Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What's Up Wednesday




1. What We're Eating This Week...

Monday, we had pasta & meatballs and Tuesday night we had leftovers. I'm not sure about the rest of the week though.

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

Honestly? Nothing at the moment which is a rarity for me.

3. What I'm Loving...

That I'm 3 lbs. away from my first weight loss goal! Since November, I've lost 27 lbs. I'm snacking less, writing down everything that I eat and drink during the day, taking a lot of walks, cutting back on portion sizes, and choosing better food options.

4. What I've Been Up To...

I'm still trying to get all of my energy back and feel 100% after having my tonsils out a month ago. I also have been continuing to substitute.

5. What I'm Dreading...

Nothing at the moment.

6. What I'm Working On...

I'm trying to get all caught up on reading blogs and blog posts that I want to make. I also have some Periscope videos to make as well as a Youtube video.

7. What I'm Watching/Reading...

Watching: All of my regular TV shows
Reading: I'm still reading Christmas books and I need to get my butt in gear because I'm still on the book that I started at the beginning of the month. I've been slacking on reading.

8. What I'm Listening To...

Matthew Morrison, Kenny Chesney, Andy Grammer, Kate Voegele

9. What I'm Wearing...

Shirts/sweaters, jeans/pants. When I'm home, I'm always in pajamas or lounge clothes.

10. What I'm Doing This Weekend...

I have two planner meet ups that I will be attending this weekend and I'm very much looking forward to those.

11. What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...

My nephew M turns 13!, and my brother & Grandma both have birthdays as well. My fur baby, Davey Eli turns 9. I will be going to Turks & Caicos for a week. I'm also looking forward to Valentine's Day (I love holidays!).

12. What Else Is New...

I'm going to a huge planner conference in April this year with some planner friends of mine and I can't wait. I'm so excited to meet new friends and partake in all of the festivites. I'm also really excited about the location (I will talk more about it soon) because it's a place I've always wanted to go to and explore.

Bonus Question This Month:

Who Is Your All Time Favorite Bachelor?

I'm choosing two because I can't pick just one (lol):
1) Sean Lowe
2) Ben Higgins

And just for fun: my favorite Bachelorettes are Jojo Fletcher & Trista Sutter.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Five on Friday on a Saturday.... First post of 2017



First off, Happy New Year! I can't believe this is my first blog post of 2017. One of my goals for 2017 is to start to blog more!

1. End of December: Surgery, Christmas, My 30th Birthday

The end of December was such a blur. On the 20th, I had my tonsils out and the surgery went well but the recovery was so very painful and honestly took a lot longer than I thought it would. It's been a month and I still don't have all of my energy back but my throat is feeling much better. Christmas was very low-key this year. Since I had surgery, I didn't go back to NY to visit family. My mom, step-dad, grandma and I celebrated Christmas at our house but honestly I mostly laid in bed and watched Christmas movies. On New Year's Eve, I turned 30. I still wasn't feeling well so I just went to Target and Office Max/Depot with my mom and then came home. Normally, we spend the day out shopping, going to the movies, and going out to eat but I definitely was not up for that this year. I did get to Facetime with my family in NY a few times during the Christmas break and my birthday. I am so thankful for technology because it allows me to be able to "see" my family in NY much more than I would be able to without it.

Credit: This Blog

2. 2017 Goals & Resolutions

+ Find a full time job working with children.
+ Substitute as much as possible. I really enjoy being in the classroom!
+ Continue to get healthy & lose weight. Between November-today, I've lose 26 lbs. and I'm hoping to lose even more and continue to get healthy.
+ Use my Erin Condren wellness journals to track my health & weight loss goals.
+ Start blogging more, as well as commenting more on blogs that I read.

Credit: This Site

3. Girl with Autism sings Hallelujah

 Listening to this beautiful girl sing this beautiful song brought tears to my eyes. I was so moved throughout the whole song. This is a very inspirational video!


4. La La Land with Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone

I recently saw this movie and it's amazing. I've always loved Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone and thought they were terrific but this movie just blew me away. They were so incredible and amazing. The music was out of this world fantastic. I was so happy from the start of the movie to the end. I would definitely recommend this movie with two thumbs way up!! Have you seen this movie? If so, what were your thoughts?

Credit: This Site

5. Emma Stone's Golden Globes Dress

Speaking of Emma Stone, the dress she wore to the 2017 Golden Globes was so very beautiful. Emma Stone is truly beautiful and she has great taste in the gowns she chooses for award shows. This dress is so beautiful and I love that she paid homage to the movie La La Land aka The City of Stars by wearing a dress with stars on it.

Credit: Pop Sugar


Monday, December 26, 2016

What's Up Wednesday... December Edition



This link-up was for Wednesday and I'm way late to it but I still wanted to do it. I had surgery on Tuesday and the recovery has been very slow and very painful.

1. What I'm Eating This Week...

Monday: Meatball Subs
Tuesday: Surgery Day (nothing for dinner)
Wednesday & Thursday: Scrambled Egg for dinner
Friday: Applesauce & Jello
Saturday: Farina
Sunday: Mashed potatoes

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

Christmases throughout the years


Credit: Heather Stillufsen @ Rose Hill Design Studio

3. What I'm Loving...

That my mom is the best mom, best friend, and best nurse in the world. She has taken such good care of me throughout my surgery & my very slow recovery.

Credit: Heather Stillufsen @ Rose Hill Design Studio

4. What I'm Dreading...

Up until the day of my surgery (December 20th), I was dreading my surgery. 6 days post-op I'm still dreading the almost constant pain.

5. What I'm Working On...

A list of blog and Livejournal posts that I want to make the rest of this year.

6. What I'm Excited About...

That my surgery is beyond me and that hopefully I start to get better & better each day. I'm also excited about my birthday on Saturday. All month long, I was excited for Christmas & the holiday season!

Credit: This Blog

7. What I'm Watching/Reading...

Watching: All of the Christmas movies! I still have a lot left to watch (on my DVR and the ones I own on DVD).
Reading: The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot

8. What I'm Listening To...

Non-stop Christmas music!

9. What I'm Wearing...

Lots of pajamas and comfy clothes.

10. What I'm Doing This Weekend...

Depending on how I'm feeling, I might go out on my birthday to some stores with my mom but honestly I'm not sure if I will be up for it. If not, I will just be relaxing and spending quality time with my mom at home on my birthday and hopefully I will be able to Facetime with my family in NY as well.

11. What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...

Hopefully I will be 100% healed and feeling back to normal. I'm also excited for two planner meet ups that I will be attending. I'm very much looking forward to spending time with my friends!

Credit: This Site

12. What Else Is New...

This month, my niece/God-daughter O, celebrated her 11th birthday. On the 16th, it was the 10 year anniversary of the day I met David Wright. On the 17th, it was 5 years ago that I graduated from college. On the 31st, I will be turning 30 years old.

Bonus Question This Month: 
What's your favorite memory from 2016?

I can't pick just one so here's a few:

+ all of the time I spent with my mom. She is my best friend and we always have the best times together!
+ the time I got to spend back in NY visiting my family. Sadly, I did not get to spend much time in NY this year.
+ I started substituting in the classrooms and I absolutely love it. I hope to do a lot more of it in 2017.
+ Meeting so many wonderful friends through the planner community.
+ Winter Planner-Land event with my friends

Friday, November 25, 2016

Five on Friday: November 25, 2016


1. Thanksgiving Blessings

I hope you all had a wonderful, happy, and blessed Thanksgiving day with your family & friends! I'm so very thankful for my family, having my mom as my mom & best friend, being an aunt, the planner community and the amazing friends I've met through it, the health of my family, friends, and myself, and my wonderful job working with children. Working with children is my passion and my dream job and I'm so thankful that I have the opportunity to do so.


Credit: This Site

2. Welcome, nephew A

On Sunday, I became an aunt for the 10th time. Being an aunt is truly the best blessing. I have 7 nephews and 3 nieces whom I love, treasure, and adore. They are my pride and joy and I'm so very blessed to be their aunt and to have them in my life.

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3. Balayage Hair

I really want to do this to my hair. I've really only cut my hair, straightened it professional and had Keratin treatments done to my hair in my (almost 30) years of living. I really want to change it up a bit and I saw this on Instagram one day.
This is what it looks like:
Credit: Pinterest

4. Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life

I've been so excited for this to come out on Netflix and today is the day. I haven't seen every single episode of Gilmore Girls (it's on my to watch list to watch it from the beginning-end in order) but I've seen a lot of episodes and I love the relationship between the mother and daughter.

Credit: TVLine.com

5. Quotes & Funnies

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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What's Up Wednesday: November Edition



1. What We're Eating This Week:

Monday: Outback. I treated my step-dad and mom to dinner to celebrate my step-dad's birthday.
Tuesday: Grilled sausage, my step-dad's famous potatoes (so delicious), cauliflower
Wednesday: Salmon & Salad
Thursday: Thanksgiving Feast
Friday: Left-overs

Credit: MarthaStewart.com

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

Three years ago when my brother, SIL, nephews J & N came down to visit for Thanksgiving! We had the best time with them. We played lots of games, went to a Christmas lights show, celebrated Thanksgiving, went shopping, watched Christmas movies, and my nephews helped me put up and decorate the small tree I put up in my room. My brother, nephews, and I also went to the park and had an epic game of hide and go seek!

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3. What I'm Loving...

My family! Everyday I thank God for blessing me with the family I have. I just wish that I got to see my family more. The majority of my family live in NY where I was born & raised. I have 10 amazing nephews & nieces whom I adore with all of my heart & soul. I am a super proud auntie and being an aunt is my greatest joy and blessing.

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4. What I've Been Up To...

I've been dealing with bad insomnia for the past month and a half as well as aches and pains due to lack of sleep. I have recently started substituting and I love it. I have 4 more substitute jobs planned for December. I love being in the classroom with the students and gaining hands on experience. Working with children has always been my passion from a young age. I used to baby sit my younger cousins a lot and besides from working as a customer service representative, all of my job and volunteer experiences have been with children: daycare, Summer camp, after school care, working with kids with disabilities, volunteering, and substituting).

Credit: SomeEcards.com

5. What I'm Dreading...

Having to get my tonsils taken out in December.

6. What I'm Working On...

Upcoming blog posts.

7. What I'm Excited About...

A road trip with my planner friends to a fun planner event!!

8. What I'm Watching/Reading:

Watching: All of my regular TV shows including the new show that just premiered last week, Shooter on USA Network which stars Ryan Phillipe (one of my celeb crushes as a teenager) and is a spin-off from the movie Shooter which Mark Wahlberg (my favorite actor) starred in. I'm also watching lots of Christmas movies!
Reading: All I Want For Christmas -Jenny Hale

Credit: This Site

9. What I'm Listening To...

Christmas music!!

I'm loving the new Christmas CD by Brett Eldredge. I'm also loving the following Christmas albums from previous years: Kenny Chesney, Nashville Cast, Glee Cast, Hanson, Idina Menzel, Jessie James Decker, and many more. I love Christmas music!!

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10. What I'm Wearing...

It just recently started to get cold where I live so I'm starting to wear long sleeve shirts, sweaters, and wraps.

11. What I'm Doing This Weekend...

One day I'm having a girls day out with my mom and one day is going to be a lazy day which will include watching lots of Christmas movies!

Credit: Pinterest

12. What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...

My niece/God-daughter O turns 11, a planner conference with friends, the holiday season, Christmas Eve & Christmas, my birthday & New Year's Eve, local planner meet up.

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13. What Else Is New...

I became an aunt for the 10th time this weekend. I now have 7 nephews and 3 nieces. Welcome to the world, nephew A!

Credit: Pinterest

Bonus Question:

What's Your Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition?

Enjoying quality time with family, eating a wonderful & delicious meal, and watching the Thanksgiving Day parade!

Credit: This Site

Friday, November 18, 2016

Five on Friday: November 18th, 2016


1. Insomnia & Sickness

For the past month, I've had severe insomnia. I wake up about 5-10 times an hour every hour. I haven't had a full night's sleep in over a month. I've also been dealing with lots of aches & pains due to not being able to sleep. This week, I also have a stomach virus on top of everything else. I just want to feel better and be able to sleep through the night again.

2. Substituting

I recently started substituting and I love it. I really enjoy working with the children and being in the classroom. I am so grateful and blessed to have this opportunity and it has been a wonderful experience!

Credit: This Site

3. Planner Event with Friends

Next month, I'm attending a planner conference with some of my friends whom I've met through the planner community and I'm so excited. It sounds like it's going to be one fun and jam packed weekend!

^Photo of my 2017 Erin Condren Life Planner^

4. Christmas Sweater

A shop that sells Mets t-shirts, hats, and other items has come out with the most perfect David Wright  Christmas sweater and I'm really hoping that I can get my hands on one.

Credit: The 7 Line

That's all I've got for today. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Four Things Survey

4 Jobs I've Had:
1. Babysitter
2. Customer service representative
3. Daycare worker
4. After-school child care worker
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4 Movies I've Watched More Than Once:
1. Love & Basketball
2. All of the Scream movies
3. Now & Then
4. Hocus Pocus

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4 Books I Would Recommend:
1. The Kate Burkholder Series by Linda Castillo
2. The Girl On The Train -Paula Hawkins
3. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour -Morgan Matson
4. The Time Traveler's Wife -Audrey Niffenegger

Credit: Amazon.com

4 Places I Have Been (In the last 3 years):
1. Long Island, NY
2. South Carolina
3. Lake George, NY
4. New York City

Credit: This Site

4 TV Shows I Watch:
1. Chicago PD
2. Chicago Fire
3. Chicago Med
4. Pitch

Credit: This Site

4 Things I'm Looking Forward To This Year:
1. Celebrating all of the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Eve
2. My niece/God-daughter's birthday
3. Planner conference with some of my planner friends
4. Celebrating my birthday

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4 Favorite Vegetables:
1. Potatoes
2. Broccoli
3. Carrots
4. Cauliflower

4 Shows I Watched Faithfully From Beginning To End:
1. Dawson's Creek
2. One Tree Hill
3. Rookie Blue
4. Parenthood

Credit: This Site

4 Places I Want To Visit Inside The US:
1. Nashville, TN
2. California
3. Rosemary Beach, Florida
4. The Mall of America

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4 Places I Want To Visit Outside The US:
1. All of the Caribbean islands
2. Italy
3. Ireland
4. Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas

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4 Random Things I'm Thinking About:
1. I need to start Christmas shopping.
2. I wish Halloween was always a day off, like other holidays.
3. I want coffee but I know if I drink it now, I will be up all night.
4. I love Kate Voegele's new CD.