10 Must Haves to Prepare for Guests

10 Must Have's to #AvoidtheOops
Life doesn’t stop for anything and whether you are expecting house guests or just the  hectic nature of daily life, things slip through the cracks sometimes and you are left searching high and low for toilet paper. No toilet paper, no toothpaste, no paper towels, no batteries. oops! Its rough times. Let me help you #AvoidTheOops
Avoid the Oops
I’ve teamed up with Proctor and Gamble and Walmart to give you some tips to #AvoidTheOops!
We have family coming in town for the 4th of July weekend and I am on hyper drive to get this house clean and stocked.
Here are my 10 must-have items to help you Avoid The Oops.
  1. Mr.Clean – This stuff cleans everything and handles the toughest floors and walls. We dilute it down according to directions to clean hardwood floors.
  2. Febreeze – I have a massive giant smelly dog. Febrile helps get rid of dog smell, kid smell and helps freshen up the home.
  3. Crest Toothpaste – Always have extras especially when you are expecting guests.
  4. Charmin– We run out of toilet paper all the time. I usually have a secret emergency stash at the very top of my linen closet just so we don;t have to freak out when we have guests. A dinner guest once asked – what can I bring- and I responded.. toilet paper! after realizing we were totally out and had a group of 8 people coming over. Lesson learned. hide a secret stash of TP always.
  5. Bounty Papertowels – Honestly, this is my life line. I have a roll of Bounty Papertowels in the cars, in the bathrooms, in my pool bag… everywhere!
  6.  Magic Eraser – It’s magic. Every single stain on walls, floors anything… this eraser gets rid of it all. With 2 kids and a drooly dog… I use a Magic Eraser everyday.
  7. Cascade– For shiny, no streak dishes, Cascade is my go to. I have been using this since the beginning of time and my dishes turn out shiny and clean overtime.
  8. Tide Laundry Detergent – With two kids in sports and running to the pool and beach everyday, we get dirty. Tide Laundry Detergent gets the job done.
  9. Duracell – Extra batteries are always a must. Whether it’s a sudden power outage or a favorite toy that didn’t come with batteries… a pack of Duracell’s are a must.
  10. Swiffer – dusting is not my favorite but swimmer makes it easier and gets to all the hard to reach places.

You are now ready to host your friends family and whoever comes over for a visit. You can totally #AvoidtheOops with this list of must-haves.

You can make your life easy by ordering from Walmart. All these P&G products are just a click away and happily arrive at your door to help you #AvoidtheOops. 

 *This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Walmart.*
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Summer 2016

We are in summer mode over here. The kids are out of school and the lazy summer days have begun. Lily has a sleepaway camp later in the summer, Thomas starts a local town camp next month but for this week we are winging it!

I’ve decided not to put Lily in an all summer camp this summer. I want her to just hang, get bored, to have unstructured days, to find her own entertainment, and to hang out with the neighborhood kids.

We moved to this community for this very reason. Lily walks to the town pool, downtown, rides bikes all over the neighborhood with friends, eats popsicles in the afternoon and builds fairy houses with Thomas. It’s that old school – non programmed- summer days of old.

We’ve been having lazy brunches in town and long strolls through our neighborhood saying hi to the chickens and pig and goats.

Yummy Salmon Toast from the Reading Room in Katonah,NY

If you know us , you know that we don’t sit still for long and we have a whole list of summer trips and day trips and quick jaunts all around the tri-state and I can’t wait to share this with you. New York has just so very much to offer and there is never a shortage of engaging activities for kids… I’m talking about hikes, museums, towns to wander through, flea markets, balloon festivals…etc.

Summer 2016 we are ready!

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First Day of Summer and Fairies and Flowers

Happy First Day of Summer!

The summer fairies are out and we’ve already spent a good chunk of the morning looking for them. Our yard is full of gorgeous dragon flies and you know fairies ride on dragon flies.

Summer is in full force over here. Thomas has been out of (pre)school for about a week and Lily is wrapping up her last week of 5th grade.

Last year at this time we were packing up to move and then spent 2 months in hotels  while we awaited the closing of our house.

The move has been great. The kids are happy, Lily has blossomed and we have seen that inquisitive amazing Lily that we had lost for a couple of years due to crappy ( and yes i say this with a straight face and finger pointed) school in Long Island.

I digress.

Summer in our new neighborhood has been great. The neighborhood kids have found our house to be the one with popsicles, soccer games, fire pits, snow cones a giant beast that kisses everyone and no shortage of imaginary fun.

Thomas has found his “fairy tree’. It sorta looks like the that tree from Game of Thrones right! He has been playing under the moss lined tree hoping to catch a fairy.

Of course Lily is too cool for fairies now… but she plays along really nicely.

Jonah has come face to face with deer, bunnies and who knows what else back in our woods. Did you now there are bears and coyotes roaming our neighborhood! So cool… scary but so cool!

Last week a neighbor put out a FB alert saying that someones lost husky was sleeping on her back deck… climbed up the stairs to sleep on the back deck right near the kitchen door. The dog was so huge she did now want to disturb it. She took a picture and posted it on the FB page and … it was a COYOTE! yikes!

I’ve planted flowers all over the yard in random places for a little pop of color here and there and then i forget to water them so my sad floral project is slowly dying Thank goodness for our awesome lawn guy who just shakes his head and tries to breathe some life back to my flowers.

Happy summer everyone… i’m thankful for these everyday blessing like flowers and fairies and summer time fun!

 

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Protect Clothes You Love with Downy – sponsored

Downy Fabric Softener

Summertime is glorious and wonderful with birds chirping, kids splashing in pools, rolling in grass, riding bikes, and being active. There is summer camp, outdoor movies, sprinklers and all the wonder of play warm weather brings.

…including wet stinky clothes.

Welcome to the world of summertime laundry with kids. Wet pool and beach towels that somehow hide under all your other laundry and stay there for days and stink up your entire laundry room are a staple of this season.

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G.

Downy

While we all love the pinterestable lifestyle of hanging your clothes out to dry on a clothing line amid fields of daisies… reality is that no one has time for bouncing bunnies in meadows of clothes hung on a line. We are busy and with parents working, kids in sports and social commitments… laundry has to get done and get done fast.

Growing up I remember a stack of freshly scented laundry magically showing up on my bed every weekend… folded, soft and smelling divine. What was my mom’s secret?

Downy! My mom used Downy.  This product has been around for ages and gives your clothes a quick spruce up in the laundry.

I’m super excited to partner with Downy on this post to share a few gems of info about this brand.

Besides giving your clothes a super soft and great smelling feel Downy also keeps the bounce of your clothes and helps clothes maintain that fresh brand new shape. The colors didn’t seem to fade from our couple uses. But the best part. the towels… oh the towels were fluffy dream clouds of soft smelling goodness.

You don’t have to change your laundry routine. Simply add a capful of this fabric softener to your laundry when washing and that’s it. Soft goodness.

Matts parents are coming to visit next week and I have the guest towels ready to go with a dash of Downy magic.

Downy Fabric Softener

Best of all Downy is great for clothes you love as well as clothes that get a beating during the year. I have used this with some of my delicates and love the fresh scent.

You can also create a mixture of downy and water and using a spray bottle spray on fabrics like beds and couches for a gentle fresh scent.

To #ProtectClothesYouLove with Downy head to Walmart 

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Hug em babies tight

The New York Mom

We are on 5th grade graduation overdrive over here… lily starts 6th grade in the fall and poof! I will have a middle schooler!

The time flies by so fast…it really does. Hug these babies tight, hold them close, give them all your love because as they get older your love is THE ONLY shield between them and the big bad mean world. That love bubble – as we call it– will make all the baddies bounce right off. And there are lots of baddies all around.

I’m not ready for middle school. But as everyday goes by we are getting mini glimpses of the creative, change making, thought provoking, leader that lily is becoming. She is shy… yes… but she is mighty and is finding her stride before just running full speed with it.

Hug your babies, even your tween babies… hug them tight and remind them of the love shield you have around them at all times. * sob * tears* love*

don’t grow up.

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Dinosaurs love Hillary Clinton too

Madame Alexander Wendy for President

When Barack Obama was sworn into the White House… Lily was 3 years old and lined up all her dolls and ponies to watch the historic moment.

This morning Thomas was so excited about the big news – because Lily and I were chattering about it  at breakfast – that he brought out all his favorite toys to be part of the excitement.

Dinosaurs love Hillary too y’all!

Hillary Clinton 2016

Unless you have been living under a rock these past 24 hours, you know that Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Nominee for the upcoming presidential election.

I’m with her.

Lily and I stayed up late to watch her speech and cheered her along. Her powerful words, inclusive ideas and just overall energy was enough to pave even playing grounds for both genders. Having a daughter grow up with Barack Obama and now Hillary Clinton as leaders of this fine country is magical. we get to talk about equality, we get to talk about fairness, we get to talk about love and patience and building a better future. And we get to do this in an open forum with leaders who openly support these changing times.

I grew up in India with the name Indira Gandhi mentioned all around me. I grew up with a woman as a political figure. This was the norm. So why is this such a big deal in this country which is far more progressive in so many ways.

Play… imitates life… imitates play… and while I’m sure there will be lots of Hillary Clinton dolls for little girls everywhere to role play with… we have found our fave.

The new Madame Alexander doll – Wendy for President – is ready to celebrate this historic time in our political history. This gorgeous collectible doll is dressed in red white and blue with a familiar blonde hairdo. Hmmm… Madame Alexander… did you know something we didn’t! We are super proud of our Wendy for President doll… and Thomas high-fived her on the way off to preschool this morning.

I would snatch this doll up quick… it’s going to sell fast!

Madame Alexander Wendy for President

Swing by Madame Alexander for all the info about this doll.

This post is sponsored. Opinions are my own and not affiliated with the company. 

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Weekend

Weekends are for wandering don’t you think? Summer has officially begun here in New York and the long weekend just confirmed the arrival of the season.

If you follow along on Instagram then you know we are travel bugs. The whole summer is spent traveling and eating and road tripping all over. Since moving up to Northern Westchester we are surrounded by endless travel possibilities all within a 5 hour drive of us. Montreal, Canada… Philly, Boston, Rhode Island, Vermont, Catskills, Lake George, and still the gorgeous beaches of Long Island that I miss so very much.

Last weekend we went up the Hudson Valley to Coldspring for our favorite hike. If you are looking for an amazing view, powerful climb up the mountain and just an escape… you need to go to BREAKNECK – the White Trail. This is not for beginner hikers since it’s more of a climb but so amazing. We saw a couple snakes that Lily was thrilled about and wanted to hug them and pet them and make them her own… ummm no… this jungle girl of mine has no fear. It’s a beautiful hike up Breakneck and takes about 30/45 minutes to get to the top. Thomas and Matt wandered the many shops in Coldspring, ate ice cream and counted all the choo choos at the train station while Lily and I were fighting off snakes on the hike!

After our 2 hour hike, we headed to nearby Beacon, NY for some grub. There are lots of changes up the Hudson Valley and it’s all still charming but losing that old vintage, farm feel. The Hipsters have taken over the towns and while they still have the charm, they now are cleaner, a lot more expensive, and kinda sterile. But still worth a trip… for now.

I hope you get a chance to explore and roam this season. Whether it’s a quick day trip to a neighboring town, or on a jet plane across the world… go travel and explore!

happy weekend.

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