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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Ride

Last week was a tough one. On Thursday I got the all that Brian's Civic died on the side of the road. After taking it to the mechanic they let us know there was really no hope in fixing it. It's a bummer because it only has 150,000 miles on it. Honda's are supposed to last forever, right?!?! No luck for us. Thankfully we just got our tax return so we know where we are spending it.

Yesterday we took a look at a couple of cars. We've decided to go with an SUV/crossover. For piece of mind during these horrible winters we knew that an all wheel drive vehicle would be the best option. I already have a Jeep and it has been amazing in the bad weather. We narrowed it down to a 2015 Honda CRV which was amazing but ultimately was too expensive. We also took a look at a  few Subaru models. If all does well we will be the new owners of this bad boy before the weekend. We fell in love with the 2015 Forester. We are torn between a dark navy or beige. We will make the decision today. I'm thinking Brian may be the new owner of my old Patriot and I just might claim this one!





Monday, March 23, 2015

Party Like It's Your Birthday

Well, I have to admit they won't be much partying this birthday. Today I turn 35. Cringe.... When did I get old?!?! I swear I still feel like I've got to be in my 20s but I'm not! Today I am as close to 40 as I am to 20. Oh well! There are no complaints here. I love my life and the older I get the more I realize what are the important things!

Today started off driving Brian to work because his car died last week. Whose Civic dies with under 200,000 miles?!?! We are on the hunt for a new car. I'm hoping he'll take into consideration it's my birthday and I'll get the new car! If not its fine because I totally love my Jeep Patriot! Suggestions on nicely priced SUVs?

This birthday I'll spend my day at work. Not my idea of a good time and completely different from the years past. I'll fill myself up on some cookie dough iced coffee, wear a few new clothes I got from Old Navy, and chill out watching mindless tv until it's time to get ready for work.




 My favorite birthday was spending my 29th at Disney World with this guy! We were only dating about 5 months. I had a full on meltdown on the plane ride in front of him. We laughed so much and played like little kids for 7 days. That week rates up there with some of my most favorite memories. Cant wait to make more with him and our little man! 








Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Happy St. Patrick's Day...






These awesome shots were taking by my dear friend LoriDoll Photography


We wil be spending our day as usual at story time, doctor appointments and a little added shopping. A friend of mine is celebrating her wedding with a shower this weekend so I have to get something today!  It's difficult driving past our mall when heading off to Jack's clinical appointments. I always end up feeling a little guilty and then I want to buy him something. Who am I kidding, I want to buy him stuff all the time. He's spoiled with love and gifts too!

 We had corned beef and cabbage on Sunday so today we'll celebrate tonight with a baked ziti.

Hope you have a lovely St. Paddy's Day!!!





Monday, March 16, 2015

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

I admit it, I am a Netflix binge watcher! I did it with Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards. 

 My newest obsession -


The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. 

I was hooked from the first episode which I'm surprised about because it's written by Tina Fey and I really am NOT a Tina Fey fan. In fact I find her annoying but the show is hilarious. It's based on a Ellie Kamper's (who I adore from The Office) character Kimmy who has been released from an under ground bunker after spending 15 years there. She's basically experiencing all of life's firsts at 29 years old after deciding to stay in New York City after an interview on the Today Show. 



I love all the 1990's references, like her Jansport backpack, light up sneakers, scrunchies, The Babysitter's Club and Columbia House cassette tapes. 

It's hysterical! Definitely worth watching. I'm just pissed I watched them all in one weekend. 

Have you watched it? 
What are your thoughts?

What are you loving on Netflix these days? 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Favorites for Jack

Yesterday I picked out some of my spring fashion favorites so I thought it would only be fair to share some of my favorites for Jack this season. I can't help myself when it comes to little boy clothes. I always thought it would be more fun to shop for little girls but I'm having good time dressing up my little man. I can't help a little boy in a fedora and polo shirt. What's not on this list is the pair of baby Sperry Topsiders I already bought him. I can't wait to see him in his little Easter outfit.


Toddler boya






Where do you shop for your little one? I'm a sucker for Carters!

What are you loving for your little one this spring. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spring Fashion Favorites

I'm so ready for Spring!!!  It finally feels like spring here today. It's sunny and almost 50 degrees. Too bad I'm sick again!!! This time its Tonsillitis with ear pressure. I feel like my ears are going to explode and I haven't been able to eat anything solid in days. I should be napping. Jack is but I'm too busy shopping for, lusting over, spring clothes.

I'm all and the sandals, pretty colors, linen and ankle length pants. I'm a big fan of blush and mint this season and as always I can't wait to break out my denim jacket!

What are some of your favorite spring items?
spring

spring by kj2380 featuring a shirt-dress


Friday, March 6, 2015

Currently


Taking...more time for myself and family. We stay in a lot the last several weekend. I used to be on the go all the time and the weekends were spent spending time with Jack, shopping and spending money. It wasn't much fun for him or my wallet. I realize spending time in our pajamas on the weekends can be perfect. Most weekends are now spent cooking for the week, watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and just enjoying my husband and son (and the extra cash in my wallet). 

Drinking... a lot of Dunkin iced coffee thanks to the refillable cups. $1.49, yes please. White chocolate raspberry coffee for the win! 

Keeping a list... of all the events I have coming up in March. Wedding shower, baby shower, Confirmation and finding time to squeeze in my birthday.

Wishing... the opportunity I may have pans out! 

Wearing... my winter best! Lots of sweaters, dark colors and scarves! 

Hating... WINTER. It has been a brutal few months. It's dark, gray and very cold!!!




Reading...I haven't read anything in a long time. I am hoping to get The Fringe Hours. Heard lots of really good things. 

Regretting...Not getting to the gym or Zumba at all. My body hates me and it's only going to get worse once I start getting back into taking care of my body. 

Playing...Lots of toddler games! Setting up railroad tracks. Lots of ball toss and soccer. 

Watching...Started House Of Cards this weekend and I wasn't as pulled in as I thought I would be. Bummed How To Get Away With Murder is over for the season. Did you watch the finale?!?!? AMAZING!!! 


Loving...Spending time with Jack. We have become part of a story time at our local bookstore. He LOVES the other kids. I enjoy watching him interact and making friends!!! I love watching him try to hug all the girls!!! 


Appreciating...The opportunity that I was given in hopes that it will pan out and things will get a whole lot better for my little family and me! 

Counting down...Days until it's light out when I leave work at night, SPRING, green grass, tulips, ballet flats, pretty clothes. 

Happy Friday Friends!!! 




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Quotes To Get You Through a Rough Day

There are some days in my life that are tough. Some days I have an overwhelming fear that I am not good enough, strong enough, making the right decisions or I'm not being a good enough mom. Some days I find myself overcome by Jack's Cystic Fibrosis. On these difficult days I try and focus on things that keep my mind in a positive place. It's not always easy but there are a few that help to get me through tough times. 

- "Be You Bravely"



- "Hope is a little voice you hear whisper "maybe"when the entire world is shouting "no". "




- "Most of the things we worry about never happen."

- "Don't stumble over something behind you."


- "Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen." 



- "You were given this life because you are strong enough to handle it." 




-"Take a deep breathe. It's just a bad day not a bad life"



Do some days overwhelm you?

What do you do to get you through a rough day?

What are some quotes that help keep you in a positive place?

Just a little sidebar:  I have something going on today that could be BIG for our little family. I wish I could talk more about it but there is a lot of uncertainty and I'd like to keep it quiet until I know for sure! Positive vibes would be greatly appreciated!!! 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Oh Hey Friday!


I woke up this morning with such a grateful heart. I can't pinpoint exactly why or what made me feel this way. On any day I am incredibly grateful for the life I have but today I feel overcome.


[one]
Jack slept for 8 hours last night IN HIS CRIB!  Jack woke up in the best mood. Most mornings he will scream his head off when we change his diaper or dress him but today he chattered away and smiled then entire time. It's so good because he's been feeling under the weather this week. Since Jack slept 8 hours I slept a solid 7.5 hours! It feels incredible to be well rested! He has only slept the whole night in his crib 2 times in the last 6 months! Sleep is hard for our family. One good night of sleep is beyond joyous for me!

[two]
My parents! The overwhelming love they have for my son!


[three]
It may seem overwhelming but I have so much going on with in the next several months. A great friend and my cousin are getting married. A great friend is having a baby boy and I have a niece on the way. So many great things going on. Sharing life changing moments with the ones I love just makes my heart so full.

[four]
Lets just say there is something that could possibly be life changing happening for me. I can't really say much about it. I hate to get my hopes up but if this happens it would mean huge things for me and my family. Fingers and toes are crossed over here. Send some good wishes if you would be so kind.

[five]
I'm so grateful for this little blog and all the people I have met through blogging. My dear friend Erin from Happily Obsessed (but doesn't blog anymore, BOO!) donated to Jack's Great Strides Walk. I have never met Erin IRL but she; as well as her adorable son, Maverick are the sweetest 2 people! I feel so blessed to have an outlet for my thoughts but also for the opportunity to meet some really wonderful people.

I hope you wake up with some form of gratitude this morning!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Day In The Life Of (this) Working Mom


Now I admit I have been such a whiner about being a working mom. I'm sure if you've been around this blog for a while you know me well enough to know I can't stand leaving my son each day to go to work. Until I win the lotto or find the perfect stay at home job I just thought I would do a day in the life post. Obviously, if anyone has any at home work ideas please share! (no pyramid/sales type need apply)

(source unknown but if you do I'd love to give credit where credit is due)


7am- I wake up. I sneak out of bed because my boy does not sleep in his crib. Jump in a super fast speed shower and attempt to get ready before Jack wakes up. 

8:30am- I'm usually dressed and ready for work when I get Jack up, change his clothes, feed him a bottle.

(some mornings Brian will bring Jack to my mother in law's house where she sometimes watches him. On these days I get to blog a little and drink a cup of coffee. )

8:45am- My mother in law arrives followed by my sister in law and nephew. I am so incredibly lucky to have her watch my son and for my son to have his 3 year old cousin to spend the day with. 

9am- I give Jack his breakfast usually french toast, waffles, and some fruit. 

9:20am- I head off to work with a banana and head to Dunkin for my coffee. Kiss my boy about 100 times. Tell him I love him a few 100 times and because it's winter I scrape all the snow and ice off the  Jeep.

10am- Get to work, sometimes on times and immedicatly check my calendar and emails. I still love using my paper calendar. I am so much more visual and like to see it each day. I catch up with my staff and my boss. Did I mention I run a day program and after school children with Autism?

1:30pm- I send off my morning program and head to lunch. My parent's live 1 mile from my job so I spend lunch eating with my dad and hanging out with Bogart. My parents usually have delicious left overs for me so I always hit the lunch jack pot. 

2:30pm- Lunch is over and I prep myself and afternoon staff for the arrival of our children's program. We welcome 18-23 children in, provide snacks, work on their goals,  and offer structured recreation and social activities. 

6pm- All the children have departed. Work with staff, finish up emails, paperwork and meetings. 

6:30pm- Head home. 

7:15pm- Get home to catch the tail end of Jack's dinner and hang with him while my husband eats his dinner. This is the most hectic time for me. I try to wash all dishes, load the dishwasher, clean the kitchen and make Jack's food for the next day. I try to catch a bite too while Jack has his dessert. 

8pm- Some extra play time with my boy. I don't get much but I try my hardest to fit in as much fun time together. 

8:30pm- Bath time and story time for Jack. If you checked out this post you'll know why story time takes time during bath time. We extend bath time because Jack really loves it. 

9:30pm- Time to relax. Jack usually gets his last bottle and falls asleep with me 

10pm- Jack's nebulizer treatment gets done when he's asleep. It's impossible to wrangle a toddler for 20 minutes of nebulizer treatment and 10-15 minutes of chest PT. As we do this we try and catch an episode of our favorite show. 

10:30pm- We turn in for the night or until Jack gets us up a couple of hours later. We have be sticking to sleep training and he has surprised us most nights with sleeping until about 3am in his crib. There have been a few 12:30 wake up calls. 

So there you have it.

What's upsetting to me when I type this post is that I barely have any time with Jack during the day.
I try to savor all of these moments as much as I can.

What I wouldn't do to find a job where I can work from home and spend more time with Jack. These moments are so precious and he is getting so big. Being away from him 10 hours a day rips me apart.

Are you a SAHM, WAHM or a working mom outside of the home? How do you manage? What type of work do you do?