Fiesta Forever: Party Plans & Adulting

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SnapShots: Under the Sea Birthday Party

What better way to celebrate an island girl’s 4-year-old birthday party than an Under the Sea theme? It doesn’t hurt that the She-Babe LOVES The Little Mermaid. Since, it can be hard to find exactly what you need on an island you have to either be A. organized enough to preorder decorations and supplies or B. willing to get creative. This time I went latter. Another good rule of thumb is to make the theme a bit less specific to avoid hitting...

Halloween Costumes for Wine Drinkers

I must admit that I love dressing up (see exhibits A, B, and C below) and Halloween is the grand celebration of all things dress up. My favorite part of a costume though are the accessories for – and ask yourself these existential questions – what is a fairy without a wand and wings? What is a sexy cheerleader without her pompoms? Who is Edward, but a regular man, without his Scissorhands? Accessories make the costume. But I am also a...

The West Village Playground Food Tour

I understand people who wouldn’t want to live in New York City: tons of traffic, crowded streets, parking hassles, outrageous rent. But I don’t understand them nearly as well as I understand the people who do want to live in what I commonly refer to as “the best city in the world.” We are lucky to live near the best city in the world so our visits home twice a year always include various trips to Manhattan. The visits with...

Lip Sync Battle

Drinking the Whole Bottle is a metaphor for life – and a confession… but mostly a metaphor. It’s about tasting it all, trying everything at least once, and enjoying every last drop of life. I’d say through most of my life I’ve done a good job of living this way and being abroad has made it even easier. Every weekend is a chance to live out loud. Every day a possibility for fun. But there is no time I have seen the DTWB...

And They Danced: How Jenuary Jenanigans Came to a Close

With Jenuary 2015 in the books, my birthday Jenanigans (yes, I like inserting my name into regular words) have officially come to a close until 2016 but not without one last laugh, and a good one at that. So if you are indeed in need of a solid, belly chuckle, hit PLAY and share in the silly magic of Jenuary. And if you do laugh – even a little – share with your friends… cause why should we have all the...

Olympics of Gobble Proportions

(As published on Women Who Live on Rocks.)  As do other expats, we have to pick and choose the holidays we go home for; we can’t have ’em all. Christmas is mine. Maybe someday, if we live further away, I’ll have to miss it, but for now – living on a rock that is only a 4-hour flight home – expect me home for the holidays and have a glass of coquito* waiting for me by the Christmas pine. What...

Birthday Party, Disney Style

Parents know that birthday parties are always more work than you originally plan. I always have the intention of keeping it *simple* but unless simple means gala-style, I don’t do simple – one of those unavoidable truths I’m going to have to accept in my life. Worse even, a truth Husband will have to accept too. Normally for me, throwing a birthday party is hard work, not so much because of the actual party but because I’m looking for decorations...

Dissection of an 80’s Party

The dark. An unsuspecting victim. A gang of people yelling. A surprised face. Faces laughing and cheering. A husband validated. The surprise over. A husband relieved… This is the dissection of an 80’s Party I’m the kind of person that loves surprises. I’m also the kind of person that makes it very difficult to pull off a surprise. I ask too many questions and organize every last detail and catch every double story so if you could pull off a...

Oktoberfest and Two Year Olds… Who Knew?

It started with an idea… What if Rafaella’s 2nd birthday party was an Oktoberfest themed birthday party? As usual, Husband thought I was slightly off my rocker for only a moment before agreeing to an adult themed birthday party for a 2-year-old.  Numero One: To make my life easier I ordered everything from the states this summer because finding everything you need on an island – that isn’t the island of Manhattan – isn’t impossible but it is totally frustrating....

Traditions of Christmas Future

Last night, Husband and I sat in the living room with our Christmas lights twinkling and our tree all lit up. Not many other lights were on in the house, just the bright colorful lights of the season, lit up our place. He on one couch with Olive, I on the other couch, with Jersey – of course – we watched Rafaella romp around the living room entertaining herself: looking at the tree, trying to grab the tree, picking up...