Love where you live – a series – Brunch with Santa

December 15, 2020

Let’s face it, 2020 has been a bust. We have all been affected in some way by the global pandemic whether it’s having been out of work, vacations canceled, wedding plans changed, birthday parties revamped or being medically affected by COVID-19, it has downright sucked. Don’t get me wrong I usually try to see the positive in situations and this past year is no different. The positive of this year has been getting to spend so much time with my husband and kids. I’ll never get that time again and I’m truly thankful to have had that opportunity. While I’m sad at the things that I may have missed out on this past year and sad for my friends who have also been affected by this past year I’m also sad watching my kids going through this. Kids are definitely resilient and adapt quickly however I think it’s important being able to keep certain things as “normal” as possible. While me may not be having our big Christmas Eve party this year we did want to keep the spirit of the holiday alive for our kids. Finding a Brunch with Santa did prove to be harder this year but I was able to find one with an opening this past Sunday and it was fantastic. If you’re local to central Long Island then I would highly recommend The Club, a Public Steakhouse for your Santa Brunch.

I love the style an decor of The Club. It has lots of brown leather and grey tones with beautiful chandeliers throughout. The addition of the holiday decor made everything look magical. As far as precautions regarding COVID they seem to be going above and beyond. Reservations are recommended as they have everyone very spaced out. Instead of a traditional buffet brunch they brought as three tier platter of pastries to the table to start. My kids favorites were the mini donuts. Brunch included the pastries, an appetizer, entree and either Mimosa, Bloody Mary, coffee, tea or soda for adults. For kids over three they get an appetizer and an entree of a waffle or chicken fingers. Kids under 3 are free but can order an entree. I got the heirloom tomato and burrata as an appetizer and the breakfast burger as my meal. The breakfast burger was out of this world good. A pulled pork and brisket burger with a fried egg on top.

When I was searching for a place that had Brunch with Santa I found many restaurants with a Sunday Holiday Brunch but no Santa. I don’t know about you but spending $35+ on a holiday brunch without any holiday fanfare does not seem worth it. At The Club they had Santa there and he came around to every table and spent time with the kids and families. While my son may have been terrified 😂 it still created that holiday magic for my kids. The host even came around to the tables to inform us that Santa was heading back to the North Pole of the kids wanted to say goodbye.

After a year of hardships, stress and disappointment especially for our little ones this morning of holiday magic felt incredibly special.

If you’re looking to do a Holiday Brunch with Santa I highly recommend checking out The Club, a Public Steakhouse at Port Jeff Country Club. They have one more day of brunch scheduled for Sunday December 20 from 11-2.

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December 15, 2020 – Lifestyle

Favorite holiday movies

Happy Holiday Season! After this past year I think everyone is in need or the simple joys of the holidays, the lights, the hot cocoa, the family time and the holiday movies. I asked my followers on Instagram, follow me at Melissa.j if you’re not following 🙂 what their favorite holiday movie was and I was somewhat surprised by the answers. Here is a list of the top choices in order from most said down;


Friday Favorites

November 6, 2020

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This weeks favorites are all about Christmas. I love decorating the house for the holiday season. We usually wait until after Thanksgiving but 2020 has been a wacky year so who knows, maybe I’ll break out the decorations early and spread some holiday cheer.

1. I love this stocking holder. I can picture them on the mantle creating the look of garland. Kills two birds with one stone which I love.

2. Vintage car Christmas decorations also create a sense of nostalgia for me. Don’t ask me why but they remind me of Christmas when I was a kid, mind you, we never had decorations like this but it gives me all the Muppet Family Christmas feels (< classic Christmas movie that they need to make available again)

3. Letters to Santa Mailbox- now that we have kids it’s important to keep the magic of Christmas alive in our house. I love this little mailbox that the kids to write letters and place inside.

4. I love anything Buffalo plaid. Whether it’s a shirt, blankets, table cloth, I love it. This Buffalo plaid stocking is not completely in your face Christmas decor but I love the subtle farmhouse feel it’s gives off.

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Happy weekend all! Have you started decorating or shopping for the holidays yet?


November 6, 2020 – Lifestyle

Target holiday decor

November 2, 2020

Target Holiday Decor

Decorating for Christmas may be my favorite time to decorate the house. My husband and I try to add some form of decoration in each room of the house. It brings us so much joy seeing the house lit up in Christmas lights with trees throughout the house. I love these decorations from Hearth and Hand with Magnolia. This snowman kit is so cute for the kids.

Check out or your local store these holiday decorations.

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November 2, 2020 – Lifestyle

Holiday Gift Ideas – Amazon

November 1, 2020

With most of our shopping being done online (thanks COVID) why not get a jump start on holiday shopping? These are some holiday gift ideas from Amazon everyone in the family.

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Cinemood projector | Mini projector with 100” screen included | Long sleeve sweater dress | Fat brain toys stacking toy | Fat brain toys innybin | Polly pocket unicorn party | Barbie camper | Cuisinart knive set | Verity


November 1, 2020

Holiday Serving Platters

October 22, 2020

pumpkin cheese board | turkey serving platter | 3 tier server | gatsby carafe | marble look melamine platter | marble and wood cutting board | onyx cheese knives | marble and copper cheese board | alligator cheese knives | small glass and marble bowl | large glass and marble bowl | round serving bowl | black lily pad server | white lily pad server | large marble server | small marble server | kona wood platters

My husband and I love hosting holiday parties. Christmas Eve has become a tradition since we moved in to our house. Typically we like to have some catered food but mostly appetizers and finger foods. Presentation of these can be difficult especially if you’re working with limited space. I love that these serving platers have different levels and are interchangeable to maximize space. While holiday parties may be a thing of the past this year (thanks COVID) these are all classic styles and can be used over and over again, whether it’s wine night with your girlfriends or a summer barbecue, you’ll definitely get a lot of use out of them. My favorites on this list are the alligator cheese knives, a little pop of whimsy and fun, something a little unexpected and the two tier gold and marble server from CB2. I was given this server as a Christmas gift last year and it’s amazing. Very sturdy and absolutely stunning.

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October 22, 2020 – Lifestyle

Holiday Styles by Janie and Jack

October 21, 2020 – Style

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I know that it seems early to be thinking of holiday outfits but before we know it Thanksgiving will be upon us so I recommend picking up or ordering early. I usually get the kids holiday outfits from Janie and Jack. I love their quality and the classic designs. They also make it easy to find coordinating outfits which is perfect for holiday pictures. We have ours scheduled for early November so I better get ordering 😬

green tartan dress | grey Swiss dot dress | rose velour dress | jewel tone dress | red tartan dress | sparkle ruffle tiered dress | white teddy coat | navy puff sleeve coat

train sweater one piece | first christmas velour one piece | red velour one piece with peter pan collar

green tartan shirt | red tartan shirt | train sweater | green tartan blazer | charcoal blazer | barn jacket | twill joggers | quilted vest | corduroy pants | reindeer cardigan

Rakuten is also offering 1% cash back on Janie and Jack. It’s like getting paid to shop 🙂


October 21, 2020 – Style

Fall Decor – Amazon

October 14, 2020

glass pumpkin | buffalo check, burlap and white pumpkin set | thanks turkey and pumpkin set | wrought iron pumpkin candle holder | buffalo check, black and white velour pumpkin set | fall wreath | fall garland | battery operated candles | garden flag | Mackenzie Childs beware pumpkin set | assorted size 12 pcs white mini pumpkin set

When it comes to fall/holiday decor are you a jack-o-lantern, ghost and skeletons type or more of a pumpkins, leaves and some wheat grass type? My husband and I love to decorate for the holidays but we are definitely more pumpkins, leaves and wheat grass kind of people. Neutral decor that can last until the Christmas decorations go up. I found all of these on Amazon and they can last you from early fall through Thanksgiving. I don’t know about you but our Christmas decorations go up Thanksgiving weekend 😬


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October 14, 2020 – Lifestyle