Sunday, December 31, 2017

Goodbye 2017, and Hello 2018

When thinking about the year ahead, it's only natural to look back on the year previous. 2017 was a year of great change for me. I began a new job that brings positive change and challenge, and was just what I needed at the exact time I needed it. I am really enjoying working in NYC. The high energy and beautiful stimulation has been part of making this change so wonderful for me. I am also so happy to be back in the photography industry after a 4 and a half year hiatus from it!

2017 wasn't all about my new job. We had other happy victories too. My two boys are healthy and thriving in school, sports, and in life in general. Joey enjoyed his first year as a lacrosse goalie for the Ramsey travel team, and we are excited for Chris to be playing more basketball in 2018 (travel too!). My new work schedule with half day Fridays enabled me to bring both boys for skating lessons and now they are super fast, and Chris is getting closer to his goal of playing hockey. We had an amazing family beach vacation that is now becoming a yearly tradition. We welcomed in two new babies on Greg's side, and have received happy news that my niece is having a little girl in March. We celebrated a milestone birthday for my brother George. We had the chance to see family a lot more this year and I really enjoyed reconnecting with everyone. We will definitely be doing more family visits in 2018.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2018!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

End of the year round up, and Merry Christmas!

Hello! It's been so long since I last posted! I couldn't possibly update with all that's happened, but I will give a quick pass at the last few months or so...

Christopher: 6th grader! Middle schooler! Band player! YouTuber! Travel basketball! We will continue to have a busy year with this guy.

 Joey: 4th grader! LAX player! Stranger Things Lover! Alexa Commander! Joey continues to be a good boy who's friendly and fun (despite what his t-shirt says).

Both of these two have their own phones, social accounts, and YouTube channels. I have become increasingly impressed with Chris' self-taught content creation and editing skills. He has a true ability to be forward thinking with his videos and can edit them to be funny and contextual. I am forever encouraging him to move ahead in this area because this is likely going to continue to boom as more and more video gets produced out there in the world.

This is the year, with my new work schedule, that I was FINALLY able to get them both into ice skating lessons at the Ice Vault. They are total naturals at it, and I think Chris will be joining a hockey team very soon. He's always wanted to play hockey, but we couldn't fit it into our busy schedules. It made me so happy to be able to do this for him!

For Christmas, I got a little crafty and made an Advent calendar based off of one I had seen on Most Lovely Things. We got a 4x4 piece of wood at Home Depot, and Greg spray painted it with chalkboard paint. I strung three rows of twine, and hung small paper bags full of candy for each day in December (I began it on the first of the month, and not traditional Advent timing which would have been December 3rd).  This photo shows it leaning against the wall and using the ottoman for a prop - but we put command strips on the back and hung it up next to the little tree. As the bags came down, we erased the numbers and I used the clothespins to hang up all of the Christmas cards as they began to arrive. Once Christmas is over, I need to re-paint the board with primer and another coat to make this a better -functioning chalk board. And I need to find a place to hang it up permanently (and maybe frame it to give it a nicer look)!
We decided that while we will keep our big Christmas tree downstairs near the fireplace to make it easy for Santa, we also needed a little one upstairs. This is the challenge with a split-level home. You have two living spaces on different floors. We spend 80% of our time upstairs, and it seems like you can't really enjoy the tree when it's downstairs. The boys got to enjoy it because they play down there, and they mentioned many times how much they love the tree! For upstairs, we got a small tree at Home Depot, and decorated it exclusively with my Mom's vintage ornaments from many, many years ago. It really warms up the space and gives us twinkle lights to enjoy upstairs too. I'll be kind of sad when we take it down, and will need something to replace the warm hygge feeling it creates!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas this year!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New Blog Look!

For years I have thought about seeking an experienced site designer to help me up my game on this here blog. For years, I've known that when the day came that I would actually do it, that I would hire Kelly Christine of Kiki & Co Creative to take my blog look to the next level. Well, when 2017 arrived, it marked the 10 year anniversary of my blog and it seemed like the perfect time to just do it. Honestly, why did I wait so long to do this? I am so happy with the outcome, and the process was pretty simple!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Valentine's Day Picks

Valentine's Day Picks
I don't know about you, but Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. I think the happy pops of pink, red and messages of love are so needed during the long winter! These are some of my favorite things and would be perfect to give to a best friend, sister, or your Mom on Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


If you don't hear from me for a bit, that's because there's something pretty exciting happening! 

2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of this here blog, You heard me, I have been blogging FOR 10 YEARS.

As such, I have decided to make an investment and am giving my blog a much-needed refresh and a whole new look!

Begone templates and widgets! Now is the time to make this what it should be, and the aesthetic of this space will really push my motivation to continue blogging!

More to come when I reveal my new look!


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