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Looking for a great experience at American Girl?

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Then make a reservation with a Personal Shopper at the nearest American Girl Place store near you!

I am always looking for special experiences with our children, and this year takes the cake for our daughter!

Last month I booked both a reservation with a personal shopper and lunch for her birthday.

Many people don’t realize, but American Girl has an AMAZING service which is FREE, that includes complimentary coat check, gift wrapping, and the most knowledgable specialists ever!

As soon as you are greeted, your child is taken to which section they are interested in, and given information about the doll of their choice.

Afterwards he or she is taken back to the personal shopping room to go through their choices of wishes or purchases.

If you don’t see an item you are looking for, your personal shopper can look for it while you hang out in the lounge.

My favorite aspect of this experience was that they were NOT pushy and asked on us on the side what we were looking to do prior to shopping. ~LOVE this!

After your selection, head to the Hair Salon where your doll can get their hair styled like your child, or have their ears pierced within 15 minutes!

Lunch, tea or dinner is also a special treat at American Girl! When the doors open to the dining room, your hostess will offer your child a high chair for their doll. Don’t have a doll? Well American Girl has got you covered with a doll to borrow! ~Too cute!

From dolls to interactive stations, accessories, matching apparel, DVD’s, music and books, this store is a must!

Check out their website, www.americangirl.com prior to your visit, and enjoy my fab tips!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!

Want to know my best kept holiday gift secret?

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Then start shopping now and hide the bags in a garment bag in your closet!

As soon as school begins, it is the perfect time to start your holiday shopping!

Now the shelves are stocked to the ceiling and the world is your oyster!

Before you know it December comes fast, then your choices are limited, and items are gone!

Sales are great, but sometimes by the time you wait, the lines as well as the gas and tolls, it pays to get them now.

Secondly I hide gifts in garment bags in our closets, so that surprises aren’t spoiled! ~LOVE this!

If you wrap as you purchase it is worth its weight in gold!

Enjoy my fab tip, and take it from a Mom who is starting holiday shopping this week!

Calling all Mommanista’s for a fun beauty event at Saks!

With the kiddies back to school, schedules, and after school activities under way, what better way to come together!

Saks and I partnered up for a fabulous beauty event this month. Bring friends and enjoy small nibbles, amazing give aways, as well as preview some spectacular products!

Hope to see you there, & please RSVP to the number on the invite!

Happy back to school ladies!

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Want a few cute ideas to decorate for back to school?

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Then head to the dollar store and the market!

Every year I love to decorate our kitchen for the first day of school.

A few cute ideas are to put a globe, ruler, pencil box, a box of crayons, abacus or blocks on the table.

Last night I took red and green pipe cleaners, and wrapped pencils around them and hung them on our chandler.

Then I took construction paper to use as place mats, bendable rulers, an apple and a book mark for table decorations decorations.

My final touch was a message with Crayola window markers on our mirror and kitchen windows which was a hit!

As I have said before, when you make school exciting, your kids will be excited too!

Take it from a former teacher and Mom who knows! Happy Back to School week!

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Want to make a memorable pizza al fresco?

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Then gather the following items below and head outside!

Every summer we love making memories with our children and pizza on the BBQ is a must! A family friend has inspired us to take pizza making to a different level!

As I have said many times, cooking with your children is a great way for them to try new things.

Ingredients:
*4 cups of homemade tomato sauce
*2 large fresh mozzarella sliced paper thin
*1 bunch of Organic basil leaves torn
*1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
*1 cup of Extra Virgin olive oil
*2 large pizza dough rounds (Either purchase from a local pizzaria or make the dough homemade)

Utensils/items needed:
*Large wooden or plastic cutting board
*1 wooden rolling pin
*Spatula
*Pizza cutter
*5 small bowls for ingredients
*5 spoons
*Silicon basting brush
*2 Cookie sheets
*Optional add your favorite toppings

Directions:
1.) Preheat the BBQ to 500* degrees on a medium flame preferably.
2.) Place all ingredients along with a spoon in each bowl.
3.) On a cutting board lightly flour the surface and rolling pin.
4.) Next cut each dough round in half and set aside.
5.) Take 1 out of 4 rounds and roll in a thin rectangular shape, brush with olive oil, then place oil side down on the grill and cook until slightly brown 3-5 min.
6.) Brush the top with Olive oil and flip to cook the opposite side. Quickly add 1 cup of sauce, basil, fresh mozzarella and any other toppings, then cook for 3-5 minutes until golden brown.
7.) Sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese, slice with pizza cutter into slices.
8.) Continue the above directions for the remaining 3 dough rounds and enjoy!

Take it from a Mom who adores creating memories each summer, and finding fun ways to cook with the kiddies!

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Want a fun activity for the kids this summer?

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Then head to the beach!

Every summer our children collect countless buckets of shells which they love to paint, both at the beach and at home.

In our beach bag I always have the following in a large Ziplock bag…

*Melissa & Doug beach bucket
*Crayola paint
*Crayola paintbrushes
*Crayola glitter glue pens
*Newspaper
*Paper cups
*Paper napkins or folded paper towels
*Baby wipes (to clean hands or surfaces)
*Sharpie marker

Whether at the beach or at home I have the kids lay a few newspaper sheets for each child, then fill cups with water. Afterwards I write each child’s name on the backs of all of their shells to prevent any issues.

Crayola makes amazing sets of paint, glitter glue pens, as well as a variety pack of paint brushes which are perfect for a number of children to share.

I usually model for the kids creating my own shell, and dip my paintbrush in a cup of water in between colors, then dabbing it in a paper towel.

Activities that are hands on and promote creativity are the most memorable ones for children I feel.

Enjoy your paint fest, and turn a simple shell into a masterpiece with your kids!

Take it from a Mom Who cant wait to stroll with the kiddies for more shells this week, and have a shell exhibit for our family!

Looking for a healthier alternative to prepackaged cookie mix?

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Then head to www.scratchandgrain.com!

I stumbled upon this amazing company at Sur la Table in NYC, and went right to their website to order more!

Scratch & Grain was founded by two mothers who were searching for healthier versions of traditional cookies. They created mixes that are pre measured in packets of Organic ingredients, and all there is to add are eggs and butter! ~LOVE this!

They have a variety of mixes like Chocolate Chip, Sugar Cookie, Oatmeal Raisin, and 3 Gluten-Free mixes of Chocolate Truffle, Peanut Butter and Snicker Doodle.

Whether you are a working or stay at home parent, Scratch & Grain has made baking cookies easier in a healthier way!

Take it from a Mom who loves the entire collection, and your kids will too!