August 17, 2016

DIY with LMP: Ice Cream Balloon

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This week’s DIY is CRAZY easy, but something we just had to share. Because it’s way too cute not to. You all know how much we love ice cream and parties, so we decided to make something that could combine the two! We made a GIANT ice cream cone that will be the perfect centerpiece for your next ice cream social party.

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You will need:

one giant pink (or other “ice cream” color) balloon
one normal sized red balloon
multiple colors of washi tape
gold tin bucket (we spray painted ours gold!)

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Step 1: Blow up your balloons. Don’t get them done with helium, these balloons will need to stay weighed down!

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Step 2: Place rolled pieces of tape around the inside of the rim. Place the giant pink balloon on top, with the knot facing inwards so it is hidden. Make sure the balloon is really well placed and sticking to the tape. Once it is on, you won’t want to pull it off again to avoid popping.

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Step 3: Add tape to the bottom of the small red balloon and carefully attach it to the top of the pink balloon, doing your best to hide the knot by facing it backwards.

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Step 4: Peel off pieces of your washi tape, at about 2in long. Place them randomly all over the pink balloon, so they are spread out like sprinkles.

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And just like that, you have the PERFECT centerpiece. Now, where’s the real ice cream?!

xx, Maggie
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August 11, 2016

Get it together for going back to school

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The other day it dawned on me…not only is the summer almost over but it’s half way through the month of August. Y0u know what that means? We need to prepare to go back to school. AH! There’s so much to do!

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On my to do list: Sign up for after school activities, make appointments for haircuts, finish summer school assignments.

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Gavin’s second grade assignment is to write a story about his favorite site in NYC. This means…we need a notebook and sharp pencils. So what did I do? I sat down and made a list of everything I need to get. With that list, I logged onto my Walgreens mobile app to check for coupons on the supplies I need. There were tons. The best part about my shopping trip was when I checked out showed me how to use mobile pay I saved 21 bucks! AND…the cute guy checking me out showed me how to use mobile pay. I didn’t need to take out my wallet! Seriously guys…does it get any easier?

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The boys were thrilled with their new supplies. And the best thing about it was – they each wanted to establish their “Desk space” to sit down and work immediately after pulling all of their new supplies out of the bags.

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Luke drew portraits of our family while Gavin cut out and crafted a shark. They equally divided the pack of pencils and highlighters and prepared their notebooks for school by writing their name on the cover.

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Now that we are ready for school, I can go back to enjoying what’s left of the summer. Hanging on to every last moment…

Thanks to Walgreens for introducing us to their incredibly helpful #MyWalgreensApp and sponsoring this post. You can download the My Walgreens mobile app here

xx, Seri
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July 20, 2016

The best summer treat is…ice cream! obviously.

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I recently had lunch with my 3 year old friend, Oliver. I asked him – Oliver, what is your favorite part of summer?  He looked up at me with his doughy eyes and said…ICE CREAM!

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Oliver was spot on. What’s better on a super hot day than an ice cream?

Now as fun as it is to hit up your local ice cream shop or discover new and quaint spots, it’s also great to just enjoy ice cream at home.

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When I host friends and family over the summer I always make sure to have a container of Haagen Dazs ice cream on hand. Sometimes I pick up a few flavors because let’s be honest…the second I see those bad boys in the store, I get excited and want them all. Plus, Haagen Dazs will be running a special BOGO promotion from July 24-31st at Duane Reade and Walgreens locations in New York City.. when you buy one 14 oz. container of Haagen Dazs ice cream, you get a second free.. any flavor!! Sign me up!

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When I have a group of kids to feed, I like to surprise them with a super fun dessert. I recently told Gavin and Luke that I was going to set up an ice cream bar for them after dinner one night. Their eyes lit up like it was Christmas.

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We made chocolate dipped cones coated with candy (DIY coming tomorrow!) and toppings like sprinkles, chocolate chips, coconut and a bowl of cherries.

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The kids could not have been happier. They got down and dirty enjoying their cones, and then hopped right into the bath. Summer nights rule.

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Be sure to check out all of the out of this world Haagen Dazs flavor options at your local New York City Walgreens or Duane Reade locations! Also, if you’re interested in trying out some FREE samples, there will be sampling event held at the Haagen Dazs store at 310 East 2nd St. in Manhattan on Monday, July 25th from 1-3 pm.. don’t miss out!

This post was sponsored by Walgreens as a part of their #HDOpenContainer Campaign, but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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July 17, 2016

It’s the thought that counts

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It’s pretty cliche…but when giving and receiving a gift, it is the thought that counts. I have always believed that. The way a card is written or the effort put forth in finding the perfect gift is a telling sign of how someone feels about you. That’s why, when we were asked to participate in the #HallmarkatWalgreens #CardsandCake campaign, I was very excited to use this opportunity to find the perfect cards for my son Luke for his 4th birthday!

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This year for Luke’s birthday we had a big ol’ pirate pool party. Since that was a party for a large group of our friends and family, I wanted to celebrate more intimately just with my boys for some one on one quality, birthday time together.

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We had dinner on the patio with an easy meal of pizza and salad and ice cream sammies for dessert. Naturally I set the table with an Everyday Soiree Party in a Box making the prep and clean up a breeze.

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My favorite part about putting together this small dinner party for Luke’s 4th birthday was choosing the birthday cards. We had family members from Canada send Luke gifts through Amazon so to spice things up I wrapped each gift and added a card with a note that they dictated to me for Luke.

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I went over to our local Walgreens and found the most fantastic and I mean fantastic Hallmark Signature birthday cards that I have ever seen.

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One card had a felt mask that you could take off and wear, one had a photo prop mustache on a stick and one was a party in a box! Do these people at Hallmark know me or what?! I was floored. Each card was better then the next. I could not choose! There was one that stood out as a perfect card to come from Gavin and that was the card with text written in CANDY! FABULOUS!

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Of course Luke ripped through the gifts excited to see what he got while Gavin spent the time reading each card to his little brother. It was the sweetest thing I’d ever seen.

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I have always been the type to save birthday cards. I have shoeboxes upon shoeboxes of cards dating back to when I was a kid. Now I do the same for my children so they can look back on their special birthday wishes because these are the Hallmark moments worth saving.

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Our friends at Hallmark will be giving away our Everyday Soirée in a Box as a part of a prize pack to four lucky winners! These winners will be chosen from people who participate in the Twitter Party hosted by @hallmark on July 28th from 8-9pm around the hashtags #HallmarkAtWalgreens and #CardsAndCake. Be sure to tune in to be eligible!

This post was written in partnership with Hallmark.

xx, Seri
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July 13, 2016

DIY with LMP: Paper Fish Lanterns

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LMP loves nothing more than a summer bash. Yesterday Seri and Michelle had the pleasure of throwing an Under the Sea Party at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai. So to contribute, I made some fish lanterns for the decorations! They are SO easy and a perfect addition for your next nautical celebration.

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All you need is:

paper lanterns (any color, we chose blue!)
tissue paper (black, blue, white)
tape or glue stick
scissors

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Step 1: cut your papers for little eyeballs and fish fins.

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Step 2: Glue the black pupils onto the white eyeballs.

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Step 3: Glue two pieces of fins together, leaving the bottom .5″ unglued to attach to the top of the lantern.

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Step 4: Glue the remaining edges of the paper onto the lantern.

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Step 5: Repeat for both side fins and tail fins.

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Step 6: Repeat these steps to make as many fish as you need for your party!

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Our fish lanterns brought smiles to all the children who participated in the Under the Sea themed celebration as did the treasure chest crafts that were supplied by Imagination Lane.

It’s always nice when a little bit of effort goes a long way. We hope to be back at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai bringing cheer to the kids again soon.

xx, Maggie
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