Sidney’s Cupcake Birthday Party


My little girl is ONE! On Sunday afternoon, we had our closest friends & family over to celebrate her big day with a cupcake-themed bash. The weather turned from a rainy, cold morning to bright, sunny and 65 degrees during the party. We lucked out! The party guests ranged in age from 8 months to 8 years old, so we had a variety of activities set up for all ages. Craft tables for the Continue Reading

Letters to Sidney: 11 Months


Dear Sidney, Please accept my apologies for being late on your letter this month (again). You're almost a year old and I'm just now getting the time to write your 11 month letter. Let me start off by letting you know that even at 11.5 months old, you are "little miss thing." Your sass and strength always bring a smile to Dad & me. You're learning how to walk now, but still rely on Continue Reading

Turd-Apples Happen


My children could not be more opposite. One is thin, the other chunky. One was born a with bald blonde head and the other had a thick, dark mane from day 1. One hates to eat, one could win an eating contest at 9 months old. With no teeth. Now that Sidney is mobile, we can add to the list of opposites: fear. Jackson has always been very cautious (like his father) while Sidney's personality is Continue Reading

We’ve Got Crabs!

hermit crabs

Introducing Dora in the pink, Charlie wearing the baseball shell and Tebow sporting the alligator (of course)... In a moment of weakness yesterday, I stopped at the hermit crab shack in the mall. I've always avoided it because I have a soft spot in my heart for hermit crabs (story about that later), but today Jackson pointed and said "Mama, look at that crab, it's BOOTI-FUL!!!" I assured him Continue Reading

Summer Block Party Planning

One tired little dude with an Alligator face at the end of the party!

This time last year, I was 5 months pregnant and we were building our house. Fast forward through moving in during the Fall, having a baby and planning a fundraiser for a dear friend we are now enjoying Summer in New England. I don't believe I have ever written about how much I LOVE our new neighborhood, especially since we live near some great friends (who I originally met on Twitter through a Continue Reading

My Hero, Jackson

At the RI State House celebrating Jackson's cord blood match

As a parent, I know there will be many times my heart fills with pride for my children. Last Friday, I was able to experience it when Jackson was honored by the Rhode Island Blood Center for being a hero. Jackson's donated cord blood was the second match of our state's program (there have been 8 total). I've written before about how he saved a little girl's life, but it was an amazing Continue Reading

My son, the hero: how he saved a life with his cord blood

My hero, 2 years old

I received a phone call this morning from a nice lady at the Rhode Island Blood Center asking me if I received the invitation to their reception at the RI State House celebrating their successful cord blood matches. I was embarrassed to admit I had thrown the invite out, thinking it was a generic invitation that also fell on the same night we were planning to go out for our fifth wedding Continue Reading

Sidney Girl is 6 Months Old!


Dear Sidney, Happy 6 month birthday! Dad & I enjoyed celebrating your sixth month of life on our fifth wedding anniversary-- you were the perfect gift! You have grown up so much in the past month. You can sit up on your own, with little assistance, roll both ways like a champ and are sleeping very well. I’d say you’re between 15 and 16 pounds (we haven’t had a check up yet, but I’ll Continue Reading

Amber Teething Necklaces: Hoax or Hero?


Sidney has been chewing on EVERYTHING lately and I think it's the beginning of teething. She doesn't seem to be in pain (yet) but as her Mama, I want her to be in as little pain as possible. My friend Katie's son has always worn his amber teething necklace and she swears by them. Then my friend Chrystal {@mamacavy on Twitter} said even her daycare noticed when her daughter missed a day of wearing Continue Reading