Summer 2015

Hello Friends! Here we are, the last day of August. I dare not say “end of summer” because we have a week of 90 degree weather headed our direction. While the weather hasn’t accepted that we are essentially into September, everything else keeps chugging along. Chris has his fantasy football draft tomorrow, grocery stores have Halloween candy and pumpkin flavored beer for sale, mums are popping up and leaves are beginning to fall around my neighborhood. The school year starts next Wednesday for most of the elementary and high school kids.


This summer has been a good one. Lots of hot days, lots of swimming in the pool. A few road-trips and a short vacation in Maine. I have been taking a range of different classes at RAW Fitness in Saratoga that have made me feel strong and good about myself. If you told me a year ago that I would regularly be boxing and running up flights of stairs for fun, I would have laughed. RAW Fitness has really changed my outlook on working out- I look forward to the classes I sign up for and my back has felt really strong (so important to me).

This past weekend I visited the King Arthur flour campus in Norwich, Vermont and explored with my dad and brother. It was seriously a bakers dream! I left with 6 different types of baking mix (scones, breads, coffee cake (YUM)), as well as a roll of frozen cookie dough. On Saturday, I went to NYC with family for the BEST pizza and a Mets vs. Red Socks game.

In Butternut Squashington news, he has had a pretty awesome summer. Lots and lots of swimming, befriending our neighbors and figuring out how to break into their back porch. Lots of walks and a fantastic Maine vacation. He is seriously SUCH a lake dog. He spent every second he could with his paws in the water and enjoyed his few leash-less days immensely.

How was your summer? I missed blogging.

Garden Inspiration + Block Island Organics Review

Hi Friends! I hope that you have all had a wonderful weekend. We had one of the first really HOT weekends in upstate NY, and I made sure to enjoy every second of it that I could outside. Saturday was spent at a friends wedding BBQ. He was married over the winter off on a tropical island, and then had a picnic over the summer as a local reception for all of his friends and family that couldn’t make the trip. How awesome is that? Dibs stealing that idea.

On Sunday my mom invited me to go the 2015 Soroptimist Secret Garden Tour. After thinking about how much gardening help my backyard needs, I decided some garden inspiration was probably in my best interest. This year we spent a lot of time working on the front yard, so next year we are planning on doing a bunch of changes to the back. I really liked the way that this patio just blended together with the deck. It felt really cozy and secluded and natural. Also, check out those vegetable gardens! I was totally impressed with their use of PVC piping. And that pond? To die for.

We visited about 5 gardens before we decided that it was time to head to my house for some lounging by the pool. Buddy was thrilled to see my mom and was playing in the pool before I could get my suit on.

Before I started floating, I grabbed the Block Island Organics natural mineral sunscreen that they recently sent me to try. I am a wonderful mix of Irish and Italian and tend to burn quickly, so I always have sunscreen with me. I have had really good luck using the sunscreen so far! I read the directions and made sure to apply the sunscreen when my skin was dry (so important to remember!). I found that the sunscreen went on well and left a whitish tint where applied. I totally expected this because I have experienced it with other mineral sunscreens. It had a really light scent, unlike some other sunscreens that I have used in the past. 


It lasted quite a while and never had a greasy feel. I am really excited to try this sunblock the next time my friend Sherry brings her adorable son Jack over to swim, she is always looking for natural products to use with him and I think this sunblock would be hit.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is looking for an all natural sunscreen to use. It worked for me on a hot day floating in the pool. I would just make sure that you remember to reapply and always apply to dry skin.

**Block Island Organics sent me this product to try for free, but as always my review is completely my own**

A to Z Survey

I have seen this survey bounce around the blogging community for a while now and decided it was my turn! I love reading these types of things, so I hope you do as well!

A – Age: 26 (27 in October)


26th birthday celebration! We went and saw Amy Schumer (it was awesome)

B – Biggest Fear: My back going out. I am very prone to back spasms and have dealt with back pain for most of my life. Whenever my back goes out I am useless for what feels like forever. I have blogged about back pain quite a bit.

C – Current Time: 9:34 AM.

D – Drink You Had Last: Water!

E – Easiest Person To Talk To:  Besides Señor Sexypants (Chris), I would have to say my friend Sherry.  She’s a great listener.

F – Favorite Song: I have been loving Hozier this summer. Work Song is my JAM.

G – Grossest Memory:  I don’t have a really gross memory… I guess I am lucky! The last time I FELT really gross is when I had a stomach bug over Thanksgiving, it was awful.

H – Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY

I – In Love With:  Señor sexypants.


J – Jealous Of:  Anyone who gets to travel for a living.

K – Kindest Person You Know: My brother Andy.

L – Longest Relationship: Going on 9 years with my mister.

M – Middle Name: Marie (such a popular middle name!!)

N – Number of Siblings: One! My little (but much bigger) brother Andy. me and andy

O – One Wish: I always wish for animal cruelty to stop. I find it so hard to believe that human beings can be cruel to such defenseless creatures.

P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: Discover Card lady (boring)

Q – Question You’re Always Asked: “Who do you look like?” a few friends think I look like Rachel McAdams (I think that is hilarious, but gladly accept)

R – Reason To Smile: I am healthy, strong and happy.

S – Song You Last Sang: Work Song, Hozier.

T – Time You Woke Up: 6:31 am

U – Underwear Color:  Turquoish Blue!

V – Vacation Destination: I am missing the ocean, Cape Cod or Maine would be nice.116

W – Worst Habit: Walking like I have lead feet! I have a very heavy step and am not graceful in the slightest.

X – X-Rays You’ve Had:  My foot when I sprained it, my teeth.

Y – Your Favorite Food:  Gah. I really love breakfast foods. And fresh pasta. And quesadillas. And enchiladas.

Z – Zodiac Sign: Scorpio.

4th of July Shenanigans!

Hello hello! Happy Summer! I hope that you have had a fantastic 4th of July.


me with family about 20 years ago


My good blogging friend Danielle visiting from Canada, and we had a great time! (p.s – thanks for so many of these pictures Danielle!)


While the weather held up for most of her time visiting NY, the 4th of July was a soggy mess. We had a party that somehow managed to go pretty well regardless.


My brother made an awesome watermelon keg and after the rain finally stopped, we were able to head outside for games and a few brave souls even went swimming.

How was your 4th of July?! 

Apps for ANXIETY.

Why hello there! I’m going to brush off the fact that I blogged almost everyday in January and then stopped for 3 months. Life happened and I got lazy.

ANYWAY. After conquering (even if temporarily) some lingering anxiety I have been dealing with, I decided that it was time to share a few apps and techniques that I found helpful when my heart was racing. My anxiety almost always woke me up an hour or two before I needed to wake up. Because of this, I found that getting up immediately instead of trying to convince myself that I could somehow fall back asleep was the way to go. I found that laying there did absolutely nothing for me and almost always made me feel worse. The BEST thing I found for this early morning anxiety was going for a walk. I would throw on a sweatshirt and Buddy and I would walk a mile every morning. By the time I got back home from the walk I felt much better.

I also found that deep breathing was extremely helpful. You can obviously deep breath without using an app, but I found that having something coaching me helped quite a bit. It gives you something to focus on. You could either just use a stopwatch app on your phone or the Breathe2Relax app. You can adjust your inhale and exhale times and make it work for you. I have also enjoyed using DeepCalm; Rain, Rain; and Relax M.  If that is not enough for you and you really need some sort of guided relaxation, I have had good luck with Guided Mind. Guided mind (free version) has guided meditations on different topics. I have used many of them and really think they help if you dealing with serious anxiety. Depending on how you feeling, watching or listening to something on Netflix may also help. I found that listening to documentaries or BBC shows made me feel better (dork city over here). Also, I have found that taking melatonin is awesome. I don’t take it all the time, but it really does help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

What are your tips and tricks to keep anxiety at bay?