Dinner & A Tournament: A Visit to Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, New Jersey with Kids

I have so much of our summer fun to catch you up on, it’s insane. I always take a little time off social media and blogging around this time each summer. There’s always so much going on, so much summer left to soak up and so much to get ready for with the new school year – and this year is even that much more crazy with our move and the start of Kindergarten for Brooks. Time is flying!

If you follow along on Instagram or Facebook, you know I’ve been sharing all our fun all summer long. But with all our travels and all the cool things we’ve been up to, I always love to share a little more in depth of all the fun!

I’m going to be playing catch up a little bit with the posts since we’ve been all over the place this summer, but today we are going to start with our most recent adventure – a visit to Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.

This was our first experience at Medieval Times – It’s something I had looked at before, but didn’t think the boys were old enough a few summers ago. When I was contacted by their team and invited to a dinner & tournament experience – it was the perfect time to give it a try!

When you walk in to Medieval Times, you are assigned a Knight to root for – we were given the Blue Knight, which my boys were pumped about!

It’s first come, first serve with the seats, so the earlier you get there, the better chance you have at getting a good seat. But from what I could tell, there really wasn’t a bad seat in the house. Every seat had a great view!

We were told to get there a little early because there are some festivities before the tournament that I wanted the boys to see – like a Knighting Ceremony!

Before we knew it, it was time to check out our seats.

When you sit down in your seat you are greeted by your waiter who takes care of you through the show since you will also be having a meal while watching. While everyone is coming into the show, we were able to enjoy hot tomato basil soup with garlic bread. Both of which were delicious!

Another fun thing at Medieval Times – there are no utensils! So you have to use your hands to eat your meal, which I thought was really fun and the boys loved!

Then it was time to start the show !

I was BEYOND impressed with the entertainment and all the different levels in the show. There were so many different things going on – falconry, beautiful horses, weaponry, jousting and more!

Needless to say, the boys were very entertained in this two hour show!

While we enjoyed the show, we enjoyed a feast: Along with the garlic bread and tomato bisque soup – delicious roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, the dessert of the Castle, coffee and beverages! All the food was SO GOOD.

Brooks – 5.5 and Graham – almost 4 had an absolute blast watching the fighting, eating their food and enjoying the tournament. They were both prime age to go to something like this – and I know there are locations all over the place! There were also TONS of people there celebrating special occasions, events and having a blast with a group – would be so much fun to enjoy with tons of family or friends to celebrate!

We had a fabulous time – the boys are still talking about it a week later. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, family outing! The boys and I are already talking about meeting up with friends at the Baltimore location in the coming months!

Thanks so much to the team at Medieval Times in New Jersey for having us!

Now I’d love to know – Have you ever been to Medieval Times? What did you think?! Please share!

VIDEO: Family Friendly Hiking in Lake George, NY – Shelving Rock Summit, Shelving Rock Falls + Pilots Knob Preserve

Back with another video to share with you from our time in Lake George. I did so much filming that I have way to much content. Trying to figure out how to break it all down in a way that makes sense to share.

If you are getting caught up:

Adirondack Extreme Adventure Kids Ropes Course + Zip Line

Road Trip – 8 Hours in the Lake Placid Area with Kids

Today I wanted to share with you two {and a half!} of our favorite hikes we did during our week in Lake George, NY with two little kids – aged 3 and 5 – in tow !

Here’s the video! Check it out to get a better idea of all the trails and all the fun we had – and let me know what you think of our adventures:

First up, Shelving Rock Mountain.

We are starting here because it was my favorite one. It’s hard to give the footage or the photos justice because it was even more beyond beautiful that you can imagine.

The hike was around 1.7 miles up – 3.4 miles round trip.

It’s a great hike for families because the route was wide had a pretty easy incline that was great for my entire family – aged from 70 to age 3 – the whole way up.

The summit was GORGEOUS. A perfect view of Lake George as far as the eye can see.

After we made our way down from the summit, we continued going down the mountain to check out the Shelving Mountain Falls. It’s about a 1/2 mile from the parking in the middle of the mountain to the falls – so a quick 30 minute hike to the bottom, but you could walk all the way down to Lake George if you wish!

Shelving Rock Falls is a 50-foot cascade – It is an easy hike with a wide, unmarked dirt trail that leads straight to the waterfall. It was the perfect place to cool off after a day of hiking – the boys got in and LOVED it!

This was beyond beautiful!

Our next hike – Pilots Knob Preserve.

We did this towards the end of the week and did it was the perfect way to start the day with a quick and easy hike for the kids. I love that there are so many great options for families to hike in Lake George, it’s something great to promote for healthy living starting at a young age!

This was a quick 30 minute hike to the top that my 3 year old basically ran to the top. The top of this didn’t have as amazing views as Shelving Rock but it had a sweet gazebo at the top and I would definitely recommend it.

Nothing beats a Lake Georg View!

We did a few other smaller hikes on our trip that I hope to share with you in another post – but these were defiantly my two favorites!

If you’ve been to Lake George and done any hikes before, I’d love to know – which ones did you do?!

Thanks so much for following along this post and let me know what you think of the latest video – and be sure to subscribe!

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!

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