Staycations + Day Trips in NY/NJ and PA

Summer 2020 wasn't a total loss. Our usual family travels did not take place but we found lots of local alternatives. Fortunately (and unfortunately) we live in a state that has lots of rules restrictions in regard to travel. I figured we'd be best sticking

10 Instagram-worthy Outdoor Dining Spots in Westchester

As you may recall, Shawna was the main "food and dining" writer for many years.  She's not writing as much due to the increased workload at her day job and she is now dining out less because she's cooking!  She never cooked and actually dined

Eating + Shopping My Way Through Quarantine

I'm making a list of some cool things that have kept me busy during the quarantine. I've enjoyed more food trucks and car parades than I can imagine. I'm tired of cooking all day but I have loved the time with my family.  Homeschooling started

Scout & Cellar: Clean-Crafted Wine

We have a new guest blogger! Meet Jen Mullen of @simply.livinglife. Jen is a mother of three with a mission of living a clean and balanced lifestyle. Today she is sharing her love of clean-crafted wine. Here is a Q & A with Jen: 1. What is

Fresh Produce Delivery in Westchester

I love the power of the Facebook Moms Groups.   I saw a post a couple of weeks ago about a local company making produce deliveries.  The company, based in Yorktown, apparently supplied restaurants mostly; but when restaurants started to cut back on their weekly orders,

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Melissa Tomlin

This month's Westchester Woman Wednesday is Melissa Tomlin.  There's only one word to sum her up:  she's the ultimate connector.   About 4 years ago, maybe even longer, a friend told me she met this really nice woman in a Japanese restaurant in Elmsford.  She said,

914PopUps Westchester Warehouse Sale: March 8th

***Original Posting, March 7, 2019.  Reposting February 2020 to include 914PopUps March 8th Event.*** Save the Date for a sale that you won't want to miss.  On March 8th, 914PopUps is hosting a Westchester Warehouse Sale at The Coliseum in White Plains. Like any other event

Cooking with Paris Hilton

I had to share this.    First video has over 3 million views.   Second one has 26K views.    A friend shared this with me and I've shared it with a number of people who have enjoyed it, so decided to make it a random

Clicquot Chalet at Mr. Purple in NYC

The Clicquot Chalet at Mr. Purple is back for the winter season! Launching November 20th, Mr. Purple will be transformed into a funky après-ski lodge in the sky. Think vivid purple deer heads, digital fireplaces, and plenty of blankets for bundling. Step outside onto the terrace and guests will find a larger-than-life snow globe

A Taste of Westchester: November 11th, 2019

This event is near and dear to my heart.   My sister Karen, my Irish Twin, is 13 months older than me.   She was born with Cerebral Palsy and has attended Cerebral Palsy of Westchester since she was a teenager. Karen is at CPW still, in

Drop Off Child Care

Lil Chameleon, an award-winning children’s resale boutique currently offering classes and enrichment, a play café and birthday parties is proud to announce their newest program, Kid’s Club, launching in September 2019. Lil Chameleon will provide short-term, drop-off child care services for 2-6 year olds.   After recognizing

Glamping in NYC

***Original Posting, July 11, 2018.   Reposting June 2019.*** Last weekend, my husband and I visited the brand new Collective Retreats site on Governors Island,  Collective Retreats is known best for their glamorous camping concept.  The company seeks out to find locations where there are no other

Recipe: PB&J Smoothies

  The ultimate comfort food---Peanut Butter & Jelly!  What is it about this classic combination that feeds the body and soul? This nostalgic slice of Americana just never goes out of style. The average child will eat 1,500 peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches before he or she graduates high school. What?!?  That’s

Southern Table Kitchen & Bar

"The owners of Southern Table wanted to create a new dining experience in Westchester, New York" and they sure did.  This Pleasantville restaurant opened by the owners of Wood & Fire and Stone Fire New York a few months ago and I couldn't be happier. There was

GRAZE NEW YORK

(Sponsored Post) As you know, Shawna and I enjoy hosting and attending parties.   I usually enjoy being the hostess and Shawna's more the "What can I bring?" partygoer.   When we both find something that we love, that suits our very different personality styles, it becomes an

Kids Cooking Co. Winter Classes

The Kids Cooking Co. was founded on the belief that when we teach our children the fundamentals of cooking and give them the time and space to prepare a meal from whole ingredients, we are gifting them something special.  In this fast-paced world we live

Enjoy the Holidays @ City Perch

I'm all about comfort food done right in a casual atmosphere with attentive service.  Adjacent to the iPic Theater in Dobbs Ferry, the City Perch restaurant opened last spring, my family and I have gone many times and have yet to have a bad meal.

Farmers Markets Move Indoors

(Sponsored Post) Cold weather doesn't mean the end of the Farmers Markets.  I'm thrilled that Scarsdale and Pleasantville are moving indoors for the winter months.    Scarsdale just started theirs in the fall, just outside the Harwood Building on Boniface Court.   They will move inside to

Simply Gather Helps Make Healthy Weeknight Dinners Easier

Sponsored Post December is such a busy time of year – holiday shopping, social commitments, end-of- year work rushes and parent-teacher conferences – it’s hard to fit anything else in the day, including food shopping, meal planning, and cooking lovely family dinners. Fear not(!) as that’s