Obsessing over my visual board online

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

I’ve been spending a lot of time over at Pinterest browsing and creating boards for myself since I’m in a writer’s rut at the moment.  I’ve mentioned before that we’re house hunting so browsing through pins on home decor is immensely inspiring.  Putting together a visual board online allows me to see what I want for my future.  I try my best not to pin things that are out of my league, financially speaking, but if it’s an idea that can be done another way that fits my budget then it gets pinned onto my board.  So far I’m obsessed with the chevron pattern, which is weird, because I have nothing in my current dwelling with that pattern, but after seeing it as a design on a single wall complimenting a room or even on the floor as a design, I was hooked and can’t wait to try my hand at it.  Hopefully, it doesn’t turn out to be a disaster or a “nailed it” picture (type in “nailed it” in Pinterest and you’ll see what I’m talking about.)  Check out some of the pins that I’ve been currently obsessing over:

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paint colors

http://pinterest.com/pin/459578336945243811/

http://fabuloushomeblog.com/2013/01/20/colours-ive-heard-that-hawthorne-yellow-and-revere-pewter-were-the-best-colors-in-the-paint-world-good-yellows-are-very-hard-to-find-so-im-remembering-this-one/

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chevron wall

http://pinterest.com/pin/459578336945124253/

http://www.ruthiehart.com/2012/05/diy-chevron-wall_09.html

chevron floors

chevron floor

http://pinterest.com/pin/459578336944920275/

http://pinyourhome.com/

laundry room

small laundry room makeover

http://pinterest.com/pin/459578336944725069/

http://www.viewalongtheway.com/housetour/

There are so many talented people in this world and I’m so happy they want to share their ideas and creativity.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

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Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes/Muffins

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  We had a long, lazy weekend that was spent resting and recovering from being sick.  It was great to snuggle up in my bed and watch some TV while my daughters played in the living room and my husband watched them.  Oh, did I mention that he also cooked our meals as well?  My husband is a great man and father (I know, my gushing is too much and you’re probably fake heaving, but I need to give my man a BIG SHOUT OUT).  He’s absolutely wonderful and a superb chef!  That’s why I wasn’t surprised when he was able to recreate a recipe pin that only had pictures with the ingredients.  I came across this pin (www.pinterest.com) right before my husband was going to the supermarket.  I showed it to him and he took a mental note of the ingredients and off he went.

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With the exception of the cheese from the above pin, my husband made these mini chicken pot pies.

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They looked amazing and tasted so good.  You should all give it a try if you like pot pies.

My husband simply cooked the chicken, then mixed it with the cream of chicken soup and vegetables, turned the oven on to 375 degrees, placed the biscuits into the cupcake pan, poured mixture in and on top of the biscuits, and baked for 20 minutes.  Enjoy!

Take good care.

Until next time…

WISE WORDS APPLICABLE TO ALL

Hi everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  When I saw this pin (www.pinterest.com), I immediately saved it and thought to myself, “I have to frame this for my home so everyone can see it.”

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I’m always telling/teaching my daughters that they should appreciate all that they have.  My parents provided me with a home, clothes, food, and unconditional love.  I never had a problem understanding boundaries and consequences.  I knew exactly what would happen if I did something wrong so I just didn’t do it.  For me, it was just that simple.  I also knew that if I needed something it would be provided by my parents, but I never took advantage of that or them.  I even went to a reasonably priced (since my parents were paying the tuition), nearby college (Lehman College in Bronx, NY) so I could commute without having to pay for room and board.  I didn’t want to give my parents a college debt, especially since I really didn’t want to go, but I knew it was in my best interest.  I can only hope that my daughters grow up with the same mentality with the exception of genuinely wanting to go to school and surpassing their own expectations.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

A pin for me

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Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.

Loving and striving to do exactly what this pin (www.pinterest.com) says.  Some days are hard, but ultimately I want no bitter memories.  I do need a ton of patience (it’s a characteristic lacking in my family genes) and I wish to banish the hasty replies.  Those darn hasty replies get on my nerves and they come out because I have no patience to stop and think before I speak.  For my children’s sake and our future relationship, I will dutifully work on being a better mom.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

A pin about motherhood and a lasting marriage

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I came across a couple of pins on Pinterest that completely resonate with the way I think and feel about motherhood and marriage.  I wanted to share them with you and see how you feel.

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I have two little girls, ages five and two, and we have a night time routine implemented since they were babies and we do our very best never to break it, even on vacation.  They are so used to the routine that if we don’t keep up with it, they get very CRANKY!  Bath time starts at 8 PM and by 8:30 – 8:45, the girls are in their beds and mommy is very happy!  🙂

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I completely agree with this pin and have always thought this way.  Hence why I’m happily married to my high school sweetheart.  It takes two to build and keep a lasting relationship.

Back in August of this year, we celebrated 19 years together since the day he asked me to be his girlfriend.  In 1993, Angel came over to my house and presented me with a rose and we declared that day to be our dating anniversary.  My mother suggested I place the rose in a book so I can keep it forever.  Always listen to your mom, because I have that rose, from 19 years ago, framed on my wall today.  From the beginning of our relationship, we told each other what we expected from one another and we respected that.  Respect and acknowledgement of each other’s importance in the relationship are key to a lasting union.

Stay alert, stay alive.

Until next time…

a pin for my kids and a couple for my husband

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Things are a bit frustrating over here in NYC.  The subway is trying to get back on track.  My husband told me this morning that they have a subway recovery map on www.mta.info.  It’s weird/amazing to see the subway map shown in a different way.  This recovery map highlights the trains that are currently working, while showing the trains that aren’t (the subway lines are faded out).  If you’re entering Manhattan via car, you can’t drive in solo.  There has to be three people or more with you!  And let me not forget to tell you that gas stations are running low on GAS!  Oh boy, it’s tough out there, but New Yorkers are tougher.  All the best and safe travels to all.

A pin from www.pinterest.com for my kids that speaks the truth!  In my case, I have to think thrice.

 

Here’s a couple of pins for my husband.  He’ll see them as comedic as well as many other men, but unfortunately for them, these are simply true!  🙂

Stay alert, stay alive.  Until next time…

DIY DOOR MONSTER DECORATION FOR HALLOWEEN

Hi everybody! I hope you guys are well.  I had a great surprise for my daughters yesterday.  While my oldest was at school and my youngest was taking her nap, I had time to decorate the door in our living room for Halloween.

Inspired by a pin on www.pinterest.com,

I made our own door monster.

I know he’s supposed to be scary, but I think he’s adorable.  I used blue and white party streamers for the hair, eyebrows and mouth, two disposable plates and a sharpie marker for the eyes, and tape to hold everything up.  I might add some red to our monster so he can be a Giants fan just like us!

When my daughters saw this, my oldest couldn’t stop smiling and my youngest, who’s such a character already at just 2 years old, turned around and ran screaming.  She was pretending to be scared! 🙂 She came back smiling and couldn’t stop looking at the door.  This was a quick, easy and fun decoration to do.

This morning, as my youngest was staring at the door again, I told her  “We should give him a name.”

She replied, “Monster.”

Good enough for me!

Take care all.  Until next time…

DIY PAPER HEART GARLAND

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I wanted to show you another pin from, you guess it, www.pinterest.com, in which I used to make a paper heart garland as part of my anniversary centerpieces.  I absolutely loved this paper idea and I knew I was going to incorporate it one way or another.  Plus I had fun doing this project.

Pin with instructions (Thank you to the creator of this)

My version using turquoise and gold speckled cardstock. I used my Cricut paper trimmer and a paper clip to close the hearts into a circle.

              I made 9 hearts in turquoise and 2 in gold, symbolizing a total of 11 years happily married and the 2 gold hearts for my daughters. 🙂

Take care all.  Until next time…

Drink More Green Tea

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I wanted to share the pin on www.pinterest.com that convinced me to start drinking green tea.  Let me be honest with you, I’ve tried tea before, not green tea, flavored teas and I didn’t like them, but this pin was pretty convincing, especially the part where it says that it rehydrates you better than water and oh yeah, it prolongs your life.

So I thought, “What the heck! At least, give it a try.”

I bought several brands to taste out which one I would like best and so far this one is my favorite.  It’s also available in organic, decaffeinated, and different flavors, but I’ll stick with the decaffeinated one for now.

I brew a quart (4 tea bags for 4 cups) a day, and add nothing to it.  NOTHING, NADA, ZIP, ZILCH.  When I told my sister how I drank the tea, she immediately said, “Yuck” and I could visualize her making that yuck face.  🙂   The taste is subtle, which is great for me because I’m still getting used to drinking it.  I don’t necessarily like the after taste, but that doesn’t last long so I can deal with it.  In the long run, if this gives my health a boost then I really have nothing to lose.  Except, maybe some pounds and I’ll drink to that, HAPPILY.  “Cheers!”

Take good care.  Until next time…