April 23, 2017

Seri’s Closet: Coachella

If you follow Little Miss Party on Instagram, you probably got a sneak peek of her outfits from her week in California. Between Coachella and Palm Springs, she rocked all her favorite new summer items and we’re going to share the details with you now…

 

Off the shoulder Dress: Revolve
Booties: Target

 

Crop Top: Revolve
Pants: Madewell (similar pair)
Shoes: Asos

Dress: Revolve
Shoes: Steve Madden (similar pair)

Off the shoulder Top: Revolve
Shorts: Revolve
Shoes: Nordstrom (similar pair)
Bag: J. Crew (similar bag)

xx, Maggie
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April 20, 2017

LMP Travels: Coachella and more in Palm Springs

This past week was Spring Break for my kiddos. Since I have my own biz and can party, I mean work, from anywhere, I use my kid’s time off as an excuse to travel. One may say I have somewhat of a travel addiction…

This time around, we hit California. I spent 3 days in LA with the boys which I’m going to write about another time. I have a lot to tell you about LA…but for now…let’s talk about the time we spent in Palm Springs. AKA: Heaven.  No but seriously, snobby heaven.

So here’s the story. People often ask me how I travel so much with the kids. With and without them. Couple things…

1. My kids got frequent flyer mile cards the day they were born. They were born to fly. I’m from Toronto so I travel with them very often to spend time with my family.

2. My kids love to travel so they make it easy. We have a system as I travel with them on my own often so often while my husband is working…to pay for all our travel. What a guy. (LUCKY for us he planned a work trip around our trip to California and met us there for 3 days! He got to RELAX and golf with Gavin! Was so awesome for us and him.)

*If you ever want my perfect plane packing list for kids please leave a comment.  I’ll write one if enough of you request it.

3. I always have help when I’m traveling without the kids and they are back at home.  I have some of the most amazing sitters who have all become part of our family.

Sometimes when I travel with the kids if the situation permits it then I bring one of them along to help. Here’s a photo of Ali, who joined us on this trip to LA & Palm Springs.

(PS – we’re posing with our MZ Wallace bags that they gave us after a recent “BFF” photo shoot. You’ll see more on that soon…)

So there’s Ali. I met Ali when Gavin turned one and I was looking for a part time babysitter. Ali was the 12th person I interviewed in a week just when I was feeling like I could give up on the whole process. Instead, we fell in love. I  still have the heart that I made on her resume in my files.

Ok so long story short – Ali’s been in our life for awhile. She ended up working for Little Miss Party for years and then she flew the coupe to the music world where she belongs.

Ali worked from her LA office and arranged for her friend to watch the boys at night for us so we could get out on the town. And that we did. But the ultimate plan was to make our way over to Coachella together, hitting a few parties along the way.

In order to go to Coachella and truly enjoy it…I needed some help on that front. You see…I’m a very lucky gal. I have some of the best family members in the world. I mean truly. You know those people? Who are just really good people? Well that’s my cousin, Bailey. There’s not many people I trust as much as I trust her. She’s just that good. I love her.

Anyway, BAILEY joined us in Palm Springs. And guess what? We stayed at the best hotel for kids on the planet…the Marriott Shadow Ridge Enclave. Rooms priced well AND they were HUGE! We had a massive 2 bedroom with a full kitchen, pull out couch, king bed, double beds, 2 bathrooms and a walk out patio onto the water view of the golf course. Oh and with the mountains behind them. Could you die from that view?

We woke up every morning and fed the turtles and the ducks. Hello!

For the kids….get yourselves ready….they had: swimming pools with water slides, splash pads, mini golf outside our room, basketball courts, bars and food at every pool, “dive-in” movies every evening by the pool.  I mean…C’MON dude!  Amazing.  Kids lost their marbles.  I could go on and on about this hotel…but I think you get the idea.

So the boys + Bailey hit the pool while Ali and I went off…to Coachella.

There were parties…and more parties. Cocktails and stunning people. Everywhere. I don’t mean me and Ali…I mean really stunning, drop dead gorgeous people. We just didn’t take pictures of them. But trust me they were everywhere.

When we walked into this party that was hosted by Funboy x Smashbox, we pretty much almost fainted. Like what is this fantasy world that they call Palm Springs, huh?!

They were serving rosé in lip floaties. I mean…stop.

Every party included a taco cart with fresh chicken, tofu and shrimp tacos. Ok. That will do alongside the basil + lemon cocktails.

Now let’s try that photo again and talk about Ali’s Chrome nails and her Coachella ringlet from Ramblerose. I mean, oh god.

Then came Coachella. Oh Coachella. What a special place, if ya like that sorta thing.

Music, wine, incredible food, breathtaking scenery. Ya. It’s pretty damn cool. I’ve been going to this music festival for years. I used to meet my best friend from Toronto there every April. Then we got pregnant and had kids so had to take a break. Now I’m BACK BABY!

For our last night in Palm Springs I told Ali I was going to get us a room at a hotel I’d been dreaming at staying at for many many months. The Saguaro Hotel. I had seen it on all the cool West Coast Instagram accounts and I have literally been having dreams of visiting this place.

Well you guys. It was dreamy all right. WOW! Everything was crazy colorful, bright, happy and fun. And…the rooms were huge. I was shocked!

WARNING:  I’m about to show you a LOT of pictures. Sorry. I can’t hold back. You’ve been warned.

 

They had parties going on all weekend at this hotel, so we joined in for the brunch and cocktails shindig when we got there. They had people set up everywhere. Nyx did our make up and Get Glammed did our hair. It was too amazing.

So all done up, off we went to another party. This one, was hosted by American Express Platinum. More…gorgeous people. In the most gorgeous hotel. With the most fascinating art like this gold palm tree —-

I.need.it.

And how ballsy is this?

i.love.it @ The Parker Palm Springs Hotel

I tried to document this whole trip on my Instagram story. I normally film all my stories on Snapchat and share on both channels but on this trip I had a revelation. That is…I spend too much time on my phone. So I chose one outlet and that was Instagram. Now that I’m home many of you have reached out to ask WHERE DID YOU GO ON SNAPCHAT? omg you guys!  I’m SORRY!  I didn’t mean to ditch you!  I will get back on there. In the meantime, you need to get caught up! I posted Day 1 and 2 from Coachella on the LMP YouTube channel for you to see here:
Coachella Day 1
Coachella Day 2 (my service was SO bad so when we were watching Lady Gaga I tried to post more but nothing went through!  UGH!  I filmed Katy Perry walk right by us and watch the concert standing right across from me! With Wiz Khalifa! omg.  At least I’m here to tell you about it.

Coachella Day 3 – I forgot to save that story!  KICKING MYSELF!  The highlight from that night was Hans Zimmer with Pharrell guest preforming! And Lorde sang that night, she was UNREAL.

This may have been my longest blog post to date.  If you’re still with me here, you deserve a medal. Hope you enjoyed my adventures in Palm Springs! Next up…LA. Stay tuned and in the meantime…Stay Wild. I need that sign.

xx, Seri
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  1. Ali

    Love you. Love this trip. Love the Swooguaro. LOVE IT ALL. xoxoxo

  2. LauraP

    That hotel is so so cool. And so lmp!!! You guys are so fab. Thanks for sharing

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March 16, 2017

Q&A With Aunti Marissa

Today, Ilana and I had breakfast as we do every Thursday (or sometimes Tuesdays or Wednesdays depending on our schedules) with a special guest joining us:  Aunti Marissa.

Aunti Marissa is my Aunt now Great Aunt to my boys who she shares a very special bond with. She lives in Toronto and is Head of the Guidance department in a secondary public high school. She has been a teacher for her entire career and this year won Teacher of the Year in her board. Pretty huge and so deserving.

She’s a person I trust deeply when it comes to advice about my children and today I opened up the Q&A to her instead of Ilana and I. There was an overwhelming response from you all on Snapchat. We were going to each answer 3 questions however we ran way short on time.

Because Aunti Marissa has such great advice to share we decided to answer the third question chosen plus a few additional questions asked on the blog today. Hope you find Aunti Marissa’s answers helpful! I think you will…

How can I get my 5 year old to want to clean up? Pick up toys and such…

Prior to the situation occurring, parents must sit down and have a discussion with the child about household responsibilities. You need to create a chart defining everyone’s duties one of which will include “tidying up after playing”. It is important that children realize what the parent’s expectations are beforehand. If you try to address it in the moment, there will be tension and resistance. Now, with expectations come consequences if the expectation is not met. These consequences need to be decided beforehand as well with the involvement of the child so that they are clear. If and when the situation arises again there are no arguments. If the child does what they agreed to do by cleaning up their play area, great if not consequence number one is put into action. The child knows that you mean business. There is no loud voice on the part of the parent. Calm and cool. Just remind your child of the agreement. Have the chart in plain view so that you can refer to it. In time, the child will take control of their own duties and only the odd reminder may be needed. NOTE: The consequences must be acted upon or this plan will be for naught.

What techniques do you have for getting really smart kids to listen and behave in class when they already “get” the lesson?

This is a very difficult situation to be sure. You will have to have some strategies that you can work through with your child while you are at home first. They need to learn to take control of their own behavior. Your child needs to have “tools” in his/her toolbox that they can draw upon when the situation in school arises. Secondly, you need to set up a meeting with the teacher to discuss some options for classroom behavior management. What plan is the teacher willing to facilitate? For example, when your child is finished their work ahead of time, will the teacher be willing to allow your child time to research an extension to the topic? Would you be able and would the teacher allow you to provide some materials that could enhance your child’s learning? As an example, would your child’s teacher be willing to allow your child to create an easy experiment such as the one I have copied and pasted below. This would be an engaging extension and give your child something to look forward to. They could make predictions and then chart the progress and then explain it to the class. Sometimes teachers will give “extra” worksheets to children who are finished quickly but it is not always received by the student as a positive solution. Maybe there can be a “maker space” created in the classroom that could be used by all students but would be a positive addition for your child to be sure. This space gives children the opportunity to understand the concept being taught by using physical manipulatives or technology to enhance their learning. Maybe all parents could donate materials to build up this space.

I’m a mom with disabilities. I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and MS. It’s hard to keep up with a 10 & 2 year old. How can I make sure they feel like they have my attention? I’m in chronic pain and feel like I miss a lot of their life. I want them to know how much they mean to me.

First of all, I cannot profess to understand or identify with your situation. It is a very difficult one to be sure. Here are some ideas:

I am not sure how much your older son understands and if he comprehends your limitations. You need to have a discussion with him to discuss what you can and cannot manage. He needs to be able to be allowed to help plan ideas around what works for you. Secondly, he needs to be invested in his younger sibling. By that I mean he can become not just a brother but a mentor to your younger son. He can be the one to teach him how to do certain things and maybe read to him so that they develop a special bond and your little man looks up to his older brother. Now as far as your older son’s needs go, you must give him the opportunity to participate in his normal activities as much as possible. This may mean that someone else takes him or if you can manage it you take the little one with you. If you are able to go too, maybe there is another adult who could watch your younger son to give you some special one on one time.

I suggest that you have a family meeting to discuss your needs and create a duty roster, which accounts for everyone’s personal and emotional needs, household duties and chores, (which should include your little one) and activities and school responsibilities. This needs to be a working document that changes weekly. It should include quiet bonding time with mom. The activity could be a craft that is geared to your older son such as putting together a birdhouse (just an example). For your younger son, you can get a pre-made version at one of the dollar stores or a craft store and your little one paints it and puts on embellishments. Same outcome different difficulty level.

Your duty roster must include every part of your day in order to “find time” to make sure that your children feel your presence and include you in their daily ritual without anger or frustration.

I hope that I have provided you an idea that you can use and I wish you all the best!

Any travel tips for a first flight with my 8 month old?   First time momma here!

First of all, I would recommend the bulkhead if at all possible so that you will have extra space in front of you. I was able to put my daughter down on a blanket to play with them. Secondly, I would recommend an arsenal of favorite toys or a book and snacks. Thirdly, I found that nursing (if you are nursing) or giving them a bottle upon take off and landing helps to stabilize the pressure in their ears. Happy flying!

xx, Seri
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  1. Jessica Mischna

    Thanks Aunti Marissa this is great!

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March 13, 2017

Heaven on Jumby Bay

Every year my husband and I carve out 5 days to OURSELVES. We plan a trip somewhere fabulous, for just the two of us. I think this is one of the keys to a successful marriage when you have kids: alone time.  It’s also important for your own sense of well-being. To spend time away from the office and stresses of life is KEY.

People always ask me how I leave the kids at home to travel.  The answer is I have a few of the most amazing babysitters.  Girls who have been in my boys’ lives for years now whom I trust fully with my babies. I also rely on family. Whether it’s my in-laws or family members from Toronto, it’s a time where the boys get to spend quality time with people who they don’t get to see all that often.

This year, we went to the Rosewood Hotel at Jumby Bay. It’s our fourth year in a row vacationing on this Island. It’s over the top and totally a luxury resort but we are addicted and it’s an annual treat. The beauty, the beach, the service, the food, the weather…it’s all top notch.

The rooms at this resort are like small villas. They are not like hotel rooms. Each room has an outdoor shower and either a hammock or small plunge pool on the deck. There are no room keys as the island is so safe you just leave all your belongings in the villa and come and go as you please knowing that all will be safe. Each room also comes with bikes to get around the island.

The resort is all inclusive so all your drinks, meals and activities are included in the price. The food is so delicious and you never bring a wallet as the service is included so there is never any awkward feelings about tipping.

The staff there is so sweet, kind and attentive. They know everyone’s name and want nothing but to keep the guests happy.

We spend most of the days on the beach relaxing, reading and searching for interesting sea life like the beautiful starfish that are in the water and on the beach. They offer different activities daily and we pick and choose…my favorite is the cooking class while Adam loves to snorkel.

There are four restaurants that we rotate eating at. The main spot is where they serve a beautiful buffet breakfast with an egg station, fresh fruit, pastries and cereal. Lunch is either at the pool grill or the shack on the beach where they serve the most fantastic chicken curry roti.  Then there is the Estate House. Fancier of all the places to eat and only open for dinner. The bartender is a doll and makes the most fabulous cocktails and the food is divine.

Last but not least is the spa. My favorite part of the resort. So tranquil and relaxing. I always get a massage when we’re at the resort. The therapists are amazing and know exactly how to work my sore, stressed out body.

I couldn’t be a bigger fan of this place. We’re hoping to bring our kids there one day soon as they would love the beach, riding the bikes around and trying out all of the water activities.

xx, Seri
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November 3, 2016

LMP Travels to St. Barth’s AKA Paradise

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Last week, a dream that I never even dreamt, came true. One of our clients, who I have a wonderful relationship with, invited me to St. Barth’s to help her throw the most fabulous 50th birthday party to date.

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It was a weekend full of events with 36 of her closest friends. We’ll go into more detail on the events in another post but for now…let me tell you a little bit about where we stayed and what we did while we were over there on the most gorgeous island that exists.

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Maggie joined me to help with all the work and we were put up in Hotel Cheval Blanc. When we walked into our room we were floored by the beauty. It was so bright, clean and tastefully designed. We noticed French doors…we quickly opened them and landed ourselves onto a huge deck with a table, chairs and loungers…all that overlooked the lush, green mountains. Pretty fabulous to say the least.

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When we arrived it was in the early evening on a Wednesday. Maggie and I wanted to grab a bite so we took showers and got dolled up for a relaxing night out. We asked the concierge where to go. We wanted a low key spot on the beach. She sent us to a great spot on the beach called Sand Bar. We quickly realized, there’s no such thing as “low key” in St. Barth’s seeing as this was a Jean-Georges restaurant! We stuck to simple items on the menu like pizza and watermelon sangria and enjoyed every second of that dinner.

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Now let’s talk about all the food we ate back at the hotel. Oh Em Gee. Breakfast was a daily dream. We enjoyed the buffet that was full of cheeses, croissants, fresh fruit, tons of baguettes and chocolate muffins. After loading up at the buffet we would order coffee and eggs. Sometimes bacon on the side. Wasn’t a bad way to start our morning…

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Our days were the perfect mix of business + pleasure. And when it came time for lunch…we would sit on the beach with a bottle of water, glass of rose and every single day, we ordered the Croque Monsieur with black truffle. WOW.  That’s all I have to say. Wow. Totally addicted. Wish I could have one right now…

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The beach and property at this hotel were so picturesque and beautiful. It was hard not to shoot everything we own. Like Maggie’s gorgeous Ramblerose Jewelry, our cocktails, walks back to our room after the tropical showers that sometimes came through. It was pure beauty everywhere you trend.

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Favorite part of the trip? Toting around Little Miss Party in a Box ALL OVER THE PLACE! We made our mark in St. Barth’s. That’s for sure! Hoping we can go back one day soon…

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All photos by Maggie Antalek.

xx, Seri
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