Vênsette | Beauty House Calls


There’s a beauty on-demand app making waves in NYC and LA called Vênsette. Think of it as Uber meets beauty. Have you tried it?

Through Vênsette’s iOS app, you can book a seasoned professional hair and/or makeup artist in 3 quick steps: browse the menu of looks to determine your inspiration, select your appointment time, location, and payment method, and an artist come directly to your door!

vensette app

Basically, you don’t even have to get out of bed to get glammed up anymore! This is everything for busy women and those of us who like a private, highly personalized experience, especially moms!

Vênsette’s services start at $150 and are available 24/7.  The company is regularly used by luxury brands, hotels, celebrities, and thousands of private clientele. Each artist undergoes a background check, and is extensively interviewed and trained, so we can feel comfortable inviting them to our home/office and entrust them to use cutting edge techniques and the latest and greatest products.

I love that the prices are fixed and you can pay through the app eliminating the need to “check out” at the end and give cash tips. I can’t even tell you how many times I could have used a service like this for early mornings and special occasions.

What will they think of next?! Give Vênsette a try and let me know what you think!

{This is a sponsored post.}

Gasps & Giggles at Blue Man Group New York {Giveaway}

I’ve been racking my brain trying to remember the year I first saw Blue Man Group New York. I was with my parents and brother which leads me to believe it was the mid to late nineties. All these years later, the wordless theatrical show is still going strong, a true testament to its broad appeal. I saw it again today with completely new eyes thanks to my adorable, soon-to-be five year old date.

Blue Man Group New York Review

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Bronx Zoo Bombers


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You’re Invited | Carnival Night for Kids 6/11 in Central Park

Carnival Night for Kids NYC

Join me Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Central Park’s Victorian Gardens to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Camp Homeward Bound at a very special benefit event, Carnival Night for Kids. Camp Homeward Bound, launched by the Coalition for the Homeless in 1984, is the nation’s first sleep-away summer camp designed specifically for the unique needs of homeless children.

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Uber NYC Launches uberFAMILY Car Seat Option


Getting around with kids in New York City just got easier thanks to Uber’s new on-demand car seat option, uberFamily.

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Beauty Buzz | Babo Botanicals Spring Launch at buybuy BABY Chelsea #BaboLove


I was already a huge Babo fan but getting to spend the afternoon with founder Kate Solomon for the Babo Botanicals Spring Launch at buybuy BABY in Chelsea sealed the deal! You guys, she is so passionate and knowledgeable about natural skin care and hair care. Not the misleading “derived from something natural at some point” that’s negligently slapped all over baby products but certified-organic, made in the U.S., products you can trust.

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You’re Invited! | Babo Botanicals Spring Launch Party at buybuy Baby Chelsea 5/3


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Wine & Spirits Delivered In Less Than An Hour? YES PLEASE!

I should be scolded for not coming up with this first:


Minibar, an innovative new app that allows users to easily order wine and spirits for delivery in less than 60 minutes, launched today for users in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York City. Making its mobile-first debut on iOS systems, the Minibar app– which is downloadable for free via Apple’s app store – will simplify the way alcohol is ordered. Users simply enter their zip code, select their favorite wine and spirit and proceed to checkout. Orders, which require a $25 minimum, are then delivered in 60 minutes or less.

When are you coming to Long Island, Minibar?!

Clean-Up with Jewel


At a children’s crafting event celebrating the launch of the Swiffer Sweep & Trap this afternoon at Make Meaning in Manhattan, rockin’ mama Jewel serenaded us with her version of the “Clean-Up Song.” It’s far better than my own “If you don’t help me clean up now, you’re going to your room!” rendition, I’ll tell you that.

While the kids did messy crafts like glitter art and cookie decorating, we got to see the Swiffer Sweep & Trap in action scooping up large crumbs into its removable bin. You know I love my Swiffer products but it was Sebastian who was most impressed. When he saw it in our goody bag as we were leaving, he said something like, “Finally I get my own vacuum.” As if we’ve been depriving him all these years. Enjoy it kid! If you’re a really good boy, we’ll get you this one for your birthday.

Jewel was as sweet as you would imagine her to be and gushed about the hands-on experiences and messes made by her 2-year old son. The “Clean-Up Song” will be available for free download on www.facebook.com/swiffer, along with the video of her performance if you want to try and brainwash your children with it.

I also have one Swiffer prize pack to give away including:

  • Swiffer tote with Sweep & Trap
  • Sweep & Trap refills
  • Craft recipe cards
  • Kids crafts

Just leave a comment below to throw your hat in the ring and I’ll randomly choose a winner in a week. US only please and you must be 18 or older.

UPDATE: Congrats Janice!

{I was not compensated for this post. Swiffer provided us with transportation to and from the event and a goody bag for our participation. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}

Matilda The Musical {Guest Post}

Matilda Broadway

A couple of weeks ago I gave my kindergartner niece a big surprise when I arrived to pick her up early from school.  My sister told her that I’d be there to get her after lunch and the smile on her face when she greeted me was almost too much to handle. When I told her we were going to see Matilda The Musical on Broadway, a story that she didn’t quite know but has heard so much about, her face lit up with contagious excitement. Broadway is one of my favorite things about New York. When I was little my parents’ biggest splurge was taking us to the occasional matinee. Pulling up to the theater in the middle of the day brought me right back to my own childhood.

Matilda Broadway

I loved Roald Dahl’s books growing up and seeing Matilda come to life on a stage was like a childhood dream come true. It is the story of a smart, curious, mischievous little girl, her horrible (and dumb) family, the cruel bully of a headmistress who terrorizes her and her classmates, and the kind teacher who believes in her.

Watching my niece who loves the theater, music and dance, was as magical as the show itself. She laughed out loud throughout the show and even during the sadder moments she squeezed my arm and whispered how sad the scene was. We both felt so many emotions and nothing could have prepared us for the magic that unfolded on that stage that day.

With everything from laser beams, jokes for grown-ups and kids, beautiful choreography, confetti, swings, and trampolines it was a show as entertaining for children as it was for adults. But beyond all the bells and whistles that made the show a powerhouse of fun was the story itself and the way it was brought to life by the beautiful, moving, and sometimes gut-wrenching songs and the actors who sang them. The kids were incredible. We even watched “Revolting Children” on YouTube on our iPad on the way home because once is not enough to hear that anthem of independence and revolution when those amazing kids finally stand up to their dreadful headmistress.

I would recommend this show hands-down to anyone of any age looking to have a good time at the theater.

Matilda the Musical

From now through the end of the year, you can purchase orchestra seats from $97 on select performances. If you bring this MATILDA Halloween Bookmark to the theater this weekend, you’ll get a special surprise treat. Visit Telecharge to purchase tickets.

Monica Shulman is a photographer and author of Ciao, Chessa! – a photography and lifestyle blog. She lives in New York City with her husband, toddler daughter, and infant son.

{We were not compensated for this post but did receive tickets to the show for review purposes.  All opinions expressed herein are my own.}