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Adventures in NYC

The Essence of Giving is in The Little Things

December 11, 2014

Although considerably privileged, neither my husband nor I were raised amongst affluence. We were taught the value of a dollar through circumstance; Our parents have held full time jobs our entire lives for the most part, working hard and earning enough to provide for us without much extra. I never wanted for much, but I […]

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My Heart in New York City

December 4, 2014

The family and I took a boat ride to Liberty and Ellis Islands before our flight home, and it couldn’t have been a more perfect closure to a truly full circle experience for all of us in the city that we all grew up in one way or another. We got home really late to […]

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Holidays in Their Eyes

December 4, 2014

While family truly encompasses the spirit of the holidays, New York City is like the tinsel on the Christmas Tree. The magic in the air swirling around the chilly buildings within the streets of Manhattan is nearly palpable. Up until we moved to the city five years ago, I had never felt Christmas like I […]

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November 27, 2014

Being in New York City with my family during Thanksgiving couldn’t be any more poignant for me. We’re eating at crowded diners and dear friend’s homes. We’re walking and scootering all over the city, running into nearly everyone we know on the streets, from dear friends to acquaintances, some of them strangers that feel like […]

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New York, New York

November 25, 2014

We flew into New York City on a red eye flight this morning, all six of us. I packed for almost two days straight prior to leaving and still managed to leave Zoe’s socks behind. I mean, how does one forget socks? Traveling with four children is a level of intensity that even I was […]

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Happy Travelers

November 24, 2014

I never thought I’d get used to living without a car. About six months after we moved to New York City, I was trudging through the wind, ice, and rain with two kids and three bags of groceries crammed into our double stroller and I realized that I had finally gotten to the point of […]

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Reset Button

June 11, 2014

I’ve always been a proponent of change; Big changes, little changes, hardly-a-blip-on-the-radar changes. Shifting what we’re comfortable in, our safe place, is growth, life and progression. I seldom feel content in those safe places, mostly because I think my brain is light years ahead of the present moment regardless-that’s something I’m working on and it […]

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Back to NYC, Back to Me, Back to my Belabumbum

April 7, 2014

My first trip to New York City after our move to Santa Cruz in August was in late February this year. I was so anxious to stand amongst the towers of endless buildings and see if I felt any different than I did when we lived there. Secretly, I was hoping that the magic, mystique […]

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Go Mighty: Live Like a Tourist

June 18, 2013

Last summer it occurred to me that we only had one year left as residents of New York City, and a feeling of panic set in. While it had taken everything I had just to figure out how to live successfully and happily with three little children in Manhattan, there was so much left that […]

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Resident Tourist: American Museum of Natural History

April 25, 2013

The first museum that we got a family membership to-thanks to my amazing in-laws-was the American Museum of Natural History. That was nearly four years ago, and since then it has become really like a second home to us. It’s a bit of a daunting task getting there with the kids by myself, so I […]

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