I don't know about you, but Quarantine definitely has me inspired by outdoor swag The lounge furniture phenomenon has taken me to new heights during my stay-at-home.. I am usually the home bargain shopper, but lately I feel like putting more into my garden, front yard and back yard. That she shed has to be coming soon because the kids are finding all of my hiding spots. This will be the perfect getaway if I will be on a self imposed lock down all summer.
I was surfing Pier One website and found some amazing finds that I would love to add to my home. I figured you would be inspired b this too.
Some things I am looking to add:
All of these items were on the Pier 1 website. Some are available online only. The stores will be opening soon in New Orleans, so I am sure they will have long lines waiting for these fun finds.
Top Box shops all month to find you the best deals on fresh fruits and vegetables and frozen meats, poultry, and fish.
In New Orleans, all boxes are pre-ordered by individuals and delivered monthly to convenient locations, typically in communities with limited access to healthy and affordable food.
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To miss new orleans
I had to pull myself out of a funk and write. I was listening to a live video by a blogger last night. He discussed the changing times and environmental uncertainty in the industry. I agree, it has been tough for creatives to introduce new things. This latest blog brought me on my journey, to what I missed most during the pandemic. Family and friends aside, these are what I miss most in New Orleans. Social Distancing is kinda awkward for someone like me.
Some of my favorite drive by spots:
Ralphs - Mothers Day will be great here.
Galatoires- Love the apps and drinks.
Gris Gris - The chicken dumplings are my favorite.
would type more, but these pointy press on nails are not letting me. The pictures speak for themselves: lovely nights, decadent food, sassy drinks and memorable people.
What are you missing most about New Orleans?
girls nights out
festin at festivals
Right now, we are charged to fest in place. I remember , once upon a time we could fest out of place.
Ok y’all week #1 for me working from home 100%. Social distancing much? I have been in the grocery looking for items way more than ever.. trying to figure out how this will work, homeschool two kids and take non stop conference calls. Keeping up in HR, laws are changing every day.
I am finally going to start working out during the day and use my gas $$ to support local businesses..
HELPFUL TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME
1. Get Dressed
It might seem like a simple tip, but it’s a crucial one. I am getting used to this with video conference calls. They are emphasizing getting up and getting dressed. It also makes me feel like I can get more accomplished by dressing the part.
2. Designate a Workspace or Home Office
One of the big challenges when it comes to working remotely is setting boundaries between work and play. I just got my office together today and I feel like I accomplished something. The kids are still running in and out but I am about to kick the to the curb.
3. Keep Clearly Defined Working Hours
I am trying to work the same schedule with my HR colleagues. They are on a 9 hour workday and half day on Fridays. I really like that.. It is important to be on the same schedule because it helps us collaborate better. I am trying to not check emails and come to this office all throughout the day. I know there will be some days when I have to.
4. distractions will f you up!!
Distraction is one of the big challenges facing people who work from home—especially people who aren’t used to it. My home is right here, I feel the need to wash those dirty dishes the kids just piled up or fold that laundry. I also want to go outside and do a little gardening. That will have to wait until my break. I am trying to set timers on my Outlook to take those mini breaks and get that workout in.
Right now, one of the biggest distractions is the news. And if you’re working remotely because of the new coronavirus, checking in on COVID-19 updates is going to be at the front of your mind. I am constantly watching for work updates to communicate to employees and to blog but I had to stop those breaking news alerts from popping up.
Any suggestions for working remotely welcome!!! @circle_food_market has a great selection of food but no crawfish!!!
Photo by @katkimballphoto
I felt like a little light humor today.
Day 2 of me working from home. I work 1/2 day in office in morning and take calls. Since I work in a terminal industry HR, we have employees who are essential to the operations of the city.
I will keep supporting the local businesses as long as I can. They are trying to make daily sales to keep the businesses open.
Some good things that happened since Corona:
What are some good things you have experienced since the Corona?
We are living in the world of homeschooling kids. I never thought I would see this day. I am a unicorn mom, so this has been a learning curve for me. I appreciate being able to spend more time with the kids and really see all their personalities during the day. This calls for, more timeouts than often and the negotiations are getting more in debt. I don't bribe my kids, but I do negotiate with them so they can have a little bargaining power.
Some fun things to do for the kids while at home.
This may be pertinent for coworkers with children at home.
Scholastic has 3 free hours a day of online classes:
Or take a virtual museum tour:
Free 30 days – podcasts and stories for kids
Activities delivered to your house
Lesson plans for older kids
Dear New Orleans,
I miss you like crazy..the food, festivals, Wine & Food week, Broadway shows! I am digging deeper knowing we will come back STRONGER! Make sure you SUPPORT LOCAL and STAY STRONG.
I am sending my deepest condolences to those impacted by coronavirus..
How are yall doing?
I am comforted and inspired to know once everything is back to normal, I will be sharing the best happy hours and places to be!
The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel will celebrate Easter with a decadent brunch buffet in the most elegant ballroom in the city, a beloved tradition for guests of all ages.
The Easter brunch buffet menu features a variety of scrumptious options, such as a chilled seafood bar with jumbo shrimp and freshly shucked oysters alongside Easter favorites and New Orleans classics including Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb and Seafood and Okra Gumbo. Guests will enjoy a delectable culinary experience with dining options at every corner of the ballroom. Offerings include breakfast and omelet stations, a carving station, dessert selections as well as specialty items tailored to children’s tastes. Brunch is available Easter Sunday, April 12. Seating is available from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
“The Roosevelt New Orleans’ holiday brunches have become a tradition among locals and are an absolute treat for our hotel guests,” says Executive Chef Jason Schneider. “This Easter, we will continue our holiday brunch tradition and look forward to providing our patrons with an exceptional assortment of choices that are sure to please every palate.”
Easter Brunch Buffet Menu:
CHILLED SALADS AND STARTERS
Organic Greens, Baby Spinach and Hearts of Romaine, Shaved Carrots,
Cucumbers, Grape Tomatoes, Smoked Bacon, Toasted Pecans, Garlic Croutons,
Blue Cheese and Monterey Jack, Creamy Balsamic, Ranch and Herb Vinaigrette
Crab Boil Spiced Potato Salad with Boiled Eggs,
Creole Mustard, Celery and Mayo
Caprese Salad with Boccioni Mozzarella, Grape Tomatoes, Sea Salt,
Fresh Basil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Grilled Market Vegetables with Red Onions and Asparagus
CHARCUTERIE AND CHEESE SELECTION
Spicy Soppresata, Prosciutto de Parma, Spanish Chorizo, Coppa,
Salami Creole Mustard, Dijon Mustard and Cornichons
Aged Farmhouse Cheddar
Fromage D’Affinois Brie
Chili Pepper Pecorino
Artisan Blue Cheese
Herb Olive Oil Marinated Chevre
Nuts, Honeycomb, Dried Fruit and Grapes
ARTISAN BREAD DISPLAY
Sliced Baguettes, Flatbread and Artisan Rolls Display with
Whipped Salted Butter
PREPARED TO ORDER
Crawfish Sushi Hand Rolls with Spicy Kewpie Mayo, Radish Sprouts, Tempura Crunch and
Cucumber Wrapped in Nori
Served with Shoyu, Ginger and Wasabi
CHILLED SEAFOOD BAR
Cajun Spice Jumbo Shrimp, Blue Crab Claws, Freshly Shucked Gulf Oysters,
Chilled Marinated Mussels with Tomato and Cilantro Vinaigrette,
Scallop Ceviche Shooters with Jalapeno, Tomato and Citrus
Cocktail Sauce, Creole Remoulade Sauce, Horseradish,
Crackers and Lemons
Display of Smoked Salmon, Pastrami Cured Salmon
and Pecan Wood Smoke Trout Rillettes
Seafood and Okra Gumbo with Aromatic Rice
Blackened Gulf Fish with Crawfish and Dill Sauce
Simply Steamed Spring Vegetables with Herb Butter
Chef Carl’s Fried Chicken
Braised Beef Daube, Caramelized Onions,
Heirloom Carrots, Natural Jus
Sour Cream and Chive Red Skin Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Baked White Cheddar Macaroni
CARVED TO ORDER
Roasted Strip Loin with House Rub, Natural Jus and Creamy Horseradish
Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb, Mustard Jus, Spiral Cut Brown Sugar Ham
Fresh Cut Melon
Fresh Cut Pineapple
Fresh Baked Mini Muffins, Danish and Croissants
Apple Wood Smoked Bacon and Pork Sausage
Warm Quiche Lorraine
Made to Order Waffles with Whipped Cream,
House Made Berry Vanilla Compote and Real Maple Syrup
Create Your Own Egg and Omelet Station with Peppers, Mushrooms, Bacon, Ham, Crawfish Tails, Onions, Tomatoes, Brie, Cheddar, Fresh Jalapenos and Andouille Sausage
Free Range Eggs and Egg Whites
Stone Ground Grits with Cheddar and Scallions and Louisiana Hot Sauce on the side
PREPARED TO ORDER
Crab Meat Imperial Benedicts
Roasted Tomato Hollandaise, Chives and Espelette Pepper
DESSERTS BY CHEF RENE
Lemon Cake Bar
Almond Berry Trifle
Vanilla Passion Fruit Verrine
Chocolate Peanut Butter Verrine
Carrot Bundt Cake
Coffee Crunch Tart
Caramelized Banana Tart
Key Lime Meringue Tartlets
Assorted Petit Fours and Cookies
DESSERT ACTION STATION
“Coffee and Donuts”
Flambéed House Made Doughnuts and Café Au Lait Ice Cream
FOR THE KIDS
Chicken Tenders with Ketchup and Ranch Dressing
Mac and Cheese
Rice Crispy Treats & Cake Pops
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
Easter Brunch at The Roosevelt New Orleans is $89 per person for adults and $35 for children. For reservations and additional information, call (504) 335-3129 or book online now.
To learn more or experience The Roosevelt, please visit www.waldorfastoria.com/theroosevelt, call +1-504-648-1200 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @theroosevelt_no. For more information about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, please visit http://news.waldorfastoria.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @waldorfastoria.
Grab your girlfriends and join me at Effervescence to celebrate and sip some bubbly for the 1 year anniversary of New Orleans Housewives in the city.
Ticket includes one glass of Bianca Vigna prosecco, one glass of Ca' Vittoria Brut Rosé and light snacks.
Please purchase tickets using the link below. Tickets are $33 plus tax.
What to expect:
--->Swag Bag full of goodies
--->Giveaways from local business
---> Professional Photography
Save the Date: Wednesday
I am a New Orleans native, wife, mom of two, social media blogger and Human Resources Executive! I love to read, write, travel, kid's activities, date nights with the hubby and GIRLS NIGHTS OUT!
I am self proclaimed food critic & ALL things WINE enthusiast (cheers) here in the city!
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