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So, I went to a Soul Cycle class today in the West Village to participate in the amazing Anandah Carter’s last community ride before she takes the podium as an instructor. It was incredible. And then when I walked out of class and the sun was shining I decided to walk home instead of heading underground on the subway. I know I am slightly crazy but you all do know how much I LOVE walking in this city and I was already sweaty 😉 On my way back uptown I decided to  walk along the Highline, because well, why not? So for today’s blog I am going to share some pics that I took while strolling (I had no choice the tourists were out in droves!) the Highline. Hope you enjoy them. And Congrats Anandah!!! Happy Wednesday everyone!!

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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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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

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We arrived in sunny Florida on Monday morning and it has been incredibly rejuvenating for both the mind, body and soul. After five days of sunshine, palm trees and pool time, I can handle whatever this winter has left for us. Happy Wednesday!! Hope you are all finding a bit of sunshine no matter where you are. Xoxo

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I know, I know, we are all sick and tired of this winter already and it is only the beginning of February. There is another winter storm warning for NYC again tonight. Yep, we are definitely getting winter this winter.

But then, you step foot into Central Park and it is snow covered and the sun is shining and your breath is literally taken away by its beauty. It is a spectacular winter wonderland all on its own. That is when you truly enjoy the moment. Yes, it will all turn to a slushy mess later on but for now it is simply perfect. Today on my run, there were so many moments when I was truly grateful to be able to be in the park and experience the freedom, beauty and joy of just being part of the scenery.

I am going to share some winter pics from the last couple of days. They are ones that have made me smile in wonder. Ah mother nature, we do love to curse you but you truly are magnificent in all your glory. I hope you enjoy them. I am going to embrace this sunny beautiful winter day before another storm sets in and find myself trudging through the wind and snow. Have a wonderful day everyone, be safe, be warm, be happy!! =)

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Well, winter came back with a vengeance. 11.5 inches of snow and frigid, freezing temperatures, yep, we get it, no need to rub it in quite this much 😉 And yes, it is freakin’ cold in Canada, I know, I know… Do we need to have the car vs. walking debate again??!! The point is, this winter is turning out to be a nasty one- everywhere. So, nothing to do but bundle up, get out and get moving or hibernate. Two very good options. I intend to keep doing a bit of both. Here are some pics from the last couple of days. Hope you enjoy them. Happy Wednesday everyone!! Stay safe and warm xoxo

P.S. Do you know how I can tell it is really cold in NYC? They take the fruit in from the outside stands at Fairway and West Side Markets.

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The fog and sun combination put on an incredible show this morning in New York City. After I did the morning school drop off and coffee I felt the pull to head down to the river with Dopey dog to take some pics. I was rewarded with a spectacular display by mother nature. At times the fog was so thick you could barely see a few feet in front of you and at other times the sun was so bright it was dazzling. What a treat! It was the perfect little mid-week escape. I hope you enjoy the pics. Come take a walk with me…

Have a wonderful day everyone! Happy Wednesday =)

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Yep, it is the crazy season! Parties, class get togethers, finding the perfect gift, shopping, eating, drinking, more eating, organizing, scheduling, planning, freaking out… Yep. All this fun takes a heck of a lot of work 😉

Today, a week from Christmas I am taking a little time to breathe. Here are a couple of things that are helping me to keep my sanity, extend my patience, find my sense of humor and fight off the scrooge. They need to be enjoyed in balance!

Happy Wednesday to all of you and remember to find the true spirit of the season and embrace the love! xoxo

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It is Wednesday and normally I post my Wordless Wednesday or sort of Wordless Wednesday group of pics but not today. Today I am taking a break and blogging about two things that cannot be ignored. One is Breast Cancer and two is Shari Brooks. Sadly, there are very few of us that can say that our lives have not been touched in some way by breast cancer. It is a battle that too many friends, sisters, wives, mothers, women are fighting against or have lost. So, when Shari Brooks an amazing force in her own right and a woman that I adore asked me to help out with her latest fundraising campaign to raise money and awareness for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of America, I could not say no. Shari’s own mother passed away from breast cancer five years ago and for her the cause is incredibly personal. On her fantastic blog called My Judy the Foodie, Shari has learned to become an amazing cook by lovingly sharing her mother’s recipes in her own endearing and hilarious way. If you haven’t already checked it out and are looking for some delicious, easy to follow (I can do it!) recipe ideas you should head on over to her site.

Shari’s latest amazing idea comes in the form of Bananas For Boobies and it is a super easy, yummy and happiness inducing way to raise money for such invaluable research. I have been having a blast baking up a storm in my kitchen for such a good cause!

The premise is this:

1. Go to the Bananas For Boobies website and download the recipe.

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2. Bake the loaves -your house/apartment will smell wonderful and the neighbors will wander over to “borrow” something just to try a taste.

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3. Package up your loaves and share it with someone who deserves a little banana chocolately goodness in their lives.

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4. One last thing: take a picture of your beautiful Judy’s Chocolate Banana Loaf and share it on the Bake it Happen page on Facebook or email your pic to bananasforboobies@gmail.com. For every photo posted to @BakeitHappen on Facebook, $1 will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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It is just that easy my friends and you will be helping out an amazing cause! I am sending out a challenge to all my friends out there, if I can do it and we all know what a clutz I am in the kitchen, you can too! Hey great white north, I’m looking at you, eh! 😉

Thanks in advance for your participation and happy, happy Wednesday =)

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I am not sure what happened this year, maybe it was the extra week of vacation or the anxiety and excitement with the transition into middle school and third grade but the beginning of this school year has been hard.  And it is not just me, everyone I have talked to seems to be a little overwhelmed, a little stressed, a little shell shocked, a little off their game and a lot tired. Phew, at least it is not just me 😉

The one thing that I have always said that was the toughest thing about moving to NYC was navigating the school system. There is no such thing as just registering at the local public school and going. When we moved there was the stress of moving into an apartment in the exact neighborhood to make sure the girls were zoned for a good public school (private school at $40, 000 per child was not an option) and even then there was no guarantee as we were still a part of the lottery into kindergarten for R. Just recently we went through the crazy middle school process with A- touring, auditioning, testing and applying to schools and then anxiously waiting to see if she got into her first choice. I am trying not to even think about the high school process…

So, here we are with a brand new school year ahead of us and I feel like we have barely had time to catch our breath. There has been the endless stream of information coming home from both schools, meetings, back to school events, emails, newsletters, requests for supplies, navigation of new routines, planning creative lunches and easy to prepare dinners and of course the dreaded homework. There have been a few days when I have found myself dreaming of flip flops and sandy beaches. Or at least cocktail time. And just right at this very moment an email has popped into my inbox about cheap air fair to Hawaii- no fair!!

I guess I am just finding it a bit hard to find my groove right now, I am struggling with the whole balance thing, instead of organizing, I am ignoring, trying to dive back under the covers and bury my head. Not helpful to anyone especially when I find my patience snapping right around dinner and homework time. Can I get a woooosaaaa??!!!

I have decided that I need a reset and a few reminders. For one, I need to remind myself that I have to take a step back from the insanity of NYC schooling and remember sometimes that it is just school and dammit, it will all work out one way or another. Holy crap, we all survived school and ended up okay. Homework is just homework and is not worth crying or yelling about. It gets done or it doesn’t and the world will not end. Secondly, let’s have some fun, why so serious mom? Can we go apple picking this weekend? Yes, yes we can. And thirdly, I am re-visiting my mantra to choose kindness. We are all going through a crazy time and we should be a little bit nicer, it will go a long way. Most importantly, I am reminding myself to just breathe. All is good, life is good and I am pretty damn lucky. Breathe.

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