Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Carving Pumpkins

Are you getting ready for Halloween?  This year we did not get to carve pumpkins.  With my older 2 away at college and my youngest swamped with studying for tests, over the weekend, we decided to skip this year.  I did see some really great carving kits at CVS, when I went to get treats to hand out at my husbands office party this week (the kids were the cutest and they did tell us that we had the best selection!!!!  WOOOOO HOOOOO)....I decided to do a virtual carving this year...but maybe I might go back to CVS tomorrow AM and get those carving kits...we still have one day.  I so love is my dear friend Alicia's B-day..we are taking her to the NY Botanical Garden for lunch and to see their Spooky Pumpkin Garden.  More on that tomorrow!!!! In the meanwhile:

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Only 8 Fridays Until Christmas 2019!!!!

Can you believe it??????  Today marks our first Amazon Christmas/Holiday gift guide...we only have 7 more left!!! HA!!!  EVERYONE has been asking when they will start... soooo here you go....I mixed it up for the first one...there is a little of everything including in today's guide, really something for everyone on your list....him, her, kids, bestie, sister, aunt, co-worker, boss..I tried to jam it all in for you the first week!!!

This game will leave you in tears laughing!!!

This might be a favorite gift of the season..everyone is getting one!!!!!

Face Rollers are the hottest things right now...This is a perfect gift for your sister, bestie, aunt, mother, anyone really!!!!!

This is the best price I found so far on apple AirPods!!!! Order soon they will go up!!!!

Such a great men's sweater!!!

These printed cloth napkins make a great gift!!!!

You can never go wrong with a mixology set and there is even a coupon!!!!!

This plug is compatible with Alexia so she can turn anything (the lamp, coffee maker, etc) on using the Alexia app

Love these chic Jonathan Adler coasters!!!!

And this leopard tray!!!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Book Club Monday

This Week's Book Club choice, The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox is a perfect one for Halloween Week.  I loved visiting Salem, Mass in college and could not resist buying this book.....

Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences, but those around you, as well.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall.

The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…

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


Friday, October 25, 2019

I am obsessed with Beauty Counter

I have partnered with Beauty Counter rep Jean Voute (you need to check out her instagram for videos on the products) to bring you some of my favorites.  Over the next few months, Jean is going to help me introduce you to more Beauty Counter products!!!

 I have been using the Cleansing Balm everyday for a couple of years now and gone through tons of jars.  It is amazing.  

This multi-tasking balm is brimming with uses and benefits. It's a nourishing daily cleanser, a melting makeup-removing balm, and a deeply replenishing overnight mask. It also hydrates with nutrient-rich raspberry and cranberry seed oils and promotes a brighter complexion with radiance-boosting vitamin C. Simply massage an almond-size amount onto dry skin and let it break down oils, dirt, and impurities. Then dampen a cloth* to wipe everything away and rinse skin with cool water. Or, for use as an overnight mask, massage it into clean skin and rinse away in the morning. 
100% of women showed a significant increase in skin hydration after eight hours, with an average increase of 25%. (Results based on independent, 24-hour, 25-subject, single-blind clinical and consumer perception study.) 

I also use the Counter and Overnight Resurfacing Peel every night. I really notice a different in my skin.

Goodnight, dullness. Good morning, radiance. Featuring a proprietary multi-acid complex, this leave-on AHA/BHA peel improves skin texture and boosts clarity without irritation or over-drying. With glycolic, malic, and botanically derived lactic acid, the formula clears away dull surface cells, while arginine and essential fatty acids help soothe and nourish to reveal a brighter complexion. 
After just one week of use*
  • 87% said skin felt smoother
  • 87% said skin felt softer
  • 100% agreed the product was non-irritating
  • *Based on a 31-subject consumer perception study after one week.
    Clinically proven to**
  • Boost skin radiance
  • Help improve skin texture

  • I just started using the Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream and I already see a major difference!!!

    This high-performance eye cream revitalizes the eye area for a youthful, brighter appearance. A targeted combination of our plant-derived Retinatural Complex and Persian silk tree extract reduces the appearance of under-eye shadows and crow’s feet for a smooth, firmed look.
    After just four weeks of use*:
  • 91% experienced a brighter eye area
  • 97% reported the eye area felt deeply hydrated
  • 94% saw a reduction in the appearance of crow’s feet
  • 91% saw a decrease in the appearance of dark circles and under-eye shadows

    *Based on a 34-subject consumer perception study after four weeks of use.

    Clinically proven to:

  • Reduce under-eye puffiness**
  • Visibly increase skin firmness***
  • Decrease the appearance of under-eye discoloration***
  • Reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles***

  • And I wanted to save the best for last....the Charcoal Cleansing Bar.  I LOVE this bar.  I bought it for everyone on my list last Christmas and now they are all addicted too!!!

    About Beauty Counter:

    Our Mission: To get safer products into the hands of everyone.

    Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including but not limited to asthma, cancer, and infertility) are on the rise and are due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it's in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home.
    There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don't have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry.
    What's worse is that the Food and Drug Administration (the agency that regulates cosmetics in the United States) does not have the authority to remove harmful ingredients from the products we put on our bodies and on our kids' bodies every single day, day after day.

    Diet Center Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza

    Who's ready to drop 3 sizes by Thanksgiving?  The Diet Center of Rye can help.  To get you started fast, they have an all new Smart KETO diet with a free Keto Power Pack...In the meanwhile Judi sent me one of the Diet Center's new recipes...My daughter and I have been loving it.  So easy to make, so good for you....We are on our way to new clothes!!!!  Bon Appetit!!!

    1 stick light string cheese
    1 Flatout Low-Carb flatbread
    2 oz. cooked and finely chopped skinless chicken breast (I use Rotisserie to keep the kitchen cool)2 cups finely chopped romaine lettuce
    2 tbsp. finely chopped red 
    1 tbsp. light Caesar dressing
    1 tsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
    ~Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
    ~Break string cheese into thirds and place in a blender or food processor -- blend at high speed until shredded. (Or pull into shreds and roughly chop.)
    ~Lay Flatout on the baking sheet, and sprinkle with shredded string cheese and chicken. Bake until hot and lightly browned, 8 - 10 minutes.
    ~Let Flatout cool, about 10 minutes. To make the salad, mix romaine and onion in a medium-large bowl. Toss with dressing.
    ~Top pizza with salad and Parm-style topping and some low carb croutons...

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019

    Bar Cart Styling!!!

    I was recently asked by a very loyal reader to do a bar cart post....I love styling bar carts.  I have one permanently set in my living room but I love setting one outside and also around the holidays.   I think the visual below from Swoonworthy is right on the mark for what you need.  I think the must haves are bar accessories (shakers, shot measures), fabulous glassware (I prefer vintage), an interesting ice bucket (or 2), stirrers, interesting bottles, and something quirky (like a cool plant or an asian statue, lucite letter of your last name, or decorative chocolates or candy).  In the next few weeks, I will be doing a post linking some of my favorite bar cart items.  In the meanwhile, here are some layouts for inspiration!!!  Bottoms Up!!!

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    Monday, October 21, 2019

    Book Club Monday

    This week's book club Monday choice is The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides has become a New York Times Best Seller!  Here is the story:

    The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband―and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.
    Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
    Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
    Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations―a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....

    For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    Easy Pumpkin Soup

    Now that Fall is in the air, I love finding soup recipes.  I made this pumpkin soup last week .  It was so easy, healthy and really good..I found it on the blog Happily Eva After.  I ended up using Almond Milk instead of heavy cream.  Bon Appetite!!

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    (adapted from Happily Eva After)


    • 2 tbsp butter or butter substitute
    • 2 yellow onions chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic minced
    • salt and pepper
    • 1 tsp cinnamon ground
    • 1/2 tsp nutmeg ground
    • 2 cans 15oz pumpkin puree 
    • 4 cups chicken broth
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream

    • Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat, and add the sliced onions to the pan.
    • Stir the onions occasionally until they caramelize (around 12 minutes)
    • Add the garlic, salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg to the onions, and stir for a minute until combined.
    • Add the chicken broth to the pan and stir, scraping up any burned bits from the bottom, for about two minutes.
    • Add the pumpkin puree and stir to combine.
    • Turn the heat to low, and let the soup simmer for 20 minutes.
    • After the soup has cooked, turn off the stove and puree the soup with an immersion blender 
    • Add heavy cream and serve!

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    Sarah Jessica and Matthew Broderick on stage together!!!!

    Are You Ready To See Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick on Stage in Plaza Suite?  We have a group of Orchestra for the April 1st show at 8 for $150.  This is going to be the hottest ticket this season...Email Me to save your spot!!!

    Plaza Suite is a portrait of three couples (each played by Broderick and Parker) successively occupying a suite at the Plaza Hotel. The original production, featuring Tony-winning direction by Mike Nichols, played 1,097 performances at Broadway's Plymouth Theatre (now the Schoenfeld).

    Broderick is a longtime interpreter of Neil Simon's works, winning his first Tony Award for Brighton Beach Memoirs, appearing in the sequel Biloxi Blues and years later leading a revival of The Odd Couple. His other credits include a Tony-winning turn in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and a Tony-nominated performance in The Producers.

    Parker returns to Broadway after more than two decades, following a 1996 turn in Once Upon a Mattress. Her other Broadway credits include The Innocents, Annie, The Heidi Chronicles and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying alongside Broderick. She is an Emmy winner for Sex and the City.

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019

    Shape Up For The Holidays

    Our Sponsor The Diet Center of Rye is offering a shape up for the Holidays!  Are you ready?  The Holiday countdown has begun...

    And once you sign up for their start up you will receive 3 boxes of bars and shakes to get you on your way!

    Lastly, The Diet Center does work....where else can you loose 45 pounds with a constant support system helping you all the way?
    Contact Judi today to start your Holiday shape up....

    Monday, October 14, 2019

    Frances Valentine

    One of my favorite companies Francis Valentine is having a 25% off friends and family sale until tomorrow 10/15.  I have featured Francis Valentine before. 

    Frances Valentine is a New York accessories brand founded by long-time friends and collaborators Kate & Andy Spade, and Elyce Arons. It is the design house that sustains Kate Valentine Spade's unique way of seeing. A trove of her works, her inspiration, her talent, her vision. With its spirited vintage-modern designs, Frances Valentine will continue to make accessories for women around the world.

    All their designs from shoes, to clothes to jewelry are classic Kate Spade style.  It is one of my favorite brands.  I have my eye on the leopard flats, the light blue shoes and the adorable square leopard bag!!  Check out all their fall new arrivals!!!!!