20150504

The Liebster

The first time I received a Liebster Award was back in 2012. I had answered all the questions and followed all the rules.. the next few times I just skipped it all with just an acknowledgement to the sweet blogger who nominated me..

Seeing that is has been a long time since I answered some questions about me I thought I'd take this as an opportunity to do so.. but I am skipping all the rules.. I would love to say a big Thank You to Ashley from PrettyHappySweet I am honored.

Now getting straight to it.

11 Random Facts about Me:

1. I am left handed.
2. If I could be buried with something.. I'd like to be buried with books.
3. I got my first gray hair before I was 20.. now I have so many :(
4. When people first meet me they often get a snobby vibe.. it just takes me a little while to open up.
5. And once I get talking there is no shutting me up.
6. If I had the luxury to spend my life doing anything.. I would travel.. everywhere.. with M.
7. On an everyday basis I wear no make up.
8. I am an eldest child
9. Super A Type personality.. I need a plan.. I can't just wing it..
10. I have been waiting for D to be old enough for us to read the Harry Potter books together since I found out I was pregnant.
11. I can speak three languages.

The questions Ashley asked were:

1. Who is your favorite singer or band and why?
Oh I don't know.. I don't think I have one. My taste in music varies greatly.. I can go from listening to AC/DC to Phillip Phillips to Maroon5 all in one afternoon.

2. If you were a cup of coffee, what would your name be?
Strong Black

3) What is you favorite make-up item?
I don't really wear much make up but my favorite go to item is eye liner.

4) What does your ‘go to’ outfit consist of?
Jean and a t shirt.. cute ballet flats.

5) What advice would you give your younger self?
To relax, stop worrying so much and have fun.

6) Where is your favorite place to be?
Home and on vacation.. it one of those things where I ache to travel when I'm home and a few days into the vacation your start to miss home.

7) What is your favorite dessert?
Anything with chocolate.. oh and add peanut butter to it and mmmm yum.

8) What is your favorite thing to blog about?
I love to blog about our recent travels.. our latest house projects but I think my favorite it my year end reviews.. it helps put everything in perspective. Reminds you off all the good that happened through the year.

9) If you were on a deserted island, what 3 items would you want with you?
I think a solar powered ipad with great reception would provide you with a camera, countless books, music..Netflix and I can google how to survive on a deserted island and oh probably also call for rescue. Sun block and some tools so i can crack open a coconut and catch some fish. Who am I kidding I would so not survive.. catch a fish.. ha!

10) What is the best gift you have ever given?
Um.. life to the two little munchkins.. two sons to my husband and just my general awesomeness I bestow upon those near me.. lol. As for actual gifts.. the fact that I have to spend minutes racking my brain trying to think of one probably means I haven't given it yet.. oh no wait. I threw my husband a surprise birthday party inviting all of his old childhood friends.. my husband had not only never had a surprise birthday party before he had never had a birthday party before.

11)What advice would you give to fellow new bloggers?
Blog about what you love. Blog consistently.. it doesn't have to be everyday but have a routine of some sort.. so your readers now when to come back. Read and comment on other blogs.. be genuine.. none of that.. follow me and I'll follow you back nonsense.

I went back to take a look at my first Liebster Award post.. and it delighted me to see that two of the blogs I nominated back then are still blogs I visit and are regular readers of my blog.. that made me smile. thank you.

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20150427

MiaView Mother's Day Giveaway

I am very excited to share with you this beautifully handcrafted and unique jewelry shop with you today. MiaView is the brainchild of the ever so talent Nennie. Inspired by so many places, things, drawings, paintings, she takes common elements from their comfort zone and places them in a newly different dimension. She wants to give a touch to the outfit, mark the difference, create color without using it. And go beyond.




Aching to get your hands on some of MiaView's wears.. well lucky you! Nennie is giving away a beautiful white flower gramophone brooch .. Enter Below.

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20150420

lately

Other than the travelling there has been so much going on lately.. that I really haven't had the chance to sit and think about it.

Remember all home projects I had been talking about in the winter well they are both done.. finished.. phew. One still requires some finishing touches.. but then again the process of decorating never truly ends.. does it? And in celebration of finally being done we thought we'd start another one.. who needs to relax right? I hope to share the spaces in the next few weeks.. just need to get all the pictures in order. Below is the mess that is our next project.


I am trying to spring clean.. not the on my hands and knees scrubbing kind but more of the declutter and either try to sell or donate all the things we do not need, use etc. I just donated one huge bag of things a few weeks ago and i'm sure there is more to come.. I am trying to sell some on ebay.. a lttle extra cash never hurt. You can check out some of the things we're selling here

When D was little I was all over the mommy and me classes.. we did gym and swim and art.. and with H nothing.. feeling a little guilty and having a bad mommy moment I signed him up for some gym classes.. next i'm thinking maybe music or swim.




and D is getting ready for another birthday.. he has been planning it since February.. I started listening to him in March and now I am in prep mode.. meaning spending all my days looking at my Pinterest birthday board. Now that D is such a 'big boy' he has decided he doesn't need naps anymore..


So he falls asleep on the table.. He is also developing an interest in cooking.. he can scramble an egg, helps me layer a lasagna and bread chicken.. 


and he has finally started to play with Lego. Not as much as either of us would like.. mainly because of H and his desire to eat them So D usually has to make his creations alone behind closed doors and he's not a fan of the solitude.



I am hoping to have a really cool giveaway running for you guys next week.. don't forget to come check it out..

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20150417

Friday Photography


Colorless Country Day was taken in the Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown, New York. This was the first road trip we took with D. We stepped back in time to rural life in America with blacksmiths, an alchemists, sheep shearers and horse drawn buggies. This photograph was taken in the balcony of the cafe, the dark shuttered windows against the white paneled wall with seats for sitting and enjoying the lovely view.

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20150410

Friday Photography


Chug a Chug Chug - In the fall 2008 we took a beautiful road trip through New England.. for those who don't know that is North East part of America including Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. If you haven't had the chance to travel through New England during autumn I suggest you add it to your list.. it is stunning. On one of our stops in Connecticut we took a trip in an old steam train in Essex. It was idyllic. It reminded me of the time when trains were one of the essential modes of transportation.. and every now and then the train would let out a little tut, it was enchanting. 

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20150406

New Orleans Day 2 and 3

It was as if God decided to reward us for the eventful and not in a good way first day we had.. so the sun was shinning and we put away our coats and pulled on our shorts ready to enjoy the day!


We went to Red Gravy for breakfast.. while I had heard amazing things about it's food I had read a few not so good reviews about it's service.. but not many restaurants served breakfast on the weekdays.. not many that were walking distance.. and we are breakfast people.. I am so happy we decided to go here. Firstly, because it was a weekday there was no wait.. in fact no people at all when we arrived. We got great service.. and I had the most fluffiest, most delicious pecan pancakes ever! M had cannoli pancakes which were rich and delicious and they made a little kid omelete for D.



After breakfast we caught the Canal St Streetcar up to City Park. Now just because this was one of those trips where things just kept going wrong. The supposedly cute Storyland Park in City Park was closed.. on a Monday! As was just about everything else.. on a Monday.. seriously I was a bit pissed..


But we did what we do.. soldiered on. Thankfully the Besthoff Sculpture Garden was open.




Explored one of the playgrounds



and floated about on a paddle boat for a bit.. not easy to paddle a boat with a kid in your lap.


We stopped at the Morning Call.. a cafe inside City Park to give those beignets and cafe au lait another chance.. well the beignets were much better since this time they were still hot when they got to us but I stand by my earlier judgment.. cafe au lait is a sad excuse for coffee. What is even more sad that this is the only option at these cafes. You can't just get a regular cup of coffee.. so we drank our warm watery milk and we were on our way.

We wanted to hit a cemetery but luck failed us yet again and pretty much the moment we stepped foot inside the cemetery it started to rain.. like a heavy downpour. Our umbrella's were useless.. and we scampered back to the street car which was thankfully just across the street and head back to the hotel. 


We left the hotel again for dinner at the Olde Nola Cookery.. very good.. the red beans and rice.. so good. We were a bit limited in our food options because there are a large number of items.. especially of the seafood, reptile and pork variety that we do not eat. But what we did eat.. we enjoyed. We had some gelato for dessert and roamed the streets of the French Quarter.. there are so many shops, so many beautiful galleries and art.. it is fun just to wander about..


The next day we had a noon flight.. so we had a quick breakfast at Cafe Beignet.. it had real coffee :) And on the way back to the hotel D had a celebrity sighting.. he spotted an excavator. Yes, he could hardly contain himself. He even volunteered a smile and a salute?


Kids are weird. And with that we said farewell to New Orleans. 


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20150403

Friday Photography


Chocolate and Lime - The beautifully adorned rich brown and green ceiling of the Cathedral of Mary, Queen of the World in Montreal, Canada. The exquisite gold detail and brilliant colors are what caught my eye.

This photograph is currently Hanging in the Regional Headquarters of PNC Bank, New Jersey. 

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