Monday, December 24, 2012

MHM! #obsession

From the time I was in college through my early twenties, I would use any excuse to wear false eyelashes.  Night out?  Done.  Senior week? No brainer.  Nice dinner?  Check.  Then I got older, made more money, and had more “grown up” places to go.  Weddings, work events, more sophisticated nights out with friends (yeah, sure). 

That’s when I discovered eyelash extensions, this week's MHM!  Sure, they’re more expensive (expect to pay about $100-$200 depending where you go) but they’re worth it – they last at least a week and they look real.  And they’re fun.  With the holiday season upon us, I was thinking about making an appointment for myself because…why not?  ‘Tis the season, as they say.  Never know when a party may strike.

Monday, December 10, 2012

MHM! #obsession

Trying to find the perfect gift for that special someone?  Check out Ariel Gordon Jewelry - a mix of custom and simple but elegant pieces, today's MHM! #obsession.  Their beautiful "personalized" collection hits right on the monogram trend but is unique enough that they'll have others asking your friend, girlfriend, mom, niece, whomever, "where did you get that?!"  They'll be the talk of their office, school, whatever for weeks to come ;)

I’m kind of obsessed with their slim signet bangle…anyone out there…

Monday, December 3, 2012

MHM! #obsession

Check out Paper Culture for today's Must Have Monday!  I somehow came upon this site for holiday cards, placed an order, and I'm never going back.  You'll see why.

Great designs aside, the company only uses recycled paper and also plants a tree for every order placed and lets you make a dedication to a loved one for that planted tree.  Super sweet.

For the financially savvy, Paper Culture will mail cards for you.  Instead of paying for shipping and then having to buy stamps for each card, you only pay to cover the cost of stamps for Paper Culture to mail each card for you.  Not to mention the time you'll save by not having to address each envelope, right?  And they put your return address on the envelope...I checked (so your friends and family don't think it's marketing or junk mail and accidentally throw it away).

Oh, also, once you upload all of your addresses into their system and place your order, you can select a date that you want your cards to be mailed.  So you can place the order today and set them to deliver next week.  I mean, could this get more perfect or what?  It can.  When you call Customer Service you get a real person (in my case, she was super nice and very much in the know).

Love, love, love.  Happy holidays everyone!


Thursday, November 29, 2012


I'm coming up on H's 3rd Birthday Party so I thought now would be a good time to share some simple party planning tips.  Use these to plan not just an upcoming birthday in your family but also for holiday parties all month long.  Parties only have to get as complicated as you let them - check out what I find to be helpful below and see what you can't bring to your next event.

To come up with a theme start with what the guest of honor likes.  Trains, construction, princesses, super heros, ice skating?  OK, there's your theme - yeah it's that simple.  Now run with it.  I saw the cutest article about a 5th birthday in Parents Magazine this month where the kid loved office supplies.  The table runner was made from bubble wrap, centerpieces were made of elastic balls, paperclips were used to hold signs, etc.  It was super cute but so simple if you think about it.  The key is to think INside the box of all that goes with the decided upon theme.

So your guests know what to expect, start with the invite, of course.  It gives a glimpse of what's to come, not only by giving place, date and time but by displaying the theme in a creative way.  Take the princess theme for example.  Mock up a pic of your little one dressed up in her favorite fancy dress and let that be your invite.  Or use pre-made tiara, frog, or carriage invites.

For the party, think like your guest of honor and his friends.  Kids have short attention spans so keep the party short - 2 - 2.5 hours max?  Is your child still napping?  Then chances are their friends are too - try to plan the party around said nap time.  And don't forget to incorporate kid-friendly foods (extra points if you match them to the theme).  Have things that they'll gladly snack on available but don't forget the parents.  If you can swing it, have another option for the chaperones; grown ups aren't always pleased with chicken fingers and french fries.

Be sure to keep things moving.  If you have a few activities planned, kids won't get bored (read cranky and ready for a meltdown). A half hour each of a few crafts, stories, or entertainment paired with lunch and cake and there you have it.  You've got yourself a party, my friends.

End it all with favor bags for friends to take away in order to remember the best party ever.  Keep with the theme and all will not be forgotten.  And remember, food/candy is always a good takeaway.

Start planning far enough in advance so that you can get a schedule in order and get tasks ticked off your list slowly but surely.  But not too far that you end up with a party that's disjointed and over thought.  Remember, you don't want to be exhausted on the day of the party; the idea is to actually enjoy it.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


With the holiday season upon us I've been doing some cleaning - holiday cleaning I guess you could call it...vs. spring cleaning?  I've had some clothes that I haven't worn in a while, H has grown out of some of his (of course), and he's got some toys that he's outgrown too.

It's all perfect, really, because I know that between his birthday and mine and the holidays, we'll have more stuff coming in that I frankly don't have room for.  So this mass purging couldn't have been more perfect if I planned it.  Maybe my subconscious did?

Of course, I'll be donating all of the old things as always and anything that's too worn will get tossed.  For a little guy, H is actually pretty careful with his things (obsessor).  I've found that local daycares and playgroups really go wild for the old toys and if you don't have friends, family, or neighbors with younger kids then the Salvation Army is always a great place to donate the clothes.

And H doesn't mind giving his toys away because I explain to him what we're doing - giving the younger kids the toys and clothes that he doesn't use anymore because they'll use them more than he will.  He actually thinks it's great.  That's a win, win, win in my book.

Monday, November 26, 2012

MHM! #obsession

Economy Candy is this week's MHM.  My friend and fabulous event planner of Oh So Fab fame, Tina LaMorte, first introduced me to Economy when candy buffets were all the rage at weddings (I think they're still popular because who doesn't love a chocolate covered pretzel and bag of M&M's at the end of the night?  Let's get serious.).  But I've come to use Economy for everything because they have everything you could ever imagine.  It's like Wonka's factory but in real life.  I even bumped into Jake Gyllenhaal there once, whom I suppose could be categorized under the candy category.

Bulk candies, old fashioned candy, home made treats like chocolate covered s'mores and pretzels (a la above).  Economy is no joke.  So sometimes I'll drop by the small LES shop on a random Tuesday to get my sweet tooth fix and other times I'll go there for serious matters, like when I was making ring pop boxes for the most recent bridal shower I planned, or now for my son's birthday party which is slowly creeping up on me...for color coordinated M&M's for the favor bags of course.

Check them out either in person: 108 Rivington Street, NYC or online and you won't ever be disappointed.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


This is a great week to come back because there's so much to be thankful for.  On the East Coast (in NYC especially) if the last few weeks have taught us nothing else (again) it's to be thankful for what we have.

Our lives may feel crappy and overwhelming at times but at least we have them.  Of course, of course, everyone is bound to have bad days, face difficult situations, and stressful things happen in our lives sometimes on a daily basis.  Actually, I think overall I had a pretty rough year myself, but life is too short to dwell on the negatives.  If you have your loved ones with you, a roof over your head, and your health, I think I can safely argue that that is what truly matters.

I'm OK with where I am now, feeling fortunate, and wanting to give back especially on this day of all days.  If you are too, check out what local churches or food banks in your area are doing.  You may even find ideas on your city's website.  You can even type "thanksgiving volunteer (your city) 2012" into your browser to see what pops up.  Can't physically volunteer?  New Yorkers: City Harvest is taking $10 donations via Groupon to feed 40 New Yorkers Thanksgiving meals.  Because, honestly, people (children!) without food is a real issue worth stressing over.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Enjoy the time with your friends and families.