22 03, 2017

Doing my best to raise my kids so they want to leave my nest

By | March 22, 2017|Family, Featured|0 Comments

When you're someone like me, someone with depression and anxiety, it's easier to close myself off. Hide from the world. It's something I never want my kids to ever do. I'm doing my best to raise my kids so they want to leave my nest. Crazy thought, right? Not really. Let me try to explain.... [...]

20 03, 2017

Transform shortbread cookies into a pie crust for any pie

By | March 20, 2017|Food, Reviews|0 Comments

Transform shortbread cookies into a pie crust for any pie? I know what you're thinking, Staci has lost her mind. She's BAKING? It's impossible. Folks, I'm serious. I love these dang Walkers Shortbread Fingers so much, I've decided to reach outside my comfort zone. It's time to bake. I promise I didn't lost my mind, [...]

15 03, 2017

FiOS helps me watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

By | March 15, 2017|Lifestyle|0 Comments

FiOS helps me watch the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Every year I try to watch bits and pieces of New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade. I've been told I have some Irish in me, by way of my Australian roots. Plus, I just love seeing all the marching bands full of kids, getting to [...]

13 03, 2017

Easter dinner debate happening in many households: lamb vs. ham

By | March 13, 2017|Food|0 Comments

Easter dinner debate happening in many households right now: lamb vs. ham. Do we serve a lamb for Easter dinner, or do we go with the ham? Perhaps, we do both to make all guests happy? In our house, ham wasn't an option. We always had lamb, and I'm happy to say, it's my favorite, [...]

8 03, 2017

Corned beef recipes for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

By | March 8, 2017|Food|0 Comments

Corned beef recipes for St. Patrick's Day celebrations don't always require cabbage with them. It's why I like to mix it up a bit, find a bit of both. Let's face it, the main star of corned beef and cabbage is always corned beef, right? However, I didn't totally leave out a couple of awesome [...]

6 03, 2017

Temporary cellulite reduction with THERMIsmooth® body

By | March 6, 2017|Lifestyle|0 Comments

Temporary cellulite reduction sounds like a crazy concept, I know. However, it's something people are doing. How are people doing this? It's done with THERMIsmooth® body, and I'm jumping on the train to reduce my fat cells! Even better? I'm sharing my journey with all of you, so you'll know the truth behind this new [...]

1 03, 2017

Forget what you feel, remember what you deserve

By | March 1, 2017|Featured, Lifestyle|0 Comments

I don't know who said this, or wrote it, but I read it recently and it caused a light bulb to go off atop my head. Sometimes you must forget what you feel and remember what you deserve. Just, read that again, sometimes you must forget what you feel and remember what you deserve. Shit's deep, [...]

27 02, 2017

Winter Depression – it’s a form of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

By | February 27, 2017|Featured, Lifestyle|0 Comments

Winter depression. It's not all in your head. It's a form of SAD, which is an acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD can happen during any season, honestly. It just happens for most people each year during the same season. An example? I find the winter blues hit me about mid-December. Days are shorter, and [...]

20 02, 2017

Music provides therapy for my depression

By | February 20, 2017|Lifestyle|2 Comments

Music provides therapy for my depression every, single, solitary day. Music. It's been something I've loved since I was a little girl. I grew up listening to oldies stations, as well as whatever was current each year. It was "church" to me. Elvis Presley. Cher. Bette Midler. Sinatra. Whatever my parents loved, we listened to [...]

15 02, 2017

Blossom Baby Expo for parents and the children they love

By | February 15, 2017|Family, Featured, Long Island|2 Comments

Blossom Baby Expo for parents and the children they love is coming to Long Island on February 26, 2017. I remember when I was having my first child, Little Miss. She was a total surprise, and I had NO CLUE what I was supposed to buy, let alone what the best of those something's were. [...]

14 02, 2017

Pairing people with pooches on Z Living’s newest show Finding Fido

By | February 14, 2017|Featured, November Sunflower Entertainment|0 Comments

Pairing people with pooches on Z Living's newest Tuesday night show, Finding Fido, is something I'd wish I'd come up with. I'm not even going to hide the fact that I wish I'd thought of this concept for a show. It's awesome. How often do people get a dog, without doing research, and the dog [...]

13 02, 2017

Wedding weight loss transformations happen on Z Living’s new show Altar’d

By | February 13, 2017|Featured, November Sunflower Entertainment|0 Comments

Wedding weight loss transformations happen on Z Living's show Altar'd, and an important episode plays on Valentine's Day at 8 PM. Much of my life was spent overweight. Right before I was to be married, I was a little heavier again. I'd had Little Miss in November of 2006, and my wedding date was a mere [...]

8 02, 2017

Forget the box of chocolates – give me Walkers Shortbread’s NEW chocolate line

By | February 8, 2017|Featured, Food|0 Comments

Forget the box of chocolates for Valentine's Day! Give me Walkers Shortbread's NEW chocolate line to help me celebrate in chocolatey, shortbread-ery decadence. I'm a simple girl, and honestly food is the best way to my heart. Especially when the new Walkers Shortbread chocolate line has shortbread with not just chocolate, but also toffee. I [...]

6 02, 2017

Don’t take depression on all on your own! Find a therapist.

By | February 6, 2017|Featured, Lifestyle|4 Comments

Don't take depression on all on your own. Find a therapist. It's the best advice I can give, as someone who has tried doing it not only alone, but also with a therapist. The better way? Bringing on the help of a solid therapist that fits with you. Depression is more than sadness. It's a [...]

1 02, 2017

Spending VDay with Verizon FiOS & my 5 favorite Valentine’s Day movies

By | February 1, 2017|Featured, Lifestyle|0 Comments

Spending Valentine's Day with Verizon FiOS watching my 5 favorite Valentine's Day movies means perfection, to me. I'm not a big fan of the day, whether in a romantic relationship, or not. It's never been a big holiday for me. I much prefer hanging at home, and watching movies while I eat all my favorite [...]

30 01, 2017

Talking to others about depression results in a variety of reactions

By | January 30, 2017|Lifestyle|0 Comments

Talking to others about depression results in a variety of reactions. Some of the reactions are kind. Other reactions are.... how do I put this? Well, let's just say after we've parted ways I wonder how they tie their shoes each day without help. I'm not judging them for their reaction, I'm legit perplexed. You'd [...]

25 01, 2017

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® party cakes for the little moments we celebrate

By | January 25, 2017|Featured, Food, Reviews|0 Comments

Disclosure: The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s® Little Bites® so that I could try they product, and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s® Little Bites®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own, and don’t reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s® Little Bites®. Entenmann’s® Little Bites® [...]

23 01, 2017

Living with depression takes unbelievable strength

By | January 23, 2017|Featured, Lifestyle|0 Comments

Living with depression takes unbelievable strength. Many think it's something that makes all of us out here, dealing with depression, weak. They are mistaken. Not many can handle the feeling of drowning all day, yet get up every day, and live their lives. Yes, living life isn't just about the happy times, it's about the hard [...]

18 01, 2017

Tips for shopping for a stylish man’s wedding ring

By | January 18, 2017|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Tips for shopping for a stylish man’s wedding ring

Typically, weddings are so focused on the bride. The choice of a wedding ring for the groom is usually glossed over. Why? Well, the impression of most of society: he's not interested in the details. However, many fashion-conscious men today embrace finger rings as an important fashion accessory. Men want rings to match not only [...]

16 01, 2017

Mothering through the depression one day at a time

By | January 16, 2017|Family, Featured|Comments Off on Mothering through the depression one day at a time

Prior to being a mother, depression hit me throughout my life. I can safely say, it's far more heart breaking to live with depression after your children arrive. Before kids, I didn't even know it was depression. I just thought I was sad for extended periods of time, and I was a loner who felt [...]

11 01, 2017

Ladies weekend in Rochester New York has to include a spa visit

By | January 11, 2017|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Ladies weekend in Rochester New York has to include a spa visit

Rochester is filled with history, but it's also filled with fun stuff to do with your gal pals! A ladies weekend in Rochester New York has to include a spa visit, and of course, stops at the famous Wegmans that started it all! Plus, the Rochester Public Market, when the weather is nice. Truthfully, I'd [...]

9 01, 2017

Depression is unique to each person living and dealing with it

By | January 9, 2017|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Depression is unique to each person living and dealing with it

Depression is unique to each person living, and dealing, with it. Each of us out here, going through our journey with depression, aren't the same. We may share similar thoughts, but like snowflakes, we're all different. Depression is unique to each person living and dealing with it Realizing I suffer from depression has been a long [...]

4 01, 2017

Treat your worst symptoms during cold season with Advil® Cold & Sinus *Giveaway*

By | January 4, 2017|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Treat your worst symptoms during cold season with Advil® Cold & Sinus *Giveaway*

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.  When I get a cold, it always ends up causing me unbelievable pain in my sinuses. Pressure builds up, everything backs up, and the next thing I know I’ve got a burning feeling every time I breathe through my nose. The pain goes all the way [...]

2 01, 2017

Something I’ve never shared about myself, until now

By | January 2, 2017|Featured, Lifestyle|6 Comments

You've all gotten to know me over the years. I rarely hold back anything I'm thinking, and some have told me I have no filter. Personally, I prefer to live my life knowing I'm speaking from my heart; writing my truth. I come from a place of good intentions, and sure, at times, it might [...]

30 12, 2016

National Shortbread Day arrives on January 6th

By | December 30, 2016|Featured, Food, Reviews|Comments Off on National Shortbread Day arrives on January 6th

National Shortbread Day arrives on January 6th. Were you aware there was an actual National Shortbread Day? I know I wasn't, and I'm a big fan of shortbread. I have grown up on Walkers Shortbread. Now, with my kids, I've got tins filled with crayons, markers, and colored pencils, because you never throw out a Walkers [...]

28 12, 2016

All around Rochester exploring the world of play, art and George Eastman

By | December 28, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on All around Rochester exploring the world of play, art and George Eastman

All around Rochester exploring the world of play, art and George Eastman, is one of my favorite experiences since starting my travel writing. Don't get me wrong, San Diego, and New York City, are my favorite cities for obvious reasons. However, Rochester has become a place I never expected to fall so deeply in love with. [...]

26 12, 2016

Eating my way through beautiful Rochester in Western New York

By | December 26, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Eating my way through beautiful Rochester in Western New York

Eating my way through beautiful Rochester in Western New York didn't cover nearly enough food, so I plan on heading back in 2017! I got a tease of a taste, a little amuse bouche, if you will. Next trip up, I'm hitting the BBQ places, but this time definitely wet my whistle for a lot [...]

23 12, 2016

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the entire Sunflower Family

By | December 23, 2016|Featured, Off Topic|2 Comments

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the entire Sunflower Family. Now, that doesn't mean just me, the kids, etc. It also means the guest writers I've had throughout the year, along with those who work behind the scenes on my website! Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from the entire Sunflower Family I'm [...]

21 12, 2016

Wii U Skylanders Imaginators gets two thumbs up from The Boy

By | December 21, 2016|Featured, Reviews|Comments Off on Wii U Skylanders Imaginators gets two thumbs up from The Boy

Wii U Skylanders Imaginators gets two thumbs up from The Boy. The issue I have with it? I don't understand anything about it, and The Boy's addiction to this Skylanders franchise is freakishly strong. As much as I try, and try, and tryyyyy, I just don't get the fascination. I pressed The Boy for what [...]