Boldly Venturing Out

Wow what a crazy week has flown by! Here we are in the month of August and I can just feel 2013 knocking on my shoulders and about to arrive. So much seems to be on my mind and wandering through my thoughts that I can’t seem to keep everything in order. I’m usually someone who needs to write things down and make a ton of lists to keep the chaos at bay but I’m losing my momentum with such. So this week is all about getting down to business and finding some peace with myself regarding those things I thought important but did not accomplish… with the piles of laundry that always seem to be stacked somewhere throughout the house… the fact that I still haven’t secured a trumpet for my daughter and the school year is almost upon me and so SO much more! There has been family illness and concern, my oldest is now 10 and seems well on her way to 16 and add to that I’m trying to find a consistent amount of work from home despite having 2 toddlers constantly at my elbows.

As you can see I’m a bit overwhelmed but that isn’t going to slow me down. Recently I was asked to consider starting a small cupcake biz in my area. I’ve always laughed at the thought but if you live within a 2hr radius of me then you have already been blessed with cupcakes by my kitchen. I find baking to be soothing and a way to destress. The act of mixing and decorating and then sharing that sweet goodness with someone more than willing to take a bite? Priceless 🙂 So I figured why not? I’ve created a few cards and will pass out to some local establishments and already have a couple orders in despite advertising myself! A couple young friends along with my oldest daughter are more than eager to help out so I think this might be fun. (am I fooling myself here? only time with will tell I suppose)

Next up? Etsy love… apparently my daughter and some older friends of hers and mine are obsessed with the fun things they can find on there. So much so they want to start there own little place in hopes of learning to create trendy goods and sell such in hopes of raising money to one day fly to Paris. Cute right? Well I will give you one guess who they want to help them get started and run the show 😉 but again why not? This can be a wonderful way to engage young ones on the art of DIY creations and making $$ as well as all the work involved with such.

A number of fellow Mom friends have commented… ‘I don’t know how you have the energy for all that you do!’ but at the end of the day you are only as old as you feel. The more busy I am and the more fun I’m sharing in with my kids and family and friends, well the more young I feel. At 33yrs I guess I shouldn’t be crying a river over my already greying hair but there are days where I find that I’m dragging to keep up with my 3 kiddos! They can either wipe me out or keep me going and I prefer the latter. 🙂

So with that I look forward to seeing how some bold new ventures work out and ask that you cross your fingers on my behalf in my quest to find a solid work from home gig that allows me to enjoy the next 2yrs of still being a SAHM. Good Night!

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Weekly Wonders: Summer Dresses

I suppose it was bound to happen… a pin board devoted to dresses that is. Summer is a mere 19 days away if we are going to be precise about it and yet the warmth of such is already here.  Therefore I have been given more than the permission I need to frolic around in beautiful, floral fabrics right?

Creation of a new board started when I was having a bit of fun over at Polyvore and came across the above VIVIENNE WESTWOOD ANGLOMANIA short dress. Immediately I was in love with the bright colors and simple design that made this dress seem like a staple for my Summer wardrobe.  However at $580 I’m going to have to put it to rest for the time being and search out similar floral designs that are more within my $$ range. Thankfully I found OASIS:

Floral Belted Dress $90

Vintage Rose Dress $145

Blue Floral Sundress $36

Placement Floral Dress $90

Oasis Paisley Dress $85

Aren’t these dresses charming? I can’t help but adore the splash of flowers and colors on each and how affordable they are too. For a limited time it appears that you can save even more with the following code:

How cool is that?  Have fun shopping!

Secret Blogger Swap Revealed!

The lovely Danielle from Framed Frosting coordinated a Secret Blogger Swap that I happily signed up for and what fun! Today we reveal our gifts and thank those who sent them. This was such a unique idea and with so much going on in May for my family I have to admit I wasn’t quite as creative with my packaging as I wished I could have been but do hope my person enjoys their gifts!

With that let me introduce and THANK Jenny, my Secret Blogger Swap Partner! You can check out her blog at Strickly Strickland’s. What I love most about her package is that she themed it around my love of the ocean. Included in the box of goodies was a blue water bottle that I’ve already been using on a daily basis lol… lunch tote perfectly adorned with polka dots… matching napkins (with kids how does a Mom live w/out these on any adventure?)… two amazing scented candles (fresh ocean flowers & creamy tahitian coconut)… and some feather earrings too!! I’m in love, thank you so very much Jenny 🙂

I have to admit though that my favorite part of the package was actually the letter sent along. What a sweet introduction Jenny made of herself but she also took the time to set the stage for each gift that was sent and wanted me to feel like I was at my favorite beach with the waves crashing, the warm sun, the cool salty breeze and even sand between my toes. Talk about an escape!  Thank you again for the time you spent making my gift special, it was appreciated more than you know.

Mini Getaway

This week the Man and I are out and about having some fun for our 10yr anniversary. First stop was NYC for some fun at The Daily Show and then a double date with friends to enjoy some amazing Korean Fusion at Danji. I would highly recommend this to any and all. The world needs a dose of sake and tofu from time to time… trust me. Dessert was insisted upon and I finally was introduced to Pinkberry. Thank goodness this place does not exist near me because it is ‘visit me daily’ good.

Pinkberry Goodness

The day ended with a deliciously double bubbled bath by LUSH. Can we say sweet smelling perfection? Lush believes that the “best way to enjoy bath time is to make it fragrant, relaxing and slow – a reward for making it through the day.” I absolutely agree. Have you tried a bubble bar lately? They are divine and one of the most sweetest gifts you can give to someone you love in my humble opinion. 😉

Lush Goodies

Now on to day 2! Today was travel from New York out to New Hampshire for a couple nights at Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa. The Man is eager for a massage while I am thinking more along the lines of some beauty pampering like a spa pedicure and facial please! Although the day looks to be a bit dreary and some rain is expected to follow us out there I’m in high spirits. Our halfway mark will be a Yankee Candle Village Store with over 400,000 candles to be smelled by yours truly. Heaven!

Only thing missing is a lovely pair of Hunter boots. I’ve been desiring such for some time now. But how do I pick??