Monday, November 23, 2015

Tommy's Mickey Party!

Tommy had his 3d birthday party yesterday!
 It was a bit thrown together, but I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. From the company, to the decor, to the cupcakes, he was in Mickey heaven! It was a small gathering (13 people including us) but it was perfect. Since it was in the morning, I had a little brunch buffet complete with mini croissants, 3 different quiches, a crudités platter, fruit salad and sweet potato tater tots. To drink? Coffee, water and mimosas. The kids had Mickey shaped veggie chips and of course cupcakes which are the most exciting thing in the world when you're three! The cupcakes were vanilla or chocolate with cream cheese frosting and I stuck two "thin" Oreo cookies in each to be the Mickey ears. Easy and effective! The kids loved them, and they ALL chose chocolate. Good to know in the future. Chocolate is the big draw!
It was simple and fun.
They played and opened gifts, and before we knew it the party was over and a very happy Tommy had a nice long nap!
Thank you to all Tommy's friends and parents for making his day so special!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Happy 3d Birthday Tommy!

Dear Tommy,
I'm not sure how this happened, but you are 3 today! 
It feels like yesterday that I was jumping for joy when you hit 3lbs, and now you're 30lbs, and I know you're 30lbs, because you hop on my scale each morning to report it to me, and then tell me to weigh myself. No thank you!
I have finally turned your car seat forward, and you are my little back seat driver telling me to STOP at red lights, GO, GO, GO at green lights, and STOP again at yellow lights. You say,"Be careful!" (my little worrier) and yell out "That was a close one!" whenever I brake a little too suddenly. 

You run like the wind, and leap like a dancer. You are a lover of hats, and have a sun glass collection bigger than mine. You love strawberry milkshakes and lollipops and all the sugary things I swore I would never give you, and you tell me I'm "soooooooo cute" at least once a day which is just so adorable and reminds me that I say that phrase way too much. You're a bit obsessed with the song Daddy Finger and would spend countless hours on your ipad watching Daddy Finger videos if you could. You tell dad and I to "GO INTO THE KITCHEN!" while you practice, and you get extremely annoyed if we join in on the song. Entertaining is in your DNA for sure! 

You're a true Scorpio, which scares me and brings me some comfort all at the same time. This beautiful world can be a cruel place, but I'm pretty sure you can handle it. You have a confidence about you that I'm hoping you will manage to keep, and as strong as you are, you are equally sensitive and sweet.  You strut into a room and say,"Hi! I'm Tommy, nice to meet you!" Your favorite color is red, no blue, no green, no yellow, no purple! You LOVE other kids and sharing has never been a hard concept for you to grasp. You are happy to make sure everyone gets a turn.
Just the other day you made a new friend at the park. It was a little girl and you told your dad and I that she was your sister. 
Gotta admit it broke my heart for a second when you said that, but seeing the joy as you ran up and down the slide with that little girl giggling and screaming assures me that you are a happy boy without a care in the world. Perhaps your angel sister is running with you? 

Happy birthday my little "T" and thank YOU for making me a mommy three years ago today. It's the BEST gift I've received to date!

Friday, October 30, 2015


Happy Halloween everyone!
I've always loved Halloween, and now that we have Tommy, it's that much more fun. He's being a Robot AKA "TommyBOT" because he is obsessed with robots right now.  
We carved pumpkins, and of course roasted pumpkin seeds. Is there anything better? I do it every year, and the house smells so good while they're roasting doesn't it? 
That little black cat greets us every time we take our morning walk, so he had to make an appearance in my Halloween post.  I'm pretty sure he's a stray, but he's the most friendly guy you've ever met. If Mike wasn't allergic, I'd take him home. I took Tommy to the pumpkin patch (he was underwhelmed) but he went to a few Halloween costume parties and had the BEST time. He made that little hand print spider at one of the parties, and I just love it. It sits on my mantle as part of my Halloween decor. It's so clever and the perfect keepsake. Speaking of decor, I'm thinking of making those little white pumpkin votives for my centerpiece this year. Simple and pretty don't you think? 
Tomorrow we'll take Tommy out with a few friends to enjoy the whole Halloween experience, and then we'll get ready for some little trick- or- treaters ourselves.  I'm also hoping to stay up late and watch a classic scary movie. What's your favorite? There are so many great ones! 
Have a fun Halloween and be safe!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Toddler Cheese Plate

I don't know about you, but I LOVE a good cheese plate. I mean who doesn't love a nice cheese plate? Colorful cheeses, crackers, nuts, olives and meats? There's just something about a cheese plate that hits the spot and makes you feel a little sophisticated at the same time.
When I can't think of what to feed Tommy for dinner or lunch I make him up his own little cheese plate and he loves it. His little face lights up and he digs right in. The combination of colors and textures and dipping (dipping is BIG FUN when you're a toddler) and overall variety makes for a fun, healthy and yummy meal.  I usually only give him 1 slice of cheese cut up, apples and peanut butter (organic) for dipping and some sort of fruit. Bananas and raspberries are always in our house so that's what I used here. I skip the crackers altogether, because toddlers get enough carbs in their lives, and he never seems to miss them. So there you have it. A beautiful toddler cheese plate.
Bon Appetite!

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Sweet Week

Yes that IS a bourbon flavored cupcake with vanilla maple frosting, and maple glazed bacon on top. Yes it is! And yes it was delicious. I had a few "sweet" girlfriends over the night who came complete with dinner, drinks, and this sweet treat. Not gonna lie....I had three!

Tommy and I flew solo this past week while Michael was in Philadelphia with the Philly Pops, which basically meant I was in constant search of things to do to tire this guy out! We ate cupcakes and had McDonalds for dinner. We also hit up Dunkin Donuts one morning for breakfast where Tommy exclaimed,"I LOVE donuts! They are deeeeeelicious!" Like duh! We went to the park, and the Winter Park Art Festival where we had kettle corn and gelato. As you can see my "healthy" lifestyle went completely out the window! We took over Target for an hour or so, to find the perfect toy, and also hit up a juice bar with his buddies Ben and Lucy and had cold pressed juice ice pops! We had play dates, and story time at the library and even ventured to Trader Joe's to buy up all their pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING. Pumpkin waffles, pumpkin O's cereal, pumpkin bread, pumpkin mousse cakes, pumpkin granola, you name it! They are all "pumpkined" out right now! We did a little Fall decorating and colored and painted and well.... you get it! And the best part of all???? Dad comes home today!
Have a sweet week everyone!

Mike with the Philly Pops!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Bit of FALL

FALL has arrived!
Well....... so they say. It's still hot here, but I've jumped in full force to my FAVORITE season. My house smells like pumpkin spice and I've bought a new welcome mat (top right) for twelve bucks at Target. Oh how I LOVE Target.
There's just something about this time of year that makes me happy. My anniversary, Tommy's Birthday, Halloween, hot cider, pumpkins, chilly nights, acorn squash, mackintosh apples, carmel apples, pumpkin pancakes, and don't let me forget about Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte! I hear this year Starbucks has come out with a "S'mores" latte. Gotta try that! Tommy is enjoying pumpkin yogurt, (see top left) and I'm putting together a Fall wreath made of pussy willows (see bottom center) to go with my newly painted red door.
We are loving a much less humid Farmers Market full of pumpkins and gourds and Tommy even has his own Farmers Market basket (see lower left) which I bought on Amazon. Isn't it the most adorable thing you've ever seen?! I'm making stuffed spaghetti squash tonight (see top center) and the recipe is HERE.
Tommy has his first cold of the season, but we're not letting that get us down. Our neighborhood park just put in a shiny new swing set just in time for swinging through the FALL season. Tommy took his first turn on the big boy swing and is hooked! Our house is STILL on the market, but so is our dream house, so hopefully FALL will be the magical season where it all "Falls" into place!
Happy FALL everyone!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Toddler Pasta

Hi friends, this one's for all you moms out there! 
As you all know, when you have a toddler you are constantly in search of creative ways to get them to eat  healthy foods, and when the meal doesn't have to include applesauce or yogurt, it's a total bonus. I have no idea why, but I threw this pasta together one night while Mike was out of town, and Tommy LOVES it! It's easy, nutritious and most of all colorful. Colorful is HUGE with kids! Mike likes it too, so it's basically great for the whole family. What more could a mom ask for right? 

For (1) toddler serving, you will need.....

~1/3 cup of colorful vegetable pasta (I use Trader Joe's Vegetable Radiatore)
~1/2 cup of chopped cherry tomatoes (Use organic. Tomatoes are FULL of pesticides)
~Handful of chic peas
~1 slice of American cheese (I use Horizon Organic)

Boil salted water in a small saucepan. Add pasta and cook until "al dente." Drain pasta, but keep it in the sauce pan, and right away add the slice of cheese right on top until it melts, which takes about 10 seconds. Add tomatoes, and chic peas and stir it all together and serve. Seriously, it's that easy!  Add whatever you like. You can add peas, corn, black beans, anything!
Hope your kids enjoy!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom

I haven't done a Wednesday Wisdom in such and long time, and who doesn't love a good quote right?
 I could scroll through Pinterest reading quotes all day long; and Facebook and Instagram have exploded with them, to the extent that it really takes a special one to catch my eye.

Tonight I found this quote and it really spoke to me and reminded me to stay focused. In this social media world we live in we are constantly telling everyone what they're doing, seeing, eating, and wearing, and it's easy to not walk the walk, and just talk the talk.
Everyone is always working towards something. What are YOU working towards? Do YOU have a goal? Do YOU have a passion? 
Well get going! It's YOU who YOU need to impress and it's YOU who you don't want to let down. So go and make it happen.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Life, Labor Day and LINKS

I know, I know it's been a while hasn't it? But, you know what's nice? When I haven't done a post in a while, people actually ask me about it! They say they miss it, and that feels good, so here ya go, and thank you to those for reading. ( :
Life is good. Still waiting to sell our house, and buy our next dream house, but that's life right? Mike just had a Birthday, and we celebrated with ice cream cake decorated with "Hula girls," gifts of course pancakes, because that's his fav, and Mike and I even went on a dinner date which was nice.
Tommy had his first music class last week and is as busy as ever.  Other than that, we've been hanging with good friends and enjoying the final days of the summer which I am happy to see go because it's been a HOT one in Florida! What are you all up to this Labor Day? I think we'll lay low. I plan on checking out some of those Labor Day sales (online of course) and will probably have our own little barbecue at Chez Andrew. Hope everyone has a nice long Labor Day weekend. Stay safe!

Links to my favorite Labor Day Sales:






Friday, August 14, 2015

Weekend and LINKS

What are your plans for the weekend? Mike is in Chicago doing a show, so my buddy Tommy and I are flying solo. If it doesn't rain I hope to take him to the pool because it closes soon. Is summer really almost over? Also, we have someone interested in our house (crossing my fingers) who wants to see it again (third time) this weekend, so I'll be spending my time cleaning and adding nice little touches here and there so it shows well. You know, fresh flowers, fluffy towels and plumped pillows! Hoping to catch up on some very overdue phone calls too. Enjoy the weekend and these links from around the web.  

~Really love this necklace by Kendra Scott, and this one. Aqua please!

~Thinking ahead to Thanksgiving already, and loving this idea for less clean up.

~How cool are these Peel and stick wood panels?

Made these "monster balls" last week and Tommy AND Michael loved them, plus no cooking in the summer is a bonus!

~See, Coffee is a good thing.

~You've been peeling an orange wrong! Check it out!