What I’ve Learned From 2020

Hey guys,

Long time, no see. Happy New Year! Happy 2021!!

I HATE going this long without posting anything, and I’m really sorry about it, but life has been crazy the past few months for me, as I’m sure it’s been for everyone else as well.

BUT, regardless, it is a NEW year, new beginning and chance to reinvent your(my)self! How exciting is that to think about?! People always like to make the “new year, new me” jokes, but why can’t you change the way you are for the new year? Isn’t that always the point of getting excited for the new year to begin with? Creating new goals, new memories, new habits, etc. etc.? I can’t speak for everyone, but that’s definitely always MY mentality when the new year rolls around.

Because of this, I wanted to reflect a bit and have my first post of the year be about some of the things that I learned from 2020 and hope to change and/or build on for this year (since Lord knows there were a shit ton of things I think we can ALL take away from last year).

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So let’s get straight into it….in no particular order:

  1. Patience

    I think we all learned the hard way last year that patience really is a virtue. This was SO important all throughout 2020, for multiple reasons. Whether we liked it or not, we had to be patient with everything going on all throughout the pandemic. As frustrating as it was, and continues to be at times, we all had to trust and have patience that everything was going to workout, fall into place and go back to how it used to (and no I don’t mean that we’re going to go back exactly how we were before, but that’s besides the point).

Personally, I was also forced to learn a lot about patience professionally. I was at my last job for almost 4 years and DYING to get out and finally find something within the field I loved. And it was one of the MOST frustrating things for such a long time not being able to do anything about it. I was agitated every single day that I had to get up and go to work. Not because of the people or the work itself, just out of frustration for the fact that it wasn’t really what I wanted to do. Until November…when I least expected it, I got a call about an interview for my dream job at my dream company, and within 2 weeks, I had secured the position!! When you finally decide to release control and least expect it is usually when things really start to fall into place. Trust the process and realize that God’s got you, always!! He knows what He’s doing.

2. Gratitude

I don’t know about you guys, but gratitude was a major thing that I learned in 2020 as well, which is funny because I’ve always been grateful for the things and people that I have in my life, but I guess because I was always so ‘on the go’ pre-pandemic, it never really hit me HOW blessed I was and should be. The pandemic and everything else going on in the world at the time, and even now, really shows you that nothing is ever promised in life, so live like today’s your last day on earth and always be grateful for everything and everyone in your life whether big or small.

3. Health

This one is also kind of funny just because I’ve always strived to be healthy and fit (to some extent) when I was big into dieting and working out pre-pandemic, but throughout 2020 I really made myself buckle down and take my mental and physical health a lot more serious. I really made it a priority to recognize the type of things I take in mentally and emotionally via TV or social media, as well as the foods and what not that I put into my body. I’ve never been one for taking vitamins, but after everything that’s gone on, I’ve really realized how important it is, especially as a woman because of everything our bodies go through as it is. I may be slacking a bit on the working out part of physical health, but I do plan on getting back into that slowly but surely in the coming days/weeks.

4. Working smarter, not harder

This pandemic and being home for as long as I have has really put things into perspective as far as my content creation on all platforms. Since everything was shutdown and we were forced to stay home, it forced me (and everyone else that does the type of work I do obviously) to REALLY get creative. It can be difficult as it is sometimes to come up with content ideas in general, but add in the fact that we had to stay home for as long as we have been and feeling like there’s only so many things you can do and show within your home?? Geez, taking creativity to a whole other level. And it still can be challenging sometimes, but the key really is to just work smarter, not harder. Play to your own personal interests and pick the brains of your audience, and it’ll end up being simpler then you think.

5. Self care

This one also plays into the mental health part we were just talking about, but in 2020 more than EVER I realized how truly important it was to put down and step away from your phone/computer and practice self-care. Whether that’s pampering myself, doing the things I love or just being by myself, it’s so important to take care of yourself (in all ways). It really does wonders for your mental health. It gives your mind, body and soul a chance to relax and rejuvenate itself either for the rest of the day or the next day. Please please please prioritize your self-care treatments, whatever that may be for you.

And finally, 6. Surrounding yourself with good vibes

This is just as equally important as everything else I’ve mentioned. I know we’re in the middle of a pandemic and we really aren’t supposed to (or shouldn’t) be seeing other people, but if you are one of those people that are still doing this, please make sure that you are at least keeping good company and positive vibes around you; whether that’s family, friends, significant others, etc. There is enough negative and scary crap going on in/around the world without you adding on to it by keeping bad company around you. Nobody needs any sort of extra negativity lingering around them and it is SO important to keep good people and vibes around you. It helps keep your spirits up when things are rough, and this also doesn’t just apply to people; be sure to keep good/positive music, scents, etc. around you. When you surround yourself with good vibes and energy, it not only makes you feel good, but also ends up mirroring into your own life.

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I hope that you guys enjoyed this new post and took something away from it. I know that I say this A LOT, but I am officially back and my goal for this year is to post at LEAST once a week, twice if I can. So please don’t be shy in dropping any/all suggestions that you may want to see from me on here.

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Thank you guys for reading, and I’ll see you in the next one!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl 

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On The Menu Today: Old Rose

Hi Guys! 🙂

Today’s post is FINALLY another/new restaurant review post!! 😀

The restaurant I’m going to be reviewing today is called Old Rose, which is located in the Jane Hotel near the Highline.

I REALLY need to get into the habit of writing down how the heck it is that I find these places, especially when I plan on doing reviews on them, because I ALWAYS forget lol smh. 🤦🏻‍♀️

BUT, I’m sure I just stumbled upon it on Instagram somehow like I typically do, looked up the restaurant’s profile, as well as fellow Instagrammers posting about it, and looked up reviews online to see whether or not it was actually a place I wanted us to try, and sure enough, it was!

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From all the pictures I was seeing online, it looked like such a cute, sort of elegant spot to eat, so I figure why not go there for brunch so that we could get dressed up, take pictures, etc., and that’s exactly what we ended up doing!

Walking to the restaurant was ROUGH, because it was FREEZING this day and it was such a long walk from where we got off the train (in 14th Street) to the place. But we didn’t want to let that ruin the experience at all, so we stayed optimistic about the entire thing.

The Ambiance

Walking into the restaurant the immediate feeling I got was like some sort of old school ballroom, that got converted into a chic coffee shop in the West Village; with the marble-ish table tops, black and white tiled floors, and simplicity of it’s decor, I immediately felt comfortable.

When we finally got there, it took us about 5-10 minutes to get seated while they finished getting our table ready. It really wasn’t that bad or long, and in that time we got to sit at the bar and order ourselves a mimosa, so we were pretty content. 😂

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The tables were fairly small and rounded, but once the food started coming we actually saw that it was kind of the perfect size for everything that we had ordered.

Generally, the service was pretty good and quick, and the server we had was really friendly and helpful with anything/everything we needed (again, I wish I had gotten her name to be able to give her a quick shout-out, but I completely forgot to ask her).

Even the bussers were super friendly and helpful if we wanted or needed anything, which I thought was pretty cool considering most times you go to a restaurant they kind of just do what they have to and don’t really interact with the guests.

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The Food

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Overview of our table.

As sort of our “appetizer” we got the Vodka Burrata pizza pie, which was enough that we each got 2 slices out of it (there were 3 of us there). This was one thing that I kept seeing all over their website, as well as posts people would put up from here so we figure we try it. The server we had also highly recommended it and said it was one of her favorites, so it gave us the extra push to actually order it.

I definitely liked it, especially since I’ve never had anything like it before, and it was generally really tasty, you guys know I’m pretty picky so I was kind of surprised at how much I liked it, so that was pretty exciting! Lol.

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The Vodka Burrata pizza pie

 

After our little “appetizer” and mimosas, came the main course.

For me, it was relatively early still and I was craving somewhat of a traditional breakfast, so I got their ‘American Breakfast,’ which consisted of scrambled eggs, bacon, crispy smoked potatoes, grapefruit, and sourdough bread.

Overall, I liked it, but wish it didn’t have as much of what I can only really assume to be parsley, all over it because it was a lot, and there just really wasn’t much need for it. A little bit, sure, but that was a lot sprinkled all over my eggs and potatoes.

But, other than that, I was pretty happy with my dish. Again, it came out relatively quick, everything was cooked well the way that I wanted it, and it was a decent portion size for me, especially after eating the pizza just before this.

If you’re anything like me (in the sense of a picky eater), or just looking to have something more traditional here, I definitely recommend this.

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The ‘American Breakfast’.

Diego and Geno opted for the Lamb burger, which had goat cheese, roasted tomato, pickled red onion, with fried potatoes.

They both made it clear to me that they REALLY enjoyed the burger. They both thought it was well cooked and generally tasty, so they definitely recommend this if you’re anything like them and tend to opt for mainly burgers whenever you go out to eat haha.

The only thing Diego personally didn’t care for was the fact that they didn’t actually have regular french fries here at all. It was either the fried potatoes, or nothing. We both agree that the potatoes were good taste wise,  but he felt it went a little better with something like the dish that I got as opposed to the burger they both got, which I can understand and agree to.

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The Lamb burger.

And finally, the “dessert” portion of brunch.

Only Geno and I ended up getting something for this, partially because Diego doesn’t usually tend to care for any sort of desserts, and partially because they didn’t have too many options to begin with.

Geno had ordered their Housemade Granola which came with Ronnybrook yogurt, honey, and fresh fruit in it. This was probably the only thing out of the entire time we were here, that actually took forever to come. We’re still not sure why honestly, especially since it was just yogurt pretty much, but it did.

And when it finally arrived, Geno said he didn’t actually care for it, and I’m not exactly sure if it’s because it took as long as it did to get to him or if it just really wasn’t that exciting at all, but those were his honest, general thoughts on it.

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This is their ‘Housemade Granola’.

For me, I really wanted to be able to try their coffee, because I had heard a LOT of good things about it, so that’s what I did. I got one of their lattes, as well as a chocolate croissant because all of the pastries looked SO good sitting in the case by the bar (don’t judge me).

Being that I always go to Starbucks where you can 100% customize your drink to your liking with how many sugars, what milk, sweetener, etc., I was a little nervous about trying/drinking a regular coffee without having any of the usual stuff I tend to put in it, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.. it was definitely strong coffee, but also pretty good tasting which I was happy about.

And the croissant was pretty standard and good tasting, the only thing with that though is that I wish it could’ve been warmed up. I’m not sure if they don’t do that there, or maybe they do but I had to “specially” ask for it, but even then, that really didn’t bother me too much, it just would’ve been a nice little added bonus.

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Latte and Chocolate Croissant.

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General Thoughts

Overall, I have to say that I personally, really liked the place. Generally, the service and food was good, and it wasn’t TOO expensive either. Considering everything we ordered (food, drinks, etc.) and the location of the restaurant, I would say it was pretty moderately priced.

It doesn’t take too much to impress me for things/places like this unfortunately being that I am a picky eater, but I also don’t have any problems being honest about certain things that I may or may not like about places like this.

But also, as always, take what I say/suggest with a grain of salt and come to your own conclusion about these places.

Out of 100%, I would give this place an 80-85% rating. But I do definitely think that it’s worth trying at least once. So go, come to your own conclusions about it, and let me know what YOU guys ended up thinking about it!

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Let me know in the comments below or through social media if you guys have been here before, if so, what were your thoughts on the place?!

Also, let me know if there are any other places you would like to see Diego and I check out in the near future, and we’ll be sure to go and write an entire post about it.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Please like, share, follow and comment and I’ll see you guys in the next one! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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Apple & Pumpkin Picking 2018!

Happy Monday everybody!

I hope you guys had a good, fun, relaxing and productive weekend like I did! 🙂 Today’s post is going to be about something SUPER Fall-like, which if you haven’t done, you definitely need to at some point!

I’m talking about going Pumpkin and Apple picking!!

This past weekend (on Saturday), me, Diego, a few of his family members, and some of our friends went to a farm to do some pumpkin and apple picking, and we had the BEST time. We went to Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard, which if you are from New York, it’s in North Salem (Westchester). I’m going to leave their website linked here for anyone that is interested in checking them out.

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If you’re anything like me, then you probably haven’t gone to do something like this since you were a kid. Up until last year, I hadn’t gone to do this since I was in like 3rd or 4th grade and they took us as one of our school field trips!

Diego and I had found this place last year, but for one reason or another, only got to go by ourselves. We ended up loving it so much, that we KNEW we had to go back this year and bring some of the people closest to us this time around so they could enjoy it as much as we did the first time, and that’s exactly what we did.

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We spent the majority of the afternoon there up until it was closing time for them (which was at about 5:30pm). We all had an amazing time and got to eat great food, pick a TON of apples, and buy some goodies from the store they had on their location.

One thing to mention about this place in general though, is that it’s all cash-only. So if you’re going to make a trip up here, come prepared with that. Personally, I brought $100 in cash and that was more or less fine to hold me off for the day and everything that we did. However, worse comes to worse (although I know people try to avoid this because of the added fee(s)), they do have an ATM on location in case you wanted/needed to take out more.

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One of the really cute things this farm has is their little Country Store. It’s actually one of the first things you see when you’re driving in to the farm. It’s decently big, and super festive for the Fall/Halloween season.

Inside the store they have everything from baked goods, to produce that they grow themselves on the farm, to homemade jams of all different flavors, and even decorations and pumpkin carvers for the pumpkins you pick up there.

This is also where people would go when they place any orders for pies around the holidays to pick them up (which I’ll talk more about later on in the post).

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Although obviously the main attraction(s) here would be the apples and pumpkins, they also have a ton of other things to do as well. There were countless amounts of amazing food vendor stands, little games and activities for kids, somewhat of a petting zoo for kids (which included horses, chickens, and goats), and even live music.

The food was AMAZING. Granted, I am a picky eater and will mainly stick to the foods I know and love like burgers, chicken tenders, fries, etc., BUT nonetheless it was all good.

I’m sure people would say/think that the food is slightly overpriced for what you would normally get anywhere else, but I think it’s pretty worth it considering everyone there  makes everything right in front of you, so it’s all fresh for the most part.

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Something I highly recommend for people to try when you come here is the HUGE turkey legs that they always sell. From what I’ve seen, it’s definitely a best-seller. Diego absolutely loved it last year, and ended up being one of the first things he wanted when we came this time around too (pictured above).

Among the foods I just mentioned, they also had things like ice cream, fried oreos, cider donuts, fresh squeezed lemonade (which btw 10/10 recommend that you try the strawberry lemonade because WOW.), and pumpkin pie cheesecake.

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This is the strawberry lemonade. I believe it was $3 per container like this. We legit kept going back to get more, and by the time we left, we had gotten like 4 or 5 of them. SO good!!

One of MY personal favorite parts of all this was definitely the pumpkin pie cheesecake…….you guys, if you know me (as I’ve mentioned several times in several different blog posts), I am SUCH a picky eater, more so with regular food as opposed to desserts, but nonetheless picky.

 

HOWEVER, when Diego and I came last year, he managed to get me to try a sample of the pumpkin pie cheesecake they had there, and I swear I fell in love after that. So much so that I ended up placing an order for the big size that they had to be able to have that as one of the desserts at Thanksgiving last year, and I FULLY intend on doing the same thing this year as well!! So worth it, and they are all handmade by this cute little family that’s always at the farm!

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Overall, it was a really great and fun experience. Diego and I had a lot of fun last year when we went, but I think it was even better being able to experience it with some of the people closest to us this year as well.

If you haven’t been pumpkin or apple picking, but have been considering going lately and aren’t sure which farm to go to (and are in the NY area), I 100% recommend Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard. It’s a great place to go with a group of your family or friends, and is super kid-friendly as well.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and I’ll see you in the next one 🙂 !

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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