Thursday, December 28, 2023

Monthly Musings: December 2023- All About The New Year!


Hi Friends!  Patty and I are SO GLAD you are here and hope you will join us for our very last Monthly Musings linkup of 2023!  We can't wait to continue with you all next year but until then...let's chat about the New Year!

We are going to answer the following questions...

1. How Do You Ring In The New Year?


Our favorite thing to do is just go to a friend's house for a small and quiet gathering- sometimes with the kiddos- sometimes without but we like to be close to home- the crazy party days or big nights out in Boston are long gone

2. Any special New Year's Eve or New Year's Day Traditions?


New Year's Day Lunch at Copper Door with the Fab Four

3. Favorite New Year's Eve Memories?


When we hosted our close friends on NYE 2020 and when the ball dropped and little Eva looked up at me and asked, "does this mean that the Corona Virus is over now?" Oh My Little Pidge...my heart!



 4. Show Us Some New Year's Eve Outfits- We Need Inspiration!

I tend to add sparkle to my outfit on NYE...the more sparkle the better :)

5. What are you most looking forward to in 2024?


A better year of business and a new adventure that I hope to be successful and lucrative!


6. Asleep by 10pm or ring in the New Year?


I could go either way and do just that!


7.  Do you have a word or goals for 2024?


Haven't determined my word for the year yet and my goals yes...they are just personal :)

8. Best self care tips to share in the New Year?


Well these are my words of advice...wish I was better at practicing all but going to make an even bigger effort this year....Start each day with prayer and devotionals...work hard...be humble...be kind...drink lots of water...get exercise daily...work on proper nutrition and portion control...do what you love...give grace and FOLLOW THE JOY

9. Paper Planner?  Electronic Planner? None?


The Microsoft Outlook Calendar App- would be lost without it!

10. Black Eyed Peas on New Year's Day?

Umm...never have...can't wait to read the responses on this one! :)

What's on tap for you in the New Year?


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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

2023 Books!



 Hi Friends!  I can't believe we are approaching the end of the year already!  It sounds so cliche but I have to ask...how did we get here?  Wow!  Anyway...it is time for my annual list of the books I read....and this is when I will name my Top 5 of the year...yeah....

First...a look back at the last few years....

2022 HERE

2021 HERE

2020  HERE

2019 HERE

2018 HERE

and now...time for my 2023 reads 



Live Wire- Kelly Ripa

I'll Start Again Monday- Lysa TerKeurst



 Vacationland- Meg Mitchell Moore

I'm No Philosopher, But I Got Thoughts- Kristin Chenoweth

Nantucket Homes- Pamela Kelley


Lessons In Chemistry- Bonnie  Garmus

Dear Body- Brittany Williams

Hopeless- Colleen Hoover


Losing Hope- Colleen Hoover

Someone Else's Shoes- Jo Jo Moyes



Hello Beautiful- Ann Napolitano

The Bucket List- Rachel Hanna



Finding Cinderella- Colleen Hoover

All Your Perfects- Colleen Hoover 




The Five-Star Weekend- Elin Hilderbrand

Finding Perfect- Colleen Hoover

One Italian Summer- Rebecca Serle




Golden Hills- Jennifer Weiner

Everyone Here Is Lying- Shari Lapena 



Nora Goes Off Script- Annabel Monaghan

The Breakaway- Jennifer Weiner 




Friends, Lovers and The Big Terrible Thing- Matthew Perry 

The Housemaid- Freida McFadden

The Housemaid's Secret- Freida McFadden



Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns- Lauren Weisberger

The New Couple- Alison James 



Reading and Studying for an upcoming Professional Exam- completed course- studying textbook and online resources


Goal was 24 Books-Read 27!



 So...per my green font, I am sure you can tell what my top FIVE reads were!

 What were YOUR fave reads this year?  I always count on you all for such great recommendations!  Need to load up my Kindle for 2024 now!  I am going to keep the same goal of averaging 2 books per month



Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Scenes From Christmastime 2023

 Three Nights of the EFAC (Elite Feet Artists Company) Christmas Showcase!

Christmas Coziness

Squishing My Heart

Annual Fab Four Lunch

Jammie Christmas :)

Decorating Cookies with a Great Pal

Sylvie Squishes :)

Date Night at Foundation Kitchen

Christmas Eve!

Christmas Day

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