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The One Shot Hot Shot, the Canon Rebel SL1

I’m often asked by friends and family, as their so called camera expert (I am no expert by the way), which camera would I recommend as they venture into the world of DSLR.  I have to say, I often cringe when I’m asked.  I know friends and family are expecting photos like mine when they are asking for recommendations.  If I were to be completely honest with them, I’d tell them just owning a DSLR doesn’t make you a great photographer… but who am I to discourage a little exploring and who knows?!  They may be the next camera expert! […]

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Battling Germ City #GermFreewithStaples


Don’t turn your back!  Cold and Flu season is still in high gear.  In fact my house is currently under attack.  All 3 kids have conjunctivitis, colds and even one with an ear infection.  I am deep in germ warfare.  If there was a disinfectant bomb, I’d be the first to detonate.  On top of the already infectious cold, my kids have conjunctivitis.  Oddly enough, it’s easier to manage and keep my two older kids clean than the baby.  I need to wipe him down from head to toe every 5 minutes and it doesn’t help that is on the […]

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Get Wild at the Bronx Zoo!


Signs of Spring are everywhere and my family is super excited to be heading back to the Bronx Zoo!   Back by popular demand, the 2014 Dinosaur Safari ride has been revamped for a whole new experience!  Visitors will be transformed into detectives and discover how fossils provide clues to what really occurred in our prehistoric past. Witness a gigantic T.rex stalking an injured Triceratops! Catch a peek of mothers protecting their nests and curious babies from lurking predators. Keep your eyes peeled for dinosaur goo from 3 spitting Dilophosaurus. Piggybacking on the super fun Dinosaur Safari, families will be entertained with […]

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Getting to the Finish Line #runDisney


Yesterday, bright and early, I ran my FIRST race!  Yes, WOW, a HUGE accomplishment for this mom who hasn’t exercised in years!  It was only a 5K run, but it was an amazing 5K runDisney Fun Run as part of this years Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, through Disneyland and California Adventures!  Boy was it fun!  It was so amazing to run through the empty parks, cheering castmembers at every turn, friends side by side, supporting one another another and finally hitting that finish line in the gorgeous jaw dropping background of Radiator Springs in Cars Land. While I didn’t train […]

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Doctor Doctor! #OTCSafety


You’d be surprise to know, despite being a nurse, I am always questioning when I should or need to call a doctor.  Sometimes I think that question is a LOT harder for me because I am a nurse.  I teeter on the line of being either too caution or too nonchalant about my children’s health.  My husband tends to get mad at me because of my “inconsistency” but let’s face it, when it comes to our children, we are always worried. When I encounter new families, even if they have a pediatrician selected, I always ask them to interview them […]

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Mets Baseball is Back!! #MetsFamilyFun

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In our house, the official first day of spring isn’t March 21st. The first day of spring is the day that the Mets begin their new season at Citi Field! This year, we celebrated the return of warm weather and baseball by taking the boys to their first game of the season on Sunday, April 6th. Now, we have obviously been to Citi Field before, but this year, there are so many wonderful upgrades to the park that even my four year old son took notice! Given that we attend games with both kids, my husband and I have grown […]

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Disney Magic at Play by Jumping Beans #MagicAtPlay


In just a few days my family and I are off to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration being held for the first time at Disneyland.  We can’t wait!  This is my family’s first trip to California and Disneyland and I am beyond excited to show them the beauty of the west coast.  Truth be told, this trip is a huge expense and my husband has me pinching pennies at every corner.  One of biggest savings we are making is by buying Disney gear (clothing) outside of the park and everyone wants their Disney gear! We are just loving the […]

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The 1st Year

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Today is my sweet Lucas’ first birthday and it is filled with sadness and yet so much joy.  I am trying to savor every last second of my very last baby moments.  The smell, the smile, the babbling, the laugh, those beautiful bright eyes.  Yes these are the very last moments that I have as a baby’s mom. I often wonder how Lucas will feel when he grows up and reads all about himself in utero and birth.  I chronicled it all for posterity.  I feel a lot of guilt when it comes to Lucas, and maybe that’s not quite […]

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