Last week Meg and Matt rented a house on Fire Island (Kismet to be exact), so I got to spend a couple of days over there. Fire Island is a popular summer spot for Long Islanders. It’s only about a 25 minute ferry ride from Bay Shore (a town on the south shore of Long Island). Even though it’s only a short ride over, you really feel like you’ve escaped to a beautiful faraway beach town. It’s lovely! There is a very (very) limited amount of cars over there, the dress is always pretty casual, and the beaches are gorgeous.

Have you ever been? If not, and you’re looking for a calm, laid-back vacation you should check out a rental on Fire Island for sure. :)

Check out a few pictures from our visit:

PS: If you don’t mind, please take a second to vote for me in the Real Simple essay contest. THANKS EVERYONE!

Remembering 9/11

Has it been ten years?

I can’t believe it. On this day, every year, I feel like I’m a sophomore in high school again amongst all the confusion and chaos turned horror and grief at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington, New York. That day brought us down to a very low place, as we watched such hatred attack our country. The towers fell and while watching, we all fell with them…But the beauty comes in how everyone stood back up. We helped each other up, we carried one another. The community came together in an amazing way – prayers, candlelight vigils, donating and collecting necessities needed at Ground Zero, and so much more. I’ve never been more proud to be a New Yorker; an American.

And now it’s 2011, and it’s been ten years. Where has the time gone? I can only hope deep in my heart, that time has helped families heal and that those who lost their lives are now at peace in heaven watching over their loved ones. There is still hatred in the world – murderers, people’s lives taken from illness, etc. But, know that there is good. Do something good with your life; spread kindness. If September 11, 2001 taught us anything, let it be that we only have one life which is precious. Please don’t take it for granted.

We will never forget, 9/11

Out of Dark Comes Light

 God, make me brave for life:

oh, braver than this.
Let me straighten after pain,
as a tree straightens after the rain,
Shining and lovely again.

God, make me brave for life;
much braver than this.
As the blown grass lifts,
let me rise
From sorrow with quiet eyes,
Knowing Thy way is wise.

God, make me brave, life brings
Such blinding things.

Help me to keep my sight;
Help me to see aright
That out of dark comes light.

–Author Unknown

I love concerts

I’ve been to lots of concerts – everything from Liza Minnelli (seriously) to Talib Kweli, N*Sync, Destiny’s Child and everything in between – mainly because I love music (especially a good live show) and simply because they’re a really fun activity to do with your boyfriend, friends, family, etc. Some of my favorite memories in the world are enjoying a concert at Jones Beach on a warm summer evening. Do you love going to concerts?

Some of my favorite concerts:

Jack Johnson (Comcast Center, MA) – because he’s my favorite

Pearl Jam and U2 (Aloha Stadium, HI) – great combo/it was in Hawaii/I met Jack Johnson at the concert. Life in Hawaii is good!

Nelly (Nassau Coliseum, NY) – because I was a sophomore in high school and thought I was, plus Kelly Rowland came on stage and sang ‘Dilemma

The Doobie Brothers (Westbury Music Fair, NY) – because I was about 15 years old and went to a Doobie Brothers concert with my parents. So fun!

Britney Spears (Nassau Coliseum, NY) – one of my first concerts I ever went to – I’ve always been a big Britney fan and I’m not ashamed of it!

James Taylor (Jones Beach, NY) – because he is absolutely perfect live. I’ve grown up listening to him and we always go as a family which is very nice. His music always reminds me of happy times with my family

The Sprite Liquid Mix Tour featuring Jay-Z, NERD, 311, Nappy Roots, and more (Jones Beach, NY) – Jay-Z is my all time favorite rapper. Great show

Brad Paisley (Gillette Stadium, MA) – One word for you = Countryfest. Friends, grilling, drinks, warm weather, good music…doesn’t get much better than that

Sara Bareilles (House of Blues, Boston) – I love her. Was my first time at HOB Boston, great place, great show!

Billy Joel and Elton John (Nassau Coliseum, NY) – The Piano Man, Crocodile Rock, Downeaster Alexa, Benny and the Jets? Dueling pianos? Yes please!

John Mayer (Central Park, NYC) – Summer. Light rain. Central Park. John Mayer. Pretty romantic. Loved every minute of it

Josh Turner (The South Shore Music Circus, Hingham MA) – Colin and I had such a romantic little date at the Josh Turner concert last summer

George Strait and Blake Shelton (Tinley Park, IL) – My girlfriends from Boston were visiting me in Chicago. I was elated!

Saw Doctors (Nokia Theatre, NYC) – New York, St. Patrick’s Day weekend and a band from Ireland? Guaranteed good time

Dave Matthews Band (Randall’s Island, NY) – Come on! Everybody has to go to a DMB concert at some point in their lives

Green Day (Giants Stadium) – Mary and I met tons of randos at this concert, made up a few fake names, and rocked out. I still chuckle when I think of this night. Plus, Dookie? Amazing album. My mom took that away from us when we were little! teehee

The Counting Crows (Grant Park, Chicago) – A free concert in the middle of a beautiful park? Singing Mr. Jones? Sign me up!

A lovely, sunny Vermont day

It’s quite a nice deal I have; I live near Boston, one of my favorite cities in the world. I get to go to New York to visit my family and  hang out in (our town) Babylon, take a trip into Manhattan for a show or to go out to dinner, or spend time by the beach in the summer. I also get to spend a lot of time in Vermont (where Colin’s from). I truly love coming up here for a weekend to get away from it all. It’s so different from where I grew up, which is one of the reasons why I love it. It’s wonderful spending time on Long Island, but then to balance it out, it’s also great to get to spend time in Vermont a whole different world.

Colin and I are on a constant rotation of MA, NY, VT – it keeps things fun, adventurous and interesting. Most importantly, we get to spend time with our families on a regular basis even though we’re all in different states.

Today was a lovely, sunny Vermont day. We went snowshoeing and (attempted to go) snowmobiling. I was nicely bundled up so I really enjoyed myself. As long as I’m not cold and bitching about it, I’m okay. :)

Vrooom vrooom

Let's go!

So pretty


Getting our snowshoes on

Such a fab little snow bunny

Sunny day

So snowy

Just beautiful

Blue skies

Stopped for delicious snacks of course

Snowshoeing away

A delicious power bar when we finished!

100 Days of Kindness, Day 59

Another visit to New York winding down… Meg and I are packing up and shipping up to Boston once again. It’s been such a great trip! I always get a little sad when we leave, but know that I will see my family soon. And Molly will be living up by us in Andover in just a few weeks (she’s transferring to Merrimack! WOOPWOOP!) which I’m pretty excited about.

My kindness for today: Leaving Kelly a little surprise for the fab ‘do she gave me and visiting my grandfather (in the hospital :() before we get on the road. We’re heading there soon. I hope he’s feeling good today and gets to come home ASAP!

A wonderful LI weekend! (And 100 Days of Kindness, Day 2)

Colin and I decided to try something different this past weekend – we left really early Saturday morning to head to NY instead of going Friday evening after work. We figured if we got a good night’s sleep Friday night (we didn’t – we went to bed late) that we’d wake up at the ass crack of dawn to get to NY bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Saturday morning. I don’t know if we were bright-eyed or bushy-tailed, but we got there early and were happy to be with my family. :)

We had a great time celebrating Kelly’s birthday together!

"It's what I wanted!"... Guess that quote...

Lookin' good in your new scarf!

Mmmm pumpkin beer


Kell's fab new watch from Brian!

The lovebirds

Colin and Uncle Danny

Lola Girl

Action shot of Par

New Lauren Conrad book

My delicious Chicagoan hotdog from 'Super Duper Weenie' on our stop in CT on our way back to MA... delicious!

Super Duper Weenie!

100 Days of Kindness, Day 2:

I definitely had nice things on my mind today. I was trying to think of new, creative things I could do for people. Even throughout some of the frustrations and overall busyness of the day I was trying to stay positive and think of all the nice things flooding my mind. I decided I need to start jotting my ‘nice ideas’ down in a notebook when I think of them, so I have some in store for these 100 days…

Today, I did two nice things. First, I promoted my friend Greg’s new song on Twitter and I decided I’m going to try to continue to promote his song moving forward. I went to middle school with Greg a long time ago and haven’t seen him in years. However, thanks to the wonders of social media (Facebook) I can still see what he (along with all the other people I haven’t seen/talked to in years) are up to. You know that’s what you use Facebook for! Big time creepin’!

Anyway, back to the point… I recently saw that Greg is pursuing a career in music. I listened to his first single on iTunes, and I have to say – it is amazing! Such a great voice and he is reeally good on guitar. He’s a nice guy who is very talented. I would love to see him succeed, so I’m going to help promote him – I’ll tweet, I’ll Facebook, you know the drill. Now, not that I have a large influence on millions of people or anything, but I just figured, any little bit can help right?

With that being said – check out Greg’s song, ‘New York City Girl’. If you love it, buy it here. I’d say he’s a mix between Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Jason Mraz with a little bit of old school classic rock thrown in. Let me know (or let Greg know on his Facebook page) what you think!

Second nice thing: After our hip hop class tonight, Meg had to pick up Lady in NH. She also had to vote, but hadn’t eaten dinner. I told her I’d make her some dinner while she went to vote so that she could be a good citizen. Then, even though I really didn’t want to  (I can say this because she’s my sister) I took a ride with her to NH to keep her company.

I’m happy to report that I think she appreciated it!

Happy Birthday Kell!

Happy birthday to my amazing, talented, beautiful sister Kelly!

I cannot believe you are 22. 21 was hard enough to believe, but 22?! You are a real adult now. Congratulations. :)


Don't hate me for posting this faaaabulous photo!

I love you gurrrrl!


Colin, Meg, Matt and I are all heading to New York tomorrow to celebrate Kelly’s birthday with the family. I can’t wait! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend as well. Happy Halloween!

I love lobster (and my family)

Another great weekend with the family!

Friday we left for NY around 7pm and made great time – got home around 11pm.

Lady in the car :)

Saturday Heather and I drove out to Montauk because Mary and Matt had a big bash. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay very long (I had to get back for dinner with the family) but it was a great time. Always good to see my chicas! Plus Mar and Matt had quite the spread, and you know I’m always up for eating. Especially when it involves burgers. :)

Flowers I picked up at a farmers market for Mar & Matt

H Dizzle




At Matt's Montauk house

Saturday night we went to Captain Bill’s which was delicious as usual! I had alottaaa lobstah – lobster bisque, salad and then lobster for my main course. I topped it all off with carrot cake – YUM.

As a blogger I’m ashamed that I forgot to bring my camera!!! However, I snapped a few pictures on my phone…

Pa (he's doing very well!) & Anney Anne :)

Meg fishing out my lobster!

DELICIOUS! What made it even more delicious? Having my wonderful sister Molly sitting next to me taking the meat out! She's the best!

Topped it all off with carrot cake, perfection

Today we went to mass, looked at the wedding pictures the photographer sent and then watching Lady and Lola play!

Lola playing with her niece Lady

Sharing is caring

We’re back in MA and Mom came with us to help the newlyweds set up their new home. We’re so pumped to have her up for a visit! Wish you were here too pops – you need to come up soon! :)

Lady enjoying the breeze

Lady and her grandmama


Winner winner chicken dinner

We’ve made it to Amsterdam. No not the Netherlands. New York. Today is the lovely Mrs. Temple’s birthday, so we’re up at her fathers house visiting for the weekend! So A – Happy birthday Mrs. T! and B – woopwoop for the weekend, should be a good one. :)

I don’t have much to say about last nights game. It wasn’t pretty. The Celtics did not look like they want to win. Where was the effort? Where was their enthusiasm?

*Sidenote* It was funny that Chris Rock got in trouble for his sideline interview during the game. So many famous people at the game – are they even fans? I’m a fan! Can I have your court side ticket? Please? Note to Adam Sandler – you’re from NH, you should have had some Celtics gear on, FYI.

I truly (madly, deeply) hope they play better (way better) on Sunday. Say a prayer, cross your fingers, pet your lucky rabbit foot. Do what you gotta do people, because we need to BEAT L A !

On a happier note, it’s time to announce the winner of a FABULOUS pair of CitySlips!!! Who will it be?

That my friends is @aeparker on Twitter who tweeted about the giveaway! Please send me your information – name, address, whether you’d like small, medium or large and whether you’d like black, gold or silver.  You can email that to and your CitySlips will magically appear. Congratulations!

Special thanks to everyone who entered! I really appreciate it. Hopefully we’ll have another GREAT giveaway coming up soon! Stay tuned…

On another CitySlips note, they have some exciting news – Cravings Boutique in Wayne, NJ is now carrying these amazing ballet flats! So women of Jersey and New York alike, get your tired, hurtin’ feet to Cravings and treat yourself to a pair of these ‘FUNK-tional’ flats will you?

Things to do –

The Jimmy Fund’s 28th annual Scooper Bowl is next week!

When: Tuesday, June 8th – Thursday, June 10th

Where: City Hall Plaza in Boston

Ticket Prices: Ages 10 and up – $8
Ages 3-9 – $4
Kids under 3 – free
Scooper Pass – $15 to enter up to three times during the event

Why: 30 delicious ice cream flavors to try all the while supporting cancer care and research for both adults and children at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Need I say more?

I’ve just learned about ‘Portsmouth Friday Nights’ and I want to go. This awesome city hosts tax-free shopping in local boutiques and galleries (which stay open late for the event) with musicians playing outside and some food to nibble on. Every Friday through Columbus Day so you have plenty of time to plan your little trip up to the great NH. Enjoy!

The weekend in pictures

This past weekend was awesome. I got to spend some solid quality time my family. Mom, Dad, Par, Meg, Kelly and Molly were all around and it was so nice to get to just hang out and laugh all weekend. I also got to see my two best girlies, Mary and Heather which is always a joy! My brother Patrick wasn’t able to come home (he’s über cool – lives out in Cali) which was sad. It’s weird when a bunch of us are together and there’s one or two missing. I got to chat with him on Saturday though, so it was nice to catch up. I miss you brothaman!

We did a lot over the weekend – a bbq Saturday at our (pretend) cousins house where we got to see all the kiddies – such a treat! Did a little shopping for Meg’s honeymoon Saturday night, had tea with Mary and Heather, went out to Bellport to visit Fr. Jerry, saw SATC2 (awesome!), made the seating arrangements for the wedding, saw Kelly’s Brian who is home from Ireland (he was did a semester over there), went to the Babylon Memorial Day parade, another bbq at our other cousins, etc. etc. The weather was beautiful and I was surrounded by people I love. A wonderful weekend indeed.

Some photos for you –

On our way!

Just got off the ferry

We're home!

Welcome to LI wine country :)

The beautiful beach we stopped at quickly


The Garden of Eve - what a beautiful name! If you're in Long Island anytime soon, this is a must visit!!

Garden of Eve Riverhead, NY

The farmers market we popped into

Don't forget to eat your veggies!

Cutest little guys

The Lavender Labyrinth

Meg washing off our DELICIOUS strawberries

The most delicious strawberries I've ever had in my LIFE

Once we got home to Babylon, it was time to head over to our pretend cousins (do you guys have any of those??) house for a bbq. It was such a good time!

Ella on the slip n slide!

Kelly and Brian!

Delicious bbq dinner

Me and my boys - Uncle Kev and Pops

Ella going in for the kill

My beautiful family - Mom, Molly and Kelly


Pretty Moldy


Moll is stealing Patrick's signature move!



Me and my little friend

Megan and her little friend - we each got one! Love twins!

Aw, my little friend isn't happy anymore!

Looking at the boobies

Look at those curls :)

Mmmm dessert

Sunday we drove out to Bellport to visit  our dear friend Fr. Jerry (Mom and Dad have been friends with him since we were little – he even baptized Molly, or ‘Angelina’ as he calls her… He’s one of those ‘Italians’…) We went to mass at his parish, Mary Immaculate and afterward we went to brunch in town. Fr. Jerry will be celebrating mass along with Fr. Jim at Meg and Matt’s wedding so it was good to talk some wedding details with him and get to see him before the big show!

Fr. Jerry's church

Grammy, Popper and Nana's brick outside the church :)

Moms present to Aunt Nancy!

Beautiful church

Rose bush right outside of the Rectory

Love this

'Many people have eaten my cooking and have gone on to lead normal lives.' Apparently Meg doesn't think so Mom!

Food pantry at the church

Kelly posing with the food ;)

Awesome bench!

Brunch at the Bellport Restaurant

Such an awesome restaurant - very cute decor and delicious food!


Yummy lemonade


Kelly's fritatta

A buggy we saw on our walk around Bellport

Tilted? haha

Down by the dock

Meg also had her final fitting while we were home! She looks AMAZING in her dress – I can’t post any pictures because Matt can’t see it yet! However, here is a picture of my gorgeous Mother all dolled up. Meg was practicing my Mom’s makeup for the big day.

My beautiful Mother - Meg was practicing makeup on her for the wedding!