4.01.2015

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Have you heard about Mars One? I read an article about people volunteering to live on Mars permanently a few weeks ago in People magazine and had to research more about it. I am absolutely fascinated!

I can't wait to take this "Hidden Paris" walking tour in July.

April Fools! I love this prank from Honda. Mix Mooz also nailed it with their selfie shoes.

If New York City had SkyCycle lanes, I would definitely bike around town more often! I am too terrified of street traffic to try the current (lack of) bike lanes in the city.

An interesting read about Finland's education reform- teaching by topics rather than subjects.

An interesting theory about nail biting, a habit I have had for years.

3.30.2015

Scenes from the weekend.

My parents were in town this weekend, so the majority of my time was spent with them enjoying delicious food around Manhattan and Queens. We also spent a significant amount of time talking about how cold it was in New York City. I personally cannot handle snow at the end of March! Enough is enough. 

On Friday night we had a phenomenal dinner at Masseria dei Vini in Hell's Kitchen. I have to say, homemade pasta is my jam. Throw in red wine, fresh bread, burrata, and ricotta cheese cake and I am over the moon happy. We spent Saturday morning in SoHo shopping for sneakers. Unfortunately, all of the Adidas on our wish list were out of stock. I am keeping my fingers crossed they bring the Forum Up sneakers back soon! For lunch we tried out the Gotham West Market on 11th Avenue. Tacos and Ample Hills ice cream were well worth the trek! My parents had tickets to An American in Paris that evening, so I stayed in and caught up on Scandal. On Sunday we ordered pizza for lunch and had panini sandwiches, salads, and wine at Il Bambino in Astoria for dinner. My mom and I also started planning our Paris trip for this summer. We are so excited to return to the city of light in July! If you have any Paris suggestions please send them my way. 

3.25.2015

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This hipster couple's wedding photos are a-mazing. 

Who knew? Why feeding ducks bread is a bad idea and healthier alternatives for your next trip to the pond. 

The terrifying new label that will appear on the highly-processed "pasteurized prepared cheese product," also known as Kraft Singles. 

11 Things You'll Regret Doing in Your 30's- a great read as I embark in a new decade! I am going to try my best to not say, "I am too old for this." 

As an educator I am constantly thinking about gender, stereotypes, and identity when planning lessons for my second graders. The issue raised by this eight-year old is such an important one! 

So many favorites in this mash-up of movie dance scenes.

This 96-year old woman's home will take you right back to the 1960's.

And for your listening pleasure, one of my favorite songs by Ryan Montbleau.

3.21.2015

Sentimental Magnetism.

I have been a huge fan of Print Studio (formerly known as Printstagram) for several years now. I am constantly snapping photos on my iPhone and love being able to quickly order and print images through Print Studio's app and website. They offer a variety of high-quality products at honest prices and their customer service can't be beat. I have ordered several sets of square prints (at only $12 for 24 prints how can you resist?) and also love their photo strips. The photobooks and greeting cards are equally amazing and make great gifts for friends and family. 

It was only a matter of time before Print Studio's magnets made it onto my refrigerator. I opted for the 2" square size (they also come in a 1" round size) and personalized two sets for a total of 20 magnets. Ordering was a breeze online- within a matter of minutes I had signed onto my Instagram account through Print Studio's website and selected my favorite images to print. I was so impressed when my stack of magnets arrived in the mail several days later. The color and clarity of the prints are fantastic and the magnets have a nice weight to them. 
Naturally, I used my new magnets to hold up some of my favorite square prints, mini-square prints, and photo strips on my fridge. In my opinion, refrigerators should always be covered in photos. 
Print Studio provided me with a set of square magnets to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

3.18.2015

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I love Tom Hanks so much. He recently helped some Girl Scouts sell cookies and also rocked out in Carly Rae Jepsen's I Really Like You. I cannot stop watching this music video. Here is a fun behind the scenes look at the music video, too.

I am looking forward to seeing The Living Pyramid in Socrates Sculpture Park in May.

Tackling racism head on with children, a topic we thinking about and work on every day at my school.

This pun-fueled food map is awesome. I especially love Rocky Rhode Island and Piedaho.

32 cats recreate photos from their kittenhood.

A bunch of skeletons dancing in front of a crowd make such an important point: love has no labels.

3.16.2015

Scenes from the weekend.

This weekend was gray and rainy, so I intentionally spent several hours each day napping. After a crazy week of work and conferences, it was exactly what I needed! When I wasn't sleeping I was shopping. Saturday night I took full advantage of the sale at Loft in Times Square, and on Sunday my best friend Lindsey and I returned to the store for more deals. We also stopped by City Kitchen, a new food market in Times Square. The burgers and fries from Witmans were delicious and our doughnut from Dough was mouth watering (as expected). I cannot wait to return for Wooly's Shaved Snow once the weather warms up!

On another note, I am a huge fan of the sneakers and sweatpants trend (my pants are from Loft and my Adidas are so amazingly comfortable). I hope it is here to stay.

3.15.2015

Hello lashes.

My makeup routine has always been fairly simple- CC cream, blush, liquid eyeliner, and mascara are the essentials that I use on a daily basis. Several years ago I discovered a mascara that I loved, mostly due to the fact that it stayed put all day and did not rub off after hours at work. But the one thing I was still looking for was more volume and length. When my friend Jen asked me if I wanted to try Younique's Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes, I couldn't wait to see the difference this mascara would make in my day to day look.

The Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes comes with two tubes- a transplanting gel and natural fibers. First, you apply a coat of the transplanting gel. This step looks like a normal coat of black mascara. Immediately before the gel has time to dry, you apply a coat of the natural fibers. Finally, you apply a second coat of the transplanting gel to seal in the fibers and complete the look. I will admit that at first I struggled with the natural fibers. I felt like they were falling into my eyes often, which was a bit painful. After watching my friend Jen's application tutorial, I realized that I was applying the fibers way too close to my eyelids. After changing my application process to only applying the fibers to the top half of my lashes, I immediately noticed a difference and was much more pleased with the feel and look of my lashes. I absolutely love this product and the dramatic difference it makes in my overall look!
My look pre-mascara: eye shadow, brown liquid eyeliner, blush, and lipgloss. 
My look after one coat of the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes on my right eye only. 
My look after one coat of the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes on both eyes- hello lashes! 

If you would like to try Younique's Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes, please contact Jen at stylemejenj@gmail.com. She is very knowledgeable about all of Younique's products and can help you create the look you want with mascaras, shadows, creams, and a variety of other natural products. I cannot wait to try the new lip stains! Thank you Jen for introducing me to this amazing product!

I was provided with Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

3.11.2015

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20 quotes from children's books that every adult should know.

If you need a good cry, watch this video about a WWII veteran and his love Bernadean.

Zoolander 2 is happening, so it makes perfect sense that Derek Zoolander and Hansel walked the Valentino show at Paris's Fashion Week. Amazing.

What Brooklyn chefs eat when they get the munchies. I would love to try Justin Bazdarich's popcorn cooked in bacon fat with apples.

I have only visited one of these 30 surreal and beautiful places in the United States (I highly recommend Antelope Canyon). My travel wish list just grew by 29!

This corn chip joke is pretty amazing. 

I can't stop listening to Believe, Mumford & Sons new song from Wilder Mind (official album release on May 4th).

3.09.2015

Scenes from the weekend.

This weekend we celebrated Emily's 10th birthday. It is crazy how fast time flies! Saturday afternoon we opened presents and had cake and ice cream for lunch. That evening we saw The Light Princess on Broadway at the New Victory Theater. Parents, I highly recommend checking this theater out. We have seen several shows there and are always impressed. The tickets are affordable, the theater provides free lockers for all of your belongings, and the cast often comes out after performances to take photos and sign autographs. Emily got to meet the entire cast and asked them all to sign her playbill! After the show we had a special birthday dinner at the Redeye Grill, where Brian and I worked together several years ago. Our friend Gina took amazing care of us and orchestrated the most spectacular Happy Birthday song for Emily. The entire restaurant, along with the piano player and singer, sang to her as a sparkler-topped cake and gigantic mound of cotton candy were delivered to the table. It was amazing!

On Sunday we spent the morning inside watching movies and cleaning up the house. Sunday afternoon I ran some errands in the Flatiron District and admired Gazing Globes, an art installation by Paula Hayes in Madison Square Park. I will share more photos of the beautiful globes later on this week!

3.04.2015

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With New York City's cocktail prices ($16 for a glass of wine is way too common), I would love to bring cocktail parties back. Here are nine reasons why others agree.

I loved, loved, loved this story. Check out how this mom recycled old dolls and gave them the make-under they desperately needed.

Seeing these photos of school lunches from around the world makes me even more upset up what public schools are feeding our little ones in the United States every day. We need to make a change and educate children on healthy eating habits.

A Japanese cat island? Sign me up!

I am eagerly awaiting the release of Mumford & Sons' third album, Wilder Mind, and am really curious to hear them sans banjos. I am confident I will love it just as much as their first two albums!

I would love to have a therapy dog program at my school. It is amazing to see the impacts these programs have on struggling readers.

If you are like me, these 26 photos will give you some peace. Numbers 6, 11, and 19 are my personal favorites.

Listen to this Buzzsession with Bear's Den- one of my favorites, Above the Clouds of Pompeii, along with a new song!
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