May 22, 2015

Life 'Round Here - Lilacs, Allergies & A Few New Gray Hairs

Hello!  It feels like it has been so long since I blogged.  I wasn't planning a break but life just seemed to get in the way.  I have been battling a terrible spring cold that I am still not quite over.  A spring or summer cold always seems more offensive than a winter cold to me.  In winter, it seems almost expected but when the weather is warm there are so many more things to be DONE!
I have been enjoying lilac season.  We planted one small lilac bush when we moved to this house 8 years ago and it has exploded.  If only the blooms lasted longer than a week!  I filled the house with lilacs and their smell was glorious.  And then ended up putting them outside due to the many allergy sufferers in our house.  Speaking of allergies, my middle guy (13)  has developed an allergy to the cold.  Yes, you read that right, he is actually allergic to cold temperatures.  Have any of you had any experience with that?  After jumping into our cold pool (70 degree water) for the first time this season, he broke out in hives all over his body.  Scary!!  Long story short, we now have an epi-pen in case a worse reaction occurs and my swimming loving boy now needs to take many precautions before he gets in the water :(
I celebrated a birthday and my mom gave me this beautiful lamp that she made for me herself.  
Last I blogged was Mother's Day, and I enjoyed a weekend away in the mountains with my guys.  We went to my favorite "junk" spot where I found two Fall paint by numbers, a vintage Pyrex bowl and a book filled with botanical prints.  Total cost was under $10.  It was my lucky day.
I also guilted them into taking a picture with me...
No fancy outfits or combed hair...just us.  I love it!  Speaking of my boys, my oldest turned 17 and got his driver's license.  Yikes!!!
This was him driving away to school for the first time.  All by himself.  I may have teared up because it felt like he was driving away to an independent life.  The good news is he has returned home every night since in time for dinner AND he has been helping me with picking up his brothers.  I think I probably developed a few gray hairs worrying though.  The dogs are so much easier to take care of than teenagers because they just stay home :)
   So that's what we have been up to.  No big house projects to share, unfortunately.  Just real life.  I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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May 21, 2015

Making the Most of Summer with Kellogg's & $100 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

Summer is an exciting time filled with vacations, staycations, trips to the pool, and loads of fun!  It lasts just a few months, but the memories made will last a lifetime.
Kelloggs cereal in a

May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

My mother and I spent a lovely day together in Clinton, NJ this week to celebrate Mother's Day.
Red mill Clinton

May 4, 2015

Taking a Moment with Pepperidge Farm® Milano® Cookies & $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!

I am all about the simple little pleasures in life that make a huge difference in my day.  As the mom of 3 growing boys, and wife to a police officer husband whose work schedule changes from day to day, I have learned to carve out a few minutes to myself during the day to re-charge.  Because life sometimes gets overwhelming.  And we deserve a break, right?  Simple things like fresh flowers, a good book and a sweet treat can go a long way in reducing stress. Taking a little break just makes the whole day better.

May 2, 2015


I am not sure I remember ever enjoying a spring as much as we are this year.
After the long winter, we are just so happy to get outside.  We have been enjoying our evening walks in the woods.  I often take pictures when we are in Upstate NY, but I am trying to appreciate more of the beauty right here in NJ so I have been bringing my camera along.