I recently showcased how I organize my walk-in closet which you can read all about here. I mentioned that the right side of my closet was wasted space not being used effectively.
What I had in this space, were boxes off all my off-season shoes and my purses hanging from two different coat hooks that were installed by the previous owners of the house. I live in a Cape style house therefore on this side of the closet the ceiling is at a slant. I had to find something that would fit within the space and also help to better organize either my shoes or some clothes.
My girls are very fortunate; between gifts from Santa, friends and our whole family their play-room in the basement looked like a tornado had ripped through a toy store. We had old toys strewn across the floor. New toys were stacked, waiting to be opened. And random piles of trash from the few toys that had already been opened. It was in serious need of a deep clean and some organization.
My family ancestry is a bit of a mystery and something that I have always been curious about. My father passed away before I was born so his side of the tree is more of a puzzle than my mothers side. On my mothers side, I am mostly French-Canadian with one great-grandparent descending from Germany. French-Canadian is also prevalent on my fathers side, but I am unsure of how much and what other countries my ancestors hail from.
For Christmas I received the 23andMe DNA Genetic Testing kit. The instructions to complete the kit are quick and simple. After adding your sample to the tube, you simply mail it back in a pre-paid return box and wait for your results to be ready in your online account.
My sample is in the mail on its way back to get tested. Excited and ready to learn where I come from and the history of my family tree.
I will share my results once they come in, so check back soon!
*This post was not sponsored by 23andMe
I am not one for setting and then ultimately failing at New Years Resolutions. Scrolling through Instagram late one night I cam across this post by JoinBlush. 12 Steps for Self-Care and I knew these were perfect steps to set as my mantra for 2018 instead of resolutions. As a working-mom, self-care tends to be the last item on my to-do list. This year I will making these steps a priority not only for myself but also to set a positive example for my young daughters.
Happy New Years!
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday spent laughing with loved ones.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours.
Back in early summer, we took a family vacation to Portugal. The Hubby’s parents were born in Portugal and we wanted to immerse ourselves and our girls in the culture. We spent one week on the island of Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal where my mother-in-law is from. Then we flew to Lisbon, Portugal the mainland and spent a week. It was the most amazing trip that I have been on. This was my first time in Europe and spending two weeks visiting so many villages and cities, by plane, car, taxi, train, ferry and foot it felt very luxurious and my own Portuguese oasis.
I have not done a Portugal vacation post yet, since I came home with thousand of pictures it was impossible to pick the top ten or so to share with you. I have decided that I will share several posts around specific experiences which will be easier to manage and share.
The first experience that I am bringing to you is our accidental Urban Exploration. Before going to Portugal, I had spent months researching tourist attractions, restaurants, beaches, and food that I wanted to visit and try. I cam across a few articles about an abandoned hotel on the Island of Sao Miguel, but did not add it to my list as I assumed we would never cross paths. We visited the Lagoa das sete cidades which is a twin lake in an ancient dormant volcano that due to reflecting the sunlight one side looks green and the other looks blue. After taking in the views, we continued to drive up the mountain and at top, all alone with no hustle and bustle stood the massive concrete abandoned hotel. There was no fence, no guards, no signs and a few other tourists walking about so as a family we got out and explored. This is what we saw:
Abandoned hotel at the top of the mountain, in the clouds. The style is reminiscent of a pagoda.
I love my closet. It’s a walk-in closet with plenty of space but what I love most is that I do not share it with my husband. I also love organizing and rearranging things and my husband is more of a just toss it in and hope it sticks, kind of guy. I need my own clean, organized space.
Looking straight into my closet, I have hanging: work blazers, sweaters, dresses, skirts, fancier dresses for weddings. On the shelf are all folded sweaters, and scarfs.
I think what a person keep on their nightstand says a lot about who they are. What you find useful or meaningful right before you fall asleep or the first things you see and use when you wake are part of an intimate function of your life.
We purchased our new house knowing that the back deck would need to be replaced sooner rather than later. We chose to tackle the big expense within the first year of owning the house first for safety reasons; we were not sure how much longer the rotten wood would last. Secondly, it was really only a staircase and we wanted to expand out to make usable space.
We hired a local, family run construction company to do the work.
The small, old, ugly and rotting deck that needed to be replaced.