Uncharted TerriTORI a Tori Spelling book signing

Uncharted TerriTORI

Book Signing with Tori Spelling
Borders, NYC

About a week ago my family and I decided to take a trip to the Borders, Columbus Circle, NYC for a book signing with Tori Spelling. It turned out to be a great experience! We Loved It!

When we arrived at the Borders, we were told that we needed to purchase Tori’s latest book, Uncharted TerriTORI, and then get into the book signing line. The line stretched through the book asiles and curved around different sections of the store. Thank goodness we were somewhere in the first half of the crowd.

The book signing was scheduled from 7-9, but as I hear it lasted almost until midnight. As I was able to get closer, I understood why the line was moving so slowly. Tori took time with each
guest. It was not the usual – not even look up and just sign the copy of my book you just purchased- It was quite a memorable experience. I personally had my two sons and daughter with me, as well as my husband. Tori took the time to talk to each one of us. She even took out her own camera because she thought something was very funny that my sons had with them, Emily’s dolls of the “gunkles”,

which she later tweeted about!

Of course, while I was waiting in line, and when I returned home I had to keep reading the book. Uncharted TerriTORI is an easy read and very enjoyable. If you like the reality show, you will love the book! I did!

Nickelodeon Story Time Live

Nickelodeon Story Time Live

My family and I had the pleasure of attending Nickelodeon Story Time Live at Radio City, NYC.

We had a fantastic time!

The Nickelodeon Show was hosted by Moose and Zee, which was a first, and very entertaining for the kids!

The show featured Ni Hao,Kai-Lan and her search for the Monkey King! The costumes were wonderful and the smoke on the stage made it seem so real! Emily wanted to dance and sing from the beginning to the end of the show!

The Wonder Pets were great with their life-size puppets! The Backyardigans were very entertaining with their songs about dirt land! But, our family favorite was “Dora”! She brought the audience to a new high-level of singing and dancing. When Swiper came onto the stage the kids went wild!! All you could hear was, “Swiper-NO swiping! Swiper-NO swiping!”. It’s amazing what energy a group of over 500 preschoolers can bring out!

So, if you have a preschooler, or someone a little younger, or little older, you will love this show!
The kids love to watch their favorite shows on Nick Jr., can you imagine how much fun it is to see it live? Enjoy!

1st Place Winner for FEDCAP’s National Poetry Contest!

Congratulations, Adam!

1st Place Winner in FEDCAP’s Words About Work National Poetry Contest!

Back in March, Adam entered FEDCAP’s “Words About Work” poetry contest.

FEDCAP is a nonprofit organization that helps to train and place disabled people into a workplace that is right for them. What a wonderful organization! They have been established since 1935!

Adam received a beautiful letter of congratulations in early April, telling him that he was the grand prize winner for the Children’s poems! What a proud moment!

Adam was invited to read his winning poem, “I Work”, at the FEDCAP’s WordsAboutWork Poetry Slam on April 25, 2010, held at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, Manhattan! He was treated like a King!

I cannot begin to express just how proud I was of Adam that day, and every day! Great job, Adam!

I Work

by Adam Sullivan

I work at school.

I work at home.

I work wherever something’s wrong.

I work at night and mornings, too.

In the afternoon, and even in the month of June.

I work real hard and put play to the side.

To get by, work done today.

Someday, I will work so hard and get paid!



Mother’s Day at Magnolia Bakery, NYC

Mother’s Day at Magnolia Bakery, NYC

I did not know what to expect from Mother’s Day this year. It’s been two years since my mother passed away and now the ball is pretty much in my court or the court of my hubby and children.
I was given an open book for the day, but just did not want a big deal made of the whole thing. Somehow, it was quite enough to have my son home from college for the weekend. Seeing all three children in the living room together may have been the best gift of all.

Of course there was one place that I really did want to go to on Mother’s Day and I am glad my request was granted! We visited the Magnolia Bakery, NYC. It really lived up to its expectations. Quaint and low key does not even begin to explain it. The place is a corner haven to escape into from the busy streets. I did not know what it would be like, since I have only seen it in pictures and also in the movie, “New York, I Love You”.

As my hubby , myself and my three children entered the bakery, the aroma of “sweet home” overtook us! Cupcakes to the left, Big cakes in the middle, brownies to the right. It took time just to look at all the choices and then decide. I personally took about two seconds to decide on my choice: it was German Chocolate Layer Cake for me! Hubby went with the luscious Carrot Cake.
My middle son could not resist the Chocolate Chocolate Cake, my oldest had the Fancy Yellow Cake, and my youngest daughter had the Violet Cupcake! WOW! We ended up “forking” into each other’s pieces and all I can say is YUM! If that was not enough, the coffee was delicious and my boys had warm apple cider! I felt like I was at a Spa. We were all so relaxed and enjoying our yummies and conversation. What a Mother’s Day for me! I could not have asked for a nicer day.

Dylan’s Candy Bar, NYC

Dylan’s Candy Bar NYC

Dylan’s Candy Bar on 60th Street, NYC is a great place to visit for any age! It’s like entering a “Candy World Paradise”!

When you enter Dylan’s Candy Bar, it is like entering Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
Chocolate fountain to the left, with your choice of graham cracker, rice krispies treat, or marshmallows there for the dipping! Quite a reasonable treat, too!

As you go around the ground floor, you soon have to choose. Should I go up the candy stairs to the ice cream shoppe, or down the candy stairs to a lower floor filled with even more treats?
We decided to go upstairs where we ordered a sundae with the works! A few scoops of ice cream or your choice, gummy worms, m&m’s, reeses, whipped cream and sauce! Wow, good thing there were five of us to share the fun!
We enjoyed our treat at a table filled with colorful gumballs and surrounded by walls covered in candy covered wallpaper. Did I mention the ice cream shoppe is surrounded by wall to wall windows! It is a bright and sunfilled happy place that will lift your spirits up high!

After our yummy sundae, we took a peek downstairs to find a full-sized tub filled to the top with gumballs of every color! My little daughter wanted to jump right in for a gumball swim. We convinced her it was better to look at from the outside. We also found some delicious homemade fudge and many other choices of both candy, tote bags, pj’s, and tees!

We made some choices and went back to the main floor for one more look around, to see Dylan’s signature chocolate bunny, and to grab some more goodies for the way home.

Did I mention that we left with out pockets overflowing with candy? (well, really not our pockets…more like our candy-bags) We all cannot wait to get back to Dylan’s Candy Bar!