21 October 2019

A Day In The Life

18 October 2019

An Autumn Week To Remember

16 October 2019

Mocha Selfie

What do you do when you are waiting at the vet after getting blood drawn? 
Why take a selfie of course!
Happy Wednesday from a brave and healthy Mocha!

14 October 2019

You Know You Have A Friend When

She and her husband and son drive hours and hours to spend a long weekend with you. Our October weekend was full of everything fun and fall: coffee, cozy chats, pizza night, Halloweentown, Mass, dinner out, pajamas, pumpkin spice latte, walks with falling leaves, rides around the lake, laughs, games, omelets, and more laughs. 

Thank you, Danielle! 
See you soon!

Have a lovely, cozy Monday, my friends.

11 October 2019

October Days Around Here

09 October 2019

Just A Little Bit Of Spooky

07 October 2019

What I Wore Saturday Night

Because who doesn't want to know what I wore to Mass and dinner Saturday night?? Lol!

It was the first cool day, so I pulled out the autumn!

Sweater: White House Black Market
(Birthday gift from Madiosn~Very soft and comfy)

Pants: Michael Kors
(Soft and stretchy)

Shoes: Banana Republic

Bag: Dooney and Bourke

Beautiful View: God 

Happy Monday!

04 October 2019

Hello October!

02 October 2019

Take A Walk With Me and Thank You!

30 September 2019

So... I Wrote A Book!


I wrote and published a book!

 Several months ago, I decided to do something I have thought about for a long time and something that would serve as a gift to my beautiful, amazing mother. For years, my mother has encouraged me to share my love of home, family, and mothering with others through my writing. I am so excited to place this book she has asked me to write into her hands.

The book, Afternoon Coffee, contains revised versions of many of the mothering, home, and family posts I have shared here over the years. If you wish to read this little book yourself, you can find it on Amazon in paperback and ebook format right HERE.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
Thank you, my friends.
You are a blessing in my life!
Have a cozy day.

27 September 2019

Beach 2019!

25 September 2019

Autumn Activities: Pinterest Vs. Me

Apple Picking according to Pinterest...

And the way I roll.

What social media suggests I wear...

What I actually do wear.

What I think I should be drinking this fall...

And what I actually am.

And you know what?
I am blissfully happy!
You do You this autumn sweet friends.
With no apologies.

23 September 2019

Fall Favorites From The Past

20 September 2019

Steeler Game, Cozy Days, And The Last Of The Birthday! Promise!

18 September 2019

More Autumn Love

16 September 2019

Turning Fifty Was Fun!

13 September 2019

September Days

11 September 2019

Autumn In Our Home 2019

09 September 2019

Now Is A Good Time To...

    Take an afternoon walk
           Read a cozy mystery book             Drink Cocoa 
                                               Light a candle after dinner
     Decorate for fall  Have a Halloweentown movie marathon
           Bake an Apple Crisp and Pumpkin Bread
                     Set out cozy autumn throws
      Make soup in the crockpot
                                Pick Apples          Breathe Crisp Air
Go on a leaf ride    Visit a Pumpkin Patch   Call a friend
     Buy a Mum     Make Caramel Apples   Watch Football

                                         Be at Peace 

Happy Fall, my friends!


06 September 2019

Back To School At Our House

04 September 2019

Vegas Vacation!

02 September 2019

Happy Labor Day!

Just a little start to autumn in our home on this Labor Day.
We are staying home, cozy as can be, reminiscing about summer and looking forward to fall. I hope your day is cozy and blessed, my friends.

Happy September!

30 August 2019

Wrapping Up August

28 August 2019

We Are Off

On a quick end of summer trip!

Can you guess where?

Here's a little hint!

Have a great Wednesday, my friends!

26 August 2019

Thoughts On Almost 50

In a few weeks, I will turn 50! I am not one to make a big deal over my birthday, mostly due to the fact I don't enjoy being the center of attention. This one is a big one though and I thought it a good time to reflect on some things I know after 50 blessed years on earth.

~Turning 50 is a privilege. Not everyone reaches this milestone. I am embracing this birthday with every ounce of my being.

~People have different opinions, values, ideas, and lives, and that is absolutely fine. People should simply live their lives and be happy. Judgment and criticism are wastes of time and energy.

~ Turning 50 is freeing! It brings empowerment and confidence. Gone are the days of fretting about what other people think. Who cares? It's my life and I can live it the way I choose.

~Material things are just that. Things. The need to be surrounded by things is replaced by the desire for simplicity and calm. I want less time with stuff and more time with people, nature, and myself.

~Coffee is good. Coffee is amazing. When my parents asked me to get them another cup of coffee, they were secretly sharing the secret of life. Hot coffee. And lots of it.

~Physical activity may suddenly result in random aches and pains that were not present before. All those commercials for pain medicine and ointments that I once ignored are suddenly relevant and make much more sense.

~People should have puppies. Even people who don't like dogs should have their own puppy to snuggle and to love. Puppies love you. They don't care if you look like a hot mess, or if you don't know what the heck you are doing, or if you eat an entire bag of chips. They just love you.

~Life is a gift. It is beautiful, exciting, fulfilling, confusing, stressful, happy, sad, joyous, exhausting, and fun. In the grand scheme of things, my life here is but a minuscule piece of thread in the massive quilt of mankind. But it is significant in the lives of the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren who live long after I am gone. And that is pretty neat!

Have a great Monday, my friends!
Thanks for visiting.

23 August 2019

Would You Believe

 ~ I would rather enjoy a good, juicy hamburger than the very best steak?

~ I know how to bait a hook and catch some really cool fish?

~ I know every single Brady Bunch episode by heart?

~ I will never ever eat any type of chili? Ugh.

~ I have never driven on the Interstate? You're welcome.

~ I only drink coffee, water, and milk?
(Except a Mr. Pibb at the movies.)

~ I would love to have an in-home daycare someday?

~ I prefer the mountains to the beach?

~ I have seen the John Carpenter 1978 Halloween movie over 100 times?

~ I cannot thread a needle?

~ I have traveled to Germany and absolutely loved it?

~ I have to have Icebreakers mints in my purse at all times?

~ I cannot eat in a restaurant with sticky floors?

~ I am a really good swimmer?

~ I could eat cereal for all three meals a day?

Well, it's true!

Happy Weekend!

21 August 2019

A Bunch Of Words Wednesday

P.S. My awesome blog friend Leslie has started posting again! She has an amazing blog where she shares so many things we all love: family, home, decorating and holidays to name a few. You can visit her

19 August 2019

Getting Ready!

16 August 2019

August Around Here