Friday, September 13, 2019

Crusin' Anyone?

I am finally getting prepared for Fall...I was hanging onto Summer with all my might but it is time so I am now embracing fall.

I am heading out tonight to get my fall cereal (I LOVE Pumpkin Spice Cheerios) and that is it. Nothing else pumpkin - not even candles! HA!

I got my new fall hair yesterday after work.

Here is the new shorter cut and color...I love it! In the Fall my stylist adds a darker base color and two different reds and a purple.  I was so ready to lose the light blond hair this year.

I honestly think I am always bummed at the end of summer since vacations are over then.

But then I thought to myself...they don't have to be, right??? I called my mother and asked to if she wanted to go on a vacation in December (when everyone with kid's is busy shopping and planning for Christmas). SHE SAID YES!!! My father is a home body and just wants to be home so it is me and Mom for the trip!

We are going on Royal Caribbean in December to Mexico and Grand Cayman. Our ship is Adventure of the Seas. Here is a video tour of the ship...

The only thing I knew I wanted was a balcony so we splurged and got one. I want to be able to sit in my room and see the wide open ocean!

And the booking said that all of our on-board gratuities are already included in what we paid.

I have something to look forward to at the end of the year so I am officially ready for fall!

Has anyone else ever been on a Royal Caribbean cruise or any cruise for that matter? 

I would love any and all tips you have for us!!!

I hope you all have an amazing day!!!!! HUGS to you all!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

New Etsy Shop Items

Hi guys - I hope you are all having a good week!

I wanted to show you some new things that I have in my ETSY Shop.

I love to create new things out of beach glass and I found a few of these starfish at an Amish shop in Sugarcreek, OH and just had to get them to make a few mobiles. I love how they turned out!

Closer view HERE

I love how it collects and redirects the light if hung outdoors.

And...apparently,,,the hummingbirds like it too because they kept coming up to check it out..see picture below (he is on the right side of the picture).

If you are interested in anything at my store; it is all free shipping already but just comment below with your email and I will make sure to send you a 20% off coupon for being a valued reader!!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Never Forget

I visited the 9-11 Memorial in NYC in 2015 and it left a lasting impression on me. We cried as we walked through and it is horrifying to think of what all those individuals experienced that morning...from the people that helped, to the people in the tower and the people on the planes. Simply so sad.

See the 9-11 Memorial HERE

PLEASE Never Forget!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Aloe-so healthy

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having  a great week so far!

I wanted to share with you all my newest health fad. I am now eating aloe cubes in my water. I don't feel any different yet but I hope to!!! :-) When I went to Aruba many people that live there do this and it is not half bad so when I got home I started buying drinks online with aloe in them. Then I decided I should try to "harvest" my own!

I love the word "harvest"!!! I just does something to me deep down inside...

So here is what I do to harvest the aloe.

Buy aloe leaves - I am happy to report they sell these big ones at Walmart now! Like $3 each leaf! Awesome! They drain the aloin (dark liquid which tastes bitter and is said to cause extreme diarrhea if eaten) out of the leaf before it is sealed so you get to skip that part. Here is one of my leaves I purchased...

First cut off the end with a very sharp knife...

Then slice down each side to remove the spikes down the sides...

This is what it will look like from the side after that step...

I do this all in a 9 x 13 glass Pyrex pan to catch all the gel and keep the mess to a minimum. Then take a vegetable peeler and slice off the skin from both sides of the leaf...

It will look like this...lots of goopiness...

After you take the outer skin off the leaf you can cut it into 2 - 4 inch cubes

I float all the cubes in cold water until I am done cleaning them all.

Here are all my cubes floating in the water...this was about 5 leaves I think.

At this point I cube them all into tinier pieces and put them all in little snack bags and freeze. When I want to use them in a drink; I break them up in the baggy with a meat tenderizer and throw them in. Saving a lot of money on my aloe this way and I know exactly how much I am eating.

Have you heard of eating aloe? Here are the benefits...
  • Contains healthful plant compounds. ...
  • Antioxidant and antibacterial properties. ...
  • Accelerates the healing of burns. ...
  • Reduces dental plaque. ...
  • Helps treat canker sores. ...
  • Reduces constipation. ...
  • May improve skin and prevent wrinkles. ...
  • Lowers blood sugar levels.
If you want to read about it; there are great articles HERE and HERE.

I hope you all have a fantastic day!


Monday, September 9, 2019

What a Weekend!!!!!!!

Hi everyone!!!!

I have to take care of a few shout outs before I get down to the weekend recap!!

First...thank you to Julie for motivating me to get back to the gym!!!! She is going with her son and I am officially back to getting my butt to the gym and eating healthy so THANK YOU JULIE for motivating me with your insta-posts!!!!

I also found out that Songbird is co-hosting a Music Monday!! I love this idea so I am going to pop in and share a little song that inspires me daily to live my best life!!!

Okay guys...onto my weekend! I went to Columbus Ohio for the weekend to celebrate my sister in laws birthday and my mother's birthday!


Also - while I was there I got to watch a few great games...

My nephew Brody - #88 in the photos below had a terrific game of Flag football on Sunday!!!

What a cutie!!!

Halftime huddle meeting...

Action shot!! love that little man!!!

Another one...almost got this flag!!!

And then my other nephew Ryan had a soccer game after lunch on Sunday!!! Another cutie!!! That's him in the light blue!!!

Go Ryannnnnnnnnn!!

Look at that look of determination of this cute little man's face!!!

That was a summed up version of my weekend along with a lot of family chats and laughter!!!

I love these final quotes!!!!! They are so fitting for my struggle to get myself back into shape right now!!!!

Have a fantastic day everyone! I am heading over to start catching up on some serious blogger posts!! HUGS TO YOU ALL!!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

August flew by too quick to blog

Holey moley guys!!! I can not believe I have not blogged singe the end of July!! I guess I needed a break and did not even know it! Work has been crazy and I have been trying to spend as much as possible with my family during the nieces and nephews summer breaks.  I hope you all have been well! Thanks to those that sent emails making sure I was okay...I really just got overwhelmed at work and could not even think about blogging when I got home at night. Then, all I wanted to do was escape and see my family on weekends, etc.
I hope you understand and wont hold it against me! I will be spending the next few days catching up to see how all of you wonderful friends enjoyed your summers!!!
It has been a great summer for me and I truly wish the same for you!!! I will sum it up with the following massive post full of pictures...
I saw a lot of sports...including this sweet girls softball games.
Spent a lot of time with my little sister at the lake with her kids...
And went on vacation with these lovely little brothers family and my older sister...they hid from my pictures under blankets! HA
Super cute photo prior to heading to the beach for the day...

Spent a lot of that vacation week in the water with these two cuties!!!
Had a nice dinner on the pizza ever Stone Harbor Pizza Pub!! If you are EVER there you need to check out the Buffalo Pizza! So delish!
It was National Family Night Out when we were in Stone Harbor NJ so we got to hang out with all the police. The kids were so excited!
Some pictures on the beach!!
The aunts with the sweet niece and nephew. I am in the back on your left and my oldest sister in on your right. Love hanging out with her anytime!
Then, of course, Memaw and Poppy with the kids!

I enjoyed going to mass every Sunday when I was at my parents house on the lake. A few Sundays they had fun things to do after mass. On this Sunday was a potluck lunch with a lot of kids activities. They had a clown making all the kids laugh and handing out crazy hats!
Here is the clown keeping everyone's attention!
And, without a doubt, many weekend days were spent on the lake and in the lake at my parents house! Days full of paddle-boarding and kayaking...
Tube riding...

Most of the time I am designated spotter but every now and then I have to hop on for a ride myself!!!
And my favorite activity...laying on the lake and enjoying some summertime rays!! I am extremely blessed to have a close family and also to have a wonderful place to go and have fun every weekend!! Thanks to God for all the good things in my life today!

I hope everyone is well and had an amazing summer also. I am off to read up on what you all have been up to and I cannot wait to see all the adorable back to school pictures of your children!  Hugs to each and everyone one of you that stuck with me through my break...thanks for reading! XOXO
Happy Fall ya'll!!!!!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Softball/Baseball and Brownies

I went to Columbus, OH a few weekends ago and got to enjoy a little game of softball in 95 degree heat! I cannot imagine how hot the kids were that were playing! UGH! my niece did awesome and it was so fun to see her play!

After the game - thumbs up from Aly!

Team meeting after the game...the coach gave them all a $5 Starbucks gift card! They were so excited!

The next day, also 95 degrees out, we had the all star baseball game for my nephew. Two kids from every team are chosen to play and he got selected...we were very proud!!! 

His little sister had a girl scout cookie sale table (not good with the chocolate cookies) they all got melted-ugh! So my brother will be buying a LOT of cookies! HA HA! This is my mother holding her sale sign...LOL

Even though his team did not win and advance; he did awesome!!! And he was selected as the MVP from his team! Go Brody (green shirt #1 in this picture)!

Team photo....

Our little MVP!!!

It was a fun and exciting weekend of really hot outside games!~ HA HA!

Crusin' Anyone?

I am finally getting prepared for Fall...I was hanging onto Summer with all my might but it is time so I am now embracing fall. I am headi...