2016 I bid you farewell!

As 2016 draws to a close we can look back and reflect on what the year brought us or we can look forward and start planning our 2017.   Which do you prefer?   I think I want to look ahead.   2017 is going to be the most amazing year and I want to bring you all on my journey.   Find your power word for 2017 and make it happen!


Merry Christmas

Even on a bleak Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas! OK, yes I know I am late. I have good reasoning though. I was either extremely busy cooking/baking or bundled in 3 layers of blankets to stay warm.

This will be a Christmas to remember.

1 – My Uncle Mike and cousin Paul spent the holiday with us (normally it’s just Grandma, Grandpa, Monkey and Mama)
2 – Monkey got tons of goodies to spur on his engineering interest
3 – I got everything on my wish list
4 – We baked the most amazing food!!!!

1 – Only One – NO HEAT (Holy smokes did that make it an interesting weekend).

Real Peanut Butter Pie

OK so no heat, what is the silver lining to NO heat? You do lots of baking (yummy food while heating the house)
* Peanut Butter Pie (and this is NO Cream Cream filling, this is true homemade pudding)
* Gingerbread Bars (more like brownies)
* Pecan Bars (I don’t even like Pecan Pie, but these bars are to die for)
* Cardamon Cookies (at Santa’s request)

And that’s just Christmas Eve.

Christmas day was:
* Ham
* Scalloped Potatoes
* Green Beans
* Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge
* Peanut Butter Fudge

And I am sure I forgetting a few things, but the food was AMAZING!

Every Christmas Eve we watch The Nativity Story, it truly has become one of my favorite traditions. And then it’s off to get a Monkey in bed and presents out under the tree. It’s always a huge to-do in Mom’s house. But let me tell you about this Monkey and Christmas Eve….

It’s bedtime, we tell him to get his jams on and get to bed. But as he gets older, he gets wiser. So he still believes in Santa Claus (thank goodness), but…. he has figured out how to track Santa on NORAD without my help. (For those of you who didn’t know you can search NORAD and Santa and it tracks Santa’s every movement). He was so excited he just couldn’t fall asleep, so he was up in my room texting me to come to bed. When I got up there the conversation went something like this:

Him – Mom hurry up and get in bed and turn off the light
Me – I will as soon as I finish my bedtime regime
Him – But Santa is in Dominican Republic and will be here soon
Me – How do you know that?
Him – NORAD, Mom. Hurry up.
Me – OK, OK (I proceed to crawl into bed)
Him – Put some sleepy time sounds on so that I can fall asleep. I can’t fall asleep. Mom he’s in CUBA NOW!!!
Me – (frantically searching for music) Put down your phone and close your eyes
Him – Mom he’s in Florida, I am not going to be asleep in time (said in complete panic, mind you)
Finally about 10 minutes of peace and quiet
Him – MOM!!!! (he’s in my face at this point) Why are Grandpa and Uncle Mike still up, Santa is going to pass us by.

OMG!!!!!! This child!!! He finally fell asleep and Santa came and left him all kinds of goodies.

Blessings were in huge abundance this year. And while I was cold most of the weekend, it could have been far worse. It was a very blessed and amazing Christmas. I hope yours was too!!!

Little unexpected gifts!

“LOVE is and will ALWAYS be the greatest GIFT”
M.G. Wells

Sometimes we receive little gifts when we least expect it.

Yesterday was a very rough day for me, and my poor little boy knew this.   I used to hide my woes and turmoil from him, but he’s too smart (and I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve).   He would always ask what’s wrong and I would always say it wasn’t for him to worry about.  But…. through the wisdom of my mother and soul-searching and persistence (on his behalf) I have started sharing these things with him.   So yesterday when he asked what was wrong, I told him.

Needless to say he knew I was a touch down yesterday and very stressed.   Though I prayed on it and gave it to God and I felt much better this it, there was still a little stress there this morning.  So when we were getting ready I had to spend more time than I would liked to get him up and motivated, so I asked him to pack up my lunch (everything was together in the fridge, he just needed to through it in my lunch box).   Imagine my surprise when I found this:


He always surprises me with such cute little gifts.   My heart belongs 100% to this little boy.  He always makes me smile, even if my soul feels over burdened with stress.   He makes every day worth living.

We all need that one thing, person, place, etc… to live for.   I have several but by far my son is my biggest reason.

Muah 💋

This is CHUCK

This is Chuck!

Chuck is a royal PITA(rse). And not just anyone’s PITA, but MINE!

He is the typical elf on a shelf. You move him every night and your child wakes up mystified.  (And yes my son still does believe in Santa and Elf on the Shelf.)

So this little, cute, doll-like elf should not be such a grief in my life. BUT UGH!!!!

I am usually falling asleep about the same time as my son, so that means I have to move him in the morning when I wake up (before Monkey wakes up). Needless to say, I don’t always remember. Let me repeat that…. I FORGET! Nothing is worse than my son waking up and finding chuck in the same spot and saying “Mom!!!!!! Chuck didn’t move last night!”


Things like…
-Bad Mama
-(plus many colorful words aimed at the elf – and mind you I don’t curse but once in a blue moon)

…all come to mind. Then I have to think quick on my feet with excuses (did I mention I am anything but a morning person and the brain doesn’t function until I’ve been awake for a couple hours with coffee).

-I’m sorry sweetie, maybe Chuck fell asleep
-Oh no, maybe Chuck is stuck, I’ll check on him to make sure his legs aren’t caught
(or if he was bad the day before) Maybe Chuck is giving you a second chance before he reports to Santa how you behaved yesterday
-Perhaps Chuck really likes that particular spot.

DO you have any clue how hard that is to do when you aren’t awake!


So my mom sent me this picture as a funny. It’s a great idea, but there are two problems.
ONE – I am out cold by 10pm and
TWO – Monkey has full access to my phone
So it wouldn’t work for me.

Oh and you know all those really cute things you see people post about their Elf on Shelf for their kids???? Well…. you have to be able to get up early or stay up late to do those (poor Chuck will just have to be boring). Heck I can’t even manage to pull off this (and I sell Younique and should be able to do this easily)!

So tonight as you go to bed, take a moment and think of ME (not my son or that damned Elf, but me). Tomorrow morning when I wake up that blasted Elf is going to be taunting me, laughing at me, and rolling his eyes because I am not awake enough to find a decent place for him to sit. SMH – LOL
BTW this Blog as some cute ideas (wish I could remember to do one – LOL)
Elf on a Shelf ideas

Baby It’s Cold Outside (so let’s play!)

Dang there is nothing like waking up know you have a ton of things to do and places to go!   You wake up knowing that you need to get up get moving and then you look outside!   Oh my!   There is ice all over the over the trees.  Just look at it.

It’s beautiful, however, I am not a fan of the cold or ice.   So what am I supposed to do? ? ?

PLAY!  Of course!   I got new mascara, new eye shadows and a new wigs!   I am not going to let this day give way to cabin fever.   You have to make the best of the day.   So I pulled out my camera and new goodies, made a video and played!  No sense in wasting a perfectly good day.   So what do you think of the makeup and wig?

Gratitude or bust!

How do you count your blessings?

I know you say thank you when you receive something from someone.   But do you express your gratitude for the little things?   Like the sunshine, your son’s cute smile or the breathe you take?   If not take a moment and just say Thank You!

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
[Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1963]
―John F. Kennedy