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!



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!