Monday, September 19, 2011

It's a....


J is going to be a wonderful big brother and is VERY excited about his baby brother (and his balloons).
A is excited about the thousands of dollars he'll save on clothes. I'm happy to continue my reign as Queen of our home! Thank goodness I have Daisy. =) Our family could not be more thrilled to welcome another loud, crazy, stinky and sweet baby boy into our home. I just keep pinching myself. I'm so thankful to God for my boys. All THREE of them! I have always though I would be the proud Mama of 3 boys. 2 down...

More pictures to come later of Master U2. He waved at us during his ultrasound and showed us his precious little feet a few times. I can't wait to kiss his chubby little cheeks. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts this morning. We are SO THRILLED! OH BOY, OH BOY!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Last Day for Turq Jewlery

Stock up on one of my favorite jewelry designers great designs! I'll miss you Turq!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Big News

Wow. It has been awhile since I've written. I think this is my longest break in my 4.5 years blogging. I feel like I'm not too out of touch because I spend a good amount of time on twitter talking to most of you, but for those that don't tweet. I'll give you the quick run down of the last few months.

We put 3 offers on different houses before we finally had one accepted. We were so excited, only to find out our house didn't appraise. We thought we were going to lose the house, only to find out at the very last minute the sellers accepted the drastic price reduction. Win, win! Talk about STRESS. We closed on our new house about a month ago. We painted a few things and go the floors refinished. A and Daisy drove from NYC to Atlanta and J and I went to my parent's in South Alabama for a few weeks to wait on the movers arrival. They were a WEEK late! (We'll save that for another post.) They finally arrived this past Wednesday and we are up to our noses in a sea of boxes right now, the perfect time to start blogging again. =)

In the middle of the craziness of this summer, we found out some very exciting news....

Jack is going to be a big brother! Baby U2 is due 2/9/12. We could not be more thrilled!

I'll fill in more details about the last few months in the upcoming weeks. I have so much to share, but wanted to start with the big stuff. We've moved and we're having a BABY! God is good!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Alabama's Lost Birthdays

 Alabama's Lost Birthdays is a wonderful facebook group that was created to help children that didn't get to have a birthday party or won't get to have a birthday party due to the tornadoes. While immediate needs are important, a special birthday party in the eye of a child could make their year.  Some of these children are lost their homes, lost parents, lost their friends, pets, schools, etc. Knowing how much my readers love to help plan a good birthday party, I thought perhaps some of you might want to help give a child a special day to make them smile! I would love to hear if you participate!

 Here is a link to the facebook page, please "like" them and pass along to your friends:

Click here to find out more about the current birthday parties and wish lists:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Elizabeth McKay Relief Effort for Alabama Tornado Victims

Here is another great way to support Alabama Tornado Victims:

Here is the shirt:

This is the fund that all proceeds from the shirt will go to:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Donate Shoes to Toddler Tornado Victims

For $14.95, you can buy a pair of shoes to donate to toddlers that lost everything during the recent tornadoes. Monogram Madness is based in Tuscaloosa and they are not charging shipping costs and will donate the shoes directly to those in the most need in their community.

For more information, you can check out their facebook page:

Click here to purchase a pair of shoes:

All donations are tax deductible if you save your receipt.  

If your company is doing a tornado related fundraiser, I would be happy to spotlight it on my blog. Just email me: 
magnoliasmarriageandmanhattan @ gmail . com
Every little bit helps.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Help Alabama Moms Affected by Tornados

Want to make a donation to the tornado victims from far away? Go to and buy something from a registry set up to help victims! Look under the names Brooke Rhind and Kate Fix. There is no shipping fee and the items will all be sent to Birmingham. Kate Harvill Fix will be delivering them next week! (This is a friend of a friend that is doing this, and I have already done it is legit!) There are so many people that need your help, but as a Mom I can't imagine not having diapers, wipes or food for my child. Please help.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Heartsy...the Etsy Deal Site

Heartsy - Daily deals on fabulous handmade items, at least 50% off.

I'm still loving all the new deal flash sites! I've "saved" so much using them. I'm also a huge fan of etsy, so combine the two and you get the newest deal site....Heartsy. It is a daily deal site just for etsy products.

I apologize for helping you spend way too much money! Sign up and we'll both get $5 when you make your first purchase. Win, Win:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lynde Easterlin Designs

My dear friend/cousin-in-law (her husband is J's Godfather and A's cousin), Lynde Easterlin, is being featured on One Kings Lane tonight in their tastemaker Tag sales. Please check it out. 

Check out Lynde's One Kings Lane Sale tonight at 9pm est:

Check out Lynde's website:

Check out Lynde's blog:

Follow Lynde on twitter:  @lyndeasterlin

Congrats Lynde! We love you and are so proud of you!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Masters Final Round Party

I decided on Friday night to throw a little Masters Final Round viewing party for a few friends. It came together quite nicely and we had a great time watching the exciting finals. Congrats to all the players and their families! I'm hoping next year that I will actually BE there.

I sent out paperless post invites that were kelly green with yellow golf bags and lettering. They were easy to make and looked pretty cute! You can sign up here if you aren't a member.

J wore his Masters shirt that my brother bought him when he went to the tournament last year. He was looking pretty cute in his green plaid pants!

We had beer, wine, sweet tea (I used Tetley), lemonade, Arnold Palmers (1/2 lemonade and 1/2 iced tea) and John Dalys (1/2 lemonade, 1/2 iced tea and vodka). We made some of the John Daly's with firefly sweet tea vodka. Yum! 

I even found an azalea bush for our centerpiece! I couldn't believe I was able to find one in NYC. 

I made a last minute decision to buy plastic silverware and paper plates to save on doing dishes. Had to go with the green and yellow for the Masters!

Here is my John Daly in my monogrammed tervis!  We got these as a wedding gift (2 for A and 2 with my new initials and have LOVED them!)

Yummy Banana Pudding! I used this recipe and it was great!

We kept it simple, but it was a fun little afternoon party!

The pimento cheese was the hit! I used Paula's recipe and it was heavenly.

Georgia peanuts!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ten Tips for Air Travel with a Two Year Old

You can find my post here about traveling with an infant and traveling with a 1 year old year, but now it is is time to update and let you know how I survive (barely) traveling with a two year old.

Here are my ten tips:

1) J now gets his own seat! When your little guy turns two, you are required to purchase a seat on most airlines. We fly Delta about 99% of the time and they require you to purchase the seat for age two and up. While it hurts to pay the extra money it is well worth it. When it is just J and I traveling, I've recently started booking the window and the isle seat in hopes that no one will book the middle and we can have the entire row. I figure if someone ends up in the middle I can always offer them the window or the isle. It worked on our last trip!

2) The CARES harness might be one of the best inventions ever. It basically turns your child's seat into a car seat. Without the harness J would be able to get out of his seat belt. I told J that once we are on the plane, he has to buckle up and now he knows this is just part of the trip. You have to be very careful about the placement of the strap, it should be at their shoulders and not above or below.

3) A portable DVD player. We bought the cheapest one we could find (why give my two year old an expensive one). I will admit that we have issues with him opening it up and pushing the buttons, but we've learned that Thomas will disappear if we do that. I also put stickers over the buttons or travel with scotch tape. We use earphones that I already had, but they also make toddler earphones. A friend of mine has them and loves them, I just ordered them for our next trip since above mentioned earphones I already had were involved in an accident on our last flight. (More on that later...)

Our current favorite DVDS are:

Curious George Takes a Vacation and Discovers New Things

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse


Monsters Inc

4) We read a lot of books when our DVD player has to be off. I finally learned (with experience, to pack mostly paperback or small books). Our favorite travel books include:

Amazing Airplanes 
Dazzling Diggers
Flashing Fire Engines

We also love sticker books! Handing your child an individual sticker and having them place it into a book can burn a good 30 minutes or so. I pick sticker books with themes that J is currently "into" to help keep his attention. On our last few trips we've had the following:

Disney Sticker Book
Insects Sticker Book
Pets Sticker Book
Melissa and Doug Sticker Book

5) We still do lots of snacks! I use small zip lock bags and fill them with our current favorites: animal crackers, goldfish, Jammy Sammy, mish mashpeanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and now that we are older...even a few lolly pops!

6) Crayola color wonder is the best. They advertise that they are mess free and so far they have been such a great help to us. I bet Delta didn't even notice that we tried to color on the back of the seat and the windows. Thanks Crayola for your invisible markers and paints!

7) We travel the most to our families in the South so we don't have to bring our car seat that often (our moms both have their own), but when we do need to bring our car seat we use the jl childress cover and check it with our luggage. It has straps to carry it on your back and wheels (but they don't work that well).

8) Traveling with a two year old can be hard because chances are they are going to act out. I don't allow the trip to be an excuse for bad behavior. On our last trip alone, J kept poking the man next to us. I asked him not to do it a good 3-4 times and he continued to laugh and do it. I took him out of his harness and marched him to the back of the plane. The stewardess saw that "Mom look" in my eyes and actually moved the cart out of my way. I told J he was going to time out and I placed him next to the door in the back of the plane facing the corner and sat behind him for our standard 2 minute time out. Yes, I gave my child a time out at 30,000 ft and he quit the poking.

I also learned NEVER to put J in the middle seat. Even though Delta took him out of his window seat and I didn't want to put him on the aisle (little hands and carts don't mix). I should have just asked the man to switch to the aisle, he probably would appreciated that more than being poked. Lesson learned.

9) Don't forget a change of clothes. One of these times you are going to need it (above mentioned accident). On our last trip A and I were upgraded to first class. J was not. HA! The plane was overbooked and I'm guessing Delta didn't want me to put J back there in coach by himself, so A gladly went to coach so J and I could travel in luxury. If you have the funds (or the miles) that is the WAY to go. J was SCREAMING for milk (I normally fill his sippy cup right before we board) and  the sweet stewardess immediately obliged. J then became memorized with his own his personal tv and we were good to go!  When we were being served dinner, I learned the options were not kid friendly. Not to worry, I wasn't expecting dinner anyways so I popped out J's peanut butter sandwich. The stewardess asked him if he wanted anything and he told her, "cake, please." Ha! She showed up with a brownie seconds later. (Nice service, hope he doesn't get used to it!) I actually cut the brownie in small pieces. I don't normally cut most small soft foods anymore, but for some reason I did this time. Good thing. Minutes later, J was stuffing his face with the brownie and started gagging. I had just been served my plated dinner and a glass of wine and was toasting my life when this happened. I automatically held my hand out for him to spit out the brownie and he proceeded to throw it my hand. Thanks J. The stewardesses scrambled with hot towels to assist me in the clean up and removed my dinner tray so I could begin the clean up process. Daddy randomly showed up (thank God!) to help and I was able to do a quick change of clothes thanks to my extra set. That my friends, is why you have an extra set of clothes in a gallon size quart baggie. Gross clothes went in the baggie, I washed my hands and we went back to watching satellite tv in first class.

10) I bring my diaper bag (my stevie is green and white stripes if you were wondering and I love it as a toddler diaper bag!) and a Vineyard Vines tote for all of our trips. I pack the VV tote with all the fun stuff (books, snacks, etc) and the diaper Bag has only necessities.  I love that the VV tote is just the right size and it has a zipper so that things won't spill out all over the floor of the plane.

Hope these tips help you on your next plane ride with your toddler!

Do you travel a lot? What tips do you have?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Winner of Monogram Madness Personalized Easter Basket

Congrats go to:

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Blogger Tales of a Peanut said...
Plus I'm a follower!
March 25, 2011 6:02 PM
Congrats Jennifer! Please email me at magnoliasmarriageandmanhattan at gmail dot com and we'll get your Easter basket out to you.
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