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My Mother’s Day Gift Guide Favorites From One Mama To Another 

12 May

I’m writing this Mother’s Day gift guide to show you a few of my favorite things. It doesn’t mean you have to wait till Mother’s Day to give or receive these things because to me Mother’s Day is everyday. Below are classic gifts that will last for a very long time, except for the food of course and a few favorite movies that I suggest you see. 

1. Armitron Watches. Check out http://www.armitron.com to see what style you like. Ok all for the mesh band this year and I wear it everyday and get lots of compliments. It goes with any outfit and feels great on my skin. Prices are incredible. 

2. Keysocks. These comfortable socks go with me on vacation, are great for lounging around and feels great in flats. Lots of colors to choose from. 

KEYSOCKS are the first smartly designed socks that remains hidden inside pumps, flats, sneakers and moccasins. They pull up to your knee, but have a cutout on the entire top off your foot that makes them invisible inside shoes while still providing comfort, moisture wicking and blister prevention. Available in ultra lightweight and nylon. Check out http://www.keysocks.com

3. Godiva. How can you not have chocolate any day of the week? Just walking into any Godiva store you will want one of everything from truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, frozen drinks and lots of varieties of candy gives me that chocolate rush I love. Check out all you can eat on their website or if there is a store located near you head in. The gift wrapping is amazing. http://www.godiva.com

4. Boppy. The new Boppy Multi-use Slipcovered Total Body Pillow is a large one-piece pregnancy pillow designed to provide complete head-to-toe support. The pillow can be used multiple ways to make you and your bump more comfortable. Its unique contoured design supports head, neck, back, hips and tummy with just one pillow. Filled with 100% virgin fiber for just the right support. The 100% cotton slipcover is wipeable for easy cleaning. Both pillow is machine washable. No I’m not pregnant and you don’t have to be to use this pillow. It’s so comfortable my daughter and I take turns using it. It has great support for my back and neck that I need. We love it. Check out http://www.shop.boppy.com for all your needs. 

5. Zac Posen. I can’t even begin to tell you how many handbags I own. I could open a shop. I fell in love with Zac Posen Eartha Iconic Soft Top Handle bags. It’s so chic, clean, sleek and classic and goes with any outfit dressed up or down. Lightweight and can be worn as a crossbody, floral shoulder strap or by the handle. I love the hinge lock flap closure. I treated myself to this beautiful bag and I’m about to purchase another one. Please head to http://www.zacposen for gorgeous styles, colors and prices. 

6. Castello del Poggio Moscato Provincia Di Pavia. If you’re looking for a great wine this Moscato is for you.  Unique sweet and aromatic characteristics. Fruity and very inviting, with intense scents of peaches and exotic fruit. Can be found online by googling or stop into Olive Garden restaurants. My favorite wine. 

7. I would also like to suggest a few movies from Disney. Beauty & The Beast and Born In China. You might need some tissues for Born In China. These movies were great! We sanged, laughed and cried but I would definitely see them again. Check your local theaters to see the schedule. I also want to throw in the Broadway play School Of Rock which was amazing. I wrote a post about the play that you can check for my review. I also want to check out Snatched which I missed the screening for. Looks very funny. 

8. G.H. Cretors Popcorn. End the day with a bowl of yummy popcorn. G.H. Cretors is the perfect snack for at home game night, movie night or any time you want. This artisanal popcorn is made in small batches using only the highest quality ingredients. Delicious flavors ranging in bold craveable favotites. Check these out: The Mix (cheddar cheese and caramel), NEW Organic White Cheddar, NEW Organic Honey Butter Kettlecorm, Organic Chile Jalepeno White Cheddar, Organic Salted Butter, Organic Dill Pickle, Just The Cheese, Just The Caramel, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Non- GMO ingredients and 100% gluten free. Gold mine!!! These amazing, delicious popcorn can be found nationwide. At Target, BJ’s, Walgreens and Rite Aid and more retail locations. Also head to www. ghcretors.com for more info. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. A few of the items mentioned were given to me for review or as a gift for attending an event. Others were purchased. Opinions are mine 100% as always/ 

Mom’s Time Out with Audrey & Vera and Armitron Watches #onewatchmanyfaces 

28 Apr

When was the last time someone told you as a MOM you need a Time Out? Just what kind of Time Out were they referring to? Not the punishment, I mean a time out to go hang with your friends and enjoy great conversation, food, fun and take home an amazing watch from the awesome brand Armitron. Hey, you can put me in that kind of Time Out every week. 

Audrey and Vera my dear close friends thought that’s just what we Mom Bloggers needed and got togtether with watch brand Armitron and threw an amazing Mom’s Time Out early Mother’s Day event. 

As we entered the Armitron Showroom we were greeted with three watches and told to select one. Shut the front door!! Usually swag is handed out at the end of events so this was a treat. My eyes immediately went to the silver mesh watch in the middle. It stood out and I did not own a mesh watch before. It is perfect and even though I have the smallest wrists I like big watches. Of course I had to get it adjusted which they were kind enough to do there. 

The next room we were swept to was filled with all types of food from salmon to quiche, salads, desserts and amazing drinks. There was also a candy station filled with chocolate, chips and seeet treats for us to take home. If kids were allowed this would have been gone in seconds but they kept replenishing because you know us moms weren’t letting chocolate and chips go to waste. Lol. Another treat was a photo booth for our arm candy and a nail station with Jamberry Nails. We had the pleasure of meeting Jenna Von Oy from the television show (Blossom). She played the character (Six). She has two kids and a new book. 

Audrey and Vera welcomed us and talked about the collection from Armitron, the latest in fashion and how your watch can be dressed up or down. There’s so many styles to choose from for women and men like the Adventurer, ProSport, Dress and of course my favorite the Silver Tone Black Dial Watch with Stainless Steel Mesh Band. I love my watch. That’s just some of what Armitron has to offer. To check out more head to their website here: http://www.armitron.com

Spring 2017 Watch Trends:

· Blush/Rose Gold: Perfect for spring, this color has been all over the runways for this season. With rose-gold hardware and blush-colored straps, these watches are easy to pair with any spring outfit.

· Mesh Straps: Metal, mesh straps are growing in popularity in men’s and women’s watches in gold, silver, rose-gold and even black.

· Luggage-Colored Leather Strap Watches: Easy to dress down, leather strap watches are comfortable and easy to pair with casual attire or spring dresses.

· Gold Hardware with Silver Watch Hands/Numbers: More and more watch designers are mixing metals, with gold-framed faces and silver hands and markers. This two-toned look pairs seamlessly with all types of accessories.

· Simple, Large Faces: The boyfriend look has been in with clothing for a while, and now larger, simpler watch faces are becoming popular for women’s styles, too.

Special shout outs to Armitron, Audrey McClelland and Vera Sweeney. Another amazing event. Thank you for everything. 

Disclosure: I was invited to attend this event. Opinions are mine 100% as always. Swag was given. 

 
 
 

Mother’s Day Movie Review In Theater’s Now! #SITCcelebratesMothersDay

8 May

Since today is Mother’s Day I’m sure you already have plans of what you’re going to do. Just in case you don’t may I suggest you head to the movies and see Mother’s Day with stars Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis to name a few. Brianne Manz from @strollerinthecity invited me and a group of moms to a special Mother’s Day night of fun to see the Mother’s Day film. We had a theater to ourselves and was given popcorn, water and goodie bags filled with Lindt Chocolates, Fandango mug, notepad, buttons and gift card, also a $50 gift certificate towards a facial or massage from Cornelia Spa at the Surrey. What a treat! 

I’ve met Jason Sudeikis and Kate Hudson before and they are both great. I knew Jennifer Aniston was going to be funny in this movie and I love Julia Roberts. It was also good to see Sarah Chalke who I remember as (Becky) from rhe sitcom Roseanne. The whole cast was great! I love comedies and enjoyed laughing throughout the movie. Garry Marshall did a wonderful job as Director.Check your local theaters for tickets and time. If you want to get your laugh on this is the movie to see. My mother and sister saw it together and they also enjoyed it. 


Here’s the link: http://fandan.co/mothersdaymovie @seemothersday on Instagram and Twitter 

Check out @Fandango and @Lindt_Chocolate on Twitter 

Disclosure: This post is not compensated. Opinions are mine 100%. Gift bags were given. Thank you Brianne for a fun night out. 

Easy Ways to Cook with Johnsonville Sausage for Mother’s Day 

6 May

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Johnsonville. Opinions expressed are mine 100% as always. I am a Johnsonville Influencer. 
Mother’s Day breakfast has never been easier with these Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausages! Ready in 30 seconds, these breakfast sausage patties have all the big, bold flavors of Johnsonville without the fuss. Available in both Original and Turkey varieties, these patties are the perfect size for breakfast sandwiches. Whether your morning schedule is busy or relaxed, you’ll always find the time for these sensational sausages.Johnsonville nvited moms and kids to make Johnsonville  part of their morning routine – from a quick weekday breakfast before school to Mother’s Day morning brunch. Breakfast sandwiches are the new way to get your fill of protein-packed deliciousness and Johnsonville is making it easier with a new line of fully cooked sausage patties. For more information, visit Johnsonville.com.


 

Johnsonville believes in bringing the family together through food, but the meal doesn’t have to be complicated.• Johnsonville is the number one brand of sausage in America.

• Convenience is key when kids are cooking for mom; make it easier by cooking with Johnsonville.

Johnsonville asked me to create my own variation of a kid-friendly breakfast for Mother’s Day. My kids were excited to work in the kitchen with me. We love cooking together and thinking of new recipes. 

We came up with a corn muffin, sausage with maple syrup. Easy to make, don’t have to turn on oven and easy clean up. Perfect for any size hands. It’s like stuffed French toast. 

Recipe: 

*1 or 2 packages of store bought corn muffins or you can make from scratch. 

*1 package of Johnsonville fully cooked breakfast sausages (turkey or original)

*Maple syrup (drizzle on what amount you want)

Directions:

In a skillet or frying pan heat up sausages for 7-9 minutes (or maybe even less than that). Flip a few times. 



Cut muffins in half, place in frying pan with butter already melted and heat till nice and bubbly. You can brown on both sides or just one side. Place sausage pattie on corn muffin, add maple syrup and place other half of muffin on top. 





There you have it! Three ingredients, fast and ready in no time. Johnsoville sausage patties fit perfectly on corn muffins. 

My daughter also came up with a quick snack or appetizer with Johnsonville sausages. She put crackers on a plate and added the Johnsonville sausage and tater tot on top. The tater tot had cheese melted on as well. You can add so many things to it. I thought she did a great job.




We also made a classic breakfast wrap with egg, cheese and Johnsonville sausage. We love our wraps in the morning. 

My Mother’s Day breakfast is looking good. Johnsonville makes it so easy for a fast and tasty meal every time. We enjoyed creating these recipes for you. Hope you enjoy making them with your kids as well. Happy Mother’s Day!!!

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http://www.johnsonville.com/

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Mother’s Day Cooking with JCPenney Bakeware 

5 May

Mother’s Day for me is spent with my family. I know for some it’s a day to relax minus the kids, a spa day or dinner in a fancy restaurant. I enjoy cooking so I will be making dinner for my family a day ahead so we can just heat up the next day and have more time to spend with each other. Leftovers taste great too. I made a sample of baked ziti in my new Certified International Solstice 4.75-qt. Cream Rectangular Baker from JCPenney. This durable stoneware in a pleasing cream color is embossed with metallic trim for a rectangular baker that is oven safe to 450°.

*stoneware
*dishwasher safe

*oven safe to 450°

*4.75-qt.

*16.5×9.75×3.25″H

*imported

It passed the test. I’ve never had a baking dish this fancy before. I’ve been missing out. I love the detail on my dish and the cream color. This dish just looks so good and baked my dish to a perfection. No leaks or spills, cooked evenly, and held my enormous baked ziti. Easy to clean and store. For just $50 on sale regular $100 you can own one too. Thanks to JCPenney for my early Mother’s Day gift. You really know how to spoil a girl. I think the next thing on the menu is eggplant parmigiana. I can do some major cooking in my baking dish. Link below.

http://m.jcpenney.com/certified-international-solstice-475-qt-cream-rectangular-baker/prod.jump?ppId=pp5006300842&searchTerm=certified%20international%20solstice&catId=SearchResults&_dyncharset=UTF-8&colorizedImg=DP1123201517080512M.TIF


What would you cook in your baking dish?   Head to http://www.JCPenney.com for more info. 

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. I received dish to review. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

My Mother’s Day Wish List from BJ’s Wholesale Club #spon #shoptheclub

21 Apr

Is it too early to be talking about my wish list for Mother’s Day? I think not!! I don’t ask for much when it comes to Mother’s Day. While some want quiet time alone or to go out for Brunch or Dinner I just want to be around my family. I love presents and those I Love You’s no matter what day is it. I also enjoy buying myself gifts. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. 

I love the fact that my family and friends can shop for my presents in one place ((BJ’s Wholesale Club) and get everything on my wish list. Wish lists are made instead of reminding a person over and over what I would like. I just put these lists randomly throughout the house or as a text/ email for them to see. 

May 8th will be here before you know it. Even though I tell my children it’s the thought that counts and you can spend whatever you choose and I also accept homemade cards and gifts I love showing them how to use coupons and get the best price for their money. 

Now that BJ’s opened a new store in Riverdale we’ve been quite a bit now and my daughter loves to observe what goes  in  my shopping cart then look through the coupon book that BJ’s send to my house and the coupons in store to match and rip out because she knows we’re saving a lot by using them. She also looks through my wallet for more coupons that I bring with me as well. This is another reason I love shopping at BJ’s. Coupons are my friend. 

   
This year I want a gift basket filled with goodies. These gifts can be purchased online or in store. I’ll keep it simple. 

1. Beauty- Crest 3D white advanced vivid white strips $39.99 (Mama have to keep her pearly whites for all the pictures I will be in)

2.  Drinks- $10 Starbucks Gift Card 3-pk for $28.99 ( Got to have Iced Coffee)

3. Over the counter-Claritin 10mg allergy tablets 90 tablets $35.99 ( I want to be prepared so I will take in advance so I’m not suffering)

4. Food- $100 Cheesecake Factory Gift card for &94.99 (I don’t expect the kids to get this so I would  give myself this this gift)

5. Entertainment- Regal Entertainment Group Premiere Movie Ticket 2-pack $19.99 giftcard (Love movies) 

6. Kitchen/Houseware- NewAir 12-bottle thermoelectric wine cooler $159.99 (Another gift to myself)

7. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. 2 pack/18 ounce & 2.5 ounce travel size $14.99 (After a rough winter I need my skin to be refreshed and moisturized) 

8. Gillette Venus Luscious Lilies Shave Gel Prep 3/Pack for $6.49 (shaving is a must) Love smooth skin. 

9. Berkley Jensen Moisture Infusing Shampoo and Conditioner $6.49 each for 40 ounce (to make me feel renewed and rehydrated)

10. Random gift from the heart. 

I took my son with me to BJ’s to see what Mother’s Day gifts he would pick out for me and I was happy to see that he went straight for the things I mentioned above. He knows his mama. 

  
That concludes my wish list. Convenient, affordable, simple one -stop shopping. 
To help ease consumers’ pain in the pocket, BJ’s Wholesale Club is offering non-members a Free 90-Day Membership available now through Sunday, July 3.

Shoppers can print the coupon at http://bit.ly/1T695nN and visit their local BJ’s club to activate their trial. Once enrolled, shoppers are given a membership number and will receive a membership card upon visiting the member services desk.   

   BJ’s is also currently offering a 15 month membership for $40 now through Sunday, July 3 plus a coupon book with more than $2,000 worth of savings.

  
MORE Ways to Pay – BJ’s accepts cash, checks, My BJ’s Perks™Mastecard, Visa, Discover, American Express, MasterCard, EBT and debit cards. 

Organic Options – BJ’s carries more than 150 organic items in a variety of departments. 

There’s so much to choose from that the membership is worth every penny. I also forgot to add I would love a cake and maybe some flowers. 

Check out http://www.bjs.com for more info. Follow @bjswholesale on Twitter and Instagram. 

Disclosure: I am a BJ’s Blogger Ambassador. This post is a sponsored post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

  

MOTHER’S DAY AT BELMONT PARK VIP STYLE #ABRMomsDayAtBelmont

12 May

This year I celebrated Mother’s Day at Belmont Park. America’s Best Racing invited mommy bloggers and their families to a VIP fun filled day with food, drinks, racing and activities. 

My kids and I were very excited to go to Belmont. This was our first time. We took the LIRR train and once there was escorted to the private area where there are picnic tables with umbrellas, grills and a front row to see the horses up close when they’re racing. 

Food was great! Everything from sandwiches, bagels, burgers, hotdogs, salads, desserts, and drinks.

I didn’t wear a fancy hat but my kids and did dress up. Everyone looked nice. 

My son and I learned how to pick horses by their name, number or how many wins they have, the jockey, his weight, his age, etc, etc. My first bet of the day I won some money. However, I’m still not a millionaire. I will be one day. All the kids had their favorites and were calling out the numbers that they wanted to win. 

We took a tour of the Paddock. That’s where the horses, jockeys, trainers and owners meet. The horses were calm walking around by their trainer getting a little exercise . The owners stood around waiting to meet with the jockeys. The jockeys were very friendly and even stopped and spoke with our kids and took pictures. After a hope you win wish from the kids the jockeys got on their horses and headed to the track. 

In the back of Belmont near the Paddock is a park for the kids. We didn’t get a chance to go but my kids saw it and we will go back and visit next time. 

Dan Tordjman and Victoria Garofalo Brand Ambassadors for Team ABR Live were just the sweetest. They made everyone feel welcomed, conversated with all and told us everything about Belmont Park. It’s as if we knew each other for years. I want to thank both of them for inviting us so we could experience this. It was a great add-on to my Mother’s Day. 

Check out Americas Best Racing on Twitter: @TeamABRLive  Instagram: @AmericasBestRacing 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

   
                  

MOTHER’S DAY GIVEAWAY FROM TELEFLORA (BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET)

25 Apr

Mother’s Day will be here in no time. I don’t think there’s not a single mom out there who can honestly say she doesn’t want anything for Mother’s Day. I love receiving gifts but the most special ones are when I come home and find pictures from my kids. It shows they are thinking about me no matter what day it is. I also love the “I love you mom” notes too. Makes my heart melt.

I also love receiving flowers. Yes, I know flowers don’t last long but it’s the thought that counts. They are beautiful to look at and are a great centerpiece on your table or in your special place. I also love when they come in a vase. There are so many beautiful vases I think I just might start a collection.

Teleflora makes it easy for you. Teleflora guarantees satisfaction with every gift order. Each gift is personally delivered in a vase – in most cases, the same day you place an order. Other online flower companies pre-package their flowers in cardboard boxes which gets loaded into a truck and dropped at recipient’s door. Flowers are damaged or dehydrated once they get inside. Teleflora’s floral arrangements are artistically arranged by a local florist using only the freshest flowers available.

Teleflora collaborated with SpaFinder Wellness to create the ultimate 3-in-1 gift bundles. These floral gift combos include beautiful, fresh arrangements in lovely collectible containers, plus the option of adding a SpaFinder gift card in increments of $25, $50 or $100, so mom can choose from an array of spa services, beauty treatments or other premier wellness offerings available at any SpaFinder partner location worldwide.

Giveaway: This Mother’s Day Teleflora is kindly offering one lucky mom out there the beautiful “Meant To Be Bouquet.””

Mandatory entries:
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Leave a comment below telling me what you want for Mother’s Day.

Good luck everyone. This is open to U.S. Giveaway ends May 4, 2014. Winner announce May 5th on Twitter, and Instagram.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given bouquets to review. These opinions are mine.

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