Happy WeekendDecember 03 2016, 0 Comments

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Lighting Ceremony Holiday Lights Manhattan Ave.

The lighting of holidays from Nassua Ave. to Huron street. 6-6:30 pm

Location: Greenpoint Toy Store 738 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Coming Up:


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Breakfast and meet Santa Claus at St. Stans 

Sun, December 11, 2016 

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy

12 Newel Street

Brooklyn, NY 11222

*Buffet breakfast included with ticket price.

*Face painting, treats, crafts, raffles and more available at additonal cost.

**Tickets are per person (Adults and children age 2 and up need ticket to enter. Children under 2 are admitted free.)**



5 Holiday DIYS (to get you in the spirit).November 28 2016, 0 Comments

It is an unseasonably warm December here in New York which has frankly been tough to get in the Christmas spirit as when you live in a cold weather state it really brings in the holidays. Ya, know snow flakes, snowman, sledding it all is so Christmas. So says the California mama who only knew sunny weather for Christmas growing up. 

This would explain why it took us weeks to finally buy a tree  which means it is now time to get into the holiday spirit! These DIYS are the perfect crafts to get one there and I am excited to give them a try.

Here are our 5 favs:

Black & White Christmas Ornaments(above): I will definitely make a few of these this holiday however this gives me the idea of doing an only black and white decor tree next year. via Earnest Home Co.

Painted Ornaments: I see those clear ornaments balls all over the place. This would be such a fun Saturday afternoon project with the kiddies to do as a last 'hurrah' before Christmas. Via Tell Love and Party

Cornstarch Clay Gift Tags: I am so doing these with my boy. I love adding a special touch to gift wrapping and these tags are surprisingly easy. Via Hello Natural

Melted Crayon Ornaments: Make something beautiful out of those small nibs of crayons you have lying around. Via One Cup At A Time

The easiest DIY in the list because it is a free printable! Give this your own stamp with some glitter or a splash of paint. Via Gather & Feast



Road Trip TipsNovember 21 2016, 0 Comments


Take the Best Road Trip Ever

How to Avoid Car Sickness

Understand why you’re carsick. Motion sickness happens when the brain gets conflicting signals from your inner ears, eyes, joints, and muscles. The inner ears and the skin receptors sense that you’re moving, but if you are reading or have your eyes fixed on an object in the car, your eyes can’t detect that the car is moving. One of the main symptoms is nausea, says Gervais Fréchette, M.D., a travel-medicine specialist in New York City and San Francisco.

Counteract nausea by looking outside.Says Fréchette, “Look at the horizon or the distant scenery,” which helps your body send the proper messages to your brain. Get kids to do the same by playing car games, like the license-plate game or I Spy. And, says Fréchette, “position a car seat so that the child can see outside.” Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and sodium. All three can impair circulation, interfering with the body’s ability to sense movement.

Ask your doctor about medications. She may suggest Dramamine, Bonine, or Marezine. But skip the wristbands and electronic devices that are claimed to prevent motion sickness. “There’s no scientific data to support them,” says Fréchette.

How to Check a Tire’s Air Pressure

Buy a good air-pressure gauge. That may seem obvious, but it’s crucial. You won’t get an accurate reading from an air-pressure gauge at a gas station, and an accurate measurement is pivotal, because underinflated tires handle poorly on the road, says Andrew Vinciquerra, who owns A.V.A. Performance Inc., an auto-repair shop in Long Island City, New York, and specializes in prepping his customers’ cars for road trips. Because low tires spin with more difficulty, they require more energy from the engine and so waste gas. “Purchase a gauge that doesn’t run on batteries and you won’t need to worry that they’ll die,” Vinciquerra recommends.

Determine the ideal pressure. Says Vinciquerra, your car manual will tell you where to locate a sticker―usually on the doorjamb on the driver’s side―that indicates your tires’ maximum pressure, which is how much weight they can support. One tire at a time, unscrew the tire cap and place the gauge over the valve fitting. Press in for one second and listen for the hissing sound of escaping air. The gauge will lock the reading into place so you can see it clearly. If the number is too low, add air to the tire for 30 seconds, then test again. Repeat until the pressure is correct. Be sure to check the spare tire’s pressure as well.

How to Get Unlost on the Road

Stop and turn around as soon as possible once you realize you’re lost.Yes, you may be tempted to keep going in the hopes that you’ll miraculously correct your course. But the truth is, the farther you drive, the more lost you’ll get, says Laurie Borman, editorial director of Rand McNally.

Backtrack to the last landmark or exit that you clearly recognize. Even if it takes 15 or 20 minutes, you’ll save time and gas in the long run. If you stop to ask directions, be sure it’s in a safe, well-lit area.

Try to understand why you got lost. Did you miss a turn? Make a wrong turn? This is the key to not getting lost again. People tend to make the same errors repeatedly, such as zoning out and not seeing signs, and you’ll be less likely to make the same error if you know your weaknesses.

By Arianne Cohen via Real Simple

Photo Source:  spaceforinspiration.blogspot.com via Stash Tea on Pinterest

Original Post 5/24/13

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