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My New Project!!

I am so excited to talk to you about my new project, Tutor Menagerie!

Tutor Menagerie is a website that is meant to bring together tutors with students in my local area.  I live in Valley Stream on Long Island, and the website currently focuses on tutors who service New York City and Long Island.

So far, the website is very basic.  it is broken down into two main groups – tutors on Long Island, and tutors in New York City.  The website also has a blog with feature tutors and other pertinent content!

Please visit the website and let me know what you think! This is the first business that I have created (along with my brother), and any advice would be wonderful.

Also, if you are interested in becoming a tutor on the site, please let me know!

Thanks guys,

Stephie

Marley Spoon Experience

I loved it. The meals were delicious, easy to cook, and just a little bit “different” and no like what I would usually cook. The package came in time and there were no issues with the packaging. All the food was very fresh. 

I only have pictures of two of the meals. 
This is keema curry with naan. I had never made curry before and it was great! The portion was great, and the different spices really punched up the taste of the meat. My husband and I both loved it.  The naan was very fresh and tasty as well. I am a sucker for good naan. It was real good.
This meal was called Greek poutine. It was thinly sliced potatoes with deconstructed pork sausage (pork with lot of spices and red wine vinegar and orange juice) topped with feta sauce and arugula. It was so good! I had never mad anything like it. 

The third me mealcwas glazed chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts and onion. The glaze was something I had never done before and it was really delicious. It mixed maple syrup with orange zest and a few other ingredients and the glaze cooked down in the pot. Yum. The glaze really elevated whatnwpuld have been just okay pan cooked chicken. Brussels sprouts and onions were of course food but I always make them. 

All in all I recommend trying them. 💋

Califlower Rice and Buffalo Chicken Nuggets

Last night I decided to try to make a whole dinner out of recipes that I have never tried before. I had bought riced califlower at Trader Joe’s because I had heard all about it from health and cooking magazines and blogs that I read online.  For the califlower rice I first chopped up an onion and sautéed it in some olive oil. I then added in the califlower and some more olive oil and sautéed that. I topped it off with some lemon juice. 

For the buffalo chicken nuggets I followed a skinny taste recipe. You can find the recipe here –http://www.skinnytaste.com/baked-buffalo-chicken-nuggets/ I followed the recipe and it came out really great. Here is a picture of the finished product:The chicken nuggets came out so so good. I even had some left over to take to lunch today. They were just a little bit spicy. I made a dipping sauce by mixing together mustard, honey, mayo and lemon juice. Yummmmy.  I served everything with a side of steamed broccoli. 

I was not a big fan of the califlower rice. I am willing to try it again, but it just was not satisfying like rice or pasta would be. I saw a recipe for califlower fried rice and I might try that out.  

Tonight I am making shrimp. I will share my experience either later or tomorrow! ❤️💕. Anyone have an fabulous links for shrimp recipes?

Trying Hello Fresh

So I took the plunge and ordered hello fresh. So far I have used it for two weeks. Thought I thought the experience was great, I have canceled the subscription. 

The first week I got a thirty dollar coupon to try the service. That is about fifty percent off. The second week, a friend of mine joined and used my code and I got a credit because some of the meat I was given was leaking in transit. Otherwise, the service is too expensive for me to continue using. 

The experience itself was great. All of the recipes were delicious and gave me some ideas to inspire my own home cooking. It was great to come home and have all the ingredients prepared and ready for me to make a chosen recipe for my husband and I. Here is a picture of the Thai spiced meatballs I made this week. They were delicious. So, I would recommend trying them. It’s up to if you want to continue using the service. If you want to try , here is a link for Hello Fresh. The link is to a coupon. It is definitely worth it for that first week, and you just might find that the convenience is worth the price. The quality of the meat and the vegetables has been great and the recipes were interesting but not too weird for us to eat.  Though it wasn’t for us. 

I have ordered Marley Spoon for us to try the week of November 7th. 

Oh No – I Forgot the Pump

So on Thursday night, one of my worst fears as a breastfeeding mom happened. I forgot my pump at work, and I needed to be somewhere else the next day (and was going to be away from the baby the whole entire day). I began panicking and trying to figure out how to get the pump – would I go back at 5 am to get the pump before getting ready for my day?  All of a sudden a wonderful thought popped into my head – Target, Walmart, they are open late aren’t they? They are going to have what I need!

It was already 9:50, and we have a Target pretty close to where I live.  I hopped in the car, and less than ten minutes later I was at Target. I go to the baby aisle, and there I see a manual pump. Hallelujah. I restrain myself from shopping any more (confession, I absolutely love target and will spend hours there if let to my own devices) and go to the checkout area to buy the pump. I feel so, so relieved.

The manual pump did not work as well as the electric pump does, but it definitely saved the day.

Has this happened to anyone else?

Breastfeeding and Pregnancy Discrimination and Leave Laws Throughout the United States

In performing research for this blog, I came across this state by state map that perfectly puts together all of the pregnancy and breastfeeding discrimination and leave right laws throughout the United States.  Here it is, created by Legal Momentum.

The Map

I think that they did an incredible job, and it would have taken me an enormous amount of time to collect the laws and put together such a wonderful product.

Legal Momentum, headed in New York, has positioned itself as “the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund,” and I think what they do is awesome. Head over to their website to learn more about them, as I have recently been doing.  Here is the link to Legal Momentum.

Otherwise, life is good. My baby is six months old. She is crawling, standing up in her crib, and beginning to cruise.  Her first tooth is just about coming up, and she started cutting her second one this evening.  As we speak she is sleeping peacefully, though we know that could end at anytime.  Baby girl is not the best sleeper.  I love her so very much.

More about NYS Labor Law 206-c

Some fast facts gleaned from the guidelines posted by the New York State Department of Labor about NYS Labor Law 206-c.

  • A nursing mother’s right to express milk is protected for three years after the birth of her child.
  • The law applies to both public and private employers in NY state.
  • The size of the company does not matter. No matter how small or large the company you work for is, you will be protected by this law.
  • Nursing mothers should be given a break time (unpaid) that is AT LEAST twenty minutes.  This means that the break time could be longer, depending on the individual mother.  An employee can also take a shorter break time if they choose to.
  • The designated room or space for expressing milk CANNOT be a bathroom or a restroom stall.
  • The designated room or space must be close to the employee’s work space (walkable) and getting to the room should minimally increase the break time allotted.
  • To insure PRIVACY, the room should have a lock on it.  If that is not possible the employer should put a sign up alerting others that the room will not be accessible to customers and other employees.

More information can be found in the guidelines that I put a link to above.

Please comment about any experiences you have had with this law. Has it helped you?