Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Giving Back To Riverside

What a year!  Wow :)  

How awesome to be ending and closing out 2016 with an amazing feel good gift.  

Each year Riverside Community Care provides more than 40,000 children, adolescents, and adults with a broad range of behavioral healthcare and human services.  We offer mental healthcare, developmental and brain injury services, youth and early childhood programs, addiction treatment, trauma response, and more.

Riverside Community Care is an award-winning, non-profit organization offering emergency care, urgent and outpatient services, in-home and residential care, psychiatric day programming, early intervention, employment support and domestic violence services throughout eastern and central Massachusetts.

They partner with local hospitals and physicians, and work with most insurers and MassHealth.  And, Riverside is where your community, schools, and workplaces turn when faced with the emotional aftermath of tragic events such as teen suicides or natural disasters.

The United Parish of Upton Sunday school students collected $100 over the course of a few months.  These donations were raised to buy Christmas presents for the kids at Riverside.  With the help of Stonyfield Yogurt and my personal matching donation, we were able raise $200 for the kids.  

One Sunday after church another teacher and myself took some of the students to Target to shop for these littles and let me tell you!!!  It was so much fun.  Teaching our kids about giving back was probably the most rewarding experience.  Seeing how they reacted to the stories of some of the less fortunate made my mama heart burst.  I am certainly doing something right.

Shopping for Christmas gifts a few days before the holiday was pure chaos, but so much excitement. 

We weren't able to wrap the gifts as Riverside prefers for them to be bagged and labeled but if only we could see the joy on the faces of the kids opening these gifts... what a moment.

I am so thankful to be a part of this giving experience.  I hope that this story inspires so many of you to pay it forward... and remember the less fortunate all days of the year and not just around the holiday.

Here are a few of the gifts that the lucky littles were to receive this Christmas.

Thank you Stonyfield Yogurt for providing such a wonderful gift and life changing experience for the students at United Parish and Riverside Community Care.

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

I am taking a vacation from blogging to enjoy the holiday and spend time with my boys.  I will see you back here next year with fresh ideas and lots of great content.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Friday Favorites

Good Morning, Happy Friday.

Merry Christmas Eve Eve !

We are busy little bees over here prepping for the big day.  Today we have a lot planned.  We have pageant rehearsals this afternoon, I am able to squeeze in a little facial and me time, baking cookies for Santa and last minute food prep for our Christmas feast.  

Let's just get started.

I am linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci to bring you my favorites of the week.  


We finished all the wrapping and it feels so good.  The only thing left to do before the big day is assemble the kitchen.  Feels so good to be done with it all and now we can sit and relax.


I love my fab fit fun box.  I got it the other day and it did not disappoint.  I love the blanket scarf, it is my favorite item.... Oh and the coffee mug.. and necklace... I just love it all.


So happy that this guy is home... We can finally have fun and start celebrating.  The boys were so excited to see him at the airport.  They were so cute together.


My aunt sent me this edible arrangement this week and it was delicious.  The boys loved being able to eat the stick off the fruit.  We probably finished this within an hour.  So delicious!


I made this creamy tortellini and sausage soup this week and it was so easy and delicious.  I love anything hot and creamy during the cold winter months.  

That is the week right there friends.  All wrapped up and ready for the weekend.  I hope you and your family have a great Christmas and a happy New Year.... I will be bringing back lots of great content in 2017 and I am excited to start this year fresh.  

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

He's Coming Home

I had big plans today to join my girls for What's Up Wednesday but we are just so excited for Daddy and I realize I have a lot to do before we get him today at the airport.

Also, wanted to let you know that this week will be my last post before Christmas vacation... My little family and I are going to be enjoying and celebrating the holidays.  I will be coming back the week after the New Year.  

Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Blackberry Crumble Cake


 7 tablespoons butter, softened 
 3 eggs, room temperature 
 3/4 cup sugar 
 1 tsp vanilla extract
 1/2 cup Greek yogurt 
 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 
 2 cups fresh blackberries
 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
 1/2 tsp baking soda   

 1 1/2 tbsp butter
 1/4 cup flour
 1/4 cup sugar 
 a few drops of vanilla or almond extract  

 powdered sugar, for dusting 
 heavy cream with a dash of sugar or maple syrup for sweetener   

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch cake pan with parchment paper, grease with a smattering of butter, and set aside. Whip the 7 tablespoons of butter in mixing bowl until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Gradually add in eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Add yogurt and sugar. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, baking soda. Add to the whipped butter mixture and stir until well incorporated. Batter will be thick. Carefully fold in the fresh blackberries and pour into prepared cake pan. In a separate bowl, use your fingers to incorporate the crumble ingredients - butter, flour, sugar, and a few drops of vanilla or almond extract. Mix till the ingredients begin to stick and form a pebbly crumble. Sprinkle mixture onto cake batter and bake for 1 hour, or till toothpick inserted comes out clean. If it begins to brown too quickly, cover with aluminum foil for the duration of cook time. Serve with powdered sugar and whipped heavy cream/maple syrup. 

  Source: Bayaderka  
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