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Does even the thought of trying out the latest trends make your day even before you are actually able to get a taste of it? Well, most of the individuals on earth especially women exhibit a strong interest in keeping themselves updated with the new changes.

You can like to watch the latest movie or go for a holiday in the most well known spot or try your taste buds on the newest dish in town- did newness ever have any limits? A matron’s thirst for variety extends further to trying out the hottest lip color or the latest designed dress or the pair of shoes making news in the market!

Whatever category of things it may be, exhibiting modernity is a never ending process. Every now and then, things come up with changes with change in seasons or times. A thing that is popular today, is never popular tomorrow.

Tomorrow calls for change and all the aspects undergo changes or modifications to satisfy the need of the hour. This way a string of change in every sphere reduces sameness or monotony from your life and surely makes the world the most suitable place to live in! Needless to say, such inculcation of creativity and innovation in the everyday aspects spice up your life.

Have you savored the in-thing named online bingo? The terrene of bingo has gone a remarkable change from a game being played in the traditional halls to the one being played online.

The fashionable games of online bingo have proved that change is for good as people can now play such games at their finger tips any where and at any time. Unlock the convenience and fun value of the game at any moment as these games are always just a touch away!

So, sign up on the incredible site New Look Bingo today and play bingo games to your heart’s content. Also try your luck on other games like slots, casino and freebets to experience the beauty of the world of online bingo as a whole- Good luck!

Does even the thought of trying out the latest trends make your day even before you are actually able to get a taste of it? Well, most of the individuals on earth especially women exhibit a strong interest in keeping themselves updated with the new changes.

You can like to watch the latest movie or go for a holiday in the most well known spot or try your taste buds on the newest dish in town- did newness ever have any limits? A matron’s thirst for variety extends further to trying out the hottest lip color or the latest designed dress or the pair of shoes making news in the market!

Whatever category of things it may be, exhibiting modernity is a never ending process. Every now and then, things come up with changes with change in seasons or times. A thing that is popular today, is never popular tomorrow.

Tomorrow calls for change and all the aspects undergo changes or modifications to satisfy the need of the hour. This way a string of change in every sphere reduces sameness or monotony from your life and surely makes the world the most suitable place to live in! Needless to say, such inculcation of creativity and innovation in the everyday aspects spice up your life.

Have you savored the in-thing named online bingo? The terrene of bingo has gone a remarkable change from a game being played in the traditional halls to the one being played online.

The fashionable games of online bingo have proved that change is for good as people can now play such games at their finger tips any where and at any time. Unlock the convenience and fun value of the game at any moment as these games are always just a touch away!

So, sign up on the incredible site New Look Bingo today and play bingo games to your heart’s content. Also try your luck on other games like slots, casino and freebets to experience the beauty of the world of online bingo as a whole- Good luck!


My nine year old has always loved one superhero more than others. He’s a big fan of Captain America. He even wore his Captain America Halloween costume three years in a row to school! And yes, if you were wondering, the photos ARE hilarious.

This year, when Marvel released the latest Captain America movie, my kiddo was found on the day it was released watching the latest installment with his dad. There was no way he was going to miss being on Team Captain America the first chance he got.

Holding Cross Pen Marvel Captain America Century II #WriteGift #SuperPen

Although I’m divorced, I still help my children pick out Father’s Day gifts. My nine year old’s pick for his dad is the CROSS Marvel Century II pen. It’s part of the CROSS Marvel series of pens featuring Captain America, Iron Man and Spider Man. When your child thinks his dad is a real life superhero this is a fun way to honor him.

Cross Marvel Captain America Century II #WriteGift #SuperPen

The pens are available in two styles. First the brand’s evolutionary Century II series ($150) finished in a high-gloss lacquer and includes a collectible, character-specific romance card. And the second is the Tech2 series ($45), which transforms from a ballpoint pen to a stylus in a flash.

Thanks to CROSS Pens for partnering with me for this post!

My nine year old has always loved one superhero more than others. He’s a big fan of Captain America. He even wore his Captain America Halloween costume three years in a row to school! And yes, if you were wondering, the photos ARE hilarious.

This year, when Marvel released the latest Captain America movie, my kiddo was found on the day it was released watching the latest installment with his dad. There was no way he was going to miss being on Team Captain America the first chance he got.

Holding Cross Pen Marvel Captain America Century II #WriteGift #SuperPen

Although I’m divorced, I still help my children pick out Father’s Day gifts. My nine year old’s pick for his dad is the CROSS Marvel Century II pen. It’s part of the CROSS Marvel series of pens featuring Captain America, Iron Man and Spider Man. When your child thinks his dad is a real life superhero this is a fun way to honor him.

Cross Marvel Captain America Century II #WriteGift #SuperPen

The pens are available in two styles. First the brand’s evolutionary Century II series ($150) finished in a high-gloss lacquer and includes a collectible, character-specific romance card. And the second is the Tech2 series ($45), which transforms from a ballpoint pen to a stylus in a flash.

Thanks to CROSS Pens for partnering with me for this post!


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!

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!


Having a grandpa who was a carpenter who later built his own dream house meant I was always around someone fixing things and remodeling other things. One of my favorite things was when one of the rooms in their home got new home lighting fixtures.

Whether they were Tiffany lamps or pendant lighting there was something about walking into a room and looking up to see ornate chandeliers or a beautiful sconce.
And when I got older and had my first home I made sure to put a lot into my decision for something perfect for hanging above our formal dining room table.
When we went away on vacation, our vacation home had an amazing open kitchen and the lights and ceiling lighting drew attention to the kitchen, I found myself never wanting to leave.

Every time I see a celebrity remodeling their home, I always find myself looking to see what home lighting fixtures they’ve chosen. It’s funny because even when they create these amazing closets for shoes or clothing, it’s the lighting that really draws you in.

While I currently live in a tiny New York City apartment, I still make sure the lighting fixtures in my bathroom, living room and kitchen are fun. And the ceiling in my bedroom has a beautiful covering. It reminds me that when you least expect it, you can still have a bit of your personality showing.

Having a grandpa who was a carpenter who later built his own dream house meant I was always around someone fixing things and remodeling other things. One of my favorite things was when one of the rooms in their home got new home lighting fixtures.

Whether they were Tiffany lamps or pendant lighting there was something about walking into a room and looking up to see ornate chandeliers or a beautiful sconce.
And when I got older and had my first home I made sure to put a lot into my decision for something perfect for hanging above our formal dining room table.
When we went away on vacation, our vacation home had an amazing open kitchen and the lights and ceiling lighting drew attention to the kitchen, I found myself never wanting to leave.

Every time I see a celebrity remodeling their home, I always find myself looking to see what home lighting fixtures they’ve chosen. It’s funny because even when they create these amazing closets for shoes or clothing, it’s the lighting that really draws you in.

While I currently live in a tiny New York City apartment, I still make sure the lighting fixtures in my bathroom, living room and kitchen are fun. And the ceiling in my bedroom has a beautiful covering. It reminds me that when you least expect it, you can still have a bit of your personality showing.


Contact lenses and kids – it is a dilemma that many parents are facing today. Are they okay for the little ones? When can my child start wearing contact lenses? Are they safe for contact sports? These are some of the questions that eye doctors frequently get from parents when their children first show an interest in wearing contact lenses.

So, let’s take a look at some of the most important issues you should consider when you’re thinking about getting contacts for your kids.

1. When is My Child Ready for Contacts?

When it comes to wearing contact lenses, your kid’s maturity and ability to handle them in a responsible – and safe – manner is often more important than the aspect of age alone. Firstly, your child needs to be mature enough to tolerate wearing contact lenses and recognize their advantage over eyeglasses, and secondly, he/she needs to adhere to all their eye doctor’s instructions pertaining the use of contact lenses.

For very young kids or infants who are fitted with contacts due to eye defects like congenital cataracts, closer attention and supervision will be required from parents.

2. How Do I Know the Best Contact Lenses for My Child?

Although this question can be best answered by your eye doctor, here is a thought that can help: if your child is prescribed disposable soft lenses, it is advisable to go for daily disposables as opposed to the less expensive options that are mostly worn for two or four weeks and then discarded. With “dailies”, there will be no need for disinfection and cleaning since they will be disposed at the end of the day.

3. How about “Decorative” Contact Lenses?

In case your child wants to wear a “decorative” pair of contact lenses, for instance during the Halloween festival, be sure to consult your eye physician about it. The doctor can even advise you on the best pattern for them. Remember, though, that such lenses are not meant for correcting your child’s vision but rather for decorative purposes only.

Also, be warned not to buy “decorative” lenses from beauty stores or flea markets; you could be putting your child to a high risk for eye injury or infection, vision loss or even blindness!

4. Wearing Contacts in Sports

Compared to eyeglasses, contact lenses are much more advantageous for active kids. In a contact sport, eyeglasses or their frames can break and cause injury. Their lenses can also fog up and greatly affect vision and performance during a competition.

While contacts are not prone to such shortcomings, they also have other advantages. These include: an unobstructed view of the sporting field with better peripheral vision, stability even during very demanding active play, as well as better optics for such contact types as gas permeable (GP) lenses.

5. Finally, Some Do’s and Don’ts with Contacts

– Never share or swap contact lenses with anybody.

– Never use saliva, tap or even distilled water, homemade non-sterile saline solution or any other non-prescribed liquid while caring for your contact lenses.

– For girls, apply your makeup after inserting your lenses, not before.

– Only use hypo-allergenic skin products and cosmetics, or those that are marked “for contact lens wearers” or “for sensitive eyes”. Such products can be found at most stores, including Kohl’s, and you should be able to save some money on them too if you use Discountrue coupons.

6. Other Benefits of Wearing Contacts

Apart from the advantages of wearing contact lenses that we have highlighted above, there are also other benefits involved. They include:

– Controlling myopia or nearsightedness: While some research studies have suggested that fitting your young nearsighted kids with GP contacts could help slow down the advancement of their myopia, your eye physician should have the final say on this.

– Building self-esteem: For those kids that are self-conscious or simply do not like how they look in eyeglasses, wearing contacts is often touted as one way that can improve how they feel about their appearance, thus enhancing their self-esteem.

Contact lenses and kids – it is a dilemma that many parents are facing today. Are they okay for the little ones? When can my child start wearing contact lenses? Are they safe for contact sports? These are some of the questions that eye doctors frequently get from parents when their children first show an interest in wearing contact lenses.

So, let’s take a look at some of the most important issues you should consider when you’re thinking about getting contacts for your kids.

1. When is My Child Ready for Contacts?

When it comes to wearing contact lenses, your kid’s maturity and ability to handle them in a responsible – and safe – manner is often more important than the aspect of age alone. Firstly, your child needs to be mature enough to tolerate wearing contact lenses and recognize their advantage over eyeglasses, and secondly, he/she needs to adhere to all their eye doctor’s instructions pertaining the use of contact lenses.

For very young kids or infants who are fitted with contacts due to eye defects like congenital cataracts, closer attention and supervision will be required from parents.

2. How Do I Know the Best Contact Lenses for My Child?

Although this question can be best answered by your eye doctor, here is a thought that can help: if your child is prescribed disposable soft lenses, it is advisable to go for daily disposables as opposed to the less expensive options that are mostly worn for two or four weeks and then discarded. With “dailies”, there will be no need for disinfection and cleaning since they will be disposed at the end of the day.

3. How about “Decorative” Contact Lenses?

In case your child wants to wear a “decorative” pair of contact lenses, for instance during the Halloween festival, be sure to consult your eye physician about it. The doctor can even advise you on the best pattern for them. Remember, though, that such lenses are not meant for correcting your child’s vision but rather for decorative purposes only.

Also, be warned not to buy “decorative” lenses from beauty stores or flea markets; you could be putting your child to a high risk for eye injury or infection, vision loss or even blindness!

4. Wearing Contacts in Sports

Compared to eyeglasses, contact lenses are much more advantageous for active kids. In a contact sport, eyeglasses or their frames can break and cause injury. Their lenses can also fog up and greatly affect vision and performance during a competition.

While contacts are not prone to such shortcomings, they also have other advantages. These include: an unobstructed view of the sporting field with better peripheral vision, stability even during very demanding active play, as well as better optics for such contact types as gas permeable (GP) lenses.

5. Finally, Some Do’s and Don’ts with Contacts

– Never share or swap contact lenses with anybody.

– Never use saliva, tap or even distilled water, homemade non-sterile saline solution or any other non-prescribed liquid while caring for your contact lenses.

– For girls, apply your makeup after inserting your lenses, not before.

– Only use hypo-allergenic skin products and cosmetics, or those that are marked “for contact lens wearers” or “for sensitive eyes”. Such products can be found at most stores, including Kohl’s, and you should be able to save some money on them too if you use Discountrue coupons.

6. Other Benefits of Wearing Contacts

Apart from the advantages of wearing contact lenses that we have highlighted above, there are also other benefits involved. They include:

– Controlling myopia or nearsightedness: While some research studies have suggested that fitting your young nearsighted kids with GP contacts could help slow down the advancement of their myopia, your eye physician should have the final say on this.

– Building self-esteem: For those kids that are self-conscious or simply do not like how they look in eyeglasses, wearing contacts is often touted as one way that can improve how they feel about their appearance, thus enhancing their self-esteem.


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I’m not a fan of shopping for clothing for myself.

I no longer fit half the clothing in my closet.

Because ever since Harrison was born; I’ve had these hips that won’t go away.

I want them to go play houseguest with Jennifer Lopez and leave me alone.

There is also the topic of the pesky “last few” baby weight pounds I still haven’t lost.

And I can no longer blame pregnancy when my son will be turning two in May!

I haven’t dieted one bit since having him so what did I expect?! In addition to me never rarely passing up dessert.

So I’ve joined a group of moms on Twitter called Shredheads who have decided to try the 30 Day Shred workout DVD by Jillian Michaels.

I haven’t bought the 30 Day Shred DVD because Exercise TV On Demand has Level 1 and Level 2 for free right now.

(Honestly though, I highly doubt I’ll be anywhere near the other levels.)

For the next 30 Days, I will be crying trying to get myself back into shape or as Jillian Michaels says Shredded.

I watched some of Level 1 last night. Cringed at the 29 minutes of craziness I will be trying today.

But I know I need to at least try.

You can follow my progress on Twitter. Follow me @veepveep

Here goes –

BEFORE PHOTO (coming soon, maybe…)

Code Name:     Victoria

Tag Line:     Hips Don’t Lie

Weight:     137lbs (ironically stepped on a scale called “Thinner” to find this out.)

Goal:         To get back to the pre-pregnancy weight I was before baby #3. I don’t need to lose the 20lbs promised if you stick with the workout.

Diet Plan:     Healthy choices. Gave up restaurant take-out and delivery for Lent which will definitely help.

Rules:         Only drinking water and hot tea. Still have work events and work dinners to attend so I’ll try to be good about the wine and dessert when not at home.

Shred Plan:     Level one, 5lb hand weights.

P.S. I’m asking all of you reading this to be my Richard Simmons support system. If it looks like I’ve given up, call and motivate or yell at me. J Thanks.

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I’m not a fan of shopping for clothing for myself.

I no longer fit half the clothing in my closet.

Because ever since Harrison was born; I’ve had these hips that won’t go away.

I want them to go play houseguest with Jennifer Lopez and leave me alone.

There is also the topic of the pesky “last few” baby weight pounds I still haven’t lost.

And I can no longer blame pregnancy when my son will be turning two in May!

I haven’t dieted one bit since having him so what did I expect?! In addition to me never rarely passing up dessert.

So I’ve joined a group of moms on Twitter called Shredheads who have decided to try the 30 Day Shred workout DVD by Jillian Michaels.

I haven’t bought the 30 Day Shred DVD because Exercise TV On Demand has Level 1 and Level 2 for free right now.

(Honestly though, I highly doubt I’ll be anywhere near the other levels.)

For the next 30 Days, I will be crying trying to get myself back into shape or as Jillian Michaels says Shredded.

I watched some of Level 1 last night. Cringed at the 29 minutes of craziness I will be trying today.

But I know I need to at least try.

You can follow my progress on Twitter. Follow me @veepveep

Here goes –

BEFORE PHOTO (coming soon, maybe…)

Code Name:     Victoria

Tag Line:     Hips Don’t Lie

Weight:     137lbs (ironically stepped on a scale called “Thinner” to find this out.)

Goal:         To get back to the pre-pregnancy weight I was before baby #3. I don’t need to lose the 20lbs promised if you stick with the workout.

Diet Plan:     Healthy choices. Gave up restaurant take-out and delivery for Lent which will definitely help.

Rules:         Only drinking water and hot tea. Still have work events and work dinners to attend so I’ll try to be good about the wine and dessert when not at home.

Shred Plan:     Level one, 5lb hand weights.

P.S. I’m asking all of you reading this to be my Richard Simmons support system. If it looks like I’ve given up, call and motivate or yell at me. J Thanks.

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By Victoria

One journalist mom and four delightful kids living in Manhattan

2 comments
Getting Rid of the Pounds

  • Well, I for one think you look fab. But if you are looking for support–go,go,go. One of my tips–besides walking everywhere–I mix seltzer with everything. It is calorie free and with just a dash of juice makes a low calorie (and cheap) drink.

    Nicole Feliciano’s last blog post..Zid Zid

  • Nikki says:

    Thanks so much for watching ExerciseTV! Have you seen our post-baby body workouts! Also, if you love Jillian (for FREE!), you should check out our new website http://www.todaysfreeworkout.com. New free workout everyday, and some of them feature Jillian! Good Luck!

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