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February 2015
My gosh did February fly by, or what?! I feel like the calendar just flipped to 2015, and now it’s somehow already March … but that could have something to do with the fact that my days and nights kind of roll swiftly into one nowadays ;) … Honestly though? February was rather boring – we got so much snow here in Massachusetts that I hardly left the house – so basically all that I did all day, every day, all month, was snuggle and love on Miss Michaela. She changes and I fall in love with her so much each day, and I’m actually pretty glad that we were snowed in together so that we could learn more about one another and develop our own little routines.

TJ was up in New York working all month, but we joined him in Syracuse for a week to finally check out our apartment and the area, and I surprisingly really like it. My friends think that I’m a crazy person for agreeing on this apartment and having TJ move everything in (while I was pregnant) without actually seeing it first … but HELLO that was my life for seven years (dealing with whatever and wherever a team decided to put us, which 4 out of 6 times they were total crapshoots and I made do) … so I’m well accustomed to making any house our home, which I’m looking forward to doing with the help of the TJ Maxx and Hobby Lobby that are conveniently located just five minutes away (you didn’t read that part, TJ.)

Michaela has her two month appointment on Wednesday, and then we will be heading back up to Syracuse for good(ish). I’m super, super sad to be leaving my family … one would think that I would be used to it by now, but after the summer that we had with my dad and everything, we’ve all become incredibly close. I roll my eyes at myself because the distance between Massachusetts and New York is the shortest that we’ll be separated in years, but in my mind it’s almost easier to be far away in Germany or Colorado or Whereverille, because the distance between my home in Massachusetts and my home in New York is short, but it’s not short enough. That probably only makes sense to me, haha … but I think being far away is easier for some reason. Plus, I’m 29 years old and still need my mommy, okay people?

“They” say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb – I’m definitely looking forward to the warmer weather, April showers, May flowers and sunshine to come in the days ahead. (Hmmm – should I build an arc? What’s going to happen when all of this snow melts?!?)

Annnyyways – how was your February? I’ve been really MIA from blogland and social media (my brother asked if I was taking a maternity leave from my blog because I haven’t been on the computer lately, haha!), but I’m looking forward to reconnecting with my blog buddies now that I’ve developed some semblance of routine with Little Miss Bossy Pants. So enough about us – what’s been going on lately with YOU?


Oil Changes Made Easy for the Multi-Tasking Mom with Pennzoil at the Walmart Automotive Care Center

This #DropShopAndOil shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

From a young age my dad instilled in me the importance of keeping on top of my vehicle’s maintenance, particularly in the wintertime when both the weather and roads can be so unpredictable or suddenly dangerous here in Massachusetts. Keeping an emergency kit in the back, always having a charged phone, making sure that I keep the gas tank at least half full and staying on top of the fluids and oil changes have always been important to me … but even more so now that I’m carrying such precious cargo in the backseat!


If there’s one thing that I’ve become really good at since Michaela’s birth it’s multi-tasking, so when I saw that I was due for an oil change and learned that I could drop my vehicle off at Walmart’s Automotive Care Center for one while doing my weekly shopping, I was all over the convenience!

oil changes made easy

The idea of having to sit in a waiting room for 30+ minutes with a fussy baby is pure torture (for me and the individuals around me!), but Michaela loves being in her carseat when movement is involved, so hitting up Walmart’s Automotive Care Center was a highlight of the day for this busy (read: crazy and frazzled) new mom who could knock an oil change, stocking up on diapers and grocery shopping off of my To-Do list, all in a half an hour’s time. (Yes, I said highlight of my day – clearly I haven’t gotten out much lately – shhhh.)

snowLook at all the snow outside my mom’s house! And another 6-12 inches are predicted this weekend!

The knowledgeable service tech at Walmart’s Automotive Care Center educated me on the Pennzoil product line, all of which help to clean out sludge that lesser oils have left behind, provide better protection from friction, are designed for complete protection that allows one to drive an extra 550 miles per year, and also offers a free warranty that covers 15 engine parts that may fail due to engine wear. I ultimately chose Pennzoil’s Platinum® synthetic motor oil for the change because it provides the best cleanliness and protection out of all Pennzoil’s options. In addition it has PurePlus™ Technology, which is proven to keep pistons up to 40% cleaner than the toughest industry standard, and is a revolutionary process that converts natural gas into a 99.5% pure base oil. Cool huh? #GoGreen.

walmart auto centerpennzoil oil

In addition to the oil change, Walmart’s Automotive Care Center also threw in a variety of other important maintenance services including checking the fluid and tire pressure, making sure that the wipers and headlights were working correctly, that the battery was properly charged, and the tech even cleaned our carpet. In addition to the treat of convenience by choosing Walmart’s Automotive Care Center, the oil change plus all the much appreciated little extras were way cheaper than if I had stopped at our local Lincoln dealership.

Is your car due for an oil change or scheduled maintenance? Please accept my friendly reminder to keep your vehicle in tip top shape this winter for yourself and the drivers around you :)


Psssst – check out this awesome Pennzoil Richard Petty Driving School “Experience of a Lifetime” Giveaway! Three lucky winners will each win a trip valued at $1,100 to the Richard Petty Driving Experience where they’ll get to climb into a NASCAR car for an adrenaline-pumping experience that simulates what it’s like to drive a real NASCAR vehicle. Good luck!

Pennzoil Richard Petty Driving School “Experience of a Lifetime” Giveaway