Feeling Lightheaded (in the best way) with a Lightheaded Beds Giveaway

November 4, 2013

The Glow of Lightheaded Beds

I’m big on sleep. As in, bordering on the obsessed. Since the start of my adult life, I have been a huge sleep advocate. From afternoon naps to sleeping in late whenever possible, sleep for me has always felt like the best gift I could give myself. I distinctly remember driving across country in my 20s and taking every opportunity to sack out in the back of the VW bus, as I listened to my best friend say, “I can’t believe you’re sleeping through this”.  But, I didn’t let that stop me. I just, unapologetically fell asleep.

Many years later I had my first child and the patterned continued. Not as much for me and my sleep, but for hers.  Ever since then, my family can attest that sleep has become one of my main motherhood “things”. Since my kids we’re just babies through today, I have fixated on the importance of sleep, doing everything in my power to keep to any shred of a sleep schedule that I could grasp. For some parents it might be food, for others maybe play, but for me, it is and probably always will be sleep. From keeping track of napping hours to being vigilant about regular bed times, I have been a mother on a mission to ensure my kids are getting the sleep they need, and maybe even more than they need. I did admit it borders obsession after all.

Once my daughter started High School I had to start letting go of my tight grip on her sleep schedule. Freshman year was a huge transition for all of us, with my teen’s busy schedule, rigorous homework load and never ever enough time in the day for her to get it all done. So, the days turned into nights—late, late nights—and I had to helplessly watch as she slowly weaned herself off of the sleep routine I had pushed so hard to set. It wasn’t easy, but I had no choice. And now, as she’s headlong into her Junior year, it’s just as bad, if not worse as on many nights I go to bed long before she does, although I will admit it still pains me to do so. At least now, she’ll sleep in on weekends (when she doesn’t have something going on) and she’ll nap whenever possible (I believe she might be coming around to my way of thinking).

Thankfully, I am still able to somewhat regulate the sleep schedule of my 10-year-old which now I know will be short lived. Alas, I will do what I can when I can. Viva la Sleep!

It would stand to figure when I was recently given the opportunity to give my girls the experience of new—and awesome—Lightheaded Beds, I was pretty excited. My draw to Lightheaded Beds is obvious to anyone who knows me. Beyond the emphasis on style and variety of the beds themselves (beds, headboards, footboards, storage) they feature the coolest way to feature photographic images IN the headboard of the bed itself. I know, it’s brilliant, right? For sure one of those, “why didn’t I think of that?” inventions. Anytime I can “create my own” anything and use my own photography it’s a plus! And it’s not only the photo part that I love, it’s the glowing nightlight part that made it that much more awesome.  Sure, I have a teenager than doesn’t sleep as often as I wish she would, but with her new Lightheaded Bed, she can be in bed while studying, reading, using her laptop, ipad, iphone with this beautiful glowing photography (her beloved NY at night skyline that I shot on a recent trip) illuminating her as she works and eventually drifts off to sleep. Yes, there is a timer that can be set for the light to go out all by itself. Swoon. If you don’t have your own photos to use, but you love the whole idea of a Lightheaded Bed, you can order from their huge selection of options right from their website.

As for my 10-year-old, this is one of the best beds I could have ever asked for for her, mainly because of her love (and need) of a nightlight. The glow of her photo (a shot I took of the Disney World skyline on our visit) not only comforts her but helps ease her to sleep. One of the most exciting things about this bed for her (and I would imagine children even younger than her) is not just the choice of what photo she can display but having her very own remote control where she can set the strength of the light and the timer, all by herself. It’s pretty sweet.

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Want to check out a Lightheaded Bed for yourself? Besides being available online, Lightheaded Beds are now available at your local Sam’s Club. Coolio!

And drumroll please…as a part of this sponsored post, Lightheaded Beds in partnership with Today’s Mama is offering an awesome giveaway right here on my blog so that YOU can win your own Canterbury style Lightheaded Bed in white or chestnut and a coupon for a few photos of your own or from their library of options. Huzzah! You’ve got 2 weeks from today to enter. And hint: for a way to get an extra entry,  just follow Your’s Truly on Instagram. Easy-peasy.
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Capturing Summer Stories One Photo at a Time

July 7, 2013

 Summer Stories

This post is sponsored by Disney Story. To find out more about this brand-new story-creation app – and how it puts the power of storytelling in your hands - click here.

On the heels of lamenting about how much I miss stories (of the written kind) I decide to sift through my iPhone images from our summer so far just to enjoy the visual stories I have captured. It’s only been 3 weeks but we’ve already had a number of wonderful experiences. From camping to swimming, the 4th of July traditions to a trip to Disney’s California Adventure to our summer community service project, not to mention some well-needed time for rest  plus a little time for doing nothing much of anything, which is really what summer should be about, right?

Collecting these summer shots in the Disney Story App (have you tried it yet?) reminds me that we’ve gotten a pretty great start on creating one awesome summer.

How is your summer story shaping up?


A Story of Love, Babies, and Sisterhood

May 27, 2013

This post is sponsored by Disney Story. To find out more about this brand-new story-creation app – and how it puts the power of storytelling in your hands - click here.

There may be no greater gift than to be able to use our cameras to document and reflect back a moment, a feeling, or memory for the people we love most in the world. As for this Story, I get chills every time I play it because I am taken right back to the magical weekend we spent together celebrating love, babies and our sisterhood.

A very special thank you to my cherished friends Myriam, Jen L, Jen G, and Alex.

One Unstoppable Experience

May 16, 2013


This post is sponsored by Disney Story. To find out more about this brand-new story-creation app – and how it puts the power of storytelling in your hands - click here.

I recently had the privilege of attending the Mom 2.0 Summit. I haven’t been able to make the event in years-my, how it’s grown-so I was extra-excited to attend. It being held in my own backyard made it that much sweeter. It was as inspiring as I knew it would be and so much more. Having my daughters come spend the weekend at the extravagant Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel with me during the conference was such a fun opportunity. They hadn’t seen a conference like this first hand before and observing how it all goes down was enlightening for them and sharing a girls weekend with them made it really nice for me. Don’t get me wrong. It was tricky for me to switch back and forth from work mode to family mode but I was so happy it all worked out and really glad to have them there. There were a number of moms who brought families along so I wasn’t the only one doing the juggling act.

There were many highlights for me at the event, most of which were centered around conversation and connection. I had the best time sharing my thoughts and ideas on The Creative Process with the talented, smart, funny and adorable Lindsey Garrett. Even the work we did on the presentation before the conference was fun, so it’s no surprise that I loved tag teaming with her on our panel. Does it seem strange to admit that I actually learned some stuff about our brain and how creativity works from sharing the stage with her? I hope not because I did. That Lindsey. She’s good like that…teaching me stuff I didn’t know I didn’t know. I love that about her.

Connecting with the fabulous team of the United Nation’s Foundation’s Shot@Life was fantastic. I love that group so much, I believe in what they stand for and feel so honored to be a Champion. Chatting with Amanda Peet and introducing her to my girls was really fun for me too.

And probably my favorite part of the whole event was getting to participate with my daughters in Jess Weiner‘s Girls Unstoppable workshop. If you don’t already know Jess is Dove’s Global Self-Esteem Ambassador and an all around amazing human being. LOVE HER! Seeing my girls eagerly soak in Jess’s messages was the greatest moment. I loved what she had to share and how she engaged the girls there to use their voices and speak their truth. It was a perk to having my girls stay at the hotel with me that came as a last minute surprise and let me tell you, it made the trip!

Obviously, I could go on and on. I listened in on a number of excellent panels and shared in many enriching conversations and appreciated the brands involved and the care that the Ritz and the whole team of Mom 2.0 afforded all of us. It was a stellar experience for me and my girls loved it too. Win win.

To share a little window into our Mom 2.0 extravaganza, I created a Story about it, using the new Disney Story app. If you haven’t heard about it yet, you have got to check it out! Disney asked me to try it out to see what I thought. Love! And it seemed to be a great way to share some of the highlights from our girl’s weekend! To see this story in all it’s glory, be sure to click the “play story” button.

Aren’t you dying to try this app? I thought so. Download the Disney Story app from iTunes  – for FREE – right here!

And if you’d like follow the Disney Story Twitter and find the Disney Story Facebook page too!

HD Moments Revealed Through L’Artista Della Serie

April 16, 2013

I can still hardly believe that I was fortunate enough to travel to Italy with Haagen-Dazs and the amazing artists of L’artista Della Serie (The Artist Series). Between the location, the people and the premise, there was an alchemy that made our Italian adventure what it was; unforgettable.

I am delighted to be the first artist to be featured of the seven in the series. This week Haagen-Dazs will be sharing a number of the images chosen from my Dolce Vita collection via their social media platforms. Follow along to discover the images that we’re inspired by not only the trip itself but also by my gelato inspiration Stracciatella (it’s like chocolate chip but with an Italian twist and it’s super-yummy).

I must say, it’s going to be so fun reliving the adventure in these next seven weeks as each artist will be sharing their own works of art inspired by Italy’s La Dolce Vita and their own flavor. I can’t wait to see, hear and savor it all.

More about The Artist Series can be found on the HDMoment Tumblr page. The artwork will be revealed on Facebook and twitter. And you can always follow along and share your own sweet moments via the hashtag #HDMoment from your platform of choice. Haagen-Dazs is on Instagram too! Let’s share some HD Moments together, shall we?

An iView of La Dolce Vita

March 23, 2013

HD Moment Italy Trip

I cannot remember the last time I was this excited sifting and sorting through 25oo photographs. Each image brings back a memory, a feeling, a giggle, a moment from our most excellent Italian adventure. From conclave to creativity to camaraderie  the The Artist Series trip to Italy was one of the most unique and fun projects I have ever worked on. And the best part is that the trip was just part of the gig. Over the next few weeks, each of the artists of the series will be creating and sharing their own uniquely inspired works of art. After spending nearly a week with this group of crazy talented and uber-passionate group of artists, who happen to be amazing people in general, I am bursting with excitement to see, hear, taste (yes, this will be super-sensory experience) all of the wonderful things they come up with. Don’t worry, I’ll be introducing each of these fine folks and their expertise in future posts. As for me, it’s pretty much what you might imagine; I’ve got the visuals of the trip documented through my photographs. And I too will soon be sharing a very special series of images that I feel best evokes the magic of La Dolce Vita.

While I continue going through all of my photographs, I wanted to at least share a handful of little visual snippets from the trip. All of the images above where captured with my iPhone.

Thank you to Häagen-Dazs for the experience of a lifetime and thanks to all of you for following along, supporting & encouraging me along the way. Your comments on the images I shared as I traveled meant so much to me and helped me feel connected to all of you while I was away. I can’t tell you how much that means. I’m excited to share more about the other artists, about the trip and of course, about the gelato!