The other day, I was turning over the page of my kitchen calendar ( yes, I still have a paper calendar on my wall!) and I noticed that Grandparents Day was listed as a holiday. It got me wondering on why someone thought we needed such a day. After all grandparents are still parents and we already had Mother’s and Father’s Day. To be honest, I really thought Grandparents Day was a product of “that ” card company as a marketing tool to sell cards and gifts at their stores. A quick Google search informed me that I wrong. It was actually started in 1970 by Marian McQuade of WV. She started the campaign after she noticed lonely grandparents in nursing homes. Her movement had a grass roots appeal and in 1978 President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day as Grandparents Day.
**Disclosure: Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**
“Fragrance is emotion brought to Life. The Caress Forever Collection evokes love, passion, sensuality, and elegance.”- Loc Dong
I love getting pampered. What woman doesn’t, right? The thing is, I am a busy mom and and as much as I would love to visit the spa
daily weekly, I just don’t have the time or the money for that. Lucky for me, the new Caress Forever Collection gives me a spa like experience – right in the comfort of my own home. The Caress Forever Collection is the world’s first body wash with Fragrance Touch Technology. The breakthrough technology of Caress Fragrance Release Pearls™ releases bursts of perfume with every touch of your skin. The best part is, the floral fragrance lasts for up to 12 hours. 12 hours!! So I smell great all day long.
It took more than 25 scientists across 4 continents to develop this technological breakthrough. Loc Dong, who is an award winning perfumer with nearly 20 years of experience under his belt, created the scents for these two new body washes. He was inspired by the confident and sensual modern woman and was able to capture the essence in these two scents:
I am pretty choosy about what I let my kids watch on television. Most of the shows that we watch on a regular basis are on PBS and one of my six year old’s favorites is Martha Speaks. What’s not to love about a talking dog, right?
So when they heard that we were getting a sneak peek of a couple of brand spankin’ new episodes of one of their favorite shows, they were wicked excited!
Both of my boys sat and watched the episodes contently. I mean, they sat and watched for the entire time. Do you know what that means? They liked them!! When my boys don’t like something or something doesn’t catch their interest, trust me, I will hear all about it.
There are a lot of options out there for the kids on television (not like when I was a kid and cable hadn’t even been invented yet!!) and it makes me happy that they truly enjoy shows like Martha Speaks. For me, I love that they’re learning while they’re watching. Martha and the gang introduce new vocabulary words in each episode and isn’t it great when they learn something new and don’t even realize it? Plus, it’s a show that I feel comfortable leaving the room while they’re watching because I know it’s always positive and clean.
In DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery, is nearly cause for an all-out war between the two establishments until Le Saule Pleureur’s icy proprietress Madame Mallory recognizes her rival’s undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals.
In honor of DreamWorks Pictures’ charming new movie The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren, here is a tasty new recipe to get you excited for the film!
A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
When I was a kid, I remember watching Cinderella over and over and over again with my sister, so her & I will definitley be there to see this movie when it comes out next year.
As a special treat, here is a little sneak peek of Cinderella:
Back when I found out that I was going to be hosting a Disney Side party, I was pretty excited. I mean, if you know us in real life then you know what BIG Disney fans we are. We go to Disney World every year and being able to host a Disney party at our house made my family’s day! Check out the amazing home Celebration kit they sent us for our party:
It was filled with party favors, decorations, games, activities, recipe ideas and more!
This contest has now ended. Congrats to #1, Melissa – have fun!
The Naughty and Hilarious Sequel to SPANK! A Fifty Shades Parody
The VETS February 6th, 2014
After selling out The VETS in November, the country’s #1 ladies night out returns with an all-new sexy and satirical show! The phenomenon of SPANK! THE FIFTY SHADES PARODY took the world by storm in 2013, delivering a night of naughty and hilarious fun to women in over 160 cities across the globe. Your cheeks will hurt with laughter as SPANK! HARDER picks up where the original left off, parodying not only “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but taking aim at a variety of pop culture that is begging to be SPANK’D!
SPANK! Harder takes place at The VETS on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:00P. Tickets are $35 – $45; Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at www.thevetsri.com, (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or the PPAC/The VETS Box Office.
You may remember last month that I told you about our new addition, Milo. We adopted Milo from a family who couldn’t keep him any longer, so we weren’t sure how long it would take him to get comfortable with us and living in our house. I figured that I would give you an update on how his transition was going.
Well, it couldn’t be going any better. Ok, that’s it.
Just kidding. Did you think you were getting off without seeing a bunch of pictures of him? No way, Jose.
Milo is totally a lap dog. He loves to hang out with us up on the couch while we’re watching tv or on our laptops.
Many of you know that my sister got married a little over a week ago (October 12th to be exact), but since we flew off to Disney World early the following morning, this is the first chance I’ve had to share some pictures from the big day. I was a bridesmaid in the wedding and if you recall, I threw her bridal shower back in August.
But first, here are a couple of pictures from the rehearsal dinner the night before –
This is my sister (the bride), my brother and me:
And here we all are with our significant others:
I received complimentary LeapFrog products in order to host the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.
Last weekend, we had a really fun “Ready, Set, Read & Write” Party sponsored by LeapFrog. I absolutely adore LeapFrog products. I have purchased many of their products over the years for my two boys and I just simply cannot say enough good things about them. I was thrilled when I found out that my family was selected to host a LeapFrog LeapReader™ “Ready, Set, Read & Write” MommyParty!
The LeapReader™ Reading and Writing System is the newest product in the LeapFrog line and my little man loved being one of the first kids to get to try it out! The LeapReader features a library of 150+ books, workbooks, audio books and more to help your child learn to sound out words, trace letters and read sentences!
We received a great party kit before we had some friends over last weekend which really helped up make the party a great one. Aside from two of the new LeapReaders, which came pre-loaded with books and learning apps, we received a Learn to Write Letters With Mr. Pencil Writing Workbook, Talking Words Factory Writing Workbook, LeapFrog Disney-Pixar Monsters University 3D book (which came with 16 pairs of LeapFrog Monsters University 3D glasses!), Get Ready for Kindergarten book, Talking Words Factory Flash Cards, and 2 LeapReader Sampler books.
When people ask me what I do for work, I tend to tell people that I’m a stay-at-home-mom, which is only partly true. While I am at home all day and I am a mom, I actually do have a job which allows me to from home part time. I am a contractor for my company, so my hours are flexible and because I am a busy mom, I usually only work around ten hours per week. Sometimes I find it easier to omit the fact that I do work from home from the conversation because to explain what I do is long & involved.
But there you have it, I am a work-at-home-mom.
As I slowly creep up on the big 4-0 (did I just say that out loud??!!), I’ve been starting to put a little thought into retirement. Like I said before, I am a contractor and that means two things. One is that I only get paid when I work and the other is that there are no benefits with my position. At all. So saving for my retirement is completely up to me. As I started to do a little research online recently, I came across an article called Retirement Challenges Loom Larger for Women and it caught my attention. Like a lot of women, I make less money than my husband and as of right now, I have very little saved towards retirement. My biggest fear is that I will outlive my husband and because we didn’t start saving sooner, I’ll run out of money after he is gone.
Last Wednesday, my boys started school & as we were standing outside at the bus stop (which is just in front of my house) my nine year old noticed that our shadows looked like “stairs”.
It just happened to be the way we were standing, but we all thought that it looked pretty cool. In order, I was on the far left, then Chris, then the nine year old and the six year old was on the right.
After months and months of planning and stress, last Saturday was finally the day of my sister’s bridal shower. It was held at The Fireside Grille in Middleboro, MA and I am so happy to say that everything went off without a hitch.
I have to give credit to one of the other bridesmaids for the idea, but we ended up going with a 20’s flapper theme. Because the restaurant had a minimum requirement for a private room and so many of the groom’s family lives out of state & were unable to make it, the shower ended up being a Jack & Jill, so there were some men in attendance that day, too.
Here is the cake:
I made it myself. KIDDING. I ordered it from Just Desserts in Bridgewater, MA and they did an AMAZING job. I couldn’t have been happier when I walked into the bakery that morning to pick it up and it was sitting on the counter waiting for me.
When I met Chris (in 2008), he had two tattoos. One was a Superman symbol on his right arm and the other was a small rain drop left to his left nipple (don’t ask). Since then, I’ve been trying to subtly tell him that another tat on his left arm would look good. And after all these years, he finally agreed to do it this past weekend.
He is an Air Force man, just a few months shy of his 20 year mark, so it was kind of a no-brainer about what he was going to get tattooed on his arm: The Air Force Symbol.
Here he is getting it:
And here is the finished product:
In case you’re not my friend on Facebook and missed it on Twitter, a couple of weeks ago I got another tattoo. One of my best friends, Denise, wanted to had been itching to get more ink (she’s totally got me beat in the tattoo department by the way), and knew I’d never, ever pass up on a chance to hit up the tattoo parlor, so off we went.
I knew I wanted something on my wrist and I had a good idea of what I wanted, so after her tattoo was done – it was my turn.
Here’s the finished product. This makes numero seven – and I am definitely not done yet, but first I need to figure out what I want and where.
It’s no secret that I love my Keurig brewer. I’ve written about it before and it’s just one of those things I want to shout from the rooftop to anyone that listen. To me, the idea of making one cup at a time is genius and the fact that there are so many coffee, tea and cocoa options available, makes it one of the greatest inventions of our time in my opinion. I use my brewer on a daily basis and as a K-Cup brand ambassador, I am lucky enough to get the opportunity to try flavors of their amazing coffees and teas that I may not have normally gotten a chance to try. Recently I received a shipment of their Italian Roast coffee from Barista Prima Coffeehouse® K-Cup® packs and I am in love!
Barista Prima Coffeehouse® K-Cup® packs are an exclusive collection of the world’s finest Arabica coffees inspired by Europe’s most celebrated coffee houses. Barista Prima® offers a deep, dark-roasted flavor for connoisseurs of coffee, which pairs perfectly with your delicioso Italian treat.
Oh, and welcome to Show Me Yours Sunday – A Giveaway Linky. SYMS is hosted by the stunning Jana over at Boobies, Babies & A Blog and yours truly. We are soooo not fussy, so link up any giveaways you’ve got going on!
Hope ya have a wonderful day with your families and a very Merry Christmas!
Happy Sunday and welcome to Show Me Yours Sunday – A Giveaway Linky. SYMS is hosted by the amazing Jana over at Boobies, Babies & A Blog and yours truly. We are NOT fussy, so link up any giveaways you’ve got going on! Oh, and check out mine while you’re here…..pretty please.
Hope ya have a great Sunday and for all my Jewish friends – Happy Chanukah (It starts on Tuesday in case you didn’t know).