Friday, February 5, 2016

10 Things I Will Teach My Son

I know ALL moms say this, but in the blink of an eye, Tommy has become a little man!
He is my baby no more, and I often think of what he'll be like as a young man.
My dream of course is for him is to meet a beautiful princess, have tons of kids, be happy and healthy and live happily ever after, but in the meantime, it's MY job to teach him a few little things to up his game!
So, here are the top 10 things I think will make Tommy a more well rounded young man, not to mention a total catch!
Your welcome future daughter in law!


1. How to make a great cup of coffee
2. How to do a load of laundry (whites, lights and darks)
3. How to open a bottle of champagne (safely) AND a bottle of wine
4. How to put the toilet seat DOWN
5. How to drive a stick shift
6. How to cook a few great meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
7. How to reconcile his bank account and save money
8. How to make a drink, just for her ( ;
9. How to tie a regular, and a bow tie (Mike's job)
10. How to build a nice roaring fire

There you have it! Anything YOU would add to the list?
Happy Friday!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Current Faves

Hi Friends! 
I haven't done one of my Current Faves posts in a long time, so here it is! 

The weather in Orlando is 84 degrees today, but the last few weeks were nice and chilly, so I was really enjoying this warm chunky turtleneck sweater from Target. I got it off the clearance rack for $10. 49! It's sold out online, so check in your own Target Store, or get similar HERE.

I was pleasantly surprised when I received this lip color in my last ipsy box. It's called Meet Matte Hughes, and the color I have is "Committed." It's the PERFECT pinky, beige shade and stays on forever. Worth the price. I love it! See HERE.

Have you tried Justin's all natural Almond or peanut butters? They are SO GOOD! Pricey, but worth it. my favorite is the Maple Almond Butter. I use it on EVERYTHING. Such a treat! You can buy in bulk HERE and save about $9. when you buy three.

I must admit, my sister bought me some Victoria's Secret pj's about 20 years ago and I JUST threw them out this winter. Yes, 20 years I owned those comfy pj's. Anyway, she bought me a new pair this Christmas and I am hooked again. I was afraid the latest version wouldn't add up, but I was wrong. I may need to be buried someday in these pj's! See HERE.

By now I'm sure many of you have read "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up!" If not, do so NOW! Marie Kondo has now written a follow up called "Spark Joy," which has illustrations and much more detail on what to do with all the annoying little junk! Get it HERE.

Hope you enjoyed. Have a sweet week!

Friday, January 15, 2016

When Nature Calls, and LINKS

I cannot believe it's already Friday! 
Things have been nonstop around here. An open house, showings, and the dreaded potty training. We are working hard and Tommy is a trooper! Started off like he'd been doing this his whole life. M&M's, stickers, and the occasional toy prize have been huge incentives, but we've had a few accidents at the park. The solution? The potty is always in tow, and an iPhone to watch videos when nature calls! Ahhhhhhh parenthood! I'm sure he'll be really happy someday that I posted this pic. ( :
What are you up to this weekend? We have another open house and will probably lay low to continue the potty training. It's chilly willy out there, which I'm LOVING, so I'll probably make some sort of winter stew and start a new Netflix series. Also Mike and I are both fighting a cold which I'm determined to beat! Lots of THIS usually does the trick.
Have a nice weekend everyone and stay warm.

-I've seen "Making a Murderer," and THIS is on my list next!

-Or perhaps a Ted Talk? THESE 15 will change your life.

-Love these 12 SIMPLE RITUALS!

-THIS WOMAN scientifically has the worlds most beautiful face! What do you think?

-In case you were wondering the truth about the thread count in SHEETS.

-Think I'll attempt THIS STEW this weekend. Looks delicious!


Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 Vision Board

Hi Friends! How has 2016 been treating you? I can't complain here.
On January 2nd I signed up for this vision board class. I've made vision boards in the past, (see HERE) but didn't really know what to expect. I walked into a dimly lit room full of yoga mats, pillows, stacks of magazines and the most beautiful energy. 
Our teacher (Christina) started the class by discussing vision boards and visualization. We talked about our own experiences with vision boards and what we wanted out of ours. Christina then led us in  meditation and a psychotherapist named Heidi to led us in tapping. Don't know what tapping is? See Heidie's website HERE.

Next Christina had us write down five things we wanted in 2016, and five things we wanted to let go of. We held onto the five things we wanted, and ripped up the five things we wanted out of our lives and threw them into a large basket that she would later burn. So cool! I love this kind of stuff! 

Photo credit: Christina Prieto

Then we got to work, flipping through magazines, and cutting and gluing inspiration onto our boards. The class lasted about 3 hours, but I could have stayed forever. It was so cool to meet other people with the same outlook on life. It was fun to be creative and be out doing my own thing. It was really good for the soul and I left happy and excited for 2016. My board isn't quite complete, but I'm still working on it and adding a little bit of inspiration everyday.
Photo credit: Christina Prieto
That's ME in the blue! Photo credit :Christina Prieto
Have you ever made a vision board? Have any of your vision board dreams come true? Try it! You never know. 
Have a sweet week!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Resolutions

Photo Credit: Lea Andrew (Butterfly Encounter)

Here we go again!
As I leave 2015 behind and move into 2016, it's always an exciting time. A time for new beginnings, and  hopefully some successful resolutions.
Earlier today, Tommy and I headed to The Butterfly Encounter here in Orlando. Have you been? It's simply magical. A little piece of heaven right here on earth.  I thought it would be a nice way to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016, and it was!
 Mike is singing his heart out with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra for NYE this year. I will be at home on the couch, watching a good movie or reading a good book with a sleeping Tommy in the next room. I had a bit of champagne last night, so tonight will probably be a big glass off water and a nice cappuccino then off to bed to start 2016 in a healthy and spiritual way.
I signed up for a vision board class on January 2nd, and can't think of a better way to start off the New year!
What are YOUR resolutions for 2016? For the first time in a long time, I don't have a list. I simply want to live life to the fullest, enjoy the little things more, and be a better wife, mother and friend.
 Wish me luck!
Wishing you all a healthy and blessed 2016. See you next year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas Magic

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through our house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse; the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicolas soon would be there. Blah, blah, blah, you know the rest. 
We decided to do an early Christmas eve dinner and bathed and dressed Tommy early to drive around the neighborhood to see all the twinkling lights. We used to do that when I was a kid and I thought it was so the greatest! My neighborhood gets "mad props" this year with the amount of people who put up lights and silly inflatable Santa's and snowmen. So much tacky fun!
Next Tommy put out Santa's goodies, and off to bed he went.

The following morning I think I was even more excited than he was. Excited to experience Christmas through a three year old's eyes. He ran into the living room and was in awe of all those gifts. I think he was a bit in shock and overwhelmed by the whole experience!

We grabbed our coffee, (chocolate milk for Tommy), and dove right in, and boy was it MAGICAL! And then..................................

Tommy could not understand why Michael and I would get gifts too. Here I am opening a beautiful butterfly necklace from Michael. Tommy is less than enthused!

He just can't believe it!

How dare Santa Clause get me a butterfly necklace, how dare he!

In all seriousness, between the meltdowns, it really was magical, but Michael and I discussed how we have some work ahead of us before next Christmas. It's time to explain to Tommy what Christmas is REALLY all about. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  Stay tuned for my FULL Christmas blog post tomorrow.
 Have a nice week.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


It's Christmas eve, eve as I sit here on my computer checking Facebook, and looking through blogs, (you know, important stuff). Tommy is on Michael's lap as they sit and watch some annoying Baby Einstein show. 
All of a sudden Tommy exclaims,"I'm HAPPY Daddy!" To which Mike says,"You're happy?!" And Tommy says,"Yeah.... I'm happy." My heart just melts because isn't that all that we want in life? To be happy? And most of all isn't that all we really want for our kids? So there you have it. My day is complete because my son is HAPPY.

What makes you happy? 
Here are ten things that make ME happy, in no particular order.

-Beyer's Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.
-A really great movie
-My family
-Coffee, coffee, coffee
-White linen sheets
-Amazon Prime
-A COLD Florida day
-Chunky cable knit sweaters
-The ocean
-Purple tulips
-and most of all...... my sons HAPPINESS!

Have a HAPPY day!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas Table Setting

The presents are bought, packages and Christmas cards sent, and the house is decorated. The only thing left to do, is plan your Christmas table setting. Check out these ideas from around the web, starting with these simple place cards.

How about an individual wreath on each guests plate? Gorgeous!

Love this idea of pomegranates and greens. Simple and festive!

Get the kids involved and make these adorable popcorn Christmas trees for every one's place. See how HERE!

Adding a few greens to hurricane candle holders is perfect for a minimalist look.

Add a bow and Christmas ornament to the back of the chair. Simple chic!

Never forget the power of pine cones!

And of course the napkins. Roll them up and tie them with twine with added greens, berries, or even a poinsettia flower. Be creative and have fun!

 Happy Holidays everyone!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Cali Rae

My sweet butterfly Cali,
It's been three years, but your passing doesn't seem anymore real. It's like a dream I know I can't wake from, but still wish I could. 

I recently heard a quote that went something like this.....When you lose a child, you are haunted with a lifetime of wonder.

I was Christmas shopping the other day and right in the entrance of the store was a beautiful pink dollhouse. It was so precious that I had to stop and stare at it. The roof had hinges and it opened up to all these beautiful little rooms full of imagination, and I immediately thought of you. I wondered if you would like that dollhouse, and even though you aren't here, I still wanted to buy you that beautiful dollhouse because you are forever my daughter. 
 I wonder about you everyday.
Would your hair be long?
Would you and your brother be close?
Would you wear tutus? 
What would you want for Christmas?
Would you love butterflies?

I love you and miss you Cali Rae. There isn't a day that that goes by that you aren't on my mind and in my heart. 
You are three years gone, but I am three years closer to seeing you again.
Much love and peace,

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Homemade Advent Calendar

December has arrived!
One of my favorite memories as a kid was getting an advent calendar. Opening up those little windows each day was so exciting, and when the waxy chocolate ones came out, life got even better!
Now that Tommy is three, and has a better understanding of Christmas, I want to start our own holiday traditions, so I thought it would be cool to make him his own homemade advent calendar.

To start off my creation, I headed to the Dollar Store. The Dollar Store is your friend people! Tommy loves the silly (cheap) toys from the Dollar Store and when they break, I just toss them. 
Done! Oh, and YES that IS a whoopee cushion. Gotta have a little fun now don't we?

Since I spent $25. at the Dollar Store, I decided to use what I had around my house to finish the project. I already had the bakers twine, and the brown lunch bags, and the sparkly red clothespins I picked up for a buck at Marshalls. I took a red sharpie marker, and drew out all the numbers on the bags freehand. It doesn't have to be perfect. Kids don't care about perfection! 

Then I stuffed each bag with an item, folded it over and stapled it shut. I had some cheap plastic evergreen and holly leaf sprigs in my closet so I cut those up and secured them to the bags. I then punched a whole in each and voila. Done!
My original plan was to have them hanging over our table in the kitchen at all different lengths, but that plan was foiled when I realized my bags were too big, so I tied them to our railing going up the stairs which ended up being a better idea. A little Christmas decor!

So far Tommy has opened one exciting bag, and would love to open ALL the rest. I think this "tradition" is going to be a huge lesson in patience!
Next year it's Mikes turn to make one, and anyone who knows my husband knows it will be a true masterpiece! 
Happy Holidays everyone!