20150626

Friday Photography




Down the Rabbit Hole - It was taken in 2009 when M and I did our big European adventure. Before we had kids and before I was so active on his blog. I wish I had been more active, wish i had had a better documentation on the trip. I remember having taken notes on a piece of paper somewhere.. jotting down where we ate etc.. Now if only i knew where that piece of paper was!

A simple oblong staircase in the Vatican Museum. I liked the simplicity of it. It was more modern and less fancy than the more famous staircase of the Vatican Museum. While people were all over the latter, the former staircase, my subject matter was left alone, not a sole insight.

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20150622

Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia

Continuing with our Memorial Day weekend recap.. while we spent Friday in New York we chilled out at home on Saturday running errands, playing in the backyard.. On Sunday we headed to the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. one of my favorite things about living in New Jersey is our proximity to so many major cities.  The last time we were there D was two and a half years old and he had had a blast.. It was so interesting to watch D there now and little H navigating his way through the museum his first time.




 




 
D now and then


After the museum we were meeting up with my cousin and his wife for dinner.. but we were done a little earlier than planned and had an extra hour to kill so we headed to the nearby Smith Memorial Playground which we had visited earlier last year and had loved.

another now and then

last time the park had been almost empty.. this time the park was over flowing with people.. the day was hot and after a few slides, swings and bounces we headed over to my cousins place.. to enjoy a delicious meal an accidentally partial baked pie lol and lots of fun and laughter.. 

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20150619

Friday Photography


A decorative metal Persian door knocker, taken while taking a school trip to Iran almost nine years ago.. such delicate and intricate hand carvings.. 

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20150615

The Highline Park and Chelsea Market

This year we had a great memorial day weekend.. the perfect balance of activity and relaxation.. the only thing lacking was sleeping in.. but we haven't slept in in over five years so we know better than to expect that!

M worked from home on Friday and right after lunch we piled into the car just before nap time and headed to New York City. The destination was the High Line Park and the Chelsea Market.. after living so close to the city for over seven years we realized there is so much of the city we haven't yet explored.. in fact I sometimes think we have barely seen it at all.. so from now on we hope to venture into a new part of the city every time.. so for my New York readers.. tell me where should we explore next?

I had wanted to visit the High Line Park ever since I had heard of it.. and for those who haven't heard of it the park is an elevated linear urban space converted from an old and unused railway. And the Chelsea Market.. once the Nabisco Factory.. where the Oreo was invented is now a large food hall.. with some great eats and also houses the offices of YouTube and Food Network.

We of course started at the Chelsea Market.. I grabbed some doughnuts at the Doughnuttery.. unfortunately our least favorite of all the amazing food we ate.. but it was cool watching them being made.




While M got a chocolate, banana, strawberry crepe from Bar Suzette... mmm so good and watching her create these.. it was masterful.



and then grabbed some coffee at Ninth Street Espresso before heading to the High Line.






The cool viewing area in the bridge was where we started and one of our favorites.. pressing ourselves up against the glass and watching the buses zoom from right under us was so cool.. :)




It was such a beautiful day.. and the park was such a pleasant surprise. The boys loved running around..


D attempted to drink from a water fountain that spit at you! We really should have made a video of that. And then we came across I Think Outside My Box, the brain child of David Everett Carlson. It all began in October 2011 in Zuccotti as an outreach program in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The idea that anyone can paint and that painting becomes part of an ever evolving global social fabric borne of self expression. Each person is given a 3x3 piece of cardboard to create on.






After walking along the entire park and back everyone was tired and ready to hit the market again for some more goodies. 



We went back to Bar Suzette for another crepe.. this time something savory.. it did not disappoint. And got a taco from Takumi, a Japanese inspired Mexican eatery.. yes you read right and it was so good.. 




we followed that with more tacos from Los Taco's.. the picture taking took a break at this point because M was trying to put a cranky H to sleep while I stood in the long line for our taco's while D decided he had to go to the bathroom! Finally H fell asleep, we resolved the bathroom issue and devoured the most amazing taco's ever before one last treat.. gelato! How can you end a day of food without dessert?



The boys fell asleep just as we made our way out of the city but not before catching glimpse of the Empire State Building... red white and blue



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20150608

Giveaway: SockWorks Sock Subscription Box

We have been having some crazy weekends.. day trips and birthday party preperations.. so much to share with you but before I get into all that..

I was recently introduced to a new subscription box called Sockwork: Socks With a Purpose.. it is the brainchild of Mario and Tina who both hold our veteran's very close to their hearts and decided to create a business that not only kept your feet looking good and warm but also helped the many veteran charities out there. Every month they send you two cool pairs of socks and 10% of their profits go to a different veteran charity. You can read more about them and what they are all about here. We received our socks in the mail a few days ago :)



The socks come wrapped in tissue with a sweet mint to eat while you read the included note telling you about the great charity they are donating to that month. While they are currently in the process of launching their very own sock line, at present all their socks are designed in California and sourced by the premium quality brand Richer-Poorer.



M slipped on his pair of socks and immediately commented on just how soft they were and their quality.




I got three pairs and I love how versatile they are.. rich colors and bold patterns. In fact I have already noticed two of my socks sneakily slip out of my sock drawer and into M's.. He has already started to wear them to work. loving the little pop of color.

Sockwork is so kindly giving away a box of women's socks to one of my wonderful readers and offering a special promo code just for you. Save $5 off your first subscription box with code SAVE5. Now you too can wear Socks with a Purpose.


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20150522

Friday Photography


Discovery - Inside the intriguing Howe Caverns, in Upstate New York. We visited these caverns on our first road trip with D. You can check out more of our trip here. Geologists believe that the formation of the cave, which lies 156 feet below ground, began several million years ago. Composed mainly of limestone deposited hundreds of millions of years ago when the Atlantic Ocean stretched far inland, the cave contains a lake called the Lake of Venus. This is a sepia toned photograph of stacked jagged edge stones.

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20150518

In the Basement: A Space for the Boys

Before we even got started on the basement we had know that we wanted to make a special space for the boys.. a little hide out or nook carved out for them. As we progressed with the planning and thanks to Pinterest we were able to find a ton of ideas.. all the while making sure we didn't go too crazy.

When we started with the space it looked something like this:


But after the painting was done and before the carpet was installed we got t work making that perfect little nook for the boys.


Luckily thanks to all the utility rooms we were forced to create a perfect little nook was created for us.. with the help of my dad who happened to be visiting at the time we all got to work and the result was..


Now to take a step back and walk you through the process. Step One was to build the base.




Step Two attach it to the wall.. as an extra support they attached to 2x4's to the wall to lay the base on.. once the entire structure was built those 2x4's were removed. 



Step Three the front of the loft.. 



Step Four the ladder


You see the yellow slide in the background.. well we very much wanted to install a slide to make this little tree house loft complete.. unfortunately things didn't go exactly as planned. the slide was much longer than we had planned for the the space to narrow.. installed we ended up with a slide that ended about two feet away from the wall.. and we almost smacked right into the wall during our practice slide.. not exactly child friendly :(

See for yourself.. eek


The walls surrounding the walls were then covered with plywood for a future project.. and once the once the carpet was laid an area under the loft was created too..




Balls! 

Once the space was created it was my turn to paint.. so first I primed it.. painted the walls and inside of the loft a yellow and the front of the loft plus some stairs blue and upon D's insistence added a touch of pink! And D was in charge of the car decals.






We threw inside the cushions of our old Ektorp sofa that was headed to the curb for some added comfort and stuck glow in the dark stars on the ceiling.. in the near future a rope ladder will be added in place of the slide and the yellow walls have a purpose we home to finish by the end of the year..

We put D's little slide his aunt gave him for his first birthday to good use..


Can you handle a little more..?

The rest of the kids space looks a little like this


The trampoline a gift from aunt on H's first birthday.. some bookshelves we no longer used.. a cute ikea table and chairs, storage buckets and swing in the corner.




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