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  • New Counters, Old Mess! #BleachItAway
    Tweet If you have been following me along on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter you will know that on December 6th we began a kitchen remodeling project. On a whim! It was an overdue project and I honestly hated my previous cabinets so much I painted them orange and my wall yellow. Yes O-R-A-N-G-E and Y-E-L-L-O-W – no kidding! What’s more strange than that choice?...
    by at January 11th, 2013 at 12:01 pm
  • 5 Ways to get (friendship) off on the right foot in 2013!
    Tweet I know, surprised to see me around here right? Me too! Now that I am back from the plague aka the “flu”, I have taken my germy self to the nearest Panera since they are removing carpets at my home as we speak (more on that later) and a hacking cough (I am seriously embarrassing to be around, and NO, I don’t smoke) and dust make a lethal combination....
    by at January 2nd, 2013 at 12:01 pm
  • Easy Gifts That Won’t Get Re-gifted! Win 10K Citi Thank You Points (3 Winners)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Yona, Annmarie and Tanyetta! I was on a Moms Talking Money video chat organized by Women & Co. (Citi’s personal finance resource for women) and I learned some interesting things about holiday shopping. I thought is was interesting since I am not one who makes a big fuss. You won’t find me on Black Friday queuing up...
    by at December 21st, 2012 at 09:12 pm
  • The Spirit of Christmas in under $100 from BJs
    Tweet We always try to drive ourselves crazy to get things perfect for any occasion but really it is those little touches that actually tie everything together. Hubby never pays attention to those things and thinks those things frivolous as I buy them, but when the kids walk in and their eyes light up, he tries to take the credit.  Every year I promise to do things...
    by at December 21st, 2012 at 08:12 pm
  • What a day! What a year! What a life!
    Tweet I blink and someone on Facebook mentioned “Can you believe it is almost 2013?”! Wait! I just got used to write down 2012! But, here’s the thing: I can’t wait for the New Year. Something about starting afresh and new beginnings make me feel hopeful. Before I dust off those party hats (yes from the previous years that just never saw the light...
    by at December 21st, 2012 at 07:12 pm
  • #26Acts ? Not a tall act to follow!
    Tweet Admittedly when a fellow blogging friend Isra mentioned the #26acts of RAK (random acts of kindness) brought on by Ann Curry to focus on the positive after the Newtown shootings, I was reluctant to write. The reasons vary from me being lazy to not wanting to feel like I am riding on a sensationalistic wave brought on by a tragedy. Also? I don’t like doing...
    by at December 19th, 2012 at 08:12 pm
  • Boston Social Media Holiday Bash At Royal Sonesta Hotel! We did that! #BSMHoliday
    Tweet I was lusting after all my friends gloating about their company holiday parties. I had none. Bloggers don’t get holiday parties (and no brand marketing parties don’t count) or holidays for that matter. Sure we have fun in our work, but social media does not sleep, so neither do we. I started a local Boston Social Media group to focus on learning, and...
    by at December 13th, 2012 at 10:12 pm
  • Making Merry In A Mess! (Win Prize package including $50 gift card) #BleachItAway
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Vickie! My husband and I have engineering backgrounds, needless to say remodeling our home is not our forte. Of course while I embrace my deficiencies, hubby would not lay claim to it. To this testament is the several “oops” holes on my walls. I have a toilet roll holder permanently broken for maybe 3 years, and counting....
    by at December 11th, 2012 at 09:12 am
  • The Dry Bar At Daryl Christopher Salon and Spa!
    Tweet I had been to a dry bar before but that was in LA. Honestly I thought dry bars were built the LA crowd who had swanky parties to constantly attend. Me, if I had my roots colored, it was a good day. Still I was curious to be invited to check out Daryl Christopher  in Waltham for their open house. Everyone was invited to sip champagne, munch yummies and get their...
    by at December 7th, 2012 at 08:12 pm
  • The Nutcracker suite At The Ritz Carlton!
    Tweet   With the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker Teddy Bear at the Ritz Carlton Boston Yesterday I got to check out the Nutcracker Suite at the Ritz Carlton. Does anyone else get excited just saying “Ritz” ? I guess they totally earned their name to be associated with class. The attention to details is redundant to mention and since a picture is worth...
    by at December 7th, 2012 at 01:12 pm
  • Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker! Win A Pair of tickets!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Melinda! I saw Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker over 10 years ago. I scored cheap seats way in the back and was excited to take my boyfriend (now husband) to it. Hubby is not the artsy type so I was a tad nervous he would not like it, but I felt confident I would be enthralled – live theater always excites me. Also, there...
    by at December 6th, 2012 at 08:12 pm
  • Curious George: Monkey Down Under (Stride Rite $50 Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kerry! So many amazing things happening this weekend I should be lucky I have my head about me. Well, I guess it is attached, so lucky me! I received an invitation to to a screening of Curious George and I know my kids would have loved to see him on the big screen, our screen at home is probably the smallest screen you can get, but...
    by at December 5th, 2012 at 08:12 pm
  • Meeting Kathrine Switzer: The 1st woman to run the Boston Marathon!
    Tweet I was invited to the WGBH recently and I never say NO to an invite from there. That place oozes education and just standing in the foyer makes me feel smart. One of the things I am extremely proud of being a Bostonian is the fact that women’s rights have had such strong movements out of here. This was to celebrate the documentary, presented by AOL and Simple...
    by at December 3rd, 2012 at 10:12 am
  • Chocolate covered strawberries! Want some? (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Sleepyheadmom! Indulgence goes part and parcel of the holiday season, right? Wel truth is that indulgence normally comes with a pretty apron and hours of work in the kitchen. I love decadent gifts but feel guilty to cave into them. There is just something about perfection in a little bite and as much as I love food, I love “little”...
    by at November 26th, 2012 at 10:11 am
  • Disney Pixar’s Brave is now available at on Demand!
    Tweet It felt forever that I was yearning for a movie like Brave: a girl who could have her own adventure without a prince. I managed to watch an early screening of Brave and loved it so and was intent on watching it again in the theater but my crazy schedule this year would not allow such indulgence and I resigned myself to wait a long time for it to be released on...
    by at November 23rd, 2012 at 09:11 pm
  • My Village!
    Tweet It sounds cliche but that saying “It takes a village to raise a child!” never felt more true than to a mama raising kids without family to support in a country foreign to her and her spouse. To add to the challenge of both hubby and I having no living parents ourselves and a kid with special needs is enough to crack even the hardest nut. Both geeks...
    by at November 19th, 2012 at 08:11 pm
  • Dinner With A Side Of Throw Up! #BleachItAway
    Tweet So Clorox partnered with to talk about my messiest moments, as part of their Bleach It Away campaign (stay tuned to the end for amazing details on this program),  and I wonder if they have been stalking me… or my kids. Messy is what we do in my house, and unlike most other things we do, we do this pretty well.  If I told people I was a Type A person before...
    by at November 15th, 2012 at 08:11 pm
  • ASTRA Neighborhood Toy Store Day! It’s This Weekend!
    Tweet I barely have tucked away the minimal Halloween decorations I had up before I spied holiday decorations (Seriously Starbucks, I love you but those festive cups? Too soon) all over and even a friend on Facebook stating that she had already wrapped Christmas presents (totally means that more moms will be joining me in the slacker-mom club based on that benchmark)....
    by at November 9th, 2012 at 01:11 pm
  • Life Is Good Festival 2012 – A Recap [VIDEO]!
    Tweet If there is one festival in a year that I will make sure I do not miss, it is the Life is Good festival. There were just too many pictures (as you can see by the post about the 2011 Life is Good festival recap)and I felt I could not do it justice so I put together a video of the event. Stay tuned to a separate post about my meeting with Kidz Bop!     Disclosure:...
    by at November 2nd, 2012 at 10:11 am
  • Tricking and Treating…
    Tweet I did not grow up with Halloween. Our perception of Halloween came from the shows on television which you may realize is a little skewed since movies surrounding Halloween are a little scary. The novelty of Halloween has not worn off since I have been in the USA and truth be told having kids makes Halloween all the more exciting. We love the excitement building...
    by at October 31st, 2012 at 01:10 pm
  • Hurricane (Sandy) Safety Rules From My 7 Year Old Girl!
    Tweet I just got back from a cruise last night, which had to skip Jamaica thanks to Hurricane Sandy, and we just lost power a few hours ago. I found a Starbucks a few miles away that had power and wifi (and chai) SCORE! Hubby asked the girls to write advice about hurricanes (more to keep them out of our way) but I was so impressed I decided to post her advice. This below...
    by at October 29th, 2012 at 12:10 pm
  • Taking Time To Smell The Apples At Parlee Farms!
    Tweet As part of the whole month of challenges on health and wellness working with Lisa Johnson (sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim), week 3 was doing something with our family. You would think that since I am a parenting blogger that would be easier but the truth is the workload of being a blogger has been so great these days that I swear I work more now than I did as an...
    by at October 23rd, 2012 at 07:10 am
  • Container Store Opens in North Shore Mall!
    Tweet The Container Store invited me to a Blogger preview event and even though it was slap-dash in between my crazy day, I decided to attend. I love organizational stuff and I hope one day I actually sit down to get my life more organized but until then I can drool at their products. While listening about their history, a few things stood out. They never laid-off...
    by at October 18th, 2012 at 08:10 pm
  • Win A Madagascar 3 Blu-Ray™/DVD Wig Combo Pack! 3 Winners!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations: Joanna, Livivua, and Michelle Have you seen Madagascar 3? I have! In fact I had not seen any of the others as my kids were slightly younger but we did watch this. With movies costing an arm and a leg I am pretty careful about my selection of movies. Madagascar 3 was one of those movies we decided to bite the crazy launch weekend...
    by at October 17th, 2012 at 12:10 pm
  • May The Peace Be With Me!
    Tweet So Lisa and I decided to meditate.  I used to meditate. A long time ago. A very, very long time ago. I started when I was completely stressed with my mom having had a stroke. Of course the bulk of the stress was not knowing what was going as they did not diagnose it on the 1st time. Yeah, that kind of stress can kick you smack in the nose. Anyway times like that...
    by at October 17th, 2012 at 11:10 am
  • A birthday gift for me!
    Tweet Today I turn 40! I do! I own it! No regrets at all. I don’t want to be a day younger. I mean that truly. I love being 40. I love the journey here and I look forward to the journey from here.  So this year I wanted something different. I wanted something more. Something that is precious to everyone. I wanted: time. I created an invitation that I wanted my...
    by at October 11th, 2012 at 08:10 am
  • Spirit Halloween And The Spirit Of Children Program! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Vickie! Can you smell it in the air? It is pumpkin season and you know what comes with pumpkin season, right? You got it: Halloween! Now if you’re fumbling like me each year to buy an outfit that feels just about right rather than something that screams “last minute” you are googling costumes right now.  Spirit...
    by at October 10th, 2012 at 08:10 am
  • Fall shoes I wore without falling! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kamani! I don’t do heels. Or rather they don’t do me. I would honestly love to wear heels! I mean, if you were 5’0 feet wouldn’t you want to wear them too? Someone I manage to fall on my face when I attempt to friend them. Literally! It is not funny and I have no idea how I traversed my teenage years without...
    by at October 9th, 2012 at 08:10 pm
  • Pilates and my (sweet) pain!
    Tweet I am one to cringe when someone mentions doing something out of the routine regarding exercise. I am good with commitments, well kind of, but intensity scares me. I am also the girl who says yes to crazy things because I do not like challenges holding me back (yeah I went on  zipline and went up in a chair attached to balloons too). So when Lisa Johnson and...
    by at October 9th, 2012 at 10:10 am
  • Babies explore Fisher Price Apptivity iPad and iPhone cases at local event!
    Tweet When I was in Buffalo, New York at the Fisher Price headquarters (I still have a post on that coming) I learned of the Apptivity iPad and iPhone cases. I was keen to learn more but since my kids are 5 and 7 years old I needed younger hands on them. So I decided to have a little get together with a few mom blogger friends and their little ones. What I loved about...
    by at October 2nd, 2012 at 10:10 pm
  • Kale and corn puff pastry appetizers! (RECIPE)
    Tweet Hello again Kale! I fell in love with you in our 1st meeting, but who wouldn’t since those spicy Kale pakoras rocked even my kids’ world. But when Harvard Pilgrim paired me up with the amazing Lisa Johnson, to live and inspire healthy we chose Kale as our week #1 mission (yeah, we’re no slackers over here). 1stly I need to say that when I heard...
    by at October 2nd, 2012 at 09:10 am
  • Can a decorated laundry basket get them to pick up their clothes?
    Tweet Gain, the guys behind the fabulous detergent line, sent me an idea to celebrate National Keep Kids Creative Week (Sept. 23rd – 29th) and it got me thinking. Yeah, the devious planning that goes on in mama’s head had started to brew. Their idea: get kids to decorate a laundry basket. They get to show off their creative skills and (hopefully) their laundry...
    by at September 29th, 2012 at 11:09 am
  • Happy National Coffee Day! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED Congratulations Shannon! I write. I wish I could write more but normally need sustenance to keep on. I could skip easily on the food but any writer would tell you a warm beverage keeps the words flowing. How often do you see someone sitting with a laptop and a drink to keep them going? It is no secret that coffee houses are a writer’s best...
    by at September 29th, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • Toys In Your Neighborhood?
    Tweet When ASTRA - American Specialty Toy Retailing Association asked me to be an ambassador, I thought it was an honor but did not have the heart to tell them that they did not need to pay me to support them, because I would do so anyway. In fact last year I did! Supporting local areas is a no brainer but for some reason people forget that this is the same for toys...
    by at September 26th, 2012 at 10:09 am
  • Restaurant Aura = Gourmet meets Kid-Friendly! (BOSTON)
    Tweet I had been to Aura before. I remember it fondly and better yet, so do my kids. To get me to get to the city on a Friday night is  challenge. Add to that 2 squabbling kids and things get pretty stressful. So when I receive invitations I weigh them for what they are worth and when we got the invitation to the restaurant Aura at the Seaport hotel in Boston. I did...
    by at September 26th, 2012 at 08:09 am