Lifetouch has declared today is National School Picture Day! I love looking back at school pictures of both Justin and myself and the kids. It’s a fun way to see how much everyone has grown! (Also, how much do the boys look like Justin?!) @Lifetouch believes every picture tells a story and these memories should be shared with others. To celebrate, Lifetouch wants you to nominate a school to receive a complimentary digital picture on National School Picture Day, which will be accessible on Shutterfly website. Enter your school on Lifetouch.com/Sweepstakes 3 winning schools will be selected via random drawing. #ad#Lifetouch#NationalSchoolPictureDay
I never know what to say on this day. 9/11/01 was years before I’d even visit NYC, let alone live there. Years before I’d have children or even for a split second understand remotely the gravity of how deeply the events of that day changed the world.
We watched the freedom tower rise from our living room window in our apartment building. My first friend in NYC, a momma like me, had lost her husband who worked in one of the towers. It was years still before I could tell my children the story, but I made sure to highlight the heroes of that day. I make sure to talk about how the lives of victims and first responders and their families were affected that day, and every day since. That it’s imperative, the choices we make, that every chance we get to support those who help others, we pay it forward.
These small connections weave a beautiful tapestry of gratitude and empathy and we won’t forget. We support the families of those in the military, of first responders, of strong voices that lift up those who sacrifice for others. We remember, in their honor.
My boys never gave up their comforting evening bedtime routine of bathing, reading, and milk. These cute connoisseurs (plus Justin!) love Organic Valley’s new ULTRA milk. It has 50% less sugar and 50% more protein! Demi is still going strong as well, and she's the lucky one! Her brothers fight over who can read to her and help her with her milk. I'm excited to introduce a new partnership we have with Organic Valley. We will be visiting their family farms and their toxic pesticide free, pastoral fields where all of their cows are grass fed. I am eager to learn more about this process and share as I go! #milkjustgotULTRA#organicvalley
Seems so silly, but I have the hardest time with the 5th year milestone. I held on tight to our last moments of four this weekend. Tomorrow, we’ll sing and dance and celebrate her sweet, sensitive, gorgeous old soul. 💖
I’ve dropped 100 balls in 4 days and yelled at kids for bickering and leaving garbage around and not listening to reminders for homework or completing tasks. I’ve spent full days in and out of the kitchen and carpool lines, the soccer field and the market.
I have been too sick to exercise or remember to complete ALL OF THE FORMS.
I am showing up though. And even though I feel like I’m barely cutting it, I’m here. I’m wiping tears and reinforcing each emotional cliffhanger with strength and positivity. I might not be presentable at morning drop off or make it to your trunk show, but I’m ticking the most important boxes.
Any night that involves us on the couch with popcorn and a funny animal movie is a win across the board! The Secret Life of Pets 2 is adorable, we all loved it! You can find a copy in the collectible SteelBook packaging as well as a digital code for travel (huge bonus!) at @BestBuy! #SecretLifeofPets2#ad
We all have favorite characters, but Theo particularly gravitates to Max (with the voice of Patton Oswalt, who can blame him?). Movie nights are our favorite, and @BestBuy has a great selection for families. The Secret Life of Pets 2 is definitely one for our physical and digital collection, both of which come with purchase at @BestBuy! Save $5 when you buy The Secret Life of Pets 2 and a select Illumination title at Best Buy. Enter code PETSFAMILY5 at checkout. Visit https://bby.me/Pets2 to learn more. #SecretLifeofPets2#ad
The family dynamic shifts a bit when everyone goes back to school, it’s definitely a good, but bittersweet change. This year our goal is to stay connected as a family by having as many (phone free!) family meals as possible. @LGUSA has already reached 2 million kids, and they will donate an additional $1 to their Experience Happiness partners for each post containing #Day1 and #LGoal hashtags. Post your first day! #Day1#LGoals
One thing I've learned as they've gotten older is that no matter what is in their school lunch, the odds of them eating in favor over playing are often slim. So, we've turned to Second Lunch: The food they eat when they are run-down and famished after school.
While a few of us are still leaning toward the plant-based life, my boys, especially, are lovers of quick eats that they can prepare for themselves, and Nathan’s Famous Coney Island Pretzel and Bagel Dogs fall happily on that list. Made with 100% premium beef, this hot snack keeps the kids going until dinner time. We are all pretty thrilled when Jack can be in charge of preparing a hot snack for everyone to enjoy. While hot dogs that my kids can prep on their own are a hack in itself, one thing I do to make sure they're eating is plate everything on a serving board so they can graze while they play. They go through loads of veggies this way, too! #SnackHacks#sponsored
A loving and supportive partner is worth the weight of the world in diamonds and gold. The trickle down effect is real and it is glorious.
It’s taken us some time to practice and understand this. Jack and Zoe felt the stress of our early years; Dental school, suffocating loans, business building, work travel. It’s been a journey, but we are on the path.
I know I posted this in my stories, but I’ve grown to love it enough to put in in my feed!
The amount of personal growth I’ve seen since I started exercising last year can’t be quantified. I’ve hit plenty of speed bumps and twice as many milestones. I feel strong in my mind and strong in my body, but the biggest change has been in the between time... Waking up, fixing lunches, changing diapers, breaking up sib squabbles, cleaning messes. Feeling good most of the time, instead of frayed at the seams.
Recognizing that the choice to take care of myself first has made me a better person, and most importantly a better mother.
I might not continue to compete in races, but I quite like the (im)permanent mark it has left on me, and my family.
At the close of each summer vacation, I mourn the loss of the long days a little more. I miss them a little more. I loathe the daily hustle a little more. Still eager to watch them blossom, still want to hold on tight a little longer.
Well, I stand corrected. You were definitely willing to engage. I am thankful for the respectful, thoughtful responses. Even the heated ones.
I think most of us are scared and sad. We are humans, and we react differently to tragedy and division.
My suggestion to those of you, like me, are interested in working towards the change that you want to see: Keep using your voices, your platforms, your feet on the pavement. @everytown and @momsdemand have local chapters and they will direct you towards ways to get involved. I will continue to post here and in my stories.
For my Trump supporting friends and family, acquaintances, and internet compatriots:
Do you wring your hands and worry as I do about gun violence? Do you think twice before you head into a crowded venue or event? Do you even consider that our lives as Americans are threatened by white supremacy and domestic terrorism everywhere we go?
I went to high school with a victim of the Gilroy shooting. My friend’s nephew was killed at Sandy Hook. I have family in Dayton that I laid awake worrying about all night once I heard the news.
This is on my doorstep and it’s on yours, too.
I hear your vacant whispers of thoughts and prayers. I feel your dissonance towards the rest of us who won’t tolerate Trump’s divisive and problematic, racist rhetoric. I see you turning your cheek and shrugging your shoulders because it’s “not a gun issue”. I can’t imagine today will be the day you decide to engage with me about this.
I’m not going to pretend to think any of you will even consider investing yourself into this emotional labor, but I want you to know that your silence and complacency is louder than your stagnant voices. It is absolutely deafening.
This is a gun issue. We need policy change now. For my kids and your kids and the brown kids and the gay kids, the poor kids and the rich kids.
These things aren’t supposed to be partisan, you see.
Zoe's fourth grade teacher is so much more than a teacher, she was an angel in all of our lives! It was an honor for us to shine a very much needed light on one of our dear public school educators. I'm happy to partner with Walgreens, who knows that teachers are the true unsung heroes of our communities! That's why they have joined with the ME to WE Foundation to fund the development of WE Teachers.
This new program will provide educators with free tools and resources to help them address critical social issues, like bullying and mental wellbeing, in their classrooms. So when you shop back to school at @Walgreens, you are joining their commitment to support teachers across the country--like Mrs. Masselli! @Walgreens@MEtoWE#MoreThanATeacher#ad