I was gifted the role of cruise planner for our family cruise. Which meant I micromanaged every little detail in order to ensure everything went as smoothly as it possibly could. And while it may seem like I’m exaggerating, I promise you, I am not. There were emails. There were handouts. There were meetings. Because I … More The Saran Wrap Game, Real Jersey Style
There was no question about bringing Jon* along on our family cruise. *In case you are new here, read this for reference. However, we began to learn only two days into our trip this choice, which had been natural for us, was one others have debated for years. As soon as the first hint of … More Mr. Jonathan, Celebrity Cruiser
On Christmas Eve Eve, my family and I docked in NYC from an 11-day cruise. We haven’t taken a family trip like this in…ever.* I blame Gram for the entire thing. A few years ago, while reminiscing about cruises she had taken long ago, one thing led to another and the planning began. *No, seriously, … More Our Family Cruise
I’m a planner by nature. In January 2017, I knew the year held our anniversary trip to Hawaii, a family cruise to the Caribbean*, lots of writing and even more croissant making. And all those plans suited me just fine. *More on that later. I didn’t know the year would hold my first drive into … More Happy New Year!
I didn’t see Miracle on 34th Street (the original) until I was an adult.* There’s a quote from the movie one of the Christmas stations in our area plays between songs. It is the essence of the movie and the standard from which I draw my enthusiasm for Christmas, even during the times of year … More In a Christmas Frame of Mind
Today my belly rub lover, alien noise maker, foodaholic, cartoon character doppelganger, Stitch, turns one. We’ve had him for exactly one month now and so much about our lives has changed including, but not limited to: We eat fewer late night snacks in order to avoid his face stationed next to ours pleading for a … More Happy Birthday, Stitch!
Going to Hawaii was not so much a bucket list item for me, but an it’s-going-to-happen-it’s-just-a-matter-of-when reality. It was the natural choice for our ten-year anniversary celebration. Most people respond to hearing Hubby and I have been married ten years with shock. The statement we often hear is, “You must have gotten married when you were … More Our Hawaii Travels: Part One
For a little over a year now, we’ve talked about getting a dog. Lance grew up with dogs and cats, and though he loves both, the kid in him loves the play factor dogs naturally possess. I grew up with only cats*. I always wanted dogs–because isn’t that what kids are supposed to do??–but my … More Our New Family Member, Stitch
I’ve debated on how to start this first post after a three month break from blogging. I considered bombarding you with the nitty gritty details of my departure. I mentally strewed together a rant on all the wrongs with society and life. But instead, I’ll say this… I left without warning, and for that, I’m … More Four for Friday!
Red potatoes are how I first knew I loved food in more than an I-love-you-because-you-keep-me-alive kind of way. Growing up, potatoes in general were my go to answer to “If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?” In fact, I think I told this to one … More The Red Potato