T’is the Season…

**Thank you for the kind, supportive, and congratulatory comments on my last post!  We’re so excited, and at 17 1/2 weeks with this little M&M brewing, it’s finally starting to sink in that this time next year, we’ll have a little human to take care of!  We’re thrilled and genuinely thank everyone for your sweet comments and messages!

Does anyone else feel like you blinked and all of a sudden, it’s December?  It feels like it was just the early fall and all of a sudden, here we are in December, with just over two weeks until Christmas?  I don’t know where the time goes!

The weekend before last we got our Christmas tree!  We wanted to cut down our own at a local tree farm, but we were crunched for time and instead we dished out $45 to the community house in our town for a super dry (but pretty!) tree.

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Charlie is totally unsure of what to make of a TREE, in the house…

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Even more unsure (er, embarrassed?) was how she felt in this little reindeer outfit I picked up for her when Matt was away on business last week…

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But seriously, how cute is that little embarrassed face?!

Last weekend my mom came to stay with me a night while Matt was away, and we indulged in the yummiest of Greek food, followed by a night in on the couch with a Hallmark holiday movie and M&M’s.

If I hadn’t slurped up all of this crack deliciousness in almost one sitting the week before, I would have saved some to share with her…

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The next day, we got a little crafty and my mom helped me with a project I had in mind to bring a little bit of holiday charm to our window boxes out front!

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Other than the decorations, I do still have some shopping to do, but I’m pretty excited for the holidays this year.  We’ll be traveling to Pennsylvania to visit with Matt’s family this year.  I’m excited but know I’ll also miss my family back home.  We’re doing a pre-Christmas get together which will be good, and within the next two weeks, between the two of us, we have four parties on the books!  I have a feeling January will be a month dedicated to a bit of R&R after all the holidaze craziness.  We even have a little trip (my coworker told me this is our babymoon!) planned to Puerto Rico for late January that we’re really looking forward to!

How about you?  Are you ready for the holidays?  Have you decorated?  Lots of shopping left to do?

 

On soaking it in a little longer…

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And just like that, more than another whole month has passed since I’ve updated this little blog of mine.

In my mind, while on my walk with Charlie Girl tonight, I thought maybe I’d come over here and list out some reasons why I haven’t stopped in to update this space.  But to be honest? There’s no real reason, other than that life has gotten in the way, things have been busy, summer nights lately have been better spent on the deck enjoying the evening (or watching Bachelor in Paradise if I’m being really honest), I’ve been lazy, blah blah blah.  There have been times I’ve wanted to write and even gone so far as to plan “tomorrow night will be the night!,” but then things get in the way, and I don’t do it, and I end up feeling like, “has it been too long?,” and I just skip it.

All that being said, here I am!  And I do enjoy this space, and the special people I’ve met through this venue, and rather than put the pressure on myself to write because I “should,” I’m just here now, finally, because I want to be here.

As these summer days are fading away, with the days getting shorter again, previews for fall TV premieres happening, Halloween candy out in the stores (seriously?), and count downs online of days until Christmas, I can’t help but be reminded of how quickly life passes by…

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Ferris Bueller said it best right there, didn’t he?  Lately I’ve just felt like time is whirling by, one moment it’s the Fourth of July, and now it’s the end of August?  And then I’m walking in my neighborhood and a neighbor already has a pumpkin on their front steps? (Again I have to say, seriously?  In August dude?)

Where does the time go?

How has your summer been?  Have you gone on any fun getaways?  Has it been sizzling like it has here in Boston?

Speaking of time flying- it’s crazy that our little puppy is now eight months old!  Eight months! Also, we’ve lived in our new home for just about the same amount of time, which is crazy to think about because it seems like just yesterday in the dead of this crazy winter that we closed on our house and moved in on a cold day in December.

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Puppy Kindergarten Graduate!

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And Paris- that seems like just yesterday too, but it was in May, and that seems like just a blink of an eye ago as well!

Then there’s Vegas.  Ahh, Vegas.  I had my first ever Las Vegas experience a few weeks ago, when I had the opportunity to travel for a work trip to a really great nursing conference in really hot Las Vegas.

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Almost as good as the real thing?…#notevenclose

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With a few weeks left of summer and my favorite season of crisp air, apple picking, cozy sweaters, scarves, and boot wearing on the horizon, I’m making a real effort to soak up these last lingering, warm days of the season.  I hope to get in at least a few more ice cream stand trips, a handful of cookouts, dining outside on our deck for as long as we can, a few more adult Arnold Palmers, and hopefully at least one trip to the beach.

What else do you hope to squeeze in during these last few days of summer?

 

Friday balance…

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As I log in over here (and have to get an email reminder with my log in password), I’m reminded how quickly time flies, and how it’s been a while since I’ve spent some time here in this space.

I started this blog as an outlet, where I could visit and chat and vent and share, with like-minded people about the nitty gritty of real life happenings.  With many highs and lows of daily life, my goal has been to write about attempting to maintain a sense of all around balance in a life that can so often feel hurried, and frantic, and overwhelming at times.

Balance is important to me, and it’s funny how something that I consider such a priority is also something that can be a struggle at times.  Do you notice the same?  Things that are at the top of our list are sometimes those that we have to devote the most thought, and effort towards.

Here’s how I have been trying to maintain some balance in my daily life as of late…

  • With all the summer cookouts and excuses for beer and burgers and ice cream, I’ve made a commitment for the past twenty one days to exercise daily.

1381489_1552512508312621_2282268715550206855_n-300x300Balance is about working hard, and enjoying the little things…

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S’mores on our patio. #getinmybelly

  • We love to cook at home, and especially in the summer, grilling is one of our go-to’s.  Sometimes, on a Friday, we’d rather sit for drinks on a patio and have someone else do the cooking.  And we’re so pumped about one of our new favorite places not far from us, where we can bring our pup for dinner while dining alfresco!
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“Gimme that sangria, Mom!”

  • Summer cookouts don’t always have to be unhealthy!  Brought a little balance to the table a few weeks ago with this yummy app:
Strawberry Ricotta Bites

Strawberry Ricotta Bites

  • Reading.  I love to get lost in a good book, and with hot summer days lately, we’ve taken to cooling off in our finished basement and catching some Netflix shows.  I’m also trying to balance out the TV watching with some reading.  I feel like it’s easy to lose hours of the evening getting sucked into episode after episode of OITNB, or our new one, The Americans, but at the same time, I feel like I should be balancing things out with something more stimulating for my brain, like getting into a good book.  What are you reading now?

The bottom line is that balance isn’t always easy.  It seems like a good idea, and easy enough, but it can take some work!  It might not always look perfect, and some days will feel more balanced than others.  My goal is to try to focus on little ways to bring balance to my daily life, making small adjustments in my routine, taking the time to slow things down a bit and giving myself permission to not always having things exactly perfect.

How are you adding some balance to your life lately?

 

Where does the time go?

I honestly think about updating this blog every day.  Every damn day I think about a post that I might like to write, an idea will pop into my head on my drive to work, someone will say something that will make me think of something else that will make me think, “huh, maybe I’ll write about that…”

And then time passes.  And it’s 8:57pm on a Wednesday night and you’re just finally sitting down to relax.  And you realize, not only have the past few weeks flown by, but the last couple of months have whirled by too.  And you remember, life is short.  And it’s important to stop and take it all in, to actually press the pause button and enjoy the small moments that make up these days passing by.

Life is short.

Get dirty.
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Life is short.  Forget about eating “the right thing” once in a while and eat the things that taste damn good and don’t worry about it.

Life is short.  Get gussied up with your main squeeze.

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Life is short.  Laugh at yourself.  Let the small things go.  Get silly.

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Life is short.  Eat cupcakes.  Eat lemon cupcakes with coconut cream cheese frosting that your mom makes you for your birthday, and the next day eat dark chocolate frosted peanut butter cupcakes from your work wife.

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Life is short.  Take it all in.  Live in the moment.  Be kind to yourself and be kind to others.

And lastly, take naps, because life is NOT too short to enjoy a good siesta.

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This post is inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, Kate!

Your turn!  Life is short… finish this sentence!

Treats for Tuesday

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Treat Yourself Tuesday is really a chance for me to share some of my treats from over the past few days.  There weren’t specifically any treats that happened today, but there are some over the past few days!

One treat was this mani I gave to myself Sunday afternoon.  The light blue color screams spring to me, and I paired it with one of my new Jamberry wraps!

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I also have been treating myself here and there for things with my trip to Paris in mind (one month away!).

These shoes are one of my latest purchases!  I’ve been looking for an open toed booty for the spring and these ones I figure will go well with skinny jeans, black pants or leggings, skirts, and dresses.  And perfect for Paris!

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Oh, also?  That rug is a new treat that Matt and I picked out from my in-laws finally as a Christmas gift for our living room.

And speaking of treats, we just booked this tour for our trip and I’m ecstatic about it!

Here’s a little blurb about it.  Cannot. Wait.

Eat, drink, mingle, savor.  You will immerse yourself in French food, wine and culture and learn about the strong traditions around eating, drinking and living the Gallic way.  We start off with a behind the scenes tour of that everyday marvel, the French boulangerie! You will meet the bakers, experience baguette-making up close and leave with a greater appreciation for these individuals who start their day at 2am!  The tour will then visit 5-7 gourmet food shops where you will mingle with the shopkeepers, learn about their specialities and of course taste what they have to offer. Tastings are generous and include a variety of treats such as artisanal breads and pastries, olive oils, wine, cheese, and so much more!

The other treats I’ve been getting lately have been for the biggest treat of all…

Meet Charlie!

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She finally came to her new furever home on Saturday and we couldn’t be happier!

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Here’s our prom photo:

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She’s such a little love!  So friendly and calm and really sweet!  Other than the treats mentioned above, most of the time lately I’ve been buying her little nuggets to treat her.  How can you resist that face?!

How have you treated yourself lately?

 

 

Coming soon…

No, not a human little baby, but a puppy baby!

I think I mentioned a couple weeks ago that Matt and I were getting ready to start seriously thinking about a dog?  And you know how that goes right?  Once you start seriously thinking about a dog, it’s all you’re seriously thinking about, all the time!  We went back and forth between going with a breeder or adopting.  After lots of thought, we decided to go the adoption route and just like that, we met this sweet little love last weekend:

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And our she had our hearts immediately!

(Dog= skeptical.  Matt= elated!)

We had been looking at local shelters online, and one in particular in Boston was having an event locally last weekend.  We had scouted out this little girl on the shelter’s website ahead of time, and after waiting in a long line for over an hour to meet her (there were tons of people there, and so many dogs to be adopted! so many pups going to goo homes!), we immediately knew we were all in, right upon seeing her sweet little face!

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I mean, seriously?  Look at those floppy ears!  Those blue eyes!

She’s just the sweetest girl ever!  She’s just over four months old, and came here from Arkansas a few weeks ago.  She’s a Blue Heeler mix, and she’s sweet and playful and already knows some basic commands!  She’s currently living with foster parents right now, a really nice couple that’s super chill and friendly, our age, the guy has a beard too, and they’re just really nice.  We hit it off immediately, and we knew right away that this was a done deal for us; we were sold on this little love!

This adoption process is no joke (which it shouldn’t be- they’re very thorough and rightly so!), and we’re just about done.  We had the home inspection tonight which went well, Cosmo Cat is getting an updated vaccination on Saturday which he can’t wait for, and then things are pretty much wrapped up (fingers crossed!).

We hope to bring our new addition home next weekend, and if you couldn’t tell?, we’re totally over the moon with excitement!

Do you have any pets?  What’s your favorite thing to do with your furbaby?