Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Night Before Christmas Box

Check this out -- a night before christmas box -- new PJs, hot chocolate, a christmas movie/book. 
I might have to make my own version and give it to the kids the day after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season.  So fun!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Freebies on your Birthday

Here is a fun list of freebies you can get when it is your birthday.

Gloomy day today, but I am in a super good mood (just dawned on me as I write this that I overuse the word super because the baby keeps saying things like "it's super cold out" ;)).  I have a fun weekend planned with two batches of girlfriends -- Friday out with 2 of my high school buds and Sat out with some friends to do drinks/paint nite.  Counting down the minutes!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Had a great time on a mini vacation to Disney. 

Checking out Magic Kingdom's castle from afar
Back to the grind this week!   I had a productive train ride in this morning organizing all the recipes I am going to make for Thanksgiving since I am hosting.  My brother is in charge of apps, my mom is bringing stuffing and fresh cranberry sauce.  I think this year I am going to grill the turkey and also plan to make:
  • zucchini casserole
  • marshmallow sweet potatoes
  • mashed potatoes
  • pumpkin cornbread
  • green bean casserole
  • orange ginger glazed carrots
  • parmesan asparagus

For dessert I am making pumpkin cheesecake, cranberry apple pie and pumpkin chocolate chip bars.  I have in my head that I will also make cranberry ice cream, but I am worried I won't have time to do that -- so we'll see.

Started my Christmas shopping and hope to be done before the month is out.  Planning to get Christmas photos for our holiday card done this weekend since their Christmas outfits arrived. 
Busy but fun stuff. :)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Weekend Recap

Halloween was SUPER FUN!  The kids had a blast -- we started at 3:30 and got home well after 7.

Ran around yesterday taking down the Halloween decorations, hit up a Halloween party in the afternoon and then went out to Long Island for the wedding of my former intern.

About to kick off the day now with piano, football and capped off with plans to go out to dinner with my family for my husband's and brother's birthday celebration.    

Somewhere in here I also need to do a school project with my big boy and do ten tons of laundry. Shoot me.

Happy Sunday all!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


I read this article from Fast Company the other day about "How to push past that terrifying dip in motivation".  I couldn't agree more with this fantastic article!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Five Ways to Work From Home More Effectively

Harvard Business Review put together some good tips on how to work from home more effectively.  Link to the article can be found here.  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A BIG Salad

This is for my friend who teases me that I always say I made a "big" salad.  So, here is my big salad that will go along with tonight's dinner.  

Go big or go home!!!

Had a busy few hours with soccer.  Glass of wine in hand now though and am looking forward to seeing my friend and her family who should be here soon.

The boys just made a soccer field in the side yard and picked all my daisies to make the halfway line. ;)



Friday, October 17, 2014

Pumpkin Blaze!

This week FLEW!

Tomorrow we have friends coming over for dinner, so the plan is to take 1/2 day from work today and head home to go shopping.  Then need to take my big boy to a 4 pm birthday party.  Followed by 7:30 tickets to see the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze. 

We take the kids each year to the Blaze and they love it. I suggested to my friend that this year we bake cookies and make hot chocolate and bring it with us for a special treat for the kids.  Well, 70 dollars later I have a new thermos and 100 starbucks quality cups, cardboard sleeves and lids since I am in charge of the hot chocolate.  So much for homemade quality while saving money....I am going to have to make a lot more hot chocolate to get my moneys worth!! :)

The kids Thanksgiving outfits arrived so tomorrow hopefully I can get their annual photo for their card.   Next up...the search for Christmas outfits.  Santa will be here in a few short weeks and as soon as that dude hits the mall we'll be there before he is covered with other kids boogers and germs!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween Shirts

Yesterday was so much fun.  The kids had an absolute blast!!
I bought them tshirts and fabric paint and they had fun decorating them for Halloween.

My big boy and I went to football practice and his game while the other 3 went to visit some friends.  We got in a little while ago and we are shot.  Going to do one final sweep of getting the house in order and then will meet up with a friend tonight to go out for dinner and drinks...super excited!