Friday, April 19, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their happy and grateful list link up.


1. Chocolate Chip Waffles

2. The weather

3. My boys

4. Raphael's doctor appointment

5. Getting stuff done early

6. Game of Thrones

7. Journaling

8. Celebrating my big brother's birthday

9. Ice Cream Cake

10. Sleeping in and naps

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, April 12, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their happy and grateful list link up.


1. Celebrating Raphael's birthday

2. Ice Cream Cake

3. Completing my chiropractor treatment

4. Spring weather

5. Naps

6. Catching up on new-to-me shows

7. All. the. snacks!

8. Happy Mail

9. Con Calma by Daddy Yankee & Snow

10. The Vampire Diaries

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee


If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at Target and get our coffee from the Starbucks that's located in the store. I'd order a Venti Triple Mocha and double-smoked bacon, cheddar, and egg sandwich. We'd walk around the store looking for new things to try.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I still can't believe that my little prince is a year old! Time goes by so fast. I've learned so much during my son's first year of life and it's been a wild ride. I'm so grateful...so so grateful.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that this month is so much better than March. I'm feeling more peaceful and well rested. The weather has been really nice. The warmer weather has been a welcome change. The rain has also been so nice especially since it's been getting rid of the pollen. I'm looking forward to the rest of the month.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I am loving Netflix. The funny thing is that I actually had to get Netflix for a college course. Our assignment was to watch a documentary or a film and write an essay on it. Once I completed the assignment, I canceled my subscription. I only watched that one film so I really didn't know what I was missing out on. Our cell phone provider currently gives customers the basic plan for free, but you can pay the difference for a premium plan. We decided to upgrade and get the premium plan. We absolutely love it. We barely even watch cable and are planning to cancel that soon.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I am so excited about a couple of things that are in the works, but I probably won't share many details. I'm worried that if I speak too soon, I may jinx it or scare myself. I'm feeling hopeful and can't wait to see how everything turns out.

What would you tell me?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Raphael - 1 Year Old


Dear Raphael,

I can't believe that you are a year old. This year has gone by so fast. It's been a wild ride, but we are all so grateful. You complete us.

We had a few challenges, but we overcame them. We never expected that you would make your arrival at 35 weeks. You really gave us a scare when you arrived and when you had to stay in the NICU for a few days. My little prince, you are such a fighter. You are so strong.

You are the sweetest little boy. Everywhere we go, you have a smile on your face. Everyone loves it and always ask us if you are always so happy. Your laugh brings us so much joy. Your father and I love when your older brothers try to make you laugh.

Even though you are only a year old, I love that you and are your brothers are close. They love to play with you. I pray that you and your brothers are always close. I hope the bond that you boys have will always stay strong.

You are doing so well with your physical therapy. Your physical therapist is always surprised and happy when she sees how well you are doing. You're crawling, sitting up, and we can tell that you are going to start walking very soon.

I've been reflecting so much over the past few days. There's so much to look back on this past year. The beginning was an emotional time for me. I will admit that there were days when I cried. I was so worried because you came early. I thought I did something wrong even though the doctors said that I didn't. I felt like I failed to protect you. We took you to the doctor so many times that you might as well say that the doctor's office was our second home. Honestly, I think I was just worried because you were a preemie. This year was definitely a learning experience for me.

When I look back on this past year, I think about how much you've grown. I think about how much joy and love you have brought into our lives. We have made so many wonderful memories as a family. We have enjoyed watching you experience things for the first time. I think that may be one of my favorite things. Watching you experience things for the first time has been amazing. The way your eyes light up when you see something for the first time. Whether you're trying new foods, playing with a new toy, or exploring someplace new...I can't tell you how much it brings me joy that I get to watch you experience new things and make new memories.

It is truly an honor to be your mommy. I'm so glad that you are in our lives and I'm grateful that you are my son. I can't wait to celebrate more milestones and birthdays.

Happy birthday my wild boy, my sweet prince, my little man. We love you so much.

Monday, April 8, 2019

What I Read in March


Happy Monday! This post is going to be a bit different because I didn't finish reading my book in March. However, I did read a lot of blogs and articles. Since I did read a lot of amazing articles and posts, I thought I would still share them.

Blog Posts and Articles I Loved in March

How to deal with Postpartum Baby Bangs

Anne Butera's ideas on battling the winter blahs

This DIY Inspiration Notebook by Maggie Massey

Motherhood Around the World

This article about SAHMs sharing what their days look like

This simple coffee recipe

Austin Kleon's advice on how to read more

Lecy's piece on fear

Emma Chapman's Mango & Orange Quick Bread recipe

Every Hairdresser I've Ever Had: A Comprehensive Review by Julia Edelman

My Daily Routine: Jasper Newman, 8 Months Old by Teddy Wayne and Greg Wayne

Jennifer Craven's The '4th Trimester' Is A Real Thing (And It Can Be Rough)

What did you read in March?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...


Photo by Claudia on Unsplash

Friday, April 5, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their happy and grateful list link up.


1. New books

2. Journaling

3. Blogging

4. The weather

5. Boss Baby movie

6. Movie nights with my family

7. Feeling better

8. Easter goodies

9. Butterfinger candy

10. Vanilla ice cream cone from Chick-fil-A

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

April Goals

Happy Wednesday! I mentioned a couple of days ago that March was a brutal month and I am so happy that it is April. This is going to be an exciting month filled with a lot of events. I'm looking forward to celebrating Raphael's first birthday. I can't believe that he is going to be one year old.

It's a new month and it's time for some new goals. Before we get to the new goals, let's recap March.



Recap of March Goals
  • Read 1 book: This is a fail. I'm very disappointed that I didn't finish reading my book. I've said it before and I'll say it again, March was a terrible month. I felt so drained and didn't get much done. 
  • Complete 1 class on Skillshare: This was a pass. I took Shantell Martin's class, Drawing on Everything. This was such a fun class and I enjoyed trying new techniques. I can't wait to take a new class this month.
  • Work on Get Messy Art Journal - Season of Creativity: This was a pass. I did work on some of the prompts, but I didn't finish. I'm hoping I can finish my album this month. 
  • Try 1 new recipe: This was a fail. I didn't try a new recipe, but I am very happy to report that I did cook a lot during March. I don't know why it's so hard for me to choose a recipe. I have a list of recipes that I want to try. I think I might write down the names of the recipes, place them in a jar, and then select one recipe to try. 

April Goals
  • Read 2 books
  • Complete 1 class on Skillshare
  • Try 2 new recipes
  • Finish Season of Creativity album
  • Work on Get Messy Art Journal - Season of Failure

What are your goals for April?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Atlanta Area Moms Blog

Today I am over at the Atlanta Area Moms Blog with a new post. I'm sharing some Spring activities and family events in Smyrna and Marietta. Feel free to check out my post and let me know what you think.



Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Monday, April 1, 2019

The Ides of March


Happy Monday! Thank goodness that it is finally April because March was absolutely horrible. March is usually an incredibly emotional month for me. March is the month that we lost my baby brother. However, this month was just incredibly brutal. One bad thing after another kept happening.

This month I learned about the Ides of March. It just so happened that my worst week in March occurred during the week of the Ides of March. This year's Ides of March was on Friday, March 15. That day was the worst day of the month. I'm sure you might be curious about what caused that day to be horrible. I've decided to share a page from my journal about the day. Let's have a little recap.

Friday, March 15, 2019 - The Ides of March

This week has been the WORST WEEK EVER! But today just won the award for WORST DAY EVER! 

Poor Raphael has been sick since Tuesday so we made an appointment for him this morning. Mind you I've probably got about 3 hours of sleep last night.

I dropped Michael and Gabriel off at school. After Raphael and I got home, he finally fell asleep around 8 AM. About 5 minutes later, I got a call from the school. <insert silent scream> Apparently Gabriel was not feeling well. He seemed perfectly fine this morning. I would never send my kids to school if I knew they were sick. Anyways, I woke Raphael up. And he was PISSED!

We went to school and picked up Gabriel. And guess what? He seemed fine! I think he just played all of us!

So now we're on our way to Raphael's appointment. He obviously has a cold, but he also has pink eye. After the appointment, I told Gabriel to get in the car. As I'm taking Raphael out of his stroller, I started to feel raindrops and a second later, it starts to pour! I didn't even get the damn stroller in the trunk! So now I'm struggling to get the big ass jogger stroller in my trunk. I accepted defeat, but not before screaming in the parking lot.

You would think that it's over, but no...wait there's more! So I decided that I needed a pick-me-up and drove to Krispy Kreme. I wanted to get a dozen green glazed donuts for an early St. Patrick's Day celebration and to eat my feelings. So I arrived at Krispy Kreme and they told me "Sorry due to technical difficulties, we won't have the green glazed donuts until after 3". Until after 3? I told them "Ok. I'll come back later." But I didn't go because I just knew that something else would happen.

And all of this took place before 11 AM.

So there you have it. March 15 was the worst day ever. It might not have been as horrible as Julius Caesar's Ides of March, but it was still a rough day. After that day was over, I decided that I needed to take it easy for the rest of the month. Unfortunately, this meant that I wouldn't be able to blog as much as I would like. However, I'm feeling much better and more hopeful.

The last few days of March were some of the best days of the month. My family and I are starting to feel so much better. We were sick for most of the month which was not fun. So I'm very grateful that my boys are feeling better.

Usually, I try not to post anything negative on my blog, but I was amazed by how the day turned out. I just had to share that recap with all of you.

Here's to hoping that April is a better month than the last one and for better days.

How was your March?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time.

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Friday, March 29, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.


1. Nacho Fries

2. Cuddles from my boys

3. Cooking

4. Cookies from Barnes and Noble

5. Frida Kahlo: An Illustrated Life by Maria Hesse

6. Almost done with treatment from my chiropractor

7. Taking time off for my mental and physical health

8. Spring weather

9. Going for a walk

10. The flowers blooming on trees

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, March 22, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.


1. Jumbo chocolate chip muffins

2. My boys

3. Gabriel's speech on Dr. Seuss and his costume

4. Catching up on TV shows

5. Netflix

6. It's finally Spring!

7. Flowers blooming on trees

8. Journaling

9. We are starting to feel a little better after being sick for over a week and a half.

10. Free coffee

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Easter Fun with Crayola


Happy first day of Spring! I'm so excited that Spring has finally arrived. I'm so ready for warmer weather, sunshine, flowers, and Easter!

Are you currently looking for some Easter treats and goodies to fill your little ones baskets? I know I always have a hard time finding things to put in my kids' baskets especially now that they are getting a bit older. However, the sweet folks at Crayola came to the rescue and gave me some ideas. Now my kids' baskets are filled and I've hidden them for Easter morning.


Crayola Color Wonder Coloring Pad & Markers - Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig 

The Color Wonder Coloring Pad and Markers has 18 pages and contains 5 color wonder markers. The markers only appears on the special paper, not on skin, clothing, or carpets. The pad works with all Color Wonder markers and paints.

I've been a big fan of the Color Wonder line for a while now so I was so excited to receive these. My boys are a bit older so I'm sure they will probably gift these two coloring pads to their cousins. 

You can purchase Crayola Color Wonder Coloring Pad & Markers (Paw Patrol) here. The Crayola Color Wonder Coloring Pad & Markers (Peppa Pig) is available here. Check out the entire Color Wonder collection here.



Crayola Silly Putty BiGG Egg

The Silly Putty BiGG Egg is bouncy and stretchy reusable original play compound. It never dries out and is currently available in pastel colors which is perfect for Easter. Kids can use it to build or sculpt. Since the toy contains a quarter pound of silly putty, it is more than enough to share.

You can purchase Crayola's Silly Putty BiGG Egg here

Crayola Tie Dye, Neon, and Glitter Chalk

These chalks are perfect for outdoor fun. The tie dye chalks makes different colors every time they are used and there are five colors available in each pack. The neon chalk is very bright and the the glitter chalks sparkles. All three packs of chalk are washable so you don't have to worry about them being permanent. The chalks are also anti-roll so you don't have to worry about them rolling down driveways or other inclined surfaces. I love that Crayola did this because it shows that they care about our kids' safety.

You can purchase the tie dye chalk here. The neon and glitter chalks are available here and here.


Crayola Silly Putty - Original, Silly Scents, Silly Glow, and Super Bright

There is a variety of Crayola Silly Putty. The original silly putty contains the same compound that has been around since 1950. The putty is packed in an egg shaped container and is tan colored.

The Silly Scents Silly Putty has a secret scent. The scent will either be sweet or stinky. There are 12 scents and 8 different colors available.

The Silly Glow Silly Putty also contains the same compound, but it also glows in the dark.

The Silly Putty Super Brights has four different colors and also contains the same compound.

Check out the entire Silly Putty collection here.


Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Disclosure: I did receive these products for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own. As always, I only recommend products and services that I have personally used.

Friday, March 15, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.


1. Lunch date with John

2. Clearance sale at The Children's Place

3. Snuggles with Raphael

4. Warm weather! It's beginning to feel like spring!

5. Kit Kat Ice Cream Cones

6. It's finally Friday!

7. Fresh, clean sheets and comforter

8. Pizza

9. Naps

10. Ant-Man and the Wasp

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee


If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet somewhere that had spring or summer vibes. The drinks would be fruity and would be a welcome change from all of the hot beverages that I've been consuming. However, I'd probably select an iced caramel macchiato. We'd enjoy some cheesecake or pie.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that Mother Nature has been such a tease. We'll have a few days of sunshine and warm weather, but then the next day it will be incredibly cold and rainy. The worst part is that we've been having horrible and annoying weather on the weekends. Why does it have to be rainy, but warm?

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I've been wanting to read a book similar to Elevation by Stephen King. I'm currently reading I Really Didn't Think This Through: Tales From My So-Called Adult Life by Beth Evans and so far it's pretty good.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I've been working on a lot of projects and taking a couple of different courses. Right now, I'm taking a Skillshare class and I'm also working on my Get Messy projects. I'm always up for learning new things and I'm so grateful that I have memberships to both Skillshare and Get Messy.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I think I've finally found my word of the year and it's balance. It may be March, but I've been thinking of this word and what it means to me since the beginning of January. I've been working on balancing so many different areas of my life. I've been taking better care of myself and it definitely shows.

What would you tell me?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Friday, March 8, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.


1. Carmen Sandiego

2. Mune: Guardian of the Moon

3. Netflix (Lol...Can you tell?)

4. Good news from the chiropractor

5. Physical therapy for Raphael is going well

6. Saving money

7. My boys

8. All. the. sweet. treats!

9. Hints of Spring's imminent arrival

10. Getting enough sleep

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

What I Read in February

Happy Wednesday! Last month, I accomplished my reading goal that I set for February. I read not one, but two books! I have been finding bits of time to read almost everyday. I'll read while Raphael is taking a nap or when I'm able to have some "me time". I was able to read two books because I took them with me during my chiropractor appointments and to the hair salon. Instead of just scrolling through my phone while I wait at appointments, I've been reading.

I'm really excited that I've been reading a lot more and it made me realize how much I really did miss reading a good book.

Below are the books and blog posts that I read.

Must Read


Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

This book was so good! This is Adjei-Brenyah's debut short story collection. The stories were a bit dark and many of them left me speechless. I don't even really know how to describe how some of the stories left me feeling. The stories were unique and dealt with racism, hate, violence, egos, capitalism, etc. I honestly believe that everyone should read this book. I would say that it's a necessary read.


Elevation by Stephen King

Oh my goodness! This is was such a great read! King described Elevation as a novella despite the cover stating that it was a novel. The story takes place in Castle Rock, Maine. The main character, Scott Carey, is dealing with an illness that is causing him to rapidly lose weight, without getting thinner. When he weighs himself, the scale registers the same number even if he has clothes on. While dealing with his illness, he is also having to figure out how to end his feud with his two new neighbors, Deidre and her wife Missy. The majority of the community disapproves of the couple, but the feud between the couple and Scott is over the couple's dogs dropping their business on his lawn.

I loved all of the characters and quickly became attached to them. The ending was absolutely amazing and sad. I was a little disappointed that the book wasn't longer, but the story was still wonderful.

Blog Posts I Loved in February

Emelia's thoughts on the current blogging scene

This post on Motherhood and Time

Being (and Loving) Yourself by Anne Butera

What did you read in February?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

March Goals

Happy Tuesday! I'm so excited that it's finally March. January was such a long month and February went by so fast. I'm really glad that February has come and gone. Last month was just too hectic and I felt so drained.

Since it's a new month, it's time to share my new goals March. Before we get to the new goals, let's recap February.


Recap of February Goals
  • Read 1 book: This was a pass! I finished two books this month. I read Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and Elevation by Stephen King. I'll have a review of these books soon. I was able to read two books because I found bits of time throughout the day. Even if I was only able to read for five minutes, I still read. Instead of scrolling through Instagram at my appointments, I read my book. 
  • Try 2 new recipes: This was a fail...again! I have got to do better. 
  • Start a new workout routine: This was a fail. I have a workout routine set, but just haven't exercised as much as I'd like. I've been dealing with some pain which caused me to be unable to really exercise. I'm hoping that I'm able to start my workout routine this month.
March Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Complete 1 class on Skillshare
  • Work on Get Messy Art Journal - Season of Creativity
  • Try 1 new recipe

What are your goals for March?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Photo by Chimene Gaspar on Unsplash

Monday, March 4, 2019

TBB Asks: Shopping Edition

Happy Monday! Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for TBB Asks. TBB Asks is a monthly questionnaire link up series.


1. Top 3 Shops? Target, H&M, and Old Navy. I've been going to Target a lot. I love that my local Target has a Starbucks in it. I recently went to H&M to buy some jeans and I was so happy to find that they actually had jeans that fit me!

2. Where is the majority of your shopping done- in store or online? The majority of my shopping is done in store. I don't like shopping online. Usually, if I order something online, it's usually books or something that is not clothing (or shoes). I hate when I order something online and it doesn't fit so then I have to go to the store. However, I have been ordering a few things for my boys online and every single thing has fit perfectly.

3. What's your favorite thing to shop for? I love buying graphic shirts for my husband and I. I also love shopping for baby clothes. Target has the cutest baby clothes ever and I also love their Cat & Jack kids' collection.

4. What do you just HATE shopping for? I hate shopping for jeans and leggings. I'm short so I always have the hardest time finding jeans and leggings that fit me. As I mentioned before, I went to H&M and was surprised to find jeans that are the right length and fit me perfectly. H&M might just be my go to shop for jeans. I haven't had any luck on finding leggings that fit so if you have any recommendations on shops, please let me know.

5. What's your most favorite thing you've ever bought? We recently upgraded our phones and got the iPhone XR and absolutely love it. I'm a bargain shopper so I was a bit shocked at the price, but it is so worth it! It's definitely a game changer and a very good investment.

6. Do you prefer shopping alone or with others? I prefer shopping alone. Whether it's grocery shopping or just shopping for clothes, I can get it done so much faster if I go shopping alone.

7. Best bargain? Target and Old Navy always has great deals on clothing. I actually stocked up on a bunch of basic t-shirts from the A New Day collection at Target. The Children's Place always has great deals on kids' clothing and is by far my favorite place to shop for my boys.

8. Thrift store shopping: Yes or No? Honestly, I haven't been thrift store shopping in such a long time. I have found a few things for great prices at thrift stores. I might just have to make a trip to the thrift store soon.

9. Best cities for shopping? New York City and the metro Atlanta area. There's lots of local boutiques and other shops in both of these cities.

10. Who's your style or fashion icon? I don't really have a fashion icon. I'm not really into fashion. I prefer wearing t-shirts, jeans (or leggings), and sneakers. I also wear a lot of activewear like yoga pants, leggings, and performance tees.


Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Saturday, March 2, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.


1. Newk's

2. Marietta Pizza Company

3. It's finally March

4. Spring like weather

5. Getting a scholarship to an art program

6. My boys

7. The Good Doctor

8. Netflix

9. Roswell, New Mexico

10. Starting a new book

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Target Finds

Happy Wednesday! I went to Target way too many times. Like a ridiculous amount. I've even gone to two Targets in one day (several times during the week). However, I have been saving a lot of money by using the Cartwheel app, price matching, and finding things on sale so I guess it's not so bad.

The month is almost over so I thought I would share a few of my favorite finds at Target including one that wasn't my favorite.

1. UBRANDS Frameless Dry Erase Weekly Planner Board

I mentioned before that I have been wanting to meal plan and decided to get a small weekly planner board for my fridge. I love that I can also use this for other things as well such as reminding my family what plans we have for the week. The board is magnetic and also came with a dry erase marker. The marker has an eraser on the top which is perfect. It also had an additional magnet so that you can pin notes.

I couldn't find a link to the board that I purchased, but you can purchase a similar one here.

2. Simply Balanced Cranberry Citrus Sparkling Water

Of all the things that I have purchased this month, this was the only thing that was not my favorite. I have been trying to decrease the amount of soda I drink so I thought I would try some sparkling water. Maybe I'm just used to the taste of soda, but I just can't stand the taste of sparkling water. If you drink sparkling water, do you have a favorite brand or flavor? Do you mix it with any juice?

3. Skinny Dipped Dark Chocolate Cocoa Covered Almonds

These were so good. I loved the almond and chocolate combo. I'm not a big fan of dark chocolate, but this was delicious. I was surprised that I didn't eat the entire bag in one sitting. I've been eating these as a treat. They are a bit pricy, but luckily I was able to find them on sale and I combined the sale with an offer on the Cartwheel app.

4. Dove Foaming Hand Wash - Lavender & Yogurt

I love foaming hand wash soaps. I've been a fan of Dove for a while and was excited when I found out that they made some foaming hand wash soaps. I tried the lavender and yogurt scent and loved it. The scent is not too strong, but smells so good. A little goes a long way so you don't have to worry about using too much.

What are your favorite Target Finds?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, February 22, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.


1. Girl Scouts Thin Mints cookies

2. Chick-fil-A

3. Phone upgrade

4. Watching the boys play with Raphael

5. Paying off debt

6. Saving money

7. Coming up with new ideas

8. Catching up on shows

9. Finding time to read

10. Lemonade

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Thursday, February 21, 2019

First Post on Atlanta Area Moms Blog

Happy Thursday! Today I am over at the Atlanta Area Moms blog with my first post as a contributor. I'm sharing some of my favorite spots in my city. Feel free to check out my post and let me know what you think.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, February 15, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.


1. New clothes

2. Smoothies

3. Valentine's Day treats

4. My boys

5. Amazing deals and coupons

6. Elevation by Stephen King

7. Decluttering

8. Getting more sleep

9. Getting stuff done early

10. Me time

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee

Happy Tuesday! How are we in the second week of February? January lasted forever and February is just flying by.

It's the second Tuesday of the month and today I'm joining Lecy for a little coffee chat.


If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet somewhere new. I have been wanting to go to new restaurants and explore my city so it would be fun to find some new coffee shops.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask you what book you are currently reading. I'd tell you that I just started reading Elevation by Stephen King. So far it's pretty good. If you ask me for a book recommendation, I'd tell you to read Art Matters by Neil Gaiman. I've said it before and I'll say it again...for such a quick read, it was incredibly powerful.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I'm over winter. I'm also over Mother Nature teasing us with warm weather one day and then it goes back to being so cold. Seriously, how in the world was it 78 degrees a few days ago and then the next day it was about 40 degrees?

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I am so excited to be going to an event this Saturday, but I'm also really nervous. I've been having to convince myself not to cancel my plans for that evening because I really do want to go. I'm such an introvert and am not really big on going to parties and events especially when I know that I probably won't know many people. I know this event is going to be fun and it will be a great way to network, but I'm a little anxious about it. I've been stressing about what I'm going to wear as well as what I should bring. Speaking of what am I going to wear to the event, what do you think I should wear?

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I'm working a lot more on my writing and I have been journaling a lot too. I'm hoping to publish some pieces in various platforms like Medium and a few other online sites. I have also been considering submitting to some magazines like Holl & Lane magazine.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that even though I'm not a big fan of Valentine's Day, I'm excited to celebrate it with my boys and John. This will be Raphael's first Valentine's Day and I bought him something cute to wear. I also got the boys and John gifts. John and I aren't really big on celebrating that day even though he did propose to me on Valentine's Day. Since we have kids, we love celebrating as many holidays as we can. Holidays with kids are just always so much better. We are not planning to go out for Valentine's Day so I think we're going to decorate some cookies or cupcakes and watch a movie at home.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I'm still excited for the rest of the year. There are so many good things that are going to come in the upcoming months and I just can't wait. New opportunities are presenting themselves and the changes look like they are going to be amazing!

What would you tell me?

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Until next time...

Photo by Nathan Dumloa on Unsplash

Monday, February 11, 2019

Currently Mini Notebook

Happy Monday. One of my goals this year is to use up a lot of my scrapbooking and craft stash instead of buying new things. Another goal that I set is to continue to make art and work on projects as much as possible.

Every week or so I have been going through my stash and have been picking out different supplies that I can use to work on a new (or in progress) project. A couple of weeks ago, I found a two pack mini notebook set in my stash that I had for a long time so I decided to make a little Currently mini notebook.

I kept this project very simple and documented everyday for a week. I used labels and then stamped the day of the week on the label. I also stamped the date and then journaled. I added washi tape to the bottom of the pages and a couple of pages have a sticker or two. Each page took about 5-10 minutes to make and was so easy to complete. This was such a fun project to work on.

Below are the photos of my completed Currently mini notebook.







I'm really happy with how this project turned out. I plan on making some more little projects like this with my scrapbooking stash. Hopefully making projects like this will help me use up my stash.

Supplies Used:

  • Heidi Swapp mini book
  • Washi tape
  • Studio Calico labels
  • Micron Pen
  • Heidi Swapp Date Stamp
  • Versafine Stamp Set - Onyx Black
  • Freckled Fawn embellishment
  • Rukristin Stamp Sets (Days of the Week and Currently Stamp Sets)
  • Rukristin Journaling Card

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Until next time...

Friday, February 8, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.



1. Premama smoothie from Smoothie King

2. Naps

3. My boys

4. Raphael's smile

5. Warm weather (it was in the 78 degrees yesterday!!)

6. Chiropractor appointments

7. Blogging

8. Happy mail from Studio Calico

9. Visiting Michael at school for breakfast

10. Catching up on shows

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

What I Read in January

Happy Wednesday! One of my goals this year is to read at least 1 book per month. I think this monthly book series and book review posts will help me keep track of the challenge as well as motivate me to keep reading. Last month, I accomplished my reading goal. I also read quite a few blog posts as well. You may notice that I included some blog posts from December. I decided to include blog posts that I read in that month as well since I never made a post about what I read in December.

Below is the book that I read as well as the blog posts that I loved.

Must Read



Art Matters by Neil Gaiman (illustrated by Chris Riddell)

This book was absolutely amazing! I absolutely love Gaiman and his work so I was not surprised that I loved this book. It's a quick read and I read it in one day while I was at the hair salon. This may sound weird, but after reading this book, I actually hugged it. It was just that good.

Art Matters is a collection of four essays that addresses the importance of reading and writing. I loved every single essay. I especially loved Credo and Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading, and Daydreaming. These essays were previously published, but I had never read them so I was very happy to read these. Even if you have read these essays before, I think they are worth reading again.

In Credo, Gaiman talks about freedom of speech and ideas. I loved learning about how Gaiman started writing in Make Good Art. Making a Chair is more of a poem than an essay, but it was also really great.

The illustrations by Chris Riddell were perfect! Gaiman's words and Riddells' illustrations mixed well and I hope they work together soon.

Do yourself a favor and read this book. Buy it from a bookstore or borrow it from your local library. It. Is. Worth. It.

Blog Posts I Loved in December

I loved this post by Neely. It's good to see that I am not the only one who doesn't adjust our schedule for others.

This post on patience and raising kind children.

A Woman's Place is in the House article in Elle Magazine.

Part 1 and Part 2 of Taylor's (from The Daily Tay) Christmas story.

Blog Posts I Loved In January

I loved these photos that Kat took on her trip to the catacombs of Paris. Visiting the catacombs of Paris is on my bucket list!

I loved reading Ali Edwards' post on documenting an evening during this time of year. The last two sentences on her post are so true.

What do stay-at-home moms do all day?

What did you read in January?

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Until next time...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

February Goals

Happy Tuesday! Oh my goodness! Can you believe it's February? Honestly, January felt like the longest month ever. I had so much fun celebrating my birthday all month long, but I'm actually glad that the month is over. So much went on during that month and I think I may have to just post a little recap on the month. Maybe I should write monthly recaps for the blog. What do you think?

Well, let me get back on track. I have a feeling I was going to just keep rambling. Since it's a new month, it's time to share my new goals for February. Before we get to those new goals, let's recap on my goals for January.



Recap of January Goals
  • Read 1 book: This was a success! I read Neil Gaiman's Art Matters and I absolutely loved it. I'll have a review of the book posted on the blog in a couple of days. I almost finished reading Friday Black on the last day of January (I only had about 10 pages left), but I ended up finishing the book around 1 or 2 am on February 1st. Raphael was sick for a few days and the week was just incredibly busy so I didn't get much time to read.
  • Clean out the trunk of my car: Technically I didn't clean out the trunk of my car...John actually did. I still consider this a pass because we have been trying to do this for such a long time. I've been doing a good job at keeping the trunk clean.
  • Try 1 new recipe: I'm considering this a pass. John made some fluffernutters a few days ago and they were good. Apparently, they are very popular in Massachusetts. I'm from New York and had never heard of them. There are a few ways to make them and they are very easy to make. Check out this recipe here.
  • Start a new workout routine: This was a fail. With the car accident, being sick, and then the kids getting sick as well...starting a workout routine was not on the top of my list. Does it count that I'm constantly running after the boys and am on the go all the time?
  • Make art every day: I'm not sure whether to consider this a pass or a fail. I'm currently participating in an art challenge called The Painted Diaries by Riet. I'm supposed to make art every single day for the challenge, but I have missed a few days. However, I am happy with the amount that I have made this month even if the art was not part of the challenge. I even started a new art class and completed an assignment. I'll be sharing about Riet's art challenge as well as the art class that I started in a post soon.

February Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Try 2 new recipes
  • Start a new workout routine
  • Make art every day

What are your goals for February?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...


Photo by Emma Matthews on Unsplash

Monday, February 4, 2019

TBB Asks: Relationships Edition

Happy Monday! Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for TBB Asks. TBB Asks is a monthly questionnaire link up series.


1. Who is your oldest friend/how did you meet? I still have some childhood friends...even though we haven't seen each other in over a decade. We mainly keep in contact via social media, but we still obviously consider each other friends. Stacy, Fannis, and Janeiry are just a few of my childhood friends. I also have a some friends (Mechell, Melissa, and Trenell) that I met from my old job and we also keep in contact via social media, but we do text/call one another. 

Random fact: I honestly have to do a better job at actually seeing my friends. I miss my friends and one of my goals is to actually see them a little more this year. 

2. Tell us about circle of support. Who are your people? My mami, John, and my friends. 

3. How did you meet your partner? I met John at work. He even proposed to me at our job.

4. How is Valentine's Day celebrated in your home? We're not really into Valentine's Day. We don't go out to dinner or do anything really big and fancy. We prefer to stay home and have dinner there. We also still give each other a small gift. The holiday still holds a special place in our hearts because John proposed to me on Valentine's Day at work. 

Since we have kids, we do give the boys a little gift and treats. I honestly think that holidays are so much more fun now that we have kids. It's so fun to see how excited the boys are during holidays.

5. What is your love language? I've heard people mention love language, but never actually knew what in the world they meant. I took a quiz online and apparently my love language is quality time. I think the result of the quiz was accurate. I love spending time with my loved ones.

6. Do you prefer receiving flowers or chocolates? I actually love both. However, I am horrible at keeping flowers and plants alive so it would probably be best to just get me chocolates.

7. What is the most meaningful gift you have ever received or have given? I've received a lot of meaningful gifts. Most of these gifts were handmade. I love handmade gifts because it shows that the person who made it, really took their time and made a lot of effort to make the gift.


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Until next time...

Friday, February 1, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.


1. Snow day (more like a rainy day lol)

2. Sleeping in

3. Warm blankets and pajamas

4. Chicken noodle soup

5. Valentine's Day donuts

6. Coffee

7. You by Nicole Bus

8. New book purchase (The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman)

9. Breakfast sandwiches

10. Tuesday

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Raphael - 9 Months

Happy Tuesday! It's been a while since I posted an update about Raphael. I meant to post this a couple of weeks ago, but better late than never.

I can't believe that he's already 9 months old (he'll be 10 months soon)! In just a few months he will be a year old!


Size: I can't believe how much my baby has grown. Raphael is still continuing to gain weight. At his last appointment, he weighed a little over 17 pounds. His length/height is 26 inches. He's wearing 6-9 and 9 month sized clothing and is in size 3 diapers!

Sleep: Raphael still wakes up at least once during the night to feed. However, for the past few days he's woken up at least twice during the night. I think he might have a cold and I think it's been making him a bit fussy.

Loves: He loves playing with his brothers. It's so cute how much they love spending time with one another. Michael and Gabriel just adore their little brother so much. Raphael also loves to eat! Everyone is amazed when they see how much he's grown and how much he loves to eat. He loves to meet new people, but is hesitant when someone new wants to hold him. He also loves bath time. I think it's one of his favorite parts of the day.

Dislikes: He hates waiting for his food. He can be very impatient. I wonder where he got that from? He hates being strapped into anything. If he's in his high chair, he'll get excited when he sees his food. He gets upset when he's in his stroller, but once it gets moving...he gets so excited. I think he just loves being in motion.

Things I Want To Remember:
  • His babbling and how he tries to "talk" to us.
  • His laughter and squeals.
  • How his eyes light up when he sees his brothers. It melts my heart seeing all three of them together. Cuteness overload!
  • Our little adventures at Target and the grocery store.
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Until next time...

Monday, January 28, 2019

Target Finds - January

Happy Monday! I have been going to Target...a lot. I'm almost embarrassed to say how many times I go during the week. The month is almost over so I thought now would be a good time to show you all some of my favorite finds at Target.

1. Market Pantry Milk Chocolate Covered Peanuts

These were so good. I randomly found these while looking for a quick snack/treat. I don't think I've ever tried Market Pantry brand food items so this was my first time trying something from that brand. I definitely plan on buying a few more things from this brand because I was impressed with how good the milk chocolate covered peanuts were. There were a few other Market Pantry brand items that I saw that looked very good. Have you purchased anything from the Market Pantry brand? Do you have a favorite Market Pantry item?

2. Kind Minis Variety Pack (Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Nut and Dark Chocolate Almond & Coconut)

Oh my goodness! This is my current obsession. I have been trying to find things like snacks to take with me while I'm on the go. I decided to try some Kind Mini bars since they had a variety pack and they were on sale. These bars are so good! I love that they are healthy. These bars have low sodium, 100 calories, and are low on sugar. I've been putting a couple in my diaper bag and it's been helping me avoid buying unhealthy snacks while I'm on the go.

I've been wanting to find things that would be great for when I go walking and jogging on the trail. If you have any recommendations on things to take for long walks or hikes please feel free to let me know.

3. So Lovable Sleep 'N Play

This is such a cute sleep 'n play. I have been buying most of Raphael's holiday themed sleep 'n plays from Target. They are very affordable, so cute, and fit perfectly.

4. HappyBaby Organic Teethers

I have been wanting to get Raphael some baby teethers snacks, but wasn't sure which brand to get. I couldn't remember which ones I used to buy for my older sons so I was lost on which brands to get. It still amazes me how many new baby brands there are.

I ended up purchasing HappyBaby Organic Teethers because they are organic and I knew that he would probably love the flavor. Raphael loves banana and will usually eat anything that has banana in it. These little teething wafers dissolve easily and contains no artificial flavors.


What are your favorite Target finds?

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Until next time...

Friday, January 25, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.



1. Fluffernutter Sandwich

2. Finally getting our car back from the shop

3. Barnes and Noble

4. Coffee

5. Baby clothes

6. Mini Kind Bars

7. Warm blankets

8. Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bars

9. Hilarious memes

10. Catching up with a friend

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Big Announcement!!!

Happy Wednesday! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed the announcement that I made yesterday about being selected to be a contributor writer for the Atlanta Area Moms Blog!

I've been a fan of the Atlanta Area Moms blog for a while and absolutely love that there is such a diverse group of women and motherhood perspectives. My fellow team members and I will be sharing stories and topics related to motherhood. I am so excited to share my voice and stories on such a wonderful blog.

I'll mention when I have a post up on the Atlanta Area Moms blog here as well as on my social media pages. Please feel free to check out the Atlanta Area Moms blog here or keep in touch via Instagram.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, January 18, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.



1. Our car is finally being repaired

2. Having a second car

3. Well wishes from friends and family

4. My boys and John

5. Hot chocolate

6. Receiving good news

7. Finally getting a copy of Becoming by Michelle Obama

8. Naps

9. Ice Cream

10. Self care

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Christmas Layouts

Happy Wednesday! I'm so close to finishing all of my Christmas projects. Today I'm sharing two Christmas layouts that I recently made.


I used some older Christmas scrapbook and craft supplies that I had. I tried very hard not to purchase new Christmas supplies. One of my goals is to use a lot of supplies from my stash in my projects instead of purchasing new supplies. 

Making both of these layouts was very simple. I used some papers from a Christmas themed paper pad for the first layout. Then I used some embellishments from a previous Freckled Fawn December/Christmas themed embellishment kit. I also added some enamel dots and stickers. I loved using a black and white photo of my husband and sons. I think the scrapbook items makes the photo "pop".

Below is a close up of the layout.


Those puffy alpha stickers and layered stickers are so cute. I also love the chipboard stickers. I was surprised that I was able to get a photo of the boys looking at the camera. Sometimes it's a bit hard to get them to all look at the camera at the same time.


I took a photo of my mami's Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. The boys and I love how she decorates her tree. The boys were so excited to find candy canes on the tree.

This second layout was also very simple to make. I added my journaling onto a jumbo tag and then decorated the layout with some cardstock embellishments and some enamel dots.

Below is a close up of the layout.


Overall, I really like how these layouts turned out. The past few weeks have been busy so I knew that I would have to make my layouts and projects very simple. I actually kind of prefer making simple layouts because it's not time consuming. 

How did you document your December? Are you almost done with your December projects?

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Until next time...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Autumn Stories Travelers Notebook

Happy Tuesday! Autumn is over and Winter is here, but I finally finished working in my Autumn Stories travelers notebook.

Spring used to be my favorite season when I was younger, but Autumn is now my favorite. Everything about Autumn is just amazing. I love the cooler weather, the seasonal drinks and treats, and all of the events that takes place during this season. This autumn was very special and memorable because it was Raphael's first autumn. We were all excited to make new memories with him and celebrate the season.

I had so much fun working in this travelers notebook and documenting the season. I really love how it turned out.

Please note that this is a very photo heavy post.















The lighting was not so great in some of photos so I apologize for that. The weather has been a bit gloomy and we are just now starting to have some sunny, but cool weather after days of rain. The majority of the items that I used came from Freckled Fawn. The rest of the supplies came from my scrapbooking stash.

How did you document your Autumn?

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Until next time...