Devouring The Big Apple: pt 2 ~ ‘Central Park & FAO Schwarz’

So many pictures in this post! Excited for you guys to see them :) After visiting the Statue of Liberty, we woke up the next morning and decided to have breakfast at Sarabeth’s, a little cute restaurant beside Central Park.

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It was a nice little change from hotel restaurants, the environment was lively. They had old vintage-looking photographs of Audrey Hepburn (Of course!) and who I think is Marilyn Monroe and other old black and white pictures.

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We ordered some french toast, different types of omelettes and a smoked salmon with eggs dish. Also, the orange juice in the US tastes SO much better than the one back home. It’s nice and sweet and sour, minus the bitter aftertaste ours has :’) Florida Naturals is awesome <3 After eating, we didn’t have much time to wander aimlessly in Central Park lol, so we took a horse-carriage ride as a quick tour. It was lots of fun, who doesn’t love horse rides, right? But it was a little stinky, haha, as with everything that has to do with horses! xD

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Oh! What’s this building here? ;)

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It’s the Plaza Hotel!

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The one from Home Alone 2 if you didn’t know, haha! Remember this entrance? :P Sadly there are no more pictures of the place because when we got inside, the lobby and actual hotel were not open to the public, I’m thinking because of it’s popularity and a lot of people coming to visit? Perhaps it disturbs the hotel’s residents? I dunno, it was a bummer but what can you do. So after that we visited the largest toy store in the US, FAO Schwartz! This is the same toy store the smurfs visited in their first movie, how cute right? Everything was so colorful and cheerful I was wandering the aisles speechless and amazed. I love toy stores <3

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I want one ^ :’)

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They even have a section exclusively for candy and sweets! :D This is what the inside of a rainbow looks like lol!

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Large cereal-box sized nerds? YES PLEASE.

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Alphabet gummies *-* That’s a first.

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Any fans of the Simpsons? :P

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The best part: They sell the Bean Boozled and Harry Potter jelly beans, the ones YouTubers use for the jelly bean challenges! We got some to film our own take on it >:) Don’t know whether I’m excited or scared lol.

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Peeps are the cutest marshmallows in my opinion! I have to taste some before we go back home! Now on to the real toys~

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A little creepy, but still awesome to look at xD

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LOVE these portraits! Would look so great as a decoration to your study or work office <3 Sadly, I came to the doll section hoping to find clothing that would fit on my MNF, but what I found was either too big or too small. Looks like its back to the sewing machine again~

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CALICO CRITTERS!!

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And my ultimate favourite…

The Miniature Section!! <3

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These are sheets of wallpapers and parquet that you can use to line the interior of the house like the picture of the empty house above! So cute :’)

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This tiny little cigarette is my favourite lol!

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Want a new family? They’re got you covered xD

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Personally I just want the brother. I don’t have a brother.

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Or perhaps you want a dollhouse FOR your dollhouse? Inception~~~

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They even have a Build-a-Bear inside of their store! That’s how big it is!

Now these bears below have a special place in my heart. These were the exact same bears that were featured in a book that belonged to my cousin. Can’t remember it’s name right now, but it was a huge book with delightful pictures of toy bears doing all kinds of activities. It had no particular storyline, but everything was styled and set up perfectly as if it was showing you a whole different “World of Teddy Bears”, how they live, how they dress and even where they go when they’re sick, i.e. torn up to shreds lol. We used to read it all the time when we were kids and inspired us with so many ideas, and I never knew the brand until now. Thank you, Steiff bear. I will own one someday! :)

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This little bunny is a cutie! The salesman was like “Make sure you get his ‘good side'” xD I thought that was pretty cute, haha!

In the end, I didn’t buy much, just a Jenga because I’ve always wanted to play it and never had one. We went back home and watched some friends while we play it. I lost incase you want to know :’P

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Thanks again for reading guys! Have a lovely vacation yourselves and be safe!

- Reem AlHashmi

Effective and pretty organisers!

I’m not sure whether this is a “life hack” but it’s more of a “organise your stuff better so it looks more decent” kinda thing. Not many of you can relate to these problems but I thought I’d share what I’ve done to give a little inspiration to those who want to organise certain things but don’t know how.

I recently purchased two matching floral vases for my room to hold my 1) yarn, and 2) Tiny’s rod\stick toys.

When I started knitting, I didn’t know I’d actually end up purchasing a lot of yarn. I kept them in a Magrudy’s paper bag (where I bought them from) and hid them in a corner. Not attractive. And Tiny’s favourite toys are the fishing rod ones where you dangle them in the air and he jumps to catch them, so those accumulated as well and they were thrown randomly in his tunnel. This is how I solved this:

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Both were an impulse-buy from Home Centre. The pot’s job is to hold my knitting yarn and needles and it looks so adorable doing just that <3 Originally wanted a wicker basket as it gave a more “vintage/grandmother” look but I decided matching vases was best.

The tall vase holds flowers…AND Tiny’s stick toys. Adding the plastic flowers I got from Ace helped hide the rod toys so that they aren’t visible, and my room doesn’t have to look like a kid’s playroom anymore. I know this is a little exaggerated but I really love the end result, even though one of the feather toys shows I can stuff it deeper in the vase (which I lined the with plastic wrapping paper) or just leave it like that. I honestly don’t mind.

So here’s the idea, even if you don’t have things that irk you because they have nowhere to go, you can still alter the things you already own. If you have a nice things around your room, flaunt them by displaying it in your room in a vase, shelf or pot, instead of hiding it in drawers or cupboards.

  1. Got some pretty looking soap bars? From Lush perhaps? My sister put her Lush bars and bath bombs in this dainty glass container (Potterybarn), and it doesn’t have to be in the bathroom, this one is on her dresser!IMG_6541
  2. Do you sew? Get a nice small wooden table and place your sewing machine in a corner to give your room a vintage look where you’re a seamstress!
  3. Got an album of cute baby pictures? Throw them in a nice basket or bowl and place them in a visible spot in your room where your visitors and friends can have a look at them. Everyone loves baby pictures ;)
  4. Many furniture stores sell boxes in the shape of books and novels, so you can put some chocolates (or even truffles) in them and place them on a table (inform your guests ahead of time of-course).

Anything can be effective and still look good, you just gotta work your magic and imagine the different ways. These are some suggestions, but you can always comment below and ask if you need help with anything in particular, I’m more than happy to assist.

Thanks for reading as always, folks! Let me know if this helped you! Share it with your buddies if you think they’ll benefit from it too!

Much love,

Reem AlHashmi

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One more cat hair & I’ll cough up furballs!!

Hey dudes!

Today’s random rant will be about the all-too-common cat owners’ dilemma: Shedding. Now I’ve been living with Tiny for about a year and a few months, but the shedding has never been this bad. My veterinarian said he’s a cross between a Persian, and another shorthair breed, so this explains the reason somewhat, but honestly, some Persians don’t shed as much as he does :) He could just pass by you and hair would just be trailing behind him like an entourage. I’ve tried so many tactics to tackle this problem but to no avail. At this point, I’m just sick of it :(

A flea comb is what I started out with and which made me venture off and start my De-shedding mission. But of course, by the time I realized it was too small for a cat as large as Tiny, I quickly tried to find the next best option. The slicker brush. I got it from Four Paws and immediately got to work through his fur, and it lived up to my expectations in the beginning but since the start of Summer, it got pretty bad. Plus he flails so much I almost always end up either chasing after him or get worked up and angry when I give up. Next solution, a shedding comb. Honestly didn’t know there was such a thing (thought the slicker was the best choice) but I gave it a try. Let’s just say it was a 30 AED wasted. Maybe it could’ve worked wonders with longhaired cats, but for a shorthair like Tiny, it was like trying to brush out the dead hair with your fingers xD Catches about 20% of it. I couldn’t afford “investing” so much money on a FURminator brush, not after countless brushes proved to be no good, so paying 200 AED on another one was out of the question.

By then I had completely lost all hope in trying different brushes and settled for a tragic decision that I regret so much right now as I’m typing this. Shaving him :( Dropped him off at the groomer’s yesterday morning and asked for a full shave and clearly stated I had a problem with the shedding, NOT the heat (He’s an indoor cat). When I came to pick him up he looked like he was trimmed, not shaved. I was expecting something along the lines of a bald Tiny but turns out that’s what shaving is. Trimming, but just a little shorter than a usual trim :) He was trimmed a couple months back in Spring, and he looked skinny yes but not as much as he does at the moment.

Anyway, so a car ride home and my friend and I unveil what is a still-an-even-bigger-furry-mess of a cat. You probably guessed it right. He is now shedding what seems to me like a million times more of small hairs that could easily be swallowed, inhaled/breathed in by no one else but me :) Worst decision I ever had to make. I’m not too keen about his outer appearance right now, but I knew that would happen before going with the idea, only because I expected it would solve my problem and give my lungs some fresh clean air to breathe. But now not only does my kitty look ridiculous, the problem got worse!! Ajdsnjdnadsda. I’m at my wit’s end. All brushes don’t work effectively now as well please kill me.

This is Tiny now :’) Still love him though, just crossing my fingers for super fast hair growth in the next few hours weeks.

 

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Grumpy kitty is grumpy. xD

So as a way to sort of fix things during the wait for his hair to grow back, I purchased MyBeau supplements that contain them vitamins that help with good coat condition/hair growth and what not. I put some on his dinner a couple hours ago and if I find out he hasn’t touched it I’m going to-KAJNSDJASDKMDAMDKSM

On a positive note, since he has limited exploration capacity around the house (Not sure if I’m ready to post as to why this is a problem atm) I’ve tried different tactics to keep him entertained instead of resulting to letting him outside. I’m not a full-blown “germophobe” or whatever you call it, but I do cuddle and kiss my cat a lot and I would hate it if he had weird dirt and diseases from the outside world on him when I do :> Not thank you.

I purchased the LocoMotion Automatic Cat Chaser toy and he loved it. This is a video of him going a tad bit “loco” over it, lmao.

It was quite expensive, but I was honestly too distressed about the situation he was in and how much I didn’t want him to leave the house’s perimeters that I bought it with high hopes. Did not disappoint, although he does get bored of it after a while if you keep it running for a long period of time. Let’s just hope he doesn’t become too bored with it later on :’)

Another option I found was Frolicat’s BOLT laser toy which is also automatic. I’m a very busy woman :P and I can’t afford to play with my cat every single day of the rest of my life, so I need the help of modern automatic technology. This I didn’t get yet but I requested it from my cousin who’s outta the country to grab one for me as it is much cheaper and I won’t have to pay for shipping. *-* Plus I ran out of money.

While we wait for it to *hopefully* arrive, the authorities (aka: Mom and Dad) bought Tiny some toys to keep him company from the US :3 Three colourful sparkly bouncy balls and a scratching post for him to destroy rather than my carpet. The scratching post is great and Tiny loved it! Just look at how he acts all “Baloo”-like by scratching his back on it xD Silly kitty.

I guess that’s all for tonight folks! If anyone has any advice or thoughts or experience on dealing with cat entertainment and shedding, let me know and share it below~

Have a good week!

-Reem AlHashmi