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Disney’s Brave and Secret of the Wings DVD Reviews

Disney’s Brave and Secret of the Wings DVD Reviews

I, like many, grew up watching Disney movies. I’ve seen the classics: Cinderella, Snow White, Bambi. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed seeing the newer additions to the Disney family: The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, and the Toy Story movies. Disney movies are full of fun, humor and adventure. They appeal to boys and girls of all ages, showcasing heroes and heroines at their finest. I was recently given the opportunity to review two DVD’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: DVD, Pre-schoolers

Mamanista’s Gift Guide for Grownups

Let’s not forget the grown ups!! We like presents too, right? Besides, we firmly believe that you are never too old for toys. FOR HER 1. A little bling from Stella and Dot Who wouldn’t want to don this gorgeous Olivia Bib Necklace at this year’s New Years Party? Classy and a fab splash of color. 2. Fabulous handbag I’m not sure I know any girl who would pass this up! For the best deals on handbags, head to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gift Guide 2012

Mamanista’s Gift Guide for Boys

Mamanista’s Gift Guide for Boys

Here is a list of our hottest toys, gifts and gadgets for boys this holiday season! And, once again, don’t forget to shop for more great gifts at your local toy store for Small Business Saturday tomorrow, November 24th!   1. Ezy Roller This is one of our favorite outdoor toys EVER!  Not a luge, not a bike, not a scooter, the EzyRoller moves like a snake, without chains or pedals, using easy right-left leg movements. 2. CuddleUppets We love … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gift Guide 2012

Mamanista’s Gift Guide for Girls

Mamanista’s Gift Guide for Girls

  Here is a list of our hottest toys and gifts for girls this season! Don’t forget to shop for more great gifts at your local toy store for Small Business Saturday tomorrow, November 24th! Shopping local is good for your town, but it’s also good for you as a consumer. Whether I’m buying toys or new eyeglasses, I seek out small independent retailers in my neighborhood. These small business owners provide excellent customer service like fast … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gift Guide 2012, Gift Guides, Kids Gifts

Holiday Road Trip Tips #kiaholidays

Holiday Road Trip Tips #kiaholidays

The holidays are upon us, and that means a lot of traveling. Some traveling is local: quick trips to the grocery store to get food for holiday meals, appetizers for parties, ingredients for sweet treat you are baking for gifts. Some traveling is more involved.  For many, celebrating the holidays means hopping in the car for an extended trip to be with loved ones. Road-tripping can be fun, but involves some planning and preparing. This is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Travel

Shopping with eBay for the Holidays

Shopping with eBay for the Holidays

Yes, it is that time of year again! When we are dressing turkeys, cleaning houses for out-of-town guests, or making side dishes, we are preparing for the Holiday Shopping Season!   It is a busy and hectic time of year, one that can really be overwhelming if you are unprepared! I’ve spent many holidays overwhelmed and frustrated, so I’ve done my best to learn from past year’s mistakes. I find that it helps to think ahead … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gift Ideas

Food Safe Families Wants You to Have a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday; it’s a special opportunity to spend time with one another and share laughs, old stories and a classic American meal. This Thanksgiving, the Ad Council, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, FDA and CDC, as part of their Food Safe Families campaign, want to ensure that your Thanksgiving meal is both enjoyable and prepared safely. There are so many commonly held practices when it comes to cooking the big bird that are actually harmful and can cause food poisoning (not how anyone wants to spend their holiday!). Below are the top 5 Turkey Myths that most Americans believe are safe practices. Follow the Facts below the Myths for a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving with your families and friends! Myth: Stuffing turkey the night before is a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Health

Shop Small: Small Business Saturday

Shop Small: Small Business Saturday

  This week, the week before Thanksgiving, we are being bombarded with more than just turkey recipes and guest RSVP’s. The moment we get the mail from the mailbox or turn on the TV, we are hit with loads of Black Friday advertisements. The super sales, the amazing deals. And each year, the doors open earlier and earlier, and the deals from major companies seem to get better and better.  Millions of dollars in revenue are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gift Ideas, Made in the USA, Socially Conscious, Uncategorized

Adopt a Long Island Family Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Adopt a Long Island Family Affected by Hurricane Sandy

I live here on Long Island and have just been absolutely emotionally devastated by the damage Hurricane Sandy has done to our community. We were without power for a week but we were the lucky ones. A lot of huge trees fell but they all missed our house–some by a matter of inches but close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and hurricane-blown trees, apparently. So many have lost their homes to flood, wind, and rain. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Featured

Discover the Forest: Get Your Community Outdoors!

Discover the Forest: Get Your Community Outdoors!

I’ve fallen in love with GOOD Maker (maker.GOOD.is) — crowd-sourcing for a better world.  Since discovering the GOOD Maker platform, it’s become my new “go-to” social media distraction. GOOD Maker inspires me to propose a good idea, to evaluate and vote for solutions– which is a way more productive use of my time than pinning a bunch of recipes I’ll never cook. Here’s an example of a challenge that intrigued me:  “Discover the Forest’s Get Your Community Outdoors!” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Contests, Eco-Friendly, Parenting, Play, Socially Conscious, Tips