Jan 20, 2017

Button Spring Flowers Shadow Box

Are you already longing for Spring? Have lots of buttons laying around and need something to do with them? My Button Spring Flowers Shadow Box is easy to make and will add a dash of color to your home.

I can't be the only person tired of Old Man Winter, can I? I'm not a fan of the cold weather, I'm a Caribbean warm weather baby and love the sun on my face. I don't like excessive heat but a nice warm sun with a cool breeze is what I'm about. Unlike what most people think of the Caribbean, it's not hell fire hot in the Caribbean, after all, the islands are surrounded by the Caribbean sea, so there is always a cool breeze blowing. Yesterday, we had a fairly warm day here in Colorado so Madison and I went outdoors and decided to do what we do best when we're bored, we started on a craft. I like simple and easy things, I'm not a fan of spending hours working on a craft. Those hours can be spent doing other things. However, we had a ton of buttons just laying around and I needed something to do with them. I also had a few shadow boxes left over. Shadow boxes are so easy to create and you may remember my Jingle of Joys Holiday Shadow Box.  Whether you're a perfectionist or an amateur like I am, shadow boxes are a joy to make and always look beautiful, even with their imperfections. They are also fairly inexpensive to make, compared to buying them in store.

Jan 18, 2017

Time Saving Dinner Hacks

Save time with these Time Saving Dinner Hacks.

Picture this, your family seated around the dinner table having great conversations over a meal cooked special just for this moment that brings each of your days to an end. The almighty dinner time is a great time for families to reconnect as a unit and bond over a warm home cooked meal. The problem with dinner time is the cooking process involved, it can take away precious time from other responsibilities you may have. This is why today we are going to share some time saving dinner hacks as a means to free up some time so you can still enjoy that quality family time.

Jan 16, 2017

5 Tips for Surviving a Hurricane

Learn how to survive a hurricane with these tips.

Last week Colorado Springs, Colorado was hit with winds going as much as 110 miles per hour. Now I've lived in Colorado for the past 5 years and while we've had our share of crazy weather, nothing quite prepared me for this. We've had snow storms, rain storms, hail storms, but never a wind storm. Semi-trucks were left turned over on their sides on the highway, trees were uprooted, power lines were down and thousands were left without electricity. I took it upon myself to go outdoors and document it on a Facebook live video and almost got blown away. Note to self, DO NOT GO OUT IN 80 MPH WINDS.

When you reside in an area that has frequent hurricanes, it’s important to learn tips for surviving a hurricane. While not every country or state is susceptible to hurricanes, the majority of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast areas in the United States are prone to this weather pattern. Hurricanes are a tropical storm that unleashes torrential rain fall, storms and flooding for nearly 2 weeks at a time.  If you have found yourself residing in a location that may experience a hurricane read on for some tips to survive.

Jan 13, 2017

Crock Pot Candy with Mixed Nuts & Pretzels

Are you ready for something sweet but still good for you? Our Crock Pot Candy with Mixed Nuts and Pretzels will be sure to hit the spot.

It's my first recipe for the year and I wanted to start it off with something sweet but not too sweet. My family are huge nut lovers and Madison is obsessed with pretzels. I buy the mini packets so that she can take them with her as snacks and I snack on them myself. While I can't eat peanuts, that doesn't mean that I don't have them in the house, after all the kids just seem to love them. I have a nut allergy but it only stems from ingestion so I can touch them, just not eat them. That's not the case with all allergy suffers, but that's the case with me. My body is weird, for example, I can't eat raw apples or most red fruits, but I can drink apple juice, not sure why, but that's just the way it is. However, with the holidays wrapped up, you may have some candy stash that you may not have eaten. I'm truly not big on purchasing candy for my kids, I'm all about them eating as healthy as they can but every once in a while they get a sweet treat, however, making my own candy is a treat in its own and our Crock Pot Candy with Mixed Nuts and Pretzels is a winner.

Jan 12, 2017

24th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Celebrating 24 years when it kicks off March 1, 2017, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will jump-start spring with gardens of earthly delights plus new character topiaries, entertainers and food and drink offerings.

The festival, which expanded to 90 days in 2016, will open with an irresistible array of fresh surprises and new treats:

Lunar New Year Celebration at Disneyland Resort

Are you ready to celebrate the Year of the Rooster? See what's in store this year's Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park.

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Mulan and Mushu will join guests for a bigger-than-ever Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure Park, from Friday, Jan. 20, through Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.  This joyous celebration for the Year of the Rooster expands to 17 days, with colorful live performances, fun-filled activities, beautiful decor, Disney characters in their Lunar New Year costumes, and special food and merchandise offerings.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts Launches Jan. 13 – Feb 20

Are you looking forward to the very first Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida?

Combining visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world, the first-ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will create a global masterpiece for six inspired weekends. Held Fridays through Mondays starting Jan. 13 – Feb. 20, 2017, the Festival will feature new art each week, making each weekend original.

Here’s a sample of what’s in store:

What to Pack for Your First Disney Vacation... and every vacation after.

Walt Disney World - touted as the most magical place on earth, but what do you pack for your very first Disney vacation? 

Over 10 years ago we had our very first Walt Disney Vacation. I was in a stable job and my youngest son was about 3, but I didn't want to wait much longer since the other kids were getting older. I had no one to advise me on what I needed to pack, and all I had in my arsenal was what my Walt Disney World travel agent told me. My hotel, ride to and from the airport to our hotel, dining plan and park tickets were all taken care of, so all I had to do was pack for my trip. What do you pack for your first Disney vacation? Well, after visiting almost every year since then, sometimes twice a year, or like we did in 2016, 3 times a year, I think I have a fairly good grip on what you should pack and what you should leave at home.

Jan 11, 2017

A Little Slice of Brooklyn - Almost Wordless Wednesday

We're just returning from Brooklyn, New York, a place that I still call home, even though I've been in Colorado for the past 5 years. While I now currently live in Colorado, Brooklyn will always be home to me. It's where I had 3 of my 4 children, where they went to school, where I met my husband and got married. Most of my family and some of my closest friends still live there, and I just love going back to visit them. They say home is where the heart is, and my heart is in Brooklyn. When tourists think of Brooklyn, they think of brownstones and projects, graffiti and gangs, but Brooklyn is so much more than that. As I shared before, they're also home to the best donuts in the US, according to Foursquare. I haven't done an Almost Wordless Wednesday post in quite some time, but today I want to share the beauty that is, Brooklyn. I've turned comments off for this post so you can enjoy the photos and a little slice of Brooklyn, New York.

Jan 10, 2017

15 Photos to Take of Your Kids During Winter

Last week we had quite a lot of snow and Madison, the great lover of snow, couldn't wait to go out and play in it. Living my earlier years in the Caribbean, I'm still a spring/summer person at heart, but I tolerate the snow for my kids. Having lived in NYC for most of my life, you would however think that I'd love winter and the snow. That, unfortunately couldn't be further from the truth. I detest it! While fresh snow looks lovely for those who live in states and countries where there is none, the next day or two becomes a nightmare. Slush is by far the dirtiest thing, next to mud, you'll see in the winter, but kids love it all. So, with Madison out in the snow making her snow angels on the lawn, I grabbed my camera and started taking a few photos of her. I'm all about creating memories to last a lifetime and having photos of your kids during the stages of their life, photos that you can look back upon when they're older. It's also a good idea to also get in-front of the camera with your children as well. I have quite a few photos of my mom with my children, but very few with us together since I was always the one taking the photos. It's also the same with my own children. Besides the professional sessions we took together, very rarely, there aren't a lot of photos with me in the picture. I know a lot of other parents can relate.

Jan 9, 2017

5 Ways to Save Money - #BudgetEveryDollar

Today I share with you some money saving tips, and the EveryDollar budgeting app that has been helping me to make it all possible.

2016 was dedicated as my year of travel. I had gotten out of the army where travel was wherever the military decided they wanted me to go. Some countries were off-limits and there was rarely much time to travel for fun. So once I got out I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to go to places I've always longed to visit, and I knew I just had to make it happen. However, when it comes to budgeting I'm the worst at it. I very rarely save because I'm a big shopaholic. I'm big on designers and have a closet full of designer clothing and bags, but for 2017 I wanted to make a change. I want to cut back on my spending and save a bit more. My expenditure last year was just a little too much, even for me. Besides my travels which I did a lot of in 2016, I did some home renovations, which included my living-room, bathrooms and kitchen. Doing a home renovation is not cheap, so I'm now left with credit card bills that I need to pay off. That is where the EveryDollar app comes in.

Jan 6, 2017

Easy Ways to Stay Active in the Winter

Yesterday I woke up to an alert from my kids school, around 4:30am, letting me know that school was canceled for the day due to inclement weather. I live in Colorado where the weather can change as quickly as you can change your clothing. However, when I woke up I was met with at least six inches of snow on the ground. It is fair to say that winter has officially arrived. I'm all for hibernating during winter, just like a bear. Wrapping up in a nice warm blanket and never leaving my bed unless I absolutely have to, but I know I shouldn't. So how do I keep active in the winter? Well I have a few tips to share with you on how you, right along with me, can stay active this winter.

Jan 5, 2017

Disney Studio Motion Pictures Slate for 2017

If you thought 2016 was amazing with hits like Moana, 2017 will be sure to please. For 2017 Disney Studios Motion Pictures has a full line up of hits that will make their way to the theaters. A few that we have all been waiting for. Classics such as Beauty and Beast and the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise. It's a year of action and adventure and don't forget nature. So what does Disney have in store for us all? Take a look below:

Star Wars Day at Sea on Select Disney Sailings

In just a few short weeks we'll be sailing with Disney Cruise Line and as to be expected, we are ecstatic. However, this 2017, Disney Cruise Line guests can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga during a day-long celebration aboard 15 special sailings on the Disney Fantasy: Star Wars Day at Sea.

Star Wars Day at Sea combines the power of the Force, the magic of Disney and the excitement of cruising for an out-of-this-galaxy experience unlike any other.

Disneyland Paris Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

It is almost 25 years since Disneyland Park opened just outside Paris. To celebrate this special event, Mickey and Friends are looking further ahead and becoming explorers of the future in an extraordinary, brand new Parade. Their mission: to dazzle guests. Speaking of exploration, the galaxy far, far away is finally within our reach with two new special Star Wars™ rides: Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain: Rebel Mission. Immersive experience guaranteed. The festivities continue with two new daytime shows which take place near Sleeping Beauty Castle. As a stunning night-time finale, Disneyland Park also introduces the all-new Disney Illuminations, featuring state-of-the-art technology. Spotlight on the new experiences for the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris!

Jan 4, 2017

What's New For Walt Disney World for 2017

The unveiling of a magical, mythical world of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and soaring Banshees anchors an exciting 2017 at Walt Disney World Resort – a year filled with new water park fun, a new festival for Epcot, more openings at Disney Springs, an awe-inspiring nighttime experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and much more.

Here’s a roundup at what 2017 has in store:

How to Get the Best Deal on a Rental Car

There's a reason I love road trips. Not only are they economical since I have a big family, but I love having my vehicle so I can get around easily and quickly, with my handy GPS detailing where I need to go. However, there are times when it isn't feasible to go on a road trip. We all know that the cost of a vacation, for business or pleasure, can add up quickly. Why waste money on a fancy rental car, with all of its hidden fees, when you really only need a set of wheels to get you from Point A to Point B? Here’s how to get the best deal on a rental car.

Jan 3, 2017

Ways to Get the Best Deal on a Hotel Room

Often people say they can’t afford to travel, so they work their lives away, never visiting the places on their bucket lists, or not spending enough time with loved ones who live far away. Whether you’re traveling for business of pleasure, where you stay can actually be affordable, if you’re in the know. Here are several ways to get the best deal on a hotel room.

Jan 2, 2017

Dough - The Best Doughnuts in Brooklyn

When most people think of New York City, aka the Big Apple, they think of Manhattan, after all it's what's portrayed in most movies. Most visitors to New York City very rarely leave Manhattan to venture into the other 4 boroughs, and I always tell everyone, in order to experience New York City, which is very different from New York the state, venture into each of the boroughs. They all have something to offer you. Manhattan has it's shopping, Central Park, Times Square and we could go on. The Bronx has the Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo. Queens has their 12-story 1964 World's Fair globe sculpture and Citi Field home of the New York Mets. Staten Island has it's Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach and is just full of history and Brooklyn, my home turf, has the Brooklyn Bridge, Barclay Center home of the Brooklyn Nets basketball team and Dough ranked the #1 doughnut shop in the US according to Foursquare.

Jan 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017!

2016 was an amazing year and I'm grateful for everything that came my way. The good and the bad, it all taught me a lesson. I didn't make any resolutions this year, but I did set myself some goals, and here's hoping that I meet them all.

So from my family to yours, I want to wish all my readers, both old and new, a Happy New Year and may it be everything you hope that 2016 was going to be and so much more!