Sep 192014
 

Thanks to my husband, Chris, for his take on what it’s like to be married to a blogger.

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10 Ways to know that you're married to a blogger

Top Ten Ways to Know that You’re Married to a Blogger:

10.  For every meal, snack and/or drink, a picture must be taken and posted to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter before one bite/sip is taken.

9.  You have been to so many kid events/activities that not only do you forget what a beer tastes like, but you can barely remember if the Patriots play in the NFL, NBA or are a soccer team.

8.  When they get writers block  or don’t have time to write a blog post, you have to write them a guest post (case in point here).

7.  They call themselves Social Media Consultants.

6.  They have 100 blogger friends, but only have met two in person.

5.  When you hear them cursing, you know someone is not commenting on their blog post.

4.  You get free tickets to a Baseball game, but you have to spend the whole time taking pictures of everything.

3.  They are on their phone so much, they have to recharge it every hour.

2. When they take a Selfie,  it is never good enough the first try.  There is a minimum of 100 attempts to get the right angle and lightning before it can be posted to all social media sites.

1. And the number reason you know you are married to a blogger: they make you drive 2 hours out of your way to get a picture of LITERALLY a fork in the road.

Sep 182014
 

**My family received complimentary admission to Sky Zone, but all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

The gruesome twosome are very active little boys.  Some days they go non-stop from the time they wake up in the morning until the time they go to bed at night.  I was super excited to take them to Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park, in East Providence this past weekend so they could burn off a little extra energy.

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Before we ever left the house to head to Sky Zone, I filled out a liability waiver on their website. All jumpers under the age of 18 are required to have one on file. It only took a minute to fill out and it’s good for an entire year.  Don’t worry if you can’t get one filled out ahead of time, either, because you can fill one out there.  It just saves a little time to do it ahead of time.

At Sky Zone all jumpers are required to wear SkySocks, which cost $2 per pair, but they are reusable, so be sure to save them! Continue reading »

Sep 172014
 

Fantasy Football Isn't Just For Guys

Okay, so I am the queen of a house full of boys and I don’t think normal women love football as much as I do. I’m not going to lie—I’m in love with it! I’m especially in love with fantasy football. Since the whole family is going to get involved I decided that I might as well too. Here are some of my best tips as a woman to survive like a man in the fantasy football world.

Take Chances!

If you’re going to do the whole “fantasy football” thing the make sure you take chances. You can’t sit back and play it safe, you have to give it everything you got. If you’re holding back, it’s time to give a little more. In my opinion, you have to play as well as the real football players out there on the field.

The Right Team

You can’t play fantasy football without putting together the right team. You’ve really got to sit down and think about this for a moment. Think about putting a team together that will give you the best advantage. Don’t pick a football player just because you feel bad for him, pick him for your team because you know he’ll do a great job. Continue reading »

Sep 162014
 

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Recently I was invited to The Paint Bar on Newbury Street in Boston, along with several other Boston area bloggers, to check out Hasbro’s new art experience: DohVinci.

Dohvinci Paint Bar Event

But what is DohVinci you ask? DohVinci, an entirely new art experience from the makers of Play-Doh, just launched and is an enjoyable and unique creative experience for kids and adults of all ages! Since the design compound sticks to other surfaces such as wood, glass, duct tape, and paper – the creative possibilities are endless!

We were given the chance to decorate some household items with DohVinci (chalkboards, picture frames and jewelry boxes).   Continue reading »

Sep 152014
 

5 Fall Activities Your Little Boys Will Love

Fall is almost here and summer is getting left in the dust. If you’re a mom to all boys then you know how crazy life can be when cold weather starts to hit. You are going to need a list of activities to do to keep those little minds and fingers busy. I have to warn you that these ideas start out small but only get bigger. It’s going to be an awesome fall season with our boys!

#1. Playing in the leaves

Okay, this is pretty much one of the best activities that you can do this fall with your little boys. If you can handle the thought of a few chilly fall moments, then it’s time to just jump in some leaves. Playing in leaves is pretty simple and doesn’t require much thought either.

#2. Paint with leaves

Oh, painting with leaves is so much fun. You’ll basically want to gather a bunch of leaves. You want the big bulky leaves. Put some paint down on paper, dab the leaf on the paint, and then put the painted leaf on a blank piece of paper. You can make some really fun creations with this type of fall activity. Plus, boys love painting and getting messy! Continue reading »

Sep 142014
 

Game Day Mustard Dip Recipe

In our house, Sundays mean one thing:  FOOTBALL!  Whether we have friends over to watch the game or just sit down as a family to watch, we always have snacks on hand while we cheer on our team (go Pats!).  Whenever I make dips, they always seem to be the thing to go first and mustard dip is one that’s always a hit.  It’s super easy to make and trust me, if you love mustard, you’re going to want to try this dip.

Mustard Dip Ingredients -

8 oz. mustard

8 oz. sour cream

8 oz. mayonnaise

1 package of ranch dressing mix Continue reading »

Sep 132014
 

Things You Should Never Forget To Pack For Vacation and How You Can Remember To Pack Them

Packing for a vacation or even a quick trip can be exciting- and stressful! You always forget something, and then you remember it right as you need and can’t get to it. If you want to eliminate the stress of packing for a trip and remember all of the items you need, check out these tips:

What you do NOT need to bring:

Too many shoes. This will take up space. Do you really need a new shoe for every outfit? Just find a pair or two (no more than four) that will work across outfits.

Outfits that consist of different items. You can wear the same pair of jeans twice in a week. There’s no need to pack a different pair for every day. Make outfits out of items that can be matched differently to save space.

Liquid items. Travel sized toiletries can be bought at your destination when you arrive. Continue reading »

Sep 122014
 

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Who doesn’t love a refreshing glass of lemonade? The sweetness mixes with the delicious tang of a lemon that instantly evokes the feeling of a sunny day. The average 8 oz glass of lemonade has 99 calories a whopping 25 grams of sugar. This recipe will cut the calories to 60 per 8 ounces and practically eliminate the sugar.

The key to good lemonade is balance and the key to great lemonade is first making a simple syrup. And the secret to swapping sugar and calories while maintaining that amazing flavor is infusing the syrup with the zest of a lemon while drastically slashing the sugar with a substitute. The result is lemonade that is almost silky and full of refreshing lemon taste.
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Sep 112014
 

5 Ways To Know You Were Born To Raise All Boys

Growing up, I never thought about what it would be like to have a household full of boys. Thankfully, this role in life fell into my lap. It was not until I had boys that I realized that I was born to do this. Here are five reasons I know I was born to raise all boys.

#1. They Melt Your Heart

I guess whether you have girls or boys, you can relate. Having children ultimately melts your heart and there’s nothing you can do about it. Whether you’re putting them to bed or helping them make breakfast in the morning, they are a total delight. Most of the time.

#2. You Enjoy Laughing

You know you were born to be a carefree mom if you love to laugh. It’s hard not to sit back and giggle with your boys all day long. Trust me, boys always find something to giggle at, even if it’s bodily functions. Continue reading »

Sep 102014
 

10 Caramel Apple Recipes

Fall will “officially” arrive very shortly, and with fall comes apples!  Whether your favorite variety is Granny Smith, Gala, Honey Crisp, or McIntosh, you’ll start to find them on every display at the grocery store, the kids are picking them on field trips, and you may even have them growing in your yard.  After a while, the apple overload can get to be a bit much.  Pair them with caramel in one of these recipes for an exciting twist to the usual apple recipes.

Caramel Apples – Let’s start with the basics.  Okay, these don’t look very basic, but they’re caramel covered apples with other dessert toppings. Delicious and so much better than anything you’d ever get at the State Fair!

Caramel Apple Pork Chops – Sweet, Savory, and still pretty good for you.  This one’s a twist on the hum drum applesauce and pork chop recipe.

Caramel Apple Bundt Cake – Simply, Wow.  This couldn’t possibly look any more delicious.  If you want to impress people, this is probably the recipe that will do it. Continue reading »

Sep 092014
 

Bonding Over the Dinner Table

Life can get busy. You and your spouse have to worry about work and house duties, while your kids’ days are filled with school, homework, and extracurricular activities. These busy schedules can make it so you only see your family at dinnertime, making dinnertime the most important meal of the day. If this sounds like you, here are some great tips for helping your family bond over the dinner table.

Make It a Tradition

Bonding over the dinner table won’t happen unless everyone in the family actually sits down together. To help make this happen, make dinner a family tradition everyone needs to participate in. Set aside a time of day that everyone can be home for so that no one is missing at the dinner table. This should be done each day to help create more bonding time for the entire family.

Put Your Phones Away Continue reading »

Sep 082014
 

Last weekend my family decided that we wanted to spend the day in Boston.  There is so much to do in the city, so we like to get the kiddos in there as much as we can.  Since it was a lovely day out, we decided to take the new Cultural Connector, which is a first-of-its-kind water transportation service that provides a water shuttle linking Boston’s waterfront cultural destinations.

The Cultural Connector can bring you to six different cultural destinations on Boston’s historic waterfront:

  • Institute of Contemporary Art
  •  Tea Party Ships and Museum
  • New England Aquarium
  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Faneuil Hall
  • USS Constitution and Museum

We decided that we wanted to spend our day at New England Aquarium

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I have been to the New England Aquarium many times over the course of my life.  My very first school field trip was to the aquarium (kindergarten) and I love that the aquarium really hasn’t changed much over all these years. Continue reading »

Sep 072014
 

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To celebrate the back to school season, Santander Bank, N.A. today announced a new “Soccer Scholars” sweepstakes in partnership with the New England Revolution as part of the Bank’s sponsorship of the Major League Soccer team.

Between August 28 and September 19, 2014, parents are invited to submit 100 words or less highlighting their child’s finest academic accomplishments from the 2013 school year using the sweepstakes nomination page, www.revolutionsoccer.net/santander-soccer-scholars. With every entry, the parent will be entered for a chance to win a spot for his or her child in an exclusive soccer clinic led by Revolution Academy coaches and New England Revolution players in the Dana-Farber Field House at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, September 28. Continue reading »

Sep 052014
 

**Thank you to Depend for sponsoring today’s post about the #dropyourpants for #underwareness movement.**

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Have you ever laughed so hard that you peed your pants?  Me, neither, but chances are that if you don’t suffer from bladder leakage, you know someone that does. For me, it’s some of the ladies that I zumba with.  Whenever a song that involves jumping of any kind, there is usually a collective sigh from the moms who experience it.  I feel for them, I really do.

Luckily for people who experience bladder leakage, Depend underwear is here to the rescue!

The #underwareness movement is all about educating people about the prevalence of bladder leakage and the misconceptions about Depend underwear. Depend provides a variety of discreet products that help people regain their freedom and get their lives back, including:

  • Depend Real Fit for Men and Silhouette for Women briefs: Look, fit and feel like real underwear and feature a cloth-like fabric for a sleek, ultra-smooth fit.
  • Depend Underwear with Fit-Flex protection: Features more Lycra stands for a smooth and comfortable close-to-the-body fit.

Continue reading »

Sep 042014
 

Last year, Chris and I took the gruesome twosome to King Richard’s Faire, our local Renaissance fair, which is open every September and October in Carver, MA. The boys loved King Richard’s Faire so much that we promised it was something we would do with them every year.  Seriously, they have talked about it off and on all year long  (you can read all about our day there last year by clicking here) and they were thrilled when we went back over Labor Day weekend. The fair includes all sorts of entertainment, exciting rides, shows, games and so much more on the 80-acre site of King Richard’s Faire.  

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As soon as you walk through the gate, you feel like you’re stepping into medieval times. Continue reading »

Sep 032014
 

5 Ways To Keep Mornings Chaos Free

School is starting and mornings can get so chaotic. It’s important to have a way to reduce the chaos and make everyone’s lives a little easier. Check out these five tips to get your family moving in the right direction on school mornings.

#1. Clothes Laid Out

This seems like something that shouldn’t take more than five minutes in the morning to do, however, when you’re in a hurry it can take forever. If you take five minutes the night before and lay out the clothes, you will be in chaos free heaven the morning of.

#2. Easy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is also one of those trouble makers on school mornings. It’s time to kick the chaos to the curb with the help of easy breakfast ideas. If you have to feed your kids cold cereal every morning for school, do not feel bad, you’re just trying to make the mornings easier on everyone. You can also plan ahead for breakfast by making mini muffins over the weekend and freezing them for the busy week ahead. Continue reading »

Sep 022014
 

Crunchy Baked Onion Rings with Panko Crumbs

Have you ever been to a restaurant and thought to yourself “Why can’t I make it taste like this at home?”. There are just certain things that you have to go out to eat for and I was TIRED of spending money on onion rings. I’ve tried my hand at making them on several accounts and while they tasted okay, they didn’t have a bite to them and were kinda lifeless. So I decided to experiment in the kitchen one afternoon when I was having an onion ring craving and came up with this delicious Crunchy Baked Onion Rings recipe.

If you have ever had Red Robin onion rings you know they are EXPENSIVE to say the least. They are pretty damn good, but, I refuse to pay the price. So this recipe is a reflection of them. However, they are not a “copy cat”! Continue reading »

Sep 012014
 

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One of the biggest problems people struggle with when it comes to losing weight and eating healthy is portion control. We always wanna go back for that second plate and buffets are the worst thing that ever happened to us! LOL. If you pay attention and try your hardest you can really work on portion control and it will extremely effect your look and health!

1. Use smaller plates. If you use a smaller plate it will appear that you have more food on your plate and your mind will believe that after your one plate, you’re full. You won’t need to eat extra food or go back for seconds. It’s smart to use a salad or side dish plate for your main meal rather than a big huge plate, that is just more room for you to fill up your plate with unhealthy foods!

2. Portion out snacks ahead of time. When it comes to snacks such as chips, pretzels, or cheez its get small snack baggies and portion them ahead of time according the proper serving size on the nutrition facts rather than eating from the bag or box! This will save you so many calories and leave you feeling satisfied without breaking your diet! I’ve found doing this and writing the calories of that portion on the baggy really helps with not eating so many salty, unhealthy snacks! Continue reading »

Aug 312014
 

**As part of the WWE Ambassador Program, I received some really cool back to school items for my kids to welcome us into the program.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

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The Creative Coalition and WWE, co-founders of the Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) anti-bullying initiative, today announced the launch of the S.T.A.R. Alliance, a group of actors, musicians, comedians, athletes, television personalities and members of The Creative Coalition, who have joined together to help put an end to bullying.  (See the full list of members here).

The WWE is working hard to break down prejudices and promote a culture of fairness and respect through programs and initiatives that educate, enrich, and empower people to create a positive social environment for all, regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

Be a STAR is an anti-bullying initiative co-founded in 2011 by The Creative Coalition and WWE. Its mission is to encourage young people to treat each other with tolerance and respect through education and grassroots initiatives. WWE and The Creative Coalition leverage the power of The Creative Coalition’s entertainment industry constituencies and WWE’s global brand and platforms to help combat the bullying epidemic plaguing today’s youth. Continue reading »

Aug 292014
 

10 Back to School Tips for Elementary Students

Want to prepare your elementary students for going back to school? Despite what you think, there are some major things you can do to prepare your kids. Ready, set, check out these 10 back to school tips for all of the elementary children in your family.

#1. Establish a routine

I can’t emphasize this one enough. Establishing a routine for the whole family is a way around this matter. Everyone has a bed time and an up time.

#2. Reading together

You can prepare your elementary student for back to school by spending thesummer reading. It’s never too late to start because the more you read the more your child can learn.

#3. Planning for back to school

Nothing helps your child more going back to school, than you helping them plan for it. Pick out clothes together, buy school supplies together, and discuss what next year will bring.

#4. Keep ‘em counting Continue reading »