Nov 092015

Created as a way to offer fashion savvy customers trendy bags that won’t break the bank, Olivia + Joy represents the hottest handbags and accessory styles of the moment. They deliver the right trend at exactly the right moment. Pretty, sexy and edgy all at the same time, Olivia + Joy offers studs and chains as well as ruffles and bows with a new twist. The collection features color palettes that vary from black and white for the rocker girl to muted pastels for the girly girl. The line also includes all of the newest twists on well-known silhouettes, such as convertible mini bags with removable straps that turn into a clutch, and much more!


The Zap Zoom Tote from the Olivia + Joy collection is the perfect example of the stylish and cute options to choose from in the collection. Priced at just $98 it’s a steal for a fraction of the price that other trendy bags go for in big boutiques, so, you’ll be able to look and feel fabulous without having to clean out your bank account. Continue reading »

Oct 222015

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With the holidays just around the corner and holiday breaks from public schools looming on the horizon, it’s a good idea to try and plan out as much of those vacation days as possible. In our home we’ve had firsthand experience how an unproductive and boring holiday break can be for our children and have had our fair share of moaning and groaning when there wasn’t anything fun to do while on vacation. This year we have our bases covered with a handful of pre-planned activities, family visits and the all new Skylanders Superchargers game.


Available on Wii, WiiU, Nintendo DS 2, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, Skylanders Superchargers takes place when Skylands is in peril, threatened by villain Kaos and his most evil weapon yet- the Doom Station of Ultimate Doomstruction. As all of Skyland is threatened by the evil villain and on the verge of utter collapse, it’s up to the special team called the Superchargers to save the day. Assembled to pilot a fleet of unstoppable incredible vehicles, the Superchargers are tasked with saving Skylands and taking down Kaos once and for all. Your gamer will partner with the Superchargers team to pilot incredible machines over land, under the sea and through the skies to stop Kaos and his plan to destroy Skylands! 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.”
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Sep 122015

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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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Sep 062015

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Masshole Mommy and I really enjoy sitting down in the evenings after the kids are in bed and watching some tv together.  Being the patient husband that I am, I put up with her shows (Dancing with the Stars and American Idol), but there is one show that we both really like and enjoy equally.

The Vampire Diaries.

If you keep up with the show, you know that they are going to start airing the 7th season next month & Masshole Mommy and I are definitely ready.

The Vampire Diaries is a really great show. It has everything for for both women and men.  I will briefly talk about the female aspect- Six words: Damon, Stephan and Elena love triangle.  Blah, blah, etc, etc.

Now I will talk about why guys will like it.  There is fighting,  blood and guts, double crossing and lots of back stabbing. Then there is Katherine, the sex craving “bad girl” vampire, who literally does not care who she hurts to get what she wants. Oh and then there is my personal favorite <3 Caroline.  She is the blond bombshell that keeps everyone else on the show in line. There are werewolfs and witches that work together or betray each other- depending on the day.  You never know what is going to happen and who is going to kill who.

The story-line goes back a thousand years with flash backs to different time periods like the middle ages and the roaring 1920’s along the way. I love that the vampires have super strength, speed and my personal favorite compulsion (think of it like hypnotizing someone).  There are epic battles between the sides with people switching sides on a whim. Continue reading »

Aug 112015

Sometimes it doesn’t seem as though there is much hope left in the day. What if you could receive hope in a box? Well, I did and I loved it! Are you wondering what H.O.P.E. in a Box is? Well, it offers inspirational gift ideas and Christian gifts. If you’re struggling what to send someone or just want to lift them up, then HOPE in a Box is an awesome ideas.

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Disclosure: I was recently sent a gift box H.O.P.E (Hang On Pray Everyday)! Opinions are all mine and were not influenced in any way.

What I really liked about HOPE in a Box is that there are boxes for everyone. There’s not a one box fits all, there are many options to choose from. I got the “Hope in a Box for Mom” box and I loved it! I received a coffee mug, blanket, and inspirational cards. Continue reading »

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Jun 292015

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Trust me when I tell you that I love getting presents just as much as the next girl. Seriously. I get all giddy when someone gives me a gift and since it just so happens that my birthday is coming up next week, I am hoping to get a little giddy (wink, wink).  Especially since it’s not just any birthday – it’s one of those milestone birthdays.  That’s right, I will be 29.  Again.

Sometimes, though, you really just want to give someone a gift that will blow them away. You know, give them something that is truly memorable and that they will talk about for years to come!


Have you heard of them?  If not, here’s the skinny. Cloud 9 Living is the US leader in experience gifts, offering over 1,900 unique experiential gifts for men, women & couples in 51 regions. They have partnered with over 600 “Best in Class” experience providers who take pride in ensuring that every gift recipient enjoys a memorable experience.  I love the idea of gifting someone with an experience, don’t you?

With experiences ranging from thrilling and adventurous to relaxing and cultural, they really do have something for every taste and every budget.  You can choose from things like hot air balloon rides, racecar driving, helicopter tours, spa packages, food tours, golfing with a pro, dinner cruises and so much more.

I had the chance to choose an experience from Cloud 9 Living recently and I am excited to tell you about it.

On their website you can narrow your search down by gifts for her, gifts for him, the experience type or the most popular.  Since I really had no idea where to start or what I was looking for, I just did a search for all experiences in my area (Boston) and the site pulled up everything that was available to me.

There were so many cool things (I mean seriously cool) offered locally to me.  A few things caught my eye right away, and I was able to narrow it down pretty quickly to 3 or 4 things that I really wanted to do.  It was between a couples massage (for me and Chris of course), a flying lesson (something I have always wanted to do), a helicopter tour of Boston and a romantic dinner for two in which a seasoned chef comes into your home for a night and cooks dinner for you in the comfort of your own home.

Can you guess which one I chose?  Stay tuned…… Continue reading »

Jun 162015

After having a newborn, keeping the house clean can be a real chore. Let’s be honest, keeping the house clean is always a ‘chore.’ However, after having a baby, I seem to struggle with keeping the house as clean as I’d like.  Check out these tips for keeping the house clean with a newborn in the house.

*Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way*

#1. Clear the Clutter

Anytime I can get rid of extra items in the house that we’re not using, I do! There’s something invigorating about getting rid of clutter that we don’t need lying around our home. I have found that this is one way I can help keep my home clear of clutter and make keeping the house clean a lot easier.

#2. Write Out a Schedule

I keep a basic schedule at home of when I will clean what. Of course, since a newborn dictates my schedule, it’s a very flexible schedule. I have found that if I write out what I need done, it’s much easier. For example—Mondays are my laundry days and Tuesdays are the days to get the vacuuming done.


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Jun 082015

6 Easy Ways To Boost Energy Without Caffeine

**This is a sponsored post, but as always, all opinions are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

When the afternoon slumps kick in and you want to reach for a cup of java or a sugary snack, there are ways to kick start your energy level without the use of caffeine or sugar. Try one or more of these 5 easy ways to boost your energy the healthy way.

Exercise. Get up, take a walk, or do some light stretching. If you can, get outside and walk around the block briskly to not only get your heart rate pumping, but the fresh air can help wake you up. If you are indoors and can’t get out, get up and do some stretching or a few old school jumping jacks.

Meditate. Just breathe. Sit back, relax, and breathe in and out with your eyes closed. Clear your mind of everything and focus on just your breathing. Mindful meditation techniques like this can not only relax your body, but your mind becomes open and therefore your natural energy can increase.

Sleep better. Try a bedtime relaxation routine to ensure a more restful night’s sleep. Turn the TV off earlier, put the cell phone away, and decompress from your day. Try a cup of hot herbal tea and some light reading until you find yourself in dream land. Continue reading »

Jun 042015

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Taking a long, hot shower at the end of the work day is one of life’s many little luxuries. I for one don’t take a great shower for granted, which is why I am always looking for ways to make my shower a more pleasant and enjoyable experience.  As you can imagine, I was thrilled when I recently had the chance to try out and review a luxury shower head by Aroma Sense, a new and innovative shower head that is sure to make your next shower anything but average.


Most shower heads deliver water to your shower and that is about where they stop. The luxury shower head by Aroma Sense is different, in the sense that it does so much more than deliver water. It works so much harder than that by delivering a pleasant citrus aroma, chlorine reduction, vitamin c, pressure boosting, and negative ions in each and every use. It makes each shower more of an experience and health benefit, instead of a simple cleansing routine. Continue reading »

May 282015

Showing Nana she is special on Mother’s Day is easy! However, when it comes to the “birthday” it can be a bit harder to come up with a way to honor her. I love my mom and appreciate everything she has done for me, which is why I wanted to find several ways to honor her for her upcoming birthday. Here are some ways you too can honor your Nana on her upcoming birthday.

Give her a call.

I know it’s so old fashioned, but giving Nana a call on her birthday is one smart move. She loves to hear your voice and may not even be expecting such an awesome gift. Tell her how much you love and appreciate her.

Give her a visit.

It may be 2015, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give Nana a visit when it’s her birthday. Grab a bouquet of flowers and enjoy the time you’ll spend with her.

Gratitude Grandmother Charm Bracelet

This year, we decided to get a little more personal in my family. This gorgeous Gratitude Grandmother Charm Bracelet from SOUFEEL foots the bill for how we wanted to show “Nana” that we love her!

The charms are from SOUFEEL and they are 925 sterling silver.  I love that they can fit Pandora and Chamilia bracelets and will surely make a unique and memorable gift for that special person in your life – all while saving you a little money, too! Continue reading »

May 222015

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

If your family deals with allergies, then you know how big of a pain it can be. The sniffling, sneezing, congestion and whatever else you’re dealing with can be just too much. My entire family has seasonal allergies, which means we all have to find a way to deal. Check out how our family deals with allergies.

House Cleaning Time

Yes, our house has forced hot air, which means tons of dust is always all over the house. Dust and seasonal allergies do not help the situation at all. We’ve found that doing basic cleaning on a daily basis helps our allergies a ton. We vacuum and dust as we can to help eliminate the extra particles floating around.

We Use the Airfree Onix p300 Air Purifier

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When you have allergies, like my family does, you have to be proactive about it. Which is why the Airfree Onix p300 Air Purifier has become a permanent fixture in our home. Here are some of the main reasons we love this air purifier: Continue reading »

Apr 132015

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“Fragrance is emotion brought to Life. The Caress Forever Collection evokes love, passion, sensuality, and elegance.”- Loc Dong

I love getting pampered.  What woman doesn’t, right?  The thing is, I am a busy mom and and as much as I would love to visit the spa daily weekly, I just don’t have the time or the money for that.  Lucky for me, the new Caress Forever Collection gives me a spa like experience – right in the comfort of my own home.  The  Caress Forever Collection is the world’s first body wash with Fragrance Touch Technology. The breakthrough technology of Caress Fragrance Release Pearls™ releases bursts of perfume with every touch of your skin. The best part is, the floral fragrance lasts for up to 12 hours.  12 hours!! So I smell great all day long.

Caress Forever Collection

It took more than 25 scientists across 4 continents to develop this technological breakthrough.  Loc Dong, who is an award winning perfumer with nearly 20 years of experience under his belt, created the scents for these two new body washes.  He was inspired by the confident and sensual modern woman and was able to capture the essence in these two scents: Continue reading »

Apr 092015

**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

When it comes to their underwear, I have found that men can be just as particular as women. They want something soft, comfortable, something that fits well, and something that washes well. I recently had the chance to sample Gildan boxer briefs for men (well I didn’t, but my husband did!), and I must say they excelled in all of these categories.  He had never tried Gildan before, so he was looking forward to trying something new. Let me tell you more!

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First, here are a few things you should know about Gildan products. Gildan is a well known name in the world underwear for both men, women, and children. They make quality threads in a variety of styles and colors, and the quality can’t be beat. They are an ideal brand for the whole family, with prices that fit into even the tightest of budgets. With this budget friendly price, you are in no way sacrificing style. Gildan offers their products in bright colors and trendy designs that are by no means outdated. At the same time, you are not sacrificing quality either. I immediately noticed the quality materials used in these products, tight stitching, quality fabrics, and durable waistband. Continue reading »

Apr 072015

Selfie Sticks.  Some people love ’em and some people hate them.  Since they have really started popping up last year, it seems they’ve been the topic of huge controversy. The fact of the matter, folks, is that selfies are here to stay and whether you like them or not, Selfie Sticks have made the process of taking them much easier.

As a blogger,  I take a lot of pictures and depending on the situation, I take many of them with my phone.  There have been many times where I have tried to take a selfie with my whole family and we just didn’t all quite fit. I figured there had to be an easier way, right? So, I finally jumped on the Selfie Stick bandwagon and BOOM!  That was the solution.

The folks at SelfieGeeks were kind enough to send me a Selfie Stick and I am totally addicted to that thing.  Now that I have it, I have no clue how I ever got by without one.

The Selfie Sticks come in Blue, Black or Pink and since I will always choose pink if it’s an option, that’s what I went with.

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The setup is really easy.  Honestly, it hardly took any time at all.  All you have to do is attach your phone, adjust it to the angle you want, attach the cord to the audio port on your phone and press the button on the handle of the Selfie Stick.  It’s super easy. Continue reading »

Mar 312015

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As a new mom six years ago, one of the hardest things for me to get used to was giving my child a bath. Expecting my fourth child does mean I have gotten some practice in. I’ve been able to get my hands on the Summer Infant Keep Me Warm Baby Bath and I can’t believe I lived without this for so long.

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So Much Room

I love how big the infant bathtub is. It’s not TOO big that it’s annoying, but it’s the perfect size for baby an infant and allowing your child to also grow into the tub. The tub also fits perfectly in a regular sized tub or on the counter. I like the ability to move the baby bathtub wherever I need it to go and have the features to help keep baby comfortable during the process. Continue reading »

Mar 302015

**Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Famous Footwear, but my love of shoes is all my own.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

If there is one thing in this world that I can not resist, it’s a new pair of shoes.  I have well over a hundred pairs and have been known to drop a pretty penny on a single pair (gosh, I hope my husband isn’t reading this).  Lucky for me, when I shop at Famous Footwear, I don’t have to drop a ton of money on new shoes.  They have a huge variety of all the latest styles for the entire family and more importantly, they are affordable.

I was so excited when I heard that Famous Footwear opened two new stores in my area.  I am always out & about, so having more shopping options is always a good thing.  Where are they you ask?

1. The 6,000-square-foot Westwood store is located in the Westwood Station at 245 University Ave.

2. The 5,049-square-foot Hyannis store is located in the Capetown Plaza at 790 Iyanoough Rd.

I had a chance to stop by the new store in Westwood yesterday and was really impressed with the new store.  In case you’ve never been inside a Famous Footwear, they carry name brands at discounted prices.

Famous Footwear Store Westwood

Famous Footwear has a huge selection of brand name shoes including Sketchers, Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Dr. Scholl’s, Converse, Aerosoles, Naturalizer and Steve Madden Girl. They carry the latest styles for the entire family including women, men, girls and boys! Even though it has still been pretty chilly here in Boston, I have a major case of spring fever, so I wanted to get a new pair of sandals because I figured that would make me feel better about the fact I am still cold all of the time. Continue reading »

Mar 242015

Summer Baby Touch WiFi Monitor

**Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Recently I was able to review a couple of the coolest baby products from the Summer Brand!

One of the products is the Baby Touch WiFi from Summer!  This is one of the most high tech baby monitors out there that allow you to stay connected with baby, even from another room.

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Free Viewing App

One of the best parts about the Baby Touch WiFi from Summer is the free viewing APP for Android and Apple. You can actually log into see baby from the app. It’s also secure, so you don’t need to worry about any breaches. Continue reading »

Mar 042015

Big Hero 6 Cupcakes Baymax Recipe

**Disclosure:  My family received a copy of Big Hero 6 on Blu-ray & DVD at no charge.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Have you ever wanted to make your favorite character from Big Hero 6, but weren’t sure where to start? We recently got a copy of Disney’s Big Hero 6 on Blu-ray & DVD and I wanted to bring Baymax to life for my kids while we watched the movie, so I put my baking skills to the test. You can make these Baymax from Big Hero 6 cupcakes too! Just follow along.


  • 1 or 2 cupcake pans
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 tube of black icing
  • 1 tube of vanilla frosting
  • Cupcake liners

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Here’s what you do:

1.  Mix the cake mix together as instructed on the box. Continue reading »

Feb 192015

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**Disclosure: Product was received at no charge in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Did you know that February is National Hot Breakfast Month? Well it is, and the folks at Krusteaz want to make celebrating this month a whole lot easier! If you are not familiar with Krusteaz breakfast mixes, now is the time to get acquainted. Krusteaz makes all sorts of breakfast favorites including pancake mixes, muffin mixes, and of course waffle mixes. In just minutes you can be enjoying a hot breakfast too!

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Not a breakfast person? Then why not try brinner? You know, breakfast for dinner? Brinner is a fun way to switch up dinner time and treat your family to some of their favorite breakfast foods! Who says you can only eat pancakes for breakfast? In our home, we had an impromptu brinner night! For our brinner night, we cooked as a family and enjoyed our favorite Krusteaz mixes along with fresh fruit, juice, and sausage. The kids loved the change of pace, and the adults loved feeling like a kid again eating our favorite breakfast foods. The mixes were easy enough to prepare that the children could help with the stirring, so it made for a meal that was not only tasty but fun to prepare as well. I mean, who doesn’t love flipping pancakes? Continue reading »