Friday, May 27, 2016

Life: Friday Ramblings.


Breathing better now that...
...we've had our chimney cleaned!  Seeing what was removed from there had me gagging.
Who knew what we were breathing in?!  It makes me want to invest in an air purifier.

In pain because...
...I slashed open my thumb pulling up my pants!  No, I'm not kidding.
That's what I get for not removing the dry cleaning tag and staples.

Completely swooning over...
...my baby girl and her "boyfriend".  They say that the love each other and they hug real tight!
We met the whole family at his birthday party and let's just say we were impressed.

Totally dreading...
...writing out the thank you cards from baby girl's birthday party.
How many more years until they do this themselves?!

Currently brainstorming...
...different father's day ideas that are totally budget friendly!
I'm pretty sure that as long as he gets a cold beer, he'll be happy.  But I need to impress!

Secretly checking out...
...my husband as he knocks down a wooden shed and breaks up concrete by hand.
We may have been together for 4 years, but I still think he's sexy!

Laughing out loud...
...at the scene in Frozen when Olaf talks to a rock pretending to believe it's Kristoff's family.
Yes, I actually find Frozen an enjoyable movie to watch.

Giving crooked looks at...
...the new guy at my job who first met me and called me baby.
Um, do I know you?  And did you really just meet her and call her sugar??  Barf...

Totally obsessed with...
...the show Containment on the CW!  Holy JUICE!
If you haven't watched it, we're only 5 episodes in so there's totally time to catch up!

What are your Friday ramblings?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

List: The ten rules of our home.

Every family has their own method to keeping the peace in their home.
It may be a method based around rewards or it may be based on punishment.
Some families prefer to be proactive while others rely on being reactive.
As long as your method works for you, we're happy!

My family recently hit a little bump in the road.
My husband and I were clashing on how we wanted to run our household.
...and let's not forget that my 3 year old had her own opinions to add...

Our resolution was to sit down as a family and set house rules.
We used bulletin paper and listed our 10 rules with the consequences of breaking them.
Not to mention my daughter is the first to call us out on breaking a rule!  Cop much?!


The ten rules of our home.

1.  Do not yell, scream, or call each other names.

2.  Do not curse.

3.  Do not run in the house.

4.  Make all decisions together as a family.

5.  Do not ask the same question more than 3 times per day.

6.  Do not lie.

7.  Unless impossible, always eat together as a family.

8.  Always  respect each other.

9.  Clean up after yourself.

10.  Do not forget your manners including the pleases, thank yous, and you're welcomes.

**If mommy or daddy are to break any of these rules, they will lose their phones for 1 hour per offense.  If baby girl breaks any of these rules, she will lose her favorite toy for 1 hour per offense.
I guess I need to stop repeating the same question or I'm going to be without a phone!  Eep!

What are the rules and consequences of your home?

Monday, May 23, 2016

List: Happy birthday Madre!

On Friday, May 20th, my mommy celebrated her 53rd birthday!
...and by celebrated I mean she completely refused to acknowledge it was her birthday...

Typically we would all venture out to the Belmont Race Tracks to celebrate her special day.
My mama loves to rock the race tracks with a big fancy hat while betting on the horses.
This year all she wanted was pumpkin pancakes and to pretend it was just another day.
Shout out to my brother who took a day off to take her for the best pumpkin pancakes on Long Island!

My hubby was a little disappointed, but I totally get it!  I mean, I love me some pumpkin pancakes.
That got me thinking.  My mother and I have many different things in common that I refuse to admit.
Even if people tell us we look alike my mom will say to them "Don't tell her that.  She'll cry!"
In honor of madre's un-celebrated birthday, here are ten things I'm proud to have gotten from my momma!
Please note:  I'm not really ashamed to look like my mommy.  We all joke in good fun!


Ten things I'm proud to have inherited from my mother.

1.  We both have the constant need to be independent.
If we lost our ability to be financially, emotionally, or physically independent we'd go crazy!
Madre has always beaten independence into my brain.  She taught me to always rely on myself!

2.  We both have a great work ethic.
We will always get the job done quickly, alone, and to the best of our ability.
It drives us both completely NUTS when people don't finish what they start.

3.  We both are border line OCD with keeping things neat and clean.
We will forever live, work, and play in a clean and organized space.
It drives me crazy when people are able to live in complete filth and surrounded by a mess!

4.  We both like to fill our home with living things.
We find it very fulfilling to surround ourselves with living plants that we nurtured.
Her green thumb is something we definitely share!

5.  We both believe in a homemade meal.
I grew up eating a homemade meal  as a family every night.  This is still important to me now.
There is nothing comparable to a meal cooked with fresh ingredients and shared with family.

6.  We are both forever thirsty for knowledge.
While we may be interested in different lessons, we both need to be constantly educated.
I can't imagine a day where either of us are satisfied with the knowledge we already have.

7.  We are both loud with a lot to say.
While my mom may have a little more to say than me, she taught me to always speak my mind.
Let's just say that we don't know how to whisper.  A low voice is like a foreign language to us.

8.  We both know the importance of self maintenance.
While we both know it isn't all about the looks, one's appearance is always the first impression.
If you need a quick lesson on personal appearance, then watch a few episodes of What Not To Wear!

9.  We both refuse to throw away money.
While we certainly aren't cheap, we don't like to give money away either.  We believe in a good deal!
We also believe in spending extra for good quality.  It saves you money in the long run!

10.  We both will always put our family first.
We will always be present for every family event, Sunday dinner, and anytime our family needs us.
Madre also told me that their is no such thing as a best friend.  A best friend is family with different blood!

Please join me in wishing Madre a very happy birthday!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Life: Friday ramblings.



I fell in love with the lost art of...
...rocking my natural hair!  I'm so used to straightening that I forgot about my natural curls.
I'll forget about my hubby's scrunched up face and my God son calling me a poodle.  Hmph...

Annoyed that we had to dip into...
...our emergency savings account to fix an electrical hazard in the house.
Especially since my husband had to be practical and upgrade to 200 amp at the same time.

I'm super proud of my baby girl...
...for going pee pee in the potty!
We had to stop for a short while but now we're back on track!

Currently sipping on a glass of...
...my favorite wine!
La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir is the best!  It's so good  that I legit buy it by the case.

I'm real grateful for...
...my amazing husband that's been picking up lots of the slack around the house.
It's the time of year when I work real late and have time for nothing.

I've been studying real hard for...
...a trade exam to get a special certification in my field.
My amazing manager saw my nerves and signed me up for a prep class.  I will pass!!

I still absolutely refuse...
...to put anything in or take anything out of my kitchen cabinets.
Remember when I told you I got stung by a bee living in my coffee filters?  Well, it scarred me.

My weekends have been filled with...
...birthday celebrations!
First a work friend's 40th, then my daughter's boyfriend's 3rd, and now my aunt's & mommy's!

I "eep" every time my daughter...
...points and screams "I WAS THERE" while watching the castle at the start of a Disney movie.
I love the fact that she loves the fact that she was there!  Swoon...

I'm super excited to host...
...my first barbecue in our house!
Madre usually hosts Memorial Day, but we volunteered to take it off her full plate.

I'm real bummed that...
...we had to spend our extra cash this month on a stupid lawn mower.
I mean, seriously?!  What a boring horrible thing to spend on!

What are your Friday ramblings?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

List: Ten easy ways to help your savings account grow.

Being an adult with grown up responsibilities means needing a savings account for emergency use.
If you have a house, this is even more important.  Trust me.  We've already had to use ours twice!

The majority of us get our regular pay checks with small opportunity for extra cash.
While a set income may seem like a curse, it doesn't mean that saving is impossible.
With the right budget, state of mind, and a few easy tricks, your savings account will grow.
This takes serious effort, but trust me when I say, it's worth every ounce of it!


Ten easy ways to save your money.
I'll skip the obvious tip:  coupons.

1.  Set up an automatic savings deposit.
Contact your bank to have a set dollar amount automatically transferred to a savings account weekly.
Just make sure that you line it up with pay day!  You want to make this a thoughtless process.

2.  Create an overdraft protection account.
Ensure that you have overdraft protection to help avoid unnecessary fees and delinquint accounts.
My bank links my checking account to a free line of credit as a "just in case" method.

3.  Skip takeout and learn how to cook.
Avoid expensive take out bills and empty calories by cooking yourself dinner on a nightly basis.
Is the cooking overwhelming?  Cook in bulk and freeze.   Pick one night a week for take out.

4.  Set a monthly budget and stick to it.
Make yourself a budget to account for all expenses.  Take a percentage of what's left and save it!
I'm the budgeting queen!  If you need any help, reach out to me personally or read this post.

5.  Make advance purchases.
Don't wait to buy predictable gifts.  Buy them for less while on sale with coupons in advance.
I bought everyone their Father's Day gifts with (2) months to spare and saved at least $40.

6.  Swap name brand for store brands.
Swap your expensive name brands for less expensive store brands.  Most products are near identical.
Do you need help seeing which store brand items are the same as the name brand?  Look here.

7.  Always shop the weekly ads.
Before making any purchase, check out the store's weekly ad for deals and new ideas!
I won't even start my grocery list before checking the supermarket's ad.

8.  Bring your own beakfast & lunch.
Instead of wasting cash on expensive breakfasts and lunches, invest in an insulated lunch bag.
My bag is always filled with hard boiled eggs, oatmeal packets, fruit, and a large salad.  Yum!

9.  Transfer debt to one consolidated account.
Consolidate your debt by transferring balances to low or zero-interest lines of credit.
Interest rates make paying off debt near impossible.  Stop making the banks richer!

10.  Utilize saving sites.
For a cheaper night out, search for good deals through sites like Living Social and Groupon.
These sites help you save money AND give you hot new ideas for a day/night out.

How do you grow your savings account?

Monday, May 16, 2016

List: Ten things everyone must do at least once this summer.

The sun is finally shining and the coats are stored far away.
Although Spring was running real late in NY, I'm happy to say that she's finally here!
It's time to put away the electronics, throw blankets, and fuzzy sweaters.
It's now safe to replace those things with fun activities and plenty of vitamin D.
Summer also happens to be one of the shortest seasons so jam pack it with all the good stuff!

My family and I have spent the last two summers not doing much.
We were constricted with a baby girl, a tight budget, and very little time.
Our theory this summer is:  Make memories, not excuses.


Ten things everyone must do at least once this summer.

1.  Get wet without trying.
Whether it's a surprise smack with a water balloon or a sneak attack with a hose, get someone wet!
Anyone can jump in a pool.  It's way more fun when you don't expect it!

2.  Play until you sweat.
Play an intense game of basketball, tag, or even leap frog all while under the sun.
This is healthy and lots of fun!

3.  Grow a flower.
Find a place in your house, apartment, or back yard that gets lots of sun and watch it grow.
You may think this is silly, but every time you see it, you'll totally smile.  I swear!

4.  Read an entire magazine in the sun.
You can sit on a blanket in the park or on a towel in the beach.  Just read and tan.
...and, no, this is not just a girly pastime.  Smh...

5.  Toast marshmallows in a bonfire.
Once the sun goes down, gather family, friends, and a bag of marshmallows for a real good time.
Try not to laugh and enjoy while peeling off a toasted marshmallow shell.  Yum!

6.  Make a homemade popsicle.
All you need is wooden sticks, an ice cube tray, and your favorite juice!
Oh, and a freezer!  Don't forget the freezer...

7.  Enjoy a barbecue.
You can host the gathering or be a guest.  Either way indulge in a cheeseburger and some sun!
Attending a bbq and need some unique ideas to bring?  Problem solved here!

8.  Walk along a boardwalk.
It could be around your favorite beach, lake, or whatever.  Just enjoy the nighttime stroll!
While I live on Long Island with beach all around, I still prefer a boardwalk road trip to AC.

9.  Ride a bike.
Exploring is so much more fun when you're on a bike.
Unless your lucky enough to have a motorcycle then I totally meant that type of bike...

10.  Take a road trip to an unexplored town.
Pick a nearby town or village that you've never been to and explore every nook and cranny.
I love a good adventure in a town where you can park the car and spend hours walking!

What is an easy summer activity you must do each year?

Friday, May 13, 2016

Recipe: Jax's favorite salad.

There has been many times that I spent days planning, prepping, and cooking a killer meal.
After we all shovel it down, it's my stupid salad that always gets all the compliments.
I mean, that kills me!  It makes me want to scream "REALLY, the SALAD impressed you?"!

This happened to me yet again at my baby girl's birthday party.
I had trays upon trays of food and people were asking me for my salad recipe.
A salad recipe?  Really, people?!  It's lettuce with whatever you feel like putting on top!!!!

After years of dreading those salad compliments, I've decided to finally accept the fact that it deserves a recipe.
This salad has been my lunch daily for over 6 years!  It also appears during my fancy dinner parties.

Please excuse the old picture.  I don't have many salad pics!

Jax's favorite salad recipe.

**Serving Size- 8 People or 4 Personal Lunches**

(3) Romaine Lettuce Hearts
(1) Pint Grape Tomatoes
(1) Fresh Mozzarella Log (I only use Bel Gioso)
(2) Red Bell Peppers
(2) Avocados
(1) Bag of Ocean Spray Craisins

Clean and chop all the romaine hearts into bite size pieces of lettuce.  Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and cut into bit size pieces.  Clean the grape tomatoes and cut in half.  Slice and dice the fresh mozzarella log into bite size pieces.  Clean and cut the red bell peppers into bite size pieces.  Place each ingredient in a bowl or lunch container in that specific order.  Sprinkle with desired amount of craisins.
If you're OCD like me, count to make sure you have an equal amount of cheese and tomato bites!

Please note:  I do not use dressing, but for company I'll supply extra virgin olive oil and vinegar.
I eat the lettuce with pieces of the avocado bites and a crasin.  This way it doesn't need dressing!

How do you make your favorite salad?

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