Nov 202014
 

**Disclosure: My family was invited to Bonefish Grill to experience their Sunday Brunch at no charge in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

There is something special about going to brunch on a Sunday, isn’t there?  Growing up, my parents took my sister, brother and myself out to breakfast or brunch every single Sunday and it was always something that the whole family looked forward to. To be honest, I have totally slacked on keeping that tradition alive with my own children, so when I get the chance to indulge in breakfast foods, I take full advantage.  So when the opportunity to go to Sunday brunch at Bonefish Grill came up recently, I was excited to try it out.  I had never been there and was excited to see what they had to offer.

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Brunch at Bonefish is only available on Sundays, but believe me when I say that it will probably be the highlight of your week.  Bonefish Grill serves brunch from 10 am until 2 pm every Sunday!

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There were so many delicious choices, that I had a really hard time narrowing down what I wanted to order.  At first, I was seriously considering ordering the Endless Bubbles Brunch. For just $19.90,  you have your choice of an Omelet, a Brunch Favorite, or Eggs Benedict along with an endless supply of Endless Bellinis, Mimosas or Blackberry Sangria.  For under $20, that seems like a great deal, right? Continue reading »

Nov 192014
 

Veggie Tales Vegetable Stamps

Do you and your child love the Veggie Tales? The Veggies Tales are a fun way for kids to learn some valuable life lessons, and their DVDs and cartoons are perfect for the whole family to enjoy. The next time you watch a Veggies Tales flick together; keep the fun going with these simple Veggie Tales vegetable stamps. Using some vegetables from your own fridge and a little paint, you can make your own Bob the Tomato and Larry Cucumber. Here’s how to get started!

Here is what you will need:
White craft paper
White, red, green, and black craft paint
1 squash
1 potato
2-3 carrots
1 celery stalk
Knife, cutting board
Assorted paper plates Continue reading »

Nov 182014
 

How To Prepare a Boy's Closet For Winter

Getting the family’s clothing ready for winter is a true task. I have all boys, so I feel as though it is a lot of work prepping their closet for winter time. I wanted to share my tips for preparing my boys’ closets for winter time.

Go through what fits and what doesn’t fit.

My boys grow like weeds during the spring and summer. It takes me a while to go through their closets to see what still fits and what doesn’t fit. I will admit that some of the clothing they outgrow during the school year and that’s easy to take care of.

Add at least five pairs of jeans and 7-10 long sleeved shirts.

I know there are guidelines to which you should follow when it comes to how many pieces of clothing your child has in their closet. However, knowing what boys are like and how fast they go through clothing, I go ahead and stock up. Five pairs of pants and 7-10 long sleeved shirts are just the basis for me. I try to add on where I can. I also make sure the boys are stocked up on socks and underwear as well. Continue reading »

Nov 172014
 

Imagine a world where you can everything beautifully on the screen right in front of you. Perhaps, you can imagine a world where you can’t even distinguish television from real life, or a television that gives you an even better display than real life.

My husband and I have recently come across a television that is unlike any other and we both agree that it would be fabulous to own in real life. I mean we have a hard core television crush on the LG OLED TV, available at Best Buy.

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As a child, I remember watching television and thinking it was cool to be able to see my favorite shows. My boys have it made here in 2014! They can watch a television that changes the way they can view the world. Let me tell you why this TV is specifically so amazing!

  • Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.
  • 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.
  • Super thin design
  • Find content faster with webOS

Continue reading »

Nov 162014
 

Game Day Buffalo Chicken Dip

If you ask me, one of the best parts of watching football on Sundays is the snacks.  Game day just isn’t the same around here without lots of things to munch on.  Buffalo chicken dip always goes over really well and today I wanted to share the recipe with you.

Here’s what you need:

2 medium size chicken breasts, baked and shredded or you could also use (2) 10 oz. cans of canned chicken to save time.

8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature

½ C. ranch dressing, any brand

½ C. Franks Red Hot Sauce Continue reading »

Nov 132014
 

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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I consider myself to be digitally savvy.  I do pretty much everything online including the majority of my shopping.  There are a million apps out there dedicated to helping people save and although I know about a few of them, I am sure there are a ton more that I am missing out on.

Do you identify yourself as a digitally savvy shopper, too? Do you take advantage of online shopping, whether browsing for deals on your mobile phone/tablet, or downloading apps that help you save?  If you answered yes to any of these, check this out:

Walmart wants to hear about your shopping habits in their exclusive online community! Those who participate will get the chance to learn from others who also use digital options to shop smart and will serve as advisers by providing feedback directly to Walmart decision-makers.

In addition to the opportunity to impact the brand, members will receive a $5 Amazon gift code for joining and an additional $10 Amazon gift code each month for participating.

Sounds pretty good, right?  I think so, too.  You can learn more and see if you qualify here: http://mayweask.com/walmart11

So, what do you think? Do you plan on joining Walmart’s new exclusive online community?

Nov 122014
 

Thanks to Honey Nut Cheerios for sponsoring today’s discussion!

Mornings around my house can be really chaotic.  Not only do the kids have to get ready for school, but my husband needs to get ready and out for work – all at the same time.  The one thing I insist on is that everyone in the house has a healthy breakfast before starting their days. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and what’s better than kicking off the day with a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios?  With Honey Nut Cheerios, I know that my family is eating a heart healthy, nutritious breakfast and even better, it’s something quick & easy to get for them!  I am all about saving time in the morning!

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Often times as we’re running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to get ready in the mornings, we’ve got music playing in the background.  Imagine my excitement when I bought a box of Honey Nut Cheerios at Walmart the other day and I saw that it had a code for a free song download.  And not just any song mind you, it’s a brand new song from one of our favorite artist’s: Usher.  Score.  Usher’s new song, “Clueless” is is ONLY available through this Honey Nut Cheerios promotion! That’s right, it’s not included in Usher’s new album release and cannot be found or purchased anywhere else. Continue reading »

Nov 112014
 

5 Tips For a Thinner Thanksgiving

Don’t you love that after thanksgiving feeling where you feel too full to move? Well, that feeling is probably what has made you gain a few pounds over the years. Thanksgiving doesn’t need to be full of all of the fatty-ness, you can have a thinner thanksgiving by checking out these tips.

#1. Less Carbs

Little did you know that you can make Thanksgiving a big hit without all of the carbohydrates. Try adding a little less carbs to the meal and a few healthier options. Instead of mashed potatoes, try sweet potato fries or mashed potatoes made out of cauliflower.

#2. Leave the Soda Behind

When it comes to those sugary drinks, avoid them over the holidays. Honestly, you’re probably not paying attention to how much you’re drinking. It’s best to drink water anyways, especially if you’re looking to have a thinner Thanksgiving holiday. Continue reading »

Nov 102014
 

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**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Do you love all things tomato? So do I, which is why I was excited to try some of the staples of the Redpack Tomato Sauce line. Redpack has been making quality tomato sauce and tomato products since 1942, and they offer a great line of canned tomato products perfect for your kitchen recipes. I was able to test out the crushed tomatoes recently, and was quite pleased with the pasta sauce I was able to create right in my own kitchen. Here’s how I did it:

Ingredients:

2 large cans of Redpack Crushed Tomatoes
1 medium sized white onion
5-7 fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes Continue reading »

Nov 092014
 

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**I received a copy of Maleficent to review in exchange for my honest opinion of the movie.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

I tried so hard to see Maleficent when it was in theaters last spring, but because of one thing or another, I just never ended up getting there.  When I heard that the Blu-Ray & DVD Combo Pack was being released on November 4th, I knew I finally had my chance to see it.  Last weekend, I sat down with a big bowl of popcorn to watch it.

In case you’re not familiar with the story, Maleficent is the story about the villain in the 1959 Disney film, Sleeping Beauty.  To summarize, in the movie they tell the story of how Maleficent had her heart turned to stone by her first love who betrayed her.  She spends her life trying to right the wrong that was done to her.  I was captivated the entire time I was watching this movie.  It was a great story and it was very well told.

I can’t say enough about Angelina Jolie who stars as Maleficent in the movie. Long before the movie was ever released I kept saying that she was the  perfect casting choice and I was right. I honestly can’t even imagine anyone else playing the character. Her performance was incredible and she was absolutely perfect for the part.

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Overall, Maleficent was one of my favorite movies of the year. I loved it and if you haven’t seen it yet, you should.

Maleficent is one of my favorite villains.  I loved the character long before this movie was ever even thought of.  If you love all things Maleficent, you have to give this Maleficent themed holiday ornament a try. Using a few basic crafting supplies and VERY little crafting skill, you can make your own Maleficent holiday ornament perfect for displaying on your tree. Take a peek so you can get started working your own Maleficent magic. This is a craft that is too fun to miss out on! Continue reading »

Nov 062014
 

**Disclosure:  We received a Transformers Rescue Bot at no charge in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Both of my boys love the Transformers.  There’s just something about a talking robot that turns into a vehicle that makes both of my boys stop and pay attention.  If you have “regular” Transformers toys, you know they can be a bit of a challenge for younger kids (and adults like myself) to transform from robot into vehicle mode. If that’s the case, Hasbro has the solution: Transformers Rescue Bots: Optimus Primal! Optimus Primal is made specifically for kids ages 3 to 7 years old! If your younger kids love Transformers and want one of their own, they’re going to love this!

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The Optimus Primal easily transforms from Optimus prime into a T-Rex in one motion, and with a push of a button can return back to Optimus prime.

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In both Robot Mode and Dino Mode, Optimus Primal has lights and sounds!  There are 20-plus sounds and phrases. When Optimus Primal is in robot mode, it says things like: Let’s stomp, chomp, and rescue!” When you change Optimus into dino mode, he will roar, breathe, and make other T-Rex sounds. Continue reading »

Nov 052014
 

Non Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

Doesn’t the thought of eating turkey and mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving make you feel a little traditional? I feel as though it’s time to step out of the box and think non-traditional this year. That’s why I’m letting you know about several different non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner ideas that will have you smacking your lips.

#1. Chinese Food

I’ve always thought this would be a great idea for a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Who says you need to have a table full of turkey, pasta, and potatoes? I’m thinking along the lines of Chinese Food this year. It tastes delicious and I know everyone will love it.

#2. Healthier Versions

I am frankly tired of gaining weight over the holidays and that’s why I’ve thought about just being completely healthy about Thanksgiving this year as well. Instead of mashed potatoes, I like the idea of sweet potato crisps. Don’t worry about the #1 in this post though because Chinese food is naturally healthy and those calories don’t count (insert wink here). Continue reading »

Nov 042014
 

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**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Considering we are a family that enjoys a fast yet hearty meal, we were excited to recently give Prince Pasta a try. Prince Pasta has been in the business of crafting quality pastas since 1912, so it should come as no surprise that it is a pasta we truly enjoyed.

Prince Pasta makes a variety of pastas such as spaghetti, rotini, bow ties, and so much more. Most recently they started creating pastas for the more health conscious consumer, including whole grain, fiber added, and even gluten free varieties. This is quite exciting news since pasta has traditionally been thought of as unhealthy. Prince is taking pasta in a new direction and creating products that even the health conscious or restricted dieter can enjoy! For this review, we sampled the spaghetti noodles they were sent to us, along with some ready made sauce and organic dried basil. Continue reading »

Nov 032014
 

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Trifle

It’s that time of years again.  You know what I’m talking about.  It’s time to pumpkinize!  If  you’re like me and love all things pumpkin and you happen to be looking for a fantastic pumpkin dessert, look no further. This one is a doosey!  I’m talking about a Salted Caramel Pumpkin Trifle!  Doesn’t that sound amazing?

To make the pumpkin bites you will need:

15 oz. can of Pumpkin Puree
1 ½ C Dark Brown Sugar
¾ C Melted Butter
4 Eggs
2 C Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Cinnamon
Dash Allspice
1 ½ tsp Kosher Salt

Caramel Sauce:

1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Heavy Cream or Half and Half
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Kosher Salt Continue reading »

Nov 022014
 

When I was recently invited to go on a winery tour on Long Island, NY, I don’t think I could have said yes fast enough. First off, I had never been to Long Island, so I was thrilled to be able to experience a whole new place.  Secondly, I had never toured a winery before, so it sounded like it would be an unforgettable experience and I was excited to be a part of it.   I met up with several other bloggers in New London, CT, which is where our day started.

Because Long Island is well, an island, we boarded the Cross Sound Ferry in New London to take us on the 16 mile journey across Long Island Sound to Orient Point, NY.  For this trip, we took the JessicaW, which is a passenger only, high-speed ferry. Cross Sound Ferry operates both passenger only and auto ferries all year round.

The ferry ride took about 40-45 minutes from departure to arrival on Long Island. Once we arrived, we met up with the lovely Jo-Ann of Vintage Tours with Jo-Ann Perry.  Jo-Ann provides guided winery tours of the North Fork of Long Island’s finest wineries.

Our first stop of the day was The Candyman, which is located at  22350 Main Road in Orient, NY. The Candyman is a small candy shop that specializes in homemade chocolates and candy.

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As soon as I walked in the door, the smell of chocolate filled the air.  It smelled like heaven on earth.

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The Candyman shop was filled with seasonal candy, fudge, jelly beans, small gifts and so much more. Continue reading »

Oct 302014
 

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Keeping our kids safe is one of the most important jobs a parent has. That’s why it’s important to establish safety rules for trick or treating.

Isn’t it ironic that trick or treating basically goes against everything we teach or kids? (Don’t talk to strangers, don’t go up to houses, and don’t play in the street). For those couple of hours they’re trick or treating all kids should have some sort of guidelines. Check out these safety tips:

#1. Have Your Child Wear Bright Colors

Bright colors are a must if you’re going to go trick or treating this year. Make sure your child isn’t wearing all black and drivers can see them as they’re walking. If your child is going to wear all black, in the dark, it’s a good idea to have them wear a bright vest.

#2. Pick a Safe Route

My kids and I hit up the same route every year. It’s important that your family picks out a route that’s safe for you as well. Remember that during October the days get shorter and it can be harder to see. If you’re not sure of where you’re going it can be hard to see in the dark and can make for a dangerous situation. Continue reading »

Oct 292014
 

**Disclosure: My family was invited to the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston and received our meals at no charge in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

My kids went to their first Hard Rock Cafe earlier this year when we were in Hollywood and have talked about how much fun they had there off & on since we were there this past April.  When I told them that we were going to the one in Boston for lunch recently, they both just about burst with excitement.

The reason for our visit was because on Saturday, October 25th, The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston rolled out their new kids menu featuring the the Hard Rock Roxtars® and we wanted to check it out.

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Here’s a little bit of information about the Hard Rock Roxtars program:

The Hard Rock Roxtars are a band of characters serving as brand ambassadors for Hard Rock’s multifaceted brand-wide programs catering to children of all ages, presented at Hard Rock Cafes®, Hard Rock Hotels and Rock Shops® worldwide.  Kids who dine at the Cafe will receive their own activity book, Hard Rock Roxtars themed menus and they get to eat off of cool guitar-shaped plates!

As part of The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program in collaboration with Healthy Dining, a mission and online resource that helps parents and children alike select healthy menu options when dining out, Hard Rock Cafes worldwide will offer healthier food options, ranging from Skiddley’s “Not-so-diddley” chicken breast to the “twisted ‘n tasty” cavatappi pasta. Continue reading »

Oct 282014
 

Pumpkin Carving With Kids - How to Stay Safe!

The little ones are probably excited about carving a pumpkin this year. How do you keep things safe but still have fun at the same time? Well, you can’t just hand your child a knife and tell them to start cutting. You need a plan in place and these tips will help you out.

#1. Always Supervise the Kids

Even if you think you can walk away for a moment or two and your child will be safe, you’re probably wrong. Kids do the most damage when you’re not looking. Try to have two adults helping out if possible, this will help you really keep an eye on what’s going on.

#2. Use Guided Instruction

Instead of doing everything for your child, you can guide them in the process of pumpkin carving. You don’t have to give your child a knife to carve a pumpkin, there are pumpkin carving kits out there. Although each pumpkin carving kit is bound to have something sharp in it, so make sure you go over safety tips with the kiddos. Continue reading »

Oct 272014
 

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**Disclosure:  I received a Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum at no charge in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

As a mom of all boys, I’m always looking for ways to keep my house clean. When I say I’ve tried multiple cleaning products to clean my house, I’m not lying. I was recently asking to review the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum and I was so excited to get this opportunity. I know many of my readers will fall in love the Shark Rocket just as I have. Let me share with you while you’ll love it and why my husband also fell in love with it. I’ll admit that he got his hands on it before I could. Hey! Any device that makes my husband want to help me clean, then I’m all game!

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Here is a starter list of what this amazing Rocket can do!

  • It can clean your bare floors. Although my kids no longer walk around with Cheerios in their hands, they still leave crumbs lying around. The Shark Rocket is pure genius!
  • The Shark Rocket keeps its suction for….EVER! Seriously, this vacuum has some amazing suction power…just ask the inside of our couch cushions.
  • The Shark Rocket will make your carpets cleaner than you ever thought possible, especially with the amazing suction power is possesses.
  • The Shark Rocket “makers” have thought of everything for this amazing vacuum! There’s even a hook that helps keep it off the floor storage wise. Yes!
  • I really love how many different ways you can clean with the Shark Rocket! It’s truly amazing to be able to go from cleaning the grime off your kitchen floor to sucking Lego’s out of your couch in a matter of seconds.

Continue reading »

Oct 262014
 

How to Embarrass Your Child This Halloween

Embarrassing your child is fun and Halloween is the perfect time to do so. Are you looking for some ideas to start embarrassing your children? I’ve done all the hard work for you by giving you the following ideas:

#1. Talk Loud

There’s nothing more embarrassing than a parent who talks really loud and there’s nothing your child can do about it. When they ask a question, just talk as loud as you can. Talk especially loud for the really embarrassing questions.

#2. Don’t Match

Matching your clothes this Halloween is easy, go on your Halloween adventure wearing the craziest clothing you can find. It’s Halloween so you need to really try extra hard to make this task embarrassing.

#3. Ask for Candy

At the last minute, whip out a grocery bag and ask random doors for candy. This is hilarious because your child won’t be expecting it. The key is to make sure you keep your face as serious as possible. Continue reading »