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Easy, Fun Summer Trips to Take With Your Family

June 20, 2016

You don’t have to spend a lot to make sure everyone in your house has a great time while school’s out this summer. Make the most of your time together with these worthwhile road trips, all within our state:

Boldt Castle

Boldt Castle, located in Alexandria Bay, is a breathtaking attraction worth a visit. Kids will love the boat ride out to the property, and adults will love taking in the spectacular structure and the gardens that surround it.

The Strong National Museum of Play

This Rochester museum is a kid’s dream. It houses tons of history about how toys have evolved through the years, plus it’s home to attractions like the National Toy Hall of Fame, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, and more. Let kids run, jump, get active, and explore.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame

Whether your kids play or just love to watch baseball, a trip to Cooperstown to check out the National Baseball Hall of Fame is a must. Learn about the history of the sport, plus check out amazing artifacts and enjoy interactive exhibits. It’ll make you want to put on your glove and get out there.

The Corning Museum of Glass

Check out breathtaking demonstrations or try your hand at glassmaking yourself at this unique museum. While you may think of art strictly as paintings hanging on walls, when you visit the Corning Museum, you’ll realize just how beautiful art made from glass can be.

You don’t have to spend a fortune or waste away in an airport to have an adventurous summer with your family thanks to these great in-state destinations!

Why Las Vegas is Exactly Where You Want to Be Right Now

April 06, 2016

Las Vegas has always seemed like an appealing vacation destination, with its glitzy casinos and over-the-top appeal. But lately countless stars have announced that they’re doing stints in Sin City. It’s enough to make us want to plan a trip to go catch them all in action. So let’s say you’re planning a bachelorette party and have an excuse to see a few shows as you head out to Las Vegas. We definitely suggest you make time to see a few of these performers:

Britney Spears

Brit Brit is at Planet Hollywood bringing all of her “Baby One More Time” and “Slave 4 U” glory. And if you follow her on Instagram, you know she is in Britney circa 2002 shape, so you’ll leave feeling really inspired to workout. Or possibly just envious of her abs but still with no real desire to exercise. Either way is fine, no judgement.

Jennifer Lopez

In terms of dance abilities and energy, it’s hard to top J. Lo. If you’re heading to Vegas, you have the chance to see her electric show in person. J. Lo is also at Planet Hollywood, so you’d have to strategize here in order to incorporate her show into your schedule if you’re also hoping to see Britney.

Mariah Carey

It doesn’t get much more legendary than Mariah Carey, and she’s doing a run at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas. Watch her belt those high-notes live. How awesome would that be?

Celine Dion

The divas are in the house in Vegas as Celine Dion also headlines The Colosseum. Imagine seeing Mariah one night and Celine the next? That’s the stuff bucket lists are made of.

If your childhood revolved around boy bands, the announcement that the Backstreet Boys are headed for a Vegas residency probably made you VERY excited. Nick Carter has confirmed that they’re venturing out west to do a trial run. This would be the ultimate. Britney one night and BSB the next? It doesn’t get any better.



The One Show You MUST Watch This Month

January 04, 2016

There is certainly no shortage of amazing things to watch on Netflix. If you haven’t checked out Aziz Ansari’s new show “Master of None” then you absolutely should because it’s hilarious and insightful. But the one show that seems to be on everybody’s mind lately is called “Making a Murderer.” If you liked the podcast “Serial” then “Making a Murderer” will be right up your alley. It’s a true crime documentary following Steven Avery, who lives in small-town Wisconsin and served 18 years for a crime he was later found not to have committed. Shortly after he was finally freed from prison, Avery ends up in jail again; this time for murder.

The documentary is riveting. As Avery argues that he was framed by the very police who wrongfully convicted him the first time, you follow the court proceedings, hear about the evidence, and go back and forth about the man’s innocence. If you’re in the market for something new and highly binge-worthy, this is absolutely it.

Check out “Making a Murderer” on Netflix now!

If You Want to Look Great For Your Holiday Parties But Don’t Want to Spend a Small Fortune

December 16, 2015

Holiday parties are in full swing and New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. This is a fun, festive, and exciting time of year, of course. Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year when you’re a little afraid to check your bank account. If you want to look great for your various holiday festivities but don’t exactly have hundreds to shell out on a new dress for each event, you need to check out Rent the Runway.

If you haven’t heard of it, Rent the Runway is a site that lets you borrow designer dresses for a fraction of the price. Wear the dress for your event, then put it back into its neat little bag, attach the pre-made UPS sticker, drop it in a UPS dropbox, and you’re on your merry way. They handle dry cleaning for you.

I was amazed by the concept (and also a little skeptical) but I decided to give it a shot for my friend’s holiday party. I was sick of the same three dresses I always wear, but also was not in the market to spend $200 on something new. I rented a Nicole Miller dress that retails for nearly $400 for just $60 bucks. It fit perfectly and helped to breathe new life into my wardrobe. This is what it looked like:


As an added bonus, RTR lets you order two sizes, which is perfect if you’re not totally sure which size you’d need. There are also plenty of detailed reviews about each dress, so you can get a sense of which size would fit best based on what other users have opted for in the past. It was such an easy experience, I can’t believe I hadn’t thought to try it before. I’d definitely recommend it for holiday parties or New Year’s Eve, plus it’s something to keep in mind when wedding season rolls around again!

—- Lauren the web girl

Need to Bring a Dish to Thanksgiving? Here Are Some Easy Choices That Will Steal the Show

November 25, 2015

Whether you’re headed to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving or are putting the finishing touches on your own menu, Thanksgiving meal planning can be stressful. But everyone knows the appetizers and side dishes really anchor the meal. Turkey is great and all, but the sides are absolutely crucial. Here are a few appetizer and side dish recipe ideas that will impress your family, leaving everyone feeling full and happy:

Spinach and cheese puff

Looks super fancy, requires minimal effort. As an added bonus, you can bake it in advance and then store it, so it takes some of the craziness out of day-of prep as you’re trying to rotate oven and stove times to get everything done. Get the recipe here.

Brie and cranberry phyllo turnovers

These are mega satisfying and sure to please. Plus with only three ingredients required to prepare them, they’re easy to put together. Get the recipe here. 

Three-cheese mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a must for any Thanksgiving feast, but it’s time to elevate yours with this three-cheese variety. You can never go wrong with a little extra cheese, right? Get the recipe here.

Find more delicious appetizers and side dishes that will knock your Thanksgiving meal out of the park here and here.