Home Focus: Streamline Kitchen Clean-up with the AutoAir™ Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher

AutoAir Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher

Many thanks to Best Buy for sponsoring this post.

We’re all for sharing the latest and most exceptional cutting-edge products, especially when they find a way to help turn tedious chores into minimal tasks. Home appliances continue to get better and more efficient, and the AutoAir™ Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher has me dreaming of a kitchen redo! Designed to deliver a sparkling clean plus dry via advanced PrecisionWash technology – check out all the reasons why the Bosch 500 Series Dishwasher line, at Best Buy, is the beast I need in my dream kitchen: 

Bosch AutoAir 500 Dishwasher
  • A little fresh air equals a lot more dry! AutoAir™ automatically opens the door at the end of the drying cycle, allowing moisture to escape and fresh air to circulate for better drying results. (Disclaimer: compared to Bosch Dishwashers with PureDry.)
  • PrecisionWash, employs intelligent sensors that continually scan and check the progress of dishes throughout the cycle, while powerful spray arms target every item of every load, for the ultimate clean. 
  • The roomy interior profile easily accommodates 16 place settings, and the Flexible 3rd rack adds space for cooking utensils and more.
  • The Sanitize Option reduces 99.9% of bacteria with a hot-wash rinse for sparkling clean and sanitized dishes. Super handy with a baby or kids in the home! 
  •  The quiet operation (44 dBA)- incorporates 18 unique sound-reducing technologies such as multiple insulation layers, grindless food filtration, and a sound-absorbing base.
  • The flexible 3rd rack can accommodate all those bulky odd-shaped items. Adding the 3rd rack with its adjustable tines can create the right fit for deep, tall, or uniquely-shaped pots, pans and more. 

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Add a Touch of Loveliness to Your Home This Summer

Big thank you to our sponsor, Air Wick©.

Summer brings a significant exhale. And I suppose I work hard to preserve the peace that comes with the early morning light, salty water, and hanging with kids who are built for the fleeting warmer months.

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We’re already deep in a new travel-baseball season and will soon add surf camp, trips and a few other things to our days. It’s all good and fun – but hopefully, the wetsuits and towels make their way from multiple bags to the wash – along with all those uniforms and gear. It’s tricky to balance the conflicting layers of loving life outdoors and not frazzling when rushing home to host friends and family.

I didn’t think I was the home-fragrance type until being introduced to the new Air Wick© Freshmatic© Pure© Automatic Spray. With three different settings built into a sleek, minimalist device, the lowest setting feels subtle enough to add a light touch of loveliness to our space – while making me feel like the home is covered 24/7 with continuous odor neutralization in every corner (for up to 60 days).

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It’s the little things that give me peace-of-mind when rushing from beach to baseball to back home again. I’m currently crushing on the Air Wick© Ocean Breeze scent (one of more than 15 Air Wick© scents available) – along with Gabby Bernstein, who I had the chance to meet and learn from at the recent Air Wick© mobile meditation event.

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She taught me a simple (and beautiful) mantra to do with my children. Begin by touching your thumb to pointer finger – working your way down to thumb to pinky finger, while repeating:

Peace. Begins. With. Me.
Peace. Begins. With. Me.
Peace. Begins. With. Me.

Wishing you all peace and joy in the summer days ahead!

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I Tested a Zinus Mattress, and Here’s What Happened (+ Mattress & Platform Bed Giveaway!)

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After sleeping on the same mattress for over a decade and consistently waking up when my husband gets into bed during my sacred REM cycle, I knew we were overdue for a new mattress. I’ve been curious about the “bed-in-a-box” concept, the idea of avoiding a showroom, and the prospect of saving some cash with a model that eliminates the middleman entirely.

The universe must have been listening (perhaps to my martial arguments!) because a partnership with Zinus serendipitously appeared. I had the chance to test out a mattress and decided on the king size Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress in 14″ (they had me at “wake up feeling like you’ve snuggled with an ice cube“). Zinus also sent along two box springs (I wanted to hang on to our current king frame which is outfitted for two twins). And If you’ve ever read those creepy articles about how dust mites, skin cells, and other gross things inoculate mattresses over time, it felt like Christmas in summer when the time came to toss my old mattress and box springs to start fresh with Zinus. I even sprung for all new bedding and pillows.

I definitely believe in the importance of sound sleep and had my reservations about going with a mattress at a significantly lower price point than one purchased in a brick and mortar store. Zinus offers a 30-day trial period, and I’ve put them to the test for over two months now for the sake of sharing an accurate mattress review. Here’s what went down:

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Everything arrived at our door in giant boxes, and my husband and I were able to snap together our box springs in a matter of minutes. We then plopped our rolled up mattress onto the box springs and cut open the plastic wrap to let the mattress unfurl. The first night, I only allowed our mattress to come to shape for about 6 hours total (seriously don’t do this, just follow their simple timeframe guidelines!) and was worried that our new bed would be too firm, but my concerns subsided after a few days and proper time to regain full form.

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Over two months into sleeping on our Zinus and I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to break the bank in the quest to find a solid and comfortable sleep. I never wake up feeling too hot and haven’t tossed and turned like I once did in search of that comfy spot. I’d purchase the same mattress over again and am so thrilled to partner with Zinus on an exciting Giveaway!

Win It!

We’re partnering with Zinus to giveaway a Zinus signature mattresses (in either hybrid or gel memory foam) and platform bed to one lucky winner! The winner will get to select the size, mattress (Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress, or Cooling Hybrid Gel Foam Mattress) and platform (Steel 1500H Platform Bed or Steel 1500H Platform Bed).

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and enter over on our Instagram page here:

U.S. entries only please – best of luck and thanks for visiting!

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On Being Present During The Busy Holiday Season

Thank you Shopify for sponsoring this post. Track your holiday shipments in one place with the new Arrive app!

It was ten years ago (and also, I’m certain, just yesterday) that I was waiting for my sweet first born to enter this world.  I can close my eyes and remember the details in our Manhattan apartment while nesting for our Christmas baby.  A few blinks later, the holiday magic is very much alive in our home with two big-ish kiddos during this special time of year.

I suppose that with every year that passes, what I want and value, more than anything, is to be present in the meaningful moments that color Christmastime.

This simple beauty is found in the excitement over the first snow.

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And the memories built into the mess of baking perfectly imperfect gingerbread cookies and houses.

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It is found in the childhood wonder of seeing New York City’s magnificent holiday lights, and enchanting department store window displays, that stop you in your footsteps.

I’ve learned that I have to be intentional with holiday planning to preserve and focus on the important things that I believe my children will grow to remember.  A few simple steps help to keep me on track.

  • We Can’t Say Yes to Everything: Often, saying “no” to something is essentially saying “yes” to our family.  This is always a challenge for me as a writer who’s invited to a bunch of fun holiday gifting events and activities.  I’m constantly trying to stay hyper-organized with meeting work deadlines while the kids are at school, so I can be there for the in-school invites and throughout the weekends, to fully soak in the family togetherness. We can’t do it all (and neither can I), and sometimes saying “no” translates into a familial win.
  • Shop Online: This is a steadfast time-saver for me! Although stepping into a picturesque holiday-decked-out store can be fun – it’s usually a time-suck.  Shopping online and researching deals helps me stick to a budget, and not throw away precious time.

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  • Utilize the Shopify Arrive AppAfter singing online-shopping praises, I’m sure you can all agree that the most inconvenient aspect is waiting for a shipment’s (safe!) arrival. With two young kids who are package-inspection-detectives (“I think the doorbell rang, I bet it’s a PACKAGE!!”), a busy mom who may forget something that was ordered – coupled with NYC-living – it isn’t ideal to not be home when packages come to the door. Arrive intuitively syncs to my Gmail account scanning key phrases like “tracking” and “order shipped” to track the progress and status of shipping all in one place – across all my retailers and shipping services. Arrive adheres to strict industry standards for information security management to safeguard sensitive information. It also requires explicit permission before any tracking information is surfaced from my inbox and is organized all in one place.  I don’t have to sift through emails to look up tracking numbers, saving me tons of time along with delivering the gift of peace of mind.

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  • Make a Holiday Bucket List: Lastly, it helps to make a list of activities that we’d like to make happen.  This year, a visual list gave us the push to finally view Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights Christmas lights, along with prioritizing little dates at home, drenched in holiday music and all the good stuff, like simply being together.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Tackle Family Laundry with LG’s Front Load Washer and SideKick

Disclosure: Compensation provided in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or the product/service at a reduced price or for free. 

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Do you struggle with the beast that is laundry in your home like I do? On many days, as soon as we wash, fold and put away a few loads – another heaping pile of dirty clothes appears. Although I adore living a vibrant (and often messy!) life with kids,  I do believe in innovative products that help make our tedious (yet essential) everyday tasks so much easier.

Enter LG’s Front Load Laundry:
LG-Front-Load-Laundry-RoomIsn’t it all so beautiful?! Besides the visual appeal and convenience of the LG Front Load Washer and SideKick, they’re packed with helpful features:

  • Cleaning performance is superior to top load washers.
  • The energy efficient design of the front load washer uses less water and consumes less electricity (hello, reduced utility bills!).
  • The spinning function of the front load washer spins faster – making clothes dryer while reducing overall time in the dryer.
  • Garments last longer because front load washers provide gentleness on clothing with efficient cleaning.
  • SideKick compatibility allows two loads to wash at once!

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Just head into your local Best Buy to chat with the Best Buy Blue Shirts – they’re all experts in filling you in on the LG Front Load laundry’s many benefits.

Also, take advantage of their current savings! Purchase an LG Front Load Washer and Side Kick at Best Buy to save $150.

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Super Bowl Sunday and the Halftime Bathroom Break

While I may tune into the Super Bowl solely for the brilliant commercials, halftime show and “Hamilton’s” Schuyler Sisters’ rendition of “America the Beautiful” – I’m well aware that most of the country is fired up for the on-field action.

And while talk turns to game-day recipes, drinks, and decor – let’s not neglect super simple ways to make those raging football fanatics feel comfortable in every room of the house.

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Yep! I’m talking about the bathroom, and don’t worry; this isn’t a tutorial suggesting that you whip up Pinterest-worthy homemade potpourri. With more than 100 million fans tuning into the game, half of those Super Bowl viewers spend little to no time at all prepping the bathroom for their Super Bowl Bash.  Did you know that 62% report being likely to forget to buy bathroom supplies for game-day party planning?

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Febreze and Charmin have you covered for the inevitable Halftime Bathroom Break that occurs as millions of Americans rush to the bathroom (after holding it in!) in those precious few minutes between the halftime whistle blow and the halftime show.

That other paper-thin, 1-ply toilet tissue isn’t up to the challenge.  Ditch it and stock up on Charmin Ultra Strong.  Why? Because three rolls of Charmin Ultra Strong Mega Roll are long enough to span an entire football field, so guests won’t have to use as much toilet paper but will leave the bathroom feeling clean.

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When I learned that more odor molecules come from the halftime bathroom break than there are blades of grass on all the NFL fields in America combined, I couldn’t add Febreze to my cart fast enough.  Throw in an excess amount of wings, Instagram-worthy nacho towers, beer and more – and (AHEM!) you better have your odor fighting game on strong to ensure your guests feel at home. We found our hero in Febreze’s tiny and discrete smallSPACES that fight repugnant odors while secured nicely and discreetly on the toilet bowl tank or bathroom vanity.  Add Febreze Air to unleash an instant fresh force and eliminate airborne odors in the powder room and party room too.

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Have fun watching the game and don’t sweat the stink!

Thank you to Febreze and Charmin for sponsoring this post.

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