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October 30, 2019

The New Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave at Best Buy

Introducing the NEW Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave at Best Buy.
I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card to help facilitate my review.  I was not required to give a positive review, all opinions expressed are my own
 The combination Microwave that Air Fries and is a convection oven. This microwave lets you air fry (crunchy fries, brussel sprouts, chicken wings), bake or roast (whole chickens, lasagna, chocolate brownies) or simply microwave with even heat distribution. If you have read my previous posts you might have seem we are in the market for new appliances. As the Holiday Season rolls around I am excited to start hosting them at our home. We decided to jump in the car and visit our local Best Buy to see what was new on the market! 
Since we love watching sports on TV the Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave really appealed to us. Does anyone else enjoy WINGS??

Product Specs:
Brushed stainless steel casing provides durability and style The exterior offers an attractive complement to your existing kitchen décor. 
Large 12.4" turntable keeps food rotating By turning food items as they are prepared, the turntable ensures even, thorough cooking. 1400W for powerful microwave cooking Defrost, cook and reheat your favorite foods and beverages, evenly and quickly. 
A variety of cooking programs to fit your needs Defrost, reheat, fish, bacon, popcorn, pizza, rice, chicken, meat, cake and butter/chocolate. Combi function Cooks faster alternating between cooking functions. Element iQ® system Smart algorithms and precise temperature control. 
Defrost function Quickly and efficiently thaws frozen items. 
Enjoy evenly heated meals with consistent flavor Convection technology uses a fan to circulate heat during the cooking process, effectively minimizing the number of hot spots and cold spots. 
Compact 1.1 cu. ft. interior provides enough room for snacks Reheat a small portion of leftovers or cook a treat, such as popcorn. 

Power Smoothing™ Inverter Automatically adjusts power intensity for even heat distribution. PowerGrill Grilling element cooks crispy food, including pizza, by using 1100W of grill power.
The Combi has a 80% quieter soft close door – so no more microwave slams! It’s also 50% quieter while in operation. Clever touches like child lock & mute buttons mean less beeps/bumps/clangs and more pops, bites and crunches!
 Intuitively easy presets at your fingertips: 
Smart Cook, Smart Reheat & Smart Defrost - The “Fast Combi” function of the Combi Wave 2-in-1 is designed to cook your favorite dishes faster. Using Microwave, Convection Oven and Grilling to achieve the desired temperature and perfect results in less time. Powered by the Element iQ system, smart algorithms steer power to where and when it’s needed to create the ideal cooking environment. 
The Power Smoothing™ Inverter gives you precise & even heat distribution, reheating & cooking dishes evenly for more delicious results.
How would you use the new Breville Combi Wave 3-in-1 Microwave??
What are your favorite features in a microwave??
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October 28, 2019

New Bosch Counter-Depth Refrigerator at Best Buy


Fall is my favorite time of year. From the changing of the leaves to Black Friday sales!! After owning my home for the last 14 years it's time to upgrade my appliances to fit our lifestyle. We headed to our local Best Buy and found the new Bosch Counter-Depth Refrigerator. The fact the freezer is on the bottom is what really drew me in.

I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card to help facilitate my review.  I was not required to give a positive review, all opinions expressed are my own
Bosch Counter-Depth Refrigerator product specs: 
You are not required to use all of the specifications. These are listed below if there are key messaging points you may like to include in your blog and/or social. Stainless-steel finish: Aligns perfectly with any stylish kitchen design. Touch sensitive controls: Make operation simple. Organize contents with ease: Includes 5 tempered glass shelves, 4 of which are adjustable and half-width, 3 gallon door bins and 2 humidity controlled compartments to provide ample space for storing items. Internal water dispenser with replacement filter: Delivers filtered water with one touch. LED interior lighting: Bright lights to illuminate interior. Door alarm: Alerts you when the refrigerator door is accidentally left open to save energy. Automatic ice maker: Provides a steady supply of ice without the mess of having to refill ice trays.

Product Features: The new FarmFresh System™ uses four innovative freshness technologies to keep your food fresher, longer: VitaFreshPro™ offers preset settings that automatically balance BOTH temperature and humidity FreshProtect™absorbs naturally occurring ethylene to slow ripening, so produce stays fresher, longer. MultiAirFlow™ evenly circulates cool, fresh air to maintain consistent temperatures throughout the entire fridge cavity, from the door bins to back corners. AirFresh® Filter absorbs even the toughest food odors, keeping your refrigerator and freezer air fresh. - 
The Bosch UltraClarityPro™ water filter reduces >99.9% of sediments that may be found in your water, including harsh elements like chlorine and chloramine. 
- Organize your fridge in new ways. FlexBar™ creates extra space in your refrigerator 
– it’s the perfect home for wine bottles, condiment jars, eggs, and more. 
- True counter-depth refrigeration, this freestanding refrigerator sits flush with the countertop, features hidden hinges, and discreet tucked away feet, all to give you a true built-in look and feel. - Dual compressors and dual evaporators offer efficient and precise cooling and humidity control, while significantly limiting odor transfer between the refrigerator and freezer, for the optimal freshness environment. 
- A generous 21 cu. Ft. capacity is made event more spacious with flexible storage features like FlexBar™, removable shelves, and door bins. 
- The sleek, internal stainless steel back wall is made from the highest quality materials. Eye-catching and durable, it’s a timeless design that’s built to last. 
- Featured on both sets of doors, three wide gallon door bins easily accommodate two large side-by-side gallon containers each. 
- An ingenious three-tier layered freezer drawer system creates extra storage for frozen items, from pizza boxes to frozen waffles.

 - Full width chiller drawer: store over-sized platters with ease until you’re ready to serve them, or store snacks for quick access and easy visibility. 

What features do you look for in new appliances??

How long have you had your appliances?? 
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October 25, 2019

Are you in the Market for a Quality Instrument: Our experience with Yamaha

When my little guy was four years old, he wanted to play the violin . In fact, the picture above was the first time he laid his hands on a Yamaha violin. It was so small but he wanted to learn. We would jam out to artists like Lindsey Stirling dreaming of the day he would preform. 
This sponsored post was in partnership with Yamaha. All opinions and experiences expressed are my own. I was not required to give a positive review in any way. 
Just plucking along, learning his craft and learning to read music. One evening his teacher hung candy canes on his violin, helping him to learn balance. It's silly stories of his toddler years I remember most.
Now that he is in Middle school, he can finally join Orchestra. We are so excited to share all his experiences. From “hot cross buns” to "Marie had a little lamb" presentations. Just like any sport it's a commitment. One he seems to be taking very seriously. He asks to practice instead of us reminding him. When he comes home from lessons he is excited to show off what he has learned. The school has provided lessons but it was obvious he needed his own instrument.
We choose the Yamaha AV 5, you can check it out on their website here. I could not recommend a Yamaha store fitting and instrument enough. It's extremely easy and affordable. Are you in the market for a quality instrument? Make sure to look at their wide selection of musical instruments!
Need to find Yamaha dealer near you....Just click away HERE.
Did you play an instrument when you were young, if so which??
What is your child wanting to play??
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October 23, 2019

Beech-Nut® Natural Spice Apple Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

Some of these Moms were friends before we had babies and others were met after. We have all grown in many ways after becoming parents. Thanks to Beech-Nut® we got to try new products while sharing parenting stories at a little Mom Party!
**I received free samples to host a Mom party . 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.
Beech-Nut® is baby food made with real ingredients, gently cooked over indirect heat to preserve color, flavor, and I am all about it. Plus, all of the Beech-Nut® Naturals and Organics are Non-GMO Project Verified! I have always loved the glass jars because I used them when my son was little. Perfect for on the go or at home. 
Beech-Nut® Naturals really surprised me when they sent the party kit because they included a recipe card. I thought how odd? You can make Spice Apple Pumpkin Muffins using the baby food!! Many of you asked for the recipe so here it is.
What you will need:
 2 jars of Beech-Nut® Naturals apple and pumpkin
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup milk
2 eggs
2 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 ground nutmeg
1/2 large granny smith apple peeled, chopped
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, Beech-Nut® Naturals apple and pumpkin, oil, milk and eggs until smooth. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, cloves and nutmeg until combined. Stir flour mixture into Beech-Nut® Naturals mixture. Fold in apples. Divide evenly among prepared muffin cups. Smooth tops and sprinkle pecans. 
Bake around 25 minutes or until cooked evenly. Transfer to cooling rack, serve and enjoy!
The new things on the baby market are wonderful. I love when my friends announce their pregnancy now because shopping for them is so much fun! I wish we had so many of the great products back when my son was little. 
Did you know Beech-Nut's also has a new #Infantfluencers campaign? It seems like everyone is an influencer these days, doesn't it? Our babies develop funny personalities, strong preferences and little quirks at such a young age - making them the real influencers of today!
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October 21, 2019

Celebrate National Fire Prevention Month with these Tips

This post was sponsored by Kidde Fire Safety as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
October is National Fire Prevention Month! It's time to get serious about fire safety in your home. As a parent, I value quality products to help keep us feeling safe. We prepare our home for the winter time and go over our emergency plans in case we ever need to use it. Now is a great time to get your home ready as well!
My mother has been a fire fighter for 20 years now. She has so many scary stories because people didn't prepare their homes before a fire broke out. Let's go through some great tips on how to prepare along with some wonderful product suggestions that my family use.
This post was sponsored by Kidde Fire Safety as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Kidde is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of fire safety products. After more than 100 years of service, today you’ll find Kidde products in homes and businesses around the globe! Kidde smoke and carbon monoxide alarms help prevent injuries and minimize damage by alerting people to dangers earlier.
I first purchased my carbon monoxide and smoke alarms when I purchased my home. We choose Kidde products based on a recommendation we received and have used them ever since. 

Here are some tips:
1. Check and maintain your alarms regularly.  Roughly 3 out of 5 fire fatalities occur in homes with no smoke alarms (or they don’t work). Taking just one moment to think about fire safety today can help protect a lifetime of moments to come.
2. Have a plan in case of an emergency like a fire or hazardous chemical situation. The most critical moment in a home emergency could be the moment you take to prepare for that situation right now.  If you are in the market, it's a great time to shop for Kidde Fire Safety essentials, from smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to fire extinguishers. We found our units at The Home Depot.

3. Practice your emergency plans! While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of those have practiced. This might seem a bit weird especially with children but it's vital. Everyone in your home needs to know what to do and where to meet. This also helps you answer any questions they might have. 
4. NFPA stats show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. Be prepared.

5. Keep up maintenance on your furnace too!! We get ours cleaned yearly and change the filter often. Cooking equipment is the top cause of home fires, followed by heating equipment.

6. If you smell gas or your carbon monoxide alarm goes off please call someone. Don't wait!!
Check here to explore the available Kidde Fire Safety products! 
Do you have any Kidde products in your home??
What steps have you took to protect your home?
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October 14, 2019

Chocolate Chip Cheese Cake Recipe

 
I saw this video on Facebook featuring this recipe here and thought WE CAN MAKE that dessert! Oh my this Cheesecake recipe is AWESOME!! I will say after making this I prefer to just use the Cookie dough for the crust and not sprinkle it on top. Feel free to make it how you prefer because either way it tastes delicious!
 What you will need:
1 18 oz roll refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough 
8 oz cream cheese softened 
1/2 cup granulated sugar 
1 egg room temperature 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper or non-stick foil. Set aside. Spread a little more than half of the cookie dough onto the bottom of the baking dish and press down firmly creating an even layer. Using a stand mixer or hand held mixer, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add in the sugar and beat until combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour the cheesecake filling over the top of the cookie dough base. 
  Sprinkle the remaining cookie dough over the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until fully cooked. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. We placed our in the fridge which helped set the cheesecake!
What is your favorite Cheese Cake??
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October 11, 2019

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studio Orlando, Florida

 If you are a Halloween lover like me you may have seen Haunted Houses at Universal Studio Orlando, Halloween Horror Nights advertised. I wanted to give you my opinion because after a visit I have been itching to go back and experience them again! I would suggest getting your tickets online and arriving at Universal Early. This is a VERY popular event.
When traveling I always try and find a great hotel close to the events I will be experiencing. I usually search for hotels with: "Airport/attraction shuttle", "Complimentary breakfast" etc. This trip I stayed at the beautiful Magic Moment Resort! Palm trees, friendly staff, affordable price and it was conveniently located near Universal Studios and Disney!
I don't care how many times I walk into the Wizarding World...each time is special! When you go to the Halloween Horror Nights the Wizarding World is open. I will say it is pretty neat walking around at night time. Just be aware it's popular so crowds do tend to flock in the stores.
Before the sunset may of the workers are dressed up in character. Honestly, it was rare that they would break character (props to them). Most will not stand for a photo it can be known to happen. This particular capture (above) happened after I was taking with my friend and turned to see why he hadn't answered me. This lovely fellow was standing next to me in his place. We both had a good laugh about it but I'm sure my son might have wet himself (he HATES being scared).
 We rated each Haunted House setup in the park based on a "Scare rating". I usually do not "jump" because while I love the idea of being scared (sort of) I rarely jump because of it. When I did I would fist pump the workers and tell they "got me" (three times in total for the night, thank you)! In 2017, my Scare ratings of the Haunted Houses - were as follows
 1. Blumhouse 
2. Dead Waters 
3. Scarecrow 
4. Ashh Evil
*Again these were based off props, cast, details and if I person all got scared or not.
**Hive- was not even rated on my list...
If you visit I urge you to Play this little Scare rating game with your friends. I think it really makes you appreciate all the work that goes into these Haunted Houses and everyone can have fun discussing their experiences! 
Do you enjoy Haunted Houses??
What is your favorite Scary Movie??
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October 9, 2019

30 of the Creepiest Shows on Netflix

Frederica Church Cemetery
Do you enjoy being scared? The sensation of your hair standing up on the back of your neck is infectious! Netflix has so many Creepy flicks, What should you watch?? Here are some of our personal favorite recommends:

1. Bird Box- if you have not seen a meme about this Sandra bullock movie where have you been?? We had the pleasure of watching it before it became "Facebook Ad" famous. It has good plot direction, it was suspenseful and creepy!
2. Flinch
3. Dead to Me
4. The Haunting of Hill House

5. Conversations with a killer The Ted Bundy Tapes
6. The Boy
7. Before I Wake
8. Little Evil
9.Death Note
10.Paranormal Survivor
11. Haunted
12. World's Weirdest Homes
13. The Monster
14. 47 Meters Down
15. Ghost Ship
Frederica Church & Cemetery
16. Final Destination- I am throwing it back to my childhood recommending these movies! It has been a whole hot minute since I have watched these action packed, jump out of your seat flicks!! When i saw these added I knew we had to do a little throwback binge session!
17. The Disappointments Room
18. Scream
19. Poltergeist
20. American Horror Story
21. Await Further Instructions
22. Hold the Dark
23. Cargo
24. Day of the Dead
25. We are not Alone
26. Into the Forest
27. I am a Killer
28. Creeped Out
29. The Originals

Kid's Corner:
30. Coraline
31. Goosebumps
32. A Series of Unfortunate Events
What Creepy Show/Movie do you enjoy on Netflix?
What is your favorite Throwback Horror Flick? 
Let us know in the comments!
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October 7, 2019

Let's Host Holiday parties with the new LG InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator with Craft Ice

Fall time is casually coming to the Northern states and I am busy preparing for festive parties. After owning my home for the last 14 years it's time to upgrade my appliances to fit our lifestyle. We headed to our local Best Buy and found this beauty, LG’s InstaView™ Door-in-Door® refrigerator. It seriously has everything I need to become the ultimate home entertainer! I'm talking dual ice makers with Craft Ice™ that automatically create crushed, cubed and LG’s exclusive slow-melting round ice on demand (pictured above), for upscale, craft drinks at home - helping beverages taste their best longer.
I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card to help facilitate my review.  I was not required to give a positive review, all opinions expressed are my own.
Buying new appliances can be so overwhelming while in store. I recommend doing your research beforehand. Also check appliance features. Here are some we loved about this new LG fridge:

INSTAVIEW DOOR-IN-DOOR The LG InstaView™ design lets you see inside your refrigerator without ever opening the door—simply knock twice on the unique glass panel Offering quick and easy access to favorite foods, the popular Door-in-Door® design gets even better with an adjustable bin that fits snacks and drinks of all sizes Bin glides smoothly up and down and locks into place with minimal effort 

CRAFT ICE LG brings one of the hottest beverage trends home with the Craft Ice™ maker that automatically makes batches of slow-melting round ice—without the work No more messing with expensive and time-consuming molds that only produce one or two at a time A game changer for home entertainers, Craft Ice™ opens a new world of high-end drinks and keeps your soft drinks, lemonade and iced coffee tasting their best Additional ice maker on the door produces traditional cubed or crushed ice LG’s exclusive round, slow-melting Craft Ice™ - helping beverages taste their best longer 

FRESH INNOVATIONS Keeps produce fresh up to 2X LONGER* Only LG offers 3 innovative cooling technologies that work together to extend the life of fruits and vegetables and help keep all foods fresh and flavorful Linear Cooling maintains consistent temperatures within 1°F of the setting Smart Cooling uses digital sensors and an array of vents for total cooling control Door Cooling + delivers blasts of cool air that reach all areas of the refrigerator
Whether you love to entertain like we do or just want and upgrade I highly recommend you consider the new LG  InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator. 
What features do you look for in new appliances??
How long have you had your appliances?? 
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October 4, 2019

The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY

 Need a great place to take the family this Fall? Might I suggest a trip to the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY. They currently have Fall Festival Weekends going on which bring all sorts of fun for the family. We happened to visit on a BBQ weekend and it was a delicious experience.
Your ticket includes a Magic Show, Hay ride and the Cracklin' Hen show! Plus, 🍁 All weekdays are FREE (except Columbus Day)!!!
 Spend a day picking out pumpkins, petting animals, or riding rides and attractions. They even had WHITE pumpkins...EEK!!
  Other great attractions:
Face painting
Hayrides 🚜 --The zombies coming out of the corn field was pretty AWESOME
Corn Maze 🌽 
Boo Barn 🧟‍♀️ 
 Zombie Train 🚂 
Jumbo Jumping Pillows
 If you are bringing kids they have a nice play area, wooden train to climb on and two slides.
 They have many different vendors for food if you get hungry. Including the Witches Brew & Cafe and fresh bakery featuring my personal favorite Cider or pumpkin donuts!! 
What's your favorite Fall Festival to attend??
Where do you pick out your yearly Pumpkins??
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