I Am In Love With This Chandelier by #Lladro


Lladró presents
 Niagara Chandelier -Gold

New York, September 2015- Lladró, the world renowned Spanish porcelain company, presents Niagara Chandelier-Gold,  a new version of spectacular Niagara chandelier decorated with golden luster. Over 100 handmade porcelain fairies flutter around this lamp with a diameter of 1.1 meters (31 1/2"). Pure creativity combined with the latest in fiber optic technology to produce subtle points of light that fall in cascade and bring the fairies to life.

This model joins the existing white versions in three sizes that range from 0.6 meters (23 1/2") and over 70 fairies to the 2 meter (78 3/4") version that has over 300 fairies. The fairies decoration with golden luster add a major degree of splendor to this chandelier, as well as a higher complexity, because this is a very painstaking technique which requires the skill of the best brand's artists.

The Niagara chandeliers belong to the Lladró Re-Cyclos collection, a project in which Lladró invites celebrated designers to give life to new collections using the brand’s signature elements. Under the principle "Nothing is destroyed in Nature, everything evolves and is regenerated", the German designer Bodo Sperlein was fascinated by the combination of fantasy and nature in Lladró’s works and decided to use it to create these totally contemporary lamps, with a new function and a new message, which beyond decorate and illuminate, create spaces with personality.

About Lladró
Like all Lladró porcelains, the pieces being presented at ICFF have been made by hand in Valencia (Spain), at the biggest little atelier in the world, a space exactly as the three founding brothers —Juan, José and Vicente Lladró— conceived when they started to fire their first porcelains back in 1953. A factory of dreams in porcelain, where approximately one thousand people work, elaborating the pieces that the company exports to over 120 countries worldwide.

8 Handy Tips for Moms Embarking on a College Degree

Being a college student and a mom is a unique experience, regardless of whether you are embarking on an undergraduate, Master’s, or Ph.D. degree program. Parenting while attending college has its challenges, including difficulty managing and prioritizing your time.

Balancing Children and an Education

Even on the best of days when all seems to be going well, being a student and a mom is a demanding way to live with the added pressure from both home and the classroom. At its worst, it can lead to feelings of guilt and a lot of stress. Following are eight handy tips for moms who are embarking on a college degree.

1.       Understand that priorities continually change. Giving 100 percent to every responsibility in your life is not possible, so prioritize on a daily basis. Then realize that each day those priorities can and, most likely, will change.
2.       Develop a support system. Friends, significant others, and family members can provide the right amount of encouragement when things get tough. Make sure to let accept help!
3.       Be realistic. It can be hard not to feel left behind when classmates graduate and move on. At those times, it is critical to remember the different challenges you have in your life, such as only being able to take one or two classes at a time instead of three or four.
4.       Build academic relationships. Let your professors know that you are a mom so that if you need to miss a class or fall behind on assignments, you can try to reach out to their understanding side.
5.       Consider online classes. Many universities offer courses that you can take online. While the format may differ, it can alleviate some of the pressures of needing childcare.
6.       Make time for yourself. You might think that taking time for yourself is impossible, particularly with the amount of stress, work, and juggling that you deal with daily.
7.       Recognize when to take a break. It is okay to take breaks, whether it is between semesters or between degree programs. If you do not allow yourself to do so, the constant stress will become emotionally and physically exhausting.
8.       Managing time allows you to study effectively. The best way to approach studying is to build a schedule around it. Set realistic goals both for study time and for your children. Setting the bar too high or low is a mistake many people make when returning to school.

Accomplishment requires focus. List what you want to accomplish, stay focused on those tasks, and cut everything else loose. Focus on school and the requirements of your children and before you know it, you will be a college graduate!   


Back To School Lunch Never Looked This Cool

Oh...I am so heartbroken as I write this post. You can see my heartache video. I really miss my kids when they are in school.  BUT...we woke, smiled, chatted and got out the door without any issues this morning. BTW this never happens. Goddess needs an hour to wake and we are usually yelling in the morning by the time she actually gets out of bed.

When she woke and got dressed she came out and helped me put her lunch together in her new lunchbox which I worked on yesterday. She loves it! It looked kind of like her dad's but since I didn't take a before photo of her's I have included his so you can see it.

You wouldn't know it from this photo, but she loves her lunchbox. Her backpack weighed about 18 pounds.

Inside the lunchbox we are using the coolest Rubbermaid LunchBlox.

Rubbermaid's LunchBlox® is a must-have this fall to make things easier when it comes to getting school lunches packed.  LunchBlox offers an easy solution for meals on-the-go as these containers stack and snap to each other to stay organized and maximize space.  Containers also snap to the Blue Ice panel to keep food items fresh and are microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe and all kits are 100% BPA free.  Options include sandwich kit (MSRP $9.99), salad kit (MSRP $10.99), entrée kit (MSRP $16.99) and individual containers (MSRP $3.00 - $6.99).

These are so so cool because they come with their own ice pack that actually attaches to it. This is totally cool and in fact, I will be bringing my snack for work in one today.

Goddess lunch has always been fairly easy. She likes yogurt, some sort of veggie, fruit or both if we have it and a snack with a water bottle. 

Today she asked for carrots, dressing, sunflower seeds and cashews. Easy peasy. See how each pieces sits. They actually fit into grooves on the larger pieces keeping everything very contained.

Here is the Lunch Blox or Sandwich Kit. See that blue piece? That is the ice pack! Interestingly enough right before these came in the mail to review. I had already purchased two of these kits. I just knew it would change how Goddess and my lunch would end up every day (Handsome buys lunch). 

This is the Lunch Blox Entree Kit! I love this because I think I will use it more than any other. I love taking a large salad or left overs for lunch. This is perfect for me.

The last one is the Kids Lunch Kit! Perfect! 

Goddess and I love all the colors! She used to want bread or a roll along with her yogurt and snack but always complained it ended up wet, cold or soggy. I think this is going to make all the difference.  

Rubbermaid isn't just making the most colorful lunch kits but check out these new items

New DYMO limited-edition Neon Labels in hot pink, glowing green and brilliant orange provide parents with an easy solution for back-to-school organization that’s also fun for kids. Compatible with the DYMO LabelManager® 160 and the DYMO Organizer Xpress™, respectively, these bright neon labels are sure to help children start the school year on the right foot.  Available in Neon D1 ½” Two-Packs (MSRP $19.99) and Neon Embossing 3/8” Three-Packs (MSRP $9.99).

Contigo, the leading producer of innovative water bottles, travel mugs and kids water bottles, is expanding its kids line with the AUTOSPOUT® Gizmo Flip Water Bottle, a colorful bottle with a straw, made for inquisitive children that is spill proof and dishwasher safe.  These bottles can be thrown in backpacks, soccer bags, gym bags, anywhere you can think of, and they won't spill!  Available in sapphire and cherry blossom colors (MSRP $9.99).

I will be picking this water bottle up for Goddess this weekend. Her's didn't fit in her lunchbox and this is so pretty and the perfect size.

You can find Rubbermaid products pretty much anywhere. I was able to find them at my Shoprite. 

Lunch made with love and Rubbermaid makes me feel so much better about sending my kids out for the day.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.

I Always Miss Them The First Day Of School

But this year I miss them way more.

Walk Down Memory Lane - Swinging - (Sept 3, 2008) #memories

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do! Robert Louis Stevenson

Photo Printing Deal: Print Out Your Instagram Photos Using Code TX9YTXFZ

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How To Learn Numbers With The Help Of Fish Friends

I love activity books for kids.

These are two fun books that kids will definitely enjoy.  In the beginning of August I received two fun books in really fun packaging. We had just come back from vacation so I failed to take a photo of the envelope but I have to mention it. The author/illustrator of both books Michaela Schuett definitely made us smile. The envelope featured some fish friends hand drawn kind of like this autographed one she drew inside the cover of the book Let's Count Fish. Adorabs

Go fishing with Cat! Learn to count to ten by counting colorful, funny, and (yes!) upside down swimming fish! Rhyming text paired with bright illustrations bring a fresh approach for early readers while learning numbers. A must have for any home and school library!

 The pages are all very colorful just like the cover.

I loved the sweet little ditty that helps kids count the fish. The graphics are adorable and fun.

Each page has a colorful number and a little, easy sentence. Great for reading out loud to a child or for first readers.

The Second Book Let's Count and Color Fish is a coloring activity book perfect for pre-schoolers to Kindergarten age.

A coloring, drawing and activity book for ages 2-6. Funny fish introduce youngsters and beginning learners to numbers using number tracing, mazes and games. Created as a companion piece to "Let's Count Fish!" by Michaela Schuett, published by Omnibus Publishing.

Each page gives a fun activity that includes either writing, counting, drawing or game playing.

So fun! What kid doesn't love activity books?  If they don't this is a great way to work them into it.

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Disclaimer: I received complimentary books for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.

Kaboul Kitchen On DVD

MHz Home Entertainment


       Kaboul Kitchen: Season 1

On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, MHz Home Entertainment continued to add to their ever-expanding catalog of extraordinary European Television programming available in the U.S. through MHz Networks DVD.

Kaboul Kitchen takes place in Kabul, Afghanistan, 2005. George Bush is President of the United States, Jacques Chirac is President of France, and Jacky is master of his own little domain, the "Kaboul Kitchen." It's a free-spirited place where sex, booze and the Taliban collide. It's the only place where expats can enjoy a swimming pool in the heart of the Afghan capital. Jacky's raking in the dough with the perfect gig until one single event changes everything. In walks Sophie, someone Jacky hasn't seen for 20 years. She's a humanitarian aid worker, she's deeply altruistic and she's… his daughter. To his dismay, she's also come to stay. They're polar opposites - she's all about the people and he's all about the money. Then things start to get even more complicated: hostage-taking, betrayals, warlords, CIA pressure, blackmail. Jacky keeps his cool, negotiating and finessing his way out of trouble. He's the cat that always lands on his feet, ready for the next opportunity. Kaboul Kitchen, a haven of peace? Not exactly!

The 411:

This is a French comedy with English subtitles and I found it pretty damn good. Lately I haven't found much to enjoy on TV and as someone who watches very little TV it needs to be worth it. 

It took me about 15 minutes to get into it but when I did, I enjoyed the characters and had to keep reminding myself this was a TV show with episodes not a movie. 

The setting and acting was great. 

Based loosely on a true story journalist Marc Victor, who owned a restaurant for French expatriates in Kabul the movie is a interesting premise of a money hungry man and his humanitarian daughter.

I love the actress who plays Sophie. She is here to stay whether her pop likes it or not. She is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

While I have yet to see how this is a comedy unless it it so because we see the Taliban swimming and sipping their drinks instead of carrying a gun, I would never have put it in that category.

It is a drama and well done if you can get past the subtitles, I know many who can't but I like it. Not sure if I will follow Season 2 but I have thought about the series a couple of times since the last episode so only time will tell.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy for my honest opinion.
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