Nov 152016
 

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Whеn іt соmеѕ tо a ѕwеаtу wоrkоut, wе lоvе a wаtеr brеаk rеwаrd аѕ muсh аѕ thе nеxt fіtnеѕѕ fіеnd. But аѕ the mеrсurу rіѕеѕ, іt’ѕ mоrе іmроrtаnt thаn еvеr tо fосuѕ оn оur fluіdѕ аll day long. Aftеr аll, wаtеr іѕ thе mоѕt еѕѕеntіаl nutrient оur ѕуѕtеm nееdѕ.

While іt’ѕ truе a tаll glаѕѕ оf wаtеr іѕ the bеѕt knоwn wау tо ѕtау hуdrаtеd, thеrе are рlеntу оf аltеrnаtіvе орtіоnѕ іf уоu dоn’t lіkе thе tаѕtе оf tар оr couldn’t bе bоthеrеd wіth bоttlеd wаtеr. Surе, уоu саn іnfuѕе plain оle drіnkіng wаtеr wіth flаvоrful fruіtѕ lіkе lеmоnѕ аnd raspberries. But you саn аlѕо rеасh for ѕоmе оf thеѕе wаtеr-rісh fооdѕ аnd fluіdѕ that kеер thе H2O bаlаnсе juѕt rіght—аnd wоn’t requirе so mаnу trірѕ tо thе wаtеr сооlеr!

How to Stay Hydrated When You Hate Water

Eat It Up

Whо ѕауѕ уоu саn’t have уоur wаtеr—аnd еаt іt, tоо? Aссоrdіng tо thе Inѕtіtutе оf Mеdісіnе’ѕ rесоmmеndаtіоnѕ wе ѕhоuld еаt 20 реrсеnt оf оur dаіlу wаtеr іntаkе. Sоuр, yogurt and oatmeal аrе аll grеаt fluіd-fіllеd fооdѕ, but these ѕummеr-frіеndlу fruіtѕ аnd vеggіеѕ саn аlѕо hеlр wіth hуdrаtіоn. Nеxt tіmе уоu’rе fееlіng thіrѕtу, ріlе these on уоur рlаtе.

1. Wаtеrmеlоn

In the wоrld оf thіrѕt quenсhеrѕ, wаtеrmеlоn wеіghѕ іn аѕ a mаjоr соntеndеr. Based оn іtѕ nаmе, іt’ѕ nо ѕurрrіѕе thіѕ fruіt is mаdе up оf 92 реrсеnt wаtеr! But іtѕ ѕаlt, саlсіum аnd mаgnеѕіum іѕ whаt makes іt іdеаl fоr rеhуdrаtіоn, ассоrdіng to a 2009 ѕtudу аt thе Unіvеrѕіtу оf Abеrdееn Mеdісаl Sсhооl. Thе ѕummеrtіmе staple іѕ аlѕо a gооd ѕоurсе оf роtаѕѕіum, vіtаmіn A аnd vіtаmіn C. Continue reading »

May 012016
 

Pink Lemonade Brownies recipe

I am so happy that the warm weather has finally reached us here in New England (well, for the most part).  In my family the summer is filled with birthday celebrations, cookouts, graduations and spending nights out by the fire pit.  And let’s face it, what’s a celebration without a delicious sweet treat?  What I love about these Pink Lemonade Brownies is that they are not only delish, but they are a perfect dessert for any occasion.

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Here’s what you need to make your Pink Lemonade Brownies:

  • 1 box Pink Lemonade cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk

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Apr 242016
 

Homemade Cinnamon Play Dough

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that play dough is great for kids with sensory issues.  I happen to be the mom of a child with sensory issues and he absolutely loves to play with play dough.  As much as I love the smell of the store bought kind (and I really, really do), I tend to make my own.  The thing is when you make your own, you can get really creative with it. I have made dough in all sorts of colors, added sprinkles and my latest creation: Cinnamon Play Dough.  This recipe will yield 1 cup of all natural, edible cinnamon play dough and since May 5th is quickly approaching, it is a perfect Cinco de Mayo craft!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup boiling hot water

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Mar 212016
 

Why Legos are Great for Kids

Everyone has encountered Legos at one time or another. If you’ve had kids that love them, hate them, or you’ve stepped on one with your bare foot and experienced the most painful three minutes of your entire life, you know that Legos can be both a blessing and a curse! The good news is that Legos are an obsession you can feel good about encouraging! Legos help kids in a bunch of different ways without them even knowing, which is great for stubborn little ones!

Legos Develop Creative Thinking

Without having to sit them down and encourage them to complete complex problems or puzzles, Legos are able to develop creative thinking skills in children and young adults. This is a skill that can really pay off down the road, later in life. Creative problem solving comes with the territory when building anything with Legos. Sure, there are instructions and pictures and YouTube tutorials, but in the end you really have to be able to see what you want to build and find a way to make it happen. These trial and error experiments and forward thinking puzzles can really help kids and teens learn how to solve problems creatively. The best part about all of this is that you don’t have to fight with them, they’re learning without even realizing! Continue reading »

Jan 272016
 

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WetSkinMoisturizer #CollectiveBias

DIY Moisturizing Exfoliating Coffee Scrub

I don’t know about you, but my skin is incredibly dry in the winter.  It’s gets pretty cold around here in Boston and my poor skin sure pays the price.  I am always looking for ways to keep my skin moisturized and over the weekend I got a brilliant idea.  I decided that I wanted to make a homemade coffee scrub.  Being the coffee addict that I am, I figured it would have a dual purpose by moisturizing and smelling awesome.

I headed to Walmart to grab some Jergens moisturizer to use in my scrub.  I couldn’t decide which one to get, so I grabbed a bottle of Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer (Green Tea Oil) and a bottle of Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer (Coconut Oil).  I only needed one for my scrub, but with my super dry skin this winter, I figured they would both be good to have on hand.

Jergens at Walmart

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/3 Cup Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer (Coconut Oil)
  • 1/3 Cup ground coffee
  • 1/3 Cup brown sugar

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Sep 152015
 

FURNKINS of course! If you’re like me, you love them to the moon and back just like your less fury kiddos. They’re our furkins…family. Like our kids we take care of them no matter how old they are. I have two furkins – Tucker and Tigger.

Tucker is an eight-year-old Coton de Tulear. He’s a great companion dog. He runs with me, sleeps with me, binge watches Netflix with me. He is perfect…well almost perfect. You see Tucker has some anxiety issues when left alone. It doesn’t matter if I leave for the day or just to get the mail. He goes crazy when I leave him, and what I mean by crazy… he relieves himself on my furniture and carpets. Yup, he’s a stress piddler. I’ve tried everything from natural anti-stress drops to as-seen-on-TV products. Nothing helped. If it was up to my husband, Tucker would be gone. Look at that face. No way! He’s one of my babies.

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My other furkin is equally as cute. Tigger is a 14-year-old orange Tabby cat. I surprised my daughter with Tigger 14 years ago. They have a very special bond. He’s a great cat…again almost perfect. Like most mature cats, Tigger has a few health issues. Yes, Tigger also relieves himself on my carpets. Continue reading »

Apr 132015
 

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

“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.

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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 »

Jun 142014
 

Beginning June 16PBS KIDS and WGBH will be airing three all-new episodes of MARTHA SPEAKS during “Martha Speaketh Weeketh!”

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I am pretty choosy about what I let my kids watch on television.  Most of the shows that we watch on a regular basis are on PBS and one of my six year old’s favorites is Martha Speaks.  What’s not to love about a talking dog, right?

So when they heard that we were getting a sneak peek of a couple of brand spankin’ new episodes of one of their favorite shows, they were wicked excited!

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Both of my boys sat and watched the episodes contently.  I mean, they sat and watched for the entire time. Do you know what that means?  They liked them!!  When my boys don’t like something or something doesn’t catch their interest, trust me, I will hear all about it.

There are a lot of options out there for the kids on television (not like when I was a kid and cable hadn’t even been invented yet!!) and it makes me happy that they truly enjoy shows like Martha Speaks.  For me, I love that they’re learning while they’re watching.  Martha and the gang introduce new vocabulary words in each episode and isn’t it great when they learn something new and don’t even realize it?  Plus, it’s a show that I feel comfortable leaving the room while they’re watching because I know it’s always positive and clean. Continue reading »

May 312014
 

In DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery, is nearly cause for an all-out war between the  two establishments until Le Saule Pleureur’s icy proprietress Madame Mallory recognizes her rival’s undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals.

In honor of DreamWorks Pictures’ charming new movie The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren, here is a tasty new recipe to get you excited for the film!

Madelines Recipe

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May 172014
 

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A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from  Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

When I was a kid, I remember watching Cinderella over and over and over again with my sister, so her & I will definitley be there to see this movie when it comes out next year.

As a special treat, here is a little sneak peek of Cinderella: Continue reading »

Feb 282014
 

Back when I found out that I was going to be hosting a Disney Side party, I was pretty excited.  I mean, if you know us in real life then you know what BIG Disney fans we are.  We go to Disney World every year and being able to host a Disney party at our house made my family’s day! Check out the amazing home Celebration kit they sent us for our party:

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It was filled with party favors, decorations, games, activities, recipe ideas and more! Continue reading »

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Jan 282014
 

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SPANK! Harder 

The Naughty and Hilarious Sequel to SPANK! A Fifty Shades Parody 

The VETS February 6th, 2014

After selling out The VETS in November, the country’s #1 ladies night out returns with an all-new sexy and satirical show! The phenomenon of SPANK! THE FIFTY SHADES PARODY took the world by storm in 2013, delivering a night of naughty and hilarious fun to women in over 160 cities across the globe. Your cheeks will hurt with laughter as SPANK! HARDER picks up where the original left off, parodying not only “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but taking aim at a variety of pop culture that is begging to be SPANK’D!

SPANK! Harder takes place at The VETS on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:00P.  Tickets are $35 – $45; Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at www.thevetsri.com(401) 421-ARTS (2787) or the PPAC/The VETS Box Office. Continue reading »

Jan 182014
 

You may remember last month that I told you about our new addition, Milo.  We adopted Milo from a family who couldn’t keep him any longer, so we weren’t sure how long it would take him to get comfortable with us and living in our house.   I figured that I would give you an update on how his transition was going.

Well, it couldn’t be going any better.  Ok, that’s it.

Just kidding.  Did you think you were getting off without seeing a bunch of pictures of him?  No way, Jose.

Milo is totally a lap dog.  He loves to hang out with us up on the couch while we’re watching tv or on our laptops.

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Dec 312013
 

Do you have any big plans for tonite?  Chris & I are just planning on staying in with the kids and in all honesty, we will probably be in bed by 10 pm. We’re lame like that.

Anyhow, I found these funnies that cracked me up, so I thought I’d share.

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Oct 222013
 

Many of you know that my sister got married a little over a week ago (October 12th to be exact), but since we flew off to Disney World early the following morning, this is the first chance I’ve had to share some pictures from the big day.  I was a bridesmaid in the wedding and if you recall, I threw her bridal shower back in August.

But first, here are a couple of pictures from the rehearsal dinner the night before –

This is my sister (the bride), my brother and me:

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And here we all are with our significant others: Continue reading »

Sep 282013
 

I received complimentary LeapFrog products in order to host the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

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Last weekend, we had a really fun “Ready, Set, Read & Write” Party sponsored by LeapFrog.  I absolutely adore LeapFrog products.  I have purchased many of their products over the years for my two boys and I just simply cannot say enough good things about them. I was thrilled when I found out that my family was selected to host a LeapFrog LeapReader™ “Ready, Set, Read & Write” MommyParty!

The LeapReader™ Reading and Writing System is the newest product in the LeapFrog line and my little man loved being one of the first kids to get to try it out! The LeapReader features a library of 150+ books, workbooks, audio books and more to help your child learn to sound out words, trace letters and read sentences!

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We received a great party kit before we had some friends over last weekend which really helped up make the party a great one.  Aside from two of the new LeapReaders, which came pre-loaded with books and learning apps, we received a Learn to Write Letters With Mr. Pencil Writing Workbook, Talking Words Factory Writing Workbook, LeapFrog Disney-Pixar Monsters University 3D book (which came with 16 pairs of LeapFrog Monsters University 3D glasses!), Get Ready for Kindergarten book, Talking Words Factory Flash Cards, and 2 LeapReader Sampler books. Continue reading »

Sep 222013
 

**This post is brought to you by Genworth through the Brandfluential blogger network**

When people ask me what I do for work, I tend to tell people that I’m a stay-at-home-mom, which is only partly true.  While I am at home all day and I am a mom, I actually do have a job which allows me to from home part time.  I am a contractor for my company, so my hours are flexible and because I am a busy mom, I usually only work around ten hours per week.  Sometimes I find it easier to omit the fact that I do work from home from the conversation because to explain what I do is long & involved.

But there you have it, I am a work-at-home-mom.

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As I slowly creep up on the big 4-0 (did I just say that out loud??!!), I’ve been starting to put a little thought into retirement.  Like I said before, I am a contractor and that means two things. One is that I only get paid when I work and the other is that there are no benefits with my position.  At all.  So saving for my retirement is completely up to me.  As I started to do a little research online recently, I came across an article called  Retirement Challenges Loom Larger for Women and it caught my attention. Like a lot of women, I make less money than my husband and as of right now, I have very little saved towards retirement.   My biggest fear is that I will outlive my husband and because we didn’t start saving sooner, I’ll run out of money after he is gone. Continue reading »

Sep 072013
 

Last Wednesday, my boys started school & as we were standing outside at the bus stop (which is just in front of my house) my nine year old noticed that our shadows looked like “stairs”.

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It just happened to be the way we were standing, but we all thought that it looked pretty cool.  In order, I was on the far left, then Chris, then the nine year old and the six year old was on the right.

Sep 022013
 

After months and months of planning and stress, last Saturday was finally the day of my sister’s bridal shower.  It was held at The Fireside Grille in Middleboro, MA and I am so happy to say that everything went off without a hitch.

I have to give credit to one of the other bridesmaids for the idea, but we ended up going with a 20’s flapper theme.  Because the restaurant had a minimum requirement for a private room and so many of the groom’s family lives out of state & were unable to make it, the shower ended up being a Jack & Jill, so there were some men in attendance that day, too.

Here is the cake:

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I made it myself.  KIDDING.  I ordered it from Just Desserts in Bridgewater, MA and they did an AMAZING job.  I couldn’t have been happier when I walked into the bakery that morning to pick it up and it was sitting on the counter waiting for me.
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