May 24, 2019

This Just Pinned: Week One Hundred & Sixty Three

Here the highlights of my pinning as of late...

As always if you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

May 20, 2019

Behind The Scenes of Mimi's First Birthday Photo Shoot

Over the weekend my sister and brother-in-law had Danielle of DeeVee Photography take Mimi's first birthday photos. And as you can guess, I tagged along and took some behind the scenes photos (With Danielle permission).

If you're on Long Island and need a portrait or lifestyle photographer here's Danielle contact information:

Website: DeeVee Photography
Instagram: @DeeVeePhotography 
Facebook: DeeVee Photography

For anyone interested, Mimi's outfit for the shoot was from SweetPeaCharlies on Etsy. It is the Heart One Glitter Birthday Outfit and was $44.99 for the bodysuit, bloomers, headband and bracelet. And as always the cake was made by our friend Eileen from Sweet Soirees NY.

May 13, 2019

Random Friday In New York City

Last week when I was hanging out with Toni at Maddie's school concert I found out that Day was trying to get her to take Friday off so that they could have a spa day. Well, I texted Day and informed her that I actually had off on Friday and if that if the events that she was trying to plan weren't strictly twin plans that I was down for whatever. She told me they weren't solely twin plans (That's because Toni mentioned to Jamie that they were going out and she wanted to go too) and was excited for us to have random Friday plans. So she threw out a couple of ideas and names of spas, and we saw that one of the spas she had mentioned had a Groupon. So we had her get four of them and planned on meeting up with her for 11:00am Friday morning. Which is exactly what Toni, Jamie and I did (With a few hiccups of course, but isn't that how it always is?).

Once we finally made it to Premier 57 we just spent hours relaxing in the various hot tubs they have, dancing around a pole of ice in the cold sauna room, got our zen on in the colored sauna room, chilled in the Infrared Zone, etc.

After we were done pampering ourselves at the spa we headed over to Bloom's Tavern to grab some lunch because all we did at the spa was drink.

When we were finished eating we decided to slow roll (Very slow roll) our way back towards Penn Station, stopping at various bars on the way -- Crimson & Rye, The Perfect Pint, etc.

Eventually we ended up at Habanero Blues because we were sucked in by a sign outside that said arcade (Day and I love a good bar with an arcade). So we hung out there for a while. We drank, ate, played foosball (Losers had to take shots) and darts. At some point Day mentioned soup dumplings to the group and wanted to go on a mission to find some since Toni had never had them before, but once Toni and Jamie realized that it was in the opposite direction of Penn Station they protested and we decided it was time to go home (It was already past 8:00pm and we'd been out since 9:00am).

So we said goodbye to Day (Who ended up going on a solo soup dumpling mission) and the three of us head towards Penn to catch the LIRR.

While we were on the train Toni and I decided to text Bianca to see if she would pick us up from the station and go to Applebee's for half off appetizers. Thankfully she is a teenager so the answer to half off apps is always yes. So she picked us up with her boyfriend and the four of us went for some late night snacks before calling it quits.

Over all it was a great day. I would definitely go back to Premier 57 and I always love day drinking with my friends.

How did you spend Friday?

May 6, 2019

What I Bought | Sephora Beauty Insider Sale Edition

As you may or may not know, Sephora has Beauty Insider Sales biannually and this year's Spring Bonus is ending at midnight tonight. And because I am a makeup junkie who enjoys knowing what other people are purchasing and loving, I thought that I'd share with all of you what I ended up buying from the sale as of thus far. But first here is the breakdown of the discounts from the website...
I am a VIB, which means that I spend $350+ a year and thus I get 15% off during the sale. I also pay $15.00 a year for the Sephora FLASH Subscription, aka 2-day shipping. All which means that I have almost everyone I know asking me to order them stuff this weekend because no one else (Minus Day and Liz) spends as much money as I do at Sephora yearly.

Now that I've confirmed that I am a ridiculous makeup addict, here are the goodies that I purchased for myself over the weekend...

Everything but the brow gel is an item that I've never tried before. So I'm excited to play around with some new products later on this week.

Have you picked up anything from the sale? Are you thinking about picking anything up? What tier Beauty Insider are you? Or do you not care about beauty products at all? Lemme know!

Here are the items my sister had me order for her...

May 3, 2019

Guacamole Recipe From MasterChef Latino Judge Chef Claudia Sandoval

In honor of Cinco de Mayo and the upcoming premiere of the second season of MasterChef Latino on Sunday, May 19th at 7/6 Central on Telemundo, here is judge (And season six winner of MasterChef on Fox) Chef Claudia Sandoval's guacamole recipe from her best-selling cookbook Claudia's Cocina: A Taste of Mexico.

INGREDIENTS - Makes about 3 cups (700 ml)
• 4 Large Hass avocados, ripe
• ½ Cup (90 g) chopped tomato
• ¼ Cup (35 g) minced onion
• 1 Tablespoon minced jalapeño chile
• ¼ Cup (10 g) chopped fresh cilantro leaves
• ½ Teaspoon salt, or to taste
• ¼ Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
• 1 ½ Tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste

Slice the avocados lengthwise around the pit and carefully remove the pit. Using a large spoon, scoop out the avocado flesh and place it in a large bowl. Using the back of a fork, mash the avocado until slightly smooth but still chunky. Mix in the tomato, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro. Add the salt and pepper, followed by the lime juice. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Serve immediately.

You can seed and devein the jalapeño to reduce the heat level or omit it completely for people with milder tastes.  The lime juice prevents the guacamole from getting dark quickly. If you are preparing the guacamole in advance, squeeze the lime juice over the guacamole and then mix it in just before serving to keep it from turning dark. Covering your guacamole with plastic wrap will also help to keep its glorious green color.

For those of you that don't feel like chopping all the ingredients, when Justin and I make guacamole we put all of the ingredients but the avocados, salt and pepper in our Ninja Blender and pulse it a couple of times until its a rough chop. Then we mash the avocado with a fork in the Ninja Blender container, add salt and pepper then give it one more mix.

This post was sponsored but I did not receive monetary compensation and I really like guacamole.

May 2, 2019

Returning The Chicks To The Farm

As you may or may not know, we hatched chick for a second year at my library and yesterday was the day that I had to bring the chicks back to the farm.

And since every patron that comes into my department that knows about the chickens asks me what the farm looks like, etc. I took a handful of pictures while I was there with Toni and the kids to share with them and all of you. So, here are some of the pictures I took during our brief visit to the farm...

It wasn't as nice as it was last year when we returned the chicks, but we all still had a nice little visit and I can't wait to do it again next year.

May 1, 2019

CLOSED | El Chicano Promotional Screening Ticket Giveaway

In honor of the film El Chicano (2019) coming out this Friday May 3rd, I have a quick little screening giveaway for you all in the Dallas, El Paso, Houston, McAllen, Phoenix, San Antonio, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco areas. If you're in or around one of those areas and want to attend an advance screening of the film tonight (May 1st 2019) all you have to do is click on the corresponding link below to redeem a pass. A limited amount of tickets are available.

When L.A.P.D. Detective Diego Hernandez is assigned a career-making case investigating a vicious cartel, he uncovers links to his brother's supposed suicide and a turf battle that's about to swallow his neighborhood. Torn between playing by the book and seeking justice, he resurrects the masked street legend El Chicano. Now, out to take down his childhood buddy turned gang boss, he sets off a bloody war to defend his city and avenge his brother's murder.

Genre: Drama
Cast: Raúl Castillo, Aimee Garcia, Jose Pablo Cantillo, David Castañeda, Marco Rodríguez, Sal Lopez, Marlene Forte with Kate del Castillo and George Lopez
Directed By: Ben Hernandez Bray
Written By: Joe Carnahan and Ben Hernandez Bray
Produced By: Joe Carnahan
Rated: R

Here are a list of the screenings and as stated above, all you have to do to redeem the pass is click the link to the screening in your area. Tickets are limited.

El Chicano - Dallas Screening Pass
El Chicano - El Paso Screening Pass
El Chicano - Houston Screening Pass
El Chicano - McAllen Screening Pass
El Chicano - Phoenix Screening Pass
El Chicano - San Antonio Screening Pass
El Chicano - New York Screening Pass
El Chicano - Los Angeles Screening Pass
El Chicano - San Diego Screening Pass
El Chicano - San Francisco Screening Pass

Unfortunately I have to return the chicks we hatched at the library to the farm and am unable to go to my local screening, so if you decided to redeem a pass and see the movie lemme know what you thought of it!

 This post and giveaway were sponsored but I did not receive monetary compensation.

Month In Review: April 2019

♥ Going to Raf and Kristen's wedding reception and chillin' with my sister, Nick, Day, Toni, etc.
♥ My sister and Mimi coming over my apartment for dinner.
♥ Celebrating Easter weekend with my family.
♥ Yvette and Michael coming to visit.
♥ Coloring Easter eggs with Toni and the kids for the third year in a row.
♥ Exploring Greenpoint with Justin, Day and Ryan.
♥ Hatching chicks at the library.
♥ Game of Thrones.
♥ Rumors about N'Sync having a reunion tour after Joey, JC, Chris and Lance performed at Coachella.

Random Saturday In Queens In Huji
Forgotten Photos From My iPhone
Overdue Archives | Adventures In Costa Rica
Exploring Greenpoint (Brooklyn) In Huji

Bong Appétit Cook Off (2019 - Present)
Double Shot at Love With DJ Pauly D and Vinny (2019 - Present)
Portals To Hell (2019 - Present)