“Me” Time

Fruit Sangria Tea! Yes, Please…

fruit sangria tea loose leafThis fruit sangria tea by Adagio is officially on my “life’s simple pleasures” list. I picked it up during a stroll through Fresh Market one evening, when all I thought I needed was trail mix, gelato and grapes.

But isn’t that how it works? You walk in with a short list and before you know it your cart is full of needs, wants and stuff that looks just too good to pass up. Fruit sangria tea definitely falls under wants and “stuff too good to pass.”

Just think about this. It’s a loose leaf tea mix with rose hips, apples, hibiscus, orange peels and more. How can that mix not be a happy potion?!

I sweeten mine a little with honey, but if you don’t have a wicked sweet tooth, skip it. Either way, if you love sangria and good tea, try this.

Now, I’m off to enjoy my tea, :-).

Remembering to be Kind, Compassionate and Forgiving

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Yogi’s green chai tea with almond cashew milk

 

For my spiritual time this morning I randomly opened my bible to Ephesians 4. It talks about living as children of light, and one verse stood out to me…

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

After reading this I smiled, took it as my goal for the day and went on with the rest of my morning routine. About an hour later as I was driving to work, a car cut in front of me, barely missing my bumper. Before I realized it, my compassion and kindness had taken a backseat to anger.

Well, so much for goals. I took a deep breath, actually a few deep breaths, and decided to start over.

Later in the morning I prepared a cup of tea, and look at the message on the tag! It totally reiterated my goal.

I love when these types of “coincidences” happen. It reminds me that it is not a coincidence at all; it is God speaking to me, :-).

A Week Without Kids

This Crispy Coconut Chili-Ginger Shrimp from Red Lobster was AWESOME! Perfect for a Monday dinner date, :-).

Last week my “to-do” list became a “not-doing-it” list. Originally I had great plans:

  • Get carpet cleaned
  • Sand and paint dining table
  • Organize kids’ closets
  • Go through playroom and donate a few things to Goodwill

But, then I had a conversation with myself.

How often do I get a whole week sans kids? Outside of summer, not often.

And what is on this list that can’t be done when they are home? Well, nothing… though it may be easier.

So, I decided to do what I usually can’t do for a whole week (unless I’m sick). I had a dinner date with Hubby on MONDAY! Tuesday I went to bed at 7 p.m. and Wednesday I relaxed and caught up on TV. The rest of the week was pretty similar.

There will always be things on my to-do list. And eventually I’ll get them done. However, today as I reflect on last week, I’m SO HAPPY I decided to let my “not-doing-it” list prevail. I’m refreshed, energized and even came up with a few new ideas.

Just more proof that sometimes the best thing you can do is nothing.

Saturday “Me Time” Breakfast

Imperfect pancakes made perfect with strawberries and chocolate, :-).

Want to make a meal feel indulgent, borderline sinful? Just add chocolate and strawberries – one of the best combinations ever created.

I started my weekend with this breakfast – pancakes with strawberries, powdered sugar and chocolate syrup, turkey bacon. In less than 15 minutes I was grabbing my tiara and snuggling on the sofa with a plate.

Oh, how I love weekends!

Chocolate Finds During My Marshall’s Treasure Hunt

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I went in looking for shoes. I came out with shoes, a handbag and the chocolate you see over there.

This is why I love Marshall’s. It’s the perfect mix of accessories for my closet, home and dessert tray.

I LOVE accessories.

A trip through Marshall’s is like a treasure hunt during my lunch. It’s a nice break from the office to stroll through pretty stuff and pick up a few things without breaking my budget, often things I didn’t even know I needed.

I mean really, how many stores can you go in and find gourmet chocolate next to really cute shoes next to fabulous handbags next to pretty kids clothes… that are discounted?!

As for these chocolate finds, I will be testing them out during Scandal on ABC this Thursday night. I’ll let you know if they were worth the splurge.

Rediscovering My Love of Novels, One Good Book At A Time

32candlesbookreviewReading has always been a love of mine. In third grade I gravitated to chapter books… and by gravitated I mean I insisted on books with more than 100 pages because I needed the twists and depths that a longer book could provide.

Yes, I was that kid, :-).

Then I entered motherhood and my love of reading novels was put on hold. I still found time to fit in magazine reading, but that was about it. This didn’t really bother me because I realized it was just a stage.

See, motherhood ebbs and flows. Sure, I WAS sleep deprived with a newborn, but now my girls sleep through the night. It’s that way with a lot of things. I’ve gone from having to give baths every night to kids giving themselves showers.

This also means I can now READ something that’s not punctuated with ads and pictures.

I chose 32 candles   by Ernessa T. Carter to break my novel-reading hiatus (I got a copy at a Blogalicious conference) and I am soooo happy that I did.

It is a fabulous book! So fabulous I’m going to plan a book club party with a few girlfriends to talk about it.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-read novel with good twists, lovable yet flawed characters, and an ending that makes you want more, add this to your reading list. Then I’d love to hear what you think.

As for me, I’m hoping 32 candles is made into a movie. It would be great for a Girls Night Out.