Sep 112015

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dover International Speedway. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation at the conclusion of the program.”

I don’t know about you, but I like to keep my kids busy.  Especially on the weekends.  We all work hard during the week and deserve to have a little fun on our days off, right?  Too many times, though, I find that we end up doing the same things over and over again. Going to the playground, the movies, trampoline parks and museums are fun, but sometimes we want something a little more exciting.

How about going to the AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at the Dover International Speedway on October 4th? I am.


If your family are thrill seekers, and don’t mind a little noise, the Dover International Speedway will be hosting the AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this October. Fans and their families will experience thrill and amazement as the world’s best drivers rip around the Monster Mile competing in the first knockout race in the 10-race chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup! Continue reading »

Sep 102015

In an effort to utilize my neglected Instagram account, I decided to post a picture each day for the 80 days between my daughter’s last day of second grade and the first day of 3rd grade. Because we live in South Florida, the first day occurred in early June. It’s a picture of my daughter on her ever-present, pink-otter-cased iPad mini. This was her first summer with her own iPad and it was both a blessing and a curse. But more about that later…

The memory associated with the day one picture has to do with the location. We had decided to have breakfast for dinner at a local IHOP and were waiting for our waitress. Suddenly a male voice proclaimed “I AM JESUS!” I looked up just as “Jesus” attempted to baptize our waitress with powdered sugar. As he placed the container on a nearby table, his gown opened it the back, revealing a lack of underpants. That was the first time I was grateful for the iPad, as my daughter didn’t notice anything was amiss until five or so EMTs extracted him from the premises. I hoped that day’s unsettling memory was not an omen for the summer to come.

The first three weeks were relatively smooth, having consisted of 2 weeks of music camp and one week of part-time Vacation Bible School. Soon it was Independence Day, which in SOFLO means securing a spot by the beach. That is, if you want to see any fireworks. And by “securing,” I mean get a hotel room on the beach. Otherwise, you’ll spend the holiday driving around trying to find a parking space in vain. There are no spots, so unless you have a friend with a driveway, no fireworks for you! But at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, we viewed five separate sets of fireworks from the comfort of our blanket on the beach. I love fireworks. Continue reading »

Sep 082015

My son just turned 11 years old and has been asking for a cell phone ever since he was about eight. I always told him that he needed to be in the middle school before I would even consider it, but guess what – he’s in the 6th grade at the middle school this year.  Honestly, I was dreading the expense because we all know cell phones can cost a pretty penny.

But what if I told you that there is a way to save on your child’s smart device?  Have you thought about getting them a used iPhone?

New smartphones start at a steep cost, $649, and most carriers no longer subsidize the cost. Kids all too frequently break and lose smartphones and tablets, and a brand new device may not be a wise investment for a child. Nearly 70% of parents reported that a child in their household has broken or lost at least one smartphone, according to a Gazelle survey.

Purchasing a new phone or tablet. Purchasing a new phone is often expensive and time-consuming, but it doesn’t need to be! Why purchase a new iPhone or iPad when you can get a lower-cost version from Gazelle? You can save up to 40% on a Gazelle Certified pre-owned device.

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I know what you’re thinking, a used device is ‘old’ or ‘outdated.’ But smartphones actually have a much longer life span than you think. And frankly, I don’t know about you, but my kids certainly don’t need the ‘latest and greatest’ technology, especially when I know that I can save as much as 40% off retail value by getting them used phones. Continue reading »

Sep 082015

10 Ways to Deal With Being the Only Woman in the House

You would think that being the only woman in the house was easy, but it’s not. Sometimes it doesn’t seem fair, but I get over it and move on. (Don’t get me wrong, I do love my boys). I have found several ways to deal with being the only woman in the house.

#1. My Kids Think I Have Superpowers

I’m not kidding, my kids sometimes really do think I have superpowers. Some days they think that having me cook their favorite meal is a superpower.

#2. I Have My Hobbies

Just because I’m a mom of all boys, it doesn’t mean I can’t do my own thing. There are some things that I enjoy doing around my house that the boys don’t like. It’s just one way I deal with being the only woman in the house.

#3. Take a Long Bath

If I ever need to just clear my head and remind myself of my mission, I head to the bathroom to take a long bath. The boys are old enough to let me have my peace of mind for a little bit, while I relax and collect my thoughts. Continue reading »

Sep 072015

Candy Corn Fudge Recipe

The weather may still be warm, but now that the kids are back in school – fall in in full swing.   We went from a relaxed summer schedule in which we could do whatever we wanted to GO-GO-GO!!  Our school routine kicked into high gear within days of my boys going back and that means play-dates, bake sales and snacks for PTA meetings once a month.  If you’re like me and don’t know whether you’re coming or going and need to bake up a sweet treat in a hurry, this Candy Corn Fudge is for you.  You only need two, yes two, ingredients to make it and trust me,  everyone is going to love you for bringing it.

2 Ingredient Candy Corn Fudge Ingredients:

  • 1 container of Betty Crocker Candy Corn frosting
  • 12 oz package of Wilton white chocolate candy melts
  • handful of candy corn to sprinkle on top (optional)


1. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Continue reading »

Sep 062015

Small Disclosure

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 »

Sep 042015

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How To Work Out For Free

If you’re a regular around here, you already know that I train in Krav Maga.  I’ve spent this summer training extra hard and going through the black belt testing process, which takes a total of three months.  At my dojo, they do black belt testing twice a year – once in the summer and once in the winter. I started the process back in June when I made it through the qualification round.  Once someone has passed the qualification test, they can move on to the three phases of testing.

There are three adults going through testing this cycle and we all passed our phase one test back on August 1st.  This past Saturday we had our phase two (of three) black belt test and I’m happy to say that all three of us passed!  Yay! Continue reading »

Sep 032015

NEW KidsFest logo

Doesn’t two days of music, food and fun for the entire family sound like fun? If you answered yes then the 25th annual KidsFest at Wachusett Mountain is exactly what you’re looking for. It’s being held September 19th & 20th from 10-5 and it’s going to be an entire day of FUN for everyone.

Let’s talk about my favorite part first shall we?  Food!  At KidsFest there is going to be sampling by more than 50 Market Basket Vendors! You will be able to enjoy sample foods on the spot, like burgers, hot dogs, pizza, ice cream, snacks and more… or take pre-packaged foods home with you.

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While you snack, you can watch some of these amazing shows: Continue reading »

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 »

Sep 012015

Nutella Cookie Smores

If you know me in real life, then you know about my love of Nutella.  I could easily down a jar in one sitting, but every now and then, I like to pull the spoon out of the jar and actually make something with my Nutella.  Today I am going to share a little gem of a recipe for Nutella Cookie S’mores and if you love Nutella as much as I do, you are going to love these.

Nutella S’more Ingredients :

1 C. Nutella
2 tbs. sugar
1 egg
½ C. flour + 1 tbs.
½ C. chocolate chips (optional) Continue reading »

Aug 312015

Ants on a Log

I don’t know about your kids, but both of my boys come off the bus from school starving.  Most days, the first thing they say to me as they’re walking off of the bus is “Mom, what do we have to eat”.

Knowing they are both ravenous when they get off the bus, I always have a snack ready for them when they come home from school. Because they are growing boys and basically eat me out of house and home, I do a lot of my grocery shopping at Save-A-Lot.  There they offer discount groceries every day, so you can bring home fresh foods at great prices. Seriously, by shopping there, I save up to 40% compared to conventional grocery stores.

Since I save time and money by shopping at Save-A-Lot, I can really stock up on after school snacks for the boys.  One of their favorite after school snacks are Ants on a Log.  My mom made them for me when I was a kid and now that I’m the mom, I love making this fun snack for my two.

When I was at Save-A-Lot recently, I grabbed some celery, raisins and peanut butter to make my Ants on a Log. Continue reading »

Aug 302015

Tips For Visiting Hersheypark

Many years ago, I took a road trip with three friends.  We made several stops along the way and Hersheypark was one of them. That road trip was long before I had kids or was even married for that matter, so when the kids saw a commercial for Hersheypark recently and asked to go, I couldn’t say no.  I remember loving it when I went all those years ago, so I knew they’d have a great time there.

So, a few weeks ago, we took a road trip to Pennsylvania and Hersheypark was one of our first stops once we got there.


With that being said, we are a Disney family.  We go every year and we are very familiar and comfortable in big amusement parks.  Hersheypark is smaller and quite a bit different from Disney, so navigating it was a bit different than bigger amusement parks. We spent two days at Hersheypark and we wanted to share our best tips for getting the most out of your day at the park.

Disclaimer: My family received complimentary passes to Hersheypark, but all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way. Continue reading »

Aug 272015

Tips For Making Homework Less Stressful

Homework has a way of being incredibly stressful on the whole family; however, there are things you can do to make it a whole lot less nerve-racking. Here are some tips for making homework time less stressful on the whole family.

Plan Ahead

It’s always nice to know what kind of homework will be coming home and when. I always try and communicate with the teacher when it comes to homework. Most teachers send an idea of what will be coming down the pipeline, which helps us prepare. It’s also nice to know if homework won’t be assigned on a particular day because this could be made into a “special” day!

Rewards are Always Welcome

Think about how many times in a day adult’s award themselves with something. It’s time to allow kids to award themselves for a job well done too! A week without fighting about homework? Let them pick their prize! Choose a reward system that works for your family and stick with it.

Stay on Schedule

It’s easy to remain stress free about homework when you know when it’s going to be done. Staying on schedule at a specific time with homework can help make this process a lot less stressful. Pick a time during the week that works every night. When a child knows what time they will be doing their homework it also takes a lot of guesswork out of their day. They know at 6 o’clock they’ll be doing homework so there’s no need to even question it. Continue reading »

Aug 252015

As a kid, I always looked forward to going back to school shopping with my mom.  It was so much fun going from store to store picking out a whole new wardrobe for the upcoming school year.  Now that I have my own children to shop for, I love that I get to spend some time with them picking out some new duds for them to go to school.  My oldest is going into the middle school this year and he’s really coming into his own when it comes to fashion.  He definitely knows what he likes and what he doesn’t like.

**Thanks to Simon for sponsoring our back to school shopping trip at Merrimack Premium Outlets.  As always, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.


I decided to take my boys up the the Merrimack Premium Outlets up in Merrimack, NH this past weekend to do their back to school shopping. Heading to an outlet mall can bring about a lot of adventure, especially in the back to school shopping department. I love heading to the outlets for things like back to school shopping because in addition to already discounted prices, they usually have lots of great deals for all the back to school shopping season.  Here are some tips for back to school shopping at an outlet mall!

Premium Outlets brings together the finest brands, unique outdoor settings, and savings of 25 to 65 percent every day. Continue reading »

Aug 232015

8 Things You Must do When You're in Philadelphia

I have wanted to visit Boston’s sister city, Philadelphia, for years and a few weeks ago I finally got a chance to spend two amazing days in the city of brotherly love.  Philly is only a little over 5 hours from my house, so now I am scratching my head about why I had never gone there before.

The first thing I want to mention about my time in Philly is that the streets of Philadelphia are much easier to navigate than the streets of Boston are.  The next thing I want to say is that as much as I love Boston, and I really do, I think I loved Philadelphia almost as much.  It’s a city rich in culture and history – not to mention cheesesteaks.  We had so much fun exploring Philly and if you are planning on going anytime soon, I have narrowed down a few things you just have to do while you’re there.

1.  Climb the Rocky steps!

Running up the Rocky steps (AKA East Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art) is a must-do on your visit to Philadelphia.  While we were there, we saw a bunch of people recreate the scene from the movie & since I was in flip-flops that day, I sent my boys to do it, too.


At the bottom of the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, you will find the bronze statue of Rocky Balboa.  The statue was made for Rocky III and after filming for the movie completed, Sly Stallone donated the statue to the City of Philadelphia. Continue reading »

Aug 202015

Keeping Cool at Disney World

Staying cool at Disney World during a hot Florida summer isn’t so easy when you are surrounded by hundreds of acres of pavement. Trust me, I know from experience.   Four out of the last six of my family’s Disney trips were during the month of August, so I can definitely attest to how hot & humid it can be down there in the summer. Still, there are plenty of ways to stay cool, cool down and get wet during the park’s hottest summer days. The best part is that keeping cool takes what could be an almost ruined day and turns it into one of the best days you and the kids can have at the parks. There are tons of indoor options, water rides and even a pair of really exciting water parks that can easily take an entire day to enjoy.

If you end up at Disney World during one of Florida’s notoriously hot days, try one of these great ideas to keep everyone cool and happy.

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Carry Beverage Bottles 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.


Lawn Chairs Continue reading »

Aug 182015

If you have ever heard of a “Cirque” show, you probably have an idea of what to expect during a show – especially if you watch America’s Got Talent.  But did you know that there are different “Cirque” groups?  Up until last week, I had no idea.  We’ve all heard of Cirque du Soleil, but for the last 20 years, Cirque Éloize has been taking people by storm in more than 440 cities around the world.

Cirque Éloize was founded in Montreal in 1993, over a decade after Cirque du Soleil and for the month of August, Cirque Éloize’s iD is playing at the Fox Theater at Foxwoods.

Cirque Éloize’s iD blends old-school acrobatics with street dance and hip hop. I got a chance to see the show last week and trust me, it’s not like any circus you’ve ever seen before.

But before I tell you what I thought of the show, I wanted to share a little bit about a fun opportunity I had the afternoon before the show.


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have followed along with the fun last Friday when I joined several other local bloggers for an exclusive behind-the-scenes blogger workshop with some of the cast members of Cirque Éloize’s iD.

Pretty cool, right?

As soon as I entered the Fox Theater at Foxwoods,  I couldn’t help but notice the impressive set.  As you can see, it’s massive and as I would find out a little while later, it’s even more complex than it looks.  The set features about 10 doors & windows that the performers use throughout the show to come & go through – plus a quite a few moving parts. Continue reading »

Aug 182015

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Transition from Elementary to Middle School

Is your child headed from elementary school to middle school this year?  In the town we live in, our middle school has grades 6-8 and my oldest son is transitioning in to 6th grade at the middle school this year.  It seems like there are a million things to do to prepare for the switch, but I have come up with a list of things that can help both you and  your child make sure you’re ready without causing any extra stress. Just keep in mind that middle school is a more complex environment than elementary school.

1. Visit the middle school

I know this isn’t an “aha” moment but you might be surprised at what visiting a middle school can do for the middle schooler’s brain. Also, ensuring your child knows how the school works is important. Nothing raises anxiety more than the first day of school than not understanding where classrooms are. Sometimes it’s also nice to see a school that’s not crowded with a ton of children in the hallways. If your school doesn’t hold an open house or walk-through day like ours does, call up the school and see if there is a time when you can take your child in to tour the school. Continue reading »

Aug 162015

Touring The Eastern State Penitentiary

The first time I had ever heard of the Eastern State Penitentiary was on an episode of Ghost Adventures a few years ago.  I’m a life-long Boston girl who had never been to Philadelphia before, so I really didn’t know anything about Philly other than the fact that Rocky ran up some stairs there.  But over the past few years I have seen a few other ghost hunting type shows that were filmed there, so when I knew that I was going to be spending a few days in Philly last month, the ESP was on my short list of places to go see.


Each year approximately 60 paranormal investigation teams explore the site, capturing extensive evidence of ghosts within the penitentiary walls.  There were never any executions carried out at Eastern State, but over the years, the prison was home to its fair share of murders. In addition to many inmates that were killed there, at least two guards were murdered as well. Hundreds of others prisoners died from disease and/or old age. Admittedly, I really, really wanted to have a paranormal experience there the day I visited. Sadly, I didn’t, but touring the grounds was by far the highlight of my two days in Philadelphia. Continue reading »