Food & Wine

  • Tips On Living The Chic Life From Molly Sims New Book ‘Everyday Chic’

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    Molly Sims is back with a brand new book, ‘Everyday Chic‘ and in it she shares her secrets and tips that will help all of us live the chic life.

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    I love a good lifestyle book. Especially one that’s gonna help me in more than one that’s practical and easy for me to use myself. A couple examples of this are one thing in/one thing out for organizing closets and desk drawers. I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for a place to neatly store something when in fact I should be looking to store it in the garbage or in the donation bin. There’s also ways to step your house party game up from themes to decor and food.

    And that’s not all, Everyday Chic is also gonna to teach you:

    • Family-friendly meal hacks and time-saving techniques.
    • Party planning like a professional, so you can party like there’s no tomorrow.
    • Strategies for creating a zen-like space and kicking clutter to the curb.
    • The accessory rule for your house—always remove one piece from any room you’re decorating.
    • Prioritizing the positive without getting hung up on the perfect. Perfection is a unicorn!
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    This is the perfect gift between girlfriends. And I’d also recommend Molly’s first book The Everyday Supermodel: My Beauty, Fashion, and Wellness Secrets Made Simple.
    Organization is like weight loss. Go lean.” – Molly Sims (click to tweet)

    *This event was hosted by The Moms Network and they were kind enough to gift me with a copy of Molly’s book. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Home Cooking With Valerie…No Not Me, I Mean Valerie Bertinelli

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    I know you guys didn’t think you were about to get cooking tips from me. No friend. I’m talking about another Valerie. Legendary actress, Valerie Bertinelli. She has a brand new cookbook out with more than 100 recipes that are sure to be a hit with family and friends.

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    With the holiday’s quickly approaching this 265 page book of deliciousness couldn’t have come at a better time. Especially for my family as we don’t cook traditional holiday meals. We don’t have turkey and gravy. We lean more towards chicken (leg or breast), fish and pasta dishes. Which is why I love this book because the recipes are so varied and put awesome spins on family favorites.

    After flipping through there are a few recipes that I can’t wait to try like:

    valerie bertinelliBLT Pasta (page 171)
    valerie bertinelliKey Lime Martini (page 92)

    The Moms hosted an lunch event with Valerie in NYC to celebrate the launch of her book and when I arrived the food was already gone. GONE! This truly speaks to how great the recipes are. It pretty much let’s me, and you know if you’re cooking Thanksgiving (or for anytime of the year) from this book the table will end up like this.

    Now that your palate is ready do it and yourself a favor and get a copy of Valerie’s Home Cooking today.

    *This event was hosted by The Moms Network and they were so kind to gift me with a copy of Valerie’s cookbook. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • How to Host Your Own Crafts and Cocktails Party at Home

    I recently attended a crafts and cocktails party hosted by the Crafty Lumberjacks at Freshmade in New York City. Founded by holiday enthusiasts Andrew and Dennis who met while traveling together on the National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof! The Crafty Lumberjacks mission is to bring D.I.Y. holiday decor ideas from their home to yours!

    I’m not crafty craftswoman by any means, but what I loved about the entire premise of the event was that you didn’t have to be. Yes, I was surrounded by artistic types that in no way made me feel self conscious. That’s how laid back and fun the event was. It allowed me to tap into my hidden creative side, without worry about what the person next to me was making.

    This particular crafts and cocktails event was Halloween themed and  came complete with everything you would need to create your spooky masterpiece. There was one small unpainted wooden house, one candle and one small skeleton.

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    And because you can’t be at Freshmade and not cook I had the opportunity to create my own chocolate covered pretzels. I don’t have a pic of those because I stuffed them in my face before I  could do so. But there were other treats.

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    The event lasted from 7 to 9 and it was a perfect way to help me unwind.  If you’re in the area or they host one in your town I totally recommend going. You will have a blast!

    But what if you don’t live in the area and you can’t attend? Don’t fret – you can host your own! With holiday season upon us here are a few tips to help you plan your own holiday themed crafts and cocktails party at home.



    FYI: I also suggest getting a table cover to put down it will keep the paint off your furniture and make for easy clean up at the end.

    Once you have your supplies you can organize your friends for a potluck style gathering or you can buy simple finger foods like chips, dip and fruit/cheese platters. Oh, and don’t forget the wine and other cocktails.  It wouldn’t be a crafts party without it.

    *I was provided one complementary ticket to the Crafty Lumberjacks event for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

  • LADUREE IN SOHO

    SolitudeSolitude In The City is a series in which I locate places in the city where moms can go for a little R+R.

    For this inaugural post I ventured to my favorite spot in the city, SOHO. Located in the southern region of Manhattan is sandwiched between the East Village and Chinatown.

    SOHO is home to upscale boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, and other affordable shops. People from of all financial walks of life converge on its cobble stone streets for browsing, shopping and outdoor dining. And for the select fortunate you may actually be lucky enough to call this neighborhood home. Apartments and lofts may outwardly look unappealing but the inside is nothing short of jaw dropping as no expense was spared when converting these once rundown art studios into luxury apartments and office spaces.

    Of all of the neighborhoods that make up New York City, SOHO is by far my favorite. I could spend all day here getting lost on purpose. So on a day where my patience was being pushed to the limit at home I left my husband in charge and hopped the G to the C train and decided to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon here.

    And in case you’re wondering SOHO stands for South of Houston, pronounced House-ton, not like the city in Texas. You can tell who the real New Yorkers are by their pronunciation. Now that you know this information I can proceed.

    Twenty minutes later, as I stepped out of the Spring Street train station I got a sweet tooth and the first place I thought about hitting up was Laduree. I have heard about shop and their macaroons for years. But I never made my way over to try one.

    What better time to try one than today. Especially being alone since kids don’t let you enjoy anything in peace.

    When I walked in to Laduree my jaw dropped. I mean how is it possible that I never visited or even ate here before now? It’s beautiful! The moment you step in you’re automatically transported to Paris. I’ve never been to Paris but I can assure you this is (in my mind) the essence of Parisian culture. It’s perfect for a quick snack stop or tea time alone or with friends.

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    And if that wasn’t enough as you keep walking through the restaurant you will come the outside gardens

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    I had never seen anything this beautiful in the city in a long time. You know as a resident its easy to become desensitized to the things around you. But you you can find something so tranquil, well hidden and quiet you have to stop in your tracks and marvel at it. The hostess let me sit for a moment since that area is for dining patrons. I’d come here just order water if it meant I could sit back there all day long.

    So I left the secret garden and found a bench next door, copped-a-squat and got ready to eat my very first macaroon. This is why I love SOHO, lots of the businesses have steps or raised platforms out front which makes it easy to rest your feet and enjoy a snack.

    I opened the pretty mint paper and took a bite out of sheer heaven! Why had I not had one before? The world may never know. But what I do know is, I will be back for more. They are delicious! I’m mad that I only bought 2. If the line wasn’t wrapped down the block I would have gotten back on line an bought more. A mental note for myself…get here earlier.

    SolitudeAs I sat there chewing on this chocolatey deliciousness it dawned on me how quiet the city was. Here I am in the city that never sleeps yet it seemed like everyone was home taking a nap. Actually no they were just in the Hampton’s. That’s where those who can afford it go on the weekends during the summer. It’s amazing the things you an hear when the typical NYC sounds aren’t hindering your hearing. I could hear birds chirping and the normally busy streets didn’t have that many cars on the road. The quietness of the world really allowed me to tap into my inner thoughts.

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    As I sat on that bench, I reflected on the importance of moms (and dads) having moments of solitude. When you get time to yourself it allows you to clear your mind of whatever is taking place in the home. Will it cure it? Yes and no. Some things take reflection so the best choice can be made. Other times you just need the stillness to help ease the stress that family/work life can bring upon you.

    Do you notice when you get back from having time alone you can handle whatever is happening in the house. When I got back home after sitting on that bench for more than an hour, it didn’t matter that the kids were a little extra loud or fought with each other about who had the most blocks. The time by myself allow me to recharge my patience meter. By bed time I had enough strength to put the kids to bed and stay awake to watch a movie with my husband, something that we hadn’t done in weeks. It’s amazing what a little solitude can do for your mind, body and spirit.

    Stay tuned and see where my next quest for solitude takes me.