My First New York Trip

My latest travel to NYC was full of adventure and high energy!  I didn’t expect to love New York as much as I do now.

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My hometown is 2 hours away from the Detroit airport which made for an early start to my trip at 1:00am early Thursday morning.  The shuttle bus was on time and filled with 10 passengers.  Out of 10 travellers I managed to hold up entire bus up at the border trying to explain what Meerkat (@AppMeerkat) was.  The officer wanted to know how I met my friends and what I was doing with the live streaming.  It was probably the most drilling set of questions I’ve had to answer but on top of that, the officer looked up my website! (He may be reading now, so HELLO! 🙂 Mr. Custom’sOfficer!)  He was very professional and he thanked me for giving him my information.  It was a little awkward on the bus after that, but we made it through.

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My 8am flight took off and arrived on time at 10am.  Right from the time I collected my bags and exited the airplane I was already pumped full of excitement!  It was amazing to see Herbie (@HerbieMerrin) and Betsy (@BetsyBoop35) in real life and we even had time to stop off and see Ricky (@rickysanquiche) before we got to meet up with Nick (@dagadgetguy) for our Olive Garden dinner.  I’m still proud to boast that I out ate all three of them and cleared my plate like a true Foody and I cleared the plate again at Applebee’s haha.

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I took in all the sights and the action on the streets.  Be it by car, bicycle or by foot, the only speed that New Yorkers know is FAST!  With Herbie’s driving skills and Betsy’s sass, I quickly felt safe and at home among the Big Apple dwellers.

One of the favourite places I visited was the Fifth Avenue Apple Store

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The Apple Store was complete with a clear glass elevator that Nick and I could not resist so we took the elevator up from the enormous underground store.

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This was the BEST first day of vacation!! 😀

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Double-fist streaming like a true gadget guy! @dagadgetguy
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Goodnight Day 1 in NYC!
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World Trade Centre

The couple of days were spent shopping, laughter and great food..

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Coney Island visit

I had an unforgettable time with friends that now feel more like family than anything else.  We all bonded in a way that would not have been possible without Meerkat and the magic of the internet.

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I miss my dear friends and my Brooklyn home away from home.. but, I will be back…

Much love everyone hope you all have a great weekend! 😉

SS

Watch my NYC footage here!

 

Midsummer days: Settling in and flying out…

August 2015

Midsummer is in full swing and I’m not only feeling the heat but my days have been filled with major changes in my lifestyle choices and a new beginning into a very exciting future!

A couple months ago, I made some serious lifestyle changes which not only included a lot of soul searching, but also required me to move into a new home, furnish it and put my business and travel plans into “full speed”.  In the midst of a tough situation, I managed to find my zen in a beautiful new home complete with everything I could ever hope for, the catch is that I have to furnish the entire thing!  Although, like many, I love to decorate and shop for my home I have to admit after almost 2 months of getting things organized and moved in I am EXHAUSTED!

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Not only am I shopping for the house, but with September fast approaching I’ve been spending my last couple days getting the kids ready for their new schools, new clothing and appointments.  Yes..I still use my planner on a daily basis and it has been a lifesaver.

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The whole transition into a new life may come with some hiccups, but I take each hiccup with a proverbial drink of positive water and keep on moving towards my goals.  Due to the move, all my traveling plans were put on hold, so it’s time for this girl to pack her travel bag and get some much needed relaxation.

 

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Being on Meerkat ( @AppMeerkat ) has introduced me to some amazing business contacts which have turned into some great friends.  After almost 5 months, I finally get to meet and hang out with some of my favourite people in New York!  My tickets are booked and now all I have to do is get packing!  My travel clothes are lined up and my itinerary has been finalized.  It will be an epic trip! 😀

Much love to all, I hope your summer has been a great one, too!  I’ll update you all soon!
SS

Hanging out on Mom's new chair
Hanging out on Mom’s new chair
My daughter has her back covered! lol
My daughter has her back covered! lol

Schedules, interviews, streaming… Oh my!

The last few days have been filled with all kinds of action with the kids’ schedule and with my own.  My projects are all coming into fruition and I am loving every minute.

Due to the recent arrival of Meerkat into my life I’ve been enjoying the interactions and the pace of the social app.  I have to admit it has steered me far from my usual online social networking apps for a bit, but I’m fine tuning my schedule constantly.  I’ve met so many amazing people over the last few weeks that I can’t help but be completely addicted.

I did an experimental #20ToppingPizzaChallenge which I concocted with the help of my viewers.  They chose the ingredients and I put it together and ate it!  I live streamed the entire process and ate it in front of my audience as well as recorded it on my radio show.

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My next mission is to complete another Meerkat Marathon where I stay up for at least 26 hours to beat my previous record of 25 hours of live streaming.  I will not sleep throughout the whole 26 hours so I’m hoping I will be joined by my frequent viewers to help keep me awake.  I’m already exhausted just thinking of it, however I love to entertain and hanging out with some great personalities online.  Much like my MeerkatPizza above, the people who watch me are a mixtape of flavours, from sweet to awkwardly uncomfortable.  We are all watching each other and although it is a voyeur’s dream, I believe Meerkat and other live streaming apps have changed the online game completely and I am loving the changes!

This Saturday weather has been fabulous and I have the windows and curtains open, which translates to perfect nap time ambiance. 😀

I wish you all an amazing weekend ! ❤

SS

 

Watching me, watching you… but LIVE!

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I’ve weathered the storm of the Easter weekend unscathed.  I had a huge turkey dinner with all the fixings and also several desserts, at my brother’s house.  The kids played Easter Egg cracking games and ran around with their cousins. I’m really happy we decided to have it on Saturday instead of the traditional Easter Sunday.  It gives me a bit of extra time to chill out and catch up on some need-to-do laundry.

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About a week ago I discovered a new app; now if you know me, you will know that I’m always looking for some cool apps and games for my phone and iPad; well, the app is called Meerkat.  It’s available of all IOS users (Android version to come), but you can watch live streaming on your computer.  Meerkat is a new social networking app which allows you to watch people and events through live video streaming.  Your viewers respond to you through their Twitter accounts.  I held 2 Meerkat Marathons to test the app.  I ran one 20hr stream and another 24hr stream during the first 2 days and Meerkat was connected and going strong.  I have also been able to meet new indie artists and great new friends.  It’s great to know that I can reach out and interact with my Twitter peeps as well as help others.  I am currently streaming every day which means I’ve gotta be somewhat camera friendly at least once a day haha.  This is a great tool for vloggers, businesses, independent work, etc.  It’s safe to say I have a new addiction.

I hope you are all having a great weekend and hit me up if you see me on Meerkat!

Much love to you all and thanks for stopping in!

SS

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