Friday, April 20, 2012

New York, New York (and a winner)

I know y'all are just dying to hear all about my New York trip, as if I didn't twitter every last detail already. In case this is your first time here (welcome!) I just got back from a fabulous three day trip to New York, courtesy of Sally Hansen and Glamour Magazine's Best of You contest. And let me just tell you what a fantabulous trip it was. And the kiddos did GREAT with the grandparents. In fact, Caden slept through the night both nights and took over an hour naps in his pack and play every day. WTF? (why the face, obviously) How my in-laws managed that one I will never know, particularly since Caden didnt sleep a wink last night and hasnt napped more than 15-30 minutes in his crib today. Sigh. I fail.

I realize that the interesting/exciting part of the trip is the photo shoot for Glamour Magazine, but I want to remember the whole experience, and we all know that my memory isn't what it used to be, so I have to write it down somewhere. And since I cant seem to figure out how to get the words to sound pretty, I'm simply going to write about the first two days of our trip, and then I'll tell you guys all about the photo shoot in another post, probably on Monday (but y'all know how I dont like to make promises I may or may not keep, so you'll just have to wait and see!)

Day 1 -
We flew out to NYC on Tuesday morning, and were greeted upon our arrival by our very own driver who took us to our hotel (which just happened to be the Empire Hotel - you may have heard of it from a little show called Gossip Girl). After checking in, Adam and I tracked down some delicious NY pizza and then trekked all over New York exploring and enjoying the gorgeous weather. We walked around Times Square and The High Line (which we loved). We ended up eating dinner at The Red Rooster in Harlem (Obama has eaten there), which has literally the most delicious cornbread I have ever eaten. Also, the Mac and Greens and fried chicken. I'm drooling just thinking about it.  I opted to enjoy (obviously) eating large quantities of delicious food over worrying about the photoshoot and my waistline. However, Adam did force me to walk like 10 miles on Tuesday as we trekked all over the city. I'm not going to admit that I might have gotten a bad attitude about it at one point, but it's a strong possibility.
Really the most important piece of information you need to know is that we slept ALL NIGHT LONG TWO NIGHTS IN A ROW. Heaven, basically.

Day 2 -

The second morning, we hopped out of bed after hitting snooze too many times (leaving us running late as usual - I always try to pretend like I would totally have things together and be on time if I just didnt have my kids, apparently that is not true. I am going to, however, continuing maintaining it is true and just let it be our little secret, mkay?), and headed downstairs to meet the other winners and then have breakfast with some of the ladies from Glamour Magazine. I had the most giant piece of french toast I've ever seen. Literally, it took me a good ten minutes to just figure out a plan of attack for consuming it. After chatting about our organizations and pets and whatnot, we headed to the Townhouse Spa for some pampering and makeovers. We got pedicures (Sally Hansen sent over some of their newest colors for us to choose from) and I got my hair colored and styled, and my makeup done. It was so much fun and just such a relaxing treat to be so pampered. I loved it.

After our time at the spa, we went back to the hotel for a minute and then went out for a FANCY dinner with the other winners at a place called Rouge et Blanc, which serves Viatnamese-French food. It was SUPER yummy, even if I had some issues getting past the fact that I could just eat the entire head (including the eyeballs) of my fried shrimp. I just felt like the poor little guy was staring at me in terror, which caused me to majorly psysch myself out about eating it. You'll be glad to know, however, that I was eventually able to overcome my reluctance and fully enjoy the deliciousness of my meal.
After dinner, we headed a few blocks over to meet my sweet cousin Miriam for some cupcakes. I had a salted caramel chocolate one. Because, you know, I had a photoshoot for a national magazine in the morning and I feel as though that's a good reason to celebrate with cupcakes, particularly salted caramel ones.   

Then it was back to the hotel and into bed for our big day in front of the cameras the next morning. I was excited and nervous, but not too nervous to enjoy another full night of sleep. Yes ma'am, I slept like a baby. Or rather, I slept like a mama who DIDNT have a baby to take care of all night, amen.

Stay tuned for the rest of our trip and the photoshoot with Glamour!

Oh and I don't know if I mentioned this already, but y'all are some smart mommas! All the sweet comments on the giveaway post were so wise and encouraging - you should seriously go read them all and learn some valuable lessons about motherhood, for realz. Anyways, I used random integer generator to pick a winner and it came up with #29, so Jasmine is the winner! Congrats girl :-) If you can just email me your address at Becca1612 at hotmail dot com, that would be fabulous. If you didn't win but still want to get your hands on Spirit-led Parenting (and hello? you totally should), you can buy it on Amazon right here.


  1. I am so glad you had a wonderful time Becca! Are you kidding me about the baby sleeping all night both nights???? Did they just let him cry himself to sleep? What did they do differently? I am perplexed! But back to you.... You look gorgeous!

  2. Your hair looks gorgeous! Can't wait to see everything else!!!!

  3. So exciting! Your makeover look is GORGEOUS. Can't wait to hear the rest!

  4. Your hair looks great and I love all the photos from your trip. Can't wait to read about the photo shoot!


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