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Ebates…A Way to Make Money While Doing Your Holiday Shopping

Thanksgiving just came and left.  There were so many things to be grateful for, especially my wonderful family. 

Even my sister from San Diego (www.sandwichemporium.com) and my cousin from the Philippines were able to celebrate the festivities with us.

During the visit my cousin told me about a wonderful site called Ebates.com.  It is a shopping portal that gives you cash back for shopping at major retailers like Toys R Us, Macys, Dell Computer, Target to name a few.

Since this is now the gift giving season of Christmas and Hanukkah, discovering this site was such a blessing.  I am planning to buy gifts for those I love, so why not make and save a few extra bucks while buying the items I was already going to purchase?

So far I have made $41 cash back from items that I bought in the last couple of days.

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

 There are still a few people on my Christmas list so I know I will be going back to Ebates again!

Soon there will be presents under our Christmas tree from Santa Claus and the family!

Happy Holidays!

(Note: Ebates did not ask me to mention them in my blog.  I added them on because I think it’s great to get cash back!)

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back




A Farewell to Grandpa

Yesterday Michael’s 89-year-old Grandpa died peacefully.

Even with his rising age, we were surprised that Grandpa’s earthly life was over as he faced death earlier in the year and it passed him!

On January 2012 Grandpa was in the brink of death. A priest came and gave him the final prayers that prepares one for death.

Miraculously Grandpa lived and he was given 10 months more.

In our family we do not believe that death is final as each of us has a soul.

When one dies their physical body is left behind and their soul will eventually reach heaven.

Filipinos believe that a soul has 40 days to roam our physical plane before they journey to heaven.

Often, during the 40 days family members and friends are “visited” by their dearly departed. Visits can come in the form of a ghost or signs.

I feel my sign came yesterday while I was retrieving an almost empty plastic container in my basement.

In the container I found souvenir viewers from the 1980s.

When I peeked in the viewer I saw Grandpa with his one true love Grandma.


I got goose bumps because I didn’t realize that we had these viewers. Also, the next day Rocco, my 3-year-old, who has never met Grandma said, “I want to visit Grandma who is with Grandpa.”

Rest in peace Grandpa! We love you!

Frankenstorm is Knocking on Our Door

History is repeating itself…A storm is brewing and coming to Connecticut.  Almost a year ago, on October 30, 2011, we were bracing ourselves for a Nor’easter.  When it hit we were left with a lot of fallen foliage, branches, and fun snow for the kids.



Many people outside of the East Coast are unfamiliar with the Nor’easter term.  It basically is a very bad storm like a hurricane, and tropical storm where snow may occur.

This year’s storm has been named “Frankenstorm” in lieu of Halloween and bad weather.

Many people take Nor’easters very seriously.  In the last couple of days supermarkets have run out of candles, batteries, water and some canned goods.  A couple of gas stations have run out of gas.

Power outages are expected so I sent my husband out for our storm essentials.  This is what Michael brought me….


I am sure you agree that my significant other is a keeper!


I hope that everyone who is in the eye of the storm keeps safe and warm.

Have a great day!

Traveling to Poland Via New Britain, Connecticut

Many people assume that my husband is pure Italian American since he owns Skappo and Merkato , two New Haven Connecticut food establishments.

In his veins and my kids, there is also Polish blood. Michael’s father’s Dad is pure Polish. Grandpa’s grandfather was rumored to be a wealthy landed nobleman who hunted with the Hapsburg royalty of Austria. He would visit the USA often when he sold parts of his land.

Family folklore says that during one of his planned US visits, his 2nd wife decided that she and the 6 children would not be left alone in Poland. She and the family reached Connecticut in the early 1900s.

What they thought would be a short leisurely vacation spot became their permanent home because Grandpa’s Grandfather left them in Connecticut while he returned to Poland. The newly Americanized Sincavage family never saw him again.

What they were left with in the end was a Polish land deed showing foreign land that they may be able to claim if any Sincavages found their way back home to Poland.

Fast forward to the present. Since Michael has Polish roots we love discovering Polish eateries. Recently we visited New Britain, Connecticut because there is a section of the town that transports you to Poland.

When you are in the Polish section you will find Polish stores, restaurants, churches, coffee shops, to name a few.

20121025-080117.jpgAdvertisements on walls are written in Polish, and when you hear the voices around often English is not being spoken.

Today we visited Staropolska Restaurant, located at 252 Broad St, New Britain, CT.


If you are in the mood for authentic Polish food, you do not have to fly to Poland. Less than an hour drive from New Haven, you will find all things Polish. They have typical signature Polish dishes like stuffed cabbage, potato pancakes, goulash, and pierogis. Below are some pictures of our delicious food. (Please excuse my bad food pictures. We started eating the delectable dishes before I got to snap some shots!)


Of course, a Polish meal is not complete without Polish beer. I suggest ordering Tyskie beer as it is a refreshing lager that pairs well with the food.


A few doors from Staropolska you will see Polmart market. Not only is it extremely clean but you will find every Polish thing you can imagine from candies to meats. We bought kielbasa sausages that are smoked to perfection.




After our Polish escapade we proceeded to the amazing New Britain art gallery. That is a story for another day!

Have a wonderful international day!

Kids and the Paparazzi Parent

When I was growing up digital photography did not exist.  Pictures were sparingly taken because one needed hard film for regular cameras and video cassettes for video cameras.

My childhood consists of a couple of photo albums, a few painted portraits and videos that have been lost along the way.  If I can find 100 photographs of when I was a kid I will be lucky.

I remember when only the Japanese were known and mocked for taking pictures all the time.  A 1980s band called “The Vapors” had an acclaimed song called “Turning Japanese”, which featured extreme photo taking.

Turning Japanese by the Vapors

Today, the act of picture taking has taken a whole new level.  I often find myself guilty of stalking my kids like the celebrity paparazzi.  I have my regular camera, video camera and smart phone ready at all times. 

I am constantly trying to document their life because I know that childhood is so short.  I also want them to have more pictures then I did growing up.

Currently, we have a  multitude of albums and discs featuring Massimo and Rocco’s short existence.  I believe that they have reached the point of wanting me to stop the videoing and picture taking….

Rocco does not want anymore pictures!

Have a great day! (P.S.  I am sure I am not the only person who has a picture taking addiction!)