Everyday Eyecandy Project 52
6/52 black & white
Have you heard that saying/quote about how January was just a trial month and February will be the real start of the year? Well, it’s pretty much how I feel, except that now we are already a week into February and I still haven’t gotten myself “organized”. Ugh. But such is life…
I decided to participate in two photo challenges/projects this year. One is a photo a day with Chantelle of Fat Mum Slim fame with daily prompts. I’ve done it before and it’s always fun to see what everyone comes up with. Her Little Moments App is really helpful and I love using it for edits as well.
Here is a collage of all my entries for January. I usually post these to Instagram with the hashtags and not the Facebook page but you can do both.
The other challenge I took on is a project 52 with weekly prompts from Everyday Eyecandy. My friend Kimberly over at All work and no play makes mommy go something something suggested it to me when I was contemplating if I should take on a photography project for the year. I really like this one so far since I always have some time to think about what I want to shoot for each prompt and the Facebook group is so inspirational and fun.
Here are the shoots I took so far for the challenge with the weekly prompt!
1/52 – You. At the beginning.
2/52 – From Above.
3/52 – Rule of thirds.
4/52 – Your Favorite.
5/52 – Yellow.
I’m hoping to start posting my weekly challenge shots for wordless Wednesday and maybe do a weekly recap of photo a day. We’ll see how it goes.
I also joined another Facebook group started by Chantelle for motivation and inspiration to feel better and get some exercise – The Good Life Gang. It’s pretty amazing to think you are connected to people all over the world striving to move more and feel better. We use the Stridekick app for the challenge and step count. I love it because you can use whatever step counter tool you want, Apple Watch (me), Fitbit, Jawbone, etc. For the month of February the goal is to walk 200,000 steps. I think I can, I think I can. 🙂
Hope all is well.
Hello friends. It’s been a while. I have things I want to share. Things I want to blog about. Things on my mind. But time, as always, is not my friend. I’m home today with a sick Ally, so I’m stealing a few minutes to share something special with you.
Check the link for a little refresher if you like. After Plan Bea, comes Plan Cee and I’ve gotten a little sneak peak and have started reading Cecelia’s story. I can’t wait to share more with you once I’ve finished reading it.
Meanwhile, here is the cover reveal for Plan Cee…
And here’s a little preview of what Plan Cee is all about!
Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?
Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…
As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?
We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?
As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?
While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.
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Hi. How are you? Remember me? It’s been a few weeks. Here I thought I’d have some time over the 2 week school break to get my blogging groove back, but boy was I ever wrong. We’ve been back at work and in school for a week now and I still haven’t been able to blog about the things I’ve been meaning to blog about. I mean, I’ve had this post swirling around my mind for weeks now. I guess, it could have been several posts that turned into just one due to my procrastination and inability to find the time…
First order of business – here’s a collage of my last few images from my project 365 #onegoodthing from 2016.
Starting with the bottom middle picture and going counter clockwise, these are my shots for day 360 through day 366. Our first Christmas in the new house, beautiful sunsets year-round, the Nespresso machine that Santa brought hubby was a big hit – who doesn’t like a homemade macchiato? I never got around to baking during the holiday season but my mom came to the rescue with some delicious Christmas cookies. Conner turned 16 and is currently taking a course for his motorcycle endorsement, if all goes well, he’ll be getting his license next week as well. Hold me!!! Ally makes me smile with her developing style. We left the house with her dressed in her cat gear and came home from the mall with her dressed as a princess. And then there’s me, an end-of-yer selfie before the New Year’s party. And that’s all she wrote for 2016…
Speaking of parties, I swear that’s what my 2 week break consisted of — prepping for parties, and then cleaning up from said parties. It started on Dec. 17th with a holiday party and ended last weekend with hubbies 40th birthday party and there was something going on every weekend in-between. Believe me when I say that I’m taking it easy this weekend. As I’m writing this, I’m listening to the gurgle of the pool fountains after having finished a late breakfast. As soon as I’m done with this post I’m going for a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood and then it’s off to lunch with grandma… after that maybe a nap and a movie with my girls…
How cool is that birthday cake? I wish, I could say that I made it but I’d be lying. It’s not something I would even consider attempting. I do want to try to use fondant one of these days, but I’ll start out very simple. It’s not something I’ve ever worked with and truth be told, it scares me a little. The party prep stressed me out immensely. I wanted things to be perfect for Corey but I also didn’t want to break the bank. I’d like to think, the party was a success and everyone had a good time. For my 40th – I still have a few years — I’m planning on going on a little trip. No party for me, thank you very much. 🙂
A few days before the party, we pulled the trigger and adopted a pooch from the Humane Society of Broward County . Our little Gracie left us exactly a year to the day we adopted Audrey. I knew, it was around this time last year but not the exact date. On the way to the shelter, a notification popped up on Facebook about my memories from this day… and there it was, a collage I had made of Gracie… I feel like it was meant to be. We had been talking about getting another dog. The kids and I really, really wanted one again, hubby initially wasn’t so keen on the idea. He’s a practical man and had valid reasons for his feelings on the matter. A dog is a big commitment and a lot of work and we like to travel occasionally and we all go to school and work all day… But many other people with dogs do the same thing and it still works out ok.
Here she is, our Audrey… I think, I’ll save her story for another post, another day, otherwise this one will get wayyyyy too long.
Something really cool happened last Sunday — I got to meet one of my bloggy friends IRL. Beth Ann and her husband Chris, or Mr. Diamond, as she refers to him on her blog It’s Just Life were in Boca on a business trip and we had the chance to meet up for a yummy dinner. It was like we were old friends and had known each other for ever and ever. I swear, we could have sat for another couple of hours and not run out of things to talk about. I hope, that one day soon, I’ll get the chance to see her again. 🙂
So this is what’s been going on around these parts for the last few weeks (in a nutshell). I hope you are all well and are off to a good start this year! I’m looking forward to what this year has in store for us… so many good things on the horizon already… a girls trip to New Orleans in February, using our Disney annual passes that Santa brought, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Joe Walsh, Alton Brown, U2 and so much more. I can’t wait!!!
Wow, it’s been almost a month since I last posted here.
Hello, anybody out there?
The last picture I left you with for my #onegoodthing project 365 was my bare Christmas tree and I guess, after finally decorating the tree the holiday season was in full swing and I was just along for the ride… It’s been a busy but fun month. Work is work and I’ll leave it at that since I have two weeks of no alarm clock stretching out in front of me. Yay!!!
(From bottom right to top left) day 335 to day 342. December is always a time for a bit of dress up with all the holiday parties and concerts to attend and we girls enjoy it. This year, for the first time, we checked out the “Christkindlmarkt” at the American-German club near us and while it was nowhere near what an actual Christmas market in Germany is like, we still enjoyed it. I always like to say, I enjoy wallowing in my Germaness for a bit at events like this. 🙂 Middle decided to take after her brother and also start playing soccer. And the two bigs were working together in harmony preparing some guacamole as a snack. The boy is our master chopper.
(From bottom right to top left) day 343 to day 351. More soccer, watching the boy at his home games. Taking in holiday light displays before being rudely interrupted by a stomach bug that bothered little one all weekend. Boo! More holiday party fun for the adults. Loving how silly the cat is at times. And continuing on my quest to make this house a home by adding a bit here and there… the curtains really pulled the living room together. Finding homes for little critters. The last one was adopted out today and made one of middle’s friend’s super happy.
From bottom right to top left) day 352 to day 359. More holiday fun. Holiday pot luck party at our house… and I didn’t take any pics. Hello, who am I turning into? No photos, me… unheard of. 🙂 Enjoying a cruise on the in laws yacht, wrapping presents in secret, trying new recipes, enjoying sunsets and nature and treasuring special moments with family. Lots and lots to be thankful for and always happy for the reminder by looking back at these snapshots.
I hope you all are enjoying this holiday season with loved ones surrounding you and special moments shared. I know the hustle and bustle of the season can get the best of us… it definitely gets the best of me from time to time… but in the end seeing the smiles and happiness in those you love, makes it all worth it!
Sending you lots of love,
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and enjoyed some good food, time with family and friends and a few days of relaxation and fun. I enjoyed the time off and like my kids, I had a tough time getting out of bed on Monday morning. 6 am is not an acceptable wake-up time for this “I’m not a morning person” person.
Day 321. I enjoyed Fall until the last possible moment.
Day 322 to Day 330. Playing catch-up with a collage.
Day 331. Loved this Christmas display and little one was more than willing to pose for a picture.
Day 332. The fireplace! The fireplace. Oh, how I love the fireplace. This is such a wonderful dream come true. I love how it came out. There is still something missing on the left side and I have an idea of what I want but so far haven’t found the right thing yet.
Day 334. We got our tree. A real one this year and I’m not so patiently waiting to start decorating. But need to wait another day or two for all the boughs to fall into place. Maybe tomorrow night there will be a picture of a freshly, decorated tree in my IG feed. 🙂
Happy hump day peeps! Each day brings us closer to Christmas break. I cannot wait!
On a more serious note. Today is Giving Tuesday. There are so many worthy causes out there and it’s hard to pick just one. I decided to give a little something to two causes that are close to my heart and affect people near and dear to me, the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Cancer Society.