to believe that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I’ve started loving
Valentine’s more because it’s a great excuse to buy fresh flowers for my home!
I thought I would share some of my favorite picks that would make a perfect
gift for your girlfriend/wife… or if you’re a girl and like buying
“galentine’s” gifts for your friends. I love the idea of getting girlfriends
and/or your mom gifts for Valentine’s Day – it’s a sweet reminder of how much
you care about them. Every year my mom puts together a cute gift bag or basket
which I think is so thoughtful! I truly get excited about getting it ever year.
Hope this helps with some ideas for
Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day! Maybe you can even treat yourself to something on
this list 😊
everyone has had a wonderful week. I know that we all enjoy spending extra time
with family and being at home during the holidays. I’m not sure what this year
holds out for me, but I do pray that I live each day glorifying the Lord and
allowing Him to use me as He sees me. I hope everyone is starting their New
Year with fresh new possibilities and imagination.
wanting to travel to New York for a couple of years now, but never could make
the time to go. The last time I went to New York was my sophomore year of high
school and I went with one of my best friends. (check out her amazing blog) Heather had connections to the choir teacher so we got to attend the
New York trip, but didn’t get to do what we wanted due to it being a school trip.
When it comes to gift giving, Ryan would rather put his money he would normally
spend on me towards traveling. He told me on my birthday this year that I could
pick anywhere I wanted to go for my birthday. Woo hoo! That is the best present
ever! I decided that I wanted to go to New York, but wanted to try to be able
to go before they took down the Christmas tree and decorations.
knew it the trip was booked! We actually got a good deal on the tickets. Due to
our flights being delayed from Ryan’s birthday trip (if you missed the post
here is the link) we had two vouchers to use. We used some of the voucher for
my ticket and Ryan ended up using his Southwest points for his flight. The only
thing he had to pay for was the hotel (not a bad deal). Ryan’s brother Tyler
decided last minute to join the trip as well.
We all had a
blast and enjoyed getting to experience new/old things in an amazing city. We
knew it was going to be freezing but I will say that the experience was even
more incredible since we got to experience real snow!
We did so much in so little time but made sure
to relax and enjoy each spot. The first 2 days we were there we walked 30,000+
steps. Thank goodness I brought my tennis shoes! I’m usually the one that
doesn’t wear tennis shoes when traveling, but I didn’t have any shame on this
trip. I still wore cute clothes even though my jacket, gloves, ear warmers, and
scarves never came off!
landed we hung out at the airport until Tyler arrived. We immediately all got
into a cab and headed to our hotel. We decided to stay at the Westin in Times Square since this was Ryan’s first time in NYC. Our rooms weren’t ready yet and
we were so ravenous we decided to grab something that was close to the hotel.
Something you should know about Tyler he is a VERY PICKY EATER! So…. I didn’t
get to go to every restaurant I had on my list, but no worries we will just
have to go back. ;)
Junior’s Bakery around the corner. It is the home of the World’s Most Fabulous
Cheesecake! None of us got cheesecake, but Tyler ended up buying 2 slices of
Marble Pound Cake. Something to know about this well-known restaurant/bakery is
that it’s open until 12:00 am weekdays and 1:00 am Friday and Saturday. If you
are in need of a restaurant during late hours this is a good place to enjoy
something sweet or even a burger.
we decided to explore Time Square before checking into our hotel. Ryan was
already amazed at everything! I didn’t know that they kept the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball, that’s dropped on New Years Eve, out until they took down the Christmas
decorations. I, in a way, may be freaked out a little when I saw the NYC Eve ball haha… I had dreamed of one day going to New York and seeing the
ball drop but hey, this will do!
comes to traveling with me and Ryan we always opt for walking. It’s more fun to
explore a busy city like New York this way so you can see all of the local
businesses. Plus you feel less guilty about the treats you might be
checking into our hotel we went to pick up our New York Passes. If you don’t
know about this it’s something to look into if you are planning on doing the
more “touristy” activities. When purchasing the pass you decided how many days
you will be exploring and that is the price you pay. You are able to skip long
lines, book tours in advance, and save a lot of money. It even comes with a 200
page pocket guidebook with details on all the attractions and special offers
for Pass holders. We ended up saving money because of all the different museums
we went too and in the guidebook it had discounts at restaurants. BONUS!
breakfast reservations at Sarabeth’s Central Park South, which meant we got to
walk through Central Park. This was before the blizzard came Saturday. It was
cold, but enjoyable since it had snowed the night before and hardly no wind.
Words can’t describe how delicious the food was. Tyler had the buttermilk
pancakes with strawberries and I had the morning crunch (fresh roasted granola,
strawberries, bananas, raisins, honey, choice of milk or organic yogurt – I
chose soy milk). Ryan wasn’t able to make it to breakfast so Tyler and I met up
with him afterwards.
booked a time to go up to Top of the Rock. This is an observation deck in the
city (Midtown). I was actually surprised that the bars weren’t blocking the
view. It was an overall amazing view of the city. The elevator ride was even
left there we went to Bryant Park to see the New York Library. The detailed
artwork and history was just the beginning… there were so many different
floors, rooms, and references all throughout the library. It was now time for
some coffee and cappuccino! We walked through Lord & Taylor’s Christmas
display and found a local coffee shop. It was the cutest!
sipping on our warm drinks we walked through Penn Station (Madison Square
Station) and past the New York Post Office. Tyler needed to charge his phone,
so Ryan and I decided to stop at a local restaurant and bar to have a quick
drink. We finished earlier than we thought so we decided to see if we could
find a place to eat for dinner. We found this pizza place (Abitino's) that hit the spot. I
don’t know if it was because we were both so hungry and didn’t realize it, but
let me tell you it was a place we will have to recommend to friends/family.
we decided to finally take the Subway. OUR LEGS WERE KILLING US! We went to Dylan’s Candy Bar – another plus when buying the New York Pass is you get to fill a
paint tin with as much candy that will fit for $13.99. After sampling and
filling the paint tin to the rim we went to the Empire State Building. That was
a different view than Top of the Rock. It was dark outside so seeing the
high line was something else! Again, the elevator ride was amazing.
We went to
see the big Christmas balls in front of Radio City and the beautiful tree above
Radio City. It was finally time for bed!
When we woke
up the next morning it was a BLIZZARD OUTSIDE! We took the subway downtown
since there was no way we were walking to Ground Zero/9-11 Memorial. The pools
were even more remarkable with the snow flurries coming down. The names all
around the pools were heated to make then visible! It brought tears to my eyes.
through the Ground Zero/9-11 Memorial. It was incredibly well done and of
course, heart breaking. I’m glad we were able to walk all the way through. You
could spend an entire day there. It had so many things to read, look at, listen
to, etc…. there were parts that were hard for me to handle, specifically the
phone calls that were made to family members and spouses that were on the
planes. I’m thankful we got to visit.
Since it was
still snowing outside we decided to take the subway to Chinatown/Little Italy.
We knew it wouldn’t be the experience we thought it would be, but we still
wanted to go. Tyler ended up going back to the hotel to visit a friend. A
friend of ours recommended Joe Shanghi's Restaurant that we were determined to get
to. After walking through the wind, snow, and ice we finally find out. I had
mascara all down my face, my shoes were soaked, but hey, we made it!
It was worth
the trip! This place (I will put the name) was known for their soup dumplings!
No wonder it was the only place that had a wait because they were so good. We
asked people sitting next to us what we should order. They recommended scallion
pancakes and the fried rice. I thought to myself I don’t know about scallion
pancakes but they were delicious. That will be a place we eat at every time we
come to New York.
we had tickets to the Broadway show Aladdin. This is my all-time favorite
Disney Princess movie! Words can’t describe how detailed the costumes and
backdrops were. Everything was more than expected! We took the subway back,
took a nap, got ready, and thankfully the show was by our hotel. Our feet and
legs were screaming for us to sit down.
When we got
back to the hotel Tyler was back from meeting his friend. We walked to Carlos’s Bakery (since I’m a little obsessed with the Cooking channel) I had to
experience it. Tyler bought a cupcake and cookie. I didn’t try the cupcake but
had a bite of the cookie…. Delicious.
The next morning we grabbed a coffee and headed
to the airport. Grabbed something small to eat and boarded the plane. Back to