Take a Walk

Walking around my neighborhood is the highlight of my day. I put on comfortable shoes, a mask, grab a coffee and head to the river for breathtaking views of New York City.

My walk takes me about 15 minutes before I hit the cliff and have to walk down a bunch of stairs to get to the river edge. Here are some pictures from the cliff.

Below are pictures from the Hudson River’s edge.

Below are pictures from an extended walk to a nearby park.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

Photo credit goes to my husband.

Easter Egg Window Hunt 2020

Easter Egg hunts are a special part of the Easter celebration. This year during the quarantine many celebrations are being canceled but with an Easter Egg Window Hunt we can keep tradition alive. Many folks are creating beautifully crafted paper eggs and placing them in their windows for families to seek as they take a drive or social distanced walk this Easter. Below are suggestions of things to do in no particular order before you go for your egg hunt.

Create Eggs

Get the family together and get creative. Try using things you have around the house. If you have paper or cardboard you have an Easter egg. Cut your paper/cardboard in the shape of an egg and make it large enough to be noticed from afar. Then design and color your egg as unique as you wish. You will then hang it in the window and and bring joy to those in your community. If you need some inspiration checkout Pinterest for helpful hints and creative ideas.

Sunday Service

He lives! Just because you can not attend church in person does not mean you should miss out on the celebration. Before you go on your egg hunt login with your church community for Easter service. If you do not have a church home may I suggest Joel Osteen and his Lakewood Church in Houston, TX. He will have special guest including Mariah Carey, Kanye West and the Sunday Choir this Easter. http://live.joelosteen.com/

Brunch

Before you head out make sure to eat a delicious brunch. This year I am planning to have Eggs Benedict. I have never made this at home but I am excited for the challenge. I will also have a couple of mimosas and it will feel just like eating out. There are so many great recipes online so get creative and make it special. This year for Lent my husband and I gave up a few food items we look forward to enjoying at some point on Easter Day. They include ice cream, coffee with sugar and red meat.

Sunday Best

Don’t forget to shower, fix your hair and put on something nice this Easter before you go out for your egg hunt drive or walk. The social distance quarantine has made it easy to let ourselves go. Yes, the hair dressers and nail techs are unavailable but don’t let yourself go. Paint your own nails, wash and style your own hair then put on something nice. Heck, put on your Easter best so you can do a nice photo shoot with the ones you are isolated with. When your egg hunt is over go home, relax for a bit and then prepare a nice Easter Dinner while Zooming, FaceTiming, calling or texting your family and friends.

I hope you are all well and I wish you all a very Happy Easter. Thank you for reading!

Pandemic Prep

Living on the Atlantic coast for most of my life I have endured a number of hurricanes. My first batch came while living in a trailer park as kid near the Coast Guard base my father worked at in North Carolina. When you live in a trailer evacuation during a storm is necessary so there is not much stock piling of goods that needs to happen. Just a tank of gas and a plan of some sort. My mother would drive as far away from the storm as she could and we would find shelter. The shelter was a school gym with cots set up. There were nice people volunteering, checking people in and assigning them a place to rest. They would serve meals and snacks and it was my first witness to selflessness that I can remember. It was a surreal experience and I am grateful for those folks. When the storm passed you would drive home and hope for the best. I was lucky to never have any property damage but power outages could last for days.

Living in My hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida there was always a hurricane threat every year. Whether it hit or turned in another direction it is a way of life for those that live in paradise. I have always been aware that preparedness whether it’s for a hurricane or any type of anomaly is necessary but it can slip through the cracks and reach the back of our minds. Then we pretend to be caught off guard when we clearly know anything can happen at any moment and being prepared can save your life.

I now live in New Jersey just a stones throw away from Manhattan. We experienced a hurricane that devastated most of the surrounding area and it was a shocker because the North East is not built to withstand hurricane force winds. During these times gas and water are no where to be found and only those with generators had the luxury of electricity. All you can do is stand together to rebuild and restore.

Today we are living in a historical moment and are experiencing a world wide pandemic of the Corona Virus. It is important to be prepared for times like these so I have put together a list of things to stock up on during a pandemic.

    A full tank of gas
    Cash
    Water (if you can’t find water at stores just fill some jugs at home. You just need clean water in case things get contaminated)
    Canned goods my favorites are tuna and canned soup
    Meal replacement shakes. Let’s get real if things hit the fan and food is not available and cooking is not possible these will do the job of nourishing you.
    Snacks
    Flashlights
    Batteries
    Medicine, pain relievers and first aid supplies
    Food and supplies for your pets
    Books, games and entertainment

These are the basic items I feel will be needed when it is impossible for essential businesses to stay open and help and aid is far behind. I recommend always having a 2 week supply of these essentials on hand. I wish you well during these uncertain times and I have faith that our best days are ahead of us. God bless you all. Thanks for reading!

Easter in Quarantine

This Sunday marks a special occasion in Christianity the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Savior. Many people have different religions and beliefs but this one is the one I chose and it is special to me. I was not raised in religion. I was however taken to church a few times and I remember going to Montessori school briefly as a child. It was a little scary but mostly just confusing. It was later decided that religion was a choice and I was free to choose what I wanted to believe or to not believe with no pressure.

Many years passed but I feel like the seed of Jesus was always planted in my heart. When I was 18 years old I began attending a non denominational church with a friend. It took a few visits but I eventually opened my heart and gave in to the belief of Jesus Christ as my Savior. At the age of 19 I was baptized in the Atlantic Ocean and my belief though tested at times remains strong.

This Sunday will be Easter in the year 2020. Easter is the day that Jesus resurrected from the grave after dying for our sins giving us the opportunity to live an everlasting life after death. This year there is a world wide pandemic happening due to a flu like virus that attacks the respitory system called Covid-19, also know as the Corona Virus. It has halted life as we know it. There are people getting sick, loosing their jobs and dying. As we try to curve the spread all non essential workers are being quarantined. This Easter we need a rebirth more than ever. As much as I would like for thing to go back to normal I also hope for much change. I hope that in this stillness we find light, hope and recovery.

This year I am doing my best to keep the joy and celebration of Easter alive in my home. I have made crafts and am planning a special dinner for myself and my husband. I will be viewing online church services and the Spirit is alive. Below is an Easter craft I would like to share that is uplifting and fun to do. I used stuff I had lying around my home. Paper, tape and markers. You should give it a try. I will post a link with instructions. How are you spending your Easter, Passover or Ramadan? Please share in the comments. Thank you for reading!

https://iheartcraftythings.com/easter-egg-wreath.html

Coney Island Summer

I would like to share with you one of my favorite places Coney Island, NY. It’s about a 40 minute subway ride from Midtown Manhattan. There’s a beach, boardwalk, iconic thrill rides and the place is filled with so much history and wonder it’s magical.

Mermaid Parade

This parade is held every year to celebrate the arrival of summer. It’s filled with color, costumes and free spirts. I attended the parade once in 2011 and it was an absolute spectacle.

Fireworks

There are free firework every Friday during the summer. Unfortunately, I have never attend a show but it is on my bucket list of things to do. I hear it’s a good show and the best views are for the Wonder Wheel.

Amusement Parks

Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park are both fantastic places. They have a lot of fun iconic rides like the Cyclone roller coaster and the Wonder Wheel. There is also a minor league baseball field where the Cyclones play near by.

Beaches and Boardwalk

Sometimes I forget that New York City has beaches. This one is my favorite with its 3 mile long board walk and endless entertainment.

Nathan’s Hot Dog

The Original Nathan’s is located on Coney Island. They host the hot dog eating contest every year here on the 4th of July.

Sideshow

As crazy as it may sound Coney Island has one of the last existing Freak shows. I didn’t know what to expect going in but let’s just say the show was better than expected and I highly recommend it.

Coney Island Brewery

The last place I will mention is the Coney Island Brewery. It is located outside baseball stadium where the Cyclones play. I suggest you try their local craft beer, play some games and perhaps meet a new friend or two.

A Summer Day in Chicago

I can finally cross visiting Chicago off my bucket list. I almost moved to the Midwest on a whim so I’m not sure why it took so long for me to finally visit. Here is what I did on a summer day in the beloved city known as Chi Town.

Signature Room

You can visit the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) for spectacular views of the city or you can visit the John Hancock building (or as I like to call it the #topofthecock). The Hancock building has a viewing deck known as the 360 but one floor up they have a restaurant and lounge called The Signature Room. You get the same views but one floor up.

I came for a Sunday brunch. The restaurant is pricey but the views make it worth it and considering you are not paying admission as you would on a viewing deck, I think it’s worth it. https://www.signatureroom.com

The Bean

It’s known as The Bean but the official name is Cloud Gate. You will find this amazing piece of art at the beginning of Millennium Park. The Bean is so much cooler in person than it is in any picture. I must say it’s my favorite piece of art to date and it’s so incredible I think it’s from another planet. If you go under the bean it’s like being in another universe, it’s very trippy.

Wrigley Field

I did not attend a game but I did take in the area. I really loved the vibe of the surrounding bars and restaurants and I was able to get a few pics of the outside of the field.

I enjoyed my stay in the Windy City and can not wait to go back. I already have a list of things I would like to do.

Attend a Cubs game

Architecture Boat trip

Navy Pier

Sears Tower for glass floor pictures

Bike ride along the river

Lincoln Park Zoo

Mary Kay Dreamer

When I was a kid back in the 80’s my aunt had a Mary Kay party. At my young age of maybe 7 or 8 years old the grown ups let me sit quietly and observe the party. I thought it was the coolest thing I’ve ever witnessed. The ladies were putting on make up and serums with promises of youthful skin.

The Mary Kay consaltant gave everyone a tray of make up with a mirror and in the age of the Caboodles I was amazed. I vowed then and there that one day I would become a Mary Kay consultant.

Fast forward to the year 2008 when I decided that it was my time to fulfill my childhood dream of selling Mary Kay. I went online ordered a bunch of stuff and they automatically assigned me to a pyramid of woman based on my area that would support me when I had questions, cheer me on and help get me started by showing me how to throw parties of my own.The acquaintances were made and I invited all of my new friends to attend my very special Mary Kay party. I ordered food, made sangria and was ready for the beginning of a long rewarding career as a Mary Kay consultant. My childhood dream was coming true.

  • Long story short it was a flop. The party was a bust no one cared about Mary Kay products the way I did. I spent almost $1,000 on products to start a pyramid scheme business and failed miserably. I thought I caught a break with a random internet order that turned out to be a scam. They wanted to buy nearly all the products I had on hand but sent me a check for more than double the money for the products. The condition was that I send the remaining money back in cash. Red flag alert! The check was from a car dealership. Another red flag! I called the car dealership and they confirmed that it was a bogus purchase and that I could throw the check out or report it to the FBI.
  • In the end my dreams were crushed. It did not effect my spirt but it did teach me a life lesson. Pyramid schemes are hard and if you are successful at one God bless you because I know it ain’t easy. I know you are putting in triple the work it takes to look like it’s effortless. Never stop dreaming but always be realistic about what you are investing in.
  • XOXO
  • Frugal Friday at the Community Pool

    Today is not only the first day of summer it is also the longest day of the year and to celebrate the summer solstice of 2019 I have decide to spend my frugal Friday at the community pool in my city.

    Fire Fighter Memorial

    I live in Union City, NJ. It is a very diverse community full of culture just two miles away from New York City. We have a couple of indoor pools accessible all year round and one glorious outdoor pool open just a few months a year.

    The park features a kiddie pool, Olympic sized swimming pool and breathtaking views of NYC. In the peak of summer when the kids are out of school it gets packed and there is a wait. I enjoy the off peak adult swim hours. The admission is FREE to all Hudson County residents. Check the hours and schedule here: http://www.ucnj.com/web_content/pdf/departments/rec/summer-pool-schedules.pdf

    Frugal Friday in Central Park with Ellie Goulding

    On Friday’s I like to share ways I stay frugal and have fun. Today went to Central Park to see Ellie Goulding at ‘Good Morning America’. GMA is a morning news show, that has a Summer Concert Series every Friday at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park for FREE. Here is the line up for the Summer of 2019 https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/culture/story/good-morning-america-2019-summer-concert-series-lineup-62660647

    Rumsey Playfield

    Rumsey Playfield is a great place for the concert. It’s an intimate space and no matter where you are you will get a good view of the performance.

    Ellie Goulding

    I woke up early to be at Central Park before 7:30am to see Ellie Goulding. Her hit songs include ‘Love Me Like You Do‘ and ‘Close To Me’. I enjoy her music, it’s upbeat as fun to dance to.

     

    Going to Central Park to have Ellie Goulding serenade you is a brilliant way to spend a Frugal Friday. If you are in the New York area on a Friday this summer check it out. If not catch the concert on ‘Good Morning America’.

     

    Bonus: I also got to see Kevin Bacon.