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Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exhibit at Liberty Science Center

It’s an East Coast debut of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Liberty Science Center! Plan your next museum trip and learn all about why it will be worth crossing that bridge this summer.

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This past weekend me and DJ hopped on the MTA and then the Path train for a day adventure to New Jersey. We headed over to Liberty Science Center to check out the East Coast premiere of the first ever Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles museum exhibit.

Any museum visitors attending this weekend also had the option to enjoy a photo op with the 4 favorite dudes and a pizza making class with chef Donatella Arpaia.

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Fun was certainly had by all as the kids eagerly explored the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle “Secrets of the Sewer” exhibition. It will transport you to the underground home of the crime-fighting heroes to see what really happens in their secret hideaway!

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Family fun at Luna Park in Coney Island

I had the opportunity to be apart of Family Blogger Day at Coney Island this past weekend. Various bloggers whose sites are family centered received invitations to experience Luna Park for a day and give their feedback!

I had a cute chocolate drop of a six year old as my date, so I do not have to tell you expectations for a fun time were extremely high! It started off shaky because there was a private event that delayed public entrance for a few hours. In the interim, I decided to be adventurous and explore the boardwalk until it was time to go in! DJ was a great sport about it, we even played his own version of checkers at the tables the beach provide by the benches.
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Getting access to Luna Park was well worth the wait! There are rides for every age to enjoy. The park is also smoke-free so that was a great relief in regards to second hand smoke affecting DJ.
The Tickler was our first ride, which is a mini roller coaster. I thought I was going to black out because I’m a softie, but DJ was ready for more! I couldn’t retreat to being an old lady after ONE ride. Of course I then swallowed the wimp in me and rode a few more rides with him.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04:  La La Anthony receives the 2016 Resident Mom Award from Residence Inn by Marriotts Red Cross Moms At Mother's Day Suite Party on May 4, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Residence Inn)

Residence Inn by Marriott names La La Anthony The 2016 Resident Mom of the year

The Residence Mom award in its sixth year has been a way to celebrate Moms and this year La La Anthony was given the title. Mother’s can be inspired by the span of La La Anthony’s career especially after becoming a mom to Kiyan she still hasn’t skipped a beat. She is more than wife of NBA player Carmelo Anthony, La La is a best selling author, producer and beauty entrepreneurs with radio and television hosting being in the earlier part of her career.

Residence Inn has collaborated with La La Anthony when adding another feature to their free grocery delivery by unveiling “La La’s list which is a series of curated grocery list exclusive to Residence Inn. The list include ingredients and supplies to help celebrate special occasions like birthdays as seen in this list below.

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Overcoming dating pitfalls as a young widowed single mom

It’s been 16 months since the death of my husband and this year I decided to put myself out into the dating scene. Unfortunately things are not working out well as I am on the cusp of a break up meh maybe I need to call it a hurricane I wasn’t prepared for because calling it a relationship is a stretch at best. While I can’t prove it because no money was taken from me successfully I believe I was dating a sociopath. (Signs you are dating a sociopath)

My dating mistakes are making things pretty evident in why its crucial for me to focus on myself and my child then allowing things to fall organically into place when it’s time.

One thing that has been consistent in being a widow and adding to that a single mom is the attraction I have had to sociopaths, criminals and perverts. Quite frankly that is a problem in dating today for all women but unfortunately for women in my category there are assumptions that we are always thirsty and therefore will fall prey to their schemes.

I will admit my state of melancholy, loneliness and insecurity in this new lifestyle radiates a magnet that attracts the undesirable options in dating whether I warranted it or not. I have had embarrassing laps in judgement to say the least and I am learning lessons while overcoming dating pitfalls along the way. Here are 4 tips I have had to re-learn while venturing off in the dating scene. At some point when getting a husband I practiced these tips so its time to put these practices back in place while I overcome dating hurtles and stay true to loving myself and my son

Listen to your intuition and watch out for red flags

This is what you always hear women should do when dating but it can’t be stressed enough. When you begin seeing someone you have to be honest with yourself about where you see the relationship going and how compatible you feel you are with them at the start. Sometimes we want to ignore the signals because we feel good, we are having a moment where we experience companionship and adult conversation and we just want to hold onto it. It won’t be worth it in the end when everything falls apart because you ignored you first thought about a guy.

Red Flags You Should Never Ignore:

-It feels too good to be true

-You just met and a guy wants to commit quickly

-Your communication consist mainly on instant message

-The guy ask for nude photos within the first or second conversation

-The guy never initiates phone calls or text

-There is a break or inconsistency in communication.

-You are only called “after hours”

-On a date the guy is driving a mini van

-You smell another woman’s scent on a man (..and I am not talking about perfume)

-His actions never match his words

In dating today, men will go as far as committing to you, proclaiming you as his girlfriend and making promises on a future he never intends to live up to in order to get into your panties and pocket. He will tell you all the lies he thinks you want to hear. When he is done he will move on to his next conquest better suited to his needs. I have been there and it’s not fun and a complete waste of time out my life. 

If something doesn’t feel right or honest about a guy, chances are it isn’t. Trust those mom and widow senses you have. When you get that “something is not right” feeling in the pit of your stomach that’s when you have to decide to either get to know the person more without involving intimacy or move on if the signs are reading you all the wrong way.

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5 Books for kids during summer break

 

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I have had to spend more time working on my son’s reading since the long break I took from school after his Dad’s passing. Over the last year I have so graciously received books that I read intermittently with my son at bed time. These 5 books can be on your list for additional reading this summer to avoid the dreaded summer slide.

 Dozi the Alligator Finds a Family

dozithealligator Author Daniel Boris and Illustrator Nicola Sammarco bring the story to life about a curious Alligator named Dozi.

Dozi finds his way to a family and when wonder if he will fit in.

Daniel Boris has since followed up with Hiding Dozi to continue on with the adventure. We are excited about reading that next this summer.

 

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