Home is Where the Heat is Giveaway

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I love summer! That being said I am not a fan of winter. Yes the snow if pretty, but I do not like being cold and I hate cleaning up slushy, dirty messes through out the house. I guess it’s a good thing I no longer in a place where it is winter 6 months out of the year!

5 Tips to SAVE the HEAT in your home

  • Add a piece of weather-stripping around your door frames
  • Caulk your windows and baseboards
  • Insulate the eater heater and ducts, remember to change filters at this time
  • Add a door sweep to rooms that are not used as much
  • Find a “smart” thermostat and replace the old low tech one

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Monica’s Rants, Raves, and ReviewsLogan Portable Infrared Quartz Heater is the perfect heating solution for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, kitchen areas, basements, and craft rooms. Plug this electric heater into your wall outlet and immediately enjoy the warmth. Its heat exchanger combines with the humidity in the room to provide soft, moist, safe heat without reducing oxygen or humidity.

  • Supplemental heating up to 1000 sq. ft.
  • Balanced heat keeps the temperature difference between floor and ceiling within 2 to 3 degrees
  • Fine Furniture Finish with castors
  • Color: Walnut
  • Thermostat controls room temperature
  • Air purifying function through high efficiency lifetime filter
  • LED display – Display’s Ambient Temperature
  • Remote control (2 AAA batteries included)
The Home is Where the Heat is Giveaway is open to the Continental US only (because of shipping costs) and will end on November 12th, 2014.  Good Luck!!


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Healthy Holiday Treats Giveaway

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As the holiday season approaches, we find ourselves wanting to eat all the cakes, cookies and candies but don’t want the weight gain.
Did you know there are healthy treats that you can eat without the pounds piling on? How does Mascarpone with Raspberry and Pineapple sound as a Healthy Holiday Treat?


  • 3 sheets phyllo dough (or 12 store bought phyllo cups)
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pineapple, canned or fresh
  • 1/4 cup raspberry yogurt
  • Small block chocolate, for garnish
  • Special equipment: 2 1/2 to 3-inch cookie cutter, mini muffin tin

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Layer the phyllo sheets on top of each other. Using the cookie cutter, cut out 12 rounds and press them into the mini muffin tin. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Meanwhile, combine the mascarpone, pineapple, and raspberry yogurt in a small bowl and stir to combine. Spoon the mascarpone mixture into the phyllo cups. Using a vegetable peeler, shave some chocolate onto the top of the mascarpone mixture and serve.

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

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Fresh juice from the Platino Plus is an excellent source of vitamins, nutrients and minerals that the body needs. Fresh sorbet from the Platino Plus contains no added sugars or artificial sweeteners.

  • The Platino Plus uses a 2-step process in which juice is extracted twice before it enters your glass
  • The same 2-step process is used to grind frozen fruits twice into a creamy sorbet
  • The Platino Plus precisely squeezes the fruit without shredding or chopping it, giving you more juice in your glass
The Healthy Holiday Treats Giveaway is open to the Continental US only (because of shipping costs) and will end on November 11th, 2014.  Good Luck!!

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5 Tips for Parents to Motivate Children to Complete Their Chores

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My 9 year old is very active in after school sports, student council and playing with his friends; sometimes a chore list is last thing on his mind. Not that I don’t blame him, I have a full time job and 2 other children so I can honestly say that even my chores are skipped on occasion. These 5 tips are great and I will surely be putting them in motion. Giving reward points for completing chores is also a great idea, reminds me of a vacation destination loyalty program.

5 Tips for Parents to Motivate Children to Complete Their Chores 5 Tips for Parents to Motivate Children to Complete Their Chores

By: Gregg Murset, CEO of MyJobChart.com

  1. Take Advantage of Kid’s Love of Technology … Why threaten to take away a child’s technology when you can use that technology to deliver results when it comes to chores? By using an online job chart like MyJobChart.com, children consistently log in, see jobs that need to be done, register the completion and find out their rewards. Your kids find themselves motivated by seeing their bank account grow and positive notes from mom and dad.
  2. Let Kids Work To Support A Special Charity They Select … Help your child find a charity or cause they want to support, and tell them by finishing their chores, part of the money they earn will go as a donation. The donation could be made once a year, every month or every week, depending on your child, but if they can see how their hard work helps animals, another child or to help find a cure, they will be more engaged.
  3. Parents Match (Double) Any Savings or Donation … Make an agreement with your kids that whatever they earn, you (and even grandma/grandpa) will match the dollar amount to go toward a charity or that new toy they have been wanting.
  4. Connect Chores with a Special Day or Additional Activity Time … Sometimes all a child wants is some special time with mom and dad, maybe a trip to the zoo, to see a movie or to go out to eat at a favorite restaurant. Have a standing arrangement that every week or month, if assigned tasks are completed properly, you will grant them one wish to do something.
  5. Allow Overtime … Just like mom and dad, give your kids the chance to work overtime to earn more money. Even though some jobs have a clear ending, find other jobs that your children could do beyond regular chores, if they request. Examples include working in the garden, painting a room, doing advance homework or helping neighbors with their projects.


About MyJobChart.com

MyJobChart.com, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a free, easy to use, online and mobile job chart and reward system designed to teach, organize and motivate kids to earn, save, share and spend responsibly. Bringing together the latest technology and basic personal finance principles to help parents teach their children responsibility, accountability and how to manage money wisely. MyJobChart.com can also be used through its Apple and Android mobile apps, allowing parents and kids the opportunity to save, share and spend from anywhere. For more information, visit www.myjobchart.com

Gregg’s bio:

As the Chief Executive Officer of My Job Chart, Murset has committed the last four years to building the largest online community and fastest growing website teaching kids about work ethic and making smart money decisions.

MJC was born from real life experience. Murset is a father of six children (ages 6 to 16) and needed a way to teach them about earning, saving and spending money. With no system available for a family with a large range in ages, Murset came up with the idea to combine modern technology with the traditional allowance system to teach responsibility, accountability and the fundamentals of financial literacy.

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Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

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This fall, enjoy a taste of the Hamptons with the below recipe from South Fork & Spoon food concierge service. South Fork & Spoon and ANGO farm-to-fork catering have teamed up to create an incredible, vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe using healthy & delicious ingredients like Grapeseed oil, wild rice, kale and more!

And if you’re out East in the Hamptons, South Fork & Spoon has partnered with ANGO to make this Thanksgiving as seamless as ever – providing a meal that’s local, organic, and delivered right to your front door (in casserole dishes, never aluminum!). South Fork & Spoon will set the table, place flowers around the home, select the wine & alcohol, and drop off an incredible farm-to–fork menu created by Ango. Lexi Stolz, founder of South Fork & Spoon,  takes all of the stress and planning out of Thanksgiving, so families and friends can enjoy each other without any distractions.

You can read more about the amazing Thanksgiving delivery options here: http://www.southforkandspoon.com/#!the-aristocrat/c1h05

Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe from South Fork & Spoon + Ango 

Yields:  8 servings

Ingredients Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe

4 Acorn Squash, ideally 1-2 lbs each, halved lengthwise and seeds removed

5 teaspoons or more to taste, Salt

2 teaspoons, Ground Black Pepper

2 cups wild rice

3 oz Grapeseed oil

1 teaspoons fresh ground pepper

1 Tablespoons minced garlic

2 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms (stems removed)

4 cups cleaned and rough chopped kale

2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

2 Tablespoons chiffonade ( cut like ribbons) mint leaves


  • Medium sized pot
  • Fine meshed strainer
  • Baking sheet
  • Pepper mill
  • Sauté pan
  • Spatula
  • Large Bowl


1)     Pre heat the oven to 475

2)      In fine meshed strainer, place rice and run under cold water until clean.

3)     In medium sized pot, add rice + 2 t of salt + 4 cups of cold water. Cover the pot with a lid and bring to a boil on high heat.  Once boiling, reduce heat until rice is simmering.  Simmer for 30-45 minutes or until the rice has absorbed the water and is cooked.  (Note: rice can be cooked up to two days in advance)

4)     On baking sheet, place squash flesh side up and rub with 1 oz  grapeseed oil + 2 t of salt + fresh ground pepper.   Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until tender.  Use a fork to test for tenderness.

5)     In a separate sauté pan heat 1 oz grapeseed oil on medium-high heat.  Add shiitake mushrooms + garlic + 1Ž2 t of salt and sauté until mushrooms are cooked but not browned.  Remove from heat and place in large bowl.

6)     In the same sauté pan used for the mushrooms, heat 1 oz of grapeseed oil on medium-high heat. Add kale + 1Ž2 t of salt and cook quickly using tongs or a spatula.  Keep the kale moving so it doesn’t brown.  Once wilted, remove and place in bowl with shiitake mushrooms.

7)     In bowl, add cooked wild rice + sesame seeds and mix together.

8)     Taste rice mixture and season accordingly

9)     Fill the cooked squash halves with the rice mixture. Garnish with mint

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Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Ball

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Halloween is almost here and you know what that means…spooky fun, costumes, family, friends, and lots of treats! In celebration of the upcoming holiday, Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg of Spork Foods have created a delicious Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Ball recipe that is easy to make and perfect for Halloween!

The recipe is nutritious, gluten free, vegan, and something you will want to make all year long.


Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Balls Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Balls



5 cups popped popcorn

1/4 cup non-hydrogenated buttery spread (Earth Balance)

2 cups vegan marshmallows (Dandie’s brand)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 bag Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites, 6 pieces, roughly chopped



In a 4-6 quart heavy pot, add buttery spread, marshmallows, cinnamon and sea salt. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off heat and add vanilla extract and Pistachio Chewy Bites. Stir well, mixing until uniform.


Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to portion out the mixture into 10 balls and place on a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet.


Enjoy when cooled.


(C) Spork Foods, 2014

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Disney Parks Mom Panel 2015 Hopeful

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M-I-C, See you real soon. K-E-Y, Why? Because we like you. M-O-U-S-E

Do you recognize this song? I sing it every time I return HOME to Walt Disney World in Florida. I have been lucky enough to be able to visit Disney World just about every year since I was 12. Without giving my age away; I have had a Disney obsession for almost 20 years.

I am a planner at heart so I frequent Disney’s website a lot. I MEAN EVERY DAY A LOT. I like to see what’s happening at the parks, the resorts and catch up on the blog posts. I receive daily emails from all sorts of Disney related subscriptions and follow just about every thing Disney related on Social Media sites. That being said I was super excited to read about the Disney Parks Mom Panel. Not sure what this is? Well let me give you the 4.1.1.

Disney Parks Mom Panel is a question and answer forum where online moms, dads and grandparents offer advice, respond to questions and provide tips about Walt Disney Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California, Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, team sports at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and runDisney events. This panel is made up of independent contractors and are not technically employed by the Disney Company.

While I was searching the questions that have already been answered by this amazing panel of Disney Fans (just like me); I also noticed that the search for the 2015 Disney Parks Mom Panel was about to open. Since I am a planner, I marked it on my calendar and so began the wait!

After doing some research it appears there will be 4 Rounds in which qualifiers will be asked to perform certain tasks or challenges to advance to the next round. When the day finally arrived, I made sure I was ready. I submitted my Round 1 application and sprinkled my self with “Pixie Dust” (figuratively of course).

Social Media has played an outstanding role in keeping the anxiety of the Round 2 notification at bay. I have made some new friends and learned a little a few things about Disney that I may not have know before. Finally, the day myself and many others had been waiting for had arrived. My Twitter feed was already blowing up with news of other Disney Parks Mom Panel hopefuls had made it to Round 2. As I went to log into my email account, I found the email I was waiting for…

Disney Parks Mom Panel 2015 hopefulI had made it to Round 2. A little in shock, I yelled and gave high fives to my husband and then my kids. I instantly went on Twitter to join the celebration.

So thankful to have been chosen to move on and can not wait to see what is in store for all the Disney Parks Mom Panel hopefuls. I’ll keep my awesome readers updated as the next round is set to open Tuesday October 21st, 2014.

Wish me luck and Pixie Dust!

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Holiday Gift and Decor Shops One Kings Lane

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