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#FabULyss 4th of July, Manhattan By Sail, #Olliepop is 7 & more… July 7th ’14
I hope everyone had a #FabULyss 4th of July! I know we most certainly did. The weather was on and off, were we going to get soaked from #Arthur or not?! That was the big question of the day. We decided to take a trip to Coney Island #LunaPark and have a blast on some awesome rides. Of course we then headed over to Nathan’s Original hotdogs (I will admit.. I had one and a few of the boys fries). What can I say besides just #DeLysscious! Now of course I am back to my boring diet! I am thrilled that the weather held out for the 4th and what beautiful, amazing fireworks there were.
OK… so we celebrated #Olliepops 7th Birthday for over a month. Next summer he can celebrate for the entire week in sleep away camp! We had his last and final 7th Birthday celebration this weekend (gorgeous beach weather) at our beach club. As you can see (he does not love his moms singing voice). The cake was #DeLysscious thanks to #CakesJagla as well as always looking beautiful. The Birthday celebration was a sports party with my husband as the ref (use your imagination). I love this boy so much or as Buzz Lightyear says.. To Infinity and Back!
I’m late on this one, but @Jon_Favreau #ChefMovie is one of the sweetest films ever…go see it! I left the movie with a big on my face! If you have yet to see the movie.. run don’t walk!
We had the most #FabULyss time aboard #Manhattan By Sail.
What a wonderful, special way to see NYC at sunset by sail! The boys had the best time. We talked about history (Ellis Island, The Statue of Liberty, The Freedom Tower and much more). I highly recommend doing this with your family and or of course with your significant other or perhaps just a moms night out. For someone like moi.. who gets very sea sick (I will admit.. I was a tad scared). However, once we set said and were on our way I was so relaxed and had not a hint of being sea sick. Now I am officially ready for my cruise in Greece.
Excited is an understatement! One more week until my baby sister gets married. This Saturday night is the big night! #LibertyWarehouse. The weather is supposed to be beautiful! If I am not great at returning calls or texts this week, I do apologize in advance. There is so much that I still need to do (boys tuxedos, I need to get my shoes, bra and of course SPANX)
Most #FabULyss Psychic Reading & more… June 24th ’14
I try… some times it’s harder than others xo #SeeTheLightInOthers
#HappyBaby… Can’t they make play mats for adults?! xo
I must now introduce you to the most #FabULyss new learning products IVY KIDS
Ivy Kids has launched a monthly educational subscription box for children ages 3-8. Their goal is to make every moment with your child “quality time.” Have the tools at your fingertips to ensure your child has a solid foundation in math, literacy, and science. Help your child build confidence and be well-rounded in all disciplines to ensure future academic success. The activities in the Ivy Kits have been created by certified early childhood teachers with children of their own. Oliver my seven year old cannot get enough. I am signing him up for every month of the year. He is obsessed with the July and August kits. The July kit features the book Jump, Frog Jump! by Robert Kalan and the August kit features the book Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh. Taseea Cruz the owner, a certified early childhood teacher and mother of two personalizes each and every kit. Oliver took the kits to the beach club and all the children only wanted to play, learn and explore with each kit. I highly recommend purchasing these kits, you will not be disappointed. #Brilliant
Ok… now for the big reveal! I had the most amazing opportunity to have a one hour reading last week with PSYCHICGIRL.COM. Psychic Reader Spiritual Healer Jusstine Kenzer was truly #FabULYSS! I think every DivaMom should take some time for a reading with Justine. I am not going to lie… I was definitely a little skeptical at first as I rarely do readings. However, I have heard from several friends that Justine is the go to Psychic Guru and to be honest there’s a lot of unanswered questions that I wanted to know the answers to. Justine is extremely thorough and patient. I had explained from the start that I was new to this. She took it very slow with me and and answered all my questions. I asked to her be honest, whether the answers to my questions were good or bad. I wanted the honest answers. She did exactly that. She answered questions about my family, my career, my happiness, my goals and much more. Another awesome part of this experience is that she tapes the conversation and emails the call over to you right away. She’s going to be out East for a little bit until mid July and if you want to meet with her in person (I highly recommend that you do) make an appointment asap before she is all booked up. Of course if you are not out East you can set up a phone reading as well. I like to share amazing experiences with my readers and this was definitely one. Email email@example.com and tell her Lyss sent you. You are going to #LOVE her!
Have a #FabULyss week ahead! The weather is gorgeous (I wish I could work every day from the beach)
Can you believe next weekend is the 4th of July already?! My #Olliepop turns seven.
Loving this 4th of July American Flag Watermelon and #DeLysscious ice-cream
Father’sDay/Dentist & More… – June 16 ’14
I hope that all the Father’s had a #FabULyss Father’s Day! This father’s day for my husband and family was bittersweet. It has been six months since my father-in-law passed away (#BabyBlake) was named after him. We had his unveiling ceremony on Father’s Day. It was very touching, as my husband showed his dad Blake. I know he was smiling from heaven. After the unveiling the cousins played together and then we headed off to the beach to end the day with a fun baseball game. Talking about baseball games, Jax team went to the Cyclone’s game last night with the dads and from what I hear everyone had a “ball”.
Can you believe this photo was me and my dad from 197_? Can you guess the year?! I still cannot believe that he used to smoke that disgusting pipe!
We were at our beach club on Saturday and as usual the kids were having the best day (the weather was beautiful). We sat down to eat dinner (did you ever hear of a pizza/hotdog?) I have not either until our friends son wrapped his hotdog in the pizza and had the biggest grin on his face. After the boys were done eating they went to have a balloon fight, my husband and I thought noting of it (the kids love to have balloon fights). With that being said, within five minutes we heard a huge BANG/CRASH and Oliver my young son was screaming! He slipped on the water that popped onto the wood floor and he went face down. I dropped my salad on the floor and ran to grab him. At that point, all I knew is that there was blood everywhere. Thank goodness it was only his 2 baby front teeth that were knocked out. I became NurseLyss and had to calm him down. I felt terrible, he was hysterical crying and I had to hold in my pain for him. I could not let him see how upset I was. We iced him for a long time and of course his lip was blown up like a balloon. The good news is that the tooth fairy made a special trip that evening and lets just say she was very generous. Nothing is worse than when your child is sick or hurt. You feel the pain just as much and sometimes you just want to cry. After we put him to bed, I opened a bottle of wine and drank a glass or two
I loved the screening of Begin Again …Can a Song Save Your Life? Love #KeiraKnightley #MarkRuffalo and #AdamLevine makes his first movie debut. Keira Knightley is gorgeous and if she’s really singing she has an amazing voice. The music is #FabULyss… I want the soundtrack. Mark Ruffalo rocks and Adam Levine was awesome. I think the older I get the sappier I am becoming.. I love these love stories!
As you know by now I love going to the movies! It’s my 2/ 2 and a half hour escape “MTO” Mommy Time Out. I get to power down, no phone calls, emails and or kids yelling MOMMY! Just me and the big screen!
I can’t believe the boys have one more week left of school. Camp starts very soon and I am looking forward for a #FabULyss summer for both of them. #BabyBlake and I will be spending a lot of time at the beach and under the shade. I have a big summer reading “LYSST”
Life’s a Beach – June 8 ’14
Happy Sunday, DivaMoms! Wow, what a whirlwind these past few weeks have been! I hope everyone has been enjoying the FabULyss weather we’ve been having; needless to say, summer (soon enough…feels like summer) is surely in full-swing and has definitely not been disappointing thus far! I have so much to share about what has been going on that I don’t know where to begin, but I think the topic of Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina is a great place to start! I thought is was absolutely incredible and have been telling everyone that it is the newest Broadway must-see. All I can say is the proof is in the pudding– being a woman is simply FabULyss! The play is centered around a colony upstate where manly-men with wives and families can embrace their female alter-egos… and it’s based on a true story! It is so unbelievably fascinating and eye-opening, with subtle symbolism that definitely made me walk away from the theatre deep in thought and thoroughly entertained! “It was paradise for these men—white-collar professionals with families—to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when they got the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, these ‘self-made women’ had to decide whether the freedom they would gain by emerging from hiding was worth the risk of personal ruin. Infused with Fierstein’s trademark wit, this moving, insightful and delightfully entertaining new work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of unforgettable characters as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.” As I like to say, run, don’t walk! to see this FabULyss new play by the one and only unbelievably talented Harvey Fierstein! The last scene is outstanding… I will not give it away… you can just say.. really makes you think.
Speaking of must-sees, I had the best time appearing on The Today Show with the ever-so-talented and beautiful Kathie Lee and Hoda! Other “Reel Moms” and I gave the inside scoop on what movies are absolute must-sees this summer! #SummerKidsMovies The Fault in Our Stars Maleficent Edge of Tomorrow How to Train Your Dragon2 #Popcorn #3DGlasses #Tissues. If you missed the segment, you can catch it right here! Do you have any films to add to the Reel LYSST? Be sure to tweet me @DivaMoms so I can check them out! I am always looking for new films for date night or to take the boys to go see.
This weather has made for some pretty remarkable beach days; have you and your little ones been to the beach yet this summer? The Sterns wait all year for a good beach day and, once the sun is out, we can’t get enough! Baby Blake is already a beach-lover like the rest of her family, as I’m sure you can tell by her DeLysscious smile on her NanaDoll’s lap at the beach this past week! Oliver and Jackson have been overjoyed with being able to spend time with their beach club friends; it’s almost impossible to get them out of the water or to put the baseball bats down! As fun as it is the majority of the time, let’s not forget that having three children to look after at the beach makes you remember that motherhood can sometimes really be…a “beatch”
One of my absolute favorite annual summertime charity events, Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash, was a huge success and a ton of fun at Victorian Gardens in Central Park this year! There is nothing better than seeing some of my closest friends and their children coming out on a beautiful, bright day, not only to ride rides, eat DeLysscious food, and catch up with old friends, but to support an outstanding cause. Baby Buggy works with a network of over 50 community based organizations (CBOs) to distribute new and gently used essentials: from cribs and strollers to clothing and bottles, all of which are vetted for safety. Jackson and I had such a special day spending crucial mommy-son time together riding the rides, playing games, doing crafts and more.
Can you believe that Father’s Day is already next weekend? Time has been flying by in our house; it is nearly impossible to believe that Blake is 3 months old and becoming such a little lady already! What is everyone doing for Father’s Day this year? The boys asked if we could bake something this year (not sure if they were looking for an excuse to get some extra dessert…hmmm…) and I think we will try this sweet and simple (so as not to messy up our kitchen too much!) recipe fit for a Father’s Day theme!
- Yellow Buttermilk Cupcakes, or One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes
- Swiss Meringue Buttercream for Cupcakes
- 1 to 2 cups green sanding sugar
- 18 round white candies, such as candy-coated mint balls
- 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (3 to 4 sheets finely ground in a food processor)
- STEP 1Using an offset spatula, spread each cupcake with a smooth layer of buttercream. Pour green sanding sugar into a small bowl. Dip tops of frosted cupcakes in the sugar, then sprinkle more on top to coat completely.
- STEP 2To create putting greens, make flags (you will need 18): Cut out lengths (3 to 4 inches) from white grosgrain ribbon. Fold each length around one end of a wooden skewer, and adhere folded sides together with hot glue or double-sided tape. Cut ribbon into a triangle shape, and plant the skewer into a cupcake. Place a small white candy “ball” near the flag.
- STEP 3To create sand traps, spoon about 1 teaspoon graham-cracker crumbs in the center of each of 6 cupcakes. With your thumb, make an indentation in the middle of each pile of crumbs, shifting it to one side to form a steeper side or to form an irregularly shaped trap. Refrigerate 30 minutes to allow frosting to set.
Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, DivaMoms, and a great week! Enjoy the gorgeous weather, and keep putting FabULyss, bright energy out into the world.
#Memorial Day Weekend 2014 May 24th ‘ 14
#BabyBlake had the best time at the beach this weekend…Lots of shade for her. Cannot put on any sun block on until she’s six months. Lots of long walks with mommy on the boardwalk in her Uber #FabULyss Britax Affinity stroller!
I cannot believe Memorial Day Weekend is finally here. It seems like just yesterday I was complaining about the frigid winter we were having and being super excited to put away my Uggs and bubble jackets. I welcome Summer with open arms! The boys and I had a history lesson and we discussed the origin of Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead.
What ever you are doing for this long holiday weekend, I hope you have fun and unplug for the weekend! I certainly know I am. We will be opening our cabana at the beach club and I cannot wait to see #BabyBlake in her first adorable and #DivaLysscious bathing suit. Cannot wait to delve into some great Summer reading as well, I will definitely keep you posted about my Summer reading #Lysst! The boys are also excited for the school year to unwind. Today I had #Olliepop’s field day in Central Park. Love watching the kids do the potato sack races and play lots of fun games. Glad it was not rained out… he was anxiously checking the window before school this morning (to see if the rain was going to stay or go away). Next week is a big Birthday week, my husband turns 43 the same day Blake turns 3 months. Looking forward to celebrating the two of them:)!
I had the best “date night” with the boys! We loved Blended the movie! Not sure who laughed more… me or the boys?! The film also has a lot of heart. According to Jax my ten year old… the movie was unbelievable (amazing)
Family trip to Africa is on my “to do LYSST” #BlendedMovie
#Olliepop loved his vanilla shake and #DeLysscious burger @HarlemShakeNYC a fun restaurant to take the kids (very kid friendly) A lot of people always ask me for my favorite family restaurants. I am adding Harlem Shake NYC to my “LYSST”
Did you see me on #FoxandFriends #FoxNews Memorial Day? I was on with the wonderful Jen Singer moderated by Anna Kooiman. We were discussing Emma Thompson: Took a year off work to be with her children… I shared my thoughts. Every mom has the right to decide what works best for her.
…and our #Divamust favorite Drybar is coming to Roslyn, NY May 30th 2014!!….No Cuts. No Color. Just Blowouts! For all of our Long Island DivaMoms:)!
They have a HUGE SURPRISE opening day that you will not want to miss! Even better, we are giving away blowout gift certificates for this new location next week. DivaMoms Love #FabULyss blowouts.
I hope u loved my 1st Summer Hot LYSST in the #MemorialDayWeekend issue of Social Life Magazine gorgeous Christie Brinkley cover! Make sure to check out each issue to find my Hamptons Summer #FabULyssFavorites xoxo
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