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!
10 10, 2016

Positive changes LASIK eye surgery has made in my life

By | October 10, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Positive changes LASIK eye surgery has made in my life

Never had to wear glasses? You'll probably not understand the positive changes LASIK eye surgery has made in my life. Contact lenses can help some people, for sure. However, for me, they were never an option. Putting contacts in, then taking them out, every day, sent  me into panic attacks. Plus, long term, the expense? [...]

5 10, 2016

Sonic skin cleansing brushes by Beauty 360 can be found at CVS

By | October 5, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle, Reviews|Comments Off on Sonic skin cleansing brushes by Beauty 360 can be found at CVS

Sonic skin cleansing brushes are my new boring girl beauty pick of the year! Especially when it comes to my face, because my hands aren't efficient to remove all the dirt from my face. Nor is a face cloth, if I'm being honest. I'm a simple girl, a boring girl, if you please. I don't [...]

3 10, 2016

6 Unique money-saving practices for disciplined shoppers

By | October 3, 2016|Featured, Shopping In-store & Online|1 Comment

A common prelude to most articles on spending and saving is the emphasis placed only on the economic implications that you will suffer if you overspend. This is true. Many people have filed for bankruptcy because of their poor spending and saving habits. What writers and analysts fail to mention to you is the health [...]

28 09, 2016

Why I chose LASIK eye surgery to correct my vision

By | September 28, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Why I chose LASIK eye surgery to correct my vision

Why I chose LASIK eye surgery to correct my vision is not a simple answer. So many factors contributed to my desire to have my vision corrected with LASIK eye surgery 12 years ago. The impetus that started it all? The need for freedom! Freedom from my glasses. Sounds simple, right? It's not!   Why I chose [...]

26 09, 2016

Behind the Scenes: Being okay with not being a bigger success

By | September 26, 2016|Family, Featured|Comments Off on Behind the Scenes: Being okay with not being a bigger success

I often look at my counterparts, and am overwhelmed with pride. It means the world to me to know others in my field are making it big. When I'm asked why I'm not as "big" as certain others, I always smile. I'm a huge success in so many ways, the biggest one is being a [...]

21 09, 2016

Joules adds a pop of color to rain season

By | September 21, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle, Reviews|Comments Off on Joules adds a pop of color to rain season

Joules adds a pop of color to rain season, for sure. Honestly, there's no real rain season in New York anymore. There's no real "season" of anything. It all seems to be crazy, strange, out of season weather phenomena. When the rains do come? They hit like mother nature has something to prove to the [...]

19 09, 2016

Another city, another chance to experience amazing food: Long Beach

By | September 19, 2016|Featured, Food, Travel|Comments Off on Another city, another chance to experience amazing food: Long Beach

Another city, another chance to experience amazing food. This is Long Beach! It's not the Long Beach in my native New York, either. It's the Long Beach on the other side of this beautiful country, out in sunny California. Another city, another chance to experience amazing food: Long Beach I've said it before, and I'll [...]

14 09, 2016

WiFi dead spots come to life with a Network Extender

By | September 14, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on WiFi dead spots come to life with a Network Extender

WiFi dead spots come to life with a network extender, when you're lucky enough to have Verizon FiOS! We all suffer from connectivity issues, it's just how life is when relying on so much technology, right? I'm not sure if anything in our home is hard wired to the internet anymore. It's all centered around [...]

12 09, 2016

Sometimes you just need a little sparkle in your….water?

By | September 12, 2016|Featured, Food|Comments Off on Sometimes you just need a little sparkle in your….water?

Sometimes you just need a little sparkle in your....water? Go with me on this, for a minute. Trust me! My family drinks a lot of water, but there are days the kids need a little something extra. Normally, I succumb to the pressure, and hand over juice pouches, so they shut up don't complain. To [...]

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 [...]