Hi friends, from sunny Florida. If you missed my last post, I’m currently indulging on my first ever Spring Break. And, no, it’s not the kind of Spring Break where you cram 16 girls into one Motel 6 room, get regrettable tattoos, drink cheap vodka and kiss questionable boys. I never went on Spring Break when I was in college. But, now that I’m a teacher, I’m lucky enough to get the chance to enjoy a mid-April getaway. My mom’s currently renting a house in Jupiter, Florida, so I’m down for the week visiting her. Our first few days are girl time and Michael is joining us later this week. I flew in late Sunday night and woke up Monday morning to warm breezes and salt air. For my first day mom took me around Jupiter and Stuart.
We stopped for lunch first at Shrimper’s in Stuart. We grabbed a quick beer at the bar while we waiting for an outside table, which only took a couple of minutes.
This handsome little guy and his pal were in a boat parked right next to our table and kept us quite entertained while we waited for our food to arrive. The whole time I was mildly concerned he was going to jump right out and run off to the bar, which is what I’m quite certain Austin would have done.
We ordered two plates to share, which is my favorite thing to do because you get to enjoy more things. We had the fish tacos which weren’t the best I’ve ever had, but they were OK. The Coconut Shrimp, however, was amazing. And it was served with a delicious spicy mango sauce. I could eat these for days.
Full of fried shrimp and beer we decided a quick walk would do us good. We stopped at Riverbend Park and chose a 1-1/2 to 2 mile circle in and around the rivers.
The Riverbend Park was a great spot to see the natural flora and fauna of the area and the whole time mom kept telling me to watch out for ‘gators. We didn’t see any of the toothy-grinned river dwellers, but we worked up a good sweat.
Before we went, we of course had to stop for a picture. My mom kept saying “let’s take a selfie” when she wanted to take a photo of us together, which was hilarious since I never taught her that term. She’s just so hip.
When we got back to mom’s we decided a quick jump in the pool and some splashing in the intercoastal would be a good idea. Her condo sits on Florida’s intercoastal waterway, which is a huge expanse of saltwater rivers, bays and inlets. It’d been way too long since my toes had felt salt water that wasn’t so cold it could give you chills.
After some cooling off we cleaned up for dinner.
But not, of course, before a few more “selfies.”
We thoroughly embarrassed ourselves as we lugged my tripod out to the water and had our own little photoshoot-seesh.
I sported my new Peaches and Cream Maxi Dress from Oakleigh Rose for the occasion. This dress feels like I’m wearing pajamas but looks like I’m dressed up enough for dinner or drinks. I fell in love with this dress the first time I saw it. I think the colors pair so nicely together and the oversized bow is just too stink in’ cute. I also love how the bow makes the dress interesting enough that you don’t have to fuss with jewelry, because most of the time I’m too lazy to find the right accessories.
The Peaches and Cream Maxi Dress retails for $50 and the ladies of Oakleigh Rose informed me they just ordered a bunch more! But they also have all sorts of other cute summer items if this dress isn’t your style.
I have to give credit where credit is due. Thanks to mom not only for the delicious homemade cocktails we sipped after our mini photoshoot, but also for trying her hand at photographer to help me snap photos of my Peaches and Cream Maxi Dress. Although… I won’t say she should quit her day job anytime soon.
For dinner we headed out to U-Tiki which was a new restaurant that had just opened on the Jupiter Riverwalk. While we waited for a table we sat out on their “beach.” It was a space strewn with sand to mock a beach, and since it sat on a harbor, it almost worked.
I ordered the margarita and we sat watching the sun set and the Jupiter lighthouse turn on. Vacation mode officially set in.
For dinner we split again ordering a round of sushi (which was disappointing) and the Coconut Curry Seafood. This plate has been the highlight meal of my trip so far. I could have just eaten that coconut curry sauce as soup. But even better was that it was poured on top of whitefish, mussels and shrimp. Swoon.
What are your favorite mother-daughter things to do?
*the Peaches and Cream dress was sent to me complimentary by Oakleigh Rose but all opinions and thoughts are my own. I was not paid for this post*