Thursday, November 16, 2017

Exercise Apps for your phone!

Can life get any better? Seriously, I must be late to the party- I had no idea there were so many exercise Apps for your phone- and good ones too!  I downloaded a few of them the other day and I wanted to share which ones I am enjoying.

All the Apps are free and found in the Google store for my Samsung Android phone.  

 1. Kegel Exercise- Kegel Trainer.  This is an easy to use trainer that reminds you daily that you need to get to work. The workout is very easy and gets more difficult as time goes on. All sessions are between 30 seconds and 3 minutes long. It's a simple and easy-to-use trainer that strengthens your pelvic floor muscles.  FREE 
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Happy Monday!

Another busy weekend in the books!  We traveled to Holland for the annual "Shop till you Drop" holiday shopping event!  Our friends Ann and Dave joined us and we had such fun!  For some reason some of my photos aren't transferring from phone to computer, so I will have to show you some of last year's photos.  

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I just love cookbooks!

There is nothing better than sitting in my comfy chair on Saturday mornings surrounded by cookbooks while sipping a freshly brewed cup of coffee!  I always start my Saturday's thinking about what I plan to cook for the week ahead.  I get out my calendar, look at my work schedule and then begin to plan. 
I take one comfy chair and Dave takes the other.  We fashioned this seating area after a weekend in Chicago.  We stayed at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel on Wacker Street.  We found ourselves sitting for hours enjoying the view while talking and drinking a beer or a cup of coffee.  We decided to replicate the same seating area in our house.  It has become our "go to" area when we need to talk.  


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Catching Up!

Happy Tuesday!  Hope your week is going wonderfully.  So far, so good over here.  On the weekend we had a wonderful date night, I took a few pictures at dinner. 

 I need to read or watch a tutorial on how to take selfies!
We ended up at Hyde Park Steak House in Birmingham.  It was delicious!!  
We both enjoyed fillet with mashed potatoes and asparagus.  The beer was an Oktoberfest from Sam Adams.

 Driving home we noticed the full moon.
Once home, I noticed the full moon through a half moon window. :)

Did some online shopping at Ulta after I got word that this product is amazing at setting your makeupCan't wait for mine to show up in the mail. 

Also ordered these eyeliners one is fat and one is slim.  Trying to create a new date night look!  A make-up artist gave me some insight on how to use them.  I'll let you know when mine arrive and show you the end result.
Lastly, have you checked out the goods at Target lately?  Magnolia Hearth and Hand was released and you can buy the entire line of goods online or in the store.  It's so pretty!
Love the holiday wrapping paper and ribbon.
Beautiful Christmas decorations

A full line of kitchen accessories!
Side note: I was able to run with Dave this weekend and it felt good to get out and run. Although, yesterday I ran 4 miles and ended up aggravating my pulled muscle again, getting old is absolutely horrible.  I hate how I can't bounce back as quickly.  Anyway no running for a few days. :(  

Make it a good week!!  

Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday Inspiration!

Another week in the books!  Hard to believe we are heading into the crazy holiday season already.  Have you started listening to Christmas music yet? I have and I'm not embarrassed to admit it!  I love the season, but mostly I love the time spent with family.

Even though I am secretly listening to Christmas music, I refuse to decorate the house with tinsel until November 24.  On the day after Thanksgiving I start to scratch the itch that makes me want to deck the halls.  But until then, I relish the fall decorations.  Over the years, I have collected lots of "stuff". Dave says too much stuff, but I disagree.  Having stuff to pull out and place around is what I'm all about.
I will keep the silver pumpkin in the guest bath till after Thanksgiving.
This room will look festive soon!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Lauren turns 28 today.  It was Halloween night, 27 years ago, when my water broke and my husband rushed me to the hospital.  The next day, today, I gave birth to my beautiful daughter, Lauren.  She has been my pride and joy ever since.  I could not have loved anyone more than her, or so I thought, her sister came along almost five years later and I realized I had enough love stored in me to love two daughters equally.  I felt blessed.   And I still do.  

Happy Birthday Lauren!
If you asked me to describe Lauren to you, I would do so in the following manner:
  • She was born Nov. 1 which means she is a Scorpio. While reading her horoscope today, something I never do, I discovered that Scorpios fall in love at first sight.  She did this in 9th grade while camping with the family.  She met Christopher, fell in love, told all of us she was going to marry him and even wrote out the wedding invitation. Eight years later she walked down the isle to marry him. :) 
  • She is kind, considerate, patient.
  • She is faithful.
  • She is smart, funny, witty, organized.  She planned her entire wedding on a laptop in Germany while completing her student teaching.
  • She is a special education teacher who is loved by her students.
  • She is a wonderful mother to KJ- a curious 3 yr. old boy full of energy.
  • She is a wonderful daughter.
  • She is an older sister offering her guidance freely.
  • She is someone you would want to have a beer with, laugh with, confide in, and have as your best friend.

She is amazing and anyone who knows her would tell you the same.  That's Lauren and I feel privileged to call her my daughter.

Mama Bear and her cubs, Olivia and Lauren

Monday, October 30, 2017

Catching Up!

Fall weather has certainly made an appearance in Michigan!  We have waited for fall colors to show up and now they finally have- just in time for the little Trick-or-Treaters!  Tomorrow, on Halloween, we plan to move the fire pit to the end of the driveway and sit in chairs, warming ourselves, as we pass out candy and probably beer to some of our neighbors.  It's a good time to catch up with friends.  Fall is such a pretty time of the year. :)  

Lauren sent me these pictures of KJ last night carving his pumpkin with his cousins.  I love the smile on his face.