Judith, A Mother’s Legacy Carries On.

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Judith, A Mother's Legacy Carries On.   Image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design

Mother’s Day is a modern celebration honoring one’s own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

The meaning of being a mother is virtually endless. A mother is a protector, disciplinarian, and friend. A mother is a selfless, loving human who must sacrifice many of their wants and needs for the wants and needs of their children. A mother works hard to make sure their child is equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to make it as a competent human being. Being a mother is perhaps the hardest, most rewarding job a woman will ever experience.

Five years ago today (Mother’s Day May 10th, 2010) Judith Marshall DeCosmo passed away peacefully in her sleep to join her beloved “Johnny” in the hands of God.

Aunt Judith and Uncle Johnny image by kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design - Copy

During the last five years, I have gotten to know my Aunt Judith through the eyes of her daughter, my cousin Courtney.  I knew my Aunt Judith as an encourager, an intellectual, a business woman, wife to my Uncle Johnny and mother to my cousins.

I have come to find out that all those were simply adjectives just scratching the surface of the multi- dimensional woman I called Aunt Judith.

There have been many milestones in Courtney’s life these past few years that we have walked through with my cousin and my Aunt Judith.  How could that be since Aunt Judith is no longer with us?

While preparing for Courtney’s wedding, we learned the organizational, sentimental side of her mother.  A mother that had planned for her daughter’s wedding since Courtney’s birth. There were files and notebooks of instructions, thoughts and words of wisdom all laid out for Courtney to reference for her life penned and researched by her mother.  There was a deep caring and sense of humor found on those pages.  A piece of Judith preserved to form her legacy as a mother and grandmother.

Courtney’s baby shower theme was a tea party.  Aunt Judith had planned that theme years ago and had purchased the favors as we had discovered.

Aunt Judith's Touch image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design

The baby shower was given at The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club ( A special place to Aunt Judith).

Aunt Judith’s baby shower notes were executed and embellished and her presence was felt all during the festivities.

Courtney's Baby Shower image shot by Kathleen DeCosmo Katie Shea Design at the Vinoy

Now that Courtney has a child of her own there have been so many everyday situations that she pauses to reflect and ask ” What would Momma say, What would Momma do?

Aunt Judith’s newest grandchild (that she has not met here on earth) will know her through the thoughtful words and deeds she has passed onto Courtney.  Judith Marshall DeCosmo’s legacy lives today in another generation.

Courtney is a wonderful mother to her little girl.  She is that kind of a mother today because of all the time, nurturing and planning her mother invested in her throughout her life.

A mother’s love is felt forever!

Happy Mother’s Day to all those that have mothered someone!

World's best Mom Image Shot by Kathleen DeCosmo at the Vinoy

Cooking and Katting with Chef Franco Lania

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Chef Franco Lania Cooking and Katting #meerkat Since live streaming Apps Meerkat and Periscope (owned by Twitter) were launched last month they have been highly publicized in the news and online.  Both apps, currently available only on iOS, let you broadcast live video from your smartphone to the app’s other users or to a private group of friends and followers.

***Update** Meerkat App now Available also for Android Smartphone Users!! Meerkat On Android for Everyone May 1st 2015 We introduced Chef Franco Lania to the Meerkat App as the perfect venue for his brand and personality.

“Ever since Meerkat captured the imagination of this year’s SXSW audience, it has become one of the most hotly-discussed new platforms in recent years among marketing industry experts.” “It’s been claimed by many that Meerkat is the biggest SXSW breakout product since Twitter in 2007” read more here

Chef Franco’s enthusiasm and passion for cooking is contagious and can be caught by watching him cook and engage with people. We chose to showcase Chef Franco’s magnanimous personality using the Meerkat App during a cooking session.

Most Meerkat users are aware that the app offers an option to save their video streams on their mobile devices but does not save to YouTube for you. We decided to use the Katch App.

Katch allows you to simplify the process of preserving your memories while passing off the storage and distribution concerns to YouTube’s servers. By adding “#Katch” to your Meerkat video stream description, you’ll immediately alert Katch, which will then save your video, upload it to YouTube and then send you the link via your Meerkat comments.  read more here We added  #Katch to our Meerkat Video Title to capture our video for posterity.

When we reviewed the “Katch Video” we discovered that the last 10 minutes of our saved video was out of sync.  We had lost video view for a few minutes during our meerkat broadcast and that must have disrupted the recording. Chef Franco was able to have the video put back into sync then placed up on YouTube. Chef Franco Lanio Meerkat Cooking YouTube Chef Franco’s Mission is to inspire people that have hit hardships and adversity in their lives using the invigorating energy of cooking. Meet Chef Franco Lania His passion for the kitchen and its potential to heal the soul have made him a grassroots sensation, inspiring culinary professionals and novice foodies alike. The Master Chef has appeared on HTTV and The Food Network, where he served up delicious recipes garnished with his famous joie de vivre.  Now Chef Franco shares his joy of cooking, his recipes, and the story of how he found happiness in the kitchen with people around the world….and how you can do the same.

The following is a three-minute clip from Katie Shea Design’s Meerkat Video summing up Chef Franco Lania’s Cooking Mission: Short clip from Katie Shea Design's Meerkat Video of Chef Franco Lania

Some Cooking Tips from Chef Franco Lania: 

Tip 1: Boil the pasta nice and easy to keep the integrity of the shapes.

Tip 2: Large sweet onions do not make you cry as much.

Tip 3: Remove the onion root before cutting to enable the onion to easily fall apart into half moon shapes. 

Tip 4:  Undercook your pasta by about 3 minutes.This allows the pasta to cook the rest of the way with the other hot ingredients.

You can find the Spring Pea and Pancetta Pasta Mista Here

Pasta Mista Image shot with an iPhone6 VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design April 2015

While using the Meerkat App to video this cooking session; we used a Verizon WiFi Hotspot since “Live Streaming” devours Wireless Data.

What is a WiFi hotspot?

“Imagine a gadget that’s smaller than a deck of cards, as easy to use as a light switch and powerful enough to provide a super-fast Internet connection to numerous devices. That’s a mobile hotspot, which lets you take Wi-Fi with you. Wi-Fi hotspots—or Verizon Jetpack mobile hotspots—keep multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices connected to the Verizon 4G LTE network. Unlike a USB modem or wireless modem, which can be used only with your laptop, a mobile hotspot can easily connect your laptop and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously.” We keep a sharp eye on  Data usage since the business smartphone has a 2GB plan. By using the Verizon Hotspot we did not consume a chunk of the Data plan for one “Live Streaming” session.

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The scale is tipping in our personal and business lives to a more “Video Usage” world.  Ensuring we have a “Data Plan” that can accommodate our lifestyles and budgets is essential.

A Verizon iPhone6 128GB was used to shoot Katie Shea Design’s images and Meerkat Video in this post.

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Happy Mother’s Day: A Musical Tribute

Happy Mother's Day by Visual Poetics CURATED  by  Katie Shea Design

Raised by a single mother, Kevin Durant is the NBA’s 2013-14 Most Valuable Player.

Kevin Durant’s powerful, emotional MVP acceptance speech went viral impacting the hearts of so many.

Kevin recounted that he fell in love with basketball in the second grade.

Kevin shared his memory of the little family’s first apartment. “No bed, no furniture.  We sat in the living room and hugged.  We felt like we made it!”

This video very personally touched my heart as well as this recently released single “Happy Mother’s Day” by Visual Poetics:

Happy Mother's Day by Visual Poetics

It is truly poetic that this “Happy Mother’s Day” single was released just a few days before Kevin Durant’s beautiful tribute to his single mother.

Kevin’s tribute to his mom depicts exactly what this Mother’s Day single is expressing musically.

Kevin praised his mother, honoring her and all that she did for him and his brother:

“YOU made us believe,

kept us off the street,

put clothes on our back

food on the table

went to sleep hungry.

You sacrificed for us

YOUR the real MVP

Symbolic image of a man who plays basketball

“Happy Mother’s Day” by Visual Poetics speaks of the single mom’s struggles, the feelings of the fatherless child and the encouragement that is felt by the strength spoken and exemplified by a single mom.

So uncannily parallel with Kevin Durant’s emotional acceptance speech to this recently released “Happy Mother’s Day” single.

Join me in congratulating Kevin Durant’s Mom Wanda Pratt in accomplishing so much as a single mother and making her son proud to call her Mom.

I want to invite you to also listen to this “Happy Mother’s Day” single by Visual Poetics:

Happy Mother's Day Sound Cloud by Visual Poetics

 Happy Mother’s Day

To every person that has been a MOM to someone!

 

About the Artist Visual Poetics:

VISUAL POETICS – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY [@VISUALPOETICS]

Visual Poetics is the founding member and long time producer of the underground group known as Little Egypt. Releasing several albums and touring extensively, Little Egypt became known for combining that raw Brooklyn Hip-Hop stage energy with conscious level lyrics.

In particular, Visual Poetics’ style is that of an old school storyteller.  Weaving vivid images with complex metaphors, Vis (pronounced Viz) has been known to resurface from time to time dropping political pieces and other collaborative efforts over the past few years.

This chapter, Happy Mother’s Day, includes heavy production work from Compton’s own multitalented Trae Sevn and Khordz (of Little Egypt) combined with the smooth sounds of soulful singer/lyricist Madd Mary (look out!) for this heartfelt shout out and dedication to single parents worldwide.

Fun with The Novogratz Dinnerware Collection

Novogratz Dinnerware Collection Mix & Match image by Katie Shea Design Give your table a chic makeover with the colorful, cutting-edge Novogratz Dinnerware Collection. Renowned for their distinctive aesthetic, Cortney and Robert Novogratz mix elements of modern and vintage style for a fashion-forward dinnerware pattern featuring robust shapes and bold designs. sold exclusively at Macys.

The Novogratz Dinnerware Collection spurred so many creative, fun ideas in me.

I decided to use the samples that Cortney and Bob sent over for my Mother’s Day theme.

I shopped at Whole Foods for some of my favorite food items to fill each dinnerware piece.

Novogratz Collection Medium Melamine Popcorn Bowl image by Katie Shea Design c 2014   Family movie time has always been a weekly event from the time all our children were small.  We always filled heaping bowls of popcorn for our movie nights.  I love this popcorn bowl that holds so much popcorn!

My popcorn choice is Organic Reduced Fat & Sodium by 365 Everyday Value and is on sale this week at Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection Cereal Bowl image by Katie Shea Design c 2014

I have never been a conventional person and always see multiple possibilities  and usage for any given object.  This cereal bowl can also be a snack bowl or a candy bowl for family junk food nights.

I filled my cereal bowl with Annie’s Organic cheddar Snack Mix found at Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection 8.5 Plate image by Katie Shea Design c 2014This salad plate was screaming to be filled with cookies to go with my tea!

These are Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies by Schar found in Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection Smile 16 0z Mug image by Katie Shea Design c 2014

So many possibilities to fill this ample 16 0z. Mug with.

My choice for a Mother’s Day relaxing cup of tea is Pomegranate Green Tea by the Republic of Tea also in Whole Foods.

Novogratz Collection Wonderful Melamine Serving Tray image by Katie Shea Design c 2014

 

This serving tray is perfect to serve Mom in bed, on the lounge chair or by the pool this Mother’s Day or any day would be wonderful.

What I also love about this dinnerware collection is that it can be mixed and matched with any pattern or color to go with any theme.

Perfect for a growing family.

Find the Novogratz Dinnerware Collection at your nearest Macys for the perfect Mother’s Day gift idea!

Thank you to Bob and Cortney for the samples provided for this blog post.  The opinions are my own and I have not been compensated for this review.

The images were shot with a GalaxyS5  #VZWBuzz

I am a member of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Blogger Program #VZWBuzz which gives me free access to mobile technology and other benefits.