Disney Kids Preschool Playdate

I’ve previously mentioned that if each stage of littlehood weren’t so exciting and new, I’d feel paralyzed in the babyhood and toddlerhood left behind.  My goodness, how our little people change and become their own in their brilliant ideas, play and specific interests.  And I suppose that I never anticipated how poignant pre-school would be for my sweet son.  He forged true friendships, proudly scribbled his name and colored with passion.  He developed first best friends who appeared in nearly every single hand-sketched family-portrait.  It was heartwarming to see these new connections and important people come into his world.  He even stepped out of his big sister’s shadows – trading in his adoration of Disney Princesses for characters like Buzz and Jake.

My sweet little boy inspired a homemade costume.  I can’t even begin to count the amount of times that he slept in his beloved Jake vest.  And I’ll never forget his concern when a shinny gold button felt off, despite my reassuring promises to simply sew it back on.

jake costumeView my DIY Jake costume tutorial here.

Naturally, I was thrilled to host a Dinsey preschool playdate. We had great fun at our previous Disney Side party, and couldn’t wait to celebrate our amazing boy and the friends that are so special to him – with the excitement of a Jake and the Never Land Pirates themed box of goodies from Disney.

Last Saturday, we had a magnificent group of four-year-olds and their mamas come over.  Although I had plans of crafty and baking goodness – preparations shifted as they sometimes do.   I ventured on a press trip to LA involving Disney’s Frozen; we hosted Thanksgiving;  friends came to visit, mama got sick and so much more!  But there is always a lesson in the unexpected, and the great box of Disney goodies provided a perfect little party, without striving to be the Pinterest valedictorian!  The setting was fun with Jake themed supplies, yummy snacks, pizza, salad, and a Jake boat filled with veggies.  I set up a side of the table for the mamas with great supplies from Cheeky. The fun blue chevron coordinated perfectly, and we love that every Cheeky purchase donates a meal to someone who needs it in the U.S. Amazing – right?

Disney Preschool Playdate

Our Disney Preschool playdate was great fun – and preschoolers always have a way of organizing themselves!  The Kinetic sand was a tremendous hit – as were the activities covering the floors with toys, Disney matching games, and themed coloring pages. And when everyone decided to hide under the Christmas tree we suggested testing out the LeapFrog Leap TV.  The Jake Leap TV game was a massive hit!

preschool party games

Naturally we swapped Disney stories – and the big guy declared that he was now tall enough to hop on the rides with his big sister.  Mamas left with travel tags and Disney parks info and hopefully full bellies too!

I’m so happy for our little guy and am committed to bringing the entire gaggle of preschoolers over more often. For amazing party inspiration check out Disney Side Celebrations and also view other parties on social media with the hashtag #DisneyKids.

Special thanks to Disney for having us host and for the fun box of party supplies.


Endless Summer with Taste of Nature

The theme around here lately seems to always return to the full days of fun that we are having this summer.  It really is hard to believe just how much we pack into a single day and I’d like to think only of our endless summer before autumn breezes and academic shuffles creep back in.  I hope that the kids will remember their early childhood bond and the togetherness of our big extended family.

tree swing

To some extent we feel like party crashers but even the most impromptu visits are welcomed by family with open arms.  There is so much beauty just a short drive out of NYC and the dreamy respite is rejuvenating.

Most importantly, we are together.  All of us.

It’s nice to arrive with a party packed into a suitcase and working with Taste of Nature was a perfect meshing for my family.  I was happy to introduce their tasty, certified organic, gluten-free, non-gmo project verified snack bars to our tribe.

taste of nature organic bars #realtastesgood

From green energy to constructing schools in Africa, Taste of Nature chooses carefully to support sustainable farming, empower communities and preserve the environment.  And since Taste of Nature bars are free of fillers, chemicals or anything artificial I feel good about giving these simple, healthy snacks to the growing littles.

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Taste of Nature’s six delicious flavors include Brazilian Nut Festival, California Almond Valley, Quebec Cranberry Carnival, Canadian Maple Forest, Himalayan Goji Summit, and Persian Pomegranate Garden.  I appreciate that what you see is what you get with these bars.

Taste of Nature Bars #RealTastesGood

Unlike some of the completely healthy things that I’ve tested out with my family – Taste of Nature actually tastes good.  They were a hit!  And so was the paver stone art.

creative chalk drawing with kids

And the pool.  And endless paddle ball games.

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Purchase taste of Nature for $1.99 each at Fairway Market here in New York City or at many other stores near you.  And stay in touch with Taste of Nature via Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram.

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


The Royal Suite at The New York Palace

With the world abuzz with the news of a royal birth, it seems fitting to share my recent experience at the grandiose Royal Suite at The New York Palace.  An evening of cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres to celebrate the hotel’s 140 million dollar renovation (unveiled this fall) transported me outside of my norm to a stunning and  intricately gilded space, located on the 45th floor in the distinct Towers Section of the The New York Palace.

New York Palace Hotel Royal Suite

Media members had the chance to experience the Hotel’s delectable catering from world renowned chefs while soaking in the spectacular Manhattan skyline views.  There was so much to take in while walking amidst the Royal Suite’s Rococo rooms filled with exquisite Grecian columns, gold flourishes, stunning chandeliers, Italian marble and curated artwork.  Guests to the Royal Suite experience 3,600 square feet of opulence, containing 4 bedrooms (sleeps up to 8 guests), 3.5 baths (including his and hers bathrooms), a full pantry, large living room, and formal twelve-seat dining room.

The New York Palace HotelNew York Palace Royal Suite The New York Palace Hotel Royal Suite NYC

I had an extraordinary evening in this iconic Manhattan hotel and definitely left dreaming of soaking in the over-sized marble tub. Guest inquiries can visit The New York Palace online at : www.newyorkpalace.com.

I was not compensated for this post in anyway.  Images two through three via The New York Palace. 


Cocktail Recipies With Lipton Iced Tea & A Shout Out To My Girls {Sponsored}

I’m lucky enough to have some solid women in my life. The sort of steadfast friends who offer support in hardship and acknowledgment and celebration of the good things when they happen. True gems that are essential to survival – especially in motherhood.

I recently had a girls’ night with some dear friends who came to visit NYC. I’m still thinking about the laughter and heartfelt hugs. I’m also thinking about the lovelies that I soon will see. A friend from Hawaii, a bestie in Boston – positive girl time that comes with lasting effects.

Lipton recently sent me their Lipton 100 Calorie Half & Half (Tea & Lemonade) and their Lipton Diet Green Tea Honey Ginseng. With them, I whipped up some drink recipes with a future girls night on my mind.

Hard Half & Half 


This recipe is simple and the results are tasty!
  • Add Ice
  • Add 1.5 oz. of your favorite spiced rum
  • Add 7 oz. of Lipton 100 Calorie Half & Half (Tea & Lemonade)
  • Add a splash of club soda
  • Garnish with pineapple and fresh mint
Green Tea Honey Ginseng Raspberry Spritzer

I also created an alcohol-free option for those who prefer to not drink their calories.
  • Freeze Lipton Green Tea Honey Ginseng into ice cubes and fill glass with cubes (I used a butterfly mold to create fun shaped cubes)
  • Add a few frozen raspberries
  • Fill Glass with club soda
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge
Striped paper straws and pretty napkins are a fun way to dress things up.

Cheers to my favorite ladies!

Lipton Iced Tea and Dance Central 3 have teamed together to host the ‘Game On’ sweepstakes so you too can take your next girl’s night-in to the next level. Enter to win one of four ultimate entertainment room makeovers which include a new Samsung TV, sound system, Xbox 360 Kinect bundle and console, Dance Central 3, and more!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lipton Iced Tea. The opinions and text are all my own.