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There are only eight more sleeps until the jolly old elf in the red suit arrives. There are beautiful signs of Christmas all over the city and at this point even the grinchiest New Yorker must find their heart growing at least one size. Here are a few pics I have snapped over the last week as I have been gathering my own holiday spirit and gearing up for a wonderful time with family and friends. Hope you enjoy them!!
Wishing you all a warm and festive Wednesday!! :)

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It’s that time of year where waiting on line is the norm. Waiting to see Santa, waiting to purchase gifts, waiting for caffeinated beverages, waiting to get on a less crowded subway, waiting to let the tourists take a pic, and my least favorite, waiting at the post office. Sigh.

Today I could no longer avoid it. The holiday cards were sitting on the table taunting me. They needed stamps. Half of them needed the dreaded “international” stamp. I HAD to go to the post office.

Here in Manhattan they disguise the post offices in nice buildings so that you think all will be okay.

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But then you walk in and find an enormous line which you know from experience is at least an hour wait time.

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But then you remember the beautiful self service kiosk. It is a life saver.

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Even though it only prints out 5 international stamps at a time it saves you at least 45 minutes. Victory!!!

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Noticing that the main line has only moved three people, I leave feeling triumphant but remind myself not to get too cocky. I am sure that there is a huge line with an inept salesperson in my future ;)
Hope you are all enjoying some holiday fun. Keep laughing and staying calm! Happy Wednesday :)

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Happy December! It is the best time for exploring the sights of NYC. Okay, maybe I say that about every season but I do especially love the magic of this city around the Christmas holiday. The lights, the window displays, the music, the street performers, the Christmas trees, the lit Hanukah Menorahs, the food, Santa Claus peaking at you from every corner… It definitely makes the darker days and colder temps that much more bearable. This past weekend we kicked off the holiday season by heading to the NY Botanical Garden to see the Holiday Train Show. There really is something magical about the entire property with its sprawling grounds, beautiful gardens and wide open spaces that encourage exploration. The weather was perfect and the whole family enjoyed a little escape from the city or so it seemed… really we had just taken a quick train ride into the Bronx. The change of pace and scenery was awesome. The Holiday Train show is NOT to be missed, I am always in such awe when I see the buildings re-created from bark, leaves and other natural materials. Here are a some of my favorite pics from the day, I hope you enjoy them. Happy Wednesday my friends! Keep smiling through this crazy, busy season ;)

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She is such a beauty as she quietly watches over the city and sneakily follows your every move. It is worth taking your hand out of a glove on a bitter cold day to capture her magnificence. Happy Wednesday!

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Thanks to my amazing husband I have had the opportunity to get away for a few days, just me, by myself. It has been wonderful. What I have enjoyed the most is just being able to reflect and zone out in peace and quiet. Time to get lost in my own thoughts. I head back to NYC today refreshed and focused. I am incredibly grateful for this. Here are a few pics from the past few days. Hope you are all finding little moments of wooosaaa in the midst of crazy November!

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It is one of those boring days filled with errands, appointments and nothing really too exciting to write about or even take a picture of. And then, just like that, you turn the corner and see a fire hydrant all dressed up with a hat… In NYC, we are fancy like that ;) Made me smile. Hoping to add a little positivity to your day. Happy Wednesday!!!

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It is another beautiful day here in NYC. We have had a spectacular Fall filled with lots of sunshine and mild temperatures. I am trying to enjoy every moment as I know that winter is indeed coming. Today I had a doctor’s appointment on the east side. Rather than hopping a cab or grabbing the crosstown bus I decided to walk. I always seem to forget how quick it is to cross Central Park and be on the other side. Today on my walk I was rewarded with gorgeous tree colors, marathoners from other countries running the loop, tourists and locals strolling and for me, basically a sense of peace as I marveled once again, at the beauty of this city. Here are few pics that I snapped along the way. Hope you enjoy them. Have a wonderful Wednesday and a fabulous week!

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