The Protein Fight Club – The Final Round with Protein-Packed Berry Burst Smoothie

The Protein Fight Club – The Final Round with Protein-Packed Berry Burst Smoothie

I dont know about you but I’ve really enjoyed the last few weeks of sharing these posts about the great commercials of Milk Verse… Who knows maybe they’ll make it into a web game ala mortal kombat style.  But let’s bring it back to the basics…

Since breakfast is a super important time of day to enjoy protein (and get that brain working) – check out these awesome Protein Fight Club recipes found on – here’s my pick.

Screen shot 2013-08-21 at 9 18 06 AM (2)Protein-Packed Berry Burst Smoothie


  • 1 packet – plain instant oatmeal
  • ½ cup – fat free or lowfat milk
  • ½ cup – strawberries, hulled, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon – honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon – ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon – walnuts, chopped

Directions: Combine first five ingredients in the carafe of a blender. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, blend the mixture until smooth. Top with chopped walnuts.

Makes 1 serving (4 ounces milk per serving)

Nutrition: 280 calories; 7 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 10 g protein; 50 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 80 mg sodium; 250mg calcium (25% of daily value). Nutrition figures based on using fat free milk.

Pretty Tasty if you ask me!


P&G’s Thank you, Mom campaign is celebrating Dads with My Dad is the #WorldsGreatest…

P&G’s Thank you, Mom campaign is celebrating Dads with My Dad is the #WorldsGreatest…

8472a64fc8a1117bfe138b82b5aa3796My dad has always been there for me – I hope he knows how much he has been an influence on my life. It’s sometimes hard to say Thank You and more often than not we all take the I Love You for granted. He is a true Modern Day Dad – we see a ball game once a year – do a couple of weekend trips together with my kids (his grand kids) it works… but whenever I say I need help or I need him to be there for me he always is… Thats why there’s a lot of what I do in Fatherhood thats copied after him.  Sure when I was younger and dumber I once answered a question about what type of dad do you want to be? with the answer of one that never needs to ask my child for help with technology – HA. I now know that answer – which is I want to be the dad, that my kids can always go to and for help/answers/anything!

I love this Pinterest Board really celebrating all the different ways Dad is the #WorldsGreatest!

P&G’s Thank you, Mom campaign is celebrating dads and everything they do for their families! On their facebook ( and twitter ( Thank you, Mom wants you to fill in the blank and share what makes the dad in your life (OR YOU!) the #WorldsGreatest ____.  Your post could be turned into some of that great artwork seen on the Pinterest Board.

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This post is sponsored by Procter & Gamble.

And then we were four…  #DadsWay

And then we were four… #DadsWay

DSC_8962Close to 2 months ago – March 29th – if dates matter to you my wife once again gave me the best present one could ask for a wonderful baby girl. We named her Harper Elle.

BAM – in that one moment the life that we had known as 3 became a life as 4… the concept of superhero only rooms and a lot of blue and green clothing became PINK – it really appeared like 4 minutes after she was born.

There are few words that can really express the birth of a child – its just a feeling… an overall calm just washes over you as you hold your child for the first time. In that moment that I held my baby girl for the first time I saw a flash of little princess dresses – little tea ceremonies – countless dress up playdates – little ballerina tutus and dance classes… it is my future without a doubt.

It’s been a solid 4 years since we’ve had to hold a newborn – well at least one of our own. Which is kind of like riding a bike I guess – you totally know you need to support the head and that cradling arm position but it’s a little awkward at first… It takes some time before you really get back into the swing of it. 

Fast forward countless sleepless nights and here we are – 4 doctor checkup and first round of vaccines later – a few interesting rounds of trying to make sure her older brother doesnt try to squeeze her like a doll.. It is our new normal.

My wife and I are playing man to man defense with the kids – usually she’ll take Harper and I’ll run with Marc (and usually Marc and I always end up in some fun trouble)…. I take over the night time role once Marc is asleep and that’s my quality time with Harper.

I will say now that Harper is into the 3 months clothes now – We’re breaking into a lot more of the dresses and cutie girl clothes – WOW I totally need a crash course of cute kids fashion – thankfully Suzanne has an amazing eye (she’s a great photographer) for the trendy edge of fashion or as I like to call her a super stylist (remind me again why she doesn’t dress me?!).

Thankfully our new apartment has an in unit washer and dryer and to most that must leave you scratching your head like huh?! Its a major perk in NYC small apartments to have a washer and dryer in the unit – most have them in the basement as community machines eating $2-4 worth of quarters per load. We’ve done tons of laundry – wow for such little clothes we go through them sooo fast – I guess my clothes are not helping with the number of loads the spit up either.

I’m sure we’ll see Harper in a princess dress soon enough… but for now I’ll leave you with this image of Marc being a great big brother.















This post is part of my #dadsway series sponsored by Tide and Downy.


White Picket Fence Lifestyle In The City

White Picket Fence Lifestyle In The City
























There is a place – in Manhattan — where life seems (God forbid!) suburban.  And my good friend lives there.
Is this a good thing? Yes.
Why? Because he has two young children.
Peter Cooper Village is a fascinating place.  Oversized apartments set in an 80-acre grassy park with abundant amenities and activities — and no guilt for he and his wife about raising children in the city.
Over the past month, he and his family have attended the annual Spring Carnival (total blast), the Dan Zanes concert (thanks, Dan: now Catch That Train has replaced Wheels on the Bus on permanent replay at his home) and outdoor screenings on The Oval Lawn with dozens of other children and their parents of baseball games (MLB Yankees & Mets) and movies like The Muppets Movie.  They play basketball, tennis and ping pong there.  Ride their bikes, hang out at the greenmarket and visit the numerous playgrounds as well as the children’s playroom.  The list goes on.  The bottom line is even if they were in the suburbs I can’t imagine such a complete family life as they have at Peter Cooper Village.

PS: Since a picture tells a thousand words, here’s a short video of this Spring Carnival that pretty well sums it all up:



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Sears E-Coupon Books: Last Call

Sears E-Coupon Books: Last Call

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