Hilltown Families Hand-made Valentine Swap, part 2: The Spoils!

We crafted, packaged, and mailed our own creations, and in turn received the greetings below! Thanks again Hilltown Families!

Currently catching light in the picture window…
She loved that it was a “real letter!”
Props to Bodhi for bugs and kisses and for great name-writing!
Pretty stained-glass effect on this one…
Love the waterfall of hearts ♥️
Strong pipe cleaner crafting!!
Happy Heart Day!
Unconventional color use FTW!

Six Months and Counting: Let’s all admit it’s bad TV getting us through

To paraphrase Bare Naked Ladies, it’s been … six months of self-quarantine.

On March 13, I was officially sent home along with other remaining co-workers to work remotely for an undetermined period of time.

One-hundred-eighty-four days later, I’m still here, and spiced up the day-to-day grind with a convenient trimalleolar fracture in July that, thus far, has required two surgeries. So, due to ever-changing guidelines that affect me working on-site at my job plus this whole no-mobility thing, I’ll be working and convalescing from home for a little bit longer. Remote schooling starts tomorrow for my daughter, too; our living-room looks like a Wayfair Call Center.

But, I’m not here to blog about the trials of 2020; we are all well acquainted at this point. Rather, I’m here to talk about 90 Day Fiance.

90DF — that’s what those of us who are too deep to get out call it — has been around for a while, but it was only this year that I finally dove in to what I previously thought was ‘too trashy’ a show for my liking. Seven seasons later, I’ve met every couple to ever K-1 their way on to the show, kept up with the countless spin-offs, downloaded at least five different podcasts dedicated to the franchise, and started making 90DF-specific crafts to share with my new, anonymous 90-Day friends on Reddit. There was also a nine-hour leak of tell-all footage floating around at one time … or so I heard.

My point here is this is not just a show to pass the time; it’s a whole lifestyle that includes home decor, should you choose to go that route. Etsy has a massive selection, ranging from wine glasses to wall art. Need a date night? 90-Day ideas — sometimes uncensored — aren’t hard to find. And cast-member David Toborowsky is often only a Tweet away, should you find the need to connect with someone (seriously, this guy is nothing if not responsive).

Looking for good listens? Here are my top five podcasts of the 90DF Variety:

1 90 Day Cray Cray

2 90 Day Gays

3 420 Fiance

4 The Fraudcast

5 90 Day Fiance Trash Talk

90DF ‘I can tote it’ mask via RedBubble

Hey Mom, I’m an Ambassador!

Don’t worry, faithful readers… I haven’t joined the forthcoming U.S. government’s administration, and I’m not moving to Burma nor the Vatican.

I have, however, signed on for a new program in my neck of the woods as one of the #BFFAmbassadors!

BFF – or Berkshire Family Focus, as it’s known in full – is an online magazine for which I write from time to time. More importantly, though, it’s (IMO) the best resource for things to do in The Berkshires for families of all types. This month, the outlet is kicking things up a notch with a 12 Days of Giveaways promotion, which challenges local online influencers like myself to spread the word about 12 different organizations or businesses in the area by pointing people (like you?) to daily giveaways of great stuff to win!

What makes this campaign particularly awesome is 1) it’s local, and 2) we, the participants, have been given a little incentive to excel, too. It’s like a Game of Posts… the more links, photos, and dedicated hashtags we create, the more points we accrue. At the end of the contest, we’ll tally the points, then pick one of a dozen prizes for ourselves, in order of who scored highest-to-lowest. Everybody wins, but there’s still an element of competition for the Type A Personalities in the group (hi).

I’ll be posting links to the giveaways each day from now until December 16, both here within this post and on Instagram.


Today’s giveaway is two tickets to a Berkshire Theatre Group performance of A Christmas Carol. Enter up!

Day 1: http://berkshirefamilyfocus.com/12-days-giveaways-day-1-berkshire-theatre-group-christmas-carol/


Day 2: You could win one of two $25 gift certificates to Persnickety Toys in North Adams, Mass.! http://berkshirefamilyfocus.com/12-days-of-giveaways-day-2-persnickety-toys/

Day 3: Win tickets to one of WAM Theatre’s Fresh Take performances! http://berkshirefamilyfocus.com/12-days-of-giveaways-day-3-wam-theatre/

Day 4: A one-year  membership is up for grabs! http://berkshirefamilyfocus.com/12-days-giveaways-day-4-berkshire-museum/

Day 5: 20 lbs of propane? This livin’ in the mountains mama will take it. You? berkshirefamilyfocus.com/12-days-giveaways-day-5-george-propane