Sunday, January 22, 2017

Making a Lifetime of Family Memories

For millions of mothers across America, making a lifetime of memories for their families is a dream come true.
Even when there are some bad memories mixed in with all the good stuff, moms love to chronicle their family lives. From the baby’s first steps to when they eventually find the love of their life and wed, there are countless opportunities to record those precious moments.
That said mom shouldn’t be the only one looking to record all of these great times (and possibly a few not so great times) for the family.
Whether it is dad owning one of those quality Polaroid cameras, perhaps the kids with their cell phones that they can’t ever seem to put down, or even the grandparents with a video camera, record those important moments in life.
With that being the case, will you and your family make a lifetime of memories?

What Should You Record?

So that you do not one day look back and wish you would have recorded countless memories, remember these special times:

·    Early moments – What’s more precious than your baby’s first cries or steps? Do you remember the first words that came out of your little one’s mouth? While most moms are pretty good about recording these moments, they will at times get caught up in the moment, forgetting to bring the camera or video-recorder along. By not having one or both items handy, those moments are usually lost forever. If you’re a little on the adventurous side, you might want to film your baby’s birth. If you opt to do so, make sure you check with the hospital (or whatever facility you might be giving birth in) first to make sure there are no rules against such filming. Above all else, keep it as respectful as possible, especially if you plan for family and/or friends to view it at some point;

·    First few years – Once your baby is up and walking around, he or she can pretty much get into anything at any given time. That said most of those moments will be relatively entertaining (assuming they do not break anything and/or injure themselves). If you have an animal or animals in the house, your baby’s first few years with them can be priceless memories to capture. Whether playing or sleeping together, babies and animals can have one of the most unique bonds possible.

Off to School

·    Leaving the house – Ask just about any mom and she will tell you that first day of separation with their little one when they go off to school can be more taxing on her than the child. Record those memories from what they’re wearing to when they first step on the school bus or enter the door to school. Given how fast kids grow up these days, you will look back one day with fondness of how cute your little one was, even if it seems like the time went by in the blink of an eye;

·    Teen years – If you think today’s teens grow up faster than you did back in the day, you are likely correct. Before you know it, your child or children will go from their first steps to their first time behind the wheel of your vehicle. Along with that will come their first “true” loves, participating in school activities, thinking about where they want to go to college, and much more. Although today’s kids mostly use their cell phones for recording all of these wonderful moments in life, some still like the look and feel of a more traditional camera. For those in that group, you may even want to buy them a camera or possibly a video camera as a graduation gift in high school or college;

·    Moving on out – The day will eventually come when your child decides he or she is ready to explore the world beyond college. They may even come home one day with news that they have in fact found the love of their life, meaning a possible engagement and even wedding is in the offing. Recording these important times in life is not only fun for you, but also for them. They can one day show their child or children pictures of when they first met, when he officially proposed to mom, and when they tied the knot.

As you can see, there are many moments in life that you don’t want to have go by unrecorded.
With the right camera and/or video camera, you can picture many memories to share for a lifetime.

Celine Dion to Perform Original Song "How Does a Moment Last Forever" for Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!

Five-time GRAMMY® winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion will perform an all-new original song, “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” for Disney’s live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The song will also be included on the film’s soundtrack.

Written by eight-time Oscar®-winning composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) and veteran lyricist and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (“The Lion King,” “Evita”), “How Does A Moment Last Forever” is an emotional ballad about holding onto life’s precious moments. Portions of the song are performed throughout the film and interpolated into the underscore before Dion’s full-length version debuts in the film’s custom main-on-end title design.

Says Dion, “Being a part of the original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was such a magical experience in my life, and I'm truly honored to be a part of this film again.”  

President of Music for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production, Mitchell Leib, approached the artist on behalf of the project with the idea of recording one of the three new songs written for the film. “Celine was the unanimous choice of the filmmakers and studio to perform this song,” says Leib, “And everyone involved with the film is thrilled she agreed to be part of this new live-action adaptation.”

Dion originally performed the duet “Beauty and the Beast” – featuring Menken’s haunting melody and two-time Oscar-winner Howard Ashman’s unforgettable lyrics – with Peabo Bryson for the animated film. The song became an instant classic and went on to receive an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and three GRAMMY Awards.

Menken also provides the film score along with new recordings of the classic songs from the animated film written by himself and Ashman. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017. The pre-order is available now at

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Scotties Facial Tissues Welcomes The Homeless Into Permanent Housing

January was a great month for 100 homeless people in Boston who are now living in permanent supportive housing thanks to the generosity of The Pine Street Inn. The Pine Street Inn is the largest resource for the homeless in the state of Massachusetts. They provide emergency shelters for the homeless, have street teams, they offer job placement programs as well as many other resources.

In a partnership with Scotties Facial Tissues, the new residents were welcomed into their new homes with comfort care packs. In an effort to kick off 2017 with a worthy cause, Scotties provided each of the 100 residents with a queen-sized fleece blanket, warm slipper socks, a mug with hot cocoa and marshmallows, and of course boxes of  soft Scotties tissues! These small gifts of comfort can be just what may be needed to turn a house into a home. For so many homeless people, who have not had a room of their own for a long time, this acted as one small step in their journey to a better life for themselves.

Maria, who has lived in her beautiful home for the last three months was previously homeless.  She has made her home her own by beautifully decorating it in the style of her native home, Columbia.  She is eager to put the Scotties blanket to use this winter!

Pictured above (L-R)
Lyndia Downie, President & Executive Director, Pine Street Inn
Maria Suarez, Tenant
John Robertson, Director of Marketing, Scotties Facial Tissues
Pamela Ricci, Brand Manager, Scotties

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

3 Cheap Ways to Protect your Home While Traveling

I was compensated for this post

I love to experience new places with my family. From the charming towns of Michigan, to the excitement of Orlando, or even a quick getaway just to test a car, there's nothing like a trip to build memories. But leaving the house means leaving things unprotected. So how do you keep your home safe while traveling without spending too much money?

Inexpensive Home Security Systems

The most obvious way to protect your home while traveling is by using a home security system, but some of them can cost thousands upfront plus $50 or more per month. SimpliSafe is much more affordable. First of all, you can get an equipment package for under $200. Second, monitoring starts at $14.99 per month. Third, you can choose to have them monitor your home on a month-to-month basis, so you aren't paying for home security while you're home. Using sensors, SimpliSafe will watch your home while you're away. Depending on the sensors you choose, it can potentially let you know if someone opens a door, is walking around your living room, if there's leak or flooding in your home, or even if there's a fire.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Head to the 2017 #NAIAS this year and Check out Hyundai! #HyundaiNAIAS

I visited the NAIAS this year via Media and I was also compensated for my attendance

I always thoroughly enjoy attending the NAIAS (North American International Auto Show), it is one of the biggest Auto Shows in all of the world. It is home to the North American Car and North American Truck Awards of the year though. 

I love that the NAIAS is annual and comes every single January. I love attending and love taking my family. The NAIAS Public Dates are January 14-22 this year and you should definitely attend, ESPECIALLY if you've never been!