Archives for April 2016

Happy Earth Day!!!!


Wow it seemed like yesterday but we have arrived at Earth Day again. I spent time in my garden in honor of earth day cleaning up, weeding, watching, accessing and planning for this upcoming season. I love this time of year.

“Spring is like the ‘New Years’ of Gardening. It’s a clean slate. It’s time to start a new and find different ways to create new life in your garden. ”

– Belinda H. Fernandes


I enjoy all of the possibilities that spring brings.  I try to find ways to create my own oasis that doesn’t require too much maintenance. Last year I made an agreement with myself to not obsess over the garden and find a nice balance for relaxing with my family and gardening. I aim for the same today.


So I may not be out planting a tree for earth day, but I feel like what I play my part by growing my own vegetables and growing flowers to support the bee population.

Happy Earth Day!


Happy Friday!


Hello Everyone! I have been running around busy with spring cleaning projects, administrative work, preparing for some upcoming home renovations and sticking to my Cleanse. The picture above is me at pick-up trying to soothe my sweet craving with a clean smoothie. It was actually really delicious.

As if that isn’t enough, I officially will begin garden clean-up this afternoon. It’s quite a process that takes days to work through but the weather is warming up and I’m am anxious to get out there and work on the first steps in preparation for planting season. It’s too soon for me to plant much so I focus on cleaning up areas, assessing what survived winter and what might need replacing and then plan my flower beds and vegetable gardens.  The hard part is that once garden season kicks in, I really abandon my craft table. I am going to look ways to keep a few projects going but I won’t make promises because outdoors is where I like to be. So I may change up my features on this blog during the late spring and summer months. Stay tuned for any announcements.

week2bThis is a yummy clean dish I made this week, it is Eggplant Curry and it’s delish!

week2cI love Whole Foods because it is always an adventure. I feel like I am on holiday at some exotic location because some of the fruits and vegetables I see are so foreign. This one I had to take a picture of – Jackfruit. It’s massive.

This upcoming week is also spring break for my boys so I will be doing a lot of staycation activities throughout the week. I think Apollo has even started a list (definitely taking after his mom).  I will also be catching up on my reading for book club and my personal selections so some reviews will be fast approaching. I am also working on videos for a YouTube channel to talk books that will be included in the Book Nook section of this website. I have been toying with starting a channel for a while and my youngest has been pushing me to do it. So it just might happen once I shake the nerves off.

Well have a blessed weekend and I will be back with more soon as I go play in my garden a bit!


I’m Back: A Recap of My Time Away!!

Hello my peeps!  Wow, I got swept up in so much happenings that I didn’t get a chance to check in. Let’s see, the last time we connected was my last Women’s History post on the 29th. Well I spent an amazing weekend with Leao in New Jersey at my best friend’s wedding. We left on Friday morning and flew home mid-day Sunday. I realized this was the first time Leao and I have flown without the kids in 13 years! Wow. We usually travel on vacations with the boys so it was a treat to just have the two of us.longbranchwedding1Leao and I took a selfie in our rental car on our way to the hotel. Met the bride to be at the hotel and look at the cute little goodie bag that was on our bed at the hotel!

longbranchwedding2We took a little tour of Long Branch. The ocean was spectacular and some of the trees were already in bloom.

longbranchwedding3We got ready for an evening wedding and the shuttle picked up all of the guests right in front of our hotel. It was a luxury shuttle with fancy seating and mini bars.

longbranchwedding4The wedding. Wow what can I say, it was beautiful. It was in a seaside restaurant so the ocean was in background all of the time. There were Cherry blossoms everywhere. So pretty.

longbranchwedding5Met some new friends at the wedding and caught up with college friends at brunch the next day!

On Monday we had a stinkin’ snow storm that left shoveling deep snow and pushed back my grocery shopping a day.


Then on Tuesday I started my spring Clean Gut Cleanse. Remember I did it last year with amazing results. This time I have my girlfriend Ashley joining me on what I am now calling a “Spring Cleaning for my Body and Soul”! It feels so good to really nourish my body properly. I am on day 4 today and my energy is great. I discovered a new breakfast smoothie this time around. I have also been sharing some of my meals with Leao. I even created a bullet journal to track my information this time around. I will share that with you soon.


On Wednesday, we took the boys to their first Celtic’s game at the TD Garden. Nick’s ticket was free because he made High Honors this term at school so they paid for his ticket and we purchased our tickets so we could all go.

Now, you know I am all in on my football. I can’t get enough of it. Ashley and I commiserate via text throughout the games all season and I try to go see the Pat’s once a year. But that said, I really enjoyed myself and see me going again. It’s so close to drive there and the lights, the music, really make it so much fun. The players were amazing to watch. So I may start watching more games now.

celticsgame2Both boys had a great time and I definitely see this happening again.


Tonight is movie night and we bought a copy of the latest Star Wars movie so we can watch it again. I can’t wait to see if I notice more things the second time around.

I told you, it’s been busy! I am truly grateful for all the blessings of this past week. I have so much fun stuff to share with you so do stop by soon.

Have a blessed weekend!



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