Monday, October 31, 2011

Liebster Blog Award

Wow! Cannot believe in such a short time blogging I won an award.  I won the Liebster Blog Award. This award is given to up and coming blogs that typically have less than 200 followers.

I would like to thank I Stink at Couponing for passing on this award.

Now, it is my turn to pass along this award to 5 great and upcoming blogs! 
Upon receipt of the Liebster Award, there are a few very simple rules:
  1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
  2. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
  3. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  4. Hope that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

PineCone Research Is Seeking New Members

I have been a part of PineCone Research Panel for a long time now.  They send you surveys to complete via email. Once completed they pay you $3.00 for each submitted survey.  I get like two surveys a month on random.  They are simple to fill out.  A while ago I use to get the checks by mail but now they are sending them to a debit mastercard and just started with paypal.  The money racks up with time.  I usually start the year off in January with out touching that money and once November hits I have $$$ that I can use on Xmas gifts.  It is easy money that only takes a couple of minutes during your day to complete.  Join today and start earning FREE money.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Vacationing to NYC - Part 2 Must See Places

As everyone knows, New York has two baseball teams, The New York Mets and The New York Yankees.  Most people today cannot afford to buy baseball tickets as they are expensive.  Both of us go to minor league games as the ticket do not cost a lot.  In my household all my husband, Rod, talks about is baseball.  The rivalry begins each baseball season as I like the Yankees and he is a die hard Mets fan.  We are at WAR during the season and playoffs of which team is better.  The "YANKEES" of course. As the Mets lose each year and haven't won a world series since 1986.  Rod jinxed the Yankees this year during the playoffs.  He will of course deny this. But I have the last laugh as I got our daughter, courtesy of her auntie Frances, a Yankee onesie.

So Rod got our baby daughter her first Mets onesie and has turned my 5 yr old from a Yankee fan to a Mets fan. As I said again, the rivalry is intense at my home. My daughter is a Yankee fan, but her father says otherwise.  Aidan now tells his dad that he likes both teams. I haven't lost hope that he will turn and come back to the real team.   

Besides the Major League Teams we also have two Minor League Teams in New York City.  Both teams are Triple A, The State Island Yankees and The Brooklyn Cyclones Mets.  Both teams play from June through September.  The tickets are inexpensive ranging from $6 to $16 dollars.  Note pricing change as the new season begins so check for new prices.  If you can't afford to go see the major league teams go see a minor league game.  You'll spend less and enjoy your day with the family. 

The Brooklyn Cyclones play at Keyspan Park in Brooklyn by Coney Island. Before or after the game you can go stroll down the Coney Island Broadwalk.  Visit the new Luna Park @ the former Astroland amusement park. Luna Park has 19 rides and attractions.  Or you can go to the Coney Island Beach.  I have wonderful memories as a child at the beach, you should check it out.

Luna Park

The Staten Island Yankees play at Richmond County Bank Ballpark which is located in St. George, Staten Island just off the Staten Island Expressway (I-278). You can take a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry everyday.  Yes I did say FREE RIDE.  The ferry runs 24 hours a day.  Just take a jacket or sweater now as its windy.  The ride is romantic as the sun sets.  You see NYC sky light up, from the top of the ferry you can see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  I took the ride on the ferry at night it was BEAUTIFUL.   

Ms. Liberty

Ellis Island

There are so many attractions to see.  Some are free and do not cost you a penny.  So if you come to NYC take the Staten Island ferry see lady liberty, Ellis Island, and the bridges lite up the night.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Are You Traveling to NYC? Check Out These Places

From time to time I get asked what my favorites places to visit in NYC. I have many that I decided to blog about them in a weekly posting.  I am going to start off with a couple of places here and then in my weekly posting I will go into further details.  I am partial to Queens since I grew up here. There are so many things to do in Queens.  In what ever borough you are in you have to travel to Queens to go to the airports.  We have two LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

There is baseball at Citifield with NY Mets and the Arthur Ashe Stadium (where the U.S. Open, tennis, is played). The stadiums are both right on the 7 train line.


We have the Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Inside there you will see the Queens Zoo, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Museum of Art and The New York Hall of Science. As well as Fantasy Forest a small amusement park for little kids.
The best parts about Queens are the restaurants.  There are so many ethnicity within Queens.  On the 7 train you can find Indian, Colombian, Asian, Peruvian, Mexican, Italian, and the list goes on and on. In upcoming post I will blog about restaurants, baseball, shopping and other things.

Friday, October 14, 2011

#Review John Grisham's Novel "The Confession"

I've been a fan of John Grisham for ions now. I have read most of his books.  When I got the opportunity to review "The Confession" I jumped at it.  I have to say it put me on such a roller coaster ride.  Its hard to read having a 12 week old baby but I would feed her with one hand and had the book in the other hand.

The premise of the book starts out nine years ago the police arrests Donte Drumm for raping and murdering Nicole Yarber, a cheerleader. Drumm is convicted and is days away from being executed.  In comes Travis Boyette, just out of jail at a halfway house.  He has a tumor in his brain that is inoperable.  He confesses to a pastor Keith Schroeder that it was him that killed Nicole Yarber and not Donte Drumm.  This is the start of the suspense of the book. Will they get there in time to stop the execution?  I recommend reading the book so you can find out what happens.  I can't spoil it for you.

I have to say it was thrilling for me to get a chance to review this book.  I recommend everyone to go out and get your copy today.  The book takes you from one suspense to another.  It touches themes on the death penalty, racism, and the system. By system, I mean how corrupt it can be and how high ranking people hide behind it. That is not all his book The Firm is being made into a TV series this fall and The Confession is on  paperback. The Confession has won the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. John Grisham is on Facebook, and you can" Like" his page Here.

The Litigators is Grisham's latest legal thriller, and it'll be released to the public on October 25, in hardcover and as an eBook. The Litigators is about the partners of Finley & Figg, ambulance chasers, and how their boutique law firm takes on a really big case that seems too good to be true. An extremely popular drug, Krayoxx, has recently come under fire after several patients taking it have suffered heart attacks. A plaintiffs’ firm in Florida is putting together a class action suit against Varrick. All Finley & Figg has to do is find a handful of people who have had heart attacks while taking Krayoxx, convince them to become clients, join the class action, and ride along to fame and fortune. You can pre-order a copy of The Litigators at

*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did review a copy of the book "The Confession" for evaluation purposes from BzzAgent Buzz Campaign. The opinions are based only on my review of this book. *

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

NYMetroParents Halloween Photo Contest "Like" Aidan's Wolverine Picture

Hi everyone, I am asking for you all to "Like" Aidan's picture with his dad, the one in the Wolverine Xmen Costume on NYMetroParents Page on Facebook.  We are trying to win tickets to The Addams Family on Broadway.  Please help us out it only takes one click below. Thanks you. 

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"Like" Aidan's Wolverine Costume Picture Here


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

#Recipe Spanish Steak & Onions with Black Bean Rice - Bistec con Cebollas Y Moro

Spanish style steak and onions with black bean rice or as my mother-in-law says Bistec con cebollas y moro negro.  


In a bowl, mix together the water and vinegar with olive oil pepper and oregano. Cover and transfer to refrigerator.

In plate add steak (Vegan Substitute) adobo, and 1 package of Sazon Accent, Garlic Powder, Cilantro and Oregano combine mixture to both sides.

In a small pot over medium-high heat pour a small amount of corn oil and add onions, packet of sazon accent, adobo, garlic powder, cilantro, and oregano and cover for 2 minutes then pour the can of black beans and tomato paste and cook for about 7 to 10 minutes.

Heat corn oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak and marinade to the pan; cover the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, take onion out of fridge and put them into the pan until onions turn translucent and beef is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

In another pot over medium-high heat put 2 1/2 cups of water to boil and pour the 2 cups of rice and cover for approximately 10 minutes and pour small pot of black beans over the rice and mix together and let it cook through.

Evenly divide meat among serving dishes; top
with onions and serve.


¼ cup White Vinegar put 1/4 of water
1 tsp. GOYA Adobo Light without Pepper 
1 pkg of Sazon Accent without Annatto
1 tsp. GOYA Minced Garlic or Powder Garlic
1 tbsp. GOYA Corn Oil

1 can of GOYA Black Beans

1 tbsp. GOYA Virgin Olive Oil
1 Pkg Thin Steaks or your preference of any size or thickness OR VEGAN SUBSTITUTE
1 onion, sliced round multiple times
2 cups of Rice
2 tbsp of Tomato Paste with a 
pinch of Cilantro
1 pinch of Oregano


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Quick and Easy #Tips for Baby Formula Scoops

If you have a baby, like I do, then you have formula cans in your home. I like to reuse things after I have used them. What I'm talking about is the little scoop in the cans.

I like to re-purpose these for different things such as:

1.  I use the scoop in my can of coffee. I pour the coffee into the coffee pot with it. Quick and easy with no mess.

2. I use the scoop in my sugar container. Since it is small its just the perfect size to fit and leave inside. Quick and easy super simple to use.

3. The scoop can be used in powder detergent as well. Quick and easy for no detergent (liquid or powder) on your hands. 

4. Give them to your child's teacher. They come in handy for painting projects and more. 

There are so many uses for these little scoops. The next time you go to throw it out, STOP think what you need to use a small spoon for and use this instead.  It takes up less space than a spoon. You can leave the little scoop inside and wash your spoons less often. If you have any tips that you would like to share leave me a comment on my blog, Facebook or Twitter.