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A Birthday Post! And The Balance Artist Links

Not only is tomorrow Coop’s Big 3-0….but today is my blogging anniversary! TBA hasn’t been around that long (since April!), but my original blog, Sam Bock Illustration & Design, began this day, last year.

(Any readers remember this?)

Happy Birthday, Coop!

This past weekend, I surprised Mr. I-Don’t-Want-a-Party-Grumpy-Gus with a room at Windrift in Avalon.

(Photo via windrifthotel.com)

We fell in love with it Memorial Day weekend when we first saw the renovations, and I knew we had to stay there! Had to do something special…thirty is a big deal!

I made the two of us some veggie-filled pitas and some smoothies to get some last-minute nutrition, and we headed down to the good ol’ Jersey shore early Friday afternoon.

It was a really great weekend full of friends and surprises. Started off with discovering our sweet room view (right over the pool!) and cracking open some Malbec after hunting for a wine opener.

We ate lots of great food (wood-fired pizza, sushi, oysters, Bang Bang Shrimp, etc. from Windrift are all Sam & Coop-approved), and my sister Allie and her boyfriend Oscar came for the first night.

Shenanigans ensued.

Gosh, I love them.

Saturday was a hot one, but our friend Norty met us after the four of us had brunch on the deck and we beached it for hours until we took it to the pool.

(Photo via windrifthotel.com)

(Photo via windrifthotel.com)

It was so convenient having our meals at the hotel, and we actually didn’t make it out to any other bars at all in Avalon this time. We had too much fun and never left! Saturday night, a bunch of our friends from Ocean City came to surprise Coop, and we ended up hardly leaving our small suite…we had the best time!

Sunday was reggae happy hour at the Golden Inn next door, where we met the CUTEST basset hound/black lab puppy named Sadie and Coop sat in for one of our favorite reggae bands, The Raggamuffins!

My rockstar can play chill reggae, too! It was a very different “shore weekend” for us, but it was so much fun! Already can’t wait to go back to WD. If you are ever a Jersey shore-goer, definitely check it out. It is our absolute favorite!

Happy Birthday, Blog!

I also wanted to implement a new little aspect to my blog, since it IS my blogging birthday!

Called “TBA Links,” I will link up four links of possible interest at the bottom of posts. Since my posts tend to be lifestyle-related on a regular basis, I figured these links will help me stay true to my original intent for my blog…balancing my life of art, food, fitness, and fun.

One for each section of the heart and soul of TBA: Art, Food, Fitness, & Just for Fun. Here are my first TBA Links!

  • Are you a big birthday-celebrator?
  • Have you found any great links lately?

It’s Been a While…Part One Pic Recap!

It has been SO long since I have been here, my friends. I am always lurking in the background catching up on my favorite blogs, as well as still taking pictures of meals and nails and dogs and things to blog about….but have been so gosh darn busy I have shied away from posting them lately!

Weekdays continue to consist of a fairly rigid routine of work, dog walk, gym, cook dinner, freelance (and TV), bed. We are working for the weekend because this summer has been exceptionally busy! We are loving West Chester, eating lots of awesome food, planning bachelorette parties and showers and birthdays (I’m 25 now! And Coop is coming up on 30!!!), doing lots of shopping at Anthro and Free People (oh discount, how I love you!!!), visiting friends and family (New Hampshire! Lewes, Delaware! NJ shores! Etc.) and just playing hard…that’s what summer is for, right?!

Here is what my last month looked like…and I will spread it out over the remaining posts for the week!

Part One:

In the meantime, follow me on Instagram, where I am the most active.

Missed ya, see you tomorrow for some more picture recaps! 🙂 xoxox