Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Mom

November 22, 2014

My Thanksgiving Meal Plan

Is anyone else feverishly curating, planning and sorting all of the recipes you'll be using on Thanksgiving? My mom is hosting this year, but I'm taking on a bulk of the cooking. Over the past week, I've gotten into several chit-chats about what recipes I'd be using. I think we all look forward to hearing about what other people are doing because we all want some inspiration. It's fun to come across new recipes - and there is no better way to try them out than on a holiday!

I decided to collect them all in one place (which will make it all the more easier to see them on Thanksgiving Day while I am whipping stuff up), and share them in case anyone else is looking for something new and exciting to make.

Apart from the mashed potato recipe and the classic stuffing recipe (see below), all the of the recipes are new to me. I am a big fan of magazines, and most of this year's Thanksgiving recipe inspiration has come from them: Every Day with Rachael Ray and Food Network Magazine

The rest of the dishes are coming from my amazing mother and mother-in-law (and therefore without recipe here in this post). While I'm not posting those recipes (although I do need to add them to my blog!), I'm posting the all of our intended dishes, in case you are looking for overall menu ideas.

Now I just need Tablescape inspiration...

 Rachael Ray Magazine

Food Network Magazine

Stuffing: Classic Stuffing
Food Network Magazine

Mashed Potatoes: Steph's Recipe
Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom

The Kitchn

Signature Drink: Cranberry Negronis
Food Network Magazine

Also on the menu:

Broccoli Casserole, courtesy of my mother-in-law
Pineapple Stuffing, courtesy of my mother-in-law
Green Bean Casserole, courtesy of my mom
Sweet Potatoes, courtesy of my mom
Pumpkin Roll, courtesy of my mom
Pumpkin Pie, courtesy of my mother-in-law
Chocolate Cheesecake, courtesy of my mother-in-law

Share the love and share YOUR favorite Thanksgiving recipes! 

Leave a comment with your recipes or links to the recipes you'll be using for the holiday. 

Don't forget to bookmark or pin this post as an "all in one place" resource!

November 20, 2014

LG OLED TV now at Best Buy #OLEDatBestBuy


I'm a blogger. So suffice it to say, I'm kind of into tech gadgets. Tablets, smartphones, laptops. Accessories for the aforementioned items. They all go with the territory. And truth be told, they actually make my job easier.  I go to blogging events or media conferences, and I have the ability to connect to social media at any moment. 

This interest has extended past my professional responsibilities and into the realm of my home technology. Hubby has always been in the know of cutting edge tech stuff, always excitedly telling me when the newest version of this iThing comes out or how this speaker system puts all other speaker systems to shame. 

In recent years, I've started paying attention and realized how the technology that enhances my work can also enhance my home. Seeing the technology integrated into the Philly Magazine Design Home last week had me wanting more, and I'm now interested in making my home more tech-savvy without breaking the bank.

Luckily, Best Buy makes it possible to make technological upgrades without having to spend a fortune. As avid television and movies watchers, I was excited to learn about the LG OLED TV at Best Buy. This TV makes screen watching a true experience. At only 0.21" thick at its thinnest point, the LG OLED is the ultimate display. Picture quality is spectacular, with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG's exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors.

I want a fireplace just to hang that television above it. 

And at Best Buy the everyday price of the LG OLED TV is only $3499.99 (you save $500!).

It's time to start hinting at those gifts you really want to see under your tree (or menorah) - and this one may need to just go on your list!

Learn more at

What tech gadgets are on YOUR Holiday Wishlist? 

I'd love to hear what you're asking Santa for - so leave a comment (I may or may not have a direct line to his workshop).

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

November 19, 2014

Discover the Holidays this weekend at Barnes & Noble #BNDiscovery

*It's the most wonderful time of the yeaaaaar!*

It's that time of year where the halls are decked, the music is playing, and the eggnog flows freely. Where stockings are hung, candles are lit, and our hearts open a little wider for a bit of cheer. It is the HOLIDAY SEASON!

I know, I'm totally cheesy. 

But this season is so cozy and festive and fun. And as much as I hate shopping, I kind of enjoying the search to find Perfect Gifts for my friends and family. There is something so special about watching someone open a gift that you picked out that completely takes them by surprise. I love that look of "Holy crap. Ho-lee craaaap! I can't believe she got me this. It's perfect!"

I pride myself on getting this reaction.

We're a family of readers, so one of our go-to spots to do a lot of holiday shopping is Barnes & Noble. Aside from the shelves upon shelves of traditional classic and contemporary reads, they have a big selection of games, music, educational toys, tech gadgets, and other unique gift options. I love that I can grab small stocking stuffers as well as Perfect Gifts all in one place.

This weekend, Barnes & Noble is kicking off the holiday with Discovery Weekend. Starting Friday, 11/21 through Sunday, 11/23, Barnes & Nobles around the country will be hosting family-friendly events, interactive activities, special story times and even author signings to showcase all of the best that Barnes & Noble has to offer for the holiday season. 

For instance, Bill Nye is totes going to be at the B&N in Paramus, NJ!


Our local Barnes & Noble invited a few of us to get a sneak peek at their Discovery Weekend a few days early. And can I tell you it has me even MORE EXCITED about the holidays (if that's even possible). Some glimpses of our informative tour:

My local Barnes & Noble in Exton, PA!

Some of the delish goodies found in the Starbucks Cafe in our B&N.
It's a tough choice!

Nook: the eReader AND tablet? Score!

Bargain Tables at Barnes & Noble are stocking stuffers waiting to happen.

And vinyl. Because, you know. Records.

Here are just a few things I'll be adding to the Holiday Shopping List:

Amy Poehler's new book, Yes Please, is on my "to read" list. 

And you know I can't resist anything Ina Garten, including her latest cookbook, Make It Ahead (perfect for any foodie).

I saw this book that I totally want to add to our holiday literature collection: Santa is Coming To Philadelphia. (Spoiler Alert: HE TOTALLY IS. And I'm 99% sure I'm on the good list this year. Maybe 93%).

Chica has become quite the LEGO Friends fan, so we are in luck that there is a LEGO-stocked Barnes & Noble literally down the street.

I've wanted to get my mom an e-reader for a while. And there several Nook's to choose from at B&N!

My sister-in-law has a hip taste in music, and she would totally dig the Crosby USB turntable.

Hubby and his dad enjoy brewing beer together, so I know they'll love these Craft Beer Kits.

To see if a Barnes & Noble near you is hosting a Discovery Weekend this weekend, find your closest store here.

For more gift ideas, check out these Barnes & Noble Holiday Gift Recommendations! 

What items are on 
YOUR Holiday Shopping List?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Barnes & Noble through Global Influence.

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