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Finally getting back into meal planning. Honestly, this helps me keep organized and prevents me from aimlessly roaming the grocery aisles and getting home to discover that I have $200 worth of groceries and nothing to make for dinner! 

Saturday: Dinner Party and Brisk Day = Spaghetti and Meatballs, and freaking amazing Garlic Bread courtesy of Ina Garten

Sunday: Leftovers

Monday: Crockpot Veggie Minestrone (good makes a tonne & froze the rest)

Tuesday: Crockpot Santa Fe Chicken

Wednesday: Turkey Meatloaf + Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Thursday: Spinach & Cheese Ravioli

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What Should You Be Watching This Fall?

Fall 2014 TV Premiere Dates.

Monday, September 15th

Dancing with the Stars" (ABC 8pm)

Tuesday, September 16th

New Girl (Fox 9pm)

The Mindy Project (Fox 9:30pm)

Wednesday, September 17th

Red Band Society (Fox 9pm)

Sunday, September 21st

Madam Secretary (CBS 8pm)

The Good Wife (CBS 9pm)

Monday, September 22nd

The Big Bang Theory (CBS 8pm)

Gotham (Fox 8pm)

The Voice (NBC 8pm)

Scorpion (CBS 9pm)

Sleepy Hollow (Fox 9pm)

The Blacklist (NBC 10pm)

Forever (ABC 10pm)

Tuesday, September 23rd

NCIS (CBS 8pm)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC 9pm)

NCIS: New Orleans (CBS 9pm)

Chicago Fire (NBC 10pm)

"Awkward (MTV 10pm)

Person of Interest (CBS 10pm)

Wednesday, September 24th

The Middle (ABC 8pm)

The Mysteries of Laura (NBC 8pm)

Survivor (CBS 8pm)

The Goldbergs (ABC 8:30pm)

Law & Order: SVU (NBC 9pm)

Modern Family (ABC 9pm)

Black-ish (ABC 9:30pm)

Chicago P.D. (NBC 10pm)

Nashville (ABC 10pm)

"Key & Peele (CC 10:30pm)

Thursday, September 25th

Bones (Fox 8pm)

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC 8pm)

Scandal (ABC 9pm)

How to Get Away With Murder (ABC 10pm)

Parenthood (NBC 10:30pm)

Friday, September 26th

The Amazing Race (CBS 8pm)

Dateline NBC (NBC 8pm)

Shark Tank (ABC 8pm)

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS 9pm)

20/20 (ABC 10pm)

Blue Bloods (CBS 10pm)

Saturday, September 27th

"SNL (NBC 11:30pm)

Sunday, September 28th

Once Upon a Time (ABC 8pm)

The Simpsons (Fox 8pm)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox 8:30pm)

Family Guy (Fox 9pm)

Resurrection (ABC 9pm)

CSI (CBS 10pm)

Revenge (ABC 10pm)

Monday, September 29th

Mom (CBS 8:30pm)

Castle (ABC 10pm)

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS 10pm)

Tuesday, September 30th

Selfie (ABC 8pm)

Manhattan Love Story (ABC 8:30pm)

Wednesday, October 1st

Criminal Minds (CBS 9pm)

Stalker (CBS 10pm)

Thursday, October 2nd

The Vampire Diaries (The CW 8pm)

Bad Judge (NBC 9pm)

Gracepoint (Fox 9pm)

Reign (The CW 9pm)

A to Z (NBC 9:30pm)

Sunday, October 5th

Bob’s Burgers (Fox 7:30pm)

Homeland (SHOW 9pm)

Mulaney (Fox 9:30pm)

Monday, October 6th

The Originals (The CW 8pm)

Tuesday, October 7th

The Flash (The CW 8pm)

Supernatural (The CW 9pm)

Wednesday, October 8th

Arrow (The CW 8pm)

"American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX 10pm)

Sunday, October 12th

The Walking Dead (AMC 9pm)

Monday, October 13th

Jane The Virgin (The CW 9pm)

Tuesday, October 14th

Marry Me (NBC 9pm)

About a Boy (NBC 9:30pm)

Sunday, October 19th

The Affair (SHOW 10pm)

Wednesday, October 22nd

"Web Therapy (SHO 11pm)

Friday, October 24th

Grimm (NBC 9pm)

Constantine (NBC 10pm)

Monday, October 27th

2 Broke Girls (CBS 8pm)

Thursday, October 30th

The Millers (CBS 8:30pm)

The McCarthys (CBS 9:30pm)

Elementary (CBS 10pm)

Sunday, November 9th

"The Newsroom (HBO 9pm)

"The Comeback (HBO 10pm)

"Getting On (HBO 10:30pm)

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Sweet Deal

Hi Friends- just came across this living social deal. Am a huge Costco fan- lots of great items, and a lot more organic options these days! City dwellers, I know where are you going to stock 25 rolls of toilet paper? Split the membership with a friend- that’s what I used to do :)

Anyways, here’s the deal via Living Social- $55 (you can add a household member) + $20 coupon.

This summer was so hectic I had zero time to read. I’m not going to lie, I am kinda looking forward to the coziness of fall (sweaters, candles, blankets, warm beverages), cooking and delving into some of these books! 
What are you excited to read?
Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple (Danielle Walker)Released: September 2 When Danielle Walker turned 22 she was diagnosed with autoimmune disease and began modifying her diet. She started a blog and began experimenting with grain, lactose and legume free recipes and the rest is history!Sidenote: I bought this over the weekend and LOVE it! Well laid out, easy recipes, and nowhere near as intimidating as all the restrictions sounds. Easy, clean eating with simple delicious recipes!
Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Love Food (Jessica Merchant)Released: September 2 Jessica’s love for food is evident in her blog “How Sweet Eats”. Her creative, delicious recipes and equally fantastic photos always lure me in! Excited to peruse this book and start cooking!
Skinnytaste (Gina Homolka)Release Date: September 30 I’ve been a huge fan and follower of Gina’s blog and her delicious yet low calorie meals. I can’t wait to see what new recipes are in here! Her crockpot recipes are quick, easy and tasty - perfect for busy families who want to have healthy home cooked meals!
The Rosie Effect (Graeme Simmion) Release Date: September 30The sequel to the smash hit “Rosie Project”, this novel picks up where Don and Rosie left off. Now married and living in New York, they embark on the baby project and as you might expect there are quite a few challenges, especially with Don’s quirks and protocols.
A Path Appears: Transforming Lives & Creating Opportunity (Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl Wu Dunn)Release Date: September 23This well researched book profiles individuals and organizations who have set out to make a difference in big and little ways. These inspiring stories are a call to action in addressing the biggest social challenges while inspiring us all to be makers of change. 
Belzhar (Meg Wolitzer) Release Date: September 30This is the follow-up novel to her wildly successful, The Interestings, a personal favourite. Belzhar (a play on  Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar” ), is Wolitzer’s first young adult novel which tells the story of Jam Gallahue who suffers the loss of her boyfriend and is sent to a private boarding school for emotionally fragile teens. In her English class she begins writing in a journal and embarks upon a journey of self reflection, discovery and surrealism.
Elements of Style: Designing A Home & A Life  (Erin Gates) Release Date: Oct 7I’ve been a loyal blog reader of Elements of Style for years and am excited to delve into her first book! Sure to be filled with plenty of design ideas, tips along with resources, this will no doubt be a go-to for design!

Little Humans (Brandon Stanton)Release Date: October 7 Brandon Stanton’s wildly popular blog “Humans of New York”, is a terrific showcase of photography and storytelling. His latest book features the stylish children on NYC streets and profiles their narratives.

This summer was so hectic I had zero time to read. I’m not going to lie, I am kinda looking forward to the coziness of fall (sweaters, candles, blankets, warm beverages), cooking and delving into some of these books! 

What are you excited to read?

Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple (Danielle Walker)
Released: September 2
When Danielle Walker turned 22 she was diagnosed with autoimmune disease and began modifying her diet. She started a blog and began experimenting with grain, lactose and legume free recipes and the rest is history!
Sidenote: I bought this over the weekend and LOVE it! Well laid out, easy recipes, and nowhere near as intimidating as all the restrictions sounds. Easy, clean eating with simple delicious recipes!

Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Love Food
(Jessica Merchant)
Released: September 2
Jessica’s love for food is evident in her blog “How Sweet Eats”. Her creative, delicious recipes and equally fantastic photos always lure me in! Excited to peruse this book and start cooking!

Skinnytaste (Gina Homolka)
Release Date: September 30
I’ve been a huge fan and follower of Gina’s blog and her delicious yet low calorie meals. I can’t wait to see what new recipes are in here! Her crockpot recipes are quick, easy and tasty - perfect for busy families who want to have healthy home cooked meals!

The Rosie Effect (Graeme Simmion) 
Release Date: September 30
The sequel to the smash hit “Rosie Project”, this novel picks up where Don and Rosie left off. Now married and living in New York, they embark on the baby project and as you might expect there are quite a few challenges, especially with Don’s quirks and protocols.

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives & Creating Opportunity (Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl Wu Dunn)
Release Date: September 23
This well researched book profiles individuals and organizations who have set out to make a difference in big and little ways. These inspiring stories are a call to action in addressing the biggest social challenges while inspiring us all to be makers of change.
 

Belzhar (Meg Wolitzer) 
Release Date: September 30
This is the follow-up novel to her wildly successful, The Interestings, a personal favourite. Belzhar (a play on  Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar” ), is Wolitzer’s first young adult novel which tells the story of Jam Gallahue who suffers the loss of her boyfriend and is sent to a private boarding school for emotionally fragile teens. In her English class she begins writing in a journal and embarks upon a journey of self reflection, discovery and surrealism.

Elements of Style: Designing A Home & A Life  (Erin Gates) 
Release Date: Oct 7
I’ve been a loyal blog reader of Elements of Style for years and am excited to delve into her first book! Sure to be filled with plenty of design ideas, tips along with resources, this will no doubt be a go-to for design!

Little Humans (Brandon Stanton)
Release Date: October 7
Brandon Stanton’s wildly popular blog “Humans of New York”, is a terrific showcase of photography and storytelling. His latest book features the stylish children on NYC streets and profiles their narratives.

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"After we were rescued, I ended up studying in Kenya. I joined UNICEF and began to work in child services. My goal was to never let anything happen to children that happened to me. When the most recent fighting broke out in South Sudan, I was in Lebanon working with displaced Syrian children. I was helping to conduct psychological assessments and provide trauma counseling. I was on Facebook one night when I saw my newsfeed fill up with reports of fighting. I called all my friends and family, and told them: ‘The fighting is between military men, stay in your homes.’ Then I started seeing reports that the fighting was turning ethnic. So I called everyone back, and said: “Find the nearest UN compound and take shelter.” A few days later, I requested to be transferred to UNICEF South Sudan, because I knew I was needed at home.”(Tongping Internally Displaced Persons Site, Juba, South Sudan)

humansofnewyork:

"After we were rescued, I ended up studying in Kenya. I joined UNICEF and began to work in child services. My goal was to never let anything happen to children that happened to me. When the most recent fighting broke out in South Sudan, I was in Lebanon working with displaced Syrian children. I was helping to conduct psychological assessments and provide trauma counseling. I was on Facebook one night when I saw my newsfeed fill up with reports of fighting. I called all my friends and family, and told them: ‘The fighting is between military men, stay in your homes.’ Then I started seeing reports that the fighting was turning ethnic. So I called everyone back, and said: “Find the nearest UN compound and take shelter.” A few days later, I requested to be transferred to UNICEF South Sudan, because I knew I was needed at home.”

(Tongping Internally Displaced Persons Site, Juba, South Sudan)

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99-Year-Old Lady Sews A Dress A Day For Children In Need 

Lillian Weber, a 99-year-old good Samaritan from Iowa, has spent the last few years sewing a dress a day for the Little Dresses For Africa charity, a Christian organization that distributes dresses to children in need in Africa and elsewhere.

Weber’s goal is to make 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100 on May 6th. So far, she’s made more than 840. Though she says she could make two a day, she only makes one – but each single dress she makes per day is personalized with careful stitchwork. She hopes that each little girl who receives her dress can take pride in her new garment.

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Amazing

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Back to School Prep

Hi Mama’s - need some recommendations for some back to school gear for the kiddos!

  • Labels- I have ordered from Mabel’s before, but any other recs?
  • Backpacks- C has a great PBK backpack, but I want something a little larger for Noah to add his blanket and a few other items. Any faves? Something stylish, durable and preferably a bit less mainstream. Lots of Skip Hop ones in class!

TIA!