Friday, September 27, 2013

Gorton’s Seafood is Wicked Good!

Disclosure: I received free product in order to facilitate this review, as always all opinions are my own.

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Our family has always been a fan of Gorton’s Seafood.  My kids love their fish sticks, even my super picky son eats them right up.  Recently, we tried some of their other products and can’t complain. Everything was delish!

My favorite was the Simply Bake Tilapia.  It was so easy! Just open the box and pop one or two of the individual pouches in the oven. They bake right inside the bag with all the seasonings.  tilapia

I baked two of them and turned them into soft shell fish tacos topped with, sour cream, cheese, arugula, tomatoes, red onion & avocado. They were so yummy and satisfying!

Right now, through October 18th, you can enter daily for a chance to win a family trip to Boston! The Gorton’s Wicked Good Sweepstakes includes airfare, lodging, activities & spending money for 4 people.  So make sure you enter!

Also, you can win right here on my blog!

I’m giving away a Gorton’s Seafood prize pack containing coupons, a key ring, recipes and postcards!

Here’s how to enter-

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Leave a comment below and let me know either your favorite type of seafood or your favorite thing about Boston! Make sure to include your e-mail so I can contact you if you win!

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That’s it! Contest ends 10/9 at midnight. Good luck!

General Giveaway Rules: No Purchase Necessary. This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older. Ends on 10/09/2013, at midnight EST. The email addresses that are collected for this giveaway will only be used for the purpose of contacting the winner and will never be given out to anyone nor sold. The winners will be randomly chosen and contacted via email. The winners will have 72 hours to respond. Only one winner per household. Please make sure you check your junk mail folder.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Give A Minute, Help Make-A-Wish with Straight Talk

I participated in this sponsored campaign for One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

Every Saturday in September, Straight Talk Wireless will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish for each person that visits their participating local Walmart and takes a minute to learn more about Straight Talk.  They will donate a minimum of $500,000 to Make-A-Wish and up to $1,000,000.

If you can’t make it out to Walmart or you don’t have a nearby location, you can take a minute to visit this page and share the video via social media. From now until September 28, every time it's shared, Straight Talk Wireless will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish!

This is the second year in a row that Straight Talk will be hosting this program. Last year’s program was very successful, reaching its $1,000,000 donation mark!

My mom recently switched to Straight Talk wireless and absolutely loves it! Straight Talk is a service provided by TracFone Wireless Inc., they work with existing wireless networks nationwide to provide no-contract wireless phone service.

Straight Talk has all of the same great phones as the contract carries, including name brands like Samsung, Apple, Windows and LG. It is available exclusively at Walmart and the cost savings of not having to maintain stores is passed directly on to customers. So, they have the same phones and the same networks for a fraction of the price.

Straight Talk believes there is nothing greater than granting a sick child’s wish. They are thrilled to be able to be part of making that happen again this year.

Please click here, share the video & help grant a wish.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Strut Moms–The Fashionable Mom Show #MBFW 2013

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Last Saturday, after an awesome dinner at The Smith Restaurant & Bar with my mom, we headed over to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.  After doing some people-watching in the plaza we checked in for the Strut Moms fashion show. 

The Strut show was presented by The Moms, Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein in collaboration with Stephanie Winston Wolkhoff.  All of the show’s models were Moms from all walks of life who were strutting for a cause.  Each one was walking the runway in support of a charity of their choice. 

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Celebrity mom Amber Sabathia looked absolutely gorgeous walking the runway in support of the PitCCh in Foundation. Also, many of the kids walking the runway were rocking clothes from her very own signature CCandy line featuring colorful and unique Major League Sports themed clothing for kids.  You really have to check out the clothes, they are so fun and colorful!

Another model, an ambassador for Cottonelle (one of the shows main sponsors) strutted down the runway in a dress by “Cottonelle Couture… aka it was made completely out of toilet paper! It was a pretty cute dress and I actually had no idea it was made out of toilet paper until I read this post written by the woman who modeled it.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a great picture of it, but there are a few in that post!

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The Moms, Denise and Melissa were also showing off their new line of handbags that are going to be available soon. The Musen Albert handbags will be a perfect blend of fashion and functionality for a 24/7 lifestyle.  I can’t wait to see the entire line!

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It was a great day in the city with my fashion-obsessed mom! I hope we can do it all again next year!

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…Oh, and did I mention the whole show was deejayed by a 10 year old? How adorable is DJ Fulano?! Great work, kid.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Ease Your Allergies Naturally With AllergEase

Disclosure: I received a sample of AllergEase in order to facilitate this review.  As always all opinions are my own

Well it finally happened to me, I knew it was coming.  Everyone around me was sniffling and sneezing. Then, this morning the allergies struck me down too.  I woke up and my head was pounding and my whole face hurt (my husband likesallergease to make a, “well it’s killing me!” joke every time I say my face hurts!) I really just didn’t want to do anything except stay in bed.  Luckily I had recently received a sample of AllergEase All Natural Herbal Supplement.

I popped one of the lozenges in and almost immediately the menthol and lemon cleared my head.  Not only was my head feeling better, AllergEase’s blend of herbs promotes a healthy immune response in high irritant environments.  So, not only do the lozenges help you feel better, they help you stay better.  Plus, they do all of this naturally.

AllergEase was created by a medical doctor looking for alternatives to help his family and friends.  They are made from a blend of herbs and other ingredients such as organic honey and organic lemon oil. Oh, and did I mention they also taste good?

You can find these tasty lozenges at CVS, Walgreens & Duane Reade for just $5.99 a box.

Check out their hilarious Don’t Fear the Flowers commercial!

www.aedrops.com   •   facebook.com/allergease   •   twitter.com/allergease

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Smith Restaurant & Bar in Lincoln Center NYC

It was a beautiful day in NYC yesterday.  I always love this part of the year when summer transitions into fall and you’re left with these not too hot, not too cold, just right days.  My mother and I took the train into the city for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. 

We gave ourselves plenty of time to grab a bite to eat before the show.  I had made reservations for an early dinner at The Smith’s Lincoln Center location and I am so glad I did! The food and service were excellent; we had our dinner & drinks within 20 minutes of entering the restaurant.

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Although I am normally a beer girl, I just had to order the Sonata No. 5 cocktail when I read the description. “elderflower cordial / fresh mint / local honey / lavender bitters / sparkling wine” OMG. Pretty much all of my favorite things in a glass. It was dangerously good.  My mom ordered the house Sauvignon Blanc, which was a 2012 Ant Moore from New Zealand – also delish! We love those NZ Sauvignon Blancs!

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For dinner, my mom got the Salmon Tartare Tacos – raw salmon with spicy sauce, avocados & nori salad served on a crispy shell.  It’s technically an appetizer so she also ordered some mixed greens with The Smith’s house dressing.  She said the greens were so fresh and flavorful that they hardly needed any dressing.  As for the tacos, I believe the term “I’ve died and gone to heaven,” was used.

I had the Roasted Chicken Salad, which had perfectly delicious roasted chicken that was shredded and served with arugula, thinly sliced green apples, candied walnuts, chunks of creamy brie and just enough grilled onions.  It was lightly dressed with, I believe, fresh lemon juice.  It was the perfect addition of flavor to the salad without overpowering it.  The whole thing was pretty much amazing and I’m a little sad that I can’t have it every single day.

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So then this happened.  I mean, how can you say no to an old-fashioned hot fudge sundae when you are at a restaurant with amazing food? You know it’s going to be amazing! And it was. Rich and creamy vanilla ice cream layered with warm, gooey, hot fudge, topped with real whipped cream, a cherry and a piece of dark chocolate and almond bark to boot. Yes, totally worth it!

After my mom watched me chow down on my sundae, we used the nice, clean, restrooms at The Smith and headed off to Lincoln Center, which was directly across the street. Score! I didn’t even know that when I made the reservations!

 

Stay tuned for my recap of the fashion show we attended!

The Smith has 3 locations through out New York City and they are open “Early ‘til Late” Visit their website for more information.

Sun BrewFest Returns To Mohegan Sun 2013

It’s that time of year again!

The Mohegan Sun Brewfest is a little less than a month away.  Last year my husband and I had a great time celebrating our anniversary at the Sun BrewFest and it just so happens that it falls on our anniversary again this year!

This will be the 2nd ever Sun Brewfest and will feature samples of over 100 varieties of beer. There will also be live home brewing demos, foosball, ping-pong and air hockey tables! Food tickets will be available for purchase so you can try some fare from Mohegan Sun’s World Class restaurants.

Also, new this year is the BrewBrunch sponsored by Goose Island. Let me just say, it sounds uh-mazing. Try reading this description without having your mouth water:

“Start your morning off with beer-mosas made with Goose Island Vintage Series "Sophie" and Absolut Tune served with all your favorite brunch favorites like drunken beef goulash, beer and cheese risotto and raspberry wheat French toast. Our open bar features Goose Island and Shock Top varieties as well as sparkling wines and creative bloody mary recipes from Absolut. Indulge in seasonal Shock Top ice creams made with Honey Apple and Pumpkin Wheat created by Mohegan Sun's pastry department.”

Sun BrewFest will run October 4th-6th and tickets are available for purchase for just $25.  Check out the Mohegan Sun event page for more information or to purchase tickets and special hotel packages.

Cheers!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Celebrate National Yoga Month With Athleta

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For the whole month of September, Athleta will be partnering with YogaGlo to offer a series of free online yoga classes. 

Anyone can enjoy the classes by visiting www.Athleta.com/YogaMonth and pick from the 3 practice levels available:   

- Level 1 class to kick start your day

- Level 2 class for recovery after a busy day

- Level 3 class designed as cross-training for athletes

Additionally, the local Connecticut store in Farmington will be hosting events both in store and at local studios for free yoga classes every weekend in September! Check out the schedule here.

You can also #ShareYourOm with Athleta during the month by striking a yoga pose and snapping a picture.  Tag it with #ShareYourOm and write a few words about why you love yoga.  They will share their favorites on facebook and on the Chi blog!

If you aren’t in the CT area, you can look for events at a store near you!

Family Fun at Westport’s Blues, Views & BBQ

On Saturday, my mother and I took my youngest son to the 6th Annual Blues, Views & BBQ festival in downtown Westport, CT.  It was the perfect way to celebrate the last weekend of summer (although, I’m still hoping for a couple more warm weekends!)

As soon as we arrived my little guy made a bee line right for the bouncy houses.  They had some really cool ones set up for the big kids like a mechanical bull and an American Gladiators-esque arena.  I was extremely thankful, however, that they had a smaller obstacle course inflatable set up for the younger kids! It was located in the back near the School of Rock stage. So, my son was able to bounce to his heart’s content while my mother and I got to listen to some extremely talented kids belt out classic rock tunes. Seriously, they were really, really, good. 

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After bouncing we checked out the awesome bubble station where the kids could blow their own big bubbles or even get inside a huge bubble! How awesome, isn’t that every little kid’s dream!?  There was also a hilarious magician and face painting!

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The little guy was thoroughly tired-out at this point so we headed for the main stage! We caught nearly the whole set of Sugar Ray & The Bluetones – so good. Our friends who attend every year said the bands are always top-notch and they were really looking forward to seeing Royal Southern Brotherhood later that night.

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Next, we headed off to check out the food and beverages. I was happy to see Bar Q, who I have written about before and Bobby Q’s which is owned by the same person, was also in attendance. There were plenty of options other than BBQ, too. Like lobster rolls from Blue Lemon, Melt Mobile sandwiches, The Local Meatball, Dave & Jerry’s hot dogs, Winnie’s Jerk, Rita’s Italian ice & Rolling Cones ice cream. I grabbed a Magic Hat Summer Ale from the tap truck – it was a hot day and it really hit the spot!

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On our way out we stopped by the CT Bites tent.  They were hosting chef demos from local restaurants throughout the day.  I was excited to check it out because I attended a CT Bites beer dinner (at Bar Q!) a few months ago and it was a blast! Chef Judy Roll from Tabouli Grill was cooking up little tuna patties served over a pomegranate slaw – O.M.G. it was so flavorful! I need to get to this restaurant for dinner ASAP.

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Despite the overcast, muggy weather, it was a beautiful day along the banks of the Saugatuck river.  This festival will most likely be a Labor Day Weekend tradition in our family for years to come!

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