Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursdays Link-up #7

Who doesn’t love a little #TBT? Sometimes our greatest posts don’t get enough love – so here’s your chance to let them shine! Welcome to our Throwback Thursday Weekly Link-up! Add a link to a blog post you think deserves to be in the spotlight again (as long as it fits the weekly theme!) and we’ll all show it some love and attention! throwback thursday logo

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THEME OF THE WEEK:

Theme: Let's try to get pumped up for summer!! Share a post about a summer vacation you enjoyed!

How To Link Up:

    • It’s courteous to follow your hosts and show them love xoxo.
    • Add your link to a post that could use a little TLC for #TBT (within the theme!)
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    • Visit at least 3 of the links and leave a nice, fun-loving comment. Let them know you’re visiting from the #TBTlinkup
    • Throwback Thursdays Link-up


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Work Date with my Daughter

I don't usually talk about my daytime job on the blog, but I'm a huge believer that my kids should know where I am all day and what I'm doing.  Which leads me to this post.


I work for Blue Man Productions, which is the corporate office for Blue Man Group.  I LOVE what I do and I LOVE the company I work for.  I'm also very lucky that they allow me to keep a work/life balance. 

One of the things I'm able to do is bring Eleanor into work occasionally.  I think it's important for her to see where I spend my days and that I have pictures all over reminding me of family and friends.  She also gets a big kick out of going into the office, talking on the phone and interacting with my co-workers.

I recently decided that it was time for her to see the show.  She knows that the "Blue guys" are "Mommies Bosses" and has seen videos, posters, pictures and my business card, but this would be her 1st time seeing them in person and the show live. 


I picked a Sunday matinee, and we got to the Astor Place Theatre early so we could get the famous Astor brownie and see some friends.  I got her all set with ear plugs and a booster seat (if you go just ask for these items and they'll give them to you) and we waited eagerly for the show to start.

My favorite part was when she saw the Blue Man for the first time and leaned over to me and said "Mama, they're real!"  I turned back and said "Yes, they are."  I was so surprised by her comment, it's was like 2 worlds were coming together.  I never realized she thought of them as a pretend character.   

I'm not going to review the show, because I'm totally biased and think it's amazing and everyone should go, it's fun for ages 3 and up.  I will say we had a great time and I was a proud Mom showing my daughter who I work for and with and giving her a little backstage tour.

She loved seeing the Blue Man dressing room and getting to hold a gumball. 

I feel so fortune that I get to share my work with my kids, both with my blog and job.  There's always a lesson to be learned about hard work and responsibility, but what I really love is the fact that fun gets incorporated into the job as well.  I can honestly say I never know what the day will bring, but I enjoying finding out and getting to share experiences and ideas with my family.

This is not a paid post, but just a Mom talking about her job and family.  I do work for BMP and was given tickets to show as an employee.   All opinions are thoughts are my own.







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Monday, April 14, 2014

Grilled Cheese & Carmelized Onions

In honor of national grilled cheese day, yes it's a real day.  I thought I would share my favorite grilled cheese sandwich recipe.

I'm not usually a fancy food person, but I love a fancy grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup!


Ingredients:
Onion
Cheddar & Gruyere Cheese (Trader Joe's sells it)
Rye & Pump Swirl Bread (I like Pepperidge Farms)
Step 1:  Cut the onion and add to a pan on the burner.  I add balsamic vinegar to mine, and stir occasionally on low heat to caramelize them.
Step 2:  Cut the cheese (HA!)  I make the slices a nice size so the cheese melts and the bread doesn't burn.
Step 3:  Butter or mayo the bread (your choice) and place the cheese and onions on the bread
Step 4:  Place in the pan on medium heat
Step 5:  Let it cook till the cheese is melted, then flip
Step 6:  After it's done let it cool for a second and then cut and serve


I love this sandwich and the the sweetness the caramelized onions add to it and the flavor of the cheese and bread.  Don't get me wrong I still make the kids Kraft cheese slices and white bread, but it's nice to switch it up and indulge in this delicious sandwich.

How do you like your grilled cheese?  
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Big Egg Hunt NYC



Did you know there are 250 beautiful and artistic eggs hidden over the 5 boroughs of NYC.  After I heard about Faberge presenting The Big Egg Hunt I immediately downloaded the app and have been finding eggs wherever I go.

I decided to make a day of egg hunting with Eleanor today.  We thought the perfect place to start would be Madison Square Park, it didn't hurt that Shake Shack was there either.

Then we headed down to Astor Place to check out Blue Man Group and a few more eggs.  Overall it was a great day and a ton of fun finding the eggs.

The eggs will be on display around the city till April 30th, so keep your eyes open, you never know where you'll find one.  These 3 are all within a block of each other in Soho.

  It's was a beautiful day and we saw some great eggs.  Here Eleanor is with her favorite egg, it had an elephant on it.  It was a great Mommy/Daughter day and I'm happy we could spend it together doing fun things!


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Friday, April 11, 2014

DIY- Easy Easter Egg Wreath

So I decided to hop on the egg wreath train and was amazed with how quick and easy this was to make. 

A lot of people think they aren't creative, but this is the perfect little craft to let your creative side shine.  You can be done before your little ones wake from their nap, or do together. I actually had Eleanor help me pick the eggs so it was a fun craft for both of us.  


Supplies Needed: 
Wreath frame (this one is 13 inches and I got it at Dollar tree)
Easter grass
Plastic eggs (I used 56 for this wreath)
Glue gun


Step 1:  Hot glue Easter grass around the front of the wreath (you can either keep it light or make it heavy, whatever you like)
Step 2:  Start gluing the eggs on the wreath
Step 3:  Optional:  Add a ribbon to hang it, or a bow on the front
Step 4:  Place it on your door, mantle or wall.

I love that I can put this on my mantle, door, or wall and I'll probably add a bow or a little sign to switch it up next year.  It's bright and colorful, cost me around $5 and I got to do it with my girl.  A perfect Easter decoration.



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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursdays Weekly Linkup #6

Who doesn’t love a little #TBT? Sometimes our greatest posts don’t get enough love – so here’s your chance to let them shine! Welcome to our Throwback Thursday Weekly Link-up! Add a link to a blog post you think deserves to be in the spotlight again (as long as it fits the weekly theme!) and we’ll all show it some love and attention! throwback thursday logo

Hosted By:

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Ways You Can Follow your hosts:

~Stephanie B. from FootballFoodandMotherhood.com:Blog / Facebook / Google + / Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram ~Destiny P. from SuburbanWifeCityLife.com: Blog / Facebook /Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram ~Allison C. from ProjectMotherhoodNYC.com: Blog / Facebook / Pinterest / Google+ / Twitter / Instagram ~Nicole M. from ChampagnetoCrayons.com: Blog / Facebook / Google+ / Pinterest / Twitter / Instagram

THEME OF THE WEEK:

Theme: This week, we want to discuss those rough times that we ALL have with our kiddos! We KNOW that we have ALL been there! Share a blog post that explores one of those tough experiences...I bet we can all learn something from each other!

How To Link Up:

    • It’s courteous to follow your hosts and show them love xoxo.
    • Add your link to a post that could use a little TLC for #TBT (within the theme!)
    • Copy the "Throwback Thursday" button (code provided below) and embed it into the bottom of the post that you are sharing.
    • Share this so others can join in the fun – the more you share, the more love you get back!
    • Visit at least 3 of the links and leave a nice, fun-loving comment. Let them know you’re visiting from the #TBTlinkup
    • Throwback Thursdays Link-up


Let’s get down and Par-TAY!
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Basket Ideas & Crafts from Hershey's #bunnytrail

Last week I was Hopping down the #bunnytrail and discovered some fun ideas from Hershey's for both Easter Baskets and Crafts!

I try very hard to keep the candy to a minimum when it comes to the kids baskets.  Don't get me wrong we always include a Reese's Peanut Butter egg, and some kisses, and jelly beans, but now I have some great non candy ideas for all ages.


 I love the idea of Reese's chap stick, Eleanor loves to wear it and she feels like she's getting chocolate so it's a win-win for a special treat!  With all of the different wrapper purses and headbands, it's also easy to give her, and myself, some fun accessories.  I also love the Jolly Rancher hair color streaker.  It's a little mommy/daughter bonding time, and smells so sweet!  The headphones are great for the whole family, and I love that we can all pick our favorite candies to wear! 


I also didn't realize that Hershey's has some great craft ideas.  These Easter Critter Cups were adorable and call for supplies I have around the house.  I'm a sucker for a glue gun craft, but they have tons of adorable ideas and recipes that I can't wait to try out!  Hippity Hoppity Easter's on the way and I can't wait!


I was not compensated for this post, but did receive a gift bag at the event. As always all opinions are my own.



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