Tuesday, July 31, 2018

How I Try To Get My Life In Order

Ugggghhhhh....it is soo hard to get my house organized.  I feel like it is a constant struggle.  I am always searching for new things to help keep us in order.  Here are some very helpful items I found lately....

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I bought this document holder to put everyone's passports social security cards, birth certificates and other important documents in. I got another one just for travel.

I love these plugs, you can neatly charge 2 devices at a time!!

This is a great looking ottoman to store away unsightly things. I use mine to store all my outdoor dining accessories and LED battery lights!!!!

This is the BEST garden hose..so light and easy to maneuver. I don't mind watering at all!!!

I saw a lady at the airport using this to charge all of her family member's devices. Everyone was jealous and we all asked her about it.

I store some of my earrings on these stands...They look great if you leave them out on your dressers, or bedside table or on display in your closet!!!

I keep these in my garage for paint touch ups all around the house!!!

Hands down this is the best spray paint and comes in a bunch of colors!

I bought these for the shelves in my laundry room. They hold so much and look so nice all lined up.

I use these to store out of season clothing on the bottom of my closet

This is the best spot carpet cleaner ever!!!

I cannot live without my swiffer wet jet!

I keep this stain bar in my bathroom, laundry, in my purse...it helps with all stains

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Cher Show

There is a new musical opening this fall on Broadway that is already at sold out status!!!! It is the long awaited Cher show....It is based upon the life and career of the Oscar winning singer and will feature some of Cher's super hits such as "I Got You Babe", Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves"and "If I Could Turn Back Time".  Our group will be seeing this amazing show on Wednesday November 14th at 8:00 and the tickets are $110 each.  Email me to save your spot...

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The US Open Is Just Around the Corner

Sweet readers, I am going on a holiday and taking the next week off.  Before I go, I wanted to tell you about a special US Open themed hotel package at the Lowes Regency New York Park Ave Advantage Experience!!!

·         Luxurious Park Avenue hotel accommodations 
·         Tennis Essentials Gift Bag featuring two player signed tennis balls, Loews Hotels hat to wear to the match’s, travel sized sunscreen to keep your skin safe and bottled water
·         A $50 food & beverage credit to be used at The Regency Bar & Grill or Room Service, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the USTA
·         A $100 treatment credit to Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa, the official spa partner of the USTA US Open

The Park Avenue Advantage is available to book from now until August 30 for travel from August 1-31. Call 844-531-1717 for more information and to book.

See you on the Courts!!!!!
PS I hear that the US Open is going to offer RECORD prize money this year!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Ann Taylor

A few weeks ago I was invited to a lunch sponsored by Ann Taylor.  I had not really shopped in the store for a while since I thought their clothes were too corporate for me.  WOW was I wrong.  They have some really great contemporary chic styles.  I browsed the website and came up with some of my favorites.  Lucky for you, there is a HUGE sale going on....all items 40% off all regular priced items and up to 60%!!!!! off sale items.  Happy Shopping!!! 

You have to get these sandals.  They are look a likes to the Loeffer Randall ones.  And they might be cuter!!!!

This is such a go to dress all summer long...love the shimmer!!

This dress transitions easily from day to night!!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Book Club Monday..one day late!!!

I received a text from a good friend who is a reader and we usually seem to love the same books.  She told me that she just finished Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage.  This psychological thriller was just released today according to my friend, it is soooo scary but really really good...you cannot put it down good.  The reviews say that it is one of the must read books that will make July fly and really get under your skin!!!!....So for our psychological thriller friends, here is the summary:

Afflicted with a chronic debilitating condition, Suzette Jensen knew having children would wreak havoc on her already fragile body. Nevertheless, she brought Hanna into the world, pleased and proud to start a family with her husband Alex. Estranged from her own mother, Suzette is determined to raise her beautiful daughter with the love, care, and support she was denied.
But Hanna proves to be a difficult child. Now seven-years-old, she has yet to utter a word, despite being able to read and write. Defiant and anti-social, she refuses to behave in kindergarten classes, forcing Suzette to homeschool her. Resentful of her mother’s rules and attentions, Hanna lashes out in anger, becoming more aggressive every day. The only time Hanna is truly happy is when she’s with her father. To Alex, she’s willful and precocious but otherwise the perfect little girl, doing what she’s told.
Suzette knows her clever and manipulative daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and Alex apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger…Amazon.com

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

Monday, July 16, 2018

Amazon Prime Day

This afternoon was the start of Amazon prime day.  This sale will last for 36 hours for Amazon prime members.  Basically throughout the sale, Amazon will offer huge deals on some of their products in all categories.  I hear the best deals are on Amazon devices but last year I got a bunch of great deals in the sale so it is definitely worth a look.  I went through many of the sale pages and I came up with this wish list.  Happy Shopping!!!!!!!  (The Book Club Choice will be posted tomorrow)!!!

This mirror is awesome!!!

I love this one too!!!!

I have seen Flag artwork like this in a bunch of decor magazines lately!!!

I really love this chair!!!!

Such a great throw for a family room!!!!
And you know I cannot pass up anything fur (real or faux)!!!!!!

And a cast iron skillet for cooking...

This is probably one of my most favorite deals....you can get a subscription of many popular magazines for just 99 cents.

OH and one more incredible deal is this pair of Bose noise cancelling earphones!!!!! They are never on sale!!!

Friday, July 13, 2018

More Patio Design

After I did my patio redo post last month, I have been receiving a bunch of emails asking how we did it!!!  I learned a few things about making outdoor living spaces look their best.  An  outdoor space is a huge blank canvas with so many possibilities...
  • Use outdoor friendly finishes (consider outdoor furniture in greys or charcoals).
  • Use lots of indoor accessories to decorate the space (Homegoods is great for this).
  • Buy a rug to ground the space (I still need to do this!!).
  • Lighting, Lighting, Lighting is soo important! (Patdo Lighting has some great inexpensive LED battery operated decorative lights)
  • The more greenery the better!
  • And planters too (they can be mixed and matched)
  • Bold colors are best!
  • Set your outdoor dining table as you would your inside dining table (avoid breakables though!!)
And here are the ideas that were on my vision board.  I love each and every space below.  I tried to incorpoate a little bit of something from each one.  Bon Weekend!!!

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

National Mac and Cheese Day

Did you know that Saturday is National Mac and Cheese day?  I didn't until this awesome recipe popped up in my in box.  It is a favorite dish on the very popular Revenge BBQ, right here in Westchester's menu.  Oh and did you know that Mac and Cheese was first brought to America from our founding father Thomas Jefferson (according to the Smithsonian).

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1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb cavatappi pasta
8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 quart milk
2¼ cups grated extra-sharp cheddar
2¼ cups grated cup Gruy√®re
1½ cups grated American cheese
1 Tbsp kosher salt
¾ tsp coarse-ground black pepper
1½ cups panko breadcrumbs

Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling, salted water. Add the cavatappi and cook according to the directions on the package (approximately 6 to 8 minutes). Drain well.
In a saucepan, heat milk over medium-low heat until scalding. Watch carefully — do not boil. In a separate 4-quart pot, heat 6 tablespoons of butter until melted and starting to bubble. Add flour, and cook over low heat for 2 minutes, whisking until golden brown and fragrant. Gradually whisk in hot milk, and cook until thickened and smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
Combine the cheeses and reserve ½ cup. Add the rest of the cheese to the white sauce, season with salt and pepper, and mix until fully melted and combined. Add cooked cavatappi to the cheese sauce, stirring to coat all the noodles.
Pour into a 9”x13” baking dish, and sprinkled reserved cheese on top. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine with breadcrumbs and sprinkle on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the mac ’n’ cheese is golden brown and bubbly.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Home Goods Re-Cap

It has been a while since I have done a Home Goods re-cap.  I ran into the Port Chester store yesterday very quickly.  I tried to focus on items to enhance your summer entertaining....soo here goes!  Sadly it was a quick in and out for me so I did not buy any of these gems for myself!!!!!  But Happy Shopping for YOU!!!!

I really loved these sphere candle holders...great for an outdoor table.  I need to go back!!!

These tin floral cups are so cute...they look like they are Liberty of London!!!

Such a cute gift and would look great on an outdoor bar cart!

My daughter is obsessed with deviled eggs.  This is a 2 dozen egg platter on a pedestal!!!!

This planter is amazing!!!!

The cutest plastic cups!!

I fell in love with this compact picnic set....I love that it has a handle!!!

The basket selection was outstanding!!!

These throws would make amazing Christmas gifts.  I love the color combo....

How great is this beach bag?

Another perfect addition for the patio!

These plastic wine glasses are perfection!

I cannot pass up an asian garden stool!!!!!!!!!

There was a fab collection of design books!!

This greek key tray is BEYOND!!!!!

 Ok, these chairs stopped me dead in my track.  These oval chairs are a must have.  They are sooo comfortable and tres chic for your outdoor spaces.