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The line from “Hamilton: An American Musical” keeps running through my mind right now as I sit here reflecting on the insanity of the year that was 2016. This year has been a whirlwind of ups and downs. And yes, there have been many downs but we are still here. We ARE lucky to be alive right now and to enter 2017, fierce and strong and ready to meet challenges like the badass people we have proven to be. Yep, I am talking about YOU! Go get it my friends!! =)

Sorry, I haven’t written in awhile, one of the resolutions I hope to keep is to get back to my writing. It really does soothe my soul and make me happy.

I have spent the last few days of 2016 with my girls and Memphis. I was lucky enough to get the week off of work and we spent Christmas in Bedford celebrating with good friends and meeting new people in a beautiful setting. We have also had some quality time chilling at home binge watching “Gilmore Girls”.

This time of year is still a bit tough, I find myself with a bit too much time to think and reflect. Not necessarily a bad thing unless I start being a little too hard on myself. I have to remind myself to take a deep breath. I am exactly where I am supposed to be. This year we said goodbye to Dopey dog but it also brought us Memphis. The girls and I have become closer, we are our own little family unit. I have a job that I enjoy, it is chaotic and crazy, it forces me out of my comfort zone. I don’t see my extended family and out of town friends as often as I would like but they are doing a-okay and that makes me smile. Here in the big city I am surrounded by my NYC family and these friends are the glue that hold all the pieces together. My heart is full. For that I am so very humbled and grateful.

I do feel a little uncertain as to what 2017 holds, but I do know this, together, we will be okay. Kindness is key. And love really is the answer. Be well my friends. Happy, Happy, Happy 2017!! -Sandra xo

(I leave you with a few pics from the last few days of this year- Enjoy!)

 

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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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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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Botanical Gardens

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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all the through the apartment, the children were bouncing with excitement while the adults lazed about and poured another glass… 😉

Or something like that!

Just wanted to take the time today to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from our home to yours. May your day be filled with laughter, fun, family, friends, good food and the warm glow of love. Taking a little time today for reflection and counting all of our many blessings. Grateful for so many of you. May your 2014 be filled with health and happiness! xoxox

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This past Sunday we picked out our Christmas tree and decorated it. She is a big beautiful tree and once it warmed up and opened up we have to admit it looked a little “Griswold” Christmas. It definitely fills up the room but we love it and you can’t help but be filled with the spirit of the season when you look at it =). Hope you enjoy the pics. Happy Wednesday everyone, two more weeks until Santa visits… just keep breathing and remember a little Baileys in your coffee always tastes good 😉

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One of my favorite things to do at this time of year is to simply walk the neighborhoods of Manhattan checking out all of the incredible decorations and window displays around the city. New York seems a bit nicer at this time of year, its tough edges softened a bit. There is a warm glow around the city and even though the rush and crush of people reaches an all time high (tourists, tourists and more tourists!), New Yorkers themselves seem to have a higher patience level and are more apt to be generous in giving and spirit. We also know exactly what areas of the city to stay away from and when. Macy’s on Black Friday? No way!! Midtown on Saturday during the day? Not a chance. And the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center? Looks just as good at a healthy distance.

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See?

A gingerbread Flatiron building at Citarella on the UWS.

A gingerbread Flatiron building at Citarella on the UWS.

Last night Ron and I secured a sitter and our date night consisted of an evening to simply walk the city and see the sights. We hopped on the subway and made our way downtown to the Canal Street stop on the N/R train. From there we continued through Soho up into NYU territory and Washington Sq. Park.

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Washington Sq. Park

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5th Avenue heading uptown

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Love all the festive doorways

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Beautifully decorated brownstones

We also stopped for a little liquid cheer at a pub called “Half Pint”. Hey, it was cold outside and we needed to keep our energy up 😉 And, the beer in the NYU neighborhood is pretty darn cheap, by NYC standards. We continued to Union Square checking out the holiday pop-up stores.

Beautiful gift ideas for everyone at the holiday stores- go see for yourself!

Beautiful gift ideas for everyone at the holiday stores- go see for yourself!

Leaving Union Square we continued walking up towards the Madison Square Park area, the beauty of the Empire State Building lit in honor of Nelson Mandela, seemed to be guiding our way.

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The Mighty Empire seen from the Flatiron Building

We honor you Mandiba!

We honor you Mandiba!

After another pause for a quick drink we continued on our way and headed into the Herald Square area to see the window display at Macy’s. They are really magical this year. My advice- go later in the evening, we arrived around 9:30 and the crowds were definitely manageable.

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Macy’s

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Believe

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One of the best areas in NYC at any time of the year is Bryant Park. It really is incredibly festive around the holidays. Shhh… don’t tell anyone, but I actually like the Christmas tree here better than the one at Rockefeller Center. I find myself being a bit mesmerized by the skaters dancing around on the ice in the shadow of the beautiful public library.

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Skating at Bryant Park

The beautiful tree at Bryant Park

The beautiful tree at Bryant Park

Selfie!

Selfie!

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Always look up 😉

The Empire State Building looking over the library

The Empire State Building looking over the library

After Bryant Park we walked up Fifth Avenue and took in the annual light display. It never disappoints. Saks Fifth Avenue department store always has such interesting and unique windows. I love the Yeti!

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At this point in our adventure the wind was starting to pick up and well, we were getting cold… But we had to continue up to see the Tiffany Star.

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Cartier

Fendi

Fendi

Decorated street cart

Decorated street cart

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Swarovski

St. Regis Hotel

St. Regis Hotel

The Penninsula Hotel

The Peninsula Hotel

Harry Winston

Harry Winston

Bulgari

Bulgari

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.

The Tiffany Star

The Tiffany Star

After checking out the star, we hailed a nice warm heated cab and headed home with hearts full of the Christmas spirit. So much so that we went out this morning and picked out our Christmas tree. She is a beauty!

Hello Santa!

Hello Santa!

BRRRR!

BRRRR!

Making the decision...

Making the decision…

Getting into the spirit =)

Getting into the spirit =)

Taking it home, NYC style!

Taking it home, NYC style!

The whole apartment is filled with the wonderful smell of the tree and the fake fireplace is on the t.v. It may be cold outside but it is warm and cozy in here.  Feeling grateful for time with family and for this city. Have a wonderful Sunday, hope it is filled with warmth, happiness and a bit of holiday cheer!

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It is Christmas Eve and on this day I can’t help but be a little bit nostalgic and well, downright sappy. We are incredibly blessed. So very lucky. I cherish our amazing family and my beautiful friends. It is at this time that I am thankful for all that life has to offer.

And so to you all, my wish for you is to be surrounded by love, beauty, kindness, laughter and most of all a feeling of peace.

Merry Christmas and love to you all!

Here are a few pics from NYC at Christmas. Enjoy and don’t forget to leave the cookies out for Santa 😉 xox

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Nothing makes me happier at this time of year than sitting in front of our decorated Christmas tree, snuggled on the couch with the family, nice and warm, reading, watching a movie or just talking and listening to music. If the Yule Log is on in the background, even better 😉 There is something truly calming about the warm glow of the lights and the peacefulness of family-time especially after a day caught up in the hustle and bustle of NYC during the holidays. I cherish these moments. Here are some pics of the family bringing home our tree and getting our decorating groove on. Hope you enjoy! A VERY happy 12-12-12 to you all!!!

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With the celebration of Thanksgiving tomorrow, NYC is being transformed into holiday magic. Lights are being put up, Christmas trees are arriving, parade balloons are being filled, decorations abound and the beautiful store windows are being unveiled. Last week I was able to take a wander down 34th street to capture a glimpse at the beauty of this year’s Macy’s window display. They were still putting on some of the finishing touches but as usual they did not disappoint. Here is a peek of this year’s theme. Enjoy the pics and to my American friends- Happy Thanksgiving! I know that I am feeling extremely grateful this year for my many blessings including my incredible family and friends. Love and happy Turkey to you all =)

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On Sunday I decided to take the girls to the Christmas lighting ceremony at the Discovery Center in Central Park. Forgetting about the huge body of water at the top of Central Park, I mistakenly made us get off the subway at 103rd st. instead of 110th. Whoops… it IS always an adventure. Our adventure took us through the beautiful ravine area of Central Park and around the Harlem Meer. It was gorgeous and once again I was awestruck by the incredible beauty found in the heart of Manhattan. I hope you enjoy the pics. Have a great day!

Gorgeous almost WINTER colors!

Stone Bridge

Exploring...

Waterfall

Ravine Pathway

More Beautiful Water

Love

A Furry Sighting- Racoon!

Buildings in Reflection

Look Closely, A Christmas Tree Floats In The Water

Manhattan Sunset

The Discovery Center

Ice Sculpture

C is for Cookie!

All Lit Up For The Holidays

Maybe We Will Have Snow For Christmas...

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