Daily Life, Favorites, Fynnlee

Day in the Life – Fall 2016

Today we’re joining the Day in the Life round-up organized by one of my favorite bloggers, Julia at My Life in Transition. I think I started reading her blog when she was pregnant with Truman. So I’ve been a fan for a long time!

DITL posts are some of my favorite to read & I wish I did them more often. It’s so fun to go back and see how things have changed. The last one I did was in January, 2016…my babies were still babies!

So here we go…The date is October 9, 2016. The kids are 17 months old. Jacob is 9 years old. Jerry and I are just old.

4:02 am: I hear Fynnlee crying and decide it’s way too early for her to be waking up. Let her fuss for 30 seconds or so and she falls back asleep.

Both kids are screaming and when I look at the clock, I can’t believe it’s 5:30! Yay for sleeping in on Sunday! It’s my morning to get up with them so I pluck them both out of their cribs. I hold Greyson and assist Fynnlee walking down the stairs. Both kiddos go in their high chairs with some milk so I can take Jacob out to pee.


Change diapers and turn on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. We’re having pulled pork for dinner so I run downstairs to take the meat out of the freezer.  Come back upstairs and help the kids into their chair so they can read a book together.


Pour myself a giant iced coffee because…zzz I’m tired.


Story time  lasts about 5 minutes and they start destroying baby jail.


The kids play while I empty the dishwasher, get the pork in the crockpot and make a quick vinegar cole slaw



I turn off Mickey and tell the kids it’s time to watch the news. I sit in the chair and Greyson comes over to snuggle.


Not to be outdone by her brother, Squish starts chanting “Up, Up, Up, Up”


We read some stories and they watch Pink Fong on my phone while I watch the news.

They start to get whiny around 6:30 and I know that means they’re hungry. I ask them to sit in their chairs and give them each a pouch. I get their cups of Chex ready and hear Fynnlee saying “Help” which means she can’t get the last drops of food out of the bottom. Pouches are finished and they eat some cereal.


Fynnlee feeds half of hers to Jacob.


Dada’s awake! I leave him in charge of the kids and I take Jacob for a walk.


Brrrrr, it’s a brisk morning! Fall is definitely here. Jacob is in Dog Heaven!

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My mum is finally blooming. $10 at Costco for that baby!

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And the trees are just starting to turn.


Kids are in full play mode when I get back. They are obsessed with sitting on the couch.


Or standing. Actually standing is preferred but I try to discourage it.


I give them each a 1/2 a banana before I head upstairs to get ready. We have a brunch to attend!


I shower at night so it takes me literally 10 minutes to get myself together. Less than 5 minutes of that is makeup…I timed myself to prove it.

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I get the kids dressed while Jerry takes a shower and gets himself ready for the day. Someone is ready for the pumpkin patch! Whhyyyy does he look like he’s 15 all of a sudden???


We gather up the crew and head over to my brother’s house to celebrate my favorite niece’s birthday! Kendall is 4! Greyson and Fynnlee both fall asleep in the car on the way there. I know this 15 minute cat nap isn’t going to be enough and am kicking myself for not getting them to nap a bit in the morning.

Grandpa Jim entertains the troops and the cousins all play together.


It’s nice that our Beans can participate in playtime now, rather than just sit there!


Greyson opens and closes this door 100 times.


Katie and Kevin make a fabulous brunch…eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, bagels and fruit. We stuff ourselves (Greyson and Fynnlee eat a little fruit and another pouch. They could live on pouches).  We all sing to Kendall and help her blow out her candle.


Ryan takes the kids joy riding through the neighborhood. His driving skills clearly make them nervous.

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I can tell the kids are tired and Greyson is definitely showing signs of being sleepy.


We take our chances and head over to Yeck’s Farm. It’s a 9 minute drive from Kevin’s house and Fynnlee falls asleep on the way. Surprisingly, she’s in a decent mood when we wake her up. These kids are being troopers today!]


He is already taking after his Mother in the love for animals department. There was a sheep in this pen that he was obsessed with.


Fynnlee is always a bit more cautious.


But when the animals back away from the fence, she’ll check them out.


We bought tickets for the hayride and Jerry said “We should probably head home after this”.

Fynn’s RBF in full effect.


I knew lovebug was ready to sack out. Going, going…




The hayride is fun though. It was about 15 minutes long, which was perfect. I think everyone enjoyed themselves.


And we manage to get one decent family picture to commemorate the day.


Once we get back to the farm, we say our goodbyes and decide to head home. Its almost 1:00 and I know meltdowns are looming.

I had to try for one pumpkin patch shot before we left. Yeah…not happening.


Yeck’s is about 20 minutes from our house and both kids fall asleep about 3 minutes into the drive home. Jerry and I scoop them out of their car seats and deposit them directly into their cribs. They don’t fight us at all.



With the kids zonked out, I decide to take a quick trip the grocery store to get buns for dinner. I knew the store would be empty so I could get in & out quickly. Because, ya know…Steelers.

A few essentials for the week (I hit up Trader Joes on Saturday so we didn’t need much)


I come home & fold a load of laundry


Then watch the second half of the game.  Last year for these bumble bee uniforms!


The kids wake up around 3:30 and have a little snack with Daddy.


And then he reads them 345982 stories while I got dinner ready.


Pulled pork sandwiches, vinegar/garlic slaw and burned sweet potato fries.


The kids try the pulled pork and like it ok…I think they ate a toasted bun and another pouch.  And a bunch of yogurt melts.


After dinner, Jerry plays with the kids while I clean up the mess from mealtime.


They watch some Mickey until it’s time for bed.

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Sippys of milk around 7:00 and they go right to sleep. It’s been a long day. After they’re settled in their cribs, I take Jacob for a walk around the neighborhood. Jerry watches more football and does some work.

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I take a shower and climb into bed to watch some reality TV on Bravo. I think I’m asleep by 8:30. Tomorrow is a work day and 4:30 wake ups are no joke. No shame in my early bedtime game!

And that’s a Day in the Life!


September Favorites

HOW is it the last day of September????  This month flew by in a flash!  We had some of the best weather of the year and Jacob has been taking me on lots of long walks.


Friday favorites is too hard to keep up with…so I’m changing to monthly favorites.  Here are some of the things I’ve been loving lately.


Jerry and I went to this new (to us) restaurant in Irwin for our Anniversary Dinner.  Cenacolo provided us with one of the best meals in recent memory.

September 17th was 3 wonderful years with this handsome guy.


We started out our meal with Fomaggio Fuso.  Wait until you hear this!  It’s this insanely yummy cheese melted in a skillet until it’s nice and gooey.  THEN they fill half of it with potatoes, leeks, pancetta and goat cheese and flip the other half over like a quesadilla!  The melty cheese is the tortilla!  It was insane.

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Cenacolo makes their own pasta every day and it did not disappoint.  I had the Tagliolini which had crabmeat tossed in a light sauce of garlic, chives, lemon and parmesan cheese.  Jerry had the Rigatoni with hot sausage, banana peppers and roma tomatoes.

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If you are in the Irwin/Greensburg area, GO!  Run to Cenacolo!  It’s BYOB too 🙂

Happy 3rd Anniversary to Team Soscia!


Chicken Spaghetti

I revisted one of my favorite comfort foods this month.  Pioneer Woman’s chicken spaghetti! I haven’t made this in ages…it’s happiness in a bowl.  I switched out the pasta for bowties and used a rotisserie chicken.  Oh, and I made my own cream of chicken soup too.

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Hanging with our favorite kiddos

We’re pretty lucky that we now live so close to my brother and his family.  September brought us Fall soccer. Jerry and I are official members of the Sharks fan club. Look at the moves on this guy!



Ryan scored a goal in last weeks game!  Uncle Jerry taught him everything he knows.

And guess who does NOT cry every time her Aunt Jenny walks into a room???  This little munchkin!  I knew she’d come around.

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Honeycrisp Apples


I picked up a bushel of honeycrisp apples from Shenot Farms a few weeks ago.   I know Soergels is the place to go around here for all the apple madness of Fall.  But I avoid that place at all costs in Sept/October.  It is madness!!  Shenot’s is a much smaller farm with exceptional produce and the apples are amazing.  I’ve been eating one of these babies every day.

And beginning  the last weekend in September and every weekend in October, plus Columbus Day, they offer hayrides to their pumpkin patch and corn maze.

It is a great way to spend an afternoon with your family, and it’s the perfect time to get your jack-o-lanterns, cornstalks, straw bales, decorative Indian corn–as well as delicious sweet corn, apples, cider, and vegetables.  Of course don’t forget to stop at the fudge counter!

The hayrides to the pumpkin patch and corn maze are from 11:00 A.M.to 5:00 P.M. Saturdays and Sundays.  Columbus Day hayrides are 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Baby on Board


Our dear friends, Chiquta Banana and B-rad, are expecting their first baby in April!  They made it Facebook official yesterday (how cute is this announcement??).  We are so thrilled for them and can’t wait to meet Baby Banana in April!

Happy Fall to All!



Friday Favorites #6 – House stuff

I know.  I have a lot of catching up to do.  Packing, unpacking, cleaning the old apartment, organizing…we’ve been super busy at Lot 256.  I promise so pics of how the place is shaping up.  But here are a few of my favorites from the new house thus far. 

New dining room table and chairs

I found these babies on Craigslist.  The set is from Ikea and was already assembled (score!).  The price was right, the table length was right and the (omgWHITE) chairs were right (the covers are washable)…so we picked it up as a nice in-between compromise until Jerry builds his table.  Now the pressure is off of him!  The table is 108” long but there are 2 removable leaves which drop it down to 60”.  We can resell it or reuse it as a desk or whatnot.  I’m thrilled with this purchase!

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New Washer & Dryer

It is not normal to be as excited about these appliances as I am…but I’ve never claimed to be normal.  Jerry and I purchased these 2 beauties at HH Gregg over the 4th of July during The Biggest Sale of the Year.  We got a great deal on the washer and the dryer was an “out of the box” model that was reduced by almost 50%. 

We got the 4.7 CU. FT. Ultra Large High Efficiency To[ Load Washer w/ Waveforce…and the capacity this thing is crazy huge.  It’s super quiet and although I’ve only done a few loads, it’s a rockstar!  The dryer is the 7.3 CU. FT. Ultra Large Capacity Steamdryer and it’s been great thus far as well. 

I have a full post in the works all on appliances!  Try to contain your excitement.


Temporary Blinds

Jerry has very strong opinions on window treatments.  He knows what he likes but more importantly, he knows what he doesn’t like.  And because holygeez window treatments are expensive…we came up with a nice, cheap interim solution (we’re big on interim solutions in this house!).  Paper shades!  We bought these ones from Home Depot and while Jerry was out of town on business last week, my Dad came over to ensure I didn’t muck up the installation.  These are pretty foolproof but If there is a way to screw it up, I’ll find it.  They attach to the top of the window frame like a super stick post it and then you can clip up the length to your desired level.  There was some cutting involved (again, better left to my Dad than me) but they were pretty simple!  And now my neighbors are spared the free show.


Consignment furniture

The most adorable little consignment store opened in Wexford this summer.  I can’t remember the name of it to save my life but it’s by the Aldi on Rt. 19.  Anyway, I picked up a few things over the last few months.  And this little gem is one of them. 

Jerry rolled his eyes when I brought it home. “WHAT are you going to do with that thing?”  In his defense, it’s pretty huge.  And heavy.  But I have a thing for metal and fleur de lis so I bought it.  And it’s PERFECT on the wall in our stairwell. 

My Dad came to the rescue on this one too.  No way, no how was I getting that thing hung by myself.  But


So that’s that for this Friday.  More house updates to trickle in over the next week or so!!

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Friday Favorites #5

Here are some of the things I’ve been loving lately.

Engine 2 Brown Rice Tortillas

I have been avoiding wheat lately.  I had been saying that I was avoiding gluten, but really, it’s the wheat I’m trying to stay away from.

On a recent trip to Whole Foods, I found these Engine 2 Brown Rice Tortillas and decided to give them a shot. They are minimally processed and chock full of natural ingredients.  Which means they probably taste like cardboard.

I would like to introduce you to my latest obsession.  Obsession as in I’ve eaten this tortilla pizza 3 times this week.  It would have been 4 but Jerry wouldn’t let me.  He wanted sausage and peppers.  Feast your eyes on pizza perfection!


All right, all right…it’s not pizza perfection.  But I’m striving for 6 pack flatter abs not pizza dough abs right now and this is seriously saving me from my pizza cravings.

Basic recipe:

1 tortilla (brown rice or whole grain) – 150 calories
1/2 cup marinara sauce (I used Simply Nature from Aldi…it’s my favorite!) – 40 calories
1/4 cup shredded parmesan – 70 calories
1/4 cup part skim mozzarella or 2% sharp cheddar – 70 calories

330 calories!  I added 1 T of bacon bits (Wellshire Farms are the best) to this one (35 cal) and cooked it in my toaster oven at 400 for 10 minutes.  You will be surprised how much the low fat cheese melts and does not taste like plastic.  The tortilla crust gets crispy but not dry and brittle.  Quick, easy and deeeelicious!

I cannot tell you how these tortillas taste in any other form. Wrap, quesadilla, tortilla chips?? I got nothin’. Just pizza. Always pizza.


These are not a Friday favorite.  These are an all-time favorite!  My favorite candy EVER!  I am not the only one who likes them because they still sell them everywhere.  I am, however, the only one I know who likes them.  Which doesn’t bother me in the slightest. More for Jujubes for me.

why yes, I was so excited about eating them that I took a picture and posted it on Instagram

Jacob the Great

We hit the jackpot when we adopted this guy last July.


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I just love him to pieces.  That is all.

Iced Green Tea

White Mangosteen Peach Green Tea

This Lipton Peach Green Tea is my new favorite beverage.  Water, water, and more water is the name of the game these days for me.  I’m trying to take in a 1 gallon per day (which is not tough for me…I’ve always been a big water drinker).  But man, ya need to switch it up every once in a while!  So I brew a big cup of green tea in the morning and pour it over ice at lunch time.  Repeat after lunch for a late day pick-me-up.  It’s so refreshing!  I can see this becoming a big staple in my house over the summer.

Alternative Work Schedule = Pool time! 

I am very fortunate to work for a company that offers flexible work time.  Beginning June 2, I start a 9/80 schedule.  My work day will increase by 1 hour and I will have every other Friday off.  It’s kind of like getting 26 extra vacation days per year.  Whhyyyyyyyyy haven’t I don’t this before?!?!

I currently work 7-4 and when we lived in the Southside, this afforded me a 30 minute commute each way.  Heading home @ 4:30 or 5:00 tacked 20-30 minutes on to that and I really didn’t want to get home so late.  But now that my commute is 10 minutes (if that).

So every other Friday, you will find me here.  The pool opens this weekend!

Happy Friday!


Friday Favorites #4

Here are some things I’m loving this week…

Old Navy

Shop n Save ran a promo a couple of weeks ago.  Save $5 on a $25 gift card for the Gap Brands (Gap, Banana, Old Navy, Athleta, Piperlime).  So I bought 2 (I should have bought 10).  And I had a coupon for Old Navy for $20 off a $50 purchase.  It was a no brainer to pick up some fun stuff for summer.

The bulk of my purchase consisted of these Doloman Sleeved Tees.  They are flowy, soft and great for spring.  I bought all 4 colors…chances are if you see me in 2014, you’ll see me in one of these tees. And they were on sale for $12.  Win-win

I also bought a cardigan (librarian fashonista for life!).  Grand total for 5 items = $43.94.  Yay me!

New neighbors

Jerry and I found out last week that there will be some familiar faces running around Cranberry in a month or so.  So excited that this family is coming to the neighborhood:


Yep, Kevin, Katie and my two favorite munchkins are moving right down the road!!  They are literally across the street from our apartment and will be 10 minutes away once we move to Lot 256.  Party at Aunt Jenny’s house!!

Cheesecake Factory Skinnylicioius Tacos

Yes, yes…I’m still talking about tacos.  We attempted to stuff our faces with Gobbleritos on Tuesday at Mad Mex (well, I was going to have a salad…little Jenny Lamesauce) but the wait was 2+ hours with no guaranteed there would be any left.  The placed was insanely packed so we skipped the tryptophan coma and went to the Cheesecake Factory.

I’ve never been a big fan of the Cheesy Factory.  Their menu and portions are massive and while they have a lot of food to choose from, they don’t do any of it particularly well. But it’s great when you have a picky diverse group of people because there is something for everyone.  I know they have a skinnylicious menu and thought it would be perfect for the 2 members of the group desperately trying to shed their winter weight.

Well helllllloooooo Skinnylicious tacos!!!  I got shrimp, Jerry got chicken.  And they were delicious!  Who needs messy tacos smothered in cheese and sour cream (I do! I do!) when you have this yummy, healthy option? Seriously, they were really good.  So good that I went back to the CF for more tacos 2 days later.


They come with picked vegetables that are tasty but you get a giant amount of them (shocker) and the vinegar is a bit much about half way through.  You can sub a Caesar or side salad and that’s what I did on round #2.

Red Envelope

I am not a particularly creative gift giver.  It’s not that I’m lazy when I give you a gift card for your birthday or Christmas…I just second guess most of my ideas and figure it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

My lovely friend, Chiquita, gave me these tea towels for my birthday (she comes up with the most original ideas…she needs to start a gift buying service!).  How perfect are these??


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I am in love with that fork, knife, spoon one.  I may frame it and put it in my kitchen.  And the est 2014 one is very special as it’s the year we move into Lot 256.  Jerry will never let me use it as a towel.  It will probably get framed too.

I saw on the box that they came from Red Envelope.  I had totally forgotten about this place!  I used to buy a lot of gifts from them, they really have a ton of great ideas. Sorry Chiquita, I’m starting my own gift buying service!

Chia Pudding


I know.  It looks like vomit.  But it doesn’t taste like it.  Not that I’ve ever…

ANYWAY, slice up a banana, add 1 T chia seeds, 1/4 cup oats, and enough almond milk to cover.  Stir it up and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight.   I added a T of almond butter and a drizzle of honey before eating.  So yummy!  I had it for breakfast and it really kept me full for most of the morning.  Those swollen little chia seeds can be an acquired taste…if you have texture issues, they’re a little strange.  But it’s a super healthy way to start, or end, the day!

Happy Friday everyone!


Friday Favorites #3

Here are some things I’m loving this week


I have been searching for new capris for a while.  I like the ones that hit mid calf, not below the knee.  I have a couple of those and they are so uncomfortable.  They bunch up behind my knees and annoy the heck out of me when I’m trying to exercise.  Then a couple of weeks ago I saw an ad on Facebook for Kate Hudson’s new athletic apparel company, Fabletics.  Of course I got sucked in because I adore her. And maybe if I buy some of her stuff, my butt will kinda end up looking like hers…it could happen.  As it turns out, the clothes on her site are super cute!  And the Lima Capris are exactly what I had been looking for. 

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You get 50% off your first outfit and I chose the Niche, along with the lima capris.  Four pieces for @ $60.  Not too shabby! And then I waited for Kate Hudson to personally deliver my new clothes to my apartment. 

I didn’t love the Zanzibar crop that came with the outfit, but the tank and the shirt were cute and the quality was great.  But those Lima Capris.  Ooooh those Lima Capris…they are my new best friend!  The fabric is a nice thick (but not too thick) material that totally sucks everything in and they fit like a dream.  My butt kinda looks like Kate Hudson’s!   Now I should mention that I haven’t been jaded by Lululemon or Athleta…my workout clothes come from Target or the clearance rack at Dick’s.  So I can’t really compare the Limas to the Wonderunders.  But these are hands down the best capris I’ve ever owned. 

This is a referral link for Fabletics but I honestly don’t care if you use it.  If you’re in the market for some new workout gear, check out my BFF Kate’s new gig.


It is a blessing and a curse that there is a Costco less than 2 miles from our apartment.  Our lack of storage and freezer space keeps my purchases in check (sort of) but it’s just so much cheaper to buy certain staples there instead of the grocery store.  6 tubes of toothpaste for $6.99?  2# of strawberries for $3.49? We buy all of paper products, meat and Jacob’s food at Costco.

My latest Costco favorites: 

Tableside Greek yogurt guacamole – huge chunks of avocado, creamified by greek yogurt.  There are onions, tomatoes and cilantro in there too.  It comes in individual serving packs. And it’s deeeeeelicious!

Mary’s Gone Crackers – Jerry thinks these taste like cardboard.  I love them. They’re not so tasty by themselves but they are perfect with hummus, salsa or the above reference guacamole.

Organic, cage-free eggs – We don’t get too serious about our meat.  I would love to buy all local, grass-fed, organic meat…but I don’t.  I do have a weird thing with eggs.  Must be cage-free, humane certified, organic.  I have no clue why, I’m just nuts about it.  And since I eat 2 hardboiled eggs 5 days a week for breakfast, I splurge.  Costco has a great price.

Pizza – Always Pizza. I’m obsessed with it ($2.11 for a giant slice!).  This picture was taken pre-Dirty30, of course.  And pretty much the reason I need the Dirty30 in the first place.



Opa Dressing

I had a coupon for $2.00 of this new dressing brand and it was on sale for $3.99.  So I decided to try the Feta Dill.  I sliced up some cucumbers and started dunking.  And dunking. And dunking…I almost ate the whole jar. Not really but I had to force myself to put it away. It’s a pretty decent find at 50 calories per serving (note to self:  1 serving is 2 Tablespoons, not 2 cups)  You must like feta.  And you must LOVE dill.  But if you do, get this dressing/dip today.  It’s amazing.


It also comes in ranch, blue cheese and Caesar.  I’ll will be trying them all.

Happy Friday to all!


Friday Favorites #2

Here are some things that I’m loving this week…

Fitbit Flex

Once upon a time I bought a Fitbit.  It was similar to the current Fitbit One and I loved it.  It encouraged me to take the long route and walk the stairs.  It sent me little messages and daily motivators.  I could sync it with My Fitness Pal and it would wirelessly upload to my computer so I could marvel at my progress. It was my fitness BFF.

Then I lost it. 

That sucker is so small!  I was constantly leaving it on my pants.  It would fall off during a workout.  I think I sent it through the wash.  It went to laundry heaven and is hanging out with all of those single socks I can’t find.  (I loved it so much I may, or may not, have purchased a second one on ebay.  I lost that one too…don’t tell Jerry).

I later bought another, cheaper pedometer (that I have also lost).  It was fine with counting my steps but it wasn’t the same.  No syncing. No fun messages. No banners telling me how awesome I was.  I just love Fitbit.

Then last month, while on a visit to Florida, I discovered a new Fitbit.  The Fitbit Flex.  It was a bracelet!  Someone much hipper than me (Grandma Fiorenzano, I’m looking at you!) had one and it worked the same as my beloved Fitbit One.  Surely I can manage to hold on to something I wore on my wrist!  After all, I haven’t lost the watch Jerry bought me 3 years ago. 

So I took my Best Buy gift cards and bought one!  And let me tell you…this thing is awesome! It syncs wirelessly with my phone and laptop.  It sends me alerts when I hit my step goal for the day.  Now my long walks with J-dawg get me a big Atta Girl!  I thrive on positive reinforcement. 

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And it tracks my sleep!  Yes, I get up at least once a night to pee.  This night it was at 1:32 am.  And I roll around a lot…especially between 12:11 am – 12:36 am. 


The only downside is that it doesn’t display the steps on the face.  It has a little band at the top of the tracker that gives you a dot for every 2000 steps (your goal is 10,000/day, which is equal to 5 miles).  But the app on my phone gives you real-time stats and I have my phone on me 24/7.  So NBD.

Zoku Quick Pop Maker

I don’t actually have this yet.  We don’t have any freezer room at the moment.  But you can bet your bottom dollar it will be the first new purchase I make after the big move.  I LOVE popsicles!  And I like the idea of being able to make healthy ones.




My go to store for vitamins.  But, they also carry all kinds of other healthy products.  You can’t beat their prices. Kind bars for $1.31 each (must buy a case).  Cheap chia seeds and coconut oil…if you’re into that kind of thing. Plus cleaning supplies, beauty products, even toilet paper!

I’ve been shopping at Vitacost for a couple of years.  You get 4% back on Ebates!  8% during special promotions.  Free shipping on orders over $49.  No, I’m not getting paid to say this.  I’m just a superfan.

New Library

Living on the Southside had a lot of perks.  One of my favorites was a newly remodeled branch of the Carnegie Library right on Carson Street.  As I’m always striving to read more, it’s nice not to have to buy the books.  I’m happy to report that Cranberry Township has a decent library.  And I currently have two books checked out…

This is where I leave you (an Amy Thomas recommendation)

The Bear

(you can’t Look Inside…I stole these pictures from Amazon’s website)

I will let you know how they are.

Binge Watching TV

I am ruined from all other forms of viewing television.  I thought the DVR had changed my life.  It is much more gratifying to watch a whole season of TV in a few days.  Patience is not a strong trait of mine.  Breaking Bad started the cycle and (as I mentioned before), the Walking Dead has taken over our evenings.  We’ve breezed through House of Cards, Mad Men, White Collar (Jerry) and Orange is the New Black.  Jerry is also watching The Shield and I’m along for the ride.  It’s in my top 5 favorite series of all time. Anything else we should be watching?  Please don’t say Game of Thrones. I tried. I don’t like it.

3 Day Weekends

No explanation needed.

And I hope yinz guys have a great one!!


Friday Favorites #1

Here are some things that had me smiling this week…

Sunshine!  Ahhhhhhhh, oh how I’ve missed the blue skies and temps above 40.  This past week has been beautiful and Spring Fever is hitting me hard!  Jacob is loving the new neighborhood!


Workouts  I’m back in the groove.  I suppose I should say thank you to Run Club for giving me a swift kick in the butt (don’t get cocky Running…I still hate you).  But this week I’ve welcomed BodyPump, BodyCombat & long walks back into my life.  And I’m cleaning up my diet (bikini tankini season is right around the corner!)…feels good to be out of the winter funk.


New Hair Products


The new line up of products:

Moroccan Oil Strong Flexible Hold hair spray – This gives perfect amount of hold without weighing my hair down.  Plus I love the smell.

Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo & Conditioner – I’m taking a break from my favorite Pantene Repair and Protect duo and giving this stuff a shot.  So far, so good.

Suave Keratin dry shampoo – I’ve tried a bunch of dry shampoos and this has been my favorite.  It gives my hair some body on day 2 and doesn’t leave that horrible white powder all over my head.Alterna Caviar Seasilk Oil Gel – completely eliminates the frizz and leaves my hair silky smooth

I also adore this Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Spray (not shown), which has pretty much changed my life.  It cuts my drying time in HALF and also offers protection from all the heat I use.


Speaking of heat, my beloved Super Solano dryer bit the dust after 6-7 years.  Whaaaaaa!  I loved that dryer.  I bought this BaBliss Pro TT as a replacement and must say that I’m loving it so far.

30 Rock 

I watched the first few seasons years ago and absolutely loved it!  I’m not sure why I stopped watching but I’m picking up in Season 4 and it’s better than I remembered.  I laugh so hard, I cry and find myself identifying with Liz Lemon more times than I should admit.

Howard Stern


It’s all Howard. All the time.  And he knocked it out of the park on Wednesday with two amazing interviews.  Danny Trejo and Rob Lowe…they are the coolest.  But not as cool as Howard.