Summer :)

Summer!!!!!

The season is coming. πŸ™‚ I can smell it in the air, hear the pools splashing, and feel the urge to put sunscreen on anyone that is starting to take on the color of a lobster.

This summer is going to be good one! I just know it.

Now that June has started I figured I would start a summer bucket list. Some of the things on the list will definitely be done because I signed up for or paid for them already.

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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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12 Thoughts I Had During My First Barre Class

Happy Wednesday! I tried a barre class for the first time. I have heard all these great things about barre and pilates classes so I figured I should join in the fun. Instead of doing a full on essay about my class I figured I would write a list of the 12 things I thought of while taking my first barre class.

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Some things I wish I did before I went to my class.

1. Wear socks

Apparently, some people love wearing socks and some do not. When I went into the studio I asked the girl at the desk if I should buy them and she said to try it out first without them. I regretted not wearing them after about 2 minutes of starting the class. I was slipping so much that I couldn’t really get as into some of the dance type moves. What is strange is that the majority of the class did not wear socks and they didn’t seem to have any issues so I think I may just have a strange problem with sweaty feet when I work out. Gross!

2. Stand in front of the mirror

One of the workers mentioned that it is nice to stand in front of the mirror as a beginner. When everybody was waiting for the class to start they were all standing against the wall so I was under the impression we would all be standing around the instructor so no one would be in the front. I picked a spot in front of the mirror. The barre class had 2 mirror walls and 2 mirrorless ones. As soon as the class started everyone moved to the middle of the room and I realized I was in the front. I felt so bad for everyone behind me. It was obvious I was new. Luckily, standing in front of the mirror definitely helped me see if I was doing all the moves correctly.

My butt was sore the next day so I definitely think I got a great lower body workout.

In other news, I went to visit my friend Holly in Virginia a few weeks back. We traveled all around central Virginia, which looked gorgeous with all the mountains covered in snow.

We took a drive over to Roanoke, Virginia to go ice skating in the city. We had a blast laughing at ourselves and trying our best not to fall. High fives all around that Holly and I did not fall. πŸ™‚

Here is the outfit I wore while iceskating.

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(Gotta love snapchat)
Jacket: Anthropologie
Hat: Nordstrom Rack
Jeans: Free People
Scarf: Nordstrom

 

 

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….

 

Monday Post On a Tuesday

Hi there!

This past weekend was fabulous and involved a lot of delicious food. I was able to eat some yummy breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, I ate brunch with my friend Caroline. I was craving something sweet so I ordered a waffle and a hot tea. The waffle was covered in strawberries, blueberries, and vanilla yogurt.

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In addition, our brunch was a prefix menu so it came with pastries and fruit for the whole table.

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Caroline and I had to ask for the pastries to be put in a to go box because it was so much food for our stomachs to handle. It was nice getting to see Caroline since I haven’t seen her since my vacation (vacation post will be published tomorrow).

Sunday, I was able to see my sister, who currently lives in LA. I joined my mom and 2 of my sisters for brunch at Sugar and Plumm.

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My mom’s birthday was last week so we decided to celebrate it with a yummy brunch. I ordered my usual chicken apple sausage and grits. I also took a picture of a cake batter milkshake my sister enjoyed. After breakfast we headed over to the Bloomingdales outlet on 72nd street. They had some gorgeous vests and adorable cosmetic cases. We stopped by Lush where I bought this bubble bar that is shaped like a milk bottle. πŸ™‚

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The rest of my Sunday was nice and relaxing.

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I think I may call this outfit ‘the smurf’. haha

Friday+Holiday=Party

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I hope everyone has a fantastic and fabulous day whether you are celebrating Christmas or just the fact that today is another day to have fun. πŸ™‚

I thought I would do a mini Friday Lessons post so here are 5 things I learned this week.

  1. You can’t fix people’s problems. You can help them, but at the end of the day it is up to them to truly fix it.
  2. If you can’t sleep then conquer tasks you need to get done until you are tired and ready to go back to sleep.(this lesson only works if you don’t have work that day)
  3. Candy canes are amazing!
  4. Knowing that you will see your best friend in less than 10 days will ignite the same feeling as unwrapping a xmas present.
  5. Having guacamole for breakfast is totally understandable. It is lunch time somewhere in the world.

 

December 21

Hi there!

I hate to say it, but it has been I think since September since I last posted. Oh the shame!

September rolled around and all of sudden I was busy like that type of busy where your bed feels like that dangerous boyfriend your mother doesn’t want you to be with. Sleep seemed to be calling me at all hours of the day. When September started I enrolled in a class that may help me in future career opportunites. In addition, I started a virtual internship and also had to keep up going to my regular job. All of sudden I became one of those people who declared they felt busy and tired all of the time.

Now I can finally relax because I finished my internship and my class is about to end. Most importantly, it is Christmas week so I can’t help wearing a massive grin at all hours of the day. I have come to the conclusion that I love this blog and I hated putting it to the side these past few months. So I thought I would just mention what I have been up to this these past few months. Happy Monday! πŸ™‚

  1. I became a godmother to my beautiful niece.
  2. I realized I hated my internship so that just makes me one step closer to finding out what I want to do.
  3. I still am not sure what I want to do in the future but I am getting there.
  4. I am going to Disney World very soon! πŸ™‚
  5. I have fallen in love with my crockpot. I think it is one of the best inventions.
  6. One of my best friends came to visit me in October and I spent a ton of time laughing that weekend.
  7. I got a haircut and have changed the color of my hair twice this fall.
  8. I have finally figured out how to style my hair.
  9. Brow gel is now my new best friend.
  10. I had one of the best Thansgivings this year.

Labor Day!

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Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day is like a second New Year’s Day for me. Labor Day makes me feel like a new year is on the horizon. I get excited for all the new stuff to try such as fitness classes and taking up new hobbies, whether it is dancing or crafting. Labor Day is also full of barbecues, which is probably on my ‘top 5 favorite smells list.’ Β This post is not very long because I all have to say is Happy Labor Day and yay! for all those who do not have to work today and get to relax.

I also wanted to remind everyone to please notice how great your life is before you wish for better things. Your life does not need to be perfect for you to like it. Waiting for perfection will never make you happy. I am not immune to the feeling of seeing people on Instagram or Facebook and wishing my life was like theirs. I have been irritated before when I haven’t had plans on say a Friday night or mad that I didn’t have a massive house on some gorgeous beach. But really what is the point of feeling this way? I am so lucky to have friends and family. Just because I do not have plans on a Friday night does not mean I will never have plans on the weekend ever again. I cam to this realization last Thursday.

Thursday, I hung out with one of my besties in TriBeca. I had a lot of fun with her and, then I went to soul cycle before I walked home. I was walking along the Hudson River on the west side. People were exercising, enjoying happy hour, and chatting with friends. I was walking through some gorgeous, tiny parks and I honestly felt like I was living in the moment, which is weird because I only ever feel like that when I am dancing Β or laughing with friends. Who would ever think walking on a path would remind you how great life can be? The sun was setting against the Hudson River giving off a gorgeous view and I was passing colorful flowers on bushes. I could feel the end of the week excitement floating in the air. All of a sudden I realized how lucky I was to be walking in a beautiful area with a stunning view toward a home that was stocked with food and a cozy bed to sleep in. I even enjoyed watching people having fun instead of being jealous of them or wishing I was them.

The earth can be such a beautiful place, where people can do such kind and amazing things. Yes, my life is not perfect but it has so many little perfect things in it. Embracing the little perfect things can make life so much more fun. My word to anyone reading this post is please notice the things that make you lucky this Labor Day weekend. Every single person has something in their life that can make them smile. Something as simple as a sunset made me smile. We all are struggling with so many hardships so this Labor Day just take a second to notice the good stuff in your life , whether it is a warm hug from a family member, a yummy meal, a smile from a stranger, or your favorite song playing on the radio. πŸ™‚

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Friday Lessons :)

Friday Lessons!

Try not to make your life perfect because it will never really be. Stop looking for other things to make your life perfect when you are lucky enough with the many things you have.

Just because you have a terrible looking scab on your shoulder does not mean you cannot wear a spaghetti strap dress that you bought the night before.

Always dance if you can.

Making small talk is a talent that takes awhile to master.

Hearing an old Britney Spears or Backstreet Boys song on the radio is a magical experience.

Getting clothes in the mail will always feel like a present to your self.