Crafty Crafty!

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Halloween is upon us and there seems to be a ton of pre-Halloween celebrations everywhere. My kids are all set in their store bought costumes. I’ve made sure they have every accessory needed – even if I had to go to Etsy and get special hand crafted touches. I dream big for their costumes – but I always need to find someone/someplace else to make it a reality.  This past week I have been BLOWN away with the home made parade of costumes I saw. So unique. So well made. Sigh.

I have always wanted to be crafty…always wanting to make something out of nothing.  Through the years I’ve found I’m more artistic…I’ve done a few oil paintings I’m proud of; designed a mosaic table; and have sketched a few decent portraits.  None the less, every time I walk into a Michael’s Arts & Crafts store – I light up and start dreaming about what I could do with a hot glue gun.

I’ve had many crafting fails – starting with my 8th grade “school bus” costume (made from a refrigerator box and yellow spray paint: 1 it didn’t look like a bus, and 2 it disintegrated in the rain 5 minutes outside of the car) and most recently with the bow holder I tried to make (using large wooden letters, hot glue and ribbon)…I mean how hard could that be?!?

Anyway – I’m clearly in awe of those who can look around their house – see junk – and turn it into something awesome.  I found the Whats Up Moms website and this cool and crafty video:

 

Which is your favorite? Mine is the DIY soda can caddy. Hoping to give it a try next summer!   Leave me a comment with your fave!…or a craft you’re especially proud of.  If you’ve made any soda inspired crafts let me know – I may just feature you on NYC Soda Girl!

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Pumpkin Patch Pop

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After a rocky start driving to Long Island (read here), I’m happy to report we had THE BEST TIME at Hank’s Pumpkintown in Water Mill, New York.  We arrived right at 9:30am as they were opening the gates – the whole farm was practically ours! We decided to take a ride on the Family Corn Train. We bought our tickets and enjoyed a cute narrated and music filled tractor train ride around the pumpkin patch. It was perfect for my family since we have 3 kids aged 4 and under.

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Next we spent about an hour on the amazing wooden play structures and slides.  The kids got to pretend they were lords & ladies of the castle, captains of ships and so much more. Finally it came time to pick our pumpkins!  You can pick your pumpkin from the mountains they have on display or do what we did – EXPLORE THE PATCH! We all walked in the mud searching for our perfect pumpkins and then put them in a wheelbarrow to be taken to the weighing station and paid for. The kids were in their glory!

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After such an amazing morning outside I headed into the farm house to check out the goodies and beverages.  I could taste the smells from the fresh doughnuts, candy apples and kettle corn, but you all know what I was looking for!

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I’ve been pumpkin picking many times in my day and year after year, even after extraordinary pumpkin harvesting, I leave feeling disappointed because I am always dying of thirst because all they sell is cider or tea or coffee…BUT NOT TODAY!!!  Thank you Hank’s!!!! You have broken the mold and I can’t tell you just how much so many of us appreciate it! I scored a 20oz Diet Coke!!!

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Beverages aside, I can’t recommend Hank’s enough. We could have stayed for hours more if we didn’t already have plans for the day. For $12 you can enter Hank’s Pumpkin Maze Park and enjoy even more unlimited fun, such as wagon rides, a giant slide, pedal cart race tracks, the actual corn maze and tons more!  We’ll be back for sure!

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Hank’s Pumpkintown

240 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, NY

20 oz Diet Coke, $3.00

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My Macy’s: Soda, Pan and Promotions!

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One of things I love about living in the city is that “THEE MACY’S”…like Thanksgiving Day Parade Macy’s…”Miracle on 34th St.” Macy’s, is MY Macy’s.

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Today I went there to pick up a shirt and a birthday present for my sister.  I quickly found a shirt I think I like…I’ll keep the tags on until I’m sure I’m going to wear it. Then I went to the children’s floor because I always give it a quick walk through in case something jumps out at me.

Well, no piece of clothing jumped out at me, but the entire floor had music blaring and mobs of people – something BIG was going on.  That something BIG was a Ralph Lauren promotion of the movie PAN that opened this weekend.

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Oh my goodness! There were tables of craft projects, temporary tattoos being applied, photo ops with this guy available:

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AND….photo ops with a star of the movie, Levi Miller! What a cute kid! I didn’t take any pictures of him because he was always posing with another child and I didn’t want to invade their privacy. I was able to get one of those pirate hats you can see two photos above.  I’m going to save it for Halloween and let my son with food allergies trade me some of his candy for it.

I passed by Levi & the bear on my way to the McDonald’s on that floor.  I waited behind 2 people and finally ordered my Diet Coke, only to ONCE AGAIN, be told they have no soda.  WHAT IS GOING ON MCDONALD’S??? This makes twice this week that I have visited one of your restaurants and waited in line only to be told that there isn’t any soda I want. For the love of all goodness- POST A SIGN and STOP WASTING MY TIME!!!!

Thankfully there is an Auntie Anne’s on the children’s floor and they were able to provide me with a decent Diet Coke – Thank you Auntie Anne’s!

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I started down the never ending maze of escalators from the 7th floor and noticed a Clinique display that looked awesome.  They had this cute Clinique Pretty Wow, Pretty Now 7 piece kit with bag.

I thought my sister would like it so I grabbed it and went to pay for it. Turns out it’s Clinique Bonus Time through October 25, 2015 and so I got a 7 piece gift set with my purchase – SCORE! Thanks Sis for having a birthday this time of year!

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As you can see, it’s always an eventful time at “MY MACY’S”.

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McDonald’s

151 West 34th St., NYC – 7th Floor

Large Diet Coke with ice, $I wouldn’t know

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Auntie Anne’s

151 West 34th St., NYC – 7th Floor

Large Diet Coke with ice, $TBA

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Drive-Thru Highs and Lows

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Being a city girl I don’t often have the chance to experience the convenience that is the drive-thru.  About 5 years back a nearby McDonald’s had a walk up window which I LOVED.  Pushing a double stroller into a store, especially those stores that have a second set of doors is basically impossible.  Plus, waiting in line at a fast food restaurant with this ginormous tandem double stroller is a nightmare.  Please, of course I do it, but that walk up window really was a game changer for a while. Sadly it never seems to be staffed anymore.  “My God” you must be thinking, “how much fast food do you eat that this is an issue?”  I don’t eat it a lot, but I do need my fountain soda and I will battle a lunch crowd just for that large sparkling cup of goodness.

This weekend we took a trip out to Long Island. After an hour in the car, it was time for a soda. We pulled into a McDonald’s and got in the drive-thru line. There were about 3 cars in front of us, not too bad.  Finally it was our turn, so my husband (who was driving) lowered the window and ordered me a large Diet Coke. Now first everyone needs to get over the fact that, YES, I did and have done before and will do again, wait on a drive-thru line JUST to get a soda. I admit to it and I own it. Now back to the story. Husband Dear orders and right after is when my good fortune turned.  After thinking about it, the next minute or 2 played out exactly like the 5 stages of grief (please note that I am not dismissing real grief that people experience, I was just really surprised that what happened really did match!)

I hear some kind of garbled noise across the seat and my husband turns to me and tells me they are out of Diet Coke and would I like a Dr. Pepper?

Denial: “What? No? Ask them again?” Husband obliges and I hear the man tell him that there is no Diet Coke and the line is broken. Would I like something else? Unsweetened Iced Tea is close.

Anger: Are you kidding me – unsweetened iced tea is close – no it isn’t! Who told them to say that? Do they not know we’ve been in the car for an hour? That we waited in this line ONLY for a Diet Coke? Why the heck isn’t there a sign on the menu board alerting everyone to the fact that there’s no Diet Coke? What kind of operation are they running here? Ok- I didn’t say those things – I did leaned over my husband so that now I could be speaking directly to the voice box. “How are you out of Diet Coke?!” I yelled.

Bargaining: “Well is it going to be fixed soon? If we wait will it be running soon?” – No.

Depression: I sank back in my seat and we pulled out of the line. Husband offered to stop at the nearest place we saw. I told him not to bother. Whatever. It didn’t matter. I’m not gonna hold us up even longer by trying somewhere else. They probably won’t have Diet Coke either.

Acceptance: Thankfully my family always snaps me back. Kids were singing along to our Disney CDs, we only had a half hour left to our trip, I could manage.  All would be ok – plus I’d have something to write about, right?

We had a great weekend, which included some awesome pumpkin picking. I’ll elaborate on all that another time soon.  On our trip home, I didn’t want to chance it with that horrible McDonald’s, so we pulled into a Burger King after only 20 minutes on the road home.  I know it’s ridiculous, but I was slightly worried…would they not have Diet Coke too?…or worse, would they hand it to me and it be AWFUL?!?!  Thank the powers that be-Burger King did not disappoint.  It wasn’t really a noteworthy soda, but it did the job and I would go there again.  Phew, glad we ended out trip on a good soda note – thanks BK!

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McDonald’s

560 County Rd 111, Manorville, NY

Large Diet Coke with ice, $I wouldn’t know

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Burger King

71 County Road 39, Southampton, NY

Large Diet Coke with ice, $2.29

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If you’re interested, these are the Disney CDs that keep us sane on long drives:

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Waiter Appreciation

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Yesterday we had quite a morning. I woke up more tired than usual, and for some reason everything ached. I mean, even my teeth ached – what is that?! After getting the kids dressed and fed, I checked the weather, it said 70 degrees, with the “real feel” at 75 degrees. That brightened my mood.  The crazy insta-cold spell we just experienced here in NYC had gone away for a minute. I put on a springy/summery dress and thought I was all set.

The morning flew by. The kids each had a 15 minute piano lesson and then our cleaning professional (aka Our Savior) came and next thing you knew it was time for school…but oh yeah, we didn’t eat lunch yet-oops. Through all of this, I began shivering. I became convinced that it was actually still freezing outside. So during the 4 hours from when I woke up until the time we left the apartment, I started adding clothes.  When I finally realized what I looked like, there was just no time to change my outfit…so yes, my dear NYC Soda Girl Readers, I left my home in this get-up:

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We raced towards school but first stopped for a quick lunch nearby.  I can only imagine what the staff thought of me. My crazy outfit, my face in a perma scrunch because I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open and because of my teeth aching and my expression of “Help Me” as I looked into the hostesses eyes… The 4 of us quickly sat and ordered and I downed my first diet soda.  To be completely fair to this establishment I will not review it today, as I was too tired and stressed to really pay attention to the drink…but I do want to give a shout out to the waiter. When he passed by and I asked for my next diet soda, adding “it’s just that kind of day”…he came back with these:

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THANK YOU DEAR MAN, THANK YOU! There is nothing worse than being stressed, then finishing your drink and needing another with no waiter in site…I now wouldn’t need to worry. I think that brought my stress down a bit – it’s the little things, you know? Oh- and we miraculously made it school only 2 minutes late – other students were still filing in through the door – phew!

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