I am a Zia …Again!

Just got home from the hospital!  After the longest week of my families lives, my nephew is finally here!! Coming in at 8lbs and 21.5 inches long, another beautiful child was born to my sister and brother in law.  Such an exciting time for their family. These are a few of the best pix I…

Weighing in! #9 and life!

Well, I am so relaxed from the past week I’ve had that I am not even sure where to begin! — Ok I’ll start with …the weigh in. Well, I have been keeping myself in check since my last weigh in; eating real well and trying to be more active with my kids out in…

My 2013 Beach Playlist

Hey Everyone! What a gorgeous handful of days we’ve been having this week, huh?! I chose to work from home from Tuesday on; and am I glad I chose this week! Best part is that we are going to have a few more beautiful days in a row here in Boston, too! YES!! Get working…

Vanilla Waffles

Vanilla Waffles 2 cups all purpose flour 1 3/4 cups skim milk 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste (or 1 tbsp vanilla extract) 2 large eggs 4 tsp banking powder 1 tbsp packed brown sugar 1/4 tsp salt Need: vegetable oil spray Heat waffle iron. In a medium bowl, mix all the…

Summer’s a’comin!

With Father’s Day now behind us, the Summer, well, beach season, is close to officially kicking off. Four more days people! Which is a fun season to be in New England.  Obviously, the weather is hotter. The days are longer. The people are cheerier and chill. But in New England, life really changes. The sleepy beach communities and…

Ricotta and Veal Meatballs

Ricotta and Veal Meatballs 1 pound veal 1 pound lean ground beef 1 1/4 cup of whole wheat bread crumbs 1 1/4 cup skim ricotta 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Cheese 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon of each Salt & fresh ground Pepper…

Discussing Transgender with a Pre-Schooler

My daughter is five years old, and she is part of a local preK program where there is big focus on a set learning for Kindergarten readiness. I love this facility so much. My oldest daughter spent preK there, and my niece and nephew, as well. The school is run well, as they have a curriculum system that works, and has worked for both my children who…

Our Yard

Our yard is my favorite spot to cheer me up. The perfect place to feel swept away from chaos. Also, to meditate peacefully. We live on about an acre, and our back yard is a clear rectangular field abutting other yards just as large, and a wooded area at the very end. It is quiet, private…

Weighing in! #8

OK, finally have good weight loss news!! I lost 2lbs this week! Which makes a total of 12.5lbs lost AND it is my goal weight from 2010. WHICH MEANS I have officially lost 60lbs! Yesssss!  Well, I have actually lost more than this cause of the small gains since that I lost, BUT I am at…

It’s 13 Years Off the Nicotine

Last month, I had my 13th anniversary of when I quit smoking. YAY! I am sort of still surprised that I have been at it successfully all this time. It hasn’t been an easy road. Those first few hours into days seemed to last forever..then the weeks into months..they were maddening. It was tough. Too…