Kensico Dam In Westchester!

My hubby and I went to Kensico Dam the other day since the weather was gorgeous!!!

Kensico Dam was built in 1885 under the old dam that formed Lake Kensico using stone from Cranberry Lake Park. The town usually has local events that take place there, you can explore the area by walking the trails, and they have a gorgeous view of the lake as well!

Here are some pictures from the day! Hope you enjoy! =)

Eventful Memorial Day Weekend!

One of my best friends from college was in town for her 30th birthday this past week. We did so many things that it was almost hard to remember all that we did lol. Check out what we were up to!

Wednesday 5/22

She flew in on her actual birthday, 5/22, so I bought her an ice cream cake from Carvel which she loved!

Thursday 5/23

For her birthday weekend, she was dying to go to a Cirque Du Soleil show!

If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a contemporary circus style show based around a specific theme. There are a variety of performances that take place such as hoop diving, daring acrobatic acts, trapeze acts, handbalancing, aerial straps, Russian swings, and more!

So I surprised her with tickets to the Cirque Du Soleil Luzia (light and rain) which was inspired by Mexican culture. She was so hyped and I was too because I’ve always wanted to go to one of these! The show was AMAZING! I was entertained and intrigued from beginning to end! I highly recommend this show if you haven’t seen it already!

Friday 5/24

My friend Elsa’s birthday was this day so she came over and so make her a birthday breakfast! I made Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, and freshly made homefries (I used my handy dandy airfryer!).

We then went to Alamo Drafthouse which is a movie theater where you can order food and drinks while watching your movie, it’s pretty cool. We saw John Wick 3 and OMG it was great! If you’re into crime, action packed thrillers, then you should check it out!

Saturday 5/25

In the morning, my inlaws had a baptism for my husband’s Godson and spent time with the family afterwards.

At night, we went to this lounge in the city called Sounds of Brazil or SOB’s. They normally host themed events and tonight was Caribbean night so they played a mix of reggae, soca, throwbacks, and top 40 tunes. We had such a great night and didn’t get back home until 4 in the morning! The last time I partied until the sun came out was way back in college haha!

Sunday 5/26

My husband’s aunt was hosting a BBQ at her place in Patterson. They had hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages and for dinner we had chicken, ribs, rice and beans. Everything was delicious, I love BBQs!

Me and my niece Bella!

At night, we headed back to town and went bowling with some good friends of ours. We went to Bowlmor Lanes in White Plains. I enjoy going here because they have an arcade area which reminds me of a mini sized Dave n Busters! Everytime I go to an arcade, I’m always drawn to the basketball game and we ended up playing that a few times!

The bowling alley is huge and has about 50 lanes, half upstairs and half downstairs. They have large tv screens all along the walls and have the bowling pins that glow in the dark!

Monday 5/27

We dropped off my friend at the airport super early for her to head back home to the Cayman Islands. I’m glad she enjoyed herself and we made it a 30th birthday weekend to remember! We came home and took a quick nap and headed out for another BBQ at our cousins place. I got in the pool for a bit but the water was freezing! So I just chilled out on their patio area with the fam enjoying the abundant sunshine! Sunbathing is my favorite thing to do so I was soaking up as much Vitamin D as I could!

So as you can see I had a very eventful week! Now I need a break haha!

How was your Memorial Day weekend? Did you do anything exciting?!

Better Understanding Of Suffering

I always see this quote said by Buddha.

I didn’t really understand what it meant, maybe because it’s such a simple statement.

Then I came across this quote…

This quote is still simple, but when I thought about it, Mooji (Jamaican spiritual teacher) is pretty much saying what Buddha was trying to say in his quote.

This is how I interpret it: Whatever comes to you, whether that be good news/bad news, a problem or obstacle, or something unexpected, don’t resist it. Accept what it is and go with the flow.

When it goes, whether that be a relationship that ended, losing a job, or anything that will leave you sad and/or disappointed, don’t dwell on the loss.

I’m sure there will be some things that come and go that may be more serious than the things I’ve mentioned. But I think Mooji is saying whatever comes or goes in your life, good or bad, accept it for what it is and learn from that situation.

I think the reason we may push something away, grieve a situation, or become attached is because we fear the unknown. Whatever happened was probably unexpected so we freak out because it didn’t go our way (that’s where that attachment comes in), and we might drown in our emotions as a response to the situation.

I do believe that there should be a time frame to feel those emotions you get as a result of the unknown happening. But during that time we should be trying to answer questions like: why am I feeling like this? Why did this happen to me? What is the God/the Universe/the situation trying to teach or show me? Or any other questions that fit with the situation at hand.

Have an open mind to accepting your answers in forms of conversations you may have with someone, through a movie/tv show you may watch, or something you may see while you’re out in public. I believe meditation and prayer can be very helpful in finding your answers too.

Everything happens for a reason, so as long as you don’t become too attached to people/things/situations, you shouldn’t endure much suffering.

If you’re dealing with a tough situation that you may be having trouble getting through, remember these quotes said by Buddha and Mooji.

My First Smoothie Bowl!

Hey y’all! So I’m excited to show you my smoothie bowl that I made for the first time!

I normally make regular smoothies but this morning I wanted to try something different. I whipped up a strawberry banana smoothie bowl. I think it turned out great!

Here’s the recipe:

Handful of frozen strawberries

2 frozen bananas

Almond milk

And ice to make thicker (optional)

-Put everything in the blender and blend until you reach your desired consistency. Since my blender is not very strong, I had to add more almond milk to make it easier to blend the ingredients.

-I then topped it with fresh strawberries and bananas along with granola and hemp seeds for added nutrients!

How did I do?! Have you made a smoothie bowl before? If so, what is your fav recipe?! Maybe I’ll give it a try and share a post about it!