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!

Monday, August 10, 2015

This Guy


It's been a while (sorry Tommy) since I've done a post on my Tommy Boy, T-slice, T, Sweet T, Tito, Tom, Thomas you name it. He has a lot of names.
He's 2, almost 3, well 32 months and 10 days but who's counting? All I know is time is flying by way too fast, and I'm in love with this guy. He's quite the character and there is never, and I mean NEVER a dull moment. He constantly tells me to be careful or "Careful Mom!" as he puts it. I guess I'm just wild and crazy because that's a favorite. Another favorite is,"I can't take it!" Then there's,"I'm naughty." After which he takes HIMSELF to the timeout step. Guess the timeouts aren't' really working. ( :
I am in awe of the things that come out of his mouth. He's very polite and says,"Scuse me Mom!" after every burp and," Ut oh, waaaah happened" whenever he does something naughty. He proudly comes and tells me about all his mishaps, and I make sure not to act too angry because I don't want him to ever feel like he can't talk to me about these things right?
He's a smart one too. Knows ALL his ABC's (upper and lower), colors, numbers, shapes, Yadda yadda yadda. I have nothing to compare it to, so to me he's quite a genius. Music is very obviously his passion, but he's also a natural born athlete, so we'll see what happens with that combo. He learned to swim this summer and is quite a fish, and he loves the ladies.. He'll walk up to a woman at the pool and say,"Hi, how ya doing? I'm Tommy." They laugh. I melt!

Dancing and singing are favorite pastimes.  He belts it out like his dad and applauds for himself which is great because confidence is half the battle right? And whether it be Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, or Old McDonald Had a Farm, DO NOT join in. He has to be the only singer which can only mean one thing. He needs a solo career. Done.

His favorite word and favorite response to most questions is,"ACHOO!" No idea. Elmo must have said it at some point. That's how we pretty much explain everything we can't explain, including the reason he speaks in third person. Tommy wants a cookie, Tommy go outside, Tommy wants to get up. Tommy eat, Tommy, Tommy, Tommy!

I could go on and on, so if you've gotten this far, thanks for reading. I love to document all this stuff, because like I said time is flying and I don't want to forget a thing! I just love this kid!
Have a great week peeps.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Ladies Who Lunch


My mom (aka "Mom Mom") came to visit us last week, and instead of doing our typical dinners out, we decided to be the "Ladies who lunch." So, everyday we'd skip out of the house while Tommy napped, and try a new place that we'd never been to. It was great! We could chat and catch up while eating delicious food uninterrupted by a two year old! So are you ready for some mouthwatering pics? Hope so!

First up was Rusteak in College Park. We started with the Peach Sangria and shrimp fritters. So good! Then Mom had the Par Burger, and I had the Blackened Mahi Tacos. Delish!
We both gave this place ✮✮✮✮✮!


Next up? The Coop in Winter Park. This Southern inspired fast casual dining experience was a hit! I went for the chicken and waffles while mom had the fried chicken. We both can't wait to go back. From the casual atmosphere filled with large farm tables, to the wide selection of southern favorites and the absolutely adorable name, we give it ✮✮✮✮✮.


Day three we headed toThe Outpost in College Park. Unfortunately we didn't have a good experience here. We started with the mussels which got an A+ for presentation, but not for taste. Too fishy! I had the Grilled Meatloaf Melt and mom had the Southern BLT. We were both underwhelmed. We'll give this ✮✮ because of the cute atmosphere, and adorable corn shaped corn bread. But not for the food. 


Day 4 we headed to a French restaurant in Winter Park called Chez Vincent. We both started with Bloody Mary's and then decided to order some mussels again hoping to have better luck, and we did! They were perfection. I had the Beef Bourguigon Crepe and mom had the chicken Crepe. Again, perfection. We finished with the Upside Down Apple Pie. We also gave this place ✮✮✮✮✮.


Next on our list was Pig Floyds. Mike went to this place and really liked it so we thought we'd give it a try. Mom had the Pulled Pork Sandwich and I had the Butter Chicken Tacos. We gave it ✮✮✮. I think I need to go back and order something else, because it was good but not great in our opinion.


On moms final day I took her to The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. I had been but I thought she'd like it. There is a reason you have to have a reservation for this place. It's consistently good! We started with the Deviled Eggs, and for our main dish I had the Shrimp Tacos and mom had the Pub Burger (she's kind of a burger gal)! We both enjoyed it and gave it ✮✮✮✮ stars. Many people would think I'm crazy to give this place 4 stars, but while good I'm just never as impressed as everyone else.


So there you have it. I would highly recommend our Ladies who lunch idea, and I can't wait to do it again. If you are in the Orlando area, check out some of our 5 star picks.
Have a great day everyone.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Afterlife


Do you believe in the afterlife? 
I'm not particularly religious, but I've always believed in Heaven. I've always believed there had to be something beyond our lives on earth, yet I've known several people, family members included who believe that once you die, that's it.....it's over. 
I always feel a bit sad when someone tells me that. Sad that they don't believe they have anything to look forward to and sad that they don't believe they'll be reunited with loved ones from the past. But to each his own right? I've always been a believer. I even visited a medium when my daughter died, but that's another story and another blog!
  
When we lost Cali, I received these three books from friends. The first was Heaven is for Real which was left on our doorstep from sweet friends on the one year anniversary of Cali's death. I didn't actually read it right away, but when I finally picked it up I couldn't put it down. I mean.... how can you not believe a small child when he discribes his journey to heaven? 
Next I read Waking Up In Heaven which was written by a woman and equally fascinating, and last week I finally got around to reading Proof of Heaven
As much as I was a believer before I read any of these books, Proof of Heaven really sealed the deal for me. The Author Eben Alexander, M.D. was a neurosurgeon and non believer until a deadly form of meningitis sent him on a journey to Heaven. Proof of Heaven is written from a scientfic point of view which is both interesting and intriguing. 
All three of these books have brought me much needed peace and I would highly recommend picking one up if you are grieving someone you've lost, or if you know someone who is grieving. And even if you aren't grieving, you should pick one up. 

What do you think? Do you believe in the afterlife? 
I'd love to hear your stories.
Have a nice weekend friends. ( :


Friday, July 10, 2015

Family Dinner + LINKS


What are you up to this weekend?
Michael has a recording session here at the house, so I'll be keeping Tommy busy by hopefully getting in lots of pool time. Yesterday a big FOR SALE sign went up in our front yard. Yup! The time has come to sell our house, and it's exciting and scary at the same time. We love "Chez Andrew" but have grown out of this house, so we're crossing our fingers for a successful sale and hoping to find our next dream house at the same time.

Now for the picture above. Dinner is an important meal in our house. We sit down every night (6pm sharp) to enjoy a meal together while catching up on our day and teaching Tommy manners at the same time. Not many people sit and enjoy a meal together anymore, and it's something I hope to continue as a family as long as I possibly can. While setting the table the other night something made me smile and I just had to grab my camera. It's a pretty typical meal really. We try to be healthy, and Tommy eats whatever WE eat minus the apple sauce of course, but what made me smile is the Vaudeville straw hat hiding behind the candle. See it? I don't know who put it there. Michael? Tommy? It could be either! Only at the Andrews, where vaudeville is alive and well! 
Have a great weekend everyone, and enjoy the links!

+ I am currently reading THIS and I cannot put it down! As a "Girls Next Door" watcher, I had to know what really went down in the Playboy Mansion. Crazy I tell ya!

+ Now that we're selling our house I'm going to try THIS. Don't know if it works, but I'm gonna give it a shot.

+ I wish they had THESE when I had an apartment in NY. Would have been a ncie quick fix for the kitchen. Cool right?!

+ I am ALWAYS looking for something new to do with ground turkey. I made THIS the other night and it was SO GOOD!!!!

+ Doing a little shopping this weekend? Nordstom is having a sale! See HERE.

Daily Gratitude: Today I am thankful for the rain. It's doing wonders for my flowers and grass!

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!