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Published: 2017-2-25
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Colorful Capri Pouch From Stella And Dot Available Now
Published: 2015-2-13
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7 Things To Be Thankful For
Published: 2014-12-18
It s so easy to be negative and to complain isn t it nbsp There s traffic bills taxes There s the common core and health insurance issues Not to mention the normal every day stress of getting several kids to activities doing homework keeping the house clean and managing to buy enough food to actually cook a nutritious meal And then all that Christmas shopping in the drowds with the traffic But taking time out to feel gratitude puts everything in check doesn t it You ve probably seen your friends on Facebook nbsp ovet the months nbsp listing daily gratitude posts It s a GREAT thing to do year round not just in nbsp December nbsp though nothing bad about a little EXTRA gratitude Here s 7 things to be thankful for 1- Facebook Yes for all the ads and sometimes drama and spam in the inbox from gentlemen that find me lovely I LOVE Facebook I can keep up with my cousin and her beautiful family I can grow my home business I can shop local buy and sell groups I chat with friends about their days I keep up with events in my town I read funny cartoons I learn a new recipe It s an open 24 7 party and I just love it 2-Pets I m blessed to have 3 wonderful cats and have had others over the years My heart smiles when I see one of my children bent over petting our cat talking in a super sweet voice and showing love and compassion Pets teach us so much They offer unconditional love They are our friends where no words are ever needed If I had more money and more room I d add another few cats 2 dogs some bunnies and even a horse There s nothing like our animal friends img alt Things to be grateful for class wp-image-2881 aligncenter data-mce-src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 11 Image-400x266 jpg src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 11 Image-400x266 jpg height 260 style display block margin-left auto margin-right auto width 340 3-Children Goes without saying right God s gift to us There are no words to explain the love a Mother feels for her child A Father too but this is TODAYSMAMA and I know who is reading this If you like me look at your children and remember the days with their little chubby feet sticky hands mispronounce words and heart melting smiles and yearn for those days you are not alone nbsp But EVERY age has it s joys and as the teen years settle in at my house for my oldest I am learning to cherish every single minute every kiss every time they don t pull away from a hug and every single family game night movie night or day on the soccer field Remember these are the days 4- nbsp The people that fight for you The people that protect our country The ones that fight for our freedom The ones that march to get GMO s labeled or to have a new law passed You may be doing it but chances are you re not Be grateful for those strong enough and demanding enough to fight for change that keeps us safe and healthy 5 Authors Man I LOVE a good book I m always blown away how moved we can get how they can bring us to tears touch us in unique ways make us think teach us make us laugh Heartwarming stories like a new Debbie Macomber s nbsp Christmas story hundreds by nbsp Nora Roberts Kristen Hannah s nbsp beautiful reads nbsp about friendships and families nbsp Harry Potter s nbsp life at Hogwarts oh and about 3 million others It s the perfect season to stock up and read to your heart s content Or start a family tradition I read nbsp On Christmas Eve nbsp each December with my daughter We love it And the shared time taking turns reading is wonderful img alt Sunset class wp-image-2882 aligncenter data-mce-src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 11 IMG 3107-400x300 jpg src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 11 IMG 3107-400x300 jpg height 260 style display block margin-left auto margin-right auto width 340 6 Things that nbsp mesmerize nbsp us You know that feeling of sitting by a crackling fire just staring at it thinking absolutely nothing but reveling in the warmth on your face and getting lost in moment The mesmerizing pull of gazing at the ocean waves rolling in the fog over a mountain or lake the sun rising or setting It s things like this that make us live in the moment and live by FEELING through our senses and our hearts not thinking And really is there a better way to live 7 Food nbsp Real food Not from a box bag or factory But REAL food in it s natural state fresh organic unsprayed grown with love and eaten mindfully Biting into crisp apple slicing into a red plump tomato the creamy goodness of an avocado a bowl of gleaming blackberries or luscious strawberries Freshly baked homemade bread like Grandma used to make Garlic roasted broccoli Whatever it is that you love it s the sensations the tastes the smells that bring meaning to a meal It s the memories you make while enjoying that meal With all the talk of pesticides GMO s and processed foods once you go back to nature and start enjoying fresh organic in-season home grown or local grown prepared with love nbsp foods you may never want anything else again Enjoy img alt fresh organic food class wp-image-2884 aligncenter data-mce-src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 11 photo1-400x254 jpg src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 11 photo1-400x254 jpg height 260 style display block margin-left auto margin-right auto width 340
Hershey Park Insider Tips
Published: 2014-6-24
nbsp This is a post from my old Todaysmama blog It s gotten the most views of any blog I have ever written so I figured I d share it here We ve been to Hershey about 8 times having traveled with my kids from when they were 1 until now ages 13 11 and 7 We just love it there Here are our top 15 insider Hersheypark tips for your family to have the best trip possible img alt IMG 3030 class wp-image-2064 aligncenter height 300 src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 07 IMG 3030-400x300 jpg style border-bottom-width 0px border-color initial border-left-width 0px border-right-width 0px border-style initial border-top-width 0px display block font-size 13px margin-bottom 0px margin-left auto margin-right auto margin-top 0px max-width 486px padding-bottom 0px padding-left 0px padding-right 10px padding-top 0px text-align center important vertical-align middle width 280 1- If you are going to the park for just one day and you are coming into town the night before definitely get the free preview where you can enjoy the park for over 2 hours the evening you purchase your next day tickets 2- There is A TON of walking Wear super comfortable shoes and pack a spare pair of lightweight flip flops for the water park area 3- Head to the the park early when they open and make a beeline straight to the biggest coaster you want to go on or to the back of the park Most people stop at rides along the entrance and they can jam up quickly 4- Do not bring food as they will take it away when they inspect bags You can bring one water bottle sealed per person as per their website but an even more convenient deal is to get the souvenir cup at around 9 00 and then refills on soda and lemonade for the 2013 season are only 99 cents Even better they will fill your cup or any cup you have with water for free No 3 waters How cool is that 5- If you don t have a stroller but don t feel like carrying a ton of towels for your large family just bring one towel They have these really neat family dryers large plastic box things for lack of a better word that you all can step into and for 5 you dry off hair clothing even your towel It s a very cool or should I say warm concept why didn t I think of that 6- If you really want to see it all allow two full days at the park and explore it at a more leisurely pace Include Chocolate World since there s a lot to do over there as well 7- Wear your bathing suit under clothing for less to carry 8- If you have young kids stop by the booth on your right after you enter the park to get a bracelet for them that you write your cell number on in case your kids get separated from you 9- Have the kids measure up after they enter the park so they know exactly which rides they can go on 10- Try to visit on a Tuesday through Thursday for lighter nbsp crowds 11- Stay into the evening as crowds tend to thin after 6 or 7 pm when the park is open until 10pm 12- Don t use the Hershey phone app instead of carrying a map since apps drain cell phone batteries fast 13- Consider the meal voucher to save on meal drink 14- Plan on eating in the off hours of 2-4pm to save time 15- Travel light Hershey is a huge park and you don t want to lug more than you need Or rent a locker to store valuables and just carry a small bag or backpack so you don t end up with a backache or sore shoulder img alt IMG 2990 class wp-image-2036 aligncenter height 300 src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 06 IMG 2990-400x300 jpg style border-bottom-width 0px border-color initial border-left-width 0px border-right-width 0px border-style initial border-top-width 0px display block font-size 13px margin-bottom 0px margin-left auto margin-right auto margin-top 0px max-width 486px padding-bottom 0px padding-left 0px padding-right 10px padding-top 0px text-align center important vertical-align middle width 280
Spring Cleaning For Your Soul
Published: 2014-5-08
Now that the weather is warming up nbsp and things are growing how about growing right along with the flowers We are getting ready to wipe away the winter cobwebs and air out the houses let s do the same for our spirits nbsp img alt 564682 10200877692964120 1773593363 n class alignleft wp-image-1612 height 250 src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 03 564682 10200877692964120 1773593363 n-400x400 jpg style border-bottom-width 0px border-color initial border-left-width 0px border-right-width 0px border-style initial border-top-width 0px display block float left font-size 13px margin-bottom 0px margin-left auto margin-right auto margin-top 0px max-width 486px padding-bottom 0px padding-left 0px padding-right 10px padding-top 0px text-align center important vertical-align middle width 260 nbsp What better time of year than now to reaccess things in our lives and say Out with the old in with the New Now is a great time to nbsp rediscover passions nbsp you may have put aside or to take up nbsp new hobbies nbsp you have been dreaming of nbsp Now is the time to get rid of what is not working in your life and adopt new attitudes and new ways of doing things so everything starts flowing easily and going your way No more days nbsp falling into bed exhausted yet feeling like nothing major was accomplished When you carve out some me time and experience things that give you joy and make time fly then you WILL go to bed satisfied and already planning what the next day will hold It s time to get a bit more nbsp INQUISITIVE with yourself and ask what makes me happy what do I really want to do in my free time what do I want to do for work what am I not doing that I used to love what do I think of all the time And then once you have nbsp clear answers commit to a change Sweep away the old ways of thinking the OLD YOU and start doing fun and creative new things That could be changing your wardrobe head to toe It could be going to school getting a new job or just taking acting lessons Could be starting on the book you always wanted to write Or maybe taking a gourmet cooking class Maybe it s committing to a daily 1 hour walk in the park or starting a home business But whatever it is there is never a better time than nbsp now to get started get focused and reclaim the things that make your spirit soar
How To Buy Organic And NON GMO On A Budget
Published: 2014-5-06
You probably have been hearing about GMO products everywhere- in magazines on the news even on Facebook But have you really looked into what they are nbsp The first thing to do is to educate yourself about GMO s I know it can be confusing and overwhelming even But if you consume food and who doesn t or use skin care even take vitamins it may be a wise choice to at least make an informed decision about what you put in and on your body nbsp You can learn a lot here nbsp at the Non GMO project img alt Organic non gmo foods class wp-image-2856 aligncenter height 300 src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 11 photo-400x400 jpg style border-bottom-width 0px border-color initial border-left-width 0px border-right-width 0px border-style initial border-top-width 0px display block font-size 13px margin-bottom 0px margin-left auto margin-right auto margin-top 0px max-width 486px padding-bottom 0px padding-left 0px padding-right 10px padding-top 0px text-align center important vertical-align middle width 280 Basically nbsp GMOs are plants or animals that have undergone a modification process where scientists alter their genes with DNA from different species to get desired traits such as resistance to disease or major tolerance to nbsp pesticides Which means MORE pesticides can be applied Sounds lovely doesn t it nbsp No one is telling you to go 100 GMO free Some people are But of course that is your option I believe in everything in moderation So if you nbsp want to make the move to healthier and organic living at least buy as many non GMO and organic foods as you can organic nbsp is nbsp non GMO I just found this book on Amazon and it looks fabulous nbsp The nbsp NON GMO COOKBOOK Recipes and advice for a Non GMO lifestyle Want to learn more about how foods can actually HEAL and help your body Yeah me too I find that fascinating This new nbsp book from NYR Organic nbsp is selling like crazy I m thinking of a few people who may get it as a gift this year too I think it belongs on every kitchen book shelf or living room table As a matter of fact ALL nbsp NYR products nbsp are GMO free nbsp Did you know we absorb about 60 of what we put on our skin Think about how some medicines come in patches now It all enters your body so choose what you put on it with care Especially with our little kids and babies Did you know that not every organic product is more expensive than traditional items I know that is a COMMON MYTH but if you shop carefully nbsp you can buy organic foods for very similar prices as non organic and if you know where to look for coupons you can eat more organic foods without breaking the bank I buy organic nbsp store brands nbsp at stores like Nature s Promise at Stop N Shop and they are actually CHEAPER than some of the um nbsp garbage nbsp other brands they sell think cereals oatmeal granola bars carrots etc I can get a nice bag of organic apples for 5 99 got a bag of organic carrots just today for 99 cents on sale from 1 49 and I ALWAYS and only buy store brand or name brand organic cereals and milk since my kids eat a lot of that Organic Cheerios are called toasted oats and they are delish At 2 99 how can you pass that up for the 4 00 box of name brand non-organic There s organic versions of so many-from granola to Honey Bunches of Oats types to Raisin Bran types Garden of Eatin organic blue corn chips were 2 99 about the same as non-organic brands I buy canned organic beans for 1 00 on sale and boxed organic mac n cheese is nbsp only 2 for 3 00 Always visit the natural food aisle in your grocery store first to get what is on your list Vitacost is an nbsp online store nbsp that offers many healthy brands especially if you don t have many health foods options close to home I ve shopped there for years now and save a lot of cash With the price of gas a 50 order with free shipping right to your door nbsp is much appreciated by busy moms And they have very low prices too so you are really getting maybe 75 worth of stuff for 50 Can t beat nbsp Here s a 10 coupon nbsp Confused on what to buy Some brands that have organic and non-GMO products within their line nbsp are listed hereBe a label reader as much as you can and support companies on a mission to offer non-GMO organic foods Taking small steps and making weekly changes you ll soon be eating and living healthier Some organic companies have extremely informational websites likeebfarm com nbsp and nbsp cascadianfarm com nbsp Another GREAT resource to save money is using coupons You can get coupons for organic foods at nbsp mambosporuts com nbsp The nbsp Center for Food Safety nbsp also is a wealth of nbsp information about genetically modified foods Do your best to avoid the big 5 GMO crops which sadly are in something like 80 of packaged foods nbsp corn 90 soy nbsp sugar cottonseed and canola oils Unfortunately in the U S our foods do not need to be labeled as using GMO products like in many other countries But FORTUNATELY the battle persists for this labeling and hopefully it will be done soon
6 Tips For Glowing Skin
Published: 2014-5-06
Everyone wants glowing skin right nbsp Knowing what to use to revive dry tired skin will bring back a healthy complexion and help combat signs of aging Here s 6 skincare tips I ve learned over the years in the beauty industry to help your skin glow img alt 7 skin care tips class wp-image-2746 aligncenter src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 10 photo-400x535 jpg height 440 style border-bottom-width 0px border-color initial border-left-width 0px border-right-width 0px border-style initial border-top-width 0px display block margin-bottom 0px margin-left auto margin-right auto margin-top 0px max-width 486px padding-bottom 0px padding-left 0px padding-right 10px padding-top 0px text-align center important vertical-align middle title skin care width 350 Start from the inside Drink plenty of water I know for some of us the natural urge to drink is not the same when we are indoors in the winter as it is in the summer months So filling a large water bottle and keeping it handy to sip frequently nbsp is a great reminder anytime of the year especially the cooler months Or consider herbal teas if you like warm drinks Don t forget that water occurs naturally in fruits so eating a diet rich in varied fruits keep adds water content to your diet Another great way to add glow from the inside is to add good fats into your diet Recently omega 3 fatty acids have been said to help skin look healthier If you are not a frequent fish eater especially tuna and salmon you can add walnuts flax seeds olive oil and nbsp avocado to your diet to get those good fats And don t forget to take a daily omega supplement which is touted by many doctors including Dr Nicholas Perricone to help reduce the body s production of inflammatory compounds and the way skin ages I started fish oils about 2 years ago and even have many less break -outs since Don t forget to exfoliate In summer I rarely need to do this but in the winter wow a good face and body scrub can make skin glow Once a week add a scrub nbsp to your cleansing routine to remove all those dead cells and reveal fresher looking skin If you re feeling DIY make a scrub using sugar or brown sugar nbsp mixed with a little oil and nbsp a few drops essential oils like lavender or orange nbsp You can mix in a little honey for its moisturizing properties too Nothing like natural skin care without any chemicals Or choose this organic line I represent and love Don t forget to moisturize all over Working in the beauty business every week I hear complaints of dry skin and questions of what moisturizer should I use There really is not one set answer since everyone has different skin and what works for some may not work for you However the older we get and the drier our skin gets often calls for a heavier moisturizer in cream form Oily skin has the benefit of natural moisturizers but can still benefit from lighter moisturizing lotions not creams Oils nbsp balms nbsp and serums can be used on tough spots like elbows and knees Try a nbsp decadent organic body butter nbsp before bed and wake up to refreshed and soft nbsp skin Don t nbsp neglect your chest and hands as these areas are prone to sun damage wrinkles and dryness Learn to layer Products like nbsp serums nbsp or nbsp oils nbsp go on first followed by nbsp creams or lotions Serums offer many extra anti-aging benefits and help kick your skin care routing up a notch as far as tackling problems like age spots lines dryness and radiance Take cooler showers This one hurts me to even type But hot showers are known to rob skin of moisture while luke warm is best Since I love my hot showers I opt for shorter ones and a good all over body moisturizer afterwards Use a safe mineral sunscreen daily nbsp as experts agree it s needed year round Too much sun exposure can dry skin and cause premature wrinkling and discolored complexion Even if you don t use a separate sunscreen make sure your moisturizer and make up have SPF in them Natural mineral SPF s are safer Avoid oxybenzone which is questionable in it s safety according to most studies
Top 10 Things To Do On Long Island And In The NYC Area In Spring
Published: 2014-5-01
We ve finally emerged from the blanket of cold and the Arctic air so it s a perfect time to get out and embrace the warmer weather We ve compiled 10 fun spots to take the kids to this Spring in New York that all offer outdoor fun 1 Visit a beachTake a family walk on the beach From the North Shore to the waves of the South shore there s a beach for everyone on Long Island Pack a picnic bring a ball or kite and unplug for a day of collecting shells and playing img border 0 src http 1 bp blogspot com -2 MUx2IyXF0 U2KgQsfMzUI AAAAAAAABpo lBIc827o9jA s320 IMG 3973 jpg 2 Coney IslandYes it still there if you haven t visited in a while You ve got the boardwalk the aquarium and over 50 rides You ve got the people for the ultimate people -watching experience the sea air and the hot dogs Nathan s Famous And of course the Cyclone and the Souvenir shops And there s a website to tell you more and a park site to entice your kids with ride info 3 The ZooBronx Central park or Queens it s your choice The Bronx Zoo is my pick for a full day of fun from camel rides gorilla walks monorail viewing of giant elephants and rainforest rooms So much to see and do and don t forget the Bug Carousel and Butterfly Garden 4 NY Hall of ScienceWe just went a few weeks ago and the Hall of Science is better than ever It s got a few floors of amazing hands -on science activities for all ages the hall of mirrors a super gift shop and an outside area open now in the Spring that kids LOVE See the site for all the info and remember that Sundays are FREE admission from 10-11 AM and Fridays 2-5PM until July The science playground mini gold and 3d theatre all cost a fee though even if you get in free but are well worth it Super place to visit 5 Greenport Sag HarborA leisurely drive out on the North Fork will put you into the nautical town of Greenport Spend the early afternoon browsing the shops taking the kids on the outdoor partially enclosed carousel and eating lunch at one of the many wonderful cafe s and restaurants then take your car aboard the ferry to Shelter Island for some more exploring From Shelter Island another ferry will take you to Sag Harbor where you can again explore the many shops eat a wonderful dinner awe at the giant yachts and even put your feet in the water on the tiny beach front area Wind your way home from Sag Harbor along through the Hamptons for more awesome sight seeing and spur of the moment exploration stops 6 Farm stands and Farmer s MarketsAlong that ride to Greenport you may be tempted to stop at the many farm stands and vineyards but why not save that for another day The North Fork has a ton as does the South Fork If you want to stick closer to home visit some local farmer s markets on Sundays Some even offer music and free samples for a nice way to spend a weekend morning You get to buy fresh LI grown produce support local farmers and fellow Long Islanders and artisans and enjoy the outside air 7 The Long Island AquariumNow that the weather is warm the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center is a wonderful place to spend the day along the riverfront in Riverhead The outside area doubles your exhibits to visit and kids can even roll up their pants and wade with the crabs in a shallow supervised water area There s a game room a rock wall ice cream an arcade and a ride fee that offers beautiful views of the River Inside you ll find the shark tunnel the touch tanks and many other exhibits There s a short sea lion show a few times a day too For an extra cost you can visit with the birds and butterflies in the Hyatt Hotel exhibit Cafeteria and gift shop round out your experience Kids love this place 8 Central Park and the city experience If you live on Long Island like I do you probably don t make it to the city as often as you d like with the kids But Spring is such a great time to visit We have such fun days taking the train in walking around Rockefeller Center and Times Square and then heading to Central Park The kids climb the rocks we people watch we eat junk from street vendors listen to the street musicians and throw a few coins in their boxes and we gaze at the sky scrapers while we listen to the clop-clop of horses hooves Or take a walk past the Empire State Building- kids love looking straight up at that beauty If that s not enough to get you to in the city mood I don t know what is And all this can be done on a budget of train fare hot dog and lunch money and maybe a few bucks for a souvenier img border 0 src http 1 bp blogspot com - McoWxUbzVE U2KgvhgWnUI AAAAAAAABpw Rh9j9Ss05FU s1600 10250194 620723554670007 5023357132367932944 n jpg height 320 width 240 9 MontaukThe End as it s known is a town that simply has too many things to list and literally offers something for everyone Fishing But of course Sailing Boating Stand up paddle board lessons yes yes yes Montauk IS mini golfing miles of hiking sand dunes expansive views horseback riding shopping and of course eating the freshest fish you will find anywhere Live music fairs and festivals great stores docks to walk and of course the lighthouse to climb Can it get any better than this town I think not can you tell it s one of my favorite places to visit It s a world away-you feel like you are on vacation- but a mere few hour drive from the city Montauk attracts the jet-set and the serious fisherman visits from families couples and anyone who wants to drink in the wild air 10 Visit the IntrepidThis popular sea air and space museum makes a great day trip situated on the Hudson River the Intrepid boasts incredible views of the Statue of Liberty George Washington Bridge and the New York City skyline and is a 15 minute walk from other popular attractions Families love to see the Exploreum Interactive Hall check out the simulators and XD theaters and learn more about everything from space shuttles to submarines and from history to science
Absolutely Unacceptable
Published: 2014-3-25
An absolute MUST SEE if you have concerns for yourself or your family The chemicals used in our skin care and many many other products are UNACCEPTABLE affiliate link Yekra PlayerYekra is a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films Unacceptable LevelsUnacceptable Levels examines the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of affable filmmaker Ed Brown a father seeking to understand the world in which he and his wife are raising their children To create this debut documentary one man and his camera traveled extensively to find and interview top minds in the fields of science advocacy and law Weaving their testimonies into a compelling narrative Brown presents us with the story of how the chemical revolution brought us to where we are and of where if we re not vigilant it may take us I m proud that the company I represent- NYR Organic -is taking a stance against gmo s gmo labeling and uses only safe effective ingredients They fully support this movie and Moms across America See that here
My Top 10 SPRING BEAUTY RENEWAL NECESSITIES From NYR Organic
Published: 2014-3-12
img border 0 src http 3 bp blogspot com --Qq93nByqbY UyDqKFnPrSI AAAAAAAABkI wvcy4o GqJ4 s1600 Flowers-Spring jpg height 255 width 320 There may be SNOW in your area but it s almost SPRING Spring is a time of renewal-new life- new birth-out with the old-in with the new It s a time for cleansing and GROWTH recharging and fresh new attitudes NYR can help you make a commitment to healthier holistic living And get you on the path to a BETTER YOU nbsp nbsp I m proud to be a part of the company as a Team Leader and Independent Consultant Here s my top 10 SPRING BEAUTY RENEWAL NECESSITIES 1- Get the fantastic and informative nbsp HEALING FOODS BOOK and learn healing properties of 175 foods to incorporate into your diet 2- Get rid of heavy serums and moisturizers and switch to lighter lotions-best selling Frankincense Intense or our amazing Rose line 3- Revive and relax by the powerful scents nature has provided in the form of essential oils 4-Scrub and slough off your dry winter skin in the shower with our seaweed salt scrub or our body scrub with dead sea salt Or our body brush 5- Toss the old make up and get some light Spring colors- Cosmetics like the beautiful mineral eyeshadows luscious organic lip glosses and mineral make up made by NYR in gorgeous packaging 6-Stock up with NYR s herbal remedies for spring and summer woes like burns scrapes bug bites and rashes 7-Help save the Bees while you drench your skin in moisture with NYR s super popular Bee Lovely line 8- Consider adding vitamins and supplements your body is craving NYR has supplements anti oxidant boost frankincense and Beauty Boost with none of the nasties like GMO s fillers dyes or preservatives 9- Ditch the deodorants with aluminum and get NYR s deliciously scented safe deodorants in beautiful classy glassy bottles that you deserve in your bathroom 10-Consider making a FRESH START into a new part time or full time career of being in the holistic beauty and wellness industry A simple 99 investment can be one of the best things you do for yourself this Spring img border 0 src http 1 bp blogspot com -S3jFNsge-RM UyDpl 02zBI AAAAAAAABkA OPQWwdO6-4 s1600 995588 663085573755774 1151433264 n jpg height 225 width 320
Simple Uses For Essential Oils
Published: 2014-2-26
Essential oils are just amazing in so many ways The more you learn the more intrigued you will be to keep using them for their healing benefits as well as the lovely naturally beautiful scents There are literally hundreds of uses but here s a few simple ways to use EO s nbsp if you are new to them Pick up a few different ones like lavender peppermint tea tree orange and grapefruit to get you started Or consider a blend or a small premixed blend you can carry and just roll onto your skin as needed You can massage with a carrier oil mixed with a few drops of essential oil always follow directions for dilution Many oils shouldn t be applied topically wihtout being diluted A good rule of thumb is 10-12 drops of an EO for every ounce 30 mls of oil Popular carrier oils are almond oil coconut oil and grapeseed oils Oils can also be used in homemade in cleaners Have you made any yet nbsp A simple recipe is to use half water and half vinegar in a new standard size spray bottle and and 10-15 drops nbsp of an essential oil or oil blends Try lavender lemon orange or melaleuca tea tree oils These are the ones I use Many not only smell amazing but they are antibacterial anti fungal and anti viral Not to mention no chemicals around your family How about all purpose disinfecting wipes Use an old plastic wipe container and add 1 cup water 2 tbs vinegar 1 2 tsp mild unscented dish soap and 8 drops of lemon essential oil SO much safer than chlrox disinfecting wipes have you actually READ their label Now cut up an old white pillow case into approx 6 inch squares and add to your mix in the plastic jar and cover tightly It s a great frugal alternative to paper towels however you could use sturdy paper towels in there if you want it to be disposable These are GREAT to bring on vacation too Think hotels and rental strollers A nice kitchen sink scrub can be made with nbsp 1 4 cup baking soda 1 8 cup vinegar and 5 drops bergamot and 5 drops orange or lemon oil pour it in watch it sizzle scrub and rinse with warm water Do you practice yoga How do you clean your mat How about a simple spray of 1 8 cup witch hazel and 5 drops of tea tree oil 5 drops of lavender and 3 drops of eucalyptus in a small travel size spray bottle that you can carry in your gym bag Simply spray on mist setting let air dry 5 minutes and roll up Kills germs and fungus and freshens the mat nicely If it s too powerful smelling halve the drops img border 0 src http 4 bp blogspot com -N1ykepqgsEo Uw4pRgxKdII AAAAAAAABi0 OT7EaXzx5d4 s1600 unnamed jpg height 238 width 320 Other ways to freshen your home Place a few drops on a bowl of potpourri to refresh it and scent the room naturally Add essential oils to a bath after the water has stopped running 8-10 drops will do Add 2 or 3 drops to your shower gel as you use it Keep your car smelling fresh with a few drops or orange lemon bergamot or lavender on a cotton ball placed on your console or cup holder A few drops on a cotton ball placed in smelly sneakers works great too Increase your energy and focus during a mid afternoon slump by inhaling peppermint or grapefruit - sprinkle a few dropsm on a nearby napkin or just smell directlyLavender on a throw pill on your bed at night may help you relax check first to see if it stains if so sprinkle lavender on nbsp potpourri in a small bowl in the bedroom or just on a few cotton balls in a bowl Peppermint may help curb your appetite-just sniff a few times when you are hungry in between meals I DEFINITELY need to do this with Spring and Summer on their way You can pick up a great book for under 18 bucks to learn more about over 40 oils including therapeutic properties and uses Enjoy nbsp
Let s Talk SKIN
Published: 2014-1-22
Can we talk SKIN My December and January skin is usually bad bad bad with break outs and dullness and just loses it s glow ya know Anyone relate nbsp Well thanks to ditching the chemical skin care and going to organic skin care it s WAY WAY BETTER this year Not perfect because well I have sucky skin Always wanted those beautiful clear complexions of a super model Not happening now in my 40 s nbsp BUT and that s a nbsp BIG BUT lol this year I am having WAY less break outs and WAY more nbsp glow My face is not as parched after I wash it - and DEFINITELY looks better when I wake up as I tentatively take that first peek in the mirror and I m actually pleasantly surprised each day And I can see pretty well close up still nbsp I like looking good Not just good for her age good but good and glowy That s my catchphrase this year GLOWY Makes me think of sunshine and summer and all that brighty whitey glittery magic nbsp Wild Rose Beauty Balm nbsp is making me glowy for sure The serums quench the dryness Beauty Sleep Concentrate nbsp is making me wake up with better skin nbsp and nbsp Frankincense Intense nbsp is helping my wrinkles-yes I have a lot and they simply mean I laughed a lot- so it s all GOOD right Right Next time we ll chat dry brushing or maybe how I m sleeping BETTER than a baby with nbsp lavender nbsp essential oil on my pillow Fancy that nbsp Oh the fun and learning and RESULTS of being in an nbsp organic skin care biz
7 Little Wellness Changes To Make For The Upcoming Year
Published: 2014-1-04
I think the New Year is a great time to change some habits and to try new things don t you Health and wellness is a top priority on everyone s list img border 0 src http 1 bp blogspot com -o n xZPQnHA Usbt0 588SI AAAAAAAABcw Uaw2UqocmO4 s1600 images jpeg Here s nbsp my top 7 suggestions 1- Read ALL labels on things you buy From food to beauty Choose without GMO s parabens chemicals preservatives pesticides msg dyes etc 2- Buy more organic It doesn t have to be costly- as far as food you can get store brands or consider Wildtree nbsp for quality healthy foods or Vitacost nbsp As far as skin care NYR nbsp the company I represent is comparable to any organic brand and uses safe ingredients with none of the nasties You can sign up and get a great 25 discount on your orders too It s all about knowing how to get a good deal 3- Ditch dryer sheets I haven t used them in about 7 years I use dryer balls or NOTHING yes nothing and my clothes don t stick together once they lose that chemical coating from the sheets4- Incorporate more spices and new veggies into your diet Explore new tastes and cuisines and get all the health benefits of spices 5-Practice yoga and if you can t or don t want to at least spend 5 minutes a day in deep stretches especially in the morning and before bedtime 6- Add a serum to your skin care if you don t use one already Skin care works great when layered for multiple benefits and if you live in a cold climate like me serums are fantastic in the winter 7- Buy essential oils if you don t already Use lavender to relax before bed or a test or at work Mix it with carrier oils for a massage Mix it with oil and sugar for a great body scrub Use a dab for tension headaches Mix it in homemade cleaners or air fresheners Use peppermint to uplift and get rid of the midday slump Try peppermint or energizing grapefruit or organge or rosemary in a burner or diffuser Frankincense mixed with carrier oil on skin SO many more uses NYR makes a great book on essential oils so be sure to pick it up as a reference
Top 10 s And MORE In 2014
Published: 2014-1-02
Every new year I try to pick a theme for the upcoming year You know a few key words and things to work on to make the year better than ever and to make ME be a better person Anyway so this year s word is MORE img border 0 height 122 src http 3 bp blogspot com -Atc8LLia3Lo UsRuVXDVCAI AAAAAAAABcU UDj0uAHMD6w s200 more main png width 200 I decided it s a good word for many reasons mainly when you do MORE of one thing particularly something good and improved then it goes without saying you ll do less of the other thing Plus I just like the sound of it So my top 10 list for 2014 is1 to LOVE MORE2 SMILE MORE3 show MORE GRATITUDE4 attract MORE ABUNDANCE5 Exercise MORE6 Do MORE random acts of kindness7 Play MORE8 Travel MORE9 LAUGH MORE10 RELAX MORESee Isn t that just great When I focus on doing more I will definitely improve my days and my relationships even my income and my fun time Speaking of changing attitudes I usually complain about winter who me though I am generally a positive person but just not a fan of the cold and being inside but this year I am trying to focus on the the GOOD things about Winter so I ll make my top 10 list for that too img border 0 height 320 src http 1 bp blogspot com -MEpQPCN99hY UsRt1DFWujI AAAAAAAABcE IwDEpHox3gY s320 unnamed jpg width 238 1 Everything Christmas- from the way my tree makes me smile to Christmas movies to buying gifts to driving around and looking at all the lights and especially the sweet Christmas letters and notes left to Santa - 2 Lighting a fire and watching movies with the kids3 Making soup and chili4 That anticipation of a big snow storm I can even smell it can you 5 Cleaning out and starting fresh for the new year6 Lounging around in my fleece jammies all day7 Hot Chocolate8 Indoor waterparks9 Having more time to read good books10 Snuggling under blankets with my kids img border 0 height 238 src http 1 bp blogspot com -fG8QLD1gdbA UsRuNMigDmI AAAAAAAABcM bkkBAcCHZis s320 unnamed jpg width 320 I m sure there are plenty more too And in a few short months we ll be remembering all the reasons we love Spring Until then I m going to enjoy life MORE How about you
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Published: 2013-12-17
Considering this is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year I m always surprised how frazzled it can get how rude people can be how rushed they are and how some simply don t take the time or make the effort to savor all the amazing things about this season img alt Christmas Tree class wp-image-2930 aligncenter height 380 src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 12 unnamed-400x535 jpg style border-bottom-width 0px border-color initial border-left-width 0px border-right-width 0px border-style initial border-top-width 0px display block font-size 13px margin-bottom 0px margin-left auto margin-right auto margin-top 0px max-width 486px padding-bottom 0px padding-left 0px padding-right 10px padding-top 0px text-align center important vertical-align middle width 300 So having said that I made a short bucket list of a few things that would add more joy to my Christmas Season and I hope to yours Let the kids stay up late nbsp Relax a bit over the Christmas break and let children enjoy the special times I get pretty strict about bedtime but I m going to ease up a bit on non-school nights Take a few drives to nowhere nbsp As in get in the car and drive around seeing as many Christmas lights and singing as many Christmas songs as you can Don t forget the Hot Cocoa and cookies Read together nbsp Get a family Christmas book or just an awesome classic story like nbsp The Wizard of Oz nbsp Harry Potter nbsp or nbsp The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Then grab extra pillows and blankets and take turns reading if the kids are old enough Unplug nbsp There I ve said it But on the Holiday itself leave the phone in a drawer Same goes for dinner time decorating the tree family movie time and any Christmas event you are at Give complete attention and savor it I know it s not easy but I shut mine down as often as I can Make a new tradition and follow through on old ones no matter how old the kids get Ok maybe when they re 18 they won t leave reindeer food anymore but I will Whether it s leaving the nbsp reindeer food on the front lawn one of my most treasure memories was dancing around the front lawn a few years ago with my kids while it flurried on Christmas Eve and sprinkling reindeer food or baking cookies or singing together or family movie nights do it every single year and enjoy the familiarity of a wonderful family tradition Priceless Do a random act of kindness nbsp Or do many This year I have donated some items to families with very ill children rather than try to sell them on Facebook pages I m making a tray of cookies for a neighbor who I think would love them I m being extra kind to cashiers leaving larger tips letting drivers merge into the Holiday traffic saying Merry Christmas to strangers with a smile What can you do to be extra kind today Buy 1 unbelievable I -can t -believe-you-did-this-gift for someone nbsp and make their season a little extra special I have just the person in mind Do you Have a family campfire nbsp If you don t have a fire pit try an old wheelbarrow Set it out back somewhere safe bundle up bring the marshmallows and if it s snowing lightly you get bonus points for making amazing family memories with the kids img border 0 height 240 src http 2 bp blogspot com -EOl0FIgNE 8 Uq-edG2DfqI AAAAAAAABa8 gNmNU3LD7ZU s320 IMG 4124 JPG width 320 Buy a new Christmas ornament nbsp whenever you take a trip or day out this season to the city to a farm to a museum even to the mall So when it s hung on the tree you will all remember just what you were doing and where you were when you got it Ornaments with meaning are more delightful to hang than plain store bought balls
Make A Scented Homemade Heated Rice Sock
Published: 2013-11-21
This is so easy to make and comes in very handy A heated rice sock is great for aches and pains of muscle strains tight neck muscles cramps headaches and even just to warm cold hands or feet All you need is a sock not too thin ricea rubber bandessential oil I used lavender img border 0 height 238 src http 4 bp blogspot com -TYB2ROudS0Y Uo5B9XdKmrI AAAAAAAABXs c hfFAGPRrM s320 unnamed jpg width 320 Fill the sock with rice using a scoop funnel or just pour until at least the foot part is filled You just need to leave a few inches to tie with a rubber band Put a rubber band around it Place a small bowl of water in the microwave with the sock next to it so it gets moisture but doesn t get wet Heat in microwave about 1 1 2 - 2 1 2 minutes check to see if it feels comfortable Take off the rubber band add a few drops of essential oil then place rubber band back on tightly and give rice a kneading to distribute Done Not only does it feel so soothing but smells divine too img border 0 height 238 src http 1 bp blogspot com -bzKM7ASTaUk Uo5CEKFvszI AAAAAAAABX0 6ZGcXsTcW7Q s320 unnamed jpg width 320 You re an adult and I m sure I don t need to remind you not to put directly on skin if it s too hot and never to use on babies right The heat lasts a while and you can re-heat it over and over Heck I think I m bringing mine out to the car with me on those early morning drives to school when it s 15 degrees out
Learning More About A GMO Free Lifestyle
Published: 2013-11-04
With all the talk about GMO s I find it interesting if someone chooses NOT to change their diets and lifestyle even at all don t you Even taking baby steps is a step in the right direction I talk about baby steps all the time because I know for real people and busy nbsp moms taking SOME steps a little at a time can lead to a bigger change down the road The first thing to do is to educate yourself about GMO s You can learn a lot here nbsp at the non gmo project Then look around for more info that will help you use non GMO s foods and items Of course everything in moderation So if you are learning more about GMO s nbsp and want to make the move to healthier and organic living at least buy as many non GMO and organic foods as you can organic nbsp is nbsp non gmo Just found this book on Amazon and it looks fab nbsp The NON GMO COOKBOOK Recipes and advice for a Non GMO lifestyle img border 0 height 200 src http ws-na amazon-adsystem com widgets q encoding UTF8 amp ASIN 1626360847 amp Format SL110 amp ID AsinImage amp MarketPlace US amp ServiceVersion 20070822 amp WS 1 amp tag wahmslife-20 width 158 img alt border 0 height 1 src http ir-na amazon-adsystem com e ir t wahmslife-20 amp l as2 amp o 1 amp a 1626360847 style border none important margin 0px important width 1 Want to learn more about how foods can HEAL and help your body yeah me too I find that fascinating This new book from NYR Organic is selling like crazy I m thinking of a few people who may get it as a gift this year too img border 0 src http 4 bp blogspot com -9966gSKV60w UnFOFiux9XI AAAAAAAABVY WSww0YEnrQM s1600 StoreImageServer php jpeg As a matter of fact ALL NYR products are GMO free Vitacost is an online store that offers many healthy brands I ve shopped there for years With the price of gas sometimes a nice 50 order with NO shipping right to your door is much appreciated by busy moms And they have very very low prices too nbsp Here s a 10 coupon nbsp I blogged about organic living on todaysmama recently too- nbsp Why going organic is not a trendConfused what to buy Some brands that have organic and non- GMO products within their line are listed hereDo your best to support them as much as you can Did you know that not every organic product is more expensive than traditional items I buy organic store brands at stores like Stop N Shop and they are actually CHEAPER than some of the garbage out there think cereals oatmeal granola bars carrots etc I can get a nice bag of organic apples for 5 99 got a bag of organic carrots just today for 99 cents on sale from 1 49 and I ALWAYS and only buy store brand or name brand organic cereals and milk since my kids eat a lot of that Organic cheerios are called toasted oats and they are delish There s organic versions of so many-from granola to hone bunches of oats to raisin bran nbsp Just look around and try them
Switching To Organic Skincare 3 Fabulous Serums To Try
Published: 2013-11-03
As a writer focusing on wellness I have recently read a lot about skin care ingredients that are questionable or unsafe and the ones that are reported as safe and beneficial And as a woman and a Mom I just like to use more natural and organic products nowadays I had no clue until a few years ago how many chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis coming in all forms from inhaling to eating to putting on our skin So if we can make a safer choice I m all for it It s all about being an informed consumer and choosing safer ingredients I mean why not right It just can t hurtEven if you choose just SOME organic products in your life it nbsp certainly cuts your chemical exposure If you can buy just 15 -25 organic foods same thing It s a good start nbsp This is not our great-grandmother s world nbsp This is a world of chemical sprayings and factories We all know that nbsp So making some healthier natural living choices can only be said to improve our health There are no guarantees it will stave off cancer or other illness but there is proof that eating bad and using a lot of chemicals can raise your risk of diseases When there is a choice choose natural or organic and there are usually choices Anyway I was really reading about oils and other facial serums I m a big fan of serums and oils and wanted to point out some amazing ingredients and NONE OF THE NASTIES in these nbsp Here are just 3 of NYR s many facial products nbsp You can shop online hereFrankincense oil Power -rejuvenating properties to visibly firm skincontainsbergamot for balancingmyrrh for strengthening and stimulatingmacadamia oil for the fatty acids and softeningmandarin oil for toningbaobab oil for antioxidants and omegas 3 6 and 9evening primrose oil for skin plumping fatty acidsturmeric extract for brightening and helps even skin tonefrankincense -tightening toning and reducing wrinkles and of course most are certified organic ingredients too img border 0 height 320 src http 1 bp blogspot com -HDc6ti5p6Mw UTiqcu1k-AI AAAAAAAAA-I kiCrEVinry4 s320 1227256243QX3m90 jpg style -webkit-box-shadow rgba 0 0 0 0 199219 0px 0px 20px background-attachment initial background-clip initial background-color white background-image initial background-origin initial background-position initial initial background-repeat initial initial border-bottom-color rgb 197 197 197 border-bottom-left-radius 5px border-bottom-right-radius 5px border-bottom-style solid border-bottom-width 1px border-color initial border-left-color rgb 197 197 197 border-left-style solid border-left-width 1px border-right-color rgb 197 197 197 border-right-style solid border-right-width 1px border-top-color rgb 197 197 197 border-top-left-radius 5px border-top-right-radius 5px border-top-style solid border-top-width 1px border-width initial box-shadow rgba 0 0 0 0 199219 0px 0px 20px padding-bottom 8px padding-left 8px padding-right 8px padding-top 8px position relative width 227 Brightening Serum nbsp Love this Reduces the appearance of dark spots and creates a luminous flawless-looking complexion African star grass to even out skin color and create brightness and radiance as well as fade age spots freckles and hyper-pigmentationtara keeps skin hydrated and nourishedalfalfa conditions skin and increases skin metabolism helps reduce the appearance of wrinklesvitamin c antioxidant properties inhibits UV-induced hyper pigmentation collagen boosting reduces appearance of wrinklesraspberry seed oil- contains omegas for skin nutrition and protection improves softnessturmeric for brightening and adding radiancewhite tea to protect and nourish and provide stronger skin structurealoe vera for healing and moisturizingglycerin softens and soothes and reduces water lossDaily Brightening Serum nbsp Can layer both brightening serums This one kept my freckles from popping out all summer nourishes and corrects for even skin tone and a more luminous complexionsame ingredients as above serum but also withsodium hyaluronate to boost moisture level and smooth out wrinklesaloe vera a healing and moisturizing gel which also increases collagen and elastinsunflower seed oil antioxidant rich with vitamin E to revitalize and accelerate healingLearn more nbsp on my NYR site I m an independent consultant with this award winning company and love to share
Bullies Can Change Guest Post By Author Maria T Lennon
Published: 2013-10-31
Bullies Can ChangeGuest post by author nbsp Maria T LennonI ve been doing many school visits to talk about my new book Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child nbsp The main character a middle-child by the name of Charlie Cooper is a tough often mean twelve-year-old girl who bullied and pranked her way through elementary school Until one day her prank went too far and Charlie gets expelled from her elementary school in Malibu nbsp img border 0 src http 4 bp blogspot com -HsC1brEV5JU UnKcU- Rg8I AAAAAAAABV4 4Sn6rAX3cys s1600 Charlie Round jpg img border 0 height 320 src http 3 bp blogspot com -bQAf4SrVRj4 UnKcFs038vI AAAAAAAABVw l7t2iwzmWmA s320 confessions cover final hi res jpg width 217 Charlie is forced to spend the entire summer seeing a therapist to change her ways By the end of the summer all she wants is a fresh start at her new school The question is will she get one During my school visits I go through a fun presentation and when I m done I ask the kids whether or not they think Charlie can change nbsp I ask these children the question of whether or not bullies can change We then either do a little writer s workshop or we just have a group discussion And this is what I ve found Kids are incredibly forgiving 99 of them think bullies can change by people being nice to them Of course I m always interested in that one kid who puts his or her hand up and tells me they don t believe bullies can change nbsp They usually say nbsp Bullies usually have bad stuff going on at home and can t change because it s their home life that is making them mean Once you use bully tactics to get your way it s hard to ever go back Kids are so smart But I always demonstrate to them that life is full of the unexpected In my novel Charlie discovers a secret about this horribly bullied girl and it is this secret which changes Charlie and makes her see that there is so much more than just being popular And so Charlie changes Don t get me wrong she doesn t become super sweet or anything but she becomes better She does the right thing and not because she s told to but because she wants to The kids I visit at these schools and afterschool programs always ask me why I wrote this book And I tell them about my own family and the way I saw kids treating each other through their eyes I have four kids two boys and two girls I spend much of my time at schools and see the way girls in particular treat each other I have a middle child who had a tough time at school It broke my heart to see her bully kids and be bullied by them So I wanted to write a book about a girl who is a bully and who gets bullied I wanted it to be funny so that when they re reading it they re laughing and hopefully learning to be kinder at the same time Most importantly I wanted them to see that we all have the capacity to change every day Labels are a horrible thing If you label a kid a bully sometimes they get so used to being defined that they stay that way They excel there so why not If you label a kid a victim they can also get stuck there nbsp Do I think bullies can change I think they change every day If they re allowed to nbsp About Maria Lennon Maria Lennon is the author of Harper Collin s newest middle grade series Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child This newest series to hit shelves is about middle child and reformed bully Charlie Cooper trying to make good on her promises Hilariously spunky and fresh this brings Mean Girls to the tween level peppered with snarky comments major attitude and advice to spare from Charlie Cooper whose virtues flaws fears promise to hit home among young girls braving middle school in the 21st century and all the pressures that come with it popularity bullying social media the list goes on Maria s other works include a screenplay about the Red Brigade which was a third place finalist in Francis Ford Coppola s screenwriter s competition and her first novel Making it Up as I Go Along Random House 2004 nbsp Today she lives in Laurel Canyon and has four children When not driving one of her four children to school or volunteering at school libraries she can be found sitting in a parked car a caf or a library writing novels travel articles or just passed out img border 0 height 213 src http 2 bp blogspot com -OEYClMUE1Es UnKceicR4GI AAAAAAAABWA f7RPzE4ras8 s320 M Lennonauthorpic jpg width 320 For more information about Maria T Lennon please visit nbsp www confessionsofasocalledmiddlechild comLike Her on Facebook at Maria T LennonFollow her on Twitter Maria T Lennon
The Family That Eats Together
Published: 2013-10-28
img border 0 height 320 src http 3 bp blogspot com -NvJ5ie7s-j4 Um5mOETpRfI AAAAAAAABU0 XB31hWBbBpg s320 IMG 4009 JPG width 240 You know my FB status update the other day made me think about something I wrote I had to go to the store to get soup ingredients today this weather simply CALLS for soup - nbsp french onion for me chicken to J noodle for K and chili for T Which I m sure to some people seems ludicrous Making 4 soups for 4 people Unheard of in some homes right I mean I grew up eating what Mom made We all sat together and ate the same meal That was just the way it was in the 70 s Maybe it s still that way for families And my family DOES do that very often But I am not averse to making an individual meal for a kid Or heck even for me We are all different people and we all have different tastes While I won t do it every night and certainly not for a I m not in the mood for chicken sort of thing I will do it based on one simple memory I don t like red meat And I was forced to eat it as a child Both my parents are huge red meat eaters Seafood and red meat and they are 2 foods I just don t like And rarely rarely eat I remember the disgust I felt at hearing meatloaf was for dinner Or the smell pot roast I would pick out the potatoes and carrots-I loved that part of the dinner Or the complete nausea I felt one day when the bus pulled up to my house and I saw a freshly killed deer hanging off a tree in our backyard Come to think of it THAT is the ONLY memory I have of ever being on the bus when I lived at that house Kindergarten through 5th and 1 memory of getting off the bus Strong memory I don t know WHY I don t like red meat I just kinda don t In my teens and 20 s if I ate a hamburger at a party it had to be cooked until it resembled a hockey puck Then it was layered with 4 tomatoes 3 onions tons of ketchup and some lettuce so it was barely discernible as meat My father died when he saw me with it His was a nice juicy pinkalicious color If I HAD to eat meat now I would If there s a speck of meat in a sauce on some pasta when I m at a party I m not going to freak out anymore nbsp And I do eat chicken and turkey occasionally so it s not ALL meat I m talking about I m definitely what they call a flexitarian which is a flexible vegetarian I had a nbsp teeny bite of my son s chili the other day to see if it was OK my chili was beans only I like to think that I m even a flexitarian on a lot of aspects in my life nbsp Doesn t that sound ideal But getting back to tastes I respect that everyone has different tastes And as I m off to make my French Onion Soup now I know some of you will gag at that thought Sometimes I add mushrooms to my soup Other people hate mushrooms nbsp VEGGIE meals just make me drool Peppers and onions excite me what can I say img border 0 height 320 src http 3 bp blogspot com -VS57Pj1BDq4 Um5mJh77BqI AAAAAAAABUs O53c77ImdCU s320 IMG 3935 jpg width 240 As long as MY family is at MY table and we are enjoying our meals together then the family that eats together is a strong loving unit that can t be broken by individual tastes Do you agree or disagree

Published: 2013-10-25
While Facebook is like a party sometimes I don t feel like chatting or listening to the BS a typical party can bring sometimes I feel like browsing a museum or someone s kitchen or living room Or escaping to a beach fantasy on the shores of Greece Know what I mean Does that even make sense I feel like Facebook is the party whether you are the party animal or the fly on the wall and Pinterest is the museum the garden the beach the runway the furniture store someone s kitchen I have to admit I ve become a bit of a Pinterest addict recently But that is said in a good way Truth I ve never been a crafter or DIYer but I see possibility on my screen that s just calling my name I see recipes that I need 15 ingredients I don t have on hand but that I MUST make by next weekend I see outfits that I go crazy for kids ideas and recipes that make me drool Tell me do you think Pinterest is the best thing or what What have you made or learned What has inspired you Here s my thoughts on the top 6 reasons to be on Pinterest nbsp and a great collage my daughter made of our sweet kitties img border 0 height 320 src http 1 bp blogspot com -dp Og-byoaY UmfhjyeU8BI AAAAAAAABUE s1xO1W-uvx8 s320 IMG 6739 JPG width 320
Soccer Mom Damn Right These Are The Days
Published: 2013-10-24
Soccer mom We ve all heard that expression Yet sometimes there s a little smirk when it s said Oddly Because after many many years on the soccer field you can call me a soccer Mom all you want but to me it s just being a Mom The most silly definition of soccer Mom is a middle-class suburban mother who spends a great deal of time taking her children to play soccer or engage in other activities Really That s just about EVERY MOM I KNOW So why do they call it soccer Mom I ll never know Sorry baseball mom lacrosse mom field hockey mom track and field mom football mom and hockey mom oh and other activity mom too I ve been involved in soccer with my kids for 7 years now and have 2 sons who play for travel nbsp teams and the older one also plays for school I find NOTHING as exciting as sitting on the sidelines-sweating or freezing my butt off- and watching them play I don t yell and I m not a crazed fan I simply ENJOY I love watching them work hard play hard enjoy themselves and interact with team mates I love seeing them grow every single year as a player and how strive to be nbsp better each game I honestly never thought I d be so involved with sports I didn t grow up playing any sports and my nbsp brothers didn t play much except in the streets But wow Man this is good stuff These are the years I will cherish forever and miss like mad one day These ARE the days my friends Luckily they have many more years of playing so soccer will stay part of this family for years and years If your kids play ANY SPORT I highly recommend you read this article After all you don t want to be a nightmare sports parent do you After every game I make sure I tell my kids I loved watching you play today Because I did img border 0 height 320 src http 2 bp blogspot com -75cM381ZIMM UmkNQtfFOaI AAAAAAAABUc NWeQVJfjBzg s320 photo 2 JPG width 279 nbsp nbsp
Easy And Healthy Ideas To Shape Up Feel Great And Have More Energy
Published: 2013-9-26
Here s some easy healthy ideas to incorporate into your daily diet Add sunflower seeds pumpkin seeds or a sprinkling of nuts to salads and pasta salads yes they taste fab in the dressing Try roasting vegetables more often Roasted cauliflower brussel sprouts onions broccoli and sweet potatoes are delicious and have converted even the pickiest of eaters Cut your pasta in half by mixing it with veggies Eat a rainbow of foods each day- at least 2 each-red orange yellow green blue purple Make nbsp it like a challenge to yourself Make meatless meals several days a week This is easy for me as a flexitarian vegetarian who is flexible and will eat meat here and there- for me it s chicken or turkey on occasion Cutting meat usually cuts calories especially when you replace it with healthy grains veggies or eggs yes eggs are healthy-have you heard Get yourself on nbsp Pinterest nbsp and nbsp search for boards like healthy foods delicious foods etc I am totally blown away with my food board I call On the Menu and so far I have made and devoured at least 15 new dishes that are to die for Eat on smaller plates They fool the eye by looking fuller than they are but usually hold less calories than using a large dinner plate Simple ways to add exerciseRecently I ve read that even 10 minute sessions of exercise work very effectively at raising metabolism and Guess what It takes 10 minutes to wait for dinner to cook right Or wake up 10 minutes early Do squats while brushing your teeth Get up at every single commercial break and do jumping jacks and squats and push ups until your show starts again That s about 10 minutes for an hour show You ve heard this one but do you do it I try to as long as I m not in a rush park as far away as you can from stores and work and walk more Connect with your family by taking after dinner or daily walks Go me- I am SO good at this The dishes can wait but the sunset can t nbsp And honestly I can t stand doing dishes anyway Paper plates are my fancy china ha Since I live 1 2 mile from the beach I love to take a nice stroll several nights a week watch the setting sun and then head home Usually it s an hour or more of a walk and not only is it exercise it s the BEST family time you will have leave phones home or in pockets nbsp How s this for a view We also hit the park often with scooters and bikes- I jog or walk fast while they scoot or ride It s fun What I ve been wanting to do is get a bike for me If you live in a bike-able nbsp neighborhood consider yourself lucky img alt Family exercise class wp-image-2522 aligncenter height 300 src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 08 IMG 4330-400x535 jpg style border-bottom-width 0px border-color initial border-left-width 0px border-right-width 0px border-style initial border-top-width 0px display block font-size 13px margin-bottom 0px margin-left auto margin-right auto margin-top 0px max-width 486px padding-bottom 0px padding-left 0px padding-right 10px padding-top 0px text-align center important vertical-align middle width 280 No time for the gym but plenty of time for excuses Buy a few exercise DVD s or apps and you will always have a class ready and waiting nbsp Amazon nbsp has them at greatprices Try nbsp Jillian Michaels nbsp if you like her Or the super popular nbsp P90X work outs Keep flexible by practicing yoga I ve been practicing yoga for about 13 years now There are many styles of yoga and all will keep you supple while some will burn fat more and others will teach you to relax and de-stress restorative yoga but all will help you turn inward calm down focus be aware and work your muscles using your own body as counterweight Get your nbsp starter yoga kit nbsp and then grab a few DVD s I like nbsp Baron Baptiste nbsp myself How about nbsp Yoga Journal nbsp or nbsp Yoga for Beginners Got kids Then dance the night away No need to hit up the dance clubs and obviously no time so put on those fun DVD s or nbsp wii nbsp Just Dance and get the family moving This is one of my favorite things I know I look like a total fool but who cares The family that fools together stays fit together Get yourself nbsp hand weights nbsp if you don t have any 20 years ago I nbsp got certified as an exercise trainer Though I didn t work it as a business I learned a ton about muscles bodies exercises and how important it is to keep your metabolism burning calories by building muscle mass I try to use my weights at least twice a week but now I am ready for a heavier set of dumbbells or maybe I ll try nbsp kettle balls nbsp this time Any feedback on them Let me know what works for you to keep the pounds off and in the best shape you can be So basically my point is do your research when it comes to diet plans Know your foods Know your limits Add exercise Eat less Eat clean and ENJOY your meals disclaimer Make sure you check with YOUR physician before starting any exercise or diet plan Blogs you may like Have you considered starting a Yoga Practice Top 5 reasons to start walking nbsp Banookies- Simple delicious 4 ingredient healthy cookiesFast and healthy breakfast ideas
Get Your Summer Damaged Hair Back In Shape NOW With Items From Your Kitchen
Published: 2013-9-17
In my former life I was a hairdresser So I ve seen the ravages summer can do to hair And now as a woman in her 40 s with partly grey hair who dyes it brown and then highlights it AND spends many days in the pool and beach sometimes I felt like a blonde witch this past summer Not the good witch Glenda with her silky shiny waves more like a blonde -gypsy -no- I -didn t- sleep -outside-kinda-witch But waving my magic wand there are many ways to combat the witchy look and some of them are right in your kitchen I find doing these beauty treatments nbsp once a week nbsp at first and then nbsp once a month nbsp will help your hair stay as healthy and shiny as possible However the absolute first thing to do is read on here
Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts With Pickled Garlic Mayo- Not Your Mom s Brussel Sprouts
Published: 2013-8-25
I don t know why I didn t buy brussel sprouts for years and years Maybe it was the memories of the way my Mom sorry Mom served them kinda plain and mushy and with that brussel sprout taste Then suddenly a while back I had a craving OUT OF THE BLUE for brussel sprouts It could have been Pinterest working it s magic on me because the food boards there are mighty powerful I m sure I pinned a recipe for balsamic brussel sprouts I may have even licked the screen Then I pinned one for garlic brussel sprouts and I knew I had to grab some at the store That day So I decided to make roasted nbsp garlic brussel sprouts with a spicy garlicky dip and that was it I was hooked img alt Garlic roasted brussel sprouts with garlic dip class wp-image-2507 aligncenter height 400 src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 08 photo-23-400x535 jpg style border-bottom-width 0px border-color initial border-left-width 0px border-right-width 0px border-style initial border-top-width 0px display block font-size 13px margin-bottom 0px margin-left auto margin-right auto margin-top 0px max-width 486px padding-bottom 0px padding-left 0px padding-right 10px padding-top 0px text-align center important vertical-align middle title Garlic roasted brussel sprouts with garlic dip width 300 So here s a super simple recipe heavy on the garlic the way I like it but feel free to adjust to your liking What you need 1 bag packaged brussel sprouts- washed ends trimmed and cut in halfSalt and pepperOlive OilA few garlic cloves I used about 7 total Mayo about 6 nbsp tablespoons Pickles garlic kosher dills are great but any kind will do I only had hamburger dills tonight and it was perfectly delicious A fresh lemon to squeeze or lemon juice about a teaspoonDirections Chop garlic into large pieces I don t mince I don t make baby pieces I m no chicken I like nice nbsp BIG slices from a large clove Use at least 3 cloves to taste Mix garlic with the cut brussel sprouts in roasting pan img alt photo 1 class wp-image-2499 aligncenter height 400 src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 08 photo-1-400x535 jpg style border-bottom-width 0px border-color initial border-left-width 0px border-right-width 0px border-style initial border-top-width 0px display block font-size 13px margin-bottom 0px margin-left auto margin-right auto margin-top 0px max-width 486px padding-bottom 0px padding-left 0px padding-right 10px padding-top 0px text-align center important vertical-align middle width 300 Drizzle with olive oil and by drizzle I should say heavy rain instead Coat them all well with oil but no so much as to form a lake they sit in Add nbsp salt and pepper Roast in 400 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes stirring once until nicely caramelized and browned Meanwhile put about 6 tablespoons mayo nbsp in a small bowl Squeeze about 1 4 lemon on it and add in diced pickles and 1 more clove chopped garlic- yes here I cut dice nbsp them quite small Stir well and serve as dip or if you prefer mix a spoonful or 2 lightly over a plate of brussel sprouts img alt photo 1 class wp-image-2504 aligncenter height 400 src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 08 photo-12-400x535 jpg style border-bottom-width 0px border-color initial border-left-width 0px border-right-width 0px border-style initial border-top-width 0px display block font-size 13px margin-bottom 0px margin-left auto margin-right auto margin-top 0px max-width 486px padding-bottom 0px padding-left 0px padding-right 10px padding-top 0px text-align center important vertical-align middle width 300 img alt Garlic roasted brussel sprouts with garlic dip recipe class wp-image-2502 aligncenter height 400 src http newyorkcity todaysmama com files 2013 08 photo-5-400x535 jpg style border-bottom-width 0px border-color initial border-left-width 0px border-right-width 0px border-style initial border-top-width 0px display block font-size 13px margin-bottom 0px margin-left auto margin-right auto margin-top 0px max-width 486px padding-bottom 0px padding-left 0px padding-right 10px padding-top 0px text-align center important vertical-align middle title Garlic roasted brussel sprouts with garlic dip recipe width 300 Don t those look amazing These are not your Mom s brussel sprouts I served them with grilled chicken sandwiches on toasted rolls and used the rest of the garlic mayo dip on the sandwiches It was YUMMYLooking for something else new to try How about a nbsp super easy spinach and chicken sausage bake