I’m so honored to have been invited to the Dance Africa Media Reception again this year. My sister, Arin Maya was my trusty plus one and we had a wonderful night at the kickoff of Dance Africa 2018: Remembrance, Reconciliation, Renewal.
What I’ve learned in my daily struggle to get a delicious dinner on the table….you can’t go wrong with quiche. I mean, it’s eggs in a pie crust…. Quiche has been a fan favorite in my home for years because of how easy it is to make and how little I have to fuss with baby girl to get her to eat it. I thought I had exhausted all possibilities and tried every recipe combination known to woman. That was until I attended the dinner party of a good friend, Dionne Christopher.
I love the hint of savory herbal flavors in summer drinks such as basil, rosemary and mint. I’ve spent this long winter/cold spring testing out different smoothie and drink recipes for fun. I love experimenting with fresh herbs, and mixing in different syrups and fruit purees.
I’ve finally settled on my signature summer mocktail and I’ll be serving it at this year’s Mother Day brunch. (Can you believe Mother’s Day is 2 WEEKS away?!) We’re keeping it small and simple this year and I’m responsible for wowing the crowd with my fun brunch-friendly mocktails.
I invest in outerwear because we spend SO much time walking around NYC. This signature red plaid peacoat has been a staple for warmer winter days. From classic to glam….a tartan inspired coat like our favorite featured below makes a statement and provides serious versatility all season long. Continue to scroll for 3 ways to style this adorable Cat & Jack coat. Basics, for everyday, a playful spin with lots of accessories and a glammed out look complete with mommy’s fur stole.
There are a million ways to make this breakfast classic. Here’s my go-to when I find ripe avocados at the local green market or bodega. Makes a perfect breakfast or a light lunch 🙂 It’s perfection.
Photo by Bon Appetite
My main goal in 2018 is to simplify my life and allow myself to have a bit more breathing room. I literally feel like I’m running a marathon everyday from 6am to 10pm. From the moment I roll out of my bed (or off the couch!) to prepping for school drop-off to my busy 8-hour work day to bath time at night, my life is a series of non-stop action.
I recently figured out that the most stressful part of my day was dinner time. The age old question, “What’s for dinner?” plagued me until I chose the path of least resistance with my 5-year old of particular tastes.
Am I the only one who feels like this?
My 5 year old daughter leaves a trail of Cheerio dust, Legos and Shoppkins all over my home. Her fingerprints decorate my walls and she seems oblivious to the fact that clothes belong IN the dirty clothes hamper…not next to it or scattered down the hallway.
We moms work so hard. Stay at home moms, working moms, moms who work from home, single moms….all of us. In addition to keeping the staff in line at work, we’ve got to keep the little ones in line at home. Add laundry, cooking, cleaning….and all the BS housework in between and you’ve got a recipe for one tired Mama….(and one dirty house.)
Enter Skinny Pizza! Nestled in the food court of Hudson Eats downtown is one of the most spectacular pizzerias I’ve found in NYC.
I can’t get over a kid in a topcoat!!! (Heart eyes emoji here)
With bright accessories, the right fall coat can be so versatile and transition you from fall to winter with ease (and style!). This top coat by Gap Kids gives the possibilities for so many styles and is perfect from black tie to crisp fall days.
My favorite tradition is opening our brand new pajama sets on Christmas Eve.
Most people don’t know how perfect of a destination Brookfield Place is for family activities on the weekends! Overlooking the Hudson River in lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City, it’s an amazing location for luxury shopping, sightseeing and great dining. Add their fun-filled events schedule to the mix, and you have all the pieces to the perfect weekend with your family! (Plus there’s a Saks Fifth Avenue and TWO Starbucks. What more do busy moms need on the weekends?) See below for links to the schedule for The Saturday Show at Brookfield for the kids, and an itinerary for the perfect weekend day at this beautiful downtown center. We made a day of it, inviting several friends to join us for a holiday kick off event. I danced to all the latest kid’s pop tunes until my feet were sore (I should have worn flats), had a fantastic lunch sponsored by Skinny Pizza and Sprinkles cupcakes and took photos with the jolliest Santa Clause in NYC.
This on-the-go breakfast packs perfectly into a 16oz or 8oz mason jar for a breakfast that travels well anywhere.
Full disclaimer: I do have to wake up 20 minutes earlier on the mornings when I pack these…but they work for both my breakfast and my kids lunches, so it’s totally worth it. I line everything up at night in the fridge so I don’t waste time searching for all the ingredients. My breakfast gets layered into a mason jar or a simple bowl while the kids’ servings go in plastic jars in their lunch bags.
This year, I had the honor of attending Oprah’s Favorite Things 2017 in New York’s Hearst Tower. Here, Oprah and crew announced the O Holiday List….one of the most comprehensive gift guides for everyone on your list. There are over 100 items on the list which can be found on Amazon.com.
Women have to work much harder to make it in this world.We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.
A little black dress can always be counted on to deliver a best-dressed look with zero effort.
I stand for this pesto. Both kale and walnuts are superfoods and rich in the omega-3s….but the best part for me is that it can be ready in less than 10 minutes!
It took me 5 years to learn how to cornrow. I always imagined that she’d just rock an afro, or some version of a wash and go style…maybe a twist out? I learned early on that we needed a more protective style to keep her hair healthy and promote growth.
Don’t give up on your floral prints for fall and winter! Florals don’t always have to be girly and pastel—and they don’t have to be worn exclusively in the spring and summer either.