Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pau Blart Mall Cop 2 #MallCopMOMS event

 On Monday, we attended a special screening for Paul Blart Mall Cop 2: Blart Rides Again. We were invited by Denise and Melissa from TheMoms and to say we were super excited is definitely and understatement. Kevin James and the director of the movie Andy Fickman where also in attendance and answered  few questions after the movie. They were super friendly and funny! Sometimes with famous people, you just never know how they're going to be in person. Kevin was funny and outgoing and patient when answering everyone's questions. Kevin also received the Fatherhood Award on behalf of the National Fatherhood Initiative . It was a wonderful afternoon well spent talking about Fatherhood and the importance of quality time with our children. Practicing patience and listening to our kids is also very important.

 My family and I loved the first Paul Blart movie so much. It is one of our favorites. It's been 6 years since the first and it was definitely worth the wait. We laughed so hard! Julio and I loved it and so did the kids. I don't want to give ANYTHING away. I'm holding back the urge to talk about all my favorite parts of the movie because I really want you to go see it!

The kiddos were very happy to run into Tristin and Tyler as we were leaving. Although my kiddos were a bit shy they got to take a pic with them!

 I took the pics with my phone and the lighting was terrible time I'm taking my camera!

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 will be in theaters everywhere this Friday April 17th!!!  #BlartRidesAgain

**This is not a sponsored post in an way. I'm just happy to share about our experience and our positive thoughts on the movie**

A Trip to the Poconos Where Our Family Began

  On Sunday, we took a day trip to the Pococnos in Pennsylvania. We visited Blakeslee, a little town where we used to live and the surrounding area. I don't think I've ever been to specific about our beginnings on here, but it was a very long, exciting, sad, uncomfortable, personal, dramatic beginning, and maybe one day I will share it. I was pregnant with Jonathan when I moved in with my hubs and his family. I'd been wanting to take a trip back to our first home for a long time. it was important for us to show Jon where he lived when he was a baby, places we loved and visited all the time and even the hospital where he was born.

 The day was beautiful and the ride down to PA was perfect. The kids loved seeing the beautiful mountains and the Delaware River. We made a quick stop at the Crossings Premium Outlets and took advantage of some great deals. I'm willing to make a trip back and do some shopping there again. After we left the outlets it was only half an hour more until we arrived to Blakeslee. It's been almost 9 years since we've last been there. I have a terrible memory (i hate it) that when I look back I barely remember it. As soon as we got to the house where we used to live it all came back to me. the house is now for sale and since I was last there a lot more houses have been built. We showed Jon the front yard where he used to play with his Dad.

  I took pictures of the house, but I don't know if it's right to put up on here so I won't. What I looked forward to the most was stopping about a little ice cream parlor on route 115. When I was pregnant with Jonathan I'd stop by this ice cream parlor on the way to my OBGYN appointment every time. I'd get my cheesecake flavored soft serve on a cone and be on my way to Wilkes-Barre to the hospital. It was my favorite place to go. It was actually closed when we got there. I'm hoping with all my heart that it was just closed that day and not closed down permanently. I did take a few pics of the kids in front of the place though. It's a cute little stop hidden off the road.

  I took a few pics of the kids in front of the place. I watched them and thought wow they're so big. how far we've come. Last time I was here Jon was so tiny and now were a family of four! we've been through so much and have come so far. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful children. Our life isn't perfect and at times I'll feel frustrated but I was reminded that we are survivors and as long as we're together anything is possible!

  I thought showing the kids a little bit about our past was a great idea. Would you ever consider taking trips down memory lane by yourself or your family?

Friday, April 10, 2015

7 links to love 4-10-15

  Hello everyone!! It has been spring break week at our home and it has rained yuck! The hubs is taking off tomorrow and we're starting our mini definite plans...we'll just be deciding our day to day activites on the spot! Go away rain!

Anyway, I've really missed sharing our faves, I really do love over-sharing!ha!
Here are this week's links to love:

1. -I love browsing kids fashion on Instagram, especially when it's about small businesses. It's hard to find clothes in my kid's sizes. They're too old for the some of the clothes I find. Jonathan wears a kids in shirts and Sarah wears a 10. It all depends on the fit!
 HatchforKids is one of those brands where the range in size is pretty high. I love how unique and just really cool the shirts are! I'm so excited because I finally placed my first order and I can't wait until the kids wear them. I'll keep you posted!

2.-** ETSY LOVE** BipandBop- this shop holds a special place in my heart. I ordered 2 necklaces, one for my best friend and another for my sister. They're simple necklaces. For my sister, I chose a small "bar" with my brother's childhood nickname "Jorgito" engraved on it. It was beautiful and I can not wait to order my own.
**image of similar necklace from BipandBop**

3.-  **Family TV** We are movies/TV junkies...all of us. Family TV time is important for us and good shows are hard to find these days. We really like the Amazon original kids series Gortimer Gibbons; Life on Normal Street ..Actually I can't tell if it's a kid fave or mine! I dont want to give anything away, but the life lessons at the end of every episode are gold! We binged watched it from Friday into next day, Saturday morning. (darn instant streaming) I hope Season 2 is in the works!

undeniable proof! ;)

4.- ***Recipe*** Funnel Cake Fries with Marshmallow Dip from Kevin&Amanda!! Mouth-watering!!

5.- This post pretty much won me over with affordable: 11 Affordable Family Vacation Destinations from Family Travel Magazine.

6.- Kelly Moore Bags- the best (well, that I know of) camera/everything bag. I am counting down the days until I can purchase one of these beauties! It is worth it!(ugh, just look at my poor thing now)

7. my kiddos have a bunk bed. Sarah sleeps on the bottom. It was too dark for her. She didn't want to sleep at all on her bed. The hubs and I thought it'd be a great idea to hand lights from the top of the bed. The lights we got at IKEA called KILOMETER looked amazing. They don't get hot and they're not too bright...perfect. They change to different colrs and give the are warmth and comfortable feel. *WARNING: I speak from experience when I say that f you will do something like this that you be sure they are adjusted properly and securely and that you know your child won't be prone to pulling on them.**

I hope you enjoyed this post!!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Our experiene at the Kids Food Festival (NYC)

   A little over a month ago we went to the Kids Food Festival in NYC. It was a 2 day event - Saturday February 28th and Sunday March 1. I'd been wanting to take the kids since last year, but we never had the opportunity. We were really close to not going again, because it snowed a lot that Sunday, but the kids were so excited to be participating in a cooking class that we braved it! We left the car parked in Jersey and took the bus into the city. It was cold, windy and we were completely soaked by the time we walked from the terminal to Bryant Park.

  We arrived and the kids got to learn and explore at the different tents about healthy and balanced eating. We are not a family that enjoys their veggies and we do not watch what we eat,(we love our burgers and fries) but it's important to start somewhere. I have to admit I was very surprised at how willing Jon and Sarah were to try new things and not be so quick to say no. We loved the Cuties, delicious soups and desserts there were to sample. My husband and I enjoyed our pulled pork sandwiches from Pig Guy NYC  ..they hit they spot!  I have to give it to the fest though, it was all about the kids! The kiddos felt very welcomed and special.

 the delicious pulled pork sandwiches from Pig Guy NYC

 Sarah was so happy when she decorated her very own chef's hat!

 This beautiful cake was made by Sugar Sketch . They specialize in Gluten Free cakes!

The highlight of the day for me was definitely watching Jonathan and Sarah participate in the hands on cooking classes. They were a little nervous about it, they're both very shy, but they handled them  like pros!

First class was with Bill Yosses and Gail Simmons where they made  'Party on a Stick' kebobs and their very own salad dressing to go with them.

The second class and their personal favorite class was with Haven's Kitchen chef David Mawhinney where they made Winter Vegetable rolls. Jonathan and Sarah felt so special when the chef himself told them that they did an amazing job. Sarah was so starstruck when he wanted to take a pic with both of them. It was so cute watching her. She talked about wanting to cook at home and be a chef just like him all the way home. I don't think he has any idea how much he inspired them and planted a love for cooking in their hearts just by his kind words and support.

 The last class of the day was with Cricket Azima founder of  The Creative KitchenKids Food Festival:  Kids Food Festival Fresh, Flavorful & Fun Salsa, featuring Rohan Marley(*Everybody Can Cook – an inclusion class for children various physical and developmental abilities)

 Not everyone can say the had a chance to cook along with one of Bob Marley's sons! Cricket and Rohan were so patient and nice with the kids and made the class so much fun! We got to taste some delicious Marley Coffee while the kids made salsa!

 Sarah enjoyed a little dance time before class began!


 This fest was one the best experiences the kids have ever had. I have no complaints. The entire staff was friendly and helpful. We had an awesome time and I can only imagine what a better day Saturday was with the great weather! I look forward to attending another Kids Food Festival in the future! Now, I have to mini chefs with a love for coking healthy!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

#SoCozy Hair

  A few months ago we received these products to check out and try at home. It's SoCozy Professional Hair Care for Children created by Cozy Friedman stylist and owner of the very successful Cozy's Cuts for Kids . I am very cautious about the products my kiddos use. They are so sensitive so it's very important to me that a product is safe and free of harsh chemicals.

  It took me so long to write about these wonderful products because I wasn't going to rave about them without being sure and giving it a long extensive trial with subjects 1 and 2 a.k.a. Jon and Sarah. I mean we're almost running out! We've given them our seal of approval. We've tried all except for the Boo Lice Prevention set, thank goodness, I haven't had the need for those yet. Jon and Sarah both use the Cinch 2 in 1 Shampoo+BodyWash and the Cinch 3 in 1 Shampoo+ Conditioner+BodyWash and they loved the smell of them. Sarah uses the Cinch Super Hydrating Conditioner and the Cinch Detangler/leave-in Conditioner .

   All the products smell amazing and it's the first thing they noticed. I loved the scents as well but my favorite thing is that they're very light and give out a good amount of suds. Hydration, hydration, important. Sarah's hair is dry and gets worse during these winter months. The conditioner leaves her hair  hydrated, soft and manageable!I dread coming out her hair because it's such a hassle it gets knotted easily because she doesn't have curly, thick hair like me. The detangler helps so much with knotting and leaves and extra amount of conditioning which she really needs.

 When it comes to styling both their hairs I use both the Behave styling Gel and the Behave styling Mousse both have medium hold. I love the fruity scents, just the right amount and not over-bearing. I don't like my kiddos using so much product on their hair, but I use these everyday on them because they are light. I don't feel like it weighs their hair down at all. I want a product that does what is supposed to do but won't leave a flaky, hard mess.

  I wish I was able to do all kinds of cool hair styles on Sarah but sadly, the most I can do are simple braids and ponytails. (If you ever see Sarah with her hair done perfectly it's because my sis-in-law did it...all her!) I think anyone can learn a thing or two from Cozy's Complete Guide to Girls'Hair super simple hair styles with great explanations!

I hope you get a chance to try these products out! My next venture is to take Sarah for a cut at one of the SoCozy Cuts for Kids salons in the city. I'll let you know how it goes because Sarah is very shy and gets so scared of salons. I'll keep you posted!


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

winter blues (thoughts)

 It's been frustratingly cold around here, with almost snow and icy conditions every weekend. I'm so over the cold weather! My body longs to be at the beach under the warm sun sipping on some delicious fresh coconut water.((sigh))

  Anyway, January came and went and part of me is relieved. It has become a month I dread now.  I don't look forward to it next year, and understandably so, loosing two very important people in your life, almost exactly a year apart will do that to you. I catch myself with the winter blues sometimes, but I also notice that even a simple little outing to the store or dinner at a restaurant will bring me joy. There's nothing I love more than spending time with my family. We are always together just the 4 of us and it never gets boring. Life itself can get overwhelming and frustrating, but being with my husband and children forces me to constantly see how lucky I am to have them in my life. Aside from all the loss we have experienced, and the tough year we just had, we make each other laugh. It's a beautiful thing. I appreciate them and the life we have. I'm a stay at home/sitter and my husband is a superintendent where we live with a ton of responsibility in his shoulders. We don't own a home and live in an apartment. I am proud and thankful for the life we've built because, for the most part we've done it on our own.  Our beginnings were extremely tough and we've come such a long way, and I'm not ashamed of any of it. We are an imperfect little family, each of us with our quirks, but it's who we are. Cherish what you have! everyone hears that all the time. We remember it, every once in awhile,  a thought that crosses our mind. I think about it every day once or twice even. When I find myself getting a little sad or emotional, I remember not to go into that dark place I used to long ago. I remember my kids and the joy they bring me an that has always been enough for me.

We've spent this winter almost only indoors watching movies, playing games, painting and reading. A lot of snuggling under the covers. I always wanted a king size bed, but really it's just the comfy cuddle bed for 4. Looking forward to Spring and the hopefully many adventures it will bring!