Thursday, March 31, 2016


Wow! It's hard to believe that this is the last day of March, 2016. Did we not just celebrate the New Year?! Here in Pittsburgh, our Spring is off/on.  Temps in the 70s one day, in the 30’s the next.  We take advantage of the warmer days and stay indoors on the cooler ones.  March has seriously just flown by for me (the poor number of blog posts can attest to that), however, it’s been a very busy month.  Here, the highs and lows:
·        The only lows I can think of are 1) the awful virus K and I came down with at the beginning of the month (seriously, took out about half the office staff, too); and 2) always being a dollar short (but that’s every month);
·        A super high: my weekend in New York City (I heart NY!);
·        Amanda and the boys staying over, making wreaths, painting canvases, cooking up pot of gold treats;
·        Dyeing eggs with the kiddies on Good Friday;
·        Celebrating Easter;
·        K and I learning to cook new dishes (thanks HelloFresh); and
·        The promise of blue skies and lots of sunshine yet to come.

I am taking a personal day today as both K and E have doctor’s appointments this afternoon.  We plan on grocery shopping and errand running and really getting a lot done today so as to free up our schedules for this coming weekend (for which I currently have no plans, except for tackling a mountain of laundry and washing floors).

How was YOUR month?

Joy & Blessings,


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

5 Favorite TED Talks: March 2016 Edition

Listening/watching these TED Talks presentations have become a part of my every day.  Something new to learn, to think about, to put into action.  Here are my favorites for March:

  1. Shonda Rhimes: My Year to Saying Yes to Everything. Loved this! Pretty sure I'm not ready to say yes to everything.
  2. JK Rowling: The Fringe Benefits of Failure. I really liked this one, too. Sometimes, failure can lead to huge successes.
  3. Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die. Excellent! I've found myself referencing things he said.
  4. Tim Urban: Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator.  Sadly, I can relate.  
  5. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story.  Excellent! If you are going to listen/watch any TED Talks presentations - put this one at the top of your list.  Thought provoking - will seriously change the way you think.

And there you have it.  My list of five favorites for March.

Joy & Blessings,


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Fabulous Easter weekend!  I had Good Friday off, so Mom and Amanda and her boys, along with Kayla and Elliot and I got together for lunch and egg dying.
It's a Family Affair
Saturday, sadly after breakfast, I was hit with a miserable migraine and had to go back to bed.  What a wasted day!!!!
Sunday, however, the weather was GLORIOUS! and I felt so much better.
The Easter Bunny was here!
Not sure E fully understands but he liked the goodies in his basket.
In his Easter finery.
Elliot went to his Dad's for the afternoon, K went to Doug's.  My son Jayme came in and we had a lovely afternoon together.  K started putting together this treehouse, seesaw, slide and Jayme finished it.  Elliot loves it.

It was a most lovely, and enjoyable Easter holiday.

Monday, March 21, 2016

We're Getting Egg-cited!

Easter is upon us all too soon and I've been pinning like crazy all the fantastic ideas put out on the internet by so many talented creatives.  Here, a list of just a few of the fancies that I would love to try.

  1. Loving the idea of naturally dying Easter Eggs.
  2. It's not too late to organize an Easter Egg Hunt (and on a budget, too!)
  3. Tempting and delicious Easter menus, recipes and party ideas.
  4. Adorable hand/lamb craft for little ones and an Easter Handprint Wreath for all ages.
  5. The sweetest Easter Bunny Card.
  6. A printable Paper Egg Basket to hold your yummy treats.
What adorable ideas are inspiring YOU this holiday season?

Joy & Blessings,

Thursday, March 17, 2016


In anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, the kiddies made Pot O Gold Coins from a recipe found in
Leisure Arts, Memories in the Making Series, Gifts of Good Taste.  I've had this book since the 90's and still refer to it for holiday treat ideas.  The Gold Coin recipe is super simple, just take two Ritz crackers, spread peanut butter on one-half the cracker, top with other half, dip into melted butterscotch chips, place on wax paper and cool. We had a black cauldron from Halloween (bought at a Dollar Store), which we washed up, filled with green Easter basket grass and topped with "gold coins."  Dea-Stuif! 

and the girls made a wreath in honor of today.

May your find a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow!

 Luck & Blessings,

Thursday, March 3, 2016


... a weekend in New York City!

Need I say more???

Luck & Blessings,


Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Since March is going to be one busy month, I am keeping my goals for this month to a minimum. 
1.         Read one book (or more).
2.         Have Amanda & Co. over to make wreaths and painted canvases.
3.         Create a plan for Spring cleaning.
4.         Crochet
5.         Lose 5 pounds (weight watchers started TODAY).  The weigh-in: 170.  The goal: 140.
6.         Dye eggs and host an Easter Egg hunt.
7.         Celebrate Easter.
That’s it.  I’ll be traveling one weekend and the rest are full of family and holiday get-togethers.  The only problem with full weekends is that the month seems to pass so quickly.

What are YOUR goals for March?
Luck & Blessings,

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


March, the month of color, when, after the gray, blustery winter season the earth opens and shoots of green burst forth from the ground with the promise of Spring.  A highlight of February was Punxsutawney Phil not seeing his shadow forecasting an early spring.  Today the temperatures will reach 60, tomorrow 40.  It’s a weather seesaw we are currently on, oh, but Spring hopes eternal... .
March will be a busy, busy month.  We are currently observing Lent, Daylight Savings Time begins March 13th, St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th (here in Pittsburgh, the annual St. Paddy’s Day parade will be Saturday, March 12th) the first day of Spring will begin at 6:29 a.m. (EDT) on March 20th., Good Friday is March 25 and Easter is March 27th.
This month I will be travelling to New York City (hooray) and doing a bit of shopping, Amanda will hopefully be staying the weekend of March 12th, and we will be making wreaths, and the kiddies will be creating their own artwork for hanging in their rooms.  (Pat Catan’s Arts & Craft store had a fabulous sale on canvases and Crayola (washable!) paints and brushes).  I plan on roasting a stuffed chicken and making Pot O’ Gold Peanut Butter Ritz Crackers (YUM!).  It’s a weekend I am looking forward to.
I just downloaded “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins to my Nook.  I am saving it for the ride to NYC. 
I just binged watched “When Calls the Heart” on Netflix and am watching the third season each Sunday.  Still a fan of “The Outsiders” on WGN. 
Elliot’s new favorite treat are Hershey’s Kisses; he still loves his trains, but has taken a renewed interest in playing with his Mater and Lightening McQueen toys (we just bought Frank, the Combine Tractor).
Kayla’s passion is cosmetics and she just added a few new lipsticks and foundations to the ever growing collection.  I tease her that we will need to buy a Craftsman 11 Drawer Cabinet to house it all.  She’s learning how to safely and responsibly use a credit card and she will definitely be working on getting her driver’s license this year.
And that’s what is currently happening here.
What’s your March looking like?
Luck & Blessings,