The Alternative to Five Common Hostess Gifts

HOSTESS GIFT ALTERNATIVES

If you are going to a dinner party, holiday party or a feast this holiday season, you might be tempted to grab the standard bottle of wine, candle or boxed chocolates. It’s time to shake things up people, and make your gift stand out amongst all the bottles of white wine. So, here are the […]

Red Carpet Workout During the Oscars

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Nothing like seeing the gorgeous gowns, designer shoes and dazzling jewels to wish you were walking the red carpet at the Oscars! Yet, they sweated and sacrificed to shimmy into that figure fitting gown. While it is unlikely that many of us will have the same occasion to wear a designer cut gown, the fact […]

6 Chic Gift Ideas for Women

chic gift ideas for women

Sometimes we just don’t know what to give someone for the holidays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or a birthday. Pass on the safe, but boring, gift card and be a bit more creative. Here are 5 Chic Gift Ideas for women of all ages and budgets. I know the graphic says (5) but I got […]

Memorial Day Outfits – Barbecue to the Beach

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Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, but look officially stylish with these three outfit ideas to wear to a barbecue, the beach or a farmer’s market! Barbecue Outfit Idea Wear a colorful maxi dress in a soft, lightweight fabric. Pair with a straw hat and bag, and a pair of espadrilles and you […]

What to do with Black Jelly Beans

what to do with black jelly beans

There are not too many people that like black jelly beans, resulting in people picking around them in the jelly bean bowl. As a result, you have the black jelly bean remnants that are usually tossed away. I’m not sure why there are black jelly beans in the various jelly beans bags at Easter anyway. […]

How to Wear Hot Pink

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Three outfit ideas to help you look pretty in pink. I love pink, especially for the spring. Yet, the right pink is key in transitioning from the winter doldrums to fresh spring breezes. Sometimes in the Northeast, swinging to pastel pinks seem too summery when there is snow melting on the ground. A great compromise […]

Treasures at Smugglers Notch Resort

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Smugglers Notch Child Care is known as Treasures. It is a childcare center at Smuggler’s Notch Resort (Vermont) where babies six weeks old through toddlerhood can play, while adults can get some time to themselves. Yet, there is no need to feel guilty to have some ‘me’ time on a family vacation. This place is a total […]

Smuggler’s Notch Resort Review

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When I was invited to Smugglers Notch in Vermont for a Bloggers Weekend with my family,  I thought. “Neat”.  When I started looking into the resort amenities, I thought, “Wow.” After experiencing a long weekend there? One word: “Amazing”. So how do you put words into describing “Amazing”? Therein lies the problem. I have been […]

Decorating a Nursery

Despite the fact that she won’t be sleeping in the nursery for a few months (and will be with us in our room), I still want to have things in place before our daughter arrives. We bought furniture for our toddler, which (in theory) should last him through his teenage years. Then I decorated and […]

Decorating My Toddler’s Room

I’m calling it the “Great Migration“: where my toddler moves out of the nursery to his big boy room and the baby moves out of our room to the nursery. Granted the baby isn’t here yet and none of this will take place until September or October, but I like to plan. Plus, I like […]

Easter Basket Ideas

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Some local Moms had fantastic ideas on the Metrowest Mamas Facebook page about what to do with Easter Baskets. Chocolate is the most popular item of course. As a kid, I always loved getting a new Barbie and my brothers’ loved getting toy cars and trucks. One memory I have is our family backyard Easter Egg Hunts. […]

St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

How to Make a Leprechaun Trap

Whether you are Irish or not, whether you can spell claddagh or you can’t, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day can be fun, as well as good cultural exposure for your children. So here are some St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids of all ages. If you have younger kids, here are some fun ways to spice […]

What is a Gender Reveal Party

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With over 60% of pregnant women finding out the gender of their baby during the course of their pregnancies, Gender Reveal Parties and Gender Reveal Baby Showers are growing in popularity. It is especially popular for second time pregnant Moms looking for a unique way to celebrate the birth of other children. Since many second […]

Four At-Home Vacation Activities for Kids

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While there are always scheduled school vacation events in your local community, sometimes the weather can thwart outdoor events. Or here in the Northeast, the standard winter break activities of ice skating or sledding are a no-go with our mild weather this season. Other considerations like budget, or even sick kids, can prevent you from […]

Super Bowl Ideas for Kids

The Super Bowl can be a fun event to get the kids excited – even if your family members are not big sports fans. Here are some fun Super Bowl Ideas for Kids to make the big game, big fun. 1. Buy some plain T-shirts at a thrift store or at a local dollar store. […]

New Year’s Goals

(Not Resolutions) To be honest, I kinda loathe the whole ‘New Year’s Resolution’ thing. Maybe because the term is overused. Or maybe because many resolutions are way to lofty (and doomed for failure.) I also hate all of the weight loss pressures too. I’ve noticed the recent influx of weight loss commercials, the Living Social deal […]

Happy Holidays HEXBUGS

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As part of the 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways, my fifth giveaway is such that, if you are a Mom, it may seem a bit creepy. But your kids? They will love the “buzz”. Okay, what am I talking about? Anything HEXBUG. (Which, if you don’t know what they are, you’ll be happy to know […]

Gift Ideas for Hard to Buy for People

So are you getting stressed out yet about your holiday shopping? Especially shopping for the people on your list that you just don’t know what to get for them? The best thing to think about for those hard-to-buy for people on your list is not to think about what object to get, but what service […]

Popcorn Party

Popcorn

Sometimes we want to throw a party or the kids’ are begging for a massive sleepover, but our time, energy and frankly, our funds, don’t align with a party of massive proportions. One idea that I stumbled upon in a Whole Foods magazine is a Popcorn Party. Yup. Popcorn Party. So start poppin’ people. Make […]

Gift Card Organization

Do you have tons of gift cards, and lots of store cards that give discounts and points? Yeah, me too and it was getting overwhelming. But I organized them, and this is what I did. Oh, and here is a link to some business card cases and such at Staples, which may help!

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