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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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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Feeling Understood

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It is literally DAILY that I read anti-soda articles and posts. I get it: soda isn’t good for you, and probably the quantity I drink isn’t good for me either…but it’s my one thing. Everyone has their one non-negotiable, and for me it’s Diet Coke.

So this week I came upon this post in my Facebook Feed by Gigi Engle and I smiled. Thank you Gigi, for understanding my love for the “juice of the gods” or as Gigi puts it “the fluid made from the tears of angels.”

Please read her article (here) and feel understood 🙂

 

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A Month For Being Thankful

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NYC Soda Girl has been busy. SO much going on  – SO much to be thankful for. Of course I am always thankful for my beautiful family.  We recently moved (gotta love NYC schools rezoning our last apartment right after we moved in! So, we moved again to be zoned for the school we want). I am thankful to have a home and 60 boxes surrounding us – even when unpacking is eating at my soul.  I’m thankful to be planning my youngest daughter’s 2nd birthday party (coming up VERY soon)….and this past weekend I was beyond thankful to attend my college sorority’s reunion brunch.

This year I celebrate 20 years of Sisterhood. At the brunch women ranging from the sorority’s founders, to current undergraduates met at Forcella Park Avenue. It is very hard to put into words how much being a part of this amazing organization means to me. It is a true extended family that loves, respects and supports each other no matter what our differences are. To see this group continue to assemble, YEARS after I graduated college, and have the same spirit and love instilled in everyone, seriously makes you feel good about humanity’s potential. My words are not doing enough justice.

The brunch was delicious and a really good deal too!

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Our tables filled with the unlimited bellinis, bloody marys & mimosas…but as you’ll see…I always stay true to my Diet Coke.

(photo credit goes to an amazing sista!)
(photo credit goes to an amazing sista!)

I usually don’t like fruit garnish on my soda, but it came with a lime and a little dripped in – amazingly, I didn’t mind it!  It made me have a flashback to someone giving me a Lime Diet Coke years ago, and that time too – I was surprised I actually enjoyed it!  Lemons I HATE. As for limes, I may need to Coca Coca Freestyle myself a batch and see if it’s something I may want regularly!

As for my meal, I had the Margeritha Sandwich (their spelling) without the pesto (no tree nuts for me) and it was delicious. It also came with a cold corn salad and a side of breakfast potatoes. LOVE.  The Diet Coke was standard, no complaints. The atmosphere was perfect. We had the upstairs room which overlooks the downstairs seating and bar.  I’ll be back!

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Forcella Park Avenue

377 Park Avenue South

Diet Coke with ice, included with brunch

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