Thursday, October 27, 2016

Coupons for the Community

With my recent stay-at-home mom status I realized that if I want to continue to make a difference I am going to have to find alternative ways to help those in the community. Monetary donations will continue to happen, particularly when I make money from this blog, but I am looking for additional ways to help out that won't drain the bank now they we only have one income!

I found Coupons for Community that allows you to clip coupons and mail them to their organization. Through the use of our unwanted coupons they are able to help local food pantries obtain more items to provide to those less fortunate. Many items are not covered by food stamps so these coupons are a big plus.

For my local friends, if you have any coupons just laying around, I'll be glad to take them and clip them for you and include them with the pile I mail in every month. Those not local to NJ, you can visit the Coupons for the Community website to see how you can get involved.

Do you have any ideas for projects that we can help out through this blog? Contact me at

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Move Update

Well hi! It feels like an eternity since I have sat down and chatted with you all on this blog. Heck it seems like an eternity since I actually sat down period!

Since I last posted, my house sold and we've move to a nice rental house in a really nice Southern New Jersey town in Gloucester County. I so miss my old house. It was custom built and had so many nice features like larger-than-life skylights, recessed lighting and French glass doors that made me feel like I was outside even when I was in. I miss the property too. I used to love to walk around our woods and enjoying the massiveness of the 100+ year old trees and the movement of all the critters like snuggly bunny rabbits and our numerous pairs of cardinals (my favorite bird because they are red - my favorite color!)

For those of you that are part of my daily life, I am sorry for all the whining. It's just that we loved that house but had to go. It was no longer a good area and the schools were bad. So forgive me.

But enough about the past. I'd love to highlight that God has been good and has relocated us to a beautiful rental house in a gorgeous historic town. I know we are meant to be here because not only was this the only house that worked out out of dozens and dozens of house we looked into, but my son D landed in an amazing school with a teacher that we know from church. We didn't even request her! God just made it happen!

The house is gorgeous with well kept hardwood floors running throughout the first floor, a cozy covered patio in the backyard and lots of doors and windows that give me that outdoorsy feeling I so loved back at my old homestead.

See? Isn't it pretty?

We have another 9 months on our lease and then it will be time to move on again. This house isn't for sale and doesn't quite meet our needs long-term so we will definitely move. Where will we go you ask? Great question! If we stay in Jersey we surely will stay in Gloucester County in this area. It's so homey here and Country-like. I love how clean it is, how well kept things are and how nice everyone seems to be.

There is still the possibility of moving out-of-state to Nashville though. Little things keep coming up to lead us to believe that may be our future. Ya know how they say God has a sense of humor? Well one day as I was looking on for this rental house I came across a house on Tennessee Trail. The very next page had a house on Spring Hill Drive which is the very town we are considering in Spring Hill. Just for giggles on page 3 God threw in a house on Bowling Green Lane which is the town in Kentucky where Corvettes are made. We've travelled there numerous times for events in our Corvette. Yep. This was all in 5 minutes. I dunno. Can't be a coincidence if you ask me!

In the meantime, I am embracing the improved life I've been given. I quite my job over 13 weeks ago from Rowan University to be a full-time stay-at-home mom. I won't lie. It's different and I am trying to find my way but at least I get to look at these smiling faces.

I mean seriously. Aren't they cute?

I am enjoying wearing flip flops all day (yep! even in cold weather!) while managing my 6 year old's busy Kindergarten academic and social life! Who knew there was so much homework in Kindergarten? A math book? Really? Good thing he likes it. I discovered that is the one thing we really wants to learn is Math! Yeah! That is a great thing to know! Not taking after his mamma in the respect. Bring on writing!

Working on this blog and looking into writing gigs are on my list of things to do. Now I might have a chance to do this. And hopefully we can help some people along the way with this blog. On my next post I'll be sharing one small thing we're doing to make a difference.

So have you ever been in my situation? Not sure where you are moving to next? How did you handle it? Any tips for moving? How about thoughts on moving out of state? I'd love to connect with you!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Busy in South Jersey

Hi gals!

I am sitting at the kitchen table eating my version of the low-point Weight Watchers soup (remind me to give you the recipe. It's so good!) and I realized I haven't written on my blog in so long.

You see, just like the rest of you, my life has been hectic! Life really does get in the way as they say. We're busy in South Jersey to say the least! Fortunately for me, although I don't always handle the stressfulness of our fast paced life very well sometimes, I do recognize that most things in our lives are positive. We are blessed.

Some of you don't even know that I've welcomed a new little love into my life. His name is Ryan Dominic and he was born January 28, 2016. Interesting story about that - I didn't even know I was pregnant for the first 10 weeks despite our efforts to get pregnant.

At this time last year, I was at an Endocronolist appt (I have a thyroid problem) and we had a discussion about one patch of skin that burns like it's on fire and often feels like there knife in it repeatedly stabbing me. No. Not fun. Not the worse thing that ever happen to anyone but still not fun. She brought up Celiac disease and after reading some of the symptoms, which mimic pregnancy, I was convinced I have it and that is why I wasn't feeling well. Turns out I may be Gluten Intolerant but more about that later.

In the midst of all this, I decided to take a pregnancy test even though I just KNEW I couldn't be pregnant. Well I was wrong! I was pregnant!

As you mommas already know, being pregnant is really worth it but it so much work! I was fortunate to have a no-complication pregnancy but did spent much of my time as doctor's appointments and getting tests. In the end, it was worth it. Ryan is completely healthy. He was 7 lbs. 15 oz. and 21" long. And he has dark black hair! My other guy, Dante, was a baldy when he was born so for some reason, I found it extra cute that Ryan had fuzzy stuff on his head when he came out! He's 3 1/2 months already kids! Time flies! Help me!

I know I am his mother, but isn't this kid cute?!

Me and my two cuties on Mother's Day '16

Dante and Ryan just hanging around!

Apparently bringing another human into the house isn't enough for us so we decide to put our house up for sale. We've been thinking about it for a long time because the school system here is far less than it should be. Plus we're looking for new adventures. After 14 months of people traipsing in and out of our house we finally have an offer at the moment.  We're playing the counteroffer game back-and-forth which, by the way, isn't my favorite game!

I am hoping things work out but honestly I am ready to move on. We're considering moving out-of-state (Nashville, TN anyone?!) but for now if the house sells we're going to rent local in New Jersey where we are until we make any decisions about the job.

Whew! What a busy year it's been! And we're looking at more craziness with this move, vacations, and growing babies.

What have you been up to? What does this year hold for you.

By the way, if you have any moving tips let me know. My husband and I have never really moved a whole house. We're in for it!

And of course, if you have any thoughts on living in Nashville comment on that too! I'd love to hear what you think!

More Mom 4 a Difference is on the way. What's up next?

Bolognese Sauce Recipe
My journey going gluten-free
Inspirational Graphics
More on the moving situation
How to teach your kid about other places: a travel-inspired dinner

Anything else you'd like to see? Let me know about it!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Vinylux Nail Polish Review and How to Give Yourself a Salon-Like Manicure

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Remember back in Elementary school when we made cute ceramics in art class? Most kids made kid things, ya know, like animals or their favorite action figure. Not me though. You know what I made? My hand with really long nails painted in my favorite color, red. I am pretty sure it had a sparkly ring on it! 

I'd show you a picture but I am pretty sure my mom threw it away. That's what she does. In her defense I guess I could have broken it. Either way it has to live in my memory since it's no longer around.

As I blossomed into a woman I was always into my nails although I never got fake nails. They always had to be my own and I always had to polish them myself. Till this day I still like to do them myself and the only reason I'll go to get a manicure is because I enjoy the pampering and the socializing with the nail girl and the girlfriend that usually comes with me. 

But since I can do it pretty well myself I've bought a kaleidoscope of colors in various brands over the years. I've bought the cheap stuff and the pricier, salon-worthy polish and nothing has been any better than my new favorite: CND Vinylux. 

My girlfriend turned me onto it and I've been loving it! I have four shades: CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish .5 fl oz, Clay Canyon,Dessert Poppy, CND Vinylux Hot Chilis #120 Nail Polish Lacquer 0.5floz,and 145 CND - VINYLUX SCARLET LETTER Weekly Polish Nail Purple Red Mix Color 0.5oz

My favorite is Clay Canyon. It's a nice neutral color that I think is perfect in the winter with the ever popular gold/tans and the Burgundy and Merlots that are out this past season. It's great for spring and summer though, too, because it's a light color that goes with just about anything. 

The thing I love about this polish the most is that it's not only pretty, but it lasts longer than any other polish I've ever tried. It's known as the "Weekly Polish" and although I don't find that it last quite a week, it's pretty close. I'd say I can leave it on for about four to five days and at that point the only real issue I've ever had is that it starts to fade at the tip of my nails so I simply add another coat and it will last another two or three days at least.   

It NEVER chips.And this is a big deal to me because I must have something wrong with one of my index finger nails. Inevitably, the side of the nail ALWAYS chips within minutes of my polishing my nails. I think I must have an oil spot or something preventing the polish from sticking. I just can't keep polish on it, but Vinylux stays on with no problem!

So far of the four polishes that I've purchased, I bought three creme shades and one of a more opaque red color. I liked the cremes but not the opaque so much. I don't feel like it covers as well. It sorta left areas of my nail lighter in one area and dark in others. 

Otherwise, I love the polish. They have a lot of shades to choose from and it goes on really nice. I am guessing they use a better quality brush than some other brands because it goes on smooth and doesn't bend up. Plus it doesn't bubble up.

So are you ready to start giving yourself a salon-like manicure at home? 

1. File your nails.
2. Pick off any hang nails around your nails. Try this cute travel set adorned with the Eiffel Tower. OJIA 12pcs Flower Series Stainless Steel Manicure Pedicure Set ,Travel & Grooming Set, Personal Care Tools, Nail Scissors Nail Clippers Kit with Leather Case
3. Moisturize your cuticles to keep them soft with Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
4. Clean your nails with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol (helps the get rid of the pesky oils I mentioned earlier).
5. Polish your nails with two coats of your favorite Vinylux nail polish. My favorite is CND Vinylux - Open Road Collection - Clay Canyon #164
6. Polish your nails with Vinylux Weekly Top Coat or your favorite top top coat.
7. Spray your nails with nail drying spray to help them dry quicker and prevent smudges. I've been using this one because I love the coconut sent! Onyx Professional Spray On Nail Dry w/ Island Coconut Scent 8.5 Oz - Nail Dryer Quickly Dries Nail Polish While Preventing Smearing & Conditions Cuticles & Nails

1. Since this polish will last most of the week you don't want to put it on for two days than change to match your outfit (if you a match gal like me!) Instead, plan your wardrobe around the color of the polish. For example, if you polish your nails red, wear outfits like black jeans with a red shirt, your favorite gray yoga pants with a black and white top, or a cute gray dress with gray or black boots - all of which match with red. It will look like you are always tending to your nails - no one has to know! 

2.Vinylux makes a great present! Look at these great colors for spring! CND Vinylux OPEN ROAD 6pc Weekly Nail Polish Collection .5 oz or these darker shades are pretty too! 2014 CND Creative Vinylux MODERN FOLKLORE Weekly Nail Polish .5 oz

Friday, January 16, 2015

Mason Jar Recipe #1: Southwest Chicken Salad

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I don't know about you but I have a hard time with preparing lunch. I'll do anything to get out of it because I just don't see the logic in stopping whatever I may doing to prepare food in the middle of the day. It's time consuming and breaks my rhythm of whatever I was doing. I  mean after all, once you get started on a good scavenger hunt with your kid who wants to stop? 

And besides on the days I work I can't make a meal at my job which means I have to spend my nights the day before whipping up something. Again, who can be bothered? I have more fun things to be doing.

So when I heard of others make salads in a Mason jars to help preserve them over the course of a few days I had to investigate! This not only allows me to sneak in some vegetables, but I can also create multiple lunches at once and save time. 

The nice thing about it is I can put the salad dressing and salad in the same jar and not have to jungle multiple containers when I go to work.  The key is to pack things correctly and tightly so that the dressing and the lettuce never touch. See the details below.

Here's a one of my yummy concoctions. Notice the title says "Recipe #1" which means more are on the way! Enjoy!

Mason Jar Recipe #1: Southwest Chicken Salad 

Large Wide Mouth Jars 8 Oz with Lid and Bands
1/3 cup of Chipolte Pepper Ranch Dressing (Buttermilk Ranch, spicy chipolte peppers, garlic, and onion)
1/4 cup of black and Spanish olives mixed together (1/4 cup total)
15 grape tomatoes (depending on the size. If they are extra large you can cut down the number)
1 can of Swanson chicken breast drained
1/3 cup of shredded cheddar cheese 
A dusting of Hormel Real Bacon Bits (enough to cover the previous layer)
2 cups of Spring Mix lettuce
1/3 of broken tortilla chips
1/4 cup of classic Sabre Guacamole dip

How to make it: 
1. Pour salad dressing in first. Other, hearty ingredients will go next, keeping the lettuce as far away from the dressing as possible. You don't want it to get soggy.

2. Add the chicken. Being right on top of the dressing will allow the dressing to absorb into the chicken almost like a marinade. Just keep that in mind if you plan on eating the salad several days after you make it. The more days that go by, the more the chicken will absorb the dressing so they'll be less of it when you go to eat the salad.

3. Add olives.

4. Add tomatoes. Their hearty exterior will create a barrier preventing the dressing to run into other ingredients.

5. Add shredded cheese.

6. Add lettuce and stuff it down until it all fits. 

7. Add tortilla chips.**

8. Add Guacamole dip on top of the chips.**

9. Pack all ingredients down tightly and add Mason jar lid. 

**As an experiment I tried adding the chips and the guacamole to the salad and including them in the Mason jar. As I suspected they were soggy when I went to eat them so simply put them on the salad and add them to your plate when you are ready to eat the salad. 

I'd avoid finely shredded cheese because it's very thin. A hearty shredded cheese will create a barrier and prevent the dressing from traveling much the way the tomatoes do.

Make fresh chicken in the slow cooker. You'll be able to shred it easily and it will be very tender.

Avoid iceberg lettuce. It's wimpy and doesn't hold up well.

Make multiple Mason jarsalads and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. I've made them on a Sunday and they were still good on Wednesday. A friend said hers were good for almost a week although she had included different ingredients. 

As you are adding each ingredient to your Mason jar make sure you push everything down real tight. I used a ladle but you can obviously use whatever works for you.

Using a wide mouth Mason jar makes it easier to pack.

Keep in mind that this salad hearty and is as big as a dinner plate full once you pull it out of the jar and put it on the plate. If this is too big, simply adjust the amount of lettuce you use.

For more Mason jar recipes, check out this cool book: Mason Jar Salads and More: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go

Friday, January 9, 2015

Be a Servant

I am not sure if God speaks to me more than he use to or I am just able to "hear" him better. I think it's the latter but either way, God has been speaking to me. 

The other day I was grouchy. The internal talk in my head inevitably slipped out of my mouth and I heard it saying things like "I am just a servant around this house" and "All I do is wait on everybody." Ever feel this way?

Sometimes I wonder if my little guy times his requests. Ya know, like after I set him up with a snack, give him a drink and a napkin than get settled in under my fluffy Sherpa blanket with my magazine to half pay attention to whatever nonsense is on TV. That's right when he says, "Mom! I need....fill in the blank here. And as most of parents know, this goes on all day. Good thing he's cute!

Then of course in my mind I am husband's servant too. Making dinner, picking up groceries so he will have his favorite lemonade, going to the bank per his request. Well, you get the point.

As a wife and mom I come to expect these things and most of the time, I'd say about 90% of the time, I actually really enjoy doing these things for my men. But this one particular night I just felt like no matter how hard I worked I just couldn't get either of them settled long enough to catch a break. This was during the holiday rush when we had a million additional things to our already busy routine. So at this point I had had it.

That night God spoke to me through a devotional book, The Confident Woman, by Joyce Meyers. Yes, at the very end of the night I actually was spared a few minutes to read it! Ha! 

I turned to the date and do you know what the title for that day's devotional was? "Be a Servant." No, I am not kidding. God was actually telling me on that day when I was so frustrated taking care of everyone else that that was what I supposed to be doing. He knows I love books and the written word so I guess that is how he will get through to me. 

Verses from Matthew 25 are noted. Here is a little of what Joyce was focusing on: 

Matthew 34-40:

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Verse 45-46 also tells us: 
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

It was about this point that I realized that I should be a "servant" to the world as these Bible verses indicate but I also realized that it starts in my own home. I must be a "servant" to my family and in doing so I will please God. 

Loving others means taking care of them and I have to try and remind myself that all the other busyness just isn't important. One of my goals for 2015 is to trim down the unimportant stuff, meaning less physical stuff, less online clutter, and less unimportant time commitments so I can focus on what matters more to me and God.  


Awwww.....Aren't these two cute? How could I not serve them?!
Who will you be a "servant" for and what will you do for them?

Friday, January 2, 2015

My 2014 at a Glance and Happy New Year!

This year has been a whirlwind. We didn't have any major life crises, just plenty of busyness and a few rough patches. I have to say, I was more than happy to send 2014 off. A new year, a new beginning. 

It started back in the spring with a reoccurring illness. This time it hit me hard - one of the worse "episodes" as I like to call it, that I've ever had. I spent a few months in a lot of pain and going for various doctor's appointment and tests. All of the tests came back negative which is a good thing except for I was dealing with the pain. We all have pain right? But this was debilitating. I felt like I had become a very, very, advanced aged, senior citizen. Through process of elimination, my doctor determined that the pain was being caused by my reoccuring illness. It was nothing more.  It was just worse this time. I began medication, started taking Motrin, and started doing Yoga. This was a first for me and I have to say, I am really enjoying it. 

I've since gone off all medications because I still have high hopes that there will be another precious child added to our family. Keep that in your prayers and that I stay in good health!

The next phase of the year brought upheaval at work. I've been at Rowan University 10 years this spring, most of which has been good. Really good in fact. I have quite a history there - I achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master of Arts in Writing there. My mom went there in the 70's and now I've worked there in a professional part-time role for nearly a decade. I think you get the picture. I really like it there. 

If you haven't heard the place is growing just a bit. They have ambitious plans to increase their existing 13,000 student population to nearly double that (25,000) by 2023. With that comes change. A lot of it. We're dealing with reorganizations, building relocations, new employees (one hiring phase brought 24 new people!) I am amazed that they were able to find places for them all to sit!

I became affected personally when it was required of us two part-times to change our schedule to five days a week. We were both working three days a week and were quite happy about it. I took the job with the intention of having flexibility so I can maintain a place in the workforce and still have time for the family I hoped would come. So far I have my precious Dante and I am adamant about spending time with him so I knew if this didn't change I'd have to move on. I had interviews at the college for other positions (they were three hours long for a part-time job! Help me!) and after talking with them I knew they weren't the answer to my problem because they both were more days that I want to work. 

At that point I made a plan of all the things I could do if I quit: blog more with the intention of making money, because a virtual assistant, go to Bible study, take Dante on more "field" trips to help him learn, work on my hobbies, etc. But I decided I had to try one more time before giving up so I went to talk to my boss and kindly explained my situation. As much fun as the above list sounds, I really didn't want to quit. Remember, I said I actually like it there. I think if it was any other ordinary job I would have outright quit but I just couldn't do it with Rowan since it holds such a special place in my heart. 

Thankfully my boss was supportive and told me that I wasn't being unreasonable. I was thrilled. She even wrote a letter of recommendation to send to the higher up bosses which was much more than I was hoping for or expecting. It was noted at "trial" basis which is good enough for me. So for now, I am back to my three days of work and am able to focus on my Dante on the other four days of the week, and who knows, now that I wrote myself a list of things I would have done had I quit, maybe, I can tackle them when Dante is at preschool. And at least I have a full agenda to keep me busy should I have to revisit leaving again! 

Whew! Was that a busy and stressful time! I am so glad that the dust is sorta settling and I can somewhat be happy at work again. I am looking forward to having lunch with friends on campus again (when I was working 5 days a week I worked short days and didn't get to take a lunch), and checking out campus events that I was too sore with the place to go to. The planetarium is having a kid friendly event, The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, in February, that I know Dante will love, and I am on the look out for some music event that I can go to. My husband and I have always loved jazz. We'll see! 

Oh, and now that I am less cranky about my job, I finally got the chance to go check out the new Rowan University Welcome Gate Arch. It's beautiful! My husband said he actually saw it disassembled on the highway en route to the college. He knew about it before I did! Check it out! Welcome Arch.

Once things got settled with the job, things became unsettled with my mom. She fell on a shopping trip on a VERY uneven sidewalk crack she didn't see. Yikes! The poor thing tore a tendon in her right knee and fractured her left ankle so she is completely out of commission at the moment and has been since two weeks before Thanksgiving. I have to give her credit. I don't know HOW she being tolerant of sitting and going absolutely no where. She's a lot like me in that we like to go, go, go (when we're well that is!) At this point there isn't much for mom to do but just sit and wait for the healing to take place. She's gone to a few very casual physical therapy appointments where they stretch her legs a bit, but it's going to be a quite  a while before she can do any intense physical therapy or be up and around in any way. I feel bad! Sometimes, though, God sits us a down for a reason!

I hate to sound like "Denisey" downer! There were plenty of good times throughout the year. My favorite was our trip to California. We wanted to go somewhere that was kid friendly and a place that Dante hadn't been yet (he must be well traveled!) We also wanted a warm climate. Since we had been to Florida recently, we opted for California! It was awesome! We spent about eight days there in Anaheim and down to San Diego and back. We tried to go in the spring but since I wasn't well we postponed it until September and I am glad we did. I never would have enjoyed it with the way I was feeling. 

Postponing the trip until September meant that I would fall right within the week of Dante's 4th birthday! What a better way to spend a birthday than traveling, well, in my opinion anyway! 

Look!  We decorated the hotel room for his birthday so he could see it when he first woke up. He loved it! 

We started off at Disneyland and it was so fun! There were in the midst of putting up Halloween decorations when we got there which was extra cool for me because I've never been to any of the Disney parks during a holiday. The only problem was, and you'll never see this in Disney World, I don't think, was they closed many of the rides to enhance them with holiday decor. I thought my husband was going to cry when he found out the Haunted Mansion was closed! It ended well though. More on that in a bit!

One of the highlights of our Disney visit was Cars Land at Disney Adventure Park, particularly the Radiator Springs ride. Oh my, was that fun! You  must, must, must FastPass it if you go. I think the wait was like, three or four hours! Whoa! And remember, that was in September when all the kiddies were already in school. I can't imagine what it would have been like during busy season! Either way, we did it twice, once during the day, and once at night to experience the neon lights in the dark, and was it amazing. The ride itself was well thought out, entertaining, and fast! Loved it and so did my four year old. He's going to take right after his momma - the wilder and faster the ride, the better!

Once we had our fill of Mickey, we headed down to San Diego, the usually moderate weather place. Unfortunately this time, they were having a killer heat wave that even the locals were complaining about. It was in the low 100's. We still had an amazing time even though we were baking! 

Here were are in La Jolla. It was so beautiful and what the weather being what it was, can you blame us for taking a dip? 

One of my favorite things we did on the trip, though, was a helicopter ride. It was part of my Bucket List (ya know, things ya wanna do before you kick the bucket). I've always wanted to do this but since it's a bit expensive I've been stalling. Back in July when the hubby asked what I wanted for my birthday I decided enough of materialistic things - let's go for the Bucket List! A helicopter ride it will be! And since we were heading to California, where it is much more beautiful than NJ (ahem!) we decided we would wait until the vacation. 

I really enjoyed it and could have stayed up there all day. It was beautiful! And I really liked checking out attractions up close and personal and then viewing them from an aerial view later. If you've never been on a helicopter you should check it out! 

Later that week after during Dante's actual birthday we had plans to take him to Legoland. I was sorely disappointed with them. Months, and even weeks, before the trip we checked their site numerous times to make sure they would fit into our plans. Thankfully the day before we were supposed to go I checked their site one last time only to discover that they were now randomly closed. Be warned! If you ever plan on going, apparently they close on a whim and post it on their site last minute. Just sayin'. So we went back to Disney Land for his birthday and saw a whole other set of attractions we missed the first time (a week before) including the Haunted Mansion I mentioned earlier. This made the hubby happy!

Well that's a wrap for 2014! Bring on 2015! We can't control our lives and things that happen to us but if I had my choice, this is what my 2015 would look like:

  • A new Ruggieri would come on the scene (yes, that means I'd like another baby before I get too old!)
  • Mom would get better and back up on her feet. Literally. 
  • Our house would sell (we're putting it up for sale in the spring.)
  • We'd figure out where we're heading (that's right. we have no idea!)
  • I'd have more time for blogging or figure out a way to work it in to my existing busy life and make money for donations and extra cash for our family. 

That's enough aspirations for now! What will you be up to? What are your plans?

Happy New Year! Have a blessed year!