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!

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#ad How I'm doing on the #ActiviaChallenge @Activia #GIVEAWAY

* Disclosure: I have participated in this sponsored campaign with Mom It Forward and Dannon. All opinions are my own. *

I have to say I am super impressed with the way my tummy has been feeling lately. Even though I have spent quite a bit of time in the bathroom! I feel better, which is a great thing. My daughter has a ton of bathroom issues and I am contemplating having her try the #ActiviaChallenge to see if this will help alleviate her issues. 

  • The newest variety to join the Activia family is Activia Greek Light, a lighter version of our popular Greek Yogurt. Activia Greek Light is 80 calories and has all of the benefits of Activia Greek, including 0% fat, 2X the protein vs. regular low-fat yogurt (contains 14% of the DV of protein (7g) than regular low-fat yogurt), and digestive benefits per 5.3 oz. Activia Greek Light is available in a selection of flavors:
      • Blueberry
      • Cherry
      • Peach
      • Vanilla
      • Suggested times to enjoy Activia Greek Light: as a protein packed breakfast, as a post-workout snack, as an afternoon snack

My favorite is the Greek Yogurt. I have tried many Greek Yogurts before and turned my nose up at them but Activia's Greek Yogurt is so thick and filled with fruit that I couldn't get enough!

  • Activia Brand Ambassador, Laila Ali, has shared her tips for living a healthy lifestyle:

    • Start the Day off Right: Whenever I have a busy day scheduled, I always make sure I have an Activia Yogurt in my fridge. These delicious, creamy low-fat yogurts are rich in flavor and help me easily stay on track with the Activia Challenge!
    • Work Out: Fit it in when you can. You don’t have to do a two-hour workout at the gym – I rarely have time for that anymore. I like to take the kids out for a bike ride, or go for a run while they ride their scooters along with me. Doing little workouts throughout the day will help to improve your mood all day long.
    • Pack In The Protein: After I complete a workout I always grab Activia Greek! It is a great post work out treat. Plus, with seven delicious flavors to choose from I get to switch it up regularly.
    • Laugh: I surround myself with people that make me feel happy and make me laugh. Staying positive and enjoying my surroundings always keeps me in a good mood.
    • Make Wise Food Choices: You are what you eat! I spend one day a week cutting up fruits & veggies and making healthy dishes that my family can eat throughout the week.
Congrats to JANET FAYE! She is the winner of the first round of 10 Full Value Activia Coupons!! 

I have been on a mission to loose the weight from 4 pregnancies and making sure I have a Activia for breakfast before my workout helps me make the right choices! 

Do you have any tips of how to stay on track with Activia? 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Eat Smart Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer Review @EatSmartScales

*Disclosure: Party of 5 received the items in this review in exchange for our honest opinion, All opinions are my own. *

Making sure our meat is properly cooked is something that makes me crazy. I don't want to get myself or the kids sick.

Eat Smart has just solved my problem. Introducing the EatSmart™ Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer!

  1. EatSmart InstaRead Technology - Measurements in 3 Seconds or Less!
  2. Tempature Range -40F - 572F.
  3. Resolution of .1 degree F
  4. Large 1.5" LCD display with bluebacklight - Easy to read.
  5. 4" probe with 1.5mm step down 
  6. Measurement Modes: Farenheit / Celcius
  7. Hold Feature - Lock in tempature for safe reading
  8. Splash-proof design
  9. FDA and NSF Certified
  10. Auto Calibrated; Includes 2 AAA batteries

To make sure our meatloaf was cooked through I just placed the probe in the middle and viola! This was actually super well done. 

My only complaint is that I didn't find a reference any where as to what temp the meats should be cooked at. 

Unlike most "instant-read" thermometers on the market using thermistor sensors, the Precision Elite utilizes an proprietary thermocouple sensor. Thermistors often take 20-30 seconds to get a reading at a lower rate of accuracy. The added speed of a thermocouple translates into better ability to cook and serve your food at the perfect temperature, while avoiding potential burns over a hot stove or grill.

The Eat Smart Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer Review retails for $39.95 and can be purchased on

Thursday, September 18, 2014

#ad Keeping our dog healthy with @Banfield & GIVEAWAY

*Disclosure: The Optimum Wellness Plan and information have been provided by Banfield Pet Hospital®

Keeping our beloved dog, Bandit healthy is high up on our priority list. See, he used to have seizures and once we got them under control with natural dog food we make sure he is healthy by staying up to date on his vaccinations as well as his heart worm prevention.

Heart worm disease is one of the most serious and potentially fatal parasites affecting dogs. They can contract it from just one bite of an infected mosquito!

During our visit to Banfield the Vet Tech explained the seriousness to me and to be honest I had no idea it was contracted from mosquitos. Heart worm disease is easy to prevent and is safe and affordable.

In order to properly protect your pets from heart worm infection, Banfield Pet Hospital recommends annual heart worm testing and year round preventative medicine for both cats and dogs. This can be administered during your pets routine office visit.

We have the Optimum Wellness Plan which gives us unlimited office visits, comprehensive exams, special discounts on products and services and so much more!   Optimum Wellness Plans always provide the services you pay for. Banfield wellness plans provide affordably priced healthcare plans that spread the cost, conveniently over 12 months.

At Bandit's Wellness visit he received his vaccinations but we needed to come back for his 6 month heart worm prevention injection. This year we went with the 6 month injection to make sure we didn't forget to give him his pill each month. We have a busy household and it could easily be forgotten.

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Before a pet can start on heartworm preventive, he/she needs to be tested to make sure they are free of adult heartworms —this is done through a quick, simple blood test at your veterinarian’s office.

Banfield will donate $1 per reader comment (up to 100 comments) to Banfield Charitable Trust, a donor-supported non-profit. BCT’s mission is to preserve the human animal bond by keeping pets with their families who love them. Each year, BCT helps 100,000 struggling families through seven programs ranging from life-saving emergency care to assistance with pet food or other urgent pet care needs. 

To help keep your dog safe Bandfield has provided the opportunity for a giveaway winner  to receive a free office visit at Banfield Pet Hospital for a dog to receive a free heartworm test and free 6-months of Proheart® 6 .  A Banfield representative will reach out to the winner directly to get him or her set-up with their free visit and free 6-months of Proheart® 6 (for dogs only).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Candied Apple Competition @JenksBoardwalk #JenksAmbassador

* Disclosure: As a Jenkinsons Ambassador I am provided vouchers for visits. All opinions are my own.*

Create Your Own Apple

 Finalists will be announced September 20th during our Everything Apples celebration at Jenkinson’s Sweet Shop. All finalists will be invited to the shop to help create their apple on September 27th. Our judges will pick a winner and prizes will be awarded.

September 27 is the Candied Apple Competition where the winner will be announced. This event starts at 12:00pm