What’s your word for 2015?

I’ve given up on New Year’s Resolutions. They never work out, there’s too much pressure and I’m not one to jump on bandwagons.

But I do like to acknowledge the birth of a new year, a new season, a new everything and starting at 1.

I spent the last few days thinking about how to start off 2015. Not by promising myself something, but rather embracing something. Making something part of my everyday life and breathing it in.

I picked a word for the year…

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This is my word for 2015.

This word speaks to all of my various selfs. I’ve complained too long about the loss my creative life, and this year I’m going to create something, or many somethings,  if even in  the smallest way.

I want to work on building and creating meaningful relationships with my friends and family members which will root themselves deep for the years ahead.

I want to create a life and environment where I can be inspired and bring some of that creative spark back to me being.

Lily and I talked about the meaning of this word as we gathered up our craft supplies and made a little reminder for ourselves.

She said she wants to ‘create’ a better world for others.

… i love this child.

Words have power and I think we chose the perfect word for us to focus on in the new year.

Happy 2015 everyone.

What is your word for 2015?

 

 

 

 

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20 minute meals with McCormick®’s Skillet Sauce®

 

This is a Sponsored Post. I’m participating in the McCormick’s Skillet Sauce® blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program. 

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This past week we had a house full of family and being sick right during the entire Christmas week was not fun. Not only was I sick but Thomas had to be rushed to emergency room for a breathing scare… so this was doubly not fun.

While my in-laws – who were in town –  were super helpful, I was still stressing about meals and entertaining.

One thing that helped out in a very unexpected way was McCormick®’s Skillet Sauce®

We made some old school, classic Sloppy Joe’s.

This was the easiest meal to make and the end result was yummy, fulfilling and the kids had seconds! Seconds! It’s a win!

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I bought some ground beef, browned it in a pan and added the McCormick®’s Skillet Sauce®s Sloppy Joe’s sauce.  AND I added my own stuff to it to jazz it up a bit. Before browning the ground beef, I sautéed some diced onions and then added the beef and sauce.  Put this goodness on a bun and you are done! Some tortilla chips were on hand to scoop up the left overs.  We also added cheddar cheese to our sloppy joes.

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This was a great cold weather meal and it took me less than 30 mins… actually about 20 mins!

The McCormick®’s Skillet Sauce®s are so easy to add to any meal and you absolutely don’t have to lose out on the taste. The Sloppy Joe’s had a sweet and smoky taste, just like the packaging states. These might be a go to quick meal for future busy evenings!  The kids had 2 servings people… need I say more!

Please swing by McCormick®’s Skillet Sauce® for lots of recipe ideas if you are not feeling my onion and cheddar sloppy joe’s! Although… you should try it… and then you can thank me!

McCormick®’s Skillet Sauce® is available at Walmart.

 

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An eventful holiday

Our week of Christmas was pretty eventful.

Thomas had to be rushed to the emergency room because he was having a tough time breathing. We first took him to the urgent care clinic nearby but when the tests didn’t give us any results… to the emergency room we went.

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This was the first time we had been to the emergency room for any of us.  He was having wheezing problems and was listless… which was the really scary part. The doctor told us that he probably just had a bad cold but no pneumonia, bronchitis or allergies. It was sad to see my sweet little bubbly moto with his nebulizer attached to his tiny face.

Right after that I went down for the count and am just now coming out of it. This fever, flu congestion hybrid thing knocked me out for a good 8ish days. While I did function for a few of those 8 days, I was one step forward 3 steps back sorta thing.

Our holidays were filled with our loved ones who flew in from all the corners of the country to share the season with us and for this… we are thankful.

I don’t have any pictures from Christmas because I was so sick and just didn’t get the chance to take pictures and since no one else around here takes pictures… there are none. booo. I love pictures. I love remembering those captured moments.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

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The New York Mom Holiday Gift Guide – Gifts for Mom!

 

 

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There is still time to get your MOM something she will love this holiday season. These are a few of my favorite picks … and you can totally run out and get them! 

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1. Crystal Floral Bib Necklace $59 GILT.COM 2.  $8 ANTHROPOLOGIE.COM 3. Bulova Diamond Chronograph White Dial Two-Tone Stainless Steel Ladies Watch  $177 JOMASHOP.COM 4. $90 JCREW.COM 5. Tory Burch $165 SHOPBOP.COM 6. Mini Transport Crossbody $148 MADEWELL.COM 7. Swedish Hasbeens $409 SHOPBOP.COM 8. GoPro HERO4 Silver Action Camera $400 BESTBUY.COM

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Holiday Cards with Minted

 

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Every year we are late getting our Christmas Cards out!  I like to say… we didn’t want our card to get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyone’s else’s cards so when it arrives late… like in January… our cards get the proper attention we think they deserve!

Ha!

It’s sorta like saying – we’re taking the scenic drive – when you are lost.

This year we are going to be on time… i think!

Once again, I’ve partnered with the fine gals over at MINTED for our annual Christmas Card. We spent a gorgeous saturday in Brooklyn taking a few pictures for our card and I love the way they have turned out.

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If you have missed the Christmas Card rush, don’t stress it. Send New Year’s cards. I love getting family pics from our friends at the beginning of the year… and they wont get lost in the shuffle 🙂

Minted has the most unique designs I’ve seen recently. What I love most is that the designs are all created by actual real life artists who are hand picked to contribute their gorgeous work. We picked the foil cards this year for a bit of fancy!

Please swing by MINTED for all sorts of gorgeous goodies like wall art, custom wall art, party supplies and so much more!

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The New York Mom’s Guide To Christmas in New York

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This is my absolute favorite season of the year! Every single part of New York is alive with the sights and sounds of the season. Christmas in New York is like nothing you can experience. It’s everything and much more than you have imagined and the magic is alive here in the big apple. Our little family has a lists of must’s we try to do every year. Some of these are pretty mainstream but some are off the beaten path.All of these are great to experience with kids.  I hope you enjoy my 11 favorite things to do in New York this Christmas Season!

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  1.  Rockerfeller Center – How could you not do this. While we always skip the ice skating, we do love to experience the tree and the window light show across the street at Saks Fifth Avenue. This year the lights are all projected and it’s an impressive story of New York but I miss the old-fashioned old school snowflakes of yesteryear.  Rockerfeller Center is the magical heart of Christmas in New York. While there make sure you stop by St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
  2.  Bergdorfs windows – Wanna hear a local secret…. The BEST holiday windows in NYC are at Bergdorf Goodman’s. And no lines or crowds. These are hands down the most creative, high couture, thoughtful, artful windows in the entire city. Sure you have the whimsy of the Saks windows and the Macy’s windows… but the high art cannot be touched when it comes to the Bergdorf Goodman Windows. It’s a MUST! Find them at 5th ave and 58th street.
  3.  Dyker Heights – Over there in Brooklyn is an entire neighborhood who is coo-coo for Christmas. You might have seen some of these homes featured on television on practically every single christmas home display show…but nothing compares to actually going to Dyker Heights and experiencing this magic in person. Dyker Heights, you bring the Christmas Season out in full force!
  4.  Skating at Standard Hotel – I’m giving away all the secrets here! Skip all the lines and tourists at Bryant Park and Rock Center ice skating rinks. The real deal is going on at a tiny ice rink at the Standard Hotel. The rink is super small, so parents can release their kids out on the ice while they sit on luxe seating – outside- under heating lamps – while sipping on their choice of seasonal hot toddy. The ‘ all the time’ celebrity sightings are also a bonus… if that’s your thang! Also it’s right at the Highline! 
  5. New York City Ballet Nutcracker– The Nutcracker like it’s a dream! You HAVE to see the NYCB Nutcracker, that tree, the dancers, that perfection…. magic!
  6. Chestnuts – A bag of roasted chestnuts for $5… all 8 of them. But they are the perfect seasonal street vendor food. Walk up and down 5th ave while eating your bag of chestnuts… magic!
  7. Handel’s Messiah Sing Along with the New York Phil Harmonic – No words. You MUST do this. The entire place is PACKED with hipsters, locals, old people… everyone. Singing the Messiah at least once during the Christmas season should be on everyone’s list!

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8.  Santa at ABC Carpet and Home – He’s the real deal. Every local knows that the best and realest Santa is at the ABC Carpet in the flatiron district. The lines can be long so always check the schedule before you go.

 9. Union Square Christmas Market – After you grab your Santa pic at ABC carpet, head over to the Union Square Holiday Market. Buy some handmade presents, drink some seriously chocolaty artisanal gold leaf hot chocolate and enjoy Union Square.

 10. Radio City Christmas Spectacular – another MUST. When they start kicking in unison… I mean! As a dancer, I know exactly what goes into those rehearsals and that hard work and magic delivers onstage! Also, you are going to sob like a baby at the last scene.

 11. Botanical Gardens Train Show – Choo Choo… this is a choo choo show like none other. This elaborate Train Show is created using ONLY natures bounty. A must! Also they have a boozy weekend showing… i vote for that one.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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// T O D A Y //

We all rushed out  the door this morning at 8:15AM. Matt drops me off at the train station and then takes Lily to school and then comes back for the babysitter to come over for the day. A typical Thursday morning around here.

This morning, there was very heavy traffic on our street… bumper to bumper. This is out of the norm because we live in a residential area and there aren’t many cars driving through. Our neighbor who was also running out the door said – I think there was an accident and the traffic is being redirected.  

I mumbled something about how inconvenient this was and how dare someone gets into an accident near my home and mildly disrupt my routine.

The day went on like any other until Matt called me at work to tell me…

The accident this morning. A driver hit a 7th grader on his way to school. crossing the street. he ran a red light or made an illegal turn.

This stopped me in my tracks.

He continued …

The 7th grader has a sibling in the 2nd grade who attends Lily’s school.

Devasted.

How can this be? This was a cold sunny morning after 3 days of snowy ice-cold nor’easter rain. It was a beautiful day of possibilities. A celebration of winter. We are in the middle of the christmas season. How could this happen today!

…and I complained about the mild interruption.

As the day went on. This news has come to me in many ways. The news, the PTA meeting…

I cannot imagine losing a child in the most innocent of ways. Crossing the street that he does… every single day to go to school…every single day. Or what if this was a rare circumstance of him walking to school alone?

This is the same intersection that I cross with my kids every day during the summer months as we make our way to the town pool or head to our town park to ride our bikes or go for a jog with Thomas. Our babysitter crosses this intersection with Thomas as she takes him to the park to see the ducks and run around.

How could this happen. How could this happen so close to us.

My heart is broken. The family had to tell the sibling about this. What awful news to deliver. How does one even do that.

I came home from work today and Lily rode up on her skateboard to give me a huge hug and start with the stories of the day. Thomas was at the door jumping around at the mere sight of me, demanding every ounce of my attention. The Christmas tree was lit, the sun was setting and I walked into my warm cozy home. This winter day. With my entire family around me.

Count your blessings.

This life you guys… it’s here but for a moment.

Live your fullest in these moments.

– Please say a quick prayer of peace for this family who is dealing with an unbelievably heavy loss.-

 

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Land of Nod Spring Preview – #NodFamilyHome

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What better time to think about Spring than during our first NorEaster!
While we are all just gearing up for Christmas, the design world has already tackled springtime trends.
Last month I was invited to attend the Land Of Nod spring preview. What a treat for the design senses! Land of Nod is an inline design store with a focus on kids gear. Kids, toys, bedding, furniture.. all of it.

To show-off their Spring goodies, Land of Nod moved into an entire Chelsea townhouse. Not shabby at all.

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Stepping in through the front door was just magical. The whole house has such whimsy and care and special creative details all through the rooms.

New to NOD this year – CRIBS!!! These are gorgeous baby cribs which I would have swooned over 2 years ago when the little moto was new to the world! Also look for fab collaborations with fun artists and of course the great big collaboration with LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS! (available in 2015)  All of my childhood faves like the pokey little puppy and the Tawny Scrawny Lion can now be found on pillows and sheets and wall art!

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Hope you enjoy the preview via my pics! and then head over to Land of Nod to buy everything up! Because I REALLLY want it all!

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O Christmas Tree

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Our tree is up and the whole house smells like winter! Every year Matt and I head down to the local church fundraiser to pick up our Christmas Tree. This year my mom and sis came with us. Putting up the tree is such an important nostalgic event for our family. this year we were fortunate to have my grandmother, mom, sis, brother and their siblings with us as we picked out the tree, put up the lights, ornaments and star.  What a blessing.

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My goal this year was to go to a tree farm and cut down our own tree but I heard all these crazy stories of critters living in the tree and spiders and the needles falling off.. that we stayed with a tree bought at a fundraiser. We have enough wild things in this house.. .I have no desire for any outside wild things attaching themselves to our tree! 

The fraser fir is our go to tree of choice. It smells divine and the needles stay on for the whole month of December.

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The New York MomLily turned on some christmas music while we untangled lights, told stories of the handmade ornaments, drank wine and laughed as we made these winter memories. It really is a blessing to spend time with our family putting up the christmas tree.

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New York MomMy sweet little Thomas turned two today. His life is so full of newness every single day. He has helped me slow my life down and really appreciate the smallest of gestures.

Lily said, ” I’m so glad he’s the one who came out”.

Today when I picked him up, he took my face in his little hands, squeezed and said – i love you mama. His I love you was so pure and awesome I almost forgot what I was doing and where I was.

You know when kids are little they say things which are so honest and awesome that it totally shakes you because of the pure newness and purity of the statement. I want to capture him and his love for everything, his sense of wonder and exploring. I want to freeze this age and hold it close forever.

I love you sweet Thomas. Happy Happy Birthday!  I am so blessed that YOU are the one who came out.  

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