Thursday, February 29, 2024

Montly Musings: How To Survive The Winter Months Edition


Hi Friends!  Patty and I are so glad you are here!  We hope you will join us in our linkup as we answer the questions below.  This month we are talking how to survive the winter months- can't wait to get some inspiration from all of you...here we go....

1. What Do You Do In the Winter That Brings You JOY?

When I think about November and December, getting ready for the holidays...cooking warm and cozy meals and celebrating with family and friends always brings me joy.  When I think about the New Year and the rest of the winter months, I think about fun indoor activities like watching my kids dance/play hockey

2. How Do You Stay Warm and Cozy?

I wear warm clothing/get cozy with a blanket and sometimes pull out the space heater and I also love to light a good candle to make things extra cozy around here

3. What are you looking forward to this winter?

Umm...when it is over...sorry not sorry...ha!

4. Favorite Wintertime Activities?

Not much....going to the movies...dinner out....maybe bowling?  Again, counting down the days until spring!

5. Favorite Months of Winter?

November and December as we enjoy so many fun seasonal/holiday traditions

6. Favorite Dishes To Make In Winter?

Risotto like this one HERE


Chili like this one HERE


Soups like this one HERE


7. Gas or Wood Burning Fireplace?

We have a wood burning fireplace and we have been enjoying more fires this year than ever before but if I had my pick I would pick a gas one for sure- the flick of a switch sounds like heaven to me!

8. Favorite Winter Hot Beverage?

Coffee of course



9. Favorite Winter Movies





Sex And The City



Beautiful Girls




10. How Do You Stay Healthy In Winter?


Exercise regularly- mostly indoors

Drink water

Hydrate- Hydrate- Hydrate



 Can't wait to see how you "survive" and see if I can draw some inspiration off of you!





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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

What's Up Wednesday: February 2024


Hi Friends!  It is time for my favorite link up of the month!  I love sharing what's up with us here in our little world and seeing what's up with all of you!  As always, linking up with Sheaffer and Shay HERE and answering the questions above....



What We're Eating This Week


It's school vacation week which means an easier week in the kitchen for Mama- yeah!


Monday Mimi's Leftover Chicken Parm and Angel Hair


Tuesday Baked Chicken Tacos with Homemade Guac and Chips


Wednesday Girls at Mimi and Papa's- M&D Out for Date Night

***EDIT CHANGE OF PLANS: Mimi and Papa are sick so we are pivoting tonight and not sure what Mama will cook***

Thursday Eating Out in Boston at "Blu" after College Tour

Friday Friday Night Pizza Night!



 What I'm Reminiscing About

With all of the hockey lately, we have been reminiscing about the first time we put Pidge on skates- it really feels like yesterday-she loved it and when we tried to take her off the ice, she screamed and cried- we should've known- ha!  :)

First time on skates- at 18 months old


What I'm Loving



Have you tried it yet?  Really enjoying the fresh scent around our house :)

What We've Been Up To

Mama had an awesome long weekend in Miami Beach with Besties

I have been enjoying heated yoga- feels so good in the dead of winter


The School Deliberative Session is always one of my favorite nights in town all year- some besties and I truly appreciate it!

A Night of Indian Food and "John Tucker Must Die" was just what the doctor ordered :)


Eva and Daddy whipped up a creative Valentine Box this year- a Pink Shark!


We loved seeing Caden as Kenickie in Derryfield's Production of Grease!


Date Walks Have Continued


Diana enjoyed the ADE Dance Convention in Boston where she was named a Protegee All Star

and we loved being able to enjoy a dinner out in Boston after as a family!

We celebrated Valentine's Day with some little treats and love from Mimi and Papa

Mama Hosted a "Galentine's"  Themed Wine Group which was a Wine and Popcorn Tasting!


We loved seeing Diana as A Mother in a One Act Play Entitled "When Altars Burn" at WHS

The Hockey Moms enjoyed a night out and we had a great time as we bonded- such a great group of families- down to earth- welcoming- BEST sports parents I have encountered for sure!


Daddy and Pidge had a great Date Night


While Diana hosted a fun little Valentine Party at home

We have lived in hockey rinks all winter! :)

and Mama tried a new Aerobic Dance Class called "Vxn"...can't wait to go back!

Eva had a great night out with her Godmother Alice and her daughter Amber


and Mama hosted Book Club #31- We Read "Happy Place" by Emily Henry

We loved seeing and hearing Diana sing "Rainbow" at the Tri M Talent Show last week too!


and last weekend was another full weekend of hockey!

Nothing beats "Pidge in the Penalty Box"

What I am Dreading

Taxes...UGH....hate this time of year

What I'm Working On

My Family- My Marriage- My Health- My Career- Blackout

Full Life- Always Striving for BALANCE

What I'm Excited About

Starting College Visits- I think I am more excited than Diana- Rob keeps saying "You know she is going...not you." HA!!



What I'm Watching/Reading

I have watched a couple of documentaries

Lover Stalker Killer on Netflix

SOOO Good and What a Twist!

and just started Death In The Dorms 2 on Hulu- Having a Hard Time with this one but watching and taking notes so we can coach Diana when she goes off to college in a few years- sad but true

and have loved that Abbott Elementary finally came back!

and we continue to enjoy Blue Bloods


I also devoured "My Life With The Walter Boys" on Netflix- flew through the season and hope it comes back!

and my two books for February were.....

"Happy Place" by Emily Henry (also our book club read for the month- Book Club #31 to be exact!)

Synopsis: Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college—they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t.
They broke up five months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends.
Which is how they find themselves sharing a bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade. Their annual respite from the world, where for one vibrant, blissful week they leave behind their daily lives; have copious amounts of cheese, wine, and seafood; and soak up the salty coastal air with the people who understand them most.
Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth while trying not to notice how desperately they still want each other. Because the cottage is for sale and this is the last week they’ll all have together in this place. They can’t stand to break their friends’ hearts, and so they’ll play their parts. Harriet will be the driven surgical resident who never starts a fight, and Wyn will be the laid-back charmer who never lets the cracks show. It’s a flawless plan (if you look at it from a great distance and through a pair of sunscreen-smeared sunglasses). After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week…in front of those who know you best?

The consensus at Book Club was that it was cute but long and slow at times

and then I am finishing up 

"The Teacher" by Freida McFadden

Synopsis: Eve has a good life. She wakes up each day, kisses her husband Nate, and heads off to teach math at the local high school. All is as it should be. Except…

Last year, Caseham High was rocked by a scandal involving a student-teacher affair, with one student, Addie, at its center. But Eve knows there is far more to these ugly rumors than meets the eye.

Addie can’t be trusted. She lies. She hurts people. She destroys lives. At least, that’s what everyone says.

But nobody knows the real Addie. Nobody knows the secrets that could destroy her. And Addie will do anything to keep it quiet…


So far so GREAT...another awesome psychological thriller...I love The Housemaid and The Housemaid's Secret so I knew she wouldn't let me down!

What I'm Listening To


All of my music- Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, 90's, Show Tunes..you name it...I am shuffling when I am in the car!

What I'm Wearing

so I LOVED getting a taste of spring and summer fashion when I went to Miami

I pulled out the colorful palazzo pants, some Lilly and dresses with sandals....I was living my best fashion life

and when I am home and working or out and about or even working out....I have been enjoying some more hip athleisure attire as of late

What I'm Doing This Weekend

Well we are coming home Friday Night from a college visit in Connecticut...then on Saturday we are driving up north for the first hockey game of the playoffs...Saturday Night I am heading over to Tuscan Village for a Wine Festival with BA and then on Sunday it is church and more hockey...of course there will be walks, work, church, organizing and food shopping mixed in too

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month

Seeing Diana as Young Cosette in Les Mis!!  Woohoo!!!

What Else Is New?

 I think I covered it all!

Favorite Recent Amazon Purchase

Yellow Dress for Diana :)



That's a wrap!  

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