4 TIPS TO SURVIVE THE FINANCIAL JUNGLE

Friday, January 29, 2016

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So I just made the move to being a completely stay-at-home-mom.  Yup.  Hurdle crossed. But, my goodness is it hard.  Sure, the constant crying, endless nap schedule, feedings, laundry etc. are all a pain in my butt to do every day.  Most days, I don't even shower, nevermind have a quiet meal to myself.  But as hard as that stuff can be, it's really not my major worry.  What keeps me up at night, and unfortunately gets me into tiffs with Tall Dad as of late, is money.  But, I think I may have found the answer to some of my woes, and maybe yours too. 


NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS: 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016


Tis the season for resolutions, and reflecting on things that worked last year and what didn't.

We are finally starting to feel settled in our home, we welcomed our second child into the world and into our family, and we also learned that we needed to tighten our wallet a bit more since I am staying home to raise our babies.

So, even though it is mid-January - here are my 2016 resolutions.

TALL DAD'S MUST SEE MOVIES: 2015

Wednesday, January 6, 2016



I think my favorite part of the new year celebration are the endless lists that come out.  I'm a sucker for them. Top ten best hot dog recipes of 2015? Well of course I'd like to know that!

All kidding aside, I do have a real passion for movies and television, and thought it would be fun to share my top ten movies of 2015.  It has become a burgeoning tradition for me to write about stuff like this on TMTB - so check out my last entry about movies for 2014 here.

As was the case in 2014, the following ten movies are not necessarily the most critically acclaimed films, but they are a good cross section of what I felt represents the best of  Hollywood in 2015.  So, without further adieu, here are my top ten must see films of 2015...


MY FAREWELL FOR 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

I was glancing through a "Top 10 Gift Ideas for 2 year olds" blog post the other day, when I asked my son what he wanted for Christmas. I expected him to say something about Thomas the Train, Dragons, or books.

Instead he said he wanted a candy cane on Christmas. For he believes that on Christmas, everyone gets candy canes.

He did not mention presents at all.

It was then that I realized that this may be the last year that my son doesn't have to have a busy holiday season. He just wants candy canes, his friends and family....and I thought that was the smartest thing I heard all season long.

PAJAMA CHRISTMAS PARTY

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Everyone grows up with different things they love.  My husband always loved baseball and Star Wars.  My brother was a Warcraft nerd.  For whatever reason, my dad has a real passion for Moxie the soda drink.  My mom always loved knitting and being crafty.  But me? Well - I'm a nerd too and, true, I do love Star Wars like Tall Dad - but my one true love is Christmas.

I've watched Elf non stop, White Christmas was always in my DVD player year round and the Barbara Streisand Christmas CD I've had since the mid nineties has been played so much that I have literally worn it out to a point that a player can no longer read the data on the disc.

And while I don't know what my kids will love as they grow older (How To Train Your Dragon is certainly part of my son Rhys' repertoire already though) I can tell you that my love of Christmas has not been lost on them. In fact, Rhys and Felicity seriously LOVE Christmas.  Let me explain...

STAR WARS RECIPES

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

This Star Wars™ The Force Awakens recipe blog post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. As always, all opinions are mine alone. #AwakenYourTastebuds #CollectiveBias
Star Wars fans will love this simple and delicious Yoda Cookie Recipe. Snickerdoodles dressed up for Yoda fans. easy enough to whip up for a Star Wars movie marathon or to take to the theater to see The Force Awakens. Perfect for a party idea, to serve for your family for a special treat.

Let me tell you about the day I realized that I was a fully grown nerd. It was October 19, 2015. No, there is nothing particularly special about that day. It was just like any other fall evening in my beautiful city of Providence, RI - it was a Monday night full of football, getting ready for a Halloween party that was coming up, and I was pounding so much candy corn that I couldn't tell where my teeth ended and the cavities began.

It just also happened to be the night tickets for Star Wars™ The Force Awakens went on sale.

And this, my friends, is where the journey to full grown nerddom begins...

WHAT TO GET THE MAN WHO HAS EVERYTHING?

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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All opinions are mine alone. #GiftofPhilips #CollectiveBias

I am a Christmas Elf.  Seriously - if there was a "Christmas lover" ranking, it would be Santa, Buddy The Elf, and then me.  But here's the issue, I am terrible at buying gifts for people.  Especially Tall Dad.  What the heck do you get the man that has everything?  Jeez, what do you get any man?  Well, I've honestly given it some serious thought and I have a couple of ideas...

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