Self Awareness – via Apartment Therapy

One of the best blogs on the net for interior inspiration and aspiration is Apartment Therapy. This little gem came through today and I HAD to share.

Click the image below to read Know Thyself: Setting Realistic Decorating Expectations on Apartment Therapy.


It’s an Elf-tastrophie!

Last Seen… some time over the Summer!!!

The other day I realized that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, as in on THURSDAY! That means that our friend the Elf (aka the best thing to happen to discipline in the last 20 years) is going to arrive from the North Pole to watch over The Big and Little One and report back to Santa.

Here’s the problem… I’m pretty sure our Polar Express got derailed sometime over the summer. I remember putting Super Why (yup that’s his name) back in his box, and I put the box back way up on the shelf… but then we packed everything away and thought we’d be back in the house in September.

Hubby is going to look sometime this week, I’ve looked over the weekend and again at lunchtime today. But no luck. I’m sure he’s tucked away all cozy and warm, dreaming of sugar plumbs and fairies. But see that doesn’t help me one little bit.

I’m hoping that he’s found, but if not then I’ll have to write Santa and get another one… or you know go to the store and buy him. I was hoping I could do it without buying the whole set but the single elves aren’t the same as the one that comes in the box.

And while I’m on that…. how come none of the kids I know question where the elf is from when they see him on display in EVERY TOY and BOOK STORE?!?!?! I digress.

Cross your fingers that we find him. And Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Miss Princess Boobah

Someday my prince will come
Someday we’ll meet again
And away to his castle we’ll go
To be happy forever I know
Someday when spring is here
We’ll find our love anew
And the birds will sing and weddingbells will ring
Someday when my dreams come true

My little girl is a full on princess. To the point where when asked what her name was, she’d say princess… granted she was just learning her name but you get my point. IN fact the other day, she told me she was going to live in a castle. I asked her who she was going to live with and she pointed to her friend Bobby and said… with BOBBY, he’s my prince.  Poor Bobby, didn’t even see it coming.

Since it became a reality that my kids would actually get their own rooms and therefore I would have to decorate a GIRLS room I started Pinning like CRAZY.

At first, I was thinking super girlie:

Source: via Debbie on Pinterest

Then I got my PotteryBarn Kids catalog:

Then she started taking ballet, and I remembered my own love of impressionists and Degas:

Source: via Debbie on Pinterest

And my inspiration started…. What goes with black and white charcoal????? Why Tiffany Blue of course?!

Do you know HOW many different Tiffany Blues there are out there?  A LOT! And of course none of them are CALLED Tiffany Blue, they are all more Robins Egg. Then do you want to go more teal, more bright, more blue, subtle, green-ish, etc etc etc.
G was ready to kill me because I was so scared to pull the trigger.  After two trips to two paint stores, plus ENDLESS hours on the internet. I settled on Benjamin Moore, Spectra Blue.

Benjamin Moore, Spectra Blue

Gorge, right?
She is keeping all the furniture from her and her brother’s room. So the crib and dresser that match, both are a deep mahogany almost espresso color.  She’ll also have the Cameron Bookshelves from PBK… We have two of the cubbies, I haven’t decided if I’m going to stack them or get the drawer base for extra storage. Or if D will get them after all; that will be a decision for after we move in anyway.

I also went ahead and ordered some prints for the walls… I.AM.SO.EXCITED about them I think they are just LOVELY. And I know she is going to love them too.

Edgar Degas, Dancers in Blue

Seated Dancer Adjusting Her Shoes

A Dancer Seen in Profile

Three Dancers

None of the prints are huge, so I will have to decide how to group them, as well as what color frames, etc. LOVE IT

What i REALLY love is the light we got for her room. It is SO PRINCESS!!!!  But a cool princess, not a fru-fru princess.


Can you believe that is from Home Depot?! It’s not super big, it’s more on the precious side. Just lovely.

I have also been toying with the idea of a stencil on one of the walls to break up the blue. What do you think? Maybe something like…..

Trellis – either in white or a darker shade of blue

More graphic… again tone on tone or white.

or maybe something more magical….

Such as Castles or Fairies


So what do you think of Little Miss Princess Boobah’s room?  I can’t wait to show everyone the AFTER, not just the mood boards for all these rooms. We’re getting to the finish line. Hopefully only another month of the “summer” rental.

A little more YUM!

I love quick easy meals.  I love yummy meals.  I love sharing them with you!

Last night was chicken night. It was too cold to grill so I went through my spice rack and remembered this YUMMY garlic pesto that I had from Tastefully Simple.


A little EVOO and some water and you get this potent paste (it smelled SO FORKIN’ GOOD)


yummo x10

Then I sauteed some chicken, cut it down so it would cook faster. As well, we had some left over sweet potato fries. So those went into the oven.


check out that golden brown

And then it all comes together…….


and yes, it was that good.


Ohhhh Sandy

Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us
This pier lights our carnival life forever
Oh, love me tonight and I promise I’ll love you forever
Oh, I mean it, Sandy, girl
My, my, my, my, my baby
Yeah, I promise, Sandy, girl
Sha, la, la, la, la, baby

Unless you were living under a rock, you would know that there was this big ole storm named Sandy that rolled through my home state of New Jersey. It was an interesting week and I have to say what an amazing man my husband is. He totally kept us together and sane.

Before I get into the drama that Sandy caused, let me take you down memory lane to Hurricane Irene. When Irene was on it’s way, my husband was in denial of it’s ferocity. Our friend who is a Florida native came out to our house because Hoboken, where she lives, was under mandatory evacuation. After arriving at our house, she was soooooo disappointed in our preparedness, so we made a trip to Walmart with the big guy and bought as many supplies as we could.

We were fine, until around 3am when a transformer blew around the corner from our house and the sump pump stopped working. Who knew that thing needed power?! So after that happened…. this is what we woke up to:

In some parts of the basement there were up to 5″ of water, most of the rest had 3″. Either way a LOT of water and a LOT of damage.

This was a few months after we had redone our basement, so we were pretty upset, as was D about losing so many of his toys. But we rebuilt and moved on. When it came time to renovate, we talked about getting one of those generators that automatically turn on if the power goes out. But it was REALLY expensive. Then we talked about getting a generator, but oh wise and powerful me said “What are the chances of us getting a storm like that EVER again.” So we settled for a battery backup that gives us 12 hours of power after the electricity goes out.

When Sandy was forecasted, G and I switched places. I was in denial and he was über prepared. We were kicking ourselves for not getting the generator, but we weren’t really sure which house we would have used it on anyway.

I had our pantry stocked….

My pantry, lots of non-perishables

The kids were prepped, and we were all home on Monday in anticipation. As the winds picked up we had our eye on this ONE tree.

the source of angst

That branch was entwined with the wires that went only to OUR house. With our luck, we were certain that we would be the only ones that lost power.  As it turns out that didn’t happen. We lost power around 7:45pm. The kids and I huddled in one bed until E got sick of it and wanted to sleep in her own crib. D had no such problem.

G on the otherhand was a superstar. He ran back and forth from the rental to the house at least 4 times. Mostly making sure that the sump pump was still working/dry and then also to check on any possible damages. We did a good job tarping the dumpster and putting everything else away. As dawn came, we woke to learn that we were very fortunate. No trees down, no damage to either house or car. Most of our friends were as fortunate, but I know of two that lost swing sets and fences. My parents lost a few trees, but again no major damage.

Then it was waiting for power to come back on…. and waiting…. and waiting.  Did I mention that my cell service was spotty at best? Did I mention that we had NO connection with the outside world. This not only made it difficult to contact my loved ones, but also to put anything into context.

It didn’t however stop us from having some serious fun!

The kids went full on WWE on Daddy

I was serenaded by Rock Star Minnie!

Of course there were superheroes as well… In fact, E wouldn’t take hers off when we went on a walk around the block.

We also played LOTS of board games and completed all of our puzzles. We were also able to get the kids to bed by around 7pm every night because they had no idea what time it actually was!

After Irene, power came back on within 48 hours. I didn’t understand why that wasn’t the case. After 72 hours, we gave up. It was starting to get VERY cold in the house. And it was Halloween, and the kids were antsy. So we packed up to my father-in-law’s in the country….

Yup… there are cows… and horses and right by their house there’s an exotic animal refuge so there are also zebra and camels. SO RANDOM

While being displaced for the remainder of the week was disruptive to everyone. It was great to see my kids playing so much with their cousins. Even though we live only an hour away, we only really see them a handful of times a year. With the exception of G and his brother, the rest of the family lives very close by each other so they get together all the time. D had such a BALL hanging with the “big kids” and going trick-or-treating with them.


His favorite part was the post trick-or-treating, trading.

checking the loot

By Friday we were getting a little desperate so we went to the bastion of all suburban entertainment…. yup, the mall.

D got a haircut, they rode rides, and had Frosties in the food court.

We got power back on Saturday, it was AWESOME! While there was so much damage in the area and so many of our friends didn’t get power back until just a few days ago we were truly blessed by our family and friends and it was certainly a memorable experience.


and the moral of the story…… we’ll be investing in a generator pronto!