Monthly Archives: May 2015

Going Off Script by Giuliana Rancic

Going Off Script

I could not wait for this book to come out and I ordered it right after it’s release date last month.  I’ve loved Giuliana Rancic since I watched her wedding special in 2007.  I find her to be so refreshing and hilarious!

I was a little worried that Going Off Script would be too full of Hollywood fluff and it would ruin my opinion of her but instead it did the opposite.  She touched on some serious subjects (like her battles with infertility and cancer) and it made me like her even more.  I cried during certain chapters and I laughed hysterically during others.  

I adored the tales of her childhood in Italy and of her rebellious teenage years in America.  Her stories are so self-deprecating and funny and she shares so many details that make her look ridiculous.  It feels like less of a memoir and more a girlfriend telling you about her life.  I couldn’t put it down.

VERDICT:  I highly recommend Going Off Script by Giuliana Rancic.

What should I read next?  Any suggestions?

Seat Belt Safety

 I was recently approached to participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Seat Belt Safety campaign and I agreed to share this message with you (my readers) because I feel strongly about it.  I was not compensated for this post.  I just think it is really and truly important to MAKE SURE that your everyone in your car is wearing a seat belt.  

I was in an accident when I was younger and luckily I was wearing my seat belt and I did not sustain any permanent damage from it.  I did, however, see how quickly an accident can happen.   One second you are listening to the radio and thinking about having Chipotle for dinner and the next all you hear is crunching metal and glass shattering.  No one sets out on the road with the intention of having an accident but sometimes they do occur and a seat belt is such an important part in protecting yourself and your child from injury.

I have an almost ten year old daughter.  Tweens aren’t little kids anymore and want to be treated differently. But here’s one rule that should not be up for debate – the car doesn’t move until everyone is wearing a seat belt. My mother had this rule for us and I have this rule with my child.  We say it and buckle up ourselves and our kids have to buckle up.  If they don’t, that’s a fight worth having.  It might just save your tween’s life.

The MiniVan Should Not Be a Battlefield – Buckle Up for Tween Seat Safety #KidsBuckleUp

Did you know that one child passenger age 8 – 14 is injured every 8 minutes in a car crash? From 2009 – 2013, 1,522 kids ages 8-14 died in car, SUV and van crashes. Of those who died, almost half were unbelted. As children get older they’re sometimes less likely to buckle up. The percentage of child passengers who die while riding unrestrained generally increases with age and is most pronounced among 13 and 14-year-olds regardless of seating position.

The MiniVan Should Not Be a Battlefield – Buckle Up for Tween Seat Safety #KidsBuckleUp

Check out this Battlefield MiniVan Video:

Buckling-up is an important habit to instill in children at a young age. Parents can lead by example by wearing a seat belt themselves and by insisting on seat belt use for every passenger in their vehicle. Seat belts and safety seats, if used correctly, dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury to children.

The MiniVan Should Not Be a Battlefield – Buckle Up for Tween Seat Safety #KidsBuckleUp

The MiniVan Should Not Be a Battlefield – Buckle Up for Tween Seat Safety #KidsBuckleUp @themamamaven

Learn More:

-Visit; for more info about buckling up!
-Learn when to transition your child out of the booster seat to a seat belt and find out how it should properly fit.;
-Parents are the #1 influence on children’s seat belt usage:;

Happy Monday {+ A GIVEAWAY!}

Happy Monday my loves!  Spring has (finally) sprung in NYC and I got a chance to enjoy a fabulous weekend with my family.  

On Saturday Billy and I brought Taylor and our nephew to Sahara Sam’s Oasis in New Jersey.  I will be doing a full post on it (with a giveaway!) later in the week but the short version is that we had a BLAST!  It is still a little too cool to be enjoying any sort of outdoor water sports so it was nice to enjoy the indoor facilities.  They keep the temperature at a toasty 80 degrees and it really felt like Summer to be donning a bathing suit!  The kids had so much fun and did so much running around that at the end of the day Taylor sat down and started to fall asleep while picking out prizes in the arcade and then they both passed out cold during the car ride home!

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car ride

On Sunday I woke up early and started running errands.  It was Sunny and gorgeous out and I got so much accomplished.  I dropped off my dry cleaning, got my car washed, got a mani/pedi, went food shopping and we had brunch with friends.  Taylor and I donned our favorite maxi dresses (Spring fashion is so much more fun than Winter).

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(The pic above is T pointing to the chocolate covered bacon she had as an appetizer.  Yummo!)

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I hope you all had a fabulous weekend as well and got to spend some time outdoors!

Today I am also teaming up with a fabulous group of bloggers to give away a $125 Amazon gift card to celebrate The Sequin Notebook’s 2nd Blogiversary!   You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and be sure to give all of these gals some love by following each of their links – after all, every link is one entry closer to winning!

The giveaway will run from now until midnight on May 12th – good luck gals!

B & M from The Sequin Notebook // Pamela from A Little Glitter 
Marie from Twin Living // Tif from Bright on a Budget 
Amanda from Kids & Cabernet // Meghan from Champagne + Suburbs 
Carissa from Carissa Jaded // Christina from The New Mrs. // Emily from Martinis and Bikinis

Happy Friday!


Hello weekend and hello MAY!  This is really happening!  It is officially Spring!  To start things off right tomorrow we are heading to a water park.  It is indoor (it is not quite THAT warm yet) but I am wearing a bathing suit and we will be in a pool.  That counts for something!  Today I am linking up with AprilAmanda and Della for Friday Faves.  Here goes:

1.  DVF Purdy Jumpsuit.  I am dying over this jumpsuit.  I tried it on the other day and the color is magnificent in person.  The only problem is the price…


2. Nike Flash Pants.  I believe I have mentioned in the past that I am doing a glow run at the end of the month with my girls.  Well, one of them found the MOST FABULOUS PANTS ever and they were on CLEARANCE!  Isnt everything better when you get it on sale?  These pants are sold out everywhere at $150 and somehow she managed to find all these pairs at the Nike Outlet for $64.  Score!   How cool are they?

pants3. Sea Urchin.  I spotted this little guy when I was at Target for the Lilly sale and I cant stop thinking about it.  I feel like I NEED one for my future white and gold office.


4.  Honey Garlic Shrimp Skillet.  Yes, please!  I need these in my life!  

honey-garlic-shrimp-skillet-65.  Teleflora.  I have teamed up with Teleflora to bring you guys the chance to win a Beautiful Butterfly Bouquet (just in time for Mother’s Day).  You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Alright, lovelies.  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  xo