New Year, New Adventures

25 Jan
First I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  2012 was a good year.  I had some great trips! San Francisco and Northern California for my brother’s wedding! Such a fun and beautiful day!  I was also able to fulfill a New Years resolution I made, travel somewhere new. I went to Vegas for the fist time. Vegas is definitely in a world of its own, but what a great trip!  I also did some mini trips, including Atlantic City and Philadelphia!
 
So as the first month of the new year is coming to an end (wow time sure flies by) I decided I should really reflect on what I want to accomplish in 2013.  Like last year, I listed my New Year’s resolutions.  I was able to accomplish some, but unfortunately not all.  
 
One that i did accomplish, travel to a new place, is also going to be a part of my resolutions for 2013.  I was able to volunteer in 2012 and helped with distributing supplies and clean up due to Hurricane Sandy.  Volunteering again showed me to appreciate everything I have.  It was great being able to give back and I met some amazing people!  So before January comes to a close, below are my resolutions for this coming year.
 
Travel somewhere new (I am also looking into a Contiki trip)
 
Visit friends more often (it is a great reason to travel!  I just visited my old college roommate and even though we talk, we don’t hang out enough.  We had such a great time and decided we must do visits and trips more often!)
Run a 5k (I want to do the Color Run!)
Take a trapeze class at the Trapeze School in New York
 
Start freelance writing (I actually did accomplish this recently and wish to continue and build up my portfolio)
 
Graduate from graduate school
 
Get a new job
 
Take a new class (want to learn InDesign and photography class)
 

So cheers to 2013!  A new year that will bring new adventures!

City of Brotherly Love

18 Dec

I know this was awhile ago, as Christmas is tomorrow, but the weekend before Halloween two of my good friends and I took a road trip to Philadelphia to visit our friend Dave for the weekend!

Philadelphia    Bridge

We had such a great mini trip! Philadelphia is a great city! It’s only about 2.5 hours from New York. There is a lot to do. I have been to Philadelphia before, but not for a few years.

Philadelphia is a great city! There is a lot to do.  On that Saturday we went to the Union vs. Red Bulls Game which was a lot of fun and was a beautiful day!

A great place to go for brunch in Philly is North Third. The place is cozy and a great place to go with friends. When you walk in the door, there bar is near so be sure to order a mimosa or Bloody Mary. They are excellent! I loved the decor of the place! The best way to describe it is random. Above the bar is an awesome American Eagle.

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There is also a picture of a winking cat.  Random at its best!

However, the food is delicious!!! Overall, North Third is a great place to go with friends for Sunday brunch!  What more can you ask for?  Good friends, delicious food and great drinks.  CHEERS to that!

Rainbow of Hope

31 Oct

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by and recovering from Hurricane Sandy!  Stay Strong! #NYCStrong.

Rainbow over Lower Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy.

Photo Courtesy of: www.huffingtonpost.com

Take the Reins

20 Sep

“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in a saddle.” ~Winston Churchill  

Last weekend, I decided to do something I had not done in awhile.  I decided to go horseback riding!   Once again New York City provides something you wouldn’t think it would.  I went to The Bronx

Bronx Equestrian Center – Pelham Bay Park (NYC)

Equestrian Center located in Pelham Bay Park.  They offer trail riding, lessons and pony rides for kids!

I forgot how much I enjoy going.  The last time I went horseback riding was in 2009 when I went to Costa Rica.  There seems to always be a span of time in between.  It was nice to be around horses again.  I have always loved horses.  I even took lessons when I was younger.  To me there is something calming about them.  Horses are beautiful and amazing animals.  They have such spirit and grace.

Horse Twins!


For me, there is nothing like going riding.  It can be so peaceful, relaxing and calming.  On the trail it was just me and the horse.  Plus it was a beautiful and sunny day!  Perfect weather for riding!

      

Never Forget

11 Sep

“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.”

~Rudolph Giuliani,  former mayor of New York City 

Moment of Silence – Never Forget – September 11, 2001

Never Forget – September 11, 2001

Home Away from Home

30 Aug

I recently just found out about this great website called Airbnb.

According to the website, it was founded in 2008 and is a trusted community marketplace for for people to list, discover and book unique accommodations around the world!

Check out the video from the site!!!

Hotel, Motel, Rooftop Bar…

19 Aug

To some people, summer in NYC means a few things, hot, humid and stuffy.  To me summer means sun, fun and rooftop bars!!!  I absolutely love summer because it stays lighter out and you can sit outside and enjoy a cocktail or two!  A few weeks ago I went to the Conrad New York located in the Financial District in Lower Manhattan.

It’s a beautiful hotel.  Very modern and contemporary.

 

                         

My favorite part was the rooftop bar, which I later learned is named the “Loopy Doopy Bar.”  It has amazing views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. 

View from the rooftop – Conrad New York

 

The bar offers various cocktails, wines and more.  My favorite was the “Boozy Popsicle.”  You can choose from different flavors, including white peach, blood orange, mango, strawberry and mojito.  The best part is these sweet treats are served in in a prosecco-filled wine goblet!  Prosecco = Amazing!!!  And yes they have prosecco on tap!!!

Perfect Drink for a Summer Day in NYC!