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The girls and I are having a blast spending Spring Break in Ottawa. Weather aside- snow in the middle of April!!!!, it has definitely been a trip down memory lane. The girls have not been back in almost three years and it is wonderful to watch their reactions and share experiences with them. We have visited the Canadian Museum of History, a place where we spent tons of hours passing time when they were little, a wave pool (something we do not have in NYC) and today a maple sugar shack in Quebec.

The Sucrerie de la Montagne is in Rigaud, Quebec. It is an old school maple sugar shack where they tap the trees without lines and bake bread in a monster brick oven. It is in a gorgeous location up in a mountain and is exactly the escape that we needed. After a tour of the facilities we ate a family style feast of pea soup, fresh bread, sausage, bacon, meat pie, ham, egg souffle, mashed potatoes and beans. For dessert there were pancakes with maple syrup and maple sugar pie. I probably should have run home ;) We had a great time and may have bought a few treats to take back to the city.

Hope you enjoy the pics. I have to go and rest up for more eating and a trip to the sky zone (?!)
Happy Wednesday!! Here’s hoping Spring weather comes back for the break!

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Today is an absolutely gorgeous spring day in NYC. The sun is shining, temperatures are climbing, patios are opening, warm jackets are being shed and people are smiling. It is wonderful. So good for the soul. It was also a perfect day to head out and get a little bit of spring shopping done. I cleaned out the closets yesterday, so I deserve it, right??!! The first thing on my list, believe it or not, was new running sneakers. So my friend Jess and I snuck in a fabulous brunch at The Smith and then headed to the New York Running Company in The Shops at Columbus Circle at the Time Warner Center. And while at the Columbus Circle shops we may have done some damage at a few other stores, shhh….

While at the Time Warner Center we happened upon a collection of eggs from the Faberge Big Egg Hunt. This egg hunt is currently going on in NYC and there are hundreds of eggs hidden all over the city. People are trying to find them all and of course there is fabulous faberge jewelry to be won. Today, under blue skies and heavenly sun, the eggs looked stunning. I took some pics. Hope you enjoy them and find some time to grab your own piece of sunshine!

Happy Wednesday!!!

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Whoa… March certainly did come in like a lion, unfortunately it left like a lion too… so what the hell does that mean? Longest winter ever.

So, it was wonderful to wake up to the most beautiful April 1st yesterday. It really was like a breath of fresh air. March was also an incredibly intense and hectic month so I am very much looking forward to an April with a less crazy pace (hopefully) and enjoying some (hopefully) really wonderful spring like weather. Today it is cool and gloomy outside but I have decided to ignore it and post some fun spring-like pics. Hope you enjoy them… especially the one of the alligator in the Hudson River… just kidding although the piece of wood did give me pause to look twice. You never really know what you are going to see floating in the river, sometimes you don’t want to look toooo closely ;)

Happy Wednesday my friends, keep smiling! xox

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Today I am home with a sick little one and I don’t really mind at all. I don’t like it when my kids are sick, it stinks to see them feeling crummy. But, every once in awhile it is nice to have an excuse to slow down, sit on the couch and snuggle. After a crazy couple of weeks with an even crazier couple on the way, I am quite happy to park my rump on this mid week hump ;) Hope you are all hanging in and staying healthy. Be nice to yourself. Happy Wednesday!

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I know that there are many of us who are not so patiently waiting for Game of Thrones to return with season 4. President Obama received an early release copy and is currently watching it. It is good to be the president. The rest of us will have to wait until April 6th.

There are ads for the new season all over the city. I don’t want to sound like too much of a fangirl but I can’t help but get a little giddy when I see a new one:

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Winter IS coming and for once I can honestly say, I can’t wait!

Happy Wednesday and remember “Nothing burns like the cold”- George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Can I get a “wooosaaa”?! Some days you just wake up and the world is bugging you. I admit I was a little cranky this morning and am trying to shake it off. Yes, it is still winter, the “to do” list is long, it is not all sunshine and lollipops and blah, blah, blah… etc, etc, etc. We all know what life is like. But, I decided to just breathe a bit and focus on the positive- the sun is trying to come out, the temps are climbing above freezing, there was no line at Trader Joe’s- the simple things. What is hard, is to not get sucked into the polar vortex of negativity created by other people- an email received, a nasty person on the street, a rude look… Trying to remind myself to as Adele Dazim ;) (Idina Menzel) would say “Let it Go…”. And on some days this takes a little more effort.

I was looking up inspirational type quotes and came across this and just like that the day looked a bit brighter ;)

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Hope you all have a fabulous Wednesday! Wishing all the negative people a little sunshine in their lives or at least a little Star Wars humor.

It snowed again this morning. The clouds have been blocking out the sun most of the day. There is more snow in the forecast for the weekend. So, right now the beauty of these simple yellow flowers finding a patch of sunlight in the window is making me incredibly happy. Hopeful for spring and warmer weather. Happy Wednesday. May you all find a little patch of sun in your day! 😃

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