Tuesday, February 25, 2014

And the Winner is....

With the Oscars just around the corner, I'd like to take a look at some past winners:

1936- The Way You Look Tonight from Swing Time (the best part is that Ginger Rogers is washing her hair)

1939- Over the Rainbow from Wizard of Oz (would it have been a list without this song?)

1940- When You Wish Upon a Star from Pinocchio (I just sang this song to JDQ)

1951- In the Cool, Cool of the Evening from Here Comes the Bride (such a cute song- never saw the movie)

1961- Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's (such a great movie!)

I did have to Google a list of these songs since I'm not good at remembering which ones won and didn't but I was amazed to see how many nominee songs I knew compared to the winning song until 1980's. I knew every song from that era. Also I was quite surprised to see how many Disney songs won over the years. If you'd like to see the full list click here...  Now for a list of this year's nominees
Happy from Despicable Me 2
Let It Go from Frozen
The Moon Song from Her
Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Which of the 2014 nominees is your winning choice?
See you on the red carpet!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Little Hands....

Bathing Season!!! YIKES!

Living in Southern California, one's thoughts are never too far from beach time and though, it's still too cold for me to go, this is exactly what I've been thinking about. (Ok, one of a thousand things that I think about) The reason it's been on my mind is not about laying lazily in the sun but about JDQ wanting to go into the ocean/pool.  Yes, gone are my days of falling asleep to the lapping of the waves and hello to my days of getting water thrown in my face. I've already been looking into swim lessons and I'm not sure if I want to just hire someone or go to a public spot. Either way though, I will have to get into a bathing suit. UGH!! I have not been very diligent about getting back into shape. More of less, it's trying to find the time. Though I have set up a lovely little spot in the garage (remember the newly organized garage that I still need to take pictures of to show everyone), right now the two pieces of equipment are gathering dust. I have used one of them once.... just once. Don't want to get too crazy. Anyway, I've come across some pretty sure bathing suits that I wanted to share.

via Anthropologie

via figleaves

by Plumo

But I think I may be leaning more in this direction.....  lol! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

We Are Not Alone....

As you can see, I'm only writing when I have time which isn't much. I've felt that I've had to let go of a lot of things that I often felt were important to me because I've been feeling so overwhelmed lately.  I really thought being a teacher and babysitting for ALL those years would help when it was finally my time to raise a child but the truth is.... yes and no. The thing is with my past life style and priorities,  I could walk away from my job, leave problems at home/or work or hand someone's house keys back when they returned from a vacation. I could even move into a new house and have it all done within three days. Now, my job never ends, I'm up at least an hour during the middle of the night because someone constantly needs me. Which is fine but when one is used to having alone time; having someone crawl up between your legs while you're trying to pee makes you realize you will never be alone. Now please before you start judging and saying "what a horrible mother she is, she doesn't want to be with her child", that is not what I am saying. What I am saying is working outside of the home and working inside the home are two completely different things. I know some people have no problem with the transition or even doing both, and everything is smooth sailing for them but then there are people, like me, who never minded being alone, that being a parent can be frustrating. There is always laundry to do, cleaning to do, and diapers that need changing, food that needs to be prepared and that's just for one small person, I'm not even talking about doing stuff for my husband or me.

N comes home late from work and is often tired. My thoughts that all of us would enjoy a family day here and there, no matter how silly that may sound, have gone out the window with his schedule. I know someday we'll find the time but for now....

Plus, I am trying to help bring in a little money here and there by selling clothes and starting an art business. Yes, with all that, one would be tired and I'm sure you're saying, well give up doing the artwork. But just wait, let me finish :)...  

As I said, I've had to let go of somethings. So it's been the cleaning and organizing (though I did get the garage done, will show pictures soon).  I remember babysitting for families and always wondering why things weren't picked up. Like any good babysitter, I would put away some things after the kids went to bed but now, being on the other side, I know why. There isn't enough time in the day and when it comes to spending time with your kids cleaning a house is usually at the bottom of the list. My kitchen is usually the cleanest room in the house (with the help of JDQ sweeping us crumbs as he crawls around on the floor). In other rooms.... that's another story.  I have dust bunnies which jump up and run away as you walk in. A layer of dust can be found on all the furniture that I thought our black media center was gray; not to mention spit up stains on various furniture pieces and rugs. And as usual I have piles of paper everywhere (uhmmm, I guess somethings never change).

The reason I'm writing this is because of another blogger's article that I read today (click here to read it). I felt such relief after I read this. I know she is not the only one to post something like this.  I know there are other mothers out there who feel the same way but for some reason, it was her article that really made me feel good about myself.  So good, that JDQ and I went for a long walk, something that he loves to do. He often goes over to his stroller, that sits in our dining room gathering dust, jumping by it and "ooo-ing" that he wants to use it. He and I even played outside (yay!) for a bit which he also loves. I even sat down to play with him in his light box that I made for him.  I know that I'm doing a good job because his face lights up when I come into a room and he can share "his" apple, his binky or a toy with someone. He'll even come give me a kiss when I pretend to cry or really cry.  He knows how to signal which book he would like to listen to before nap or bedtime and he is curious about everything, putting his hand up (every now and then) to ask "what is this or what is going on."

Though I may not always be put together or I may wear the same 4 outfits day after day and can get dressed in 10 minutes with even some make up on. I know that all the other stuff is water under the bridge.  Hurray to all the other stay at home Mums!!  I hope this helps some of you also feel a little less overwhelmed we are not alone.

(for those of you wondering, yes, my family helps out a tremendous amount and I owe them a lot of thanks. My Mum often cooks for us on the weekends (so much so that I often feel guilty that I can't get it together and help make a meal every now and then) My Dad has come over to do little projects around the house and explains to me how to do things that I'm learning what owning a house entails. It's with their help that I can do these things, it's just that i sometimes get caught up in trying to be June Cleaver that that is when reality hits me and I remember that she was just a TV character, mythical figure and someone who I should not strive to be)

Friday, February 14, 2014

I was sucked in.... Happy Valentine's Day!

Ok, I was sucked into all the love that is floating around today. First, Nigel said he was going to work from home today :)  Then, I was greeted by some beautiful Hugs and Kisses Tulips, a lovely box of Chocolates and a cute little teddy bear.  So my heart was filled with love and I decided to make some heart shaped cinnamon-cardamom pancakes for all of us. We hope everyone else has a lovely day <3


And JDQ and I had a little photo session which was quite hilarious. Unlike the holiday photos where he sat still, this time I couldn't keep him still if my life depended upon it; but it was fun. 

Apple of my Eye!
(more will come later, I want to surprise everyone)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Party Ideas for You Know What Day....

With the Hallmark holiday fast approaching, I thought I'd share some party ideas. I know I probably should have posted this earlier in the month, most parents probably have already gotten together or some schools have done away with this party at school. But these ideas will come in handy even if you don't have children and just want to add a festive atmosphere at home. If fact, you should decorate but keep it up for the rest of the month. Tonight while going on a walk with JDQ, I saw two houses that were decorated for February 14. Both were decked out in red twinkle lights and the obligatory heart(s) waving in the wind from a tree or on the front door. Enjoy!

Apple of my eye 

From Etsy

via HGTV

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Gushy Love Songs Part II- 1940-1970

Last week I promised you a Part II of Gushy Love songs so here they are. Now most people know I LOVE oldies- songs from the 40's but I thought I would do a spin on the love songs and select one song from each year between 1940-1970. Again it was hard to pick just one but these were the ones that stuck out in my mind. Enjoy!!





Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Getting Ready for the Hallmark holiday? Love Songs Part I

With the Hallmark holiday, I mean Valentine's Day, around the corner I thought I would share some sweet love songs to get you in the mood.  lol! Update- I knew more love songs than I wanted to post. You may get a Part II list next week.

Dean Martin- Memories Are Made of This

(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons- Keely Smith

Sunday Kind of Love- Etta James

I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire- Ink Spots

I'm in the Mood for Love- Keely Smith and Louis Prima

Monday, February 3, 2014

Bye Baby, Bunting...

Let's talk bunting.... I'm a sucker for bunting, I don't know why but I just think it's so cute. It adds such whimsy and a playfulness to rooms. It just brings a smile to my face. I even put one up in JDQ's room- the same bunting we used at our wedding.

Here are some other rooms that have included bunting into their decorating.

via tumbler

(some pins were found on Pinterest but did not lead to a website)

Here is some bunting in some unexpected rooms

saw this in UK Country Living