Saturday, November 1, 2014

Do You Want To Be The Smarty Who Had A Party?

The holidays are quickly approaching. If you are like me the holiday season equals entertaining season. I love to entertain. I don't love clean up and all the hand washing of glassware that goes along with entertaining. Did you know you can reduce your clean up time and eliminate the tedious task of hand washing your entertaining dishes and glassware? I have the solution for you to enjoy your gatherings and enjoy your clean up process. Yes, an enjoyable clean up process. Which means a quick and easy clean up.

Faux wear does the trick. The thought of utilizing plastic dishes and glassware for entertaining guests made me cringe at first thought. Until I found, Smarty Had A Party. That is exactly what your guests will be calling you when they see what you do.

What is Smarty Had A Party? Happy you asked...
Smarty Had A Party is the nation's top rated online party store for entertaining. From the simplest occasion to a lavish affair. Smarty offers the widest selection of budget friendly, elegant disposable dinnerware, eco friendly party supplies and table linen available on the web.

In addition to humorous friendly product pages, Smarty's helpful blog guides you in planning events with illustrated party inspirations and ideas. Creative recipe suggestions and DIY instructions. Smarty also sells beautiful decorations to create a unique WOW effect for guests and create a lifetime of memories. Who doesn't love this idea... nobody that's who... everybody loves this idea.

I held a small dinner party for five friends using the following items from Smarty Had A Party.

1. Brown embroidered table runner - $2.89
2. Baroque disposable plates - 10 pack - $10.99
3. Brown satin napkins - 5 pack - $2.49
4. Disposable plastic cups - 20 pack - $3.89
5. Radiance silver look flatware - 48 forks 24 spoons 24 knives - $8.99

Inexpensive party solution and the table looked fantastic. Oh... and clean up time at the end of dinner was approximately two minutes. 


My favorite part of the ensemble was the ivory plastic plates. I want to purchase them for every day use. I can't express how excited I am about Smarty Had A Party. I want you to find out for yourself. 

Do you want your own set of...
1 Chocolate brown embroidered organza table runner
10 Pack of Baroque bone disposable dinner plates
5 Pack of chocolate brown satin dinner napkins
1 Pack of silver look disposable radiance flatware value pack which includes 48 forks, 24 knives and 24 spoons
20 Pack of 12 oz fancy disposable cups

Comment in this post that you would love to try this awesome package of goodies from Smarty Had A Party. Winner will be randomly selected from all entries in celebration of my birthday on  November 22nd

Winner will be announced here on the blog. Winner will have 24 hours to email me their name, address and phone number. Your box full of goodies will ship out to you directly from Smarty Had A Party on December 2nd

This offer is limited to residents of the 48 contiguous US States. 

Smarty Had A Party reserves the right to provide an equivalent substitute in the unlikely event that a product is out of stock.

Disclaimer - I was provided product by Smarty Had A Party for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

TCM Classic Film Festival Returns

Join Robert Osborne, Ben Mankiewicz, VIP guests, and your fellow classic movie fans from around the globe for the sixth annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood.

The central theme of the TCM Classic Film Festival is History According to Hollywood. The Old West. Medieval England. Ancient Rome. Hollywood has found endless inspiration in re-creating historical moments and bringing to life the heroes and villains of the past, creating a form of time travel for audiences through the ages and around the world. These films, however, are not always true to the historical record - filmmakers have often created works about the past that are a reflection of the period in which they were made, or change facts to suit their storyline. The 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival will explore how cinema has shaped how we view and remember history.

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will again serve as our official hotel for the Festival, as well the home of Club TCM- the central gathering point for attendees. We are pleased to announce that 2015 attendees may book their Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel accommodations conveniently online. Additionally, the W Hotel Hollywood is also an official Lodging Partner. For information on how to book your accommodations at our partner hotels, please click here.

Passes for the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival will go on sale in November of 2014.

Spill Proof Your Beverage Bottle

The SipSmart Cap has an anti-leak, extendable straw attachment that converts almost ANY bottled commercial beverage into a spill-proof drink.  No more accidents! No more ruined outfits!  Just a cool, convenient sip of your favorite beverage.  With its leak-preventing valve and anti-choking stopper, the SipSmart Cap is perfect for kids, parents, professionals ... ANYONE!  The SipSmart Cap cleans up easily, is BPA-Free and comes in water and juice/smoothie sizes. It's time to make your drink BETTER! - Ophira Edut Owner / SipSmart Cap

The App Where Moms Connect

As an entrepreneur and single mom I needed a better way to stay connected to friends.  So I created the MomCo App!  The MomCo App is a FREE App that connects moms with other moms in their communities as well as local businesses that cater to families.  Super rich with features, the MomCo App offers built-in privacy controls, search engine and chat capability as well as a separate portal for business owners.  Now moms have a genuine resource for friendship, help with their children and access to products and services they need. - Jillian Darlington Founder / MomCo LLC

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Collapsible Compact Genius Invention

I’m sure you are following the recent legislation to ban disposable bags in grocery stores.  Next up?  Disposable bottled water.  But what reusable bottle can replace the convenience of disposables?  How about a sturdy collapsible bottle that’s so easy to reach for, because it’s always within reach!!
To do my part to help eliminate disposable bottle waste, I invented the HYDAWAY™ Collapsible Water Bottle.  Hydaway is a portable, reusable and eco-friendly water bottle that collapses down to only 1” thick when empty.  Toss Hydaway in your gym bag, purse, even your pocket for a ready to GO thirst quenching fix!  Hydaway is non-toxic, spill and tip-proof.  Available in two sizes (12 oz & 21 oz) and six colors, Hydaway satisfies even the BIGGEST thirst! - Niki Singlaub Founder / HYDAWAY™ | Collapsible Water Bottle

Hand Made Creative Cozy Toques

I talk about up-cycling and recycling all the time. I find it to be a great use of the unwanted and changing it into the wanted.

The Thirty Something Magazine sponsor Dixie Clothing has achieved a fabulous line of toques that will keep you toasty warm this winter. 

The toques (hats) are up cycled from old sweaters. The contents of the sweaters vary from wool to cottons to acrylics and polyesters. They are lined with new polyester lambskin fleece. This makes for very cozy toques. Every single one is created to be one of a kind. I take the time to make sure none of them are ever duplicated. The toques are created by myself. They sell for $30 Canadian about $27.65 US. - Katrina Hillyer Owner / Dixie Clothing

See Dixie Clothing featured in Thirty Something Magazine

Early Detection of Autism is Key

According to the CDC, 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys are being diagnosed with autism - with a 15% increase each year.  The good news is that early detection and treatment can increase the number of kids who grow up to live independently by 10-20%.  That means an additional 1,000,000 independent kids over the next 25 years.
The award winning NeuroscanPro is a revolutionary step in the early detection of autism.  Its groundbreaking mobile technology uses non-invasive, eye-gaze tracking to effectively screen infants (3-6 months) for autism risks.  Now parents and healthcare professionals don't need to wait for behavior related symptoms.  Right from your smartphone, tablet or laptop you can give your child early evaluation and proper care.  NeuroscanPro is EASY to use and cuts screening time for autism from months to minutes!

To learn more about this game-changing technology go to

Let's make every child's world a little clearer.

Never Read Another Package Label

The Affinity App just made your grocery shopping a whole lot easier!  From any smartphone or computer, the Affinity App provides an innovative way to take the hassle out of reading long, complicated ingredient lists.  Just set your ingredient preferences, scan any items bar-code with your smart device and get an on-screen thumbs up or down instantly.  Now you can easily tell exactly what's in the food you're buying and what's not!  Pick from a comprehensive list of 233,269 different foods and beverage products.  Affinity is a FREE App that's perfect for people with nut allergies, food sensitivities, specialized diets and much more!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hoodsbee Hoodie... Yes Please!!!

Eyevan, Ribbons, Tig, Milo, Clobber, Prancy, Anchor and Mimi. No, these are not new age reindeer. These are the names of the Hoodsbees. Who are the Hoodsbees you may be asking yourself as you scratch your head. I am so happy you asked.

Hoodsbee is an innovative hoodie that transforms into a plush friend or a plush friend that transforms into a hoodie. With Hoodsbee, there are so many options. This unique patented technology allows your little one to carry their travel plush buddy, put it on when it is cold, fold it back up into a plush and use it as a head pillow for when they are tired. It's as easy as 1,2,3! Fold, roll and snap! Now, not only do you have a pillow and a travel companion, but you also have a nicely wrapped up hoodie that is easy to store or travel with.

I am a mom of a five year old with Autism. Simple tasks such as grocery shopping are a challenge for our family. We quickly determined our son needs a comfort item to leave the house with in order to feel secure in his world. Hoodsbee has become his "go to" accommodation item. Anchor (his character of choice) is literally my son's new best friend, keeping him safe and comfy in his world. I can not begin to explain to you how something so simple has become such an enormous piece of mind to my son and has helped him be comfortable enough to stray from a daily routine when need be. If you have any experience with Autism, you will understand, children diagnosed with this disorder do not go off course from a daily routine without a lot of kicking, screaming, crying and tantrums to the highest extent due to the fear and anxiety they hold of the unknown. Hoodsbee is a remarkable, versatile, innovative idea. Did I mention... fun and creative? If my son needs something to cuddle up with to keep him safe, Anchor is there. If he gets sleepy in the car, Anchor is there. If he gets chilly. Anchor is there. I think they need to make an adult version. We all need a little silly sanity in the hustle and bustle of life. No wonder everyone is talking about the innovation known as Hoodsbee. This hoodie is on my holiday gift giving list this year and mom approved, I give Hoodsbee five stars!!! 

Mikey likes it!!!

What is Hoodsbee made out of?

  • This ultra soft hoodie is created by using super cuddly fabrics, Woobie for girls and Polar fleece for boys, which are both 100% Polyester and 100% warm and cozy! The cuffs and waistband are made out of 95% cotton and 5 span, that's extra spandex for extra toughness and bounce back elasticity that allows for added play time. The zippers are heavy, plastic and molded so they can handle even the strongest kids pulling at them. The buttons on the eyes have undergone and passed a mandatory quality control test to ensure that they stay were they are supposed to be. The faces are not only made with love but also a high quality, non-piling felt and heavy duty embroidery.

Who is Hoodsbee made for? 

  • EVERYONE! Well, hopefully. Hoodsbee is currently for little kids.
  • Girls sizes: 2t, 3t, 4t, 5, 6, 6x
  • Boys sizes: 2t, 3t, 4t, 5, 6, 7

Get social with Hoodsbee Instagram Facebook Twitter

**Disclaimer: I received a Hoodsbee in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Interview With Melissa Gregg For TSM

Listen to my podcast with UR Business Network and the Social Scene with JZ. Follow them to hear all their interviews.

Melissa Gregg
Founder / Managing Editor
Thirty Something Magazine

Last Call

Have you heard about the Thirty Something Magazine Holiday Gift Guide and 30 Days of Giveaways?

Last call to join the list of fabulous businesses with fantastic products available as what I consider to be the must have hot gift for the holidays.

Our gift guide will appear in the November issue of TSM and the 30 Days of Giveaways will run November 15th - December 15th, where one winner a day will be selected to receive one of the Holiday Gift Guide featured products.

To be included in this fun opportunity, please e mail to find out how to get involved in the fun. Time is running out as the deadline quickly approaches. (November 1st.)

Melissa Gregg 
Founder / Managing Editor
Thirty Something Magazine 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Kohl's DesigNation Look Book

20% off site wide with code FRIEND20, Oct 9 – Oct 13


With iconic cityscape prints and a cosmopolitan color palette, the Elie Tahari for DesigNation collection captures the fresh, unabashed attitude of the city that never sleeps.


Elie Tahari arrived in NYC in 1971 with less than $100 in his pocket and his eye on forward-thinking design. He has since become synonymous with modern, polished womenswear.

Experience the creative energy and style of the fashion capital of the world with the Elie Tahari for DesigNation collection, exclusively at Kohl's. Inspired by the urban sophistication of New York City, this designer collaboration offers impeccable, modern style from Elie Tahari at affordable prices.
Whether you're headed to work or out on the town, Elie Tahari womenswear offers a sophisticated balance of modern details, classic lines and a tailored fit. Don't forget to shop Kohl's for the perfect accessories, from shoes to handbags, to wear with your Elie Tahari clothing for a complete New York City look.

Atlantic City???