When in Rockland: The Filling Station

We’re going to kick off this When in Rockland series with The Filling Station aka TFS. My brother was the first person to introduce me to TFS. He brought me home a burger and fries and I devoured it. I was shocked at how good it tasted considering the fact that he brought it home to me. If it’s that good when brought home in a doggy bag it’s gotta be good in person right? I didn’t get a chance to actually go there and sit down until this trip but it’s quickly becoming my favorite spot to stop and grab a burger in the North Rockland area.


It’s located right on 9W in Haverstraw in a building that has been vacant or run down for what seems like my entire life. So not only am I pretty excited that the food is awesome but I’m also pretty thrilled that there is no longer an eyesore there. I’m a huge believer in the experience. Yes, I want my food to be awesome but I also want to have a good experience. I want the staff to be nice and friendly and the atmosphere to be perfect. TFS didn’t disappoint.

TFS counter

How cool are these condiment trays? Why doesn’t every restaurant have these?



tables with condiment tray

I love this touch of keeping all the straws, napkins and to-go condiments in the tool holder.


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Now for what we’ve all been waiting for–the food! TFS speciality is burgers and that’s what they stick to for the most part. I got The Overhaul and it was cooked perfectly. My burger had a homemade blue cheese sauce that tasted great on my burger but is also perfect for dipping your fries into.

TFS Burger

Can we talk about these fries? They’re cut shoestring style and are pretty much amazing. My sister and I may or may not have gone there just to get two baskets of fries. Cause they’re that good.

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They’re not just serving up burgers and fries though. They have a big enough menu to accommodate anyone you’re going with including kids and vegetarians.

TFS menu

Also? They have beer. And wine. And ice cream. Really really good ice cream made just up the river in Kingston, NY. I highly recommend the Caramel Pretzel Crunch.

caramel pretzel crunch ice cream

Kid Friendly?

Yes! This is so important to me when I’m going out to eat. I pretty much always have my kids with me which means every place I go to has to be kid friendly. TFS has a kid friendly menu (who doesn’t like burgers and french fries?!) and the space is kid friendly as well. I’m not afraid they’re going to break anything and if they decide they want to stand up and stretch their legs I’m not worried about getting any dirty looks.

Bottom Line?

In case I wasn’t clear enough, I love this place and I’ll be back again!

If you’re visiting the North Rockland area don’t forget to stop at TFS then come back here and tell me how awesome I am for telling you about it!

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When in Rockland Series

If you know me in real life or you’ve been following my blog you should know that I’m originally from New York but have been living in Virginia on and off for about 11 years now. When I was younger I always talked about how I would never leave the county I grew up in, Rockland, particularly North Rockland. I always felt that it was a great place to grow up. Somewhere over the years it changed. I grew to love Harrisonburg, Virginia.

I really love that place. It’s a college town which helps to provide some of the amazing things we can do with our children during the week and on the weekend like the Planetarium on campus or the awesome plays being held at the Forbes Center. But this post isn’t about Harrisonburg, it’s about Rockland County, New York. See over the last 5 years I don’t think I’ve been giving Rockland County the credit it deserves. Every summer I spend at least two weeks in Rockland but this summer I’m making the most of my time. I’m spending time with friends and family pretty much every single day and trying to experience something that Rockland has to offer. I’ll be in Rockland for another two weeks and over these next two weeks I’m going to share my experiences with you, you’ll recognize these posts because they’ll be entitled “When in Rockland” or “WIR”.

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This series of posts will continue as long as I continue to visit Rockland county which will most likely be for the rest of my life since a very large majority of my family lives here despite the fact that I continue to push Virginia on them daily. Located just 30 miles outside of NYC, Rockland has so much to offer–so whether you live here or pass through here you’ll want to hit up some of these awesome spots I’ll be sharing!

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Smells like Home

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G.

It’s the time of the year again, when I pack up half my house and all my kids and head to New York. Usually I only stay a week or two but this time around I’m going to be here for an entire month. What does it also mean? Loads and loads of laundry all of which need to be fresh and clean so they can be packed into 1 of 4 luggages that all need to be squeezed into our car with all three kids!

packed in the car


While we were doing laundry and folding clothes Mason got in on the action. He folded all of his shirts and his shorts and he did an amazing job! I was thrilled. I think we officially have a new chore that we can add to him being able to do. I didn’t think he was old enough yet to do it but apparently I was very wrong. He was so proud of himself. He was also amazing on the car ride to New York holding his sister’s hand and helping whenever I needed his help.

What caught me off guard is that he kept saying he couldn’t wait to get home. I was confused. He was so excited to go to New York? Why does he want to go back home to Virginia? So I asked him and his reply made my heart melt.

“I mean home as in New York, it’s mema’s home and since it’s her home, it’s kinda like my home too”.

Yes buddy, yes it is.

I love our life in Virginia and it most certainly feels like home to me but so does walking into my parent’s house. All my siblings are there. It smells like home. It wasn’t long before I arrived home that I was doing laundry. Some stuff needed folding and we needed towels. So I pitched in. Walking into the laundry area smelled like home too, a mix of their laundry detergent and Ultra Downy fabric conditioner.

ultra downy fabric conditioner

The power of smell is incredible. It’s amazing how it can take you back to a moment, to a memory long forgotten. We do things a little differently at my house. We don’t use the same laundry detergent as my parents do and until recently we didn’t use Downy as often as they do. As soon as I opened the bottle and took a whiff it brought me back. Smelled like home.

If you’re anything like us (aka have kids) protecting their clothes and yours is important. We don’t want to have to buy new clothes every time we turn around, especially when we’re already doing that due to the rapid growth of our children. I always thought that fabric conditioner was just to keep clothes soft and smell nice but that’s not all it does. It helps clothes keep their shape and resist fading. It also protects towels from pilling and fuzz. It makes our favorite t-shirt as soft as it should be to keep us comfortable. Clothes get rubbed together and agitated during the wash cycle and Downy conditions, strengthens and lubricates the fibers in the clothing to protect it. Downy keeps clothes smelling fresh for longer!

take the sniff test

Take the Sniff Test! You can notice the difference by washing one load of laundry without Downy and one with Downy. Which ones smells better? Which ones looks better? You can grab yours at Walmart so that you can take the sniff test!

What smells like home to you? 

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In the Kitchen

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Baked Penne with Italian Sausage

Just before Emilia was born my little brother came into town. My grandmother makes this classic Puerto Rican dish and he wanted to make it for his friends so we went grocery shopping together. Since it's one of his favorite dishes he took the time to learn it whereas I hadn't and I was so surprised ... read more