Freezing winter weather brings fireplaces, heat on almost all the time, warm PJ’s and fuzzy socks and slippers. It’s a great time for soup, hot chocolate and the wonderful smell of homemade chocolate chip cookies.
Even in Florida the weather has been colder than chilly and sent Floridians running for long sleeves, real socks and sneakers instead of flip flops, warmer jammies and cozy wonderful blankets. It’s a great time for families that tend to gather together inside especially in the kitchen. It’s a time for being inside and reading books together. Having family game night. And when I say family in our house that means the WHOLE family including our four cats and a dog who love everything that keeps the family all in one place. They are always in on the fun!
Don’t forget to cuddle your furbabies we love to pamper tough guys Rocky and Bruno with their own fuzzy blankies too.
Rocky and Bruno want to remind you if it’s chilly for you and you want your blankies, so do they and they are so cute when they let you cuddle them too.
Here’s a great gift idea for any occasion really but I was struck by how perfect this is for Valentine’s Day. Valentines are famous for love. People you love and things that people love. So many people love tea and I thought what a cute thoughtful gift a teapot would be.
This cute tea pot is covered with love and isn’t just a valentine for one day, it’s a great every day reminder to make you smile. It can be personalized with names and/or special messages.
It’s not candy but it is really sweet. Tea bags are definitely separate but so are cute little tea cups and mugs that will make a great gift with it, or for another happy holiday or birthday. And of course you can still always include a box of Valentine’s Day Candy for a sweet treat too.
Cute, sweet, thoughtful and personalized Valentine’s Day or any birthday holiday gift idea that lasts for more than just the one day.
Other tea pots we love:
Cat lovers are a special breed of person. Cats are so loving, loyal, affectionate, adorable and cuddly. When they feel like it that it is!
Cats are also amazingly independent, aloof, insistent, curious and can really have no boundaries. Cats that love to not only drink from your glass of water, but hey what’s more fun than dunking your paws in it and then knocking it over.
Nothing is more calming and warming than a puddy cat who loves you so much purring on your lap and snuggling in.
Until they get in your face and yell Meow until you feed them or change their litter or pet them or not – they will let you know!
Or choose their box of the day and snooze on their own.
All of it are the wonder of cats. I Love Love my cats. I love and wish I could adopt and rescue all the cats (all my cats are rescues from shelters, backyards, a rock pit, under a loading dock….)
I wouldn’t give up a minute with any of them. That’s how cat lovers are. We love them, respect them and our lives are filled with love because of them.
Look ahead. Especially when you find yourself looking back a little overwhelmed. Things change. Circumstances change. We all change in big and small ways throughout the years. Life is like that. Some days feel more like that than others. Just when you find yourself looking back or slowing down, look ahead. See where you are and know that there’s more ahead. Face it and keep on going. There’s always a light although not always an answer to every question. Not right away anyway. But the light is there even if it just means tomorrow morning will be a little brighter. That sun will come up even on a cloudy day.
Housework Humor well the funny thing is I’m a great multi-tasker. I can get so much done in a day, hour, night it’s amazing. I can cook it. I can design great designs for my stores and customers. I can go swimming with the kids. Get the food shopping done. Math homework, no problem. Hang a picture. Paint some seashells. I can squeeze it all in with a smile on my face I love being busy doing things I love with people I love.
But somehow I can never seem to have that extra time to clean. The laundry well…..it can wait one more day. Wash the floors, well I think maybe on Wednesday. I hate dishes in the sink so I’m pretty good at getting that done and emptying the dishwasher on time so I can keep the sink empty. Dusting, oh yeah I forgot I was going to do that today. And the vacuuming well it’s so noisy I’ll get to it later. Probably.
You have to choose your priorities in life. Life is important. Enjoying life is really important. I know housework won’t kill me, but why take the chance. OK I’m really lucky others in the house will pick up the vacuuming jobs and dusting for me but this sign hangs proudly in my kitchen. My husband said they made it for me!
Sometimes you just have to stick your neck out and say “I Love You”. What greater gift is there than the gift of love, affection, hugs and kisses.
It’s all about the loving day in and day out. Don’t wait for the holidays and special occasions to show how much you care! Shop for hearts, love and kisses at Personalized Gifts Of Love For You.
Birthday party time is fun for kids and for grown ups. You are never too old or too young to feel special on your birthday and everyone should. From elaborate parties to hanging at home with friends and family it’s the spirit of the day – the day you were born that should be filled with smiles, cheers, cake and awesome birthday balloons, happy birthday signs, plates and napkins. Oh and presents who doesn’t love birthday presents!
You can buy a store bought birthday cake with all the icing and fancy flowers they have them in every size and will write your message on it too but if that’s going overboard or more than you want to spend Continue reading →
Happy Halloween wishing everyone a day filled with more treats than tricks! This is the first year for me that Halloween won’t be cold. Won’t be filled with beautiful leaves. It’s a different Halloween holiday when you live in the south but it has it’s own wonderful charm and beautiful weather and still, I bought Fall Mums to decorate the front yard.
Candy dishes filled with candy corn. Halloween baskets ready for trick or treaters filled with chocolate and goodies they get to choose from.
Halloween decorating in our home this year included painting amazing sea shells we found during one of our many beach time sea shell hunting adventures.
Baking and Fall Cooking has always been my favorite and this fall is no different! Pumpkin cakes, muffins and cookies covered with autumn leaves and sprinkles of orange, black and yellow everywhere. The backdrop is different but our fun and family love not only is perfect every season, but also everywhere we are.
Happy Halloween Everyone!
It started out with a cool recipe I saw on Facebook for bacon wrapped pickles. I thought that sounded fun but my family immediately voted thumbs down to that idea declaring no way they would try it. Since I already happened to have some nice chicken tenderloins defrosting they became my recipe adventure of the day what could be bad about bacon wrapped chicken!
Easy peasy I wrapped each tenderloin in a strip of uncooked bacon. Popped it in the oven at 425 for about a half hour and 15 minutes later the whole house was buzzing in the kitchen wanting to know what smelled so good. Even the cats came out sniffing and staring up at me for a taste of whatever I was up to.
Bacon lovers just don’t have to feel guilty when it’s wrapped around protein filled chicken. This quick and easy recipe was a huge hit especially when everyone picked their own favorite dunking sauce. For the youngest ketchup was the go to yum. For the adults it was ranch dressing, habanero sauce or my husbands favorite honey mustard dip.
Let us know if you try it join us on Facebook and send some pics or your idea for the recipe. We love to share. Next time we are trying this out on the BBQ grill!
Anytime I’m lucky enough to get to the beach I can’t help but search for new treasures. Shells of every size and shape fascinate me. Millions of sea shells millions of years old I love new and different safe relaxing adventures and every visit to every beach is always a new wave of fun