Why are so many 👩👩👦👦👨👩👧👩👩👦 totally captivated ❤️by Sweden’s 🇸🇪 IKEA concept? Is it the streamlined, clutter-free, sleek furnishings or the fact it’s an inexpensive option for cool home goods. Unfortunately, several recalls have landed IKEA in some hot water and yield financial woes along with bad press.
However, as for me IKEA’s novelty never, ever wears thin. As soon as that yearly catalog lands in my mailbox, I am highly motivated to take a trip to the Orlando store for a day of touching and sampling all things new followed by lunch!
Browsing through the beautiful, clean smelling aisles with everything accessible to touch and feel-including all things kitchen, pot, pans, dishes, wine cups, butter cookies and even model kitchens on display always puts a huge smile on my face 😋. IKEA’s organizational gadgets are always my downfall— just can’t live without them! It just gives the feeling of all things right with order and peace in my home environment!
This beautiful white desk and orchid were my awesome buy on my last visit to the store. The July 2018 catalog is due out very soon and so is my yearly visit to IKEA!
Fixer Upper 🛠🔧🔩 on HGTV 🖥 propelled their new book 📔 to the New York Times, Amazon, USA Today and Barnes & Noble bestsellers lists for months (making it really difficult for me to snag a copy at my local library-bummer ☹️.)
I would highly recommend the book if you are a fan of the show and curious about the charismatic, dynamic duo who have reaped the fruits of their labor! I cannot wait for their upcoming show Fixer Upper: Behind the Design.
Reflect upon the amazing gift 🎁 of living in the 🇺🇸 where we can all freely express our own personal political views and religious beliefs.
Give thanks for the extraordinary abundance of having everything our little ❤️ desires on a daily basis even when we don’t need it!
We recently had our fill of the Vintage experience at The Mill and Adjectives. These unique 4,000 sq. ft. stores specialize in repurposing then selling anything and everything your little heart ❤️ may desire both new and old!
While browsing for a rustic farmhouse table, a farmer’s sink, a stand alone tub 🛀🏼, old looking clocks⏰⏱🕰, decorative signs, and distressed furniture, a barnyard door and windows, it suddenly dawned on me, we could have opened our own Vintage shop with all the stuff we threw out in the 80s with each of our four military moves.
However, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. It was great fun to get some ideas💡and inspiration to build a farmhouse table to sit ten for Sunday brunch or dinner. We also walked away with a brand new sparkling white farmhouse sink, a stand alone tub, three old silver buckets for eclectic kitchen lighting and a really cool looking wooden toolbox for flowers 🌺 🌸🌻 in big mason jars
I recently read that nature walks 🏃🏽♀️have a variety of positive +++ health ❤️benefits. Benefits include a decrease in blood pressure, anxiety, stress, depression and an increase in energy, mood, brain and emotional health. And of course-sleeping better. In fact, the Japanese call therapeutic nature walks 🏃🏽♀️”Forest Bathing.” 🌲🌲🌲🌲- immersion in a forest for the purpose of relaxation and recreation to enhance physical and mental health.
Fortunately, after the move to our new place, we discovered we are surrounded by beautiful nature trails 🌲🌲🌲🌲 ! So ☀️Saturday morning after breakfast 🍳 C and I enjoyed a walk in the nature trails for some much needed “Forest Bathing.” We were graced with the coolest weather we’ve had in all of May. During the three mile adventure, we encountered several hikers, bikers and runners also making the most of the gorgeous scenery.
In our season of less with more time to enjoy simple pleasures we will definitely be Forest Bathing 🌲🌲🌲🌲 much more often for the purpose of relaxation and recreation- the health benefits will just be icing on the cake.
Last month, we sold Casa Martoral – a beautiful 2,500 sq. ft. 🏡 after five months on the market and we are so thankful! A lovely young couple with three young boys are now the proud owners of our home and a great 👍🏽 community!
Our 12 years of 🏡 ownership in Casa Martoral were filled with many wonderful blessings – Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, several A+ school celebrations🎉, book clubs🍷📚, brunches☕️🥓, luncheons🌮, dinners parties, birthday parties 🎂, bunco, promotions🥂🍾🍻, graduations👨🏽🎓👩🏽🎓 and a gorgeous wedding. All this was topped off by the debut of two gorgeous grand babies – Ben👦🏻 and Eli👶. And for all these memories and blessings we are forever grateful for God’s amazing grace and ❤️!
However, the time has come to let go of stuff in order to welcome a new season in our life! A season of LESS! Less cleaning, polishing, organizing, mowing, landscaping, less clutter, books 📚, 👗, 👜and 👠 👢👡👞, less furniture, toys, gadgets, decor and most important of all- less JUNK & STUFF!
Our new season begins now by downsizing and minimizing. We will now have more time ⏰for church, to relax🏝🏖, to dance, listen to music🎧, grow organic veggies, watch 🌺 🌸bloom, sip sangria or drink a Blue Moon, play with our grand babies, vacation ✈️🚘🛳 much more often and enjoy the simple things of life that bring so much joy!
I recently fried 🔥 the motor on my beloved Nutri Bullet in my quest to find the tastiest and healthiest green smoothie recipe! I was really bummed for days missing my daily smoothie fix and tried really hard to go cold 🦃 for a month . Who needs a green smoothie everyday? However, who was I kidding? I needed a daily smoothie fix and energy boost everyday.
Plus growing organic greens 🥒🥗🥙 in the Tower Garden made it easy to experiment with kale, spinach, spring mix, parsley and fruit favorites 🍉🍏🍎🍐🍊🍋🍌🍍🍒🍓🍈 for our daily green smoothie fix.
Since our daily green smoothie addiction required powerful motorized strength 🏋🏼and the Nutri Ninja Professional with 900 watts of amazing ice chopping powers was on sale at Wally World – the Ninja baby was definitely it! C and I made a mad dash to buy the little gem 💎 in order to test its super Ninja powers and try its 30 days of recipes booklet. And I was so happy 😊to be back in the smoothie making business.
Our #1 favorite green delight includes a cup of all four greens from the TG and a cup of frozen papaya, mango, strawberries 🍍, a splash of key lime honey 🍯 and half a cup of OJ.
Earning the #2 spot as all time favorite is the all four greens,🍍, banana, 🍒 , a splash of lavender or orange blossom honey 🍯 and coconut water smoothie.
With hot summer🏝☀️ days quickly approaching you may also want to enjoy some of these amazingly delicious and healthy green smoothies. Or perhaps you may just want to share some of your favorite recipes in the comment box below so others can enjoy your favorites. Cheers!
If you are needing to shed a few pounds and wish to do it without those awful hunger pangs then Weight Watchers Smart Points is for you. It’s a clear winner ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- simply delicious and it really works!
Why you ask? Well, first of all 🍉🍒🍌🍇🍍🍐🍊🍓and 🍅🥒🥕🥗 have zero point value so they do not count against your daily point intake. YES-you can eat fruits and veggies all day long for free. Protein🍗🥚🍤🧀 at each meal helps you feel fully satisfied throughout the day! And those amazing extra weekly points which everyone gets lets you splurge on all those extras 🍕🍪🍦🍰🍹🍸🍺🍷 you love ❤️ without guilt while losing weight.
However, what really makes it a cut above the rest is the WW app activated when you join the program. It lets you log your food 🌮🥙🍜 intake on My Day while including activity points and graphs 📈 your weight loss on My Journey.
But my very favorite app feature is Connect which unites you with a worldwide community of Weight Watchers and 24/7 Chats for tips, plan support or back on track if you fall off the bandwagon.
So if you’re wanting to lose a few pounds in a healthy, simple way while testing out delicious new recipes check out a WW meeting near you.
Do you ♥️ fried foods 🍟 but not the fat, calories and mess that go along with eating them! Well, now you can have your cake 🍰 and eat it too. It’s called the amazing Power Air Fryer XL. The reviews for this powerful baby which ranges between $100-$299 for the 3, 4 or 5 qt. model are amazing ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I know , I know – I sound like an infomercial but this is such a great gadget to own if you ♥️ fried food.
Our baby was under our Christmas 🌲 as a 🎁 from our daughter M and it was ♥️at first sight! Its rapid air technology is designed for faster and healthier cooking with great results and no mess or grease burns. A touch pad for time ⏰, temperature setting and food options make it easy to use.
It lets you fry, bake, steam, roast, grill, steam, or sauté foods guilt free. Favorites we ❤️ include: toasty Cuban or pastrami sandwiches 🥖, fish 🐟, fries 🍟, coconut 🍤, pork chops, breaded 🍗, plantains and spring rolls- all fried with just one teaspoon of butter or a EVOO and ZERO MESS!
Now it’s not all fun and games here. There are a few drawbacks. The air fryer is fat and bulky so you need extra counter space for it. Ours lives on the counter for daily use at lunch or dinner time and took over George Foreman’s spot. Also, while learning how to use this nifty invention, over cooking sometimes happens since foods cook quickly and portion sizes or quantity of food in the fryer affect the end result. And finally, it does require turning the food over at the half way point- just a small inconvenience for fried yummies 😍.
So if you ever decide one of these beauties is for you, monitor closely to avoid overcooking, use your timer ⏰, turn food over at the half mark for even results and enjoy moist and flavorful fried foods guilt free everyday of the week!
Here’s to crossing 🤞🏼my fingers that one will magically appear in your kitchen on Mothers’ Day 👩🏻⚕️or your next birthday 🎉 🎂!