Just gotta make it to Labor Day!

     I think secretly, Labor Day is most mom's favorite holiday.  Very soon after Labor Day is when the kiddos return to school! Woo-hoo! There are some super lucky Midwest & Southern moms I know of who's kids return to school this week and next, but for me-it's Labor Day!  And though it'll be here before we know it, it does seem so very far away.  Luckily, Boston is a great city to live in and explore and is just brimming with cool things to do like Astronomy After Hours at the Museum of Science.  And there's always The Frog Pond  at The Boston Common where you can play in the spray pool, ride the carousel (for only $3!) or just relax under a big tree.  On August 21st they'll be celebrating Frog Appreciation Day and have cool stuff like frog racing and face painting!!

     A perfect Friday night date night for me?  Catching a Free Friday Flick at the DCR Hatchshell like Despicable Me, Daddy Day Care or Tangled.  If your Friday night dates are a bit more grown up, then check out the Boston Harbor Hotel's Summer in the City guide, which includes their Movies by Moonlight series.  If you happen to be down by the Wharf, why not check out Boston Harbor Cruises whale watching tour or catch a boat to one of the Boston Harbor Islands like George's Island, which housed a military fort you can still explore or one of the other islands where you can hike and camp out!

"One if by land, two if by sea!" as the famous battle cry declares, you can also explore Boston by water.  Charles River Canoe & Kayak offers rentals of canoes, rowboats and kayaks, both hourly and daily.  They offer lessons for newbies and guided tours for those who feel at home in a tiny piece of wood that can barely hold you, let alone another person-and refuses to move in the direction you want it to, otherwise known as a rowboat.  If your kid really enjoys the experience, ask about their camp at their boathouse at Lake Cochituate State Park in Natick.  

Boston Harbor Cruises

     Maybe your kids are more the creative type?  Be sure to head to the Museum of Fine Art for one of their weekly classes in a variety of subjects!  What better place in Boston for your kids to spend a week learning the fine art of glassblowing or fashion drawing?  

 And be sure to head to the Children's Museum before September 10th and see the interactive exhibit that celebrates the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz!  Oh, and on Fridays from 5pm-9pm, admission is only $1.
Boston Children's Museum

     Adventurer or creative type, every kid loves a water park!  And you can almost guarantee that we will have a few scorchers this summer, and we all know how important it is to keep cool on days like those.  Even if your not a member of the Salvation Army, they're nice enough to offer day passes like $15 for a family which includes up to 2 adults and 3 children.  And why do you want to purchase a day pass you ask?  Well, because it gives you access to their new aquatics park, The Kroc Center which features a heated lazy river and 150-foot, 2 story translucent water tube slide!  They offer swim lessons from infants to adults, CPR and lifeguard certification and a host of aquatic exercises including Aqua Zumba.  This place is absolutely on our Summer Bucket List!

The Salvation Army Kroc Center

Let me know if you check out any of these activities as well as something  cool you and your family did or plan to do this summer!!

Best BBQ side dishes for your summer cookout

So it's Saturday.  And summer.  That means its time to BBQ!!! I love a good BBq, with delicious food, good weather and great friends!  I've decided to share a few recipes for some amazing BBQ side dishes.

My newest obsession is  this Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Lime Butter.  I couldn't wait for the weekend to BBQ so I just boiled up some corn and made it for dinner the other night!  My mother was a little aprehensive at first, but once she tried it- she LOVED IT!!!  The recipe is super simple and you can make the butter the day before your cookout to save some time!!


Here are some other great side dishes to try at your next cookout...

Fresh Corn Casserole with red peppers and jalapenos from The Pioneer Woman's Food Network show.  I have followed her and used her recipes for years, when she was just starting her blog.  Now she's got her own show!!  Seriously though, her recipes are easy to follow, use simple, fresh ingredients and always come out delicious!!!

Baked Beans with Bacon from Food Network because lets face it, everything's better with bacon, right?  And what's a BBQ without baked beans??

Also from Food Network, Corn Mashed Potatoes which sound ah-mazing!!  I cant wait to give this recipe a try.

Of course, you need a cole slaw, right?  Why not try this delicious Carrot and Apple Slaw with raisins from Real Simple.  Its so good I cant even explain!! Its also lighter than a traditional slaw because it uses Greek yogurt instead of mayo.

And no BBQ is complete without a macaroni salad.  Try this one from Real Simple and you will not be disappointed!!

I hope these recipes find their way to your next cookout and watch your guests be wow'd!!  What are your favorite sides for a BBQ?  Share a link to your favorite BBQ side dish and it could be featured here on Life, as it is...

Family Friday topic: Picky Eaters

I've gotta say, when it comes to my kid and food- I lucked out!  She doesn't have any allergies, doesn't really drink soda and LOVES fruits and veggies.  My daughter will pick strawberries and watermelon over anything!  We always told her, "Try it.  Your tongue might like it!" and she'll usually give something new at least a try.  Now my niece is another story.  She's a very picky eater.  I do have a few recipes on standby that she likes for when she sleeps over.  And of course, there's our go-to peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches which we ate the other night when we had our pajama jammy jam!

I've found a few recipes that are geared toward picky eaters that I will be adding to my recipe box.  Next time we have a sleep over, I'm definitely trying these Macaroni & Cheese Muffins from Parenting Magazine.  They look delish and what kid doesn't like Mac & Cheese?! There's also a sweet potato and bacon tater tot  recipe from Food Network that I have been drooling over for days!!!  I can't see these things not being a hit at dinner or lunchtime! Also from Food Network are these yummy applesauce empanadas which are super duper easy using store bought applesauce.  These BBQ beef filled biscuits from Kraft Food are another simple, quick solution.  And on those hot summer days, instead of a regular Popsicle, why not try these quick and healthy frozen fruit pops ? You can pretty much substitute any fruit that you know your picky eater will enjoy.

I hope some of these make it to your recipe box, for both picky and non picky eaters.  I also found a helpful article, Overcoming Picky Eating from a great website, Your Kids Table, with plenty of tips & strategies to help your picky eater.  If picky eating is something your dealing with in your house, its worth a look.

What are some of your go-to recipes for your picky eater?  Share a link or recipe in the comments and it may be featured here on Life, as it is...

#tbt post

I love me  a good #tbt , be it a recipe post or meme or pic! Well today, I've decided on a post.  That's of a recipe.  That's part of a weekly meme.  Hahaha, see what I did there?  

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday post from April 2009

And here's a pic for #tbt just because...


Well, hello there!!

It sure has been a while since I've sat down to write a blog post!  Actually, its been a year.  Imagine that?  I have a draft titled, "Where have I been?" dated July 7, 2014.  A year, just about to the day, since the last time I blogged.  Well, I never actually finished the post and published it, so I guess it doesn't really count.  But still, a year.  I wonder if July is some kind of creativity annd boredom perfect storm where I've just gotta get it all out?  Who knows, but here I am again.

It's unbelievable how different things are from a year or two ago, yet how so much remains the same.

I've decided to recommit myself to blogging here at Life, as it is...
cuz I've got stuff to say, damn it! I think it may be more to keep myself from going crazy, but hey-six in one, half a dozen in the other.

Life, as it is...will still be funny stories, recipes, crafting and DIY & mommy stuff because THAT is my life, as it is.  It is my intention though, to do it bigger and better than before!  I've learned a lot about blogging (and writing in general) and what separates good blogs from great ones.  That knowledge will not go to waste and you, my dear friend, shall benefit from it greatly.  I hope.  I mean, as long as you like it- but why wouldn't you, right? Right??  Sorry, I'm just really excited about blogging again and I hope that you'll like it too!

I'm looking forward to reconnecting with fellow bloggers that I've dearly missed and to make a ton of new connections!  I'm always on the lookout for a great blog to follow so feel free to comment below on some of your faves!  And check out tomorrow's #tbt post, it's one of my favorites!

*Also, please forgive me while I tweak the look around here.  I'll be changing the appearance and layout, organizing posts and making it easier to navigate.  There may be times I mess that up and something isn't quit right.  I assure you, it'll be fixed.  Just bear with me...xo

So aptly named...

It has been FOREVER since I've blogged on here and anyone who may still read this blog knows that this happens once in a while. And when it does, that means shit's been NUTSO in my life!! Makes for some very good blogging though.

I don't even know where to begin so let me start with now.

Me and my 5 year old daughter have recently moved back into my mothers house. Which is awesome, lemme tell ya! (Insert a GINORMOUS amount of sarcasm there!) My daughter is no longer able to attend her school because she's no longer a resident of that city and our new city has a wait list that's obscene. To make things a little trickier, I decided to finally get back to school and work towards my nursing degree.

I'm already having a pretty big scheduling issue with 2013.

As crazy as my life is and is about to become, my therapy has always been writing, ehhh, well typing now...you get it. So I am recommitting to my blog for 2013.

I plan to share all the crazy, fun, exciting and sad things that happen. It's Life, as it is...

Holiday Cookie Swap!!

I'm joining in for the blogger holiday cookie swap hosted by Katie over at Practical Parenting...check out how you can join in the fun here
Can't wait to dig up a delish recipe to swap!