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Friday, January 28, 2022

Friday Favorites (January 28, 2022)

 




Hi Friends and Happy Friday!  We are bracing for one of the largest snowstorms to hit ever, here in the Northeast!  Yikes!  I am actually looking forward to a little downtime though...not gonna lie...our trip to New York for Diana's film has been put off for a few weeks...we are just pivoting...it's ALL GOOD!

 

So, as always, sharing a few recent faves...hope you all stay warm and safe this weekend and squeeze in some fun :)

 

Linking up HERE

 


 


  Fave MEMEs of the Week

 





 






 Fave Meals of the Week

 

Sushi on Ladies Night- Mint is one of my favorite restaurants


 

The Game Day Scramble from Troys- such spicy goodness!



 



 Ladies Night


Speaking of Ladies Night I enjoyed a night out with some besties last night...it was supposed to be the Winter Wine Festival of NH but they cancelled it...this is getting old....yup the C word...anyway, that is typically one of our favorite nights all year and we still got together to get out and catch up...until next year....sigh...





 

 


 

 

 Meet Me In Newport Sweater


Yup and will be getting back there....




 


 

Fave Recent Products


Best snack ever- yummy- satisfying and high protein and fiber while being low in fat FTW...thanks to Brandi for recommending



Teeth Whitening Products- Another win from Brandi...love the vanilla coconuty flavor and excited to see the difference soon!



 

Bathing Suit and Cover Up for Aruba....will be in my carry on and will be put on immediately upon arrival and plunging into the ocean...ahhhh (fingers crossed)

 










 

The Rem Dog



Such snuggly goodness










 

Tulips from my Bestie


Brightened up my day!





My Happy Place

 

 

At yoga.......

 


 


That's a wrap!  Have a wonderful weekend friends!  See you back here on Monday for Hello Monday with Sarah and me!

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Monthly Musings: January 2022- All About Love Edition

 


Hi Friends and Welcome to the First Monthly Musings Link Up of 2022!  Patty and I are so happy you stopped by!  We hope you will join in on our fun.  Grab our graphic above..answer our questions on love and Valentine's Day below and then link back up to us..we can't wait to read all of your posts!


Here are the questions to answer this month...





Here it goes....


1. Favorite Valentine's Memory


Making dinner with my hubby a few years ago and enjoying the said, semi-romantic dinner while our kids watched on....oh the irony...wouldn't have it any other way




2. Chocolate, Flowers or Both?

Oh both...why not...the best of both worlds :)



3. Favorite Romantic Date?


My fave romantic date was when Rob took me to an outdoor concert...we packed a picnic dinner and enjoyed Toad The Wet Sprocket in Boarding House Park in Lowell...will never forget it!





4. Any Valentine's Traditions with the Kids?

Well Eva still exchanges Valentines at school with her pals...Diana really doesn't have these traditions anymore but I make sure they feel loved on the big day and make sure they have treats and cards waiting for them at breakfast :)




5. How do you show love?

I cook...I make meals or treats to show my love for people...pretty simple I guess

 

6. Do You Decorate for Valentine's Day? 

Oh yes and I already decorated...we liked to enjoy decorations for as long as possible in this house!

 





 

7. Do You Wear Red or Pink on Valentine's Day?

Yes...either or both!

 

 

8.  Valentine's Day- Big Deal or Small Remembrance? 

I am not sure...small?  Special?  Just want my girls to experience joy on the day 

 

9.  Favorite Ideas for School Valentine Parties?

I love when the kids decorate "mailboxes" to collect all of their Valentines and Goodies...so festive and fun

 

 10. Have you ever had a secret admirer?

So funny...in college, we had a newspaper...on Valentine's Day, you could send messages to people and they would all get published...and a couple that were published for me were so exciting...didn't know who they were from so kept me guessing and on my toes...so fun...great memory!



What is YOUR Love Language?

 

and check our our schedule of topics below for 2022!

 


 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

What's Up Wednesday (January 2022)

 





Hi Friends!  I am not going to say that I can't believe it is the end of January already....I am going to say that I am SO EXCITED it is the end of January...yeah!  One more day closer to Spring- can I get a what what?  Anyway...I digress...it is time for my favorite link up of the month...as we share "What's Up With Us!"  Let's get to it...



What We're Eating This Week


Monday- Artichoke Chicken Bake with Broccoli and Cilantro Lime Rice.  See the chicken recipe HERE


 

Tuesday- Taco Bowls, Soup for Mama

 

Wednesday- Pasta Shells with Homemade Marinara Sauce, Soup for Mama

Thursday- Breakfast for Dinner (Eggs, Turkey Bacon, Pancakes, Strawberries), Mama out at Mint with Wine Club

Friday- Eating on the Road

 

 

What I'm Reminiscing About

 

When Eva was a baby..we got to reminisce with her Godparents this past weekend...and talked about the first day they met her...she was only days old and slept the whole time..that's our Pidge! :)

 


 

What I'm Loving

 

My business right now....swamped...busy working on great jobs with awesome clients...truly energizes me!



 

What We've Been Up To


Diana took her RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) Exams around Christmastime and we just found out she scored at the highest level- Distinction- we are now waiting on her final number to see if she was able to meet her goal and that is to beat her numbers from the last two years- fingers crossed!


Eva has been playing hockey every weekend and getting more and more into it...so fun to watch her be aggressive when she is so sweet at home...ha!


I have really been enjoying heated yoga classes at my gym- I had to miss yoga last week and I really felt it- BOO- it feels great always but even more so during the long cold winter here!



The girls enjoyed their first snow day of the season



 Mama and Daddy are continuing their date walks and we experienced a record temp for us this past weekend of 5 degrees....brrrrrr!



 



Starbucks Dates continue before Saturday Morning Ballet



Diana has been working really hard...seven days a week..Sundays now mean YAGP rehearsal for three hours!




We have been lovin' on Remi of course...even when he tries to steal our snacks ;)




Diana had a blast at her Winter Wonderland Dance which was her very first semi-formal dance



and was over the moon when she learned she has been cast as Sally in her school's production of "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown!"



Rehearsals started last week after school and before dance!

 

Eva LOVED playing hockey at Tsongas Arena....


 

 especially when her family was there to cheer her on :)



 Mama and Mimi enjoyed some QT in Ogunquit ME- beautiful place even in the winter!



 Diana auditioned virtually for AAB's (American Academy of Ballet's) Summer School Program AND we just got a letter saying she was accepted!  She was granted a scholarship too- we are waiting to see what her summer is going to look like before committing- she is nervous to go away too so we are not going to push it!


 Mama and Daddy enjoyed a quick little date night while the girls were at dance and acting...



 and then our little fam participated in the January Family Faith night at our church


We enjoyed catching up with Eva's Godparents up at their beach house in Wells ME...lots of reminiscing and laughs and just an amazing time...




 Diana has been enjoying her adjustments with Dr. Dan..they are really making a difference especially when she beats on her body so much!

 


 

 and our little ice ninja is still at it!


 

What I'm Dreading

 

Nothing at the moment...just keeping the faith here 

 



 

What I'm Working On

 

My full time job...I can tell you balance but I am really trying to crush my goals this year and I am going full steam right now and I am not complaining ONE BIT :)

 


 

 

What I'm Excited About

 

This upcoming weekend...if it happens...waiting to see if they postpone due to the impending snowstorm...we are scheduled to drive down to Long Island NY and The Hamptons... so Diana can participate in her first film/movie...we are all so excited about this opportunity for her and we are making it a family adventure...will share info as I am allowed to..this is all new to us so we shall see!

 


 

What I'm Watching/Reading


Not a whole lot of tv right now...nothing is exciting me EXCEPT for "And Just Like That"...oh my word....what do you think friends?



It has been a BIG month of reading for me...it is how I stay cozy during these cold months...my monthly goal remains at two books per month but this month I read FOUR...woohoo!  They were great books too...


The first two books were the second two books in the Accidental Triology by Dana Mason...I had read the first "Accidental Groom" in December


Then this month, it was

Accidental Lies- Dana Mason






and the second and final was

Accidental Secrets- Dana Mason

 


 These books were the perfect mix of romance....adventure...suspense and trashiness that we all crave...so quick and fun to read!

 

Next was Katie Couric's new memoir

Going There


 This will probably end up being in my top three for the year- that good- loved reading about her life and career in tv and yes she addresses the Matt Lauer scandal but that wasn't even my favorite part...that part is rather disturbing...I much prefer reading about the competitive industry she made it in.

 

and my final book for the month was 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

 


 Another one which will most likely end up in my top three for the year- what a way to start the year!  This was fascinating and I love how it was written in the point of view of the writer interviewing her...it was old Hollywood glamour and romance and again about a competitive industry where this woman had to claw her way to the top...just fascinating!

 

What I'm Listening To

 

I am really only listening to music when I am in the car...when I commute to my office on Tuesdays...you will find me flipping between Kiss 108 and Mix 104.1 for pop and the morning talk shows and of course the "Can't Beat Kennedy" trivia game...but when I am carting the girls to and from rehearsals and dance, it is usually what they want and they are obsessed with the West Side Story soundtrack right now so I would have to say West Side Story (The 2021 Cast)

 


 

What I'm Wearing

 

 January is so boring for fashion for me....workout clothes...a business outfit 1-2 times/week and then lots of BLACK on the weekends...right now...lots of layers too....sigh

 


 

What I'm Doing This Weekend

 

See above...hopefully heading to NY :)

 

 

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month

 


Fingers crossed...keeping the faith that we can pull this off...heading to Aruba for February Vacation with our little fam and some besties' fams...so nervous to travel and go through all of the testing stress again but hoping we can get into the warmth and decompress...it has been a tough couple of years and we all need it!

 

 What Else Is New?

 

Eva is taking place in a STEM program after school called "Destination Imagination" and she is really enjoying it...love that little Pidge!

 


 That's a wrap!  What's Up With YOU?
 
 
Linking up for What's Up Wednesday HERE

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