2019 Newport Weekend

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Another Newport weekend is in the books, and it might just be one of my favorites yet! 🙂

It was our 11th year visiting and Quinn’s 7th (feel free to do the math on that one), and it’s still one of our favorite weekends of the entire year. It just never gets old, and I truly cherish the moments we spend together there as a family. That said, here’s a recap of our Newport weekend!


We headed down to Newport as soon as Mal and Quinn were out of school. We hit a little traffic on the way, but it was a quick trip and we arrived just before dinner time. We checked in, unpacked and then headed out for an early dinner at Midtown Oyster. Quinn requested oysters for dinner, so, of course, Mal and I were ALL about it!

On the walk back from dinner, we stopped by Ben & Jerry’s for dessert. The boys shared a strawberry ice cream cone with sprinkles. While they enjoyed it, we took a break to enjoy the incredible sunset over the ocean.

If you look closely in the photo below, you’ll see Quinn’s funny face! 🙂

Back at the condo, we went for a night swim in the indoor pool before getting ready for bed.


The next morning, Quinn and I were up and at ’em! After some morning snuggles, we headed to Empire Tea & Coffee to get iced coffees for Dada and me. We all got ready for the day and then headed to breakfast at Gary’s Handy Lunch, which is one of Mal’s favorite diners (ever) for breakfast.

After breakfast, the boys got their haircut at a nearby barber and then we visited a magic shop where Quinn learned a new trick. He got a money maker to turn paper into dollar bills! 🙂 Then, we headed to the Cliff Walk for some exercise. It was an absolutely beautiful day, so we walked and talked and enjoyed the morning together.

What I’m wearing: Long-sleeve striped color block shirt ($19), burgundy skinny jeans, Dr. Scholl’s Madison ($50)

After our walk, we grabbed lunch at 22 Bowen’s and then did a little shopping around the waterfront. After that, we stopped by our condo and then drove to Castle Hill Inn for a cocktail on the lawn.

What I’m wearing: Mountain Pile Fleece Jacket

How cute are these two?! Quinn loved his Shirley Temple! 🙂 He was also a fan of chanting: “Banana, banana, meatball” over and over again. It’s quite catchy! 🙂 Haha!

Annual family photo! 🙂

Quinn Mary 2!

The afternoon totally flew by. We took a quick dip in the pool and then got ready for dinner at Scales & Shells, a long-time favorite of ours. Quinn, of course, wanted oysters again, so we knew just the spot. He also wanted to eat “snacks in bed,” so after dinner, we snuggled up and watched TV with some chips.


Sunday morning kicked off with breakfast at Stoneacre Brasserie. A number of followers recommended it – and, my goodness, it was amazing! I’m so glad we decided to try it out!

Both the decor and menu were French-inspired and absolutely incredible. We were the first customers in the restaurant and scored a cozy booth in the corner of the restaurant. We sipped cold brew, ate delicious meals, and laughed a lot. It was such a great way to spend our final morning in Newport.

I ordered the seasonal vegetable hash with breakfast sausage. Mmm!

After breakfast, we did a bit of exploring and then hit the arcade for some fun and games!

Then, we rented bikes and went for a ride along the water. It was so cool riding bikes with our big kid! 🙂

All in all, it was a wonderful Newport weekend. I can’t believe it’s already over, and we have to wait another whole year to visit again. Hopefully, we’ll be back before we know it! 🙂

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  1. What a fun weekend!! For some reason I thought your inlaws were going. Also, how was it with the anti candida diet on vacation? Is alcohol ok? Hope you continue to feel better!

    1. The anti-candida diet was a bit difficult on vaca, but definitely not impossible! 🙂 I brought some food to have in the condo, so I had some healthy options available. Alcohol is not technically allowed, but the practitioner that I’m working with said clear distilled vodka, tequila, or gin is okay in moderation.

  2. I’m a first grade teacher and my kids love the “Banana, Banana, Meatball “ movement activity on GoNoodle.com.

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