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Ice Cream Date In The Park

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Breyers Ice Cream. All opinions are 100% mine.


Once the summer months hit, its a rite of passage that ice cream becomes part of the daily menu. For me, ice cream is like the all time favorite childhood past time, and the number one dessert my children look forward to.

This week, Gemma and I headed to Madison Square Park, for a little one on one time while the bigs were finishing their last days of school. At the park, we took part in the Breyers 150th birthday celebration. When I think about Breyers, it immediately takes in back to my childhood, as it was the only ice cream we ever (and always) had in our house, and come to think about it, one of those same iconic black containers was in my freezer last weekend.


Breyers has been our ice cream choice for so many years because of their high-quality ingredients, a promise that has actually been on their packages for more than 100 years. They only use milk and cream from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones*, and Breyers Natural Vanilla, America’s number one Vanilla ice cream, is made with the same three ingredients fresh cream, milk and sugar. Vanilla is definitely my favorite, but their Strawberry, Chocolate, and Vanilla, and Vanilla Fudge Swirl are on constant rotation in our freezer.


While we were there, park goers were able to walk through a giant size carton, that showcased inside an interactive history of Breyers Ice Cream, over the last 150 years. When exiting the carton, guests were greeted with a cup of vanilla, or the newest flavor celebrating their birthday. As another part of the celebration, Breyer’s introduced a new ice cream variety, Ice Cream Cake, which features Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream and loads of chocolatey crunches, sandwiched between Natural Vanilla Ice Cream. An hour into the birthday gathering, celebrities Kelly Rowland, Allison Williams and Jaime Camil appeared, to greet guests as they enjoyed their free ice cream. NYC is pretty amazing. You never know what street corner, or should I say park, you will run into a celebrity, or a free event, open to the public.


After our little ice cream treat, Gemma and I spent the rest of the day exploring Madison Square Park, and she wore the birthday hat the entire time. When Ryder and Siella came home from school, she told them all about the “birthday party” she went to. Luckily, we grabbed a few extra birthday hats, and picked up a couple of containers of Breyers to make sundaes at home, so they didn’t feel left out. Three more days and counting until summer break……

*Suppliers of other ingredients such as cookies, candies and; sauces may not be able to make this pledge. The FDA states that no significant difference has been shown between dairy derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST treated.

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Becoming A Mom Chef

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Since becoming a mom, I have found great joy in cooking for my family, and relish the entire process, from start to finish. Grocery shopping is no longer a chore. In fact, it’s become therapy in some ways, as a peaceful time when I am able to browse through the aisles, uninterrupted. Naturally, my trips to the market take place while the kids are in school, so I look at it as my quiet downtime. I do my best to cook dinner for my family at least four nights per week, and love getting the kids involved in help prep while in the kitchen. There’s no better feeling than all three actually eating an entire dinner, and asking me to make it again.


My recipe database is somewhat limited, so I am constantly asking friends and family what makes it onto their dinner menus. Like most of us, I only have an hour, if that, to prep dinner and cook each night, so the same meals with abbreviated prep time usually tend to make their way into the rotation. Recently, while chatting with two moms about new recipes, they started to rave about Blue Apron, and how convenient it was, paired with their hectic schedules. Blue Apron actually provides everything you need to prepare a meal, and most prep and cook times are under 45 minutes combined. Hearing that, I went home and placed my first order.

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About a week after signing up, my first two meals of Soy Ginger Pork Meatballs with Zucchini and Snow Pea Fried Rice, and Seared Chicken with Crispy Smashed Potatoes and Green Beans arrived, in a refrigerated box, containing each and every ingredient needed, all measured out precisely. Also included were beautiful recipe and direction cards, and a fun wine paring sheet, which made preparing the recipes a breeze. I even downloaded the Blue Apron app, that offers quick cooking tutorials on how to properly mince, chop, caramelize, and more.  The directions and app proved to be a great help, because I always get tripped up when cooking something for the first time.

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The Soy-Ginger Meatballs were up first. I rarely cook Asian inspired cuisine at home, but knowing we all enjoy those flavors, I knew this would be a hit. While I was cooking , the kids kept coming into the kitchen, watching what I was doing, compared to the colorful sheet provided. Needless to say, dinner the huge success, and I’m fully addicted to this new service.

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I still need to shop at the grocery store, but having two meals a week fully prepared in advance, not only helps with planning out the week, but it’s been surprisingly cost effective. We are currently enrolled in two meals per week option for four people, which has proved to be plenty for our family of five.

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I’ve discovered exciting, new seasonal and healthy recipes, and have been extremely impressed with their specialty ingredients. All of their meats are naturally raised, on antibiotic and hormone-free diets. We are three weeks into our Blue Apron subscription, and I’m totally digging my new mom chef role. It’s been pretty neat watching the kids enjoy seeing what our dinner plans are before I even start cooking, and they love taking part in the process. So looking forward to our delivery next week, where I will be making Shredded BBQ Sliders and a Red, White & Blue Quiche!

Psyched to offer all SITC readers your first 2 meals free upon signing up or $ 20 off your first order HERE!

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Safe Keeping

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When I had Ryder, almost 8 years ago, I kept every little thing…from belly button to first haircut clippings…I think I even have one of his (unused) newborn diapers stored somewhere. And that’s the problem…somewhere. Cramped vertical living does not encourage the collecting and storage of keepsakes, especially by child number three. I try to be organized with first lost teeth and hospital bracelets but these items are all in exploding baby books and I’m afraid something will get lost.


Well, bye baby books it’s time for an upgrade. Luckily, Savor has come up with the most genius book cloth-covered boxes and products for organizing memories for children from baby years all the way through school years. Imagine stylish and beautiful archive boxes but for your memories.

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The smart and stylish ladies at Savor have thought of it all. They offer different library sets in several color options and age ranges and they all come with over fifty illustrated labels. The slate gray color is the ideal neutral tone to add to any kids room or home library.

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The Baby Edition has drawers for bulkier keepsakes, like first shoes and hats, and vertical files for sonogram pictures and letters. The School Years Edition consists of 16 vertical files for artwork, pictures and letters. There is also a Starter Set, which is a combination of both editions the starter set is probably perfect baby shower gift!


Even though I wish I would have started meticulously organizing the mementos of their childhood from the beginning it is never too late. So far, I have one for each child, and it’s been really neat watching them look throw their belongings from when they were younger. It is fun to go through everything again and easily archive it in these beautiful boxes. And the best art is with each passing year and each new milestone, I can just quickly add to these archival boxes.

SITC was not compensated for this year, we just really dig these keepsake storage boxes! 

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