Way Back in 1952…

…these crazy kids got married.

Today, is my grandparents’ 63rd anniversary.  They are truly the perfect couple and have never shown us anything other than love, patience, and the importance of family. 

I am very blessed to be able to share this and every other day with them.  

Love you, Gram and Pap!!  

My Secret List of Movies

Hi friends!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Today, I want to pop in to talk about my love of movies.  Or lack thereof.

It really is funny.  If you were to ask anyone that knows me what would be the last thing I would ever choose to do, it would be “sit down and watch a move.”  On one hand, I hate going to movie theaters and I really hate prepping myself to sit down and not do anything else but sit for at least two hours.  I mean, who has time for that!?

Now, do you want to know a secret?  Although I do say that loathe movies, I have a secret list of movies that I love and that I, actually, own.  Yes.  Own.  They are movies that I have seen, movies that I have fallen in love with, and movies that I would watch over and over again.  This list mainly includes horror movies, romantic comedies, and totally girly friendship/relationship/college-life movies.  Shhh…don’t tell my friends.  Their worlds will be rocked and I’m not sure they could deal with that right now.


So, now that I’ve shared my secret with all of you…I’ll share what I did this past weekend.  But, again, don’t tell my friends!

I re-watched one of the movies from my favorite movie list.  Pitch Perfect.  Have you seen it?  It’s, basically, the perfect movie for me.  It’s fun, it has music, it has singing (even though I’m a horrible singer!), it has friendships, and it has a tiny love story.  I’m all about it!  I saw it once and I was hooked.  Can I tell you that even my husband likes it?  Yeah, it’s pretty awesome!

I decided to watch it this past weekend to get ready for its sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, which came out this past Friday (check it out here!)!!  I knew I wouldn’t make it to the theater so I just amped myself up for by tuning into the original one more time.  Did any of you make it this weekend to see it on the big screen?  How was it!?  Wait, don’t tell me…I already know.  It was awesome, right?

In my last post, I talked about my partnership with Schick and their commitment to helping women feel their most confident and empowered.  It should come as no surprise that Schick is also the sponsor for Pitch Perfect 2!  They recently released limited edition Pitch Perfect 2 packaged products nationwide in your favorite stores!  Look for them on the shelves near you…products include Schick Hydro Silk Razors, Skintimate Shave Gel, Schick Intuition, Schick Quattro for Women, and Schick Xtreme 3.  All of the products are great so it doesn’t matter which ones you choose!


As the sponsor of the new movie, Schick is running the Rock Your Legs campaign and challenging you to test your knowledge of the original movie!  You can go and check out the quiz here as well as check out an awesome music video that will make you want to head out looking your best (and maybe sing along, as well!).  Don’t forget to challenge your friends by sharing the fun with them, too!

For those of you out there that live near an Ahold retailer (Stop & Shop, Giant, and Martin’s), you have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a FREE movie ticket to see Pitch Perfect 2!  Just pick up any two Schick women’s shave items (with a minimum $10 value) and you will receive a print out to redeem a code for your free ticket.  The promotion runs from 4/26/15-5/23/15, so get out and grab your favorites!


If you guys haven’t seen Pitch Perfect, I suggest you grab some popcorn, grab your friends, and tune in!  And, then, once you finish that, you should run to the theater to catch Pitch Perfect 2.  It’s one of those feel-good movies and I know you won’t regret it.

Remember.  It’s one my favorites from my secret list of movies.  Oh, and tell your friends about Pitch Perfect 2 but don’t tell my friends that I secretly love movies!


Something to share:  Have you seen Pitch Perfect?  Have you seen Pitch Perfect 2?  Have you tried Schick shaving products? 

All Pitch Perfect 2 Limited Edition Shave products will be available beginning April 2015 at drug and grocery stores nationwide.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick® . The opinions and text are all mine.

Rock Your Confidence with Schick!

Hello, hello! Happy Tuesday!

Yesterday, I mentioned that it feels like summer might, actually, be on its way! We had a pretty harsh and cold winter and it’s nice to finally see some sunshine and warmer temperatures! The change of season into summer calls for spending time outdoors and trading those heavy winter coats and boots for tanks, shorts, and sandals…

…and, if you’re anything like me, summer usually calls for a change in my beauty and skin care routine. I tend to shift my focus to lighter make-up, less-fuss wavy hair and braids, and an amped-up hair removal and moisturizing plan.


Both hair removal and skin care are pretty important to me since I work for a dermatologist as well as teach Jazzercise, which puts me on stage, in front of people, in tank tops, crops, and shorts all.the.time. While I do put effort into both year-round, I spend more time on it in the summer when I’m showing skin to more than just the women who come to my classes!

My go-to routine has always and will continue to include hair removal products from Schick! Since high school, I have used their Intuition razors and their Skintimate shave gel. A few years later, when they came out with their Hydro Silk TrimStyle razor that included a hair trimmer on one end, I nabbed one of those, too, and have never turned back!


I use the Intuition razor when I’m short on time (which is, usually, all the time) because it includes both a razor and lather all in one and the TrimStyle razor with the shave gel (which always smells so good, no matter which scent you choose!) when I can take my time and, actually, enjoy my shower or bath! When I’m on the go, both the Intuition and the disposable Hydro Silk razors are great and travel well! If you’ve never tried Schick products before, I suggest you run out to grab some to see what you’ve been missing! They are available at Ahold retailers, which include Stop & Shop, Giant, and Martin’s.

Using Schick products helps me feel my most confident when I am trying to put my best foot forward in front of others. When it comes to showing off my skin, especially on stage during my aerobics classes, I have enough to worry about and it’s nice to know that one major area is taken care of and I don’t have to think twice about whether or not I’m rocking my class and, especially, rocking some smooth legs! When I feel confident on the inside, I know it shines on the outside, which is so important for me when I’m trying to inspire others in class, which can, sometimes, be difficult!  I always try my best to help others believe in themselves and find their inner beauty!


How does your beauty routine empower you and help you feel confident and beautiful in your own skin!?

All Pitch Perfect 2 Limited Edition Shave products will be available beginning April 2015 at drug and grocery stores nationwide.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick® . The opinions and text are all mine.

Weekend Ups and Downs

Good morning, friends!  How was your weekend!?  We have been having some beautiful weather here in PA and I am happy to announce that it finally feels like summer is on its way!


This past weekend was definitely full of many ups but, unfortunately, also filled with a major down.  Last week, a K-9 police officer, Lieutenant Eric Eslary, from the nearby town of Ligonier, was killed in a vehicle accident.  He was on-duty with his canine, Blek, who was also injured in the accident, but expected to make a full recovery.  Lee, a couple of his fellow officers, and I attended Lt. Eslary’s funeral on Saturday, which was one of the hardest things to go through.  Any loss to a department is hard to deal with but the fact that he was young and such a pillar in his small community, it felt exceptionally difficult.  The amount of love, respect, and support showed from the local community was amazing and was really an example of what a positive influence Lt. Eslary had on everyone he came in contact with.  The law enforcement and emergency responder bond runs deep and it’s always hard when we have to say goodbye to a member.

(Lieutenant Eslary and Blek during a K-9 demonstration we attended a few weeks ago)

Later Saturday afternoon, I had plans to meet up with my friend, Liz, for an early dinner and drinks.  Coincidentally, as I was pulling out of the parking lot where I parked for the funeral, I saw Liz waiting there in her car.  She was waiting to meet her mom because she was keeping her girls for the night!  It was so weird that we both happened to be in the same parking lot at the same time in a town where neither of us live!  When her mom came, we all went and had lunch together and, then, I went home to grab some clothes and headed up to her house.  We grabbed dinner, did some shopping, and met other friends out later for drinks.  We had a blast and it was nice to get together and spend the entire evening together!

Sunday morning, Lee and I woke up bright and early and he informed me that he and the dogs were treating me to a round of golf for Mother’s Day.  Lee told me that Jet and Rosie came up with the idea but I have a feeling that he wanted to be on the golf course, too, so I wasn’t buying it.  Anyway, we went out and played a quick round and, then, we headed home and went our separate ways.  We had a Mother’s Day Sunday dinner planned at my grandparents’ house and Lee was taking his mom out for lunch.  The rest of our day was spent with our moms and the other women we love and it couldn’t have been better!!




I hope you were all able to enjoy your weekend and spent it with those you love!


Something to share:  Did you do anything special for Mother’s Day?  What did you do this weekend?…tell me one of your “ups”!!