Monday, November 3, 2014

I'm Back!

Well sort of...

Hi Friends! It has been a while since I posted on here...I wanted to invite you to come visit me at my new blog! Its a daily collection of inspiration, fashion, motivation, recipes and more! Hope to see some familiar followers of there!

 Follow me HERE!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

This is Not Goodbye, I Am Just Getting Started

Wow. I have been blogging for almost 5 years. I have shared building our first home, the birth of our daughter, and so many of my inspirations. I have "met" wonderful people, mostly women through this blog, that have inspired me. In the last few months, I have not been inspired to write, or share anything on here. It wasn't coming easy to me anymore.

In the past few weeks, I have had revelation after revelation. I have recently realized that the past 10 years of my life have been a test that has led me to this point. I am saying "goodbye" to Lilac and Grey, and focusing my energy on my new adventure.

I started a moms group, called Moms Who Shake. My mission is to inspire, educate, and motivate moms to create a better life for herself and her family. As a mother, or head of the household, you bare a very important role not only to your own little family unit, but also to society. Mother's who raise children who are socially aware, with a healthy mind and body, that child will most likely grow up to do the same. It's a cycle. This group is not just for mother's with children. It is for wives, or single women who want to take control of their health, wellness, and wealth. I want to teach women about finances, and how to manage a budget, and invest their money. I want to teach women the steps to get ready for "retirement" in a way that is easy for every women to understand. I want to create a "mom movement."

I will leave you with this. There are leaders and there are followers. And then there are leaders who lead and leaders who inspire. I want to be a leader who inspires. I hope you after reading this, it will inspire you to follow my new blog, and become the best women you can be for your family!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Year, New Bedroom

It is a new year. To celebrate the start of 2014, here are some ideas of how you can spruce up your bedroom, making it your special place (away from the chaos of kitchens!)

  • Depending on where you live, the winter months can be darker than the summer ones, and mornings waking up to the sun streaming through your curtains can be rare. So you may need to brighten your room up for yourself. Things like bright carpets on the floor – yellow and gold are particularly good for obvious reasons – can inject sunshine into your room. Flowers can also do this on a smaller scale, but the best (Welsh daffodils, for example) aren’t always so easy to come by in winter. Wall art obviously has the effect too. It also allows for more freedom and imagination than carpets of flowers, as putting up a painting or photograph can be like opening a window to another world.
  • The bed is of course of particular importance, and also offers the chance to be adventurous. A couple of years ago Ke$ha commissioned the biggest bed in the world. If you are like her, then you can really go crazy with choices from queen-size to king-size to even emperor-size beds. For a good selection you can check out these here. Also don't forget that the mattress is as important as the bed, in terms of getting a good night sleep. Beyond memory foam, there are now also gel foamed mattresses that not only soothe back pain but extract heat. 

    • Space is always important. If you have the means (and aren’t too bothered about the 4-poster) you can install one of the beds that slides out of the wall at the push of a button. If this isn’t a possibility, there are other options open to you. These can be very simple, for instance, slanting the bed on a diagonal as opposed to a right-angle. Or you could look at things like attaching lights to the wall, to save space on your bedside table.

The bedroom is one of the most important parts of the house, and can have the greatest effect on your mood. So this year, why not make it right. For you.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Chloe's First Birthday Party

Hi Friends! Last week, our baby girl turned one! This past year has been an incredibly journey. The minute I held Chloe in my arms, my heart melted and I felt an overwhelming rush of love. For the first few days I would just stare at her, and I find myself saying, "Wow, she is mine." 

I am so excited to be embarking into the "toddler" phase. Chloe has a spunky personality and is interacting with us more and more each day. Yesterday, while at lunch, she was imitating me saying, "Mmmm..." after each bite....It was adorable. 

I really enjoyed planning her first birthday. The "theme" was A Royal Celebration. It was fitting because we call her Princess Baby as her nickname (among many others). Chloe, Kevin and I had so much fun, and we were happy to share the day with friends and family. It especially made us so happy to see Chloe "beaming" all day. She knew the party was for her and she just loved all of the attention! (She lives for the applause!)

Party Details:
Chloe's Dress: Janie and Jack
Chloe's Tiara: J.Crew
Grey and White Leopard Chair: Pottery Barn Kids
Cupcake Napkins and Paper Goods: Target
Gold and Crystal Cake Stand: HomeGoods
Linens, Tables, and Chairs : Ocean Tents and Party Rentals
Flowers: Arranged by Me
Princess Towel: Target
Photos by Paul Acquasanta

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Quote of the Day

"We are the gatekeepers of the home and of the groceries. We are the ones bringing it in so if we don't bring it in, they're not going to get it." - The Biggest Loser

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Tips for Brilliant Gifts

Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, there is surely something than you can tempt Santa into sending your way. From cutting edge tech to reindeer-themed sweats, 2013 looks set to be a bumper Christmas. Take a look then at our tips for some wonderful gifts this holiday season.

  • Fashion There is always a huge selection of winter fashion to choose for that all-important Christmas party. And of course, a well selected item of clothing also makes a wonderful gift. Why not join in with the festive sweater swing with one of these choice items of Christmas kitsch.
  • Bling Nothing says "happy birthday Jesus” like a bit of bling – after all gold was one of the original gifts. However, if the enduring yellow metal is just a little cliché, why not splash out on a pearl necklace – another one of nature's gifts to us. The run up to Christmas is getting close and so to is the excitement surrounding retailer Mesenso whose beautiful selection of jewellery is sure to please.
  • Tech With the media obsessing over the virtual arms race between Sony Playstation 4 and the Xbox One, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the tech world is all about the 40 year old kids. However, with new smartphones from Yota, LG and of course the iconic Apple you'll find that you'll have an app for everything.
  • Music/Film With new albums from One Direction, Britney Spears, R. Kelly and Brendan Benson being released in the run up to Christmas, you're sure to find something to please the pop princess in the house. However, if you're looking for something a little less vapid then Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds "Live From KCRW” is out on November 29th.
  • Books A number of high profile books have recently been released in time for Christmas. The imaginatively titled "My Autobiography” by Alex Ferguson has already proved both popular and controversial in equal measure. Fiction offerings from J.K Rowling and John Grisham are also high on the bestsellers list and of course, anyone looking to bring a little steam into the bedroom should grab themselves a copy of the polarising Fifty Shades of Grey.
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