The hiatus breaker: Welcome Jack

by Bay on September 13, 2015

It’s starting to become a long-running joke between me and Marc that I haven’t updated by blog to announce that Jack is here, and not just a newborn anymore either!  I have a track record of taking blogging breaks but nothing like this…

There have been plenty of things I’ve wanted to blog about but how can I just dive back in and not announce the baby?  So if I’m going to announce the baby, I need to put up a picture, of course, and that is the largest time suck in blogging:  editing & watermarking pictures.  Which sounds so lame, but there’s always been an excuse.

I’ve also been contemplating packing it all in altogether.  Honestly, not blogging has been kind of freeing and it’s nice to not have a deadline for anything while I’m in this stage of not sleeping more than 3 hours at a time.

YET, I can’t do it.  I love the friends that blogging has brought me, and of course the myriad of opportunities that it brings for social good, random little income streams, and the all-important personal expression outlet.  So I’m back to your semi-regular updates, and without further ado, here is my new little man:




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The really big news that explains a lot

by Bay on November 7, 2014

reveal cake

Why are my children consuming outrageous amounts of strange blue cake?  Some of you might have figured it out, but if you aren’t familiar with a gender reveal cake, I’ll fill you in….we are expecting our third child and it’s a boy!

Obviously, I’ve known for quite some time.  I even almost mentioned it in my Dyson vacuum post that the new lightweight vacuum would be great now that I’m exhausted by lugging my huge old vacuum around.  But it didn’t feel right to spring it on anyone on that post, and then I figured I might as well wait until we knew the gender because I couldn’t figure out an alternative to announcing a pregnancy without posting an ultrasound pic, and that just seemed strange to me.

I kept going back and forth about it, like, really?  What’s the harm?  Every ultrasound picture looks generic..but then again, even though I watermark my photos someone could just copy it and use it as their own and that is plain freaky.  So that was my thought process ;)

I’m due the beginning of February, so I’m just now hitting the third trimester.  Eek!  I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is going.  Maybe the more children you have, the faster your pregnancies, because you’re so busy and wrapped up in the others’ lives.

Which brings me to my other small people.  Marc started preschool for the first time ever this September, and he really is doing great!  I thought he would have separation problems since he’s always been with me 100%, but he really enjoys school.  It is SUPER part time though, so that probably helps.  It feels like the second I drop him off and come home that I’m watching the clock for when to leave and pick him up! ;)

Rayna started first grade and is really doing well.  It amazes me just how reading ‘clicked’ for her.  While she struggled to memorize all of her sight words in Kindergarten, she has no problems with them now and is reading level 2 readers pretty fluently.  She has a great teacher and I shocked myself by volunteering as a room mom so I can be involved in at least one of her grades before another sibling arrives.

Between the school schedules, volunteering here and there, being a leader in my MOPS group, etc. I am wiped out lately.  And if you’ve been with me for a while you know that I am prone to blog lapses.  So there’s my latest “where I’ve been.” :)



One of my dear friends started a new non-profit organization to help when disaster strikes, called Activation ReAct.  Elizabeth was one of the organizers of the #JerseyLove Social Good trip that I participated in last year, and she has a huge heart for helping the community and activating people to get involved.  She asked me to share this information with you, and I said I’d be happy to help, and this is important information to share anyway!

Did you know that 50% of Americans have not discussed or developed an emergency plan for family members about where to go and what to do in the event of a local disaster?

Have you?

I have to admit, that I haven’t. I’m always thinking about the right things to have on hand for emergencies, but we’ve never talked as a family about where to meet if an emergency occurred and we were separated. Honestly, I wouldn’t even know how to begin.

To help with that very issue, has resources to help you put together emergency communication plans.  In addition to the communication plan, there is also detailed information about specific types of disasters and how you can prepare.  Click here to read more about National Preparedness Month and find out all the ways you can get ready.  It’s not a fun thing to think about, but doing so now will help you to avoid a situation such as this:

Disclosure: I was not paid or compensated in any way for this post. My participation does enable a donation to be made to Activation ReAct.


Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Motorhead Review +One day deal!

August 10, 2014

Psst!!  TODAY August 10th, 2014 only, QVC is featuring the Dyson DC59 as their Today’s Special Value.  If you were on the fence about purchasing a new Dyson, act fast before it sells out!  The DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum with 7 Attachments is on sale for $449.99 (reg. price is $549.99)! For more information on […]

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Giveaway! Our day at the Liberty Science Center

July 31, 2014

This Sunday we made a little family day trip up to the Liberty Science Center for a blog event with Jersey Moms Media.  I have never been to the Liberty Science Center before, but I had heard about how “little kid friendly” it was and thought it would make a nice family day (for one […]

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Book Club: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is Rayna’s first chapter book

July 23, 2014

I haven’t signed up for the book club in a while (because I am realistic about my expectations for myself lately when it comes to blogging), but I just had to sign up for this one since I thought it would be a perfect read-aloud book for Rayna.  We have not delved into the world […]

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Yard sale finds, Franklin Flea and more of the like

June 3, 2014

So it is already established that I’m in a blog funk.  I feel like so much of what I would write about is already being said.  Who needs to rehash a recipe when you can just send your friends a link to one that has already been published?  And “how to” type stuff? It’s already […]

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I left my heart…in Costa Rica

May 6, 2014

High on a volcano…it calls to me. I quit blogging for a little while.  I’m not so sure anyone but my husband really cared or missed my posts.  He’d pull up my site through the little app on his phone and remind me when my last post was.  And I very much could care less. […]

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My #DisneySide at Home Celebration!

March 19, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram, or if you are really observant and have noticed the badge I put up here on the blog, then you know that I was selected to host a #DisneySide at Home Celebration! What is that, you say? Well, it is basically like a House Party or a Mommy Party […]

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My #Listerine 21-Day Challenge is Complete!

March 8, 2014

Three weeks ago I told you about how I was embarking on a 21 Day Challenge with Listerine.  I had all the ingredients to enjoying a healthier mouth: Listerine toothpaste, Listerine Antiseptic and Reach Floss.  The kids even had their own Listerine Smart Rinse to get in on the “swishing” habit. I have to say […]

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