Month: November 2011

Blog Swap Reveal!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend – I know I did!

Today is the last day of the blog challenge and swap reveal day!  I had so much fun writing posts and linking up for the challenge and hope to do it again.

My partner for the blog swap was Jenn from Right Where I Should Be

We exchanged emails and found out each other’s likes and lives.  It was a lot of fun shopping for the swap, especially since I’ve never done one before.

On Thanksgiving morning, The Husband went downstairs to get the paper and Jenn’s box of goodies was on the porch – what a great surprise!

When I opened it, I found a really nice note from Jenn explaining each item, as well as all of these goodies:

There was coffee, festive nail polishes, Christmas dish towels, a candle, pretty note cards and a cupcake recipe book.  Maybe I’ll make something out of it for Christmas!

Thanks so much Jenn!  I had a lot of fun doing the swap and the link-up challenge and I hope to join all of you again soon!  🙂


Thanksgiving Traditions – Road Trip

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Today’s blog challenge topic is I’m Thankful for Thanksgiving Traditions.

One of our Thanksgiving traditions actually takes place the weekend before the holiday.  Since 2008, The Husband and I have been going on a getaway that weekend.  We’ve gone to Philadelphia, Boston and Baltimore so far and thought we’d head back to Philly this year.

We had such a great time in Philly.  We got there Friday night and started out bright and early Saturday morning.  The best thing was, we were able to park in a garage and go about the city on foot for the entire day.

The morning started with breakfast at a cute diner called Delicatessen.  We both ordered the challah french toast but if we knew how big it was, we would have split one!

We toured Independence Hall and saw the Liberty Bell and then it was off to the Museum of Art to pose with Rocky and race up the steps!

At Independence Hall

I thought this was a cool sign

Next up – lunch.  By now, we had worked up a pretty good appetite so it was time to head to the Reading Terminal Market to refuel and relax.  We ended up with a huge Thanksgiving hoagie from The Original Turkey and it was delicious!  And we also got some fudge from the Amish market.

We made our way to Elfreth’s Alley, a really charming block of homes, and then did some shopping at a few cute vintage stores before heading to dinner at Revolution House, a new restaurant in town.

Elfreth's Alley

After dinner, we got a quick drink at National Mechanics and it was then time for our ghost tour.  The tour was a lot of fun, if a bit cold, so when it was done, we headed to the City Tavern to warm up with hot apple cider and an apple cranberry crumble.

All in all we had an amazing time in Philadelphia and can’t wait for our next pre-Thanksgiving trip!

Five for Friday – Philly Style

We’re heading to Philadelphia for the weekend so I thought I’d do a special Five for Friday in honor of this “lovable” city.

The Rocky Statue

OK, we each took our best “fighter” pics with the statue last time we were in town but of course we have to go see it again. And maybe this time, we’ll race to the top of the museum too!


We had sort of a debacle on our last trip in that no matter what we did, we could not make our way to the dueling cheesesteak stands. It was like that scene in European Vacation – “I just can’t get left.” Every way we turned was a dead-end. Now that we have a GPS, we should be on our way to cheesesteak goodness.

City Tavern

This is a cute, authentic restaurant that dates back to the 1700’s. It’s really quaint and cozy. I plan on getting warm apple cider and relaxing there (perhaps with a dessert too!)

Reading Terminal Market

I love this indoor marketplace and I can’t wait to get some fudge from the local Amish food stall.

Ghost Tour

Yes, we’re suckers for these things. We took one last time we were in Philly on one of the coldest nights I’ve ever experienced. Hoping the weather’s somewhat warmer this time – but not too warm since I want to enjoy that warm apple cider after the tour.

Have a great weekend!

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I’m Thankful for the Blogoverse

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Today’s blog challenge topic is I’m Thankful for the Blogoverse.  And I really am.  I had been contemplating starting a blog for a while but didn’t know where to start.

I also didn’t know if anyone would even read it, but then I thought – this is something I want to do for myself, so it doesn’t really matter if I’m the only one who reads it (besides The Husband!)

I only started blogging this July and I have to say, I’ve been so happily surprised by all of the wonderful comments and connections I’ve already made with so many of you in such a short period of time.  The blogoverse is really like a small community – being able to meet different circles of bloggers through various connections.  I’m really enjoying myself out here and I’m looking forward to seeing where this blogging journey may take me.

Thank you to everyone I’ve met already and all those that I’m looking forward to meeting!  🙂

I’m Thankful for My Hometown

Today’s topic in the Plenty to be Thankful For challenge – I’m Thankful for My Hometown. You can go here to find out more about the topics and link up!

I grew up on Long Island, but my heart belongs to New York City.  And even though I now live about 30 minutes north  – I’m always doing something in the city. This is the place I went to college, got my first real job, rented my first apartment and met The Husband.

Even though it’s relatively young, New York has such a rich history and it’s constantly evolving and changing.  That’s what I love about it. I can walk down the same street for years, and discover something new each time – a shop, museum, restaurant, etc. The city is alive and there’s always something new to discover.

Here are some of my favorite things to do in NY:

Visit a museum – My favorite is the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side.  You can come here 100 times and not see everything.  Plus they always have fantastic special exhibits, and even just sitting on the steps can be entertaining.

Get lost in the West Village – there’s no grid here so you can just wind your way through the streets and discover new things.  It’s also interesting to watch W. 4th Street cross W. 12th Street and Waverly Place intersect itself.

Sit and read in the park – my parks of choice are Washington Square and Union Square. They’re both also great for people-watching.

Go to Lincoln Center – this is one of my absolute favorite places in the city.  There’s just something so “New York” about it.  I feel so happy when I get to see a performance here whether it’s the New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic or Metropolitan Opera.   I’m going to see the Nutcracker in a few weeks (for the millionth time) and I can’t wait!

The Strand – this is a great bookstore that sells new and used books.  Although it’s been spruced up A LOT since my first visit in college, it still maintains a scruffy air about it. I love scouring vintage book stores in general, and NY has lots of them.

Kiehl’s  – you can pretty much find Kiehl’s products in any major dept. store now, but there’s still something special about going to their original location in the East Village – it’s been a part of the neighborhood for over 150 years!

Shopping – there’s tons of shopping in NY.  I love to check out vintage stores and independent shops as well as chains to find a great mix of items.  And there’s nothing like strolling down Madison Avenue (even if it is to just window-shop).

What are some of your favorite NYC activities?

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I’m Thankful For My Guilty Pleasures!

Hello, today is the first in a series of link-ups for the Plenty to be Thankful For blog challenge! You can go here to find out more about the topics and link up! First up – Guilty Pleasures.

OK, we all have them. One of mine is soap operas – more specifically One Life to Live. But not only is it a guilty pleasure, it also holds a very special place in my heart.

It all began when I was about 7 (yes 7) and would sometimes stay at my grandparents house on summer days. At 2PM, my grandmother would make some coffee, get a dessert (frequently a Stella D’Oro anisette toast – yum!) and watch her “stories”. So I watched along with her. 😉

And from then on, whenever I was over their house and 2PM rolled around, we’d sit together with our treats and watch OLTL. Of course I didn’t know most of what was going on but it was a nice moment to share with her. As the years went on, I started watching the show more frequently, getting to know all of the ins and outs of the citizens of Llanview – who came back from the dead, who’s really his own evil twin – simple stuff like that!

But I hadn’t watched the show in a few years and when I heard it was going off the air this January, it made me a bit nostalgic. My grandmother passed away almost 13 years ago and I know if she was still here, she’d be watching the show until its finale. So now I’ve gotten sucked back in and it’s almost like I never left. Same characters, same dramas – gotta love it! There’s talk the show will continue online after January. Which would suit me just fine. I’ll get the coffee and cookies ready and cozy up to the laptop screen. 🙂

Photo of my grandparents

Five for Friday

Happy weekend!  I don’t have off today like The Husband does, but that’s OK.  I’m still looking forward to the following on this Five for Friday:

Brunch in SoHo

I love going out for brunch. I’m meeting a friend at the Cupping Room Cafe tomorrow and I hope their hot apple cider is still on the menu!


I think brunch and shopping go hand in hand, don’t you?  😉  I’m on the hunt for leather knee-high boots and maybe a new handbag (if something really grabs me).


Aahhhh – The Husband got me a gift certificate for a massage for my birthday and I am finally going to use it this weekend. Can’t wait!

Weekend Getaway

OK, this is happening next weekend but I’m looking forward to doing some more planning and research for it this week. I’ll tell you the location on next week’s Five!

Gingerbread Coffee

Yes, Starbucks Gingerbread lattes are my favorite, but I bought a bag of gingerbread coffee at Homegoods and am looking forward to brewing my own this weekend.

Happy Friday!

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