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Mother’s Day

This Sunday was Mother’s Day.  This year I wanted to take my mom somewhere fun.  About a month ago we were out and started talking about gardens.  It came up that we both wanted to go to a place called Longwood Gardens.  It is a little far, but good for a day trip.  It was decided, that’s where we would go for Mother’s Day.

There is a café in the Gardens, but it was being used as a reservation only Mother’s Day brunch.  Just outside of the Gardens, however, is a picnic area.  I thought it would nice to have a picnic then walk through the gardens.  My mother and I are both trying to eat a little healthier right now so for lunch I made us salads, some bruschetta and fresh strawberries for desert.


After lunch we packed everything up and went inside.  Longwood Gardens is a place that I went on a field trip when I was in middle school.  I remember it being pretty and large, but other than that I couldn’t recall.

It was beautiful, there were different paths to stroll along with different things to see.  Some of the areas were more formal garden, like the Italian water garden, and some were more organic.  There is also a conservatory with different tropical and dessert plants and flowers as well.

On the whole it was a lovely day and we were so glad we decided to go there.

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Yesterday, on my lunch break, it was so nice out that I decided that I needed to feed my soul a little rather than my stomach.  I could always grab something from the cafeteria later, right?  I work in an office like many people.  I am able to see out the office windows (which overlook a beautiful  NJ highway), but sometimes that’s not enough… you just need to get out.  You need to feel the sun and breathe the fresh air.  Without a mental break in the day it can make work feel that much longer. 

There is a nice little park a few minutes away from the office that I like to go to sometimes when the weather is nice and even sometimes when it is not.  Going for a walk, even just for the few minutes my lunch break allows, can be enough to reset your mind.  Not to mention a great chance to get some much needed vitamin D. 

 Yesterday, I took the time to take some pictures along the way.