Yearly Archives: 2015

Say More With Hershey’s KISSES Deluxe! {Plus a GIVEAWAY!}

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hershey’s KISSES Deluxe. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.Hersheys #SayMoreSince Christmas is two weeks away, I would REALLY love to be able to tell you that I am done with my shopping.  Usually, I am completely finished before Thanksgiving.  Unfortunately, this year that is just not the case.  These last few months have been hectic and shopping had to be put on hold.  Now that the dust has settled a little, I am back to searching for the perfect present for a lot of the special people in my life.

I still have to buy for my family members, my co-workers, Jeter and get a few more things for my little blonde unicorn.  Thankfully, I have made a little bit of a dent in my list. 

I find that every year there are new additions to buy for.  These usually wind up being people that provide services relating to my daughter and my interaction with them can be limited to running in and picking Taylor up and whisking her off to eat dinner, do homework or off to another activity.  There is not usually a huge amount of time for me to thank them for the contribution to our lives and I think that is a shame.  

This year I added Taylor’s new bus driver and her music teacher to the people that I usually buy for (which includes the secretaries at Taylor’s school, all 7 of her teachers, her after-school aides, her security guard, her soccer coach and the mailman).  All of these people are special and I appreciate the things they do for us so much.  I struggle with wanting to buy them something meaningful, that they will enjoy and staying within my budget.

#SayMore Hershey Kisses Deluxe

This year I decided to #SayMore by giving them each a 35 piece Hershey’s KISSES Deluxe gift set.  These KISSES are wrapped in beautiful gold paper and are twice the size of an original KISSES Chocolate.  They have a creamy chocolate center surrounding a whole roasted hazelnut, finished with delicate crisps and smooth milk chocolate.  

Hershey's KISSES Deluxe #SayMore

The gift sets are gorgeous and perfect for the recipient to share with their friends or family.    

Enter below for a chance to win your very own Hershey KISSES Deluxe gift box!  

 

Hershey’s KISSES Deluxe Giveaway

 

*I-C will randomly select fifty winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.

5 Tips For Getting Settled After A Move

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

#DoTheMicroTwist O-Cedar

It has been two weeks since I moved into my apartment and I am pretty much finished unpacking.  All of my past moves were simple compared to this one.  There was the initial fun move when my husband and I first decided to live together.  It was easy because we had to buy everything new (since we had nothing).  We brought in our clothes and spent time leisurely perusing Target for cutlery.  There was no truck.  There were no boxes.

Eventually, we bought a house.  At that point there was a U-Haul and Billy and his brothers carried our furniture and boxes into the house.  That one was exciting because I could not wait to get into our new home.  Plus, there was so much more room!  There were extra bedrooms, bathrooms and a finished basement.  We now had a backyard and a shed!  

This past move was an odd one because I was downsizing.  We sold our home (a friend recommended that we use someone like We Buy Houses to help us sell our quicker) and separately moved into apartments.  (Sidenote – I hate writing that because it sounds sad and makes it feel like a depressing situation but I assure you it was not.  It was an opportunity to reboot, de-clutter and start fresh.  Billy and I get along better than ever before and we spend tons of time together.  Our daughter is happy and we are in a great place.) 

This time around I went from a 3 bedroom home to a 2 bedroom apartment and it was the most difficult move to date because I had lots of stuff and no place to put most of it.  When I had my house with a big kitchen I bought ALL of the gadgets (blender, slow cooker, Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer, etc).  I had tons of room to store them in my pantry and finished basement.  Now, I have a kitchen with some cabinets and I feel like I should probably put food in there. 

 Even though this was a tough move, I did learn a few lessons along the way and I would love to share them with you because let’s face it: moving is hard.  You are leaving your home and going somewhere unfamiliar and that is scary.  Hopefully, these five tips can help you get settled in faster and cause you to feel less stressed during your next move.

1.  Set an unpacking deadline.

Untitled design (41)

In my last house I had boxes that were in my basement for six years.  SIX YEARS.  I literally never unpacked them.  We were moving out and they were still packed from when we moved in. The reason for that is that after a few weeks I lost momentum, got settled into my new space and started living my life again.  The important stuff was unpacked and put away by then and the things that I didn’t really need and had no place for just stayed in boxes.  In order to prevent that from happening in my apartment I set a deadline of two weeks.  That is not to say that I needed to have all the boxes unpacked within two weeks but I wanted to at least have a plan for everything in that time frame.  Obviously, there are exceptions.  For example, I have curtains that are still packed because my curtain rod has not arrived yet.  That is perfectly fine because I have a plan in place.  On the other hand, if there is a box full of assorted glass vases from the dollar store with no place to live – they need to be re-homed after two weeks.

2. Label your boxes and include a description.

#DoTheMicroTwist Boxes

The boxes that I found that most annoying and difficult to unpack in my previous move were the ones that were only labeled with what room they went in.  This time around I made the effort to include a description of the contents (even if it was just one word).  I also used a method that I recently saw on Pinterest and put a piece of colored duct tape on each box that coordinated with a certain room.  For instance, all of the boxes that were going in my living room had hot pink tape on them and all the boxes for the master bedroom had red tape.  It made it a lot easier to make sure they were in the right place. 

3. Pack up your cleaning supplies and bring them in your car to the new place.

IMG_4703

 I knew I wanted to sweep up the living room quickly and mop the floor before my movers started bringing in my furniture.  Otherwise, I would have had to move the couches and rugs later on in order to get access to clean them and it would have been a pain.   During packing I gathered garbage bags (the big, black jobbies), a bucket, loads of paper towels, floor cleaner, kitchen cleaner, bathroom cleaner, window cleaner, toilet cleaner, a toilet brush, a mop and broom and then during the move I brought them with me to the new apartment in my car.  This way I was able to run in before the truck got there and take care of the floors.  Plus, it was helpful to have garbage bags on hand to throw out the packing tape as I unpacked my boxes and I had the rest of my cleaning supplies handy so I could use them as needed and not have to search for them in the sea of boxes.

  I recently bought all new cleaning supplies and that included an O-Cedar MicroTwist™ mop.  I ordered it using Amazon Prime (free two-day shipping for the win) and I must say that I am obsessed with it.  I thought that all mops were the same but that is not the case at all.  This one has a extra large 16-inch head and because it is microfiber, it cleans up dirt and dust on the first pass.  That is EXTREMELY helpful when you have movers waiting to bring up furniture and you are in a rush.

IMG_4716 IMG_4732

4.  Start with your most difficult room.  

I think in the beginning of a move you are the most ambitious and eager to get things situated.  I used that inertia and started unpacking in my most difficult room.  For me, during this move, it was the bathroom.  I went from having two big bathrooms with linen closets to one decent sized bathroom with NO linen closet. I knew it was going to be challenging when I had to get a Toronto plumbing service to sort out the toilet before I even moved in! I am also a product hoarder so I was not looking forward to having to situate all that stuff.  I wound up buying a really cute over-the-toilet cabinet from Target and also a slim cabinet from Ikea.  After I sorted through my products and purged the items I don’t use I was able to fit it all.  Once I was finished with the bathroom (which I dreaded the most) everything else was a piece of cake.  

5.  Unpack one full room at a time.

Another tip I have that I think really helped me is to do one full room at a time.  For me, when I finished the bathroom from top to bottom and it was all clean and glossy and properly organized it motivated me to want the other rooms to look as nice.  It gave me a glimpse into how nice the apartment was going to be in the end and inspired me to keep moving. However, if you have just moved house all of your bathroom furniture may have not been fitted yet, for example, you may be waiting for a shower glass panel to be fitted. I would recommend that you start with a room that is nearest complete. This will allow you to have one room that is uncluttered and relaxing to be in. This also means that you will be able to focus on what you want to do with your house next in a clean space.  

IMG_4738

Do you guys have any helpful tips or hacks to share about getting settled after a move?  Leave them in my comments!

Happy Friday!

c070f15f1717c4ee96f4695c3d2ac7f2

Happy Friday you guys!  The last two weeks of November were NUTS but I survived!  I officially moved and my apartment is starting to come together!  I still have a way to go before it is perfect but pretty soon I will do a fun home tour so you can see what it wound up looking like.  (Hint: There is no purple kitchen or coral bedroom!)  This weekend will involve a lot of photography for upcoming posts on my poor, neglected blog and some unpacking/organizing.  How about you?  Are you guys up to anything good?

 Today, I am linking up with AprilAmanda and Della for my Friday Favorites!  Here goes…

1. Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce is back for season two!  The first episode aired this last week and it did not disappoint!  If you missed it I am sure you can (and should) check it out on Bravo on demand.  

girlsfriend-guide-on-divroce

2.  This Shirt.  I need it in my life ASAP!  People have been stressing meowt big time lately

dce4236798dcad531bb550637e16ed8f

3.  The Ring.  I am totally geeking out over this and I may just pull the trigger and buy it.  My new apartment is on the second floor.  I love that because it makes me feel more secure than being on Street level.  The only issue that I am having is that when someone comes to the door I have to go all the way downstairs to see who it is.  I dont want to go all the way down there to realize that there is a killer outside the door.  I would like to know from the safety of the second floor that there is a stranger at my front door.  Also, even if it is a friend, it takes me a long time to get down there and they may get impatient and leave.  Either way, I need a way to see who is at the door from my apartment and I want to be able to communicate with them.  Enter the Ring.  When someone pushes the button it activates a video camera which notifies you through an app on your phone.  So, even if you are not home, if someone rings your bell you can see who it is at the door and speak with them through your phone.  Very cool, huh?  Does anyone have this?  I would love to get feedback from someone who actually has used it.

maxresdefault

4.  The Peanuts Movie.  Even though I have a lot of work to do this weekend I was still able to squeeze in plans for a movie date with my Sister in Law, my best friend and all the kiddos.  We are going to see the Peanuts Movie!  I cant wait.  I love Charlie Brown!

peanuts-movie-cast

5.  Baked French Toast.  Oh Em Gee.  Ree Drummond just gets me.  I totally want to make this this weekend and eat it in bed while watching 45567434 episodes of Pretty Little Liars.  That sounds like my idea of bliss.  I am not going to get to but SOMEDAY it is happening.

bakedfrenchtoast1

Alright my loves, I hope you have a great weekend!  xo

 

A DAY WITH MY BEST GIRL AT THE KIDZVUZ HOLIDAY PARTY

#KidzVuzHoliday

Happy December Loves!  Things are finally starting to get back to normal after my big move.  It was hectic and I still have a lot to do but I wanted to take a little time out today to blog.  It feels good to share a post with you guys.  This one is actually pretty special because it is about the first blog event that I was able to attend with Taylor!  

Last month we were invited to Studio 450 in NYC for the KidzVuz Holiday Party.  It was a spectacular event filled with delicious treats and plenty of gift ideas.

1

One of the most popular tables in the loft was the one showcasing the Wubble Bubble Ball!  The kids were having a blast playing with the larger, classic Wubble Bubble Ball, the smaller Wubble X and the new Tiny Wubble.  They were bouncing them, sitting on them and throwing them in the air.  I think they would make a really terrific gift and Taylor agrees.  She added one to her list for Santa!

Wubble Bubble Ball #KidzVuzHoliday

 The next table we visited was Bway Zone.  Taylor and I are huge Broadway fans, so this was right up our alley.  Ever since she was a little girl we have gone to at least one show a year.  So far we have seen The Little Mermaid, Wicked, Shrek, Mary Poppins and most recently, Matilda.    Bway Zone is an official program of The Broadway League, the trade and marketing association for the Broadway theatre community throughout North America.  Their goal is to raise awareness of Broadway among fans of all ages, and to encourage theatregoing as family entertainment.  Their website is amazing and they have tons of songs, information about the shows and behind the scenes clips.

Kids On Broadway #KidzVuzHoliday

Another area of the party that Taylor loved was the Think Fun station.  She was very impressed with their program called Compose Yourself.  You start by arranging cards with music notes on them in any way you want, then you enter the codes from the cards on their site and listen to your piece played by a full symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.  After listening, you can then change them around or share your finished song online.  I thought that was a very cool idea.  It is non-messy, in-expensive and helps kids learn about classical music.

#ComposeYourself #KidzVuzHoliday

There were also a variety of booths aimed towards giving back (which I think is a great message to share with children).  

I loved Food For Thoughts Cards.  For every card that you purchase they will donate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to the homeless.  All the kids in attendance were encouraged to fill out a holiday card for a homeless person (since they don’t receive a lot of them).  I thought that was a lovely gesture.

22701221559_5a81e933bc_o

Image courtesy of KidzVuz

Taylor and I were also able to learn about Alex’s Lemonade Stand.  This foundation raises money for research into new treatments for childhood cancer.  Through their website your child can sign up to host their own lemonade stand.  ALS will send them a fundraising kit and put them in touch with a fundraising coach to help them plan their stand.  Afterwards, they send in the proceeds to the foundation.  What a great way for children to get involved!  My daughter wants to have a lemonade stand this Spring for this program.

Image courtesy of KidzVuz

Image courtesy of KidzVuz

Last but not least was my favorite table at the event.  This one was for Macy’s Heart of Haiti line.  I was actually lucky enough to win one of the gorgeous flower hooks shown below and I plan to hang it my kitchen once I am settled in.  The items are handcrafted by Haitian artisans and Macy’s gives 50% of the price to them.  They are so detailed and I was blown away by the quality.  You can check out some more of the gorgeous pieces here.

Image Courtesy of KidzVuz

Image Courtesy of KidzVuz

Thank you so much to Nancy, Rebecca, and the KidzVuz Team for having us!  Taylor and I had a fabulous time at the #KidzVuzHoliday party!  

#KidzVuzHoliday

Momtrends Holiday Soiree #MTHoliday

Momtrends Holiday Soiree #MTHoliday

Photo courtesy of Momtrends.

Well, it is officially that time of year!  I have started my Christmas shopping and the holiday party invites are rolling in.  Last week I got some great gift inspiration from the team over at Momtrends.  They held their annual #MTHoliday Soiree at Studio 1315 in New York City and it did not disappoint!  Here are some of my favorite brands and products that were featured:

Hasbro.  Even though I am a little hurt that they did away with my favorite pink character in Hungry Hungry Hippos, I still love and own every single game on this table!  I enjoyed hearing about how they are being updated to make them more current.  For example, Chromecast and Hasbro are collaborating on an app called “Monopoly Here & Now: Big Screen Edition”.

2015-11-10 18.57.55

Fun fact, we got a Jenga in our swag bags and Taylor and I have been playing it constantly.  Here is some video of me getting my butt kicked by my ten year old…

POM Wonderful.  I love the taste of pomegranate but I have always been too intimidated to cook with it on my own.  At this event I learned an easy technique on how to open them (in a bowl of water so that the white membrane floats to the top) and got to sample some delicious drinks and recipes.   I never would have thought that plantain chips with guacamole and pomegranate would be such a yummy combo!  

2015-11-10 18.41.17 2015-11-10 18.50.35

Epson.  I must confess that I don’t even own a color printer right now because dealing with replacement ink cartridges was so expensive and inconvenient that I just gave up.  After meeting the rep from Epson I may give it another shot though.  Their new Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab wireless printer is so small that it can fit in a large purse, it uses low-cost replacement ink bottles and it prints gorgeous pictures!  I was really impressed by it (especially it’s size).  It definitely packs a lot of bang for the buck and would make a great gift.

PicMonkey Collage

Photos courtesy of Momtrends.

Tessemaes.  These dressings, dips and sauces are dairy free, gluten free, have no sugar added  and yet they still taste great!  I have no idea how they managed it but it’s the truth.   I think they would be a fabulous edition to the stocking of a foodie in your life.  I plan to put a jar of the Chesapeake Mayonnaise in my Dad’s stocking!

2015-11-10 19.11.00

Thank you to Momtrends for having me and to all the wonderful sponsors!

Sponsors:
Bedgear Performance Bedding
POM Wonderful
I See Me!
Epson America
Susan Mallery
Mudpuppy
Net Nanny
Dream on Me
Teleflora
American Girl
Hasbro Gaming
Igloo Products Corp.
SockTABS
Cabi
Tessemae’s All Natural
Lego
Tieks
The Nanny League
Glamsquad