Phoning it in at Dinner Time

Jul 30, 2015 by

It’s Summer.  It’s HOT.  And I really, really, really, REALLY do not want to cook or prepare meals outside of the daily lunch boxes that accompany the kids to preschool.  I’m phoning it in, and frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn.  (It’s too hot to give any damns).  TOO HOT.

Last week I prepared an amazing one pot meal that lasted us for days- the kids ate it at night for dinner, and brought it to school in their little thermoses.  A one pot wonder, if you will.  Guy Fieri’s American Chop Suey, which I made with ground chicken and turkey was easy, and a huge hit!


american chop

*photo, courtesy*

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Jul 16, 2015 by


Or, otherwise entitled, “Take me OUT OF the Ball Game: Adventures in Parenting Toddlers in the Wild.”  By, Marie & Erin.

Erin and I live dangerously.  You may remember us from such tales as, “Taking Children to real life restaurants and living to tell about it,” and, the Mom Classic- “ESCAPED- one night out in public without children”

The 4th of July brings us to another tale.  We brought the brood to a New Britain Rock Cats baseball game over 4th of July weekend.  It was a great idea!  We had a Groupon ticket deal- the seats were AMAZING- right behind home plate, and the weather forecast promised a cool, bright evening, not a rain cloud in sight.

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Free Fun on a Rainy Day

Jul 2, 2015 by


We had some big plans for Sunday.  They involved a big family-size inflatable pool, hot dogs, and a fire pit with S’mores.  Mother Nature, however, had others.  Instead of the hot and steamy afternoon in the pool, we were met with a soggy and pretty chilly day that we would have to turn around.  We quickly took a little detour and brought the whole family to Cabela’s, of all places!

Have you ever been?

I may have blogged about this before, so stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but, man, Cabela’s is a treasure trove of fun for little kids!  They have an aquarium in the middle of the store.  A legit aquarium!  There are displays through out the store, a wildlife museum, and oh, did I mention an aquarium??


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Life, in Pictures

Jun 18, 2015 by

My homegirl, Mary Grace, had a great post up yesterday about texting– it’s our new lifeline- whether you like it or not, texting is here to stay, and it’s only gonna get bigger, IMO.  (In my opinion).  We just came off of another Legislative Session at the Capitol in Hartford, and, like Mary Grace, I had some late crazy nights, where my only connection to my family, and the outside world, for that matter, was through texting.  So, for your viewing pleasure, I would like to show you a condensed version of what my life looked like during those busy weeks full of late nights at work- all in pictures.  My little life story during session!

Pictures of my loving family during the bath time routine- oh how I missed those bubble baths and clean-smelling children every night!

mike liv


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Three Generations of Pure Love

May 21, 2015 by

mothers day

Look at us.  I mean just LOOK.  AT.  US. 

Often, well, no, strike that…. Every Time someone looks at a picture of me and Livvy, I hear, “Oh Wow!!  She really is your Mini Me!!”  And I smile a sheepish smile, nod my head, and say, “Yep!  Just like lookin’ in a mirror!”

Which is why I simply could not resist sharing this mini-me-ness with you all! My mom, Livvy, and me, on Mother’s Day.  All the ducks in a row.  And you want to talk about looking in a mirror, look at this- it’s like Guy Smiley episode of “Here is Your Life!”

So, on the heels of this epic Mother’s Day photo shoot, I present to you, Livvy, your very own quick version of Here is Your Life!

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