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Tuesday
Apr012014

Recycled Egg Carton Caterpillar Butterfly Craft

Sunday
Mar232014

American Dream Builders $50 Lowe's Gift Card Giveaway

 

Right now, I'm dreaming of a new kitchen. A kitchen with stylish wooden cabinets, an oven that will bake over 350 degrees, and a space that feels modern. My kitchen is old, on its last legs and in desperate need of a makeover. When it comes to that space in my house, I have a lot of dreaming to do!

What if you could make your home into your Dream Home? 

There's a new t.v. show about to do just that! American Builders is a new show on NBC hosted by famed interior designer and best-selling author, Nate Berkus. On the show, you'll follow the nation’s top designers and home builders as they compete to be crowned the Ultimate Dream Builder and take home a $250,000 cash prize. 

Take a look here:

The show airs Sundays at 8/7c on NBC & you can enter for a chance to win $100,000 in products and services from Lowe’s and a consultation with the winner of American Dream Builders! Wouldn't that be amazing to win?

Enter for a chance to win your dream renovation at www.nbc.com/lowes.

 

Follow the show on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win more prizes from American Dream Builders and Lowe’s!

To celebrate the premiere of the show, one of my lucky readers is going to win a $50 Lowe's gift card!

To enter, just sign up for my monthly newsletter. Once you've subscribed, leave a comment below letting me know what room you would makeover if you could re-do any room in your home and why you chose that room. On April 1st at 12 noon, one random subscriber will be chosen to receive the $50 Lowe's Gift Card, thanks to my friends at American Dream Builders! 

CONTEST CLOSED ~ THE WINNER IS SEYMA B. 

 

Did you watch the premiere of American Dream Builders? If so, what did you think?

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Thursday
Mar202014

Have a Fun & Happy Spring Break With The Kids

When I first heard about International Happiness Day I thought it was just another one of those made-up holidays, but I was wrong. I was surprised to learn that it was actually created by the United Nations to help show people that happiness is not something that is only for the rich.
Happiness may have different meanings for different people.  But we can all agree that it means working to end conflict, poverty and other unfortunate conditions in which so many of our fellow human beings live.
Happiness is neither a frivolity nor a luxury.  It is a deep-seated yearning shared by all members of the human family.  It should be denied to no-one and available to all.  This aspiration is implicit in the pledge of the United Nations Charter to promote peace, justice, human rights, social progress and improved standards of life.
What does happiness mean to you?  One of the things that really makes me happy is spending time with my kids, and with Spring Break coming up, I wanted to share some tips for having a happy and low-stress break. Here they are:

1) Let the kids burn off some energy outside by heading to a State Park or going to your local arboretum.
2) Avoid the crowds - If you're planning field trips, "plan them for later in the afternoon when attractions are less likely to be crowded" says Jennifer of Jersey Family Fun.

3) Just Relax - Jessica, of DelcopaMoms says "I don't know about everyone else's families but mine runs from soccer to t-ball to gymnastics and back again. If there is one week this spring where the kids don't have activities, we're vegging out! We have one planned activity the entire week. I also plan to hang, watch tv, probably do a TON of coloring but we're relaxing!"

4) Let your child help plan an activity. Allowing my kids to choose one special activity during Spring Break helps to keep them happy. I have scheduled a playdate for each of my sons with one of their closest friends. Doing this ahead of time makes me feel prepared and gives us all something to look forward to.

5) Don't overplan! - Jacquie from KC Edventures says "We don't overplan for spring break because we love not having a schedule. We sleep in on most days, enjoy a movie or two together, head to a nature center etc. Low key days."

6) Expect the Unexpected - "My biggest piece of advice after our break this year is 'have a back-up plan'. We've had temps in the 30s and snow!! I know - crazy -- so have a few things in mind in case you get bad weather. Visit a museum for an afternoon, maybe an indoor pool, etc. Oh yea - Take advantage of library programs during break - they are great too!" says Jacquie. 

7) Keep a good balance - Kristen from Busy Moms Happy Kids says "Make them "work" for their electronics time. Balance it with creating, playing, outside time, reading, chores, and exercise. Every 30 minutes they spend doing the above, earns them 10 minutes of electronics."

8) Trust your instincts - You know your kids best. Some kids like to go with the flow and other kids thrive on a strict routine. Kristen uses a schedule to help her kids know what is what is expected of them.  If you have a child that flourishes with a routine, check out Kristin's post about scheduling your day.

9) Check around for local deals and discounts. Go Roller Skating for FREE or Go Bowling for FREE

10) Do something completely spontaneous! When my son and I took a spur-of-the-moment trolley ride, we had the most amazing a
fternoon.  It wasn't anything extraordinary and it didn't cost very much money, yet it was a day I will never forget.  

Sometimes, I feel like we're over scheduled, and other times, I'm rushing to set up last-minute play dates.  It's not always easy to find a happy medium, but I think that these tips are a great start in the right direction.  Do you have any other tips for a fun & happy spring break?

 

Friday
Mar142014

Carbonara Stromboli with Ragú® Classic Alfredo  #NewTraDish

 

 

What do you think of when you hear the word "traditional?"

When it comes to food, traditional can be am excellent thing. It reminds me of old family recipes, memories, and  food that has standed the test of time. However, with that said, change can be a good thing too, right?  

To a lot of parents, spring is a season of change. The weather finally warming up in the Philadelphia suburbs and the kids are spending more time outside with friends. Parents everywhere will be rushing off to after school sports practices that, far too often, interfere with our sit down family dinners.

This season of change is what inspired me to create this new #tradish meal, Carbonara Stromboli with Ragú® Classic Alfredo.

Ragú has a delicious, simple recipe for Fettuccine Carbonara on their website. This recipe is fantastic just the way it is, but I wanted to come up with a way to incorporate a few of the same ingredients for a grab and go dinner. Ultimately, I was inspired to create Carbonara Stromboli with Ragú® Classic Alfredo and it was a awesome! 

Here's what you need to make it:

  • 1 tsp of Pesto or Fresh Basil
  • 1 cup of Ragu® Cheesy Classic Alfredo Sauce
  • 4 slices bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled
  • 2/3 cup cooked chicken (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 cup shredded mozarella cheese
  • Pre-made pizza dough

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Roll out your pizza dough, and spread on 1 tsp of pesto sauce or basil. Then, sprinkle on your bacon, chicken and shredded mozzarella.  

Fold dough over and pinch ends together. Then, cut 3 small holes on the top.  You may also choose to brush a little bit of olive oil on top of the stromboli.

Cook in a preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Slice into individual sections to serve.

When this stromboli came out of the oven it was oozing with Ragú's creamy Alfredo Sauce. Before my son even finished his meal, he told me how much he liked it and asked me to make it again. Ragú has the Authentic Italian taste American family’s love and a variety of great tasting, quick and easy to make family favorite recipes. 

Try one of the great tasting Ragú® white sauces, such as Ragú® Classic Alfredo, if you’re in the mood for something delicious! 

 

Visit Facebook.com/RaguSauce for additional quick, easy and delicious recipe ideas.

Visit www.RaguSweeps.com to enter the Ragú Better and Better Sweepstakes for a chance to win great Authentic Italian themed prizes and a grand prize trip to Venice for a family of four.