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The Fraternity Mom Prom……

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……more of the fraternity Mom Prom! With Nick away at school, our household just isn’t the same. Nick is a night owl, Amanda is an early bird. Nick’s hockey schedule took us to parts near and far at all hours of the night, while Amanda is in her high school track season, which meets after school. Nick likes pasta, Amanda is a carnivore…..we haven’t had spaghetti in ages.


While we miss him like crazy, we’re thrilled he’s embracing the college experience, including pledging a fraternity. He’s a Delt now. Amongst the rituals is the annual mother/son celebration, otherwise known as the Mom Prom. I couldn’t book my accommodations fast enough. However, in his small college town, there is exactly one hotel on campus, which of course had no room at the Inn. Nick suggested I stay with him in his dorm. Wow! What an offer. Without the benefit of a ladder or guard rail, I would have to perform some pretty impressive acrobatic moves to make it up onto the loft bed. Once there, I would have the pleasure of sleeping on sheets that hadn’t been washed since the last time I did his laundry. Not to mention the fact that he has two roommates who would have been super psyched to have a mom bunk there for the night. No thank you. He next suggested I crash at the frat house. Wow, an even better offer! Fortunately I found shelter at a darling Bed & Breakfast.


When I pulled up to his dorm, I was grinning from ear to ear. Though we are fortunate to talk to Nick daily, there is nothing like wrapping my arms around him and seeing him in person. He looked the same, only a little wiser and in need of a haircut (it wasn’t that it was long, but that he allowed a girl on his floor to cut his hair. I hope he learned his lesson; cute girl doesn’t equal expert hairstylist. Perhaps, instead, next time he should run with, “Can you help me with my homework?”).


It was awesome! I had an entire 24 uninterrupted hours with Nick. We went out for lunch, went to Great Clips, and drove in circles until we found the B&B, just talking. I put on my cocktail dress (a Jason Wu, for Target, that my mom found for me) and Nick wore his suit, which to my surprise, was not on the floor in his closet. Dinner was quite nice. While I’ve met Nick’s roommates on several occasions, it was great to get to know their moms (and exchange phone numbers).


The best part of the night, however, was yet to come; changing out of our party attire, we headed to a bash at the frat house. Nick was so excited to take me on the grand tour. The formal rooms were stately, there was a great big commercial kitchen (and house mother who actually lives at the house and cooks for the boys), a dining hall and the rest looked exactly like the movie Animal House, including the bar. For our entertainment there was a hypnotist, karaoke, a DJ, and wine.


What impressed me most was the attentive ways in which most of the boys interacted with their moms. They sang karaoke duets, danced and played beer pong. While I’ve never played beer pong before, Nick and I versed another mother/son team. I stunk and we lost. Thankfully they weren’t enforcing the loser-makes-a-naked-boulder-run rule. That would have horrifying for all.  


Though the party was still going strong, we called it a night at 1:30am. Nick stayed with me at the B&B and in the morning we headed straight to the Laundromat, where we spent a little more quality time doing five loads of laundry. In a flash our visit was over. After a little lunch, he was heading out with his team for golf practice. It was such a treat to get a little Nick fix, but as always, I was misty-eyed as I pulled away. Nick is such a delight. Even though he has been gone for six months, I’ll never get over missing my boy.   


More college experiences, more frat fun, more Mom Prom, more time with Nick……


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Ring in the New Year in Style!

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……more ringing in the New Year! What better way to celebrate than with beloved family and friends? While a night out on the town is fun, there is nothing like entertaining guests in your home. Last month, I was the featured speaker at the Arlington Design Center where I shared my tips and inspirations for setting beautiful holiday tablescapes. One of my designs was a New Year’s Eve Cocktail Buffet; bold, graphic and sparkly!


After all of the traditional colors of Christmas, I decided to mix it up by developing a color scheme of black, white and silver. With such a simple palette, I decided to shake things up a bit by starting with a base layer with a large scale pattern. When I didn’t find any interesting table coverings, I headed straight to the bedding department at my favorite store, Target (I should be so lucky to be the Target Christmas lady!), and snagged a queen size zebra flat sheet. It was the perfect size to serve as the foundation (and washable too).


Texture is an important element in creating an interesting and dimensional design. I chose a soft, white, fluffy throw blanket as a secondary layer. It reminded me of snow. Now I was ready to really start building.


I love these tall, black iron lanterns. They are perfect flanking your front door or hearth, in your powder room or foyer, out on your deck or patio, or as an anchor to your tablescape. Here, I enhanced the pillar candles with silver sparkling ornaments. Since butterflies are kind of my signature thing, I included a few butterfly ornaments as well. Tying a great big bow on top would have been predictable. When I was a kid, we always watched Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers movies at midnight to celebrate the New Year. In homage to Fred, I topped each lantern with a sparkly black top hat.


An organic quality to the table adds an interesting juxtaposition. Instead of fresh flowers, I chose to incorporate these silver leaf branches. They add both height and style as a centerpiece. As a complement to the branches, I snagged two raffia balls from the craft store and spray painted them silver to match. Then, I wrapped battery operated LED twinkling lights around the balls to add a little illumination. I then placed each ball in a black urn at the end of each side of the table.


The focus of my table is, of course, the bar. Trays are a fabulous way to corral stemware. Here I chose one of my all-time favorite pieces; a mirrored tray. It’s so glamorous, yet versatile. I placed champagne flutes, a silver ice bucket and my small apothecary jars together as a vignette. I filled one jar with silver ornaments, another with clear crystals, and then threw in a teeny, tiny cream colored bird bath, which held a few more silver ornaments. The whole scene was absolutely precious!


Now it was time to include a few serving pieces to display our appetizers. Because of the symmetry of the rest of our display, I decided to use an identical arrangement on either side. One of the most important elements is elevation. It’s so much more interesting and appealing than dishes, sitting flat, on the table.


All that is left are a few finishing touches. I found these adorable silver leaf cherubs. They reminded me of Baby New Year. I placed one on each side of the mirrored tray. Lastly, I draped silver laurel leaf garland around the tablescape.


What better way to ring in the New Year than with style!


More sparkle, more graphic pattern, more beautiful tablescapes, more celebrations with family and friends…….


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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream at #Target

As the More is More Mom® I’m all about……more treats at Target! While I may be an equal opportunity to shopper (I love, love, love the mall. It is my Mecca.), when it comes to choosing between groceries and gifts, shopping for gifts absolutely wins hands down. However, if I head to my favorite Super Target I can do both. There’s nothing I love more than a two-fer.

What a crazy and fantastic week; Nick’s home from college (yay!), which means big family dinners (and more laundry), and the countdown to Christmas is on! Target is my all-time favorite store. Aisle after aisle I’m sure to find inspiration for all that’s left on my list.

A visit to the toy department leaves my head spinning! With teenagers at home, I’m much more in tune with my inner DJ and fashion stylist, than what’s the latest and greatest hot pick for toddlers. My last big score was a Tickle Me Elmo, so it’s been a while. After much pondering (and consulting with mothers and their young children) I found the perfect gifts for all of my little people; nieces, nephews and cousins.

A strategic shopper, I hit all of my favorite departments. I snagged wrapping paper and bows, thermal shirts for the boys, and of course, no visit to Target would ever be complete without cruising through home décor. As always, I loved it all and couldn’t keep myself from artfully rearranging a few things, creating beautiful vignettes. I’m sure Security must have been tailing me on their surveillance tapes!

When it came time to do my actual grocery shopping, I had a brilliant idea. My pals love treats, particularly of the chocolate variety. In fact, most nights, Amanda scoops herself a bowl of ice cream as a just dessert. As I made my way to the freezer section, I noticed the Nestlé’s break and bake cookies. I decided to make my very own ice cream sandwiches!

Once home, while I popped the cookies into the oven, I left the ice cream out on the counter to soften. As soon as the cookies were cool, I scooped a healthy serving of Edy’s chocolate ice cream onto a cookie, then topped it with another cookie to make a sandwich. I wrapped each in plastic wrap and put them in the freezer to firm up until it was time for dessert.

Amanda and her life-long gal pal, Mrs. McGoobles, were starving when they got back to our house after a run and a work out. What better way to reward yourself than with a homemade ice cream sandwich (oh, to be young with a great metabolism)? To make their snack a little more special, I whipped out the darling snowflake paper plates and Santa napkins that I picked up at Target for just such an occasion. The girls said their frozen treat was delicious!

More Christmas inspiration, more homemade frozen treats, more making dessert special, more fun at Target…….

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MIA…Missoni at Target

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about….. more fashion at Target! Ever since I was a tween, I have been obsessed with style. I can actually remember my very first issue of Seventeen magazine ever, which featured beautiful models sporting camouflage and lavender. It was amazing.


When I was 13 years old, I was the recipient of one of the most influential books of my youth; The Official Preppy Handbook. From that moment, I had a penchant for 14 carat gold knot earrings, kilts, broadcloth button down Oxfords, vintage bow ties, argyle socks and sweaters, Weejun Bass penny loafers, Tretorn tennis shoes, Sporto duck shoes, Lacoste and Ralph Lauren polo style shirts, Le Sport Sac bags. The list of fabulously preppy apparel just goes on and on.


Over the years, my obsessions have run deep and wide. I’m especially partial to high style for less, which is why I have adored Target from the moment we met. In recent years, I have made the mad pilgrimage from Target Greatland to Target Greatland for such noted designers as Liberty of London and John Derian.


The minute I read all about Missoni doing a line for Target in In Style magazine, I went gaga. Missoni is heralded for their iconic, fantastic and modern striped patterns for apparel and home goods. Fashionable clothing and home décor, how could I not be intrigued? In bright colored Sharpies, I noted the date of Missoni’s arrival on my calendar; Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

Back in the day, when Nick and Amanda were little, I would drag them to the seasonal grand openings of one of my very favorite treasure hunting haunts, Tuesday Morning. We might pick up doughnuts and juice boxes as a treat as we passed the time as I had them in line for the 8am opening. Bribery went a long way.


While Missoni’s arrival was on my calendar, I had a very busy morning opening day. I was meeting my gal pals to train for our 15K and had samples to deliver to one of my clients. By the time I arrived at the best Target ever (the one in Warrenville, IL on Diehl Road, where my good friend Sal, of Swanton Video Media, and I taped our Ronald McDonald House Video), it was too late. Everything was SOLD OUT like it was the World Series and the Cub’s were chasing October.


I felt as though I were wondering around amongst the apocalypse, with death and destruction surrounding me. By noon, I could practically smell it. Apparently the majority of the stylish pieces were sold by the time 8:30am had rolled around (a mere 30 minutes after the store opened).


What can you do? While I spied few items here and there, I dig snag a pair of Missoni rain boots. Hey, here in Chicago, I’m likely to need them…


More style for less, more iconic designers, more apparel and home goods, more Missoni……..


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The List: Everything a Kid Needs For College…..


John Belushi; Animal House

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……more preparing for college! I can hardly believe that in the next several weeks my Nick will be college bound; heading off to conquer his freshman year. While he’s definitely prepared for the rigors of his studies, excited for new experiences and looking forward to developing life-long friendships, we hadn’t quite considered the matter of all of the….stuff.

Shopping is one of my all time favorite past times, but what I really needed was a plan. I perused various lists on college websites, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pottery Barn – Dorm, Target and How to Survive Your Freshman Year.  My word; these kids need an awful lot of stuff! However, some of the suggestions seemed a little bit silly to me, which is why I made my own list for Nick. I’ve asked Nick repeatedly for his opinion, but he’s accustomed to life with a personal assistance, so he would just like for me to pick everything out for him.  Of course, he should be pretty darn thankful that his sister has accompanied me on my various college shopping sprees; otherwise he would be looking at a fairly girly room.

In the meantime, I’m making our list and checking it twice……………

Nick’s College List:


  • Thick foam mattress cover (not that your student is the Princess and the Pea, but……)
  • Mattress pad, preferably a zip up bag (who knows who’s slept on that mattress, and I didn’t even consider the bed bugs!!)
  • 2 sets of Twin size Sheets, Extra Long (are 2 sets overkill? I’ll totally have the heebie jeebie’s just considering the possibility that they’ll NEVER get changed!)
  • 1 pair of standard size pillow cases (the Twin Sheet sets only come with one pillow case)
  • 2 pillows
  • 2 pillow protectors
  • 1 Twin size blanket for layering when the weather gets cold
  • 1 bolster pillow for sitting up and studying in bed J
  • 1 lap desk for sitting up and studying in bed J
  • Throw blanket (Amanda made a fleece-y, hand knotted blanket; made with love from home.)
  • Bed lifts (making the bed taller to store more stuff)
  • Alarm clock

Bath and Storage:

  • Shower caddy (for easily transporting toiletries from the room to the communal bathroom)
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body soap, shaving cream, razors, deodorant, cologne, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, RETAINER, face soap or cleansing pads, moisturizer, acne treatment, all prescribed medications, nail clippers, lip balm, Q-tips, comb, brush
  • Shower shoes (a protective barrier between your feet and God only knows what is lurking on the floors)
  • Bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths
  • Bathrobe (really for the boys? Maybe an ascot ala Hugh Hefner?)
  • Laundry basket/hamper, depending upon your system
  • Laundry detergent……Maybe your child will use fabric softener or bleach, but I’m going to be super pumped mine can just manage to sort the lights from the darks)
  • Stain remover. Because I have a method for everything, I’m going to encourage my pal to treat any stains as they occur…..HA!
  • Hangers
  •  Space saving, swing arm hangers in case closet space is tight
  • Over the door hooks
  • Under bed storage boxes
  • Storage cart with drawers
  • Hanging closet organizer
  • Garbage can

Decorative Items:

  • Butterfly or disc chair
  • Storage ottoman/cube
  • Area rug
  • Floor lamp
  • Wall décor…..framed pictures, posters, etc.

Study Station:

  • Oscillating fan, even if your room has air conditioning
  • Desk lamp
  • Desk storage and organizers
  • Cork board or dry erase board
  • Dry erase markers, magnets and push pins
  • Flashlight (in case they loose power, or for midnight pranks)
  • Powers strip
  • Extension cords
  • Duct tape
  • Lap top
  • Chargers
  • USB cords
  • Flash drives
  • Printer and accessories? I’m not sure it’s necessary. Every school we visited has something crazy like a 500 page printing allowance, which can be used in your dorm building, the library, the student union, etc.
  • Calendar
  •  Calculator
  • School supplies
  • Backpack
  • Music
  • Speakers
  • Headphones
  • Umbrella


  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • TV stand
  • Footlocker…..that locks



Hmmm…this one is a puzzler. If I’m iffy about how laundry’s going to go, I’m thinking housework may never happen.

  • Paper towels
  • Tissue paper
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Broom and dust pan
  • Swiffer Sweeper, wet and dry
  • Garbage bags


  • First aid kit
  • Ibuprofen
  • Benadryl
  • Band-aids
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cotton balls
  • Thermometer
  • Cough medicine
  • Cold medicine



  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Dishes, flatware, glassware (disposable?)
  • Skillet and spatula if your dorm has a communal kitchen
  • Equipment and accessories for any of your hobbies and favorite activities
  • Books, music, DVD’s



  • However much you’re willing to wash
  • Footwear
  • Outerwear
  • Workout wear


  • Positive attitude
  • Open mind
  • Sense of self
  • Patience
  • Discipline
  • Organization
  • Hard work


Thankfully, we have a pretty big truck so we should be able to manage most of this stuff. I hope we haven’t forgotten anything…….

More college preparations, more dorm living, more making a home away from home……

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