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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 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.

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.

#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.

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 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.

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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.

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Luke was Thor on Halloween. Harrison was Captain America.

While neither of them have seen those movies, I have and I’m looking forward to the ultimate summer fun flick The Avengers.

It hits theaters May 4th but all The Avengers gear (including pajamas!) can be found now at the exclusive Avengers section of the Walmart website!

I checked it out and some of the toys the kids already have are being sold there along with the movie DVDs and some toys they don’t own… yet.  (Both Luke and Harrison’s birthdays are coming up in the next few weeks!)

There are over 100 products in the The Avengers section of the Walmart website. Go check it out if your kids are fans of Thor, The Hulk, Iron Man or Captain America. You’ll also find DIY masks on the site for them to make!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but my opinion as always is 100% mine. 

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Luke was Thor on Halloween. Harrison was Captain America.

While neither of them have seen those movies, I have and I’m looking forward to the ultimate summer fun flick The Avengers.

It hits theaters May 4th but all The Avengers gear (including pajamas!) can be found now at the exclusive Avengers section of the Walmart website!

I checked it out and some of the toys the kids already have are being sold there along with the movie DVDs and some toys they don’t own… yet.  (Both Luke and Harrison’s birthdays are coming up in the next few weeks!)

There are over 100 products in the The Avengers section of the Walmart website. Go check it out if your kids are fans of Thor, The Hulk, Iron Man or Captain America. You’ll also find DIY masks on the site for them to make!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but my opinion as always is 100% mine. 

By Victoria

One journalist mom and four delightful kids living in Manhattan
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