Monday, July 15, 2013

Finding My Voice again

Hello Dear Readers,
It has been months since I've written on this blog space of mine and its only because I have had less time to devote to writing. 
I didn't want to write just because I should update this, but needed to feel inspired and I have found my inspiration finally!
Here's somewhat of a breakdown of the past 4 months!
I was able to experience for the first time a couple days of snow fall here during spring!
Now that is so crazy when you are a florida girl, but I loved having the cold weather last. Actually the cold weather lasted well into the end of May. Call me completely shocked to have the chance to wear jeans still almost into June.

 I also discovered how magical Anthropologie is to visit...
I did so almost weekly this past spring and scored some pretty great sales. Even Tim was a fan of the place and wants to get some china from here that is nautical themed. Still havent yet but Im sure we will soon!

I had the pleasure to go back home to the Clearwater Area and spend around 5 days with my family and some long lost friends of mine. This was the first time in a long time that I visited and needed to find food that I could actually eat. I did some research and tried out Serendipity Cafe and was sold! Completely Gluten free and pretty much dairy free. I couldn't have the yummy french toast because it had egg in it, but what i did have was fabulous! Vegan maple cornbread muffin with potatoes and turkey bacon. I was a happy camper that day

While I was there I totally had my friend, Val, color my hair, ombre style. I loved how it came out and it was so fun! I also decided to go back to my old middle/high school and say hi to my Choir director! It was so odd to be walking around those halls again and to see the history from my days and before my time still hanging on those walls. The pictures and trophies brought back so many memories. Even the Les Miserables poster from my Junior year was still there and we all signed it. I cherish the times I had there and really appreciate the great teachers like Mrs Farver to take advantage the gift of music.

This was also my first spring here outside of the DC area, and we went out to see the cherry blossoms in person. These pics were just from our neighborhood. Its breath taking here and I thank God for it every day! I may miss the ocean, but I love having the seasons now.

Avery has really come a long way in our potty training. Hes not totally house trained but hes so close to being there! I never really thought I'd love a dog so much, but this puppy is just a sweet heart and I love having him with me all the time. Hes sleeping on my lap as I type hehe

In the end of May we flew back to Florida for my best friend's wedding in St. Augustine.
It was a whirlwind of a trip and things deff didn't go as planned. Including a horrible hotel that we payed so much for and yet we had to switch rooms while we were there (we were only there 2 nights even!) and most of the other bride's family switched rooms 3 times! We were late to the wedding, but it was a beautiful night and my favorite part was actually just having heart to heart talks with my old college friends :-) 


This month brought me more piano students, hotter temps, and the decision to start working out!
I've been subbing for a couple other coworkers on would teach  their students for a couple times. And I've also added a few of my own students which is exciting for me and fun to get some extra money.
The heat is deff bringing back summer memories of when I used to get together with my old friends back in Fl and how we would spend hours on the beach just playing volleyball and being chased by the boys.
Its amazing how a song will bring back memories and how I'm creating more memories now.
I decided that I needed a change, so when that happens, I normally change my hair.
This was the shortest Ive ever gone and I. LOVE. IT

We've been going to another church near us that we were told by a couple other friends of ours that we should try. I'm still awaiting for my one coworker/friend to come back to town so we can go to church together, but seeing this gorgeous sunset back in June made me realize how amazing God works.
He's provided a job not only for Tim, but for myself and this time last year we were unemployed, making no money for 3 months.
He's provided us a great dog that brings me joy on the days when my stomach is not so good.
He's provided a great organic market just 10 min away with food that I can actually eat!
He consistently gives me little blessings and I'm so thankful.
Yes, I still have horrible days, trials, and moments where I feel like I can't do it, but I overcame because He has overcome this world, and we will reign with Him soon enough!


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Belated food vlog!

So I've been so busy/lazy to even blog lately. 
I don't know why I don't have my act together but it could be that it's still too cold to bring out the shorts and capris. I'm currently writing this post using the blogGo app from a fellow blogger and graphic designer at The Wonder Forest! 
Here's a vlog that I made last week to be a part of the girl behind the blog link up. I particularly wanted to share because of my food journey with being gf/cf/ef aka gluten free, dairy free, egg free. 

And the recipe you all should deff try especially if you live where it's still cold. 
This amazing soup from gluten free goddess 

My dog loves his cupcake. That's pretty much his food philosophy ;-)

Monday, March 18, 2013

First couples ski retreat!

First of all I would like to say that January was flipping awesome. 
It was way better than February and march. 
I had such high hopes for march being great, but it's been filled with Tim being sick, then me being sick and we are still sick! 
So to remember how awesome January, my bday month, was...I'm going to share our ski trip! 

I've always had dreams about going on a ski trip with other couples. 
When I was younger, I was just such a dreamer of sipping hot cocoa by a huge fireplace, having a handsome hubby with his arms wrapped around me.
Playing card games with a few close friends and just enjoying the company. 
Then hitting the slopes with friends and having a great time. 
And finally for my 24th bday, this trip became a reality. 
Granted, it didn't exactly go as planned as I had envisioned for so many years, but it was still a blast and I can't wait to do it again. 

To preface this trip I have to say that we had invited a couple that I met online. 
I never thought I would develop such a close friendship with someone meeting online, but it's been a couple years now that I met this girl, and we have clicked so well in many ways. 
Her and her hubby let us stay with them a couple days back in sept when we were driving to our new place near DC. What's even more awesome is how our hubbies actually like each other too! 
So I thought for my main bday gift, I wanted to go skiing at snowshoe mtn, WV. 
I hadn't been there in 9 years and we only live a little under 5 hours from there now. 
Our friends live 6 hours from there, so it was pretty much in the middle for the both of us and we planned our mini trip for 3 days. 

We really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into as the temps while we were there dropped and it was so windy! 
It was around -20 F with the windchill on both days we skied. 
This was the type of weather that we had to cover every inch of our skin, otherwise we would be numb and in pain if we stayed out too long. 

There wasn't quite enough snow for all the trails to be open, but we sure made the best with it. 
We stayed at a condo right on the mtn that way we could ski right back door, but there wasn't enough snow to at the time. 

 We had brought our food to make at our place to save money and it turned out great! 
Homemade beef stew after a day of skiing in such windy conditions? Yes, that soothed the soul. :-)
We played some card games, and we educated our friends on the show How I met your mother 
We wanted to explore the village area of the mtn and the comedy club, but we were so sore and tired from skiing we ended up staying at the condo at night. 
We skied on a tues and wed so the slopes were practically empty! 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

God will not give you more than you can handle

Have you forgotten that basic truth and promise from our loving God in hard times?
I'm writing this down today as I've had a really bad last couple of weeks where I felt at my lowest in the longest time.
I felt abandoned and defeated. 
I felt no guidance or calling.
I heard no whispers of comfort or encouragement.
I only heard the lies over and over again brought by this dark presence 
Telling me I'm not worthless and that the days would all be bad. 

That's why I haven't written because the words and happiness escaped me for sometime. 
I cried out to God so many times asking why, but got no answer. 

Then I would rise up from this sea of darkness
From the depth of despair 
And I finally reached the surface and inhaled the sweet aroma of the fresh air. 
I could breathe again. 
God brought me through it. 

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
1 CORINTHIANS 10 : 13”

That's a promise for us who are in Christ, friends!
Note that it doesn't say we will never be tempted or have hard times.
He promises to give you a way to deal with it, a way to get pass it and live.

My God is bigger than my problems
And He is not only with me but FOR me 
Some will think that I'm crazy for believing in someone who will always be there for me and protect me and yet allows horrible things to still happen in this world. 
I will never understand every thing that God does and doesn't do, but I trust that in the end, it's for the best. 
I may have these nausea issues and food intolerances for the rest of my life here on earth I will just accept that God still has me in his arms, and knows that all things work together for His good for those who serve Him. 
So today I'm going to bask in His peace. 
I accept that I will totally become angry, bitter, frustrated, depressed, scared and confused many more times, but right now I want to look back on this day and remember that there are still great days for me. 
And there will be times you want to give up too, but there will be better days. 
Smile, Jesus still loves you. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Five Friday Favorites! (2)

What a week it has been! I've been busy prepping for a piano audition/interview to a piano studio nearby because lets face it, it would be nice making some more money for living in this area. 
We also have something really fun and exciting planned for tonight and tmrw which I will be sharing with you later. 
Some of you may be able to guess or already know...but its been tough keeping this secret.

Here are this week's 5 Friday Favs!

Favorite Memory
In honor of Vday, I will say the sweet poem that my hubby wrote for me. 
He didn't buy me any flowers this year, and I'm actually fine with that. I saw every one else on social media world were sharing their flowers, and honestly thats great but expected for men to do so! 
This year we were low key and gave each other our time and small items of appreciation like his sweet poem to me. And I bought him his fav non dairy ice cream (Rice cream hehe) and took the time to get dressed up for him. Valentines day is cute and romantic, but every week there should be a special day to express your love to each other, not once a year. 
ok getting off my soap box ;-)
*he did buy me an hour massage and facial to use soon woohoo*

Favorite Food
oh this is a tough one! I had made gluten free vegan banana nut bread this week that was pretty yummy
and also had a great random dinner last night of chicken dumplings and pizza 
but I'll say that this hip cool salad place had such a wonderful salad!!

They serve fresh local produce and had many options for myself being Gluten/dairy/egg free! They were also super nice and have an app where you get 5.00 towards your rewards account of meeting the goal to get free salads! The location close to me has an awesome wood bar that is open to the fresh air. It was glorious

Favorite Song 
Another hard one, but I have to say when I came across this I just lovedddd it! 

Favorite Outfit 

What I wore for my interview yesterday was so fun! I was scared to wear the teal tights but went with it to be bold and memorable ;-)
Also great for date night

Target swag this week!

Fav LOL moment 
I had a posh party last sat night, and it was a crazy group of women! 
One of our products is called "The stripper" (detox mud masque for your body) and just some of the comments made from them were hilarious! I had mentioned some customers had put this product on their chest and it felt great. Well one chimes in and asks her friend, 
"She has fake boobs, would she feel anything?!" 
hahaha died laughing.