1.27.2015

Getting crafty...



I found these great little chalkboard signs 
at Michaels this morning. 
Oh, and they were on clearance!
Yay!

I decided to use them for plant markers
For Paul's garden. 

So cute and easy!


xoxo v.

1.24.2015

My new favorite thing...

Have you had this tea?
I got it at World Market and it is my new favorite thing!

I can't believe how flavorful it is.
AMAZING.

xoxo v.

1.22.2015

In which I brag on my daughter...


Today was a rough day.  There were three separate kid-crises (major ones) to be dealt with at the same time and it was really difficult.  I'm officially blaming it on Mercury going back into retrograde because this day was CRAZY.  The blessing in parenting (if you're lucky and if you choose to see it) is that typically, not every child causes trouble and drama at the same time.  They usually take turns.  Can you IMAGINE if it was all at once?  Holy cow.  So, today three of them at once had major, life-altering issues happening and it would have been very easy to get sucked down the "it must be our total and complete failure as parents" rabbit hole.  It is so easy to beat ourselves up, isn't it?

Well, just when I thought there may be no redeeming this day, God sent me a tiny redeeming moment.  After picking up my youngest from a game she was cheering at, I couldn't get a word in edgewise as we drove home.  She had a lot on her little heart and she was talking a mile a minute.  At first I wanted to interrupted her because there was so much that had happened during the day.

I'm so glad I kept quiet and just listened.

Sometimes our children don't get the praise they deserve.  And tonight, she deserves some praise.  The things she had to say, the enlightenment she was showing.  So mature.  So much WISDOM.  It broke my heart in the most beautiful way.  She has fears of going to high school (among other things).  And the way that she was voicing her concerns in one breath and then in the next working through the issues and giving herself the best advice...I was speechless.  

She has come to the realization that the "popular" kids she used to hang out with are a group that she wants to purposely distance herself from in high school because even though they seem like they would be the happiest, they are actually the saddest and most insecure group of people she knows.  She said, "They need and seek attention and affection in a whole other way than most of us and it isn't healthy."  She then said, "And they don't think like me.  Because I think everything and everyone is beautiful.  Seriously Mom, there is something beautiful to be found in every single place.  Like, look at you right now.  You're so beautiful driving the car and listening to me!  And I'm afraid that not many kids in high school are going to think like me and so they won't like me."

I couldn't be any more impressed with her if I tried.  I'm so impressed I could bust.

I started to tear up and said, "You just need to know that I think you are kind of amazing.  You have just shown so much wisdom, maturity, and kindness and I am so proud to be your mom."  She smiled and said, "I really love our talks lately.  No one else (not even in our family) gets me.  They don't get what I mean when I say, 'I think everyone is beautiful'.  But you do, and I love that."

My cup runneth over.

She really is such a good girl and a cool kid.  I'm so grateful for her and blessed to call her my daughter.







lurve you, xoxo v.

So fresh and so clean clean!

 Oh my gosh, my house smells so good!  I just have to share.  I purchased one of these stick-on air fresheners for our furnace filter last week and WOW!  The have several different scents, but I am in a spring-cleaning-everything-fresh obsession right now, so I go the Country Cotton scent.  So.  Good. 

xoxo, veronica

xoxo v.

In which I brag on my daughter...



Today was a rough day.  There were three separate kid-crises (major ones) to be dealt with at the same time and it was really difficult.  I'm officially blaming it on Mercury going back into retrograde because this day was CRAZY.  The blessing in parenting (if you're lucky and if you choose to see it) is that typically, not every child causes trouble and drama at the same time.  They usually take turns.  Can you IMAGINE if it was all at once?  Holy cow.  So, today three of them at once had major, life-altering issues happening and it would have been very easy to get sucked down the "it must be our total and complete failure as parents" rabbit hole.  It is so easy to beat ourselves up, isn't it?

Well, just when I thought there may be no redeeming this day, God sent me a tiny redeeming moment.  After picking up my youngest from a game she was cheering at, I couldn't get a word in edgewise as we drove home.  She had a lot on her little heart and she was talking a mile a minute.  At first I wanted to interrupted her because there was so much that had happened during the day.

I'm so glad I kept quiet and just listened.

Sometimes our children don't get the praise they deserve.  And tonight, she deserves some praise.  The things she had to say, the enlightenment she was showing.  So mature.  So much WISDOM.  It broke my heart in the most beautiful way.  She has fears of going to high school (among other things).  And the way that she was voicing her concerns in one breath and then in the next working through the issues and giving herself the best advice...I was speechless.  

She has come to the realization that the "popular" kids she used to hang out with are a group that she wants to purposely distance herself from in high school because even though they seem like they would be the happiest, they are actually the saddest and most insecure group of people she knows.  She said, "They need and seek attention and affection in a whole other way than most of us and it isn't healthy."  She then said, "And they don't think like me.  Because I think everything and everyone is beautiful.  Seriously Mom, there is something beautiful to be found in every single place.  Like, look at you right now.  You're so beautiful driving the car and listening to me!  And I'm afraid that not many kids in high school are going to think like me and so they won't like me."

I couldn't be any more impressed with her if I tried.  I'm so impressed I could bust.

I started to tear up and said, "You just need to know that I think you are kind of amazing.  You have just shown so much wisdom, maturity, and kindness and I am so proud to be your mom."  She smiled and said, "I really love our talks lately.  No one else (not even in our family) gets me.  They don't get what I mean when I say, 'I think everyone is beautiful'.  But you do, and I love that."

My cup runneth over.

She really is such a good girl and a cool kid.  I'm so grateful for her and blessed to call her my daughter.







xoxo v.

1.20.2015

I think I can, I think I can...


 Ugh! Drinking water is the HARDEST thing for me!

I know I need to.  We all know we need to.  I'm a nurse, for Heaven's sake.  Yet...meh.  I'm sincerely lucky if I drink even one cup per day.  Water is so important for every function in our bodies and it will undoubtedly make us feel better on every level.

So, this week, I decided I was going to drink as much per day as I could.  I labeled this jug of drinking water (excuse the handwriting...it was early in the morning) and planned to make sure I had finished by the end of the workday.  Repeat every workday.  Sounds like a good plan, except that it literally took me the entire work week to drink ONE jug! ha!  Oops.

Luckily, we get a fresh chance at everything each and every morning.

Do you have any tricks for getting more water into your diet?
xoxo, veronica

xoxo v.

1.19.2015

Truth...





xoxo, veronica

xoxo v.

Sausage and Peppers...


This is one of our family's all-time favorite meals!  It is so good!  Definitely comfort food for me.  It is so flavorable.  I seriously don't even add any seasonings to it.  Once in a while I might throw in some garlic, but it is really not even needed.   The other thing I love?  That it is SO easy to make.  The sausages sear while you are chopping the vegetables and then it just simmers.
I hope you love it as much as we do!
Ingredients:
  • Olive oil
  • Italian sausage (I prefer mild; you choose the quantity)
  • 3 Bell peppers (green, yellow, or red)
  • 2 onions
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 2-3 cups of water
  • hot dog buns
Instructions:
  • Slice onions and peppers
  • Heat olive oil on medium-high
  • Place sausages in pan until nicely seared on both sides
  • Add the onions and peppers to the pan.  Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Whisk the tomato paste and water together and add to the pan
  • Cover and cook on medium heat for at least 30 minutes.
  • Place sausage on the bun and place onions and peppers on top
  • ENJOY!

 Click here for printable recipe

xoxo, veronica

xoxo v.

Room envy...


 Look at this room that was posted over on Blue Egg Brown Nest.

There isn't much I don't love about this room.
The calm tones with just a splash of color,
the textures...
It is rustic and polished at the same time.
xoxo, veronica

xoxo v.

1.16.2015

Baked eggs...



Believe it or not, baked eggs have become a staple in our house.  I had never even dreamed of baking an egg!  One day I found them on Pinterest and thought we could try them.

We have SO many people here in the mornings that to fry eggs for everyone can take forever! This way, they all get popped into the muffin tin, and in 17 minutes? DONE!

The other day, I placed spinach leaves and some chopped tomatoes in the bottom of each tin as well.  They turned out really yummy! You could get so creative with these!

Baked Eggs

Ingredients:
·        Eggs (however many you would like to make)
·        Nonstick cooking spray
·        Salt and Pepper, to taste

Instructions:
·        Preheat oven to 350ºF
·        Spray a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
·        Crack one egg into each cup of the muffin tin.
·        Season with salt and pepper.
·        Bake for 17 minutes or until eggs reach desired texture (at 17 mins the texture is similar to a hard-boiled egg and the yolk is nearly firm.  A minute or so less than that, and you have a liquidy/runny sunnyside yolk.  

xoxo, veronica

xoxo v.

1.14.2015

Decor envy...



 I decided the other day that I want to redo everything in my office!

I was simply struck out of nowhere by the desire to have everything white, grey, pink, and gold.

Super-feminine and lovely.  Peaceful and pretty.

I really love these metallic prints from Metallic Prints on Etsy.

Stay tuned because I think this idea will be going places! :)
xoxo, veronica

1.13.2015

Valentine's love...


I LOVE Valentine's Day!

I love putting little hints of love all over our house for everyone to find.

How do you celebrate?

p.s...what do you think of the vintage glass medical bottles that I found at GOODWILL?
Oh yeah!  They are awesome and were only $6.00!



xoxo v.

1.12.2015

A bar shelf...


I've been eyeing bar carts lately.

Not exactly sure why, because we don't even really drink!

I just think they are pretty.  With all of the sterling and glass.

I've tried a couple of variations on trays and whatnot,
but haven't been able to settle on anything.

Yesterday, I just plopped some glasses and Paul's parents
bottle up on a bookshelf,
and I actually think it looks kind of pretty.

It will probably move ten more times before I'm done!
Isn't that the way it always goes?
But for now, I think it is kind of nice here.

Tell me what you think.


xoxo v.

1.10.2015

Check it out...



There is so much going on over at our family blog!

Pictures of Christmas, vacations, crafts, etc.

If you'd like to check it out,
just click HERE!

lurve you, xoxo v.

Apple bread...

One of my favorite things that my mom used to make
is Apple Bread.

This is from her recipe and it is so good!

If anyone would like the recipe,
just let me know and I will send it to you.

lurve you, xoxo v.

Random view from where I sit...


I was asked to take a picture of a random view from where I sit,
no matter what it is.

Okay, here you go!
Exciting, right?
Be careful what you wish for, you just may get it!
lurve you, xoxo v.

1.07.2015

Birthday love!


 I LOVE Sephora during my birthday month!  

So many samples and goodies arrive in the mail!

What is your favorite Sephora product?


xoxo, veronica

xoxo v.

Birthday Love notes...



lurve you, xoxo v.

42...


Today was my 42nd birthday,
and what a wonderful day it was.

From beginning to end, it was filled with love,
sweetness, and good energy.
I saw nothing but generosity of spirit, heart, time, and gifts.

I am truly, truly blessed.

2015, I'm coming for ya. ;)

Paul made my favorite (and now official birthday cake) strawberry, coconut cake.

He only put coconut on half because
there are a few people in this house (weirdos)
who do not care for coconut.

It is so moist, dense, and flavorful it is CRAZY!

He claimed the store only had vanilla ice cream (he knows it is my least favorite).
So, I do wonder if this was the truth, or merely a ploy (because it happens to be HIS favorite). ;)

The kids got me some cute gifts and everyone got me nice cards.

And, HE went to JARED! :)


He got me a little necklace I've been wanting that has a little tree.

Genealogy and family trees are my favorite things,
plus this (to me) symbolizes family and friendship in general.

I had wanted it for Christmas, but he saved it for my birthday.

Of course, he keeps talking smack about it and dissing it at every opportunity,
because he thinks it is way too small and should be MUCH bigger.

And of course, I look at him like he is crazy because
I would NEVER wear something that big!

I prefer dainty and delicate.
Something I can wear on a daily basis and let it be the
unobtrusive decoration that it is.

Whatever,  thanks honey!
You did good; I love it!

lurve you, xoxo v.
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