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Healthy lifestyle

Healthy lifestyle

My goal is to live a healthier lifestyle.  I researched online for many different subscription boxes to kick-start my goal and I recently found one to my liking and signed up to

 

https://www.hungryroot.com The packaging was as any other Subscription box, insulated and packed with the ice pack.  You have two option plan to choose from The starter kit or the Good Life.  I choose the Good life.  Just a warning it is pricey,  if you are looking for convenience  which I was than it is worth it. Inside of the box was a list of the items I choose and a book of quick and easy steps for every dish for the month of June.  The dishes are two servings each and the side salads are one although you can split it into two servings. All of the dishes are Vegan.  You get to choose from breakfast to desert items which I found very appealing.  All of the dishes are plant-based, nutrient rich, healthy fats and complex carbs, no gluten, dairy, preservatives, trans fats, limited added sugars,  and low in sodium.  What sold me to sign up was the convenience of the meals, the packaging I was not wasting food, the amount of time to cook the meal and most of all the box is delivered right at your door.  I am a sucker for Subscription boxes and to add to that you can skip deliveries at any time or cancel anytime as well.  My kids approved of the meals.  Both Leah and Cora gave the meal thumbs up.  I am very excited to continue this journey of living a healthier lifestyle and thank you to Hungry Root for making that happen.  The box makes it easier for me to do so.  I am most excited to feed my daughters healthier meals and non of the  bad stuff.

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Memorial Day 2018

Memorial Day 2018

 

My family and I visited Historic Philadelphia this past Monday It was Memorial Day.  The Kids and I were off from school and work.  This was a great time to show our kids where history started. Luckily our weather permitted us to step out of our home to enjoy the city.  Although to get around the parks to see the different attractions is by way of foot traffic.  Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and thankfully my kids wore sneakers.  I on the other hand wore my booties.

Our first stop was the Liberty Bell.  The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American Independence. The bell first cracked when rung after its arrival in Philadelphia.  Believe it or not it was recast twice.  The Bell is located in the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National historical Park.  We had the pleasure of viewing the bell from the outside window.  The line to get into the center was backed up all the way outside to the corner of the building.  The kids were curious of how bell was cracked and how they rung bell.  We explained to them the history of the bell.  They were both amazed of how old the bell was.  We continued on the other attractions.  I was in awe of how beautiful the architectural was designed.  I highly recommend if anyone is ever in town visiting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to stop and tour Historical part of town.

We visited Christ Church Burial Ground, inside its gates lay the graves of many historical leaders, including signers of the Declaration of Independence.  Benjamin Franklin and his wife are buried here. The Admission for Adults $3, Children $1.  Please note the fees may differ for guided tours.

Our last stop of our Historic Philadelphia tour was to Betsy Ross house.  This is what Leah and Cora was most interested in visiting.  This was the birthplace of the American flag.  The feel of being inside of the house gave me goosebumps,  it felt as if I was living in her time.  The front part of the building was built around the 1740’s,  in the Pennsylvania colonial style. Back then the stairwell was built narrowed.  I must say Cora was excited to walk up those stairs. The home has since been restored.  Original elements were kept wherever possible.  For more information on Betsy Ross house visit historicphiladelphia.org.

Our April Weekend

Our April Weekend

Hi it’s been a long while since I posted a Blog. My allergies are killing me. I guess the older I get the worse it gets. The weather has been nice and we wanted to take advantage of it. We went to the playground at our complex, this was the third time the kids played on the playground. They were doing all kinds of tricks on the bars as if they were in a Gymnastic competition, it brought me great joy to see them so happy to finally get out of the house other than going to school. The weather was perfect not only on Friday but on Saturday as well. Saturday morning we had to get up early for the kids track meet. We had to be at the field by 0745am for a 0800am start time. I wanted to mentioned last weeks track meet I had my winter coat on YES winter coat. It was so cold in the 40’s but felt like it was in the 30’s due to the wind chill. What made it worse was I did not feel all that great. I just wanted to make sure I made it to the event because it was the first meet of the season. This weekend meets I did not have  layers of clothing on, I got away with wearing a tank top. Our team did such a great job. Cora made First place in the Relay race! I am so proud of my girls they enjoy doing sports. Once the meet was over we came home to relax and clean up a bit than headed back out to eat. It was our Wedding Anniversary celebration. We went to eat Korean Food, It was our first time there, it is a little place located on a strip mall. The review on the service and food from my stand point was okay not to great as I had expected. It is called Kim’s Restaurant. The kids thought the food was good. My husband and I thought differently and for the price and portion well lets just say it was not worth it. The one place we love going to is Dolsot House http://dolsothouse.com/. The food is great, the taste of the food is on point and service is excellent. It is also a small place but I highly recommend the place. The KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) is one of the most popular dish. At Kim’s restaurant we ordered Fried Mandoo, Korean Pajun Vegetable, Kim Chee Jigae, Kalbi, and Bulgogi. It was traditional our meal came with the side dished called Banchan. I had a taste of the Radish Kim Chee and the taste lingered in my mouth It was fishy if you ask me. I will leave it at I do not think we will be back to eat at that restaurant again. People reviewed that place a five-star. I gave it a two star. Once we were finished with our meal we headed out to Target, a few days ago I promised the girls I would buy they a gift for listening well and for doing chores, I limited them to only the dollar section of Target. They both bought Mermaid Fins $5.00 and sports bottle $1.00. I bought myself two dresses and of course I could not pass up getting new sunnies for the kids, Saturday evening the kids spent it playing at the playground. Sunday prep day! Sunday’s for us are for cleaning up, studying for spelling, prepping the kids uniform and lunches for school. While I was prepping meals I put “The Greatest Showman” on TV. My family and I love that movie. The soundtrack is the greatest. Another recommendation go buy the movie! I ordered Lunch from Grub Hub place called “Slice” We had Tomato Pie, Chicken Wings, and Fries. first time ordering from Slice, we enjoyed the food a lot. http://www.slicepa.com/washington-township-location/. Our Sunday evening was spent playing X-BOX, and with Kinetic Sand. As we end our weekend to prepare ourselves for the new work/school week just a quick Thank You for stopping by from the Denny Fam.


Pics of Food we ate at Kim’s Restaurant
Kim's Korean
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Dresses I bought for myself!


Kids Sunglasses

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Easter ham leftovers

Easter ham leftovers

We had a lot of left over Ham and Mash Potatoes from our Easter Dinner so I searched online for a few recipes on what to make with leftovers such as casseroles and pies.  Honestly I did not think my kids would eat it if I were to have made a casserole with our left overs. I decided I would make croquettes instead.  It is a real simple recipe and very tasty.  I used Mash Potatoes, Ham, shredded cheese, egg, flour and breadcrumbs and you can dip it with your favorite condiment.  I served it to my kids for breakfast with ketchup and mayonnaise mixed up and they loved it.  It took me less than and hour to make. You can make this as a snack or serve it for lunch or dinner easy to make and everyone will enjoy it. You can add different spices as well to kick it up. Here is a step by step process on how I made Ham Mashed Potatoe Croquettes.  You will need the following ingredients as follows below.

  • 2 cups of Mash Potatoes
  • 1-2 cups of diced up Ham
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup of Flour
  • 1/2 of Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Cups of Shredded Cheese I used Mozzarella, you can use Cheddar
  • Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, once it is all combined form into patties and fry.
  • Heat 2 Tablespoon of oil into a shallow pan and fry each side for 3-4 minutes.

Enjoy with your favorite condiment!

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Easter Fun!

It was a beautiful day yesterday the whether was perfect. The Sun was shinning, the birds were chirping. Spring was in the air! We took the kids for some fun Easter activity. Our local park called “Green Acres” held its first Easter Egg hunt for kids ages three to nine. The event was a success. The little children faces were filled with joy. What made it so nice was they separated the groups by age.  The Easter Bunny came walking down the road and stopped to take pictures with the children.  This was a free event to attend.  All the kids got a normal size Hershey Easter Bunny to take home, along with all of the eggs they searched for which was filled with candy.  Once the event was over we headed over to ” Duffield’s Farm ” to visit the Easter Bunny.  The cost of the hayride for children was $10 and for adults $4 this included a hayride to Bunny Egg-cres. They got to collect Easter Eggs and trade them in for Chocolate. We took pictures with the Easter Bunny, explored his home and headed out to the back yard to enjoy our snack. The kids were so excited they got to go on a hayride and see the bunny all in one day.  The weather was just perfect for our little outing adventure.  The skies were blue as the ocean and the fresh air was just what all of us needed. Though I am glad I wore my Frey Boots to the farm the grounds were a bit muddy in some places other than that all was good.  We also visited the farm animals and played in the hay yard.  While my family was playing in the hay yard I ventured into the market and picked up a few items to take home.  The store has farm fresh fruits, vegetables.  There is also a deli counter and bakery in the store.  The one baked good I always go for is the Spinach croissant with cheese.  they are the best thing ever and always runs out just before noon. I was lucky this time they had just one left and I bought it!  I love going into the market, there is also a section were they have pickled vegetables. Few years ago I had pickled green tomatoes. I keep checking our local farms but cannot find them.  If anyone knows where I can buy them weather it be online or in stores comment below.  I ended up buying prepared salads, apple cider cake, pickles, and a spinach cheese croissant. We left the farm tired and the kids were ready for naps! We all had such a great time, priceless moments enjoy every moment you can with your family and friends and make memories.  Be sure to check out Duffield’s farm website to find more seasonal activities to enjoy with your family https://www.duffieldsfarm.com.

Boots I wore to the farm.

 

Easter Rice Krispies treat

Easter Rice Krispies treat

Easter is just a couple of days away and what better way to start our Spring Break off with making Rice Krispies Marshmallow Eggs.  I found a recipe online a few days ago and thought it would be a great activity for the kids and I to do.  It’s simple yet messy and the children enjoyed getting their hands messy. The recipe we followed was really easy to follow with ingredients you can easily find at a grocery store or even at a Walgreen’s Pharmacy or CVS.  I got all of the ingredients ready before I had the kids come into the kitchen.  I am one to prep so it does not get chaotic in the kitchen. I lay parchment paper on the dinning table.  This process helped a lot.  I wanted to avoid as much stickiness as I could. This is one great tip I highly recommend if you are making this recipe with little children.  We used Plastic Easter eggs to form our egg,  I found out about this trick by watching the Pioneer Woman.  If you do not have plastic eggs in you home you can just use your hands to form an egg shape.  What you will need to make this recipe is Rice Krispy Cereal, Marshmallows, Butter, Vanilla Extract and Food Coloring dye.  Optional is the Plastic Easter Eggs.

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  1.  Melt 3 Tablespoons Butter in a Pan.
  2. Add 3 Cups of Mini Marshmallow and stir until all the marshmallows are melted.
  3. Add food coloring and mix.
  4. Add 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extraction to Mixture.
  5. Add 3 Cups of Rice Krispy Cereal and mix until they are covered with the marshmallow mixture.
  6. Allow the Rice Krispy Mixture to Cool slightly.
  7. Spray the Plastic Easter Eggs with Cooking Spray.
  8. Use a spoon to pour mixture into the Plastic Easter Eggs to mold it.
  9. Remove the treats out from the egg
  10. Place treats onto a lined parchment paper pan.
  11. refrigerate to allow Rice Krispies to stay in form.

Enjoy this sweet treat with your family and friends.  Great to bring to an Easter Gathering.


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Spring Break

Spring Break

In a few weeks it will be one year since we visited Disney World.  It saddens me we will not make it to Disney this Spring Break.  I remember the excitement in Leah and Cora’s face when we arrived at the Orlando Airport. As our trip got closer to the date we flew out of Philadelphia, the kids was filled with pure happiness. They asked me all kinds of questions about our trip. This was their second time at Disney! I wanted this trip to be memorable for both of them.  How it all started was I had a plan to take them but was not sure of when.  It was just before Thanksgiving I booked the trip with http://www.disney.com/ and this was one of their Christmas Gift.  I even ordered an announcement from Etsy for when they unboxed their gift on Christmas Day. Believe it or not I was back and forth with what hotel we were going to stay at and what meal package we were purchasing.  I did extensive research online on different websites offering informative materials, I watched YouTube videos as well.  I was that mom who planned and wanted to make sure this was going to be the perfect trip.  Our package included the resort, meals, theme park tickets, magical bus transportation from and to the Airport.  We did not have to worry about going to the baggage carousel to collect our luggage’s or stress out about checking them in on our departure. We stayed at the Port Orleans Resort Riverside for 5 days.  On Easter Day we spent it in the park.  It was such a great experience for all of us to have had the chance to spend our time at the park during a holiday. Our meals and drinks were included in the package I choose.  We did not have to worry about the cost of meals at that time of our visit being it was prepaid and it made it so much easier we just waved our Magical bands at the register.  As we approach our one year mark since we last visited Disney I wanted to share with you all my tips on packing for the little ones and myself,  and a quick planning guide on how to choose the right package.

Packing for Kids-

What worked well for me was to plan their outfits for each day we were on our trip from swimsuit, pajamas, park outfit to evening outfits, a light jacket and underwear even hair accessories and not to forget, pool sandals, sneakers and nice pair of sandals that would match well with an evening outfit if were we going out to a nice restaurant to eat at.

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Here is a cool tip to share which works for me when traveling.  You pack each day out fit for one child in a zip lock bag that includes pajamas and underwear.  Label the bag with the day. This makes it great for traveling because you are not trying to figure out outfits for everyone on your outing day.

Packing for Momma’s-

Pack the same way as you do for the kids.  Plan your outfit and make sure your sandals and sneakers go with all of your outfit you bring with you.

What I pack in my Backpack when traveling.

  • Sunscreen
  • Kids change of outfit in case of an emergency
  • sunglasses for all
  • travel first aid kit
  • hand sanitizers, cleansing wipes
  • Clorox wipes

Here is the price package that includes Resort stay, Meal plan, Theme Park Tickets.  You do have the option of getting the Hopper.  I opt out for that only because I had already planned to do one park per day for the 5 days we were there.

Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
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Theme Park Tickets
5-Day Ticket with Admission to 1 Park Per Day

Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan

The total cost will range from $3,796.64  and up!

There are many options to choose from value to deluxe resorts.  I highly recommend choosing a package that includes meal.  Overall our experience with Disney was memorable vacation. Thank You Disney!

Backpack I use for travel.
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