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Month: February 2015

Tips for Preparing to Travel to Brazil with kids ~ Plus a Portuguese Language Program Giveaway! #rocketlanguages


With a Brazilian Hubby, my family has traveled to Brazil over a half dozen times in the past 10 years.  We have also had the opportunity to live there for 6 months when Anthony was a toddler.  With all these trips under my belt, traveling to Brazil has become second nature.  However I still remember the stress of the unknown the first time we booked plane tickets.
 
Here are a few tips to help your international travel go smoothly.
 
1.  Get your paperwork and travel plans together in advance.   American citizens needs passports and visas to travel to Brazil,  both these applications require both parents to be present when applying for a minor.  Visas are obtained at your local Brazilian consulate office and you will need to schedule an appointment for this in advance.  The wait time can differ greatly depending on the time of year and what Brazilian holidays are coming up. 
 
2.  Think about where your staying.  When we go to Brazil we stay with family so hotels aren’t something we think about often.  However we did stay at a hotel in Rio once and on Praia da Costa in my husbands state, Espirito Santo.  When staying in a hotel in Rio I highly suggest either reading as many reviews online as you can or going with a trusted resort chain.  The crime rate in Rio is very high and the neighborhoods can range from beautifully upscale areas to favelas that are mainly controlled by drug gangs.  You want to make sure that your hotel is in a safe area before you begin your trip.
 
3.  Add some Portuguese to your vocabulary.  I have used several language programs, but right now my favorite is Rocket Languages.  The Portuguese program is interactive and you are able to record yourself in conversations which is extremely helpful when trying to get the pronunciations correct.  The program is also fully available online with 24/7 access, which is a huge plus for busy families.

4.  Packing, remember that a lot of brands your used to using in the USA may not be available in Brazil depending on the parts your traveling to.  Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have more American brands for things like makeup and baby formula however expect the cost to be at least 3-5 times as much as you’d pay in the US.  If your going to a less touristy area of the country these brands will likely not be available and you’ll have to use the local equivalent and many items are a lower quality.  When our kids were still in diapers and we traveled, I always tried to pack as many diapers as possible to bring with us because the quality of the diapers there, even the name brand packages weren’t very good.  I also packed extra bottles, pacifiers, and formula.  These are all available in Brazil however a $3 bottle from Walmart will easily cost over $30 in Brazil and baby formula was sky high.

5)  Cellphone Service, before traveling check with your cell phone carrier about their international pricing.  If its not available and your cell phone is unlocked, you can go to a Brazilian cell phone companies kiosk in any local mall once you arrive in Brazil and purchase a prepaid sim card.  However we haven’t found a company that offers unlimited data with prepaid plans yet, so we usually spend a lot more than the average person refilling our data with both me and the hubby working online. 

We love Brazil and it is our second home.  Once the planning, packing, and traveling is over, make sure you relax with an agua de coco and enjoy the beautiful country!

Now for the Giveaway!
Enter for a chance to Win the Rocket Languages Portuguese Program:
Giveaway ends: February 27, 2015


 
*I received a press sample of this language program to facilitate this review/giveaway, All opinions are 100% my own*

Get ready for Cold and Flu Season with a Sick Basket! #ReliefIsHere

*This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G, All opinions are 100% my own*
Cold and Flu Season is upon us and the worst feeling is waking up sick and realizing you don’t have any medicine and supplies on hand! 
A mom friend of mine once told me about her “Sick Basket” and we have created one in our house every year sense!  It’s a basket or bin that you fill with all the supplies you will need when someone inevitably gets sick.  We tuck it away in the linen closet and then pull it out when we need it, this is the best feeling when that icky feeling strikes in the middle of the night!

I’m sure every family has their own list of favorite things that make a bad cold or even worse, the flu, more bearable.
Everything in my basket is conveniently available at Walmart, so it is easy and affordable to restock as needed.
In my Sick Basket I keep:
 
1) Hard Candy, for sore or dry throats.  I like caramel candies because they remind me of my Nana but many people prefer cough drops.
 
2) Tea, I love curling up with a hot and steamy cup of sleepy time tea when I’m under the weather.
 
3) Movies, My iPad aka Netflix is a saving grace when some one is sick.  The kids can watch their movies or I can catch up on all the TV shows I only get to watch when I’m sick.
 
4) Lysol and Paper Towels, with a house hold of 5 the germs get passed along quickly.  I like to spray down remotes, door knobs and everything else that we touch often.
 
5) Chap Stick, for when your lips get extra dry and under your nose get red and sore from too much wiping.
 
6) Tissues are a must.
 
7) Antibacterial Hand Wipes also help clean up hands and small things quickly while also disinfecting them.
 
8) A Thermometer is also an important thing to have quickly assessable.  Before keeping our in our sick basket, I used to loose thermometers all over the house which made for crazy middle of the night searches too often.
 
9) A Water Bottle with a cover is also great for those days your couch ridden.  I like to put a tablespoon of Honey, Lemon Juice, and a Table Spoon of warm Coconut Oil in my water when I’m sick for a little immune booster.
 
10)  Dog Walking Bags (or diaper trash bags) for stomach aches.  These make for cheap, easy, and disposable barf bags!
 
11) Medicine!  The best way to feel better faster is with a good quality cold and flu medication to relieve those miserable symptoms.  Vicks is a trusted brand in our home and when the hubby or I are sick we like to use DayQuil and Nyquil for relief.
http://www.walmart.com/search/?query=vicks%20severe
Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
Maximum strength nighttime cold and flu relief, so you can take back your night.
The powerful NyQuil relief you trust now with a decongestant.
Available in caplets or liquid.
 
Temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms including:
Nasal congestion
Sinus congestion and pressure
Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
Cough to help you sleep
Minor aches and pains
Headache
Fever
Sore throat
Runny nose and sneezing
Reduces swelling of nasal passages
Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage
 
Maximum symptom-fighting ingredients to relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms.
Maximum strength nondrowsy cold and flu relief so you can tackle your to-do list.
Available in caplets or liquid.
 
Temporarily relieves common cold/flu symptoms:
Nasal congestion
Sinus congestion and pressure
Cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation
Minor aches and pains
Headache
Fever
Sore throat
Reduces swelling of nasal passages
Temporarily restores freer breathing through the nose
Promotes nasal and/or sinus drainage
Helps loosen phlegm (mucus) and thin bronchial secretions to rid the bronchial passageways of bothersome mucus and make coughs more productive
http://www.walmart.com/search/?query=vicks%20severe
As a Mommy, my job doesn’t get put on hold when I get sick so staying on top of my cold or flu symptoms with DayQuil and NyQuil keeps my household functioning and my kids happy even when I’m not feeling a hundred percent!
 


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21 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Crafts and Activities for Kids!

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon, and here are 21 fun and easy activities to help the kids celebrate!

Kids Crafts for St. Patricks Day
 
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 Easy St. Patrick’s Day Garland
 
Kids Crafts for St. Patricks Day
 
Kids Crafts for St. Patricks Day
 
Kids Crafts for St. Patricks Day
 
Kids Crafts for St. Patricks Day
 
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Kids Crafts for St. Patricks Day
 
Kids Crafts for St. Patricks Day
 
Kids Crafts for St. Patricks Day
 


Cherry Chocolate Chip Pie Recipe

Cherry Chocolate Chip Pie
CHERRY CHOCOLATE CHIP PIE RECIPE

This Cherry Chocolate Chip Pie Recipe will make you fall in love with the powerful combination of chocolate and cherry!

I can’t tell you the last time I’ve tasted a dessert recipe as good as this. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m a lover of all desserts…but this one…there’s something so simple about the flavors, that I just can’t stop thinking about it.

I’ve made this several times and literally every time I taste it, I regret that I haven’t made it more. It’s perfect for summer BBQ’s, Fall Festivals, and even a nice dessert on a cold, winter day.

I think that what I love most about this recipe is that’s is so simple to make that it takes zero time or effort on my part at all. Plus, I get a lot of help in the kitchen when making this Cherry Chocolate Chip Pie because EVERYONE wants to have a go at licking the spoon! (Can you blame ’em? That was my favorite part before having kids, too!)

Every once in a while, I vary from the recipe and instead of putting it in the fridge, I freeze it. It still keeps that flavor that we all love, but it just gives it a different texture that keeps it feeling new as well.

Add this one to your favorite dessert list, because you’ll be making this pie over and over again!

Ingredients:
1 ready made Chocolate Cookie Pie Crust
8 oz softened Cream Cheese
Can of Cherry Pie Filling
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 cup thawed Cool Whip
1 1/4 cup Semisweet Mini Chocolate Chips

Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
Fold whipped topping and pie filling into cream cheese mixture.
Fold in 1 cup chocolate chips.
Spread into pie crust.
Sprinkle with remaining chips.
Refrigerate 4 hours before serving.

Sweet and Salty Valentine’s Day Hug ~ Quick and Easy Snack Recipe

 
Valentine’s Day is coming up fast!  My kids love this quick and easy snack, that’s the perfect combination of salty and sweet.
 
Ingredients:
Pretzels (I like the square waffle ones)
Hershey’s Hugs or Kisses
M&M’s Candy

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
 
Lay out pretzels on a cookie sheet, then place an unwrapped Hershey’s hugs on top of each pretzel.
Bake pretzels for 5 minutes or until Hugs begin to look wet and melt.
 
Keep an eye on them so that they don’t over heat and turn brown.
Take them out of the oven and immediately place M&M’s candy in the center of each pretzel hug.
Put pan in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to harden chocolate.
Once chilled, Enjoy!
 
 


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