Friday, March 16, 2018


I'm a little late on this post but better late than never, right? Thank goodness February is over and spring is approaching!! Here are a few of the things I used most in February or was introduced to. 

This stuff is amazing for lips. I usually do not like Blistex products but with the unbearable temperatures and the bitter cold wind, this lip balm helps protect against the wintery eliminates and has an anti-aging serum included in the formula! Which is an A+ for this 40 year old!

Hats are my jam!! I love a good baseball cap, winter cap and anything that keeps the sun off my face. This Adidas hat is perfect for any weather. I have been wearing it to the grocery or to Mason's speech therapy appointments since they are so early in the morning.
I love a good mascara. For years, I used L'Oreal Voluminous and then I got hooked on Youniques' fiber mascara. This IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara is great. I have seen so many Instagramers using it and saying they can't live without it, they are right. I like pairing this with L'Oreal's Primer and coat the lashes about two times. This mascara is also easy to remove at night and doesn't pull out your lashes.

These plush leggings from Aerie are so comfortable and feel like heaven. I hate to say I own every color. If you like a  fleece type of legging to wear to sleep, give these a try.

Since the flu has been so bad this winter season, I am so glad that this Young Living Essential Oil Aria Diffuser has saved the day. I love the eclectic design. This diffuser also has displays changing colors, sounds and a timer. 2587619

                                                        Young Living Essential Oils

Young Living Essential Oils have changed the way I clean, do laundry, defend against germs, and has protected my little one when he has an accident . My favorite flu fighting, cold defense, germ busting oil blend is 4 drops of Citrus Fresh, 4 drops of Lemon and 5 drops of Thieves. I diffuse that combo at night and Thieves and Eucalyptus in the morning. I also love the Kidscents line. I use the Owie on my daredevil when he fell off his scooter and the Kidscents Tummygize when his tummy is not feeling the greatest. There are so many uses for oils. If you are curious and want to know more about oils and how they can change your life, let me know! For every 5 people that order a new starter kit, I will give you a free Thieves and Peppermint oil! My Young Living number is 2587619 or click on the link above!

Last but not least, are these no show socks by Avia. I hate wearing socks and do not ever want my socks to show when I wear sneakers or a pair of Converse. I have a pair of Nike no show socks and they always fall below my heal and get stuck in my arch which is super annoying. So when I discovered these beauties at Walmart (yes, Walmart), I thought I would give them a try! They are pretty great and super affordable. You can thank me later! They are not available online, but I spotted multiple pairs at my Walmart. 

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018


I can't believe my baby turned FIVE on January 19th!!! How is that possible? It was just yesterday that we prayed for him and wished we would have the chance to be parents. It's been a few short years that he was up all night being fed, crawling towards everything, running his walker into the walls and hitting a ball from the time he stood up. Now he's of school age and full of life. January birthdays are not the most fun to have or fun to plan. It's inevitable living in New York, there will either be a snow storm or there will be snow. This year was a perfect 40 degree day. Luckily, in weeks past, we had gotten enough snow for sledding that day. We rode the four wheeler and pulled the snow tube behind, went sledding and made a snowman. My Mom, sister, brother in law, niece and nephew came from Canandaigua to join us along with my mother, father and brother in law. We had lunch, cake and ice cream. We really couldn't have imagined a better day to celebrate OUR BOY!!! 

I made the letters covered in moss. Supplies from Michaels and Target. Birthday banner from Tin Cakes

Cupcakes from Walmart; Wooden deer antler: Wooden You Like it; Tulip Baking Cup: Your Party and Gift Shop
"Five" cake topper: Forever Wedding Crafts

FIVE things about Mason: 

1- He is full of LIFE!!! And I mean this kid never sits. He loves to have a good time. He is always smiling and laughing. He has more energy than a freight train. I love his carefree spirit. He rarely is in a bad mood or cries. Mason is such a happy little guy. 

2- He loves snacks!!! From day one, he would eat like every 2-3 hours and it would be little amounts.   Today, he would rather eat a snack and not his meal. He loves, loves, loves popcorn and anything sweet. Ice cream is his JAM!!!! 

3- Mason loves baseball!! Since he learned to stand he would gravitate towards a ball to play with first. He has been hitting a ball from a pitch since he was 2 1/2. Today, if he doesn't have a ball in his hand at some point of the day, he may not be feeling well. He will start his baseball career (lol) this April when he plays t-ball! 

4- His speech is slowly progressing. He is responding to his speech therapist, which has never happened. He asks if tomorrow is the day that he has speech and wonders what they will be doing at the next meeting. We are seeing that he is speaking in sentences and we can understand his words better!! This is major progress. 

5- He is obsessed with quirky items such as masking tape and bubble wrap. Funny, right? He loves taping everything up with tape including his father, the refrigerator, and toys. I'm sure he will get a laugh about doing this when he is older!! Gotta love the innocence. 
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Welcome 2018

Gosh, it feels like I haven't written a post in months. The holidays are super busy for us starting the day after Thanksgiving. We are all hands on deck at our Christmas tree farm. I had all intentions of documenting my Thanksgiving table scape, the adventures we had this year at the tree farm and our amazing Christmas, but life just got away the past year. I like to think of it like, we were making so many memories that we didn't have time to document it all. 
Thanksgiving table. candle stands
Wreath made by Hober Tree Farm
Hober Tree Farm
wrapping paper-Sugarpaper
Christmas card  Ornaments Candle
January brings three birthdays in our family, my brother in law, my niece and Mason's. My niece Gabrielle turned 13 this year. 13... I don't even know how that is possible. She is my God daughter also so she's pretty special in my eyes. She didn't want a huge celebration but has decided to have a pool party at our pool this summer! January birthday's are hard to plan and celebrate. 

January is always a fresh new start for me. A reset and recharge and to evaluate what goals you have for the new year and what you want to change. We have some exciting things planned this year; we are remodeling our kitchen which is long over due. I am hoping for a new window in our living room to open it up and provide more light. I'm looking forward to Mason playing t-ball in April and him learning to ride his bike without training wheels. Joe will begin his 15th year of coaching Girl's Varsity Track. I hope to find something that will incorporate my new degree and my love for law. 

With my stomach issues, I hope this year I can receive more answers and maybe some relief. I'm thinking of eliminating all gluten in our meals which I think will benefit us all. Essential oils have become a part of our everyday life. I'm excited to see how they will help us live simpler and healthier this year. 

I'm optimistic the new year will bring more memory making and less worrying about what hasn't gotten done, more healthier eating and less eating out, more carefree living and less obligations, more easier options and less worrying, more living simpler and less clutter. 

I would love to hear what you have planned for the new year! Here's to an amazing year and new possibilities!! 

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving recipes!!

Happy Thanksgiving Week!! 
We are finally to the busiest time of the year, the holidays. Thanksgiving week is my favorite. I love Thanksgiving because there is no pressure to buy the best gift or attend a million gatherings. It is a day for wearing sweats, watching football, listening to the kids play, taking naps, looking through the newspaper for the Black Friday deals and being thankful for all that we have. We usually go out for Thanksgiving dinner with my sister, her family and my mother, but dinners at restaurants can be so expensive. We decided that this year I would host Thanksgiving. There I began my hunt for dinner ideas. I came across a few that I want to share with you all! 
I by far am no Giada De Lauentiis or Martha Stewart. I burn everything when I bake and only usually cook meat and vegetables or potatoes. I don't do casseroles, they scare me. Both my grandmothers were excellent cooks and bakers and my Mom is a great cook as well. That gene skipped me and went right to my younger sister. I remember going to my Grandma Woodard's (my mother's mom) house every Thanksgiving and she would have the turkey all the fixings and homemade pie. Some of my fondest memories are of the holidays with my family. I miss those days. 
This year I thought I would look at good 'ol Pinterest for the spice or brine for the turkey. I have a habit of being afraid of spices. I found a recipe that I think will be subtle but give it some taste. 

We all know that desert is the most important part of Thanksgiving dinner, right? I found a Pumpkin Bar recipe that my grandma had made on a few occasions. I love that my Mom has all her recipes and can share them with me and my sister. Only, I will probably have my sister create them and I'll just eat! Try this pumpkin bar recipe if you are over the pumpkin pie standby. The recipe in the photo is my grandma's original in her handwriting, priceless! 

1 Cup Flour            
1/2 tsp 
1 tsp Cinnamon   
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Nutmeg  
Sift all together

In a separate bowl combine:
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Shortening
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
3/4 Cup Pumpkin

Then Combine all ingredients and beat at a medium speed for 2 minutes. 
Bake at 250 degrees for 25 minutes. 

Ice with Carmel Icing. 
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
3 Tbsp Butter
4 tsp Milk
3/4 tsp Vanilla
Use Sugar to thicken
Who doesn't love a good drink during the holidays? I don't drink alcohol but my family has a "signature drink" that I remember my Mom, Grandma and all my aunts used to drink. Take it back old school and try this Brandy Slush recipe, she says it's the best! 

Boil 7 Cups Water and 
2 Cups Sugar 

Add 4 Green Tea Bags
1-12 oz. Lemonade
1-12 oz. Orange Juice 
2 Cups Brandy Liquor of your choice
Once you are ready to drink add 7 up or Sprite to each glass. Enjoy! 
Finally, after all the festivities are over and you have turkey for days, what do you do with it. I know I get tired of soup and sandwiches. So I combed Pinterest and found a great 
 Jalapeno Popper Baked Turkey Sandwich recipe. You combine turkey with Kings Hawaiian rolls, cream cheese and jalapenos. I for sure will be making these. 
1 Package King's Hawaiian Jalapeno Rolls
4 oz. Cream Cheese softened
Sliced Turkey 
6 Colby Jack Cheese slices
6 pieces of Bacon cooked and crumbled
1 large Jalapeno chopped
1 stick Butter
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/4 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
Separate rolls and slice in half. Spread each roll with 1 tsp cream cheese. Fill rolls with turkey, 1/2 slice cheese, bacon, and chopped jalapenos. Place prepared sandwiches in 9x13 inch pan. In a small saucepan, melt butter and spices over low heat. Pour melted butter mixture over sandwiches in pan. Top with panko bread crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 

Hope you all have a bless Thanksgiving and get to spend time with your families! 

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

What's In My Bag??

I love a good walk through someone's bag. I enjoy seeing some of the random items that people actually carry along with them everyday. I'm not sure if mine is that interesting but let's give it a try. 

My bag is Michael Kors and from TJ Maxx. I am waiting to hit the lottery so I can share my new Louis Vuitton bag... TJ Maxx is a great place to find name brand items for a fraction of the price. 

1-  Kate Spade wallet: I purchased this beauty from Poshmark. I have had my eye on one for weeks but paying over $100 for a small size wallet is not in my budget. I love Poshmark. The site offers gently used or new items from an average joe like me. I have a closet on Poshmark and love selling my items on there. I think I snagged this wallet for $60. The wallet holds 6 credit cards, 2 slots for miscellaneous, a money slot and one for change. I love it because I often carry a messenger bag for quick trips to the store so this great to fit in a small carrier bag also. 

2- Kate Spade change purse/card holder: I also purchased this on Poshmark for $40. I love it because it holds my credit cards, as you can see but can be used as a change purse as well. This is great if you are out and about and only want to carry some cash, your license and change. 

3- nail file: Of course, what woman does not have a nail file in their purse. I always remember my grandma carrying a nail file and filing her nails constantly. Mine is from Sally Beauty Supply.

4- NYXX Butter Gloss (angel food cake): I have a love hate relationship with these Nyxx butter glosses. They have so many great shades that you can purchase at at drug store. I hate the smell of most glosses and lipsticks so I tend to not wear any. But these are too good not to. I find them comparable to the Tarte glosses but for the fraction of the price! I purchased this at Target for $4.99.

5- Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment: I can't live without this stuff! It is amazing. Like I said I really dislike glosses, lipsticks and anything on my lips, but this stuff is amazing. It is so smooth that you can't tell you have it on. All of the sugar products have an SPF of 15 which is great for when you are outdoors. The formula contains humectant which prevents moisture loss. I also have the sugar scrub which is great for when you get out of the shower and to use before bed. The treatment I have is sheer but they also come in tinted. 

6- Soap and Glory Hand Food: For those that know me, know that I do not like lotions. I have a phobia of anything slimy, dirty or constricting on my hands. (weird, I know!). But this stuff is the best. It is a non-greasy Shea butter hand creme. It contains notes of bergamont, mandarin, rose, jasmine, tangerine and strawberry. The smell is wonderful. If you haven't used Soap and Glory products, you should check them out at Ulta. 

7- Purell Hand Sanitizer: Now I know what some of you are thinking, sanitizer does not prevent germs and washing is the most effective way to eliminate them. I totally get that, but I hate touching shopping carts, doors and other public places that others have touched. You just never know where their hands have been. So hand sanitizer is a must in my bag. I choose the unscented kind. 

8- Lens wipes: These little gems are great for cleaning glasses, iPhone, computer monitors and anything that contains glass with a high resolution. I get mine at Walmart. 

9- Sea Band: My little guy has become car sick. This was something that happened out of the blue a few weeks ago. In two different occasions, he got sick during fairly short trips. I think we have narrowed it down to motion sickness when playing games on his Ipad, but I don't want to take any chances so I purchased a Sea Band and it seems to be working. My sister recommend this to me since my niece and nephew got car sick a lot and the band seemed to help. The Sea Band gives a natural relief and can be used numerous times. You can purchase it at any drug store or on Amazon. 

So there you have it, not that interesting but a few good items that you may want to try. 
Not shown is: 
My iPhone
A reusable snack bag for Mason's snacks that is machine washable
Mason's snacks

Now it's your turn, what's in your bag??

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday Favorites!!

Well, its Friday again. As a stay at home Mom, Friday's aren't as exciting as they used to be! Everyday runs into the others. Today, I am excited to share some of my favorite deals + steals. I love a good deal and almost always use a coupon for everything I purchase. I love finding a product that is almost comparable to an expensive one. Most of the time, the products or goods are better than the expensive one. This will be a series of mine during the holiday season. You can just click on the the name of the brand I am featuring and it will take you to their site. 

1. I love H&M. When it closed at Eastview Mall, I was devastated. They have cheap trendy clothes for everyone in the family. Today, if you shop pants, they are up to 50% off for the entire family. Great for early Christmas gifts. The closest one to me now is in Syracuse but they do not carry any household items. I love the children's line. Joggers are as cheap as $7 and trendy shirts for little one's are usually packaged in twos, which is a bonus if you are shop on a budget! But what I am really excited about is finding all the deals in the H&M Home department. I am shopping for holiday items these days. The trend now is that retailers are offering sales before Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which is great if you shop early. Go check it out today! 

2. My second favorite today are retailers that almost always have deals + steals every week. These retailers are great places to find deals for the entire family.  Carters, Osh Kosh B'Gosh, Gap, and Old Navy are a few favorites that I can always find discounts. They usually have some sort of coupon online or in the store. Another fun deal tip is to shop there factory stores. Factory stores have deeper discounts. 

  Today Carters is featuring 50% off the entire site and store on holiday items! That is huge if you are looking for outfits for holiday pictures. Plus, you will get an extra 20% off a $40 purchase with the code: HOLIDAYS. 

Osh Kosh B' Gosh and Carters are sister stores, if you didn't already know that. Which means their coupons can be used at both stores. So if you do not have a Carter's coupon, but you have an Osh Kosh B' Gosh one, you can use it at Carters (fun fact)! This retailer is having the same sale as Carter's today: 50% off the entire site or store on holiday items and 20% off a $40 purchase with the code: HOLIDAYS. 

Gap is my favorite retailer for clothes for myself and Mason. If you are cardholder, you will receive coupons in your email almost every other week. This makes it helpful being on a budget. Like I said before, I love the factory stores because you can find discounts on almost every item and it doubles with a coupon. Today, the Gap is offering 40% off online and 50% off in stores. Also, with the code: FFCARD you can get free shipping online. Another great advantage to shopping Gap, is that they offer Gap cash. For every $50 you spend from now until 11/28 you will receive $25 in Gap cash!! That is like receiving FREE money, that's how I look at it! Just in time for holiday shopping. 

Old Navy and Gap are sister stores as well, along with Banana Republic and Athleta. However, you can not use coupons for another store at a sister store. But you can use any one of these cards at a sister store. So if you have your Gap card with you on hand, you can use it at Old Navy and Banana Republic. Today, Old Navy is offering 30% off your online order and even on clearance items!! That doesn't happen often. I can always find something on clearance that I need. Old Navy also offers Super Cash they call it, like Gap. Until 11/28, you will receive $10 in super cash for every $25 you spend! The BIGGEST deal today at Old Navy....Some items are $5 WHAT!!! I'm glad I stumbled upon this today. There are a few winter pieces that I need for myself. Check them out! 

3. This favorite is probably every women's favorite, Target!! I can never walk out of Target without spending less than $100. I have had refrain from going there because it gets me in trouble every time. If you are like me and like to shop from home, shipping is fast and easy. Also, I have used the shopper feature at Target. You shop online, purchase the item and the store will have it ready for you within 24 hours to pick up. My local store almost always has it within a couple of hours. This guarantees you have that item for purchase. I also like using my Redcard, to receive 5% off every purchase, which always helps. Have you used the Cartwheel app?? It is great. Click on a category and it has discounts for items. Today, for every $40 you spend on clothing, shoes and accessories for the family, you will receive a $10 gift card to use later! 

4. My favorite place for beauty items is Ulta. Ulta has everything from designer brands such as Too Faced, Bare Minerals, Benefit and Clinique to designer fragrances from Kate Spade to Yves Saint Laurent. If you sign up as a beauty insider, you will receive the monthly flyer in the mail that usually has a $3 coupon. They have deals every week in store. I'm not much on spending a lot on makeup. I can usually find a makeup that I like such as Cover Girl, Maybelline or L' Oreal But the great thing about that is, Ulta carries all of them. So you can splurge on a lipstick from Bare Minerals and buy your eyeliner from Cover Girl. I buy all my Clinique products at Ulta. They have more of a selection and you aren't bombarded with a consultant like at the mall. Fun fact: I used to work for Clinique and I still secretly wish I never left! Also, I love designer fragrances but I for sure can not bring myself to pay the outrageous prices. I love that Ulta offers roller balls in almost every fragrance they sell. I am a hoarder of roller balls. They are fairly reasonable in price and you can control where you place it. Not like a spray where most of it goes in the air. Today, if you shop online you will receive free shipping on any purchase over $35!! 

5. My fifth favorite for this Friday is the Groupon app. We love Groupon. You can find everything on it for a discounted price. It is no secret we love Canada and Niagara Falls. I think Joe and I have stayed at every hotel there and mostly because of a Groupon deal. The app is a free download for any smart phone device. You can also access Groupon online as well. If you sign up online, they will tailor the deals to places in your area or the closet city. You can always access other areas as well. They offer deals on items such as custom holiday cards, things to do, beauty, restaurants and places to stay. We have stayed at four star hotels, received dinner for two and breakfast for two the next day for under $200!! TODAY ONLY: Use code TEN and receive $10 off a Groupon of $11 or more!! 

I hope you enjoyed my favorites this week. Leave me a comment if you have any questions or any deals that you like! 

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