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Historic Hudson Valley Presents: Lightscapes! Our Review

                         Historic Hudson Valley Presents: Lightscapes!    







       Historic Hudson Valley is known throughout the state for hosting spectacular events all year round.   For the last two years they have started a new tradition, similar to their infamous The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze that is hosted every fall.

Cinco De Mayo Recipes!

   These all look great, easy and fast to make! I believe one or two of these will make it onto my menu tonight!



Pritikin's Mexi-Creamy Salsa Dip created by Executive Chef, Anthony Stewart, at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa


Here's something semi-Pritikin for guests at your party who crave "creamy" but don't need to go as low (in terms of both health and flavor) as Velveeta.

Servings: 4 half-cup servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients

1/2 cup yogurt (plain, nonfat)
4 tablespoons sour cream (reduced-fat)
1/4 cup green onions finely chopped (white and light green parts only)
1/2 teaspoon cumin ground
2/3 cup salsa (nonchunky varieties)
Instructions:

Mix by hand all ingredients, except for 1 tablespoon of green onions (which will be used as garnish topping).




The Walking Dead: Michone Give No Shelter Episode Two Review




                        The Walking Dead: Michonne Give No Shelter Episode Two


   Catapulting you right back into the game- chapter two off starts exactly where you left off with heart thumbing action to get the ball rolling- before throwing in a critical choice at your way.   Do you save Pete, or do you flee?  As for all choices made within the series, each seem to have a lose-lose outcome, but for those nay-sayers out there you need to think about where the game is set.  Civilization as we know it is gone and in its place is a Zombie filled world with tyrants and bagabums running things- there is no winning.
    What you do get from the game play is an intense feeling of remorse, as seen from Michonne’s eyes. Although you do not get to know the supporting characters very well, either because they are killed off fairly quickly, or because the writing does not include an in-depth background, what you get to experience is a first person view on a world without hope. That is what I believe Tell Tale Games was going for in this series
     As we learned previously, (see review number one of the series) Michonne is on a hideous from Rick and his crew, experiencing what seems to be a mental breakdown from the loss of her two children whom she could not save.  Throughout the game watch as she sees the “ghosts” of her children, as well as getting a background story of what she went through as the virus took over the world.  You experience Michonne's inner struggle to figure out what is right thing to do and what is the wrong thing to do in every choice you make- her mind is so muddled with guilt that she no longer seems in tuned to the real world- which is pretty much how I would expect it.  Pete seems to be her saving grace her, her Jimmie Cricket so to speak, helping to spark the morality inside of her.  The graphics, and action sequences are just as well produced as before, and you get to do one of Michonne's most infamous moves to get through a herd of walkers which was awesome.  Towards the end of the episode is when your choices start to get more difficult and the characters get more detailed. As if Michone is starting to wake from her haze and joining the real world once again.  This should make for a truly interesting finale of the series.

Mt. Airy Lodge Casino and Resort! Our Review!

Mt. Airy Lodge Casino and Resort- Our Review
(spoiler, we loved it) 








Mt. Airy Lodge and Casino is the place to be if you enjoy a good time. All others should stop reading here…….
 

     Ok good, now that we are alone let me tell you about where you should go for your next weekend of pure fun and relaxation.  Mt. Airy Lodge and casino is a 100056-acre resort that houses 188 newly renovated rooms, an 18 hole golf course, fully functioning spa, indoor and outdoor pool, casino, four restaurants, a club with live performances available all year long, (x2 when they close the pool and throw a party there) event center and a fully loaded gym. Try saying that all in one breathe.
 


     This place has that WOW factor that you didn’t even know you were looking for in a resort.  As you veer off of the main road towards the hotel you may have to pull over to pick up you jaw from the floor.   The immense rustic look of the hotel with the canopied drop off, as well as the beautiful waterfall cascading just below give you an immediate idea of just what this resort had in store for you -high class fun!  Drive on up to guest drop off and take advantage of the free valet parking, then walk inside. Que gasp- as you are faced with a beautifully lit water fountain that connects the first floor- hotel lobby and reaches the second floor- the casino, restaurant and club area. Above that is a beautifully crafted chandelier, you have officially entered the luxury zone.
   After checking in with a staff that does nothing but try and please- you will use your key card to use the elevator as well as your room. This is a great feature as this hotel acts as a fully functional event center and casino, this seemingly small security measure is actually a big deal- keeping it so only hotel guests have access to the hotel. Mt. Airy Lodge takes security very seriously- and this is just one of the ways that it shows it has the patrons comfort in mind. You will also use that key to get into the pool and gym again ensuring that patrons of the hotel are using it exclusively.

   Let's talk rooms- there is nothing I like better than an impeccably clean hotel room- and that is just what we received.  Beautifully furnished room with two queen beds, a fabric headboard adoring the wall. Flat screen tv, separate bathing area in the bathroom and fully stocked mini bar at your service if you want to bring the party back to your room. The beds were so fluffy I drifted off to sleep on a cloud (and fully pack stomach see reviews ofthe restaurants we visited) the comforters were light, soft and warm and the pillows were lucky they stayed in the hotel room they were so comfy.
   The mini bar is no joke as well-it has everything you could need or want.   It is weight sensitive so if you remove anything it will know and automatically send it to the front desk and add to your room charges. Technology is crazy.
    If and when you ever decide toleave your room you have several options at your disposal. I suggest you dothem all. During the day you can book yourself a massage, mani pedi or facialamong other treatments, then head off to the pool appropriately named WET.
   The pool houses cabana beds that are available to rent for the day and are super comfy- yea we went for it. You can have your lunch poolside, enjoy alcoholic beverages and swim in the magnificent pool that features tiny waterfalls, and two areas off to the side that have jets blasting (although no temperature change) and seating. We

Chaos Caught on Video: THE JOKER Takes First Test Run

                    Six Flags Great Adventure Plans to Debut Insane 4D,
                   Free-Fly Coaster Memorial Day Weekend
 




    " JACKSON, NJ – April 27, 2016 – Six Flags Great Adventure’s insane, new 4D, free-fly coaster The Joker took its first test run late afternoon Wednesday. The flawless run was captured by on-board video.

     The coaster’s first riders were water-filled, plastic dummies that simulate the weight and proportions of human thrill seekers. A dummy named “Harry” captured point-of-view video of the ride from a chest-mounted GoPro camera.  

     After being lifted straight up a 12-story, 90-degree hill, The Joker will wreak havoc as riders flip head-over-heels at least six times along the seemingly weightless journey. Thrill seekers will experience exhilarating leaps and dives along a horizontal plane, along with unexpected drops as they tumble from one level to the next. The wing seats amp up the pandemonium since riders will experience all of this chaos with no track above or below ─ just the sky, ground and adjacent Great Lake churning around them.

     During the next month, engineers will fine-tune the ride control system and complete extensive testing, followed by a series of inspections and certification by New Jersey ride inspectors. The coaster is expected to debut Memorial Day weekend.

     The Joker is the second 4D, free-fly coaster of its kind anywhere in the world. For more information about the 2016 season at Six Flags Great Adventure, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure"

Celebrate Superhero Day With PJ Masks!









     Today Is National Super Hero Day! What a better way to celebrate than with the preschool superhero's themselves PJ MASKS! Read all about their top tips on how to become a superhero and then print out fun Masks, and activities from their website!
     



The Spa At Mt. Airy: Review

                                            The Spa At Mt. Airy




     While staying at Mt Airy Lodge and Casino I was invited to partake in a luxury massage at The Spa at Mt. Airy. Yea like I was going to say no to that. Right off the main lobby and across from the pool is the reception for the spa. You check into your appointment and then head into the spas retail room and take the elevator down one floor and enter total bliss. There is a gorgeous fountain and comfy chairs in the reception room, which then leads you into the main spa.
  There you get your own pass-code safe locker to put your things in. There is a comfy robe and sandals given to you which you walk to the changing room across the way to put on.  After you are changed you are walked into the ladies’ lounge where chaise lounges await you along with cucumber water, tea and all the trashy magazines you want. It is here you wait to be called into your appointment and it is here you can lounge afterwards as well.
  I was treated to the Mt. Airy Signature Massage which was so good I may have melted into the massage bed. I had a choice of three essential oils which were mixed with body buttercream and was treated to a head to toe massage from Carolina. She was Amazing! The room was filled with calming music, heated bed, aroma from the oils, which put you instantly at ease.  The expert hands of Carolina made me forget that I ever had a headache, or neck pain in my life. I was in heaven for the full 55 minutes. However, the relaxation did not stop there. After my massage, I headed to the sauna, and scented steam room before enjoying a rainfall shower. Yea that shower needs to be installed in my house yesterday.  There was a bathroom and area to blow dry your hair, put on deodorant and put yourself back together before going back to the real world as well. All included with whatever spa service you enjoyed.
  Tranquil music filled the whole spa, and you could enjoy the services provided within the spa for as long as you want which was wonderful. There was no rushing you in and out nor were there gossiping employees that I have found at other spas. This was truly a relaxing experience in a clean and well maintained spa.
 
 The services range from massages to mani pedis, facials, body scrubs and more. All range in prices and all worth every dollar if what you are looking for is experienced staff, tranquil environment and an afternoon free of the hussel and bussel of life.

 ** I was given this massage for review however all opinions are my own.