Oct 162015

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division, the makers of SUDAFED®. I received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.​

It seems that every year around this time, I get the sniffles.  I blame it on the kids. They come home from school everyday with god knows what kind of germs.  Even though we all wash our hands regularly, it’s still bound to happen.  Since I am always on the go, I feel run down quite often and I think that makes me even more susceptible to getting sick.  I can always tell when I am getting sick, too.  I end up with a sinus headache and the rest of the symptoms aren’t usually far behind.

For some people, sinus congestion feels like a big old weight sitting on their face and I definitely fit into that category.  In addition to the fact that my head feels like it weighs 322,210 pounds, every little noise is totally amplified.  It’s like I can hear everything that goes on in my next door neighbor’s house as if they were in my house.  Just imagine how loud it gets for me when my sinuses are congested and both boys get home from school and try to talk to me at the same time.  It’s like there are 40 people in my kitchen screaming at the top of their lungs.


Sadly for me, I am currently experiencing that sinus congestion that I was just telling you about.  I finally took some SUDAFED® yesterday and after a good nights rest,  my family is super happy that they don’t have to tip toe around the house any more…..well, until the next time. Continue reading »

Aug 312015

Ants on a Log

I don’t know about your kids, but both of my boys come off the bus from school starving.  Most days, the first thing they say to me as they’re walking off of the bus is “Mom, what do we have to eat”.

Knowing they are both ravenous when they get off the bus, I always have a snack ready for them when they come home from school. Because they are growing boys and basically eat me out of house and home, I do a lot of my grocery shopping at Save-A-Lot.  There they offer discount groceries every day, so you can bring home fresh foods at great prices. Seriously, by shopping there, I save up to 40% compared to conventional grocery stores.

Since I save time and money by shopping at Save-A-Lot, I can really stock up on after school snacks for the boys.  One of their favorite after school snacks are Ants on a Log.  My mom made them for me when I was a kid and now that I’m the mom, I love making this fun snack for my two.

When I was at Save-A-Lot recently, I grabbed some celery, raisins and peanut butter to make my Ants on a Log. Continue reading »

Jun 282015

Small Disclosure

Summer sure did get here quickly! A summer BBQ is the perfect way to spend those glorious sunny days outdoors. Here are some awesome tips for throwing that perfect summer BBQ.


Don’t Forget the Shade

Everyone loves some sun, right? Just make sure you provide your guests with a way out of the sun. Set up a nice tent or beach umbrella for people to get a break from the scorching sun.

Lots of Cold Drinks

Is there anything better on a hot sunny day than cold drinks? I think not. One of my favorite things to do for our guests is fill a cooler with ours and their favorite drinks. It keeps everyone cool, calm, and satisfied when they can grab something cold to drink while standing around chatting.

Add Water Fun

When it comes to BBQs around our house, we add some sort of water fun. There may be water balloons, a slip and slide, or even a little kiddy pool. You need to have the best entertainment for the kids, so they’ll let the adults have some fun too. Continue reading »

Jun 262015


If you know me in real life, you know that I am always looking for new ways to keep my boys entertained and busy.  They’re energetic little boys and when I heard that Killington Mountain in Vermont was opening a brand new adventure center, I couldn’t have been more excited about it.

Eight new attractions are open starting TODAY!   They include a 4,800’ alpine mountain coaster experience, a four-story ropes course with 42 obstacles above a 5,000 square foot maze, a 1200’ long Skyeride that seats two guests at a time and rises over 200’ in the air, Segway tours, ATV/UTV mountain tours, re-designed and expanded beginner and intermediate mountain bike trails built along with our industry leading mountain bike venue designers Gravity Logic, and a new BOGS Hiking Center.

You can get individual prices for each, or buy an Adventure Center Day Pass for the best value.

Adventure Center Day Pass –
$39 (ages 7+); $15 (ages 6 and under), includes:

  • Three rides on the Skyeride
  • Skye Ropes Course
  • Terra-Maze
  • 1 round of disc golf
  • Snowshed scenic lift ride
  • Add three rides on the Beast Coaster for a total of $59 (ages 7+)
  • Add a round-trip K-1 Express Gondola ride for an additional $15.

Continue reading »

May 082015

**This post is sponsored by Breathe NH, but as always, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way*

If you know anything about me, you know that my family is always on the go.  I love taking them new places and exposing my boys to as many new experiences as possible.  I love spending time with them learning new things and creating memories that will last them a lifetime.

NH Fun Pass 2015

Since we are out and about so much, I am excited to tell you about The 2015 Fun Pass discount coupon book.  Every year this book is sold by Breathe New Hampshire as a fundraiser and it includes exclusive discount coupons to over 100 New England attractions (many of the discounts are buy one-get one admissions). Here are a few of the attractions that are included in the 2015 book: Continue reading »

Apr 292015

**This post is sponsored post by Lunchbox, but as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Have you ever wondered how Italy earned its reputation for creating world-class meals? The secret is actually quite simple: it starts with quality ingredients. With Bertolli, you can bring the taste of Tuscany right to your table. The Bertolli super premium sauce line has been specifically created to deliver an authentic Italian taste by including high-quality native ingredients, imported directly from Italy. Are you ready to take your cooking to the next level with help from these incredible sauces? I sure was.

I recently made this delicious Balsamic and Caramelized Onion Chicken Stuffed Mushroom Recipe with one of Bertolli’s sauces, “Imported Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Italy, paired with Caramelized Onions.” Check out the recipe here:

Are you curious to taste these sauces for yourself? I’ve got good news for you!

If you stop into participating Ahold stores between May 2nd and May 7th from 10am-4pm, you’ll have the chance to sample one of these Bertolli sauces with Johnsonville Sausages. Plus, not only will you get a taste of Tuscany, you’ll also receive a $1 Off coupon, immediately redeemable for Bertolli sauces. Find the nearest sampling event here: Continue reading »

Jan 082015

**This contest has now ended. Congratulations to #9, Denise**

Disclosure: I was selected to work with Chevrolet and SheBuysCars as a Boston Auto Show Ambassador.  Although compensation was received, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

Every year I hear I hear all sorts of buzz from my friends about the cool new cars at the Boston Auto Show, but can you believe I’ve never actually attended the show? Crazy, right?  I swear, every year while the show is in town, my Facebook feed is loaded with my friends photos of all the cool cars, but this year I will be joining them because for the first time, I am attending the show! I’m pretty excited about it, too.

You see, I am actually in the market for a new car right now myself. I haven’t come to a final decision yet, but one thing I know for sure is that it has to be an SUV.  I’m just not a mini-van kind of mom. One of the cars I am dying to check out at the show is the new Chevrolet Trax! The Chevy Trax is definitley on my list of vehicles that I am considering purchasing.  Why you ask? Mainly because it’s a small sized SUV and since I’m only 5’2″, smaller cars really just work better for me.

traxThe Chevy Trax has loads of awesome features such as the fact that it’s 4G TLE WiFi hot spot capable and that it has a household plug outlet to name a few.  Not only that, but I think that Orange Rock Metallic colored one (pictured above) would look awesome sitting in my driveway. Oh, and did I mention that the Trax connects to your smartphone, so Siri can read you your texts, etc as you drive.  Score. Continue reading »

Jan 022015

spank 50 shades parody

Disclosure:  I received a 4-pack of tickets to attend the show in exchange for hosting this giveaway.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Two summers ago, I spent pretty much every minute of my precious beach time reading the three 50 Shades books.  They were all the rage at the time and as my boys played in the sand, I sat in my beach chair anxious waiting to read about what Christian and Anastasia were going to do next.

Of course, I didn’t take the books too seriously, but I couldn’t put them down, either.  Last year, SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody played at The Vets in Providence and I was so bummed that I missed it.  Lucky for me, the show is coming back later this month and I am so excited that I am going to be able to have a fun girls night out seeing the show this time around.

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the whip-smart comedy that takes on the naughty fun of the best-selling book and highly-anticipated movie, and brings it to outrageous life! Featuring musical numbers, steamy performances highlighting the famous hunk and his grey tie, and lots of hilarious surprises, SPANK! is bound to have you begging for more. Get in the mood with pre-show cocktails, then stick around and fulfill your fantasy, with the opportunity to take photos with the star himself. It’s a riotous night of fun that will leave your Inner Goddess breathless. Don’t miss your chance for the ultimate “girls’ night out!” Learn more at spankshow.com.

SPANK! takes place at The Vets on Sunday, January 25th at 7pm. Tickets start at $35.50 (plus applicable service fees) and are on sale NOW!  Tickets can be purchased at thevetsri.com, 401-421-ARTS, or the Providence Performing Arts Center Box Office. Continue reading »

Dec 132014

**I received product a no charge in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

If you know me in real life, you already know that I am completely hooked on Dunkin Donuts coffee.  I am not exaggerating when I tell you that  I am there every single day – at least once. Usually I stop at one of their restaurants for coffee a couple of times a day, though.  I am really lucky because where I live, I have four Dunkin Donuts shops within a few miles of my house. Sometimes I just don’t feel like leaving the house to get my coffee from one of their shops, so thankfully Dunkin’ Donuts has K-Cups available so that I can have a cup at home any time I want!

Dunkin Donuts Dark Roast KCups

Dunkin’ Donuts’ has made one of its boldest additions ever to its coffee lineup, with Rainforest Alliance Certified™ DarkRoast Coffee which is now available at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new Dark Roast Coffee uses a unique roasting process to bring out key characteristics of different beans, creating a bold flavor and the smooth finish without the bitterness typically associated with most dark roast coffees.  When you go to a Dunkin’ Donuts shop, you can enjoy the new Dark Roast Coffee served either hot or iced, but it is also available for sale for brewing at home in both packaged coffee and in K-Cup® packs.

Dunkin’ Donuts new Dark Roast Coffee features the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, indicating that it is made with at least 30% coffee beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. Rainforest Alliance certification helps to protect wildlife; safeguard soils and waterways; and improve quality of life for workers, their families and local communities in order to achieve true, long-term sustainability.

Plus, it’s seriously delicious! Continue reading »

Dec 102014

**Disclosure: I received compensation from McDonald’s in exchange for writing this review. Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own**

I have to admit that the holidays seem to bring out the hustle and bustle in all of us. I strive so hard to keep my family happy and healthy during the holidays albeit I sometimes fail miserably. I wanted to share my best tips for managing some of the holiday craziness while still on the go.

Plan Ahead

One of my best tips is to plan ahead for the day. You can’t predict every single thing that will happen, but you can plan ahead for what might happen. I write my day down and add a few notes to what I can do to help stay on track and keep things running smoothly.

Tone Down the Schedule

If I feel like things are getting too busy during the holiday season, I pull back and tone things down. It’s important to remember that spending time with family and friends is more important than anything else this holiday season.

Wholesome Fast Food Choices

As much as I love everything on the McDonald’s menu, I like to make the best choices possible and offer those same choices to my kiddos. I’m so excited that McDonald’s is adding fresh fruit items, like Cuties, to their menu! Beginning December 1, 2014, customers nationwide can choose to enjoy Cuties as a side in Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals, as well as “a la carte,” or just purchasing the side option itself Cuties are a sweet and delicious kid-sized fresh fruit choice providing an excellent source of vitamin C and providing about one-quarter (1/4) cup of fruit; they are small and easy-to-hold and peel! Make sure you try the Cuties in your Happy Meal because they will only be served while they’re in season (thru March 2015).


Happy Meal Evolution

The traditional Happy Meal is amazing, but I love the chances that are happening! McDonald’s continues to evolve the happy meal to help keep their smallest customers happy and healthy. Want to know more about the Happy Meal? Continue reading »

Nov 252014

Are you looking for a one stop shop for all the young people in your lives this holiday season? Well, Shoebuy.com has you covered.  Don’t let the name fool you, Shoebuy.com has so much more than just shoes.  From clothing, to bags to winter gear – Shoebuy.com has it.  I know it makes my life a heck of a lot easier when I can get all of my shopping done in one place.  Have a look at all the good stuff they have to offer:

Teen Boy

Looking for that perfect look for the teen boy in your life? I love these styles and I think your teen boys would love them too. Check out the styles below to see which styles would suite your teen boy the best!

teen boys

Styles left to right:

  1. http://www.shoebuy.com/tommy-bahama-new-flip-side-pro-half-zip/728739/1509043
  2. http://www.shoebuy.com/511-tactical-chambray-l-s-shirt/697696/1432496
  3. http://www.shoebuy.com/patagonia-capilene-2-lw-zip-neck-44905/657531/1487914
  4. http://www.shoebuy.com/patagonia-lambswool-v-neck/657522/1486859
  5. http://www.shoebuy.com/horny-toad-override-jacket/724225/1497109
  6. http://www.shoebuy.com/horny-toad-override-jacket/724225/1497108
  7. http://www.shoebuy.com/patagonia-hemp-overstone-pants/721007/1488298
  8. http://www.shoebuy.com/prana-tucson-pant-30-inseam/723586/1495354
  9. http://www.shoebuy.com/sperry-top-sider-billfish-3-eye/185629/790782
  10. http://www.shoebuy.com/clarks-bushacre-2/500365/1053926
  11. http://www.shoebuy.com/muk-luks-bryan/725891/1501818
  12. http://www.shoebuy.com/clarks-novato-mid/713251/1466773
  13. http://www.shoebuy.com/clarks-darby-rise/713094/1466338
  14. http://www.shoebuy.com/ibex-stripee-beanie/674439/1381057
  15. http://www.shoebuy.com/muk-luks-hat-scarf-and-texting-glove-set/725882/1501806

Tween Boy

Your boy is no longer a baby but not quite a teen. With the looks put together below, you can create fashionable looks that your tween boy will love! Continue reading »

Oct 092014

This contest has now ended. Congratulations to #15, Alexis!
**This post is sponsored by McDonald’s.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

A couple of weeks ago, I told you all about how we survive going back to school and in case you missed it, you can read all about it here.  As I mentioned, we are always on the go after the kids get home from school and sometimes I just don’t have time to cook the boys dinner.  That’s where McDonald’s comes into play.  I love that I can swing by McDonald’s on the way home from the soccer field, grab the boys each a Happy Meal and be able to feel good about what I’m serving to my kids.

Each Happy Meal provides wholesome options such as Apple Slices and Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry yogurt. Additionally, 1% low-fat while milk, fat-free chocolate milk and 100% apple juice are the perfect beverage pairing for your kids Happy Meal.  In case you haven’t heard,  later this fall Cuties clementines from Sun Pacific are going to be included as a Happy Meal side as well.


Since this time of year is so hectic for many of us, I wanted to share a few more of my best back to school survival tips. Continue reading »

Oct 012014

This contest has now ended. Congratulations to #201, James.
**This post is sponsored by McDonald’s. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

School is back in full swing and you know what that means…. It means days filled with packing lunches and driving kids to sporting events, all while trying to take care of your daily duties. All of those school year extracurricular activities can fill up your day, making it seem like you don’t even see your kids despite being in the car with them for what seems like hours. As our family is out running around from activity to activity, sometimes it’s been a challenge to grab the kiddos a quick bite of food to feel good about.

And that is exactly why I love McDonald’s.

Each Happy Meal provides wholesome options such as Apple Slices and Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry yogurt. Additionally, 1% low-fat while milk, fat-free chocolate milk and 100% apple juice are the perfect beverage pairing for your kids Happy Meal. And guess what? Later this fall, be on the lookout for Cuties clementines from Sun Pacific included as a Happy Meal side as well. My ten year old is already super excited about that – Cuties are his favorite snack.

I am so happy that McDonald’s gives me nutritious alternatives and it’s food that I can grab quickly if we’re in a hurry to get to karate class or the soccer field. Continue reading »

Jul 262014

This contest has now ended. Congratulations to #190, Alissa
This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

I recently had the opportunity to take part in a Febreze Noseblind Movie Night Event in which I invited three of my besties over for a movie night. We ended up watching Bridesmaids (this is at least the 4th time we’ve watched this movie together) and eating a ton of popcorn.

Before we started the movie, we were supplied with a link to take a quick survey, which was the noseblind test. After the surveys were completed, I made the popcorn and then we all had to complete another quick survey.  After the movie, popcorn and about a million laughs, it was time for the final survey of the night.


I think we all thought that the noseblind test was pretty interesting. We all agreed that when that when the girls arrived, they could smell the meatballs I had made for our family dinner that night, but after I popped the  popcorn, that smell completely took over. By the end of the night, all we could smell were the Febreze products that I had set up in the house (mainly the plugin). Continue reading »

Jun 282014


I am a regular at my local Stop & Shop grocery store.  I have been going there for so long that I have the entire store mapped out in my head & make my shopping list by aisle, which allows me to blow in and out of the store in near record time.  HA!

But get this:  Now, when I don’t have the time to actually spend time in the store to do my shopping, I can do my shopping online and my groceries will be ready for me to pick up when I get to the store (after I select the pick up date & time of course).  Talk about a huge time saver.

Here’s how it all works:

Online shopping for Stop & Shop fulfilled by Peapod:

  • Shop online — browse or search the aisles to add items to your cart. Enter your Stop & Shop Card to shop from a list of items you’ve previously bought in the store.
  • Choose a location & pick-up time from the one-hour window that best fits your schedule. Submit and pay for your order.
  • Pick-up your groceries at the Pick-up Point location during the time slot you selected. An associate will greet you and have your groceries loaded into your car, all within 5 minutes.
  • Plus, you still get weekly specials, real deals, and earn A+ School Rewards and Gas Reward points. Use manufacturer coupons for additional savings!

I got a chance to try out Peapod’s new pick up service recently at the Stop & Shop in Quincy along with a few other local bloggers, so I can tell you based on my experience – it was pretty awesome to be able to have my items ready and waiting for me.  I sat down a few days before I wanted to pickup my groceries to place my order on Peapod.com and once all my items were added to my cart, I went through the checkout process, selected my date & time that I wanted to pick up and boom – I was done.

peapod pickup quincy

I think what I love the most about the pickup service is that I can shop for my groceries whenever and where ever I want.  All I need is internet access and I can sign into the site & place my order.  I am all for anything that makes my life a little easier! Continue reading »

Jun 082014

This contest has now ended. Congratulations to #108, Cynthia!
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pier 1 Imports. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.

I love shopping and I love a good summer cookout, so when the folks at Pier 1 sent me on a little shopping spree to pick out some new gear for a summer oasis party, I was thrilled.  I have been shopping at Pier 1 for years, but it’s always nice to be able to get some new things, right?

A few weeks ago, I spent about two hours in the store picking out what I wanted.  I wish I could have gotten one of everything!

Shopping at Pier 1  #Pier1OutdoorParty #Sponsored #MC.

I was finally able to decide on the things I wanted & started planning my party.   We host lots of cookouts over the course of the summer and we decided that an outdoor oasis cookout over the  long Memorial Day weekend to kick off summer would be the perfect excuse to have some people over. Continue reading »

May 172014

This contest has now ended.  Congratulations to #2, Colleen!!


Can you believe that I have never seen a Cirque du Soleil show?  I know, crazy, right?  When I heard that their new show, Amaluna, is coming to the Boston Marine Industrial Park on the Waterfront I was pretty excited.  I said to my husband that it’s time for us to finally take in a Cirque du Soleil show.Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna in Boston on June 5th!

Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon.

Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. Continue reading »

May 032014

This contest is now over.  Congrats to #23, Alissa


Bet you can’t catch Koko! Young trainees and families from coast-to-coast will honk their horns for Koko when she takes the spotlight in “Explorer Koko,” the latest action-packed Chuggington” DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Featuring six engaging episodes that help preschoolers tackle everyday challenges and learn important life lessons, the exciting all-new collection puts wheels to the rails at retail on May 6, 2014.



In “Explorer Koko” ($14.98), everyone’s best friend Koko is chosen to carry the King of Buffertonia and his dignitaries on a special tour of Chuggington. The new release also follows Koko as she gets hooked on a computer game trying to beat Hodge’s high score and finds herself in a heap of trouble when her net shooter fails on the tracks! In these six fast-paced and fun-filled episodes, Brewster, Wilson and Koko discover the importance of teamwork, leadership and more. The new DVD also comes complete with Chugger Spotlights, a bonus Badge Quest Episode and adorable coloring sheets! Continue reading »

Apr 262014

This contest has now ended. Congratulations to # 320, Amy!
**Masshole Mommy received one gift card from Wayfair.com in order this review and one is being offered for giveaway. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Sometimes I get frustrated when I look at certain areas of my house because I feel like they are just so plain and boring.  This is one of them:


Yup, that is my dining room.  It’s attached to my kitchen and combined, those two room are the main hub of my house.  I look at the plain old table every single day and I have been saying for years that it was in some serious need of help.

I bought my house in 2002 and these are the things that I purchased to “decorate” my table way back when I moved in: Continue reading »

Apr 192014

This contest has now ended! Congratulations to #26, Alissa!!
**Masshole Mommy received products at no charge in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Have you ever bought a package of underwear for your kids and when you actually touched the underwear it felt scratchy?  Ok, so it’s not just me – phew.  I always found that it was especially the case when I purchased character undies for my boys.  If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years of being a mom it’s that uncomfortable kids are cranky kids, so imagine how excited I was when I heard about Lucky & Me.  They are a line of children’s underwear that is made from a luxurious fabric that’s super-soft, smooth to the touch and free of harmful chemicals!  How awesome does that sound, right?

The amazing folks over at Lucky & Me sent over some things for my boys to try out and I couldn’t wait to see what they thought.  Each of them received their own Logan Boys’ Classic Tee Shirt (2-Pack) and one pair of Grayson Boys’ Boxer Briefs each.


They were so excited about their new duds and put on their undershirts right away. Continue reading »