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NY Sidewalk Flowers

 

Flowers can cheer me up and put an extra pep-in-my-step any day!  They can be cut and set out, at two in the afternoon, and the day would somehow feel like a fresh start.

This weekend we were walking around the Upper East Side, headed to Central Park, and we passed by one of the many charming characteristics that make NYC so special, the sidewalk flower shop!  There are so many things in the city that make it feel romantic, charming, and beautiful, and the sidewalk flower shop is one of them.   Always beautifully displayed, sometimes wraped around the corner, with a variety of stunning colors, petals and sizes, and a sweet scent that follows you down the street saying come back, come back.  Ok, maybe it’s just me hearing that, but those outdoor bouquets are quite the eye catcher!  Here’s the shop we walked by this weekend, and the flowers that were calling me back to take their picture.

Love how the flowers wrap around the corner and brighten up the block.  And, don’t worry if you forgot your cash, always an ATM inside!  Who wants to go home to an empty vase?  Unfortunately, last weekend we did, but not today!  On the way home I stopped by a neighborhood sidewalk flower shop and picked up some flowers I don’t normal choose, feeling inspired by something I saw on Pinterest, and this is what I came up with…

Hydrangeas are turning into my new favorite flowers for the apartment - a touch of classic and warmth.  Add a pop of color (I added purple baby’s breath – well, that’s what I’m calling it) and there’s no way a bouquet cannot brighten up and add some cheer to a room!

Do you have a certain type of flower you like to have around the house to brighten your day?  Do tell!

Until next ride,

Amy

Olympics Start Tomorrow!

 

 

How have you been getting ready for the London Olympics?  We might not be Olympic training around here, but we have certainly been keeping a close eye on who to watch!  One of our favorite Olympic sports to watch is swimming, so we will definitely be front and center when Lochte and Phelps are racing neck to neck.  Yesterday, I was watching an interview with Lochte and he definitely swims to his own paddle!  He will be exciting to see!  And, of course, I will also be cheering on my fellow female swimmer, Missy Franklin in all seven events.  Will she break another world record for women?  I hope so, Go Missy!  We are also huge gymnast fans around here.  My husband has a lot of gymnasts on his side of the family.  So without a doubt, we will be watching and rooting for Jordyn Wieber with her already 13 medals and who was crowned the World All Around champion last year.  Exciting!!

Maddie has been getting ready for her first Olympics by reading Olympig by Victoria Jamieson.  Well, more like, mommy reading as Maddie points and grabs the pages.  Olympig is a good story for kids to learn about determination and motivation.  Children learn about not giving up when the odds are against them, and having a goal and working towards it.  I’ve also been reading to Maddie a classic London story book.  It’s too advanced for her now, but I retell the story in a shorter and more simplified way, as she follows along looking at the colorful illustrations.  She seems to really enjoy it!

Something I like to do is give Maddie books for notable times in her life, such as trips, random holidays, special events, and write a personal note to her on the inside cover.  It’s an inexpensive keepsake and a book is something that will keep on giving.  Hopefully, when she pulls This is London by Miroslav Sasek off the shelf years from now, it will be a reminder of where she was during her first Summer Olympics, and it might just be a little keepsake for mommy as well :)

Do you plan on watching the Olympics?  If so, what event are you most excited about?  I would love to hear about it.

Until next ride,

Amy

Needing Some Humor?

 

Time to take a midweek break and laugh a little!  I was at the book store looking for something new to read for me and Maddie, and came across this book.  I thumbed through it and found myself in hysterics!  Something I was really needing.  As I continued to read, let loose and take time to laugh a little, I had completely forgotten about Maddie who was wandering aimlessly through the isles pulling books off the shelves.  I couldn’t help but keep reading and enjoy a little humor at the expense of all the things that irk us moms!  Then, realizing I wasn’t hearing the thud of books falling in the distance, I just knew, Maddie was up to something else.  I peeked around the corner and I was right!  She was climbing the bookshelf ladder!  I again found myself laughing, at a similar situation I had just read in this book.  Sometimes you just need a little laughter to lighten things up.

Are you a city or suburbian mom needing a little humor to lighten up your day?  If so, I’m sure you can appreciate the witty and creative comments from this author.  Click on the book if you would like to find out more or order.

Until next ride,

Amy

Headed to The Burbs

You might remember one of my posts on checking out of the city for summer weekends. We did just that last weekend!  We were invited to New Paltz, a small quaint town at the base of the Catskills, by our friends Pete and Cindy.  We were really looking forward to seeing them and dodging town.  Going to their home always feels like a mini vacation with great margs, amazing views, solitude of the country, fun conversations, and an evening fire (with s’mores!) under the smog free stars.  This city dweller forgets how beautiful a star filled sky can be.  Wish we could get here more often.  Why wish, lets make it happen!

Thought I would share a couple photos from our weekend.

Couldn’t resist a walk in the neighborhood.  Look at that Catskill view!  Always fun to walk by and admire the perfect homes, with the perfectly manicured endless lawns, perfect vacation-like backyards, and I’m sure the perfect family is laughing and sipping tea inside.  Okay, I might be dreaming just a little again, but the area is gorgeous and we did spot several deer frolicking through the yards!  Ha!  It did seem a little fairytaleish.

Then we had a delicious brunch with omelets, bacon, cider donuts, fresh berries, bloody marys and mimosas.   All this while over looking the Catskills on their terrace!  We certainly are starting the day off right!  Oh how I dread to leave.  If we moved into the guest bedroom do you think they would notice?

However, Maddie might blow our cover.  This almost perfect weekend had a minor glitch.  No baby proofing!  Chasing Maddie around was not easy and look where I found her!  Who knew she could climb so well.  We might have a future Catskills rock climber on our hands.

Wish we didn’t have to say good-bye to the weekend, but always nice to get home as well.  I have to say, this city girl does see herself in a country house someday or somewhere with open space.  Maybe I’ll settle for a home on a vineyard or beachfront property!  Not asking for too much, right?  Or, I might have to resort to pinning my five acre beachfront property!!  Either way, I think city living and having a family has caused me to appreciate the beauty of a rural lifestyle a lot more.

Where would your dream house be located?  Please tell!  I would love to hear about it.

Until next ride,

Amy

 

Coffee Anyone?

 

Today is gloomy and rainy.  What better day to head out to one of my favorite coffee shops in the city, Amy’s Bread!  No, not because it’s named Amy, but for everything else that makes grabbing a coffee in the city enjoyable.  This West Village coffee and bread hot spot has a European cozy charm with only a few intimate bistro tables, the smell of bread baking as you enter, and corner windows with perfect views for people and cabby watching, while you bite into some delicious fresh bread and sip coffee from grande mugs without handles.  Amy’s is more known for their European style breads rather than coffee, but in my opinion, they are both exceptional!  In November 2010, Dessert Professional Magazine, named Amy one of the Top 10 Best Bread Bakers in America.   Their breads can also be found in many high-end restaurants around the city, that don’t bake their own bread.  Not to mention, this corner bakery is in the heart of one of my favorite neighborhoods, the West Village.  Are you ready for some coffee, yet?  I am!  I’ll meet you there!

Each of their twist breads have unique flavors, and looking at how the breads are displayed, it’s fun just picking one out!  What should we choose today?

I tried to order something different, but couldn’t resist my favorite, Sourdough Twist With Chocolate!  So yummy!!  Always tempted to go back for seconds.  Also, no grande, just a small coffee for me today, still counting baby calories.  Got to cut somewhere, just not from my Twist!

If you’re interested in pasteries and cupcakes, I am!  Above is Amy’s dessert cookbook.  I haven’t tried any recipes yet, but might for the holidays!  Click on the image above to order or find out more from Amazon.

Where do you enjoy having your coffee or tea or whatever you fancy?  I would love to hear about it.  Have a great weekend!

Until next ride,

Amy

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