Michael Angelo’s – all natural Italian options!

This is a sponsored post for Michael Angelos.  Massapequa Family received product for review.  No compensation was received.

Earlier this week I shared about my husband’s heart attack and how our family has begun to change our lifestyle.  The biggest lifestyle change we have made is our eating habits.  With four kids, a full time job (albeit from home) and blogs, I had been cooking out of convenience, which is not always healthy.  Now, although convenience is wonderful and appreciated wherever possible, my first priority is now NUTRITIOUS.

Just last month, Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods announced the launch of five new large sizes of 100 percent natural meals at Walmart.

This is an option for our family that is both nutritious AND convenient...

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Our lives changed in an instant

On July 18th, our lives changed forever.   My husband had a heart attack.  Paul and the kids met us down in the city for a blogger conference, and we enjoyed meeting new brand reps and had a lot of fun.  He had been complaining about a pain in his chest, but closer to his shoulder area, and told me he thought he pulled something.  The pain had been on and off since the day before (I had spent the day and night in the city for the conference) but since it wasn’t consistent he was not concerned.  Paul got into bed Friday night and became concerned.  We had my mother-in-law come watch the kids while they slept and I took him over to NorthShore LIJ in Plainview.

Paul was taken right into triage once he said he was having pain in his chest...

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ENTER TO WIN! “The Great Massapequa Summer Giveaway”

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Between July 15- August 15, enter the giveaway by using the entry form below (GIVE IT TIME TO LOAD AS THERE ARE LOTS OF PRIZES!).


Check out info on our sponsors and details on our prizes HERE.



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Planes Fire and Rescue #DisneyPlanes

Last night we took the kids to a screening of Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue.  I’d say it is a really good option to a rainy summer day!  VERY CUTE!  The little guys enjoyed it just as much as the tween enjoyed it.  My son Joseph LOVED that Dusty became a firefighter because he wants to become a firefighter as well.  Louis thought it was really cool that Dusty became a firefighter and really enjoyed watching him sweep down to get the water.  Anthony loved to see Dusty fly.  Juliana just thought the whole movie was adorable.

You should definitely take the kids to see Planes this summer!

planes fire and rescuePLANES: FIRE & RESCUE (in 3D)
Rated PG
In theaters July 18
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new adventure-comedy about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to pr...

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POOL PARTY! Bring meals to the pool! @hormelfoods

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… and the beach  … and camp!

I am currently a member of the Hormel Foods Extended Blogger Program and this post is part of my involvement in the Group. While Hormel Foods provides me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, all statements and sentiment (as well as experiences!) in Massapequa Family are my own.

With four kids in the suburbs, there is always something to do. Let me rephrase that.  With four kids in the suburbs, although there are TONS of things to do, as a mom, I always need to keep my kids busy in the summer or else they will drive me nuts!

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The kids do camp through the town, and they are there until 3pm...

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Graduation and “The Bouqs” #BOUQLOVE

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The day before Juliana’s Moving Up Ceremony from Elementary School, my husband said to me “We should have gotten Juliana flowers for graduation”. He didn’t know that I already did!

I was offered to do a review for the new online florist “The Bouqs“, and so I took a look at their site.  The arrangements were BEAUTIFUL!
The Bouqs - Premium Farm Direct Flowers
There were SO many different arrangements that I loved.  But the one arrangement I fell in love with was Desperado.  The colors were gorgeous, including pinks and purples, perfect for our Princess...

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Rio2 comes to Blu-ray & DVD July 15 #Rio2Insiders

As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider, I receive Blu-Rays/DVDs for promotional purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.


Get ready to shake your tail feathers! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you deep into the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest for the most fun you’ll have all summer, as RIO 2 debuts on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD July 15. Just in time for summer vacation, this “hilarious family adventure” (Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview) will samba its way into your home with exciting bonus features and extras everyone will enjoy. Projected to eclipse more than $490 million worldwide at the box office, the animated hit is the must-own family title of the season.

If you love the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest, why not recreate it in your own backyard?  Here are some recipe...

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Keep Momming

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire.  I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Raising a child at any age is challenging, and when it comes to mothers and daughters, the dynamic can be even more complex. What some may dismiss as “typical tween girl behavior” can sometimes be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

That’s why I’m pleased to be joining Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new publ...

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Help The Massapequa Raptors, Sunday at Maggie’s!


Maggie’s On Park is hosting a World Cup Soccer fundraising event for the Massapequa Raptors Soccer Club.

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Fun (and CHEAP!) things to do with the kids this summer #massapequa

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FREE MOVIES every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. from July 9th – August 13th at Showcase Cinemas
Just bring a book report with you to the select Bookworm Wednesdays movie and that’s your price of admission! Participating theaters near us include Farmingdale, Jamaica (although that is a ways away!)

Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime at Regal!
Admission to these movies during the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets must be purchased at the theater and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Participating theaters near us include UA Farmingdale Stadium 10, UA Westbury Stadium 12 IMAX & RPX, Regal Deer Park Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX


Have you seen the awesome lineup that the Tow...

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