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The Countdown Has Officially Begun! – February 28 ’14
Happy Friday, DivaMoms! It is officially our favorite day of the week! I have to start by telling you about an adrenaline-rushing (to say the least) false alarm that happened to my family and me the other night. So, to start off, you should know that with neither Jackson nor Oliver did I go into labor; it was induced with them both. So, I woke up Tuesday morning and thought that A) my water had broken or B) amniotic fluids were leaking. I called my doctor immediately and he said he would rush over to meet me at Lenox Hill. “Lyss,” he said, “go straight to the sixth floor; I will be there as soon as I can.” I’m sure it didn’t help that I was RidicULyssly shook-up from this frightening (but nevertheless incredibly impressive) story I read on MyFoxNy about a brave woman giving birth in my neighborhood…on the corner of the sidewalk! It was her third child (just like me, so, inevitably, I thought it was some kind of crazy omen!) and she had a (thank G-d!) successful birth on the corner of 68th and 3rd Avenue. I am so glad she and the new bundle of joy are doing great; what a story she will have to tell that little one as she gets older! So, anyway, I was at the hospital, on the sixth floor as I was instructed, for over two tedious hours of tests. My phone, as per usual, was off-the-hook with calls, texts, emails…you name it! At one point (call it the hormones or just being completely and utterly fed up with the demands and requests), I strongly considered sending out a mass-reply email saying, “Lyss Stern is unavailable at the moment. Please leave a message after the ‘BEEP!’ and she will get back to you shortly.” I didn’t, of course, but I thought it would’ve been pretty effective and funny. Anyway, to make a long story short, I was A-Okay; my water did not break, no amniotic fluids were leaking out where the shouldn’t have been, and I was sent back home in time to take my DeLysscious boys to school Speaking of the boys and their unbelievable sweetness, they have a countdown for Baby Girl Stern on the wall, where they make an “X” everyday that goes by without her arrival. They have even gone with our nanny after school to Barnes and Noble on countless occasions to pick out FabULyss books that they want to begin reading to her ASAP, as well as “Big Brother” hats and bracelets (I mean, what could be cuter?!?!) to wear to the hospital upon her arrival. Broadway star Olliepop, of course, wants to know if he should “get dressed up…ya know what I mean, mom…bow-tie, blazer…” to see his baby sister for the first time. I truly kvell from him; he’s too much! (And, of course, I said YES to the spiffy getup on hospital day!) Baby Girl Stern’s gorgeous, to-die-for furniture is being delivered to the apartment next week!!! I chose the stunning Isabella set from Young America Furniture in “French Vanilla” (yum)! Shhh… Don’t tell Brian, but I am most definitely going to have to get another job to keep up with my new RidicULyssly out-of-control shopping habits for the baby! Although, I’m not sure how successful I could be at keeping this from him, as he clearly already knows me all too well: yesterday, he asked me, “Lyss, at what age will our daughter be going to get her hair blown out with you?” (Looks like everyone is assuming she will have lots of thick, dark curly hair like the rest of us, which may be telling of the heartburn I have been enduring with this pregnancy!) Jokes aside, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to each and every one of you who has been texting, calling, FaceBooking, emailing, etc. asking how I’m feeling and checking in; it really means the world to me! And, to address the seemingly most popular inquiry received to date: I will let all my FabULyss DivaMoms know the baby’s name when I see her little face! We have two or three names that we absolutely love, but will not be able to choose until we see her; only then will we know for sure.
I can’t believe that I’m turning FORTY this Sunday! It’s absolutely crazy how being pregnant is making me feel that I am going into my 40s as #FIERCE and as #FABULYSS (my favorite “F-words”) as I was in my 20s! I am beyond ready to face this birthday with grace and a whole lot of fun; so, who cares? I have a few more lines on my face. A C-section scar on my tummy. Some grey hairs. But, if you truly understand what my company…and my ATTITUDE…is all about, you will know that this is what I think makes a woman BEAUTIFUL. I would not in a million years, for a million dollars, for a million iced coffees, trade these past 15-or-so years in for anything. I feel as strong and incredible… and beautiful… as I have at any point in my life. I am getting choked up as I write this because I feel so blessed that the most wonderful things that can happen to a woman are STILL actively happening to me each and every day. This baby– as Jackson and Oliver do every minute of every day– will bring my husband, Brian, and I so much joy it is unfathomable. For my birthday, we plan on going for Lupper (lunch/supper) at my absolute favorite restaurant, Peter Luger’s, in Brooklyn, and then watching the Oscars. My husband asked me what I wanted gift-wise, and I simply told him that our baby girl was more than enough…. However, a trip to Greece or Italy this Summer (just the two of us) also sounds pretty fantastic!
Speaking of the Oscars, which was your favorite movie this year? I loved Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle (LOVE Amy Adams!), but I really cannot wait to see all the gowns, my favorite part! I am still gathering gown ideas for my sister’s wedding, so I am always up for some inspiration What a super year of movies we have had; so much talent. Speaking of Hollywood, I just finished the second season of House of Cards on Netflix, and all I can say is, “OMG! LOVED!” I was addicted from the first minute; what should be the next Netflix Original Series I start? I heart that Orange is the New Black is phenomenal. Do you guys watch it? Think I would like it? Also, if you have not watched the pilot for Transparent yet, you absolutely MUST and the VOTE… it has to go to series so I can be totally addicted to it and make my husband watch with me! The show is created by Jill Soloway, who is also the mastermind behind some of my favorite shows, like Six Feet Under and United States of Tara. The show follows a Los Angeles family with serious boundary issues whose past and future unravels when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out. Love the shows with lots of scandal!
Have you heard about the new must-see musical for your little ones (and you, if you have a sweet-tooth like I do)?
HOW SWEET IT IS! Check out Vital Theatre’s newest treat, PEACE, LOVE, AND CUPCAKES: THE MUSICAL based on the bestselling Cupcake Club book series by FabuLYSS NYC mom Sheryl Berk and her 11-year-old daughter Carrie Berk. Performances start March 15 at Vital Theater on the Upper West Side and continue Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 pm through April 27th, 2014. Also available for school performance bookings during weekdays! All tickets are $30.00. For tickets and information: vitaltheatre.org, peaceloveandcupcakesthemusical.com or call (212) 579-0528. I’ve known this cute little cupcake connoisseur since she was a baby and I’ve been proud to have her sign books for us every summer at Camp DivaLysscious on Super Saturday in the Hamptons. Her blog has an amazing 90,000 followers, and she has reviewed cupcakes all over the world, from Rome and Paris to London, Canada, and Puerto Rico. She cooked up the idea for the series in second grade, basing it on her and her friends’ experiences in elementary school. The result? Babysitters Club meets the Cake Boss generation! Cannot wait to take my boys to opening night!
Speaking of DeLyssiousness…
I want to introduce you to Michelle Rose, a natural foods personal chef
(Mention “divamoms” and the first mom to call gets a complimentary in-home cooked meal!)
She is a natural foods personal chef who combines culinary excellence with macrobiotic principles. She provides in-home cooking services on a daily or weekly basis as well as for special events, she also offers health counseling, private and group cooking lessons, intimate and group presentations, and overall support for healthier more natural eating. www.rosepetalz.com Give your body some serious nourishment as it and you transition to spring weather. Here are eight foods which are especially good for spring: they will break down and release winter fats, provide overall cleansing, and lighten your energy to harmonize with the warming weather.
Eight great foods for spring:
SCALLIONS: this upward growing and lightly pungent vegetable releases stagnation
CABBAGE: the higher water content in cabbage is very good for spring. Cabbage supports the middle organs like the liver and gall bladder
LEAFY GREENS: are very supportive of the upper organs, especially the lungs. Their high concentration of chlorophyll is very good for the blood, and their high fiber content is very cleansing for the intestines
GARLIC: creates heat which helps to cut fats
LEMON: lemon is very cleansing. It breaks down fats and is especially good for the liver
CHICK PEA MISO: miso is magic. Good quality miso is a strong probiotic, powerful antioxidant (which helps resist aging), and protects against radiation and heavy metals (and environmental toxins in general). It also aids digestion and assimilation of food, is a good source of protein and minerals… eat a bowl of miso soup every day !!
BARLEY: barley is a very upward growing grain which matches the energy of spring. It nourishes the liver, is good for the skin, and is cooling and relaxing
WAKAME: if you are unfamiliar with using seaweeds in your cooking, wakame’s subtle sweetness is a great place to start. Seaweeds are powerful toxin cleansers, and have high concentrations of minerals and vitamins. In other words, they help to purify the blood, and help to strengthen hair, skin, and intestines. Wakame is also said to benefit women’s reproductive organs, and help regulate women’s cycles
Two simple and elegant recipes to incorporate some of these beneficial foods:
Simmered Cabbage with Lemon-Shoyu Sauce
Good quality water
4 cups cabbage, sliced on a diagonal
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons shoyu (or tamari)
1 teaspoon kuzu (or kudzu, is made from a deep growing root vegetable and comes in a chunky powder. It is very good for the intestines. You can also use arrowroot)
Scallion for garnish, thinly sliced on a diagonal
To make the cabbage:
Place just enough water in a pot to reach about 1/2” depth.
Bring to boil.
Add cabbage, cover, simmer 1 – 2 minutes stirring occasionally to cook evenly.
When cabbage is bright green and slightly crisp, remove, drain, and place in a serving dish.
To make the sauce:
Combine lemon juice, shoyu, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan.
Slowly bring to boil, then turn down to simmer.
In a separate cup, mix kuzu with just enough water to dissolve the powder.
Slowly add the dissolved kuzu to the lemon shoyu mixture, stir continuously as the liquid becomes thick.
Sauce is ready when the color turns from opaque to translucent.
Spoon a tablespoon or so of sauce over each portion of cabbage to serve.
Garnish with scallion.
Scallion and Wakame in Miso Sauce
1 cup wakame
5 scallion, sliced into 1” lengths
1 tablespoon miso (chick pea miso is great for spring)
1 tablespoon tahini
1 – 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed orange juice (optional)
Good quality water
To make the wakame and scallion:
Soak the wakame in cold water for 10 – 15 minutes until soft and pliable.
Remove from water and hand squeeze excess liquid.
Cut away the tough stems from the leaves and set aside (you can use the stems in miso soup!).
Bring a small pot of water to a boil, add a pinch of sea salt.
Drop the scallions into the boiling water, blanch for 1 – 2 minutes until bright green.
Drain scallions in a colander, quickly rinse with cold water.
To make the sauce:
In a bowl, or suribachi, mix together the miso with tahini adding just enough water to mix well. If using orange juice (great in warmer weather) use less water.
Combine wakame and scallion and gently mix with miso-tahini sauce one spoonful at a time to desired amount.
Michelle Rose is a natural foods personal chef
For a nice light dessert recipe in anticipation of spring, Strawberry Tofu Cream Parfait, go to:
Have a FabULyss Friday and weekend, DivaMoms!!!
“Maternal love, like an orange tree, buds and blossoms and bears at once. When a woman puts her finger for the first time into the tiny hand of her baby and feels that helpless clutch which tightens her very heartstrings, she is born again with her newborn child.” ~ Kate Douglas Wiggin
A Brand-New Season, Brand-New Events, & A Brand-New Stern (Anyday now)!
Morning, DivaMoms! I hope those of you that were lucky enough to have a “February Break” this week, I hope that it was absolutely FabULyss! We had a “stay-cation” here in NYC, which consisted primarily of me waddling around quite uncomfortably; I can’t believe that I only have a week or two to go! I saw my doctor yesterday, who informed me that Baby-Girl-Stern is almost eight pounds!!! This makes her my biggest baby so far; both Jackson and Oliver were under seven pounds! But, this baby is definitely bringing with her the beginning of glorious Springtime and warmer weather; I loved the fifty-degree weather we had this weekend (about time)! On Thursday, I got to decompress and stress-down at Vicki Morav, AKA my “little slice of heaven.” I had a DeLysscious facial that truly made me feel more beautiful and ready for the weekend! Vicki Morav, master aesthetician and guardian of brilliant beauty secrets has been working her magic one face at a time for over 25 years. Morav’s ability to regenerate skin is uncanny. Her results driven practice is based on her extensive knowledge of skin care, utilizing breakthrough technologies while incorporating her expertise on nutrition. I must say it’s all true; I experience it firsthand once every 6 weeks. Time for every DivaMoms to book her Spring #SpaDay!
I am so looking forward to the exciting event on Thursday evening at the FabULyss clothing store Wyatt Lily NYC, where the brilliant Tovah Klein will be doling out toddler advice! Wyatt Lily NYC is a premier children’s clothing boutique founded by Rachel Uchitel. Besides clothing, Wyatt Lily NYC carries a selection of specialty gifts, plush toys, clever books and monogrammed items. Wyatt Lily NYC also has the only baby and kids high-end consignment section in Manhattan. They accept unused and lightly worn items for boys and girls sizes 0-6 yrs that are unique and should get the chance to be used! Anything not sold after 2 months is donated to a worthwhile children’s charity or event. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in the fields of public relations, customer service, hospitality, and business operations. Her early career in television production at Bloomberg News honed her ability to juggle multiple tasks, and to create and fine tune the look and feel of her product to appeal to her target audience. Her marketing and customer service expertise was enhanced by her 6 years in the hospitality business during which time she oversaw all marketing and customer operations for several restaurants and nightclubs in New York and Las Vegas, creating and maintaining relationships with some of the most powerful people in the business and entertainment world, and developing outreach programs to attract new business clientele. While at Tao, Las Vegas, the club was voted the #1 Nightclub in the World and listed as one of the top grossing restaurants in the nation. More recently, as a writer and pop culture commentator, Rachel has been a guest on many Networks including Headline News, CNN and NBC, and has written mommy blogs for multiple websites as a contributor. However, Rachel’s proudest achievement is her daughter, Wyatt Lily, born in May of 2012. Rachel’s love of fashion collided with the need to dress her baby in practical and functional clothes. This led her to believe there was a market for a store in which stylish but comfortable children’s clothing could be found, as well as unique gifts that few seemed to carry. That, coupled with her desire to have more time with Wyatt, led her to create Wyatt Lily NYC. The store carries fun, whimsical fashion for boys and girls, ages newborn to 6 years old. Also note DivaMoms will receive a 10% DivaDiscount when they shop in the store.
At the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development (Toddler Center), Professor Klein and her research team study children’s social and emotional development, the influence of parents on children’s development, and the experience of being a parent in the early years. In the parenting work, the research focuses on mothers’ and fathers’ transition to parenthood and on work and family issues. The research looks at the ways parents negotiate the challenges of work and parenthood, particularly for mothers, but also for fathers. Another line of research focuses on the impact of trauma on young children and their families, looking at children who were direct witness to the events of 9/11. A newer study examines toddler play- how toddlers communicate through play and use play to process and learn about emotions, from everyday/typical situations (i.e., separation) to stressful (i.e., a new baby; emergency room visits) and traumatic situations. In addition to being a developmental advisor for Sesame Street, Professor Klein is on the advisory boards for Room to Grow, Rawanda Educational Assistance Project and NYC Voices of Childhood. She is the mother of three boys. About her book, Tovah says: “My book helps parents to interact in ways that help you through the day to day struggles (like getting out the door, mealtime, bedtime, tantrums, defiant behavior, toilet training) and to ensure that your toddler receives the kinds of attention, guidance and interactions they need at this unique window in their lives to develop the crucial lifelong skills of resilience, self-reliance, self-regulation and empathy and compassion. I can help you ‘crack the toddler code’ of every day behaviors that offer the opportunity to lay down a solid, lifelong foundation, including practical advice (‘What to Do’) so that you can troubleshoot day-to-day challenges all parents face. By shifting your point of view, you’ll easily tackle the everyday moments, have fewer battles and enjoy your child more.” I cannot wait to hear what she has to say! Be sure to send in a question you’d like answered by Tovah with your RSVP! (RSVP@divamoms.com)
Those of you who attended the Mom Mogul Breakfast last May know what an incredibly empowering event it is, and how it is so easy to come away from the experience feeling enlightened, calmed and supported. This year, we have an equally impressive and FabULyss panel of Mom Moguls lined up, who cannot wait to share their stories with you, including all the valuable lessons they learned on the paths to launching their successful businesses. The tickets are on sale now and, I can already tell you, they will sell super quickly; last year we had a large wait-Lysst! Last year, every attendee, blogger, and panelist came away from the incredible breakfast with new-favorite quotes, funny stories to share, and new friendships and connections. Be sure to get your ticket ASAP!
How many of you read the New York Times article this week: At Moschino, “a Little More Fun?” I couldn’t help thinking that I wish I had saved all of my Moschino clothing and accessories and, believe me, I had a lot! I have always loved the brand and how fun and playful the styles are. I was also super excited this week to be featured on Susan Orman Schnall’s website, speaking about Balance. The Balance Project is a series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews featuring inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance. I also MUST share the most FabULyss thing I’ve read in a while: a perfect Lysst of things you should look for in a friend worth-keeping, even in adulthood, written by Shelley Emling for the Huffington Post (I just may have to print this LYSST out and leave it on my fridge with a magnet so I don’t forget it)!
1) Friends who make the effort.
I have one friend who — although she is swamped with career and childcare duties — never fails to reach out via text, email or phone every few days, no matter what else is going on. Even if it’s simply something succinct — like “just wanted to touch base and say hi” — I truly appreciate these signals that I’m being thought about and that our friendship is important to her. I also appreciate my friends who are forgiving. I’m not saying that someone should forgive an offense quickly — or superficially. It takes time to forgive. But if too much time is taken, bad feelings fester, and the friendship may never get back on track. No one is perfect and a true friend will understand that.
2) Friends who are genuinely happy for me when something good happens.
I’m fortunate enough to have at least a few friends who are sincerely and openly happy for me when something nice occurs. (You’re probably wondering… shouldn’t every kind of friend be happy for others? You’d think so, but that’s not always the case.) Friends who are genuinely happy exhibit not a smidgeon of jealously, but seem truly thrilled about the sale of my book — and the various accomplishments of my three children. They watch and revel in my glory — without any inkling of bitterness — and I do the same for them. (After all, friendship is a two-way street.)
3) Friends who are upbeat.
You know the opposite of this type. They are those folks who ruminate over every little problem in their life again and again — and yet never make one move to change their situation. They are Debbie Downers. And they bring me down. Misery loves company and downbeat friends generally are more interested in your bad news than your good news. People who are positive and motivated and optimistic and who lift up those around them are worth hanging on to. I have one friend who never fails to compliment me on something — even if it’s just “wow, are you parting your hair on a different side? Nice!” — when she sees me.
4) Friends who are up for anything.
Earlier this month, I went with five girlfriends to a Korean spa in New Jersey called King Spa. The facility is like a mall, with three floors composed of all types of hot and cold spas. The night before our “spa day,” we checked the website and realized we’d be naked — and so would everyone else. But rather than cop out, we decided to go for it. And it was one of the best times I’ve ever had. There is something completely liberating about sitting with friends, chatting about our lives, while totally naked. Talk about shedding one’s inhibitions! I left there loving the fact that my friends were willing to try something completely outside their comfort zone.
5) Friends who are authentic.
This is the steadfast friend who is anything but pretentious — the one who’s not afraid to see you without makeup or after she’s been crying or when her house is a mess. She’s not averse to showing you her true self — or seeing yours. She’s “real” and honest and will tell you the truth when asked her opinion. When your behavior is questionable, there is a fine line between expressing concern and expressing judgement. A true friend will tell you the truth — and will let you know they’ll always be on your side no matter what decision you make even if, in their opinion, it’s the wrong one.
Have a FabULyss week, DivaMoms! Happy Monday!
FabULyss Valentine’s Day! “Sprinkled” With Love – February 14 ’14
Can you believe Valentine’s Day is here already?! Wishing everyone a FabULyss Valentine’s Day! Not only is tomorrow Valentine’s Day, but the 100th day of school celebration. We have been busy baking cupcakes, cookies, and brownies for both celebrations tomorrow at school. I have to take a second to vent! The fact that NYC schools were open yesterday is just embarrassing! What about the safety of our children and teachers, Mr. Mayor?! I home-schooled the boys yesterday, all whilst thinking how RidicULyss it was that teachers had to ride their sleds to school! DivaSchool went as follows:
Drop off begins at 10:00am…
Baking-Cupcakes and cookies
Reading- Harry Potter
Social Studies/Science-Going to Central Park
Music- Spotify (Dance Party)
Love what Al Roker had to say today to the NYC Mayors Office and NYC Schools!
What’s everyone doing for President’s Day weekend? Are your kids off from school next week? My boys are off from school for the entire week and will be spending the week out on Long Island with my mom (Nanadoll). My husband and I are getting the apartment ready for baby girl Stern! Painting and furniture shopping are only a mere two of the things we have planned. It is so unbelievably exciting! Did I tell you about the most gorgeous Carousel Designs (Shabby Chic) bedding we got at www.babybedding.com? Can you guess what color we are painting her room? The boys are hysterical; they have been warning me everyday NOT to turn the whole apartment pink, but I can’t make any promises!
I have to take a minute to thank my amazing friends Robin (“Berta”), Kim (“Kimme”) and my sister Sam (“Nizzy”) for throwing me the most beautiful baby “Sprinkle” last Sunday at Payard! What a surprise to walk into a room filled with my beautiful friends (inside and out) to celebrate baby girl Stern and me! The girls truly outdid themselves! Starting with the DeLysscious Sprinkle cake by Cakes Jagla (a DivaMom and most amazing cake designer; you have undoubtedly marveled at and enjoyed her cakes at all my events), which truly tasted as yummy it looked, every detail was done beautifully (DivaLyssciously approved)! Baby girl Stern is very lucky to have so many amazing “aunties” in her life!
Happy Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love!
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” — Charles M. Schulz
“I am weird, you are weird. Everyone in this world is weird. One day, two people come together in mutual weirdness and fall in love.” — Dr. Seuss
If you missed me on Fox & Friends News Weekend news with my FabULyss Valentine’s Day Finds for moms, dads and kids, be sure to check it out!
XOXO & have a FabULyss day, full of love, relaxation, and DeLysscious treats!
Throwback Thursday – February 6 ’14
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
- 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/4 teaspoon finely ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon good quality instant espresso powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Chocolate Whipped Cream
Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt, pepper, espresso powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl; set aside.
Put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg, milk, and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Divide dough in half and wrap each piece with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Brush any excess flour off dough with a dry pastry brush. Cut dough using a 2 1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Transfer heart shapes to baking sheets lined with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat, spacing 1 inch apart.
Bake cookies until there is a slight resistance when you lightly touch the centers, about 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
Fill a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip with the chocolate whipped cream. Pipe cream onto half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies
Showered With Love – January 31 ’14
Happy Friday, DivaMoms!! And happy (almost) February! When is going to start to get warmer?! I need the Spring (particularly March: birthday+baby) to arrive ASAP! I hope this week has been FabULyss and relaxing for all of you. What were the highlights of your week? My number one highlight was, if course, my little sister Sam’s amazing bridal shower at the DeLysscious Beauty and Essex restaurant. I truly do not think showering my sister with gifts could have made me any happier; my sister is amazing and deserves the world. I loved spending time with Sam, our family and our oldest friends. My sister and her fiancé are so special and rare; they have more in common and are more in love than any young couple I have ever encountered. Her fiancé Adam is really a great guy and will make an amazing addition to our family and uncle to my kids!
For those of you who know my 6-year-old, Oliver, I bet it will come as no surprise to you that he stood right up in front of 60 women and sang the Mash-Up from Pitch Perfect. He was so fearless and SOO good!!! It was so heartwarming to see my little one want to make my sister smile on her special day. You can watch Ollie charismatically rocking out and making a room-full of women kvell here!
Both boys showed of their incredibly impressive musical sides at their school concerts this week, too. If you’re a parent you KNOW that there is no greater joy than to see your kids smiling, proud and enjoying themselves with their peers and teachers. It was such a privilege to see such a sight. I may or may not have teared up a little… :’)
On Wednesday, I had a photo shoot out on Long Island for the amazing Mileu-LI magazine with three of my dearest and most talented/ambitious girlfriends! It took us one hour to get out to the shoot and two hours to get back into the city; is that a normal trip, or did we get stuck in some bad traffic or on some bad roads!? I don’t know how people do the commute every day in the car (that LIE is bumper-to-bumper traffic).
Can you believe that Superbowl Sunday is already here? Where is the time going? Superbowl Sunday is always fun with my family! My boys will be watching with my husband Brian. and I will be doing my Layette earlier in the day with my mom. I absolutely CANNOT wait to see all of my new baby girl’s Diva-FabULyss clothing put together. (OMG…One month away; I can’t believe it. It’s almost like I am getting first-time butterflies like I did when I was pregnant with Jackson.) Oliver asked me why he was not going to the Superbowl this year, and I explained that we would have our own Superbowl party with lots of wings, nachos and pizza. That, of course, won both boys over very quickly. After all, why freeze our tushes off when we can watch from the comfort of our own couch with all out favorite foods!? This winter is just too cold to be sitting on a sports field… Especially considering the Superbowl does not feature any New York teams. Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. Some people watch for the commercials, some for the half time show, and some probably even watch the football part of it, but for a lot of folks it’s less about the actual game than it is about having an excuse to eat a bunch of food and hang out with family and friends. Most seem to concentrate on the savory side of tailgating food; chili, wings, nachos, dips, etc. and while all those foods are amazing it’s nice to cap off the meal with a little something sweet. Sugar cookies fit the bill just perfectly and the decorating possibilities are endless. You could make footballs (like the attached picture), jerseys, helmets, stadiums, or team logos. You could also make a few different types and make a cookie platter that is sure to get everyone’s attention no matter which team they are cheering for. To make cookies like the ones pictured use your favorite roll-out sugar cookie dough and decorate with royal icing.
4 cups confectioner’s sugar
3 tablespoons meringue powder
2 tablespoons non oil-based extract of choice
Water to thin to desired piping consistency
1. In bowl of stand mixer with whisk attachment combine powdered sugar and meringue powder on lowest setting.
2. While mixer is running add extract.
3. Add water and increase speed to medium and then to high. Icing should be the consistency of warm pudding when it’s finished.
4. Cover with plastic wrap sitting on the surface so it does not dry out.
5. Color and use to decorate cookies.
Who watched the Grammys?! What wins or losses were you happy/disappointed about? I don’t know about you ladies, but whatever Beyonce is doing/taking, I am more than willing to give it a go; her body is RidicULyss!!!! She looked absolutely beautiful, along with Taylor Swift in that gown! Wow!
What’s everyone doing for the Chinese New Year? Did you know that this year is the year of the Horse? We will be at Ruby Foos on Saturday at the family party! My boys love making the Oragami every year, and ordering their favorite, healthy Chinese vegetable-based dishes! I hope to see all of you at Ruby Foo’s with your DivaTots so we can celebrate the new year and have a DeLysscious dinner together!
Thank you so much for keeping up with us, DivaMoms!! I hope you enjoyed reading about my adventurous week (and my top-3-of-the-week FabULyss quotes/inspiration)! Have a #FabULyssFriday and wonderful weekend– and don’t forget to take 10 BLyssFul minutes!
XOXO and happy Chinese New Year & Superbowl!
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