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Top Ten: Easy, Quick and Delicious Recipes So Dad Can Do The Cooking On Mother’s Day (or more realistically, so mom can make something easier than usual)

Chef_RamsayWhether you’re a husband looking to do something nice for Mother’s Day (this weekend, folks) or a mother in need of more recipes (and more time) this Top Ten may be for you. The following meals take very little time to prepare and are enjoyed by my 3 and 5 year olds, special needs teen and husband alike, which has to mean it’s more than empty bragging when I offer these meals up as solutions to the dinnertime crunch.

The recipes that follow only call for a few ingredients, require even fewer steps to prepare and as an added bonus don’t really need to be measured that carefully. Like garlic? Add some more. Don’t like onions? Nobody will miss them. In the end, chances are in your favor that the meal is going to look good and taste even better.

For those of you mothers who (like me) plan to cook dinner on Mother’s Day as usual (and be spoiled in other ways, of course!), maybe this list can bulk up your “I don’t feel like cooking but this barely counts and is better than take out again” recipe collection. Add a loaf of bread, salad or some green veggie (frozen peas count) to most of the meals below and you have a complete, delicious, and most importantly, easy dinner on the table. Read more…

Top Ten: Additional Reasons To Register For The Central Park Challenge (PHOTO edition)

One of my favorite events of the year is around the corner so I’m more than happy to tell you ten more good reasons that you should join our team, The Foorce Finale! But since it’s all pretty much been said already, why not show you ten more reasons to join us for 2014?

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Top Ten 2013 Resolutions: The Results Are (Finally) In!

January 13, 2014 1 comment

Times_Square_Ball_from_aboveIn 2013 I continued the tradition of posting my New Year’s resolutions to the general public in an effort to better keep them. And here we are, unbelievably, in the second week of 2014. I noticed that last year I posted my results on New Year’s Eve and my resolutions on New Year’s Day. How did that happen?!

Reluctantly, as I worked on goals for 2014, I took a look at last year’s resolutions. Here is my report card in all of its glory. Kind of.

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Top Ten: Things Our Christmas Tree Probably Wanted to Know Before Moving In

December 19, 2013 Leave a comment
not our tree

Not our tree.

1. There’s only time to water you once a day. Trust me, I understand what it feels like to want a drink around 6pm, but take it easy.

2. Try not to feel embarrassed about the eyes and mouth we made for you. Ever since Adam found out about the drinking water thing he knows you’re still alive. And if you’re alive you obviously have to have eyes and a mouth so Margaret can tell if you’re awake or asleep. Duh. Read more…

Top Ten: Kid-Friendly (and Parent-Friendly) Christmas Movies We Watch Every Year

November 28, 2013 2 comments

RockefellerTree2005Watching holiday movies together is a favorite evening activity in our house, not to mention it’s getting kids ready for Christmas and bedtime in one fell swoop! We watch (a lot) more than this throughout the season, but this list is of our hands-down favorites. Read more…

Top Ten: Family-friendly Holiday Activities Worth Repeating In NYC

November 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Woodloch2I am one of those people who really, really loves the holiday season, which in our house starts big time with Thanksgiving, but if I’m being totally honest begins with Christmas movies and music shortly after Halloween. However, loving the holidays this much means that I overextend myself in one way or another, and the joy and festivity can be lost in stress and exhaustion if I’m not careful.

Since moving here we’ve come up with some really neat traditions that are fun for everyone in our family, which means that they are generally special needs friendly too. And with so much to do and explore in a place like the Big Apple, you know the activity has to be pretty fantastic in order to repeat it. Even though it’s not quite Thanksgiving, there are already a few festive activities on my list that you can try out!

Top Ten: Family-friendly Holiday Activities Worth Repeating In NYC (in no particular order):

1. New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show – we go at least once a year for the Member’s Preview, but often make it out there two or even three times in a season. We get to see our favorite NYC buildings made out of plants, play in the Gingerbread Wonderland, listen to the Westchester men’s choir (amazing!) and watch the tree lighting ceremony. Add hot chocolate, tasty food at the cafe and tons of room for kids to run around and we’re set for hours.

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Toys Your Kids Will Actually Play With

One of my posts about veteran toys was recycled on I highly encourage you to browse their fabulous, resourceful site and keep an eye out for my upcoming review of the organization later this month.

Top Ten: Substitutions to survive dairy and soy free

Cow_-_Flickr_-_USDAgovAs I recently mentioned, we’ve discovered that Ian has a bunch of severe food allergies, requiring me to cut all soy and dairy out of my own diet while we get things figured out. I won’t lie, this last month has been no picnic – no pun intended. Milk, coffee creamer, cheese, chocolate, sour cream, baked goods, and butter have all played feature roles in my life, as have tofu, bread, crackers, soy sauce, and a whole slew of items I never would’ve dreamed had soy in them.

But as with many challenges, I’m now on the other side of the soy/dairy free dilemma and am ready to share the fruits of my (frantic) labor with you. Whether you’re looking to limit your dairy and soy for lifestyle reasons (crazy) or you’ve been banned from it all like I was, the following ten items have provided adequate to excellent substitutions for everyday soy and dairy products, and have eased my pain considerably. Instead of the initial heart attack it’s feeling like more of a dull ache these days.

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