Quick Kitchen Cleaning Tips

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Cleaning is not my favorite thing to do – so I try to make my cleaning tasks as smooth and fast as possible.  The kitchen is one of the worst rooms, because it is the center of most of our family activities, and it gets messy so fast! And our kitchen gets used for everything, not just cooking.  Just this weekend my oldest was using it to boil and assemble a fish skeleton for her fish anatomy lab – which was just as smelly and messy as it sounds.

Quick Kitchen Cleaning Tips - How to get your kitchen sparkling clean in 15 minutes or less

But I find that with a little bit of focus and some help I can clean the kitchen up in 15 minutes – even if the kitchen has been used for messy biology projects.  Here is how I get my kitchen sparkling clean in 15 minutes or less!Continue Reading

Mother’s Day Floral Frame

Mother’s Day will be here soon, and of course finding the perfect gift for your Mom is important!  I think homemade gifts are special, especially for Moms and Dads.  This flowery picture frame is decorated with pasta for a cute and personal Mother’s Day Floral Frame.

This Mother's Day Floral Frame makes a wonderful and inexpensive gift for your mom this year!  Decorate a wooden frame with pasta from your pantry.

I made this easy gift by decorating a plain wooden picture frame with pasta from my pantry.  I used shells, elbows and ditalini to make a floral design, and then spelled out a special message with alphabet pasta.  The result is a cute floral design that was easy and inexpensive.Continue Reading

Hot Pursuit Trailer #HotPursuit

The new action-comedy Hot Pursuit will be in theaters May 8th.  This movie stars Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara and looks like a classic buddy movie!

Hot Pursuit - new movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Sophia Vergara


An uptight and by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Sofía Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

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Ginger Mint Julep

With spring in the air and Kentucky Derby day approaching it is the perfect time to make a refreshing Ginger Mint Julep.

Ginger Mint Julep - a refreshing cocktail perfect for Kentucky Derby parties


According to estimates about 120,000 Mint Juleps are sold at Churchill Downs over Kentucky Derby weekend.  I have never been able to attend the Kentucky Derby, but this drink will make you feel like you are part of the action. It takes the traditional Mint Julep and adds a little bit of ginger to liven up the flavor.Continue Reading

Ant-Man Trailer

Ant-Man will be in theatres this summer – on July 17th. The movie stars Paul Rudd as a master thief Scott Lang, whose Ant-Man suit gives him the ability to shrink in size but increase in strength.  In the movie he learns to embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind the spectacular Ant-Man suit.

Ant-Man Trailer

Marvel just released the first the first official trailer, and it looks like the movie will be a fun mix of action and humor. Check it out!Continue Reading

Spring Entertaining with RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac

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Spring has finally arrived here in New York – better late than never! When it comes to spring entertaining quick and easy ideas are key for me, like RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac paired with Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas!

RO*TEL Rockin' Guac and Bud Light Lime-a-Rita - perfect for Cinqo de mayo

I love guacamole. Nothing beats the smooth and creamy taste with just a hint of lime, and it is perfect for dipping corn chips, pita bread or veggies.  RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac recipe makes guacamole even better because  using RO*TEL’s tomatoes with green chilies adds a little bit of spice and zest to the guac.  Plus the guac just looks so pretty with bright little flecks of tomatoes in it!Continue Reading

Take a Coffee Break with McCafé Coffee

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Everyone needs a little “me” time – especially busy moms.  Sometimes it seems like I am being pulled in millions of different directions at once, between the kids, the pets, homeschooling, cooking, cleaning and running errands.  So I try to take a little time for myself most afternoons, to relax and enjoy some downtime, and lately I have been taking a relaxing coffee break with a cup of McCafé coffee.

Ways to take a break and create relaxing "me" time

Most people think of coffee as a morning beverage, but I usually drink it in the afternoon.  I like to relax and really savor a cup of coffee, and my morning are usually much too hectic for that! By mid-afternoon I am ready to sit down and take some time to drink a cup of nice hot coffee as a way to recharge for the evening.Continue Reading

The Longest Ride – $25 Gift Card Giveaway

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The new movie The Longest Ride will be in theaters this Friday, April 10th!


Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.  As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.  Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, The Longest Ride explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

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