Always Looking Out For the Good

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This afternoon was tough. I had to wake my 2 year old from her nap in order to pick the older 2 up from school on time. She howled the entire half mile walk to school in her stroller. It was raining. She refused to keep her hood or even the stroller cover on. She was kicking and screaming and crying. “Ever so helpful” passer-byers kept telling me she was getting wet – AS IF THAT WAS THE PROBLEM!!!! Plus, I had the absolutely tragic news of ANOTHER mass shooting that happened today in my head. Then when the older 2 came out of school they exploded with rage at me that I didn’t have a snack for them (Umm, I never have a snack for them, we go home and eat). They were whining and complaining most of the way home.  So, I stopped at a 7-11 on the way back (not for a snack for them- I don’t give in to crazy) to get a Diet Coke.  I was having some trouble getting the door to stay open while pushing the stroller and maneuvering myself and the 2 big kids around a dog that was tied to a railing inside the front door of the store, when all of a sudden the door wasn’t heavy anymore – it was just staying open by itself??? I turned around and saw that someone walking down the street – stopped in the rain to help us with the door. They weren’t going into the 7-11, they just saw us struggling and walked over to help. Thank you kind person!  With all the bad and crazy that can bring you down, it’s nice to think that you can look for the good too. There’s a lot of good and I just pray that the good (along with some common sense and honesty) will make the world brighter each and every day.

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Funky Shredz Headband Giveaway!

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I’ve mentioned it before, but we recently moved and I am now SURROUNDED by towers of boxes that need to be unpacked. It is not an easy task. With 3 kids aged 4 and under and all their classes and activities and feedings and playing and general just needing me, I’m lucky if I get through a box a day.  Every once in a while the “baby” will nap when the older two are at school (they only go for a total of 12 hours a week) and I can actually unpack a few boxes in a row if I really focus and push through. It is quite the work out.  I’ve realized 2 things that have helped me through these rare opportunities…one is obviously my Diet Coke, and the other is my favorite headband:

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Clearly the soda caps print brings a smile to my face, but it’s more than that. Funky Shredz headbands are comfortable and do a great job of keeping my hair out of my face.  Beyond that when I have to quick switch gears from physically strenuous activity to running out the door to pick up the kids, I don’t have to worry about my hair because I know it’s in place AND it is stylish.  For me the soda caps print is a fun daytime headband, but Funky Shreds has TONS of other prints to choose from and many of those you could easily wear out at night.

With the holiday shopping season coming up and today being Small Business Saturday, I thought I’d mention these awesome headbands to you. Here’s some info from the owners:

“We created Funky Shredz because we saw a need for a fashionable and functional headband with a truly comfortable fit. One that could be worn for hours, before or after your workout. Our tag line is “studio to street” and we believe that every print should be beautiful, fashion forward, and easy to wear for your work out and more! We also have amazing kids prints in all latest styles!”

They are sold individually OR in a 3 pack called “Funky Trios” which you can customize.

I’ve personally gifted a trio pack to an avid gym goer who had been telling me she couldn’t find something stylish that would also hold up during her workout – it was a perfect match!  This holiday season I’ll be stuffing some lucky girl’s stocking with them!

Funky Shredz has generously offered to sponsor a NYC Soda Girl Giveaway!  One lucky reader will win a headband of their choice (up to $20 value)!

Here’s how to enter:

Visit: www.funkyshredz.com and browse the amazing prints available.  Then, simply comment back here below, saying “Enter me – (headband print name)” and write down the print you’d like to win (up to $20 value).

Want another chance to win?… You got it!

For a second chance, “Share” NYC SODA GIRL’s Funky Shredz Giveaway Facebook post on your Facebook timeline (public setting so it can be verified) and then comment here for a second time “I shared you! (headband print name)”

You may enter from today, Saturday, November 28, 2015 through Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 10pm EST.  I will announce the winner, selected at random, on Friday, December 4, 2015.

Good luck everyone- and thanks again for reading NYC Soda Girl!

You can find Funky Shredz at:

www.funkyshredz.com

https://www.facebook.com/FunkyShredz

 

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Too Early?

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My kids are 4, 4 & 2(as of this weekend)…starting to look at ideas for Christmas presents.

IDK – just stumbled upon this…what do you think?

Too Early?

Lol 🙂

#SodaGirlsAndBoyInTraining

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You Can Take the Girl Out of Hicksville

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“You can take the girl out of Hicksville, but you can’t take the Hicksville out of the girl!” – Please someone comment below and name that tune!! (Hint I am a major lover of musical theater.)

No, I’m not from Hicksville, but I did grow up in the burbs, and while I’m NEVER EVER EVER NEVER leaving the city, there are a few things I sometimes miss. Malls for instance – I know – awful, but I do. Being able to go from store to store while staying indoors and then having my car available to take it all home really does speak to me.  I mean, back in the early 90s there was a mall by my house where I LITERALLY, not exaggerating, could have bought a shirt, a slice of pizza, car tires, a blender, Tylenol, a puppy and an evening dress all under one roof in under an hour – and yes I did say “a puppy”.

Malls aside, for a long time I also wished for particular stores to start hitting NYC, and lo and behold, one by one my list keeps getting smaller and smaller as they are all arriving. First came 7-11 and my precious Big Gulps. Next came Michael’s craft stores (my husband was especially happy about this as now I don’t ask him to drive us to Jersey periodically to get my fix as I’ve mentioned ). And more recently a MAJOR city addition has surfaced…we have a DQ!

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I rarely get over to West 14th Street, but I needed a few things from Party City for my daughter’s birthday party and just a few doors down is a Dairy Queen. It opened last school year, but I don’t remember exactly when. Anyway, since I was RIGHT THERE I couldn’t not go in.  The menu boards looked different than I remembered…the pictures of the Blizzards were upside down…hmmm?  I ordered a small Oreo Blizzard and a small Diet Coke.  For those who don’t know, a Blizzard is a cup of soft serve ice-cream with candy or cookie or other delicious treat mixed throughout. They handed me a buzzer and my soda cup. I went to fill up my soda and saw they have quite a variety of soda options:

 

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A minute later – BUZZ BUZZ – my Blizzard was ready.  I walked back to the counter, and what do you know – they hold the Blizzard upside down for a moment before handing it to you!  I looked it up, and apparently there used to be a promotion running where they had to prove that the Blizzard was thick and not runny so they held it upside down to show it. Some stores have decided to maintain the practice.  The Blizzard was delicious. A perfectly thick and creamy mix of vanilla ice cream and Oreo chunks.  The Diet Coke was pretty good too.  It had a nice first sip and didn’t get overpowered while simultaneously eating the Blizzard.

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So I guess all that’s left for my burbs/city dream to be complete would be to have a few Chili’s Restaurants, NJ quality diners – complete with extraordinary cheese fries – and perhaps a Walmart/Target type store that isn’t located on the outskirts of Manhattan!

Do you live in the city and crave some suburban comforts – comment below and let us know!

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Dairy Queen

54 West 14th St., NYC

Small Diet Coke

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Boo Brew – CocaCola Freestyle

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The husband and I got to have a night out about two weeks ago. His friend was receiving an award and we went to the gala celebration. It was a lovely night – they served Pepsi, which I forgave due to the fact that during the cocktail hour I was able to walk around with this in my hand:

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What a perfect set up – right? (I think these are similar…I may need to get some if I ever get my act together and throw a party – the handle feature is KEY!) 

Anyway, I was meeting my husband at the venue which was almost an hour away from our home. I settled into my Uber and started catching up on Facebook and emails. All of a sudden my phone made the craziest sound (ok- just different from my regular alert tone, but it did startle me). I didn’t know what was going on. I checked my texts, email,alarms … and then I saw it. My CocaCola Freestyle app had messaged me! WHAT?!?! It wanted me to know about its latest featured soda mix!

OK- I had NO IDEA it could do that. I’ve never even tried a CocaCola Freestyle machine for more than a Diet Coke, but being NYC Soda Girl, about a month ago I figured I should one day give it a more sincere try, so I downloaded the app. Holy moly.

Fast forward to this week and I finally got around to trying the BOO BREW my app had messaged me about.

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I went to a local Walgreens that the CocaCola Freestyle site said had a Freestyle machine. It was decked out for Halloween – perfect for my Boo Brew!

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Let me say that I really didn’t research how to use this machine. I figured it would be simple enough. Maybe it is for others. Maybe I over think things. But this is how it went down for me:

I approach machine. I start the process. I begin to think: Oh jeez, this recipe shows percentages…I want ice…if I put ice in then I won’t be able to accurately figure out the ratio of the mix…is this cup wider at the top than the bottom…no…ok good…that helps…really they have people figuring out percentages to make the soda?…I don’t mind percentages, but how do I control the speed of the flow and stop exactly when I need to…let me just start…I won’t use ice…if worse comes to worse I’ll bring it home and add ice there…I guess after I mix it I can dump some and add the ice…no, adding ice will just splash all over…I’ll take it home…ok let me just start.

Selecting the different soda components is easy. First you choose a brand:

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Then you select the variation of the brand you want and press the pour button:

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Boo Brew had 40% Fanta Orange (ok, slightly less than half the cup – check), 35% Hi-C Orange Vanilla (ok, slightly more than half of the remaining space in cup, check) and 25% Sprite Vanilla (remaining space, check).

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I just stared at the warm-ish cup of glowing orange for a moment. I almost didn’t drink it – but I had to – for you my dear readers.  I took a sip. It had a sharp orange taste with a filmy vanilla aftertaste.  I took 2 sips and decided to bring it home to try with ice.  I wanted to give it a fair shot.

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Take two was equally as bad. DUMPED IT.

I think the idea of the Freestyle machine is cool. You can make over 100 different individual flavors and those can be combined to make even more potentially tasty beverages.  I’ve since learned that you can use the app on your smartphone to somehow scan something on the machine and that will prepare the mix for you.  Still not sure about how much ice you’re supposed to use – I messaged CocaCola Freestyle on Facebook about how much ice is suggested, but they haven’t written back. I will try a different mix soon and report back how using the app went. I wish their website had a full video showing how to use it. Maybe it does and I just can’t find it, lol.

Oh well. For now, I’d pass on the Boo Brew if I were you.

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CocaCola Freestyle

Various Locations (see website)

Boo Brew – I paid $1.99

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