Friday, May 31, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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

1. Happy Mail

2. Thinking about reopening my Etsy shop

3. Scrapbooking/crafting

4. Adam JK's class on Skillshare

5. Naps

6. Dairy Queen ice cream cones

7. Baking chocolate chip bread

8. Time in a Tree by Raleigh Ritchie (Fun Fact: Raleigh Ritchie is Jacob Anderson, the actor who is known for his role as Grey Worm in Game of Thrones.)

9. Trying a new recipe

10. Hulu

What made you happy this week?

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

The First Time I Got Pulled Over...

The Wednesday before last, it was a regular day. It was the last day of school, and I decided to let the boys stay home and start our summer early. I cleaned the house and got a lot of stuff done. 

What started off as a typical day soon turned into a terrible evening. That evening I received a phone call from Mami, and she told me that my brother was in the hospital. There is nothing worse than getting a phone call from family telling you that your brother is in the ICU. Mami asked if I could go with her to the hospital and of course, I said yes.

When we got to the hospital, my brother was awake, talking, and even cracking some jokes. Luckily, he is going to be ok, and I'm happy to say that he's already out of the hospital. I won't go into details about what happened, but he's ok, and that's all that matters.

After leaving the hospital, I went to take Mami to her house. While I'm driving, Mami and I noticed several police cars. I told her that it seems like the entire police squad must be out today because all day there was an unusual amount of police officers on the roads.

A couple of seconds later (after we saw an officer pull over a car), I saw flashing blue lights behind me. It was 10 at night and extremely dark. Mind you this was the first time that I have ever been pulled over.

Mami told me to grab my license and insurance, but I refused to do so because it was really dark and I was not about to give the officer any reason to believe that I was reaching for something. The officer came to the car and was flashing his flashlight in my car...and woke Raphael up (insert internal scream).

The officer informed me that one of my lights was out and then went back to his car. Mami told me that I should go check the car to make sure that the tail light was really out. Mami had been pulled over before for the same thing, and her tail light was not out. Once again, I told her I would not be getting out of the car for a couple of reasons.

1. It's dark as hell outside. I'm not going to give the officer a reason to think that I'm up to something. I'd never get out of a car, especially that late at night and most importantly Raphael and Mami were in the car. I would never put my loved ones at risk.

2. That seems like a quick way to get shot. I told Mami that I would just wait until the officer came back to the car. Then let him know that I wanted to check the light.

When the officer came back to the car, I informed him that I wanted to check the light. The light was indeed out. He said that he was going to give me a warning. He was also kind enough to explain some things about the tail light because I told him that I don't really know much about changing lights. Honestly, I don't really know much about cars. 

I'm really grateful that everything turned out ok and for the information that he gave me about the lights. It made me so sad to think that I was actually afraid when I got pulled over. I wasn't worried about getting a ticket...I was concerned about my mom's, son's, and my safety. I knew I didn't do anything wrong. I wasn't speeding or anything like that. Honestly, I think I was more nervous because it was very dark. 

In all, I'm grateful that my brother was discharged from the hospital a few days later. I'm thankful that we all made it home safe that night. I'm grateful that the officer was kind and professional...I think he could sense that I was a bit nervous. He seemed to go out of his way to make the stop and interaction as comfortable as possible (if that makes sense).

John changed the light the next day. Fingers crossed that I never get pulled over again. It was such an emotional and eye-opening evening that I will always remember. 

Photo by Dawid Zawila on Unsplash

Monday, May 27, 2019

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday and Happy Memorial Day. I hope you all had an awesome weekend. Summer has officially started for us. School is out, and we have already started going on adventures.


On Friday, John, the boys, and I went to Six Flags. At first, we were only going to redeem our season passes, but then we decided to get on a couple of rides and grab something to eat. We had such a blast. We didn't stay for long because it got hot. One of the perks of having a season pass is that we can spend a short amount of time at the park and not feel like we wasted any money.

After we got home, we all relaxed. While John and the boys played some games, I picked up John's dry cleaning. Then I cleaned the bay windows and got started on some laundry. I decided to have a little me-time and went to Barnes and Noble. I bought four books. Thank goodness for a 20% off entire purchase coupon, my member discount, and a gift card because I only ended up paying a small balance.


The boys and I went to Target, Publix, and the cafe in Barnes and Noble. I decided to try the Passion Tea Lemonade. I'm not a big fan of sweet or unsweetened tea, but I had a coupon (I love deals lol) so I went for it. Surprisingly, it wasn't that bad. It didn't really taste like tea at all.

Then we went to the mall to grab some lunch at Chick-fil-A. I had a ton of rewards and points from the Chick-fil-A app, so I used those to get our meals and ice cream cones. Raphael loved the ice cream cone.

Once we got home, we watched some cartoons and movies. The boys played some games, and I worked on some layouts while Raphael took a nap.


Raphael and I woke up early, but John and the boys slept in. Since they were sleeping in, I decided to go to the grocery store with Raphael to grab a few things. Then we went to Starbucks and bought some frappuccinos and breakfast for John and me.

When we got home, I was still surprised that Michael and Gabriel were still sleeping. John helped me put the groceries away. Then he had to get ready for work. Raphael watched Mighty Little Bheem, and I got breakfast ready for the boys.

After we all finished eating our breakfast and John left for work, I decided that we would go to Michaels. I was hoping to find the We R Memory Keepers staple board, but they didn't have it in stock. After leaving Michaels, we went to the playground before it got too hot.

When we got home, I made some lunch. After we all got cleaned up, Michael and Gabriel played some games. Raphael took a nap, and I got some cleaning done.

The rest of the day was spent relaxing, playing games, watching cartoons and movies, reading, and journaling.

We had such a fun weekend, and I'm looking forward to more adventures this summer.

How was your weekend?

Thanks for visiting?

Until next time...

Friday, May 24, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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

1. Last week of school! (This means Summer is officially going to be here for us!)

2. My family

3. Nap time (This will probably always be on my list.)

4. Marietta Pizza Company

5. Warm, summerlike nights

6. Summer clothes for the boys

7. A bunch of new craft, scrapbooking, and journaling supplies (Bonus: They were all heavily discounted!)

8. This adorable photo and story on Humans of New York

9. Giant hugs from my boys

10. Starting a new book

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, May 17, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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

1. PopSocket Phone Grip and Stand in  Glitter Nebula

2. My Love Will Never Die by Claire Wyndham

3. Peach Lemonade

4. Nick Kosir from FOX 46 take on the #GitUpChallenge

5. Warm weather

6. My hair

7. Making Summer plans

8. Coffee

9. Accomplishing my reading goal early

10. Barnes & Noble Membership Appreciation Week

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee

If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet at Starbucks and try one of the new drinks that are available. I would probably order the mocha cookie crumble frappuccino because it is delicious. If you haven't tried it, then I would definitely recommend that drink.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I've been trying to get better at sustainability. I already use reusable bags and have been trying not to forget them at home. I recommend leaving a few reusable shopping bags in the trunk of your car or near your front door. We do have some plastic bags, but we use them for dirty diapers. I just recently purchased a couple of Starbucks reusable cups. Whenever John and I go to Starbucks, we bring our cups. I've heard that there are reusable Ziploc bags and will have to check those out. If you know of any brands or stores where I can purchase some, please let me know. I also plan to buy some steel straws for drinks. I was shocked when I learned that plastic straws cannot be recycled.

There are definitely more ways where I can improve in regards to sustainability, creating less waste, and helping the planet. I'll admit that it can be challenging to reduce waste especially when some of the products are convenient, but I think it's worth it. We all live on this planet, we might as well do our part in helping to keep it clean.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I'm really enjoying this month's theme from Riet and the Season of Inspiration by Get Messy Art Journal. I decided to combine both of these projects and am currently doing a study on Frida Kahlo.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that the boys had fun at Michael's and Raphael's birthday party. We had their party at one of those trampoline parks. They had a blast even though the venue kind of messed up a lot in regards to setting up the party. The boys didn't notice anything was wrong, and all of the kids had fun, so I'm really grateful for that.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I am so excited that school is almost over. I'm so ready for summer and can't wait to go on some adventures with my boys. I'm surprised at how fast the school year is going. The next couple of weeks is going to be so busy with school events and ceremonies.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I've been going on a lot of walks, and I love it. Raphael and I have been walking to pick up Michael and Gabriel from the bus stop. We live in a very hilly neighborhood, and some of the hills are very steep. It is most definitely a workout, but I love it. I've been bringing my Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic camera and have been taking a lot of photos on my walks.

What would you tell me?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Monday, May 13, 2019

International Scrapbook Day

International Scrapbook Day was on May 4 and I decided to make a scrapbook layout and a few travelers notebook layouts to celebrate the day. It felt really great to work on some scrapbook layouts because I haven't made any in a long time.

I primarily used Amy Tangerine's Shine On collection for these layouts. The stickers in the sticker book were perfect for each of my layouts. I especially loved the bunny stickers and used them on an Easter themed layout.

Check out the layouts as well as a few close-ups below.

Did you make anything on International Scrapbook Day?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, May 10, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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

1. New season of Lucifer!

2. Starbucks' Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino

3. Finding the Starbucks limited edition Molten Chocolate Latte

4. Using reusable products

5. Two strangers complete the Pittsburgh Marathon together

6. Target

7. Reading

8. Did I mention Starbucks?

9. My boys

10. Afternoon walks with my boys

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Atlanta Area Moms Blog

Today I'm over at The Atlanta Area Moms Blog with a new post. I'm sharing some gift ideas for the moms in your life. Feel free to check out my post and let me know what you think.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Target Finds

Welp. So much for making a monthly Target Finds blog post. The last post I made on this series was in February. I don't really know why I didn't share anything in the past two months especially since I'm always at Target. I'm going to do things a little different today and share some things that I found at Target in March and April.
1. Easter seasonal treats 

I love Target's seasonal items. The Easter seasonal items at Target were terrific and reasonably priced. There was a great selection, and I was able to get everyone's Easter treats and gifts from Target.

Lately, I have been trying a lot of different seasonal and limited edition products. I was so excited to try the Hostess Carrot Cake donuts. I love carrot cake, and these donuts taste just like it. I'm surprised and proud that I didn't eat the entire bag of donuts in one sitting.

Oh my goodness! Everyone has to try the new Talenti Gelato Layers. It is so delicious! I've tried the Vanilla Fudge Cookie (my favorite), the salted caramel truffle, and the mint fudge cookie. I love that there are layers. You get to taste a different flavor and texture which is interesting. I plan to try the other flavors soon. 

I've been searching for a brush that works well with curly hair, and this brush is perfect. My little sister recommended this brush to me. This brush detangled my hair faster, and it felt so much gentler than the other brush and comb that I was using. I plan on using some other products from this line as well. 

Overall, I found some great stuff during the past couple of months at Target. I was also able to save money on all of these items by using coupons and the Cartwheel app. I can't wait to see what other things I can find at Target. 

What are some of your favorite Target finds?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Michael - 9 Years Old

Dear Michael,

9 years ago today, I became a mommy. I can't believe that you are 9 years old. 9 years old! It seems just like yesterday that the nurses laid you on my arms. These 9 years have been such an adventure.

I've been reflecting so much over the past few days. There are so many memories and things to look back on these past 9 years. We have all grown and changed in these past 9 years and it has been amazing.

You have brought so much joy and love to our family. I learn something new from you every single day. You have taught me to have fun all the time and to live in the moment. You are such a funny and kind boy. I am beyond blessed and honored to be your mommy.

You may be 9 years old, but you will always be my baby. I hope you have the best birthday ever.

May you always have that never-ending energy.

May you always continue to explore.

May all your hopes and dreams come true.

Here's to many more birthdays, my sweet boy.

We love you to the moon and back.

Monday, May 6, 2019

What I Read in April

Last month, I didn't accomplish my goal to read two books, but I am happy to say that I read one book. I am slowly getting back to reading at least one book a month. I'm still finding bits of time to read which has helped me get closer to accomplishing my reading goals.

Before I start to ramble, let's check out the book I read as well as the blog posts that I loved.

Must Read

I Really Didn't Think This Through: Tales from My So-Called Adult Life by Beth Evans

I enjoyed reading this book. Beth has dealt with OCD, depression, anxiety, and self-harm. This book is not a self-help book, but she did offer some ways that helped her personally cope with some of the issues that she deals with in her life. The only problem that I had was the layout of the text and the illustrations. A lot of the illustrations was mixed in with the words. Some of the pictures were on the next page with the text being on the other side. I had to either flip back to the pages to see the illustrations or read the story first.

Blog Posts I Loved in April

Sara's piece on Toddler Induced Anxiety

Vanessa's 30 Days of Lists mini album

Taylor's piece on faith, religion, and a few other things

Embracing the Hot Mess by Jen

Sunny Days Travelers Notebook Ideas

What did you read in April?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, May 3, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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

1. Zaxby's

2. Baby shoes

3. Ice cream cones

4. Quiet mornings

5. Quiet evenings

6. Iced coffee

7. A/C

8. My boys

9. Flowers

10. The scent of clean laundry

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Thursday, May 2, 2019

May Goals

How in the world is it May already? April just seemed to fly by so fast. April was such a fun month, but I'm glad that it is May. The highlight of April was celebrating Raphael's first birthday. We all had such a great time.

I'm really excited that it's finally May. There's a lot of exciting things that are going to happen in this month, and I can't wait. Since it's the beginning of the month, it's time to make some new goals. Before we get to the new goals, let's recap on my goals from last month.

Recap of April Goals

  • Read 2 books: This was a fail. I did read one book and almost finished reading a second one. April was such a busy, exciting, and exhausting month. Honestly, I'm just glad and proud that I even read a book this month.
  • Complete 1 class on Skillshare: This was a fail. Honestly, I had a hard time deciding which course to take. 
  • Try 2 new recipes: I'm not sure whether to consider this a fail or not. I did make bread for the first time, and I did try something new with a recipe that I have made before. 
  • Finish Season of Creativity album: This was a fail. I'm still trying to figure out how I want to make the themes and prompts work for me. I wish I could make art every single day, but some days are just too busy. I think I might try to work on the seasons weekly.
  • Work on Get Messy Art Journal - Season of Failure: This was a pass. I didn't make art every single day, but at least I made a few layouts. I had a lot of fun working on the projects that I made this month. 
May Goals
  • Read 2 books
  • Complete 2 classes on Skillshare
  • Try 2 new recipes
  • Finish Season of Creativity album
  • Work on Get Messy Art Journal - Season of Inspiration
  • Work on The Painted Diaries monthly theme - Explore an artist

What are your goals for May?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Photo by Jazmin Quaynor on Unsplash