How to Visit the Wizarding World on a Budget

When my friend, Julie, and I decided to take a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we agreed that we wanted to keep the costs down. As busy Moms and new homeowners, it was an extremely important factor in our decision to go. While my friend has been, I have never been and in my opinion, it’s sacrilegious! As big a fan as I am, I should have experienced this a long, long time ago. Responsibilities and finances have always held me back, after having a discussion with my husband, he was ready to support my going on a “girls trip.”  I finally felt ready to experience this magical place. Continue reading “How to Visit the Wizarding World on a Budget”

Adventures in Chinatown

On Saturday I (easily) talked my friend into visiting Chinatown in NYC for a dinner of dim sum. I had never eaten or even walked through Chinatown nor have I ever had dim sum. I’m not sure what suddenly gave me the urge to suggest it but I do know that I have wanted to try dim sum for several years now, ever since I read The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones. It was a surprisingly good novel for a book I bought in the $2.99 and under the section. As I read this description, my mouth watered and I craved it so much that I even tried to make it at home (massive fail):

“She was too hungry for exotic ones and so she chose a plain dumpling,  something substantial, filled with eggplant, cilantro and dill.”

The novel goes into more detail about traditional Chinese food, cooking methods, and ceremonies but that particular quote always stuck out to me. It was a fantastic and fast read if anyone would like me to do a review on that novel, comment down below and I’ll be sure to get one up. Continue reading “Adventures in Chinatown”

Night at the Museum

Once I had learned about the adult sleepover program that was being offered at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The AMNH has always been one of my all time favorite places in NYC.

The price per ticket for this event was hard to stomach as it was expensive. For a whopping $350.00 ($300 for members) you’ll get a champagne meet and greet, a buffet dinner, access to the whole museum including special exhibits and planned events specifically for the sleepover. You’ll also get snacks, breakfast and early access to the gift shops. You’re really paying for the experience here. The chance to roam the museum without so many guests was such an alluring prospect. Money aside, I really found it difficult to convince myself that this wasn’t worth the hefty price. There were no other reasons I wouldn’t go so I ended up purchasing  a ticket because isn’t life all about finding adventure? Continue reading “Night at the Museum”