Monday, June 18, 2018

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 06/18/2018 }

Monday, June 18, 2018 15 Comments
Good morning everyone, hope you're all having a good Monday morning so far.

I'm doing ok.  We have some family issues going on, this time with Nicholas and I really need some prayers for my son.  I don't want to go into details but he seems to be suffering from depression as well and I'm extremely worried about him at this point.

Having gone through a horrid ordeal with Jasmine's depression and anxiety, it seems that the past is repeating itself and I'm at a loss.  We just need a lot of prayers right now.   

The weather.....It's been pretty hot but looks like we'll be in the lower 90's this week, with possibly a thunderstorm midweek.  

Right now I am....Have the World Cup soccer on the TV, have laundry going and I'm trying to get this post up for you all.

Thinking....About what is going on with my son.  We are trying to help him through this and will do whatever we need to.  It's so hard when they're 15 years old, the hormones are raging and there's so much going on in their heads.  He is very withdrawn, doesn't want to get out of his room or do anything, it's almost a daily fight with him.  Friends, I'm honestly terrified at this point.

On my reading pile.... The summer list.  The review will be up this Wednesday.         
On my TV.....The World Cup and that's pretty much it for the next month.

On the menu for this week....
Monday - Chipotle Burrito Bowls
Tuesday - Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Fries
Wednesday - Spaghetti with garlic bread
Thursday - Chicken Pie, Salad
Friday - Vegan Burgers, Onion Rings
Saturday - Pizza
Sunday - Leftovers

On my to do list....

Finish all the laundry
Carpet clean
Going with my sister in law to a doctor's appointment
Start packing for San Diego

In the craft basket....Nothing at the moment.

Looking forward to this week....Nothing really, and I'm sorry if I seem a bit off today, I'm just so stressed, anxious and worried.  We're dealing with some serious issues and I am struggling to keep myself calm and cool headed through it all.  

Looking around the house....It's clean and I don't need to do much, which is a good thing because I got no sleep last night and I'm absolutely exhausted this morning.

From the camera....
My big boy Marley.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

{ Slow and steady }

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 1 Comments

A few days ago I was out back and kept wondering why one of my flower hanging baskets was looking so bare.  Where was it all going and why did it look so messy in there, like it had been ripped at with bare hands.


Few hours later, I realized exactly what had been happening.  See the bird above?  It had been flying back and forth between my basket and the tree about 20 feet from our back door.

It wasn't rushing, it wasn't fluttering about in a hurry, it was just content slowly picking at the moss, flying back to build it's nest and then returning.  This went on for a couple of days, same thing, over and over and over, and you know what?  It took quite a while for it to be happy with the amount of moss it needed, but it got done, at a slow and steady pace.


A few days later I was in the backyard watering my plants, when I saw this guy slowly making it's way through my grass.

I have no idea where it came from or where it went after it made it's way through the long yard, but I have no doubt that he got to where he wanted to go.

And so, I've kind of been doing the same the past few days.  For some reason I've always been the kind of person to get things done quickly and efficiently, even folding laundry I always feel like I'm quickly doing it.

The other day I deliberately took my time folding the clothes as I removed them from the dryer.  One piece at a time, slowly, folding, not rushing and at first I felt so weird but I continued to deliberately move slower and what I found is that I actually enjoyed the process a lot more.

I honestly think at lot of our daily stresses are self imposed, and I'm speaking for myself here, I would never dream to presume what others are thinking or feeling.

So slow and steady is going to be implemented more often, especially on the days that I have no outside appointments or commitments.


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

{ Poldark, Call the Midwife and other binge worthy shows }

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 2 Comments

Oh hello there!!!

Isn't that picture above just the prettiest?  I like to look at it and think that I would have just loved living in that setting, in that red house in a cute country road with just trees and flowers around me.  Oh it would be blissful, though I'll say, I do love where I live now and wouldn't change it for anything :)

This past week has gone by so quick for me, I've been busy with the usual household chores and mom/wife duties, and so by the end of the day when I really should be putting my thoughts down here in my old little blog, I'm instead putting my head on the pillow and passing out almost immediately.


I feel like I repeat myself over and over at times, like I can't muster up or form a coherent thought about my day and write it in a blog post to make some sort of sense.

"I'm busy", "I'm doing the usual household", "I wish I could blog more", "I wish I could have more time for crocheting or doing the things I really enjoy".


I swear you must find this to be the most drab and uninteresting, mind numblingly boring blog, and quote honestly at times I think that myself, but when your days are pretty much the same, day in and day out, that kind of tends to happen doesn't?


Quite possibly the reason many old bloggy friends no longer blog on a daily basis or much at all.

But I don't want that to be the reason that I stop coming by and talking, even if it's just  random babbling about something I've done, or the past few days or whatever strikes my mood.

I guess you'll just have to keep coming back to see what the heck this girl is up to, right?


This little man keeps me company throughout the day, he truly is my shadow and is always either laying on my lap if I'm on the couch, or laying nearby as I clean, or under my feet in the kitchen, outside, wherever I go.

He absolutely loves drives and walks, and has a special drive he does with his daddy every Sunday.

They hop into daddy's truck and head up the street to Braum's for a bag of burgers (only $4 if you're wondering), then they get back home and they each have one for lunch, then play and then he goes down for a nap.  Hahaha

It's a routine, and it really makes me think of him as a toddler with the naps during the day and play time.  Love him so much :)


Every morning, this is how you'll find me.  After I've sent hubby off to work with a cup of coffee and his lunch for the day, I retreat to this spot on the couch, check emails, drink my own coffee and then catch up on some youtube vlogs or lately.....some favorite Period Dramas.

I've been rewatching Call the Midwife because, well, because it's fabulous isn't it???


Also just watched Poldark because Season 4 started on Sunday and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Poldark.

Another show I've been watching or rather binge watching with the hubby, has been the Netflix show Lost in Space.  It is good, we enjoy it so much and have to control ourselves so we don't watch the whole season in one day.  If you like SciFi or Space related shows, you have to check it out.

I've also come across a few great new period dramas, and one that I want to mention to you is The Picnic at Hanging Rock starring Natalie Dormer.    It is based on the Joan Lindsay's 1967 novel and then later a movie and now turned series.    It is about a governess and her 3 schoolgirls who mysteriously disappear on Valentine's Day in 1900.

I've only watched the first episode and of course enjoyed it very much, then again when don't I enjoy a Period Drama right?

Also, starting this Thursday, the World Cup kicks off and of course being a huge soccer lover, it is one of the things I most enjoy watching, even if it only comes around every 4 years.

Portugal play their first match on Friday so you know this household is going to be a ball of nerves, but it's always so much fun watching with the whole family.

Well friends, that's basically what I've been up to the past few days.  I'm just going to finish off an episode of Call the Midwife and then it will be time to start getting dinner taken care of.

I'm making some Bratwurst with Grilled Onions and probably some potato wedges.  Quite simple but we have been enjoying some easier meals now that it's super hot and humid here.

Curt and I have also been downing and I mean downing gallons of water with cucumber and lemon.  So good.

Right, I better get going or I'll be here all day because something will keep popping up that I want to talk about, you know that how is.

Have a great Tuesday afternoon everyone :)

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Monday, June 11, 2018

{ The Garden of Blue Roses by Michael Barsa - TLC Book Tour }

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Underland Press (April 17, 2018)
“Ominous, fantastic, and wonderfully malevolent…. I felt the spirits of Shirley Jackson, Edgar Allan Poe, and Albert Camus’ Meursault, whispering to join the fun.”– ALICE SEBOLD, #1 best-selling and award-winning author of The Lovely Bones

A car lies at the bottom of an icy ravine. Slumped over the steering wheel, dead, is the most critically acclaimed horror writer of his time. Was it an accident? His son Milo doesn’t care. For the first time in his life, he’s free. No more nightmarish readings, spooky animal rites, or moonlit visions of his father in the woods with a notebook and vampire make-up.

Or so he thinks.

Milo settles into a quiet routine–constructing model Greek warships and at last building a relationship with his sister Klara, who’s home after a failed marriage and brief career as an English teacher. Then Klara hires a gardener to breathe new life into their overgrown estate. There’s something odd about him–something eerily reminiscent of their father’s most violent villain. Or is Milo imagining things? He’s not sure. That all changes the day the gardener discovers something startling in the woods. Suddenly Milo is fighting for his life, forced to confront the power of fictional identity as he uncovers the shocking truth about his own dysfunctional family–and the supposed accident that claimed his parents’ lives.

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About Michael Barsa

Michael Barsa grew up in a German-speaking household in New Jersey and spoke no English until he went to school. So began an epic struggle to master the American “R” and a lifelong fascination with language. He’s lived on three continents and spent many summers in southern Germany and southern Vermont.
He’s worked as an award-winning grant writer, an English teacher, and an environmental lawyer. He now teaches environmental and natural resources law. His scholarly articles have appeared in several major law reviews, and his writing on environmental policy has appeared in The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times. His short fiction has appeared in Sequoia.
The Garden of Blue Roses is his first novel.

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My Thoughts:

If you enjoy psychological thrillers, then this is the book for you.  It will have you on the edge of your seat, quickly wanting to turn the page just to know what is going to happen next.

The book follows Milo and Klara, two adult siblings who have just lost their parents in a car accident.

Their father a bit of a strange man who lived his life surrounded by violence, alcohol and darkness, a large part of it due to the fact that he was a famous horror writer, and their mother a somewhat of an enabler to their father's strange behavior.

Instead of feeling heartbroken after their death, Milo is almost relieved and gains a sense of freedom, but he is by no means a docile and innocent man himself.  He actually quite disturbed me in some ways, as it is painfully obvious that there is something very wrong with him.

His sister Klara is strange all in her own way.

The story is filled with twists and turns, dark characters, ups and downs and all around horror atmosphere that really does help set the mood for a fantastic albeit scary novel.

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 06/11/2018 }

Monday, June 11, 2018 10 Comments
Good morning everyone :)

Well another week is upon us.  I always say that the time just goes by so quickly, but really, it seems to be flying away and we're halfway through this year, insane.

I completely failed at daily blogging last week, and it's not for any particular reason, other than I put up some reviews that needed to go up and then didn't want to over post, if that is even a thing, considering back in the day I would sometimes post 2 or 3 times a day.  Different times though right?

I'm hoping to be a little more consistent this week, so we will see how that goes.

Have a wonderful week everyone :) 

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather.....Quite hot here in Texas and we're not even in the middle of summer yet.  Thankfully this week the temps are down to mid 90's.  The high winds are he worst for me and my allergies though, I can always tell when it gets super windy, that I'll be dealing with itchy nose, roof of mouth, sneezing, congestion, cough and sore throat.  Blech!!!

Right now I am....Working on this post and watching Call the Midwife on the TV. 

Thinking....That I'm going to start back on an exercise routine, not for anything other than feeling healthier as I age.  

On my reading pile.... Reading through Where Hope Begins by Catherine West.         

On my TV.....I have been rewatching Call the Midwife.  I have so many others I need to finish but I love this one so much and just felt like watching it again, so that's what's been on my TV this weekend.  However, Poldark Season 4 began last night so I'll definitely be watching that sometime today :)        

On the menu for this week....
Tuesday - Grilled Bratwurst, Corn Salad, Potato Salad
Wednesday - Sicilian Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli
Friday - Portuguese Chicken and Rice, Salad
Saturday - (Not sure yet)
Sunday - Leftovers

On my to do list....
Empty Dishwasher and reload with breakfast dishes
Change bed linens
Vacuum and dust
Water plants
Start 30 Day Shred with Lucy Wyndham-Read
Blog post   

In the craft basket....I finished the little set for Tiffany's baby girl.  She absolutely loves Disney and so I thought this would be something she would really love, and she does.  Can't wait to take some photos of baby Evangeline wearing it.  :)

Looking forward to this week....A shopping day and lunch out with my sister in law.  We are going to be shopping for the baby and that's always exciting.  ALSO, the Fifa World Cup starts on Thursday and I'm SOOOO excited, you guys all know how much I love soccer.  Friday is Portugal's first game against Spain, so it will be never wrecking, but I'm looking forward to it.     

Looking around the house....What is with all these moths?  Is anyone else dealing with the crazy influx of moths?  I swear I open my doors for a second and they just come right in.  (I'm sitting here staring at two on my ceiling and hoping to God they do NOT bomb dive me.  I have an irrational fear of moths LOL)       

From the camera....
I've been trying to propagate some cuttings and using different methods.   One of which is using honey as a growth hormone for the roots, so we will see how that works.     

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

{ Herons Landing by JoAnn Ross - TLC Book Tour }

Thursday, June 07, 2018 2 Comments

Series: Honeymoon Harbor
Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: HQN (May 22, 2018)

There’s no place to fall in love like the place you left your heart 

Welcome to Honeymoon Harbor, the brand-new, long-awaited series by beloved New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross, where unforgettable characters come face-to-face with the kind of love that grabs your heart and never lets go.

Working as a Las Vegas concierge, Brianna Mannion is an expert at making other people’s wishes come true. It’s satisfying work, but a visit home to scenic Honeymoon Harbor turns into a permanent stay when she’s reminded of everything she’s missing: the idyllic small-town charm; the old Victorian house she’d always coveted; and Seth Harper, her best friend’s widower and the neighborhood boy she once crushed on—hard. After years spent serving others, maybe Brianna’s finally ready to chase dreams of her own.

Since losing his wife, Seth has kept busy running the Harper family’s renovation business and flying way under the social radar. But when Brianna hires him to convert her aging dream home into a romantic B and B, working together presents a heart-stopping temptation Seth never saw coming. With guilt and grief his only companions for so long, he’ll have to step out of the past long enough to recognize the beautiful life Brianna and he could build together.

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About JoAnn Ross

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author JoAnn Ross has been published in twenty-seven countries. A member of Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll of bestselling authors, JoAnn lives with her husband and three rescued dogs — who pretty much rule the house — in the Pacific Northwest. Visit her on the web at

My Thoughts:

Herons Landing is the first full novel in the Honeymoon Harbor series, by JoAnn Ross.  The prequel to this one is called Home to Honeymoon Harbor, so if you want to check that one out before reading this one, you can.

I haven't read the prequel but I honestly didn't feel that I was missing anything out when reading Herons Landing.

The story is centered around Brianna and Seth and features quite a few things that I love, small towns, historical homes and a good ol' romance intertwined with brilliant writing and character development.

Brianna returns to Honeymoon Harbor to buy the house that she has always loved, but of course buying a home usually means renovations and changing things up to meet your taste.  In comes Seth who is the best in the business.  Aside from being handsome, there is a bit of a past between Seth and Brianna, as he used to be married to her best friend who unfortunately passed away while serving in the military.

Their romance is not quick, and although the attraction is there, they each have their own reservations and issues to deal with.

What we end up with, is a sweet romance set in a beautiful small town near the waterfront.

Definitely another one to add to your summer reading list, and I honestly can't wait to go back and read the prequel and any subsequent books in the series.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

{ Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson - TLC

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 4 Comments

Hardcover: 370 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (June 1, 2018)

Marnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life—a husband, kids, and a minivan in the suburbs. Now that she’s marrying the man of her dreams, she’s sure this is the life she’ll get. Then Marnie meets Blix Holliday, her fiancé’s irascible matchmaking great-aunt who’s dying, and everything changes—just as Blix told her it would.

When her marriage ends after two miserable weeks, Marnie is understandably shocked. She’s even more astonished to find that she’s inherited Blix’s Brooklyn brownstone along with all of Blix’s unfinished “projects”: the heartbroken, oddball friends and neighbors running from happiness.

Marnie doesn’t believe she’s anything special, but Blix somehow knew she was the perfect person to follow in her matchmaker footsteps.

And Blix was also right about some things Marnie must learn the hard way: love is hard to recognize, and the ones who push love away often are the ones who need it most.

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About Maddie Dawson

Maddie Dawson grew up in the South, born into a family of outrageous storytellers. Her various careers as a substitute English teacher, department-store clerk, medical-records typist, waitress, cat sitter, wedding-invitation-company receptionist, nanny, day care worker, electrocardiogram technician, and Taco Bell taco maker were made bearable by thinking up stories as she worked. Today she lives in Guilford, Connecticut, with her husband. She’s the bestselling author of five previous novels: The Survivor’s Guide to Family HappinessThe Opposite of MaybeThe Stuff That Never HappenedKissing Games of the World, and A Piece of Normal.

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My Thoughts:

What a cute summer read, it's the perfect book to throw into a beach tote and read, while soaking up the sun.

What we have here is the usual chick lit story the a good dose of romance and humor thrown in.

Marnie is set to marry her fiancee Noah, who she thinks is the ultimate perfect partner.  She envisions the white picket fence marriage with kids and everything that life has to offer.  As they are set to marry, her fiancee Noah tries to leave her at the altar.  Shocked, Marnie convinces him not to do it and to just go through with the wedding....they do....but unfortunately barely two weeks into the marriage, it all falls apart.

Marnie is left to pick up the pieces and try to make sense of everything that has happened to her. 

In comes Blix, her ex's aunt who loves to dabble in match making and fully believes that Marnie should be looking into matchmaking herself.

When Blix passes away, Marnie inherits her house, but with one condition, she must live in the house for no less than 3 months before she can officially inherit the brownstone.  Seems an easy thing to do doesn't it?

It would be if the house came empty, but it doesn't, it comes filled with funny, quirky roommates who are themselves dealing with all sorts of romantic issues.....and one of those roommates Marnie must live with?  None other than her ex husband Noah.

This was such a fun book to get through, I honestly chuckled at some situations and awww'd at others.  Highly recommend it for a summer read :)

Monday, June 4, 2018

{ MemoVase }

Monday, June 04, 2018 2 Comments

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by the awesome folks over at Splash Brands, and sent this beautiful vase to review.

I had never heard of the MemoVase, but after reading up on it a bit, I became quite fascinated with the whole concept of being able to write on the vase and really change it up to go with different seasons.

The MemoVase is a heart-shaped ceramic flower vase with a detachable bamboo whiteboard. It was designed and is assembled right here in the USA.

It took us over 3 years to develop this product. From the design of the perfect heart-shape, to finding the most suitable ceramic mix, to getting the feel of the magnets just right.

This would make the perfect gift.  I love the heart shape, I love that it's ceramic, and I especially love the detachable white board that can be used with any kind of dry erase marker, though it does come with a marker inside.  Yes, INSIDE!!!

So it provides a perfect spot to store your marker while you're not using it.

The possibilities with this vase, are endless.  It can be used as a flower vase, or I'm thinking even in the kitchen to store cooking utensils.  The fact that you can write whatever you wish on the whiteboard, makes it even better.

At the moment mine says Spring.....

But, I'll be adding fresh flowers soon, and changing it to Summer.  What would be kind of cool too is to give it as a gift say for, Mother's Day and writing Happy Mother's Day, or for a birthday with a cute handwritten Happy Birthday message.

I can change it up for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter and so on.  I honestly can't wait to try it with different flower arrangements and different sayings.

If you're interested in purchasing one for yourself, be sure to check out Splash Brands' website or Facebook page, and you can even find these adorable Vases on Amazon.

I'm really happy with mine, it's gotten a few compliments on it already and I just think it adds such a cute touch to the living room.

Thank you to Splash Brands for sending me the vase in exchange for an honest review on my part.

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 06/04/2018 }

Monday, June 04, 2018 8 Comments
Good morning everyone, hope you had a great weekend.  I enjoyed mine but I must admit that when the alarm clock went off this morning, I was not ready to get up.  I always feel like I don't get nowhere near enough sleep.

Anyway, I have a few things I want to get done this week, couple projects, lots of sewing and so on, hoping to get to it.  Will also be reviewing two books and a vase for you, so keep an eye out for that :)   

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather.....It has been so hot here, triple digits and really summer like conditions already.  I do love the hot weather but I also enjoy my rain, and today we are expecting some which makes me quite happy.  The high for today is only 86 and the rest of the week is upper 90's. 

Right now I am....Watching some vlog on the TV while typing up this post.  

Thinking....About the cleaning I need to do in my house, it's not too bad but you can always tell that it's been the weekend when Monday morning rolls around.           

On my reading pile.... Finished Match Making for Beginners and Herons Landing and will be reviewing those two this week.  Started The Garden of Blue Roses and that's the one I'm reading at the moment.       

On my TV.....I caught up with The Handmaid's Tale.  I'm glad I stuck with it because I absolutely loved it, it's so good.  My brother has asked me to watch Banshee which he is really enjoying, so I will probably start that today.      

On the menu for this week....
Monday - Meat Croquettes with Homemade Fries and Salad
Tuesday - Gnocchi Bolognese, Garlic Bread
Wednesday - Pastelao de Frango (Chicken recipe)
Thursday - Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers, Curly Fries
Friday - Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan
Saturday - Panda Express Sweet Fire Chicken, Chow Mein
Sunday - Leftovers

On my to do list....
Dishes, change bed linens, vacuum, dust, carpet clean.   

In the craft basket....Finishing off a crochet set for my niece's baby, I'll show you when it's done. Starting some potholders for myself, mine are so old, and some have just fallen apart, and I would much rather make my own than spend money on buying them.

Looking forward to this week....A quiet week of homemaking and some more sewing.  Also, planning on going out one day this week with my sister in law, we'll be having lunch together and just window shopping around town, should be fun.     

Looking around the house....It's dark.  We have cloudy skies and are expecting rain any minute which makes me quite happy.  The kids are still asleep and hubby is off at work, so it's just me and the dogs.      

From the camera....
Flowers from the garden.   

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