Happy ‘Pumpkin Picking’ Halloween from Emma & Wonderful Wednesday

Emma Picking Her Pumpkin at the Farm

Talk about cutting it close with my Happy Pumpkin Picking Halloween Wonderful Wednesday share from Miss Emma, but still here I am putting this article together on Tuesday only a few hours before I need to get the article posted for the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. See, as most who read and follow my blog know, I was out for most of this sunny Monday enjoying Emma’s class trip to our local farm (yes Eli is was perfect and thank god for the postponement for much nicer day for sure), which we actually had taken the girls pumpkin picking at this … Read More…

My Extraordinary Kid(s)

Lily Could Be This Kid

*I was compensated for my inclusion in the Clever Girl’s Stanford Children’s Health Extraordinary Campaign this past summer.* Since my past worst mom blunder for Emma’s Kindergarten orientation back at the end of the summer, I have made sure to try my best to make this up to her and then some, because to me she is extraordinary and totally worth it. I have pretty much volunteered for whatever I can, including becoming one of the two class moms liaisons to her teacher and the other parents, as well as volunteering for this past Friday night’s after school evening Halloween … Read More…

Christmas Tree Memories Made Possible by King of Christmas Tree Giveaway

Christmas Tree All Decorated

*This is a sponsored post for The King of Christmas.  All opinions are solely my own.* I know more Christmas sharing for me this week and I know it is still plenty early, but hey it’s my blog and I couldn’t pass up posting this Christmasy memory laden blog article – bare with me I promise there is an shockingly great reason for this highly gratuitous holly jolly post. See Christmas and decorating for me is something that I have always loved, as far back as childhood and never quite sure why, but still I wait all year long even now … Read More…

Rise of the Jack O Lanterns Revisited Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Nautical - Anchor's Away!

It is Fall and definitely that time of the year to enjoy all sorts of ‘haunting’ Fall activities with my family. Last week, I shared our recent annual visit to see Otto the Ghost at Hicks. Well, this weekend, we returned and revisited The Rise of the Jack O Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens.   If you followed my blog way back in 2012, you will remember me sharing all about this spooky night time trail/pilgrimage to experience all sorts of Jack O Lantern carvings lit up to all it majestic spectacular here. See all the #halloween #spook-tacular #pumpkins with … Read More…

Killer iPad Apps to Get Ready for Kindergarten with Letters & Numbers

Killer iPad Apps for Kindergarten Kids

Kindergarten, as most who have kids nowadays know, is a more aggressive schooling experience then years back like when I myself went to Kindergarten over thirty plus years ago. My almost 5 year old, Emma, just entered kindergarten this Fall being equipped with knowledge of her alphabet (pronunciation and all), as well as numbers through at least 20 counting wise. Emma even knows how to say and write her name, as well (as you all know from this experience).  When I was her age I barely knew how to write my first name let alone my last name, too. Yet, Emma, as … Read More…

Going Gaga for Lalaloopsy This Christmas…

Lalaloopsy Toys

*I received the Lalaloopsy Baking Oven and the Lalaloopsy Color Me Doll for review purposes only.  No other compensation was received and the above opinions are exclusively my own.* Like it or not Christmas is on its way. Said but true – the costumes haven’t been worn yet, the trick or treating hasn’t commenced, nor is Halloween even done or behind us and still everywhere you go you will see some sign that Christmas and the holiday season isn’t far behind either. Case in point, when I shared the photo below from our recent trip to Hicks, for the fall and … Read More…

Otto’s New Costume, Hayride & Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Emma being Silly on the Hayride!

Fall just wouldn’t be the same without doing certain things here, such as getting that first pumpkin spice latte, going apple or pumpkin picking or for us visiting Hicks Nursery that is just a short car ride away from us. I believe, I first shared all about Hicks here in 2012, here and last year here, too.  So each year wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t make our annual fall visit to Hicks and specifically Otto the Ghost (there is a new animated story each year), as well as the Otto’s Hayride. This past Monday on Columbus Day here, both … Read More…

3D FIBER LASH MASCARA is the ultimate MASCARA!

Younique Mascara Information

Today is Columbus Day and am happily turning over my blog to my cousin to guest post, who I truly have felt over the years was more like a big sister to me then a cousin. See, AnnMarie and I are first cousins on my dad’s side.  Her dad and my dad are brothers and her dad is even my god-father. So growing up we were very close and were even bridesmaids in each other’s weddings and now we have come full circle with our kids being very close and growing up together, too. Recently, AnnMarie started to sell Younique … Read More…

3rd #glossybirthday + Harper’s Bazaar GLOSSYBOX

Glossybox 2014 Contents

I am an affiliate marketer for GLOSSYBOX, but have purchased my own subscription for their services, however, if you click on my links in this post and make a purchase, I make a small commission from these purchases. This is a double whammy post, as I am sharing both my August and September GLOSSYBOXES here with all today since I got a bit behind since the girls started school in the last month and I ended up not posting August GLOSSYBOX last month and received the September GLOSSYBOX in the meantime. So without further ado, here we go – two … Read More…

Her Latest Artwork Revisited Wonderful Wednesday Style….

Instagram Emma's Name on Our Wall

Artwork Mishap Circa 1980 It was 1980 and from what I have been told I got creative with my artwork one day and decided to use my crayons to color the bumper on my father’s car (by the way I was almost 3 years old).  Never mind the fact that my dad did not own this car and that it was a demo that was loaned to him.  See when I was growing up my father worked at different GM dealerships, where he was a manager and afforded a new car every six months.  This was part of his yearly … Read More…

Casetify Your iPhone 6 Now (Review + Giveaway)

My Designed Casetify iPhone 6 Case

*I received two free Casetify iPhone cases to complete my review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions here are my own.* Sometimes I just love what I do for the perks I seem to get as a blogger!! Recently, I shared about my Apple Love (ok, I admitted I might be a bit obsessed) here and all about how I was over the moon psyched to be on the pre-order list for the new iPhone 6 Plus. Just as I had been in the process of pre-ordering the iPhone 6 Plus, I received an e-mail from a previous contact that … Read More…

ArtSee Crafts for Kids to Make & Ship

Our Finish Haunted House from ArtSee

*I received ArtSee crafts for free in exchange for my honest review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are expressly my own.* Both my girls love making crafts and generally find all that has to do with being artistic quite fun. I know I have mentioned previously that Kevin is an artist and the girls definitely have a bit of his excitement for this. They not only love crafting, but they love their family and friends, too. Enter ArtSee… So, when we were asked to try out and review ArtSee, which is a company run by four sisters, … Read More…

Sit Ubu, Sit…Good Dog – I Was Right! Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Sit Ubu Sit - I Was Right, The King Was Wrong!

“Sit Boo Boo, sit…good dog!” “Did you just say Boo Boo?” “Yes, why?” “Because, it is Sit Ubu, Sit, Good Dog!” “No, it isn’t!” “Seriously, didn’t you watch Family Ties and NBC Sitcoms as a kid!” “I am going to Google it right now, because you are wrong, my friend it isn’t Sit Ubu, Sit!” “Go ahead you are wrong, because sadly I watched a lot of sitcoms and TV as a kid, so there is no way I am wrong on it being Sit Ubu Sit.” Takes time to Google on his old iPhone 4 and slowly shuts his iPhone, … Read More…

LeapBand & Healthy Habits For Kids From LeapFrog (Review)

LeapBand in Box

“I received a free LeapFrog LeapBand in order to give my opinions. These opinions expressed here are my own. No other compensation was received.” From the time Emma was a baby and her first Christmas where she wasn’t even 6 months old, we found LeapFrog among the better educational toys available for youngsters on the market with our first purchase being the Purple LeapFrog My Pal Violet.   She loved Violet so much and would giggle hearing her name and favorite things spoken by Violet to her. We also have had many other LeapFrog Toys over the last 5 years with both … Read More…

Friday On My Mind AAF Style!!

Yes, this photo was taken with the new iPhone 6 Plus camera - Love how clear and crisp it is!

Monday morning feels so bad, Ev’rybody seems to nag me Coming tuesday I feel better, Even my old man looks good, Wednesday just don’t go, Thursday goes too slow, I’ve got Friday on my mind – The Easybeats For some reason I always loved Fridays, especially when I worked full-time and was a teacher.  Friday signified the beginning of a new weekend and just general downtime.  Every Monday, I would long for the next Friday (this repeated each and every week for me). Seriously, like the old song said, I truly had ‘Friday on My Mind’ back in the day! … Read More…