Maternity Wear Shopping at Town Shop

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I’m not sure whose genius thinking it was to island hop right after my daughter turned a year old but I clearly didn’t think about the fact I would need a bathing suit for my new body. Bathing suit shopping is never fun but I unexpectedly found myself dreading the idea of going from store to store to shop for postpartum figure. Luckily, with the Upper West Side as my childhood stomping ground and our neighborhood at the time, I was familiar with all it had to offer and I popped into Town Shop.

Town Shop New York

I’d been there many times with my mother and just like I imagined they were able to help me find a bathing suit for my upcoming trip. The woman helping me took one look at me, picked out the size and off I went with a Calvin Klein tankini that was a perfect fit for the trip. And when I mean perfect, that suit gave me such confidence I was happily sailing on the catamaran without wearing a wrap!

The other day I stopped into the recently expanded space for Town Shop to check out their maternity and post partum section for my sister.  One thing I remember from each of my four pregnancies is that my chest grew and my pre-pregnancy bras were useless. And after pregnancy, I switched sizes a few times before settling to my current size.

Danny Koch Town Shop

I chatted with owner, Danny Koch, about the new space and their bra and maternity wear selection for expectant and new moms.  Town Shop has an impressive amount of choices of maternity and nursing bras starting at 32A. The variety of sizes, styles and brands make it easy for women — no matter their need — to find a bra they feel comfortable wearing. And I love hearing from Danny that when they size shoppers they give it a bit of space so they don’t have to shop for a new maternity bra shortly after purchasing one from them.

Town Shop Bras

Town Shop NYC Bras

The new location also has a selection of maternity wear pieces that were not only flattering but also in keeping with what women wear now throughout their pregnancy. As someone who has been pregnant four times and had four very different maternity wardrobes, I can appreciate the styles and brands Town Shop offers to those currently expecting.Town Shop Maternity Wear


Holiday Traditions with Hickory Farms

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When I was a little girl, my grandmother would receive food gifts during the holiday season from relatives living out of town.

The arrival of the gift baskets and other holiday food treats became a holiday tradition I looked forward to year after year. Peeking into boxes to see what was arriving and then seeing what my grandmother would let me try was almost as fun as getting a gift myself!

My grandmother was always nice enough to share the mail order goodies with me — some of which were from Hickory Farms. For more than 60 years, Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together.

Years later, I’ve been giving the opportunity to try the Signature Chocolate Collection box from Hickory Farms. This 1lb box which is perfect to set out on the table includes Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Almond Butter Toffee, Raspberry Sorbet Heart, Espresso Coffee Cream and eight other rich and creamy or crunchy nut varieties. Hickory Farms still plays a part in our holidays!

Want to send Hickory Farms to someone this holiday season? Visit or stop into one of their 600 holiday Hickory Farms stores and kiosks across North America, and you can also find them in select retailers.

Want a chance to win a Hickory Farms Signature Chocolate Collection for your family?

Leave a comment below sharing the type of chocolate you like to pick first from a box of assorted chocolate. One winner will be chosen on Monday, December 1, 2014 at Noon EST and notified by email so make sure your email address in your comments is valid.

Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms. 

Power the Holiday Season with Duracell

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Growing up I was lucky during the holidays. My mom would remember to buy batteries in case the toys Santa brought me ever needed them. Seriously, unwrapping a toy and then being excited to play with it only to find out I had to wait until the next day when stores that sold batteries were open would have been disappointing!

So every year during the holidays since I am now Santa’s helper I make sure to pick up some batteries for whatever arrives under the tree. Of course, nowadays stores that sell batteries are open on Christmas Day but I don’t want to take chances with all the Christmas morning memories. And when my children open their Christmas gifts it is such a delight to see their faces, pausing that wouldn’t be much holiday fun.

#PowerTheHolidays Duracell Coppertop Alkaline Batteries

I already have packs of Duracell Coppertop Alkaline batteries all ready to go this holiday season for when Santa brings toys and games from my kids’ wish lists.

I trust Duracell to be my #1 long-lasting battery because at CBS the wireless mic packs use Duracell batteries. And if it’s good enough for live TV to trust, I have no need to worry that after a few hours of play, the toy will die. (Come on, you know you’ve been there! A toy with batteries of inferior quality just stops working after a few hours.)

I’m prepared so my children can have fun on Christmas morning. Now all I have to worry about is staying awake the night before so we attend midnight mass!

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