Happy Father’s Day, Matt & Mike!

Happy Father’s Day to our amazing twin husbands, Matt and Mike! We would like to take the time to say how much we love you and what amazing fathers you have both become.


Michael – Happy First Fathers Day!!! It’s bittersweet to celebrate today because you can’t be here with us, but at the same time we are just 5 days away from you coming home! I am so thankful that you are Madeline’s dad. Even from afar she has always been your number one priority, she’s the first thing you ask about in your letters, the first one you say you love, and I know how much it must be killing you to be away. You are such a natural dad, you stepped into the role with ease and strength and we cannot wait to have you home. Don’t worry – this is just the first of many. I can’t wait to watch her grow with you – she’s a daddy’s girl already. Madeline made you a picture at daycare that is so very true, you’re not just our superhero – you’re our actually hero. We’re so proud of you, soldier. I hope the days pass quickly for you and that you get to take a moment today to read Madeline’s card, look at her pictures and know that your are such an amazing dad ever from afar. We love you very much. Happy Fathers Day!


Matt, my greatest joy in life is our son, but the second greatest joy is watching you be a father. I never had a doubt in my mind that you would be amazing at it. I will never forget the look on your face when Logan was born while tears were filling your eyes and you looked at me and kept saying, “He is here! He is ours!” while I sobbed uncontrollably – tears of joy and relief. They say when a baby is born, so is a father. Those words couldn’t be any truer for you. Although, you were in love with Logan from second I told you I was pregnant (and you finally believed it ha!). I can’t believe that in less than 5 months we are adding another precious baby to our family. I can’t wait to see you become a father again.

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world, but there has never been a time where you haven’t put in 110+% for Logan. You are always the first person to Logan’s side whether he takes a stumble or wakes up crying in the middle of the night. The second you come home from work, you immediately light up, run right over to Logan and play with him – who instantly smiles from ear to ear with excitement to see you. That pure happiness on both of your faces fills my heart right up to the top and then some. I know there is nothing, NOTHING that you wouldn’t do for Logan or me.

You truly are the best father in the world. You are Logan’s chosen protector, biggest fan, preferred playmate, and of course his favorite superhero. You are the glue that holds this family together. Thank you for everything you do for us! We love you past the moon and stars! Enjoy your day today, you deserve it! <3

Wishing all the wonderful fathers out there a very Happy Father’s Day!

Sherrie &amp; Emily

Thank you, Dad!

This weekend is Father’s Day! We would like to take the time thank our fathers for everything they have done for us!


If there is one expression I hear said about me a lot that rings true it’s that “I am my father’s daughter.”  While I look a lot like my mom, throughout my entire life everyone has always told me that I am a carbon copy of my dad and I am so proud to be! My dad has taught me so many things in my life, but the one thing he made sure I always knew was that I could do anything that I wanted to or be, if I just stood up for myself and went for it.  When I was little I played ice hockey and for several years my dad was my coach, but he was always my biggest supporter.  One year in particular, the last year I played boys hockey, I had a lot of trouble with a teammate.  I was 12 at the time and it was getting to be a physical game.  I was the bigger person (another thing my dad taught me) for most of the season until this kid took a cheap shot in practice and slashed the back of my legs with his stick (there’s no padding there).  Instead of crying and being the victim, I chased him down, pushed him over, climbed on top of him and started punching.  My dad, who was also a coach on the ice with us eventually broke up the fight, but let me get a few good hits in (thanks, Dad!) and also I’m sure was secretly cheering me on.  My dad is always my biggest protector, as he is with my two older sisters, he wants to ensure that we are safe from harm while still learning the value of being independent.

My dad is my best role model. My parents had their first child at 19, despite not finishing his degree my dad worked for everything to support a family of 5 and make sure we wanted for nothing. Then, just to prove he could do it, he went back to school online (the same way I finished my degree) and finished his Bachelors.  It was one proud moment for me to be his daughter.  He has always taught me work ethic and the value of earning everything you have.  That’s something I consider one of my greatest strengths.

Above all else, my dad is the humor in my life.  Whether it’s a silly inside joke, or a pun that’s not really funny, he is constantly making me laugh.  The most humor comes out when he looks at his grandchildren, he is certainly a kid at heart. He recently rode in the backseat with Madeline for 6 hours playing with her and laughing.  I love you more than you know Dad, thanks for always being there and supporting me and trusting that I’m right, even if I’m wrong. Thanks for becoming a Giants fan just to please me.  Above all thanks for just being you.  I love you. Keep on rocking Steve Miller, whether you keep your name or change it to Dave Matthews. 🙂


Father’s Day is a tough time of year for me. Unfortunately, I lost my dad when I was a young girl. They say time helps to heal everything but for me it has been the total opposite – it has only gotten harder. Every year that passes is another year that he’s missed out. He’s missed out on dance recitals, softball games, winning school awards, graduating high school, walking me down the aisle…but the most gut wrenching thing he missed was me becoming a mom. Logan would have been his first grandchild. My heart aches knowing that he missed out on becoming a grandfather. I know with every inch of my body that he would have LOVED Logan with all of his heart. Even though he is not physically here with us, I still believe he is watching over me and my family. I thank him for that. I also thank him for loving all of his kids (I have a sister and a brother). Every single person who had the honor of knowing my father has constantly told me that his kids were his entire world. I find comfort in that. I thank him for passing on his love of music to me, his passion for life, and even though Matt picks on me for them, his funky big toes (haha). Although he is not here, has has taught me more about life than some dads can say. He taught me that life doesn’t have to be serious all the time. That it’s all about having fun and making people laugh. I’ve been told he was the life of party – I guess I know where I get it from! 🙂 Dad, I miss you, I love you and not a day goes by that I do not wish you were here with us, especially Logan, who by the way also has your silly big toes! You’re smile shines on through all of us kids who are lucky to say that we have one kick ass guardian angel. Happy Father’s Day, Dad!!!

On a happier note, the good part of this story is my mother did find love again. She remarried a man who was willing to fill the shoes of my dad who physically couldn’t be there to do it. Jim has been there for us kids for as far back as I can remember. Any man who comes in and is willing to take on 3 toddlers speaks volume of their character.  He was there for my mom during some extremely difficult times. I cannot thank him enough for taking care of the one the most important persons in my life which is my mother. Currently he works 6-7 days a week (construction work so not easy!) while my mother drives up to watch Logan. I am very grateful he does not complain that 4 days a week he has to live alone after working long days so my mother can be there for us. It just further proves what a good guy he is. We have not always seen eye to eye, but then again what parents always do with their kids? Regardless there has never been a time that he has not been there for me – whether it was something small like a ride to a friends house or $20 for the movies to big things like buying me my first car or fixing up things in my first home. Jim, thank you for everything you have done for me and the family. You have taught me to have thick skin and take shit from no one. I love watching you and Logan together. I can see and hear how much you love him which brings me great joy! Logan is lucky to have a grandfather who loves him to pieces! We love you and hope you have a very Happy Father’s Day!!

To all the dads out there – Happy Fathers’s Day from us at Forever Young Moms! We hope you take the time you deserve today to doing something nice for yourself. Enjoy!

Sherrie &amp; Emily

Logan’s First Birthday Party!

Last weekend we celebrated Logan’s first birthday party! I still can’t believe it! It was a lot of fun and our guests really enjoyed themselves. Here are the details from our little man’s birthday party! 🙂


To start we needed to find a space big enough to hold both sides of the family and where we could bring in our own food to save money. We have this beautiful local park with walking trails, a large playground, and buildings with rooms available to rent out for events. It was the perfect location! Once we secured the date and time we had to pick a theme. I ran all sorts of themes by Matt: jungle animals, Dr. Seuss, One is Fun, etc. He was not feeling any of those. Then I came across this Baby Mario First Birthday theme and suggested the theme of video games – didn’t take more than a second for him to say yes. It is an unusual theme for a first birthday but it was different and Matt, as well as others in the family, love to play video games. So why not?

I told Emily the theme and her and I went to town pinning all sorts of ideas. The first thing I had to do was order invitations. One of our favorite sites to order stuff from is Etsy and after searching for video game party invitations I stumbled upon this customizable video game invitation! I love how they turned out.


Next up were the party details. Unfortunately the venue did not allow stuff to be hung on the walls which was a bummer at first but then I realized it just meant less work and we can put more attention into the smaller details. My inspiration for the centerpieces came from Pinterest. The room was to set up with 4 tables so Matt picked 4 video games to decorate each table with that video games’ color scheme and characters. We had Zelda, Mario, Sonic and Donkey Kong. The centerpieces were very simple and easy to make. I printed clip art images for each video game and then hot glued them onto a wooden dowel. Then we hot glued a foam ball to the bottom these plastic vases and stuck the dowels into the foam balls. To hide the foam ball I purchased shredded paper basket filler. The tables turned out to be super fun!

On Logan’s actual birthday we had professional photos of him taken that included him wearing a cute outfit with some props and then of course a cake smash! The photos came out great! We glued them to a poster board and put them on display for everyone to see. We also framed two pictures of him one from when he was one day old and the other from his from first birthday – it was so crazy to see how in one year he changed so much!


One of my favorite details from the party was this time capsule idea I snagged from Pinterest. You have your guests write a note for the birthday boy or girl and then you give it to your child years later maybe on their 18th birthday or high school graduation. I think this is something I’d like to continue for all birthdays to come. It would be so neat for Logan to be able to read all the different wishes, memories, pieces of advice, etc. that family and friends wrote to him on each birthday. Here is how we set it up:


For the favors we set up the classic candy bar that everyone loves. We purchased different size and color bowls and put candy in them. I printed these matching tags from the same Etsy shop I got the invites from and we glued them on the paper bags. Fun and simple!

Of course one of the best parts of the party was the cake!!! We ordered a video game themed cake from a local bake shop and a special happy birthday cupcake for Logan to smash and eat. So delicious!

 We opened all the wonderful gifts from everyone and I can say that Logan was one special and loved birthday boy! Here is him on the gift he got from Emily, Mike and Madeline. 🙂


I owe a huge thank you to my friends and family who put in the time to help set up before the party – I couldn’t have done it without you!!! I know Logan won’t remember this party but we have lots of pictures to show him how much fun it was and just how much everyone loves this little man!!!

We love you, Logan!!! Hope you have a wonderful year being ONE!

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#lovecarters Unboxing 

Here’s a great example of why it pays to follow your favorite brands on social media!

I have a shopping problem. Seriously it’s bad. So much so that the last three months of my pregnancy my husband (among others) banned me from entering a Carter’s store. I love their clothes they are adorable, durable and affordable! So naturally I follow them on Twitter (and you should too).

Leading up to Mother’s Day, they ran a promotion asking you to tweet about your Mother’s Day and use their hashtag #lovecarters. I tweeted them this photo:


To my surprise on Saturday they messaged me to say they wanted to send me something and today it arrived! Here’s a fun video of what I received!

I am so excited to use my new reusable cup at Starbucks (where I also have an addiction- it’s like they know me!)

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Thanks Carter’s! I’ll be putting these coupons to good use 😍

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Thank You Mom!

Today is Mother’s Day! This whole week we have focused on all things motherhood with our little ones, but we thought it would be nice to talk about our amazing mothers!


If there’s one person that I am most thankful for it’s my mom.  She is always there for me, whether I call because I’m sick, or something more serious.  There are no questions asked.  I joke with her that she makes the “grandchildren circuit” visiting us, my sister in NYC and then my sister in Virginia, but she is a lifesaver.  Baby is sick and need a last minute babysitter? Call mom.  Daycare is closed for a week and I can’t take the week off of work? Call mom.  Need a pedicure and just need to get out of the house? Call mom.  Even though my parents moved to Buffalo last year, my relationship with my mom has only gotten stronger.  I talk to her at least twice a day (on a busy day) and wouldn’t have it any other way! I can’t imagine not having her around just to talk to, get advice from, and just spend time with.  Particularly with Mike being gone, my mom has been my rock, my other hand, my sounding board, my shoulder to cry on, my everything. The only thing that I think is better than having my mom as my mom, is Madeline getting to have her as her Grandma.  Maybe it’s because she raised three girls, but my mom gets Madeline laughing, she soothes her, and she is the best playmate (just ask my niece and nephew who keep her locked in their rooms with them for hours!).  I tend to think it’s because she’s just such a genuinely nice and caring person.  My mom is the best role model, and I really hope that I’m half the mom to Madeline that she is to my sisters and I!  Thank you Mom, for always being there for me! I know I call in quite a few favors, but you never say no and I really appreciate that. I love you, Happy Mother’s Day!


My best friend in this whole world would be my mom. She is truly one of a kind. She is not just my mom though – she is everyone’s mom! I always say she is basically everyone’s second mother. She will take the shirt off her back for anyone in need especially her 3 kids. I can count on her for anything at anytime, no matter the circumstance. I can’t think of anyone I talk to more than my mom. My morning, afternoon nor evening feels right unless I talk to her on the phone. I even call her throughout the day when she’s at my house watching Logan. Did I mention she travels 3 hours one way to watch Logan 4 days a week?! While she is there she also helps us out with cleaning and cooking. She is truly a rock star! I know the day she became a grandma was one of the best days of her life. Seeing her love Logan melts my heart! She’s now not only the best mom but the best grandma ever!!! Now that I am a mom I can understand the unconditional love you have for a child so I know how much she really loves all of her kids and Logan. Mom, you’re my best friend and I would be lost without you. You’re always there for me and can’t thank you enough for all you do – which is like a million things each week! Logan, Matt and I love you past the moon and the stars! Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the moms out there – Happy Mother’s Day from us at Forever Young Moms! We hope you take the time you deserve today to doing something nice for yourself. Enjoy!

Sherrie &amp; Emily


My First Year of Motherhood

A little over a week ago Logan turned one – wowee! It also marks my one year anniversary of being a Mom! To some that may not sound like a big deal, which I guess in the grand scheme of things one year compared to those who have years and years under their belt (my mom is just about to hit 30 years!) is nothing. However, others will totally understand my bittersweet feelings about this milestone. It is a big deal to me because it was my first year.  A year? One whole year? Already? It can’t be true. But it is. People ask me who am I? Why are you here? Well, I am a wife, sister, daughter, aunt, niece, friend, coworker, acquaintance, stranger…but most importantly I am a mom. And that is why I am here. For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a mom. Everyone told me I would be an excellent mother someday, that it was in my DNA, my nickname was Mama Sherrie and strangers would even ask how many kids do you have? I can now proudly say I have one adorable son. 🙂

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The last week I have been reflecting on my first year of motherhood. What  has changed in me since day 1 to now? Well, here a few of things I have reflected on that I’d like to share:

My Emotions
I am 1,000% more emotional. I have always been an emotional person – just ask my friends and family, but suddenly anything about babies or kids makes me cry – even happy stuff. Give me a newborn to meet? Instant tears. See a Dad pushing his kid in a stroller? Instant tears. See a family laughing on the playground? Instant tears. If it includes my own son, tears are a given. I cried when I asked the lady a Toys R Us for his birthday balloon and crown – everything just gets my emotions flowing!

Mom Guilt
It is true when they say you are your own worst enemy. Yes, Logan was mostly formula fed and we put him into daycare and occasionally we purchased baby food. Those are just a few things that made me feel guilty. All of it weighed heavily on me and I would think, why didn’t I breastfeed longer? Why didn’t I plan to stay home and watch him? Why didn’t I wake up earlier to make more food?  Now a year later – forget it. I don’t feel guilty because I was doing what was best for my family at the time. In order to take care of someone else, you need to take care of yourself first! If you’re child is happy and healthy then do not feel guilty or let anyone make you feel guilty for any decision you make as parent. You are doing great!!!

Mom Judgement
Before I was a mom, and I think most would agree, you have in your head the exact type of parent you will be.  A year ago I might have thought to myself, oh my how could that mom do that?! I will never do that when I am a mom! Now I get it. You do what is best for your family and your child. If there is one thing certain about motherhood it would be you cannot 100% plan for what will happen – expect the unexpected is my motherhood motto. I will never judge another mother for her decisions on how she chooses to raise HER child. Just like I don’t want you to judge me on how I am raising mine.

 Love for My Husband
The love for my husband since I have become a mom has grown exponentially. I never had a doubt that my husband would love our son and be an excellent father. If it weren’t for him I wouldn’t be the mother (or a mother at all haha) I am today. He is the glue that holds our family together and he is my rock to lean on. Sure we have our bad days, but what couple doesn’t? Becoming parents has made our love and bond that much stronger. One of my favorite things this past year was watching him be a Dad. <3

Respect for My Mother
My mom is a supermom. She has been there for me since Logan’s first breath. She has really showed me the ropes a lot this first year. I can count on her anytime, any day. She is my leading example of the mother I want to be. In the last year I have grown a lot more respect for my mother as I now understand what it takes to be a Mom – it really is the hardest job you’ll ever have! She raised 3 kids and it did not come without several obstacles. Mom, you’re the best and I appreciate everything you do for us and Logan!

This last year of my life has been my absolute hardest year yet but it has also been the most rewarding and joyful year. I take such pride in being able to say I am a Mom. I just can’t believe one year has gone by already – it went by way too fast!  I would like to wrap up by saying thank you to everyone who has helped us this last year. Whether your help was big or small, it means a lot. It really is true what they say – it does take a village!!! I hope this Mother’s Day you take the time to reflect on your journey as a mom whether that journey has been a few days, weeks, months, or years. Now get out there and treat yourself Moms – you all deserve it! 🙂

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First Mother’s Day Photo Shoot!

This year Emily and Madeline are celebrating their first Mother’s Day! Unfortunately, Mike is at bootcamp for the Army National Guard and won’t be there to celebrate.  Since he is away, Emily wanted to do something fun and special to celebrate with Madeline and came across a local photographer (Kimberley Alexis Photography) doing “Mommy and Me Mini Sessions” on Facebook.  Sherrie had done the same thing for Logan and Matt’s first Father’s Day last year! Here’s why she loved it and would highly recommend it:

I wanted a keepsake to celebrate our first Mother’s Day.  I knew that I wanted something that I could share with Mike even though he wouldn’t be with us on the actual day.  I looked high and low (ok, mostly on Pinterest) for ideas on what I could do and was stumped.  Then I stumbled upon a local photographer doing Mommy and Me Mini Sessions! What a perfect solution.

I think it’s really important, and I know Sherrie agrees with me, to take professional photos multiple times in the first few years of your child’s life.  Yes, I snap an exorbitant amount of photos with my iPhone everyday, but they’re not the best they could be, and I’m not in as many as I probably should be (though that can change, thanks to my selfie stick!). So I knew that by capturing how much she’s grown at just shy of three months, we’d be able to cherish these forever and give Mike a glimpse into what life is like at home.  With the changes Madeline was making, and hopefully the changes I was making, it seemed perfect!  I am so beyond thrilled with the images, they are more than I could have ever imagined! These two are tied for my favorite:

What I am truly amazed by is that even at three months, the camera was able to capture so many of the expressions that Madeline makes.  Her personality really shines through in these images.  It’s really nice to have some photos of just us together.  Yes, there will be more family photos, and I’m sure Daddy and his princess will have a shoot together, but for right now, this is a wonderful summation of all of the time that I am so blessed to have been able to spend with her.  It also comes right before she starts daycare and I head back to the office for work, so it’s bittersweet.

These photos are great, they mean so much more to mean than something material that I could have gotten for Mother’s Day (though in this case, I would have had to pick it out myself and that’s not fun). I love that we will have them to look back on forever.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, and to anyone in the same situation as me, Happy First Mother’s day! Welcome to the wonderful world that is motherhood! 🙂

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Happy First Birthday, Logan!

Where does time go? I feel like that is a question I have tossed around a lot in the last few weeks because TODAY our baby boy Logan turns ONE. I can’t believe I am even saying or typing that! We officially have a ONE YEAR OLD. Wow!!!

This time last year was such a whirlwind. I want to say we were ready for his arrival, but is anyone ever truly ready and prepared for a baby? The answer is no. I had no idea what to expect when Logan made his entrance into this world. I had no idea how much love I could ever have for someone other than my husband. The second he entered this world, our lives changed forever. Everyone’s heart exploded with LOVE and that has not stopped!

This past year has been so hard. We have had our share of struggles, frustrations, tears, and doubt. However, the biggest thing is we have shared so much joy, laughter, excitement and happiness. If I tried to bottle all the good up it would stack high enough to reach the moon a thousand times.

I have to keep this post short and sweet, because if I don’t my tears might never stop flowing! So I will end on a small note to the birthday boy:

Logan, I want you to know how much you are loved by Mommy and Daddy. You have, and will always be, our world. We will always be there for you no matter what. Watching you grow is bittersweet for us. Each milestone you hit is such a big deal. We cheer, clap and laugh but I know you are that much closer to growing up. I know I will long for these days. Everyone always tell us, “Enjoy it now! It goes by so fast!” and they are right. I already long for the earlier days when you were so tiny and would fall asleep in my arms. Now I can barely get you to sit still!

You have such a strong and stubborn personality and we want you to never change. You are so incredibly smart and witty with a great sense of humor.  Your curiosity for life has us looking at the world differently too. We love looking at everything through your eyes – everything is so new and exciting again. What a joy you are to be around!

Thank you for teaching us what true and unconditional love is all about.
We love you so much, Logie Bear!!! Happy First Birthday!!!


I love you forever always
I like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.


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DIY: Superhero Curtain Tiebacks 

When Sherrie found out Logan would be a Logan I was so excited to get started on all the cute superhero projects I had planned as gifts for her shower! One thing that I knew I wanted to make were curtain tie backs. I thought they’d make a great addition – I think I was right!

Because Logan is named after Wolverine I thought it would be fun to make wolverine tiebacks. What I did was download a template for Wolverine’s mask to use as my pattern.  You can find multiple templates for masks on Pinterest or here. Be sure to print them to fit a full sheet of paper so that they are big enough!

Here’s the materials I used:
Copies of the mask template (I needed three)
A color photo of what the mask should look like
Felt sheets in the correct colors with sticky backs
Glue gun

Once I had the masks printed I cut out each piece that would be a separate color. For wolverine I needed the full size of the mask in yellow, the eye coverings in black, and the eye holes in white.  Cutting the felt was the hardest part! Tip: Make sure your scissors are super sharp.


After it was all cut it was a matter of layering. The sticky back made it really easy and once it was all together I simply glued ribbon to the back on each side long enough to be able to secure the curtains.

Matt’s favorite superhero is Captain America so I also made a set of those as well to switch out if they preferred!


This was a fun, quick and inexpensive touch that makes a great difference!

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DIY: St. Patrick’s Day Craft!

This year is Logan and Madeline’s first St. Patrick’s Day! This time instead of creating a keepsake for our home, we wanted that make something they could wear to celebrate the holiday. Sherrie came across many ideas on Pinterest, but we both fell in love with this painted green shamrock on onesie/shirt.  After all, what’s gender neutral and adorable!? See our pinspiration here!

Here’s the supplies we needed:
White onesie or t-shirt in your child’s size
Various shades of green fabric paint (we also used white to make lighter shades)
Pencil with an intact eraser
Cardboard or hard surface to put inside to prevent bleeding through
Printed out shamrock for tracing

After you have gathered your supplies and are all set up, you will want to mix  your paint so that you have the exact shades that you want to use. It’s much easier to mix first before you start to create.

One way to begin is to trace your printed shamrock to ensure that there is a recognizable shape. Then you can start stamping the eraser all around the shamrock. Or, Emily placed the shamrock face down and literally stamped around it, so that when peeled back it left the shape. Emily chose to go with an ombré technique, starting with the darkest first and working out to a lighter shade and Sherrie chose to place the different shades randomly around the shamrock.

 Here is Emily’s onesie for Madeline:

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Here is Sherrie’s shirt for Logan:



We can’t wait to see these outfits on the kids for St. Patrick’s Day, so cute and festive!
What do you think?

Sherrie &amp; Emily