Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Up and Running!

I believe all issues that I was having earlier have been fixed. I deleted today's post because I think one of the links I refrenced from Pinterest was corrupt. If any of you get any errors, please let me know ASAP.

Thank you!  And thanks for all of your emails letting me know of the problem!  :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Six Habits to a Happy Home

I'm such a sucker for posts/articles that tell you that in __ amount of steps you will achieve something - I'm always drawn to read them.  This article on 6 Habits to a Happier Home was one of them.  It got me thinking, what six things would I say attribute to my home being a happy one.

one:  Teamwork - This is a big one in our house.  We both work hard so that neither one of us carries more of a burden in the home than the other person.  I know this doesn't work for all families, but with JZ's schedule since he's a fireman and home a lot we share a lot of duties.  We both share laundry and cooking, he does the shopping and the bills, and where I take care of the kids (not that he doesn't help with them, of course) and clean the house.

two: Clean Kitchen and Bathrooms - The house can sometimes get a little messy living with two little ones, but the one thing that keeps me sane (for the most part) is clean bathrooms and kitchen.  I feel like all is ok and under control if they are clean even if the house is messy. 

three: Dinner as a family - We both grew up eating as a family every night and we continue to do so to this day, even though we spend most days together.  I feel like it is so important for families to sit together if they can, discuss their day, and make sure that lines of communication are always open.

four: Staying within a budget - Neither of us are BIG spenders.  Sure the UPS and FedEx guy comes here often, but usually it's things we need.  Of course we both shop for things that we want, but we are always careful to not spend more than we can afford.  This definitely brings for a happy home because there are never fights about money.

five:  Light candles - I have always loved candles!  Most times one or two are lit at home.  I love the smells they give off and I feel like they make our house feel inviting and warm.

six:  Entertain at home - This is one of my favorite things to do, even if it's just our family or really good friends.  I love sharing in conversation and laughter with our friends and I think it brings for such a happy environment in the house.

 What are your habits for a happy home?

Thoughts for Thursday

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Quinoa and Goat Cheese Salad

I'm just getting on the quinoa bandwagon.  I had bought a package of it a couple of months back to add to chicken soup I made, and since then it has just sat there.  Recently, on Pinterest I saw this breakfast quinoa recipe.  I tried it and didn't like it at all!  The flavors were good, I just didn't like the consistency of it for breakfast.

I was determined to like and use the quinoa I bought - it's too expensive to just sit in the pantry!  I decided to use a few veggies, goat cheese and basil I had on hand and create a salad with the quinoa.  It was so simple to make and turned out delicious!

Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad

*This recipe is one I made on a whim and I eyeballed all of the ingredients.  Feel free to add/take out anything you'd like -- cucumber would be great in this too!

1 - medium tomato chopped
1/2 cup - cooked quinoa
1/4 cup - goat cheese
1/4-1/2 cup -  black olives (halved)
1/4 cup - chopped red onion
1/2 of lemon (or to taste) 
3-4 Basil leaves cut into pieces
Olive oil to taste
Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder (to taste)


Mix all ingredients together and serve

I've had this recipe with quinoa that was cold from the fridge, and with quinoa that I made just for this salad that was warm- both ways are delicious!


Linking up with:  Linking up with Tuesday's Table , Delicious Dish Tuesday and Green Fashionista

Monday, July 14, 2014


Good Monday morning!!  I hope your weekend was a good one!  Ours was low key, but spent with friends and family - which is my favorite! 

On Friday I did some cleaning up around the house and then my mother-in-law came over in the afternoon.  It was perfect timing because I needed a breather from cleaning and dealing with a certain 2 year old.  Can we say "terrible two's??!". I was able to return some things at the mall and then walk around Home Goods.  It was bliss!

Saturday we went over our good friend's house for dinner.  They are an older couple, we view them as our aunt and uncle.  Although the age difference, we LOVE hanging out with them.  They are so much fun, and such a great example of marriage and love.  We both come from divorced parents, so it's nice to see a couple who has been together for so long and the love that they have for one another. Anyway, they made us the most delicious dinner - shrimp and conch ceviche as an appetizer and then salmon with sauteed tomatoes and onions from Ina Garten - yum!  I definately want to make it again at home, it was one of the best salmon recipes I've had.  For dessert we had roasted peaches with brown sugar and almaretto.  We had so much fun talking, drinking wine (the boys drank fancy beer), and just enjoying each other's company.

 The guys and their fancy beer

 Such a beautiful table setting

I forgot to take a picture of myself during the night.  I loved my shirt from the Limited.

Yesterday was spent mostly around the house.  I went over to my brother-in-law and new sister-in-law's for a bit to help them settle in their new place.  They bought a place in our neighborhood so it's a two minute drive to them - which is nice!  It brought back so many memories of being newlyweds and figuring out how to run a house together, such new and exciting times!

Once I got home, the rest of the evening was spent with some wine and my sweat pants - perfect pairing ;)

Linking up with Biana and Leeann

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Favorites!

It's Friday!!  I hope you all have had a great week!  I'm ready for the weekend and hoping for a little less rain around here so we can get out of the house and enjoy sunny days!

I'm linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites!

one:  Thank you all for your input on the chairs I wanted to order!  I ordered the charcoal/white trellis one from Target, they were my favorite - I was just concerned they wouldn't go.  I'm glad most of you picked them too :)  The chairs have shipped so I should be getting them any day now.  Next up is to find a area rug, and a cute lamp to put on the table in between the chairs. 

two:  I'm in love with this eye makeup!  I love the neutral/matte look with a bit of sparkle.  I'm also loving her lashes!  I have had fake lashes twice (put on by makeup artists) and they are just so pretty and make your makeup pop.  I'd love to learn how to put them on for special occasions.

three:  This quote is so true!

four:  I've been wanting to get some leopard flats for a while, and am crushing on these! 

That's all I've got for today, have a great weekend!!

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

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Mother's Worry

My whole life I've been a worrier.  As a kid I would worry if we were at the store and my sister would wander away from us, I'd worry if my mom was a few minutes late from work (before the cell phone age), worry as I was riding my bike to school that someone was watching or following me, worried... worried... worried.

As a mother things haven't changed that much, they maybe have gotten a little worse, and I think that just comes with the territory.  For example E was born with a kidney/bladder condition and needed a big surgery when she was two and a half and that was a whole other worry for me - will she be ok? Will her kidney work right?  Would she need another surgery?  Thankfully she's 100% ok, and her kidney and bladder work perfectly.  There are also those times when your babies are small and can't communicate to you what's wrong or what they are feeling, which can send your mama heart into major worry... and then possibly to Web MD to look up symptoms, which totally freaks you out!

My worries became real this week when someone I knew suddenly died.  She was young, around 40 and left behind 2 kids - an infant and a almost two year old.  My heart breaks for her family and her children that will never know her, and her little girl that is almost two, that for now remembers her mom and is most likely longing for her comfort, kisses and snuggles.

I haven't been able to get this family out of my mind and makes me worry about my children and their health and future.  Or if something happened to me and my children had to grow up without me or their dad.  Obviously this all is out of my control, but as a person and a mother you can't help but put yourself in the shoes of others or let your mind worry and wander about what could/can go wrong.

When my mind wanders or gets consumed with worry I always think of these scriptures, and am sharing them today for any of you who ever feel the same as I do.

1 Peter 5:7 - Throw all of you anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Phillipians 4:6 - Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God.

Matthew 6:34 - So never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have it's own anxieties.  Each day has enough of its own troubles.
Luke 12:25 - Who of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his lifespan?

Revelation 21:4 -  He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither morning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.  The former things have passed away.

These scriptures always are a breath of fresh air to me, and help me not worry or be as anxious, because really it gets me no where and it takes me away from fully enjoying the moment and what I have right now.

Thoughts for Thursday

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What I Want Wednesday

I thought I'd share a few things on my wishlist - I mean, don't all girls have wishlists'?  Some  of these pieces I'm going to buy in the near future, others are more of a "dream purchase".


Gigi NY Clutch - I want one of these babies BAD, they are so cute and practical to take with me when I'm going out for dinner and don't want to carry my big bag.  The clutches are on sale now, but I can't justify the purchase because I just got a new purse a few weeks ago... next time they go on sale I'm buying one!

Tieks -  These are a dream purchase.  As cute as they are and as much as I want them, I can't pay $175+ for a pair of ballerina flats.  I.just.can't.  Not to mention, I'd hate wearing them because I'd fear they'd get dirty after I just spent so much on them.

Kate Spade Studs - Love these earrings and totally plan on getting a pair - just can't decide which color to choose, they're all so pretty!

Bobbi Brown Brown Pink/Brown Shimmer Brick - I've been hearing so much about this lately, and the colors are so beautiful.  I also love that it can be used as a brozer AND eyeshadow - more bang for your buck!

Makeup Container - I hate the way I store makeup now -in a deep shower caddy.   I origionally thought the shower caddy would be a good idea since it has different compartments and allows my brushes to stand, but it's too deep and my makeup sinks to the bottom, not to mention it's an eyesore.  I love the look of the clear containers.  

Pave diamond ring - the ring above matches my wedding band exactly.  I'd love another band to add to my current set.  I love the look of two bands, and definitely want to get this sometime in the future. 

What's on your wishlist?   Also I came across this beautiful home tour on Apartment Therapy, talking about a wishlisht - can my home be decorated like this?!

Have a great Wednesday!