Breaking the Bucket List: Eating at Carlo’s Bakery

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Hello, my sparkling readers!

Yesterday I told you all about how my perfect little diamond, Amber, came up to NJ for the weekend (check out the post HERE.). In the post, I told you how Amber, Julia, and I went to Morristown and completed a task on my bucket list. It was eating at Carlo’s Bakery!

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Buddy Valastro and his family’s original bakery, “Carlo’s Bakery,” is set in Hoboken, New Jersey. We didn’t have the time to head all the way out to the original bakery, so we drove 20 minutes away to the one in Morristown. They offer the exact same delicious desserts!

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I got a basic vanilla cupcake with a flower made out of icing on top!

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Meanwhile, Julia got a red velvet cupcake and Amber got an Oreo Explosion cupcake.

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We sat inside the bakery enjoying our cupcakes. All around us were photos of the Valastro family, famous for the Cake Boss television show on TLC. The inside was very quaint!

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The cupcakes, costing us each only $3.00, were so delicious we had to control ourselves to not get more than one! Next time, I’ll definitely be getting a red velvet cupcake.

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Stay tuned to see what my next adventure will be in Breaking the Bucket List!

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My Weekend Adventure with My Little Diamond

Happy Tuesday, readers!

So many people were tweeting at me and asking me where My Monday Musts were. I took the day off from My Monday Musts yesterday to catch up on some sleep (I slept for 16 hours and then took a 3 hour nap. Whoops.) and get some errands done because my weekend was very busy.

Why was my weekend super busy? Because my little diamond, Amber, came to New Jersey for the weekend!!

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The first thing we did when Amber got here? Take a picture of the three of us reunited!

 

Want to know what’s really cool? Since my best friend from home goes to Quinnipiac with me, she knows Amber, too. Even better – they’re college BFFs and roommates, so we spent the entire weekend together!

On Friday, we took Amber around our town and surrounding towns showing her what our life here in the Dirty Jersey is like. We showed her our jobs, were we hang out, and gave her the tour of our houses. During middle school/the beginning of high school, going to the movies and then Fuddruckers was THE thing to do. Amber had never gone to Fuddrucker’s, known for it’s “World’s Greatest Hamburgers” so we took her there.

Afterwards, we went to Morristown to show Amber something very New Jersey. Plus, it was something I could cross off my bucket list! Just a few days ago I posted about how I have been a little side tracked in completing tasks on my bucket list and Amber coming to New Jersey was the perfect opportunity to do so. However, you’re just going to have to stay tuned to “Sparkle and Shine” to see what it is….

The following day, Saturday, was Julia’s mom’s 50th birthday party! Amber and I laughed the entire time as got ready, blasted our typical Saturday night Pandora station “Turn Down For What” – but instead of getting ready to go to a club, we were getting ready for a 50th birthday party!

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We all put on our best maxi dresses and danced the night away to 80’s music. I absolutely loved dancing around to Madonna and Toni Basil’s “Hey Mickey.”

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Julia, Amber, and Julia’s younger sister (and another one of my best friends) Jenna and I were killing it in our maxi dresses!

To round off the weekend, we shopped til we dropped at Jersey Garden’s – New Jersey’s largest outlet mall. With over 200 stores, we were in total heaven. As for our bank accounts, not so much.

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As any True Jersey girls know, there are three things that really define NJ. Julia and I made sure to show Amber, who is from Connecticut, three core parts of Jersey:

1. Not pumping our gas

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From Connecticut, Amber has to pump her own gas – YUCK! So of course, we had to have her say “$20 regular” and hand over a debit card.

2. The Garden State Parkway

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Julia and I wanted to show Amber the Garden State Parkway. On Sunday, we were planning on going to Seaside. However, gross rainy weather ruined that plan. At least we got to show her a sign that was leading to the Parkway, right?

3. Taylor Ham

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Ask anyone from New Jersey – there is NOTHING better than Taylor Ham. We couldn’t have had Amber leave without having it. We made sure to stop at our favorite diner and order her a Taylor Ham, eff, and cheese with salt, pepper, and ketchup. YUM!

 

It was such a great weekend getting to spend time with my little diamond. Of course, the weekend wasn’t complete without us throwing what we know!

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Hope you had a great weekend, too, readers!

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I Am The Girl…..

Hey, readers! Recently, I’ve been thinking that I don’t really share a lot of my life with you all. Minus My Monday Musts, for the most part, I don’t really share about my life and what really makes me, well me. So, when Emma from The World According to Emma asked me to help her co-host a link up called “I Am The Girl…” with Lindsey from Lindsey’s Thoughts and Natalie from Finding My Voice, I couldn’t help but agree to it! i am the girl link up   Without further ado, get to know me! I Am The Girl……

  • whose initials spell her name. Yup, that’s right! My name is SAM and my initials are SAM.
  • doesn’t have a gall bladder or an appendix. Whoops! During senior year, I had them both removed since they stopped working properly.
  • who is always aimlessly scrolling through social media. I’m completely obsessed. Twitter and Instagram are my favorites.
  • who has her entire Cinderella themed wedding planned, thanks to Pinterest! Check out my wedding board HERE.

 

  •  who has Lilly Pulitzer letters that match her planner. #noshame
  • who, based on what I just told you, prefer to write in a planner than use her laptop or phone’s calendar to plan.
  • who LOVES to be involved! On my campus I am the social chair of my sorority, an RA, and involved with my school’s television station. Besides my blog, I also have a contract with Seventeen Magazine as a member of the Seventeen Social Club!
  • who prefers reading than watching a movie or a television show. I’m currently reading Truth or Dare, which you can read more about in this week’s Monday Musts.
  • who is a PROUD Jersey girl!
  • who wishes she could eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • who has to listen to classical music to get anything done.
  • who loves sequins, glitter, and anything else that sparkles.
  • who makes motivational quotes her phone background. Here is my current one:
  • who LOVES  a good theme party!!
  • who hates pizza – unless it’s Dominoes or Pizza Hut.
  • who never really stops talking. I even won Most Talkative in my high school yearbook. #sorrynotsorry
  • who makes my family, my best friends, and my sorority sisters my main priority.
  • who will most likely make you take a fake laughing pictures…and then try to convince people that it was real. Like this one, with my little diamond sister, Amber:

  Now it’s YOUR turn! Tell me a little bit about yourself in the comments below. Better yet, if you’re a blogger or vlogger, make your own “I Am The Girl…” post!! Share the link below:

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