Author Laurie Gelman Celebrates the Release of Her New Book, Yoga Pant Nation

Best-selling author, Laurie Gelman, celebrated the release of her new book Yoga Pant Nation, at a private residence in Watermill, NY. Hosted by Laurie’s husband producer Michael Gelman and Ali Wentworth, family, celebrity friends, and supporters were in attendance to share in the celebration of Laurie Gelman and the third installment of her Class Mom series.

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Kelly Ripa, Ali Wentworth, Laurie Gelman, Katie Couric ©Patrick McMullan

About Yoga Pant Nation:

The hilarious and irreverent Jen Dixon is a class mom—again—in YOGA PANT NATION (Henry Holt and Company; 978-1-2507-7757-7; $26.99; Hardcover) by Laurie Gelman. In the third book of the Class Mom series, Jen’s final year as a class mom is a breeze until the PTA president asks her to champion the school’s annual fundraiser, a notoriously challenging job which, as we know, is right up Jen’s alley.

It’s pretty much mayhem as Jen deals with a temperamental fundraising committee, the Hindenburg of bake sales, and countless other natural and unnatural disasters that deter her from reaching her goal of raising $10,000. She is also dealing with her ten-year-old son Max, who may or may not be a fifth-grade bully.

But outside of William Taft Elementary, Jen’s life is good, even if she and her daughter Vivs don’t see eye-to-eye on the whole parenting thing. She’s a grandma for the first time to two-year-old Maude who is, by Jen’s description, “delightful and delicious.” And she’s taking her love of spinning to the next level by attempting to become an instructor and finding an unlikely ally in her husband Ron’s crazy ex-wife Cindy.

As ever, when life gets crazy, humor is Jen’s best stress relief. Her acerbic emails to the class parents and friendly spars with her daughter over how organic is organic enough for baby food will have readers laughing out loud and texting Jen’s best lines to their friends.

For more information or to order this book, click HERE.

Celebrating World Nature Conservation Day with a New Pair Of Sustainable Sunglasses.

This July 28 celebrate World Nature Conservation Day in Style with a new pair of sustainable sunglasses. The newest fashion trend is not a seasonal color or a must-have style: It is the idea of an ecological style and ethical accessories. Many fashion brands are now working to send out amazing sustainable collections this summer.  

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If you are looking for sustainable eyewear you should check the SmartBuyGlasses website. This sunglasses retailer is a partner of the Eden Reforestation Projects. This NGO is working to reverse environmental devastation. When you shop a new pair of sunglasses from the Oh My Woodness! collection you will help plant life-saving trees in Haiti, Madagascar, or Nepal. For this year’s World Nature Conservation Day gift, yourself with an amazing pair of wooden glasses. 

Curated just for you, the Oh My Woodness! Kootenay Polarized is the perfect addition to your sunglass collection. With these vintage wood glasses, you can be elegant and secure with our 2-year warranty. You can also add blue light blocking lenses to this model to be always protected against the negative effect of blue lights. The zFORT® innovative theology will keep you protected from the harmful light rays coming from all your digital screens.

At SmartBuyGlasses you can also find sustainable sunglasses in acetate, metal, and plastic, thanks to their exclusive Arise Collective Collection. This collection has more than 350 high-quality, modern yet affordable eyeglasses crafted in Italy. Shop one of these frames to help promote environmental awareness. SmartBuyGlasses work with 1% for the planet to build a more sustainable world. One Percent for the Planet is an international organization whose partners donate at least one percent of their annual revenues to environmentally friendly projects.

If you love metal light frames this Arise Collective Island C4 model is perfect for you. This full-rim gold model comes with anti-glare and scratch-resistant coating lenses included. The Rhode Island C4 Polarizer’s contemporary look is carefully designed to ensure that you always look, and feel, your best. Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays whilst looking stylish in the charming Brown Acetate frame, paired with the Plastic lens in Brown Polarized

If you are looking for a colorful new pair of glasses the Arise Collective Catania 03 is the perfect choice for you. This full-rim acetate frame is light and comfortable as well as trendy. Add premium lenses to this sustainable eyeglass now to enjoy a perfect vision.

Westchester restaurants honored in Wine Spectator’s 2021 Restaurant Awards

Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine, has unveiled the winners of the 2021 Restaurant Awards, which honor the world’s best restaurants for wine. This year’s awards program recognizes 2,917 dining destinations from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 72 countries internationally. 

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“American restaurants are back in business, as patrons are eagerly returning to dining rooms across the nation,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, WineSpectator. “In this year’s Restaurant Awards issue, we reflect on how restaurateurs navigated this incredibly difficult period, and look ahead, with every indication that the coming year will be one of the most promising in decades for an industry we all love. It’s been a long road back, and it feels wonderful to celebrate restaurants and all they bring to the world of wine.”

This year 5 Westchester Restaurants made the list:

Blue Hill at Stone Barns

(914) 366-9600

Crabtree’s Kittle House Inn

(914) 666-8044


Alba’s Ristorante

(914) 937-2236

BLT Steak

(914) 467-5500

Morton’s, The Steakhouse

(914) 683-6101

Book Club Monday One Day Late…it is summer after all!!!

The Next Book on my list is Don’t Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd. At first, it seems for a younger crowd but then I really enjoyed reading it with my daughters and discussing it together. We really have not been able to do that before and since it has a sports setting, I think a lot of you will find it really entertaining:


“Refreshingly voice-y, wildly smart, and genuinely hilarious.” – Casey McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue

From an exciting new voice comes a funny and heartfelt YA romance set in the world of competitive gaming, perfect for fans of Opposite of Always and Slay.

Emilia Romero is living a double life. By day, she’s a field hockey star with a flawless report card. But by night, she’s kicking virtual ass as the only female member of a highly competitive eSports team. Emilia has mastered the art of keeping her two worlds thriving, which hinges on them staying completely separate. That’s in part to keep her real-life persona, but also for her own safety, since girl gamers are often threatened and harassed.

When a major eSports tournament comes to her city, Emilia is determined to prove herself to her team and the male-dominated gaming community. But her perfectly balanced life is thrown for a loop when a member of a rival team recognizes her . . .

Jake Hooper has had a crush on Emilia since he was ten years old. When his underdog eSports team makes it into the tournament, he’s floored to discover she’s been leading a double life. The fates bring Jake and Emilia together as they work to keep her secret, even as the pressures of the tournament and their non-gaming world threaten to pull everything apart.

Debut author Alexis Nedd has crafted a YA combo-punch of charming romance and virtual adventure that will win the hearts of gamers and non-gamers alike. –

For more information or to order this book, click HERE.

Sunday Dress Edit

My son moved into his first real on his own post-college apartment this weekend. It is so bittersweet because for the past 16 months he has been living here and it has been so much fun. But, I am excited for him and he is in my old neighborhood, which I adore, and I know he will have the time of his life…..On the blogging side of things, we had to go to Target to get a bunch of stuff for the apartment. So while I sent him off looking for command hooks (which I do not think even work, but that’s another blog), I decided to check out the dresses. Target is always a home run for inexpensive, cute dresses at a great price point. I feel like they copy a lot of the high-end designer styles and the quality is so much better than some of the other stores in the same category.

Here is the best of the best of their assortment right now and everything is available online. The only thing I would say is Target generally runs big so you are going to have to size down. I would read the reviews just to make sure but I did with the ones that I tried.

I cannot say enough good things about this dress. The material has a nice sheen to it and it’s adorable on. But it does run big so I would size down 1 or 2 sizes. It also comes in a cute pink and polka dot print, which I also highly recommend checking out…

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I ended up buying this dress for myself. I loved the print and really do not have a yellow dress. I did not try it on until the next day and was surprised at how adorable it is. I was not sure of the buttons but it works and the print is so cheery..This was a win for sure!

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I love the ruffle sleeve on this and the light pink color. This is such a cute dress for daytime or dressed up with cute sandals and fancy earrings for nighttime.

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I really think this is a staple piece. It is so feminine and a long white dress is perfect for those really warm summer days.

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This dress is giving me Net A Porter vibes. It looks so much more expensive than it is. To me, this is another wardrobe staple. I love the neck, sleeves and flounce of the bottom. This will also take you into fall for sure.

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Another really cute pastel dress. It is more of a seersucker material so it’s so easy to wash and wear. This can also be dressed up for day or night and you can never go wrong with puffed sleeves.

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This dress just screams summer to me…its such a pretty color and perfect for a heatwave!!! Also, it is so lightweight and easy to pack that I think you will also be grabbing this for all your warm-weather vacations!!

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Technically this is not a dress but how fabulous is this jumpsuit?

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I saw someone wearing this dress and it stopped me in my tracks. I am in love with this color!

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The “nap dress” is really popular this summer. Here is an adorable one for much less.

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I saved another of my favorites for last. I love everything about this dress, the shape, sleeves and especially the color!

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Summer Cheesy Crab Dip

One of my favorite things to make when entertaining or when I have to bring something to a party or picnic is crab dip. Everyone always loves it, so when I saw this version, I knew I had to try it. I never made one with cheese before and it really is a game changer. The cheddar with the crab is a great combination!!! Bon Appetit!!!

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• 8-ounce package cream cheese or Neufchatel, softened

• 1/2 cup mayonnaise

• 1/2 cup sour cream

• 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

• 1 tablespoon white onion, grated

• 2 (6 ounce) cans lump crab meat

• 1 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning

• 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire

• 1/2 lemon, juiced

• 2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley

• a few drops of hot sauce, to taste• freshly ground black pepper to taste

• Sliced green onions, for garnish

Step 1

Set your oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

In a mixing bowl, cream together mayonnaise, sour cream, and cream cheese. Add all other ingredients and continue to mix until completely combined.

Step 3

Spoon into a small baking dish.

Step 4

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the cheese is starting to brown on the top and the dip is starting to boil. Serve with crackers (Ritz works well) and celery sticks.