Aaahh this boy!!
My youngest Grandson – my hubby’s “mini-me”. He is in-a-word just AWESOME!
He keeps us all so very entertained with his constant chatter, ideas, expressions and love.
He has such incredible self-expression and self-confidence and oh my gosh I hope he never loses these parts of himself. I hope he never finds... [Read more of this review]
Happy Holidays from me and my crew…yep this is us.
We don’t seem to take those lovely family pics – which is why I fit in here oh-so-well!
holiday shot test #1 of 40
We all have our qwerks, our unique abilities, our likes and dislikes, (the inability to stand still for a photo being one of them) and I wouldn’t change... [Read more of this review]
O Olive Oil & Vinegar
Joy oh joy oh joy!!
During our trip to Spain – the glorious land of olives and tapas – I received an email from the O Olive Oil & Vinegar company
asking me if I would be interested in trying and reviewing their olive oils and vinegars.
Of course I said YES!!
I’m so happy I did!!
First, a little about the company.... [Read more of this review]
I know I’ve been a bit MIA lately…off traveling actually and then, well, working…but I’m back and I have so much to share and to be thankful for.
First of all, if you’re actually reading this post…well I’m SOOOO thankful for you. I am just filled with:
YOU are why I blog…sharing... [Read more of this review]
Bubba’s Wordless Wednesday
Wordless Wednesday fun….with my favorite photo model!
The ultimate relaxer:
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The princesses…my beautiful little cousins.
Oh how fun to be that age and to play dress-up!!
I just love these photos and had to share them…oh and I just LOVE these two precious girls!
First, we have Princess Cadence:
And next, Princess Esme:
A fun way to end the week wouldn’t you say??
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Keurig 2.0 LOVE!
As luck would have it (and I’m so happy it did) I was invited to a Keurig breakfast during BlogHer14.
Besides sharing a delicious breakfast with other beautiful bloggers, all of us that were invited also received the new Keurig 2.0 K550 Brewing System to enjoy and review if we should so choose.
YES, for FREE!! and….
Yes, you can scream... [Read more of this review]
My favorite site to purchase gently used children’s clothing (while raising money to support schools in need) Schoola has a new program called #GivingStyle ready for all you fabulous parents to participate in.
I’m so excited about this and all the Schoola programs! This amazing company is growing and currently has 3,000 schools that... [Read more of this review]
Flowers by The Bouqs
When I was at BlogHer14 (in what seems like forever ago now) I was introduced to this amazing flower company called the Bouqs at the convention expo.
Now I don’t know about you, but I seem to send a lot of flowers to family and friends throughout the year. Maybe it’s because I live so far away from everyone and, well, isn’t it always... [Read more of this review]
Yosemite Fun Photos
Happy Friday everyone!!
I just realized that I never posted some photos from our last trip to Yosemite – which was actually a few months ago.
So, I thought for some Friday fun, I’d post some here:
We brought Bubba with us on this last trip…and took a few little hikes on the valley floor with him.
It was a gorgeous time in the... [Read more of this review]
Still trying to hang on to Summer a bit here, how about you?
If you are too, and are interested in trying a healthier frozen summer treat, then you should give Ruby Rocket’s popsicles a shot. These tasty frozen pops are are different than other popsicles as they’re made with a mix of both fruits and vegetables.
I received 3 boxes of samples... [Read more of this review]
Our Little Scottish Dancer
We have another star in our family. Westly, at age 5 (almost 6) already has a love of the stage.
We knew he had a love of dance with his previous tap performances for family and friends. And now we know he has the Scottish Dancing Bug!!
I’m sure you can’t help but notice how absolutely handsome he looks in his kilt and performance attire!!
He... [Read more of this review]
Mr & Mrs Llaneza
I had the great pleasure of taking photographs for my lovely friends Jeff & Leilani’s wedding on Maui August 5, 2014.
No, I am not a wedding photographer, but she had faith in me and I just couldn’t resist – especially since I knew the day would be gorgeous…well, because as you can see, Jeff & Leilani are both gorgeous.
I... [Read more of this review]
Back to Schoola Shopping
I mentioned in a recent post how I’m working with the website Schoola, an online shop dedicated to recycling brand-name children’s clothing. Schoola collects, organizes and then resells this used clothing giving 40% of the proceeds back to schools in need.
Well, I decided to give this online site a try and see how easy could it be to... [Read more of this review]
So, the Maui fun continues!!
I’m so happy we came a few days before the wedding so I would have a little time to relax and have fun before the “photographer” pressure begins.
Here’s how our days are going so far:
Wake up, have a cup of tea and head out on the “morning walk” (approx. 7 miles along the “beach... [Read more of this review]
Adopting a School in Harlem with Schoola
I probably don’t do this enough, but I’d like to take this time to use my blog as a medium to do good in the world.
Right before BlogHer began, I was approached by Schoola to help with their “20 Days of School” Adopt-a-School campaign.
What is Schoola you ask?
Schoola is an online shop dedicated to recycling brand-name... [Read more of this review]
Returning to Maui
We’re back…after visiting together 20 years ago! We came here the first summer I met Pops. Back then, he was still teaching so we mainly traveled in the summertime and that first summer I made my first ever trip to Hawaii – visiting Oahu and Maui with him.
That first trip, 20 years ago, we stayed with friends. On Oahu,... [Read more of this review]
I’m Going to BlogHer – Are you?
So, I couldn’t pass up going to BlogHer this year!! I mean, it’s right down the street from where I’ve worked for over 25 years, so there are simply no excuses!
Not that I would need any excuses to attend just an inspiring woman-oriented event!
I’ve been watching the posts on social media and all the questions about what there... [Read more of this review]
Rodan + Fields Summer Glow Giveaway
This summer get the perfect tan! I am giving away a foaming sunless tanner by Rodan + Fields (the same MD’s that created Proactiv Solution.)
This stuff goes on easy and dries quickly and gives you the most natural looking tan!
Protect your skin from the sun and achieve a sun-kissed glow the healthy way!!
This sunless tanner sold out twice... [Read more of this review]
Bikin’ in Healdsburg and Sonoma
Last week, we headed up to Healdsburg in Sonoma County to join some friends for a couple of days of wine country fun – which included a gorgeous 30 mile bike ride through the area!
Part of our motivation for choosing this time of year to all get together was to celebrate the birthdays of both Pop’s and one of his great cycling friends Ted.
Any... [Read more of this review]
Sea Bakin’ Seaweed Snacks
Are you a fan of seaweed snacks?
You know, those flat sheets you buy in little packs that you can much like chips, or wrap pre-cooked rice in and snack away on. This past school year, these snacks were one of the few items that the kids at my Grandson’s pre-school were allowed to bring in to eat.
Well, I have something even better for you to... [Read more of this review]
Cruisin’ Day 3
Day 3 of our cruise was supposed to be a stop in Oregon…unfortunately, the waters in the harbor were too rough for us to dock.
Fortunately, there’s lots of playing to be done on the ship….and playing is something that these 3 guys are really good at!
AND also lots of lounging and swimming to do:
Views to observe:
Of course there’s... [Read more of this review]
Cruisin’ Day 2
On to Day 2 of our Cruise…actually, this is so much fun posting weeks later, not that it’s been fun being under the weather, but it’s fun re-living our cruise again now through these photos.
Day 2 began, well, with food of course…but then we were on to checking out more of the ship – another glorious day.
We found the... [Read more of this review]
Hello!!! I’m back…well, at least I hope so.
Where’ve I been…well, in a nutshell – sick, on a cruise, touring Vancouver Island and well, then sick again. Alas, I’m hopefully on the mend now…fingers crossed. At least well enough to take the time to view all my trip photographs and to start posting about our fabulous... [Read more of this review]
Ok, so first off, I need to mention that I was not in any way asked to write this post. In fact, I asked DNA Skincare if it was okay if I shared my love of their products on my blog. So, you can be sure that I was not in any way motivated to speak about these products except by my love for them.
I was introduced to DNA Skincare by my good friend Nia... [Read more of this review]
for 45 Years
For 45 years I was blessed to have my Memere in my life.
Not a moment goes by since her passing last week that I am not grateful for this. Though our worlds went in very separate directions as I grew to adulthood, our lives will forever be intrinsically connected if, for no other reason than, that without her, I would not be.
My Grandparent’s... [Read more of this review]
Meatless Monday – Martha Style
I found this recipe in the April edition of Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine. It appears there (and on her website) almost exactly as I post it below – the one exception is that I’ve “veganized” it by using vegan parmesan cheese.
This recipe had me at “one-pan”….well, and oreccehiette and probably... [Read more of this review]
For a change of pace, I thought I’d share some of the recent books I’ve read – with a small review/recommendation of each. No worries, I promise not to share too much about each story as I wouldn’t want to ruin these tales for anyone!
(FYI I’m trying out a new proofreading service – Grammarly because I always say... [Read more of this review]
Baseball Season Begins
This year we have both monkeys playing baseball – which means we’ll be getting tons of field time – and I’ll be getting tons of photos!!
Here are some from week #1′s games:
Hunter is playing AA ball this year. I’m not sure I can get over how very grown-up he looks already!!
Westly is beginning with T-ball this... [Read more of this review]
One of my favorite things to do, when I have the time (which is not often enough), is re-playing and re-editing photos I’ve taken in the past.
This week, I decided to take a look again at some of the photos I took (and posted on Flickr) when we were in Myanmar. I then chose this photo to give some extra attention to:
I love the sweet and gentle... [Read more of this review]
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