Snow Trip 2012

This past weekend, our family went to Big Bear, CA to enjoy a few fun and chilly days in the snow. Everyone who knows me knows I’m not a “camping” kind of girl. I do love those little luxuries like a toilet, running water, heat, and a roof (one that is not made of fabric) over my head. Thankfully, my SIL arranged for us to stay in this lovely cabin that had all those little luxuries, plus had a camping-like ambiance. I absolutely loved it! There were so many “firsts” like Ella and her sister seeing snow for the first time and playing board games as a family for the first time. I was impressed to see how fearless Ella was in the snow – she braved the high hills with her big brother and sister beside her and even went tubing! It was pretty amazing to watch. So many wonderful memories made – it looks like this could be a new family tradition. : )

One of my favorite shots from the trip...they had a blast!

The cabin

The family

Snow angel

The family taking over the hill




I absolutely loved happythankyoumoreplease. Since I don’t watch the sitcom “How I  Met Your Mother”, I had no idea who Josh Radnor was. Not only did he star in this Indie, he also wrote and directed it too. BTW, he is the spitting image of my brother-in-law…I would believe it if he told me he had a twin in Hollywood. A total feel-good movie – loved this!

Beautiful Boy

What a powerful movie, especially from a parent’s point of view. The premise of Beautiful Boy is of a couple struggling to keep their marriage together while closing the gap with their only son, a mysteriously quiet and distant college student. It is a tragic event that brings this couple closer than they have been in a very long time and reveals many deep thoughts and feelings that they would otherwise not have been able to face.


Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

This weekend, I was finally able to watch Beats Rhymes & Life – a documentary following the past and present career of my all-time favorite hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Back in the day (on the boulevard of Linden), my crew and I would use their music as a backdrop to our lyrics. They were truly instrumental in my life and especially in my adoration for music today. Hip-hop has not been the same – although the styles are appreciated on its own level, nobody has been placed on that same pedestal that holds my favorite group. They are always the point of reference and comparison for me, anyway, especially when music is the topic of conversation with my kids.

I loved this documentary – it illustrates the trials and tribulations of a group of young friends with different backgrounds and similar threads; the rise to fame; the challenges of friendship in the music business; and loyalty.

A true must-see for any ATCQ fan out there!

New Cookie Recipe: You Gotta Try It!


This past weekend, I decided to try out a new cookie recipe that I found on Pinterest (love Pinterest). What attracted me to this particular recipe were the pieces of OREO cookies in this cookie batter. You can use the generic brand like I did, and it will still come out delicious. Here’s the super-easy recipe!

  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 11 broken pieces Oreo Cookies
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter, and sugars until well combined. Add egg and vanilla until mixed well.

2. Place flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl, stir to combine. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients then stir in oreos and chocolate chips until just combined.

3. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop onto baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until cooked, but still soft. Let cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

The Fresh Beat Band LIVE in Concert

Last Saturday, I took the mini-me to her second show (first being Yo Gabba Gabba). Along with my brother, sis-in-law and niece/goddaughter, we all had a blast singing and dancing (Ella, mostly). Ella and Addy were dressed up like mini Kiki and mini Marina – how lucky and meant-to-be was it that I found dresses just like theirs at Ross of all places! They looked adorable. Because we had the VIP package, we had the BEST seats in the house and the girls got to meet and take a picture with the Fresh Beats. I encourage you pick up their newly released CD – their music is catchy and lyrically meaningful especially when teaching your little ones about friends, reaching for the stars and doing anything you put your mind to. : )

“So glad I was able to experience such a memorable and fun time with you, Baby Girl!”








Blue Valentine

I love it when I run into a good story that takes a level of courage to tell.  I really felt like Blue Valentine had a raw element that made the actors and the story so true and convincing, so real. Because of this movie, I am a big fan of Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling – they take their job to another level and truly assume the character they’re playing. A must-see…just not one to watch around the kiddies.

Random Thoughts Thursday

  • I hate keeping secrets -__-
  • I love Pinterest…a little addicting, but I need it to stay inspired!
  • Had a little birthday party for the 11 year old last Saturday – was so impressed at how polite her friends are. I never heard so many unprompted “thank you’s” in my life – hats off to the parents!
  • Dropped more $$$ than I wanted to support a fundraising effort – whatever it takes to help the future.
  • Today is my Friday – woohoo! I need a little “me-time” tomorrow.
  • So many exciting things coming up including our 5 year anniversary and another family trip!
  • As of now…I really heart oranges. : )
  • I love seeing my baby girl’s first smile of the day and kissing her all over her face – it is the best thing!
  • Taking the mini-me to see The Fresh Beat Band this Saturday – we’re even attending the VIP Party where we’ll get to meet the cast – she’s so excited!
  • Highlight of my weekend last weekend – a morning walk with the Hubby and mini-me. It’s been awhile since we’ve done that. <3