Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ideas for the Final Days of Summer

Two weeks until school starts!  I love the Fall more than any other time of the year, but not looking forward to packing lunches, homework and strict bedtimes.

I know many people went back to school this week, but for those who are still in Summer mode here are 27 idea for things to do before Summer is out. I did many of these already -- especially all the ice cream suggestions, which is sort of a problem. ;)   But that's ok - you only live once and I am back in the saddle of getting healthy. Hopefully the holidays don't slip me up like they do every year.

I want to capture the songs of the Summer for us here:  Spirits by the Strumbellas and Ride by 21 Pilots.  My youngest in particular would sing these two songs over and over in the car.  Precious memories - especially when he would get mad at my middle one for signing louder than him and pout.

Looking forward to the day off tomorrow to get my boys their school uniforms and shoes in order.   Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Had a fun day Friday with some moms from school and their kids over after work for a dessert pool party.

Saturday was 'surprise middle child day'.  Took the kids to Sesame Place to celebrate.  My middle guy was so excited.  He said he was going to show everyone his middle finger to so they know he is the middle child. HA!

One recommendation I have for Sesame is to book a lunch reservation with the characters.  SO worth it.  Get in the AC for a bit to cool off and meet all the characters in one shot versus waiting on long lines.

Sunday hosted had my nephew's 1st birthday at my house. It was HOT, but a nice day.

With big parties the go to is usually Costco, but my friend just told me an alternative today --   It is wholesale delivered to your door for dry goods only.  She said it was great and highly recommends it so I am going to check it out.  If any of my friends try it let me know -- I can refer you and we get an extra deal according to my friend.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Luau Meatballs + Some Great NYC Venues

Here is the week recap including a great easy appetizer for luau meatballs!

This past weekend I went to a cake decorating class at Carlos Bake Shop (aka Cake Boss).  It was a lot of fun!  If you are a baker or a fan of the show it is worth checking out.

I sadly had to toss the cake because we lost electricity later that afternoon due to the heat for 12 hours -- awful! 

The next day my friend invited us over for a luau themed-party.  I made these Luau Meatballs as an appetizer which were very easy to throw together and good! Kids especially loved them.

The biggest excitement is I finally ditched my white couches.  They were completely falling apart.  Fell in love with these brown leather ones at Pottery Barn and am hopeful they will hold up better against my little guys. I keep saying "hide the scissors" -- I wish I was joking. ;)  But many parents have told me leather is the way to go with kids -- holds up better.

Cramming in a lot before school starts with meeting up with friends and scheduling play dates.  Met my friend for a special paint night -- painting wine glasses! I did cherry blossoms.  It came out 'eh, but I will still use them. :)

My colleague is in from Brazil and she wanted to see Greenwich Village so had an afternoon quick excursion with my team to Carbone.  O.M.G.  the ambiance, the food, the music -- perfection.  I want to go back soon to enjoy dinner and drinks!

In the evening I went out with two friends to a fabulous place called Gallow Green.  HIGHLY recommend this rooftop bar.  Stunning.

As we walked out we stumbled upon in the same building this beautiful woman singing jazz music in this fabulous venue called The Heath.  It was breathtaking -- my photo doesn't even do it justice. You felt like you were in the 1940's.  I am dying to go back ASAP. 

Have another busy weekend.  Tonight two moms and their kids over for a dessert and pool party.  Tomorrow is Surprise Middle Child Day.  We're taking them all to Sesame Place for the day.  SO EXCITED!  Sunday hosting my nephew's birthday party.

Cheers to the weekend!
"The Wicked" drink from Gallow Green - Tequila, pineapple juice, piri piri (spicy!!), agave and something else I am forgetting.  Delish!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Best Productivity Apps for Getting Things Done

It has been a LONG time since I posted.  I thought the summer would allow a break, but I seriously can't keep up.   Which is why I was thankful to stumble across this article about best apps for productivity.  Some cool ones in there to check out!

It's been a packed Summer with a fun week down at LBI, two amazing concerts Coldplay (omg a-ma-zing) and Guns 'n Roses (bucket list!) and so much more.

Work is crazy as usual and my three little guys keep me hopping.  I can't believe it is almost time for them to go back to school.  I have two major trips coming up for work (Brazil & Hong Kong) which will take me away nearly two full weeks in the Fall.  I am really looking forward to diving into my new global role, but have to admit I am a bit stressed about leaving the kids for so long.   We will see how I handle juggling.   But my goal is to start posting again at least once a week....we'll see. :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Happy Tuesday!

I heard a Mumford and Sons song yesterday.  Haven't listened to them in ages.   Only love is my absolute favorite so have it back on repeat after months on hiatus.

Tomorrow is the last day of school for my oldest thank goodness.  Hopefully thereafter I will have time to post a little more.  These past few months have been killer!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Block Party

I had the big idea of doing a block party.  It become SUPER complicated so wound up just having some families over for dinner on Saturday.  We had a fabulous time!  Grilled a whole filet mignon, chicken, corn, salad, bread.
We lucked out with fantastic weather so the kids played in the pool while the adults relaxed.
Happy Monday!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Brown Rice & Chicken Casserole

It has been weeks since I posted!  OMG the title of this blog no longer applies to me.  I am drowning at work and home.  Dear lord.  I am slowly digging my way out so hope to be in better shape within next three weeks once school/sports are over!

In the mean time wanted to save this recipe for chicken, broccoli and brown rice casserole.  Using organic brown rice in casseroles has proved to be a challenge for me -- the rice doesn't always cook right.  Finally found this recipe which works perfect!  Made this last night so my Dad can heat it up for the kids tonight.  They are going to devour it!

Also just saw this on facebook and think it is true!  Love it!!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Beef and Cheddar Casserole

It's been a crazy couple of days.   Last Thursday night I organized a huge group to go to Paint Night which was so much fun.  Friday night went to a friend's birthday party and Saturday went out with a group of parents from school for drinks.  I paid for it all day yesterday -- could barely move!

The one thing I did do yesterday was prep dinner for tonight using this recipe for Beef and Cheddar Casserole.  I substituted the beef for ground turkey and used plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream.  Tried a quick bite and it was DELISH and very easy to throw together.  Kids are going to love it.

My big excitement is one huge project at work is reaching the finish line this week.  It's been a year in the making and I am so relieved to have it get off my plate you have no idea.

And the biggest most exciting thing ever is I am the flipping-out-excited holder of tickets to Guns 'N Roses in July.  I do not remember the last time I was so excited about something.  Bucket list material. :)

Some of my playlist for the foreseeable future:

Rocket Queen
Welcome to the Jungle
November Rain
Paradise City

GAH!!!! I don't care what he looks like now, no one is more bad ass than Axl Rose!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Healthy Corn Casserole

Haven't had a chance to post because my life is complete insanity

So here is a recap via photos + a recipe for healthier corn casserole (one of the sides I made yesterday for Easter) that everyone loved.

I love Eataly in NYC.  Met someone for drinks and have to post this photo because isn't is just beautiful?  That proscuitto was like butter.  Seriously.

Party favors for 29 kids who came to my middle's guy's birthday party at Ardsley House of Sports -- they did a great job!

These photos are in order of my camera roll.  Before my son's party we had 8 AM kick off for lacrosse. Going to be jam packed weekends with lacrosse and baseball for the two oldest.  My little one isn't even in the mix yet!! 

Amazing Minecraft cupcakes for the party.

Took the day off on my middle guy's birthday to take him to/from school.  Got all the Easter shopping out of the way in between.  That night we went to his favorite - hibachi!   Here is my youngest enjoying some soup.

Representing for the school/church bake sale.

These were supposed to be star wars eggs, but none of them were into the stickers.

Sweetness on St. Pat's

My youngest was so proud of the eggs he colored in school.

Late at night the easter bunny finished hiding the eggs and left their baskets at the bottom of the steps....then proceeded to fall into bed. :)

Orange Pecan French Toast for Easter Breakfast

6:00 AM Easter Morning!

It's a wrap!  Easter 2016 is in the books!