Every once in a while you get to do something a little different from the day-to-day. Recently, I partnered on a project with two women who represent poise and professionalism in their fields. Bridgette Raes is a NYC Stylist and author of Style RX: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want and Deb Cantillo is Owner of What to Wear? in Manasquan, NJ, a wonderful boutique on Main Street in the adorable Jersey Shore town.
Moms are busy, generally overwhelmed and don’t take enough time for themselves. Does that sound like something you can relate to? I know I can! The impetus for me entering the field of organization was the birth of my children. I had become a harried mom who desperately wanted to be a happy mom. That was when I began decluttering and simplifying. This makeover is all about simplifying! I’ll help the winners organize their closet, Bridgette will choose the right style for their body type, and Deb will recommend the FIVE key pieces so three lucky Moms can look and feel put together every time they walk out the door!
So watch this video, click on over, and enter to win a makeover valued at $1,000! Spring has sprung and it’s time to put that sizzle back in your step!!Read More
Yup, that’s what my 9-year-old called the recent snowstorm: “The Nightmare before Valentine’s Day.” It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? She tells me she’s not a writer, but I beg to differ. At nine, she’s already writing stories, coming up with catchy titles, and has the imagination of a child of Tim Burton.
This child cracks me up! Last week she told our dog: “Cody, you’re so down to earth.” And if she’s not spewing witty one-liners, she’s quietly assessing a situation to later remark on. In January, her big sis turned 12 and it’s as if there’s a different child in the house. Or, excuse me, a TWEEN! Jen misses her big sis and tells her often, shaking her head while she says, “We just miss the old Claire.” Wise beyond her years, this child has a bright future!Read More
The hot topic this week appears to be “How I Got My Baby Body Back.” Yesterday a friend posted a link to an article about one of the Kardashian’s (why are these people celebrities anyway?!) OK cover and how it was photo shopped. The new mom admits that she hasn’t lost all of the weight, but OK thinks it’s okay to publish a doctored pic of the celebrity sporting an “in shape” body after just several weeks. Today it’s the former Playboy Playmate and how fabulous she looks. Well, I’m not going to go on and on about these celebrities: THAT’S THEIR JOB! They have chefs, nutritionists, Nannies, and personal trainers.
We could all look that good if we had the access and budget to the same services. However, the average mom who shops at the supermarket and is bombarded with magazine covers at the register is made to feel less than. Sure, pregnancy takes a toll, but so does motherhood. Sleepless nights and lack of time to even shower has most new moms exhausted and simply trying to get out the door in the morning to playgroup or work, for that matter. Ladies, it’s abnormal to walk out of the hospital wearing your pre-pregnancy jeans. Personally, I didn’t “work out” after pregnancy and it took me a full year to even get back into my jeans, and from what I hear, most women don’t without some serious work that requires time and money.
So, I say “embrace the bulge.” It’s your battle scars of motherhood, it’s your badge of honor! Screw the media who are probably a bunch of overweight men focused on what they can never have…a woman with a “perfect” body. Ugh!Read More
Last week, I made my first TV appearance–EVER! I knew the that once my book launched, there would be opportunities for live TV. For the most part, I compartmentalized the idea because, if I thought about it too much, I’d get sweaty palms and probably begin to hyperventilate.
Then, what felt like “all of a sudden,” I received a call from Stephanie Coffin, who is a baby planner in Charleston. She tells me that she’s appearing on My News 2 the week of January 18 during the Expectant Parents Week with Tara Lynn and that I should contact Tara about a spot.
I followed up and within a few days, I was set to appear, January 20, 2010. At the time, it seemed as though it was months and months away, but before I knew it, I was making plane reservations, lining up a couple of book signings, and packing my bags.
The night before, I relaxed at the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, which is an incredibly beautiful resort. After an amazing 4-course dinner and a great night’s sleep, I made my way to the studio the following morning. The segment went well and I was no longer a tv virgin. Many thanks to Tara, who made it incredibly easy to talk with her with lots and lots of bright lights shining upon us.
If there’s one year I will gladly bid farewell to, it is 2009! Why? Oh, those of you who know me personally, you could make your own list. For everyone else, the reason: It was probably the most difficult year of my adult life. Things happened that were truly unpredictible, unexpected (and not in a good way), and down right surprising (again, not really in a good way).
Although it was a tough year (code for “major growth as a human being”), there were some truly unpredictible, unexpected (in a good way) and down right surprising (again, in a good way). I’m counting my blessings…the “good stuff” of 2009:
At this stage of life, I realize that life is truly a balancing act. Even when it comes down to everyday events, it appears you get an equal amount of good and bad, positive and negative, etc. etc. I embrace the postive and leave the negative behind (waaaayyyy behind!!!!) and move into 2010 (the year that in 1980 I thought I’d be really, really OLD), with a smile, knowing that no other year will kick my *&% like the year 2009.
Happy New Year!Read More