Mother’s Day at Hammonasset Beach State Park #SiennaDiaries

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After a delicious breakfast made by my family on Mother's Day, I realized we had no plans for the day, and decided since it was due to be absolutely gorgeous out, we needed to head down to the Connecticut shore and spend a day unplugged together.  AWESOME choice, I have to tell you.   If only ...

Unlimited cell phone plans: Straight Talk #StraightTalkTesters

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I used to have one of the "traditional" cell phone plans with a major service provider.  I was delighted when we signed on with my husband's 15% employee discount available to us.  What did I get for that?  Well, I got unlimited night and weekend calling, and voice mail. 250 minutes to use otherwise before I had ...

Teaching kids to give back #SiennaDiaries

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I haven't talked a ton about this on here, but I'm starting my fourth year as a Girl Scout Leader this year.  I'm also active in our church, and am in a shared teaching position in our Sunday School for 1st and 2nd grades.  One thing I have learned from the kids I am around ...

5 tips for hosting a garden party

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Hosting a garden party can be tons of fun. Garden parties are great because they are almost always laid back and casual. Kind of like a perfect ladies' night. I have this idea in my head that I want to have a Garden Party with my girlfriends this spring. Parties are fun. Parties have food. ...

8 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 8.1 at Staples (Twitter Party) April 7 #byeXP

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I am a Windows Champion and have partnered with Windows and Staples to host this Twitter party. Opinions are my own. I hope you'll join Windows and Staples (and me!) on Monday, April 7.  We're going to be talking about 8 reasons to Upgrade to Windows 8.1 at Staples during this party, because who doesn't want ...

5 things to clean monthly #HealthierHome

5 things to clean monthly

Being proactive with your cleaning will help keep your home a healthier one, and likely save you money in the long run because your appliances don't have to work as hard to be efficient. It also means your home will smell fresher and not get stinky. It's finally spring and a good time to start ...

Tips for Tax time and helpful budget tips #WindowsChampions

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As I sit here looking at the far too big folder of all of our tax papers... and really just would like to avoid the task one more day, it got me to thinking about  budgets and taxes and ways to stay on top of things. My friends at Windows sent over these tips for ...

Date Night at Home

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When you don’t have family around to babysit for you, and don’t have a lot of disposable income, going out for date night isn’t always feasible. I mean, it sure is fun, but there is the cost incurred of paying a sitter and whatever you actually do for your date night. That can add up ...

The Microsoft Store in Farmington, Connecticut #WindowsChampions

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A few weeks ago, the new Microsoft Store opened at the Westfarms Mall in Farmington, Connecticut. I was all kinds of excited to attend the media tour before the Grand Opening celebration and check out the store itself....but sad for me, I had a nasty bout of strep throat and wasn't even able to get ...

Five things I love #DunkinMugUp

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Happy Valentine's Day, my friends!! I can't believe it's this far into 2014. Where does the time go? With the day of love coming tomorrow, it seemed kind of appropriate to talk about things I love. So without further ado, here are 5 things that I love. #1 My family- they are my heart, and nothing matters ...