Toddler Tuesday – The Love Nugget’s Christmas List

We had a very windy day yesterday that kept us indoors. I really dislike the wind and my new bangs agree! So besides a trip to the gym we hung around the house, cleaning, reading, playing and shopping online for Christmas gifts!

What!?! Christmas! I know, I know, we’ve just begun November but I’ve already been planning and shopping for Christmas. Not that I want it to arrive any sooner. I love October, November and Thanksgiving but I also like to be on top of my holiday shopping game. Especially with The Love Nugget. As most kids do, he wants all the toys, all the time… However, we’re not made of money and are on a single income so getting him things he wants becomes a little more difficult. I’ve found that by spreading out my holiday shopping, I end up spending less and getting great gifts at great prices.

The real point of today’s post is to share some Christmas gift ideas for kids. Since I have a boy, most are boy related but some could easily be gender friendly.

Leap Frog Factory Phonics, Leap Frog Numberland, Leap Frog Chat and Count Cell Phone, and Leap Frog Read With me

The Love Nugget is obsessed with Scout and Leap Frog toys. When you ask him who is best friend is he says, “Scout!” He has a laptop that says, “Your my best friend.” Whenever we see any Scout toys in the store he gets excited and asks for them. I love the fact that they assist in learning and he loves that they many can be programmed to say his name.

KidKraft Uptown Kitchen, Wooden Cutting Fruit, Mighty Mixer, and Coffee Maker

I prefer wooden toys over plastic as it’s a good way to cut down on the amount of toxins The Love Nugget is exposed to. They are easy to clean and very durable as well. The Love Nugget enjoys playing with the kitchen at Growing Brilliant so when I mentioned getting one he was ecstatic! Ever since then he keeps talking about having his own kitchen to go by his table. Of course to go in the kitchen we’ll need cutting fruit and kitchen tools

Basketball hoop, Nerf Footballs, Mini Golf set and fishing set

The Love Nugget is already loving sports and his new big boy room will be decorated in a sports theme. Which he’s excited about. So of course he wants some sports related toys!

Disney Cars racetrack, Tonka Garbage Truck, Disney Planes Remote Control, Melissa and Doug Puzzles

With boys come cars, trucks and tractors right!?! It’s so funny how they just magnate to certain toys. Before he had even seen the movie, he loved Cars. Now that he’s seen it, he wants the toys even more! He also went with Dada to see Planes and loved it as well. I think most little boys are obsessed with garbage trucks since they most likely get to see them weekly. At least The Love Nugget is! Which is why he keeps asking for a garbage truck. Oh and puzzles. When we ask him what he wants from Santa he says puzzles. Loves them!

That’s it for now. We’re off for a busy morning of gymnastics then Spanish! Fun, fun!

Don’t forget to check out yesterdays post and be sure to enter in the awesome giveaway I’ve got going on.

Review of the Nokia Astound from T-Mobile


First thing first, the camera. I love a good camera and that is what attracted me to this phone. I have a five year old at home and a new baby due in about 13 days. I wanted to have a good camera phone so we could take pictures of the baby and put them on-line, send them to family and continue to text our parents pictures of our son Logan. The number one thing that attracted me to the Nokia Astound was the fact that it came with a 8MP camera with flash. Not only did it have an awesome camera, it has a front facing camera as well that we can use to video chat with one of the apps from the Ovi Market. I can’t begin to say how the pictures turn out. The HD 8MP camera records in HD and takes crystal clear HD pictures. It even has a cool picture editor that you can edit pictures, add captions, draw, create 3D, sketch and so much more. Definitely an A+++ for the camera on this phone.


The platform the phone runs on is the Symbian platform. It’s not Android, but it still runs smooth, has great apps to choose from in the Ovi Marketplace, and seems (at least for me) not to bog down as much as when I had an Android phone. I can run several apps at once and it still runs fine. I like the fact that I can be in a phone call, go on the internet to look something up, and still be in that phone call. I work from home and can actually log into my web app work page and take a phone call at the same time. I love it!


The screen size is fantastic! At 3.5 inches, this screen is bright, crisp and shown in a resolution of 16:9 HD. Sometimes depending on how bright it is outside, I do have to put the screen at the maximum brightness to see the screen, but that was never an issue for me. I just switch the brightness level and I’m happy. The screen size makes it easy to view the internet and rarely do I have to scroll all over a page like I had to with smaller screen phones.


The sound is alright on this phone. It’s not as loud as I would like it to be (I’m a bit hard of hearing) but my husband says he has a hard time hearing on the phone as well. The speaker phone is really not that loud either; however, if you have a wireless blue-tooth in the car to play the phone through the speakers, it works better than just the regular speaker phone. Playing music when you have earphones on is fine as well. It just seems to be an issue with the actual speakers on the phone itself.

Email and Social Networking

Another thing I love about this phone is you can have more than one email account and more than one social network set up. I have both of my Facebook accounts (personal and business) set up on my phone. I have all 5 of my email addresses set up and never have an issue retrieving my email or updating Facebook. If you’re a socialite you can add your Twitter account(s), Yahoo! Messenger, work email, personal email like Yahoo!, Ymail, Gmail, even Cox and AT T; email addresses and so much more. I never miss a moment now that I have it all on my phone. If your friends add their birthdays on Facebook, you can even add them to your phone calendar with the tap of one single button. How cool is that? Now I won’t forget anyone’s birthday, and believe me, I forget everyone’s.

Web Browsing and Connectivity

Browsing the internet with this phone is a breeze. It is very simple and easy to use. You can add your bookmarks with the tough of the screen and again with only one touch you can bring up all your bookmarks. You can also set your home screen to what you like and choose who your search provider is. Since this phone supports two finger touch as well, it is very simple to zoom in and out to view larger text or make the text smaller. Turn the phone sideways and you can pretty much get an entire webpage and you won’t have to scroll all over just to read or look for something.

Texting and Swipe Feature

What I love about this phone is the Swipe keyboard. I love that I can just slide my finger around on the virtual QWERTY key pad and type in what I want. The predictive text is pretty much dead on for me. My fingers are not fat, but not small either, and I can text quickly and easily. You can use the Swipe to email, type in the internet, text and so on. What I also love is the fact that the more you text or use the Swipe application, the more words that you use get’s stored in the phones memory. Therefore, it will automatically predict what you want to say and bring it up for you. All you need to do is press a button and it inserts the word for you.

Battery Life

When I first got my phone I let the battery drain all the way till it was dead and the phone shut down, then charged it to 100 percent. I again let it drain till dead and then charged to 100 percent. I have not had a problem with the battery. I hear of people complaining about the battery life, so maybe they did not let the battery drain and then charge. With Lithium batteries to make the most of them you should let it drain completely and then charge it. This is what I do every day, and I never have a problem. I use it all day, let my son play games on it and it will last anywhere from 9 to 12 hours with heavy use. At night it usually almost drained, so I just let it power off on it’s own then charge it overnight. This also lets the phone reset it’s internal memory, just like you shut down your computer and restart it. Doing this will help save the battery life and phone memory.


All in all this is a great phone. I am in my mid 30’s and I love it. It’s really easy to use and set up. I love the screen size and color it has. There are some really great apps and games. My son is addicted to the Angry Birds game, and plays it on my phone all the time. This phone is so easy to use, that literally, my five year old can pick it up, unlock it, scroll to his home screen, and select the game he wants to play. One really cool feature I did not mention above it this flashlight on the camera. The flash can be used as a flashlight. So all those times that your power went out and you couldn’t find a candle or flashlight…..Well on this phone all you do is hold down the side slide button and the flash becomes a powerful flashlight! If I had to give my Symbian powered Nokia Astound a star rating I would give it 4.5 stars, only because of the sound issue not being loud enough for my ears.

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Dragon Boat Racing Schedule

Racing Schedule Time for the 2016 Port Jefferson Dragon Boat Race Festival

**Please note the schedule is only tentative, it may change during the day of the race**





ROUND 3 and on will be announced during the day of the race.

Dragon Teams Participating for this Year’s Event, 2016

Here are the teams that will be participating for this year’s Port Jefferson Dragon Boat Race Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17th




Arowana Dragon Boat

Brookhaven National Lab
Crave the Wave

Confucius Institute of Stony Brook
Golden Dragons of Stony Brook

Drs. Sabo & Reinecker – Orthodontic
Harbor Hunnies

Enviro Trac
ET Rebels

FDNY Phoenix Society
FDNY United

Friends of the Port Jeff Library
Paperback Paddlers

Half Hollow Hills School District

Hope for the Warriors

Dragon Slayers

Mather Hospital
Shrink or Swim
Kitchen Sync
Life Savers
In Sync
Blazing Paddles
Voyager to Excellence

Melville Surgery Center
Melville Maniacs

New York Community Bank
NYCB Queens Dragons


Pat & Mike Carpenter

Port Jefferson Lions
The Pride of Lions

Port Jefferson Village Teams
Port Jefferson Dragons
Port Jefferson Yacht Club

Setauket Fire Department
The Screaming Seagulls
Perfect Storm

St. Charles Hospital
Seas the Day
Bad 2 The Bone
Rapid Response

Stony Brook Chinese School

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook Seawolves

Suffolk County Police Asian Jade Society
Team Asian Jade

It’s That Time of Year, the Dragon Boat Race Festival in Port Jeff Village

We are about a month away from one of the biggest event of the year in the Village of Port Jefferson at the Mayor Garant Harborfront Park. We’ll be kicking off the Dragon Boat Race Festival on Saturday, September 17th, starting at 8:00 a.m. with the introduction ceremony. The Dragon Boat races begin at 9 a.m. (but do check back here for any last minute changes or visit our Facebook page here)

This year we made quite of few of changes for our upcoming event, one is we increased the amount of teams this year, went from 22 teams last year to now 32 currently… we have room for one more team. The entertainment this year will be another spectacular one, one that cannot be missed! Again, we’ll be serving Asian cuisine from our local restaurants, and Asian themed vendors.

If you are part of a team that is already signed up for this event, make sure you have signed up for the team practices. Visit the High-Five Dragon Boat’s website for the schedule (your team captain should be advising you and updating you with all the information).

We will keep you posted here on our latest news and updates! If you have any questions, please contact us, visit our Port Jefferson Dragon Boat Race Festival Facebook page for daily updates.