When my son was three all he ever wanted to watch was this kiddie DVD we had called “Lots and Lots of Trucks.” As the title implies, it featured all sorts of trucks that could amuse a little kid for a full 45 minutes – fire trucks, dump trucks, big rigs, construction trucks and heavy haulers, you name the type of truck it was included in this video. Out of all those trucks, my son’s favorite part was when Bigfoot came on. Who is he? I’m not talking about the big hairy Sasquatch that people (crazy ones!) claim to have either seen or captured. This Bigfoot is sort of the granddaddy of monster trucks who raced, jumped and crushed cars.
Just a sampling of my kidlet’s Monster Jam monster truck collection, my favorite is Monster Mutt, sticking his tongue out up front on the left
That was the start of my son’s love affair with monster trucks and how we soon discovered Monster Jam®. He’s six now, but he still loves it. He’s got a whole bin full of Hot Wheels Monster Jam trucks that he and now his four-year-old sister share and play with regularly. Some of our favorite ones to race around in crazy competitions are El Toro Loco®, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Monster Mutt, Captains Curse® and Grave Digger®. Continue reading
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Have you ever opened your fridge or freezer and wondered what the heck is that in that food container? Or even better, “gee, how long has this been in here?” Well, now you never have to ask those questions again with Lovable Labels Date It! labels.
The inside of my fridge; order is absolutely necessary so I can keep track of what we’ve got and what we need
Maybe it’s the OCD in me, but anything that helps me organize, and yes, that even means in my fridge (don’t even get me started on the pantry!), gives me a sense of calm because I can accurately keep track of what we’ve got on hand in the house. Continue reading
Today I’m happy to once again have Tyler aka The Hubs (@dadandmarried) guest post on the blog. In our home he is our tech guru, the one who is in charge of all our digital entertainment needs including TVs, streaming players, handheld devices and audio needs.
When I happened to mention an opportunity to do a wireless speaker review from Sol Republic, he nearly jumped out of his skin, telling me I had to get it, it was on his current list of “must haves.” Since he was going to be the one figuring Sol Republic’s DECK out, he should write the review. Not a bad a trade-off I say, so take it away Tyler…. Continue reading
This year The Hubs and I jointly made a resolution and that was to take better care of ourselves. For us that meant making a big lifestyle decision. On Jan 1 we adopted a pescatarian diet. That means that we abstain from eating all meat – beef, chicken and pork. We are not vegetarians since we eat fish, eggs and dairy as well as fruits, vegetables, plants, legumes, nuts and grains. I guess it’s comparable to a what some people call a Mediterranean Diet.
As I write this, I haven’t had meat in 14 days and surprised at how easy the transition has been. I’ll be honest, I did have a craving about seven days ago at work to eat in a big juicy cheeseburger at lunch but instead opted for a cup of vegetarian soup and a spinach salad tossed with hard-boiled eggs. Yay for me! I’m proud of myself for not giving in to my craving. I haven’t missed meat since.
So with our new pescatarian lifestyle, I’ve been experimenting with a number of fish recipes/dishes. This week I tried my hand at Manhattan Clam Chowder and I have to say it was a tremendous success!
My daughter has only been back at pre-school for a few days and already she’s coming down with a cold. As I got my darling little four-year old dressed this morning she let out a coughing fit that sounded like she was a trucker who had been up all night hauling freight and smoking a pack of menthol cigarettes! Another tell-tale sign that she was coming down with something was the little red-patch under her nose from where she had wiped with tissues throughout the night.
The common cold is arguably the most common illness in humans. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is one of the most common causes of school absenteeism with up to 22 million school days lost each year in the U.S.
What gets you running in the morning? For some people, like The Hubs, it’s coffee – he likes it both hot and cold but it totally depends on his mood. As for me, I’ve never been much of a coffee drinker. While I love the aroma of coffee, my stomach isn’t a big fan, which is why I always opt for tea. Now it doesn’t matter to me if it’s winter, spring, summer or fall – I always like to start my day (or for that matter, end my day) with an iced tea.
Now Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods is giving fans a sipping start to 2014 with a special deal for iced beverage lovers in the New York Metro area*. From now through January 26, all Iced Coffee and Iced Tea in any size is just 99 cents at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. Continue reading
Every Monday is library day in our house. After school the kidlets go to our local library and they each get to pick out four to five books for the week. I never know what kind of books they’ll check out. To me, there never seems to be any rhyme or reason to their selects. When I ask them they just tell me that from the cover it “looks” like it would be a good read (note to authors/illustrators – cover art is SUPER important in selling your book to the 10 and under crowd!).
Even though my six-year-old can read on his own, he likes to check out chapter books that The Hubs and I can read to him before he goes to bed each night. Captain Underpants, Batman and The Notebook of Doom series are some of his favs, but I’m starting to have trouble mustering up the vigor to re-read, for the millionth time, the adventures of George Beard and Harold Hutchins as they battle the Turbo Toilet 2000!
We’re less than one week away from Christmas! Are you done gift shopping yet? Thankfully I’m almost done, I have just a few small stocking stuffer items left to get and then let the wrapping in Santa’s Workshop (aka our home office) begin! I’ve talked to a few friends who said they haven’t even started yet and are planning on a marathon shopping trip this weekend. Talk about cutting it close!