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August 28, 2020

Audubon Community Nature Center in New York

 "In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful."- Alice Walker
It’s so surreal thinking back to just a couple months ago, we were looking forward to our annual Spring break trip. I had several Press trips lined up & could explore the US freely. We lost count after day 45, in quarantine of life, as we once knew it.... With our face masks in tow we explored the Audubon Community Nature Center in New York.
As you enter the trails they do have a fun play area for kids. So far it seems as though the cost is by donations. They even have a plant exchange you can also donate to!
 There are many trails to enjoy. We have explored pretty much all of them and they all vary in difficulty. I would say overall they are easy to manage just be sure to wear sneakers.
 They offer several photo blinds and even a neat tower you can view the grounds from. 
 We love viewing the wildlife at different times of the day to catch new animals and birds!
 My personal favorite trails are those with the wooden pathways (pictured above). They have a few and each view something different. There is also a Bald Eagle called "Liberty" you can visit who unfortunately was injured and can't be released back into the wild.
  Whether you visit this Audubon Center see if you have one in your area! 
They offer tons of creatures, walking, slithering & flying among you. It's a perfect way to educate, get in shape and make memories with your kids if you have them.
Have you ever been to a Audubon Center??
Let us know which one's you enjoy in the comments below!!
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August 27, 2020

We completed the Wounded Warrior Carry Forward Virtual 5k

I’m an AMERICAN. I was born one. No, I didn’t have to risk the Bering Sea to become one. I am afforded liberties & rights because of this privilege. Though in my youth, I was never called to enlist in the Military, my younger brother was. I think many of YOU reading this know someone who has done the same. They enlisted into our military to Serve this country of ours for one reason or another. 
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈThank them for me πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
This post is made possible with support from the Wounded Warrior Carry Forward Virtual 5k. All opinions are my own.
I believe being an American is all about support, sacrifice & finding common ground to unite us. The  Wounded Warrior Carry Forward is not just a partnership for work, it’s personal. My brother was injured in the line of his second tour to Afghanistan. As a result he was honorably discharged. He, like many Veterans had to adjust back to civilian life. Not always easy and without organizations like this, sometimes impossible.
This week we raised Old Glory, to represent our fallen and injured soldiers. Though tattered, torn our Flag has never faltered. Like so many of our veterans she has been burned, beaten but never forgotten. I encourage you to help me as I complete this 5k by sponsoring those Wounded Warriors who can’t speak for themselves.
To remind them that no Soldier if left behind.
I can't tell you how many care packages we sent of gold bond, pantry foods and bath essentials to my brother overseas. Letters, hit or miss phone calls and emails. Anyone who has had a loved one deployed, understands. I watched with my little one as the ships came in and the hover crafts beached soldiers on land. Hours and hours went by in 90 degree weather but we didn't care the anticipation of 4 years of not seeing him was enough to wait. We held onto the dream he was alright and would make it home safely. 
Can you imagine waiting for days on end for two weeks never knowing when they will actually come in, if at all? 
This is how the military families live everyday.
I’m asking you to join me in helping put the mission in motion. Take action for injured veterans. Give what you can. Every bit helps transform the way warriors are empowered, employed, and engaged in our communities.
For all past, present & future Warriors, WE carry for you! 
You can also join via a Vitual 5k! Use the promotional code "FREEDOM" for FREE registration!
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August 10, 2020

Greek Chicken with Garlic Yogurt Sauce and Potatoes Recipe

Like every busy family sometimes we go out to eat, or I make something at home. I opted to activate our Home Chef account for some inspiration when we run out of ideas! I love the quality of the ingredients and the recipe ideas. This meal idea was an inspired recipe with our own twist. I hope you enjoy it!! If you are interested in Home Chef, I will leave you my referral links, which scores you a $35 credit off your first purchase! The best part...they delivery everything you need right to your door, no grocery shopping required! 
You can easily pause or deactivate your account like we do and nothing is charged!
What you will need:
1 Onion
1 Garlic Clove
2 Roma Tomatoes, diced
2 tsp. Greek Seasoning
4 oz. Greek Yogurt
1 Persian Cucumber
12 oz. Yukon Potatoes
13 oz. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Lemon, zest & slice
Cut potatoes into 1" chunks. Mince garlic. Place potatoes on prepared baking sheet and toss with 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 2 tsp. lemon zest, and ¼ tsp. salt. Massage oil and seasoning into potatoes. Spread into a single layer. Roast in hot oven until lightly browned and tender, 20-22 minutes. Top roasted potatoes with feta and 2 tsp. lemon juice. While potatoes roast, make sauce.
Grate cucumber using large holes in box grater. Peel and halve shallot. Slice into thin strips. Combine yogurt, cucumber, garlic (to taste), and ¼ tsp. salt.
 Place a large non-stick pan over medium heat, add 2 tsp. olive oil and chicken. Cook until golden brown then add shallot. Add tomatoes and cook until warmed through.
 You can top with Feta Cheese if you wish (we prefer it without).
Serve & Enjoy! 
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August 7, 2020

Our visit to the Sunflower fields in Sanborn, New York

 “Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace”. -Old French Proverb⁣
Have you ever been to a Sunflower field?? Being a Mom means thinking outside the box for fun activities (especially, in this Pandemic, Covid-19)!" I saw on my Facebook feed a friend visiting the Sunflower fields in Sanborn N.Y. After a quick search on their Social Media account I found a Niagara County Sheriff event featuring the K9 units.
Mac was so EXCITED to meet the officers (pictured above with Officer Chief). They were attentive, skilled & so great with him. We truly thank the guys in blue & their canine companions!!
The U pick section is $1 a flower 🌻🌻!! ⁣It’s free to walk around πŸ™Œ⁣. My advice is to come early, if you want to beat the crowds (like we did). You can pack a lunch, they have tons of places to sit, both in sun & shade. Or enjoy their food vendors. Everything is clean, sanitized including stations to do just that! 
 We also took advantage of their Gem Mining. We bought two large bags for $10 and on a hot day it was a great way to cool off while sifting our treasures.
It was a drive to the Sunflowers Of Sanborn N.Y., but personally worth it 🌻! They have fields to explore, take photos in, a corn maze, scavenger hunt & a fun Mining gem activity. If you are looking for a fun place to spend a few hours or the day this is a great option for all ages!
Have you ever been to a Sunflower field before??
What fun places have you explored during Covid-19??
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