Carnival Delight

One of the things I love about raising our kidlets in small-town suburbia are the community activities we take them too, like parades, concerts, craft shows and farmers markets.  I love it when summertime rolls around because carnival season is in full swing!   Look in your local paper and you can find a fireman, ambulance corps or church carnival just about every weekend from Memorial Day thru Labor Day.

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A LEGO® Safari At The Bronx Zoo

If your kidlets love seeing animals and playing with LEGO blocks as much as mine do, then The Bronx Zoo has the perfect combination in store for you!  This summer, The Bronx Zoo is taking visitors on a conservation journey through Wild Forest: A LEGO® Safari, featuring spectacular LEGO wildlife sculptures and a bunch of other great activities for the entire family.

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The “Grill-More” Girls – Simple Grilled Veggies

This week, this “Grill-More” Girl is serving up some simple grilled vegetables!

Backyard grilling doesn’t always have to mean meat. Vegetables are one of the easiest things to make on the grill. Grilling helps to intensify the natural sweetness and flavor of most veggies.  Also, during the summer there are so many veggies that are “in season” either at your supermarket or local farmer’s market that you can prepare an entire meal grilling several different veggies for a main course or stick to just one type for a great side dish.Continue reading ⇒

My Son’s First Mets Game

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved baseball.   I grew up in a house of rabid Dodger fans, not just those LA guys, but all the way back to ‘dem Bums of Brooklyn.   So it was pretty much sacrilege that I was a Yankee fan.    My parents were good sports though, they took me to see the Yankees many, many times so I could cheer for the team I loved and jeer the team they hated!

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The “Grill-More” Girls – My Favorite Grill Accessories

After a brief hiatus (hey it is summertime!) the “Grill-More” Girls are back for some more BBQ fun!  My grilling partner-in-crime Cristina from and I have some tasty and fun recipes coming up for you over the next few weeks.  We’ll even have a special “beach/vacation edition” where we’ll be grilling together while we are both vacationing down at the New Jersey shore (by total coincidence we’ll be visiting the same shore resort at the same time!).  On tap for this week’s post, my favorite grill accessories.

It doesn’t take much to be a good griller aside from practice, practice and more practice.  You certainly don’t need to invest in a lot of fancy or expensive tools to become a BBQ star, but there are a few accessories that I find have made my grilling easier, more successful and more flexible in the kinds of tasty dishes you can fire up.

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A big Harried Mom “hello!” to all the new SITS friends stopping by today, I’m so glad you have decided to come by and check me out!  For my regular posse, please don’t be alarmed by the above acronym-I didn’t catch anything!

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My Morning-Glory

I’ve always thought of myself as a morning person.  In my family, I was known as the one who would do more by 9 am than most people would do in an entire day!  I’m one of those compulsive list-makers and always felt a major sense of accomplishment in crossing off that last to-do item and still have the entire day to enjoy.  I never was one to sleep the day away, well, that was until I had children.

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My “Top Dog” & She’s A Total Doll…..

Before we decided to try this parenthood thing out with our two kidlets, we got Bailey.   Our beloved cockapoo truly is our first child and she totally prepared us for raising children.  Like any proud parent, I show Bailey off to EVERYONE. I carry her picture in my wallet and post embarrassing photos of her on Facebook.  Well, look at her, you can’t deny that she is cute.  Wait, she just not cute, she is downright adorable.  Though she’s now six years old, she still has the heart and energy of that puppy I fell in love with the moment I saw her!

My all-time favorite picture of Bailey

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Wordless Wednesday – My Two Stars….

The kidlets had some fun celebrating my birthday this week.  They got real creative and imaginative with the party hats.  Who knew that I would have two little stars sent to me on my special day:


40 And Fabulous! Seriously…..

Today is my birthday and apparently it’s a biggie. As of 8:10 am eastern time this morning, as this post became “live,” I officially turned 40. The big four-0.  Four decades of life. You wanna know what I have to say?  Big deal!  Unlike many of my friends, turning 40 isn’t some traumatic event or life-changing moment.  To me, it is just another birthday, another year that I’ve “made it through.” I guess part of the reason I don’t feel it’s such a big deal is because in my head I don’t feel like I’m 40 or at least this is not how I think of someone who is 40.

The family got together this past weekend to help me celebrate 4-0!