Wordless Wednesday

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What I’m reading right now. LOVE this book. Have you read it? What did you think of it?

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Wordless Wednesday!

What do you do on a 101 degree day?
You stop for hotdogs and ice cream cones at Stew Leonard’s!

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Monsters University Trailer!

We are HUGE Monsters, Inc. fans in this house and we CAN NOT wait for Monsters University! SO EXCITED!

Opens June 21st! Are you as excited as I am? :)

Grand Opening of Whole Foods Market in Danbury CT!

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Tuesday I had the fun opportunity to check out the new Whole Foods Market that is opening tomorrow in Danbury. As most of you already know, I am a huge Whole Foods fan. So I was thrilled to have the chance to tour the store and get a glimpse of what goes into putting a Whole Foods Market together. The attention to detail is crazy. They really do think of everything. Even the hand drawn art that you see throughout the store is done by a team of artists. Who knew? The Danbury location is full of local history. Marcus Dairy is a big influence in this store and there is even a Burgers & Shakes Bar that was inspired from the history of Marcus Dairy and the famous Dairy Bar Restaurant.

I loved the milk crates used as decoration on the walls.

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I am excited to try the retro-inspired desserts that will be available in the Bakery Department. Think Twinkies people! My kids are going to love the all natural slushies. My family loves the prepared foods section and my husband can not wait to try the stir-fry bar!

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Not only did I get to tour the new store, I was able to meet up with some of my local blogging friends. That is always a huge bonus! Such a great time. The team in Danbury is amazing and they are SO ready for this store to open.

Here is some information from the Whole foods website:

(DANBURY, CT – May 14, 2013) –Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM), the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket, is opening its ninth Connecticut location on Friday, May 17th at 9:00AM in Danbury, CT. The new store at 5C Sugar Hollow Road in the Shops at Marcus Dairy is located directly across from the Danbury Fair Mall. The store opening celebrations will kick-off with a traditional bread breaking ceremony at 8:30 a.m. followed by storewide tastings, vendor sampling, special sale items, giveaways and other events for all ages.

With this opening marking the 350th store in the company, Whole Foods Market: Danbury will celebrate by offering the first 350 customers entering on May 17th both a free pound of raw & peeled shrimp and a free pound of fresh boneless, skinless chicken breast. The store’s Whole Body department will be holding an Early Bird Sale from 9:00AM to 1:00PM on body care and supplements.

In connection with Whole Foods Market’s deep commitment to its local communities as well as its interest in honoring the location’s history, 5% of the day’s sales will be donated to the Danbury Museum and Historical Society. In continued support of Danbury and its surrounding communities, Whole Foods Market has also dedicated 5% day grants to four other local organizations through the Summer of 2014, including:

– The Ridgefield Playhouse – Fall 2013

– CityCenter Danbury – Winter 2014

– The Land Trust of Danbury – Spring 2014

– Plow to Plate of New Milford – Summer 2014

Conveniently located along the border of western Connecticut and Westchester County, New York, the new Danbury store will feature more than 35,000-square-feet of retail space and offer the highest quality natural and organic goods, with a heavy emphasis on products catering to the distinct tastes of the area. Customers can expect to see favorites like local and seasonal fresh produce. The new store will also showcase in-store venues and departments for a truly one-stop shopping experience.

In addition to its expansive grocery options, the new store will pay homage to the location’s former resident, Marcus Dairy. The Burgers & Shakes bar draws inspiration from the location’s history and its famed Dairy Bar Restaurant. Topnotch burgers (grass-fed beef, turkey and veggie options available), push-cart style hot dogs and made-to-order milkshakes are all featured on the menu.

“We’re excited to join the Danbury community and fulfill the needs of its shoppers with natural, organic and wholesome products,” said Pat Mulrooney, Whole Foods Market Danbury Store Team Leader. “With its rich agricultural history, Danbury was a natural fit for Whole Foods Market, and we look forward to this fruitful partnership as we aim to provide the town with a unique shopping experience.”

If you are in the area tomorrow morning stop in and check out the store. Get there early for the bread breaking at 8:30 am. And don’t forget, 5% of the day’s sales will be donated to the Danbury Museum and Historical Society.

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I need to try those crisp, cracker looking things made entirely of cheese! If you go to the grand opening tomorrow come back here and leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it and what your thoughts were. Are you as excited about it as I am? Or am I just a complete dork?

Whole Foods Market – Danbury

The Shops at Marcus Dairy

5c Sugar Hollow Road

Danbury, CT 06810

Regular Store Hours: [Mon –Sun] 8 AM – 10 PM

Phone Number: (203) 730-0599

Cheese and Coffee!! My two favorite things!

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Disclosure: I received a gift bag full goodies while at the tour. As always, all opinions are my own.

Girls Night In With Sally Hansen and Walgreens! #IHeartMyNailArt

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I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.

As you all know, we have been so busy here in the Budge household. But thankfully things are winding down. Chelsea finally picked a college and is heading to New Hampshire in the Fall. Chloe finished her fifth year of dance and we had her recital on Saturday. Chelsea finished up her play at Oddfellows and has went to one of her two proms she is going to this month. Busy busy busy.

I was so excited to have the opportunity to have some time with Chelsea and have a girls night. We have not had much time together because of our schedules. This Mother’s Day was the first time in forever that we were able to just have fun as a family. No schedule!

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Our girls night started with a quick trip to Walgreens for our Sally Hansen nail supplies. We had a night of nail painting, snacking and chatting ahead of us. The #IHeartMyNailArt display was super cute and we had a hard time picking out what we wanted to buy. There were so many choices and now I think Chloe actually has a new obsession. She would have bought every single nail strip that was there. Chelsea picked the Snake Charmer nail strips. She was looking for a more trendy “Street Style” look. Oh, and if you get to the register and realize you forgot your balance rewards card, don’t panic. All you need to do it type in your phone number and you are all set. Because of course I couldn’t find my card. Ha!

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Chelsea started with her nail strips. They were really easy. Easier than I thought they would be. I used one on one of my nails to try to have a trendy look without trying to look too young. You may notice that there are not any pictures of us from this night. We really should have planned ahead because we were SO NOT camera ready. Seriously. We had no business taking our pictures that night. So you get to just see our nails, and that is what you really care about right? Here you go!

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We had some fun and kept trying different looks. Chloe had to join in and she loved the magnetic nail polish (which is on sale for 5.99 until 5/25.Yay!) that she picked out. I am so glad we were able to find the time for this over the weekend. We needed it. I was trying to find some nail looks that a forty year old could pull off. We all had some good laughs at the stuff I was coming up with. Really? When did I get so old and uncool? It was fun to see the look on Chloe’s face with some of my ideas. But I actually stayed pretty safe. Chelsea was a bit more creative than I was I would say.

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Items used:
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail color in Grape Race
Sally Hansen nail art pens in Black and Periwinkle

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Items used:
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Snake Charmer
Sally Hansen Gem Crush nail color in Glitz Gal

Sally Hansen

Items used:
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail color in Grape Race
Sally Hansen Gem Crush nail color in Showgirl Chic

Chelsea loves fashion and music and a lot of her inspiration comes from the music she loves and Vogue, her favorite magazine. She has a very eclectic style that can change at any moment. Oh to be a teenager. I loved being able to express myself when I was younger and not care what anyone thought. Now I have to hear it from my kids when they don’t like my style choices. They are worse than my parents ever were!

We had a blast just hanging out and doing our nails. Snacks, trashy TV and fun manicures. What more could you ask for? I need to fit in a few more of these nights before Chelsea leaves for college. Time goes by way too fast and I know that it is so important to make the time for these memories. I am totally surprised I did not cry once while we were hanging out. I AM getting better about her leaving!

What are some fun fashion or beauty risks that you make once in a while? Do you ever use a crazy nail polish, bold eye shadow or wear a funky skirt? If you do, let me know in the comments what your tips are for pulling it off in everyday life.

Oh! I almost forgot to tell you! Check out the #IHeartMyNailArt Facebook page for information about how to enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card!

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First annual National Family Playdate May 11th with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Active Family Project!

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This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Merck Consumer Care.

Mark your calendars for May 11th! It’s time to get out and play!
Doesn’t that sound fun? When is the last time you made time for play with your family? I know it is something I do not do as often as I would like. Monday I had the chance to attend the Active Family Project kick off event in NYC. I had the opportunity to chat with Play Council members Erin Gifford, Amy McCready and Fred Engh about the importance you getting out there and playing with your kids. Fred doesn’t want you to sit on the sidelines, he wants you to get out there and coach! Amy talked about the different ways to get involved with your kids no matter how old they are.

I found myself nodding along and agreeing with what everyone was saying. It’s something we all know and want to do as parents. We want to have fun with our kids, build strong relationships with them and be positive and healthy role models in their lives. But sometimes it seems impossible to fit it all in with our very busy, overly scheduled lives. The Active Family Project is all about reminding us to make the time. Even if that just means finding it in the everyday things we do.

Here are some key points from The National Institute for Play:

• The early exchange of smiles and coos between
parent and child builds the familial bond and serves
as the child’s beginning connection with the world
outside the womb…and it begins with play!
• Engaging in family playtime prompts us to be
physically active together, enhancing our overall
bodily health and emotional well-being and can help
with every day stress, lighten our mood, and enhance
our personal relationships.
• By providing play opportunities, parents are the
change agents that can make play happen. It brings
families closer together and promotes a sense of
belonging, safety and love.

 

The second half of the afternoon was a fun question and answer with celebrity Active Family Project spokesperson Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Can I just say I LOVE HER? Seriously. She has such a great outlook when it comes to being an active and involved parent. She just does it. She and her husband spend much of their free time hanging out and playing with their kids in the yard. Shooting hoops or throwing a football. Their daughter even likes to make up her own CrossFit workouts for them to do in their garage. I think it is as simple as just taking some time after dinner to hang out in the yard or take a bike ride around the neighborhood. In our family we have been taking walks after dinner. At first the kids were not that into it, but now it is something we all look forward too. I have had some great conversations with my 12 year old son Jake while on our walks. My husband loves Lacrosse and most free time he has on the weekend is spent in the back yard with Jake and Chloe playing Lacrosse or throwing baseballs. He gets just as much, if not more out of it than the kids most times!

We have been making big changes in our family over the last year. One of those changes has been to find the fun in our everyday lives. It is surprisingly easy. We love to take the kids out to local events and historic locations in our area. This Fall we went on a hike at a Dinosaur Museum. The kids loved it! I find that I really need to make the time. It needs to be a priority. I have to write it on the calendar. In pen!

This is a fabulous campaign and I am thrilled to have been a part of its launch. This is something that makes so much sense and is so easy to do. I mean really, who doesn’t like to have fun? Don’t forget on May 11th to make a date. A Family Playdate!

Want more information about The Active Family Project? Check out their Facebook page and The Active Family Project website for tip and tools including a fun Activity Finder. You can also follow along on Twitter, just follow the #familyplay hashtag!

If you have a Family Playdate on May 11th let me know about it! I want to hear what you are doing to have some fun with your kids!

05/06/2013 Active Family Project

I received product samples and a $100 gift card from Merck Consumer Care,
and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.
This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Merck Consumer Care.

Hey! What’s up?

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So…

Here I am.

Writing on this site again.

I just can’t quit you Budge Bunch.

Here’s the deal. I love this site. My family loves this site. We have had this site since 2009 and although my family has outgrown the original purpose, we have decided to revive it as a fun family review and giveaway site. Jake and Chloe are looking forward to doing more of their own reviews and I like having a place that is separate from my personal or local blogs.

Stay tuned! We have a lot of fun stuff coming up!

New Year, New Direction!

Happy Monday! I have some fun news to share with you today! I have officially launched my new site Middlesex County Parent. You may have been wondering where the heck I was, and now ya know! I am so excited to be moving in a more streamlined direction to offer you guys more informative content. Don’t get me wrong, I will still post nonsense and my family will totally be a big part of Middlesex County Parent. One of the big differences will be more local content. Now don’t think that means you have to live in Connecticut to think Middlesex County Parent rocks! We will have plenty of great stuff for you too!

Thank you so much for supporting me for the last four years here at The Budge Bunch. It has been an adventure I could have never even imagined and I have loved every minute of it. I can’t wait to see what the future holds at Middlesex County Parent.

Bring it 2013.

Please go over and check out the new site and make sure you like my new Facebook page!

mcl

YesVideo Holiday Memories Twitter Party #YesMemory

Are you going to be hanging out on Twitter tonight? If so, you have to join me at the YesVideo Holiday Memories Twitter Party tonight at 8pm CST. Here is some info about the party. Make sure you fill out the door prize form to be eligible for the door prize!

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During the Twitter Party we will discuss our favorite holiday memories, how to preserve those old Christmas home movies and the best way to capture this year’s special moments. We hope you come join the party fun and tweet with us. Good luck in winning some of the awesome prizes!

Must be in attendance of the Twitter Party using hashtag #YesMemory to be eligible to win prizes.

Prizes include:

DOOR PRIZE – Blu-ray Player {must fill out door prize form to be eligible}

Movie Prize Pack

The Heart of Christmas DVD
Madagascar 3 Bluray
$50 gift certificate for YesVideo home video and photos transfer service

Motion Technology Package from TracerPix (valued at over $100)

iPhone 4/4S or 5 Motion Case
Motion Stainless Steel 8 Gig Memory Stick
$50 gift certificate for YesVideo home video and photos transfer service

Charlie Brown Prize Pack

A Charlie Brown Christmas (DVD)
Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales (DVD)
Hot Cocoa set
Peppermint Marshmallows
Movie Popcorn
$50 gift certificate for YesVideo home video and photo transfer services

The Original Christmas Classics Blu-ray Prize Pack

Frosty the Snowman DVD
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer DVD
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town! DVD
Frosty Returns DVD
Hot Cocoa set
Peppermint Marshmallows
Movie Popcorn
$50 gift certificate for YesVideo home video and photo transfer services

Dr. Seuss Holiday Collection Prize Pack

How the Grinch Stole Christmas DVD
Horton Hears a Who! DVD
The Lorax DVD
Hot Cocoa Set
Peppermint Marshmallows
Movie Popcorn
$50 gift certificate for YesVideo home video and photo transfer service

For all of the information about this YesVideo Holiday Memories Twitter Party click HERE. Look forward to chatting with you tonight!

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This post is part of a paid campaign with YesVideo. As always, all opinions are my own.

The Holiday Cookie Truck came to town!

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Last week I wrote about the one-day only holiday cookie truck in collaboration with American Express. Were you one of the lucky people to find the truck with Christina Tosi handing out famous Momofuku cookies? If you did I want to hear all about it! Looks like it was a blast! I followed along on Twitter at #AmexMakeMyDay. I hope they do this again and maybe go to some different locations. They should totally come to CT!

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Here is another cookie recipe for you to try! Enjoy!

Cornflake-Chocolate Chip-Candy Cane Cookies

makes 15 to 20 cookies

16 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
(2 sticks)
1 ¼ cup Granulated Sugar
2⁄3 cup Light Brown Sugar, tightly packed
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
1 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
½ teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
1 ½ teaspoons Kosher Salt
recipe below Cornflake Crunch
2/3 cup Mini Chocolate Chips
1 ¼ cup Mini Marshmallows
18 ea Candy Canes, broken into small pieces
(zip-top plastic bag and rolling pin works wonders)

1. Combine the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle
attachment and cream together on medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the
sides of the bowl, add the egg and vanilla, and beat for 7 to 8 minutes. (

2. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and
salt. Mix just until the dough comes together, no longer than 1 minute. (Do not walk
away from the machine during this step, or you will risk overmixing the dough.) Scrape
down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

3. Still on low speed, paddle in the cornflake crunch and mini chocolate chips just until
they’re incorporated, no more than 30 to 45 seconds. Paddle in the mini marshmallows
and candy cane bits just until incorporated.

4. Using a 2.-ounce ice cream scoop (or a 1⁄3-cup measure), portion out the dough onto
a parchment-lined sheet pan. Pat the tops of the cookie dough domes flat. Wrap the
sheet pan tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 1 week. Do
not bake your cookies from room temperature—they will not hold their shape.

5. Heat the oven to 375°F.

6. Arrange the chilled dough a minimum of 4 inches apart on parchment- or Silpat-lined
sheet pans. Bake for 18 minutes. The cookies will puff, crackle, and spread. At the 18-
minute mark, the cookies should be browned on the edges and just beginning to brown
toward the center. Leave them in the oven for an additional minute or so if they aren’t
and they still seem pale and doughy on the surface.

7. Cool the cookies completely on the sheet pans before transferring to a plate or to an
airtight container for storage. At room temperature, the cookies will keep fresh for 5
days; in the freezer, they will keep for 1 month.

This is a sponsored campaign with American Express and SheSpeaks.
As always, all opinions are my own.