Showing posts with label Beach. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beach. Show all posts

Sunday, July 6, 2014

DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup Atlantic City 2014 #DOACsand

DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup Atlantic City 2014, #DOACsand
Follow all the Sand Scupting action using the hashtag #DOACsand via twitter

I hope all my butterflies are having a fantastic Fourth of July holiday weekend! I trust all things 'B' are being enjoyed this weekend, Beach and BBQ - what did you think I meant? LOL (and maybe another good 'B', Beer!)

This post is a continuation of my Atlantic City Sampling Experience via Crowdtap! (Check out the first post HERE) I told you Atlantic City has a ton of things to see and do, it's just as family friendly as it is a place for singles like me, one of the activities on my itinerary was the DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup in Atlantic City.

I took so many hi-res photos I was afraid to break my server so I created a slideshow of the amazing sand sculptures, I even got to meet a few of the sculptors which was pretty neat!

I used Flickr to create this slideshow, but if the slideshow moves too fast for your taste you can check out each photo individually in two places: Flickr - DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup 2014 as well as on our Pinterest Travel Board (I may create a unique board for these on Pinterest in addition to throwing them into travel, once I do I will come back and update this post with the direct URL).

Which is your Favorite Sand Sculpture in the Slideshow Butterfly?

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FTC Disclosure:  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Crowdtap and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. This post is a continuation of the Atlantic City Sampling Experience offered to select Crowdtap members.

Friday, June 21, 2013

#photos from the @coneyislandusa @ConeyIslandFun #ConeyComeback of @LunaParkNYC, @WonderWheelPark, & @NewYorkAquarium

As you know my butterflies, I am a Bronx Zoo Blogger Brand Ambassador, and I was recently invited to check out the New York Aquarium which is also operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society. And I have  to thank them because they allowed me to invite some of my favorite blogger buddies to join in the fun as well. And you know more bloggers means more fun right? :)

Fun Fact: Coney Island is home to the only aquarium in New York City: the New York Aquarium

We have definitely featured both the Zoo and Aquarium before, in fact the Bronx Zoo, The New York Aquarium and Coney Island made our top 10 list of family friendly things to do in New York City last year, we thank you for all the positive feedback we received on that post, in case you missed it, press HERE to check that one out.

As you may remember, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc and the Aquarium was very badly damaged in it's wake, but you know nothing can keep New Yorkers down, and thanks to donations and very hard work on the part of the staff, the Aquarium is in the process of re-building, they are under-going a 3 year construction project to bring it back bigger and better than ever, but they are very much open for business! So if visiting Coney Island and the Aquarium is a part of your summer ritual as it has always been for my family, you can keep the tradition alive!

Our morning started out with a great breakfast:

Chocolate French Toast with Whipped Cream, Yes Please! Add chocolate chip pancakes, eggs, sausages and bacon to the mix and of course a glass of Orange Juice and you've got a very filling breakfast.

We then heard from The Alliance for Coney Island which is a nonprofit organization that brings together businesses, community organizations and residents dedicated to continuing the transformation of Coney Island into a year-round, recreational oceanfront destination and improve the quality of life for visitors, businesses and residents alike. As visiting Coney Island has been a fun tradition for me since childhood I'm so glad to see the Alliance working hard to make it better and better and safer and safer too.

They had some fun trivia raffles and my friend Laura from the blog My 3 Ring Circus won a Luna Park Beach Ball:

Laura from My 3 Ring Circus Blog

I had to catch a shot of her hamming it up! Here is one of us both hamming it up inside the Aquarium:

Left: Tracy from Ascending Butterfly and Right: Laura from My 3 Ring Circus

Then it was off to the Sea Lion Celebration at the newly renovated Aquatheater at The New York Aquarium:

They use three different Sea Lions during the performance, and they each have their own personalities, they are all total hams!

This shot below is one of my favorite moments from the show, he is just totally enjoying the love:

I took WAY too many pictures of the Sea Lions so please check out our Pinterest Page and check out additional photos from the Sea Lion Show that didn't make this post for lack of space!

At the end you get the chance to get up close and personal!

Don't be scared, he is just saying HELLO! (really loud!) :)

After the show we walked through the Aquarium to check out some of the fish, check out this 'little guy':

Again, I took a lot of shots, so check out our Coney Island/New York Aquarium board on Pinterest for more fun photos!

and then we hit the famous Boardwalk:

Left: Ascending Butterfly and Right: Mama Butterfly

Had I had more time I would have looked for a picture of us when I was little for #ThrowbackThursday, but that could take awhile so here is the photo we took together from this trip! (Hey bloggers who attended the BlogHer Conference last year, do you recognize that bag I'm carrying?)

I also had to ham it up with my blogger friend Issa from Single Mama NYC who I met at the first BlogHer conference I ever attended! Who knew that one night sitting at the same table during a blogging conference would lead to a friendship? So bloggers when you wonder what the most valuable thing you gain from conferences are, it's friendships, a network of great friends you can rely on!

It was time for my blogging buds to feed their little ones (I don't have little butterflies of my own), so we all split up for lunch, some of us hit Nathan's, and me and mama butterfly hit up a boardwalk spot for some rawbar deliciousness as we love Clams and Oysters! Then it was time for some fun on the rides! Gotta stop and get these first:

One of the first rides we tackled was Wild River at Luna Park!

That's Ascending Butterfly taking the front seat on Wild River at Luna Park NYC at Coney Island!

With the infamous Coney Island Mermaid Parade coming up this Saturday, I just had to capture this shot where the seahorse is holding the sign that reads "Mermaid Parade".

Thankfully the historic B&B Carousell has returned to Coney Island's Luna Park. For me, the Central Park Carousel and the B&B Carousell are cherished parts of my childhood!

To say I had fun would be an understatement! And if you are wondering what weekend would be a good one to visit? How about THIS one! With Fireworks on Friday Night and The Mermaid Parade this Saturday there couldn't possibly be a better weekend to hit Coney Island and The New Aquarium too! (Just remember butterflies, these are NOT your mama's mermaids so use your discretion as to whether or not you want to bring little ones with you for the Parade). And of course you can't miss Deno's Wonder Wheel while you are there!

What is YOUR favorite Coney Island Memory?

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, no monetary compensation has been received to share our event recap coverage. We were fed, entertained, got to ride the rides and were given a gift bag! All opinions expressed herein are 100% my own. I ♥ Coney Island!  :-)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Fourth of July Weekend Butterflies!

Happy Fourth of July Weekend Butterflies. I am taking a well-deserved Holiday Weekend, our offices are officially closed and will re-open Tuesday, July 5th. New giveaways will be posted next week, and all entries will be processed for the California Wine Club and Carolina Pad giveaways over the weekend so the winners can be notified next week. So if your comments don't appear yet, no need to email me, they will appear soon!

This month look for the return of our Featured Handbag In The Spotlight (we apologize for last month's hiatus, we had an un-expected cancellation and then decided to focus our efforts on the Dads N Grads Buying Guide instead, we are happy to bring back our favorite feature!). July's bag will be a stunner from our friends at Elliott Lucca! Our monthly book club will also return and July kicks off our 'Summer of Surprises' Giveaways! We have a ton of summer fun planned at Ascending Butterfly, hope you'll join us! And refer some friends too!

What are your plans for this weekend? Barbeque with the family? Picnic at the Beach? Fireworks? As a New Yorker, Macy's Fireworks are pretty much a New York institution!

Whatever your plans, drink in moderation, please don't drink and drive, and please stay safe!

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Relief Run in Santa Monica, California - Sunday, March 27th

Some of our West Coast readers mentioned that they wish they could attend the Martha Stewart Pop Up Shop event this weekend that I wrote about yesterday. Well here is something for my West Coast readers!

In an effort to raise money for Japan, actor Josh Duhamel ('When in Rome', 'Transformers', 'All My Children', Soap,  and TV series 'Vegas') is hosting a Relief Run in Santa Monica, CA this coming Sunday, March 27, 2011.

Who: Josh Duhamel  and You!
What: TokiDoki Relief Run - Youth Run 4 Japan
When: Sunday, March 27, 2011
Where: Santa Monica Beach
Why: To raise funds for the Americas Red Cross's Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund.

Registration: 10:00 am
Run Starts: 11:00 am

Josh will be there running too!

West Coasters who want to get 'Tweety' with it:

Follow: @tokidoki @joshduhamel @reliefrun
Hashtag:  #reliefrun

East Coasters who can't participate but want to show support:

Join me in tweeting:

Wish I could participate with @tokidoki @reliefrun @joshduhamel tomorrow to #packthebeach for #reliefrun

You can also purchase the Relief Run tshirt online, both men and women's styles as well as a tote bag at tokidoki!

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FTC Disclosure Info: This is a Non Compensated Post, I was not asked to post about the relief run. Ascending Butterfly loves featuring people, companies and brands that give back!