Sep 222013
 

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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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Jul 312013
 

When I met Chris (in 2008), he had two tattoos.  One was a Superman symbol on his right arm and the other was a small rain drop left to his left nipple (don’t ask).  Since then, I’ve been trying to subtly tell him that another tat on his left arm would look good.  And after all these years, he finally agreed to do it this past weekend.

He is an Air Force man, just  a few months shy of his 20 year mark, so it was kind of a no-brainer about what he was going to get tattooed on his arm: The Air Force Symbol.

Here he is getting it:

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May 252013
 

In case you’re not my friend on Facebook and missed it on Twitter, a couple of weeks ago I got another tattoo.   One of my best friends, Denise, wanted to had been itching to get more ink (she’s totally got me beat in the tattoo department by the way), and knew I’d never, ever pass up on a chance to hit up the tattoo parlor, so off we went.

I knew I wanted something on my wrist and I had a good idea of what I wanted,  so after her tattoo was done – it was my turn.

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May 042013
 

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It’s no secret that I love my Keurig brewer.  I’ve written about it before and it’s just one of those things I want to shout from the rooftop to anyone that listen.  To me,  the idea of making one cup at a time is genius and the fact that there are so many coffee, tea and cocoa options available, makes it one of the greatest inventions of our time in my opinion.  I use my brewer on a daily basis and as a K-Cup brand ambassador, I am lucky enough to get the opportunity to try flavors of their amazing coffees and teas that I may not have normally gotten a chance to try.  Recently I received a shipment of their Italian Roast coffee from Barista Prima Coffeehouse® K-Cup® packs and I am in love!

Barista Prima Coffeehouse® K-Cup® packs are an exclusive collection of the world’s finest Arabica coffees inspired by Europe’s most celebrated coffee houses. Barista Prima® offers a deep, dark-roasted flavor for connoisseurs of coffee, which pairs perfectly with your delicioso Italian treat.

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Dec 182011
 

Happy Sunday and welcome to Show Me Yours Sunday – A Giveaway Linky. SYMS is hosted by the amazing Jana over at Boobies, Babies & A Blog and yours truly. We are NOT fussy, so link up any giveaways you’ve got going on! Oh, and check out mine while you’re here…..pretty please.

Hope ya have a great Sunday and for all my Jewish friends – Happy Chanukah (It starts on Tuesday in case you didn’t know).

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Dec 152011
 

Some of you already know, but I twit on a regular basis and I’ve met some truly amazing people through using Twitter.   Although most of the people I haven’t had the good fortune to meet in real life….yet, a few of them I have and I know for a fact that a few of them are going to be friends for life.   And it’s all thanks to “The Twitta”.

With a few exceptions, I am on Twitter pretty much every day.   Some days I twit more than others, but I do check it regularly.  Remember my list of Twitter Do’s and Don’ts that I wrote up a few months ago?  Well, since I’m on there so much, there are a few trends that I’ve noticed and of course, I am going to share some of my observations with you today.

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Dec 132011
 

I can’t believe that I’ve lived in this area for my entire life, but just went to the Medieval Manor in Boston for the first time this past weekend. It’s an interactive dinner and show set in the dark ages and it was a fricken blast. Throughout the night we were entertained by the King, the Minstrel, the Jester, an Oaf and a few Wenches who all put on quite a show filled with jokes and music. All of the performers (minus the king) were also the servers, so they had double duty. But since we were doing things dark ages style, meaning we had to eat all our food with our hands, the performers were able to just drop our food and go. I guess they didn’t have forks back then.

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Dec 112011
 

When my kids wake up in the morning, the first show that we put on in the mornings is Arthur.  It plays at 7 am here on out local PBS station, so we always start our day with our favorite animated friemds from Elwood City!  But did you know that Arthur and the gang starred in “Arthur’s Perfect Christmas?”  The hour-long special originally aired in December of 2000 on PBS KIDS, but that was long before I had kids, so I never had the chance to see it. Lucky for me (and all of you) it is being re-released exclusively for download and rental on iTunes and Amazon!

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Dec 102011
 

I had an opportunity to attend an informative winter warm-up event in Boston!  The event featured somet of the latest gadgets from Vicks to help aid in cold and flu prevention.  I was really excited when the email showed up in my inbox last week because I’ve been using Vicks products since I was a kid and it’s a brand that I trust.

Dr. Meg Meeker was the guest speaker and she was just phenomenal.  She gave us some great tips on how to stay healthy this upcoming cold and flu season.  I learned so much from her and I am excited to share some of her great advice with you.

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Dec 102011
 

Eighth Annual Army-Navy Football Luncheon to Support Local Children of Fallen Troops through Operation Santa-Massachusetts

The Ahern Family Charitable Foundation hosts its Army-Navy Football Luncheon this Saturday, December 10 at the Scoreboard Sports Bar & Grille at the Holiday Inn in Woburn.  Proceeds from the event will support Operation Santa-Massachusetts, a partnership with the Military Friends Foundation will provide holiday gift cards to children of deployed National Guard and Reserves and to children who have lost a parent in the Iraq/Afghanistan war. Last year Operation Santa-Massachusetts helped over 350 children. In addition to a buffet lunch, there will be a  big raffle, a live and silent auction and an entire room games and activities for the entire family from a Moonwalk, basketball pop a shots, Face Painting  and much more.  We’ll also have an original Sherman Tank on hand for kids and adults to check out. We expect a number of local celebrities to be on site including Bruins alum Terry O’Reilly, former New England Patriots Steve Grogan and Max Lane, former NFL player Stalin Colinet, WKLB morning hosts John Willis and Lori Grande, WCVB TV reporter Michelle McPhee, ESPNBoston.com baseball writer Gordon Edes, WROR/WTKK personality Hank Morse, Magic 106.7 Sunday Morning Jazz host Tina Gao and of course – Santa.  Sergeant Major Jon Cavaiani, recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in the Vietnam War, will also be in attendance.

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Nov 262011
 

Having two boys, ages four and seven, oral health an important part of their every-day lives.  I’ve always felt that if they got the propper foundation, they would always enjoy taking care of their teeth and not look at it as a chore.  So far so good, and I was able to reinforce those values recently when I was able to host a Mommy Party sponsored by Oral-B Stages & Crest!

Oral-B Stages is recommended by dentists, accepted by parents and preferred by kids.

Oral-B Stages III (kids 5-7) and Crest and Oral-B Pro-Health FOR ME (kids 8+) is the first and only complete line of oral care products for tweens created to protect all the areas dentists check in kids including fighting cavities, strengthening teeth enamel and freshening their breath.

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Nov 262011
 

With the holiday season in full swing, do you find yourself in a pickle when it comes to those hard to buy for people?  My father is like that.  For years, my sister, brother and I have struggled to come up with gift ideas, but have quickly come to realize gift cards are the way to go with him.  I mean, who doesn’t  like getting gift cards?  That way the recipient can pick out exactly what they like without having to worry about hurt feelings or the hassle of a return.

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