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David’s Been Here Toiletry Bag Product Review

April 24, 2014 by  

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Do you love to travel but despise packing?  I know I do, but the worst part for me are the toiletries.  I end up with 3 or 4 different plastic bags that I have acquired over the course of buying travel size toiletries.  Juggling all of these bags and trying to fit them into my suitcase is a nightmare.  I have now found the perfect solution: David’s Been Here Toiletry Bag.  The beauty of this bag compared to most other toiletry bags is the fact that it lays flat in your suitcase taking up very little room.  Even if it is packed to capacity, it remains flat, leaving you the ability to lay it across the top of your clothes and know that you have everything you need. After using this bag on 2 different trips, I recommend this toiletry bag.  I was able to pack toiletries for both my husband and I with room left over.  I fit 2 toothbrushes, travel size toothpaste, a sleeping mask, 2 deodorants (one of them full size),  razor, face wipes, toning spray, face moisturizer, travel size mouthwash, travel size shower gel and…

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Meandering Through Central Park’s Turtle Park

April 24, 2014 by  

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I love when unplanned strolls through NYC turn into something a little extraordinary. This past Friday, an attempt to meet a friend and her son at Turtle Pond in Central Park. Here’s a little bit of what I saw … photo 1 (69) photo 1 photo 2 (72) photo 2 (73) photo 3 (65) How beautiful is this area of the park, where the trees overlap to create a canopy? Gorgeous. photo 3 (66) photo 4 (57) photo 4 (58) photo 5 (52) Loved these school kids, performing beautiful songs both out loud and in sign language. First_Egg         Filed under: Back in the Borough Tagged: Central Park, The Boathouse, The Faberge Big Egg Hunt, The Great Lawn, Turtle Pond


Ledges Hotel in Hawley Pennsylvania For Top Notch East Coast Hospitality

April 23, 2014 by  

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Living in New York City, it may come as a shock to you that I have a serious thing for small towns.  The barista at the (one) local coffee shop that knows your name and order by heart, gallery openings and book signings that the entire community comes out to support, and antique shops that still have antique prices…yep.  These are definitely some of my favorite things, and what’s better yet is they can all be found 2 hours away from New York in the town of Hawley, Pennsylvania.

Where To Stay

A bit of trivia for you New Yorkers: you know Bohlin Cywinski Jackson?  (Crickets, crickets.)  Okay, you know the guy who designed the awesome Apple store on 5th Avenue that looks like a glass cube?  (Ding, ding, ding!!!)  Well, that same guy designed Ledges Hotel, which is apparently THE place to stay in Hawley.  I could ramble on about the hospitality (phenomenal), the on-site restaurant (delicious), the natural beauty and serenity that overpowers you as you look out onto the picturesque waterfalls cascading into the river (unparalleled)…OR I could let the photos speak for themselves. UsedYorkCity.com unnamed-25

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Travel Photography: Where to Head for Stunning Imagery

April 23, 2014 by  

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On the road, I have discovered that sometimes even the most amateur photographer can capture a beautiful moment and freeze it in time. If you’re headed to any of these five destinations this year, lucky you! These locales are extremely photogenic and you’ll come back with some wonderful images to prove it.

Israel

Israel may be small on the geographic scale, but it’s diverse in every other sense. Tel Aviv is the best place to capture locals at play, whether that be at nightclubs, lounging on the beach or biking through town. Jerusalem has a totally different feel and is mainly comprised of religious monuments and historical backdrops. Many people visit Israel to grow in spirituality so many of your pictures will likely have an emotion attached, which is one of my favorite things about sifting through them post-trip. For more nature shots, head to Haifa where you can view gardens, flowers all while taking in the impressive view of the Mediterranean Sea. Jerusalem in the Morning  Maui I am convinced that Maui is a bubble of beauty and feel a twinge of jealousy anytime I remember that some people actually…

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The Pocket Poppet For Women on the Go

April 22, 2014 by  

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I recently discovered a fun wrap, or more like a Cardigan on the Go! from a company called Pocket Poppet.   From boardroom to beach, work to weekend, retro to metro, The Pocket Poppets’ adaptable design is great for women who are looking for comfort, style and a compact easy-to-carry cardigan on the road. The Pocket Poppet is a fashionable open drape front cardigan that is created to fold into its own attached convenient and protective pouch. Street chic details such as ruched sleeves, jewel tone colors, and a curve-enhancing cut have been created in tandem with a small credit card /ID/lip gloss/cell phone pocket on the inside. Some ‘Cardigan on the Go!’ owners apparently report loving the concealed pouch to stash their small essentials when traveling , such as their boarding pass and ID while waiting in line at security! Cleverly concealed by the Poppets’ graceful pleating and sophisticated silhouette, the lightweight pouch falls in the small of the back for complete discretion while on the body.  When you no longer wish to wear your Pocket Poppet, it easily folds away and “pops” back into its pouch for effortlessly easy storage in…

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Traveling 2,000 Miles Across India in a Rickshaw

April 22, 2014 by  

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I’m traveling 2,000 miles through India by motorized rickshaw, raising $15,000 for charity. Early on in this 2,000 mile Rickshaw Run, we accomplished what we set out to do for the day — travel 380 km today starting at 5:20 AM, starting with loading up the rickshaws before the sun was up. We have discovered that driving early in the morning is by far the best time to be on the road. After around 8 AM, the chaos ensues. roti for breakfast on the rickshaw run This gas station treated us to chai served in pretty teacups! chai tea on the side of the road during the rickshaw run in India It wasn’t very exciting driving – and we took fewer breaks. Making it into the town of Srikakulam and promptly pulling into a Rickshaw service and dealership to give the 3 rickshaws some TLC – oil change, air filter, and other minor fixes needed. Thanks to our increasing lack of sleep we have learned how to nap in the back seat (something I thought would be impossible). It’s cramped, SO loud, and smells like petrol, but when you are really…

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The Art of Making Poi in Kauai

April 21, 2014 by  

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taro field hawaii “I’ve been coming to poi day since 2001, “ his eyes crinkled in a smile as he fiddled with his fishing net, “I like to come meet people and talk story.” Charlie said. taro ‘Uncle’ Charlie was one of many old timers I met who showed up every Thursday to make poi as part of a tight knit ohana (family in Hawaiian) at Waipa ahupua‘a.  However the 84 year old seemed much more interested in showing off his fishing net skills rather than making poi, but his son was working hard at ensuring the poi was processed and more than doing the work of two people. Charlie’s son wasn’t alone, I looked around and saw a mix of Hawaiian old timers, young men, middle age women, and a smattering of twenty-something students. The crowd of poi makers were made up of local people from Kauai and a few mainland part time residents. And then there was me, a visiting tourist looking for unique experiences in Hawaii; I definitely found it. fishing net ‘Uncle’ Charlie demonstrating how he makes fishing net after…

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Foodie Heaven Along Napa Valley’s Trail

April 21, 2014 by  

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Z and I set off on the hour long drive from San Francisco to Napa after a whirlwind 48 hour exploration of the city by the bay.  We reunited with Matt and Glynnis and, per my request, headed straight for Model Bakery, where they make the most phenomenal English muffins. 
There are two Model Bakery locations, one on Main Street in St Helena and the other situated just outside of Oxbow Market.  Oxbow Market is a beautiful example of a modern version of a historic tradition.  
A place for local food purveyors to sell their wares, fresh seafood, local meats, handmade pastries and breads are intertwined with a rainbow of bulk spices, a bevy of kitchen and dining accessories and an impressive selection of artisan cheese.  It is a must-stop for the makings of a picnic lunch, a quick breakfast prior to hitting the wine trail or for a simple stroll, taking in the sights, smells and sounds of this California bazaar.
 Happily fortified, we made our way to Plumpjack, our first winery stop of the day.  A sister winery to Cade (read about our previous visit to Cade here), Plumpjack is known for their


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