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!
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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!