About Staci Gerardi

Staci loves to write, and loves to share her "take" on everything thrown her way. Movies, entertainment, food, fashion, shopping, money, travel and family. There's nothing off limits at NovemberSunflower.com, and Staci's always telling it like it is: good, bad, and all that lies in between!
7 09, 2016

All this time, I was wrong about Stew Leonard’s

By | September 7, 2016|Featured, Food|2 Comments

All this time, I was wrong about Stew Leonard's. For years, I thought it was a high priced, and out of our family's budget. I was so wrong! It's priced like most grocery stores my husband shops at, yet the quality of the meats, cheeses, seafood, and pretty much everything they sell, is high quality. [...]

31 08, 2016

Cooling towels help take care of your little athletes

By | August 31, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle, Reviews|Comments Off on Cooling towels help take care of your little athletes

I've got two little athletes in my home. If they're not playing golf, they're playing tennis. If they aren't playing tennis, one's out on the lacrosse field, while the other one's on the soccer field. Plus, they're in the dojo for Jiu Jitsu, and in the dance studio in Hip Hop classes. Athletes need to [...]

29 08, 2016

Eating my way through San Diego on the coast of California

By | August 29, 2016|Featured, Food, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Eating my way through San Diego on the coast of California

Eating my way through San Diego, right there on the coast of California, with a good friend....it doesn't get any better than food, and friends! At least, not for me. Especially when I need a little break from work, and being mom. During, and after, an amazing event Kia Motors invited me to, eating my way [...]

24 08, 2016

The New Kia: Which one do I want in my driveway?

By | August 24, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle, Reviews|1 Comment

I'm no car expert, I just know what I like. Around here, I share what I like, and what I like, is Kia. Which Kia do I want parked in my driveway from the new Kia line-up I just experienced in San Diego, with an outstanding group of Kia executives? Is it too much to [...]

22 08, 2016

Simple back to school lunch and snack ideas that won’t cause parent stress

By | August 22, 2016|Featured, Food|1 Comment

Let's be brutally honest here, packing lunches every day is the worst chore on the planet. I don't know how these moms can do the fun shaped sandwiches, and beautiful bento boxes. I need simple back to school lunch and snack ideas that won't cause stress. Listen, I don't want to cry out of frustration, [...]

17 08, 2016

Achieving work-life balance is easier with help from others

By | August 17, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Achieving work-life balance is easier with help from others

Achieving work-life balance is easier with help from others. Working from home is a lot easier when you've got a team to help out. It helps keep the work-life balance a little less about work, and a little more about life....SOMETIMES. It's not always possible to have the perfect balance. Asking for, and receiving help, [...]

15 08, 2016

Heading back to school with a little help from Momtrends

By | August 15, 2016|Featured, Shopping In-store & Online|Comments Off on Heading back to school with a little help from Momtrends

Heading back to school with a little help from Momtrends is always a great start to the school year. Little Miss loves to have new, trend-setting goodies, to start off her school year. She's heading into her final year of elementary school [give me a moment, I still can't believe she's going into fifth grade.] [...]

11 08, 2016

Win free ice cream for a year at Häagen-Dazs® Shop at Broadway Mall

By | August 11, 2016|Featured, Long Island|Comments Off on Win free ice cream for a year at Häagen-Dazs® Shop at Broadway Mall

Who wants the chance to win free ice cream for a year*? Not just any ice cream, my friends. We're talking velvety ice cream, with perfectly balanced flavors, in every last hand-pulled scoop! Is your  mouth watering yet? I sure hope so! What is it about Häagen-Dazs® ice cream that drew me in? Have you [...]

10 08, 2016

6 women’s fashion trends that’ll rock this coming fall

By | August 10, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|1 Comment

Fall’s almost coming and the fashion critics have already given in their word as to what’s going to be cool this winter. Here are some of the fashion trends we picked out from runway shows earlier this year. 6 women's fashion trends that'll rock this coming fall Statement fur There’s probably nothing that screams winter [...]

9 08, 2016

Free scoops of ice cream at Häagen-Dazs Shop grand opening on Long Island

By | August 9, 2016|Featured, Long Island|Comments Off on Free scoops of ice cream at Häagen-Dazs Shop grand opening on Long Island

Free scoops of ice cream are being given away this coming weekend, right on Long Island. Why? Long Island's getting a brand new Häagen-Dazs® ice cream shop in Hicksville! Are you ready for this? With shops across Long Island, Häagen-Dazs has finally hit Broadway Mall in Nassau County. Are you screaming for ice cream yet?   Free [...]

8 08, 2016

Introduce kids to American Author James Patterson with Treasure Hunters

By | August 8, 2016|Featured, November Sunflower Entertainment, Reviews|Comments Off on Introduce kids to American Author James Patterson with Treasure Hunters

James Patterson is one of the most well-known, and well-loved, authors in the world. I mean, he's a native of New York, so of course, he's fabulous, right? American authors like Patterson are few, and far between. However, his novels are too sophisticated for my kids. They aren't old enough to handle Alex Cross, and [...]

3 08, 2016

Family weekend getaway: what’s there to do in the Poconos?

By | August 3, 2016|Featured, Travel|Comments Off on Family weekend getaway: what’s there to do in the Poconos?

It's time for a family weekend getaway. Great. Now what? Where can one go that's close enough to drive to, without the kids losing their minds in the car? The answer? The Poconos in Pennsylvania! It's one of the best places to visit in Pennsylvania for families, (or couples.) Plus, the drive to Pennsylvania is [...]

1 08, 2016

Stay fresher longer with Summer’s Eve®

By | August 1, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Stay fresher longer with Summer’s Eve®

Attending events in New York City during the hot, humid summer, can make a girl feel….let’s just say, unfresh. I know it’s probably not a word, but go with it. I start fresh in the morning, on my way to the event. However, it ends quickly. I find that I can stay fresher longer with [...]

27 07, 2016

10 things to know about your vacation car rental

By | July 27, 2016|Featured, Travel|2 Comments

It's time to plan your big vacation, which means thinking about your vacation car rental. The last thing you want to do is rack up mileage on your own car, at least that's what Mr. Sunflower says to me before I start vacation plans! Or, perhaps, you need a larger car than what you’ve got. [...]

25 07, 2016

Picnic essentials: a guide to pack the perfect picnic basket

By | July 25, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Picnic essentials: a guide to pack the perfect picnic basket

Picnics are an essential part of summer, aren't they? If you're heading out to enjoy a picnic, you'll need to know how to pack the perfect picnic basket. You never want to leave out the picnic essentials that'll make your picnic stand out from all the rest. What are the picnic essentials needed for the perfect [...]

20 07, 2016

Our life on FiOS has been a blessing

By | July 20, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Our life on FiOS has been a blessing

Usually, when people think about television, internet and phone, services, they don't consider what a blessing they can be. Our life on FiOS has been a blessing since the start of 2016. It's brought much joy through the music I stream online using FiOS's fiber optics. It's brought the kids, and I, much needed down [...]

18 07, 2016

Weekend getaway at Mount Airy Casino Resort

By | July 18, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Weekend getaway at Mount Airy Casino Resort

Weekend getaway at Mount Airy Casino Resort? My first thought was "what happened to the lodge I grew up seeing commercials for when I was a kid?" I had no idea it had been torn down, and this new Mount Airy Casino Resort took up residence next to a beautiful golf course. It might be [...]

13 07, 2016

Beach day must-haves for the summer

By | July 13, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Beach day must-haves for the summer

It's summer vacation, and it's time to not just pack up the car for summer adventures, but also time to gather all the key things you need for your beach day with must-haves for the summertime. The question is, what are beach day must-haves, and where can everyone find these must-haves? I'm here to help! Where [...]

11 07, 2016

Cocoon by Sealy : What it’s been like on #TeamSoft

By | July 11, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle, Reviews|3 Comments

Sleeping isn't something I seem to have an easy time with. I've got too much on my mind, and no matter how exhausted I am at the end of the day, I still have a hard time falling asleep. It doesn't help that Mr. Sunflower snores. It also didn't help our mattress was a total [...]

6 07, 2016

Repurpose items to help with common household needs

By | July 6, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Repurpose items to help with common household needs

You have a home, sometimes you have household needs. Some household needs are huge, like a new roof. Some household issues are small, like fruit flies. Instead of spending a ton of cash on the smaller household needs, consider unique ways to repurpose items in your house. Even the simplest household items can be used in [...]

4 07, 2016

Our Independence Day is different this year

By | July 4, 2016|Family, Featured|2 Comments

If you've been with me for a bit of time, you know Independence Day is my favorite holiday. There's something about 4th of July I've always loved: food. Kidding. Well, half kidding. I love sausage, burgers, hot dogs, and chips. Being outside, having my brother, and usually my father, grilling on the BBQ, and surrounded [...]

29 06, 2016

Best summer cocktails starring the pineapple

By | June 29, 2016|Featured, Food|Comments Off on Best summer cocktails starring the pineapple

It's summer vacation! If you're like me, you've got your kids with you all day. A fact which led me to go in search of the best summer cocktails to enjoy after the kids are in bed. Or, before they go to bed. Basically, once you don't have to drive anyone anywhere, it's time for your [...]

27 06, 2016

Fight the aging process with Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System

By | June 27, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle, Reviews|Comments Off on Fight the aging process with Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System

One of my flaws in life? Fear of aging. I've always been mistaken for being much younger than I actually am. Granted, it was a bit annoying when I was younger. NOW? I'm fighting tooth, and nail, to keep the aging process from walking across my face! It seems to be leaving fine lines, and [...]

25 06, 2016

Car essentials for summer adventures

By | June 25, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|2 Comments

Car essentials for summer adventures aren't always the first thing you think about once the kids are out of school. Your first thought is probably "dang, what am I going to do with these kids all day, now that they're home for summer vacation?" Trust me, I always wait until the kids are already out [...]

22 06, 2016

How to wake up with a gorgeous face every day

By | June 22, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on How to wake up with a gorgeous face every day

No matter if you have an important meeting with your business partners, or you just want to look fabulous for yourself, it's important to feel beautiful in your own skin. It can be difficult to achieve that feeling of beauty, especially when you don't have time for a fifteen step skin care regime. Don't worry! There's simple [...]

20 06, 2016

Cocoon by Sealy – will it be my happy place?

By | June 20, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle, Reviews|Comments Off on Cocoon by Sealy – will it be my happy place?

Sleep. It's always an issue for me. I've got a new pillow, which has been extremely helpful. However, our very old mattress was another issue. When Cocoon by Sealy asked me to check out their newest mattress, I was all-in. How could I resist, right? I'm all for trying anything I can to help me [...]

15 06, 2016

Creating meaningful family time with FiOS

By | June 15, 2016|Featured, November Sunflower Entertainment|Comments Off on Creating meaningful family time with FiOS

We're creating meaningful family time with FiOS every day. However, earlier this month, the kids truly appreciated mommy's dedication to their love for dancing! Little Miss and The Boy are dancers. Yup, that's right, BOTH dance. Little Miss has studied ballet, tap, and hip hop. She's now only doing hip hop, while her brother started [...]

13 06, 2016

Tips for hosting a killer 4th of July outdoor party

By | June 13, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|2 Comments

Growing up, my parents threw the annual 4th of July celebration every year. We missed two over the years. Just two. Noooo, I'm not sharing how many years I've been helping them with their 4th of July outdoor party. Just know I've got more than 20+ years of experience, and the tips here will help [...]

11 06, 2016

Nothing says 4th of July like kebabs

By | June 11, 2016|Featured, Food|Comments Off on Nothing says 4th of July like kebabs

Nothing says 4th of July like kebabs, right? Food on a handy stick, served for appetizers, main dishes, and dessert - what could be better? I'll tell you what could be better: nothing! I've scoured the internet, okay, not the entire internet, but rather Pinterest, for outstanding recipes for kebabs. You know you want to [...]