I totally failed today in a moment of weakness but I will learn from my mistake and be better for it.

So a customer came by the dock today and offered me a beverage. I was working and didn’t really think much of it but after he opened it up for me and looked at me like he would be insulted if I didn’t accept his generous offering I chugged 2/3 of it down. It was ok tasting i guess, obviously sweet.

The problem is when I go to enter it in my Lose It! app I see that it’s 270 calories! 270!

Ugh. The reason it all clicks is that normally I enter my morning coffee or tea and the calorie count is a measly 5 or 0. All I can think of was how stupid it was to use those calories out of my recommended daily calorie consumption for weight loss on a gross sweet beverage instead of a tasty mid morning or mid afternoon snack.

Instead of consuming the 270 gross malt beverage I could have had a super tasty treat that would have satisfied me far more.

So for my friends out there check out this article from Food Network with awesome meals for under 250 calories that I could have had instead of this dumb sugary drink. click teh link to check out the entire article:

10 Snacks Under 250 Calories

Rather than grabbing something from the vending machine, try making one of these healthy snacks from Food Network. They’ll tide you over until the next meal and give you some added nutrients in the process.

Here’s just one of the ten snacks under 250 calories click the link to see the other possibilities that would have been far more satisfying.
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Cape Ann Kids Holiday Fund: Action Inc., Pathways for Children, & Wellspring House, Inc. are collaborating to make sure that all Cape Ann children are still able to enjoy a magical holiday!

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Like much of our lives right now, toy drives and “holiday stores” will need to look different this year. With current restrictions preventing us from opening our doors and welcoming parents in to select gifts as they have in the past, Action Inc.Pathways for Children, & Wellspring House, Inc.  are collaborating to make sure that all Cape Ann children are still able to enjoy a magical holiday!


With so many families struggling with lost wages, lack of childcare, and financial instability, we know the need in our community will be greater than ever this year. Donation to the Cape Ann Kids Holiday Fund will allow us to provide gift cards for hundreds of families in need. Gift cards will offer families the safest, most flexible option to provide that special gift for their children.

To ensure families have time to shop locally or online, cards will be given out the first week of December. We will be accepting cash donations towards the Cape Ann Kids Holiday Fund through December 1st. To make a gift, just click the button below. Please give generously and encourage other caring businesses and individuals to do the same.

Show your love for the kids of Cape Ann and make a donation today!GIVE NOW TO CAPE ANN KIDS!

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*IMPORTANT* – Start the application below by telling us what city or town you live in.

Please fill out the entire form and make sure to provide correct contact information. We will contact you between Nov. 23 and Dec. 1 to schedule your pick-up. Please note: we will only contact you before then if you are NOT eligible for the fund. 

To be eligible, children must live in Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, or Ipswich and be 0-18 years of age.  You may only apply once per child/family.

Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Fifteenth Show: Small Works Holiday Show

Who: Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA What: Unexpected No. 15 Exhibition

What:  Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Fifteenth Show:  Small Works Holiday Show

Where: Rockport Art Association & Museum, 12 Main St., Rockport, MA www.rockportartassn.org

When: December 5, 2020 – December 31, 2020 (please see current gallery hours below)

Reception: None (due to Covid-19 precautions)

Sarah LL Milton, Blue Monday, oil on canvas, 20 x 16, $800

The Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens its fifteenth group exhibition, “Unexpected No. Fifteen” at Rockport Art Association & Museum, 12 Main St., Rockport, MA. This annual show of small works features artworks of both the RAA&M’s artists and contributing members ranging in mediums to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture, digital art and photography. Works on view in the exhibition are specifically small works of a maximum size of 20” in any dimension. The exhibition runs from December 5 -December 31 , 2020. Current RAAM Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday, 11:00am-4:00pm.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its’ main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

If you would like more information about the exhibition, would like to schedule an interview and/or a walk through, or need additional promotional images please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group Chair, 978.886.4582 or via email at experimentalgroupraa@gmail.com

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 99 years.

Quality Time

Back in March, April, and May….when we were not doing anything or going anywhere…. my 13 year-old (who I guess was still 12 at the time) and I would go for long drives in the afternoon. My younger son was content to stay home, but Thatcher is a lot like me….and needs a good field trip each day. Sitting still is not a strength of his. Fast forward to November and he’s still home each day for school and by 2:15 is itching to do something. When the weather is nice he hops on his bike after his last remote class, but with the weather getting colder and the daylight disappearing earlier, that isn’t always ideal. So, on Tuesday we hopped in the car after I got home from work and took a very familiar trip around the Cape. The sunset was spectacular, but equally nice was grabbing some of that one-on-one time that has been a bit more absent these days.

It was nice to stand back and watch him enjoy the sunset. It reminded me of a day several years ago…. (second photo)…when I watched both boys appreciate the sun setting in Ipswich after leaving Russel Orchards. Our days are strange right now….but, they are still going by way too quickly. I’ll miss moments like this.

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Atlantic Power Cleaning Corp. is proud to work alongside hardworking town and municipality employees. Our HOT water power washing services allow us to provide a clean working environment to their garage areas, heavy equipment, town recreational areas, and more.

For more information about the services we provide, visit our website or contact us for more information (781) 933-4142.

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We’re Hiring! Warehouse + Delivery

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Grand Banks Building Products, located in Gloucester, MA is currently hiring a full-time team member for Warehouse Sales & Delivery. We specialize in high end building product sales including cabinetry, windows, doors, millwork, hardware and more. Grand Banks has been serving our local community for over 30 years and is a family owned, family run business who values their employees.

The right applicant should be organized and detailed oriented with a outgoing personality. Day to day responsibilities will involve customer service, accepting deliveries, making deliveries, placing orders, stocking products and more. You must be able to move heavy objects and work well with a team. You should have an entrepreneurial attitude and the desire to be part of a positive working environment.

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