Now that I have a boy and a girl, I’m beginning to notice the big scam behind these gender-specific toys. Take for example the Leap Pad tablet that I bought for my daughter last Christmas. I initially wanted to purchase the green and white tablet so that both kids could share it. But, the salesperson pointed out that the green was for boys and the lavender was for girls. So guess what I did? I got suckered into buying a tablet that my daughter has outgrown and that I’m just not liberal enough to pass on to my son. Well, I’m sorta kidding but you get my point.
Having two kids that are only a year and a half a part means that they’ll spend a lot of time sharing and playing with each other. Since they can’t share clothes, I’m making sure that this Christmas list includes toys that they can both enjoy. I’ve handpicked these cool toys (for little boys or girls) from some of my favorite stores, and they’re all under $25! Happy Shopping…
Ohio Art Classic Etch A Sketch age 4 – 8 years, $14.99 at Toyrus
While the world mourns a hero, heaven welcomes one of the greatest souls to walk the earth. Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday at the age of 95.
I am old enough to remember Apartheid and how the world celebrated his freedom after 27 years in prison. This morning as I browsed the web, it’s moving to see how the world remembers his legacy and life.
From his personal style on USA.com to a photographic journey of his struggles via TIME.com, here are my favorite journalistic tributes to Nelson Mandela…
As much as I love the energy of the city, the hustle and bustle can sometimes get mentally and physically stressful. Even my recent trip to the spa was a challenge. Running to and from appointments and a chaotic subway ride made it even more necessary to unwind.
When I finally entered Eden Day Spa, it was obvious why so many New Yorkers flock to this hidden oasis over and over again. At 8000 square feet, it’s one of the largest spas in New York. There’s even a kitchen, which offers complimentary salads, sandwiches or pasta to clients that reserve a full treatment. The serene atmosphere and unrushed attitude of the staff was exactly what I needed for my “Me Time”. No emails, sippy-cup-throwing toddlers or husband around.
I tried their signature Sea C Spa facial – an intense anti-aging treatment that slows down the natural aging process. They used pure vitamin C, seaweed patches and organic mud which help to diminish wrinkles and brighten the skin. The entire treatment was an hour and fifteen minutes and ended with a scalp, neck and shoulder massage. I basically went to heaven and came back with beautiful, clear, glowing skin.
Now, I should add that I am always skeptical about the extraction part of the facial (where they remove the blackhead/whiteheads) but my esthetician, Yvonne, was a pro. I had very minimum redness and minor breakouts that went away after a day. I had such a great experience and amazing results that I plan on being a regular.
So if you’ve been reading for the past 4 years, you’ll know I don’t do Black Friday. After enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving meal and my traditional Jamaican sorrel, the last thing I want to do is stand in line for hours (even if it’s the next morning). Nothing beats shopping from your tablet or laptop and being able to browse through 800 online retailers. Thank Goodness for Cyber Mondays!
Check out some of my favorite deals that I found via the official Cyber Monday website. Happy Shopping!
UGG Australia — 30% off select styles
THE 2013 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS FASHION RECAP
Last night, the American Music Awards was more like background entertainment. Some nights it’s just a challenge to sit and watch TV with two overly active toddlers. And adding a bottle of moscato during dinner did not help the situation.
Still, I caught enough to witness Rihanna’s upscale rendition of the ‘doobie wrap’, Lady Godiva…I mean Lady Gaga’s entrance on the big white horse and Miley Cyrus’ grown yet sexy pants suit.
Black women all over the world were either gawking in total admiration or in shock that Rihanna chose to wear a ‘doobie’ wrap to compliment her Jean Paul Gaultier ensemble. Let’s just say the ‘doobie’ is equivalent to wearing hair rollers to the grocery store. But, Rihanna is a fashion icon and received the first ever Icon Award at the 2013 AMAs! I think she’s cute and young enough to pull off anything, but please keep in mind that we all can’t be like Rihanna.
I can’t deny that Adam Levine is probably The Sexiest Man Alive, but let’s talk about the hot chocolate men that made the 2013 list! People Magazine’s annual Sexiest Man Alive issue hit newsstands today, and the tall, dark and handsome Idris Elba takes the No. 2 spot as the sexiest.
The 41 year old British actor could be up for an award or two with hit movies such as “Thor: The Dark World” and the soon-to-be released Nelson Mandela biopic.
The list also includes musical genius Pharrell Williams, R&B superstar Usher and actor Shemar Moore. A very nice mix. Still, I am a little disappointed that Denzel Washington is the only black man to have won this competition since it started 28 years ago. You know y’all love some chocolate. I’m just saying.
Who’s your favorite from the list?
It’s only a day away, and you still have no idea who or what you wanna be this Halloween. Well, sometimes all you need are hair and makeup to create a frightfully fun getup.
I found these popular celebrity-inspired wigs that are less frightful and more fun (depending on your perspective). It’s quick, easy and inexpensive; just throw on a wig, apply some dramatic makeup and channel your inner Tina or Snooki!
NICKI MINAJ inspired wig – Get it at Target for $19.99
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Last year, we stumbled upon the best family-friendly Halloween event right here in Brooklyn. We found out about the Halloween Haunted Walk in Prospect Park the day prior and decided to stop by with the kids. Let’s just say we weren’t ready for all the fun activities and festive atmosphere.
I’ve been waiting a whole year to do it again and this time, we’re planning a full day in costumes. If you’re looking for family Halloween fun, here’s a lineup of frightfully-fun events in NYC parks:
Halloween Haunted Walk & Houlihan Lokey Halloween Carnival in PROSPECT PARK, BROOKLYN
Saturday, October 26, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Nethermead & Lookout Hill
The beloved Halloween Haunted Walk is back and scarier than ever! Lurking high on Lookout Hill are zombies, wolf men, headless horsemen, good and bad witches, and other creepy characters. Visitors brave enough to experience this harrowing hike should head to Lookout Hill. The Halloween Haunted Walk is suitable for children accompanied by parents/guardians or older siblings (though it may be frightening for very young children).
There’s also the Houlihan Lokey Carnival on the Nethermead featuring all kinds of fun, games and seasonal treats. Begin at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th St. The Haunted Walk and Carnival is open to all and completely free of charge.
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Our Halloween fun started this weekend with a friend’s birthday costume party, and we still have three more events ahead. Let’s do the math – two kids, four events and two costumes each. It can all add up to money you don’t want to spend on items the kids will only wear once.
Infant/Toddler Round Up Cowgirl Costume $15 at Target
Infant/Toddler Midnight Ninja Costume $10 at Target
Chances are you’ll be doing some shopping this month, so why not give back to help in the research and treatment of breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and both public and private organizations are collaborating on many levels to educate people about the disease and provide greater access to services.
Once again, the beauty industry is joining the fight against breast cancer with limited editions of popular beauty products. These are just some of my favorites but you can find a variety of products by typing “breast cancer awareness” in the search field or ask a sales person while shopping.
1. Essie “Pink Works” for Breast Cancer Awareness – $8 at Macys
2. Marc Jacobs Daisy Hot Pink Eau De Parfum – $79 at Nordstrom