One year.

Day 365 of 365: Steph

Well here we are! It’s Day 365 and I’m having bittersweet feelings about it! Writing M365 this year has been such a great way for us to process the changes we have been through like:

  • Quitting great jobs and entering the great unknown of entrepreneurship
  • Launching a business and learning how to grow it (still learning!)
  • The scary but incredibly wonderful curveball of not one but TWO pregnancies! And then the awesome life-changing experience of having them.
  • The delicate (or clumsy πŸ˜‚) balance of work and life…if there is such a thing.

But at the same time, I have to say I am going to welcome the extra time I’m getting back into my day now that this journey is coming to an end. Our business is picking up speed and sometimes by the end of the day, I only have one thing left in me to do. And the reality is that I should be spending that last dose of energy on the business and nothing else!

Writing M365 has also helped me process the emotional roller coaster that comes with the territory of being a business owner and a mom. It takes a thick skin, an unwavering sense of optimism and a deep well of energy to handle the ups and downs that are inevitable with both of these roles. And having this community to talk to has not only made it more tolerable, it’s actually made it fun. It has forced me to look on the positive side and see the humor in things. Knowing that you have been reading these posts and that we have your support has kept me feeling strong. So thank you for that.

I also want to give a shout out to my awesome friend Mike Rigazio who has shared EVERY SINGLE ONE of our posts on Facebook. Mike, your support is so appreciated. You are officially and forever MIKEtrepreneur. πŸ˜‚

You guys are ALL the best. Thanks for joining us on this journey. And if you read all the way to this point…stay tuned for an encore. 😜

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Poor Owen.

Day 364 of 365: Sheri

Is this my last post? Or maybe it's leap year in M365 world? Either way, I feel like you deserve much more than you're about to get. 😬

This weekend, productivity was the name of the game. We are taking tomorrow off to go to the spa plant shrubs around our new patio. In preparation, we having been "designing" our patio beds (and by designing, I mean bickering over what should go where) and buying the plants. We borrowed a pick-up truck but sure enough, the nursery recommended we put one of the plants in the back of our SUV…with the boys. Poor Owen had an hour drive with a tree all up in his scene. Thankfully, it didn't appear to bother him much!

Today, we had a potential babysitter/mother's helper come over. Since it was her first time meeting us, she just played for a couple of hours with Quinn while Jon did yard work and I went grocery shopping with Owen. I've officially mastered the art of buying a week of groceries with an infant car seat in the cart. Again, poor Owen.

To any of you new moms out there…

You'll find that this method can be tricky. When you load up the groceries and sneak them all around your poor unsuspecting infant, all seems well. BUT, once the groceries get bagged, it's a different story. However, the key is to take advantage of the little hook-like design in the cart. Some teen-aged grocery bagger working at Market Basket taught me this trick when I was about to burst into tears one time shortly after I had Quinn.

 

If you didn't know this trick or have never noticed the hook thingies on the carts (I hadn't!)….you're welcome. Side note: Please don't hate me for (consistently) forgetting my reusable bags. And, if I'm confessing my non-green habits…I really love paper towels. 🙈

Since the theme of this post seems to be my poor second child…I just put him to bed and I'm pretty sure he's trying to tell me that he's getting too big for his bassinet….

Poor Owen!

I'm going to go relax/fight over shrubs. I have a feeling you'll hear from me again so I won't officially say goodbye… but I will say goodnight!

Day 363. WOW.

Day 363 of 365: Steph

TWO MORE DAYS. I know you deserve a long post from me today. But I’m currently at the Cape with my family and to be honest I really need some UNPLUGGED time today. 

We just got back from swimming and are all showered and ready to go out to my favorite restaurant in Cape Cod: the Mad Minnow.

We are hear celebrating my brother in law’s 50th birthday! We came down early this morning and will be leaving early tomorrow. Then tomorrow afternoon I’m taking Maddy to her friend Gemma’s bday party at a sprinkler park.

Here’s a sweet pic from earlier today:


Have a great weekend!

Naahhf*ck (it)

Day 362 of 365: Sheri

Today's Zip Trip was in Norfolk, MA. I had no idea that there was a town called Norfolk until this project. Learning about it turned out to be a lesson in phonetics because people in Norfolk pronounce it in a way that sounds exactly like they are dropping an f bomb. Nahfuck.

Turns out Nahfuck is a good hour away so my alarm was set for 2:50am…and I woke up to a text from Stephanie that said "See you in Nor-fuckitsearly." Well played, Steph👌🏻

ZT was great fun today- we got to collaborate with a fellow Momtreprenuer and dietitian, Liz Ward. And, the segment focused on a topic near and dear to us- milk!

Hope you have a great weekend!

InstaMODE

Day 360 of 365: Sheri

We are diving into Instagram in a big way for one of our new clients. It really is such a cool social platform- and, it's perfect for those of us in the food space. Admittedly, we have not spent a whole lot of time on our own IG account because, generally, we spend that time on our clients. We actually just launched ours 2 months ago.

Our client hasn't had a chance to develop her IG but has been collecting some resources to help educate herself on the topic. She found some good ones! I thought they might be helpful to you. Happy Reading!

On a separate note: does anyone have a favorite app/platform for collecting and flagging articles for reading later on? We're looking for recommendations!

I don't have any related pics so I'll share one of the kiddos…because they are the only thing I photograph these days!

Ode to Mary: Part II

Day 359 of 365: Steph

Sheri and I had meetings today and doubled up on child care again. My amazing niece Jilly and our nanny Mary Poppins I mean Mary teamed up to take care of the babies while we took care of business. πŸ’ͺ


Looks like they had a great day. Thank you to Mary and Jilly!!!!! ❀️❀️❀️❀️

Moroccan-style yum

Day 358 of 365: Sheri

I haven’t posted a recipe in a while- here’s a fun twist on sliders we developed for a client. Don’t let the long ingredient list scare you- they’re super easy to make. And, so yummy! 

Grilled Moroccan Sliders with Dill-Mint Yogurt 

4 servings (2 sliders per serving)

Sliders

  • 1 pound 93% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats, blended into oat flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground coriander 
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin

Dill-Mint Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 For serving

  • 2 Whole Wheat Pitas, quartered
  • 8 slices of tomato
  • 8 leaves of lettuce
  • 8 thin slices of red onion

Directions

  1. Combine all yogurt sauce ingredients and mix well. Set aside in refrigerator.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat
  3. Whisk together spices, garlic, egg and blended oats. Add chopped cilantro and ground beef. Mix with hands until just combined.
  4. Form meat mixture into 8 sliders. Brush each slide lightly with olive oil.
  5. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  6. Serve each slider on ΒΌ pita bread topped with yogurt sauce, lettuce, tomato and red onion.

ENJOY! 

Fun – rain or shine!Β 

Day 357 of 365: Steph

What a weekend!!! Despite the cold and rain at the Cape we had a blast. Here’s a weekend recap in a few pics. 

Family dinner as we await for the arriviste of Auntie Naj & Pasc!


Tomatoes are DELICIOUS.


Obsessed with the unicorn suit Auntie Naj and Pasc got for MM…


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Sister love…


Hug ’em tight

Day 356 of 365: Sheri 

We are having a family reunion this weekend at the lake. I look forward to this every year- so great to catch up with my crazy, loud Italian family. 

While we were chatting, one of my cousins told me about her childhood friend who recently passed away. She died of lung cancer at 34 years old- a non-smoking, former division 1 college swimmer in the prime of her life. She was the mother of a 10 month old baby girl. She was someone who, by most standards, she did everything “right.” Such a tragic story.

I can’t stop thinking about it- the woman, her husband, her baby girl, her parents… how fragile life is. Tonight, I hugged my guys extra tight and going forward, I’m going to try to live in the moment a bit more…because it’s true that you just never know.