Thursday, June 25, 2015

Five Child-Rearing Techniques to Raise Kind Kinds

Found this great Harvard article on how to raise kind children.  Completely agree with the first point about giving your child the opportunity to do kind things for others. 

It's been a busy but fun week!  Monday night I went with a friend to see the New Kids On the Block concert which was loads of fun.  Yesterday we went with friends to hibachi dinner to celebrate the end of school.  Tonight my company's summer party is a cruise around Manhattan.

FUN!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Free Things to do in NYC

I had a really, really, really rough week.   I am so happy it is drawing to a close. 

The one positive highlight is yesterday I took off to chaperone my big boy's trip to the New York Hall of Science

Somewhat busy weekend ahead -- my big boy has a friend's birthday party tonight.  Tomorrow he has another one.  Sunday will be low-key. 

Tip - If you're looking for something to do this weekend check out Free Things to Do in NYC on Facebook for some ideas (they have variations of this for other big cities too).  Just discovered this recently and it looks interesting.

Have been listening quite a bit to Ed Sheerhan's new song Photograph.  Really didn't like him at all until 'thinking out loud' and now this song.  Very chill music which I need to take me down a notch. :)

Hope everyone has a nice Father's Day weekend!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ten Habits of Really Organized People

It has been busy at home and work.  Before I recap what we've been up to I wanted to share this article which talks about Ten Habits of Really Organized People

Although it has been insanely hectic, I have been able to roll with in large part due to being super organized and knowing how to manage my time almost down to the minute in some cases.  This article gives other ideas for how to get yourself organized so you can get it all done.

Recap:  Weekend before last we went to family fun night at school.  I won my middle guy the prize of after school arts/crafts and ice cream party with his teacher and 3 of his friends.  My big guy won lunch and legos with his teacher from last year and 3 friends.  We also won front row seats to prek graduation.

The next day we went to dinner at Eastchester Fish Gourmet which was excellent.  Sunday tball, and family birthday.

Last Monday I left for Chicago for work.  The very next day I took a 6 AM flight out to catch my middle guy's prek graduation and just missed it. :(  The good news is I took the day off and went with my little men and all the school families to a local play place for the rest of the afternoon to celebrate which was fun.

Thursday my youngest had his moving up day from school.  He refused to sing, but it was cute anyway.  The teachers told me that he is the most affectionate little guy - running up to them random points throughout the day to give kisses.  :)

This past weekend we had an early kid's party on Friday followed by dinner out with friends at Club Car in Mamaroneck.  Saturday baseball games and parties followed by another party on Sunday.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Dress for Success in the Summer Months

Walk outside today in NYC and you would think it's the Fall and not June -- it is chilly!

The weather looks like it'll take a turn next week to more normal temperature in the 80s for this time of year.  With that in mind I came across this article which gives tips for how to dress like a CEO during the summer months.  In other words, just because it is a 100 degrees out doesn't make it ok to dress like a hooker at work. ;)    My office is an ice box in the Summer so the layering tip I fully support!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Last weekend was a bit nutty.  Friday night went out and Saturday had back-to-back-to-back stuff -- birthday party, tball, baseball, one of my BFFs came over for dinner.  Sunday was a bit quieter with just a birthday party.

The good news is soon school will be over so some stress can be shed for a few weeks --  I need a break from sports activities, packing lunches, snacks, homework, projects, strict bedtimes, etc. 

Speaking of Summer, I saw this post of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes.  I made ribs last week in the slow cooker and they came out awesome. Enjoy!





Thursday, May 28, 2015

How To Work With People That Aren't Good At Working With People

Harvard Business Review has some great articles for the workplace that can also be applied to personal life.  I thought this article, which provides tips on how to deal with people who have low emotional intelligence interesting.

Hope everyone has a great day. Counting the minutes to the weekend!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Banana S'mores Melt

I am limping through this week after a crazy weekend.

I took Friday off to cheer on my big boys at their walk-a-thon.  They had a half day so packed lunch for them and right after school hung out at the park with some of their friends.  In the evening went out with some moms from school.

Saturday was a lot of running around. Took the little two to a barbecue while the other two went to a communion party.   Went out later that night for a bit.

Sunday had two families over and had beef shish-ke-bob, rice, salad, corn.  It was SO GOOD!

We had a whole bunch of goodies for dessert.  My friend brought over these chocolate banana smores melts that we threw on the grill.  So delish.  We had some leftover and since I hate to waste, instead of chucking it the next day I threw them in the blender with almond milk and ice to make a shake.  It was AMAZING!  My oldest in particular went crazy for it.

And Monday was quiet for the most part.  We went to see the parade in town. I sat out back with the kids and we played games, they went in the pool. 





Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Happy Hump Day!

Two things I want to capture that happened yesterday. 

My middle guy walked into the room with a piece of cheese on his eye.  He said he couldn't reach the ice pack so he was going to use the cheese instead to soothe his eye which was hurting.  He then ate the cheese before I could catch him.  :)  It was really cute and funny.

Also my youngest came home with the sweetest drawing of me and him from school.  On the back of it his teacher wrote how amazing this is for someone his age.  So proud!  Took some photos of him holding it and now it is hanging proudly on their artwork wall.

Getting excited for the long weekend ahead.  Time to review summer pinterest recipe boards to try some new recipes.  Can't wait!

In other news, I love that Chandalier song by Sia.  I made the mistake though of looking at the video.  The dancing is amazing, but it is dark and creepy!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Party Weekend

Had a busy, fun weekend.   Friday night went out with some friends to dinner.

Saturday birthday party followed by a night out with some friends.

Sunday I took my littlest guy and my nephew to Build a Bear.  They were SO CUTE!! I was in Berlin for my nephew's 1st birthday party so even though the rest of my gang was there to help him celebrate I wanted to make up for my absence and do something special with him given it was his 1st.  :)  We wound up staying at my brother and sister-in-law's for dinner and I sat on the back patio and relaxed which was a nice change of pace.

Have a busy day ahead.  Can't get Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk out my head, which is going to be distracting but maybe once I get crackin' it'll leave. ;)