March 6, 2014
Can you believe we are less than a week away from season 6 of ‘Real Housewives of NYC’?!?! I know you all have been waiting a very long time and I’m so excited for you to see this season! I truly feel this is the best one yet!
To prepare and get the excitement going, I’ve been asking all of you on Twitter and Facebook to share some of your favorite moments from the past five seasons with
me. I loved reading what you enjoyed the most and all of your commentary. I’ve compiled what the most popular answers were and included my own favorites! I hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to tune into Bravo on Tuesday, March 11th at 9pm! Chill the Ramona Pinot…its FINALLLY Turtle Time!
The majority of you loved Sonja and I trying on the dresses in Morocco. That was my favorite too! I was not in a good mood and Sonja always knows how to make me laugh. Trying on the dresses and sneaking out lifted my spirits immediately. I hadn’t laughed that hard in a long time!
No surprise here! Most of you chose ‘Scary Island’ as your favorite RHONY trip. It was definitely a spectacle to watch! My favorite trip was St Barts. There is nothing to not love about St Barts and I was having the best time…until Aviva’s arrival!
This one went to my girl, Sonja! “Even white trash can be polite, hello welcome to my trailer”, was your favorite line! I’m going to give my favorite to Ms Kelly Bensimon and her ‘satchels of gold!’.
Almost all of your responses were Beverly Hills! I have to agree. The weather and grand houses are so amazing, I wouldn’t mind spending some time with those ladies! Plus, I think I could give Brandy a run for her money! (You may see some of those BH ladies this season…)
Another one we agree on. The overwhelming response was when Mario and I renewed our vows. No matter what rollercoaster life takes you on, its important to remember those special moments and how you felt during them. I am very lucky to be able to have a record of my life. That night, with Avery by our side, surrounded by dear friends and family was so emotional and beautiful and remains my favorite moment of the show.
February 17, 2014
Hello again! I hope you are all staying warm on the East Coast. What a brutal winter we have been having. Makes it hard to find motivation to leave the house at all!
I have loved reading all of your tweets and facebook posts about your all time favorite moments of Real Housewives of NYC and I can’t wait to share mine with you. But, let’s wait til a little closer to the premiere ;-)
I decided now to just share what I have been up to recently. Even through the million snowstorms that have been hitting us, I have been sticking to my new workout regimen! My trainer is nuts and I love it!! Leg presses and weighted squats are my new best friends. Sometimes its easy to throw on bulky clothing and hide during the winter but I’m trying to avoid that May panic!
There was only such much frigid weather and snow I could take, so I jetted down to Florida for a long weekend with some of my best girlfriends. I can’t stress enough how important your girls are and its something I always tried to tell Avery too. Nothing can lift you up like them. Sun and Turtle Time sent me back to NYC refreshed!
I was thrilled my favorite girl, Avery, came home to visit for a weekend. We fit in all of our NYC favorites into the weekend and had some wonderful mother/daughter time. Its always hard when she leaves but it makes it so much more special when shes home.
Now, its one of my favorite times of the year…New York Fashion Week!! There is so much excitement in the air when NYFW comes to town. I pack my schedule with as many shows as I can. Its so exciting to see what to expect in the new season and you’re constantly running into old friends and meeting new ones! Two of my favorites each season are always Zang Toi and Pamella Roland. They never disappoint!
We are now less than a month away from what I believe will be the best, most entertaining roller coaster season of Real Housewives of NYC! I can’t wait to watch and re-experience it all with you!!
Til next time…
January 6, 2014
Happy 2014! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I can’t believe it’s already January. This is a time where we often focus on the future. We make resolutions, changes and start a fresh. Before that, I wanted to take some time to reflect on all of the special moments I had in 2013.
I must say that Avery was a big part of my favorite memories. As any mother could relate, the age of 18 comes with many exciting changes. This year Avery had her senior prom, graduated high school and went off to college. While it was often emotional and sometimes stressful, I could not be prouder of the woman Avery has become. I cried when we left her in her dorm room but the tears were a mix of sadness and happiness as I couldn’t wait to see her embark on the next chapter. She has continued to excel and we are thrilled to have her home for the extended break.
Prior to Avery going off to college, we were blessed with the experience of taking a family trip to South Africa. I went to Africa three years ago and fell in love with it and Avery always said she wanted to go too. Every morning, we got up very early for a three-hour safari ride We would have our early morning tea or hot chocolate out by the water. Then you go back and have a big breakfast at 9:30. Then you go out again for a couple of hours. You get back around 7:00 PM and you have to be escorted to your room at night because there are animals there.
We also visited an orphanage, several schools including one for handicap kids and a health facility that are all supported by the Empowers Africa Foundation.
Avery is big on helping children and I’m involved with the Empower Africa Foundation, so we went to some of the schools and to an orphanage that was built in one area. We are involved in helping to raise money. We wanted to see where the money goes. Avery played with the kids. We brought soccer balls for the boys and for the girls, the nets game. They gave Avery a uniform and she went on the field and played netball with them. She interacted with the children and played with them and talked to them and took pictures with them. The whole trip was very special and unforgettable.
When Avery left, I decided this was a great time to focus on myself a bit more. Once of my favorite new hobbies I picked up in 2013 is cooking! I’ve always enjoyed cooking but I decided to expand more. My girlfriend and I began attending cooking classes at Sur La Table and experimenting with a ton of new meals. I find myself enjoying staying in and cooking for Mario more than going out to restaurants these days. Its always fun and important to challenge yourself and learn new things.
Lastly, lets not forget a big part of my 2013…season 6 of Real Housewives of NYC!! I have to say that even with all of the ups and downs, this was by far my favorite season to film with Sonja, Heather, Carole and LuAnn. I absolutely can’t wait for all of you to see this amazing season! Its been a long wait but its definitely worth it!
I was honored that so many of you chose to share your personal memories with me. There were babies and weddings and milestones that brought tears to my eyes. Here are some of my favorites:
Michelle Morgan My 3 year old autistic son said “love you mama” after numerous attempts!! Made my heart melt and Mommy cry! He is my precious angel!
Stephanie Louise Taylor My boyfriend took my daughter and I to paris to meet all the disney characters then asked my 6 year old daughter for her permission to ask me to marry him. Then she helped him plan the proposal under the Eiffel Tower. My moment of 2013 was realising what a wonderful man I have that loves and respects my daughter as much as I do and seeing her as his own!!!!!!
Tamara Fields Pannell My favorite memory is when my 21 year old daughter, Kendra, came back from studying in China, after 6 months. I made a special banner for her welcoming her back and bought fun Mardi Gras type necklaces to put around her neck..But when I saw her coming closer to me I started shaking and could not wait to hold her in my arms again I cried and she cried and I thought in that moment, I am so lucky to have her in my life!
Marta Dorey 2013 brought me the biggest surprise & gift in whole world! My baby girl Natalia was born in September, as I was told I probably won’t have kids she was the biggest blessing & surprise in my life! That why 2013 will be always special for us
As I look forward to 2014, I strive to keep myself calm in new situations and not stress so much about the future. I want to focus on the present and enjoy the moments as they come.
Happy New Year!
December 19, 2013
Hello, again! It’s the holiday season and I LOVE it! This year feels just a bit more special since Avery has been at college and we are so thrilled to have her home! I struggled a bit this year as to how to decorate my New York apartment and I wanted to share some tips.
We always spend our Christmas week at our Hamptons home. That is where we put up all of our decorations and most importantly our big, beautiful, decorated tree!! But it doesn’t feel like the Christmas season if I don’t have some touches of the holidays around my NYC apartment. While I went minimal this year, I still think it works!!
I am a big fan of my little Santas! I put them throughout my home and not one of them is the same. It will always feel like Christmas with Santa around.
To break up the Santas I also add in wooden soldiers and little Christmas trees and bows on my wall sconces.
One of my favorite things about decorating for this season is the poinsettas. I put one right at my entrance and another in the center of the home.
Lastly, I pull some greenery and garland to drape over mirrors.
It took me about five minutes to get it all set and it gets the job done! Christmas is in the air at the Singer home. What are some of your decorating tips?
Don’t forget to share with me your favorite personal moments of 2013. I will pick my favorites to feature in my next blog!
November 19, 2013
Hello again! How has everybody been doing? As I’m sure other Moms and Dads can relate, when your young ones flee the nest, you need a hobby! A way I have been keeping myself occupied is learning a ton of new recipes. I have always loved cooking but since taking classes at Sur La Table, I just can’t stop! I find myself inviting my friends over for dinner at my home way more than going out these days just so I can have another excuse to try a new recipe.
Two weekends ago, Avery visited home and I wanted to show off some of my new culinary skills! Below are photos of the classes I’ve been taking with the wonderful Joel Gamoran as well as my two favorite dishes so far!
Then we moved on to the delicious dish, Chicken, Olive and Lemon Tangine. Click on the image below for the full recipe. Cooked with lemons, cilantro and olive oil, it is a great Morrocan style to spice up your normal chicken dinners.
One of my favorite dishes I’ve learned so far has to be the decadent chocolate-chunk bread pudding. We all need to treat ourselves every once in awhile!!
Please let me know if you decide to try any of these recipes and how they turn out!
Until next time,
October 7, 2013
Emerald was chosen as one of the top colors of 2013. It has always been a favorite of mine to incorporate into my jewelry pieces but I am especially excited to start picking up some different pieces and experimenting. A hot bag or pair of emerald hued heels could be an exclamation point at the end of your outfit. Don’t forget your nail polish and eyeshadow too!
Layering is right up there with boots on people’s favorite things about Fall and I agree. Its always fun to play around with a few extra pieces. Mix textures but not too many colors as it can look a little overwhelming
Believe it or not, there are people who still stick to the rule of no white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. That is not the case anymore! Take a chance on winter white. They are some gorgeous jackets and chunky knits in white that are completely autumn appropriate.
What trends are you most looking forward to trying out for Fall 2013? What are your Dos and Donts?
Til next time,
September 17, 2013
Hello again! Well, it appears we have reached the end of summer. I love a lot of things about Fall. The crisp weather, the beauty in NYC parks and of course New York Fashion Week! But, its still hard to leave behind the beautiful warm days out on the water with friends, family and Turtle Time! Luckily, Turtle Time works in all seasons!
The transition of seasons was especially hard this year as Mario and I sent Avery off to college. It had been a very emotional time getting ready to send our only ‘baby’ off on her own but we began to look at all the positives. We are so proud of Avery and everything she has accomplished. She worked very hard all through her school career and we know she will continue to thrive. College is a time to grow, learn about yourself and have many new experiences. We can’t wait to head down to Atlanta for Parents Weekend and hear all of her stories thus far!
Mario and I also realized this could a special time for us and our marriage. Now that Avery is at college there is a lot less every day stress and worry. We can now spend some time focusing on the two of us with special dinners and nights together. Even some nights apart for personal time. The other day Mario was watching sports in one room and I was dancing and cleaning in the other lol. When focusing on the positive, it makes the life transition easier on us. But we did perfect our FaceTime skills just so we can still squeeze in our family time (when Avery allows for it!).
I appreciate all of your support during this time. Everyone’s messages and tweets from those who have gone through this process already or were going through it for the first time same as me, was so wonderful to read. You guys are the absolute best!
So, its time to embrace this season change and all that comes with it.
Til next time..
August 9, 2013
Hello again! I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer. As I sit here on a rainy day, I decided to go through some of my photos and relive the past couple of months. Its been amazing! Mario and I have been very lucky to cherish some great moments with Avery before she is off to college.
We have been fortunate to be invited to some amazing events in the Hamptons filled with great people, great food, great music and even some live art!
One of our family days out was with my dear friend Sheila on her stunning yacht!
It took awhile but we finally got to the beach for the first time this summer! We packed up our coolers and baskets and had a full spread! I did not brave the jet ski but I was happy to watch safely from the sand!
Everybody knows its not really Turtle Time without the frick to my frack! We loved having Sonja with us for the weekend. We laughed, danced and even got in a little workout!
We are down to our final two week before we take Avery to college. Its an emotional time for us but we are so proud of her as she embarks on this new journey. Until then, we are going to cherish every single moment we have with her!
July 29, 2013
Hope you are all continuing to have a fabulous summer! I shared a photo of a grilled tuna Nicoise salad I made and the response was incredible! Anytime you are interested in recipes, gardening tips, outfits etc that you see me post photos of, please let me know! I love sharing the details! Find the salad recipe below.
First, have your tuna marinating in some olive oil and garlic. While it’s marinating, boil some small new potatoes and prepare your hard boiled eggs. In a separate pot, begin the blanching of the French string beans process. You will want to boil the string beans for 5-6 minutes, drain and then cover them with cold water for a bit so they are slightly cooked but still crisp.
At this point, throw your tuna on the grill and then being preparing the salad platter with Bibb and Endive lettuce, anchovies, olives, chopped tomatoes and parsley. Add your blanched string beans, potatoes and eggs. When your tuna is grilled to perfection, place on top and serve with the salad dressing of your choice on the side!
For those who do not like tuna, you may replace with grilled chicken!
July 16, 2013
Hello again! I hope you have all been enjoying your summer so far! If you live on the East Coast, especially New York, you are well aware that we are in the middle of a serious heat wave!! Every day it feels like a cool 101 degrees and its brutal. Anything that is not ice cold does not sound good to me.
Last night, I was thinking about what to make for dinner before I had to run off to film. I needed something quick and still somewhat healthy but everything that required heat completely turned me off. So I opened my fridge, rummaged around and started throwing a little something together.
Most of these ingredients you should be able to find in your kitchen already. First I put on a pot of water to boil. While that was boiling, I sliced some cherry tomatoes in half and drizzled with a tiny bit of olive oil and put them in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20mins based on how roasted you want them.
At this time, the water was ready and I threw in a serving size of whole wheat penne pasta to cook for about 10-12 minutes. While the tomatoes and pasta were cooking, I threw some baby spinach into a pan and sautéed for about 5 minutes. If you time it correctly, you can have everything done at the same time.
I grabbed a bowl and threw in the pasta, roasted tomatoes, sautéed spinach with a small splash of olive oil and lemon juice. I then put the bowl in the freezer to get a quick cool off.
During this time I went to do my hair and make-up!
When I was all ready to walk out the door, I grabbed the bowl out of the freezer and added just a little bit of sliced fresh mozzarella and that’s it! It was a colorful and refreshing quick summer meal!
I’m sure with a little more thought there are some other great ingredients that could be added. What are your suggestions? What are your go to meals in this type of heat?