Brew Crew

logoI was once again given the opportunity to host a Coffee-Mate sampling party. I invited 7 moms and their toddlers from my mommy group. The night before, I baked a batch of Winter Spice Scones and Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze (I added Coffee-Mate’s Cinnamon Vanilla Creme instead of vanilla). I also printed Coffee-Mate logos for the kids to color, set the table, organized the house and laid out the ingredients for the three coffee flavors we would be sampling.

20130103-212850.jpg 20130103-212858.jpg

My first guest to arrive received a coupon for a free Coffee-Mate product to enjoy at her convenience. Congrats Enza!

As more guests arrived I started to pass out samples of the coffee I had prepared. The first one we tried was Holiday Au Lait and the second batch was Peppermint Mocha Caffè Mocha. Both tasted really good and were a perfect addition to the baked goods that I served. I also had blueberries, cheese and crackers for the tots. Thanks for coming mamas! Hope you enjoyed your morning as much as I did.

20130103-212910.jpg 20130103-220536.jpg20130111-142148.jpg

Thank you Coffee-Mate for the sponsorship and the opportunity to share with my friends.

20130103-215702.jpg

My lovely models

20130111-142210.jpg 20130111-142222.jpg

20130111-142326.jpg

20130103-215716.jpg

The tots masterpieces!

To win a coupon for a free Coffee-Mate product, leave me a comment below with your favorite flavor and email address. I’ll pick a random winner by midnight on Friday.

Disclosure: As a Brew Crew Member I was given the Coffee-Mate creamers. However all opinions expressed are my own.

Advertisements

New Years Eve with a toddler

Most New Years Eves I’ve spent getting glammed up and at fancy locations. This year was a little different. Last year was an expensive evening so we knew in advance this year would be low key.

Me and my bestie celebrating NYE 2011

When my friend Cheryl from the mommy group invited my family to a NYE Potluck Party, I was super excited. First I would get to spend it with my whole family. Second I would get to make yet another new recipe from Pinterest. Third I would be spending the last few fours of New Years with some of my favorite people. It was a win-win situation all around! I got Sarah all glammed up for her first NYE party (party dress, tights, pretty shoes and even a bracelet), made 2 Pinterst dishes and we were off to celebrate with our friends.

Hubby got a last minute emergency call so he couldn’t attend after all. But it was a cute party! Thanks for hosting Cheryl!

536012_10152382014445571_738810527_n

Once back from the party and after a quick bed time routine, hubby and I enjoyed sushi and wine while we watched the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve countdown. After a short while our princess woke up. We let her cry it out for a moment and she went back to sleep. After the second time, I went in and tried to calm her down etc, but decided since it was NYE, why not bring her out to living room to celebrate with us? After a little while I placed her back in bed. The third time she woke up we knew our evening was over. Here’s to being parents of a toddler! Happy 2013 everyone!

index

I wanted to share my top moments of 2012 with you (in no particular order):

1. Starting this blog. I love being able to share what’s on my mind with you. Thanks for reading!

2. Celebrating my DAUGHTER’S 1st birthday: I still can’t believe I get to say I am a mommy! It’s been a life changing experience and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

3. Breaking Dawn Part 2 premiere with my youngest sister. After a few years of talk shows, premieres, screenings, midnight movies and getting up close and personal with the cast we closed the chapter to our Twilight madness. I had an amazing time with you sissy! Can’t wait for our next adventure!!

4. My mommy group. This September Sarah and I have celebrated one year of support, friendships, laughs and tears with you. I seriously don’t know where I would be with you!

5. My Hubby! First thank you for being you and making me laugh! But I really want to thank you for working hard so I can be a stay-at-home mom. I know it’s hard at times, but it will be well worth it down the road.

6. My bi-annual trip to Florida! I love being able to wake up and sleep at my parents house for many consecutive days. It was also amazing that we were a part of my grandpa’s 80th birthday celebration. In a couple months when Sarah turns 2 I’m not sure how often we will fly to Florida, since 2 and over require you to pay for a seat 😦

6. To close this list and this wonderful year, my middle sister just got engaged! Mazal tov O and B! Here is to many simchas (joyous events in Hebrew) in your future.

20130109-200029.jpg

20130109-200040.jpg

Baby Y #2

My best mommy friend, Erin, recently gave birth to her second beautiful and healthy baby boy a few weeks ago. I couldn’t be happier for her. She’s not only my closest friend here, but is an amazing person inside and out. Being that neither of our parents don’t live close, we try to be there for another. Just last month Erin brought over some chicken noodle soup when I was sick.

We recently went to register for some miscellaneous baby things at Babies-R-Us. It was fun to register again and I’m honored she let me come along. Below is our blurry picture.

20121128-220214.jpg

One thing I remember the most about after coming home from giving birth at the hospital was how hungry I always felt—so, I knew I wanted to help her with meals. After searching for a few minutes I came across MealTrain. I was so excited to get this meal train started for her.

I got together with some mommy friends from our group and started her Meal Train.

“MealTrain.com is a free solution that simplifies the organization of giving and receiving meals. By allowing the giving party to take into account the recipient’s preferred meal times, food preferences, and available days, the site helps ensure that the recipient gets the meals they enjoy on the days that are most helpful.”

Within a few hours 90% of the spots were taken. What a wonderful and supportive group of mamas we have!

Here is a picture of the prince and I at the hospital.

IMG_8581

Welcome baby boy to the world! You are already so loved!