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March 18, 2019

Sicilian Shrimp Risotto with broiled tomatoes

Its freezing outside & schools are closed. We needed groceries but I was NOT venturing out in this. I love having groceries delivered to my door. We have been enjoying Home Chef, which is currently running FREE $30 Credit. These make me look like a real chef when in reality I am just a stay at home Mom during a winter break! Enjoy this Sicilian Shrimp Risotto meal with broiled tomatoes & breadcrumbs.

March 8, 2019

Our visit to the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo, NY

This particular work of art was what drew me to the Albright Knox Museum. On a work trip, we drove by this piece (by Nancy Rubins) and I said "we have to come back"! I studied Art throughout my high school years and into college. I took every art class offered to fill my creative mind while drowning in good grades. Art was my challenge, something you aren't necessarily good at. To have a building dedicated to art that pushes gravity and boundaries really appealed to me. As I believe it does to many after I researched more about the establishment for this article! Art is one of those topics you either have profound passion for or you just "Don't get it".
Albright-Knox is the sixth-oldest public art museum in the United States and one of the oldest museums anywhere dedicated to the art of our time.
I want my son to figure out which part of the Art spectrum he is on. Does he share in my creative passion or fancy a trip to Darien Lake instead?
"Tell me & I forget, teach me & I may remember, involve me & I learn"
With each passing work of Art I found that his passion centers around Art in a completely different context. He enjoys the scientific side of things including what media was used and how each piece was executed. 
Having elements within this first painting also helped!! Aside from the structures  outside, I think we all agreed later this piece was our favorite!
The Albright-Knox team do an amazing job of finding pieces that will entertain all walks of life that enter their doors.
From wall hangings to floor displaces....
to sculptures and figurines ...
each area including the building itself have something to enjoy.
There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ― C.S. Lewis
When you are done inside exploring take a gander outdoors. 
Outside on their campus you will find 20!! These are accessible anytime even if you do not take a peek inside.  
If you could not tell I am a huge advocate for the Arts. With places like this it really is easy to see why. What a wonderful place to enjoy with your family I hope you take a trip!
Do you enjoy Art Museum's??
What one should we visit next??

March 6, 2019

20 Hilarious Stand Up Comedians on Netflix

Million Dollar Quartet
Need a good laugh?? Or perhaps something to binge watch on Netflix?? Stand up Comedians have been gracing our local arenas for years.  Now we can ALL enjoy their concerts from our living rooms. Netflix has been uploading new Stand Up Comedy Specials for a while so here are some of the best (in our opinions)!

1. Gabriel Iglesias I'm Sorry for What I said When I was Hungry- This segment presented by "Fluffy" had us laughing until we cried!!
2. Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy We've Been Thinking
3. Ron White If you Quit listening I'll Shut Up
4. Brad Paisley Country Rodeo
5. Kevin Hart Seriously Funny
Charlie Chaplin
 6. Jeff Dunham Relative Disaster, Spark of insanity- Ventriloquists can be a bit creepy but we enjoy Jeff and his outspoken gang of hand puppets!
7. Kevin James Never don't give up
8. Bert Kreischer Secret Time
9. Whitney Cummings Money Shot
10. Donald Glover Weirdo
11. Joe Rogan Strange times, Triggered
 12. Sebastian Maniscalco Stay Hungry
Caesar Palace
13. IIiza Shlesinger Elder Millennial- I have to say as an "Elder Millennial" she was rather hilarious. Often times I struggle to follow some of the jokes during stand up. 
 14. Katherine Ryan In Trouble
15. Ali Wong Hard knock Wife
16. Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross and Dave Atell
17. Ken Jeong The Complete Me
18. John Mulaney New in Town
19. Amy Schumer The Leather Special
20. Sarah Silverman A Speck of Dust
What's are your favorite Stand Up Comedians on Netflix? 
Let us know in the Comments below!!

March 4, 2019

What Happened When I Took a 30-Day Oral Health Care Challenge

Every year many of us make New Year resolutions to try and change bad habits we previously had. Some give up junk food, others exercise all while trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle. I decided to pick a word that represents what I wanted out of 2019. It was "fearless". I have often struggled with being my own worst enemy and I find it easier to talk myself out most dreams I have because of it. For the year 2019 I decided I would no longer be my own worst enemy but rather have faith that I can achieve my dreams step by step, day by day living a life of fearlessness.
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Part of my journey was eliminating bad habits I have and replace them with healthier options. In January, I cut out pop ( or Soda if you are from the South). I replaced high levels of starch on our plates for more fruits and veggies. I also completed a 30-Day Oral Health Care Challenge!
Oral care issues have been linked to not only heart disease but also diabetes, and Cancer. As you may know I have struggled with Cancer myself and within my family. Taking my heath seriously has never been more vital with my family depending on me. It was time I got more pro-active rather than keep MY needs on the back burner. With the help of ProBiora™Plus I have been able to just that!  
Despite all we do to take care of our oral health, it’s common to still have issues like cavities or swollen/bleeding gums, which are caused by bad bacteria in the mouth. After years of stressing good hygiene to my son I wanted to make sure I myself was leading a good example. Sometimes brushing and mouth wash are NOT enough! When I first started this challenge I had no idea products like: ProBiora™Plus were even on the market (let alone what they could do for me).
I think we can all agree we have heard about probiotics for your gut? Now there is a oral care probiotic mint, called ProBiora™Plus that helps by restoring the naturally occurring good bacteria in the mouth. 

How does ProBiora Plus work? 

It floods the mouth with naturally occurring good bacteria. These beneficial bacteria compete for nutrients and geography. The bad bacteria do not coexist well with ProBioraPlus in the gums and on the teeth and therefore with daily reinforcement ProBiora wins the territory game, crowding out the bad bacteria.
My experience with ProBiora™Plus

When I first started this challenge, I will admit my expectations were rather low. While I want to have a more active approach to a healthier lifestyle....I had real doubts about whether I would see any results. After completing my first 30 days, I can honestly say I am pleasantly surprised. Not only do I feel good about myself for sticking with my daily routine but my mouth feels fresh and clean. I no longer worry about whether my breathe needs refreshing. I actually smile more which is great when taking those family photos! It is so easy because I simply dissolve one probotic mint a day, that's it. Having such great results has my son wanting to try them as well. 
I really encourage everyone to take the 30-Day Oral Health Care Challenge!
They say: "A healthy body starts with a healthy mouth. Your mouth is the gateway to your health. When you start feeling healthy it makes sticking with these life changes so much easier! Our mouths impacts more than just teeth and gums – recent research indicates it can have long-term effects on overall health as well.
If you are interested to read more about Oral health read the A window to your overall health article.
What are do your daily dental regimens include?
Would you take the 30-Day Oral Health Care Challenge?

March 1, 2019

What Hockey Equipment do You Need to get Started?

Four years ago we were handed a flyer (sent home from school) by our little guy, which read "How to Ice Skate lessons". Coming from the kid who loved watching sports but never wanted to participate....In my youth I figure skated, competed and even won medals. 
Funny Side story: My spouse will even tell you of a hilarious first date we had at the Ice Arena where I may have "forgotten" to mention I already knew how to skate. 
Hockey Mom
When our son brought us this first piece of paper, I will be the first one to tell you, I was shocked! Never did I think he would want to follow in my footsteps. Or that he somehow inherited my love of the Ice. Fast forward two years ago when I became a full fledged Hockey Mom. 
You can read all about that here.
Now that we have survived our first Hockey season and getting ready to tryout for another one I thought I would share some insight. Many of you ask us:  "What equipment is needed to get started"? I decided to write it all down and walk you through it step by step!
We were so blessed to have older Hockey players guide us through the beginning years and now I want to pass my knowledge onto you!
Buffalo Sabre's, Learn to play Hockey program
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Let's talk Equipment: First off, I want to say if your children are 9 years or younger, check your local arena for a "Learn to Skate program" brought on by a NHL team. We have the "Buffalo Sabre's, Learn to play Hockey" program for example. You pay one flat rate in exchange for 20 week- Hockey lessons and a FULL set of equipment complete with sticks, skates pads etc! This is by far the BEST "bang for your buck" I can really suggest when you are first starting out. 

Now if you have an older kid unfortunately this program might not be an option.
My next suggestion is search around your local Ice Arena for second hand items. Because your child is just learning there is no need to go all out and purchase expensive gear until you know for sure they are going to "Stick with it". In several of my Hockey posts you will notice I reference how expensive the sport can be. Not to scare anyone off but to give them a "head up"!

 When they get to playing real games then you can start spending some money on gear. Places like HockeyMoney online, Pure Hockey and Great Skate always have great deals or Clearance racks!
Great Skate Hockey Store
What equipment do you need? Here are MY suggestions (from head to toe):
1. Helmet with a cage: I recommend getting a new one just for safety reasons. They will help you in a store to figure out what size you need!
2. Mouth Guard: I don't know why kids fight not to wear this but they do. I personally will NOT let my son on the ice without his mouth guard in, period!
3. Neck Guard: While many people never buy these, let me tell you why I do! On my son's first ever Hockey practice two little boys were messing around while getting on the ice. One of them tripped and the other boys skate sliced his neck open (Welcome to Hockey). After seeing blood I realized having one of these $20 guards might not be a bad INVESTMENT!
4. Chest pad
5. Long sleeve compression top: I find these at our local thrift store because kids out grown these fairly quickly. 
6. Compression pants: These look like leggings for boys.... just saying!
7. Hockey Cup with Velcro: This is an item I recommend getting new. Many of these can interchange the cup part as they grow. Again many kids don't like wearing these....It's another deal breaker for me so my son HAS to wear his :)
8. Elbow pads: Pretty self explanatory...
9. Butt Pads: These have to go over #6 & #7 mentioned above, so keep that in mind when purchasing (size up these tie)!
10. Long sport socks: You can find these at TJMAX for cheap all year round. They just need to be tall and thick.
10. Shin Pads: Just make sure they are the right size.
11. Over socks: These have to go over all of #6 through #9 mentioned. There are different sizes based on height so measure them in store before buying. They attach to the Cup Velcro to keep them up when skating.
Hockey Player undergarments
12. Hockey Skates: If you buy brand new or a used pair, get them sharpened!!
13. Jersey: Most tryouts require you to buy a Black one and White one so you might as well start off with these.
14. Hockey Stick- these need to be measured for your child's height.
15. Stick Tape: Currently my son has Camo, American Flags & purple. Its used to wrap and protect the stick from damage because kids hit them hard!
16. Sex wax: I know what you are thinking but NO! You apply the wax over the tape on the Hockey Stick.
17. Hockey Skate guards: These help the blade stay sharp when walking around and prevent the blades from rusting (when used properly)!
18. Hockey Bag: If you are just starting out... I recommend one with wheels although a duffel bag will work just as good!
19. Water bottle: Everyone has a "preference" I personally suggest the one with a straw (pictured above). I have seen little kids spray water everywhere, drop bottles, dump water bottles....never had an issue with his bottle so I recommend.
Junior Hockey Player Skating
I have linked several places you can find these items if you are in the market for equipment. I would also like to mention you should stay clear of buying Hockey pads on Amazon or Ebay. Many companies do not state whether they are for Street or Ice hockey. TRUST ME, it matters when it comes to protecting yourself from flying pucks!! That is why I suggested Hockey stores above for these such purchases. I hope you found this post helpful and continue to follow along our Hockey journey!!
What Hockey Equipment would you recommend first time Hockey players?
What age did your Player start? Let us know in the Comments!!
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