Eco Friendly Household Items For All Families

I try to be as "green" as possible without getting out of control. I keep my life balanced as best as I can, and use these eco friendly household items as much as possible to do my part in this world. I've noticed that there are some people who are rather zealous whenever it comes to this topic. And on the other side of the coin, there are those who treat their surroundings like an extension of their own personal pigpen. I personally believe that there needs to be a balance within it all. If living a green lifestyle is taking over your thoughts and causing you to be depressed, hateful, or stressed out, then I say that is getting out of control. But if you ignore the fact that we all need to make an effort to leave this planet in as good or better condition than we found it, then that careless attitude of total denial is also out of control.  Did I mention that I believe in balance? And responsibility for our own actions? That said, there are different green products that I use within my household to help keep my family free of some unnecessary chemicals, as well as save some money. Therefore, I thought that I would share my tips and tricks on the trade, and hopefully you will all share back! Here goes! Eco Friendly Household Items We carry reusable water bottles with us wherever we go. We use ZeroWater filters in both our Tumbler water bottles as well as a huge filter we have in the fridge. (You can read my full post HERE where I reviewed and showed how these are … [Read more...]

Sunday Funday

I am a HUGE fan of brunch! Whether it is at a fun restaurant, or a potluck brunch at the house of a friend, if there are bellinis and mimosas, I'm there! It took a while to convince my husband of how important brunch really is, especially in the NYC area. Almost every restaurant here (even our favorite burger spot) turns into a brunch haven on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This is such a fun thing to do whenever family comes into down, or for a girls morning out, or even with the whole family. Typically the way that it works here is that there is a pre fixe menu, which includes a great entree and unlimited bellinis, mimosas, or champagne. Sounds great, right? Well, for the most part, it is! But, after I FINALLY convinced my husband of the glories of brunch (ya know? day drinking + gourmet omelet = pure bliss...and the children can come, too!) we ended up going a lot more frequently. After a while, we noticed that the expense of having all those brunches was adding up. Therefore, I put together this awesome menu that we use to have brunch at home. Whether alone or with friends, this at home family brunch makes for the perfect Sunday Funday! Traditional Mimosas 1 bottle of your favorite champagne (if you are having a group of people over, I suggest doubling or tripling this recipe) 1 Container of your favorite pulp-free orange juice I typically mix together 1 part champagne and 1 part orange juice in a large pitcher and let it sit for a little bit in the fridge … [Read more...]

5 Fun Nail Polish Colors That Exemplify Summer

Day dresses paired with sandals and tote bags filled with sunscreen and beach towels are a perfect indicator that the sun-soaked days of summer have arrived. And what’s better to pair with flowy dresses, flip flops, and bathing suits than a perfectly complimentary nail polish shade that is just as fun and carefree as the day itself? If you’re looking for the perfect shade for summer, try one of these five hues: 1.      Mojito Madness by Essie – This vibrant mix of minty green and lime green lends itself perfectly to days spent at a backyard barbeque with a refreshing summer drink in hand. It’s light enough that it immediately sparks any outfit during the day, but flashy enough to add some colorful fun to a night-time soiree. 2.      Mermaid’s Dream by Deborah Lippman – The Mermaid’s Dream is the ideal mix of sea foam greens, deep blues, and neutral metallic sparkles for a day spent at the beach. And if you can’t get to a beach, you can at least channel ocean waves with the color playing on your nails. 3.      Macbeth by butter LONDON – No summer would be complete if you didn’t have a hot hue in a trendy color for your nail polish. In fact, the only thing better than one trendy shade is a balance of two mixed together. Blending two of summer’s hottest colors, orange and coral, Macbeth will make a bold statement that will take those white jeans to the next level. 4.      Amchoor by NARS – For a show-stopping statement ditch the yellow bikini in favor of yellow nails. … [Read more...]

Summer Lovin’

No, I'm not going to start singing Grease medleys for you, as I'm sure you were hoping! (Not!) But in reality, summer really is the time to fall in love! If you are single, it is a great, refreshing opportunity to get outdoors and meet someone new. If you are married, it is the perfect time to fall in love with your partner all over again. I know that every year, as soon as summertime hits and wedding season begins, my husband and I use those opportunities to spend some time loving up one another! Date night and private time are so important for people in relationships to reconnect with one another away from the craziness of the day. Fortunately, during summer there are so many opportunities to keep the flame in your relationship alive, without dropping a ton of money. Coupons- Groupon, Living Social, etc. offer great deals for little adventures, escapes, and date nights for you and your partner. There are even lots of fun classes that you can take together, so many options! All you need to do is sign up on-line, let them know your location, and then let the fun begin! A Hand Holding Stroll- Sometimes, if all you can get is 20 minutes to take a walk together, that's all that you need. And sometimes, it may even involve the kiddos. The other night, my family and I opted to walk to our favorite burger joint for our Sunday night indulgence instead of driving and had a great time spending that extra time together. Summer Weddings- Getting invited to summer weddings … [Read more...]

Why Parenting Advice Is Like Trying to Solve World Hunger With a Single Spoon

I often wonder who I am, now that I am a mother. Believe me,  if I could gaze at my navel and drink Rooibos tea in yoga pants all day I could come up with a very poetic way to explain the changes that motherhood has made in me. But instead, I have a 20-month old son who I swear drinks Red Bull when I am not looking. (How could anyone have that much energy on a strict bean and pea diet? He is a vegetarian Tasmanian devil, I have decided.) But seriously, who is this woman I see changing diapers at NASCAR speed, licking her finger to wipe a stray smear of jam from her son's eyebrow, and giving up a girls night on the town to climb into bed by 9pm? Oh, well that's me. And if you have young kids, I think that's a part of you too. My son loves the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It's kind of a staple in all young children's reading repertoire- right? His favorite page, (aside from pretending to eating all of the fruit and junk food in the middle), is the end when the big fat caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly. He squeals and tries to take the book out of my hands so he can get a REALLY good look (i.e.- smashes his face into the crease of the book in fits of laughter). I think that's my favorite part of the book as well, because its my favorite part of motherhood too. We get to go from these large "with child" versions of ourselves to these almost unrecognizable sacrifice-savvy supermoms. The term supermom is so overused- but all moms have an element of the … [Read more...]

Goodies Galore!

Barbeque season is upon us! Which means that it's time to pull out the grill, flip flops, strapless dresses, and of course the high caloric food and drink items. It's so hard to resist these goodies, and they seem to be all around us during these fun occasions. I fall victim as well: I will merrily snack, drink, and socialize all day, then feel bloated when I get home and guilty the next morning. It's a viscious cycle that is really hard to avoid, because everything is soooo tempting! Well ladies, here are my tips for staying slim during BBQ season, followed by a few recipes of my own: Bring some healthy options with you if you are going to an event at someone's house. Don't feel like you are insulting your host - everyone loves a nice potluck dish to help with the party. Or, if you are the hostess, be sure to serve some healthy options. Indulge a little, it's okay. (The "experts" say that a little indulging allows people to stay on a healthy eating plan longer!) Make sure that you get back on track the next day. Don't skip meals in order to compensate for what you will be eating later, because that will make you way too hungry when temptation shows its alluring face! Instead, have a nice healthy salad and a large glass of water before you leave for the event. Cook with turkey instead of beef whenever you have the option. Make sure that you are drinking water throughout the day, especially in between snacking and drinking. (And don't forget to add calories … [Read more...]

Red, White, and Blue in Style

Picnics, parades, and parties...oh my! And don't forget the fireworks! The 4th of July is filled with so many celebrations! While we are out celebrating with neighbors, friends, and family, let's pause to remember what we are actually celebrating...the wonderful independence and free spirit that we have living in this amazing country! If you are anything like me, you like to make sure that you and your family are celebrating in style. I love to use the style of my clothing to express myself and sometimes send a message as well. And holidays seem to bring out my playful side. Since "red, white, and blue" is the message I want to send on Independence day, I decided to pick out some fun pieces for my lovely mamas that will guarantee that you and your family are the hit of the picnic without turning tacky! I also like to keep in mind whenever I am shopping for a holiday wardrobe that it is not necessary to spend a lot of money. I like to keep my fashion budget in perspective by reminding myself (constantly) that I won't necessarily be wearing these pieces year round, so it's alright to be picky (and cheap!) First, we must make sure that our family members are covered. Whether you have boys, girls, toddlers, or infants, I always feel like Old Navy is a great place to start for 4th of July shopping. Not only do they have their infamous $5 Flag tees, but a very large selection of clothing for all family members. There is no need to stock up on Ralph Lauren Polos for this one … [Read more...]

HOUSE OF FRASER Coast Collection

Lately, the shopping gene that lurks within me seems to have become even more dominant in my daily life. My need to shop has intensified to an extreme level! But, who am I to fight my natural urges? So when I came across the HOUSE OF FRASER online, I was instantly hooked and wanted to immediately share this amazing online store with my lovely readers. The store operates primarily online, but does have 61 brick and mortar stores throughout the UK and Ireland (Hint: they offer fabulous international shipping options for my domestic divas!). You can shop for absolutely everything! Children, men, kitchen, you name it, they've got it! (Which translates into my hubby having to pull me away from the computer at a very late hour on the night that I stumbled upon this treasure.) But of course, the fashion is what sucked me in and inspired me to integrate some new knock out pieces into my wardrobe. The collection that particularly stood out to me is their renowned Coast Collection. The philosophy behind this beautiful collection has remained true since it first launched in 1996 - to bring great clothing to women that is beautiful, well thought out, and perfect for the most memorable times in your life. The collection revolves around separates, occasionwear, accessories, party dresses, and is the epitome of elegance in every case. I simply MUST share with all of you the 6 pieces I came across as I perused through this glamorous collection, pieces that will instantly … [Read more...]

Fabulous Finds: eos

Dear Diary, If you are anything like me, you know how important it is to have something on your lips at all times! I can't fall asleep at night unless I have chapstick lathered all over my precious pout, and I often wake up in the middle of the night to re-apply. It doesn't necessarily have to be something colorful when I am only lounging around the house, just something that feels fantastic and keeps my lips moist! I have been a huge fan of the eos (evolution of smooth) shaving cream for a while now, which can be used wet or dry, which is so convenient for busy Mamas!  So when I learned that they were branching out their product line to include lip products, I got excited! The eos Sphere Lip Balm comes in 6 wonderful flavors (summer fruit, lemon drop spf 15, strawberry sorbet, honeysuckle honeydew, medicated tangerine, and sweet mint).  YUM! And some of these are even USDA organic! The awesome round shape of these little suckers make them so much easier to find whenever you are digging through your purse or searching for where your lip balm hit the car floor. The formula even lasts longer on your lips, so you don't need to worry about the annoying re-applying process. My little man even loves my eos Sphere Lip Balm because of its fun shape, so his lips are chap free as well! Don't miss out on this great product! You can find these by shopping online through eos or clicking here to find a list of their local retailers. Happy smooching! Fashionably Yours, Allison … [Read more...]

The “Be a Better Parent” Remedy?

Yesterday, during my work day, I needed to run to our local hardware store to make copies of our new keys for work. Since this is your typical Upper East Side hardware store, there was much more than light bulbs and tools for me to browse while waiting for the keys to be finished. I was instantly sucked into aisles of mysterious kitchen gadgets of unknown purpose at obscene prices (graters for all different types of cheeses starting at $59.99, exotic pink sea salt meant for cooking OR bath, and garlic peelers/smashers/graters of myriad varieties!) And then I stumbled upon the organic tea section. I passed by teas that were mixtures of endless ingredients, like white pear, ginger, peach, camomile, comfrey, and mint, all beautifully packaged to perfection. Then, as I got to the end of the aisle, I came across a little rectangle box of tea that was labeled, ironically: Be a Better Parent Tea. Now obviously, this was just a gag gift of some sort, but I'm not gonna lie...my inner wishful thinking kinda made me want to grab a few (hundred) boxes and boil some water asap. This little find of mine got me thinking:  Aren't we all striving to better better parents, every single day? I feel like no matter who I speak with, no matter what age their children are, we are all collectively trying to be the best parents possible. Everyone parents differently, but at the end of the day, we are all striving towards this one common goal. We have so much thrown in our faces on a daily … [Read more...]