• 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…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Health,  Kids

    A Step-Father’s Love.

    A step-parent is so much more than just a parent; they made the choice to love when they didn’t have to. A “father” isn’t defined by the man who made the child, but by the man who extends his hand, heart, and time to help raise and love that child. It takes a real man (selfless, strong, kind) to raise someone else’s children like they are your own. It took me years to accept this amazing man into my life as a father. I wasn’t a child when my mother remarried. I was an independent, stubborn teenager! Now, I’m older and wiser and beyond grateful. Happy Birthday Ron. You have…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Health,  Kids,  Style

    Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

    “Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.” I am proud of many things in my life but nothing tops being a mother. I see who I want to be in my children’s eyes. They have given me the greatest role in being their mother and have guided me through some of the best and most difficult times in my life. My children have shown me that I can achieve greatness and their love is unconditional. They have allowed me to make mistakes and learn from them. Because of them, I know that bravery means being the only one who knows you’re afraid. It means smiling and moving forward because that’s the only direction…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Health,  Kids,  Style

    Helen Ficalora Giveaway!

    I have loved Helen Ficalora’s delicate jewelry for almost a decade now. Her signature designs inspire beauty, love, peace, and for me….MOTHERHOOD. I wear my children’s initials in the disk charms, my birthstone, and my lucky number every day on a delicate chain. These charms were the first to inspire the alphabet craze. I love the personalization and style they bring to each individual. Whether you are a  mother, daughter, sister, or friend, these simple and elegant charms allow you to build your own story and hang it close to your heart.             The newest addition to my collection, the Sterling Silver ‘MOM’ Disk Charm, is one that I adore so much that I have teamed with up…

  • Family,  Health,  Kids

    Get out of your own way

    Sometimes I don’t feel like I have enough patience. I don’t feel like reminding my children a half a dozen times to do something. I don’t feel like cleaning up the living room for the tenth time this week. I don’t feel like cooking dinner for one adult and two children (who never want to eat the same meal). Sometimes I don’t feel like getting on the treadmill or exercising at all. Sometimes I don’t feel like being an adult. And sometimes my feeling are real… I may not feel like being an adult, or being patient, or being healthy, but I know that I want my children to look…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Health,  Kids,  Style

    Advice for my daughter

    On International Women’s Day I think of my daughter and this is my advice to her… Make the decision to be different. Use your unique qualities to inspire others rather than compete with them. Don’t imitate, choose your own passion. Take a new direction and try a brand new path. Pave the way for yourself. Choose goals that are worth the struggle because in the end when you achieve them they will feel that much better in your grasp. Be yourself because nobody else was meant for the role. Celebrate difference. Applaud creativity. Encourage love. Build each other up. Compliment what you like and be smart enough to ignore what…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Health,  Kids

    A parent’s love

    It’s funny how even in the adult years a mother still wants to protect their child. As parents, we have hopes, dreams, opinions, and concerns for our children that are no different when they become adults. I understand that, in fact, I know I’ll be exactly the same way with my little boy thirty years from now. Actually, I’ll be that way forever with my both of my children. I think as parents we never stop wanting happiness for our children. We want to raise kind and intelligent little humans who turn into kind and intelligent adults. My goal is to always allow my children to experience life. While I’m behind the scenes…

  • Family,  Health

    Count your blessings

    I can count my blessings on one hand… One week ago I found out I had a hole in my heart. Although, it would take further testing to determine the nature of the hole and whether it was something called a PFO (Patent Foramen Ovale) or ASD (Atrial Septal Defect), all that I could hear was that I had “a hole in my heart.” For one week, I stared at my children’s faces, memorizing them. I banked every smile and laugh into my memory. I went into their bedrooms at night, watched them sleep so peacefully and listened to them breath. I reminded them every day for one week “wherever you are, I…

  • Family,  Happenings,  Health

    9/11 “Thoughts to end your day with.”

    A friend of mine posted this of Facebook today. It was written last year by a person named Josh Henderson. Reading this post changed me.  Josh is right. Every word of this is true. Life is precious, short, valuable, and irreplaceable. Don’t live with regret. It’s never too late to start anew, pursue a dream, fall in love. And it is SO important to tell those you love exactly how you feel. I whisper to my children every night before bed and shout to them every morning as I  drop them off at school “Mommy LOVES you.” I would say 90% of my phone calls end with those three words. I-LOVE-YOU. I say it…