Nov 052017
 

If you are looking for simple ways to save on your Thanksgiving meal this year, these tips might help you stretch your money.

Thanksgiving is a few short weeks away! I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. Hosting a Thanksgiving feast can add up really quickly. I have some simple ways to save on your Thanksgiving meal. If you are looking for simple ways to save some money, these tips might help you stretch your money.

Tips on How to Save On Your Thanksgiving Meal

Potluck Style
Create a menu and ask your guest to bring a dish. That way they can see what you are making as well as everyone else and picks a dish to compliment. This is a simple way everyone can help contribute to the meal and take stress off the host. When you have a list of what people are bringing you don’t have to guess what else you need to make.

Free Turkey With Purchase
Most stores will offer greatly discounted prices on turkeys and even free ones. Stores will run promotions free turkey with a select amount of money spent. Keep an eye out at your local stores to see when the low prices or freebie offers begin. Continue reading »

Nov 052017
 

This hearty Instant Pot Beef Stew makes a great meal for those nights when you don't have a lot of time to cook. It's easy to make and it's DELICIOUS.

As a  busy parent, there are some nights in which I just don’t have time to cook a big meal. My youngest son’s gymnastics class is held from 5-6 pm on Thursdays – talk about a bad time to have an after school activity – and by the time we get home, it’s 6:20 in the evening. I just don’t have the time to cook a decent meal and get the kids in bed on time when we get home so late. On nights like that I thank god for my Instant Pot.  Seriously, I don’t know how I ever got by without one! This Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe is ready in a little over a half hour and I love that I can make a home cooked meal for my family that doesn’t take too long to prepare.

Instant Pot Beef Stew

This hearty Instant Pot Beef Stew makes a great meal for those nights when you don't have a lot of time to cook. It's easy to make and it's DELICIOUS.

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Oct 302017
 

If you find you are having trouble sleeping, you might be doing some things wrong before bed. Check out this list of things not to do before bed. Not getting enough sleep or quality sleep each night is exhausting, it not only makes us tired but we can’t be our best when we are exhausted.

Here is a list of things not to do before bed, to ensure you get the best quality sleep you can. Not getting that adequate sleep each night can lead to foggy thinking, mistakes while working, and accidents during your day. Before you crawl into your comfy bed, make sure that you are not following these habits.

Here are 5 some ways to really help make sure that when you go to sleep you can sleep more soundly and get a good nights sleep once and for all!

What Not To Do Before Bed

Technology
Don’t bring your phone into your bed with you or other gadgets. It will overstimulate you and can actually keep you up, or make you struggle to fall asleep. Try to power down from your electronics for at least one before bed. This will help the mental and physical stimulation from your phone! Continue reading »

Oct 292017
 

Winter can be long and very chilly depending on where you live. These cold weather hacks will help keep you warm, save you money and much more.

When the temperatures begin to drop and the sun goes down earlier, you know Winter is upon us. Winter can be long and very chilly depending on where you live. Below I am going to share some awesome cold weather hacks to help you survive this winter. These hacks will help keep you warm, save you money and much more.

Window Insulation Kits
To eliminate any unwanted drafts in windows, buy window insulation kits. They are a film you apply to your windows, and it can save you around $15-$18 per window for the winter. It helps keep those winter drafts from blowing in.

Ceiling Fans
If you have ceiling fans, turn them so they run clockwise. This will take the warm air that rises to the ceiling and pushes it down to you.

Door Drafts
If you put your hand at the bottom of your door and find a cool breeze flowing in, roll up a towel and place it at the bottom of the door. It will help block the cold air from getting indoors.

Oven
After you cook your meal, leave the oven door open after you turn the oven off. It will release all that hot air into your home and help heat it up some. Be cautious if you have young children though, as they could get hurt. Continue reading »

Oct 252017
 

Conagra Brands sponsored this post, but the opinions are my own!
You never know when you will need a delicious meal in a pinch. Banquet and Marie Callender's Pot Pies are perfect for those times.

Do you ever have nights when you plan out a great family meal, but then everything goes wrong? You know those nights…you’re running late, there’s traffic, you get a flat tire, practice runs late – you know what I’m talking about! You finally get back home and everyone is starving, but by now it’s late and there isn’t enough time to get that fancy pants meal on the table. Thankfully there are Banquet or Marie Callender’s Pot Pies to the rescue!

With Banquet or Marie Callender’s Pot Pies you can whip up a quick and delicious meal for yourself and your whole family. Even better, why not stock up on Pot Pies for a great price at Walmart. Then you will always have some in your freezer when you need them. There are lots of varieties, so everyone can have a pot pie they like.

You never know when you will need a delicious meal in a pinch. Banquet and Marie Callender's Pot Pies are perfect for those times.

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Oct 242017
 

Here are 10 DIY Slime Recipes that you can make right now!

Slime is all over the internet right now, everywhere I turn you see something about a DIY slime! I thought it would be fun to share some of the most popular slime recipes out there for you and your kids to try out today! You can find all kinds of slime recipes, some that are edible, others made with dish soap, contact solution and more. You never have to be slime-less again, with all the variations out there!

Head to your store, pick up the ingredients you need, and within a short time, you and your kids can have fun ooey-gooey slime to play with for endless hours of fun! Who knew slime was so easy to make? I always assumed it would take a ton of time, but it is relatively quick, and kids have so much fun creating the gooey slime!

10 Best Slime Recipes To Make

Lifesaver Gummy Slime| This is an edible slime that sounds so tasty. I can just smell the fruity goodness that this slime offers! Continue reading »

Oct 232017
 

I wanted to share some tips on how to make sure you get a good nights sleep. I know it’s not easy for a lot of us, but it definitely can be done. Regardless of your sleep pattern now, I want to share some ways to really help make sure that when you go to sleep you can sleep more soundly and get a good nights sleep.

Here are 5 some ways to really help make sure that when you go to sleep you can sleep more soundly and get a good nights sleep once and for all!

Set a Routine
Setting a routine for going to bed is a great way to get your body used to go to sleep at a certain time. It also will allow you to help monitor how many hours you are getting a night. I like to aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Try to limit screen time on your tablet, phone or other devices an hour before bed. Be consistent in when you lay down for the night, to help you learn to fall asleep faster. If you are not super tired when you lay down, read a book (that always makes me tired) or listen to soothing music. Continue reading »

Oct 222017
 

 Make Thanksgiving fun by making some Chocolate Kiss Turkeys for each place setting. They are super cute and wicked easy to make. Your guests will love them!

Thanksgiving is going to be weird for us this year.  It’s the first one without my mom and my dad said that he’s not doing holidays at his house anymore. I get it, but since most holidays have been held at their house since, well forever, it’s going to be weird to have them elsewhere. My sister is taking Christmas at her house this year, so I took Thanksgiving. I know that since it’s going to be the first major holiday without mom, it’s going to be extra hard for all of us.  That’s why I decided I wanted to try to make Thanksgiving as fun as possible this year.  One way that I am making it fun is by putting out some Chocolate Kiss Turkeys at each place setting. They are pretty easy to make and they are wicked cute!

 Make Thanksgiving fun by making some Chocolate Kiss Turkeys for each place setting. They are super cute and wicked easy to make. Your guests will love them!

Chocolate Kiss Turkeys

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Oct 182017
 

Here are tips to using Disney's Fastpass+. The Fastpass+ helps cut your wait time for attractions so you can make the most of your day at the parks.

Walt Disney World has been using the Fastpass+ system for a while now. It has made things a lot easier because it allows you to book in advance and save time. Below I will share what exactly the Fastpass+ is and some tips to using the Fastpass+ for you and your family!

Below you will find learn about Fastpass+ and the perks, and find ways to make sure you make the most out of the system! The tips below can help you with your schedule, so you can make sure to utilize each pass the best way possible.

Here are tips to using Disney's Fastpass+. The Fastpass+ helps cut your wait time for attractions so you can make the most of your day at the parks.

What is Disney’s Fastpass+
Fastpass+ is a system that Disney uses that allows you to reserve rides and attractions to reduce the time you spend waiting in lines both for rides and experiences such as character meet & greets or shows. They allow up to three Fastpasses per day to make the system fair, but there are a few restrictions. You can only make Fastpass+ choices for one park per day, so if you are visiting multiple parks, make sure to choose which park you want to use the Fastpasses on. Also, you can only book a Fastpass for each ride once per day, so if you love Space Mountain and want to book all three of your Fastpasses for three separate rides on the day you are at the Magic Kingdom – you are out of luck. The system won’t let you “repeat” rides on the same day. As of now you can book Fastpass+ for your whole trip 60 days in advance if you stay on property, or 30 days if you are not staying on property. Continue reading »

Oct 172017
 

When I was a kid my sister, brother and I waited all year long until my parents finally said we were going to “Edaville Railroad” to see the Christmas lights.  I’m dead serious – it was one of the highlights of my childhood and I have so many fond memories of going there year after year with my family. These days it’s know as Edaville Family Theme Park and I am so thankful that I have the chance to go there with my own children so they can have the same wonderful memories of Edaville as I do.

Halloween Fun at Edaville Family Amusement Park's Not So Spooky Halloween event being held weekends throughout October. It's fun for the whole family.

Edaville Family Theme Park is tucked away in the middle of cranberry country in Carver, MA.  It is a fun family attraction which features amusement rides including a Ferris Wheel, carousel my boys favorite: the bumper cars! Each admission includes a five mile train ride through the cranberry bogs on their property, all the rides,  Dino Land and Thomas Land. Continue reading »

Oct 162017
 

Create Halloween masterpieces with these Homemade Jack O'Lantern Crayons! They are super easy to make and the kids will love them.

Around here, we LOVE Halloween. Since I was a kid, it has always been my favorite holiday and my kids love it, too. Our house is decked out to the nines, there are always Halloween treats (cupcakes, cookies, etc) available and lots of Halloween movies and shows will be playing on my television all month long. One of the things we did recently was to make some Homemade Jack O’Lantern Crayons. We had millions of old crayon bits laying around, so I figured that I would put them to good use. These Homemade Jack O’Lantern Crayons seriously couldn’t be any easier to make and my kids had a blast with them.

Homemade Jack O’Lantern Crayons

Create Halloween masterpieces with these Homemade Jack O'Lantern Crayons! They are super easy to make and the kids will love them.

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Oct 162017
 

My husband calls me the “princess and the pea” when we travel because I am very picky about where I sleep. Falling asleep doesn’t come easy for me and I need certain things to happen in order for me to fall asleep in a timely manor. Things like no noise except for the noise of my fan (one little bird chirping outside my window can cause me to lay there awake all night long), no light (the windows in my bedroom are blocked like a meth lab) and I need my blankets tucked in a certain way.  I know, I know….

On top of all that, if my mattress is either too soft or too firm – forget about it. I won’t be able to sleep there.  The mattress I’ve had for the last 12 or so years was definitely on its last legs and while I knew it was time for a replacement, I was obviously hesitant because I am so particular about my sleeping arrangements. So when I got an email from Tomorrow Sleep about trying out one of their Hybrid Mattresses, I was both nervous and excited. I talked it over with my husband and we decided that since our current mattress was in such bad shape, that we’d go for it and ordered a medium soft queen mattress (medium firm was also an option, but I was afraid it would be too firm for me, so I went with the soft).

Tomorrow Sleep Mattresses are a balance of comfort & support, designed with premium temperature regulating memory foam and a gently stabilizing coil system.

Tomorrow Sleep is passionate about improving their customer’s sleep and building a system of products to help them along the way. I was pretty excited when I read that on their website because I’m admittedly picky. Continue reading »

Oct 152017
 

Check out this Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake.  I made a Fruity Pebbles milkshake not long ago and it got me thinking about what other kinds of cereal milkshakes I could make. We always have Cinnamon Toast Crunch on hand because it’s my youngest son’s favorite cereal, so I wanted to try making a Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake. I was really happy with the way it came out and a big part of that was the ice cream I used. I decided to use a non-traditional flavor and I am so glad that I did.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake

This delicious Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake will rock your world! Only 3 ingredients are needed and your milkshake is ready in minutes!

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Oct 112017
 

Follow these simple safety tips to keep you aware and safe this Halloween! Make safety a priority this year and have a Happy Halloween!

Below I am going to share some trick or treat safety tips for this Halloween! Of course, Halloween is a really fun night, where you can dress up as your favorite super hero or princess, go door-to-door knocking to get candy! But, it can also be dangerous, especially with so many children running up and down the road to houses. With the streets more crowded than normal with all the trick or treaters and parents, it can be really hard to see. So follow these simple safety tips below to keep you aware and safe this Halloween! 

It can be so easy to get distracted looking at all the fun costumes and Halloween decor draped on houses, but we have to remember safety first! So if you are driving be alert so you can help prevent any accidents! If you are out walking around with your child, be aware of the vehicles around you! 

Halloween Trick or Treating Safety Tips:

Reflective Tape or Glow Sticks| That way people can see you clearly as you are walking up and down the road and sidewalks trick or treating with your child! Don’t have these, then use a flashlight! 

Travel in Groups| Don’t let your kids run off alone on Halloween night, that is very unsafe. There are tons of people running all over the place, something bad could happen. Try to go out with a few people, so you are not alone in case you come across strangers who are bothering you. 

Sidewalks| Try and walk on sidewalks as much as you can, don’t go down dark alleyways or streets that are not well lit.  Continue reading »

Oct 112017
 

Minecraft is Coming to a Boston Movie Theater THIS Weekend!

Does your child love Minecraft? Starting this Saturday morning, instead of just playing at home, they can enjoy the game while meeting new friends as part of a local team representing Boston, thanks to Super League Gaming and their Minecraft City Champs tournament, run in partnership with Nickelodeon. It’s like little league for Minecraft players! Fun, positive and a great opportunity to get out and play with other kids their age. Past players clearly have had a GREAT time!

And one skilled player will win a HUGE prize for their family – 4 tickets to Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards 2018, inclusive of round trip airfare, 2 nights in a hotel and a $500 spending allowance. There will be other giveaways for all players, including an official Boston Revolt team jersey!

Minecraft is Coming to a Boston Movie Theater THIS Weekend!

While you may find it challenging to pull your little ones away from their iPad or Xbox, the truth is that playing Minecraft (and video games in general) can be beneficial for your kids on many levels, including problem solving, building self-confidence, enhancing creativity, understanding teamwork and improving academic performance. Continue reading »

Oct 112017
 

I think it’s safe to say that we all wish that cancer was GONE once and for all. One particular form of cancer that has affected my family is breast cancer. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and I am thankful every single day that she beat it. It’s an awful disease and when I found out that Valvoline Instant Oil Change was helping to Wipe out breast cancer, I was excited to partner with them to tell you about a wonderful campaign they have going on in October! While I partnered with Valvoline Instant Oil Change for this project, as always, all opinions expressed here are my own!

Let's help end breast cancer. This October Visit Valvoline Instant Oil Change and Get Your Pink Wipers to Help #WipeOutBreastCancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and VIOC is selling AutoTex PINK Wipers throughout October! The proceeds from the sale of these special PINK wipers is going to National Breast Cancer Foundation. What’s cool is that you can choose from full Pink Wipers or Black Wipers with a small pink ribbon.  It’s all about options, right? These all-weather wipers are available at select participating Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations and they fit 98% of cars, trucks and SUVs manufactured after 2003! Continue reading »

Oct 102017
 

I grew up in a big Italian family, so I am used to eating goooood. As a child, Sunday dinners were an all day eating fest filled with homemade recipes that came straight from my great-grandmother in Italy. Sometimes we went out for Italian, though, and back then to get good Italian food we had to go all the way into the North End of Boston.  Not that it wasn’t worth the trip into the city – because it was, but sometime in the late 80’s or maybe even the early 90’s, Bertucci’s opened a restaurant in the next town over from where we lived and suddenly we could get great Italian food without having to drive all the way into the city. Score.

Bertucci’s recently announced their new Specialitá Del Giorno menu, focused on everyday value and featuring the return of Kids-Eat-Free-Wednesdays.

In case you’re not familiar, Bertucci’s is a scratch-kitchen Italian restaurant and pizzeria known for artisanal authentic Italian brick oven pizzas, handcrafted pasta and their signature scratch-made dough that they use for their pizzas, calzones and those famous fresh rolls. Mmmmm…… Continue reading »

Oct 042017
 

It’s that time of year again…..Time for the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo that is. The Jack O’Lantern Spectacular is a nighttime display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns all along the zoo’s beautiful Wetlands Trail. There’s something magical about so many illuminated Jack O’Lanterns on display as you walk along the trail and it is running from October 5th through November 5th this year.

he Jack O’Lantern Spectacular is a nighttime display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns all along the zoo’s beautiful Wetlands Trail.

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank has been delighting audiences of all ages for years and each year has a fun theme. This year you will travel through time and visit with dinosaurs, explore the ice age, and peek into the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome. Wander the Feinstein Junior Scholar Wetlands Trail and delight in the history of the Middle Ages, discover the New World, and be fascinated by major inventions like cars, planes, space travel, and the computer. Infused throughout will be the art and music associated with each era. Imagine our planet’s history reflected on more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins. Continue reading »