Where to go in the Hamptons this summer?

Check out the May/June issue of VOGUE Bambini for my article about the Hamptons!

There were so many fab places to choose from and some other favorites are Topping Rose House (adults only) in Bridgehampton, Dockside at the American Legion, Sen, & in Sag Harbor, Sunset Beach & SALT on Shelter Island, Navy Beach, Sole East & the Surf Lodge in Montauk, just to name a few…

Take it from a Mom who knows fab places to go! Happy Summer!

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Want to know my fave cooking magazine, website & cable station which inspire my skills?

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Then pick up The Food Network Magazine, or head to www.foodnetwork.com, or on cable, The Food Network Chanel!

Cooking has always been a passion of mine since I was a child, and still is today.

The Food Network website is my go to website for recipes & entertaining in all cuisines, for my family & friends.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to have a private tour of The Food Network in New York City, which was a dream come true!

From visiting each department, to the set of Chopped, to the test kitchens for both the shows and magazines I was in heaven!

It was amazing to see how each recipe is tested by a staff of many, and that such hard work & creativity into it.

I hope to someday be a guest and cook alongside the best of the best, lol!

Take it from a Mom who loves The Food Network, thanks everyone for a fab day! Happy Cooking!

Want my famous recipe for “Butterfly Pasta Primavera”?

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Springtime is a great time to use seasonal vegetables, & why not make it fun!

Mom Who Knows Butterfly Pasta Primavera

Ingredients:
*1 medium Organic zucchini cubed into 1″ cubes
*3/4 cup of Organic fresh/frozen (thawed) sweat peas
*1/4 cup of Organic carrots peeled & sliced
*1/4 cup haricots verts cut into 1″ pieces
*4 garlic cloves cut in half
*1 pint of Organic grape tomatoes cut in half
*1/2 cup of Organic asparagus tips and stalks cut into 1″ pieces
*4 tbs of Organic extra virgin olive oil
*1/2 stick of Organic unsalted butter
*1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
*1/2 cup of fresh basil
*Sea salt to taste
*1 box of Organic Farfalle or bow-tie pasta

Directions:
1.) Bring salted water to boil in a large sauce pot.

2.) Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown garlic on both sides and remove slices and set aside.

3.) Add zucchini, carrots, peas, & asparagus and sauté until tender for 3-4 minutes.

4.) Cook pasta according to the directions on the packaging, then drain.

5.) Add the pasta back to the pot, & toss with butter, basil, 1/2 cup of cheese, browned garlic, & salt to taste.

6.) Serve and sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese & enjoy!

***Some fun additions are grilled chicken, shrimp, scallops or white beans.

Take it from a Mom Who loves fun recipes for dinner!

Want a hassle free kite for your children minus a tangled reel?

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Then check out Castakite!

In one word wow! This kite is nothing like I have ever seen!

Easy to use for ages 6 & up, with a reel versus spindle, making tangled lines a thing of the past!

Just open the package and fly! It comes already assembled with a 24″ diamond kite, as well as high quality string. ~LOVE this!

As you all know I adore finding fun items, and this is a MUST for summer!

Just go to www.castakite.com or call 800-297-KITE!

Take it from a Mom Who is keeping our Castakite in our car! Happy flying!

Want to teach your children how to plant from an apartment to a house?

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Then head to your local nursery, or shop online!

Planting with your children as early as two is so rewarding!

Watching something grow from a seed to a small plant is so exciting for children! It teaches so many skills, and can be done in any environment!

First discuss with your child the choices that they can choose from and why.

For example, our son wanted to grow coconuts, and it is not possible where we live on the East Coast. We then had a discussion about climates, which brought on many interests of other countries.

Next plan out where you would like to plant like in the backyard, on a terrace, in flower pots, etc.

I absolutely love Melissa & Doug’s Gardening Tote Sets that come with a basic set of tools! They also sell larger shovels, watering cans, a hoe, and adorable sprinklers separately.

Some gardening ideas are to use flower boxes, wine crates, stack different size plastic or terra-cotta flower pots, use old rain boots for single plants, a wagon, a wooden plastic table, or a sand or water table.

Children can make markers with large popsicle sticks, then spray clear lacquer to prevent the lettering from washing away.

Stepping stones are fun to make in outdoor gardens, as well as birdhouses. Most craft stores sell both items, as well as Amazon.

A great website for Organic & Non GMO seeds and plants is, www.organicseedpeople.com which has it all!

Some of my favorite things to plant are strawberries, raspberries, grape tomatoes, peppers, basil, & mint.

This year we are going to plant bib lettuce & string beans to have an edible garden on our terrace!

Take your children to a local farm or farmers market to get some ideas, as well as have them a part of the process. Going to the nursery or ordering materials online, this project will be a memorable one! And who knows, your picky eater might eat something that they grew!

Take it from a Mom who loves teachable & special moments with her children, & so will you!

Want to prevent diaper leakage for nap & bedtime?

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Then pick up either Huggies or Pampers Overnight Diapers, & a package of Onesies!

Nap, car rides, long outings and bedtime can be tricky when it comes to diapers.

Whenever you are out for a long period of time, it is the perfect time to use this method.

I have found over the years that putting an overnight diaper and a onesie is the secret! It secures the diaper and keeps it from moving.

Clients of mine who have boys, especially love this because it prevents extreme wetness during the night. Some babies wake up because their diapers are wet, & this will help tremendously!

I recommend this from 4 months & up, or when your child is sleeping through the night.

Take it from a Mom who truly knows!