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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Celebratin National #LasagnaDay with @explorecuisine #foodie #foodporn #recipe



  One thing I have learned so much about since I've started blogging is there is a National Food Day  every single day of the year; including many foods we know and love-Pizza, Ice-Cream Lasagna  & some odd ones Molasses Bar Day and  Mincemeat Pie Day
 Thanks to the internet these have become so much easier for us to celebrate. National Lasagna Day coming up this Friday, July 29th rather then hit your favorite pasta restaurant try this healthier version at home. Explore Cuisine products are all vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and made from organic ingredients. Jam packed with protein, iron, and fiber. 





This recipe for Green Lentil Vegetable Lasagne from Explore Cuisine is perfect for celebrating this food holiday! With no-boil lasagna sheets, making this classic Italian dish is easier than ever.







Green Lentil Vegetable Lasagna for Two

Ingredients 
  • 5 sheets green lentil lasagne cooked 6 minutes, drained
  • 1 Japanese eggplant sliced thin lengthwise
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced into oblongs
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 oz Mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup bechamel sauce
Preparation
  1. Lightly coat the vegetables with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast on a baking sheet until tender. Turn down the oven to 325°F.
  2. Lasagne 2 oz. Mozzarella, shredded 1/2 c. béchamel sauce olive oil
  3. In a baking dish the approximate size of lasagne sheets – brush the dish with a small amount of olive oil. Place one sheet of lasagne on the bottom. Layer with vegetables, mozzarella, béchamel and lasagna sheets. Repeat. Top with last lasagna sheet with béchamel. Bake at 325°F until heated through.



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Be a tourist in your hometown! #WesternNewYork, Break'n Eggs Creperie, #GlennFallsPark #SocialSummer


Have you ever been a tourist in your own neighborhood?  See something new, try a new restaurant, or shop in a new store. Living in Western New York many think of Buffalo right away, it is after all the 2nd largest city in NY, the Big Apple has us beat just a bit. 





The surrounding area is filled with great towns and  villages. One town is Williamsville NY. Main Street is lined with cute shops. You can find  Clothes, Jewelry, Art,Toys, and many Cafés  . 

This past weekend I decided to visit Break'N Eggs a charming Creperie. Went on a Saturday  during brunch  hours, was about a 20 minute wait.  I like being able to see everything the chefs do in their open kitchen. I ordered Warm Granny Smith Apple with Maple Syrup and whip cream  and a Dulce De Leche with apple candies walnut and caramel sauce. DEVINE! The little bit of tart from the apple paired well with the sweet caramel.





After such a rich brunch, I needed to move (so I would feel less guilty about those calories) 

Right off of Main St is a little park, A gem I've herd about for years but only discover myself last year.  Glenn Fall, there are several ponds and concrete walking paths. The water fall and beautiful blooms make it a favorite backdrop for many wedding parties and family portraits. 







 What makes your town unique?  What do you love about living in your town? I think  could visit every small town and village surrounding Western New York and find a new gem every weekend.


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Check back for new topics every week  =)







Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Celebrating National Coloring Day and little learning SHhhhhhh don't tell the kids THEY THINK IT's FUN!

 I love to color...always have  but I never new there was a National Coloring Day. August 2nd is - Amazing right!  Although around here we are still enjoying Summer Vacation  it is getting closer to the dreaded BTS time.... so I'd thought I'd share  these unique ideas for making coloring an educational experience for kids. [shhhhhh if it's fun they don't think of it as learning ]

There are some great sites that can help- Educents  has traditional coloring books. They also  offers educational activity books and downloadable pages that encourage learning while coloring.  There are a verity of subjects such as math, history, letters, geography, art and more. Super to keep minds sharp for the Summer on road trips  and is a wonderful tool for Homeschooling too.



these printables  are fabulous tools, because they can
be used along many stages. Introduce with just coloring, then
exploring sounds, finally there are lines for handwriting.
If you have multiple ages slide the sheets in a page protector and
 use dry erase markers to color and trace again 
and again 



Some are free others start at about $3 for a package.




Get your creative juices flowing  with Debbie Lynn's new gigantic coloring poster- it's amazing! Coloring is good for the soul and good for all ages- plus, showcasing the final product is an inexpensive way to decorate your house. Color the poster with Debbie Lynn's long-lasting pens and colorful markers.


photo from Debbie Lynn inc facebook page

Just look how lovely!
Imagine how good it would
look using these BOLD colors!




 Coloring is therapeutic for all ages- treat your kids to this special personalized  gift!  See Me is the leader in personalized books and gifts- any child will love their adorable coloring sets with their own name on it. Plenty of bundle options to choose from- fairies, farms, and rocket ships and more.




Just think of the hours of fun your child will have 
reading, coloring and completing all the 
actives in these books.



So next week Tuesday 8/2  be sure to get your color on!  I know we will.













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Friday, July 22, 2016

“FUEL YOUR PATRIOTISM” #giveaway from @XYIENCE & @TipsyElves

Has the Olympic Fever hit your house already! With former and current athletes in our family it's hard not to catch it.   

One of the great places to look for an awesome Patriotic  collection is Tipsy  Elves. At the Tipsy Elves, they make American flag clothing and patriotic apparel for all seasons. Celebrating freedom is something you  can  should do throughout the year! 

Here are a few of the pieces I think are super for Summer viewing.


 








Two all-American brands teamed up to help Americans show off festive and patriotic attire while staying energized and refreshed. Tipsy Elves and  XYIENCE are 
Launching “FUEL YOUR PATRIOTISM”  ALL SUMMER-LONG PROMOTION


XYIENCE is the original zero calorie energy beverage with all natural flavors and colors. It is available in eight exclusively zero calorie flavors: Cherry Lime, Mango Guava, Frostberry Blast, Blue Pomegranate, Cran Razz, Fruit Punch, Tangerine and Melon Mayhem. XYIENCE is marketed strictly to consumers ages 18 and over. 






Consumers can enter daily  via XYIENCE’s website, and prizes are awarded daily to a total of 200 winners throughout the summer season.









 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Picnic Basket Roundup July #NationalPicnicMonth #foodie

As the weather gets warmer, what better excuse is there to eat and sunbathe outside than National Picnic Month! Did you know July was National Picnic Month

There are many great places to have a picnic. Just find what works for you-  celebrate the open air, nature, and all it has to offer us.




your own backyard


beautiful zen garden


the beach


 What most important is how you Pack your  basket to get ready 
for some fun in the sun. (just ask Yogi)



 Try some of  these National Picnic Month essentials. They are delicious and healthy too.
Gaea Olive Snack Packs come from the finest olive groves in Greece, using time honored, traditional farming techniques while they are harvested by hand. Available in three flavor options: 100% Kalamata, Green marinated with Chili & Black Peppers, Green marinated with Lemon & Oregano. Gaea's olive snack packs are a healthy and delicious.






 Viki's Granola great tasting, GLUTEN-FREE, and made with 100% ALL NATURAL ingredients. Available in five flavors at retailers nationwide, available in snack-size packs too.  Available in Original, Blueberry Almond, Maple Cranberry, (NEW!) Banana Walnut & (NEW!) Apple Cinnamon.







We must not  forget dessert ... Bauli Mini Croissants are sure to turn your picnic European with their delightful, light taste. These mini treats are made in a REAL oven with no preservatives and naturally leavened dough and are available in two delicious flavor fillings: chocolate and vanilla custard. At just 50 calories a pop, these snacks are guilt-free. A MUST HAVE for your picnic basket!





I hope one or many of these products finds their way into your picnic baskets.

I've become quite addicted to the Sparkling ICE Tea drinks myself.
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Coolest Bags for the Beach! #ModelM #Hbutler #ChargeOnTheGo


Summer is in full swing and for us that means many visits to the beach! That can also lead to bags full of sunscreen, toys, food and other essentials you need for a full fun day in the Sun.

July is National Picnic month so where's a better place then the
 beach for that!

I've found two bags  that make trips to the beach a breeze.


The  playful, Model M. from GREAT BAG CO. is a one-piece molded handbag fabricated from Fashion-Flex with a soft luster. Chiseled to reveal every detail down to the top-stitching, Model M. has an integrated 10-inch drop handle and tab closure, makes it  both complimentary to your outfit and durable for the beach. I love all the bold colors and the great details on the front and back of each bag.








The MightyPurse is a beautifully crafted, high quality fash-tech item. The wrist-let is ideal for charging on the go and keeps cash and phone neatly secured.

The wrist-let can be worn by the wrist or stowed in your great bag for perfect organisation.

The Mighty Purse features a concealed slimline battery to charge your Smartphone on the go.



 it is Compatibile All Micro-USB Smartphones
Including Samsung, HTC, Blackberry, LG & Android Smartphones also all Apple iPhone with Lightning Connector
Including iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus











It is  offered in a variety of the season’s most fashionable colors and prints.
One or both would be a perfect addition for any beach trip.



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Friday, July 8, 2016

Fergie New #Music #o2o

HOT mama! Fergie has 8 Grammy Awards and a bunch of multi-platinum albums under her belt—but her newest gig? WORKING MOM!!





M.I.L.F. $ (Moms I’d Like to Follow, of course), Fergie's much-anticipated new single, just dropped and the music video has the mother of all Mom Squads. The A-list roster includes: Chrissy Teigen, Ciara, Kim Kardashian, Alessandra Ambrosio, and many more working mamas.

 Fergie's back on the music scene with a vengeance 



I agree with the empowering message in the song!



**Please be advised: This song contains explicit lyrics**





Will you check it out? I know the title is causing a lil negative reaction by some.


Does it bother you? or can Fergie do NO WRONG in your book


Being a mom.-My Mom Squad is more Claire Dunphy & Frankie Heck then the A listers Fergie hangs with..Who would be in your squad??

















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