Bay of Color

I'm always amazed at the sunset, how the colors are painted across the sky and spilled into the bay water. Every day the we're presented with a new masterpiece, each one better than the last. In hue so vibrant, I mesmerized by all the beauty, trying to hold on until it fades into gray.


Simple moments magnified by the beauty of light and shadow.


The reds seemed to dance across the sky this night, illuminating the city scape in a wave of color.


Bay life. A beautiful life.


Conquering the Mountain with Poise




The older I get the less likely my feet are leave the ground, add in irrational fear, multiple babies and a large glass of sweet tea, going 30 feet up in the air can bring on a little a nervous bladder and well a little LBL.

Poise® Liners and Pads can bring back the courage and help seize the moment, conquer the fear, and have the kids thinking Mom is pretty darn awesome!


First stop Sam's Club, for a quick purchase of Poise® Liners and well of course a game of chasing virtual creatures. 




I wonder if there were any hanging of those Poke' guys out on the ropes course today? 
But no way was I going to check, as much as the kids would want me to, I was busy keeping my eyes and feet on the ropes, good thing I didn't have to worry about anything else thanks the necessary safety harness and Poise.



Here goes nothing!


Fear of heights gone!


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Happy Birth Day!

This was a big deal, number 10.


I love planning parties and this year it was going to be a surprise party! I had it all set up, she wanted a stage and performances, huge cake and friends and it was on, then it wasn't, at the last minute I had to change from a surprise party to??? I had no ideas, no options that didn't involve extra money I just don't have right now and I still wanted it to be epic.


I was up late one night frantically looking through Pinterest and I had nothing. I couldn't believe how many years had since she was a baby and I really need to make it special. Little E had never seen a newborn baby or visited a hospital nursery, that was it! I kept it a secret and her sisters helped with the plans, making birth day cards and we all picked out the baby gifts. We arrived at the hospital the same time I did the day she was born, she questioned why we were here. It wasn't until we rode the elevator up with a new mom who had just given birth to twin boys, and had Little E give one of the gift bags to her, she finally realizing what was going on, the mom and family members thank her for being so sweet and she smile back.


The kids looked into the nursery as the new babies and the nurses tending to a little girl. How could it be that 10 years ago she was that little baby girl? It was also the last time I had been at the maternity wing. We then stopped in at the nurses station and gave the remaining gift to then for the other expectant newborn babies that will share Little E's birthday.



She said it was the best birthday she'd ever had, so glad our plans changed. It turned out better than a any party, it was a memory she will cherish for many birthdays to come.


Flag Serenade


Our town put out hundreds of American flags for the holidays, the fourth was quite windy so old glory was flapping in the bay breeze and salt air. I wanted to take a few photos of the kiddos with some of the flags near our house, it turned into a little serenade. They began singing the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America, passing cars beeped and people waved. It was a great way to start the evening before heading to the fireworks.




I wasn't planning a snapping photos of the fireworks, but we managed to arrive just in time and front row seats. I think they look celestial images or even possible like microbiology, reminds me a bit like nerve cells. It was even better on our way home, we could see several different fireworks displays reflected on the water and it was simply breathtaking!



Pasta Salad and Creamy Italian Chip Dip Recipe + Giveaway

 So we planned to be gone for a couple weeks and in preparations I made sure we cleared out the fridge and pantry of any food that was opened or set to expire. Of course our plans changed and I was invited to a last-minute potluck and not having anything to bring, I had to get creative since running out to our local Publix for more food wasn't an option, lucky for us, my youngest has been obsessed with cold pasta salads, Suddenly Salad to be exact, ever since the last church potluck. It's amazing what you can do with one box, some extra pasta, peppers, olives and sour cream. 

Voila! and that's how the best chip dip on earth was created! ...Based on taste review done by my kids.



The Pasta salad was quick and easy, since my kids like mildly seasoned food, I took out about 1/4 of the Suddenly Salad Italian seasoning and put it to the side, added extra veggie pasta, the mayonnaise and stuck it in the fridge to cool. That's when I notice a container of sour cream, I scooped out about a cup, added the remaining Italian seasoning and placed it in the dip bowl.

Creamy Italian Dip:
Suddenly Salad Creamy Italian Seasoning 1/4 of the white packet
(use 1-2 Tablespoons seasoning, slowly add to desired taste)
Mix with 1 cup Sour Cream

stir and serve!


I wasn't prepared for what happening next, one after another they tried the new dip created from the Suddenly Salad Creamy Italian seasoning and went crazy for it! Everyone began asking me how I made the dip, it was the best chip dip they'd ever had and it was gone in a blink of the eye. Move over onion dip, this creamy Italian chip dip id the bomb!





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