Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Someday I will miss this...♥

 I feel like it was only yesterday that my living room was filled with baby toys scattered all over the floor. Squishy animals and a tickle me Elmo.  I can remember so clearly what it felt like to hold a little bald bundle of joy in my arms.  Soon it became Thomas trains and Arthur books. I would trip over plastic train tracks (all.the.time.) and spend hours looking for a random lost train that accidentally got kicked under the couch. And then it was on to cars.  Buckets and buckets of cars.  Everywhere. 

With kids, everything comes in stages.  And I feel like the older they get, the faster time goes by.  I miss the days when I pushed a baby carriage, and if I could do it over again there is no question I would.  Diapers and all! I wouldn’t mind one single bit watching endless episodes of Caillou or the Wiggles.  (Yup, we had a BIG Wiggles phase : )    

The cars still remain, but now they are more “on display” as collectibles rather than playthings.  All the same I’m glad they are still there.  After every stage passes I feel a sadness that it’s over.  One day these cars will be gone all together, and honestly, I’m not ready for that yet.  I love going into John’s room and seeing toys.  I always tell him to stay a kid for as long as possible.  Being a grown up is overrated.

Nowadays we watch YouTube videos and laugh a lot.  It’s not the same as playing trains but it’s just as good.  I keep reminding myself to slow down and cherish this stage before it ends and we are on to something else.  Making memories is the most precious gift I can give him. 
I can’t go back in time, but I sure can look forward to the future



Monday, May 21, 2018

Things I'm currently loving: Monday edition ♥

 Hello Everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!
I was up bright and early Saturday morning watching the wedding.  Wasn't it lovely?  I loved everything about it - the dress, the tiara (oh the tiara!), the music, the hats, the flowers....I could go on. The vision of the bride walking in that church alone gave me chills.  She was simply stunning.
I was right there with her mom, teary and proud.  Yup. It was a good day. 
And now on to real life.....: )
Today I thought I would share a few random things around the house that I'm currently loving. 
FYI: It doesn't take much :
How cute is this Mickey tissue box I picked up at Target?  I couldn't resist it.  Especially since we are  Disney obsessed around here. Or at least I am : )
Moon Light Path is still my favorite body spray from Bath & Body. Something about a brand new bottle makes me ♥♥♥
(I was sad to learn that they have discontinued that scent in the oil for the wall flowers! Why??! I'll have to pick a new one for my bedroom. Any suggestions....)
A pretty pink polish for my toes because it's sandal season!
Frosted mini wheats. Why? Because I love them. 
Truth be told, I'm normally a raving hot mess most mornings, but lately I've been trying to allow myself a few extra minutes to actually sit down and eat breakfast. 
It really does make a difference ♥
And so do these! A fresh batch of homemade cookies for the week!
Cut up watermelon in the fridge is heaven!
Freeze pops! Because they are delicious! We enjoy these all summer long.  I actually prefer them to Popsicles!  A fresh bag of freeze pops means summer is coming!
So that's what' I'm loving  these days! How about you? What's making you smile this week?
I would love to know.  
Happy Monday, friends! Let's make it a good one ♥

Friday, May 18, 2018

Weekly wrap up ♥

Hello everyone and happy Friday!  This week has been very busy and I must be honest with you, I'm glad it's over.  Don't get me wrong, I like being busy,  but the thought of curling up in front of the TV tomorrow and watching the Royal Wedding is all I've been thinking about.  It's going to rain which makes it even better! We don't have any other solid plans other than that, and I couldn't be happier : ) 

Here's a few random pics from our busy week.... 

Mother's Day was simply delightful. John made us all breakfast - he's become a master at scrambled eggs and toast! 

My mom gifted me with this pretty "tea for one set".  I absolutely love it! 

My sister in law had us over for dinner that night with my in laws which was wonderful! 
On Monday, my mom and I planned a day out! 

We had fun day of shopping and a lovely lunch at Panera Bread.  The spring salad with poppy seed dressing is delicious!  

Tuesday it was back to the real world.... 

Trying to stay hydrated at work.  I like sparkling water with lemon ♥

And always an afternoon coffee and a snack ♥ 

John was home sick one day because of his allergies.  (he enjoyed the chocolate dipped frozen bananas by the did the rest of us!)  

Thanks to Zyrtec and a little rain to wash the pollen away he is feeling better. 

John requested mac & cheese the day he was home.  I was all prepared to make the yummy "homemade" kind when he promptly brought me a box from the pantry.  "This is my favorite" he said.  
Yup, that's how we roll around here ♥

Although I did make Rob and I a yummy chicken and broccoli stir fry this week.  I brought leftovers for lunch the next day. 

Mid week John attended his friend Jonathan's birthday party.  It was on a "game truck" which is something I had never heard of.  Apparently it's a thing.  It pulls up in front of the house and the all kids climb on board.  Jonathan's mom texted me this photo of the boys in the truck.  I told her they look hypnotized! 


And  to round out the week, last night was our schools annual spring Pops concert, which is something we love and look forward to all year.    

All the kids did an amazing job!  

John and his drum! ♥ 

My Dad ~ very proud of his grandson! 
(side note: John definitely gets his hair from my Dad!) 

John and his cousin Anthony ♥ (go Celtics! : ) 

John and his buddy Sean who also plays drums in the band.  

I'm glad they have each other and I'm also glad they have music.  It really does make the world go around! 

Happy weekend my friends! I'm setting my alarm tonight for 5:30 am so I don't miss any details of the wedding in the morning.  I know I could record it, but what fun would that be? I'll nap after the ceremony : )
 I have my Union Jack mug all ready to go.  Although it will be filled with coffee, not tea.  Close enough!

Bye! xo 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Chocolate dipped frozen bananas ♥

Hello everyone!  Happy Wednesday!  

We are half way through the week and I'm feeling good! 
John on the other hand is not.  He's home sick today suffering terribly with allergies.  This happens every spring so it's no surprise, but still doesn't make it any easier.  Stuffy nose, itchy throat, watery eyes, the works!  It's safe to say that he does not enjoy the beautiful spring blossoms as much as the rest of us.  Sigh.

Rob and I are are working today so he's home with his grandparents, cozy on the couch - tissues at bay!  
I decided I was going to make him a special treat this afternoon when I get home, but what? And then as I caught a glimpse of this basket of bananas on the kitchen table it came to me!  

Chocolate dipped frozen bananas!  

I blogged this recipe once a few years back but because it's so GOOD and EASY I thought it was worth a second post.  

The only thing you have to do ahead of time is freeze the bananas.  

Before I left for work this morning I peeled 2 ripe bananas and put them in the freezer.  

Have you ever froze bananas?

 They are so delicious frozen!  You can blend them in a food processor and make ice cream, add them to smoothies, or dip them in chocolate!

Yeeeeees please! 

This is probably the easiest thing you will ever make

Take one cup of chocolate chips and two tablespoons of vegetable oil and melt in the microwave. 
I melted mine on defrost in 30 second intervals. 

Let the chocolate cool a bit, for just a minute or two... ♥

Take two frozen bananas and cut them into bite sized chunks.

Now dip the banana pieces in the chocolate.  I dipped mine using  two forks. 

Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Put back in the freezer to set. 

 Once frozen, store in the freezer in a sealed bag or airtight container. 

I can't wait to get home today and make these for him! : ) 

I guarantee you will become addicted to these things! They are waaaay too easy to make which makes it really hard to stop eating them.  Every time I walk by the freezer I'm tempted....but wait - these are for John!  
I'm sure he'll share with his mom, right?! We'll see about that!  ♥

Happy Wednesday, dear friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week and not suffering with allergies! Weather you are or aren't, frozen chocolate dipped bananas are amazing! 

And didn't you hear....chocolate is a vegetable...Mom says so! (it must be true : ) 

Make them today! Trust me ♥ 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Weekly wrap up ♥

Hello and happy Saturday!  Another week gone by in the lovely month of May.  And it's Mother's Day weekend!  It's raining today but it's supposed to clear up for a nice day tomorrow.  Hopefully the sun will come out.  We are having dinner with my in laws on Sunday and then on Monday I'm taking my mother out to lunch and shopping! I can't wait for a mother-daughter day! 
May is moving swiftly along, isn't it?  Hard to believe the school year will be winding down soon.  John has had a very good year and I'll be sad to see grade 5 end.  Time goes by so quickly, doesn't it?  We must do something about that....: )
Anyway, here are a few snaps from my week !
We made our first trip to DQ! The first of many I'm sure!  This is my standard order.... ♥
Everyday new flowers are appearing.  The other morning I noticed the lilies of the valley in our front yard are blooming! I love the scent of these! In another few days I'll be able to pick a bunch to put on my nightstand. 

Getting motivated to go to work is hard....especially on beautiful spring days!  This week I've been bringing iced coffee to-go.  It makes my ride a little more enjoyable  : )

John has really gotten into collecting POP figures.  He got some money from the tooth fairy this week and asked if we could go to Barnes & Noble to get one. I think it's so funny they have one for EVERYTHING.  I saw a Golden Girls set that I thought was hilarious! I should have photographed it!  They also had the entire Royal Family! ♥
He chose this one from Disney Pixar's Ratatouille (we love that movie!).  The shelf in his bedroom is slowly filling up! : )

 On nice days I take walks at lunch ♥

All I need is a store bought graham cracker crust, some instant pudding, and cool whip for my family to think I'm the best baker in the world.  If they only ♥
This actually was pretty good.  I put canned peaches on the bottom, under the pudding. 

My struggle is real here, folks!  I'm at a crossroads of weather to stick it out or try someone new. 
If I switch to someone new and don't like it, I can't go back...what to do? what to do?

I made a new friend yesterday.  My friend Julie's cat, Lily!
She's 14 years old and the sweetest ♥
Rob and John are both allergic to cats so we can't have one : (

Starbucks cinnamon chip scones are the best! I treated myself to one this week.  You should too!
You're welcome ♥

And randomly, what really made  my week......this Instagram filter!
I mean.....come on!
It's what my dreams are made of! : )

Happy Mother's Day weekend to all of you!
I hope you enjoy your Sunday with the ones you love!  xo 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

What's in my beauty bag? ♥

I've been hoarding a gift card from Sephora since Christmas!  Can you believe I've held on to it this long? Me either! 

How do you approach a gift card? Do you go the practical route and get something you would have gotten anyway (and feel happy you saved $) or do you splurge on something different? In all honesty I usually go the practical route.  This time however I decided to try something new.  Makeup is so expensive these days and spending money on something you may or may not like is a risk  That being said, this time I went against all my practical instincts and splurged.  I bypassed my usual products and decided to pick up two things I've had my eye on for a while.  

I also landed a bag of samples which was super exciting!  I love samples ♥ 

The first product I picked out is IT Cosmetics CC+ Illumination.  

I've been using an IT CC+ cream foundation for the past few months and I really love the brand.  I was particularly  interested in this one though because of it's anti aging properties, 50+ sunscreen AND anything that claims it will "illuminate" your skin must be good, right? Going into the warmer months I like to lighten my make up a little.  This foundation claims to give full coverage and brighten skin at the same time.  And anyone out there whose ever tried to take a selfie knows light is key....♥

Along with the foundation I decided to get the perfecting powder.  Again...anti aging, SPF 50+...I'm in! 

How cute is this inside the the flap.....♥

I got the fair shades in both the foundation and powder. 

My rewards points gifted me with a free sample of this Caudalie moisturizing sorbet.  I have used this before and I really love it.  I was excited to get a sample of this! 

It feels very luxurious (maybe it's the name : ) 

I also got a Stila liquid lipstick in the color "perla".  It's perfect for spring! ♥ 

In my goodie bad were two mud masks from Glamglow and 2 sample cleansers.  I can't wait to try these!

Lastly, I received a whole slew of perfume samples.  The best! I love these because it gives you the opportunity to try a scent for a few days (or longer) and see if you truly like it or not.  Also, variety!  I like trying out new ones I may have never heard of.  

The one in the middle called NEST - So lovely!!!  

Today I'm wearing this one called Clean.  It's amazing! 

It's hard to describe perfume in writing, so I'll just say it's my new favorite ♥ 

And that's it, friends!  I've been using the CC Illuminating foundation and powder for a little over a week now and I'm happy to say I really like them! My skin feels lighter and brighter, yet I still have full coverage.  Maybe not as much as the regular foundation that I was wearing, but that is the whole point.  Lighten things up for the warm weather.  

I'm trying to achieve a more natural "sheer" look (without being totally sheer, if that makes sense). ♥ 

Most importantly...
I feel content knowing I have an SPF 50 on my face too!  

I took a risk trying new products and I'm happy to say this time it paid off! 
Merry Christmas to me! 

Bring on the sunshine! I'm ready! ♥