Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Picks for Tots

It's that time of year again.... Nordstrom's anniversary sale, with amazing reduced prices on all the fall essentials (until August 4th). Stock up now!! 
Below are my sale picks for kids. 

1. Preppy Ralph Lauren Oxford & Chinos, adorable for the first day of school! ($65 marked down to $42)

2. Cuddly Velour Wrap Romper for a little bunny! ($38 marked down to $25)

3. Soft, Organic PJs by Hannah Andersson ($36 marked down to $24)

4. Tucker + Tate fall floral dress would be so cute with booties! from toddler to big girl sizes ($34 to $22)

5. A punchy, windproof down vest by Patagonia is just what he needs for a fall field trip ($79 marked down to $53)

6. I can't get over these Calf-Hair Slip Ons!! soo fashionable. ($80 marked down to $50)

7. Pair this adorable sweatshirt ($32 marked down to $21) with

8. This edgy faux leather skirt for a casual and chic fall look ($50 marked down to $33)

9. Organic Cotton Tee and Coveralls in a beautiful neutral tone ($38 marked down to $25)

10. Now is the time to invest in a designer Burberry Jacket that will be stylish and functional ($215 marked down to $140)

11. As much as I hate the return of socks, these cute Trumpette ones are the only way to go ($27 marked down to $17). 

Happy Shopping!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Being Mommy: World Baby

Introducing young little eaters to new foods can be tricky. I'm lucky that both my girls are relatively good eaters, but I sometimes wonder when and if they will ever develop a palate for a broad range of ethnic cuisines my husband and I enjoy. While little J loves all kinds of foods, and is comfortable with Indian flavors and spices, she is absoltely averse to trying chinese noodle dishes, thai curries, or even mexican foods. She scrunches up her nose at the different smells, and refuses to try even a bite of sushi. Silly girl!!

That's why I was so excited to see that Plum Organics has launched a new line of baby food called "World Baby," featuring recipes from Morroco, Mexico, Thailand and Italy. These blends are flavorful and nutritious, and the best part is that they expose new eaters to a variety of tastes like coconut rice and black beans. Little Leela loves these squeezies, which are perfect for on-the-go meals! It's easy to fall into a rut when making food at home for your little ones, but Plum Organics is sure to jazz up your mealtimes. And because everything is organic, I never have to worry about what is going in her belly. Hopefully these will kick off a lifetime of adventurous eating!

Today, we're giving away a World Baby Starter Pack... the perfect way to introduce your baby to foods from around the world. A lucky winner will receive one each of: Roasted Pumpkin & Coconut Rice, Beans & Rice with Sweet Corn, Zucchini & Spinach with Pasta Marinara, and Lentils & Roasted Squash with Apricots. Just use the comment section to tell us about your baby's favorite food, and a winner will be chosen at random.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Review: What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

If you're looking for a well written and captivating summer read, look no further. What She Left Behind is an incredible novel of parallel stories of two women living in the 1930s and 1990s. Izzy and Clara, although they live in different times, are similarly complicated, strong women with many of the same struggles. Essentially, this is a book about love between parents and children, but told with so much suspense and heartbreak -- I found it remarkably powerful.

Many years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Feeling betrayed by her mother's apparent insanity, she has refused to visit her mother in prison. She is living with a foster family when she comes across a stack of letters and journals that belonged to Clara Cartwright when she was 18 years old in 1929. Clara's story provides a window into Izzy's own life, and forces her to review much of what she has dismissed.

The writing is deeply emotional and psychologically driven,

"But how many were victims of of circumstance, women left penniless by husbands who abandoned them or died, women who lost children and needed help coping with unbearable grief, women banished by parents who disapproved of their decisions? How many were at Willard because of a single angry outburst, or because they had grown old and been abandoned by their children, or had lost their parents at a young age and had grown up in an orphanage? How many were sane when they got here, but after months of abuse or overtreatment with ice baths and sedatives, would never be rational again?”

This provocative and thoughtful book will draw you in and surprise you with a completely unpredictable ending. I'd recommend it highly!

Happy reading!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Picking, Baking, Drinking & Eating...Blueberries!

Blueberries are one of our family's favorite fruits -- we go through about a box a day. The kids enjoy them and I love to include them in various baked treats, smoothies, and snacks. So you can imagine my excitement at the prospect of blueberry picking! Last weekend, we had a wonderful morning picking blueberries with our family in New Jersey. Everyone had such a great time picking ripe, delicious fruit right off the full branches, and popping {a few too many} into our mouths as we hunted. Even little Leela loved filling her belly with lucious berries.

We retrieved about 10 pounds of yummy berry goodness! While its been fun to snack on these constantly, I decided to use them in different ways as well. Jiya and I had so fun baking with blueberries....and it was the perfect rainy July 4th activity.

and I also made a delicious Blueberry Mango Iced Tea with fresh mint, which may have been my favorite creation.

What's your favorite blueberry recipe?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Two Weeks in East Hampton

We spent the first two weeks of June in East Hampton... getting some much needed rest and bonding time with the kiddos. Everything felt so hectic leading up to our vacation -- we were both slammed at work, and getting ready for 2 weeks away with the kids requires a lot of planning, organizing and packing!! It was so nice to arrive and settle in....

Hubby was able to join us for long weekends, which were spent at the beach or by the pool... having tons of water and sand fun with the kids. We were lucky to have our nanny come with us, giving us plenty of kid-free time in the evenings. We love the area restaurants and enjoyed checking out some new ones like Sienna, as well as revisiting favorites like Nick & Toni's and Pierre's. We had some friends visit us with their kids as well, which was so much fun for all!

Our favorite discovery of the vacation had to be this wonderfully calm beach in Sag Harbor - Haven Beach - that was sunny, shallow and had a wide stretch of sand and even a playground right on the water! It was the perfect beach for a young family... the kids loved swinging there, and we got to relax a bit.

It's so nice to spend so much time outdoors, especially with little ones in tow. I loved taking long walks with them, skipping stones, building sand castles or even just having breakfast on the patio with the birds chirping in our ears and the wind blowing through the trees. So much better than being cooped up in an apartment!

Jiya and Leela both loved our getaway, and it really got us ready for the summer... hoping for lots more family time outside!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Stars & Stripes for the Little Ones

I'm looking forward to the upcoming holiday weekend... we're planning to spend time with family and visit Sesame Place! Jiya is so excited for rides, live shows, and breakfast with Elmo. The weather is looking good and I can't wait for fireworks & QT with the littles.

Here's a round up of some cutesy patriotic attire!

1. Adorable tie-die tank

2. Patriotic tankini, perfect for a poolside BBQ

3. Red, White & Blue Patchwork Bucket Hat

4. This sweet and simple flag tee would work year-round

5. I love this colorblock dress for a little doll

6. Can't wait to see my big girl in stars & stripes!

7. How cute is this all-American coverall?

8. The perfect Chambray Americana dress...

What are your kiddos going to be sporting this weekend?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Recipe: Southwest Skillet Eggs

Breakfast is my favorite meal, and I'm always looking for delicious and filling recipes for my family. Skillet eggs are the way to go -- all you need is ten minutes for some quick prep, and you can enjoy a hot meal as a family, even on a weekday.

You can use whatever you have in your fridge and pantry, but my favorites are eggs with spiced tomatoes, diced onions and peppers, topped off with beans and cilantro. The beans really give this dish a nice and hearty texture, while adding protein and substance. Serve with some crusty bread and a side of sliced avocados... yummm.

I improvised this recipe and added a dash of cilantro for flavor and color. Sooo delicious!