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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is about showing your love, gratitude and support for the women who give us everything. Mothers, wives and grandmas each contribute something special to our lives, so honor them with a gift that matches their style, interests and personalities. Check out some of these gift ideas from our Broadway Commons retailers.

Gingham Gift Box Set from Bath & Body Works
A fresh blend of bright florals & a hint of sweet citrus. Notes of blue freesia, sweet clementine & soft violent petals

Fragrance Lover’s Tote from Yankee Candle
Celebrate Mom with a gift set featuring four of their  top-selling candles in a tote that’s as beautiful and stylish as she is. Includes a soft canvas periwinkle and navy blue tote bag with a water-resistant pink lining and detachable coin purse with zipper, an Original Large Jar Candle in Pink Sands™, a 3-Wick Sentiments Collection candle in XOXO (Cocoa Berry Bliss), a WoodWick® Medium Hourglass Candle in Lavender Spa, and a NEW Large 2-Wick Square Candle in Salt Mist Peony.

CORKCICLE.® Canteen from Francesca’s
Get your mom a triple insulated stainless steel, slip-proof, silicone, BPA free water Canteen. This keeps your beverages could for 9+ hours and hot for 3. Holds 16 fluid oz.



Swarovski Alpha ring is from Periwinkle Boutique.
This set of three rings features organic V silhouettes. The metal is rhodium-plated for a brilliant shine that won’t tarnish. Wear the rings together or separately, or mix and match with other Swarovski rings for a trendy stacked look.



Cassidy Wrap Dress – Eva Mendes Collection from New York & Company
Bold, bright and in bloom: a vibrant floral print sets apart Eva’s Cassidy Dress, featuring a graceful wrap silhouette and ruffled trim. From the exclusive Eva Mendes Collection.

Vans Old Skool Skate Shoe from Journeys
The Old Skool Skate Shoe rocks a sturdy suede and canvas upper with signature side stripes, and classic vulcanized sole construction for flexible grip and traction.


Aloe Hand Sanitizers from The Paper Store
The famous Tony Moly brand is here! The hand sanitizer gel is infused with Aloe and Witch Hazel to moisturize your skin. This pack of eight 1 oz. hand sanitizer bottles are the perfect travel size to keep your hands clean on the go.


Floral Satin Short Kimono Robe from Victoria’s Secret
This classic kimono is refreshed with a gorgeous flounce hem and sleeves.  Easy fit, flounce hem and sleeves.

High-waisted active leggings from Old Navy
Go-Dry moisture-wicking technology keeps you dry & comfortable.

Shop all classy styles from Sunglass Hut.
From Burberry to Vogue – Shop now and save 30% off select items.

Earth Day Treat at Home

Earth Day is on April 22nd and I’ve got a SWEET way for you to celebrate the holiday with your kiddies.

Things you need:

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 scraped vanilla bean
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • blue and green food coloring
  • Candy of choice


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Beat the butter and (1) cup granulated sugar till light and fluffy.

Add the egg, vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds and beat again.

Add the flour, baking powder and salt and beat until ingredients are well combined.

Remove 1/2 of the dough.

Add the green food coloring to the dough in the mixer and beat until the color is incorporated and your desired shade is reached. Repeat with the other ½ of the dough and add the blue food coloring.

Place 1/4 – 1/2 cup granulated sugar into a small bowl.

Using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon, scoop out the dough onto one of your baking sheets – you should have 12 – 14 scoops of each color. Divide each scoop in half.

Working with one piece of dough in each color, divide each into 2 – 3 small pieces, then gather them together and gently roll into a ball.

Roll each in the granulated sugar and place on the other baking sheet.

Bake for 8 minutes, or till just turning crinkly on top.

Remove baking sheets from the oven and place on wire racks. Working quickly, place a piece of candy on top of each cookie, pressing gently to adhere. Let the cookies cool on the tray for 5 more minutes, then transfer to the wire racks to cool completely.


DIY – Milk Peel Off Mask

Turn your coronavirus self-quarantine into a self-care staycation. Whether you’re in lockdown or practicing social distancing, here is something you can do while staying home in isolation.

Things you need:
2 – 3 tablespoons milk and 1 tablespoon gelatin.


Add (1) tablespoon gelatin into a clean and dry bowl and then add in 2-3 tablespoons of milk.

Stir and keep it for 5-10 minutes for the gelatin to dissolve with occasional stirring.

Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds or until you get a creamy consistency of the mixture.

Now, after the mixtures is touchable yet warm, apply it on your face carefully making sure it does not get near your eyebrows and hair line.

Use brush or popsicle stick to apply the mask.

Let the mask dry for about 30 minutes and the peel it off gently in upward direction.

Finally, wash off any remains, pat dry and apply a soothing toner and moisturizer.



DIY – Hand Sanitizer Spray

Are you waiting on your favorite hand sanitizers to get restocked from Bath & Body Works like I am?  You’ve most likely never thought to make your own, but it is the easiest DIY projected you can do today!

Things you need:

  • 1 cup of 99% isopropyl alcohol
  • 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 teaspoon of 98% glycerin
  •  ¼ cup (or 65 milliliters) of sterile distilled or boiled cold water

Pour the alcohol into a medium-sized container with a pouring spout.
Add the hydrogen peroxide.

Add the glycerin and stir.
This ingredient is thicker than both alcohol and hydrogen peroxide, so it’ll take some stirring to combine everything. You can use a clean spoon for this.

Measure and pour in the water
Measure ¼ of a cup of distilled or boiled cold water and add it to your mix. Stir.

Sanitize your spray bottles and pour in your hand sanitizer. Spray some of your leftover alcohol into your bottles and let them sit until the alcohol has evaporated. Pour in your sanitizer.

Label your bottles. You don’t want any accidents where you or anybody else ingests your newly made hand sanitizer. Take the time to label your bottles.

Go kill some germs.


DIY – Bath Bomb

Turn your coronavirus self-quarantine into a self-care staycation. Whether you’re in lock-down or practicing social distancing, here is something you can do while staying home in isolation.

This recipe makes about 12 bath bombs. Save for later or gift to a friend!

Things you need:

  • 8 oz. baking soda
  • 4 oz. Epsom salt
  • 4 oz. corn starch
  • 4 oz. citric acid
  • 2.5 tablespoons coconut oil (or any other veggie oil)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoon essential oil of choice (for scent)
  • 4-6 drops of food coloring (for color)
  • Small jar or bowl
  • 12-18 silicone molds


Combine the dry ingredients (baking soda, Epsom salt, corn starch, and citric acid) together in a large bowl.

Mix up the wet ingredients (oil, water, essential oil, and food coloring).
The easiest way to get this party started is to put them in a jar and shake them up. This is the step where you need to make some important decisions about scent. You can tweak quantity to suit your taste, but you should use about two teaspoons total of essential oil or perfume.

Slowly add the liquid to the dry mixture. (teaspoon at time) Whisk as you go, and slow down if things start to look fizzy. You should end up with a mixture that just barely clumps together, like damp sand.

Next, fill a bath bomb mold, jello mold, or even a muffin tin with your mixture. Press the mixture down firmly into your mold of choice.

Let the bath bombs dry. If your mold has a lot of details in it, you might just want to give them a whole day to be safe. Then pop them out.

Once your bath bombs are dry, throw one into the tub and enjoy your staycation!

Wrap the rest in a plastic or cellophane wrap for later or to share with friends.


Simple Tips to Refresh Your Home

Our homes are our sanctuaries, but now that we’re being quarantined 24/7 – it can begin to feel stale, bland, and a little boring. The good news is, it’s easy to make small changes that alter your home and make it feel refreshed, inspiring, and cozy.

Here are a few easy and simple ways you can freshen up your space.


Bring in Some Greenery
You bring life into the space by adding plants and other greenery. Not only do plants connect us back to nature and serve as vibrant sources of color, they also clean the air in your home and can help you breathe better.  Did you know that IKEA carries real and artifical plants? Check them out HERE.

Replace or layer a new area rug down
Not only will this give your house a different feel, but it would bring a room together especially it’s been a space you have been design neglecting. If you have a natural rug, consider adding a pop of pattern on top for an elegant designer finish. You can pick up rugs in stores or online at Target! Check their selection out HERE

Re-arrange Your Furniture
Sometimes you just need a little change. Some people swear by moving the furniture around every so often to make your home feel like its brand new. If you have a nice square room, moving the furniture around can make it feel like an entirely new space. It could even mean making your den into an office temporarily or taking some accent chairs from one room and adding to t another. You don’t have to go wild if you don’t want to!

Redo Your Color Scheme
If you’re happy with the arrangement of your house but something still feels off, try examining the colors you use. Color psychology is a real thing, and if you have dark, moody shades or ones that make you feel down or unhappy all over the house, it’s time for a redo. Pick two or three complementary shades, one that’s bold and one or two that are more subtle, and run with it. Check out MAGNOLIA HOME by Joanna Gaines from TARGET

Switch up your throw pillows Think of a color or pattern that will make you happy and go for it. Maybe finally purchase that Target pillow that you have been eyeing for a long time. You’ll be staring at it plenty these days to make it worth its cost. Check out Target’s selection HERE.

Capitalize on Natural Light
Nothing transforms a space like natural lighting. When your whole home is dark and you have heavy curtains keeping out the sun, it’s easy to feel depressed, tired, or unmotivated. Tear down those curtains and find out how quickly your mood shifts from lethargic to lively.  If you still want some privacy, H&M Home has great options for you!

Change up a shelf or bookcase with existing decor– No need to even buy new decor when you can use what you already have. Maybe switch the shelf decor around or grab some new accessories from another room or closet. Feel like getting something new? Francesca’s has amazing home decor that fits any style.

Add some fresh cut branches from the yard to a vase– it’s FREE, therapeutic, and oh so pretty now that spring is here! Find a style today from IKEA.

Paint a piece of furniture– One of the easiest ways to make a grand difference to any space is by painting. You could of course paint an entire room, but if you’re thinking smaller try for that one piece in your house that has become the eye-sore. Pick a pretty color that now matches your current decorative look and go for it!


Cajun chain restaurant Hook & Reel opens at Broadway Commons

Hook & Reel, a restaurant group that serves Cajun fare, has opened at Broadway Commons Mall in Hicksville.

It will be the first Long Island branch of the family-dining chain. Additional branches are planned for Valley Stream and Bay Shore. Hook & Reel operates or is constructing eateries that go from Massachusetts to Florida.

Hook & Reel, of course, focuses on seafood. Diners select from crawfish, crabs, shrimp, lobster, mussels and clams. Sauces take in Cajun, Old Bay, garlic-butter, and lemon-pepper. The level of spicing also may be chosen.

Menu choices: sliders, rolls, po’boys, seafood baskets, combination plates, and appetizers such as fried calamari, steamed oysters, chicken tenders, hush puppies, fried mozzarella, and onion rings.

Price generally are moderate, but can turn more expensive for king crab legs and the combination platters.

The Hicksville spot is open from noon to 10 p.m., Sunday to Thursday; and noon to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Hook & Reel, 363 Broadway Mall, Hicksville, 516-719-0388,