Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Favorite Things - January

Some of my favorite things in the month of January:

Accessories:

Rebecca Minkoff Regan Tote 

I adore my new purse and I love the perfect almond color!  The best part is that I can completely change the look by opening the side zippers.  It has a front and back pocket - perfect for easy access to the iPhone.  The best part of is that I paid cash for it using my FaceBook sales - yay me!
Jewelry:
 
Crystal Mason Ring  I wear this ring almost everyday.  It goes with everything and love that I can wear it on my middle finger so I can wear other rings with it. 
 
 
 
 
Technology:
 
SOL Republic Wireless headphones in white/rose gold  I have had the hardest time finding wireless ear buds that stay in my ear and are comfortable to wear.  My quest is over.  I LOVE these and wear them almost everyday while working out or listening to podcasts/audiobooks.  They are perfect!
 
 
Beauty:

Sunday Riley Luna Oil   I resisted buying this for a long time because of the price.  I finally caved and I'm glad I did.  It is wonderful.  Seriously, my skin has never looked better.  What I noticed first is the discoloration on my skin has significantly decreased.  I use it sparingly - every other night and a little goes a long way.  Definitely worth the price in my book.



Book:

Rising Strong by Bene Brown  This is a great book with so many insights and words of wisdom.  This particular section reminded me of what my mom would often tell me, "It's better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all."

"To love at all is to be vulnerable.  Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.  If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give it to no one, not even an animal.  Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements.  Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.  But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change.  I twill not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.  To love - is to be vulnerable.." 


 

TV Show:

Motzart in the Jungle   I recently discovered this show on Netflix and binge watched the first season.  I didn't think I would like it, but surprisingly it was really good!



Music:

Charles Kelley  I recently discovered on Spotify, Charles Kelley, from the band Lady Antebellum.  I didn't realize he also had a single album.   I don't normally listen to country music, but he may convert me.  Love the singer-songwriter feel to his music.



Favorite Quote:



Proud Parent Moment:

Olivia is very emotionally resilient.  She certainly has her moments of 'despair' typical of any tween girl ... but what I love most about her is her ability to pull herself up by the mental 'boot straps' and forge ahead.  She shared with me that she often thinks of this quote to help her move on from difficult moments -

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% of how you think about it."  

Paper Goodies

Scarlet Lime Planner Society kit  I am a planner nerd!  The only thing that beats the joy of writing something down and crossing it off is decorating and adding stickers to my to do list.  I know I know .... you have to be a certain type of person to understand the joy of it all - lol!  There is a HUGE society out there of women (perhaps men, but I have yet to witness one) who love this stuff.  I love getting my monthly kit from Scarlet Lime in the mail and just recently stopped hoarding all of my stash and decided to actually USE it.  It makes me happy!








Blizzard of 2016


We survived snowmogedden!  Our area received over 30 inches of snow.  Of course this debilitated the whole county. Schools closed for the week and for three days many residents were completely snowed in before the plows could set their roads free. 

We had the best time socializing with our neighbors. I didn't cook dinner for three days in a row as we just hopped from house to house for dinner.  I probably gained 10 pounds due to all the comfort foods being shared - beef stew, lasagna, meatloaf, chili etc.  One neighbor broke out his well loved family recipe for egg nog and we all sipped on it through out the snowy night. We made forts, snow angels, snowmen. We went sledding, played games, sat in the hot tub and had an adult coloring party.  It was a mini forced stay-vacation. 

We made the best of it. 















Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Art of Puttering

We live such busy lives always on the go, always something to do, somewhere to be. When we find that rare day when we have nothing on the agenda we all tend to putter our way through the day ... and no it doesn't have anything to do with golf.  I came across this article in the NYT called The Art of Puttering and I knew we weren't alone.  

Personally I have to fight the urge to add something to the agenda when nothing else is planned. It takes Dan and Olivia to remind me that it is OK to stay home and have no plans. When I let myself relax into the ease of hours passing by with no real to do list I'm mentally ticking off I find myself actually doing the things I truly enjoy - which usually has something to do with being creative.  I find that Olivia loves to play like she used to as a little girl make believing something.  Dan usually tackles some mound of paper that has been growing for months.  

Puttering isn't something you can plan, it's organic it just happens. You wake up one morning with a thrill when you realize you have nothing on the calendar and you are free ... gloriously free to putter!!  





Thursday, May 7, 2015

Podcasts


One of my favorite things to do lately is to walk Rosie to Starbucks in the morning and listen to one of my many podcasts. I even enjoy listening to a podcast, over music, when I exercise. Also any chance I get that I can listen while I do some mundane chore (laundry, unloading dishwasher, etc...) around the house is a bonus.  Some of my favorites lately are:  










It's truly a highlight of my day before I start work. Sometimes I even bring home some flowers!  It's the little things in life that cultivate happiness. You have to build those moments into your life .... make time around your busy day to do something for yourself .... don't forget to fill your cup.  



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bingo Night


We decided to try our have at bingo.  It was a fun night although a bit frustrating because we couldn't talk and gibber the whole time like usual since this was a serious game of paying attention!  Amy won one round and poor Tammy screamed a false bingo. A fun night for all. 








Dress Up

I took the girls shopping and they wanted to go into Forever 21 dressing room with some fun clothes to try on. This is what happened ..... love it 





Smooch Studio

We tool the girls to Smooch Studio to create their own custom lip glosses. The girls had a great time. Love this age ... right on the cusp of growing up.