Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale :: My Favorites

I love a good sale, and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of the best. I count down the days, hours, minutes until I can get online and take advantage of some of the best prices on exclusive merchandise. A few years ago, I picked up a fantastic Tory Burch tote. Last year, I bought several pairs of sandals for $30...TOTAL!!!

This year I jumped in a little late as I was away on vacation over the weekend. But as soon as I returned home today, I hopped online to do a little shopping. I picked up some great deals. I can't stress enough that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale really is THE BEST around!!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite picks from the sale. These deals are AMAZING, but hurry, prices go up on August 4th.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Running With Confidence with Poise Microliners

It's time for a frank discussion. Sort of like the kind I have in my "Let's Chat" posts, but even more personal. When Poise asked me to speak frankly about my issues with light bladder leakage, I gladly accepted the offer. I am certain that I cannot be the only 40-something suffering from this often embarrassing yet infrequently discussed physical problem.

Several years ago, I started running for the first time in my life. I had just been diagnosed with high blood pressure, and my cardiologist recommended that I exercise enough to get my heart rate above 140 beats per minute. At the time, I didn't belong to a gym, and the most effective way to get my heart rate up was to take up running.

And so I did. I slowly eased into increasing my speed and my distance. Soon, I was up to running several miles per day.

And then I stopped. Not because I was bored or tired. Not because I lacked motivation or stamina. I stopped because, well, I had an embarrassing problem that was preventing me from running with ease and confidence. I had light bladder leakage (LBL).

We can't always know when light bladder leakage will strike, but we can be prepared with Poise Microliners.

Years have passed, and I have recently taken up running again, but this time I am doing it with help from Poise Microliners. They offer light bladder leakage protection that allows me to run with the knowledge and confidence that I will remain protected during my run. I am thrilled that I am finally able to resume running, a sport that I thoroughly enjoyed but refused to continue when light bladder leakage became a serious problem for me.


Poise Microliners Light Bladder Leakage

If you suspect you are suffering from LBL, you can request a FREE sample of Poise Microliners and give them a try for yourself. I leave the house prepared and confident with Poise Microliners and ready to tackle my several mile run. No more worrying about leakage. No more worrying about a simple morning jog or yoga class. Poise Microliners are the idea light bladder leakage solution, and I love that they fit easily into my gym bag and are perfect for any intensity workout.

About Poise Microliners

  • Poise Microliners are thin and incredibly absorbent.
  • They feature SAM (Super Absorbent Material to keep you discreetly dry and comfortable
  • They are ideal for life's little leaks and are designed to stay three times drier than period liners.

Light Bladder Leakage Tips and Facts

  • 1 in 3 women will experience LBL
  • Everyday occurrences such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or in my case, exercise can trigger LBL
  • Many women rely on nothing at all or feminine care products to ineffectively treat LBL
  • Poise, the leader in light incontinence products, offers a variety of pads and liners to protect against LBL

Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Poise. As always, all opinions are my own. The only products that I endorse are those that I love.

Menu Plan Monday :: 7.21.2014

We are wrapping up our long weekend in Hershey tomorrow. I've enjoyed the little break from cooking and meal planning, but I'm ready to get back to some healthy eating. We are heading back to New Jersey tomorrow and will be home in time to enjoy dinner together.

Here's what we will be eating this week.

Monday - We had a late lunch at Red Robin, so nothing is planned for dinner.

Tuesday - Chicken stir fry

Wednesday - Dinner out.

Thursday - Zucchini potato frittata

Friday - Cavatelli with broccoli

Saturday - Grilled chicken with roasted potatoes and grilled summer squash.

Sunday - Cheese fondue

What's on your plate this week? For more meal time inspiration, visit I'm An Organizing Junkie's Meal Plan Monday linkup.

To view all of my menu planning posts, click here. Visit my What's For Dinner Pinterest board for even more ideas.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Objects of My Obsession

We are Hershey bound this weekend to visit my sister and celebrate my great-nephew's birthday party. We've got lots of fun things planned with family, and I couldn't be more excited to hit the open road. However you plan to spend your weekend, I hope you throughly enjoy it! xx

Here are a few of the things inspiring me this week.

{How pretty is this Adirondack antler jewelry dish?}

{My new car air freshener that comes with a gentle reminder}

{Love this idea for a salad on the go}

{A flock of sunbathing seagulls}

Casual Date Night

Recently the Hubs and I found ourselves with an unexpected night to ourselves. Both girls were at friends' houses for a few hours, and so, we decided to duck out for a quick dinner. Because of our time constraints, I didn't have a lot of time to spend getting gussied up as I normally would for a date night.

I kept the white jeans that I had been wearing all day on and threw on a black lace top and heels, and quickly swapped out my tote for a clutch. I kept my jewelry to a minimum since I didn't want it to compete with the top. The bracelets are a few years old from TJ Maxx.

We stopped at a place along the Manasquan River for a pre-dinner drink and then headed to one of our favorite spots for dinner. This outfit was the perfect choice for our casual night.

Banana Republic Jeans / Loft Lace Top (similar) / Sole Society Sandals / Nine West clutch (similar)

Shop my look:

I'm linking up with Fashion Friday, What I Wore Wednesday.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Best Online Reads

Here are my favorites for the week:

1. The secret to wearing high heels without any pain via WhoWhatWear.

2. A collection of French recipes that are almost better than going to France via Huffington Post.

3. How many days old are you? Wow! I'm 17,028 days old via You're Getting Old.

4. 10 manners every child should be taught via She Knows.

5. How changing your password could change your life via Huffington Post.

6. Five mistakes you are probably making at work via Business Insider.

7. A breathing exercise to help you live in the moment via Mind Body Green.

8. A recipe for homemade croutons via Gazebo Room.

9. The secret to streak-free windows via Clementine Daily.

10. The 11 best milkshakes on the Internet via Parade Magazine.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hostess Gift Ideas

Whether you are heading to friend's house for an informal barbecue or you are going for a formal dinner party, a hostess gift is always a thoughtful gesture.

Here are a few suggestions for gifts that I like to give (and receive) when either attending or hosting a get together.

1. Fresh Flowers
I love giving and receiving fresh flowers as a hostess gift. Go a step further and place them in a pretty vase or a simple Mason jar so that the hostess doesn't have to take the time to do it during her party.

One of my favorite online ordering sites is Bouqs.com. You can get more info on and read my review of Bouqs here. In short, the flowers are AMAZING! Most bouquets cost $40 and the flowers are cut the day that you order them so they stay fresh longer.

I love the Boom bouquet.

Take a look at the Bouqs selection and get 15% off your first order here.

2. A Designer Candle
Most people won't splurge on such an item, and that's why it makes a fantastic gift. These candles are quite an indulgence, but they are so worth it. The scents are unbelievable and they last forever (50-60 hours).

My favorite is the Diptyque Feu De Bois candle. It's a woodsy scent that works for cold and warm months.

3. An Interesting or Unique Serving Piece
You can never have too many serving dishes. And one that strikes up a conversation is even better. A few years when we visited Maine, we bought a lobster platter that inevitably becomes a conversation piece at our parties.

This botanical flower serving platter from Mikasa would definitely do the trick.

4. A Pair of Nice Salad Servers
I know this sounds weird, but trust me, it's a great gift. Very few people have a nice pair of salad servers. I've been to dinner parties where a meat fork and a large serving spoon have been used to serve salad. At another party, a meat tongs intended for grilling was used. Treat your hostess to a nice pair of salad servers. She'll thank you.

I love the look of these wooden serving hands.

Beach Movies at Jenkinson's Pavillion #JenksAmbassador

Every once in a while it's fun to do something you've never done or rarely ever do. On Friday night we did just that. Normally, we lay low on Friday nights here at the Jersey shore. Most restaurants are packed with visitors and tourists, and the long waits to eat just simply aren't worth it.

Rather than get stuck in an overcrowded restaurant for hours, we headed to Jenkinson's Pavillion for the Friday night beach movies. I was apprehensive of the crowds. When you live at the beach, you're smart enough to know not to go near the tourist spots on the weekends for fear of large crowds and lack of parking. But Disney's "Frozen" was the featured movie, and we really wanted to experience it on the beach under the moon and stars. It took us only 5 minutes to find a parking spot, and the crowds were tolerable.

It was an ideal night for a movie under the moon.

Each Friday during the summer, Jenkinson's hosts a family movie night starting at 9 pm. A huge inflatable screen is erected on the beach and moviegoers gather around it for the show.

People bring beach chairs, big blankets, and snacks. You claim your spot in the sand and then you spread out your stuff and settle in for the movie. We brought typical movies snacks such as popcorn, Sour Patch Kids, Goobers, and Sno-Caps. I loved that people were bringing whole pizzas down from the boardwalk and that everyone was throughly kicking back and enjoying the experience.

We found a great spot up front. I worried about the noise level, but it wasn't too loud at all. If you are concerned about getting a good spot, get there by 8:00 and bring some sand toys for the little ones to keep them distracted until the movie starts.

We had a great view and a great time.

We can't wait to go back for another beach movie. For a complete list of dates and movies, click here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

5 Products To Hydrate Summer Skin

Despite summer's humidity, the season can wreck havoc on your skin. From the damaging effects of UV rays to the harsh effects of chlorine and salt water, your skin is probably in need of a little TLC by now. Keep it smooth and silky for the remainder of the summer with these 5 products.

1. For After Sun

I like to keep this lotion in the refrigerator and apply it after a day at the beach or pool. It revives your sun-kissed body and face and leaves them feeling cool, refreshed, and intensely hydrated. Contains aloe, linden, bee pollen, coconut oil, and glycerin.

2. For The Body

I've been using Mario Badescu's skincare products for years. This body lotion and the drying lotion are two of my all-time favorite skin and body products. This olive oil-based lotion is super hydrating and absorbing without being greasy and heavy. Absorbs quickly without leaving behind a residue or sticky feeling and has minimal fragrance, making it ideal for the whole family.

3. For The Lips

I've written before about my love for Smith's Rosebud Salve. There's a reason this is a cult favorite: it's so darn good, and it's a multitasker. Although designed to hydrate, protect, and heal lips, it's also good for cuticles and taming pesky eyebrow hairs. Oh yes. Go get yourself some now!

4. For The Feet

There's nothing worse than lathering up your feet with cream and putting on sandals or flip flops only to find that you are slipping all over the place. This cream is designed for nightly use. It deeply moisturizes skin and rough, cracked heels for a soft, smooth finish. I like to apply it and put on light socks to lock in the moisture overnight.

5. For All-Purpose

If you plan on investing in only one skincare product this summer (and winter), make it this one. You can use coconut oil for everything...including brushing your teeth! It's a skin hydrator. It's a makeup remover. Add a little sugar to it, and it becomes an exfoliator. You can use it as hair conditioner. It's the beauty miracle.

Head over to Sassy Moms in the City for more Beauty Buzz.

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Weekend Unplugged

Heading into this past weekend, I promised myself that I would take a social media break. I'm not very good at walking away from my laptop or keeping my phone turned off. But I vowed to make a change over the weekend.

When you are self-employed and your home is your office, stepping away and unplugging can be a challenge. But as I have commitments to some of my social media clients, unplugging is nearly impossible sometimes. Surprisingly, unplugging wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. I had no symptoms of withdrawal. In fact, I welcomed the break. Time seemed to slow down and bit, and I was definitely "in the moment" more than when I am distracted by technology.

And so, on Friday after I hit publish on Objects of My Obsession, I put on my bathing suit, packed up my pool bag, and took my girls to our swim club for the afternoon. I turned off my phone and stowed it in my bag. Usually I resign myself to a lounge chair and read magazines, combining them for blog post inspiration. But instead, I put my magazines away and enjoyed time in the pool with my girls.

Later Friday evening, the girls and I went to Jenkinson's Pavillion to watch "Frozen" on the beach. We had such a fun night. I took a few pictures for a blog post, and then I turned off my phone for the entire movie. It felt good to sit back, relax, and take in the movie.

On Saturday morning while the girls were asleep, I had the chance to do some decluttering and organizing. I find these tasks to be very relaxing and not at all stressful. I spent about 2 hours going through my makeup, cleaning off my desk and clearing out the desk drawers. It was very therapeutic. Later that afternoon, we went out for lunch at Panera and did some shopping.

On Sunday we went out for breakfast at one of our favorite spots, Blue Peach Cafe, worked up a good sweat after a long walk, and hit the pool for a few hours before dinner. I took a few pictures during out walk but otherwise, my phone was away.

Because I made a point to unplug and take some time away from my blog, I managed my time during the week much better. I didn't rely on having extra time during the weekend to work. I budgeted my time during the week to get all of my work finished so that I could actually have a weekend.

And it felt good.