• Family,  Food,  Health,  Kids

    Countdown to Spring with Sustainable Sprout!

      With a foot of snow expected by tomorrow in New England the kids and I are dreaming of warmer days! How cute are these seed packets from Sustainable Sprout?! I always start planting seeds with my son and daughter early spring so we have homegrown plants to put in our garden come summer. The kids love watching them grow from start to finish. We take photos and keep journals to chart he seeds’ progress!  I ordered these seeds from Sustaible Sprout on Amazon and we can’t wait to get them planted once all this snow clears and it’s actually spring. For those of you who live in New England…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Style

    8 Days until Christmas.

    FA LA LA LA LA, ok–let’s get serious! I honestly cannot believe how quickly the holidays arrived this year! With t-minus 8 days until Christmas for those of you who live locally (in the East Bay area of Rhode Island), here is my insider’s gift guide to you this holiday season… This store is a gem! New, vintage, unique, charming, and classic pieces are all available in this amazing little shop. Here are my personal picks of 8 Days of Christmas gifts for 2017 with just about one week to go! MY TOP PICKS FOR THE SWEETEST GIFTS UNDER $60.00   For more information on The Golden Sparrow: 33 Kent…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Health

    LOVE

    In honor of this month of LOVE I’m sharing some of my favorite quotes… Love is a noun and a verb. It’s sustained by action and what we do for one another every day. I love my children who are my WORLD. I love my friends who are my TRIBE. I love my family who are my STABILITY. I truly believe in my heart of hearts that LOVE is DEVOTION. When you eat, sleep, and breath it then you know there is nothing like it in this world. Don’t ever “shush” your inner voice because it knows who you truly are and what you deserve. xo

  • Family,  Health

    Don’t let your mind bully your body

    Mondays always come quick and I tend to get overwhelmed at the week ahead. It’s easy to let our mind bully our body. Toss and turn at night and wake in the morning feeling tired and a little blue. The Monday blues are real. Our minds and bodies are so deeply connected that stress can be felt in every inch of us. This morning I’m stuck thinking “what can I do to change this?” NOTHING…..I don’t need to change anything, I need to accept it. I am going to be human. Accept that I’m not perfect. I’m not going to ruin today by thinking about things I could have done differently…

  • Family,  Health

    11 Things Every Woman Should Know…

    Being a woman isn’t always easy, but it is a gift. I love being a mother, daughter, sister, friend, and partner. I believe in women supporting other women. I follow the Power of Positivity in my social media news feed and when I saw their post on Monday morning, I knew that is was worth sharing. There is truth in the statements below. You don’t know what anyone feels unless you walk a day in their shoes (or heels). Insecurity can get the best of us. Myself included. Please take the time to READ THIS and to tell the women in your life that you love them. It’s goes so much further…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Kids,  Style

    Letters from Santa

    “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more.” We received the most beautiful and magical letters from Santa in the mail yesterday. They are handwritten with love and every last detail reflects how well Santa knows my children. These letters bring the magic of Christmas into your home. They feel warm and real. I simply can’t wait to see the look on my children’s faces when they see and open them. This time of year we can get lost in the holiday rush and when I held these letters time paused for a moment and reminded me of what it feels like to…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Kids,  Style

    ’tis the season to give 2016

      It’s hard to believe that it’s this time of year already…The holidays are upon us! If you are looking for the perfect gift– something thoughtful, simple, sweet, and under $100 then take a peek at my favorite must-have gift in 2016. Remember, the ones you love are far more precious then any gift. It’s not WHAT we have in life, but WHO we have in our life. Spend this holiday season spreading love and telling those people you care about how much they matter in your life. Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season from my family to yours.  xo Alyson     This isn’t the first time…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Health

    “Life is what happens while we are making other plans.”

    Life happens, it continues without hesitation. You can make all the plans in the world, but life doesn’t have to follow your lead. It has taken me years to understand what I am looking for in life and partnership, but I can answer that now. I want my last “first date.” I want a partner that I trust and crave. I want an equal partnership where successes are shared and challenges are overcome together. Someone who believes that “family is family” whether it’s the one you started out with or the one you create together. If this love that I am searching for is different than my perceived “life plan,”…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Kids

    Happy Birthday my sweet daughter…

    There is this little girl who puts the color inside of my world. Any time I feel like I don’t have strength I think of her. I remember she is watching me. She is relying on me to guide her, to show her she is safe and loved. Any of life’s problems since becoming a mother have one simple solution to me, a hug from my daughter. Her smile makes me smile and her laugh is infectious. She is fierce and has the best heart. She reminds me why being a mother is a gift. This little girl is the love in my life. She is the sun to my shine.…

  • Family,  Health,  Kids

    A new year and motherhood butterflies

    Every year when the children go Back-to-School I get a mix of emotions. I feel butterflies in my stomach. It feels like a fresh start to a new year. I have always based the “new year” on the school calendar since I was a little girl. It just feels so structured and the fall brings in cool weather and change. The past week I’ve found myself debating my role as a parent. My children are in Second grade and Kindergarten. How did that happen? Motherhood seems overwhelming at times. I question: Am I making the best choices for my children? Am I giving them enough of my time? Are they…