Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Goals

I'm posting kind of late today because the kids and I slept until 8!  It may not sound like much, but for a mom (at least with my early risers) it's like I slept until 10!

I don't know if it's the change of seasons, but I'm feeling the need to tackle a few things around here, so why not start this month!

  • Working out 2-3 times a week - I'm not trying to lose weight or "build" muscle, but I would like to start doing some kind of cardio.  We have a gym in our neighborhood and I plan on going a few times a week, just for 20-30 minutes.
  • Potty training - Now that J is two and a half, it's time to potty train.  When he doesn't have a diaper on, he's good about telling me when he needs to go so I know he's ready to learn.  We're practicing with undies on now, because if he feels something around him like undies or a diaper, he'll go.  
  • Finish cleaning out spare bedroom aka new playroom - we started doing this about a month ago, and didn't finish.  This is majorly on my to-do list so we can get all of the toys in one space!
  • No Shopping in September - I'm joining Natalie for her 30 day closet remix.  I have plenty of clothes and there is no need to shop and buy anything for myself especially since it's still hot here.  Looking forward to saving some money this month and re-inventing what I already have in my closet.  I will keep you all posted on some cute outfits... when I'm not in yoga pants that is ;)
  • Print family pictures - I still haven't done this - nor have I given friends/family any pictures and we took our pictures in April!
Are any of you itching to accomplish any goals?

Also, remember tomorrow is Wino Wednesday - come linkup your favorite wines!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday and hello long weekend!!  We don't really have anything planned, so we'll see how the weekend goes!

I'm linking up with Amanda to share a few of my favorite things!

one:  I found this recipe for a White Sangria Sparkler on Pinterest, it sounds so delicious and like it would be the perfect drink while summer is still around!

two:  Loving these 5 tips on how to make manicures last longer.  Side note:  The tips are from Lauren Conrad, I'm really liking her these days - her clothing line, bridesmaid line that she just came out with, and her blog is pretty awesome too, girl is on point!

three:  Have you guys tried Bark Thins?  They are dark chocolate (but also come in other varieties) with pieces of almonds - SO good.  We bought them at Costco recently and loved them, we also may have gone back and bought two extra bags, because they were on sale and delicious!

four:  Loving this quote and print

five: This 30 Day Declutter Challenge sounds pretty neat and a good way to tackle everything in your house.  I have to keep this in mind and try doing this a month before I host a garage sale.

I hope you all have the best weekend!!

*also linking up with High Five for Friday and September Farm, Friday Favorites

Thursday, August 28, 2014

About Me and Why I Blog

Sick of these posts yet?  I hope not - they have been some of my favorites to read, so I thought I'd join in the fun!!

I'm Amanda, 30 years old and I live in South Florida.  I've lived in FL since I was 5, before that I lived in Bronx, New York where I was born.  I had the cutest little NY accent as a kid, and now of course it's gone, although when I visit my husband's family in Oregon, they always say I sound very "East Coast" - whatever that means ;)

It's just us:  me, hubby, and the two kiddos - oh and our cat Reesee.

I am a stay-at-home mom to our 4 and 2 year old.  Before becoming a SAHM, I worked for a hospital where I was a Trainer - I trained hospital staff in classrooms and one-on-one on computer systems.  I also spent my time writing curriculums, user manuals and did many power point presentations.  I loved my job, but always knew when we had kids I would want to stay home.  So now, I'm "mommy"and I relish in my role.

I love blogging, hanging out with friends, eating out, walking on the beach, Pinterest and going to Home Goods (that's a hobby, right?!)

Favorite Food
Hands down, crabs - specifically garlic crabs, close runner ups include: pasta, sushi, Chinese, and Puerto Rican food

Favorite Color
Seafoam green - I love anything in seafoam green.  My favorite color to wear is grey... and anything with stripes, but stripes aren't a color ;)

Standard Coffee Order
I love caramel macchiatos at Starbucks.  If I'm at home, I brew light roast coffee, and use flavored creamer along with half & half - I don't like my coffee too sweet.

Standard Bar Order
I get wine most times we're out (are you surprised?), but I do enjoy martinis, lemon drops, gins and tonics and champagne - I like a refreshing drink.

Places I shop
Target, Express, Loft,  The Limited, Home Goods and Ikea

Bedtime/Wake Up Time
I'm in bed usually by 12 and awake around 7

Beauty Product I Can't Live Without
Concealer and mascara - must haves for a sleep deprived mom!

What I Blog About
Mommy-hood, fashion, decorating, life, and food

First Blog Reads
The first blog I ever read was IHeart Organizing and Honey We're Home  - I still read them to this day, their organizing posts make me happy!

How Did I Start Blogging
I started blogging as an outlet to document things, and talk about whatever was on my mind.  I've been surprised and very grateful for the opportunities I've gotten, the few extra dollars I've earned, and the awesome girls I've met writing my blog. Part of me is a little leery of the internet, and it's why I keep my kids and husband's name private.  I don't know if my decision to keep their names private will ever change, but for now I like it that way.  I do love this blog, it has turned into a passion of mine - I never thought I'd love it as much as I do, so thank you all for always reading - it means so much!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Homeschooling 101

Many of you asked for me to tell you a little more about us homeschooling.  We are still very new at it, and are trying to get a feel of how we like it with E - she's in preschool right now and is supposed to start kindergarten next year.

We have a few friends who home-school, and after asking around we decided to go with Calvert Education.  We loved they way they taught, it wasn't just workbooks, or just online - they give you all of the supplies you need (pipecleaners, paint, paper, clay, worksheets, books, music cd, yarn, shapes and so much more) to teach.

Their lesson manual explains to you in detail how to cover each subject, what questions to ask, and how to challenge your child more (if you feel he/she needs it).  It also tells you how to teach and how much time should be spent on schooling.

A typical day includes story reading and answering questions, learning poems and nursery rhymes, drawing pictures, learning shapes and letters, crafting, math, singing songs and playing a game.  All of the lessons seem to be perfect for E and she really enjoys when we do school - she's learned a lot in the few months that we've been doing it and has perfected writing her name.

I love being able to spend one-on-one time teaching her and so far it's something that I really enjoy.  We do keep her very social, taking her to the park, library and playing with all of her little friends - I'd never want to isolate her and have her miss on having friends and the fun that comes along with childhood :)

If you have any other questions - let me know!!

PS - I'm guest posting over at Recent Somethings today about my beach must haves, come on over and say hi!

Happy Wednesday!

The Hump Day Blog Hop

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#Trending Tuesday: Dreaming of Fall

It's still hot as can be here and will be for some time, but I can't help but dream of cooler temps.  I mean, Starbucks just came out with PSL's so, naturally, it's almost Fall, right?!

We don't really have much of a Fall here, but it does get nice and chilly in the winter.  I love dressing for cooler temperatures, and just thinking of using the fire pit in our back yard gets me giddy!

These are some of the outfits I'm crushing on for Fall

I love the coziness of this outfit!  This is pretty much what I wear during cooler months, I'm all about long cardigans.

 I love an over-sized sweater, they're so comfortable!  I like the earthy tones of this outfit and how effortlessly it can be thrown together.


Ever since Kristen posted about these cargo jackets, I've been crushing on one!  They're perfect for fall and can be paired with so many colors and patterns.

Another great outfit and love the pop of leopard!

What are you loving for Fall?

Medicine & Manicures

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Favorites!

Well, hello Friday!  I can't believe it's the end of August already - I'm really looking forward to some cooler temperatures, it's been super hot down here!

I'm linking up with Amanda to share some of my favorites from this week.  I'm not quite sure how many favorites that is, this week seems like such a blur to me!

one:  This living room - it's so beautiful, and I'm pretty sure that black and white pillow pretty much the living room as  gorgeous as it is!!

two:  Love this quote and it's so true!


three:  We went on a family walk and bike ride last night.  I don't know what it was, but the kids seemed so big to me.  I was watching E ride her bike and she looked so tall - she was pedaling fast, saying she was doing "tricks" and singing to herself as she rode - she just seemed so independent and big...  It made me sad that she's growing so fast!

four:  How gorgeous is this necklace?  I need one of these, the blue is just beautiful and would go with so many things!


Have a great weekend, everyone!

*also linking up with High Five for Friday and September Farm, Friday Favorites

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

eShatki: Lady In Red

Being a very petite person it's hard to find clothes that fit right, things are always too long, baggy, wide ect.  When eShatki reached out to me to review one of their products, I jumped on the opportunity!

eShatki is an online woman's clothing store, they specialize in customizing women's clothing to their body and liking.  You have the option to change sleeves, lengths, remove or add pockets, and even change the neckline to the piece you choose.   For women that want a dress tailored to them, they are given the option to enter their measurements and eShatki will make the piece exactly to their body measurements.  Pretty awesome if you ask me!

I was very pleased with eShatki's website and how easy it was to navigate and pick the dress I liked.  I didn't choose any customization options because I liked the dress and length as it was - did I mention it has pockets?!

Once the dress arrived, I tried it on and it fit true to size, was great quality and so comfortable.  It came packaged very well, and took the amount of time that they estimated when I placed the order.  I am very pleased with eShatki, and see myself ordering more pieces from them in the future.

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Linking up with: What I Wore, Random Wednesday, Midweek Muse, What I Wore Wednesday,