Friday Favorites!

Happy Halloween!! This week has reminded me that you can never plan to far ahead because you never know what is going to happen. For me, being a planner, that is a struggle I deal with more often than not, but I’m learning to accept things for the way they are. I hope everyone has a great Halloween and a fabulous weekend!

-B

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{Check out the specials going on at Dog E Style today}

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{Kali walking around the exhibit at the Buffalo Zoo last weekend}

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{My Halloween costume from a few years ago}

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{Hall-O-Wine group photo from a couple years back, I went as a nerd. Cheap and easy costume!}

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{Part of my costume for Cocktails in Character last night}

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{Safe and Seen set-up last weekend at ECC North Campus}

Western New York Trick or Treat Times

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ERIE COUNTY

Akron- 6 – 8 p.m.

Alden- 6 – 8 p.m.

Amherst- No Times Listed

Angola- 6 – 8 p.m.

Blasdell- 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Buffalo- Ends at 8 p.m.

Cheektowaga- 6 – 8 p.m.

Clarence- 5 – 8 p.m.

Depew- 6 – 8:30 p.m.

East Aurora- No Times Listed

Eden- 5 – 8 p.m.

Elma- 5 – 8 p.m.

Evans- 6 – 8 p.m.

Grand Island- 5 – 8 p.m.

Hamburg- 6 – 8 p.m.

Holland- Ends at 8:30 p.m.

Lackawanna- 5 – 8 p.m.

Lancaster- 6 – 8:30 p.m.

North Collins 6 -8 p.m.

Orchard Park- 6 – 9 p.m.

Springville- No Times Listed

Town of Tonawanda- No Times Listed

Wales- Ends at 9pm

West Seneca- 6 – 8 p.m.

Williamsville- No Times Listed

NIAGARA COUNTY

Barker- 5 – 7 p.m.

Lewiston- 4pm – 8pm

Lockport- 4pm – 8pm

Newfane- 4 – 7 p.m.

Niagara Falls- 3 – 7 p.m.

North Tonawanda- 5 – 8 p.m.

Porter- 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Royalton- 3 -7 p.m.

Wheatfield- 4- 7 p.m.

Wilson- 4 – 7 p.m.

Youngstown- 5-7:30 p.m.

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY

Brocton: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Cassadaga: 5-7 p.m.

Celeron: 5:30-8 p.m.

Cherry Creek: 5-8 p.m.

Dunkirk: 4-8 p.m.

Falconer: 5:30-7 p.m.

Fredonia: 4-7 p.m.

Forestville: 4-8 p.m.

Jamestown: 6-8 p.m.

Lakewood: 6-8 p.m.

Ripley: 6-8 p.m.

Silver Creek: 5-7 p.m.

Sinclairville: 5-7 p.m.

South Dayton: 5-8 p.m.

Stockton: 4-7 p.m.

Westfield: 6-8 p.m.

WYOMING COUNTY

Arcade: 5 to 8 p.m.

Attica: 6 to 8 p.m.

Castile: Until 8:30 p.m.

Gainesville: 6 to 9 p.m.

Perry: Curfew for people less than 18 years old starts at 10 p.m.

Silver Springs: Curfew starts at 8:30 p.m.

Wyoming: Curfew starts 10 p.m.

GENESSEE COUNTY

Batavia: 6 to 9 p.m.

CATTARAUGUS COUNTY

Olean – 6 to 8 p.m.

Franklinville – 6 to 8 p.m.

Portville – 6 to 8 p.m.

Allegany – 6 to 8 p.m.

Little Valley: 6 to 8 p.m.

Portville: 9 p.m. curfew.

Salamanca: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Ellicottville: 6 to 9 p.m.

ALLEGENY COUNTY

Alfred: 6 to 8 p.m.

Almond: 6 to 8 p.m.

Angelica: 6 to 8 p.m.

Belmont: 6 to 8 p.m.

Bolivar: 6 to 8 p.m.

Canaseraga: 6 to 8 p.m.

Cuba: 6 to 8 p.m.

Richburg: 6 to 8 p.m.

Wellsville: 6 to 8 p.m.

#BuffaloLinks

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I stumbled upon the Buffalo Laboratory Theatre when I was researching places in Buffalo earlier this week. While no plays are currently playing it still looks like an awesome place to go to experience new theatrical expressions.

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I’m looking forward to another new restaurant and brewery opening in downtown Buffalo in the upcoming weeks, Hydraulic Hearth.

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Just one of the many reasons to get to the Buffalo History Museum. The Tim Russert Exhibit is now on display!

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From the owners of Research and Design comes Sunshine + Bluebirds. A local pop-up shop located in the Galleria Mall. Can’t wait to check it out during the holiday season! #Shoplocal

“The Happiest Place on Earth”

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{ My Alex and Ani collection of bracelets and Disney Magic Band in front of Epcot }

Walt Disney created Disney World on a dream and imagination and what an imagination he had! It has been a few years since I was on vacation for longer than a “long weekend.” About a week ago me and a few friends decided back in April that we wanted to go to the happiest place on earth, Disney World. While this post really doesn’t have a lot to do with Buffalo, it does have a lot to do with how my blog was started. I love to travel, love it! But I always loved coming home because even though I’ve seen amazing sights and had great experiences there is no place like Buffalo, my hometown.

It has been over 10 years since I was at Disney World and while some things have stayed the same, it was different. Going to Disney as an adult you have a different perception than children. It amazes me to see people from all over the world come together and feel like a kid, even if it was just for a few minutes. Walking through the parks I often thought where were people from and was there a special occasion as to why they were there, what was their story!

My vacation was a magical one. It brought out the “kid” in me, made me appreciate the life I have even more and the opportunities that I’ve been given. Seeing other Western New York Natives and Buffalo Bills fans at the parks made it feel like a little piece of home was in Florida too.

For those who only think Buffalo is known for the cold weather and for those who think there hometown doesn’t offer anything, think again. Take time to travel to other places, see different cultures and see where Buffalo falls into your life. While Disney World is one of the happiest places on earth and while part of me wanted to stay there, coming home to Buffalo is the happiest of all places for me.

-B

Below are just a handful of pictures I took while on vacation.

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An Event with Cocktails and Characters!

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I am so excited for this Thursday’s Cocktails in Character event at Lafayette Hotel. The event benefits Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara. Guests who attend the event are encouraged to dress up as their favorite literary character. The event includes a cash bar, carving stations, entertainment, a judging contest and much more!

Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara’s mission is to “open pathways to expand opportunities for adult learners and children by enhancing their literacy skills and nurturing their well being. Our vision is to be an integral partner in the revitalization of our community.”

Everyone should have the tools to learn to read and write as it is a vital part of our day-to-day lives. Cocktails in Character is a perfect event taking place in Buffalo that not only fits the role of the organization {having guests dress up as their favorite literary characters}, but also comes at a great time of year, the Halloween Holiday. If you’re looking for something to do Thursday night tickets are still available. Click here to purchase tickets.

I hope to see you there! And check back next week to see what I dressed up as and my review on the event!

-B

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{Event Sponsors and Supporters}

Friday Favorites!

The past 8 days have been fun, Walt Disney World truly is one of the happiest places on earth. With that being said, I know there was a lot of activity back home in Buffalo and I’m happy to be back. The first half of my weekend will be spent volunteering and the second half will focus on catching up on things that built up while I was on vacation. Below are just a few of my favorite pictures from this past week in Orlando.

Have a great weekend.

-B

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{ Share the Magic }

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{ A little piece of home, Niagara Falls }

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{ Towels shaped like Mickey ears }

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{ The 1980’s were the best years }

M&T Bank First Friday’s at Albright Knox

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The first Friday of every month M&T Bank and the Albright Knox offer First Fridays. Free admission on the first floor to the public. From 10am-10pm you can walk around and experience some of the amazing art the gallery has on display. If you want to walk around upper levels there is an additional fee.

At the beginning of the month I took the day off and spent it with my niece. For an almost four year old this was a great event to take her too. While she thought the Lucas Samaras, Reflections, aka the “Mirror Room” was the best, her attention span started to run out after about 30 minutes. With it being a beautiful day we walked on the outside grounds and took some nice photos.

Prior to this visit, it has been about 5 years since I was last inside the Art Gallery for a leisurely experience, so it was nice to walk around and experience it with a kid who has a vivid imagination.

I highly encourage anyone to take part in such a great event that takes place the First Friday of every month. The next one coming up is on Friday, November 7, 2014.

-B

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{Snapping photos inside the Mirror Room}

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{If you look at this for more than a couple seconds you get dizzy, or at least I did}

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{One of my favorites on display}

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{Anyone want to play some tic tac toe}

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