Saturday, July 30, 2011

Today's Words of Inspiration - What causes you to lose hope?

Today's Quote:

'We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.'  ~Martin Luther King, Jr

Today's Challenge: Bounce Back! Many of our days are frought with disappointments, but they don't have to dis-illusion us completely!

Today's Breathing Affirmation: Close your eyes, take a deep, slow breath in through your nose, and affirm "I will not lose hope."

Before logging out for your weekend fun, if you haven't already done so, don't forget to enter our active giveaway for an Elliott Lucca Drawsting Crossbody Handbag in YOUR choice of color HERE. Also please enter our latest giveaway with Borghese HERE.

Remember that attitude determines altitude, and go out there and make this your best day ever, bless and be blessed!

What causes you to lose hope?

˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙

Friday, July 29, 2011

Today's Words of Inspiration - How far will you go in life?


Today's Quote:

'How far you go in life depends on your being Tender with the Young, compassionate with the Aged, sympathetic with the Striving, and Tolerant of the Weak and Strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.' ~George Washington Carver

Being open minded and tolerant doesn't cost much, but truly yields great rewards! Not just to those we show that compassion to, but to ourselves as well.

Today's Challenge: Open your heart and expand your mind to see something from a different point of view than your own.

Today's Breathing Affirmation: Close your eyes, take a deep, slow breath in through your nose, and affirm "I have unconditional and limitless compassion."

Before logging out for your weekend fun, if you haven't already done so, don't forget to enter our active giveaway for an Elliott Lucca Drawsting Crossbody Handbag in YOUR choice of color HERE. Also please enter our latest giveaway with Borghese HERE.

Remember that attitude determines altitude, and go out there and make this your best day ever, bless and be blessed!

Where you can open your mind today? Where can you show more compassion?

˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Today's Words of Inspiration - Unconditional Worth!

Today's Quote:

'I deserve love, peace, prosperity and serenity.' 'I have complete and unconditional worth as a person in this universe.' 'I was born with a limitless capacity for wealth and growth.' ~Jonathan Cainer

These are 'affirmations'. They are very popular in self-help groups the world over. I'm not suggesting you need them now - but if, at any point this week, you find yourself doubting your entitlement to a positive experience... try saying these statements over and over to yourself. For the universe does love you and it is keen now to let you know that. Are you now in a position that you don't think you ought to be in? What stops you from putting yourself in a preferable position instead? You're entitled now, to stand firm and to hold your ground, no matter who is urging you to leap without looking.'

Today's Challenge: Beleive that the Universe wants the best for you.

Today's Breathing Affirmation: Close your eyes, take a deep, slow breath in through your nose, and affirm "I have complete and unconditional worth as a person in this Universe."

If you haven't already done so, don't forget to enter our active giveaway for an Elliott Lucca Drawsting Crossbody Handbag in YOUR choice of color HERE. Also please enter our latest giveaway with Borghese HERE.

Remember that attitude determines altitude, and go out there and make this your best day ever, bless and be blessed!
˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - A Day At The Faucets!

Happy Wordless Wednesday Butterflies!

Here are my personal shots from last week's Delta Faucets aka #DeltaTouch event at The Setai Fifth Avenue New York's Penthouse. You can read my full event recap as well as Home Entertaining Tips I learned, here.

Above: Isn't that faucet pretty?

Pictured Above: New York City Bloggers smiling pretty for the camera after having fun sharing entertainment tips! (If you are trying to spot the butterfly, going from right to left, I'm the one in the black shirt and jeans with a butterfly pendant showing of course!)

I'm getting a little better at this Wordless thing........ =)

˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Keep your Skin Hydrated this Summer with Borghese - Review and Giveaway! 2 winners! Ends 08/02

˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙
This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor Borghese! We look forward to working with you again! The winner has been notified and upon confirmation, follower name will be posted both here and on our homepage. Remember: There are great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!
˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙

Just like we get thirsty in the heat, so does our skin! The heat and humidity of summer time is no excuse to let you skincare slide.

While I know the last thing anyone wants to do in the heat is wear makeup, your skin still requires hydration, both from within and without! If you normally drink 8 glasses of water per day, up it in the summer to keep your body and skin hydrated!

The secret is to use products that do not clog your pores, clogged pores will trap oil and dirt, and make you feel even 'stickier' in the heat which is the last thing you want.

Product Recos for your skin + hair?, so glad you asked!

Acqua Ristorativo

What it does:
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Helps preserve the most important characteristics of youthful healthy- looking skin including helping skin feel supple and toned.

What it contains:
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Acqua di Vita Complex to hydrate and energize skin

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Two varieties of seaweed (Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract and Hydrolyzed Corallina Officinalis Extract) plus Watermelon Extract to protect skin against the damage of UV radiation

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - Pro-Vitamin B5 to help skin retain its natural moisture

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Pro-Vitamin B5 to help skin retain its natural moisture

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Dermatologist Tested. Allergy Tested. Suitable for all skin types.

Crema Ristorativo-24 Continuous Hydration Moisturizer

What it does:
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Uses Moist 24™, a botanical moisturizing agent, to moisturize the upper layers of the skin for 24 hours.
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Helps protect skin’s DNA from external influences using a Bio-Nymph Peptide complex.
What it contains:
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Acqua di Vita Complex to hydrate and energize skin.
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, to help skin retain its natural moisture.
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Two varieties of seaweed (Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract and Hydrolyzed Corallina Officinalis Extract) plus Watermelon Extract to protect skin against the damage of UV radiation

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄ƷDermatologist Tested. Allergy Tested. Suitable for all skin types.

Shampoo Purificante - Cleansing Treatment for Hair and Scalp

What it is:
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - A botanically enriched shampoo that cleanses hair as it moisturizes the scalp. Contains a body building formula for greater volume, substance and thickness.

What it does:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Herbal Formula - Stimulates and nourishes as it cleans.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Acqua di Vita® Complex - Rejuvenates with mineral waters.

Ristorativo Di Vita - Conditioning Treatment for Hair and Scalp

What it is:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - A lightweight botanically enriched infusion that conditions the hair and scalp. Restore hair's smoothness, add volume and revitalize scalp to restore a healthy, soft feeling. Soothing Thyme re-texturizes dry, damaged hair. When used with Shampoo Purificante, the result is "Bella Capelli!" (which means beautiful hair in Italian)

What it does:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Herbs and Botanicals - Revitalize and soothe both hair and scalp.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Acqua di Vita® Complex - Rejuvenates with mineral waters.

My Take

I have been using Borghese Skin Care Products for quite awhile now. And even introduced friends and family to the line. It all started with a facial I received at their skin care counter in a local department store, I bought pretty much one of everything, so I knew before going into this review that I would more than likely love the products, but I had never tried their haircare before so that was the most pleasant surprise!

My hair has been an extra pain this summer, entirely unruly and super frizzy and while I am still going to require chopping quite a bit off sometime VERY soon, the Shampoo Purificante and Ristorativo Di Vita Conditioner has helped me postpone that much needed haircut!

I love both the Acqua Ristorativo Serum as well as the Crema Ristorativo-24 Continuous Hydration Moisturizer, and I've been using both daily. The one, two punch to my skin has been very noticeable, my skin is much brighter, evenly hydrated and I find my makeup goes on much smoother. I have pretty much made the full switch to powder foundation, but one thing I that has always bothered me about the powder foundation, is that it can exaggerate any dry patches on your face, I've been able to skip primer using this serum and I use the continuous hydration mouisturizer mostly at night. I have seen a reduction in fine lines, a much more overall brightness and luminosity to my skin to the point where if I skip any makeup I don't feel guilty that day. (Although I will never give up my signature lips - which is a secret custom color combo I will NEVER share!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - WIN IT! - Ascending Butterfly and our friends at Borghese have a very special surprise for 2 lucky winners! 1 winner will get the Crema Ristorativo-24 Continuous Hydration Moisturizer and the other will get the Acqua Ristorativo Hydrating Concentrate!

Don't you just ♥ Borghese? I know I do!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - How to Win: (1) You must be a PUBLIC follower of Ascending Butterfly to be eligible for this and all giveaways. Indicate in your entry that you follow (if your 'comment name/user id' differs from your profile id, please let me know what name you follow under) and (2)MANDATORY-Visit Borghese and post the URL Link of any other product that catches your eye EXCEPT the reviewed products above! (3) You must also leave your email address somewhere in your comment. (You can format it this way for security, example: ascendingbutterfly AT mail host DOT com). (If your email is clearly visible in your profile, you can just say so, that's OK!) Please follow the easy 1, 2, 3 steps to winning (or in this case, the A,B,C’s of winning!) This giveaway is open to USA who are 18 years of age or older. No PO Boxes. One entry per Household, see Ascending Butterfly Giveaway Rules and Disclosure Policy HERE.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Please follow directions or you will be disqualified! All comments are moderated, they may not appear on the site right away (comments like "I want this" or "I want to win" will not be entered). You have from Tuesday, July 26, 2011 until Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 03:00 PM (EST) to comment and be entered for a chance to win. You will have 48 hours to confirm if we do not hear from you we will be forced to move on to an alternate. (We only notify winners DIRECTLY via email, so if your profile or your comment does not have an email your entry will not be processed) You cannot have won a Carolina Pad prize pack orgift certificate in the past 90 days.


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - You know how much I love finding us both win/wins right? Here's another one: Visit the Degree Women MotionSENSE App on Facebook and enter GetMoving031 in 'Enter Codes' HERE (you'll get an extra 5 MotionSENSE Miles which you can trade in for great prizes including trips, gift certificates, electronics and more!) Enter, share on your wall, and let me know you entered by linking me to where you shared it on your wall, by the way sharing also buys you extra MotionSENSE miles, win/win right? :)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Blog about this giveaway, linking to this giveaway post. Leave the URL in a comment. (If your blog post contains more than just a pic and link you'll get 5 extra credit entries! Leave five entries.)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Grab our NEW Button and put it on your Blog. Leave the URL where we can see it in a comment (if you have our old one, please swap it out, our URL address has changed!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @Tracy_Iglesias on Twitter (this is ascendingbutterfly’s editor) and give me your twitter ID in a comment

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @BorgheseBeauty on Twitter

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @Ascending1 on Twitter (this is Ascending Butterfly's new account, we will soon be hosting twitter parties which necessitates having a second account so we can make updates throughout the entire party!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -Tweet this:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ @Ascending1 + @BorgheseBeauty #Beauty Skin Care Summer Blowout #Giveaway! 2 winners! Ends 08/02

(Leave a comment with the tweet’s url so you can get a valid entry (click on the time your tweet was sent to get the direct URL and then copy and paste it here). You can Tweet TWICE per DAY.)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Digg about this giveaway and leave your digg username in your comment

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Fave this blog on Technorati and leave your Technorati user name in your comment

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow Ascending Butterfly on Facebook HERE

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 'Like' Borghese and tell them Ascending Butterfly Sent You (I'm sure they'd love for you to tell them which you want to win most, the continuous hydration or the serum!) on Facebook HERE (Please post the link to your facebook comment, you can get that link the same way you get your link to your tweets!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow Ascending Butterfly on Networked Blogs HERE

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Join Ascending Butterfly's NEW Community/Real Time Chat, Group HERE

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - One time only per giveaway, NOT a daily: Vote for Ascending Butterfly on: Fuel My Blog

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Have you entered another active giveaway on Ascending Butterfly? Let me know which one and you’ll get more extra credit!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Have you commented on a non-giveaway entry? Let me know which one here and you’ll get more extra credit!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Press the button below and join, you get an extra entry for this giveaway and a shot at more great prizes, lets win together! (one time extra credit, will be verified before entry can be accepted)

˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙

FTC Disclosure Info for this Giveaway: This is not a paid insertion. This is a non-compensated post and all opinions regarding the product and the sponsor are my own experiences. I was provided product to facilitate the review and giveaway. The sponsors are fulfilling directly to prize winner(s), this in no way influenced my opinion of the products. Once a winner is selected and their information has been forwarded to the sponsor, the responsibility of prize fulfillment rests with the sponsor.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Healthify Your Summer with Fage! Recipe 2: FAGE Total Greek Yogurt Lemon Coleslaw

My apologies for skipping last week, the Healthify Your Summer with Fage Total Greek Yogurt Series continues with the second recipe in the summer series! This time with another summer favorite, Coleslaw! Just like it took me a long time to embrace Yogurt just in general, I didn't always eat ColeSlaw and when I was little was known to pick it out when I went to KFC!  It was last year at BlogHer 2010 that I tried a Yogurt that I really liked, and have begn experimenting with other brands since. The event I attended where we learned to use Yogurt in our favorite recipes to make them healthier, still surprises me. For someone that never really ate Yogurt, I was surprised that cooking with it, yielded that much flavor, and in many recipes I couldn't really tell it was there at all. This ColeSlaw was a very pleasant surprise!

FAGE (pronounced “fah-yeh”) is known for Total, the authentic Greek strained yogurt. This summer, Ascending Butterfly and FAGE Total takes you on a mouthwatering journey from plainly plain to plain extraordinary!

FAGE Total Greek Yogurt Lemon Coleslaw

@2011 Photo Provided by Fage USA


Dressing Ingredients:
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - 1/2 cup FAGE Total 2%
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/3 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 2 teaspoons Lemon Zest
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 tablespoon Sugar
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 tablespoon Prepared Horseradish
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 teaspoon Salt
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/2 teaspoon Celery Seed
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/2 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl.

Slaw Ingredients:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 8 cups Green Cabbage, shredded (approximately 1 ½ pounds)
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/2 cup Green Pepper, small dice
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1/2 cup Red Pepper, small dice
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 1 cup Scallion, green and white, thinly sliced
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 2 tablespoons Parsley, chopped

Combine slaw ingredients and toss with dressing. Let chill for 30 minutes to an hour, adjust seasonings and serve.

Recipe created by Edward Magel on behalf of Fage Total Greek Yogurt

Want to connect with Fage?

Follow them on Twittter @fageUSA
Like them on Facebook

˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙

FTC Disclosure Information: I attended a hands on cooking session at the International Culinary Council as a guest of Fage Total Yogurt, I was taught how to make the recipes I am sharing on my blog, I am under no obligation to do so. This is a non-compensated post. This is a non-sponsored post. As someone who has shed 26 pounds via lifestyle changes, I love to share those tips and tricks with my readers!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Moment of Gratitude! + Official Winners List for Dads N Grads June Buying Guide!

This week, I am grateful for

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - For being able to enjoy the Delta Faucet Event this week, I didn't think my schedule would permit me sneaking away that day, but I am so glad it did, it was not only informative but it was also very enjoyable. (And I discovered an awesome Prosecco too - Thanks Delta!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - For Air Conditioning! With triple digit weather here in New York City coupled with high humidity, I've seen news stories of people actually collapsing from Heat Stroke, both above and underground on the subways. I'm truly grateful I got through this super hot week and weekend! How are you holding up where you live?

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - If you are a music nerd like I am (they don't call me the #TwitterPartyDJ for nothing), you'll understand this one, but I am truly grateful I was selected for the @Klout @Spotify Perk, if anyone needs a Spotify invite, feel free to DM me via Twitter @Tracy_Iglesias

˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙

What are you grateful for today? I'd love for you to write in and share what you are grateful for this week. The more you say it, the more you speak it, and the more you live in gratitude, the more you will find reasons to be grateful for, and the more reasons that the universe will send you to be grateful for. So join me on this journey of gratitude and inspiration. And you can post here daily (even though my list will be posted weekly).

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

It is OK to *Re-Tweet* the link to this post and You can find me on Twitter here (@Tracy_Iglesias) Twitter love: re*tweet by copying and pasting the following into your update field at Twitter:

OK to RT: @Tracy_Iglesias This Week's 'Moment of Gratitude' and Great giveaways! -

˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙

Active Giveaway!

1) Ends 08/02/11 - Featured Handbag in the Spotlight Giveaway July - Elliott Lucca Drawstring Crossbody Handbag!  Enter HERE

˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙

For those of you who are interested in keeping a gratitude journal this year, here is my recommendation and where to purchase it:

Make this Your Best Day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙


Shenzhen Ceramic Knife Winner:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Huhbaby2

SodaStream Genesis Soda Maker Winner:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - talliana

Joya Shoes Winners (There were 5 winners for this giveaway, Thanks JOYA shoes!):

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Mummytotwoboys
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - savvymomnyc
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - mindy25414
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - ardy22
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Sweetsue

Smooth Jazzy NYC Smooth Cruise Winners (2 Winners):

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Wendy W.
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - LaLicenciada

˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙

FTC Disclosure: Journal Recommendation uses an Amazon Affiliate Link. We list winners by their ascending butterfly usernames instead of full names for privacy purposes.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Home Entertainment Tips from Top NYC Bloggers and Delta Faucet!

I recently had the opportunity to attend a very intimate event held at the Setai Hotel in New York City, in their beautiful Penthouse Suite. The event was hosted by Delta Faucet and Victoria Pericon of Savvy Mommy who brought together a small group of New York City Bloggers to discuss Entertaining in the home and sharing tips and tricks to making at home entertaining and parties not only fun for the guests, but simpler for the hosts! The bloggers included a mix of Lifestyle, Food, Parenting and more, which made the focus group session on Entertaining all the more interesting and exciting. We came at the topic from a variety of perspectives, from food to photography, from entertaining with kids, singles and more!

NYC Bloggers (Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly is the second to the right in the black shirt) including co-hostess Victoria Pericon of Savvy Mommy (middle closest to sign), Delta Faucet team and MSL Group team reps!

Whether it's for a simple gathering, dinner party, birthday party or hosting for the holidays, I'm sure much like me, you run around the house like a chicken without a head trying to get everything together. Picking up, cleaning and cooking to make your home it's most welcoming for your guests. It's definitely not easy getting everything 'Just So'.

Thankfully you don't have to go it alone!

Five Tips to Hosting A Successful Gathering in your home, AND keeping it simple for you in the process:

(1) Think About Your Guests - Do any guests have food or pet allergies? Be sure to query your guests well before the event. You don't want to have someone suffer a severe allergic reaction, when this is something very easy to prevent!

(2) Pick a Theme - Theme centered parties are a fun way to keep things interesting for your guests, try to pick an inclusive theme that the most guests can relate to. Fun ideas include: A luau, A decade based party (70s, 80s, 90s etc), or even movie night. You can even have door prizes for the 3 guests who best represent the party theme!

(3) Keep it Simple - Save time and Paper (Use evites or email for invitations) use Apps like Red Rover. Or if like me, you simply cannot bare going paperless for your invites, use online services that allow you to pick, print and have them ship the invitations for you!

(4) Designate a Photographer - Delegate this to one person or have a bunch of polaroid cameras set up at various stations throughout your party and have guests take pictures! This way you don't spend your entire party behind a lens/viewfinder and miss making memories with your guests! Making your guests feel special by giving them one to one time is what will make the party memorable for them AND you!

(5) Send Thank You Notes - It's so important to take that time to thank your guests for sharing in that special day with you! A great way to personalize the note is to take a picture of yourself with the gift they brought. You can slip that picture inside the note, or if you are using a photo or card service, upload that picture, write your thank you caption and you can have them directly shipped to your guests (if you have alot of guests, use a printing service that allows you to turn the picture into a postcard since the postage is a bit cheaper and the photo postcard with Thank You caption can be sent to all your guests!)

Collage of Event Photos include Faucet in action, bloggers networking and the great spread!

We also had the opportunity to see Delta Faucet demo their bath and kitchen faucets with the new Touch2O® and Touch2O.xt™ Technology!

Touch2O® Technology: Tapping anywhere on the spout or handle with your wrist or forearm to start and stop the flow of water. It helps keep the bath faucet clean, even when your hands aren't.

Touch2O.xt™ Technology: For an even cleaner experience, Touch2O.xt™ Technology allows you to tap the faucet on and off or go completely hands-free. The bath touch faucet intuitively activates the water flow when your hands move close to the faucet.

We all got the chance to check out the faucets in action both a kitchen demo model and a bathroom demo model. And I thought they were both fantastic. I LOVE to cook, but I also know just how easily germs can be spread in a Kitchen. We all know just how easy raw chicken rubbed across surfaces can cause salmonella. But to clean those surfaces you have turn on your faucet, touching the faucet with your 'raw chicken hands'. Thanks to these faucets you won't have to worry about that anymore! Delta also let us in on a very scary statistic, that 1 in 5 people do not wash their hands after using the restroom. That definitely gave us all the immediate 'EWWW YUCK!' reaction.

Whether you are a foodie and want a cleaner kitchen, a mom trying to find new ways to encourage the little ones to keep their hands clean, or are a hostess with the mostest yourself, these faucets will certainly help not only make your bathroom or kitchen look nice, but will also help you save time, money and water. Think of the possibilities: While brushing your teeth, or while your DH is shaving you no longer waste water, the water turns off while you brush your teeth or shave and then turns on when you are ready for it, How smart (and cool) is that?

I will be getting the chance to try out one of these myself soon, and I will post a more in depth review at that time (and who knows butterflies, maybe I can coerce the fine folks at Delta to come back and show our readers some love too!)

In the meantime, Please Share YOUR best tip for making entertaining easy and fun!

˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙˙·٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•●•٠·˙

FTC Disclosure Info: This is NOT a sponsored Post, no monetary compensation has been received. I attended a NY based event for Digital Press where Delta provided a product demo and lunch to attendees. I will also be receiving a Touch2O.xt Technology faucet for in home review. However, I have shared my honest opinions of the brand, event and products as per ethical blogger guidelines.