Go Back to School Healthy


The flyers came slipping out of the Sunday morning paper yesterday, full of brightly colored photos of notebooks, pencils and markers. All shiny and new, ready to be purchased at the lowest marked price. "It's back to school season already!" they shouted. Beckoned really, like a sirens call. I'm not really ready for it. … [Read more...]

The Audi A6 & More Pieces of Me

This week I'm so excited to have Carylee from More Pieces of Me guest posting over here about her new Audi A6! A gorgeous car to be sure and Carylee proves that fashion and cars are a match made in heaven. Hey, everyone! I'm Carylee and I blog over at More Pieces of Me. I recently acquired this gorgeous 2014 Audi A6 Prestige Supercharge Quattro with the black optic package in Daytona Grey. I was so flattered and excited when Vicky asked me to do a guest post not only about my new car, but about an outfit inspired by the car! Wow! How fun!  … [Read more...]

Style Inspiration: Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie Takes A Lovely Stroll With Her Children

Growing up in New England I was pretty traditional in my color choices. Lots of navy, red, white, khaki and a whole lot of black.  Black was my color pick of every occasion, it is classic and never goes out of style.  It worked with my personality and always made me feel comfortable.  It wasn't exciting but it worked.  As I edged out of my twenties and into my thirties I found a friend was pushed my no color boundaries and suddenly I found myself grabbing yellows, greens and aqua, even light pink to wear on a daily basis.  Honestly, it was scary but also a tiny bit freeing.  As the years past my wardrobe glowed with color.  I reveled in it.  … [Read more...]

Laid Back Weekend


This weekend was what you would call laid back in our household.  There was time for the gym, reading books, some time at church and the pool.  I feel like balance can be hard, even in the summer, when you have a family with a few kids.  The older they get the busier we get as a family and as they create their own individual lives.  I love it, but it can get crazy.  Nights out with H seem more necessary now than they did when the girls were wee ones who couldn't talk quite so much. Heh.  I love it but time together is precious and I revel in each little moment.  Spending it with H at an outdoor concert after a delicious dinner out was just the way to kick off the weekend. … [Read more...]

Keep Momming

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.   The relationship that exists between mothers and daughters is unlike any other. It has many unique moments, memories, and yes, even challenges along the way. The relationship dynamic can be even trickier when your daughter is in those tween-age years. What can be even more difficult is when some people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable … [Read more...]

Vacation & Madras Plaid


What a week! Just back from our week-long Fourth of July beach vacation I am still trying to get back out of vacation mode. I don't really want to try that hard. I decided I wasn't ready to give up summer style. More than seven days in a bathing suit, cover-up and casual shorts and tees was refreshing. I loved not wearing accessories of any sort and just throwing on a pair of white canvas kicks and keeping my hair straightener and products tucked away for a week. … [Read more...]

Summer Reading List


  Summer is one of the best times to pick up a book and lose yourself for a few hours. I recently read a piece by author, Zadie Smith detailing just how much she likes to read and create memories through books.  I felt like I had found a kindred spirit.  Books are a vacation to me and never more so than in the summer months.  Sitting on my deck in the early morning, curled up on my sunny living room sofa in the late afternoon or nestled in bed at night I'm at my most content when I'm swimming and diving through the pages of a good read.  Here is what we are reading right now.   … [Read more...]

Running = Freedom. Steps to Better Running


This is what I feel like when I run. It is a feeling of freedom. I take notice of the world around me when I'm not whizzing past it at the speed of light. I feel exhilarated when it is done, that it is done and I lived to run another day. That my body is strong enough to do it and love it. It brings me back out for another run. And this is what I actually look like. … [Read more...]