Book Your Stay At The Library Hotel

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Every company needs to send their staff to the Library Hotel in NYC to see what customer service is. All companies should set their standards to the level that which the Library Hotel has. Their customer service is impeccable. I can’t say this person was good or that person was fine. Every single person that works there is exceptional. Every single one. It’s unbelievable.

First of all the establishment is adorable and library themed as you can sense from the name. We were greeted with a smile when we arrived and felt right at home immediately. We came to the Library Hotel to celebrate my husband Nick’s 40th birthday. He’s a self-proclaimed “book nerd” and had been dying to stay here. So we booked a stay (during the Hemmingway exhibit at the JP Morgan Library so we could attend that).

Our room was super cute and we were on the 9th floor in a 20th century history inspired room. They even surprised us with a bottle of Prosecco to celebrate. The amenities there are great. It’s the perfect place for business people to stay because breakfast is included plus a wine and cheese reception.

The first day we were there we checked out the Hemmingway exhibit then headed back to our room. We then went to the 2nd floor for the wine & cheese reception from 5-8pm. Yes its 3 hours! They had an incredible spread of cheeses, crackers, fruits, nuts and snacks as well as wines and prosecco. We walked in, made a plate each and ordered our drink. After that the girls that work there would come around constantly to all the guests to fill their glasses. I swear they try and get you drunk. They are so accommodating and so service oriented. Even if your glass is half full they would fill it up for you right away. So we had some snacks and a couple glasses of Prosecco then we headed off to dinner at the 21 Club.

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When we came back we headed up to the 14th floor to the Rooftop Bar and Lounge which is amazing. They have a couple different rooms to sit in that include fireplaces and of course more books. There are books in every single room there. We enjoyed a little night cap there and then headed up to our room. When we arrived turn down service had occurred. Which we knew happened but never to this extent. Yes the bed was turned down and chocolates left for us. However they also gave new towels and freshened up the room. But the incredible part was that they set mood lighting so you walk in and the room is lightly dimmed and they put the radio on to light jazz. Imagine yourself walking back to your room perfectly lit with light jazz playing. Never had we experienced this anywhere. Their little touches like this were consistent throughout our 2 night stay.

The next morning we woke up and enjoyed a continental breakfast which again was far more than we could have imagined. Tons of pastries, every kind of bagel, fruit, and Nutella packets you name it. Oh did I mention they have a full on coffee/tea station? You can have a latte, cappuccino, Americano, you name it you can make it in their machine and they were wonderful. Coffee, tea and cookies are available 24-7 on the 2nd floor so you can get your coffee fix any time.After breakfast we read a little on the 14th floor and just relaxed in the hotel for the day. Then we went up around 6 for the wine and cheese reception and then headed to dinner.

We were so sad to leave the following day. Everyone made us feel like it was our home and so amazing. My husband said he’s never stayed at the Plaza but thinks the Library Hotel has got to be better. They are truly top notch.

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I’m fearful that by writing this the prices will go up and I’ll never be able to get a room here again because it will always be booked. Which they deserve. Good for them, bad for me.

Special thanks to Rob, Arman, Bryan, the other doorman (sorry I forgot your name), Jessica and the 2 guys at the front desk I asked about nail salons. You all made our stay extra special.

Check out this awesome video of the Library Hotel!

I Love Best Buy!

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I WON A HUGE GIFT from BEST BUY! Like HUGE!!! Best Buy has a new wedding registry within their stores and during Blogher this summer they had a booth featuring the new wedding registry. Each day they had celebrities stop by their booth for photo opps. If you tweeted you could possibly win one of the prizes featured in their booth and one person would win everything in the booth. The whole enchilada! And I love enchiladas!

That moment when Kenny Lattimore proposes to you. Priceless!

That moment when Kenny Lattimore proposes to you. Priceless!

I was completely obsessed with how cute these chairs and sofa were in their booth. Love!

I was completely obsessed with how cute these chairs and sofa were in their booth. Love!

My hubby and I had been dying to try the Nespresso. I personally think it’s because of his love for Penelope Cruz. So when I tweeted I always mentioned Nespresso because that’s what I was hoping to win. Shortly after the conference I got an email asking me for some information and that I might be a potential winner from Best Buy. Yippee! A Nespresso! Boy was I surprised when I received a follow up email that I won the whole enchilada. Like the enchilada platter! My hubby and I were at dinner when I found out and we both freaked out. I was sooooo excited.

So what did I win you ask?

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Are you drooling? I know, right? CRAZY! The TV arrived just in time for football season (mind you I know nothing about football) as well as the MLB playoffs, so my hubby was thrilled (as well as my neighbors). I arranged for the Geek Squad to come install it. That was part of my winnings for them to install but I had them bring a mount for our wall and we moved another TV to another location. I paid for those services out of pocket but I have to tell you, the cost was FAR less than that of quotes I received from electricians. We wanted to have a TV mounted in our bedroom (well I did, someone hates a TV in the bedroom) but the cable had to be run from the attic. Best Buy did it all at a super low cost. Plus the 2 gentleman that came were so nice, respectful and helpful. They made great recommendations on where to put things and we are absolutely thrilled.

We have used a few of the items already but not all of them. Stay tuned as I will be writing individual posts on these items.

 

*Disclaimer – I was not required to write this post. I did win these items at a conference. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Keep Your Nest Comfortable Year Round with the Nest #ad

6913825an_0For a while my hubby and I had talked about getting the Nest for our home so that we could change our thermostat while we are away. Everyone hates coming home to a hot house or a cold house for that matter. Especially after a long travel day.

So when Best Buy reached out to me to review the Nest I was thrilled. Not only did they send me a Nest but they sent me a Netgear Nighthawk DST Router as well so I never have a dead spot in my home.

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Let me talk about the Nest first. It’s pretty. I mean really pretty and super sleek. As I mentioned above I love that I can change my thermostat from anywhere. It also learns your habits and adjusts accordingly. It’s super smart! This helps save energy and money. It recognizes when you are home and away. When I walk past the Nest it lights up for a moment and lets it know I am home. How cool is that? It is super easy to set up too. There is an app for you to download which allows you to control the temperature. The app allows you to see all your energy usage which is really cool.

The Netgear Nighthawk DST Router is also a nice new treat as well. We have a few dead spots in our home and right outside of our home. So now I am able to work on my front porch or back porch without losing a signal or Wi-Fi which is so annoying.

I love that our home is becoming super tech savvy. I guess it makes sense since we are but it really is pretty cool that we have so many devices in our home that we are able to control via an app on our phone. (Stay tuned because I have a few articles coming up about other awesome devices for our home.)

 

*Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Allergy Season Has Begun

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So it’s begun… allergy season. Both my husband and I have horrible allergies. He’s worse than me. Since we have moved we have noticed fewer allergies in the spring/summer. We thought maybe we were off the hook for the fall but alas it has begun.

There are a number of ways to control your allergy symptoms such as: Nasal saline, decongestants and over the counter or prescription antihistamines.

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Ragweed is vastly becoming one of the worst culprits as it continues to get stronger each year in the US. Here’s the 411 on this sneaky troublemaker!

  • Ragweed is nearly impossible to avoid, so it’s best to learn how to protect yourself from the symptoms it causes. It is estimated that a single ragweed plant can release 1 billion pollen grains during the fall season.
  • Ragweed is a plant of the daisy family. Its green flowers produce abundant amounts of pollen so it is best to learn how to protect yourself from hay fever.
  • Ragweed allergy season seems to begin in early August, through mid-October.
  • There are 17 different species of ragweed in the U.S.

Some more tips on how to deal with allergy season:

  • Check out a previous article I wrote on the differences between Colds Vs. Allergies HERE!
  • In the early fall, keep your windows closed from 10am to 4pm. This will reduce your exposure to allergens like ragweed.
  • Clean and change air filters every three months to reduce the amount of dirt, debris, and allergens that you come in contact with every day.
  • Avoid window fans! While convenient, they tend to bring in unwanted pollens or mold spores.
  • In the fall, we start pulling out cozy quilts when it gets cold. But these can be the home to dust mites, causing your allergies to become enflamed. Wash your bedding every two weeks to help ease allergy symptoms.

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CVS’s MinuteClinic website has tons of information on allergies among other things. To find a MinuteClinic near you or to learn more visit HERE!

*Disclosure – The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. I was provided a CVS gift card as compensation for this post.

Blogher 2015 Recap

Ok so this post is uber delayed. But I’ve had a pretty busy summer. I had the most AMAZING time at Blogher 2015. This year the folks at Blogher partnered with the She Knows folks and boy did they put on a show. This year’s conference was held at the Hilton NY which is an incredible hotel.

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On Thursday I walked around the expo center and chatted with all the amazing vendors. Best Buy was promoting their new wedding registry that they offer (which is pretty awesome right?) and R&B singer Kenny Lattimore was there. I only thought it fitting that he propose to me. After all it was bridal themed right? A few of my favorite booths were: Shark, AT&T, Dyson, Ninja, Baskin Robbins and of course the Embassy Suites (you know how I adore them).
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IMG_1132 (3)Friday was incredibly busy for me. My morning started out with a special breakfast and panel by Staples. Leeza Gibbons and Jaime Primak Sullivan were both on the panel discussing all things back to school. And I got to check out the amazing new back to school items from Staples. Seriously how sweet is this donut book bag? No pun intended. Also, I’ve been a fan of Jaime for a while now. I watched Jersey Belle and am religious about watching her Facebook videos. Even my hubby is into all her posts. I feel like she’s my sister from another mister. #Jersey And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that I met my new bestie Holly Rust at this seminar. We sat next to each other and hung out throughout the conference. While in Chicago this summer I got together with her and we went on a double date. Blogher creates friendships. Like lifelong friendships. I’m so happy to have met her and she gets my blogging butt in gear.

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If that wasn’t cool enough I also was invited to participate in a Sears panel on staying connected. I learned a ton about new products that help your home to stay connected and have a tech savvy home. Since we have been renovating, all these new products were super interesting and I’d like to incorporate them into my home. We actually purchased all our kitchen appliances from Sears. Including our awesome Samsung fridge that wait for it has sparkling water built in. Randi Zuckerberg was part of this panel and that was a huge surprise for me. She was so sweet and signed her book after for everyone. Seriously…. She’s so sweet. Another sister from another mister. Seriously. We might have been separated at birth.

 

Sheryl Underwood and I.

Sheryl Underwood and I.

I also got to meet Sheryl Underwood at the Depend booth.

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In the evening I was privileged to attend a screening of the new show “Grandfathered” featuring John Stamos and Josh Peck. Josh was available for audience questions afterwards and was super funny. At some point he mentioned that he can be bribed with Twizzlers. Which I happened to have in my bag. Not that I needed a bribe but I offered him one and this is what happened.

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I was so proud of myself for following my Blogher schedule. Every year I have a plan of attack and it always falls apart right away. And then Saturday came. My day started by an older woman asking me where she should wait for a car to pick her up at the hotel. Turns out the car wasn’t coming for about an hour. I didn’t want her to have to wait alone so I waited with her. Her name is Sylvia and she was in NY visiting her childhood friend that was in a nursing home. I learned a lot about Sylvia. Her first husband was in the entertainment industry. She told me all about old Hollywood and how one day she went to see her husband and John Wayne was in the room. When she left John Wayne told her husband how pretty she was. She never forgot that. So I hung out with Sylvia and didn’t attend any seminars I had planned on.

Guess the supermodel?

Guess the supermodel?

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I was super excited to meet Carson Kressley at the Depend booth. He was soooo nice.

And this happened!

And this happened!

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To end the night McDonalds treated us all to a concert with Boyz II Men and Nick Cannon. If you know me then you know that all of the Boyz II Men songs are my jams. I’m a child of the 90s.

Mitch aka GayNYCDad and I at the Gwyneth Paltrow luncheon.

Mitch aka GayNYCDad and I at the Gwyneth Paltrow luncheon.

My new bestie Holly and I!

My new bestie Holly and I!