Weekend vibes. 

This weekend, I got to play tourist in my own neck of the woods. The first weekend of 80+ degree weather made me more than ready to get out of the house for some adventures outdoors.

Saturday brought about a trip to the Buffalo Zoo. My boyfriend lives close enough to walk there, so we took advantage. As noted before, I love going to the zoo. Seeing animals brings me an overwhelming sense of happiness, so I was more than thrilled to walk around and look at all my fluffy friends.

After walking around the zoo (and reaching my steps for the day), we were starving. Living in North Buffalo, there is not a shortage of places to eat – it always ends up a never-ending debate in your mind as to which restaurant you should choose this time. We settled for Deep South Taco.

I had never been to this restaurant before, but have always wanted to go since I drive by it multiple times a week. It sits right in the heart of North Buffalo on the corner of Hertel and Starin. The atmosphere is bright, colorful, and welcoming, and the menu is so large that I could not decide on what to eat.

We started off with a couple drinks and chips and salsa. I decided on the 2AM margarita – a blood orange, peach and raspberry concoction that tasted nothing short of summer!

As for dinner, I selected three tacos. Two of which the Pollo Verde, which consisted of green chili braised chicken, queso fresco, onion and cilantro. The other taco I chose was the Papas Con Rajas, which consisted of potato, rajas chipotle, cotija cheese, onion, and cilantro. Both choices amaaaaaazing!

We followed this meal up with a trip to the new Lake Effect Ice Cream location on Hertel. I had previously been to the Lockport location, but my boyfriend was a first timer. I opted for the Extra Cookies, Extra Cream while he chose Omanhene Chocolate. If you have not been, go. Or pick some up at your local Wegmans. Totally worth it, no matter what flavor you pick!

I finished up my “tourist weekend” today at the Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls, USA. My brother is currently employed there, so my family decided to take a trip and cool off on this super-warm day (especially since our pool isn’t open yet) and visit him at work! I hadn’t gone on the boat in years, so it was great to re-experience this again! You get so extremely close to Niagara Falls that you leave soaking wet, almost as if you’ve taken a dive into a pool! The ticket ($18.75) gets you access to the boat ride which gets you up close to the American and Canadian Falls’, the observation deck, as well as a walkway alongside the American Falls. You get right into the heart of the Canadian “horseshoe” Falls that it is nearly impossible to take pictures – it something you have to experience in the moment. I definitely plan on doing this again this summer, as my boyfriend has never experienced it before, and it’s something I feel like everyone should do at least once!

All in all, this weekend left me full and tired. What did you do this weekend!? xoxo.

Third time’s the charm.

On May 31st, I had the absolute pleasure of seeing The 1975 for the third time in the last 3 years. I had anxiously awaited this show for many months after purchasing these tickets. This time around, I was accompanied by my boyfriend, my brother, and his girlfriend. She, like myself, is a huge fan and it was her first time seeing them live, which added an extra dose of excitement for me. The show was played at the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls, New York.

A little backstory: For those of you who are somewhat unfamiliar with my life, I am self-proclaimed obsessed with this band. I have been a fan since the Drive Like I Do days – all the way up until now! The first time I ever saw them live, I was in Toronto, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The happiness I felt in the split second in which the band appeared on stage is something I hope everyone gets to experience at least once in their lifetime with their favorite singer, band, musical, etc. I listen to them so frequently, that it turned my brother into a fan solely for the fact that he soon knew all of the words to their songs from me playing them over and over and over again.

Back to the other night: There were two opening acts, those being Colouring and Pale Waves. Colouring is a band from London, Pale Waves being from Manchester. Pale Waves is signed under The 1975’s label, Dirty Hit, also home to other acts such as Wolf Alice and the Japanese House. Colouring and The 1975 are signed under Interscope Records, also home to other acts such as Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, Sting, and U2, to name a few.

The setlist for the night was very pleasant to listen to, as it had accompanied songs new and old; some of which I had seen live, the other of which I had not. The setlist was as follows: The 1975, Love Me, UGH!, Heart Out, A Change of Heart, Loving Someone, She’s American, Please Be Naked, Undo, Somebody Else, Me, Girls, Sex, If I Believe You, Chocolate, and The Sound.

Following two sold-out shows in Niagara Falls, the band(s) headed to New York City to a sold out Madison Square Garden. How crazy is that?!

Unfamiliar with this band? Check out one of their hit singles here.

Making Good Friday, good.

“Consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

On this Good Friday, I took time to recognize and count my blessings around me. I woke up with a roof over my head. Was able to enjoy breakfast and go to the gym, both things that I am thankful to afford. I spent time with my family, who was either off today or got out early from work. I enjoyed the beautiful weather. I had dinner with my family and my grandparents, who are all in good health. I took the time to go down to Niagara Falls and appreciate a wonder of the world that does not get appreciated enough by me.

Living in the Falls, I don’t really realize how big of a deal it is, because it is quite literally located a skip, hop, and a jump away from my backyard. It’s gorgeous.

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You don’t need to have monumental moments occur in your life to be able to count your blessings. Every little thing you have, no matter how big or small, should be meaningful. Sometimes all it takes it a second to look back and appreciate all you have. xoxo.