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

Cooking a turkey properly makes even the most confident chef just a little nervous, not to mention the millions of first-time cooks attempting the turkey trot to the Thanksgiving table. There are 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! The Food Safe Families campaign (from the USDA and the Ad Council) wants to make this a food-safe Thanksgiving for turkey newbies and seasoned professionals alike. Below are the top five Turkey Myths that most Americans believe are safe practices. Follow the facts listed after the Myths for a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving with your families and friends!   Myth: Washing the turkey before cooking makes it cleaner and safer. FALSE It’s impossible … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cooking, Entertaining, Food, Parties, Seasonal, Thanksgiving

Taking Time to Reconnect at Beaches Resorts

My husband and I “celebrated” our 14th wedding anniversary with leftovers and some Netflix, but we weren’t always this boring. Before our first child arrived in 2008, we’d traveled to Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, France, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Disney World, and numerous Caribbean islands. We had romantic meals in fine restaurants. We made time for each other. Everything changed with the births of our boys in 2008 and 2011. The couples-only vacations were but a distant … Read entire article »

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Have a Food Safe 4th of July!

  The smell of barbecue on the grill, happy picnics with family and friends, pool parties with hamburgers, fresh veggies and delicious fruit and colorful fireworks all evoke the essence of summer and true Americana. We dream about it all year long and rejoice when the season of sunshine and outdoors has finally arrived…summer! Before you gear up for your plethora of summer festivities, let’s talk about food safety during the summer. Not to be a buzzkill, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Food, Food Safety, Health, Safety, Seasonal, Socially Conscious, Summer

eMeals Connect

eMeals Connect

*This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.* Father’s Day is coming up fast, so I wanted to let all of my wonderful readers in on a special promotion they are doing right now.  Sign up for an eMeals plan now and receive a FREE Father’s Day Menu! You can access it on your member page once you sign up, and it includes: 3 Burger Options (Ultimate Burgers, Mushroom Pesto Burgers, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cooking, Father's Day, Food, Free, Health, Home and Decorating, Nutrition, Recipes

Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Now at Starbucks!

Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Now at Starbucks!

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Starbucks. I received a promotional item and a gift card to facilitate my review.”  I run a small business and I try to make an effort to thank my employees for all of the hard work that they do. Things get hectic more often than not, and they always come through for me in the clutch. So when I was asked to try … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Food, Mommy Gifts, Mother's Day, Seasonal, Socially Conscious

Avero Bar Italiano in Wayne Pleases This Fussy Italian!

Avero Bar Italiano in Wayne Pleases This Fussy Italian!

I am a little particular when it comes to Italian food, and for good reason. I am half Italian (my mom’s side) and she raised me on old-school, homemade stuff.  So I have pretty high standards. Keeping this in mind, when I was invited to a blogger dinner at Avero, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I don’t dine out at Italian restaurants all that frequently only because when I go over to my parents, that’s … Read entire article »

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Post-Dinner Snack Attack

Post-Dinner Snack Attack

Every other Monday is a marathon in our house. I get my daughter off the bus for dance class and then return to the studio to pick her up and whisk her off to Brownies. After trying to coordinate schedules that seem more complicated than international peace talks, her Chinese lesson ended up starting at 6:30 pm. So, dinner has to be early that day. Both kids are in piano on another day of the … Read entire article »

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Big Game Day Entertaining Without Inviting Norovirus

Big Game Day Entertaining Without Inviting Norovirus

Entertaining is tough on any occasion – especially with a bigger group. You have people with different tastes in music, food and general group related activities. The nice thing about having a party on Super Bowl day is that: ONE, there are a buzzillion fun, warm recipes floating around the Internet to flavor the buffet table (like the chili I will be cooking in my new Food Ninja); TWO, you can be somewhat casual in the food … Read entire article »

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Eat Like a Dino and 5 Other Ways to Introduce Kids to New Foods

Eat Like a Dino and 5 Other Ways to Introduce Kids to New Foods

My first child ate everything but I knew not to take credit for that. Some kids are just more cautious than others about new foods. Sure enough, my second (and now third) kids required more coaxing to get a balanced diet. My second child loves dinosaurs and when he was a kid, we would tell him his veggies were dino food! If he was a tyrannosaurus, those vegetables became his prey. We would encourage him to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Food, Nutrition

Fuel for Afterschool

Fuel for Afterschool

We’re on the road, trying to make it to gymnastics by warm-up with enough time to pull on leotards and hit the restrooms, and the kids are squabbling: “Gimme, it’s mine.” “You’re going to break it.” “Well, you’re a rooty-tooty face!” What is up with these kids? And what the heck is a “rooty-tooty face,” anyway? Then it hits me. In our rush to grab the older kids off the bus and get flipping on time, we … Read entire article »

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