Engagement season is in full swing. So, I'm excited to share some tips to help you nail that holiday proposal 💍.
1. The Feeling Should Be Mutual
Now, this should be a no brainer. Still, you'd be surprised how many people ignore this essential detail. Prior to popping the question, discuss your visions of marriage with your partner. If you're both on the same page, then, you can move forward with proposal plans.
2. Family Feedback
This one only applies if your partner desires familial approval prior to the engagement. Don't base this on what you've seen in movies or even your own family dynamics. Your partner should be consulted before you contact their family.
3. Consider Your Partner
Even if you're planning a surprise engagement, your partner's desires should be at the forefront of the planning process. From choosing the right ring, to deciding how intimate the big moment will be, your partner's wishes should be considered the whole way through.
4. The Ring
A marriage is a mutual commitment. The ring however, is a gift for your partner. Once you begin conversations about marriage, you should simultaneously collect information about the kind of ring they'd like. In addition to the style, you should also be aware of your partner's ring size. Another important step is getting the ring insured. Unfortunate situations happen all the time. So, an item that valuable should be protected.
5. Don't Forget the Details
Now, this may seem superficial to some. However, I think it demonstrates thoughtfulness, in this social media driven world. Be sure your partner is well put together, down to the cuticles (especially if the cameras are out). Trust me, this gesture will be greatly appreciated and make your love feel extra special.
6. Tie in the Holiday
The holidays are the perfect time to pop the question. That's why engagement season lasts from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day. So, why not infuse the magic of the season into the proposal? Weave the special moment into an existing holiday tradition, or use it to create a new one. Incorporating those festive elements into the proposal will definitely make the experience more memorable.
7. Secure the Ring
Guess how many engagement rings are at the bottom of the ocean. Too many! When choosing the perfect destination for your engagement, be sure to consider ALL the possibilities. Take the necessary precautions to safeguard that ring! If the conditions are really high risk, consider a stand-in ring. While you don't need to spend tons of money on a custom replica, the stand-in should be very similar to the real thing.
8. Document the Moment
Whether it be filmed or just a detailed journal entry, be sure to keep a record of this most precious moment. Trust me, one day further down the road, you'll be asked to recount the events of that day and you'll be surprised how many details you have forgotten. Seriously, whenever I ask my clients how they met, I always get a kick out of how much their stories differ. So, take the necessary steps to preserve the memory and enjoy it for years to come.
I hope you feel more confident in planning your proposal. Congratulations in advance!
Until Next Time,
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Hello, My Loves,
It's getting quite chilly here, in NYC, as we gear up for the holiday season. Check out these practical party trends to keep it cute and cozy during your Christmas celebrations.
1. Hot Chocolate Station
This one is tons of fun for kids and adults alike. The key is to start with quality hot chocolate and build from there. Add a few syrups and spices that compliment your chocolate flavor. Next, add some fun toppings to further enhance the experience. Lastly, create a cute display that's easily accessible for your guests.
2. Chili Bar
This one is perfect for those extra cold, winter nights. Nothing warms the body and soul like a delicious bowl of chili. Start off with a pot of your favorite chili (incorporate multiple flavor options for some added variety). Then, add an array of toppings (cheese, fresh vegetables/herbs, sour cream etc.). Finish up with an assortment of complimentary sides e.g., French fries, naan, tortilla chips or cornbread.
3. Grilled Cheese Station
I love the versatility of this one. Seriously, you can really get creative with the ingredients. Start with a selection of breads. Then, provide an array of cheeses (preferably ones that melt well). Be sure to include some fillers e.g., bacon, tomatoes, jalapeños, etc. Lastly, provide dipping options. Tomato soup, maple syrup and garlic butter are amongst the most popular.
4. Cozy Blankets & Throws
I love how cute and practical this trend is. Not only will it enhance your festive decor, but, also doubles as a beautiful parting gift. Take it a step further and have your blankets embroidered for a more personal touch.
5. "Jammy" Jam
This one is both comfy and cozy. Kin to the ugly sweater trend, matching pajamas are back in a major way. Enforce this festive dress code for a fun, laid back gathering. Not to mention the most epic party photos ever! If the PJ trend just isn't your thing, opt for festive holiday socks instead (perfect for a shoe-free home).
I hope these trends help you get into the Holiday spirit! Find more on how to create them here.
Until next time,
Hey you guys.
Today I want to get into the importance of holiday traditions. As a mom, I'm always looking for cool ways to make memories with my little one. I love hearing the excitement in his voice, as he anticipates activities throughout the holiday season. Below, I've listed some fun ways you can start making Christmas traditions of your own...
Deck The Halls
Decorating not only gets you into the holiday spirit, it's also a great way to implement family traditions. Back when I used to celebrate Thanksgiving, my sisters and I would always go to the movies after dinner. The following day we'd start decorating for Christmas, since school was out. We'd put up the tree, and switch the living room decor to match our holiday color scheme. Sometimes, we would make paper snowflakes and paste them in the windows. I always looked forward to this as a kid. So, instead of randomly putting up the tree each year. Reserve a special date for everyone to get excited about.
In The Kitchen
As a true yardie, there are two Caribbean treats I'm guaranteed each year, an Easter Bun, and a Christmas Rum Cake. I can still remember my grandmother pulling out a large jar of rum soaked fruits each holiday season in preparation for the cake. Are there any special Christmas treats in your culture? Why not try your hand at making one? Don't worry, epic fails make the best stories. But, if baking really isn't your thing, there are plenty of options when it comes to pre-made cookie dough. Gather the family, and decorate them for a fun holiday activity.
Out And About
Traditions don't have to take place at home. Ice skating at Riverbank, shopping followed by hot chocolate in the city, or driving through a Christmas village, are all awesome activities for making memories during the holidays. I recently took my little one to Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo. In addition to all the beautiful lights, and performances, we made s'mores, and rode the holiday train. Weekend getaways at the cabin are another fun option. But, if you simply despise the cold, Christmas on the beach also works well. You can be that family that vacations in the tropics for the holidays.
Let The Games Begin
Not only is it important to include the little ones in the activities, you should empower them to create traditions also. My little guy is really into Nintendo's Super Mario. So, when LEGO did a collaboration with the franchise, we were all over it. Now, we rebuild each set around Christmas, creating a new world each day, We end on Christmas Eve, when he's allowed to open the latest addition. We then, run through the entire course. So, let your little one take center stage and come up with a cool tradition based on their interests.
Lastly, schedule a movie marathon. Spend the day watching all your favorite holiday movies. If your schedule doesn't allow for a full on marathon, plan a few movie nights instead. With all the streaming services available, you're sure to find something to watch (Disney+ has all the good stuff). Add some gourmet popcorn and theater snacks to create the perfect viewing experience.
I hope this inspires you to create some awesome traditions, you and your family will enjoy for years to come!
Until next time,
Hey you guys.
Is anyone else a bit of a late bird?
If you tend to fall behind schedule during the holidays, then, find yourself playing kitchen door bouncer... Try this pre dinner platter to please your hungry, dinner, guests.
At the core, are three simple recipes (all linked below), bacon wrapped dated, zucchini chips, and garlic bread. Then, simply add one type of vegetable, a fruit (fresh or dried), a bit of cheese, and some nuts. Finish is off with some type of sauce, or dip, that compliments at least 2-3 items on the platter.
The concept is derived from your basic charcuterie board or graze box. However, I find that adding cooked items, takes it to another level. Also, the majority of items can be portioned out by specified amounts, which makes shopping and prep simpler. While you can create a large platter or board for serving, I prefer using smaller vessels, for each guest (as pictured above).
Recipe for Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates
I hope you give these recipes a try. I promise, they will not disappoint.
Until next time,
Hey you guys.
Still having trouble finding the perfect holiday gifts? Well, I've put together a gift guide that covers all of the things... Most of the things. So stop procrastinating, and let's get this thing done.😉
I've included links to everything for your convenience.
1. For rest And relaxation:
Aromatherapy Shower Steamers
Super Plush Robe
2. For making a house, a home:
Steel Baking Pan Set
Oven-Safe Food Storage Set
Air Fryer Toaster Oven
3. For the love of entertaining:
Tiered Serving Tray
4. For the love of the game:
Phone Gaming Controller
5. For focus on fitness:
Resistance Bands Set
Fitness Tracker Watch
Muscle Massage Gun
6. For working from home:
Essential Oil Scent Diffuser
Wireless Phone Charger
7. For a personal touch:
Monogrammed Tassel Key Chain
Monogrammed AirPods Case
8. For an adventure:
Portable Solar Charger
LifeStraw Water Bottle
9. For discovering a new hobby:
Wood Burning Kit
Cake Decorating Kit
Cricut Maker 3
10. For losers... of things:
(compatible with find my iPhone)
I hope this helps you find the perfect gifts for the ones you love!
Until Next Time,
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Hey you guys.
Today I'm sharing one of my favorite holiday drink recipes. It's like eggnog, with a twist. So if you like creamy, milk based beverages, this one's right up your alley... or chimney🥴
Hey you guys!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 🎶. So, I'm sharing a few tips on how to fill your home with the holiday spirit.
1. Holiday Scents
An easy way to prep your home for the holidays is to incorporate traditional holiday fragrances, Scented candles and Essential Oil diffusers are a quick way to fill the room with Christmas cheer. Another way to introduce holiday smells is with scented hand wash. Get a refreshing whiff of peppermint or pine every time you wash your hands. If you're not into traditional holiday smells, simply switching up the scents around your home will make for a pleasant surprise. I've switched from linen breeze to sandalwood and it has been quite the treat.
2. Merry & Light
Lighting is a perfect way to set the mood for the holidays. Candles add a beautiful glow to any space (try going battery operated for added safety). String lights aren't just for decorating the tree. Add them around your home for a whimsical flair. Once the sun goes down, power up the lights, and relax.
3. Cozy Up
With temperatures dropping, it's time to break out the faux fur and chunky, knit, throw blankets. Try adding them to your living room, bedrooms, and any other areas you like to get cozy in. Not only are they practical, they add warmth and texture to your space. Another way to get cozy this holiday season is with loungewear. Get out your polar fleece, and thermal knits, in your favorite holiday prints. Finish the look with some fluffy house slippers to stay cute, and cozy throughout the season.
4. Sounds of The Season
In addition to your favorite holiday playlist, try introducing some natural sounds into the mix. Nothing says Christmas like the sound of a crackling fire. If you don't have a fireplace, turn your TV into one (via YouTube). I've linked some of my favorites below. Blizzards are also right in line with the season. I've linked some of those as well.
5. Festive Treats
Lastly, bring in some holiday flavors with a few festive treats. Swap the sweets in your candy dish with some peppermint bark or candy canes. Also, try adding some holiday themed syrups and creamers to your coffee bar, to create the perfect holiday beverage. This tip is not only festive, but, delicious too.
I hope these tips get you right into the spirit of the holidays☺️
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