Introducing the Versatile Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40

I was lucky enough to work with The SITS Girls and Graco this past weekend on a launch event at Babies R Us in Union Square. I was assisting for this event, so it was an added bonus to also have Graco Brand Specialist Denise on hand who was able to walk me through the many unique features of the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40.

Because they have made their newest car seat not only versatile, but easy to use, she was able to walk me through some of the finer points in no time. I was then able to dazzle a few bloggers and moms-to-be who wandered by for the event with my knowledge.

HelloFresh: Out of the Box Fresh New Dinner Ideas

I am all about simplicity in everything I do. I like to enjoy life, but I want my enjoyment to be uncomplicated. So, when I was contacted by HelloFresh to trial their new meal delivery service I was intrigued. HelloFresh is a simple concept, for a reasonable fee you receive a box with all the ingredients you need to create 3 meals (other meal plans are available). All that you need is in the box? That was my first question to which they replied, “yes, apart from salt and pepper.” Sounds like a win-win to me, enough fresh food delivered to my door to prepare 3 easy meals for the week.

I had no idea of what types of meals I would be receiving, all I knew was that their would be enough in the box for 2 people to eat 3 meals along with the recipes to create the meals. We immediately noticed the high quality of the vegetables, especially that none of cheaper (and more boring!) vegetables like potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli were in sight, but instead the more interesting vegetables like snow peas, shiitake mushrooms and yellow beans were in the box – yum! Not to knock the boring veggies, but it was nice to feel like I was eating out, easting a little more special than usual without the price tag that comes with restaurant dining.

All the meats and fish are packaged and labeled separately as are the vegetables and other ingredients like pasta and soya sauce and stock cubes. It’s easy to see what goes with what and to separate the ingredients out in the fridge.

HelloFresh sends amazing recipes and ingredients in the exact quantities needed to your door every week – saving time and hassle.

Mr. BAM and I both like to cook, but I have to admit he is probably better at it. He really liked the HelloFresh box because he was certain that he would have everything he needed to complete the meal. HelloFresh takes the guesswork out of measuring individual ingredients by providing them in the correct quantities needed to cook for 2.

I really liked it cause it helped us break the monotony in our regular dinner routines.

Mindmap Your Happiness

Happiness is swinging at the park like a child

Mr BAM and I have always been good at forward thinking. Looking at where we want our lives to go and how we plan on getting there. Things don’t always go to plan, but at least we try! And sometimes things not going to plan is not always a bad thing.  As a couple that ran a business together, we made a regular thing of planning out business goals from year to year. Now that each of us in on separate career paths, we don’t plan out the business instead we map out our happiness.

There is something about writing goals and aspirations down. First, it clears my head and second it makes dreams seem like they just might come true.

There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.

– Douglas Everett

Photowalk Through The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

The last couple of days have been positively frigid in the mornings brrrrr! Thankfully yesterday by school pick up time it was warm and sunny out. But, I can’t help but think back to those hot and humid days from just a mere month ago – wish I could have them back!

I was in New Orleans at the end of August where I enjoyed hot sticky evenings and nights on the streets of the French Quarter. The days were not as sticky, seeing as I was mainly indoors for The Niche Mommy Conference at The Roosevelt.

Here are just a few pics of the decedence and  from inside The Roosevelt – enjoy!

lobby of The Roosevelt

Convenient Flu Shot with 24 Hour Service at Duane Reade Union Square

As a VIP Blogger for Duane Reade, I was recently informed of a New York Giants going in-store to get his flu shot as well as meet and greet the fans. I was still on the fence about getting a flu shot this year, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to find out more about this service offered at Duane Reade while getting a sneak peak at #66 David Diehl.

Last year was the first year that I’d ever had a flu shot, and it seemed logical at the time. I was offered it in hospital the day after giving birth to Isla at the beginning of November 2011. The idea was that I should do all that I could to be in as tip top shape as possible, especially around a newborn with little to no immunity at all in her system. I didn’t really think twice about it then, with winter being in full swing, and with still another 5 months left in the flu season I got the flu shot. I had no adverse affects, but this time I wanted to be as informed as possible.

You can see more pictures from my walk-in visit with the pharmacist on my Google+ album.

Duane Reade pharmacist gives New York Giants David Diehl the flu shot

 The Union Square location is one of the many 24 hour Duane Reade stores with a pharmacist on site 24 hours a day. The great thing about that is you can visit this Duane Reade whenever you want to get the flu shot. Originally, when I’d found out you could get the flu shot at Duane Reade, I thought about bringing the kids in for a shot. Between kindergarten, playgroups and all the other germs swarming around the playground even my kids’ normally robust immunity could take a beating over winter. But then I found out,

Our Happy Family Project

Have you ever had that feeling that you are jack of all trades and master of none? Some days, when the kids are in bed I look back at all I have accomplished for the day and marvel to myself at how many places I’ve been, people I’ve interacted with and things I’ve tried to cross of my list. There is a little nagging voice in the back of my mind that scolds me for congratulating myself on all that I have done. Mainly because I feel like I am rushing through what I do – not necessarily enjoying it, or even taking the time to savor the moment. There is alot of “doing” and not necessarily so much creating.

I’m so happy I have started running again, but the other morning I managed to do a 50 minute loop, start my cool down and realize that I barely remember breathing in and enjoying the fresh air. I barely remember seeing the changing leaves around me. Why? because my brain was swirling with all the blog posts I needed to do, what needed to be returned to Mr P’s kindergarten teacher in the morning, how I was going to make the time to have fun with my 2 littlies. Yes, I am trying to arrange my schedule so that I have time to “have fun” – sounds fun, right?

And don’t forget Mr BAM, how do we provide so much love to our 2 beautiful children and still have the energy to be good to ourselves and kind to one another. Sometimes we pass like ships in the night. He comes home just in time for dinner and the kids clamber him for hugs and kisses. I sneak off to do a few of the house chores I wasn’t able to do all day. Then, we start the “wind down for sleep” dance. Bath, stories, homework check, and sometimes we literally have a song and dance as a family in the living room. We’re both exhausted by the time the kids are in bed, we catch up on our day and invariable I will have work to do, or Mr BAM will want to curl up with a book…I wish I could curl up with a book.

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you are the world.

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