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On October 7th 2014, we will be marking our 13th Wedding. Since Columbus weekend will be too busy for us to go away, we went away this weekend to the Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, Massachusetts.


When you arrive, you check-in inside of the Nickerson Mansion, which set the romantic tone for the weekend.


I was surprised to find out that even though we reserved a room in the mansion, opposed to their villas, there are no actual guest rooms inside the mansion, but instead there are two buildings behind it that contain the actual guest rooms.

To be honest, when I first entered the guest room building, I was underwhelmed however, once we opened the guest room door, I was happily surprised.


The rooms are elegant and have a classy beachy feel. See what I mean?


The resort grounds are gorgeous, there are bike trails, tennis courts, heated pools, wedding venues. And, there is a lovely trail to the beach.


Invisalign Update: Bonded & Vivera Retainers

by Jennifer on October 4, 2014

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In my last update, I told you that I had all the attachments removed from my teeth and had the option of a few more months of Invisalign trays to make some minor adjustments or could move onto retainers. I decided to wrap up the treatment therefore, it was time to be fitted for bonded and Vivera retainers (the removable kind that you wear at night). I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board. I will be receiving complimentary treatment from Invisalign.

To fit me for the bonded retainers, which are metal structures that are permanently bonded behind your front teeth, a piece of mold-able wax is pressed into the gum line behind your teeth to make an impression.


Once they arrived, the Orthodontist sorts of gently sand papers the back of my teeth so that the bonding glue has a nice surface to attach.  Once the bonded retainers are attached, I am again sent to the scanner, used to make all of the straightening trays. The scanner makes an amazing 3-D structure from which your retainers are made.

To be honest, my tongue was a bit irritated on and off for two weeks or so as I often found myself rubbing my tongue all over the retainers – I guess the foreign objects were not welcome. However, I quickly adjusted. Unfortunately, the retainers on both my upper and lower teeth were removed as my gum line was not quite straight across and I could not floss no matter what type of threaders I used.


Finally, just a few days after I was scanned for the Vivera retainers, I had a molar crack and the tooth capped so I had to have the scan re-done and bottom retainers remade. I have been diligent about wearing the retainers each night and look forward to having straight teeth for the rest of my life.


Disclosure: I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board.followfollowfollow I will be receiving complimentary treatment from Invisalign, but all opinions expressed are my own.


Contour by Cox: “TV Just For Me” & the Entire Family

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I am rather convinced that our family is the only one in the America that didn’t have or use a ‘DVR’. Friends would say, ‘Just DVR it’ and my reply left them in disbelief. Well, lately the kids have been noting the Contour by Cox commercials and asked if we could get ‘it’. Now that […]

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Coffee Talk with Girlfriends

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I had a big decision to make and you know what that means – coffee talk with the girls! I was home on the Friday before Labor Day and bribed five friends over for coffee and nibbles. Who could resist that? I decided to serve the House Blend by Millstone since it is a well-balanced […]

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A Not-So-Traditional Portuguese Kale Soup Recipe

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Another benefit of having a garden is that it can serve as a meal or recipe inspiration. Inspiration out of necessity that is. We planted four Kale plants and guess what? Each plant makes quite a bit of Kale. Therefore, my Portuguese hubby thought it was the perfect opportunity to fulfill my son’s request for […]

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My Current Obsession: Stonyfield Petite Crème Yogurt

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Last week, a magical package showed up at my door. It introduced itself as ‘Greek’s Creamy French Cousin’, Petite Crème. Seriously, a lovely box of the yogurt arrived and we attacked it as if we hadn’t eaten in a week. Some of us enjoy Greek yogurt, and some do not but I tell you what, […]

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