PERSONAL POSTS

A Year Without You

A Year Without You

September 24th, 2022 Dearest Amanda, How is it that I have lived a year without you my sweet girl? I think about you every day, many times a day actually. You are part of so many touch points in my life and I can't escape you, not that I would ever want to. The...

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Top Romantic Movies

Top Romantic Movies

| Kerry and me at the beach | One of the most romantic and unforgettable things that my husband has ever done was to ask me if I wanted to watch a movie. This may not sound like a big deal unless you understand what happened. When Kerry and I were first dating, he was...

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The Day Amanda Died

The Day Amanda Died

The Day Amanda Died | The O'Brien women: Sarah, Marlene and Amanda | Behind every strong person is a story that gave them no choice. September 24th, 2021 "She looks beautiful" my niece said. I glanced at my unconscious sister whose almost black hair contrasted starkly...

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Amanda O’Brien Obituary

Amanda O’Brien Obituary

Amanda O'Brien Obituary | Amanda and her daughter, Devon | It has been a month since Amanda died and I feel physically sick with grief. The week that I knew she was going to die, I got an EKG. My chest hurt so bad. The doctor said my heart was fine for something that...

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And then there is Amanda

And then there is Amanda

| Amanda O'Brien | Even though it has been 10 days since my sister died, the scent of burnt sage still lingers in my nose. I would have imagined by now that it would have dissipated, but every time I inhale I get a whiff of smoke. It’s smoke mixed with other things,...

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Fade to Black

Fade to Black

| My mother and me in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica | This is the third of three posts about being the daughter of a narcissistic mother. The first post is HERE, the second post is HERE. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. A Play in Three Acts by Sarah O’Brien. Act Three:...

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Life Is Not Linear

Life Is Not Linear

This is the second of three posts about being the daughter of a narcissistic mother. The first post is HERE. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. A Play in Three Acts by Sarah O’Brien. Act Two: The Bad | Mother's Day 2009, New York City | My mother died two years ago and...

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My Covid Survival Kit

My Covid Survival Kit

2020 has been a year. Amirite? Yeah I am. Dealing with COVID-19 has forced me to scrutinize almost every aspect of my life. I've paused and pondered about how to safely and effectively manage every aspect of our lives, our home, and our livelihoods. Some decisions...

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Best Books of 2020

Best Books of 2020

The Best Books of 2020! It is time to start shopping for yourself or for someone on your gift-giving list. This blog post is dedicated to my fellow book lovers with whom I share a passion to read. Today, I want to share a list of the best books of 2020 in each of the...

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Ultimate Fall Bucket List

Ultimate Fall Bucket List

ultimate fall bucket list Hey everyone! Happy first day of fall, otherwise known as my favorite season of the year! It's hard for me to pinpoint why I love autumn so much, the reasons are too numerous. You know you are in good company when your favorite time of the...

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How to teach your kids to be Anti-Racist

How to teach your kids to be Anti-Racist

Dear friends, While this blog is primarily for sharing lifestyle content, I do occasionally use this platform to discuss matters of the heart. Today, I am blogging about the murder of George Floyd. Today, I will not be neutral to this injustice. Today, I am blogging...

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Closet Organization Tips

Closet Organization Tips

Closet Organization Tips I have to confess, I'm a little bummed that January is coming to an end. It's one of my most productive months of the year to get things done around the house. After the hustle of the holiday season - that basically runs from Thanksgiving to...

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Christmas in Connecticut

Christmas in Connecticut

Few things are more alluring than Christmas in Connecticut and I have the stats to prove it. Today's post is about how I drew over 1 Million views a month to a simple Pinterest Board. There is no doubt that Connecticut represents iconic New England Style. What's...

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Tree Farms in Connecticut

Tree Farms in Connecticut

One of my favorite ways to kick off the holiday season is to visit a tree farm and cut down our Christmas Tree. If this sounds appealing to you, at the end of this post is a list of Tree Farms in Connecticut. Traditionally, we get our tree on the Sunday after...

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My October To Do List

My October To Do List

You had me at Pumpkin Spice! It's finally here. In addition to the beautiful colors and flavors of the season, for me, fall brings a new routine. October is probably my favorite month (anyone else?). One of the many reasons that I love it is because of the dramatic...

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Best Books to Read This Summer

Best Books to Read This Summer

Best Books to Read this Summer I can't believe it's July! I'm not sure about you, but for us, summer really doesn't feel like it is in full swing until our annual July 4th beach party. It happens this week and helps kick off summer - and all the wonderful things that...

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The Awesome Responsibility of Raising a Girl

The Awesome Responsibility of Raising a Girl

"Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful humans on Earth, for what they believe is what they will become." - Brooke Hampton | The Awesome Responsibility of Raising a Girl | Catherine turned seven today. We've been blissfully coasting...

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My Appearance on the Rachael Ray Show!

My Appearance on the Rachael Ray Show!

Hi guys! At long last I am finally getting around to blogging about my appearance on the Rachael Ray Show! Today, I am going to give you all the details of how this happened including the behind the scenes photos and a link to the Rachael Ray TV Show segment if you...

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My Most Popular Posts

My Most Popular Posts

Hey guys! The end of the year is always a great time to reflect on what's been working well for you - and areas that need to improve. I've set some lofty goals for 2019, one of which is to spend more time blogging about the things that my blogsite is "telling me" you...

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Happy Birthday CT in Style!

Happy Birthday CT in Style!

Hi friends! It feels surreal that my blog turned FOUR yesterday! Today, I am taking a look back at 2018 with a round up of my top five highlights in both my personal life and blogging world. It's been my busiest year ever and I can't wait to see what 2019 brings! One...

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Tickets + Greenwich Wine and Food Festival

Tickets + Greenwich Wine and Food Festival

That smile you see is from pure excitement. I've blogged about the Greenwich Wine and Food Festival for several years because it is easily one of my most favorite Connecticut events. This year will mark the fourth year in a row that I've attended and I am especially...

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TICKETS! Connecticut’s Most Fun Boat Show

TICKETS! Connecticut’s Most Fun Boat Show

TICKETS! Connecticut's Most Fun Boat Show I know it's only Monday, but I am so excited for this weekend! In addition to the Greenwich Wine and Food Festival, Connecticut's most fun boat show is also taking place this weekend! It's the perfect family friendly day on...

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, CT in Style I am partly in disbelief and partly thrilled. Halloween is a long two months away, but today, I bought tickets to the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze. If you live in CT, NY or NJ (the tri-states) The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze is...

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Blossoms & Bubbly: A Launch Party

Blossoms & Bubbly: A Launch Party

I am so excited to collaborate with paperless post, all opinions are my own Hi friends - especially the ones in Connecticut! I'm so thrilled about the Fresh Flower Bar launch party this Thursday! If you live in Connecticut and have time, please stop into my floral...

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Best Photos of the Royal Wedding

Best Photos of the Royal Wedding

| Meghan Markle arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry. Saturday May 19, 2018 | Like all other Royal "watchers" I was eagerly anticipating the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I'm obsessed with all the royal...

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The Essential Spring Cleaning Checklist

The Essential Spring Cleaning Checklist

The Essential Spring Cleaning Checklist Let's get something straight. I don't want to write this blog post anymore than you want to read it. I do not like to clean. I'll even let you in on a little secret. My vacuum cleaner has more dust on it than inside it. I only...

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Introducing the Fresh Flower Bar

Introducing the Fresh Flower Bar

Over the past eighteen months, I've been working on a project that I have been dying to tell you about - and today I can finally share the news! Introducing the Fresh Flower Bar I'm thrilled to announce the launch of the Fresh Flower Bar, Connecticut's newest floral...

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10 Really Cool Life Hacks

10 Really Cool Life Hacks

10 Really Cool Life Hacks | thread a necklace through a straw to keep it from getting tangled | Thanks to Pinterest, I stumbled across Life Hacks a few years ago and became fascinated with them. Every time I saw a new hack, my reaction was either "Where have you been...

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It Feels Like Cheating

It Feels Like Cheating

I'm a pacer, like my Dad. I walk back and forth when something is on my mind. My Dad paced so much that he wore a narrow trail in the carpet straight through to the backing. I've been pacing in our dining room. This laptop, the very one I am typing on right now has...

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Most Romantic Restaurants in CT

Most Romantic Restaurants in CT

Most Romantic Restaurants in CT | date night last summer with my handsome hubby | Valentine's Day is around the corner! One of the sweetest ways to show your love is to plan ahead by doing something special. Time together is always the best gift and the options vary...

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Giveaway for the Guys!

Giveaway for the Guys!

As promised, I am doing a Giveaway for the Guys! Just in time for Valentine's Day, I'm giving away an amazing set of beard grooming products by PRORASO. Why? Because beards are making a come back! And, I have a lot of guys that read my blog and I wanted to give them a...

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Daily Skin Care Routine

Daily Skin Care Routine

February in Connecticut can get bitterly cold.  When the winter weather arrives and the heat gets cranked up, it is time for me to make an adjustment to my daily skin care products. My routine remains mostly the same, I just switch out a few of the spring/summer...

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January 2018: The month in review

January 2018: The month in review

Hi guys! I stumbled across some really pretty calendar cards and it has inspired me to write about the blog highlights at the end of every month. It's kind of like my Favorite Things weekly series that I post every Friday. But, instead of recapping the week, I will be...

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The Most Beautiful City at Night

The Most Beautiful City at Night

  A decade ago, I was traveling home from a business trip to California. It was a long flight from LAX to JFK and I dozed. I awoken to the voice of the captain announcing that we were beginning our initial descent. After the usual reminders to put up our seats...

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My Biggest Beauty Product Give Away!

My Biggest Beauty Product Give Away!

Happy Friday and welcome to My Biggest Beauty Product Give Away! It's the last day of my giveaway in celebration of Connecticut in Style turning three and this is a really good one. But first, a personal story that made me so happy. Recently, I ran into a friend at a...

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A Cozy and Kinda Sexy Giveaway!

A Cozy and Kinda Sexy Giveaway!

Hi friends! It's time for the next giveaway. This item has relaxation written all over it. It's made for winter weekends, lounging in front of the fireplace, cappuccino, and books that you can't put down. If you love the idea of HYGGE, this is a great way to get...

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Kiss and Hug Giveaway!

Kiss and Hug Giveaway!

Hi everyone, it's day three of my week long giveaway! In case you missed it, I'm celebrating my blog's third birthday by giving away something new every day this week. On Monday, I gave away 5 copies of the book You are a Badass, by Jen Sincero. The beginning of a new...

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New Giveaway Day Two! Satin Hair Wave Curler

New Giveaway Day Two! Satin Hair Wave Curler

Hi everyone! It's Day Two of my week long giveaway! See the details below about the giveaway and how to enter! New Giveaway Day Two! Satin Hair Wave Curler Today I am giving away xtava's Professional 5-in-1 Satin Wave Curler. I love this product because of all the...

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Happy Birthday Giveaway!

Happy Birthday Giveaway!

The GIVEAWAY for Day Two (Tuesday) will begin at 12pm today - hop on back to the blog to see what I am giving away today! Hi guys! My blog, Connecticut in Style, turned three on Saturday! In celebration of this occasion, I am hosting a week-long giveaway. Starting...

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10 Sleep Tips That Really Work

10 Sleep Tips That Really Work

Hi guys! 10 Sleep Tips That Really Work is a longer blog post than normal, but I want to share the struggles I had with insomnia. After consulting with a doctor and an acupuncturist, I took a systematic approach to overcome the issues I had with sleeping. It worked -...

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2017 – The Year That Was Charged

2017 – The Year That Was Charged

2017 was intense. Politically, socially, sexually, environmentally and emotionally - it was charged. It's not a year that I will ever forget. I became woke (that's slang for political awareness). I became a political junkie and spent hours watching CNN, listening to...

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Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Happy Friday! If there is one word I would use to describe this week, it would be enchanting. We've had such a fun week with all the pre-Christmas activities. If you have been following along on Instagram, I signed up for a Holiday Bucket List. It inspires me to do...

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Best Last Minute Gifts Under $50!

Best Last Minute Gifts Under $50!

If you are reading this, chances are that there are some people on your Christmas Gift List that you still need to shop for. You probably know that there are only five more days until Christmas, but only two more days to order via Amazon Prime to get two-day free...

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Ultimate Stocking Stuffers for Everyone

Ultimate Stocking Stuffers for Everyone

WooHoo! Christmas is only one week away! Are you feeling the joy? My kiddos are bursting with excitement now that we are in the single digits countdown. I'm pretty stoked as well because I'm way ahead of the game this year. I've gotten all of my Christmas shopping...

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Remembering Sandy Hook

Remembering Sandy Hook

Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of...

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