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Working Mom

Andi Pasquin on Being a Working Mom

Andi Pasquin, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultant, stopped by the #HipNJ studio to chat with Maria Falzo about her work with Wells Fargo in Summit.

Pasquin has been in mortgage banking for 15 years. 9 of those years have been spent with Wells Fargo, servicing the whole state of New Jersey. She primarily helps NJ’s law enforcement community. “It’s very rewarding to help those that help us,” she states.

“There’s a lot of balance and struggle that goes along with trying to have a successful career and also be a successful parent,” the working mom says. “So, I try my hardest every day.”

Pasquin offers some advice for maximizing your time. She states that she has tried to identify pockets of time she calls “empty space.” “Rather than listening to the radio or making personal calls, I try to capture anything I can get done professionally in that time space,” she explains.

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holiday 2017

The Hip List’s #HipHoliday 2017 Picks

The Hip List is here with our favorite #HipHoliday 2017 gift picks! #HipNJ’s Maria Falzo takes you through these hot products you need to put under your tree.

Here’s how you can enter to win what’s in our sleigh:

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Good luck!

1) GelPro Elite Mat

GelPro Elite luxury comfort mat is designed to add comfort and joy to holiday cooking and parties (and all year long). It’s a life saver in the kitchen, plus with all the colors and patterns, it adds pizzazz to any home décor.

GelPro Elite luxury comfort mats are the only gel-filled, anti-fatigue mats for the kitchen. The mats have beveled, no-curl edges, non-slip bottom and stain-resistant top surface. GelPro Elite mats come with a five-year warranty. GelPro Elite mats start at $119.95 for a 20”x36” mat; they are sold direct at GelPro.com and at select national retailers, including Bed Bath & Beyond and Amazon, as well as many kitchen specialty stores. $119.95GelPro.com

2) ExtravaGONZO

Extravagonzo offers high quality, infused culinary oils and vinegars. We are founded on a deep commitment to create infused oils and balsamic vinegars with only whole, high-quality ingredients to maximize flavor, color and consistency. We use absolutely no flavorings, extracts or essential oils in our products.

If you are looking for the perfect hostess gift or just want to treat yourself to amazing flavor, grab their Variety Pack Gift Set. It includes their Sofi-Award-Winning Jalapeno Lime, Blood Orange, Roasted Garlic and Meyer Lemon Culinary Oils as well as a Dark Balsamic and White Balsamic Vinegar. $39.99, extravagonzofoods.com.

3) Shotsticks

Shotsticks is the ultimate party accessory! It is an interchangeable shot glass/beer glass shotski perfect for ski, sun and any party goer. The company, based in Freehold, New Jersey, strives to get everyone out there in the partying community to do a unified shot and beer chug. The Party Pack comes with 2 SHOTSTICKS, 6 acrylic shot glasses, 6 acrylic beer glasses, 4 end caps, and 2 connector clips. $55.00, Shotsticks.com

4) MannaEstore

Still looking for the perfect gift for your dad? Stevenson Almonte of Manna E joined Maria Falzo to discuss his made to measure business. “We decided to take this unique designing experience to the mass consumer,” Almonte says. The customer is left with a limited quantity piece that they can’t find anywhere else made specifically for them. Products sold include suits, shirts, ties and hats, with tie prices starting at $55.99, MannaEstore.com

4) 828 Clothing

Danielle Forte, creative director of 828 Clothing and wife of New York Jets star running back Matt Forte, stopped by the #HipNJ studio to discuss her stylish and versatile line.

828 Clothing includes pieces that encourage and enable mothers to retain their style identity during and following their pregnancy. Further, their babies can be stylish in playful galaxy print and signature onesies featuring tongue-in-cheek quotes created by NFL star, Matt!

Shop 828 for the holidays and receive 20% off your order by using promo code HIPNJ. Visit 828Clothing.com to order now.

5) Transitions Hair Solutions

Need a stocking stuffer for the beauty guru in your life? The CRLab Mild Shampoo cleans and hydrates without damaging the scalp. Its gentle formula enriched with hydrolyzed wheat proteins nourish hair for it to stay healthy and strong.

Follow #HipNJ on social media to learn how to enter to win a Transitions Hair Solutions​ experience! Transitions Hair Solutions is the exclusive New Jersey provider of the CRLab® trichology line from Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories of Italy. The winner will receive a complimentary Trichotest ($175 value) to determine which of the 3 trichology lines is best for the winner. They will also provided 1 free treatment ($150 value) from whichever line best suits the winner: Hair Loss Prevention, Sebum Regulating, or Moisturizing Anti-Dandruff. Total giveaway value is $325. The Trichotest and trichology service will take place at Transitions Hair Solutions located at 1860 Highway 35, Suite 3 Wall Township, NJ 07719.

6) Moonlite

Moonlite is an easy-to-use storybook projector for your mobile phone that turns your child’s favorite storybooks into an immersive and magical experience. Stories come to life with vivid projections, sound effects, background music and more when paired with the Moonlite app. $39.99, MyMoonLite.com.

7) Gotham Steel

Here’s a gift for your favorite chef! Gotham Steel is the newest technology in non-stick cookware. Made with ceramic and super strong titanium, cooking with Gotham Steel is like cooking on air! $29.99, GothamSteel.com

8) BIBO®

Bibo is THE ULTIMATE™ cocktail machine, giving you that great libation, previously only perfected at a bar or restaurant, at a much lower cost and at home. Debra Walker, owner and inventor of the BIBO®, demonstrates the easy-to-use product to #HipNJ’s Maria Falzo.

Bibo is available for purchase at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Amazon.com and other retailers! $179.99, BiboBarmaid.com

9) Rookie Humans

Here’s the perfect #HipHolidays 2017 present for the new mommy and baby in your life!

Rookie Humans​ produces whimsical, hand drawn, 100% cotton sheets by international designers for stylish parents and their sleeping babies. Mompreneur Gabriela Anggono, who lives in Maplewood, New Jersey​, was a successful advertising executive turned stay-at-home mom after her husband moved them all to Paris for his new job opportunity. After spending HOURS taking pictures of her children in their cribs, she wondered ‘Why aren’t crib sheets more imaginative?’ She returned to the U.S. and launched Rookie Humans nursery brand.

The line is available in two sizes, US standard crib mattresses and mini crib mattress and Made with soft 100% cotton sateen, 230 thread count. These sheets have been featured on the Today Show​, Pregnancy Magazine​ and many other outlets! $34.99, RookieHumans.com.

10) Clyde May’s Whiskey

Drink and be merry this #HipHoliday season! Steve Fette, craft spirit specialist development specialist for Allied Beverage Group, talks to the #HipList’s Maria Falzo about the different ways you can (safely!) enjoy Clyde May’s Whiskey! Check a retailer closest to y

11) A Birthday Wish

Giving back is always in season! Learn the heartwarming story of Jane Hoffman, a Westfield, New Jersey-based mother and founder of A Birthday Wish, a non-profit organization that grants the birthday wishes of children in foster care. Donate yours today by visiting ABirthdayWish.org.

spring fling

The Hip List’s Spring Fling Products

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo is here to show you her top spring fling picks!

Here’s how you can enter to win one of these fabulous prizes:

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Good luck!

Proper hydration is the most essential step to keeping healthy in the warmer months and Essentia Water is the best tool to do so. Essentia is created using a proprietary process that results in a supercharged ionized alkaline water with a 9.5 pH or higher that’s better at rehydration*. Essentia is available nationwide in over 50,000 U.S. retailers in most major grocery stores, as well as in most health or natural food stores. Essentia Water is also available for purchase online at Amazon.com.

Junkless chewy granola bars are made in a way similar to those typically found in recipe books with Non-GMO ingredients you can find right in your household pantry. Each food product contains just 8 or less all-natural Non-GMO ingredients that you know and trust. In front of me here are four fabulous flavors – Cinnamon Roll, Strawberry, Chocolate Chip and Peanut Chocolate Chip.

Lifetherapy is a lifestyle beauty brand committed to positive self-expression through a collection of fragrances, bath & body products and accessories. The Lifetherapy bath and body collection uses fragrance as an initiator of the quickest way to evoke a mood or a memory. Their collection of 5 fragrances create the sense to PLAY, ESCAPE, CHILL, VACATION, and FLIRT. Lifetherapy’s mood boosting fragrances are paraben free, sulfate-free, not tested on animals and made in the USA.

These next products are for the mom who loves to be pampered!

Finding extra time to fit in that much needed spa appointment can be a struggle. G&H Nourish+™, Amway’s latest top-to-toe body care line, will give even the most time-strapped mom the tools that she needs to pamper herself at home on even the most ordinary of days. G&H Nourish+™, which includes a Body Lotion, Body Wash, Complexion Bar, Hand Cream, offers restorative body care

For the trendy mom, lip gloss is a must-have accessory allowing her to quickly jazz up or add a pop of color to any outfit she’s rocking.  Available in eight fabulous shades, Artistry Signature Color Light Up Lip Gloss has an extra moisturizing formula.

Between packing lunches, getting kids onto the school bus and fitting in breakfast, mornings can be hectic but finding time to prep and protect skin for the day ahead is a must. Artistry Ideal Radiance™ Illuminating CC Cream combines the benefits of an advanced skincare cream that brightens and protects in one simple step for beautiful, even-toned skin.

Goddess Garden is a certified organic skincare company, created by a mom for her daughter, whose skin reacted poorly to conventional sunscreens and body products. Goddess Garden is most commonly known for its organic, reef-safe, non-nano sunscreen, but they also offer a complete line of certified organic skin care and essential oils. Plus, all products are made onsite in Boulder County, Colorado, and feature recyclable packaging!

Are missing hair bows and clips a common problem in your home?  Thanks to the founder of celeb-favorite Culver Cutie who is also a mom herself, you now have an adorable, little girl approved and mom-tested storage solution to your problem! Each bow holder looks like a princess dress complete with bodice, ribbons, and tulle skirt. It also includes a sturdy tulle loop at the top so you can easily loop it over a door handle or hook!

Culver Creations also sent over their Tech Smart Wallet Cross Body Purse that includes a really fun tassel. This is a stylish way to carry around your smart phone!

She’s Her Own CEO is fun and uplifting, and it celebrates women of all professions. This zip-up hoodie is a comfortable way to celebrate the woman in your life. It’s the perfect weight to wear year-round, and it is slightly longer and oversized so you can layer it with yoga pants or even dress khakis.

If you are interested in ordering this or other She’s Her Own CEO products, use promo code HIPCEO to receive 15% off and free shipping! Visit their website ShesHerOwnCEO.com for more.

Foxcroft has a 25 year legacy of creating beautiful, timeless blouses. Expert craftsmanship, distinctive patterns and a flattering fit have made it a trustworthy brand for today’s women. We also offer plus size in most of our styles.

Maria is wearing the Taylor Petite Non-Iron Shirt-Dress. She loves it because it’s so easy to care for – wear it, wash it, repeat! This comes in 24 sizes, 10 colors and 7 silhouettes.

Also featured is the Fay Tunic which is made with Supersoft Tencel. It’s lightweight and breezy perfect for Spring.

For more, visit FoxCroftCollection.com.

“Sleepy Toes” by Kelli McNeil is an irresistably sweet goodnight story just right for little ones who need to get the widdles out before settling down for bedtime. This simple story masterfully captivates and lulls readers into slumber – starting from their tickly toes all the way to their sleepy eyes!

If you are struggling to get your tot to sleep, you must add this book to your nighttime arsenal!

Tervis Tumbler manufactures insulated tumblers that use double-wall technology to harness the natural insulating properties of air. The double-wall insulation is made by inserting an inner liner that fits inside an outer shell, creating a layer of air between them. The two liners are then permanently fused together. The insulation reduces condensation and keeps beverages hotter or colder longer than non-insulated cups and glasses. You can order these essential warm-weather items in a variety of customized designs!

NeriumFirm is a skin-tightening cream developed from the patented NAE-8 extract of the Nerium oleander plant. Its powerful antioxidant formulation has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite and dimpling and to help smooth, tighten and firm the appearance of loose skin. You need to add this to your beach beauty bag this spring!