April Showers + Free Printable Calendar


Welcome, April! Signs of spring are beginning to pop up everywhere and although I’m not so keen on all the showers, I have my eye on the warmer seasons and all that comes along with finally leaving the winter doldrums behind.  As always, we have a free, pretty printable, calendar for April 2018 to share. Just click on the below image to download and print your calendar sheet – tack to a wall and enjoy!


Wishing you all the very best of spring.




Straight Noodles, Friendship and a Trip To Mystic Aquarium

We first met on our dorm stairwell during our move-in day at college. She remembers my white toe polish, and I, her soft grey cut-out-neck T shirt.  It was kind of like love at first best-friend site – we’ve been steadfast friends from that moment on.  Together we share endless memories and ridiculous stories full of belly laughter.  Since college, we’ve lived in different states and sometimes different time zones, but always felt connected.  She is kind and compassionate and has known my husband for as long as I have, and is the sort of friend that makes me strive to be a better person and mother.  Her sound advice has helped me to keep it together more times than I can count.  Last year when I was feeling disheartened with a newer friendship – she reminded me of wise words that her own mother once told her:

“Friendships should be like straight noodles, not a messy plate of spaghetti.”

Although our own lives have sometimes been meshed with messiness, our friendship has always been solid.  We’ve been there for one another when faced with hardships and can’t wait to celebrate each other’s successes.

She is absolutely my straightest noodle.

Too much time had passed since our families had quality time together, so we decided to meet for the day at Mystic Aquarium, in Mystic CT.  The kids ran around and explored alongside Beluga whales, African penguins and even observed underwater pumpkin carving. The aquarium brought back so many of my own childhood memories, and watching the excitement through the eyes of our kiddos, together, was amazing.

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I think we both left with filled-up spirits, and a promise not to let too much time slip away before our next adventure.


Cocktail Recipies With Lipton Iced Tea & A Shout Out To My Girls {Sponsored}

I’m lucky enough to have some solid women in my life. The sort of steadfast friends who offer support in hardship and acknowledgment and celebration of the good things when they happen. True gems that are essential to survival – especially in motherhood.

I recently had a girls’ night with some dear friends who came to visit NYC. I’m still thinking about the laughter and heartfelt hugs. I’m also thinking about the lovelies that I soon will see. A friend from Hawaii, a bestie in Boston – positive girl time that comes with lasting effects.

Lipton recently sent me their Lipton 100 Calorie Half & Half (Tea & Lemonade) and their Lipton Diet Green Tea Honey Ginseng. With them, I whipped up some drink recipes with a future girls night on my mind.

Hard Half & Half 


This recipe is simple and the results are tasty!
  • Add Ice
  • Add 1.5 oz. of your favorite spiced rum
  • Add 7 oz. of Lipton 100 Calorie Half & Half (Tea & Lemonade)
  • Add a splash of club soda
  • Garnish with pineapple and fresh mint
Green Tea Honey Ginseng Raspberry Spritzer

I also created an alcohol-free option for those who prefer to not drink their calories.
  • Freeze Lipton Green Tea Honey Ginseng into ice cubes and fill glass with cubes (I used a butterfly mold to create fun shaped cubes)
  • Add a few frozen raspberries
  • Fill Glass with club soda
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge
Striped paper straws and pretty napkins are a fun way to dress things up.

Cheers to my favorite ladies!

Lipton Iced Tea and Dance Central 3 have teamed together to host the ‘Game On’ sweepstakes so you too can take your next girl’s night-in to the next level. Enter to win one of four ultimate entertainment room makeovers which include a new Samsung TV, sound system, Xbox 360 Kinect bundle and console, Dance Central 3, and more!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lipton Iced Tea. The opinions and text are all my own.