Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Girl, You Better Work!

My maternity leave is coming to an end.

 [Insert 7 wailing emojis here]

I've been home from work since July. In other words, I've been living in pajamas for 4 months. I haven't slept for months, so I had my occassional naps here and there with Gabby. No more naps. No more pajamas. Did your heart hurt little? I know, I know. :( lol

This transition won't be easy. Not for me, or my family. I find myself looking at Gabby and Jax longingly... like "I can't believe I'm going to leave you". See, I went back to work after all three kids, I know the drill. And we managed accordingly. But this  time it's going to be really really tough. I pray every waking moment that He strengthen me, my relationship (we goin' need it) and that He ssupply my children with so much love that they never feel neglect or abondenment... (ok, you can dump the bucket of guilt on me now).

All of this is bitter... but also sweet.

I love what I do. I take a lot of pride in being a working mother. A really hard  working mom. I miss my peers, my work and feeling human. Like wearing pantyhose and wearing my hair down. Little things that remind me that I was once upon a time a lady. Silly of me, maybe. But it makes an impact when suddenly have to give up your sweats for heels. Therefore, I had to make a list (you know I don't start nuttin' without a list) in order to get me mentally and physically prepared. 

1. Organize my fall/winter wardrobe. I only organize my closet according to the seasons because it keeps the clutter away and I can actually WEAR what I have rather than being burried by the pieces I won't wear. But I also had to consider my size. I'm no Jessica Alba, shrinking miraculously after giving birth. I got curves that I don't even want... lol

 [Stay tuned for my recent closet make-over! Its going to blow your mind lol]

2. Take inventory of what I need to replenish. For the colder months I make sure I have plenty of opaque stockings, shapers and that my coats are in good shape. As well as essential accessories like: gloves, scarves and my many many hats. I also take note of what needs to visit the cleaners.

3. Set-up my "daily make-up" vanity in the bathroom. Can't afford to wake up the whole house just because I want to put on eye liner. 

4. I've been really good at keeping things simplified for the boys with their school supplies and homework station. Now its time to create a system for me to get me out of the door without a hitch, especially since Jax is still not sleeping through the night, I need to be able to get ready and out the door in 20. Think I can't? check it:

7:15 am - Rise & Rinse (a longer, hotter exfoliating shower will occure at night, so in the mornings, I 5 minute shower is really to WAKE me up and get me going.
7:20 am - Get dressed - I've organized my closet so well, that all I need to do is come up with my daily looks, including accessories. If I know I'm running tight on time, I have to pick a look with less layers and pieces. This usually conisist of a dress, booties and pearls. Its become my most polish look.
7:25 am - Make my coffee to go, take my lunch out of the fridge and unplug my cell and throw it all my bag. 
7:30 am - Put on my coat and grab my bag and GO.

5. Finally, create an "after-work" schedule. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT. Without this, 1, 2, 3 and 4 will never work. My commute is about 1.5 hours. On a good day, I get home around 6:45pm. We put the older kids to bed by 7:30 -8. That means dinner and homework has to happen the minute we walk through the door. I've never done the slow cooker things, but that doesn't mean I won't be trying it. It's on my "Black Friday shopping list lol Aside from that, I need to give my other two babies the love and affection they need. Which means dinner, bath, lunch prep and all that will have to wait until after 9pm. I'll need to reeeeeally sit and flush this out realistically before I sit here and make it sound so simple. There are so many factors that can make this whole plan work or fail. 

I welcome suggetions!! And slow cooker recipes lol

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bed Rest Chronicles

2 Days after my last post, on July 12th, I was admitted at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn due to a "bloody" situation. The scare occurred after I had been climbing a chair to get on my kitchen counter to organize the top of my kitchen cabinets, which I had not been able to organize since we moved in April, but my mother and hubby had used the space to toss all the "misc. kitchen" stuff they didn't know what do with. For weeks I was losing my mind over it. Finally, a Saturday home alone, I made a plan and got to work. When I got up from the chair after feeding my daughter lunch, I realized something was terribly wrong.

I was admitted upon arrival. I was diagnosed with Placenta Previa - complete previa. That is when the placenta is really close to the cervix, which can lead to premature labor. My four day stay was much needed to observe the baby's heart beat and that I didn't have any contractions. I had the loveliest nurses (Hi Ashley! Hi Megan!). I spent my days attached to monitors and IV, I had so many holes poked in my I felt sore to my earlobes.

4 days later, I was finally released from the hospital. I couldn't wait to see my babies. Fortunately, I had my mom with me to care after me since I was on strict bed rest. I can't tell you just how hard that was for me. Not only was it hard for me not to pick up my daughter when she asked (I couldn't say no), I was also having a hard time not picking up after the kids or washing the 5 dishes in the sink. Everyone wanted me to relax. Sit still. Ask for help. Something sooo simple. And people willing to help, I couldn't do it. I was miss independent. Not!

Today, 3 weeks later, I am back in the hospital. Admitted for the second time for spotting. I felt defeated. I have gotten weaker since I feel huge and sleeping had become impossible. I was easily out of breath and quickly tired when walking from one room to another. But I couldn't sit still.

I'm a prayer, so I prayed to God that He keep my baby well (sanos, monitors and blood work say the little one is doing great) but this time my prayer was asking for forgiveness of my disobedience. I trusted that this had occurred with God's purpose and perfect will. I accepted my situation, I just had to live according to. Tonight, as I sit in my very little hospital bed. Sipping warm apple juice and trying to ignore my growling belly, I making my pact with God, that I will "sit still, and know that He is God".

I need to be well for my unborn child and for my beautiful children at home. For my hubby, who is not big on words, but embraced me at 5 am yesterday whispering to me that He couldn't lose me and needed me to be strong. I felt those words deep in my heart. I saw it on Jordan's face when I told him I was going back to the hospital. He always has a question about something, but this time he just stared at the TV. He was scared and didn't know how to express it. I have 6 very special people depending on me and I am simply depending on Him. I know everything will work out so long as I sit still...

Ok, sleep is finally sneaking up (its 1 am and I can't sleep!!) I will do us all a favor and get rest :)


Thursday, July 10, 2014

One More Makes Four

We are excitedly awaiting the arrival of our fourth child this upcoming September.

We certainly didn't expect this gift from God, so we feel truly blessed to receive another treasure. 

When we first learned we would be expanding our family yet again, Steven was in shock for about 5 months. I felt I popped right away, but it did take some time before a full belly appeared, and that's when he said "oh my God.. we are having another baby". When we told the kids (the older ones of course) they were elated. Their excitement, got me excited. Because to be honest, my original reaction was "but how??" 

How will I manage my time?
How will I manage the house?
How will I manage work? 
How will I manage the kids?
How will we afford 2 babies in diapers?? 
How will we ever save now?

Common "how" questions all expectant parents feel. But I didn't question God. And that is the only thing that got me going. I had to revert to Him and tell Him I trust that He will see us through this. And he hasn't failed me yet!

I'm about 7 months now. And I feel pretty good. The summer NYC heat does get to me and its been slowing me down, but I'm healthy. I'm giving my babies all the love and time that I do have now and hope they can adapt when new baby arrives. I'm also enjoying this process, as I know it will be my last. I hope to do what I didn't get to do with my other pregnancies this time around... maybe a family shoot in Central Park. A real nursery - now that I have space! I mean, small things that matter, at least to me. 

One thing we are trying to do differently this time... not learn about the gender until due day BUT I'm currently in a crazy nesting mode (ain't it obvious by my email above??) and I want to set up a really nice nursery for my peanut. I'm leaning towards a neutral palette, but I love color! So maybe I can incorporate some of that when baby arrives.... OR I can just get a peek and get decorating!? Ugh I can't decide!! Only 2 months left, I need to get a grip! lol


Honey: You Got Mail

I have a beautiful... growing family. I feel truly blessed to have a home with so much love. However, my biggest peeve besides the constant clutter I can't seem to make disappear - is the fact that my honey and I never get a chance to sit and talk without being interrupted by one of our kiddos. (heart them so).

It has become more and more frustrating as I always feel I have something to share and never get the opportunity to get his response. So while at work, when I have 5 minutes to think outside of "the box" - I'll shoot over emails like these:

Subject: Inspiration pt 2

I won't get preachy this time ;) ... 

Seeking out inspiration to get us through the next two years… (I would be willing to stay in Brooklyn ONE more year if we can achieve the following: paint a wall or two ;), organize our closet… and this:

This is EXACTLY what I wanted to pick at IKEA (the unites) I budget we can afford to fit 2 side by side cost $60 - $70 depends the width we decide.

As for the bins – we can get more of those 8 gallon boxes OR we can get the 10/16 gallon bins from IKEA with the easy access flip top that would be SO handy when trying to quickly get something from a bin (and putting things back). The white will also make the room feel bigger and neater.  (I think 5 of 10 g and 5 16g) would organize the stuff we have in storage quite nicely… well after my very needed garage sale (tbd!)

The linen closet (by the bathroom) could use some love and organizing too. Not interested in mounting shelves that may or may not hold up, so something like this would be perfect to organize blankets, toilet paper/paper towels and cleaning products – WHILE leaving us plenty of room in the back. Holler!

Note all of the very important information that I am stating in this email.
1. I always feel like i'm telling him what to do... this time, I promised to not do that. Not sure if my "tone" was successful lol thoughts?
2. I've been thinking about moving again next year, does he know that? probably not. But now he knows. And he also knows I'd be willing to stay put for a second year under a few conditions.
3. My conditions always cost money and DIY projects... which he is NOT a fan of. Oh darn.

Conclusion: our line of communication has been limited to emails. Now I know what online dating feels like. Oh wait... that's how we met. Never mind. ;)


Friday, April 25, 2014

Working Mom Chronicles: Week of 4/21

What a week this has been.

It started really rocky. I was quite the emotional wreck on Monday morning, since my weekend had been a bit of wash. With so much to do (still unpacking, food shopping, laundry, ironing, organizing) I spent my weekend in LI, not doing anything at all. For my Type A personality, which is nothing to be proud of lol, I felt like a complete failure. Not to mention the painful commute to and from LI (3 hrs to be exact!!), I was quite irritable when I walked in the door on Sunday night after 9 pm. That's right, I missed Easter Sunday with my family. Let's not talk about it.

To add to the madness, I had to do frequent trips to the market after work to pick up some things to make the night's meal. Each night, dinner was on the table after 8:30 pm. The chaos in my house mad me tense. I was dragging myself out of bed each morning. Not because I was tired, but because I just knew what awaited me at work and back at home. It was like sucking the life out of me.

I envy stay-at-home moms. I won't compare my apples to your oranges, but gosh darn it, there's a lot to be said about the convenience of working in pajamas and on your own schedule! All that chatter about moms needing time away to feel like herself is a quick fix. Go to the bathroom. Lock the door. And come back out when you feel you can face the kids again. Or heck, lock them in the bathroom until you can finish the dishes lol I'm kidding. Not really.

I work everyday "8 am -7 pm" (any time I spend out of the home for work.. is the sum of my work schedule lol). With that said, who has any time or even energy to cook every night?? I mean, when is there any time at all to do ANYTHING? That is why my weekends are oh so precious to me.

Every Friday I make my weekend to-do list. Do I always stick to it? No. And not because I don't want to, but because I just don't have time to do it all. I will admit that when I put Gabby down for her nap... I join in. And when I see the sun beaming outside, I tell the kids to put on the shoes and just head to the park. All very spontaneous stuff. I want that part of my weekend too! I crave an afternoon of nail salons and shopping. I want a morning walk, just with my beau. I want to hear my kids laugh and squeal when we play hide and seek. But non of those things is going to make my Monday to Friday any easier... and that's when I get back on that crazy-mom-mode, where I put errands and laundry before my family. I try to convince myself that it will reward us in the end...

I work because I'm good at it. I work so I can provide for my family. I don't work so I can climb some latter and collect merits. I do not work for shoes and handbags. I work because I have to. But that doesn't mean, I will work so that someone else can raise my children. I deserve to benefit from the 9 months that I carried each of my children...

Damn the women who fought so hard to get us in the work field to begin with! (kiiiiiidding). But I truly salute the many woman who understand the struggle and made a name, brand, enterprise out of themselves... right from home! #OneDay

In conclusion, I am looking forward to the weekend. Here's what the weekend's to-do list looks like:

Friday 4.25 8:00 pm - Walk through the door...
                   9:00 pm - Watch my Novela #LaVidaMeRobo, while folding the laundry
                   10:00 pm - Scrub down the bathroom (my 10 minute quick-clean regimen is the best!)

Saturday 4.26  7:30 am - Rise & Shine!
                       8:00 am - Grocery Store - under an hour.
                       9:30 am - Prepare the kid's lunch bags for the afternoon trip to Coney Island
                       10:00 am - Breakfast for the kids: Pancakes and egg whites
                       11:00 am - Wash and dress the kids
                       12:00 pm - Wash and dress myself
                         1:00 pm - Make the beds, tidy up
                         2:00 pm - Family trip to Coney Island!
                         6:00 pm - Order Pizza for dinner, begin meal plan prep (day 1)
                         8:00 pm - Kids: Bath, Book & Bed

Sunday 4.27    8:00 am  - Rise & Shine!
                       9:00 am - Family Breakfast
                       10:30 am - Get dressed for church!
                       11:30 am - Get out of the door! (pack snacks!!)
                         1:00 pm - Lunch
                         2:00 pm - Church Service
                         4:00 pm - Stroll the streets before heading back home...
                         6:00 pm - Meal Plan prep (day 2)
                         7:30 pm - Kids: Bath, Book & Bed
Yeah that about sums it up. Eventually, I too will take a bath, read a book (or pin a few pins!) and go to bed. A whole new work week awaits me. Yay.

What was your week like?
What do your weekends look like??


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Meal Planning - The Secret Sauce

I am no June Cleaver. I'm a full-time working mom with 3 kiddos and an 1.5 hr commute. On average, I get see my kids for 2 hours a day. (Before you pity me, you might as well pity 100% of working mothers who have to work outside of the home, I'm one of many).

All this to say - I needed to find a way to make mealtime work for me and my schedule. I love to cook. We sit down for dinner every night. Even if we're ordering in. (However, I try to avoid ordering out  because its just not cost effective for our monthly budget and let's be real - nothing more gratifying than a home-cooked meal :)

Here were my biggest mealtime hurdles: (I'll bullet my solutions below!)

  1. Time. Per my rant above, I don't have much time with my kids, the last thing I want to do is spend an hour in the kitchen preparing dinner.
  2. Brain freeze. When you can't remember what your family eats or what they like. A complete shut down of the brain and thinking of "what to make for dinner" feels like a Jeopardy question.
  3. Too good for leftover meals. I can cook like its Thanksgiving on any given Monday - and there will not be any leftovers enough for everyone. Probably one serving. So I would have cook yet again on Tuesday, and Wednesday, and Thursday... and on the days I make a HUGE abundance of food - it goes, untouched! grrr
  4. Weekend washout. My weekends are never mine. I don't sleep in. I don't go to the salon. I don't visit museums or friends. Weekends are the only two days I have to do all the other things have been neglected for the past 5 days: laundry, groceries, organizing, cleaning, homework. By the time Sunday 9pm rolls around, I'm BEAT. I even hate cooking on the weekends!
  5. Picky eater. My 2nd, Jake is the pickest little eater - for as long as I could remember. It was always a struggle to make one meal the whole family would enjoy. So many times, a new dish for the whole family would require some rice and beans on the side for Jake. 

Sum all that up - I have no choice but to suck it up and cook every night. But the truth is, I'm feeling the burn physically. By 9:30pm I'm DONE. I want nothing more than my pillow and blanket. Lately, It's been so bad that I take Gabby to bed with me and there we stay. I have to wake up in the middle of the night to put her in her crib and call Dad off the couch (terrible I know!)

So what's a mom to do?? Become a meal planner!
I've seen TONS of great resources in the Bloggersphere and Pinterest. A Thrifty Mrs did an excellent post covering some great printables to get you started! If you're not familiar with Meal Planning, here's an excellent "How-To" post to read.

Here are my solutions to all of my hurdles and the secret sauce to change what to make for dinner forever!

1. and 4. My Time-Saving and Weekend Washout solutions: pre-cut, pre-cook, pre-plan.
2. Brain Freeze no more: I keep a running list called the "Hit List" of dishes I've made that my family really enjoyed. To much of my surprise, I have at least 20 unique dishes! That's close to something new and different every day for a month!
3. Too good, not enough - good and bad problem to have right? My solution? Pasta dish on days with no leftovers. Pasta dishes are the easiest and quickest.
4. The Picky Eater: the biggest hurdle of them all. No matter hoe much I prepare, or how much I hope to bring something new to the table, I always get stumped to make dishes ALL of my kids will enjoy. This is when I figured out the secret sauce: Copy a restaurant's kid menu! We have a local hot spot called The Moxie Spot in Brooklyn, which has the most amazing menu for kids. I went online and pulled the menu. Before I knew it, I had tons of ideas for my kids and family. Don't know how to make it? Scout recipes online!

Here are some steps to help get you started:

- Having the right storage materials is essential: You must have glass containers (for anything you may microwave), plastic containers for anything you want cold and fresh in the fridge and finally Ziploc bags in all sizes.

- Take inventory of your fridge. I created a Family Shopping List that I keep on the fridge or at my desk at work and I track the items I need to pick up during my next shopping trip.

- To make this really work, you want to create a list of meals that have been tried and true to make your family happy.

- THEN, build a week's menu. To build my menu, I needed a  Meal Plan printable for my  specific needs. I needed one with the days of the week S- S, a Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner breakout AND a shopping list section. I cross reference my shopping list to make sure I'm buying everything I need for my week's meal.

- I shop alone and after I've eaten. Distractions are a nightmare and worse, when you're hungry. You'll impulse buy! When I come home, I unload the groceries right away.

- I wouldn't begin my pre-cut, pre-plan or pre-cook until Sunday. Saturday's are usually our family day, out and about or my day to clean the house top to bottom. Sunday's are lazy, laid back. I like to go to church and come home and prepare for the week ahead; plan work clothes, iron school uniforms, wash my hair. So what better day to take an hour and wash fruits and veggies: cut, chop or mince and store?

That is all. I know right... so little effort, such big impact.

Share with me your best trips and tricks to juggle work and family!? We can do this all day!

Leave a comment if you want a copy of my Family Shopping List! #SharingIsCaring

High Five!

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Home Projects {The List}

You mean I have other projects I need to do besides quit living out of boxes and unpack?

New home calls for new functionality (and new fun stuff too!!). Believe it or not, my beau Steven found our place on his own and because everything was moving rather quickly, I didn't see it until the day before we moved. I wasn't too worried since my honey was smart enough to video record his viewing for me. I was sold when I saw the amount of windows and the closets! I didn't care there was carpet - everywhere!

Still, that didn't mean I knew what I was going to do with all of our stuff. Although my honey and my mom are great help - I need to be in control of where everything went. Not a control thing but a knowledge is power thing. Knowing where things are is the most powerful thing you could have in a home lol (as least I think so!).

So here are a few projects I will being addressing in the next couple of weeks:

1. Organize my kitchen cabinets. My kitchen is great for a couple with maybe one child. I have 3 and my mom. We are A LOT and that means A LOT of food. A lot of food means Costco living. Costco equals bulk. See how I did that there? My kitchen pain-point: clutter. Having to move 5 pans just to get one. Drives. Me. Crazy.

2. Organize the boys room. Out of all of the rooms, the boys have the most stuff. Toys, books, bikes, scooters, seasonal games, TV, bunk bed oh yeah, clothes. The sooner I can organize their room, the quicker they can entertain themselves in their room, giving me more time to manage everything else that needs to get done. This if followed by Gabby's & Grandma's room and finally my room, which I've managed to organize 50% just by placing our clothes in drawers and closet.

3. Squeeze the life out of all of our seasonal clothes. I wasn't thrilled about having carpet. BUT it meant we had no choice but to invest in a vacuum! That means I can finally have space bags!! This alone should help me shrink an entire closet (my future linen closet) down by 80%. The only way I can manage to keep a neat closet is by storing away season garments and keeping in-season gear at reach. But now the bins and blanket bags are taking over!! And I have sooo much shelf to ceiling space in all of my closets, that I want to use it wisely.

4. Upcycle moving boxes! I don't have a lot of shelves and my pretty freshly painted walls don't need to see my drill - not yet anyway. So after doing some research on Pinterest, I went to my go-to organizer Jen Jones for her creative DIY Fabric Boxes tutorial which I found a few months back and I tucked away for "the day" and now that the day is HERE, I'm ready to make this project happen! I can see it now: kids toys, books, Gabby's shoes, teddy's, my mommy's magazine's and filings! It will never end! and I have SOOO many boxes! lol

That is all for now, I'll keep you posted as I go along ;)

High five!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Moving Day II {RECAP}

We did it! We moved last, last weekend!! What a weekend… O_0 
I’m soar everywhere. But I hear  soar is the new sexy so I’m with it.

We've officially been at our new place a full week. I'll do my best to recap what these past few days have been like... don't judge me.

Long. Tired. And a whole lotta boxes - everywhere.

Despite all my best efforts to keep things organized and chaos-free, (like numbering boxes and keeping a running list in my hand-dandy notebook, of every item in that box), when the 'moving' portion finally began, things were thrown in bags and boxes and into the truck. A little piece of my sanity was lost that day, I'm certain.

My brightly white place was looking dim and cluttered with all the boxes, furniture and giant hefty bags everywhere. Lots of work to be done, so I had to take a second to breathe and think strategically about my plan of attack. 

I have THREE rules I follow when organizing a big project. The keys: efficiency and time-saving.

Rule #1. Touch it Once.

Don’t pick up something out of place to put it in a temporary place to pick it up again and put it in its designated place. No no no. Touch it once. Stop and think: where does it go? Don’t know where? Leave it right there. Even if it’s in your way. It will eventually get your mind going and you will soon come up with a location for your item!

Rule #2. Divide and Conquer.

Lots of THINGS before you and you don't know where to begin? Divide them into categories. Categories can vary from generic like: Kitchen, Bedroom, Kids, Bathroom to more granular categories like Linen Closet, Seasonal Storage, Travel, Spice cabinet. For example: I had one box full products from my vanity cabinet. The box had a least 40+ items in it. Finally I broke it down: Body, Hair, Face, His, Kids, Shower, Mani+Pedi, Baby. After that quick and fun exercise the next thing to do was put them in their designated place!

Rule #3.  EVERYTHING in its place.

Everything, I mean EVERYTHING must have a place to call home. Cables, chargers, pens, coupons, receipts, keys, the newspaper, shopping bags, mail, shoes, umbrellas. These are just a  few of the items that cause cluttered drawers and spaces in any home. To avoid this nuisance, designate a place for such items. Start with your home entry way. When you think of an entrance you think door, maybe  a coat hanger, or a closet. But it soon becomes the prime place for coats, bags, shoes, umbrellas, mail, keys, lost and found etc. So why not create an organized entry way that fits all of that but looks good? and more importantly: inviting? Need ideas?? I have a whole board dedicated to it, because I truly <3 Organizing.

With my three rules in place - I then had to ask myself an even bigger question: 

First thing I did was take everything from that was eating up my living room and putting them in their respective rooms: Master, Boys, Baby, Grandma, Kitchen, Bathroom. I soon realized that all of my rooms were full and the living area was practically bare. Good and bad. I did need ONE place to be clear of madness, and in that case, might as well be the living/dining area, where we ALL congregate. 

Next Step?
I need to stop typing and start organizing. Don't worry. I've captured my before pictures. I'll likely have some after shots in say about a  month lol Nah, I kid!! Give me a couple weeks, I'll have at least one room complete by then ;)

High five!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mom-On-The-Go Spring Weekender

Pour Pink - The Rainy Day Essentials

Gloomy grey days does not mean gloomy grey gear. Brighten your day with your wardrobe :) My color of choice: Pink! and while you're at it, why not add a little floral to the get-up? I mean, April showers bring up May flowers, right? Stay dry, look cool.
Pour Pink - The Rainy Day Essentials

J Crew j crew coat

Hunter knee high boots
$140 -

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Moving Day!

Yay! Key in hand, time to get the ball rolling! Time to u-haul it out of here!!

But why is there rain outside??????
Looks like we'll have to postpone... 
#Goodtimes #Not.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A New Place.

I know I disappeared for a bit… lots has happened since my last post in January.

After much searching, hunting and disappointment we we found a place! The perfect place for us... 

We found, applied and got our place just 1 week before the end of the month. I was growing anxious, frustrated and a little scared we wouldn't make the deadline. But as always, we have to trust that God will come through right on time... His time. And this blessing is just AMAZING.

Check out the new digs!!
Kitchen: Spankin' new. Little on the 'small side' but bright!

Living Room. Can't wait to hook this up!

Closets like this one, in all 3 rooms. Yay!

Can't get enough of the sunshine 

Spankin' new bathroom! Cozy but well portioned.

I didn't post ALL of the pics. I'll keep some for the After-reveal. I just wanted to share a little something, so you can see how good God is. This is MORE than I was hoping for... I feel truly blessed.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Happy Birthday to My Princess

01.30.14 Happiest 1st Birthday to my littlest gem Gabriella. I love you with all my heart, mind and soul.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to shower my princess with a big ol' lavish party with tulle table skirts and glitter pops and gigantic balloons or pink bows... how I wanted too! But with our plans to move (like soon), I wasn't in the time frame to plan and execute a party. (still breaks my heart) but it didn't mean I couldn't celebrate my girl. Thanks to the amazing idea of my colleague Christine, I hosted a "Breakfast with the Princess" at home, with just us. I made these cute invitations and rolled them into scrolls. I handed the boys and Grandma Vicky an invite when I got home Friday night. Saturday morning, I pulled myself together and started making all the items on the menu. It was so good, I didn't get a chance to snag a pic of the spread. The blueberry pancakes flew off the plate! (score!!)

My peanut didn't understand the madness, she was just delighted to be eating.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

60 More Days Till Moving Day

I cannot believe that we are moving out of our place of 7 years in just 60+ days...
Ask me if we found something? Go on.
No. We have not.

This is when I apply Chap 3 of Me & My Big Mouth (Joyce Meyer) into full practice. "Say Things That Are Not as if They Are"

I am putting it in Gods hands (with a little help of Trulia and Craigslist of course). We're definitely looking, we just haven't found anything. And between you and me... I really haven't been looking all that much.

I'm torn between living in Brooklyn (close to work and my kids school) but expensive as #@% or look into Long Island (where I'm from) and consider house (which I want so badly it hurts).. but very far from work, my kid's school and it would be just awful to move right now in the middle of the school year! You see what I mean??

Pray with me guys. I need all the prayers I can get! I am trusting God 100% (I'm so serious).

In  the meantime, lets talk about what I want my next place to look like! Dream House
Think this exist in Brooklyn? meet me in the middle here.