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Buffalo, NY

If you know anyone from Buffalo, you know they are Buffalo Proud!  I have been designing new items to reflect our wonderful city.  First up: Buffalo beer and wine glasses!  Mix and match a set- 1 beer and 1 wine glass, or 2 of the same only $14!

There is a lot to do and see here in and around Buffalo, NY!  Please check back often as I will be highlighting different areas around Buffalo and some of my Buffalo themed items.


Has anyone tried this?  I signed up for it a few years ago (with an account through but this was before I had a smart phone and I wasn’t going to buy a handheld GPS unit.  Fast-forward to iPhones and Apps….

Softball is over and we were looking for something to do- I hear a lot more about geocaching on the Girl Scout sites lately.  Thanks to apps and the location devices on our smart phones, you can download and app and find caches.  What are they?  They are containers ranging in size from nanos and micros (think the size of your thumb!) to large ammo boxes.  They will have a log book to sign, and maybe some little items to trade!  Use the app to find caches close to you, and go for a walk…or a hike!  They are EVERYWHERE!  According to, there are over 2,400,000 caches hidden worldwide!

We started looking for caches at the end of July and have over 25 finds so far.  We just hid our 2nd cache today!  We just got our first travel bug and can’t wait to activate it (these are items that travel from cache to cache and their adventures get logged).

You can follow our adventures on Instagram at my.journeys.thru.selfies

Last week we spent the day in Canada at Niagara on the Lake and the Clifton Hill area at Niagara Falls.  Of course, we had to find  a few caches while we were there, and we’re now “international” cachers! 🙂

You can find out more at and maybe start your own adventures!

Our first cache at Buffalo's Outer Harbor

Our first cache at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

A cool bird house cache!

A cool bird house cache!

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Putting together our own cache!

Putting together our own cache!

Our first micro!

Our first micro!

Caching in Caz park

Caching in Caz park


found a trackable in Canada!

found a trackable in Canada!

Caching in Presque Isle, PA.  Dropping off the travel bug.

Caching in Presque Isle, PA. Dropping off the travel bug.

and new photos!

I’ve finally updated the website with more of my favorite photos from 2013 and into 2014.

2 weeks ago we were hit with the polar vortex and the Blizzard of ’14.  Frigid cold temps and brutal winds left behind some wintery beauty!  I took a drive up to Niagara Falls and along Lake Erie- here’s a couple of my favorites, check out my site for more!

Flowing and Frozen

Flowing and Frozen

While the falls didn’t actually freeze, there was a lot of ice along the falls, the gorge and in the trees.  It was starting to thaw and all you could hear was “snap, crackle, pop” as the ice fell out of the trees.


Blue River Ice

Blue River Ice

Saw this blue ice along the upper Niagara near the water intakes.  I’ve never seen blue ice before!


Mountains along the Shore

Mountains along the Shore

Along the lake shore were these 10-12 foot “mountains” of ice, presumably from the high winds and below zero temps!

Autumn in WNY

I think the best time to see WNY is in the fall.  The colors of the hills and mountains is unbelievable!  Yesterday the family spent the day in Allegheny State Park (and stopped at the Ellicotville craft show on the way home!) and spent today at the Letchworth State Park (another big craft show then had to take pics of the falls).  This year, maybe because of the summer drought, the colors are especially vivid!  Here are a few of my favorites.

Please see my website: for more photos.  I am starting to run out of room here so I’m going to post more photos on the website!  Please don’t be shy! 🙂


Ah, summer is over but nothing has slowed down!  School started a week after we got back from vacation, Rae made the West Seneca Magic Softball team (travel softball), Nina is going to a softball clinic every other Sunday, Girl Scouts started up and Juli’s going to be 4 this week!  (How did my baby get so big????)

So, anyway, I had to post about our vacation.  It started out wanting to take a few days and go to the Herkimer Diamond Mines.  However, other than the diamond mines, there is NOTHING to do there!  So, I was looking around that side of NY and casually mention to the husband, if we’re that far we should go another couple hours and go to NYC and he said “YES!  Let’s!!”.  Wow, really?  I was being sarcastic…but that changed our vacation!!  I booked a hotel in Nanuet, about 20 miles north of Manhattan.  We drove down on Monday and hung out in near the hotel.  Tuesday morning we got up, drove to Tarrytown and took the train to Grand Central Station- the kids were in awe!!  Even me, I walked out onto 47th Street and thought, “wow, I’m really here!” (I was there back in 2006 but have wanted to go back- I love NYC!)

We walked from 47th and Madison to 5th Ave then all the way down to the Flatiron Building.  Then headed up Broadway to Times Square.  Juli was in heaven in the Disney store- she wanted to buy everything and settled on a Statue of Liberty Minnie Mouse and a tshirt!  The girls held the World’s largest Hershey bar in Hershey world.  We took a subway ride downtown to see the 9/11 Memorial.  So sad.  We walked down to Battery Park, saw the Statue of Liberty, then took the subway uptown to Central Park.  Got ice cream from a street vendor. Played in the park.  Walked down 5th Ave and back over to Times Square.  Did some souvenir shopping and took the train back to Tarrytown.  I wish I knew how many miles we walked.  Got there a little before 9am and took the 8:30pm train back.  Took over 500 pics.

On Wednesday we had a nice breakfast and headed to Long Island to spend some time at Jones Beach.  Our first time swimming in the Atlantic Ocean!  However, to get there, I had to drive across the George Washington Bridge (the busiest bridge in the world- over 102,000,000 vehicles cross that bridge every year).  SCARY!!!!  Took us over an hour to cross the brige, traffic was scary crazy.   We made it to the beach but couldn’t really do much swimming.  The waves were huge- we stood there and let them crash into us!  One knocked Juli down and pushed her up the shore- she got up, said “that’s it.  I don’t like this beach anymore” and stayed out of the waves!  The older girls LOVED the waves!

Playing in the waves

Running from the waves!

We headed out Thursday morning and did make it to the Herkimer Diamond Mines- we didn’t find much but just as we were ready to give up I found a rock with a couple bigger diamonds in it!

I drove about 1000 miles in 4 days and paid about $40 in tolls (those bridges we had to cross are expensive!!)….but it was a great vacation!!!

Something besides softball

Ok, I figured rather than try and catch up I’ll just start here.  Last week the husband was on vacation and we had THREE softball games that week so we didn’t get to do anything other than day trips.  Our summer has been busy with softball games but this week we got a little other fun in inbetween games!  🙂  I’ll post more about our softball season later….

One day we took the girls down to the waterfront; we walked the stone wall then walked down to the Naval Park.

On Tuesday, the hubby had to go in for a meeting (but got an extra day of vacation out of it!) so my Mom and I took the girls to Sonnenberg Gardens.  The girls had a lot of fun completing the “I Spy” clues.  We had a lot of fun- I’ll post more pics of the gardens later.





on the horsies

Saturday we decided to be tourists and took the girls to Niagara Falls.  We walked the Cave of the Winds (the older girls LOVED standing on the Hurricane Deck) and took a ride on the Maid of the Mist.

Hubby and the girls- Cave of the Winds

My girls and I- Cave of the Winds

All of us- Maid of the Mist

It was a fun week and it went too fast.  Another vacation is coming up next month…the girls don’t know where we’re going yet…I can’t wait! 🙂




New Website!

Well, I’ve realized that my blog started out for my photography and artwork.  Then I added a little of everything!  But, my photography seems to be buried among everything else, so….I created a website specifically to display my photography!

I’ve picked my favorites from the past couple years and will continue adding to it as the months go by.  I’ve also added a special gallery for weddings!

I love wordpress and will continue to post my “creative endeavors” here.  My new website will also free up a little space for pics of artwork and other projects! 🙂

Please, take a look and let me know what you think!

Have a great week!


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