Apr 122016
 

By now you know that my hubby, Chris, and I have declared 2016 as the year of Robin and Chris. We decided that we were going to make this year all about trying new things and going on as many adventures as possible. The two of us had a lot of fun during the month of March & beginning of April and today I’m going to share some of the highlights.

Chris’s birthday was in January and I got him tickets to see Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage live in Boston.  It was an orchestra that played music from the show while some scenes from Star Trek films and TV footage was simultaneously beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen.

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Look closely at Chris’s ear…. Continue reading »

Feb 292016
 

By now you know that my hubby, Chris, and I have declared 2016 as the year of Robin and Chris. We decided that we were going to make this year all about trying new things and going on as many adventures as possible. The two of us had a lot of fun during the month of February and today I am going to tell you some of the highlights of the past month.

We started off February by going to a chili cook-off.  It was held as part of the Newport Winter Festival and we both ended up eating our weight in chili.  Seriously.  There were 10 competitors and not only did we try all ten, but we went back to at least three booths for seconds – and one booth was so good that we went back for thirds.

We basically rolled ourselves out of the Newport Hyatt (where the event was held) and went into food comas as soon as we got back home.  It was awesome.

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I had gotten Chris tickets to see comedian Jim Norton for his birthday in January and we went into Boston to see the show about two weeks ago. Continue reading »

Feb 022016
 

If you’re a regular around here, you already know that my husband, Chris, and I have declared 2016 as the year of Robin and Chris. We decided that we were going to make this year all about trying new things and going on as many adventures as possible. The two of us had a lot of fun during the first month of 2016 and today I am going to tell you some of the highlights of what we’ve done.

We started off the year by doing the Polar Bear Plunge in Newport, RI on New Year’s Day.  Chris and I only made it waist deep into the icy cold water, but I am good with that.  Frankly, it’s further than I thought we’d make it.  You can read all about our adventure in the arctic water here.

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The same weekend we decided to check out the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA.  It just opened last year and it’s the first casino in Massachusetts.  Even though it’s only about 15 minutes from our house, we had never been (we always opted for the bigger casinos like Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun). Continue reading »

Jan 122016
 

My Experience With ThermiSmooth™ and BodyFX™

Do you remember when I told you about my consultation with Dr. Petropoulos last month? She’s a cosmetic surgeon located north of Boston and when I met with her, she introduced me to Botox. While I was talking with Dr. Petropoulos, I mentioned how unhappy I was with my saddle bags and asked her what I could do about them.

For those of you who aren’t sure what I mean by “saddle bags”, they are these thick fat deposits on the tops of the outside of my thighs. Sadly, I inherited mine at birth and like every other female in my family, I have spent many hours trying to exercise them away – and honestly, no amount of exercise makes fat that dense go away.  It just doesn’t work. Trust me, I’ve been trying for years.

*Disclosure:  I was provided with complimentary services in exchange for sharing them here.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

After Dr. Petropoulos looked at my saddle bags, she said that what I really needed was Liposuction in the area to get rid of the fat completely.  I am not against having liposuction done, but we decided to try to tackle them with a combination of two procedures that they do right in the office. We did a combination of ThermiSmooth™ and BodyFX™. Continue reading »

Dec 092015
 

What Happens When You Get Botox For the First Time

Do you ever catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and think to yourself “Eh, I wish I could change that”. Well guess what? Thanks to a lot of advancements in medical cosmetic treatments, there are a whole slew of modern non-surgical options for people who want to turn the clock back.  They’re a lot more affordable than you may think, too.

I recently had the opportunity to have a consultation with Dr. Anna Petropoulos at the New England Facial & Cosmetic Surgery Center in Danvers and I am excited to tell you about my experience.

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*Disclosure:  I was provided with complimentary services in exchange for sharing them here.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way. Continue reading »

Dec 012015
 

For over 100 years, Stop & Shop has been committed to being a better neighbor to New England. This year they will donate over 300,000 holiday meals and $12 million to families in need through their ongoing hunger relief programs such as Turkey Express, Food for Friends and Trimmings Boxes. With the holiday season in full swing, they are encouraging their customers to give back as well – and they asked for my help!

This year, Stop & Shop challenged me to jump-start the holiday season with a pay it forward challenge that enabled me to give back to my community.  They asked if they could send me a gift card so that I could go and make a purchase at Stop & Shop and use what I purchased to pay it forward in any way that I chose.  How could I say no to that?  As soon as I accepted the challenge, I knew exactly who I wanted the donation to go to: The Sacred Heart Food Pantry right in my hometown of Middleboro, MA. There are so many great charities, but I wanted to keep it close to home.

I emailed them to ask for list of what they really needed to stock up on.  They emailed back and said that they really needed pancake mix, pancake syrup, canned meals, microwave meals, baked beans, ketchup, mayo, mustard, boxed pasta (not spaghetti or elbows), and soups.  That made it really easy when I went into Stop & Shop to make the purchase.

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When I got there, I looked at what was on sale so that I could make the most of the money (gift cards) that I was sent. Continue reading »

Nov 242015
 

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Date Night Essentials

Over the years, my husband Chris and I have had some pretty epic dates.  When we were first dating he took me to a shooting range & that’s the exact moment when I knew he was a keeper.

When it comes to fun date nights, he’s got a knack for finding some pretty cool things for us to do.  We’ve gone to a couple of paint nights,  tons of different ghost tours, we’ve made our own beer – from scratch and we’re regulars down at the Firehouse Theater in Newport, RI to see the Bit Players, which is an improv comedy troupe.

This is us at the Medieval Manor in Boston, which is a themed dinner & show.  It was one of my favorite dates.

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I’m not sure if this qualifies as a “date” per se, but last year when we were in Manhattan to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, he let me drag him all the way across town to see the Ghostbusters headquarters.  It was rainy and cold that day, but he knew it made me happy. Continue reading »

Nov 112015
 

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I'd Be Completely Lost Without My Husband

My wise Nana once told me that family is where life begins and love never ends.  That’s a saying that has always stuck with me and my family is the single most important thing in the world to me.   Having a group of people that love each other no matter what is everything in life.  With all the things going on out in the world, it’s nice to have a place where the is absolutely no judgement.  And having people, especially my other half, to rely on is priceless.  That’s why good life insurance, like the one offered from Protective Life, is so important.

That’s one of the reasons that I am obsessed with in love with the YouTube sensations, the Holderness Family.  You know them from their hilarious videos, but one of the reasons I love them so much is that they remind me how much families truly do depend on each other to get through daily life. Not to mention, they are fun!

The Holderness family was actually partially responsible for inspiring our family Christmas card last year. Continue reading »

Sep 082015
 

10 Ways to Deal With Being the Only Woman in the House

You would think that being the only woman in the house was easy, but it’s not. Sometimes it doesn’t seem fair, but I get over it and move on. (Don’t get me wrong, I do love my boys). I have found several ways to deal with being the only woman in the house.

#1. My Kids Think I Have Superpowers

I’m not kidding, my kids sometimes really do think I have superpowers. Some days they think that having me cook their favorite meal is a superpower.

#2. I Have My Hobbies

Just because I’m a mom of all boys, it doesn’t mean I can’t do my own thing. There are some things that I enjoy doing around my house that the boys don’t like. It’s just one way I deal with being the only woman in the house.

#3. Take a Long Bath

If I ever need to just clear my head and remind myself of my mission, I head to the bathroom to take a long bath. The boys are old enough to let me have my peace of mind for a little bit, while I relax and collect my thoughts. Continue reading »

Jul 232015
 

You guys all know my friend, Jeanine from Six Time Mommy, right? She’s been contributing here for a few months now, so that’s why her name sounds familiar. What you may not know about Jeanine is that she lives up in Canada.  Trust me, you will understand why that little tidbit is important in a minute.

Over the past few months, Jeanine and I have become friends and she emailed me last month with what she called a “crazy idea” that I just could not say no to.  Literally, “Crazy Idea!” was the subject line of the email she sent.

What she had in mind was for her and I to exchange a goodie box of candy & snacks that were not available in each other’s countries and write about what we got.

Ummmm, can you say Kinder Surprise Eggs?  In case you didn’t know, they are not sold here in the US and I have been dying to get my hands on one for years.

Other than the Kinder Surprise Eggs, I hadn’t given much thought to what else might not be available in US  that they have up in Canada until she brought it up (and vice versa of course). After talking with her I found out that there is a ton of stuff we each have that the other doesn’t.

My box of goodies arrived a few weeks ago and although everything has long since been devoured, I managed to get a few photos before we all pigged out on Canadian treats.

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Obviously, the Kinder Surprise Eggs were the only thing that I really wanted and I am happy to say that they were not confiscated by customs. Continue reading »

Aug 252014
 

10 Things I Wish I'd Known About Raising All Boys

Raising boys isn’t for the faint of heart and I can tell you this from firsthand experience. There are some things I wish I’d known about raising all boys before I began this journey. Here are ten things I wish I knew:

#1. Boys are so Sweet

You always hear all of the negative things about raising boys, but you hardly ever hear the positive. I wish I knew how sweet boys are because I would have had ten more (just kidding).

#2. Boys Love Dirt

I don’t know how many times I have to tell my sons to stop digging in the dirt. You let them outside for two minutes and they’re covered in dirt. No one told me how dirty boys get.

#3. Boys Make Great Brothers

I can’t imagine not having both of my boys because they make such great brothers. I honestly never knew how awesome having multiple boys could really be and the best part is that they impact my life on a daily basis. Continue reading »

Jul 092014
 

For some of you, this will be the fourth time you’re seeing this post and if that is the case – you should totally re-read it because it’s hilarious!  Why in the world would I be posting something for four years in a row you ask?  Because it’s my birthday and I feel like taking the day off.

So without further adeu…..

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…..

Seriously, though, today is a very special day in history. Wanna know why? Because today is my birthday. Now, of course, I’ll never tell you how old I am, but I have compiled a list of some celebs who share this awesome day with me.

Here we go….

Everyone’s favorite castaway, gay lawyer, astronaut and Bosom Buddy…. the mermaid lovin’ Tom Hanks, was born on July 9th 1956.


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Apr 182014
 

Last year during the kids April vacation from school, we packed up and jetted off to San Diego for the week.  It was kind of a spur of the moment trip for us and by spur of the moment I mean the we only booked it about six weeks before we left.  I am a planner and for me, that was very last minute.  My sister in law, brother in law and adorable nephew live in San Diego, and since we don’t see them as much as we wish we did, we thought we’d go to them for a visit.

We left on a Friday and I surprised the kids, who knew nothing about the trip, by picking them up from school early.  Chris & I took them to lunch and told them that we were going to California.  They had never been to CA before, so to say they were excited was a total understatement.

I made the decision beforehand not to bring my laptop with me on the trip.  We had some major things planned for the week (Disney Land, the San Diego Zoo and Sea World to name a few), not to mention that I wanted to spend as much time with my in-laws as possible, so I figured I wouldn’t have much time to keep up with things on my end – hence my decision to leave my laptop home.

What I did was line up a bunch of guest posts for my blog before I left, so that way things wouldn’t go unattended for an entire week.  I got some great posts in and was really excited to share them with my readers.  The first two days, the posts went up without a hitch, but on the third day something horrible happened. Continue reading »

Apr 152014
 

Earlier this year, I told you how my husband, Chris, decided that he wanted to run for the Finance Committee in our little town.  The Finance Committee takes care of all matters involving the finances and financial procedures in town & since Chris is an accountant, he thought the Finance Committee would be a good way for him to get started in town politics.

If you missed it, you can read about his first step in the process here.  A couple of weeks ago, he took his second step in the process of running for the position when he participated in a public forum in which he got the opportunity to introduce himself to the voters and state why he’d be a good candidate for the job (you can watch a video of his speech here).

The week following his speech, he had a blurb written about him in the local town newspaper:

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Finally on April 5th, it was election day.  He and I both went to our local high school to cast our votes. Continue reading »

Apr 042014
 

I’m just going to come out and say it – I hate running.  With a passion.  I know some people love it and I want to love it – I really do, but I just can’t do it. The thing is, I know that running is a great workout and  I am going to need to run a timed mile in the very near future because of the martial arts training that I am currently going through (it’s part of the testing process).

Since I truly dislike running so much, I need something to help me get through my misery and music is that thing.

1.  Sound of Madness by Shinedown
2.  Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J
3.  Bring the Action by Will.I.Am and Britney Spears
4.  Gold on the Ceiling by El Camino
5.  Everything Zen by Bush
6.  Berzerk by Eminem
7.  C’mon by Ke$ha
8.  Magic by B.o.B. Continue reading »

Mar 272014
 

Earlier this year, I told you how my husband, Chris, decided that he wanted to run for the Finance Committee in our little town.  The Finance Committee takes care of all matters involving the finances and financial procedures in town & since Chris is an accountant, he thought the Finance Committee would be a good way for him to get started in town politics.

If you missed it, you can read about his first step in the process here.  Last week, he took his second step in the process of running for the position – he participated in a public forum in which he got the opportunity to introduce himself to the voters and state why he’d be a good candidate for the job. The forum was open to all candidates running for positions in the April town election (selectmen positions, school committee, finance committee, etc).

The thing is, my husband is very quiet and shy, so even though he didn’t admit it, I know he was nervous to get up and speak in front of a crowd. Especially since we really had no idea how many other candidates were going to show up and how big the audience would be. Continue reading »

Mar 042014
 

Because I have a small obsession with watching the news, mostly for the weather reports, I watch New England Cable News (NECN) often. It’s local (New England) and it’s 24 hour news station, so I can get my weather reports pretty much anytime I want.  The weather around here changes from day to day – literally – so we really don’t know how to dress unless we check with the weather people.  True story.

About three weeks ago, I got an email with “media request from New England Cable News” in the subject line.  I happened to be sitting on my laptop at the time the email came in and honest to god, I couldn’t have opened it any faster.

The email asked me if I would be interested in helping Leslie Gaydos, NECN anchor/reporter with one of her Does it Work segments. I was told that they were searching for a  multi-tasking mom to test out a device that is supposed to hold your smart phone while you drive.

Um, let me think about that for a second…..

YES.

I emailed them back telling them that I was very interested & we worked out a date for them to come to my house to film a short interview & then take the product out with us in the car to see how it worked.

Chris was home that day and here are a few of the pictures he snapped of the interview they did in my kitchen:

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Feb 262014
 

He’s with me almost every day.  He helps me navigate from point A to point B almost effortlessly. Ok, maybe not effortlessly – there was that one time he told me to drive off a bridge……

He’s my GPS and his name is Lance.

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Most GPS units come pre-loaded with a few different accents and you can set most of them to speak to you in a male or a female voice. When I need to get somewhere, I really can’t get much better than getting my directions from a man with an Australian accent (swoon).  So, you guessed it, Lance is Australian.  I honestly don’t really have a reason as to why I chose Lance as his name.  I don’t know any Australians with the name Lance – and now that I think about it, I don’t actually know anyone named Lance.  It just seemed fitting at the time and it stuck.

So tell me, does your GPS have a name?  If so, what do you call it?

Feb 082014
 

Sometimes, when we need some fresh air, we head to the Plymouth Waterfront in Plymouth, MA (think Pilgrims).  There are tons of shops and restaurants along the waterfront and it’s an awesome place to take a walk and kill some time.

The Plymouth waterfront is only about 15 minutes from where we live, so it’s one of our favorite hangouts – especially in the summertime. Chris and I were sans kids a couple of weekends ago, and since it had happened to warm up around here (into the 40’s – whoa), we headed to the waterfront.  Obviously it’s winter here in Massachusetts, so the water was mostly frozen.

Here are some shots of Plymouth Harbor:

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Jan 272014
 

A while back, Chris decided that he wanted to run for the Finance Committee in our little town.  The Finance Committee takes care of all matters involving the finances and financial procedures in town & since Chris is an accountant, he thought the Finance Committee would be a good way for him to get started in town politics.

The first step in the process was going to the Town Clerk’s office at the town hall to get some paperwork.  He needs 50 signatures from registered voters in town to get his name on the ballot for the special election in April, so he went last week to get the papers he needed.

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