Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Do you Etsy?

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend!  We did - nothing too exciting, but it was relaxing and fun!  One of my  favorite things to do is to go on Etsy and see all of the different handmade things that they have.  Here are some of my favorites:

one: Gold Bar Necklace:  I've been eying these type of necklaces for a while.  I love how dainty they are - they're perfect for layering or just wearing as is!

two: Aromatherapy Lavender & Chamomile Soy Candle - How pretty is that candle?!  I love how rustic it looks and that it is a soy candle.  All of the soy candles I've had burn so nice and clean, and the smell really permeates the house!

three:  Monogrammed Acrylic Makeup Organizer - I have been on the hunt for a makeup organizer for a while.  The ones I wanted are sold out.  I think this one is so pretty and love that it's monogrammed!  I think after almost 10 years of marriage it's time for me to get something monogrammed, right?!

four: Life Print - Love this print, love the message - such a great reminder!

five:  Elastic Hair Ties - These hair ties are so pretty, and I love that E and I can share them!  Not to mention, I LOVE the way the shop owner packages them.  Check it out, it's so pretty and personalized!

What are you loving on Etsy lately?  What are your favorite shops?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Favorites!

It's FRIDAY!!  So happy for the weekend, it's been a long week, E and I have had strep and are finally on the mend!  She and I have been sleeping together in her room, and I have been enjoying every moment of sleeping with my baby girl.

On to my favorites for this week!

one: The chairs we got from Target were too short for our living room.  Our ceilings are way too high and the back of the chair just wasn't high enough.  While hubby was in TJ Maxx he spotted these chairs that I had coincidentally spotted a week ago and just never mentioned it.  He came home and showed me the picture and I immediately sent him out to buy the chairs.  I LOVE the way they look!  The room is far from finished, but it's a start!

two:  We got a bag of Boom Chicka Pop in Kettle Corn and oh my goodness, it's so good!  If you haven't tried it you NEED to!  I can't stop eating it!

three:  I'm loving Leah Remini's new show on TLC "It's All Relative".  King of Queens was one of my favorite shows, she always reminded me of someone who'd be in my family - NY accent and sarcastic, so I had to tune into her reality show.  She's exactly the same as she played on King of Queens so naturally I love the show!

four:  Speaking of TV, as I write this (Thurs. night) I'm watching Sleepless In Seattle - I love this movie, it never gets old and reminds me so much of my childhood.  Don't you love when you can quote a movie and it brings back the best memories?

five:  I think I'm the only blogger that hasn't checked out the Nordstrom Anniversary sale (gasp!).  But after Katie posted about the beautiful necklace she got -I'm a sucker for a good necklace, I think I'm going to have to finally check it out.

Have a great weekend!!!!

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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Getting Crafty With The Kids

About a week or so ago, it was kind of a gloomy day and I wasn't in the mood to go any where.  The kids were getting cabin fever so I went online to figure out something I could do with them.  I found a recipe for "chalk paint".  I had all of the ingredients on hand and knew that they would love helping measure and mix up the paints.

Chalk Paint
  • Equal parts of cornstarch and water
  • Food coloring (I used 10-12 drops) 
  • Mix & paint away!

They had a great time mixing the paints and loved painting with the colors!  Once the colors dried, it dried into "chalk" which they thought was fun.

There was a bit of left over paint, the website I read said you can freeze the leftover's and use it as ice chalk paint.  As it melts it turns into the paint and dries into the chalk.  We've yet to use it, but I'm sure the kids will like playing with the ice, especially during the hot Florida summer.

I thought I'd share this easy craft for those mama's (like myself) who often struggle with finding new things to do with the kids.

Thoughts for Thursday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Owning It! {Link Up}

I'm joining forces with my gal pal Elise today as part of her Owning It linkup.  I loved her post yesterday, and feel like sometimes it's best to just lay it all down on the table and own up to things that are less than perfect about you...

So today I'm owning up to...

- Being slightly proudful, it's one of my worst qualities!  It's hard for me to apologize and to admit when I'm wrong.  I'm trying to work on this for sure.  Such a bad quality to have!

- Washing my hair once a week.  That's right!  Gross, but true.  My hair is thick and dry so I can get away with it, and there's nothing I HATE more than spending an hour (or more) of my free mama time blowing out and flat ironing my hair - waste.of.my.precious.time!

- Watching reality shows.  I love them, can't help it, but I do.  They are mindless and I enjoy just sitting and not really having to think after a long day.

- Only my closest friends/family know of my blog, I don't know why, but I am embarrassed to say I have a blog.  Also, I kind of like it being my own little secret...

-At times living out of laundry baskets of clean clothes (sometimes folded, sometimes not) for a week or so until I decide to finally do something with them.

- Like Elise, I'm not career driven either.  I enjoy my life now and am fulfilled being a "stay-at-home mom" no matter how lame that may sound to others.

- Wanting to homeschool my kids.  If I have the time and am not working, why not teach them?  Plus I have control issues.

- I hate confrontation.  I hate the thought of someone being mad or arguing, I rather pretend the issue doesn't exsist.

- I'm a goody-goody.  I've never been one to live on the edge, sneak out, or do anything disrespectful.  I've only gotten one speeding ticket (at 19) and I cried the whole way home and was so disappointed in myself haha.

Thanks Elise for this fun idea!


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 referenced 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