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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hodgepodge - half way through the year!

Already Wednesday again! I hope you are having a great week! It's been warm and sunny here, we're in the thick of Summer now - loving every bit! 

Here are the questions to this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Come join the fun! Thank you, as always From This Side of the Pond

From this Side of the Pond

1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them. I was close to my Grandmother on my Father's side (my Grandfather died before I was born). 
We used to go visit every Sunday, we would have lunch together and my Dad would mow her lawn. We would have long, lazy afternoons and pick black raspberries. My Grandparents on my Mom's side raised TWELVE kids. My grandfather would take me swimming - he wasn't the type to just "watch the kids while they swam", he would actually swim WITH us. My Grandmother was always loving, caring and a funny woman. I miss them ALL.

2. What's an item you were attached to as a child? What happened to it?
My Paddington Bear, I slept with him every night. When I was in the 8th grade we went to Disney for a vacation and brought my best friend. My friend hid the bear under the bed and he got left behind. Go ahead, ask if we're still friends ;)

3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? Explain. I see the trees and I love them. We sit on our back deck, especially this time of year and watch all the birds and busy land above us, I love it!

4. Do you like sour candies? Which of the 'sour' foods listed below would you say is your favorite?

grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats 

I do like sour foods! Limes are probably my very favorite but grapefruit is close!

Have you ever eaten a kumquat? What's your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list? I have eaten a kumquat. I'm thinking a fresh margarita, on the rocks, no salt is my favorite! 

5. July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it's going so far. It's been a good year, I'm grateful for health, good fortune and our happy family.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I came across this picture last week. I love seeing the 80s style. For those of you who haven't seen me, can you guess where I am? 

Friday, July 14, 2017

July Daily Goodie Box #sponsored #ad

*Please note, I did receive a Daily Goodie Box to review but all opinions, as always are my own!**

Okay, it's JULY 14th people! How did that happen? This month seems to be flying on by and once again we're at the half way mark. Time to slow down Summer, I'm not quite ready for the momentum to build like this. There are however, some good things about time slipping on by...
It's that time of month again - the JULY Daily Daily Goodie Box! I do love the surprises every month and this month did not disappoint!  The Daily Goodie Box is 100% free so not at all like other subscription boxes out there. Simply become a member and fill out a personal profile on their site (also free). If you meet the requirements for a Goodie Box you'll be eligible for a box shipped to your doorstep! The eligibility is based on various factors like demographics, interest in current products, etc but it's worth trying to get one because the boxes are GOOD! Every month, they feature samples of a variety of food, drink, and personal care items. You'll be  asked to review your items in online profile. The more reviews you do, the better your chances of getting chosen for future boxes! Win, win, win!
Yummy! Simple ingredients - pure coconut oil, non GMO seed, salt and real cheddar cheese.

This interesting and refreshing drink promotes healthy magnesium levels and balances calcium intake! It claims it helps you feel less stressed and more relaxed, I was excited to give it a try! 

I really do love this scent! Often referred to as "air conditioning for the soul", it's the blend of fine Italian talcum powder and subtle fragrance that will leave the body feeling dry, comfortable and feeling great.

I do love to relax at the end of the day with a cup of tea! The combination of coconut and vanilla is wonderful.  It's caffeine free and certified organic - all good!  
A protein shake that's portable, full of protein from Greek yogurt and is a delicious alternative to the usual breakfast shake. I love that you don't need a blender, just add milk and go!

I do love this water, hydrates and refreshes - and low calories!

My daughter stole these before I had a chance but she gobbled them up! Great for a grab and go snack - kid approved! 

We love Goddess Garden around here! All natural products and now a way to protect my lips! Yes please! 
Low sugar and non GMO, this bar was yummy and a great mix of fruit and nuts. Great for the Fall and lunchboxes! 

This is an all natural, organic and homeopathic first aid ointment that kills over 5X more bacteria than the leading antibiotic ointments! I am going to find this! This is the time of year we're always getting scrapes and cuts so it's a "must have" for our medicine cabinet!

In case you missed last month's feature, you can check it out here. Now, head on over to the Daily Goodie Box and sign up to get your own! Good luck! 

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


My first Hodgepodge in July! Time is flying! Thank you, as always for hosting FROM THIS SIDE OF THE POND! Come join the fun! Answer on your own blog, then jump back here tomorrow to share answers with the universe.  Here we go!

From this Side of the Pond
1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional) Sunday. Our neighbor has two daughters and it was their youngest's 2nd birthday. Little Bella greeted us with her "birthday balloon" and the older sister (who is ten) was holding her other balloon. The girls were running around and one of the balloons floated away. We told her to make a wish and she thought it was fun watching it (although not environmentally friendly, I hear). 

2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall...which one are you most like and why? OCEAN! I love the coast, it reminds me of growing up, visiting Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island beaches. The ocean stirs memories of  visiting Cancun in college, honeymooning in Aruba and trips (before kids) to Bermuda! Now we live close to some beautiful beaches that I can share with my own daughters. I'm blessed! 

3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called 'the first state' because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What's your state's nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state? I've NEVER been to Delaware, although technically I guess I have because we've driven through. One of my closest friends is FROM Delaware and a few of my bloggy buddies as well. Our state's nickname is "LIVE FREE OR DIE" which I guess is pretty appropriate for the sentiment around here. Not sure what I'd name it, perhaps "It's a great state to live in but avoid the election years". It gets pretty intense around here in NH! 

4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers? Pasta salad - which typically is simple, pasta/basil/tomatoes/fresh mozzarella and a balsamic dressing. I also love to make Greek Pasta Salad with red onion, tomatoes, olives, feta and fresh herbs. 

5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent? ENJOY it, let life slow down a bit, sleep when the baby sleeps. Those dishes can wait! 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Have a great day my friends! 

Explore Rhode Island Staycation #sponsored

Here we are, July! Playing a little catch up over here on the blog. Not making excuses but life has been busy, fun and we've been thoroughly enjoying the Summer! Recently, we took a trip to Rhode Island. I used to go all the time as a kid but it had been several years. It was as beautiful as I remembered and we went on a warm day in June. 

First up, we visited the Roger Williams Zoo. If you happen to be in New England and get the opportunity, this is a great zoo to visit! One of the oldest zoos in the country, this zoo is located in Providence in a 40 acre setting. Full of animals, fun and educational opportunities, it's a great place to spend the day! The giraffes were our favorite! 
Providence is a great city to visit. Downtown offers historic architecture and an array of interesting attractions. The dining offers something for everyone. In fact, Restaurant Weeks run July 9-22 so there's plenty of time to take full advantage of this great spot! 

Next up, the Newport's Cliff Walk! AH-MAZ-ING! It truly was an adventure with breathtaking views and beauty. This was my very favorite part of the getaway. Newport is beautiful! 
Finally, no trip to Rhode Island would be complete without a visit to the shore! As a kid, we always visited Misquamicut but there are tons of beautiful coastline to discover. Block Island is also a beautiful island to consider! 
We are lucky to live in such a beautiful place! I love that there is always something new to explore! 
Thank you to the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitor's Bureau for suggesting this New England Getaway. Please note, I did not receive compensation for this review however, I did receive passes to the Roger Williams Zoo. All opinions, as always are my own. 
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