Oct 072016

Did you see the premier of Timeless last Monday on NBC?  Over the summer when I first heard about this show, I added it to my list of new fall shows to check out and it definitely did not disappoint.  My husband and I were instantly hooked and  I can’t wait to see more. One thing that really drew me in was the heroine Lucy, portrayed by Abigail Spencer.  She is a talented actress, writer and producer on both the big and small screen, and she is quickly making a name for herself in Hollywood.

TIMELESS -- Season: Pilot -- Pictured: Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston

TIMELESS — Season: Pilot — Pictured: Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston

Spoiler alert for those of you who haven’t seen the first episode which aired last week, I found that she was a really relatable character and I was totally shocked when she went back in time and ended up altering her future.  I am dying to see what happens next for her. I am also curious about a potential relationship between Lucy and Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter’s character). Continue reading »

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Sep 232016

Notorious premiered last night (Thursday) at 9|8c on ABC – did you see it?  If you missed it, you might want to go back and watch it because it was really, really good.  I feel like I have this bad habit of missing out on shows until they are a few seasons in.  Then I am stuck having to binge watch for a week straight to catch up. This time I caught myself, though, and I am happy that I started Notorious from episode one.  Now I won’t have any regrets about not watching it.


Wondering what Notorious is all about:

Notorious duo Jake and Julia are always in charge. She’s a top rated investigative news producer and he’s a high powered lawyer. Together, they mix law and media in a sexy interplay of scandal, drama, and the twisty exploration of what it means to make the news. Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata star in Notorious, Thursday at 9|8c on ABC.


There were lots of plot twists and the cast was awesome. I have been a fan of Daniel Sunjata since Rescue Me and he was fantastic in Notorious.  Piper Perabo was phenomenal as well. I can’t wait to tune in next week.

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Aug 222016

Last week I headed up to the Merrimack Premium Outlets to spend the day shopping so that I could stock up on all the back-to-school essentials that my kids will need this fall!

Merrimack Premium Outlets is an outdoor shopping center located 35 miles northwest of Boston and easily accessible off Exit 10 of Everett Turnpike (RT 3 from Boston). They have over 100 stores and in New Hampshire, you can enjoy tax free shopping at stores like Banana Republic, Bloomingdale’s Outlet Store, Coach, Elie Tahari, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Nautica, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tommy Hilfiger and more all at saving of 25%-65% everyday.

My 12 year old will only wear Under Armour clothing these days so I was happy to see that they had an Under Armour outlet there. My little guy is into Nike, so I was wicked happy that I could get lots of great clothing for my boys for back to school at discounted prices.


For the 2016 back to school season, Simon is encouraging shoppers to ‘find your style’ while reflecting on your past first days of school and the outfits that were the height of fashion in the 80’s and 90’s. Continue reading »

Jul 272016

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Back when I was a kid, there was no such thing as a “tween”.  You were a kid or you were a teenager.  That was it.  Somewhere along the line the “tween” thing happened and guys, it’s legit.  Kids between the ages of 10 and 12 fall into the “tween” category because they are too old to be considered a kid, but too young to be considered a teen. My oldest son is going to be 12 next week (wait, WHAT??) and this mama is struggling to come up with awesome birthday gift ideas.


You might be thinking that a kid who’s not really a kid or a teenager should be fairly easy to buy for, but trust me on this – it’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a while. He’s too old for toys and too young for “teen” gifts.  I am thinking teens only get gift cards, but hey, I could be wrong.  I am not the mother of a teenager – yet, so I have never had to buy gifts for one. Continue reading »

Jul 192016

the little gym logo

As you know I am the mom of two very active little boys.  Well actually they are not so little anymore. They are going to be 9 & 12 next month and I honestly don’t know where the time went. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was changing diapers and doing midnight feedings, but alas my boys are definitely not babies anymore.

I want to take a second to emphasize something I said before, though.  I said that my boys were active, and on most days that would be an understatement. I strongly believe that a big part of why they are so active today is largely due in to the multiple mommy & me classes that I did with each of them at the Little Gym. I had originally heard about the Little Gym when my oldest son was about five months old and after doing a little research, I found out that they offered classes for children as young as 4 months old.

I called my local Little Gym (which at the time was in Raynham, MA) and set up a free introductory class.  The class was a combination of singing, open gym play, circle time and a basic gymnastic skill (which for the littles were things as simple as rolling over). My little guy had such a fun time in class, I signed him up for the whole 20 week “Bugs” class.

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Each week the classes were structured the same way.  We always started the class by sitting in a circle while the instructor sang a welcome song, always naming each child in the song. Then we would learn a new skill for the week (rolling, forward rolls, etc) and then it was time for free play. Each class ended back on the padded mat in a circle with a goodbye song. Miss Lisa was the teacher for all the classes that my boys took at the Little Gym (spanning about six years time) and I was always impressed that she knew every child’s name and always made it a point to compliment each child on their specific achievements during class as they left. Continue reading »

Jun 202016

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This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

When my boys were babies, Pampers were my diaper of choice. Pampers diapers provided overnight protection that helped them get a good nights sleep, which is important so they can achieve their dreams! Pampers knows that the big dreams of babies start with a good night’s sleep, which is why they’ve created products designed to help little ones sleep comfortably by offering overnight protection.

When the baby gets a good night’s sleep, so do mommy and daddy!  When everyone sleeps well, they wake up well rested and ready to conquer their dreams.

Pampers is thrilled to partner with swimmer Dana Vollmer, for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which is her first Olympic Games since giving birth to her son, Arlen, this past March.


The love, support and encouragement from her family are what led Dana back to the pool. Her journey to Rio is one that she will share with them, and her goal of winning gold at this year’s Olympic Games is not just her dream – it’s her family’s dream. Continue reading »

Apr 142016

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Hey moms and dads, do I have some good news for you! Pampers is offering a high value coupon that you can print at home for $2 off 1 pack of Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants.  Believe me, I’ve been there with my two boys and I know that the struggle is definitely real. Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants were an absolute lifesaver when I was going through the process with my two. Those and the sticker chart that I used to reward them when they had success on the potty!

Help make the potty training process easier and more affordable with this high-value coupon.  Here’s how to save:

  • You can clip the Pampers Easy Ups coupon at: http://www.coupons.com/brands/pampers-coupons/
  • You will need to open a coupons.com account if you do not already have one.
  • Then you can print, shop, and save – and keep an eye out for more Pampers coupons in the future!

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Pampers Easy Ups have an absorbent core that holds 25% more than the other leading training pant (Huggies* Pull-Ups* Learning Designs*) and helps little ones stay dry and happy. Pampers Easy Ups* have fewer leaks than the other leading training pant (Huggies* Pull-Ups* Learning Designs*)  and up to 12 hours of leakage protection. Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants are sold in sizes 2T-5T and can be found at mass, discount and grocery stores where baby care products are sold.

For more information on Pampers diapers and pants, visit http://www.pampers.com or the brand’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

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Mar 312016

Time Saving Cleaning Hacks

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

Okay, let’s be very real right from the start: Cleaning Hacks are amazing. They save me time, effort, and they get me done with the cleaning faster. Who doesn’t love to be done cleaning faster?!? Anyone? I think just to be safe I am going to assume that EVERYONE wants to be done cleaning faster and proceed with the list of cleaning hacks!

Break It Down

One of the best cleaning hacks out there is to divide up the cleaning chores. Not only does this make life so much easier and organized but it makes you feel better about the whole cleaning process. There is never going to be a time when I want to give up an ENTIRE day to get everything done at once so work it out however it suits your schedule but definitely break it down. Cleaning one room or one floor or just completing one task everyday will make your whole process easier and more in the long run, more efficient too! Continue reading »

Mar 282016

If you follow along here regularly, you probably already know that I have a five sisters in law who have had eight babies between them within the past five years. I miss not having little ones around the house and love that my sisters in law keep having babies so that I can get my fix on a pretty regular basis. In fact, my newest niece is only six weeks old and I was so happy when I got to meet her last weekend.  She lives two hours away in Connecticut, so I don’t see her, her big brother or big sister as much as I wish I could, but I take what I can get.

My boys are 8 & 11 now, so there aren’t as many toys around my house as their used to be, but back when they were smaller they had more toys that any of us knew what to do with.  My mom would shower them with toys every time she saw them, so you can only imagine the amount of toy clutter we had in our house.


If you are looking for some really cool educational toys and you are also tired of the clutter, you’ll want to check out Le Bundle. Le Bundle is a personalized toy rental subscription that supports early learning for children 6 months to 4 years of age.  They offer a unique variety of educational toys that you normally won’t find at most common retailers.


I love that Le Bundle is personalized, meaning that parents have the freedom to choose the toys they want. But, if you want the surprise factor they also send expertly recommended toys that are appropriate for your child’s age. Bundles are shipped the same day that you place your order. Continue reading »

Mar 162016

Energy efficiency is paramount to anyone who wants to save money every month. Homes that aren’t zipped up tight can cost you more money every month in electricity and natural gas, because they don’t function as efficiently as they should or could. HomeSelfe is an app designed to help you save money every month by allowing you to see where you could improve your home’s energy efficiency.


Energy Efficiency Evaluation Made Easy

It’s the Year of the Ruehrweins, and we’ve been making the most of it. It’s been such a fun-filled changed from the hum drum we normally do, and we’re all thoroughly enjoying it. To keep enjoying it, my husband and I are continually looking for ways to save money. One of those ways is making sure our home is as energy efficient as possible, so we avoid paying more than we have to each month on heating and cooling.

HomeSelfe is an app designed to help you easily evaluate your homes’ energy inefficiencies and give you solutions on how to change them. What’s great about this app is that rather than having someone come in and charge you a few hundred dollars, you can do it yourself. And you can do it for free. I like free.

How HomeSelfe Works

This fun, easy, and free application was developed in cooperation with local, state, and national public utilities and is designed to give you the best possible energy efficiency audit results for your home and your wallet. With this patent pending app, you can create a digital mock up of your home, and you’re provided with a simple questionnaire which you can answer at your own pace. Once your HomeSelfe is complete, you’ll instantly get a free, easy to understand report providing a clear assessment of your home’s energy efficiency, where you need to improve, and what upgrades are most important to your home. Continue reading »

Mar 142016

Although it’s been a while since my boys were in diapers, when they were Luvs was my brand of choice. The contoured shape hugged my little guys for a great fit, and a cottony material felt soft and gentle on their skin. I always loved that Luvs had larger refastenable stretch tabs so fastening Luvs diapers was super easy. I could rest assured knowing that my boys had a secure, snug fit time after time. The best part for me was that Leak Barrier Leg Gathers and a Leakguard Core made life easier by helping to keep leaks in the diaper where they belong!  Plus it kept my boys dry and comfortable.

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Did you know that Luvs has Money Back Guarantee?   They feel so strongly that their diapers will keep your baby leak-free that they’ve guaranteed them! If you aren’t satisfied with the leakage protection of Luvs, they’ll refund your money. See their website, www.luvsdiapers.com, for details. Continue reading »

Feb 282016

Groupon Coupons - Even More to Love About Groupon


Groupon coupons is rapidly becoming the place to go for great deals on name brands from top companies. With Groupon Coupons, you can save on more than just events and experiences. This coupon resource from Groupon allows you to find coupons that work and are verified from many of your favorite retailers.

Groupon Coupons Bring Even More Savings

Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about the savings, so this coupon service from Groupon is perfect for me. I’ve always used Groupon to get excellent deals on things like restaurants, family fun attractions, travel, birthday gifts, and holiday gift items. Now I can use Groupon as a great source for coupons, as well. I love it because I can score great deals on things I need and want, I know these coupons will work, and I don’t have to pay a cent for membership or other fees. It’s completely free!

Here’s a quick rundown on just some of the places that you can get great deals on with Groupon Coupons. Continue reading »

Feb 172016

When I first started dating my husband Christian, one of the first stories he told me was about how he applied to be on the very first season of SURVIVOR.  He tells the story about about how he had to fill out an application, write an essay on which Gilligan’s Island character he most resembled (he chose the Skipper because he compared himself to someone in a leadership role) and make a short video about what he would take with him to the island if he was chosen to go.  Thousands of people apply each season and while Christian was not chosen to be on the show, we never miss a season and we’re super excited about the premier of the 32nd season tonight on CBS!

Castaways embark on the most grueling 39 days in Survivor history and test whether brute strength, looks or smarts will be the attribute that helps capture the title of Sole Survivor. Also, one castaway deals with excruciating pain when a bug gets stuck in their ear, on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 32nd season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Feb. 17 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.


The spring edition of SURVIVOR was filmed on the island Kaôh Rōng in Cambodia and  will be themed “Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty.” The location offers harsh conditions and relentless weather for the castaways, presenting one of the most physically grueling seasons in the show’s history. Continue reading »

Jan 252016

Have you heard the news?  Last week McDonald’s introduced a brand new breakfast item – the chicken sausage!

Offered as an alternative protein to McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches and platters, the new chicken sausage is a juicy breakfast meat flavored with rosemary and additional spices. Those familiar with McDonald’s pork sausage will find the taste, texture, and appearance of the chicken sausage just as tasty and the best part is that it contains only 5 grams of fat and 80 calories!.

**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.

Chicken Sausage at McDonalds

The chicken sausage is an especially great addition to one customer favorite, the Sausage McMuffin with Egg – a warm, toasted buttered English muffin made with wholesome chicken sausage, a slice of American cheese and a freshly cracked Grade A egg! Continue reading »

Jan 192016

Easy Focaccia Bread Recipe

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In our house Sundays mean one thing and one thing only – game day! For most of the season, our New England team has been doing some serious damage across the NFL. While we haven’t had a perfect record this season, we’ve done pretty darn well.  Whenever our beloved team plays, my family is glued to the television to watch.  Even though we only live about 20 minutes from the stadium where they play, we prefer to watch the games from the comfort of our own couch on game day!

Since we like to watch from home, we usually end up having some people over to watch the game with us.  The more the merrier when it comes to watching our team kick some butt! From prepping before my guests arrive, to the clean up after they leave, I can count on Proctor & Gamble to have me covered and the best part is, I can get everything I need for our game day traditions right at Walmart. Continue reading »

Dec 212015

A Gift Guide for the Man in Your Life

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It’s gift guide season again, ladies and gentlemen. And if you’re like most Americans, December 19th is absolutely NOT too late for you to make use of this. I think it’s fitting that this last minute gift guide would be about the kings of last minute shopping – our men. LOL

A Wicked Awesome Gift Guide from LivingSocial

If you’re looking for last minute gifts for your guy, then LivingSocial is the place to look. They have all sorts of offers that appeal to the man in your life, from golfing to skydiving to steakhouse and more. If you can imagine it, you can probably find a great deal on it from LivingSocial. It’s a gift giver’s paradise. Continue reading »

Dec 172015

Kmart Fab 15 Toys are Awesome

Holiday shopping doesn’t exactly evoke excitement in most people I know. In fact, it’s more like dread. When The Most Wonderful Time of the Year rolls around, shopping becomes an exercise in torture for me, but with the Kmart Fave 15, holiday shopping goes from “Oh man…” to “Aww YAY-uh!”

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Role Mommy Writers Network and Kmart. All opinions are 100% my own.​​

Holiday Shopping Like a Boss

Holiday Shopping has always been a game of chance for me. Occasionally, I’ll hit the mark, but not always. I think that’s been the most frustrating part of holiday shopping for me. If I could just hit the mark every year, that would be awesome. Luckily, I have the Kmart Fave 15 to help me out. Continue reading »

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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