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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Today's post about one of my favorite scenic road trips in Rhode Island has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are, as always mine alone. 
#RoadTripOil #CollectiveBias

Being a stay at home/work mom means that I, obviously, spend a lot of time at home. Somedays I feel like the soundtrack of my life should begin with Etta James singing Don't Get Around Much Anymore.

But when cabin fever strikes, or my kids are having a no-nap day, I have begun a new tradition. I take the family on a Rhode Island Road Trip.

Growing up, my family didn't have a lot of extra money to spare. Birthdays were frugal, big nights out for us meant we could go to a local pizza house, get a big pie and play a few songs on the jukebox. So quite frequently, on Sunday afternoons, my parents would take us on a road trip.

We would pack up in our station wagon or minivan, take a few snacks and drinks for the ride, and go explore parts of our state. Believe you me, the Ocean State has some gorgeous drives.

So I wanted to take you on one of my favorite Rhode Island car rides that I've been doing recently. It is pretty anytime of the year, but I prefer Spring, Summer or Fall, so you can roll down your windows and breathe in all of the different scents.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Today's post where I share some TV appearance tips has been compensated  by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. 
All opinions are, as always, mine alone. #MyBoldMoments #CollectiveBias

As a lifelong musician, I've been performing since the third grade. Being on stage never seemed to shake me. But when I landed a gig on television as a morning television host, my eyes were opened to a whole new dimension of confidence and performing. For when there is a camera in front of you, and things are done LIVE, a whole lot more feels like it is at stake.

I'll be honest with you guys. I'm truly a leggings or jeans wearing/flip flops over kinda woman at heart.

But that all had to change once I started my job as a television host on The Rhode Show. Suddenly I was googling things like "What do I wear on TV" or "How to Prepare for a Live Television Interview."

Some tips worked for me, and some really did not.

I studied the videos of myself after each show, and can honestly tell you that my best days were all thanks to being very well prepared before I even sat down on the set.

I still am frequently on television here in Rhode Island, and have often shared some of my TV tips with friends who have been interviewed. I realized, however, that these tips might be something YOU would like to know. Because, who knows, maybe you too will one day find yourself in front of a camera! And hopefully after reading this blog post, you will feel prepared, bold and confident!


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Parenting is really hard.  Especially when you have two kids that are ages 1 and 3.  Of course, people tell you how hard parenting is, and you never listen.  You think it'll be different for you.  You've got it under control.  Well, you'll find out just like I did, that assertion is 100% completely and utterly incorrect.  And here's the real issue, if you and your spouse don't make time for ONLY each other, no only will parenting become even harder, but your LIVES will be that much harder too.  Which is why we decided to finally get away for a weekend.  Just us.  No kids. No diapers. No potties.  No whining. Just two people in love who needed a break from everything that happens every single day.  Let me tell you, it was heavenly - like, I wish we never left and somehow the kids just grew up and were able to take care of themselves in one day heavenly.  And it was all thanks to The Inn At Mystic.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. 
All opinions are mine alone. #LitterOdorRevolution #CollectiveBias

The longer I have children and pets, the more I appreciate the similarities of being a pet owner vs a parent. Both kids and pets have abundant unconditional love, can cheer you up on your most low days, are dependent upon me for things like food and water, and both (as of this moment) need our assistance when it comes to cleaning up after they do their business.

Being a parent and fur-mommy has made my heart swell in ways I never new possible. I love spoiling my little ones with treats and toys, and I also love photographing my children and fur-babies.

But children and cats have also put pressure on my relationship with Tall Dad.

You're probably sitting there, reading this, saying "How can cats put pressure on a marriage?"

I've got one word for you.


That's right. Cat litter.

Cat litter boxes, the clean up, and worst off, the SMELL, absolutely drives me B-A-N-A-N-A-S.


Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Fourth of July!

How are you spending the day? 

Tall Dad is working this morning, and took our little lad into work to munch on some red, white and blue sprinkled donuts! 

My little lass napped this morning while I tackled some much overdue work, and I got to tune into some of the Bristol Fourth of July Celebration!  (ps -- it was established in 1785, and is the oldest continuous celebration in the United States, and takes place in my home state of Rhode Island!)

I'm *slightly* jealous that I'm missing out on the live parades and live fireworks... but I know that my kiddos need their naps and sleep. Otherwise, they turn into Gremlins. Honestly. 


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Muse Cat Food. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's funny. Some couples choose to have fur babies in their lives before they think about having human families. The opposite was true for us.

After I gave birth to my first tiny baby, now my little lad, our household was flipped upside down. Months of agonizing colic and then my postpartum depression really put a ton of stress and difficulty on top of our family. There were some days that I couldn't even shower or fathom making anything to eat. I drastically lost weight, stopped communicating with most of the outside world, and retreated into our tiny apartment. 

During the midst of my postpartum treatment at the Women and Infants Day Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, there was a three day weekend. It was Memorial Day weekend, and for someone who is suffering from a mental illness, to know that one needs to not continue with treatment for not just a weekend - but a long weekend - is incredibly scary.

I knew that my routine would be off. I would be missing out on my daily therapy sessions, and was afraid that no one would be monitoring me. 

I was afraid I would fail.

But my husband became my hero that weekend, whether he knew it or not. He decided to get our family a cat.

Saving Dad's Sanity #Garage Cleanup

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GarageCleanUp #CollectiveBias

Ok guys - REAL TALK here: I remember years ago when I got married, my dad, all his friends, and all the old-timers told me, "being married ain't no picnic.  You sure you wanna do it?"  Of course, I blew them all off and thought, nah - not me, it'll be different. Well, marriage is really hard.  Beautiful, amazing, but lots of work and really hard.  Then, when I told all the old-timers that Tall Mom was pregnant, they said pretty much the same thing, "kids change everything, and they make ya nuts."  Again, I replied the same, nah - not me, it'll be different.  Sure enough, two kids later, most everything has changed and my life is nuts.  And what's worse, if you had told me re organizing my garage would be the highlight of my Father's Day weekend 5 years ago, I would have laughed you out of my high rise apartment in downtown Providence.  But now, I own a house, have two kids, two cars, a mortgage payment the size of Laos' GDP, and reorganizing my garage was indeed the highlight of my Father's Day weekend. And I couldn't have been happier about it. Hit the jump to find out why.