Smile Tips for All Parts of Life from a Mom, Wife, and Dentist

April 27, 2017

Gift Ideas for Mom | Happy Mother's Day

Kitchenaid Mixer
This Mother's Day, I'm looking for some fun ways to get things cooking! We just moved into our newly renovated home and I must admit, I can't wait to finally conquer the kitchen. Here are some items at the top of my list (hint, hint):

1. Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer. I've ordered this popular item half a dozen time for friends and family. The popular 325 Watt, 10 speed mixer comes in 47 different colors and is equipped with a flat beater, dough hook and wire whip. Maybe I can finally perfect my mother-in-law's recipe for Hubby's favorite Serbian croissants.

2. Zojirushi Rice Cooker. As I mentioned in my last post, 20 Things You Might Not Know About Me, I lived in Japan as a child where rice was king. This high tech cooker not only prepares all types of rice varieties but doubles as a steamer and even bakes cakes. Plus, the stainless steel exterior is easy to clean.

3. Artand Place Mats. These woven vinyl place mats are super sturdy to resist heat, stains, and wear because getting the food on the table should be the biggest task. The cool design will complement any decor.

4. CucinaPro Crepe Maker. This 12 inch non-stick griddle gets super hot and can also cook pancakes, bacon and more. The included batter spreader is perfect for those ultra thin crepes that we just love to fill with hazelnut spread, fruits, and whipped cream!

5. Joy of Cooking. My mom still keeps hers handy and this book was my first official wedding gift! This timeless kitchen essential is packed with ideas for healthy cooking, easy recipes, as well as tried and trusted meals du jour! This best selling cook book is a must have for every kitchen.

6. T-Fal Cookwear Set. Pots and pans, anyone? No one likes clean up but cooking with heat safe tools can make things much healthier and more fun! This set includes three frying pans, two sauce pans and a 5-quart Dutch Oven.

Ok, what's missing? What's your favorite kitchen gadget? Any cool recipe suggestions? Happy Mother's Day!

April 20, 2017

20 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Thank you Brittany Bertuzzi at for passing the mic! This challenge to share 20 things about myself that people may not know was definitely not easy, but here we go! 

1. I am the second oldest of 🔢 sisters 👩👩👩👩 and I was named after Brigitte Bardot (my mom was watching one of her films right before she went into labor).

2. I was born in Philadelphia but I've lived on 3 different continents 🌎🌏🌍 and have traveled to 20 different countries. 

3. When I was ten years old, my family moved to Omiya City, Japan 🇯🇵 and my sisters and I attended a Japanese public school 🎒 for a whole year. Maybe that's why my favorite type of food is Asian Fusion and I love wasabi!

4. My first 2 vinyl records were the "Annie" soundtrack and Micheal Jackson's Thriller (my older sister and I used to play them on our Fisher Price record player) but my first cassette tape was Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 🎤 and she is by far, my all-time favorite pop star! 

5. I was a competitive swimmer for 10 years 🏊 My prime was the backstroke. (I don't miss those 5:30 am ⏰ practices before school!)

6. My mother is a bilingual educator 👩🏫 and commanded us to learn Spanish. So glad that I did because I use it every single day, just as she predicted!

7. As kids, most of our pets were reptiles. We had a 20 ft Boa 🐍 named Noah! 

8. My favorite doll was my Business Barbie 💼 Of course, she had a pink suit and a white hat with a pink polk-a-dot bow 🎀 around it! 

9. My favorite candy 🍭 is Starburst and I still go back and forth favoring pink over red 🍓🍒 but I eat more chocolate now that I know it dissolves faster on your teeth!

10. The first movie 🎬 I saw in a theater was ET (Extra Terrestrial). My dad always reminds me that I was so scared that cried the whole way 😰 through with my hands covering my eyes!

11. I love comedies, especially romantic comedies! My favorite comedian 🎭 is Eddie Murphy and my favorite movie 🎟 is Boomerang!

12. My first car was a 1985 Volkswagen GTI 🚗 It was a stick shift so I had to learn how to drive a standard! 

13. Dentistry 😁 is my third career, following my roles as a music industry executive and newspaper columnist!

14. I've always enjoyed creative writing. In high school, I wrote poetry ✍🏽 about everything under the sun. My favorite poets are Langston Hughes and Nikki Giovanni. Years later, I even started a Greeting Card company to house my poems. I incorporated and everything but never went to print 

15. My favorite author is Toni Morrison 📚 and I love every journey, every character, every struggle, and every triumph. I also get a rush when I hear her natural spoken voice. She's so eloquent and poised. 

16. As a teen, I was fanatic about Hip Hop 🎧 culture! I once cut school and took Amtrak 🚅 to NYC to hang out with The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest and Common! (I literally just told my mom just last month!)

17. One of my favorite rap albums 🎼 is Low End Theory and the first rap song I ever memorized was "Check the Rhyme" by A Tribe Called Quest. (RIP Phife Dawg 😔)

18. My first job out of college was at MTV 👩🎤 in Times Square. I worked in law and business affairs, and I drafted contracts for everything from lighting 💡productions to VIP arrangements!

19. New York City 🗽 is the greatest city in the world! I've lived in Harlem, the Bronx, Long Island and Brooklyn. So, it's no surprise that my favorite TV series 📺 is Sex and the City 💋

20. One of things I enjoy most about dentistry is that it grants opportunities to meet all kind of interesting patients, especially in Washington, DC 🏛 I've had the honor of providing treatment for a sitting US Supreme Court Justice, a former Sec of Defense, and a French Army Commander.

That's all folks! I challenge you to share 20 fun facts about yourself. You might be surprised, this task turned out to be a lot of fun!  

April 14, 2017

Striped Jersey T-Shirt Dress | Things to Like

T-Shirt Dress

With spring just up ahead, I'm on the look out for one of my Mommy Wardrobe staples: the t-shirt dress! It's easy to throw on with a cardigan for school drop off, running errands, or lunch with friends! Check out these looks on sale at Old Navy and H&M. Pair with canvas sneakers and a sporty tote for an athletic finish. Happy Spring!

April 6, 2017

Science Discovery with Learning Resources

Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set

"Mommy, can we do the experiment?" My son is super charged about making potions and mixing solutions with his new Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set! The kit is brilliantly designed for science beginners and really sparks curiosity for discovery.
The 12 piece collection includes a beaker, flask, magnifying glass, eyedropper, safety glasses, tweezers and test tubes. Plus there are 10 activity cards to show you how to combine colors, add and extract materials, and even launch a volcano!

Get your kiddo excited about science and discovery with the Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set. Let us know which activity is your favorite!

Save up to 70% on Sale Educational Toys and Hands-On Learning Materials at Learning Resources. Shop now!

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