Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bringing #BookMagic to the holidays with Put Me In The Story personalized books

This is a sponsored post. I received compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own.

I absolutely love reading. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been a bookworm. I can devour a book that I love within a day. I will put off everything else to get to the end of a book I haven't been able to put down. I will read and not notice that the sun has gone down.

I absolutely love reading.

And when I became a mom, I knew that it was incredibly important to me to pass my love of reading on to my son. I knew that I would treasure the time I would spend reading to him every night before bed, on a cold day snuggled up on the couch. I hoped that he would love getting lost in a story just as much as I always have.

I am so lucky. Because Benjamin has done exactly that.

My favorite time of day is that time we spend snuggling in my grandmother's rocking chair, curled up together with a few good stories before going off to dream land. Whether we are reading about pirates and fairies, mommies hanging moons, or the upcoming holiday, this time spent together is, and has always been, such a special time between my son and I.

This special bond that my son and I have through our love of books and reading is exactly why I am so excited to share Put Me In The Story personalized books with you!

I've always thought that the idea of having a personalized book for my son was wonderful. Yet, I've never found any that I love. Until I was introduced to Put Me In The Story personalized books.

The books are absolutely gorgeous. There are popular favorites, books with characters that our children love, and books like You are my Heart...which is the book I chose. The book is amazing, with beautiful pictures, and an emotional and special message. For my son and I, it could not have been more perfect and fitting.

Put Me In The Story personalized books believes in books can create a magical bond between parents and their children. Adding a personal touch to our favorite stories creates even more #BookMagic, and can open the eyes of children to even more wonder this holiday season.

I am so excited to announce that Put Me In The Story personalized books is giving you the chance to win some amazing prizes to bring #BookMagic to your own family.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Rhode Island Living: NYLO Hotel

I'm the kind of person that absolutely has to be alone from time to time. And I'm not talking about "alone time" in the sense that I take a hot bubble bath with my son on the other side of the door, or sit in my room to read while the tv is blaring and people could come talk to me at any moment.

I mean, 100%, completely, totally alone. With no possibility of being spoken to. No one asking me questions.  No one asking me to wipe their bum.


Recently, I checked out NYLO Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island and it was the perfect opportunity to get that much needed alone time.

NYLO in Warwick is located along the Pawtuxet River in an old mill which is perfect for a chic, industrial design. One may wonder how an industrial design can translate into quiet, cozy, and comfortable.

Believe me, NYLO makes it happen.

My room was on the smaller side, but not cramped. There is a small desk area, a small love seat size couch with an ottoman/coffee table combo. A flat screen tv mounted on the wall with a swivel so you can turn the tv from the couch to the bed. And then...this bed.


I love the lights around the bed, which make the room feel warm and inviting.

My room faced the river, which overlooked the deck with outdoor tables and couches to lounge and enjoy a cocktail. I was a little concerned this would make my room very loud with music or sounds drifting up from below.

But, I was totally wrong!!

The lounge was busy all night the evening I was visiting, and there was never a time where I felt things were too loud. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the hotel was one of the quietest I have ever stayed in.

It was perfect for a great night's sleep, binge watching Once Upon A Time on my iPad, reading, and enjoying a bunch of silence.

And when I was done watching my new tv obsession, and reading, I enjoyed an amazing night sleep in one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in.


How the bed looked after an amazingly, restful, cozy night sleep.

It was like sleeping on clouds.

My other favorite spot in the room was the shower, with its rain shower head.

Considering I am a mom of a nearly 4 year old, active little boy, my showers have to be quick unless I take them before he wakes up in the morning. And sometimes my shower isn't super hot, because the one I use doesn't have temperature control (fail).

So just...standing...and soaking in a super hot shower that could be as long as I wanted?

Yep. I did it. TWICE.

And it was awesome.

So if you are local, and are looking for a great staycation location, or need to escape for some silence for a night, or maybe even need a night away with your significant other to find some romance away from sticky hands, whining and bedtimes...NYLO Boutique Hotel in Warwick is seriously one of the best spots you could pick.

I will be returning. For sure!!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Reach Complete Care...to keep the Germ Monster away from Mommy's teeth!

**I was provided with 6 Reach Complete Care brushes for my review. All opinions are my own.**

As my son gets older, and had his first dentist appointment over the summer, I have been teaching him about the importance of brushing his teeth at least 3 times a day, the right way to brush his teeth, and why it is so important to take care of his little teeth.

When we started really making this ritual important, my son would often ask me why we had to brush his teeth. My standard answer of, "to help your teeth stay healthy" stopped working after a while and finally I said...

"To keep the Germ Monster away!!!"

So now every time we brush teeth, we have in depth conversations about the Germ Monster, what he could do to our teeth, and why we have to make sure he stays away!

So of course, I have to set a great example for my little boy. I brush and floss my teeth and let him watch me. I let him ask questions, and every time I get a new toothbrush, he wants to check it out. Because he notices when I get a new toothbrush.

So when I opened my new Reach Complete Care Triple Angle Pro, he watched me use it for the first time. This was my review to him:

"Wow Benjamin! This toothbrush is really cleaning my teeth!"

"The bristles are brushing that Germ Monster right out of my mouth!"

"Look, do my teeth look super clean? I'll make my teeth like a dinosaur so you can see."

Then, he inspected my teeth and said, "Wow Mommy! The Germ Monster is gone!"

I think he approved. And so do I. I love this toothbrush, and probably wouldn't have tried it if I hadn't gotten the chance to check it out. I've been loyal to another brand for years, but this made me a new brand lover.

Reach Complete Care totally gives me that "complete mouth clean."

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Mommy Track...

I came across an interesting article last night via Huffington Post from Time.

There's Nothing Wrong With the Mommy Track

Before last night, I had never even heard of the Mommy Track. If you had mentioned it to me a week ago, I would have looked at you like you were nuts and said, "WTF is that?"

After reading the article, I realized that I am totally on "the mommy track."

When I started my career in higher education administration, I really didn't have big plans. Mainly because I didn't really see it as a long term career. I still had dreams of working in the sports industry in some capacity, although I really had no idea what or how I would get into it.

However, as time marched on, it became obvious that higher education, and specifically financial aid administration, was my calling. I embraced it, started to work even harder to become an expert and really good at what I did. I researched graduate programs, and enrolled. I learned that I love what I do, and realized that I want to keep doing this for a long, long time.

About half way through my graduate program, I even started researching Ed.D. programs.

For one of my classes, I was tasked with writing my obituary (so morbid, right?), and wrote about being a Vice President of a major southern university. I had dreams and visions of continuing to climb the ladder, move up professionally, and make it to VP level before I hit 40.

Then, I became a mother.

I'm going to pause right here and say, I still have dreams and goals. I still bust my butt every day, and do the best job I can do. I still bend over backwards to help people as much as I can, and I still want to progress in my career and eventually take on managing a full team and department.

But not right now.

No. Right now, I love having a job where I can come in, do my job, feel very little stress, and at the end of the day, go home to enjoy my time with my son. I love not having to take work home with me, or check emails on the weekends. I love that I can leave the office at the office, and not feel like I have to do anything from home.

Right now, my career is on the Mommy Track.

And I'm ok with that.