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Monday
May192014

Hey NYC: Do You Know Your Zone For Hurricane Preparedness Week? #KnowYourZone

I live in a lovely suburb of Philadelphia (go Eagles!), but my work brings me to New York City and northern New Jersey a lot. I love visiting this bustling city and all of the sights and sounds that can only be found in NYC. Over the past few years, we have all watched as New York City and northern New Jersey have felt the impact of some of the crazy weather patterns we all have experienced on the East Coast. I was rocked by how Hurricane Irene devestated the Jersey Shore (you can read my posts here and here). And we all watched in horror when Superstorm Sandy wrecked so many parts of our beloved New York City.


Did you know this week is Hurricane Preparedness week? And on behalf of the city I travel to so often, I am proud to help spread the word about Know Your Zone with Ad Council and the New York City Office of Emergency Management. New Yorkers need to be prepared, and with the start of Hurricane Season this weekend (June 1) it is the perfect time to take a look at the free information and resources these organizations have prepared for the public.

 

First, if you are  NYC resident, find out if your home or business is located in one of NYC’s six hurricane evacuation zones. These zones are ranked by their danger of flooding from storm surge (with zone 1 being the most likely to flood). In the event of a hurricane or coastal storm, residents in these zones may be ordered to evacuate. Know Your Zone has information about the six hurricane evacuation zones, the hazards you may face from a hurricane and what to do to prepare. 

 

Next, take the following steps to prepare for Hurricane Season:

  • Read the Ready New York Hurricane Guide: The guide contains instructions on how to develop a hurricane disaster plan and secure your home before a storm as well as a map of New York City hurricane evacuation zones.
  • Use hashtag #knowyourzone for topics related to Hurricane Season, zones, and information.

 

Be prepared and let's all be SAFE this Hurricane Season!

 

Friday
May162014

Caring for Caregivers with the AARP #ThanksProject

I can't imagine where I would be without the love, nurturing and guidance from my parents. They raised me, and thanks to them, I am proud of the person I am today. I look back on my life, and remember all of the times they took care of me when I was sick and provided for me when I needed resources. I know there will come a point when the tables will turn and they will need me. There is nothing I would not do to take care of them and provide for them in return!

In the US,  42 million people between the ages 40 – 60 are faced with the challenge of providing care to their older loved ones, day in and day out. Just as I would do anything to take care of the wonderful parents who took care of me, these caregivers do not see this as a responsibility, but an honor. And because of this, they may not realize that they have taken on the role of caregivers.

 

As we just celebrated Mother's Day and Father's Day is just around the corner, I am happily partnering with the AARP to raise awareness about the The Thanks Project. This awesome online platform gives caregivers the opportunity to publicly recognize the parents/loved ones whom they care for. Each individual ‘thanks’ will be woven into an interactive tapestry, representing the 42 million caregivers that live in the United States.


This is the perfect season to recognize the parents who raised you and to remind you why caregiving is worth it.

 

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Are you curently playing the role of caregiver for your loved ones? The AARP has many great resources for you. Here are just a sample of the resources available:

Prepare to Care (Caregiving Planning Guide for Families)

12 Resources Every Caregiver Should Know About

 

Who are the caregivers you want to celebrate during this season?


 

Sunday
May112014

Southern Party with Aladdin

Southern Party with Aladdin

 

Prior to this whole 'mom life' believe it or not I was one heck of an entertainer.  

I mean really!  From the invites to decor, drinks, down to the whole event!  I loved it.  Loved it so much that I actually did it almost monthly in some way. Whether having my girlfriends coming over or couples and even family.  I loved to entertain!  

Fast forward to oh... TODAY.  Or really right after moving to Philadelphia.  

I just kind of put all those once important things aside.  Why?  

Because my house was taken over by rugrats.  

You think I'm kidding ?!!?!  ha.  I'm not.  The LAST thing I wanted was to have to hide the toys that weere all over the floor, in the kitchen, even in the dishwasher!!!  Toys. 

Oh, and having boys.

Dirty boys and a house full of toys pretty much puts a damper on all things fun! ha.  Well... it really just becomes a 'different' kind of fun.  Different priorities.  Events or event planning has become a thing of the past outside of birthday parties or holidays where I pick up already cooked meals, toss them in the oven and voila.  

So, a couple weeks ago I was invited to an amazing event being put on by the MEGA talented Nicole Feliciano from MomTrends.  I'm a HUGE fan of hers.  She introduced me to the awesomeness of Stokke.  Plus, everything I've ever been to of hers has been outstanding!!

Elizabeth with Party BluprintsSo, I was invited to a Southern Luncheon at a beautiful estate in Atlanta.  

My dear friends Dawn & Elizabeth from Party BluPrints were also apart of the event and I knew I just had to fly in a day early so that I was up, refreshed and ready to rock the luncheon put on by Aladdin

Now, mind you.  I was secretly vying to feel a sense of motivation to host parties again.  It's kind of fell out of my vocabulary or thought process event.  And as much as I love these ladies - they make it look soooo easy!  

Between Fashion & Food - over the past nearly 6 years my taste, trends and attempts fell out and hit the dirt.  (You should see the cropped knit pants & hoodie I'm rocking now, yo.)

Upon arrival I felt the sense of pure southern hospitality take over me.  I went to college in Kentucky and have always had a heart for the country.  You can take the girl out of the country but you can't take the country out of the girl, ya know?  

Good news is that I didn't plop out in some frumpy outfit.  I actually had a fab time the day before shopping till I dropped (LITERALLY) at the Fipps Mall next to the hotel.   When you walked in there were big Alladin pitchers filled with amazing tasty drinks.  Cucumber Mint water, Strawberry Lemonade and so many more.  

If I wasn't in such a 'dainty atmosphere' I could have EASILY turned my head upside down on those pitchers!! ha.  I know.  Highly appropriate?  No.  Anyway, the settings for the lunch were amazing.  Dawn & Elizabeth do an outstanding job setting up gorgeous settings.  The flowers were fab all the way down to the service!  Very nice crew.  Being around amazing women I consider peers was a dream too!

Alladin, MomTrends & Party Bluprints did an outstanding job conveying some good old country classics in their event.  We even brought home a tasty rub for cooking ourselves!

What is your favorite things to fill up a good old Aladdin Mason jar?

 

 

Friday
May092014

Last Minute Mother's Day Ideas

Why yes.  

My absolutely FAVORITE day of the year is right around the corner.  

And if my husband is anything like me - he hasn't even thought about it. 

And I forgive him.  I really do.  Because in reality - it's not about him giving me something for Mother's Day.  It's about our 2 little humans kicking it up a notch.

Mother's Day is my fave day of the year because it's bigger than my birthday.  I mean, technically - I find it WAY more important than my birthday.  I asked some of my girlfriends and they totally feel the same way.  The ones who are mothers of course.  

I really look at the 'before and after' of mother's day.  And I often wonder what I was really missing before motherhood.  Even though the first year of this transition absolutely bit the big one....I've come out strong.  And loving this mom thing from top to bottom. 

So... for the hubby's who have no idea what to get their wives. Or if you're older and you're smart enough to buy something for your mom... here are a few suggestions I have for you. 

Top 5 Ideas for Last Minute Mother's Day

DSP Skincare (Doctors Skin Prescription):  Um. YEAH.  I often get beauty products to test out and try.  Unfortunately for me - I have bad sensitive skin.  BUT, not with this!!  This fabulous concoction of awesomeness isn't cheap - but HIGHLY recommended for mamas pampering package you give!  It comes in 3 different categories of PREP, TREAT & PROTECT.  Each category has a zillion different types of products to go with.  I suggest checking out their website - buying MOM a giftcard and let her do the shopping.  Cause one thing that is always hard - is when you buy an expensive gift and we never get to use it.  This is something she needs to pick out and only she knows her skin the best.  From facewash to microderms to exfoliating - most men have NO idea what that means. hahaha So, either reach out to the company, or buy MOM a gift card!!  ((My personal fave is the Vitamin C & Peptide Skin Mist..mmmmm.))

Peer-a-mid Book Rest:  Ya know.  I know it was ONLY a matter of time before someone got smart and made one of these.  I mean seriously.... I have iPad wrist at night!!  This thing is a gem for when you are just laying in bed reading your trash novel or surfing facebook.  Like them on Facebook & visit their website.  Fun idea for sure. (They cost about $35)

Tommy-Hilfiger Baby Onesies:  Yeah.  I really don't have much to say about these other than Hudson is the CUTEST freaking kid on the planet when he wears them!!  I was at a Mom Mixer put on by my friends from Classy Mommy & Mommies With Style and they introduced me to these!  I had NO IDEA that Tommy made baby clothes!  I do know, that's for sure!

Cloud b Mommy's Dream Gift Set:  I LOVE Cloud b for babies - and now something as soft and awesome for mom!  This Dream Gift Set comes with a yummy cotton robe & a calming lavender-scented eye mask.  I love that they added a little journal to go with it.  Soooo sweet.  Great for new moms!!

#1 AWESOME GIFT IDEA:  

CREATIVE time with Mom!!  So, ALEX TOYS has an amazing array of products but they sent me some 'make with mom' product ideas that I just love.  I've always said the best gifts are the ones that are homemade!

GIANT PAPER FLOWERS IN A VASE:  Duh.  That simple, right?  AND they won't die!  Love this. 

40 TRICK MAGIC SHOW KIT:  How much more fun can you be than putting on a MAGIC show for the family entertainment on Mother's Day!!  LOVE this.

MY CHOCOLATE SHOP:  Um. HELLO?!?!!  Moms.LOVE.Chocolate.  There really isn't much to say there.  SKIP the flowers and MAKE us chocolate!

 

Ok.. What did you get?  Nothing yet?  FESS UP!  lol

Happy Mom's day to all my friends.. xoxo 

Thursday
May082014

Top 10 Coolest Vehicles for Soccer Moms (and Dads) – No Minivans Here!

One thing I always said I would never do as an adult was have a minivan. Don't get me wrong. There are some cool looking minivans but they are still minivans. 

But now as my boys are growing up and getting involved in sports and after school activities, I totally understand why a minivan would be a practical purchase for any family. You need tons of room. Not only for your kids, but for their friends that you will inevitably have to drive around town.

If you are looking to purchase a family friendly car with room but don't want to give in and buy a minivan, Edmund's has put together a list of the coolest cars for soccer moms (and dads).  

10 Coolest Vehicles for Soccer Moms (and Dads)

Our favorites?

BMW X3

It offers generous passenger and cargo room, and those in back will appreciate its accommodating rear seat, which ranks among the most comfortable in the segment. Safety features include optional top-view parking cameras and a lane-departure warning system.

 

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Parking sensors and a rearview camera are standard and optional safety features include a surround-view camera and blind-spot monitoring.

A girl can dream right?

Head on over to Edmund's to view the complete list of coolest vehicles for soccer moms (and dads).