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Family Vacation… 2017

Aruba

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There is nothing I love more than a family vacation to the Caribbean.  So… when our very generous, wonderful friends offered us one of their time shares in Aruba, we jumped at the chance and made our schedules work for some much-needed time together and fun in the sun.

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Aruba really is beautiful..

Its full of gorgeous beaches, wonderful shops, fun activities, perfect temperature pools, delicious restaurants, friendly people and a constant relaxing breeze…

And we did our best to try to enjoy it all. :)

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Friends for over 10 years.

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It wouldn’t be a vacation without Brody asleep on a lounge chair.

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My Babies.

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Favorite girlie in the world.

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Fun.

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Not Fun 😉

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Go-Cart Racing

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A visit from a local.

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My People.

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Mexican Dinner.

Becs poor toe will never be the same.

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Night life with a three-year old..

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BEST DINING EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!!!

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Beach Dining..

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♥♥♥♥♥

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Aruba Souvenir

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Thank you Braunstein’s for your generosity and friendship.

Love you all…

 

xoxo

Jill 

Holiday Season Wrap Up

And Our Forever…

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Here’s to our first Christmas tree in our new home. :)

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We ♥ Christmas

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Santa came…

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And our stockings were filled. Christmas was so fun and followed up with a quick and first ever 12 hour road trip to New York for the New Year.

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It was such a last-minute event and we didn’t get to see everyone we would have loved to see, but the smiles on my kiddies faces made the long trip so worth it.

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You just have to love stolen iPhone photos. :)

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2016 was a pretty good year for us…

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And I want to wish everyone nothing but the best for 2017.

xoxo

Jill 

Garage/Mudroom Cubbies

I just love organization…

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I love our new home, but the lack of a mudroom was driving me crazy. Tripping over shoes at the door and constantly looking for lost items is not my idea of a good time. The garage was quickly becoming a big dumping ground and something had to be done about it. So I stepped up my Pinterest game and discovered so many wonderful ideas that I am now able to share with you the final product that was just finished recently.

Here is what you will need:

  • Ikea Billy Bookcases
  • white screws and nails
  • hooks of your choosing
  • shims
  • crown molding
  • baskets or fun boxes
  • wood letters

Here is what you will need to do:

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Build the bookcases according to the directions that come with them. Adjust the shelves and then shim up the bottom to make them even and flush. Screw each bookshelf into the wall.

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Screw in the hooks at a height that works best for you….

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And then finish off the top with crown molding to give the cubbies a more finished look.

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The baskets are from Target and fit perfectly in the top slots. The letters were just a fun touch that I thought finished the cubbies off. I did find pictures of cubbies with chalkboard name tags that I thought were a great idea as well.

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I can’t even tell you how useful these cubbies have turned out to be. Definitely one of my most favorite projects so far.

Hope you like it.

xoxo

Jill ♥

Georgia Aquarium

A great experience for all.

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( Photo credz to Ms. Kailey Delgado )

It is sometimes very difficult to plan a family outing that works for both teenagers and a two-year old.  The baby gets tired, the teenagers get attitudety, ( yes that’s a word ) a momma gets cranky and the day gets cut into an early trip home. 😉

So, I just wanted to share our day at the Georgia aquarium because with all that has been going on lately it was so great to get out and enjoy a day that everyone loved.

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Please lets take better care of our oceans.

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The baby got his map and we were ready to go. :)

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How cute is he…

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He didn’t feel the need to touch. 😉

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You can actually swim with the whale sharks.  Can you say Christmas present!!!

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I love these guys♥

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Super fun penguin exhibit.

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The day ended with a fantastic dolphin show, which we all loved and a great family photo to take home to remember.

Love my peeps and their beautiful smiles…

 

xoxo

Jill ♥

New Beginnings

Good-bye 266…

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I loved your welcoming charm…

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And your pretty window views…

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No matter what season it was..

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But most of all I loved what a wonderful home you have been to my family for the last 15 years.

Thanks for the memories.

We will miss you…

 

xoxo

Jill ♥

Hotel Holiday

Family 💜….

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A little while back, I was going through my calendar and realized that my big guy who is away at college would not be home for Easter or his Birthday. There was no way this Momma was going to let him be without his family to celebrate two very special days in all of our lives.

Sooooo, we took the show on the road and booked a hotel suite that was just walking distance from his university and brought the celebration to him. :)

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The suite was great with a full size kitchen and plenty of room to hang out and enjoy each other.  I picked up some fun decorations, so the kiddies would feel right at home.

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This long hallway came in very handy with the baby and was a great way to tire him out, so we all could get some sleep.

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The Easter bunny found us….

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And the baby was happy to wake his parents up at 6 a.m. to let us know.

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Thanks Easter bunny 🐰

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Daddy got on his ” Open ” duties, while we waited for the older two to rise.

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First came KK ….

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And then eventually the big guy.  We sat around and chatted until it was time to take the baby  out for some much-needed fresh air and a good run around campus.

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He just loved this tiger statue and couldn’t stop roaring at it.

Just too cute!!!

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We then cleaned ourselves up and headed out to an early Easter dinner.

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Which was followed by birthday celebrations back at the hotel . 🎉

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My big guy invited some friends over and we all sang Happy Birthday and celebrated the fantastic person he is.

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This is hands down my most favorite pic from the weekend.

My three blessings, smiling and celebrating together!!!

xoxo

Jill 💜

The Day I Met Ina….

🎉 Happy Birthday Barefoot Contessa 🎉

 

My love affair with the Barefoot Contessa started about 10 years ago, when I first saw a show of hers on the Food Network.  I just loved how she made meals that I thought were so complicated, simple and had showed me how fun it can be to cook for my family and friends without all the fuss and stress. I honestly have not missed an episode since and make sure to DVR them all.

So, one day my husband came home and told me how he heard from some people at work that Ina Garten was going to be at a Barnes & Noble close to my house selling her new cookbook and signing autographs. I quickly got a babysitter, threw dinner on the table and hightailed it over to the book store. There was already a long line when I arrived, but I didn’t care because I wanted to take the time to think of something really witty and fun to say to her, so she would just love me and we would become forever friends. 😉

What ended up happening was that when I reached her table and saw her, I became totally star struck and yelled something about how much I loved her and then my husband took a picture of me with this big goony goo smile. I was then moved along and the next person took my spot. 😳

Oh well….

Hopefully I’ll have better luck next time.

 Still Just Rolling With It  :)

 

xoxo

Jill 💜

How to Make an Irish Man Cry

“There are two kinds of people in this world. The givers and the takers. The takers sometimes eat better, but the givers always sleep better”

Danny Thomas

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It was a Saturday night and I had to be around 8 or 9 years old. My father, brother and I were watching T.V. and I was performing my duties as the remote control. 😉  As I turned the little knob to see what was on each channel, my dads face lit up when he saw Danny Thomas. He was a big fan of his, so he told me to leave it on this channel to see what the show was about.  We all sat back to watch what was a program about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the children who they were helping fight cancer.  I sat back in awe of this amazing hospital and all that they do for their patients. They turn no one away and medical expenses are never an issue for the families. They then showed a story about a little boy who was just so cute with this beautiful spirit that just shined in his eyes. He had a very rare cancer and was in for the fight of his life. He proudly held up a picture he drew of warriors trying to beat up his cancer and talked about how he just couldn’t wait to get home to play with his friends again.  Danny Thomas then came on to say how with only a few dollars a month we could help support the hospital and families that were in need.  It all seemed so simple in my young eyes, so I turned to look at my dad and with tears in his eyes he said “Go get me the phone.”   My father gave each month for the remainder of his life.  My husband and I have been donating monthly for the past 21 years.   This year we decided to also give a special end of year donation in honor of my dad.

I recently added a link on my blog that makes it so simple to make a one time donation in honor of someone or sign up to make that monthly donation that is so needed to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Whatever you feel comfortable with would be Awesome!!

 

xoxo

Jill 

Birthday Weekend Getaway

My Guy’s Birthday

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Every year I ask my husband what he wants to do for his birthday and every year he will say

” A nice dinner with you and the kids”.

So with this year being extra special I didn’t ask what he would want, I just went ahead and booked what I knew he would love and most likely needed. A quiet relaxing long weekend in Montauk at Gurney’s.

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We don’t get away much without the kiddies, so when Friday came we packed ourselves up and got on the road. :)

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The car ride  was so peaceful and quiet, that before we knew it we were there and had this waiting to greet us when we entered our room.

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And this terrace and lounge waiting for us to take a nap on. 😉

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When I booked our stay I never would have believed that it would be 60 degrees in December, but it was and we planned on enjoying every moment of it. We ordered up room service and stared at our beautiful view for the rest of the day.

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The next morning we woke to this beautiful view, which just kept getting better and better.

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So, we quickly headed outside to take it all in.

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And it so didn’t disappoint.

Just Beautiful! 

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A nice hot cup of coffee was needed next, which was followed by a nice long walk on the beach.

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We walked and talked, found pretty shells, took shadow selfies, :) and looked out into the ocean.

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There is something about the beach that is so calming, especially when there isn’t anyone there.  My husband just loves the peace of it and was definitely enjoying himself.

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And so was I, but it was time to head back and get ready for our couples massage. I will not be showing you any pics from that, but we loved it and were feeling great and now ready for a nice hardy lunch and cocktails back on our lounge.

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This burger was sooooo worth every calorie and the nap that followed under the December sunshine was unbelievable.

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Gurney’s set up a faux ice skating rink on top of the roof which had an amazing view and was actually a lot of fun to skate on. Having Santa skating around to take pictures with just made it ten times better in my book.

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We did try to clean ourselves up for a nice dinner, but failed miserably at our timer photo. After a ton of editing this is the best I got. Oh well, we still got to enjoy an amazing dinner at Scarpetta Beach, but were more than happy to be back in our room right after dinner.

This weekend really was meant for us to enjoy some quiet time together and celebrate the wonderful person he is.

I truly was blessed the day this man came into my life!!!

Happy Birthday My Love…

 

xoxo

Jill 

Dealing with Postpartum Hair Loss

My journey with Postpartum hair loss started 2 days before the baby turned 3 months. I had just finished a 2 a.m. feeding and went into the bathroom to remove a ponytail from my hair.  I was shocked to see quite a bunch of hair attached to the hair tie, but shrugged it off and went back to bed. In the morning I brushed my hair and was horrified at the sight of the hairbrush. It was completely full of my hair.

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This picture was taken about 2 weeks before hair loss started

At this point I knew something was wrong and after confirming it with my doctor, I knew that I was going to have to deal with postpartum hair loss. I found a lot of help on the internet, so I wanted to share with you my experiences and what worked best for me.

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1 week after hair loss began

Here’s what I suggest :

1. Breathe, have a good cry if need be. This is going to suck!!!

2. If you are not already on them for breastfeeding, get back on your prenatal vitamin.

3. No ponytails or hairdos that pull you hair to tight. I used alligator clips to just keep my hair off my face

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2 weeks

4. Wash your hair with with a biotin, sulfate free shampoo and conditioner and not everyday.

5. Try to stay away from blowdrying, straighteners and curling irons. They are just to depressing to use.

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6. This one is going to hurt, but it really helped my hair and I noticed a lot less hair coming out after I did it. GET A GOOD HAIRCUT! I cut my hair to my shoulders and added some layers. I also darkened it, so it would blend in with the new hair growth that had already started.

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7. Stay Positive. As much as you think you are going to be completely bald, you will soon see it is not going to happen.

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New hair growth at 9 Weeks

8. My hair completely stopped falling out just when he turned 5 months.  He is 8 months now and I am actually starting to have good hair days again.

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Postpartum hair loss is what it is and unfortunately you really Just Have To Roll With It.

Hope this helps.

xoxo

Jill ♥