Thursday, July 2, 2015

CUTEST Father's Day Gift EVER


Attention Mothers with sons! Are you ready for the cutest Father's Day gift EVER?!!!!
Now, I realize Father's Day is long gone, but you should pick one of these up now, and put it away for next year, because every year it sells out!
I'm talking about Harry's 'Father and Son Shave Set.' You can currently only buy it HERE, so jump on it now.
I wanted to get this set for Michael last year, but it was sold out, and this year, it was sold out again, but I managed to get my hands on one this year on eBay. Thank God for eBay!
 Anyway, Tommy was in HEAVEN shaving with his Dad and now that's all he wants to do. Not to mention that Michael thinks Harry's razor gave him the closest shave he's ever had. See all Harry's products HERE. The shipping is FREE, and the razors are cheaper than store bought razors so in the future we'll order our razors from Harry's. It's a win, win!
Check it out!


Daily Gratitude: Today I am thankful for the BEST husband and son I could ask for.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Lust List


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Summer is officially here, and so is my Summer Lust List!
EVERYTHING and I mean everything on this list is very reasonably priced. See that adorable dress? Would you believe it's just $14.98? And that straw beach bag? $3.99! It fits EVERYTHING for the beach including Tommy's toys, looks great and I love it! Turkish towels are my new favorite thing. They are lightweight, colorful and very absorbent. Need a dry shampoo for oily summer hair? I got this Klorane in an ipsy bag last month, and it's my new fav. Seriously the best! And that colorful clutch and classic sandal are perfect dressed up or down.
Happy Summer everyone!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Life


No we didn't move to a farm, but it HAS been a LONG time! These photos were taken at Green Meadows Petting Farm. Been there Orlando friends? I highly recommend it. Sheep, Goats, bunnies, ducks, chickens, pigs, pony rides and choo choo trains? What more could you ask for?
How has your summer been? We've been taking full advantage of it. Tommy started his swimming lessons and so far so good! I'll admit, I was worried about how he might react going off with a stranger to swim, but my worries were put to ease when I remembered how much he LOVES girls. His swim coach Rachel is amazing,  he seems to like it, and I'm noticing a difference after just two lessons.
We are almost ready to put our house on the market, as I pray the house we want doesn't sell before someone buys ours. Gotta leave it up to the universe! Michael is working on a few recording projects, and I'm working on getting in shape. Enjoy your weekend and these few links from around the web.

+Did you know you can now see a DOCTOR online and even be prescribed medication? Amazing!

+Making Tommy THIS fun and yummy lunch this weekend.

+This would be a nice summer HOSTESS gift.

+5 LESSONS all parents could learn from Buddhism.

xxx

Friday, May 22, 2015

Visualization and LINKS


Do you believe in visualization? You know, you visualize and focus on something you really want and then hopefully have the power to manifest it. Well, I'm a believer and I do it all the time.
For example, see that door above? Well, that's the door to my future house. No, I don't own that house YET...... but I will! I can just tell this is our house. I can feel it in my gut, and I've already decorated it in my mind! Visualize, visualize!

What are you up to this Memorial Day Weekend? We'll continue getting OUR house ready to sell. Michael has been busy with repairs and upgrades, and I clear the clutter. I think we're a good team!. Hopefully we'll get some pool time in too. Tommy starts swim lessons soon so we're trying to prep him. Whatever it is you have planned this weekend ENJOY, and lets not forget to honor our fallen soldiers who gave their lives to make our lives and Country a better place.
We appreciate you!

Now check out some fun links I found on the web..... 
~Read THIS article which helped inspire me to clear the clutter, and.now I reeeeeeally want to read the book!
~Making the worlds best chicken this weekend. Looks easy, healthy and delish!
~If you have any introvert friends like myself, this article is dead on!
-Bought this summer dress from Target in "Beach Blue," and love it!
~Currently reading "Bringing up Bébé," and I'm completely intrigued! Totally changing some of my parenting approaches. The French are onto something and I'm sold!
~Here is an article which helps to really explain visualization. Try it! You'll be surprised how powerful your mind is.

xxx


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Vero Beach 2015


Greetings from a very refreshed Lea Andrew! We just got back from our family vacation in Vero Beach, and I'm feeling centered again. Michael and I have been vacationing in Vero Beach for the past 5 years, but we skipped last year because of work, and the year before that wasn't exactly the best experience. If you don't remember that story, see HERE
We decided to stay at the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa, this year and it did not disappoint. We were upgraded to an ocean view 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite upon arrival and it was beautiful! The hotel caters to guests with kids and dogs, so the room came complete with a stuffed animal turtle, beach ball, shovel and pail for Tommy, and doggie treats, a stuffed bone, and bed for Jake. So perfect! 
We did a lot of relaxing, swam, ate (a lot) and walked the beach. It was  a much different experience with Tommy than our last, and experiencing Vero Beach through Tommy's two year old eyes was so special. He LOVED the beach and would have run straight into the ocean if he could. Each morning he would wake up and say,"BEACH!" Lobster is his new favorite food and he also discovered elevator buttons which could be up there with one of the most exciting parts of his trip! We had one rainy day but it was okay. We still walked the beach and ventured along Ocean Boulevard for lunch and a little shopping.
Here are a few pics from our trip. Looking forward to next year already!



Monday, April 20, 2015

Making Memories


Hi Everyone! 
I know, I know, it's been a while. We've been busy over here with company, play dates, house hunting, and a few adult social outings too. Feels like life never slows down around here, but I'm not complaining
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This little guy and I have been alone for a week. That's right, A WEEK ALONE! Okay, ALMOST a week. Now let's remember that Tommy is two and on top of that he's like a wild mustang that needs to run, and I mean run, so in order to keep my sanity intact while Michael was away we hit EVERY playground, farmers market, splash pad, and park in Orlando, and even hit the science center for the first time. Well, by day five the kid had worn me out and I was out of ideas and the solution was to do something I never thought I would do. I said,"Tommy, would you like to go to SHAKE SHACK?" To which he replied," SHAKE SHACK, SHAKE SHACK!!!!!!!!" This was all happening while he was jumping on the couch. Can't leave that out. Lots of jumping going on these days. He's a master jumper. Anyway, I'm a big time health conscious mom, but desperate times call for desperate measures, so into the car we went. We ordered a cheeseburger, fries with cheese and ketchup for dipping and a strawberry shake (his choice) and we sat outside on the lake in the beautiful sunshine. He kept saying,"Mmmmmm yum," with a smile from ear to ear, and I looked at his sweet face and I thought.... it's okay that we're eating junk food because we're making memories here! ( :  He had his first burger and fries with his mom and that's just the coolest and you know what? HE LOVED IT! 
We face timed Dad, and fed some ducks and he sucked down that strawberry shake and that was that. 
Well.... that wasn't really that. He jumped into the fountain on our way to the car, but that's okay, because we're making memories here.

Have a nice week!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Grandparents


I looked out my front window yesterday and saw this.
There he was, a smiling happy Tommy in my mothers arms, and I ran to get my camera to try to capture the moment. He would run up to my mom and jump into her arms where she would kiss him and squeeze him, and then he'd jump right down to do it all over again. It's moments like that where you realize that family should be together. My parents live in New Jersey, and Michael's parents live in Wisconsin so we don't get to see them much. In my dreams, we all live in the same town, or at least in the same state. In the old days families all lived practically on the same street or in the same house, but in today's world jobs bring us to different parts of the country and we don't have that luxury. Those that do are SO LUCKY! Time goes fast, so enjoy your Grandparents everyone. I sure wish I still had mine!

Tommy woke this morning and asked where "Mom Mom" was. I don't think his two year old mind understood that she went back to HER house, but I told him she would be back to visit soon.
In the mean time, I am going to make him THIS BOOK that I saw over at A Cup Of Jo (one of my favorite bloggers). What a perfect idea to keep your child familiar with family in between visits!
Have a nice week everyone.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Foyer Makeover


This is the front entrance of my house. My house is almost 100 years old. Charming? Yes! Lacking some amenities? Absolutely! One being a coat closet, and real foyer. What you see here is the entrance to the far right side of my living room. 
Times were simpler in 1923. Coat closets weren't a big thing, especially in Florida where there wasn't really a need for coats. We don't have basements OR attics either, mind you. Could you imagine peeps up north? I mean, where do you put all your stuff right? Well, the answer to that is you don't. Thankfully, for such an old house I do have pretty big closets, but that still doesn't fix the coat closet problem, and it DOES get cold here now that we're into 2015.


See that lovely coat tower? Or should I say candle holder that holds coats, scarves, and hats, surrounded by shoes, shovels and pails? Exactly! You don't, because there is nowhere to put that "stuff" because there is no coat closet, and we don't wear shoes in this house, so that is our lovely "shoe basket"on the floor there. 
This is a perfect example of something not having a place and therefore that something becomes a MESS which really messes with my OCD so something had to be done!
My parents have this beautiful credenza which would be perfect in that entryway, but until I figure out how to get it here from Jersey, IKEA had to come to my rescue. I found a cool buffet that I knew would go well and hold everything. So, Mike and Tommy got to work!

And they worked!!!!!
And they worked some more!
Until FINALLY..........
TADA!

Success!
That buffet holds everything! Shoes, gloves, scarves, hats, umbrellas, toys and a diaper bag. I added a nice dim light that I turn on at night, a live palm branch and of course a key dish. Everything has a place!

Buffet-IKEA
Lamp-Homegoods
Black and white area rug-Overstock.com
Key dish-Target
Turquoise glass bud vase-Crate & Barrel

Not pictured? My big purse thrown on top of that buffet, Tommy's large blue sports car, and Jake's bone. They just didn't look good in the pic, but that's reality folks!
Have a great week!

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Week in iphone Photos


Hello Friends, and welcome to, "A week at the Andrews" through my iphone. It's gonna be really exciting, so WATCH OUT! 
I mentioned in my last post how my camera was broken right? Well, it still is, so the iphone cam is how I'm rolling these days. 
Let's start with the pic above. A fun new activity for Tommy is to sit at my vanity and play with my make-up. Fun for him, not for me, but who am I to stop him from rolling up my lipsticks up into the tubes or applying a little blush? 


Bought myself some white Birkenstocks. Never thought I'd be a Birks kind of gal, but I needed a change from the regular flip flop for a little more support. I introduce you to my new "summer shoe." Yes, it feels a lot like summer around here, and I don't mean to rub that in, by the way. Now here's the best part. The cheapest I could find some white Birkenstocks was HERE. But who wants to pay $89. when they aren't sure if they want to commit? Me! So- mine are copies for $19.99 from HERE and I LOVE them, and my tired dancer feet love them too!


This sweet boy hasn't been feeling well. He's wearing "the cone of shame" in this picture, but I zoomed in real close so you can't see it because he's humiliated enough as it is! That's called dog owner respect! Love this boy. ( :


Per usual Mike is a huge help with Tommy. You know how they say to nap while your baby naps? Well, Michael has managed to figure out a way to nap while Tommy is awake! I don't know how does it!


Oh, and we eat! 
Flat bread with mushrooms, emmental & parmesan cheese (Courtesy of Trader Joe's)
Mixed green salad (Courtesy of me)
Blackberries and Havarti cheese for Tommy. What can I say? The kid has a sophisticated palate.
A glass of Savignon Blanc. THIS ONE, For me that is! 
$1.49 daffodils from Trader Joe's


Oh, and....I mean.... come on!  Check out that crooked smile! 
I couldn't love him more.
Have a nice weekend.