Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Best Birthday Cake EVER!!!!!!!

For months, I have seen tons of photos of the Flour Shop exploding rainbow cake all over the internet.  It has been all the rage all over New York City.  Fashion Editors,  Socialites and Celebrities are celebrating birthdays and other special occasions with this cake!!!  SOOOOOOOO of course we had get in on the action.  Today is my Birthday!!!!  And I got an exploding cake. .....OMG!!!!  It was amazing...Probably one of the BEST cakes I ever had!!!  We all loved it.  The rainbow cake comes in a bunch of sizes.  It explodes with colorful sprinkles and chocolate balls, when it is cut.  Flour also has delicious rainbow cake push pops AND cake balls!!!!  For more information on Flour Shop, click HERE.  

6 rainbow layers, crean cheese frosting and decorated with sprinkles!!!!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

2 Minute Miracle Gel

Do you have 2 minutes to completely change your skin?  I received a sample of the 2 min miracle gel from my friend Pilar and it was soooo good.   It literally gives you spa like results in just one application.  It renews your skin leaving your face smooth, soft and glowing.  I was shocked when I sampled it.  Here are the key benefits:

The GenM 2 Minute Miracle Gel formula helps protect skin from harsh free radicals that can bombard skin and lead to the look of aging.

  • Lightly cleanses without sulfates that dry out skin
  • Tones by balancing out all skin types to optimal levels
  • Exfoliates without the use of harsh abrasives
  • Brightens by removing the dull surface layer of dead skin
  • Hydrates and plumps, leaving skin soft and smooth
  • Minimizes the look of pores by keeping them void of debris
  • Primes the skin, ensures flawless makeup application, and optimizes benefits from
    additional skincare treatments
  • Suited for use on the face, neck, d├ęcolletage, and body
  • For all skin types and complexions

To get your free sample click HERE,  You have to try this product.  For more information or to see Pilar's site , click HERE.

And if you still are not convinced, here is a video demonstrating how amazing the 2 Minute Miracle Gel is!!!!!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Book Club Monday

It's hard for me to find a book that has not been read by my readers...but today's choice might be it!!!!!....One of my favorite authors Jojo Moyes (Me Before You) is releasing a new book TOMORROW, Still Me.  I am so excited to read this..I really love all of Jojo Moyes books.  Here is the summary......

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She has been hired by the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his unhappy, much younger second wife, Agnes-- and finds herself amid a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. But Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and this very privileged New York life. 

Soon though, Lou realizes that life in the Gopnik household is not as straightforward as it first seemed. She alos begins to make friends who inhabit a less rarefied side of New York--from the building doorman and his rambunctious family to the sisters who run the quintessential vintage clothing store downtown, to the world's crankiest neighbor, Margot De Witt, and her fierce little dog, Dean Martin.

Before she knows what's happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. As Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets--not all her own--that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself, Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

For More Information or to purchase this book, click HERE.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Graze New York!!!!!!

Yesterday, I sampled the most amazing cheese board from Graze New York.  Graze was started by local mom Shari Ivler.  While raising her two young girls, Shari found herself entertaining a ton in her home.  She began making the most beautiful boards full of delicious treats to serve to her guests.  Shari decorates each board with little cards, flowers, and other special touches.  Each one is truly a work of art and uber delicious.  Everyone's eyes lit up when they saw the board.  It was sooooooo GOOOD!!!!! Boards can be made for any occasion, from an intimate dinner party to a large family party. They make great gifts too!!!  Shari does it all. She is working on some special boards for Game Day and smaller ones for Valentine's Day, so order now!!!!!!  Oh, and the best part is that you get to keep the gorgeous wooden serving board, which is fabulous!!!  I love mine!!! And cannot wait to get another!!!  Thanks Shari!!!!!!  To learn more about Graze and contact Shari and get your own Graze Board, click HERE.

Below is my tray.  This is what it contained:
  • Cave Aged Blue Cheese & Winter Chimay
  • Slow Aged Hard Salami, Garlic and Whole Grain Mustard Dip
  • Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Grapes, Pomegranate Seeds.
  • Dried Peaches, Apricots, Oranges, Raisins and Persimmons
  • 2 Different Types of Olives, Cornichons and Pistachio Nuts

How incredible are these other boards?  I am brining one the next time I go to a friend's house!!  

Shari also does an all Veggie one!!!  YUMMMM

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Wellness Shot To Keep The Flu AWAY

I really do not get sick a lot (knock on wood).  But when I do feel something coming on, I have my methods to keep it at bay.  Last week, I was fighting the flu for 3 days and I quarantined myself so it would not get worse. Here is what helps me (but if you do think you have the flu please do see your doctor or go to the walk in)... I am a firm believer in lots of Purell all year round but especially in the winter (I keep it in my car) and I use it non stop.  Also I keep THESE adorable hand sanitizers in all my purses and my kids bags too!!  I take NyQuil before bed, use Zicam Swabs every 5 hours but I absolutely positively MUST run to Whole Foods and get ginger shots (2X per day) and pray they are not out....Luckly for me and YOU!!  I found this recipe for a homemade ginger shot that is just as good as the WF number.  Here is a quick and easy ginger shot recipe that will keep the winter colds and flu away!!!!  Stay Well Readers!!!!!

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 adapted from

  • 1 large lemon (or two medium lemons);
  • 2-3 tablespoons of honey;
  • 2-3 teaspoons of ginger depending on how spicy you like it (I use the Dorot frozen ginger cubes)
  • a good blender – THIS is the one I use (It's awesome for smoothies as girls use it daily)

  • 1. Squeeze the juice from the lemon (or lemons) into the blender, try not to get too much pulp.
    2. Add the honey 
    3. Chop ginger roughly and add it to the blender as well.
    4. Mix everything for 30 seconds to one minute. Honey is quite thick and you want it to be well incorporated. 
    5.  If you want it sweeter, add a little more honey.

    Here are the ginger can get them in the freezer section of the grocery store!

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    Life is a Cabaret

    I don't really mention the jewel that is right in our own backyard, The Rye Arts Center.  I love stopping by to check out their amazingly curated exhibits.  I need to feature them more because we really are so lucky to have such an incredible local space available to us. The Rye Art Center has grown into the largest multi art center in our area.  The facility now includes an art gallery, art studios for children and adults, a preforming arts room, maker space, digital arts room, practice rooms and many more!!!!!  They also have incredible events like the one this Friday and Next Friday,  A Theater Cabaret, Everybody Knows I'm Guilty.  This cabaret concert by Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman is sure to be a HIT. I went last night to the rehearsal and I was blown away by the talent of the performers.  If you are in town, you NEED to go.  For more information or to buy tickets, click HERE;

    The Rye Arts Center and LawnChair Theatre are pleased to announce their first LawnChair Theatre Cabaret. Everybody Knows I’m Guilty is a cabaret concert of two of the master songwriters of our time, Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman.  
    Newman and Cohen have each explored love, loss, religion, and politics, in finely-crafted songs that have the theatricality of short plays. In Everybody Knows I’m Guilty, Cohen’s spirituality and honesty and Newman’s skepticism and irony work together, as our company of performers present the best of these two musical poets.
    Peter Green, Artistic Director of LawnChair Theatre and Rye Middle School social worker, is partnering with Musical Director Kinny Landrum, a composer, arranger, producer, and keyboardist who has worked with such unusually diverse people as Leonard Bernstein, The Meters, Carly Simon, Jimmy Cliff, David Lynch, and Leonard Cohen. He was the synthesist on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack of the seminal TV show Twin Peaks. He has scored a number of feature films and was nominated for his score to Living the Story: The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky. Landrum also wrote the orchestrations for the Broadway show In My Life.
    Audiences will be delighted by the eight performers who remind us that the human voice is an instrument that can convey beauty while tapping into deep emotional truth. All were professionally trained as actors or singers.
    Wine and beer will be available for sale.  Please leave your lawnchairs at home.  

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    Everyone Loves A Bargain

    I have to say that after Christmas sales are the best....I love when things are discounted and then discounted on top of that!!!  As is the case for these amazing Missoni ponchos.  I absolutely love this look.  These ponchos look great with jeans and especially white jeans during the summer.  They are great for travel and overall make a great outfit.  Missoni is such a hot brand right now and these poncho are a steal with an additional 60% off at Saks Off Fifth.   This is the best deal I have seen in a long time.....With all the discounts they end up coming to $60-$80 for most styles shown below.  WHAT A STEAL!!!!!!!.  HERE is the link to all the Missoni ponchos.....looks for the ones that accept the code Staywarm!!!!

    Monday, January 22, 2018

    Book Club Monday

    Today's selection was recommended to me because it is "sharply funny" and I'm sharing it because I think we could all use some comic relief!!!!!  HA!!!  Seven Days of Us: A Novel by Francesca Hornak is a New York Post required reading book, and that is enough for me!!!!!  Here is the story:

    It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.
    For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other’s orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while Olivia deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems. 
    As Andrew sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent, Emma hides a secret that will turn the whole family upside down.   
    In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who’s about to arrive... -

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

    Friday, January 19, 2018

    Do You Want To Join Me For A Girls Night Out?

    I just got an amazing offer for a girls night out to see the play Cruel Intentions on 1/29!!!!  The cost of the tickets will be $60 -a discounted rate for out group.  Also we will have a special chat with the producer prior to the show!!!!  Soooo excited!! Email me at if you are interested.  This is going to be such a fun night!!!!!  Hope you can make it!!!!

    Based on the 90s cult film, Cruel Intentions: The Musical pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan's most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Seduced by revenge and fueled by passion, the two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet on whether or not Sebastian can deflower their incoming headmaster's daughter, Annette Hargrove. As the two set out to destroy the innocent girl—and anyone who gets in their way—they find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, temptation, and the cruelest game of all: love.

    The show features songs from the film’s iconic soundtrack as well as some of your favorite throwback hits from artists such as NSYNC, Britney Spears No Doubt, Christina Aguilera and more!  What’s more, this intoxicating new musical will be performed at Le Poisson Rouge, a cool downtown music and multimedia art cabaret venue in the heart of the West Village, where you can enjoy food and drink at tables with friends while indulging in this guilty pleasure!!

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Recipe

    This is probably one of the easiest recipes I am going to share with you.  It is only 3 ingredients...super super easy to make and perfect for a weeknight family after school dinner....I made this last night and it was a hit!!!  I served it with rice but I think egg noodles would be the perfect side (this was my younger daughter's suggestion and I could not agree more!!!!!).  Bon Appetit!!!


    • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, fresh or thawed
    • 1 large Jar Classico Creamy Alfredo Sauce (15 oz. jars)
    • 10 oz. Frozen Broccoli Florets
    Adapted from The Frugal

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

    I keep reading about the benefits of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.  I have decided to use it from now on in all my recipes. There are so many reasons to switch to this salt.  It has so many health benefits.  It re-mineralizes the body with important minerals and 84 trace elements such as Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Copper and Iron  (the high iron content give the salt its pink color) .  All essential to health and well being.

    HERE is a good starter pink salt grinder.  I like it on the coarser side but you can also get it Fine.   Happy Cooking!!!!

    And if you are in the mood to celebrate:

    Sweet and Salty Strawberry Daiquiri

    Makes 1 Daiquiri
    1/2 cup frozen strawberries
    4 ice cubes
    1/8 teaspoon Pink Sea Salt
    1 teaspoon white sugar
    1.5 oz rum (your choice)
    1. Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
    2. Rim serving glass in sugar, pour daiquiri into glass & enjoy!

    Monday, January 15, 2018

    Book Club Monday

    Happy Martin Luther King day!!!!  I have been trying to sit down all day to write this post but the day really got away from me.  I am so excited about today's book club choice.  It has been on my list for a while and I am just getting around to reading it, The Last Mrs Parrish: A Novel by Liv Constantine.  I am telling you this is just what we need for these dreary, cold January days!!!!  It has been called spellbinding, Mr Riplyesque, and there is a shocking twist at the end!!!  Woo Hoo!!!!!   Here is the summary:

    Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.
    To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.
    Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn't have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.  -
    For more information or to order the book click HERE.


    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Michelangelo At The Met

    Today I went with a group of readers to see the "once in a lifetime" Michelangelo 6 room exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  We hired curator, Emily McElwreath of of Sidel and McElwreath to give us a tour of the incredible pieces that depict Michelangelo as a supreme draftsman and designer.  Emily explained to us that this show was 10 years in the making.  All of the pieces are from 54 private collections throughout the US and Europe.  They even needed approval from the Queen to show some of the featured works.  Because of the age of the pieces, the exhibit is under dim lighting and after this all of the art will "rest' in storage for 3 years.  Most of these drawings and sculpture have never been on display.  There is a reproduction of the Sistine Chapel, with the actual drawings of the images prior to them being painted.  This was our favorite part of the tour.   We stayed in the Chapel room wayyyy tooo long in awe of how amazing it was.  The exhibition runs until, February don't walk!!!!!  Maybe you will see me there because I am definitely going again!!!!!

    Thursday, January 11, 2018

    Homemade Bread For The Win

    Around here we make tons of soup for the long cold winter days.  I recently saw an article about making homemade bread and how easy it was and how well it pairs with a bowl of winter soup.  I did some research and found a really easy recipe for making homemade bread.  Just a few ingredients, a bread pan and hot oven and voila!!!  Last weekend my son had a bunch of college friends come and stay with us.  We had just made 2 loaves of this bread.  OMG!!  They could not get enough...they LOVED it.  I did feel a little like Little House on the Prairie and that we might be churning our own butter next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HA!!!  But honestly, the bread was a total winner!!!!  Give it a try this weekend!!!  Bon Appetit!!!!!!


    adapted from A Taste of Home


    • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
    • 2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons canola oil
    • 6-1/4 to 6-3/4 cups all-purpose flour


    In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough. 
    Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
    Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, 30-45 minutes.
    Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    Some Wellness Tips for the New Year

    I recently received an article from Sarah Davis of Body Balance 365 about Staying on Track after the holidays.  I absolutely love her suggestions and thought I would share them with you....I am really going to try to share more wellness posts in the New Year!!!  Here is an awesome start.........

    1. Take a class! It really is that simple. Not only is it a great workout, but it will give you more energy for the rest of the day, and also lift your spirits. Added bonus—exercises that are weight bearing, will boost your metabolism for a full 24 hours, so maybe you can even have a second cookie? 

    2. Hydrate! As temperatures drop, and we no longer feel “hot” during the day, we often forget to drink enough water. The temptation to have an extra coffee at 4:00 as it begins to get dark, only further increases your need to drink more water. Throw in a cocktail or two, and you are officially dehydrated. While cold water may be less appealing this time of year, sipping hot water with lemon and herbal teas throughout the day is a great way to stay hydrated. Keep your water pitcher or Brita on the kitchen counter so water stays at room temperature, and always bring a water bottle to class. Even if you don’t feel like you are "sweating", your muscles always perform better when you are well hydrated. 

    3. Watch the sugar! And I don’t mean cookies…Sugar is everywhere—it is in bread, yogurt, condiments, marinades, and even salad dressings. Always be sure to read labels. While some sugar is absolutely fine, it is easy to overindulge, which leaves you feeling puffy and with low energy. Taking a class will help you sweat out the toxins and eliminate further sugar cravings. You can’t argue with that...

    4. Cook more! Or at least eat more meals at home. Making a smoothie before a morning class gives you the perfect balance of protein, fats, fiber, and “plants" to survive anything else the instructor can throw at you! Make a big salad for lunch or a pot of soup, and then no matter where the evening takes you, your body has had two nourishing meals of whole unprocessed foods--and a great workout. Even at the “healthiest” restaurants you still cannot control what you are putting into your body.

    5. Get outside! Living in Rye, I often see women walking to and from the Go Figure studio, walking their dogs after class, or meeting a friend from class to talk a long walk later in the day. Such a perfect compliment to strength work—and the vitamin D and oxygen to the brain cannot be found on a treadmill! It may be hard to rally during the cold winter months, but the benefits of exercising outdoors, combined with the socialization of seeing a friend are so good for our health. Put down your To-Do list and take a fast walk around the block to clear your head—extra credit if you call a friend to join you.

    See if you can incorporate all five of these tips into your week. The combination of a healthy diet and exercise  is your best weapon to not get sick and feel your best. 
    For more info about Body Balance 365 click HERE.

    Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    Home Goods Round Up for the New Year

    Yesterday I went to the Port Chester Home Goods to check out the after Holiday Selection.  The store was pretty empty but I was able to find some great things, and a bunch of the items were on clearance!!!  The good news was that they were restocking the shelves in all areas!!!  In the meanwhile......

    I love the Staub cast iron pumpkins pots.  I have been stalking them for years at William Sonoma...I just could not commit yesterday!!!!

    How amazing are these lamp shades?

    I am head over heels for this gold pendant light..I wish I had a spot for it!!!!

    These are not my colors, but these pillows are incredible!!!!!

    I am usually not a fan of artificial flowers but these boxwoods in metallic containers are fab!!!!!

    And so are these succulents!!!!!!

    How cute would this look on a desk? Especially on a girl's college dorm desk?

    I love this Sputnik object!!!!

    This rose gold marble side table is HEAVEN!!!!!

    Love these glass containers!!!!   I should have gotten the one in the front....I love the art deco design..the one with the stars is Waterford and was soooo reasonable!!!!! 

    How great is this floor lamp..I could see it in a family room!!!!

    I am so Christmased out right now but this gold Santa should have come home with me!!!!!!!!!

    These votives are gorgeous..I wish I had seen them before the sister would have LOVED them!!!!

    These wool poofs were amazing and also great for a family room!!!!

    This hammered beverage container is so perfect!!!

    FYI...there were a bunch of outdoor rugs on sale...patio season will be here before you know it!!!!!

    I love this copper tray and tortoise vases!!!!

    How amazing would this be on a buffet???