Photo Blogging Challenge – Photographer’s Choice


The theme for the October photo blogging challenge was “Photographer’s Choice”.

This worked out for me since my October has been super busy work and life wise.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so a lot of my photos were taken at events for my employer, RESPOND – working to end domestic violence.


Domestic Violence survivors tee shirts for The Clothesline Project


Two of my co-workers tabling for RESPOND in Somerville, MA


Vigil for the 19 domestic violence homicide victims in MA since October 2016


I got to live my dream and MEET HANSON at a private show for Mix 104.1 listeners and then see them at House of Blues Boston that same night


Finally, since I was too busy for the “selfie” themed month – here’s a make up selfie.
I’m 31 weeks pregnant and over the moon happy.


Thanks for checking out my photos!

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.


Photo Blogging Challenge – Summer Fun


The theme for the August photo blogging challenge was “Summer Fun”.

Summer has been so busy for me this year that not all the photos I’m going to feature were taken in August, but they were all taken by me in the summer of 2017.


The Tall Ships Festival came to Boston this summer and I watched the parade of sale from Castle Island in South Boston with my husband & in-laws.

We had a great day and a beautiful view!


I also joined my in-laws for a weekend on their vacation to Plymouth, MA.

This lobster was one of many on display – not far from Plymouth rock.


I took this art shot while waiting for a Bos Lady Project event to begin.

Danielle cake snip

My birthday is mid-August (14th) and my in-laws surprised me with a cake and presents a few days early.


My cousin Michael celebrated his 2nd birthday in August with a firefighter themed party!

This amazing cake was made by his God-mom.

Thanks for checking out my photos this month!

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Look Up


The theme for the May photo blogging challenge was “Look Up”.

I had a lot more fun with this challenge than I thought I would and ended up having to pick my five favorites from all the photos I took that fit the theme.

May brought me great news in the job world!

I became Chief Development Officer at Respond, Inc. – a domestic violence nonprofit on May 15th.

With a few days of time off left before the job started, I visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with my Mother-in-law (a retired art teacher). It was a great day and was where I took the photo below.


Dale Chihuly sculpture in the center of the MFA


I love the cherry blossom trees in Quincy, MA.

Here’s one in full bloom not far from my condo.

I’ve never made my love of  nonprofits a secret. This year I served on the development (fundraising) committee for Community Servings LifeSavor gala. I was on the balloon pop sub-committee – soliciting donations for prizes in the balloon pop at LifeSavor gala.

Community Servings believes food heals. They live that mission by  preparing and delivering 9,600 meals each week to individuals and families who are homebound and living with critical and chronic illnesses. The made-from-scratch meals are medically tailored to meet the nutritional and medical needs of clients who are fighting illnesses like HIV/AIDS, diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and many others.


Here’s what the balloons looked like on the night of the gala and I’m happy to say we sold out!

I mentioned earlier that I tried to enjoy the days off I had before starting my new job. That included taking trips into Boston, where I took the photo below.


On the Red Line between Park Street & Charles MGH stations is my favorite view of Boston. Remember to look up, or you’ll miss it!
I didn’t do anything to this photo to add effects and I like how it came out.


This tree is in front of the candy store Sugar Heaven in Somerville, MA


Thanks for checking out my photos this month. I always have fun taking photos that fit the theme all month.

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Color


The theme for the April photo blogging challenge was “color”.


Like others, my first image was taken around Easter.

These eggs were decorating the lobby of my apartment building.


I love the pink sunset in this photo – taken on Cape Cod – in Chatham, MA.

The seagull waiting for his dinner at the fish pier also made me smile.


This is the Boston Tea Party Museum

I like the yellow of the ship, red of the building, and even the blue windows of the new construction in the city.


This is from the carousel on Boston Common

I took this photo on the Saturday of Boston Marathon weekend – on a fun walk through the city.


This final photo is from the restaurant Novara in Milton, MA.
The space used to be a movie theater and they kept some of the posters.

I was amused that a movie that stars mostly black & white dogs was advertising it’s in Technicolor.

Thanks for checking out my photos this month. I always have fun taking photos that fit the theme all month, then seeing which 5 speak to me as the best to feature.

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

Vivacious Life Retreat – 4/29


Ladies in MA, what are you doing on 4/29?

You should join Vivacious Life for their women’s only one day retreat.

My friend Laura founded this company after writing her book F*ck Skinny.

Here’s the schedule for 4/29:

8:00am-9:00am – Wake-up and Flow Yoga

9:00am-10:00am – Light Breakfast and gathering in the Sun Room

10:15am-11:30am – Welcome and Taming Your Inner Critic with Coach Caitlin Green


12:00pm-1:30pm – Cooking Is Not Rocket Science and Lunch with Chef Danielle DeSiato


2:00pm-3:00pm – The Sweet Science You Need to Break Your Sugar Addiction with Coach Laura J. Ingalls

4:00pm – Check-Out

If you’re interested but cost is an issue, let me know.

Marathon Weekend in Boston

I love Boston Marathon weekend in Boston.

The whole city celebrates!

The residents of MA get extra friendly and help lost tourists and runners and their families visit Boston.

On the Saturday before the marathon, my husband & I headed to the free fitness expo.

Be Boston

I’m wearing my shirt from the BAA 5K on Boston Marathon weekend in 2014

At 2:49 pm there was a moment of silence at the expo in honor of the marathon bombing victims from 2013.

We walked along Boylston Street (Marathon Finish Line) and everything was decked in Boston Marathon colors of blue & yellow.

Another way the city remembers is One Boston Day.

One Boston Day

After the expo, we wandered around the city – catching Pokemon and enjoying the warm weather.

We’re spoiled by how walkable Boston is! Instead of hopping on the subway near Copley Square, we walked up Comm Ave & through the Public Garden to take the subway from Park Street.

I walked 11,433 steps that day – about 4.77 miles.

I took a few other photos on the walk, so we’ll see if any make an appearance for the photo blogging challenge this month.

One of my friends jokingly calls marathon monday, “I’ll totally run a marathon next year!” day. Spectators, myself included, get inspired by the Boston Marathon runners.

For me, it’s the charity runners that inspire.

I like the idea of fundraising for a nonprofit, but I am not a fan of running.

I have a feeling my 10 hour Boston Marathon route time from the Jimmy Fund Walk will be my personal record.

Congratulations to all my friends that ran the Boston Marathon!

Below are just a few of their stories.

Dani ran for Teddy’s Team fighting stroke

Meagan ran for the Last Call Foundation – in honor of fallen firefighters

Hayley ran for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (The back of her shirt said “F*ck Cancer! When it gets tough, remember why you’re running”)

Alain completed the Boston Marathon, while on crutches – He’s also the founder of RACE Cancer Foundation. RACE Cancer Foundation gave out free sunscreen at the Boston Marathon start line.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Four


In honor of the 4th anniversary of the photo blogging challenge, the theme for March photo blogging challenge was “Four”.


Here are 4 delicious Bruschetta from Artu in the North End of Boston


We had a 4 player game of Splender going for family game night


Did you know there are only 4 female Governors in the USA?

The panelists in the photo above all ran for Governor in MA but lost.

Their message was to keep running!

The Boston Globe had a great article on this inspiring night! In Faneuil Hall, a call to service for a new generation of women


Speaking of inspiring women, these are 4 items I bought at The Lady Project Summit last weekend.

All the books were signed by their authors at the Summit.


There are more than 4 trophies here from a weight lifting competition that my brother competed in, but I’m taking some creative license here. 🙂

I’m so proud of my brother David and unbelievably impressed by his weight lifting abilities!

His results for the day were a 465 pound deadlift, 365 pound squat, and 205 pound bench. Just wow!

I was happy to be able to be in the audience to cheer him on.


This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!