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Getting Fall Inspired

 

Welcome Fall!  The weather has shifted here in NY.  The air is becoming more brisk and the leaves upstate are starting to change.  Scarves are starting to come out and the flip flops have been put away.  With the feeling of Fall setting in, I’m starting to feel our apartment needs a little shift as well.  This weekend we are braving our storage unit, and the dig and hunt for the box of Autumn décor beings.  Every year I forget what we have or maybe I use selective memory to justify my purchases to relieve any guilt for buying the new autumn decorations staring me down in every window display in the city.  New York City is a shopper’s danger zone, with so many beautiful designs everywhere you turn.  It’s hard not to want everything you see!

As we get ready to decorate for the season, I thought I would browse on of my favorite websites, Pinterest, to get some new ideas.  Here’s a few favorites I found…

There’s three things I live by when decorating anything…classic, natural, simple decorations.  Why? Classic never goes out of style and always looks nice, natural decor (ex: real leaves rather then artificial) because it always looks homey, and simple because I have a toddler and decorating needs to get done in a snap.  I love this mantel display with the pumpkin and leaves against the colorful wall.  Someday when I have a mantel this is what I would love to do!

Love the simple yet meaningful setting.  A personal touch and will last for years to come.

This table display is beautiful and has sentiment, which is perfect for the season, but also looks like a fire hazard!?

I really enjoy picking out the different gourds, pumpkins and squash for decorations around the apartment.  Every year it makes for a new arrangement, since they all come in different shapes, colors and sizes.  An inexpensive and fun way to decorate.

The more berries the better!  They can last from now through the Christmas season and can be added to anything already in the house to transform an old display to new.

What a great idea to use a chalkboard to write a seasonal saying on it!  I could use this for any holiday and what a perfect holiday teaching tool for Maddie.

There are always the fun seasonal gatherings.  Love this Fall place setting.  Will never go out of style.

Love how they’ve used real food and the color of the beans and corn kernels as a candle base - so fall!  And the yarn can be used for wrapping gifts as well.  Even better, multipurpose decorations.

So many beautiful ideas on Pinterest!  Can’t wait to decorate next week!

What are some Autumn decorating ideas you enjoy using?  Would love to hear about them.

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Fall

The fun of Fall…apple picking, pumpkin patches, trips Upstate, brisk air, changing leaves and finding new ways to play…

 

My favorite season in the city.  This year I no longer have a baby but a toddler, and I can’t wait to experience a new type of New York Fall through Maddie’s eyes.  Happy Fall!!!

Until next ride,

Amy

Italy and Greece – Parents Hall Pass!

After a little time off from writing and being a parent…I’m back!  Summer has now wrapped and my husband and I topped it off with a trip for two.  Parents Only!  Before we left I was a little weary about leaving our 16 month old for almost two weeks, but the moment the wheels went up on the airplane and I had my first cocktail in my hand all those parent guilty feelings flew out the cabin!  All I could think about was, what sites to see and cocktails to have when we arrived.  We had two weeks to live it up and stay out past eight.  What happens when time doesn’t matter and there are no curfews?  What if there were no nap schedules, no eating schedules, no bedtime routine schedules…well let me show you!

Here’s a little look into our travels to Venice, Florence, Athens and Santorini.  We packed a lot in and ended the vacation on the beach!  Oh the things you can do when time has no restraints…

First stop Venice!  Straight from the plan to a boat, headed to the city center.  Yep, there’s the gondolas…we are definitely in Venice.  Could we have done this with a stroller.  Maybe, but I sure feel relaxed right about now, no thoughts of how to get the baby gear in and out of the boat.  A strange feeling I need to get use to, and let me assure you, I’m getting use to it quite quickly!!

One of the most unique cities in the world.  A city made up of 120 islands, almost 500 small bridges, lagoons and 100 churches.  A picture perfect scene around every corner.  I could get use to this lifestyle!

A city that has never modernized architecturally and has been around since the 10th century BC.  I think I could live a car free lifestyle and travel by boat.  Like they say…if you can make it in NYC then you can make it anywhere :)

The symbol of Venezia!

A local Venetian neighborhood…

A classical performance in Venice, a must!  Listening to the orchestra perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at an ancient church along the Grand Canal in a city with so much art history was a highlight of our trip.

Looks like it’s time to part with Venezia and our beloved afternoon drink, the Spritz!

Bye-bye canals, lagoons, gondolas and gondoliers, San Marco, Cathedral, Doge Palace, vaporettos, delicious fresh pasta, little bridges, narrow streets, ancient venetian artwork, churches around every corner, long Venetian dining experiences, carnival masks, and of course, the evening bright orange Spritz and aperitivio.  Ciao Venezia!

Buongiorno Florence!  I’ve seen this view in magazines and on t.v. and now here we are!

The Duomo.  The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Our Lady of the Flower).  The third largest church in the world, which took 140 years to build.  Spectacular!

Quick trip to the Chianti countryside.  Had a fair dose of wine on my Adults Only trip.  Loved Tuscany wine, but still faithful to my Napa.

When in Italy, expect to eat and eat a lot!!  I tried every type pf pasta dish and Italian pastry I could get my hands on!  Needless to say, I’m back on my bike, but so worth it.

Here we are at a traditional Florentine restaurant enjoying an amazing homemade pasta dish (2 pics above) and a biscuit pastry with sweet liquor.  One dip and I was already feeling it!!  Tuscany wine followed by a sweet shot of liquor…uh oh!  I might be in bed by the 8:00pm curfew.

Now time for a pit-stop in Athens and then to Santorini!  Ciao Firenze, Uffizi museum, David’s on every corner, amazing Tuscany wines, Renaissance buildings, Chianti vineyards, Michaelangelo’s artwork-home-tomb-road, Salvatore Ferragamo and Arno River.  Arrivederci Italy!

 

Hello Greece!!!  I tried to learn a few words in Greek, but it was all Greek to me :)

The Acropolis in Athens…a UNESCO site that must be visited!  Wow, the ancient history under our feet and before our eyes.

Hello Santorini – now pool time and relaxation!  A destination I’ve only seen in pictures and now a place I can call one of my favorite islands ever visited.  Look at that picture…have you ever seen an area like it?!  Gorgeous everywhere you turn.

A signature of the island…blue doors.  One of the three blues that represent the island..the blue sea, the blue roofs and the blue sky.

One of the many stairway illusions on the island that leads a person straight to the clear blue ocean.  I’m on my way!!

Amongst the white buildings and deep blue roofs and doors were other vibrant colors of red and green, and the beautiful fuchsia flowers that popped up everywhere.

Everywhere we turned there was a picturesque view!

Open a door and it felt like it led you straight to heaven!

Lets not forget the sunsets and the yummy Greek food and amazing restaurant views.  Dining was an experience in itself…felt like nothing was between you and the ocean.   Do we look like refreshed parents?  Taking in our last sunset!!!

To the last night of a memorable trip with my sweet husband.  What a great experience and relaxing vacation.  Tomorrow back to being parents, with curfews, schedules and less couple’s time, but I can’t wait!  In 24 hours I’ll be giving Maddie a huge hug and hearing all about her experiences with grandpa and nana…a time together that is just as important.

Do you have a trip you took somewhere near or far that is unforgettable?  Would love to hear about it.

Until next ride,

Amy

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