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this is some juicy stuff …

juice

i am celebrating the big 3-3 this coming weekend! in light of – – adding another year, a {few} extra pounds and a handful of “laugh marks” – –  i believe it is high time that i wake myself up from the hibernation i {happily} placed myself under for the past couple of months and once again embrace a healthier lifestyle. today i reintroduced myself to slope fitness, my neighborhood gym. although slope fitness and my groggy body are old friends, i have to admit that it did take a bit {oh who am i kidding … a lot} of reacquainting on my part.

the next step for me is a bit of detoxing … thankfully matt and i single handedly finished off the easter candy over a couple of glasses of wine last night {not sure how i picked up the extra pounds …} so there are few tasty temptations left in my humble abode. you can imagine my delight when i stumbled upon the lovely blog –  with style and grace – and discovered her easy {and delicious} juice recipes beautifully displayed in mason jars — be still my heart.

so beginning tomorrow {i had to purchase the provisions today … i cross my heart that it is not a first day of procrastination tactic} i begin my juicing detox. here are a couple of the juices i am looking forward to.

{pineapple + cucumber}
{fresh strawberry + apple + lime}
{beet + lemon + apple + ginger}
{grapefruit + mint}

to see more healthy lifestyle recipes be sure to visit with style and grace and peruse her lovely site!

cheers to spring … finally!

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ny books

one of the {many} great things about living in such an iconic city is that there is an abundance of stories centered around the neighborhood in which we call our home. i began collecting books based on new york city when prepping sophie + hazel for the {big} move.

sophie {now half-way through kindergarten … oh my goodness!} is becoming quite a good reader and i am finding that she is drawn to the books about her neighborhood + city due to the familiarity and sense of belonging that these books offer. this is new york, i live in brooklyn, natalie + naughtily and the super adventures of sophie in the city: all in a days work are full of wonder and imagination, bringing the magic of this city right to her fingertips.

below are samplings of these fine reads! if you have any other suggestions for my girls please let me know!!

this is new york
the charm and uniqueness of new york city was never more beautifully and whimsically created for children than in m. sasek’s this is new york. first published in 1960, his vision of new york nearly forty years ago still remains fresh: the hustle and bustle of times square, the ethnic neighborhoods, the awe-inspiring architecture. sasek captured the essences of new york that delight children and parents, many of whom will remember the book from their childhood.

i live in brooklyn
from days on the stoop, playing hopscotch and watching fireworks from the rooftops, to school field trips into the city, where zoos and museums await, michelle introduces readers to her favorite places and things to do. mari takabayashi’s diminutive scenes, busy and cheerful detail, bring the beauty and bustle of new york city to life for children all around the world.

natalie and naughtily
natalie and naughtily nopps live in a house on top of a big department store. natalie loves visiting every floor from top to bottom! naughtily? from bottom to top! one day the girls receive a note from their parents asking them not to play in the store that day! “today we shall go to the store to help!” they agree. evening gowns are on two, perfume and hats on three, coats on four … and on every floor there are customers galore. but will the girls really be any help? vincent x kirsch has created a splendid world for natalie and naughtily, in which every vividly detailed floor in the store has its own magnificent hue. readers will be enchanted by these two impish sisters, their very good intentions, and most of all by the hijinks and adventures they effortlessly conjure up in on one very busy day!

the super adventures of sophie and the city
come explore new york city with sophie as she travels to different worlds in her daddy’s office building with her trusty elevator! learn about fashion, design, weddings, and the glamorous life inside magazine publishing. even though sophie enjoys her time discovering new and magical worlds on each floor, she realizes it is more fun to share amazing experiences with the ones you love, your family. see new york city through the eyes of a curious, adventurous, and imaginative little girl!

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{food joints} chloe’s

chloes

my friend melissa and i stumbled upon this yummy destination after taking our kiddos to the macy’s flower show in celebration of one of the first warm{ish} spring days in nyc. we were merrily strolling down the streets of union square when we discovered chloe’s and couldn’t help but stop in this happy little shop and indulge in their soft serve fruit. {i’m still dreaming of their pear soft serve … mouth watering!}

chloe’s offers a cool new way to eat fruit – – their frozen goodness contains only 3 ingredients: real fruit, filtered water and a touch of organic cane sugar. if you find yourself in union square or the hampton’s – then chloe’s must be added to your culinary experience while in new york!

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southern drawl

jenna hancock is the creative genius behind this hilarious collection of paintings that give praise to the southern drawl. being from the south, it is safe to say that i have heard the voices of rhonda, peg, patricia, papaw {featured below} a time … or maybe two. thank you jennie andrews for introducing me to this southern goodness. god bless the south!

rhonda

meemaw

peg

patricia

pool

peculiar

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