We areSo, It has been awhile since I have posted on my blog just because life is SO hectic right now ! Juggling a full time job, grad school, a growing side business, husband and 3 kids has really eaten up ALL of my time. Writing is one of my passions so I decided to wake up early on this Saturday morning and get caught up on some exciting reviews that have happened recently !
My husband and I booked a 7 day cruise for our very first Royal Caribbean cruise. We have only cruised with Carnival before, so we were very excited to try a new cruise line and most of all we were excited to try one the lines largest ships, Oasis of The Seas. This ship was beyond anything I had imagined it would be....it holds 6300 people at max capacity, boasts over 30 restaurants and bars, Central Park with over 10,000 live plants, AquaTheatre with amazing shows and so much more ! This particular cruise ported out of Port Canaveral and stopped in St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Bahamas. We decided to book an excursion to the world famous Maho Beach in St. Maarten where commercial planes fly just a few feet over your head ! We are already planning our next Royal Caribbean Cruise for next year !
My daughter decided that turquoise chevron was too "young" for her now that she is the big 1-3 so she decided that she wanted to paint her room Gray. My response was "what color Gray" ? "Just pick one" she says....and now the journey is on for the perfect shade of Gray but why does there have to be SO many choices ?!?! I have it narrowed down to these 3 contenders !
So between my husband changing jobs he was able to tackle this ! I am one lucky girl :) I can't wait to reveal the final look !
30 Crockpot Meals
If you are like me, you juggle...juggle work, juggle kids, juggle housework, and the list goes on and on. For years now, I have made a promise to myself that I would simplify my life and my schedule..has this happened ? NOPE..it has gotten even more hectic because I decided to throw in working on my Masters degree in the mix. So I knew something had to give...lightbulb moment ! Scrolling though Facebook a few years back, I saw a mom that pre-made 30 crockpot meals all at once and then froze them...I decided I was going to take on this task.
After 90 minutes at the grocery store and 2 1/2 hours of prep, I officially have 30 "not spaghetti again mom" gourmet meals ready to go for each day !
It has been a good, solid 4 weeks of getting ready in paint cans, saw dust and no lighting but it is FINALLY done ! I could not be more pleased with the outcome...especially the wall color that I picked out..my new favorite Dorian Gray by Sherwin Williams.
When we bought our "90's" built house, we loved the property and the bones of the house but hated the oak and brass EVERYTHING ! One of our very first projects was to get rid of our oak cabinets that dated the house and made everything so dark. We looked into brand new cabinets but it was going to cost of $25,000 to gut everything so I did some research and found a local company near by called VINTAGE CHIC PAINTING. The concept was a refinished look at a fraction of the price so we decided on Antique White cabinets with an Espresso Chic contrasting island and I could not be MORE happy with the way it turned out ! No more dark, dingy cabinets !
We just purchased a "new" house 3 months ago and we have been NONSTOP with upgrades and remodeling. Our newest project is taking on a unfinished room on our 2nd level, which will be one of my daughters bedroom. Since my wonderful hubby is off for 22 days straight he gets the pleasure of taking on this project (with some help from me when I get home from work). More updates to come as this project progresses but here is a picture of the "before" !
The holidays are fast approaching and I will officially have 6 days off to spend with my favorite people...my kids and hubby ! So during this down time, I had planned on starting a new book that I found on Amazon called Comeback Moms. After receiving it in the mail yesterday, I could not put it down so I felt compelled to write a "pre-review" and tell everybody about it ! If any of you working moms are struggling with the balance of work, kids and life..this is the book for you ! I am only through the 3rd chapter but it is my own personal psychiatrist to help me realize that I am not the only mom out there with this issue.
I have been looking for an arrangement to hang on our new 2-story fireplace and I found an arrangement online for $375...Yikes..I like flowers more than the next person but not that much. So I decided I would make my own and VOILA...about $50.00 later I came up with this beauty. I will now probably have to make one for every room in my house !
Is it just me ?
Over the past few months to a year, I have done ALOT of soul searching...which probably leads me back to my first love...writing...which in return leads me back to blogging. Why have I left blogging for so many months..I have asked myself this quite recently. I left to put on the monkey suit everyday for my corporate job ? I felt guilty for not spending this time with my children ? I left because I didn't think anybody cared or listened ? Come to find out..it is the complete opposite of all those things ! My new series will be on my upcoming journey of corporate-stressed-worry what people think mom to the complete opposite. BIG CHANGES to come over the next few months. Some good ? Some difficult ? I will capture it all to try to answer the unanswered question of "Why mom's can't be content".
" You only live once but if you do it right..once is enough" ~ Cecil Beaton