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Need to relax? Try these delicious, devilish drink recipes from
Southern Comfort. Or for a dose of buzz-free flavor, check out the
non-alcoholic mixes below.
Boo: A term of endearment
Beignet: The French term for fried dough
Gris-gris: Amulet, talisman, or charm, worn for
luck or used to conjure evil on enemies by the Voodoo devotees
Mamaloi: Voodoo priestess.
Minou: A cat. (Fr. minet, kitten.)
Treme: A New Orleans neighborhood.
You can only be a parent superstar when you feel
your best. Let's be honest, sometimes your kids, your husband, your
mommy duties can be a little too much. Don't feel guilty, there's a
pretty good chance your gal pals are feeling the same way. The cure
for this: a rock star mommy play date.
According to party planner Jes Gordon
a successful gathering is all in the planning. Gordon would
know; she's worked plenty of events with Jennifer Lopez, Vera Wang
and Bono. To help you and your friends, she's shared her ideas for
creating a rock star play date just for moms.
This day is all about you and your friends. Bring back the
days before diapers and school projects were your main focus. To
ensure everyone gets something out of it, Gordon suggests making a
fantasy list. "Each person needs to get a lot out of this play
date," she says. "This is why you focus on the things everyone
Need ideas? Gordon has a few: Treat yourselves to a driver
and go vineyard hopping, go for pampering at a spa day or rent a
cabin for the weekend and go exploring. For a fab twist, pair up
cupcakes from your favorite bakery with complementing cocktails.
Check out great recipe ideas for non- and alcoholic cocktails from
Southern Comfort at ChicagoParent.com.
"Women can sit and talk about what they're doing. ... Mix
in fabulous cocktails and you're done."
It may sound nerdy, but holding a pre-gathering meeting
will make your party flow much smoother, Gordon says. Work out all
of the details through e-mail. Share your fantasy list, set a
budget that everyone can handle, pick a date and assign each mom a
job or two. If the group is feeling extra organized, create an
itinerary, but stay flexible.
There's nothing sour about lululemon
athletica. In fact, the yoga outfitting company is so
sweet its stores offer complimentary yoga and fitness classes every
week. Yoga, which helps with flexibility, is also a great way to
take a break from the kids and clear your mind for an hour. And
honestly, you can't beat free. The classes are great for meeting
yoga and fitness instructors around town since a different yoga
studio sends its best instructors each month. If you haven't tried
it, lululemon's classes aren't intimidating, which is perfect for
beginners or advanced yogis. Lululemon has four locations in
Chicago and four in the suburbs.
Hermés' newest, splurge-worthy scent, Eau Claire des
Merveilles, offers a delicate fragrance perfect for fall with its
light vanilla and floral tones. One spray from the star-covered
wobble bottle will add a touch of sophistication, even when you
don't feel that way. $116 (3.3 ounces), www.hermes.com.
Tired eyes and dark circles be gone with First Aid
Beauty's Detox Eye Roller. Packed with caffeine, the roll-on takes
out swelling, puffiness and dark circles with a quick swipe. $24,
The sweet bottle design and calming lavender and mint
scent of Eco Clean Bathroom Cleaner makes tackling your bathroom
the anti-chore. Made with plant- and sugar-based surfactants from
Denmark. $4.99, www.Alice.com.
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