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Monday, February 18, 2019

Getting Serious About $$$ On President's Day

I decided to take on New Leaf Financial Advisory as a sponsor, because there were so many money questions that my readers would ask me.  I sent these onto Hilary and Patti of New Leaf and we have been ticking them off our list each month.  One of the most common questions I receive, is..."How can I invest if I only have a little bit of money to do so?".  I sent this inquiry onto my two money honeys and following is what they sent me back.  I have to say it is a really wonderful start.  I am so happy to share it with you.  Remember, New Leaf Financial is offering a special to NS Lifestyle readers, a New Year Financial consult session for only $150.  Please contact New Leaf Financial Advisory to book your consultation today!!!

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3 Easy Ways to Start Investing with Little Money
1) Invest in workplace plans like 401Ks.  
These investments can be made directly from your paycheck. Importantly, if your company has a matching program for its employees, you will want to try to at least contribute up to that level since this is "free" money.  For instance, if your company matches the first 3% of your contributions to your 401K, you should aim for contributing at least that much so you can get the match.

2) Considering investing with a "robo-advisor”. 
Robo advisors can be an ideal place for the new investor to start out.  By answering questions online, the robo will create a rather simple asset allocation strategy for the investor and get them invested rather quickly.  The services are generally a low cost and straightforward way to begin investing.  However, robo-advisors don't offer much in the way of financial planning or support, so as your life and needs evolve you may need to consider finding more specialized planning that addresses your unique needs.   

3) Auto deposits to a discount broker (e.g Schwab)
Use these deposits to set up auto purchases of low-cost index mutual funds.  Brokers like Schwab & TD Ameritrade offer a list of funds that can be purchased without any transaction fees or minimum purchase amounts. You can start with as little as $50 - $100 per month and buy one or two funds which spread your investments across the broad US stock market or global stock markets.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Cheers Its Valentine's Day

My mom and sister came to visit this Valentine's Day.  We were able to celebrate together with my girls.  My husband is in London, but his treats await his return and sadly my son is at school (hopefully eating all of the boxes of Girl Scout cookies that I sent to him this week!!).  So it was just us girls.  I really wanted to make a fun cocktail to celebrate this special day together...They LOVED it...I am so excited to share it with you!!!!  Happy Heart Day Everyone....

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Happy Heart Cocktail Recipe
(recipe from St Germain)

Muddle the strawberry, simple syrup, and lemon juice 
in a cocktail shaker.
Add ice, vodka or gin, and shake well.
Strain over fresh ice in a collins glass.
Top with Brut Rosé or Brut Champagne.
Garnish with a strawberry.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Galentine's Coffee!!!!

For years, I use to throw a Valentine's Coffee.  How perfect to spend Valentine's Day with your besties.  I have not hosted the Galentine's Coffee for ages, but if I did it this year, these photos would be my inspiration for sure!!!   There is always next year!!!!!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Joy of Skin Care

New Year....New Skin...Here are some of my tried and true skin care products that I have been using constantly. Proper skin care is a chore.  It is a combination of home care and in office treatments.  I get regular derma-planing (every 6 weeks) at Skin Westchester and use the following to maintain at home. I think that consistency is the key to good skin. Whenever I stray from my routine, disaster strikes....Happy Cleansing!!!!

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This is known as the Hollywood 2 min facial.

I use this all the time...you put it on your face, wait for it to foam and then wash off.....the results are great!!!

I love this CC cream and it has an SPF

I use this a couple times a week..thanks to a dear friend who sent the recommendation to me..its great for aging skin!!

This is the BEST face oil..I go through bottles and bottles and use it all year round...

I also go through jars and jars of this cleansing balm....I use is as a face wash and a nightime mask while sleeping.I cannot say enough good things about it!!!!!

A sample of this mask was sent to me and now I am hooked..it makes your skin GLOW!!!!

This is my favorite tinted moisturizer!!!

I used this moisturizer after a facial treatment and fell in love..its great for winter skin...I use it at night!!!

This sunscreen is on the expensive side but it is the BEST facial sunscreen..it is for sun damaged skin and repairs while it protects...It is a must have....


Monday, February 11, 2019

Book Club Monday

This week's choice, My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent, is a NYT INSTANT best seller, it is also a NYT's and Washington Post's most notable reads for 2017, and USA today, Amazon and NPR Book of the Year.  So I thought we really needed to add it to our list...Here is the story:

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. What follows is a harrowing story of bravery and redemption. With Turtle's escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, the reader watches, heart in throat, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero—and in the process, becomes ours as well. - Amazon.com

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Aint To Proud To Beg Broadway

Our next Broadway outing is scheduled for May 14th at 7:00: Ain't Too Proud To Beg, the Life and Times of the Temptations.  We have a few dozen orchestra tickets at $140 each.  Email me to save your spot...I have added the show summary below and a you tube video of the rehearsal.  I cannot wait to see it!!!!


Ain't Too Proud follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Through friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart, their moving and personal story still resonates five decades later.

Ain’t Too Proud features an iconic score made up of The Temptations’ legendary songs including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” The creative team includes Robert Brill (scenic design), Paul Tazewell (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design) and Peter Nigrini (projection design). Orchestrations are by Harold Wheeler with music direction and arrangements by Kenny Seymour. - Broadway.com










Thursday, February 7, 2019

Have You Ordered Your Flowers For Valentine's Day?

I am so happy to announce a new sponsor, Outdoor's Contained.  I have admired their gorgeous floral works on Instagram for a while now.  The containers and arrangements (for both inside and outside) that they create are out of this world fabulous!!!!  This Valentine's Day they are offering the most beautiful floral arrangement, for delivery in the Westchester, lower Fairfield areas, in 3 sizes to accommodate all budgets.  I have included the sample photo below.  To order your's email outdoorscontained@gmail.com. You can also forward this LINK to your husbands, just to make sure your order goes in for Heart Day!!!!  I am so excited to feature more posts on Outdoors Container with you in the upcoming months.  Stay tuned.....

I am so in LOVE with this arrangement!!!