February 10, 2016

Be My Valentine Gift Guide

Valentine’s day is a tough holiday. It’s the Queen of all Hallmark holidays. Back when my husband and I were dating I used to say “don’t waste your money on flowers,” or “I don’t even like Valentine’s Day.” Much to my surprise, he dutifully obeyed my statements only to find out on Feb 14th that I had changed my tune. Flowers and a thoughtful note are pretty nice to receive, but not just on Valentine’s Day. We should be telling the special people in our lives that we love them daily. My favorite Valentine’s are homemade, but if you’re not the crafty type, I’ve put together a list of some of my recent favorites, that don’t have to do with lingerie, chocolates or flowers.

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Grandparents :
Ever since I had a child, I’ve come to realize my parents and in-laws no longer care about Brian and I;  Alexandra is the star of the show. So any personalized gift having to do with her is a win-win all around. I found this awesome company Treat House where I was able to upload a picture of Alexandra to be put printed on top of the most delicious rice cereal bars you’ve ever had. These aren’t just any cereal bars, they come in about 20 mouth-watering flavors like Chocolate Pretzel, Birthday Cake, Smores, M&M, Caramel Sea Salt, Pretzel Monster…the list goes on. Not only are they customizable with photos, but with any theme you can dream of.  These yummy and adorable little bites arrived at my house in 3 days. PERFECT for a last minute gift!
Treat House, $38 for 12 custom treats or $26 for 12 valentines treats
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Husband :
Going from an apartment in the city to a house in the burbs is a huge change. Besides the obvious differences, one thing we didn’t realize would be a huge annoyance was taking care of heating/cooling systems. For years we had no control over our system, as most buildings in NYC simply turn on the heat in October and shut it off in March. But now we have multiple thermostats and zones and had a hard time keeping it all straight. That’s until we discovered Honeywell’s new Wifi controlled thermostats. We do everything else from our Smartphones, why not control the heat and AC? You can set schedules, monitor humidity and change the temperature right from the palm of your hand. It’s so amazing and comes in especially handy when we are away on vacation. A great gift for your techy husband.
Honeywell, $199 each Thermostat.

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Toddler :
I recently discovered a toy that holds my kid’s attention for longer than 3 minutes, isn’t on an iPad/iphone/tv/leapfrog, isn’t related to Disney or Nick Jr, and actually builds critical developmental skills and promotes imaginative play and creativity…intrigued yet? Check out Magna Tiles. I might be late to the party with these genius things, but I am super excited to be here. They are small tiles in all shapes and colors with a magnet on each edge. So kids can stack, build and create for hours. The secret is the unique ability to attract even when the tiles are flipped – they always connect! And I love them even more for my 2.5 year old because they don’t contain any super small parts like legos.
Magna Tiles, sets start at $49.99
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Wife:
There are a lot of initial and date necklaces out there, and we know moms adore anything that has a special meaning. This necklace just might be the coolest one I’ve ever seen.
Since there are no dashes or space, it just looks like a series of numbers only you and your significant other will be able to decode. Your wife will be happy, I promise.
Winifred Grace, $113.00
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Yourself : 
Getting a massage should be easy and convenient. There is nothing worse than waking up with a sore back and calling your local spa only to find out they can’t fit you in until Monday. Introducing Zeel Massage on Demand. You can now book an in-home massage with a highly trained, professional masseuse that same day, in as little as an hour’s time. Happy Valentine’s Day to YOU!
Zeel, massages start at $120
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xx, Michelle
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February 8, 2016

Hooray for Little Miss Party!

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You may have noticed Little Miss Party in a Box is now sold on Diapers.com. We are so excited with the assortment of boxes we built exclusively for those who just don’t have the time to pick out all the party supplies needed to throw a party.

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Our assortment of boxes include tableware and decor for baby showers, kids birthday parties, your child;s first birthday party and then there is our simply chic party that could be used for just about any celebration!

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Each Little Miss Party in a Box includes a hand selection of disposable tableware and decor. We found hand stamped bamboo cutlery that is not only gorgeous but also biodegradable.

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We love bright colors in general but especially when it comes to throwing a party. Adding color is the easiest way to brighten up a table!

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To decorate we included a set of balloons that spell things like HOORAY and PARTY and the best part is these balloons do not require helium! You simply blow these up with a straw that each balloon comes with. Genius.

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Now this you’re going to want to check out…we worked with our friends over at Animoto to film a short video reel to show you just how easy our party boxes are to set up…

Now what are you waiting for? Let’s Party!

Shop the Box at Diapers.com.

PARTY TIME

Photos by: Diane Hu Photographry

xx, Seri
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January 28, 2016

A Valentine’s Day Project Playdate

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What’s the best way to spend your time when you’re trapped inside for the city’s 2nd greatest blizzard of all time? Project playdate of course!

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Lucky for me, I didn’t have any plans to go anywhere the morning or afternoon of the big NYC snowstorm last weekend. I was just in charge of setting up project playdate for Valentine’s day, which of course…was a great pleasure for me.

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So let’s start off with our Valentine’s day craft. You guys…this is such a good one!

We called on our friends over at Imagination Lane and they recommended eraser painted tote bags. This consists of:

– tote bag
– Heart cut out and taped to the face of the bag
– paints
– tacky glue, q-tips and jewels or rhinestones
-pencils

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The kids had to dip the eraser part of the pencil into paint and press hard all the way around the heart which they later ripped off to find a hollowed out heart pattern on their bag.

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They took this craft very seriously and now proudly stroll around with their toys in these bags.

For the snack…I started the playdate with pancakes and waffles. Don’t start saying “What? How does she do all that”!?! They were frozen. I threw them in the oven for 3 minutes. BUT….to make brunch a little different and festive of course…I set out heart shaped cookie cutters and powdered sugar for the kids to play with. Boy was that ever fun!

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After breakfast and crafting, I realized hold the phone Sally. I haven’t had a cup of coffee yet!  WHAT?! So we popped a movie on for the kids to have a short break, brewed some coffee and took a breathe. That lasted for about 4 minutes.

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We had one meltdown, a lot of shoving over who gets to sit directly in front of the ipad and “I want WATTTTERRRRRRR”.

Ok nipped that all in the bud with popcorn that I popped fresh at 10am and back to the movies we went.

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That’s when I broke out the cocktails. Don’t worry – they were “10am” appropriate.

I served “Strawmosas”. What is that you ask? I took a piece of basil, mint and placed it into a glass and then topped with pink prosecco. I garnished the glass with strawberries but you could slice them and drop them into the glass if you’d like.

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Snowstorm? what snowstorm?

If you’re planning a project playdate or Valentine’s Day party of your own, let us help you! We have the most adorable pink party full of tableware and decor. You can Shop the Box here.

xx, Seri
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December 31, 2015

Best of LMP in 2015

Looking back on our year it was almost impossible to choose the highlights. There were SO MANY! Wow. I’m so proud of what we have accomplished and what we have in store for the future. From the bottom of our hearts we thank YOU for following along and supporting us in this “Mompreneur” world. It’s not easy but we are doing our best to have FUN!

Without further ado…here is a recap of our favorite moments from the year 2015…

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Host a shower in your home + A Vanity Fair Breakfast supporting Dress for Success + A Lil King turns one + Dining under the stars for Baby Dick

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See what our customers are saying + Little Miss Party in a Box is now sold on Brit & Co + MEN set up our party in a box + A New Years Eve stunner.

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SBE 2015

Pretty in Cheesecake Pink + Crostini makes the best party food + Simply Salad + Dye me Devilved eggs

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Mandy's Meals & More 2015

Mandy’s Asparagus salad + The YAY in our LMP in a Box + DIY bath salts for Mom + Holiday party snacks that you can doll up for your guests to take home.

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It’s sorta hard to believe how fast these lil ones are growing up…and how amazing it is to see our family grow!

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Gavin went on a lot of “dates” + Lukey ate his way through 2015 + Alexandra made for the cutest reindeer on this planet + We welcomed our newest team member, Baby Dylan.

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Cocktails 2015

It’s Cocktail Time: Cranberry Mojitos + Spiced Mulled Wine + Classic Lemonade with CB2 + Bar Essentials

We hope you’re year was just as fabulous as ours was. We wish you a healthy and happy new year. Be safe, friends. Our love, LMP.

xx, Seri
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December 24, 2015

Sweets for Santa

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Santa Claus is coming to town! And honestly? I can’t believe it’s TONIGHT!

With the big guy sliding down the chimney in just a few hours, we’re serving up cookies, milk and more. Here’s how…

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We didn’t want Santa and his reindeers to go hungry while delivering all those gifts so we set up quite the assortment and decorated with eucalyptus creating a festive table that also smelled really fresh and wintry.

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Cookies are a no brainer. But how about topping them on a bed of rosemary? We do so much extra cooking over the holidays and fresh herbs are a staple in our fridge. So we used sprigs of the greenery to line our trays with.

I also thought it would be cute to stick snowmen shaped cookies into a bed of white jelly beans…

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We absolutely love Aunt Debi’s Chocolate Bark and it’s the easiest dessert ever to make. So not only did we whip some up but we thought it would be fun to set out containers that Santa could use to take home leftovers. We used wanted to glam up our Glad lids and did so by painting them with glue and then covering with sequins. They turned out SO gorgeous and were so fun to craft!

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Earlier in the week Mommy Shorts was giving a tutorial on making reindeers 3 ways so we snagged her leftovers and styled them into red sixlets and on little cupcake stands. How cute?!

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Now what is Santa gonna sip on with all these sweets? We can’t get him drunk because he’s gotta drive that sleigh and finish his job for the night so how about a cold cup of milk? Obviously we put it into a cute glass bottle with a pretty paper straw.

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Then to put a spin on our sweets…we served chocolate covered marshmallows. These are truly as easy as it gets. Melt chocolate, dip the marshmallow directly into the bowl of melted chocolate and give it a swirl or coat the marshmallow with the back of a spoon. Hit them with some sprinkles and then set onto wax paper. We added festive straws as sticks to make these marshmallow pops and put these into containers lined with plaid fabric for Santa to take on the road with him.

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If you’re hosting a cookie swap and plan to use any of these sweet eats – add a hangtag with the name of your dessert included so your guests can easily identify each dessert when they bring leftovers home and can then follow up with you for the recipe if they wish.

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Another fun DIY is to glitter your take home containers. We coated the bottoms of our Glad containers with glue and then covered in glitter shaking off the excess onto a paper plate to avoid a big mess. How sparkly and festive are these?

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Whether you’re sweet or salty, we hope you get all you wished for from Santa tonight. Merry Christmas Y’all!

The photos in our post here were taken by the ever so sweet Dave Robbins Photography.  And you can find more on our sweet eats in the Gather Now Tumblr Feed found here.

xx, Seri
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