May 292016
 

I have been a New Kids on the Block fan since the beginning. I remember going to see them in concert at the old Foxboro Stadium (before they tore it down and built Gillette Stadium) as a teenager and it was one of my fondest memories of my teen years. The walls of my bedroom were covered in Donnie posters, because he’s the cute one after all, and you could definitely say that I had a mild obsession with the band.

Fast forward to today. The New Kids are just as popular today as they were back then – if not more so. Since they got back together and started touring, I’ve seen them live a few times and I can honestly say they’ve all gotten better with age.

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If you’re a die-hard Blockhead, you know that every year they do a tropical cruise with their fans. It’s the vacation of a lifetime for a true fan and last year the reality show “Rock This Boat” on Pop TV followed along with the adventures that took place on the cruise. The 2nd Season of Rock This Boat is premiering this week. I’ve gotten a sneak peek at the new season and I think you’re going to like it. 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 »

Jul 232015
 

You guys all know my friend, Jeanine from Six Time Mommy, right? She’s been contributing here for a few months now, so that’s why her name sounds familiar. What you may not know about Jeanine is that she lives up in Canada.  Trust me, you will understand why that little tidbit is important in a minute.

Over the past few months, Jeanine and I have become friends and she emailed me last month with what she called a “crazy idea” that I just could not say no to.  Literally, “Crazy Idea!” was the subject line of the email she sent.

What she had in mind was for her and I to exchange a goodie box of candy & snacks that were not available in each other’s countries and write about what we got.

Ummmm, can you say Kinder Surprise Eggs?  In case you didn’t know, they are not sold here in the US and I have been dying to get my hands on one for years.

Other than the Kinder Surprise Eggs, I hadn’t given much thought to what else might not be available in US  that they have up in Canada until she brought it up (and vice versa of course). After talking with her I found out that there is a ton of stuff we each have that the other doesn’t.

My box of goodies arrived a few weeks ago and although everything has long since been devoured, I managed to get a few photos before we all pigged out on Canadian treats.

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Obviously, the Kinder Surprise Eggs were the only thing that I really wanted and I am happy to say that they were not confiscated by customs. Continue reading »

Jan 082015
 

Have you ever gotten a delicious looking cupcake, you know one like this:

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You look at it in all its delicious glory and think to yourself “how the heck am I going to open my mouth wide enough to take a bite?”.  Unless you’re a boa constrictor, most people’s mouths don’t open that wide.  Plus, you end up getting frosting all over yourself when you try to take a bite.

So, here’s what I do:

I slice the cupcake in half. Continue reading »

Sep 302014
 

What is a Regulah Coffee

Hi my name is Robin and I am an addict. A coffee addict that is and I am a Dunkin Donuts girl through and through.  I stop there at least once a day for a coffee, and some days I am there two or three times.

I literally have four Dunkin Donuts shops within a three mile radius of my house, so it’s not like I have to go out of my way to get my coffee fix.  I usually go to one DD’s shop in particular because they know me there (because I go there so much) and we’re at the point where I don’t even have to order anymore because when they see me, they already know what I want.

But, if I happen to be out & about and end up stopping at a different Dunkin Donuts, this is my order:

A medium caramel, coconut iced coffee regulah (or as you guys not from around here would say, regular).

But what exactly is a “regulah” coffee?   Continue reading »

Sep 212014
 

Before we get started here, I need to take a minute to apologize for all the crappy photos you’re about to see.  The venue that the event in which I met the first love of my life the handsome Donnie Wahlberg in was very poorly lit and on top of that, I went to meet him armed only with my iPhone.  What kind of a so-called blogger goes to meet someone she’s swooned over for the last 25 years without an actual camera?

This girl.

But I digress……

Today I am going to tell you the story of how it all came about.

But first, let me give you the back story.

I love Donnie Wahlberg.  When New Kids on the Block first came out in the late 80’s they were probably a bigger deal here in Boston than in other places because as we all know, all of the New Kids are from here.  I was in junior high when they first popped onto the scene and every girl I knew loved them.  As everybody knows, Donnie Wahlberg was the cute one.  Not Jordan. Not Joey.  Certainly not Danny and not Jonathan.  It was Donnie. It has always been Donnie.

Swoon.

I remember seeing NKOTB in concert at the old Foxboro Stadium (before Gillette Stadium was built) during the summer of 1989 and at the time, it didn’t get any better. I was so far away from the stage that all I could see were five little dots singing and dancing on the stage, but I didn’t care….I was in the same venue as my celebrity crush.  Life was good.

Since their boy band reign in the late 80’s/early 90’s, the New Kids have broken up and as you probably know, have reunited.  I have gone to see them in concert three times over the past four years and if they tour again – I’ll be there.

But back to my crush on Donnie.  Even in the Sixth Sense, when he literally looked his worst, I still loved him.  Like I said, it has always been Donnie.  So fast forward twenty five years (to about three weeks ago) and this finds its way into my inbox:

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I cried.  Literally. Continue reading »

Aug 082014
 

How to Fail at Making Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

You ever want to just whip up a batch of cookies for your kids and watch their faces light up? That’s what I had in mind when I decided to make these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! Here is my delicious recipe (well, my mom’s actually)!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of butter, softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 cups of instant oats
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate

Directions Continue reading »

Jul 092014
 

For some of you, this will be the fourth time you’re seeing this post and if that is the case – you should totally re-read it because it’s hilarious!  Why in the world would I be posting something for four years in a row you ask?  Because it’s my birthday and I feel like taking the day off.

So without further adeu…..

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…..

Seriously, though, today is a very special day in history. Wanna know why? Because today is my birthday. Now, of course, I’ll never tell you how old I am, but I have compiled a list of some celebs who share this awesome day with me.

Here we go….

Everyone’s favorite castaway, gay lawyer, astronaut and Bosom Buddy…. the mermaid lovin’ Tom Hanks, was born on July 9th 1956.


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May 022014
 

Many of you know that we took a trip to San Diego last month and while I haven’t told you much about our trip yet (mainly because I haven’t had the time to sit down and write about it yet), but this just couldn’t wait.   Chris & I found ourselves scratching our heads on more than one occasion while we were in the Golden State and I couldn’t wait to share them.

A couple of times, as were were driving around from one place to another, we noticed a bit of a backup getting on to the highway (or freeway as they call it out there).  Both of us were baffled because the traffic on the highway appeared to be moving, but as we got closer we saw that it was because of these traffic lights that were letting cars enter onto the highway one or two at a time.  I don’t know if other parts of the country have them, but here in New England, we know how to get on the highway without any help, so we were kind of taken aback when we saw them.  They definitley slowed traffic down on the side roads/on-ramps.

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Next I have a really good one. Continue reading »

Apr 242014
 

Today is a big day here in the Bay State.  It was twenty five years ago (1989) that former Massachusetts Governor, Michael Dukakis, declared today, April 24th, New Kids on the Block Day.

Seriously.

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At the time I didn’t know it yet, but that following summer I was going to be heading to the old Foxboro Stadium (before Gillette) to see the Boston boy band live in the flesh.  At the time, it was the highlight of my young life.

So, in honor of NKOTB Day, go ahead and channel your inner 14 year old and celebrate.

Tell me, which one did you think was the cute one?  FYI – the correct answer is Donnie.

Apr 202014
 

As you may already know, I am currently in San Diego, so my family will be celebrating Easter west coast style.  We are actually off to LegoLand today with my in-laws who live out here.  We celebrated with our family back at home last week, so this is technically our second Easter.

Anyhow, I saw some of these funnies floating around on Facebook over the past week or so & wanted to share them with you:

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Apr 172014
 

The date was October 29,2001 and I was in Las Vegas on my honeymoon with my ex-husband when we made a spur of the moment decision to rent a car and go see the Grand Canyon.  It was something that we both had always wanted to see and we figured we had a perfectly good chance while we were out west, so why not? We asked around (remember that was way before smartphones existed) and were told it was anywhere between a four and five hour drive to get there.

We got Mapquested directions to the Grand Canyon from the concierge at the hotel we were staying at, picked up our rental car and we were off.

I have to be honest -it was a really boring ride.  We drove for nearly four hours with nothing to look at but “brown”.  If you’ve ever made the drive, you know exactly what I mean by that. There was a house every few miles or so or a random cactus, but other than that – there was nothing to see. Until suddenly, out of no where, we saw this:

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It was like one of those slow motion scenes out of a movie. My ex was driving, I was in the passenger seat and both of our heads almost completely turned around (think the Exorcist) to see it as we drove past. My ex and I looked at each other, he slammed on the breaks and drove back because we both knew we would regret it if we didn’t stop there. Continue reading »

Apr 042014
 

I’m just going to come out and say it – I hate running.  With a passion.  I know some people love it and I want to love it – I really do, but I just can’t do it. The thing is, I know that running is a great workout and  I am going to need to run a timed mile in the very near future because of the martial arts training that I am currently going through (it’s part of the testing process).

Since I truly dislike running so much, I need something to help me get through my misery and music is that thing.

1.  Sound of Madness by Shinedown
2.  Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J
3.  Bring the Action by Will.I.Am and Britney Spears
4.  Gold on the Ceiling by El Camino
5.  Everything Zen by Bush
6.  Berzerk by Eminem
7.  C’mon by Ke$ha
8.  Magic by B.o.B. Continue reading »

Mar 262014
 

There are just some things that I can’t wrap my brain around.

1.  Hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock.  I don’t know about you, but first of all, I can’t fall back to sleep instantly, so once I’m up – I’m up.  Why would I just lay there?  The thought baffles me.  And secondly, for those people that can fall asleep instantly, what’s the allure of a second (or third) mini heart attack when the alarm goes off yet again?  Isn’t getting the crap scared out of you once per morning enough.

And even furthermore, if you need the extra few minutes of sleep that badly, why don’t you just set the alarm to go off later?

2.  Pictures of extreme temperatures from a phone app posted on Facebook.  You know what, I have my own phone and if I am interested in the weather, I can see for myself.  Or I could just watch the news like we did in the old days.  I really don’t need to see 573,856,589 of the same picture cluttering up my feed. Continue reading »

Mar 252014
 

Chris and I recently went on a little adventure to Connecticut.  Although the plans we originally had for the day didn’t work out as planned, we ended up stumbling across this interesting place called Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Center in Middletown, CT.

Let’s face it, it’s hard not to stop when you see this as you’re driving by:

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And have a look at how the building is “decorated”.
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Mar 212014
 

The Skinny House is located at 44 Hull Street in the North End is an extremely narrow four-story house that has the unique distinction of being the narrowest house in Boston.

Legend says that in Colonial times Joseph Euestus (who is buried across the street in Copps Hill Burying Ground) and his brother inherited land the house sits on from their father. While Joseph was away, his brother built a grand house on the part of the land away from Hull Street leaving little for his brother. But it was Joseph who had the last laugh. He built the skinny house on the narrow lot in front of his brother’s home and at four stories it was enough to cut off his brother’s view of the harbor. The legend persists and today the house at 44 Hull Street is still often referred to as the ‘Spite House’.

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Mar 042014
 

Because I have a small obsession with watching the news, mostly for the weather reports, I watch New England Cable News (NECN) often. It’s local (New England) and it’s 24 hour news station, so I can get my weather reports pretty much anytime I want.  The weather around here changes from day to day – literally – so we really don’t know how to dress unless we check with the weather people.  True story.

About three weeks ago, I got an email with “media request from New England Cable News” in the subject line.  I happened to be sitting on my laptop at the time the email came in and honest to god, I couldn’t have opened it any faster.

The email asked me if I would be interested in helping Leslie Gaydos, NECN anchor/reporter with one of her Does it Work segments. I was told that they were searching for a  multi-tasking mom to test out a device that is supposed to hold your smart phone while you drive.

Um, let me think about that for a second…..

YES.

I emailed them back telling them that I was very interested & we worked out a date for them to come to my house to film a short interview & then take the product out with us in the car to see how it worked.

Chris was home that day and here are a few of the pictures he snapped of the interview they did in my kitchen:

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Mar 022014
 

This is a story that involves a ghost, a missing toothbrush and George Clooney. Ok, well, maybe the George Clooney thing was just wishful thinking, but hey, a girl can dream, right? The strange little story I’m about to tell you actually happened to me, and for whatever reason, it’s still something that I think about from time to time and it bugs me every time I do.

Back when I first started dating my ex-husband (in 1999), he lived in an old house in Cranston, RI. It was a 2-story house and he lived in the apartment on the first floor. He only lived in Cranston for probably the first six months of us dating. He is from MA and wanted to move back “home”, so shortly after we started dating, he started looking in this area for a new apartment.

So there is a little back story and now onto the good stuff…… Continue reading »

Feb 272014
 

Way, way back in July of 2011 I posted this:

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As my family was making their way home from our weekend in New Hampshire yesterday, we saw this sign along Route 16 in Ossipee, NH:

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Yes, it really was spray painted onto the side of a truck and parked along the side of the road. I have no idea how long ago the 20 foot wooden Santa Claus was taken, but it certainly begs the question (s): Continue reading »

Feb 262014
 

He’s with me almost every day.  He helps me navigate from point A to point B almost effortlessly. Ok, maybe not effortlessly – there was that one time he told me to drive off a bridge……

He’s my GPS and his name is Lance.

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Most GPS units come pre-loaded with a few different accents and you can set most of them to speak to you in a male or a female voice. When I need to get somewhere, I really can’t get much better than getting my directions from a man with an Australian accent (swoon).  So, you guessed it, Lance is Australian.  I honestly don’t really have a reason as to why I chose Lance as his name.  I don’t know any Australians with the name Lance – and now that I think about it, I don’t actually know anyone named Lance.  It just seemed fitting at the time and it stuck.

So tell me, does your GPS have a name?  If so, what do you call it?