Category Archives: Day to Day

Day to day, our Piggy Toes take us to many different places. We break rules, go on adventures, try out new things & just LIVE! Follow me to Where The Piggy Toes Go!



Yesterday marked the 26th time I’ve tried to put a side braid in my hair.  OK, I may be exaggerating, but I tried and and tried & after twisting the last part of the rubber band around my hair, I sported that braid all day long. 

Roman was instantly in love with my “princess hair” and kept telling me how pretty I look.  Goodness, he’s just awesome ~ I should start lending him out for women who need a little boost!  He will kiss you, tell you how pretty you are, compliment your every move, tell you he missed you when you leave the room… I’m beyond blessed to have him in my life.  I could wake up with 5 new zits, run to his room to get him in the morning and he’d still say, “Mommy, you’re so pretty.”  I know he’s going to be the best husband when he grows up.  Anyway, my braid became Roman’s security handle for the day and he just loved tugging on it.  Not to leave Rocco out but he didn’t seem to care much about the braid – He gives compliments out when someone is dressed up!  They are both just sooo sweet (& yes, bad at times too).

I left the guys behind to grocery shop (aka. my weekend time that I run into TJ Maxx and complain about how long the grocery store line was)!  They were stocked!  One of the things people always say to me is, “How do you always find such awesome pieces and good buys at TJ Maxx and every time I go there, I don’t find anything!?!”  Well, here’s the key.  You need to ask the manager or someone who works there full time, when AND what time their shipments come each week.  Then, you need to go within a few hours of the shipment to get the very best things.  They are really good about stocking the shelves when a shipment arrives & women who know their shipment schedule will go and snatch up all the best items first!  Become one of those women (like me)!  I will admit, I do live about 2 minutes from the store and if I absolutely had to, I could walk.  On Saturday, I found a pair of white, skinny leg jeans for $19 that look so much better than the $175 pair I recently saw online.  I’m thrilled.  Keep your eyes open for my post on: How To Hem your own Jeans.  My seamstress charges around $15 for hemmed jeans & being that I paid $19 for new whites… We CAN do this!

Saturday afternoon was spent at an amazing 2nd birthday party.  Rocco threw a royal fit because I woke him up and then he wanted to wear his bike pajamas while I was changing him.  The car-ride to the party was AWFUL & Roman just looked at him as if he was the most psychotic boy he knew.  He kept saying, “Rocco, why you cryin’? Stop crying!”  Then, it was like someone flipped his switch.  We entered the plan of homes where the party was, Rocco saw a cat in a nearby yard and snapped out of it.  Immediately stopped throwing his fit and said, “Look at that cat over there!”  Brian and I looked at each other giving eyes that said, ‘Seriously, what just happened?’ ~ We decided to talk about the fit after the party & the afternoon couldn’t have gone better.  Great party, great food, great friends, great celebration!

Before I leave you, I am so excited to share our new site with you!  I’m putting last minute touches on it and updating and editing the material.  I’ve figured out what I want to share & talk about with you and it really is about my favorite things: Family, Faith, Food, Fashion & all the in betweens!  Its pink & gold, girly & screams ME!  As soon as I saw the layout, colors, design – I knew it had to be mine.  Keep your eyes open!



PiggyToes on the Farm.


After chocolate chip pancakes, a cold glass of milk and making the decision not to argue over Nike outfits for a farm field trip; the boys and I headed out to spend the morning at Springhouse Farm.  I must say, I had many feelings over the course of 4 hours: Peace.  Love.  Calmness.  Smell.  Dirt.  Disgust.  Joy.  Happiness.  SMELL.  Take me home NOW…. I just took a long hot shower & brewed a cup of coffee to get me through the rest of the day.  What an experience.

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As I looked at the week ahead and the dates printed on my wall calendar, I couldn’t help but realize that I would have been halfway through my pregnancy by now.  20 weeks.  It dawned on me that its the middle of April and when I first got pregnant, I said to Brian, “You know, by the middle of April we will know if we will welcome a son or a daughter into the world!”  You could say I had a moment there at my wall calendar this morning.  No tears, but just a moment of reflection.  I talk about my miscarriage quite often, especially since many people like to ask me questions such as, “Are you done having kids?” or “Are you going to try again for another?”  I’m not shy about sharing my story.  My miscarriage is apart of who I am now and its something I will most likely always talk about with women until well… forever.  Through my conversations though, many people like to offer up their reasons why or they like to comment on miscarriage thinking that they are being helpful & saying the right thing; when in fact, what they are saying can be really hurtful.  I’m writing this post so that people will know what NOT to say to someone going through a miscarriage. 

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A jam packed Weekend!


Our weekend consisted of a hodge-podge of FUN.  Brian and I had an AMAZING date on Friday night.  We went into town and had sushi at Nakama.  I love it there.  As a stay at home mom, when we go out, I really have no desire to sit in a quiet or stuffy restaurant for date-night.  I want loud, fun, tons of people, great food… you get the idea!  Nakama is just that, not to mention, you’re bound to see ‘someone cool’ too – In our case, Pouncy from the Pittsburgh Steelers.  We ordered the ‘Nakama Sushi Platter’ and there were at least 40 pieces of sushi on it.  Brian’s fav was the salmon and mine was probably the crab ~ mmmm.  I love that my husband loves sushi because its by far my favorite food! It was such a beautiful night to walk the streets after dinner.  We chatted, stopped into the ‘S Bar’ and had a cocktail, looked at desserts & chocolates through the window of a cute little store (& didn’t stop because we were beyond stuffed) ~ It was just great.  The whole night.  I love being married to Brian.  and I love that its still so much fun to flirt with him too ; )

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Bugs, Private Parts, Tea Parties & Everything in between!


I’m still reminiscing about Easter weekend… It was so wonderful!  The time spent with family, good food, good conversation & fellowship, lots of play time & cute Easter outfits too — Not to mention, I still can’t believe my 2 little guys kept their white Easter pants CLEAN all day long!  Yes, its the little things that make me happy!  Like the fact that they also wore their hats the whole day too!  Priceless.

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Easter Conversations…


Night before Easter – Conversation with Rocco:

Me- (after telling Rocco the Easter Story) “and now Jesus lives!”

Rocco- “Where does he live? Does he live in Pittsburgh?”

Me- “Jesus lives in your heart!  Jesus loves you and is there for you.  He keeps you safe…”

Rocco- “But no.  When is he gonna get out of my heart?”

Me- “Well, we don’t want Jesus to leave us.”

Rocco- “Are we going to see Jesus tomorrow?”

Me- “Well, no.  We can’t see Jesus but we always know He is there.”

Rocco- “But why?”

*sigh* It was his 45th “but why?” and between that and Rocco not wanting Jesus to be in his heart & instead be in Pittsburgh…I couldn’t handle much more of this- especially after Brian nearly fell in the toilet after baths when he went to sit down to dry Roman with a towel.  It was clear we were both exhausted and now this?  It was kind of a sweet little conversation but very confusing if I must say so myself!  We had a long day and I still had much to do to prepare for Easter Day!  I ended it with, “Jesus lives in your heart. Good Night.” and closed the door.

Easter Morning Conversation:

Me- “Let’s give the boys their Easter Baskets this afternoon.”

Bri- “Good Idea.”

Me- “You know, because it will be a fight about how much candy they can eat and then they’ll be bouncing off the walls by the time we get to brunch.  It could be disastrous.”

Bri- “Yeah, good thinking.  We’ll give it to them after naps. Bribe them with it while we’re out.  Good Behavior = Easter Baskets.  Bad Behavior = NO Easter Baskets.”

Me- “That’s nice Bri. *eye roll* Well, I should pack a bag for them, right?” (fyi- bag of stuff to occupy them over family brunch)

Bri- “Sure!”

Me- “What do you think I should put in it?”

Bri- “We should just give them sedatives.”

Me- “No, seriously.”

Bri- “Seriously.”

Me- “Really Brian. What do you think?”

Bri- “We could bring the iPad?……. *thinking* NO.  They’ll just fight over it.  Nevermind.”

Me- “I’ll figure it out.”

SEDATIVES.  Really?  SEDATIVES.  It was funny but the word came out of his mouth just as if I asked him something like, “What do you want to drink?” and he said, “Water!”  He was so sure when he looked at me and said SEDATIVES.  Do you think people really do that?  We dressed the boys and doted over their cuteness – they are ours!  I really couldn’t get over how cute they looked.  and how their pants would be trashed within an hour.  I called my parents and begged for them to come over to take a family photo of us.  We don’t have a recent photo and the fact that we are all showered and clean at the same time looking pretty good was a MUST that we take a picture.  The photo session was a little like the one I showed you at Christmas.  In each photo, one of the boys is doing something and if they aren’t, half of my hair is in my face or Brian’s looking down at the boys.  This is the best one.  No, seriously.

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When Will I LEARN?


I’m constantly telling people that babies/children/kids THRIVE on a routine yet I’m not sure when I’ll ever learn that my kids CANNOT have their routine broken or they throw fits, tantrums, have melt-downs, etc.  WHEN WILL I LEARN???  Monday we stay home, T/TH we have pre-school, Wednesday we run errands and maybe have a play-date and Friday we always have a play-date or go somewhere special.  My boys wake at 7 and get a glass of milk first thing.  They eat breakfast shortly there-after and then have a morning full of books and play.  By 11:45, lunch is on the table.  They both nap at 1, maybe 1:15 and wake btwn 3 & 4.  They have a light snack upon waking and then dinner is on the table at 5:30.  Daddy walks in the door at 6:30 and then they all play outside.  Their bed-time routine starts at 7:30pm and by 8:00pm, they are tucked in their beds, lights out and we do it all over again the next day.




Yet somehow, without a doubt, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I push them or change their routine by allowing them to say, play longer at the park, stay up later to visit with friends or family, rush them in the morning instead of allowing them to eat breakfast at the table… I PAY FOR IT.  Every time.  They have meltdowns, tantrums, find new attitudes they want to share, throw fits….  Its my own fault.  Well today, I’m paying for it.  Rocco’s cousin is in from out of town and yesterday we had 18 bodies in our house. 18.  I mean, that right there threw their routine off but in a great way!

It was fun & fabulous, a day full of candy, egg hunts, play time, movies, good food and lots of laughter!

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