One of my goals this year is to know Central Park like the back of my hand and surely, I am getting close!  This park is simply incredible with its variety of habitats, animals, plants, and recreational activities. Here are two photos I captured during my visit with the kids to Central Park 103rd Street.

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And tonight, while visiting a friend living on a penthouse on Water Street, I had the breathtaking view of Manhattan and Brooklyn so I took the chance for a photo op.  Repeating what my caption on Instagram said…. NYC is endlessly inspiring!

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It’s a big egg hunt in NYC!

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It seemed silly for adults to go on an Easter egg hunt until this classy one started on April 1st in New York City. Up until April 25th, you can hunt for giant Easter eggs around the city! There are 260 egg sculptures decorated by a variety of artists and if you download the The Big Egg Hunt NYC app and collect eggs, you can win a Fabergé jewel encrusted egg pendant.  Besides the fun of being on a scavenger hunt, the beauty also comes from after the 25th when the eggs are auctioned for over $500 each.  Proceeds go to Studio In A School and the Elephant Family.

My friend over at Doobybrain (www.doobybrain.com) has already found quite a few!  Are you ready?  Get set…. hunt!

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Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 4:23

My food for thought sparked from this verse:  Don’t let bad things consume you, especially anger and hate.  For every good thought, feeling, and action taken, your heart grows stronger and a will to love others increases even when they are hardest to love. Keep that in mind when you’re with someone that pushes you on the edge.  🙂

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24-Hour Cupcake ATM Opens On Upper East Side – CBS New York

24-Hour Cupcake ATM Opens On Upper East Side – CBS New York

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“I’ve written a song for my wife.”

Fred was married 72 years to his wife. He wrote a song for her when he saw a songwriting contest advertised in the paper, and he couldn’t resist writing one for her. She had just passed a month earlier.
They had been together since the 30′s.
96 years old, Fred couldn’t play an instrument or sing, so he simply mailed in his lyrics, attaching his story in the letter. When the studio holding the contest saw his song and read his letter, they decided to record it for him and play the song for him to hear.

“SHE’S GIVEN ME 75 YEARS OF HER LIFE.”

 beautiful.

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“Tutu” cute!

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Saxon & Parole is perhaps one of the more famous restaurants serving brunch in lower Manhattan and I’m so glad I finally got to try it. Although this post won’t include a food review, I highly recommend its unique twist on the popular meal (and interesting choice of ingredients in the drinks!)

Recently, my sister-in-law was thrown a baby shower here in a private room at the back. The atmosphere was classy, comfortable, and sophisticated. The staff at the restaurant were a delight and so incredibly helpful, it was almost like having your own entourage for 3 hours. Her friends did an incredible job throwing a “tutu” theme for the new mother-to-be! Every piece put together for the shower was so noticeably detailed and creative, I just had to share it with everyone.

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 I heard about this incredible artist’s gallery not too long ago and had an opportunity to go to the gallery today in Chelsea.  Until March 22nd, the Klein Sun Gallery is exhibiting Li Hongbo’s Tools of Study gallery featuring all artwork created from paper. A stunning work of art called Bust of David looks like a sculpture but is actually created out of paper! Up close, I could hardly tell it was made out of the recycled material!  What a uniquely talented artist (and to imagine, his inspiration came from simple Chinese toys and paper lanterns).

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Musically Uplifting

Music is therapy and the soul of many lives. I grew up being surrounded by music and having a passion for it. My mom has an incredible opera voice while my brother sings a beautiful tenor. No matter where I am or who I was with, I hummed and sang my heart out. I really can’t imagine life without music.

For the past 2 hours, I worked on my cover of Titanium by David Guetta and Blackbird from the Beatles, two completely different styles of music and different eras. As I relaxed and listened to the music through Spotify and Youtube, I came across this incredibly talented group called The Piano Guys.  I closed my eyes and heard every single harmony, rhythm, and beat from their songs and it was simply beautiful. Their vision is to create music and videos that uplift, and surely their music meets that vision.

I hope that if you need a little inspiration, head on over to their site or check them out on YouTube.  Their version of Let It Go from the soundtrack Frozen is not something to be missed!

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“Ladies, before you were Mommy, you were his. Men, before you were Daddy, you were hers. Remember this. Hold on to this. Keep these words precious to you.”

To Wives: Before You Were Mommy  by Becky Thompson
What a beautifully written article (and blog) to couples who are about to become or already are parents.  I know that recently my posts have been baby-related, but what greater inspiration is there than the birth of a beautiful new baby and the love and dedication of a new mother?

This makes me think back on when we first begin something new, we wonder if we could do it a better way. When my husband and I were getting married, we were given plenty of advice and encouragement about what we should expect in our marriage.  All of it stemmed from people’s experiences and they can be very helpful.  But the one quote I remember the most was “Every night, give each other a good night kiss and say you love each other no matter what.” Sounds simple right? Yet when you’re fuming with anger, it’s easy to skip this small act of love. Even through the worst of the worst, that good night kiss and acknowledgment shows that we are not each others’ enemies and that we are still loved by one another. As strange as it sounds, that quote has made a tremendous impact in our marriage.

Similarly, this article has made a great impact on parents and parents-to-be because it reminds us of something that we can easily forget when we have drool all over our clothes or food spilled all over the floor. Though my husband and I are not parents yet, I’m thankful for this advice and will hold myself accountable for when we do have a little one. We promise to take even one minute just to compliment each other daily or to never forget what we did when we were dating or newly married.  I’m pretty sure that when you read this article and remind yourself to spend moments with your significant other, it’ll be a nice feeling to fall in love all over again.

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“I believe that every person is born with talent.”- Maya Angelou

I hope people believe in this incredible poet’s words because I sure think it’s true. Though it may take months or years to discover one’s talent, every person has something that they are good at, even if it is the simplest thing. The joy of it all, is discovering someone else’s talent and shouldering your talent on theirs. The learning never stops, and the concept of “copying” isn’t always necessarily a negative thing.

A great friend and talented calligrapher, Wendy Fung, brought up the idea of hosting an arts & crafts day every month. I offered to host it at my apartment and rather than it being 2 hours as originally planned, we ended up working on projects for almost 5 hours nonstop. Turns out there are a lot of tools beyond color pencils and crayons that we may all know! 🙂 While we experimented with some of her calligraphy pens, we also worked with stamp, heat embossing, and collage work. Joy, whose beautifully crafted cards can be found at www.smithereenes.etsy.comalso showed us some of her talent with card-making.  I like to think of our day as a therapy session – it was far more relaxing than being a couch potato and I learned heaps from these friends.

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