Oct 262015

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My monthly day off

You know how they say that moms never get a day off?  In my case, that is definitely not the case.  I’ve found that as I get older, that time of the month basically hits me like a ton of bricks.  Cramps, mood swings, headaches….you name it & I’ve got it.  It’s gotten to the point that on the first day of my period, I am pretty much useless.  So I take the day off.  Every month.


I have truly been blessed with the most amazing husband, too.  He completely understands that I need a break when my symptoms arrive like clockwork every month (well, as much as a guy could understand I suppose) and does everything he can to help out around the house.  He may or may not be happy about it, but he does it none the less. Continue reading »

Oct 252015

Oktoberfest, the yearly German fall festival that draws in more than six million people, celebrates everyone’s favorite things: food, beer, and merrymaking. Although the official Oktoberfest celebration takes place in Munich, Bavaria, there are Oktoberfest celebrations held all over the world. Foxwoods® Resort Casino, the Northeast’s premier resort destination, is joining the party with month-long food and beverage offerings through October 31st.

Disclosure: I was invited to attend a wonderful Oktoberfest themed press event at Foxwoods® Resort Casino, but as always, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

Approximately a dozen bloggers and their plus ones met at Cedars Lounge, where we all started our evening with Oktoberfest beer tasting and social.


The bloggers invited were from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.  I loved that I got a chance to meet some new people and catch up with some old friends while I was at the event (That’s Sarah from Sweet Lil You and her husband Dave that Chris and I are talking to). Continue reading »

Oct 222015

Small Disclosure

With the holidays just around the corner and holiday breaks from public schools looming on the horizon, it’s a good idea to try and plan out as much of those vacation days as possible. In our home we’ve had firsthand experience how an unproductive and boring holiday break can be for our children and have had our fair share of moaning and groaning when there wasn’t anything fun to do while on vacation. This year we have our bases covered with a handful of pre-planned activities, family visits and the all new Skylanders Superchargers game.


Available on Wii, WiiU, Nintendo DS 2, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, Skylanders Superchargers takes place when Skylands is in peril, threatened by villain Kaos and his most evil weapon yet- the Doom Station of Ultimate Doomstruction. As all of Skyland is threatened by the evil villain and on the verge of utter collapse, it’s up to the special team called the Superchargers to save the day. Assembled to pilot a fleet of unstoppable incredible vehicles, the Superchargers are tasked with saving Skylands and taking down Kaos once and for all. Your gamer will partner with the Superchargers team to pilot incredible machines over land, under the sea and through the skies to stop Kaos and his plan to destroy Skylands! Continue reading »

Oct 212015

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Every year starting around the middle of September, my kids start counting down to Halloween.  They love dressing up and going out trick or treating.  My house is on a main road and sadly, there are no sidewalks on my street.  I don’t feel safe trick or treating in my neighborhood, so every year we head over to my parents house to trick or treat.  Their neighborhood is well lit, has sidewalks and is set up on a grid system. That makes it the perfect set up to make a killing when it comes to collecting candy – and that’s exactly what they do year after year.

trick or treating

This year Halloween falls on a Saturday, so we won’t be as rushed as we normally are as when it falls on a week day.  Yay for that. Trick or treating hours are generally between 6-8, so we need to get on the road by 5pm at the latest to get to my parents house, which is 30 minutes away.  That gives my kids a few minutes to visit with Nana & Papa as well as get into their costumes.  Since this all falls right at dinner time, I need something to help me save some time when it comes to feeding my kids. Continue reading »

Oct 202015


Summer has finally come to a close and the Fall chilly weather is here in Canada. The only thing that makes me sad about this whole idea is all the wonderful fruit we get to enjoy during those warm summer months really isn’t available to us up here (at least not at a reasonable price)

However, before they go bad, or are out of my price range I thought what a better way to use them up than with a delicious fruit dip! My kids love dipping just about everything so it was not hard to get them on board with a fruit dip!

You don’t have to dip fruits in it though – you can dip bread sticks and even shortbread, or sugar cookies! We’ve made cookies into “cookie sticks” before and dipping those is pretty amazing! But, I personally love dipping strawberries in this dip! Continue reading »

Oct 192015

Haunted Happenings in Salem

The Salem witch hunt was indeed a real-life horror story.  In case you need a refresher, twenty innocent people were put to death during the Witch Hysteria of 1692, leaving Salem forever branded.  Actually, these days many people refer to Salem as “The Witch City.”

The people of Salem totally play up their spooky reputation to tourists, too.   In addition to the town’s normal bewitching attractions, Haunted Happenings run for the entire month of October and draws nearly a quarter of a million people to the city.  This year, my family was among Salem’s visitors and today I want to tell you about all the fun we had there.

**Disclosure:  I received a complimentary media pass to all of the locations mentioned in this post in order to tell you about our experience in Salem.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

Since we had the kiddos with us, we kept our visit to Salem family friendly (well, as family friendly as the murders of 20 innocent people can be I suppose).  Here are all the things we did while we were there:

The Salem Witch Museum
The main presentation is based on actual trial documents. Visitors experience the drama of that dark time though thirteen life-size stage sets, figures, lighting and a stirring narration as they are witness to the web of lies and intrigue of the Salem Witch Hunt.
In our second exhibit, Witches: Evolving Perceptions, live guides take you through changing interpretations of witches, the truth behind the stereotypes, witchcraft practice today and the frightening phenomenon of witch hunting.


The Salem Witch Museum is located at 19 1/2 Washington Square and is open daily, year round: 10:00am-5:00pm, but they do have extended hours on select dates in October, so be sure to check their website before you go. Continue reading »

Oct 192015

Easy Ghost Puzzle Craft

It’s no secret that It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is my favorite cartoon of all time.  As soon as I see Linus and Lucy walking towards that pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin, I am transported back to my own childhood.  I remember as a child (before DVD’s and even cable), my mom would let me stay up late every year to watch it when it came on tv.

It’s not just It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, either.  I have loved so many of the Peanuts gang specials and movies over the years and I was excited to hear that they have a new movie coming out on Friday, November 6th, 2015: The Peanuts Movie. You can view the trailer here: http://www.peanutsmovie.com.

I was even more excited when I heard that Shaw’s stores was going to be the exclusive grocery partner for the upcoming release of The Peanuts Movie and that they were going to have two exclusive reusable Peanuts branded shopping bags / trick-or-treat bags that are free (with purchase, while supply lasts).

Do you remember the scene in It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown when all the kids go trick or treating.  With the exception of Lucy, who is a witch, and Charlie Brown, who just wears a sheet with a lot of holes in it, the rest of the gang were all dressed up as ghosts.  My kids and I decided to recreate those cute ghosts by making a craft out of some old puzzle pieces.  It’s super easy to make and you only need a few things to make your ghost (and you probably already have them). My kids got a huge kick out of it.

Here’s what you need:

  • Old puzzle
  • Any black craft paint
  • Any white craft paint
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Paint brushes

Here’s what you do:

1. Start by painting the back of about 30 puzzle pieces white (more or less depending on how big you want your ghost to be). Let them dry completely. Continue reading »

Oct 182015

Top 5 Eastern Connecticut Haunts

Connecticut is one of the most oldest states in our nation.  Being that it’s one of the first states, Connecticut is not only steeped in history, it’s full of things that go bump in the night. Connecticut’s sordid past, centuries-old graveyards, and gorgeous old mansions create the perfect recipe for spirit activity.

If you’re looking for a spine-chilling ghostly experience, eastern Connecticut is the perfect place to learn about the people and places that still haunt us to this day. If you want to experience some paranormal activity, check out these five haunted eastern Connecticut locations for your best chance. Guys, these are not staged haunted venues for Halloween- These are the real deal!

1.  Captain Daniel Packer Inne, Mystic
In 1873, Captain Packer’s 7-year-old niece, Ada Clift, was struck by scarlet fever and died at the Inne.  To this day, it is said that she still haunts the restaurant.  Apparently, according to staff & customers, her favorite place to play is in the stairwell.  She has also been known to befriend young children who are dining at the Inne.   Some employees say that the Captain still roams there as well. Continue reading »

Oct 162015

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division, the makers of SUDAFED®. I received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.​

It seems that every year around this time, I get the sniffles.  I blame it on the kids. They come home from school everyday with god knows what kind of germs.  Even though we all wash our hands regularly, it’s still bound to happen.  Since I am always on the go, I feel run down quite often and I think that makes me even more susceptible to getting sick.  I can always tell when I am getting sick, too.  I end up with a sinus headache and the rest of the symptoms aren’t usually far behind.

For some people, sinus congestion feels like a big old weight sitting on their face and I definitely fit into that category.  In addition to the fact that my head feels like it weighs 322,210 pounds, every little noise is totally amplified.  It’s like I can hear everything that goes on in my next door neighbor’s house as if they were in my house.  Just imagine how loud it gets for me when my sinuses are congested and both boys get home from school and try to talk to me at the same time.  It’s like there are 40 people in my kitchen screaming at the top of their lungs.


Sadly for me, I am currently experiencing that sinus congestion that I was just telling you about.  I finally took some SUDAFED® yesterday and after a good nights rest,  my family is super happy that they don’t have to tip toe around the house any more…..well, until the next time. Continue reading »

Oct 152015

Fright Fest 2015 at Six Flags New England is in full swing. Like in the past, this year they have some seriously awesome haunts that are guaranteed to make everyone’s hair stand on end.  This year there are over 20 chilling attractions and over 200 petrifying characters. When you’re there, be sure to enter the Big Top and experience the all-new Slasher Circus 3D. If you love getting scared by sinister clowns, this is the attraction for you.  The clowns make it their mission to terrify people as they roam through this 3D attraction.

**Disclosure:  My family and I were invited to experience media day at Six Flags New England and received complimentary admission.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.


If you have little ones, don’t worry – there is something for everyone at Six Flags New England this Halloween season. Here’s the full Fright Fest breakdown. Continue reading »

Oct 142015

When I say Mystic, Connecticut, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?  Mystic Pizza, the 1988 film starring  Julia Roberts?  Sure, you can get a great pizza at Mystic Pizza (which is a real place) while watching the movie on replay mode inside the downtown restaurant, but Mystic actually has a lot more to offer than that.

Mystic, Connecticut is a small, quaint, historic New England village that’s just a few minutes over the Rhode Island border.  It’s only about an hour and fifteen minutes from my home in southeastern Massachusetts, making it the perfect place to escape to for a weekend away. Mystic has been a top tourist attraction in Connecticut for years with its restored sea captain’s houses, boating, museums, abundance of  local restaurants and other attractions like the aquarium and Seaport.

My husband, Christian, and I spent two nights in Mystic recently and and stayed at the Old Mystic Inn.


It is an older Inn, but it has lots of charm. Christian and I have stayed in many bed & breakfasts over the years and I have to say that my expectations were more than exceeded at the Old Mystic Inn.  It was such a delightful, charming place to stay and I left there wondering why it took me so long to stay there in the first place.

**Disclosure:  I received a two night stay at the Old Mystic Inn at no charge thanks to my friends at Mystic Country.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

Let me tell you all about our experience at the Inn. 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:

Continue reading »

Oct 122015

My husband, Christian, and I have been to Mystic, CT numerous times.  In fact, you have probably seen me write about our trips down there a few times in the last year alone. We only live about an hour and fifteen minutes away, so while it’s still relatively close to where we live, it’s just far enough that it makes for a perfect weekend getaway spot.

Last weekend we found ourselves in Mystic yet again and had a chance to go on the Seaside Shadows Haunted Tour one of the nights. If you are a regular around here, you know that I am obsessed with love walking ghost tours.  They combine two of my favorite things in one – history and paranormal activity.  Seriously, as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t get much better than that.

**Disclosure:  My husband and I received complimentary tickets to this tour thanks to my friends at Mystic Country.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way!

As I said, I have been in Mystic many times, but I had no idea that this community had such a dark past.  I loved hearing the spooky stories as we strolled through downtown Mystic by lantern light.


The tour met on the sidewalk by the Mystic River Park (near the drawbridge). Once the tour started at 7 pm, we all headed over to the Park’s boardwalk to start the tour.  It was there that the tour guide, Courtney McInvale Reardon, told us a little bit about herself.  In addition to being a Connecticut native herself, she is a sensitive and has been connecting with the other side for many years.  She also told us about her experiences growing up in a haunted house which was actually investigated by the famous Warren family. Continue reading »

Oct 112015

Ghost Walk Ghost Talk Tour

As you know, my husband and I were recently in Savannah.  We arrived in Savannah in the mid afternoon and were dying to make plans for that night.  We already had a trolley tour booked for 7 pm that first night, but we didn’t want to waste any time in booking a second tour that night.  We love ghost tours and wanted to squeeze in as many as possible.  Once Chris and I were checked into the hotel, we grabbed a bunch of ghost tour fliers and narrowed down the ones we were interested in.

The first one we called was Ghost Talk Ghost Walk.  It was sort of last minute to be making reservations (about 3:30 pm same day), so we were excited when they said that they still had spots open for the 9:30 tour.

Ghost Talk Ghost Walk is a walking ghost tour that explores the legends and haunting tales of Savannah.  As I said, we did a trolley tour earlier that night, so we wanted to make sure that if we were double booking, we did something different.

Jan, or “Wimpy Jan” as she referred to herself was our guide for the night and it was  truly a great experience.  She told us that she had been giving tours for over ten years and she’s not necessarily a believer, but some weird things have been known to happen on her tour.  She was very knowledgeable and she had a great personality.  I think when it comes to a tour like this, the guide’s personality can either make or break the tour and we were in good hands with Jan.

The funny thing is, Chris and I were worried about making last minute reservations for this tour for nothing.  We were the only ones booked for the 9:30 tour that night, so we got a private tour.  Because of that, Jan was able to personalize the tour a bit more around what we wanted to see. Continue reading »

Oct 082015

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Philly Cheese Steak Loaded Nachos

Now, that it’s October, our back to school routine is in full swing. With my oldest going off to middle school this year, each of my boys are in different schools complete with different start and end times. Combine that with the fact my oldest has been training for his black belt test, lots of homework and my little man’s multiple soccer practices and games every week, it seems like we are literally always busy.

Since my husband, Chris, and I spend so much time focusing on the kids, it’s easy to forget to take time for each other. That’s why we try to have an at-home date night at least once a month, if not more often.  When we do manage to carve out some time for a date night at home, we love to make a snack together, watch some movies and afterwards, ahem, head upstairs to the bedroom.

Inspired by our recent trip to Philadelphia, for our most recent date night at home Chris and I made some Philly Cheese Steak Loaded Nachos to munch on while we watched a couple of our favorite 80’s movies. Continue reading »

Oct 072015


Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year.  I lover everything about it – the costumes, the decorations, the haunted hayrides, the candy and especially the spooky movies. I get so excited every year when ABC Family releases their 13 Nights of Halloween TV Schedule. For those 13 days, you’ll usually find me glued to my television. The 13 Days of Halloween lineup is  scheduled to start on Monday, October 19 and will run right through Halloween.

when is halloween

For my your convenience, here is the entire 2015 lineup:

Monday October 19
(1:30-5:00 PM ET/PT) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
(5:00-8:00 PM ET/PT) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
(9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) Hocus Pocus
(12:00-2:00 AM ET/PT) Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride Continue reading »

Oct 062015

5 Reasons Why You Need To Go To King Richard's Faire

Hear ye, hear ye!  It’s that time of year again.  For two months every fall, you can travel back in time at King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA.  Spread out over 80 acres of woods, King Richard’s Fairs is the place to be if you want to fully immerse yourself into a day in the life of someone back in the 1500’s.

**Disclosure:  My family and I received complimentary admission to King Richard’s Faire in order to tell you about our experience there.  All opinions are strictly my own and we not influenced in any way.


If you’ve never been to a renaissance festival, you’re missing out on a chance to travel back in time to the 16th century.  I could probably list out a million reasons why you should check it out, but today I am going to tell you my top five! Continue reading »

Oct 052015


If you’re a regular around here, you know that I am fascinated by all things spooky and haunted.  In addition to going on ghost tours on a semi-regular basis, I drag my poor husband to as many reportedly haunted locations all over New England. Today, I am going to tell you a little bit about eight of the spookiest places right here in Massachusetts!  I’ve visited four out of the eight and only had an experience at one of them – the Lizzie Borden House, if you can call it that.  No, I didn’t see a ghost, but all my batteries (phone, camera) that were fully charged drained as soon as I entered the house.  I can’t wait to check out the other four.

1. Old Yarmouth Inn, Yarmouth Port, Mass
The Old Yarmouth Inn was established in 1696, making it the oldest Inn on Cape Cod. It stands to reason, then, that there are a few ghosts here. The ghosts are not mean or scary, though; they seem to have a sense of humor and actually enjoy being irritating to the guests. Since the Inn also served as a post on the underground railroad, one of the ghosts may be a woman who visited the Inn in that manner. The other is a benevolent spirit of a grandfatherly old man.

2. USS Salem, Quincy, Mass 
This gunship was built in 1947 and commissioned in 1949. Her guns were never fired in anger, but she did serve as a flagship for other U.S. ships in the Mediterranean during WWII. It has since been turned into a museum to the industry of shipbuilding and the wonderful marvel of this type of ship. Although this ship was never fired upon, it does seem to have its fair share of ghosts. They are seen roaming the decks going about their work, as if it’s just another day. Continue reading »

Oct 052015

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Mans Best Friend

Some of you may know this, but for those of you who don’t – our dog, Milo, is a rescue dog. He’s been with us for almost two years now and he fits in perfectly with our family.  Milo had come from a family who just didn’t have time for him, so they ended up giving him up. Their loss was our gain, especially for my husband, Christian

While my Christian and I initially adopted Milo as an early Christmas gift for our boys, Milo quickly developed a close bond with Christian – and now they are practically inseparable. Seriously, wherever Christian goes, Milo is never far behind.

I’m not kidding.

Most evenings you will find Christian on the sofa reading with his little buddy on his lap. Continue reading »

Sep 302015

Tombstone Grahams

Was this the year that the invitation to Violet’s Halloween party finally showed up in your mailbox? If so, you probably don’t want to be that person who shows up empty handed, right?  But what to bring? These Tombstone Grahams are super easy to make and they are guaranteed to be the hit of the party! I will be making them and bringing them to all three Halloween parties I am going to next month.

Want to give them a try?

Here’s what you need:

  • graham cracker squares
  • 12 oz package of Wilton black candy melts
  • 12 package of Wilton white candy melts
  • Wilton sparkly green gel icing
  • 1 small sandwich baggie
  • kitchen scissors

Here’s what you do:

1. Separate the white and black candy melts into separate microwavable safe dishes. Continue reading »