Sunday, January 25, 2015

Garth Brooks Came To Boston

According to my Facebook feed everyone in Boston went to the Garth Brooks' concert this weekend which wasn't that hard to do with 6 shows!  Yes 6 with 2 on Friday night and 2 on Saturday night.  No clue what time the 2nd shows ended up starting on those nights but I know it was later than the 10:30 planned start time.  I'm just glad I went on Thursday night when Garth was well rested and psyched to be back in Boston after 17 years!

I know concert photos can be a little boring to look at but I wanted to share a few to remember how amazing the show was.  When he first came out on stage that square box lifted up and there was this round light ball around the drummer.  Throughout the night the colors of the lights changed and it was so cool.  It also made an awesome backdrop for Garth as he was performing!

When he sang "The River" (which happens to be one of my favorites if not the favorite that he sings) everyone had there cell phone flashlights on and it looked so pretty (not as cool as lighters but. . .)!

And then we asked the guy behind us to take a photo of us holding our neighbors sign but he totally cuts out the sign.

Yeah let's try that again!  A little better!  We has great seats - probably the best I've ever sat in at the Garden and the best part was that Garth charged one price for all the seats.  No matter if you were on the floor or in the nose bleeds you paid the same price (around $65 I think) and for that he is the coolest!

Trisha Yearwood came on and sang a few songs with my favorite being "She's In Love With The Boy" and during it she had a "kiss cam." It was hilarious!

My favorite song of the night was "Friends In Low Places" mainly b/c it is just such a great sing along song.  It was so fun to hear everyone singing and having a blast!  But really the whole show was so much fun and so good!  I'm so glad I got to see Garth in concert and he can still put on an amazing show! Oh and if you want a good laugh go click on that link and see the video from the 1990 awards show - OMG!!!! Ha!

Did you go?  If so which night and what did you think?  If he is coming to your city make sure to get tickets.  You won't regret it!

Linking up for Weekending and Let It Shine.

P.S.  Boston is going to be slammed with a blizzard starting Mon and ending Wed.  Not happy.  At all.

P.P.S.  There are a few Superbowl Squares for MS left - get 'em while they last!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Making: Plans for my upcoming Trivia Night MS Fundraiser.

Cooking: Do Eggo waffles count (using the toaster is cooking right)!?

Drinking: Water since I took a spin class after work.

Reading: Blog posts. Trying to catch up with what is going on in the blog world. Also reading numerous emails thanks to my Superbowl Squares Fundraiser for MS.

Wanting: So many things. . . Hunter boots, Young Living Essentials Oils, Taylor Swift concert tickets and so many other things. . . 

Looking: Forward to this Sunday because it is my immediate family's Thanksgiving dinner!!!

Playing: The 2048 game so much that I had to delete the app from my phone!

Wasting: Too much time on social media (always).

Sewing: What?! 

Wishing: That this man's life wasn't taken away so tragically.  Praying for his pregnant wife, three children, extended family, friends, and colleagues. 

Enjoying: Criminal Minds (obsessed with this show even though it totally freaks me out)!

Waiting: To go to the Garth Brooks concert Thursday night.  So excited!

Liking: That I finally joined a gym and started training for Ride The Vineyard.

Wondering: Why everyone thinks the Patriots would need to cheat to win. Also wondering if the balls are ever weighed after any other game and if they were would they be the "right" weight?

Loving: All the bad food.  I need to detox and start clean eating!

Hoping: That my tax refund will be large so I can pay off some debt and maybe plan another weekend away.

Marveling: At the power of prayer and how much it can lift someone up during their difficult times.

Needing: A lot more time. My to do list is a mile long and there are so many things I want to accomplish but when I have free time I just want to rest/relax.  Finding the balance is tough.

Smelling: My "Fresh Sparkling Snow" Bath and Body Works candle (by the way the 3-wick candles are on sale for $12 right now).

Wearing: Layers! It has been freezing out and work isn't much better.

Following:  The news about jury selection for the Boston Marathon bomber trial.

Noticing: That not too many of my high school classmates have purchased tickets for our reunion in May and wondering if I should go. . .

Knowing: That if I go to above mentioned high school reunion I will probably want to roll my eyes a lot and need to bite my tongue at times but that if I don't go I'll feel like I missed out on something.

Thinking: That I should order photos to make Ella's 6th Birthday Banner.
Feeling: Exhausted!

Opening: Junk mail. I miss Christmas cards.

Giggling: Not enough!  Work has been beyond busy. Our hospital census is the highest it has ever been since I've worked there.  Three weeks straight of it and it is stressful and exhausting.

Thanks Christa for the blog post idea!

Linking up for Thoughts for Thursday


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Superbowl Squares MS Fundraiser

Everyone loves the Superbowl especially when you have a chance to win money.  Even better when a donation is also made to a great charity!  Oh and the very best is when your home team is in the Superbowl (GO PATS)!!!!!

As most of you know I have MS and I participate is numerous events throughout the year and raise a lot of money.  Well, when you raise money year after year you have to get creative. People get tired of giving to the same person/charity.  So this is your traditional Superbowl Squares with a twist.  Some of the money will go toward The Bean Team's MS Challenge Walk fundraising!  Win for you (hopefully) and win for MS!

Here are the details.

1.  You buy squares for $10 each.  Numbers will be randomly assigned by the computer program once all the squares are sold.

2.  You pay for your square via paypal using my personal email address (comment below and I'll email it to you if you need it).  All money must be received by Sat, Jan 31st at 5 PM. If I do not receive your money and you win, the money will be donated to MS in your name.

3.  Winners will receive:

1st Quarter $100
2nd Quarter $100
3rd Quarter $100
Final $200

The Bean Team will receive $500 and it will be donated to the National MS Society of Greater New England through the MS Challenge Walk.

4.  To participate click on the link below and enter the username and password I've provided.  Then click on the squares you want and put your name (please make sure I know who you are - no initials)!

Username: GoPats
Password: Thanks

Feel free to forward this to anyone you think might want to play along!  Good luck friends and thanks for helping me raise money for MS!

Let me know if you have any questions!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Bean Team's 2015 MS Events

The Bean Team has a very busy 2015 ahead of us.  We have several of our "regular" events and even a new one!  Always keeping it exciting and raising as much money as we can.  Do you want to join us?  Check out what we'll be doing below and click the link to sign up to volunteer or participate in any event!
Saturday, March 7th
Climb To The Top
Katelyn and I have volunteered at this event for the past 2 years and it has been a lot of fun despite the very early wake up call.  This year a few more friends are joining us which should make it even more fun!  One of the most impressive things about this event is seeing all of the firefighters climb in full gear and they do it SO fast!

Sunday, March 22nd
2nd Annual Trivia Night MS Fundraiser at The Draft
We are bringing Trivia Night back for a 2nd year but in a new location.  Grab some friends and make a team.  We will have awesome raffle prizes including Red Sox tickets, a Keurig, a Shark steamer, beer/wine and restaurant gift cards!  {$10 per person when paid in advance. 4 to 6 people per team!}
More info to come as the date gets closer but feel free to email me with questions.

Sunday, April 12th
Boston MS Walk
Unfortunately the site for the Boston Walk doesn't seem to be working right at the moment but I will update the link as soon as it is.  In the meantime save the date for our most popular event!  The walk starts and finished at BU with a free lunch! Team shirts are $5 per person (I covered the difference) and I'm thinking purple this year (just for Laney)!  This walk is 3 miles and goes at a slow pace so all levels welcome!

Saturday, April 25th
MuckFest MS 
This event came to "Boston" aka Devons, MA two years ago and The Bean Team has participated both years.  We are so excited to return this year for another day of fun.  It is more wet than muddy as you make your way through the 5K race and obstacle course.  There is no fundraising for this event but there is a registration fee (which increases as the date gets closer so sign up now and save money).  Oh and I'm the official photographer!  Cheerleaders also welcome!

Saturday, May 2nd
Ride The Vineyard
This is our new event for 2015!  Katelyn does the CCG each year but is unable to this year due to another commitment.  So we decided to try this event since we've heard it is a lot of fun (and a really good excuse to go to the Vineyard)!  It has 20, 40 and 60 mile options and if I can do it anyone can! If you register do it with a ferry ticket (just easier) and check with me first b/c I can probably get you a discount code.

September 11th-13th
MS Challenge Walk Cape Cod
The best event of them all!  This is such a fabulous 3 day event on the Cape.  We done it for several years now and it gets better every year.  So far Jenn, Emily and I are walking and my mom and Kate are doing Crew.  We would love to grow our team so let me know if you are interested in either walking or crewing!  Each walker has to raise $1,500 for the walk but I'll help you if needed so don't let that scare you off.  Last year we far exceeded the required amount!

So there you have it!  It is going to be a busy year but a great one.  There will hopefully be one or two other fundraisers mixed in there somewhere so watch out for more info to come (hint: a wine tasting)!

Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the events.

P.S.  If you have anything you would like to donate for a raffle item at one of my fundraisers let me know!  We will give you plenty of social media shout outs and recognition at the event.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sing And Your Meal Is FREE!

Seriously! If you sing at Papagayo's Karaoke Brunch you get your meal for free.  I had the opportunity to check it out today with some other lady bloggers and we had so much fun. 

I don't know about you but I'm not that big of a fan of singing karaoke.  Watching it. . . oh yes, especially the bad ones!  I think I'd rather pay for my food then be forced to sing in front of people.  Much to my surprise there were a lot of really good singers and they were even brave enough to sing alone. . . in the daylight. . . possibly sober!  Props to them.  I enjoyed watching/listening.

The food was excellent.  I stayed basic with pancakes but they were some of the best pancakes I've had!  I did have two delicious margaritas - a blood orange and a prickly pear and they were both really good!  But not good enough to give me the liquid courage to sing thankfully!  Haha!

The brave ladies in our group who sang TLC's "No Scrubs!"  There is a video floating around somewhere if you want to hear how they did!

The paparazzi aka those of us too chicken to sing!  Someone had to take the photos/videos!

I'd previously been to Papagayo for dinner and really enjoyed it but this was a nice switch.  Breakfast food and margaritas is a good combo.  Add excellent service, good company and fun entertainment and you've got a winning combination!  I would definitely go back! 

*Karaoke brunch only available at the Charlestown location.

*My meal was complimentary (even though I didn't sing) but all opinions are my own.

If you are interested in checking out some of the other ladies' blogs here are a few:

Notes on Lifestyle by Georgina

Urban Foodie Finds

La Vita e Bella

Paleo Princess

Queen Beans and Wannabes

Boston Rookie

Spoons and Stilettos

Linking up for Weekending and Let It Shine

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Friday Favorites

Are you guys impressed that this is my 4th blog post this week!?  I'm impressed with myself because it has been a while since I've done regular blogging.  Hopefully I can keep it up for a while.  I have a relaxing weekend ahead with lunch plans and not too much else. . . hopefully I can be productive to get a few projects done.  I want to join the YMCA too so hopefully I'll make it over there this weekend.  Now to my recent favorites!

Kate and I saw the movie Unbroken and it was really good but the best part was the seats.  We had recliners seats and we weren't even in the "lux" section.  Um. . . yes please!!!  This just might be my new favorite movie theatre.

I call this "the many faces of Gabriel."  At 6 weeks old this little guy has quite the assortment of facial expressions!  I was trying to get a good one of him smiling and caught all these funny ones in the process.

My Aunt Cathy gave me this necklace for Christmas and I love it! She always picks things up on her travels so I had an assortment of gifts from different places. This is from Cape May!

Emily and Joe's families threw them an engagement party a couple of weeks ago. It was really more of an opportunity for both extended families to meet since so many people were home for the holidays. It was a nice get together and her Bachelorette Party is less than a month away! Can't wait for a girls' weekend in Vermont.  Then her Bridal Shower is on my birthday! :)

Holy cuteness! Wrangler!!!!  I'm totally obsessed with The Today Show's new puppy that will be trained to be a service dog.  I'm already following him on twitter along with 11.5k other people and you should too (@wranglertoday)!  The videos on the website are adorable and I just want to cuddle him.  For those of you who may not know I started and run the therapy dog program at my hospital and I love it!  I love the use of dogs for therapy and/or as service animals.  So I think this is great that so much awareness will be raise about these programs. It costs a ton of money to train a service dog so more awareness will likely lead to more donations for these programs.  Oh and I totally voted for the name Wrangler and think it is adorable that Carson keeps calling him "Wrangles!"

I organized FIVE years worth of Christmas cards tonight and it feels so good to finally have them organized!!!!  Three years worth have literally been sitting on my desk in a messy pile forever.  All I did was hole punch the corner of each card and use a key ring (one that opens - bought a pack at Staples).  So easy and now they area all organized!

This week I got the itch to go somewhere.  January is a tough month. You have the let down after all of the holiday excitement and it is cold.  Very cold and gray.  So I needed some sun and I need a "vacation" to look forward too.  Since I really can't afford a fancy vacation right now the next best thing is visiting my friends in CA.  I was able to score a great price on a direct flight in and out of Long Beach (which is so much easier than LAX and 5 minutes from my friend's house).  So the trip is booked.  It is a quick trip but it will be a nice break!

That's all for now folks!  TGIF!!!

                                 Meet At The Barre 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

19th Annual MAAV Walk and Candlelight Vigil

You know when you participate in a really special event that raises tons of money and honors nine victims to domestic violence and then three months later you realize you never blogged about it? Just me? Well anyway that happened.  I guess I was a worse blogger this fall than I realized. 

The 19th Annual MAAV Walk and Candlelight Vigil was a huge success with over 500 people in attendance.  We had 46 teams walk and raised over $39,000.  That is the most we have ever raised.  We lit candles to remember the nine victims who died since the previous year's walk and honored them with a special ceremony including a beautiful song performed by several community members.

Our community art project was to complete a "word bubble" by finishing the statement above.  It is now on display in the Melrose High School as a constant reminder to all of the students.  It was a great way to get everyone involved and is a great visual of all the things we can do to help!

We shared a little information about each of the victims including a mother and her two year old twin sons who were killed by their husband/father.  Her brother and sister-in-law actually heard about the walk and asked if they could come.  They lit the candle and it was quite the emotional moment. I only hope that they felt some peace by seeing all of the people at this event who are committed to prevention of DV.

Board of Directors, Walk Committee and Students = a great group of people who pulled off a fabulous event!  Oh and the man dressed in black on the left is our guest speaker and award recipient.  His name is Tom Santoro and he started a program called "Dear Lisa" after his 18 year old daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend.  He recently decided to retire and our event was his last public speaking event. 

I wore all of my MAAV bracelets to the walk so had to snap a photo b/c I thought they looked so pretty together.  We make one every year prior to the walk and sell them as a fundraiser.  They are very popular and you will see many people around Melrose wearing them year round!

To see more photos from the walk go here and don't forget to like the MAAV Facebook page to follow along with all of our great work!

It is really hard to capture the emotion of this event in a blog post (especially when you write it 3 months later) but take my word for it.  It is extremely emotional but the emotional changes to energy as everyone heads out on the walk route.  One of the best parts is seeing all of the students who participate.  It isn't easy to get kids to volunteer so it is pretty great that so many come!

The MAAV Board is now busy preparing for February which is Teen Dating Violence month.