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A WEEKEND AT THE LAKE!

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Last Friday, my mom and I packed our bags and headed up to Northeast Pennsylvania for a weekend at my cousin’s lake house. My cousin–who is more like my aunt, I just love her–bought the 100-plus-year-old home last year and has been doing renovations ever since, and the results are seriously gorgeous. She’s managed to create a space that feels beautiful but lived-in, and one that still honors the history of the home. (A favorite detail: The growth chart carved into the jamb on the front door, with dates that began in 1927 and go into the ’30s. So neat!)

It was a seriously carefree weekend–we rotated between sitting on the front porch; eating and drinking all the things; swimming in the crystal-clear, super-cold lake; and sunning ourselves in the Adirondack chairs–and I actually managed to almost completely unplug, save for a few Instagram posts. And you know what? I felt so much better because of it. My eyes felt less strained, there was less static in my head, I could fully focus on spending time with my family (including my 90-year-old Aunt Jane, whose birthday we were celebrating) and I was definitely more present. Need to work on doing that at home, too.

Here are a few photos from the trip, if you’d like to see…

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We loved walking around the lake and looking at all the beautiful homes (and seeing peonies growing in the wild!)…

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…and speaking of walking, I drank the Kool-Aid with these babies and they are the most comfortable shoes I have ever put on my feet.

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My cousin’s house is perfection.

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That lake was so cold that every cell in my body screamed when I jumped into the water…but it felt amazing.

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Such a beautiful weekend…I basically relived every happy childhood summer memory. I hope you all have an equally glorious little getaway sometime in the next few months yourselves. xoxo

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