Monday, August 31, 2015

A Tour of My Home Office

If you asked me 10 years ago if I thought I would be able to have some flexibility with my schedule, my heart would have sank, and I would have said NO.  In fact, I remember sitting on the beach by myself and sipping an iced coffee...saying prayers and asking God to help us get unstuck...help us to be able to afford a baby and the associated childcare costs...but I never thought it would be possible.

Well enough of my deep thoughts right?  By the grace of God....coupled with the beauty of technology, I was able to continue my career trajectory, with flexibility (who woulda thunk) and two babies later....I am writing this post from the beauty and comfort of my home office.

I go to our corporate office 1-2 times a week, but most of the time, you will find me recruiting and producing from my little piece of heaven (at home).

I write this blog on the side and for all of your blog writers, entrepreneurs and freelancers out there, you should check out WeWork

They provide shared office space  in various cities around the world.  Besides beautiful spaces, they also offer tons of benefits and discounts for people who freelance, run their own business or are looking into creating a startup!

  I love looking at their website as well as the bloggers who link up and who are utilizing their services.  I also find other bloggers who give us tours of their home offices....and so I am doing just that today!  I hope to be able to see more of your home offices too.

The biggest focal point, of course, is my desk.
It was a birthday present from my hubby, right after we moved into our dream home, three years ago.  It was a major splurge from Pottery Barn (with the accompanying rattan swivel chair of course).

Behind my desk, on the wall, sits my self- designed wall montage- humor me.  It contains inspiration- sentimental photos- and some of my Boston favorites.

I wish it looked neater but you must know, I really do all of my work here!  In addition to my computer and piles of paperwork, you will find the following, left to right: Sky Blue and Silver Lamp from Home Goods, Picture of My Hubby and Me (from one of my favorite date nights of all time- PF Changs in Boston and then to see Jersey Boys), picture of my girls, rattan baskets to keep my bills organized and to hold pens and chargers, a clock and plaque that I was awarded by the WHS Football Team for My Commitment to the program, books, my water bottle, My Lilly Planner from Janie, Legal Pad, My laptop and letters I am sending out, My Lilly iced coffee cup from Janie, flowers from  my hubby, a picture drawn for me by Zach when he was just 6 years old (hence the frame), a picture of my fam in Maine this past summer, notes, a painted bottle that my BFF brought back from Key West for me back in the mid 90's and a decorative vase with potpourri also from Home Goods...oh and my golf visor for some reason....just enough clutter ;)

My office is also my favorite room to catch up on my shows...I love the coziness and the light in there....our most recent purchase was this wall unit from Jordan's Furniture

My office is also home to the toys of one special little "Pidge".  It acts as Eva's playroom too and it is the best location in the house for keeping her safe AND keeping an eye on her...Exhibit A "The Toys"

and not to be outdone...and so you don't forget her, Diana had to make an appearance on this post ;)

and the rest is just pure coziness :)
Lamps from Home Goods

Love Seat, Chair and Ottoman from JC Penney- Knit Throw Blanket from Pottery Barn

Coffee Table and End Tables are 18 years old and they were originally from Jordan's Furniture

What does your home office look like?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Favorites (End of Summer Edition)

Yeah...it's Friday...my Favorite Day of the Week!
Linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals HERE

My Friday Favorites today are being dedicated to this summer....
When I look back over the past few months...different things stand out in my mind.....

Maine...our 4th of July Weekend with My Parents...we had a blast!

Our first annual Hot Dog Hoe Down at the Grahams
We had so much fun and laughed SO  HARD

then the Cape with the Fourniers...so relaxing and good quality time w/ the BFF

and times spent with new friends whom I have been blessed with...
Kindred Spirits they are...Beth Ann and Jess

and Diana's dreams have some true...Eva can finally play with her...we have loved watching them interact more and more and now even play together!  The past few weeks have been wonderful in this regard!

and cheer...yes it started in the summer but it has been a life changer...just fun for Diana but for me it has truly changed my lifestyle and has helped me to get on the healthy train!

and for my fashion faves?
My SeaBag had to be the BEST accessory for me this summer...it became my new peach bag...my new pool club bag...my new tote all around...have you seen them?  Their motto is "Once a Sail, Forever a Sea Bag"...they make their bags out of used boat sails...isn't that cool?
Check them out HERE 
and here is my precious gem...I chose the large bag with the Silver Anchor...they have different designs and colors...check them out!

My  newest discovery of Kendra Scott Jewelry
The Rayne Pendant is my favorite...I bought it in Cobalt Blue

and then because Ebay makes all things possible...I got a knock off pink one...I'm crazy like that ;)

My favorite summer dress ended up being my Lilly Estella Shift in "Shell Me About It"

I kinda impressed myself this summer too....I left my comfort zone and have tried two new things to better myself and focus on a healthier me

Working out with a trainer and writing EVERY THING I eat down for her in a journal...the most honest I have ever been with myself

oh yeah...and also taking golf lessons...man it is hard but it is a challenge that I embrace and it is another excuse to hang out with my friends

and although I cling on to summer for dear life...there are a few things I am looking forward to....
like my Autumn Chicken and Squash Risotto...especially for my risotto night w/ the BFF....
and Yankee Candle's Pumkin Spice....oh and this outfit...I found some pieces on Ebay...can't wait for them to arrive so I can put them together and try to pull this look off!

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer...I know I will...and did I mention it's Friday?????

Yeah Yeah!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Weekly Gratitude

This week, I am thankful for....

This wonderful summer....weather wise but more importantly the quality time I got to spend with my hubby and girls....so much outdoor time...so much quality family time...it has been one of the best summers I can remember

Being able to do what I love

Being able to coach Diana's cheer team...I have always wanted to do it and now I am able to and for that, I am so so thankful

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What's Up Wednesday for August 2015

What's Up Wednesday for
August 2015

I can't believe a month has already passed since my last What's Up Wednesday post!  This is my new favorite monthly Blog Link Up!  It makes you stop and enjoy where you have been, where you are now and what you are looking forward to!

So....let's go!

What We're Eating This Week...
I have been on a salad kick and more specifically making up my own recipes!
We enjoyed my twist on a caprese meal salad which includes fresh spinach, fresh roma tomato, fresh mozzarella, gluten free rotini and a splash of olive oil topped off with pepper and a dash of salt if you wish ....complete meal...so healthy and so satisfying...it even got two thumbs up from Rob!

Another homemade salad I made is Quinoa, Spinach, Corn and Tomato Salad
It includes the ingredients above in addition to a splash of olive oil, fresh lemon, pepper and a dash of salt...another complete meal....I loved it but Rob was not as crazy about this one!

What I'm Reminiscing About...
Cheering...In High School....Helping to coach my daughter's team is bringing back so many great memories...cheering was my favorite part of high school and practices coupled with this time of year is sending me into Melancholyville ;)
Check it out...Senior Year in High School (the one on the right...in the white)

What I'm Loving...
Pinterest Ideas for "Teacher Survival Kits"

 Outdoor time with my special "first baby"....love our tans in this pic too!

and speaking of time outside....so much this summer!  Just LOVIN the heat and fresh air...
especially during my walks

and lovin my water....have started adding fresh mint and lemon or fresh mint and peaches or even limes to it to spice things up a bit!

What We've Been Up To....

August is our CRAZY month....so many celebrations!

In addition to the celebrations, this one goes without saying.....
Cheer...cheer and more cheer!
Check out these besties....LOVE this pic!

and our 11 year anniversary- Date Night!  We had a great dinner at Valentino's in Hudson.  Check them out HERE 
We started at the bar to have a drink and split an appetizer.  Well...if you go...you must try the Bocce Balls!  Beware, though, they are big enough for dinner!
Example A
 and the Mango Cosmo was delish too!

 and we celebrated Dad's birthday at Felicia's in Stoneham this year (are you sensing an Italian theme?)

and then, of course, Diana's Pancakes and Pajamas Party!

What I'm Dreading....
The white stuff...won't even say it out loud...or even write it...will be here TOO SOON

What I'm Working On.....

Have you ever tried a burpee?  Well my trainer Alice made me do them...they are like death...hardest physical thing I have ever done...in fact at the end of my session, I almost passed out
This is what they look like and imagine doing three sets of 10...pure torture

and....I have been working on my blog!
What do you think?
A BIG THANKS to Christine at Smitten Blog Designs
She was very patient with me (a novice with no technical ability) and I think she did beautiful work.
After several hours, I was able to get all of my recipes categorized and linked up to the tab up above....I also did this for fashion and parties but there were much less for those two categories.

What I'm Excited About?

The Newport Wine & Cheese Festival

What I'm Watching/Reading?
Still working our way through How I Met Your Mother...Just started Season 8
Dance Moms is now on hiatus
and just caught up on Pretty Little Liars!  OMG...what did you think of the Season 6 finale?
CANNOT WAIT to see who "he" is who is coming for Allison!

and just started another Elin Hilderbrand novel...holding on to summer as long as possible!

What I'm Listening To....
Lots of "T Swift" right now...for cheer...for working out...she is the bomb!

What I'm Wearing....
Dresses....Dresses.....Dresses Of Course!
Find the green dress HERE

Find the Lilly Estrada Shift in "Shell Me About It" HERE

What I'm Doing This Weekend....

Girls Night on Friday to cheer a friend up.  Her mom recently relapsed and is fighting cancer.
A few of us are surprising with her with a wine night
We have cheer pictures Saturday morning then we are heading to our pool club for the rest of the day....even packing up a picnic dinner!
Sunday means Football Game, Move in Day to UNH for Zach and hopefully some chilling out!

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month.....
Actually next month is next week so this counts!
Portsmouth with the Millers and LaPierres...CANNOT WAIT!
Quality family time and ocean time...nothing better :)

 What Else Is New?
Holding on to summer with my coffee too!
Savoring the Island Coconut k cups right now

 and in a month or so, I will make the switch...when I finally get my head around embracing the fall.....
BONUS QUESTION THIS MONTH: What is my favorite back to school tradition?
It has to be our first day of school pictures.  We always capture pics with the chalkboard and pics of Diana getting on the bus....getting Eva on the bus will be here before we know it too.  Holding on to these beautiful days!  Check out Diana's first day of school in Kindergarten HERE and then her first day of 1st grade HERE
Hope you are all enjoying the rest of your summer!
Linking Up with Mel at The Larson Lingo HERE
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