Lorac- Multiplex Lipgloss

my lipgloss is cool …my lipgloss be popping…

It’s lip gloss… and it’s 3-D… and has holographic reflectors, that give you mayjah shimmer… and they are not grainy… and the product is good…really good!  and it mixes well with a lip liner… and does not…repeat (hold your breathdoes NOT bleed.

Lorac Mutiplex Lipgloss is here girls and it is going to be a cult fave for sure. With the cold climate coming soon, this gloss has moisturizers to keep your smackers soft and smooth!

P.S. – on the green tip: It’s paraben free!

$22 at Sephora come in many different shades, I love em all!

* I love this gloss, I just want to share it with you, I was not paid for this post*

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Wordless Wednesday

The  Feast of San Gennaro, New York City’s longest-running, biggest and most revered religious outdoor festival in the United States, held  on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century.

Read more about it ——> here

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Bieber fever

Lily came home from school and said:

“Mommy I have Bieber fever I think I need to rest for a little while, I don’t feel so good’

*FYI- Bieber fever refers to lust one has toward the musical artist Justin Beiber… sort of like NKOTB fever or Beatles fever or “favorite boyband name goes here” fever.

Aie Aie Aie…it has started already!

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Apple Picking

The perfect family adventure – apple picking!

I love going apple picking. This is the perfect season for it!!  It’s a great way to engage with nature, enjoy some classic Northeast activities and is a perfect example of “farm to table” agriculture.

We usually go to Outhouse Orchards in North Salem, NY. This place is beyond charming, pony rides, hay rides, apple picking, cider, pies, jams, jellies, pumpkins, playground and a petting zoo.

Things to remember when Apple Picking:

  • Wear sunscreen, even though you are amidst trees, the sun is still hot and beating down.
  • Wear sneakers or hiking shoes. There is a lot of walking through grassy terrain and let’s not forget the common…deer poop.
  • Long pants are great to avoid the occasional hitch-hiking tick!
  • Wear a hat to protect your cute little face.
  • Bring cash, some farms have Credit Card minimums and even though you might spend more than the CC min. The spending happens in doses. A hayride here, a pony ride there, a cider here and a bag of apples there… be prepared. Just bring cash.
  • Hydrate, drink lots of water.
  • Watch out for yellow jackets and bees. Just be warned.

Here’s a list of places I recommend to go Apple Picking in Westchester and Duchess County in the NYC area. So get yourself in your car or train pack up your loved ones and go North and  pick them apples!

Outhouse Orchards – North Salem, NY

Wilkins Fruit and Fir Farm – Yorktown Heights, NY

Barton Orchards – Poughquag, NY

Fishkill Farms – Hopewell Junction, NY

Cedar Heights Orchard – Rhinebeck, NY

Mead Orchards – Red Hook, NY

Grieg Farm – Red Hook, NY

Fraleighs’s Rose Hill Farm – Red Hook, NY

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The falling leaves…

It’s my favorite season… It’s AUTUMN in New York!

…and as you can see, we have put Lily to work!

The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping, we’ve been on our bikes most days and my favorite part…the food.

This is my favorite food season- the apples, parsnips, pumpkins, squash, yams, root veggies…yum! … writing this post is making me hungry! (nom-nom-nom)

I encourage you  to take advantage of your local farmers market this season and buy fresh seasonal veggies and fruit. I am  fortunate to have a plethera of farmers markets in my hood and I do enjoy a good maple glazed  roasted squash.

There is a chill in the night air and the crisp mornings are heavenly. It’s good to be in the Northeast during this time of year. The begin of this season brings much promise, the beginning of school for Lily, the beginning of the cool climate, halloween, Matt’s birthday, my birthday, thanksgiving, christmas and new year. I love this season, I am a better person because of the joy I feel from the abundance of color all around. This spring Matt and I had made a pact to take a daily family walk after dinner, we’ve been slacking,  I think it’s time to start that again, Jonah enjoys this cooler climate as well and there is no shortage of squirrel for him to chase.

Enjoy Autumn all!

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Yes I spell tomatoe with an E! so…what?

My tomatoes have taken over the garden. We had an abundance of green tomatoes last week so I made my variation of  Fried Green Tomatoes.

Green Tomatoes

Besan is used in Indian cooking. Especially for frying battered foods.

Everything needs some curry powder!

In a bowl mix besan+ curry powder + salt + water. enough to make a thick dipping consistency.

Drop sliced tomatoes into the batter

…and fry in oil. I also threw in some sliced onions. You can also do potatoes and eggplants and whatever really!

Enjoy!

This entire recipe is made up by me. Thus the obvious lack of  measurements. Just wing it! You can’t go wrong with curry powder!

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Radius Toothbrush

Read my review of the RADIUS Toothbrush right ——-> here!

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Hope Diamond …on sale

One of our adventures this summer was a trip to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

At the museum of Natural History, we came across the HOPE DIAMOND.

Lily was really impressed. This was quite possibly the most sparkly thing she had ever seen in her little life.

While she was perched atop Matt’s shoulders, mezmerized by the HOPE DIAMOND, she announces….for the entire room to hear…

“Daddy, we need to get this for Mommy when it goes on sale”

You can read all about the HOPE DIAMOND online...but what I found fascinating and amazing and RIGHT ON was this:

I love dogs! and I love that a dog wore the HOPE DIAMOND ! Dog people, we are a rare breed!

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Clementine Art

“The process of creating art is a powerful developmental tool for children” ClementineArt

Lily and I received a set of Clementine Paints. Just in time for school.

I love working on art projects with Lily, and it’s sort of a nightly ritual for us. She sits at the kitchen table while I make dinner and works on an art project. Whether it’s a glue project, or glitter, clay , printmaking, or paper mache …there is always some sort of art going on in the kitchen while I attempt to cook.

So how thrilled was I when I received a package full of PAINTS!!! I love paints. We have a whole room dedicated to our art supplies! inks and paints and papers and stamps and glue and glitter and carving tools and screens for screen-printing…I could go on. It’s making me giddy telling you about my art stuff!

So Clementine Art is pretty great..for many reasons…the biggest being the colors are vibrant and take very nicely to various surfaces.

Here’s a bit of info about these art products:

About Clementine Art:
Clementine Art was founded in 2008 by Diana Mercer, a former teacher with over 20 years of experience in the field of education, arts education, and child development. Diana created Clementine Art to encourage open-ended art explorations for children. The process of creating art is a powerful developmental tool for children, and Clementine Art products encourage children to dream, imagine, experiment, create, problem-solve, and above all, express themselves. Explains Diana: “Real art is about creating. Early childhood educators know that the process of creating art is just as important to a child’s development as the outcome. I wanted to create products that not only engaged children in an open-ended creative process,but that could also become an everyday part of a healthy and creative lifestyle.”

Clementine Art is professional quality, naturally non-toxic art supplies for children using only the purest ingredients. Clementine Art uses ingredients from the earth and the products are colored with vegetable, plant and mineral pigments instead of artificial dyes, providing an innovative solution to chemically laden, artificially colored art supplies.

www.clementineart.com www.twitter.com/clementineart www.facebook.com/clementineart

Support the arts y’all!

* I was not paid for this post. The company sent me a box to review and I really loved it and totally recommend it*

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… and discuss

I found this at an art show in upstate NY.

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