Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wordful Wednesday

We ate dinner @ this yummy Mexican restaurant.

Yesterday we had lunch @ this pizza place.

It was all organic & really a cool place.

Can't wait for our next vacay.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


I got this cake on Sunday, so we cut into it then.

This is a pic outside of our Inn. They had some really nice gardens.

We had drinks in Common Man Portsmouth.

We sat out on a deck overlooking Portsmouth harbor & ate dinner.

I had a yummy frozen mudslide. I've been craving 1. You can see the bridge behind me that goes from NH to Maine.

My feet hurt so bad. We walked everywhere & Hubs got us lost last night. I had on my platform sandals & stepped on a rock & almost fell. I had to rest when we got back to the room. I love the purple walls.

This is the Inn.
I'll add a few more pics tomorrow.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Leaving on vacay

This is where we'll be sleeping tonight. I can't wait to rest & relax & shop, eat, drink & spend some alone time with the Hubs.

Be home tomorrow.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy Birthday JoJo

Today my baby turns 13. We're never usually around for her b-day cause we usually go away for my b-day the next day (I always feel so guilty leaving her on her b-day). So today she will get some special treatment. Catnip, a brushing, some string play.

All these photos were taken today.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Just another 1 of those days

Last night we headed out for a Girl's night. I was switching to a smaller purse & I realized that I had lost my license. This was around 5:30. So I was panicking & looking all over for it. I did go to Dunkin donuts to get another free Coolata & ran in with my license in my back pocket (in case they wanted me to show it). This was on Tuesday & I didn't notice till last night that it was missing. So I ran into Dunks on the way to the restaurant & asked if they found a license & they didn't. So We went to the restaurant. They have never asked me for my ID there, but I knew they would since I didn't have it with me. Of course they did. The waitress got the manager over & she said that she couldn't serve me since she he waitress id me. So embarassing. So I ended up drinking a coke & had wine when we got home. I did find my license today. It was in the dryer. It must have fallen out of my pocket. I checked the washer last night, but didn't take everything out to look. I wish I had. I seem to always have 1 of those days.

My friends Marion & Jay gave me this cute Birthday wine glass.

I got some really cute cards too.

Friday, June 25, 2010

B-day pressies

Today I got a b-day package from my friend Peg in VA. I love everything. Especially the sparkle strands (I hope I can figure them out) & the Sangria mix (can't wait to try it). She always finds the coolest gifts. She sent some face & hand wipes, apple & pear scented. Cute coin earrings too.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

CSN stores winner

Thank you very much to everyone who entered the giveaway! Congratulations to Trixx. The winner has been notified via email and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Red Velvet Cakes from Little Debbie

I bought these a few weeks ago. OMG. These are so good & only 100 calories. I love Red velvet cake & these are a great size.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Meet Me on Monday

Today I am joining "Never grow old" for "Meet Me on Monday". Each week she asks a few questions & we just have to answer them.


1. How many brother and sisters do you have? I have 1 half sister & 2 half brothers
2. What is your favorite thing to do? Wow, so many things. Take pics, write, blog, scrapbook, read magazines.
3. What countries have you visited? Canada (5x) & Bermuda
4. Are you a morning or a night person? Definitely a night person.
5. What's your favorite cereal? Special K Cinnamon pecan or Shredded Mini wheats

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's day

I'm very lucky to have the Dad that I have. He's always been there for me for whatever I needed. Growing up I loved Rock music (still do), but he brought me to my 1st concert @ 12 years old & even helped me meet the band (Def Leppard). That started my groupie years. He brought me & my friends to at least 20 concerts. He'd always drop everything to come help me with Tara & Anthony with yard work or whatever we need. Now Tara has the best Bampy (as she calls him) eva. He always teases her & plays with her. He brings her out to Dollar Bills (& always buys her something) & brings her to their special place, McDonalds. Love you so much Dad.

Happy Dad's day, Daddy. Love, Tara

Don't really have many pics of you guys together.

Tara made this for Anthony the other day with our Mom group.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Cool art photography prints site

I was recently contacted by Jayde to check out her website. She has some very cool art prints on her site. She is offering a deal of 10% off a purchase of $25, 15% off a purchase of $50, and 20% off a purchase of $75. Check out her gallery.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Free gift from Sephora for your Birthday

Today I went & got my free gifts from Sephora (for being a Beauty insider). This is my 3rd year in the club & getting a free gift. This year it is a Lash plumper volumizing mascara in Black, Nano eyeliner in Silver Green & a colorful Mono eyeshadow in Aspen Summit.

Have I mentioned how much I love my Birthday month? I also got a phone call from Kohls today. My ring that my hubs got me for Mother's day/our anni is in. It was being sized & I've been waiting for 6 & 1/2 weeks. Ugh. He's suppose to pick it up tonight on the way home from work. I gave them my home phone #. I was out & in that area & would have picked it up then. (I'm so impatient). I can't wait to see it.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Free drink @ Dunkin donuts for your b-day

If you sign up for the Dunkin donuts rewards card, you will get a free medium drink for your b-day. I got a strawberry coolata yesterday (I'm not a coffee person). I actually got 2 cards in the mail, so I will be going to get another free drink this week.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

1st beach day of 2010

Today was the 1st day of the Summer that we went to the beach. A bunch of our friends were there. T is finally not afraid of the water. The past 2 Summers she was afraid of the water. I'm so glad that she likes it now. Once she got in the water, she didn't want to come out.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Lemon broccoli with Garlic recipe

I grew up eating this. My Mom use to make it. I didn't have hot broccoli till I was around 30. My Mom didn't have a recipe, she just threw a little lemon & a little oil, so she could never give me the recipe. Now she's gotten lazy & just puts Italian salad dressing on it. I just got this recipe from the Taste of Home magazine (that I got from the library). I was so excited to make it & it tastes just like hers.

Lemon Broccoli with Garlic Recipe

Photo by: Taste of Home

6 Servings

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


1 large bunch broccoli, cut into florets
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper


Place broccoli in a steamer basket; place in a large saucepan over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 6-8 minutes or until crisp-tender.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Immediately place broccoli in ice water. Drain and pat dry. Place in a large bowl. Pour oil mixture over broccoli; toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving.
Yield: 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 2/3 cup equals 207 calories, 19 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 140 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Aren't these cute?

I got these plastic tumbler glasses the other day @ Homegoods for $5.99. I think they're so cute for Summer.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Poison ivy is no fun

I've never had poison ivy before, but this is my hubby's arm. I always thought of poison ivy as just a rash. It seems so much worse than that. It's different for every person. He has had it for 2 weeks so far. We talked to a few people today & 1 had it for 6 weeks & another had it for 3 months.
I thought I would add a little update. Yes, he did go to the hospital. Last Sat night he couldn't sleep because his arms were burning so bad. He went to a 24 hr CVS (at 2am. I woke up @ 4 & noticed he wasn't in bed) & they sent him to the hospital. They gave him a steroid pill. He also had a follow up this past Wed with his doc & he now is using a steroid cream. We're not sure if it is poison ivy or oak, sumac. He told them (the doc at the hospital that his friend had poison ivy in his yard (that's what he thought), they never corrected him & said it was oak or sumac. So we don't really know.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Guys have it easy

Lately I've been noticing that it is taking me longer to get ready to go out & to get ready to go to bed. My hubby complains more lately too (even though he's the 1 usually making us late). Since I'm turning 40 in 17 days I have to put on wrinkle cream, brown spot cream, moisturizer, sunblock on my face everyday, puffy eye cream, dark circle cream, cellulite cream on my legs, stretch mark cream on my hips, sunblock on my body (because it's Summer) & Natural glow daily moisturizer on my arms & chest (so I don't look so pale from putting on sunblock). Whew. That's a lot of things. Guys just have to shower, shave & brush their teeth. No fair.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Concert in the park

Yesterday we went to a concert in our local park. It was for kids & they had lots of fun. Here are a few pics of Tara & her 2 friends.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

CSN stores giveaway (closed)

Recently I was asked to participate in a review for CSN stores. I had never heard of the store before. So I decided to check it out & participate. I browsed through some of their online stores (there's over 200). We decided to try a pasta maker from We have made homemade pasta in the past. We've been making gnocci for years, have made manicottis & raviolis (only once because they didn't come out very good). So we were excited to try a machine.

We decided to make spaghetti.

It was a lot of fun using the machine.

These are our full plates.

It came out very yummy. These are our bowls after. Tara's bowl was pretty much full when we gave it to her & she ate a lot of it.

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Wordless Wednesday~Watermelon coolata

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Recent win~Kidorable umbrella

I won this cute umbrella from Kidorable recently. I let Tara pick which 1 she wanted & she picked the cat. I was a little surprised since there was a fairy & a butterfly. It's very cute. I don't even use umbrellas, but she really likes it.