Father’s Day Gift Guide + AMEX Giveaway

Wondering what to get dad this year?  Check out our Father’s Day gift guide with a bunch of great present suggestions that he won’t want to return!


Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker: This compact and lightweight Espresso Maker delivers espresso perfection with a footprint small enough to fit into any interior design.

Awesome Box: Give him the gift of personalized thoughtfulness with a customized Awesome Box of printed photo cards and messages.  Enlist family members and friends in the memory preservation process.  He’ll love looking through his stack of memories inside the beautifully printed 6×6 inch box.

Tom & Teddy: Get him seaside ready with vibrant, stylish and fun swimwear from Tom & Teddy. And if you have boys – be sure to get them matching swim trunks – for the coolest father-son twinning look around!

Hudson Made – Handcrafted Shave Brush No.26: Give him the gift of the perfect shave with this firm and dense shave brush to significantly improve his shaving game.

New Balance Men’s M990V4 Running Shoe: Give him the gift of iconic style, comfort, and stability – with New Balance’s 990v4 for men.  Continuing on the 30-year legacy of the 990 – this is the perfect sneaker for the whole family.

Modern Glass Pyramid Succulent Terrarium Box: Spruce up his space with a great succulent or cacti tucked inside this elegant glass pyramid-shaped terrarium. The minimal design makes it suitable for other keepsakes in addition to plants. 

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NY 529 Direct College Savings Plan: The Smart Way To Save For Your Child’s Education

Our children, our truest markers of ticking time, have a way of reminding us just how fleeting these precious moments of childhood are. It was just yesterday that I wrote this birthday letter for my son – but then I blinked and a few more years passed.   And all of the sudden, while making memories in what feels like a beautiful and chaotic mess, the days somehow slip into years.

I know this truth, as the mother of an eight and now six-year-old.



And also, just yesterday:


How is that possible?

My kids have big dreams.  Our oldest has her sights set on being an inventor (who will create a teleportation device), a scientist, and an artist.  While the little guy dreams of being a chemist (the kind who mixes colorful potions) – and a LEGO builder too.  Like all parents, we want our kid’s ultimate career dreams to come to fruition – but in the midst of the financial responsibilities that come with adulthood it can be concerning to think about paying for our children’s college education when many colleges currently charge more than $60,000 per year.  What will the cost of college be in 10 to 15 years?

That’s why it’s crucial for parents like us to save for two college educations in the most efficient way possible – with a NY 529 Direct College Savings Plan for each child.  I jumped at the opportunity to meet with the plan’s financial team along with NY’s First Deputy Comptroller Pete Grannis, at an intimate event at the Intrepid Museum, hosted by Momtrends Media.

When choosing a 529 plan to use towards your child’s two-or-four year university, accredited vocational school, or postgraduate program along with supplies and accepted expenses (computers, room and board, etc.) – it’s important to find out if your state offers tax deductions for 529 contributions.  While states including New Jersey do not, New York 529 plans offer tax benefits.

  • 529 account funds can be used in any state – they are not limited to the state sponsoring the 529 plan.
  • Account contribution limits for 529 plans are generally high – from $200,000 to $300,000 or more, depending on the state.  The Direct Plan, accommodates contributions up to $370,000 on behalf of one beneficiary.  This amount includes all New York-sponsored 529 savings accounts held for the same beneficiary. Also, most institutions only count 6 percent of the total 529 funds as usable when determining financial aid eligibility.  In comparison, 20 percent of traditional savings account are factored into the financial aid eligibility process.
  • Many people can open a 529 account with as little as $25!  Including, not only parents but other relatives and friends – as long as U.S. citizenship or resident alien status is established.  The account owner selects the beneficiary, investments and how the funds will be used.  If you’re a New York State taxpayer, you can also benefit from the state tax deduction.
  • In lieu of toys that will be long forgotten, family and friends can contribute to kids 529 accounts creating a lasting gift that will grow over time.

To learn more about these powerful savings vehicles where earnings grow federally tax-deferred and where qualified withdrawals are tax-free – visit www.nysaves.org.  For Financial AID information visit www.hesc.ny.gov.

This is a sponsored post.  Opinions as always, are my own.


Where Dreams Come True: A Walt Disney World Vacation with Disney SMMC


If there was ever a time that I was desperate for uplifting news, it was the day that the invitation to the 2016 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration came in.  In-route to face the hardest days of my life, I had happy news to carry with me. We had happy news to carry with us. […]

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Delicious Meals For Busy Families


Do you ever get stuck in a perpetual rut of cooking the same recipes over and over again? So much so, that steadfast favorites become of ZERO interest to your family?  A few years ago, we shared our family’s mealtime success with Blue Apron.  In fact, to this day, I incorporate recipe tips into my […]

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May Free Printable Calendar


Hello, May 2016! It is so good to see you!  We are so excited to welcome this new month, and have another pretty, free printable calendar sheet to download, print and share! We adore the month of May with its abundance of flowers, return to full-time glorious weather – and overall excitement for all things […]

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The Mother’s Day Card


This is a sponsored post. My mom is loving. My mom is kind. My mom is an exceptional card sender. I have memories of my mother sitting at her antique secretary desk with one of my father’s fountain pens in hand carefully writing cards; inscribing backs of printed photos, and taking me along to the […]

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