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Wine Tasting in the Lehigh Valley

Hi Everyone! I hope you all have been having a wonderful spring! The temperatures here  aren’t quite as warm as I would like them to be, but the sun is shining and the trees are turning green, so I can’t complain too much.

This past weekend, my girlfriends and I went on a wine tasting tour in the Lehigh Valley. The bus picked us up in Manhattan and drove us to the first vineyard, Vynecrest Winery, in Breinigsville, PA. There, we enjoyed cheese and wine tastings (the cheese was really yummy!) and toured their building a bit. My favorite was a sweet white wine, which is unusual for me because I tend to lean more towards dry reds.

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Once we finished at Vyncrest, we drove over to Blue Mountain Vineyards for more wine tastings and a catered lunch. Here, I really loved their white merlot. Again, this wine was on the sweeter side and I usually don’t like sweet wines. I’m wondering if there was just something funny with my taste buds that day, that all the sweet wines tasted better to me than the dry. The best part about this winery though, was the furry friend that was wandering around the tables, saying hello to all of her guests!

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Once we were sufficiently wine-happy and our growling stomachs were satisfied with pasta and bread, it was time to move to the third winery, Blair Vineyards. Here, they paired chocolate with their wines and my absolute favorite was a chocolate covered ginger paired with their Gewurztraminer. It was spicy and sweet – a delicious combination. Once the wine tasting was over, we got to spend some time outside enjoying the gorgeous spring day before we headed back to the city._DSC0605_Lovely _DSC0653 _DSC0639

Jumping for wine!

It was the perfect spring day, spent with good friends and good drinks!

Until next time…

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Spring in Hoboken

This weekend, spring was in the air! The trees are in colorful bloom, singing birds were my wake up call, and fresh flowers and new plants made their way into my home!

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These yellow sunflowers look beautiful on my kitchen table!

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Saturday was the perfect day to walk around town…

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I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

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Spring and Things

Morning coffee at the kitchen table

Morning coffee at the kitchen table

Bought a pretty bouquet of flowers to bring some spring into my home

Got a basil plant this weekend. There is nothing like the smell of fresh basil

Got a basil plant this weekend. There is nothing like the smell of fresh basil

I love the warm afternoon light that comes in through my kitchen windows

I love the warm afternoon light that comes in through my kitchen windows

Hosted my first dinner party this weekend!

Hosted my first dinner party this weekend! We had bruschetta, fresh mozzerella, roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, salad and linguini in garlic and oil. And, of course, a whole lot of vino!

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My Weekend via Instagram – Hoboken Edition

Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! The sun was finally shining here in Hoboken and I was able to spend some time walking around my new neighborhood, becoming acquainted with the area. What I really love about this town so far is how walkable it is. Hoboken is only about a square mile, so it is really easy to get everywhere on foot. This weekend, it was so enjoyable to stroll along in the sun, taking in all of the sights, shops and restaurants this town has to offer. I even took a walk down to the water and photographed the sparkling view of the NYC skyline.

Brunch on Saturday at Elysian Cafe

Brunch on Saturday at Elysian Cafe

Brunch at Elysian Cafe - eggs benedict, pommes frites and a screwdriver

Brunch at Elysian Cafe – eggs benedict, pommes frites and a screwdriver

Outside Elysian

Outside Elysian

NYC skyline & Empire State building

NYC skyline & Empire State building

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower

I bought a plant for my kitchen yesterday! I love the way he looks. Now I just need to find a name for him...

I bought a plant for my kitchen yesterday! I love the way he looks. Now I just need to find a name for him…

Along with getting to know the area, I’m really enjoying the process of making my apartment home. I hope to add new things bit by bit (like my plant!) and I hope that it continually evolves.

How was your weekend? I hope you all got some sun too! Until the next post…

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Weekly Pinspiration

We have successfully finished the first week of February! With this blizzard looming, I am staying focused on all things spring! So close, right?! Only 41 days! And with that, here is my weekly pinspiration, filled with cozy settings, pretty florals, bright pinks, vibrant greens and sparkling golds.

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I also love the two quotes – they are very relevant to what’s happening in my life right now. This is my time to just “go and do.” More often than not, I overthink things, which tends to hold me back from doing what I want. I have finally learned that I need to stop worrying and just “go and do!” I also tend to put others first and try to do what will make them happy. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but in the past six months, I have learned that you can only do so much for people. Unfortunately, you can give your heart and soul to a person and receive nothing in return. You can spend all of your time and energy walking a very thin line – trying to do everything that person has asked of you and trying to give them as much of yourself as you can to make sure that person is happy. I have learned that as much as I care for others and want to make other people happy, there comes a point in time when I need to stop worrying about everyone else and how my actions will affect them and just start doing what’s best for me. It is important to take some time and do what’s best for you, because in the end, you need to take care of yourself first and foremost. So, I am finally taking this time to do what’s best for me and the first step is my new job, which I start in less than two weeks!

Happy Friday, everyone! Now “GO and DO!” And always remember to do what’s best for you!

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