Jul 17, 2014 by

This week marks nine years of Marie & Mike.  Nine Years!  We are almost a decade worth of Schweitzer!  Like woah.  We are going on a little anniversarymoon to celebrate.  It’s kind of a thing we do.  Just get away for a couple of days and act like we’re a couple of carefree singles eating fried clams at happy hour and a little too tipsy when it’s daylight.  No stress, just a couple of drinks and a late night with no early morning wakeups.  We’ll definitely be toasting to all of our blessings, for sure.  A picture is worth a thousand words, no?  Well how about nine!


This is what One Year looks like.

year one

This is what Two Years looks like.


This is what Three Years looks like.

year 4

This is what Four Years looks like.

year 5

Our $1.80 Lunch Date

Jul 10, 2014 by

If there’s one thing I’ve learned after having kids, is that a little bit of fun goes a LONG WAY.  Here we are, in the thick of summer, trying to come up with fun, inspiring, and attention grabbing family activities, and oh yeah, trying not to go bankrupt after a day trip.  What’s a family to do?!  I’m not even kiddng when I say this, but, head on over to your local membership warehouse store.  Not a member? I’m pretty sure you can snag a trial membership, or go with a friend for an afternoon.  Here’s how last Saturday went down-  It’s mid morning, the kids were definitely getting restless after being awake for 4 hours, and the toys and Jake & The Neverland Pirates were not cutting it.  Mutiny was afoot.  Combine this with the fact that we noticed our supply of baby Puffs, granola bars, and most importantly- SOAP was running dangerously low.  (Like to the point that we were using those tiny cheap-o hotel soap bars to-bathe-ourselves-low.)  There was nothing left to do but load the kids in the car and drive to the store.

Fun Indoor 4th of July Projects

Jul 3, 2014 by

As we are approaching the 4th of July, it looks like Mother Nature will be launching a fireworks extravaganza of her own up here in New England.  Complete with torrential rainfall, wind, and flood warnings, our Friday, the 4th of July is not lookin’ too good.  What was sure to be an outdoor water park atmosphere at our house on Friday with family, now looks like it’s going to be an indoor craft project expo!  In light of the forecast, I headed over to my favorite Dollar Store, and craft supply store, and picked up a bunch of great indoor project ideas for our Fourth.  Don’t worry- there’s still time for you, too!  Head on out before the rain hits, and snag some great indoor play ideas for you and your kids.  Our CT Working Moms Blogger, Sarah, really struck gold with her craft projects for the 4th, and what I think, are pretty much great for the entire month of July, with its patriotic theme!

Date Night, and the Key Lime Pie That Got Away.

Jun 26, 2014 by

date night

Scene from an elusive date night.  Circa 2012.

Dear mid-level restaurant (or any restaurant for that matter)-

This past weekend my husband and I were able to score a date night, complete with a kid-free overnight, thanks to my awesome parents who took the Twosome for a sleepover.  This is no easy feat.  Hell, it’s no easy feat to even secure a date night without a sleepover!  Schedules get busy, life gets in the way, and finding the time and disposable income to finance a night fueled with drinks at the bar, apps, meals, and dessert takes coordination.  (Considering our last date night was Valentine’s Day).  There are a LOT of moving parts involved in date nights.  This being the reality of date nights for parents of kids, my husband and I chose our restaurant carefully (and again, with the help of my parents who gave me a gift card to this particular place for my birthday in December, the decision was made).

Music Time Capsule

Jun 19, 2014 by



When I was little, I have vivid memories of kneeling in front of my parent’s stereo and rifling through their old records.  Records they bought when they were in high school, college, stationed on a Navy base in California, and young working parents.  I loved opening them up and looking at the pictures and reading the lyrics as I listened to the music spinning.  The Doors, Harry Chapin, Neil Diamond, and, best of all, laughing at the outfits of some of the bands on my mom’s Italian albums.  It was like a psychedelic thrill ride into their past, as young, fun, and carefree teens and twentysomethings always are.


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