Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday friends!  This week flew by and we are ready for the weekend!  We have a busy weekend and I'm thrilled it's Friday.  It's been a long week.   Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday favorites.

1-We have 4 high school graduation parties this weekend. Our high school has graduation on Saturday and then the parties start on Saturday afternoon.  I always love going to them.  They are so much fun.  Here is a pic from Ava and her friends at one of the graduation  parties that was held last weekend.
2-Saturday morning my friend Rachael and I are teaching a craft class for our business Branch and Bloom.  The ladies in the class want to make monogrammed wine glasses.  So we have spent this week getting our materials ready to teach the class.  I think it's going to be great!  
3.  I had this wooden wall hanging made  for our living room.  It is so heavy we are going to wait until our contractor comes later this month to hang it up. 
4.  My new planner starts Monday-yay!!!!  I love new planners ❤️  and this year I splurged and got one from Erin Condren.  I use my planner  so its totally worth it to me to have a nice one. I ordered some fun accessories to go with my planner.  I can't wait to start using them!

5.  Last night  I went with friends to the Country Club to watch the Thursday night fireworks.  This is a tradition for us and we love going so much!  The baseball camp by our house has fireworks every Thursday night during the summer. We get food and drinks and hang out and talk and wait for the fireworks to start.  It's such a fun summer tradition.
 I hope you had a great week!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June Book review

I love reading books and I've done a few book reviews this year highlighting the books I've read.  You can read them here, here and here.

In June I've read 4 books and I want to let you know about them and share my thoughts on them in case you are looking for some good books for the beginning of summer.


Last month my book club read What She Left Behind which is actually two stories one is about a teenager (Izzy)  in foster care today and the other is about a young woman (Clara) who is committed to an insane asylum by her father.  
Clara was committed because her father didn't approve of her Italian immigrant boyfriend.  Clara spends most of her life in the insane asylum.   The two stories are intertwined because Izzy and her foster mother are researching the insane asylum and the people who lived there.  The story takes place in NY which is where I live.  The author references many NY landmarks throughout the book which I thought was very interesting and fun!  
It was honestly heartbreaking for me to read this book because Clara was a normal girl who had a bright future.  Her only "crime" was falling in love with someone her father didn't approve of. In the back of the book they lost why people were sent to the asylum in the late 19th century.  Here is the list.  I would have been committed for sure 😬

I read Lilac Girls because my friend recommended it.  It is a historical fiction booked based on real people and events.  The book tells the story of three women, one from Germany, one from Poland and one from America, during World War II. The Polish woman Kasia is in an all woman concentration camp, the German woman is a doctor at the camp and the American woman,Caroline, works for the French embassy.  I could not put this book down it was a great book.  I love that it told the story of real people and I always love reading about World War II.  This book is a beautiful story of love, hope and courage.

My Dad recommended Summer at Tiffany.  This book was a true story about two college women from the University of Iowa that worked at Tiffany during the summer of 1945.  They were the first two women ever hired by Tiffany to work on the sales floor.  This book is about their incredible summer in NYC-meeting celebrities, dating, and celebrating VJ Day in Times Square.  It was a charming book.
I LOVE cookbooks and I bought A FarmGirls Table about life on a North Carolina  farm. This book is full of beautiful pictures and delicious, easy to prepare recipes.  I love this cookbook so much I bought a second one to give to a friend for her birthday. I have already made the raspberry-rhubarb jam from this book and it's delicious!  I hope to make some other recipes soon.
I hope you have been reading good books and if you're looking for a few more check these books out.  They're great!
Have a good week!

Crafty Wednesday {herb garden}

Hello!!!!! It's been a while since I've done a crafty Wednesday post.  I thought I would show you a little herb garden that I planted this year for our kitchen. 

 This is actually my second herb garden of the season.  We made a mini one for our May craft night. You can see that post  here.

 I made a herb garden for our kitchen so I could use fresh herbs when I cook.  I have basil, dill and rosemary in mine since those are the three herbs that I use the most. I got my herbs at a local greenhouse.
To plant my herbs I used a metal container I got in the summer section of Wal-Mart.
They have all kinds of cute metal containers. Here are a few others they have this summer. I think these are adorable.  I don't remember the exact cost but they are under $10 each.
I have already used my herbs to make baked chicken, lasagna and chicken salad.
This is a quick and easy craft to make for yourself or a friend. 
Happy crafting 💜💜💜

Monday, June 19, 2017

Our weekend

Ava had her last tournament of the AAU season over the weekend.  She had a great time playing with her team and she learned a lot from her coaches.  
 My friend Rachael and I made a flower arrangement for Art in Bloom. Art in Bloom is a floral arranging exhibition where floral arrangers create an arrangement highlighting a piece of artwork.   We have made arrangements for Art in Bloom the  last 4 years.  You can see our past arrangements here.  This year our art piece was an elephant made out of recycled material.  This one was our most challenging piece yet.

Saturday my friend Rachael hosted a summer brunch.  She had tons of delicious food and drinks.  I love getting together with these girls!  
Sunday we went to our first graduation party of the season for Gabby who graduates from high school on Saturday.  It was a great afternoon!  Here is a picture of the kids from the party. 
And here are some of my friends that were at the party. 
 I love them ❤️. 
We also celebrated Father's Day Sunday.  Happy Father's Day to Graig! He's a great Dad to Brock  and Ava.  We are so lucky he's ours ❤️❤️
And Happy Father's Day to my Dad ❤️❤️

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday friends!  This week flew by and we are ready for the weekend!  We have a few fun things planned so it's going to be a good one.    Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday favorites.

1.Graig and I celebrated our anniversary last week.  We went out for dinner to celebrate last weekend and we are planning an anniversary trip for December to visit Arizona.  I can't wait!

2.  On Tuesday and Wednesday I went to Cleveland with three friends to watch my friend Vicki's nephew play baseball.  He plays for the Dodgers and it was SO exciting to watch him play in person. Our whole town is SO excited that he is playing in the major leagues and it was fun to see him play in Cleveland.   I took tons of pictures from our trip and I will have a full post up about our trip sometime next week.  

3-Ava finished her last final yesterday so she is officially done with her freshman year of high school!  She is playing in a basketball tournament this weekend in Albany and I can't wait to watch her play this weekend.

4.  We had our Plant and Pose last Friday and it was SO fun! Here is our group with their succulent planters they made.  This is another post I need to finish-ha ha!

5.  I am officially DONE with Whole 30!  It was a hard 30 days and I'm happy it's finally over!  I lost 10 lbs.  I am planning to do a whole post on Whole 30 and what I've learned from the program.

6.  I ordered this tube for Ava and I for summer tubing. We always go a few times a year and I always rent the tubes.  I thought it would be better this year to get our own.    It came in the mail yesterday and I can't wait to try it out!   

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Favorites

Today I am linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday favorites.  I am  happy it's Friday!  We have a lot of fun planned for the weekend and after being sick and having a long week at work I'm ready for some fun!

1. Graig and I celebrated our 20 year anniversary on Wednesday!!!  I can't believe we've been married 20 years. We are going to dinner tomorrow night to celebrate and we are planning an anniversary trip to Arizona in December to see Brock
2.. I have a small craft business called Branch and Bloom with my friend Rachael.  Once a month we host a craft class and teach people how to make a craft.  This month we are teaming up with our dear friend Jenn who is a yoga instructor to do a Plant and Pose at Jenn's farm.   People will come and do a yoga class and then we will make concrete planters (called hypertufas) that people can plant succulents in.  It's going to be a fun night! Here is a sample of what we will be making tonight.  
3-This month I have been doing Whole 30.  I'm on day 26 and I'm SO over it!  I can't wait to have some bread and something sweet!  On Whole 30 you can't have grains, legumes, sugar (sugar is in everything!), or alcohol.  I've lost 10lbs.this month and I feel great!  I'm just ready for some carbs!  
4-ordered a new planner from Erin Condren and it came yesterday!! I love it and I can't wait to start using it in July. 
I personalized it with special pictures of my friends and family from the last year.

5. My friend Heather went to Mohonk Mountain House and brought me back this beautiful airplant.  I absolutely love it! I put it in our kitchen.   

That's my Friday Favorites for this week.  I hope you had a great week ❤️❤️

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Dirty Dancing on Stage

Last Wednesday night I went with my three best girlfriends to see the touring show of Dirty Dancing.  We bought our tickets in March and I didn't think of it again until last week when I saw it on my calendar.  It was a fun night out!

I will say that Dirty Dancing came out when I was 11 and my Mom didn't let me watch the movie when it first came out because she thought it was too mature for me.  Eventually I did get to see it and I loved it!  I bought both CD's and listened to the songs all the time.

Before the show we went to The Tailor and the Cook for dinner.  It was amazing!   I had scallops.  I'm doing whole 30 so no bread or alcohol for me but the scallops were delicious!

After dinner we headed to the show.  We watched Dirty Dancing at the historic Stanley Theatre in Utica.  This was my first show there and I thought it was beautiful. They have  completely renovated the interior but have kept the old, original details.  It was absolutely stunning!
The show was great!  Baby and Johnny were AMAZING.  They are both so talented.  Johnny was played by Christopher Tierney (the Broadway Spider-Man that fell 30 feet-remember him?). Same guy! The whole cast was great. 
 It was a fun night!   

We had a great time and we can't wait for the next broadway show to come to Utica!

Cheers to 20 years!!!!

Yesterday was our 20th wedding anniversary!!!!  We are going to celebrate by going to dinner Saturday night and we are planning an anniversary trip to Arizona in December to visit Brock.

Here we are on our wedding day 20 years ago.  We were babies! 
I am proud of the life that we have built together and our two  beautiful children.  Graig is the most patient and loyal man I know and I am thankful for him every day! 

This past year has been full of excitement-Ava graduating from 8th grade, Brock moving to Arizona, the tree-and I look forward to what the next year has in store for us.  




Here's to another 20 years!