My Holiday Week!!!

My parents and sister came to spend the holiday with me and my husband!

We did the escape room challenge and our theme was Alien Conspiracy. So we had to try and save all the documentation that proved aliens exist and we had to stop a bomb from going off! We had 60 minutes to complete the task and we were getting so nervous each task we had to do was so difficult to solve plus we were approaching the last few minutes!

We weren’t sure if we were going to finish! But we had great teamwork and was able to finish the challenge with 3 minutes left! Yay! They told us that this was their toughest escape room and had a 30% success rate so we were so happy that we finished it!

My mom is from NYC so we met up with her side of the family at a nice restaurant in Manhattan called Caffe Napoli. We had Bruschetta Salad for appetizers and boy was that delicious! For my entree I ordered Stuffed Chicken Marsala with Gnocchi and my husband ordered Filet Mignon w/ Beef Ravioli. Wow everything was so tasty!

My mother in law hosted Christmas Eve and I made the traditional Puerto Rican dish called Pernil which is slow roasted pork shoulder. It was a success because everyone loved it and there was none left! Haha

For Christmas we stayed in and I cooked a nice big breakfast for us all! We opened all of our gifts and everyone pretty much got what they wanted! One of my favorite gifts is my new iPhone 8 Plus! My husband surprised me and I couldn’t be more happier because I was so overdue for a new phone!

This was such a great Christmas and I’m so glad I was able to spend it with my family!

What did you all do for the holidays?? Comment below, I’d love to hear what you did!

Pizza & Brew in NYC!

I discovered an interesting restaurant a few weeks ago called pizza & Brew. The decor of the restaurant looked so welcoming and I knew anything involving pizza had to be good! Haha! So my hubby and I went to this past weekend.

They have a variety of pizzas, Italian dishes, burgers, and more! They also have a good selection of beer and you can even buy a pitcher for your table!

Here is the Tomato Bruschetta that we ordered for an appetizer. Yum!

I ordered A La Vodka Pizza that had bacon chicken cutlets and a la vodka sauce substituted for tomato sauce.

My hubby ordered the classic margarita pizza and we also had a pitcher of Sam Adams Winter Lager.

I have to say that everything hands down was amazing! Can’t wait to go back which will probably be next week! =D

Jewel Of Himalaya!

My husband and I went on a dinner date with our friends at Jewel of Himalaya which is an Indian restaurant in Yonkers.

I’ve never been here before but I heard great things about the food so I was excited to give it a try! I ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala and Garlic Naan which are two of my favorites! The food was so delicious, I left the restaurant completely full and satisfied lol! The staff was very attentive, friendly, and made us feel super comfortable. If you’re in the area, you should definitely check out this restaurant!

Untermeyer Gardens Conservancy in NYC!

Untermyer Gardens Conservancy is a non profit organization that has 43 acres of gardens that overlooks the Hudson River!

Here are a few pictures that I took!

Check out my Instagram page for more pictures and videos at Just Brittany Moments Instagram!

I hope you get a chance to see this beautiful garden for yourself! 😊

Summer Outfit Of The Day!

My sister and I spent the day in Manhattan. It was super hot today so I made sure to dress for the weather lol.

Here’s my outfit details:

Top: Forever 21

Bottom: Forever 21

Shades: small boutique somewhere lol

Earrings: Forever 21

Shoes: Shoedazzle

As you can see I really enjoy shopping at Forever 21 haha!

Highlights Of 2017!

So here are some highlights from this year!

My husband and I hit our 2 year wedding anniversary on January 22! Being best friends makes our marriage so much fun!

I do part time event planning and I had the opportunity to run an 8th grade formal event and which was a fun experience!

This summer I was able to visit my college friends in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area! It’s always a good time when we come together!

My cousins and best friends were able to come to NYC to help celebrate my husband’s 30th birthday!

I went to my first natural hair event called in Prospect Park in Brooklyn! That was a great experience to see so many men and women of all different backgrounds who embrace their naturally curly or coily hair!

I had the opportunity to see my favorite music artist Jidenna in concert! I was in the 2nd row closest to the stage so I had a great view! The concert was amazing!

I went ATV riding in Virginia with my husband and in laws which was so fun and I felt super adventurous! Haha!

Pumpkin Carving and cookie baking with my nephews was super fun too!

I had a great thanksgiving with my in laws! And my sister came in town too so we were able to do a lot of fun things together!

Last but not least my parents and sister spent a long, fun week here in NYC for Christmas! I had such a great year and can’t wait to see what next year has in store! 😊

Christmas Weekend With My Family!

I’m so excited that my parents and sister were able to come to NYC to spend Christmas with me! We surely had an eventful week! Here’s all what we did!

THURSDAY – DECEMBER 21

We had dinner at this amazing Asian hibachi restaurant called Edos Steakhouse located in Pelham, NY. My family really enjoyed the food and the fun show that the chef gave when making our food! We had so much food that we had an extra serving of food to take home!

FRIDAY – DECEMBER 22

I took my family to do a little shopping on Central Park Ave in Yonkers. The shopping center had a variety of stores like Burlington Coat Factory, Marshall’s Shoe Shop, and Best Buy To name a few.

My colleague told me about this creole based restaurant called The Bayou Restaurant where they have meals that are traditionally served in Louisiana! The atomesphere was pretty cool! It looked just like we were eating at a restaurant down in Louisiana with all the cultural decorations all around us! I was so excited because I always wanted to visit Louisiana so by coming here I get a little taste of it lol!

For our appetizer, I ordered Swamp and Turf which were bbq ribs with grilled alligator! Yes I said alligator! Alligator taste similar to chicken but is a lot more tender. I enjoyed it! My dad and I ordered Fried Catfish Po’Boy which is a fried catfish sandwich that comes with sweet potato chips and coleslaw. I also ordered hush puppies (my favorite!)

My sister and husband ordered Louisiana Yard Bird which was chicken in a gravy sauce and my mom ordered a cheeseburger and a side of mac and cheese. Everything tasted amazing! And I will be revisiting that restaurant very soon!

SATURDAY – DECEMBER 23

We went to an Alvin Ailey Dance Show at the City Center in Manhattan.

Alvin Ailey was a choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. He is known for popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African American participation in 20th century concert dance (dance performed for an audience that is choreographed to set music).

My mom is a dancer and has been since her teenage years. After high school, she actually auditioned and was accepted into the Ailey School and she was in the program for 2 years. So she received dance training directly from Alvin Ailey himself! She even performed at the Apollo Theater in the early 80’s to “The Beautiful One’s” by Prince. Her crew came in 2nd place! How cool is that!

The picture below is of my mom on ballet pointe when she was about 19 years old in NYC!

The Alvin Ailey performance at the City Center was amazing! When I was younger, my mom showed me the videotapes of Ailey’s classic performances like “Revelations” so to be able to see it all live was an amazing experience!

After the showing, we went to my moms old performing arts high school called Julia Richman/ Talent Unlimited Performing Arts School! And turns out that my husband’s uncle went to the same school as well! Small world isn’t it!

Later for dinner, my mother in law had a gathering at her place filled with great food, games, laughs, and fun!

SUNDAY – DECEMBER 24

My uncle took us all to their old neighborhood in East River in Manhattan where my mom and her 4 brothers grew up. My mom hasn’t been there in years so she was happy to see her old neighborhood and talk about the memories she had. She said that the movie “The Wiz” was filmed very close to their neighborhood so in between takes, the actors in the film such as Diana Ross would come to say hi and talk to the people in my mom’s neighborhood. That’s so awesome!

Later that night we had Christmas Eve dinner at my husband’s aunts house in upstate NY which was a great time! The food was delicious as always and we played a few games as well!

MONDAY – DECEMBER 25

Christmas is finally here! We had Christmas dinner with my moms side of the family at my uncles house in Brooklyn. We normally don’t get together for holidays because everyone’s family is usually doing their own thing. I haven’t seen a lot of these family members in a long time so it was very nice that everyone came out and spent time together! It was a great time for sure! I’m sure we’ll all be able to have more family gatherings like this in the future!

My parents and sister went back home this morning! I was sad to see them go but I’m so glad they came out to spend time with all of us here! They are already planning to come back very soon since they had such a great time! I’m looking forward to it!

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday as much as I did! 😊

The Magic Of Thinking Big!

Hey guys! Happy Friday!

I’m feeling great today! 

This morning I had time to read my book “The Magic of Thinkig Big” by David J. Schwartz and it gave me a nice motivational boost this morning! 

Here’s a small passage from the book: 

“The moral: Practice uplifting self-praise, don’t practice belittling self-punishment. You are what you think you are. Think more of yourself and there is more of you. Upgrading your thinking upgrades your actions, and this produces success.”

Definitely a good read so far! 

Then I was motivated to work on learning French. I’ve been learning using this app called Duolingo which has a lot of other languages that you can learn as well. 

So I did some French practice for a few minutes before heading to work!

Listened to some Drake on the way to work to pump me up even more and now I’m here! 

The work day is going well so far and I’m almost done with the day so I’m feeling super good right now! 

What are your morning routines to start off your day? 

Fun Filled Weekend In NYC!

My little sister came up from Ohio for a few days to visit my husband and I here in NYC before she starts her life in college! 

Thursday






The Statue Of Liberty is right behind us!

She wanted to go on the Statue Of Liberty tour but the tours don’t start until November! Instead, I took her to Battery Park all the way at the bottom of Manhattan! She could at least get a glimpse of the Statue Of Liberty plus the view of the water was amazing! 

I cooked dinner which consisted of Honey Glazed Salmon Steak with Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta with Garlic Bread! Yum! 

I took a quick snapshot of my food so you guys could see what I cooked before I devoured it lol. So excuse the bad lighting!

Friday

We went to The Museum of Natural History and we saw a lot of interesting animals and facts about some that I never knew! 

On the Metro North our way to the museum!

Here are a few pictures of what we saw at the museum! The animals looks so realistic!


After that, we went walking through Central Park while enjoying the beautiful weather! 

Ancient Egyptian Obelisk

Saturday

I was a little bummed at first because the forecast in PA said it was supposed to be rain and thunderstorms but it actually turned out to be a beautiful day! 

We went to Camelback Mountain Resort Waterpark in Tannersville, PA which was about a 2 hour drive for us. We arrived close to when they opened the waterpark to avoid the crowd. It was bright and sunny with beautiful trees surrounding us! But the only bad thing was that it was so windy and when we finished each ride, we were freezing! As the time went by, the teneperature began to rise so it wasn’t that bad anymore. But outside of that, we had a blast and I felt like a kid again! 😁


Shrimp Basket with a nice cold Heineken!


At the end of the day, we decided to go to the movies and see Kidnap starring Halle Berry. That movie had us on the edge of our seat pretty much for the whole movie! It is a must see for sure! 

I’m so glad she came to visit! We were able to spend some quality time together which was great and well needed! Can’t wait until she comes back again! ❤️

Birthday Weekend in NYC!

My husband’s birthday was on June 30th and he finally hit the big 3-0! We had a fun filled weekend! 

JUNE 30 – FRIDAY

We had breakfast at a local spot in the South Bronx. We were running a few errands in the area before heading to Mountain Creek Waterpark!

Left was my sandwich: Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich with jelly…Right was hubby’s: Bacon,lettuce, and onion sandwich with BBQ sauce! 😋
 

We just finished at the Waterpark and are now enjoying our Strawberry lemonade and Rainbow Italian ices!

My cousins and friends had come into town and my mother n law was super nice to cook us all dinner that night. We had baked ziti, baked chicken, rice and beans, and garlic bread. It was so delicious! And we sung Happy Birthday to the birthday guy! 

JULY 1 – SATURDAY

Now we’re on our way to Bubba Gump Shrimp in Times Square! 




“Run Across America” Sampler Appetizer – grilled shrimp, mama blue’s fried shrimp, seafood hush puppies, spicy chicken strips and bubba’s far out dip and homemade tortilla chips! and a Frozen Coronita!
“I’m Stuffed!” Shrimp – Large Shrimp with Crab stuffing, baked in garlic butter and Monterey Jack cheese served with Jasmine rice!
My beautiful cousins to the left and my gorgeous childhood friend to my right (been friends since the 5th grade!)

Later that night, I threw a party for Danny and invited our friends and family over! 

Our guests were playing beer pong, King’s Cup which is a drinking card game, Head’s Up and other games as well! 

My husband wanted pernil (Spanish style pulled pork) so I cooked it for the first time! His mother makes really good pernil so she gave me instructions on how to make it and it turned out amazing! There was no more pernil left haha! 

I also made Buffalo Chicken dip for the first time and that was totally fine too so I’m guessing everyone like it! 

Sorry that the food pictures look so rough. I took a quick snap shot of everything but I wanted you guys to see all that we had at the party! 

Pernil (Spanish style pulled pork), rice and beans
Baked ziti
Buffalo Chicken Dip
My husband’s famous pasta salad
Watermelon
Hubby’s Ice Cream Cake!

Unfortunately I didn’t take any more pictures because I was caught up in the fun! 

It was a great weekend and I’m glad that my husband enjoyed his birthday weekend! =)