Tuesday, October 18, 2016


There are many firsts in life, and this past week Tommy had two of them. 
Mike has been bugging me to get Tommy a haircut for years and although I've taken the scissors to his hair, he had never been to a real salon. So, last week I told Tommy we were getting up, getting dressed and heading to "Pigtails and crew cuts" to get a big boy haircut and if he was good, we would then head to a real movie theatre (another first) to see Storks. Have you seen it? It's great! 
Well, the kid was thrilled, so that's what we did. He was such a brave boy as he hopped into a little  firetruck smiling from ear to ear. I should preface this by saying that the kid isn't afraid of anything. I mean, nothing! I hope he can manage to hold on to that fearlessness. Fearlessness with a bit of caution thrown in there of course!
Back to the haircut though. Once his hair was cut, there in front of me was a sweet faced little boy. Yes, not a baby anymore but a little boy! I couldn't believe my eyes!
And ,although I realized that this was the exact reason I had avoided the haircut in the first place, seeing him sitting there so proud just warmed my heart.
He looked like a little 50's heartthrob. Just like a mini James Dean and I thought....... I should have done this long ago!
Movie theatre popcorn was a hit. He ate the entire medium sized bag! 
And pizza. Who doesn't love pizza?!

And Dad! Who doesn't love Dad! ❤️ And Dad LOVES his new haircut!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Weekend LINKS

What are you up to this weekend?
 We are laying low because Tommy came down with a cold and cough,  but running around like crazy at the same time.  My parents are back in town house hunting, and Mike is working feverishly around the clock preparing for his biggest and most important event of the year, Kids Beating Cancer.  I desperately need a dress altered for it (the theme is James Bond), so I'm hoping to squeeze that in, in the morning. Wish me luck, and check out these links!

I got myself a spiralizer and can't wait to make this delicious looking recipe!
Can you believe this? Do you even care? I sure believe it. NOTHING formed out of deception ever lasts forever.
This lip liner is my new favorite. I bought 4 so I don't run out!
I'm sure you've seen Making A Murderer, but I cannot wait to see THIS new Netflix documentary! 
And this new Blake Lively thriller! I'm always up for a good shark movie. You can rent on the 27th!
I'm a purse-a-holic, and this is my next!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Vero Beach 2016

We just took our annual vacation to Vero Beach, and what can I say? It was glorious! 
My parents joined us this time, and my mom was worried because the weather report predicted rain, but I assured her that Florida weather is unpredictable, and luckily it was. 
We had sunshine and blue skies the whole time with a bit of overcast skies here and there and one late afternoon/night of rain. It was perfect!
What did we do? We did what we do every year. Nothing! 
We stay at The Vero Beach Hotel and Spa the whole time and relax, relax, relax. We swim, we eat (a lot), drink and walk the beach. It's all about recharging, and that's just what we did. The hotel has a great restaurant where we meet each morning for breakfast, a nice happy hour by the pool, and even a wine hour each night with different wines and flat bread, all complimentary.
This year we flew a rainbow flag with help from my dad, and Tommy loved collecting shells, swimming in the ocean even though he said it was too salty, and making and demolishing sandcastles with his dad. Mike and I were also able to have a nice dinner out, thanks to my parents who watched Tommy.  
Tommy asked if we could stay for 100 days and if we could we would. We love it here and will be back next year for more.
So, now we're home and my parents are headed to Key West to extend their vacation and visit a few friends along the way.  
As I flip through pictures and look out the window,  I can see a storm is brewing, and I can't wait! Mother Nature was on our side during our whole vacation and I'm so thankful, and anyway, there's really no place like home during a storm right? 
Enjoy the pics and have a nice rest of the week....

I just LOVE this picture of Tommy washing off his sandy feet while my dad approaches in the background. Picture perfect!

My mom hates having her picture taken, but I couldn't resist this shot of her relaxing in the pool on our last day. Hope you like it mom!
Bye Vero Beach! Until next time...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

An Andrew Inventory

We're in built in bookcase construction mode over here. Well....... Mike is. I can't tell you how much I love a nice built in bookcase to display books among other things, and since we have the perfect room for one, we thought we'd give it a whirl. Pics to come. It's already looking great! Thanks Honey!

Making: Tonight's menu is spinach and feta turkey meatballs in a vodka sauce. It's healthy AND the house smells amazing!
Drinking: Lemon water. Started about a month ago. Even my skin is thanking me!
Reading: Blogs. Catching up on all my favorites!
Watching: Highlights from the Olympics. That Simone!
Smelling: My meatballs. See above. Recipe HERE.
Wearing: Sweatpants and t-shirts. All of us. It's a lazy Sunday as I write this.
Listening: To Tommy act out a cookie monster scene he calls "The Three Gates.' My little actor boy.
Looking: For new lighting fixtures. This house needs a major lighting fixture makeover!
Wanting: THESE boots for Fall. Michael? Cognac please. ( :
Wishing: Our families lived closer.
Eating: A Kashi Basil white bean olive oil bar. Have you had one? They're new and so, so good!
Planning: Our next vacation!
Loving: The view of the pool in this house with the flamingo and swan swimming back and fourth.
Feeling: Grateful.

Oh, and did you notice the creepy head? How could you not?
Just one of Mike's show props that Tommy has taken over as his. There was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to take a creepy head selfie! No way! And anyway, this is reality folks. It's also another reminder that expensive toys with all the bells and whistles will never compare to a creepy plastic head. That's a head with no body by the way.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Weight Loss, Recording, and Big Boy Beds

Is it really August?
I can't believe we've been in our new abode for 4 months now, and I can't believe this very HOT summer is coming to a close. Kids in FL are headed back to school soon, which is way to early in my opinion, but I'm sure I won't be saying that when Tommy starts school. We decided to wait on that for now because he's busy enough with his little group of friends, and curricular activities, and truthfully, we kind of like the kid around here! Anyway, what's more important than the school of life? Am I right?
I've lost 8 lbs which isn't easy mind you when you've had kids, and are a hiccup away from 44. 44?! What? Wow! Don't know when that happened, but I'll be dedicating a good part of my blog to "Operation Lea." I'll let you know how I achieved it, and why I found it so important. It took some soul searching, and a certain attitude mixed in with some healthy eating of course, so stay tuned for that.
Tommy has successfully slept in a big boy bed for the past few days. We are late on the big boy bed, but my attitude was simply why fix it if it ain't broke? So, that was the hold up, along with a little laziness on our part, but we did it! He fell out the first night but I scooped him up and put him back in and he has no memory of it. He asked for an ORANGE comforter for his big boy bed. Orange? This is not an easy task, but thanks to Pottery Barn Kids, I found this one on sale, and this alarm clock has been a savior for us. If you have small children I highly recommend it. Tommy doesn't step out of that bed until the ☀️comes up! It works! That and threats of course.
Mike has had a ton of studio work which brings him the most joy. I even helped record a song for him the other night, and Tommy is in recording studio heaven playing his instruments and dancing around to Gershwin. Like I said, who needs school right now? 

I made this skinny macaroni and cheese the other night, and it was a huge success. Tommy ate it right up which is the real test. kid approved!  
I'm onto the Netflix series Stranger Things. I'm on the 6th episode and while I like the whole 80's vibe, the jury is still out on whether or not I LOVE it. I'm not a sci-fi girl. Is that the problem? Maybe.
This micellar cleansing water has me sold. Don't know about you but I hate taking my make-up off at night. This is a face wash and make up remover in one and even takes off waterproof make up. No more excuses now. 
Are you an instagrammer? Check out Dr. Mona Vand's page. She's my healthy Guru! She's a modern pharmacist (right up my alley) and is beautiful, smart and inspiring. Love her! 

What are you up to this weekend? Mike is out of town, so Tommy and I will probably swim a bit, and take a little field trip to Ikea. We're also cat sitting which is exciting in itself.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This Guy!

This guy is 3 1/2, ALMOST 4! 
 I haven't done a post on him in such a long time, and I'm trying to document these things, and there is just so much to say, so I'm sorry but here goes! 
This picture of Tommy strumming a guitar behind some warehouse in his Batman shoes couldn't be  more accurate. He's an entertainer through and through, and already puts on shows for us and anyone else who comes to the house. He plays instruments, acts out scenes from Sesame Street and is big into costumes. Song choices include Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or Eye of The Tiger. It's a toss up! It's in the blood as they say, and I would be pretty shocked if he didn't follow in his parents footsteps. There's a part of me that loves this, and a part of me that was kind of wishing he'd find something more stable, but there really is no business like show business, so the show must go on!

Favorite Color-Red
Drink-Strawberry milkshakes
Left or right handed-Jury's still out on that one.  

He's either my sweet sensitive little buddy who loves to cuddle or he's Tommy the terror, a little dictator riding his scooter through the house screaming at the top of his lungs! He's social yet independent and has confidence like you've never seen. I'm really hoping he can maintain that you know? Hoping he'll get right back up when life knocks him down. 
I asked him one day if he wanted me to teach him to spell his name and he said, "T-O-M-M-Y!" Checked that one off the list. He can tell you his address, knows his left from right, his colors and the order of the rainbow. The other day at dinner he informed us that a dodecahedron is a 12 sided shape. What? Did you know that? Me neither! Oh, and he learned that watching TV, so anyone who says TV is bad for kids is just wrong!
He dreams now, which he calls 'stories" and I get to hear about them when he wakes up. He's and excellent swimmer, and is totally potty trained with ZERO accidents which I'm discovering is kind of rare. So thank you God for that!
 He LIVES for Shake Shack, ice-cream with whipped cream and sprinkles, and his own cart at Trader Joe's. He loves to help me cook which will be a bonus for his future wife because who doesn't like a man who can cook right? He still naps 2 hours a day (thank you God again) and is an excellent sleeper.  He's had one imaginary friend "Jimmy" who stuck around for about a week but that was pretty short lived. and lastly, he's really good at pointing out, any zit, nose hair, mole, scar, excess fat, whatever. 
Honest? Yes.
 Embarrassing? Absolutely! 
I think that's about it! Anyone want him? No way! We love this kid! 
Thanks for reading! ❤️

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Super HEALTHY Chicken Salad

I don't know if it's because I'm in a bathing suit practically everyday or what, but I've been on a health kick so I'm constantly trying to come up with new and healthy lunches that are high in protein and low in carbs. I don't completely cut carbs out, because YOU NEED CARBS but I do try to be aware of how many carbs I eat. In my experience, it's really the only way to stay lean.  So- here is my latest FAVE lunch!
~1 10oz can of chunk white chicken
~1 small 6oz can Garbanzo beans
~1 stalk of celery chopped
~2 tbsp Hellmann's Mayonnaise with olive oil
~1 tsp Greek seasoning
Mix all of the ingredients together with a fork until well blended. Scoop into bowls. Makes 2 servings. 
My husband loves this salad too. The garbanzo beans make it very filling!
Add a few sliced cherry tomatoes for garnish and a few crackers on the side. I eat wafer crackers which are healthier and so good!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Most SAVED Pinterest Pin!

Are you a Pinterest fan? I sure am! I can spend hours upon hours on Pinterest. I think it's one the most fun and creative sights on the internet, full of such beautiful ideas! I pin and pin all the time, but there is one pin in particular that I pinned that is CONSTANTLY re-pinned! I don't know what it is about this pin, but I must get about 10 emails a day saying it was re-pinned! Apparently it's a real crowd pleaser. But seriously..... have you ever met anyone who doesn't enjoy an icy coke and fries? Anyone getting married out there? Take note. This picture is actually from a stunning wedding. See HERE!
Hope your week is going well!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Lately + LINKS

LOVE this pic. Mike eating his breakfast in bed on Father's Day, while Tommy reads him a book. Priceless!
Happy Friday everyone! It's been a while, I know! 

How have YOU been? All is well here. We are still loving our new house, and had our first visitors (my parents).  It's so nice to have a room for guests now. It was on my list of wants in a new house and it's one I'm glad we ended up with one. Let's face it, everyone likes there own space, and when family and friends take the time to jump on a plane to see us, it's nice to know they're comfortable. Tommy loved having his Grandparents, and WE loved the extra help.

Florida is hot, hot, hot, so we're really enjoying the pool and Mike has been working nonstop renovating his recording studio. It has been a long and tedious project, but should be amazing when it's done. Leopard carpet is being installed as I write this!

Tommy started an art class and is also in swim class twice a week. He has become quite the fish and  I no longer feel nervous about having a pool with a three year old.
What are you up to this weekend? Tommy came down with a fever last night, so we'll just chill with lots of popsicles, Tylenol, and Sesame Street and maybe a quick swim if he's feeling up to it. Enjoy your weekend, and check out these links from around the web.

Now that it's summer, how about a shrimp boil? Looks easy and yummy!
Just washed our duvet and tried THIS duvet cover hack. It works!
NEVER been a minivan type of girl. THIS is my next "mom car."
My new fav BLUSH Inexpensive, pretty and perfect!
Just finished watching the Netflix series Bloodline. Sooooooo amazing!
Reading THIS!

Have a nice weekend...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Flying, Funerals and Family

Mike lost his Father a few weeks ago, so we headed to Wisconsin for the funeral.
It was Tommy's first time flying, (he's three) so we really didn't know what to expect.
Pre-Tommy, Mike and I were usually the passengers on a flight with that annoying, screaming, and kicking kid behind us. You know the one I mean! We couldn't get over how rude parents were, to let their kids just go wild on an airplane, so we decided if we ever had our own children, we would wait to fly with them and practice, practice, practice. Practicing entails Mike and Tommy sitting on the couch STILL with a belt wrapped around them for an extended period of time. Good idea right? He was also told ahead of time that we do not kick the seat in front of us or scream. Your welcome passengers!
So the day came and he was excited and ready. We entered the airplane and headed to our seats. Click went the seat belts and we were on our way.
This picture captures that special "first flight" moment.

And then, the fun began! Air vents and lights are apparently fun, fun, fun!

And sleep? There is NO SLEEP when Tommy's in tow!

Tommy managed to spill my coffee, and stuck rubber dinosaurs up Mike's nose while he slept. He was bored and his ears hurt, which is why he was allowed to have the "paci," and he almost went crazy with his tray table going up down, up down, up down. I say "almost," because we as parents said,"NO!" Can you imagine? I'm sure he'll be scarred for life (insert sarcasm here). We finally arrived and headed to baggage and this happened!

Can you imagine?
The nerve of him sleeping when we got to baggage, the nerve!
But- we made it, and I will say this.... Tommy did NOT bother one other passenger. He only tortured US which is a win win in my book!
The trip was nice. Tommy got to spend time with his Grandma Ginny and was in heaven running around with his five cousins. They flattened pennies on the rail road tracks, and fed Chester the bunny, and we even managed to take a trip to the Milwaukee Zoo.
The day of the funeral we said our final goodbyes to Mike's Father, and as sad as it is that he's gone, he brought us all together again. It's funny how funerals do that isn't it?
 Life is good, and Wisconsin was beautiful.
~RIP Don Mechelke~