Champagne Taste

My girl has it.

Last Friday I took her out to dinner for a mommy/daughter date, and afterward, we went to Sears to look for some summery clothes for the trip we’re taking at the end of the month. On the way out, she noticed a table of perfumes — and singled out a bottle of Coach Poppy.

“Mmmm! This smells good, Mommy! Smell it!” she said, lifting the tester up to her nose. And so I did. And then I coaxed her over to the cash register so we could pay for our purchases and leave.

As we’re walking out, we walk past the table with the Coach perfumes again.

“Mommy? Can we buy that next time we’re here?” she asked. I crouched down next to her and pointed to the sign.

“That says $65. Do you have $65?” I asked.
She shook her head.
“Here, why don’t I put just a tiny bit on you so you can enjoy it for now? $65 is a lot of money!” I said and sprayed a bit of the tester on her tiny wrist.

She was overjoyed.

The next day we went to Target as a family, and I was relaying the above story to Mr. Dad. She was listening intently and looking up at me with those beautiful brown eyes and I said, jokingly, “You’re going to need to marry a rich man!”

And what did my little princess reply?

“Yes! I’m going to marry a rich man! Like DADDY!”

I think we both simultaneously busted a gut laughing.
(And I fear for her future boyfriends!)

Miss A’s First Blizzard

About two weeks ago, we got hit by a blizzard named Nemo, which dropped about 24 inches of snow on us over a 12 hour period. We were literally snowed in from the front — the snow was piled up so high in front of our front door that we couldn’t open it. Fortunately, we could get out the back, and so we had a little fun!

While we were waiting for the snow to stop, though, we had to make do with what we had in the house and had a little fun there…

We painted pictures


And played with castles



And played with ALL of our toys.


And then it was time to go outside! I’ll just let these pictures speak for themselves…



This was at midnight, before we went to bed, shortly after the blizzard started. By the next morning, we couldn’t even get the door open.





The view from my front door. The snow is flush with the bottom of our screen, which is about two feet above the ground.



The people who do snow removal dug out just enough space to open the door on the day after the storm. This is Miss A standing in the little crevice they dug for us.



A tree right outside my front door.
Trying to make a snow angel in the super deep snow


Heading back up the hill they were sledding on



Funny/Cute things said by Miss A

I haven’t done this in awhile, but Miss A never fails to say some of the funniest things during the week. Here are some of this week’s funny/cute/sweet moments:


After I had a really, really bad day:
Miss A: You know why I want you to do my bath and bedtime? Because I love you the mostest.


Miss A: Hey mommy, where’d you get your necklace?
Me: The necklace store! (I couldn’t remember where I got it).
Miss A (to every random object in the room): Hey! Where’d you get this plate? The plate store? Where’d you get this shirt? The shirt store? Where’d you get this chicken nugget, the chicken nugget store? Oh wait! I have to go potty!
(goes potty, flushes, washes hands, sneaks back downstairs)
(peeks head around corner and motions for someone to come upstairs)
In totally serious voice: Where’d you get this toilet? The toilet store?


Miss A and Mr Dad were discussing the Super Bowl, which she says she wanted to watch.

First she asked if the Rays were playing, which was adorable.

Miss A: “Daddy, which team is the good guys and which team is the bad guys?”
Mr Dad: “Well, tonight the Ravens are the good guys and the 49ers are the bad guys.”
Miss A: “Oh, I hope the good guys win!”


Miss A has a picture book of old friends from Florida that I made for her before we moved. One night, she started insisting that she wanted to send the pictures of her and her “boyfriend” A back to him.

The next morning, Mr Dad was in her room picking out her clothes when she woke up. The first thing she said was, “Daddy? Remember you said we could send the pictures to A today?”

He eventually talked her down to only sending one picture, but also wanted to know why she was
so insistent that she had to send him a picture. Her answer? “Because I love him, and I miss him.”


This wasn’t something she said, but something she did:

Miss A runs in the kitchen, punches Mr Dad in the stomach, grabs the box of cookies off the counter, and runs off laughing. It was a mugging by preschooler!


Mr Dad, while puttingMiss A to bed: “I love you, sweetie. ”
Miss A (to Mr Dad): “I love you more. Also, I love you mostest. ”


Me: What was the best part of your day?
Miss A: Staying home with Daddy. (I was at the grocery store.)
Me: I’m so glad you had fun with Daddy!
Miss A: But you know what made me sad? When you weren’t here. I was a lot happy staying home with Daddy, but I was a little sad that you weren’t here.


Miss A, to Mr Dad: You know how I like you better? With your glasses on.


Miss A: (running upstairs) I’m going to turn off the lights!
(seconds pass)
Hey! Mommy! What did I say I was coming up here to do?

(Been there, done that kiddo!)


Mr Dad: “Alright,Miss A. I need you to just do
one thing for me and put on your shoes while I go start the car and take
the trash out.”
Miss A: “Awww, but that’s BORING!”


While watching She-Ra on Hulu Plus
Me: I used to watch this show when I was your age!
Miss A: How old was I when you were my age?


Miss A: “Mommy…I’m hungry. But I don’t want to eat.”
Me: Umm…I can’t help you there, kiddo.


Miss A: Did you know the hard part of your body is your skeleton?
(my goodness, she is smart!)


Said multiple times a day:
Miss A: I just want someone to SNUGGLE with me!


Finally, this, created as she was randomly laying out letter cards. Totally and 100% unplanned, unprompted and inappropriate. But funny. One day when she can read, this won’t be so funny.


Miss A can read!

Last weekend we were at Target, and because Miss A loves books so much, we cruised over to the kids books sections for her to entertain herself for a few minutes. I knew they had been learning a few “popcorn words” at school, but I had no idea she could do THIS.


I was pretty sure I was annoying the other people in the aisle by standing there and recording her, so I only caught a few moments, but she eventually read through this whole book, which she had never seen before.  She read each “regular” page and had Scott read what was under each of the “flips” (which is what she calls the “lift the flap” part of books). I was SO  impressed by her ability to read!

There were a few words that she got caught up on, but she even took the time to sound them out, letter by letter and syllable by syllable.

I am a proud, proud mama. My little girl is so smart! She’ll be at the top of her class when she starts kindergarten later this year!

Good thing I’m a quick thinker…

I live for Wednesdays. On Wednesdays, Mr. Dad works late and I get to pick up Miss A from school. If he’s working really late, we go do something fun, just the two of us. Tonight was dinner at a local restaurant, a trip to the Apple Store, and a trip to the scrapbooking store.

The scrapbooking store I went to tonight has some novelty books. First, she ran to the “Goodnight iPod book” all excited, thinking it was “Goodnight Moon”. Unfortunately, the other book she ran to was the “Go the Fuck to Sleep” book. Upon seeing it, thinking it was a kids book, her face LIT UP.

“Oooh Mommy! What’s this book called?” she asked.
“Um…’Go to Sleep.'” I replied.

She looked at me quizzically and then back at the book. Unfortunately…she can now READ. Which makes avoiding issues like this a lot more challenging.

“Go…the…ffff…ehh…hey mommy, what’s this F-word?” she asks.
“It’s a grown-up word.” I reply.
“Oh. Hey can you read this to me?” She asks.
“Hey! Look at this cute book with puppies over here!” I reply.

Whew. Quick thinking, Mommy. Quick thinking.

It did set the mood for the night, though, when I was trying to get her to go to bed and she was very loudly singing “I LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT” over and over again. For ten minutes.

Happy 2013!

Whew, time really got away from me! The last time I posted was right before Thanksgiving, so naturally, a lot has happened since then!

On Thanksgiving, I ran in a local Turkey Trot 5k race. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know that the last race I ran was the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge, which was actually 3.5 miles, and I completed that in 59:53. That was back in July. The Turkey Trot 5k (3.1 miles) took place after some training and preparation, and I completed it in 45:08, which means when you adjust for distance, I cut about 12 minutes off of my race time. It’s my personal best to-date, so I’m happy with it — but my goal for 2013 is to run a 5k in under 30 minutes.

Me, after the 5k. Wearing the same shirt I wore for the JP Morgan Chase race. I look like a hot mess.

After the race, we went home, I cleaned up and we drove down to Connecticut to have Thanksgiving dinner with family down there. And I was so exhausted that even though I brought my camera, I didn’t take pictures of the feasting. After all, I had been up all night cooking, and then got up early and ran 3.1 miles before making a 3 hour drive…what can you expect? I did take some cute pictures before we left though…

Of course, following Thanksgiving entered the craziness of the holiday season.

First and foremost, I GOT A PROMOTION!! I was super excited to have gotten promoted so quickly at work. My 1 year anniversary isn’t until the end of February, so it was truly an honor. I love the company I work for and I hope to be there for quite some time. I also have some work friends to thank for helping to encourage me along the way, so anyone from work reading this — THANKS!

We started off December 1st with a bit of snow, we went to a holiday party at a local rec center, and then to the Holly Faire at our church. Santa was at the holiday party, however, Miss A was freaked out by him so I decided not to force the issue. No Santa pics for us this year! Maybe next year…

Coloring a stocking. Sitting across from Santa. Trying to get the courage to sit on his lap.



A snow-touched tree on our patio.



Santa is behind her (out of frame). This is as close as she would get.



Later in the month, Miss A and I made a “gingerbread” house made out of graham crackers. It looked pretty, but it did NOT keep well. Nevertheless, we had fun.



The finished product! That’s a snowbathing gingerbread man on a green blanket, by the way.

And then came…CHRISTMAS!! Miss A got TWO Christmases this year…one in Connecticut at her Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and one here in Boston. We started the day just the three of us, and she opened the ridiculous amount of gifts that she got. Then I Skyped with my family back in Florida, and got to see my parents and sister and brother in law, and my amazing niece and nephew.

Later, all three of Mr Dad’s sisters came up to Boston to stay with us for a few days…which was AWESOME. I’m lucky to have three amazing sister-in-laws, and Miss A is lucky to have FOUR amazing aunts!

“Uncle” Pooh Bear (Aunt J’s boyfriend) got her a stylus for Daddy’s iPad!




Grandma Tammy got her Princess Candy Land!


Grandma Tammy and Grandpa Joe got her a sled! This came in handy…you’ll see!





Miss A with (L-R) Aunts J, S, and T


Family picture taken in front of a huge Christmas Tree at Fanueil Hall in Downtown Boston



Making ice cream with (L-R) Aunts S and T!


Kisses for Aunt S’s doggy Frankie!

Then, came the GREAT SNOWFALL OF 2012. Seriously, six inches in one 24 hour period and that was the most snow that fell in all of 2012 here in Boston. Miss A ATE IT UP.


















And that catches us up to present! We had a pretty laid back New Year’s Eve…we had a couple of friends over and played board games (and Miss A played her Leappad, which was by far her favorite Christmas gift). Mr Dad and I went back to work on January 2nd, and then on January 5th I came down with THE FLU. Ugh. I got my flu shot and everything. And then Miss A caught it. But we’re all on the mend now and ready to embrace the rest of what 2013 has to offer!

Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, November 10, 2012 is Neighborhood Toy Store Day! As we’re about to commence on the biggest time of year for retailers, please don’t forget about your local neighborhood toy stores. Sure, the big box stores may have big aisles, tons of products, and deep discounts, but your local toy shop owner is sure to be a lot more knowledgeable about his or her products, and you’ll be feeding your local economy by shopping there.

You can find your local Neighborhood Toy Store Day event at

Local toy stores have GREAT products that you may or may not find elsewhere. I recently received a selection of toys that can be found in independent toy stores, and both Miss A and I were super excited about them.


We received the My First Super Science Kit, Puppet on a Stick set, and Brio Classic Figure 8 Train set.

The Brio Classic Figure 8 Train set was by far her favorite. She played with it for about an hour! The great thing about the Brio train sets, I found after doing some searching around for Christmas ideas, is that it’s actually compatible with some other train sets too (Imaginarium, for example), so you can really mix and match for a creative experience.




We really enjoyed the Puppet on a Stick set too. We had been playing a game I invented called “Sock Puppet Theater” for awhile, but now we can play them with these stick puppets, and they’ve introduced even more creativity to our game!

She was not quite as interested in the My First Science Kit, but she did like the stick that lights up when  you touch both ends that was included in the package.


Here are the specs on the three toys we received:

BRIO Classic Figure 8 Train Set by Schylling Toys

  • Winner of ASTRA’s Best Toys for Kids 2012 award (Category: Classic Play/0-7).
  • The classic wooden railway set includes 15 track pieces, a sleek engine, two railway cars plus accessories to build the perfect “figure 8” train track.
  • For children 2+.
  • Suggested retail price: $49.99.
  • Can be found at independent toy stores nationwide.

Puppet-on-a-Stick by Educational Insights

  • Winner of ASTRA’s Best Toys for Kids 2012 award (Category: Pretend/Doll Play).
  • These adorable puppets on sticks can be used for puppet shows, pretend play, story time, YouTube theater and more!
  • Each puppet has an oversized head with wacky googly eyes, a movable mouth and a handle.
  • For kids 4+ years.
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99.
  • Can be found at independent toy stores nationwide.

My First Super Science Kit by Be Amazing Toy Company

  • Winner of ASTRA’s Best Toys for Kids 2012 award (Category: Science Play).
  • Junior scientists can explore, experiment and discover with the My First Super Science Kit. It includes materials for over 70 exciting science experiments.
  • For children 4+.
  • Suggested retail price: $39.99.
  • Can be found at independent toy stores nationwide.

Disclaimer: I received these toys free of charge to facilitate this review, but was not otherwise compensated. Receipt of review items has not influenced this review and the above expressed is my opinion only.

Fall Fair at Dedham Community House

Where have I been??? Honestly, life has been super, super busy the past few weeks and I haven’t had a chance to think about blogging. I did want to share some totally adorable pictures from this weekend. Unfortunately, these are all iPod Touch photos, because this trip was totally unplanned.

Over the weekend, Mr. Dad and his team participated in ExtraLife, which was a 24 hour gaming event which, at the end of the day, raised $1.8 MILLION dollars for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals — including Boston Children’s Hospital. How awesome is that?? His team alone raised over $30,000! Needless to say, though, when he returned home at 8:30AM on Sunday, he was exhausted, so I took Miss A to church alone. Which was super fun! I had volunteered to sub for the secondary teacher in their Spirit Play (Sunday School) class, and we had a great time.

After church was over, we walked out the front door and saw some happenings over at the Dedham Community House (we attend First Church and Parish — Unitarian Universalist — which is right across the street from the Dedham Community House). Miss A saw a bouncy house, and, being a four-year-old, was naturally interested. So, I told her we could walk over and check it out. Mr. Dad still needed some peace and quiet to sleep, after all.

As it turned out, it was the Dedham Community House’s Fall Fair! They had a big pile of hay to play in (Miss A favorite!), games, face painting, pony rides (which we waitied in line for 45 minutes for!), food, pumpkin decorating, bouncy houses, and all sorts of other fun. I didn’t have my good camera with me, but I did take a ton of pictures on my iPod just to have some memories. I’ll let them do the talking for me.














Nominations for the First Sports Illustrated Kids SportsParent of the Year Award

Sports Illustrated Kids SportParent of the Year Awards

If your family is like mine, sports are a big deal! Whether it’s baseball, football, lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, or any other sport, Sports Illustrated Kids wants to recognize parents who are involved in kids sports. This year they will be holding their first ever SportsParent of the Year Award! If you know a parent who is dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and incorporating sports into their community or family, you can nominate him or her, or you can even nominate yourself!

The top prize is a $1,000 Visa gift card to use for their child’s sports, and they may even be featured in a future issue of Sports Illustrated Kids!

To submit your nomination for SportParent of the year, visit Then, make sure to like SIKids on Facebook, and share your entry with your friends and family on Facebook! If you tweet, use hashtag #SPOTY2012

Sports Illustrated Kids SportParent of the Year Nomination Form

Deadline to enter is September 24, 2012. One entry per email address. Good luck!

Disclosure: Our blog received a year subscription, promotional merchandise and information from Sports Illustrated Kids in conjunction with this post.

Kids Bath Towels From Kidorable are Adorable — Review

We love all things Kidorable, and their kids bath towels can’t be beat! We recently got the Lucky Cat Kids Bath Towel we received earlier this week is no exception. It is soft, cuddly, durable, cute, and the designers didn’t skimp on the details. Just look at this thing:

From the adorable, smiling cat face, to the plush paws and tail, to the little pocket with the mouse on it, this towel is perfect down to the thread. We got the medium-sized one, and it was the perfect size for Miss A, who is a perfectly average sized four year old.

What you may also notice here is that the kitty paws are made so that your little kiddo’s hands can fit into them! What a cute little detail. Miss A absolutely loved this feature, and immediately after discovering this, began crawling around, meowing, and pretending to be a kitty. It’s a towel that doubles for dress-up!

This is our second Kidorable towel. About two years ago, we got the Ladybug kids bath towel, and I have to say, after two years of use and repeated washings, it has held up and continues to be Miss A’s favorite towel. Now it has a buddy!

These bath towels are available at for $38, but now through September 30, 2012, you can save 20% on your entire Kidorable purchase with the purchase of any towel by using the code DRYOFF33. Take it from me, these towels are TOTALLY worth it!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way. Kidorable provided me with a review package. All content in this review is my opinion. A big thanks to Kidorable for supplying one of their awesome towels for review!