Monday, July 7, 2014

hello {lovely summer} Monday

Although I've been less active in publishing posts on my blog the last few weeks, I have been writing here and there in draft form, keeping a gratitude journal, and thinking a lot about starting the memoir that I dream of one day publishing. 

On this lovely summer Monday I'm saying hello to some summer favorites and creating my summer fun list — a to-do list of things our family hopes to do this summer.

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hello long summer days and lovely summer evenings.


We went down to Blue Point Dock after dinner and ate frozen yogurt. It was windy, but so lovely. We are so lucky to live a short walk away from this. This girl loves the beach just like her mommy!

hello easy summer outfits. I've never been a shorts a t-shirt kind of person (I'd always preferred skirts and dresses) until this year. I love how simple it is.

hello longer hair that I can pull back and pin up and off my face. It's been so, so long since I've had long hair and I'm loving how easy it is for me, especially this time of year.

hello part-time work hours. I am so thankful that I work part-time in the summer. It feels great to have three days off to enjoy a long weekend every week and come home early during the week. We will be at the beach this Friday!

hello fruit and veggies. This time of year we always have blueberries, strawberries and watermelon in the fridge. Molly loves watermelon! We planted our garden a bit later than normal, but we are seeing lots of growth and can't wait to start picking our fresh veggies and making great meals to enjoy on our back deck. Do you eat dinner outside this time of year?

hell turkey burgers and salad for dinner. I enjoy my turkey burger with avocado. My husband likes his with Frank's hot sauce. He really does put it on everything!

hello creating our summer fun list of things we want to do this summer together. What's on your list?


Be sure to check out the hello Monday series on the Lisa Leonard blog.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Life: You asked, I answered

My friend Jamie nominated me for a Liebster Award (thank you, Jamie!) and I've got to answer a few questions of hers... 


1.  What is something you are afraid of?
I am afraid of being lonely and dying alone. 

2.  Did you end up in the career you dreamed of as a child?
When I was a kid I dreamed of being a dance teacher because I loved dancing, still do actually! As I got older my dream job was to have my own talk or radio show. I did not end up in the careers I dreamed of, but having said that, I am very happy in my career path. I enjoy working in higher education. I enjoy what I do. I like the people I work with. And first and foremost, I love being Molly's mom!

3.  What is your favorite snack or dessert?
I'm a salty person. I love chips and dip! My favorites are sour cream and onion and guacamole.

4.  What is the toughest lesson life has taught you?
Marriage is hard and takes work and dedication. It's just like anything else in your life that you care deeply about and needs to be nurtured and cared for. Michael and I have quite a past (one day I'll write a book, I promise!) and we've been through many ups and downs. I believe that God chose us for each other and wants more than anything for us to be together 'til we're old and gray! 

5.  How do you want to be remembered by your grandchildren?
I'd like to be remembered as someone who could make people laugh! Life is tough and there are lots of demands and stress and hardships to face. Life is also short and we need to take time to smile, be silly, laugh and add a little humor form time to time. Laughter is great! 

6.  What do you dislike more: going to the doctor or the dentist?
I don't like the Novocaine shot, so I guess the dentist.

7.  What is your favorite thing about your sibling (s)?
I am so lucky to have a sister! My sister is so beautiful — inside and out. She is very smart. She is great at what she does — she is an English teacher. She is worldly and loves to travel. I love that about her. I'm more of a homebody and enjoy stay-cations! 

8.  Do you have a cool skill that most people don't?
Animal sounds. It's a gift. I'll say no more. 

9.  If you could travel anywhere where would you go?
I'd love to visit Ireland one day. I also desperately want to return to Martha's Vineyard and relive some of my childhood memories. 

10.  Do you have any memories of when you were in Kindergarten?
Mrs. Weiser was my teacher and she had bright red, curly hair. On picture day I wore a gray dress with a big red bow on it. I also accessorized with a Miss Piggy watch that had a pink leather band. I had long blond hair with a curl on the end, no doubt from the curling iron that Mom brought out for the special day.

11. Would you encourage others to start a blog?
YES! I've encouraged a few people I know to blog. I think it is a creative outlet and love reading blogs too. 

A few other things you (maybe) didn't know about me... I love the color pink. I love to decorate my home and mix things up. I frequently like to change the colors in a room, move a table from one room to another and change out accessories for each new season. I'm a Pisces and so is my husband. (My husband and I recently had our astrological charts done and it was awesome! More on that in another blog post.) I wish I was more of a morning person. I don't drink coffee. I love where I live and consider myself very lucky to be able to do so.  


That was fun! Have you checked out Jamie's new blog yet? She's a new homeowner and shares lots of stories about cooking, baking and life on the north fork of Long Island with her husband. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Three

My baby turns three years old today. 

And since you are reading this in the blog world and cannot sense what just happened, it was a long pause, a sniffle and a smile.

Three years ago I became a mom to a precious little girl, Molly Eileen.
I can remember everything about that day, and also the day leading up to her birth day. I can remember my visit to Target a few days before giving birth, what I was wearing and what I bought. I can remember cleaning my car the day before she was born and scrubbing the wheels, something I've never done before! I can remember {almost} going to bed, waking my husband, calling the doctor, getting out of bed to shave my legs and blow dry my hair (yes, crazy, I know!) and heading to the hospital just before 4 am — but not without a quick stop to 7-11 for a cup of coffee for my husband!

You can read my birth story (all five chapters) here.



The memories are everlasting and always will be. 

So, my daughter is now three years old, and in honor of her Birthday I created a little Q&A...

Q: How would you describe Molly? 
A: I would describe my daughter, Molly as the most beautiful child I've ever seen. {My blog, my child, my bias!} 
From the time she was born I knew she would have a strong personality. She looks just like I did as a kid. She is outgoing, but sometimes shy. She is inquisitive and asks a lot of questions. She remembers things, which amazes me every day. She has amazing leadership skills — thanks Sheryl Sandberg!

Q: What does Molly love? 
A: She loves being outdoors. She loves playing in the chicken coop, playing on the slide and the swings. She loves going for walks. She loves going to the Library. She loves eating fruit snacks! What kid doesn't?! She loves playing in my car in the driveway and pretending she is driving while cranking up the music really loud. She loves technology and computers and Iphones and Facetime.  She loves Ariel the Little Mermaid, though she does not watch the movie, or any movies really. She loves munchkins from Dunkin Donuts.

Q: What frustrates you about something Molly does?
A: I get so frustrated when we are having a great conversation or she is singing or dancing or reciting the alphabet and I try to video it and she doesn't let me. Hello strong personality! I never want to forget these moments.

Q: What are you looking forward to?
A: Everyday is an amazing gift — albeit challenging and adventurous. It's so fun being Molly's mommy! I look forward to her growing into her role as a little girl. I look forward to her being a big sister one day. I look forward to her learning how to pedal her bike. I look forward to cute bathing suits and sandals this summer.

Q: What do you want for Molly?
A: I want her to know that she is a special person. I want her to know that there is no other love than the love between a mother and her child. I want her to know that even when she gets older and is in her tween and teen years and we argue and fight, that I will always love her the most and that she will always be my baby.
I want her to sing and dance and have fun.
I want her to know little to no stress in her life for as long as possible and to make the most amazing memories in her childhood. I want her to hold her childhood memories dear and talk about them when she is my age.
I want Molly to be kind to other people and treat them as she would want to be treated.
I want her to love others and always know that every person in this world is different and unique and brings their own qualities to the world.
I want her to be empathetic and compassionate.
I want her to be curious.
I want her to serve others and know the meaning of giving back.
I want her to be respectful, playful, strong and spirited.


This weekend our celebration will continue with a party for Molly and some of her little friends.
We'll head to the beach for the unofficial welcome of summer 2014.
We'll barbecue and eat coleslaw and burgers.
We'll make memories....

Monday, May 12, 2014

hello Monday

I'm starting off a new week feeling refreshed after a lovely weekend. We are having some great weather and taking advantage of extra time outdoors. This week Molly will perform in a little spring concert at her preschool. Invitations were sent home in her backpack. The other night as I was putting her to bed I got a little glimpse of a song that she'll be singing — something about m-o-m-m-y.
It's going to be so cute!  I'm so excited!

How about some hellos and a link up with Lisa Leonard...?

Hello eggs.
Our chicks have started laying eggs again after a long, cold winter. Have you ever bought farm fresh eggs? They are the best! I'll be trying this recipe very soon. Check out more yummy ideas on my Pinterest Yummy page.



Hello complimentary stroller parking!
We visited Brooklyn last weekend and had a great time in Fort Greene.
This adorable sign was just outside a great little shop.


...and did ya catch that sign behind it? No need to put on pants, they deliver! Very clever. So, what do you do when they get to the door? Answer in your undies?

Hello new book.
My girlfriends and I have an unofficial book club and we've just decided that this is our next read.
Have you read it?

Hello getting ready for Molly's 3rd Birthday next week. We are so excited!


I cannot believe my baby is turning three years old!

Hello shoe shopping. Can't wait to go this week.

Hello more small changes to the living room. I'm going to take some pictures and share some updates on the blog this week, hopefully. I am loving my new color scheme.

Hello prayer.
There are a few people in my life hurting and I'm praying deeply that they can find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Have a wonderful week!





Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mother's Day

Is it wrong to want {expect} gifts for Mother's Day? I don't think so. Instead of sharing my wish list with you — since there are only a few things on it and only a few people will actually get me a gift for Mother's Day — I'm sharing some really cute ideas for Mother's Day themed gifts.



For the Mom who loves the beach...
sunglasses
towel
beach bag
sunscreen
beach pass 


For the Mom who enjoys frolicking in the garden...
small pots
herbs
watering can
garden gloves
crocs

For the Mom who enjoys reading...
a subscription to this magazine
nice throw blanket 
new mug
delicious teas


In case you are wondering, I did ask for this wooden sign for Mother's Day and brunch with my family. My husband is taking Molly to the Dollar Tree and letting her pick anything she wants for me on her own. I can't wait to see what I get! The weather is supposed to be lovely and I'm excited to celebrate with a day at home. I'm working hard to get all the laundry done tonight so that I have clean sheets on the bed and don't have to worry about folding and putting away — my worst chore ever! We'll go to church on Sunday morning and then come home and do some planting and mulching around the yard. Then we'll barbecue.

Being a Mom is the most amazing thing I've ever experienced. I love it. 

Happy Mother's Day to all! 

Here is the last photo taken of me (a few hours before) before I became a Mommy, with my Mommy. 






Sunday, May 4, 2014

May Goals

I've always been a fan of setting goals. I love to inspire other people and challenge people to really think about their dreams. I love being inspired. I'm a goal-setter and list-maker. I'm a dreamer. I'm a believer. I'm an optimist.

Here are some goals I've like to achieve this month and I'm linking up with a new blog I found thanks to a post from one of my favorite bloggers.



1. Read this book. I was so excited to read the foreword by Candace Cameron Bure, since I've been following her journey on Dancing with the Stars. Taking this goal a little bit further I'd like to take some time during the day now that the weather is finally (FINALLY!) getting nicer and read outdoors.

2. Send a handwritten note to someone I love.

3. Slow down. Not rush so much. Take time to smell the flowers. (Especially on the weekends.)

4. Touch up a few spots in our bedroom and in our front room. We've repaired a few small holes in a few areas and now they need paint!

5. Cut down on my carbs. I love you carbs, but I need a break!

6. Plan meals and pack lunch bags the night before.


Hope you are enjoying a great weekend. The weather was so beautiful yesterday here on Long Island. Today we're headed into Brooklyn to walk around and enjoy the day with family. Have fun!





Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I'm the Mom...

So inspired by this post over at Baby Center that I decided to write my own honest reflection as the mom.


I'm the mom who works full-time outside the home. I'm the mom that has (after almost three years and lots of therapy) accepted my working mom status. I'm the mom that has made my choice to work. I'm the mom that likes my job. I'm the mom that can admit that I would not enjoy being a stay at home mom at this time in my life.

I'm the mom that is bad at making dinner and is okay with eating egg omelets, cereal or pancakes for dinner. I'm the mom that steams broccoli pretty frequently just to feel good about my child eating her greens. I'm the mom that sometimes forgets to bring a snack for my kid when we are out and about. I'm the mom who would no sooner forget my child's milk cup when out and about.

I'm the mom who cares about what her child wears. I'm the mom who's trying not to care so much about what her kid wears. I'm the mom who hates the Disney sparkle light-up sneakers that her child wants to wear every day. I'm the mom who shakes her head when her daughter jumps up and down and makes said sneakers light up with such excitement.

I'm the mom who doesn't read a book to her child before bed. I'm the mom who prays with her child before bed. I'm the mom who snuggles with her child before bed over an episode of Baby Einstein or the Fresh Beat Band. I'm the mom who helps her child brush her teeth before bed, but also lets her bring her milk up to bed with her for a few last sips before putting her in her crib. I'm the mom who still rocks her almost three year old to bed in the glider. I'm the mom who loves putting her child to be, but also loves when it's Daddy's turn.

I'm the mom who lets her daughter play in the car and blast the radio. I'm the mom whose kid likes Bruno Mars songs.

I'm the mom whose child has not seen Frozen.

I'm the mom who makes her daughter change into "play" shoes and a "play" coat when playing in the backyard. I'm the mom who yells out the back door, "Don't get dirty" — and then feels silly that she  said that. I'm the mom whose kid plays in the chicken coop, brings mommy the eggs the chickens laid, and most likely had chicken poop on her shoes.

I'm the mom who pushes her girl on the swing. I'm also the mom who lets her kid play alone on the swing set while watching her from the deck, glass of wine in hand.

I'm the mom who likes kisses on the lips. I'm the mom who takes time for a few extra hugs and snuggles in the morning. I'm the mom who is late to work because of this. 

I'm the mom who struggles to balance life, love and career every.single.day. I'm the mom who argues with her husband in front of her child. I'm the mom who feels badly for doing so. I'm the mom who continues to invest energy into my marriage every day in the name of love.

I'm the mom who is enjoying life with one child for now. 

I'm the mom who lets her kid play with her I phone, and acknowledges that she sends texts to people and to groups of people and takes selfies. P.S. I'm the mom whose kid knows what a selfie is!


I love you, Molly! I love being your Mom.



Saturday, April 26, 2014

Spring project

It's no secret that I love decorating my house and making it feel home-y. I love decorating for every season and holiday. I love changing up my decor. I love changing color. {I've lived in my home for eight years and have painted my kitchen four times — three different shades of yellow before settling on a green-ish blue that I love!} I love when little, inexpensive changes bring about big emotions.

I've got a couple of little updates happening in my living room.

I was agreeing with a recent post from a blogger that I saw on Facebook that explained her dissatisfaction with the amount of — as she describes it — Fed Ex brown in her home. {We can all relate, can't we?} I smiled because I have felt the same way about my living room for a little bit now. We've got a brown leather couch, brown leather chair and brown leather ottoman, a brown cabinet with doors that holds our television and other "stuff", brown-ish walls, beige window shades, antique brown floors, a brown singer sewing machine (we use as a side table), and a brown floor lamp. That's A LOT of brown! Enter the before pic.



I'm ready for some updates. My plan - small updates on a small budget. Here's how I want to do it...

Pillows - Inexpensive and a great way to add a pop of color. I plan to hit HomeGoods and Target for these. I'm thinking all square with some all one color and a few with a design or pattern for fun. These will be for the couch.

Rug - oh yeah, that's also brown. I love it, but I'm ready for a change. I just purchased this rug from Home Decorators (with free shipping and 10 bucks off!) and I'm so excited to add color to the room. Navy/yellow/white is the color palette I'm going with.

Lamp - Spray paint the brown metal lamp bright yellow and purchase a crisp white linen lamp shade. I like this one from Target.

Frames - I've got a few black photo frames in the room currently that I'd like to switch to white. Ikea here I come! I love the frames there. I am planning on getting a bunch of different sizes and framing black and white prints.

Accessories - I have a beautiful yellow pitcher that will be brought in from another room. {You can see it in the before photo above.} I'll add fresh flowers to that. I have a large lantern that I want to add a big candle to, along with a white lighthouse that I bring out this time of year and fill with shells. I love decorating with shells, starfish and sea glass. So pretty! I'll also add a table runner to the wicker trunk for some added color and texture.

I'm not ready to tackle painting our living room yet, so these updates are going to make a big difference I think. In the [near] future I'd love to paint the TV cabinet a distressed off-white and get new knobs too. I like the fact that we can put the television and electronics away, so the cabinet is staying. {We purchased it at Target when we first bought our home nine years ago for under $100 and it has held up very well.}


Stay tuned for our after photo.