Nov 16, 2016

Little Ones Need to Move

Wiggle On!
Focal Upright / Safco Active Runtz Active Seating for Children

Why I Sit Actively
If you sit all day at work, I bet you’ve experienced back pain, drowsiness, and lack of focus. 

Am I right?

Worse are the serious health hazards associated with sitting too much--check out this article from the Washington Post about it. Now tell me that infographic isn't terrifying. Yikes.
At my Marketing job at Focal Upright, I use a standing desk and a leaning seat, which positions me halfway between sitting and standing and lets me fidget all I want. My spine feels supported, my core is engaged, and the seat is comfortable, but not as comfortable as a normal office chair--that means I feel naturally encouraged to alternate leaning with standing at my standing desk.

 Runtz: Why Kids Should Sit Actively, Too
This isn’t only a solution for adults. Schools are embracing standing desks and active seating, too, because it’s important to let kids move and embrace that natural tendency to wriggle, shuffle and let out steam. Not to mention its calorie-burning & focus-enhancing magic.

 Active Seating for Kids
Runtz are great additions to the classroom!
I like the Runtz seat (it kind of looks like a little alien). Designed to inspire better posture and balance, this anti-burst ball chair can be used at home or school. At around 11 pounds, it’s also portable enough to bring on the go (and it comes in fun colors: Bubble Gum Pink, Sour Apple Green, Black, and Black Vinyl).
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If you like what you see, I'm happy to extend my Focal Friends and Family discount code: FOCALFAM30.
Remember, these opinion are my own, but I do work for Focal Upright.

Valid now through 11/24/2016, this code will give you 30% off Focal Upright and Safco Active products at

Oct 15, 2016

Brownie Pan Crush

1 pkg (8 oz/235 g) seamless crescent dough
1 can (20 oz or 540 mL) apple pie filling
2 tbsp (30 mL) granulated sugar
1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon
 Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Roll out dough and use the Bakers Roller® to flatten and enlarge dough.

Use Pizza & Crust Cutter to cut into 12 squares. Place dough in the Brownie Pan, allowing corners to drape over. Using Medium Scoop, top with one scoop of apple pie filling.

In a separate bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon together. Add to the top of each square. Pull corners to the middle and add another dash of the cinnamon/sugar.

Bake 15 -17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan immediately. Serve with ice cream, if desired.

12  servings of 1 pie

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For the 11 additional Brownie Pan recipes, click here.

Oct 14, 2016

Mom Life

Mom Life. No one said it would be easy, but it will be worth it.

Oct 10, 2016

My latest endeavor

On Saturday morning Grace helped me unveil my latest endeavor - a box full of amazing Pampered Chef goodies!


Contact me if you want to learn more about hosting your own party!

Oct 4, 2016

Not quite ready for Disney? Sesame Place was a great alternative.

In August we packed up the kids (a 4 year/1 year old) and the grandparents and headed to Langhorne, PA for a fun-filled family vacation to Sesame Place.

Leaving from Rhode Island in the wee hours of the morning, the trip took around 4h 30m with one rest stop. Thanks to my small state mentality, before I actually looked into it, I could have sworn that Sesame Place was going to be a much longer drive but it really was quite manageable!

We booked a room at the Sheraton Bucks County, a great option for several reasons but chief among them- location and a free shuttle to the park! When looking at hotels in the area, consider a hotel that offers a shuttle (there are a few) so you can save the parking fee AND get dropped off on the doorstep.

Here’s another pro-tip for you AAA members… book your tickets at for a killer deal! We got tickets that offered a buy one, get one day free and lunch vouchers for less than the cost of the at -gate price for 1 ticket.

Do yourself a favor and research your ticket options before you go!

Once inside, we admittedly hadn’t done our homework so we grabbed a map and were lured to the first ride we saw, a kind of big roller coaster. Grace went on it with her Dad and Grandfather and wasn’t too impressed. A little intense for a four year old perhaps. Luckily the line wasn’t too long - probably because the day was extremely hot and humid! Which leads us to our next stop - Count’s Splash Castle. We suited up and claimed some lounge chairs - we had a giant double stroller with us so 1 adult was usually manning the stroller. 

I’ve heard that the water rides at Sesame are best experienced first thing when the park opens (not until 10am so you late risers don’t have to fret). We, of course, didn’t head this advice so meandered around the park without much of a strategy. That will work too, but in the middle of the day you will wait in some pretty long lines for most of the water rides. 

We found that two days was the perfect amount of time at the park. We were able to experience all of the rides, the character meet and greets, show, and the parade. We had a really great time as a family - from our one year old, all the way up to the grandparents, it was an enjoyable experience for everyone. 

A weekend at Sesame Place made me realize that a week at Disney might be a little too hot to handle for my family at this stage. With Sesame, we were able to test those waters and walk away unscathed! 

Sep 6, 2016

My Procrastination Challenge

As a subscriber to Zen Habits, I was challenged to kick procrastination's butt this month. 

Here's the deal:

  • Commit publicly (on social media, to your friends, family and coworkers, however you want) to doing this every day for the rest of this month. (check.)
  • Each day, spend just 5 minutes doing an Unprocrastination Session (see next step).
  • Pick an important task to focus on, clear away all distractions, set a timer for 5 minutes, and do nothing but that task. (I use e.ggtimer)
  • You cannot switch tasks during this session. You cannot check on something real quick. You cannot get up to clean something. You can only sit there, with that one task, and either focus on the task or sit there and do nothing.
  • When you get the urge to switch tasks, don’t switch. Just stay with the urge. Watch it, let it surge, then let it fade. Return to your task.
  • When the timer goes off, success! You can keep going if you want, or take a break and go again, but neither is necessary. Just 5 minutes a day is all that’s required for success.
  • Yes, even do your 5-minute sessions on the weekend. Pick a personal project to focus on during those days if you like.
  • Aug 31, 2016

    Back to School

    So as many working moms of under 5's can agree, "Back to School" is more of a state of mind than anything - considering Grace goes to school year round. 

    It's a fresh start, and a much needed one after the crazy grind of our New England summers. This year, Grace is starting Kindergarten Prep. A program for kids who are too young to go to Kindergarten by regular standards but are ready to learn, not nap, and have their very own pencil boxes.

    Opening her Night Before School letter from the Back to School Fairy - complete with glitter to put under her pillow. (From her teacher - not me!)

    And the neighborhood is quiet and calm...

    One last headlock to tide her over for the day.

    Ready to learn! 

    Watch the video to find out what Grace is excited to learn!

    Aug 23, 2016

    Live from Vacationland

    We're on Day 3 of our York Beach Family vacation. 

    We've already had lots of beach time, family dinners, and Matt and I even squeezed in a date night complete with tropical drinks at Stones Throw and lobster from Fox's Lobster House.

    Aug 18, 2016

    The Best Time

    Last night my middle school neighbors invited the girls and I to the beach for some evening fun under the full moon. Against my better Working Mom judgement (Matt's on business this week, there were dinners to eat, baths to take, and bedtimes to make) - I said YES and we packed a bag and set off for the beach, arriving at 7pm. You know what? We had the BEST time.

    Aug 10, 2016

    Back to School: But Not.

    Let your little one channel summer while back at school with this handy pineapple sweater.


    It's only $20 today at J.Crew (use code LOTSTOSHOP for 40%off)

    Aug 9, 2016

    Good Vibes Only

    I am really feeling this iPhone wallpaper right now.


    Aug 4, 2016

    The Curious Case of Unicorn Leggings

    It's no secret that Grace loves dressing up. She has a very strong opinion of what she will and will not wear and loves the freedom to get dressed herself. This is the first time all summer I've gotten her to wear something besides a dress. Enter: Unicorn Leggings :)

     I'm just glad we've eliminated the discussion of wearing costumes out of the house. 

    My own Fashion Nugget

    This shirt is a bit darker, but just like the one I got from J. Crew earlier this summer! 
     J.Crew Crewcuts  

    Next on my list... 
      J.Crew Crewcuts

    I thought these would make great back to school shoes for my little one starting pre-K in a few weeks.

    Did I mention J.Crew is having a sale today?

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    Jul 26, 2016

    Let's Party!

    I'm so excited to host my first Pampered Chef party this week!

    It's a brand I remember from the late 90's and I honestly didn't realize they were still around.

    Here are some of my favorite pieces... Take a look at the site for yourself!

    Pampered Chef

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