Ninja Cooking System Recipe: Broccoli Cheese Dip

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As you may know, I am in LOVE with my Ninja 3-n-1 Cooking System. You can see my video post about it here. So I’m always looking for any Ninja Cooking System Recipes to use. What I love the most about it is that it makes cooking so much easier than having to use tons of pots […]

First Week: Abdominal Surgery Recovery

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It has been a week since my surgery and it has been….interesting. The pain was to be expected, but there were other things that I didn’t expect. First, I haven’t slept in a bed. While it may look comfortable, after the sixth night, it loses its appeal. So I am not sleeping well and I […]

Moon and Star: Tattoo to Reality

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I had a tattoo. The word, “Had” being the correct verb. Due to my abdominal surgery, it went bye-bye. It wasn’t a tramp stamp, people. Sorry to burst your bubble. It was the size of a nickel and was to the left of my right hip bone. I got it when I was completely sober […]

Vick Products and Flu Survival Guide

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The company, Vicks, has come up with a Cold & Flu Survival Guide. There are some very helpful tips in there. Plus, this winter, Vicks is also donating a Behind the Ear Thermometer and Vicks Starr Night Humidifer to Baby Buggy, a non-profit dedicated to providing U.S. families in need with essential items for their children. The […]

Recovery from Abdominal Surgery

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Umbilical Hernia, Ventral Hernia, Diastasis Recti and more. I am now in recovery from abdominal surgery, and it was pretty bad in there, my friends. The night before the surgery, I was afraid that something would go wrong. There was a lot of build up to this moment, which means I had a lot of […]

Vineyard Vines Curtain Bluff Dress

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One of the hot design trends for the spring is stripes, ethnic flair and color, color and color. So this dress called the Curtain Bluff Dress by vineyard vines fits the trends perfectly. It is a nod to the Caribbean luxury all-inclusive beach and tennis resort in Antigua, West Indies, called the Curtain Bluff Resort. If […]

Surgery Preparation

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Surgery vs. Vacation As you can imagine, things have been crazy over here. As a Mom, there is a lot to do when you are going to be laid up for a few days. I could have a whole other post about how most Dads don’t have to worry about surgery preparation, but that is […]

Ninja Cooking System Recipes: Apple French Toast

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This one of the many Ninja Cooking System Recipes features a warm bread pudding that is perfect for a special breakfast or brunch on a crisp fall day or when snow is briskly falling outside. Apples and pecans cook in the pot with a maple-butter sauce, then are tossed with cubes of challah in a […]

Treasures at Smugglers Notch Resort

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Smugglers Notch Child Care is known as Treasures. It is a childcare center at Smuggler’s Notch Resort (Vermont) where babies six weeks old through toddlerhood can play, while adults can get some time to themselves. Yet, there is no need to feel guilty to have some ‘me’ time on a family vacation. This place is a total […]

Smuggler’s Notch Resort Review

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When I was invited to Smugglers Notch in Vermont for a Bloggers Weekend with my family,  I thought. “Neat”.  When I started looking into the resort amenities, I thought, “Wow.” After experiencing a long weekend there? One word: “Amazing”. So how do you put words into describing “Amazing”? Therein lies the problem. I have been […]

Diaper Bag that Looks Like a Handbag

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A diaper bag that looks like a handbag or a purse seems allusive. As a second-time Mom, I know how fleeting diaper bags can be. You really need them the first year and after the first year, the need dissipates. You don’t need as much stuff and that huge bag doesn’t fit the new toddler lifestyle […]

Abdominal Separation, Diastasis Recti & Surgery

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Going to the grand opening of New Fantasyland brought a new outlook on life, but not in the way you might think. It helped me make a decision on what to do with my two umbilical hernias and abdominal separation. I’m having surgery to fix them all. I debated for awhile on whether I should […]

YO GABBA GABBA LIVE! Get the Sillies Out! Tour

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YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! GET THE SILLIES OUT! Tour The sillies are crazy little creatures that live inside of us and need to be shaken out! DJ Lance Rock and everyone’s favorite cast of colorful characters are calling all fans to get ready to jump, shake and shimmy them out at the new live tour: Yo Gabba Gabba! […]

Music for Working Out

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Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions going to the gym more or exercising more? Easy said than done, right? One of my motivators is some good music for working out. Nothing gets me excited for a run than knowing I have some fabulous tunes to rock to. While Eye of the Tiger and Gangham […]

New Fantasyland Map

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Here are three maps to check out if you are looking for a New Fantasyland Map!   And check out all of my New Fantasyland posts and other Disney-related overviews! Let the New Fantasyland Story Begin ‘Twas the Night Before New Fantasyland Happy Disney Birthday to Me New Fantasyland Preview Party Details of the New […]

Disney Be Our Guest Restaurant

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When the Be Our Guest Restaurant opening in New Fantasyland, it brought a whole new level of theming for a Disney Restaurant. Whether it is the food or the decor, it is storytelling at its highest level of creativity. The story begins as you pass through the ruins of an old gateway to a stone […]

New Fantasyland Storybook Circus

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{In a big announcer voice..} Step Right Up! See the amazing Barnstormer, the magical Flying Elephants, a larger-than-life Mouse, a spray-tacular train, all in the fantastical New Fantasyland Storybook Circus!!! My three year old was enthralled. Whether it was Goofy’s Barnstormer Rollercoaster, the Dumbo Flying Elephants, the splash pad or the Big Top Tent, he […]

New Fantasyland Enchanted Forest

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For anyone following this blog or my social media tweets and updates, you know that I was super excited to be invited to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to see the grand opening of the New Fantasyland Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus. We have been going to Disney World for decades and I remember the ‘old […]

Disney Art of Animation Resort Review

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The Disney Art of Animation resort opened in the Summer of 2012 and is Disney World’s newest resort. This is one of many Disney Art of Animation Resort Reviews and I hope you find it valuable! There are four sections: Little Mermaid (with 864 rooms), Finding Nemo (with 320 suites), Cars (with 480 suites) and […]

Disney Art of Animation Cars Suite

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If you would like to read my Art of Animation Resort review, you can find it here. This post focuses on our stay at the Art of Animation Cars Suite. We stayed from Sunday afternoon to Saturday morning. In the room were my five month old, my three-ish year old, my parents and my husband […]

New Year, New Fantasyland Magic Kingdom

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With the looming months ahead (especially the cold ones), I often wonder what fun we can have as a family in 2013 and beyond. As we hunker down for the winter, we start planning our yearly travel trips. Do we go skiing? Do we have a summer getaway or a winter escape? Is it skiing […]

Stroller Rental in Orlando: Kingdom Stroller Rental

Perfect Place for Snacks in their City Mini from Kingdom Stroller!

If you are looking for a Stroller Rental in Orlando, then read on to learn more about Kingdom Stroller Rental! Last month we went on a Disney Vacation for the first time as a family with two kids. We also stayed on Disney property, which is somewhat rare for me. So despite 30 years of […]

Parties with the Esio Hot and Cold Beverage System

Esio Beverage System

Esio Beverage System Review One month ago, I hosted fifteen people at my house for my daughter’s Baptism Brunch. With a 87 year old to a 3 year old in attendance, there were many beverage needs and wants. When you host a party, that always seems to happen: Decaf vs cafe. Milk vs. black. Tea vs. […]

Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This time of year, cranberries are everywhere. So when I saw huge tubs of dried cranberries at Trader Joes this week for 50% off, I scooped up some and went to work making cranberry oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. My first round of baking resulted in a jar full of soft, chewy, cranberry oatmeal cookies and […]

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