Their silly side… (Wordless Wednesday)

My kids. Being silly. It usually starts with one and then the other two have to chime in.



Happy Wednesday my friends! Hope all is well. I miss you and blogging…
Hopefully, someday soon, I will have a little extra time. :)

Lots of love,


Linking with Claudia at Images by CW!

Fill in Fun and some snapshots {Snapshot Sunday 10/18/2014}

It’s Friday. It’s Saturday night. It was another glorious day here in South Florida. It’s just me and my two oldest home for the weekend. The hubby took little one for their father-daughter weekend trip to New York. The trip she’s been waiting for forever. It was finally her turn and from what I hear, she’s loving it so far!
And guess, who they are visiting?
Our hostess with the mostest, Hilary, that’s who. So how I can I not join her this fine Friday Saturday??? :)

You know the deal, right? Four statements, four blanks. We answer them and link up. It’s oodles of fun!

The statements:

1. What would be your____?
2. Certainly a ____ will _____
3. A real ___ is _____ than____
4. Joining a ____ makes me_____

My answers:

1. What would be your perfect day?
2. Certainly a gorgeous weekend will be more
than welcome

3. A real smile is much warmer than a fake one.
4. Joining a big group of people at events makes me want to break out in hives.

Feeling Beachie
And now a few snapshots from the last few days. The weather has been glorious around these parts and we’ve been enjoying cloudless, blue skies for days and days. Such a welcome relief after all the rain we’ve had for months and months.
blue sky
blue sky and palm trees
In my quest to find all things pumpkin I ran across this delicious pumpkin pie ice cream from Publix.
pumpkin pie ice cream
Trador Joe’s to the rescue! I’ve been looking for this pumpkin spice rooibus tea for weeks now. Usually The Fresh Market by our house carries it but for some reason, so far, it hasn’t been on the shelves. I was so excited when I found this today at Trader Joe’s and already enjoyed two cups of it tonight.
pumpkin spice tea
And this, oh don’t get me started on this goodness. Pumpkin mochi ice cream, the best thing ever. Thanks once again, to Trader Joe’s. Do you detect  a them yet? It’s my new favorite store. :)
pumpkin mochi ice cream
Middle and I went to a Frozen themed birthday party today and she got a picture with Elsa and Anna to show little one, who couldn’t come since she’s busy in the big apple! :)
elas and anna
Mother-daughter selfie. Middle and I spent most of the day together – just the two of us. After the party we went to dinner at our favorite Vietnamese place for some pho and then stopped at Trader Joe’s for some goodies.
mother daughter selfie
And to finish off the day, we raced the sun to the park to catch the sunset. We didn’t quite make the actual moment but still enjoyed a few quiet moments sitting on a blanket by the lake.
sunset lake view
The last picture, one last look, before we left!
tree at sunset
Hope everyone has a great week!

Snapshot Sunday {9/14/14}

It’s that time of week again. Time to look back at the week that was. I finally did a Snapshot Sunday last week, over here. Since I’m back to old faithful here, I’m going to continue here!

I wrote a little about our busy week in this post but didn’t share any of the pictures I took last week. I was actually quite surprised to see how many I had, for some reason I thought, I didn’t take too many this past week. But never you fear, there is always plenty to share! :)

lounging kittyThis was last Sunday morning. When I came down I found Finn lounging on the pillow next to Ally! Not something you see very often around here. Finn is a bit standoffish and prefers to find quiet hiding spaces to rest. This was quite unexpected and surprising. Hence the picture!

shaved ice

Later that day, the hubby took the girls and I shopping at the new(ish) Palm Beach Outlets, an outlet mall we hadn’t visited yet. While we looked for work clothes, Ally chose to cool off with a refreshing rainbow shaved ice! Ash had to join her little sister and got one too.

sleepy girl

Shopping is super exhausting and it didn’t even take five minutes before our little sleeping beauty fell asleep. She snoozed all the way home and went straight to the couch for some more rest once we got there.

shopping haul

My haul! I did pretty and good and was very happy with my finds. Some new clothes sure can make a big difference. It always amazes me how a different shirt with old pants can jazz up an outfit. I had fun laying out my new clothes and finding accessories to go with each top.

snack shopping

On Monday, we had to bring in snacks for the class for the next two weeks. So my little helper and I went to the store and got busy. We filled the shopping cart with some kid favorites like gold fish, Pirate Booty, pretzels, cheese sticks and gogurts.

signature green tea

Looks like I didn’t share another pic until Friday night, when we were at dinner. A lime + mint = my favorite drink. Tina, the owner at our favorite sushi restaurant made me this signature green tea drink a few weeks ago and I love it so much that I have it pretty much every time we go. My version is alcohol free but it is also available with a little something extra. :) It’s just so tasty and refreshing!


And my handsome hubby, contemplating secret thoughts at dinner. :)

ipsy glam bag september

Today, our ipsy September glam bag arrived. I love this one so much. I even tried the lipstick, which is a lot darker than what I normally like. But it looked good. Ash and I have gotten a few of these now. We share what comes with it and one of us will get the bag. This month we are fighting about it a little but I gave in and let her have it! I definitely love ipsy more than Birchbox. I cancelled that service after the first bag – it was so disappointing to receive only sample sizes. With ipsy you will always get some full size things and good size samplers and a cute bag!

There you have it. My snapshots from last week! Have a great Sunday and a good week!


Our week in Instagrams…

These past two weeks have been pretty busy with me working late (past my scheduled time) every day. By the time the four of us (the kids and I) get home it’s time to cook dinner, do homework, maybe do a little laundry and then get ready for bed. Once I have time to decompress a little I’m usually too tired to sit in front to the computer and try to think of something to blog about. All I want to do is browse through Facebook and read a few posts… It’s a good thing I love my job so much!!! :)

As always, click on an image to open the slide show and to read the captions! Enjoy!!!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. We are off to the big county fair to eat lots of fair food, say hello to a few critters and ride some rides!!! See you guys soon.

bocafrau sunset signature


P.S. The blog got a little update because my genesis theme got an update and I wanted to try it on for size. So far I like it. I’ve been really into streamlining and simplifying the look of the blog. The home page still has the featured post and post excerpts for you to look through and the sidebar with the usual features of where you can find me when I’m not blogging! The actual blog pages now feature a full width look where the photos and posts take center stage and then some info can be found in the footer if you don’t feel like heading back to the home page. I may still tweak a few things here and there but for now I’m pretty happy with how it looks. Let me know what you think! xoxo