand towels. Swing into Atlantic Garden Center or London Bridge Nursery and pick out festive small trees or plants and a pretty planter to go with it, instant decor! You can pick out tervis tumblers filled with candy or cookies at Please and Thank you, and their gift wrapping is gorgeous. Stop into Ocean Palm to add bright colors to the Lilly Pulitzer lover in your life. Simply Selma’s a wide variety of gifts, and definitely ask for their beautiful gift wrapping. Grab a jar of flavored Olive Oil & Vinegar from Savor the Olive. At the new wine shop Tinto, you can browse through their wines & champagne, perhaps tasting as you go! Delightful Digs has a great selection of home decor, jewelry, and truly unique gifts. Vinyl Daze has all types of records and CDs for the music lover in your life. The Creative Wedge has a little bit of everything, local art, pottery, coastal decor and gourmet food, craft beer & wine

In norfolk

When you’re grabbing a bagel at Yorgo’s Bageldashery, pick up a gift certificate too! Serendip has festive holiday decor and delicious smelling candles. A Dodsons is also in Norfolk, with many of the same inventory at their other stores. Kitsch has a ton of wonderful locally made gifts, my favorite are the Mini Virginia Pillows! Mary Barnett’s is a hidden gem, with beautiful ornaments, stocking stuffers as well as many gifts for all ages.

Happy shopping! Don’t forget your umbrella and rain boots!


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Ice Skating in Virginia Beach

December 12, 2014

Vintage Ice Skating TessaDo you remember the first time you squeezed your feet into a pair of ice skates?

I was four years old.

In Vermont, most people grow up skiing. I figure skated.

Back then Lake Champlain froze, as did our driveway (very often). So there were a lot of opportunities to practice my skating moves. I fondly remember my green lycra leotard with a skirt attached. Underneath it, was a VERY thick layer of tights, wool socks & a turtleneck. I still have the stack of colorful skating badges that I had worked so hard to earn. I loved the way it felt racing friends across the rink, pushing your legs to go as fast as you could possibly . After skating lessons, we would sit in the bleachers of Gutterson Fieldhouse as the Vermont Ice Hockey Team barreled onto the ice. I was always disappointed when the players failed to perform a “sit spin” or “swizzle”, and instead raced around and around and slammed into the walls.

When I asked my mother what she remembers from those years, she told me that I fell on the ice, A LOT. And that the ice rink was freezing cold. Unfortunately, my figure skating career didn’t last past the realization that I would have to propel myself up into the air, and land on the ice balancing my entire body on ONE sharp thin blade. No thanks.

You can only imagine my excitement when I saw that an ice rink was being built in the Rudee Inlet loop, right off 3rd street in Virginia Beach. The Oceanfront Ice Park opened on November 26th, and has been going strong ever since.

This is the perfect activity to do with your family, friends, or on a romantic winter wonderland date!

What you’ll need to go ice skating at The Oceanfront Ice Park
Thick, warm, and comfy socks
Warm and comfortable clothes that you can move around in
• $12 for admission & skate rental
• Be over the age of 4 years old
 Call ahead to make sure there isn’t a private party: 757-296-3404

Local/Community Resources & Online Inspiration
Wikipedia’s definition of ice skates
 Glossary of Figure Skating Terms
• Pinterest


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A Baby Shower

November 17, 2014

There couldn’t be a more perfect place to host an intimate baby shower than Pasha Mezze’s cozy coffee house in Norfolk. Our small group of ladies really enjoyed the delicious food, our cheery company, and of course the ambiance of this charming location. Their Special Events staff was more than accommodating, from letting us ‘make the space our own’ with decorations and flowers, to always making sure everyone had a beverage in hand–the sparkling sangria was delicious, thanks Brian!

The other hostesses and I ended up having a lot of fun with the details, a lot of which we managed ourselves. My favorite parts were the DIY succulent favors (SO easy to create) and the baby kale centerpieces, surrounded by moss and vintage toys. The balloons came from a block away at Novelties Unlimited and the flowers from Norfolk Wholesale Floral. I also loved how the hand-cut streamers turned out, and everyone had a great time with the photobooth. I bet you’re wondering about the food. It was EXCELLENT. The buffet was a perfect combination of Pasha’s famous dishes (their hummus and kale salad were delightful), along with tasty chicken sliders, assorted fruits, a second salad, and all paired with an assortment of their freshly-baked breads. I am positive that everyone went back for seconds…

Pasha Mezze was a wonderful place to spend a few hours surrounded by friends and family, enjoying delicious food and drinks, and taking some time to celebrate this exciting occasion!