A New Dawnn

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mini Apple Pie Recipe

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Mini Apple Pies
Nothing reminds me of the holidays and family gatherings more than a warm apple pie. The smell of apples and cinnamon filling the air instantly takes me back to my childhood. Thanksgiving dinner prep started early in our house, and I can remember waking up to the smell of a homemade apple pie and desperately trying to sneak a piece all morning long. Now I'm the one making the pies and my family are the ones trying to sneak a piece before company has even arrived. This year I'm all about mini desserts and, for our Thanksgiving dinner menu, I'm serving up these Mini Apple Pies. This way when my husband and son come looking for a piece of pie before our dinner has even started, I can give them their own little mini version and not worry about cutting into my beautiful pie. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

New Jersey Lottery Holiday Games DIY Gift Ideas

With just a little under 6 weeks left until Christmas, I'm knee deep into holiday shopping and gift planning. I'm almost done my shopping except for a few people on my holiday list that I'm struggling with ideas for. Like my harder than anything to shop for step-dad and a few cousins. After this weekend, though I think I found the perfect gift idea and a fun way to present it. Scratch off tickets from the New Jersey Lottery. I always try and think outside the box for ideas when it comes to my step-dad since he's so hard to shop for.  He has everything he needs and whatever he wants he just buys for himself so coming up with a gift idea is something I always struggle with for him. I'm really excited to be partnering with the New Jersey Lottery for today's post! Since he loves scratch off lottery tickets, I figured I couldn't go wrong with lottery tickets. The New Jersey Lottery has four new Holiday themed Instant Games available this holiday season and I knew they'd make the perfect gift for a few(over 18) people on my list.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Date Night Essentials

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It's been forever since my husband and I had a night out just the two of us. It's been so long, I honestly can't even remember when our last date night was. I try to make it a point to have a date night at home, just the two of us, a few movies and nice dinner but actually going out is a whole other story. Since his birthday was Tuesday, we made plans to actually go out this weekend. Just the two of us. It's been so long since I've been out without kids in tow, I don't know how to act but to make sure that I can enjoy the night I put together a little kit for me to keep my makeup and other essentials in.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Chicken Tostadas {Recipe}

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The holidays are my favorite time of year.  From countless family gathering, sharing old traditions and creating new ones this is my favorite times of year. Growing up family gathering were a big deal. Friends and family were always coming and going and celebrations lasted well into night. With celebrations that big and long there were always endless amount of food. I remember being all dressed up,grabbing my plate   Coming from a multicultural family there were also lots of different flavors and traditional foods being served. I looked forward to those parties and when I knew one was coming up, it's all I thought about. Waiting to play with my cousins and friends and stuff my little face until I couldn't no more. Ah the memories.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Don't Miss the #HannaJams Retail Event Tomorrow! 40% off Kids PJ's Including Star Wars & Disney!

November is here which means it's #hannajams time at Hanna Andersson! Tomorrow is the big in-store event from 10AM - 12PM! All customers can receive 40% off ALL sleepwear for baby, girl and boy at your local Hanna retail store. This sale include the Disney & Star Wars sleepwear too!! So this is one sale you do not want to miss. Find a store near you: http://www.hannaandersson.com/StoreLocations.asp

Hanna Andersson has a great social media giveaway going on snow until January 3, 2016! Every week they're giving away a $100 gift card (one winner per week) to customers that share their #HannaJams moments by posting on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or uploading them here http://www.hannaandersson.com/hannajams.aspx Be Sure to include the hashtag #HannaJams


Gourmet Salmon Dinner for Busy Moms

Sometimes dinner can be a challenge in our house when it comes time to find something everyone loves. My husband loves anything seafood while the kids typically prefer something else. So when I plan seafood dinners, it's typically for a little date night at home for my husband and I or on a night when the kids are having a pizza night. Lately my time spent in the kitchen has been at a minimum. With a baby who wants to walk around and explore everything now, I just don't have the time to spend in the kitchen like I did before. I knew my husband has been craving a delicious seafood dinner so when I saw this Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Salmon with Garlicky Black Pepper and Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the store, I knew it would be the perfect dinner option for us.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Adventure Awaits at Diggerland USA!

 From about 8 months old, my son loved construction trucks. He'd squeal every time we were in the car and a dump truck would drive by. If we ever happened upon a construction site and he saw it, we'd have to pull over just so he could watch the trucks work. His second birthday was construction themed and he had every construction truck imaginable to play with. I even had to suffer through endless hours of watching those construction site dvds you can pick up in stores.  He'd watch them over and over and over. I learned plenty of things that I never needed to know about a dump truck and still have some of those silly songs stuck in my head all these years later. His dream come true would have been a theme park full of just construction vehicles that he could actually drive. Well all these years later there is a place just like that and it's right here in New Jersey! It's called Diggerland and it's located in West Berlin, New Jersey. Diggerland hosted us and a few other bloggers for a day of fun yesterday and even at ten years old, he loved every minute! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Enfamil A.R. - Formula for Babies Who Spit Up

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Spit-up is a common issue with babies. Both of my children had bouts of spit-up issues when they were babies. Today I'm partnering with Mead Johnson Nutrition to share our experience. With our youngest it wasn't until she was a few weeks old that spit-up started.  At her one of her well visit, our pediatrician asked us how she was doing on her formula and we mentioned the spit-up issue. We made sure to burp her several times throughout her feedings and kept her upright to help reduce the spit-up but it still persisted. I remember asking if l should add cereal to her milk to help thicken it, something a different doctor had me do with my son when he was a baby.  Since she was so small still I wasn't sure how much or what size nipple to switch too and I didn't want to overwhelm her. To my surprise, our doctor said instead recommended switching her to Enfamil A.R™.