Rochester Public Market

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It seems like it has been forever since my last blog post. I’ve put blogging on the back burner because my schedule has been crazy, but I’m hoping I can be more consistent on my posts again.

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A couple weeks ago I went back down the 90 to visit my friend Arica for her birthday in Rochester, while there, we had planned to go to the Rochester Public Market – it was on my end of summer bucket list and since I’d never been to that market before, I thought why not. The Market is huge and has amazing farmers and vendors to shop from!! I got avocados for $1!!! And a bundle of sun flowers for $4!

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{Beautiful flowers and vegetables. These vendors do it right!}

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It’s definitely worth the while to take the hour or so drive to pay a visit on a Saturday morning if you can… the market won’t disappoint you if you are a farmer market goer, it was a great suggestion from Arica!  Skip ahead to this past week where I ran into my friends from Fudge Factors and I was talking to them about this and they suggested I visit the market in North Tonawanda, saying it is a really nice one, probably the most similar to the one in Rochester. I’ll have to add that to my places to visit and compare the two.

Until next time,

-B

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

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{crowd shot}

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{wine sampling}

Safari Niagara

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A couple weeks ago {Labor Day weekend to be exact} my Mom, niece, nephew and I went up to Stevensville Ontario and spent the day at Safari Niagara {a nature park with animals, a splash pad and playground}. We went over the Peace Bridge which to my surprise wasn’t a long wait whatsoever despite being a Holiday weekend, it was a 30 minute trip from Buffalo to Ontario!

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{art sculptures thru the park}

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{a cool bird exhibit that takes you up close}

We spent the day looking at the cool art sculptures, watching the animals {lions, giraffes, hippos and more!}, paddle boating and playing in the splash pad and playground. Its a little pricey for admission, but you can bring in your own food and non-alcoholic beverages in, which makes up for buying at their food stands. Overall its a cool place to spend the day, especially if you have children.

-B 

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

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{play area}

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{flamingos}

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Harlie’s First Day of Training

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Harlie is 9 months old and in, as I like to call it “doggie toddler mode.” She really thinks she runs the house and is in charge, so after help from my Dad and researching a few places I found a dog trainer {Sarah Demerle} on thumbstack she is fairly cheap {compared to local places} and she comes to my house which is convenient for me with my schedule. During the training we focus on Harlie’s excitement, jumping on people, play biting and understanding that I am the “Pack Leader.” Her first training session went ok, Harlie caught on with some things and other things {like the prong collar} we have to work on. Its crazy how after one session I’ve learned a lot and I know she has too.

Until next time…

-B

Jack Craft Fair

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A couple weeks ago I attended the Jack Craft Fair at the Central Terminal. Being my second time attending the event, I was looking forward to seeing some of the Etsy shop owners face to face. While sometimes ordering online is nice, I am a fan of shopping face to face and meeting with the owners. Vendors lined the main floor of the Central Terminal with amazing pieces of art, furniture, jewelry and more. There was a live band, a DIY section and food and drink available. Even though it was quite warm inside, the backdrop of the Central Terminal was quite stunning. I’ve been inside that building a number of times and each time I’m there it still amazes me how beautiful of a place it is, its also nice to see it being used for events.

Below are some of my pictures from the event.

-B

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{Welcome}

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{Live band and line up of events}

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{view of the main lobby full of vendors}

 

End of Summer Bucket List

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Its hard to believe that Labor Day is around the corner and soon kids will be going back to school. I feel like July just flew by and August isn’t slowing down either. I went back to see what I still had on my list of things to do this summer and compiled a decent bucket list I am hoping to accomplish.

Grill on my patio – I haven’t used my grill at all this summer and I’m hoping I can have a BBQ before summer ends

Go to and Orioles game – yes nothing to do with Buffalo, but being able to attend an MLB game is a summer classic in my book and the O’s are my team

Visit a farmers market

Go berry picking

Attend an outdoor concert

Take an outdoor yoga class

Watch a movie outdoors

Hike the trails at Artpark

Visit Chautauqua Lake – make a day of it!

Have a beer {or two} at Thin Man Brewery

Visit the Southern Tier Wineries

Get a group of people together and try an Escape Room

Stop by the Elmwood Arts Festival

Plan a vacation for the Fall

Friday Finds

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{inside the barn of Pittsford Farms Dairy – their ice cream is so good! and I love that clock}

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{I love these bridal party gifts I got from Pretty Sugar Paperie! Gina did an awesome job, so happy I learned about her local business}

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{when my Aunt and Cousin come to visit and bring me Swiss Chalet! Its been so long since I’ve had it. It reminds me of when I was younger and me and my family would go to the one that used to be downtown on Main St in the Theater District. Yum!}

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{Jothi in the elephant yard at the Buffalo Zoo a couple weeks ago}

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{working with the United Way is always a fun time, especially when includes the mascots!}

World Elephant Day

Today is one of my top 5 favorite days of the year, I know to some they may think it’s crazy, but elephants are one of my favorite animals. They are extremely intelligent and have a great memory that spans over years. They form deep family bonds and are led by the matriarch – being the oldest and often largest female of the herd. They display different emotions – anger, play, joy and grief. They are the largest land animal in the world and there are two different species African and Asian Elephants.

The Buffalo Zoo has two Asian Elephants – Surapa and Jothi. You can visit them in the elephant yard and house today for some fun activities taking place for World Elephant Day.

-B

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{my trip to see the elephants at the Buffalo Zoo a couple years ago, this is Surapa inside the elephant house}

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{her keepers doing enrichment activities with her}

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{me and my niece with her}

 

 

 

 

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