Monthly Archives: April 2015

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella


I learned an important lesson from this book.  When it first came out I added it to my reading list.  Then, I read some reviews that were pretty scathing.  All these people advised that it was WAY worse than Sophie Kinsella’s other books and not to read it.  Guess what?  I listened to them.  I kept putting it off.  Finally, I was in the mood for a fluffy, happy novel and I downloaded it.  I figured if it was awful I could just stop reading, but I actually really loved it.  It was hilarious and so relatable.  There were a few times where I was on the subway reading it on my iPad and I started laughing out loud.  

I have no idea why those other people hated it but the moral of the story is that books are very subjective.  There have been a few novels lately that everyone has ADORED (I am looking at you – #Girlboss) and I detested them.  This is not a serious book.  You are not going to learn any great lessons.  It will make you laugh and smile and sometimes that is all I need from a story.  It was my favorite out of the Shopaholic series and I cant wait for the next one!

Here is a little description from Goodreads:

 “Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) has stars in her eyes. She and her daughter, Minnie, have joined husband Luke in LA—city of herbal smoothies, multimillion-dollar yoga retreats, and the lure of celebrity. Luke is there to help manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour—and Becky is convinced she is destined to be Sage’s personal stylist, and go from there to every A-list celebrity in Hollywood! But things become complicated when Becky joins the team of Sage’s archrival. How will charming and supportive Luke deal with this conflict? Is it possible that what Becky wants most will end up hurting those she loves most? Shopaholic fans old and new will devour Sophie Kinsella’s newest adventure!”

Monster Jam Returns to Metlife Stadium June 13th – WIN TICKETS!


                                                                photo credit: Feld Motor Sports

The Bannon Family consists of three people.  Two blonde, pink loving, girly-girls and one very manly, sports-watching, construction worker.  Life is unfair for my hubby at times.  I feel for him.  Just kidding.  When I was pregnant he was hoping for a little girl, so he got his wish.  However, different as our hobbies and personalities can be, one thing that we all agree on (oddly enough) is watching monster trucks on TV.  Billy first started putting it on for Taylor when she was little and she adores it.  

We were supposed to go to Monster Jam earlier this year but Billy broke his ankle.  We were all pretty bummed to miss it.  Thankfully, Feld Motor Sports® recently announced the return of Monster Jam® Path of Destruction!  It is taking place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Saturday, June 13 at 7:00PM, starting with a Monster Jam Pit Party from 1:30 – 5:00PM, where fans will get the opportunity to see these massive trucks up close and personal and meet the stars of Monster Jam.

More than 4,000 tons of dirt will be brought inside MetLife Stadium along with 50 crush cars, vans and buses to create the colossal Monster Jam racing track and obstacle course. Monster Jam Path of Destruction is one of the most elite fields of Monster Jam trucks ever assembled, second only to Monster Jam World FinalsSM held in Las Vegas, NV. The fleet of 20 of the most popular Monster Jam trucks will battle against one another in race and freestyle competitions with jumps, wheelies, donuts, cyclones and more to ultimately crown both a racing and a freestyle winner.

The lineup will include El Toro Loco®, Metal Mulisha, Zombie℠, Mohawk Warrior®, Monster Mutt℠ Dalmatian, Team Hot Wheels® Firestorm®, Madusa®, Lucas Oil Crusader®, Monster Energy, Scooby Doo™, Captain’s Curse®, Doomsday, Son-Uva Digger®, Grave Digger The Legend®, Max-D® and Grave Digger®, along with those making their MetLife Stadium debut – Stone Crusher, Xtermigator, Ice Cream Man® and brand new Soldier Fortune.

Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $10 for kids (restrictions and additional fees may apply). Tickets are available at the MetLife Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster retail outlets, online at or charge by phone 1-800-745-3000. For more information on Monster Jam, log on to


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4th Anniversary Staycation

221892_2033799891414_700277_n Four years ago I finally became Mrs. Bannon after a seven year long engagement.  My hubby and I are not very traditional.  We had our daughter, got engaged, bought our house and THEN got married over the span of a decade or so.  Personally, I think all that matters is that we got everything accomplished in the end.  I also love that T was able to be there for our wedding.  If I got the opportunity to go back and do it over I would not change a thing.  

We decided to celebrate with a little staycation last weekend.  I booked a room at the Empire Hotel for Saturday night.  It was beautifully decorated but INCREDIBLY loud.  I am a very light sleeper so it was not a great fit for me and I would never return.  It was aesthetically pleasing though.  I was pretty obsessed with this chair:

The Empire Hotel NYC

The Empire Hotel NYC

The view from our room was gorgeous and we were able to look right out at Lincoln Center.

The Empire Hotel NYC

After checking in and changing we walked over to Columbus Circle (where we took our wedding pictures) and then to Serafina for dinner.   We adore Serafina and we had a dinner in their private wine room following our ceremony in 2011 so it has a lot of sentimental value for us.  We eat there every year for our anniversary.

(BTW, thank you all so much for the opinions on black or nude heels with my dress.  I wound up going with black heels, tights and jewelry.  It was a little chilly out so it worked perfectly.  I wish I had a better picture to show you.  My Samsung Galaxy S5 takes the most awful low light shots and I forgot my DSLR at home.  This selfie is the best one I had and it looks like I took it with a 1998 flip phone.  Grrrrrrrrr.)


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 As we were walking we spotted a hope sign and ran over to take a picture.  One of my favorite wedding photos is of our family in front of a love sign (that we just happened to stumble upon that day) so this felt kismet.

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Next, we went to see Jersey Boys on Broadway.  It has been on our list of things to do forever.  It was great and I got to drink champagne out of a sippy cup (which is always a good time).  I must say that my hubby is not usually a fan of musicals and he loved this one.  It is about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  The music was fabulous and we danced in our seats the whole time.

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  We are old so after Jersey Boys we opted to go back to our room at the Empire.  Unfortunately, the line for their rooftop club formed on the sidewalk right outside our window and stayed there until 3 am!  We listened to people screaming, laughing and talking all night.  It was the WORST.  (I should also note that I told the front desk clerk at check-in that I am a light sleeper and requested a quiet room.  She assured me room 125 would be perfect.  Lies.  That made me even more angry about the noise.)  Also,  the next morning around 6 am there was a March of Dimes walk that started setting up.  By 8 am there was a gentleman with a microphone encouraging the crowd to make as much noise as possible.  I wanted to cause him bodily injury.

At that point any hope of ordering room service and luxuriating in bed was long gone, so we walked over to Norma’s at Le Parker Meridian.  We had seen this restaurant recommended on a few different Food Network shows but never got the opportunity to go.  Let me just admit it…Billy and I can be food snobs.  We are in NYC and there are so many options and so many fabulous restaurants that we are not easily impressed but Norma’s just blew us away.  It was LITERALLY the best breakfast I have ever had.  I definitely plan to return there with Taylor very soon!  I cant stop thinking about it!

All in all we had a pretty fun weekend.  It was nice to get to spend some time alone.  I think that is so important in a relationship although I missed Taylor and Jeter terribly and thought about begging Billy to go home in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep.

Mother’s Day Teleflora Giveaway!

Teleflora's Beautiful Butterfly Bouquet

Happy Monday Loves!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  I sure did!  I figured we should start this week off right – with a GIVEAWAY!

Mother’s Day is about two weeks out so I am teaming up with  my friends at Teleflora to give you guys the chance to win one of their Beautiful Butterfly Bouquets!  You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good luck!  xo 

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Happy Friday!


Happy Friday loves!  I had to choose the above pic for this post because it looks just like Jeter when he was a baby.  Although Jeet doesn’t sit with his eyes closed by the window smiling.  He stares at birds he wants to hunt and cries loudly for us to let him out.  (Which we don’t because he is an inside cat.)  I hope you guys have some fun plans for the next few days!  T has her first soccer game of the season and the hubby and I are heading into the City to celebrate our anniversary.  It should be a pretty good one.  

Today I am linking up with April, Amanda and Della for Friday Faves.  Let’s jump right in…


BCBG Francis Dress.  Both Saks and Bloomingdales are having fabulous sales this week so I took the opportunity to grab a new dress.  I am wearing it to dinner Saturday night.  I might do a nude heel but not totally sure yet.  What you think?  Nude or black?


Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella.  I have been on a roll with my reading lately.  There are so many great books out.  This one has not gotten the best reviews but I could not pass it up because I love the series.  So far I am about 25% of the way through and I love it!  It is light and funny and easy to read.


Silk Pillowcases.  I keep reading that silk pillowcases are better for your hair and skin.  Can anyone confirm this before I jump on board and order a few?

Churros_RellenosNutella Filled Churros.  Yup.  I just saw someone post these on Instagram and now I am totally obsessed.  It doesn’t help that the restaurant that made them (Boqueria) is right across from my eyebrow threading salon and I need to go there soon.   

A GIVEAWAY!  Last but not least…don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a $200 Lululemon gift card below!  Good luck!  

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Have a fabulous weekend everyone!  xo