Saturday, April 29, 2017

Scarlett & I picked our favorite One Pieces.







Scarlett's One piece Picks

2017 One Piece Picks


L Space ruched one piece swimsuit
$170 - revolve.com


Topshop flat footwear
nordstrom.com



Rip Curl white beach bag
nordstrom.com


Purse shoulder bag
$31 - nastygal.com


The Beach People jute handbag
$34 - revolve.com


Oversized cateye sunglasses
genuine-people.com





ViX Striped One-Piece
anthropologie.com





Saturday, April 8, 2017

An Honest Narrative of Life Lately & Music on Repeat.


Life lately...
well......things are good. Ty and I seem to be in sync lately and I love that feeling. This winter we went through a bit of a rut......low or I don't know what you would call it really.  Not that I like to divulge my personal downfalls but you guys know me, I keep it real. To be vague, I just felt like Ty and I were not really seeing eye to eye on a lot of things and it seemed distance was between us more than less. Thankfully, I married someone who understands that marriage is not without hardships. I feel lucky...often. To have someone that doesn't give up on me. Because let's be honest, I know I have many flaws. I feel like I'm the one always struggling to be better, to understand why I do and feel certain things. To comprehend how my heart pushes and pulls without my consent.
Yet no matter how much I fail him, he pulls me back in and says, "I don't care. I love you".

That...is irreplaceable.

And each time, I learn that the reason he does that is because of his unconditional love for me. It teaches me to be better....kinder. And each time it brings us closer and makes me softer. I mean, love like that is really the only thing that can mend broken parts. And that's all I was when I first met Ty. Broken parts. In fact, I'd say that when we first met, I was a lost cause. I had given up in so many ways. I expected the worst and I didn't have one ounce of hope for love left in my system. I was merely looking for "another vice". It was Ty's fire for not quitting that won me over. It is that same fire that keeps me burning when I feel depleted even to this day.  Oh we have our share of fights, lows, fall-outs and ruts. Times when we don't understand each other and times when we feel oceans apart. Times when we let each other down and times when we have to walk away....But man, do we love each other. And when things are good, they. are. good. We both keep on loving. I often thank God that others gave up on him so that I had the chance to make him mine.

We are both busy with work and our weekends are filled with birthday parties, horse lessons and snuggling on the couch with the kids. I guess that is the only good thing about crappy weather. It gives us the opportunity to get a little closer. Still, I CANNOT wait for sunny days by the pool and warm summer nights. It's the long, cold days that make me understand how much I love that glorious season. I reminisce back to summer quite often. Back to when Ty and I would sit out on the porch with drinks in hand after the kids were fast asleep. The warm summer air is something that I could never tire of. You could hear the water splashing into the pool from the spouts. I'd be playing whatever my soul desired for music at that moment. Usually Frank Sinatra, Lana Del Rey, Cat Powers or Sam Cooke....I'd lay my sun kissed legs over his lap and sing the lyrics as he smiled at my unashamed solo. It was in those nights of summer that my heart beat a little faster and even if I tried, I couldn't forget the feelings that they gave me. Of course they always ended with his hands in my hair, my skin on his and those songs playing over and over...it's all engrained in my memory forever. Summer is by far my favorite season.
And I guess sometimes it takes a long, cold winter to truly appreciate the sun. 






Songs on repeat lately...click to listen. 







Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Last Stretch


Just as we thought that Spring was creeping in, we had news of a large snow storm headed our way last week. This last stretch of winter is. killing. me. Ty and I sat down last week and synced our calendars for upcoming...everything. During the winter I'm begging for things to do. Then Spring comes along and the dates in the calendar start filling up. By July there are no blank spots. And that's how I like love it. February/March are always the hardest months for me. We usually take a vacation in late February or early March. This year we didn't take one until April because a couple things came up. (Maxwell's ears for one.) It made this winter drag on even more.  I start to feel cooped up and miserable in every way. I mean, I appreciate the seasons, but the little sun truly impacts my mood and Ty swears that every February I go through a "Misery Phase" where I think we are in a rut and nothing seems to be in our favor. He may very well be right.... So I've learned that I just can't go through an entire winter here in upstate NY without a getaway or two.

Therefore, we already have next winter's vacations planned. Yes, multiple! And for now, we try to make it through this last stretch. This winter has been brutal with the sickness in our house. Maxwell's first year in daycare contributed to it, I'm sure. Maxwell has had a ridiculous amount of ear infections (following in his sister's foot steps). He had surgery last Monday to have tubes put in and I am SO relieved that it's over. Scarlett had this done when she was 3 so I was familiar with the process but it didn't make it any less nerve racking. His took 20 minutes longer because his ears were so infected at the time of surgery. I had no idea. He seemed his normal self. The poor thing was probably used to feeling so miserable :( But alas, I see a light at the end of the tunnel! He already has shown such happiness since the procedure. This makes me elated.
 Everyone we talk to has said this winter was rough for sicknesses. Lots of viruses going on. For us it started in December and hasn't let up yet...we are all still coughing. (eye roll)

So we have set our sights on positive things to keep our spirits up. I am so excited for a couple spring trips we have planned. One of them, is for Scarlett's Birthday. We are going to see the wild horses on the beach. I have wanted to do this since I was a kid and of course, my little horse lover is all about this idea. So we booked a trip to Assateague Island. That will be one for the memory books because my dad is coming with us also!

I've had to do some shopping for the kids. I pulled out the "Summer" totes from storage and NOT ONE THING fits Maxwell from last year! lol. And very little fits Scarlett. I have a post coming up for what I've bought them and how to save a little while doing so.

I am dreaming of summer. We have a lot of long weekend trips planned and I cannot wait to make memories with the family. I made a TO DO list recently. It contains all of the things that I want to experience in the next 5-10 years. I am so thankful that we get to experience fun things. I'm thankful that Ty works so hard to let us have this luxury. This day in age, it is taken for granted to be able to enjoy...everything. I never take these moments for granted. Anyhow, I have more posts to come: spring/summer clothes shopping, workout posts (yes they are still coming...again sickness delayed all of that too), life lately photos and more!! I am also hoping to get on a more consecutive schedule with blog posts. After all, I love that too.











Wednesday, March 1, 2017

All About that Zelda...

I'm not sure if any of you have seen Amazon Prime's new series, Zelda, but it's been the first series that I've watched in.....well, since True Blood. Wow, that's been awhile. It's true that I'm not a huge tv watcher. I'm not sure why. I grew up without cable but I was addicted to watching movies! Any movie I could find, I would watch. Time have changed a lot and after watching one too many really bad movies and shows that I just couldn't figure out why I was watching, I just stopped watching altogether. I mean, I always put tv on before bed and watch an old school episode of Roseanne or Everybody Loves Raymond, but it's been awhile since I've watched something new that I was really into. 
I saw the very first teaser episode back in December and I knew I was going to love it. I waited patiently and after going through every episode in less than a couple days, I found myself craving the next...so get on that Amazon ;)  In case you are wondering what it's about, it is about F. Scott Fitzgerald's muse and love, Zelda. I guess she quite the reputation but Christina Ricci (who is one of my favorite childhood actresses) plays her beautifully! It kind of sets the record straight on who she was and her story. It was even more fitting that we had a 1920's themed party to attend recently. I mean, I have thought for awhile that I was born in the wrong era, so any excuse to put on a frock and watch black and white movies was good enough for me. Ty and I got a hotel in the Berkshires and stayed out for the night. The next morning we grabbed breakfast at thee best breakfast spot across the street. It was called Ottie's. I'm not sure if it was the little sleep or too many drinks or just some delicious food...but this place was 100%! Anyhow, it was a good night out and we enjoyed playing poker, dinner and drinks and of course dancing. Also, if you haven't seen Zelda yet......get on that ;) 



Monday, February 20, 2017

Pieces of Life: That Never Ending Winter of 2017


New Year's Day...it was a low key night. So I found these sparkly joggers that worked perfectly.
Snowshoeing with Daddy. Winter seems never ending in February. 
Maxwell in his new Daycare that he loves. If this isn't the cutest picture...
Scarlett's face is lovely in this picture, I know. But Maxwell's cheese was too good not to post.
We pretty much live at the grocery store lately. My least favorite place in the world. 
Scarlett and I went on a date day for lunch and then to watch The Wizard of Oz play. It's not often that we get to do things one on one so it was nice to spend a little time with my sassy 5 year old. 
Yes she has a gardening shovel and he has a pink baseball bat....idk.
This particular day was a sick day for Scarlett and Maxwell. But they still managed to smile for a picture. 
"Hey Girl...."
Basketball with Daddy in their Pats jerseys. 
With the cold weather, there has been a lot of days inside like this. A lot of ripping apart the playroom and then putting it back together again. 
And I've been working out as much as I can this winter. Takes my mind off of a lot of things... This was a gym day with my partner in crime here. 
We went to a comedy show and dinner with friends a couple weekends ago. It was a really great time. Rory Albanese was hilarious. 
My Scarlett set up this display of milk, chocolate syrup and a spoon and asked me to take a picture of it with her....she doesn't take after her mother or anything. ;)