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March In Review

Monday, March 31, 2014

March is over? This is crazy, everyone! Passover begins in 2 weeks and I haven’t started cleaning yet. You know what I’ll be doing this week, for sure! March passed me by and I spent a lot of it being stressed out about what’s coming next – spring break, followed by summer break and my plans for the kids. Here are some of the highlights of March:

Family Activities:


  • We had Gabbie’s birthday party with her 5 closest friends.


Up next – figuring out spring break and summer plans! Determining a plan for helping Zachary in school. Passover. And much more fun times with the family!

Scandal Sunday #19–Mama Said Knock You Out

Sunday, March 30, 2014


Scandal Episode 315 broke my heart. It was literally hurting as I watched. I couldn’t sleep afterwards. I am FAR TOO INVESTED in this show!!!

[SPOILERS!] This episode got to the heart of the matter when it comes to Fitz and Mellie’s marriage. The kids had a big part in the unraveling, as their daughter Karen caught Mellie and Andrew together – they were being very reckless as this was the 2nd time in the episode they were together in her house with the kids there! Karen then spilled to her father that Mellie was with Andrew, which lead Fitz to punch Andrew in the face. Fitz and Andrew go way back, as do Mellie and Andrew, but as of now, we are to believe that Mellie did not sleep with Andrew until only very recently. However, Fitz now believes that the reason Mellie shut him out after she was raped (which he still does not know about) was because she was actually with Andrew then too. Fitz turned on Mellie, telling her that she killed their marriage and left him alone, leading to his affair with Olivia.

Something I mentioned last week was that I think if Mellie had turned to Fitz after her rape, he would have been there for her and they would be happily married today. But she didn’t and instead she told him that having a child turned her off to sex. Still, he wasn’t a serial adulterer. He was married and yet emotionally alone for at least 10 years until he met Olivia and proceeded to fall in love with her. And by the way, he loved her before he ever slept with her. Now, he’s angry and hurt and when Olivia interrupted his fight with Mellie because of their impending television appearance, he turned on Olivia too.


If he keeps treating her like that he’s going to be completely alone soon. Olivia tried to leave, but came back to make sure the television interview went on, telling Fitz she was there because it’s her job and her job is all she has left. And the same goes for him, it seems. There was also a very sad scene where Cyrus basically accuses Fitz of being at fault for James’s death, saying Jake had to kill James to protect the republic. So everyone continues to blame Fitz for everything. Are we meant to hate him, do you think?

Now let’s think about how Fitz can run for president with Andrew as his V.P. How would America look at a president who had an affair, but not only that, his wife is sleeping with the V.P.? Doesn’t sound good. So will Fitz use this as a reason to go back to that divorce plan he mentioned last season? Is it possible to have a president without a wife? Well, is it possible for a woman to be president? How about a gay man?

There are only three episodes left this season. Now, please tell me what I’m going to obsess about when this season is over?

March Instagram Wrap Up

Friday, March 28, 2014

Time for another Instagram wrap up post. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen these pictures already, but I like to post them here because they are the quick snap shots of my life! (If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you can, here.)

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1. Gabbie trying on her Purim costume, which my brother and his wife bought for her in China. 2. Rudy and Gabbie cuteness. 3. Gabbie modeling an outfit I bought for her and her American Girl Doll at the consignment sale. 4. Simon’s outfit for his cousin’s wedding.

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1. Zachary’s outfit for his cousin’s wedding. 2. My suitcase and my carry on bag. Love them both. 3. Airplane. 4. Welcome to New Jersey. Wipers On, Lights On people!

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1. I couldn’t stop laughing when my kids and my friends’ kids were wearing this mask. That’s Simon by the way! 2. Simon getting a ride back to our room from the wedding. 3. Zachary being a jet setter and sitting by himself on the way home. 4. Declared it flip flop season – I did paint my toe nails but it’s not warm enough anymore!

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1. Simon loves taking selfies. 2. Simon in a box. We cut the side and made a door and he pretends he’s driving!

And some photos I took but didn’t post to Instagram:

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1. Gabbie and Zachary at the Liberty Bell. 2. Simon and Zachary sound asleep after only sleeping 5-6 hours the night before. 3. Our old house. 4. Gabbie and her cousin.

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1. Zachary and his cousin. 2. Grandpa and Gabbie. 3. Me and one of my favorite twins. 4. Dave and Silly Simon.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tanner’s Tasty Paste Review and Giveaway

Thursday, March 27, 2014


I have three kids and all three prefer different types of toothpaste. Zachary especially is very particular about the taste of his toothpaste, as can be expected from a kid with food pickiness issues! However, even he was excited to try this ice cream flavored toothpaste from Tanner’s Tasty Paste. Available in Cha Cha Chocolate and Banilla Bling, my kids were so excited to try something different from the regular fruity or mint toothpastes they had been using. And all three kids were fans!


The healthy fluoride toothpastes from Tanner’s are made without saccharin or sodium lauryl sulfate, are dairy and gluten-free, and contain a 15% xylitol solution. Also available is Baby Bling, a mild vanilla ice cream flavor toothpaste for the littlest smiles in the family. Baby Bling is fluoride-free, and therefore safe to swallow, with xylitol.


For more information, visit,, and Tanners Tasty Paste on Twitter. If you want to win your own pack of toothpaste to try out, just leave me a comment!

I received this product in exchange for my review. No other compensation was received.


Show off your twirling capabilities with the ModCloth ‘Twirl Around the World Contest’ and you could win a $350 gift card! Snap a photo of yourself twirling in your favorite spring ensemble and upload to the Style Gallery or post on your Instagram account with the hashtag #modtwirl. Videos will also be considered on Instagram. Contest ends 3/31 at 10am PT. One Instagram winner and one Style Gallery winner will be chosen on 3/31 by EOD. Happy twirling!

March Ipsy Glam Bag

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This month I received my 5th Ipsy Glam Bag. This month’s theme was Destination Beauty. I was slightly sad that this month I only received four products instead of five, but I was still happy with what I received. Here is what I got:

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BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Rebel – $18:
Luscious, vibrant color loaded into a refreshing formula that slips on satiny-smooth for sheer-to-medium coverage with lasting glistening shine. Lips look fuller and more voluptuous.

Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad in Bora Bora – $16:
A highly pigmented long lasting formula for all day wear.
40% off any purchase and Free Fushia Lip Crayon with code IPSY40 until 4/15/14.

Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches – $18 for 7. I received 2, a $5 value:
Rich in soothing cornflower extract, decongesting arnica and chamomile, Klorane Smoothing and relaxing patches with soothing cornflower effectively reduce signs of tiredness from lack of sleep, a long day or sun exposure and instantly soothes and refreshes the eyes.
15% off with code IPSY until 4/30/15.

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream in shade 27 – $11:
The M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++ is a multifunctional, lightweight formula that provides soothing, moisturizing, brightening, wrinkle repairing, and sun protecting benefits.
Free gift with code IPSY until 4/15/14.

As you know, I pay $10 a month for my Ipsy bags. I received $50worth of products this month! Even with only 4 items, my value this month was higher than last month. My favorite product this month is the eyeshadow, although I’m not positive the colors are right for me. The BB Cream is nice, but it is thicker and therefore not as easy to apply as the one I normally use. The lip gloss felt rather tingly when I used it, so I’m not sure I’m a fan. And I haven’t tried out the soothing patches yet! If you’d like to sign up to receive your own Glam Bag each month, click here!

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Heroes of the City Review

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Do your kids love police cars, fire engines, and stories featuring such vehicles? Heroes of the City is a television cartoon about rescue vehicles in a small town where everyone can be a hero. Kids can follow the fantastically exciting adventures of Paulie Police Car and Fiona Fire Engine as they help the townspeople find thieves, put out fires, and solve one of the many mysteries that happen in the otherwise quiet town. They will also get to know Calamity Crow, the most unlucky bird in town! Emphasizing friendship, Heroes of the City contains a great deal of warmth and what may be accomplished by helping each other.

Meant for children ages two to six years old, the Heroes of the City app includes more than six hours of movies and nine games based on the television series Heroes of the City. You can also use the Air Play function for your Apple TV. One full movie, three games and a music video are available for free.


My boys were so excited to receive two Heroes of the City characters, a book featuring one of their stories, and a DVD full of Heroes of the City movies to check out, in addition to the app, which they love to watch and play with together.


Please check out Heros of the City on your Apple device or via Google Play!