Wednesday, November 25, 2015

At home: Fall

I just wanted to thank you all for your kind words in my last post. It is greatly appreciated and to be honest it was a little therapeutic to get my thoughts written out and be able to acknowledge why I've been in the funk that I've been in lately.

I was also sad to see other blog friends who are also going through losses of their own and experiencing their first Thanksgiving without their love ones. It's hard but I hope that we can all enjoy the time that we have with love ones now and continue to hold the memories of the ones now gone in our hearts.

In the hope of getting things lighter around these parts, I figured I'll share that I'm getting ready to put away our festive Fall items since our Christmas decorations are going to be in its place very soon. I'm pretty excited for this weekend to get the house all sparkly and festive for Christmas. I decided that before I start Christmas decorating and place all the Fall stuff in their respective boxes I would take a few pictures and share on this blog like I use to do back in the day.

I didn't really do too much to be honest but I have made a promise to myself that I'm going to take advantage of some after Thanksgiving sales to stock up on my fall collection for next year.

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I get out of work at 12pm today so I'll most likely make a trip to the gym and then begin to prep the turkey since I'm always the one in charge of the turkey. I love prepping the turkey to be honest but I really like it when Sean is home and he gets to put his hands all up in the turkey. Since he won't be home it is all on me, boo to that.

Anyway, I hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones and enjoy eating all the food! ♥

Monday, November 23, 2015


With Thanksgiving just a few days away it’s hard for me not to get emotional. Every year, a few days before Thanksgiving, I would call my mom to tell her how excited I was to see her in a few days. It’s so hard to know that I will not be making that phone call this year. I get moments of extreme sadness when it dawns on me again that she isn’t here. It’s hard.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ll know that Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal in my family. We always make sure to be together, cook together, enjoy the entire day together. I can’t believe that one of the parts that make that day complete won’t be sitting around the table to tell us how thankful she is for her family.

A few years back, my mom gave me her turkey recipe and I’ve been making it ever since. I’m so thankful I was able to get her recipe before she left. I know it’s going to be a bittersweet day and I’m feeling a little anxious that I’ll be overly emotionally especially since Sean has to work that day.

But I know that my mom would be happy to see that the tradition will still go strong in our family. I know that I don’t really need to tell anyone this; but hug your families so tight and remind them every day how much you love them. Because if someone told me last year that my mom would not be sitting at the dining table this year, I would not have believed them.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

My sister's birthday brunch.

Two weekends ago, Sean and I headed to Brooklyn for my sister's (Emma) birthday brunch. My sister's husband (Brian) threw her brunch at The Brooklyn Star which is one of my sister's favorite restaurants.

It was my first time at the restaurant but will certainly not be my last.
The food was so incredibly good and I loved the rustic, natural décor inside the restaurant.

The fried chicken and waffles was a very popular choice at our table and I was even surprised to see my dad order and enjoy it. It is not something that he would normally order so it was so nice to see him do something outside of his box. Emma ordered this vegetarian meal with black beans (I can't remember the name and nothing on the menu right now fits the meal unfortunately) and although it did not look very appetizing it was so delicious. I also tried their Mac & Cheese with bacon and their biscuits, which we asked for multiple times. Let's just say that I could have sat here eating all day. I told my sister that I was going to make so many excuses to come visit just so that we could go here every time.

My sister's closest friends were also in attendance and it was just a perfect gathering. I love to witness just how much Brian loves my sister because it's always a comforting feeling to know that your sister is in good hands.

When the staff brought out my sister's birthday cake we all began to sing happy birthday and the best part was when everyone in the restaurant stopped eating to sing along. It felt like something that would happen in the movies and it was seriously so nice! My sister who is not usually an emotional person actually teared up. I did get a few pictures but I'm too nice to post them here ;).

After brunch, Brian surprised my sisters and I with pedicures which was greatly appreciated because my toes completely needed it. It was so nice for the four of us to be together to just chat and laugh and have our toes done because it had been a while that we had actually done this together. We all agreed that this was something that we all have to do together more often.

OK, now time for a million and one pictures.

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I know I say it all the time but I'll say it again. Family time is my favorite time ♥