Went Shopping at The Garden State Plaza!

Posted on July 17, 2008

And what a shopping experience THAT was!

Last week, my husband went to New Jersey on a business trip (he travels for work) and so I decided to go with him. I knew that the Hyatt hotel he was going to be staying at was just miles from the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus NJ. I had heard about the wonder that is the Garden State Plaza Mall, so I jumped at the opportunity to go!

The 3 hour drive wasn’t fun with an 11 month old, but we made it there in one piece. And the hotel was pretty nice as far as hotels go. Nice living room area with a 42″ flat screen tv, really comfy pillow top bed, granite counter tops in the bathroom, etc so all in all, not a bad place to spend 4 days. Oh yes, there was an indoor pool too!

So Monday night, after my husband was finished with work, we went to the Garden State Plaza Mall.

It is HUGE.

There has to be 200+ stores in that mall… It’s 3 stories with 6 anchor stores including Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, and Neiman Marcus. My local mall doesn’t have any of those stores!

It took us 4 hours to just walk around the entire 2nd floor of the mall. We had just enough time to window shop and walk through a few stores like Juicy Couture and Louis Vuitton before the mall closed. I knew I would have to go back later to check out the rest of the mall…
During our travels we found another shopping discovery… Daffy’s. I spent 3 hours in that store and barely got through the 2 stories of fantastic bargains. If you live in Manhattan or somewhere in New Jersey, then find a store near you. And even if you don’t live near one, definitely plan a day trip to go shopping there. It’s seriously that wonderful. I purchased a pair of brand new Guess sunglasses for $20, that retail for $95. How cool is that? And I found a super comfy pair of flats from Blowfish for only $10.

Thursday morning we had to check out of the hotel, but my husband had a few more work things to do before we could drive home, so he dropped me off at the The Garden State Plaza Mall.

I was there for 6 and a half hours and thankfully, my 11 month old daughter was fantastic! She love riding around in the stroller. Plus, she slept for about 2 and a half hours and just about every 5th person that walked by stopped to say “Hello” to her. She’s such a doll…

My first stop was Forever 21, which I had never shopped in before. I’ve ordered things online, but have never been in one of their stores. It’s fantastic! It’s kinda like shopping in someone’s closet. All the racks have like a mixed bag of items to choose from and you just go from rack to rack, poking around for interesting things. I spent nearly $150 in there! The first thing I picked up was this canvas tote except mine has little motorcycles on it. I couldn’t find it online though… It’s soooo cute though! You can see the motorcycles on the wallet though.

I also got 4 really nice dresses! (this one in yellow, this tribal dress in a different print, and 2 maxi tube dresses – one in navy and one in brown.) I also bought 2 basic tees and a cami in olive green to try layering under the maxi tube dresses I bought. I also found a really neat tunic in a giraffe print.

I almost bought this Carmine Floral Top but decided not because I already have a very similar shirt and I wasn’t crazy about the banded bottom. And I almost bought this Ethnic Print Maxi Dress but decided I had already spent too much and didn’t want to put back anything in my arms! It was really pretty though…

On my way to check out H&M, I stopped at the Herbal Pack Aromatherapy booth. I was so impressed with the aroma from these packs and the calming heat, that I bought the shoulder pack and the mint pack. They wanted $60 for the shoulder pack and $30 for the mint pack, but I haggled the lady for 10 minutes until she agreed to give me both for $40! I will post more about these later.

I thought I would find a lot that I wanted in H&M, but I was actually pretty unimpressed. There wasn’t very much to see and everything kinda looked the same. There were lots of items in magenta and tribal prints. I found a yellow jacket I liked, and it was on sale for $30, but I decided not to get it not knowing whether yellow would be popular in the Fall and Spring 2009.

I really wanted to get some new shoes, but try shoe shopping and trying them on with an antsy 11 month old. Not gonna happen… I had to keep that stroller moving at all times!

To wrap it up, I ended up buying a fabulous Guess pocketbook (which I will show you later) that they wanted $40 for and I haggled the girl into giving it to me for $30!

Then I got 4 totally awesome products from Seacret Spa, a unique collection of skin care and spa products, with nutrients essential to the health of your skin and body. Minerals such as Magnesium, Bromine, Potassium, Calcium, Sodium, Zinc, Sulfur, Iodine, Strontium, Boron, and Iron have been scientifically proven to contribute measurably to feeling and looking your best. This was another point at which I haggled a great deal. I got the Salt and Oil Scrub ($50), the Body Lotion ($20), the Facial Peeling Gel ($65), and the Facial Serum ($85). That’s $220 worth of products and guess how much I paid… $100! Yeah, now that’s some serious haggling in action there! I will post all about these products later.

So I spent quite a bit of money and I used $22 more than was in my account (I keep most of my money in my savings account!) so it was fun. I never get to go shopping like that anymore. Babies change lives!!

Have any of you been to the Garden State Plaza Mall?

If you want any information about any of the products I mentioned, just leave me a comment!

Filed under: Everyday Life , Fashion

Last Day In Our Apartment

Posted on May 26, 2008

We’re moving out of our apartment on 36 Allds St tomorrow. So many memories here! So many fun times…

Filed under: Baby Pics , Family & Friends

Watching TV Too Much

Posted on April 13, 2008

One of thing you learn soon after becoming a parent is that kids shows can be really annoying…

Our TV is usually on from 10am till 1am. Whether it’s a kids show or the science channel, we always have something buzzing in the background. And I usually don’t notice whats on either…

The other day I realized that I can narrate an entire episode of Dora The Explorer. I found myself singing the entire intro song… My family told me that I need to get a hobby. lol

Well, when it comes to kids shows, I don’t care. I’ll sit and watch them with my lil girl. If she loves it, I’ll sit and watch it right along with her!! Dora The Explorer, Go Diego, Go, The Backyardigans, The Wonder Pets, and oh does she looooove SpongeBob SquarePants. Her little face lights right up when she hears that intro song!

But when I hear Max and Ruby come on, I cringe. She loves it…and I hate it. That stinking little SOB, Max, I would like to strangle with my bare hands. Every single damn episode, that little shit does something he’s not supposed to do. He’s notty in some way and it ends up working out to everyone’s best interest. Seriously, that show teaches kids that if you do the wrong thing long enough, sooner or later someone will appreciate it.

GAH! I hate that stupid fucking bunny……

The anger is all fresh, as it is on my TV right now.

Filed under: Motherhood , Psycho Babble

Taking a break…

Posted on January 01, 2008

I need a blogging break…

Check me on MySpace.

I’ll be back here later!

Filed under: Announcements

Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 24, 2007

She’ll be 5 months old on Thursday! 25 inches long and 13 pounds.

100% breastfed baby and she loves it!

Filed under: Baby Pics , Holidays

4 Months Old

Posted on December 06, 2007

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15 Weeks Old Already

Posted on November 08, 2007


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Happy Halloween!

Posted on October 31, 2007

Filed under: Baby Pics

Already One Month Old

Posted on August 30, 2007

After The Bath – 08/22

She really loves her baths, until it’s time to wash her hair… Then there is fussing. She’s very opinionated, just like Mommy.

After her bath, she gets wrapped up in a big warm towel and once she’s dry, I massage calming lavender lotion onto her smooth skin. She loves getting her feet massaged.

Visiting Uncle Zach – 08/25

I visit my brother every weekend almost. He has a pool. Need I say more? 😛 My 2 nieces (8 and 10) love their new cousin too. Who could resist this adorable face?

Watching TV With Daddy – 08/26

She loves watching TV, especially with Daddy. This little girl is going to be a total couch potato. She watches Sponge Bob Square Pants for hours, so content. As soon as a different show comes on, she starts fussing. It’s kind of humorous!

Napping On The Couch – 08/27

Already one month old. I can’t even believe it. I mean, it seems like it was just yesterday I was fat and pregnant! I don’t like how quickly time is flying by… I feel like I’m going to turn around and suddenly she’ll be 18 years old. I don’t want that to happen. I’m just trying to soak up every minute of her.

Filed under: Baby Pics , Motherhood

My Little Princess

Posted on August 14, 2007

My little princess is too good to be true. She’s just so well behaved. I mean, yes she has her fussy moments when she’s looking for the booby, but for the most part, she is a really content and happy baby.

She sleeps from about 1am till about 10am, only waking up to nurse every hour or two during that time. Then during the day, she stays awake for 3 or 4 hours, sleeps for 3 hours, wakes up for another 3 or 4 hours and then goes to bed for the night. Seriously, could it get any better than that?

I just gave her a bath, which she loves until I wash her hair. She doesn’t like her head being wet, so I always save that for last so I can quickly wrap her up in a big fluffy towel when I’m done. Then, I get her dressed and play with her for a while.

She is so aware of her surroundings and she knows voices. When she hears Dan talking, she starts looking around to see where he is.

My mom says she should be in the Guinness World Book of Records because she has already rolled over by herself. I laid her down on the bed, on her tummy, and she pushed herself over onto her back with her arms. I couldn’t believe it!

Nursing is going phenomenal, considering I had no idea what I was doing just over 2 weeks ago. I did so much studying and research about pregnancy and birthing. Some how I completely forgot to study what to do with the baby after I popped her out! I’m getting the hang of it though. So much of it is surprisingly intuitive. My mom has been a big help too.

Dan and I are the only ones who have held the baby, besides the 2 midwives who helped deliver her. We have been super protective and haven’t let anyone even touch her. Yeah, everyone thinks we’re neurotic. Oh well.

Now my little girl is sleeping, so I better get going to bed…

She’s so much precious and perfect. I still can’t believe she’s mine… I rock at making cute babies.

Filed under: Baby Pics , Motherhood

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