Monthly Archives: September 2015

Weekending on a Tuesday

Hello my loves!  Things are a little crazy and disorganized around these parts lately so please bear with me.  Some of you may recall my post last week about my split and part of that is that we are selling our house.  The last few months have been about cleaning it up and getting it nice and polished in order to go on the market.  We listed it last Tuesday and from Thursday to Saturday I had 13 showings!  People were in and out.  It was kind of nuts.  Then, on Saturday night I got a text from my broker that I had received a solid, perfect offer.  We accepted it this morning.  I have been so super stressed out lately worrying about the possibility that we would have to carry our current mortgage and my ex’s apartment simultaneously and it terrified me.  We will still have to do that for a few months but at least now I know there is an end in sight and I feel so LUCKY that this is one less thing on my plate.  Now that things are getting situated I can hopefully return to blogging on a more regular basis.  I miss you guys!

I know I am late for a weekending post but here is a little peek at what I have been up to these last few days…

I spent Saturday doing showing after showing at the house and as soon as the last person left I jumped in the car and went over to B’s new place in Astoria!  It is gorgeous and I had such a fun time.  Her friends are super nice and I got try the most delicious potatos (with bacon!!!).  B, please give us the recipe!  I also got to meet M’s little guy and he is THE cutest thing ever!

On Sunday I had a girl’s day with Taylor.  We decided to be NYC tourists and I loved every minute of it.  We began our journey with a ride on the Staten Island ferry where I purchased my very first selfie stick for $5.  I don’t know why I have been avoiding this trend.  They are so much fun!  We used ours all day.

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We went to see Matilda on Broadway and it was AMAZING.  I highly recommend it!  It was extra special for me because this was the book that I first fell in love with as a child.  It is responsible for my love of reading to this day.

Next we went to Toys R Us in Times Square and took a ride on the giant ferris wheel.  Fun fact, you do not get to pick which car you ride in.  They assign you to the next one that comes up.  The last time I took Taylor there she was four and we were given the Mega Bloks car.  She wanted the Barbie car (or at least the My Little Pony car) and she cried the ENTIRE time.  (Her face in the below photo cracks me up.)  

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Things have changed tremendously in the last six years.  To begin, my child no longer cares which car we ride in.  Another notable difference is that they will not take photos of you on the ride anymore and if you whip out your newly-purchased selfie stick, they threaten to confiscate it.  THE NERVE!

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Next on the agenda was a trip to Ninja.  It is a theme restaurant downtown.  I DO NOT recommend it.  While the ambiance was pretty cool, (all the waiters are dressed like ninjas and it set to look like you are eating in a dungeon) the food was disgusting and WAY overpriced.  I spent $120 on one appetizer that Taylor and I shared, a kid’s meal for her and a burger for myself.  I drank a water (so no alcohol was included on that tab) and Taylor had one lemonade.  I wouldn’t mind it being expensive if it were good but it was gross (and this is coming from a girl that likes Chuck E. Cheese pizza).  There also was no cool choreographed fighting like I thought there would be.

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Dont let the smile fool ya, we were not loving Ninja.

Okay, well I hope you all had a nice weekend!  Swing by tomorrow for a fun giveaway!  xo

CHEERIOS™ BREAKFAST PARFAITS #GIVEABOX

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Thank you for supporting brands that support A Little Glitter. #GiveABox #CollectiveBias

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Cheerios™ has always been a favorite of mine.  Growing up, there was constantly a bright and cheery yellow box in my Mom’s pantry and now I keep them in my own kitchen for Taylor.  She has enjoyed them since she was a toddler.  I used to tote around baggies filled with Cheerios™ for her in my diaper bag as her “on the go snack”.  They hold a special place in my heart.

Recently, Cheerios™ launched a new campaign with Walmart called “Buy a Box. Give a Free Box.”  For a limited time, certain packages of Cheerios™ are exclusively available at Walmart that have a blue ribbon sticker on the front that contains a unique code that can be used to send someone a free box of Cheerios ™!

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 After purchasing a box, you simply peel back the sticker to reveal a single use code that can be used to send a free box to a friend.

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It is really easy to redeem your code online.  You start by visiting their website.

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 Then, you click on the blue “give a box” button and enter your information, the code from your sticker and your recipient’s information.

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I chose to share my free box with my friend (and fellow blogger) Tiffany from http://livingsweetmoments.com.   She is also a member of the Collective Bias community and a VERY talented cook.  Her recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies makes my mouth water!  I wish she lived closer so I could pop by her house for dinner (or dessert) sometimes but at least I can send her some breakfast thanks to General Mills.  🙂

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Speaking of breakfast…now that school is back in session I have been making it a point to get up earlier and sit down to eat in the morning with Taylor.  As she gets older she is busier with homework and extracurricular activities and I want to take advantage of this opportunity to spend quality time together.  I think it is important to start the day fresh with a yummy meal together.  It doesn’t have to be anything difficult or fancy.  The other day I made these awesome breakfast parfaits.  They only took me a few minutes and they were delicious!

Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits #GiveABox Cheerios

I started out by washing fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.  Next, I sliced up the strawberries.  Then, I put a layer of Cheerios™ at the bottom of my glass.  I layered on some fat free vanilla yogurt and fruit and kept alternating between the cereal, yogurt and berries until I reached the top.  

Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits #GiveABox Cheerios

These have easily become one of our favorite breakfast treats.  The crunchy cereal is such a nice compliment to the sweet yogurt and tangy berries.

Do you have a favorite breakfast treat that you make for your kids on school days?  If so, please share it in the comments.  I am always looking for something  delicious.

As you may have heard, some select boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced over two weeks in July at the Lodi, California plant, have been recalled due to a wheat allergen.  This recall only affects consumers with Celiac disease or a gluten-sensitivity. To learn more about the recall, and if your product is affected please go to: http://blog.generalmills.com/.

Thankful

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I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their kind words and support after my post yesterday.  I was reluctant to open up about my divorce but after finally finding the courage to put it out there, I am so glad that I did.  I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support that I have gotten from the blogging community.  

This has been a difficult time for me.  Actually, it would not be an exaggeration to say that these past few months have been the worst of my life.  Between my Mom being sick and my marriage unraveling, things have been very painful.  Thankfully, I have some great girlfriends (online and off) that have helped me stay positive and I am looking forward to happier times ahead.  I really appreciate your positive vibes and comments!

Update

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Today, I am going to post something that is pretty hard for me and that I never really thought I would have to write.  I am not entirely sure where to start so I am just going to blurt it out.  My husband and I have decided to separate.  This was not an easy or rash decision and actually it has been in the works for a while.  Billy moved out over a month ago but I have been reluctant to share with you guys.  I told myself that I was waiting until we told our daughter to reveal it on the internet but then even after we broke the news to her (she handled it way better than we could have ever hoped) I found myself putting it off.  The internet can be a harsh place and I was not ready for opinions or the potentially negative judgment that could come my way.

Divorce is a strange thing.  While it is more common nowadays than it used to be, it is still not universally accepted.  I have had a few instances lately where I have told people and they felt the need to tell me that they disagreed with our decision and it has hurt my feelings immensely.  No one knows what happens behind closed doors.  No one knows how hard we tried so I am not sure how they can gauge whether we were able to try harder.  Billy and I were not passive in our unhappiness.  We knew we had problems and we worked really hard on them.  We went to couples counseling for two years and we also went to therapy individually for a while.  We sent flowers and bought presents.  We went on vacations, celebrated anniversaries and went on date nights.  Somehow, sadly, that was not enough at the end of the day.  

We were together for over twelve years.  We have known each other since we were kids and in that time we have changed.  I had my daughter at 22 and at 32 I am a totally different person.  We tried to grow together but we just don’t fit each other anymore and for the past few years we have been trying to force it and it was not making anyone happy.

 For a while we just chalked it up to “marriage” or a “rough patch”.  Nothing was really unbearable or terrible all the time.  We would have periods of turbulence but then we would return to being happy.   There were ups and downs.  This past year though things changed in my mind.  There were many more downs than ups and we would have blow up fights that would end in us ignoring each other for weeks or months to follow.  In my opinion, there is nothing as excruciating as being lonely in a marriage.  I started to realize the effect it was having on all of us.  We have a 10 year-old daughter and she saw a lot of it.  All along I assumed that keeping the family intact would be what was best for her but I don’t think that anymore.  I think having two parents that are happy is more important than having two that are miserable but married to each other.  Thankfully, she understands.

Like I said above, Billy and I have known each other a long time and we were friends before we started dating.  I am hoping we can go back to that.  Since there was no awful behavior that lead to the separation (cheating, abuse, addiction, etc.) I do think it is possible.  So far we have been able to be kind to each other (for the most part) and keep focused on co-parenting.  It is sad but I am okay because I know in my heart it is the correct thing to do.

This is not going to turn into a divorce blog.  I am not going to write awful, hateful rants about my ex because I don’t hate him.  I feel sad but positive about this situation.  I don’t view our marriage as a failure.  We were together for over a decade and produced a beautiful daughter together.  He is a wonderful Father and I am lucky to have him to co-parent with.

I am not planning on posting much else about this topic but I did think that I owed it to you guys to address it.  Otherwise, things would have looked horribly disjointed.  (Like, wait, didn’t she used to have a husband?)  I try to be an honest person and it felt wrong not to discuss it.

Thank you guys for reading!  This was honestly the hardest post I have ever had to write but now that it is done we can return to our regularly scheduled programming of happiness, fun, beauty and glitter.  xo

Never Forget

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I was going to do a Friday Favorites post today but it just didn’t feel right.  As a New Yorker, I find this day especially tough.  This City that usually is so alive and full of energy is somber.  My heart aches thinking of all the people that lost their lives and their poor relatives.  It has been 14 years but it feels like just yesterday.  #neverforget