To Mike Eruzione’s Mom…

My Blogging 101 assignment is to write from the prompt the “and all was right in the end.” I think this is a perfect example of that…in the end every experience could be looked back at and decided, “it all worked out in the end”.

Feathers and Dimes

My boys play hockey…

Travel hockey.  Both of them.  To make this even more interesting, they play at separate rinks and separate clubs.  Good times coordinating games, skills sessions, skating lessons, dry-land drills…

My younger is a Mite, the very beginning of competitive hockey, the first level, if you will. He likes to play.  He’s a natural skater, quick when he wants to be, tough on defense, sometimes assertive, sometimes not.  Depends on the day.

My oldest son is a Pee-Wee Minor…birth year 2001.  (Everything in youth hockey goes according to your birth year.)  He’s moved up the ranks a bit, playing on a travel team that competes in several states.  So far this season we’ve been to Nashville, St. Louis, Indiana, Chicago…

He loves to play.  He’s a natural too, but he works HARD.  He has at least 3-4 practices a week which includes ice-time, video sessions and dry-land…

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Valentine’s Projects Galore

The very first moment I beheld him, my heart was irrevocably gone.–jane austen

Oh my gosh! No quote could ever be more true to me! I do not pretend to not know how blessed I am to have three (3!) “hims” in my life…my husband, and my two boys.

Most days I take this all for granted. Don’t we all sometimes?

But with Valentine’s Day approaching and being the crafty little crafter I wish to be, I’ve been perusing the internet for heart themed ideas. There is no shortage, let me tell you, and it can become very overwhelming.

So I put together some projects and links that look interesting, fun and tasty.

But first off, a little something from the lyrical genius of Bruce Springsteen that will get you in the mood. This song is beautiful, the words ever so true if you want a long and lasting relationship.

Now that you’re in the mood, how about some food? (Rhyming unintentional).

In my household, pizza is ALWAYS welcome!

Noreen from Picture the Recipe came up with this very cute heart-shaped pizza.


Cupcakes, pies and cookies are always welcome too!

Style Motivation has a bunch of recipes with beautiful pictures, but I like this one best!

20-Hart-Shaped-Food-Recipes-for-Sweet-Valentine-12Wouldn’t those be lovely to receive?

Ok…we need a pretty tablesetting…

Lemon Tree Creations came up with a tablescape I would definitely mimic.

Mason Jars Vintage Valentines? I'm in!

                    Mason Jars and Vintage Valentines? I’m in!

Printables! How could I forget the printables? There are so many wonderful graphic artists out there on the web that sometimes offer their printables for free! Yay!

Tatertots and Jello is one of my favorite blogs and this link will hook you up to some very cute projects and FREE  printables.

Like this one

from funky polkadot giraffe.

     from funky polkadot giraffe.

So now we have food, desserts, tablescape…what are we missing?  Hmmmm…..


(duh, me!)

Whipperberry came up with these very cute homemade Valentines that I think I will try.

Melted Crayon Hearts

       Melted Crayon Hearts

I hope I have left you with some Heart-sy Valentine-y ideas to try this year.

And if all else fails, Hallmark cards work for me!

Right, Babe?

(My husband knows from past experience what happens if I don’t get a Valentine’s card.)

Me without a Valentine's card...

Me without a Valentine’s card…

Love and Peace,


Versatile Blogger Award

In participating in Blogging U 101, I have met some incredible bloggers and discovered some wonderful new blogs, along with learning how to make MY blog more appealing to the eye. I’ve even added some new links! (Check out my Facebook Link! I hope you”ll stop by for a look-see!)

I would like to thank Kellybean for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. It’s always thrilling, yet humbling, to be recognized by a fellow blogger. I heard somewhere this award comes with a tiara, which is good since my current tiara is missing. (Just joking on that last part.)


Here are the rules:

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person that nominated you
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15(!) blogs
  • Like the nominee’s blogs and let them know


Seven Facts About Me

1.) I don’t understand why I don’t have the God-given talent to sing like a Gospel Singer. I would totally belt out “Amazing Grace” everywhere I went to uplift anyone who needed it.

2.) Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong era…I love anything vintage from the 1940’s and 1950’s and early 1960’s, especially linens and glassware.

3.) I am in the process of becoming an International Certified Lactation Consultant. (IBCLC) My goal is not to come off as a Breast Feeding Nazi, but to support and encourage women in a nurturing way to breastfeed their babies.

4.) I failed my driving test the first time I took it when I was 16. I drove over the curb of the parking lot and bounced down into the street. The instructor almost had a heart attack and failed me immediately. (With good reason, I guess.)

5.) When I am at work, (I am a NICU nurse), I sing to my little patients as I take care of them. I am sure my co-workers think I’m crazy, but the babies don’t seem to mind.

6). Giving birth to my first born was probably the worst and scariest experience of my life. To this day, if I saw the obstetrician who delivered him on the street, I would probably punch him in the throat.

7.) I am the queen of the locker room, excuse me, my household with a husband and two boys. We had to get a female dog to kind of even things out a bit, but sometimes the dog smells worse than the kids.

The blogs I nominate are: (drumroll please)

Karen’s Up on the Hill

Memories by Me Photography

What a Wonderful World

The Turquoise Home

The Dedicated House

I’m sorry, I can’t nominate 12 blogs…I only have time for 5! Please don’t take my tiara away from me. There is laundry that needs to be done, breakfasts that have to be made, a dog that needs to be walked, beds to be made, studying to do, a sidewalk and driveway that needs to be shoveled, a lip that needs to be waxed…




Catching Up With Blogging U…

I’m having a hard time completing my daily assignments.

Between all the real world stuff I have to accomplish on a daily basis, I’m finding it difficult to find the time to invest into my blog. I’m hoping I could catch up this weekend, but it looks like this might be a hard task to accomplish.

Case in point…Right now I have a group of 10-11 year old boys in my basement celebrating my youngest’s birthday with a sleepover.

My husband and older son are away at a hockey tournament and I am home to organize the chaos.

I hear Nerf guns going off, yells and squeals, video game challenges, negotiations, a very loud TV, air hockey games, etc. You get the picture.


Assignment #9: Be Inspired by the Neighbors

This follows Assignment #8 which is to Be a Good Neighbor. To be a good blog neighbor, the task was to comment of 4 blogs you’ve never commented on before.

I did that assignment, but couldn’t remember which four blogs I had commented on! (Oh my gosh! I can hardly remember where I put my car keys!) Luckily, I found my comments by scrolling through my history on WordPress.

I found an admirable post about Ebola Fighters on the blog Faradays Candle. It’s a blog written by two grade school sisters who find Science fascinating. That’s right, I said grade school sisters.

The post is about Ebola volunteers in West Africa and how deserving it was that they were named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.

I couldn’t agree more!

In my twenty years as a Registered Nurse, I have been pooped on, peed on and vomited on too many times to count…

I’ve been harassed, teased, punched by a detoxing drunk, cursed at, yelled at and shouted at…

I’ve worked days, evenings, nights, holidays, and weekends…

Most days I scarf down my food during my break and sometimes I have to wait an ungodly amount of time to go to the bathroom.

I continue to do all this because I really love being a a nurse. With all the bad that goes along with this profession, there is so much more good that comes out of it. I really feel I am contributing something to this world. I truly feel I am happiest when I am serving others.

However, with all my good intentions, I would never volunteer to work with Ebola patients. Is that selfish of me? Whether it is or isn’t, I really don’t care. I just wouldn’t do it…I have a husband and children who I love very much and who love me back. I’m not willing to sacrifice like that.

It reminds me of how I feel about the firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11…Knowing you just might not make it out, that you might not ever see your family again, that your wife might be a widow, your children fatherless…What gave them the courage to go in and try to help? I can’t even fathom it. Truthfully, I would’ve ran the other way.

Which is why I hold in highest regards those that do this kind of work. They are really a special and unique breed of people who have far more courage and internal fortitude than most of the rest of the human race. I admire them but I also ask myself, “Are they crazy?”

Most of all, I am truly and immensely thankful for people like this who are nothing short of Heroic.



Guest Furniture Re-dos

I must introduce you to my friend Anne…


We met while our sons played on the same hockey team a couple of seasons ago but discovered we had more in common than just the highs and lows of youth hockey and stinky-smelly hockey bags.

She likes to re-do furniture too and has an incredible talent for taking old and used furniture to fabulous and amazing pieces anyone would be proud to have in their home.

She shared with me some of her Before and After’s and I think she does a marvelous job.

She took this scratched and dinged up dresser and transformed it beautifully.



This transformation came out so Beautiful!

Here’s another great one…

From this-


To this!

white dresser

What a difference!

And one of my favorites…


Blah and Boring to Elegant and Embellished

bird dresser

How sweet is that?

Isn’t Anne truly talented? I know she uses one of my favorite paints to paint her furniture (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint) and puts a lot of elbow grease into fixing these babies up.  I honestly admire her work and can’t wait for spring to come so we could hit up some estate sales together and maybe work on some projects together.

You can find more of her curbside finds and furniture re-dos on her Facebook page. If you live in the Chicago land area, she might be able to help you take an old, worn out piece of furniture and turn it into something lovely.

In the meantime, I hope she has inspired you like she has inspired me.

Keep up the good work, Anne!



Linking up this week with:

The Dedicated House

The Turquoise Home

Miss Mustard Seed

Chic on a Shoestring Budget

New Discoveries


Another assignment has come my way via Blogging 101 and that’s to choose five new blogs to follow.

Well, kids are home from school with a “too cold to go to school day,” so that means I have to search for some interesting new blogs in between the chaos that is two boys home from school, stuck inside and bouncing off the walls.

(I was able to drive my 7th grader and five of his friends to the mall for awhile, because, after all, the mall was open despite a –30 wind chill factor.)


Hockey Practice=still scheduled


Go figure.

Here are Five Great Blogs I found amidst the anarchy…


I can’t wait to try some of her healthy recipes, especially the oatmeal-banana energy bars which I plan to give to my hockey players for pre-game nutrition.


I was drawn in by her blog’s name…I thought it to be very clever. And then I saw she likes to thrift like me, so…there you go.


I loved her pictures! I’m always intrigued by people who have the talent to capture moments on film so beautifully, and then the different ways these moments are interpreted.

Up cycling:

How could I not follow that one? Treasures from the curb? I’m in!

and finally…


A runner and hockey mom who loves cupcakes. Well, I’m a hockey mom that also loves cupcakes, but I HATE to run so maybe she could inspire me?

There are tons of other great, interesting, mind-blowing blogs out there, but these are the five I picked.

Which ones do you like best?




Blogging 101 Course via WordPress


In an attempt to make my blog a better place, I enrolled in “Blogging 101” from WordPress and my first assignment is to introduce myself.

“Who are you and why are you here?”

This is what comes to MY mind first…


Brian (to himself): Who are you? Who are you? (attaches ballpoint pen to lip, puts top in his nostril)  I am a walrus.-The Breakfast Club

So by now you have guessed correctly that I am a Generation X’er. A forty-something person just trying to find my way to live a fulfilling life.

I’ve been blogging for a bit so you can check out my about page.

But I will delve a bit deeper here for the sake of prosperity.

I am…hmmm…

This is harder than it looks.

I have a lot of labels-wife, mother, daughter, sister, nurse, friend to many, enemy to some.

I am kind and compassionate, but sometimes I am wicked. (See Nellie)

I am loyal and true to my roots. (My upbringing roots, not my gray hair roots that are starting to show through! Damn, I gotta make a hair appointment).

I am funny and sarcastic sometimes.

I am sappy and sentimental most of the time.

I am more spiritual than I ever thought I would be, and I believe in a loving God.

I like to be creative so I started this blog to share ideas and projects, recipes, tutorials and do-it-yourself designs. Sometimes I pepper it with random musings on life. (or maybe I salt it, I’m not sure…)

I’m here blogging because I’d love to share my projects and ideas with whoever is interested on the internet. Hell, if Kim K can share her big booty with the world, surely I can share my dresser makeover. Right?

So welcome to my little corner of the world. I hope you stay.