New York Botanical Gardens’ Cocktail Evenings & Summer Concerts

Last night, Bronx Mama and I went to check out the New York Botanical’s last installment of its Cocktail Evenings and Summer Concerts series. The annual celebration of nature and music featured food and drinks from local vendors such as Mike’s Deli and the Bronx Beer Hall.  Italian tenor Michael Castaldo sang a variety of songs from Calabrian renditions of classics to more modern songs such as Enrique Iglesias’ “Hero.”

The weather was perfect (it is still summer, right?) for a nice picnic (which the garden ingeniously provided blankets for) and sipping the signature cocktail, Strawberry Fields – a light, fruity drink made with bourbon, Créme Yvette, ginger ale, and lime.

Before the concert, we got a chance to check out the Wild Medicine exhibit, which leads guests through green houses showcasing plants from all over the world and their varied healing powers. Since I’ve been getting more and more into a healthier and natural lifestyle, it was great to see some familiar plants and learn about some new ones! Garden educators taught visitors about cacao (with a sampling of 70% dark chocolate. Yum!) and how tea is processed. Did you know that green tea is the least processed? Makes me feel even better about my daily cup (or two if it’s a really stressful day) of  tea.

Though this was the last one scheduled for this year, be sure to look out for next year’s line up and other events by checking the garden’s website.

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R & R at Tones Spa

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being invited to a spa day hosted by Tones Spa and had the opportunity to hang out with the lovely ladies of Mommy’s Mingle, Bronx MamaBX Che@psk@t3,  East Bronx Macaroni Kid, and Boyz Rule Our World.

The spa was beautifully decorated with soothing music and super friendly staff. Catherine, the owner, made sure that everyone was attended to.

I had a paraffin hand treatment, facial, and got my eyebrows threaded. The hand treatment was wonderful. To be honest, my hands look all kinds of grody on a daily basis, but after the treatment they were silky smooth. Because I’m on my whole broke recent college grad thing, I try to convince myself that I can DIY beauty treatments at home and it’ll be the same thing and it’s better because “I’m saving so much money!” but I can tell you that I could NEVER recreate the relaxing and rejuvenating facial experience at Tones. When it was over, Ruby asked, “So, how do you feel?” I said, “I actually look awake.” I felt so relaxed and my skin was glowing. I’d never had my eyebrows threaded before, but afterward I was shocked at how amazing they looked. How could everyone just let me walk around with my Shrek eyebrows this whole time?!  I know I’ll definitely be back and with Mothers’ Day right around the corner, Tones Spa is an ideal and convenient present.

Interview with Bronx Mama

In case you missed it, my profile  on Nicole Perrino who runs Bronx Mama was in the NY Daily News this past Wednesday. In case you’re unfamiliar with Bronx Mama, essentially it’s a resource site for parents in the borough to help them find affordable activities and events for kids.  Click on the link and check out her site, it’s something our borough definitely needs.