• Food,  Happenings,  Health,  Style

    144 days until summer

    “Either you run the day or the day runs you.” Summer will be here before we know it and I don’t believe in rushing the process of health. It takes time to change your body and it’s easier than you think. SkinnyMint is here to help you kick start your journey. You have 144 more days until the official start of summer. Order your 28 Day Ultimate Teatox now and get a FREE armband to help you workout in style. You won’t just look your best, you’ll feel it too.

  • Food,  Happenings,  Health

    Eating my way through Providence, RI

    “The 50 Best Places to Eat in Providence, RI Before You Die….” And I’ve eaten my way through only 17 of them! How can this be? I quickly scanned the list and my Instagram to see where my appetite has taken me since moving back to my home state of Rhode Island three short years ago. I may be a small person, but I have a big appetite! I can’t wait to put the remaining 33 restaurants on my 2017 Foodie Bucket list.  Below is my list of conquered restaurants. You can click the link and see where you need to dine in Providence RI before you die!   My conquered list:…

  • Happenings,  Style

    Anchored Heart Pom Pom Hat

    It’s officially winter and living in New England makes wearing a hat a regular accessory. I am swooning over this pom pom hat by Anchored Heart! This company is local and owned and operated by a New England Mompreneur. I’ve had a number of you reach out to me as to where I purchased this cozy and nautical hat so here you go: Visit their website or Instagram page for how to place an order. Stock is limited so be sure to get yours before they are gone!  

  • 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,  Happenings,  Health

    Decisions Decisions

    “Why is it that any one decision always seems too small to be the biggest decision of your life?” We make choices every day. Some make more than others. As parents we get bombarded with questions, endless questions. At times I feel like I’m playing a game of trivia and failing miserably. I don’t know everything despite what my children may think, but what I do know is that thousands of tiny decisions have brought me to where I am today. I’ve been a single parent for 4 years now. That used to sound scary, but now it sounds comfortable. I know what to expect, I set my schedule, I…

  • Food,  Happenings,  Health,  Style

    Newport Oyster Festival at Bowen’s Wharf

      Awww shucks, yesterday was such an amazing day at the Newport Oyster Festival. Let’s just say that (now) I’m a big fan of Rhode Island-grown oysters. Did you know that RI is home to upwards of 45 oyster farms? I am so impressed! After tasting from 13 different oyster farms at the festival I can tell you that the flavors are distinctive to each farm and absolutely delicious. (Pssst) Block Island oyster were my number one! The festival gave me the opportunity to sip wine, slurp oysters, and watch growers shuck alongside a select group of local restaurants on site. Oysters, lobster rolls, chowder and great company were all…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Health,  Kids

    Happy Birthday Mom

    Mom, you raised two little girls alone. You gave us the world when you weren’t certain what tomorrow would bring. You taught us that love wins, that words don’t break you, that strong is beautiful, and that second chances sometimes are even better than first. “No” was not in your vocabulary. You encouraged me to love and learn, to wear my heart on my sleeve. You showed me that with each step I took in life you would let me lead the way, but follow close behind me. You listened and watched. You supported and loved. And just when I thought I was alone, you were there to catch me if I…