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7 Things We Couldn’t Live Without During Hurricane Sandy

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Last year, when Hurricane Irene was going to hit NYC, we got our emergency stash ready. We are so glad we got organized because as Hurricane Sandy took its toll on the tri-state area, Michael and I bought extra food, prepared our go-bags and double checked our emergency supply kit. Though we had a bunch of items in our supply kit, below are things that we REALLY used (and continued to use through yesterday evening, since we just got power Saturday, although we still have no heat and hot water.) LIST OF TOP 7 THINGS WE COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT DURING…

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Rest and Relaxation with the Trumpeting Media Women

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To kick off BlogHer 2012 in New York City, I was thankfully invited to Trumpeting Media’s Rest and Relaxation Suite #TMRR at the classic New York hotel, the Four Seasons. Upon entering, we were greeted to a choice of a massage or new nail color graciously . Somewhat knowing what lies ahead of me (BlogHer), I chose a 10 minute massage from the women of the Four Season’s Spa. That’s me with Brianne from Stroller in the City and Audrey from Mom Generations. We were introduced to many brands, first of which was Evologie, a new skin care line that…

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Doing Laundry in Cold Water with Tide Coldwater

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Since we moved into our own apartment with our own washer/dryer four years ago, I’ve always used cold water to launder our clothes. Washing in cold water saves energy, maintains our clothes colors and prevents shrinking! At a recent Momtrends event, Nicole Feliciano introduced an exclusive group of influencers to Tide Coldwater. Tide has a goal to convert 70% of all wash loads worldwide to cold by 2020. Won’t you help? You’ll be able to save money, too! By washing in cold water you can save money on your electric bill – sometimes up to 80% of energy in every…

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Easy Home Improvement with Click and Improve

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Back in May, I described one room in our apartment that needed a major make-over. The girls called it the “Creepy Forest” because it was filled with boxes, bikes, books — everything that wasn’t in the rest of the apartment. We are still in the process of making it into our “Magical Garden” of a playroom/mudroom/office — and we still aren’t done. Looking for a home improvement partner takes a lot of time and asking a lot of people for references. I’ve put off our list of home improvements because I haven’t found any trustworthy contractors who can give me…

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HOW TO: Organize Your Kid’s School Work

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Who has a pile of your kids school work that look like this: And who knows what to do with it?? I had to get my act together if this was something that I was going to accumulate for the next 15 years! I figured out a system that I put into place last year when S started nursery school and O was in second grade. It’s a system that works for us — a NYC family with a 1200 square foot apartment — so it’s definitely something that anyone else could do, especially if you have a larger home. Here…

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Product Review: Stokke Tripp Trapp

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My girls are a bit older – they are 9 and 4.5 years old and I am always jealous of all the cool, new brands that todays parents have access to. I just thought that I could never use those brands anymore simply because my girls have aged out. Until now. Stokke, is a family owned Norwegian company (so you know that the designs are cool) that is known for its unique, functional and long-lasting products. Um, what more could you ask for? I always knew about the Stokke brand because of the strollers that the downtown moms push around,…

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Redecorating Our Home Office with Jill Vegas and IdeaPaint CLEAR

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We have this one room in our apartment, that our girls have dubbed “The Creepy Forest.”  It has become the catch-all, throw everything in room, and to the girls’ defense, it’s a little creepy. We have had every intention of making the room into a functioning homework / study room / playroom, but four years in our apartment and The Creepy Forest looks like this: We’ve got random pictures, an electric piano, Olivia’s old bed frame (anyone want to buy it?!) a bunch of humidifiers, a stable of scooters (not shown)… …a set of leaning book cases that holds a bunch…

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Kohls.com Launches Chaps Kids Bedding Line

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Growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey, I grew up in a well-run home. My mom taught me how to shine the silver and polish the wood. Also, every six months, she changed the bedding and window treatments to suit the season, so we had a winter look and a spring look. My mom was a bit like Sandra Lee from “Semi-Homemade” where her set changes depending on the season or the holiday. Suffice it to say, in my New York City apartment I do not change either our family’s bedding or our window treatments – no matter what season. Until recently, my girls had only…

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Godiva Spirits Mom’s Day Luncheon {+Giveaway!} CLOSED

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Chocolate and Good Food. Can it get any better for Mother’s Day? Well, I would add jewelry, to the mix, but two out of three ain’t bad. Earlier this week, Godiva Spirits held a fabulous luncheon at A Voce Columbus in New York City for a bunch of my favorite mommy online influencers. At the luncheon, I got a sweet and tasty education that Godiva is more than just chocolates – they have an extensive line of spirits as well. As a guest, I was treated to a fabulous meal prepared by A Voce’s Executive Chef, Missy Robbins which was…

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Easy and Eco-Friendly Lunchtime Bags and Accessories

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At the beginning of this year, we officially moved S from a half-day pre-kindergarten program to a full-day, five days a week pre-k student, which means she gets to eat lunch at school with all of her friends (SUCH a big girl!) and that also means we have two kids that we have to prepare lunch for in the mornings.  Although, the choices haven’t changed much throughout the years in our family. Our girls can usually count on: cinnamon raisin bread with cream cheese, mac ‘n cheese, turkey and cheese with mayo sandwich, and since our trip to Paris, we’ve had…

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Jessica Alba’s launch of The Honest Company

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When I was pregnant with our second daughter back in 2007, I distinctly remember being six months pregnant and cleaning our bathtub with an abrasive powder cleaner that reeked of chemicals. I remember thinking, “This smells so bad, it’s making me sneeze and cough, this CAN’T be good for me or this little baby in my tummy!” That moment started my quest in finding non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products. For some reason back in 2007 there weren’t too many options. At the time, Whole Foods Tribeca was not open yet so it took a lot of Google-ing to find eco-friendly products,…

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Gayle King Interviews Lady Gaga on SiriusXM

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One of the perks of being unemployed is being able to go anywhere, anytime.  Last week, my girlfriend and I planned a playdate for all of our girls.  At the last minute she texted me and told me that she won VIP tickets to a live taping of Gayle King interviewing Lady Gaga on SiriusXM.  Well, of course I wanted to go!  We got our caregivers to be with our four girls and we became Mommy’s Little Monsters for a couple of hours.  As part of the VIP package, we were able to get our picture with Gayle King and the…

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