The Jury Is Out….

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-jury-duty-image25996512Each day, thousands of Americans just like you and me are summoned to take part in our nation’s judicial process by serving as jurors. The 6th Amendment of the Constitution provides that all US citizens have the right to a trial and to be judged by a jury of our peers.

There’s no doubt that jury duty is an important civic responsibility and is one of the highest duties a citizen can perform in a democracy next to serving in our military or voting.

Okay, now that we’re done with the civics lesson, is it just me or does it seem that you always get called for jury duty when it’s majorly inconvenient?   No doubt if there is a major life, family or work event coming up a jury summons magically appears in my mailbox.

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Sounding Good For Father’s Day – Sol Republic Master Tracks Headphones Review & Giveaway

Looking for a Father’s Day gift idea??  Tyler AKA The Hubs is here to help out with a great gift idea for any tech/music lover with a review of Sol Republic’s Master Tracks headphones and a great giveaway to win a pair for the special dad in your life!  So take it away Tyler…..

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A few months back I wrote about our Sol Republic Deck, a Bluetooth-enabled speaker that allows you to wirelessly stream music from computers, tablets, smartphones and various electronic devices. At the risk of overstating it, it’s really has changed our life and the way we listen to music, and something we use and enjoy nearly every day.  And now that the weather is finally warming up, we are using it more than ever, for fire pits, barbeques, and playing in the yard. But if you are like me, as fun as it is to crank the tunes, sometimes you want to or need to have a little more one-on-one time with your music.

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#KnowYourZone – Hurricane Season Is Coming, Are You Prepared?

It’s been 18 months since Hurricane Sandy.  It was certainly a frightening experience for me and my family here in NJ suburbs, right outside of NYC. We were fortunate though, we only lost power, no flooding and school was closed for a few days – you can read about that here.  On the news just this morning I saw stories of people in the New York City Tri-State area who are still trying to recover and rebuild.

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After that experience The Hubs and I decided we needed to be ready for any type of storm — but especially a hurricane.  With the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season starting in just a few short days on June 1 it’s a good time to prepare for the upcoming storm season.   One of the most important things to be aware of during a storm and emergency message is what your zone is, so you know whether you and your family need to evacuate or not.

For folks in the NYC area, the Ad Council and the New York City of Office Emergency Management has launched the #KnowYourZone campaign to encourage New Yorkers to find out whether their home or where they work is located in one of NYC’s six hurricane evacuation zones.  These zones are ranked by their danger of flooding from storm surge (with zone 1 being the most likely to flood). In the event of a hurricane or coastal storm, residents in these zones may be ordered to evacuate.Continue reading ⇒

A Berry Good (And No Bake!) Dessert – Blueberry Love

It’s no secret that I love to cook (you can see all my Harried Mom recipes here), but truth be told, I’ve never been much of a baker.  It’s not because I’m more of a savory over sweet gal – because anyone who knows me knows that I cannot resist a good sweet treat or dessert! I think it’s because baking is so precise.  Now while I use recipes when I cook, I tend to think of them more as “suggestions” in creating a dish.  I like to use my own culinary instincts to develop a dish and sometimes wind up improvising by adding herbs and spices or substituting ingredients to create a new flavor profile.  Apparently that doesn’t work so well when baking.  Adding a dash more or a splash of something to a baking recipe can make cookies turn into lumps of coal or cakes into bricks, both of which have happened to me many times.

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So when I was asked to create and share a dessert recipe using Reddi-wip® whipped topping, I decided to go with one that involve absolutely no baking on my end.

Right now there are lots of yummy and wonderful berries in season and they can make an easy and healthy dessert.

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Monster Jam Set To Roar Back Into NY/NJ Saturday, June 14 – Win A Family 4-Pack!

A few months back I talked about the “crushing” good time the family had at a Monster Jam show.  That was an indoor arena show and is a totally different experience than seeing one of their shows in a full-fledged stadium filled with a custom dirt track full of obstacles to soar over and, of course, smash through!  For all our friends and readers in the NY & NJ area, Monster Jam is set to roar back into town on its “Path of Destruction” tour at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Saturday, June 14.

THM_MonsterJam_PathOfDestruction2014For the un-indoctrinated, Monster Jam trucks are about 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds.

These trucks are built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, with monster trucks generating 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

Don’t let their monster size-fool you though, these trucks can truly float through the air!  They can fly 125 to 130 feet — a distance greater than 14 cars side by side — and soar up to 35 feet in the air!Continue reading ⇒

My Daughter Is A Real Charm! CHARM IT! Bracelet Review & Giveaway

My daughter has never been much of a girly girl. Maybe it’s because she has an older brother that she can play for hours with her beloved Super Hero dolls, race her Hot Wheels cars  and battle it out with imaginary fire-breathing dragons with her sword and shield. Nothing makes her happier than playing in the dirt, climbing a rock wall or kicking around a soccer ball in our backyard. The best is the reaction I get when I pull a dress out of the closet for her to wear, she protests as if I were strapping her into a straight jacket!

However, my daughter is a THM_CharmIt_2walking contradiction.

A peek into her pink bedroom reveals a love of all things Disney princess. She has a purple princess bed and her walls are decorated with images of  her beloved Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, Snow White, Belle and Rapunzel, otherwise known in our house as the tiara mafia!  Aside from her princess preference, my little gal also seems to have acquired her mom’s love of girly charm bracelets!

She got to combine both of her girly loves recently with this beautiful Disney Princess bracelet that was sent to her by CHARM IT!, the original,  detachable 3-dimensional charm jewelry brand for girls.Continue reading ⇒

PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics, Giving Back One Beauty Product At A Time – Review & Giveaway

I’m not much of a glamour girl or fashionista, but like anyone else out there, I like to look good and put together. To me, being put together means not stepping out of the house without my warpaint on, ready to take on the world!   My makeup obsession has always been anything lip related…lipstick, lip gloss, lip balm, you name it.   I’ll admit it, I spend way too much money every year trying out new brands and going back to old favorites…but there could be worse guilty pleasures!

-1A few weeks back a friend of mine mentioned she was working on a project with PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics, and I was of course intrigued.  My first question to her was if I could try their products!  However, when she started telling me the philosophy behind the company, I became interested on a much deeper and totally different level.

PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics is a cosmetics line that is giving back, one beauty product at a time.  This eco-friendly line donates 100 percent after-tax, distributable profits to charities that support urgent women’s rights issues around the globe. The company strives to end servitude and exploitation of women and children and promote women’s health advocacy issues.  So it’s make-up with a purpose (or more than one purpose!).Continue reading ⇒

Don’t Forget Mom – How I Want To Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mom’s big day is coming up this weekend or at least that’s what advertisers have been telling me in TV commercials, print & pop-up advertisements and marketing emails for the past two weeks. ENOUGH ALREADY!

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I’m not sure if I’m more annoyed by the barrage of “what to get mom?” ads or why we only get one lousy, stinking day out of the year to honor all the millions of things we do for our families. I’m thinking moms should be celebrated every day, but hey, I’d even settle for the second Sunday of every month!  My thinking here is that if there was more than one day out of the entire year to “celebrate” mom, husbands and kids could avoid all the pressure and stress of finding the perfect gift for the woman who takes care of them all year round!

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The Laundry Rules Have Changed – Purex No Sort for Colors Detergent Review & Giveaway

It’s no secret that I love doing laundry. I guess I enjoy the routine of the process – the sorting and the folding. I can get pretty obsessive sometimes sorting my laundry. I make piles of darks, semi-darks, whites, brights, towels and delicates. Every once in a while a stray item gets tossed in the wrong pile and suddenly a nice white t-shirt is turned into a red one or a dark sock gets in a load of whites and suddenly everything is gray.

THM_PurexNoSortForColors_2Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to worry about sorting your laundry or what detergent to use and just toss everything in one big load in the washing machine?  The laundry rules have changed and you can with Purex® No Sort™ for Colors detergent.

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Eggplant Parm Roll-Ups, A New Tra-Dish With Ragú

I’ve always loved my Italian heritage. To me, it means strong values rooted in both family and food and those are traditions The Hubs and I are passing to our own kidlets! Ragú® recently challenged bloggers to put their own spin on one of their classic dishes to create, what they call, a #NewTraDish for their families. I decided to take on their Eggplant Parmesan recipe and gave it a healthier twist by not frying or breading the eggplant.

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My Eggplant Parm Roll-Ups are super easy for either a kitchen vet or newbie chef to create! Using Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce, which is made with 11 ripe juicy tomatoes making it richest, thickest recipe*, means you won’t need to slave over the stove all day to create a flavorful sauce. You can put this entire meal together in about an hour – so it’s the perfect weeknight recipe to make and enjoy.

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