Happy Monday Friends!!
As I mentioned last Friday, I had a super busy week last week, but thankfully the events included visiting beautiful harlem and some delicious ice cream. 🙂
I’ve mentioned before that I am a Team Leader with New York Cares–I’ve been a team leader for over 9 years, I’ve volunteered at schools, parks, and even juvenile detention centers. Volunteering is one of my favorite things to do and it really is a nice way to meet new people while doing awesome things for the community.
Harlem’s Back To School Bash with New York Cares
I took a break from volunteering weekly a few years ago at a pantry because it had become impossible to go all the way uptown every Saturday when Jacob was an infant. (Hello, mom guilt!) Now that the kids are much older and I have more free time during the day, the opportunities to volunteer are really endless! The first thing I registered for was a Back To School Bash in Harlem with food, dance contests, spelling bees and free backpacks FULL of supplies for kids!
As a New York Cares team leader I am responsible for being the liaison between the event planners and the volunteers. At this particular project we were responsible for the arts and crafts section so the kids could come by and get creative!
The best part? The lanyard! I was immediately thrown back to the late 80s where I sat on the block and made lanyard designs for days and days. We used to make designs like “the box”, “cobra” and “chinese staircase”. Just weaving the strings with my fingers brought back so many happy memories. My friends and I were experts back in the day so teaching the kids today was super easy. They even taught ME some new tricks and it was so nice to see as I really thought that it was a lost art.
The kids also had construction paper and markers and bubbles, of course, don’t forget the bubbles.
My crew was a really awesome one. There were a lot of laughs and good times. It really never ceases to amaze me how so many strangers can come together for a good cause and have a really good time together. I am SO excited to be back team leading for New York Cares and I can’t wait for my next project (soon!).
Ice Cream Museum
My best friend got me a ticket to the sold out Museum of Ice Cream. I really didn’t know what to expect but since everything in NYC is so overhyped, I had to at least see the temporary show while it lasted.
We waited for a good 25 minutes before they let us in–it was like waiting on line for a club, except I was NOT in heels, and I am no longer 23 years old. When we finally got in we were treated with a yummy purple ice cream from the Chinese Ice Cream Factory. Never have I ever eaten a purple ice cream and I was very impressed.
The museum had a few sections. One where there was a clear edible balloon of sugar and cute lights and artwork made of ice cream. There was also a weird section where we had to scoop ice cream and pile it high on an ice cream mountain.
There was also a chocolate section with an abundance of free Dove chocolates and of course the sprinkle pool. I did not step foot in the sprinkle pool because I was irrationally grossed out by people putting their feet into perfectly edible sprinkles, but the bestie went in!
It was a super cute museum, it took about 20 minutes (or less to get through) then we celebrated my bestie’s birthday with Dos Caminos. I took no pictures of the food, I was present with her, but trust me when I say it was delish! Hands down one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in NYC.