Friday, February 12, 2016

Product of the Year USA Giveaway

Look around your home and you'll see a variety of products ranging from health and beauty to laundry care and even kitchenware.  It's evident that you have items that you use on a daily basis and other ones that you don't use as much, or even have forgotten about. Everyone's guilty of buying products that look good but the results don't wow us.  Wouldn't it be nice to use everyday items that you know are excellent and will always make you happy?

Product of The Year USA is the world's largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. Established 29 years ago in France, the award operates in 42 countries with the same purpose; to guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufacturers for quality and innovation.  In the United States, the POY is supported by the votes of over 40,000 consumers.  The award accepts entries each year from consumer packaged goods that demonstrate innovation and were launched within the previous year. There's a category for every product including food, household care, personal care, etc.  It's always an exciting time for consumers because they get the chance to try new products that are award wining.

Well, it's that time of year again! The 30 winning products for 2016 were just announced and you'll certainly be pleased with what was selected.

Take a look at the winning products and you'll see such fabulous items from Tide, M&M's, Lysol, Energizer, Skinny Cow, and so many more.  I'm sure you'll instantly be able to find your favorites.  I want to eat those crispy M&M's right now!  We use Tide laundry detergent in my house all the time and get such a fantastic clean from it.  

When you familiarize yourself with the winning products from POTY each year, it gives you a chance to learn about new products from your favorite brands that you didn't know about. I regularly buy Skinnycow ice cream but had no idea that they produced a beverage too.  Without POY I doubt I would have realized all of the items existed!

I think it's wonderful that an award like POTY was created.  It's important that products get the recognition and praise that they deserve.  I can't wait to see what products are chosen for 2017!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Silk'n Review

Everyone needs me time in their lives, even if it's just 10 minutes to drink a cup of coffee and relax. Taking time for yourself everyday is vitally important to your mental health. Make sure that when you get home from a stressful day of work or school that you take time to unwind.  By doing so, you'll be ready to tackle the next day and the work at hand. You should never feel guilty about taking some time for yourself.

Silk'n allows you to bring the spa experience into the comfort of your own home.  Forget about those weekly expensive treatments, they are a thing of the past! You'll be able to treat yourself anytime of day or night.  Silk'n offers so many products any lady would enjoy including hair removal, anti-aging, and even microdermabrasion systems.  

You'll look and feel like a million bucks with Silk'n's finest diamond microdermabrasion system.  If you want to look younger, you'll love the FaceFX which offers you skin rejuvenation results that will turn the clock back.  It's a new year and it's time to take care of yourself.  The first step to looking your best is allowing Silk'n in your life.

I'm a stay-at-home-mom and my days are spent 100% with my daughter.  The minute she goes to bed at 7 PM, it turns into me-time.  I need those 3 or 4 hours before I go to bed to unwind and relax.  I do so much for my daughter all the time, that I tend to lose focus of myself.  It's essential that I do something for myself to make me happy as well.  One thing that I really love is pedicures.  In the summer, I get them all the time and my feet always look great.  It's hard to bring a baby to a nail salon, but it isn't challenging to bring the nail salon to you!

In the winter, my feet become dry and cracked.  It's not a subject that I generally like to bring up, but I'm sure others have this problem as well.  My bathroom cabinets are filled with lotions and creams guaranteed to provide results to problematic feet.  The products do recommend sleeping with socks on to see those results.  This is hard for me because I hate sleeping with socks on and my feet get hot.  Honestly, I see the best results with pedicures when they scrub the bottom of my feet and heels.  Getting a pedicure every week would be really expensive and next-to-impossible for me.  

What's not impossible is having pedicure worthy results in the comfort of your own home. A wonderful product that will allow you to have smooth and soft feet is the Silk'n Pedi. This is a hand-held battery-operated device which has a gentle, rotating roller that comes with a coarse and polishing roller to remove calluses and dry spots.  It's the ultimate at-home device for nail-salon worthy feet.  You'll see results in just a few minutes- just roll over dry feet targeting calluses with light pressure.  These products would make great gifts for yourself or anyone who's on their feet all day at work.

Go ahead and finish your at-home pampering session with the Silk'n foot cream.  This fabulous cream is a freshly scented dreamy moisturizer that completely soothes tired and dry feet.  

I really enjoyed using the Pedi and foot cream together.  The Pedi tool was easy to use and in minutes my dry skin and problem areas were a distant memory.  I was left with soft and smooth feet that were reminiscent of just leaving the nail salon.  To say I was impressed was an understatement!  The foot cream applied flawlessly and rubbed in well. Whenever I'm looking to treat myself at home, I'll certainly be keeping Silk'n in mind.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Silk'n for providing me with product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  


Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine's Day Treats

The day of love is quickly approaching! Whether you're cooking for your sweetie at home, or you're both going out, the romantic day is not complete without dessert.

What are some of your favorite Valentine's Day desserts? I'm game for anything chocolate.  The more chocolate involved, the better! Check out some of these mouth-watering treats to give you some culinary inspiration this year.

How amazing does everything look? I want to dig in right now! I'd love to see some of your past Valentine's Day goodies that you've made.  Feel free to post a picture!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Celebrate Pancake Day on Feb. 9th with T-Fal and Hungry Jack #StackedandSticky #Tfal60Anniversary +Giveaway

Pancakes are always on my agenda anytime of the day.  Who can resist those fluffy round circles of heaven piled high with fabulous add-in's like chocolate chips and strawberries? Don't forget a generous amount of syrup on top too.  Whether you indulge in pancakes for breakfast or even have breakfast for dinner, make sure you delight your tastebuds with your favorite pancakes.

As the #1 cookware brand in the US and the inventor of the non-stick pan, T-Fal knows a thing or two about cooking foods.  Pancake Day on February 9th and T-Fal go hand in hand with ensuring your pancake creations come out perfectly each and every time.  Why not whip up a batch of chocolate chip and peanut butter pancakes in the OptiCook frying pan? Your pancakes will come out without sticking and your belly will smile.  

If you're a busy mom like I am, you don't have a lot of time to make meals.  I always like to cut corners in the kitchen and spend as much time with my family as possible.  Thanks to Hungry Jack, this is certainly a reality.  Forget mixing ingredients to make your own batter and leaving yourself a lot of clean-up.  With Hungry Jack, all you need is water to have the quickest and tastiest pancakes possible.  Cleanup will be a cinch! Try such mix varieties as chocolate chip, Funfetti, extra light and fluffy, and buttermilk.  Your belly will absolutely love you. 

My stomach wishes every day was Pancake Day.  While this is not possible, I did love the opportunity to make my own pancake creation to delight my family with.  The vision for my pancake idea combined sweet and healthy which is ideal in my book! 

I chose to make coconut pancakes with bananas in T-Fal's OptiCook frying pan.  I put a generous amount of coconut and bananas in the batter so it would be inside the pancakes.  You can't forget perfectly chilled banana slices on the plate either.  The coconut provided a nice hint of sweetness to the soft and fluffy pancake.  Of course the bananas provided a nice healthy addition that paired wonderfully with the coconut.  My belly welcomed the yummy treat instantly.  Thanks to the OptiCook pan, all of the pancakes came out perfectly cooked and beautiful.  It was pure pancake perfection! 

The pancakes were topped off with Hungry Jack Syrup which is always welcomed on any stack.  Hungry Jack's Pancake Mix makes whipping up pancakes a breeze.  Make them any day or night for a meal that will please the whole family.  Don't forget tons of syrup.


Friday, February 5, 2016

School Zone Review

Since I'm a stay-at-home-mom, it's my job to ensure Scarlett learns as much as possible.  Our days consist of learning through play, and reading educational books.  When we do go out, I take her to playgroups or other socialized activities.  I try to teach my 14 month old as many things on a daily basis as possible.  For months we've been using flashcards that teach the names of animals, colors, and foods.  Even though she's too young to verbalize things yet, I know she's retaining the information.  The best thing you can do as a parent is to educate your little one.

School Zone is your one-stop-shop for all educational and learning materials.  You'll be able to browse through categories containing books, music, workbooks, flashcards, learning tablets and much more.  School Zone takes pride in helping you have the necessary tools to teach your child.  Whether you're looking to have your child brush up on their reading or math, or you homeschool, there's certainly a product for your needs.  The minimum age on products is 3 and up, but that doesn't mean that you can't teach a child who is a little younger.  A bonus about School Zone's product is that children will learn through fun and play.  What child wouldn't enjoy playing a memory match game while simultaneously learning letters and numbers? Head on over to the website today to help your child excel.

Scarlett was sent a Little Scholar Tablet with Pink Bumper  to help her learn.  Even though she's only 14 months old, it's the perfect time to teach her as much as possible.  Since she's young and growing, her brain is like a sponge and will soak everything up.  The tablet is meant for ages 3-7 and does have some advanced material on it, but we'll start off with the things that are relevant for her like letters, numbers, shapes, and reading.  What's fantastic about the tablet is that it will grow with her for many years to come.

The tablet is uniquely designed for children in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.  The device is playful, powerful, and packed with learning.  The skills that the tablet will teach your child will last them a lifetime.  Kids will have a blast mastering math, reading, spelling, and more.  The unit comes with over 200 preloaded apps, videos, e-books, and songs.  Both parents and children will have fun learning and singing 87 original songs.

Scarlett is very into electronics at the moment.  We watch educational videos online about shapes and animals to encourage learning, and she's drawn into the lights and colors.  I knew having this tablet would be a great tool to help encourage learning.  I don't know any child that can resist an electronic device either! I can only teach so much as a parent and it's always nice to have an aid to help you out.

What I like about this tablet is that it's ready to use right out of the box.  You don't need an internet connection and it's perfect for travel.  There's no credit-card or registration required at start-up, no apps to download, no advertisements or pressure to buy more apps, and there's no cartridges to use either.  Since you don't need to connect to the internet to use the device, there's no worry about kids accessing questionable content either.

Scarlett used the tablet for the first time today and absolutely loved it. As a parent, I liked that the unit had a protective pink bumper which comes in handy.  Scarlett's sometimes a little rough with electronics and I'd like to keep it free of damage for as long as possible! It's slim, sleek, and lightweight.   The unit requires no startup at all.  Just plug it in, turn it on, and you're good to go.  From the minute I showed the tablet to her, she was curious and wanted to access all that it had to offer,  We started off with content that she's familiar with like numbers and shapes.

The colors are crisp and clear, and the sound is perfectly audible.  The on-screen characters are fun and engaging.  Scarlett and I had a lot of fun with the preloaded apps.  We enjoyed the alphabet train app and I explained to her what letter each word began with.  She enjoyed pointing to various things that she recognizes.  Since she's so young, she won't know the answers herself but you have to start somewhere.  There's so much on the tablet that a child will never get bored.  We had fun checking out the camera app and taking silly pictures, and also listening to some of the entertaining songs. This tablet will definitely become part of our daily learning curriculum.

This tablet will surely be in our family for years and years and Scarlett will love using it.  If you have a young child, a tablet from School Zone is an absolute must.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to School Zone for providing me with a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fairytale Brownies Review

Chocolate is my number one weakness.  I try to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly, but I cannot resist the luscious goodness of chocolate.  How can you say no to a deliciously sweet and rich chocolate chip cookie or brownie? It's next to impossible.  There is no discriminating when it comes to sweets in my book because cookies, cake, and brownies are loved equally by me. When's the last time you indulged in a fabulous piece of chocolate cake? 

Fairytale Brownies are premium all-natural brownies and cookies that come in mouth-watering flavors such as caramel, cheesecake swirl, chocolate chip, cream cheese and many more.   You'll instantly find a favorite.  These delectable treats are perfect for not only Valentine's Day but every day of the week too.  Choose from different sweet treat sizes including full-size brownies, snack-size Fairytale Sprites, and bite-sized Magic Morsels.  Don't worry that they may be small, they still pack a big taste.

 The brownies and cookies are offered as a box of 12, 24, 36, 48, and come in multiple box towers that make a wonderful gift.  You can find the combination box that offers the right flavor and size mix that suits your needs.  There is no flavor or size mix that I wouldn't instantly attack if given the opportunity.  I doubt I would even come up for air either.  If you're looking for the perfect gift for your boss, colleague, or even son's teacher, anything from Fairytale Brownies would make an excellent gift. Don't forget to treat yourself to a delicious cheesecake swirl brownie too.

My stomach was so happy when it was able to taste an assortment of 24 brownies from Fairytale Brownies.  I don't blame it at all! The Valentine Double Dozen is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day.  Showing your significant other you love them with delicious brownies is the smartest thing you could do.

Every flavor of brownies that Fairytale Brownies creates is represented in this box.  You'll be able to delight your taste buds with such yummies as cool mint, toasty walnut, caramel, and smooth cream cheese among many others.

I had no problem diving right into these brownies.  Can you blame me though? Not only were these goodies beautiful to look at, they were also equally as gorgeous in my stomach! These square beauties were so tasty that I had to control myself from eating the entire box.  The brownies were soft, moist and full of delicious chocolate flavor.  I hadn't enjoyed anything this delicious in a long, long time.

My two favorite flavors hands down were cream cheese and mint.  The cream cheese added a nice texture and flavor to the chocolate which was fantastic. The cream cheese swirl design on top was really appealing.   I really liked how each bite was equal part cream cheese and chocolate.  Consistency is always nice! Mint and chocolate are two classic flavors and this pairing did not disappoint in the slightest.  Sometimes the flavor of mint is too strong and overpowers the chocolate, but not in this case.  The cool flavor of mint combined with sweet chocolate provided everything I could want out of a brownie.  I enjoyed each and every bite and can't wait to try the rest of the flavors soon.

No brownie is complete without an icy cold glass of milk to wash it down with.  Don't forget to pair your sweet treat with milk for a snack you won't soon forget.

If you're looking to make Valentine's Day the ultimate event this year, Fairytale Brownies is waiting for your order.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Fairytale Brownies for providing me with product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Teaching Your Child is The Best Thing You Can Do

In my opinion there's nothing more important than educating and teaching your child. Whether you have a 15 month old or a 10 year old, it doesn't matter.  There's always something essential that they need to know, and it's up to you to provide that information.

There are tons of educational toys and books in my house for Scarlett.  For months she would play with them and I didn't think she was retaining any of the lessons because she was so young.  The books I would read taught colors, letters, numbers, and animals.  Even if she didn't fully understand, it's always good to reach to your child no matter what.

Make sure to read to your child daily

Now that Scarlett is almost 14 months old, I've seen a big change in the past 2-3 months in what she can grasp and retain.  She knows a few select words and it's so rewarding as a parent to see your child growing and developing.  As a parent you put so much time and effort into teaching and shaping your child to be the best they can be.  It's amazing when that day finally comes and they understand and can tell you exactly what you want them to do.  I believe repetition is key to having your child retain knowledge.  Show them a book of animals and say this is the white cat, this is the black dog, etc.  They'll learn colors and animals at the same time and soon enough they'll be able to show you the picture of the dog when asked.

Learning through play

A very exciting moment happened yesterday with Scarlett and I.  We were reading a book and there was a picture of the moon in it.  I pointed to the moon and then I asked her to show me where the moon was herself, which she did.  I was so impressed and couldn't believe she did it, and I asked her many times afterwards and she showed me each time. Since I'm a stay-at-home-mom, my job is to be with Scarlett all day.  The days can be long and tiring, but a moment like this makes all of the exhaustion go away.  I felt like I had succeeded as a parent and taught my child, and you cannot put a price tag on that.

I can't wait to see how much Scarlett learns in the next few months, I'm sure she'll continue to surprise and impress me time and time again.  This is such an exciting time and there's nothing like seeing your child learn.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs on DVD!

Disney movies were my absolute favorite when I was child.  The first movie that I saw in theaters was Beauty and the Beast when I was three years old.  There's just something so intriguing and wonderful about each and every Disney movie.  Of course everyone has their favorite title, there's no denying that.

Now that I have my own child, I can't wait to show her the classics when she's old enough to appreciate them.  My parents still have all of my old Disney VHS tapes in the clamshell case in their garage.  They saved them for me when I had a child, but it might be easier to upgrade to DVD at this point.

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs is a forever enchanting and inspiring film that any child would fall in love with.  The flick embodies The Walt Disney Signature Collection's legacy of animation.  In this epic story of love and friendship, the kind and beautiful princess Snow White wins the hearts of the Seven Dwarfs and triumphs over the evil plans of a wicked queen.  This movie was deemed "The Greatest Animated Film of All Time" by the American Film Institute.  You can own a copy on Blu-Ray debuting February 2nd, or you can enjoy the crystal clear HD version that's available now.  

The best part about this timeless classic is that it has has special never before seen features for the whole family to enjoy.  Gather the kids around the screen for a movie night that they'll love.  Don't forget plenty of snacks!

If you're introducing your children to the movie for the first time, it'll surely capture your hearts.  You'll surely be interested in such bonus features including "In Walt's Words: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Iconography", "The Fairest Facts of Them All: 7 Facts You May not Know About Snow White", and many more! I don't want to ruin any surprises, but you'll definitely be pleasantly surprised.

I can't wait to show Scarlett Snow White when she's old enough to appreciate it.  I just know she'll love it.  There's nothing like seeing the magical wonder of a Disney movie through your child's eyes.

*DISCLOSURE* I received a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are my own.  


Friday, January 29, 2016

QVC Review

I have an unhealthy obsession with all kitchen items.  It doesn't matter if it's a muffin pan, a blender, or a spatula, I love everything equally.  I had more fun than most when creating my wedding registry. Seeing all of the kitchen items on my list made my eyes light up like the fourth of July!  I was truly like a kid in a candy store. Cooking and baking is something I truly enjoy, and I'm always on the lookout for the newest and hottest kitchenware.  Having quality kitchen products in your kitchen is a must-have.

QVC is a home shopping network that allows you to order anything you want from the comfort of your own home.  The best part about QVC is that you can shop in your pajamas on the couch any time of day or night.  Founded in 1986 by Joseph Segel, it broadcasts in five countries as QVC US, QVC UK, QVC Japan, QVC Germany, and QVC Italy.  The name is an acronym standing for Quality, Value, and Convenience.  

QVC truly has everything you could possibly need for baby shower or new baby gifts, birthday and anniversary presents and everything in between.  Buy Dad that new blu-ray player he's been wanting for Valentine's Day, your sister a pair of warm fleece pajamas just because, and a new pots and pans set for Grandma's birthday.  Don't forget a new necklace or bracelet for Mom either for Valentine's Day either.  QVC always offers wonderful prices and flexible payment plans.  Feel free to treat yourself to something beautiful that you've had your eye on.

When I moved into my house two years ago, I was fortunate enough to have a recently renovated kitchen thanks to the previous owners.  There was so much cabinet and drawer space that I didn't own enough items to fill it! Overtime, I've had a ball buying beautiful items to fill the space.  Who wouldn't love doing that? 

When I stumbled across the Temp-tations Old Work Cook & Look 3 Piece Round Baker Set, I knew I had to have it.  My dishes are white, so all of my serving pieces are colored in order to give a pop of color when entertaining.  An awesome bonus about this Temp-tations set is that you can use it to compliment any of your other Temp-tations sets.  Combine everything to feature at your next dinner party, your guests will love it! 

How beautiful is this set? This 3 piece beauty includes a 1 qt round baker, 2 qt round baker, and a 3 qt round baker with lid.  It's offered in a wide range of colors to compliment any kitchen.  The painted old world pattern is gorgeous and I can't get enough of it. There's so much attention to detail all over the set, including the rim of the baker.  The fact that this set accommodates almost any recipe is so convenient.  The glass lid helps you to keep an eye on your dish's progress as it bakes to perfection.  

What I like most about the set is how versatile it is.  You can make anything in it from macaroni and cheese to baked pasta dishes and risotto.  The culinary possibilities are truly endless! The red color is bright and vivid and full of personality.  A convenient thing about this high-quality set is that it stacks and stores away easily when not in use.  Feel free to use the set in the microwave, dishwasher, oven, and fridge/freezer.

I plan on making baked mac and cheese in the 2 qt round baker tonight for dinner.  I'm sure it will turn out wonderfully and I can't wait! I'm very happy with this set and look forward to using it for some time to come.

If you have a friend or relative with an upcoming birthday, they'll absolutely love this Temp-tations set to celebrate their special day with.  Keep the set in mind for wedding or housewarming gifts as well.  Who knows, maybe the recipient will even make you something in it to thank you for it! :)

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to QVC for providing me with a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Landmark Preschool Review

Now that I have my own child, education is even more important to me than ever.  I want Scarlett to develop, grow, and thrive as much as she can.  Since she's only 13 months old, her brain is like a sponge and soaks everything up.  I encourage her to play as much as possible because children learn so much through play.  We have many educational toys at home that are designed to teach which Scarlett loves.  The best thing you can do as a parent is teach your child.  It's never too early or too late to have your little one learn.

Landmark Preschool is a premier independent day school serving children ages 1-5. Landmark has four campuses located in Bedford, NY,  and Redding, Westport, and Ridgefield CT.  Landmark's belief is that children benefit from a joyful introduction of learning.  Their curriculum consists of purposeful learning experiences to support social, emotional, cognitive, and physiological development.  Your child will thrive and enjoy learning while having fun too! 

A wonderful feature about the school is that the low student-to-teacher ratio allows teachers to really get to know your child.  If you're in one of Landmark's locations, why not send your child to their one's program, or even two's program? Head on over to the website to potentially register for the near future.

I'm very lucky that I have the opportunity to be a stay-at-home-mom.  With that advantage, I'm able to see all of Scarlett's milestones and developments which is very exciting.  I do feel like I can only teach her so much at home.  Our days consist of reading books, doing puzzles, and playing with educational toys.  Since I'm not a teacher and have no educational background, I'm limited with my resources for teaching.  I knew Scarlett needed to have a classroom learning environment to further her education and help her socialize.  I'm very thankful that Landmark gave us this opportunity.

Scarlett's first day of school in her Fun for Ones program was today.  Even though she's only 13 months old, that doesn't mean that school doesn't apply to her.  I told her in the days leading up to her first day that she'd be attending school.  She seemed excited and interested and I could only hope for the best.

What I like about Landmark is that their building is extremely secure.  Their building door is locked and you can only get in using a fingerprint scan.  This leaves one less worry for parents who drop their older kids off for school.

Scarlett and I walked in to her classroom and were immediately greeted by her teacher Miss Mia.  Mia was very excited to meet Scarlett and welcomed us warmly.  As we waited for the other kids to arrive, we were encouraged to have some free play.  Scarlett is never one to turn down playing with toys and welcomed the opportunity to play.  Since the children are so young, this is not a drop off program.  The two's program allows you to leave your children and pick them up at the end of the day.

The schedule of the class consists of free play, snack time, and educational songs and stories.  There's always a relevant craft related to the theme of the story.  
Waiting for class to start 

Mia started off the class with a welcome song after all of the kids helped clean up the toys. Cleaning up toys at home is something I encourage, so I like that it was reinforced at school.  It was so adorable to see all of the tiny little ones in a classroom together.  I couldn't take enough pictures!

A story was then read to the children about race cars and after that a special Landmark alphabet song.  We did snack time (Scarlett is the queen of snacks!) and then a craft of decorating a race car.  This was the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life and I'm so sad that I accidentally left the paper race car in the classroom.  Hopefully it'll be there next week so I can take it home and display it in Scarlett's room.  After the craft, it was more free play and time to go home.

Scarlett working on her race car craft.  Have you ever seen anything cuter? 

Snack time.  This event happens to be Scarlett's favorite time of the day.

Miss Mia is a ball of personality and energy and is very engaging.  I noticed that she would engage individually with all of the children in the class and gave them attention to make them feel included.  That's very important in building self-confidence. 

Scarlett had a wonderful first day and took an extra long nap when we got home! We really enjoyed the first day and look forward to the next 13 weeks.  I'm sure I'll see an improvement in her personality and social development from today versus the last class.  I can't wait for that!

If you're looking to enroll your child in Landmark, they are now accepting applications for their 2016-2017 school year.  Please head on over to their website for more information.

*DISCLOSURE* I received a complimentary admission in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

All New Moms Need a Motorola Baby Monitor

When you have a new baby, it seems like all you do is check on them constantly to make sure they're okay.  New parents have so many worries and fears which is completely normal, it's their first time doing this.  When Scarlett was born I spent so much time watching the baby monitor to make sure she was breathing or moving.   When babies get older you'll watch them on the monitor and see them moving or rolling around which will calm your fears.  If you recently had a new baby, it's essential that you invest in a baby monitor.

Motorola baby monitors continue to be a leader in the industry with innovative features and technology you can trust.  If you're going to be welcoming a child in the next few months, or just looking for a new monitor I have the perfect pick for you.

Every home with children should include a Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi.  Not only is the unit remote and wireless, but the monitor offers a 4.3 inch color screen with touch controls on the parent unit.  The camera will stay securely on a dresser or bookshelf when placed in your child's room.  If you're away on vacation, you also have the option to view the camera through your computer, tablet, or smartphone with the compatible free Wi-Fi Hubble app. Your little one will love to see Mom or Dad when they're traveling! Thanks to the app, you'll be able to receive sound, temperature, and motion notifications so you'll always be in tune to what's going on.  That gives parents a big peace of mind.  

The best thing about this monitor is that it will grow with your child.  Feel free to leave it in your son or daughter's room for years.  You'll go from watching them play in their crib to playing by themselves in their room in such a short time.  They are only babies for so long!

Go ahead and make the smart choice of introducing a Motorola video monitor into your life.  Every parent deserves one less worry in life.

*DISCLOSURE* I received a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  


My Love of Desserts

Let's face it. My love for desserts knows no bounds.

If I see a plate of chocolate chip cookies, I will attack it. It is truly impossible to ignore those round circles of heaven. I've been known to eat my weight in cookies or brownies. My belly smiles when this happens.

The funny thing is, I really don't love ice cream that much. I am more of a cake, cookie, or brownie lady.

Chocolate is my weakness and I don't discriminate my love for chocolate. Whether it's a chocolate fudge brownie, of a piece of Boston cream pie, I will love it equally.

What are some of your favorite sweet treats? 


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Brio Tuscan Grille Review

Italian food is one of my all-time favorite cuisines.  Who can resist perfectly cooked pasta paired with flavorful sauces? You can't forget tons of melted cheese on top either.  Make sure you have a basket of soft and airy bread to go along with your meal.  If I didn't have to worry about calories and gaining weight, I'd eat Italian food every day.  When's the last time you had a wonderful bowl of pasta for dinner?

Brio Tuscan Grille offers a menu using the finest and freshest ingredients with an emphasis on high-quality steaks, homemade pasta specialities, and flatbreads.  Everything is prepared in an authentic Italian oven to delight your belly. Brio is located in certain states and hopefully you're lucky enough to have a location near you.  The location serves brunch, lunch, dinner, and also features a children's menu.  

Sink your teeth into such fabulous eats like lobster and shrimp ravioli, chicken milanese, roasted half chicken, panini's, homemade soups, fresh salads, and more.  Don't forget to have a glass of Prosecco to compliment your meal with.  Save room for dessert and delight your stomach with such treats as chocolate layer cake, tiramisu, or even cheesecake.  You'll have a wonderful dining experience at Brio that you won't soon forget.

My husband and I were invited to dine at Brio tonight to try their new Tale of Two Risottos menu.  I had been there previously, but it was some time ago. I'm never one to turn down Risotto, so I was excited at the chance.  The rich and creamy risotto's can be paired with either cold water Maine lobster and sautéed shrimp, or seared sea scallops and vegetable ratatouille.  Seafood pairs wonderfully with risotto and I was looking forward to trying the lobster and shrimp version.  The best part about our night was that my parents were watching our daughter, so we were able to get a date night out which is rare!

Jay and I started the meal off with a delicious basket of bread and butter. We enjoyed the bread with a glass of Prosecco for me and a beer for Jay. Who can resist bread while at an Italian restaurant? I know I can't.  The bread's crispy exterior paired with the fluffy and soft interior was just wonderful.  

A large plate of calamari was put in front of us next that looked to die for.  I liked the presentation of the calamari with the marinara on one side and the aioli on the other.  Of course I wasted no time at all trying those crunchy round circles of heaven.  I dipped one into the marinara and it was love at first bite.  The crispy and warm calamari paired with the marinara was fantastic! That crunch is so satisfying that you'll be back for seconds and thirds in no time.  I'm not a huge aioli lover so I left that side to my husband.

For entrees, I opted for the lobster and shrimp risotto, and my husband went with the ratatouille.  These dishes were plated so beautifully that they were almost too pretty to eat.  Let me put emphasis on the keyword almost! We wasted no time in digging into our main meals.

My dish was truly out of this world.  You can't say no to a large Maine lobster tail paired with shrimp, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and asparagus. This tasty dish was topped with basil and parmesan to really set it apart.  The risotto was light and fluffy and made my belly sing.  The sauce had an incredible flavor that got better with each bite.  If you're a seafood lover, you'll go nuts for the perfectly cooked and juicy shrimp combined with the bursting with flavor lobster tail.  Seafood and risotto are a marvelous pairing and I couldn't have been happier with my choice.

Jay's dish brought seared sea scallops served over risotto with roasted eggplant, red peppers, zucchini, and tomato compote.  To make it the ultimate dish, it was topped with basil and Reggiano cheese.  He said that the scallops were large and in charge and brimming with flavor.  Those tender and succulent babies were cooked perfectly and everything you could want in risotto.  The risotto was also cooked perfectly and had sensational tomato flavor that you couldn't stop eating.  Jay loved every bite and said it was the best risotto he's had in a long time.

We were so full but our waitress insisted on dessert.  Jay and I shared the caramel marscapone cheesecake.  I had never heard of the combination of caramel and marscapone before, but it was a very interesting combination.  This petite beauty was the perfect size for sharing since we were both so full.  I enjoyed sinking my teeth into the perfectly cool, creamy, and dense cheesecake which had a nice caramel layer on top.  The marscapone was certainly noticeable and my taste buds enjoyed every bite.

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit at Brio.  The food was delicious, the waitress was very attentive, and we had a great time! We'll certainly be back for future visits.  If you haven't been to Brio before, it's time to make a reservation for dinner.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Brio for providing us with a complimentary visit in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.


Brownies Will Brighten Your Day

Let's talk about brownies for a second.

Brownies will brighten your day.  They will always be there for you and will always make your belly smile.   There's nothing quite like brownies.  

Peanut butter stuffed brownies 

Combine that rich and fudgy brownie with a coconut or peanut butter inside and you've got yourself a real treat.  

Don't forget that icy cold glass of milk to wash it down with.

Go ahead and have a brownie today.  Don't be shy.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

How I'm Going to Try to be Healthier in 2016-Guest Post


A lot of people have goals they’ve set themselves for 2016. Many of these are big things like climbing a mountain, writing a novel, or running a marathon. Mine is a little more common but no less important - to become healthier. Now, a lot of people have this on their list all the time, but it never seems to be straightforward.
I have always wanted to get healthier but never had the discipline to keep up with it. But this year all that is going to change, and I’m going to achieve my goals! I think that trying to observe a healthier lifestyle will make me much happier, and much better as a mother. So, take a look at these ideas I’ve come up with. These are all things I feel will help me to become more healthy on a regular basis.
Eat Better
I’m not going to lie; I could definitely stand to eat better a lot of the time. It’s just that cooking is sometimes the last thing I want to do. It’s so much easier to just get takeout, or pop a pizza in the oven for 20 minutes. But, I need to change my eating habits this year if I want to be healthier. And this means reassessing my diet and what I like to eat. I’m certainly going to try to get more fruit and veg in there, and make sure I have my five-a-day. I will start using natural sweeteners rather than sugar, and checking out healthy recipes online.

Exercise More
To be honest with you, the thing I dread more than anything is exercising. This is, I guess, the thing that most of us struggle with, and is probably what puts us off being healthy! Exercise is a pain, but as they say, no pain no gain! So I’m going to welcome 2016 in by joining the local gym, and coming up with my own ‘at home’ exercise plan. I know I’m going to hate it, and it’s going to be a nightmare to begin with. But, by the end, I will be grateful and thankful that I did it!
Cut Out the Booze
Everyone likes a drink now and then, but alcohol can be very unhealthy for you. It makes you put on weight and can make you feel a little fuzzy in the morning. So I am reluctantly going to give up the booze for a few months to help get myself a bit healthier. Then I can hopefully ease back into drinking on an occasional basis. Many people don’t drink during the week and have it for weekends. And I do like the idea of doing this, but I don’t want to binge at weekends so we’ll have to see how I get on!
Get More Rest
As a mother, one thing I don’t get enough of is rest! And lack of rest can lead to one becoming run down and unhealthy. That’s why I’m going to try to become more healthy these days and get plenty of rest. This might mean taking it easy a bit, or having a few early nights, but if that’s the name of the game then so be it. I also might try to take my own nap time now and then!
If all goes according to plan, then 2016 is most certainly going to be MY year! I have a lot of goals and resolutions coming into this year, but certainly getting healthier is one I’ve had for a long while. I know it’s not going to be easy, but I’m going to try to follow all these things. They will help me to stay on the right path and experience good results.