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.

Credit: SomeEcards.com

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

Credit: SomeEcards.com

Credit: Pinterest

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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!

Credit: QuoteDiary.Com

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.

Credit: PictureQuotes.com

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!!

Credit: Ebay.com

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.

Credit: Ebay.com

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
Credit: This Blog

4 Movies I've Watched More Than Once:
1. Love & Basketball
2. All of the Scream movies
3. Now & Then
4. Hocus Pocus

Credit: IMDB.com

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

Credit: This Site

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

Credit: This Site

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

Credit: This Site

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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What's Up Wednesday: October Edition



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

Monday: Steak, veggies, baked potatoes
Tuesday: Chick-Fil-A
I'm not sure about the rest of the week

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

My weekend trip to NY last October to visit family. I spent quality time with my nieces & nephews. I watched the Mets in the World Series with my nephews, brother, and dad. I also went trick or treating with my niece/God-daughter O, attended my niece A's soccer game and attended my nephews J & N's football games! It was such a fun and special weekend.

3. What I'm Loving...

My family, being an aunt, spending quality time with my mom, attending planner meet ups & hanging out with my planner friends!

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

Earlier this month, Hurricane Matthew hit us. We didn't have damage except for our streets flooding and a piece of siding come off the house. However, a lot of surrounding areas weren't as lucky. My mom had a birthday this month and I love when I get to celebrate her and dote on her. Last week, I had a 48 hour stomach virus and I was home sick on Thursday & Friday. This week, my dad has a birthday and on Monday, it's Halloween!

5. What I'm Dreading...

Nothing that I can think of.

6. What I'm Working On...

I'm trying to get back into my reading mode. I haven't read a book in a while and that is not like me at all. I'm also trying to get better at blog posting as well.

7. What I'm Excited About...

I can't wait to see the movie, The Girl on The Train. I absolutely loved the book and the trailer for the movie looks awesome!

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

Watching: All of my regular Fall TV shows & Bloodline on Netflix
Reading: I just started The Hundred Gifts by Jennifer Scott

9. What I'm Listening To...

Ryan Star, Michael Buble, Jana Kramer, Andy Grammer, Brett Dennen, Justin Timberlake

10. What I'm Wearing...

The usual... shirts, jeans/pants, sneakers.

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

Getting some things done around the house and relaxing!

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

Thanksgiving

13. What Else Is New...

I think that I've covered everything.

Bonus Question:

What's Your Favorite Halloween Tradition?

As a kid, it was decorating for Halloween with my mom and trick or treating with my mom, friends, and my friend's moms and then coming home and eating pizza and some candy and watching Hocus Pocus.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday to my amazing mom!


You are my life's greatest blessing. I'm so blessed to be your daughter and I'm so lucky and thankful to have you as my best friend.

You have been a constant source of support, love, encouragement, and inspiration in my life. I love all of the many inside jokes and special memories we share together.


I'm so very thankful for all of the fun times we've shared together as I grew up and the wonderful memories we continue to make every day. I cherish all of the time we spend together. I'm forever grateful that we have such a special bond and friendship.


I hope your birthday is amazing as you are, Mom. Thank you for all that you are and all that you do. You are truly my hero and I'm so blessed to have you in my life as my mom and my best friend. Here's to many more birthdays and wonderful memories spent together! I love you so very much!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Currently...

Reading... I have been slacking big time in the reading department. I'm hoping to get back on track but there is definitely no way that I will be completing my goal of reading 75 books this year. I'm hoping to at least make it to 50.

Listening To... Ryan Star, Jana Kramer, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt

Watching... All of the new Fall TV shows that have started, including the new TV show, Pitch! I've been longing for a good television show about baseball for a long time and I'm so glad there is one on TV now. Pitch is focused on Ginny Baker, the first woman to play in the Major Leagues. It is a great story and the acting is great. One of my first celebrity crushes from when I was little, Mark Paul Gosselaar (he played Zack Morris on Saved by The Bell) is in the show and it's great to see him back on TV.

Eating... All things Pumpkin!

Drinking... Aside from my daily iced coffee that I make at home, I've been drinking lots of water, orange juice, and sparkling water.

Wanting... To see my family in New York. It's hard to go months without seeing them and spending quality time with them.

Wishing... My nephew MW a wonderful and happy 2nd birthday.

Loving... Spending quality time with my mom.

Needing... Getting back on track with blog posting, reading, and catching up on some other things.

Buying... Birthday gifts for family members.

Feeling... Accomplished. Due to Hurricane Matthew, the schools were closed Wednesday-Friday last week and all of this week and I've gotten a lot of things to done to help my mom out around the house and stuff I needed to do as well.

Excited For... Celebrating my Mom's birthday next week and two planner meet-ups I have coming up.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Erin Condren 2017 Life Planner & Acessories Review

I'm a huge planner addict and I have been using the same company for seven years: Erin Condren! This company has everything you need to design the perfect planner for you! I'm not getting compensated for this post, I just love this company a lot and wanted to share a review of my 2017 Erin Condren Life Planner and the accessories I purchased.

First up: the star of the show... The 2017 Life Planner

^Your planner comes with your choice of the cover and there are so many options to choose from. I chose the signature paisley cover. You can add your name, initials, quote, or even make a cover with your own pictures on it.^

There are many different options you can choose from to customize your planner so that it works perfectly for you & how you plan. There are three layouts to choose from as well as two color themes. There are four color options for the coil of your Life Planner.

Three Layout Options: Vertical, Horizontal, Hourly
Color Themes: Colorful or Netural
Coil Colors: Platinum, Black, Gold, Rose Gold

I have always chosen the Vertical layout as that's what I find works best for me. The color themes are a new addition to the planner for 2017 as we've never had that as a option before. I chose colorful because I love bright colors and my motto is the more color, the better! I chose the platinum coil for my planner.

^One of the new changes this year is that on the back of each cover, it comes with a dashboard in which you can use dry erase markers on. This is a photo showing the back of the front cover of my planner.^

^The gorgeous vellum sheet with a new design by the Erin Condren team. This design is called Mid-Century Circles and is so pretty!^

^Quote pages. I love the quotes that Erin Condren puts on her social media pages and I'm so happy that some are always included in the planners.^

^Current & Next year at a glance pages^


^I think these pages are wonderful and this is the second year that they have been included in the planner. Last year, I used them to keep track of birthdays & anniversaries but this year I'm going to use them for something else. I haven't decided what that is yet.^

^Blank page before month^

^Quote page before month^

I forgot to take a picture of the monthly view but it is the same as last year so I will post a picture from that planner:

^Weekly layout. In previous years, when we didn't have a choice between the color themes, each month/week had two colors combined in the layout. In the picture show above of the monthly view of January from last year, the colors are orange & light blue. February was red & light pink and so on. This year, the planners are one color for the month/view. I like both styles but the colors in the previous years planners, were more bright.^


^The note pages included in the back of the planner are still the same. You get 6 lined pages, 4 graph pages, and 4 blank pages.^

^These pages are a new addition to the 2017 planner. You get a two page spread of 12 boxes with the months of January 2018-December 2018 (the following year as this is a 2017 planner), with four spaces to write underneath each month. I think this is a great way to mark down special events for the following year that you'll need to remember or keep track of. On the bottom of each page, is a big box that says In the Coming Year and that you can write it whatever you want! I really love these pages and I think it's a wonderful new addition.^



^The stickers in the 2017 planner have new colors. We get two pages of regular shaped stickers (one with text such as day off, hair appointment, game, etc. and one sheet of blank stickers). A new addition for this year is that we have two sheets of stickers with different edging on them, which include a full sheet of birthday stickers and one sheet of blank stickers that you can write on.^

^The improved keep it together folder with the gorgeous Mid-Century circles design.^

^Once again, we receive a Perpetual Calendar which is a great way to keep track of birthdays, anniversaries and other important dates in your life.^

^The pouch that previously came attached to your planner in the back now comes unattached from the planner so that you can clip it in with a coil clip wherever you want it to be, in the front, back. or somewhere else. I really love this option as it means we can keep the pouch when the year is over and we're now longer using that planner.^ 

^The extras included in your pouch are the coil clip (to connect your pouch to your planner), a mini sample sticker book, 3 compliment cards, and two 20% off coupons.^

And that is the new & updated 2017 Life Planner from the Erin Condren company!

And now onto the accessories...

^I purchased the watercolor sticky notes, which is a new design that they just started selling.^

^This is another new accessory: mini-snap in bookmarks to keep track of what week you're on. They have a few different design options for these and I got the set that includes the paisley print, the Chevron print, and the colorful polka dots.^

^I purchased another pack of the party pops markers because I use these a lot and I really love the bright colors!^

^I also picked up a set of their newest collection of compliment cards.^

I also ordered two of the new sticker books that were recently released. I ordered two because I'm obsessed with the stickers that Erin Condren & her wonderful team make!


^One of the unique touches that I love every time I receive an Erin Condren order is that we are sent a really beautiful sticker & post card in our order. I love receiving these stickers & post cards and I keep and collect them! I think this is such a fun addition that the company does and it always makes me smile.^

If have any questions about the Erin Condren Life Planner or any of the accessories, leave a note in the comments and I will reply back to you.

If you are interested in purchasing from Erin Condren, this is my referral link, which gives you $10 off your first purchase:

https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/amydevito