Nov 14, 2016

Wine + Pottery = Fun Girl's Day

You know those Monday mornings when you wake up and can tell yourself "I had a great weekend".  I woke up with that feeling this morning.  Spent this weekend with close friends and it was a fantastic time.

Saturday we had a surprise birthday party for one of our best friends.  He was definitely surprised because when he walked in the first thing that came out of his mouth were "What the fuck" as we all yelled SURPRISE in his face.  We ate a fantastic dinner and then continued to stuff our bellies with really good dessert.  It was so nice to just be together celebrating a joyous occasion.. especially after all the negativity that has been happening in the world this past week.

Birthday Boy
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And can I say there is nothing cuter than the below picture.  Sophia was so excited when GG came over.  They played all night!
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Sunday we had a girls day planned.  Sis-in-crime takes pottery classes and was able to set up a private session.  Best part was that we were able to bring wine along while munching on snacks that were provided.
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This was the best experience EVER.  Can I tell you that the owner at Madison Mud was FANTASTIC.  Like, she was so down to earth, hilarious and had the patience to deal with us ladies who were in need of a day out.  But honestly, if you live in NJ you have to go check out her place.  We each were able to make 3 pieces.  Two of the pieces were on the wheel and the other was a hand building piece.  So much fun!

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Nov 11, 2016

Currently

Currently....

Reading Search Inside Yourself.  This book was gifted by my director to help with my individual development plan.  So far it's good and has witty humor in it.  Nice book to change your mind of thinking.

Listening to Telescope song from the show Nashville.  I LOVE the show and love the music even more.  So currently on Spotify I am listening to the Nashville cast channel.

Watching too many shows on TV.  TV is my weakness and makes me "escape" real life, so I'll take it.

Excited for vacation for the week of Thanksgiving!  We booked this cruise two years ago with our friends and it's finally almost here.

Celebrating that I made it another day.  Work has been stressful and being a parent to a toddler is not easy either.  So my motto = If we wake up the next day fed, clothed and alive... I won.

Wearing jeans and comfy shirt since I feel like shit right now.  Days like today is when I'm glad we have a casual dress code at work.

Discovering that I am getting sick thanks to a toddler who has been sick this week.

Annoyed by all of the negativity that is around about our President Elect.  Just when you think the world is at a better place... you realize that we have somehow reverted back to our old racist ways.

Starting to look at new opportunities for my future.

What are you currently up to these days?

Nov 9, 2016

Move Forward

History was made yesterday.

Now, whether we like it or not.... there's one thing we can ALL agree on.

WE. MUST. MOVE. FORWARD.

It is what it is.  The people have spoken, as we do every election.

A President was chosen.

Now, we must think positive that the President will lead us on a good path.  Yes, that path may have a few speed bumps along the way.  Yes, we will say we should turn right and the President will say no, we need to make a left. We will disagree.  We will agree.

WE will move forward with hope for our the country we live in.

Oct 24, 2016

Things I Am Loving

I often say "It's the little things that make me happy" and they truly are.  So here's what I'm loving over these past few weeks.


  • Coffee.  Because a good cup of coffee can make you forget the nuances of life with every sip you take
  • Fall weather.  Snuggling in a good sweater and stepping on leaves with boots on while a fall breeze rustles through your hair is just one of the best feelings. 
  • Chocolate. Because duh, it's chocolate 
  • Being 26 days away from a vacation you planned two years ago.  
  • Spending time with your close friends who you consider family 
  • Listening to music while I work - drowns out the annoying people at work 
  • Getting high praises at work for doing a good job 
  • Snapchat filters - they make a boring day so much better 
  • When I kill at winning my match in fantasy football 
  • The color of the leaves
  • Sleeping with my flannel sheets
  • Looking at what new possibilities are out there

What are some of things you are loving today? 


Oct 17, 2016

Weekend Happenings

Happy Monday!

This past weekend was jam packed for us.  There wasn't a minute where we weren't moving from here to there.

Saturday

  • Finally got Sadie to the groomer's so she doesn't look like a black cloud rolling around my floor, but more like the yorkiepoo she is.
  • After dropping her off, we came home and I made a quick lunch for Sophia and myself since we were waiting on the hubs to come and pick us up. 
  • Hubs came home then we got into the car and headed out to Red Bulls Stadium for their season ticket holder seat selection event.  Now that Sophia is past 2, we have to buy a seat for her.  There was no more seats available in the section we sit now so we had to find a new section.  Makes me sad to leave our group... for the past 4 years we have sat with the same people around us and we love seeing them for every game.  We won't be too far away, but it won't be the same.  I am hoping that our new seat neighbors are cool and not boring. 
  • After that event, we headed to our friends grand opening up his florist shop.  He moved to a new location which happens to be in our town so it was fun to stop by and catch up with him. 
  • Then we came home and I was able to relax for maybe a good hour before Sophia and I headed to my moms to pay a visit since Sunday I knew we wouldn't be able to stop by as per our usual. Also, the first thing Sophia says when we go to visit is "eat".  She already knows that my mom is a great cook and always has food ready for her. 
  • After my mom's we ran over across the street to pay a quick visit to Joelle and Erik to say hi since it's been a while we have seen them. 
  • One of my cousin's was visiting from CT so then we got into the car and drove over to my sisters house and hung out there for a while.  It was about 9:30 at night by the time we left and came home. 
Sunday
  • Rise and Shine at 7:30am for me so I can get everything ready before we headed to the Miracle Walk.  This walk directly benefits the NICU Sophia was at when she was born.  I want to make it a tradition that we do this every year and I hope that Sophia continues even as an adult.  That NICU means a lot to us and I want her to remember that because of the doctors and nurses, she had the best care possible that allowed her to thrive. 
  • After the walk, we dropped Sophia off at my sisters and hubs and I headed to a Red Bulls game.  It was an important game and we won which means we are in playoffs.  Let's go Red Bulls! After that game ended, Red Bulls II had a game as well that we were able to stay for.  We stayed for the first half of the game because it was an exhausting day. 
  • Picked up Sophia and walked into the house at around 8.  

So needless to say today I am EXHAUSTED.  I don't know how I made it into work, but here I am. 
Here's to hoping your Monday is a good one, praying mine is. 

Oct 10, 2016

A Reason to Cheer

Happy Monday!

Let me tell you, this past weekend was fantastic.  After a LONG work week needing some time hanging out with friends is just the cure to help you forget work.

And Saturday night was already planned... as if the universe knew!  We celebrated my friends birthday.  I had the greatest time just hanging out and catching up with everyone.  It feel like it was a long time that most of got together to enjoy good food, drinks and laugh the night away.

The food was amazing thanks to all of our friends who cooked.

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I'm not going to lie, I got pretty buzzed (maybe drunk, I'll never tell) and I was feeling very nice.  My snaps definitely let you know that I was drinking and having the best time ever.  I just felt like I was finally able to relax and have a good time.  That night, I forgot about all the troubles at work and stress.  I was able to forget everything on my to do list.  It was glorious.  Also, my friend Carlos who is always the bartender has never forgotten my nickname.  Long HILARIOUS story behind that, but when I was handed this cup with alcohol and my nickname.. I knew it was going to be a fun night.

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Celebrating friendship is a must in life.  My friends are part of my village and they have supported me through the good and bad times.   And Saturday night was a testament to how far we have all come.  From being young and careless to being parents and responsible.  I sat there watching my friends laugh and dance... and I reminded myself that we are in each other's life for a reason... and that reason is to love and care for each other.

I thank God for bringing them into my life.

Cheers to friendships.

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Oct 6, 2016

Mom life is f*cking hard

When they say that it takes a village... IT LEGIT DOES.

Sometimes I feel like it takes multiple villages when raising a little human.  I don't know where I would be with out all of my villages.  Well, I do know.. I would be under the covers crying as I pour wine down my throat and wish for everything to go away. But thank goodness for the villages, I haven't gotten to that point yet.

Mom life if HARD y'all.  It is not easy especially when your toddler is OBSESSED with the word "mama".
No one else can pour milk into a bottle like "mama' does.
No one else can put PJ's on like "mama" does.
No one else can cut up dinner in small pieces like "mama" does.
No one else can hold the child while walking into a get together like "mama" does.
No one else can hold hands while walking outside like "mama" does.

The list goes on and on.   It's crazy how the word we all tried so hard to be the first word they would say where we would practice for days on days on days which didn't matter because of course "dada" was said first.... that word we poured hours into repeating... would become the word you would cringe at when the toddler years came barreling through into your life. "MAMA!"

On top of raising a tiny human who I feel has become a dictator in my life at times, being a full time employee.. and then trying to keep the house to not be a shit show (even though you are failing miserably)... and cook dinner at least twice a week... and running to swim class and noticing a half hour before that you didn't shave your legs... and trying to find some time for yourself that isn't at 11:00pm when you are so exhausted you can't function... SOMEHOW this "mama" makes it into the next day.

How? I have no effin clue. I'm a zombie.  Is there a name for a mom turned zombie - Mombie?  Is that a thing?

Well, I'm here to let you all know you are not alone. Mom life = hot mess life.  It's reality.  So join me in accepting this mom life as a positive.  Because if we don't stick together... then who will be in my village when I'm having a panic attack?

#momlifeforlife

Honestly, wouldn't have it any other way.