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Video: Road Trip – 8 Hours in the Lake Placid Area with Kids – High Falls Gorge, Whiteface Mountain Summit, Mirror Lake and More!

Today I’ve got a really special video to share with you from our recent Lake George vacation. This might have been my favorite day of the entire trip, filled with so much beauty, so I hope you enjoy it!

One of the days of our trip my parents, my husband and my brother had plans to go golfing. So that left my sister-in-law, Joan and I with the boys to fill up a day. We randomly decided it would be fun to make take a road trip and go the hour and a half drive north to check out the Lake Placid area. A quick google search later and we had a loose itinerary for the trip.

My boys are typically early risers and on this day did I didn’t mind. We packed up the car and hit the road at 7:30am and decided to stop when and where we wanted along the way to take in the sights.

At 9:00 along the way we randomly stopped at my favorite surprise location of the day.

Chapel Pond.

I put the rest of our 8 hour day in the Lake Placid area on my YouTube Channel {Please Subscribe!} – Check out this video for a better look at all the amazing sights and views that we enjoyed on our road trip – but just for fun, I’ll be sharing our trip via blogging + photos below too.

So back to Chapel Pond..

We randomly pulled over on the side of this road to find this treasure. It’s 100% on my bucket list to come back here one day to swim in this beautiful water.

Next up was a planned stop – High Falls Gorge.

This we had read about and researched because we knew we wanted to do the Waterfall Walk – a 1/2 mile trek along the gorge to see the waterfalls. It was all enclosed and perfect for the kids to run around and enjoy the sights.

It was beyond beautiful and an amazing way to spend a few hours. There are additional trails you can also do, but we stuck to the planned walk. It was fabulous.

If you are in the area this summer – or anytime, they are open all year – definitely be sure to make a point to stop here. It was a treat!

Next up, we made our way over to Whiteface – One of the highest peaks in the Adirondack Mountain range. The summit offers a 360-degree view of the Adirondacks and clear-day glimpses of Vermont and even Canada, where the skyscrapers of Montreal, 80 miles away, can be seen on a very clear day. The mountain’s east slope is home to a major ski area which hosted the alpine skiing competitions of the 1980 Winter Olympics. 

You can hike up this mountain, which I’m pretty sure would take an eternity. Or you could drive up the Veterans Memorial Highway, pay a small toll and make your way up to just below the summit in a few minutes.

Along the way we took in some incredible views.

At the end of the highway there is a Castle Cafe – which is home to a restaurant, gift shop and restrooms. There you can decide if you want to hike up the rest of the way to the summit OR if you want to take an elevator 400ft inside the mountain, up 27 stories to the top.

The trail looked pretty treacherous for small kids, so we opted for the express route and I wasn’t mad about it.

The summit of Whiteface was insane.

And I was so impressed they made it so accessible to everyone. Bravo!

We took in some incredible views – see Lake Placid in the distance? She’s a beauty.

Side note – how fun are these yellow shorts? They are my new favorite from Target!

Jumping shots occurred.

It was a beautiful and I will never forget our time there. Seriously, I don’t even know what more to say about it, these photos clearly don’t do it justice – if you have the opportunity to see Whiteface – GO!

Next up – Lake Placid Brewery.

You know how much I love to check out local breweries, and this was right in the heart of Lake Placid so it was the perfect place to stop. They had games for the kids and we got to take in some amazing views – and this was a nice area because we got to see more of the Village of Lake Placid, which was really special.

Right across from the Lake Placid Brewery was our next stop – Mirror Lake! This is where the kids went for a swim for a few hours. The lake was so perfect and beautiful – and this lake is special because it doesn’t allow any motorized boats.

While the boys and I were at Mirror Lake, my sister-in-law, Joan hit up the Olympic Center. I figured the boys would have more fun in the water, so that’s where we stayed, but Joan loved what she got to see. We also drove around and got to check out the Olympic Jumping Complex – home to the ski jump site – as well as the Olympic Sports Complex – home to the combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track–the only one east of the Rockies–as well as 50 km of groomed cross country ski trails and a biathlon shooting range.

It was really cool to be able to see these massive sports complex area where so much history has been made.

And finally we made our way over to Lake Placid, where we got to put our feet in that special water before making the trip home.

It was an incredible 8 hours we spent in the Lake Placid Area. We got to see and do so much in what felt like such a short amount of time. I would love to go back to explore even more and see some of my favorite spots again, the whole day was filled with so much beauty.

The Adirondacks sure are a special place.

If you’ve been – what is your favorite part of the Adirondacks area? If you haven’t been – where do you want to go first? Please share!

Thanks so much for following along and I hope you check out my video! Let me know what you think of our latest travels!

My First Fashom Styling Service Experience

Shopping with the kiddos might be my least favorite thing ever. They don’t like being dragged around from store to store and it’s not an enjoyable experience taking a 5 and 3 year old into a fitting room.

The struggle is so real.

And when I do have help with the boys, being able to pick up a thing or two for myself isn’t always at the top of the list. So when I was given the opportunity to try out a new styling service, I was pretty pumped.

FASHOM is the newest styling service I was able to give a try. I’ve tried a few over the years, if you’ve been a long time blog reader, you will know that I love when beautiful boxes of pretty little things show up at my door.

Seriously, who doesn’t!

I’m excited to share with you how it all worked for me with this beautiful little box because it was unique from the others out there.

This is how FASHOM different from others:

  1. YOU pick what ships to you! After your stylist has put together your outfits, you can preview & select which items they send to you (free shipping & returns). 
  2. The average price of inventory is ~$35 & you get 25% off if you keep 3 or more pieces. 
  3. There is no subscription fee & your first two styling sessions are free! After that, the styling fee is only $15, which is applied as a credit if you keep something from your order.

I loved being able to play a part in selecting what was being sent to me. I was able to be a little more hands on in what was coming my way to try – which I really enjoyed because I can be very picky and at the same time I am trying to be more intentional about what’s going in my closet.

Here’s what I got:

First up might be my new favorite thing.

If you follow along on Instagram, you will have already seen it’s debut because I love it so much I took it with me on vacation.

Sleeveless Scoop Neck Long Tent Maxi Dress – $38

This dress is a dream to style because it is so versatile in color and shape. And for me the most important thing was the fit – it’s so flattering and lovely. I really liked knotting the bottom of it as well for a fun look.

Knotting things are my favorite.

It’s so cute with a denim jacket, fun jewelry – I can’t wait to pair it with a cozy sweater in the fall. And the fact that it’s my favorite color makes it even more amazing.

For under $40 – it feels amazing and makes me feel great. I love it so much.

Next up – pants!

Mittoshop Linen Cargo Pocketed Joggers $45

These are a stretchy waistband – and when I did this try on session I was about 10 weeks pregnant, so the stretch really mattered to me.

These pants are so comfortable and I love the tighter at the ankle look. Another keeper and I can’t wait to wear them in the Fall!

To go along with the pants, is this top.

Naked Zebra Alix V-Neck Cami Top – $39

I told my stylist that I didn’t want anything crew neck and this yellow was something different for me. I love the fit and the great layering options for it. Plus the material was super nice so it’s a easy piece to dress up for a night out.

Another cute top – I love the color of this and the sweet button detail. Easy to pair and wear with just about anything.

Staccato: V-Neck Solid Cami Tank Top – $37

And my last top –

Mittoshop Pin Stripe V-Neck Twisted Back Woven Top – $32

This one looked really cool in the photo when I saw it online but in person it wasn’t my favorite. The back is so neat but it didn’t fit me quite right. I also didn’t love the pink and white stripes.

I was pretty impressed with my first FASHOM experience. It was great to be more involved in the styling and I was blown away by the quality of the pieces but even more so the prices – everything was under $40 for the most part, which was great.

Now I’d love to hear from you – have you heard of FASHOM before? What of the 5 pieces I got to try were your favorites? If you have any questions about the service, please let me know – I’d love to answer them for you.

Thanks so much to my new friends at FASHOM for everything – I can’t wait to try the styling service again soon!

Video: Adirondack Extreme Adventure Kids Ropes Course + Zip Line – Lake George, NY

So excited to share this post with you today because it was so much fun to make and it was so much fun for me to watch Brooks experience this! Before our trip to Lake George, I did a little research and found Adirondack Extreme Adventure that wasn’t too far from where we were staying – it looked like so much fun + perfect for Brooks, so we checked it out online and made plans to make that a special part of our vacation.

And I’m SO GLAD we did!

Before I get into the whole blog post about our experience, here’s an inside look Brooks completing the entire Kids Course and the Yellow Two Course. If you’ve got a little adventure loving kiddo on your hands, this would be a great summer activity to try.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Brooks has done a ropes course a time or two before – there is one locally in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Zoo. He loved it, had an absolute blast, but this was a much different course and much higher in the trees. I was hopeful that he would love it and I was right!

Adirondack Extreme is awesome for younger kids because it has two courses they can do. First you must complete the Kids Course to advance to the Yellow Two Course.

Brooks flew through this one.

I was so surprised because he just stepped off the block with his belay and away he went. The Kids + Yellow Two courses have a special belay system that allows the kids to do it all themselves, safely locked in – while keeping their movements free and uninterrupted. It was awesome and so easy for my little guy to use.

Another awesome thing about this course – there is a walkway throughout the 30+ obstacles on each one, so parents and siblings can follow along and watch. This was endlessly entertaining for me and for Graham too {he was too little to do it, but we will be back for him next time!}

The Yellow Two course was HIGH.

Brooks was literally up in the trees without a care in the world. He had the absolute best time and was completely fearless.

I love encouraging this sort of activity for my littles – its promoting exercise, self confidence, getting outside, trying something new and so much more. Brooks took chances, pushed himself and was such an incredible little monkey swinging through the trees. I was so beyond proud of him.

The other amazing thing about when we went – for the Kids Course + Yellow Two – you can do them over and over again. We were at Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course for over 3 hours while Brooks did his thing. It was incredible and such a great way to spend the morning.

They had a playground for Graham and Brooks made some little treetop friends to race around the course with and everyone had a grand old time.

The courses Brooks could go on also had zip lines throughout – Brooks was able to do 5 separate ones in total and I think they were one of his favorite parts – Because, zip lines are obviously awesome. There are also 6 other courses that I can’t wait to come back and do with Brooks when he is taller – the place was a beautiful, treetop oasis and I’m so glad we experienced it!

Proud of my little man for his accomplishments on this day and I can’t wait to find more adventures for us to explore together!

Now I’d love to hear from you – Have your littles ever done a ropes course or zip line? How old were they we they went? Any suggestions for places to go in the Philadelphia area for more of this awesome-ness? Please share!

A Week On Lake George, New York – A Visit to Fort Ticonderoga, Mount Defiance, A Lake George Steamboat Company Cruise, Our Favorite Breweries, Bonfires and More!

First of all, thank you to everyone who read and commented and messaged and supported me on my previous post about my miscarriage. It felt so good to be able to share my experience and it was sort of what I needed to complete the journey of it all, if that makes sense. I am happy and proud that my story is out there and I hope I am able to help others who go through similar situations or at least help make someone feel a little less alone. By all the messages I got from so many of you, there are WAY too many of us in this club, who have experienced a loss in this way – so I hope we can keep the conversations going. I plan to do another post on “the aftermath” of it all soon – so stay tuned.

But back to Lake George!

While all this mess was happening in my life leading up to the 4th of July, we also had plans for a family vacation with my parents and brother + sister in law for the following week. It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time because I had something to be distracted with before the D&E – packing everything up for the trip before the procedure. And then after it was all over I had something to look forward to.

This was my first time in the Adirondacks – so it was a great distraction from everything.

Two years ago we did a similar family trip to Seneca Lake – full of hiking, bonfires, dips in the lake, wineries, breweries and more. It was an absolute blast that everyone enjoyed, so my parents planned a trip for this summer to celebrate my dad’s 70th.

Here’s a short recap of our Seneca Lake Trip:

Hiking Robert H. Treman State Park + Swimming the Lower Enfield Falls – Ithaca, NY

Hiking Buttermilk Falls State Park – Ithaca, NY

Hiking Taughannock Falls State Park, New York {It’s taller than Niagara Falls!}

Hiking Watkins Glen State Park

Our Favorite Spots Along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Our Favorite Breweries Along Seneca Lake, New York

After all of the fun we had in Seneca Lake – and with the boys being two years older, I knew Lake George was going to be special.

We stayed on Assembly Point, which is a little peninsula that sticks out into Lake George. We had water on two sides of the house we rented so it was a perfect location for us. Amazing water views, beautiful sunrises and sunsets – the works. And I couldn’t get over how crystal clear the water was, you can see straight to the bottom, even in this photo.

Being in the mountains and on the lake was seriously so good for my soul. It was the perfect refresh and reset that I didn’t know I needed but am so grateful that I was able to have it when I did.

All The Hiking

We went on some amazing hikes – which I think I am going to share in a more detailed post separately, but the boys were absolute champs up to 9 miles, and the views we got to enjoy were incredible.

We did 4 hikes in total the week we were there and I can’t wait to share them all with you – stay tuned for that post next.

Lake George Boat Ride

One day we went on a 2.5 hour boat ride all along Lake George – with the Lake George Steamboat Company. The tour we took was called The Islands of The Narrows Cruise and it was such a fabulous way to see the beautiful lake from a different viewpoint – a leisurely 14-mile afternoon trip through the many Islands of Lake George. The area called The Narrows, is easily the most scenic, peaceful, calming and beautiful spot on the entire lake. No roads line the water’s edge and it is easy to imagine life here hundreds of years ago.  The boys had a blast and it was a great way to spend an afternoon.

Fort Ticonderoga

Another day we made our way up to the top of Lake George to check out Fort Ticonderoga – which is a large 18th-century star fort built by the French at a narrows near the south end of Lake Champlain, in northern New York. The fort was of strategic importance during the 18th-century colonial conflicts between Great Britain and France, and again played an important role during the American Revolutionary War.

The boys, of course – were pretty into the whole ‘fort thing’ and enjoyed all the people dressed up in character, the firing of the cannons and the massive grounds to run around in!

My favorite part of the for was a little less violent – the Kings Gardens. They were impeccably kept, so beautiful to enjoy and even had some shaded areas for kids to stop and paint! I loved our time there.

Mount Defiance

You can’t go to Fort Ticonderoga and NOT go up Mount Defiance. You can drive to the top of it, which is included with your ticket fee to the fort and when you get up top you are rewarded with incredible views.

See the fort below?

Definitely don’t miss this if you find your way up in Lake George/Lake Champlain !

Breweries + Wineries Galore!

Again, one of our favorite things to do on any trip like this is stop along the way after hikes or day trips to enjoy the local brews and wines in any new spot we find ourselves. Wineries and Breweries are always so family friendly, I’ve found that most have great activities and games and space for kids to run around enjoy themselves.

Here were our favorite stops {in no particular order}:

Bolton Landing Brewing Company

Battle Hill Brewing Company

Adirondack Brewery / Adirondack Winery + Lake George Distilling Company

Paradox Brewery / Common Roots Brewing Company / Northway Brewing

We did some work during our visit – and we all love to enjoy the local beverages! Everything was delicious and we loved being able to take home some of our favorites! I highly recommend Lake George for any craft beer lover especially, lots of amazing spots!

S’Mores, Bonfires + Fireworks!

Our rental had a great little fire pit that we used every single night. It was right along the water, we had a great dock that we used our entire trip and everyone very much enjoyed our nightly s’mores. If you are thinking about visiting Lake George, make sure you have lake access and a fire pit – the best!

On Lake George in the summer there are also fireworks every Thursday night, which was really nice for the kids to enjoy, since we missed out on the 4th of July fireworks since I wasn’t feeling great. We also brought our own because sparklers are awesome, duh.

I’ll be back sharing more of our trip – including our hikes, a day trip to Lake Placid and Brooks on a ropes course – with possibly a bonus video or two. I took lots of great footage, hopefully I can get it together to share with you! But it was an incredible trip and for anyone thinking of visiting the Lake George and/or the Adirondacks area, I highly recommend it – we had a fabulous time, especially with our kiddos – and I hope we can be back again for another trip soon!

And Happy 70th to my dad – Thanks for an amazing trip!

If you have any other questions for me about our trip, please send me a message or leave a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you!

In the meantime I’d love to know – who has been to Lake George/Adirondacks before? What was your favorite part of the area? Please share!

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