Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer favorites: with a grateful heart... ♥

Hello Friends! I am back.  I feel as though I have been disconnected for a few days.  I want to say thank you to all my online friends who have reached out with all their positive thoughts and prayers lately. 
For those of you who don't know, my Mom had an unexpected trip to the hospital last week.  She had a sever blockage in her heart and had to have surgery on Friday.  I'm happy to say our prayers were answered.  She's home now and doing much better.  It was quite a scare for my family and we are so grateful that she is okay.  Now we are focusing on her recovery - making sure she takes her medicines, follows a new (low salt!) diet, and once she gets her strength back, a little exercise. 
There is nothing like a health scare to put things into perspective.  When my Mom was in the hospital, I didn't care about anything else. I just wanted her to be okay.  Something like this changes you.  We got a warming and now we've been given a second chance.  I'm so grateful God was (is!) watching over us!
Before this happened (last Tuesday) I had these photo's uploaded and prepared to post as my weekly Summer Favorites.  I'm going to still post them, just keep in mind they are two weeks old. I have to still keep myself busy or else I will worry, worry, worry.  There are times in life when a little distraction and mindless chatter are a good thing! ♥  
So anyway, here are a few other things going on lately....
Something I've always wanted to do is see Shakespeare in the park.  I read in last weeks paper that the Bay Colony Shakespeare Company will be preforming Midsummer Night's Dream in August, outdoors, just one town over.  It's a nighttime show in a beautiful venue, just minutes from my house.  I bought my ticket and can hardly wait to go ♥
We had some fun pool time at Rob's aunt & uncles pool.  What a fun day!
Love them so much!

Just look at that face! xoxo

And then on one rainy Saturday afternoon I found this in my pantry.... Old fashioned brown bread! It's the stuff my childhood was made of! (Yes, it's bread in a can! If you are from New England you know what I'm talkin' about! : )

Toasted with butter is the best! Add an old black & white Jimmy Stewart movie and you've got a perfect Saturday afternoon!

A new bakery opened up in South Weymouth square.  It's a dangerous place, let me tell you!

I discovered that I really LOVE Kind bars! They are worth the extra few pennies.  This one (dark chocolate cherry cashew) was delicious!  
I got some fresh mint and basil from my father in law's garden.  It's so pretty and fragrant that I put them in a vase on the kitchen island.  I wish I had his green thumb for gardening!
I took a stroll by one of my favorite little French shops in the square.  Unfortunately I can only afford to window shop.....and I do that often! : )  

We hung a new clock in the bedroom. Well, it's not actually new.  I got this clock quite a while ago and have never hung it.  Once I finally did it I remembered how much I love a ticking clock in the house.  I guess I haven't had one in a while.  It's very comforting.

Have I told you that we are going to Disney??? Yes! Next month we are road tripping to Orlando! (we are staying here) This will be John's first Disney trip - and also his birthday week! What more could an new 8 year old ask for?! Last week I asked my IG/twitter friends for any tips regarding Disney travel.  Thank you all so much for your suggestions! And please keep them coming! I'm concerned about the August Florida heat and also the crowds, but you all had some great suggestions ♥
The cherry tomato plant on my deck is doing awesome! It's been very hot and humid here lately so I have to remember to water them.  As long as I do that, they are happy!
Same goes for the geraniums.  Must. remember. to. water.
Fresh mint leaves in orange fizzy drinks are very refreshing on a hot day!
Have you ever tried argan oil? This conditioner is the best one I have ever used! I have always wanted to try it but it's very expensive.  Then the other day I had a great idea.  Buy the travel size! It's way cheaper and you only use a little at a time anyway.  Brilliant! This conditioner makes my hair soft and shiny - and it smells amazing!
I checked out Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette from the library (again!) last week an watched it for the umpteenth time! I really love this movie.  I think Kirsten Dunst made the perfect Marie Antoinette. And it was actually filmed at The Palace of Versailles. It's so beautiful! (one of the places I would LOVE to go to). The costumes are amazing too! ♥♥♥
Because it's been so hot, I've been going the easy route with cooking.  This day I made roasted sausages, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes.  All on one cookie sheet and it was delicious!
 My Dad planted wild flower seeds on the side of my parents house.  We had no idea what was going to grow.  This is the result.  Quite pretty! I love the one lone red flower, just standing there in the middle.  I know how she feels. #awkward
Here is a tip that I learned from Susan Branch's Summer book.  When it's really hot out, put your body lotions, moisturizers, perfumes, etc  in the refrigerator.  What a refreshing treat on hot skin.  I've been doing this for years.  Cold Oil of Olay on my face after a hot shower is the best!
 Some of you have asked me about the stones that I talked about in my last post.  I am planning on doing a blog post about them soon.  They have really helped me this week ♥


And of course the obligatory ice cream cone! We can't stop and we don't want to! Do you take jimmies or sprinkles?
Thank you all so much for being here! You have no idea how much I appreciate you!
Have a great week!


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom, but I am very happy to hear she is doing better. Sending hugs & prayers for good health your way!
    It looks like you are having an excellent Summer (minus Mom's setback.) It is always best to keep busy. I'm a worrier too, so busy is the way to go!
    I'm jealous over the Shakespeare in the park. I wish we had something like that around here. I know I would love it. (so would my daughter)
    I'm happy to hear you're going to Disney. There's nothing like Disney seen through a child's eyes! Enjoy!

    1. Thanks so much Gina!!! I appreciate the hugs & prayers! I hope you are having a great summer too (and staying cool!!! : ) xx

  2. I am so glad your mom is recovering well, Danielle! Your dad's wildflower patch is fabulous. Every year I plant wildflowers in our side yard where it is so shady nothing can really grow- yet the wildflowers do really well! Yesterday, I went out and picked a bunch to put in a jar in the kitchen- and it was so pretty I almost didn't want to touch it. I absolutely love wildflowers and it's always a fun surprise to see what pops up.

    1. It's so fun! When he planted the seeds we had no idea what was going to come up! We all had a nice surprise! They are so pretty! ♥

  3. I'm sorry about your mother, my friend.
    So happy she is home and feeling better.
    You are so very right; something like that makes you stop and really think...
    Prayers and love to you all.
    Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer.
    And ENJOY Disneyworld!!!!!!!!
    Soooo exciting!!!!

    1. Thank you Billie Jo for your prayers and love! It is more appreciated than you know! We are all very grateful and she is getting better every day! I hope you enjoy these last few weeks of summer too! Let's make them last! Our excitement for Disney is growing. Can't wait to go on vacation ♥

  4. Oh, Danielle! I am thrilled to hear that your mom is back at home and on the mend! I know how dear your mom is to you, therefore, I can imagine the scare this must have been for you! It truly does put everything in perspective. I will continue to keep her in my prayers. Aside from last week's incident, it looks like you've been having a wonderful summer so far. I hope your mom gains her strength soon so you can celebrate with a belated birthday turkey dinner. Hugggs! xoxo

    1. Thank you Rosinda! You are such a sweet friend! My mom is feeling better and soon enough we will celebrate with that turkey dinner! LOL I'm glad you are having a wonderful summer too! I can't believe we are in August already! Let's make these last days of summer last! xo

  5. Good Morning Danielle :0) I am so sorry to hear about your moms health scare. Im so glad she is doing better and working on getting well. Ill be keeping your mom and your family in my daily prayers. So excited for you all going to Disney World! Have a wonderful time.. Afterall, It is the happiest place on earth! Blessings to you, Marge

    1. Thank you Marge! Your prayers are so appreciated! She's feeling better and I'm so grateful! ♥ Looking forward to a much needed vacation in Disney - and you're right...it IS the happiest place on Earth! LOL xx

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