How Do You Not Overpack?

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Wishing I could be drinking this hot chocolate right now. The main goal of today is to finish packing for my trip because I hate packing and I also don’t want to wait until the last possible day to pack Β because we all know that leads to overpacking. I am so excited for my trip! πŸ™‚

Have a happy Monday!

Nightmare

Happy Friday!

I am typing this with a hot cup of tea. I woke up way too early from a scary nightmare so here I am writing up this post. Isn’t it frightening how real nightmares can seem? Anyways it’s Friday so I am sure many people are waking up with a smile. πŸ™‚

Breakfast this morning was an omelette with a banana on the side. The omelette may not look appetizing, but it is ridiculously good.

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Ingredients: pesto, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and onions

I am going to do a mini recap of my favorites this week because why not?!

Favorite tree:

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Favorite vegetarian meal:

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These are mini veggie burgers from Laduree. Soooo good πŸ™‚

Favorite song:

“How Far I’ll Go” by Auli’l Cravalho (Moana soundtrack)

Favorite painting:

I made this at a Pinot’s Palette with my family a few weeks ago.

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Have a good weekend! πŸ™‚

Starting On The Right Foot

Monday has me all happy today. I got up super early (early for me) to join a soul cycle class, then I was headed to watch the latest Game of Thrones episode at my friend, Harper’s place. I grabbed a chopped salad and hot chocolate from Lenwich before I hopped on the subway. I have passed Lenwich many times but this was my first time walking in and I loved it! There are so many options to choose from.

I know I have mentioned that I am trying to lose a few pounds and tone up a bit but the hot chocolate was calling me soooo….

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Awkward selfie b/c I didn’t want the guy behind me to notice I was taking a selfie. He probably noticed anyway.

It was pretty funny trying to watch Game of Thrones at Harper’s because the glare from her window was really bad. If you watch Game of Thrones then you know that show tends to be very hard to watch in the day light. We had to throw a blanket over her window curtains to try and block out some of the light. Our moms would be cringing if they saw what the window looked like.Β  It is always fun getting to spend time with friends. We had to pause the show a few times to allow us to make some remarks, which happens basically anytime I watch that show.

Have a fabulous Monday! πŸ™‚

Is Painting Hard?

Hello lunch!

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Happy Friday!

I went to a pottery place with my friend Harper today. I wanted to make a flower pot for my mom for Mother’s Day. I figured I would try giving her a unique gift that none of my other siblings would be giving her this year. I looked at a few pottery places on the internet. I found some great places we could go to; however I am a bit on the dumb side when it comes to pottery. I wasn’t aware that the actual act of making pottery was really hard work and involves 8 weeks worth of classes. If you have seen the movie It Takes Two, then you would understand why I thought pottery was easy considering the last time I watched it I was 10. Fortunately, I found a place where we could just paint pottery.

There was so many different shapes and sizes of pottery to choose from. Luckily, they had a perfect size flower pot for me and Harper picked a large seashell and tiny vase. There was so many different colors of paint to choose from, which is like my worst nightmare because I am terrible at making choices. Haha. All of the colors were so pretty so I can’t really complain.

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Two things I realized while painting:

  1. I will never be a professional painter.
  2. I am not surprised I always got a “B” in art class.

It ended up being a lot of fun. We were able to drink wine and listen to some good music. I totally recommend doing this with friends or family. Painting is super relaxing so I understand now why lots of people have been enjoying adult coloring books. I am hoping to go back soon to make a cute bowl toΒ  have for oatmeal or pasta.

Once, we left pottery we headed over to a mexican restaurant to grab some drinks and obviously guac because no man gets left behind.

I ordered a salad to try to counteract the amount of guac I was consuming. I also enjoyed this tasty drink called a Strawberry Fields.

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I cannot remember what exactly was in it but it was strong, which is why you will not being seeing a picture of my salad. I was like a talking machine once I had my first sip so taking anymore pictures wasn’t really on my mind.

Enjoy your weekend! πŸ™‚

5 Fun Things

Happy Monday!

I have been quite busy lately but was able to have some fun this past week. πŸ™‚ Fortunately, I have been able to enjoy a lot of actvities that involve me getting a lot of exercise too. I am talking about everyday activities that do not involve a lot of money.

I thought I would make a list of ‘Five fun exercise related activities to do in NYC.’ New York is an amazing city that always has something fun to offer.

Five fun and healthy activities I enjoyed were:

  1. Ice skating. I was able to ice skate with friends at Wollman Rink. The rink is not far from The Plaza Hotel so you get to see the pretty buildings as you ice skate. iceskating.jpg
  2. Take a walk. I know we all pretty much walk at some point everyday but we tend to forget how enjoyable it can be. apt.jpgMy friend, Lauren came to visit and she wanted to go see the house that Carrie Bradshaw lives in so we took a walk through the village to find the apartment building. I enjoyed looking at all the beautiful buildings and popping in an out of shops along our journey to see the apartment.
  3. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art or National History Museum. It amazes me how tired my feet can get after walking around the museum for a few hours.
  4. Bike ride along the West Side highway. My mom and I always enjoy bike riding over there because we get a beautiful view of the Hudson River and the different parks along the route.
  5. Dancing. If you are walking by somewhere with good music, then you might as well go in and enjoy the fun. πŸ™‚ I always get excited to walk into a bar or restaurant that is playing some fun music.

I will end this post with a picture of the tastiest fritatta I have ever eaten. I order it at Le Cheile in Washington Heights.

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No More Blizzards Please

Hello Monday!

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In case you haven’t heard NY was hit with a storm. Some call the storm a ‘blizzard,’ I call it the day mother nature got a bit too excited with her snow machine. My first thought was ‘crap’ when I chanced a glance at my window.

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I was under the impression from my dad that we were only going to get 6-12 inches. Obviously my dad did not choose the meteorologist career route and I was stuck inside. I turned on the news to see the NYC mayor letting the public know this would be one of the worst blizzards New York would have. 😦

Since I was stuck inside I was concerned I would spend the day eating mass quantities of food so I tried to start the day with a healthy breakfast.

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I chose to make scrambled eggs with 1 slice of yellow american cheese (my weakness). I put hawaiian salt on top to give it some extra flavor. Funny story: my sister ordered hawaiian salt on the internet and thought she bought 1 bag but it actually came with 6 bags so I was lucky enough to snag one when I visited her. I added a piece of whole grain bread topped with strawberry jam and maple almond butter. I just bought Justin’s maple almond butter, which is my absolute favorite almond butter so I could not wait to include it in my breakfast.

I also enjoyed a hot cup of earl grey tea.

I spent the rest of the day finishing the book Brooklyn and watching Jurassic World. I also was able to run 3 miles on the treadmill.

I got this lovely text from my sister who lives in LA.

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Fitness Talk!

My workouts have been going well! I joined my friend Caroline for soul cycle Friday night. I told Caroline I was craving dessert so she told me about this great place named Laduree.

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We stopped by to enjoy some amazing macaroons. It was a beautiful restaurant that made you feel like you were in Paris. We went to the one located in Soho and I totally recommend you try the place if you love macaroons.

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I know macaroons aren’t the best post workout snack, but I was craving something sweet. #noregret

I am signed up for kettlebell tonight! πŸ™‚ The Bachelor is also on today and I am already hooked into the current season.

 

 

Disney Vaca Part 2

Second Post from the Disney Vacation. I treated this as what it was which is a vacation so the pictures aren’t the best quality.

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Tuesday, we woke up early to get ready for the day. We planned to start our day at Magic Kingdom since we had reservations for Cinderella Castle for 10am.

Backstory of the Cinderella reservation

Normally getting reservations for the castles at Magic Kingdom can be a bit hard to grab. Reservations open up 6 months before the date of the reservation so they usually get booked quickly. The Friday before I left for the trip I was looking at Snapchat and I saw a friend’s snap story showing her scrolling through the Walt Disney World Dining Reservation page. I figured why not look up what is available for us when we get there. Holly and I had planned to only have one reservation during the whole trip. We figured we would just grab something in the parks. I scrolled through the Disney website and my eyeballs rolled out of my skull (bit dramatic) as I saw a spot open for breakfast at the castle. I texted Holly immediately and we decided we should book the reservation since this kind of circumstance is rare. BTW, it costs us $120 for a breakfast for 2.

We hopped on one of the Disney buses that are available for free at all the Disney resort hotels. We made it to the Magic Kingdom just in time to see the Welcome Show. Guys, I worked for the company for 8 months and I always wanted to see the show. Why did I never see it? Because I was too lazy to get up. The show was adorable and it really gets you excited to enter the park. They even picked a family to help them open the park. Adorable!

When we walked into the park we immediately had a beautiful view of this fancy thang.

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We waited in line for the mine train, but the wait was too long and we were worried we would be late for breakfast so we didn’t last long in the line. No worries! We were able to ride it the next day.

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When we got to the castle, we were greeted by cast members who gave us a paper with my name and I had to give it to a cast member when I walked into the entrance hall.

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The entrance hall was pretty with fancy curtains and stained glass windows.

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Each person gets to take a picture with Cinderella. Here’s the thing, Holly and I knew we were 2 23 yr olds that obviously were a tad bit old for this whole thing, but we also recognized that it would be fun. Would I do it everyday? No. Holly and I went when we were little so we didn’t remember it too well so we said who cares to the age thing and had fun.

We took a picture with Cinderella in front of A Christmas tree, then waited for our name to be called so we could walk up the spiral staircase.

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Once we reached the top of the staircase we were greeted by another cast member. Holly and I got really lucky because we were seated at a table that was right next to one of the windows.

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Our breakfast came with a drink, pastries, and a meal. In addition, we were given a wishing star and wand. Fancy, eh?

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After breakfast we ran around Magic Kingdom for a bit before we skipped aka rode the bus to Hollywood Studios. We got really lucky again because Holly was able to snag fastpasses for Toy Story Mania. Toy Story Mania’s fastpasses run out quickly because the ride is a super fun, interactive game.

 

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We were having so much fun in the parks that we forgot to grab something for lunch so we were super hungry around dinner time. We went over to the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant to see if they had any tables open. Fortunately, we only had to wait 20 minutes for a table.

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The restaurant is designed to look like an old time drive in movie theater. All the tables are shaped like cars and a big screen shows clips of sci-fi related videos.

After dinner we headed over to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. The lights show was awesome. Christmas music would play and the lights would flicker along to the song. Holly told me that this was the last year the park would have it, which is such a bummer because it’s a spectacular show. Holly wanted to see Fantasmic so we went to watch that show. Fantasmic is about a dream that Mickey Mouse is having. It shows all the famous characters from famous Disney films. There are a lot of lights, music, and dancing involved.

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Right after Fantasmic we rushed out of the park to get on the boat that would take us to Epcot. We made it about 20 minutes before Illuminations started. Illuminations is the fireworks show that is shown at Epcot.

We were able to stay at Epcot for extra magic hours because we were staying at a Disney resort. We were able to ride test track together and even met 2 british guys that made us laugh as we were waiting in line. Holly had never been on the ride inside the ball in Epcot so we did that and then we decided we were ready to get to bed.

To be continued….

 

Green Juice = Best Juice

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Aren’t palm trees just the best?

 

Posting on a Tuesday again? Maybe I should just start typing up posts on Tuesday instead of Mondays.Β 

Last night, I went to my second kettle bell class. I love kettle bell! Β I left class feeling like my legs were jelly, which is sort of awesome because it means the class is working.Β 

I was really nervous going to the class last night because it was the first time I was going alone. Last time I went to the class with my friend Caroline. Caroline and I were having a hard time matching up our schedule so that we could go to the same class this week so I decided I would have to go alone. Here is the thing. I get really nervous and anxious doing anything that I am not use to. Joining new classes, starting a new school, and meeting new people always makes me nervous. I use to not be such a nervous wreck, but as I have gotten older I have become that way.

I have started to notice that my anxiety and nerves are negatively affecting me, which means I must do something about it. I was super nervous going to the kettle bell class because I hated the idea of walking in alone and I was worried about making a fool of myself. I even thought about not going to the class after I had already registered.

The class ended up going great last night so looking back I can see how stupid it was for me to be anxious.

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The best way to conquer my fears is to try stepping out of my comfort zone.

Anyhoo! In other news, I am trying to focus on cleaning up my eating habits. I had to go to Anthropologie to check out their knobs. My mom wanted to tag along and eat at forty carrots in Bloomingdales. When we got to Forty Carrots I ordered an apple, carrot,spinach, and kale juice.

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I know it doesn’t look like the most appetizing thing in the world but don’t be fooled by the color because I was having a strong craving for it by noon the next day.

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I ordered a turkey sandwich without the bread.

I refuse to deprive myself so for dessert I ordered a small, plain frozen yogurt with rainbow sprinkles, walnuts, and strawberries.

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Sorry! The picture is blurry because I was walking while taking the photo. I know I am a genius! πŸ™‚

 

 

Disney Vaca Part 1

Last week, I made a quick trip to Walt Disney World. About 3 weeks ago, I texted my friend, Holly to see if she wanted to go on a short vacation and we both agreed Disney would be a fun choice. Holly is in law school so she was on her winter break. I had a brief moment in my schedule that made me free. We went for 4 days and we had an absolute blast. I thought I would show a few photos from the trip. Some people may find these photos helpful in case they are visiting the parks.

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On my first day my flight was delayed 3 hours. I didn’t think to check my flight status before I left so i didn’t realize it was delayed until I was already in line for security. I have no idea why I didn’t check the flight status. I normally do, but I guess my brain was more focused on Disney and getting to see one of my best friends. *face palm* I spent around 5 whole hours in an airport that barely had anything in the terminal. I sort of turned the airport into my office and made a ton of phone calls. I ate a sandwich that I brought from home that I really wish I took a picture of because it tasted amazing!

When I finally landed at the airport I was greeted by Holly, who had bought me a black coffee. πŸ™‚ We headed straight for our hotel, All Star Music. Holly found a great deal on the hotel so I paid $127 for 3 nights.

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We quickly got dressed and headed to Disney Springs (aka Downtown Disney). We ate at a new place, Morimoto Asia. Holly and I shared a california roll. I ordered a Lo mein vegetable for myself with a side of green tea. This was my first time trying a california roll, I would definitely get it again.

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It was only 10 when we finished so we walked over to Paradiso 37 to have drinks. I ordered a house margarita and Holly had sangria. We both agreed chips and guacamole would be a nice addition to our drinks.

After almost two hours of talking we headed to the buses. We wanted to get a good night sleep since we had to be up early to have breakfast at Cinderella Castle.

Second post to be published soon. πŸ™‚