Sunday, December 8, 2013

Kmart and Sears FREE In-Store Pick Up #spon

**** Presented by Mami Innovative Media, this is a sponsored post on behalf of Sears and Kmart. All opinions expressed here are my own.**

The holidays seem to be the busiest time of the year. Between shopping, untangling lights, wrapping (or unwrapping) and baking dozens of cookies, your regular life doesn't press pause. (Especially when you're a leave everything to the last minute person like I am).  I am always running around days (sometimes even hours) before Christmas shopping for my loved ones. There is no Christmas miracle for making the holidays less busy. You can, however, find little ways to relieve the stress and smile more!:)

I am here to tell you that there is a way! Sears and Kmart offer FREE in-store pickup and you can  earn points while you shop! 

Both Sears and Kmart offer free in store pickup and $10 back in points when you spend $59! You  can shop thousands of gifts online in the comfort of your own home before picking up your items in store in 5 minutes guaranteed (or whenever you’re ready). With in store pickup you’ll avoid lines, busy stores and the wasted time of walking down every aisle. You can even have a relative or friend pick up your order and pay in store with cash if you'd prefer! It's all good!!

Now your only dilemma would be to figure out  what you will do with all that extra free time you'll have and those extra points??! A few ideas include:  give yourself a gift using your points before volunteering at a shelter, making gingerbread houses with the kids or simply putting your feet up and enjoying the view of the Christmas tree.

 The ONLINE portion of the event is from Saturday 12/7/13 starting at 6PM CT through Tuesday 12/10/13 at 9AM CT. The IN-STORE event is on Sunday, 12/8/13 ONLY.

I personally can not wait to try out all the amazing offers! Learn more from Sears and Kmart!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

UPDATE: The Hudson County Baby and Toddler Bash

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NJ Moms Guide is hosting a wonderful event, The Hudson County Baby and Toddler Expo!

There will be workshops, giveaways, spa stations and plenty of treats. For more info and to purchase tickets please visit NJ MOMS GUIDE !

*****I get the wonderful opportunity to giveaway a VIP GIFT BAG TICKET to a very lucky reader!! Woohoo!!***
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This contest is open to everyone so if there's someone special in your life that you think might love to attend then you know what to do!!

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It can't get any better than that!!:)

***This contest ends on Friday November 8, 2013 Midnight EST!!!!  Winner will receive their ticket VIA email from NJMOMSGUIDE

***The following post is sponsored by New Jersey Moms Guide . I was given two tickets for giveaway purposes only. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. However, I was given two additional tickets to attend the event. All opinions are entirely my own.***

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fire Me Up Studio #event

 My family and I will be attending this FREE event this Saturday!! All are welcome! 

Fire Me Up! Studio


Fire Me Up! Studio, a new studio opening in Cranford, will offer paint-your-own pottery, glass fusing, clay hand-building projects and host art classes and workshops. The studio will also feature Ladies Night and Tween Nights and host open studio hours for walk-in customers and even personalized events and parties.
On Saturday, September 21st from 10am to 12pm, Fire Me Up! will have a Grand Opening Party open to the public and will allow families to tour the space and create a small piece of artwork. Balloon artists, Face Painting, Drinks and Treats will be served.

On Thursday, September 26th from 7-9pm, Fire Me Up! will host an Adults-Only Grand Opening event offering Mini Chair Massages by Elements Therapeutic Spa in Cranford, a Wine tasting, and Lite bites.

Fire Me Up! Studio will be opening at 117 N. Union Avenue

For more information: Tammie Crispino at sales@firemeupstudio or visit

*** I was not compensated in any way for this post. All opinions are my own***

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


I find it more difficult to sit here and write. I don't know if it's because I barely had a chance to do it all summer or because I have a ton more responsibility now than before. Whatever the reason, I have to admit that at times I am not too bothered by it. It feels more like a task sometimes and I don't even know why because I don't even know what direction I want to take with this blog. In the beginning, I just wanted to share and remember all the important  and not so important things in our lives because I have a horrible memory and I want to look back and reminisce about every single thing in my family's lives. Part of me longs to be able to sit here, and write about what I love and actually get a good amount of income coming in for it. Now I don't care anymore about why I'm doing it.

I realize time and again that I need to be more open and honest here, share the good and the bad because life isn't always so peachy. I am always focusing on all the negative that is going on around me and I didn't want that here. There's just always a little part of me that doesn't want to share too much. You never know who's reading. I am WAY more open when I write than in person.....It's easy to hide behind a computer screen. I don't know if I'm ready for something like that. It's sad to admit but I opened this blog a long time ago and I continue to just hold back.

I'll be doing different things around the house and my mind starts racing in different directions and I think, wow I want to write about this on the blog and then I'm like, Do I really want to do that?? (The fear of being judged overwhelms me.) So I keep going about my day and those ideas I had are quickly forgotten. this is a rant of sorts going in no particular direction. Just Venting!

I can vent right?! It's good for the soul.

If I am going to take the time to sit here from the millions of things I have to do I have decided to change a few things. I am not going to push myself anymore on what I want out of this little blog of mine because it has obviously not worked for me. I will be more open because if someone in Alaska can read this and I won't be bothered then one of my fellow PTA moms will too and I'll live. People are going to form their own opinions of you with truths or assumptions the same way so I will not let that slow me down.

I am also not going to pressure myself about when I have to post because that always leads to bad posts and just awfulness all around. I am not perfect but sometimes it's easy to assume that my blog has to be a certain way and it doesn't.

I am battling a bad cold/flu right now so I hope this isn't just the cold medicine talking, kidding, but I do hope I remember this when I 'm feeling better.

I am really looking forward to getting back to my links to love posts because I just love oversharing, because that's who I am. I see something I like, or LOVE, and I want to tell you about so that maybe you can love it as much as I do Whether it's a good post I just read about one of my favorite bloggers or a favorite restaurant that my family and I love to eat at I will be sharing about it!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sarah's pre-k graduation

Here are a few pics of our little princess's graduation. It was quick...the songs and presentation was like 15 minutes. All the kids were adorable...especially our little girl.

I have to admit that it was a tough year for us. Sarah is having a little bit more of a difficult time in school than I expected. This graduation was also a celebration for her teacher as well. I commend her for the immense patience she had with my little one. Sarah loves her very much!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Rivera Staycation in Pictures

I still had to work and babysit so we really couldn't go away somewhere for our vacation. Besides the kiddos were just looking forward to spending time with Daddy so it didn't really matter what we were doing.

We had a day trip to NYC with stops at all our favorite places! We watched movies, played video games and ate out a lot more than normal. We visited family for a last minute birthday party and had some fun at the parks.

Overall I can't complain, our little family enjoyed themselves.

Here a few pics: