What Are You Thankful For?

Every year on Thanksgiving, after a few glasses of wine, my family and I like to discuss what we are most thankful for.

It’s an important thing to consciously ask yourself because it allows you to reflect on your life. Even if you have been going through hard times, you can remember the ones around you that love you or that you are healthy and have a roof over your head.

Today I have a list of everything I’m thankful for, and boy is it a dozy!

  1. My health after a big scare with breast cancer 10 months ago.
  2. Our families new dog.
  3. That my youngest son graduated from 3rd grade.
  4. Our new addition to the house.
  5. That all of my family members are healthy and happy with their lives.
  6. My husbands new boat.
  7. The Saturday nights I get to spend with my oldest friends.
  8. The fun things I’ve learned taking art classes.
  9. My new job.
  10. My husbands promotion.
  11. That I learned calligraphy for our Christmas cards this year.

So, what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Leave a comment below, I would love to read it!

Dry Skin Tips & My New Favorite Skin Care Products


I stumbled upon this article on dry skin care tips by Lara Ramos and found it pretty interesting. I’ve alway suffered with the “winter itch”  – seasonal dry skin. Since I already have sensitive skin, this has led to me bouncing from product to product, trying out new moisturizers every few months.

The tips that Yon-Ka brought up are great and I’d love to expand upon my favorite and add a few more. Enjoy! Continue Reading…

How To Get Rid of The Hiccups… A Lollipop?

Occasionally I’ll get some pretty bad hiccups due to my heart condition. Nothing extreme, but they sure do hurt.

About two days ago after lunch with a friend, I started getting them bad. She could tell it was uncomfortable for me just by the look on my face after each loud hiccup.

“Did you know there’s a remedy for hiccups? I saw it on the news,” she said.

“Really?” I said bewildered (I’ve tried every crazy hiccup remedy ever created). I was intrigued.

“You’re going to think I’m crazy… It’s a lollipop. A girl invented it to help cure her hiccups when she was 13 years old!”

Well, I was a bit skeptical but I nonetheless interested. If a lollipop could cure my hiccups, I wanted 100.

I did a bit of digging and found out what my friend was talking about. It’s a product called Hiccupops – How To Get Rid of Hiccups For Good. I was very impressed with what I read. Apparently it was created as a cheap and easy way to cure the inventors hiccups when she was a little girl. Below is a video I found of her explaining what they are and how they are made

Inevitably I pre-ordered a bunch of them. If they work, I will be very happy. The only real hiccup “remedy” I’ve gotten to work for me is holding my breath and drinking a full glass of water (while holding my nose). But I can’t exactly do that in public without looking like a crazy person…

I will report back when I try my first Hiccupop!

Fall Family Activities (My Favorites)


Fall is my favorite season. The kids are back at school, the weather cools down, and I get to enjoy my favorite activities with my family :).

It wasn’t always my favorite season. Growing up, my family moved almost every year for my fathers job. Since both of my parents worked full time, I was placed in after school programs in the Fall. By “after school programs” I mean being bored to death in a library being forced to do my homework. I wanted to be outside, enjoying the beauty of the changing colors. When I grew up I knew I would spend as much time outside enjoying this beautiful season and that is exactly what I do.

Today’s post is a collection of my absolute favorite family-friendly activities to enjoy during the Autumn season.

Enjoy! Continue Reading…

Redecorating The New Home

It’s been over four months and I already need to redecorate my new home! Can you tell I’m an interior designer already?

My mind has been racing with color pallets, art from galleries I’ve visited, and, of course, the Restoration Hardware Fall 2014 catalogue. I’ve received a bit of flack for wanting to redecorate so soon, from basically everyone I know (and everyone that isn’t insane, like me).

So, while I try to win this argument, I figured I would share some of my ideas on this blog – lighting, color scheme, furniture, and more. Continue Reading…

My Top 3 Favorite Bloggers

Bloggin’ ain’t easy…

Every one of my friends thinks starting a blog easy easy, and that’s true. The physical process of starting a blog is pretty painless. I had this blog developed in less than two weeks by an old friend.

What’s not easy is writing.

I didn’t know that before I started this blog. When everything was completed and I was staring at a blank page, it was a bit scary. Where the heck do I start?

That’s when I put away the Word document and started to do some research on other bloggers and their methods. I’ve gained a lot from their posts and figure that the least I could do is mention some of them in a blog post.

Check them out below!  Continue Reading…

My Favorite Parenting Books


One I was pregnant, I started read. I mean reading a lot!

There was really nothing else I could do. You can only watch so much television and I had yet to discover how to blog (I wish I had). So every day I would sit outside on our back porch with a pile of books and read for hours until my husband came home.

I would tell my friends and they all had the same reaction, “Really? Isn’t that boring after a while?” To be honest, that’s what I thought it would be before I started. But I decided since I spent a lot of money buying books, I might as well actually read them.

Side note, yes I am one of the very few people in the world that still buys books in the store (not ebooks). Remember those things filled with paper? Haha :).

I had never been one to sit down and really got into a book. In fact, the only real reading I had done before was some romantic novels when I was in my twenties.

This time I wasn’t reading for pleasure (pun intended), I was reading to learn how to be the best mom possible. You see, when I was pregnant, I was scared half to death of being a mother. Maybe it was the hormones causing my emotions to spike, but I would wake up panicing at night.

In my mind there were hundreds of “What if’s”…

What if I forget something? What if my baby comes out unhealthy? What if he gets lost and I cannot find him?

Reading parenting books was a way to put my mind at ease. What is funny is that there was an overarching theme in all of the books: “Don’t worry.” Yes, it seems stupid but it’s true.

You can do all the preparing in the world but it won’t keep your son or daughter out of danger 100% of the time. You just have to give them care, love and affection – that will guide you along this wonderful journey we call motherhood.

Although that was the theme of most of the books I read, there were some really great takeaways in terms of how to adjust to different milestones and specifics of dealing with certain problems as a mother, such as postpartum depression.

Below are a few of my favorite books… Continue Reading…