Wednesday, 16 September 2015

New York: Days 3 & 4

Hi everyone! Hope you are all well. Today's post is all about our third and fourth days in NYC.

On our third day in New York, we decided to take a trip to the Natural History Museum. We had also planned to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the same day but definately underestimated just how huge the History Museum is! It was such a fascinating museum and there were so many exhibitions to see. We also got to see a film called the 'Secrets of the Ocean' which was interesting. Our entrance to the museum was included in our CityPass ticket but I believe general admission tickets are around $22 per person. I would say it is well worth the price and we had a great day out.

In the evening, we headed to Broadway to the theatre to watch the Curious Incident of the Dog in the night-time. We were seated up in the mezzanine (because the seats were cheap) but the view was still so good. The show was incredible and we really enjoyed our evening! Warning though: do not buy refreshments at the theatre unless you have money to throw around.

On our fourth day, we first visited the Met museum. I must admit, I definately prefer history museums to art museums. Although there was a lot to see, we were put off by the amount of security guards and their rude attitude. I understand that museums do need security, but there seemed to be an awful lot of staff around not doing very much apart from shouting at people having a sip of their drink (including me). I like to feel that you can explore museums at your own leisurely pace, taking in the exhibitions around you without constantly feeling looked over.

After our visit to the museum, we headed on the subway down to Times Square. It is such an iconic but overwhelming place, especially in 34+ degree heat. After a couple of visits, I started to feel a lot less anxious here and began to love it. The shops are amazing too - in particular, the Disney store, Toys R Us (which features a ferris wheel inside!) and the M&M store.

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Keep Me Going Cereal

Hello everyone! How are you all today? What have you been up to? I was recently very kindly sent some cereal from Keep Me Going* to try, specifically their Whole Grain Oat and Barley pillows. I was excited to try these out as I am always looking for new, healthy breakfast options to try. The company prides itself on finding low sugar and low salt alternatives to many of the cereals already on the markets and I can certainly agree with that! I think it is often easy to forget what we are eating first thing in the morning, especially if you wake up as hungry as I do. From what I can see on Ocado at the time of writing this post - it retails for £2.65 for a 375g box which I think is really competitive price. Anyway, on to what I thought:

The first thing that struck me was the packaging. I love the bright, vibrant colours and the simple, effective design. I think it shows that it is family-friendly, yet not solely child orientated like some cereals can often appear.

I must admit the cereal isn't much to look at, but then I think that also shows that it has simple, pure ingredients with no added nasties. I enjoyed the taste of the cereal and it was definitely a taste that I developed more of a love for the more bowls I had. It is also a really versatile cereal and goes perfect with fresh or dried fruit. It is also delicious served simply on its own with some milk - sometimes you just need a straightforward, quick breakfast!

I am also looking forward to seeing the new versions of the Keep Me Going range which will be on our shelves soon, including Keep Me Strong.

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

New York: Days 1 & 2

Hello everyone! How are you all? Hope you are okay. As you may have gathered over the last few posts, we were lucky enough to recently travel to NYC and it was amazing! I have been so excited to share some photos with you and tell you all about it so I hope you enjoy it.

We arrived in the city at around 2.30pm their time but after a hectic day travelling with two heavy suitcases (including mine which suitably broke before we had even stepped out of JFK airport) we were glad to land at our hotel. We were really pleased with our hotel, it was right near the Empire State building.

After a relaxed evening, we got up nice and early. On our first full day, we decided to head over to Ground Zero and the 9/11 memorial. It has always been a tragic event that gives me shivers but actually visiting was very emotional. It was hard at first to imagine that it was where the twin towers actually stood but we were pleased with how sensitive and appropriate the memorial and exhibitions were. We also took a visit to Central Park zoo - it is a fairly small zoo to be honest but there is plenty to see (including grizzly bears!). Entrance to the zoo was reasonable too and only set us back around $30.

On day two, we decided to take a trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis island. Our city passes (which I mentioned in a previous post) included this and the ferry ride. Apart from nearly being sick (damn you travel sickness) - it was great to visit these two little islands, full of history and things to see. Afterwards, we headed to the Empire State building. Our ticket included a day pass and a bonus night time visit to use after 10pm. I must say that I think I preferred it at night time - although the views are spectacular, there was something more amazing about seeing the city all lit up in the evening.

Overall, our meals for the first two days were fairly standard and not much to blog about. It definately took us a few days to find the better restaurants and I will mention these in my next posts! A lot of NYC seems to be based around fast food and it took a little effort to find places to sit for a relaxed meal.

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