Five Things Friday: You haven’t seen what!?

Today’s Five Things Friday is brought about movies my husband has not seen, that drives me crazy. We’ve been trying to crack into the movies that neither one of us has seen that the other person deems unacceptable.

So far I’ve made Nick watch: A League of their Own, That Thing You Do and Good Will Hunting. For a self-claimed Tom Hanks super-fan, those first two were necessary.

Other big movies I have on the list are:

1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. THE ORIGINAL.


Nick has only seen the remake. While it is closer to the book than the original, I love the original more. The candy room, the songs, the oompa loompas. What’s not to love?

2. The Sound of Music


A true story about a family that sings, and escapes Austria. Firstly, the moved to Vermont, my home state. Secondly, they are a singing family, similar to my husband’s musical family.

3. Mary Poppins


Another Julie Andrews classic. A children’s movie that I love, it is just a fun movie.

4. The Harry Potter series.


I am a book nerd, I will admit it. I read all the books and watched all the movies. My sister always went with me to the movies. When I found out I was pregnant, Nick was in shock and agreed to go see The Deathly Hallows part 1 with me and his brother. Since I had just had the baby when part 2 came out my sister wasn’t here to be my movie buddy, so he HAD to go. Now to watch the rest.

5. A movie series that I’ve never seen that drives Nick crazy is: The Godfather series. Soon, I promise!


All images from IMDB

Today’s Questions: Have you seen these movies? What are movies that are on your must-see list?

Five Things Friday: Post-Baby

Five Things Friday is back. I thought I’d kick it off with 5 things that have changed since I had Baby B.

There are the obvious ones, but I thought I would list the things I didn’t realize or think about before B’s arrival.

1. I realized last night when having dinner with one of my best friends. When I go out without Baby B, it takes all my will power to not talk about him every single second. Sorry Casey, next time I will try harder :).

2. I thought it would be easy to work out while the baby is sleeping or just hanging out in his swing. I’ve tried to make it to mommy & me yoga twice now, B was not having it. Try number three is next week. Working out at home is a struggle too. There is always bottles to be washed, laundry to be done, cleaning to be done, meals to be made. And of course I need time to eat and shower when I am home. It is a struggle I didn’t even realize.

3. I have little to no desire to shop for myself, going in to a store on looking around online, is for cute baby clothes. Although, to be honest, it might be a little different if I felt more comfortable with my post baby body.

4. I always said I wouldn’t be one of those moms who slept with her kid in her bed. WRONG. B usually weasels his way into our bed around 4 am most mornings.

5. Leaving home isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I love B to pieces and miss him while I am gone, and while I talk about him constantly, I know how important it is to go out and socialize with adults. Spending all day at home with him is wonderful, but I definitely crave adult conversation, and enjoy my time out when I have it.

Today’s Questions: What is something that surprised you post-baby?

Defending my Vices

I hear a lot of complaints about my favorite coffee place, Starbucks.

Logo via Starbucks

It’s too expensive, it’s too crowded, etc… Well, if you get just coffee it is the same cost as Dunkin Donuts, and tastes better in my opinion.

What I love the most though is the outstanding customer service. Before the baby was born, I would go to my local Starbucks every morning. I got to know the barista’s and they got to know me and my order, and no matter if it was 5:30 am or 9:00 am they were always happy and kind to the customers. Dunkin Donuts does not have that.

After I had the baby I hardly went to Starbucks. I wasn’t really leaving my house and I sucked it up and had my coffee at home. I went back a few times since the baby, but it must have been the second shift, because my usual baristas weren’t there.

Today, I stopped in while my mom was at my house spending quality time with baby b. Some of my favorite barista’s were there. As soon as they saw me they started asking me about the baby and how I was doing. They also requested for me to bring him in or at least pictures.

While some may not like their barista to be knowledgable about their life I find it comforting. I’d rather have a conversation with my barista then be ignored at another coffee place while the person behind the counter messes up my order and chats to his co-worker in their native language.

Some say a cup of coffee out once a day, five days a week is expensive. And while it does cost a lot if you add it all up, it is one of my only vices, and I think it’s worth it. Great customer service, great coffee and great food too.

Starbucks knows what they are doing, but they should step up their marketing in New England, because I would rather see a Starbucks on every corner then a Dunkin Donuts.

Today’s Question: Do you have a place that you frequent partially because of it’s stellar customer service?