Saturday, December 06, 2014

Day SIX: T is For...

T is for...


Theodore has become a special name to me over the years...My one and only brother is named Theodore and he goes by "Theo" for short. In 2001, I started hanging out with another Theodore who goes by "Ted" and he eventually became my husband. Mr. Wonderful aka Ted is also a junior so his dad's name is Theodore as well. In 2006, my nephew was born and because the name was already out there as the #1 choice for our immediate family, my brother named his first and only, Theodore. He goes by TJ for short which is very cute since when my brother was a wee babe, he went by TG.

All of the Theodores in my life except for my father-in-law are in the picture above with another very special man, my Uncle Bob. These are the men that fill my heart and family with love, kindness, comedy, great food and celebration. I love them all dearly.


Love to all of my Theodores,

Friday, December 05, 2014

Day Five: Leaves

December Reflections Photo Challenge

5. Leaves

Sunrise in the Sunshine State through the leaves and the Spanish moss. It never ceases to amaze me and compel me to take a million pictures like this. It's as if the sun is inviting me to celebrate a new day and every possibility that is before me. 

Celebrating the sunlight on us and before us, 

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Day Four: Red

December Reflections Photo Challenge

Day 4: Red

I love red peppers and I love grape tomatoes. Most vegetables, I love. What I do not love is having to cook or chop or dice or cube. I have no idea how to chop vegetables properly (exhibit A above). This year, we tried Hello Fresh as a family.

Hello Fresh sends you a box of meal ingredients that includes everything you need minus olive oil and salt. You follow the recipe card usually a few easy steps with pictures (my favorite), and at the end of about 20-30 minutes of prep and cooking, you should have a delicious meal full of fresh vegetables, herbs and lots of flavor.

Well in the case of the red peppers and other vegetables, this meal turned out really well. One of our faves. My baby girl even jumped in to help prepare dinner with me.

Baby girl helping with cooking the vegetables.

The finished product before plating the meal. 

Dinner is served! Thanks baby girl and Hello Fresh!
If you're interested in checking out Hello Fresh, use my code: L9QBZU.

Enjoy your dinner!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Day Three: Best Day of 2014

December Reflections Photo Challenge

3. Best Day of 2014 - Today!

I have a calendar hanging in my office. It's pretty small and has been with me through 2014. It's titled TODAY Is Day One and is the artist series featuring photography by Carl Christensen. It starts by telling me along with a gorgeous photo of flowers that look almost like cotton, "Life is what you make it." In January, in a beautiful turquoise and peach background, it says "Choose Happy." For February, featured near a row of old mailboxes likely on a country road somewhere, is the reminder to "Surround yourself with love." March - my favorite month of the year for many reasons, with a row of bright pink flowering trees, the calendar tells me "You are extraordinary." In April, above a field of beautiful wild flowers at dusk, it says "Be mindful of others." May, in a nest with one small bird egg - "Today is day one." June brings a field of sunflowers for summer and confirms that you should look around since "Beauty is all around you." For July, "Time cannot be hurried" is placed high in a blue sky above a pier on the ocean. August is a carnival scene with "Play is the secret of lasting youth." September is a big huge dandelion and above it, instructions to "Dare to dream." October is a photo of an old camera (Clack brand/Made in Germany) with the words "Revel in the beauty of each moment" above it. November is an old truck with New Jersey plates sitting in a wooded area asking us to "Remember to be who you are."

So for day three's reflection, I choose TODAY as the best day of 2014 as I'm reminded by the months that TODAY is everything and holds possibilities and beauty and breath and the opportunity to be whatever you want to be and choose whatever you need.

To your TODAY and all that it holds, 

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Day Two: Light

(Jump in and join this month's photo challenge! It's not too late.)

2. Light

This photo was taken at a friend's wedding in April. The wedding event team (since I know this type of work takes a team/small village) transformed a neutral colored gym into a Pinterest looking wedding venue full of candles and white lights. It really was breathtaking. The lighting really made it all so special. Now the same couple are expecting a baby in a few weeks. Wishing them and you, light and love on this second day of December.

Enjoy every day, 

Monday, December 01, 2014

December Reflections 2014: Day One

Here we are! It's December and Susannah Conway has posted the very first December Reflections challenge to "close the year out in style." Challenge accepted. To kick this off right, here's reflection numero uno below. Enjoy!

1. Drink

This is my Miami Dolphins cup full of water. I drank from it today on my way to the office. In addition to sporting the cup, I'm wearing the shirt and the socks to support the team during Monday Night Football as they take on the Jets in New York. My family and I will be watching the game later tonight.

#FinsUp #StrongerTogether

Happy December!