Scenes from the weekend.

The warmer weather has finally arrived! We tried to spend as much time as possible outside this weekend. On Saturday Brian, Emily, and I visited the Bronx Zoo. We spent most of our time watching the gorillas. There were several new baby gorillas, which were so incredibly adorable! On Sunday I met up with my dad for brunch at Freemans. After our delicious meal we walked around the lower east side for a bit before returning to Rivington for ice cream at Morgenstern's. I was pretty upset when I learned that they stopped making my favorite salt and pepper pine nut ice cream, but the Vietnamese coffee flavor made up for it. I have several ice cream shops I want to try this season. New Yorkers, what are your favorite ice cream destinations in the city?


Read & Watch

Read & Watch: 

13 rare and breathtaking photos of Marilyn Monroe. I want the one of her sitting in a New York City restaurant framed in my apartment!

I am so grateful and proud to work at Community Roots Charter School. It was amazing to read about our work this week in this Huffington Post article.

I am so upset that I forgot to set an alarm to buy Lumineers tickets for their show this summer. I am loving every song on their new album, including this one.

The ultimate grilled cheese guide.

A look at some of New York City's best street art.

Brian and I can't wait to try Bunker Vietnamese in Ridgewood, Queens. It has been on our minds ever since we saw it on the Cooking Channel last week!


Scenes from the weekend.

This weekend was full of wedding errands! On Saturday we got my wedding band, Brian's suit, and all of his accessories for the big day. That evening I met up with an amazing group of women to celebrate our friend Vanessa's birthday at a karaoke bar in Koreatown. We had so much fun!

My dad flew in early Sunday morning from LA for a three-week stay in New York City (yay!). We had a great breakfast at Sanford's before Brian and I drove to Long Island to look for a wedding band for him. That evening I walked though Bryant Park before checking out Lord & Taylor's Friends and Family sale. I am so grateful we had such a productive weekend, but I need another weekend to recover from it! How was yours?


Read & Watch

Read & Watch:

Mysterious stacks of books around NYC are connecting people around the world. I had mixed emotions about this piece after reading all of the comments.

Smiley's story had me feeling all the feelings. What an amazing and loving dog!

This video gives you a glimpse into what sights and sounds feel like to a person with autism.

For a second I thought Brian wrote this about me... apparently this comedian's wife and I are very similar.

Jon and Tracey Stewart are opening a safe haven for abused farm animals.

This post brought me back to my morning spent at Broadway Market in London last summer.


Scenes from the weekend.

Hello spring! The trees were blossoming everywhere this weekend and it truly felt like the season arrived. Magnolia trees are my absolute favorite and the rows of them lining Park Avenue took my breath away on Saturday afternoon while I was running errands. I cannot wait for more flowers to pop up around the city. Also, warm weather and flowers also means Ralph's will be opening soon for the season. YAY!

This weekend we celebrated Emily's 11th birthday with Funfetti cake with chocolate icing per her request. We gave Em her first Project Life kits and we had a blast making our scrapbook pages together. I cannot wait to continue this project with her through the years! The Easter bunny also paid us a visit an evening early before Emily went back to Connecticut to celebrate the holiday with her mom and grandparents. Saturday afternoon we also took our first trip to the local batting cages to get Emily ready for her batting clinic this week. I loved hitting a few softballs, but my poor grip left me with a very sore hand! Honestly, several hours after we were there I could barely write. Clearly I need some practice!

On Easter Day Brian and I celebrated at a friends' apartment. As always, they treated us like family and cooked an amazing dinner. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!


Manhattan Bridge

One of the things I love most about living in New York City is the endless amount of things to do and places to explore. I have lived here for almost thirteen years and am still discovering new things all the time!

I left work on Wednesday right after school to walk across the Manhattan Bridge, a bridge I ride across every day on the Q train but had never crossed on foot. The sunshine and seventy-four degree temperature made me even more excited to end my walk in Chinatown at one of my favorite ice cream shops. I popped in my headphones, selected my Happy playlist on Spotify, and was off! The two and a half mile walk was amazing. I took in the views of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge, and downtown Manhattan and captured it all on Snapchat to show my family back home in Minnesota. Once I was in Manhattan I treated myself to almond cookie ice cream at the Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. I also stopped and picked up some almond cookies at a bakery (they are my favorite!) to enjoy later at home. I ended my evening with an aura reading at Magic Jewelry. 


Scenes from the weekend.

This weekend was very low key. On Friday night Brian and I watched Emily perform in her school's production of The Sound of MusicT. She did an amazing job! The rest of the weekend I relaxed in Astoria. I had a delicious brunch at Sanford's with my friend Vanessa, did some light shopping at Lockwood (I can't wait to wear my first enamel pins!), and watched a lot of Netflix. I also drove to Target by myself for the first time since owning a car in NYC! I have been hesitant to drive here (the roads are a lot more stressful than the Minnesota ones I learned on!), but I finally ripped off the bandaid so to speak last week. I celebrated my successful drive by stocking up on several cases of La Croix. How was your weekend?
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