22 03, 2017

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

By | 2017-07-23T12:57:04+00:00 March 22, 2017|Family, Featured|Comments Off on Doing my best to raise my kids so they want to leave my nest

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.... [...]

1 03, 2017

Forget what you feel, remember what you deserve

By | 2017-02-22T18:21:58+00:00 March 1, 2017|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Forget what you feel, remember what you deserve

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, [...]

15 02, 2017

Blossom Baby Expo for parents and the children they love

By | 2017-03-18T18:44:19+00:00 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 | 2017-02-14T10:38:05+00:00 February 14, 2017|Featured, November Sunflower Entertainment|Comments Off on Pairing people with pooches on Z Living’s newest show Finding Fido

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 | 2017-02-14T10:41:38+00:00 February 13, 2017|Featured, November Sunflower Entertainment|Comments Off on Wedding weight loss transformations happen on Z Living’s new show Altar’d

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 | 2017-01-23T10:03:38+00:00 February 8, 2017|Featured, Food|Comments Off on Forget the box of chocolates – give me Walkers Shortbread’s NEW chocolate line

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 [...]

1 02, 2017

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

By | 2017-02-03T21:33:34+00:00 February 1, 2017|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Spending VDay with Verizon FiOS & my 5 favorite Valentine’s Day movies

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 [...]

25 01, 2017

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

By | 2017-01-23T12:47:41+00:00 January 25, 2017|Featured, Food, Reviews|Comments Off on Entenmann’s® Little Bites® party cakes for the little moments we celebrate

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® [...]

18 01, 2017

Tips for shopping for a stylish man’s wedding ring

By | 2017-01-11T08:29:26+00:00 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 [...]

11 01, 2017

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

By | 2016-12-21T16:58:05+00:00 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 [...]

4 01, 2017

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

By | 2016-12-12T20:52:05+00:00 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 [...]

30 12, 2016

National Shortbread Day arrives on January 6th

By | 2016-12-28T14:46:16+00:00 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 | 2016-12-28T11:03:09+00:00 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 | 2016-12-07T09:56:22+00:00 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 | 2016-12-06T08:09:03+00:00 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 | 2016-12-07T09:56:06+00:00 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 [...]

19 12, 2016

Minecraft Xbox One S console & other Minecraft products at Best Buy

By | 2016-11-30T08:08:37+00:00 December 19, 2016|Featured, Shopping In-store & Online|Comments Off on Minecraft Xbox One S console & other Minecraft products at Best Buy

Minecraft Xbox One S console is available at Best Buy. I've heard many parents saying their kids put it on the old Christmas list, because, you know, Minecraft <insert exasperated sarcastic tone here.> Seriously, it's all my son thinks about. However, it could be worse. Minecraft is a decent game to be addicted to, as far [...]

16 12, 2016

Last minute gift requests are possible with Groupon Coupons

By | 2016-12-17T23:38:02+00:00 December 16, 2016|Featured, Shopping In-store & Online|Comments Off on Last minute gift requests are possible with Groupon Coupons

Last minute gift requests are possible with Groupon Coupons. Normally, my kids NEVER ask for anything. Doesn't matter the occasion, they never ask. Whatever I choose to purchase, and give to them, works for them every year. This year? Well, this year, my Little Miss has chosen to make last minute gift requests. I was [...]

14 12, 2016

Top names in show business on FiOS1 News new series Build

By | 2016-11-28T13:09:18+00:00 December 14, 2016|Featured, November Sunflower Entertainment|Comments Off on Top names in show business on FiOS1 News new series Build

Top names in show business on FiOS1 News new series Build, gives those of us who aren't able to keep up with all our favorite entertainers, a short and sweet half hour with our favorite stars. They give the 4-1-1 on what's hot, and what's trending in entertainment. Top names in show business on FiOS1 News [...]

12 12, 2016

The Strathallan Hotel located in the heart of Rochester’s cultural & historic districts

By | 2016-12-13T13:30:54+00:00 December 12, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on The Strathallan Hotel located in the heart of Rochester’s cultural & historic districts

The Strathallan Rochester is located in the heart of Rochester's cultural and historic districts, and since it's a DoubleTree by Hilton property, you get a warm cookie when you check-in. Sweet! Especially after realizing everything at the hotel closes up rather early on a Thursday night, and I've just landed at Greater Rochester International Airport. JetBlue [...]

7 12, 2016

Walking in the footsteps of the legendary Susan B Anthony

By | 2016-12-07T09:55:49+00:00 December 7, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Walking in the footsteps of the legendary Susan B Anthony

  Walking in the footsteps of the legendary Susan B. Anthony is one of the most powerful experiences any woman can have. The only thing that could have made my footsteps more powerful? Having my daughter with me, following the same path through history. One day, I'll bring her to take it all in. It's [...]

5 12, 2016

Brilliant with a side of personality: Ward Stare

By | 2016-12-04T13:28:46+00:00 December 5, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Brilliant with a side of personality: Ward Stare

Brilliant with a side of personality doesn't even cover Ward Stare. His talent is extraordinary, and the fact that he's from my home state of New York, brings a sense of pride. I'd have never known of him, or his talents, if not for my daughter's desire to play Viola for her school's orchestra. Go [...]

30 11, 2016

What you need to know when you want to remove a tattoo

By | 2016-11-16T09:36:06+00:00 November 30, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on What you need to know when you want to remove a tattoo

Tattoos have come a long way. From being marks of renegades, as well as outlaws, to being a cultural norm. However, people change. Trends, change, too. Sometimes a tattoo once cherished, and loved, becomes a nuisance. You've changed, some people have left your life and others came, and different things begin to matter more. Whatever [...]

28 11, 2016

Favorite treats delivered to my door by Baker’s Cousin

By | 2016-11-14T09:55:01+00:00 November 28, 2016|Featured, Food, Reviews|Comments Off on Favorite treats delivered to my door by Baker’s Cousin

Favorite treats delivered to my door by Baker's Cousin? How is that a thing? It's crazy, right? Baked, beautiful goodness shows up at my door each month.  Some of the most amazing bakers around sharing their recipes, too! Who doesn't want to know more about how to become a taster with Baker's Cousin? You're crazy [...]

23 11, 2016

The European Capital of Food Festivals

By | 2016-11-14T10:49:08+00:00 November 23, 2016|Featured, Food, Travel|Comments Off on The European Capital of Food Festivals

Photo Provided by Guest Writer, Chris Beattie. Készül a finom magyar dödölle. Kirakodóvásár. Fortuna utca. - Budai Vár, Budapest The European Capital of Food Festivals Over the last decade, Budapest has become one of the most popular tourist destinations. The growing number of tourists and foodies has made Budapest one of the top [...]

21 11, 2016

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego: when you want to live like a rock star

By | 2017-01-05T09:17:20+00:00 November 21, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Hard Rock Hotel San Diego: when you want to live like a rock star

Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. Yup, just like most cities, San Diego has a variety of neighborhoods, and sections. The Gaslamp Quarter happens to be one of my favorite places to hang out in, when I visit my beloved San Diego. It's got all the best restaurants, and we all know my love of all [...]

16 11, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016: thankful for so much this year

By | 2016-12-23T19:10:07+00:00 November 16, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Thanksgiving 2016: thankful for so much this year

Thanksgiving 2016 is one for the books. It's been a rough year, with a whole lot of downs. However, I'm so thankful for so much this year. I've learned to embrace the super simple things in life, to get me through each day. I take my days one at a time, and not plan too [...]

14 11, 2016

When did Thanksgiving become insignificant?

By | 2016-11-05T15:23:56+00:00 November 14, 2016|Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on When did Thanksgiving become insignificant?

When did Thanksgiving become insignificant? Recently, I made a trip to a brick and mortar store. It happens sometimes. I can't do all my shopping online, because lately, I've been super lazy about gift buying. I wait until last minute. While in the store, all the Christmas things were out and Christmas was playing while [...]

9 11, 2016

Gluten free desserts for Thanksgiving gatherings

By | 2016-10-27T17:43:00+00:00 November 9, 2016|Featured, Food|Comments Off on Gluten free desserts for Thanksgiving gatherings

Gluten free desserts for Thanksgiving gatherings isn't something I ever thought I'd be writing about. Gluten has never been an issue for me, until recently. It seems I have a bit of an issue with gluten. I'm not suffering from Celiac, however, my body seems to have some kind of sensitivity to it. GLORIOUS. Thanksgiving [...]

7 11, 2016

Fresh ingredients to cook at home with Home Chef delivery service

By | 2016-10-26T18:57:07+00:00 November 7, 2016|Featured, Food, Reviews|Comments Off on Fresh ingredients to cook at home with Home Chef delivery service

Fresh ingredients to cook at home? Cooking? ME in the kitchen? We all know it's one of my least favorite things to do in life. As I do more of it though, and the kids help in the kitchen, it's not as bad these days. Don't roll your eyes, thinking I'm blowing sunshine up your butts. [...]