3rd Grade School Year 2017

Another year has come to an end and our baby girl has graduated 3rd grade. Seriously, the years seem to accelerate with each and every grade. I can’t believe Olivia is going to be a 4th grader this August.

She had a wonderful time in Ms. de la Motte’s class, learning how to create and write stories (her favorite), excelling in math (she has exceeded my capacity) and improving her vocabulary skills. She learned a lot about constellations, US history and our states.

She took part in Pioneer Day where she learned how families lived back in the 1700’s. She portrayed Mary Jackson (famous NASA engineer) in her school Wax Museum and was able to vote in her classroom poll for the Presidential Race back in November.

Although we had some growing pains (learning to deal with other friend’s personalities, how to handle problems without getting frustrated and to go easy on yourself if you don’t get the answer right the first time), I know she is learning to handle these situations a lot better and on her own.

Olivia, also, received awards throughout the year too! She earned the citizenship and character awards twice. I’m so proud of her and all of her accomplishments this year. She is a great friend and very caring person. Which to me makes for a beautiful human being!  I can’t wait to see how she progresses next year in the 4th grade.

Happy Summer Olivia, you earned it!!


Family Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean “Dead Men Tell No Tales”


What a ride!!! Yesterday, we had the opportunity to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. It was great way to celebrate the last day of school! This movie was definitely the best one yet!! I have loved all of the movies in the franchise but this one sealed the series for me with a perfect black pirate ribbon on top!

I won’t give away any spoilers because you have to experience it yourself but I will tell you, you won’t be disappointed! If you love action, suspense, special effects and a love story then this one’s of you. All our favorites are back, Jack Sparrow, Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan along with the newest villian Salazar!

Pack a cozy blanket, put on your pirate hat and head to your local theater, Jack and his band of Pirates are waiting to take you on a voyage you won’t want to end!

Enjoy Mateys!

Run Disney Tinkerbell Marathon 2017

This past Mother’s Day weekend I was able to participate in a RunDisney event for the first time! It was on my bucket list to do but after experiencing it I can now say it has become a hobby! I had the best time and it was a perfect way to spend Mother’s Day.

I signed up my 9 year old daughter along with myself to run the Neverland 5k. I figured that would be the less strenuous race for us since we are beginners. The race starts at 5am but you have to arrive at the park by 4am. My poor daughter caught the stomach flu and couldn’t run so I went alone. She was really bummed but I told her to rest up so she could go to California Adventure Park later that day.

I was in for a treat! I LOVED how everyone (thousands) showed up in full costume including those young and old. The nerd in me was geeking out and the competitor in me said I need to step my costume game up! Seeing the Magic Castle in the early morning was such an amazing experience and running thru the parks was breathtaking! I loved the motivation families had to cheer their little ones on as they ran thru the race. Even having the bystanders cheer you on as you pass by was motivating!

I was able to finish the race in 45 minutes (which I felt great about but also sad because it was over) and earned my first RunDisney medal. Let me tell you I am now hooked! I’ve already started planning our next race which will be the Star Wars Marathon in January 2018!! That gives me 8 months to perfect our costumes!!!

All in all, it was the best weekend and I got to spend it with my sister and nephew too! Happy Mother’s Day to all you hard working, passionate moms out there!!


Treasure Tuesdays : Mouse Ears

One of the best items to wear at any Disney Park is Mouse Ears! They are a perfect way to show your favorite character and get into the spirit of being at the “Happiest Place on Earth”! I’ve collected a few from past visits to WDW but this year I wanted to wear custom made designs. 

I found the perfect gal who makes them and boy, is she talented! Jennifer at @magicmouseears on Instagram has a shop at Etsy.com She has so many themes to choose from and is always available for custom orders. 

I’ve ordered a pair of Ariel ears for Olivia and Ursula for me! They are gorgeous, comfortable and very sturdy! I have now found my newest collecting obsession!😝

Support homemade shops on Etsy, there are so many talented folks out there!

Julien Joshua turns 21

I can’t believe this day is here! My baby boy turns 21 today, he’s a true grown adult now. I know us moms always say “it seems like yesterday ” but seriously it really does. 

I remember being pregnant and doing my best to eat healthy, even giving up my beloved coffee and wine. I had cravings for pickles, salsa and hummus. I enjoyed buying maternity clothes and especially baby clothes. 

I remember your birth day and how I couldn’t wait to meet you. How nothing helped ease the contractions, my birth plan went straight out the window! I begged the doctor to finally give me an epidural! ( I stated in my plan that I only want a natural birth with no pain meds) I was in heaven after that! Lol! And when you finally came into the world I cried with pure happiness. I never knew a love as powerful as that. Motherhood is the most beautiful thing in the world.

Since that day, I’ve watched and helped you grow into a curious boy, loving brother and now a grown adult. You love to explore and try new things and I love that about you. 

I cherish all my memories and pray we create new ones together as we grow older. You will always be my special one because you were my first. First hug, first baby kiss, first tooth, first lost tooth, first step, first day of school, first graduation, first college….
I Love you forever, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be…

❤️ mommy 

Treasure Tuesdays: Shutterfly

One of my favorite websites on the planet is Shutterfly! I use it to order photos, calendars, mugs or anything they can muster up. They also host Share Sites that I use for my Girl Scout troop to communicate with parents and ask for event sign ups. It’s a perfect and safe place for them to upload photos and ask questions pertaining to our troop.

I have been ordering a Memory Book from Shutterfly for the past 3 years. It’s a wonderful way for me to save all of Olivia’s adventures with Girl Scouts. We can then take it out from time to time and relive all the things we did.

Every month or so, they have discounts or member freebies, take advantage of those! I love personalized luggage tags, mouse pads or large prints. Enjoy your memory making!