Hillsong & Fika

Sunday, the last weekend day for Olivia. We went to the city once again. I wanted us to go to Hillsong Church and Olivia though it was a nice idea so we went. First I dropped of Agnes at the train and then we had a long slow breakfast. Took the train, on the way to church we got coffee at Pret. It was a good idea cause the line to church as insane. However, queuing was well worth it. We had the best time, there was a guest pastor whom was hilarious. So good, I laughed to tears but also he said a lot of good and deep stuff that really stuck. Music was great, as always by Hillsong. After we walked up to Fika at 58th and had the best meatballs. Bough a coffee and walked through Central Park. They'd put up the ice rink and further into the park people were dancing with roller skates. It was still pretty autumnal and colourful. We went to the famous fountain and then just walked back to Grand Central. It's always the walking that takes time in the city, one should never plan to much cause then you set up for disappointment. So it was really nice to just have the few things to do and just enjoy our walks in The City. A absolutely lovely day.


Emma, x

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I'm turning 20

My BIRTHDAY. Olivia and Agnes made me breakfast in bed, so cute, loved it. The family also bought me presents and I got so surprised about how much lovely thing there were, got a gift card at PINK, a golden planer, pens, a little pocket purse or something like that to keep in my bag. S had signed her name in a card and it was just so heartwarming. From Olivia I got a beautifully red velvet handbag that I'd wished for. Agnes got me a funny but pretty pocket flask and a well written card. My whole family called in episodes, while I was getting ready for the city. My uncle, grandparents, dad, brothers, mommy. Got to talk some to all of them and thy sang to. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. So already here my day didn't really need anything more. It was perfect. But we were set to go into the city so that my tourists could explore. We got on the train and then at Grand Central we met up with Madeline. We changed to Metro and made our way down to Brooklyn bridge. First time for me visiting that landmark, it was a really beautiful day. We walked across and then tried to find a good shot of the Manhattan skyline. Passed by shake shack for a bathroom break and a small refill of energy. Then walked back over again. Took the Metro to Union Sq and walked to Flight Club since Olivia is a little bit super sneaker obsessed. She bought a beautiful pair of adidas. About this time everyone's blood sugar was close to non existing so we walked to Fika. I'd planed for us to have meatballs but apparently they didn't serve hot food at that very location so we got some yummy wraps to share. Chocolate balls and coffee, so yummy! We then walked to Times Square and took some awesome pics. Also ran into a demonstration against Trump, "we reject the president elect" "hej hej ho ho, Donald Trump had got to go" and so on. Mexican flags, painted vaginas and one dude holding a white rose as for president snow which made me freak on the inside for a sec. Scary situation for the world but still quite mighty to see and hear them march and shout together for a right to have a president that doesn't discriminate. We then walked up to Vanderbilt cause I wanted to buy dinner from Urban Space but apparently they were closed. So instead we went home, bought pasta and salad to share, had Rosé , mango, Nutella and lots of Swedish candy. I'm so happy with my birthday, all we did, the food but ofc mostly the company.

Thank you all for making my day this perfect, lots of love.


Emma, x 

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Shopping & Starbucks

After Halloween I got sometime to myself even though that cousin was there for a it longer. It was the beginning of November and we'd already had guest since start of October. The 5th of November it was alla helgona which is a remembrance day in Sweden, so me and Madeline went to the beach, lit candles, talked, laughed and cried. Told the stories about those who left us and the ones at home we miss so dearly. Such a cozy and needed evening.

On Sunday, a week after my gals went to Boston Olivia came down again. She spent the week with me an it as pretty cozy. I as probably kind of boring at times cause I had a period of being very tired. But we manage to do the important stuff like shopping and drinking Starbucks. We both got sets of Pink chill clothes which were absolutely awesome. I think we bot motivated each other to workout as well cause I had a pretty good week of training even though I'd rather would've slept.

On the Friday we went to New Jersey to shop at Jersey Garden, got to finish work at 10 at of we were at about 11. There we had an insane lunch. We intended to buy sixteen nuggets to share. Haha but instead it turned out to be sixteen massive tenders and since two big sides was included we had two insanely big boxes of fries, haha they gave us bread too. It could've easily feed like five or more. We actually did not find much at all until the final end. I got myself a pair of Timberlands and adidas cotton tights. Olivia got the same tights and also two hoodies. We went by Ikea before going home and got lots of foods. Mostly candy hehe. But Ikea was probably the most exiting part of the day. On our way home it was dark and George Washington bridge was so beautiful lit up. We drove to Rye to pickup Chopt' and then I had a nap cause Agnes were coming and her buss was late once again so I needed some shut eye before getting her later. Haha her travels where chaotic, I'm a tiny bit nervous about traveling with her in the future cause nothing seems to go her way. Finally we got home and after five hours of driving I felt pretty done with the day and ready to sleep away.

Emma, x


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With My Gals

OMG, my girls are here and boy' am I happy. It's Friday and I've been so exited all day, felt this weird thing in my tummy like right before you go on a roller-coaster or have a "travel fever". Right after work I got on the train to met the ladies in the city. Agnes was supposed to come around 7 I think and Olivia around 10.30 or so. But Agnes buss from Boston stopped in Yonkers (closer to where I actually live then to the city), it turned out to be a good thing though as there were 30 min walking from grand central to penn station and not 10 min as Agnes had though. I was so extremely over exited to meet her, I could feel people starring some as we might have screamed a little. We walked through the city, found Urban Space outdoors food market but it was just closing so had to keep searching for the right dinner. We decided to get Shake Shack. It was horribly much people in there so we brought it to Grand Central and sat down in the stairs. We sat there talking and all off a sudden there were someone very close to us saying hi. We looked up, jumped up, started hugging and talking (screaming), laughing. Olivia was here, she just come from JFK with the buss and found us sitting their eating burgers and babbling away. We haven't seen her since June so it was mighty exiting. We went down a floor so that Olivia too could get a burger since there's a Shake Shack in the station. We went to the train and got home around midnight. I'd been up since 5am because this particular day I'd felt like it was a good moment to do a morning workout. So I was pretty tired but since we just met again after all this time no one wanted to sleep quite yet. We tried on our halloween outfits for the upcoming eve and they tried walking in their heels. Hahah well, they can walk, it's just that after a while they decided they looked as football players at a awards night. They looked completely insane and gosh how I laughed.

Saturday morning we decided to not sleep in too much as I wanted to show them around a little. We had a nice breakfast and then got going. We drove around in my little town and then out to the coast. Stopped by Starbucks and then went to Rye Pier. It was super windy but also a very beautiful view. We went by Madeline to get some of my stuff before going home. She remedied us of the time so in stress we drove past the store, grabbed some taco ish food and then got home. At home there were a lot of people, since my host dads brother from Sweden and one of his daughters were visiting the brother that lives in Manhattan came too with his whole family. Both of my host parents were at the stove, we said hi to everyone and made our way downstairs. Put our groceries down on the bench in my kitchen area and heard laughter. I couldn't place were it came from at first "are they in my room!!??!??!". And yes there they were, and did I get furious? Oh, yes I did. The 8 yr old cousin (that already made me insane since she made the house to a complete mess, screamed constantly and affected my kids to become non-respecting little monsters) is in my room with A my 2 yr old. A is completely covered with make up in her face, all my stuff has been taken out off the make up bag. We all had our computers and iPads on my bed and I ofc freak I think I screamed NO or something, picked my girl up who started crying immediately as she understood I were pissed. The cousin walked behind me, her dad saw when we came up and asked her what she'd done, I dropped A of in the kitchen to her parents and went down to do a check on the room. I felt a bit weird, as if someone walked in on me naked and then walked out with out saying sorry or excuse me. There were make up on the wall and on my sheets. One lipstick were broken but a cheep one at that, nothing else were broken. (I felt very pissed at my host parents to begin with since I thought there were enough grownups to have the situation under control, but later me and Jay talked about it and I understood how it turned out the way it did. And could drop it very easily since the damage were so tiny, would have been something else if my expensive stuff was torn). With the stress of getting done in time with make up and eat, then getting on the train in time mixed with this made up for a pretty grumpy Emma.

However I got it together thanks to my awesome friends and once on the train I felt much more content. We took an uber to the club. The club straight up and down sucked. And our promoter even more so. But the evening were still a success since I had my friends there. And the fact that Olivia put out super much money so that we could get drunk helped too. We went to the bathroom and talked very loudly since we though most likely no one would understand us. I found a abandoned cigarette package that I brought with us out from the bathroom. We danced with some guys but then decided it was time for food. We had to take the last train home since the girls were to go to Boston the following morning. We smoked, laughed and stumbled around till we got to Subway. It was the best food eveeeer eaten, EVER. Agnes started to get nauseas since she can't drink vodka and thats basically what we drank. Took the Uber and went on the drunken train as a guy so nicely put it when he stepped on. People in costumes laying down on all the seats. I can't even describe how tired I was.

Sunday I drove my girls to the train, which was very sad but I knew that they will come back soon so it's bearable. I slept kind of all day. Monday, the actual day of halloween, I was a freaking superhero. I had one hour to get my kids fed, changed and ready. And I did it. .... but the cousin had a meltdown. I understand her cause I used to be like that too, still sometimes, have expectations and then nothing turns out as you wanted. So even though I'm still a bit upset with her I saved the day with some proper makeup, black eye shadow to be precise. Went from crying to scared of herself in a happy positive way. Overall my Halloween weekend was very tiresome but mostly a blast and amazing.


Emma, x

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Blisters but a Blast 
Once in a while one needs to go to NYC. Especially if one lives 40 min outside of it. So that's what we did, a Saturday in the city. This time I didn't take as much photos but I had a lot of food. Money flies pretty easily in the apple. It was incredibly hot, like 30*C. I had make up which I was very happy with but immediately came to regret as I stepped out the door. I didn't know what to wear in that heat and actually don't have much summer clothing so I choose high waisted black shorts, a white t and espadrillos. I met up with Daniella at the station who already had a venti cold brew in her hand. When we got to grand central I took mine and our first selfie in their. Probably the 10th time I'm there but I'm always on my way and never stopped to watch this beautiful place for very lonng. We were waiting for another au pair who's from Ukraine called Tanja. We meet her up in there and made the way out into the city. We started walking towards Central Park and intended to buy food on the way. But when we finally found Shake Shack all we wanted was a ac, somewhere to sit and no walking. So we stayed there to eat, however our wish to sit were impossible to acquire since the restaurant was packed with people. The waiting and the standing was totally worth it. This is the best fast food I've ever had. It's a little bit more expensive then McDonald's for instance but it's worth every penny. The burgers looks and tastes homemade, cheddar and bacon on top of that and it was just amazing. I got so extremely full and needed some caffeine but it was to hot for a latte, instead I took a iced PSL, it was good but I'm not likely to get it again. Got to the park and let my feet take a break from those espadrillos giving me blisters like crazy. We walked some more in the park then went down on 41St and ended up at a FIKA between 6th and 7th Ave. Me and Daniella shared a cinnamon bun and she had some more coffee. Now this girl is worse then me cause now she already had two venti cold brews and this hot coffee here. We all went to the toilets here, after all that coffee, water and lemonade it was needed. And I just wanted to say I recommend going to FIKA's bathrooms as they are very fresh interior wise and mostly clean, much better compared to others. Also to most other cafes bathrooms you need to buy something first to get the code to the bathroom on the recite, these ones aren't locked.Then we went shopping, since I don't have that thigh gap but more of then frog thighs I was now dying for some long flowy pants. I got stuck at H&M for about an hour or more trying to find cheep, fitting, good enough looking change of outfit. The other girls just wanted to browse so they went on to the next shops. We meet up when I finally were done for some Chipotle. I feel Chipotle might be a bit overrated cause people go insane over it, not saying I don't like it, it was good and I were happy to have it for dinner. Both Shake Shack and Chipotle was new for me, I like them both and recommend people to try it. Being super full again I wanted that cup of coffee. We went to Pret and I bought a Latte as it now were a bit colder and the sun was going down. We sat down in Bryant Park, enjoyed our hot coffee, the fairy lights and some people-watching. We went to grand to say bye to Tanja and then walked around, felt a urge for a drink. Found ourselves a weird Irish pub were she had some white wine and I a glass of rosé. We walked up and down 42nd, found som nice places to make stops in the future. Then we went to Grand Central, bough some candy sat down in the stairs to wait in our train. It was the funniest train ride I've ever had. Gosh how we laughed, can't even remember what at, probably everything and nothing. We had a long day, way to much caffeine and just finished our candies. I laughed so I cried and barley had time to breath, we felt a little bad for the others in our car but we had a blast. When I got home I took a much needed shower to get the dirt if the city away. Then got into my new pyjama I ordered from asos. It's Chelsea Peers, it's pink and has ice creams on it, possibly the softest thing ever, LOVE IT! Went to bed very tired and content with my Saturday.

Emma, x

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Tipsy Tacos & Pre-K
So there so much cozy stuff I missed to write about. Last month for instance the week before school started they where off both Thursday and Friday. We still were members at the fancy gym so I brought them there. On the Thursday I checked in S and took a swim in the outdoor pool with A and the other way around. It was so cozy and we had a lot of fun just being me and one of them. That weekend my host family went up to Boston and agreed for me to have a dinner at our house. So I had a tipsy taco night. Four Swedish girls came to my house, we had tacos and drinks. I also had made brownies. We turned up the music and danced till it felt like we'd had a workout. Litterly sweating. Played so much weird nostalgia songs and laughed till tears were rolling down my cheeks. I also trashed my pants when I tried to do Yanis Marshall's choreography to 7/11 all tipsy on the kitchen rug, a hole in the knee. However it was worth it cause I slayed and got it on video. We ended the evening when it was on the verge of becoming night but it felt for us as it was near morning after all that laughing and dancing. I ended the weekend with an amazing salmon meal and a bottle of rosé and just enjoyed the quiet and spacious house for the eve.
The following week the girls started school. Well there only 3 and 2. But S is turning 4 and then it's already time for Pre-K. The first day we totally screwed up since they had such weird times the first days we got there two hours too early. I solved the problem the way that almost always works. "When in doubt go to Starbucks", so we did. The girls was so exited just to get a water and I extremely happy to get some caffeine. Since it was a one time thing I also got a muffin of S's choosing for them to share.
Then the week went both fast and slow, the new schedules confused me a bit and then now since school started the traffic was much more busy. I know feel I have a great flow for the weeks and it's not at all any confusing anymore. Also the last month the kids have been much more affectionate towards me which makes it so much more fun to work. I actually love my job, I don't exactly earn a lot and saving is almost impossible. But the whole experience being here and my family really weights over doing anything else. Love it here!

Emma, x

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Amin' sportswear and H&M

My clothes got here and I'm so exited. I ordered sportswear from a Swedish company called Amin'. And I've been looking forward to them so much. However I couldn't keep the bras the rest of the clothes are amazing. I bought the same model on my tights but different colours. They are called Tribe high waist tights, I've got the black and pink ones. The pink is called dusty pink and therefore I though it wold be a more greyish pink then it turned out to be. Then I also got a Tribe t-shirt thinking they would match my pink tights but there is a slight other colour and can look a little weird. The material on all the clothes are very nice. In my tights I feel great, since they go up high waisted I do not have to think about dragging them up mid-workout when they slide down a little as most clothes do when you're moving like an insane person and they pretty much stay put anyways. The material is a little bit thicker then tights I've previously owned which is something I like a lot, it's not like you get more sweaty or so rather your muscles just feels as if they're kept a bit warmer. The t-shirt is very light, when I workout the tights don't get any visible sweat stains however the t-shirt does get them if you workout good enough. I'm a little disappointed with the bras as I couldn't find any measurements for the sport bras and I did a wild guess and chose medium in fear of them being to wide over the back, afterwards I feel like I should've known better. I ended up not getting new ones as I have to pay taxes thanks to me living here in the states and also reshipping them was up to me to fix. Workout clothes is an essential in everyones wardrobe and even though we could just use old t-shirts and ugly sweaters this is way more fun. And as an au pair you tend to want to stay in elastic, comfortable, good looking clothes on a everyday basis, and then this is it. Overall I was very happy with their products and customer service, I recommend you get in on their site ( http://aimn.se ) and take a little peek.

Actually I also shopped some at H&M which I didn't really plan, I went to a mall to look for a bikini top at VS since I somehow broke mine. Ended up with some nice basics. I bough two basic t-shirts, since mine got ruined by a banana in my gym bag I though I better get two at ones this time. Some black cotton pants with a loose slacks feel to them, dusty pink crop top with lacing, a grey maxi dress and a pink knitted shirt with a little bit off flared and slit sleeve.

It sounds a little bit weird I know, but coming here I don't feel comfortable with most of the clothes I brought from home cause they don't feel like me.., so shopping even if it's beautifully crafted tights or a cheep white t it makes me more content as I feel like myself in what I wear. Well, enough talking about clothes, time for lunch.


Emma, x

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And Some Other Bits n´ bobs

We went to Greenburg Nature Park, per usual. Had a blast. When we got home I found a package awaiting me in the mail from a friend. It was an absolutely lovely gift, a picture album with pictures of us and some writing. I got so happy, these gifts are the best cause it really shows the love and time put into it, and that's what matters in relations, the love and time we give to each-other. I was with the kids for the whole evening as the parents where in the city watching soccer. It was amazing how much easier it is when their not there, the kids are almost angels. We had bolognese that I made and also we made chocolate muffins for dessert. Played and had a blast. I got another package from the body shop. They had 40% off so though I'd better stalk up on some things. Got day and night creams, both regular and aloe vera ones. Tea tree mask and a seaweed mud mask. Tea tree wipes, a eyeliner and a fuji green tea body butter (smells like spa). The following day we had our first visit at the house. Madde came over. I made meatballs and they were soo good. This weekend we went to IKEA. Me and Madde, and boy did I spend money. I got a rack for my clothes, cause my room felt so empty and also my clothes tended to end up on the floor. Blinders for my window and a blanket. We went to the car and left or stuff and then went back in again to have lunch, meatball plate. Then to the best part. We went grocery shopping, I got a lot of stuff for my family but for myself too. Meatballs, sauce, pickled herring, kalles caviar, lingon berry jam, cardamom biscuits, elderflower lemonade, marabou chocolate and a lot Swedish candy. So exited. The way home were so fun, listened to all kinds of old songs from when we were kids. Sang and danced in the car, people in other cars where looking at me as if we were completely insane, which only made it more fun ofc. She helped me ensemble the clothe-rack and then I threw together a salad. We ate to the sundown in front of the house. A very good Sunday.


Emma, x

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Swedes lost in The City

The cake was no good, haha, it was a red velvet one, pretty and all, but the taste wasn't quite that great. Tasted like grandpas cappuccino powder he uses for coffee when he's out fishing, weirdest taste. I went shopping. The first months here I've mostly worn sportbra's, cause I got in my mind it was more comfortable but frankly mostly in lack of real ones. So I made my way by Victoria Secret. I needed to get fitted for two reasons, because I don't know what's the right size for me and I don't know american sizes. First I went by H&M and got myself a pair of pink joggers and two basic tops. A black and white as one needs in a wardrobe. Stopped by a accessory shop and got myself big rose gold circle earring and a pac of five gold rings. And then VS, got myself some PINK underwear. Three bras and five pairs of panties. A very expensive Monday but well worth. New and nice underwear makes one feel much more put together and happy. The week just went by and on the Friday A turned two. Also on the Friday I was off after the morning routine and went into The City. I meet up with a girl that lives in Philly, one of the Swedes I traveled here with, Isabel. She had planned to come over to NYC for the day and wanted some company, I gladly came along. I meet here at Time Square where she sat with here Starbucks at the red stairs happily waiting. We made our way down the metro system which was a absolutely fright when you have't grasped it or are down there for the first time. Made absolutely no sense but after only one mis we got where we wanted and walked to the begging of the High Line. We walked almost the whole way, absolutely beautiful to see the city from this angle. Love the artistic feeling of and old rustic railway growing to be a walkway with trees and flower, something romantic about it. When we started to get hungry we went down from the high line and went to the nearest FIKA. I had the best meatballs I've ever had (even better then moms), and some lemonade to that. Bought a biskvi there for dessert and two chocolate balls, one for me and one for my host dads birthday breakfast the following day. We went to walk through some stores, Urban Outfitters, Zara and some more. Walked passed a massive and beautiful Sephora shop, love when black and gold make a contrast on the adorn houses. Dinner time came and I decided we should find it at Urban Space. I got myself a Norwegian salmon sandwich that I had there before, it's just that good, and some more lemonade. We walked to Central Park and had out dinner there. On the way back to Times Square we had a visit of some rainy clouds. Got a lil wet but loved how it changed the air. Said our byes over some Starbucks in the light up Square. One does not have time to do that much in the city as it's so big. But just walking, watching architecture and people is amazing enough here.We walked about 20 kilometres. A lovely day, one of the best since I came here.


Emma, x

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Small highlights

Monday I woke up sick. Happy that all I had to do was to drive the kids and then go back to sleep. Got myself a B&J's and noodles. Tuseday was even worse. In away I were happy the kids were home this day cause I was not in any position to drive. I felt so bad falling asleep every five minutes when I was supposed to be watching them. But I really couldn't keep my eyes open no matter how hard I tried. S thought it was hilarious and woke me up when she decided I'd been out too long, over and over. But I survived these days and on Thursday I was almost back to normal. After work I meet up with Madeleine. She's I girl that went to my high school, in my little town in Sweden. My mom and her dad works at the same place, we shared room when we went to Zanzibar, Tanzania with school for ten days, but we never really known each-other. When I knew I was moving here I found out she was living 20 mins from where I were to live. What's the odds. Well on the Thursday we spontaneously decided to meet up, so I drove out to the cost where she lives. We went by Starbucks and then to the shore. Walked up and down the pier and found a nice spot to sit. Talked a lot and had a very good time. On Friday I had my first lcc meeting. When you go as an au pair with Cultural Care you get a lcc, a person that you can contact and get help from if you need it, both small and bigger matters. We went to the beach I walked by the previous night and watched a firework show, quite magical. I really miss the coast, at home it's right there next to me and now it's a hustle to get to the beach. Have to drive and then pay both for parking and to access the beach itself. Saturday was a lazy day as well for Sunday, though I'd try to be healthier for the upcoming week, but turns out the family bought cake for me and one of the kids names-day. Good luck to me, I will have a piece of that.....


Emma, x

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