NaBloPoMo – The Finish Line is Finally in Sight

I can’t believe we are almost to the end of November. Okay, what I really mean is I can’t believe we’re almost to the end of National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). Time sure flies when you’re having fun, eh? I don’t know that I would necessarily say it’s been all fun, but it hasn’t been […]

Thanksgiving Meal Plan & Tips for a Less-Stress Holiday

  For the first time in many years we have made the decision to stay home for Thanksgiving. As much as I’ll miss spending the day with extended family members, it will be nice not having to drive 1-2 hours in each direction on a holiday. We’ll be able to simply enjoy the day as […]

Having a Brother with Autism – What I Wish for Cody & Nick

On an almost daily basis I think about my hopes and dreams for Cody and Nick. Not only the wishes I have for each of them individually, but also for their connection as brothers. I know it can be really difficult for Nick because Cody isn’t necessarily the big brother he needs or wants sometimes, […]

Why I Never Wear the Color Red + A runDisney Tee Giveaway

As a redhead I sometimes get asked about what colors I wear (and don’t wear) and for the most part I say I’m pretty much willing to try anything, even boldly wearing many pink pieces of clothing over the years against my mother’s advice. She is a fellow redhead and would have never worn anything […]

It’s a Happy Night in #PatsNation

The one thing I didn’t want to do today is exactly the thing I’m doing right now. I’m up way past my bedtime to watch my New England Patriots play for the first time in three weeks (thankfully they won, which makes staying up so late totally worth it). I’ve dozed off more than once […]

Cleaning Out the Clutter & Saying Goodbye to Summer

Here I go again putting off writing for NaBloPoMo until the very last minute. You’d think I’d have learned by now to fit it in earlier in the day, but today was especially challenging since it’s the weekend and everyone was at home together. I really try very hard not to get online (much) when […]


If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life it’s that reaching goals requires a great deal of discipline and hard work. Whether it’s working out to lose weight, training for a half marathon, or participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), I’ve come to realize that staying committed and focused is the key to achieving […]

4 Mood Boosters to Get Through a Gloomy Winter Day

I don’t know about you, but this time of year is tough for me. Some days are fine, but others are just plain awful. The lack of sunshine and the increase in cold temperatures seem to team up as they attempt to knock me and my mood down for the count. On a better day […]

I’d Rather Feel Disappointment Than Nothing At All

Have you ever realized just how bad you wanted a job after you learned you were no longer in the running? That’s exactly what happened to me today and it’s actually a good thing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I went into the application process with a casual attitude and not wanting the […]

Sometimes Parenting is Hard in the Most Wonderful Way

When Nick came to me a few days ago to ask if he could get a lip ring my immediate response was absolutely not, no way, never gonna happen. He asked why not a million times and I gave responses that made me sound really old, like at least 50 or something. Then I thought […]