Last week, I visited Madame Tussauds New York in Times Square for the first time. Initially I was a little scared of the international wax museum’s lifelike figures, but after walking through a few rooms of the multi-level exhibit, I got used to them.

I’m a movie buff and have always been drawn to holiday films set in New York City. Of course this sprawling metropolis is breathtaking draped in a blanket of fresh snow—complete with holiday lights peppered throughout—but more than that, I’ve always loved how some of the city’s most iconic institutions can be seen decked out in festive decorations.

This past Thursday, I took a tour of Holiday House NYC—an Upper East Side mansion that transforms into a holiday-themed designer showhouse every fall.

Although this is turning out to be a pretty mild fall, the warmer weather hasn’t deterred NYC’s annual winter attractions from opening up for the season—including ice-skating rinks throughout the city.

One surefire way to get out of your comfort zone and discover places you never knew existed is by planning an itinerary for visiting family or friends. A few years ago, my Mom was in town visiting for the holidays.

As a kid, we’re filled with a million questions. Some stem from observation: why’s the sky blue? While others are much more personal: how does my body know how to breathe, walk, etc.?

Have you ever wanted to visit a place so badly but for one reason or another the powers that be prevented it from happening? Well, that happened to me and the place was the New Museum on the Lower East Side.

I grew up in Maryland and I will always be a Baltimore Ravens fan when it comes to football, but since my boyfriend is a New York Giants fan I’ll also root for them—as long as they’re not playing the Ravens.

When I was in college studying magazine journalism, I once had a project where I had to read one of my articles out loud and have it taped as if I were a broadcast journalist.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I am horrible at math.


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