Oct 132015

all day breakfast

I don’t know about you, but my mornings are hectic.  Between getting the kids off to school (two different schools with two different start times), running off to the gym and a million other things I need to accomplish before lunch time, it can sometimes be hard to make it to McDonald’s before 10:30 for a delicious, affordable and wholesome breakfast.  And I do love my Egg McMuffins and McCafe coffee from McDonald’s. Imagine being able to grab your favorite breakfast foods from McDonald’s all day long?   Now you can. McDonald’s has decided to make a variety of their breakfast classics (like the Egg McMuffin and Hash Browns) available beyond the A.M. hours so customers can enjoy them at any time of the day.

**Disclosure:  This conversation is sponsored by McDonald’s of Eastern New England, but as always all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

On October 6th, McDonald’s restaurants across Eastern New England started serving breakfast all day and so far it’s been a huge hit.

  • All Day Breakfast is the No. 1 request from customers. In fact, more than 120,000 people tweeted McDonald’s asking for breakfast throughout the day in the past year alone.
  • The All Day Breakfast Menu is part of McDonald’s effort to offer customers the option to enjoy breakfast anytime they want while providing a great variety of quality ingredients and menu items.
  • After 10:30 a.m., the following menu items can be enjoyed along with McDonald’s World Famous Fries and other iconic favorites, such as the Big Mac and Filet-O-Fish:

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Sep 022015

Today was my boys first day of school.  The lazy days of this past summer are now just be a bunch of really great memories.  I can’t believe how fast the summer flew by this year, but honestly I am glad that it’s time to get back into our routine.  Things just seem to run better in our house when there is a firm routine in place. Last night we were busy loading all those school supplies into their backpacks, picking out the boys first day of school outfits and most importantly, packing their lunches.



For me, it’s important to make sure they eat well during the day.  Not only do I like to pack them foods they like, but I like to ensure they get foods that will keep them engaged and focused throughout the day. Continue reading »

Aug 192015

Everything You Need for a Date Night at the Drive-In

We have a list of things we do every single summer.  They’re kind of like traditions in our family and we always make sure we do them at least once every summer. One of the things on our list is going to the drive-in.  It’s such a fun way to watch a movie and it’s always a hit with the husband and kids.   When you’re planning a night at the drive-in, there are some things you will definitley need to bring with you to make your night a success. Whether you’re going on a date night with your hubby (or wife) or your whole family is in tow, don’t forget these essentials.

**Disclosure: Thanks to Breyers for sponsoring this conversation.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.


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Aug 062015

At any given time around my house, you’ll hear words like Iron Ore, smelting, Creeper, spawning, nether-portal and parkour.  If you have kids obsessed with Minecraft like my boys are, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  Imagine how excited those little Minecraft fans would be to get the opportunity to play the game on a big screen in a movie theater.

**Thanks to Super League Gaming for sponsoring this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

That’s exactly what Super League Gaming gives kids the chance to do. Super League Gaming is the first in-theater gaming league set inside major movie theaters across the country.  It gives gamers a chance socialize, move around the theater, and compete in a recreational setting.

Every week gamers bring a laptop and friends to a nearby Regal, AMC, Cinemark or iPic. Super League creates the best entertaining gameplay experience – ever.  And they are coming to Boston this month!

minecraft boston

Super League’s summer tour is already underway.  They have been busy visiting 23 markets across the country since mid June and they will be in Boston this month! Limited seats available per theater, so if you want your kids to get the chance to attend, buy your tickets now.  Continue reading »

Aug 052015

Buy Local Produce with Stop & Shop

**Thanks to Stop & Shop for sponsoring this conversation.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

This month marks both of my boys birthdays.  This year they are turning 8 and 11 years old, which I almost cannot believe. Where the heck did time go?  I love having two boys and I wouldn’t want it any other way, but there is one thing about being an all boy mom that I never really realized until recently – they eat non-stop.  The phrase eating me out of house and home really rings true in our house and since my growing boys go though so much food, I always keep the house stocked.  I am very happy to report that not one, but both of my boys both love fruits and vegetables and that makes me one happy mama. Continue reading »

Aug 022015

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Coupons.com, but all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

Today is a special day here in our house.  It’s my oldest son’s birthday.  It’s mind-blowing to me that he is ELEVEN years old today – how the heck did that happen?


I asked him last week what he wanted for his birthday this year and before I could even finish my sentence, he blurted out “a phone”. I had always told him that he could get a phone when he went into middle school & that happens to be this September, but somehow 11 still seems a little young to me to have his own phone.  That’s why I love T-Mobile’s Simple Prepaid Plans.

Simple is good, right? The Simple Choice North America Plan starts out at just $40 for unlimited talk, text, and 1GB of 4G LTE data!


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Jul 292015

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This is my dining room:


I love this room.  In fact it’s one of my favorite rooms in the house.  Partly because it’s where we eat (and I do love to eat) and the other part is because our family spends a lot of time in this room bonding over dinner. I love sitting down to eat with the family and just talking about our days.

The thing is, the main door to our house is in our kitchen and the kitchen and dining room are attached.  That means they are the first rooms you see when you enter my house.  Since we entertain quite a bit, it makes me feel better when my house looks good.

Despite the fact that I love the food my family eats and the memories we make in the dining room, something has always bothered me about the room.  I’ve always felt like something was missing and recently a light bulb went off.  I finally figured out exactly what the room needed.

Here, have a closer look. Can you guess what I was thinking? Continue reading »

Jul 142015

Surviving Spousal Deployment

This review was made possible by iConnect and Duracell. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions are 100% mine.

If you’re facing a spousal deployment in the near future, it will no doubt be some of the hardest days and months of your life. However, thousands of people make it through this difficult time period, but how? Here are some tips to make it through any period of deployment.

Journal When You Can

Some of the best medicine on the planet for going through a hard time is journaling. Writing down how you feel and getting it all out is one way to combat those feelings. Whether you start a journal or blog, writing can help you document pictures and events during the deployment.

Make Sure You’re Financially Secure

Before your spouse leaves for deployment, make sure all the finances are in order. There’s nothing worse than dealing with debt and late bills than when you’re doing it by yourself. If you can, also make sure you have an emergency plan in place, just in case you come across an emergency situation and need the extra funds. Continue reading »

Jul 012015

I want to start out by saying that this is a very personal post.  I have never shared this entire story publicly, but somehow it just seemed like the right time to get it all out there so to speak.  So here goes…

I always said that I never wanted kids.  Luckily for me, my then-husband agreed with me.  At the time we were happily married and life was good.  We had all the freedom in the world!

Then one day it hit me – I was 29 years old and I certainly wasn’t getting any younger.  Baby fever had finally stuck me and it struck hard.  I wanted to get pregnant as soon as possible.  So one day during my lunch hour at work, I sat down and made a list of pros and cons that I would present to my husband in an effort to convince him that I had a change of heart and was ready to have a baby.

The conversation went surprisingly well.  He was very supportive and we both agreed that we would start trying immediately.  Three weeks later I was pregnant. I had an amazing pregnancy – It was the best I had ever felt and on August 3, 2004, the baby boy that I had anxiously waited 9 months to meet was finally here.  Looking at his perfect face, I couldn’t even imagine that time in my life when I didn’t want kids. Continue reading »

Jul 012015

For anyone that knows me, it’s no secret that I am obsessed with shoes.  I have more pairs of shoes than I can count and my collection just keeps growing & growing. I lover that 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.

**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**

Have you noticed how jeweled sandals have been trending this summer? I mean, everywhere you look, girls are wearing them and who am I to be left out – so of course I had to get over to Famous Footwear to get a pair for myself.


They had so many cute pairs to choose from and I was in the store a good while deciding what to buy – because, of course, I wanted them all. Continue reading »

Jun 282015

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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 252015


**While this is a sponsored post, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way*

Do you ever feel guilty when you open the fridge door and you realize that food has gone off before you’ve even had a chance to eat it? If you’re a busy mom or dad, it’s quite easy to overlook certain food items when you’re prepping family meals – before you know it, the product goes in the food waste bin. But there is a way to make food last longer and it’s all about the organisation of your fridge and freezers. Because storing food in the right way really, REALLY makes a difference to how long certain types of food stay edible. Here are some top tips:

The top part of the fridge is for ready to eat items

Did you know that the top part of the fridge is the warmest part?  Place everything that is ready or nearly ready to eat here: milk, cheese, yogurts and leftovers. If things are going out of date quicker than you expect it may be that you need a new fridge or freezer – check out this Tesco buying guide for ideas.

Utilize the bottom of your fridge for fresh food

The bottom part of the fridge is the coldest – always store items like fresh and cold meats here. Wrap different types of meat separately and ensure that there is no air in plastic bags before you seal items. Continue reading »

Jun 242015

**This is a sponsored post with Mums the Word Network and Amwell. All opinions are my own**

amwell logo

Doesn’t it always figure that you get sick when your doctor’s office is closed?  And seriously, who wants to sit in the waiting room at the ER for hours on end when you’re not feeling well?  Trust me, I’ve been there and it’s anything but fun.

Imagine if there was a service that would allow you to connect with a healthcare provider in your area for those non emergency health concerns – right from you home?

There is!

American Well is the modern day version of the old fashioned doctor’s house call. By using the new app, you can connect with physicians in your area and have a live video visit right from your mobile phone or computer.

My husband Chris had a chance to check out the app over the weekend and was pretty happy with it.  It was super easy to use and the best part was, he never had to leave the couch.

1. Set up an account.

Creating an account is easy, and literally only takes a minute. Once your account is created, your information is stored safely and securely for all future online visits. Continue reading »

Jun 052015

**This is a sponsored post, but as always, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

Let your kids get muddy! At BattleFrog they have races for any age – It is a fun and challenging course for everyone in the family.


TadPole Dash: The TadPole dash is for 4-8 year olds. The course has 8+ obstacles, through 400 meters, and is guaranteed to deliver a new experience of self-discovery. Children will learn they can take on these new and exciting challenges, while becoming “Fit for the Future”, getting totally muddy and having the time of their lives. Continue reading »

May 262015

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

the briefcase

There is a new reality show from The Biggest Loser creator/executive producer Dave Broome premiering on CBS tomorrow night called THE BRIEFCASE. The show features hard-working American families experiencing financial setbacks who are presented with a briefcase containing a large sum of money – but there is a twist.  Each of the families will be facing a potentially life-altering decision: they can keep all of the money for themselves, or give all or part of it to another family in need.

Each week, two families have 72 hours to learn details about each other’s challenging circumstances and make the weighty decision of what to do with $101,000.  However, what they don’t know is that the family with whom they are considering sharing this financial windfall received an identical briefcase with the same instructions. Throughout their journeys, relationships within both families will be tested and beliefs questioned as they find out what really matters most in their lives, and how much importance they place on values such as love, generosity, compassion and faith. Continue reading »

May 132015

I received compensation from Recovery Unplugged for this sponsored post, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.

Drug addiction and Alcoholism.  Chances are that you have personally known someone that has been affected by one or the other.  I have a close family member who has struggled on and off with heroin addiction for years. That someone is my brother and I am happy to say that he have been clean for four years now, but there were a lot of ups and downs along the way.

The thing is, when someone close to you is an addict, it affects everyone around them – and one thing I learned, the hard way, is that if an addict doesn’t want help then rehab will not work. Sure, it might work for a while, but if they are not ready to tackle their addiction, there is a chance that they will slip back into their old habits.   I am speaking from experience here.  My brother was in and out of rehab facilities several times before he decided that he finally wanted to get clean and stay clean.  And that’s when rehab finally worked for him.


But when they are ready, the first step to recovery is going to a drug treatment center. Did you know that using music can be a catalyst to break down defenses to help facilitate, motivate and inspire the change necessary for long-term recovery and sobriety?  Recovery Unplugged can be an amazing experience for addicts who are afraid to go into rehab!  And for the families affected, how awesome would it be to see our loved ones replace the drugs or alcohol with music? Continue reading »

May 072015

**This post is sponsored by Safety 1st, but as always, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**


Today I am very excited to tell you all about the ever first Safety 1st pop-up shop, right here in Boston! The event is coming next week, May 14-17 and will be held at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, next to the Make Way for Ducklings store!  You will be able to touch, feel and try out all of the latest and greatest baby products including the Step and Go Travel System, the easiest stroller you will ever open! Continue reading »

May 062015

This post is sponsored by Unilever, but all opinions expressed here are strictly my own.


My shower is filled with bottles.  Body washes, shampoos, conditioners, bubble bath and various lotions. As I write this, there are probably at least 15 bottles in each of my two bathrooms.  I am not over exaggerating, either.  My husband and I each use different body washes and different shampoos.  He doesn’t use conditioner, but I do and I have two bottles of it in one of my bathrooms. Oh, and then there are the kids shampoos and body washes.

You get the picture, we have a lot of bottles in the shower and don’t even get me started about all the stuff that’s in my bathroom cabinet.  I have more beauty supplies than the drug store probably even carries.

So, what’s the take away here?  That being clean and looking good are important to us in our family.

But did you ever stop and think about all the bottles of “stuff” you go through in a week? Me, neither.  And I am a little embarrassed to even admit this, we kind of stink at recycling in our house.  We do recycle, but I know there are things that slip through the cracks so to speak. Continue reading »

May 042015

**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**

Did you know that Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend. That’s right, it’s this Sunday.  If the moms in your life are obsessed with new shoes (and aren’t we all), you might want to consider making a stop at Famous Footwear to pick up mom something for her special day.

They have such a broad selection of styles, it would be hard to narrow it down to just one pair, but let me see if I can help.

They have the cutest flats.  You can get pretty much any color your heart desires, but aren’t these Zigi Soho one’s adorable  And right now they are only $29.99.

famous footwear flats

If wedges are more her style, Famous Footwear has tons to choose from.  I happen to love these ones by Fergalicious: 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 »