Good coffee too! ♥
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Friday, January 27, 2023
We still celebrate Valentines Day but in a different way. I have little decorations up and I'll use my heart shaped cake pan (that I use once a year!) and we'll have chocolate cake. Rob always remembers our first year married when I made a heart shaped meatloaf and pink mashed potatoes! I was very creative back then! This year will probably be some kind of pasta dish with garlic bread. But that's still a few weeks away.
First we have a birthday to celebrate ♥
Me too!! ♥
I hope you all have a wonderful, cozy weekend!
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Friday, January 20, 2023
As you do...
Happy January everyone! How are your ordinary days going?
Stay cozy and have a wonderful weekend!!
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!
I'm still waiting for snow! ♥
Stay cozy! xoxoxox
Friday, January 6, 2023
Hello Friends! Happy Friday! ♥
We've come to the end of the first week of the year. Its unseasonably warm here which is a bit unsettling. This week it's been raining, but with it being so warm it's making the air feel humid and icky. It's January and I need it be cold. I need frosty windows and a reason to wear my new hat & scarf. I will probably eat these words in February, but for now I'm wishing for it at least to be chilly...:)
This week I've been basking in the quietness that comes in the aftermath of a holiday. We are all still trying to find our routine and catch up on all the sleep we lost over the past month. It takes a while for the holiday hangover to wear off. The house is still which I love and mostly bare. I miss my tree but I did put this little one up in the family room. I had it in my bedroom on my night table and instead of packing it away with all the other decorations I decided to keep it out for a little longer. It's tiny but I'm still loving it's glow in the early morning ♥
I did a grocery shop this morning and I made sure to load up on lots of fruits and veggies. I'm trying to be super conscious of health right now to fight off colds and flu's, which seem to be everywhere. The beauty of eating healthy is that I LOVE fruits and veggies. We've been enjoying salads this week with beets and cucumbers. Also oranges make for a perfect snack!
And taste so refreshing in wintertime ♥
Today I'm finishing up some work items and then I'm jumping into the weekend with the biggest smile on my face. Why? Because I love weekends. That is all! We have plans to see the new Whitney Houston movie on Saturday (which I'm excited about) and on Sunday John's godfather is stopping by to exchange gifts with him and probably watch a football game or two with Rob. I'm hoping for a nap and to maybe start a new puzzle I got for Christmas. I also want to organize my new planner.
And that's about as exciting as it gets around here, friends! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Stay cozy and I'll see you back here on Monday! ♥
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Hello Friends and Happy 2023! ♥
It's hard to believe the holidays are over and it's the start of a brand new year. As much as I try to slow it down, time keeps ticking. I hope you all had a happy and blessed holiday. Mine was wonderful, filled with family, friends, and many quiet moments at home that I keep going back to in mind. The little ordinary times like sitting by the tree in the morning and lighting Christmas candles every night. Those rituals I'll miss. When I had my last cup of tea from my advent calendar I almost cried! I'm definitely getting another one of those next year : )
We spent a lovely Christmas eve at my in laws. My mother in law went all out (as usual) with a delicious meal! She has a magic touch when it comes to entertaining and this year was no different. The next day we spent at home celebrating with my family. It was one of the best holidays I've had in a long time! We were relaxed, comfy, and cozy all day. We played records and ate turkey and pie and were happy until we fell asleep. A few days later we packed up the car and went on a road trip to visit our dear friends in Pennsylvania. We had an amazing weekend with them!! We ate delicious food, played games, watched movies, talked and told stories until the wee hours of the morning. I cuddled puppies and drank more coffee than I should have and it was perfection ♥
And now here we are. Back to school and work and trying desperately to get back into some sort of routine. All our Christmas decorations are packed safely away and the house is a clean slate. I love decorating in winter time. It's all about natural and neutral. By January, the clutter of Christmas (as much I love it!) gets to me and I'm ready to clean and organize. Even though it was earlier than usual, I decided to take down my tree and decorations the day after Christmas because I was not going to be home on New Years. It turned out to be a good decision because I came home to a clean, clutter free house on Monday. Yay! That alone kicked the year off to a good start! That and my mother in laws chicken pot pie which she dropped off for us so I didn't have to cook dinner that night. Brilliant ♥
As far as resolutions go, I'm not making any. Let's face it, I never stick to them. I could say I'd like to eat healthier and drink more water. Ok sure. But I should be doing that anyway. I personally like to look at New Years as a starting point for something I would like to do. For example, this year I would like to shop more locally and make a point to visit thrift stores. I want to prioritize sleep and self care. I want to make sure I say no to things I don't want to do and remember that my happiness matters too. I have some fun craft projects I'd like to attempt this year (like making a loop blanket!) and I'm going to start journaling again. This is all no pressure (because I don't do well under pressure). I just want to live a more simple, slow paced, intentional life. That's my mind set going into this new year. Let's romanticize everything and make every day special.
Here's something to consider... ♥
Have a wonderful day friends! Thank you for sharing another year me here in this little space. I look forward to many happy days with you going forward! Another year of recipes, crafts, daily life, ending my sentences with hearts, and using too many exclamation points. I can hardly wait! ♥
Stay cozy! Love you all!