Monday, March 26, 2018

Spring break in South Florida - the ultimate staycation!

Originally we had no plans to leave south Florida for spring break, but the weekend before, H mentioned going up to Sarasota, St. Petersburg, or Georgia. Yeah Georgia was a little random there, but initially he thought the drive was just going to be 8 hours. He enticed me after showing me a few gorgeous rustic cabins we could rent in the mountains. Turns out it's more of a 10 hour drive and we just don't like making those kind of drives anymore. Especially not sleep deprived with the kids.

In the end we just decided to stay in good ole Florida, there is still much we haven't experienced here. I'm so glad H took the week off with us. We all had a great time and we stayed busy. Even though it's not always easy getting all 4 kids out and about, we are used to it and being stuck indoors would just mean all of us getting under each other's skin at some point or another!

Monday we went to Lauderdale by the sea which is about 20 minutes from us. We had Dandee donuts for breakfast and then headed to the beach. Lauderdale by the sea has 2.5 miles of beautiful beaches and a pier. Most hotels, restaurants and shops are just a few minutes walk from Anglin's square which is a charming oceanfront gathering.

Tuesday we drove about 40 minutes north to Jupiter Island. We went to Busch wildlife sanctuary, and then blowing rocks preserve. For dinner we had Guanabanas which is a really great restaurant with intracoastal views. Jupiter island was probably may favorite little day trip. Busch Sanctuary is a refuge & nature center for Florida wildlife with kid friendly trails through woods & wetlands. They have pretty much everything you'd see at a zoo without an admission price. It was great. Afterwards we went to Blowing rocks preserve. The preserve was named for it's rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline-the largest on the U.S Atlantic coast. It's really neat to see, but you definitely need to be careful when you are by the rocks. There are parts that are hidden under the sand and Serena and I got poked a few times when we were taking pictures. 

Wednesday we worked on a few things around the house, laundry, cleaning etc, but by the afternoon Mariam said she wanted to go fishing. We went to a nearby park about 15 minutes away called Tradewinds Park. We go there every so often since they have horses and $3 pony rides that the girls enjoy. We didn't catch anything but it really melts my heart seeing the girls gather around their daddy as he shows them how to cast a line. 

Thursday we headed to Miami to go to the Miami Seaquarium. They often have tickets on Groupon so do take advantage of that if you can. The shows were really cute and we were all excited for Mariam that she asked to participate in the flipper dolphin show. She really enjoyed it! Afterwards we had dinner at Maroosh restuarant in Coral Gables. It was really good and probably the best Mediterranean restaurant I've been too in South Florida yet. 

By Friday we were pretty exhausted so we stayed home and worked on some thing, did a little grocery shopping and had an impromptu dinner at our house of chicken wings, fries and pizza with a few of our neighbors. 

Saturday I took Layla & Mariam to the Palm Beach Opera where they got to see their first opera, Le Nozze Di Figaro. It was a sweet experience to share with them for sure!

The whole week the weather was really gorgeous. Definitely a nice break with the family! Tomorrow the kids are back at school but it's a short week. They are also off for Good Friday.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Weekend wrap up + Projects lately

I don't know about you all, but this daylight savings time change is kicking my butt. I'm already tired thanks to Ava not sleeping through the night, but it's like I've got a new layer of tiredness over my tiredness....if that makes sense. Through it all today I feel content. I feel content in my domestic life and my work life at the moment. I can never tell how a day is going to end up when I think about it the night before. It's hit or miss. Some days I'm happy as a clam and everything is working in my favor, and some days the kids are driving me nuts, I've barely eaten. Playing chauffeur driving all over town for the kids is exhausting, I'm frustrated as hell, and it can't be 5:00 pm soon enough, so H will walk through the door and I'll see another adult who understands how hard these kids can be with me sometimes. He doesn't get everything that I do--all the small moving parts that keep this ship moving, but he understands the personalities of our children. 

Onto what I meant to talk about though. Last week was a week if you know what I mean. A week! So when H asked if I wanted to go out Friday night after the daddy/daughter dance at Layla's school, with a few of his friends, you know he didn't have to ask me twice! We went to a few different bars/lounges in Fort Lauderdale and got home way past our bedtime, but we had a blast. Saturday was spent doing little things around the house, keeping the kids occupied, and doing some work for the business. Sunday there was a birthday party, drinks with neighbors and a Costco trip.

Something I didn't accomplish much of this weekend was my house projects. We still haven't put Serena's new doors up, but at least all the painting is done. We need to buy a trim and the hinges this weekend.

I also haven't finished the base of the dining room table I've been working on. 

I also need to put up the new wall decor for my foyer gallery wall. I have this sign and also found an adorable heart shaped faux greenery piece that will go on the other side. 

Something I did accomplish was completing the shelf decor for the breakfast nook. The mini plant was bought at Target on Friday, the cups are old from TJ Maxx, and the picture was taken by me when Serena was 9 years old. 

Have a great Tuesday!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

DIY Cushioned Bench!

I actually did this project back in April of last year and I'm just now getting around to blogging about it. Every month, I'm like "This is the month I'm going to write about it", and it just doesn't happen. 

Well better late then never!

It took me a couple months scouring Offer Up and Craigslist to find the right kind of bench at the right price to turn into a new bench for my foyer. I love that I found one with character. This bench is actually a 65 year old organ bench and I bought it for $25. 

So while putting together this post, I realized I no longer have all the step by step pictures. My husband attempted to fix my computer a month ago and somehow deleted sooo many pictures. I'm going to do my best to explain it and provide some steps. It's a super easy and quick project. What took the longest was just stapling the fabric on the wood because the staple gun wasn't the greatest. Ok let's get started. Here is what you'll need:

* Heavy duty foam slab (I found mine at Joann's Fabrics and I went with a thinner one. You can get one depending on how thick you want the cushion.

* Upholstery fabric of your choice. Make sure you go in with the measurements of your bench and add on at least 8-10 inches on the length and width because it has to go over the foam and bench.

* Staple Gun

Paint of your choice. I went with a basic white indoor latex paint.


Paint the portion of bench under seat and the legs, or you can do it after you take the seat off. It took 2 coats to fully cover the brown.

Because this is the type of bench with a storage and the seat goes up, I needed to take the top off completely. I suppose you don't have too, but it really makes it so much easier and you don't have to cut the fabric to fit around any back brackets.

Lay the seat flat on ground and position foam on top. Cut an excess off.

Lay fabric over foam and seat. Tightly pull one side of corners and staple underneath. Now that you have it in place, it will be easier getting the rest of the fabric nice and taut on the backside. Staple as many times as you feel you need too to make it secure. 

Put seat back on rest of bench, secure in place. That was a given, but I thought I'd point it out anyways, just so you can make sure you weren't missing any steps. Haha!

I hope that was a little helpful. I hate that I lost so many photos, but luckily the next project I plan on sharing I have all the pictures for that one.

Have a great Wednesday. Halfway through the week!

Monday, March 5, 2018

All about the bangs + my latest look

I always keep my hair long, but lately I'd say it's the longest it's ever been. I'm sort of just growing it as long as I can stand it. My hair grows fast, but not all my strands grow at the same pace. I have a lot of shorter hairs that haven't caught up to the longest strands and that definitely contributes to my ends not looking that full sometimes. Ideally I'd like to keep growing my hair until the shorter hairs catch up to the length of the longer hairs and then do a bigger cut and it should look fuller at the bottom. What also happens is that I have wavy hair but like only half of it is wavy. If I wear my hair straight inevitably some of the hairs will start curling at the nape and some won't. It's a little more time consuming, but my hair looks best when I curl/wave it. When I wear it straight it won't stay for very long.

So last year I wanted a change, but didn't want to cut any length minus a micro trim I did at home. I had been thinking about blunt bangs for awhile and waited till fall. I'd say I've had bangs since October now. It was only supposed to be for a month, but I've kept them longer because it really helps cut down on the time I spend on my hair and helps conceal my tired face from not sleeping--thanks to Ava. It's starting to get hot so I'm now for sure letting them grow out. Sweaty bangs matted to my forehead sounds not so fun.

I had my bangs cut at a salon, but I've been trimming them at home every 2 weeks. Here's a picture from when I had them first cut. She gave me a bit of a wispy look which I liked.

Once I started trimming them myself. H prefers them coming more up to my eye then shorter.

If you're thinking about getting bangs, I recommend it. With the right cut and style I think it looks good on just about everyone. Here are some pros and cons:


 Cuts down on the amount of time you spend on your hair. If you just fix your bangs, it automatically makes the rest of your hair look good. Throw it in a ponytail, or bun and you're good!

Makes you look younger.

You don't have to worry much about how your eyebrows look.

They look super chic no matter how you style them.


They make your forehead really oily....or is it just me.

They don't really stay styled for very long. 

Wind and rain are not your bang's best friend.

Inspo Pics if you are on the fence

Have a great Monday!