Wednesday, August 29, 2012


So what's new with me lately you ask?
I got this idea from 2 other bloggers recently and I am a dork for not actually remembering who it was so I can properly credit them. So, if you see this and it's your idea, please let me know and I'll give you credit!

Here we go. This is what's going on currently.

Loving: Tomatoes, herbs and Ice cream Cones. Not together of course. I am loving all our fresh tomatoes & herbs lately. We have fresh basil, thyme, and oregano from our garden that we dried out and storing for later use. We have plenty of fresh herbs for cooking daily. I also found some delicious recipes to make with tomatoes. Check them out HERE. Oh and the ice cream cones .... My husband and I might be addicted to the Blue Bunny Caramel Lovers Ice Cream Cones. Why can't ice cream have zero calories?? Oh wait, then it would taste horrible.

Reading: I am on a reading dry spell. I haven't read much lately. I have a bunch of books loaded on my Kindle which I haven't touched in weeks. Next up on the reading list: The Island - by Elin Hilderbrand. Then I hope to get to: I beat the Odds; From Homelessness to the Blindside. The story of Michael Oher (Remember the movie Blind Side? This is his biography)

Watching: Lot's of Baseball. Loving my NY Yankees baseball. Oh and of course pre-season NY Giants football. And waiting ever so patiently for the fall shows to premier. Waiting for Grey's Anatomy, Law & Order SVU, Chicago Fire, Grimm (which just did start up early), Animal Practice, Private Practice, Parenthood, .... to name a few. I think the previews for "Revolution" have sparked my interest - I'll give a go. If you would like to see when you're favorite shows are starting up this fall, click HERE!
p.s. Thank goodness for DVR!!!

Thinking About: Almost time to go fall clothes shopping for Julianna. I love shopping for Julianna more than I love shopping for me - that's quite the statement! I like to check out the consignment shops in the late summer for fall and winter jackets/sweatshirts/sweaters for Julianna. I got some great buys last year. I don't find too many shirts & pants for her in the consignment shops because I find the prices usually are not any better than what I would pay for the same thing brand new. But - for coats I make out big time if I'm patient. I got a Pink Baby Gap shearling winter coat last year for Julianna for $10. It was a $75 coat in the Gap. Can you say Score!! 

I love these 'warm' things for Julianna:
I love this vest from Baby Gap. 
I love this jacket from Old Navy.
This coat looks so warm & cozy from Gymboree. 
And I must buy this "Girly Football Hat" from Etsy    
I'll be buying Julianna these Uggs for Fall & Winter. She had a pair last year that she wore every day. I live in mine in the cold weather, and so does Julianna! 

Anticipating: New Windows in our house. I can't wait until my daughter's room is no longer the Arctic Circle in the Winter time. We are getting all new Windows and a few new doors in a couple weeks. The windows we have now with the exception of 3 that were newly installed before we moved in, are about 50 years old. Can you say cold breeze?! Brrrrrr. Time to save on heating costs. Yay!

Wishing: That the housing market here in NJ would get better. Soon. It's very frustrating to see our home value decline for the last 8 years. We had hoped to be out of here (and upgrade) 5 years ago but each year that goes by, it's not getting any closer to being able to be sold. We need to wait it out a little longer - maybe a lot longer. Ugh! Hello crappy housing market in NJ. Maybe one day we will get to sell and move to South Carolina.

Making me happy: Julianna and my husband always make me happy. That goes without saying that they are my world. They are what I live for. But.... Summer & Warm weather makes me happy too. I love summer. I love the sun and the beach And just being outdoors in general. We are truly enjoying sitting on our deck and BBQ'ing lately - and breathing in the nice summer air! I dread the cold weather, bare trees, brown grass, and frozen ground... when we are stuck indoors and feeling cold. Yuck. 

This is summer

Miscellaneous thing: I am loving this dumb commercial and for some reason it makes me want to dance when it's on! It's the "NY Lottery Blast with cash" commercial. It took me 3 times to figure out why the presidents were dancing around and partying. But then I got it. I don't know what draws me to it - but I am lured like a fish to a hook each time. HERE it is.
And while we're on the topic of good commercials - I am so loving this football commercial! It's referring to the first game of the season coming up between the NY Giants and the Dallas Cowboysgirls. I love Eli Manning, so it's just funny to me!

And finally: I wrote this post recently about how incredibly important it is to watermark your photos if you are putting pics of your little ones out there for the world to see and enjoy. I am noticing more posts by other bloggers now including this one from Ashley Sisk that talks about yet another stolen children's image being used without her permission for a shirt!! I urge you to go back and read my post or Ashley's ... but there are others I have seen recently - As blogging moms, we need to all stick together and stop the picture stealing. It's wrong, gross and shameful.
And don't forget about Instagram. Many of us do the Instagram thing - I downloaded the iWatermark app ($1.99) to make sure I watermark even my instagram pics from now on. I am not trusting anyone. Also with Instagram - it helps not to let anyone follow you that you don't know and vice versa. If some random person has thirty thousand followers and they are following thirty thousand people, and they want to follow you - chances are it's not for your pictures. It's for other reasons. Unless of course you're following Kelle Hampton - she's legit ;)

What's new with you? What are you loving, reading, watching, thinking about, anticipating, or wishing and what's making you happy currently? 


  1. I saw this kinda post done yesterday on another blog. I saved it for days when I don't know what to post about. Right now I am reading Bethenny's new book Skinnydipping. I got it for my birthday. I have heard good things about it.

    Have a good day!!!

    1. Yeah I saw this recently and I wish I knew where then I saw it again linking out to another blog which I can't remember either- mommy brain i suppose! Definately do this - I know you love lists!! :) I'm not a Bethany fan, but I heard that book is good - You'll have to let us all know - Have a great day!!

  2. Great post! I really need to watermark my photos. Isn't it sad that we can't just trust people? Your summer sounds wonderful. I do enjoy summer, but I have to admit I am looking forward to fall and the holiday season!

    1. Thank you - Yes and I found out iwatermark actually works in Windows and MAC OS as well as iphone - and its so easy!! :) Try it if you can! It is a sad state that we can't trust people - and I am so naive that I think no one would do anything bad with my photos... but I guess I need to wake up and smell 2012 b/c it's a hard fact unfortunately. As bloggers, we all share a little of our world with the internet - and we expect everyone to be polite and respectful - but that is not always teh case. Bad people exist in all walks of life in all forms of social media too.
      Fall - Yes! I do love the fall - apple picking, pumpkin picking, apple cider, yumm! I love the fall leading up until Christmas ... but then as soon as New Yrs hits - I count down the seconds until spring!!

  3. Mmmm! Fresh tomatoes sound so good! It's been about two months since our plants stopped producing--I'm not sure if it's me or if it just gets too hot for them. I can't wait until October when they usually pick up again!

    I'll admit...the watermarking photos has me intimidated. I feel lucky if I have time to even write a post, much less edit the pictures. And yet, the story you shared is the second one I've seen in the last month. Sigh.


    1. Yeah - the heat is a vegetable garden's worst enemy! Especially tomatoes. Ours stopped growing when we had a heat wave and hot nights! Now they have picked up again and the cooler nights are making them ripen like crazy!! I need to go back to the garden & pick some more this week for sure !!
      Oh btw- you can check out iwatermark - apparently that can be used for windows pcs and not just apple products and it its sooo easy!! But I sure do know what you mean about not having enough time - If it wasn't for "Post-ahead", I don't know what in the world I would do!! I sometimes get 2 or 3 posts done in one night then I'm set for a week or so.... Phhewww!!!

  4. This is a great post; I got to learn more things about you! I've been on a reading dry spell as well which kind of bums me out because I love books and I love to read! Yeah, the housing market is horrible! It seems like it's been this way forever! The hubby and I wanted to upgrade too but haven't been able to! As for Fall shopping, I can't wait. I've had my eye on a lot of pieces for Alivia but I've been waiting patiently for them to go on sale! Hopefully this weekend with Labor Day and all! Love the Baby Gap and Gymboree! It's funny I just stopped in Gymboree last week and found some adorable things! You may want to check Nordstrom too and go to the sale section. Some items I've had my eye on are 33 - 50% off!

  5. Oh and I can't believe I forgot to mention: LOVE the new blog header! This is one of my favorite pictures!

  6. Hi there - welcome on board the good ship "Paying Ready Attention"! Hope you enjoy the ride! We had our kids a little later than some so I think we may be in the same boat as far as being parents is concerned!

    If you have the time (and the inclination) you may also enjoy my other blog - there is a link on my photo-gallery.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia


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