Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine is a nice coastal place to visit.  I’ve always wanted to go to Maine and Portland was the closets to New York. Our hotel was the Hyatt and it was in Old Port. That’s where all the major places to visit are.  The Hyatt was nice.  Parking was either self which was $20 a night or valet which was $22 a night. The lot that they used was a block away.  We valeted because it was easier for us.  They had breakfast every morning which was nice. They had toast, English Muffins, cereal, eggs and so many other choices.  Our room had the view of the bay.  They also had a pool and fitness center. We used the pool. It was small up to 4 feet only.

The day that we arrived it was raining but we were able to get a few things done.  For lunch we went to Duck Fat which we had to wait 20 minutes because it is a popular spot.  When we sat down to eat, we had Beglian fries and pouting fries. They were very good. They were cooked twice in duck fat.  We all had sandwiches. Their menu is small because it’s a quick eats place. It still was a very nice place and the food was good.

When the rain stopped, we walked around the old port. We found some souvenir stores. I always enjoy looking for magnets and ornaments from places. The one place that I found all my souvenirs was in a place called The Blue Lobster.   We of course found a lot of ice cream places and had some ice cream before dinner.  Dinner was an adventure. We went to J’s Oysters and we were told  there was a 30 minute wait. We waited an hour to get seated. When we went inside there were empty tables. We were really upset about the service at J’s. I had a lobster pasta which was good.  The view was nice though.  See the photo below.

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The next day we visited Cape Elizabeth (see blog before this one).  We came back and then went to the Portland Science Center which had a special show in of Pirates. These were artifacts from a ship that was lost which was taken over by Sam Bellamy. It was really cool to learn about pirates life. I learned things that I didn’t know.  That was a nice experience.  We really enjoyed Portland, Maine. It’s a nice town to visit for a  few days.  Happy travels.

Cape Elizabeth

We took a trip to Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  We stayed in Portland, Maine and took a drive to Cape Elizabeth. It was beautiful.

We went to the Portland Head Lighthouse. It was amazing. You’re able to walk around the area and explore for free. There is a museum there that is attached to the lighthouse and there’s a small charge for it. We didn’t do it because our son would not handle it.  We were able to walk around and look at the lighthouse in different views.   After exploring the lighthouse, we went for a walk.

The walk was around the around the area, around the lighthouse. You were able to get a wonderful view of the lighthouse and the cliffs. I’ve read that the lighthouse is one of the most photographed in the world and I have to be honest it should be. It was simply amazing to see. I really enjoyed taking in the view and how amazing it looked.  See the photo below.

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After the lighthouse, we went to the cliff walk. This was a nice walk around the area to see all the scenes around the lighthouse and Fort Williams Park.  We walked and of course took lots of pictures with the beautiful scenes.  It was relaxing and breathe taking. Our friends went down to climb the rocks. We didn’t because of our son and the fact that I’m 7 months pregnant so it was not possible for me.  See the photo below of some of the things that we saw.

 

After the cliff walk, we walked over to to Fort Williams Park.  It’s an abandon Fort that we were able to talk and explore ourselves. We walked up the stairs and were able to see the beautiful views from there. It was simply beautiful.  I love to travel to coastal places because the views are amazing and beautiful. I hope this inspires you to travel and see the beautiful views of Cape Elizabeth. Happy travels.

 

Tinkerbell Disney Pandora Bracelet

I’m obsessed with Pandora charms. Every time they come out with new charms, I just want to rush and get new charms.  Well when I read that Pandora is teaming up with Disney, I was in heaven.  I’m a big Disney fan. I have every movie possible.

Disney and Pandora teamed up to come out with charms for 10 years. That’s ten years of Pandora Disney charms to look forward to.   They are releasing charms slowly. A few charms at a time.  I of course love Tinkerbell.  So when they came out with two charms I had to have them. They were so popular that the Pandora stores were sold out of them. I had to wait to get my charms.  I finally did. The murano Tinkerbell was the first charm that I got and I ended up getting two of them plus the one where Tinkerbell is in a star. I also got the Tinkerbell dangle where she is in a heart. The murano bead glows in the dark so that was cool and a nice surprise when I saw my bracelet glowing while somewhere in a dark place.

Now Pandora Disney came out with Tinkerbell’s dress and slipper dangle charms.   Every Disney princess Pandora bead comes with the dress and shoe.  I got my Tinkerbell for Mother’s Day.   Recently Pandora was having a sale that when you spend $100, you can get a leather bracelet for free.  I went for a hunt for a green leather bracelet. I found it and put my Tinkerbell charms on it.  I am beyond obsessed with my Tinkerbell Pandora bracelet.  I can’t wait to see what else Disney Pandora has in store for us Disney fans.  Below is a photo of my Tinkerbell Pandora bracelet.

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Queens Zoo

The Queens Zoo is located in Corona, Queens New York. It is a Wildlife Conversation Society Park.   It is a small zoo that goes around in a circle.  You are able to see all the animals this way.  There is also a petting zoo there as well.  They are open until 5:30 pm on weekends from 10 am.   These are the summer hours from April to November. During the week, they are open from 10am until 5pm.  They are also open during the winter months from November until March.  The hours are from 10am until 4:30pm.

Yesterday we went with our son and nieces for a nice afternoon at the zoo.  It was a prefect day. The kids got to see many animals and spend time together.

Some of the animals that you can see at the Queens Zoo are as follows: lots of different ducks at the waterfowl marsh (where you can feed the ducks for 25 cents), alligator, sand hill crane, bald eagle, lynx, puma, Roosevelt elk, owl, coyote, sea lion, bison, pronghorn antelope, push, chacoan peccary, thick-billed parrot and an Andean bear.  There is also an aviary with many different kinds of birds.  That’s a lot of animals for a small zoo.

The petting zoo has a lot of domestic animals.  The kids are able to feed them for 25 cents as well. Some of the domestic animals are pigs, goats, wheels, llama, horse, donkey, and chickens.  The kids had a great time feeding the animals and we were there for a while feeding them.

If you are looking for a quick place to visit, definitely go and check out the Queens Zoo.  It makes for a wonderful afternoon with your children. Happy traveling.

Bridal Shower Gift Basket

My work partner is getting married in the summer. I wanted to do something special for her.  I know both her and her fiancé have a lot of things and they didn’t really need anything so I found something small for her.  I got her a wedding frame as well as champagne glasses to be used for the day of the wedding.

At work, I had the grade come together by bringing in their favorite bottle of wine for a special occasion for their first year of marriage.  There are many different firsts. Here are some first ideas: Christmas , Valentine’s Day, New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, Anniversary, just because, first fight, dinner party, etc.  When you create this basket for someone be creative in different first for the first year.

We all picked a holiday or special occasion. We came together and put it into a basket with a note on each bottle of wine with words of advice.  It was amazing to see how everyone came together and put some thought into it.  My partner really loved the idea and so did her fiancé.  Below is a photo of the basket with wine. Hope this inspires you!

 

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30th Birthday Guy Gift Ideas

Shopping for a guy that has a lot or gets things himself is very hard.  I have know my husband for 12 years.  We have been married for 5 years. So it was hard to figure out something for him after knowing him for many years. My husband loves to get things for himself, so that never gives anyone a chance to get anything for him.   My husband also has a lot of things so I didn’t want to clutter up his space with more things that mean nothing.

As my husband was turning 30, I started thinking of things to get him. I started with looking around the house for things that needed to be fixed or changed. My husband’s electronic toothbrush has been acting up so there was one gift.   His alarm clock was also not great, so that was another idea.   I kept thinking about all the things that matter to him and that helped figure out many things for him.   When my ideas came together it was exciting to order and wrap the gifts up.   The key to getting gifts for someone special is knowing them and getting things that mean something to them.

Here is a list of things that I got my husband for his 30th birthday:

  1. bath sponges
  2. nail clippers
  3. his favorite chocolates
  4. zippo
  5. zippo fluid
  6. his favorite author’s new book
  7. Yankees pajama pants
  8. Yankees shirt
  9. garden flags (something for him)
  10. alarm clock
  11. electronic toothbrush
  12. car wash
  13. air freshers for the car
  14. coffee (dark)
  15. cigars
  16. electronic toothbrush replacements
  17. tools
  18. Superman series
  19. Bug Bunny dvd
  20. beer opener
  21. iPhone chargers

 

Hope this helps you create your own 30th birthday gift idea.

Orchid Show 2017

I love orchids.  They are one of my favorite flowers.  So of course, every year, we try to go to the orchid show at the Botanical Gardens in New York.   This year the orchid show was held from March until mid-April.   The theme of the orchid show was Thailand.

When you enter the conservatory, you enter a magical world.  There were huge elephants made from bushes covered in orchids.  It was beautiful.   As we continued through the conservatory, we saw many different types of orchids.  There were many different colors and sizes.

I was amazed by the beauty of these flowers and it of course inspired me to get my own orchid for my house.   When we got to another part of the conservatory, there were more orchids and beautiful in color.   They also had these cute little pineapples that grow in Thailand and were ripe and ready to eat.   I have never seen such cute pineapples.

I would recommend visiting the Botanical Gardens to see these orchids when they have them.  Every spring it is a nice way to start the beautiful season of rebirth.  Below are some photos from our trip to the Botanical Gardens. DSC_0732.jpg