Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Compassion #Love>Hate




               *Disclosure: This is a compensated post, however all opinions are my own*

I have always taught my kids that no matter what they are to treat everyone equal. This means no name calling, no making fun of someone because they have or don't have something ect.

The story of an ALS Challenge gone horribly wrong really pulled at my heart as a parent. If you haven't already heard 3 Bay Village, Ohio teens dumped a bucket of feces and urine over an autistic childs head. I will not watch the video but Give Forward has forwarded me articles and asked if I could share with my network.

In order to support this cause, Give Forward has set up a fundraiser for this boy to show him love, rather than hate, and to teach him that he is a hero for knowing that was wrong and being able to come out and talk about what happened. 

GiveForward wants this magic to happen for the 14 year old boy that was subject to terrible bullying and a disgusting prank.

Even if you are not in a position to donate at this time, maybe a simple uplifting comment in place of a monetary donation would be great!

Monday, September 29, 2014

My baby boy is growing up #TeenDrive365



* Disclosure: I was compensated for this post, however as always all opinions are my own*

My son will be taking Drivers Ed in the next few years and to be quite honest I am petrified!


These years just flew by, he went from driving his power wheels to his quad in the Poconos and now he will be driving a car. I blinked and it's happening.

There are a few things I want him to know once he starts driving that I hope he will always remember.

Please Please Please DO NOT Text and Drive whatever it is can wait. I promise

If you drink and drive I guarantee you that you will NEVER be able to drive again because Mom will cut your legs off

When your Father and I say be home by 11 pm you better have that car parked out front at 10:58 pm and in the door by 10:59 pm

If you think that you can pull a fast one over us, think again buddy I can place bets that both your Father and I have done it already!




Most importantly we want you to keep you eyes on the road and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Every time he drives away my heart will sink to the ground and won't return to it's proper place until he is safe in the house.

You can get more information on the Toyota #TeenDrive365 clinic programs by clicking this link

Friday, September 26, 2014

#ad Cooking with Success® Brown Rice @SuccessRice #SuccessRice

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* Disclosure: I participated in the Success® Rice campaign with SITS Girls. All opinions are my own.*



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Cooking in our house normally needs to be something quick and easy. Leftovers are a plus. IF we have any steak leftover I like to make peppered steak over brown rice with peppers and onions. It's one of my most favorite meals. I don't often get it since being a family of 6 there is usually nothing left anymore :(







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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Memory




This is one of my favorite photos of myself and my babies.  Amelia is 2 months old here and there was something so surreal knowing this would be our last baby we would take for his/her first apple/pumpkin picking experience. Not that they would remember it but the memories that are embedded in my mind won't ever fade. 

This year we are heading out to meet some of the women I "met" online in a pregnancy group while I was pregnant with Amelia. We have gone through our pregnancies, labor, delivery, newborn stages and now 1st birthdays. Meeting them and their sweet babies will be so exciting !


Monday, September 22, 2014

Largest Street Festival in Northern NJ 9/27 #HackensackNJ

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Food, Music, Rides and The Fall!
The Largest Main Street Festival in Bergen County

The Hackensack Upper Main Alliance and the City of Hackensack are gearing up for the 9th Annual Hackensack Street Festival on Saturday, September 27th, 2014. The festival will be held from 10am-6pm on Main Street between Atlantic and Passaic Street, rain or shine. Hundreds of merchants, food vendors, games and attractions turn Hackensack’s Main Street into a free family fun festival

Known as the largest Main Street festival in Bergen County, the streets become lined with inflatable bounce houses for kids, a real paleontologist dinosaur fossil dig, an obstacle course, face painting, clowns, an extreme slide and more! Over 200 vendors participate in the Street Festival, which features a large selection of international foods such as sausage and peppers, zeppole cheese steaks, shish-ka-bobs, as well as Spanish, Mexican and Greek dishes. 

This year’s headlining entertainment - Average White Band! Known to fans as AWB, they are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit 'Pick Up the Pieces', songs such as 'Cut The Cake' and 'Let's Go Round Again' became hit singles. Many of their album tracks, like 'Schoolboy Crush' and 'Stop The Rain', are frequently sampled in today’s popular music.  

The Johnson Public Library Courtyard will feature a full day of children’s entertainment including a special African Drum & Dance performance by The Center for Modern Dance Education. And just down the block on Berry Street the Hackensack YMCA of Greater Bergen County will be hosting a variety of fun-filled sports activities.

“With all the great changes coming to Hackensack’s Main Street, starting off Autumn with the Street Festival is a long standing tradition for so many Bergenites.” Says Jerry Lombardo, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Upper Main Alliance. “It’s a wonderful day for families to enjoy food, rides and headlining entertainment.”

The 9th Annual Hackensack Street Festival is made possible by: The Upper Main Alliance, The City of Hackensack, Wells Fargo, C.J. Lombardo Co., Community Bank of Bergen County, The YMCA of Greater Bergen County, Citibank, Eastwick College, Hekemian, Alfred Sanzari Enterprises, Morton’s Steak House, Musically Yours, TD Bank, Oritani Bank, Bank of Hackensack, DVL Consulting Engineers, Miro Printing,The Johnson Public Library, Blue Dog Graphics, HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness, Connect One Bank, Greater Alliance Federal Credit Union, Hackensack Chamber of Commerce and Parisian Beauty Academy!

Visit www.uppermain.org for more information.