DREAM My Friends

Hello Everyone! Happy New Year!! I’m sorry I’m a bit late in sending out these wishes, but the Holidays are always extra busy for our family. First we have to wrap up the first half of the school year with a Christmas program, class parties and lots of other fun things and then we travel to the Sunshine State to spend about two weeks with family. We are finding that as our parents’ age, once we arrive in town we spend less time with friends and more time doing the things that are important to them.   My folks are super adorable. They usually have a list of things they want to discuss with me and they make endless lunch and dinner plans. We love eating out and of course we have to stop by all our favorite spots. This year was no exception, with my mom’s fragile health we spent more time enjoy a cup of coffee and chatting about whatever was on her mind. My dad had a few projects and was glad to have some extra hands. All in all it is so wonderful to be able to go home for a visit. My hubby and I stay in my old room and even though the walls are painted differently and it’s become a guest room it still feels like the room I grew up in!

This year, as he does every year, my hubby asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I usually say, “surprise me”, but this year, I asked for tickets to Disney World. Since our son, who’s away at college, met us at my parents I knew it would be great for us to get a day away as a family and have some amusement. You guessed it – I got tickets to Disney for Christmas. We had an absolutely perfect day at the Magic Kingdom. We could not have asked for more perfect weather. It was very crowded, but somehow we made it through the lines and we were able to ride all our favorite rides.

I remember when Disney opened. Every time we had family or friends visit from out of town we would go to Disney. I loved it as a kid and I love it still today. I was pleasantly surprised how excited I felt when we got on the Monorail. My daughter thought I was such a goof, but I couldn’t help myself. This magical world is perfect for all the dreamers out there. Who would of thought that in the middle of Florida Walt Disney would launch his dream in the fall of 1971? Years later this special place is visited by many from all over the world. Some of the rides have changed over the years, but still today this attraction stirs the imagination with its wonderful world of incredible rides, characters, parades and illusions.

This visit stirred something in me, which goes hand in hand with a New Year. That is we need to remember to dream. Yes – DREAM my friends. Do you have a dream? Is there an image in your heart or mind that you need to turn into an action? Almost always it starts with a dream. Give that dream direction and it becomes a goal. A goal with an action plan turns into reality. If you’ve stopped dreaming, perhaps this is the year to start again. Be specific about turning your dream into reality.   After all isn’t this more or less what Walt Disney did? He had a vision, he put that vision on paper and it became reality. I know that is rather simplistic way to look at what Walt Disney has accomplished, but you understand my point.

Let your DREAM inspire you! Give that dream direction by creating an action plan that will bring that dream to fruition. Your dream becoming reality may be an inspiration for others and perhaps bring joy to multiple generations. Plus your dream(s) may be established in ways beyond your wildest dreams!! Here’s to an amazing 2016!!Smiles Always



Reflections of Gratitude

Hello Friends,

I was really motivated to share these thoughts with you today, because we just celebrated one of my favorite holidays – Thanksgiving. Although I am a proponent for giving thanks daily, it is so special to have everyone under one roof enjoying special dishes and spending time together. This year we were a few short at the table. Our son wasn’t able to make his way home from college and my parents weren’t able to travel. It was a bit sparse, but nonetheless we were grateful to step away from our hustle and bustle life and enjoy all the fixing that accompanied the ham, which was the centerpiece of our meal this year. At the request of my daughter and with not one, but two turkeys in the freezer ham was the winner.

This year I simply glazed the ham, which totally inspired my Thanksgiving look. The colors of the ham and the glazed caramelized were very inspirational. Usually we dress up for dinner, it’s a tradition I brought into our marriage 25 years ago. Want to know something? As I’ve gotten older, I’m getting much more relaxed and this year we were all in comfy clothes. Jeans were at the top of my fashion menu complimented with a brown turtleneck top from Lord & Taylor. My completer piece was a cream color cardigan from Old Navy. This is one of my favorite cardigans because it is super comfy and keeps me quite warm. On brisk day I prefer to use a thicker cardigans rather than pulling out a heavier jacket. There will be plenty of time for that when the snow arrives.

Even though I did all the cooking this year, it brought me much joy to have my husband and beautiful daughter all to myself. I know, I know that sounds so selfish. I assure you its not that I’m selfish, I just have to share them all the time. It comes with the territory. The bonus this year was that I timed the meal just right. All the casseroles came out of the oven at just the right time and at 6pm sharp (just like I planned) we were at the dinning room table ready to dig into our mini feast. I love it when a plan comes together. Woot Woot!!

I typically coordinate my makeup choices with the dominant color in what I’m planning to wear. If you’ve read some of my previous post you’d know that I’m very brand loyal. Heck I’m loyal to a fault, some will say. In the last year I’ve started to have fun with drugstore brands. I’m really enjoying testing different drugstore products since I am able to try a whole lot more than if I stay with the high-end products. As I was contemplating how I would complete my eye makeup look, I pulled out one my wet n wild color icon eye shadow #738 Comfort Zone palette. This is a gorgeous palette; well I think it is, since I love the brown and copper tones. I was influenced to pull this one out since I was wearing that fantastic brown turtleneck.   But I must say this palette has a little gem that I hadn’t paid any attention to prior. It is one of the definer shades, in fact to be exact it is the shade located at the bottom right of the palette. For starter all the shades are ultra- pigmented, but this shade that swatches a beautiful intense blue hue actually goes onto the brush like a more pinky bronze hue. It is truly an enigma and I was truly mesmerized by it. Even though I was far more mesmerized by the color I swatched than what my definer brush picked up, I still used it in the outer corner onto half the lid and it blended very nicely. My goal was to have a blue accent on my eyelids to offset the brown tones selected in the crease. It occurred to me to grab my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Never Fade Jade. Jade?? I know . . . but I went for it and you know it just worked. I couldn’t help hearing my daughter’s words in my head saying, “just add color mom – I promise it will work”. I would of not thought so, but it gave it just the right intensity. Remember a gal my age has to be careful that her makeup choices don’t overtake her, but rather enhance her natural beauty.


Hope your Thanksgiving Day was memorable and that you enjoyed your family traditions, whether they were new ones or old ones!!Smiles Always



Thankfulness & Gratitude


Yikes! It’s been a while since I’ve posted. The last year has been filled with many twist and turns that has taken my focus in other directions. I can’t help but think about the personal joy it brings me to share my thoughts. I’ve missed posting and sharing with you my reflections. For those that take the time to read and share this blog with others, I sincerely thank you!!

There are so many things going on around the world that it can be easy to become distracted, crippled with fear, filled with unrest, and even have a sense of hopeless. The good news is that we don’t have to feel hopeless. There is a great book that states, “In all circumstance give thanks”.  Giving thanks changes our perspective.  I suppose it happens because we take our focus off our circumstance and ourselves.  Here are 10 quotes on Thankfulness & Gratitude that I hope you’ll ponder. We have the remarkable opportunity to leave a mark on all the lives we touch. Individually we must decide what imprint we want to leave. Will others know us by our thankful and grateful attitude?

  • It is always possible to be thankful for what is given rather than to complain about what is not given. One or the other becomes a habit of life. ~ Elisabeth Elliot 
  • Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.  ~ William Faulkner
  • Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. ~ Aesop
  • Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it. ~ A.W. Tozer
  • Gratitude turns what we have into enough. ~ Author Unknown
  • Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems. ~ Zig Ziglar
  • Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness. ~ Author Unknown
  • Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~ William Arthur Ward
  • At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ~ Albert Schweitzer
  • I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. ~ G.K. Chesterton

Smiles Always,