It's officially the #FirstDayofSpring in Southern California which means sunny skies and endless beach days ahead....but first, let's get past this rain that is supposedly rolling in. 🤦🏻♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am officially ready to get back into my flip flops, put on some shorts, apply double the amount of sunscreen...everywhere, and shave my legs. It's no longer offseason. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Friends! What is your favorite thing about Spring?
A day without laughter is a day wasted. - Charlie Chaplain ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When the husband and I were dating, he used to send me daily emails telling me what national holiday it was. It was such a quirky thing that he did and it made me like him just a little bit more. It was his roundabout way of wooing me, I guess you can say. After 13 years, it's still a thing. Did you know that today is National Let's Laugh Day? So grab a hold of your favorite person and get in a good giggle. Because truly, laughter is the best medicine (I laugh at myself every day). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And I mean really, I had no idea Charlie Chaplain had quotes!? If you're my age, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. Cheers friends! 🤣
Happy Monday!! Well, we didn't catch any Leprechauns this weekend, but they did bring us sunshine and beach weather, so we can't really complain. 🍀 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A new week means a fresh start! Aside from session planning and emails, there's that mom life too. Thankfully, I am connected at the hip to my calendar who bosses me around the entire week. 😝 Friends, how do you find a balance between that work life and home life, especially those who work from home? May your week be filled with sunshine and check marks off your To Do list! 💋
Happy Friday!! While I know that most of you are celebrating World Sleep Day today, moms everywhere are busy looking for Leprechauns. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Full Mom disclosure right now...I didn't know that Leprechauns were meant to be trapped. Is this another Elf on the Shelf phenomenon? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From what I remember in my pre-Mom days...St. Patrick's Day was all about drinking questionable green beers, purposely not wearing green so someone would come into my personal space, and being bloated from eating too much corned beef and cabbage. Can someone even tell me what corned beef is or do we dare not question it...because tradition. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Not saying that I still won't be doing all of the above this weekend...but I guess I'm trapping Leprechauns too. Maybe I'll find some chocolate and wine? 🤷🏻♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Friends, will you be partaking in Leprechaun festivities? What's happening in your world this weekend? Share some good vibes with this no-sleeping, Leprechaun catching, corned beef eating Mama.
“I don't know what it is about food your mother makes for you, especially when it's something that anyone can make - pancakes, meat loaf, tuna salad - but it carries a certain taste of memory.” — Mitch Albom ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One of my favorite childhood memories of my mother, hands down, takes place in the kitchen. From a very young age, I watched my mom make dumplings from scratch. My brother and I would sit in the kitchen and watch her roll out the dough, season the filling, crack an egg, and prep the table. She would roll the dough into ropes, cut them into small pieces, roll out the dumpling skin into a perfect circle, add the filling and seal the dumpling with egg. Occasionally she’d throw us some extra dough and we would practice rolling it out and making our own dumpling creations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I remember the flour getting all over the place, the smell of the green onions and soy sauce in the filling, and watching in amazement how quickly my mom could make a dumpling. My favorite part of the process was watching her drop the dumplings into boiling water and devouring it the minute it came out of the pot. To this day, the smells and sounds of the dumpling making process take me back to that small little kitchen in Long Island, NY and makes me smile (and makes me hungry). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Friends, what is one of your favorite things that you used to do (or still do) with your mother?
If you could change one thing in your life, what it would be? I was recently asked this question and since then, it's weighed heavily on my mind. I've always chosen to live in the moment, to make my own choices and to live with no regrets. I have taken risks, followed a path that I had chosen for myself and while I may have burned bridges and lost a few people in my life, it was a decision made for what was best for me. I don't think I'd change anything...maybe a few fashion choices, some boyfriends I should never have dated, business advice I should have taken, but major life decisions? I wouldn't change a thing. I say this confidently because I believe that we are all products of the choices we have made... if I didn't make the decisions I've made in my past (both good and bad), I wouldn't be the person I am standing here today. And hey, I think I turned out okay, but don't get me wrong...I have made mistakes and made bad choices along the way, but I've come out stronger than ever and without regret. So with such a simple question...I ask you the same. If you could change one thing in your life, what it would be?
Aside from loving the visual arts for forever and being so passionate about that I made it my career…music has always played a huge role in my life. When I was young, along with books, music was an escape for me. Another place in my mind where I could live my best life, no matter what was happening in real life. Listening to music, playing music…it was magic for me. I share it with my son on the daily, there is never a day we don’t listen to music, have dance parties and sing loudly (and awfully). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My husband and I have eclectic tastes for music…we don’t discriminate. If it feeds our soul, it doesn’t matter what genre it’s from, we love it. Music also brings strong childhood memories for me…from the first time that I touched a piano, to my deep connection to old school country music. My husband sometimes will laugh at me because of my expansive knowledge of music lyrics…recently, he told me that he had never heard the song, Que Sera Sera…and I was floored, I know all the words. 😝 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Which then brings me to the topic of #favoritesongs where I will most likely age myself. I’m a total 80s and 90s baby (I think my husband subscribes to Sirius radio just so he can laugh at all the song lyrics I know in just that channel) and I don’t discriminate with genres of music, I love it all and there’s no shame in that! Here are some of my faves: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sweet Child O’Mine - Guns n Roses Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen Jolene - Dolly Parton I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order I Love Rock n’ Roll - Joan Jett Love is a Battlefield - Pat Benatar Rapper’s Delight - The Sugarhill Gang Just a Friend - Biz Markie ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So friends! Share with me your favorite songs in the comments below!! I would love to know if anyone shares my love for the 80s and 90s!! 🤟🏼 #selfportraits