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Reignited My Strength with Ziploc® Brand Team Tough Mother

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Ziploc® brand. All opinions, as always are my own.


I’m bold. I’m outspoken. I’m a risk taker. I’m resilient. I’m a little loudI’m loud. I’m a TOUGH MOTHER.  

And, I totally crushed the New England Tough Mudder event a few weeks ago at Mount Snow. And by crushed, I mean totally cried like a baby while I dug through mud, froze in an ice bath and got shocked by electrically charged barbed wire. Why haven’t I worked out in a year?! Tough mother? Yes, that is totally me!

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I wasn’t prepared for my strongest personality traits to also be my strongest assets in motherhood. In my opinion, being a tough mother means to persevere through the awful days, celebrate the milestones and fearlessly advocate for my daughter. More than anything, it means to love myself and appreciate the woman I’ve grown to be, including the stretch marks and chipmunk cheeks. I couldn’t be prouder of myself for what I’ve worked through and continue to strive for. That’s what being a tough mother is all about, I think.

Ziploc® brand knows how resilient mothers are and formed Ziploc® brand Team Tough Mother, made up of national and local (me!) influencers, to participate in Tough Mudder events across the country and honor tough mothers everywhere.

I was thrilled to partner with Ziploc® brand  to participate in one of the toughest events around, Tough Mudder, in honor of moms like me, who are taking on a new level of strength. They are partnering with Tough Mudder to celebrate the launch of new Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs which include an added tab that makes them easy to grip and easy to open and make tough mothers’ lives easier.

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Beyond the events, Ziploc® brand also created a fun and inspirational video, available on the Ziploc® brand YouTube channel, celebrating tough mothers’ everyday victories and showing how the obstacle course of life can be overcome with just a little help.

I use Ziploc® brand bags for everything from storing snacks and leftovers to containing the abundance of rainbow looms kept in my daughter’s room*. Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs serve as life-savers during family road trips and are great for storing wet bathing suits! The Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs are available in a variety of sizes, including:

On Saturday, June 6, I participated in a Tough Mudder event; I joined 10,000 eager “Mudders” to tackle the beautiful, yet treacherous, Mount Snow. In my mind, I was just going to jump through fire (why was I excited about this?), crawl through mud and test my resiliency. I played sports throughout high school and totally considered myself TOUGH. I love opportunities to test my strength. But this? It was 10.2 miles of working myself like never before. The pure JOY and EXCITEMENT of crossing the finish line with sweat and mud smeared all over my face, my socks and sneakers nearly unrecognizable and my muscles burning was almost enough to make this grown woman CRY! As a tough mother, I know when I’ve goofed up – like expecting to triumph at the Tough Mudder without conditioning. I also learned, my body is not as capable of bouncing back as it used to be!

Well, I did prepare a bit…just not by exercising! I prepared days in advance by consulting with my sister and brother-in-law about the proper accessories and clothing to wear (they are ultra-marathoners), and I packed snacks and gear in Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs and wrote myself positive notes to keep the enthusiasm flowing. I put notes like, “The Tough Mudder is tough. But, you’re TOUGHER” and “You were built for this,” on my bathroom mirror, nightstand and even on the fridge leading up to the event.

For me, just crossing the finish line and being graced with a finisher shirt and headband was a huge accomplishment. It reminded me that I am strong; I am ferocious; I am tough. In my day-to-day routine of going to work, picking up the kiddo and cooking dinner, I start to run on autopilot. I am so appreciative of this opportunity to get active, try something new and spend time with a great friend as we battled hills of mud under the blazing June sun.

I encourage you to check out the Tough Mudder website to see when the obstacle course extravaganza will be coming to your area. You can sign up to participate in the course, be a spectator or sign children up to compete in a special course. And, Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs are available at every Tough Mudder bag drop. How helpful is this with so much mud everywhere?! Participants can store their gear in these bags during and after each event.

What does a TOUGH MOTHER look like to you? 


U.Fund Dreams Tour: A Smart Way to Save for College!

I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


If you’ve been following our summer adventures you know this past weekend my kiddo and I enjoyed a beautiful summer weekend in Boston at Radio 92.9’s EarthFest, and checked out the Fidelty & MEFA U.Fund Dreams Tent. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the present, soaking in our kids every smile and move, however part of cherishing the now is helping them grow into who they’ll become tomorrow.

20150718_153001Do you know the cost of public and private colleges by the time your kids are entering college? For the longest time I avoided talking about my daughter’s attending college, not because I didn’t think higher education is important, but because I had no idea how in the world I would be able to afford it. I know there are other parents out there who feel the same, and you all should visit MEFA’s website to further understand that the most important way to prepare for the cost of college is to save. With rising tuition costs, scholarships and grants just aren’t enough.

I know, I know, intimidating! But, trust me it’s not! Even for a college scaredy-cat like me, I love attending the U. Fund Dreams Tour events around Boston because I don’t feel intimidated learning about saving for college. In fact, I end up feeling very hopeful.



Yes, hopeful. Hopeful because there are resources available in a really fun environment, geared toward making the thought of college savings seem like a reality for families. Not only can your kids leave with a goodie (no not candy thank goodness!), but they can literally try to shoot for the moon while you simulate how college savings really adds up. A little planning can go a long way!


Check out the MEFA website often to stay updated on where the U.Fund Dreams Tour tent will be next, and to learn about all the benefits of the U.Fund plan.

I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Our Family Has Expanded, We Adopted a Puppy!

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NO, I’m not pregnant :)
I stay surprising myself. And my newest adventure has been quite the surprise.
My daughter is nine and will be the big ol 1-0 in September which is absolutely mind boggling to me. My big eyes curly headed girl who always needed to be up under Mommy is now emailing a 100 times a day, making videos and her assets are growing at a rate that is NOT ok with me!! She is lovely and as I think about our journey I can’t help but want another baby…

PUMP THE BRAKES / Do NOT pass GO, do NOT collect $200!!

While I firmly believe no-one is truly ready for a baby regardless of how many “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” books ya read, our family is not fully at a position to bring another child into the world. So what do I go and do?

Get a PUPPY of course! Yes, we’ve adopted a puppy!

World, meet the newest member of our family, pup Logan Griswold! (ain’t he cute!)
How’d we choose his name? Great question! (Logan because the boyfriend loves Wolverine. Griswold because my favorite movie on the planet is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I can’t wait to get my moose reindeer mug!)
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Our little 5 month puppy, a Brindle Terrier, who we adopted him from Last Hope K9 Rescue in Boston was born in a shelter in Arkansas then fostered with a great local family before our house became his home. It’s been a whirlwind over the past three days we’ve had him, but we are all so happy to have him!
This is my first dog ever and our family’s first pup and we’re looking forward to learning best practices for raising a kind respectful pup from our friends!
Happy 4th of July, friends!!