Spa Day @ Spa Castle

At my current job and in my social work masters program I am reminded constantly about self-care. It essential that everyone makes time every week to do things they enjoy and de-stress. Take care of your mind, body and soul! That way you can be refreshed and your very best. Monday, MLK Day, My friend Diana and I visited Spa Castle in College Point,Queens, NY. Admission was $50 dollars for the entire day. They open at 8am and close 12 am. Admission includes all the saunas in Sauna Valley. Which included a Gold Sauna, Loess Soil Sauna, Jade  Sauna, Color Thearpy, Himalayan Salt, Infrared Zone and Ice Land. It also includes hot tubs and hydrotherapy foot and body massage jets both indoor and outdoors. In addition, there’s a aqua bar where you can sip on some cocktails in the pool. Other services such as massages, scrubs, and facials are available at a additional cost. I really loved how all guest are given an electronic watch that opens and closes your assigned locker and can also be scanned when you make  purchases. Purchases are charged to your account and paid before you leave the spa. 

Brooklyn Trip- Botanical Gardens, Di Faras Pizzaria, Other Half Brewery & Strong RopeBrewery 

Last Saturday morning my friends and I got together bright and early! We started our voyage to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY around 9 am (50 mins from Paramus, NJ). Our first stop was the Botanical Gardens that is free admission from 10am-noon on Saturdays. Typical it is $12 for regular admission and $6 with a student ID. I was excited to get there and see the grounds. I really wanted to see the Japanese Hill & Pond Garden. 
Japanese Hill & Pond Garden-


We made our visit quick because we needed to head over to Midwood,Brooklyn, NY about 15 mins away. We had to make it there around 11am because that when the line begins to start at DiFara’s (opens at noon), our next destination. 

DiFara’s Pizza- The man pictured below, Dom Demarco, has made every pizza since 1965. This pizzeria is listed on Thillist’s article,  The 11 Greatest Pizza Places in Brooklyn, and another one of their articles, Best Pizzarias in America. Zagat rating=4.6. 


Next Stop …

Other Half Brewery – founded in 2014, located in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn, NY

Cost: $4 for 5 oz tasting, other sizes prices vary


Strong Rope Brewery- this brewery utilizes the best ingredients from local farms.


Brooklyn Bridge 😍

Sleepy Hollow, NY â˜ ï¸

In spirit of Halloween my mama and I took a trip to Sleepy Hollow, NY last weekend. Sleepy Hollow is considered by some to be “most haunted places in the world”. I had recently watched the Headless Horseman featuring Johnny Depp and was inspired to take this trip. It took about 40 minutes to get there with slight traffic. Its located right over the Tapenzee Bridge. 

Sleepy Hollow Cemetary– this is the old Dutch church mentioned in the classic tale of The Headless Horseman. The Headless Horseman commits his last murder here in the movie. 

Admission: Free 

Across the street was …

Philipsburg Manor House- this national historic landmark dates back to 1693. It was a “thriving farming, milling, and trading center owned by the Philipses, a family of Anglo-Dutch merchants. They rented land to tenant farmers of diverse European backgrounds and relied on a community of 23 enslaved Africans to operate the complex”(hudsonvalley.org).

Admission: Free to walk around the perimeter of the manor but tours of the estate require a fee. We didn’t feel like it was worth spending money on the tour because we had seen enough for the day. I believe the tours started at $20. 

There happen to be a Psychic Fair nearby so that was hour first stop. The fair included jewelry, crystals, candles and psychic readings. All the good stuff we like. I bought this energy spray that includes various scents such had lavender and sage two of my favs. Some fun pics my mom and I took with the various Halloween decor around the village 

Ideal Farm in Lafayette Township,NJ ðŸŽƒâ˜”️🍂🍁

Saturday was a chilly and rainy day but I thought it was beautiful weather with the fall leaves falling and flying everywhere! We woke up bright and early to start our voyage up north. The plan was to go pumpkin picking near Jay’s cousins, about an hour away. Along the road were many farms and open land. The trees and hills presented a beautiful landscape as we drove. 

*Rainy day = less crowds* 😉

 I had never been in the area we were exploring but I found the drive very relaxing. Jays family had been going to this farm for years. The farm was filled with Halloween decor, I was in my element for sure . 

We purchased our tickets at this toll booth for the tractor ride that would bring us up to the pumpkin patch.

Cost: $1
The farm had a handful of ammentities including wooded cut outs to take funny pictures, a haunted house, a bakery, petting zoo, crisp apples, fresh apple cider, homemade apple cider donuts and various homemade/ local products. Yummmmy. 

And these two babies below were the winners we took home ! Can’t wait to carve them and roast some seeds. 

Cost: around $10 each 

Terhune Orchard & Winery ðŸŽƒðŸŽðŸ·

Jay and I took a drive to Princeton, NJ today about an hour and a half away. I really wanted to go to this orchard because I had seen it come up on various sources when I did my research on Apple/Pumpkin picking. On the premises they currently have blackberry, apple, and pumpkin picking. In addition, they have a wine tasting room. It cost $5 for 5 tastings and $8 for 5 tastings and a souvenir glass. Unfortunately we went on a very crowded day and it was difficult to enjoy at ease. Though the premises were beautiful. 

My first corn maze ! 🌽🌾​​
We didn’t get a chance to eat at the orchard because of the crowdedness but they did have apple cider donuts, fresh cider, apple pie, and BBQ food . They also had a .5 mile trail we did walk on, a band playing and a petting zo0. We decided to cut our visit short and drive over to Triumph Brewery for some food because we were starving!


After we ate we took a nice stroll across the street onto the Princton campus. The campus reminded me a lot of the Boston College campus. 

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Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pat’s vs Geno’s cheesesteaks, and Terror Behind the Walls ðŸ›ðŸ§€ðŸ‘»ðŸŽƒ

Sunday we decided to hit up Philly since my brother has wanted to go to Terror Behind the Walls, a haunted attraction at Eastern State Pennitentary, a real jail that was closed down in the 70’s. Al Capone is known to have stayed there for his first incarceration. He was arrested for having a gun. The event was a lot of fun and included 5 attractions which all had different haunted themes. Our favorite was the Quartintine 4D which was completly neon, included pop outs and was purposely visually disorienting. Everyone has an option of being interactive or not within the attractions . We chose to be interactive and it was defiantly worth it. By choosing so you can be grabbed by the actors and separated from your group. I definitely would suggest going on the dates that the admission is cheaper like we did. Tickets starts at $19. We bought student tickets which they never checked out student ids. DO NOT buy the pictures they try to persuade you to buy at the end of the event ! You can access them online and save for free. 


Prior to arriving to the event which started at 7:30PM . We decided to compare the infamous cheesestakes, Geno’s & Pat’s. I definitely would say I enjoyed Geno’s more. The steak tasted much better and the provolone cheese was less sharp. But Tony Luke’s still triumphs all 🙂 

 

We also visited the Philly Muesum of Art for Pay As You Wish Day, in which we payed about $5 total for all of us while it would normally be around $15/$20. This special event occurs the first Sunday of every month. 

Breweries I’ve been to and plan to visit this year .

Breweries we’ve been to so far:

(my favorite = ***) 

(All brewaries I’ve been to so far are day trip worthy except for Cape May Brewary, DogFish Brewery, and Philly brewaries would be more enjoyable if you can spend a night or two to see everything! Miles are calculated from Paramus,NJ )

  1. Philadelphia Brew Co- 106miles, 2439 Amber St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
  2. Yards Brewery- 106 miles, 901 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123
  3. Manayunk Brewery ***- 119 miles, 4120 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
  4. Carton Brewery- 56miles, 6 E Washington Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
  5. Kane Brewery ***- 64 miles, 1750 Bloomsbury Ave, Ocean Township, NJ 07712
  6. Departed Soles Brewery- 20 miles, 150 Bay St #2a, Jersey City, NJ 07302
  7. Bronx Brewery- 15 miles, 856 E 136th St, Bronx, NY 10454
  8. Brooklyn Brewery- 24 miles, 79 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
  9. Captain Lawrence Brewery- 27 miles,  444 Saw Mill River Rd, Elmsford, NY 10523
  10. Cape May Brewery- 164 miles, 1288 Hornet Rd, Cape May, NJ 08204
  11. Gun Hill Brewery- 18 miles, 3227 Laconia Ave, Bronx, NY 10469
  12. Brix City Brewery-  7.7 miles, 4 Alsan Way, Little Ferry, NJ 07643
  13. Defiant Brewery- 12 miles, 6 Dexter Plaza, Pearl River, NY 10965
  14. Flying Fish Brewery- 102 miles , 900 Kennedy Blvd, Somerdale, NJ 08083
  15. Forgotten Boardwalk Brewery- 95 miles, 1940 Olney Ave #100, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
  16. Two Way Brewery – 52 miles, 18 W Main St, Beacon, NY 12508
  17. Magnify Brewery- 20 miles, 7, 1275 Bloomfield Ave #40C, Fairfield, NJ 07004
  18. Coney Island Brewery***- 43 miles, 1904 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224
  19. Nj Beer Co- 16 miles, 4201 Tonnelle Ave, North Bergen, NJ 07047
  20. Dogfish Brewery***- 210 miles, 6 Village Center Blvd, Milton, DE 19968
  21. Gentle Giant Brewery- 13 miles, 7 N Main St, Pearl River, NY 10965
  22.  Dark City Brewery- 66 miles, 801 2nd Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  23. Newburgh Brewery- 51 miles, 88 Colden St, Newburgh, NY 12550
  24. Westtown Brew Works- 58 miles, 236 Schefflers Rd, Westtown, NY 10998​
  25. Crime and Punishment Brew- 110 miles, 2711 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
  26. Gilded Otter- 57 miles, 3 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561

This years trips:

  1. Tree House MA
  2. Magic Hat in VT
  3. Evil Twin Brewary in Brooklyn 
  4. The Other Half Brewary in Brooklyn 
  5. Sixpoint Brewary in Brooklyn-  if they ever finish construction … 
  6. River Horse Brewary in NJ
  7. Ommegang in Cooperstown NY
  8. Great Lakes Brewery in Ohio 

Gem & Mineral Show

Saturday morning my friend and I drove over to the show. It was my first time at a gem show. There were so many unique rocks ranging from big to small, all different colors and textures. What intrigued me the most were the rocks with metaphysical properties. I bought a few I’ll describe below. My mom and aunt have always been into them so I am familiar with some basic information. I really want to learn more about them though ⛏📚

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Rose Quartz~ The love stone 

Keywords: Love

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Citrine~ “Citrine is well known in crystal work as a success and prosperity stone to the point that it is called the “Success Stone.””

Keywords: Success, Abundance, Personal Power

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Chalcopyrite ~ “stone for crystal healing and energy work. It enhances inner knowing, strengthens perception and helps you trust what you see psychically”

Keywords: Psychic Perception

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Dessert Rose~  “Desert rose is used in crystal healing to quiet worries and still the mind from distractions and disruptions. ”

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Kyanite~ “Kyanite is a stone of channeling, altered states, vivid dreams, dream recall, and visualizations.”

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Lepidolite~ “It decreases stress, anxiety, depression, manic-depression, despondency, PTSD, anger, and other traumas, panic attacks, and addictions.”

Keywords: Calming and balance

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Selenite~Selenite is a stone of mental clarity. Promoting love and understanding. Used in crystal healing for confusion, Alzheimer’s, decreasing seizures, and much more.

Keywords: Mental Clarity, Psychic, Angels

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