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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Shrimp Scampi

I love making Shrimp Scampi for Easter.  I recently saw that my favorite food blog, It Happens At The Bean, featured this amazing version.  It is so easy to make and comes out fabulous..it is going to be a hit with my family!!!!

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  1. In a skillet large enough to hold pasta, melt butter with olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add wine/broth , salt, red pepper flakes and ground pepper and bring to a simmer. Let wine reduce by half, a minute or two minutes.
  2. Add shrimp and sauté until shrimp is pink, 2 -3 minutes. Stir in the parsley lemon zest and lemon juice.
  3. Add about 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water. Over medium heat add cooked pasta and breadcrumbs, stir to combine and serve.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Frank Sinatra in Miami

Tonight I had dinner at the Fontainebleau in Miami with some friends.  YESSSSSSS we are still on spring break!!!!!  Walking to dinner, we stumbled upon the most amazingly rare exhibit......a photo retrospective of candid shots of Frank Sinatra that was curated by the Sinatra family from their own archives to celebrate his 100th bday.   The Fontainebleau was very special to Frank Sinatra.  He preformed at the hotel's La Ronde nightclub every winter in his prime and shot his films A Hole in the HeadLady in Cement, and Tony Rome   there.....

This had to be one of my favorite exhibits EVER!!!!  It was really spectacular.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

EBATES will Change Your Life

Have you used Ebates yet?  I started a year ago and I have to say it is LIFE CHANGING.  Basically Ebates is a site that gives you cash back on every purchase.  Every few months they make a paypal deposit or will mail you a check with your cash back.  It is so easy.  I have been getting back money on every single online purchase that I make.  It and adds up fast.  Stores pay Ebates a commission for sending their members to their websites and they share it with YOU!!!!  That's it plain and simple.   I have included a video for you to see step by step how it works....HERE is a link to the site to learn more....to get started scroll down to the bottom under ABOUT and click "Getting Started".   They even have a button you can install (just by clicking a box) that automatically installs Ebates when you visit a participating website and even applies coupons at checkout so you save even more money.  It really is the most amazing way to shop.  Once you get your first check, you will definitely be thanking me!!!!

This is how it works:

Monday, March 18, 2019

Book Club Monday

Are you ready for a book that is all consuming and you will not be able to put down?   My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent is just that...here is the story of this INSTANT New York Times bestseller:

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

Friday, March 15, 2019

Irish Soda Bread on Repeat

This recipe is so good..I had to share it again!!!!

Thank Heaven for Mrs. Mullen.  First she brought us meatballs in the crock pot and now her famous (it has been published!) Irish Soda Bread recipe, just in time for St. Patrick's day.  Enjoy!!!!

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Ann Marie Mullen's Irish Soda Bread

5 cups all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons each salt and baking soda
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
2 1/4 cups raisins
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups buttermilk


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. Add raisins and mix well.
  5. Melt butter or margarine, let cool.
  6. Beat eggs with whisk, add buttermilk, and melted butter.  mix well.
  7. Add to flour mixture. mix well.
  8. Put into 2 loaf pans.
  9. Bake for 50 minutes.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Packing 101

Boy do I dread packing...I dread weighing my bags as well...honestly the only thing worse than weighing yourself is having your stuffed bags weighted at the airport.  I am always praying we do not hit 50 lbs.  This past summer I had and epiphany....I was watching Instagram stories and as all these influencers were going on summer holidays, out came their packing cubes.  I messaged one of my favorite bloggers Being Bridget and she told me to roll my clothes and place them in packing cubes..I immediately went on Amazon and purchased these.  Now everyone in my family uses them and you cannot imagine how streamlined our packing has become.  Oh and don't worry about wrinkles...I never seem to get them...but if I do happen to have a piece that needs some extra TLC A few sprays of this does the trick!!!!

How To Pack Packing Cubes!!!!
  1. Layout and sort the clothes that you would like to bring.  I like to keep pants and tops in one, dresses in another and pajamas and underwear in another.
  2. Roll each piece.  Place horizontally in the cube.  Slightly push  each piece of rolled clothing to the side (this will allow for you to fit more rolled pieces in each cube). 
  3. Zip up cube and move onto the next.
  4. Place filled cubes in suitcase and Viola...

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Book Club Monday

We are changing gears here today in recommendations for our Monday Book Club selection.  This week's book, Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani has been chosen as People Magazine's Book of the Week and The New York Post's Best Book Of The Week.  We have never had that combo before...it has to be good!!!!  Here is the summary:

Chi Chi Donatelli and Saverio Armandonada meet one summer on the Jersey shore before World War II. Chi Chi is a talented and ambitious singer-songwriter working in a local blouse factory looking for her big break, while Saverio, a singer already on the rise, is fronting a touring band and has the good looks and smooth vocals that make success seem assured. It isn’t long before Saverio becomes Tony Arma and  he and Chi Chi form a duo; together they navigate the glamorous worlds of nightclubs, radio, and television. Soon they’re married and all goes well until it becomes clear that they must make a choice: Which of them will put ambition aside to build a family and which will pursue a career? What compromises will they make to achieve their dreams? And on the road to fame and fortune, how will they cope with the impact these compromises have on their marriage, family, and themselves?
From the Jersey shore to Hollywood, New York City to Las Vegas, the hills of northern Italy and the exuberant hayride of the big band circuit in between: Tony’s Wife tells the story of the twentieth century in song, as Tony & Chi Chi make studio recordings and promote them with appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. As they juggle the demands of their public lives, secrets are revealed, promises are broken, and loyalty is tested as the Armas attempt to keep the music playing and their family together. - Amazon.com

I LOVE this cover!!!!  I really really do!!!

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

Friday, March 8, 2019

Estate Planning Cheat Sheet

Estate Planning is one of the hardest parts of financial planning.  There are so many unknowns and so many questions.   New Leaf Financial Advisory has a cheat sheet for us with some answers to common questions get us started.  They are also having an interactive workshop on the Fundamentals of Financial Planning on March 11th at Serendipity Labs in Rye, NY from 6-8.  

Fundamentals of Estate Planning....Cheat Sheet!  

What do I need to do while I’m alive? 
  • Durable General Power of Attorney
  • Health Care Proxy
  • Living Will 
How do I plan for after I’m gone? 
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Designated Beneficiary Accounts
Review of Assets and Accounts
  • Sole or jointly held
  • Named beneficiaries
  • List of accounts and passwords

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Bahama Mamas

We are off in a few days on the trip of a lifetime, well my daughter's lifetime!!!!!!!  Her senior year spring break!!!!!   She is so excited to spend this last Hurrah with the great friends she has made over the past few years.  We are headed to The Bahamas with some of my favorite Mama's too.  Soooo in celebration, I am going to share with you a recipe for the famous Bahama Mama Cocktail.  I am probably not going to be able to bring my laptop on this trip.  I did get an Ipad mini that will be coming along with me so I will try to get in as many blog posts as I can.  Also def. follow along on my instagram @NSLifestylesblog.  I will be posting all of our adventures!!!!  

Chef Nobu's Bahama Mama!!


  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1/2 ounce coconut rum
  • 1/2 ounce banana liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce lemon-lime soda
  • Garnish: Pineapple wedge and Maraschino cherry
  • Layer ingredients in a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with pineapple wedge and cherry.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Sputnik Chandelier

All of a sudden I have gone Sputnik Chandelier crazy.  I previously thought they were not for me.  I found them to be a passing trend.  Then one day, I drove by a store window and was stopped in my tracks...I saw the most beautiful gold sputnik chandelier.  I started thinking...where can I use that.  I decided to calm down!!!  Go home and look for some inspiration...so here you go.  How gorgeous are these chandeliers???!!?!?!?!?...Now I think we all need a Sputnik chandelier!!!!!!!

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