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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!!


Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever Comes To Boston!


Boston is full of amazing events and a great event is happening next week for new Moms and Moms-To-Be! I still remember my baby shower, it was an exciting yet scary event and it really hit me hard that I had a baby girl coming in a month. It was so wonderful to celebrate the arrival of my daughter with so many close friends and family. Well, Big City Moms wants to celebrate YOU with their Biggest Baby Shower next Tuesday October 7 at the Back bay Events center! Big City Moms is thrilled to debut this unparalleled event experience in Beantown as they celebrate 10 years of Biggest Baby Showers!

The first and largest event of its kind, the Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever brings in over 500 Moms, Dads, Uncles, Aunts, Friends and Grandparents to SHOP with over 75 companies, EAT, LEARN and GIVE BACK:

SHOP: From carriers, car seats and strollers to nursery decor and newborn necessities, parents and parents-to-be can browse the leaders in baby gear. This baby shower has you covered with topnotch finds from brands such as Britax, Nuna, Summer Infant, Peg Perego, Dr. Smiths, Joovy, Lillebaby, Magic Beans and SO MUCH MORE.

EAT: Pregnant (and just plain hungry!) moms can satisfy those cravings with eats and treats including lights bites, sweets and the Big City Moms signature mocktail, which will have you yearning for more – long after your 4th trimester!

LEARN: Parents will hear from top experts on important topics ranging from sleep safety to breast feeding, healthy eating to navigating Boston as a new mom. Special gifts and prizes will be given to all attendees of the seminars.

GIVE BACK: Cradles to Crayons, an organization that provides essentials to children without, will be onsite collecting clothing, shoes, books, toys and more. They help children from birth through age 12 to thrive by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.

You won’t want to miss out on this highly anticipated event or the generous gift bag stocked with must-have baby essentials, plus games to win ultimate prizes like strollers, high chairs, car seats and more!!

Big City Moms is the the first and most successful resource to provide advice, support and education to moms, moms-to-be, and families on all topics related to parenting. Big City Moms provides a way for new and expectant parents to connect with each other and network – either through their online social networks or their well-known events that bring parents together, including their innovative and unprecedented “Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever!” 


TYLENOL® Smiling It Forward™: Celebrating “Feel Better” Smiles Benefitting Children’s Health Fund

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While many kids are settling back into their school routines, I know many parents like me are preparing for the dreaded first cough and sneeze of the season. With seasonal Flu season beginning as early as October, I’ve been stocking up on cold and flu essentials like honey, saline spray, cough drops and TYLENOL® not only for my little one, but for me as well! With daily headlines on Ebola and Enterovirus 68 flooding the media, I want to ensure I am doing all that’s necessary to keep our family healthy this cold and flu season. I was delighted to be invited to the beautiful W Boston Hotel earlier this week with fellow bloggers to discuss keeping our families healthy and smiling through cold and flu season with Pediatrician and Author Dr. Tanya Altmann and to learn about the amazing TYLENOL® Smiling It Forward™ movement.

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We had the opportunity to ask Dr. Tanya any and all questions related to our children’s health and we had a great discussion on picky eaters, asthma, constipation, fevers and how to help your kids swallow pills. Below highlights some of Dr. Tanya’s advice:

  • To encourage kids to swallow pills, take a small piece of bread and place the pill inside of it.
  • High fiber foods and fruits with pitts aid in constipation as does probiotics with active cultures and creating toilet routines.
  • Growing pains usually happen at night, so if your child is complaining about aches and pains during the day talk with your Dr.
  • The (free) Kids’ Wellness Tracker App by TYLENOL® can help with keeping track of all your child’s health information and gives proper dosage amounts.
  • Most people in the Northeast have low Vitamin D levels and should be taking a supplement. Low levels could cause fatigue and diabetes.


Few things are better to a parent than seeing their child’s “feel good” smile creep on their face after not feeling well. It’s relief not only for them, but for us as well! The “feel good” smile was the base for the TYLENOL® Smiling It Forward™: Celebrating “Feel Better” Smiles Benefitting Children’s Health Fund campaign, which encourages parents to share their children’s beautiful smiles as part of a movement to raise $100,000 benefitting the Children’s Health Fund medical mobile units providing healthcare services disadvantaged communities in the Unites States. Simply visit and upload a photo and also read up on tips by Dr. Tanya Altmann about keeping your family healthy. For each photo uploaded a $1 donation will be made to Children’s Health Fund.


Why is supporting Children’s Health Fund and TYLENOL® Smiling It Forward™ important? It’s simple.

Every child deserves a Doctor. Every child deserves a chance.

There are currently 50 mobile medical clinics across the Unites States that are fully equipped with exam rooms, waiting areas and a private room for medical procedures. Sleep and a healthy diet aren’t the only factors that play a role in a child’s academic success – regular checkups at the Doctor and Dentist support the child’s ability to focus and excel. The mobile clinics are bringing much needed medical care directly to where kids live, study and play. There are even specific mobile clinics focused on dental, mental and emotional health.


I live and breathe for my daughter’s smile and her love celebrating “feel good” smiles so it was hard to choose just one photo to upload.

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We’ve shared so many great memories and milestones and I’m proud to support the Children’s Health Fund and the Smiling It Forward™ goal of raising $100,000 – that’s 100,000 photos, will you upload one and support critically important services to those in need?


Review & Giveaway: Noodles & Company #NoodlesMA

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Noodles tasting as compensation. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are all my own.


I love food. I really love food. And I really love food which I DON’T have to cook! My mother would be so disappointed! Maybe it’s the summer heat, maybe it’s my crazy schedule, but I’ve had zero desire to get in the kitchen this summer. Considering how much my eight year old eats this has caused quite the problem! So when we were invited for a tasting at Noodle & Company I jumped at the opportunity to try some food that I didn’t have to cook :-)

Since I’m not cooking much these days, it’s been important to be creative about the foods we’re eating and ensure that they are nutritious and tasty. My tummy has gotten super sensitive to many foods over the past year, and many regular on the go favorites no longer agree with my tummy. So it was exciting to hear that Noodles & Company uses only the freshest ingredients to make various noodle dishes, soups and salads inspired by the world. We’re talking Japanese Pan Noodles, Thai Curry Soup and Wisconsin Mac & Cheese just to name a few! And for around $8 a dish taking your family out for lunch and dinner won’t have to break the bank!



During our tasting we were able to try small tastes of many of their fan favorites including the Margherita Flatbread, Pesto Cavatappi, and Spaghetti. Our favorite bite of the meal was one that I wasn’t expecting I’d enjoy. Their Tomato Basil Bisque is out of this world yummy! It’s rich and tasty and perfectly seasoned….we both licked our bowls clean!!


We went over to their location in Burlington, just across from the mall, but they also have a location over in Shrewsbury in the White City Shopping Center.

Whether you are on kitchen strike like me or are looking to change up your dinner, I’ve got a great giveaway for local readers! One lucky reader will win a Noodles tote and a Noodles for Four gift card!

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Good Luck & Happy Eating!!