Oct 082015

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Philly Cheese Steak Loaded Nachos

Now, that it’s October, our back to school routine is in full swing. With my oldest going off to middle school this year, each of my boys are in different schools complete with different start and end times. Combine that with the fact my oldest has been training for his black belt test, lots of homework and my little man’s multiple soccer practices and games every week, it seems like we are literally always busy.

Since my husband, Chris, and I spend so much time focusing on the kids, it’s easy to forget to take time for each other. That’s why we try to have an at-home date night at least once a month, if not more often.  When we do manage to carve out some time for a date night at home, we love to make a snack together, watch some movies and afterwards, ahem, head upstairs to the bedroom.

Inspired by our recent trip to Philadelphia, for our most recent date night at home Chris and I made some Philly Cheese Steak Loaded Nachos to munch on while we watched a couple of our favorite 80’s movies. Continue reading »

Oct 072015


Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year.  I lover everything about it – the costumes, the decorations, the haunted hayrides, the candy and especially the spooky movies. I get so excited every year when ABC Family releases their 13 Nights of Halloween TV Schedule. For those 13 days, you’ll usually find me glued to my television. The 13 Days of Halloween lineup is  scheduled to start on Monday, October 19 and will run right through Halloween.

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For my your convenience, here is the entire 2015 lineup:

Monday October 19
(1:30-5:00 PM ET/PT) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
(5:00-8:00 PM ET/PT) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
(9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) Hocus Pocus
(12:00-2:00 AM ET/PT) Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride Continue reading »

Oct 062015

5 Reasons Why You Need To Go To King Richard's Faire

Hear ye, hear ye!  It’s that time of year again.  For two months every fall, you can travel back in time at King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA.  Spread out over 80 acres of woods, King Richard’s Fairs is the place to be if you want to fully immerse yourself into a day in the life of someone back in the 1500’s.

**Disclosure:  My family and I received complimentary admission to King Richard’s Faire in order to tell you about our experience there.  All opinions are strictly my own and we not influenced in any way.


If you’ve never been to a renaissance festival, you’re missing out on a chance to travel back in time to the 16th century.  I could probably list out a million reasons why you should check it out, but today I am going to tell you my top five! Continue reading »

Oct 052015


If you’re a regular around here, you know that I am fascinated by all things spooky and haunted.  In addition to going on ghost tours on a semi-regular basis, I drag my poor husband to as many reportedly haunted locations all over New England. Today, I am going to tell you a little bit about eight of the spookiest places right here in Massachusetts!  I’ve visited four out of the eight and only had an experience at one of them – the Lizzie Borden House, if you can call it that.  No, I didn’t see a ghost, but all my batteries (phone, camera) that were fully charged drained as soon as I entered the house.  I can’t wait to check out the other four.

1. Old Yarmouth Inn, Yarmouth Port, Mass
The Old Yarmouth Inn was established in 1696, making it the oldest Inn on Cape Cod. It stands to reason, then, that there are a few ghosts here. The ghosts are not mean or scary, though; they seem to have a sense of humor and actually enjoy being irritating to the guests. Since the Inn also served as a post on the underground railroad, one of the ghosts may be a woman who visited the Inn in that manner. The other is a benevolent spirit of a grandfatherly old man.

2. USS Salem, Quincy, Mass 
This gunship was built in 1947 and commissioned in 1949. Her guns were never fired in anger, but she did serve as a flagship for other U.S. ships in the Mediterranean during WWII. It has since been turned into a museum to the industry of shipbuilding and the wonderful marvel of this type of ship. Although this ship was never fired upon, it does seem to have its fair share of ghosts. They are seen roaming the decks going about their work, as if it’s just another day. Continue reading »

Oct 052015

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Mans Best Friend

Some of you may know this, but for those of you who don’t – our dog, Milo, is a rescue dog. He’s been with us for almost two years now and he fits in perfectly with our family.  Milo had come from a family who just didn’t have time for him, so they ended up giving him up. Their loss was our gain, especially for my husband, Christian

While my Christian and I initially adopted Milo as an early Christmas gift for our boys, Milo quickly developed a close bond with Christian – and now they are practically inseparable. Seriously, wherever Christian goes, Milo is never far behind.

I’m not kidding.

Most evenings you will find Christian on the sofa reading with his little buddy on his lap. Continue reading »

Sep 302015

Tombstone Grahams

Was this the year that the invitation to Violet’s Halloween party finally showed up in your mailbox? If so, you probably don’t want to be that person who shows up empty handed, right?  But what to bring? These Tombstone Grahams are super easy to make and they are guaranteed to be the hit of the party! I will be making them and bringing them to all three Halloween parties I am going to next month.

Want to give them a try?

Here’s what you need:

  • graham cracker squares
  • 12 oz package of Wilton black candy melts
  • 12 package of Wilton white candy melts
  • Wilton sparkly green gel icing
  • 1 small sandwich baggie
  • kitchen scissors

Here’s what you do:

1. Separate the white and black candy melts into separate microwavable safe dishes. Continue reading »

Sep 292015

Where Kids Can Eat Free South of Boston

I don’t know about you, but there are definitley sometimes in which I don’t feel like cooking, but don’t want to pay a fortune for the four of us to go out to eat.  I knew there were some places around where kids could eat free down here on the south shore, but wasn’t sure which places had offers.  I decided to make a list of all of the places I could find so that I could refer back to it when I needed it.  If you live south of Boston, I hope you find this helpful.


  • Dine at SKY in Norwood with your family on Sundays (3pm-9pm), and for each entrée ordered from their regular dinner menu, each child under the age of 10 eats for free* from their kids menu (one child per adult).
  • The Charlie Horse West Bridgewater  Children under 12 pay a penny for every pound that they weigh on Sundays from noon-9pm with adult purchase!
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (Seekonk): 1 Free Kid’s Meal for kids 12 & under per paid adult meal of equal or greater value. Dine-in only.
  • Chili Head BBQ (West Bridgewater):  From noon until 9 pm, kids eat free (Kid’s Meal) with the purchase of an adult entree. Dine-in only. One kids meal per one adult entree.
  • Zendo Bistro (in the Hingham Shipyard): Kids 3-12 years old eat free with an adult meal purchase.
  • Healthy Grille (Dartmouth) – Kids eat free on Sundays 12-8 with an entree purchase of $10.99 or more.

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Sep 292015

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Easy Game Day Spinach Artichoke Dip

In our house Patriots game day is a HUGE deal.  Chris, the boys and myself all huddle up on the sofa to watch the game every single week.  In fact, we have missed some really cool parties and events over the years because we were afraid we’d miss the game.  Gasp!

If you know anything about professional football, you know that a 60 minute game usually takes about three hours to play.  For our family, three hours on the sofa watching the game means one thing:  snacks.  Great snacks are a necessity!  We usually put out a pretty decent spread for each game because often times, we have other people over to tailgate at home with us.  This past Sunday, it was just the four of us and I made one of our favorites.  My famous spinach artichoke dip.  It’s super easy to make and it is always the first thing to go whenever I make it.

I ran over to Walmart to pick up everything I needed to make my dip, but while I was there I grabbed a package of Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls to help with the clean up.  I’ve been known to make some epic messes when I cook, so I wanted to make sure I was prepared accordingly when it came time to clean up my mess. Continue reading »

Sep 272015

Oglethorpe Haunted Trolley Tour

The American Institute of Parapsychology has named Savannah “America’s Most Haunted City.”  When night falls, the streets of Savannah most certainly take on a spooky ambiance, which makes it a great time to take a haunted tour like the Oglethorpe Haunted Trolley Tour. They offer day time tours as well, but when the ghosts come out at night, Oglethorpe Tours will take you on a 90 minute tour of some of the Savannah’s most popular haunts.

*Disclosure:  My husband and I received complimentary admission to the trolley tour in exchange for this post about our experience.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.


Chris and I decided to take the Oglethorpe Haunted Trolley Tour when we were in Savannah recently and loved hearing our guide, Debbie, entertain us with tales of ghosts and famed citizens—long dead—who may still be walking Savannah’s streets. She told us verifiable accounts of some of the murders, mysteries, and spirits of the area’s past. Continue reading »

Sep 242015

Delightfully Spooky Halloween Nail Art Ideas

A couple of years ago, when I was doing zumba on a regular basis, I met Michele.  Michele was one of a group of ladies who attended class regularly and since we all saw each other so often, we became friends.  Sadly, I stopped doing zumba about a year ago (and you have NO idea how much I miss it), but I still keep in touch with my old zumba pals on Facebook – where else?

Michele started posting pictures on Facebook of all the cute nail art she was designing. Every now and then I would see her post a picture of her latest design and each time, I would be more and more impressed.  As I was doing a little bit of Facebook stalking recently, a light bulb went off.  I decided to email Michele to see if she would let me share some of her designs here on my site.  I think that her nail art designs are so good that everyone needs to see them – not just her friends on Facebook.

But first a little bit more about Michele: Continue reading »

Sep 232015


From Amazon:


As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?

Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will thrill at “the perfect page-turner to start your summer” (People, Book of the Week): Luckiest Girl Alive—described by Reese Witherspoon as “one of those reads you just can’t put down!”

Loved Gone Girl? We promise [Luckiest Girl Alive is] just as addictive.”
Good Housekeeping

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Sep 222015

While school is in session, I have very little time to do what I want to do.  This year both of my boys are in different schools, each with different start and end times, so that has really thrown off my routine this year.  In addition to that, my little one plays soccer and my oldest needs to be at the dojo three or four times a week since he’s about to take his 3rd and final black belt test (it’s this Friday, so wish him luck and good skill).

While there are shows that I never, ever, ever miss like The Walking  Dead and The Blacklist, there are a whole slew of shows on my shelfie list.

What’s a shelfie you ask? We all have them – they’re the shows you’ve been wanting to watch but they’ve been sitting on the virtual shelf because…well, because like me, you’re a parent and who has the time?

There are many shows on my shelfie list, but today I am going to tell you my top three (in no particular order).

1. Scandal

A powerful team of Washington, D.C. lawyers makes scandals disappear while handling government crises and coping with problems of their own.


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Sep 212015

Dear Parents in the School Pick Up Line - Put down the smart phone, stop your convo and PAY ATTENTION to your KIDS. - sixtimemommy.com
This week my kids started back at school. I’m going to just jump right into what I want to say because today on the walk home from drop off, and then again on the walk home from pick up I was shocked at what I saw.

Moms, Dads, Older Sisters and Brothers, Neighbors and Friends who pick up kids from school:
Please put down your smart phone and greet the children. I noticed a very sad pattern this week and it is kids being ignored at drop off and pick up for a phone or person next to them chit chatting. The convo, the text, the instagram, the phone call and voicemail can wait 5 minutes while you say good-bye to the child who obviously is having a hard time adjusting to this new schedule of 6 hours away from home. When the child is crying and not wanting to go inside, but your too busy looking at your phone and typing a message to give a second thought. Scooting them inside, and turning away to walk towards your car. How sad it is for these kids to have to feel alone, scared, and more than likely unimportant during a very critical time of the first week back to school. Continue reading »

Sep 202015

Uncensored Zombie Tour Savannah

I love, love, love going on ghost tours.  I am truly fascinated by the paranormal and I am genuinely interested in learning about history, which makes going on ghost tours so much fun for me because they combine a little bit of both.  While my husband, Christian, and I were in Savannah recently I dragged him on we had the chance to go on a few ghost tours. There are over 35 different ghost tours offered in Savannah and one of the ones we chose was the Uncensored Zombie Tour by Blue Orb Tours.  The Uncensored Zombie Tour is a late night (10 pm), all adult tour which leaves from Chippewa Square next to the Oglethorpe Monument.

**Disclosure:  We received complimentary tickets to take this tour in exchange for this article about our experience.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

Adam was our tour guide for the night and he was a very entertaining and engaging storyteller!  He was very well spoken, provided many historical details and had great images on his iPad to show us of some great photos and videos captured by people on the tour in the past.  We had a fairly large group, but Adam did a great job making sure that we all could hear him & made sure that we all had a chance to see the pictures  & videos on his iPad that went along with the tour. We left Chippewa Square right on time and when the tour first started he said he was doing the tour backwards (just for tonight) to avoid all of the other tours out that night, but I suspect each night is actually the same. Continue reading »

Sep 162015

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The other day, I was turning over the page of my kitchen calendar ( yes, I still have a paper calendar on my wall!) and I noticed that Grandparents Day was listed as a holiday. It got me wondering on why someone thought we needed such a day. After all grandparents are still  parents and we already had Mother’s and Father’s Day. To be honest, I really thought Grandparents Day was a product of “that ” card company as a marketing tool to sell cards and gifts at their stores. A quick Google search informed me that I wrong. It was actually started in 1970 by Marian McQuade of WV. She started the campaign after she noticed lonely grandparents in nursing homes. Her movement had a grass roots appeal and in 1978 President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day as Grandparents Day. Continue reading »

Sep 162015

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Marvel Avengers Bento Lunch Idea

When my boys go to school, they are allowed to buy hot lunch once a week and the other four days, they bring their lunch.  I have very distinct memories from my own childhood of fun lunches that my mom used to pack for me.  Sometimes she would draw me a goofy picture that I would find when I opened my lunch box or sometimes she would make fun shapes out of my sandwiches.  She was very creative when it came to packing my lunches as a child and I loved those little surprises she sent me off with.

Now that I’m the mom, sadly I am not as creative as my own mother, but every now and then I totally rock the lunchbox and such was the case recently when I decided to make a MARVEL Avengers bento lunch for my little man to take to school.  We’re all very big fans of The Avengers, so I knew he’d be blown away when he opened his lunch box and fun a fun surprise in there.

With my MARVEL Avengers themed lunch, I covered Thor, The Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America.  Here’s what I did:

First up were some Thor Hammer Snacks.  They are simple to make and you’ll only need two ingredients to put them together – pretzel sticks and cheese that you can cut up in to small cubes. Continue reading »

Sep 152015

FURNKINS of course! If you’re like me, you love them to the moon and back just like your less fury kiddos. They’re our furkins…family. Like our kids we take care of them no matter how old they are. I have two furkins – Tucker and Tigger.

Tucker is an eight-year-old Coton de Tulear. He’s a great companion dog. He runs with me, sleeps with me, binge watches Netflix with me. He is perfect…well almost perfect. You see Tucker has some anxiety issues when left alone. It doesn’t matter if I leave for the day or just to get the mail. He goes crazy when I leave him, and what I mean by crazy… he relieves himself on my furniture and carpets. Yup, he’s a stress piddler. I’ve tried everything from natural anti-stress drops to as-seen-on-TV products. Nothing helped. If it was up to my husband, Tucker would be gone. Look at that face. No way! He’s one of my babies.


My other furkin is equally as cute. Tigger is a 14-year-old orange Tabby cat. I surprised my daughter with Tigger 14 years ago. They have a very special bond. He’s a great cat…again almost perfect. Like most mature cats, Tigger has a few health issues. Yes, Tigger also relieves himself on my carpets. Continue reading »

Sep 152015

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Complete Karate Mom Checklist Printable

I’ve been talking a lot lately about my journey towards getting my black belt in Krav Maga, but did you know that my son has been testing along with me?  Because Krav Maga is meant for adults and my oldest son is only 11 years old, he’s in the karate program at the same dojo.

He started around the same time as I did (only a few weeks before me) and has been training hard ever since.  The kids and adults follow the same process when it comes to black belt testing, so he & I have been going through our testing side by side.

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Twice a year they hold boot camp qualifications at our dojo and if you pass, you move on to what they call “boot camp”. Once you’re in boot camp, you meet every Friday night over the course of three months for extra training with the instructors. That’s where they review the specific techniques that they want to see on which phase of the black belt testing (there are a lot of different techniques, so they break it up over the three tests). Then, once a month over the next three months, you test. Continue reading »

Sep 132015

Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour Savannah

My husband, Christian, and I recently got to spend a few days in Savannah, GA.  Over the years we’ve both heard the stories about how Savannah is America’s most haunted city, so we were dying to explore some of the haunted history of the charming southern city during our first visit there.

*Disclosure:  My husband and I received complimentary admission to the trolley tour in exchange for this post about our experience.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

For anyone that’s ever been to the historic part of Savannah, the first thing you’ll probably notice is that there are ghost tours everywhere you look.  While we were down there, someone told us that there were over 35 different tours to choose from.  With that many options, how do you decide which one to do?  For me, the decision was easy – I went with what I knew – the Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour.  Last year for my birthday, Chris took me on the Ghosts & Gravestones Tour here in Boston and we loved it, so when we saw that the same company had tours in Savannah, it was a no-brainer for us.

Let’s just say that we were very happy with our decision. Continue reading »

Sep 122015

Small Disclosure

Toys are everything when you are a kid, am I right?  I have so many fond memories of playing with my dolls and other toys when I was a kid and now that I’m the mom, it brings me so much joy to see my kids using their imaginations to play.  That’s why I was so excited to get some awesome new toys recently from my friends at Hasbro.  I can’t wait to tell you all about them.


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