Thursday, January 11, 2018

Salad Cutter Bowl Review

60 Second Salad shows step-by-step instructions right on the box.

The Salad Cutter Bowl arrived nicely packaged. It is larger than I expected.

Easily cut heads of lettuce. I tried cutting up other vegetables (Peppers, Onions) using this product and found it a bit difficult. It produces a coarse chop: perfect for lettuce and cabbage!

The bowl doubles as a strainer: you can rinse your veggies after they are chopped up or before.

Important: when using the Salad Cutter you will still need to exercise caution and be aware of where you put your hands and fingers. Choosing the correct knife for the job will make cutting up your salad vegetables much easier and safer.

Disclaimer: I received this product at a discount price in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any other way. I am in no way affiliated with the seller.

If you would like to check out the product I reviewed you can find it on Amazon

Monday, December 11, 2017



I won our Christmas tree from Capitol Christmas Trees, a business that gives back
by donating to and collecting donations for foster kids.
Renee with her dog, Lola

Our daughter Renee, 7 wrote a letter to Santa last week. I’m such a proud Mom!
We decided to start a fundraiser for local foster kids.

Renee has a big heart! This holiday season she wants to give Stuffed Animals to foster kids (who might not otherwise receive much or anything at Christmas.) Let’s help Pay It Forward!

Did you know thanksgiving or giving (gratitude) can contribute to healthy living?

It’s true! Dr. Robert Emmons, a Professor of Psychology at the University of California says:
Give something away. When we are givers, we reflect more clearly on what it is like to be a receiver. Also, we are grateful for the opportunity to give, knowing that giving brings happiness to self and others.

Please consider making a donation. Any amount helps!

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Be a part of what makes the holidays magical  = )

All donations are greatly appreciated! 
Thank you for reading our story.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Affordable Fashion Jewelry

Looking for a simple and affordable gift for the upcoming holiday season? I recommend this diverse array of heart pendants!

-Nice colors: 12 assorted pendants
-.78 inch pendant
-Affordable gift/jewelry supplies
-Simple yet elegant

Disclosure: All opinions are 100% my own. I am not affiliated with the seller.

Want to browse or purchase these pendants? Find them here on Amazon

Friday, September 29, 2017

Review: LakiKid Weighted Lap Blanket

I review products from several websites. I've been an ambassador for a number of brands and products and participated in several discussion panels including Remington, Spectrum Brands, and Mattel to name a few. 

My experience with founder Jason Hsieh and LakiKid has been on par with big name brands!

With LakiKid you can expect:

  • Exceptional Customer Service
  • High Quality
  • Products Made in the USA
  • Free Shipping

Benefits of Weighted Sensory Lap Pad for Kids & Adults


Weighted lap pad can assist with aggression, attention, homework issues, anxiety, focusing, sensory seeking, trouble at school and more!

About the Product:


The plastic pellet filled lap pads can be used as a warming and/or cooling pad when warmed in the dryer or cooled in the freezer. 


Sensory lap pads are machine washable and dryable - Gentle cycle highly recommended


Helps kids stay calm and still during test-taking, classwork, homework and more! Kids love the soothing, deep pressure these lap blankets provide.


LakiBargain Lap Pads are made of polyester fleece and filled with plastic pellets. All lap pads are assembled in Illinois.

Is your child a wiggle worm? Does your child have difficulty staying put in a chair? 

Weighted lap pads are often incorporated into learning environments in which students need sensory feedback. Weighted lap pads may help diffuse tension, decrease restlessness and assist with focus. 

Easily Cleaned

Sensory lap pads are machine washable and dryable - Please use gentle cycle.

Which size should I choose?

For Pre-school aged kids Size Small or Medium is recommended 
For Young elementary aged kids Size Large is recommended


Small - 9 x 13 inches; 2 lbs.
Medium - 13 x 13 inches; 3 lbs.
Large - 13 x 19 inches; 4 lbs.
Bear Sensory Blanket - 13 x 13 inches; 3 lbs.

12 x 12 inches; 3 lbs Sensory Blanket

Dual Purpose

These plastic pellet filled lap pads can also be used as a warming/cooling pad when warmed in the dryer or cooled in the freezer.

Designed and Made in the USA

Products are made of polyester fleece and filled with plastic pellets. All of our lap pad are assembled in Illinois, USA. Solid color and simple design is ideal for promoting calm without distraction. 
Free shipping to all 50 states in the USA. Products typically ship within 3-5 Business Days.

Founder Jason Hsieh says, they "are actively creating more additional products as they are building [their] brand."

LakiKid Fidget Foot Band can help kids with ADHD focus in the classroom with minimal interruption

Interested in LakiKid Sensory Products? Visit LakiKid!

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any other way.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Back to Blogging :)

Hi, folks!

I hope you all are well and enjoying the start of autumn!

I can't believe Renee is in First Grade! She loves school and I'm glad!

First day of School

Autumn officially started: Friday September 22nd- but with the weather we've been having it looks like it'll be a little bit longer until the seasons really change.

We've been enjoying spending time with family and friends.

My handsome man: "Uncle Mo" and nephew "Ri" 2 months post surgery. Nothing's getting in his way!

We visited Boston Children's Hospital while my nephew was recovering from his third (and hopefully his last) Open Heart Surgery. We got there and he was sooooo happy to have another kid to play with and some fresh faces. It was heart wrenching: he wanted so badly to go home with us, to be at home with his Mom and dogs.


Fall is my favorite season! When the weather gets a little cooler, animals and pets tend to be a little more feisty :)

Fryeburg Fair, Maine

I'll be headed to the Freyburg Fair again this year. If you're planning a trip to New England for leaf peeping, October should be beautiful in color and temperature!

Some Basics of ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder

What is it?

Autism spectrum disorder is a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with other people. ASD causes problems in social interaction and communication. The disorder also includes limited and repetitive patterns of behavior. The term "spectrum" in autism spectrum disorder refers to the wide range of symptoms and severity of symptoms.
Autism spectrum disorder includes conditions previously considered separate — 
  • Autism
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder 
  • Unspecified form of Pervasive Developmental Disorder


Autism spectrum disorder begins in early childhood and eventually leads to problems functioning in society and socially. Oftentimes children show symptoms of autism within their first year. A small number appear to develop normally in the first year, and then go through a period of regression around 18-24 months of age when symptoms are exhibited.
Social communication and interaction
A person with autism spectrum disorder may experience difficulties with social interaction and communication skills, including the following:
  • Does not respond to his or her name or appears not to hear you at times
  • Resists cuddling, hugs, and holding; seems to prefer playing alone, retreating into his or her own world
  • Poor eye contact and lacks facial expression
  • Nonverbal or delayed speech, or loses previous ability to say words or sentences
  • Can't start a conversation or keep one going, or only converses to make requests or label items
  • Speaks with an abnormal tone or rhythm and may use a singsong voice or robot-like speech
  • Repeats words or phrases verbatim, but doesn't understand how to use them
  • Doesn't appear to understand simple questions or directions
  • Doesn't express emotions or feelings and appears unaware of others' feelings
  • Doesn't point at or bring objects to share interest
  • Inappropriately approaches a social interaction by being passive, aggressive or disruptive
  • Has difficulty recognizing nonverbal cues, i.e. Interpreting other's facial expressions, postures or tone of voice

Patterns of behavior

A person with autism spectrum disorder may have limited, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities; such as:
  • Repetitive movements: rocking, spinning or hand flapping
  • Participates in activities that could cause self-harm, such as biting or head-banging
  • Has specific routines or rituals and is sensitive to change 
  • Difficulty with coordination or odd movement patterns, such as clumsiness or walking on toes, and has odd, stiff or exaggerated body language
  • Is fascinated by details, such as the spinning wheels of a toy car, but doesn't understand the overall purpose or function of the object
  • Unusually sensitive to light, sound or touch, yet may be indifferent to pain or temperature
  • Doesn't engage in imitative or make-believe play
  • Obsession with an object or activity with abnormal intensity or focus
  • Specific food preferences, such as eating only a few foods, or refusing foods with a certain texture
For more in-depth information, visit the Mayo Clinic.


Early intervention is key. While there is no cure, there are a variety of treatments and therapies available. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder is unique to the individual in severity and level of functioning. Some people with autism spectrum disorder are highly intelligent and high functioning; while others may be lower functioning. 

While I do not have personal experience with Autism: I can tell you the Valedictorian of my graduating high school class was on the Autism Spectrum.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day 2017

It's official. Today is President Elect Donald Trump's inauguration. While I tend to stay away from politics as a general rule, I am interested to see what the next 4 years will bring.

Mr. Trump claims he will "Make America great again!"
I'm anxious to see what's in store.

I hope we can become a supportive nation for each other; rather than a nation divided.