Friday, September 21, 2018

Weekly wrap up

Hello Everyone! Happy Friday!  I'm so relieved we've made it to the end of another week.  I don't know about you, but I just couldn't catch up with myself this week.  It seemed like one big rush.  I'm looking forward to doing a whole lot of nothing this weekend.  Wait, I take that back.  I'm looking forward to watching a fall movie on the Hallmark channel, drinking pumpkin spice coffee, and hopefully taking a nice long nap.  I'm determined to get some rest and be more productive next week!  Hey, life happens and this is the way it is sometimes, right?

Anyhoo, here is a little peek into the past week.... 

 We attended a family wedding on Saturday in Portland, Maine. 

It was a gorgeous day! 

Before the ceremony we met family at the hotel they were staying at and had a drink in the lounge.  It overlooked the city. 

Nice view! 

I had a prosecco to celebrate the occasion! Cheers! 

The beautiful couple! Rob's cousin Laura and her new husband Dave!

Congratulations! ~ 

After the outdoor ceremony (here at that lighthouse) we boarded a trolley and headed to a restaurant for the reception.  

We had a great time! 

Rob and I really need to work on our selfie game.  

We are pretty bad at this! LOL 

This was my first time in Portland.  I instantly fell in love with its quaint charm. 
I would love to go back one day and spend more time exploring!  

Getting back to real life on Monday.  I needed a boost so I took myself out to lunch! 
(the flatbread pizza at Starbucks is delicious and only $5...just sayin'...) 

I currently loving this rosewater facial spray from Mario Badescu! I use it as a setting spray after I do my makeup.  I love the smell and it's so refreshing on my skin! 

This.  Just because it's amazing! 

John is in the throws of 6th grade math.  Lord. have. mercy. 

And the best part of my week was the realization that we'll be in Disney in 51 days!!  To say I'm excited would be an understatement. 

I'm literally busting! I cannot wait! : ) 

But before then I have a whole lot of fall to enjoy. 

I'm on leaf watch.... checking everyday to see more and more colors changing.  

And that about does it! 

Wishing you all a comfy and cozy weekend!

I love this time of year! 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Hi Everyone! 

This week I've really been trying to get back into the swing of a normal routine.  John's back to full school days and is super hungry when he gets home.  I've officially entered a comfort food phase, which means I'm craving hearty meals! 

I have a few recipes that I've had saved and have been waiting for the right time to try them. 

This fall & winter I'm looking to add some new meals to our rotation so if you have any favorites (preferably crock pot/comfort food) please let me know!

That being said, yesterday I tried a new recipe!

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs!

I've never had a chicken meatball before and I thought it sounded interesting.  I love meatballs and I love chicken parm, so why not have the best of both worlds? 

I'm glad I have these a try.  They were delicious! 

I got the recipe from one of my favorite blogs:

Tracy has so many yummy recipes! If you haven't visited her blog, you really should!

That being said, here is the link for these meatballs in case you want to give them a try! 
She gives step by step instructions with photos, which I love : ) 

I added some extra sauce, garlic bread, and a salad on the side.  Comfort meal accomplished! 

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you who are in the path of Hurricane Florence. I pray that you are all safe and sound! 

It's been rainy and gray here this past week, but I'm not complaining.  I'll keep my candles lit and our bellies full ~ 

Happy Thursday dear ones! 


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Weekly wrap up ♥

Hello Friends!  It's Sunday night and guess what? I have a sweater on ;)
It was cool & gray today and I didn't mind one bit.  Fall has arrived ♥
This week was certainly a busy one, with John starting school on Wednesday.  I can't believe I am the mom to a 6th grader!  I'm happy to report that his first week as a success! He likes his teacher and two of his best friends are in his class.  I was so happy for him!  Let's pray the good times last through week 2!
It's been a week of adjustments.  Getting up early, going to bed early, and getting back into the swing of things.  The cool temperatures have helped.  I have to set my alarm a half hour earlier now so I can wake John for school.  It's still dark out when I wake.  Rob makes the coffee before he leaves for work so it's all ready for me. I love taking my first cup of coffee back to bed with me.  I watch an episode of I Love Lucy on the Hallmark channel while I slowly sip it and come alive.  It's a ritual that I do every morning, but somehow it's more cozy this time of year.  I also got a new comforter for my bed which is so soft I don't want to get out of it.....but more on that later...: )

This week was an endless parade of filling out emergency forms and covering books.  I'm back to making lunches and packing snacks.  Summer seems so far in the past (even though it was only 2 weeks ago I was at the beach! ).

 The canned pumpkin in my  pantry had been calling me for a solid week.  I finally answered and baked a quick batch of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins! Oh my, they are so good!!
One is going in John's lunch box tomorrow.  Mine too! ♥
The recipe I used can be found here
 I shared the recipe in a blog post last year : )
Here is my new bedding set I told you about.  I have been needing a new comforter for ages.  I finally took the plunge and treated myself to this one from Khols.  I went with ivory because it will go with anything.  My sheets and quilt are blue and I thought I could bring in color with extra pillows if I want.  I'm over the moon for this set because the top side is like a velour (super soft) and the underside is Sherpa fleece! It's so warm & cozy!!
Lying in bed under a cozy blanket, reading a book or watching a movie is wonderful this time of year.  I was thinking of some other things that I look forward to doing in the fall.  Most of them are little moments, nothing fancy, just what I love...
take a drive to look at leaves
drink hot apple cider
make Halloween treats
watch a fall movie (on Hallmark : )
make chili
do a fall craft (thinking of making a wreath this year)
go apple picking
carve pumpkins (and roast the seeds)
get a new cardigan and pair of boots
I'm hoping to do at least two of these thing this week!  What are some things you love to do this time of year?
Wishing you all a happy new week! Let's make it a good great one! ♥

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Welcome September ♥

Hello Friends! It's September! 

And although it doesn't exactly feel like September outside yet, it's certainly beginning to look like September in my house.  This weekend I put all my summer decorations away and started to bring out my fall things.  I felt a little guilty about it considering we were having a hot spell and it was 90 degrees out, but once I caught my first whiff of pumpkin spice all that guilt went out the window.  

Bring it on! 

The first thing I did was hang this bittersweet wreath on the wall.  It's very old and is starting to show it's age in spots, but I still love it : ) 

I put fall runners on my coffee table and kitchen table.  

The fall scented candles are my favorite! This one is salted caramel apple! (happy, happy!)

For my kitchen table this hurricane lamp. 

I love the colors and crackled glass. 

On my hutch pumpkins and pine cones!
Two of my favorite things ♥

Little bits of orange, red, and yellow everywhere. 

I still have a long way to go, but just these bits of color warm the room and tell me its Fall!
(well, not technically, but close enough : ) 

Too soon?  


Not for me! 

No fall season is complete without Peanuts! (at least not in my book : ) 

Welcome Great Pumpkin! 

It will be here before we know it! 

Although my rule is to never buy Halloween candy early.  I don't have to tell you why... :) 

I hope you enjoyed this little peek inside my home. 

As the temperatures cool down and the days become more crisp I will bring out more things.

I think I may have to do a Target run because the last time I was there I saw some really cute stuff!

I also have my pantry stocked with this!!!!  
Hmmm, what will I make??? 

Stay tuned! 
Happy September, my friends!
 I hope it's off to a beautiful start! I can't wait unit the leaves start to turn! 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Weekly wrap up ♥ goodbye summer, hello fall : )

Last Sunday we had the most beautiful beach day.  I knew it would be our last of the season. 
We parked it right in this very spot and enjoyed the sound of the waves and smell of the ocean air.
I put my toes in the sand and felt grateful for having such a nice summer ♥
For it's time to say goodbye to beach days.  As much as I've loved you, it's time to move on. 
Seasons are changing ♥

On Monday John and I had a busy day.  School shopping and a doctor's appointment. 
School starts Wednesday and I hadn't done a single thing. 
Time to get busy!
(me and every other mom in Wal-Mart...we all had our checklists : )

 Notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, folders, protractor, ruler, calculator, lunchbox, backpack, sneakers. 
And then there's uniform pants, shirts, gym clothes, socks, underwear, belt....and so on and so and so on. 
So much STUFF!
Our cart was full and I only missed a few items that I'll pick up this weekend.  Anyone know where I can get a metric ruler???
 I'm happy to report his physical went great.  He's grown 3 inches this year!!! 
He did have to get 2 shots, which were not fun, but he was brave and shook it off like a champ! ♥
That deserved Subway for lunch :)
And then this happened! ♥
(well, technically it IS still summer after all!)
So there you are.  All ready for grade 6!!!  His Incredibles backpack is loaded up and organized with all his supplies.  He's excited for Wednesday and looking forward to seeing all his friends. 
As for me, this weekend I'm officially getting out of Summer mode and into Fall mode because...
Yes indeed!  The time has come! 
No matter what the calendar or nasty thermometer says, to me September IS Fall ♥
Happy Friday everyone!  Enjoy this last day of August.  Tomorrow let's all have PSL's and celebrate!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Frozen pineapple treat ♥ (tastes like a Dole Whip!)

Hello Friends!
 I hope you had a lovely week.  I can't believe it's almost Labor Day and the summer is coming to an end.  John has one more week left of summer vacation before returning back to school.  I know some of your little ones have already gone back.  Every where I look there is a back to school sale. And I've even seen Halloween candy in the grocery stores. It seems like the summer has just started and all of sudden we are at the end.  We've had a great summer.  Once again, gone by too fast ♥
 I can feel the shift in the air.  We had some cooler days this past week that really made it feel like fall. We shut off the air conditioners and opened the windows.  Ahh, that fresh air.  Smells so good!
 I actually just stepped outside and it's cool out! My phone said 69 degrees!  
(It's Saturday night, 11:30 pm).  Why did I step outside you ask? 
To take this.....
So beautiful, right?! 
I wasn't going to let that go by without a proper picture ♥


The temperatures are rising again and we are due for another hot spell over the next few days.  We are  planning on going to the beach tomorrow morning.  It will be our last beach day this summer.  One last hurrar! ♥
 I intend on getting one last week of summer out of my system before I officially turn the page to fall.  Once John goes back to school it's on! Pumpkin spice and everything nice : )
So since I've still got a little bit of  summer left in me, here's a treat I've been enjoying lately that I thought I would share with you today. 

All you do is take some vanilla ice cream, some frozen pineapple chunks, and a splash of either pineapple juice or orange juice, and whirl it around in the blender until it's smooth.

Pour into a glass and top with a dollop of whip cream.  It's so good! ♥
If you've ever been to Disney World and had a Dole taste just like it! : )


 On Monday I'm taking John for his annual physical and then we are going back to school shopping.  School supplies, clothes, new shoes, the works. This time of the year always brings a mix of emotions.  A sadness that summer vacation is ending, but also excitement and anticipation of starting something new.  
I'm going to try to live in the moment this week and make every day count.  Who's with me?! ♥

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wednesday thoughts ♥


I came across this the other day and it hit home...... 

This is me. All the time
Anyone else?

I guess in my mind I still think it's 1995 and all my favorite sweaters are still tucked away in my drawer.  I better not tell myself I wouldn't be able to fit in them even if they were there! HA!

Happy Wednesday, friends! It's rainy here today, but guess what?  I'm wearing a cardigan!!!
(those I will never part with : )

Yup, cardigan season is back! At least for now anyway....

Have a great day! xo