Author: Alaina P.

Executive assistant, living in central Massachusetts and working in Boston.

Snow Days

As I write this (Tuesday afternoon), we are being inundated with our third nor’easter in two weeks. The first one, at the beginning of March, gave us about 10 inches of snow, but it was the coast that was more impacted. The tides were astronomically high at that time of year, and the waterfront areas of the city were flooded. I believe that some of the coast lines were changed, indefinitely. A few people I know were affected by that storm and I hope that they are making out OK.

The second storm brought us about 14″. Last week, I had to leave work early on Wednesday and come in later on Thursday. Thankfully we didn’t lose power, but our cable/internet was out for the majority of Thursday morning.



Today, we’re expected to see between 12 to 18 inches. It started about 5AM and will be stopping around 8PM.


We got outside before it really started to come down (about 3″ every hour!) but clearly someone wasn’t having as much fun.


We even tried to make it fun by making a little sled for her.


Womp womp. 

We didn’t last long, but luckily she was all smiles when we got inside, so hopefully we haven’t scarred her for life. 😉

Is it spring yet?? Or more importantly: is it my birthday yet? 😛

Have you been caught up in these crazy storms?


My Skin Care Routine

This post is not sponsored by The Body Shop. I just love the products so much and wanted to share them. 

As I was thinking about sharing this information, it dawned on me that I posted this almost 7 years ago on my Jogging Concierge blog! I guess it shows that the products have really been working and I haven’t deterred from them since. Below is the text from that post:

Yesterday I was talking to my colleague about the store The Body Shop and I was raving about their Aloe face line. (The Body Shop did not contact me to give a product review; I just love these products so much I had to share it!) I have probably the most sensitive skin ever and I used to have the worst acne. It was dry in the winter and oily in the summer. I was on doctor-prescribed pills and face creams and it was never able to clear up my redness or breakouts. I even went on ProActiv but they instruct people to use it twice a day and it was way too abrasive for my face. I felt like it was burning my skin off (seriously). I tried Acne Free from the drugstore, Neutrogena, St. Ives, Clean & Clear; none of it seemed to work. It always irritated my face.

So then I was on the hunt for something that was made for sensitive skin. I don’t know what prompted me, but I ended up at The Body Shop. I saw they had a line of Aloe Products that included a cleansing foam, toner, exfoliater, and day cream. I scooped everything I could and even signed up for their membership card so I could continue to accumulate points and receive free products.

The products made a difference immediately. My red spots disappeared and I only get random pimples here or there but never to the extent that I used to. I can confidently walk around without makeup which was very rare for me. So if you have sensitive skin I would definitely recommend The Body Shop!!

Below are the products that I use daily.



In the morning, I use the Calming Foaming Wash while in the shower. When I’m getting my face ready (before I apply make-up), I use a cotton pad to wipe the Calming Toner on my face. Then I finish off with the Soothing Day Cream. At night, I wash off the make-up and apply the Soothing Night Cream. It’s a little bit thicker than the day cream, and it makes my skin feel soft and nourished.

And this is my face today! Very little redness and virtually no pimples. I don’t know if genes play in to things but I think these items have certainly helped in making sure my skin stays healthy and taken care of. 🙂 Don’t mind the chipped front tooth; I have to figure out if I can afford to get that fixed!


And right now The Body Shop online is offering 40% off hundreds of items, and these items are included! The discount is online only and still going on as of the writing of this post (Sunday, February 25th). Time for me to stock up!! 

What’s your skin care routine?


Life Update

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week, whether you were off for the vacation week or working away (I myself was working, although we had Monday off for the holiday). I thought it would be fun to drop on in here and let you know how life was going for this “Bliss”-ful family. 🙂


What can I say about this little bundle of joy that continues to brighten our day? She is turning 10 months tomorrow and has been growing by leaps and bounds.

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Health: She is in the 80th percentile for height (!) and weighs just around 20 pounds. She’s long and lean, and the doctor said that she’s very healthy. Aside from her ear infection in October, we’ve been very lucky that she hasn’t had any major health problems. With the flu kicking around, we certainly wanted to make sure she wasn’t compromised. We took her out in public, but made sure that strangers didn’t touch her (you wouldn’t believe how many people just try and touch her cheeks without asking!) and that we had plenty of disinfectant, if needed. So far, so good. 🙂

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Growth: Her latest development is that she’s been pulling herself up on everything and standing for long periods of time. She’s still unsure about taking steps and hasn’t quite mastered being able to fall on her butt, but she’s making great progress! And I love the determination in her voice when she’s trying to climb up our legs or on the couch. She’s so stinkin’ cute!

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Food: Regarding eating, she’s still drinking formula for her nutrition, and we’ve begun to introduce new foods to her. So far she’s tried green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, pears, peaches, apples, bananas, strawberries, sweet peas, chicken, ground beef, pinto beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, Cheerios. She’s been pretty indifferent to everything, though, as she is still getting used to the taste and texture. She doesn’t really seem to love or hate anything.

Sleep: We have been so extremely lucky that she is still sleeping through the night. She go down around 8PM and gets up anywhere from 5:30AM to 7AM (depending on if it’s during the week or on the weekend). She really just gets up when we start making noise in the kitchen. I love seeing her smiling face over the side of the crib, ’cause you know, she can stand in it now! 🙂


My job is going wonderfully! I’ve been here for three months now and I love coming in every day. It’s still weird working for a hotel, and having no guests, though. Right now things are still pretty steady but they will start to ramp up as we continue to hire people.


He’s been working away at his YouTube channel and website, and he’s been doing really well with it! If you’re interested in learning how to make energy efficient upgrades to your home, make sure to check out DavidPoz! And it’s been a blessing that he’s been able to stay at home to watch Eleanor. He shows me pictures and videos from throughout the day, to see what they’ve been up to. I can tell that they are going to have a great relationship. 🙂

Random Bits

-For the month of January, we had an exorbitant grocery bill (we went to Costco a few times to stock up on formula), so we were determined to get that reduced moving forward. We’ve found a system of getting shelf items from Aldi (at the beginning of the month) and fresh items from Market Basket (once a week), and since doing that we’ve cut the bill in half! Hopefully we can keep the momentum going.

-The weather has been all over the place out here in New England! This past Wednesday was nearly 80°, and then yesterday we were in the 30s, with snow. But the sunrise and snow this morning was breathtaking!

-I am so excited this year, because David and I have two weddings we’re attending (his cousin in April, in Texas; my cousin in October, in Maine), a baby shower (my other cousin), and a bridal shower (for the wedding in October). There’s going to be a lot of celebrating in 2018!

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And I think that’s it from here! Like I’ve mentioned on my last post, and in Instagram, I’m really getting the hang of my camera and I love seeing the pictures that I can create! I expect a lot more updates here, with maybe a few recipes thrown in. 🙂

What’s been going on in your life??


Brown Sugar Oat Muffins

I’ve had this in my arsenal of baked goods for over 7 years now. They are a great, simple muffin, that you can add jam, butter, or peanut butter too. I think it’s even better if served warm, alongside a nice, cool bowl of Greek yogurt. 🙂

Brown Sugar Oat Muffins
From the Taste of Home’s Contest Winning Annual Recipes 2007

1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a small bowl, combine the oats, flours, baking powder and salt. In another small bowl, beat the eggs, brown sugar, milk, oil and vanilla. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened.
2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 400° for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Yield: 1 dozen

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And I just have to note that I love how I’m finally getting a hang of the settings on my camera! I’ve been testing it by just taking a ton of photos of items in different lighting and changing the settings one by one. Here’s a shot I took on Christmas Eve that I absolutely love!

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And a picture of my adorable helper this morning. 🙂


Do you have a baked good that you make frequently?

I hope you all have a wonderful week!


Almond Joy-Inspired Cupcakes

Originally from my Jogging Concierge blog; posted in February of 2016. Enjoy!

There are two types of people in this world:

Those that love coconut…

…and those that despise it.

There really is no gray area when it comes to coconut. Thankfully I surround myself with only the best people. And those people love coconut. 😉

So when I was trying to think of what to bake for work as we enjoy watching the Super Bowl, my mind wandered to cupcakes…coconut cupcakes. No wait! Almond Joy-inspired cupcakes! Whenever I am presented the choice of a candy bar, I always go to for the Almond Joys. The combination of chocolate, coconut, and almonds is perfection.

And thankfully, everyone was on board.

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It’s not a complete “homemade” dish as I did use a yellow cake mix from Aldi, but the add-ins made it special. 🙂

Almond Joy-Inspired Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes

1 Box Yellow Cake Mix from Bakers Corner (Aldi brand). You’ll need 3 eggs, 1 cup water and 1/3 cup vegetable oil to add.
1 tbsp. almond extract
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Whipped Cream for topping (I used Reddi-wip)
Slivered almonds for garnish

1) Follow instructions on the yellow cake mix box to make the cupcakes.
2) Add in the extract, coconut and chocolate chips to the batter
3) Mix until well combined
4) Fill the cupcake pan, or liners, about 1/3 full
5) Box indicated 15-20 minutes at 375* (I baked in a dark-lined pan)
6) Make sure cupcakes are fully cooked; wait until cooled and top with whipped cream and almonds.


And a little touch of pink for Valentine’s Day! I’m still getting used to all that my camera can do. Hopefully I can find a spot in my house where the sun is optimal or maybe set up a light box. Any tips??

What’s your favorite cupcake flavor?


Snow Day

Yesterday David had a fun afternoon, introducing Eleanor to the wonders of snow! And it looks as though she enjoyed it. 🙂

It’s moments like these that make me jealous of him getting to stay home with her. But at the same time, I absolutely love my job. (Hopefully I’ll get around to updating you all on what we’ve been up to. Nothing overly exciting, but still enough to want to share.)

How are you holding up this winter? When faced with frigid nights and relentless traffic, I’ll just look at this smiling baby, enjoying her first time playing in the snow. That should make everything better. 🙂


Who Wore it Best?

I feel like having a little fun on this Friday morning, how about you?

Since I dropped the ball on dressing us up for Eleanor’s first Halloween (we were all sick for 2 weeks so my motivation went right out the window), I still wanted to do something festive. I had some wigs lying around from previous parties and Halloween’s, and I decided to try them on her. I was not prepared for how adorable she looked.

#1: Blonde


#2: Reddish Orange


#3: Curly Brown


So I ask you: Who Wore it Best? 


Friday Fun

Since it’s obvious I don’t get on here as much as I would like, I figured I would do a roundup of what’s been going on in my life. That way there aren’t weeks in between each update. 🙂

6 Months Old

Our little nugget is 6 months old! She had her vaccines and her ear infection has gone away (we all were sick for about 2 weeks – not fun!). She’s 16 lbs 8 oz and 27″ long. She’s going to be a tall one!

I absolutely love her personality! She loves the camera and was acting like such a ham. Love her to pieces!

The Ramblefest Half Marathon

Back on October 8th, David and I ran the Ramblefest half marathon. In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the smartest thing for me to do, since I was full-blown sick for the entire week afterwards (eventually getting acute bronchitis), but we did it, it’s done, and we’re all better now.

It was hard; I ran slow, and the weather was overcast and super muggy. I ran it in 3:03 and I came in 3rd to last. But hey, I had a baby over 5 months prior to that, so just the fact that I finished, I can be proud of that. 🙂

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9 Year Wedding Anniversary

Yesterday David and I celebrated being married for 9 years. I can’t believe how the time has passed. We’ve been through several moves, a deployment, building a house, and welcoming a baby. I’m looking forward to many more wonderful years together! ❤

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We were such babies!

New Job

As of this morning, I have accepted a new job! I’ll be working for the Wynn Boston Harbor. It doesn’t officially open until 2019 but there’s a lot to be done beforehand! I’m so excited to be part of an opening team.


So that’s all the updates from here! I’m going to a family gathering this weekend and I’m making apple pie cupcakes. I’ll make sure to post the recipe!

Have a great weekend! What are your plans?


Apple Picking 2017

Apple picking this year was at Applecrest Farms in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. We were meeting some of my roommates from college, and it was the most gorgeous day. We had a great afternoon and it was made even better by having our little girl there with us.








Love these ladies! 🙂


Where’s your favorite place to go apple picking? Any great apple recipes? I’ll probably make a crisp; it’s been a while since I’ve made one!


Smiles to Start Your Week

Happy Monday! 

Someone is excited for the start of the work week. And how can you not be happy, looking at this smiling face?

How about a few more?

Our happy little 5 month old! I’ll post an update after her 6 month doctor’s appointment. 

Something else to smile about: a relatively nice week ahead.

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And the forecast shows partly sunny and 70* for the half marathon on October 8th. I know that’s still 2 weeks away but I’m crossing my fingers!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Anything interesting planned? Just a busy week at work for me. 🙂