Monday, May 29, 2017

9 Kid Friendly Activities in Las Vegas

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If you have traveled to Vegas having your kids along with you probably is far from your mind. I am here to tell you there is so much more to Las Vegas (in my opinion) then casinos. We certainly had fun on our last trips wondering the Vegas Strip and surrounding areas. I hope you enjoy these family suggestions and if I missed some add them in the comments below!
1. Explore outside of the Las Vegas area!! The mountains are beautiful and probably one of my favorite parts of our trips. The first time we ventured to the area we stumbled upon a wonderful little town, Boulder City. Picture antiques, hot rods, fun street art murals and sculptures. Great things to see, purchase and overall it has several things for not only kids but adults too!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Is your clothing ready for Summer Adventures?

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A few months back I introduced my friends and family to a new clothing company I was ecstatic to work with, prAna. If you missed my post check it out here. Let's just say being a buys working Mom presents me with some challenges to always look my best. When I am out on writing assignments I never know what adventurous hike I will be enduring next. I love it the uncertainty. I needed clothing that can keep up with me and our fun adventurous lifestyle.

10 Great Chick Flicks on Netflix

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I love cuddling up with some comfy blankets on our couch after a long day. I just love vegging out and watching TV. For years I spend my days watching cartoons and educational shows during the day with my son. At night I often watch the suspenseful or horror flicks my spouse enjoys. Sometimes I want to watch a Chick Flick. If anyone else enjoys these from time to time. Here are ten great choices on Netflix you will be sure to enjoy!
**I received a free service to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
1. Cable Girls- 1920s girls coming together for life, love and Independence.
2. Grease, Grease 2, High School Story, Chicago- An oldie but a good musical. I love watching musicals!
3. Twilight- Ok, this is a young adult film but I cant help it.
4. Safe Haven- I love reading Nicholas Sparks books and watching the movies are equally fulfilling!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Things I love about Watkins Glen

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 The Watkins Glen State park is open and I am ready to go back and visit! It it so hard to believe just last year I discovered this little gem tucked in the heart of the Finger lake Wine Country. When I now talk to people about the area, they have visited or heard of it. I wish I had only know sooner how incredible this area was! Now, I can visit frequently and tell all my friends about it including YOU! 
 In this day and age I feel like we look at photos on or cellular devices and that is the extent of our "travels". I do it trust me! I have a few seconds to spare or take a break and there I am eyeing up the amazing travel photos on Instagram.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Recipe: Teriyaki Chicken with Mango Rice

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Teriyaki Chicken with Mango Rice is a great recipe for dinner you will be sure to enjoy. It even has my son's stamp of approval which can be a bit tricky.
What you will need:
Package of boneless chicken
3-5 splashes of French's Worcester Sauce
2 TBS. Teriyaki Sauce ( I used one from Aldi)
Few shakes of Paprika
Sliced Mushrooms ( optional)
1 Mango diced
1 Small red onion diced
1 Roma tomato diced
1 Lime 
1 can of crushed pineapple
1 green pepper diced
Few chopped cilantro (optional)
Rice ( I used half a box but my family eats a fair amount)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Our visit to the Toledo Zoo

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 This Spring Break we decided to ditch the main stream travel destinations we had visited in previous years and try out areas around us. I had never been to the Toledo, Ohio area before but decided to stop on our way. I decided instead of spending a whole week in one area we would split the week. The first thing we officially did was visit the Toledo Zoo. I won't lie I have been to many in my life. As a child we always went to them because they ran on the cheaper side of things. Even as my son has grown up we visit them. Through my writing career a Zoo is always on the itinerary. Having said all that the I can make a pretty heavy statement: the Toledo Zoo is hands down the best Zoo I have ever visited! I say that with complete confidence for several reasons I will explain throughout my post. Be prepared to see lots of pictures including all types of animals, reptiles and aquatic life.
 I was sent tickets to help facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive experience. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.
As you enter the park you can visit Africa or travel across the bridge to another section of the Zoo. We went when Spring had just arrived (back in New York it was still snowing). They are open year round which I thought was rather neat. When walking you are greeted with many photo opportunities with your family. 
 Some of the Zoo was down for construction which was understandable considering the weather and they are making some habitats larger. I will never complain when a Zoo expands because animal deserve as much space as they can get!

Friday, May 12, 2017

8 Fun Games for Families

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I have so many games in my house it is a wonder we play with them all. After having a few game nights with friends and family members I realized not everyone has games. I decided to make a list of FUN games for the family that you SHOULD have in your home!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Great Deal on Clark Shoes

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 Spring is just about everywhere. Flowers are starting to bloom and the trees have gotten their green leaves in finally. I don't know about you but my garden has sen better days! I love weeding and taking care of it though. I think it is a stress reliever rather than a chore I HAVE to do. With any hobby though you need to have comfortable shoes in order to spend so much time doing what you love. Meet my secret weapon: Clark Shoes.
They are a unique combination of artisanship, comfort and innovation that not only look amazing but are a pleasure to wear. I was introduced to them a few Summers back. We were at a family gathering when I commented on someone's shoes. Turns out everyone was sporting these wedges or sandals. I was clearly missing out! Shoes that look fabulous but allow you to walk comfortably? Talk about a Win-Win!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Recipe: Southwest Pork Fajita

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I just want to say first this recipe idea came from the Hello Fresh box we received. I have been cooking it up ever since and made a few tweaks of my own! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
What you will need:
1 Red Pepper (sliced)
1 small red onion (diced)
2 scallions (chopped)
1 lemon zest
1 roma tomato (diced)
1 can of sweet corn
1 package of pork chops
Soft tortilla shells
Add the diced red pepper, small red onion, scallions, lemon zest
 and tomatoes into frying pan. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Let's visit the Corning Museum of Glass

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As a parent I sometimes struggle to find things to do in New York. Our weather can range from Monday 81 degrees and Tuesday it is a snowy blizzard. This year has been no different and we are getting cabin fever. I recently discovered the Corning Glass Museum when I was invited for a Press Trip last year. I have wanted to take my family back ever since and experience it with them!
Nestled in the heart of Finger Lakes , The Corning Museum of Glass offers a unique opportunity to explore glass from all angles geared to all ages. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

10 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat with Kids

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We have waited all winter long for some outside fun and now that nice weather has finally come so has the humid temperatures. Yesterday our humidity was 100% and the temperatures tanked around 81 degrees. With little one's it can be so hard to enjoy the outdoors without some tips and tricks to keep them safe and happy. Enjoy 10 ways to beat the summer heat and keep your little one happy:
1. A day at the park! Most parents think that the park is for children old enough for the big equipment like monkey bars and slides. Let me tell you just pushing a baby in a swing can provide hours of fun and giggles. 
2. Making Popsicle. What better way to cool off and enjoy a treat. Most dollar stores carry Popsicle plastic molds. I mix banana strawberries and pineapple juice in the blender and freeze! Doing all of this with my little helper who hands me ingredients I've already placed on a plate for her to "help." 
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3. At trip to the lake/pond/river. Our family loves the outdoors and exploring. Sometimes the little things like exploring the textures of grass leaves and rocks outside are calming and relaxing for the whole family. 
4. Blowing bubbles! My little one absolutely loves bubbles! She isn't big enough to blow yet but the laughter that comes out of that child when she sees and can chase the bubbles is magical. I snagged a handful of bubble bottles from the last wedding I was at so my stock was free but I also have a huge bottle from the dollar store! Good 'ol dish soap and water work too! 
5. A trip to the Aquarium! Okay this is one of the more expensive options BUT on days that the heat index is too high it's well worth it! My kiddo is still under the age of 2 so she is Free but I've also learned how to save on my ticket price! You know those tourist racks at restaurants, rest stops and various other places...look for coupons! I found a $5 off entrance one for my last trip to the Aquarium! 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Water Wubble Review

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 We have review several of the Wubble Ball products because my son personally LOVES them. If you do as well, check out several of the reviews on the Supper Wubble, Wubble Ball and Glo Wubble Ball. Each new one that comes out has something exciting to offer that leaves us with hours of fun together!
**I received a free product to review. I was not required to write a positive review . The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
 Now the Wubble company has taken the classic water balloon battle to a whole new level! This kit comes with several Wubbles for each side of your water battle. Simply fill a Water Wubble from a faucet, water bottle, with a hose, or just dunk it under water. 

Hurtle Funtastic Robot Review

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 Does your little one enjoy Science? Have you heard about STEM learning? It seems so many studies have shown both are vital to children's education lately. Everywhere I look I see those two categories in articles, on daytime TV shows and in the classroom. We have been luck finding great education toys that help fuel my sons love of Science under a blanket of learning. Meet his new Hurtle a Funtastic Robot.
 While third graders are learning the basics of Science and Math in the classroom, they may not be exposed to the middle letters of STEM subjects – Technology and Engineering. The Young Scientists Club has designed four different kits for kids ages 8 and up. Building then operating robots Hurdle, Sunny, Infra or Metali introduces youngsters to robotic basics that will spark a curiosity to learn more, when ready. 
They have a few to choose from:
Hurdle the Robot • Ages 8+ • $29.99 Hurdle will stop, back up, and change direction when sensing an obstacle. 
Sunny the Robot • Ages 8+ • $29.99 Sunny moves upon receiving artificial and natural light signals. 
Infra the Robot • Ages 8+ • $29.99 Infra moves when receiving an IR (Infrared) signal from any home remote control. 
Metali the Robot • Ages 8+ • $29.99 Metali buzzes and lights up when metal objects are detected.

For more information on these four Funtastic Robots head over to their website!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Salted Fish Lunch Bowl

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 My Mom has been on diet kick for some time. She will not eat certain kinds of  breads, pasta and it has me struggling to make her something she will enjoy! I finally found a great recipe she enjoys that has several of the things she loves mixed into one tasty dish!
The Salted Cod Lunch Bowl is easy to make here is what you will need:
1 Can of Bean ( We used the Back eyed version)
Sweet corn
Cilantro
Honey
 Minced garlic
 I was going to add salt but decided against it because this particular fish comes pre-salted!
Diced Tomatoes - I found a mix at my local grocery store
I received a free product to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
I washed my fish off before cutting it. They I sliced it into stripes and cooked in some oil and honey. Our personal palette does not like a large amount of salt so I sweetened it up with the honey. It gives a nice caramelized texture and flavor. After the fish has cooked I set aside and quickly warm the corn and beans. I personally like them drained and cooked. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Why watch 13 Reasons Why on Netflix

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 If you have seen the ads for the show "13 Reasons Why" based on the best selling book you might have been intrigued. I know I was. I come from, let's just say not the greatest past. I could relate just reading the synopsis. I will say if you have NOT watched the show it has TRIGGERS within it. They go into detail both through conversation and showing graphic situations to get many struggles of teenagers and adults. Would I sit and watch this my seven year old? NO!
**I received a free service to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
 Let's start at the beginning because that is how the shows starts. I may give some spoilers but I will try and refrain because I know not everyone has watched it. I guess I can comfortably say it is about a young adult, Hannah, who commits suicide. I think everyone gets that from just the ads alone so that should not be too much of a "spoiler". She leaves behind tapes to those she "blames" for this. This shows explains in HER mind many reasons "why". Let me just stop and say I do NOT think suicide is the RIGHT option for anyone. I want to say that before I go into a little bit about my past and why this particular show got to me. Why I feel the way I do and why it was a good thing even if it brought up some harsh realities of my personal childhood.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Help support Fetal Brain Development

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When I was a kid my Mom gave me those gummy vitamins. You remember those that could sometimes reflect a favorite cartoon character. When I was pregnant I knew it was only fitting I also do the same. Have you looked at prenatal these days? Unless you are a great "pill" taker those suckers are HUGE. Not to mention they are jam packed with things I can't pronounce let alone I have any idea what they are used for. Just because ingredients are in a "vitamin" does not necessarily mean you need them or should be taking it! When I found these UpSpring Prenatal+ Gummy I was enamored! Finally a product that caters to those of us who have a hard time swallowing pills and are a formula specific for your baby! Still not convinced? Let's take a look at them a bit closer.....

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Peach Dish Review

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I had see those ads on Facebook for the grocery boxes and was down right skeptical. Well, unannounced to me this box of goodies was a life send a few weeks back and I have been on a mission to keep trying them out. I love the convenience of ordering the food online and having it sent to my door. I can skip weeks or unsubscribe completely. My family gets to try new meals and I can use the extra time to catch up on work. And NO they are not paying me to say all this! I actually wanted to try Peach Dish out for so many great tasty reasons.
I was given a free box to try out and formulate my review. I was not compensated and all opinions express are my own.
Our first meal was one I did not actually pick out. Like I said one of the main reasons to try these food boxes was to TRY NEW food! SuperFood Fiesta Bowl was way out of our comfortable zone. I have never in my life had Quinoa and I was a bit unsure how my family would react. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Reasons to Explore Put in Bay, Ohio

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 We started our adventure on the Jet Express. Since we had stayed on Kelleys  island we have to travel to Put-in Bay by waterway. Looking back we wished we had stay on Put-in-Bay island itself. There was so much to see that we wished we had more than a day to do it all. The Jet Express got us there in no time at all and went by some great sights just exciting us to get on the island and explore. Since we had never been I want to share some things I wish I had known going into this trip. I also want to share why this would be a great Spring/Summer trip for your family! First up if you do want to stay on the island choose from Bed & breakfasts, cottages, hotels, condos or camp! 
 **I received a free tickets to facilitate some of my review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
As you come into port you will see the Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial. You can do a tour but we just did not have time this visit. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Recipe: Garlic Pork Tenderloin

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Have you seen this VIDEO that has been all over the Facebook inter-webs?? I always see these and think I could do that. Unfortunately, I did not have Roast beef I had a Pork tenderloin and thought would it still work? I gave it a go and guess what.... AMAZING!!!
What you will need:
2 TBS Garlic salt
2 Garlic cloves minced
1 TBS. Parsley
1 TBS ginger Salt mix ( we bought this at Wegmans)
3 TBS Soft butter
1 Tenderloin
1 TBS Rosemary 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Easter Shopping at Kmart & Giveaway

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While in our local Kmart we saw a selection of Easter supplies. Since little man was not with us I decided to get some ideas for his basket this year. I was very excited to see such a large selection since he can be, at times, picky. I swear he is seven going on 17! 
Can anyone else relate???
"This post is sponsored by coupons.com, however, all opinions are 100% my own." 
They have a great selection of stuff animals, toys, candies and food!  You can grab Lindt Gold Bunnies, for instance, on sale now for $2.50 until April 8th! They are adorable and make perfect additions to any age Easter basket. If you need a larger quantity Kmart has a great sale on packaged Easter chocolates from 4/9-4/15 as well!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Creating Photos your Family will Love

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As a professional Blogger I take photos a LOT! Unfortunately, I have very little of the three of us, together, as a family. Not because I don't want some but we are the three musketeers and usually one of us have to hold the camera. I decided to make an appointment at Portrait Innovations and change that!
Luckily my family is very well versed in photos. Since I take photos rather often but here are a few tips just in case your family isn't so "trained". Make sure to eat beforehand so no one has the hungry grumbles. Bring extra clothes JUST in case of spills, stains or mishaps. Use the restroom before you start because you never know when you "have to go"! The staff was super friendly and our session didn't take long to get some great shots, thankfully. I love photos, don't get me wrong, but there are only so many times you can smile in an hour without a breakdown, especially if you have little one's!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

6 Things to Excite you about Spring

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 After months and months of snow I am starting to see the end of the dark dreary tunnel. I think we have all been here! When is the sun going to shine and the weather going to warm up? I have a few things getting be into the Spring time mind set and the weather seems to be looking up! If you are still in the winter blue rut these just might brighten your day. 
I received some of these items to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
On March 28th, 2017 Fantastic Beasts and where to find them came out on DVD! You may not be a avid wizarding fan like us but this was pretty awesome in our books! Now we can watch from the comforts of our home on repeat! Even more exciting? They released the knowledge of more Fantastic Beast movies to come on Twitter. Talk about MAGICAL!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Good Food Made Simple Review & Giveaway

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 Target can be a black hole for my family. I am pretty sure anyone that steps in their agrees. They are everything you can think of. Every time we promise ourselves we will just run in quick and grab a few items. Hour later our cart is full, we are famished and still browsing the isles. 
I received a compensation for products to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
On our last trip we were frequenting the organic frozen section and came across these. Good Food Made Simple #1 brand of natural and organic breakfast burritos created a new line of restaurant inspired EntrĂ©e Meals

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hello Fresh Review

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 You mean this tired worn out Mom does not have to go Grocery Shopping this week??? Those are the words I seriously uttered when a knock at my door produced the Hello Fresh Box pictured above. The last few weeks have been a wind tunnel at home. My family has been in and out of doctor appointments, sent for Blood panels, X-Rays all to try and find out what has been making my son so sick. We truly take health for granted once something is wrong and they can't fix it immediately. My house chores have suffered, heck my everything has! That's life as an adult right? Just when you think things have settled down something else lands you for a complete 180 twist. Let's just say when this box came to my door I was not only thankful I was down right Grateful! I had see those ads on Facebook for the grocery boxes and thought who could be so lazy? Well, unannounced to me this box of goodies was a Life send and now I have completely chanced my ever loving closed mind-ed-ness since! 
I was given a free box to try out and formulate my review. I was not compensated and all opinions express are my own.
With Hello Fresh you select three meals for a given week and they send you neatly packaged ingredients. I selected the family portions and WOW was I surprised at what we got.
 First up I selected a recipe that was similar to our tastes but different. Meet the Melty Monterey burger pictured above!  I wanted to try new things disguised as the "normal" meals we have come accustomed! I needed to spice things up in the kitchen I am sick of making the same thing every night.