Happy School Year!

Where we live in New York, school just got out for the summer a couple of weeks ago.

But in the rest of the country, most school districts are gearing up for the new year.  I love this time of year because I have so much fun checking out all of the new school supplies.  I always end up buying a lot of them for my work, because hey - you're never too old for a sequined notebook!

Here are a few of the ideas I am sharing on TV shows this season for Office Depot/OfficeMax, Jif and Smucker's, and Mattress Firm.  They are sponsoring these segments and this post.

How cute is this Unicorn Backpack Set?

These "reversible" sequined notebooks!  (Where were these when I was eight?)

I don't think you ever get too old for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (especially with an ice cold glass of milk).  While some people may prefer the peanut butter on its own, for many kids, it's better together with the jelly.  For something moms and kids can agree on, try Jif Creamy Natural Peanut Butter (only five simple ingredients!) with Smucker's Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread.  To mix things up a bit, you can also try more creative recipes beyond the traditional PB&J sandwich.  Yum!

After a long summer of staying up late and sleeping in, getting into a regular sleep routine for back-to-school can be a bit of a challenge.  Since educators and sleep experts agree that children who sleep better learn better, they often recommend easing into the new year by moving up bedtime by 10 or 15 minutes each night until you reach your goal bedtime.  Having a good mattress is also part of a healthy sleep routine, and Mattress Firm has a back-to-school special from July 25 through August 14 with deals for the entire family.

Happy New Year!

 

 

Photos from Office Depot, Smucker's, and Mattress Firm.

Getting Campus Ready

For many years after graduating from college, I moved into progressively smaller spaces.

My first apartment was a 1,200 two-bedroom shared with a roommate.  I then moved on to a series of 900-square-foot one-bedroom apartments, and then into a 600-square-foot studio.  

Then, I moved to New York City - the land of 200-square-foot studio apartments.

We now occupy 700+ square feet - which feels like a veritable mansion to me.  But those small space decorating skills honed in college certainly paid off long after I finished my degree.  I still keep in practice every year working with Bed Bath & Beyond, which sponsors a series of television segments - and this post - featuring ideas for decorating dorm rooms that are both stylish and functional.

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Here are a few of the ideas I am sharing for them on TV segments this month:

You can find more items - and tons of ideas and inspiration for organizing tiny spaces - on Bed Bath & Beyond's college website.

 

Father's Day Gift Guide

When it comes to gifts, I am all about things that are practical.  Maybe that comes from living in small apartments since I graduated from college, but I don’t have room for a lot of extraneous stuff and assume that most people don’t either.

Since practicality is the name of the game for most guys, that philosophy tends to work well for Father’s Day gifts.  With that in mind, here are a few of the things I am showing on behalf of several companies on TV segments this month for Father’s Day.  These segments and this post were sponsored by featured companies.  You can be assured these gifts will be put to good use right away!

On-the-Air: Nashville

As a little girl, I was not a big fan of Easter.

While I was perfectly fine with getting a basket of candy, I was utterly terrified of the Easter Bunny.  I'm not really sure where that came from, but I'm thinking the bunny's crazy eyes and giant fangs might have played a small part.

As the years went on, and I learned what Easter was really about, the holiday took on a whole new meaning. 

These days, after church, we generally have friends over after services to gather around our table for brunch.  Of course, there is always a ham on that table!  When they are already cooked and perfectly sliced, like the hams I showed for Smithfield this morning on CBS Nashville, it makes getting a meal on the table a breeze.  This segment and post were sponsored by Smithfield.

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You can find a ton of great recipes and Easter meal planning ideas here.  Happy Easter!

On-the-Air: Los Angeles

I am an early riser.  As in by 4:30 a.m. most days, sometimes earlier.  I wake up without an alarm clock, which means that during my frequent trips to the west coast, I'm up and ready to go between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.  I usually follow the same sleep routine whatever time zone I am in, which means I am usually sound asleep by 8 p.m.  That routine definitely keeps me well-rested, even with a crazy schedule.

Sleep is definitely on my mind today, with Daylight Saving Time just hours away (!!!).  I am flying to London tonight, which being several hours ahead of New York, theoretically means I should be able to sleep past 6 a.m.  We'll see!

Before I leaving, I stopped by KCAL-TV in Los Angeles to share a few tips on getting a good night's sleep.  You can check out the segment here.

Sweet dreams!