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Must Do: New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

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Spring is finally coming to NYC! That means that the New York Botanical Garden’s (NYBG) annual Orchid Show is in full swing.

NYBG is a great place to spend the afternoon with your kids. Easily accessible by Metro North, NYBG is an amazing oasis right in the middle of the Bronx, featuring 50 gardens and more than one million plants. Special events take place all year long, but none more well-known than the Orchid Show.

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This year’s theme is Key West Contemporary which takes visitors straight down to the Florida Keys. Step into the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, which has been transformed into a modernist Key West Estate Garden, and marvel at the vast array of colorful orchids which bloom amidst reflecting pools, benches and pergolas. There are thousands of orchids on display.

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Special Events:

Many special events will be taking place during the Orchid Show’s run (through April 21). Visitors can participate in a Key West Poetry Walk, which takes them through the Perennial Garden. Poems from many 20th-century poets will be on display including Elizabeth Bishop and James Merrill – both frequent Key West visitors. What a fun way to introduce your children to the art of poetry.

The NYBG will also offer special children’s programs during the run of the Orchid Show. In Little Landscapes, kids can create and take home their own terrariums, complete with rocks, moss or flowers.

The Culinary Kids Food Festival will offer hands-on activities for budding chefs, teaching kids the important relationships between plants, farms food.

The NYBG Orchid Show is a great way to introduce your kids to nature. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop where you can take home your very own orchid – provided you have a green thumb!

 

* This piece was originally published on MommyNearest.com

Spring Fling

Last weekend, we were treated to a bit of warm weather in New York. But then it snowed again, and there went that. But it did give me a (short) glimpse into Spring which is making me feel really excited for the warm weather and all of the fun it has to bring. Here are some things I’m personally looking forward to this Spring.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Each year, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens hosts a cherry blossom festival (Sakura Matsuri) at the end of April. A wonderful afternoon out for the whole family, it’s a great way to experience the fleeting beauty of the cherry blossom trees. It’s also a cultural festival complete with oragami-making demonstrations, Japanese tea ceremonies and taiko drumming.

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Our New Home

We are currently in the market for a house and if all goes well, we should be moving in sometime this Spring. I can’t wait to re-decorate and create a beautiful and livable space. My husband jokes that I want our home to look like a high-end hotel, but hey – this is FancyFunction! Yes, I want an amazing space but I also want everyone to feel comfortable in it. And I know I can accomplish just that.

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Quick Getaway

All of this constant snow and below-freezing temps have made me a bit nutty. We’re hoping to get away for a few nights to a warm locale – I’m thinking Aruba or Turks and Caicos. If anyone has any suggestions please send them my way!

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What are you looking forward to this Spring?

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I’m Dreaming of a Warm Getaway

We are officially in the first full week of January. And it’s freezing! So I’m dreaming about getting away to a warm place where I can relax and shut my mind off for a bit. Here’s just a bit of inspiration I wanted to share to help get through the Winter. How many days until Spring?!?

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Here’s to a warm-weather getaway stat!!

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Been to Beantown and Back

Hello! I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday. This weekend was a fun one. The Husband and I took a little getaway trip to Boston while Lady M had a fun time with my parents. We’ve been to Boston a couple of times but haven’t visited in almost 4 years. He and I like to take a mini-vacation each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving (last year being the exception).

We braved the chilly temperatures and had a great time visiting sites like The Old North Church, The Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall and Harvard Square. We also had some good meals at Toscano, Dolce Vita and The Paramount. I’m also proud to say we trekked up the 294 stairs of the Bunker Hill Monument. And what trip would be complete without a ghost tour? Not one of ours! All in all it was a great time and I can’t wait for our next getaway.

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The Old North Church

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Bunker Hill Monument

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Reward for climbing up the monument!

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Vintage signs in Harvard Square

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And to everyone celebrating, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Memorial Day

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I can’t believe Memorial Day weekend is already here! Unfortunately the weather around here is not really cooperating, but I am looking forward to the long weekend. Of course, Memorial Day means much more than sales, days off and barbeques. We should always remember those who gave their lives to fight for our country.

Do you have any plans this Memorial Day? For the past two years, we went to Newport, RI for the long weekend and it was great.

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This year, we’re going more low-key and spending Saturday in the city while Lady M has a sleepover at grandma and grandpa’s. Sunday we’re celebrating the first birthday of my cousin’s baby and hopefully we’ll just relax on Monday.

Hope you have a great weekend!

You’re in Steelers Country

We had a great time in Pittsburgh this past weekend. The drive there wasn’t too bad (especially since we left at 6am when there was no traffic).  When we got there, it was time to explore the town.

Pittsburgh is located on the Ohio River and there are many, many bridges throughout the city. There are also two inclines that take you up to the Mt. Washington section of town. We decided to ride a cable car up the Duquesne incline, walk about a mile along the river and then go back down the Monongahela incline.

After our little excursion, it was time for food!  And where else to go while in Pittsburgh but Pramanti’s. We were in Market Square, so we happened upon that location. Wow – the sandwiches are no joke! I wasn’t able to eat everything, but made a valiant effort!

After dinner, The Husband and I took a ghost tour around town, which was a fun way to see the sites and learn some interesting history. We also passed the hotel that the Jets were staying at, so that was a nice little bonus.

They were throwing beads like it was Mardi Gras!

On game day, we were fortunate enough to get a shuttle from our hotel to the bridge that leads you to Heinz Stadium. It’s really cool over there – lots of restaurants and bars around the stadium and everyone just hanging out and having a great time. Much better than MetLife Stadium (sorry, but it’s true!)

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After some all-in-good-fun ribbing and meeting some nice folks, we headed into the stadium for the game. Unfortunately the Jets lost, but being there was a great experience. I even bought a Terrible Towel as a souvenir.

We got a quick dinner at Quaker Steak & Lube and some ice cream and Dave & Andy’s and called it a night.

What a fun trip and I can’t wait to see where our next adventure will take us!

Pittsburgh Paradise

This weekend, we’re going to Pittsburgh to see the Jets play the Steelers. I’ve never been there before, so I’m looking forward to it.  We usually take a short trip the weekend before Thanksgiving but since I’ll be about 37 weeks pregnant at that time, we’re doing it a bit earlier this year!

I’m sure it’s going to be a fun time – but since I’ve never been to an away-game, I’m not sure how hardcore Steelers fans may be – especially when they see us in full Jets green!  😉

While in Pittsburgh, there are a few places I would like to check out:

Pramanti Brothers

I’ve heard a lot about this famous sandwich shop while watching a few food shows on the Travel Channel and Food Network. They pack everything into their sandwiches including fries and a vinegar-based cole slaw. I’m looking forward to tasting what all the fuss is about!

The Church Brew Works

The Husband was here when he visited Pittsburgh on a baseball trip about 4 years ago. It’s a brewery/restaurant located in an old, converted church – a unique dining experience.

Ghost Tour

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know by now that we like to go on ghost tours in each city we visit and Pittsburgh is no exception!

The drive there is long (almost 7 hours!) and we’ll only be there for one full day plus 2 travel days. So we don’t have a lot of time, but I would like to do some more activities if possible. Maybe find a great place for brunch or a historical site to check out.

What are some of your suggestions for fun things to do in Pittsburgh?

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