Monday, February 20, 2017

Checked that 40+ box

I've been 40 for less than 2 weeks.  Do I feel different?  Maybe a little, but in a good way.

I had an amazing Birthday week!  Even though I DO have to share it with my son, his is the day before mine.  We had a quick snow storm which ended in a snow day.  Watching my kiddo sled ride was great, but I learned he is not good at sharing our Birthday week, lol.

A group of my friends & family went out Saturday night. You know you are old when you have to drive to another county just to listen to music you WANT to hear!  Started our evening at that place with those sammiches with fries & coleslaw. Then we went to a casino with a "club" in the middle.  They played music from my 20's & I was in heaven!  I had a lot of special guests that surprised me.  I felt extremely blessed.  Some people I haven't seen in a long time.

This made me start to think about turning 40 & my friendships.  Over the years some have been strained, I have become closer with people that I wasn't expecting & some I haven't skipped a beat with.  Hopefully some of those strained friendships can be repaired.  Life happens & everyone goes through different things. We just need to learn how to be there for each other!

And today as I made my "To Do" list for the week, I made sure that planning our Girls Weekend 2017 was at the top of my list. We all need a break from real life & lucky for me, I get to plan it!

Time to enjoy the day....right after some Pilates!

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Big 40......$h!t Just Got Real.

2017 is here, the year I turn 40.  Who the hell let that happen???  Sorry for the cussing, but SERIOUSLY???  I can still remember the year my MOM turned 40, the same year I turned 21.  That is a story for another day.  Hee, hee.

My best friend & I have been making plans for this year since our 30th Birthdays.  We went through it all the last 10 years.  From divorce to weddings & from babies to graduations, we have definitely done some growing in our 30's. Our life lessons may have been very different, but we survived & are both in happy places.  I  married an amazing man who has let me quit my job & raise our soon to be 6 year old son. And my BF is re-married to a man she has been crushing on for 20+ years & between them they have quite a few kids & even grand-babies.  Their family has so much love & many years of memories.  We feel very lucky!

Yesterday was a real kick start to my 40's. Started out with a 3 hour drive around a 10 mile radius looking for houses.  Talk about "Shit getting real"!!!  (Sorry again.  It's one of those days.)  We did manage to look at one we liked.  A few things I'd change, but it would be ours!  After renting since I moved out of my parents, I am looking forward to having our own house.

Later on I went to pick out eye glasses. After wearing the same super glued glasses for the last 10 years, I finally got some super cute ones.  And from the sounds of it, I got one heck of a deal!  I was choosing those glasses like I would never get another pair in my life.  Kinda how I was feeling while looking at houses.  Ugh....adulting!

Each new decade that creeps up on us, Charity (my BF) and I try to come up with sort of a "motto" for the next 10 years. Our 30's we didn't care about keeping quiet. Yeah...that ended in some estranged friendships, but who knows what our 40's shall bring.  I am hopeful!

I think that in my 40's I will try to relax & not let the little things get to me.  With all the sadness in the world right now, I need to care more about my life & those in it.  I need to stop letting the little things get to me. Like my  next door neighbors who keep messing up the grass in front of my apartment building with their cars. Or the idiot riding my bumper because they are obviously in a hurry. Or me not blogging because I don't have any cool recipes or something I crafted to share.

I think my 40's motto shall be "Who Cares"  Oddly enough that is also a band my dad & his buddies made up in the teens.  And yes, they still jam out to some Classic Rock in my dad's basement, lol.

So no New Years Resolutions for me.  I am going to just try to be a better, calmer ME in my 40's.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

1st Day of Kindergarten. What do I do now???

The last 5 & a half years with my little dude have been great.  There were times when I wondered if being a stay at home mom (SAHM) was the right thing. It all comes down to this.  Fingers crossed I did OK!

Here is my little guy's picture from this morning.
(Hope he's doing good!!!)

Being a SAHM has been great.  I feel like I got to know my son & spend a lot of time with him.  I was very lucky because most parents don't have the opportunity to do that these days.  Trust me, we had to give up a lot & not do everything we wanted, but I wouldn't trade my time with him for anything. But now what?

Today is the first day of a whole new chapter for my family.  I am excited to see what is next.  I am looking forward to getting a part-time job & having some ME time.  And some ME money, lol.  Blogging more is another thing I am excited about.  Trying to think with a 5 year old running around is hard enough.  Then try to put your thoughts into words?  HA!  I cannot even finish a sentence half the time without being on to the next thing!

Starting today I will start figuring out our "New" normal is.  Even more importantly, what is next for me?  I have so many projects that went off to the side so I could be there for my kiddo.  Everyday little things that got forgotten about.  It's always something.  But today is a new day!!!

With that being said, I am signing off to attempt at least one of those things on a very long "To Do" list!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Electronic Restrictions...for both of us

My son was over the moon when Santa brought him the Wii U he was dreaming of.  Luckily "Santa" got it used for an amazing deal.  Little did I know that he would have a total obsession with Super Mario Bros Smash Brothers.  It has opened a whole new world of Donkey Kong & Pokemon that I was not prepared for.  And don't get me started on YouTube.  This kid has been looking up videos for everything.

This being said, I am guilty of being on social media on my phone entirely too much.  I can use the excuse that I am using it for promoting my Party Lite business or sharing pictures of wreaths & bouquets that I made.  Or maybe even looking for a recipe for dinner. But we all know that I am just scrolling down looking at nonsense that people are plastering all over their walls.

An old friend from High School took a hiatus from social media for Lent.  Such a good idea!  Not sure I could go cold turkey, but something she said really stuck with me.  She felt like she was being a bad influence on her niece with her phone always in her hand.  It mad me think about all the times I have been just sitting on my phone when I could be being present with the people around me.  I also thought about the fact that we know far more about people than we need to.  It's great to see pictures of folks & how they and their families have grown.  But fights & personal business need to stay between the people it involves.

In the next few months I am going to make an effort to cut our time on electronics.

For me, less time on Social Media & more blogging.  And for my son, we will be cutting his time on video games & YouTube videos.  This means more crafts & books. Luckily my son loves crafting as much as his momma.  I try to have craft time at least once a week.  For Christmas I stocked him up with paints, wooden sticks, paper, glue.
All the essentials for a good craft.

Summer is just around the corner.  
We are going to make a little bucket list of all the adventures we will go on.  
I am looking forward to it!

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Salmon Tacos

Yesterday I posted about my Salmon Tacos we had for dinner the other night.  We had some salmon we hadn't cooked from our Valentine's Day dinner. My husband manages a restaurant, so we opt for eating at home most of the time. And I don't mind one bit!  He's a great cook & he enjoys doing it.

  • Salmon (no bones or skin)
  • Blacken seasoning
  • Tortilla shells
  • Toppings
    • Pico De Gallo
    • Salsa
    • Lettuce
    • Tomato
    • Slaw
    • Cheese
Really, the possibilities are endless with toppings for tacos!

Grill the salmon over medium heat to medium or to your liking. 
It should just flake apart.  

We had shrimp & rice with our tacos.  
This seasoning is AWESOME on shrimp!

 My hubby decided to do his taco UP!  
There is salmon under all of those fixings.

I went simple.  
I made fresh pico de gallo that day.  
My favorite topping for any kind of fish taco!

I am off to make my Pineapple Salsa now.  
I have some ripe avocados....I'm thinking guac too!

Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Silence is Golden & Seafood is Delicious

Shhhhhh.....hear that?  
NOPE me neither!

It's been three years since my kiddo has had a nap on the regular.  Let's just say, it's been a long 3 years.  Since starting pre-school 3 days a week for a few hours, they seem to be happening a bit more.  Some weeks its 1 day, some it's 3 days.  I will take what I can get.  Today was an early day so somehow I convinced him to lay down on the air mattress while I enjoy some computer time.  It took about 2 songs in & he was out!

So instead of folding the towels I just brought up from the dryer, I will take a few minutes to myself & write. I am sitting here  listening to Imogen Heap radio on Pandora with the soft, soothing voices, dreaming of the beach.
Ahhhh, I am in my happy place.

Back to the my reality...
The day after my 39th Birthday (that was hard to type, lol) the Lenten Season began.  My hubby & I have been trying to make better eating choices. Personally, I cannot eat chicken & veggies EVERY day.  Seafood & fish seem to be a happy medium  My husband works in the Strip District of Pittsburgh & is a block away from an awesome fish market called Wholey's.  It's something to see, let me tell ya.  Lots of whole fish looking at ya,  live lobsters and fish & lots of other seafood.  Plus a whole meat department.  A foodies heaven!  If you are ever in Pittsburgh, you gotta check it out.

For Ash Wednesday, 
We had Cajun Seafood Alfredo with shrimp & crab meat 
(Don't tell anyone, it was the imitation stuff & still yummy)

This past Friday was the first Friday of Lent & we were pretty boring.  Cheese pizza from Costco.  Delicious, but boring & not the best thing when trying to watch what you eat.  

Now Valentines Day was a different story!  We had some great blackened Salmon I grabbed from Costco.  We had already had steak for dinner that week so more fish it was & I wasn't mad at all. I thought I took a picture but I didn't.   Apparently I was too hungry to Instagram my food for once. 

              My husbands taco                           My taco

That was not the case on Monday!  
We had salmon that we hadn't cooked yet & some thawed out shrimp so tacos seemed perfect. 
I stocked up on veggies that weekend & planned on making some pineapple salsa. (I will share that recipe next time. It's amazing!) Unfortunately the pineapple needed another day so I made some homemade pico de gallo.  I don't know about you, but I would much rather have fresh anything!

And today's lunch was brought to me by left over shrimp. 
This Shrimp Caesar Salad was unexpectedly awesome!

Now that I have bored you long enough with my food intake, 
time to get back to those towels that aren't gonna fold themselves.

Remember to give seafood a try this Lenten Season
Enjoy the day!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Here's to 2016

With 2015 behind us (thank goodness) 
I am looking forward to a year of change!

My husband has recently gotten a well deserved promotion & my best friend of 35 years got engaged over the holidays.  And I am looking to start a new business venture that I am very excited about. So needless to say, we have lots to look forward to.

At the beginning of 2015 I vowed to myself that I would blog EVERY week.  
HA! Easier said than done.

This year I am going to just concentrate on taking time for myself.  With my almost 5 year old in pre-school 3 days a week for a few hours, I should be able to find a few minutes to myself.  Whether I am writing a blog or taking a walk, I need some time for me.  

I also am going to attempt to have better eating habits for my family.  My husband schedule has always been all over the place.  Now we will actually be able to sit down & have dinner together by 6 o'clock.  I have started to make a list of things that I would like to make & good ol Pinterest  is there to help.

My best friends wedding is something I am EXTREMELY excited about!  
We have been friends almost as long as we've been alive.  Charity lived 6 doors down from me growing up.  We are closing in on our 40's & still like sisters!  She is marring her childhood crush and it is the cutest thing in the world.  After being married before & having 2 kids that are now almost adults, it's finally HER time. 
 I couldn't be happier for her. 

These are a few pictures of us over the years
on vacation.
(Luckily I my scanner broke & I couldn't find the really embarrassing ones, lol)

And now I will go have some real fun...laundry & dishes.
Happy New Year & here is to 2016 being awesome!