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Dreaming of Outdoor Space

It’s a hot one today and all I can think about is how nice it would be to have some outdoor space.  In our building we have a common rooftop with a few tables and chairs, but I’m dreaming of private spaces, cozy cushions, summer colors, and lots and lots of greenery!!  These are some amazing rooftops and terraces I found in the city…dreaming away…

So many beautiful cushions!  Love love how the greenery makes the lounge feel hidden.  I see myself sprawled out with a couple magazines, a mimosa or two, and my computer.

Love the pop of color on the white cushions and around the terrace!  Looks fresh, summery, and inviting.  I’m envisioning someone pouring me that wine on the coffee table with my feet up, sunglasses on, and reading 50 Shades of Gray!

What a view from this terrace!  Love the large cushions and touches of greenery throughout.  No matter how high in the sky, the city sounds can always be heard, but from here, all I hear are my sips of sangria and laughter with girlfriends!!  Still dreaming!

A Chelsea oasis!  1,600 sq ft of rooftop space, which is larger than our apartment!  Could this be Heaven?  I see myself tucked away in the corner lounge, curled up, and ordering in!

How romantic!  I see date night here!!!

A vacation spot or a hidden treasure in the city?  Love the green and white pillows and how it feels so intimate.  If it wasn’t for the Lipstick Building in the background I would think this was a European destination!

Shot this from our building’s common outdoor space.  Not too bad, right?  Has potential!  Maybe someday we’ll have a private space that I can decorate with lots of cushions, colors, and greenery, but until then, I’ll have fun dreaming!

Do you have an outdoor area you enjoy spending time in?  If so, I would love to hear about it.  Keep dreaming everyone!

Until next ride,

Amy

Milestone

She’s walking!  She’s walking!  What an exciting and emotional week this has been.  I turned just for a second and saw Madison walking across the living room, on her own!  All week she has been surprising Dean and I with more and more little steps.  She has taken a few hard blows, a few chin crashes, a few tumble and rolls, a few contorted falls and some baby tears.  But she’s done it!  She is now a one year old and walking, officially a toddler, according to my parenting books.  Wait, officially a toddler?  No longer a baby?  Tear.

A toddler and walking, such an exciting milestone, in the mix of all the development stages.  The camera is full of pictures, the family has been informed, and of course, the exciting baby news has been shared with my mommy’s group.  We cheer Maddie on, as she stands and starts to walk towards us and as she waddles from room to room with the occasional crash.  But, what comes with this excitement is a little bit of sadness.  My baby is no longer a baby anymore, she’s a toddler.

The last thirteen months have been a roller coaster of bitter sweet.  Starting with the packing of the newborn onesies, then the 3-6 month clothes, graduating from the baby bath to bath tub, nursing to whole milk, holding the bottle on her own, sitting to standing to now walking and the list goes on.  Watching Madison grow and develop has been sweet and so much fun, with a bit of sadness as each phase of babyhood disappears, and the need for mommy becomes less.  Already independence?  I’m not ready!  Well sometimes I feel ready, but not this week.

Before Maddie walked, I would watch the other toddlers, younger than Madison, walk at the park and wondered when that might be her.  Everyone had been saying or asking, “Has your baby started walking yet?  You might want to try this.  My child started walking at __.  You should read this book.  My child was an early walker.”  Why do I let these things get to me?  I know every child is different.  I know Maddie has been on track with her development.  Maybe it’s yahoo news, or the unfortunate stories we hear, or the lingering “what ifs.”  I have a tendency to stress over little things, big things, and probably nonsense things.  It’s my own doing, trying to be the perfect mom to something loved so much.  Just chill-out Amy!  Maddie is!

These precious moments go by fast.  I’m truly learning that now.  I need to relax a little and just enjoy each moment as it comes and goes.  It doesn’t matter what other kids on the playground are doing and it doesn’t matter whose child is doing what.  I love watching Maddie develop into her own little person and watch her excitement when she does something by herself, even though it means mommy is needed a little less.  No one said parenthood would be easy, and who knew, the best and smallest roller coasters would require a few mommy tears too.

Uh oh, Maddie is on the move!  Those feet have already gotten her into something she shouldn’t be into.  Got to go!!

Do you remember a milestone in your life that you have fond memories of?  If so, I would love to hear about it!

Until next ride,

Amy

 

 

A Splurge

This weekend I admit I splurged.  I just had to have it!

As I walked down the West Village cobblestone streets, with my family, strolling in and out of the trendy boutiques, admiring the store front windows, peeking in the high-end mom and pops restaurants envisioning ourselves eating there someday, meandering through a couple of my favorite side streets admiring the beautiful brownstones on Charles and Perry, yet knowing all too well, what was tempting me only one block away.  Was I trying to purposely distract myself by taking slight detours, was I trying to use the cute boutiques and cafes as deterrents?  Somehow, I’m not sure how, I don’t think I know how it happened, but I ended up face to face with it.  There it was in the window looking right at me.  It was a Magnolia cupcake!

It had been so very long.  I remembered waiting in their outside line for up to an hour, wrapped around the corner, on hot summer days or at 2am, just for a cupcake; however, for the last year sweets have been off-limits, while I worked tirelessly to lose my post-pregnancy weight.  I’m oh-so-close to reaching my goal!  I have now lost almost 50 pounds, with 5 pounds still looming over me.  Everything that has entered my mouth, for the last year, has been a calorie count.   Dieting has not been easy, to say the very least, and as I looked at the cupcake in the window, I saw my 5 pounds staying with me a little longer, but didn’t care.  This was no ordinary cupcake and today was the day.  I was going to splurge.

 Magnolia is a cozy vintage bakery that has become iconic over time.  Cupcakes lovers and tourists from all over will  stand in line, at all hours, for hours, for one small cupcake.  The old fashioned store has been feature on numerous TV shows and popular movies.  When entering, you hand pick a soft colored vanilla or chocolate cupcake, probably take a picture or two, or someone may ask you to take their picture.  After I took a happy cupcake lover’s picture, I carefully picked my splurge and chose water over milk; a little less calories and a little less guilt.

We walked over to a park bench, I carefully unwrapped the cupcake and took my, which felt like my first ever, bite; sweet, moist, and oh-so-decedent, just as I remembered.  I took only a couple bites, stopped just before the guilt set in and felt satisfied.  Delicious!  Hit the spot!

Maybe on our next stroll in the West Village I’ll be down the last 5 pounds of baby weight and my reward will be the whole cupcake!  A reward at the calorie counting finish line!

Do you have a favorite type of food you indulge in?  What are your taste buds’ weakness?

Until next ride,

Amy

“Manners” by Kate Spade

Started reading May 27th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished June 20th!!!

When I first saw this book on the bookshelf, I thought, is Kate Spade an expert when it comes to manners?  I know she has gorgeous accessories, I am a fan of her latest flame red Maise handbag, and I wore a pair of her beautiful bowtie peep toe shoes on my wedding day, but are these the signs of an etiquette specialist?  Maybe so!

At a glance the book cover is sleek and bright, each page has colorful chic pictures, and the topics are short and to the point.  Ms. Kate covers everyday situations from social flops and gracious recoveries, the power of written letters and artful conversations, travel tips, handling the cell phone era, embarrassing maneuvers, dress etiquette and disasters, and being a “good sport”.  I found the book, on everyday manners, to be things I already knew, but a good reminder to see in print.  It’s an entertaining whimsical read with witty humor along the way.  It’s no Emily Post or Judith Martin when it comes to etiquette teaching, but if you are looking to brush up on a few manners or just curious, I’m a little of both, then on one of these hot summer days, this whimsy informative read might just be for you!

Kate Spade has three lifestyle books “Manners”, “Style” and “Occasions”.  I’ve just purchased the “Occasions” book!   Probably need to brush up on my entertaining skills and I’m sure my style needs a little help too.  If you want to buy it, click on the book above!

Do you have an etiquette faux pas?  My public cell phone manners definitely need some special attention!  What about you?  I would love to hear about it.

Until next ride,

Amy

Stroller vs Subway

How I love the NYC subway!  An underground world that has the oldest and most extensive transportation system in the world, with newspaper stands, quick-bite vendors, small shops, coffee and flower stands, precincts, street performers and the occasional filming.  The underground world has the same hustle and bustle as the world just a few feet above.

During my BC days (lets refer to it as before child and AC as after child) in the underground world I would scurry up and down the long subway stairways, breeze through turnstiles, run to catch the subway, squeeze through the subway doors before they would shut, then slither my way through a crowded subway car saying, ‘sorry, sorry’ (New Yorkers tend to say sorry rather than excuse me) if it was crowded.  And, I loved every bit of it.

Something not so glamorous about the underground world, watching other mothers carry their baby and stroller up and down the long busy subway stairways.  They looked exhausted, hot, tired and it honestly looked like grueling work.  At the time I thought, never me, no way, won’t ever happen!

Now, here I am 7 years later, with a sweet little baby and a stroller, living in Brooklyn, and a strong will to get into Manhattan!  Only one stop from Brooklyn to Manhattan, 5 minutes to Union Square and fifteen minutes to Soho!  Will the stroller stop me from riding the subway?  Or, will I have a whole new respect and understanding for the subway stroller mom?

Today we took the subway and this is what it was like… [Read more...]

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