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The 10 Secrets to Being a Happy Parent

According to an article by, “a happy marriage, secure bank account, and good sleep make for happy moms and dads.”While I agree with these, I began to think of what helps me enjoy my role as a parent. Here’s what I came up with.... ...more

Nutella Cheese Pastries

Craving chocolate Nutella swirled with tangy cream cheese ribbons jammed inside a flaky, buttery, pastry? Look no further! Nutella cheese pastries are the end-all to your search for quick, easy pastries that wow guests and get gobbled up in seconds ....more

Working Mom Drops Mic {contributor}

I have a pretty important guest post today from great friend and regular contributor Stephanie. I think once you read it, you’ll understand why she can’t put it on her own blog, which we won’t name for many reasons, but you can follow this link to learn more about her and follow more of her […] ...more

What it Really Means to be Free

We have a friend who just got out of jail on Tuesday.We have a friend who is 55 and just got out of jail on Tuesday.We have a friend who is 55 and an alcoholic and just got out of jail on Tuesday.We have a friend who is 55 and homeless and an alcoholic and he just got out of jail on Tuesday.We didn't know he was getting out on Tuesday.We thought it would be Friday.And we were his call.Just before 5 pm, while I'm rushing around, clapping my hands and snapping my fingers in hopes that some dinner will appear and the whiners will surrender, the phone rings and it's him. Our friend. He's been let out early ....more

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We were kind of snowed in yesterday. The local news and weather anchors, along with the mayor and governor were telling us to except severe weather: lots of snow (up to twenty four inches), wind, ice and terrible roads. It was really cold, and we did get eight inches of snow, and the roads were bad, but other parts of New York and surrounding states were hit worse than we were ....more

36 Weeks and Counting

This photo was taken at 36 weeks and 1 day: Yay for bathroom selfies…seriously, this poor baby will be remembered in utero solely in bathroom pics because I haven’t had time to take them anywhere else. Anyway, today I’m 36 weeks and 3 days and am free to go into labor at our birth center anytime after 37 weeks (this Sunday)!...more

The very definition of heaven

Categories: Blog Room service. Soccer. In bed ....more

10 frugal weight loss tips

{There are affiliate links in this post.} Since it’s the new year, everyone’s committing to healthier eating, losing weight, toning up. Which means…lots of money is being made at gyms (I recommend listening to this podcast episode on why you may want to think twice before signing … Continue reading → The post 10 frugal weight loss tips appeared first on bring joy ....more

Re-discovering Myrtle Beach or That one Spring Break or Don’t Be a Victim of Winter Weather!

As I wade through the knee deep snow in search of my car, which I can’t seem to find, my mind can’t help but wander to warmer memories. One memory at the front of my stack of lovely moments, was the cool morning stroll I recently took in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A few weeks ago, we piled into our family van and took a ridiculously slow (thanks to our nursing six month old) road trip from Brooklyn, New York to Orlando, Florida where my in- laws live ....more

Can We Not?

I'm in a weird place. I should just tell you that right from the beginning here. There's so very much going on inside my head right now ....more