May 5, 2015

Top 5 Things Mom's Really Want for Mother's Day

Underneath all the layers of unadulterated capitalism that you've come to expect around a big holiday like Mother’s Day often lies a really simple want. I bet you if you ask most mother’s what they would like this coming Sunday at least three of my five from below would be included. This year, why not take a nod from the folks who know best and skip the guess work? Print this, hang on your fridge and thank me later.

Read on for the Top 5 things Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day:

Uninterrupted Sleep – you have no idea what  a commodity this is until you no longer get it. No matter how many mother’s I survey the answer is always the same. Whenever the kids get up in the middle of night or the first thing in the morning, mom is the first person they tiptoe over to nudge. An extra hour or two of not having to move might just put the Olivia Beyonce Cookie back in her day.


A pass on making meals for anyone at all, ALL DAY – Seriously, get up and get in that kitchen and make a meal for her and for yourselves. Trust me, she love you for it.


A 'get-out-of-cleaning’ anything card – For clarity, this doesn't mean nothing gets cleaned, it just means that Mom doesn't have to do it.

All whining and crying must be redirected to the next senior family member for a full 24 hours- no backsies

Hand delivered homemade or easy items like cards or flowers pull at our heart strings so whip out the construction paper, glue, scissors and any other accouterment and get busy. 




















May 1, 2015

Mom According to Us: An Art Benefit










     






















My good friend Vicky produces an art show each year for charity. The past few years its benefited St. Jude's Hospital, this year however the show will be focused on mothers and motherhood with proceeds going to the daughters of a young friend of Vicky’s named Stephanie Lee. Stephanie was previously profiled in an Esquire story and ultimately she and Vicky became close before she passed away recently from cancer. Her touching story profiled below is one of pain & heroism fueled by an immense love for her family. 




Vicky recently asked me to participate in this year’s show and profile Stephanie's daughters: Marchelle who is 9 and Kamri, 19. I didn't blink two seconds before I said yes. 

The sale which takes place on May 17th in Dumbo Brooklyn at Creative Chaos (shout out to Mark Arroyo) will bring together artists, mother's and enthusiasts to celebrate Stephanie's life. We would love for you to join us and support this cause. You can find out more about Stephanie and her daughters as well as the event via this Facebook page.

Last but not least, even if you can't attend you can still support the girls by clicking here.Hope to see you on May 17th so we can do some good together!

EVENT DETAILS
Date: May 17, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Creative Chaos - 28 Jay Street, (Dumbo) Brooklyn, NY





                                                                       



















Apr 30, 2015

Fix My Photos: Eyefi to the Rescue

I love learning new things. I have no problem sharing what I learned so that other people can get better at what they are doing too. Sharing information allows the community as a whole to get better. In this case, the community I'm referring to are bloggers.

As a blogger I must admit that my photography started out as terrible. I realized in the last year and a half that I was in desparate need of a real camera. My iPhone 4S wasn't cutting it. I didn't have real camera money so instead I upgraded my phone to the new 6 which takes photos at 1.5 micron-pixels. My photos were clearer and I had a lot more editing options. I was coming along in the world that was until once again I compared my shots to other bloggers.

Over Christmas, I was gifted a Canon Powershot camera. While I'm still getting used to it, it does take great shots. The only problem is, I have to take the SD card out of the camera and go home and download to my computer. Not the worst thing you say but the extra steps basically deterred me from using my camera, sending me back to my iPhone as my crutch.

That is until now. Some friends of mine came to visit me in my office recently and dropped a golden nugget on my called Eyefi. Eyefi in essence is a wireless mobile transfer of photos via the Cloud. You can then take your camera quality photos and use them on all your social channels and your blog. It was like I had been given the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Golden Ticket.

I'm sharing this with you so you can also upgrade your blog life. I ordered my Eyefi on Amazon.com ($79) . After I followed the directions to download the app to my phone, swap out my regular SD card for the Eyefi one, followed by creating a profile (missed this step originally and couldn't get the transfer to work) I was all set. You can blow the images up really big without them becoming pixelated. I can not wait to take my In the Kitchen with Chicbusymom shots!!

Here are some of my first shots taken with my new camera and using my Eyefi recently at Brooklyn Bridge Park. What do you think?











Google Hangout: The Sisterhood of Motherhood

On April 28th I participated in a Essence Mommy Den Google Hangleout with bloggers, Notoya Green of Triplets in Tribeca and Ronnie Tyler of Black and Married with Kids. Check us out as we discussed the concept of community as it relates to motherhood.

Try to ignore how crazy this static shot looks here. :-)

#spon






Apr 16, 2015

Why am I so tired?

Lately, getting out of bed in the morning is a major task AND halfway through the day i'm dragging. I think the lack of sun is starting to suck my mojo. Does that happen to anyone else? I really need to get it together. How can I take over the world half-asleep??  Here are few of my favorite posts from the web fully illustrating my mood. #WOMENinRL
                             













                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


                                   
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Apr 1, 2015

A Tale About Shoes…



What does a girl do when she gets invited to the launch of People StyleWatch and the JustFab shoe collaboration? She runs to the event in her best 'Carriesque' fashion hoping for a glimplse of the latest in shoe style.

I love shoes as much as the next obsessed girl. I have too many to count flowing from my closet to the crevices under my desk appropriately hidden from judgement. I love the way it feels when I first put on a heel, how it makes me stand up straight and elongates my midsection. In the same regard comfort is key (I do have three children after all) so I always keep a pair of flats on hand to ease the pain of my weary arches and aching back. Tall to short, prints to solid I do not discriminate (except for satin- like who in the hell thought that was a good idea?).

The event was held at Toro in Chelsea and as I passed the breezy corner off the West Side Highway and entered into the moody lit space I knew I was home. A wonderland full of willowy trees with shoes hanging from branches and grassy knolls full of gem filled flats on the bar. The only thing missing was my prince.  Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to kiss the shoes. 
XOXO 

Shop the full collection here. Photos from the collection below. All photos supplied by People StyleWatch. 












This is not a sponsored post. Candace of Chicbusymom is employed by the company that owns People StyleWatch.


 


Mar 22, 2015

My Weekend Bedroom Refresh: 5 Things You Can do Too

Your bedroom is your sanctuary. A place you come home to unwind and relax after a long day. That place should be a calming respite filled with all your favorite things-or at least that's what I've been told or read on all the home blogs.

For the longest time our bedroom has been a clothing dumping ground with papers shrewn about or piles upon piles of random crap my hoarding self couldn't bare to throw out. My husband and I both work really hard so not having our own space was the opposite of relaxation. It was time for a refresh, hell we deserved it! Plus I pretty much design experiences for a living so it was poor form that my own home didn't reflect that. With that said, I am doing in a few phases. There was no big budget for this, so doing it on a dime too was the only option.

Take a look at it Phase 1 (new duvet, wall hangings and pillows)-what do you think?

I've also put together 5 affordable ways YOU can do for a quick update to your own sanctuary that will have a big impact.


1. Accent wall- pick a wall to paint or add wallpaper too. A bold color will give your room a focal point as well as provide visual interest.
stunning bedroom with black walls, leopard accents, gold, black and white! SWOON!
Photo for credit on image.
Deep #teal bedroom wall #color with pops of fuchsia. Loving the octagonal #mirror and console as well!
Found on InteriorsbyStudioM.com

























2. Hanging photos or prints - Take a walk around your home, if you have artwork from your kids or prints you haven't hung yet, maybe it can work in your room. A lot times you have all the tools you need right under your nose. I had two family photos someone had blown up, dipped in resin and layed on wood that I never hung (going on 2 years now). They would be the anchor. You can also buy cheap typography prints which are popular right now for less than 20 bucks (Home Goods, Marshall's and Etsy are good options). Similar to the ones shown in my picture. I bought 'Enjoy the Little Things' for $16.99 and 'Do All Things With Love' for $19.99.

3. Bedspread/Duvet Replacement or Rug - a new comforter or rug is a great new base for a room. Either will ground or provide a center to the overall space. Have some fun too, buy two contrasting pillows in another texture to provide depth and/or a colored sheet set for a magazine worthy vibe.


4. Pick an Accent Color - use that to accessorize the other areas of your space. If you stick with this color throughout it will appear thoughtful and will give levity to your space. It can be a vase, antlers, set of small bowls, sheets, color in your framed prints or an accent table for example. I'm using gold/yellow like what you see below both from bhg.com:

yellow bedroom accents bhg              yellow home accessories bhg

5. Storage & Organization- having clearly defined areas of storage in or outside your closet makes a huge difference. Whether its jewelery trays or ring holders, to baskets for magazines, to shelves for your shoes. Places like Ikea, the container store and Home Goods have great options. Take the time to edit yourself. You don't need to keep everything. (going to be Phase 2 for me).

Tag me on IG so I can see your great refresh ideas. Om shanti!