Friday, July 29, 2016

Capture Washington D.C. with HP Instant Ink

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 “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin. My son was learning about the presidents in his first-grade class. We came up with a genius idea to take him to Washington D.C. for an extended vacation to have him enrich his learning firsthand. Learning out of a textbook can not compare to touching something in real life. Throughout the trip he would say how monuments were much larger then he expected. 
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We explored many of the tourist and historical stops many do when in town. We also enjoyed a tour of the FBI headquarters and White House. The memories of this trip will personally stay with me because it was so eye opening. I saw my work come to life benefiting my family. I also experienced this trip through my son's eyes and that my friends is very humbling!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

DIY Pirate Sign

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 If you are convinced to throw a Pirate Party, like I was, this sign is a great addition! It is rather easy to create my son did it entirely on his own this year.
What you will need:
Thumb tacks
paint brushes
paint
a few cardboard squares ( you can make these any size you like)
First paint each board the solid color you want. Laying each one to dry and start the next.

Monday, July 25, 2016

10 ideas to decorate a Small Space

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We have been overly excited to see the NEW At Home come to town. Anxiously waiting for it to open and enjoy all of the wonderful home items! We are drastically downsizing our home square footage. When I say drastic......from 2000 to 800 square feet! Here are some great tips to help you decorate a space space using great decor items we found whilst shopping!
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Encourage reading with LeapStart Learning system

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
I have always loved to read. When I found out I was pregnant I decided to tackle my fear of reading out loud. I practiced Dr. Seuss books so by the time my son was older I was a pro. Every night I would read to him before he went to sleep and still continue this routine to this day! By reading to my son I encourage a love of reading in him. He now enjoys chapter books at age seven and can read on his own. When he finished first grade he tested in the third grade reading level! Reading is a big part of our family and I encourage you all to read and help your little one's learn to read as well.
When Leagfrog sent us two of the NEW LeapStart Learning systems I was so excited! My son helped me unbox them and even he agreed they were interesting! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

10 Reasons to use Travel Excellence

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Ready to get away with family and explore a new destination? My family loves finding locations that are secret gems but worth some serious hype. Travel Excellence Costa Rica Guide offers vacation packages to 200+ different destinations. Just reading that perked my interest! Costa Rica is a simply amazing place that can leave an everlasting impact on anyone who visits. There’s something magically appealing to all sorts of families, couples and solo travelers. If you are interested in Costa Rica enjoy a fellow travel writer's opinions: "Costa Rica is the true embodiment of “Pura Vida.” You’ll return from your trip here feeling refreshed and ready for anything after all of your adventures here. So if you’re looking for a fun getaway to try new experiences, and that also won’t break the bank, Costa Rica is ready for you"! -Collage tourist
As a travel writer organization and planning are all things I do everyday, on every trip to help things run smoothly. When you are on vacation...shouldn't you relax? Imagine someone else taking care of all the fine print details for you? Here are a few reasons I believe every family should explore Travel agents! They are a vital key to a successful trip!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Recipe: Nautical Chocolate Covered Pretzels

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This year my son wanted a Nautical/Pirate themed birthday Party. I decided to go all out on fun finger foods. Enjoy these easy to make chocolate covered pretzels I found on Pinterest!!
 What you will need:
White sprinkles or Nerds Candy
White chocolate ( we colored with food coloring)
Pretzel sticks

Friday, July 15, 2016

Travel: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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I had the pleasure of going on the Fathom Cruise to the Dominican Republic. After returning to port I decided to stay in Miami for a few extra days. While in town I sought out wonderful places to visit when I came across the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. If you only hit the beach and this you will NOT be disappointed.
This Italian Renaissance-inspired villa welcomes you from the very minute you enter the secluded driveway. This historic landmark will take you back in time to 1910 in such a great way! 
I respectfully did not take photos within the walls of the Villa, but each room is detailed, and full of rich history to absorb.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

"I learned it" on Netflix

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Summer is in full swing and we are raring to go! Go outside and explore after being kept inside of classrooms and from cold temperatures during the winter time. Then the dreaded "rainy days" hit and we are once again stuck indoors. What to do? I think every parent hears "I'm bored" to the point of a metal breakdown. Have no fear parents, I have compiled a list of wonderful shows on Netflix to keep your kids entertained yet learning something! From the history of Cleopatra to learning what baking powder vs. baking soda can do to cupcakes, you will be surprised they ‘Learned It On Netflix!
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Recipe: Two Pot Campfire Dinner

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During the Summer I like to be outside as much as possible! In western New York it snows about 9 months out of the year so Summertime is the only time we have to really fit all outside activities in! I want to share my two pot Campfire Dinner with you!
What you will need:
Vegetables (we used sweet peppers)
Kielbasa (any sausage will work)
Potatoes (diced)
1 packet of dry ranch dressing mix
Coconut oil
I coat each cast iron pan with Coconut oil before adding any food in them. 
This helps with clean up later on! Add the vegetables and met in one Cast Iron Skillet. 
Place on the campfire, mixing frequently.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Travel: Catamaran Tip Top

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While I was enjoying my trip to the Dominican Republic on an Impact Cruise I had the opportunity to snorkel. Something I have always wanted to do but just never had the chance! I signed up with Catamaran Tip Top to set out on my new adventure!
My lovely lady sidekicks, who I had only just met, also decided this would be a grand adventure! Meeting fellow travelers is so very rewarding. After this trip we became close and hung out the rest of the cruise! Great travel tip: Get out and meet new people!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Travel: Juniper Restaurant

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It has been a whole hot minute since we visited Washington D.C. A few months back I promised a full review of the Juniper Restaurant and today I am gracing you with just that!
Juniper Restaurant is located inside the Fairmont Washington, in Georgetown.
It is an upscale, classic dress attire. Enjoy a Summer night date or an afternoon wedding luncheon here. We choose for a family dinner!
They serve a modern American regional cuisine, utilizing fresh, locally grown and sustainable ingredients. Their Chefs stay up to date on increased popularity of comfort food trends while creating classic American menu offerings of delicious, old-time recipes with modern and artistic presentations in our DC restaurant.