Tis The Season to Soiree #MTHoliday

Tis The Season to Soiree #MTHoliday

Tis The Season to Soiree, and luckily I was invited to the hottest Holiday Soiree of the season, MomTrends for their #MTHoliday Soiree’. What better way to see whats trending than with MomTrends. Where you can  see what creative ideas they have for holiday entertaining and gift giving.

I enjoyed all the brands but really wanted to share my favorite five finds that will get you through the holiday soiree season!

Avery :

#MTHoliday Fab Find

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We are all familiar with Avery or we think we are! Having always thought mailing labels when I heard someone say Avery. I was quite pleasantly surprised to find out they have all your holiday and everyday needs to personalize your life and get creative with your gift gifting.  Being Pinterest addicted , Avery has made my creative juices flow this holiday season.

Nambe’:

#MTHoliday Fab Find

#MTHoliday Fave Find 2

I have been a fan of Nambe’ for a number of years. When I got married I registered for Nambe’ and each year have tried to add a new piece of serving ware. The holiday Nambe table reminded me why I fell in love with it all those years ago. What I was unaware of is  that Nambe’ also makes jewelry. The pieces are delicate, classy and the perfect price point for someone special on your holiday list.

Teleflora :

#MTHoliday Fab Find

#MTHoliday Fave Find 3

If you follow along with me you know I LOVE fresh flowers! Teleflora has just the right arrangement for all  of your Holiday entertaining and sending special wishes to those who may not be near during this special time of year. So many options to choose from you will be sure that #YouDelivered.

Pearhead :

#MTHoliday Fab Find

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Being a Social Media Influencer finding items that can enhance my clients presence. Photos Props are huge for many of my photography clients. Pearhead Products are genuine, quality products that help celebrate special moments in life. They help you celebrate those moments in style.

Arizona :

#MTHoliday Fab Find

#MTHoliday Fave Find 5

Every Holiday Soriee’ needs a beverage suitable for all ages. Arizona Good Brew is 100% natural, real leaf-brewed tea. That’s all there is to it. You’ll taste the difference. With Six Signature flavors everyone can enjoy savor the goodness.

There was so many amazing brands and finds at MomTrends Holiday Soiree be sure to check out all of the sponsors.

Fab Sponsors #MTHoliday

Fave Sponsors #MTHoliday

Thank you MomTrends for inviting me to #MTHoliday and helping me find  some of my favorite finds for the 2016 Holiday Season.

 

Who ya Gonna Boo? GhostBusters #BooItForward

Who ya Gonna Boo?  GhostBusters #BooItForward

 If you follow along with me on Instagram you already know October is my favorite month. It’s a big birthday month for our family but it’s also the month where my favorite holiday falls. Halloween! Decorations, Candy, Fun , Getting Boo’d and Being Boo’d!

We have been boo’d already! Boo’d by who? GhostBusters  #BooItForward. Thanks to our friends at Sony Entertainment and Walmart who boo’d us just in time for the release of GhostBusters Answer The Call Extended Edition.

#BooItForward

#BooItForward

GhostBusters Answer The Call Extended Edition was released on Blu Ray, DVD and Digital on October 11th just in time for some Halloween Fun. Featuring 15 minutes of never seen before scenes and more than three hours of hilarious content, deleted scenes and gag reels it’s a great movie for the whole family.

GhostBusters Answer The Call Extended Edition

GhostBusters Answer The Call Extended Edition

We love to Boo, It’s a tradition we have done for the past few years. When we first moved to our town we were Boo’d, unsure of what it was we were sure to #BooItForward and not leave any of our friends out.

BOO

BOO

We like to include some treats in our Boo Bags as well as something everyone in the house can enjoy. This year we will be including GhostBusters Answer The Call Extended Edition with our sweet treats!

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Some #BooItForward Ideas

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Do you want to #BooItForward too? It’s Easy: Visit Walmart, grab some treats , a bag or bucket, print or write a You’ve been Boo’d note. Then surprise your neighbors , friends and maybe someone who you may not know.

We always put Cereal in our #BooItForward bags

We always put Cereal in our #BooItForward bags

**Disclaimer** I was Boo’d by Walmart and Sony Pictures for this post no other compensation was received.

#DelightfullyHonest Jell-o Is Simply Good

#DelightfullyHonest Jell-o Is Simply Good

 

I grew up on Jell-O, who didn’t ? It was a staple dessert in our house. Nightly we had either Jell-O Pudding or Gelatin ! When the holiday’s came my mom made a special Jell-O mold. When I was recently invited to the launch of New Jell-O Simply Good with The Moms  of course I said YES. I was #DelightfullyHonest when I shouted I have died and gone to Jell-O Heaven!

#DelightfullyHonest Heaven Awaits

#DelightfullyHonest Heaven Awaits

What’s New with Jell-O, you ask?   Well they have used Kid’s honesty as the inspiration to new flavors and recipes.  Made with good stuff like real fruit juice, vanilla beans, banana and cocoa.  Let’s not forget to mention, no artificial flavors, dyes, or preservatives. A mother’s dream dessert!

 

Gelatin flavors that are all Simply Good, Strawberry, Orange Tangerine, Pineapple Orange and Mixed Berry. Pineapple Orange was my favorite! New Pudding flavors are also Simply Good.  I tried all of them multiple times!  Vanilla Bean, Banana, Chocolate Caramel , and Choco Late. I must be #delightfullyhonest and admit that  I had a hard time deciding on my favorite.  Banana topped with Nilla Wafers and Blueberries (Banana BlueNilla)  or Chocolate Caramel with Pretzels and Nilla Wafers (Chocolate Carmel NillaZel) !

So Many Choices To Inspire A Simply Good Snack

So Many Choices To Inspire A Simply Good Snack

What to make with these new flavors? You can always go the traditional route and follow the directions on the package.  Feeling adventurous check out some of the great recipes online. Or If your children have a great culinary imagination , give them a variety of additions and let them inspire their own recipes. I can guarantee they’ll create a Simply Good #DelightfullyHonest dessert.

When you invite your child into the kitchen, it creates MOMents that you will cherish forever. I enjoy cooking with my son. I hope his future wife appreciates the man I am molding him to be.

**Disclaimer** I was invited to attend the launch of New Jell-O Simply Good. No compensation was received. All opinions are #delightfullyhonest !

Chocolate Caramel NillaZel

Chocolate Caramel NillaZel

Ford Warriors In Pink #MoreGoodDay

Ford Warriors In Pink #MoreGoodDays 

As many of you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This past Thursday I was invited to a luncheon with The Moms to kick off Ford Warriors In Pink #MoreGoodDays campaign.The luncheon was hosted by Ford Motor company at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC , where we were joined by singer Kristen Chenoweth.

I have been apart of The Moms Network for almost 4 years now. This luncheon was extra special and more emotional since Denise from The Moms  was diagnosed  with Breast Cancer this past year. Denise has used her media presence and chose to share her story  with us.

Fords movement #MoreGoodDays is an initiative to help those touched by breast cancer. The initiative provides tips, tools and resources for patients, survivors and thrivers. Even meals right to their doorsteps. Working together with Green Chef delivering fresh, organic ingredients and healthy, chef-inspired recipes.

Ford has been involved in Breast Cancer awareness for 22 years and has raised more than $130 million for #MoreGoodDays.

Being able to meet and  hear stories from Fords Models of Courage ,these armies of warriors help the fight. Ford feels by giving these brave men and women the good days they deserve they are  empowering them to do the same for others in their communities.

Chenoweth with her amazing voice and heartfelt words of wisdom inspired everyone to fight harder and be supportive. One piece of advise that she shared was that you should surround yourself with your own community.

Denise has created her own community in which she encourages, supports and motivates those who are #futurecancersurvivors, #survivors and their families. Sharing her journey on social media, print and television a true example of  Warriors in Pink.

Denise motivated me to put on my bitch bra and go for my mammogram.  I had been putting it off for to long. I had been told in the past I had dense breasts, therefore I now knew ask for a sonogram. Thankfully my mammogram and sonogram were normal ,and I have already scheduled my appointment for my yearly follow-up.

A few members of #TeamDA

A few members of #TeamDA

To all the #WarriorsInPInk here is to many many #MoreGoodDays

 

*Disclaimer I was invited by The Moms to attend this luncheon to support #MoreGoodDays for #survivors, #futurecancersurvivors and their communities.

 

 

 

CEO of Your Life

CEO of Your Life

While fast forwarding through the political posts on Facebook the other day, I came across something that someone wrote and I had to write it down. It said “Evaluate the people in your life; then promote, demote, or terminate. Your The CEO of Your Life!”

It got me thinking as recently I had written a blog post from the heart Humble and Happy  that post was my coming to terms with my recent employment situation. I had been forced out of a job I loved up until a few months prior to my resignation.

Our life as we knew it changed, my whole adult life I had always supported myself. When I got married I  contributed to 50% of our families expenses and still always had my own play money. I never had to account for what I spent nor was money an object. When I was with friends who didn’t have as much discretionary money or even those who did I always pulled out money. As long as everyone was having fun, what it cost didn’t matter.

Now  for the first time in my life I am self employed and building my own business . I have had to realize that I have friends who resent my current situation,  don’t understand it or were only friends when I was in a position to help their cause.

I enjoy being home for drop off and pick-up . I enjoy taking my son to doctors appointments. I enjoy being able to build my brand at my pace. I enjoy having playdates after school. I enjoy doing homework with my son at a decent hour. I enjoy waking up and making him lunch. I enjoy cooking a healthy meal every night (well almost every). I enjoy having lunch with a friend and taking our dog for a walk.

BUT

All of that enjoyment comes with ALOT of sacrifice. We don’t eat out often. We don’t go out on the weekends as much as we used it. We don’t or I don’t shop just because I want to. We don’t have a winter vacation booked nor do I see one in our future.

We have wonderful extended family but neither one of us comes from money.  Our parents have not been able to help us nor would we ask them to. My husband is a saver something I am not. Thankfully he had planned for me to  build my business and not being fully employed nor contributing to our expenses for 6 months (that’s quickly approaching).

Thankfully I am a planner and we had purchased tickets to many fun events before I was self employed so we are still able to do amazing things. I get invited to some great events through my blog so we are never lacking things to do. Now don’t get me wrong we are not Destitute.  We just can’t anymore because we can the way we used to!

I am never one to judge what someone does with their money they earned it. I never begrudge  anyone who has help from family , God Bless them. I give second and third chances and the benefit of the doubt when other’s didn’t. I am a friend in every sense of the word or at least I think I am.

So can someone tell me If I am CEO of my life and you are the CEO of your life ,why do we think it’s ok to resent and not support our friends? Together we are #StrongerTogether,  #BlessedWithTheBest and #SmileMore !

CEO Of Your Life

CEO Of Your Life

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Humble and Happy

Humble and Happy 

If you look in the dictionary the definition of Humble has many different meanings. One definition that caught me: marked by meekness or modesty, not arrogant or prideful. I had always thought I was a humble person !

I grew up in a lower income family and lost my dad at sixteen. I  worked hard to put myself through college and when I met my husband I  swore my child would struggle less than I did, he would not have student loans and wouldn’t know what it’s like to want things we couldn’t afford.

I always worked, at 13 I got a job with the local orthodontist it was he who suggested I  pursue a career as a Dental Hygienist.  His words were you can be a mom and set your own hours. Immediately following high school, I decided that dental hygiene school was worth a try. I got a job right out of college and after the first year of working full time I remember the joy of booking my first ever caribbean vacation. I have worked full-time for the past 22 years and have been fortunate to travel , we joke our nine year old has more mileage on him than my husband.

Being a workaholic has always been my nature,  I returned to work just 10 days after giving birth to my son.  I have always been a people pleaser and loved my job as a dental hygienist but I was also embarking on breaking out of the box and taking my career into other areas of the dental world. When I returned to work I moved to a management position in my office and we were starting to make some changes to bring the practice to greater heights.

I was working full-time, being a mom , we had no financial worries and I was happy, most of the time. My stress level was obscene. Although I know I created a lot of my own stress. I mean, I am a bit of a control freak. In my line of work it’s a good thing . My employer knew I would get the job done, she would have less stress and I made good money. My son was able to have whatever he wanted and not necessarily needed. We bought a home, went on vacation , had tangible items , money wasn’t an issue and after many failed secondary fertility attempts realized that we were blessed.

One day about a year ago an old friend and co-worker said to me you are not the same person you were when we worked together years ago. I was confused , baffled and looked at her with a question mark. She looked at me and said you lost who you were, you are not always smiling, your always running , your snide to people and you brag. Stunned I brushed her off and sort of severed ties with her, after all I was the same person or so I thought.

Fast forward to this past winter, After months of stress and being unhappy at work my husband and I decided that as much as I loved what I did it was time to move on. The decision was not an easy one, My salary contributed to the running of the house and our extras. We decided we could make it work, I would work on building my own business and go back to clinical hygiene. Until it all fell into place, our lifestyle would change. Was I ready for it? I don’t think one is ever ready to make life altering choices but I finally realized the stress was going to kill me. I was working hard so my son didn’t have a want or need, but if the stress killed me no one could buy him a new mother.

About three weeks after I left my job I received a call from my friend she wanted to meet for lunch. I was elated to hear from her as I missed our friendship but was to stubborn as was she to reach out prior. She had heard what happened and wanted to make sure I was alright. After having been home for 3 weeks , I had already started to make adjustments to our way of life. After a delightful lunch date, she looked at me and said I see traces of who you used to be . I looked at her and laughed and said I have been Humbled!

I won’t lie that the past 3 months have been a hard adjustment. We live on a budget, my son doesn’t get everything he wants, and  I am still looking for work.  In the past 22 years I have never had to worry about finances , the past 9 years I have never had to say NO to our son!

This past week we were invited to Delaware with my sister and her family. We had an amazing vacation. Family, Fun, Sun, Sand and lots of laughs. For the first time in weeks I didn’t cry.  For the past few months I would cry over money, cry thinking I should have lived with the stress, cry that I am letting my son and husband down. As I sat the last day on the beach I tried to think what besides my feet in the sand could have changed this past week,  my concerns were all still there. Then it hit me…

Feet In The Sand one of my favorite places

Feet In The Sand one of my favorite places

For the first time in 9 years I was actually on vacation. I wasn’t on vacation and on call. I wasn’t checking messages or stopping by the office for mail. I didn’t have to worry which Dr I would call since both  were out of town. I didn’t have to worry about payroll getting done, I was on vacation and I didn’t have to carry my phone incase the service called.  I didn’t have to worry about anything but spending time with my family! For that I have realized I am Humble and Happy!

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New York Hall of Science Summer Fun

New York Hall of Science Summer Fun

Living in NY we sometimes forget that their are so many fun activities within our own backyards. New York Hall of Science offers Summer Fun.

New York Hall of Science offers a hands-on approach that explains science, technology, engineering and math programming to children of all ages.

New York Hall of Science

New York Hall of Science

Their permanent exhibit, Connected Worlds, is a fully immersive, digitally rendered, full of interactive displays. Visitors explore the interdependence of six environments and interact with creatures, trees and plants within each atmosphere. Through gestures and movements, visitors can learn the core principles of sustainability and see the impact of human decisions on the environment.

Visit today for an immersive experience!

Interact, Collaborate , Play

Interact, Collaborate , Play

Main Street Mama will receive passes for review in exchange for a review after our visit.

Survivor #Heros Share your Story #WWEMoms

Survivor #Heros Share your Story #WWEMoms

 WWE is always on the forefront to help Find A Cure and raise awareness. WWE Superstars are constantly sharing their own personal stories to help the WWE Universe overcome any challenge they face, in 2012  WWE and Susan G Komen are teamed up  to increase awareness and fight the dreaded Breast Cancer disease. With Rise Above Cancer such a success in 2015, In May 2016 WWE and Komen have launched a new contest “Share Your Story Survivor Contest” so that Survivor #Heros Share your Story #WWEMoms.

Three survivors will have a chance to win an ultimate WWE fan experience at SummerSlam 2016 and will be featured in WWE and Komen public service announcements that may air on TV, online, in WWE venues and on the WWE Network in October 2016.

Susan G. Komen has truly transformed the world’s support for breast cancer research and awareness. WWE is exceptionally proud to continue our partnership with Komen and be at the forefront of this movement, as we continue to utilize our global platforms to raise awareness and funds for a disease that affects so many people. says WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon.

The contest which started on May 5, 2016 runs through May 27th so share your story TODAY!

Entries will be evaluated based on their compelling story of strength in the battle against breast cancer, what the nominee has done to take action in the fight against this disease, and adherence to the contest rules. Questions? Email WWEContest@komen.org .

As a woman in my early 40’s all to recently I have learned through watching many friends battle Breast Cancer how important yearly mammograms are and if something doesn’t feel right have it checked. What was nothing two months ago could be something today. Thank you WWE and Susan G Komen for all you do for to Find a Cure and Raise Awareness.

As a WWEMOM I have been compensated for this post. 

Mother’s Day #MotherDayMovie

Mother’s Day #MotherDayMovie 

Mother’s Day arrived a bit earlier this year for some of us moms who were treated to an advance screening of Mother’s Day #MothersDayMovie.  From the director of PRETTY WOMAN and VALENTINE’S DAY comes Garry Marshall’s latest film celebrating mothers on their special day. MOTHER’S DAY, starring Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis and Julia Roberts. 

I enjoy a movie that brings out different emotions as well as a movie  I can relate to. Mother’s Day will definitely did just that , I laughed, cried, laughed so hard I cried and I will admit I even snorted a few times!  

Attending the screening as a guest blogger of The Moms, and  Serta  we were treated like royalty from the moment we arrived.  Lounging in Serta’s newest and most comfortable beds, I wished we could watch the movie right there. I immediately texted my husband and said we are going bed shopping soon! Chef Bailey was on hand with morning treats . Our gracious hosts greeted us and awaited the arrival of producer Gary Marshall and Star Kate Hudson. Starting the morning off with Gary and Kate got us all in the right mind frame to enjoy the film. I often forget that Kate is Goldie Hawn’s daughter but once she speaks it comes back to me. It was very interesting hearing Kate chat about her mom and reminiscing about her favorite movies growing up, Overboard and Private Benjamin. Immediately I was thinking of my mom and how we would watch them and laugh together.

A movie that truly embraces motherhood

A movie that truly embraces motherhood

Mother’s Day hits theaters today and if you are looking for a big hearted comedy that embraces all the challenges we face as Mother’s as well as celebrates motherhood this movie is a MUST SEE! 

#ThankYouMom celebrating Mother's Day with The Moms, Serta and my BFF

#ThankYouMom celebrating Mother’s Day with The Moms, Serta and my BFF

**Disclaimer** I was invited to screen this movie as a guest of The Moms no other compensation was received.

Happy Mothers Day #ThankYouMom