Photo Friday – Recap of NY

I’m finally back home to the sunny skies and warm weather of Arizona!

My New York trip/mini vacation was fun and adventurous. My younger sisters enjoyed themselves, but they were definitely worn out by day 2 of walking around NYC haha. Since it was my second time around, I knew what to expect and I wasn’t  suffering as much as they were. Poor things. But, they survived and in the end were glad they got to see and experience “The Big Apple.”

I won’t flood you with the hundreds of photos I took while we went from Albany, to New Jersey, to NYC. Instead, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorites. These were all taken with my Samsung Galaxy S5, because I forgot the battery charger to my Nikon 😦

Anyway, hope you enjoy and have a lovely weekend!

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Sitting on the dock of a frozen lake in Cliffton Park.

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The Jersey shore

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Lady Liberty

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9/11 Memorial

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Times Square where love is on 😉

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We ended the trip in Saratoga drinking ginger beer at the cutest cafe!

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Blessings + Love

New York City – Photo Friday

I’m in NYC!

I’m spending the weekend here in the city with my Mr. & two of my sisters. It’s their first time ever visiting and experiencing the city, so they’re super excited and I’m stoked to be back! I know it may sound a little crazy leaving the warm sunny weather of AZ to come to the cold and possibly rainy weather here in NY, but it’s all worth it to spend QT with my Mr. and celebrate my youngest sister’s 24th birthday here.

So, while I’m being a complete tourist and trying to snap away- here’s the 1st photo of our visit for Photo Friday. I’m totally bummed out that I forgot my camera charger at home, which means the only photos I’ll be taking this weekend will be on my Samsung Galaxy S5. I hope they turn out okay *fingers crossed*

Have a lovely weekend!

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The view from our hotel: The Empire State Building

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Blessings + Love

Photo Friday

As I reflect on this past week and think about the beginning of a new Lenten season, I am drawn to remember serene places and moments of peace in my life.

The Pope wrote that this Lent season, we should think about “giving up” being indifferent to one another and not just the “norms” like soda, candy, fast food, etc.  He explains that Lent is a time to pray, fast, and draw near to God. When I think of these things, my mind drifts away to places I have been when I felt and knew God was there watching over me and making His presence known. Here are a few of those places that I was able to capture in a photo.

Is there anywhere in particular you go to find peace? Hope you enjoy and have a restful weekend!

FxCam_1312134940409 The gates right outside of a bed & breakfast my Mr. and I went to several years ago in Sedona, AZ.

FxCam_1312135457686A view from the garden area

IMG_4817Doesn’t this make you want to sit and read by this garden fountain all day?

FxCam_1312159292167Finally, a photo I took of my brother-in-law taking in the awe & beauty of the Grand Canyon. Simply peaceful.

Blessings + Love

Busy week, busy life

This past week has been nonstop busy. Such is the life of a teacher though. We had Parent-Teacher conferences on Wed and Thurs. I started ahead of the game with a conference on Monday, which worked out in my favor not having to stay until 7pm last night.

This 3 day weekend, I’m spending my time with my most favorite person in the world…my Mr.! He got me a ticket to fly to NY (he’s there for work), so that we didn’t have to be apart on one of our(my) favorite days of the year. I promise I won’t get all lovey dovey on you, but I’m so excited I won’t be spending the Hallmark holiday of love all alone haha.
Anyway, being so busy with conferences and packing for my trip I forgot to take a pic of my post-it for Post-it Tuesday! But, I chose to write the following on a post-it: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”-Helen Keller

This quote couldn’t be more true to what’s been happening in my life lately. My best friend, whom I call my bestest, is embarking on a new journey in her life by starting up & building a business. And I have blindly, but graciously, offered to help her haha. I gave her my disclaimer that while I’m offering to help her, I truly know nothing about the “business/corporate” world, but I’m a natural leader and lifelong learner (teachers-it’s who we are). 😉  She reassured me as much as she probably could, and told me I didn’t need to know much, and that just knowing her and her mission is what will be most beneficial for her business. So, here I go…on another daring adventure!

Guess I’ll leave you with my latest ootd’s that I couldn’t post during the week & another favorite photo for Photo Friday! Have a lovely weekend.

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Plaid shirt: Old Navy | Navy striped skirt: Banana Republic | Nude pump wedges: Payless Shoe Store | Statement necklace: Brina Box

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Black & white dress: Old Navy | Cobalt cardigan: Banana Republic | Black booties: Target | Gold BF watch: Fossil | Pearl necklace: Premier Design

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Gorgeous florals from tree time I went to Montreal with the bestest!

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A tower of macarons! How can you not drool at that?! Last year’s bday celebration for my bestest.

Blessings + Love

Blessings + Love

Photo Friday

It’s FriYay!! Or as the some of the world calls it TGIF 🙂  I am beyond relieved this work week is over.  It’s been a long one, and I’m going to expect that next week will be even longer *sigh*

But, I’m happy it’s photo Friday and I can share a few more photos that I’ve taken. Last week I posted one of the gorgeous white sand beaches of Guam.  I figured I would show you a few more photographs of my little island that I call home.

IMG_0874A beautiful view outside of the hotel my Mr. and I stayed at for our 6th wedding anniversary.

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My Mr. enjoying the sunset view. He was born & raised on Guam and hadn’t been home for over 10 years, so this trip was long awaited for him.

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One of my favorite photos of Fort Soleded. The sunsets are absolutely breathtaking there!

I hope you enjoyed seeing a little more of Guam, “Where America’s Day Begins”

Have a fabulous weekend and don’t forget to capture those “kodak moments!”

Blessings + Love

Photo Friday

Yesterday was such a long & busy day that I didn’t even have time to “make time” to post.  But if you’re wondering how my first yoga class went…it was EXACTLY what I needed! From the moment I started, all the way until the last breath, it was complete relaxation.  I’ve already signed up for another class next week.  Let’s just say…I’m hooked! Haha.

Now, on to the title of this post.  PHOTO FRIDAYS.  Just another idea I came up with that I’d like to keep as a tradition for my blog. I’m going to put this disclaimer out there right now– I am NOT a photographer, but I would love to become a  photographer someday.  I have always enjoyed taking pictures, mostly of mother nature and the beauty she brings to life.  My Mr. (husband) bought me a pretty decent camera years ago and that’s when I started to take more interest in capturing moments of special events & the people in my life. I’ve decided to share a photo or two of my favorite pictures that I have taken over the years.  There will be some photos that I have taken with my camera phone (iPhone & Samsung) and other photos will be from my Sony camera.  My Mr. just bought me a Nikon D3300 that I am beyond thrilled about and can’t wait to start playing with! But for now, and until I can figure out my new camera, I hope you enjoy some of my old photos on the very first…PHOTO FRIDAY!

If you’re an aspiring photographer like me, or an actual photographer, I’d love to hear from you and see some of your work.

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This is one of the many white sand beaches on the beautiful island of Guam, a place I call Home.

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This is the same beach looking out into the warm, crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean.  Don’t you just want to jump right in?! Absolutely breathtaking!!

*These photos have not been edited or retouched in any way. Mother nature at her best. 🙂 Both photos were taken with my iPhone 4s.

Blessings x Love