Mar 222016
 

Recently I’ve teamed up with Jaclyn Zukerman, a successful Boston based entrepreneur. In addition to her amazing podcast “Social Scene with JZ” in which she has interviewed all sorts of great people ranging from start-ups to celebrities, she runs her own business – JZ Social Enterprises. JZ Social Enterprises offers marketing/promotions to clients from luxury to individual talent to startups. This is where she helps build partnerships, grow their following and online promotions and more. Her goal is to help showcase what people do through her podcasts, events and social media outlets.

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Since her business is growing like wildfire, she’s starting something new and exciting.  She’s launching #GETSCENE Magazine! Here’s what Editor in Chief, Jaclyn Zukerman has to say about her new venture: Continue reading »

Mar 212016
 

Why Legos are Great for Kids

Everyone has encountered Legos at one time or another. If you’ve had kids that love them, hate them, or you’ve stepped on one with your bare foot and experienced the most painful three minutes of your entire life, you know that Legos can be both a blessing and a curse! The good news is that Legos are an obsession you can feel good about encouraging! Legos help kids in a bunch of different ways without them even knowing, which is great for stubborn little ones!

Legos Develop Creative Thinking

Without having to sit them down and encourage them to complete complex problems or puzzles, Legos are able to develop creative thinking skills in children and young adults. This is a skill that can really pay off down the road, later in life. Creative problem solving comes with the territory when building anything with Legos. Sure, there are instructions and pictures and YouTube tutorials, but in the end you really have to be able to see what you want to build and find a way to make it happen. These trial and error experiments and forward thinking puzzles can really help kids and teens learn how to solve problems creatively. The best part about all of this is that you don’t have to fight with them, they’re learning without even realizing! Continue reading »

Mar 202016
 

Easy Paper Plate Easter Egg Craft

If there is one thing that I remember from my childhood, it’s that my parents house was always decorated for every holiday imaginable.  Not only did my mom put out decorations she bought from Bradlees (remember Bradlees??), but she would always put my sister, brother and me to work crafting homemade decorations.  As a child I loved making Easter eggs out of paper plates and now that I have my own kids, they love making them, too.  They are incredibly easy to make and I love that they help bring out the kids creativity!  Plus, it’s pretty cool to walk into my house and see these cute Easter eggs everywhere.

Here’s what you need to make your paper plate eggs:

  • Paper plate platter
  • Green, blue, pink, and yellow craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Plastic eggs

Here’s what you do:

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Mar 162016
 

Energy efficiency is paramount to anyone who wants to save money every month. Homes that aren’t zipped up tight can cost you more money every month in electricity and natural gas, because they don’t function as efficiently as they should or could. HomeSelfe is an app designed to help you save money every month by allowing you to see where you could improve your home’s energy efficiency.

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Energy Efficiency Evaluation Made Easy

It’s the Year of the Ruehrweins, and we’ve been making the most of it. It’s been such a fun-filled changed from the hum drum we normally do, and we’re all thoroughly enjoying it. To keep enjoying it, my husband and I are continually looking for ways to save money. One of those ways is making sure our home is as energy efficient as possible, so we avoid paying more than we have to each month on heating and cooling.

HomeSelfe is an app designed to help you easily evaluate your homes’ energy inefficiencies and give you solutions on how to change them. What’s great about this app is that rather than having someone come in and charge you a few hundred dollars, you can do it yourself. And you can do it for free. I like free.

How HomeSelfe Works

This fun, easy, and free application was developed in cooperation with local, state, and national public utilities and is designed to give you the best possible energy efficiency audit results for your home and your wallet. With this patent pending app, you can create a digital mock up of your home, and you’re provided with a simple questionnaire which you can answer at your own pace. Once your HomeSelfe is complete, you’ll instantly get a free, easy to understand report providing a clear assessment of your home’s energy efficiency, where you need to improve, and what upgrades are most important to your home. Continue reading »

Mar 152016
 

Homemade Pancake Mix

My kids are kind of fussy about food.  Actually let me rephrase – my eight year old is very fussy.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many times he’s missed dinner because he flat out refused to eat what I made.  And we’re not taking about anything out of the ordinary, either. It happened not too long ago when I make English muffin pizzas.  English muffin pizzas you guys!  Who doesn’t like those?  Anyways, I absolutely will not make a separate meal for him, so if he doesn’t like what I make – he doesn’t eat.  I will always leave him a plate and many times he’s come back later that night to have a few bites, but sometimes he hasn’t.

Anyhow, there are two meals I know for a fact he will eat anytime I make them. The first is tacos in a bag.  For a picky eater, that one baffles me.  The kid won’t eat a cheeseburger, but he’ll eat a taco in a bag complete with sour cream and seasoned beef.

But I digress. Continue reading »

Mar 142016
 

Although it’s been a while since my boys were in diapers, when they were Luvs was my brand of choice. The contoured shape hugged my little guys for a great fit, and a cottony material felt soft and gentle on their skin. I always loved that Luvs had larger refastenable stretch tabs so fastening Luvs diapers was super easy. I could rest assured knowing that my boys had a secure, snug fit time after time. The best part for me was that Leak Barrier Leg Gathers and a Leakguard Core made life easier by helping to keep leaks in the diaper where they belong!  Plus it kept my boys dry and comfortable.

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Did you know that Luvs has Money Back Guarantee?   They feel so strongly that their diapers will keep your baby leak-free that they’ve guaranteed them! If you aren’t satisfied with the leakage protection of Luvs, they’ll refund your money. See their website, www.luvsdiapers.com, for details. Continue reading »

Mar 132016
 

Easter Bunny Peeps Pops

Peeps.  You either love ’em or hate ’em.  I happen to fall into the former category and could eat them every single day (if they had no calories).  While I think Peeps are just perfect on their own, it’s fun to get a little creative with them every now and then.  These Easter Bunny Peeps Pops are simple to make and even more fun to eat.

Here’s what you need to make your Easter Bunny Peeps Pops:

  • Yellow bunny Peeps
  • 1 Cup Wilton pink melting chocolates
  • Pastel sprinkles
  • Blue lollipop sticks

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Mar 092016
 

Must See Tourist Spots in NYC

Being a tourist in NYC is not unusual or uncommon. There are hundreds of thousands of people doing the same thing each year. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States! The most daunting thing about being a tourist in NYC is knowing where to go and what to see! Like any large metropolitan area it’s a busy network that not only hosts tons of tourists on a daily basis but NYC is also home to a large, nonstop, population of locals and commuters. Check out this list of must see tourist spots in NYC to make your next trip a guaranteed success!

The Statue of Liberty

This is one of the MAIN tourist spots in NYC. People travel from all over the world to see the Statue of Liberty. She is not only a national treasure but also a fascinating look into our nation’s history. The island has majestic views of the city skyline as well as fantastic information and tours related to the stature herself! The great part about seeing the Statue of Liberty is that it is fun for the whole family. You can check out the gift shop for some classic NYC souvenirs and because there is so much to learn and investigate you can spend an entire day or just the afternoon depending on your schedule! Continue reading »

Mar 082016
 

DIY Easter Bunny Wreath

If you’re like me, you decorate for every single holiday there is.  I love it when my house looks festive and I tend to go all out for the big holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter).  I have a big collection of decorations, but every now and then I put on my crafty pants and make some new ones.  This Easter Bunny Wreath is really easy to make and I am sure it will be a very welcome addition to your Easter decor.

Here’s what you need to make your Easter Bunny Wreath:

  • Wreath form
  • Pink/White crafting tulle
  • Faux white carnation
  • Pair googly eyes
  • Pink, white, peach felt
  • scissors
  • Hot glue, glue gun
  • Ribbon or yarn/string
  • Jelly bean scrapbook paper

Continue reading »

Mar 072016
 

Head into Spring With Stylish Accessories From the ClaudiaG Collection

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The ClaudiaG Collection is a national designer brand of boutique-style gorgeously handcrafted and sophisticated handbags, accessories and trendy jewelry. The ClaudiaG Collection just launched their new Spring & Summer Collection full of bold, beautiful colors and I am excited to tell you more about the company and an amazing direct sales business opportunity with them today.

Not only does ClaudiaG offer a stunning line of products, the company also provides a unique, life-changing business opportunity for women looking to design their life with flexible hours and the opportunity for personal growth and financial independence. ClaudiaG is the only business in the direct sales industry offering a full and complete line of genuine leather handbags, all exquisitely designed in exclusive limited editions. Continue reading »

Mar 062016
 

Strawberry Spring Dipped Waffers Recipe

Sometimes I like to surprise the boys with a fun snack when they come home from school. My oldest is in middle school and has midterms this week, so I think a fun after-school snack is definitely in order.  These Strawberry Spring Dipped Wafers fit the bill and not only will my kids be getting these for an after-school snack sometime this week, I will also be bringing these to Easter dinner at my parents house this year, too. They are wicked easy to make and they are so pretty aren’t they?

Here’s what you need to make your Strawberry Spring Dipped Wafers:

  • Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers
  • Strawberry Wafers (the brand I used was Voortman)
  • Spring Sprinkles

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Mar 022016
 

Please and Carrots A Learning Toy Subscription to Support Milestones
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Babies sure are cute aren’t they?  It’s been a while since my two boys were babies (le sigh), but thankfully I have a five sisters in law who have had eight babies between them within the past five years, so I get my baby fix pretty regularly!  My newest niece is only four weeks old and I can’t wait to meet her next week when she comes up with her mom, dad, older sister and older brother from Connecticut.  The same weekend, my 7  month old nephew is coming up from his home in NYC (with his mom and dad) to stay with us for the weekend.  It’s going to be so much fun to have a baby in the house again – even if it is only for a few days.

The thing about babies is they change so much during the first few years.  It almost seems like sometimes it literally happens overnight. Do you ever wonder which toys are best for your baby’s development?  Please and Carrots is the solution.

Please and Carrots is a quarterly subscription box that contains learning toys, books and activities tailored to each age and stage of development. This service is a bit different because it’s quarterly instead of monthly. So instead of receiving a box once a month, you will receive a new box once every three months. Continue reading »

Mar 012016
 

JZz

If you’re a regular around here, you probably remember how I told you last week about this cool podcast that gets broadcast here in Boston. Jaclyn Zukerman’s podcast is called “Social Scene with JZ” and on her show she promotes worldwide clientele from start-ups to celebrities. The podcast was created to allow her guests to inspire audience members and followers and allow the audience members to be able to follow and interact with the guests. This week she will be talking with Evan W. Spencer, who is a real estate broker here in Massachusetts.  He has been helping people buy & sell houses in here in MA for the past 13 years!

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Here’s his bio: Continue reading »

Feb 292016
 

By now you know that my hubby, Chris, and I have declared 2016 as the year of Robin and Chris. We decided that we were going to make this year all about trying new things and going on as many adventures as possible. The two of us had a lot of fun during the month of February and today I am going to tell you some of the highlights of the past month.

We started off February by going to a chili cook-off.  It was held as part of the Newport Winter Festival and we both ended up eating our weight in chili.  Seriously.  There were 10 competitors and not only did we try all ten, but we went back to at least three booths for seconds – and one booth was so good that we went back for thirds.

We basically rolled ourselves out of the Newport Hyatt (where the event was held) and went into food comas as soon as we got back home.  It was awesome.

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I had gotten Chris tickets to see comedian Jim Norton for his birthday in January and we went into Boston to see the show about two weeks ago. Continue reading »

Feb 282016
 

Groupon Coupons - Even More to Love About Groupon

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Groupon coupons is rapidly becoming the place to go for great deals on name brands from top companies. With Groupon Coupons, you can save on more than just events and experiences. This coupon resource from Groupon allows you to find coupons that work and are verified from many of your favorite retailers.

Groupon Coupons Bring Even More Savings

Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about the savings, so this coupon service from Groupon is perfect for me. I’ve always used Groupon to get excellent deals on things like restaurants, family fun attractions, travel, birthday gifts, and holiday gift items. Now I can use Groupon as a great source for coupons, as well. I love it because I can score great deals on things I need and want, I know these coupons will work, and I don’t have to pay a cent for membership or other fees. It’s completely free!

Here’s a quick rundown on just some of the places that you can get great deals on with Groupon Coupons. Continue reading »

Feb 242016
 

DIY Shamrock Soap

If you’re looking for a fun, easy and useful craft to make this year for St. Patrick’s Day, how about trying this Shamrock Soap.  I had never made my own soap before, but have been wanting to try it for a while now.  I am so glad I did because it’s really much easier than I thought it would be.

Here’s what you need to make your Shamrock Soap:

  • Wilton Shamrock Silicone Mold
  • Clear Glycerin Soap Base or White Glycerin Soap Base
  • Matte Woodland Green Soap Color Bar
  • Oak Moss & Sandalwood Fragrance Oil
  • Plastic Transfer Pipette
  • Microwave Safe Measuring cup
  • Spray Bottle
  • 91% Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Optional: Pennies (for embedding in soap if you want)

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Feb 232016
 

Mason Jar Brownie Cake Sundaes

When it comes to a family night in, there is one thing that’s a given in my house.  Food.

When we all huddle up under blankets on the sofa to watch something on tv, we have to have some kind of snack to go along with it. Depending on our mood, sometimes we go for savory apps, but nine times out of ten we prefer sweet treats. These Mason Jar Brownie Cake Sundaes are always a crowd pleaser.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup walnuts finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Feb 232016
 

It’s no secret that I love living in the Boston area.  I was born and raised here & can’t even imagine not raising my family here. Do you know what else makes my heart happy?  Finding out about really cool Boston based businesses.  There are tons of businesses that come out of Boston, but some really stand out, you know?  JZ Social Enterprises is one of them.

JZ stands for Jaclyn Zukerman and in September 2014 she started her own radio podcast called “Social Scene with JZ”.  Since she started, Jackie has promoted worldwide clientele from start-ups to celebrities. The podcast was created to allow her guests to inspire audience members and followers and allow the audience members to be able to follow and interact with the guests.

Her show has become so successful and grew such a great following she now has created her own company JZ Social Enterprises.

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JZ Social Enterprises in addition offers marketing/promotions to clients from luxury to individual talent to startups. This is where she helps build partnerships, grow their following and online promotions and more. Her goal is to help showcase what people do through her podcasts, events and social media outlets.

This week on the Social Scene with JZ, Jackie is going to feature Delight. Delight is a psychic medium, angel communicator and Reiki master. She teaches people how to connect with the spiritual realm in order to hear their soul’s calling and live their best life.

Delight is also the creator of the e-course 44 Days to Connect with Your Angels which helps spiritual seekers to meet their team of angels and learn how to tap into their spiritual guidance every day. Continue reading »

Feb 222016
 

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5 Ways to Get Your Booty Bikini Ready for This Summer

The holidays are officially over and spring is on the way! The groundhog says that warmer weather is on the horizon and that means it is time to stop shoving those discount chocolates in your mouth and get pumped for bikini season! If you need a little motivation, here are 5 ways to get your booty bikini ready for this summer!

1. Water

We started out easy on ya! Start flushing out all that excess salt and sugar from the long cold winter. You will be amazed at how much better your skin, body, and booty will look if you start making water a big part of your day! Try challenging yourself to drink a gallon of water every day. It’s really not hard to do and you can find TONS of breakdowns on Pinterest about how to time it out so you aren’t chugging a half gallon of water at ten o’clock before bed! Water helps not only flush toxins but it also helps keep your muscles hydrated so you can recover more quickly from your workouts! Continue reading »

Feb 172016
 

When I first started dating my husband Christian, one of the first stories he told me was about how he applied to be on the very first season of SURVIVOR.  He tells the story about about how he had to fill out an application, write an essay on which Gilligan’s Island character he most resembled (he chose the Skipper because he compared himself to someone in a leadership role) and make a short video about what he would take with him to the island if he was chosen to go.  Thousands of people apply each season and while Christian was not chosen to be on the show, we never miss a season and we’re super excited about the premier of the 32nd season tonight on CBS!

Castaways embark on the most grueling 39 days in Survivor history and test whether brute strength, looks or smarts will be the attribute that helps capture the title of Sole Survivor. Also, one castaway deals with excruciating pain when a bug gets stuck in their ear, on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 32nd season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Feb. 17 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

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The spring edition of SURVIVOR was filmed on the island Kaôh Rōng in Cambodia and  will be themed “Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty.” The location offers harsh conditions and relentless weather for the castaways, presenting one of the most physically grueling seasons in the show’s history. Continue reading »