Gratitude for Traditional Home, Feeling Like a Movie Star and Family Time in the City!

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I am so happy to be back on my home turf after an AMAZING few days in New York City. I had so much fun with my mom and daughter in tow that it didn’t even seem like I was working.

First, I had to get my photo taken by Traditional Home in my Holiday House NYC showhouse room before it was disassembled. You may not know that the room I designed was the “Traditional Home Room”. Traditional Home asked me to design their sponsored space which was such an honor. I’m not sure where or when these photos might show up, but I am sure they will do something great with them soon.

I also did another photo shoot with Traditional Home for something else they are working on. As soon as I know more about it, I will be sure to let you know where to look for me. It was a VERY exciting experience. I even got professional “hair and makeup” which made me feel like a movie star, and I have to say that I LOVED what Kanesha did with both my hair and my makeup. And believe me when I say I’m not so easy to please in that department.

I have to find out what products she used on my hair and how she made my eyes look SO BIG!! Part of it was the false eyelashes. The white pencil inside the lower lid made a big difference too. But it was even more than that–maybe just the fact that she’s awesome at her job!!!

It felt really good to REALLY like the way I looked for a photoshoot for the first time in a long time, maybe ever! Being healthy and fit makes me feel much more comfortable in my skin than before.

So a BIG thanks to Beth, Maureen, Kanesha and everyone at Meredith including the photographer Brian that made me look SO great!! And thanks for taking a moment to let my little one join in the fun!!

Other than these 2 glamorous photo ops, I got to rest and relax with my mom and cutie along for the ride. We had great meals at Sant Ambrose, the Eatery on 9th Avenue, Catch, BG, Park Avenue Winter, Balthazar and Nobu 57.

This trip was honestly some of the best food I have ever eaten in New York. And so much of it fresh and healthy. Lots of beet salad, kale salad, sweet potato soup, brussels sprouts, fresh seabass and cod rounded out my menus. YUM!

And there was the gorgeous restaurant design that was quite inspiring including the cool local vibe at Eatery, the hip atmosphere at Catch, and the chic Park Avenue Winter with their newly transformed dining room from their Autumn look the day before.

Of course even when dining in fancy places, with a 7-year-old in tow you have to have some fun while waiting for your table!

And for those of you who have been following my “get healthy” process and wondering how I can stay fit while eating all this delicious food…I am thrilled to say that I made it to the gym for a run EVERY morning while away.  This new healthy lifestyle seems like it’s becoming a habit.  And for a “Type A” like me, it relieves lots of stress and adds to my patience level when traveling for days with a second grader. LOL.

What wasn’t so healthy was our trip to Dylan’s Candy Bar. But it sure was fun!! 🙂

Also making my trip great was some Christmas Shopping (I got 4 people crossed off my list) and seeing a few snowflakes…our first of the season. And if snow didn’t get us in the holiday spirit,  there was the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular which put us in a festive mood.

And our trip highlight–Annie the musical, which was REALLY great! We even had a chance to meet the cast and get autographs which my daughter thought was “way cool”.

Plus there was still time for some fun and carefree moments in Central Park in the brisk, cool, November air and Sunshine!

So, today it’s back to the grindstone (gladly) as I’ve been missing work. Yes, I love what I do, but I’ll be smiling all day thinking of the fun we had in my favorite city this week. And even though I may be counting my calories a bit more strictly through the weekend, I’ll be remembering our glorious food, wine and fun we had for weeks to come.

So our trip to New York put us perfectly in the holiday spirit just before our local Holiday Season kicked into high gear. Thank goodness, because we got home just in time for my cutie to go on a Daddy-Daughter date last night to the Sugar Plum Ball.

Now…Tell me what’s happening in your world to kick off this holiday season and get you in the spirit. Any fun trips or events you’re willing to share? I’d love to hear about them so leave me a comment and fill me in.

Happy Travels and Happy Holidays!

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10 Responses to Gratitude for Traditional Home, Feeling Like a Movie Star and Family Time in the City!

  1. Franki Parde says:

    You ARE a star!! What an enchanted experience – 2012 has been a very good year!! franki

  2. Duchy says:

    What a fantastic time! I can’t wait to try Catch! I am so happy to see you so happy, Tobi! Best, Duchy

  3. Ivy de Leon says:

    Congratulations! It was greating seeing you at the Holiday House. Happy your daughter was able to enjoy the trip to New York. Happy Holidays.

  4. I hope you had a great time with your daughter! 🙂
    She has your eyes, btw! Great looking mom and daughter! :))

  5. Bradley Clifford says:

    This is one of my favorite post by you! Look so happy, relaxed and enjoying life and on top of that you look wonderful. Happy Holidays

    Bradley 🙂

  6. Glad you had fun, your daughter is a cutie! NYC is great this time of year!

  7. Monica says:

    Your daughter -mom day looks so wonderful..what fun!! I attended my first holiday gathering with girlfriends last night and look forward to our couples gathering. My husband has maintained a special relationship with 4 school friends (34 years strong) and we meet twice a year for dinner so looking forward to that event.

  8. Tanya says:

    You ladies look like you had a blast in NYC! What wonderful memories 🙂

    xoxo, Tanya

  9. sarah k says:

    Great pictures of your family. NYC is such a fun place to visit with kiddos. Glad you all had fun.

  10. Lisa Mende says:

    Love this post! Life is good!! Love you!