Life and Family

Robert Burns Night with The Scots Highland Pipes and Drums

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Grant is part Scottish. His father, James Maloney, was born in Scotland. He passed away a few years before I met Grant in 1996. Despite having not met him, I can tell from photographs of him  (always a twinkle in his eye) and stories about him told by Gerene, Grant’s mother, that James was a […]

Mohawk Rug Donated to My Sister-in-Law’s 4th Grade Classroom

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Back in November, I posted a review and giveaway for Mohawk Home. It happened to be my first year hosting Thanksgiving and I needed a large 8 ft. x 10 ft. area rug to go underneath the dining room table to be moved to the living room for the occasion. The rug I selected for […]

Holiday Concert

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The kids’ band holiday concert always helps to put me in the holiday spirit. I get to relax (forget about all the shopping and wrapping I have to do) and listen to the kids play and sing holiday tunes. So last night we bundled up (It was below freezing!) and headed out to Ryan’s school […]

Caught Being Good in Middle School

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Ever since Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it seems like middle school kids get a bad rap for being  “moronic” and doing things like passing around the “cheese touch”. Well, I can proudly tell you that the middle schoolers in my son’s school are often times “caught being good.” My son’s middle school has a […]

My Radio Commercial

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“I like radio better than television because if you make a mistake on radio, they don’t know. You can make up anything on the radio.”        – Phil Rizzuto Years ago, someone told me that I had a nice voice and that I would sound great on radio. Or was it, I had a […]

No More Line Cutters at Disney?

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source We waited 45 minutes in line for the Safari ride at Disney’s Wild Kingdom a couple of years ago. We waited over 1 hour to go on the Winnie the Pooh ride in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. If you’ve ever been on the Winnie the Pooh ride with older kids, you would know that was […]

Getting a Will Part One: Interview with Attorney Michael D. DellaMonaca

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Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane / FreeDigitalPhotos.net In 2012, a survey from RocketLawyer.com, a legal services web site, found that 50% of Americans with children do not have a will and 41% of baby boomers (age 55-64) don’t have one. If you are like half of American parents, you haven’t legally determined who would inherit […]

A Despicable Me 2 Birthday Party at the Movie Theater

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While most kids really like to watch TV shows and movies, Ryan really loves watching TV shows and movies. A movie party suited him just fine. We celebrated Ryan’s ninth birthday on Saturday with his friends at the Gardner Cinema. The Gardner Cinemas offers a birthday party package that includes unlimited popcorn, and soda, in […]

Free Chicken Coop on Freecycle.org

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As many of you know, we welcomed 6 chicks into the fold this past May. They are so cute when they are this tiny. It seems like overnight that these chicks grew to three times their size. (They aren’t even full grown yet.) Not so cute anymore are they? I am surprised Ryan didn’t opt […]

Welch’s Vineyard Dedication with Celebrity Chef Alton Brown Concord, MA

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On June 25th, I attended a ceremony at Welch’s company headquarters in Concord, MA with fellow bloggers Jane Doiron and Kimberly Shipley. Welch’s teamed up with Food Network star Alton Brown to dedicate a new vineyard grown from cuttings of the original Concord grapevine that was cultivated 160 years ago. It all started in mid […]