2018 NJAPP Approved Hostess Gifts (that are sure to get you invited back)

 Photo Credit: Interior design and home decor lifestyle inspiration from,  Nyde

Photo Credit: Interior design and home decor lifestyle inspiration from, Nyde

  1. Window Pane Blanket Scarf: This is a great His or Hers gift, you can even get is monogramed for an even more personal touch. Use this coupon code, GIFTNOW at your checkout.

  2. Gift Card/Certificate:  The hostess deserves a little TLC after all that party planning.  A pre-paid manicure or pedicure is always a nice way to say thank you. Add a magazine for her to browse through during her pampering. The newest trending nail salon in Hoboken, NJ is The V Spot. What girl wouldn't love a new hot spot to go with friends and get your nails done. 

  3. Olive Oil & Vinegar:  Sometimes wine may just get too complicated, but I have never heard of anyone turning down a good bottle of extra virgin olive oil & vinegar. Especially, when you could drink this company’s product right from the bottle. #DELISH  

  4. A Cutting Board: Check out Pottery Barn’s monogrammed cutting board selection. Plus this gift can be used for serving all types of appetizers and the price won’t break the piggy bank.

  5. Post-Party Breakfast:  You can put together a little box filled with some specialty breakfast items such as specialty coffee or tea, speciality breads but a box of soft, pillowy donuts from Montclair Bread Co. is always a good idea. 

  6. Thank You Note:  A simple thank you at the beginning of the night says that you already know that a wonderful time awaits.  Top off the note with a sweet treat from Lolli & Pops. Promo Code: FREESHIP45

  7. Guys like gifts too: If you are looking for a male host gift, may I suggest a custom BBQ Branding Iron by TEXAN IRONS. Guy or girl I think this gift ROCKS!  

NJAPP Pro Tip: If you are unable to grab that gift before the party, have no fear because NJAPP is here.  Simple and easy…Simply send flowers pre or post party.

Gobble without the Wobble

 This photo right here☝︎ is 42 & Happy!

This photo right here☝︎ is 42 & Happy!

3 Ways to Gobble without the Extra Holiday Wobble


  1. DRINK

    During the fall and winter months I keep a case of water in my car so that I have NO excuses for not staying hydrated. Grab, Go & Guzzle is my bridge to the New Year.

  2. K.I.S.S.

    Breakfast is a must for me! Seriously, who doesn’t wake up hungry (actually if don’t wake up hungry you probably ate too much last night)? I can (and pretty much do) eat eggs, turkey bacon and a veggie for breakfast everyday, but come November I like to “K.I.S.S.” a whole lot more (wink wink) and by that i mean, Keep It Simple Stupid! My breakfast prep loses priority this time of year so I KISS till the ball drops on NYE. Check out my KISS shake recipe that keeps my wobble tight & right!

    My NJAPP💋KISS Shake Recipe includes a plant based, dairy-free liquid, protein powder and a small piece of fruit. CLICK HERE for recipe.


    Make several “To-Do” lists and cross items off daily. Winning with your weight sometimes takes multiple “To-Do” lists. (Overly simplistic, printable To-Do list format below for your convenience)

NJAPP BONUS TIP: Park and walk for that extra gobble! Sneaking in that extra 10-15 minute speed walk pre-errand, several times a day can really keep your wobble tight. Moms: Don’t forget you can even get that extra 10-15 minute walk around the whole foods or school parking lot too!





Surprisingly, this creepy plate is a very clever way to sneak in vegetables to the kiddies with only a small about of candy that won’t hurt the waistlines of those that are trying to not fall off the healthy wagon. My kiddies loved this creepy dish and they were also thrilled to hear that the “Rotting Brains” was just cauliflower tops and not real brains. Next time you have to bring a dish to a party in October. My vote is for, “Rotting Brains” done NJAPP STYLE.

Blogacation - Summer 2018

 "High tides, good vibes" -Unknown

"High tides, good vibes" -Unknown


  1. Unplugging your mind from all outlets of your social media world. Taking a break from regularly updating a website or web page, taking an extended leave of absence to enjoy oneself, family, and the outdoors all while enjoying any form of recreation, especially one spent away from your home or in traveling.


  1. take a blogcation often

  2. I will be taking a blogcation this summer

  3. Taking a blogcation is a must in this saturated social media

  4. To live a balanced life you must schedule a blogcation 2-3 times a year

In the form of a sentence
NJAPP is taking a blogcation, so I will see you in the  FALL! My Life-Break will be spent breathing in and out, gardening with my kids, reading my bible, sitting on my darling husband's lap, laughing with my children, getting my palette a little dirty while balancing my clean eating lifestyle. Moms set the tone in the house and I am setting one right now. See ya later...

 Together is a WONDERFUL place to be.

Together is a WONDERFUL place to be.

2018 Summer-Top 5 List

NJAPP's Top 5 Summer List

1. Beauty

  • A royal, refreshing, cruelty free shower bath & moisturizer is a must for my summer bath & beauty regime. Especially, since I have loved "Elderflower" far before the Duchess of Sussex used it in her wedding cake to Prince Harry. Next time you are shopping click this item and add it to your Amazon Shopping cart. If you haven't tried this lotion from Casswell-Massey, I strongly urge you try it and stock up. The Cucumber-Ederflower body lotion is a fav of mine and now this scent will forever remind me of the 2018 Royal Wedding. 

2. Old Fashion Fun

  • In honor of the old film, "The Rookie"; Darling (my husband, Louis) and I will be taking our gooses to experience some good old fashion baseball fun. Who doesn't love a crowd rallying mascot and stepping on empty peanut shells as you are trying to locate your seat. This summer kick off experience will take place watching a minor league baseball game. Get your tickets here: Rockland Bolders play at the Palisades Credit Union Park in Pamona , NY.

3. Sweet Treat

  • What is summer without ice cream, tacos & donuts-right? This summer The Gooses and I will be checking out this sweet spot in Redbank, New Jersey. Apparently, their dessert tacos & cream filled donuts are what the local's order. I think Luigi's Ice Cream will be our new location for #TacoTuesday !

4. Good Eats 

  • I may not be spending my summer vacationing in the Greek Islands, but I will definitely be enjoying those old world classics, in a 21st century way at Dill MED Grill in the Hudson Valley, NY. Did someone say, "Road Trip?"  Follow me this summer as I post fun, healthy places to Eat Smart & Love Life. 

5. Apparel

  • A summer clothing staple like Madewell's Pull-On Shorts are now my ultimate summer favorite slip on shorts. They make you look & feel AMAZING whenever the occasion is for wearing them. You may even want to purchase a pair and going a size up for that comfy feel. These are great slip-on summer shorts that are true size with great color options. 



Mother's Day "SIMPLE & EASY" Gift Ideas

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  1. a woman in relation to her child or children.

    "she returned to Bristol to nurse her aging mother"

    synonyms: female parent, materfamilias, matriarch


  1. bring up (a child) with care and affection.

    "the art of mothering"

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Moms, deserve the best no matter the month, day or year. -Unknown

Here are my 5 SIMPLE & EASY gift ideas for "Mom"

  1. Grab a pen or a pencil and fill out this All About "Mom" Questionnaire: LINK
  2. At home delivery: Coffee & A Classic Subscription⇨ Order Here
  3. Flowers brighten up anyones day. Especially, these beauties from: Farm Girl Flowers
  4. "Mom's life may not be perfect, but her blow out can be" Eric Alt BlowOuts
  5. Make her a homemade cake: Hint here is a super easy recipe⇨ CAKE RECIPE
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EMS Food Truck Festival

 WYCKOFF, New Jersey   Food Truck Event ● Eisenhower Middle School • Relay for Life

WYCKOFF, New Jersey

Food Truck Event ● Eisenhower Middle School • Relay for Life

5 Reasons To Come Out & Support

2018 EMS Food Truck Festival

ALL proceeds benefit

Relay for Life American Cancer Society

  1. Show the Local Love by supporting local businesses & entrepreneurs 
  2. Spending quality time with family & friends
  3. Outdoor Fun is always a WIN WIN 
  4. Good Eats + Cheat Meal + Dessert = 😊


  • When: Friday, May 4th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm

  • Where: Eisenhower Middle School (344 Calvin Court, Wyckoff NJ)

  • Admission: $5 per person or $20/family (kids 5 & under FREE)

  • BYO: Blanket/Lawn chair 

  • Food Trucks: The Thai Elephant, Luke's Lobster, Callahan's Hot Dogs, Empanada Lady, The Rolling Pita, Oink and Moo, Polkadot Cupcake, & More!

  • ALL proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life - American Cancer Society.

  • Entertainment: The Subourbons ft. EMS Principal Mr. Iasiello on drums
    Carnival Games & Activities
    Human-Sized Foosball & Hero Blast Laser Tag


BOOZY BURBS - Food Hall Event

  Food Hall Event  🍴April 26, 2018

Food Hall Event 🍴April 26, 2018

I know that summer is creeping up on us and most of you are getting those strong bodies ready for jean shorts and white tank top season. I know that I am, and a mid-week cheat isn't what my trainer is suggesting. Trust me, I am on a mission to "EAT SMART" anywhere. Follow me as I post about "Eating Smart" at a food event that falls not a cheat day. The Boozy Burbs Food Hall is taking place on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 5pm to 10pm at The Terrace in Paramus, NJ (293 Paramus Road). This  event will only be open for one night only!

Come out & Enjoy life

Stop feeling like your "DIET" is holding you hostage.

Check out who will be cooking up some fine plates at this event☟

 Vendor Lineup

  1. Biagio’s Ristorante – Link
  2. Aumm Aumm – Link
  3. Empanada Mania – Link
  4. 17 Summer – Link
  5. Kimchi Smoke BBQ – Link
  6. Biddy O’Malley’s – Link
  7. City Perch Kitchen + Bar – Link
  8. Westwood Prime Meats – Link
  9. Callahan’s – Link
  10. Glaze Donuts – Link
  11. Hold My Knots – Link
  12. Russo’s House of Pizza – Link
  13. Dill Fresh Mediterranean Grill – Link
  14. Red White & Que Smokehouse – Link
  15. Kurly Kürtősh – Link
  16. Mr. Cupcakes – Link
  17. Sweet & Flour – Link
  18. Candy Rush – Link
  19. Erie Bakery – Link

Please take note that food and drinks will be priced by each individual vendor. 

☆Admission is free

☆Parking is free 

NJAPP Guest Contributor: My Sissy AKA "Lemon"


NJAPP: I would like to thank you, Antoinette Marie Gallipoli, for taking the time to answer some questions for your trendy-simple sister. I would love for my readers to get to know my trendy-kool sister who how can style like no other and who shares the love of yummy food and fitness like me. Now, let's jump right in!

AMG: Um, Okay and how long is this going to take? JK....I love you, "Lemon-Drop" 

NJAPP: How would you describe your style? 

AMG: Rocker-Chic

NJAPP: What are your MUST-HAVE Spring essentials?

AMG: Distressed white jeans (but ones meant for curvy hourglass shaped women), a white-T or bodysuit, clear pumps, lipgloss, hoops or bangles, but my #1 Spring must-have is this fun Moto style jacket by Blank NYC (available at Bloomingdales). The dusty rose option is the perfect Spring shade.  Well, if Spring ever shows up. 

NJAPP: You mentioned that your jeans are for "curvy" shaped girls. Is there a particular brand you love?

AMG: I am a woman with beautiful curves and I have learned to embrace them by wearing jeans that compliment my body. I happen to love the Fashion Nova Jeans, they are affordable and designed for curvy ladies such as myself. 

NJAPP:  So, being your sister I happen to know that you have a love of tacos.  So what would your typical Taco Tuesday dinner date outfit consist of? 

AMG: Are you for really asking me this question? 

NJAPP: Yes, just answer it! I am trying to interview you (ok maybe i was trying to segway to food!). See this is why working with family is so darn hard. 

AMG: YASSSSS, I love tacos, tacos are my life!

NJAPP: Hard or soft shell?

AMG: Hard 

NJAPP: Do you do taco toppings? and if so, what are your taco toppings must haves?

AMG: Black olives, lettuce & guacamole 

NJAPP: What is your favorite taco restaurant?

AMG: La Esquina in NYC

NJAPP: Please tell my readers what you do? 

AMG: I am a stylist, and I manage the store Envy in Montclair, NJ. Oh and a professional Taco-Taster (wink wink)

NJAPP: Thank you my favorite sissy for answering (tolerating) my questions. Love you more than fennel-xoxo 

AMG'S 4 Spring Fashion Must-Haves

My Kind of Work Meeting

 This will be my breathtaking view on June 22-23, 2018 - Come join me! 

This will be my breathtaking view on June 22-23, 2018 - Come join me! 

Guess what?!

I just booked my very first Healthy Living Weekend event and I am pumped! I wish I could write more but I am vamping up my spiritual & physical workouts and I gotta prepare! "SEA"  you soon!

 Hashing out ideas with The World For Christ Crusade Team 

Hashing out ideas with The World For Christ Crusade Team 

On June 22-24th 2018 I will be the motivational guest speaker for the annual Healthy Living Event in Ocean Grove, NJ.  Not Just a Pretty Plate will be partnering up with the World For Christ Crusade organization to inspire and motivate through fitness, nutrition & mostly through God’s Word. Info/Tickets contact: World For Christ Crusade 973.728.5048 mlstorms@earthlink.net . My energy level is always an 11 on a scale of 1-10. I am always working on many things for NJAPP to do. Whatever comes my way it will be because of My Faithful Lord, he truly holds my life in His hands and with the help from Philippians 4:23, “I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength.’ I cannot wait to share with all of you about my past and present struggles, meal-prepping, go-to-snacks, double portions and so much more...

Hope to see you there! 


Here are 3 east tips to host a work meeting at home

 The main focus of the meeting should be the work and the brainstorming, not the food. 

The main focus of the meeting should be the work and the brainstorming, not the food. 

  1. Do not go crazy or spend a ton of $. Cut up 1 (per 2 people) piece of fresh fruit and arrange it on a pretty plate with a dainty serving fork. 

  2. Make a pot of Herbal Chamomile Tea and pour table side. 

  3. Serve up a tasty sweet treat like my homemade Granola+ in small glass shot glasses. 

  Simple & Easy get gets the job done. 

Simple & Easy get gets the job done. 


"God's love is like an ocean; you can see its beginning, but not its end." 

Easter Traditions

 This year I decided to give the  PAAS  Natures's Palette Kit a try, and I think it was a success!

This year I decided to give the PAAS Natures's Palette Kit a try, and I think it was a success!

How to cook a "Hard Cooked" Egg

for dyeing Easter Eggs.

Step 1

Gently place your eggs into a all clad stainless steal medium sized saucepan, large enough for the water to cover them about 1 inch above. ADD cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch. HEAT to boiling.

Step 2

Once your pan/pot has just started to boil, lower your flame to a very low simmer for about 1 minute.

Step 3

Remove pan/pot from your burner, cover the pan/pot and let the eggs stand in the hot water about 15 minutes.

Step 4

Gently drain your eggs immediately, and then cool them completely under cold running water and then place in refrigerator. 

Step 5

Once your eggs are cooled you can start dyeing them. 

NJAPP Pro Tip 1: Hard-cooked egg vs Hard-Boiled egg: The cooking water must come to a full boil in this method, the pan/pot is immediately removed from the heat so that the eggs cook gently in the hot water. This produces tender, not rubbery, eggs and minimizes cracking. Thanks PAAS for the info on "Hard Cooked" eggs. 

NJAPP Pro Tip 2: Do not forget to add a couple extra eggs into your pan/pot, this way you will have some extra eggs already prepped and ready to snack on. 


A Tisket, A Tasket...

Here are 6 things that will be in their Easter Baskets? 

  1. Bunny Shaped Cotton Candy, Peeps, & Bunny Ears Headbands 
  2. A custom molded chocolate bunny from Bromilow's Chocolates
  3. Fun Summer T-Shirt (All the girl cousins will get the same one in their baskets) 
  4. Baseball Cards for my boys from our favorite local store, The Baseball Card Store
  5. New bathing suit for my Elle & swimming trunks for the boys
  6. Plastic Easter Eggs filled with coupons, $ & candy 


Fueling Up at ECB (East Coast Burger)

 East Coast Burger 

East Coast Burger 

Healthy Ordering at ECB in Ridgewood 

NJAPP enjoys bringing you fabulous food news so here is a little encouraging menu item for you to reflect upon should you find yourself in the midst of a sudden burger craving.  

The turkey burger at ECB in Ridgewood is always on point in regard to healthy options that are also satisfyingly delicious.  I know how tempting in can be to bite into those velvety cheese covered french fries and that butter brushed cloud like hamburger bun, but there is more to the menu than just a tastebud satisfying (but a waistline sabotaging) cheese burger.  There are a couple of super healthy salads with multiple protein options like their Crunchy Asian Salad and their Ahi Tuna Asian Salad. I would just order their dressing on the side so that you can control how many dressing calories you consume. 

Naked Turkey Burger at ECB

  • NJAPP's ECB Order: Naked (no bun) Turkey burger, green chillies, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and pickles with secret sauce.  and no SAUCE. $11.04 

Green With Ombre

 Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

St. Patrick's Day is almost here and NJAPP is changing it up this year. I think it is time to move over Lucky Charms and hello! to green ombre veggie crudités. Holidays are fun but can sabotage any healthy clean eater. Normally, I am fine with a little treat here and there but when this mom is trying really hard to stay focused on her health there has to be a limit of those yummy sweet treats that are within ones reach. Sorry Mr. Leprechaun, those cute rainbow marshmallows will have to be enjoyed by another family this year because this Lassie knows she is worth more than gold. Here are a few snacks that my gooses will be enjoying while they are searching for that hidden pot of gold. 

 Click ON the items below for more info:    Family Farm Popcorn  ||  Paper Goods  ||  Gummy Bears    

Click ON the items below for more info: 

Family Farm Popcorn || Paper Goods || Gummy Bears




You Are Invited

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A hot breakfast that you didn't cook is always worth celebrating! Join us to celebrate the fabulous women who have made a positive impact in your life and help us make this Women's History Month one that supports our future female leaders. 


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Fueling Up at Sakura


Healthy Ordering at Sakura in Wyckoff 

NJAPP enjoys bringing you fabulous food news so here is a little encouraging menu item for you to reflect upon should you find yourself in the midst of a sudden Sushi craving.  

The Naruto roll at Sakura in Wyckoff is always on point in regard to healthy options that are also satisfyingly delicious.  I know how tempting in can be to bite into those mayo based sauces, fried flakes and fluffy white rice options, but there is more to the menu than a Tempura Fried Shrimp Roll. 

Naruto Roll at Sakura

  • Tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado & flying fish roe, thinly wrapped with cucumber on the outside. $14.25





Check out why I am so EXCITED!!! 👆👆👆👆👆👆👆👆👆👆👆 I am finally able to spill the chickpeas and tell everyone my exciting news. NJAPP will be the Food Contributor on Heather Zwain’s • The Bergen County Bible, a go-to source for stylish living, recipes & so much more on the HeatherZwain.com website. I am truly thankful and grateful to work together with a bunch of strong, smart & motivated women. Make sure you head over to The Bergen County Bible and comment on the recipes! 

Shopping & Eating


A friend of mine sent me this quote the other day, which ended up making me really Laugh Out Loud.  I have been extremely busy and thus, a little off my nutrition game.  I think my friend sensed as much and so this quote arrived to make me feel a bit better about myself in the midst of my unclean eating.  Thank you Julia (Child, not my friend) for those words of wisdom, but I don't think you were referring to cinnamon sugar dusted pretzels-right? Emotional eating still knocks at my door at times, but this time I answered the knock differently.  Check out what I chose to eat during my very busy shopping spree.  Thanks Aroma for accommodating my order. 


Hold the bread & cheese! 


NJAPP Guest Contributor Christine Lawrence


NJAPP: Hey hey...Thank you for taking the time to share with my NJAPP readers on how we first met. Actually, do you even remember? 

Christine Lawrence: AKA @Mermaid_at_Heart1991  ALL IT TOOK WAS 1 BUSINESS CARD…

NJAPP: STOP-You are so sweet! I remember that day too. You helped me at The Gap, In Ridgewood. You were so pleasant and so easy to talk too. We just started chatting about life and food while you were helping me with some clothes. Tell me a little bit about yourself.

CL: My name is Christine Lawrence, I am a 26 year old that has that been struggling with my weight ever since I was 18. Always been self conscious about my body, but did nothing about my nutrition to change that.

NJAPP: Tell me a little more about how NJAPP motivated you and why making good-healthy choices has set you up for continual health-success.  

CL: Before meeting Giovanna, I was progressing in my exercise and was going 6-7 times a week. With my working out getting more intense my nutrition was poor. With my “busy schedule”, some days I was only getting in 700 calories, other days getting more than 2,500 calories. During this time I lost 30 pounds, I was very proud of myself of getting to this point. Even though I lost this weight, the poor nutrition was giving me fatigue and was making me a very cranky person most of the time.

NJAPP: WOW! congrats on staying motivated and realizing that healthy nutrition goes hand in hand when trying to stay healthy. You told me that this blog helped you. Tell me more because most days I feel like no one even reads or cares about this blog? 

CL: After meeting (you) Giovanna (for a short 10 minutes), and going to this (your) blog. I learned about the proper amount of food and calories to eat throughout the day. Now I am more motivated than ever to get into and stay in a healthy lifestyle mindset.

NJAPP: I think you just made me tear up girl and your excitement is contagious! I love that I just want to stop interviewing you and do some jump squats. If you were asked to write motivational fitness cards what would your cards say?

CL: Here’s to:

·      No more excuses

·      No more being lazy

·      All negativity turn into motivation

·      Start to be accountable for my own actions

·      Stay strong and focused on my life goal

·      To being my best self

·      Trust the process


NJAPP: Please dish your favorite "plates" to prep

CL: Steak with peppers and onions, Apple Cider turkey burgers & Salmon with roasted vegetables 

NJAPP: WOW-you just made me hungry. Thank you for sharing a piece of you and how it only takes 1 person to strengthen another. I am so proud of your outlook and the new respect that you have found for your strong and healthy body. STAY HEALTHY! 

Snacking in Davidson, NC


A couple weeks ago I was found myself snacking with some of my favorites in Davidson, NC. There is that saying, "When in Rome..." and that is exactly what I did. Snacking on what the locals snack on, is always a good idea. Fork full after fork full, I couldn't get enough of that broccoli, kale, dried cranberries, red onion chop salad with an ever so light touch of buttermilk dressing.  I definitely found my new inspiration in that 1/4 cup portion for NJAPP Smart Snacking Summer Menu.  The next time you find yourself traveling to North Carolina, head over to The Pickled Peach. Trust me you will enjoy the relaxing yet delicious experience that this sweet place has to offer. The Pickled Peach is a local gem that serves farm-to-table sandwiches, sides & desserts with a lovely indoor and heated out door dining area, for those who love to breath in the fresh Carolina air while enjoying their much need break. Can't wait to come back. See you soon!