Tuesday, February 28, 2023

4 Things





 Hi Friends!  This is my first time linking up with Jennifer for her fun linkup "4 Things."

During the last Saturday of each month, she prompts us to share 4 Things; what we LOVED, READ, LEARNED and ATE...how fun!

She keeps the linkup open and thank goodness for friends like me who typically don't blog on the weekends.

So..here we are...a snowy Tuesday in New England and I am dreaming of warmer days and more positivity in general!

So here we go....


Getting back to my hard core gym classes...finally feeling back to "normal" or "human" and love that I get to share my gym time with my bestie Cass :)



 February was such a BLAH month with my reading...I only liked one of the three books I read.

I started with "Vacationland" by Meg Mitchell Moore and it just dragged.  I had such high hopes because I loved her book "Two Truths and a Lie" but this one was so disappointing.



Next Up was "I'm No Philosopher But I've Got Thoughts" by Kristin Chenoweth.  I was looking to laugh after my boring read and I kept scratching my head and saying "this is all so manic" and "she is all over the place."  I still love her but this book was another dud.



Finally I wrapped up my month with a fun read.  Pamela Kelley saved the day with her next book in the Beach Plum Cove Series- Nantucket Homes.  Praise God!  Just as good as the others- quick, light with all of the Nantucket goodness :)

My March reading is off to a perplexing start....I have hope for better reading this spring and summer...geesh...I hope anyway!



I learned that the little things often mean so much more than I think.  i.e. "A Heart A Day in February" for my girls turned out to be the biggest hit in a long time.  They awaited my love messages every day and they are sad that the month and tradition has to come to an end this year....sharing the little things I love about them or the little compliments brought them so much joy and in turn, brought me joy and helped me through some dark winter days.



I also learned that Eva has been paying attention in Family Faith and mass and now knows all of the songs and prayers that we say and share each week and this warms my heart and gives me even more faith.





So pretty clean over the last couple of months as I am following the E2M program.  The gist of the program is pretty much lean proteins and veggies and sometimes fruit.  You also get a "celebration meal" each week and I have taken full advantage. A few weeks was Italian both out and homemade.  One weekend, at Mohegan, was an amazing steak dinner.  Pub pizza was another week and I indulged in Mexican this past weekend.


From this new lifestyle, I have learned that I LOVE zucchini in the air fryer.  I also have learned that I don't miss creamer in my coffee as much as I thought I would.  In fact, on one Saturday, I decided to have a coffee with cream as a treat and I got sick after so there's that!  I don't miss tomatoes.  I also learned that my girls will eat kale when I make it in the air fryer!  Carrot Fries were the biggest surprise though- LOVE.  You can check out the recipe HERE


 Love reading everyone's 4 Things :)



Monday, February 27, 2023

Hello Monday (February 27, 2023)


Happy Monday!  Sarah and I are so happy you stopped by.  If you blogged about your weekend, grab our graphic above and link back up with us below!


The girls have winter break this week.  They are decompressing for a few days before I take them on a little adventure....here is what our little weekend looked like...

Thursday Night

Soul Sisters Minus Suzy

Good for my heart :)

Friday Morning

The girls had a two hour delay due to some snow/ice overnight so I headed to mass first thing with Lea then came home to get my day started...first things first...

just a couple of snow bunnies waiting for the bus ;)

That night it was Friday Night Pizza Night!  Daddy had a gig and I got my hair done and then the girls and I crashed early...I watched the new docuseries "The Murdaugh Murders" on Netflix...oh my gosh such an eye opener...who knew the awful things this family was associated with!?




So happy for another "normal" Saturday morning...Date Walk first thing even though it meant 10 degress- BRRRRR!!  (Insert heart-eyed emojis here) yes Rob is showing you that it was 10 out ;)

Then it was Starbucks and what we call "spilling the tea"...just love this time and don't take it for granted

I dropped Diana at dance and then came home to get organized and our grocery order was delivered so I got everything put away

Rob, Pidge and I decided to watch Mamma Mia as we are getting excited for Diana's show next month!

Tickets just went on sale- can't wait!

It was a relaxing day.  Later on we got ready and headed out to La Caretta for dinner- nothing like a Mexican cheat meal ;)  The Cornelliers joined us and we had a great night!


After dinner, we headed to the 25th Anniversary showing of my favorite movie of all time- Titanic

It is now showing in 3D- I was beside myself

Anyway...everyone loved it but it wasn't without some belly laughs thanks to Miss Tina of course...my stomach still hurts...ha!!


Diana hadn't felt well overnight- not sure if she had a little bug or something didn't agree with her so she slept in.  Rob, Pidge and I, along with Papa, headed to mass

Then I made us a nice turkey dinner and most of the day was spent relaxing and watching some movies

Last night Rob and I went for another short walk before hunkering down

What were YOU up to?

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Thursday, February 23, 2023

Monthly Musings: Winter Travel Edition


Hi Friends!  Patty and I are so glad you stopped by!  This month, we are talking all things winter travel...hope you will join us!  C'mon it'll be fun:)


Here are the questions we are asking this month...





 Here we go!

1. Favorite Warm Weather Destinations

Anywhere tropical but Aruba is #1 for sure!

2. Packing Cubes Yes or No?

A Big YES!  So glad to find these gems which help me to fit all of my "options"

3. Favorite Carry On?

My Louis Neverfull- either the traditional Monogram or the Damier Azur


 4. Essential Items In Your Suitcase?

Packing Cubes of course- plenty of outfit options- swimsuit- coverup- shower cap- makeup- flip flops...umm....so much more but those are the priorities for warm weather travel!

5. Excursions?  Yes or No?  Share Your Favorites!

Yes!  LOVE excursions..the perfect warm weather travel will include down time which includes beach and pool time and an excursion or two.  Our faves tend to be those that include a boat...love a boat ride...a snorkeling adventure...a trip to see an island or ruins..you get the picture!




 6. Most Random Item You Always Pack

My Bose speaker so we have tunes on the aforementioned boat ;)

7. Do You Use A Travel Agent?

No...I do our family planning and when we travel with friends, it is typically a group effort

8. Favorite Sunscreen?


I love the Banana Boat products because they always smell like coconut and the beach!



9. Favorite Flip Flops or Sandals?

Reefs all the way and if I had to choose one pair they would be my absolute favorite Black Stargazer ones



10. Favorite Swimsuit?

Right now it is this Anne Cole one piece with mesh inserts...just love it

Can't wait to read all about your winter travel tips!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

What's Up Wednesday: February 2023


It's the end of February- yeah!!!  March means spring is on the way...woohoo!  Anyway...let's celebrate with my fave linkup of all and share what's up with us....can't wait to see what you were all up to...here is what has been happening here....


What We're Eating This Week

Monday Roasted Chicken and Roasted Veggies

Tuesday Mimi's Spanish Rice (Turkey and Veggies for Mama)

Wednesday Pasta with Broccoli and Cheese (No Meat- Ash Wednesday) (Salmon and Veggies for Mama)

Thursday Chicken Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries and Pickles

Friday Pizza and Salad Night

What I'm Reminiscing About

Lenten Seasons and Easters of Past- this is my favorite time of year in the church

What I'm Loving

What We've Been Up To

Eva had a blast during Immigration Day at School

Mama had a blast at Mohegan with the Fab Four and a Wine Fest

Eva has been rocking three sports this winter- hockey- softball and basketball!


We loved seeing Caden as George in The Wedding Singer at Derryfield

Mama enjoyed some QT with some Faves

Eva made us proud when she won a Kindness Award at school

We loved seeing Diana in "A Reason To Live" and can't wait to watch it again at the upcoming NH Educational Theater Festival

We took these two crazies out for an Italian Dinner and they had a blast

and we had all the Valentine Fun with Crafting...Baking and Making Valentines!

Mama's been loving the E2M program- down 18 lbs and counting!

Back to the gym has felt so great...not only yoga but the hard core cardio and weight training classes...finally feeling like myself again...almost at 100% despite some pain and fatigue but I am getting there and I am grateful- Praise God!

We had a great time at YAGP and loved seeing Diana in her element and so proud of the group and Harry for placing!

Bestie Time is Always Good for the Soul

A Return to MAHRA in person proved to be just what the doctor ordered and I am so excited about the events over the year ahead! Yeah!

Eva has been rocking Family Faith

Date Walks started up again!

Daddy played a gig to benefit Baby Logan

With my girls...no other place I rather be :)

and it will be a Baby GIRL for Kayla and Marshall :)

What I'm Dreading

NOTHING at the moment-  Praise God! :)


What I'm Working On

Recruiting and Business Development professionally

My Health personally

Balancing It All

What I'm Excited About

Seeing the girls on stage again.  Performance Awards are next month as is Mamma Mia at WHS and we also get to see Diana again in her play in a few weeks!

What I'm Watching/Reading

I binged Death In The Dorms on Hulu- great docu-series based on various murders on college campuses- so scary and some good lessons for our students for sure

I am still loving and howling at Abbott Elementary!

Rob and I are working our way through Blue Bloods- SO GOOD

and A Million Little Things returned for its final season- just love this show and will miss it!

and I actually read three books in February...they were

Vacationland by Meg Mitchell Moore- dreadfully boring- I was so disappointed

Louisa has come to her parents’ house in Maine this summer with her three kids, a barely written book that has a looming deadline, and a trunkful of resentment. Louisa is hoping the crisp breeze will blow away her irritation for her life choices and replace it with enthusiasm for both her family and her writing.

But all isn’t well in Maine. Louisa’s father, a retired judge and pillar of the community, is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Louisa’s mother is alternately pretending everything is fine and not pretending at all. And one of Louisa’s children happens upon a very confusing and heartfelt letter referring to something Louisa doesn’t think her father could possibly have done.

Louisa’s not the only one searching for something in Maine this summer. Kristie took the Greyhound bus from Pennsylvania with the $761 left in her bank account and a whole lot of emotional baggage. She has a past she’s trying to outrun, a secret she’s trying to unpack, and a new boyfriend who’s so impossibly kind she can’t figure out what she did to deserve him.

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


Another disappointment- I love her but this book was all over the place...very manic...next please

From television actress, Broadway star, and New York Times bestselling author Kristin Chenoweth comes I'm No Philosopher, But I Got Thoughts, an inspiring high-design, colorful book featuring philosophical-ish musings on connection, creativity, loss, love, faith, and closure. Just like Kristin’s grandmother inspired her to trust her heart and develop her own belief system, you'll be inspired to develop your own life philosophies, as you journey through some of Kristin's most vulnerable and humorous personal stories, in her constant pursuit to make the most out of life.

In each chapter, you'll find:

  • Behind-the-scenes stories from Kristin's personal life
  • High-design, colorful pages of inspirational quotes
  • Engaging prompts, prayers, and inspiring quotes

Oh, and a warning: There will be Bible verses. There will be f-bombs. Read responsibly.

Thank God for Pamela Kelley because she saved the day/month with the next book in the Beach Plum Cove Series set on Nantucket- Nantucket Homes was adorable...another uplifting and quick read...gosh I so needed this one!

There's a new arrival to the island. Kay Johnson, a widow, was a friend of Lisa's mother and is like an aunt to Lisa. Kay is excited to relax and enjoy Nantucket—she’s already signed up for a Needlepoint class. She’s not at all looking for romance, but she is happy to make a new friend in neighbor Walter Sturgess, a widower.

When the story begins, Walter's son Travis, CEO of a tech company he founded in Silicon Valley, and his four-year-old daughter, Sophie, are living with Walter until Travis's new home is ready for them to move in.

That new home is being built by Chase Hodges, Lisa's son, and is located on the ocean, next to the home where Victoria grew up--and is now living temporarily with her parents, since she and Sean—her long-term boyfriend and fiancĂ©, broke up.

When she sees Travis for the first time in many years, Victoria realizes he is in a similar place, since his divorce. She didn't even recognize Travis at first. He had to remind her that they'd once dated in high school, before she dumped him for Sean, the star quarterback. Travis is all grown-up now, but even if she was interested in dating, Victoria has never been anxious to have children, let alone take on someone else's.

Meanwhile, Lisa's online food business was growing steadily until recently when she discovered several competitors making copycat lobster quiches and it is affecting her sales. Marley, her marketing advisor, studies the situation and advises what Lisa thinks is a questionable suggestion- but she's willing to give it a try.

Chase and Beth are also dealing with some unwelcome competition, when Chase discovers that he's losing new business bids to an upstart construction company--that is underbidding by such an amount that Chase can't imagine how they are making a profit.

And speaking of babies, Victoria isn't the only one who isn't sure she wants to have children. Now that she and Tyler are married, Kristen has been thinking a lot about that as well.

What I'm Listening To

Shania Twain's "The Queen of Me"

and Taylor Swift's "Midnights"

What I'm Wearing

Gym Clothes- Business Casual Attire and Jeans with Fun Tops on the Weekends

(I will keep trying to get better at pictures!)


What I'm Doing This Weekend




What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month


Performance Awards- Mamma Mia- St. Patty's Dinner Tradition with the Fab Four- Book Club and my parents returning from Florida :)



What Else Is New?

Patty and I would love you to join us tomorrow for our Monthly Musings Linkup!

We are talking all things Winter Travel!

Check out our Questions...

Linking up for What's Up Wednesday HERE

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