New Year’s Resolutions for Moms

Dec 18, 2014 by

You know that old saying, Reach for the Moon, you may land on a Star?  Well, I will not be doing any of that for my New Year’s “Resolutions” this year.  Yep.  Shootin’ for ye old MEDIOCRATY this year.  I’m talking about good old normalcy and maintenance.  No new goals or high hopes for me- just keepin’ it simple, and keepin’ it real in 2015.  I’m not building myself up to let myself down, I’m taking stock, and looking at what works in my life, and I’m going to work at keeping things working.  More of the whole, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

Follow me for a minute here-

1.) On weight loss.  I work my butt off on the regular to keep myself looking like myself.  After I had my second child, I dropped down to pre-wedding weight, circa 2005.  Pre-wedding weight? I’ll take it.  And I’ll embrace it, and run with it.  No dropping the lbs over here this year- I’m just happy with working to maintain what I have!  Yes! MAINTAIN!

3 Generations of Cookie Love

Dec 11, 2014 by



imageWhen I find a Christmas cookie recipe that meets race reviews, I hold onto it forever. I’ll bake it again and again, and share it with anyone who asks. This is one of those recipes.

As the story goes, my Grandmother, who was living in Brookfield, Connecticut at the time, was given this recipe from her next door neighbor. The confection, Slovak  Squares, is a light and buttery Hungarian shortbread, with a thin layer of strawberry jam spread in the middle. I remember asking my mother why we made a Hungarian cookie when we are Italian. She said, the cookie is just that good, we can’t not make it every year!  So, when one of my favorite CT Working Moms, Melissa, alerted me to a cookie contest the Hartford Courand was sponsoring, I HAD to bake these. While I did not win the contest, I was named a Top 20 Finalist, and had my recipe featured on their website. Hope your family enjoys these as much as mine!!

A Week in Review

Nov 20, 2014 by


Ever have one of those OMG I can’t even think because if I do, my head will explode weeks?  Yeah… it’s been one of those over here in Mom Central.  All good things, lots of fun and happy woo woos, and all, but WOAH.  And it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.  Let’s just think about that for one hot minute.


Here’s a little recap-  Me and my TV bestie, Carly, made a cameo on NBC Connecticut and showcased our crafts.  There was lots of Modge Podge.  We may have gotten a contact high between the Modge and the hot studio lights.  That’s cool, that’s cool.  There was some glitter involved.

I was strolling through Target- I swear I just went in to buy paper plates and squeeze fruit- which I did- and came out with these gems.  What? Too soon?



You Never Forget Your First

Nov 13, 2014 by


I’ll let you all in on a dirty little secret.  I was dreading the day that I would have to host a kid’s party at my house.  I can barely keep my ish together with my own two kids, let alone a pack of 10, plus their siblings, plus their parents, plus the usual family members that would be invited.  How the hell would I be able to entertain this crowd, make sure they are all fed, have appropriate beverages (WINE & BEER INCLUDED), play nicely, and oh, maybe avoid a trip to the ER??  Decorating and menu planning were the least of my worries.  It was the actual crowd of people to keep happy that drove my anxiety level to the moon.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy parties or planning them- quite the opposite- I LOVE parties! But kid parties? That’s like a whole new level of planning and prep.  There are days that I’ll drop Jake and Livvy off at preschool that leaves me with the fear of, OMG, these little children will be running around my house like a small pack of wolves in search of Jake & The Neverland Pirates figurines and cheese puffs to pillage.

Holiday Decorating… Working Mom Style

Nov 6, 2014 by

What?  Too Soon?

Too soon for most, but maybe not for this CT Working Mom.  Look- before we’re about to get all judgy up in here (which, ahem… is something that we try NOT to do), let me explain myself.  Pre-Kid, I would spend an entire weekend decorating our house for Christmas.  Usually the week of Thanksgiving, I would start to take out the Annalees, the ceramic light brite tree, and the glass ball ornaments.  Then, after Thanksgiving, that tree would find itself in the bay window, all decked out and lit to the HILT.


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