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I went to my first thoroughbred horse race a few weeks ago. I’ve been invited many times but my schedule never allowed so I could attend a day at the horse racing track. I got a crash course in all things track that day and loved it so much I took a peek this morning at…

I went to my first thoroughbred horse race a few weeks ago. I’ve been invited many times but my schedule never allowed so I could attend a day at the horse racing track.

I got a crash course in all things track that day and loved it so much I took a peek this morning at the Grand National day 2016 odds & winners.

Sure we don’t have that race here in the States but the upcoming race season will be here before we know it on the East Coast and I know so many families were interested last year so here are four tips if you head to the track this spring for the first time, whether or not you bring the kiddos.

Dress up — or down!

While certain thoroughbred horse races might have a specific dress code for the most part you can show up dressed casual. That’s always nice considering my first race day was spent in ridiculously hot weather. Luckily, I was wearing a sundress and comfortable wedge sandals. But you will see people there in jeans and shorts as much as you see attendees in jackets and slacks and dresses with pretty hats.

Place a bet!

My first bet was on a horse with a New York City name because as a native New Yorker I felt like I had to root for the horse with a name that fit my hometown. But I also wagered on a horse I thought would definitely place. So two bets all afternoon — one silly one and one crash course educated bet. I was a beginner and still had fun because everyone else with me showed me what to do and how to come up with my picks. Beginner’s Luck really is a thing, people!

Take a seat — or don’t!

I had fun walking over to place bets and watching the races from the big screen but there were so many options of where to watch the races — from luxury suites and club house seating to picnic areas and bleachers. You’ll have a great time no matter where you see the horses leave the gate. After all, isn’t the purpose to have fun?!

Explore the track

No, I don’t mean walk on the race track during the races. I mean, see what else is there on race day. Most tracks have so many other activities. And since there is time in between the horses leaving the gates and the next race starting, I loved walking around. I had the chance to feed a carrot to the horse that played Sea Biscuit in the movie. Hey, we only live once. I can now cross “horse feeder” off my bucket list. (*wink*)  If you take your children, they often have play areas and places to ride a pony. At the track I went to… there was a huge bouncy house I was a bit envious of the kids jumping around in.

Most importantly have fun. If you’ve been to a horse race track and want to leave a tip below for other people attending this year, feel free to leave one in the comments of this blog post!

ACURE Baby

March 11th 2016

My ‘baby’ is now five but that doesn’t mean I no longer care about the ingredients found inside the products my children use on their skin. When it comes to his sensitive skin, I make sure my youngest has proper coverage in the sun and after his bath. Dry skin isn’t fun for anyone — but especially for little ones….

My ‘baby’ is now five but that doesn’t mean I no longer care about the ingredients found inside the products my children use on their skin.

#acurebaby

When it comes to his sensitive skin, I make sure my youngest has proper coverage in the sun and after his bath. Dry skin isn’t fun for anyone — but especially for little ones. But it’s nice to know products exist that help the entire family.

#acurebaby

ACURE has created ACURE Baby which despite it’s name is suitable for family members of all ages to use. I love that the products are allergy tested and pediatrician tested. Most importantly, they are paraben free, sulfate freee, free of hormone distruptors and free of common allergens. I want to give ACURE a high five for making life with children easier. They really do care about little ones.

I prefer light scents so the products that made it home with me from a recent MomTrends event had vanilla and citrus fragrance in it. Having four children means everyone will like something different and I’m used to that but every one of them loves the ACURE yummy baby 4-in-1. While it is a shampoo, body wash, bubble bath and hand wash, it’s found a home next to the bathroom sink. Yay for washing hands and smelling nice afterwards!

And from the looks of it after only having it around these last few days, it seems like All Better Balm (helps repair dry, cracked skin and itchy skin) and Baby Fix It will be used often by my children, too.


When you name your blog Veep Veep there really is no need to explain your love of cars to anyone. From Maserati to Mercedes and Lotus to Lamborghini, I am completely obsessed with cars — their history, the make and model and features. But no matter the brand or country of origin, I love learning…

When you name your blog Veep Veep there really is no need to explain your love of cars to anyone.

From Maserati to Mercedes and Lotus to Lamborghini, I am completely obsessed with cars — their history, the make and model and features. But no matter the brand or country of origin, I love learning about the latest models and concept cars.

OK, I’ll be honest, when it comes to cars of any kind, I love spending time reading about them, test-driving them and sharing my opinion with all who will listen.

Victoria Driving

The 2016 New York International Auto Show happens on March 25-April 3rd.

Once again, it will be held at Javits which is the perfect venue to see all the brands exhibiting.  But before this year’s show, join in the fun on Twitter at the SheBuysCars Auto Show Twitter party on March 21, 8-9pm with the hashtag #GNONYIAS16 where you can win auto show tickets and other prizes.

I’ve been going to the auto show for years and can’t wait to see the cars! I personally tend to opt for crossover vehicles now because I have four children (and still have no interest in a minivan) but I’m interested in seeing environmentally friendly cars, finding out about cutting edge technology, and checking out cars that enhance personal style and reflect style trends.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Call me crazy but I think I definitely lucked out in the kid department. Sure you do hear “no fair” from time to time coming from our apartment but usually the only time I hear whining out of the mouth of one of my babes is if they are sick or have a stomach bug. I can’t blame…

Call me crazy but I think I definitely lucked out in the kid department. Sure you do hear “no fair” from time to time coming from our apartment but usually the only time I hear whining out of the mouth of one of my babes is if they are sick or have a stomach bug. I can’t blame them. There’s nothing fun about that.

#goodbyeflu #seethelyte

But I’m prepared for those times when my littles are under the weather, whether we are at home or on-the-go. Packed along with protein snacks for the day in our go bag or sitting next to snacks in the cupboard is always a box of Pedialyte powder packs. Since Pedialyte is the #1 pediatrician-recommended oral electrolyte solution and the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for hydration, I trust it to help restore their body’s electrolytes. Since we can lose vital fluids when we’re sick, it’s my goal to keep my kids from getting dehydrated due to vomiting or diarrhea.

#seethelyte #goodbyeflu

Whenever I’m in the baby section of Walmart getting diaper wipes for super sticky kid hands, I pick up a box of Pedialyte powder packs. But if you prefer ready to drink Pedialyte for your family, you should take advantage of this $2 off any (2) one liters offer! Pedialyte powder packs comes in many flavors and since I know from having four children that children are not the same, having the option of various flavors to choose from makes life easy for me when they are sick. And when I am under the weather, I can also pour a powder pack in a bottle of water for myself.

#seethelyte #goodbyeflu

#goodbyeflu #seethelyte

I have been compensated by Pedialyte for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.


Want to know the most honest thing I can tell you? You get #NoSickDays as a mom. Daily routines in my home have to continue as expected because my littles still need their homework checked, crusts cut off, gym clothes found, bath water just the right temperature, snacks packed, hair brushed, hands held as we…

Want to know the most honest thing I can tell you? You get #NoSickDays as a mom.
Daily routines in my home have to continue as expected because my littles still need their
homework checked, crusts cut off, gym clothes found, bath water just the right temperature,
snacks packed, hair brushed, hands held as we walk to school and hugs and kisses after
bedtime books are finished.
And if you throw a snow day into the mix when mom has a cold, a few compromises have to be made to even the most tightly run ship.
VicksDayQuilSEVERE
Here are my five ways to survive a snow day when sick –
1. Break Out the Extra Blankets
Blankets are perfect for floor picnics on cold weather days and they’re a creative way for
furniture forts to be built. And they are a sneaky way to get your kids to fold when it’s time to
clean up.
2. Give Time On The Tablet
We have a rule in my house that tech gear and gadgets aren’t allowed until Friday. Even for my
daughter to stream Monday night’s TV shows on her phone. But snow days mean all bets are
off! Timers go on and ‘pick axes are crafted’ and ‘pork chops are eaten’.
3. Call In the Reinforcements
Not only do I have to make sure the regular routine in our household goes off without a hiccup
when I have my children outside the house for six hours at school but with them home on a
snow day there is no time for me to lay around and binge watch TV shows in between naps.
Vicks #NOSICKDAYS
After I tuck everyone in bed later I’ll take Vicks NyQuil SEVERE because there is no way I’ll let
my throat continue to feel sore. And I also wanted to make sure I got some sleep. Early
mornings and late nights working are not ideal as it is but throwing in a cold means I definitely
need to be rested. But during the day, I’ll need to stay alert so non-drowsy DayQuilSEVERE
Cold and Flu will be the way to go.
4. Paint The Walls Red.
Craft paper taped to a blank wall makes for a cheap canvas for my four children. Water colors
and paint brushes always bide time when mom needs a little quiet.
5. Raise a Glass!
I’m really lucky my children know that if I have a cold that I will do everything to get back to my usual self as soon as I can. And I’m happy to have DayQuil SEVERE and NyQuil SEVERE
within reach when I need to power through the day even when I don’t feel my best. But glasses
of hot cocoa with my kids are my children’s snow day elixir. Especially with copious amounts of
mini marshmallows.
Before you know it, mom feels better and is ready to tackle the famous Snow Day hill and race
down it with everyone.
For more tips, check out the @NyQuilDayQuil Twitter channel and click here for a coupon.

I went to my first thoroughbred horse race a few weeks ago. I’ve been invited many times but my schedule never allowed so I could attend a day at the horse racing track. I got a crash course in all things track that day and loved it so much I took a peek this morning at…

ACURE Baby

March 11th 2016

My ‘baby’ is now five but that doesn’t mean I no longer care about the ingredients found inside the products my children use on their skin. When it comes to his sensitive skin, I make sure my youngest has proper coverage in the sun and after his bath. Dry skin isn’t fun for anyone — but especially for little ones….


When you name your blog Veep Veep there really is no need to explain your love of cars to anyone. From Maserati to Mercedes and Lotus to Lamborghini, I am completely obsessed with cars — their history, the make and model and features. But no matter the brand or country of origin, I love learning…


Call me crazy but I think I definitely lucked out in the kid department. Sure you do hear “no fair” from time to time coming from our apartment but usually the only time I hear whining out of the mouth of one of my babes is if they are sick or have a stomach bug. I can’t blame…


Want to know the most honest thing I can tell you? You get #NoSickDays as a mom. Daily routines in my home have to continue as expected because my littles still need their homework checked, crusts cut off, gym clothes found, bath water just the right temperature, snacks packed, hair brushed, hands held as we…


I went to my first thoroughbred horse race a few weeks ago. I’ve been invited many times but my schedule never allowed so I could attend a day at the horse racing track. I got a crash course in all things track that day and loved it so much I took a peek this morning at…

I went to my first thoroughbred horse race a few weeks ago. I’ve been invited many times but my schedule never allowed so I could attend a day at the horse racing track.

I got a crash course in all things track that day and loved it so much I took a peek this morning at the Grand National day 2016 odds & winners.

Sure we don’t have that race here in the States but the upcoming race season will be here before we know it on the East Coast and I know so many families were interested last year so here are four tips if you head to the track this spring for the first time, whether or not you bring the kiddos.

Dress up — or down!

While certain thoroughbred horse races might have a specific dress code for the most part you can show up dressed casual. That’s always nice considering my first race day was spent in ridiculously hot weather. Luckily, I was wearing a sundress and comfortable wedge sandals. But you will see people there in jeans and shorts as much as you see attendees in jackets and slacks and dresses with pretty hats.

Place a bet!

My first bet was on a horse with a New York City name because as a native New Yorker I felt like I had to root for the horse with a name that fit my hometown. But I also wagered on a horse I thought would definitely place. So two bets all afternoon — one silly one and one crash course educated bet. I was a beginner and still had fun because everyone else with me showed me what to do and how to come up with my picks. Beginner’s Luck really is a thing, people!

Take a seat — or don’t!

I had fun walking over to place bets and watching the races from the big screen but there were so many options of where to watch the races — from luxury suites and club house seating to picnic areas and bleachers. You’ll have a great time no matter where you see the horses leave the gate. After all, isn’t the purpose to have fun?!

Explore the track

No, I don’t mean walk on the race track during the races. I mean, see what else is there on race day. Most tracks have so many other activities. And since there is time in between the horses leaving the gates and the next race starting, I loved walking around. I had the chance to feed a carrot to the horse that played Sea Biscuit in the movie. Hey, we only live once. I can now cross “horse feeder” off my bucket list. (*wink*)  If you take your children, they often have play areas and places to ride a pony. At the track I went to… there was a huge bouncy house I was a bit envious of the kids jumping around in.

Most importantly have fun. If you’ve been to a horse race track and want to leave a tip below for other people attending this year, feel free to leave one in the comments of this blog post!

ACURE Baby

March 11th 2016

My ‘baby’ is now five but that doesn’t mean I no longer care about the ingredients found inside the products my children use on their skin. When it comes to his sensitive skin, I make sure my youngest has proper coverage in the sun and after his bath. Dry skin isn’t fun for anyone — but especially for little ones….

My ‘baby’ is now five but that doesn’t mean I no longer care about the ingredients found inside the products my children use on their skin.

#acurebaby

When it comes to his sensitive skin, I make sure my youngest has proper coverage in the sun and after his bath. Dry skin isn’t fun for anyone — but especially for little ones. But it’s nice to know products exist that help the entire family.

#acurebaby

ACURE has created ACURE Baby which despite it’s name is suitable for family members of all ages to use. I love that the products are allergy tested and pediatrician tested. Most importantly, they are paraben free, sulfate freee, free of hormone distruptors and free of common allergens. I want to give ACURE a high five for making life with children easier. They really do care about little ones.

I prefer light scents so the products that made it home with me from a recent MomTrends event had vanilla and citrus fragrance in it. Having four children means everyone will like something different and I’m used to that but every one of them loves the ACURE yummy baby 4-in-1. While it is a shampoo, body wash, bubble bath and hand wash, it’s found a home next to the bathroom sink. Yay for washing hands and smelling nice afterwards!

And from the looks of it after only having it around these last few days, it seems like All Better Balm (helps repair dry, cracked skin and itchy skin) and Baby Fix It will be used often by my children, too.


When you name your blog Veep Veep there really is no need to explain your love of cars to anyone. From Maserati to Mercedes and Lotus to Lamborghini, I am completely obsessed with cars — their history, the make and model and features. But no matter the brand or country of origin, I love learning…

When you name your blog Veep Veep there really is no need to explain your love of cars to anyone.

From Maserati to Mercedes and Lotus to Lamborghini, I am completely obsessed with cars — their history, the make and model and features. But no matter the brand or country of origin, I love learning about the latest models and concept cars.

OK, I’ll be honest, when it comes to cars of any kind, I love spending time reading about them, test-driving them and sharing my opinion with all who will listen.

Victoria Driving

The 2016 New York International Auto Show happens on March 25-April 3rd.

Once again, it will be held at Javits which is the perfect venue to see all the brands exhibiting.  But before this year’s show, join in the fun on Twitter at the SheBuysCars Auto Show Twitter party on March 21, 8-9pm with the hashtag #GNONYIAS16 where you can win auto show tickets and other prizes.

I’ve been going to the auto show for years and can’t wait to see the cars! I personally tend to opt for crossover vehicles now because I have four children (and still have no interest in a minivan) but I’m interested in seeing environmentally friendly cars, finding out about cutting edge technology, and checking out cars that enhance personal style and reflect style trends.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Call me crazy but I think I definitely lucked out in the kid department. Sure you do hear “no fair” from time to time coming from our apartment but usually the only time I hear whining out of the mouth of one of my babes is if they are sick or have a stomach bug. I can’t blame…

Call me crazy but I think I definitely lucked out in the kid department. Sure you do hear “no fair” from time to time coming from our apartment but usually the only time I hear whining out of the mouth of one of my babes is if they are sick or have a stomach bug. I can’t blame them. There’s nothing fun about that.

#goodbyeflu #seethelyte

But I’m prepared for those times when my littles are under the weather, whether we are at home or on-the-go. Packed along with protein snacks for the day in our go bag or sitting next to snacks in the cupboard is always a box of Pedialyte powder packs. Since Pedialyte is the #1 pediatrician-recommended oral electrolyte solution and the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for hydration, I trust it to help restore their body’s electrolytes. Since we can lose vital fluids when we’re sick, it’s my goal to keep my kids from getting dehydrated due to vomiting or diarrhea.

#seethelyte #goodbyeflu

Whenever I’m in the baby section of Walmart getting diaper wipes for super sticky kid hands, I pick up a box of Pedialyte powder packs. But if you prefer ready to drink Pedialyte for your family, you should take advantage of this $2 off any (2) one liters offer! Pedialyte powder packs comes in many flavors and since I know from having four children that children are not the same, having the option of various flavors to choose from makes life easy for me when they are sick. And when I am under the weather, I can also pour a powder pack in a bottle of water for myself.

#seethelyte #goodbyeflu

#goodbyeflu #seethelyte

I have been compensated by Pedialyte for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.


Want to know the most honest thing I can tell you? You get #NoSickDays as a mom. Daily routines in my home have to continue as expected because my littles still need their homework checked, crusts cut off, gym clothes found, bath water just the right temperature, snacks packed, hair brushed, hands held as we…

Want to know the most honest thing I can tell you? You get #NoSickDays as a mom.
Daily routines in my home have to continue as expected because my littles still need their
homework checked, crusts cut off, gym clothes found, bath water just the right temperature,
snacks packed, hair brushed, hands held as we walk to school and hugs and kisses after
bedtime books are finished.
And if you throw a snow day into the mix when mom has a cold, a few compromises have to be made to even the most tightly run ship.
VicksDayQuilSEVERE
Here are my five ways to survive a snow day when sick –
1. Break Out the Extra Blankets
Blankets are perfect for floor picnics on cold weather days and they’re a creative way for
furniture forts to be built. And they are a sneaky way to get your kids to fold when it’s time to
clean up.
2. Give Time On The Tablet
We have a rule in my house that tech gear and gadgets aren’t allowed until Friday. Even for my
daughter to stream Monday night’s TV shows on her phone. But snow days mean all bets are
off! Timers go on and ‘pick axes are crafted’ and ‘pork chops are eaten’.
3. Call In the Reinforcements
Not only do I have to make sure the regular routine in our household goes off without a hiccup
when I have my children outside the house for six hours at school but with them home on a
snow day there is no time for me to lay around and binge watch TV shows in between naps.
Vicks #NOSICKDAYS
After I tuck everyone in bed later I’ll take Vicks NyQuil SEVERE because there is no way I’ll let
my throat continue to feel sore. And I also wanted to make sure I got some sleep. Early
mornings and late nights working are not ideal as it is but throwing in a cold means I definitely
need to be rested. But during the day, I’ll need to stay alert so non-drowsy DayQuilSEVERE
Cold and Flu will be the way to go.
4. Paint The Walls Red.
Craft paper taped to a blank wall makes for a cheap canvas for my four children. Water colors
and paint brushes always bide time when mom needs a little quiet.
5. Raise a Glass!
I’m really lucky my children know that if I have a cold that I will do everything to get back to my usual self as soon as I can. And I’m happy to have DayQuil SEVERE and NyQuil SEVERE
within reach when I need to power through the day even when I don’t feel my best. But glasses
of hot cocoa with my kids are my children’s snow day elixir. Especially with copious amounts of
mini marshmallows.
Before you know it, mom feels better and is ready to tackle the famous Snow Day hill and race
down it with everyone.
For more tips, check out the @NyQuilDayQuil Twitter channel and click here for a coupon.