Our night at the Ice Hotel

Happy Friday my friends, today I have a long post for you, so grab a drink and sit back and relax! 🙂 So, last week I posted about a little getaway we took. A few months ago there was a Groupon for a deal we couldn’t pass up. It was for a night at the Hotel de Glace (which means hotel of ice) in Quebec. It was designed in similar fashion to the original ice hotel in Sweden, which we saw a documentary about many years ago.

Robyn and I have talked about wanted to go to an ice hotel ever since seeing that documentary.  The Hotel de Glace is the the only of it’s kind in North America, so it was much more convenient for us than hopping over to Sweden. However, it is also pretty pricey (usually $350+ per night), which always dissuaded us from going. However, this deal made it super affordable. I texted Robyn about the deal, asking if he wanted to go, fully expecting him to say no, mainly because we have never left Ashton before, but surprisingly he said yes. I immediately called my Mom to see if she would be free to travel to us and watch Ashton overnight. We knew that leaving him for the first time was going to be hard (for us) and we thought it would be easier for him to be in our house. My Mom of course agreed and we started planning our trip.

On Monday morning after Ashton had his breakfast, we headed out. We knew it was going to take us around 7 hours so we got comfy! The drive was pretty uneventful, the roads were fine and most of the time we were the only car on the road, I don’t think we saw more than a dozen or so cars for the first five or so hours of the trip. We made a stop for gas and lunch on Vermont before we crossed the border. I drove the first 5 ½ hours and then turned it over to Robyn to take us the last 1 ½ hours and I took a quick cat nap.

We arrived just before 5 p.m., checked in and made it just in time to get in on the last English tour of the night. Our tour guide Pierre was AWESOME and he talked about the history of the hotel, which was created in 2000, and each year the hotel changes its theme. In 2015, in celebration of the 15th anniversary, the theme was traveling through space and time. You could see this theme pulled through in every aspect of the hotel from the lobbies to the themed suites.

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walls 1

Pierre then went on to tell us how the hotel is constructed every year. First, they have to wait until temps are in the 20’s for two days in a row, which happened on Nov 15th this year. Then, the teams assemble metal forms for the walls that act as molds for the rooms that are filled with snow. Eventually the snow is packed tight and form walls that are 4 ft thick. They make the ceilings and various archways out of snow bricks. Each of the rooms, which include the bar, a two story ice slide, chapel (lots of marriages happen here each year–see below,) ice sculptures and the sleeping rooms are the created by artists and ice carvers.


He then went on to tell us about all the lighting in the hotel, which is mainly done via LED lights that don’t emit heat but provide great mood lighting.


The whole process of building the hotel occurs 24 hours a day for about 6-8 weeks and is a huge undertaking by everyone involved–but it is sure worth the effort as it was spectacular to see the details.

Inside the hotel, the temp is around 20 degrees. As we were walking around, everyone is bundled up. I have to say, it was warmer inside the hotel than it was outside. Let me tell you, we may have WAY more snow in MA than Quebec, but the temps in Quebec were in the negatives and it literally took your breath away. Now, I will admit that I am not the best judge of temperature because once the temps drop below 70 you can bet that the phrase “I’m so cold” comes out of my mouth at least twice a day, but in the 10 years I have been with Robyn, I have heard him say he was cold twice, yes only TWICE-and one of those times was during this trip. He is that guy that doesn’t wear a jacket in the Winter because he is never cold, so for him to say it was freezing, you know it was no joke! Thank goodness I had all winter running tops, hat and gloves on so I stayed pretty warm (see–all that money we spend on running gear can be used at other times!!)

After our tour, we were able to walk around all the grounds, which are left open to the public all day (including the sleeping rooms) until 8 p.m. when the staff prepare the sleeping rooms for the overnight guests. We took advantage of this and went into all the rooms taking over 100 pictures.  Don’t worry I won’t share them all, just a few so you get the gist.
rooms 1

After that we had to attend a mandatory training on how to prepare for the night in the ice hotel. They went over all of our gear, how to prep our sleeping bag, how to get in and out of it, things we should do prior to going to bed, like soaking in the hot tubs to get really warm and then completely drying off in the saunas and using the heated indoors facilities to get our clothes ready for the evening.

After our training was complete, Robyn and I decided to head into Quebec for dinner before coming back to the hotel for the evening festivities. We landed at a cool brew pub that makes their own beers and we both had a good meal (and Robyn ordered an awesome Maple dessert) before we headed back to the Ice Hotel.


Once we got back to the hotel, there was an ice carver outside preforming his magic!


As part of our package, we got a complementary drink in an ice glass in the Quartz bar. You better believe we took them up on this! I got some fruity drink (mine was great) and Robyn ordered some special of the day (it was terrible) but it was really fun to drink from an ice glass–a first for both of us! Warning: the drinks we REALLY pricey, especially since you only get 2-4 sips.  Mine was normally $9 and Robyn’s was $12–those are expensive even by Boston standards!

drink at ice hotel

This bar was such a cool spot with little nooks all over the place for people to sit and enjoy their drinks. They even have a DJ playing music and people can dance on the dance floor.


us at the bar

If you were to stay more than one night, you could also go snowshoeing, sign up for an ice workshop; have fresh maple syrup candy from their Sugar shack or go dog sledding among other things. Since we were only there for a short period of time, we didn’t partake in any of those activities.

If you don’t want to hang out in the hotel, wander the grounds or have a drink in the bar, you can head into the heated Celsius Pavilion where they have fires, board games and free Wi-Fi, along with popcorn, warm drinks and snacks.

After we had our drinks, we headed back inside to start preparing to go to sleep. We made sure we were completely dry, got all of our necessities and headed to our room where our sleeping packs were delivered and waiting for us. It was quite comical to get into the sleeping bags, Robyn made sure to document my attempts.

me in sleeping bag

I have to say, I was a bit skeptical about being able to stay warm in the sleeping bag since I am always so cold, but I was toasty warm. I followed all the directions the hotel gave us on what to pack, what layers to use, etc and it all worked perfectly. Sadly, I did not sleep well though, but that is of no fault of the hotel, I just cannot sleep well unless I am on my stomach with my hands over my head and clearly in the currently sleeping set up, that wasn’t happening! Robyn however slept like a baby!

We both ended up waking up just before 6 am and decided to quickly make a run for the Pavilion to get washed up (they have showers, hair dryers, etc) and then we had breakfast and checked out, anxious to get started on the long trek back home to see our little monster! We hit some traffic and had to stop for food because we both were getting HANGRY around 2 p.m., so it took us close to 9 hours to get home, but we both agreed this was an incredible experience that we would highly recommend to others who like adventure and off the beaten path kind of experiences!!


Question of the day

Have you ever been to the ice hotel? Would you want to go? What is the coolest/most unique hotel experience you have ever had?


Yesterday was Ashton’s 3rd birthday.  Three years.  While sometimes it feels like those years went by literally in the blink of an eye, there are other times that it feels like a lifetime.  He has changed our family so drastically that I almost forget what life was like before him.  When Ashton was born, I spent the first year writing down little everything and every month I would write him a letter with all the things he/we did together, the changes he went through, milestones, etc.  I would also write him a letter on his birthday with the hopes that one day he will sit and read what his mama had to say.

His second year I did the same thing with the monthly letters, but going into this year, I stopped the monthly letters mainly because a lot of it was repetitive and he isn’t changing as drastically week to week as he was from 0-2.  I still keep up with documenting important things like when he first used the potty (yes, theses are things that have gotten us really excited!) but I will always write him his yearly birthday letter.  So, I thought I would share with you his letter this year. But first, let’s look at him through the years! These are from 1 week old to 1, 2 and now 3 years! He has changed so much from the tiny little baby!

Ash 0-3

My little monster,

Today you are three! I can’t believe I just wrote that number.  Three years ago I couldn’t imagine getting to this day, it just seemed so far off.  The day you were born, coming into this world a month early and not by your own choice, was a shock and whirlwind of events.  The weeks following were filled with so much awe and love, but your Daddy and I were in pure survival mode, literally living in 3 hour time intervals, hoping we would make it to your next feeding, diaper change, nap.  We hoped we would get to a day when we would know what feeling well rested felt like again and that we wouldn’t mess up too much along the way….and here we are now three years later and life looks a lot different.

You have changed a lot in this past year, but they weren’t as much physical changes, although you are growing taller at an alarming rate, but more internal.  You have become your own little person with a great deal of personality and spunk.  You have very clear likes and dislikes (which sometime change by the day) and love to voice your feelings to us about these things. Your intellect amazes me daily and I love to listen to you talk. You count to 30, you know your ABCs, and you speak with such clarity and vocabulary that strangers often ask how old you are.  Where did you learn all these words?

You have never met a stranger, you try to befriend everyone you encounter by saying hi, telling them your name, which varies from just Ashton to Super Ashton, and how old you are, which is so ridiculously cute to watch.  Where did this chatterbox come from?  Neither your Daddy nor I would ever be labeled as chatty, but we love listening to your view of the world, what you see, how you are now making up stories and improvising with us,  and the way you relate to the world is incredible.  You have full on conversations with us and sometimes I sit back and wonder when all this happened. When did you become such a big boy?

You are incredibly perceptive to those around you, feeling when someone is sad or upset and you ask “Mama are you happy?”  And if I am sad, you try to make me laugh with a funny face or a hug and kiss.  You are most definitely a comedian, which both makes me laugh but worries me for the future. I already see you trying to get out of doing things with humor and you and your Dad are already ganging up on me, which means I am in for a long road with the two of you 😉  But you are also incredible sweet and loving, when you turn to me out of the blue and tell me you missed me today or that you love me and want me and follow it with a hug and a kiss and I melt.

You have a love of books, a hunger I hope you carry throughout your life.  You choose your own books and often recite the words while we are reading them, your favorite being pretty much anything by Dr. Seuss.  You can hold the phone and know how to call Gramma or your cousins to video chat and you will play with your trucks and trains for hours.  You love music and hearing your sweet voice singing in the back seat when we drive home from daycare fills me with such joy.  You also have some pretty sweet moves, which make me laugh when out of the blue you start dancing.

Over the past few weeks, you have honed your skills on how to throw an epic tantrum, which has both impressed, shocked and made us laugh.  Your face twists and turns red, your tears rolls down your face and you squeeze your eyes so tight.  I know that you are learning through your emotions, but it is terrible to see you struggle, even for the briefest of moments.  You constantly keep reminding me that you are a “big boy” now, but you are still so little to me. I secretly love that you still want to be carried often, even though I joke that within the next two years, you will be as tall as me.  I happily pick you up and carry you, knowing that far too soon; you will not want to be held by me. I cherish these sweet times because you can be incredibly challenging. You have brought me to tears with this part of your personality.  You have a strong will and that can frustrate me to no end, especially since you rarely are this way with Daddy. I know it’s not really your fault; it is ingrained in who you are because you inherited it from me.  It’s the fiery Irish and Italian in you.  I just hope as you grow and mature that you will put that fire into something worthwhile and positive.

You are totally a Daddy’s boy.  Daddy can do no wrong in your eyes and you would rather be with him over anyone else.  While this makes me sad sometimes, I understand it.  Daddy is so much more fun than I am and I hope as you grow, you take all the very best parts of him and make them a part of you.  I know my time will come.  I am still the one you cry for when you are sick or hurt, so that gives me a bit of hope for the future.

My sweet, sweet boy, you have made me a stronger, more forgiving and patient person and I thank you for all you teach me each and everyday because I certainly would not be me that I am right now without these past three years of you.  I love you Ashton Liam…to the moon and back!



I will leave you with a picture of Ashton that I took last night when he got his very first bike! Sorry the lighting isn’t the greatest, we moved our cars out of the garage so he could test it out!  He was a VERY happy boy!

ash on bike


Question of the day

Tell me something good about your week–or just anything at all you want to share!

Weekly Wrap Up…or lack thereof

Hey friends, happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend, although they are always too short, aren’t they?  We had a great weekend celebrating Ashton’s birthday with a party on Saturday (more to come on that later.)  I can’t believe he will be 3 tomorrow..gosh, it goes by fast!

Anyways, the past few weeks I haven’t had my typical Monday Weekly Wrap Up posts and a few of you have emailed me just checking in to make sure I am okay (thank you, you guys are the best!!)  Well, physically, yes I am fine.  Mentally, I just haven’t been in the game.  Yes, I have been working out like usual, but I’ve been  more just going though the motions rather than really “in it.”  I haven’t felt like my usual self during my workouts.  I haven’t been able to kick it into high gear, if you will, and my running, well its been kind of non-existent.  After a lot of thinking over the past week or so, I think a lot of it actually has to do with not having a goal (although the weather doesn’t help things either!)  I have no races on the books (although I have thought of a few possibilities), which is generally what keeps me on track and focused–sticking to a plan like my life depends on it.

I’ve mentioned many times before that I like need a plan. I like knowing exactly what I have to do once I step into the gym in the morning and that I don’t have to think about it.  Flying by the seat of my pants just doesn’t work for me, I’ve been trying that for the past two weeks and I have been feeling so off and just kind of crappy fitness wise.  It’s time for a change.

So, over the past few days I have spent sometime thinking about what my goals were for the next few months and I created my own training plan that incorporates all the things I want to focus on: strength, running, x-training and flexibility.  I’m going to give it a try for a few weeks and see how I feel.  Wish me luck and look forward to the next week’s Weekly Wrap Up!

ask yourself



Question of the day

Do you need a plan or do you wing it?  What are you focusing on right now?  What races/challenges do you have scheduled for this year?


An early morning dose of perspective

Happy Friday my friends–this week flew by for me, I don’t know about you.  Whenever we have a holiday on a Monday, it always seems to do that!  Anyways, let chat shall we?


So, this morning on my way to work, I was cruising on the Pike, listening to a Ted Talk just like any other day and I was about 20 miles away from work and all of a sudden out of nowhere there was grid lock traffic. We were stopped dead in our tracks.  I started looking at my Waze app which was now telling me that I was not going to get to work at my normal time due to this delay.  I started to get really annoyed, this was not how I wanted to start my Friday off.  After about 15 minutes of sitting on the highway, barely moving I started calculating at what point would I be so late to work that I wouldn’t be able to get a work out in before I had to be in the office.  This, more than anything, was my biggest motivator for wanting this traffic to move along.

Then, there were sirens everywhere, I lost count of the number of state troopers, ambulances and fire trucks that were flying by in the break down lane. My heart sank. Here I was pissed off that there was all this traffic because I was going to be late for my morning workout when clearly, something terrible had happened.  How selfish was that?  I mean, at least I was safe in the confines of my warm car.  Talk about an early morning dose of perspective!

About 20 minutes later I passed the wreck, it was awful.  There was a mangled tractor trailer, a small sedan car that was crushed and two other cars loaded on the flat bed of a tow truck.  I couldn’t see anything but swarms of first responders but clearly, it wasn’t a good situation.

I spent the rest of my drive into work beating myself up about being so selfish.  I mean, I know that a lot of us would have gotten annoyed that our plans were derailed since I know so many of us are very structured and have our routines everyday, but clearly, what I wanted did not matter this morning and once I saw those cars, all I wanted was for the people in the accident to be okay.

I think every once in a while, we need something to remind us that we are just tiny pieces of a much larger puzzle out there in the world.  This perspective is really helpful and helps us grow.  Needless to say, I was super late to the office this morning and I didn’t get to workout, but when I find myself throughout the day feeling off (which will no doubt happen,) I will remind myself that I made it to work safe which is clearly the most important thing!

Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and be safe!  We have a very special weekend planned, kicking off with Ashton’s birthday party tomorrow!  Stay tuned for lots of pics next week (or via Instagram if you follow me over there!)


Question of the day

What lately has given you perspective?

What are your plans for the weekend?

It’s not all about me

Hi guys…I hope you are having a great day. Having Monday off as a holiday and then taking Tuesday off, I feel so off kilter today.  It doesn’t help that I’m still trying to get caught up at work from being out yesterday either! Oh well, we are half way through the week and we have a super fun weekend planned so I have a lot to look forward to!

So, today I want to turn the tables a bit in this post, but first, I will give you a little background. I’ve recently been working to onboard a new creative agency at work who will be my partner in a large amount of my deliverables this year at work. This process can be extremely time consuming as we are not only getting to know one another on a personal and professional level but at the same time, I need to debrief them and get them very quickly up to speed on our therapeutic area, our product, market research, insights and strategies as well as discuss our tactics and objectives with each project. I also have to learn their processes and flow so we can optimize our working relationship and meet our goals in the most efficient manner.

Additionally, I also have to learn about a whole new team. That means a group of about 10 new people with whom I have to build strong, successful working relationships with. Doing this in a short period of time is hard, but critical in order to move my projects along. I recently spent a day with this team in NYC where I met face to face with my team for the first time. We started going about the table telling a little bit about ourselves: name, work background, you know, the standard intro kind of things. But then we took it a step further and had each person tell us about their favorite vacation. The most interesting stories came out of that exercise. Not only that, but I am usually TERRIBLE with remembering names when I have to learn a lot of new names in one setting, but their stories helped me to connect to them on a different, more personal level and I left not only remembering the stories, but which story went with which person and I remembered everyone’s name!! This never happens and it just went to show me that when you take the time to learn more about people and their stories, it deepens the connection and makes the relationship much more personal and meaningful.

So, today, it’s not all about me. I am going to stop talking writing now and turn the tables and get to know you all a bit better. Some of you I have been friends with for quite some time, but others of you are newer (welcome) but I want to learn something new from each of you. Tell me something about yourself that I don’t already know. Maybe it was your favorite vacation or something on your bucket list, maybe it’s what you wanted to be as a kid or your favorite ice cream flavor. You can tell me anything, but it has to be something I wouldn’t already know about you from our previous interactions. Okay? And because I love Napoleon Dynamite so much, I leave you with this!


Ready, set….GO!


Question of the day

Tell me something about yourself that I don’t already know!

A long weekend and the Weekly Wrap Up

Happy President’s Day!  I hope you are all enjoying a long weekend!

pres day

Right now, Robyn and I are somewhere en route to Quebec for a night at a very cool place (stay tuned for a full reveal and review later this week!!)  We have been planning this weekend away for months, which got a little sidetracked with another blizzard, so now we are going up and coming back tomorrow.  Not ideal since it’s a LONG drive (6+ hours each way) but we couldn’t pass up this opportunity!! So with that said, let’s take a look at last week’s workouts with the Weekly Wrap Up!

Week of 2/9-2/15

Monday: We were stuck in the middle of another blizzard and we were all home for the day.  Robyn and I played with Ashton all day and had a blast.  During Ash’s nap, I did the Asylum strength video and got my butt handed to me. I forgot how hard this video was, but I loved every minute of it!

Tuesday:  We had another snow day at work but Robyn only had a delay so after he went to work, Ash and I hung out for the day.  During his nap, I did PiYo Sweat and then the Insanity Max Ab workout.  I wasn’t really feeling my workout, but I am glad I got both of these videos done!

Wednesday: After being stuck in the house for the past 4 days, I was excited to get back to work and my normal schedule.  I got into work and lifted upper body before my morning spin class.  It felt so good to be back in the gym!

Thursday:  I was feeling really good on Thursday morning.  I did box jumps, ran just over 2 miles at a 8 min pace and then lifted shoulders before I had to get ready for an early morning meeting.  In the evening, I participated in the #taketheleap prAna yoga challenge with my friend Salt!  I was challenged to do crow pose, so here is my pic!

crow pose


I really like crow pose, but I still have a long way to go to perfect it!  See my brand new yoga mat? Isn’t it beautiful? I had just opened up to do this pose! I’m kinda in love with it already!

Friday: I did the stair climber then lifted. Couldn’t find my groove today but something is better than nothing!

Saturday: It was Valentine’s Day and we had a great time celebrating with Ashton.  We got up, had a fun breakfast, gave Ashton some V-day gifts (a book, a Monster’s Inc outfit, a pencil and a card) and went to swim class.  Then, we hauled it into Cambridge to Burdick’s Chocolate Shop and Cafe and had a chocolate fest.  Ashton picked out a dark chocolate mousse cake (he ate the whole thing himself) and he had a kid’s hot cocoa with dark chocolate, Robyn ordered a Burdick’s cake and had an Ecuadorian dark chocolate drink (it had a hint of vanilla and cinnamon and was SO tasty) and I ordered a Mexican dark chocolate mocha drink–it was decadent!   If you have the chance to go to Burdick’s, go–you won’t be disappointed!


Sunday: We were supposed to leave bright and early for our trip to Canada, but the blizzard we were getting kinda put a kink in that plan so we stuck tight inside. During nap time, I did Insanity Max 30’s tabata strength and it was AWESOME!!  In the evening my Mom and Aunt came into town to stay with us for a few days and watch Ash while we went away overnight!

Well friends, that is the Weekly Wrap Up!  I hope you all have a great start to your week and I will see you in a few day!


Question of the day

How was your weekend?  Did you get snow?  Are you off today or working?

4 Q’s

Hey all–HAPPY FRIDAY the 13th!  We made it through another week and we have another blizzard coming at us this weekend, that seems to be the trend around here lately!  I am not going to let the snow damper my mood though! My beautiful and super speedy friend Hailey tagged me in this fun four q’s survey and I am excited to participate.  If you haven’t met Hailey, please head over and say hello to her, she is awesome!  So…here we go, you will see my answers below!


Four names that people call me:

1. Mama (this is my favorite name)
2. Sara
3. Sprinkles (Robyn calls me this because of all my freckles)
4. Ra (my closest friends call me this)

Four jobs I’ve had:

1. Waitress/bartender (one of the best jobs and one I worked until I met Robyn)
2. Soccer coach (I loved teaching kids soccer at sports camps)
3. Concierge on the American Express Centurion (black card) account (A really fun job where I talked to celebrities all the time, but was paid terribly)
4. Marketing Manager (My current job and one I LOVE)

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

1. The Hangover
2. Knocked Up
3. Napolean Dynamite
4. P.S. I love You

Four books I’d recommend: This is the hardest question for me since you all know my obsession with books so I am just going to recommend books that I have read recently that were great!

1. His Fair Assassin Trilogy (yes, this is 3 books, but they are worth reading)
2. Delirium (if you like Dystopian books, this one is for you! It’s also part of a trilogy, can you tell I love book series?)
3. Jesus Freaks: Sins of the Father
4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (this is a more serious (and true) book and really interesting)

Four places I’ve lived:

1. Ludlow, MA
2. Schenectady, NY
3. Sao Paulo, Brazil
4. Boston, MA

Four places I’ve been:

1.  Germany
2. UK (England and Ireland)
3. Spain
4. Brazil

Four places I’d rather be right now:

1. Home with my boys
2. Running outside
3. Somewhere in Europe
4. Anywhere warm

Four things I don’t eat:

1. Red meat
2. Pork
3. Cooked spinach (I can’t stomach the texture/taste when its cooked)
4.  Passion fruit

Four of my favorite foods:

1. Fruit (everything BUT passion fruit)
2. Peanut butter
3. Cheese
4. Crusty bread (you know when its hard on the outside and soft on the inside? Yeah, that kind!)

Four TV shows I’ve watched:

1. Grey’s Anatomy
2. The Big Bang Theory
3.  House
4. Scandal

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

1.  Planning our family vacation–location TBD–do you have any suggestions for a great place for a family with a toddler???
2.  Robyn and my first getaway next month since having Ashton!!  EEK!
3.  All the fun things we will do with Ashton on the weekends
4. Decorating our new house

Four things I’m always saying:

1. I love you sweet boy (I say this to Ashton all the time)
2. Seriously?
3. Have you met me?  (Usually in response to a ridiculous question asked of me, like…do you want to go to Starbucks, are you hungry, do you want to go shopping, etc)
4. I’m on it! (This is usually said at work)


Instead of tagging a bunch of you, why don’t you answer a few of the questions below!!


Have a great weekend!!

My night in the Rent the Runway dress

Happy Wednesday!  I left my house this morning for the first time since Saturday and let me tell you, I was THRILLED! I was so excited to get back to the office I may have even skipped to my car!  So, now that I am back in action, I owe you something.  I know I am WAY overdue with this post I only realized it when a friend emailed me some pics of the event last week and I remembered I never updated you all and then I posted it early twice on WP–clearly I have to be better at hitting save and not publish!!!

Well, better late than never right?  So, I mentioned a while back that I was attending a very special fundraiser for work.  It was an event called Uncork the Cure that took place at the beautiful Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston.  The purpose of this event is to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis and that is exactly what happened.  This year’s event had over 400 people attend and raised over $381,000 for CF research and patient care. This has been the most successful night for Uncork the Cure to date and I felt so honored to be able to attend.

On the day of the evening, I wrapped up work and quickly ran down to my car to get my Rent the Runway dress and I went back into my building and got dressed in our gym locker room (hence the awesome selfie! HA!)


Because my company is a large sponsor of the event, we were invited to attend a special VIP wine tasting before the doors opened to those who purchased tickets. It was really a nice, intimate gathering where we got to mingle, drink great wine and listen to some really motivating people speak. The photographer came around and snapped a picture of me with my previous boss (on the far left,) the head of our Medical organization and his wife.

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When the general doors opened, we had our bidding packets and the evening truly began.


As you can see, the ballroom was beautiful and running though the middle of the room were some incredible bottles of wine you could bid on along with baskets, gift cards and exclusive getaways.


The room started to fill up pretty quickly and the wine and food was flowing.


I did a terrible job of capturing any of the food so you will just have to take my word for it!  There were chef stations all along the perimeter and they were cooking up some pretty delicious food, my favorite being crab cakes, YUM!  The wine was great and there were so many different varieties to choose from.  I even found a really great new (and cheap) Riesling that I have already purchased and had at home.  After walking around and bidding on a few items, I ran into some friendly faces…some of my co-workers!


They had some speakers that were really touching and a patient talk about her experience with CF.  After everyone was in tears, they started the live auction portion of the night and it got exciting.  Sadly I didn’t win anything I bid on, but there were some really awesome things auctioned off.  My favorite things however were the handmade ornaments from patients with CF.

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I stayed for a few hours, but the party lasted long into the night with a live band and dancing but it was a long week and I just wanted to get in my car, get home and relax for a bit with Robyn.  This was the last pic I took as I was walking out to the lobby.


Overall, it was a wonderful night for an even better cause.  I had a great time and absolutely loved my dress. I received so many compliments on it and felt like that was the perfect dress for the event and for me. I will definitely be using Rent the Runway in the future if I have a fancy event to attend!

Have a great day my friends!!


Question of the day

Have you been to any fancy events like this fundraiser before? If so, what was the best one you have been to before?Do you love them or can you leave them?




A quick trip to NYC and what would you have done?

Hi friends, happy Monday!  I’m currently sitting at home with another snow day, this time, our offices are closed so I don’t have to log in today and work while Ashton runs around all day asking me to play with him…a win all around in our house!  I also wanted to thank you for all the awesome ideas for blog posts you left for me, that was just what I needed to get some creative juices flowing!!  I knew you guys would be able to help me out, I appreciate it SO much!

So, I’m sorry I missed you all on Friday, I mentioned last week that I had to take a quick trip to NYC to visit my new creative agency on Friday and I couldn’t get the wifi working in flight so I couldn’t say hi to you all! I was on the 6am shuttle from Boston which meant I had to leave my house by 3:40 a.m. to get to the airport, park and get through security. I ended up waking up almost an hour before my alarm (this happens almost every time I have to travel) so I was able to get ready at a leisurely pace and I was out the door and on the road on time. At this time of morning, there is almost no one on the roads so I was on the highway and about 30 minutes into my drive, I was in the middle lane and up a ways ahead I saw a car in the break down lane but its lights weren’t flashing so I thought it may have been a cop. I moved into the far left lane, not really thinking anything of it. It was super early in the morning and I was listening to a Ted Talk and kind of in a zone.

As I was approaching the car stopped on the side of the road, I noticed a man standing almost in the middle lane waving his hands in the air and yelling something, signaling me to stop my car. I didn’t notice him at first because he was wearing very dark clothes and of course, it was pitch black out. I jumped and let out a little scream as the guy knocked a few years off my life. What the hell was someone in their right mind doing standing almost in the middle of a highway? In that instant, I was torn. It was around 4:00 a.m. and there was almost no traffic at all on the Pike. Clearly, I couldn’t see what the situation was since I was travelling around 70 mph in the dark, but what if this man was injured? Was there someone in the car? It didn’t look like an accident as there were no other cars around. I was alone in my car and knew it wasn’t safe for me to stop and offer help. I quickly started to voice dial the MA State Police and let them know about the man and the broken down car. If I couldn’t help the guy, at least maybe a trooper could. But the rest of my drive, all I could think about was this man and the situation.

I felt guilty, I mean, what if there was an immediate, serious need and I just drove by him? Could I have even helped if that were the case? What if his cell phone was dead and he (or someone in his car) needed help? What if that were me and the roles were reversed and everyone just kept driving by me and I needed help? Or…what if his intentions were cruel? Did the State troopers get to him and help him? Did I do the right thing?? I asked these and a dozen more to myself over the course of the day.

I think what bothered me the most was the fact that I knew I couldn’t stop and help him because it wasn’t safe for me. I mean, isn’t it sad that we live in a time now that women (or anyone for that matter) doesn’t feel safe stopping to try and help another person without worrying about their own safety or the intentions of the other person? I hate to question the intentions of others, but you hear so many terrible stories these days that you can never be certain about someone’s motives. I really wanted to help this guy out, I supposed I at least took some sort of action that could have helped him I the long run, I guess I’ll never know.

What would you do?

For those of you home today because of the weather, stay warm and enjoy the extra long weekend!  I’ll see you on Wednesday!


Question of the day

Have you ever been put in a similar situation where you wanted to help but you couldn’t in the way you wanted to?

What would you have done in this situation?

I need YOUR help!

Hi all–this is going to be a really quick post as I am currently in day 2 of a 2.5 day marketing training and I have almost no time to breathe (or write blog posts,) but I wanted to say hi and ask you guys for some help! 🙂


I don’t know if it’s the weather or the fact that I get up and go to work and it’s dark outside and I leave and it’s dark outside so I rarely see daylight, but I have been really lacking ideas lately for blog posts.  I am seriously drawing a blank on things.  It seems when I am training for something, the posts flow easily and I have a lot to say, but between work being crazy busy and not having any races on the books, there are only so many pictures of Ashton I can share with you. I mean, I know he is super cute, but still.  I still plan on doing a few vlog posts, which I hope I will get the chance to sit down and do in the next few weeks, but I’m drawing a blank on other things at the moment.

So tell me…what do you guys want to hear about?  Please, I am open to anything. I need something to get the creative juices flowing again!  Please and thank you!

I hope to check in with you at some point on Friday but I am taking a 6 am flight (I have to leave my house at 3:30 a.m., ugh) to NYC and am spending the day with one of my agencies for work, so we will see if I have internet on the flight to write and post to you all!

In the meantime, enjoy this video of one of my current favorite songs!

Have a great day!!


Question of the day

So, what do you guys want to hear more about?