5 Things You Need To Know About…Back To School

THM-5-Things-To-Know-About-BTSWhy does it always seem like summer just flies by – well, at least according to my kidlets!

A new school year is just around the corner here in the Northeast – in about two weeks!  For the first time we’ll be heading back to school BEFORE Labor Day – a rarity in this part of the country.

Switching from the laid-back “fun in the sun” of summer to rules, homework, and new routines can be a big challenge not only for children, but for us parents too! However, with a little preparation and the right attitude, getting back into the school routine doesn’t have to be so hard.

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Leaving A Lasting Legacy For My Kids #ShareYourLegacy

Walt Disney Records, Disney, The Legacy Collection, The Lion King, #DisneySide, #ShareYourLegacy, Sweepstakes, H2O+, #ENMNSometimes when The Hubs and I kick back and enjoy a good glass of wine, we get existential.

We talk about our place in the world and what our lasting legacy will be.

Everyone of us who has ever lived on this planet leaves a legacy. Our very existence on this planet has an impact, sometimes good, sometimes bad, whether we intend it to or not.

As we sit there sipping our wine, we often ask each other the question, “how do you want to be remembered?” The more important follow up question we ask is, “how do you want to be remembered by our children?”

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Enjoy the Jersey Shore This Summer and Be a #JenksMemory Maker {VIP Voucher #Giveaway}

JenksMemoryMakerButton-250x250Growing up I spent all of my summers at the Jersey Shore. I don’t think there’s a better way to spend a beautiful, sunny summer day than laying out on a towel on the sand and enjoying some cool waves during the day and then walking the boards and going on amusement rides at night. To this day, every time I visit the Jersey Shore I flashback to my childhood….

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Making an Impression at Blogger Bash 2015 #BBNYC

A few weeks ago I had the awesome privilege of attending Blogger Bash 2015 (#bbnyc) in NYC.


There are all sorts of blogging conferences and conventions out there to attend each year, but this one is by far my favorite because it is the only conference that focuses on helping bloggers make true connections not only with brands, but with other bloggers as well.  It is a two-day fun and informative networking event.

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In Full Bloom With #MySummerStaycation

Doesn’t it seem like summer is just flying by?!

I can hardly believe that in a few days it will be August and summer will be half over! We haven’t even gone on our family vacation yet.  That trip is still a few weeks off. We’re going to Disney World, but shhhhh, it’s a secret…..so don’t tell my kidlets. Boy, are they going to be surprised when they find out!

Anyway, the kidlets are having having a blast so far this summer between camp, playing in the pool and hanging out with their besties, but The Hubs and I haven’t been able to catch a break!

Usually the summer is slow for us, but this year we each have projects that have us working overtime. We haven’t had a chance to slow down and enjoy the summer so far…..

I’ll be honest; sometimes when I’m sitting in a meeting at work I’m actually day-dreaming of being in a tropical paradise surrounded by crystal blue waters and sandy beaches or out in the country where all you can see for miles are rolling fields of greens and lakes.


AHHH, doesn’t that sound so peaceful and tranquil?!

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Planning the Perfect Disney-Themed Party – Review of The Ultimate Disney Party Book

Everyone loves a pTHM-Ultimate-Disney-Party-Book-Birthday-Party-Timearty and there’s nothing more exciting for a kid than the one celebrating their own birthday!

For them, it’s all about the cake, the friends, the games and, of course, the presents!
For the parents though, planning a successful party can be a challenge. Keeping things fun, delicious, active and easy without breaking the bank – can be tricky, and even more so if you want to throw a themed birthday party.

It’s not hard to go both overboard and over-budget on your quest to buy the right decorations, eat the best food, have entertainment and fun favors.

However, with a little creativity and do-it-yourself spirit, it is possible to plan a spectacular kids’ themed birthday celebration without spending big bucks.

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Why Weight?

When I look in the mirror, I truly love the person who is looking back at me, but I don’t necessarily love what I see.

scaleweightlossI’m talking about my weight.

Weight hasn’t always been an issue for me.   As a child and well into my 20s, I could eat or drink practically anything and not worry about gaining a pound because I was pretty active – always on the go and doing something, playing sports and even working out (yes, it’s true!).

It wasn’t until I hit my 30s that I started packing on the pounds. That’s when I started leading a more sedentary life. I got married, bought a home and started a family. I spent my days in an office, sitting at a desk, and my evenings and weekends are spent tending to my husband and kids.   I was either too tired or too busy with household chores to be “active.”

Now some of my weight gain is tied to genetics, but I realize that it’s mostly because I, like many other people, tend to overeat.   I have a bad habit of using food as a response to life’s daily events. I eat when I’m stressed, tired, sad, bored, but also when I’m happy and being social.

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How Do You Handle Stress? #IHeartTiramisu


THM-Dannon-Light-Fit-Greek-Tiramisu-Yogut-StressedHow do you handle stress?

Some people are good at coping with it. I’ve asked friends how they deal with stress and I’ve gotten a range of answers. Some go the workout route – going for runs, playing tennis or even hitting a bucket of golf balls at a the driving range.  Others are more introspective and write in journals, garden or knit.


I respond to stress by reaching for sweets or comfort foods – and lots of them. I love eating things like chocolate, cookies, candy, ice cream and worst of all, carbs.

Now, while these “indulgences” might be delicious, it always leads me to consuming empty calories that I regret later, especially when I look at my waistline!

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5 Things You Need To Know About….Ticks

THM-5-Things-Know-About-Ticks-Tick-SmartThis week’s 5 Things You Need to Know About column is talking all about ticks. Where ticks live, how to avoid bites and what to do if you happen to get bitten….

Summertime means outdoor play, hiking and gardening. But it can also mean tick bites. Ticks are common throughout the United States. They live outdoors in grass, trees, shrubs, leaf piles and wild animals.

Ticks are small, blood-sucking bugs. They can range in size from as small as a pin’s head to as large as a pencil eraser. They have eight legs and can range in color from shades of brown to reddish-brown and black.

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Learning From The Hand That Feeds You – A Cooking Lesson For My Son Courtesy of “Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes”

THM-Dads-Book-of-Awesome-Recipes-CookbookToday’s post comes courtesy of The Hubs aka Tyler.  It has been a while since he’s done a review, so when a copy of Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes by Mike Adamick arrived on our doorstep, I knew this would be perfect for him – I mean, he is a dad and likes to cook….

So take it away Tyler….


As a dad with nearly 8 years under my belt, I’ve found that kids are really good doing at least one thing….eating!

Not everything put on their plate, mind you, but their favorites — usually anything involving cheese, peanut butter, or some type of breaded chicken object shaped like a dinosaur, Minion or something similar. My kids love breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, although my son is not to partial to any kind of vegetables. His sister, on the other hand, is game to try anything, at least once.  She even tried daddy’s special hot sauce-infused potato chips. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, kiddo!

Since I think a lot about food, and they think a lot about food, I thought it would probably be a good idea that I move them away from this abstract notion that things to eat magically appear.

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