Always Expect The Unexpected.. – By: Corinne

CorinneThe last few weeks for me have been chaotic and emotionally exhausting. So as this Friday rolled around I was so excited to spend the weekend relaxing, catching up on homework and finally getting to spend some quality time with my boyfriend; stress free!

Saturday morning I was able to catch up on some homework bright and early that I had procrastinated on for many nights. I visited a friend I hadn’t seen in ages, and then the biggest treat of the weekend was going to the Museum Of Fine Arts in Boston with my boyfriend. Yes I dragged him along; maybe not his cup of tea but a great way to get out of the house and spend quality time together. We actually lasted longer than I had expected, we both really enjoyed ourselves and found the artwork to be captivating and very inspirational. The museum was a hit, super low key and fun.

Before I knew it it was Sunday, the last day to be completely lazy and unproductive before yet again another long work week. This was a day for strictly relaxing, absolutely no time for stress in my day! Netflix took over my life for pretty much all of the day and then had this great idea that I should venture out to the mall. So I got myself ready, ran out into the garage, bent down to tie my shoe and well here it comes, the unexpected! My nothing can bring me down, no stress attitude, was shattered within a blink of the eye. My cell phone had landed screen down on the cement. Hoping for the best I turn it over and sadly my stress free weekend becomes stressed to the max.

Now anyone who knows me knows very well I don’t have a great track record with cellular devices. I think within like 6 months once I had 4 cell phones. The phone that I dropped had been on its last leg anyway. I knew it would only take one more small incident like this to happen to really kill it for good. I was so stressed because I have a Maine cell phone carrier and the weekend was over, my work week was starting and I have no flexibility to take time off and there is no way I could be without a phone. Being that I live in Boston the closest store was in either New Hampshire or Maine. Now let’s keep in mind that it’s also Sunday and late afternoon already. Thank goodness the last time I was home I grabbed an old phone I had found. But to activate this phone I had to go into a store because I was too far away from one of my phone company’s towers. It was now 3:15 the closet store I found was in NH an hour and 20 minutes away. Great right? Well they closed at 5pm. There went my shopping trip and up went my blood pressure.

I know it’s just a cell phone, I get it. Under any other circumstances I could live without having a phone, no problem. But I am a nanny and having a phone is extremely necessary, I can’t do my job without one nor would it be safe. So I franticly leave my house having zero recollection of where my destination is actually located, but that’s where the car GPS came in handy for once. Super safe driving of course I somehow make it from my house to NH, 40 minutes before the store had closed. I was literally the most pathetic customer I’m sure they had seen all day if not all week. But they activated my old phone which is literally a dinosaur I can only make calls on it and it takes about minutes to send a text, but I seriously don’t care. I didn’t get a new phone because in a few weeks my upgrade is available and I rather wait to use it and go without a smart phone for a while.

I definitely learned many things from this experience today. First always listen to your Mother! Last time I was home she told me to purchase a new phone in anticipation of this happening. Of course me being me I thought I would be fine for a few weeks, I was wrong. Sorry mom if you’re reading this I should have listened! Secondly, I learned that we as humans rely WAY too much on technology! Because I had a cell phone I hadn’t remembered numbers that I needed, I had no idea as to where I was driving and I felt this huge anxiety of not having a phone in my hand. I now realize how crazy and ridiculous that is. Last but not least, always expect the unexpected. Not always will things go the exact way you’ve planned; things happen, that’s life. You find ways to work with what you got and try to stay as stress free as possible. It wasn’t the end of the world and I got through not having a phone for a few hours perfectly fine. I am sad that I had to say good-bye to the internet, GPS, Snapchat, Facebook and oh my gosh Trivia Crack. But this will be a good break; I can focus more on what really matters in my real life and not be consumed by the addicting virtual world.

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Reminiscing – By: Corinne

CorinneDuring my 8th grade school year, after months of begging my mom to homeschool me, my wishes were finally granted. I absolutely loved being out of the middle school “scene” and was so much happier focusing on my own studies and doing them at my own pace. Now I’m an extremely social person. I found that with being home I needed to find some sort of extracurricular activity to get me out socializing. I had volunteered before but not often because I was in school and at the time only 14.

Somehow (I’m totally blanking now), I was told about this great volunteer opportunity at my local hospital guild coffee shop and they were in desperate need of volunteers. The first day I went in to check it out, I had left with having paid my dues to join which gave me the honor of being their newest and youngest member to the team! I was only 14 and this was huge for me. I took over the Tuesday morning shift every week from 7 to 11 am. I worked with one other woman who only did the cooking. That left me with everything else! I was literally so excited to take on the role of, “waitress”. Slowly I had worked my way up to doing multiple mornings each week.

This was one the best opportunities I have been given and I have met some pretty incredible people. Till this very day I still joke that all my very best friends are in their now mid 80’s and 90’s. If I wanted to invite them all to my birthday party it would have to be held at an oxygen bar I would tell them, this gave them all great laughs!! The age difference hadn’t been a problem for me; I had never felt so accepted and a part of my community before. I had found my click and I couldn’t have been happier.

I never imagined myself having breakfast with the Red Hatters, the local EMT’s and the Doctors of my town. I also never imagined having 80 year old men fighting over who was my boyfriend, but every Tuesday morning that’s just what happened! So many laughs and great memories! During the years I had volunteered there, I had made a few very special friendships that I will forever remember and cherish close to my heart. It’s amazing how you can go from being a complete stranger with someone to then bonding over a cup of tea and in 2 hours feeling like you’ve known the person your whole life. The tough thing that I never took into consideration was that at some point all these lovely people that I have created memories with were either ill or would sooner or later pass away due to old age. This was tough for me and still is to this day. Cherish every moment you have with the people you care about in life. One day they’ll be gone and you’ll only have the memories of the times you both once shared together. I find myself reminiscing a lot back to these days lately; they always seem to put a smile on my face!

What’s In Your…..Cupboards? – By: Corinne

CorinneSo recently I’ve watched the movie, Fed Up. I was completely blown away; never has a movie been so eye opening and made me really think twice about the foods that I consume every day. I actually spent hours after sorting through my cupboards looking at the labels of granola bars, mini candy bars and cereals to inspect the sugar content. I guarantee that “Fed Up” will also change your view of what is, and what isn’t, healthy food and why our nation has such a weight problem. I know that weight is a very sensitive topic for most people, doesn’t matter if you’re 100 lbs. or 250 lbs.. Being overweight is a struggle for many people. We need to help educate and guide people, children, and families on the importance of making healthier choices and eliminating processed foods from our diets. I think this movie does a great job exposing food manufactures that are brainwashing and falsely advertising foods that we are so used to eating on a daily basis.

Why does sugar cause us to gain weight you ask? Because when more sugar than we need flows into our digestive system, our liver can’t metabolize it as energy, so what’s our poor liver left to do but convert the sugar into fat. Too much sugar over-stresses the liver. Sugar then does its damage, organ by organ, including to your pancreas, your heart, your digestive system, your immune system and your brain. We have blamed the majority of Americans becoming overweight on over indulging on Happy Meals, pizza and laziness but in reality what we need to be paying extra attention to is our sugar intake. One soda a day increases a child’s risk of obesity by 60%; a 20 ounce bottle of soda obtains the equivalent of approximately 17 teaspoons of sugar. This is horrifying. If we’re snacking on foods that contain zero nutritional value and are quenching are thirst with a ridiculous amount of sugar; your body is not going to be satisfied. Instead you’re just lowering your energy level and will feel starving all the time. The United States has estimated that 93 million Americans are affected by obesity. If we don’t change our eating habits now and spread the word on foods nutritional value, in two decades over 90% of all Americans will be overweight or obese.

Hearing these statistics is very alarming and I wasn’t one to preach about healthy eating. I could easily sit down, watch a chick flick and empty a box of Oreos in 10 minutes flat. Now though, I have actually been trying really hard to be aware of what I put into my body. We are only given one and are supposed to treat it like a temple, right?! Since watching, I’ve actually been very proud of myself and have tried to cut sugar completely out of my diet. Eating healthier food makes me feel so much more energized and fulfilled. Again I am human and sometimes my root vegetables and turkey burgers just aren’t going to cut it and that’s okay! That’s where my girl Shelly, fellow Bostonite, comes in to save the day. Maybe two times a month we treat ourselves out to a local diner and devour the most amazing waffles, and no I do not feel guilty! You should enjoy eating and it never should become something that you dread or feels like a task. We all have days when we make smoothies and eat kale for dinner but sometimes we just need that a big bowl of mac & cheese, followed by a hot fudge sundae to just take the edge off.

This movie is absolutely amazing, please check it out! You’ll be doing yourself, friends and family so much justice by hopefully changing just a few simple eating habits. You’ll be happy you did! Join the Fed Up Challenge and see if you can be sugar free for 10 days! You can check out fun facts or watch the movie at: http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home

Tastiest Waffles Ever

Tastiest Waffles Ever

Legos, Volcanos, and Cookies! Oh my! – By: Corinne

Corinne“Corineee, Santa Claus is coming to town!!!!” Being woken up at 6:30 am on a snow day by two very excited little boys is pretty awesome! Having to tell them though that just because it was snowing didn’t mean that it was Christmas again; isn’t all that awesome.

I don’t really get that excited for snow days anymore. The whole idea of being stuck in the house and finally having a reason to do all those horrible chores that grown-ups procrastinate on…. yea definitely not the way I wanted to spend the snow day at all. So of course the kiddos, and I brainstormed some fun activities and the first on the list, Legos!! Putting together Legos with a 5 and 4 year old takes patience, lots of patience. Surprisingly after only 2 hours of sore fingertips and burning eyes we had a pretty awesome team going!

Legos

Now after building I decided that we should countiue with this good mojo. The 5 year old has a Science Fair coming up and I as a nanny, wanted to make a real volcano. I some how convinced him that making a paper mache volcano could be just a cool. Both him and his little brother were so overwhelmed with the idea of possibly blowing up the house that the couldn’t stay focused, they were errupting with excitement!! The three of us got our hands dirty and the finished product was so gratifying for all of us.

Volcano

My favorite part of a snow day growing up was obviously going outside to play in all the new, fluffy white snow!! This was the first year that the kids actaully appreciated the snow and all the fun things that they can do with it. We have this pretty awesome hill that sperates our yard from the road, perfect for sledding. You would think I was asking the boys to hike Mount Everest, it took us 15 minutes to trampel up our maybe 20 foot hill. But it was all worth it. Their faces tubing down were priceless! I have to say I think I may have enjoyed myself more than both kids, maybe snow days aren’t just for kids afterall! Now the big pay off after sledding is getting to sip on some nice warm hot chocolate. Call me crazy but we had to step it up a notch! So we made No-bake Cookies!

Cookies

At the end of the day we were all exhausted, I don’t remember the last time the three of us were so successfully productive together. Asking both of the boys what their favorite part of the day was was great. I love hearing the excitement and enthusiam in their voices as they tell me what they enjoyed. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the first blizzard of 2015!