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We Swoon For Athena Calderone And You Will Too

August 31, 2016
Athena Calderone

We were excited to visit Athena Calderone’s Amagansett home the morning of our photoshoot. Before creating her tantalizing site, EyeSwoon, Athena made a name for herself as an interior designer, creating inviting warm and gorgeous spaces you want to melt into.  Her home did not disappoint. She warmly welcomed us into her home and told us to look around as she finished getting ready. We spotted some delicious concoction on the kitchen table and we think the hostess noticed our oogling, because she offered it to us. Not gonna lie, it was one of the most delicious things we’ve ever eaten and she just casually whipped it up! Her house was thoughtfully put together, yet had such a effortless feel. An easygoing and delightful pair, the mama and her son, Jivan, made our shoot into one of the easiest and most fun ones we’ve done. Can we come hang?? Hope you readers swoon as much as we did…

Athena Calderone

First of all, EyeSwoon is definitely an eye swoon! How did it all start and how did you develop it into what it is today?

EyeSwoon began in the summer of 2011. I was working as an interior designer and I found myself between projects. I felt a lull in creativity and I started EyeSwoon as the answer to that lull. I love making things beautiful – whether it’s my immediate physical environment or the food that I create – and I wanted to share those little sparks of inspiration and see what journeys they would inspire for others. When I’m designing a space, I can always trace the inspiration back to a singular moment or image that gave me the vision for the complete room. The same thing happens with an amazing bite of food. Suddenly I’ll find myself running out to re-create it and add my own twist. Eye-swoon became a way for me to group all those fragmented moments and give them one voice that speaks to all the sides of me, the design-addict, the fashion-lover, the food-obsessed, the mom, the wife. And hopefully it can do the same for people that share those interests and seek out inspiration.

When you launched your site, did you think of it as a business or something you wanted to do for yourself? At what point did it become profitable and how?

I really did not.  I knew I was seeking a platform to voice all of my various passions and that was the true impetus. For a good few years I was blissfully losing money as all of the shoots, and food, and photography, and tablescaping with props was quite costly.  It was not until I began collaborating with brands that I was able to turn my passion project into a business.

Athena Calderone

“You can only look to yourself and what truly makes you happy to find success.  It took me years to figure that out.”

What do you think it takes to launch a successful blog? Any tips for those of us who are trying?

I think you need to have an authentic point of view and be so well versed and excited on that given topic, that you cannot help but share it. I personally struggled to figure out what I was meant to offer this world. I was successful when I decided to do what I naturally loved to do.  I found myself when I embraced all the various creative facets of my life and shared them authentically. Cooking in the kitchen and creating meals is where I’m happiest and where I am most often found since my early 20’s!  I approach design and food in the same way….adding layers and texture, balancing flavors, unexpected elements. This, combined with hosting, is the creative outlet that feeds my soul….it’s a massive piece of who I am. You can only look to yourself and what truly makes you happy to find success.  It took me years to figure that out.

We’ve heard that you have a book in the works. What’s it about?

I am currently working on a seasonal cookbook to be released in Fall 2017 with Abrams.  I want to arm readers with the tools to create delicious and visually stunning meals, by offering swoon-worthy tips and tricks on elevating the presentation of food and insider prep tips I learned from cooking with culinary tastemakers.  I am also expanding on the idea of seasonality. I believe that the way we engage and gather for meals shifts from season to season, as does our tone and palettes. Summer is more light and bright and carefree, where in winter our meals are more intimate, richer with stews and roasts and the tonality is moodier and overall darker.  I want you to flip through the book and see, taste and feel a significant difference from season to season.

Athena Calderone
What’s been the biggest challenge with your book? What have you learned?

This is bigger than anything I’ve ever done.  There is a permanence to a book and that also adds pressure.  I have to remind myself to trust my gut and not second guess myself, which is hard when making such important decisions. It has been my instincts and intuition that have brought me this far so I do need to remind myself of this often throughout this process.  This has been extremely challenging, but it has also been pushing me creatively – and ultimately, that is how we grow.

You seem to be surrounded by creative people. How has this community been important in getting you to where you are now?

My community is everything.  The creative like-minded cast of characters in the food community is unbelievably inspiring and supportive – this is a connectivity I had been craving for quite some time.  We inspire and raise one another up – we learn and we expand together.  Collaboration and meeting new people who hold similar passions have truly been the greatest and most uplifting part of this journey.

Biggest pinch me moment?

Cooking with Jean George was MAJOR!

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What has been your favorite collaboration to date?

I really hold the dinners I did with Cointreau at the highest regard.  I was able to unite my love of food, décor, and entertaining through those dinners.  I love to create beauty more than any one thing and those dinners were absolutely swoony!  Some of my favorite images were captured by Nicole Franzen for Club Monaco.  It is rather epic when a brand gives you the creative freedom to do what you love and capture it, along with being surrounded by a creative group of women.

Fave NYC restaurant?

Lilia, Café Altro Paridiso, Wildair

You and your son seem so close. How do you maintain that as he’s getting older and wants to spend more time with his friends? Any favorite things to do together?

13 is a big year both for him and for myself.  It is certainly challenging and emotional at times as he pulls away, but it is also completely natural for him to crave more independence. His social world is high up on his list these days, but we are always consciously making sure we carve out some family time.  We turn off computers and do not answers emails after 6pm in our home.  We go on a bike rides to Louse Point to watch the sunset on most evenings together as a family. Jivan and I also bake together, which we both love as our intimate time together.

Athena Calderone

You’ve traveled all around the globe. How has this influenced your aesthetic? What’s your favorite trip you’ve been on?

Traveling opened my eyes to new flavors, cultures, food, architecture and design.  My eyes absorbed it all – they were indeed swooning.  I soak it all in when I travel and then come home to experiment in my kitchen with new flavors, foreign ingredients, herbs and spices. Morocco influenced both my flavor profile and design aesthetic, with an appreciation for textiles, texture and patina. I love to bring home trinkets from my journeys and add them to our home.  A home should tell your story, conjure memories – where you have been and where you have adventured – and I certainly continue to build and expand my story through travel.

What’s the best career advice you have ever received?

Don’t compare yourself to others. No one is YOU and that is your greatest power.

How would you describe your philosophy as a mother?

I encourage adventure always, but set boundaries at the same time.  Jivan is fearless and craves the extreme.  He can also be mischievous at times, yet he is innately shy – complex like the rest of us. I encourage him to take risks and embrace who he is by allowing him to be who he is, but all within limit. Those frisky and curious bits of his personality will ultimately make him unique if he knows to celebrate them.
All that said, I used to think I was a fun mom, but now I am told I can be a nag – ugh!  I asked Jivan the other day, “so what can I do to encourage you to share more with me…”  He said, “well you can stop repeating yourself – I usually hear you the first time” hahahaha!!!!  Noted my boy, noted!

Athena Calderone

Photos by Stevi Sesin

@stevilou

#SOCIALBOSS, Food, Health

SHUTTHEKALEUP: From Eating Disorder to A Healthy Instagram Feed That Makes 112k People Hungry

July 20, 2016
SHUTTHEKALEUP mother and child

Jeannette Ogden of SHUTTHEKALEUP has taught us a valuable lesson: learn to love yourself and everything will follow. Here she shares her journey from eating disorder to living a beautifully healthy — Literally! – and happy life. Read below to find out more about her path to healthy living & drooling over some clean eats that will make your tummy start to rumble!

Tell us what was going on with you before you started @shutthekaleup? You were battling an eating disorder?

Before SHUTTHEKALEUP I was an assistant store manager at Barneys New York in Costa Mesa. I was battling an ED at the time and it was hard since I was in an industry that was solely based on appearance.

How did you overcome the ED?

After being laid off from work, it was like a weight was lifted and I was able to become who I am now. I had the time to take yoga sculpt teacher training and was able to plan my wedding with no stress. the ED literally fell off and I had found balance without even looking for it. I feel extremely blessed.

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What advice would you give to women suffering with an ED? Is there any action that they can take to help them recover?

Stop thinking food is an enemy. Food is fuel. You’re beautifully made and have much more to you than looks. Stay positive and around people who truly love you and can help with any triggers you might have. Speak out loud to how you’re feeling without being shy and OWN IT.

When did you start cooking?

I started cooking about five years ago. I was 23 when I first got into food and being hands-on in the kitchen.

What is SHUTTHEKALEUP? Where did the name come from?

SHUTTHEKALEUP is who I am, it’s a lifestyle and it’s most importantly.. being real. It came from me wanting to start a feed that had everything from yoga, real food, real life and GLUTEN.. cause you can’t live life without enjoying the so called ‘bad foods’ in balance!  

SHUTTHEKALEUP clean eats

Your feed and the food you make looks so delicious? How would you describe your food style?

My food style is easy, quick and so bright. I literally whip up everything I make so quickly because my hunger always creeps in strong!

What kind of workouts do you do?

Everything under the sun. I love cross training and yoga mostly.

How has healthy cooking and wellness played a role in your life as a mama?

It’s been a huge impact as a mama. I’ve learned lots throughout my struggles and finding balance has helped me help my family lead a healthy lifestyle using food as medicine for our bodies.

 

SHUTTHEKALEUP clean eats

 

What do you think was the tipping point to make food transition from a point of anxiety to something that you can celebrate on your feed?

Letting my fears go and just owning who I am. I’m no longer scared of what people may think of me so I live much happier knowing I’m content with myself and the family my husband and I are growing. Now we celebrate with good company and real food without thinking “how many calories is in that?” “oh no I can’t have that” so on and so forth.

Can you give us a favorite recipe we can try at home?

One of my favorite recipes is my cookie recipe that my husband and I love and I also make it quite often! try it;

    1. 8 tablespoons of @kerrygoldusa unsalted grass fed butter
    2. ½ cup @wholesomeweet organic cane sugar
    3. ¼ cup packed @wholesomesweet light brown sugar
    4. 1 teaspoon @simplyorganicfoods vanilla extract
    5. 1 egg
    6. 1½ cups @bobsredmill organic all purpose flour
    7. 1/2 teaspoon @bobsredmill baking soda
    8. 1/2 teaspoon pink sea salt
    9. 3/4 cup @enjoylifefoods dark chocolate morsels
    10. what next?
      1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter should be room temperature.
      2. Using a hand mixer, beat the butter with the sugars until creamy. Add vanilla extract and the egg; beat on low speed until just incorporated – 10-15 seconds or so (if you beat the egg for too long, the cookies will be stiff). Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until crumbles form. Use your hands to press the crumbles together into a dough. It should form one large ball that is easy to roll. Add the morsels and mix them in the dough with your hands.
      3. Roll the dough into 12 large balls and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes until the cookies look puffy and just barely golden.
      4. Try your hardest to let them cool on the cookie sheet for a good 20 minutes or so.. Buuuuut if you’re like me, you’ll eat two or three before that even happens.

SHUTTHEKALEUP clean eats chocolate chip cookies recipe

How has motherhood changed you? What’s the best and the hardest part?

Motherhood has changed me into a more selfless person. I thought I was selfless when I got married but then you have a kid and you’re like, okay.. ya no. Hahah! So I enjoy the things I get to do for my son. The best part is being able to exclusively nurse him. The hardest part is to have a busy schedule and have to nurse him. It’s definitely a full time job and it’s been so difficult to stop everything I’m doing to feed for 30min-1hr, but I wouldn’t change that for anything in this world since that bond is literally incomparable.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Breakfast, I love it and I can’t wait for it! Shortly after would be the gym.

Can you tell us 5 things we need to now to start eating healthy and get in shape??

  1. Do it for the right reasons; not just to look “skinny”.
  2. Be confident going in.
  3. Eat allll the foods you love in moderation and avoid deprivation.
  4. Go hard. you must fail to pick yourself back up and get stronger.
  5. Listen to your body. it has a loud voice you just gotta listen!
Food, Shopping, Summer, Travel

Mama + Tata’s Kid-Friendly Guide To The Best Summer Ever In The Hamptons

June 28, 2016
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Meet the ladies of Mama and Tata, who we have tapped to provide our heymama mommies with their curated guide to the Hamptons…

We are two sisters born and raised in New York City who have lived downtown, uptown, east-side, and west-side, over the past 30 years. We love our city and all of its resources, and are passionate about the culture, fashion, and lifestyle it provides us. Through our many years of scouring different neighborhoods to find the best of the best, we have researched and gathered an extensive list to provide our followers with a guide to this city. As Mama and Tata (auntie in French), we tell our story from the perspective of a fashionable mom of two, Candice, and a newly pregnant and inquisitive mom-to-be, Jenna, who lean on each other and pass each other sisterly advice. As moms and aunties, on this journey of motherhood together, we would like to share our experiences and impart our insights on how to be a great mom while maintaining beauty, style, and glamour in everyday life. We have teamed with the rad chicks of heymama to give you a glimpse into our strong sisterly bond as Mama and Tata while providing you with our Hamptons Secrets!

Mama (as described by Tata) – Candice Miller is the head buyer for Tenet shop in Southampton, New York. She wears so many hats and has so many talents; on top of her buying experience, she is a certified learning specialist and worked at the Dwight School in an educational and charitable role for over 5 years. I would describe her as a type A mom, a creative planner, who always puts her kids first. I rely on Candice for EVERYTHING! She is my go-to person for advice in all aspects of my life. Her style in 3 words is feminine, cohesive, and original. 

Tata (as described by Mama) – Jenna Crespi left her law profession behind to work at the e-commerce and marketing platform Gilt City, a division of Gilt Groupe. She spent her years there researching New York’s best services across all categories, including beauty, fitness, travel, and food, making her an expert on her city. Jenna grew up raiding my closet and now leans on me to answer all of her questions regarding motherhood. I continuously rely on Jenna for sound judgment and relaxed energy, which will make her a great mom. Her style in 3 words is comfortable, casual, and simple.

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HAMPTONS GUIDE:

 

Mama & Tata's Guide to the Hamptons

First Blue LLC at Rose Hill Farm

Our closest friends recommended Rose Hill, where they sent their daughters to ride every summer.  Their children learned so much about love, courage, and discipline, not to mention, they are all major award-winning, competitive riders to this day.  My daughter showed such excitement about pony riding that I set up private riding lessons for her.  Her two favorite, sweet, gentle ponies at the stable are named Blacky and Willow.  The instructors, Amanda and Jess, are wonderful and take it very slow with beginners to build confidence and give encouragement.  My daughter loves her time at Rose Hill, and is now trotting around the ring with a smile on her face, eager to learn whatever comes next.  At the end of each lesson, she is invited to groom her pony, brush his hair, and feed him.  My daughter looks forward to this portion of the lesson, since she is very care-taking and loves animals.

Mama & Tata's Guide to the Hamptons

Babinski Farm Stand

As a Mama, it’s very difficult to find fresh, boneless fish to feed my children.  After a long search out east, I found Babinski Farm Stand, where they had a fresh catch from Thursday-Sunday. Mama and Tata’s highlight here are their fresh lobsters that they chop up on site.  Their fish is so clean and delicious, we have it cooking in our home almost every night, and all it needs is a pinch of sea salt and a touch of olive oil!  It makes healthy eating easy!  If you’re in the mood for a splurge, they also have the most spectacular cheeses, fresh coffee crumb cakes, and chocolate chip banana bread!  The kiddies can go ride on the big red tractor out front, pick beautiful wild flowers, or feed the chickens out back!  Family fun for all!

Botanica Baazar

Botanica Baazar, which recently opened in Amagansett Square, is our new go-to beauty boutique. They sell all of our favorite product lines like Shiva Rose skincare, Captain Blakenship hair products, and the beautiful co-owner Leilani Bishop’s fragrance oils. This is the perfect spot to find serenity with their selection of natural oils and scrubs. We highlight this shop as our top beauty destination in the Hamptons.

Mama & Tata's Guide to the Hamptons

Parrish Art Museum

The Parrish Art is the perfect indoor activity during summer days when taking a break from the beach. The architecture alone is astounding, set on 14 acres in Water Mill and designed by the incredibly talented duo Herzog & de Meuron. It provides our family with the perfect dose of cultural fun and learning about contemporary art. Check out their current exhibition through July titled Radical Seafaring, that explores boat trips around East End.

Wolffer Estate

Sunset Fridays and Saturdays at Wolffer, running through the end of September, provide the best setup for our weekly family picnics. When Tata isn’t pregnant, we take down our Wolffer rose and cheese while the girls play with their friends and dance to the live music. It is such a special setting in the vineyard and the wines are delicious, so we recommend taking a case home!

Mama & Tata's Guide to the Hamptons

 

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More from Mama & Tata

The phrase “Mama & Tata” was derived from my two-year old daughter, Leelee, who decided to call my sister and me the “Mamatata” whenever Jenna came over to play.   The sister relationship is extremely significant in our family as our grandmothers each came from two sisters, our mothers were two sisters, and of course, we were two sisters, and then I had two little girls!  As a Mom of two children, I feel there is a high demand for honest, reliable, beneficial information in all aspects of our lives.  We simply do not have time to do the research it takes to find the “best.”  We are far too busy feeding our children, bathing them, taking them to activities and playdates, getting them dressed for school, drop offs, pick ups, birthday parties, cleaning up their rooms, watching their favorite Disney movie, and answering the question “but why mommy?” a gazillion times a day.  Some days it’s hard to even get a shower in or take a bathroom break. There are SO many things moms need to know about even before becoming one.  The scariest part of becoming a mom is the unknown, and all of the unspoken crazy things that go along with the transition into this role.  I wanted to have a web guide to openly address all of these unspoken occurrences. I wanted to provide my sister (Tata) and the rest of the moms out there with ways to feel better, get better, and be the best mom that you can be.  As it turns out, a happy, healthy mom is what ultimately creates the best environment for a child’s development.  So, be good to yourselves, and let me help you get through this beautiful, wild, magical, yet sometimes challenging journey.

Mama

Carrying my first baby has been an unexpected and exciting journey. I have so many questions, and of course my sister has been an amazing resource, but I enjoy researching and exploring what NYC has to offer. My curiosities range from nursery decor, to prenatal massages, to exploring organic food stores and skincare lines, to what should be in my hospital bag, which classes are available for early childhood development, to baby food recipes and more. I intend to document this process of searching for what is best for me and my first baby boy, and do all of the research for pregnant moms in NYC asking these same questions. There is so much to learn as a new mom, and I can’t wait to share it with you while preparing for the best gift life has to offer.

Tata

 

Guide to the Hamptons

 

Check out Candice & Jenna’s heymama profiles here and here

If you’re in the Hamptons this summer, be sure to check out the event they’re throwing July 21st!

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Entertaining, Food, Kids Style, Shopping

5 Magical Places For A Tea Party In New York

May 25, 2016

Who said tea was just for the British? Not us! Our little “ladies” are always down for a tea party (even if they don’t actually drink tea) and will use any excuse to wear pretty pretty dresses . We’ve rounded up our favorite NYC spots all across the city. Now put on your loveliest floral dress (our girls are all wearing Pippa & Julie), invite your best mates, get that pinky in the air, and check out our favorite places for a tea party:

Best Place For A Tea Party In New York

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Maman Tribeca – Maman, the bakery and café, is known for its family-inspired recipes and is the result of a collaboration between Michelin Star Chef Armand Arnal, Entrepreneur and Restauranteur, Benjamin Sormonte, and Entrepreneur/Event Planner/Designer Elisa Marshall. While that Michelin Star may not impress your little one, we can assure you the tiered-stands overflowing with little cakes and the beautiful china and teacups will bring your child’s imagination to life. PLUS! There’s a long table in that back that would be PERFECT for a birthday party. To make your tea more kid-friendly, substitute the tea with fancy juices and French pastries.

 

The Plaza – We know every little girl’s dream is living life like Eloise, even if only for a day. The Plaza has an adorable Eloise inspired tea room that serves a children’s tea complete with tea sandwiches , a dessert spread that is as pinked-out as the Eloise dress up room, and other goodies like pink lemonade, vanilla iced tea, and a variety of hot teas. And, while the Plaza is sure to be super fancy and pricey, it is also an experience your little one will never forget. My little one still asks to drop by and see her friend Eloise every time we get about 50th street!

 

Madeline’s – Not an Eloise fan? Then how about Madeline! Located at the Carlyle Hotel, the Madeline’s Tea pays tribute to the children’s book series and the room is filled with author-illustrator inspired murals. The children’s tea includes a buffet of kiddie-approved food like mac and cheese, pancakes, and cupcakes, as well as the traditional tea sandwiches.

 

Alice’s Tea Cup – Themes seem to be in for our favorite tea spots in NYC and Alice’s Tea Cup is no exception to that. This whimsical spot with locations all over Manhattan will catch your little’s eye. The walls are filled with butterfly wings and images of Alice and her friends. They have a kid’s menu and a wide variety of food options – even delicious salads for the health-conscious mama. Alice’s Tea Cup is a favorite as it is both fantastical and fairly-priced.

 

Lady Mendl’s – While more traditional than the other spots on the list, Lady Mendl’s true Victorian tea salon will be a mini-me pleaser for sure. Kids will feel very special in this space as the décor is fancy and old fashioned and doesn’t offer a children’s tea menu. Take the whole family for Lady Mendl’s to enjoy a five-course tea with sandwiches, scones, and desserts.

To get tea party ready check out the full line of adorable dresses from Pippa and Julie.

Girls Hugging at a tea party

Editor's Picks, Food, Lifestyle, Mommy and Me

Raising Our Next Generation Of Foodies in New York City

February 29, 2016
The Kids Passport Kids Cooking Class

 

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This past weekend was an important milestone for my little family, at least in my mind. It was my first day trip out ALONE with both girls. (SCARY!) Sure I’ve taken them each out separately and we’ve been out with my husband and friends, but with the gorgeous weather on Sunday, it was about time for a girl’s day. My new go to for kids’ classes, The Kids Passport had so many options for us this weekend like Yoga at Monkey Do!, Music at Recess, and art at the Brooklyn Museum and I decided it was time to take the plunge and give Daddy some down time. We went for a cooking class at Allergic To Salad at Stomping Ground.

The Kids Passport Cooking Class

The Kids Passport Cooking Class

The Kids Passport Cooking class
Mari and I are really into cooking together. we’re real foodies. We’re a family of adventurous eaters, but this class would also be awesome for anyone with a little one who pretends to be allergic to salad! Mari and I cook dinner together a couple nights a week (it’s our special time) and I really struggle with letting her use the peeler, knife and the grater. All shiny objects she’s dying to get her little hands on, so this was like a training course for us! First thing the teacher went over were “best practices” on how to grip and hold and be safe with all of those tools. Hurray! Mari was much more willing to listen to the teacher’s guidelines than my nervous instructions of “Be careful. Slice away from you!! Eeek! Give me that!!” at home. I have nightmares about trips to the emergency room, every time she gets a hold of the peeler.

 

The Kids Passport Cooking Class

Cole Slaw was on the menu. Not exactly a kid pleaser right? Mari loved it!! I guess when kids are the chefs, they are more willing to try new things and it was delicious. The kids peeled, sliced, grated and measured all on their own (under a close eye) and we sat around on tiny stools and enjoyed their handy work after.

The kids Passport

Stomping Ground where the class was held has a cute little play space we took advantage of afterward – reading, climbing and making new friends. They have a sunny little front area where I snuggled my little monkeys and read a few books before we headed back to join the daddy for brunch.

 

Apple Coleslaw Recipe

4 apples, cored & grated
4 carrots, peeled & grated
2 cups grated cabbage
1-cup cilantro, chopped
*Dressing (whisk and pour over apple mixture)
¼ cup of mayo
¼ cup apple cider
3 tbsp honey
1 tsp mustard
½ tsp salt

 

As a partner of ours, The Kids Passport treated us to some classes to experience it first-hand and we took full advantage. The Kids Passport is offering 20% off your first month subscription with code HEYMAMA. Sign up here!

Amri Kibbler with her kids Mari and River

Entertaining, Food, Lifestyle

Doing Date Night Family Style With Kitchensurfing

December 15, 2015
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Two weeks after having River all I dreamt about was sleep and food. By food I mean someone making food for me and my squad- because these days I have no time for food prep, with a very hungry newborn and a newly needy 4 year old my time is stretched thin. Dinner has been relegated to what’s leftover in the fridge from days past.

Kitchen Surfing

The lovely people at Kitchensurfing came to my rescue with what’s the closest thing to date night I’ll see for awhile. I have to say a chef coming to my house to cook for us (and clean up) with a newborn was the best gift I could have received. It felt very luxurious yet low key relaxed at the same time. I’m making this my go to gift for New York mamas just home from the hospital from now on.

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Kitchen Surfing

I selected steak fajitas from their menu; because I don’t cook steak but my husband loves it and I know Mari loves “a make you own anything with a tortilla”, so this was looking pretty good for us from the start. Our chef arrived in a very chefy outfit with an apron and hat, much to Mari’s delight. She was totally entertained watching him cook and prep the meal while I was able to relax, feed River, and then sit down to a delicious uninterrupted (by a hungry baby) meal with our whole family. The chef had cleaned everything up and was out the door in a flash leaving us the first peaceful family meal since arriving home from the hospital! WIN!

Kitchen Surfing

Kitchensurfing is offering heymamas their very own meal for free. To try out their amazing service click here.