8 05, 2017

Disney MagicBand gets a much needed update in 2017

By | 2017-05-08T08:01:06+00:00 May 8, 2017|Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Disney MagicBand gets a much needed update in 2017

Disney MagicBand gets a much needed update in 2017. MagicBands is still only available at Walt Disney World in Orlando, and after the first generation of bands, it's nice to see the update done this year. What were once super uncomfortable to wear all day, are now more flexible on your wrist, but that's just [...]

3 05, 2017

Beyond the Margarita: Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Recipes

By | 2017-04-26T09:31:10+00:00 May 3, 2017|Food|Comments Off on Beyond the Margarita: Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Recipes

Nothing against the awesome Margaritas out there, but sometimes you just need to go beyond the margarita and explore new Cinco de Mayo cocktail recipes! Branch out for the big day, and since it falls on a Friday this year, it'll probably extend throughout the weekend, right? Spice it up, and really go all out [...]

1 05, 2017

Gifts Moms will love. If she doesn’t, too bad, these are all customized!

By | 2017-04-26T09:30:47+00:00 May 1, 2017|Shopping In-store & Online|Comments Off on Gifts Moms will love. If she doesn’t, too bad, these are all customized!

Gifts Moms will love. If she doesn't, too bad, these are all customized! We all know we try every year to get the perfect gift for our mother, and more often than not, from the look on her face, you fail. It is what it is. This year, she'll have to love something from this [...]

26 04, 2017

Reducing stomach cellulite with THERMIsmooth® body

By | 2017-06-08T12:28:19+00:00 April 26, 2017|Lifestyle, Long Island, Reviews|2 Comments

Reducing stomach cellulite with THERMIsmooth® body has been an interesting process, that's for sure. I'm six treatments into my eight scheduled treatments, and I'm enjoying the treatments themselves. I get 40 minutes of a warm, belly massage. I relax, chat with Nurse Lauren, and don't touch my phone, so my work each Monday isn't nagging [...]

24 04, 2017

Comfort in the panic, depression and anxiety. It’s what I know.

By | 2017-06-01T12:25:32+00:00 April 24, 2017|Depression|Comments Off on Comfort in the panic, depression and anxiety. It’s what I know.

Comfort in the panic, depression and anxiety. The goal each day as I live with depression, is to "get better." However, sometimes, there's comfort in the panic, depression and anxiety. It's what I know. I retreat back into it, because I need to, in order to get through certain things. Sounds bizarre, I know. Trust [...]

19 04, 2017

Family tiny homes: what are they and why are they interesting for families?

By | 2017-03-31T09:08:03+00:00 April 19, 2017|Lifestyle|Comments Off on Family tiny homes: what are they and why are they interesting for families?

Family tiny homes: what are they and why are they interesting for families? When starting a family, most people think of moving into a big space. Family tiny homes, on the contrary, are becoming as popular as when apartments first appeared on the market. They are erasing the concept of big rooms, and interior walls. [...]

17 04, 2017

Traveling safely: 4 tips for avoiding accidents on vacation

By | 2017-04-12T17:47:39+00:00 April 17, 2017|Travel|Comments Off on Traveling safely: 4 tips for avoiding accidents on vacation

Many people look forward to taking a vacation, and having fun in a new setting, while spending time on a trip. Although traveling the world can prove to be exciting, several accidents can occur if certain precautions are not taken. When you want to stay safe and avoid accidents, there are a few important tips [...]

12 04, 2017

Verizon Fios Prepaid provides a new way to experience Fios internet, TV and phone

By | 2017-03-17T09:28:34+00:00 April 12, 2017|Lifestyle|Comments Off on Verizon Fios Prepaid provides a new way to experience Fios internet, TV and phone

Verizon Fios Prepaid provides a new way to experience Fios internet, TV and phone! I know, I know. Keep the excitement to a low roar over there. You don't want to scare the neighbors. Verizon Fios Prepaid provides a new way to experience Fios internet, TV and phone One of the things I love most [...]

10 04, 2017

Is a Disney Cruise the right cruise for your family?

By | 2017-04-20T08:10:48+00:00 April 10, 2017|Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Is a Disney Cruise the right cruise for your family?

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is an invite only event, but you still have to pay a conference fee. It’s not FREE, but it is discounted. It’s an invitation many of those in my industry would love to receive, but Disney can’t invite everyone. Our family has been lucky enough to be invited three years [...]

5 04, 2017

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort did not work for our family

By | 2017-04-06T19:11:44+00:00 April 5, 2017|Reviews, Travel|4 Comments

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is an invite only event, but you still have to pay a conference fee. It’s not FREE, but it is discounted. It’s an invitation many of those in my industry would love to receive, but Disney can’t invite everyone. Our family has been lucky enough to be invited three years [...]

3 04, 2017

Intense Pulsed Light Laser working on what I call “brown spots from hell”

By | 2017-06-08T12:28:37+00:00 April 3, 2017|Lifestyle, Long Island, Reviews|Comments Off on Intense Pulsed Light Laser working on what I call “brown spots from hell”

Intense Pulsed Light, also referred to as IPL, Laser working on what I call my brown spots from hell. The medical term? I believe it's skin pigmentation problem thanks to good old sun damage. Whatever one calls them, they suck, and I've been self conscious of them for over ten years. I've spent, if I [...]

29 03, 2017

Printable spring cleaning checklists to help get your home spring ready

By | 2017-03-17T09:17:26+00:00 March 29, 2017|Lifestyle|2 Comments

Printable spring cleaning checklists to help get your home spring ready. Yes, I created these last year, and shared them right here on November Sunflower. These printable checklists were so popular last year, I had to share them again! It's important to keep things fresh and new, yes. However, sometimes you have to recycle some [...]

27 03, 2017

Two steps forward, one step back on the journey with depression

By | 2017-06-01T12:25:23+00:00 March 27, 2017|Depression|Comments Off on Two steps forward, one step back on the journey with depression

Two steps forward, one step back on the journey with depression. It's normal to make huge strides while living with depression. I've come to the realization I'll have struggles, get through the struggles, and find myself dealing with some of the same struggles more than once. Apparently, live and learn applies to me, but only [...]

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.... [...]

20 03, 2017

Transform shortbread cookies into a pie crust for any pie

By | 2017-03-13T08:11:15+00:00 March 20, 2017|Food, Reviews|Comments Off on Transform shortbread cookies into a pie crust for any pie

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 | 2017-02-27T09:47:32+00:00 March 15, 2017|Lifestyle|Comments Off on FiOS helps me watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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 | 2017-03-01T14:16:26+00:00 March 13, 2017|Food|Comments Off on Easter dinner debate happening in many households: lamb vs. ham

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 | 2017-03-01T10:17:39+00:00 March 8, 2017|Food|Comments Off on Corned beef recipes for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

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 | 2017-06-08T12:28:57+00:00 March 6, 2017|Lifestyle, Long Island, Reviews|Comments Off on Temporary cellulite reduction with THERMIsmooth® body

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 | 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, [...]

27 02, 2017

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

By | 2017-06-01T12:25:12+00:00 February 27, 2017|Depression|Comments Off on Winter Depression – it’s a form of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

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 [...]

22 02, 2017

The Kia Niro is the new kid on the block

By | 2017-02-22T08:16:12+00:00 February 22, 2017|Lifestyle|Comments Off on The Kia Niro is the new kid on the block

The Kia Niro is the new kid on the block. I met him back in July of 2016 in San Diego. He caught my eye, but you know.... I didn't fall in love. My heart was set on a Kia Sportage. True story. However, after getting to know the new #KiaNiro - I'm smitten with him. [...]

20 02, 2017

Music provides therapy for my depression

By | 2017-02-22T08:14:45+00:00 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 | 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 [...]

6 02, 2017

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

By | 2017-06-01T12:25:03+00:00 February 6, 2017|Depression|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 | 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 [...]

30 01, 2017

Talking to others about depression results in a variety of reactions

By | 2017-06-01T12:24:48+00:00 January 30, 2017|Depression|Comments Off on Talking to others about depression results in a variety of reactions

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 [...]