Archive for November, 2011

The hubby does it again!  When it comes to dessert, nothing tops a chocolate souffle.  It is number one on my list of indulgences and I order one whenever it is on a menu.  The other night we had friends over for dinner and he decided to whip up Emeril’s Chocolaty Chocolate Souffle.  It was incredible.  Just a little hazelnut liquor added to the dough and sauce created such an incredible flavor.  We will definitely be pulling this recipe out again.

Only one more to day to enter the CEEK jewelry here!  Don’t miss out!

Everyday I read through a TON of fashion blogs.  You may call it an obsession if you must.  Even though I LOVE many of the items in each one, it is very rare that I immediately purchase something seen on their blog.  That was until yesterday.

One of my favorite blogs, Atlantic-Pacific (it is a must read if you are not already), posted this ASOS sequined pencil skirt.

I am obsessed with sequins and loved the sophisticated look of this so I had to click on the link to see how much it was.  Imagine my excitement when I saw the sale price of $40.91 AND free shipping!  I instantly ordered it.  Complete impulse purchase I know, but with so many holiday events coming up in the next few weeks, this is bound to come in handy (I truly have a gift to justify anything, just ask my hubby). 
Only a couple more days to enter the CEEK Jewelry here!
The birthday boy enjoying his birthday cake

Seven years ago today my oldest was born.  I was 26 years old, I had a baby and then the hospital, unbeknownst to them, sent two people home with a newborn who had no clue what they were supposed to be doing.  I remember crying the first two days because I was worried that I would be a terrible mother.  This emotion was probably due to the fact that I did not sleep the first two nights home for fear that he would stop breathing.  And I am not even going to go into the amount of stress I had about not being sure how much he was getting when nursing.  Being a first time mother was HARD!  I remember when my second was born I thought to myself, why did I think this newborn thing was so hard?  They don’t do anything but eat and sleep!  What was I so worried about?

There is something to be said about the oldest child.  They hold a special place in your heart, not because you love them more than your other children, but because they are the ones that teach you how to be a parent.  Unlike my other two children, who simply entered our “been there, done that” world, the oldest continues to introduce me to things that I have never experienced before.  Sleeping through the night, baby food, school, athletics, talking back, sleepovers, homework.  The list goes on and on.  He is not only my first child but continues to be my first at everything that involves being a parent.  

Happy 7th Birthday Oldest!  I still cannot believe how fast that went.  You are an incredible little man and I cannot wait to see you continue to grow, though I am REALLY not looking forward to the day you learn how to drive (insert panic attack here). 

Don’t forget!  Ceek Jewelry giveaway is still going on!  Enter here!

Happy Black Friday everyone!  What a combination Thanksgiving and Black Friday are.  It begins with a day to completely gorge our stomachs, followed by a day to completely purge our wallets.  Black Friday is also a reminder that I better actually start Christmas shopping.
Since I have not purchased ANYTHING for my children, nieces or nephews, imagine how happy I was to hear that Neige Clothing was having a sample sale next Friday and Saturday, December 2nd and 3rd. If you have not visited their site, here is just a piece of some of their fabulous clothing for little ones.
Sophisticated clothing for children.  RIGHT UP MY ALLEY.  Not only that, but a portion of the sales will be donated to The Children’s Hospital of Orange County. If you live in Orange County, you are well aware of all the wonderful things CHOC does and most likely know at least one child who has benefited from their care.  Checking gifts off the list AND giving back to an amazing organization?  The only question is, why would you not go?  
Click here for all the details (including times and location) on this event and I hope to see you there!
In addition to the sample sale, for each $100 donated to CHOC Children’s, you will be entered to win the following:
* Participation for your child to model in the Neige Spring 2012 Collection photo shoot.  Girls 6m-12y and boys 6m-8y.  Siblings accepted.
* Models will enjoy the full photo shoot experience including fittings, styling, hair and makeup.  Photo shoot will take place in Orange County, CA in February 2012.
* A disk of high resolution photo shoot images for personal printing and portfolio use.
* One Neige outfit
Also, all entrants will receive a full year of 20% off discount code valid through December 31, 2012 for use on the Neige clothing website.
Not in Orange County?  Not a problem!  You can shop their incredible Fall sale on the Neige Clothing website!  
Happy Shopping!
Happy Thanksgiving!  Because this is a time of thanks and I am so grateful for each of you, I am doing another giveaway to kick off the holiday season!  This giveaway comes from CEEK Jewelry.  CEEK presents vintage elements mixed with bohemian spirit to create a youthful line of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings.  Celebrated by A-list talent, featured in major media outlets and carried in some of the country’s most premiere boutiques, CEEK is a brand worth discovering.  And who doesn’t want to be in the company of Kellan Lutz?
Kellan is wearing the dagger pendant on the Red Carpet
at the CMA’s
CEEK has so graciously offered to give one fabulous reader the Oval Art Deco Ring.  This oval design is a replica of an antique broach.  A geometric crystal design conveys a dazzling Deco style that is perpetually modern and glamorous.  It is absolutely gorgeous! 

Ceek will also be showcasing their line at Bloomingdales in Orange County throughout the month of December.  Here is when you can check them out!
Bloomingdales, Fashion Island
December 2nd and 3rd from 2pm-7pm
Bloomingdales, South Coast Plaza
December 16th and 17th from 2pm-7pm
Here is how to enter:
1. Visit the CEEK website here and leave a comment on this post to let me know which piece you love.
For additional entries:
1. Like CEEK on Facebook here.
2. Follow Juggling in Heels on Google Connect.
3. Like Juggling in Heels on Facebook here.
4. Follow Juggling in Heels on Twitter here.
Be sure to leave a separate comment on the blog for each item you have done above to ensure you receive multiple entries for each one!

This giveaway will close Thursday, December 1st at midnight.  Good luck!
* Sorry, US residents only

Yes, I understand that I am 33, a mother and a wife, but I will admit that I have had a hard time accepting that I am truly an adult.  Do you want to know what will force you to accept that you are in fact NOT young anymore?  Visiting your old High School.

This past Monday I spoke at my High School’s Career Day.  I did not accept willingly and I still blame my friend for convincing me to do it (that is what you get for carpooling with someone in the Alumni office).  Anyway, I digress.  The first thing that I noticed was that all high school students look about 10 years old.  The next thing I took note of was how SHORT the girl’s uniform skirts were.  And when asked what they would like to do when they graduate college, they looked at me as if I had just asked them to solve the financial crisis.  It finally clicked.  These kids were looking at me as an ADULT and I was looking at them as CHILDREN.  That was it.  My age hit me like a truck and I realized that I do not relate to these kids anymore than their parents do.

Dammit, I have grown up.

And all I wanted to yell when pulling out of the parking lot was “SLOW DOWN!”

This past Saturday night my hubby took over in the kitchen, throwing together one of the best dinners I have had in a while.  One of my favorite parts of this meal was the Hazelnut Fried Brie.  It was incredible.  He served it on top of a steak salad (which was cooked well done thanks to my preferences), which was insane, but would have been equally good as an appetizer with a baguette.  

The holidays have begun!  It is the “most wonderful time of the year”!  I get so excited for all of the decorations, family, friends and celebrating.  One of my favorite parts of this time of year are all of the holiday parties.  Who doesn’t love getting dressed up numerous times in one month?!  Black Tie events take this excitement to another level.  Seeing my husband all dressed up in a tux is just sexy.  And it rarely happens because believe it or not, we are not hitting up red carpets all the time.  This past Friday night we had a black tie event and I had so much fun getting dressed up and enjoying the night with the hubby.  We danced the night away until 1am and even though it was ROUGH getting up with the kids at 6am the next morning, it was all worth it.

Today is THE LAST DAY to enter the SPACE.NK giveaway here!  Don’t miss out!

My hubby absolutely loves eclairs.  LOVES them.  Because of this, as soon as I came across Paula Deen’s Eclair Cake recipe I knew I had to put it to the test.  I cannot emphasize how incredibly EASY and DELICIOUS this is.  It actually tastes like an eclair!  The best part of this recipe is that in true Paula Deen style, butter is still included even though it is not necessary at all in the actual cake.  The whole family loved it and the only thing to note is that it needs to be made 24 hours before serving.  Happy indulgence!

BTW: that is whipped cream on the top, not ice cream!
Have you entered the SPACE.NK giveaway yet?  Only a few more days left!