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A quick Birthday visit to the beach with social distancing of course
Events, Health, home improvement

COVID-19 #stayathome #socialdistancing activities

It’s been a tough March and April as most families are hunkering down and staying at home due to the coronavirus. It is especially hard for parents that are working from home and having to make sure their younger kids are doing their school work and homework virtually. Both my girls are doing school work virtually and both my husband and are were already working from home. Trying to get family time in is tough as they are teenagers! Here are a few suggestions for activities if you have older kids and some of these we have done! I do like to get fresh air every once in a while with no one around so here are my top suggestions for social distancing activities.

  1. Exercise – take a stroll in your neighborhood, on a path (while social distancing of course) or check out YouTube for a fun barre class. Every day I am trying to do something active and trying to get my girls to join in!
  2. We try to do movie night as a family – we went back to some oldies the other night – Big, Clueless, Thelma and Louise – make popcorn and add some candies for a fun night.
  3. Game night – while I’d like to say we do this, we tried it once – but those with younger kids can certainly have a blast with many board games.
  4. Drive through fun – it was my birthday the other day and while you should stay at home, ordering out is one way to support local businesses. Amazingly we have only ordered out about 4 times during the months of March and April! Girls now would like to go to the drive through at Chick-fil-A. You all stay in the car and have a fun ride.
  5. Driving around your town – My husband can’t sit still and likes to get in his car and just drive around. No problem there as he is not seeing anyone. Once his friend made him some ribs and they left it in their mailbox for him to pick up. In fact if you are running out of dinner ideas do a meal swap with one close family that you know and know that you will like what they make.
  6. Finally, cleaning, organizing their spaces – My girls did this the first few days we were on the stay at home order. Every closet is organized and clothes have been donated. Our house is pretty clean for four people at home all the time!

Stay safe, enjoy the together time and we will get through this!

Events, fashions

Holiday shopping season is coming – are you supporting women through #consciousspending? @janetkraus @uncommonthreadsboutique

Last night I attended an evening out to support the Uncommon Threads Boutique. If you don’t know about this organization check them out. This boutique style organization takes an outside-in approach to boosting women’s self-esteem through the power of clothes. I am all about women supporting women and this holiday season we should think about where we spend our money. The CEO of Peach, Janet Kraus spoke about conscious spending and how important it is in choosing to support women run companies. Peach is a women’s fashion brand supporting women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship, We all love our brands but do we know about the organization behind them? Does buying those yoga pants align with your values? As Kraus mentioned companies are fueled by your dollar – think about spending where women can grow their business. 80 percent of the spending will be done within the next several months leading into the holiday season. As women it’s something to think about where your dollar is being spent. As a brand I do love Peach – I love their leggings and their casual vibe. But they also have great pieces that can transition from day time to business attire to a night out. Check them out at this link through my friend Trish’s site.

Events, fashions

Networking for a good cause with @KimMilesinHeels #shoesapalooza #uncommonthreads #womensnetworking #networkingforacause

I am all for a good networking event and one that benefits a good cause is even better. Kim Miles of Miles in Heel productions puts on great events and this one – a shoes a palooza to benefit Uncommon Threads was great. Local businesswomen gathered for a luncheon and brought shoes to donate to this organization. Uncommon Threads is a “boutique style” organization that takes an outside-in approach to boosting women’s self-esteem through the power of clothes. They provide domestic violence survivors and women in need with clothes that will inspire and increase self-confidence, and self-worth. You can help by donating clothing, shoes, and accessories or your time or donation! They also host events where you can help by purchasing fab clothing all to benefit Uncommon Threads. It was great to see everyone gather for a good cause.

Myself with Julie Sheridan of Design 2 Order at the Kim Miles/Miles in Heels luncheon event to benefit Uncommon Threads

Events, Travel

Lazy days of summer – not! #travel #seniortrip #Aruba

Well this summer flew by so fast. Anyone else think so? Swim and Dive season, Beach days, my daughter’s senior trip and of course now running around trying to get everything in order for her move to college. How did that happen???

Earlier in the summer it was all things summer swim and dive season. Then onto travel. Summer is so packed and we usually do multiple trips in the summer. This year was the big senior trip for my daughter and her friends. If you haven’t heard the story we were booked to Punta Cana. Well, with everything going on there we just didn’t feel comfortable going so we rebooked to Aruba. SO GLAD WE DID. If you haven’t been you must go. We chose an all-inclusive and I would do this again. Aruba is known for its great food but we had kids with us so this was the best option and it was great. Food was really good and no worries about the dining bill! We did venture out with ATVs and went to the natural pool and baby beach. One interesting stop was the fish pedicure. It was different and weird but I loved it.

This was such a memorable trip. We were relaxed and felt safe in Aruba. Lots to do – with shopping and gambling lol. There was even entertainment at our hotel pool which everyone loved. We stayed at the Barcelo and would recommend it. We can’t wait to go back!

Here are my two favorite scenes from the trip – the pool photo and the beach view from the trip we took out to the middle of the ocean to the Tarzan boat. There was this place in the middle of the ocean that had rope swings, trampolines and high dives. Yes, I did go off the high dive. It was amazing but sometimes you have to remind yourself you are not 20 anymore, but I will always try new things!

 

Aruba – senior trip for my girl – love this island

Pool at the Barcelo Aruba – one fun place

 

 

Events, graduation

Summer is right around the corner – life events! Stress! Trying new #vitamins

It has been a crazy busy time of year! It was senior year for my oldest and this last month was filled with proms, award ceremonies, sports banquets and of course graduation! I say it all the time…..time goes by so fast! Up next is college orientation – I cannot believe it.

We are so proud of all her accomplishments. She has already begun her two summer jobs and we have a few trips planned this summer and of course our beach days are ones we cherish so those will continue!

My stress level is through the roof! It took a lot of organizing, preparing, running around and meeting deadlines to get through these life events the last couple of months and that was for her mom!  I never have felt so stressed. I am trying to get back into the swing of exercise but it has always been hard for me to stick to a routine. I went to Whole Foods the other day and came across some chocolate called Good Day Chocolate 

You all know I love chocolate and this is so good! I am hoping it helps. At least it tastes good! I am also trying these stress vitamins from Olly 

I do love a good gummy and these are just the thing to eat late afternoon when I crave a sweet! Some of the multivitamins I see are so big and taste vitaminy – you know what I mean! I am on the lookout for a good multivitamin for women over 40 so let me know if you have a recommendation.

What do you do to de-stress?

I am stressed and looking for a natural way to help!

 

 

Fall

It’s Fall Y’all – #Fallishere #pumpkinspice

I cannot believe today is October 1st! Summer flew by as well as the first weeks of back to school. The weather has turned to a cool 60 and pumpkin spice is back in stores. I do love all things fall – the apple picking, cider donuts and all things pumpkin spice. I did do a grocery run at Trader Joe’s the other day. They do have the best selection of all things pumpkin! I am willing to try anything pumpkin – cakes, cookies, smoothies. It just reminds me of fall! So Happy Fall Y’All. What kinds of pumpkin treats are your favorite?

 

It's Fall!

Yummy pumpkin treats from @traderjoes

Events

@RedSox Fun events in August to do @fenwaypark #redsoxmoms #redsoxfamily

Take me out to a ball game! (or any fun event that the Boston Red Sox puts on!  There are several Boston Red Sox events coming up. Enjoy a movie and more!

A must movie night – Fenway Park will screen the original Jurassic Park in celebration of the movie’s 25th anniversary on Tuesday, August 14. Movie Night attendees will be invited to walk the warning track from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., weather and field permitting. Get your tickets here

Also on Sunday, August 12 – The Boston Red Sox will host the fifth annual “Out of the Park” on the Boston Common. “Out of the Park” is a free, family-oriented event that brings the Fenway Park experience to the community. “Out of the Park” will feature a live viewing of the 1:05 p.m. Red Sox-Orioles game, complementary food and kids and family activities. Check out the link here

On Saturday, August 18-Sunday, August 19 it’s the Fenway Rooftop Sessions, presented by vineyard vines is a new and unique way to enjoy the game. With dates throughout the season, tickets include a pregame performance from a local Boston band, and a ticket to the game. Saturday, August 18, will include a performance by City Rivals. Dalton & The Sheriffs will perform on Sunday, August 19. For more information go to the mlb website

I always love a theme night at Fenway and on Monday, August 20 The Red Sox will celebrate one of the most popular comic strips of all-time, “Peanuts,” with the annual Peanuts Night!  Peanuts Night tickets include a limited edition bobblehead of Snoopy in a Red Sox uniform!  Go here for tickets  

Also, The Red Sox will celebrate the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning series, Game of Thrones® on August 21. Game of Thrones Night tickets include a Red Sox ‘K’ Slayer Chris Sale bobblehead, a chance to sit on the Dragonstone Throne, and the opportunity to see the Map Table of Westeros. Go here for tickets. 

Probably one of the cutest events I have been to is the  #SoxPromo: Kids Run the Bases and Wally & Tessie
Kids in attendance 14 and under will receive a pair of Wally & Tessie Headphones, and after the game, kids will have the opportunity to run the bases at Fenway Park! It is so cute and we did it such a long time ago will have to go back! More information here 

Disclosure – I am part of the #RedSoxmoms and #Redsoxfamily and help to promote different events.

Red Sox Parent

I am a Red Sox Parent

 

 

Birthday Parties, Events, technology

Fun for the family at @LCWoburn #LaserCrazeWoburn #XtremeCrazeWoburn #lasertag #woburn #hosted

Today I took a break from work and went to LaserCraze in Woburn with some of my blogger friends to see the new renovations and hear about their new name – XtremeCraze in Woburn. Have you been? It is Xtreme for sure! It is the must place for family fun, birthday parties and work gatherings. Their lasertag arena was awesome. The complex offers 22,000 square feet of advanced lasertag play with their upgraded lasertron arena and gaming system. They also offer kids fun in the Adrenaline Zone bouncing area as well as the Game Zone (arcade games). We were treated to a few games of lasertag and some yummy pizza. Their pizza café is great and has a variety of pizzas and beverages.

I have not played lasertag before. I have to say it was fun, adrenaline filled and a great way to decompress. A fun activity to do with friends and family and it certainly was entertaining. If you are a type A person they keep score, show all your stats and provide a print out of your tags, accuracy and overall ranking! What a way to have fun on your next company outing, family Friday night adventure or even a fun date night. It really is a state of the art lasertag systems with a multi-level arena that provides fun and excitement. No running though…….this must be hard for the kids as I started to walk fast to maneuver thought the maze! My heart was pumping and it was really fun. XtremeCraze is located at 15 Presidential Way in Woburn, Mass.

Check out their website here

Disclosure: The company invited me to play several games, check out the facility and treated us to pizza! As always all opinions in this blog post are my own.

Super fun time @LCWoburn XtremeCraze

 

Events, Holidays, home decor, Thanksgiving

Give Thanks! #Thanksgiving2017

The table is set and we are ready for Thanksgiving! It was a short work week – that I am grateful for and I am almost done my Christmas shopping -just have some items to buy online! Ya Hoo! Don’t be mad I just love to plan and shop early and enjoy the season without any stress. Well, there is always some stress but the earlier you start the less you have to stress.  Fall flew by and we will blink and it will be Christmas. Enjoy every moment with your friends and family. I am so thankful for wonderful friends and family, a warm home, my pup, my health and my family’s health and the holiday season. It really is my most favorite time of the year!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving from trendymommies.com

Happy Thanksgiving from trendymommies.com

Events, Halloween

#Halloween2017 No more photos and how old is too old to trick or treat??

As the girls are now teens getting them to pose for a photo at times is tricky. Like on Halloween – I have no photos of my younger one dressing up – only a photo of the candy she saved for me (super sweet right?) Sigh….they are growing up. My older daughter did go trick or treating last year with a group of friends. She does love her candy but then some people were like, isn’t she old to trick or treat? This year she stayed at home and gave out candy and then for sure next year she will be way too old. I say let the teens trick or treat. How sweet is it that a group of friends want to dress up, gather candy and that is all? (well hopefully there are no shenanigans) So if a tall teen shows up at your door dressed up for Halloween next year instead of saying aren’t you too old? Just throw him some candy! Just my two cents!

Another Halloween in the books!

 

#Halloween2017 - The only photo I got!

#Halloween2017 – The only photo I got!

 

 

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