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Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Very Furry Birthday At #SesamePlace

IMG_9576 December was quite the busy month for us. We have Christmas and Buggy’s birthday in the same week and coming off the Thanksgiving train, well you can say December was just pretty crazy. 

For Christmas and Buggy’s birthday we took a trip down  to Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA. If you haven’t taken a vacation there, I definitely recommend it. If you’re not ready for Disney yet and your child(ren) love Sesame Street, that is the place to go.  The first time we drove down there – only five hours from where we are in New Hampshire was in September. If you think you will go again definitely buy the seasonal pass – totally worth it and it pays for itself after just the first visit. 

collage_20131216143306601_20131216143339145We had such an amazing time. The first day was freezing and they had predicted a snow storm and it felt like we had the park to our selves and it was just super awesome. Our second day there we had lunch with the characters and we got to take pictures with all the ones that were there.  Buggy was super excited when our awesome waitress brought out a cupcake and Bert and Ernie sang happy birthday to her. It was such an awesome meet and greet lunch with the characters and an extra birthday for my little one.  What great memories we have.

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If you’re interested in checking out the park, they open in May and opening this Spring is Cookie’s Monster Land - featuring five exciting rides, a three-story net climb, and a soft play area for the park’s youngest visitors. We love, love Sesame place and can’t wait until it open’s in May.  If you’re following me on Instagram you probably saw all my pics but if you’re not, I’d love to connect with you.

Have you been to Sesame Place yet?

Irene

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Dreaming Of You

This morning I was going through my dad's wallet and looked through his pictures again. I have not removed anything since he passed. Next month will be 10 years since he made his trip to heaven to be with Mami.

mami y papi I think this is a picture of Mami and Papi in their early 20's when they were still in Puerto Rico. I miss my parents every.single.day and lately I've been having some wonderful dreams of daddy. I cherish every dream of my parents when they come to me but its usually daddy that comes to visit me.  We were so close, I look so much like him and inherited his silly personality-I love that and I see so much of him in my daughter. That makes me feel wonderful. I'm always trying to interpret my dreams to see if there are any messages he's trying to tell me but usually they are just him coming for a visit.

Thank you daddy for your visits.  I love them and always look forward to the next ones.

I love you and miss you mom and dad. See you soon.

Love,

Irene

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

MY Blog Spark: Cheerios Buy One, Get One Free Coupon!

Did you see the premiere of Cheerios first-ever game day commercial? Cheerios is also partnering with a non-profit organization called The Family Dinner Project, to bring you The Family Breakfast Project, which provides tips, recipes and activities to help families connect over breakfast. Use the limited time, buy one get one free coupon to get begin experimenting with the Family Breakfast Project recipes and activities.

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The coupon is valid only until February 15th, and limited to only one million first come first served respondents – download it here, and be sure to share with your friends as well.

Be sure to visit Cheerios.com to join the Family Breakfast Project, or to watch the commercial!  If you plan on tweeting about this event, be sure to use the hashtag #familybreakfast and #MyBlogSpark!

Irene

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I’m Finally Ready To Welcome 2014 With Open Arms

You’re probably aware that I’ve been MIA for quite some time. The Fall and leading into the winter/holiday months were busy and it was a rough patch for me.  As much as I wanted to post, my heart just wasn’t in it but I’ve been thinking about you all. From reading many of your posts out there it seems like I wasn’t alone in this difficult time. I read about divorce and other heart ache as well and I hope and pray for many positive changes for you all in 2014.

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So, with a clear head and a positive outlook I look forward to getting back into the swing of things with my blog, connecting with you all again and hopefully meeting some wonderful new friends as well. 

Happy New Year!

Irene

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Healing Power Of Humor

I recently did a presentation at work for our Residents on the benefits of laughter.  I am the first to admit that I am the goofiest, silliest person in my family and I thank my Daddy for that. Even in high school and places I've worked I can’t even tell you how many times I've been called the biggest goofball. No matter how awful my day can be, I will always find the humor side of it and laugh (even after a little cry). I truly believe laughing is the best medicine.  Being the Silly Mami that I am, I always try to surround myself with laughter by watching funny movies, comedies and happy people. My daughter and I are always laughing and I seriously loose count every day at the times we laugh and she calls me "silly mami" - it's amazing. I am a Stroke Survivor so I appreciate every.single.moment in my life.

Have you realized the amazing benefits laughter can provide? Do you remember the times you've cried to a friend and she tried to cheer you up and made you laugh and how much better you felt. Check out the slide below on how laughter affects you physically, mentally and socially.

Recently my Husband was suffering from Depression and I sent this presentation to him and it made him feel good. With laughter and the right treatment, he is doing well.


“A sense of humor sees the fun in everyday experiences. It is more important to have fun than it is to be funny."

Laughter- A medication that is fun and free: 
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Increases energy
  • Diminishes pain
  • Protects from damaging effects of stress

Laughing Is Contagious

                                    

Check out these great links on the Power of Laughter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP4abiHdQpc - you may remember this one - Baby laughing hysterically
Tell me, how to you incorporate laughter into your day?
Irene








Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Recipe: Cheesy Baked Ziti

Cheesy Baked Ziti I am always looking for new recipes to try especially if it’s Italian.  I love Italian food. I think I must have been Italian in a previous life or maybe preparing to be one in my next one – hehe!

I recently made this delicious baked ziti. I don’t really have a recipe to follow and just pretty much threw it all together and if I do say so myself, it came out super awesome and super cheesy.

Ingredients:

1 Package of ground beef

1 Package of pasta – I used bow tie this time

1 Can/Jar Spaghetti Sauce

1 Small onion

2-3 Spoonfuls of minced garlic

1 Cup of Parmesan cheese

1 Package of shredded cheese-divided

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to directions
  2. Heat up onions and garlic in your skillet and add ground beef & seasonings
  3. Line baking sheet with foil –optional
  4. Coat the bottom of the tray with sauce
  5. Pour pasta into baking dish
  6. Mix in your beef, spaghetti sauce, parmesan cheese and shredded cheese
  7. Make sure it’s well blended
  8. Add remaining shredded cheese to the top layer and cover with non-stick foil
  9. Bake 350°F for about 30 minutes

Voila! A quick and easy dinner for the family.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Happy Birthday Abuela

IMG_4486Today I want to wish my Mami a wonderful birthday. Today, September 12, I am celebrating another birthday for my mother without my mother. Today Mami would have been 67. Twenty years of celebrating her birthday without her in the physical world but I know that she is having an amazing time in Heaven with her parents and my day and many other family members.

Buggy and I had a wonderful little celebration for Abuela. We sang happy birthday, I told her stories about her Abuela and we looked at her picture and gave her lots of kisses.  My heart broke when Buggy asked if we could go to Abuela’s house to see her. I told her that I wished with all my heart that we could do that but Abuela’s house was very far away.

Happy birthday Mami! We love you and miss you so much. Without a doubt I know today you had an amazing day. Besos y abrazos to my Abuela’s and to daddy and everyone else up there.

I will look for my pennies from Heaven.

 

We love you to the moon and back!

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