Friday, August 26, 2011
Last night we had the opportunity to experience the circus. Not only was it a first for my 2 yr old daughter, it was also a first for me. We loved every minute of it! Although the acts were entertaining, I still found myself constantly watching the reaction of my daughter, waiting for her laughter. I cheered when she cheered, I clapped when she clapped. Her emotions were my emotions.

When I really think about it, most of my time spent with her is like this. It no longer matters to me how much I'm enjoying something. I measure my enjoyment by my daughter. If she's having the time of her life at a circus that I might have thought of as so-so had I come here with a group of girlfriends or on a date with my husband, but she loved it and therefore, so did I.

Being able to watch her face light up at the sight of something amazing, something she's never seen before, and being able to share in the joy, that to me is what a mother lives for. To she her child enjoy life, watch the light sparkle in their little eyes in pure joy. There's simply no greater joy than seeing your child happy.

I have lived life through my own eyes and it was fun, but for now, I'm happy to live life through the eyes of my child.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
My daughter's recent taste in music stems from the countless house she spends in a house full of teenagers, mostly teenage girls.  So it's really no surprise to me that she's a fan of Britney Spears, Katie Perry, Rhianna and Bruno Mars just to name a few.  When we get in the car, the first thing out of my baby girl's mouth is "put on my music, please."  At least she's polite about it!  This means put on Q102.  Never in the  15 years that I've known my husband has Q102 been a set station on his radio.  According to him "this is what we get for having my parents watch her."  Oh well, bring on the Britney I say.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I've been debating over this all week.  I have an upcoming appointment with my favorite MasterCuts stylist and good friend, Aubrey, this Saturday and I can't decide what I want to do with my hair!  For the past 2 years, I've been diligently working to grow it out.  I literally haven't had my hair "cut" in 3 years!  I've gone in for my usual trim every 8 -12 weeks {I'm aware that it's supposed to be every 6-8 weeks, but hey, I'm a mom, I have other more important things to worry about}.

This is the longest I've had my hair since I was 5 years old!

I came accross this picture and love the look.
Source: None via Paola on Pinterest

I'd love to have short hair again, but I'm iffy on whether I'm ready to cut my long locks yet.  I need you're opinions!
This picture took my breath away!
It makes me think of all the beautiful moments I have with my daughter that I haven't captured on film.
Monday, August 22, 2011
I was sitting at home the other night thinking about what I wanted to make for dinner.  I had some chicken defrosting in the fridge, but wanted to stay away from the same old dishes I normally made.  While watching Eat Pray Love, I was suddenly strongly craving some pasta, good pasta, like food porn pasta!  Just looking at this picture is making me salivate!

Several years back I purchase this beautiful tall vase for a Christmas arrangment but since then it's been in my closet collecting dust.  I've wanted to use it, don't get me wrong, but with the large opening my flower arrangements came out looking droopy and unattractive!
I'm sitting at the Cool Kids' Table today @ Beautiful Spit Up.  Stop by and check out my post!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I'm probably one of the last to get hooked to this, but at least I'm not clueless about it!  Thanks again to the amazing Eve for introducing me to Pinterest!  If you're already an elite member of the Pinterst community, kutos to you!  If not, don't fret, I was in your shoes just days ago.  It's not just one of those sites you can simply sign up for, it's by invitation on, which gives it that "eliteness" feel.  You too can get in on the fun, just shoot me an email if you'd like an invite!

As I was saying... I'm totally hooked!  You know how it is, you're surfing the web finding all kinds of great articles, decorating ideas, recipes you want to try and so on and so forth.  Then a few days later you want to go back and try to find that same page and wham, it's no where to be found.  Unless you bookmark every stinkin' page of interest, chances of finding the exact thing your looking for without having to google it or search the entire website all over again {or even creating yet another account on some random site just so you can keep track of a couple things of interest}, it can be downright frustrating!
If there's one lesson in life that I have yet to learn, it's how to say "no" to people.  It must be a genetic thing because my father is the same way.  He's a great man, a little goofy at times, but a truly amazing man.  He'll give you the shirt off his back if you asked.  It seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  No matter how swamped I may already be, I can't seem to say no to a person in need.  I'll put aside whatever it may be I'm doing at the moment to help out.

Although this is a great quality and something I'm proud of, it's also my downfall too.  Lately I've spread myself so thin, too thin!  My main goal for this month was to get my home in order.  With our upcoming vacation in just a matter of weeks, my goal was to have the house all organized and in tip top shape before we left.  As it looks now, that might just not happen.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
If you're familiar with my blog, you are aware that I only endorse products I use and love.  I feel an obligation to my readers to give them only my honest opinion about a product.  When it comes to what I put on my face - it's mark all the way!  There is no other makeup brand I love more.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Last night I had every intention of making delicious braised short ribs over mashed potatoes when I realized that I forgot to buy the celery I needed for the mirepoix (onions, carrots & celery) for the short ribs.  Although I could have still made it, it just wouldn't have been the same.  So I put my short ribs back the in fridge to use another night and thought about what else I could make.  It's funny how even with a fully stocked refrigerator, I still find myself standing there unsure of what to make.  I was tired of the usual ground beef dishes I usually go for like meatballs and lasagna, and I had exhausted my taste for chicken with roasted chicken and asparagus the night before and a chicken and bleu cheese salad for lunch.  I wanted something different, something I hadn't had in a long time.  Then it hit me!  I remembered a conversation my hubby and I had a few weeks back about how he wanted to make some of the old recipes his mom used to make all the time like cabbage and corned beef, BLT's, and his favorite Shepard's pie.

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