How to make wood tea light candle holders

First you need some tree limbs.  Fortunately for me, my hubby was trimming the trees in the front yard anyway so the timing of this project was perfect.

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I measured out the size that I wanted.  I decided to go with a trio of tea light holders measuring at 12”, 10” and 8”. 

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Since I couldn’t hold the camera to take pics *and* saw the limb I asked my trusty assistant, aka my hubby, to do the honors.  Seriously, he really is very helpful and handy! 

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After we cut the limb to the various desired lengths we had to drill out a place at the top for the tea lights.  To do that you will need a 1 1/2” spade drill bit.

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The tree limb was not perfectly round so we placed an “x” as close to the center point as we could.  

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My hubby then clamped the wood to his work bench and used his drill and 1 1/2” spade drill bit to create the hole that the tea light would set in.

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Be sure to wear safety glasses when working as wood stuff will start flying everywhere and you don’t want it getting in your eyes. 

Let the drilling begin.

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I don’t know if you can actually tell or not but the “floor” of the hole is uneven.  We seemed to have two areas that had a bit of a bump instead of being flat. 

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We may not have been perfectly straight with the drilling and so my dad helped us out and smoothed the hole so the tea light would set in it more evenly.  The tea light should sit just slightly above the wood top to minimize the potential for the wood to catch fire. And of course, never leave a lit candle unattended. 

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And here’s the finished product!  You could even set these in a pretty dish or add some greenery.  Think of the possibilities for dressing this up!

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I hope this inspired you to upcycle something today! 

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Making over a footstool

It’s not like the stool was actually broken or anything.  It’s just that the bottom of the legs looked like this.

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And we have dark hardwood floors in the closet.  I am short so I need this stool to reach the top rods and didn’t want to risk the stool scratching the floor.

This was my temporary solution to that.

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Not quite the look I wanted in my closet so I thought that I’d add some felt to the bottom of the legs.  Sounds simple enough, right?

But first I have to tell you this.  When I turned over the stool I noticed it said this:

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I must say that anytime I hear or see the word, “Malaysia” I think of Zoolander and THIS SCENE,

Okay, back to my project. 

I turned the stool over to size the bottom of the legs.  Please disregard the current covering on my craft room stool (yes…it’s an old pair of shorts…I can only get to one project at a time…haha!!) and the pile of books on the floor.  The room is a work in progress.

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I figured out that the size of the bottom of the leg was approximately the same size as this paper die cut I just bought!  Hurray!!  This will make it faster and easier for sure.

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I had some felt that had adhesive on one side so all I had to do was press out four circles, right? 

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Wrong! 

As you can see at the top of the pic the die cut only worked on the peel away paper and not the felt material.  I then traced one of the washers I was using for another project and traced out 8 circles total.  I wanted to double up on the felt so there was enough padding between the bottom of the stool leg and the hardwood floor.

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After cutting the circles out I peeled off the adhesive cover.  I then applied a small amount of hot glue and put one circle on.  I waited just a couple of moments then put a little more hot glue on and then the second circle.  I repeated this for all four legs.

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It looks like it is going to work out just fine.  I am also going to apply the felt to the bottom of my laundry baskets so I can get rid of that bathroom rug that I am currently using. 

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Have you “fixed” anything around your house lately?  What projects are you working on?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

So we tried a pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Deli…

And it was pretty good.

We definitely either wanted to try Katz’s Deli or Carnegie Deli.  We didn’t necessarily have a preference but a scene from, “When Harry Met Sally” was filmed at Katz’s Deli so that won out.

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Here are some shots of the inside.

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It was definitely crowded and lots of customers coming in and just picking up food to go. 

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Very close to our table was this pic of Mike Logan and Lennie Briscoe.  Yes, I know that is their name on the show and they are just actors but that’s how I know them.

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Here’s the menu and when we walked in we were given this blue ticket thing.  The blue ticket thing wasn’t ever clearly explained to us but we were told to hang onto it.

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The waitress brought to the table a plate of cucumbers and pickles.  And even though they were basically the same size, the cucumbers tasted like cucumbers and the pickles tasted like pickles.  I’m assuming there was some different process or pickling involved but either way they both tasted good.

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So the waitress comes up to the table and said, and I quote, “Whaddya want?”.  And that’s how she took our order…haha!!  We asked about the pastrami sandwich and since we’d never had one she brought us a sample.  She let us know that one sandwich was more than enough to share so that’s what we ordered.  At $18.75 for one sandwich I sure hope it was big.

And it was.

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That’s just my half of the sandwich!!  Loaded with meat…actually a little too much meat but it definitely filled us up.

On our way out I had to take a pic of “Where Harry Met Sally”.  In case you aren’t familiar with the scene, CLICK HERE.

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A close-up of the sign.

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I also saw some vintage looking signs on the way out.

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I’m curious to know what liver puffs are.  I may have to google that.

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Not sure what the “No Connection with any other store” means but I’ll assume there is some drama and you can just save that for your mama.

Back to the blue ticket that we were told to hang onto.

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Apparently it had something to do with paying for our meal as this was written on the back.

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And a super important thing to note is they only take cash!

After our meal we decided to try and find a place to have a cannoli.  We found a quiet little place and shared a vanilla and a chocolate one. 

And yes, they were yummy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have you ever been?  What did you order?  Did you have what she had?  😉

(((hugs))) ~lisa

A Tour of The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was an obvious stop for us while exploring NYC.

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The day we went was windy and a bit cold.  I was still very excited to finally see Lady Liberty in person.

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The strong cold wind was really trying to make my hair go cray cray!

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Even M looked a little cold!

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We are getting closer!

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Once we arrived we headed inside because I was a little chilly.  We were able to see the original torch.

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And then we headed up to the pedestal.  We tried to get tickets to the Crown access but the website said it was sold out.  I was a little bummed about that but maybe next time!

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Heading back down the stairs.

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Some pics from down below.

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Of course we had to take a selfie.

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Just being silly. 😉

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The gift shop had cool door handles.

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The tickets for the Statue of Liberty were $18 for me and $14 for M since he is a Senior Citizen.  Unfortunately, even though it’s a National Park they did not honor our National Parks Pass. 

We took the ferry to Ellis Island and you know, I thought that Ellis Island was going to be different.  Some of the artifacts were not on display due to the hurricanes but it was still fun to say we had been there.  

I think I was thinking that it was going to be like in the movie Hitch where there was a book and you could flip the pages.  But apparently it was never like that.  The pages were much longer and they had so many pages that they would have filled up like 15 train cars.  The NP Ranger told us that they microfiched the records and then burned them.  That made me a little sad but they did have a genealogy are which was cool. 

Plus I was able to get a smooshed penny.

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And two cool patches.

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And an awesome mini statue.

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Have you ever been?  Did you take any great pics or have any great stories to share?

(((hugs))) ~lisa 

Toys R Us Ferris Wheel and M&M World

We made a quick stop in Toys R Us.  Toy stores are always a fun place to visit and this one was no exception.

They had a Statue of Liberty – made out of Legos

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And The Empire State Building out of Legos.  I seriously think the folks that make these things must have a lot of patience.  I don’t have that much patience to make something that would take that much time.

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We spotted a Michelangelo mask.  Our grandson is crazy about the Ninja Turtles so whenever we see Ninja Turtle stuff it reminds us of him!

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And that had this robotic dinosaur that was kind of cool.  It was like Jurassic Park in a way.  And the eyes on it kind of creeped me out a bit.

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A super awesome thing is that the Toys R Us has an indoor Ferris wheel!

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M taking a pic of me taking a pic of him. 

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Y’all *know* I had to get my smooshed penny!

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We had a good time and then we headed to M&M world.

Elvis has apparently *not* left the building. 

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What M&M are you?

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My color mood was Peanut Butter Mix.  I’m good with that.

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What will M be?

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As it turns out he is brown. 

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Now isn’t this cute??

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And another smooshed penny opportunity.

 

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My mom looks for money when she goes walking so anytime we see money on the ground we take a pic of ourselves picking it up and send it to my mom.  Feel free to take a pic of yourself doing the same and send a pic to her…haha!

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Yeah, I have no idea why M has his jacket half on and half off. 

Whoa!!!  The Property Brothers!!

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Another fun day in NYC.

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Our Empire State Building Experience

I seriously wish we could afford to travel all the time.  I absolutely love to explore new cities.

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Anytime I see a mail box or a post office, it reminds me of my husband who is a retired letter carrier.

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Views from the top!

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One cool thing was the fact that The Empire State Building has a manual elevator. 

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It was another great day exploring NYC!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

Our Today Show Experience & the Property Brothers

Let me go on record and say that I know that I took a ridiculous amount of pics when were at the Today Show.  I will spare you and not make this a complete photo dumping post but let me just say…the Property Brothers (from HGtv) are awesome!

We arrived around 6am for this show.  I was super excited because I LOVE watching the Property Brothers!  When you arrive we got in line and there was a food truck there with complimentary coffee and muffins.  We had pre-registered HERE and once they allowed us to start going, in we were able to bypass the kiosks where some had to stop to fill in info. 

The super cool thing about the Today Show was they actually provided poster board, markers and even sticker letters to make a sign.  I thought that was super awesome so I created this:

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We took our spot where they were going to film the Property Brothers segment and while we waited I had a chance to meet Alex on the Plaza!

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We also saw Tamron Hall!  Loved her dress and coat.

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My hubby got a pic with Willie Geist.

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They suggested we move to the other side by the arch to be seen on tv but me, and the two girls next to me, were staying put so we didn’t lose our spot.  I did send M to go and try to get on tv as he was taller and could be more easily seen.  :

The Property Brothers came out and they were joking around just like they do on tv. 

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They came over to where we were standing and Drew took this awesome selfie of all of us!

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And I got another photo with Jonathan photo-bombing us.

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Some more behind the scenes shots.

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Up close and personal with the Property Brothers as they signed our poster!!

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And took selfies with our new NYC friends.

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After the show they chill-axed on the couch for a bit.

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And here are some screen shots of the show that M and I are in! 

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And the completely :: BEST PIC OF ALL TIME :: is this awesome photo with Jonathan and I being photo-bombed by JD and Drew!!!

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If you can’t tell, I had an *A*M*A*Z*I*N*G time!! 

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Our Top of the Rock Experience

After our super cool Good Morning America experience, we headed to check out Rockefeller Center. 

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We tried to take a selfie before going inside and this was the first shot.

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Bless his heart…at least he’s handsome!!  I guess technically that is a true selfie but not the one we were going for.

Truth be told, I stink at taking selfies so it’s almost always my hubby doing the picture taking.  Plus, he has longer arms which is a definite need for a good selfie.

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The Prometheus sculpture in front of Rockefeller Center.

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The views from the top of the Rock!!

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The Empire State Building.

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My very handsome husband.

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Just me!  🙂

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More views…

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Central Park straight ahead.

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Us just having some fun!

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If you’d like to take a tour and go to the top of Rockefeller Center then CLICK HERE

After we finished taking in all the awesome views we headed out and right across the street is St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

It’s currently being renovated. 

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We spotted this totally awesome mailbox while walking back to the hotel.  Love me some Sponge Bob Square Pants!!

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We stopped to eat at John’s Pizzeria and it was really yummy!!  We split a salad and small pizza and it was more than enough for two!

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Another really fun day in NYC!!  Tune in to see who else we met on our trip!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Our Good Morning America Experience

We got an early start to our day as we wanted to make sure and get a good spot on the Good Morning America show so we could be seen on tv.  I mean who knows?  This could be my lucky break!  😉

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We arrived around 6am and the barricade that you stand around was almost full.  We got the last two front row spots. 

This is, and would be, our point of view for the next 3 hours.

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You can see Robin Roberts on the camera…. ::squeeeeee::

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We are getting closer to something happening!!

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We didn’t know it until they came out but Neon Trees was there!

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We were so close!! 

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I love seeing “behind the scenes” things happening. 

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And here comes Ginger Zee!

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This guy was the audience coordinator by day, actor by night.

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And here’s Robin!

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And George…

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And my hubby got a great pic with Robin!!!  I was so excited!

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I was up close and personal with Ginger!

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And of course we told all of our family and friends that we were going to be on tv.  Several friends taped the show and sent us screen shots of when we were on.

Here we are on the right with me waving at the camera and Marvin holding his, “It’s my birthday” sign.

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Marvin had moved aside to let the lady on my left get an autograph.  And then she wouldn’t move to let him back in so I did my best to wave and was just hoping he would be on tv again too.  And there he is in the back!!  Can you see him?

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I have no idea why I am waving so wildly at the camera.

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Okay – in this shot I think I look like some kind of muppet or something.  I mean I’m so short I think I look silly.

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In these next shots I am holding onto the barricade for dear life and I don’t know why!  haha!!

 

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Notice the pen in my hand?  Like I’m going to take notes or something??  Honestly, I had the pen out because some of the cast had signed our sign. 

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Again with the wildly waving hand. 

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And the infamous pen used by the cast to sign our poster.  Yes, that’s an orange piece of paper with my name written on it.  I used to use that pen at work and that helped it from walking off as pens so often do.

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Here’s our poster.  Please excuse my messy craft desk in the background. 

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Robin Roberts’ autograph.

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And an autograph from George Stephanopoulos.

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I had researched a bit about watching GMA live and I read that you could tour the studio.  Apparently, that was not current info but I didn’t know it at the time so I asked the door attendant where the tour was.  He indicated that we just needed to go around to the doors on the side of the building and ask there so we headed that way. 

We turned the corner and they had it partially blocked off.  A celebrity,Sofía Vergara, was exiting the building and we had to wait.  I was able to snap a pic so that was cool!

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We found out that tours were no longer available, however, they did allow us to join a group that were going in to be on a segment of GMA Live!  Here’s the clip of that show:
CLICK HERE >> GMA Live

If you are heading to NYC and would like to see GMA and try to be on tv then CLICK HERE.

We had a super fun time even though it was a bit chilly out *AND* we were able to meet some of the cast, get on tv and get a couple of autographs!!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Central Park and Grand Central Station

Before heading to NYC we made a list of our *must-see* spots.  Central Park and Grand Central Station were two that made the list!  As we were exploring 5th Avenue we found ourselves right near the south entrance of Central Park. 

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This was a pretty fountain across from Central Park. 

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We tried to take a selfie but didn’t quite get the fountain in the pic.

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So we asked a stranger to take our pic instead.  Much easier that way!

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The sculpture of General William Tecumseh Sherman greeted us as we headed into the park.

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And of course, no trip to NYC would be complete without buying a hotdog!

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For those that are interested, two hotdogs and two bottles of water set us back $10.  Not sure how that compares to other vendors as this is the only one we bought from but at least it gives you an idea.

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I’d say that they were pretty tasty.

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Now we are off to explore more of Central Park.  On Saturday we ventured a little bit into the north side of the park.  I was a little disappointed as it just seemed to be areas for bike riding, jogging and walking.  I thought there would be more picnic type areas so I was super excited to see all of this.

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The Central Park Zoo greeted as we entered the park.

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I was pleased as punch to find a smooshed penny machine in the park.

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A little further in we spotted another street performer.

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Lovely grounds for picnics and relaxing…

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Beautiful trees blooming…

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We approached a little pond and they were sailing miniature sailboats on it.

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And we came across a Polish Easter party in the park near the King Jagiello Monument.  I googled to find out what was going on and apparently they gather every year.  This blog, Walk about NY, shares a little more about it.

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They looked like they really enjoyed themselves.  Laughing and singing. 

This is the Obelisk.  It is currently being worked on but it looked pretty peeking out of the blooming trees.

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We took a bit of a break to enjoy the park and rest our feet.

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Time for another selfie…

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And maybe another…

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And a quick kiss.

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After our brief rest we were off to explore some more. 

Some folks having some jousting fun in the park.

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Just me…I really enjoyed this part of Central Park!

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This reservoir was officially named the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in 1994.  It is basically a loooong way from the south entrance of Central Park…haha!   

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It’s very serene looking

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The trail along the reservoir

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This is one handsome man and he’s all mine!

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We headed back to the subway as we had had a full day of fun sightseeing.  We passed by the Guggenheim but didn’t actually go in.  Well technically we did go inside but we visited the gift shop. 

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We made it to the subway and here it comes!

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Grand Central Station!

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In the subway there are a lot of street performers

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Grand Central Station really was grand!!

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A super fun day is winding down and we are headed to get some dinner.  Stay tuned as there is more fun ahead!

(((hugs))) ~lisa